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Logan's Heroes: 1942

Logan's Heroes: 1942

May 1942. Kremmling, Colorado. "Soldiers from Fort Logan hitchhiking along U.S. Highway 40." Acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Hitch Hikers

I would give them a lift anytime.

Cocked

I bet that guy on the left didn't wear his hat that way during inspections.

Superman Sustains

It's a bird; it's a plane; it's an Airman!

Army Air Corps (not yet Air Force)

The two soldiers appear to be wearing the DUI (Distinctive Unit Insignia) of the Army Air Corps' Technical Training Command, which had a branch at Lowry Field, Colorado. As opposed to flight instruction, the Technical Training Command instructed soldiers in support skills like photography, armament and clerical roles.

My dad was on his way

Within a year or so of Vachon's picture my father arrived at Ft Logan as a newly minted Army Air Corpsman destined for medical corps training. Here he is back in Brooklyn with his younger sister either on his way west or on his way to Fort Dix where he shipped out to England (not sure of which way he was going). Here they are again (on the left) about twenty years later in this picture I posted here a few years ago.

I don't have many regrets but one I do have is never really asking Dad about his service time. He told me quite a bit about his college days but never elaborated much on his time in the Army. I wish I could go back and question him about it.

Army Air Corps

Enlisted Army Air Corps personnel (collar insignia). There's an airfield in Kremmling, but I don't know if that was an Army Air Corps installation at one time. I wonder where they're heading, particularly since they don't seem to have any luggage.

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