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Updated: 09/30/2013 01:23:02PM

Aviation mechanic kept Navy flying during WWII

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This is aviation-mechanic Robert Smith's boot camp graduation picture. He's the fellow under the ink-arrow in the top row, center. This was Company 283 at the Green Bay, Wis., Naval Training Center in March 1943.

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A Stearman PT-17 two-seat trainer flies above Carlstrom Field in Arcadia during World War II. It's identical to the ones Smith worked on in California and Florida during the second World War.

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Robert Smith today, at 90.

By DON MOORE

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Times were tough for Robert Smith’s family when he was inducted into the Navy.

“I sent 60 percent of my Navy pay home to my mother to help the family. My other three brothers did the same. I never played payday poker in the barracks,” he said.

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