launch and support the air effort, it required several
times that many to service the big bombers and supply
the other innumerable needs of the men that flew them.
There were the mechanics that repaired the engines, the
men that patched them the flak holes and the armors, electricians
and other specialist that toiled endless hours beneath
the blazing tropical sun to ready their bombers for the
next mission. They virtually lived their airplanes.
too, there were other unsung men and women that served
with dedication and distinction in jobs less glorified.
They ministered to the health, welfare, spiritual and
personal needs of the airmen in so many vital ways. There
were the mess hall personnel that fed them, the supply
section that clothed them and the medics that tended their
ills; the interrogators, the meteorologists and the man
in the tower who we took for granted, yet relied on so
heavily. And lastly but indispensably, there were the
Chaplains whose presence and reassuring words of faith
help lessen our fears each time we embarked into combat.
one of the least recognized contributors to the victory
were those performing the routine clerical tasks. Their
day was likely to be boring, frustrating and repetitious
as they faced miles of paperwork. Frequently, they were
the butt of many disparaging jokes, yet they were indispensable
to the operation of any military unit. Without adequate
personnel records, rosters and transmission of orders
covering every activity from pay and promotions to promotions
and citations and transfers there would soon be chaos.
One must remember that every action governing military
life, whether it be duty or pleasure, has it's beginning
old expression that "an Army runs on paper" is an accurate
one. It was true yesterday; it is true today and will
continue to be true in the future.
summing up it can be correctly said that all of these
ground support services not merely contributed to the
final victory, but more importantly made it possible No
responsible person ever underestimated the importance
of their involvement. Their sweat and sacrifice helped
make the airman's task a successful one and his life on
Guam more bearable.