After graduating from high school in 1942, Ted Stevens enrolled at Oregon State to study engineering.
With WWII in progress, Stevens attempted to join the Navy as a pilot , but failed the vision exam. He corrected his vision through a course of prescribed eye exercises, and in 1943 he was accepted into a Army Aviation program at Montana State College.
After scoring near the top of an aptitude test for flight training, Stevens was transferred to preflight training in Santa Ana, California; and received his wings early in 1944.
Stevens served in the China-Burma-India theater with the Fourteenth Air Force Transport Section, which supported the "Flying Tigers", from 1944 to 1946. He and other pilots in the transport section flew C-46 and C-47 transport planes, often without escort, mostly in support of Chinese units fighting the Japanese. Stevens received the Distinguished Flying Cross for flying behind enemy lines, the Air Medal, and the Yuan Hai Medal awarded by the Chinese Nationalist government.[
He was discharged from the Army Air Forces in March 1946.
Uncle Ted also improved and supported aviation in Alaska for many, many years.
Clear Skies and calm winds Ted..