Entry Date: 51

Exit Date: 53


Status: K

“Arrived in VP-21 in late June, 1951. Sent to Base Radio and was there until Squadron deployed to Port Lyeauty in September. Went overseas on Carrier USS Leyte and was assigned to HC-8 as 2nd Radio on arrival. Harold Ludlam ALC was 1st radio. Ens. Mahan Pilot. Got my crow in June 1952. Was assigned as 1st radio on HC-5. Lt Blair. Later returned to HC-8 as 1st radio. Refused extension for Malta deployment and was assigned back to Base Radio. Discharged thru Anacostia in August 1953.

Went to work for US Steel in Naval Ordinance Plant in South Charleston W.Va. until they closed a year later. Left there and went to Gary IN. and worked for Youngstown Sheet & Tube. Completed Electrical Apprenticeship. Left there in 1961 to work for a new Steel Plant in Portage IN. Midwest Steel Co.a division of National Steel Corp. in 1961. Was promoted to Maintenance Supervisor in 1966. After

17 years, was hired by Kaiser Steel in Fontana CA, as a Maintenance Supervisor, and they closed after 4 years. Was hired by Mica Corp. of Culver City CA. Later bought out by Hecules Corp. of Wilmington Del. Was there for 7 years as Maintenance Supervisor, ending up as Superintendent of Maintenance. Hercules closed the plant in 1990. I stayed to complete the removal of equipment until 1991. Was hired by California Finished Metals in Rancho Cucamonga as Superintendent of Maintenance and was there for 7 years before I retired. Have been working off and on for a General Contractor since. Just keeping my hand in.

I also square dance and round dance. And I am presently the President of our Square Dance Club and newly appointed Assistant Director of Bachelor & Bachelorettes International Southern California District..

My wife of 48 years passed away in 1999. I have since met another lady and we are engaged. We are both planning to be at the May 2005 reunion.”