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E-mail address: JackJ875@aol.com
Years Served: 1961
Military: U.S. Army Aviation - Sargeant / Temporary Grade
Warrant Officer. Rotary Wing Co-Pilot / Observer / Flight Inspector
(JAFO), Sikorsky helicopter specialist.
in: Europe and South East Asia
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Photo taken with my old unit at El Toro Air Show 1997
Years Served: 1958
Military: USMC - Corporal E-4 / Worked up to Communication
Chef first three years, photography instructor last year.
in: Twentynine Palms, Hawaii, Philippines, Taiwan (Formosa).
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
My first outfit after 2nd ITR in 1958 was the 1st 75mm Anti-Aircraft
(SkySweeper) Battalion in 29 Palms, CA. The Marine Corps Base in 29
Palms is 994 square miles of sand and dried up lava flows with both
flat deserts and hills. The temperature was 120° in the summer and
below freezing in the winter. What a fun place for me to be stationed
for almost four years.
The SkySweeper is a 75mm Anti-Aircraft gun that was deployed in the
early 1950s. It was the first Anti-Aircraft gun to combine all the
various systems needed for effective use against high-speed aircraft
into a single carriage, namely radar, an analog computer for
calculating "lead", and an autoloader for high-speed fire.
Now, that sounds good - but remember this was 50s technology. In
live firing in the field, a drone would fly over towing a wire mesh
banner on a steel cable that would give a bigger radar signature than
the drone so that the gun would lock onto the banner. That’s how
it was supposed to work. Frequently, when it was on fully
automatic and firing at high speed, it would hit the banner several
times cutting off part of the banner or twisting the banner so that it
gave a smaller profile than the drone on the radar. That would make the
guns shoot right up the cable and hit the drone which would then burst
into flames and usually crash into a nearby hill or canyon. It looked
like some special effect out of a movie. (Sorry, taxpayers, the
drones weren’t supposed to be shot down, but it was pretty neat).
Since this was a live firing range, aircraft were restricted from
flying over, but every now and then someone in a small plane or a
commercial airline on its way to Palm Springs would cut across the
base. As we were firing and the banner was being pulverized, the
Anti-Aircraft gun would go nuts and try to lock onto the plane.
The plane was obviously giving a bigger radar profile for it to fire
at. Fortunately, the safety officer was always able to stop it in time.
Sometimes the guns would even lock onto trucks on a hill down range -
almost giving some lost Marine driving around a really bad day.
In 1960 the 1st 75mm Anti-Aircraft (SkySweeper) Battalion was disbanded
and re-formed as the 1st Light Anti-Aircraft Missile Battalion or 1st
LAAM Battalion replacing the 75MM guns with the Hawk Missile. I
was in 1st LAAM until 1962. Part of the time I was TAD to
Base Special Services teaching photography until I left the Marine
Marine Corps Bio and web site
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Years Served: 1959-80
Military: USN,Chief Machinist Mate,
Outfit's: USS HOLLISTER DD-788,USS WATTS
DD-567, USS GENERAL W.A. NANN TAP-112, PAC RES FLT San Diego, USS
NIAGRA FALLS AFS-3, USS AJAX AR-6, NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND Wa, USS KITTY
HAWK CV-63, USS RANGER CV-61 and NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY SEATTLE Wa.
in: Hawaii, Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Hong
Kong, Singapore, and Viet Nam.
|| Rick inspecting 2.75 inch rockets on Bell AH-1G
Huey Cobra Rung Sat Rickshaw, my never-let-me-down Caribou.
Years Served: 1963-1971 (17 Months, 25 days Active Duty)
Military: USNR, LTJG/Flew DHC-4 Caribous
aka C-7s in support of Operations Game Warden, Phoenix, and Market Time
Outfit: COMNAVFORV, MACV-SOG,
Tours in: NAB Coronado, NAS Los
Alamitos, NAS Pensacola, NAVCOMSTA Imperial Beach, and Viet Nam (Can
Tho, Cu Chi, Dong Tam, Phu Quoc Island, Saigon, and Vung Tau)
Lloyd, Class of 1973
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Years Served: US Army 1973-1977
Outfit: 82nd Airborne Division 2nd Battalion
503rd Infantry; Military District of Washington - Presidential Honor
Guard 3rd Infantry
Tours: North Carolina, Virginia
Belle Macomber, Class of
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Years Served: 2
Outfit: 321st Transportation Squadron, USAF
Tours in: North Dakota, SAC
Sorry all pictures were destroyed from flooding.
Class of 74
SGT E-5, 207th Military Police Company
Riley, Ks. (Stateside entire enlistment)
Year: 1974 (would have graduated with this class but I enlisted in the
U.S. Navy in Dec. 1973)
U.S.S. Constellation CVA-64, U.S.S. Pledge MSO-492
WESTPAC 1974, Arabian Sea 1974, Persian Gulf 1974, Bremerton, WA.
Constellation again departed for WESTPAC on 21 June 1974, her eighth
such deployment. On 19 November Constellation was part of an eight-ship
force from the United States participating in the Central Treaty
Organization Exercise Midlink 74. The exercise got underway as the
largest naval exercise ever held in the Arabian Sea. Participating were
forces from the United States, United Kingdom, Iran, Pakistan, and
Turkey. Constellation returned from this deployment on 22 December 1974.
On 31 January 1975, Constellation departed San Diego for the Puget
Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., to undergo on of the most
extensive carrier overhauls ever undertaken, enabling her to carry the
Navy's newest air supremacy fighter, the F-14A Tomcat, and the S-3A
Viking, a submarine hunter. On 1 July 1975, she, along with all U.S.
carriers, were redesignated as "CV" from "CVA." This change was made to
improve the accuracy of designations in modern warfare. By removing the
letter A, which stood for attack, the new designation CV could serve a
multipurpose air, surface, and ASW role, depending on the type of
aircraft carried. After 14 months at Puget Sound, Constellation
departed the shipyard on 26 April 1976 to rejoin the Pacific Fleet.
1976-1978 Long Beach, CA., Honorable Discharge
mission was to conduct minesweeping and minehunting operations. The
agility of a minesweeper to clear the sea lanes is a very important one
for the United States since the use of mines can tie-up both civilian
and Navy ships until the channel can be swept. With ships like PLEDGE
performing their mission, the possibility that other ships will be sunk
or damaged by mines is greatly lessened. The mine warfare sailor truly
knows that. He also realizes the dangers of getting his ship sunk by a
mine in the process is a possibility.
Clark, Class of '70
Years Served: 1971-1975
Tours in: Alaska, South Dakota (SAC)
Years Served: 1962-1986,
retired and living in New Mexico
Military: Chief Master Sargent, USAF
Tours: Overseas-Turkey, Japan, Korea,
Taiwan, Phillipines, stateside- California,Washington, Virginia, New
Job - Air traffic Control
K. Hanna, Class of '62
Year Served: December 1965 - April 1970
Tours: 1942 Communications Squadron.,
Homestead AFB, Fla. 1966 -1967
European Postal / Courier Service RAF West Ruislip (London) 1967 - 1970
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Frost class of 1961
Technician on B-52H & B-58 Bomber Aircraft
the 43rd AEMS.
for Electronics School 1962-1963
AFB, Texas 1963-1966 43rd AEMS
Bruce Carlton Class of 61
served: September 1961 - September 1965
Tours in: 1950th Air Force
Communications Squadron, Wheelus AB, Libya 62-63
Hq Air Defense
Command, Ent AFB, Colorado Springs 63-65
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