CLASS OF 1960
Ben Franklin Elementary SchoolClass of 1960
US Army Aviation SchoolClass of 1983
U.S. Army Aviation MaintenanceClass of 1969
Newport news, VA
Indiana Area High SchoolClass of 1966
Indiana Joint High SchoolClass of 1963
Hi fellow classmates. Who am I? I, like most, am a product of my environment. I learned a lot from those around me and the situations I was in. To understand who we are we must look at where we have been, so read and understand who I am. I wish this site had a "Spell Checker." English was not one of my better subjects in school. Miss Rink took a slight dislike of me in the 7th grade after I killed a bee by throwing a book through her 3rd floor classrom window. It wasn't the killing of the bee or breaking the window that upset her. It was the discovery, after I went down and recovered my book, that the book I chose to throw through the window was an English book. After graduation from IASHS in 1966, I went to work for Campus Sportswear. During the fall of 1967, I was laid off and went to work for Delta Drilling. In early 1968 I buried one of our classmates and one of my best friends, Wayne (Buck) Lewis. He was killed in Viet Nam as were many of our friends and classmates. In March, 1968, I joined the Army Security Agency. This was the start of a rewarding and adventurous career. I had stated in our yearbook that I planned a career with the Air Force. More on that later. The ASA began all the checks for my clearance and on July 7th, 1968 I went to Ft. Dix, NJ for Basic Training. T...Expand for more
he second week of Basic, I received my clearance, promotion to Pvt E-2, and my orders to attend Aircraft Maintenance School at Ft. Eustis, VA. enroute to Viet Nam. This drove my platoon leader crazy as he would always threaten us by saying he could get us sent to Nam. I would pull out my orders and tell him that his threats don't work as "I already have my orders to Nam." Basic Training could be a whole book in and of itself. Many of us arrived as Boys. Most of us left as men. None of us will ever forget what we learned in those short 8 weeks. Not just about the Army but about ourselves. Following basic I spent several months at Ft. Eustis, VA learning everything they could teach me about repairing the Army's single and multi-engine fixed wing aircraft and components. The real start of my aviation career that is still ongoing. Upon graduating from the school, I continued on to Nam in March of 69 I spent some time in Saigon welding the posts for new tennis courts then north to DaNang for my real assignment. I became a crew chief on the Army RU-8D. This was a Beechcraft twin Bonaza and the first airplane I ever actually flew. I spent a few months in DaNang then went to Phu Bai/Hue to a small platoon of 19 men. I remained there until my return to the states a year later. Kenn
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