2-4-1962 to 12-17-1965
Special Forces Medic
Airborne Wings, Combat Medic Badge, Vietnam Service Medal
"A" Team Medic Atop Nui Ba Den, Tay Nihn Province, 1965
Stationed: Dong Ba Tihn, Song Be, Nha Trang, Ahn Phu, Nui Ba Den
I was in Vietnam from January 1965 until December 1965. When I began, our mission was to win the hearts and minds of the people. We were kind of an armed Peace Corps. That mission changed in about October, '65; there was a large buildup of troops. It kind of hit the fan. I remember speaking to the people, using sign language, French and Vietnamese and loud English.
2001 to Present
Air Command and Staff College, Squadron Officers School, JAG School; Air and Space Operations Course; Combat Skills
MSM, AFCM, AFAM, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, Air Force, Organizational Excellence Award, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short, Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long, Air Force Longevity Service Award, Air Force Training Ribbon, Non-Article 5 NATO Medal (ISAF)
Duties: Currently, Legal Advisor for Air and Space Operations
Stationed: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
I was in JAG School when 9/11 occurred. Prosecuted and defended cases, conducted accident investigations and deployed to Afghanistan as Staff Judge Advocate for 451 AEW, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.
US Air Force
November 13, 1959 - February 8, 1963
Officer Training School, Air Police Officer Training
Duties: Our unit was charged with the security of alert tanker aircraft (SAC)
Stationed: Selfridge Air Force Base, Michigan
November 2009 - November 2013
April 2003 - April 2011
Paralegal Specialist, Transportation Coordinator, Logistician
Stationed: Fort Hood, Fort Lewis, Fort Eustice, Fort Benning, Fort Jackson, Camp Red Cloud
1961 to 1963
Gunnery Officer and Deck Officer
Stationed: Long Beach, CA
I served on a destroyer USS Ozbourn and the ship was on duty in the South China Seas during the Cuban missile crisis.
February 1967 - December 1968
I got what was called a Christmas "Drop" that enabled me to return for the spring semester at Northern Arizona University
Private First Class
Advanced Infantry Training, Fort Polk, Louisiana, 81 mil mortar crew
On-the-job-training - Honest John Rocketeer, Camp Casey, Korea
Expert M-14, M-16, 45 cal pistol
Duties: Honest John Rocket Crew Member. The Honest John was a Nuclear Rocket, laughable today, but in 1968 it was the "Sunday Punch" of the 8th Army in Korea. The weapon was in violation of the then Peace Treaty with North Korea since it was clearly spelled out that there were to be no nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula
Stationed: Camp Casey, Republic of Korea, Fort Knox, Kentucky, Fort Polk, Louisiana, Fort Bliss, Texas
I was a "Conscript" but the Army called us "Draftees"; my serial number started with "US" which literally stands for "Un-Voluntary Service". You can see by my rank I was a "screw up" but I was the best damn Rocketeer in the Army. So good in fact, they picked me to give a Fire Power demonstration to the Secretary of the Army while he was visiting South Korea from Washington. It was quite an honor to shake the hand of the Secretary of the Army while he was surrounded by 3 and 4 Star Generals escorting him around our base at Camp Casey Korea.
I operated what was called a "Wind Set" which calculated the prevailing winds necessary to adjust the Rocket on the launcher before firing the nuclear weapon. In fact, going by the "Book", they couldn't start the count down until I gave the okay to launch based on how hard the wind was blowing. It all sounds pretty primitive today, but that's the way it was done in 1968.
Even though our mission was technically a secret because of the cease fire treaty, everyone knew. We'd train in our section of the DMZ that divided North and South Korea. We did so because every now and then we'd fire a live dummy practice rocket, costing a million dollars a piece.
The Army had us up there for a reason. They wanted North Korean intelligence to know just exactly what they'd be up against if they decided to invade the South. Just a mile or so away the North Koreans were monitoring everything we did. Our radio communications and chat they'd listen to, and their radar would pick up the rocket in flight as it flew 40 or 50 miles down range in a parallel direction to our sector of the DMZ.
Looking back, our real mission was a deterrent to protect the South from invasion and a little scary at times. There were over 500 live fire fights with North Korean infiltrators the year I was there, but most never made the newspapers. People were killed in North Korean ambushes set up by infiltrators in South Korea. But because of the war in Vietnam, very little was said about Korea, except the Pueblo incident.
During the Pueblo incident, the North Koreans sent an elite special forces unit of commandos and their mission was to infiltrate and kill the president of South Korea. The South Koreans killed 49 of them and took one prisoner.
I got to Korea in January 1968, 10 days before the North Koreans captured the naval intelligence ship Pueblo. I left Camp Casey on my way home the day the North Koreans let the Pueblo's crew cross "Freedom Bridge" on their way to freedom at Panmunjom.
It was quite an experience and I'm proud to have served my Country.
April 1944 - March 1946
World War II
Called back for Korea 1951 - physical problems put me in the San Diego Naval Hospital and then on disability list until 1956, found fit for duty and discharged
Machinists Mate 3rd Class
Asiatic Pacific area, American area, European African area, Victory
Duties: Engine room watch aboard ships, ran mobile machine shop 7th fleet HQ motor pool
Stationed: Boot camp San Diego, Treasure Island, USS W.S. Benson AP 120, 7th Fleet HQ Base Motor Pool Manilla, USS Whitehurst DE 634
They said, "join the Navy and see the World" and they were right. From San Francisco to Bombay, India by way of Australia back to Los Angeles, two times, then via Panama to New York, then LeHavre, France, back to New York then to Marseilles, France, then via Panama to Ulithi and on to the Philippines where I was transferred ashore. Then assigned to Whitehurst, finally to Guam where I caught a ride home on a tired old attack transport Navarro to San Francisco, discharged Terminal Island. Never got shot at once!!
1957-1961 West Point, NY 1961-1968 US Army
USMA, West Point, NY Artillery School Airborne School Transportation School
Bronze Star. Viet Nam service
Company Commander Battalion S2/S3 Corps G4 Air Instructor
Stationed: Ft MacArthur, CA Euskirchen, Germany Mannheim, Germany Long Bien, Viet Nam Ft Eustis, VA
My military experience was educational and challenging.
1957 - 1962
Duties: Personnel & Supply
Stationed: Last active duty station- Ft. Devens, Ayer, Mass USA
I was an in and out soldier. I joined the reserves and spent six months on active duty and then returned to civilian life. I was recalled to active duty with the Army Security Agency in 1961. Following that tour I elected to be discharged.
February 4, 1971 Through February 1, 1974.
Jump school, Special Forces training, Clandestine communications Language School (Persian), SADM training.
Stationed: Fort Bragg, North Carolina
March 1965 - February 1967
Airborne, Jungle Warfare
Army Accommodation for Valor, Purple Heart
Duties: Rifle Platoon Leader, Co. Exec., Battalion Liaison Officer
Stationed: Phouc Vinh, Vietnam
My late father, Leland Preston Chase (SPHS ’34) enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1941. He was living (after college, USC ’38) in Manila, Philippines, He completed officers candidate school at the Naval base at Subic Bay. When he was captured in December, 1941 by the invading Japanese army he held the rank of ensign. After serving for 3 ½ years in a Japanese prison camp, he was liberated by U.S. Forces. For his service, he was awarded the discharge rank of Lt. Commander. Dad was shortly thereafter recruited by the Navy to serve in Naval intelligence in Washington D.C. but turned the offer down. I might have been a Navy brat! Dad never spoke about being a POW until quite late in life. As far as we kids knew, he never harbored anger or resentment, but had an enduring love for his country, which he expressed throughout his life in word and deed. I consider my father to be, in his selfless and quiet way, an American hero.
Submitted by: Eric D. Chase SPHS ’67.
June 1971 - June 1980
US Naval Academy
Naval Flight School
Nuclear Weapons Officer
Stationed: Aircraft carrier USS Nimitz Norfolk Virginia
In April 1980, I volunteered to fly cover for an attempt to rescue 50 American hostages held in Iran. The staging platform was my aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. While helicopters flew from the Nimitz, my assignment was to fly overhead and
determine if Iran radar picked up the helicopters. We determined that Iran radar was shut down for the night. The mission still ended in tragedy for the rescue team. When asking for volunteers, every pilot aboard the Nimitz jumped out of their seats.
December 1958 - November 1960
Specialty training, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
Duties: Automotive repair. Jeeps to tanks.
Stationed: Neu-Ulm, Germany
I enjoyed Germany a lot. The Army not so much. But it was a good time to be in the service. After Korea and before Vietnam so no one was shooting at me.
July 1955 - September 1986
Submarines, Nuclear Power, Command
Medals: Legion of Merit, Meritorius Service Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (3), Navy Achievement Medal
Submarine Squadron Commander, Commanding Officer Missile Submarine (4 years), Executive Officer Attack Submarine, Chief Engineer (4 years), Various engineer and operations billets
Stationed: Long Beach, California, New London, Connecticut, Monterey, California, Charleston, South Carolina, Saratoga Springs, New York, Norfolk, Virginia, Washinton DC
US Air Force
Enlisted September 19, 1952
Graduated from OCS June 15, 1954
Retired on July 1, 1977
Navigation traing (Ellington AFB), advanced flight training (Mather AFB), Squadron Officers' School, Command and Staff School, Air War College
Meritorious Service Medal, Commendation Medal, 6 Air Medals, 2 Distinguished Service Medals
Duties: B-47 navigator, B-52 radar navigator, liaison auditor
Stationed: Parks AFB, Mather AFB, Lackland AFB (OCS), Camp Kilmer, Manhattan Beach AFS, Ellington AFB, Lake Charles/Che63nnault AFT, Altus AFB, Ent AFB, Ankara (Turkey), Westover AFB, Castle AFB
63 combat missions over Vietnam (B-52)
Women's Army Corps, previously served in WAAC (Auxiliary Corps)
Enlisted April 15,1943. Active duty May 10,1943 - Dec. 12, 1945
U.S. Army Finance School, 2nd WAC Class, Wake Forest College, North Carolina
Presidential Unit Citation, usual medals. (four)
Usual Finance Office duties; head of various units:officers' pay, enlisted pay, travel pay, and lastly, audit.
Stationed: Basic at Ft. Oglethorpe,GA. Started in Hq. Personnel writing special orders. Ordered to Finance School then to work in Finance Office at Camp Butner, N.C., transferred to Finance Office at Los Angeles Port of Embarkation where I stayed until discharge.
Enlisted when the war was at a low ebb. Only wanted to help and joining seemed one way to do my part. My college background was Accounting so they put me where I could use a little, although Army Accounting is nothing like civilian. I could at least add 2 and 2 so they felt Army Finance School would be the right beginning. Made good friends.
June 1961 to June 1991
Senior NCO Academy
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commend
Commendation Medal with two oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Air Force Good Conduct Medal
Deputy Director of Manpower and Personnel
Stationed: Vandenberg AFB, California (twice)
Langekopf AS, Germany
Ramstein AB, Germany
Torrejon AB, Spain
Presidio of San Francisco, California
Randolph AFB, Texas
Clark AB, Philippines
Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
U.S. Army Special Forces
1967 - 1970
Combat Engineer and Demolition Expert- Specializing in Booby Traps, Light & Heavy Weapons Specialist and HALO Qualified ( High Altitude Low Opening) Military Free Fall School.
Stationed: Ft. Bragg, North Carolina and Ft. Gulick Canal Zone , Panama.
September 1953 - 1968
USAF flight school, aviation cadet class 56-B. Kelly Field, Texas, Marianna, Florida, Bryan AFB, Del Rio, Texas, and Las Vegas, Nevada (F-86).
Top Gun trophy, 1957 and 1958
Jet Fighter Pilot, F-86 and F-104, California and Tennessee ANG. Civilian Test Pilot and instructor pilot (F-104 Starfighter) for Lockheed California company
Stationed: California, Florida, Texas, Nevada. Lockheed sent me to Nagoya, Japan, Izmir, Turkey, and Bodo, Norway.
Flying F-86's, the greatest flying aircraft. Flying, testing, demonstrating and instructing in the MAGNIFICENT 1400 MPH F-104 Starfighter to foreign military pilots such as German, Canadian, Japanese, Norwegian, Italian, Belgian, Dutch, and Turkish. The German and Japanese pilots were mostly World War II veterans.
US Air Force
April 20, 1979 - May 1, 1999
Senior Master Sergeant (SMSgt)
1981 to 2010
Started as Pvt, retired as Lt. Colonel
Officers' Candidate School (OCS)
Basic School (TBS)
Field Artillery Officers' Basic Course
Ground Intelligence Officers' Course
Marine Corps Command and Staff College
Expeditionary Warfare Course
Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course
Various Special Weapons Courses
Meritorious Service Medal
Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal w/1 star
Global War on Terrorism Medal
National Defense Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/1 star
Weapons and Tactics Instructor
Force Fires and Surface Fires Officer
Stationed: Quantico, VA
Ft. Sill, OK
Kaneohe Bay, HI
Camp Pendleton, CA
Camp Lejeune, NC
Iraq, Kuwait, and South Korea
Many great memories, too many to count, some really bad. From boot camp in 1982 to Desert Storm in '91, serving in numerous deployments to South Korea, to participating in the invasion of Iraq in 2003, to retiring in 2010, and many adventures in between. Made lots of great friends and lost some of them. All the ups and downs of serving in both peace and in war.
1968 - 1971
Aircraft Mechanic school
Bronze Star, Air Medals, Aircraft Crew Badge, Vietnam Service Medals
Duties: Door gunner on a UH-1 (Huey) helicopter
Stationed: Camp Evans, 101st Airborne Division
Flying every day in support of 101st Airborne ground operations
January 1991 - January 2001
March 2011 - Present
Duties: 1991 - 2001: Aircraft Mechanic
2011 - Present: Mid-Air Refueling Operator (Boom Operator)
Stationed: Louisiana, Northern California
Opportunities abound! Travel, sports, people, experiences, could not replace. After getting out for 10 years, NO experiences compared!!
During Kosovo War '99, I was deployed to Germany. At end of war I was invited to play in a soccer tournament in Prague. Supervisor, "Dude, we are going HOME! If you miss the flight you are stuck here, will find your own way home, and answer to the big-wigs yourself!" Played and mostly PARTIED in Prague for five days, got back with one day to spare, then came home. Prague is the most beautiful city with some of the most beautiful women I had ever met. Incredible place! One of many incredible experiences!!
Medivac five-month premies from Korea to Washington, carried parents AND moved them! (Cargo plane) Not only did we fulfill the medivac portion, but we also helped fulfill her military move. This would have been accomplished anyway, but our abilities on our airplane made it infinitely easier.
One of the most rewardings things that I witnessed was seeing mom looking into her baby's face in his incubator and smiling, in flight.
1959 - 1966 and 1973 - 1989
Submarine School, New London, Connecticut, Fire Control Technician "A" School, USNTC, San Diego, California, MK 113 Mod 5 Torpedo Fire Control System Factory Course, Glendale, California, Photo Interpretation Basic Course, Lowry AFB, Denver, Colorado, Advanced Imagery Interpretation, Goodfellow AFB, San Angelo, Texas
Qualification in Submarines, SSBN Deterrent Patrol insignia (7 patrols), Navy Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Expert Pistol, Rifle Sharpshooter
Duties: Qualified in Submarines, Qualified Diving Officer of the Watch, Sonar Watch Supervisor, Command Chief, Fleet Intelligence Reserve Support Team, Pacific (Naval Reserve, North Island NAS)
Stationed: USS Vance (DER387), USS Tang (SS563), USS Queenfish (SS393), USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN624) - Commissioning Crew (Blue)
Submarine duty is/was the best. Great shipmates; great chow; extra money. Favorite memory: initiation ceremony when I made Chief Petty Officer. What a blast!
1963 - 1968
Terminal Intercept Equipment Repair, Officer Candidate School, Signal Core Communications Relay Station Operations
Stationed: Fort Ord, California; Fort Devens, Massachusetts; Fort Gordon, Georgia; Fort Monmouth, New Jersey; Camp Zama, Japan; Republic of Vietnam
1952 - 1980
Survival, escape and evasion training
Air Force Institute of Technology
Institute for Defense Analyses
Medals: A few
Fighter pilot, instructor pilot, forward air controller, technical intelligence analysis, systems engineering management, director of operations, director of logistics
Stationed: USA, Labrador, Southeast Asia, Indonesia
Mostly good, some not so good--but I'd do it again.
November 20, 1979 - May 1, 1995
Fire Control Computer Repair, Electronic Warfare/Intercept Systems Repair, Intelligence Analyst
MSM, ARCOM, GCM
Stationed: Ft. Dix, New Jersey; Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland; Ft. Carson, Colorado; Boeblingen, GE; Ft. Devens, Massachusetts; Sinop, TU; Augsburg, GE; Ft. Huachuca, Arizona
I have so many memories from my time in the service, but the ones that I like to remember are of my time spent working in Berlin before, while, and after the wall came down.
August 1976 - March 1979
R&R Avionics and navigational equipment on F-15's at Langley AFB, VA
Stationed: Langley AFB, VA
Jul 1953 - Jul 1973
Meteorology training at UCLA
Medals, Commendations or Service Awards received: Meritorious Service Medal
Staff meteorologist - 10 years
Station commander - 4 years
Special assignment to Atomic Energy Commission - 5 years
Stationed: UCLA, Germany, Montana, Japan, Laredo, Texas, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Frederick, Maryland
I joined the service and saw the world.
October 1955 - October 1957
Howard University, Pentagon
Duties: NSA Classified
Stationed: Arlington Hall Station
Memories: 13 women to one man
1961 - 1964 Active Duty
1964 - 1972 Reserves
Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island to earn my commission
Duties: Communications Watch Officer while shore-based at Atsugi, Japan and Top Secret Control Officer attached to Tacron 12, at sea in Southeast Asian waters, other duties
Stationed: NAS Atsugi, Japan from 1962 to 1963, Tacron 12 based in NAB Coronado, California from 1963 to 1964, which was mainly deployed at sea in Asia.
Loved it (in retrospect)! Great experience for a young person
1969 - 1971
Basic and Radio School - Ft Ord, California; Jump School - Ft Benning, Georgia; Radio Teletype School - Ft Gordon, Georgia
Stationed: Fort Ord, Calaifornia, Fort Benning, Georgia, Fort Gordon, Georgia, Fort Carson, Colorado, 101st Airborne Division, Vietnam
August 1945 - June 1949
Hospital Corpsman, Medical Laboratory
World War II, American Theater, Good Conduct
Duties: Medical duties
Stationed: Long Beach Naval Hospital, NATTC, Millerton, Tennessee; Naval Medical Center, Bethseda, Maryland; NAS Patuxent River, Maryland; USNH COCO SOLO, Panama; NAS COCO SOLO, Panama, USS Valcour
1963 - 1968
Duties: Formation flight instructor in the T-28 "Trojan"
Patrol Plane Commander at Patrol Squadron 16
Stationed: Pensacola, Milton, and Jacksonville, Floria, Corpus Christi, Texas, Norfolk, Virginia, Patuxent River, Maryland
Overseas duty involved a deployment to the Mediterranean
US Air Force
November 6, 1965 - October 12, 1967
Jet Engine Mechanic Tech School
Stationed: Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc, California
Heavy AAA Maint
MOI (Methods of Instruction)
Instructor, Skysweeper AAA
Stationed: Ft. Bliss, TX
Got caught trying to steal football helmets from West Texas State football team while drunk. 52 stitches in upper lip, 2 weeks in Army hospital. Several sorties into Juarez, Chih., Mexico
October 1962 - October 1968
Radio Repair - MOS 313.10
Expert with M1 rifle and .45 caiber handgun
Duties: Radio and computer repair at Nike Hercules base. I also served as courier for the "old man" and the 1st Sergeant for almost a year
Stationed: Wuescheim, Germany as defense for Hahn Air Base
I was able to buy a car (1959 Opel Record) and visit France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. I spent many a weekend in Paris, as it was just in our range limit of 300 miles for weekend passes.
1955 - 1957
Good Conduct, Army of Occupation Europe
Co Commander, 101st Airborne Division, Assistant S-3 14th AC Germany, Platoon Leader 40th Tank Batallion Germany
Stationed: Columbia, South Carolina and Frieburg, Germany
We patroled the West German border.
I served 1963-1965 as a First Lt. and Captain in the US Army Intelligence Corps, as Aide de Camp to the Chief of the Army Intelligence Corps, MGen Richard Collins.
August 17, 1990 - Presently Serving
Non-Communications Interceptor/Operator course, Electronic Processing and Dissemination System Course, Equal Opportunity Representative Course, Telemetry Analysis Course, Primary Leadership Deployment Course, Basic Non-commissioned Officer Course, Advanced Non-commissioned Officer Course, United States Army Sergeants Major Academy
Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal
Duties: Operations Sergeant Major, First Sergeant, Senior Intelligence Sergeant, Battalion Operations Sergeant, Foreign Instrumentation Signals Intelligence Analyst, Order of Battle Analyst, Air Defense Analyst, Measurements and Signals Intelligence Analyst, Electronic Intelligence Analyst
Stationed: Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Fort Bliss, Texas, Fort Lewis, Washington, Baghdad, Iraq, Fort Meade, Maryland, Quarryah West, Iraq, Royal Air Force Base, United Kingdom, Wanju, Korea, Mac Dill Air Force Base, Florida, Augsburg, Germany, Heidelberg, Germany, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Devens, Massachusetts, Fort Dix, New Jersey
I was on active duty from February 1951 to November 1952; then active reserve until 1956
Army Supply School
Korea Service Ribbon
I worked in the Message Center of the Headquarters Battery of the 57th Field Artillery, 7th Division in Korea
Stationed: My basic training took place at Camp Roberts, California before going to Korea. After my tour there, I was transferred to Fort Huachuca, Arizona
Mixed memories which stick in my mind are several: basic training, being on a troopship sailing to Japan for a month's stay before being on a ship traveling from Sasebo, Japan to Pusan, Korea, riding north on a train and arriving and putting up a pup tent in the driving rain, and meeting and making friends with Korean soldiers (ROK))/z
Entered West Point in July 1961, commissioned as a Second Lt in June 1965. Retired November 30, 1988
Airborne, Ranger, Field Artillery Basic Course, Field Artillery Advance Cource, Marine Corps Command and Staff College
Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Master Parachutist Wings (award), Ranger Tab, Iranian Senior Jump wings
Duties: Branches were Field Artillery and Special Forces (with some Special Operations time)
Stationed: West Point, New York (Cadet); Fort Benning, GA; Lawton, OK; Viet Nam; Iran; Germany; Los Alamos, CA (to attend USC Grad School of Business); West Point, NY (staf and faculty); Quantico, VA (for Marine Corps school); Fort Bragg, NC; West Point, NY (staff and faculty again); Springfield VA (military jobs in Washington DC area)
Memories: All good
I was in the Air Force class of 49 Service in the Air force 1951-1953 served
in North Africa worked in ammunition supply and general supply.
1954 - 1956
Six months at Ft Benning, Georgia, at the Basic Infantry Officers trining.
Duties: Mostly platoon leader
Stationed: After Benning, I was at Ft Lewis, Washington
I remember running into my classmate Jim Hart sometime during the almost three years that I served.
US Army Reserve
US Air Force
Air Medal, 2 oak leaves
Stationed: CA, ID, FL, TX, NC VietNam
February 1960 - April 1967
Stationed: Azores, USNS Muller (TAG-171), Edzell, Scotland
Spent 2-1/2 years in Scotland, land of my mother's birth. Saw and visited many relatives there
July 1953 - August 1956
Sonarman 2nd Class
Sonar Class A and Class B Schools
National Defense, Good Conduct, China Service
Duties: Sonar Operations and Maintenance
Stationed: USS Lyman K Swenson
Most of my memories appear to be unfit to print
January 28, 1964 - November 6, 1965
Specialist 4th Class
Basic Training - Fort Ord, Ca
Communications Center School - Fort Gordon, Georgia
Marksman - M14 Rifle (even thought I couldn't hit anything)
Basic training Sergeant told me I threw hand grenades as well as Audie
Murphy (or was it Eddie Murphy?)
Granted Top Secret Crypto security clearance - top at the time
Worked in 7 x 24 communication center in Pentagon and at 8th Army
Headquarters, Seoul South Korea. We received and transmitted military
intelligence from around the world
Stationed: Fort Ord, Ca - Basic Training
Fort Gordon, Georgia - Communication school
Fort Meyer, Virginia
Fort Young San , South Korea
I was pulled from formation one day while in Basic Training. The C.O. told
me I was being considered for a high level security position. From his
office, I was taken to an old empty barrack on base and given a polygraph
(lie detector) exam. Very initimidating stuff for a 22 year old. Guess I
passed since a short time later, I was given the top level security
clearance the Army had at that time. Still receiving Vet related benefits to
this day - excellent health care and a recent free buffet on Veterans day.
Very glad I had the military experience.
United States Army
22 June 2010
92Y - Unit Supply Specialist / Logisitcs
National Defense Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, Army Meritorious Unit Citation Ribbon, Army Superior Unit Award / Ribbon, Army Valorous Unit Citation Ribbon
Stationed: Fort Benning. GA
Army National Guard
MP School Automated Logistical Specialist
Army Commendation Medal Army Good Conduct Medal National Defense Service Medal Afghanistan Campaign Medal (w/ 1 service star) Global War On Terrorism Service Medal Armed Forces Reserve Medal (w/ M device) Army Service Ribbon Army Overseas Service Ribbon NATO Medal (Non-Article 5 for service with ISAF)
U.S. Army -- artillery
1959 -- 1961
Specialist 4 (E-4)
Good Conduct medal
Battery clerk (equivalent of Company clerk)
Stationed: San Rafael Nike Site (surface to air missiles), Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 30th Artillery Group
San Rafael, CA
This was a combat ready unit equipped with Nike Ajax and Nike Hercules surface to air missiles. Our mission was to shoot down enemy aircraft in the event of attacks in the Bay Area. The Hercules missiles carried atomic war heads.
I worked for a First Sergeant who retired and a succession of three different Sergeant Majors during my time with this unit.
Our unit was near the Marin County Civic Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. MPs and their dogs patrolled each night between two cyclone fences surrounding our launch area. We weren't supposed to tell anybody we had atomic warheads, but about every 200 yards there were signs on the outer fence that read "No admittance by order of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission." Secret blown. Our battery commander was a captain who had received a battlefield commission in Korea.
Most of the other officers were West Point graduates. As the chief clerk I didn't pull any KP or guard duty and I had my own room in the barracks. Not bad duty. I did not see combat and I was not a hero. I was a citizen soldier (draftee) and did my job. Good enough, I guess, to be solicited by the battalion commander to re-up as the replacement for his chief clerk who was moving on. I respectfully declined and rejoined civilian life spending 40 years in the news business as a writer and editor.
United States Marine Corps
1957 to 1960
Guerrilla Warfare School
Stationed: Quantico Virginia, Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Recruit Depot
US Army Reserve
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC)
Chemical Officer, Civil Affairs Officer, worked in unit training and mobilization, worked in Army Missile Defense
Stationed: Fort Carson, CO; Fort Hood, TX; Fort Bliss, TX; Bosnia-Herzegovina; several reserve assignments on East Coast; member of the California Army National Guard and Colorado Army National Guard
8/5/1950 to 6/25/1954
5 Service Medals
CIC radar and fleet maneuvering.
Aerial Delivery Trainer
Staioned: Altus AFB, OK
Met my wife while stationed in Oklahoma. Just celebrated our 20 year anniversary.
Army Security Agency (ASA)
1960 - 1963
Specialist 5th Class
Army Security Agency School Fort Devens, MA
MOS 058, 059
Merit Promotion to SP5
Monitored friendly forces during the Berlin Crisis and the times leading up to Viet Nam.
Stationed: Wurzburg, Germany
It was an honor to have served in the Military and the feelings that it brings remembering those that have given their lives to keep us free. These men and women and those who are coming home wounded are the real heroes. Thank You!
January 1967 - December 1969
Medical supply school
Army commendation medal, Bronze medal
Duties: Chief of supply and services 27th surgical hospital, Chu Lai Rvn 1969. Company commander 2nd Armored Div. Ft Hood, Texas 1968
Stationed: Ft Sam Houston, Texas, Ft Hood, Texas, Chu Lai, Vietnam
June 2008 to August 2011
Critical Care Nurse
Stationed: Bethesda, Maryland
Deployed to Afghanistan
1971 - 1978
Artillery, Redeye gunner/section chief, Fire Direction Control, Foward Observer
National Degense Medal, Good conduct, etc...
Duties: Too many to list
Stationed: Europe, US
Memories - trying to forget
12/72 - 7/93
Senior NCO Academy
Medical Services Superintendant
Tactical Air Command NCO Academy
Independant Medical Technician
Medical Services Technician
Medical Services Fundamentals
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
National Defense Ribbon
Stationed: Lackland AFB, TX
Sheppard AFB, TX
Offutt AFB, NB
Luke AFB, AZ
Gila Bend AFAF, AZ (x2 separate tours)
Nellis AFB, NV
Truk, Federated States of Micronesia, East Caroline Islands
Peterson AFB, CO
Falcon AFS, CO
Started as Medical Service Specialist providing medical support to medical/surgical patients in a USAF Regional Medical Center then moved to Emergency Services providing lifesustaining measures to victims of sudden illness or injury. Responding to aircraft crashes and on-scene care to victims on base, including military/dependants/civilians. Later trained for Independant Duty medical duties at geograhically isolated remote sites and under austere operating conditions. Providing all medical services to assigned personnel and families that a base hospital would provide to a regular base. Which included emergency services/ family practice services/ environmental health/ occupational health/ dentistry services/ lab and pharmacy services/ veterinary services when needed.
World of experience that could not be obtained any other way than to live it! It provided the opportunity to build a solid core of experience, imagination, ingenuity, and confidence that has sustained me throughout my military and civilian careers. Garnered memories of places and situations from areas of the world that make me "THANK GOD!" for the many blessings of my family and this great country!!!
Airborne School Ft. Benning, GA
Protect Elmendorf Air Base in Alaska
Stationed: Fort Richardson, Alaska
How does an airborne infantryman get sent to Alaska for two years at the height of the Viet Nam war ?
1969 - 1972
United State Navy Submarine School, Damage Control School
Duties: Engineering officer
Stationed: Navy Submarine School, Groton, Connecticut, USS Trumpetfish (SS 425), Charleston, South Carolina, USS Grand Canyon (AR/AD 28), Newport, Rhode Island, Naval Shipyard, Boston
The usual awards for a pilot in Viet Nam
Stationed: Arizona, California, Viet Nam and England
United States Navy
09-60 to 03-64 Active Duty
04-64 to 04-83 Ready Reserve
Amphibious Warfare School
Public Affairs at NATTU 1 year
Div. Officer USS WASHBURN (aka 108) For balance of active duty time.
Stationed: NAS Pensacola and San Diego. Reserve time was CO of a Small Surface Division in Santa Maria, CA. Later Weapons Officer with Selected Reserve Crew aboard USS Evans (DE 1023) out of Seattle, WA. Established and was CO of Naval Reserve Officers School in Tallahassee and XO of Personnel Mobilization Unit also in Tallahassee.
Military service is a great experience. You can be in positions when your responsibility for men and machine is far greater than most people will ever be subjected to in a civilian environment. Our ship went with many others thru the Panama Canal during the Cuban Missile Crisis. None of us ever realized how close we came to a nuclear conflict with the Russians. We had a total news blackout. We steamed around for days, the Marines with us were getting restless. Then one day we were directed into GITMO, fueled up and headed for home. Somehow we received a medal for that.
Sea stories I will just keep to my self and a few old Sailors. Y'all wouldn't believe them but some just couldn't be made up by a good fictional writer. Some funny, some sad and some bizzzzzzzzzzare
US Marine Corps
1976 - 1983
Reconnaissance school, Jump School, BUDS
Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Unit Commendation, Good Conduct
Duties: Battalion and Force Reconnaissaance, Machine Gunner
Stationed: Camp Lajuene, Camp Pendleton, 29 Palms
US Air Force
Jan 1978 to Sept 2005
Flight School, Survival/SERE/POW Training, I-LRRP School Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Commendation Medal, Achievement Medal, Natl' Defense with Combat Star, Overseas Tour Ribbon, Markmanship Ribbon, GWOT-deployment Ribbon, a bunch more
Fly F-4/PHANTOM, Inspector for Conference for Disarmament In Europe Treaty, Committee member for Quadrapartite Berlin Airlift planning, AFROTC Commander Univ of Utah, Senior Intelligence Officer 419th Fighter Wing, Maintenance Squadron Commander; Director of Flight Operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom
Stationed: Mather AFB, CA; Holloman AFB, NM; Homestead AFB, FL; Keflavik NAS, Iceland; Ramstein AB, Germany; Hill AFB, UT; Incirlik AB, Turkey; multiple deployments in the Middle East, including Operation Northern Comfort, Operation Southern Comfort, Operation Iraqi Freedom
United States Navy
1986 to 1994
1st Class Petty Officer (E-6)
Surface Warfare School
Search and Rescue School (S.A.R.)
Medals, Commendations or Service Awards received: Battle E - 3
Navy Achievement Medal
Good Conduct Medal - 2
Stationed: Orlando, Fla.
Long Beach, Ca.
San Diego, Ca.
Pearl Harbor, HI.
I saw the world 3 times over.
June 1961 - June 1965
Airman Second Class
Crash rescue, fire fighting
Stationed: Altus, Oklahoma, SAC, Can Tho and Saigon, Vietnam
US Air Force
2003 - 2005
Logistics and readiness, Vehicle operations
Stationed: Ft. Leonardwood, Missouri, McChord AFB, Washington
It was all amazing. Friendships, trials, building a family
U.S. Army & U.S. Army National Guard
1986-1994 and 2003-2011
E-7, Sergeant First Class
Stationed: Fulda, West Germany
Expert Rifle Marksman, Combat Pistol Team, Cold War in Europe, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
US Air Force
1954 - 1984
AF Pilot training, Instrument Instructor training, Academic Instructor training, Squadron Officer School, Air Command & Staff School, Air War College, Counter Insurgency training, Survival Schools (arctic, water, jungle, basic), Weapons Controller
Legions of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, AF Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Expert Marksman, National Defense Service (400 combat sorties totalling 861 combat flying hours)
Duties: Pilot of 17 types of aircraft, Standardization Chief, Squadron Operation Officer, Squadron Commander, Wing Dep Commander for Resources, WG Dep Commander for Operations, WG Vice Commander, Air Force Tanker Air Refueling Manager (Total flying hours = 7525)
Stationed: Reese AFB, Lubbock, Texas, Mather AFB, Sacramento, California, Dew Line in Alaska, Ft Fisher, North Carolina, Tyndall AFB, Panama City, Florida, NHA Trang, Vietnam, Loring AFB, Maine, Rickenbacker AFB, Ohio, Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
Many Memories - but most memorable was flying an old C-47 Transport from Miami, Florida across the Pacific to Vietnam via Hawaii, Midway, Wake Island, Guam, Philippines, then into Vietnam. That is a big ocean traveling at 130 mph.
December 1968 - March 1973
SERE, ASW, Helo SAR, Jungle Survival
Danh-Du Boi-Tinh - Republic of Vietnam - Armed Forces Honor Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Navy Achievement Medal; Sikorsky "S" - rescue of downed pilot - war zone; Navy Unit Commendation; various Commendations and Citations
Duties: North Atlantic & Med Cruises: Anti-submarine Warfare Equipment Operator; Vietnam: Helicopter Rescue Crew Chief, Rescue Swimmer, Door Gun
Stationed: Quonset Pt, Rhode Island and several Detachments...
Proud to serve - I'd do it again!
January 1966 - December 1968
Military Police School
Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct, NDSM
Duties: Chief Legal Clerk, 385th Military Police Battalion
Stationed: Stuttgart, West Germany
Germany, the joy of not having anyone shooting at you! Two and a half years of bliss, reporting to a Lieutenant Colonel, and never having to pull KP!
May 28, 1968 - February 14, 1970
Expert Rifleman, Armed Forces Expeditionary Service, etc
Duties: Chief Personnel Management Specialist - In charge of all NOC's in-coming and out-going for 65th Medical Group
Stationed: Camp Nabors, South Korea
Stationed at Ft. Ord, California following basic training and then Ft. Meade, Maryland, then 65th Medical Group South Korea
June 1957 to September 1977
CIC School, Gunnery Officer School, Supply School
Gunnery Officer - Destroyer, Executive Officer - Mine Sweeper, Supply Officer, Aircraft Carrier
Stationed: Pearl Harbor, Long Beach, Athens GA, Yokosuka Japan, Lawrence KS, Palo Alto CA, San Diego, Philadelphia
Enjoyed every tour of duty, especially three years in Japan with Family
United States Army
September 1954 - June 1956
Fort Ord Clerk Typist School
60th Infantry Regiment (Go-Devils), 9th Division, 7th Army
Stationed: Heilbronn, West Germany
A wonderful experience, traveled throughout Europe, made life-long friends, allowed me to mature; parents came and toured with me while I celebrated my 21st birthday.
I often think how lucky I was to have been too young for Korea and too old for Vietnam!
US Marine Corps
September 1963 - February 1984
Basic Flight Training
Advanced Flight Training
Command and Staff College
28 Air Medals awarded; Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V"; Navy Achievement Medal with Combat "V"; Combat Action Ribbon; Navy Presidential Unit Citation; Navy Unit Commendation with Bronze Star; Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with Bronze Star; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Stars; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with Bronze Star; Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Gold Star; Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm; Vietnam Campaign Medal with date Bar
Duties: Joined the US Marine Corps in 1963 and was ordered to flight training in September 1964 as a Marine Aviation Cadet. Received my wings of gold in 1966 and reported to VMFA-312 for training in the F-4B. Retired from the Marine Corps in 1984 after a twenty-year career which encompassed a wide variety of operational and staff assignments including a tour with the US Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team and command of VMFA-232 based in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. During two tours of duty in Southeast Asia, I flew 413 combat missions in the F-4 Phantom
Stationed: NAS Pensacola, Florida; NAS Meridian, Mississippi; NAAS Chase Field, Beeville, Texas; MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina; MCAS Chu Lai, Vietnam; NAS Kingsville, Texas; MCAS Iwakuni, Japan; MCAS Nam Phong, Thailand; MCAS El Toro, California; MCAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; MCB Twentynine Palms, California
US Marine Corps
July 20, 2009 - July 20, 2013
Navy Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Marine Corps Good Conduct, National Defense Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Overseas Deployment Ribbon, Korean Defense Medal, ISAF Medal, Rifle Expert, 4th Consecutive Award
MOS-0311 (2009-Current) Billets: Rifleman - Hey, let's give this guy an M16A4 (2009-2011) Squad Radio Operator - Hey, this guy is Asian, he must be good with technology, let's give him the heaqvy AN/PRC-117F radio. (2009-2011) Company Clerk - Hey this guy is Asian, he must be good with computers, let's stick him in HQ 2011-2013.
Stationed: Hawaii, Afghanistan, Okinawa, Korea. Countless vessels.
Afghan children are tougher than 96% of the American population.
1966 - 1969
Bronze Star, Air Medal and the usual service medals
Duties: Platoon Leader - 1/5th Artillery, 1st Infantry Division, Battery Commander - 1/5th Artillery, 1st Infantry Division, Platoon Leader - 28th Infantry Division
After Vietnam, I was assigned to the Military Academy at West Point, New York, to instruct plebes on the use of the M-79 grenade launcher and the L.A.W. rocket. As this was the summer of '69, I obtained tickets to a little concert upstate (someplace called Woodstock) which I attended.
US Air Force
1970 - 1973
Pilot, Weapons Controller
Stationed: Phoenix, Arizona, Panama City, Florida, Duluth, Minnesota, North Bay, Ontario, Canada, Iron Mountain, Alaska, Minot, North Dakota
Broke an eardrum, couldn't fly anymore, all of the fun disappeared. Saw more snow than I ever wanted to. Discharged on an early out program the day I made Captain.
Aviation Electrician school, NATTC, Jacksonville, FLA
Stationed: Pensacola, Fla
September 1962 to July 1965
Radio and Television
Good Conduct Medal
Radio and Television-Acting,News,Sports and DJ
Stationed: Fort Ord, California; Ft. Devisn, Mass. ;Kuma Station, Japan
August 1950 - June 1954
Maintain all radio, radar, and sonar equipment.
radar and radio watch, wheelhouse during minesweeping and special sea detail.
Stationed: Diego NTB; Treasure Island, Electronic school; USS Swallow, AMS-36; USS Incredible, AM249
April 1, 1966 - April 1, 1969 Active Duty
September 1967 - September 1968 - Vietnam
USAR Honorable Discharge April 1, 1973
Basic Training - Fort Lewis, Washington, Advanced Training, Artillary Survey - Fort Sill, Oklahoma
RVN Service, Good Conduct
Duties: Artillery Survey - RVN, Company Clerk - RVN, Radio Telephone Operator Fire Direction Control - RVN, Driver for Company Commander - RVN, Duty Roster Clerk - Ft. Lewis, Washington
Stationed: Ford Ord, California, Fort Lewis, Washington, Republic of Vietnam, HQ Battery 6th Bn/15 Artillery, 1st Infantry Division - Lai Khe, Saigon, International Compound
US Army Security Agency
January 1955 - December 1957
Russian Language Language School, Monterey, California
Duties: Intercept Russian voice traffic
Stationed: California, Massachusetts, Germany
June 1965 - December 1969
Usual awards for non-combat
Maintain pay records for military and civilians. Try not to lose pay records for obnoxious second Lts and full Birds.
Stationed: Tuy Hua, Viet Nam, Whiteman AFB, Knob Noster, Missouri
Arriving in scenic RVN on TET Offensive, watching cooks squaring off against bad guys with .38 revolvers. Observing exhausted F-105 pilots asleep in hammocks during mortar attacks. Carrying currency (piaster) up and down country in a C-130 sitting on my flack jacket.
The Navy would lob shells over the base, just off the coast, at night to kill Viet Cong; a few fell short.
US Air Force and US Air Force Reserve
Active Duty December 1975-December 1979
Reserve March 1982-March 1994
Master Sergeant (E-7)
Weapons Mechanic School
Crew Chief School
Flight Engineer School
Flight Engineer Instructor School
Air Medal, Commendation Medal, Longevity Ribbon, Southwest Asia Campaign Medal, Combat Aircrew Badge and a bunch of others.
Worked on Weapons Systems for F-105 Fighter Jets,
Crew Chief on C-141 Cargo Jet, Flight Engineer on C-141 Cargo Jet
Stationed: Lackland AFB, TX
Lowry AFB, CO
George AFB, CA
Norton AFB, CA
March AFB, CA
Spent 4 years Active Duty working on F-105 Fighter Jets, deployed to Denmark for a NATO exercise in 1977. Flew as a Flight Engineer in C-141 Cargo Jets for 12 years in the Air Force Reserves. Activated for Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Flew around the world multiple times stopping in places such as Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Japan,Korea, Phillipines, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Bahrain, Spain, England, Germany, Azores, Diego Garcia, Newfoundland, Iceland and other obscure places in the world. Two missions were significant peacetime missions. One involved bringing two Russian burn victims (children) from Alaska to the burn center at Brooks Army Institute in San Antonio, Tx. The other involved taking an FBI forensic team from Germany to Ethiopia to identify the remains from a plane crash with US House of Representatives member Mickey Leland. (1989)
Sept. 9,1944 to June 15,1946
Oregon State College, Army Specialized Training Corp.
7th and 8th grade teacher
Stationed: Camp Roberts, Ca.
Camp Shelby, Miss.
A great time of widening experience and learning.
1951 - 1954
CIC aboard ship
National Defense Service, United Nations Service, Korean Service (two stars), China Service
Duties: Deck Force, CIC
Stationed: USS Renville
I was proud to have served in the US Navy, for our country.
March 10, 1951 - February 23, 1953
Stationed: Clark Field Philippines
October 01, 1985 - Present
BSM (2), PH, ARCOM w/V
Stationed: North Carolina
Helmsman, Deck Ape, Painter, Head cleaner, Potato Peeler
Stationed: U.S.S. Reaper, Long Beach California
All over the Pacific. Hong Kong, Japan, Phillipines, Alaska, Hawaii, Thailand. It was a wooden ship too.
Submitted by: son Harry Sheffield
1953 - 1956
Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island
Naval Officer Supply Corps School, Athens, Georgia
Duties: Supply Officer, Naval Ammunition Magazine, Guam
Stationed: Naval Ammunition Magazine, Guam, Marianas Islands and Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco
September 1950 - September 1953
Air Police School, Tyndall AFB, Panama City, Florida
Information & Education, Ernest Harmon AFB, Stevensville, Newfoundland
Duties: Air Police: Base Patrol, Main Gate, Security
Info & Ed: Base programs, education programs for college courses and high school programs for diplomas
Stationed: Lackland AFB, Texas, Tyndall AFB, Panama City, Florida, Ernest Harmon AFB, Stevensville, Newfoundland, Williams AFB, Chandler, Arizona
US Army Air Corps, US Air Force
1943 to 1971 including service in WWII, Korea Vietnam
2nd Lt. to Colonel
Air War College Air Command & Staff College Squadron Officers School Army Air Corps Navigation School,
Silver Star, Bronze Star, Air Medal w/4 OLC, Meritorious Service Medal with OLC and Joint Service Commendation Medal.
Served as a B-17 Navigator, 452nd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force in WWII. In Korea Served as Navigator, on a SA-16, in the 3rd Air Rescue Squadron, 5th Air Force. Later I served world wide, in a variety of engineering assignments, including commanding the Civil Engineering Squadron at Bitburg Air Base, Germany, in charge of design of the Titan I ICBM facilities for the Ballistic Missile Division, as staff officer 13th Air Force in the Phillippines, and staff assignments with Headquarters MACV, during the Vietnam war and Hqs USAFE, Germany during the cold war.
England, Germany, Korea, Japan, Phillipines, Viet Nam, Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, California
US Marine Corps
1966 - 1967
Purple Heart (WIA)
Served with 2nd Battalion 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division in Con Thien, Vietnam
April 1969 - April 1971
Artillery School, Ft. Sill
The basic five awards received with Viet Nam service
Involved with fire direction center for 102 howitzers
Stationed: Baumholder, Germany and Viet Nam
Was with the 8th infantry in Germany; got to do some skiing with Rick Whitehouse over there and tried to get transferred to ski patrol...fat chance, got transferred to Nam instead. Served with the 101st on Fire Base Arsenal, got to take a quick trip to Laos (don't tell anyone we were there). And am happy to say, I got home without a scratch. It was quite an experience, even a short time in war is not fun. I feel for our current troops who have to serve multiple tours.
United States Air Force
3/65 - 10/68
Radar maintenance analysis, nuclear, chemical, biological warfare plotter
Stationed: McChord AFB, Washington
Hamilton AFB, California
July 1967 - May 1971
Electronic Counter Measures
Duties: Operational Intelligence
Stationed: USS Ranger
Navy (Submarine Force)
July 1951 - June 1952
June 1952 - September 1979
U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Submarine School, Fleet Ballistic Missile School (Polaris), Several lesser schools, and Tactical Action Officer School
Medals: Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards), Various campaign and area service medals
Aircraft carrier USS Wasp
Submarines USS Bergall, Trumpetfish, Andrew Jackson, Catfish, Bargbel
Commanding Officer USS Barbel, homeported at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Staff of Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Virginia
Staff of Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group Five, San Diego, California
Senior Submarine Member, Board of Inspectgion and Survey, San Diego
Stationed: Tours in all submarine home ports, deployments worldwide
Wonderful career. Would repeat it without hesitation
1967 to 1974
Navy Dental Corp
June 3, 1958 to May 2, 1960 active duty plus two years in the Ready Reserve and four years in the Standby Reserve
Armor Officers Basic Course (16 weeks) Ft. Knox, Kentucky, Escape Evasion and Survival Course conducted by Special Forces, Korea
Duties: Appointed an Acting Assistant Adjutant General Corps Officer and commanded the 7th Infantry Division Message Center for six months. Spent twelve months assigned to a Tank Battalion attached to the 7th Infantry Division where I served as a Tank Platoon Leader, Company Commander and Battalion S-2
Stationed: Ft Knox, Kentucky for sixteen weeks. 7th Division HQs, Dongduchon, Korea, six months. 5th Battalion, 40th Armor, assigned to 7th Infantry Division, Camp Beaver, Korea
1) On arrival in Korea being assigned to Division HQs as a paper pusher after intense training as an Armor Officer only and for the first few months having no idea what I was doing.
2) Having the privilege of commanding a Tank Company with 105 men, fifteen tanks, two personnel carriers and my own mess and company compound all as a Second Lieutenant. They were missing one Captain and I got the job.
April 15, 1966 - June 14, 1969
Spec 5 - E-5
United States Army Military Police School
Medals - nothing of note (good or bad)
Duties: Military Police, Pesonnel Specialist, Training NCO-Military Police
Stationed: Wurzberg, Germany and Fort Eustis, Virginia
I went to Europe, not Vietnam - that was very lucky for the years and length of service that I was active duty. I hated taking orders. That is why I have been self-employed since January 1, 1976
US Army reserves
(6 months in 1961)
Medic on a destroyer during Viet Nam war
Ventura County Shore Base.
U S Army
SF Q Course
Meeting Bob Koch ("64) and Ray Millichamp ("66) in RVN
1967 - 1969
Infantry rifleman (RTO-radio operator; carried 35 lb PRC-25 radio)
Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal for Valor, Air Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and others
Stationed: Ft. Dix, Ft. Bennington, I and III Corps, Viet Nam
Lots of firefights and dead people. Moderate PTSD
1961 - 1964
Hawk Missile Radar
Good Conduct, Korean service
Duties: Surface to Air missile radar technician
Stationed: Korean, Huntsville, Alabama
Had some travel and learned a career
Dec. 1958 - Dec. 1962
I was fortunate to have received and graduated from 2 Naval "A" schools while serving in the Navy. #1. Aviation Electrician and #2. Aviation Fuels being the latest school.
Fuels contamination specialist
Stationed: USS Forestal CVA 59 and USS Kittyhawk CVA 64
I have had the opportunity to have been around the world. North Atlantic, Mediterranean X 2, Cuba, South America, Hawaii, Japan, China and the Philippines.
One not so pleasant experience was in 1962 when waiting to be discharge and I was within hours of being discharged in San Francisco, everything stopped and I was extended for one year of service due to the Bay of Pigs invasion. I was sent back to my ship in the Philippines but luckily it didn't last but a few weeks and I returned to San Francisco to be discharged several weeks later.
October 1967 - October 1969
Army Administration School, Chaplain's Assistant Service School
National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Expert Marksman
Duties: Chaplain's Administrator - Section Chief
Stationed: Fort Ord, California, Fort Lee, New Jersey, Fort Hamilton, New York, Fort Riley, Kansas
Filled an E-7 slot due to Department of the Army NCO personnel shortage. Assisted the Post Chaplain and his senior staff. Trained and assigned section enlisted assistants. Helped plan and attended President Eishenhower's burial in Abilene, Kansas. Did pre-planning for President Truman's burial before active duty discharge.
1966 - 1970
Basic service medals for the time.
Duties: Served as a deck hand on a small ship than ran patrols in the Gulf of Mexico. Ran 40-footers search and rescue out of Galveston, Texas. Officer in charge of South Jetty Lighthouse, Galveston, Texas
Stationed: Galveston, Texas
Enjoyed serving in the Coast Guard as I spent most of my time helping others, rescuing boats, at times fighting fires, lifesaving and locating those that drowned. Very gratifying to know you are helping!
US Army and California Army National Guard
May 1997 - January 2002
SPC / E-4
US Army Artillery Training Center, 13F Fire Support Specialist - Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Three Army Achievement Medals
Duties: Call for Fire: give direction of fire on targets to support units providing artillery, mortar, naval gunship and/or close air support. Otherwise known as a Forward Observer of FO
Stationed: 5th Infantry Division, Camp Casey, South Korea (near Dongducheon), 25th Infantry Division, Ft Lewis, Washington, 244 FA Burbank, California (National Guard)
A once-in-lifetime experience. Thankfully the closest I came to combat was briefly stepping over the line dividing the DMZ in Panmunjom. The friendships I made in Korea will continue for the rest of my life. Also completed a 29-mile road march there, over 11 hours, called the Manchu Mile. Lastly, we had a torrential flood while I was there, 18 inches of rain over 12 hours, washing out our ammo storage. In places the mud was so deep, as we were searching for missing ammo, I got caught in quick sand/mud up to my chest.
General Vehicle Repairman
Battalion Maintenance supply clerk
Stationed: South Korea
Enlisted in 1969 for Warrant Officer Helicopter pilot training for Vietnam, but never made it to Nam, or even into the training program due to a glitch. Wound up in Korea of all places, spent 22 months there and got out of the Military. My hats off to all those who have given their all for our country. I knew Terry Dyer in High school,and was shocked by his death. Like I said my hats off to those who served, God Bless them all! And thanks to the alumni association for all your good work.