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. [one_half] MARRIAGE ANNOUNCED CARTERET (NJ) - Announcement has been made of the marriage of...
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...
27 November 1945
Saunie Gravely, President of Veterans Air Express and Veterans Air Line -- and my Dad! 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 under two names....Veterans...
1946
28 March 1946
Three telegrams in three days kick off 1946 Veterans Air Express operations base in Florida.   [two_third]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...
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.