Biography – Early Navy Years
5-28-45 Enlisted at St. Louis, Mo. For Navy V-5 Training Program.
7-2-45 to 10-45 Reported for Active Duty at Navy V-5 Unit, Central College, Fayette, Mo.
10-45 to 6-46 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.
6-46 to 7-46 University of Florida, Gainsville, Fla.
8-46 to 8-26-46 Selective Flight Training. NAS Dallas, Tex.
First solo flight (N2S-5 Stearman “Yellow Peril”).
10-46 to 3-1-47 U.S. Naval Preflight School, Ottumwa, Iowa.
12-17-46 Signed as Midshipman USN under Holloway Plan.
3-3-47 to 7-12-47 NAS Corpus Christi, Tex.
3-5-47 First class assigned directly to SNJ training, Squadron 2A, Cabaniss Field.
4-10-47 Solo SNJ BuNo 51707.
7-13-47 to 12-20-47 NATB Pensacola, Fla.
10-9-47 CARQUAL aboard USS WRIGHT [CVL-49] in SNJ (6 CL).
11-47 Solo in PBY-5.
12-47 Solo in SNB-3.
12-19-47 Designated Naval Aviator (#26179).
1-5-48 to 5-26-48 Advanced training at NAS Jacksonville, Fla. VA ATU-5 (TBM).
5-3-48 to 5-22-48 NAAS Saufley Field [outlying field to NAS Pensacola].
5-20-48 CARQUAL aboard CVL-49 in TBM (7 CL).
6-24-48 to 12-16-48 COMFAIRWESTCOAST, NAS San Diego, Calif.
6-24-48 FAETU PAC, NAAS Ream Field, San Ysidro [Calif.] (4 weeks).
7-23-48 Naval Amphibious Training Unit, PhibBase Coronado (2 weeks).
10-06-48 TAD Air Transport Squadron 32 (F8F/F6F/TBM ferry).
12-5-48 Naval Air All Weather Flight School, NAS Corpus Christi.
12-20-48 to 3-14-49 VA-214 [TBMs] NAS Seattle, Wash.
12-17-48 Appointment as Ensign USN, DOR 6-4-48.
12-30-48 to 2-18-49 USNS (Naval Justice), Port Hueneme, Calif.
3-49 Ferry F6F & TBM acft to Alameda & North Island.
Decommissioning of Air Group 21.
3-14-49 to 4-4-49 COMFAIRSEATTLE, ferry of acft.
4-8-49 to 12-29-49 VF-51, NAS San Diego (F4U, F9F-3).
6-49 TO-2 [TV-2] training in VF-52.
8-25-49 Appointment as Ensign USNR.
11-17-49 CARQUAL F9F-3
12-10-49 Detached (Release from Active Duty effective 1-4-50.
2-21-50 Entered UCLA as a Senior, Physics Major.
4-29-50 Commenced Volunteer Reserve Training with VF-782, NAS Los Alamitos,
10-3-50 Recalled to Active Duty.
10-8/9-50 Processing at MCAS El Toro [Calif.].
10-12-50 Reported to COMNAVAIRPAC, NAS San Diego.
10-12-50 Further assigned, and reported to VF-781 (F4U, F9F-2, USS Bon Homme Richard/Korea in 1951).