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Paul D. Salley


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Paul D. Salley Obituary
Platner Flier is Awarded D. F. C. for Combat Duty
Lieut. Paul D. Salley, Home on Furlough, Gets Flying Cross.
Printed in the Akron News-Reporter, October 1944

Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to 1st Lieut. Paul D. Salley of Platner, for "extraordinary achievement in aerial combat," was announced recently from an Eight Air Force Liberator station in England.
Announcement of the award was made by Maj. Gen. William E. Kepner, commanding general of the Second Bombardment division. Lieut. Salley is a co-pilot in Wis. and has participated in 30 bombing missions over Germany and enemy occupies Europe. Many of these were in the face of very heavy enemy opposition.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Salley, who live northeast of Platner. A graduate of the Platner high school, he was assisting his father on the farm before entering the army on March 16, 1942. The Platner flyer was stationed at Wendover Field, Utah, before going overseas March 11, 1944.
Besides the DFC, Lieut. Salley holds the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. Lieut. Salley, who has been spending a furlough with his parents since returning from overseas, expects to leave for California on Friday. At the California station, he will await reassignment to duty.
Paul Salley obit
Paul D. Salley, Lt. Col. USAF Retired, 91, of Hemet, CA, passed away on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, CA. Born on July 3, 1923 in Colton, CA; he was the eldest son of the late William and Birdie Salley.
A proud American, Paul enlisted in the United State Army Air Corps at the age of 18. He served in the United States Army Air Corps and the United States Air Force during World War II, the Korean War and the Viet Nam War. He flew 30 missions over Europe in B-24 Liberator bombers, during which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross and then transitioned to the B-47 Stratojet, the nuclear delivery bombers in the Strategic Air Command. He finished his career flying C-130 aircraft for the Military Airlift Command, which included a year with the United States Air Force Thunderbird Air Demonstration Team. After a 20 year career on active duty and in the Reserves, he retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. However, despite this impressive accomplishment, he remained humble. His service was not for prestige, but for the privilege to serve.
After retirement from the United States Air Force, Paul enjoyed a short career as a banker, but his passion for flying continued for many more years. He flew as a commercial pilot for a commuter airline, as a charter pilot for Hemet Ryan Aviation, for the United States Navy as a civilian contract pilot dropping electronic warfare drones and as an air tanker pilot for the United States Forestry Service. He even found time to collaborate, build and fly an experimental open cockpit bi-wing high performance airplane. Paul owned several of his own airplanes for many years and loved to take friends and family flying with him.
Paul will be remembered as a witty, kind, loving, generous, honest and humble man who devoted himself to his family. He enjoyed traveling, especially to Hawaii and Mexico. Although Paul lived in California for over 50 years, he often visited friends and family in Akron, which is a small town on the plains of Colorado, near where he grew up on a farm. He graduated from Platner High School with the class of 1940. Paul was an avid reader and history buff. He was especially passionate about anything to do with flying. He was a loyal fan of the Los Angeles Angels and enjoyed spring training in Arizona.
Paul is preceded in passing by his beloved wife, Mary Lou Salley and sister, Phyllis Peters. Paul is survived by his children, Richard Salley, Linda Mistele and Evelyn Richards; siblings, Glen Salley, Mary Ann Saffer, Barbara Wilson, Bill Salley and Sandy Vaughn; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A funeral service was held to celebrate Paul's life on Friday, September 5, 2014. The memorial service to honor his service to his country was held that afternoon at 2:01 p.m. at Riverdale National Cemetery in Riverside, California.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Sept. 17, 2014
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