George A. Accas
Captain, United States Air Force
G. A. ACCAS OF AIR FORCE DIES
War Veteran, 28, Had Served in Public Relations Detail at Fairbanks, Alaska
October 28, 1949 – A funeral service will be held today at Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, for Captain George A. Accas of the Army Air Force, who died of poliomyelitis at Ladd Field Hospital, Fairbanks, Alaska, on October 9. His age was 28.
Captain Accas had been stationed at Fairbanks since March 1948 as a public relations officer. He is believed to have contracted the disease while representing the Ladd baseball team at the Air Force International World Series at Mitchel Field, New York, last month.
Born in New York, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Accas, he worked on Wall Street until August 1941 when he volunteered as an Air Cadet. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant in February 1932, he later served as Navigation Instructor at Hondo Field, Texas. Subsequently he was at various Air Transport bases and with the North Atlantic Ferry Service. Detailed for duty in the Pacific Theater of war, he was wounded and returned to this country.
In 1945 he was promoted to Captain and last received a commission in the regular Air Force. After a period a public relations man at Mitchel Field he was transferred to Fairbanks. Last December he participated in the rescue of several Air Force men whose plane had crashed in the Alaskan wastes.
Captain Accas leaves his wife, Ermile, formerly
of Nashville, Tennessee; two sons, Gregg and Ronald Gene; his parents,
who live at 320 Wadsworth Avenue in this city and two brothers, Eugene
and Theodore, also of New York.
Posted: 22 January 2008