World War II Battle Streamers American and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
Kenneth B. "Ken" Loomis of Cadillac, Michigan entered eternal life on Friday, September 1, 2006 at Cadillac Mercy Hospital. He was 90 years old.
Ken was born on April 19, 1916 in Tustin to Harry and Emma Grayce (Burkett) Loomis. He married Katherin A. Kailing on January 18, 1941. She preceded him in death on September 13, 1999.
Ken graduated from Tustin High School in 1936. He worked at General Motors in Pontiac for five years.
During World War II, Ken enlisted on 7 April 1942 at Fort Custer, Michigan. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps for three and a half years, primarily with the 5th Air Force in the Pacific Theater. He was stationed at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri (Army AF Basic Training); Mitchell Field, Long Island, New York (AAF Training Command, 1st Air Force); Westover Field, Massachusetts (25th Army Air Force Base Unit, 1st Air Force); Grenier Field, New Hampshire (1st Air Force). He was trained and an airplane engine mechanic.
In the South Pacific with the 5th Air Force, he was one of the many who engaged the Japanese in New Guinea, the Dutch East Indies, and as part of the liberating forces in the Philippines Campaign (1944–45).
After the service, he was employed at Chris Craft Company in Cadillac as a pattern maker for 26 years. He later worked with his twin brother as a carpenter for 10 years until retiring.
Ken was a charter member and an organizer, with Reg Boulder, of the Cadillac AMVETS Post No. 110. He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church where he was an usher and money counter. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was interred in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Cadillac, Wexford County, Michigan.
Kenneth B. Loomis, 1916 - 2006.
Wife, Katherine Agnes Kailing, 1921 - 1999.
Son, Philip, 1944 - 1995, U.S. Navy Vietnam.
Fifth Air Force
It is one of very few numbered air forces of the United States Air Force never to have been based in the United States itself. It is also one of the oldest and continuously active US air forces.
Established on 16 August 1941 as the Philippine Department Air Force at Nichols Field, Luzon, Philippines. 5 AF was a United States Army Air Forces combat air force in the Pacific Theater of World War II, engaging in combat operations primarily in the Southwest Pacific AOR. 5 AF units first engaged the Japanese during the Philippines Campaign (1941–1942), then afterward withdrawing to Australia after the Japanese conquest of the islands. Rearmed, it engaged the Japanese in New Guinea, the Dutch East Indies and then as part of the liberating forces in the Philippines Campaign (1944–45).