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COL William J Feallock, II

COL William J Feallock, II

Birth
Michigan City, La Porte County, Indiana, USA
Death 5 Apr 1998 (aged 81)
Spanish Fort, Baldwin County, Alabama, USA
Burial Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi, USA
Plot C, 0, 350
Memorial ID 640771 · View Source
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SPANISH FORT, AL -- Colonel William J. Feallock, II, (U.S. Air Force Retired), 81, of Spanish Fort, AL died Sunday, April 5, 1998 in Spanish Fort.

Duties ranging from pursuit pilot, with combat baptism in the Philippines in the beginning days of World War II, to the diplomatic service have filled the Air Force career of Colonel William J. Feallock, II, commander of the 2483rd Air Force Reserve Sector at Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri.

From Michigan City, Indiana, Col. Feallock, in February 1937, enlisted in the Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet after pursuing aeronautical engineering studies at Purdue University. At the university he had been an ROTC cadet in Field Artillery.

Col. Feallock was commissioned a second lieutenant a year later upon his graduation at Kelly Field as a pursuit pilot. His principal duty from then until the onset of World War II was that of pilot. He was stationed at Nichols Field with a P-40 squadron when the Philippines were attacked in December 1941. Col. Feallock was shot down in an air battle an the third day of the war. He suffered injuries which prevented him from flying and subsequently he was assigned as administrative aide to Lieut. General Richard K. Sutherland, a member of the staff of General Douglas MacArthur. The colonel was evacuated to Corregidor with MacArthur's staff, then to Cebu with a message for the commander, and next was dispatched to Mindanao.

His next wartime duty was as a fighter operations officer at Port Moresby in New Guinea, where he flew the Airacobra (P-39) and the Dauntless (A-24).

From October, 1942, until November, 1944, Col. Feallock was stationed in the United States training pursuit pilots with the knowledge he had gained in combat during the opening phase of World War II.

On his Second combat tour, Col. Feallock was assigned to the 309th Bomb Wing in New Guinea, flying Thunderbolts, Spitfires, Hellcats, and Mustangs in strikes against the enemy in the Philippines. Next he was assigned as staff officer in operations with the Fifth Air Force in the final push to recapture the Philippines. His most vivid memory of this period comes from the Fall of 1944 when, as an air observer, he watched paratroopers, artillery units, guerrillas, and amphibious forces in a combined operation that he developed, freeing American prisoners from the infamous Santo Tomas prison, 100 miles south of Manila.

During the war in the Pacific, Col. Feallook was credited with 165 missions and 395 combat flying hours. Since then he has maintained his flying skill by checking out in T-33's (jet trainers), B-57's and F-100's (early Jet combat planes). He is now a command pilot with more than 10,500 flying hours.

Since the end of World War II, overseas assignments for Col. Feallook have been in the Asiatic-Pacific area, with the exception of a tour of duty as Assistant Air Attache in Ankara, Turkey, from April 1946 to June 1947.

He was from September 1947 to March 1948, a member of the Military Observation, Committee of the Far Eastern Command. This group was charged with keeping the truce agreements during the Indonesian revolt against the government of the Netherlands.

Col. Feallook came to the 2483rd Air Force Reserve Sector from Tachikawa Air Base, Japan, where he was deputy commander of the 6100th Support Wing. Previously he was commander of the Advanced Survival Training Group at Stead AFB, Nevada, where he not only trained air crews in survival techniques but, as a good commander should, took the lead by personally initiating a new survival course.

He is a 1950 graduate of the Regular Course of the Air Command and Staff School at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. For nearly three years he was a deputy commander and then commander of Basic Military Training Groups at Lackland AFB, Texas. Col. Feallook also served four years as Commander of the 3505th Recruiting Group at Chanute AFB, Illinois.

During his last overseas assignment, besides the Tachikawa tour, Col. Feallock was Commander of Kunsan AFB, Korea, and served as Chief of Protocol with Fifth Air Force Headquarters in Japan.

He is a 1952 graduate of the Advanced Management Course at George Washington University and has served in assignments as Chief of Personnel Procurement at Continental Air Force Headquarters at Bolling AFB, D.C., in 1946, as Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel with Fifth Air Force Headquarters in 1945, and as Foreign and U.S. Liaison Officer at Far East Air Forces Headquarters in 1948 and 1949. He served for thirty-one and a half years in the U.S. Air Force and received the following awards and decorations: Distinguished Flying Cross with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; Air Force Commendation Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; Purple Heart; Distinguished Unit Emblem with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; American Defense Service Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; American Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; Army of Occupation Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Air Force Longevity Service Award with one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster; Philippine Defense Service Ribbon; Philippine Liberation Medal; Philippine Independence Ribbon; Republic of the Philippines Presidential Unit Citation.

Col. William J. Feallock is a man of wide interests, in addition to his Air Force job. They fall in a far-ranging spectrum from quiet historical study to physical activities including hunting and horseback riding.

He is a collector. His collections include a modest library of historical models and books on Air Force units, personalities and combat aircraft. He also possesses a small collection of guns, some for their historical value and others for use in another hobby, that of skeet shooting and upland bird hunting. In connection with his penchant for hunting, he recently acquired another member of the family a Labrador retriever.

Another collection graces him household -- works of oriental art and Japanese art and culture, reflecting his many years of service in the Asiatic and Pacific areas.

His fondness for flying is evidenced in his Aero Club activities. Col. Feallock has been a member of the Aero Clubs at Chanute AFB, Illinois; Kunsan AB, Korea; and was a member of Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri. He built over 1,000 model war planes and historic warships and generously shared his collection with various museums and the Marine Education Center in Biloxi.

A family man, he and his children joined in many activities, such as horseback riding. At Lackland AFB, Texas, Col. Feallock was instrumental in getting a contract stable on the base for the use of all personnel. Youth activities were one of Col. Feallock's strong interests and he was personally involved in Boy Scout Council work while in the Far East and at Chanute AFB, Illinois. He also sponsored Junior AAU swimming and diving meets at various installations where he had been stationed.

He had established his former homes in Biloxi and Gulfport since 1968 and retired in Spanish Fort, AL in 1993.

He was a member of the following: President and owner of High Speed Copy Center in Biloxi; charter member of Keeslers Hurricane Flight Daedalians; Rotary International since 1965; Retired Officers Association; Air Force Association; Confederate Air Force; Mach Busters Club, Caterpillar Club; Defenders of Bataan and Corrigedor. He was also a member of the following: St. Mark's Episcopal Church; Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra Assn.; Mississippi Art Museum Gulf Coast; Gulf Coast Opera Theater, Inc.; Keesler Air Force Base Officer's Club; St. Michael's Farm for Boys; Center Stage, Inc. Biloxi Little Theater; Mississippi Coast Organists Assn.; The Metropolitan Dinner Club; Symphony Concerts Mobile and St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Daphne.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth J. Feallock of Spanish Fort, AL; one daughter, Susan Mary Feallock of Boise, Idaho; two sons, Commander William J. Feallock, III (U.S. Navy Ret.) and his wife, Janet, of Tampa, FL and Commander Mark Conrad Feallock, U.S. Navy, and his wife, Sandra, of Alexandria, VA; a stepdaughter, Jeanne Hardin of Carmel, CA; a half-sister, Mrs. Jack (Connie Ann) Schried of Frankfort, IN; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

There will be a graveside service Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Biloxi National Cemetery with full military honors.

The family prefers memorials to Westminster Village Foundation, Inc., 500 Spanish Fort Blvd., Spanish Fort, AL 36527.

Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home in Gulfport is in charge of arrangements.
Published April 8, 1998 The Sun Herald


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 640771
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