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Brigadier General M.Y. "Bo" Foster, (A.U.S. ret.)

M.Y. "Bo" Foster was born in 1911 in Richmond, Virginia, but grew up in part on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana near Glacier National Park. After graduating from Yale University, Foster hitchhiked back to Montana in the midst of the Great Depression where he joined the U.S. Forest Service.

Promoted to Major during WWII, he served as an artillery liaison pilot for the U. S. 36th Division in Europe, and was awarded the Silver Star for action in the air during the invasion of southern France. In 1945, Foster was selected to personally guard and fly captured Reichsmarschall und Oberbefehlsher der Luftwaffe Hermann Göring from Austria to Germany, a mission of great responsibility.

After WWII, Foster helped organize the 443rd Field Artillery Battalion, at Fort Missoula, and then commanded the National Guard's 154th Artillery Group, rising to the rank of Brigadier General in 1963. He retired as Assistant Adjutant General of the Montana National Guard in 1971, remaining active in military history projects and local civic affairs.

B-30, the former Commanding Officer's Quarters was dedicated to Bo Foster in April 2003, as a public information project of the Northern Rockies Heritage Center, Fort Missoula, Montana.