was inducted into service at Ft. Hayes in Columbus,Ohio.
From there I went to Ft.Thomas,Ky. After Ft.Thomas
it was on to Amarillo Army Air Force Base, in Amarillo,Texas
for basic training.
Dec.1943 I was sent to Madison,Wis. for Radio School.
in March of 1944 I was transferred to Scott Field
at St. Louis,Mo. About May of 1944 I volunteered to
be examined for a candidate to gunnery school. I passed
the physical and was sent to Buckingham Army Air Force
Base at Ft Myers, Fla. After completing gunnery training
I was sent to Kearney, Neb, via a delay in route of
two weeks. At Kearney I was teamed up with another
ten crewmen . The eleven of us then trained as a combat
crew at Clovis N.M.
When the crew training ended we were sent to Sacramento,Calif.(There
may have been a stop between Clovis and Sacramento
that I dont recall). Anyway,we ended up with
a new B29 and after a a two week stay in Sacramento
we headed for Guam via Hawaii, Johnson Island, Kwajelain
and Saipan. When we arrived at North Field on Guam
we were told that we were a replacement crew and we
had to give up the New B29. Needless to say everyone
on the crew was disappointed.We soon inherited a used
B29. We were designated as crew 55. Before we were
assigned to the used B29 all of the crew were supposed
to fly as replacement crew on bombing missions over
Japan. However, I came down with Dengue fever and
was in the Naval hospital for 10 days. Shortly after
I got out of the Hospital we flew our first mission
as crew 55.
We flew a total of 20 bombing missions plus one "food
drop"mission, after the Japs sued for surrender.
Most of my fellow crew members were able to return
to the U.S.A. in Oct 1945. Since I missed out on a
few replacement missions, due to my hospital stay,
I did not return to the U.S.A. until Jan, 1946. I
was discharged at Camp Atterbury, Ind. sometime the
end of Jan.
My discharge form list the following medals that I
earned. American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Ribbon, w/2 bronze stars, Good Conduct Medal, Air
Medal w/ 1 Oak Leaf Cluster ,and Victory Medal WW2.
I restarted civilian life in Dayton,Ohio Jan.1946.
I lived with my mother while going to school and working.
In March of 1948 I moved to Columbus,Ohio where I
had taken employment at the Lustron Corp.
May of 1948 I married Jeanne Roberts, daughter of
Mildred and Nathan Roberts. During the next 14 years
we had three children, Steven May 3,1951, Deborah
March 20,1953, and Amy March 23,1962.
retirement I have been busy doing woodworking, model
railroading and lately trying to master my computer
So far the computer is winning.
I held various jobs in the industrial field until
1965 when I joined the Columbus Area Technical School
(now known as the Columbus State Community College)
I retired from CSCS on Jan.1,1988.During my 23 years
at the Comm.College I taught courses in the Mechanical
Eng.Technology. From1967 until 1985 I was Chairman
of theMechanical eng. Tech.
My wife of 54 years, Jeanne, and I live in a condo at
48 Villa Pointe Dr. Columbus,Ohio.