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Sam Russell Oglesby Jr

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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
BURIAL :
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.

Service

Units served with

  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Group
    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...

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 343rd Bomb Squadron

    343rd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    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...

  • 512th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-11620 Edna Elizabeth

    B-24 Liberator
    - 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. ...

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Great Falls, Chester County, South Carolina, United States 18 November 1920

the son of Sam Russell Oglesby Sr and Pearl (Gladden) Oglesby

Lived in White Oak, Fairfield County, South Carolina, United States 1930 – 1940
Enlisted 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.

Died Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, United States 21 October 2003
Buried Greenlawn Memorial Park, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, United States

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2022 11:37:06 decwriter Changes to biography
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Corrected bio data for accuracy against official records.

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2022 11:35:13 decwriter Changes to awards
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Corrected awards per official files.

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2022 08:20:10 Kickapoo Changes to awards
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Awards added. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2022 08:17:11 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Spelling, word corrections - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2022 04:46:13 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Sam Russell Oglesby, Jr. - Find-A-Grave Memorials

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2022 04:31:06 Kickapoo Changes to service number, role, biography and events
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11620 - Edna Elizabeth

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2022 00:56:14 decwriter Changes to biography and awards
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Added to awards and bio section. NARA files reflect one Silver Star, one Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. He did not participate in the Operation Tidal Wave mission on 1 August 1943 and is not listed on any Ploesti roster.

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2020 13:49:49 Michelle O Cranford Changes to highest rank and biography
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Updated by Michelle O Cranfor, daughter on 11-12-20

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2017 16:04:44 ED-BB Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment Records
US Censuses 1930 and 1940
SSDI (Social Security Death Index)
http://www.armyaircorps-376bg.com/oglesby_sam_r_crew.html
http://www.armyaircorps-376bg.com/41-11620_edna_elizabeth.html

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