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George Helmke

In 1937, recent high school graduate George Helmke began work as an apprentice instrument maker at Bell Laboratories. Think: intern.

The next 3 years were some of the hardest work of his life. Classes, homework, and as much hands-on experience as a teenager could handle. But it was nothing compared to what came next.

You see, George is a part of what we now call “the greatest generation,” and when the world needed to be saved, George raised his hand. Without a second thought, and without expecting anything in return, he enlisted in the Navy and entered into World War II.

George put his mechanical mind to work protecting his fellow sailors from submarine attacks. He was off the coast of Normandy on D-Day when his ship took a torpedo. Just like that boat, George was unsinkable. He made it home, and back to Labs where he was a part of some historic work during a career that lasted more than 45 years.

Check out the video below to meet George as he returns to AT&T Labs for a special homecoming, and hear the rest of his story of service to his family, his company, and his country as we celebrate George this Veteran’s Day in the 100th year of an extraordinary life. And learn more about how AT&T is supporting veterans and how you can help raise money with just a click.