June 6, 1944 D-Day in Europe, Owen found himself en route from Kearney,
Nebraska to Dalhart, Texas to become a member of the 39th Bomb Group.
Upon arrival there he was assigned to the 61st Squadron. Up to this
time, Boyd had been in the Army Air Corps for two years. He had
spent a year in Gander, Newfoundland with the 20th Anti-Submarine
Command and held the rank of Sergeant.
the 39th moved to Salina, Kansas, he was assigned to the Personal
Equipment Section and sent to Second Air Force Personal Equipment
Training Technician School for further training. Following this
he became responsible for inspecting and maintaining all survival
equipment used by flight crews as well as that within the aircraft.
arrived at Guam on Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, and served there
until October 20 of the same year. Boyd remembers two experiences
very vividly. The first was the painful memory of an operation for
hemorrhoids. He's convinced that there in the hospital he spent
the "worst two or three days of his life." Another incident, this
one surprising, happened one day when he ran into a fellow who had
bunked next to him in Newfoundland in 1943. He still wonders what
the odds were of that happening.
was discharged on November 5, 1946. Eleven days later on the 16th
he married Eudola York, a girl he had dated before entering the
service. He attributes all of the good things that ever happened
to him to their 46-years of blissful marriage to Eudola.
and Boyd Owen
retired from a chemical plant in which he worked since 1977. A member
of the local United Methodist Church, he has been a Sunday School
teacher for nearly 30 years. Boyd is also a member of a nearby American
Legion Post and has been elected its Commander three times.
recalls one day during the Vietnam Conflict he sat waiting in a
doctor's office. He happened to scanning a St. Louis newspaper and
read that where General William J.
Crumm, former 61st Squadron CO, had lost his life over the South
China Sea. Boyd remembers with sadness, that Crumm had been one
of the most respected and best liked officers that he had served
under during his service years. Source: Boyd Owen
25 July 2008:
According to the Social Security Death Index - Boyd N. Owen (born 19 July 1914) of Benton, Marshall County, KY. died 3 July 2007. Benton, KY is the last known residence the Association has. Also according to WWII Enlistment Records matched via Mr. Owen's serial number - his record indicates a year of birth of 1914.