Earl Wassom Obituary – As of today, Aviation Heritage Park is in a state of mourning due to the passing of Distinguished Aviator Dr. Earl Wassom. During World War II, Lt. Wassom served as a pilot for the United States Army. In recognition of his service, he was honored with the presentation of five Air Medals, a Purple Heart, four European Campaign Stars, and a Distinguished Unit Citation. Additionally, the Distinguished Unit Citation was established in his honor after the war’s conclusion.
In addition to this, the Distinguished Unit Citation was posthumously awarded to him after the war was finished. It was named after him after the war was over and presented to him after he had passed away. During his time in the military, he used a B-24 Liberator to complete 35 missions over the course of his career. He was hurt while flying over Heligoland, Germany, but he recovered and finished his tour with the same crew he had been initially assigned to.
While he was flying over Heligoland, Germany, he sustained an injury. After that, he flew a wide variety of aircraft for the Air Transport Command up until the time when he was released from the military. After having a very fruitful career in education, he decided to retire in 1985 after resigning from his position of leadership at WKU. His career was very successful.