Vern Greenwood of Punta Gorda Isles had signed up for the Aviation Cadet Program on Dec. 1, 1942, almost exactly a year after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, dragging the United States into World War II.
More than a year later, in February 1943, Uncle Sam came calling. By this time, Greenwood was a freshman in Brigham Young University in Utah. He went to basic at Fresno Army Air Field in Fresno, Calif.
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