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Irvin Dryer's World War II Army Air Corps Dress Jacket
Donated by John Dryer

We offer this World War II dress jacket in honor of Veterans Day. Springdale resident Irvin Dryer (1918-2008) served with the 14th Army Air Corps (the "Flying Tigers"). The name "Flying Tigers" was first used by the American Volunteer Group (AVG) that was based in the China-Burma-India Theater. Originally organized by Major General Claire Chennault, the AVG was not part of the U.S. armed forces, but was employed through a subcontractor before the U.S. involvement in World War II officially started after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. By the spring of 1942, the AVG had been brought under U. S. Army command.

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