The Texas Standard collected the memories of veterans across the state for Memorial Day 2015.
Robert Kinney, a 93-year-old known as Mr. Bob, enlisted in 1942. While taking the IQ test for enlisting, he had a case of appendicitis.
“So I rushed through it and I had the interview and they put me in the hospital and took out my appendix,” he says.
He scored high enough to become an officer, so he got a job as a flight engineer – a gunner on a B-17. On missions, they flew over icebergs.
“We would go down close and watch a polar bear jump off,” he says.