Age 17, August 1954, USNTC, San Diego, California

Age 33, 1970, Hickam AFB, Hawaii

MSgt (Ret) Earl Blanchard Akers, Sr. was born on 26 Feb 1937 in Douglas Co WA. He was educated from 1943 to 1954 in East Wenatchee and Wenatchee WA public schools and graduated from Clover Park High School in Tacoma, WA. He attended Highline and Fort Steilacoom Community Colleges in Washington, and the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI. He served in the military from 24 Aug 1954 to 18 Nov 1963 in the U.S. Navy. Serial number 389 14 75. He was awarded the Navy Good Conduct Medal with 2 bronze stars and the China Service Medal (Extended). Permanent duty assignments were the USS General William A. Mann, a Military Sea Transport Service ship engaged in transporting troops and dependents between Seattle, WA and Japan, Korea and other Asian outposts; USS Mispillion and USS Manatee, fleet oilers operating in support of the U.S. Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific; Third Naval District headquarters, New York City, NY; U.S. Naval Advisory Group to the Republic of Korea Navy, Seoul and Chinhae, ROK; the USS Agerholm, a destroyer which rotated assignments between the U.S. Second and Seventh Fleets. He served in the military from 20 Nov 1963 to 31 Aug 1974 in the U.S. Air Force. Serial number AF1979 2297. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 3 bronze stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Force Medal, Air Force Longevity Service ribbon with 4 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Small Arms Expert Marksman ribbon and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. Permanent duty assignments were the 325th Fighter Wing, McChord AFB, Tacoma, WA; Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Honolulu, HI; U.S. Air Force Recruiting Detatchment, Independence, KS; 51st Fighter Wing, Osan AB, Korea; and the 99th Bomb Wing, Westover AFB, Chicopee Falls, MA. He retired from military service as a Master Sergeant with the specialty of Accounting and Finance Superintendent on 1 Sep 1974 at Westover AFB, Chicopee Falls, MA. He had served twenty years and six days active duty. After leaving military service the great majority of his remaining working years were spent as a civilian employee with the U.S. government. He was an accounting technician with the Non-appropriated Funds Financial Management Office, McChord AFB WA and the Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle, WA. He also served in the position of voucher examiner for the Fourth Infantry Division, Fort Lewis WA, followed by positions as accounting technician and then budget analyst at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis WA. His final civil service position, from March 1983 to May 1988, was as management analyst at the headquarters of the U.S. Army Health Services Command at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio TX. His four children with his former wife, three girls and a boy, were born between 1959 and 1964, and have a dozen children of their own. He and his wife, Elizabeth married in San Antonio on Valentine's Day 1984. Elizabeth is a native Texan.

His associations, former and current, include the USS Agerholm Association, American Society of Military Comptrollers, Veterans of Foreign Wars (life member) and Military Order of the Cootie (life member.)