was the Central Fire Control gunner on Crew 4, 60th
Squadron, piloted by Ralph Gray. We came together as
a crew at Salina Smoky Hill Air Force Base in early
1944, and trained there the balance of that year. We
went overseas January or February to train in Cuba for
left Sacramento, California, flew to Hawaii and thence
to Guam via Johnson Island and various islands enroute,
when we arrived on Guam we found they were not ready
for us. Conditions were very primitive. We had no
mess hall, so we ate out of our mess kits while sitting
on a log. The cooks were not exactly graduates of
a fine French cooking school and we had no bath facilities.
We bathed out of a steel helmet full of water standing
on a board. It was out of this atmosphere that we
flew 15-hour missions to the Japanese homeland where
we were greeted with flak, borage balloons, enemy
fighters, engine failure and if we had to bailout
over Japan we were told we might be beheaded.
flew 12 missions over Japan then additional missions
over islands which had been bypassed no credit was
given for these missions.
practiced law for 23 years, in Miami Florida prior
to 1972. I always wanted to move to Alaska and have
an adventure on the “last frontier” so
we moved to Homer, a seaport on the Kenai Peninsula
at the time.
at 81 years old, I have a business here in Homer,
rental stores and 86 mini storage units called Downtown
Mini Storage, all located in the center of town.
have a son here who heads a group of seven lawyers.
A daughter that lives in Boulder, CO and a daughter
who lives in Punta Gorda, FL.