4/1/1943 He was inducted into the US Army at Peoria, IL, 4/1/1943 and served until 11/29/1945, being discharged at Rantoul. During his service career he was an airplane and engine mechanic, earning the distinction of being an M1 sharpshooter on 6/3/1944. He was in northern France, Rhineland, and central Europe, earning 3 bronze stars and a Victory Medal along the way.
1946 Decatur, Macon Co, IL. When he and June married, he was working as a carpenter there and stayed for about 1 1/2 more years before beginning a long career with the railroads. He was a car inspector for the New York Central, Penn Central, and finally the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad..
1948 Mattoon, Coles Co, IL. Moving to work on the railroad brought them back home.
4/10/1961 He received extensive burns while at work and was hospitalized for 10 wks.
12/1982 Earl retired from the railroad where he had worked for over 30 years.