George "Red" Binder
George "Red" Binder served in the US Navy during WW II. He received his basic training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center and then served in the South Pacific, stationed in many places including Guam and Okinawa. He was a Navy machinist responsible for maintaining equipment. Often he had his shop on shore, so there was always nervousness about being in the line of fire. Red would have been a part of the first wave of troops if the US had invaded mainland Japan, had President Truman not dropped the atomic bomb. He thought it saved his life, and the lives of thousands of our troops.
His brother, Joseph, also served in WW II in the US Army Signal Corps. Stationed in India, Joseph managed the training of pigeons to carry messages from remote locations back to headquarters.