WWII flight surgeon’s story to be told

TROY — On Thursday night, WACO will host author S. Carlisle May as a first time guest speaker. As part of the WACO Aviation Lecture Series, May will recount the story of Dr. Lamb Myhr, a flight surgeon of World War II. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 7 p.m.

Dr. Myhr was one of hundreds of thousands of young men who served his country in World War II. A flight surgeon in the United States Army Air Force, he served from Morocco to Germany and witnessed historic moments, including Generals Clark, Patton and Eisenhower meeting to plan the invasion of Sicily.

As pilots and crew battled fatigue, extreme conditions, and devastating losses, Dr. Myhr healed, counseled, and taught them, often with limited resources. Informed by documents, research, and interviews with Dr. Myhr, A World War II Flight Surgeon’s Story, authored by S. Carlisle May, offers a rare glimpse into the daily life of a doctor on the front lines. It also illuminates the culture and community of an Army Air Force base, exploring the sanitation measures, mental and physical examinations, and medical procedures that Dr. Myhr performed. Complete with photographs and personal letters, this volume widens our understanding of a war that changed our world forever. May will be available to autograph copies of the book following the presentation.

May was raised in a military family and spent time growing up in South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and Germany. She is a prolific writer and the great-niece of Dr. Lamb Myhr. She received her bachelor of arts in political science from Auburn University and worked as a substitute teacher for two decades. A prolific writer and frequent public speaker, May leads workshops across the nation. Through the National World War II Museum’s travel program, May followed the path of American and Allied forces from England to Normandy and into Germany. She also retraced the campaigns of the Allies in Malta and Sicily, Italy. A lifelong history enthusiast, May lives near Atlanta, Ga., with her family.

This series is made possible in part by Dayton Power & Lights. There is no charge for the event. Donations can be made to WACO Historical Society in order to support the Lecture Series. WACO Air Museum is located at 1865 S. County Road 25-A, Troy.

For more information, visit www.wacoairmuseum.org or call 335-9226.

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