1943
3 September 1943
My Mom & Dad, Lydia & Saunie, get married. I am tickled to show you the Saunie-Gravely-weds-Lydia-Amadio announcement in my Mom's hometown newspaper. I stumbled on this clipping today in the Carteret (NJ) Press, September 3, 1943. MARRIAGE ANNOUNCEDCARTERET (NJ) - Announcement has been made of the marriage of Miss Lydia...
1945
9 November 1945
Veterans Air first stock offering The stock certificate for the company's first public offering was printed for Air Express Company.  Before it was issued November 9, 1945, as an afterthought, "Veterans" was added to the official name.  Look closely at this certificate belonging to Jack Stettner, an original founder and...
16 November 1945
Mother asked Dad not to go on the Louisville trip. "The baby will be born while you're gone." Dad swore "nothing" could prevent him from getting home in time. But Mom was right. This 12-3-45 entry chronicles my Dad's Louisville departure seven days after I was born.
27 November 1945
Saunie Gravely, President of Veterans Air Express and Veterans Air Line -- and my Dad! Happy Birthday, Sweetheart. He was twenty-two years old - yes, 22 - when he founded an all-veterans commercial air service in 1945. They flew freight and passengers out of Newark Air Depot (NJ) and Teterboro...
1946
18 January 1946
DC-3 "Snowbird" flights from Newark to Miami via "The Veterans' Air Line." NOTE they are still working out the company name: Passenger Division, Veterans' Air Express Company. (New York Times classified 18th & 21st January, 1946) Fly north to Cape Cod via VETERANS AIRLINE. Mentioning "Non-scheduled flights" keeps them legal....
28 March 1946
Three telegrams in three days kick off 1946 Veterans Air Express operations base in Florida. Based on their growth plans, Florida does seem an ideal location for the company to have considered opening a secondary location.  A Veterans Air Express operations base for maintenance and major repair.   By mid-January 1946, they were already...
8 May 1946
Making history under some pretty tough conditions. Veterans Air Express Captain William Jakeman and First Officer Jack Stettner crew first commercial air transport flight behind the "iron curtain" that required Russian overflight permission.