Blossom, Donald – NC
Lackland AFB TX Basic Training Oct 1966 – Nov 1966.
Sheppard AFB TX Basic Helo & H-3 advanced crs. Dec. 1966 – April 1967. Class nick name “T. O.”
Danang AB RVN 37th ARRS 43130 Got Picked up at MAC terminal by a baby faced Duane Hackney May 1967. Did gas, oil, windows on HH-3Es & anything else Msgt. Hoffman & Pappy wanted done. One ‘day trip’ to Quang Tri was enough. Maint crew chief during second half of tour. Caught a golden tail in May 1968. Yes, I have the ribbon.
Tyndall AFB FL 43150 E-4, E-5 CH-21B June 1968 thru Dec 1969. Drone recovery crew (HD), Flt line & heavy maint. crew, tire shop.
Naha AB Okinawa Jan 1970 – May 1971 CH-19 Base Flight maint crew, (HD) Scrapped out both aircraft.
Clark AB RPI May 1971 – March 1972 CH-19 Base Flight Crew Chief. Scrapped out two more A/C, then attempted to introduce several CH-3E rejects from SEA into base flight operations.
Patrick AFB FL ARRS Det. March 1972 – Aug 1973 43170C HH-53C maint. crew chief. Separated as E-5 Aug. 1973.
Although my USAF enlisted time ended in 1973, From Oct. 1975 I was a Sikorsky Field Rep. until retiring in April 2006. (31 Years of field support for CH-53A, HH-53B, HH-53C, CH-53D, RH-53D, RH-53DIIN, HH-53H, CH-53E, MH-53E, & S-80M). From 1980 -1984 I was with 1 SOW & the Pave Low spool up at Hurlburt AFB, FL.
Owner & Aircraft Commander, 1977 R-172K