Oral History Interview with W. A. Henderson, 2007 Page: 3
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Mr. Henderson Yes it was.
You have been a fan of aviation for a long time.
Yes I have.
Describe for me if you will your early training from the time you entered
Well, I sometimes say the Army Air Corps really jockeyed us around. I
went down to San Antonio and took the exam. I wanted to go earlier but
my mother wouldn't sign the papers even though I turned 18 in June, she
still wouldn't sign the papers until October when it looked like they were
going to start drafting the 18 year olds, and she finally agreed to let me
volunteer. I went down to San Antonio and took the exam, the cadet
exam, and lo and behold I passed it. They sent me on over, I took my
physical. I come back, I was sworn in, they sent me home in the reserve
to be called up. And I waited, and sure enough, this was October and it
wasn't until January 28 that I had to report to San Antonio. But I thought
I was reporting as an aviation cadet 'cause that's what I signed up for, but
that wasn't how things happened. They sent us to Shepherd Field and
there we entered as buck privates in the Army Air Corps, took all the basic
training, including bayonet training and what have you, that they have, and
it so happened as things turned out, one day we made a 25-mile march.
We got home and lo and behold I was on the list to stand retreat. I had put
on my class A, my old canvas leggings, go stand retreat, and I didn't even
go to supper that night I was tired. At 8 o'clock they called us out and
said all you guys have got to go over to building such and such, we've got
an exam for you to take. And I'm really tired. I didn't much care whether
I passed an exam or not and I didn't do very well on the exam. And thank
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Johnson, Kep & Henderson, W. A. Oral History Interview with W. A. Henderson, 2007, text, 2007; Fredericksburg, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth193881/m1/3/: accessed March 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation.