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J. Austin and W. Paul Yeager: Now we’ve really done it! We’ve been confusing the HUSEMEYERS, the LEIMBACHS, the EMMINIZERS, the RICH’s, and the DIEZ’s for years. Now to the confusion we’ve added the YEAGERS, and for a little extra frosting for the cake, the Yeagers are twins!

J. AUSTIN and W. PAUL YEAGER were born July 30, 1937, in Birmingham, Alabama. Their mother is the Postmaster of Pelham, Alabama, and their father a tinsmith. During their school years, both boys worked in their father’s shop for awhile, and later were employed by the Southern Railroad.

They attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute in Auburn, Alabama, where they received B.S. degrees in Civil Engineering in the class of ’59. If it’s ‘togetherness’ they craved, they had it. Members of the Chi Epsilon fraternity, Austin served as its president, while Paul was vice-president.

After being sworn in by the New Orleans District Officer on August 24, 1959, the new ensigns were separated. Austin sailed on the C&GS Ship PIONEER which left for Hawaii September 9. Paul was assigned on the HODGSON, based in Seattle.

In: “Personnel Panorama,” August-September 1959. P. 8.

Publication of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NOAA Central Library.

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