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with engine trouble. While he was with the Silver Lake firm he flew from Akron, Ohio to Silver Lake on May 22d, 1913, and then an exhibition at Lumbertown, North Carolina on July 4th at a Robeson Country Celebration. In late July he flew at Evansville, Indiana, then in September exhibited at West Union, Ohio. Kaminski returned to the Curtiss Exhibition Company in 1914-1915 and was actively engaged with exhibition work in the mid-western states both seasons. In late 1916 he joined the Aviation Section, United States Army Signal Corps and in 1917 was a civilian flying instructor at Mineola, Long Island, New York. In January, 1918 he enlisted and was ordered to Camp Merritt, New Jersey expecting overseas service, but there his orders changed and he was assigned to the 7th Aero Squadron in the Canal Zone. On December 2d he made the first air mail flight across the Isthmus. During this time his eyesight had been failing and he was forced to wear goggles with prescription lenses. A a result he was released from the Service as Lieutenant in June, 1919. Following this, Kaminski returned to his former home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where on July 5th, 1919 he became employed at the Milwaukee Post Office where he remained until his final retirement. During that time he became head dispatcher of the Post Office Motor Vehicle Service. He made his last airplane flight at Milwaukee on August 15, 1955. Following his retirement he moved to St. Petersburg, Florida where, after gradually failing health, he passed away on February 5th, 1960 at age 67. He was a member of the Early Birds. Flying Pioneer, [[Strikethrough]]Early Bird[[/Strikethrough]] John G. Kaminski was one of the many men who learned to fly at the first Curtiss flying school at North Island, San Diego, California, then went on to assist Curtiss to establish his great record of promoting aviation for several years, and later joined the service of his country until failing eyesight forced him to give up flying. His was a valued contribution to early American aviation history. 2
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