Arthur Barton, Decorated WWII Hero – R.I.P.
As Art went from plane to plane during the war he amassed so many missions that the Air Corps wanted him out of the theater and back in America selling War Bonds as a bona fide war hero. They were also worried that after so many missions he was starting to enjoy them. When Art was getting the necessary paper work done in order to return to the States, he was pulled out of line. The officers who pulled him out of line asked him if he would like to train for a secret bombing mission in the Pacific theater. Art replied that he had already cabled his mother to tell her of his imminent return and that he couldn’t disappoint her. Art likely would've trained for a mission to carry a nuclear weapon but he wouldn't disappoint his mother.
Art came home, went on that War Bonds tour and then used the GI Bill to attend Northwestern University’s Law School. Art was a successful lawyer here in Chicago for many years and he raised his family in Kenilworth, IL. He was a Republican but he was always quick to defend the rare North Shore Democrat like my father. Cruelly Art had Alzheimer’s during the final years of his life, but he’s gone to see those buddies of his youth; they’ve been waiting for him.