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1940s

Samuel A. Custer, 1942 – died December 28, 2009. After graduation, Custer joined the military as an enlisted man in the Army Air Corps, went to Aviation Cadet School, and became an officer in time to serve in Word War II with the 8th Air Force in Europe as a photo lab commander. After WWII, he was separated from active duty but was a member of the Air Force Reserves.

Between 1946 and 1950 he was employed as a forester for the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company, and later became the executive director of the Pennsylvania Forestry Association.

He was recalled to active duty for Korea in 1950. During his active military service from 1950 to 1971 he held various command and staff positions in the areas of reconnaissance, mapping, charting, and geodesy.

He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1971 with 29 years of service. His military decorations included five Commendation Medals, four battle stars, and the Legion of Merit.

While on active duty he also received master’s degrees from Boston University and George Washington University and graduated from the Air Command and Staff School and the Air War College.

In 1972 he became a government civilian and the assistant chief of staff of the Defense Mapping Agency (DMA). He retired from DMA as executive assistant to the director in 1981, and was awarded the DMA’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.

He was a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association and was awarded the Distinguished Fellow at Penn State Mont Alto.

Lloyd E. George, 1943 – died July 20, 2009. From obituary in The Augusta Chronicle: After receiving a B.S. in Forestry from Penn State in 1943, George served as a Lieutenant rifle platoon leader with the 36th Infantry Division in France where he received two Purple Hearts, one Bronze Star, and other awards before retiring from the Army in August of 1945 due to serious wounds. He was employed by Kimberly-Clark in Wisconsin and Michigan as a chief forester and woodlands manager in the Lake States before moving to Augusta, Georgia, in 1976 where he retired as regional forester in 1983 after 38 years with Kimberly-Clark Corporation. He was a member of the Society of American Foresters for 60 years; e served as chairman in Michigan while living in Iron Mountain.

Bob Kintigh, 1943 - 38865 E. Cedar Flat Road, Springfield, OR 97478-8634; bobkin43@q.com.