Audio clip: Thomas Sledge

Thomas Sledge enlisted the day right after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Thomas Sledge: Then my dad says, why don't I go to school. So I went to the University of Texas. And I was going to the University—I had one year in when Pearl Harbor happened. I dropped out of school that day, I came down to Houston, I got into the Air Force as an aviation cadet and went in at Ellington Field. This was in December 1941, right after Pearl Harbor.

So I left Texas City (laughs) when they sent me out to California to go through flying school. And then I was commissioned on the 4th of July 1942 on holiday. My flying class got our wings on the 4th of July. So then I was in the Air Force for the next 38 years.

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