Air Force

 

When Roberto first joined the military, he joined the U.S. Air Force.  He was first stationed in Texas.  He was then transferred to Missouri which he calls “Misery” because of all of the discrimination and prejudice in the mid-1950s.  Roberto was in the Air Force during the Segregation Era where people of color were not treated as well or seen as equal to whites.  Consequently, he had a rough time in Missouri in the Air Force because he had trouble going to places he wanted to and was shown a lot of disrespect in general.  There were only three Puerto Ricans on the air base where he was stationed.  They used to hang out together because there was nothing else to do there.  Eventually, Roberto could not take it any longer, so he quit the Air Force and went to find work in Puerto Rico

Roberto worked in a the Air Force office as an office manager:  Click the link below to hear more about his work there.

 

Roberto quit the Air Force after a few years:  Click on the link below to hear the reason why.

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All three photos courtesy of Roberto Molinary

First and Second photos: Roberto in Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio, Texas during March 1956.  Third photo: In March 1956, Roberto shining his shoes in the Lackland Air Force barrack in San Antonio, Texas.

 

     

 

Both photos courtesy of Roberto Molinary

First photo: Roberto writing a letter in the Air Force barrack in San Antonio, Texas in March 1956.  Second photo:  Roberto in the Air Force base in San Antonio, Texas in 1956.  

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All three photos courtesy of Roberto Molinary

First photo: Roberto in his Air Force uniform in Missouri on June 28, 1956.  Second photo: Roberto in Whiteman Air Force base in 1956.  Third photo: Roberto in Whiteman Air Force base in Missouri from 1956 to 1957.  

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Both photos courtesy of Roberto Molinary

First and Second photos: Roberto in Whiteman Air Force base in Missouri from 1956 to 1957.

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