Excerpt from “Chapter 3 – Hattiesburg”

The Jolly Roger: An Airman’s Tale of Survival in World War II by William C. Atkinson

Excerpt from “Chapter 3 – Hattiesburg”:

Two weeks before Thanksgiving, 1942, Bilbo hitched a ride with Bill Parker, Homer Watkins and Billy Lipscomb, all students at East Mississippi Junior College, to DeKalb to sign up at the recruiter’s office for induction into the armed services. All had exercised their option to enlist rather than be drafted, and that had put their academic pursuits on hold.

Each boy filled out a card listing their personal information along with their choice of service branch. Bilbo thought of Uncle Ebb puffing his pipe on the wagon and wrote in bold letters: ARMY AIR CORPS.

Upon returning to Scooba, he walked over to the administration offices at the college and asked to speak with Mr. J.M. Tubb, President of the college.

The secretary ushered Bilbo into Mr. Tubb’s office and closed the door behind him. Mr. Tubb looked up from his desk at Bilbo.