|Birth: ||Jul. 3, 1921|
|Death: ||Jan. 17, 1998|
San Diego County
Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - January 28, 1998
Terence McArron, 76 decorated WWII vet, 30-year postal worker
Terence Bennett McArron remembered every bombing mission he flew over Nazi-held territory during World War II. The flight he remembered most was the one that left his bomb bay sloshing with aviation fuel.
"He was returning to England in a B-17 and was the co-pilot," said his son, Patrick McArron of San Diego. "His Flying Fortress had taken some hits, and the tanks were punctured.
"He said it was a wonder he survived the landing without the plane blowing up."
Mr. McArron later was awarded the Air Medal for demonstrating "courage, coolness and skill" on that and other flights during the war.
Mr. McArron died Jan. 17 from pulmonary fibrosis at his home in La Mesa. He was 76.
The youngest of nine children, Mr. McArron grew up on farms in Missouri and Kansas. He graduated from Mount Shasta High School in Northern California in 1939 and began studies at San Diego State.
World War II interrupted his college plans, and he enlisted in the Army Air Forces in June 1943. He became a B-17 co-pilot in the 401st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force.
After receiving an honorable discharge in November 1945, he went directly into the Air Force Reserve and retired from that service in 1972 with the rank of major.
He married Rosemary Anne Bauman in 1945 in Sioux Falls, S.D., and then resumed his studies in economics at San Diego State, graduating in 1948. In 1946, he began a 30-year career with the U.S. Postal Service, working in Serra Mesa, Coronado and Logan Heights and at the former Main Post Office on E Street downtown.
Mr. McArron was an avid fisherman and loved to travel with his wife and their poodle. He enjoyed working on his computer and used it to write an autobiography about his military service based on 160 letters he wrote to his parents during that time.
"Every Wednesday he would meet at Miramar Naval Air Station with friends from the military and his former pilot class for lunch, where they would hash over stories about 'The Big One,' " his son said. "He is still survived by his pilot, W.H. Ford of Kerrville, Texas."
Along with his son, he is survived by his wife of 52 years and 14 nieces and nephews. The family suggests donations in his name to a favorite charity.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow at Salli Lynn Chapel at Greenwood Memorial Park. A reception will follow at the family home. Ashes will be interred at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
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Published in the 1998 San Diego Union Tribune
Frederick Herman McArron (1877 - 1954)
Arminta Mae Bennett McArron (1880 - 1957)
MAJ, US ARMY
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego County
Plot: CBD, 1, 397
Maintained by: Pat McArron
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Feb 25, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 967696