|Birth: ||Jul. 2, 1936|
|Death: ||Sep. 2, 2013|
Gerald Wehrly, 77 of Angleton passed away Monday, September 2, 2013
Gerald was a small town, country boy with big dreams. He planned to go to The University of Texas and become a pilot, as well. With only a few hitches along the way he accomplished both dreams.
After graduating from high school and attending U.T. for two years Gerald had to return home to care for an injured father, 2 siblings and a mother. He worked as an engineer for the highway department in Brazoria County. As an engineer for the highway department he designed and helped build the bridges that are currently being re-designed on South Highway 288 B. The family has always referred to them as "Gerald's Bridges".
After a few months Gerald applied to the Aviation Cadet School in the Air Force. With a little help from then Senator Jimmy Phillips and Frank Steves he was accepted to the last Air Force Aviation class to ever be offered to non-college graduates during his junior year at U.T. He was immediately noticed for his proficiency in trainer air craft and later assigned to Strategic Air Command where he excelled to high commendation and rank as well as command.
During his tenure as an Air Force pilot he flew models of various trainers, both propeller driven and jets. He received his wings and was assigned to Strategic Air Command where he flew the B-47 bomber in the later stages of its development and was promoted to duty on the new B-52. He then became so proficient as a pilot of the B-52 Bomber that SAC made him a check pilot where he evaluated all of the B-52 pilots in S.A.C.
He was stationed at many bases across the United States and overseas from California to Caribou, Maine. He spent a short exploratory tour in KC-135 Tankers and the not very well known supersonic B-58 Super Bomber.
He flew over 400 combat missions in Viet Nam from 1967 to 1972. During this time he received many special assignments earning several honors and distinguished awards and medals. He came home with many exciting tales, one of which you might remember…Gerald, then only a young Captain did a very low fly-over in a B-52 while passing over his hometown of Angleton. He was said to have been only 500 feet above the tree tops and scared a goodly many citizens but thrilling many more including his parents.
Created by: Tammy Elizabeth (Gunnels...
Record added: Sep 03, 2013
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