Signed scarf to be donated to museum

Lindy Segall plans to donate his father's scarf, autographed by Col. Dick Cole, to the Pacific War Museum. Segall is also donating items of his mother, a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Before embarking on his C-47 Zephyr flight July 3 at the Gillespie County Airport, retired Army Air Forces Col. Dick Cole signed two items.

Besides the aircraft’s log book, he also signed a scarf.

The scarf currently belongs to Lindy Segall, but, prior to that, it belonged to his father.

B. Segall was a C-47 pilot who flew in the European theater during World War II. He flew aircraft in North Africa, Italy and France.

Lindy Segall, who recalled his father had only an initial for a first name, said the silk scarf contains the insignias for the Army Air Corps and the troop transport.

“They carried in everything from artillery, to mules, to Jeeps,” said Segall. “Dad used to say, ‘If you can close the doors, we can take off.’”

Segall’s father died in 2007, and he’s kept the scarf since then and has even worn it to several Veterans Day events.

Previously, Segall met Cole when the retired pilot was at the National Museum of the Pacific War in April to sign a donated book that contained 25 signatures from the Doolittle Raiders. The book was then donated to the museum.

“Having his signature on my father’s scarf is incredible,” Segall said of Cole’s autograph. “Like so many veterans, he doesn’t talk about that raid. They just felt like they had a job to do, but it was a critical mission to counterstrike after we’d been hit.”

Segall plans to donate the autographed scarf to the Pacific Museum. He also is donating to the museum items that belonged to his mother, Muriel (Mimi) Lindstrom Segall, who served in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during WWII. 

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