conrad necrason, legion or merit, , press and sun bulletin, 29 jan 45
Cooperstown Colonel Given Legion of Merit Conrad F. Necrason Group Commander of Heavy Bomber Unit binghamton press bureau Oneonta, Jan. 29 Col. Conrad F. Necrason, son of Mrs. Joseph Necrason of Cooperstown, was recently awarded the highest award of the day at a presentation of 57 combat award medals to 32 Chatham Field officers and men at a dress formation of representatives of every military organization on the Savannah, Ga., base. A deputy base commander, Colonel Necrason already is the holder of almost every medal of recognition awarded during World War II. He received the Legion of Merit award for his record as group commander of a heavy bombardment unit in the Pacific theatre from the early days of the war until the beginning of this year. Colonel Necrason's latest honor, which was also awarded to one of the army's most famous pilots jnd which stems from the oldest military decoration in the country, was given "for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services." Colonel Necrason's latest award was made by Maj. Gen. Frank Hunter, Savannah ace of both World Wars and commanding general of the 1st Air Force, who himself holds most of the army's highest ranking decorations, which includes the Distinguished Service Cross, won for having been commanding general of the 8th Fighter Command, based in England. Hunter Feld is named in honor of his distinguished record in World War I.