I was called to service in the armed forces in 1952. I was bussed from my home town, Independence, Kan., to Kansas City, Mo., where I had my physical.
From Missouri, I was sent to Camp San Louis Obispo, Calif., for physical training where I learned to be a signal corps operator. From California I was sent to Fort Custer, Mich., for two weeks and then transported to Fort Carson, Colo.
It was like a two week vacation. I was then sent to Camp Hale, Colo. Camp Hale had very few buildings and was nearly demolished by mistake. It was Camp Hale, Texas, that was called for destruction instead.
Camp Hale was designed for the Signal Corp to teach the Air Force winter communication. Living in tents was sometimes uncomfortable in the cold months.
After nearly two years of service, I was offered sergeant stripes if I re-enlisted. Snow shoes, skies, and winter activities were sometimes fun. Driving a weasel was also fun! I learned a lot and enjoyed a lot! I am proud to have served in the Army! Thank you, Uncle Sam!