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Member of 7FS during early 70's

Jan 18, 2006

Here is a message that was posted to the site. He is
looking for anyone that might have been there during that
time. If so, post a message on the message board on the
7FS website.
Super Dave

Just wanted to post a note about my time with the 7th. I
was a Buck-Sergeant (3 stripes) and was in Admin. One of my
jobs was getting security clearances for our personnel
along with some general typing and filing.
We were deployed to Takhli Thailand during the summer of 72
(hottest few months I every spent and I was from Tucson
AZ!). Our commander was Col. Walters, and sometime after we
returned Col. Watts took over command.

While we were in Thailand one of the biggest enemies we
engaged was a virus called the "Takhli Trots". It would lay
you low...must not be farther than a few feet away from a
bathroom at all times (affected both ends).

One of my jobs in Takhli was dropping off and picking up
our pilots from the flight line. Etiquette called for us to
pick up the senior officer first than the rest. One day the
49th Squadron Executive Officer was flying with us and when
I pulled up to his plane, he jumped in the truck and told
me to get him to Headquarters as fast as I could. When I
asked about the rest of the pilots, he said "Just get
moving, I have to S..T so bad I can taste it!

So, I did as he asked and I really caught it from the other
pilots when I got back to our squadron because they had to
hoof it back to debriefing and then the squadron, carrying
all their gear.

While in Thailand we had one of our F4's shot down, but
fortunately they were heading home and ejected over water
and both the pilot and navigator were picked up by the Navy
and returned safely back to the squadron.

I remember a Lt. Commander Korsmo who was a Navy Pilot
attached to our Squadron for a time. I also remember a
fellow Admin Sergeant named Coleman. He re-enlisted before
I discharged in 1973.

Later on that year, we deployed to Bitburg Germany per our
NATO commitment. Spangdahlem was the normal assignment, but
in 1972 we went to Bitburg instead. Really enjoyed that
assignment and got to go to Paris for a weekend while we
were there.

Anyway...just wanted to post a note to see if anyone out
there was around when I was.

Take care,

Mark

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