Monday, May 13, 2013

We Powered American Industry

I learned a lot and made lifelong friends
by Leon B.

I started at the Glenn L. Martin Company as a drop hammer operator helper in December of 1940. I made 50 cents an hour. Soon, I became a helper for the master molder. One year later, I became a first-class plaster pattern maker. I was drafted by the United States Army in 1945, served for two years and was wounded. I was discharged from military services and returned to Martin in my previous position. Eventually, I became an assistant foreman in the drop hammer department. I was laid off when I wasn’t able to transfer to the plant in Denver. Years later, I had a few other stints at Martin—in the AMT lab, on the CFM thrust reversers and also as a contractor after I retired.

On January 5, 2013, I celebrated my 93rd birthday. I made hundreds of lifelong friends at Martin Marietta, most of who have now passed on. I learned a lot there, and I enjoyed my work. Happy anniversary!