Baxter veteran recalls his service
Seaman Richard Cross had grown up surrounded by military men and their stories. The glory and horror of war was close at hand through the remaining members of the Ira Five, a group of five young men from Ira who all enlisted in the Army to serve in World War I. One died abroad, the other four returned.
One of the men lived close to Cross, and according to him, was an influence on his own decision to enlist once he was old enough.
After training in a local radio school and gaining a bit of proficiency with the craft, Cross enlisted in the United States Navy on January 8, 1952, where he would have the opportunity to use his specialization to serve his country. The Navy initially wanted him to join a construction regiment due to his expertise as a brick-layer and mason, but Cross wanted to employ his radio skills.
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