Missouri is proud to have two key military bases in our state, including Whiteman Air Force Base, which houses the B-2 Stealth bomber. What you may not know is how Whiteman got its name. It was named after one of the first heroes in World War II, a pilot from Sedalia, who also happened to be a Miner alum.
George Allison Whiteman signed up for service after attending school at the Missouri School of Mines and Matallurgy in 1935. His wish to become a pilot came true and he was stationed in Hawaii on “the day that will live in infamy.” Unfortunately, he was one of the first casualties of the war to end all wars, but he has since earned several medals for his valor and became immortalized when Sedalia Air Force Base was renamed in his honor in 1955.
Learn more about this fascinating piece of history here.