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Bert Schauer was born 14 February 1920 in St. Paul, Minnesota; he spent his childhood there and graduated from Washington High School in 1938. In 1939 Bert enlisted in the Air National Guard. He did his Basic Training at the University of Minnesota, as part of the schoolâ€™s ROTC program. When the US entered the war, Bert was called to active duty and sent to Texas and Louisiana for further training. He was then sent to England as a part of the USAAFâ€™s 109th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, serving there as a chief mechanic. In 1944, Bert was returned to the US; he was discharged in September 1945 with the rank of tech sergeant. After being discharged, Bert came back to St. Paul, worked for the Postal Service, and got married (wife Jane). He also served during the Vietnam War as a member of the 109th Transport of the Minnesota Air National Guard. After a long career at the US Post Office, Bert retired in 1977. At the time of this interview (2001) Bert and his wife Jane lived in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Bert Schauer died on 29 July 2008. Information on 109th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron during World War II is included at end of this interview.
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Saylor, Thomas, "Oral History Project World War II Years, 1941-1946 - Bert Schauer" (2001). Oral History Project: World War II Years, 1941-1946. 147.