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Shown with their engines roaring, Curtiss P-40 fighter aircraft are lined up at Hamilton Field, California, prior to their deployment to the Philippines.Pilots of the 20th Pursuit Group and their ground crewmen check the engine performance.His father’s position as a county judge and tax assessor led him toward a career in the legal profession, and after high school he attended Tarleton College in Stephenville, Texas, in preparation to study law at the University of Texas in Austin.

He told his father he wanted to get an appointment to the Army’s “West Point of the Air.” Instead of expressing consternation, Judge Dyess was pleased with his son’s decision and told him, “Son, if it can be got, we’ll get it.” He got the appointment as an aviation cadet and reported to Kelly Field at San Antonio for flight training.

Military flight training was a dangerous proposition in the 1930s, and Dyess soon came to know death firsthand as some of his classmates “bought the farm” in training accidents.

He and his father were inspired by Charles Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic along with the rest of America as the country became air-minded.

His dad took him up for his first airplane ride when a barnstormer stopped for a few days in their community.

Occasional heavy monsoon rains on Wednesday may trigger floods and landslides in Metro Manila, Ilocos and Cordillera regions, the Babuyan islands, and the provinces of Cavite, Batangas, Bataan and Zambales, said PAGASA.

Mimaropa and the rest of Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and Calbarzon, meanwhile, will experience light to moderate rains due to the habagat while localized thunderstorms may affect Bicol region, Visayas and Mindanao.

Born August 9, 1916, Ed Dyess was a Texan in the truest sense of the word.

Army Air Corps pilot and squadron commander, was considered a hero by men who served under him in the Philippines and who felt they owed their own lives to Ed’s sacrifice.

After his transfer to California, he met Marijean Stavik, a young woman from Champaign, Illinois, whose family published the Champaign newspaper.

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