39th Bomb Group (VH)

*worn in training

** worn in combat


with 2

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Unit Citation
and Awards

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with 2*
Oak Leaf Cluster
* (1) earned in later
service B-58's

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

Service Awards

amcamp.gif [The American Campaign Medal]

apcm.jpg [The Asiatic-Pacfic Campaign Medal]

with 3

star1.gif [Bronze Star]

wwiivic.gif [The Victory Medal, World War II]

Air Force Longevity Service Award

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1st Lt John C. Dahl, Jr.

The following is resolution by the Savannah Chapter, Military Order of the World Wars in memory of John C. Dahl, Jr. Thanks to his son, John C. Dahl, III, for providing a copy

1st Lt John C. Dahl, Jr.
Navigator P-24
Guam 1945



It is with deep sorrow and a feeling of personal loss that we, the members of the Savannah Chapter, Military Order of the World Wars, record the death of our esteemed companion LTC JOHN C DAHL, JR. on the 3rd day of June 1980.

LTC DAHL was born and raised in Lewis, Iowa and was a graduate of Moorehead High School (in Iowa). He attended William Jewel College, Liberty, Mo. and entered naval aviation cadet training in 1942. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in the following year and entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in November 1943. He was a master navigator-bombardier as well as an instructor and evaluator in B-58’s with the 305th Bomb Wing.

During WWII LTC Dahl flew 23 combat missions in B-29’s in the Far East. During his years of service he also served in the Southwest Pacific, Japan, European Theater, North Africa and Morocco as well in the CONUS. LTC Dahl’s decorations and awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation with one Oak Leaf Cluster and appropriate theater and battle ribbons.

   LTC Dahl retired from active duty in 1964 at Bunker Hill AFB, IN. He returned to Savannah where he had previously been stationed at Hunter AFB and was employed as personnel manager for the local Sears Roebuck and Co. outlet. LTC Dahl later became manager of the Decanter where he was employed for ten years before his untimely passing.

   LTC Dahl was a member of the Methodist Church, The Air Force Association, The Exchange Club, Military Order of the World Wars and was a past president of the Savannah Chapter of the Retired Officers

   LTC Dahl is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lenoa B. Dahl; two sons, Lt John C. Dahl, III of Ft. Stewart and David B. Dahl of Savannah; His mother, Mrs. John C. Dahl of Fremont, Neb. and several nieces and nephews.

   Therefore, be it resolved that in the death of companion Dahl, the Chapter has lost a loyal and patriotic member and a faithful friend.  Be it further resolved that this resolution be adopted, spread upon the minutes of the Chapter and copy be transmitted to his family.

Respectfully submitted,

William E. Mock
Chapter Historian

The above resolution was unanimously approved at the 19th December 1980 meeting of the Savannah Chapter of the World Wars.

                     Benjamin J. Byrd, Jr.



Below is a copy of the actual Military Order of the World Wars , Savannah Chapter resolution. Click image to enlarge.

MOWW Dahl Resolution

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Source: John C. Dahl, III, son of 1st Lt John C. Dahl, Jr. Navigator