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I wasn’t fortunate enough to get involved with helicopters until 1970 while in Viet Nam.
While serving as a Gunner on the AC-119G at Phan Rang a request came down for volunteers for the 20th. I jumped at the chance and on 15 Aug 1970 signed in at Tuy Hoa.
Got qualified on the P model and on 30 Sep. 1970 we moved the squadron to Cam Ranh Bay.
Finished the tour there qualified as Flight Examiner for Guns and Slicks on both the P and N.
Departed 16 May 1971 for Hill AFB and the 1550th ATTW. Was assigned to the 1550th FTS as an Instructor on the F/P/N and later the HH-1H. Moved up to Wing SEFE position before the Gun program was terminated.
As Wing Explosives Safety NCO I managed to log time on the H-3 and CH-53.
Left Hill for the AC-130 on 30 Aug 1974.
Duties with the 20th were the high point of my career.