of what I can remember, as I haven't gone through all
of the papers
on my father yet, is that he worked his way West during
his time with the USAAF. He spent some time in the Nashville
/ Clarksville , TN area and then in Souix Falls, SD.
During some part of his training, where ever he was
at the time, FDR came to the base and his squadron marched
on parade for him.
went from the Dakota's to LA, Calif. and then on to
Hawaii. I believe he spent some time on Saipan, Tinian,
and eventually Guam.
CO wanted him to go onto Japan, as he was older than
most of the others, and become part of the occupying
forces; but he opted to go home and be with my Mother
and older sister. I didn't come around till 1948.
father worked for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company
in Pleasant Hill/Pittsfield , Illinois and later in
Tuscola, Illinois [where I was
worked as a Stationary Operational Engineer and spend
years with the company before retiring. He was active
in the Union -
The Atomic Oil and Chemical Workers.
was also active in local politics, being a township
auditor, election judge, etc. He and several of his
friends got together and started a local charity group
to help the needy in the small town (2200 people)
raising money by holding IQHSA and AQHSA sanctioned
was also instrumental, along with several other friends,
in getting one of the last Local Libraries built with
matching State funding. I know this was one of his
and my mother designed and built a house in 1959 that
he lived in until shortly before his death. He was
active in his church and served for many years as
the property chairman. He was a Master Mason, Scottish
Rite Member, Six times Commander of the American
Legion Post with a 100% Renewal, a Lions Club member,
Committeeman, and a friend to many.
he and my mother were both retired they spent a lot
traveling. Aside from trips to Oklahoma, Texas, California,
up and down the New England coast, to Florida; they
also visited Europe..Italy, England & France...
several times together.
After my mother's passing in 1997, he did well for
a few years; but then his health started to decline.
He contracted a staff infection
resulting in the loss of his left eye and had a major
back injury that
really slowed him down.
He spent some 1- 2 years in the local nursing home,
but got out to play dominos with his buddies when
possible and went to church when he was physically
up to it. He finally suffered from congestive heart
failure and passed on 29 January, 2003.
would like to find anyone else out there who,
or whose father, might have known mine.
pictures I have will be sent and/or made available
as I get them scanned. I would like any that
any one else has that include my father and
son William can contacted via email at: