Letters of Glenn and Ellen Baker and Letters from Home, World War II
I was born in Ohio in 1922. As a boy on a farm in Bolivar, Ohio, I was always fascinated by airplanes. All work would stop when we heard the sound of an airplane, and we would follow its path until it was out of sight.
After graduating from high school in 1940, family finances prevented my further education, and in July, 1941, my parents reluctantly agreed to sign my application to join the Army Air corps. I was in Aviation Mechanic's School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred on December 7, 1941.
In October 1942 I started flying training, and received my wings in September of 1943. In June of 1944, we received orders to deploy overseas. I flew observation planes in Italy, France and Germany until the war in Europe was over in 1945.
After the war, while I was employed by the General Telephone Company (now Verizon), I also served in the Air Force Reserves during the Korean conflict.
I retired from the telephone company in 1983, after 39 years of service.
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