Arthur Traxler joined the U.S. Army at Fort Kirk, Nebraska on November 12, 1922. He had always wanted to serve in the Army and joined with the condition that he would serve at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. He entrained to San Francisco and spent time on Angel Island before sailing for Hawaii where he was assigned to the 35th Infantry Regiment and attended two weeks of basic training. He then attended the Cooks and Bakers school and was assigned to the mess hall for the duration of his duty in Hawaii.
In 1925, Arthur Traxler returned to the mainland and was discharged. After three weeks of civilian life, he re-enlisted at the Post Dispensary, Building 2 at the Presidio of San Francisco (the building which later became the Presidio Army Museum). In April of 1925, Traxler went to Vancouver Barracks, Washington with the 7th Infantry Regiment. After two years in Vancouver, he was transferred to the 3rd Infantry Regiment. Then, in 1927, he again came to the Presidio of San Francisco and was discharged in 1928.
Arthur Traxler re-enlisted with the Air Corps and was stationed at Crissy Field, a post that required a higher rating. Since he was married, he lived off-base on Divisadero Street. By 1928 he was promoted to the rank of private first class, specialist grade two. At the time, Crissy Field's main designation was for the 91st Observation Wing and the 15th Photo Section, which surveyed the coast, performed military reconnaissance, and other assorted tasks. In total, there were approximately 150 men stationed at the post and their aircraft were kept at the far end of the field later used by the motor pool. Occasionally, the unit would move to Mather Field near Sacramento for gunnery practice. For this the aircraft would fly to Sacramento and the rest of the men would make the trip in trucks requisitioned from surplus materials from World War I.
The holiday programs were donated to the Presidio Army Museum by Arthur Traxler in 1975. The collection also documents the career of Arthur's relative, Lee I. Traxler, who was a Private with the 91st Observation Squadron stationed at Crissy Field at the same time. The featured items are just a sample of the collection, which includes additional programs of the 91st Observation Squadron throughout the 1920s and 1930s.
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Last updated: February 28, 2015