First Lieutenant, United States Army Air Corps
Evert was born in 1895 and served in the United States Army Air Corps.
In 1928 the National Elimination Balloon Races were held at Bettis Field, Pennsylvania. According to reports more than 150,000 people jammed the field, the largest crowd ever to witness an air event in Pittsburgh.
The 14 entrants got the weather go-ahead & lifted off at 6 p.m.
Within a half hour a thunderstorm brewed & the balloons were caught. A number of them were struck by lightning and went down. Army balloon Number 3 was hit near Youngwood, Pennsylvania, and Lieutenant Paul Evert died in the crash.
Lieutenant Evert was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Gladys D. Evert died on 8 December 1941 and is buried with him.
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Photos By M. R. Patterson, 24 April 2004