Submitted by John Keith.

Mullen Pass Radio, Idaho about 1940.
John R. Keith at the radio console. 
He started his journey with the US Navy as a radioman on the USS Pelican, a seaplane tender.  One of the skills he learned in the Navy was to pound out an amazing number of words per minute on an old manual typewriter.  John also took a photo of Amelia Earhart, probably on the day she was last seen alive. 

After leaving the Navy, he joined the Civil Aeronautics Authority (CAA).  His first duty station is believed to be at Mullen Pass, ID about 1940.   Most of John's career path is depicted below starting in July 1942.  You will notice that he didn’t do a standard bureaucratic job advancement. He was insatiably curious, so he wasn’t too worried about the grade/position, rather, he wanted  to experience new places as noted by his son, also John Keith.

07/42     Haines, AK

02/43     Fairbanks, AK

02/45     Gulkana, AK

05/48     Homer, AK

10/48     Anchorage, AK 

04/49     Haines, AK

06/52     St. Thomas, VI

12/52     Superior, MT

Worked in civilian businesses

01/55     Battle Mountain, NV

01/56     Galena, AK

12/56     Yakataga, AK

03/58     Farmington, NM

09/58     Santa Barbara, CA

07/61     Washington, DC

Aircraft Communicator

Emergency Relief Communicator

Chief Aircraft Communicator

Chief Aircraft Communicator

Airways Operations Specialist (AOS)

Station Manager


AOS (until 10/53)


Electronics Technician


Supervisory AOS

ATC Specialist

ATC Specialist

Communications Officer (until death in 04/67)

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