During my early teenage years as a member of the Army Air Corps, I was so very proud of my crewmember wings I wore on my chest. I knew I stood out in a crowd from others.
On my leave home, my teachers, classmates, friends, and even my parents thought I was a pilot. I also wore a design on my left sleeve to show I was a radio operator.
As I was very shy during my school days, it helped me talking to them about my military career.
In 1947 I was again authorized to wear wings as a crew chief when I was assigned to the Air Sea Rescue Service and I was there to celebrate the history of the end of the old Army Air Corps.
On Sept. 18, 1947, Congress established the Air Force as an independent service.
Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in Fairfield, Calif.