Ernest A. Love is a true, hometown hero. One hundred years ago at this time, Love was listed as missing in action (MIA) while serving “over there” during World War I – the war to end all wars.
The Prescott municipal airfield and the American Legion Post are both named in his honor, and parts of his story are featured in the Sharlot Hall Museum “Arizona and the Great War” exhibit.
But there’s so much more, and biographer Alan Roesler, author of the book, “An Arizona Aviator in France: The Life of Ernest A. Love,” will share the story of this early aviator, add background to his biography, and answer questions at a special lecture presentation at Sharlot Hall Museum on Tuesday, October 2, beginning at 4 p.m.
A League of World War I Aviation Historians member, Roesler served as an issue editor of the quarterly aviation journal Over The Front and three years as its managing editor. His book, “An Arizona Aviator…” now it its third edition, is considered the definitive biography of the young man from Prescott.
His special lecture at the Museum will expand on Love’s story:
- From being the popular student from Prescott, president of his senior class at Prescott High, and student attending Stanford University when America entered the European war;
- To his flying 22 sorties (combat missions) in the skies over France during the height of American involvement in war-torn Europed in mid-1918;
- From the anguish of his family awaiting news of what happened to their brave son until long after the armistice — that 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918; and
- To the records from a French priest about a mortally wounded American aviator who fell from the skies over Tronville that fateful September day.
Roesler’s presentation is free and seating is limited. The Sharlot Hall Museum is located two blocks west of the courthouse plaza at 415 West Gurley Street, Prescott. For more information, call 928-445-3122 or visit www.sharlot.org.