2 NE Wisconsin natives to be inducted into Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame

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Peter Drahn (left) and James Flatley (Courtesy: Wis. Aviation Hall of Fame)
Peter Drahn (left) and James Flatley (Courtesy: Wis. Aviation Hall of Fame)

OSHKOSH – Two Northeast Wisconsin natives are set to be inducted into the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame.

Adm. James Flatley was a World War II flying ace. The Green Bay native earned the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with Combat “V,” the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Gold Stars, and the Bronze Star Medal and Commendation Ribbon, each with Combat “V,” and the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon with five blue stars, Vice Admiral Flatley had the American Defense Service Medal, Fleet Clasp; the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two silver stars (ten engagements); the American Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; National Defense Service Medal; and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star.

Flatley died in 1958.

Brigadier Gen. Peter Drahn is also set to be inducted. The Oshkosh native spent 30 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard, and was director of the Dane County Regional Airport in Madison for more than 20 years. His combat decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal and seventeen Air Medals.

Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame inductions are set for October.

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