1944 - Air Cadet Cleaning Crew at NSTC...
Tom McCarrick reminds us in last week's comments, "I remember Bill well but never met Doris, while in Alva. In fact Bill and I are from Rochester, NY.
Tom continued, "There were about 6 of us from Rochester and I have a picture that I will be sending in to the Okie Newsletter of the Rochester group taken at the college. I'm also sending in a large photo by Ellis Photos, Alva, of the entire 92nd College Training Detachment with their names and hometowns on the back. I'm also sending 2 pictures of our dance band playing at the "Cadet Club" in town on St. Patrick's Day March 17, 1944. Maybe you were there. I believe you are correct in that the 92nd was the last group to be training at the college. We were shipped out to Frederick, Oklahoma in July '44 for a short stay before going to San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center. By the way, I was and am a trumpet player and was assigned to blowing Reville every morning to awake our cadets in the dormitory. It was OK because I got to be first in the bathroom. I also led the dance band while we were there and we played at a big dance in town the day before we left Alva for good. We had some great times in Alva and were extremely well treated by the people that lived there and in my case it was Mary Holten and her family. I wonder where she is now! My best regards to Doris & Bill."
James Bradley left us with this bit of information about one of the professor of Northwestern (NSTC) that taught the pilots during the 1940's. It was in a class under Prof. John Cameron in 1954, in the fall of 1954, that James Bradley began his sojourn at NSTC. One Physics class that James took was taught by Prof. John Cameron -- it was during that class that Bradley found that Cameron had taught Pilots in classes at Northwestern State Teachers College, in Alva, Oklahoma.
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