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T/Sgt Owen Mobley

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    Over the few years I have been a member here, I have
    mentioned on a number of occasions that my neighbor
    was a pilot for Gen Patton's staff.

    My friend and neighbor Owen Mobley passed away Friday
    Nov.14 2014. at the age of 91.

    He started his military carrier flying C47 cargo planes to the
    Aleutian islands. As D-day approached, he was transferred
    to Fort Brag and assigned to a field artillery unit. He was
    trained as a artillery spotter. He was attached to Gen. Patton's
    3rd army and soon became part of Patton's headquaters staff.

    His primary responsibility was that of a spotter pilot and was
    also charged with the setup and maintenance of the air field each
    time it changed locations. ( almost every 3 days near war's end)
    He also taxied the many visitors to Patton's HQ. Eisenhower,
    Churchill,Montgomery, among others.

    He was not Patton's primary pilot but did take him up on
    several occasions, including taking him to the Rhine for the
    famous piss photo.

    After the end of the war, he remained in the Army, working
    as a airplane mechanic, classroom flight instructor. During
    the Korean war he served state side with the 101st Airborne.

    After retirement from the Army, he worked as a civilian contractor
    for the Army. His last duty was running the Twin City Army
    Ammunition plant. He was there through the Vietnam years
    and retired in the 1980s.

    I have lived across from him for 30 years. He was a kind,
    honorable man and I will miss him dearly.
    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

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    I'm sorry for your loss. Thankfully you had the opportunity to get to know him.

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    It is sad that these men are leaving us so fast. I am sure you would not have missed the opportunity of meeting him and becoming a friend. I am sure he enjoyed having someone that appreciated him as a neighbor.

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    Great tribute Greg. Thanks for sharing about Owen. We salute him and many like him. They were in my opinion the best of the best and will go down as the greatest generation ever! I miss my Grandfather often.


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    I am sorry for your loss Greg.
    It must have been a great pleasure to be able to call him a friend.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Ralph.
    Searching for anything relating to, Anton Boos, 934 Stamm. Kp. Pz. Erz. Abt. 7, 3 Kompanie, Panzer-Regiment 2, 16th Panzer-Division (My father)

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    A link to an early thread that might be interesting-----

    L4 grasshopper and pilot
    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

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    RIP Owen!...
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

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    Thanks Gunny.
    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

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    I know this is a 3 year old thread but I wanted to share an update.

    Yesterday, Owen's son in law stopped by to give me this painting.
    Owen's wife had it done for him many, many years ago. I remember
    it hanging in his home office for at least 25 years. The grandkids
    have no connection to it so he wanted to know if I might be interested in it.

    What can I say? I was honored that they thought of me and I am more than
    happy to get it.
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    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

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    Great painting and a great gift

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