Hightower III, John H. – TX

April 1961 -September 1966, USNR -USAF Communication Maintenance Officer (2049th COMM Gp.) -USAF Pilot Training, Webb AFB, TX -Assigned to 86th MAS (C-141), 75th MAS (C-5A) -December 1971 – December 1972 with Det. 4, 3rd ARRGp., Korat RTAFB, Thailand as a HH-43 Pilot -Staff assignments with 435th TAW (Rhein Main), HQ MAC (XO) -Joint assignments…

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Sage, Terry – TX

Terry Sage, Flight Mechanic The helicopter models I flew on or serviced were the – HH-43B & F I was stationed at – Det. 14 MacDill AFB, Tampa, FL I was stationed at – Det. 9, 38th ARRSq. Pleiku, RVN I had the privilege to serve my country and very proud of it! Being a…

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Brown, Kelyn W. – KY

Crew chief trained under Diane Revoinski. 1981 – 1985 at Sembach AB, Germany with the 601st TASS on CH-53’s. 1985 – 1990 at Andrews AFB, MD with the 1st HS on UH-1N’s and CH-3E’s.

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Damonte, Carlton R – NM

Enlisted as Aviation Cadet 1956 & commissioned Jan 1958. Spent entire career in the Air Rescue Service flying helicopters and the HC-130H/P/N. Was the ARRS Project Pilot for development of helicopter Air Refueling in 1966. On May 8, 1967, flew the first COMBAT SAR mission out of Da Nang using helicopter air refueling. Was awarded…

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Ball, Jerry – TX

I joined the Civil Air Patrol in 1957. Joined the Air Force in 1961 and served as a firefighter until retirement in 1991. Served as the Civilian Deputy Fire Chief at Kelly Field 1993-98 and Fire Chief at Lackland 1998-2008 1964 – 1969 at Misawa, Japan on HH-43B’s. 1967 – 1969 at Tan Son Nhut…

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Seals, William F. – FL

Pilot training Vance AFB, Oklahoma, next was helicopter school Stead AFB, Nevada, then to Dover AFB, Delaware with local base rescue and next to Wheelus AB Libya and Eluatia gunnery range in Libyan desert, Training officer and rescue. 1962 at Stead AFB, Nevada an H-19’s, H-21’s & H-43B’s. 1963 at Dover AFB, Delaware on HH-43B’s.…

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Connell, Joseph T. – MN

Entered Air Force in 1960 as an Aviation Cadet, Class 61-G2 (The last Aviation Class). Primary training at Bainbridge Air Base, GA (T-34 & T-37); Basic training at Vance AFB, OK (T-33); Helicopter training at Stead AFB, NV (H-19, H-21, H-43). Stateside LBR detachments and Vietnam assignment. Detachment Commander Detachment 13 WARC, Reese AFB, TX…

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Klein, Kenneth G. – AL

I was a fire fighter (AFSC A57170) attached to LBR Duties at Hahn AB, Germany, Merle Beach AFB, South Carolina and deployed to Kunsan AB, Korea during the Pueblo incident in 1968 for six months. My total time as an airborne firefighter was six years 11 months. 1965 – 1967 with Det. 8, Hahn AB,…

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Gurley, Sydney E. – FL

Total Military Service (in years) – 20 List the helicopter models you flew on or serviced – Pilot on H-19,s, H21’s, HH-43B’s, H-34’s, UH-1N’s UH-1F’s & HH-53’s. What units were you stationed in, and year(s) of assignment? – Air Rescue Service, Systems Command A short biography detailing your military service. 10 Years in Air Rescue…

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Grider, Jim – TX

1972 – 1975 at Elmendorf AFB, AK with the 5040th Helicopter Sq. as a CH-3E pilot. 1975 – 1979 at Hurlburt Field, FL with the 20th SOS as a CH-3E pilot. Entered the USAF on 12/16/1970. OTS commission in March, 1971. Army Chopper School followed by 7 years and 2300 hours flying choppers; Fixed wing…

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