Monday, January 19, 2009
Radarsite just recieved this fascinating letter from the past. The Internet is still a wonderful tool, isn't it?
Yesterday, I discovered the Master Roster of the 707th AC&W, where I was an E2 Heavy Ground Radar tech in 61-62, my first duty assignment after Keesler AFB training. I signed up and promptly called two old buddies. One called back and we had a pleasant two hour talk. I didn't realize until then that tomorrow's business trip to Seattle will place me an hour from his home.
I decided to go for broke and find any website associated with the 640th, my next duty assignment in
62-63. My wife Gail was there with me. Not quite Kosher but she was pregnant and we needed to be together. Our 47 year old son was born at Harmon.
Then I discovered your website. I couldn't believe what I saw. At first I didn't connect Radarsite.com's existence or ownership to you. After the RCAF's rejection(?) of the 640th's site, I also couldn't believe anyone knew or cared for the facility or those of us who served in such a desolate place. I was also reminded, in pictures, how my barracks was destroyed by a snow storm three years before I arrived. The silly fools rebuilt it with wood and it was destroyed again while I was stationed there. Since our First Sergeant knew Gail and I were living in a tiny trailer in downtown Stephenville, he blessed our living arrangement. I was allowed to live off base but eat at the 640th chow hall.
I was a not-quite-politically-active Kennedy Democrat in 62, newly married to a rabid Goldwater crusader. Since then I have gone from a Democrat to a Republican to a staunch follower of the Constitution. I don't recall ever having to revoke my to oath to "Protect and Defend", nor is it in my plans.
After the USAF I returned to college and have been a medical electronics designer or design director for the last 35 years.
Reading through your recent blogs, I discovered you were having a serious health issue. Given all the prayers on your behalf, I hope your situation is improving.
Thanks for your dedication and service,