W. Flannigan was born on October 24th, 1923 in Saint
Marys, Kansas. He graduated from Saint Marys High School
in 1942. He was inducted into the Army at Fort Leavenworth,
Kansas on January 27th, 1943. He received basic training
"on the beach" in Florida. He then went to
training at a number of locations including Scott Field,
Illinois; Truax Field, Wisconsin; and Lowry Field, Colorado.
at Truax he met a local Madison girl named Lois Dempsey.
They were married on August 5th, 1944 in Salina, Kansas
while he was based at Smoky Hill Field.
served on Guam in the 60th squadron as an armaments
specialist. He "loaded bombs". Sometimes more
than once as missions changed in midload.
Salina Train Station 1944
he had been fruitful before he left the U.S. (his wife
had a son while he was overseas) he was one of the first
of his unit to go home after the war. He was discharged
on December 1st, 1945 at Fort Collins, Colorado.
went home to Saint Marys where he lived for the rest
of his life. After a period of odd jobs he landed a
job with the Post Office that he held until he retired.
and Lois had four sons and six grandchildren. Lois died
in 1983. Tom married Wanda Walker in 1986 and helped
raise her two daughters.
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AFB- SAC HQ 1980
died on August 25th, 1999 and was buried with full military
honors on August 27th, 1999 at Saint Marys.
Flannigan (his son) provided this information.