Charles G. Koester
Charles G. Koester served the United States Air Corp as Captain and on January 19, 1946 he was appointed to the rank of Major. As a pilot in the India-China Wing of the Army Air Corp's Air Transport Command, Mr. Koester completed 108 missions over the "hump" of the Himalayas between Northern India and Southern China. These missions were critical in supporting the United States military forces on the China front during World War II. His unit later received a presidential citation from President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. Mr. Koester was decorated with the Soldier's Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross Air Medal, and Oak Leaf Cluster.