Philip E. Bacon entered military service from London, Ohio. He retired with the rank of Colonel from the U. S. Air Force having served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He received the nation’s third highest valor award, the Silver Star Medal, for gallantry in action on January 2, 1945 while leading a formation of P-47 aircraft in conjunction with an air-ground operation. While leading his flight through a withering barrage of antiaircraft fire his flight destroyed or damaged enemy railroad assets and several enemy aircraft. Colonel Bacon received the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroic achievement on July 29, 1944 while assigned to the 371st Fighter Group when he personally led a flight of P-47 aircraft against German motor convoys in the vicinity of Percy, France. This action led to the destruction of over eighty hostile armored vehicles. Colonel Bacon is a resident of Huntsville, Alabama.