Loren Doughty Holmes

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Loren Doughty Holmes

Also Known As: "Larry", "Uncle Loren"
Birthplace: at the home of his parents/Main Rd & Clayville Switch, Millville, Millville (born at home on Sunday), Cumberland, New Jersey, United States
Death: December 02, 1957 (42)
at the home of his parents/Main Rd. at Clayville Switch - Millville, Millville (on Monday), Cumberland, New Jersey, United States (Respiratory failure secondary to Multiple Sclerosis)
Place of Burial: Vineland (Siloam Cemetery - on Thursday), Cumberland, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Henry Holmes and Floy Shull Holmes
Husband of Mildred Key Cramer
Father of Ted Holmes; Loren William "Bub" Holmes; Private User and Robert Lewis Holmes
Brother of Wm. Russell Holmes and Ruth Ann Grassman (Holmes)

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About Loren Doughty Holmes

Birth: Oct. 17, 1915


Cumberland County

New Jersey, USA

Death: Monday, Dec. 2, 1957


Cumberland County

New Jersey, USA

Veteran of the US Army Air Corps, WWII: http://www.youtube.com/v/MSfFYxSdKdo

Loren Doughty Holmes (Larry) was the son of Joseph H. Holmes & Floy Shull Holmes. He was born at home near Clayville Switch on Main Rd. in Vineland, Cumberland County, NJ. According to our family history, Loren was the largest baby ever born in that county.

Information on his last driver's license: NJ1493120, he was 6' tall, weighed between181 & 200 lbs., had brown hair & blue eyes.

Obituary from the Bridgeton Evening News (Bridgeton, NJ) follows:

Loren D. Holmes, 42, Formerly of Millville, NJ.


Loren D. Holmes, 42, died at his home (his parent's home) on South Main Road yesterday morning after having been in ill health (Multiple Sclerosis) for some time. He returned home from the Perry Point (MD) Veteran's Hospital several days ago. He formerly resided in Millville (also in Vineland, North Vineland, Pleasantville, & Ocean City, NJ as well as in Avon Park, Fort Lauderdale, Opa Locka, FL)

He was employed in the Druck Cadillac Agency in Ocean City, NJ. (He also at one time owned & operated Holmes Body & Fender Shop on Oxford Rd. in Vineland, NJ.)

He is survived by his parents (both now deceased), Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Holmes(Mother: nee: Floy Shull), This city (Millville, Main Rd. at Clayville Switch); his wife Mildred (nee: Key, now deceased); three sons, Joseph (Ted), in the US Army in Colorado, Loren W. (Bubba, now deceased) and Robert L. (Bobby, now deceased); a daughter, Carol Anne (now Carol H. Keene); a brother William Russell Holmes (now deceased) of Miami, and a sister Ruth Ann Grassman of Vineland, and many cherished nieces & nephews.

The funeral will be held from the Memorial Funeral Home in Millville, Thursday (Dec. 5th) at 2 PM with burial in Siloam Cemetery, Vineland. Friends may call Wednesday evening (Dec. 4th).

(Services by Rev. Gehman of the Pilgrim Holiness Church of Millville).


Obituary from the Millville Daily Republican

"Loren D. Holmes, 42 of South Main Rd. (at Clayville Switch) died at (his parent's) home yesterday after an extended illness.

Mr. Holmes was employed at Druck Cadillac Agency, Ocean City, NJ, and was a flying instructor during WWII.

He is survived by his widow Mildred, his parents Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Holmes, three sons, Joseph E. who is stationed with the US Army in Colorado, Loren W. & Robert L., one daughter Carol Anne, a brother william R. Holmes of Miami, And one sister Ruth Ann Grassman of Vineland.

Funeral services will be Thrusday at 2 PM from the Memorial Funeral Home, Millville, NJ." Rev. Gehman officiating.


Classified Obituary from Millville Daily Republican:

" Holmes of South Main Rd., Vineland, December 2nd. Loren D. Holmes husband of Mildred Key Holmes, age 42 years. Relatives & friends are invited to attend funeral service from the Memorial Funeral Home, 24 N. 2nd St., Millville, Thursday, December 5th, at 2 PM. Interment Siloam Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday evening at the Memorial Funeral home."

Loren was a founding member of the Millville Flying Club(see posted photo), which led to the eventual formation of the Millville Airport & the Millville Army Airfield. Visit the MAAF Museum to learn more about the history of those remarkeable times. Loren's name can be seen inscribed(along with all of the other founding members)on the Memorial Tablet at the entrance to the airport, at the foot of the American flag.

He was a Veteran of WWII. (He was our Hero) Loren was a flight instrucutor at Lodwick Aviation Military Academy in Avon Park, FL. Pilots were trained there for the Army Air Corps (pre-U.S. Air Force) during WWII.

Luke 23:43 (KJV)" And Jesus said, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in Paradise"


I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds--and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of--wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence, Hov'ring there,

I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue

I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace

Where never lark, or even eagle flew

And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God


Watching the Sky

In loving memory of my Dad, Loren D. Holmes, Army Air Corps Flight Instructor, Lodwick Aviation Military Academy, Avon Park, FL, WWII

On currents not seen by the human eye,

a biplane climbs in the infinite sky

Wafting through clouds and over the sea,

it dips wings in salute and waves to me

I watch it pass by on double wing

and my mind wanders away, reminiscing

to another time and faraway place

when the plane and I were a part of that space

To a day long ago, an afternoon in July

floating through the air, my Dad and I

He the pilot and I his crew

cast cares to the wind and away we flew

We lift off the ground on a breath of thin air

then turn and bank, the wind in our hair.

The propeller turns and the engine roars

as we cruise high above the earth's emerald floor

A journey through time and a sojourn in space,

we fly on and on with the wind in our face

Time seems suspended and the day falls away

as we spend precious hours in this magical play

A patchwork below us, sky blue, clouds above

I sit in my jump seat, my heart filled with love

for the plane and the man and the privilege

we share, together this day, flying through the air

From that time to this, I remember that day

as I see two wings cross the sky and I silently say

Hello to the man who taught me to watch the sky

for the sight of a biplane - which brings a tear to my eye...


See listing for Loren D. Holmes on www.findagrave.com


Siloam Cemetery

He is buried in Lot # 58-C, Section L, Grave 5 (*****although tombstone date states DOD as 12/03/1957, his actual DOD is 12/02/1957*****)


Cumberland County

New Jersey, USA

Cause of death is listed in cemetery records as "Mulitple Sclerosis" at age 42.


The story of Millville Army Air Field could never be told without efforts of the members the Millville Flying Club. They planned and lobbied for an airport in Millville and played in essential part it the final decision to build the airport in Millville.

Chartered November 9, 1939, the Millville Flying Club set its goals: "To promote progress in aviation in Millville, to provide facilities for its members for proper flying and ground instruction, to acquire one or more airplanes and other equipment, and to develop and maintain an adequate airport in Millville." The first elected officers were Nathaniel Rogovoy, President, Paul Christy, Vice-president, and Jack Ludlam, Secretary.

The club struggled for an adequate flying field from the very beginning. Several potential sites were examined, but nothing materialized. Kroelinger Field, just north of Vineland, was used until completion of a Millville Airport (Moore's Field). By January 1940, they had fifteen members, three airplanes and three members had gotten solo licenses. By the summer of 1940, the flying club had grown to 19 members, 17 of which had gotten solo flying licenses.

The club sponsored air circus was held at Kroelinger Field on August 19th. Hundreds of people from all over Southern New Jersey came to watch the show. It started with Al Bennett of Highstown thrilling the crowd with a series of snap rolls, inverted flying, stalls, and loops. Many local flyers took their turn in the air. Later nearly 100 people got free airplane rides. There was a bomb-dropping contest and the show was concluded with a parachute jump.

The group urged the Millville Schools to teach aviation, helped look for a missing man in the Delaware Bay, monitored and photographed the rising water on the Labor Day Floods of 1940, (which caused substantial damage to structures near the Maurice River) and took every opportunity to publicly promote aviation.

A meeting of The Millville Flying Club members, local officials, business leaders, and other enthusiasts was held on October 28th. For the first time, Millville officials went on record as favoring an airport in Millville. They also announced the support of Gill Robb Wilson, New Jersey Director of Aviation, but better known as the founder of the Civil Air Patrol. They discussed several possible locations and funding. WPA representatives explained that a WPA project could be secured for the project, leaving the city with 25 percent of the cost.

In November, City officials acquired property on Cedarville Road for an airport. It was offered to the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders on November 14th as a county airport. Following arguments from Vineland and Bridgeton officials about a centrally located airport, the board appointed a committee to investigate. About the same time, word reached Millville that the US Government was planning to build an airport somewhere in Southern New Jersey. The National Defense Act of 1940 had authorized funds for the improvement of existing airports and construction of 900 new airports throughout the country.




~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In the summer of 1940, Congress enacted the draft. Those who enlisted prior to being drafted could choose their own service branch. Loren was already the married father of three children by 1942 (Jos. E. "Ted", Loren W "Bub" & Carol Anne)and exempt from the draft. In June of 1941 the Air Corps became a subordinate arm of the Army Air Forces. It remained as a combat branch of the Army until 1947. During part of WWII Loren served as a Flight Instructor in the Army Air Corps in Avon Park, FL at the Lodwick Aviation Academy.

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Loren Doughty Holmes's Timeline

October 17, 1915
Millville (born at home on Sunday), Cumberland, New Jersey, United States
March 12, 1939
Age 23
Millville (Born on Sunday at Millville Hospital), Cumberland, New Jersey, United States
October 26, 1948
Age 33
Millville (born on Tuesday), Cumberland, NJ, United States
December 2, 1957
Age 42
Millville (on Monday), Cumberland, New Jersey, United States
December 5, 1957
Age 42
Vineland (Siloam Cemetery - on Thursday), Cumberland, New Jersey, United States
Vineland (6 S. Oxford St.), New Jersey, United States
Ocean City, New Jersey, United States