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First Name: William

Last Name: Ponder

Birthplace: Llano, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Mangum, OK
Middle Name: T.

Date of Birth: 16 March 1891

Date of Death: 27 February 1947

Rank: First Lieutenant

Years Served:
William Thomas Ponder

•  World War I (1914 - 1918)


William Thomas Ponder

1st Lieutenant, U. S. Army

Distinguished Service Cross

War Department, General Orders No. 46 (1919)
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Air Service) William Thomas Ponder, United States Army Air Service, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 103d Aero Squadron, 3d Pursuit Group, U.S. Army Air Service, A.E.F., near Fontaines, France, 23 October 1918.
Having been separated from, his patrol, Lieutenant Ponder observed and went to the assistance of an allied plane which was being attacked by 30 of the enemy. Lieutenant Ponder destroyed one enemy plane and so demoralized the remaining that both he and his comrade were able to return to their lines.

1919 awarded the French Croix de Guerre with silver star.

Lieutenant Ponder scored his first three aerial victories while flying with the French. After transferring to the US Air Service he scored three more victories, making him an Ace.

Origin of Nickname/Handle:

Texas WWI Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 315931   Created by: drjones46




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