|Atlantic Bottling Company Chairman Honored|
On, November 11, 2016 - The Coca-Cola Company celebrated the 75th anniversary of the USO with special recognition to First Lieutenant (1LT) and Executive Chairman of the Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company, James R. Tyler.
Jim grew up in Villisca, Iowa and enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in 1942 following high school graduation. At the time, the Army Air Corps (later called the United States Army Air Forces for the duration of World War II) was a branch of the United States Army. It became a separate branch, the United States Air Force, in 1947.
1LT Tyler was first stationed at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, Missouri and then Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin where he flew J-3 Piper Cub airplanes while with the College Training Detachment. He underwent additional flight training in Santa Ana, California and King City, California before completing basic and advanced training at Gardner Field in Taft, California and at Williams Field in Chandler, Arizona. Following training, he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant.
After several more months of training on the west coast, 1LT Tyler traveled by train from San Francisco to Newport News, Virginia where he boarded a ship bound for Naples, Italy. Upon arrival in Europe, he was assigned to the 48th Fighter Squadron, 14th Fighter Group, and the 15th Air Force where he served as a P-38 Fighter Pilot. 1LT Tyler flew 15 missions out of San Severo, Italy doing everything from escorting bombers, dropping chaff, making dive bombing runs, and strafing enemy positions. He left Italy in September 1945, spending 31 days on a ship traveling to Fort Dix, New Jersey. He was discharged from the service later that year.
Mr. Tyler received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa in August 1949. Shortly after, he moved to Atlantic, Iowa to work for Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company - which had been founded in 1905 by his grandfather, Frank P. “Perk” Tyler as an ice cream and ice business and was currently being run by his father, Harry. By 1958, Jim was managing the company. Fifty-eight years later, at age 92, he continues to serve Atlantic CCBC as the company’s Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Tyler married the late Dorothy Hendrickson on June 1, 1947. They have five children: Amy, Jayne, Lou Ann, Kirk, and Sue. The couple have 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Below is the photo of the plaque hanging in the Headquarters of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, GA.
Thank you to Mr. Tyler for your service to our country.