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.

4-4-49                              COMFAIRWESTCOAST

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).

Ottumwa, Iowa, Preflight Class 13-46