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Day of Infamy, December 7, 1941

Colonel Joseph L. Stromme, Portland Army Air Base Commander at the time of the Japanese attack in the Pacific. He was a native of Volga, South Dakota, and graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota before joining the Army at Ft. Snelling, Minnesota, in 1917. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt., Infantry, and transferred to the Air Service at Kelly Field, Texas, in December, 1917. He served three tours in the Office of the Chief of the Air Corps, four years on staff in the War Department, graduated from the Army Industrial College and Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He served three years as industrial planning officer on the west coast for the Air Corps at March Field, California, before coming to take command at Portland. (142FW History Archives, Robert Hall Collection)

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