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Dahlstrom, Roy G. (1957-1959)

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Hometown:  Sterling, MA

Unit at Loring:  42nd Field Maintenance Squadron

First day at Loring:

I drove to Loring from my home in Sterling, MA.  My parents drove thier car so they could check out the base too.  I drove my car.  We arrived on a weekend so I wasn't able to "muster" in until Monday.  I came straight out of Basic at Lackland so this was my first PCS.  I guess I was a little nervous not knowing what to expect.  On monday I ran into a buddy I had at Lackland.  His name is Gordon Samer.  He was assigned to another squadron, but as I recall we both went through the "mustering" in process together.  So, my first day at Loring went quite smoothly.  Of course that was about 50 years ago.  Maybe I forgot something.

Most memorable experience:  

On many occasions during the long Winter months, my car simply would not start on those VERY COLD mornings.  I had a relatively new car.  It was a 1956 Ford Fairlane.  A buddy of mine had a 1956 Pontiac Silver Streak.  He would push me with his car to get mine started.  He really gave me a good "chewing out" (in fun) for not buying a Pontiac.

Last Day at Loring:  

It was Heaven.  Even though I made many friends at Loring, when I got my orders to go to Bergstrom AFB in Austin, Texas I was thrilled.  WARM WEATHER again.


What did you do after Loring:

After being staioned at Bergstrom AFB for about 8 months, I was reassinged to Nouasseur AB in Morocco, North Africa.  Upon my completion over there I came back to the States, obtained my honorable discharge in Charlston, SC and came home to Sterling, MA.  I worked at Norton Company in Worcester, MA for 36 years and have been retired for over 18 years.  I have a wonderful wife, four adult children (two boys and two girls) and seven fabulous grandchildren.  Four boys and 3 girls.


If you agree, people can contact you at (email):  rdahlstrom@aol.com