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GARL MCHENRY: HIS LIFE AFTER THE WAR
After his October 11, 1945, discharge from the Army Garl went back to Huntington, Indiana, bought some civilian clothes, went to Detroit to buy a used car, loafed for six weeks and then got a job as a band saw and belt sander operator at Caswell Runyon Sewing Cabinet Manufacturing Co.
He enrolled at Indiana Technical College in Fort Wayne under the G.I. Bill of Rights, and three years later, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Radio Engineering degree, which included courses in electrical engineering and special training in vacuum tube theory and electronics.
During this period he married his high school classmate Millicent Ruth Swaidner, who was working at General Electric Co. in Fort Wayne.
The Working World
He worked at odd jobs at first, servicing radios, truck driving, carpentry and painting barns, but eventually he got into the electronics field for which he had been educated in college. His career evolved into one of many positions with a wide variety of companies in public and private sector programs of great importance during the nation's explosive industrial and technological expansion during the last half of the 1900's. This is a list of most of his positions during that period:
- RCA TV Assembly Plant, Indianapolis. Troubleshooter on the assembly line.
- General Electric, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Methods planner in a motor and generator plant.
- Magnavox Co., Fort Wayne, Indiana. Quality testing of equipment for government contracts.
- Klaehn's Appliances, Fort Wayne. Repairs and installations of TV's and appliances.
- Private business. TV repair service in Markle, Indiana.
- ITT, International Telephone & Telegraph, Fort Wayne. Designed test equipment for Bomarc Missile
launching sites at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Served as ITT consultant at Cape Canaveral and at Boeing in Seattle, Washington. Obtained U.S. Patent No. 2,986,699 for a PRF Counter to count the number of beacon responses in one-tenth of a second and compare it with a required response range. Designed high voltage power supplies for the Dew Line early warning project.
- General Electric, Huntsville, Alabama. Consultant on the Saturn launch vehicle. ( Took a correspondence course in "Electronics for Automation" from RCA Institute and switched skills from vacuum tubes to transistors and level integrated circuits.
- Ledex, Inc., Dayton, Ohio. Designed electronic support circuits for electro-mechanical stepping switch applications. Also designed various solid state stepping pieces of equipment. Obtained his second U.S. Patent No. 3,504,189 for a sequence timing circuit used as an intervalometer to control the interval of firing rockets and missiles from aircraftl. Helped set up the thick film integrated circuit manufacturing facility at Ledex. (Attended the University of Cincinnati to study micro electronics.)
- TRW Globe Motors, Dayton, Ohio. Senior Design Engineer. He designed test equipment and small motor control circuits. Worked with Hughes Aircraft Co. testing torque motors for the guidance package of the Maverick Missile and with General Dynamics on the control circuits for the M-1 Tank gun turret. He attended the University of Cincinnati and Wright State University to study Servo Control Systems and became TRW's Servo Engineer. He continued in this position for TRW until his retirement.
While pursuing his career in electronics, Garl also worked at his goal of building a house every ten years of his married life. As of year 2001, he has built six houses and done general contracting in the building of two houses.
During his working career and now in retirement he has been a ham radio operator (W9FXX) and has experimented with citizen band radio. Because of his training in servo systems he has enjoyed building remote -controlled equipment such as toys, the first remote-controlled lawn mower to be seen in his hometown, a remote-controlled paddle boat with a rake capable of being raised and lowered to rake floating weeds and trash from lake channels.
As a young man on the farm he developed a love for tractors and other farm equipment, so he has bought old tractors and restored them for re-sale. Even today, he owns two tractors that he uses for mowing fields, snow plowing and dirt moving for himself, his neighbors and his church..
During combat he realized how dependent he was on God for his existence, and he became a Christian. He has been very religious and a strong and active church member all his life, teaching Bible classes and doing hard construction and maintenance work for his church.
He and his wife Ruth have taken ballroom dancing lessons. They keep in contact with many friends by email.
He is interested in genealogy and manages four private My Family websites.RETURN TO TITLE PAGE