Sam Russell Oglesby Jr.
BIRTH : 18 Nov 1921 - Great Falls, Chester County, South Carolina, USA
DEATH : 21 Oct 2003 - Age 82 - Richland County, South Carolina, USA
Greenlawn Memorial Park
Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
MEMORIAL ID 136958969 · View Source
Sam Russell Oglesby, Jr. was born at home on November 18, 1920, in Great Falls, South Carolina. He was son to the late Sam Russell and Pearl Gladden Oglesby. On November 10, 1945, he married Glenita Smith Oglesby in Mountain Home, Idaho. She was his beloved wife of 48 years until her death in September 1993.
Col. Oglesby was a lifetime career military pilot and decorated veteran of WWII and Korea, awarded the Silver Star. He was a member of the B-24 Hall of Fame. Following retirement from military service in 1968, he returned to South Carolina, and served as an auditor for Richland County Auditor's Office until his retirement in 1985. Col. Oglesby was a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and served as professor of Air Science at Duquesne University. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Blythewood where he was active with the Hillclimbers "Angel" of the Sonrise Band. He was a loyal supporter of Camp Discovery and Epworth Children's Home and a member of the Georgia Masons.
Lt. Sam Oglesby flew the B-24D, 41-11620, named Edna Elizabeth, from the U.S. to North Africa as part of the Halverson Project under Col. Harry A. Halverson. He was the command pilot of the B-24D, Edna Elisabeth, on 13 of the plane's 23 combat missions. He was decorated with the Silver Star for his heroic actions on a mission over Benghazi, Libya in July 1942. His Silver Star was awarded under G.O. #22, HQUSAFIME on 11 Nov 1942. He was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC #5447) and the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. He remained in the Air Force after WW II and served in Korea.
Units served with
Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...
The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942.
Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...
- The B-24D aircraft, 41-11620, Edna Elisabeth, was originally assigned to the British, as Plane BA9 #13a. It was also in the Halpro Group.
1 August 1943
Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...
||Great Falls, Chester County, South Carolina, United States
||18 November 1920
the son of Sam Russell Oglesby Sr and Pearl (Gladden) Oglesby
||White Oak, Fairfield County, South Carolina, United States
||1930 – 1940
||Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina, United States
||26 April 1941
Sam Oglesby enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in the U.S Army Air Corps, 26 April 1941.
||Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, United States
||21 October 2003
||Greenlawn Memorial Park, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, United States