Bill Ferebee

– Mocksville, NC
Naval Plane Captain and Turret Gunner — Pacific

Ferebee, who grew up on a Mocksville farm in a family of 11 children, enlisted in the Navy prior to Pearl Harbor, first training as an aviation mechanic and then working his way up to B-26 crew chief in charge of keeping the middle-range bomber flight worthy. He served in Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal and the Philippines, where he was stationed when he learned that his older brother, Thomas Ferebee, was the bombardier who dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima. Ferebee also told of getting married to his high school sweetheart while on leave – a love story that endures to this day.