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"I'm proud of the fact that ... I was running the show and ... nobody was killed or injured." (Video interview, 24:24)

   Jacob M. Younginer
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Jacob Younginer, 1990
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975; Persian Gulf War, 1991
Branch: Air Force
Unit: Surveillance Airplane Company, Air Defense Command
Service Location: McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey; Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas; Hickman Air Force Base, Hawaii; Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts; Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri; Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Vietnam
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
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As a high school student in small-town South Carolina, Jacob Younginer dreamed of flying planes for the Air Force. In 1964 he enlisted, but instead of taking to the air, he stayed earthbound for a 28-year career. Among his duties: disarming land mines in Vietnam, developing a computer system that changed the way the Air Force maintained its hospital records, and working on high-tech weaponry for NATO.

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 Video (Interview Excerpts) (9 items)
Learning how to disarm munitions; why he joined the Air Force. (04:58) Staying in touch with his wife while in Vietnam. (02:43) Not telling his family and wife about being wounded. (01:00)
Heading a munitions clean-up operation with no casualties. (04:04) Reunited with an officer he'd had trouble with. (03:20) His talent for team building. (00:44)
His enjoyment of aircraft. (01:19) Turning around a troubled unit. (02:30) Advice on how to conduct yourself in the military. (01:24)

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