Edward J. Peterson

Inducted January 9, 2016

United States Army Air Forces Pilot

Englewood Chapter

Englewood, Colorado

Graduated Englewood High School - 1935
Responsible for the founding of Englewood Chapter Order of DeMolay
Member of the Englewood Masonic Lodge
Graduated Denver University, Bachelor of Arts - 1939
Graduated Denver University, Master of Arts - 1940
Enlisted in the Army's Aviation Cadet Program - 1941
Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Forces and
promoted to 1st Lieutenant - 1942
Operations Officer of the 14th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron - 1942
Tragically lost his life August 8th, 1942 while on a routine aircraft test flight
Colorado Springs Army Air Base renamed Peterson Army Air Base - 1942
Peterson Field renamed to Peterson Air Force Base - 1975
Perhaps the best way to summarize Lieutenant Peterson’s sacrifice for his nation comes from the words on a certificate presented to his family and signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt; “He stands in the unbroken line of patriots who have dared to die, so that freedom might live. And grow. And increase its blessings. Freedom lives. And through it, he lives.”