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Jim Byers and his memorabilia from Korea.  He didn't fly a sleek F-86 Sabre jet into "MiG Alley" to shoot down enemy planes. In 1952, he was a draftsman, in the Korean War. One of more than 5.7 million "average Joes" who served there. 
But he left his mark and helped the Air Force win the air war.  "There was no glamour. I drew charts and flipped them at briefings," he said. "But I knew I was helping do something important."
At the time of the photo, he still believed that 49 years later. Proud of his one-year stint in Korea, he can still recall the little details of his tour. 

Once stateside, he noticed a "beautiful gal in a tight yellow sweater" who he says made his eyes pop out. She was to become Mrs. Kathryn Byers. 

In 1959 he got out to start his family. They had four children and got to use his G.I. Bill to for his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering, and then began work for the Navy in 1963.

The Byerses retired to Jamison, Pa., and have four grandchildren.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lance Cheung)
160512-F-ZZ999-027.JPG Photo By: AFPAA

May 12, 2016
San Antonio, Tx - Jim Byers and his memorabilia from Korea. He didn't fly a sleek F-86 Sabre jet into "MiG Alley" to shoot down enemy planes. In 1952, he was a draftsman, in the Korean War. One of more than 5.7 million "average Joes" who served there. But he left his mark and helped the Air Force win the air war. "There was no glamour. I drew charts and flipped them at briefings," he said. "But I knew I was helping do something important." At the time of the photo, he still believed that 49 years later. Proud of his one-year stint in Korea, he can still recall the little details of his tour. Once stateside, he noticed a "beautiful gal in a tight yellow sweater" who he says made his eyes pop out. She was to become Mrs. Kathryn Byers. In 1959 he got out to start his family. They had four children and got to use his G.I. Bill to for his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering, and then began work for the Navy in 1963. The Byerses retired to Jamison, Pa., and have four grandchildren. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lance Cheung)


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