|Recipient’s Biographical Information
||YEARS SERVED: 1947 – 1968. Mr. Russell Bass signed up for the Navy in 1947. He attended boot camp in Alameda, CA before going to Miramar Air Station in San Diego, CA. Russell was part of a crew that transitioned Miramar from a Marine reserve base to a Navy reserve base. It was Miramar, where he made friends in the flight control tower and those friends pulled some strings by talking to the Chief, in order to have Russell assigned and trained as a control tower operator. After completing his training at Miramar, Russell was sent to Memphis, TN where he received the honor of being the youngest established control tower operator. Because he was so young, Russell was required to spend more time in training before getting his first assignment in Kodiak, Alaska. Russell was unable to take his wife for the year he was assigned to Kodiak, but was reunited with her back in Memphis, after his tour. Other skills Russell acquired in Memphis were air conditioning and electronics training/instruction. All of his career, Russell served as a Control Tower Operator, but in addition, he became an air conditioning and electronics specialist which he utilized as a trainer. He also gained knowledge and experience working with the Link Simulator. He had a couple other short assignments in Corpus Christi and Pensacola during his service. After 11 long years, Russell became Chief Petty Officer, which was, at that time a huge rank for someone with his experience and training. Thank you, Russell, for serving our country. We honor of you!