Biography of Guy M. Turner
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GUY MATTHEW TURNER
One of the most prominent figures in aviation circles of central California is Guy M. Turner, airport field superintendent at Oakland, whose record stamps him as a man of superior ability and efficiency in his chosen calling. Mr. Turner was born in New Albany, Indiana, on the 26th of December, 1890, and is a son of George and Elizabeth Turner, the former a pioneer glass blower. When Guy M. Turner was about six years of age both of his parents died and thereafter he was dependent largely upon his own resources. His education was mostly received in the school of experience, and on February 1, 1906, at the age of fifteen years, he enlisted in the United States Navy, in which he served twenty one years and nine months. Entering as an ordinary seaman, he was advanced, because of his studious habits and close and intelligent attention to duty, to the rank of chief gunner's mate. Later he took a vocational course at the Great Lakes Aviation Mechanics School, where his rating was changed from chief gunner's mate to aviation chief machinist's mate. On May 26, 1927, he came to Oakland and was put in charge of the preparation of the runway for the planes which made the dash for the Hawaiian islands. Later, in a competitive examination for the superintendency of the airport, Mr. Turner received a marking of ninety six per cent, the highest among the group who took the examination, and was appointed to the position, which he is now holding, under the airport commission. This is now one of the finest airports in the country and is growing in importance, being now the western terminal for the coast to coast mail service. Mr. Turner takes pride in keeping the airport field and all of its service departments at the highest point of efficiency at all times and his record has gained for him the confidence and respect of all who have come in contact with him.

Mr. Turner was united in marriage to Miss Maye McDade, who was born in Montgomery, Alabama. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, the Order of the Eastern Star, the National Aviation Association and the Civil Service Association of Oakland. He also belongs to the United States Naval Aviation Reserve. Aviation is his hobby and he is now in an admirable position to contribute to the success of the service, for which he has had thorough and practical training.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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