A special salute to resident Albert H. Francis who rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force before retiring and retiring at The Chamberlin in 2009. It was a homecoming of sorts as Fort Monroe was one of several places he was stationed during a 26 year military career.
Born in Branchville, Virginia, Albert graduated from South Hampton High School in 1941 and soon found himself in uniform in the Pacific Theater. After finishing the Aviation
Cadet Program, he flew C-47 and C-46 transport aircraft for a total of 111 combat missions in support of the WWII China campaign. He is credited with rescuing 40 soldiers who were isolated for two weeks in Lahoako, North East China.
He was stationed in Greenland, Iceland, and Fort Monroe before arriving at Langley Air Force Base in 1966. He retired in 1969 and worked for many years in real estate in the Hampton Roads area.
Albert has two children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. His wife of
54 years passed away in 2007.
Just recently (see photo above), albert had the distinction to be a guest speaker at Langley’s Annual Awards Banquet, “Remembering Legacies, Forging Traditions.” And Albert can still be found from time to time enjoying the lunch buffet ay the Langley Officers Club.