He was separated 13 April 1946. He re-entered the USAF 27 August 1948 and was separated 24 June 1952. He re-entered the USAF 7 August 1952 and was separated 31 December 1965. His C-46 Commando was shot down by five Japanese Zeroes. He survived in the jungle four days until he was picked up by local natives who assisted him in getting to Burma and then to his base in Chauba, India. He flew 50 missions out of Guam during the Korean War in B-29s and earned four Air Medals, a Purple Heart, and three Bronze Stars. He served during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. During his honorable service, he was subjected to a grade reduction from officer to enlisted, which occurred with many, many USAF officers (termed a “rift”), often based upon service requirements. Thus there are two pictures: one of him as a younger officer and one nearer his retirement, as a Senior Master Sergeant wearing pilot wings (he retired at his highest permanent rank – First Lieutenant). He was stationed at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, in the 1960s and retired in 1966 after many years of service to his country. He died 27 September 2008 and is buried in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Sumter Co., Florida (Sec. 329, Grave 1214).
SYFERT, DALE DAWSON, Second Lieutenant, # 0-672002, USAAF
Dale D. Syfert was born on 23 October 1921 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to William Wesley Syfert (1878- ) and Leah E. (Dawson) Syfert nee Brummett (1891- ) (IA) (married 5 October 1920, in Muskogee, Oklahoma – divorced 18 February 1932, Oklahoma City, OK). Living with them in 1930 was his step-brother, William Albert Brummett (1914-1982). He was married to Margaret (Nay) Syfert on 4 October 1941 in Kingfisher, Oklahoma.
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 February 1942, employed by the First National Bank, resided at 814 17th NW, Oklahoma City, OK, and described himself as 5’ 9 ½”, 132 ½ lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on 25 March 1942. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He was multi-engine rated and earned his (appointment as a Flight Officer) and then his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 27 October 1943 a Curtiss C-46 Commando, # 41-12307, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Transport Group, 377th Transport Squadron, Chabua, India, departed the airfield at Yunnanyi, China, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Chabua, India. The pilot, F.O. Marion C. Thomas, (promoted to First Lieutenant, 0-169668) survived the crash in the northern part of Burma at about 13,000’. The remainder of the crew did not survive. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart.