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Schwene, William (1953-1955)

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Hometown:  Ogden, Iowa

Unit at Loring:  42nd Bomb Wing

First day at Loring:

The base had just opened and airmen were arriving from everywhere.  There were only a few ways to get to the base.  I did not have a car so I took a train from Texas, to Bangor, Maine then you had to ride a bus to Caribou. 

Then a bus from the base took us to then Limestone AFB. The base name was later changed to Loring AFB.

Most memorable experience:  

The wherry housing was not finished in 1953, my buddy and I rented a house in Stockholm, Maine we contacted our wives and that winter we drove everyday to and from the base. Stockholm was a very small French and Swedish village.  Later we moved to an old farm house on the mountain overlooking Stockholm and we met some of the Swedish potato farmers who were very nice to us.

Last Day at Loring:  

I remember the day I was discharged, It was December and it was snowing, I reported in and the officer noticed I had on civilian socks.  He made me go and get uniform socks before he would discharge me. This involved unpacking clothes from a trailer, and delayed our departure for quite awhile.


If you agree, people can contact you at (email):  wrschwene@yahoo.com

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