My father was stationed at Shaw AFB in 1963 with the 837 Combat Support Group (TAC) He recently passed and I am looking for any patches or insignia that might be associated with the 837th so I can put with his display case. Any one with info please post. Thanks
10/26/2012 @ 17:48 [ref: 55345]
| William Goswick|
I was assigned to the 727th AC&W Sqdn at Myrtle Beach AFB, SC in January 1961, and served there until August 1963. I have many good memories from that period. I served with some great people including A1C Joel Perdue (from Georgia), who went on to become an officer in the USAF. I also served with Master SGT Pimentel from the Phillipines, A2C Ronald Rowe from Illinois, and A2C Bill Ford from Missouri. I enjoyed working with them.
09/12/2012 @ 10:29 [ref: 55283]
Volpachinni was the ground crew member that was flying with Capt Femmer. It was a sad day. Did you know Volp flipped with another ground crew member to fly on that aircraft?
I was stationed there and in the sq from 1954 for about two years. The name is probably spelled wrong.
07/30/2011 @ 14:43 [ref: 20938]
| jesse f coats jr|
petal ms, Mississippi
i was stationed at Shaw 1953 until 1957. was crew chief on the f80-t33-rf84-rf101.was discharged on nov 27 the rf 101 and sun run date. would love to have some of the pictures if anyone has them. thanks
01/31/2011 @ 09:33 [ref: 12515]
| Martin (Tony) Weissgarber|
San Antonio, Texas
The RF-101 brought me home to Udorn, Thailand, after every mission.
Even on 5 Oct 65, although heavily damaged, the bird never flew again because of battle damage, it brought me home.
The RF-101 had bad characteristics, such as "pitch-up", but it would accelerate and escape MiGs.
I wish I could find a cloth RF-101 to sew on a jacket. I loved that bird.
01/17/2011 @ 09:14 [ref: 12457]
| Henry Grimes|
I was recently denied my disability claim with the VA because, my military records do not indicate I went on a 179 day miltary TDY to Tansonut AFB, South Vietman, with the 728th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, in 1962. I need a statement from a fellow airman who on this assignment and remember I was present. I was Airman Second Class Grimes and I AFSC was Administrative Clerk, 70250. If you were there..please email or call me at 337-306-0177. Thanking you in advance
06/10/2010 @ 07:43 [ref: 9387]
| Ron Patterson|
I was stationed at Shaw from 1954-1956 and worked as a assistant crew chief on brand new T-33 and B-57 aircraft. I visited Shaw and was surprised they have no B57 aircraft exhibited. I friend of mine John Volpacunni (spelling may be wrong) from Pa. was flying with the pilot Capt Femmer on a FCF and the aircraft crashed by the trailer park outside the base. It was a sad day for us as they were both killed. We had another B75 that landed with the landing gear not lowered. This was the start of my 30 years AF career.
01/07/2010 @ 09:40 [ref: 9219]
| John Hayes|
Concord, North Carolina
I was discharged at Shaw AFB late in mid 1952 after my first hitch and re-enlisted there for the 727th AC&W Sq. (Headquarted at Shaw but Radar Operations at Congaree AB. The radar Ops was later moved back to Shaw (in the boonies East of the runway) The base still had B-26 Recons and perhaps a couple of F-80's Left. The VooDoo was pretty new and they were getting or had B45's. While I was there the Canbara flew the Atlantic twice in one day so it wasn't long before the base got the B-57's. The Sqdn left Shaw for Myrtle Beach, and arrived there just before hurricane Hazel. We left a Detachment at Shaw with a TPS-1D. Tempory assignments were made to the Detachment at Shaw for maternity purposes ETC. I was in Det #1 at Shaw when the 728th AC&W moved in and absorbed Det #1. That put me in the 728th but I was due for discharg again and re-enlinted at Myrtle Beach. (The Air Base at Myrtle Beach was under construction at that time) I also went on "Sage Brush" (as others has mentioned) to Camp Polk, La. which had just been reactivated for "Sage Brush" and became Fort Polk. I was well bewarded for my efforts for I went from S/Sgt to Warrent Officer (skipping M/Sgt) with the 727th. John
08/10/2008 @ 17:58 [ref: 8339]
| Fred W. Christlieb|
San Diego, California
I arrived at Shaw AFB in January 1960 and was assigned to the 4411th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. I supported the RB-66 and the RF-101 aircraft and was assigned as crew chief on a
RB-66 Code named ADLIB94...Does anyone out there remember the Cuban Missile Crises and all of the activities that the RB-66 Photo Recon Squadron did? We were located on the south side of the base, south of the big hangar to the west of the runway. I hear a lot about the activities of the 363rd RB-66's (electronic warfare versions) but not much about the RB-66 training squadron and the RF-101 Voodoo's south of the big heavy-check inspections for both the RB-66's and F-101's. It would be great to hear from someone that remembers when Col. Dix was base commander and when the marines arrived and camped out on the southern end of the base (near the highway that goes to Sumpter. Anyone remember the F-101 that crashed on approach to the north end of the base. It went down in a cotton field and another the F-101 that lost control of the rudder yaw damper and the pilot blew the canopy and brought the bird in without the canopy and did not even blow a tire...good flying!! :-) Does anyone have the e-mail address for the RB-66er's Association, I had it but I lost it on a bad disk. They are having a get-together event in Colorado this year in the fall (I think). I would like to attend the event, if possible. Respond with me if you have any information to any of this wonderful website about the
RB-66er's and RF-101 Voodo Medicine Men. God bless all of you that went to battle in these birds. Looking forward to hearing from someone. My phone is 619-925-4777.
02/10/2008 @ 20:49 [ref: 6762]
| Robert W. Piper|
Shaw A.F.B. (WOW) I was stationed at Shaw from July 1958 to November 1960 with 728th AC&W Sqdn. 507th Group,9th AF. I reported in in July and was assigned to Composite Air Strike Forces which were deployed to the Middle East in the Mediterannian in support of the Lebanon Crisis. WE were there until October, when we were relieved by some more 728th troops which finally returned in November (I believe). At the same time the 728th had a contingent of troops in Matsu Quemoy in Far east. While stationed at Shaw we deployed many times to other areas of the world during the "Cold War" era. Was a great time in my AF career and now look back and enjoy reading about the happenings past and present. Good memories of Shaw AFB. Now retired from Army Special Forces, and relish the fact that I was Airborne and had a good career in Air Force & Army. Bless all the Troops past & present.
02/10/2008 @ 06:47 [ref: 6758]