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

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


April 3, 1953


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."*



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U.S. Air Force , “Gordon's discharge from the Air Force, April 3, 1953,” Documented | Digital Collections of The History Project, accessed January 25, 2021, https://historyproject.omeka.net/items/show/328.