From Cyclone to Corporal: Bernie Lammers recalls time in U.S. Air Force
Sometimes in life you have to cross a path you don’t want to visit. However, Bernie Lammers chose his own detour when he chose to join the United States Air Force instead of returning to college.
“It was kind of funny, though,” Lammers said. “I went to Iowa State just one quarter, and I came home that Christmas. I was thinking about it (joining the military). I was checked with the draft board, and they said, ‘You may, get through to the next quarter (without being drafted).’
“Dad was taking me back up to school, and I was driving. When I went across to get to Highway 69, I turned south,” he continued. “He asked me, ‘Where the heck are you going?’ And I said, ‘I’m going to join the Air Force,’ and that’s where I went.”
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