Lt. Charles William Styler
Enlisted after graduation from UMass in 1937. Stationed at McClellan Army Air Field in Sacramento as member of 3rd Air Force. Sent to New Guinea after Pearl Harbor, was assigned to a B-25 squadron of the 5th Air Force at Port Moresby. Flew many more than 25 missions (he said over 90) before being sent to Tinker AAF outside Okalhoma City to recover from severe wounds from Japanese antiaircraft shrapnel. Met future wife, a WAAF, at Tinker. Promoted to Captain. Offered a staff post by General Kenney in 1947 when the US Air Force was split off from the Army, opted to accept a judicial appointment from California governor Earl Warren instead. Passed away 2001, buried in veterans plot in Sebastopol, CA near Charles "Sparky" Schulz, cartoonist and fellow AAF flier.