attending Western Michigan University, John entered
the service in Kalamazoo, Michigan (hometown) on May
19, 1942 and was discharged December 2, 1945.
was assigned to the Air Corp. doing basic training at
Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. I was sent to Buckley
Field, Colorado, where I completed Armorer School. From
Buckley I was assigned to Hendricks Field, Sebring,
Florida. Hendricks Field was a B-17 Pilot Transition
nearly a year at Hendricks, I was shipped to North Africa
as a replacement, landing at Casablanca on Christmas
Day, 1943 (c-rations for Christmas dinner). We did "forty
and eight's" across the Atlas Mountain (9 days
with cold c-rations) to Tunisia. After a few weeks at
an air base there, we shipped from Algiers to Cagliari,
Sardinia-assigned to the 443rd Squadron, 320th Bomb
Group. My job was armorer from Sardinia to Corsica to
Dijon, France. Following the German surrender, we did
disarmament duty in Furth, Germany.
WWII and return to civilian life, I was a Territory
Sales Rep with Standard Oil Co. in Michigan. Later I
was promoted to a Special Rep selling chemical specialties
for the State of Michigan.
joined Chemagro of Kansas City, Missouri on January
1, 1960. BAYER of Leverkusen, Germany soon took over
Chemagro. I was in the Agricultural Chemical Division
was promoted to Northeast Regional Manager in 1964 and
relocated my wife and two daughters from Michigan to
Cherry Hill, New Jersey. I retired from BAYER in July,
1987. My wife died in 1996 and I married my wife, Rosemary,
of my few regrets in life is that I was unaware of our
320th BG Association and annual reunions until 2001.
Rosemary and I were "first timers' in Albuquerque
and had such a wonderful time that we intend to make
every future reunion. We have made so many special friends
in such a short time and it has been great enjoying
the camaraderie, sharing the laughter, and reminiscing
the experiences that we shared."