Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 09:11:33 -0700
From: "Willis S. Cole, Jr. "Sam"" <firstname.lastname@example.org> | This is Spam | Add to Address Book
Subject: Re: WWI Veterans/Marines Recalled for WWII
Sorry to say, I have no direct information on that type of request. Any who were members of the Reserve or Guard were activated, but I have never heard of any that were called back due to military experience other than that. I do know that some specialty occupations, such as railroading and radio had older, experienced people taken in.
I was in the Air Force from 57 to 61 and the Army from 61 to 64. In the Air Force, while in Morocco in 1957/58, we had an old Master Sgt. who was over 60 years old with only one eye. On December 7th, 1941, he had gotten a telephone call to be outside his house and ready to go to the radio relay station in the mountains of California, near LA, that he normally serviced as a civilian.
An officer in a jeep and a 6x6 arrived and he was sworn into the Army in his front yard, at that time he was over 40 and had one eye missing. They took him to the radio area, put up a tent, gave him a gun and told him they would be back in a week, don't leave and keep the radio relay operating.
After a few months, his wife joined him in the tent and they spent the war at the relay station with no relief. Just after the war ended, they told him, he could go home and he refused. You took me like I was and I am going to stay in. They fought it, but he went to a Congressman and some years later, we became acquainted on another mountain top in Morocco. His wife was there with him, but they were living in the village at the bottom of the hill and not on the site. He had just a few more years before he could retire.
So, I don't know of any direct programs taking WWI vets back, but if they happened to be both, including a specialty occupation that was needed, they would have been taken.
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