Gordon's discharge from the Air Force, April 3, 1953

Title

Gordon's discharge from the Air Force, April 3, 1953

Date

April 3, 1953

Description

This discharge paper records the character of Gordon's separation from the U.S. Air Force as "Undesirable." He had enlisted on July 20, 1950 in Providence RI. He had completed 2 years, 8 months, and 13 days, and had been assigned to the Biggs Air Force Base in Texas. He was paid $13.64 upon separation. At this point, Gordon was listed as married and had completed 1 year of college.

According to the New York Times, undesirable discharge was often used to get rid of gay service members, and "Such designations could make it difficult for the men and women who had served to get employment, loans or access to veterans benefits."*

*https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/nyregion/gay-veteran-air-force-undesirable-honorable-discharge.html?_r=0

Creator

U.S. Air Force

Original Format

paper

Physical Dimensions

8.5"x11"

Citation

U.S. Air Force , “Gordon's discharge from the Air Force, April 3, 1953,” Documented | Digital Collections of The History Project, accessed August 19, 2018, https://historyproject.omeka.net/items/show/328.

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