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George Wallis

Wallis saw action on gridiron, in skies over Germany

Wallis saw action on gridiron, in skies over Germany

There was no ambiguity about what men of George Wallis’ generation would be doing after college.

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Bobcat teams hit by war casualties

Bobcat teams hit by war casualties

Pre-World War II football teams at Montana State College, now Montana State University in Bozeman, suffered a tragic number of wartime casualties that grew into a legend.

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George Wallis flew one forming ship flight

George Wallis flew one forming ship flight

Wallis once flew a forming ship, “Fearless Freddy,” which was a brightly painted, stripped-down B-24 that took off and flew a racetrack pattern firing flares to attract the other planes in the group into formation until the real lead ship got in position. Then, the forming ship returned to b…

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George Wallis in uniform

George Wallis in uniform

George Wallis of Billings posed in his U.S. Army Air Corps uniform during World War II. Wallis, a member of the Montana State College ROTC, went into the Air Corps in 1942 after graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering.

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George Wallis hangs a collage of photos of a forming ship

George Wallis hangs a collage of photos of a forming ship

George Wallis hangs a framed collage of a forming ship he once flew. The stripped down B-24 took off and gathered other B-24s into formation before heading for Germany.

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George Wallis' Billings High School football team

George Wallis' Billings High School football team

George Wallis played for the Billings High School football team before graduating in 1938. Wallis is number 28, fourth from the left in the middle row.

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George Wallis talks football and his service in WWII

George Wallis talks football and his service in WWII

George Wallis of Billings played football on the 1940 and 1941 Montana State College teams that sustained high casualty rates during World War II. Wallis graduated in 1942 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

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George Wallis looks at article about his college football team

George Wallis looks at article about his college football team

George Wallis of Billings played for the Montana State College Bobcats in 1940 and 1941. Several of his teammates were killed during WWII, giving the MSC team one of the highest wartime casualty rates in the country.

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George Wallis and his B-24 crew

George Wallis and his B-24 crew

George Wallis, standing at right, was a B-24 pilot based in northern England with the 446th Bomb Group, Eighth Air Force, during World War II. Wallis, who flew 21 missions, is pictured here with his crew. 

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George Wallis MSC football player

George Wallis MSC football player

George Wallis played for the Montana State College Bobcat football team before graduating with a mechanical engineering degree in 1942. Like many of his classmates, he was in ROTC and joined the U.S. military immediately after college.  

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George Wallis and B-24

George Wallis and B-24

George Wallis flew B-24 bombers with the 446th Bomb Group, Eighth Air Force, during World War II. For more than half of his 21 missions, Wallis flew as the pilot of the lead plane in the formation.   

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WWII B-24 pilot recounts first mission

WWII B-24 pilot recounts first mission

World War II B-24 pilot George Wallis talks about playing on the last Bobcat football team to field during the war and his first mission.

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Obama should be praised for decision on bin Laden

The other night I came across the Speaker of the House John Boehner  ranting and raving on TV. He was really worked up. Beyond angry, he was all-out, full throttle, beyond reason, outraged. Yes, outraged. Waving his arms about, pounding the podium, voice cracking, red face — highly emotional…

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Survivors: Swept away by the tornado

April 9, 1947. The Mother-of-all tornados destroyed one-third of Woodward, Okla., killing 85 people and injuring 1,000 or more.

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