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Updated: 06/22/2013 08:00:01AM

Born in Tiger Bay

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I am responding to the column about the name Tiger Bay. As I recall it was derived from Blind Tiger (saloon) and the abundance of Bays (marshy areas).

I was born at Tiger Bay in 1917, and can remember going to the commissary and the church. I attended school through eighth grade at Tiger Bay School and then went to Fort Meade High School and graduated from high school in Fort Brewster.

I was employed at Brewster which was then Amalgamated Phosphate Co. and was later changed to American Cynamid Co.

I enlisted in the Army Air Corps. in 1940 to avoid being drafted. I was in Hawaii when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred. I returned to the states and went through bombadier and navigation schools and saw service in India, China, Philippines and Okinawa. After enlisting in 1940 for three years I retired in 1977, with over 36 years of active and reserve duty. I am now living in a retirement village and just renewed my drivers license and when it expires in 2017, I might stop driving.

Lt. Col. Edmund H. Russell, USAF (ret.)Lenexa, Kan.

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