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Ralph A Coonrod Jr

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Ralph Albert Coonrod was the youngest of three sons who grew up during the Great Depression and volunteered to join the United States Army Air Corps during WW2. He served as a navigator in a B-17 and later as an officer in the US Air Force Reserves until the 1960s. After the war he attended college on the GI Bill, became a mechanical engineer and worked for NASA at the Plumbrook Research Reactor facility until retiring in 1974. During those years he married and fathered two sons. He then worked for the Florida Department of Education until he passed away on December 8,1987. His "Lucky Bastard Club" certificate, medals and wartime photographs are framed and hang on a wall in the home where his three granddaughters grew up.

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  • 42-97316 Tommy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/2/44; Gr Island 8/3/44; Grenier 22/3/44; Assigned 331BS/94BG Rougham 9/4/44; Missing in Action Bohlen 7/10/44 with Nelson Warren, Dick Debus, Bob Hildorf, John McMillan, Royal Vaughn, Chas Benear, Floyd Cosgray, Art Sturgeon, John...

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21 July 2019 14:36:35 scoonrod Changes to biography
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Steve Coonrod

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21 July 2019 14:35:28 scoonrod Changes to biography
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Steve Coonrod

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30 April 2017 14:18:19 scoonrod Changes to biography
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edited by Steve Coonrod

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30 April 2017 14:17:24 scoonrod Changes to nationality, highest rank, role, biography and awards
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This information was posted by his son, Steve Coonrod

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14 February 2015 13:00:06 mustangman Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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info from special order#115

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