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Edgar D. Whitcomb

Book: On Celestial Wings
Air University Press
Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

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Edgar ("Ed") D. Whitcomb enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1940 and was commissioned a second lieutenant the following year with the rating of aerial navigator. He served two combat tours in the Philippines during WWII. After his active military service, he graduated from Indiana University of Law. He practiced law in southern Indiana over a 30 period of 30 years including two years as assistant United States Attorney. A graduate of the Army Command and General Staff course and the Air Force Staff Course he served in the Air Force Reserve for 31 years and retired with the rank of Colonel. Whitcomb served the state of Indiana as a senator, secretary of state and governor.
Whitcomb's experiences of evading capture, then later being taken prisoner by the Japanese, escaping by an all-night swim from Corregidor, his recapture, and his ultimate repatriation from China as a civilian under an assumed name.

Upon retirement from the practice of law at the age of 68, Whitcomb took sailing to the open seas. He purchased a 30 foot sailboat in Greece and sailed solo across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. When not sailing, Whitcomb makes his home in the village of Hayden in rural southern Indiana.