February 27: Today in Texas History #txhx

Today in 1948, Fort Worth Army Airfield was renamed Carswell Air Force Base in honor of Maj.Horace Seaver Carswell, Jr.

A Fort Worth native and Texas Christian University graduate, Carswell was a Major in the United States Army Air Corps who served in World War II.

He died on October 26, 1944 flying a B-24 Liberator bomber for the 308th Bomb Group on a night mission against a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea.

His other decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart (posthumous), American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with four Bronze Service Stars for participation in the Air Offensive Japan, China Defensive, India-Burma and Western Pacific campaigns and the Distinguished Unit Citation emblem.

In Carswell’s hometown, the former Carswell Air Force Base is still in service as the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.

“Do right and risk the consequences.” ~ Sam Houston

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