Thursday, July 14, 2011
One of the things that Dad was involved with in the 1930's was the CMTC camp. This was the Civilian Military Training Camp. It was like a summer camp or introduction camp to the military. It had been developed earlier to introduce civilians to military life and give military training that might be useful if there needed to be a mobilization of military age men into the military. When he attended in 1938 he went to Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia near the famous Chickamauga Battlefield in North Georgia. He must have liked it as he joined the Air Corps in 1939 shortly afterward. Here are couple of awards he got at the camp for showing proficiency in shooting skills. One was gunner and the other was sharpshooter. He was alway proficient with firearms and was a crack shot. Here are the awards he won.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
During WWII my dad had the opportunity to attend a conference about fighter aircraft that was held at the Patuxent Naval Station near Washington, D.C. The conference was composed of military personnel who were either pilots, engineers, and even men who maintained the aircraft, like my dad. The conference held sessions on types of aircraft and the pilots and maintenance crewmen could inspect and even fly differing types of aircraft they had not had a chance to fly before. It was a way to familiarize all concerned with the aircraft that the Allies flew among all the branches of the service and to make connections among the community that flew and maintained them.
My dad brought back a couple of items from the conference. A conference newspaper dated October 21, 1944 (multiple copies) and the other a flight line id badge. The badge had been in my possession for years but I never knew the significance of it. It only became apparent when the newsletters surfaced in his footlocker. Thus two separate pieces of evidence united after years of separation to provide the full story.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Army Air Forces
Technical Training Command