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Service Records 1942-1946
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Ensign Edward L. Scharch A-V(N) Photo taken on day he received his commission as Ensign, A-V(N), USNR at NATC Pensacola Florida.

On October 29, 1942, Ed enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was accepted into the Aviation Cadet (AvCad V-5) by the Naval Aviation Cadet Selection Board at Chicago, Illinois. Placed on inactive duty, he was sent home to await orders.

In December 1942, on detached duty, he reported for the civilian pilot training program (CAA-WTS) at Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He successfully completed the Navy's program requirements on February 22, 1943, and again he was sent home to Milwaukee to await instructions.

He was officially designated a Naval Aviation Cadet (V-5) when transferred to active duty, then he reported to Naval Pre-Flight School at Iowa City, Iowa on May 6, 1943. NPFS was a ground school only, which did not provide any flight time. The program was divided into equal sections of academics and physical training. AvCads were required to pick an athletic competitive sport as an important part of their development. Choices included football, basketball, track, etc., Ed Scharch chose boxing and won a few of his bouts.

Following his successful completion of NPFS Iowa, Ed reported to NAS Minneapolis on July 28, 1943. In the skies over the Twin Cities, he flew and soloed in his first Navy plane. The N2S Kaydet "Yellow Peril" was an open cockpit trainer built by Stearman-Boeing. President Bush was at NAS Minneapolis six months earlier flying the same type of primary trainer, but in frigid winter weather from Nov. 1942 to Feb. 1943. Ed Scharch completed primary flight training on October 7, 1943, during Minnesota's warm months.

A year after beginning his training, Ed reported to NATC Pensacola, Florida on October 26, 1943, arriving at the "Cradle of Naval Aviation" he underwent five months of intensive intermediate flight training. This is where he got his wings as a Naval Aviator and was commissioned an officer as Ensign on March 14, 1944.

Note: Many of Ed's service records following graduation are missing - 379 days in all. He washed out of the program after a carrier landing accident and short hospitalization. He was given an honorable discharge on March 28, 1945.

On July 26, 1945, he was drafted back by the Navy as an Apprentice Seaman. He was sent to USNTC Great Lakes and completed recruit training on September 4, 1945. He was transferred to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas and served the remainder of his duty at NAAS Waldron Field.

Ed was discharged from the Navy (a second time) on April 13, 1946. When he arrived back home, only his mother was around to greet him. He strolled into her kitchen and said, "Hi Ma I'm back... and I've got ten-cents left!"


Summary of Service


Naval Stations



Rate (rank)

NACSB Chicago, IL (enlistment)

29 Oct 1942

29 Oct 1942

AvCad V-5, USNR

(Inactive Duty)

30 Oct 1942

28 Nov 1942

AvCad V-5, USNR

NACSB Chicago, IL (physical & indoctrination)

29 Nov 1942

01 Dec 1942

AvCad V-5, USNR

CAA-WTS Waukesha, WI (civilian pilot training)

13 Dec 1942

22 Feb 1943

AvCad V-5, USNR

Milwaukee, WI (home on leave)

22 Feb 1943

05 May 1943

AvCad V-5, USNR

NPFS Iowa City, IA (Naval Pre-Flight School)

06 May 1943

27 Jul 1943

AvCad V-5, USNR

NAS Minneapolis, MN (Primary Flight School)

28 Jul 1943

24 Oct 1943

AvCad V-5, USNR

NATC Pensacola, FL (Intermediate Flight School)

26 Oct 1943

13 Mar 1944

AvCad V-5, USNR

Commissioned as Ensign and Naval Aviator

14 Mar 1944



Operational Training (carrier qualification mishap)




Honorably Discharged (first discharge)

28 Mar 1945



NTC Great Lakes, IL (drafted back as Seaman)

26 Jul 1945

02 Oct 1945

S2c SV-6, USNR

NAS Corpus Christi, NAAS Waldron Field, TX

08 Oct 1945

28 Mar 1946

S2c SV-6, USNR

NPSC Great Lakes, IL (second discharge)

30 Mar 1946

13 Apr 1946

S2c SV-6, USNR

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Edward L. Scharch, USNR

Naval Aviator, A-V(N) - (Oct 29, 1942 - Mar 28, 1945)

Seaman Second-class, S2c V-6 - (Jul 26, 1945 - Apr 13, 1946)

Service records from United States Navy, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
First Enlistment • AvCad V-5 and A-V(N)
(Oct 19, 1942 - Mar 28, 1945)



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Oct 29, 1942

NACSB Chicago, IL

ENLISTMENT: in USNR for 4 years, accepted as AvCad V-5 USNR, placed on inactive duty. Age 18 years, 2 months; Occupation "Factory Helper", McCullough Superchargers, Milwaukee, WI (engine building, honing cylinders).

Oct 29, 1942 -

Dec 01, 1942

Milwaukee, WI

INACTIVE DUTY: sent home to Milwaukee to await further orders.

Dec 01, 1942 -

Dec 13, 1942

NACSB Chicago, IL

RECALLED: 01-Dec-42 to active duty for Civilian Pilot Training, and reported to NACSB for physical examination, indoctrination, and further assignment on or about Dec. 13, 1942 to Carroll College for detached duty.

Dec 13, 1942 -

Feb 22, 1943

CPT Waukesha, WI

REPORTED 13-Deb-43 (Detached Duty) to Carroll College, Waukesha, WI for preparatory flight school and undergo civilian pilot training program (CAA-WTS).

COMPLETED CAA-WTS program 22-Feb-43; ground school at Carroll College; elementary flight, soloed in Piper J-3 Cub at Spring City Flying Service at Waukesha Co. Airport, WI. Ordered to proceed to home at Milwaukee, WI.

Feb 22, 1943 -

May 05, 1943

Milwaukee, WI

LEAVE: Awaiting further instructions

May 05, 1943 -

May 05, 1943

NACSB Chicago, IL

REPORTED: to NACSB. Transferred to Naval Pre-Flight School, University of Iowa at Iowa City, IA for pre-flight training.

May 06, 1943 -

Jul 27, 1943

NPS Iowa City, IA

REPORTED to U.S. Naval Pre-flight School, Iowa City, IA (at University of Iowa) from NACSB Chicago, IL TRANSFERRED to NAS Minneapolis, MN

Jul 28, 1943 -

Oct 24, 1943

NAS Minneapolis, MN

REPORTED to NAS Minneapolis, MN from NPS Iowa City, IA to undergo primary flight training. Night training said to been taken at Fleming Field, South St. Paul, MN (NAS Minneapolis, Area-B).

COMPLETED primary flight training on 10/07. Final Flight Mark: 2.95, and Aptitude as Officer Mark: 3.46.

AUTHORIZED LEAVE: 7 days, from 10/15/43 to 10/22/43.

TRANSFERRED: 10/24/43 to NAS Pensacola, FL from NAS Minneapolis.

Oct 26, 1943 -

Mar 14, 1944

NATC Pensacola, FL

REPORTED to NATC Pensacola, FL from NAS Minneapolis, MN to undergo intermediate flight training.

RELEASED from duty to accept commission as Ensign, A-V(N), USNR and Naval Aviator on 14 March 1944. NOTE: Unexplained gap in records for 379 days, from 14-Mar-44 to 28-Mar-45 discharge.

Mar 14, 1944 -
Mar 28, 1945

NATC Pensacola, FL

Unexplained gap in service (379 days) from National Personnel Records Center.

Mar 28, 1945

Location unknown


Reenlistment • AS and S2/c Seaman
(Jul 26, 1945 - Apr 13, 1946)



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Mar 28, 1945 -

Jul 26, 1945

Home in Milwaukee, WI

CIVILIAN living at home in Milwaukee following discharge as A-V(N) from USNR.

INDUCTION: Received draft notice by US Navy, ca. June 1945, four months after discharge.

Jul 26, 1945 -

Jul 26, 1945

NRS Milwaukee, WI

REENLISTMENT: Reported to Naval Recruitment Station, Milwaukee, WI, SSLB #22 reenlisted for 2 years and accepted. Rate: AS, USN-I.

TRANSFERRED: to NTC Great Lakes, IL from NRS Milwaukee, WI for reenlistment processing & recruit training.

Jul 26, 1945 -

Oct 02, 1945

NTC Great Lakes, IL

REPORTED: 26-JUL-1945 to USNTC Great Lakes, IL from USNRS Milwaukee, Wis. Rate: "AS, V6, SV."  Application for N.S.L. Insurance submitted 27-Aug-45.

COMPLETED Recruit Training on 04-Sep-45. Received instruction in following: Gas mask drill & chamber, Fire fighting school, Rifle range, Night lookout trainer. Qualified swimmer, "third class." ADVANCED to S2c (Seaman 2nd Class). Completed recruit training. Granted 5 days recruit leave.

RECRUIT LEAVE: (Great Lakes) 5 Days, 4 Sep 1945 to 9 Sep 1945.

TRANSFERRED: 02-Oct-45 for duty to NavAirTra Bases, Corpus Christi, TX from USNTC Great Lakes, IL. "AUTH: NAVAIRINTERMTRACOMD Ltr. Serial 5697 dated 21 Aug 1945."

MARKS: Conduct 4.0. Rate (rank) S2c, Class SV6, USNR.

Oct 08, 1945 -

Feb 28, 1946

NAAS Waldron Field, TX

REPORTED: 08-Oct-45 to NAAS, Waldron Field, Corpus Christi, TX from USNTC Great Lakes, IL.  "Authorized to wear the American Campaign Ribbon".

MARKS: 20-Dec-45, Conduct 4.0. Rate (rank) S2c, Class SV6, USNR.

HOLIDAY LEAVE: 28-Dec-45 to 02-Jan-46, 5 Days, NAAS Waldron Field, TX.

TRANSFERRED: 28-Feb-46 to NAS Corpus Christi, TX from NAAS Waldron Field, TX. MARKS: Conduct 4.0; Rank: S2c, Class SV6, USNR

Mar 02, 1946 -

Mar 28, 1946

NAS Corpus Christi, TX

RECEIVED: 02-Mar-46 at NAS Corpus Christi, TX from NAAS Waldron Field, Corpus Christi, TX. (Discharge processing)

PROCESSING: 20-Mar-46: EL Scharch, S2c, SV6, USNR; "Has been interviewed and does not wish to reenlist in the U.S. Navy."

TRANSFERRED: 28-Mar-46 to USNPSC Great Lakes, IL (for discharge). "Is entitled to an honorable discharge." MARKS: Conduct 4.0

Mar 30, 1946 -

Apr 13, 1946

USNPSC Great Lakes, IL

REPORTED: 30-Mar-46 to USNPSC Great Lakes, IL from NAS Corpus Christi, TX, for out-processing at US Naval Personnel Separation Center, Great Lakes, IL



Abbreviations and Rates

U.S. Navy circa. 1943


Apprentice Seaman; pay grade 7, Base pay $50.00 per month


Aviation Cadet


Naval Aviator; aviation flight officers, detailed to active duty in the aeronautic organization of the Navy immediately following their completion of training and designation as Naval Aviators


Civil Aeronautics Authority - War Training Service; a CPT program during early stages of WWII. Sometimes designated as CAA-CPT


Civilian Pilot Training; program held at select colleges and civilian airfields throughout the U.S.


Ensign; beginning rank of an USN commissioned officer, base pay $150.00 per month during WWII


Naval Auxiliary Air Station; a satellite airfield to the NAS airbase within, also referred to as a NOLF


Naval Aviation Cadet Selection Board


Naval Air Station; designated name used for a U.S. Navy airbase


Naval Aviation Training Bases; usually contains auxiliary air stations or outer landing fields.


Naval Aviation Training Center; a larger training base like NATC Pensacola, Florida


Naval Aviator, or A-V(N), affords rank of Ensign as commissioned officer and pilot.


Naval Outer Landing Field; located within a NAS


Naval Pre-Flight School; ground school with both academics and physical training programs


National Personnel Records Center; archive center containing U.S. military records in St. Louis, MO


Naval Personnel Separation Center; a processing center for discharging service members


Naval Reserve Air Base; a predecessor to NAS designation before WWII


Naval Training Center; the USN's only boot camp at USNTC Great Lakes, IL


Seaman, Second Class; similar to US Army's rank of Corporal


Selective Volunteer; pay grade 6 ($54.00 per mo.) for enlisted personnel


United States Navy


United States Naval Reserve


Naval aviation preparatory program for aviation cadets