|Birth: ||Jul. 9, 1916|
|Death: ||Jul. 17, 1996|
On 9 July 1916, Francis Stephen Driscoll was born in Chanute, Kansas. His parents were Daniel Lester Driscoll and Mary Margaret Donahue Driscoll.
On 25 June 1939, Francis married Davida Bernadine Gleason, who was the daughter of David Albert and Mary Nira Wood Gleason, in Council Grove, Kansas.
In 1944, Francis enlisted in the United States Army's Air Corps. He was then sent to a Texas airbase and received his flight training.
Upon earning his wings, he was deployed to the war's European theater and based on Corsica, in the Mediterranean. He belonged to a B-25 bomber squadron, and served as a co-pilot on one of its planes.
His base was a very active one. He and his fellow crew members conducted over fifty bombing missions into Germany. As a result, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, with five oak-leaf clusters.
After the war, he joined the Air Force Reserve and relocated to Wichita, Kansas. He soon went to work for the local office of the Veteran's Administration. Eventually, he became the head of the office's home-loan department. He held that position until 1978, when he retired.
In addition, he was also active in the local branch of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. For years, he served as one of the branch's managing officers, and then its members elected him its president. He held that post for one or two years.
Francis remained in the Air Force Reserve for decades, and eventually became a lieutenant colonel.
After settling in to retired life, he began to travel the country to pursue his favorite hobby: golfing. He entered and won several tournaments. The highlight of that activity came in the early 1980s, when an Arizona golfing magazine named him its "golfer of the year" and put his picture on its cover.
On 17 July 1996, Francis died in an eldercare facility, in Haysville, Kansas. He was buried in a crypt in the Cavalry Cemetery, in Wichita, Kansas.
The Driscoll's had no children.
Daniel Lester Driscoll (1872 - 1942)
Mary Margaret Donahue Driscoll (1877 - 1954)
Davida Bernadine Gleason Driscoll (1915 - 2009)*
Maintained by: David Aspelin
Originally Created by: Deb
Record added: Mar 04, 2007
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