Chester B Heisler Jr.
Branch: Air Force
War or Conflict: WWII
Years of Service: 2
Chester Heisler joined the Army Air Corps in August of 1944 at the age of 18. He was trained as a pilot, but when women started to fly, he was retrained as a radar operator. He served in Guam, but was later transferred to Tinian. Chester was on Tinian when the atom bombs came through on the way to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Chester had nothing to do with the bombs. Instead, the U.S. brought in a specially trained squad for the bomb flights. Chester and the other people on the island knew, however that something big was going on. After Tinain, Chester was transferred to the Philippines. Chester finished his tour of duty after the war ended in the Philippines. Chester left the Army Air Corps in 1946 and returned to Souther California to go to College. He graduated from Whittier College where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a major and minors in Phusics, Chemistry, and Calculus. In December 1949, Chester married Jeanne Nelson and then went to the University of Southern California to get his Maters and Doctorate degrees. Chester still reminisces about his days in the Army Air Corps.
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