King, Hovde, and Roane

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Richard C. King center, flanked here by Edward H. Hovde on Kings right and the Legendary 100th Pilot Owen D. Cowboy Roane to his left. Here Roane is the co-pilot on the King crew before being assigned his own crew. It was Roane’s fate to be an eyewitness to the loss of King at Paris 3 Sep 1943. Doubtless a sad moment for the Cowboy. It was King who gave Roane the name Cowboy. Upon meeting Roane he had asked him what he did in civilian life, Roane, a Texas cowboy for real, simply said, “I was a cowboy.” King, somewhat amused, never called Roane anything but Cowboy. Soon all the 100th adopted the name -- Roane is forever known as “The Cowboy” to all 100th veterans