Burge, Vernon Lee, Col

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Last Rank
Primary Unit
1939-1939, AAF MOS 1060, 6th Bomb Group, Very Heavy
Service Years
1907 - 1942

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Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Fisher, Illinois
Last Address
San Antonio, Texas

Date of Passing
Sep 06, 1971
Location of Interment
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section E Site 237

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 Military Association Memberships
Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He is known as the first enlisted pilot.  In 1912 while he was a corporal and an airplane mechanic he was trained and qualified as a pilot.  At first the Army brass objected to it but then relented and he was promoted to sergeant.  In 1917 he was commissioned and retired as a colonel in 1942.
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Command Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments
1st Aero Squadron6th Bomb Group, Very Heavy
  1917-1919, 1st Aero Squadron
  1939-1939, AAF MOS 1060, 6th Bomb Group, Very Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1941-1942 World War II
 Colleges Attended 
Air University
  1934-1935, Air University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-10 Martin Bomber  B-18 Bolo  B-24 Liberator  
  1939-1939, B-10 Martin Bomber
  1939-1942, B-18 Bolo
  1942-1942, B-24 Liberator
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