Dad’s Officer Training and Experiences as a WW II Bomber Pilot Helped Him Build G.I. Joe’s

 My dad, Ed Orkney,  served in the 5th Army Air Force in the 90th Heavy Bomb Group known as the Jolly Rogers in 1943 and 1944.  The 90th served in the South Pacific and Dad was based in New Guinea.  As a B24 bomber pilot, he was promoted to Squadron Leader and then Group Squadron Leader, according to my cousin, Bruce Orkney.

After the Allied Victory, I am sure that Dad applied everything he learned as an officer and a bomber pilot to operate and grow G.I. Joe’s from a small war surplus store in a tent, to a large retail chain, and you can read about it in Growing Up With G.I. Joes!

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