Gordon Perry:  

CLASS OF 1946
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Altona, IL

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Gordon is from Altona, Illinois. His schools include Altona Elementary School. He later attended Newman University (Minor in Aviation, Business Administration). He works(ed) at United States Air Force, United States Air Force. Music Gordon likes includes Shine Like Stars. More about Gordon:"I was born in Chicago IL, in 1928 we moved to Downstate, IL. When I was 2 years old we moved to Lewistown, IL. I started to school and weathered the big depression there. I moved to Altona, IL and attended grade school and high school there. I participated in sports: basketball and softball. Not an outstanding athlete, I did better in academics. I moved to Adams County after high school and married Lois Jean Sparks in Feb. 1950. I joined the United States Air Force in August 1951 and served 21 years. Had many very interesting assignments working on aircraft of the period. I did a years tour in Iceland, very interesting time. I was transfered into the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile System in...Expand for more
1962 and was sent to Cape Canaveral, Florida for research and development of the system and live firings into the Atlantic. I was assigned as the Master Missile Controlset Operator (started and controlled the countdown stopping and controlling programmed holds then restarting countdown.) It was a very exciting and interesting area to be working in. I also participated in live missile launches at Vandenberg, CA. I spent 1964 until I retired in 1972 in Wichita, KS at McConnell AFB assigned to an operational wing. I retired as a master sergeant. I worked for cessna aircraft co, for 18 years before retiring. I learned to fly gaining all the licensas available up to and incluiding Air transport pilot both multie erngine and single engine land. I worked for FLIGHT SAFETY INTERNATIONAL at WICHITA KS. until I retired in 1993 at 65years of age. Jean died and left me a widower in 2008. I presently live in an indipendent living facility in Wichita, having survived two very severer strokes.".
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