Superior flag flies in memory of US MarineA flag flies in front of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center at 9 a.m. Friday in honor of a pilot who served in World War II and Korea and paid the ultimate price for his country.
A flag flies in front of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center at 9 a.m. Friday in honor of a pilot who served in World War II and Korea and paid the ultimate price for his country. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
Capt. William S. McCarson, United States Marine Corps (USMC), served as a pilot in World War II and Korea. He was born Sept. 7, 1921, in Boling, Texas. McCarson entered the military service as a Naval Aviation Cadet in 1942. Over the course of his military career, McCarson served as a flight instructor, pilot for the commanding general of the Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II, and for two years after the war, while stationed in North China.
Capt. McCarson, known as “Mac,” was an outstanding pilot, squadron officer and a very proud career Marine. Those who knew him remember his unassuming charm, intelligence and gentle sense of humor. He married the love of his life, Virginia (Carlson) of Ashland, Wis., in 1949.
In the summer of 1951, McCarson deployed to Korea with VMF 212 aboard the USS Rendova (CVE-114). He left his wife Virginia, who was pregnant, with her family in Ashland. McCarson was not to return. On Dec. 6, 1951, during an armed reconnaissance mission over Pungchon, North Korea, the F4U-4 Corsair he was flying was shot down by anti-aircraft fire. While making a strafing run, McCarson’s plane crashed into the target. His remains were never recovered.
Capt. McCarson was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Combat “V,” Air Medal, and a Presidential Unit Citation, among others.
He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen McCarson of South Range and proudly remembered by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The flag flies in remembrance of Capt. McCarson for a week. During that time, his picture and biography will be on display in the center lobby.
For more information about the “Flag of Remembrance Program,” contact John Vaski at 715-394-7693 or Scott Markle, 218-269-4675 or email email@example.com.