When war broke out, there was no way the world could possibly know the severity of this guerre. Fortunately one country saw and understood that Germany and its allies would have to be stopped. America’s Involvement in World War two not only contributed in the eventual downfall of the Adolph Hitler and his Third Reich, but also came at the precise time and moment. Had the United States entered the war any earlier the consequences might have been worse.
There is only one way you can see the harshness and pain of the war, through the eyes of a solider, a frogman. Robert Roger Baird was born in Sanger, California on November 4, 1921. Growing up in Sanger was just like any other town in the country. It was a hard life and you just had to get use to it. Every day was typically the same back during the great depression. Every morning it was the same old sun and the same old day. Wake up, help with the chores, go to school and come home and play.
Back then you couldn;t watch TV or go on the computer. You had to use your imagination and you had to invent your own fun. Some of the best times Mr. Baird had were out playing football out in the hay fields until the sun went down. Once a week on Saturday, the whole family would go into town and the parents would shop, while the children went to the movies for 5 cents. This is what it was like during the depression, nothing like what it is now, maybe sometimes we should be more like it was back then. Mr.
Baird graduated from Sanger High School in 1939. After high school, he went on to further his education at Reedley College, later graduated in 1942. He as not satisfied with his education so he later went on to the University of Nevada Reno, where he wanted to go into Civil Engineering. To make college less expensive, he stayed in Minden, Nevada to get his residency. He worked at a large cattle and sheep ranch while he waited to go to college.
During this time the draft had just started….