May 25, 1918 in Bucknell Indiana. He enjoyed sports playing basket
ball and football. Desiring a college education he devoted himself
to football and was offered a scholarship to Evansville University.
enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in 1941; Separated from the
service January 1947 at Mather Field, Ca
Offered a commercial pilot job with PanAm but turned it down
Returned to Evansville, Indiana to complete last year of college.
Graduated with a BA in 1948.
He worked in the heating and cooling industryin sales most of
his life, retiring as National Sales Manager from Westinghouse.
He enjoyed golf but soon realized he could not play 24/7 so he
returned to work for Calamc. He finally retired at the age of
married Pauline Greathouse they had one son Micheal; Wetsel and
Pauline later divorced. Wetsel married Donna Mellor August 17,
1961. She had two children son Robert and a daughter Vickie from
a previous marriage. Wetsel had 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Has endured some health problems for several years due to Parkinsons
Disease and had been living in a Veteran's Admin Facility until
his passing on November 8, 2004.
Wetsel Waggoner pictured with the 314th BW plane
Photo courtesy of Waggoner Family
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from letters Wetsel
Waggoner sent home regarding his missions
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