During World War II, the Latin motto of the US Army Air Force (USAAF) Technical Training Command was Sustineo Alas, translated as “I Sustain the Wings” and meaning “Keep ‘Em Flying..” This motto defines the service of members of the Ridgely family of Hampton during the war. John Ridgely III (1911-1990) served in the Pacific Theatre as a Technical Sergeant in the Army Air Force, 60th Depot Supply Squadron. His wife, Lillian Ketcham Ridgely (1908-1996), used her training as a registered nurse to serve in the as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps at the USAAF’s Keesler Field in Biloxi, Mississippi. Back at home, the owners of Hampton faced dramatic changes to the estate, leading to plans to donate the property to the National Park Service (NPS) by the time the war ended in September 1945. John and Lil saved many photos, documents, and memorabilia that record these eventful years, and a large selection of these is now on view. Visitors can view the exhibit in the North Portico as part of the regular guided tours at Hampton on Thursdays to Sundays from now through summer. Tour times are on the hour from 10 AM to 4 PM; admission is free.
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