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Lieutenant Harry E. Riddle
Bloomington
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)


Aviation had its appeal for Harry K. Riddle and enlisting in Chicago, October 18, 1917, he was assigned to duty at the United States Army School of Military Aeronautics, located at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, reporting there on December 1, 1917.

After more than two months of intensive training there, he was transferred on February 16, 1918, to Camp Dick, Dallas, Texas, where his training was continued. On April 7, 1918, he was ordered to the famous Kelly Field at San Antonio, Texas, and was there commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Air Service (Aeronautics). After completing his training as an aviator, he was transferred to Brooks Field near San Antonio where he studied the Gosport system of Flying instruction. He made such rapid progress that he was honored by selection as instructor at Park Field, Memphis, Tenn. and later promoted to the position of Flight Commander, still greater honor.

He remained at Park Field, prosecuting his duties efficiently until his discharge from the service March 20, 1919, when he resumed the practice of law with office in Suite 408-9, Peoples Bank Bldg., Bloomington.



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