Memorial Corner
O'Fallon, Illinois
October 2005
Lt. Dale Willard
United States Army Air Corps
World War II
Dale Willard was born at Willard’s Station, O’Fallon Township
on May 13, 1923, the only child of Frederick and Elizabeth
(Jung) Willard.  After graduating from O’Fallon Township
High School with the class of 1941, he attended Tri-State
College in Angola, Indiana as an engineering student.  In
November 1942, while still in college, he enlisted in the Army
Air Corps.  After training, he was transferred to Maxwell Field
in Montgomery, Alabama.  On October 2, 1943, he married
Iris Yaeger of New Baden.  The next year, on March 12, 1944
he graduated as B-24 bomber pilot at Stuttgart, Arkansas
and was commissioned a lieutenant.  In October 1944, he left
for overseas duty in Europe.  Two months later, on December
4, he was killed when his plane crashed in Italy.  He was 21
years old.  He was survived by wife, parents and
grandmother Mary Jung.  Lt. Willard was temporarily buried
in Europe but was later moved to College Hill in Lebanon.

He gave his life that we might live free!

Biography and photo courtesy of O’Fallon Historical Society
Memorial Corner flag raising, Saturday October 1, 2005
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