Rome Daily Sentinel June 19, 1973
Professor Succumbs in Hospital
Willis J. Pardoe. 51, of 477 Oxford St., a professor of accounting at the State University College at Albany. died Monday in Crouse - Irving Memorial Hospital, Syracuse, after a sudden illness. Mr. Pardoe was born July 22. 1921 in Oneida, son of Walter E. and Margaret Willis Pardoe. He attended Oneida schools and graduated from the' University of Mississippi. A resident of this community for the past seven months, he formerly lived in Albany. He was once a member of the faculties of Ferris and Florida State Universities. A veteran of World War II, he served as a Captain in the Army Air Corps in Europe where he was shot down. It took him 31 days, with the assistance of the Underground, to make his escape. He was a member of the Oneida Masonic Lodge and the Sherrill American Legion Post. Besides his wife, the former Joyce Zorn. he leaves his parents in Oneida Castle, a son. Walter E., Atlanta, and a daughter, Mrs. Phyliss Floyd, Batesville. Miss. Services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at the Campbell - Dean Funeral Home. Oneida. Burial will be in Oneida Castle Cemetery. Calling hours are from 7 to 9 tonight and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 Wednesday. ---end obituary
Bill Pardoe was a B24 bomber pilot during WWII stationed out of the USAAC base at Cerignola, Italy. On April 2, 1944, he and his crew were shot down over Slovenia. Five of the crew members were captured by the Germans and spent the duration of the war in POW camps, but Bill Pardoe and 4 other members of the crew evaded capture and returned to Allied controlled territory.
Mary Earline Basco Pardoe
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