Published On: Sat, May 29th, 2021

FAU Unveils WWII Army Airfield Historical Marker

L-R: Susan Gillis, curator at Boca Raton Historical Society and co-author of Palm Beach County During World War II; Thomas R. Wood, fire chief, BRFRS; FAU President John Kelly; and Daniel Flynn, Ph.D., vp for research at FAU.

Florida Atlantic University unveiled an Army Airfield Historical Marker to honor nine U.S. Army Air Corps personnel who lost their lives in a U.S. Army Air Corps Lockheed B-34 Lexington bomber crash during WWII.

The May 12, 1944 crash happened at what is now the intersection of North University Dr and FAU Blvd on FAU’s Boca Raton campus.

FAU_ Army Air Field Historical Marker Unveiling at Florida Atlantic University. The intersection of North University Drive and FAU Boulevard on the Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton campus.

“We are incredibly proud to walk in the footsteps of the American heroes who bravely served our country during World War II,” said FAU President John Kelly. “FAU is honored to commemorate the historical significance of this site.”

The crew members on the plane were:

  • 1st Lt. William H. Carson, 23, pilot
  • 1st Lt. Jacob M. Buie, 22, student radar operator
  • 1st Lt. Thomas A. Lamont, 27, student radar operator
  • 1st Lt. John J. Lominac, 25, student radar operator
  • 1st Lt. Benjamin P. Sibley, 27, student radar operator
  • Staff Sgt. Frank L. Bursaw, 31, radio operator
  • Sgt. John S. Safieko, 25, radar instructor
  • Pfc. Norman R. Steiner, 20, student engineer
  • Pvt. Robert E. Locke, 22, aerial engineer

County legislative aid, Caitlin Joyce, representing Palm Beach County Vice Mayor Robert S Weinroth, joined FAU President John Kelly, along with other members of FAU’s administration, Chief Tom Wood and members of the Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services, the Boca Raton Historical Society and local veterans to honor the crew members.

About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. Commissioner Weinroth serves as County Vice-Mayor and has been appointed Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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