Sumerlin, Charles R. – NC
Charles R. Sumerlin.
I flew CH-3E and HH-3E Helicopter at the following assignments;
Mar. 1978 – 1980, at Andrews AFB, MD. with the 1st Helicopter Squadron.
1980 – 1983, at Clark AB, RP with the 31st ARRS. (May-July 1982 TDY to Osan AB, RK).
Sep. 1983 – Dec. 1987, at Shaw AFB, SC. with the 703rd TASS on CH-3E’s.
1 Dec. 1987 – Retired.
I went to Shaw AFB in March 2010 and there are no signs of the 703rd was ever there. In my 9 years of flying the CH-3/HH-3E, I logged over 2000 hours. It is not a day that goes by that I don’t mention my flying career. In 1981, I was the lead Flight Engineer on the 20,000th save for ARRS and in 1982, I had the opportunity to fly a HH-3E from Clark AB to Osan AB, about 1500 miles the over South China Sea, with four air refueling’s. That flight was one I’ll never forget. I had a pretty interesting career even though I had no combat time.