Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Air Force Veteran Patricia J. McIntire. Patricia served from 1949 to 1952 and 1953 to 1954.
Patricia was born in Kansas and comes from a long-line military service dating back to the Civil War. She enlisted in the Air Force, and after completion of basic training, she was selected to go to clerk-typist school. Being one of the top students in her training class, she was given the opportunity to have the first pick of assignments. Patricia picked Fort Warren in Cheyenne, Wyoming where she worked in the message center and in student records.
She was then sent to St. Johns, Canada, where she worked as a mail clerk. After this duty, she was assigned to the legal office in Lowry, Colorado. Notably, President Eisenhower’s summer headquarters were in Lowry and Patricia had the opportunity to see the president every day.
In 1952, she was discharged from the Air Force and went to school for a semester, at which point she enlisted again in 1953. During her second enlistment, she would meet her future husband. In 1954, she was discharged from the Air Force at the rank of staff sergeant.
During her service, she was awarded the National Defense Medal and Air Force Good Conduct Medal.
Thank you for your service, Patricia!
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Veterans History Project
This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.
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