|Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One|
My First Detachment
“I’m going to aircrew duty with VQ-1 out of NAS Atsugi, Japan.” There was a moment of silence.
“You’re aware that they have a detachment in Da Nang, Vietnam, aren’t you?”
“Yes, sir!” I replied.
“I’ll let your mother know.”
I finished ‘A’ school and went to San Diego for another two months of training, before departing for Japan on November 22, 1970.
My first trip to Da Nang was March 1971, at the tender age of nineteen. Over the next two years, I made many more excursions to our "time-share in that seaside resort" with my flight crew, as well as for one ground-pounder det.
I don’t recall which night it was—only that the night sky was clear and the temperature tolerable, as I lay in my rack, trying to get some sleep, before our mission the next day.
In the dim red light, I quickly grabbed my utility trousers and tried to put them on while running to the bunker just outside the center hatch of the barracks. [Running is an inaccurate description of what we were doing.]
After that, I either slept in my trousers, or left them hanging on the rack -- they were just not that important.
Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One (FAIRECONRON-1)
“I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do, and by the grace of God, I will.” ~Everett Hale
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