First hand accounts from the man who lived through it all
The brave men and women of that lived through WWII experienced more than most could imagine.
Below are several personal pictures and images that Colonel Joe Peterburs has in his personal collection. Check back often for more Stories of Valor.
January 1945 friends having some fun. Lt. Pettit on the left, Lt. Leon on the right.
Joe at Kings Cliffe RAF Station, England, February 1945 just after he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant at age 20.
April 14, 1944, Joe (far right) with classmates and their instructor (center) a day before graduating from Advanced Flying at Napier Field in Dothan, Alabama. They received their pilot Wings and were commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants in the US Army Air Corps.
Joe & classmates with their instructor Mr. "Stumpy" Cadle at Primary Training School, Douglas, Georgia during October - November 1943.
Back Row: Joe (20th FG) W. Coleman (78th FG), B. Winks (357th FG) Front Row: B. Drew (361st FG), H. Lamb (78th FG), H. Tordoff (353rd FG), D. Cummings (55th FG)
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