Weldon Linder joined the Air Force right after his Gorman High School graduation. He first became an airplane mechanic and quickly advanced to pilot training. Years later on Tuesday, June 6, 1944, Edgar would drop airborne troops in the D-Day invasion of Normandy beach.
The Normandy invasion included the landing operations and associated airborne operations of the Allied forces, codenamed Operation Overlord.
D-Day was often referred to as Operation Neptune and was the largest seaborne invasion in history with more than 156,000 American, British and Canadian troops storming 50 miles of Normandy's fiercely defended beaches in northern France in an operation that proved to be a critical turning point in WWII.
There were countless days and nights of flying missions with many of his squadron airborne pilots not returning to base.
As a member of American’s great generation, Ed would retire in 1960 as a Lt. Colonel in the US Air Force after 24 years serving his country. Dad would become the Heart ‘O Texas Special Events Director in Waco, Texas.
He passed on to heaven in December 1973 at the age of 54 years old. He was selfless, brave, courageous, a war hero, a faithful husband, a passionate father and truly a great American.
He was awarded the several metals for his courageous service as an Air Force pilot.
The picture included he and the crew members of the B-36 bomber he flew. So proud of his service to the USA!