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Updated: 05/14/2018 10:20:22AM

Army job led to electronics career

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Sp.-2 Bill Hartstein was 18 and had just graduated from basic training at Fort Pickett, Virginia, in 1954 when this picture was taken.

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Bill Hartstein was learning computer electronics at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, as part of the U.S. Army Security Service in the 1950s.

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Bill Hartstein, 82, is a resident of Englewood.

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Just by chance, Bill Hartstein of Alameda Isles mobile home park in Englewood joined the U.S. Army’s security service at the close of the Korean War in 1953 and nailed down a career in electronics for life.

“I grew up in Pottsville, Pa., and went down to Philadelphia to join the Air Force. The enlistment sergeant said I didn’t want to do that after I told him I had taken electronics in high school and made straight As,” the 82-year-old recalled. “If you’re smart enough you can go into the security service and work in Army Intelligence,” he advised.

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