Weather Squadron (Mobile) 1960 - 1963
I enlisted on 3 Dec.1959 went through basic, we were
shipped out early just after 1 Jan. to be at Chanute to start school. We
didn't have the graduation etc. at Lackland, didn't even get the AF
pictures in our blues. I finished school, went home to Wisconsin for a 15
day leave and reported to Tinker.First project 9-60 to 11-60 Wendover,
Utah. Clifford T. Jones NCOIC We were deployed to Lake Side test site.
We lived in some old Barracks that had been drug in from? they sat up on
cement blocks on the corners, bathed in a bucket from a water trailer.
Upon return, I volunteered for a mission with Staff Sgt. Billie Lassiter
from the motor pool. We took a Tactical Tractor from our motor pool,
picked up 40 Ft helium trailers from a plant in TX and delivered them to
the Tornado Alley sites.
January 1961 Tornado alley,
trained at south 40, I was on a team with Tsgt Paul Hardy, NCOIC,
Left Tinker for Ellington AFB, TX Jan., stayed in BOQ , just accross the
parade ground from the NCO club for the duration until late May. Tinker
resupply then to Goodkand KS (full per diem $14/day) We rented a house
from Edna Eversole, a bankers widow. We almost got kicked out for making
loud noises late at night and PW falling down the basement steps and
disrupting all of the laundry tubs! Tooley and I saved the day, we trimmed
all of her shrubs about 100' of overgrown bridal wreath.... did such a
neat job that the mayor cam over to thank us!! We kept Hardy quiet after
that...but Ted and I had some problems with noisy girls as I recall... but
just kept kissing up and trimming the hedge. Mrs. Eversole kept us in
fresh bread. Tooley and I got promoted to A2C... notified by telegram from
Lt. Col.David C. Barrow, Acting commander..
After Col Pusan and Before Lt. Col. Mosely.
TSGT Ron Manning,
SSGTAnthony Arno, Shift Chief
SSGT Bill Riddle, Shift Chief
A1C Harold Maille
A2 C Ted Tooley
A2C Dave Weiner
TSGT.Bud Baine, Technican (Red)
Manning got fired at Goodland and was sent back...don't remember the
After return from Goodland, I took my 5 level, then started teaching in
the Squadron classroom and doing squadron art work and sign painting (at
the base sign shop). Got home for Christmas that year and came back in
January to form up for deployment to Operation Dominic...NCOIC MSGT
Kenneth Benson (A retrainee...aircraft mechanic) We all worked at S40
training the "retreads", Benson, Schullenburg, Ken Brown, and?
Interesting, we trained them and they wrote our APR's... what an idea!!