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"In January of 1943 I was drafted and sent first to Fort Dix, New Jersey, an enlistment center, than a few days later we where on a train to Miami Beach, Florida, basic training for the Army Air Corps.

I spent 21 days in basic, then entrained for Scott Field Illinois, a radio school for training operators for bombers.

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Dick Barry and Goode at Scott Field.

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Around this time Dick also earned his left sleeve "Communications Badge"

But being two inches too tall for that position, I was shipped again to Truax Field, Madison, Wisconsin. I spent about 3 or 4 months learning the intricacies of radio repair, then on to Boca Raton, Florida for RADAR instruction.

Scott Field Army Air Corps review 1942 (20 Mb pdf file)

I was promoted to Corporal, and sent to Will Rogers Field in Oklahoma City.

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Dick as corporal. winter '43 -'44

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Dick's pictures from Will Rogers Field. In the jeep (and in several other photos):
 Frank Thielen (CA), front passenger
 Ted Preston (Syracuse, NY) behind the wheel
Jim Smith (Boston) rear right
Dick Barry (New York, NY) rear left 

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Class A Pass

I was there for a period of a few months and was then transferred to Grenier Field, Manchester, New Hampshire"

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Dick's "Technician badge and bars"
For those who had at least six months of service, demonstrated ability and were
skilled in their specialization.

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