Jefferson County Veteran of the Month for January: Norm Balderson – RIVER COUNTRY

Norm was assigned to a transport squadron in December 1952 at Hickam Field on Oahu. He was sent to Kwajalein for three months temporary duty where he and 17 others serviced aircraft which were en route to various destinations. When he returned to his squadron on Hickam Field he served as a weight and balance technician, calculating loads for aircraft, and flew as a mechanic. His squadron was responsible for transporting troops, mail and cargo to various destinations such as Wake and Midway Islands, Iwo Jima, Guam, Okinawa, Philippines, Japan and Korea. The return flight to Hickam Field was to return military personnel for various assignments and to Tripler Army Hospital for treatment and/or processing. After 25 months of overseas duty, he was transferred to Moffitt Naval Air Base in California. There he worked weight and balance for aircraft and flew as a crewman on flights to Hawaii, Japan and Kodiak, Adak and Anchorage, Alaska.

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