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Jerry Lefor, 1999

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Street:  3700 E STEWART #202 City & State: LAS VEGAS, NV E-Mail:  MODOC-ENTERPRISES.COM
Zip: 89110 Phone:  (702) 452-5549 Spouse: N/A
Conflict: WW II Service Branch: Army Air Corp Unit: 8 AF 339 BS 96 BG
Theater: ETO Where Captured: GERMANY Date Captured: 10/14/43
Camps Held In: FRANKFORT LUFT III, VIIA, NURNBURG How Long Interned: 563 days
liberated / repatriated: liberated Date Liberated: 04/29/45 Age at Capture: 22
Military Job: CO-PILOT Company: SELF EMPLOYED
Occupation after War:  CONSTRUCTION

Military Bio:

Jerry LeFors from the “Greatest Generation” was born in Oklahoma in 1921 and attended grade schools in West Texas. He graduated from high school in Lawton, Oklahoma in 1938 and then continued his education at Cameron Junior College in Lawton where he graduated in 1940. While in college he enjoyed playing the drums and had his own dance band, in addition to his studies. He also became enamored with flying aircraft and became a Civilian Flight Instructor in Illinois in 1941, following his graduation. He entered the United States Army Air Corps in 1942 and became a fighter pilot in 1943. He was assigned to the European Theater as a Co-Pilot of a B-17 and was shot down on the Second Schweinfurt Mission on October 14, 1943 and became a Prisoner of War for 19 months until liberated in April, 1945. He entered the construction field as a civilian and worked on many pipeline projects prior to becoming a General Engineering Contractor in California in 1960. He also continued his love of music and played in dance bands on a part-time basis and later operated his own nightclub for a period of one year. His music has been a part time occupation almost all of his life. He has played drums, banjo, piano, organ and penned some 35 songs, one of which “Try Again” was recorded by Patsy Cline in 1957. He was always singing also—a talent that was recognized many years ago while still in grade school and has resulted in his participation in many church and school productions since he was a small boy. He retired and relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1990. He had begun recording cassette tapes as a hobby in 1986 and in 1996 purchased a Roland G800 Keyboard. He is now producing tapes, which are recorded totally in his Las Vegas home. All the sounds heard are strictly Jerry and his vocal and musical renditions of many of the favorites of the World War II era. He has recently produced a cassette tape entitled “EVERYBODY LOVES JERRY” which was recorded in May, 1999. No multiple recordings, editing or splicing of the tape.

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