MY MILITARY SERVICE

While a student at Rice Institue (now Rice University) I became a member of the United States Army Air Corps Reserve in 1942.

I was called to active duty in the summer of 1943.

My first assignment was to Camp Wolters, Texas for 18 weeks of infantry basic training.

Upon completion of the infantry basic training I was sent to Shepherd Air Base in Wichita Falls, Texas in October, 1943.

In January, 1944 I was transferred to Kearns Air Base in Kearns, Utah.

In June 1944 I was transferred to Kingman Air Base in Kingman, Arizona.

In September 1944 I was transferred to Avon Park Air Base in Florida.

In January 1945, as a member of a new flight crew, I travelled to Savannah, Georgia where my crew picked up a brand new B-17 G bomber.

We flew from Savannah to Prestwick Air Base in Scotland by way of Bangor, Maine; St. John,  Newfoundland, Canada; Goose Bay, Labrador; Blue West One, Greenland; and Reykjavik, Iceland.

From Prestwick I travelled to Molesworth, England where I joined the 359th Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group (H) of the Eighth Air Force.

From Molesworth I flew 32 combat missions over Germany beginning on Saint Valentine Day, February 14, 1945 and ending on May 5, 1945 with VE Day.  I flew the first 12 missions as a Staff Sergeant Tail Gunner and I flew my remaining 20 missions as a Flight Engineer on the B-17.

In June, 1945 I flew back across the Atlantic in a B-17 bomber, retracing pretty much the same route I flew going to England, landing at Bradley Air Base in Massachusetts.

From Boston I travelled in a caboose at the end of a troop train to San Antonio, Texas where I began a 30 day furlough.

At the end of my furlough I reported to Santa Ana Air Base in California where I was assigned to begin training as a B-29 Flight Engineer at Amarillo Air Base, Amarillo, Texas.

Almost immediately afte VJ Day I was honorably discharged and returned to Houston to resume my architectural studies.

Upon graduation I was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force Reserve.

When I entered Saint Vincent Archabbey and made my simple profession of vows, the Archabbot required that I resign my commission.

3 Responses to MY MILITARY SERVICE

  1. Paul Haley says:

    Thank God for bishops like yourself and I invite you to view my website at http://phaley.faithweb.com to learn more about me. You can also view servi.org to see a nugget of the Faith still being practiced in these times.

    PAUL E. HALEY, Lt Col USAF(Ret)

  2. Mark Frances says:

    I am impressed with the service record. My father was shot down over Germany on his 21st mission. He was a POW and returned with PTSD which haunted him his entire life.

  3. What an illustrious career you have had. One can see that God certainly had his hand on you for a long time. May He grant you many many more years of blessings as you continue to serve Him in whatever way He deems.

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