Famed Airman CMSgt Paul Kerchum laid to rest with full military honors

On his way to becoming one of the U.S. Air Force’s most legendary—as well as courageous and inspirational—Airmen, CMSgt (retired) Paul Kerchum, who died Dec. 17 at age 102, traveled some unexpected and difficult roads.

Now in death, Kerchum’s distinguished record and contributions to the Air Force and the nation are coming into focus once again.

In addition to his long active-duty service, first in the Army after enlisting in 1938, then an additional 21 years following World War II in the newly born U.S. Air Force, Kerchum also claimed notoriety as a POW and one of the last—if not the last—survivors of the gruesome Bataan Death March during World War II.

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