In U. S. Army, World War II on July 18, 2014 at 1:38 am
Pfc. Joe Falis at 20 when he was a member of the 718th Signal Air Warning Company in Europe during World War II. Photo provided
Joe Falis tried to sign up for the service the day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Trouble was, he was only 17 and he had to have his parents’ permission.
In Army Air Corps, World War II on July 16, 2014 at 1:38 am
This was 2nd Lt. Marie Sgriccia at 20 when she graduated from nursing school at Indiana Hospital in Indiana, Pa. in 1943. She became an Army Air Corps nurse. Photo provided
In 1939, the year Marie Sgriccia graduated from high school, the 17-year-old had to wait a year before attending college to become a registered nurse because they wouldn’t take her until she was at least 18.
In Korean War, U.S. Navy, World War II on July 14, 2014 at 1:38 am
Like ducks in a row a trio of PBM “Martin Mariners” fly over Manila in the Philippines during the Korean War of the 1950s. Dale Davis is at the controls of the last plane. Photo provided
Dale Davis of Punta Gorda, Fla. got into Naval aviation on June 8, 1945. It was two days after Lt. Col. Paul Tibbets dropped the first Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, Japan from a B-29, four-engine bomber named for his mother–Enola Gay–ending World War II.