Hale was inducted in the Army Air Corp in 1942, assigned to aircraft supply and later served as aircraft mechanic - a job he loved and in which he excelled. He arrived in Alaska in March 1943 and was on shore as the Battle of Attu raged in the hills. In total, he served for more than two years in the Aleutians where he observed, first-hand, the dangers of flight, having to rebuild wrecked aircraft from pieces and parts.
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