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 William Pryor Sloan

William Pryor Sloan

Birth
Ojus, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Death 11 Dec 1999 (aged 93)
Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Burial Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Plot 36, 0, 3784
Military COL, US AIR FORCE
Memorial ID 1187101 · View Source
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COLONEL, US AIR FORCE
WORLD WAR II, KOREA

Colonel William Pryor Sloan, USAF, of Ojus (Miami), FL, died on Saturday, December 11, 1999 in Pensacola, FL.
Born to Bessie Pratt and Arch Sloan at Ojus (Miami), FL, November 16, 1906. Col. Sloan graduated from high school in Cave Spring, GA. He attended Georgia Tech in 1927 and 1928. He joined the Army Air Corps as a flying cadet, won his wings in 1929, and served in fighter and attack squadrons. In 1934, then lieutenant, Sloan married Eleanor Ruth Wilcox of Madison, CT at Wheeler Field, Honolulu, HI. He retired from active duty with the Air Force in June, 1958, continued defense work for several years, and settled in Mobile, AL. Col. Sloan's career spanned key years of preparation for World War II, the great conflict itself, and the height of cold war tensions.
In 1938, then captain, Sloan organized the Army Air Corps' engine maintenance instruction at Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, IL, running classes around the clock, seven days a week. At the time, the Air Corps (later the Army Air Force and US Air Force) had fewer than 26,000 personnel and about 400 combat aircraft. Germany's Luftwaffe had half a million personnel and over four thousand fighting planes. In 1941, then major, Sloan was given charge of the development of two new training centers, Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS and Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX, both still major USAF training centers. In 1939 about 1,500 men were graduated from technical training schools. Two years later, the rate was 42,000 and rising rapidly. WWII brought commands in the Air Transport Command and other assignments.
During the Berlin Airlift Col. Sloan commanded a key stopover at Stephenville, Newfoundland. In 1951-56, commanding the Air Force depot in Memphis, TN, he organized the first computer-based aircraft parts system in the Air Force. There were no computer specialists. They were developed at the depot. Following his retirement, Col. Sloan managed support for the Air Force surveillance units in Turkey. In 1964, Col. and Mrs. Sloan moved to Mobile, AL, where he was active in civic work and military family welfare and Mrs. Sloan concluded her 75 years of service to the Girl Scouts. They moved to Pensacola in 1993, where Mrs. Sloan died that October.
Col. Sloan is survived by William M. Slona of Annapolis, MD; Richard Pratt Sloan of Pensacola, FL; and Marjory Sloan Werstak of Winter Haven, FL; and by six grandchildren, Davin Sloan, Heike Sloan and Ian Pryor Sloan of Annapolis, William Robinson Sloan of Pensacola, Jeffery Sloan Werstak of Atlanta, GA and Jason James Werstak of Columbia, SC.
Visitation for family and friends is 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 16, 1999 at Bayview Fisher-Pou Funeral Home, 3351 Scenic Highway, Pensacola, FL.
Services and military honors at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola NAS, FL at 11 a.m., Thursday.
BAYVIEW FISHER-POU CHAPEL is in charge of arrangements.
1999 Escambia County Florida Obituaries





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  • Maintained by: Earth Angel
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 26 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1187101
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Pryor Sloan (16 Nov 1906–11 Dec 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1187101, citing Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Earth Angel (contributor 47237289) .