World War II Battle Streamers American and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
Kenneth B. "Ken" Loomis of Cadillac Michigan entered eternal life on Friday, September 1, 2006 at Cadillac Mercy Hospital. He was 90 years old.
Ken was born on April 19, 1916 in Tustin to Harry and Emma Grayce (Burkett) Loomis. He married Katherin A. Kailing on January 18, 1941. She preceded him in death on September 13, 1999.
Ken graduated from Tustin High School in 1936. He worked at General Motors in Pontiac for five years. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army Air Corps for three and a half years, mostly in the 5th Air Force in the Pacific Theater. He was also at Jefferson Barracks, Mo.; Mitchell Field, Long Island, N.Y.; Westover Field, Mass.; Grenier Field, N.H.; and from there by troop train to California.
Engaged the Japanese in New Guinea, the Dutch East Indies, and then as part of the liberating forces in the Philippines Campaign (1944–45).
Ken was employed at Chris Craft Co. in Cadillac as a pattern maker for 26 years. He then worked with his twin brother as a carpenter for 10 years until retiring.
Ken was a charter member and an organizer, with Reg Boulder, of the Cadillac AMVETS Post No. 110. He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church where he was an usher and money counter. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
It is one of very few numbered air forces of the United States Air Force never to have been based in the United States itself. It is also one of the oldest and continuously active US air forces.
Established on 16 August 1941 as the Philippine Department Air Force at Nichols Field, Luzon, Philippines. 5 AF was a United States Army Air Forces combat air force in the Pacific Theater of World War II, engaging in combat operations primarily in the Southwest Pacific AOR. 5 AF units first engaged the Japanese during the Philippines Campaign (1941–1942), then afterward withdrawing to Australia after the Japanese conquest of the islands. Rearmed, it engaged the Japanese in New Guinea, the Dutch East Indies and then as part of the liberating forces in the Philippines Campaign (1944–45).