Edward J. Peterson

Edward J. Peterson

United States Army Air Forces Pilot

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.

Honors:

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

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