39th Bomb Group (VH)


dfc.gif [The Distingushed Flying Cross]

airmedal.gif [The Air Medal]

[Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster]

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Sgt Marion D. (Bud) Foster
Tail Gunner

I did my part to add a little excitement to a mission one night. I was in the tail and we were over an extra hot' firestorm. Guess I didn't have my belt on and was being tossed about pretty well. In the dark, I didn't know my mike cord had separated. The crew was calling to check on me and I was screaming at them. The Captain had decided to drop down and release pressure when I finally found the problem. So, I had to apologize and thank them all for their concern."

1945 Guam
2002 Dayton, OH

On 15 November 2003 - We were notified that "Bud" passed way from an apparent heart attack.

In a follow up email Bud's wife Irene shared the following:

We had a normal day on Friday Nov. 14 and no warning that anything was amiss. However, at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, Bud had a heart attack and died instantly. The paramedics were here within 5 minutes and worked on him for 20 minutes without success. He has suffered so much the past year that I am consoled by the thought that he is no longer in pain and is with Our Lord in Heaven. We had 56 years together and I will have trouble getting used to the idea that he is not with me.

Please let the members know via email that Bud has gone on to a better place and that I hope to see them at a future reunion. We have enjoyed seeing everyone in past reunions even though we couldn't make them all. A wonderful group of people. Thank you for your suppor

If you would like to contact the Foster family regarding Bud or his service you may be email Stu Foster at:

arpuc.jpg [The Presidental Unit Citation][Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster]
amcamp.gif [The American Campaign Medal]

apcm.jpg [The Asiatic-Pacfic Campaign Medal]star1.gif [Bronze Star]
wwiivic.gif [The Victory Medal, World War II]

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Source: "History of the 39th Bomb Group" & Marion D. (Bud) Foster