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I was born in Oakland, CA on 29 February 1920. Grew up in Mill Valley. First licensed as W6QGN in August 1938. Joined USNR on 12 April 1938. Called to active duty 26 December 1940. Was in USS San Francisco at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 when attack began. Was in V-Division using SOC float planes for scouting and observation. In April married Sybil on way to report to NAS San Diego to join VT-10. Were equipped with the new TBF Avenger aircraft. On 16 October flew aboard USS Enterprise and on 26 October was shot down during Battle of Santa Cruz Island. Spent 26 hours with Mae West and Sharks until picked up by IJN Yugomo. Spent balance of war in Japan as a POW. Returned to UC Berkeley to obtain BS degree in Physical Metallurgy. Worked at Hanford, WA Atomic facility 19 years until joining Broadline Corp and designed and built large cranes used on dams and in power houses. While in Washington state had call W7QGN and back to W6QGN in CA. Then retired to Coeur d'Alene, ID with WA7VWI. Still in "retired status" but still busy as heck.

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