March 6, 1942. Served with 63rd Surg Hosp (MASH outfit)
till Sept 42. Attended OCS at Camp Barkeley, TX and
commissioned Nov 24, 1942 in Medical Administrative
Corps. Served with 67th Med Rgt Camp Barkeley, TX Nov
25 to Sept 43 as Asst Operations Officer. Transferred
to Army Air Corps for training in grade, Dec 43 and
attended Class 44-9 Navigation at Ellington Field, TX
to June 44. Radar School Boca Raton July Aug 44. Joined
39th BG October 44 at Smoky Hill, Salina KS.
25th combat mission against Mito on August 2, 1945 turned
out to be our very last of the war. In just two days
we were on the beach at Waikiki, Hawaii on rest leave.
We weren't too happy, hoping to take part in the continuing
offensive against the smaller industrial centers, which
were milk runs for the most part, a great way to reach
the magic number of 35. Instead we were being held back
to participate in the imminent and necessary invasion
of the Japanese homeland. It never happened and we were
marooned on Hawaii for nearly a month and finally returned
to the USA on a Liberty ship with only one screw working.
It took eight days to reach San Francisco where it took
only eight hours going over from Mather Field, Sacramento
to Hickam Field, Honolulu.
prior to discharge I received promotion orders to Captain.
I only enjoyed the distinction for one month prior to
discharge in January 1946 while on terminal leave.
discharge, I set out to find employment anywhere but
New York but took a post as treasurer of a subsidiary
of a North Carolina Textile firm with a pilot operation
in New York's garment district. The plan was to move
the operation to Mt. Holly, NC within a year. Living
conditions in the NY area were almost impossible but
we sweated it out for the promising reward. But the
plan fell apart and never materialized. I resigned and
we headed for New Orleans where Olive's parents gave
us shelter till we got settled.
aunt was a nurse and she mentioned to one of her patients
that her niece and husband were settling in New Orleans.
He advised that I contact Ike Scharff, President of
Scharff & Jones, the South's leading Investment Banking
firm and underwriter of Municipal Bonds. I signed on
with them and within a year was promoted to the position
of Comptroller and Asst Treasurer. This was early 1947
and I stayed with them till 1955.
1955, I made a major career change. I decided to get
into the more financial rewarding part of the business
in trading Associated with Crockett & Co in Houston
TX. The deal I had was to first straighten out all the
financial and administrative problems this young firm
was having then move onto the Trading Desk. All was
accomplished and things went well till 1963 when the
firm was bought out by Dempsey Tegeler a NYSE member
firm. Unfortunately our new parent had overextended
and ran into all kinds of problems. Sensing that the
NYSE would shut down this operation I accepted a bid
from Underwood Neuhaus & Co the largest NYSE regional
firm in Texas.
was director of Capital Markets for over 20 years and
devoted most of my last five years there on the foreign
desk dealing with institutions in Scotland, England
and Germany. I retired from this job in 1984 fully vested
and started an Institutional Trading department for
another Texas firm. This operation was bought out by
a New York firm who moved the trading functions to New
York which was a very logical move.
was 1988 and I was 68 years old. Time to go on Social
Security. I received two benefit checks and then responded
to a call for help from a good friend in the business.
Half of his trading desk switched to another firm and
he was desperate. For the next five years I filled in
at this firm as needed. Up to 1996, I was a floater
who helped out friends in distress at three of the smaller
firms in the Houston area.
February 1996 at age 76, I decided it was time to quit
the 6:30 AM arrival at the office and hung 'em up for
good. It was well that I did, in May of 1996 while mowing
the lawn I experienced chest pains and two days later
had a triple by-pass. No heart attack but close to one.
I have been in good shape ever since. In 1993 a routine
colonoscopy found a 3cm cancerous spot on my colon,
no mass but a potential one. Removed the area and ensuing
checkups show all clear - A real lucky kid!
was real active in our professional association as one
of the founders of the Houston Affiliate of the National
Security Traders Association. Also I served as governor
and officer of National over a period of 13 years, as
Chairman of the Board of Governors in 1980. We held
our National Conventions annually alternating between
Boca Raton and Palm Springs. I attended every convention
from 1965 till 1995.
am an ordained deacon in the Presbyterian Church and
was an adult Church School teacher for a 15 year period,
Daughter Jane Webb, Asst Supt of Schools, Rogers, Arkansas,
and husband David Webb, Asst Principal in the Rogers
School System. Granddaughter Allison, senior at Drury
U, Springfield MO. Michael sophomore at Ouachita Baptist,
Donna Wilems and husband Jon. Homemaker. Husband Jon
is an independent gas supply consultant operating out
of Houston, TX. Donna's son Ryan, senior at Texas A&M.
Paschall and husband Jim. Ruth, after a career with
IBM and Arthur Anderson left the corporate rat race
and is managing a women's' sportswear shop in Boca Grande
where the Bushes hang out when they have nothing better
to do. Jim took very early retirement from Ciber Inc.
and is managing a golf pro shop.
Allison, President Bush and Jane