Lt. Colonel Harry T. Stewart, Jr.
Harry Stewart grew up in New York City where, during World
War II, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps as an aviation
cadet. He completed fight training at Tuskegee Air Field
in Alabama and was awarded his wings and commissioned a 2nd
Lieutenant while still a teenager.
After tactical combat fighter training at Walterboro Army
Air Field in South Carolina, Stewart was sent to Italy to
serve in the 332nd Fighter Group. He flew 43 bomber escort
missions with the 15th Air Force and was credited with destroying
three enemy aircraft in aerial combat. He was awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross as well as the Air Medal with
six Oak Leaf Clusters.
After returning to the US, Stewart further distinguished
himself as a member of the wining team in the 1949 Gunnery
Meet held at Nellis AFB, Nevada.
After being discharged, Stewart returned to his hometown
and attended New York University, where he earned a Bachelor’s
Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He maintained his affiliation
with the Air Force Reserve and eventually retired a Lieutenant
In his civilian life, Stewart retired as Vice President
of ANR Pipeline Company, a major interstate natural gas consortium.
Stewart still enjoys flying and frequently flies
neighborhood kids around in his Schweizer motorglider. He and
his wife of 60 years, Delphine, live in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
The couple has a daughter, Lori, who lives in Pacific Palisades,