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Alton 'Andy' Andrews
Andy was born September 19, 1921 in Salem, Oregon and had a sister who was four years older than him. Andy enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1945 and became a bombardier with the 398th Bomb Group, Eighth Air Force. He was assigned to a crew and flew on a B-17 Flying Fortress. His plane was shot down on July 16, 1944. After a period of evasion, he was captured and sent to Stalag Luft I, a Germans Prison of War camp near Barth, Germany. He was liberated in April 1945. Andy was on leave back in OR when the war ended, and he was discharged from the Air Force in 1945. He earned a degree in Civil Engineering in 1949 from Oregon State University. He worked as an Engineer and manager at several municipal water treatment operations in Western Oregon. Andy married in 1945, had a son and a daughter, and lost his wife after 25 years of marriage. Andy turned 96 on September 19, 2017 and passed away five days later on September 24. Andy went on his Honor Flight in April 2013.
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