Eugene R. Taylor

I was a helicopter Instrument tech assigned directly to the 20th/21st SOS, at Udorn, Thailand.

1970 – 1972, I was assigned to Columbus AFB, MS., working on T-37, T-38 and HH-43B Helicopters.

1972 – 1975, I was assigned to 1st FTW, MacDill AFB, FL., working F-4E and UH-1N helicopters.

1985 – 1989, I was assigned to Hickam AFB, Hi., working on HH-53C helicopters with 6594th Test Group.

My AFSC was 42250 (aircraft instrument technician), later changed to 32551 (same duty title), after my departure from Thailand in 1970. My unit in Thailand changed from the 20th SOS to the 21st SOS in September 1969. When I was assigned to the 20th SOS in July 1969, the unit was a Forward Operating Location (FOL) out of Pleiku, Vietnam. In September 1969 we were reassigned to the 21st SOS (FOL) out of the 56th Special Operations Wing, located at Nakhon Phanom, Thailand. We remained at Udorn until June 1970, at which time the Wing Commander at Nakhon Phanom, Thailand directed us to relocate to Nakhon Phanom. Everybody that had more than one month to go on their 1-year tour of duty was reassigned to the Nakhon Phanom. I had one month and 13 days. After my departure from Thailand, I was assigned to 14th Flying Training Wing to work on T-37, and T-38 aircraft. But we had one Pedro helicopter that was assigned to the Fire Department for runway rescue. I was assigned to work on it because of my experience with the 20th SOS and 21st SOS.

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