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Lieutenant Harold Heafer
McLean County, Illinois

[McLean County, Illinois, in the World War, 1917-1918; by Edward E. Pierson & Jacob Louis Hasbrouck c 1921]
(Transcribed by: Teri Moncelle Colglazier)

Entering the Ground School of the University of Illinois July 16, 1917, Harold Heafer of Bloomington, was transferred to Park Field, Tenn., after eight weeks and spent four months there winning a commission as a flying lieutenant in air service March 12, 1918. He then put in a further strenuous training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Post Field and served six weeks as pilot in the observation school. Then followed five weeks at Camp Dick, Texas, and four weeks at Fort Worth, taking the course in aerial gunnery.

When orders came to go across, Lieut. Heafer came via Peoria enroute to New York and was married at Peoria July 12, sailing July 21 for Liverpool and proceeding directly to France where he was variously stationed at St. Maxient, where he attended a school for aviation officers two months at Issoudoun, and on October 15 joined the 186th Aero Squadron at Colombey les Belles and also Souilly, and was at Lemmes, near Verdun during the closing months of the war. He returned by way of Tours, Anglers, and other points in southern France, and sailed from Brest, France, for the United States.

He received his discharge February 3, 1919, at Garden City, New York.


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