1945 Salina, KS
I was in the military from mid-1942 until November
23, 1945. The main event for me was combat aircrew
action as on of eleven on board a B-29 "Superfortress".
I was the left waist aerial gunner in the Liberty
Belle II. We participated in the Air Offensive - Japan
from October 1944 to August 6, 1945. I
was discharged as a Staff Sergeant from US Army Air
Force and later took a direct commission as a 2nd
Lieutenant in the Reserve of the US Air Force.
I was discharged as a Lieutenant Colonel USAFR in
1977 at age 55.
immediate past "job' was to sustain the Congressionally
chartered Reserve Officers Association, Chapter 37,
Orange County, CA. - as their President, from which
I drew two Outstanding ROA member awards.
for civilian work, while doing Reserve duties, I did
a lengthy stint of service in the Central Intelligence
Agency with the title of Intelligence Officer/Analyst
and a brief time as an insurance adjuster - investigator.
I racked up some teaching credentials courses at Akron
University and Kent State. This led to a period of
twenty years as a high school teacher, mostly in Orange
County, California for Advanced and Intermediate Spanish.