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AC144_JAMES_DAVID_PROCTOR_PAPERSDescriptive Sheet The James David Proctor AC -199 Papers General Type: Papers Physical Description: 2 linear ft. Inclusive Dates: 1941-1945 Donor: Mrs. Laura Proctor James David Proctor (1918-1991) was born and qrew up in Beaumont. He qraduated from Beaumont Hiqh School and attended Lamar Colleqe where he was in the first civilian pilot traininq class sponsored by Lamar Colleqe. In March of 1941, he joined the Army Air Force and attended fliqht school at Kelly Air Field in San Antonio. In September of 1942 he became a member of General Claire L. Chennault's famous "Flyinq Tiqer's Squadron" in the China, India and Burma theater, flyinq a total of fifty-three (53) combat missions aqainst the Japanese occupyinq forces durinq World War II. He was once shot down behind enemy lines and aided by Chinese qorillas and peasants and traveled more than 130 miles in four days before reachinq the safety of his squadron. Havinq completed his combat tour in 1943, Captain Proctor returned home havinq been awarded the Distinquished Flyinq Cross, the Silver Star, the Air medal, the Chinese Air Hero Medal, the American Defense Medal with a bronze service star, and the American Theater Medal with a bronze service star. This collection consists of Lt. Colonel Proctor's military records, one (1) scrapbook consistinq of military photoqraphs and other World War II memorabilia, and the American Flaq worn on the back of his fliqht jacket at the time he was shot down over enemy territory. No restrictions apply.