The 746th FEAF Story
My name is Jason Burt and I am a historian and teacher in Clarksburg, California. My grandfather was the lead trumpet player of the 746th Far East Air Force Band (746th Army Air Force Band) that was stationed in the Philippines, during World War II. My grandfather and the band had unique experiences, during the war, including:
-Playing taps at the funeral service of legendary World War II pilot, William E. Dyess.
-Playing shows on the front line, with action going on directly behind them.
-Playing the military formation (awards ceremony) for the Angels of Bataan, after they were freed from their POW camp, in Santo Tomas.
-Creating the only known, full length album, by a front line band unit, during World War II, where the fighting had taken place. This album was created in their performance tent, with limited equipment, at Fort Mckinley, in the Philippine Islands....far from any radio or recording studio.
Those recordings were made into an album that includes a 28 minutes oral history by my grandfather about his experiences with the band and 9 minutes of 8mm film of the band in the Philippines. After 75 years, the album was released on Veteran's Day of 2020 with the goal of getting these World War II veterans a Best Historical Album Grammy at the 2022 Grammy Awards.