39th Bomb Group (VH)

Gunner's Badge


purplhrt.gif [The Purple  Heart]

with 1

br_oak2.jpg [Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster]

Unit Citation
and Awards

arpuc.jpg [The Presidental Unit Citation]

Oak Leaf Cluster

Service Awards

apcm.jpg [The Asiatic-Pacfic Campaign Medal]

with 2

star1.gif [Bronze Star]

wwiivic.gif [The Victory Medal, World War II]

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1st Lt David G. Wagner

David G. Wagner WWII
David G. Wagner entered the service Oct, 7, 1942 at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. He seperated from the service December 10, 1947 at Fort Mac Arthur, California.

He was on Guam from April 1945 - December 1945.

After the war He worked in various occupations including carpentry, auto mechanics, finally obtaining a college teaching degree in his 50's. 

He taught auto mechanics to young men in a large state run center in Vernon, Texas where these young men were placed for drug addictions and criminal activity. 

He and his wife Wilma both retired from the school system and are still living in Vernon, Texas. 


Wilma & David Wagner
w/ their granddaughter Micki

They raised three boys and one girl.  I am the youngest of the boys.  Their oldest son (retired) as an engineer with Bell Telephone, the next son is an insurance adjuster with Allstate,  and the third is a physician in Tennessee, their daughter and her husband own a mechanical company in Vernon, Texas.  They have 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren with more on the way.

David G. Wagner took his Final Flight on 23 April 2010. He was buried in Vernon, TX with full military honors.

20 Sept. 2010: Carl Wagner notified us that after 6 months of working with his the Senator from his state and gathering the necessary documentation and submitting them to the Headquarter Air Force Personnel Cntr; 1st Lt David G. Wagner has been awarded posthumous the Soldier's Medal for Heroism due to his actions on 19 May 1945 in rescuing his fellow crew members. A copy of the citation is forthcoming once received from the Air Force.

Source: Carl M. Wagner, Son