|David Reinhold Forster|
|New Pilot in Army Air Corps|
SPENCE FIELD, GAŚ David Reinhold Forster, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto R. Forster of Eau Claire, received his Silver Wings and appointment as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps in impressive graduation ceremonies at this advanced single-engine pilot school on December 5.
A graduate of the Eau Claire High School, he was a member of the 4-H Club and worked as a unit winder, before entering the Army Air Forces.
Dr. Willis A. Sutton, noted Atlanta educator, delivered the principal address at the graduation ceremonies, the 19th at the local Army Air Forces Training Command's Pilot School.
In optimistic vein, Dr. Sutton spoke of the new and good things that would come out of this war. He cited the progress in conquest of the air "that in ten years is accomplishing what might have taken 100 years to achieve otherwise."
"And the conquest of the air is producing a new attitude and a new perspective, spiritually as well as materially, in man's view of the world. Those who fly, not only see the contour of the earth in a new form, but they also are gaining a new exaltation of spirit.
"The millions of men who are meeting their fellow man in all parts of the world are learning tolerance, understanding, and a new attitude that will make for a better, more spiritual world."
In his closing remarks. Dr. Sutton paid tribute to the youth of America: "The heart of the youth of America is sound and true and good."
The Oath of Office was administered by Captain Dwight W. Pratt, school secretary. As Captain William H. Lillie, Jr., Commandant of Cadets, called the graduates forward by name, the long-strived-for Silver Wings were presented by Captain John L. Wright, Commanding Officer, Group I, and the Aerial/Gunnery Awards by Captain John B. Lewis, Gunnery and Training Aids Officer.
Chaplain Clarence C. Collins pronounced the benediction, the post military band played The Star Spangled Banner, and the ceremonies were over. With a loud war-whoop, the graduates rushed to the arms and congratulations of admiring relatives and friends.