Joseph E. Wallace

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Dr. Joseph E. Wallace COLUMBIA - The family of Dr. Joseph E. Wallace, 93, will receive friends from 5 until 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. A reception will be held at noon Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in the Adult Reception Room following a private graveside service. Dr. Wallace died Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Born in Columbia, he was a son of the late Joseph E. Wallace and Claudia Harrison Wallace. He graduated from Columbia High School and during his sophomore year while studying electrical engineering at the University of South Carolina, joined the medical detachment of the 263rd Coast Artillery of the South Carolina National Guard. He was called into federal service on January 13, 1941, to serve one year. Pearl Harbor occurred on December 7th and he remained in the service until the war in Japan was over in August, 1945. Dr. Wallace was a member of the Army Air Corps for eight more years. In April, 1942, he volunteered as an aviation cadet in the Army Air Corps and was commissioned as an aerial navigator on May 1, 1943. His first station was at Davis-Monthan Air Base in Tucson, Arizona. While he was an aviation cadet and flight lieutenant, he received permission from the Army to be married. He and Elizabeth Jean Mullen of Charleston were married on March 13, 1943. When he arrived at Davis-Monthan, he became an instructor on B-24 heavy bombers. After three months Dr. Wallace was made squadron ground school officer. In November, 1943, he was transferred to Charleston, South Carolina, Airbase and joined the 454th bombardment group that has completed its combat training. His whole combat training consisted of flying out over the Atlantic Ocean and firing a 50 cal. machine gun one time. The 454th Bomb Group flew the southern route to Tunis, Tunisia, while waiting for the airfield in San Giovanni, Italy, to be completed. For his combat service he was awarded the Army Air Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters and promoted to first lieutenant. After completing a tour of combat as a navigator in the 15th Air Force, he was transferred back to the U.S.A. He arrived in New York, on August 3, 1944. At the reclassification center in Miami, he applied for pilot training, but was told there were no openings, since they already had too many pilots. He was transferred to Savannah, Georgia, as a navigation instructor on B-24 heavy bombers and then after short duty at Lincoln and Geneva, Nebraska, he was transferred to Salina, Kansas, as a navigation instructor. While his permanent station was Salina, he served about two months with the B-29 crews training out of Batista Field in Cuba. He remained in Salina, Kansas, until after the war in Japan was over in August, 1945, and was discharged from active duty at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He remained in the Reserve for eight years while completing his education at the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in chemistry and his D.D.S. degree at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Wallace practiced general dentistry in Columbia for over 46 years and during that time served as secretary-treasurer of the Central Dental Society, secretary-treasurer and president of the South Carolina Dental Association. He also served as secretary-treasurer of the South Carolina State Board of Dentistry, and was a life member of the American Dental Society. He served on the Board of Directors of the Richland County Red Cross, The South Carolina Chapter of the American Cancer Society and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of South Carolina. Earlier in his professional career he was a member of the Columbia Jaycees and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. He was a charter member of the St. Andrew's Society of Columbia, a charter member of the Summit Club, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, a member of Forest Lake Club, the Quadrille Club, the Saraband Club, The Elks Club and a member and past president of the Acres Club. After returning to Columbia he joined Eastminster Presbyterian Church where he served as assistant Scout Master, taught Sunday School, was Sunday School Superintendent, secretary of the Board of Deacons and served as an Elder. After the death of his wife, Elizabeth Mullen Wallace he later married Marjorie P. Stands, the widow of Dr. Benjamin O. Stands. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Stands Wallace; children, Joseph E. Wallace, Jr. (Sally); son-in-law, George Jackson; grandchildren, Claudia Jackson Sandifer (Kevin), Catherine C. Jackson, Joseph E. Wallace III (Anna), Stuart A. Wallace; great grandchildren, Tyler A. Sandifer and Mary Mullen Sandifer. He is also survived by Marjorie's children, Dr. James W. Stands, Nance Adams, Deborah Savage and Jancie Addison; grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition to his parents and first wife, he was predeceased by his daughter, Deborah W. Jackson; siblings, Marian Wallace Fuller and Frank Harrison Wallace. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Please sign the online guestbook at

Published in The State on Mar. 6, 2014
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