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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
t.

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

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