Grant E. Sorenson

Submitted by Grant E. Sorenson, Chippewa Falls
Grant Sorenson enlisted on September 29, 1939 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. His first assignment was to the 88th Reconnaissance Squadron located at Hamilton Field, California.

He attended the school for Radio Communications at Chanute Field, Illinois. He graduated from school on August 23, 1940. He returned to the squadron that was now located at Salt Lake City, Utah.

On June 1, 1941, he was assigned to the 12th Reconnaissance Squadron located at Felts Field, Spokane, Washington.

On August 25, 1941, he received orders to report to Long Beach, California for temporary duty with the Ferrying Command. His duty while at Long Beach was as Radio Operator on Liberator LB-30  bombers that were being delivered to Montreal, Canada.

On January 1, 1942, he was ordered to Washington, DC. At Bolling Field, Washington, DC, he was assigned to the Foreign Division of the Air Corps Ferrying Command.

From May 3, 1942 to June 20, 1942, he was assigned to Hamilton Field, California and was on Project 32. Project 32 was given the assignment to deliver B-17-E bombers to Australia. Several of the crews returned to the States on a ship, the USAT Ancon that took 25 days to return to San Francisco.

On October 2, 1942, he was assigned to the Fourth Ferrying Group at Memphis, Tennessee. While assigned to the Foreign Division at Memphis, Tennessee as Radio Operator, he was on several crews and made six trips across the South Atlantic to deliver aircraft to India and England.

On July 4, 1943, Grant E. Sorenson married Jeanne A. Austin at Bruce, Wisconsin. During the first year of married life, the couple lived at Memphis, Tennessee.

He was transferred to overseas duty with the Air Transport Command on June 1, 1944. Grant Sorenson served in Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippines. The Air Transport Command had many C-47 aircraft that hauled cargo and personnel from bases in Australia to New Guinea and the Philippines.

On January 1, 1945, the Commanding General pf the Army Air Forces, Henry H. Arnold, awarded Staff Sergeant Grant E. Sorenson an Air Medal. The citation read "for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight during May 1942 and June 1942."

Master Sergeant Grant Sorenson was discharged from the Air Corps on October 13, 1945 at Sioux City, Iowa. He served six years and fifteen days.