Philip C. Sprawls
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Louisville, KY - Philip C. Sprawls, Lt. Col., USAF, retired, 98, passed away on February 16, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. He was born and raised on a farm in Montmorenci, South Carolina, graduated from Clemson University in 1938 and entered the United States Army Air Corps in 1940. He was a survivor of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1942, he was the first American combat casualty of the Solomon Islands Campaign. After recovering from his injuries, he flew over twenty five combat missions and was awarded the Purple Heart, Distin-guished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Navy Commenda-tion. He became a Command Pilot with over twenty years' service and over 2,000 hours of flight.
In 1946, he married Helen M. Pyle of Rapid City, South Dakota, his devoted wife of 67 years.
In 1959, he became commander of the Air Force ROTC detachment at the University of Louisville. He and his family adopted Louisville, Ken-tucky as their home town and the University of Louisville as their extended family. Col. Sprawls was Placement Di-rector at the University of Louisville for fifteen years after a twenty six year career in the Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Susan (Toole), four brothers, Murray (Sam), Luther Jr. (Luke), David and John and his sister, Annie Geldart. Col. Sprawls is survived by his wife, Helen, four children: Dr. R. Duff, Barbara, David and Robert. He donated his body to the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Mar. 2, 2014