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Tom, K8TOM
Monroe, WA
US Army

101st Airborne
Vietnam 69-71
I went in-country to Nam in January '69 arriving at Bien Hoa Airbase in Saigon. Flew from there to DaNang and then by chopper to Camp Eagle, Phu Bai, not far from the DMZ and North Vietnam.  I was a 91A trained medic out of Ft Sam Houston and was considered an "old man" at 22yo.  101st field units were -very- short on combat medics, some companies operating down or without due to the high casualty rate of medics, radiomen, and 2nd Lieutenants.  All these positions are vital to the morale and fighting effectiveness of a combat unit.

At 101st HQ I was processed through personnel to be assigned to my field unit.  The clerk, one of several in a line of desks, noticed that I had an unusual secondary MOS* qualification. He asked "Is that computers? It seems like I've seen that recently...oh yes I think we had a guy rotate out from admin a couple days ago...maybe they could use you down there...would you like to check it out?"  And so with some fast talking I was assigned to admin support.  Three (three!) computer positions were available in a field division of then about 10-15,000+ men. What are the chances that someone in that MOS had just rotated out -and- I just happened to find the desk of the clerk that out processed him?  There would have been a slim-to-no chance that a trained medic would be assigned anywhere other than in the field. God's hand, as far as I'm concerned. The computer was a Univac 1004 (4K) housed in a truck trailer with a generator outside for power.  We produced assignment orders, transfers, promotion papers, and other reports.

No one in the 101st, however, was in what would generally be considered a "rear area".  We served regularly on the wire perimeter, encountered sapper contact and took incoming mortars and rockets, even as a division HQ.  I was happy enough to finish my time without a purple heart or worse.  Many others weren't so fortunate.

*Military Occupational Specialty.  Possible job assignments in the service.  Very few draftees had an SMOS.  How I got mine is another story altogether.

Ernie, W7EDA
Operation Sea Orbit

Karen KI7NHP
Anniston, AL
~ Basic Training ~


Served: 1963 - 1983

23 years old and a brand new 2nd Lt. USAF at that time 1963 - This drawing was a very good likeness done from a photo - It was my Mother's favorite (Military) picture of me.

1960 in Basic Training at
Fort Ord, CA.

I went on to graduate from Morse Intercept School at Fort Devens, MA and then on to the 17th USASA Field Station at Rothwesten West Germany until 1963.

David KB7GFL

Served in the USAF

Served two tours in SEA as an aircraft mechanic, first on Airborne Battlefield Command & Control EC-130's and then on AC-130 Gunships.
Was a flight crew member on JC-130's that recovered our KH-8 Gambit and KH-9 Hexagon reconnaissance satellite reentry vehicles in midair.
Later assigned to aircraft maintenance supervision, coordinating and monitoring the maintenance and readiness of assigned B-52 and KC-135 aircraft. Retired as an E-7.


I flew on this JC-130B  1976-1982. This picture is of an aerial recovery. Our unit mission was to retrieve our surveillance satellite reentry vehicles.
We also refueled our units HH-53 helicopters with HC-130P's. The helos were for surface recovery of the reentry vehicle if needed.  
My last few years I worked a supervisor in Job Control that coordinated and directed the maintenance effort for KC-135 tankers and B-52 bombers.



John AC7LC

Ron (Smokey) KJ7HSJ
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