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Willard Stanley Domich, None

conflict:World War II
branch:Air Force
serial number:0-755893
location:Completed almost a year of flight training, including the Army Air Forces Primary Flight Training, King City, CA; Basic Flying, Lemoore, CA; Advanced Flying, Williams Field, Chandler, AZ; October 1943 (at the age 19), commissioned as second lieutenant, Army Air Corps, and received his wings; stationed in the Asia-Pacific Theater for 22 months; member of the 18th Fighter Group; flight leader in the 44th Fighter Squadron (the Vampire Squadron); completed 144 flight missions.
enlistment date:May 13, 1942
place enlisted:Minneapolis, MN
discharge date:Feb. 13, 1946
place discharged:Camp McCoy, WI
decorations: Air Medal (1942-)
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1941-1945)
Bronze Star Medal (1941-)
Distinguished Flying Cross (1926-)
Oak Leaf Cluster (U. S. Armed Forces)
Philippine Liberation Medal (1944-1945)
Unit Citation
history:He saw action on Guadalcanal, Bougainville, New Guinea, and the Philippines. He flew 144 missions totaling 443 hours in a P-38 type aircraft. He led a flight of 4 planes and a squadron of 16 planes in combat and was responsible for them. Before reaching his 21st birthday, he was recommended for a captain's commission. He separated from the Service in 1946. After his service, he attended Ely Junior College and the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with a degree in law. He married Elizabeth Ann Handberg. They moved back to their hometown, Ely, Minnesota, and raised their family of four children.
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Personal Information

date of birth:May 2, 1924
birth place:Ely, MN
home town:Ely, MN
date of death:Sept. 17, 1969
father:Joseph Stanley Domich
mother:Tynne Maire Domich (nee Helpakka)
siblings:Harold Joseph Domich; Eleanor Domich; Eugene George Domich; Katherine Edith (nee Domich) Neubert
school:Ely Memorial High School

Last update: 3/29/2016