Women’s Club, local Scouts honor Lt. Harding at monthly Memorial Corner Observance

Flag raising ceremonyO’FALLON – The O’Fallon Woman’s Club held their monthly Memorial Corner Observance last Saturday, honoring the life and service of 1st Lieutenant Samuel George Harding, United States Air Force.

Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 40 and Cub Scout Pack 40 of Shiloh were on hand to assist in the flag ceremony.

Harding was born December 7, 1931, in East St. Louis. He graduated from O’Fallon Township High School in 1950 and then went on to attend McKendree College, Washington University, and the University of Illinois. On February 27, 1958, a B-47 medium jet bomber Harding was flying in was heading home but was diverted due to ice. The plane ran out of fuel and crashed. The crew was only slightly injured, except for Harding who was killed. He was 26 years old.

The next ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 2, at 9 a.m. The service and sacrifice of Manley Eike, United States Navy, will be honored.