1915 – 2000

Dr. Fred Marion Haston, Sr.

Rank and Branch of Military

Army Air Corps – Captain (perhaps Major prior to discharge)

We know he was a Captain for sure (can see his Captain’s bars on his picture).  I think he may have been promoted to Major prior to being discharged because I found a set of gold Oak Leaf Major’s insignia shoulder pins in some of his old stuff. -Fred Marion Haston (son)

Years of Service


Locations of Training, Deployment, and Service

Deployment locations: MacDill Army Air Force base in Tampa, FL, New Orleans, Trinidad, San Antonio

He was stationed at MacDill Army Air Force base for a period of time in Tampa, FL.(before New Orleans assignment). It was both an interesting and sad time. During the time he was stationed there they were training new B-26 Bomber pilots. This plane had a big fuselage and little short wings so it was not something you could glide in or coast in as you were landing — it had to be powered in fast. It was the fastest landing plane in the Air Force at that time (my mother’s brother was a B-26 pilot). So a lot of new pilots had hard time understanding how fast you had to fly when landing it. As a result there were a lot of plane crashes. There was a saying at the time –“One A Day In Tampa Bay.” Since our Dad was a dentist I guess that classified him as being in the medical corp therefore when crashes occurred and bodies were hard to identify he would be called up to help identify the bodies based on dental records. -Fred Marion Haston (son)

Wartime Theaters of Assignment and Major Battles

See the story, below.

Stories of Interest Involving the Service Member

Attached is an Army Air Corp picture of a man who gave up his dental practice and cushy, safe living in Jasper, AL, and volunteered to risk his life to fight in WW II because he felt it was the right thing to do. The picture is of Dr. Fred M. Haston. He was stationed at a post near New Orleans for several months before being locked down one day with orders for no outside communication. That night his outfit was loaded on a train and taken to Mobile, AL where they boarded a ship and were shipped out. They had not a clue where they were going but since the U.S. was engaged in heavy fighting in North Africa at the time they assumed there was a good possibility that was where they were headed. Instead, they were spared that assignment and taken to the Island of Trinidad where he was stationed for a year or so, — a lucky and safe assignment compared to North Africa. 


Why Trinidad? — In the 1940s airplanes were not capable of taking off from Atlanta or New York and flying direct to Europe where both bombers and fighters were needed. The most common way to get there was to fly the Southern Route — down through Mexico, Central America, and Trinidad on down to the eastern edge of Brazil, South America to a little town called Recife. There the planes would load up with fuel and take off headed across the Atlantic toward Africa and looking for a tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic called Ascension Island where they had to refuel to make it to Europe. My mother’s brother — Ed Cain flew his B-26 Bomber on that route to get to Ireland.  


After Trinidad Fred Haston was stationed in San Antonio for a couple of years at Kelly Field Air Corp base until the end of the war. Was released from the service I believe in late 1945. He was very fortunate to have not ended up in the middle of battles in Europe or the Pacific–otherwise, my little brother, Richard, may not have been born.  -Fred M. Haston, Jr
Relationship to the Daniel Haston Family

Daniel Haston > David Haston > Isaac T. Haston, Sr. > Erastus S. Dickey Haston > Dr. Fred Dexter Haston > Dr. Fred Marion Haston

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Fred Marion Haston, Jr. – son

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