Crestview World War II vet recalls war stories, innovations (VIDEO)

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 10:37 AM.

"And then the big guns opened up," Oneby said. "I was a kid from Milwaukee. It looked like the Fourth of July. I was enjoying the show until somebody grabbed me and said, 'Get your head down, you idiot!'"

Injury and civilian life

After Germany surrendered, Oneby, following injury in a truck accident, recuperated in the same hospital where Gen. George Patton succumbed to wounds sustained in a car crash three days earlier.

Oneby came home and attended Marquette University, where he majored in electrical engineering and got a job at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory.

There he developed the concept of global positioning satellite technology, or GPS, and became project engineer for the study of the system.

He also conceived phased-array radar, which today is the main technology behind the U.S. Air Force's AWACS — airborne warning and control system — radar planes.

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