Saturday, January 09, 2010

Yet another silent key from the greatest generation 

I missed this obituary but Chuck/W3YNI caught it and posted it to the Skyview Radio Society mailing list. These were the guys who I looked up to as a teenager some of whom where my Elmer's at the tender age of twelve which is about the time I serious about getting a ham license. Took another two years but I made it. God bless all those who used their radio skills to server their country. Note the photo in this entry is not Mr. Baur but an example image I pulled from the net.

Penn Hills veteran's radio skills saved lives during WWII

The hobby that Ernie Baur treasured as a high school teenager proved to be a life-saver for many of the GIs fighting in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II.

"He was 16 years old when he learned Morse Code, was licensed and became known as W3UHB," said his son, Thomas Baur of Greensburg.

As a member of the Army's 127th Signal Radio Intelligence Company, Mr. Baur spent the war decoding Japanese radio messages that enabled the U.S. military to pinpoint Japanese troop and naval movements and avoid surprise attacks.

Ernest K. "Ernie" Baur of Penn Hills died on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, in Seneca Place Nursing Home, Penn Hills. He was 85.

You can read the entire obituary by following this LINK.


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