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Floyd E. Evans
Brigadier General Floyd E. Evans was born on November 24, 1893 in Hinkley, Illinois. His military career began as a corps cadet at the University of Illinois in July 1917. He completed flying school at Dayton, Ohio, received his pilot's wings and was commissioned a first lieutenant in November 1917. From March, 1918 to March, 1919 he served with the American Expeditionary Forces 88th Observation Squadron in France. He was discharged August 14, 1919 from the U.S. Army with the rank of Captain.
In December, 1919 he was appointed a Major in the Officer Reserve Corps and served until May, 1926 when he joined the 107th Observation Squadron, Michigan National Guard. In June, 1931 he was appointed as the Division Aviation Officer, 32nd Infantry Division, Michigan National Guard. In October, 1940 he re-entered active Federal duty for World War II, serving as a military observer in the Allied Forces Campaigns in West Africa. He separated from Federal Service in January, 1946.
Joining the staff of Headquarters Detachment, Michigan National Guard in March, 1947 as a Lieutenant Colonel he served as the senior air officer until his retirement as a Colonel on January 27, 1954. At that time he had complied over 34 years of service to state and country. He was promoted to Brigadier General (Retired) on December 1, 1960.
For his military service, Brig. Gen. Evans was awarded the U.S. Commendation Medal with Palm; World War I Liberty Medal with five stars; the Purple Heart Medal; the French Croix deQuirre; the American Defense Medal; the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal; and the World War II Victory Medal.
In June, 1930, Governor Green appointed him to the Michigan State Board of Aeronautics and six months later appointed him Director-a position he held for 14 years. In additional to the enforcement of air regulations, Evans initiated many of today's Michigan Aeronautics Commission programs. He advanced aerial tourism by promoting air tours and initiating the nation's first Sunday morning "Dawn Patrol."
Brig. Gen. Floyd E. Evans was enshrined into the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame on October 10, 1998 for his long and exemplary military aviation career and his dedicated service to Michigan.