Lt. Easterwood was born April 4, 1923 and moved to Dadeville, AL as a child. He graduated Tallapoosa County High School in 1941 and studied engineering at Auburn University for one year. He played football through high school and college.
On October 19, 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces and was called to duty February 1, 1943, reporting to Miami, FL for basic training. He was classified as a pilot and received training at Maxwell AAF, Courtland AAF, and Craig AAF.
He got his wings and commission on February 8, 1944. He was selected as an instructor pilot and went to Randolph AAF, TX for instructor training. He requested combat duty and was sent back to Craig AAF for P-40 gunnery, training. He went to a replacement pool at Richmond, VA, but there was little need at that time for P-40 pilots. He was sent to Camp Springs, MD for A-24 and P-47 training and on to Millville for P-47 advanced training in early September 1944.
On his eighth flight at Millville, September 23, he struck a tow target and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. Lt. Easterwood and his P-47 were never found.