Robert Mortensen went to his next choice, joining the Air Force in 1952, shifting to the Air Force Reserve in 1958 and retiring as a major general in 1986, after a career that included command of the 4th Air Force at McClellan Air Force Base.
was wounded in the legs by mortar fire in June 1951, noting, "since I am 6-foot-4, my lower legs were the only things I couldn't get into my helmet with the rest of me when the mortars started dropping."
wounds in a stream, only to be chewed out by the Navy corpsman, saying his
wounds could have gotten infected.
Sure enough, a week later, he
got an infection and a raging fever, which sent him to the battalion aid station.
Not long after on Nov. 26, Mortensen
was told to pack his
bags and was shipped home, arriving at Pier 100 in San Francisco on Dec. 17 to be met by his
"The next day, we went to a Christmas party in Benicia, where I met the woman I'd marry a year later," Mortensen
said of his wife, JoAnn Mortensen.