Dubuque County


Lt. Col. Thomas M. Seymour

Five Iowa Fliers Given DFC Award

WASHINGTON, D. C.  (AP) – Five Iowa fliers, members of the 9th air force, have been awarded the distinguished flying cross for participation in 25 combat missions against the coast of France, the war department announced Friday.

They were Lt. Col. Thomas M. Seymour, Dubuque [Dubuque Co.]; Lt. Dwight W. Edwards, Ottumwa [Wapello Co.]; Lt. John R. Martin, Osage [Mitchell Co.]; 2nd Lt. Evan R. Bruner, Des Moines [Polk Co.]; and S. Sgt. Rue J. Farnum, Sumner [Bremer Co.].

Source: The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Friday, March 31, 1944, Page 2

Thomas Martin Seymour was born Sept. 27, 1916 to Victor Francis and Florence L. McGovern Seymour. He died July 17, 1944 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Col. Seymour served in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps 558th Bombardment Squadron, 387th Bombardment Group, 9th Air Force and died when his aircraft hit trees and crashed near the Chipping Ongar airstrip (England) when returning from a mission. He was the commanding officer of the 387th Bomb Group.

Source: ancestry.com