Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

January 9, 2014

W.Va. airlift wing named for Air Guard founder

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — An airlift wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard in Charleston is being renamed in honor of the service’s first commander.

Retired Brig. Gen. James Kemp McLaughlin is set to attend a ceremony on Saturday renaming the 130th Airlift Wing as the McLaughlin West Virginia Air National Guard Base.

The Charleston Gazette reports that Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, state adjutant general, said renaming is an attempt to shine a light on the Guard’s history.

McLaughlin flew B-17 bombers in World War II before returning to West Virginia to take the helm of the new Air National Guard in 1947.

The 95-year-old was born in Braxton County in 1918, and joined the U.S. Army Air Corps just in time for the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.

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