For now, instead of the next installment, here's something else. Bill Bricker has been referred to by some as a Marine Captain in WWII. I have made the same mistake. At the time, I remember thinking that the rank of Captain sounded like an exaggeration for an enlisted man, even if he went to Officer Candidate's School. My father was a WWII Captain in the Army, but that's because he was a doctor. I think the rank of Captain was given to lawyers, engineers, and others with advanced degrees. Like professional courtesy or something. But second lieutenant was usually the rank for regular college grads who made it out of OCS. At least during Viet Nam.
On Bricker's resume for Hubbard Woods School, he writes that the highest rank he achieved was First Lieutenant. In the acknowledgement for his Silver Star, which we found on a military site, it says he was a Second Lieutenant, which no doubt refers to his rank in combat at the time. We have not found a date for his promotion to First Lieutenant, which may have been a field promotion.
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