Adrian L. Knox

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  • Served: 1942 – 1949
  • World War II
  • Aircraft Mechanic

Deceased November 20, 2012. Interred St. Agnes Cemetery, Cresco, Iowa.

See Brothers John and Roger.

Adrian L. Knox, Decorah Iowa, was one of three brothers who served in the US Military during World War II and the Korean War. He served with the US Army Air Corp, 15th Air Service Squadron and the Minnesota Air Force Reserve. His various tours included John Rodgers Naval Air Station, Hawaii (now Honolulu International Airport), where he remembers the Enola Gay B29 and climbing aboard to work on mechanical issues, having no idea of its imminent mission. He also served at Muroc Army Air Base (now Edwards Air Force Base), in California, working as a mechanic on experimental aircraft, notably Howard Hughes aircraft made from wood. He also served in the State of Washington, but the family has no knowledge of it. He was a member of the VFW and a participant of an Honor Flight to Washington, DC, where he first viewed the military monuments, including the World War II monument.

Mr. Knox served honorably, then returned to Burr Oak, Iowa where he farmed with his brothers until his death in 2012 at the age 92.