Wednesday, November 12, 2014

(Not-So-) Wordless Wednesday: Interesting (?) Lecture

Here's another picture from Dad's military scrapbook, from his time in navigator training at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston, Texas (August 12, 1951 to April 11, 1952):

I decided to see what I could find out about some of Dad's classmates, pictured:

Arthur Samuel "Art" Nanos was born September 8, 1929, in New Jersey, the fifth child of Russian immigrants Abraham and Mary Nanos, and grew up in West New York in that state.  He graduated from the State University of New Jersey in Newark in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree, and was a member of the Accounting Club and Beta Sigma Rho.  In 1954 and 1956, he was stationed (with his wife Dorothy) at the Harlingen (Texas) Air Force Base.  While stationed there, a son was born July 31, 1954, at the Naval Hospital in nearby Corpus Christi, Texas. By March 1962, he was a captain in the 715th Bomb Squadron at Pease Air Force Base near Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and he was promoted to the rank of major in late 1964 while there.  He is now retired and, since 1993, has been living in the San Antonio and Boerne, Texas, area.  On May 4, 2014, the Military Officers Association of America Alamo Chapter (San Antonio, Texas) reported that he was a new member in their newsletter.

Willie James Rivers was born in 1929 in South Carolina, the oldest of at least four children of South Carolina natives Harry Martin Rivers and Minnie Inez Chesser.  His home of record was Hampton, South Carolina.  Delfino Vincent "Del" D'Ambrosio was born about 1924 in Ohio to Italian immigrant parents Benny and Mary A. D'Ambrosio, the second of at least four children.  His home of record was Bellaire, Ohio.  I was not able to find out anything more about these two men, but here is another picture of Willie Rivers (who Dad said ate fatback instead of potato chips):

Scotty was a nickname for Earl Bernard Roehm.  He was born May 6, 1929, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1950, where he was a member of Theta Chi and majored in liberal arts.  Cincinnati was his home of record while he was at Ellington; he was married and his wife lived there.  In 1958, he was part of the 1737th Ferry Squadron based at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.  On October 31, 1962, he was granted a divorce in Cincinnati from his wife Shirley; they had two minor children.  He eventually settled in Georgia (by 1986) and was married to Nancy Holland by 1996.

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