UNC alumnus Littleton Cole Selden is approaching his 100th birthday, but this milestone alone does not capture his many accomplishments.
Just months before his graduation and the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, L.C. Selden decided to join the U.S. Army Air Corps.
L.C. Selden, born in Jackson, North Carolina, in 1920, arrived at UNC as a pre-pharmacy student. With no previous flying experience, he left school to join the Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet in April 1941, before the Air Force was established. He began his pilot training on small, crop-duster planes in Oklahoma.
“He was so close to getting his degree, but he went and had to save Western civilization,” Steven Ford, a close friend of his son, said.
During his 30 years of service in the military, L.C. Selden became a colonel. He provided air support during D-Day and the Battle of Normandy with the 406th Fighter Group, and his unit received two Presidential Citations for service in WWII to honor the group for their courage and heroism.