Three who served
Daniel Pearson wrote for the New York Times. When he moved to the local area he switched to the Morning Call. That was his life for 28 years, writing everything from hard news to reviews.
Pearson was born in New York City. He said he was following his interest in life and it led him to Pennsylvania.
But before that, "I was in World War II but not in combat," he said. He was trained on the tanks and jeeps as part of the mechanized cavalry but was never called to go to war.
He enjoys the speakers that come to Mrs. Bush's "especially if they are good."
Burt Zimmermann was a bomber pilot in World War II. He said he flew the big planes mostly in the Pacific arena. While on the islands in the South Pacific he became an instructor on B-29s.
"I saw a lot of the world. I enjoyed the challenge," said Zimmermann.
After the war he became an electrical engineer. He helped design and build commercial and industrial buildings including the Ford Scientific Research Center in Baltimore which was a 12-building complex.
James Berger was a radio operator on a B-17 in Europe. He had completed 34 missions when the war ended. He said he was almost killed four times. One time the plane next to the one he was on went down.
The pilot said they should get rid of their bombs but they hung up. The bombardier had to kick them loose. He said when the bomb load is released at one time the plane jumps 20 feet in the air.
"I was hanging by one arm so I wouldn't be pulled out. We didn't have parachutes. There was a real danger of being pulled out the bombay," said Berger.
He said three of the crewmen are still alive - the navigator, tail gunner and himself, the radio operator. Berger read in the paper that only 10 percent of World War II veterans are still alive. From his plane it is 30 percent "so that is pretty good."
The tail gunner's son was killed three hours before the truce was signed.
After the war he worked as a brakeman on the railroad and then moved on to Bell Telephone. In 1949 he earned his amateur radio license. It took 37 years but he contacted every country on the amateur radio list. He was working with the radio for 67 years.