Have you noticed that obituaries often leave out a lot of the information between the dashes? That’s what I’ve found when researching cousins who were career military. When I find an enlistment date and a discharge date about 20 years apart, I want to learn more about that military career.
That’s been the case with Master Sergeant Wayne M. Bond. To fill in those blanks, I often turn to newspapers to see what I can find. That’s when I found that Wayne M. Boyd was an award winning photographer.
Winner of double honors for outstanding photography is M. Sgt. Wayne M. Bond, son of Vernon E. Bond, 2009 East Sixth Street in Tucson.“Armed Services,” Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Arizona), 9 March 1956, page 33; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 10 December 2021).
“Church in the Wildwood” is the title of Sergeant Bond’s prize winning transparency in color. The shot captured first place in the Strategic Air Command’s annual photography contest for 1955. His other entrant in the contest, a black and white print entitled “Jackson Lake” took second in the final judging. Both photos were taken in the Jackson Lake Wyoming area with a 4 x 5 Busch-Pressman camera.
Sgt. Bond, now stationed on Guam, has been in the photo business for “Uncle Sam’s” Air Force since 1946. He has served in western Europe, Africa, India, Persia and Russia, all during World War II. He also worked in the school of photography as an instructor at Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado for a period of four years.
Hoping to learn more about these photographs, I tried Google with no luck. When I returned to my newspapers and broadened the search locations, I found a different version of the story.
Fairchild Reports Snapshot Winners“Fairchild Reports Snapshot winners,” Spokane Chronicle (Spokane, Washington), 9 January 1956, page 7; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 10 December 2021).
Winners of the Fairchild air force base photography contest have been annunced at the base Gorden S. Lower recently on a
In order of placement in the black and white division are T/Sgt. Frederick E. Koch (a scene in a German town); T/Sgt. A. J. Marrone (Sunset Hill), M/Sgt. Wayne M. Bond (Jackson, Wyo, lake).
Color transparency winners were M/Sgt Wayne M. Bond (church in the wildwood) and T/Sgt. Albert F. Carpenter (Oriental gates).
These articles talk about photography contests in what appears to be two different locations: Strategic Air Command and Fairchild Air Force Base. Having lived in Seneca, Kansas for over 40 years with SAC headquartered in Omaha, I automatically assumed that the Strategic Air Command mentioned in the first article was referencing Omaha. However a Google search turned up a Wikipedia article listing various bases that were “Strategic Air Command“. This list includes Fairchild. Thus, the two articles are likely referring to the same contest held at the Fairchild AFB.
Additional articles indicate that Wayne Bond’s tasks in the military were photography related.
Master Sgt. Wayne M. Bond, a son of Mr. And Mrs. Vernon E. Bond, of 2009 East Sixth street, is now in Tucson on a 30-day furlough after two years in Korea.“Armed Services,” Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Arizona), 31 May 1954, page 7; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 10 May 2021).
Sergeant Bond, who has been in service more than 14 years, was with the second photo squadron which operated in Korea from a base near Tokyo. Many of the pictures made by the group under his charge were used in newsreels and in magazines.
He also distributed more than 800 pounds of clothing collected in Tucson from merchants and members of the First Christian Church, which the family attends. The clothing was distributed in the city hospital in Seoul.
The Bonds are a pioneer Tucson family and one of sergeant’s great-great uncles, Frederick Maish, is a former mayor of this city.
In November 1952, after the crash of a ‘Flying Boxcar’ Wayne Bond was tasked with photographing the wreckage.
Sgt. Wayne M. Bond, son of Mr. And Mrs. V. E. Bond, of 2009 East Sixth street, was official air force photographer at the scene of the recent “Flying Boxcar” crash which killed 44 men in Korea.
Sergeant Bond wrote to his family that the saddest thing he photographed was a shot of the Christmas gifts being carried by the servicemen passengers on the plane, scattered among the twisted wreckage. Sergeant Bond,, a veteran of 13 years of service in the air force, said he nearly became lost in the wild Korean mountains while searching for one engine of the aircraft, which hurtled clear over the other side of the mountain when the plane crashed.“In the Armed Services,” Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Arizona), 24 November 1952, page 6; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 10 December 2021).
By looking beyond the areas where I knew Wayne and his family lived, I came across an article about his retirement from military service. This article provides more details about his career in the United States Air Force.
Photo Sergeant Retires After 20-Years Service
After 20 years of military service, which included tours of duty in nine foreign countries, M-Sgt. Wayne M. Bond, NC01C of Photo operations for detachment No. 2, 1352nd motion picture squadron, hung up his Air Force uniform and retired August 31.“Photo Sergeant Retires after 20 Years Service,” Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph (Colorado Springs, Colorado), 15 September 1960, page 16; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 10 December 2021).
Born in Frankfort, Ind. Sgt. Bond graduated from Frankfort High School and attended Purdue University in Lafayette Ind. for two years.
He entered the service in January 1940 and has served in England, France, Germany, Russia, Korea, Japan, Guam, Persia and N. Africa during his military career.
He was assigned to Ent AFB in March 1960 after completing a tour overseas in Yokota, Japan.
A graduate of the USAF Photographic School at Lowery AFB in Denver, Sergeant Bond plans to work as a photographer in Honolulu, Hawaii. While stationed at Ent, he and his wife, Ritsuko, lived at 7 Sierra Grande St., Manitou Springs.
YouTube has a video slideshow covering the history of Lowry Air Force Base, including the photography school that Wayne Bond attended. The “Photo School” section begins about 14:11.