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Colburn, Donald (1953-1955)*

Profile Added: 8/20/2012 13:15:42

B-36 at Loring Open House 1953, Don's parent's and grandparent's
Mark Peterson, 1954
Mark Peterson, Norman Olson and Don Colburn, 1954
Mike Sicuranza, 1954

Home Town: Peterborough NH
Unit at Loring: 42FMS
First Day at Loring: Hectic - I arrived in early March 1953, the second enlisted man to be assigned to the 42FMS.  I signed-in in building 6000 and was directed to a bottom floor dorm.    I was Orderly Room NCO.  The Orderly Room was a cubicle directly across from my cubicle.  My desk was 2 stacked wooden foot lockers.  We had nothing, but I went to work signing other arrivals into the Squadron.  I welcomed incoming personnel for a few months.  We did get a permanent Orderly Room and a Squadron Commander's and Adjutant's office on the first floor of the building. 
Most Memorable Experience: It is a very long story but I ended up having Brig. General Bertram C. Harrison pay my first month's rent when my wife and I moved into base housing on our wedding day.
Last Day at Loring: Hectic - I was married by then, had a wife and 3 month old daughter.  The car was loaded, the furniture was on  a moving van, and we had plans to visit my wife's scattered family in New Brunswick and Quebec before ending up in Peterborough NH to visit my family and to await my notification of a port call, on our way to England.
What did you do after Loring? In the Air Force, stationed at RAF Brize Norton in England; Carswell AFB in Fort Worth, Texas (my second time there - was stationed there before going to Loring); Little Rock AFB, Arkansas; Vietnam; Pease AFB, NH; US Naval Shipyard in  Portsmouth, NH; Island Falls, Me where I have lived since 1986.
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