Sergeant Horace H. "Ace" Haston's Service

Rank and Branch of Military

Sergeant and a Crew Chief in the United States Army Air Corps

Years of Service


Locations of Training, Deployment, and Service

Training at Mountain Home, Idaho Army Air Field, combat Crew Training Station (heavy); Aerial Gunner, Clark Field in the Philippines.

Wartime Theaters of Assignment and Major Battles

China Offensive, New Guinea, Western Pacific, Air Combat Borneo

Awards, Decorations, Badges, etc.

Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon, 2 Overseas Service Bars

Relationship to the Daniel Haston Family

Descendant of Daniel’s son, David Haston

He was a student at Central High School in Chattanooga, TN when the attack on Pearl Harbor happened.  He told me, "Everybody was so patriotic, and were all so mad."  In 1944 he joined the Army Air Force. He was 17 years old.  He was the gunner in the bottom turret in a B-24. A dangerous place to be during missions.  They were flying over India and Southern China.  "They told us we had to do twelve missions. We'd already done two. We had to do ten more," Mr. Haston said. "They would be at treetop level, and we would search and destroy anything that moved."  He was the youngest man on the crew and he was the last survivor.  He passed away on August 15th, 2020. He was 94 years old.

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