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Master Sergeant Hurshel Payne Wade Jr., Ret.

U.S. Air Force 1952-1979


After WWII, the Army-Air Forces became the US Air Force. Keeping in mind the bureaucratic process involved, change wasn't really noticeable right away. Among other things, there was quite a surplus of uniforms. The Eisenhower jackets were still in the inventory – and many were issued beyond 1950. When an individual joined the Air Force in 1951, he/she was issued clothing that could have been from WWII or Korea and in time, the service person would be re-issued new stuff.

One of the people who joined during that transition was Hurshel Payne Wade Jr. For family reasons of naming k...

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