JOINT FORCES TRAINING BASE
4522 Saratoga Ave., Building 15, Los Alamitos, California 90720
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Col. (CA) Richard Lalor at 626-733-1170
USAF TO MARK MARCH 18TH WITH POSTUMOUS AWARD PRESENTATION AT LOS ALAMITOS ARMY AIRFIELD
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. — On March 18, 1945, the Army Air Force B-17 “Lady Jane II” was shot down over Berlin. Although wounded by flak, waist gunner Sgt. Rodney A. Williams survived and spent the remainder of the war in a prison camp before returning home to enjoy a long and fruitful life that included service at Los Alamitos.
Williams passed away in 1994, but there was a piece of unfinished business pertaining to his military career that the Air Force plans to formally correct this Wednesday, March 18th – 70 years to the day that “Lady Jane II” and her gallant crew met their fate in the war-torn skies over Germany.
Lorraine Manatt, Willams’ daughter, will receive his Purple Heart Medal that will be presented by Maj. Gen. Robert D. McMurry Jr. in a ceremony including full military honors on the flight line of Los Alamitos Army Airfield at 10 a.m.
McMurry is Vice Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base.
“The United States of America and the Air Force honors its heroes and there is no expiration date when it comes to recognizing the valor of our servicemen and women,” said McMurry. “On this significant anniversary, we proudly salute the gallantry and sacrifice of a member of the Greatest Generation, Sgt. Rodney A. Williams, USAAF.”
Members of the media interested in attending the ceremony should contact Col. (CA) Richard Lalor, JFTB Public Affairs Officer, at (626) 733-1170 or firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate access to the base.