Friday, May 20, 2011

Tom Fossmo, 63rd Balloon Company, US Army Air Service, WW1

Tom Fossmo (Tormod Andressen Forsmo) joined the U. S. Army during World War I while living in South Dakota and working as a carpenter.  He enlisted as a private and was sent to the University of North Dakota - Grand Forks, School of Mines Training Detachment for training (8 Jul 1918 - 29 Aug 1918).  He was transferred to the 63rd Balloon Company, Air Service, U.S. Army, Fort Omaha, Nebraska on Aug 30, 1918.   Fort Omaha was the base for the 9th Naval District - Balloon and Airship Division, as was of the largest training centers for observation balloon crews in the United States.  On 21 Feb 1919, he was promoted to Private 1st Class.  Discharged on May 29th, 1919 at Fort Omaha.

Fort Omaha, 1919

More info on the Fort Omaha Balloon School can be found here:

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