Lindy Graham was born in 1918 in Clinton, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Army Air Forces on December 17, 1941, and was commissioned a 2d Lt and awarded his pilot wings at Selma, Alabama, on August 5, 1942. He joined the 79th Fighter Squadron of the 20th Fighter Group in England, flying the P-38 Lightning, and was credited with the destruction of 5.5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 2 damaged before he was killed in action on March 18, 1944. He was buried at the Lorraine American Cemetery in St. Avold, France.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.