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Clarke, Alan (1962-1965)

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Hometown:  East Greenwich, RI

Unit at Loring:  42nd AEMS/ECM

First day at Loring:

Dismal cold damp October days following Cuban missile crisis. Thought the world was going to end. Arrived after driving all night from southern New England. Surprised that it was 500 miles. I don't remember snow on the ground, just miserable, cold weather.  Base was fine, people were fine.  Got a good night's sleep and was ready to face three years in the place. Slightly depressed because I really wanted to go overseas.

Most memorable experience:  

We all can talk about the job and the great guys we worked with. The planes.  I'm sure our experiences are pretty similar. So off-duty it is. Rebuilding the engine in my 1957 Ford. They (re)opened the hobby shop over the other side of the base just in time. Then every time I needed a special tool, they had just bought a new one. My timing was perfect and the rebuild was a success. Loved Calvin West's junkyard in Limestone. Helped John and Jim put that Chev engine into the T-Bird. That was good too.

Last Day at Loring:  

Many tossed their duffle bags into a field outside the base. I kept mine. Another cold, dismal, damp day. Processing out went fine. Hard leaving good friends I worked with, complained with, and partied with. Best people in the world. Put my last greasepen X on my short-timer's chart and left from Caribou a day or two after getting discharge.


What did you do after Loring:

Publishing field. Self-employed since the advent of the personal computer.


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