Leo Agers began his military service with the 131st Infantry, 33rd Division, as part of the Chicago National Guard. The 33rd served at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, for basic and infantry training. In August 1941, Agers went on the Louisiana Maneuvers, a series of major Army exercises.
When Agers believed the U.S. would soon go to war, he applied for a transfer to the Army Air Force. He reported to March Field in California for Cadet Training School and was assigned to the 43rd Material Squadron. Then, aboard the SS President Coolidge, Agers traveled to Melbourne, Australia, and arrived at Camp Darley. While en route to Darwin along the Adelaide River, Agers explored Australia as he met up with the squadron.
Agers then served at Milne Bay Engineer Depot in New Guinea. Agers worked on installations for the air base at Dobudara. After Agers received orders to return to the U.S., he traveled to Biloxi, Mississippi, before traveling to San Bernardino Army Airfield in California. Agers managed plane refueling there.
On Victory in Europe (V-E) Day, Agers happened to be in London and saw Winston Churchill. He said it was one of the highlights of his life to be there for that celebration.
After discharge, Agers married his wife, Carol Agers, in Michigan and studied petroleum engineering at the University of Oklahoma.
Agers then retired in Sedona, Arizona.
More of his story can be found at http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.53855/
We honor his service.
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