After more than three years of military service, I became a printer.
1948 — I was a clerk typist and proofreader in Special Orders Section at Lackland Field, San Antonio, Tex. Ninety days later I was operating a mimeograph machine in the Reproduction Department. I then became the only operator of our offset press. I started working nights for the San Antonio newspaper until the war started in Korea in June 1950.
Dec. 1950 — I was assigned to Sampson Field, N.Y., as the non-commissioned officer in charge (NCOIC) of printing until the war was over four years later.
Oct. 1954 — Assigned to Parks Air Base, Calif., as NCOIC of Printing and Blank Forms Department.
1955 — I volunteered for overseas and was assigned to Hickam Field, Hawaii, in charge of printing at Hickam and all the Far East.
1956 — Our headquarters moved back to Parks Air Base, Calif.
1957 — Our headquarters moved to Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and I was put in charge of all printing on the West Coast and the Far East. I was in that job for the next 11 years. During this time, I was asked to set up a print shop for the largest construction company in northern California by my boss from Hawaii, who was the office manager after retiring from the military.
1962 — Set up a oneman print shop and worked part time weekends until 1968 when I was assigned to Wiesbaden, Germany, working for our European headquarters in charge of all printing in Europe for the next three years.
1971 — Assigned to the Pentagon in charge of the message center and printing department during the last 18 months of the Vietnam War.
Dec. 1972 — Retired from the military after 27 years, went back to California and worked in the print shop I had set up in 1962 for Syar Industries that now had 500 employees in six counties. Retired in 2010 after working part time and full time for 49 years for them. (I could not have asked for a better career all those years.)
Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in Fairfi eld, Calif.