Breece, David Sessions, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 00000, 1st Army Air Corps
Service Years
1941 - 1965
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Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Fayetteville, NC

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WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Missileman (Basic)


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Last Known Activity
Served Africa 1942-1943; transferred to "Ferry Command" in Long Beach, CA in an aircraft  maintenance/inspection capacity.  This command used the women pilots to return aircraft to assigned bases.  Before discharge he spent time at "Sunken Lunken" AFB in Cincinnati  OH, so named after a heavy storm caused serious flooding.  About 1946 he was discharged to civilian life.  He was recalled c1950 for duty in Japan during Korean War, as non-combat pilot.  He was an avid sportsman and acted as an ambassador of sorts at the Tokyo Tennis Club and spoke on the radio to Japanese youth giving them encouragement to persevere through hard times.

Transferred mainland in 1954, he decided to remain in the Air Force and was attached to Norton AFB 1954-1958, San Bernardino, CA; Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH 1958-1961 and finally Vandenburg AFB, Lompoc, CA 1961-1965.  I believe most of his post war service involved some type of quality control function as he was attached to the Inspector General's Office in OH and spent two weeks of every month traveling to bases around the Pacific.
   
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After my father retired, he became a graduate from the Professional Golfer's Association and moved to Gold Rush country in CA where he sold real estate, played golf and generally enjoyed his much deserved last 36 years of life.
   
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  1941 Maxwell AFB - Pre-Flight Training Photos - by Lt. D. S. Breece
   
Date
Nov 15, 1941

Last Updated:
Oct 24, 2008
   
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Mostly photographs taken of identified cadet aviators who attended pre flight training with Dad at Maxwell AFB before primary flight training at Dorr Field, FL and Advanced Training at Moody Field, GA.

In 2003 an Internet search located remembrances written by the early WWII cadets. Credits for sharing their memoirs are given to Lt. Col. Ed Heller and Milt's Military Memoirs for allowing us a glimpse of the long lost past. We who wish to know any part of "what Daddy did in the war" are immensely grateful. I have included a couple of lessons learned from my father from these experiences.


PRE-FLIGHT TRAINING, MAXWELL FIELD, MONTGOMERY, AL

Maxwell Field was part of the Southeast Air Corps Training Center. It was on the order of West Point. The first month consisted of a horrible hazing by upperclassmen. Cadets had to double time at 120 steps a minute everywhere they went, salute the water cooler, absorb verbal abuse from upperclassmen, earn demerits for slightest infractions, have white glove inspections and, if you got more than 4 demerits, you "walked tours" (marching alone continuously at attention with a rifle in the courtyard for an hour). Apparently the cadets were also the barracks janitors.

One writer remembers mealtimes with an upperclassman assigned to each table to assure the cadets ate a "square meal." This consisted of sitting at attention on the front 3" of your chair, looking straight ahead and eating your food by bringing a forkful up straight from the plate, then making a 90 degree turn and putting the fork into your mouth. I remember as children, my brothers and I would "practice" eating like this. I also clearly remember being taught to make a military bed and do so to this day.

A cadet's room was furnished with one desk and chair and one bathroom that was shared with 5 other cadets. If an upperclassman walked in everyone screamed "Attention" and jumped up. Whoever was sitting in the chair was obligated by tradition to hook a foot around a leg and throw it at the upperclassman, who of course was expecting it and dodged. If you were asked a question the only acceptable answer was "Yes, sir," "No, sir," and "No excuse, sir." One favorite trick was to stop a cadet double timing back from the soda machine with an unopened coke. Since there were no bottle openers or pop-tops one learned how to open them using a space in a desk drawer in their room, another tradition Dave taught his children . . . much to his regret. The upperclassmen would stop the Cadet and ask for a drink. Of course, the answer had to be "Yes, sir" followed by handing over the unopened coke.

This pre-flight training consisted of classroom and physical training. Even some of the college grads had trouble with the classroom work. Every day was a heavy day, classes for about 7 hours, then physical training. Daily physical training concluded with a run on the "The Burma Road" obstacle course, well remembered by all cadets at Maxwell Field. Half the cadets on alternate days ended with retreat formation to lower colors and then a formal military parade. Between PT and parade was a window of ten minutes to shower and dress, with 6 men to a room and one shower. When they left Maxwell Field they were not only disciplined cadets but also in top physical condition. After graduation which, for Dave, occurred on Nov. 25, 1941 the cadets bought the traditional hamburger and coke for all the underclassmen and prepared for the next step, Primary Flight Training at Dorr Field.

   
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Lt. D. S. Breece Maxwell Diploma
Unnamed Cadet and Dave
2 Unnamed Cadets and Dave
4 Unnamed Cadets and Christy

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