MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY

and

DEDICATION OF MONUMENT HONORING THOSE

WHO DIED DURING TRAINING

ARDMORE ARMY AIR FIELD

and

ARDMORE AIR FORCE BASE

 

 

 

ARDMORE ARMY AIR FIELD

and

ARDMORE AIR FORCE BASE

 

Ardmore Army Air Field was activated August 3, 1942 as a glider training facility. The Arbuckle Mountains located to the north and east of the base were considered as ideal for creating updrafts.

 

The first commander of the base, Lt. Colonel James M. Walker, set up Headquarters in the Wirt Franklin Building.  In the summer of 1943, the air field became a sub-base of Will Rogers Field and was designated as a training facility for bomber crews.  With the end of World War II, it was closed in September 1945.  Unknown to many residents, German POWs play a key role in the deactivation process.

 

With the military needs created by the Korean War, the facility was reactivated September 1, 1953 as Ardmore Air Force Base.  It was deactivated a second, and final, time and returned to the  City of Ardmore  in 1959.

 

The first operational C-130 aircraft in the Air Force was delivered to the 463rd Troop Carrier Wing at Ardmore Air Force Base on December 9, 1956.  It was named "City of Ardmore" and flew missions in Europe, Africa, Japan, Okinawa and Vietnam.  It was retired October 9, 1989, and is now on static display at Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, Texas.  (Its photograph is on the front page of this program.)


 

 

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LEST WE FORGET

 

Ardmore Air Park

May 26, 2003

 

 

Sponsored by

Carter County Veterans Council

City of Ardmore

Gary Simmons and Butch Bridges

 

 

 

 

 


 

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY

May 26, 2003

 

Master of Ceremonies

Tom Walker

 

Posting of the Colors

910th Quartermaster Company, US Army Reserve

 

Invocation

The Reverend Arlen Fowler

 

Pledge of Allegiance

Girls Scouts of America

 

National Anthem

The Honorable Charles Tate

 

Opening Remarks

Tom Walker

 

Introduction of Gold Star Mothers

Master Sergeant (Retired) Kent Tucker

 

Gold Star Mothers

Carmeleta Addington     Geraldine Gaines     Thelma Colston

Marjorie Armstrong        Mona Watkins         Barbara Robson

 

Introduction of Special Guests

Tom Walker

 

Guest Speaker

Major General Harry M. Wyatt III

The Adjutant General

Oklahoma National Guard

 

Presentation of Flag and Unveiling of Monument

The Honorable Bob Geurin, Mayor of Ardmore

 

Reading of Names of Those Killed In Training

Rear Admiral (Retired) Wes Hull, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

Girl Scouts of America

 

Laying of Memorial Wreath

Master Sergeant Kent Tucker

Sergeant First Class Aaron Perkins, US Army Reserve

 

21 Gun Salute

910th Quartermaster Company

 

Taps

Chase Martin and Wesley Dean

Ardmore High School

 

Benediction

The Reverend Arlen Fowler

 

Retiring of the Colors

910th Quartermaster Company

 

Closing Remarks

Tom Walker