Distinguished veteran and public servant addresses VFW Post

By Fred Apgar | Jan 19, 2012

Post Commander Jim Traner presents certificate of appreciation to Mr. Alan Boyd


VFW Post # 8870 was honored to have Mr. Alan S. Boyd speak to the group regarding his life time of service to our nation at its regular monthly meeting on Friday, January 13.

Mr. Boyd, who was born and raised in Florida, enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in the Army Air Corps, the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked. 

During World War II, he served in Europe for 20 months flying C-47’s, a transport plane. 

Among the many missions he flew was dropping paratroopers over Normandy in support of the Allied Forces’ D-Day invasion. 

At the conclusion of the war, Mr. Boyd attended law school at the University of Virginia after which he began a law practice in Florida.  His law career was interrupted by the Korean War.  He was recalled to active duty and flew C-119’s all over the Korean Peninsula.

In 1959, Mr. Boyd was appointed to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) by President Eisenhower and later was named Chairman of the CAB. 

After serving in that capacity for several years, he was appointed Undersecretary of Commerce for transportation by President Johnson. 

In November 1966 he became the first Secretary of the newly form Department of Transportation. 

During his presentation, Mr. Boyd described several early morning phone calls from President Johnson who was lobbying for Lady Bird Johnson’s pet project, the highway beautification project. 

After leaving government service, Mr. Boyd became President of the Illinois Central Railroad. 

For four years, he was the president of Amtrak and later served in the same capacity for Airbus Industrie.

Mr. Boyd and his wife, Flavil, reside in Seattle.  They have one son and two grandchildren.      

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