Earning His Wings

Alton Evening Telegraph | Alton, Illinois | Friday, October 09, 1942
WOOD RIVER. Oct 9. (Special)
—Lieut. Willis Lyndell Helmantoler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willis E. Helmantoler of 94 Eckhard avenue
received his silver wings as a member of the United States Army Air Corps today at graduating
exercises at a Gulf Coast Training Center in Texas, Lieut. Helmantoler was one of 166 flyers from Illinois to be presented silver wings at graduating exercises. The wartime graduation did not have the fanfare of airplanes roaring overhead, speeches and long ceremonies usually marking former graduation ceremonies. Instead the pilots after receiving their silver wings. began their active flying duty. All-had requested immediate action.