During the week of May 5, 1985, McDowell County remembered the life and legacy of Maxwell Corpening Jr. If he had lived, Max Corpening Jr. would have been 65 years old that week in 1985. The son of Maxwell Corpening Sr., the younger Corpening served in the Royal Air Force of Canada and later transferred to the RAF in England. When the United States entered World War II, he transferred to the U.S. Air Force. He was fatally injured in an airplane crash on May 31, 1944 while serving as a pilot trainer in Rhode Island. Years later, his father created the Maxwell M. Corpening Jr. Memorial Foundation as a living memorial to his late son. In this photo, Emily Streetman, secretary for the foundation, holds a picture of the young Corpening. Today, the Corpening Memorial YMCA is another living memorial to this young man whose lift was cut short.