By Victoria Walker
Earl Rediske served in WWII for two years with the Army 11th Air Borne. Originally, he was on a farm deferment. At the time, farmers were being asked to produce much more food with fewer and fewer workers. More and more young men were beingdrafted or enlistedin the military. The farm labor shortage quickly became severe, especially for fruit and vegetable producers who relied on migratory hand labor. Rediske said he was asked so many times about not being in the war he decided to join up. "People would actually come up and ask what was wrong me," said Rediske. At that time he was working for Mr. Meade on one of his four different ranches in Yakima.