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Runion, Lorren (1959-1963)


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Home Town: Benbrook, TX
Unit at Loring: 42nd A&E, 42nd AMMS
First Day at Loring: A beautiful July Sunday morning, temperature 85, sun shining bright.  I thought, what a beautiful place - then came Tuesday.  It was raining and 45 degrees.  I thought, maybe not such a pretty place.
Most Memorable Experience: "During my time at Loring I'm afraid I have more horror stories than favorite stories.  One of my favorite horror stories involved going swimming in July.  John Lutz who was well known at Loring, invited my family to go out to this lake for a picnic lunch.  I learned that you had to create your own fun in northern Maine, so I took my family to the lake.  I noticed quite a few people swimming in the lake.  John Lutz was one.  He said ""the water is nice, cone on in.""  Due to my ignorance, I dived in.  By the time my feet hit the water, my brain was already frozen.  When I came up for air there was John laughing.  There was a float in the middle of the lake so I crawled up on it.  There the sun was warm and I soon dried off and got nice and cozy.  I knew I had two choices - stay on the float and starve to death or jump in that icy water and swim for shore.  I finally swam to shore and made myself two promises; one - never go swimming in Maine and, two - never believe John ever again.

Last Day at Loring: I left Loring at 7:00 AM on December 19th, 1963.  It was so cold that every time I turned a corner I could hear ice balls rolling around in the gas tank.  I knew that trouble was just around the next corner in the name of a frozen gas line.  About an hour later the car started to miss but I was prepared (from a lesson I had learned on the Maine Turnpike),  I had several cans of dry gas in the trunk.  I put in a couple and within a few miles, the car was purring along heading for warmer weather.
What did you do after Loring? I left Loring for a very nice assignment at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio.  I spent four and one half good years there, then was retrained in to the F-lll support equipment Program where I spent the last 15 years of my career.  I served at Carswell AFB in Fort Worth, Texas; Plattsburgh, NY; then at Upper Heyford, Engand, which was the best assignment I ever had. For the last five years at Upper Heyford I served as Squadron and Wing level Maintenance Superintendent.  In 1981 I retired with 30 plus years of service.
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