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a. Note:   Gordon's mother divorded his father and remarried a J.G. Shanton of Memphis. Gordon graduated from Humes High School May 25, 1937. He was arrested and convicted for larceny on 29 March 1939. He was again arrested and convicted for 17 Feb 1940 for issuing worthless checks. He served in the Army Air Corps in the Second World War and once saved his airplane and crew when shot down over Italy. Lt. Fouts was flight commander for his squadron was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with eight clusters, the Purple Heart and the African Campaign Ribbon with two stars. His plane was badly shot up over Italy. It had 400 holes shot in it, flaps were shot off, landing gear was gone and one motor was missing. Yet he managed to safely land in Africa and save his crew. He died 15 Sep 1989 at the Leesburg Regional Medical Center, Leesburg, Lake County, Florida. His body was cremated. Place of disposition was Atlas Concrete Products, Rockledge, Florida. The facility was All Faiths Cremation Society, Inc., 18 LaPlaza Grande Blvd., Lady Lake, FL. 32159.


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