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Albert W. Dillon Second World War papers, photographs and correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 107, Folder: 8-11, Folder: 1-4
Identifier: 2019-068-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains photographs, papers and correspondence relating to the service of LtCol. Albert Wesley Dillon, USAAF during the Second World War. The papers include military records, promotions and citations, retirement papers, and more. Also included is some ephemera collected while overseas in Iran and Guam, as well as biographical information provided by the donor.

Three photographs were kept loose from the rest of the collection, and are contained with Folder 1, military records. These include one black and white portrait of LtCol. Dillon in uniform in 1963, one black and white of Dillon smiling as the liaison officer of the US Air Force Academy with a cadet, and one black and white of Dillon with his family. The family photo was shot in 1944 and is contained in a decorative sleeve, with names and small biographies of each family member inserted, including Dillon, his wife Anna May, his sons Bill, Larry and Bob, and his daughter Patricia.

Also included in that folder, not part of any series, is biographical information provided by the donor.

Dates

  • 1943 - 1963
  • Majority of material found within 1943 - 1946

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Lieutenant Colonel Albert "Al" Wesley "Pat" Dillon, United States Army Air Force (12/15/1905 - 05/21/1980) was born in Bison, Oklahoma and was educated in a one-room school before living with another family in Enid, Oklahoma to attend four years of high school from 1918-1922. Dillon then went on to attend Oklahoma A&M, where he began going by "Pat" and participated in the ROTC program, and soon after became a teacher. He later attended the University of Oklahoma and married Anna May McPhail of Walsenburg, Colorado where he taught for a short time. They had four children.

Dillon joined the Army Air Force in 1942 and was stationed at Big Spring, Texas where he qualified as a bombardier. He was later grounded and became an instructor at Big Spring where he and his wife bought a home. In early 1945 he was asked to deploy to Iran to train bombardiers overseas, and in October was asked again to deploy to train new bombardiers, this time in Guam. He returned home in February 1946 and was almost immediately discharged with the rank of Captain, soon after earning the rank of Major. He worked with the Veterans Administration and held several other jobs in Texas and was reactivated for a short time in 1958, during which time he suffered a heart attack. From 1946 until 1966, he served as a liaison officer for the US Air Force Academy and finally retired from the reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel. He retired from civilian jobs in 1969 and died in Irving, Texas in 1980 at the age of 74. More complete information, including family information pertaining to his sons and daughter were provided by the donor and arranged with the military records.

Extent

0.15 Linear Feet (4 folders)

Overview

This collection contains photographs, papers and correspondence relating to the service of LtCol. Albert Wesley Dillon, USAAF during the Second World War. The papers include military records, promotions and citations, and retirement papers, and more. Also included is some ephemera collected while overseas in Iran and Guam, as well as biographical information provided by the donor.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged according to its original order.

Series 1, Military records

Series 2, Photographs

Series 3, Deployment to Iran

Series 4, Deployment to Guam

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Albert Wesley Dillon Family, via Patricia Dillon Stewart.
Title
Finding Aid for the Albert W. Dillon Second World War papers, photographs, and correspondence
Status
Completed
Author
Andrew Harman
Date
7/25/2019
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Contact:
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States