marker for George L. Turner in the Greenwood Cemetery, Sistersville
(Tyler), West Virginia.
George enlisted at Ft Hayes, Columbus,
OH and had a preference for the Air Corps. He, however ended up in
the Airborne instead. Pvt Turner went through basic training with
the 507th PIR and was a member of the cadre team for the 508th.
Following the war he re-enlisted on 23
April 1946. When the US Air Force was created in September 1947
many men elected to transfer to the new organization becoming what was
jestingly referred to as the "brown shoe corps". Since the uniform
items initially remained the same, with the exception of enlisted
stripes, there was little distinction until the supply chain began
issuing blue uniforms and black shoes.
He retired from the Air Force with the
rank of Senior Master Sergeant (E8, the equivalent of Master Sergeant in