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  • May 12, 1944
    Johnny Cash's older brother, Jack, is sliced from his ribs all the way to his groin in a table saw accident. He dies one week later
    May 20, 1944
    One week after a mammoth table saw accident, Johnny Cash's older brother, Jack, dies in Dyess, Arkansas. The funeral comes one day later, and the next, the Cash family is back in the fields, picking cotton for 10 hours
    May 19, 1950
    Johnny Cash performs "The Whiffenpoof Song" at his high school graduation ceremony in Dyess, Arkansas
    Jul 7, 1950
    Johnny Cash joins the Air Force and gets assigned to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas for basic training
    Sep 21, 1950
    Johnny Cash begins training to intercept Soviet Morse code correspondence at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi
    Apr 5, 1951
    Johnny Cash is certified as a radio operator at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. He will subsequently work at intercepting Russian code
    Apr 27, 1951
    Johnny Cash completes training at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, where he's learned to intercept Morse code from Soviet transmissions
    Sep 20, 1951
    Johnny Cash departs from New York City on a transport ship as he's transferred to Bremerhaven, West Germany, during his enlistment with the Air Force
    Oct 18, 1953
    While stationed in Germany with the Air Force, Johnny Cash makes his first trip to Paris, where he takes in the Eiffel Tower and views the Mona Lisa
    Jul 3, 1954
    Johnny Cash is discharged from the U.S. Air Force at Fort Kilmer, New Jersey

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