Category Archives: American History

In Search of the Haunted Tombstone

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? 50 years ago this October several of my friends and I went in search of a haunted tombstone. It was October 1964 and we were juniors at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y. The…

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The First Time I flew the F4 – 45 years ago this week

In the fall of 1972, I arrived at Luke AFB to upgrade to the backseat of the F4. I had come to this point late in life, 28 and a captain, having been a ground pounder (non-rated or non-flying officer) … Continue reading

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September 11 – Some Thoughts

Another September 11th Anniversary; another set of memories. Its funny how each year this anniversary brings to the surface something different about this day and how it affected me. At the time I was serving as the Alumni Director at … Continue reading

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Tomatoes

Its time to write about Tomatoes. We suddenly find ourselves inundated with them. Of course we knew it was coming; tomatoes do not ripen one then another. They ripen en mass. So we picked not one or two, but 67 … Continue reading

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A Three Hour Tour…

45 years ago my wife Bonnie and I were married.  We then went on our honeymoon. She went to Arizona and I….   Well, as I was training to fly F4 combat missions in South East Asia, I went to Florida … Continue reading

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Mach 2

Found this little pin in a box recently. Not much to look at from a distance. Small F4 on it, but its the caption that catches the eye: Mach 2 Club, Phantom II.  The first reaction might be: “Is this … Continue reading

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POW training – Getting ready for the Vietnam War

Originally posted on An American Family:
When I selected the F-4 aircraft as my choice to fly, I knew that I had selected SEA  as an assignment.   The F-4 was the workhorse fighter of the Vietnam War and virtually ensured…

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