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Grady McKay Farley
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Birth: Feb. 23, 1919
Alabama, USA
Death: Mar. 9, 2002
Russellville
Franklin County
Alabama, USA

Mr. Farley was a native of Franklin County and lifelong member of First United
Methodist Church in Russellville.

He enlisted in the United States Army Air Force in 1942 and served as tail
gunner on B-24 Liberator. On November 14, 1943, Farley was on board B-24
#42-73304, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 493rd
Bombardment Squadron. They were part of a six plane formation on the way to bomb
the town of Pakokku, Burma when they were attacked by fifteen to twenty Japanese
fighters. After several attacks, Farley's plane had suffered heavy damage and
went out of control. It rolled over on it's back and dived straight into the
ground from 11,000 feet. Farley and a crew mate managed to bail out of the
plane, eight other men did not. Two other bombers were shot down as well.

Farley was captured and spent 23 months in Rangoon Japanese POW camp. He was a
recipient of the Purple Heart, Air Medal, Good Conduct and China Burma India
medals.

He graduated from API in 1948, now known as Auburn University. He retired from
TVA-Division of Chemical Development with 31 years of service.

He was a member of Russell-ville Masonic Lodge No. 371 for 56 years. He was also
a lifetime member of VFW Post 5184, Russellville, a member of EX-POW Rangoon
Burma Association and member of Auburn University Golden Eagles.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Grady Hopkins Farley (1889 - 1972)
  Winnie McKay Farley (1892 - 1950)
 
Burial:
Knights of Pythias Cemetery
Russellville
Franklin County
Alabama, USA
 
Created by: Karen Harrison
Record added: Oct 12, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60020765
Grady McKay Farley
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Grady McKay Farley
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Grady McKay Farley
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- Sammy Garner
 Added: May. 5, 2013
From a Baggett genealogist
- Karen Baggett Harrison
 Added: Mar. 14, 2012
 
 
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