Bob Miller of Omaha
Captain, U.S. Air Force
Served with Blackbird Squadron of 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing in Korea from 1953 to 1954.
Memory: “When I got out of World War II, they asked me if I wanted to stay in the Reserves and said, ‘There won't be another war for at least 20 years, and by that time you would be retired.' I said OK, and you can guess what happened. I was married and very pleased with my family, and then I was off to Korea.
“With the GI Bill, I had gone off to New York to become a photographer ... and (in Omaha) had a studio at 43rd and Dodge Streets for many years. But Uncle Sam showed up and I then belonged to the Blackbirds (photo reconnaissance squadron) in Seoul, Korea.
“Most missions were at nighttime. We spent most of the time waiting for the planes to return and then had to print all of the film till the wee hours of early morning. Seoul was only a few miles from North Korea, so we were concerned about those jerks. We really did not sleep very much.”
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The World-Herald is seeking memories and photos from service during the Cold War. Included are the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the Strategic Air Command, Germany and other forms of service. Some submissions will be used in a World-Herald book honoring service during the Cold War years, while others will be used in the newspaper and online. Relatives may submit material for loved ones who have died. Please include:
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