Amos Pollard was born on October 16, 1919, in Chester, Mississippi. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces on August 14, 1941, and served as a Radio Operator and Aircraft Mechanic before being selected for the Aviation Cadet Program in January 1943. Pollard was commissioned a 2d Lt in the U.S. Army Air Forces and was awarded his pilot wings at Columbus Army Air Field, Mississippi, on January 7, 1944. After completing B-24 Liberator combat crew training, Lt Pollard served as a B-24 pilot with the 827th Bomb Squadron of the 484th Bomb Group at Torretto Airfield, Italy, from July 1944 to June 1945. He then served with the 301st Army Air Force Base Unit at Drew Field, Florida, from July 1945 until he was honorably discharged from active duty on December 13, 1945. Capt Pollard was assigned to the Air Force Reserve from December 14, 1945, until he was appointed a 1st Lt of Infantry in the Mississippi Army National Guard on February 8, 1948. His next assignment was as a Platoon Leader with Company I of the 155th Infantry Regiment in the Mississippi Army National Guard from February 1948 to June 1951, followed by service as Assistant Battalion S-3 (Operations Officer) with 3rd Battalion of the 155th Infantry Regiment from June 1951 to May 1952. Capt Pollard had been activated on January 16, 1951, and he deployed to West Germany with the 2nd Battalion of the 102nd Infantry Regiment from July 1952 to February 1954. He left active duty on March 1, 1954, and then served as Battalion S-3 with 3rd Battalion of the 155th Infantry Regiment in the Mississippi Army National Guard from March 1954 to April 1959, followed by service as Battalion S-3 and Executive Officer with 1st Battalion of the 155th Infantry from May 1959 to April 1963. During this time he was activated from September 30 to October 22, 1962. LTC Pollard served as Executive Officer of 3rd Brigade, 31st Infantry Division with the Mississippi Army National Guard from May 1963 until he left the Mississippi Army National Guard to join the Mississippi Air National Guard on August 12, 1963. His next assignment was as Education and Training Officer with the 173rd Air Base Squadron at the Gulfport Air National Guard Training Site from August 1963 to September 1968, followed by service as an Administrative and Executive Support Staff Officer with the 173rd Air Base Squadron from September 1968 to June 1970. He served as Commander of the 173rd Air Base Squadron at Gulfport from July 1970 until the unit became the 255th Mobile Communications Squadron on May 15, 1971, and he served as the first Commander of that unit from May 1971 to March 1975. His final assignment was as the Commander of the Gulfport Air National Guard Training Site from March 1975 until he was honorably discharged from the Air National Guard on April 14, 1977. He officially retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve on October 16, 1979. Amos Pollard died on April 4, 2000, and was buried at Fellowship Cemetery in Choctaw County, Mississippi.
His Distinguished Flying Cross Citation reads:
For extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. Consistently throughout many combat missions against highly important and strategic enemy installations, Captain Amos S. Pollard has demonstrated the highest order of professional skill, heroism, leadership and devotion to duty. Although regularly and frequently opposed by large numbers of enemy fighters, together with intense, accurate and heavy anti-aircraft fire during which his aircraft was at times seriously damaged, Capt Pollard has fought through to his targets and aided in the destruction of these vital objectives. Despite severe and adverse weather conditions, rugged terrain, and many other major obstacles and hazards, Capt Pollard has gallantly engaged, fought and defeated the enemy without regard for his own personal safety and against great odds. His conspicuous and extraordinary achievements throughout these many missions against the enemy have been of inestimable credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States of America.