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McMillan, Fray

This photograph, from the files of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, is of F. F. McMillan, M.D., of Charlevoix, Michigan, and his teenage son, Fray Albert McMillan. The photograph is accompanied by a letter to the Lincoln National Life Insurance Co. from the father, who explains that the photograph was taken in 1937 and shows "the two of us, in the rain, gazing at the statue of Lincoln before the Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois... . We...were not posing for it. I am sending a copy of it to you in the thought that it might be of some interest."

Fray trained as an aviation cadet to be commissioned as a lieutenant. He trained at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama and was killed in August 1942 in an air collision "near Spence Field, South Carolina," according to the father's letter. The grieving father sent the photograph in December 1942, just four months after his son had died while training to become a U.S. Air Force pilot.

Researched and contributed by Jane Gastineau, Lincoln Librarian, ACPL.

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