|Birth: ||Jun. 6, 1919|
|Death: ||Sep. 5, 2012|
Louis was the only child of Nellie Mae Archer and Louis Manford Hazlewood. He was born in El Dorado, KS on June 6, 1919. His father worked in the oil fields in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, so the family moved around quite a bit in his younger years. He was 7 years old when his parents divorced, and Louie was sent to live with his grandmother Dena Stein Hazlewood in Centralia, IL. Louie lived with his grandmother until his senior year in high school when his father remarried and Louie was able to move to Breckenridge, TX to live with his dad and step-mother. His family lived next door to Albert and Cora Ford Stokes and their daughter Mary Elizabeth. Mary was two years younger than Louie, but they were friends and both graduated high school in Breckenridge, TX.
After high school, Louie attended two years at Texas A&M. He worked as a bookkeeping machine operator. World War II was starting, so Louie enlisted in the Army Air Forces on December 31, 1941, Louie was 22 years old. He was sent to boot camp and flight training school. He was eventually sent to Transition School in Columbia, S.C. to learn about the particular 'type' of plane he would be flying. Louie became a B-25 bomber pilot in the Army Air Corp. Louis and Mary were married in Valdosta, GA May 31, 1943. Mary had just graduated from Texas Women's College in Denton, TX the week before the wedding. Louie was scheduled to go overseas in October of 1943.
Louie was in the 12th Army Air Force, 340th Bomb Group, 489th Squadron stationed in Italy on Mt. Vesuvius. His group was one of the 4 Bomb Squadrons that was destroyed when Mt. Vesuvius erupted on March 22nd, 1944. The 4 Bomb Squadrons lost 88 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers. All 88 B-25's were completely totaled. The men had to literally 'run for their lives' to escape the hot ash. Wearing steel helmets and heavy sheepskin jackets for protection from the falling material, most of the men were loaded into trucks and evacuated to Naples, Italy. The 4 Bomb Squadrons were: 486th, 487th, 488th, & 489th. These 4 squadrons were relocated to Alesani, Corsica and returned to their bombing missions within a week after the eruption.
The bombing runs made by these squadrons were some of the worst bombing missions of WWII. As a pilot, Louie was lucky enough to never lose a man on any of his missions. His plane was shot at and had lots of holes in it. They took on lots of flak.
Louie flew a total of 56 combat missions in 9 months before he was released in March, 1944 to return to the states, just days before the May 13, 1944 German air raid of the Alesan Air Field on the island of Corsica.
After the war, Louie and Mary lived in Houston, TX for a few years and both worked for DuPont at Baytown. They eventually settled in Ada, OK and raised two children: Terry and Sue. After working in the oil fields with his father for a number of years, Louis started his own oil well servicing company. He used a cable-tool rig to service the wells and that business put his two children through college. Louie raised Angus cattle as a hobby at their home south of Ada on brick plant road. After more than 35 years in the oil fields in the Ada area, he retired. Louie and Mary moved to Albuquerque, NM. They enjoyed the Jemez Mountains and cooler climate of New Mexico. They lived there until Mary died in 2000. They were married 57 years.
In December of 2001, Louie married Mildred ‘Sugar' Miller of Austin, TX. Louie and Sugar moved to Tulsa, OK in 2008 when Louie started showing signs of decline from Alzheimer's. Louie was 93 when he died September 5, 2012.
Louis Manford Bedford Ferdinand Hazlewood (1895 - 1968)
Nellie Mae Archer Smith (1894 - 1947)
Mary Elizabeth Stokes Hazlewood (1921 - 2000)
Santa Fe National Cemetery
Santa Fe County
New Mexico, USA
Created by: Sue Rosencutter
Record added: Sep 28, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97915148
Added: Feb. 14, 2015
Louis thanks for serving our country during World War II.|
Added: Feb. 14, 2015