Sewart Air Force Base – June 1 declared Sewart Day

June 1, 1967, The Rutherford Courier

DEDICATION DAY – Formation of C-119s pass overhead as Sewart Air Force Base is dedicated March 25, 1951, in honor of World War II hero Major Allen J. Sewart, Jr., who was shot down while on a bombing raid over the Solomon Islands in 1942.

For a quarter of a century, during which time the United States has fought World War II, the Korean War and now the war in southeast Asia, Sewart Air Force Base has played a dominant role in the defense of this nation.

The proclamation from Mayor Sam Ridley states: “Stewart Air Force Base Day is in recognition of the 25th anniversary of Sewart, its officers, enlisted men and their families.”

Mayor Ridley in issuing the proclamation emphasized the significance of this day and the importance of the base to Smyrna.

Twenty-five years ago (ed. 1942) it was literally carved out of the northern end of Rutherford County and since then has grown to be the home of the most famous carrier plane in the United States – the C130 Hercules.

In that time thousands of officers and men have served the base and manned the ships, from the days when crews were trained to support our troops in Europe to the present, when once again special crews are being trained to airlift personnel to the battle areas in South Vietnam and provide material for those in the fighting lines.

These men and the base are continuing the prestige of the United State Air Force.

In addition, the men, women and children of the officers and men have also played an important role in the various communities in this county.

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