Alwood Family

Eileen & Jim Alwood, December 21, 2003

James William AlwoodAge: 92 years19222014

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James William Alwood
Birth April 8, 1922 35 32
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Death of a paternal grandfatherJohn C. Freemont Alwood
May 23, 1936 (Age 14 years)

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Death of a paternal grandmotherVirginia Kate “Jennie” Walters
October 18, 1940 (Age 18 years)
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Prisoner of War December 23, 1944 (Age 22 years)
Military service 1945 (Age 22 years)
Death of a fatherDavid William “Will” Alwood
May 2, 1956 (Age 34 years)

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Death of a motherLerah Hammock
June 18, 1985 (Age 63 years)
Death of a sisterVera May Alwood
June 6, 201010:53 PM (Age 88 years)
Cause: stroke
Death of a sisterDelilah “De” June Alwood
September 29, 2013A.M. (Age 91 years)
Note: DELILAH JUNE (ALWOOD) OMDAL (1919 - 2013)
Death of a wifeEileen Constance Kerr
November 28, 20132:30 PM (Age 91 years)
Note: Eileen Constance Alwood
Death August 21, 201411:11 AM (Age 92 years)
Address: Raymond, Wa
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From The Family Alwood by Terry Klaus, June 1991:

ABERDEEN PILOT ENJOYS SCOTTISH Hospitality 1843

Mr and Mrs D. W. Alwood, Box 331, Wishkah Road, are convinced that theirson. J.W. Alwood, flight officer with the U.S. Air Corps, is being wellcared for with all the contorts of home. For the Scotch and English aretreating the American boys overseas as though they were their own sons,according to word received by his parents. Scottish folk who nursed him through a siege of meningitis have writtenthe Alwoods that he had received the tenderness of a mother's care. Recently the Alwoods received a V-letter from their son informing themthat he is now well and anxious to return to his flying togs. He recentlywas promoted from Staff Sergeant to Flight Officer. In his letter the Aberdeen pilot wrote: "How is the rationing situationgetting along over there. Boy-- I'd give five shillings for a hamburgerand a milkshake. How would you like a Scottish 'daughter'?"

WROTE TO PARENTS While still very ill he asked a Scottish staff nurse, Elizabeth Orr towrite his parents. In closing the letter she said: "He sends his love to you and all at home and you're to be sure and notworry as he is coming on grand and in good hands." Another letter camefrom a Scottish woman, Mrs. E. Smith, who has sons in the English Army.She nursed him as "though he were her own son." Her letter follows: "Dear Mrs. Alwood: I have no doubt you will be surprised to receive thisletter, but as I too know what it is to be anxious about my laddies. Ithought I would write you these few lines and so relieve your anxiety. I have had Jim here for a week in my home. Believe me he badly needed awee bit of mothering after such a serious illness. Indeed it is a wonderhe came through. He must have had a grand background. I can see quite achange in him for the week he has been here. I expect he will go back andjoin his squadron the end of next week, when, I have no doubt, he will befeeling like his old self. He is a fine laddie and feels grateful for awee bit of kindness. It is pleasure to us folks to help laddies like himback to health. You see Mrs. Alwood, we have reason to be grateful to thefolks around Cape Town for kindness shown to our own lads. So it is up tous to help some other mother's lads on their way. HARD ON MOTHERS 'Won't it be grand when all this conflict is over and our dear ones backhome again? My eldest son was posted missing in Libya. But prayer wassurely answered when I got word, he was a prisoner in Italy. Then, myyoungest son has been in the Mediterranean for two years now. So we toohave had anxious times. How helpless we mothers feel, know how little wecan help them in their times of need. "Jim tells me he can't understand how we folks here have stood up toliving in this blackout at night time. Well, it is wonderful what can bedone when it is necessary. I read in our papers here that you folks wouldbe going on a rationing system also with foodstuff? We get along fairlywell. Never been hungry yet, and we have a lot to thank God for. "My husband is a bus driver. Believe me it is a big strain on these mendriving in the blackout. He keeps himself busy in his garden. We arenever short of fresh vegetables, also potatoes. In summer time plenty offruit. So you see we are indeed blessed. "Some time ago I had a young man who stayed a wee while with us, He belonged to West Virginia. He also had a bad time of it. but he is feelinggrand now, and a regular correspondent. His young wife writes to me also.So you see the pleasure it is knowing we are able to help just a wee bit.Jim laughs at our language here, but I see he is beginning to come awaywith a Scotch word himself now and again. Well, Mrs. Alwood, there islittle else I can write about. But you have no need to worry about Jimfor he is indeed getting along grand. God grant it won't be too long tillwe have our laddies all back home. There is a hymn we sing in church Ilove it so: "Oh, 'tis Grand To Trust In Jesus". Yours sincerely, Mrs. E.Smith.

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James William Alwood April 8, 1922 – August 21, 2014

On August 21st, the “Greatest Generation” lost another of its heroes when God called his beloved son Jim, a convert to Catholicism, home to join his wife of 67 years; Eileen and daughter Mary who preceded him in death. Born April 8th 1922 in Edgerton, Alberta Canada inside a 2-room farm cabin to David “Will” and Lerah (Hammock) Alwood, he was the youngest of four children. The family moved from Canada to the Skagit Valley in 1924, remaining there until job losses from the Great Depression forced a relocation to Aberdeen in 1932 where Will found work at one of the local timber mills, purchased property and built the family home at 2833 Wishkah Road using reclaimed lumber from demolition projects, passing along an exceptional work ethic, love of woodworking and carpentry skills that would serve Jim well in later life.

As a youth Jim acquired a passion for flying and all things aeronautical, adorning his room with model airplanes, further fueling his dream of becoming a pilot. He attended Samuel Benn Elementary and graduated Weatherwax High School in 1940, joining the Marines September 4 of that year, completed boot camp, transferred to the Army to learn aircraft engine mechanics and promoted to Sergeant. While gearing up for WWII, the U.S. Army Air Corp found itself short of college graduates who typically entered the military as officers and ushered into flight schools. To offset this shortfall, the Army initiated the “Flying Sergeants” program. Jim earned his twin-engine pilot’s wings for C-47’s (aka: Dakotas), as well as his nickname: “Seaweed”, promoted to Staff Sergeant, assigned to the 315-34th Troop Carrier Group, received overseas orders October 1942 to co-pilot one of 26 C-47’s in an Air Echelon to England by way of Nova Scotia, Greenland and Iceland. Once established in Great Britain, the group flew re-supply missions across the country until receiving orders in May of ’43, transferring two squadrons to North Africa, arriving in Casablanca, Morocco on the 28th, then onto Algeria’s Blida Aerodrome the next day to provide air transport and contingency services to Tunisia, Libya & Egypt, culminating in Operation Husky (July 9 to August 17) that liberated Sicily from Axis powers, resulting in the over through and capture of fascist leader Benito Mussolini.

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