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Seguin War Hero Returns Home

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Sound | 1942

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  •  Air cadets have flown from Randolph Field to welcome a graduate of their flying school. 
  •  Through the town of Seguin, Texas, Main Street deserted, everybody has flocked to welcome the homecoming hero! 
  •  Captain Alvin Mueller, winner of four high decorations, and even the sheriff's horse is overcome. 
  •  Flying Fortress pilot in the Pacific War, he performed exploits of battle and heroic rescue, and his mother is so proud she's breathless, and virtually hatless.  
  •  Son, you're looking fine, and Dad adds his approval. 
  •  Local boy, the hero flyer, certainly made good, and the old hometown stages a big parade. 
  •  Captain Mueller coming down Main Street with his wife. 
  •  At the boyhood house of the aviator whose war exploits have made him the first armyman to win four high decorations: The Distinguished Flying Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, and Purple Heart, not including a wifely decoration. 
  •  Air cadets welcome graduate of their flying school. 
  •  "He performed exploits of battle and heroic rescue." 
  •  "Captain Mueller comes down main street with his wife."  
  •  "the aviator...the first army-man to win four high decorations."  
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Featured in this 1942 newsreel and silent outtake footage is Captain Alvin Mueller, Jr. returning home to an estimated crowd of 10,000 in downtown Seguin. Mueller is greeted by his mother and father before taking a convertible cruise with his wife down Austin Street through the center of town. Original nitrate copies of this material are located at the University of South Carolina Newsfilm Archive / Moving Image Resource Collections.

This local boy became a highly decorated B-17 bomber pilot for the Army Air Corps receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, and Purple Heart. Captain Mueller was stationed in the Philippines and flew evacuation flights from the Philippines to Australia over Japanese-occupied territory. Mueller also participated in the famous Doolittle Raid over Tokyo, and by the end of the war, he had received the rank of Lt. Colonel. Mueller learned to fly in Seguin and was notorious for his stunts, including a crash landing on the Fairgrounds racetrack. According to local sources, he even flew under the Miller Bridge on the Guadalupe River "just to see if he could."