Ethelyn Rose Callahan, WW II Civil Air Patrol

Ethelyn Rose Callahan, b. January 1, 1929, d. June 23, 2016, wife of James Robert Callahan, Jr. Aviation Cadet, and mother of Kevin Callahan, 8th AFHS-MN Archivist, was on the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) drill team in Saint Louis, Missouri during WW II and studied Navigation. As a teenager in CAP during WW II, she was at airfields every weekend drilling and studying, and the drill team, which spun rifles in unison as it marched, appeared in various parades and at public events. In 1942 she was only 13 years old.
   The photo below shows Ethelyn R. Callahan (L) (nicknamed "Foxy," as her maiden name was Fox) and Joyce Chapman (R), who were Civil Air Patrol buddies, standing in front of a biplane used for training. Joyce, who had been in CAP studying Piloting became a lifelong friend. 
Ethelyn Rose Callahan (L) and Joyce Chapman (R)
(Civil Air Patrol buddies during WW II and lifetime friends.)

Jim and Ethelyn Callahan

With her CAP aviation background, in later life, she enjoyed attending many of the 8th Air Force Luncheons and Presentations and various airshows such as Air Expo, Discover Aviation Days, Oshkosh, Red Wing, Eau Claire, Saint Cloud, as well as the annual Fleming Field Hangar dances, where she was accompanied by her son, Kevin Callahan.

Saint Paul Pioneer Press June 26, 2016

Ethelyn Rose CALLAHAN

Obituary Condolences

Ethelyn Rose CALLAHAN Obituary
Age 87, of Houlton, WI Passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 23, 2016. Preceded in death by husband, James. Survived by children Timothy (Resa), Kevin, and Shawn (Cynthia) and grandson, Benjamin. Served on the Board of Directors for the St. Croix County Historical Society Octagon House Museum and Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI. She was a volunteer at Willow River State Park and the Washington County Historical Society. As a lifetime artist, she taught fine art classes and received many awards for oil paintings and bronzes and was a founder of the annual Art Along the Willow Event. A Gathering of family and friends will take place at a date to be announced.
Published in Pioneer Press on June 26, 2016
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