Leslie Teets Jr.
DATES OF SERVICE: Jan 1952 to Oct 1955
After high school Leslie Teets Jr. served in the
National Guard of West
Virginia, and he received an honorable discharge in September 1950. His
re-enlistment in the West Virginia National Guard resulted in a second
honorable discharge January 1952. Following this service, he joined the
United States Air Force at the height of the Korean War, also January 1952.
He described his duties as varied, generally as clerical and
administrative. During the course of three years, nine months he was
Sampson AFB, Geneva, New York; James Connally AFB, Waco, Texas;
Harlingen AFB, Harlingen, Texas;
Island AFB: Pacific Theater; and West Palm Beach AFB, Florida, where he
was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant in October 1955.
Les received a plaque in Seguin at
this plaque has his dates of service in Korean War. He never saw direct
war duty, and was a staff sergeant for US Air Force in Waco, Harlingen
and Johnston Island in the South Pacific. His duty was mostly clerical
duty in the States. On Johnston island, that was a mile long and 1/4
mile wide, he was a billeting officer. Johnston was a fuel stop for
military planes; often servicemen's families were with them; Les was
responsible for providing them a place to stay, usually overnight. He
did a lot of snorkel diving for fish and shells and photography to keep
himself occupied when off duty. In Waco, there was a terrible tornado;
he had been life guarding at the pool; had to call everyone out due to
weather. Later he helped clean up after the storm. I have pictures of
his diving activities and color slides of his photography of the island.
One time for R & R, he went to Hawaii for 2 weeks; I have wonderful
slides of that trip. He had a great time touring the islands those 2
His wife Barbara Jean (Bobby) Melton met him on Christmas
Eve 1955 at Curry Chevrolet in Buckhannon. He was sponsored by Mr. Curry
for a 2-year course at General Motors Institute in Flint, Mich. He was
to go to school in Flint for 2 months, then go to the dealership and do
hands on training for 2 months. These were to be alternated 2 months in
Flint, 2 months at Curry's. During his training, he decided to become a
salesman at Curry's.