U.S. Marine Honored in Superior

By KBJR News 1

June 15, 2013 Updated Jun 15, 2013 at 2:56 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- A Superior flag flies in memory of a U.S. Marine.

Captain William Strickland McCarson is being honored at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior.

"The local post here, four–three–five, every week we have a flag of remembrance in that we honor the life and memory of a deceased veteran. The flag is raised at nine o'clock in their honor," says Scott Markle, Education Coordinator at Bong Veterans Center.

Born in Texas, McCarson, went on to become a career pilot who lived in Ashland Wisconsin, serving in World War II and Korea.

In 1951 his plane was shot down by anti–aircraft fire causing McCarson to crash into a target, ultimately taking his life.

His daughter, Kathleen McCarson, was born just days before her father was killed.

"He's been gone for many years, but I have a grandson and granddaughter that are particularly interested and we would like to pass on the legacy for future generations," says McCarson.

The ceremony is a result of a paper written by McCarson's great grandson, as a school project.

"I wanted to know like how he became in the air force and how he died and stuff and if he was honored," says McCarson's great grandson.

Remains were never recovered and no special ceremonies were ever held for McCarson, which makes this one that much more meaningful for the McCarson family.

In the marines he was known as "Mac" and is remembered as being an outstanding pilot, squadron officer, friend, and husband.

Over the course of McCarson's military career he served as an instructor pilot for the Marine Corps commanding general during World War two.

Elsa Robins
erobins@kbjr.com

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