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Memories of War: The "Wild Man" gets his due

James Bruce Morehead grew up in Washington, just south of Norman in McLain County. He would later serve in the US Army Air Corps as a fighter pilot earning the nickname, "Wild Man".

But how do you pick up a nickname like Wild Man?

You attack a flight of 54 Japanese bombers with your own P-40 and three other planes, shooting down two and forcing the others to drop their bombs prematurely before fleeing the scene.

Or, you could be forced to bail out of two planes during training because one of them caught fire and the other collided with another plane in mid air.

Amazingly, Morehead survived the war and three years of combat flying. He was credited with seven aerial victories and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, among other honors

He made the Air Force a career and retired a colonel in 1967. He died in 2012 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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