This Day in Norwood History- August 13, 1942-George T. Lee Gets “Wings” In Air Corps

Col George T Lee Norwood Mass

August 13, 1942- The Norwood Messenger

George T. Lee, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Lee of 26 Rock street, Norwood, has been commissioned a .second lieutenant in the Army Air Forces. He received his “wings*’ at the graduation exercises held here on Wednesday, August 5th.

Lieutenant Lee graduated from Norwood High School In 1937. He was accepted as an aviation cadet at Boston on December IS, 1911.

Before a large assemblage of relatives and friends, the graduates heard Colonel Y. H. Taylor, Spence Field Commanding Officer, call for the realization that “we are engaged in a knock-down-and- drag-out brawl upon the outcome of which hinges our future as an independent race.” He said there was only one solution when war is thrust upon us and that is to “learrn to work—learn to hate— learn to destroy” so as to preserve one’s right to self determination.

Major W.îliam H. Councill, Director of Training, presented diplomas to the graduates, and also commissions to the graduating cadets. The “wings” were presented by Lt. Colonel Daniel I. Moler, Post Executive Officer.

The exercises opened with the graduating class, bearing the colors, marching in review, lead by the Post Band. The ceremony was held at the Post baseball field. At the conclusion of the ceremonies a flight of P-39’s, from a Florida field, flew over in formation.

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