To: Linda Stevens,
Thank you for passing this on to me. I would be very much interested in the story behind Ed's award. If you would like to forward it to me, I would appreciate it.
KV Hall, Historian, USAFHPA
Jan 15, 2010
To: Historian, USAFHPA:
As you may know, my Dad, EDWARD R. STEVENS, besides being a helicopter pilot, was also a B-17 pilot during WWII. My father is 93 y/o and spoke very little about his service and his experiences.
My Dad is a most humble man and like most WWII veterans, unwilling or unable to speak about their service. He would certainly never brag or complain.
We knew that my Dad had been awarded several medals for gallantry. But Dad never spoke about them. Only in the last few years has he begun to speak and share the experiences of his service with his children. Not to brag, but more a reliving of the events.
One event my Dad told us about amazed me and I began checking into it. My Dad's military record was destroyed in the Personnel Center fire in St. Louis, so researching was very difficult. But I was lucky enough to be able to start to make contact with children of some of the men in my Dad's crew. As my research progressed I came to realize that this one event, in particular, was not properly recognized and that my Dad's gallantry and flying skills had not been acknowledged.
I was lucky enough to locate the only other living member of my Dad's crew on this mission. His documentation was what I needed to make a request that Dad be properly recognized and awarded the Silver Star. It took 3 years and the help of my Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay, but on Monday of last week I was notified that my Dad had been awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action.
I have attached the citation. His children have always been proud of our Dad. We are proud of him for many reasons. I am very grateful that his gallantry and flying skills have finally been acknowledged.
Thank you for your interest!
US Army Nurse Corps Vietnam Era Veteran
41st Combat Support Hospital
Member American Legion Post 404