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McIntosh, Roy (1966-1969)*

 
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Roy McIntosh on the left and Jerry
Minich on the right (circa 1966).  
They are standing in front of the 42nd Combat Defense Squadron sign at the entrance of the East Loring Barracks area.
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Loring non-alert B-52 area - 7 Mar 1968.  I was assigned to 42nd Security Police Squadron, "D" Flight Security
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Roy today
 

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Hometown:  Thousand Oaks, CA

Unit at Loring:  42nd CDS & 42nd SPS

First day at Loring:

I flew military stand-by out of Los Angeles (LAX) to Logan Airport, Boston and then onto Presque Isle.  When I arrived at the Presque Isle Airport on May 3, 1966 it was a partly cloudy-cool day in northern Maine.  I met some other airmen at the airport and we decided to share taxi-fare to Loring AFB.  Upon arrival at the 42nd Combat Defense Squadron, I reported into the squadron orderly room.  After exchanging some Air Force paperwork, I was escorted to a temporary living quarters in the squadron barracks.  I was admiring how nice the squadron barracks area looked with the freshly mowed green grass lawns.  After having a nice nights rest, I awoke and opened the barrack room's blinds to get the biggest shock .... those nice green lawns from the day before, were now replaced with white snow.

Most memorable experience:  

I actually have two stories .... The first story about marching in the Fort Fairfield Potato Blossom Festival Parade with my "D" Flight Security.  The guest of honors for the parade were none other than the USAF "Thunderbird" Pilots.  Of course the "Thunderbird" Pilots got to ride in late model convertibles, but for me this was a real privilege to be a parade with the famous Air Force "Thunderbird" Pilots.  It was one of my proudest days in the Air Force.  The Fort Fairfield community gave us a very warm welcome in their parade and gave me life long memories of a great festive event.

The second story was a very sad one.  A day and night that I'll always remember.  On September 4, 1969 Loring AFB, was being evaluated by SAC during their annual ORI.  After all the alert B-52 aircraft had their weapons downloaded, the B-52's and their crews would be evaluated on their operational readiness of flying and carrying out their bomb missions.  Unfortunately, this day would remain one of the darkest and saddest in Loring AFB history.  The B-52 aircraft crew of Aircraft 58-0215 lost power on 6 of it's 8 engines upon takeoff.  The B-52 crashed a short distance from the base.  All six crew members, plus one SAC-ORI inspector perished in this accident.  I was later given the assignment of guarding the hanger where all the recovered aircraft parts and aircrew equipment were stored after the crash.  This was a very, very sad day for Loring families and Air Force personnel.  (Webmaster note:  If you go HERE, and go about half-way down the page, you will see pictures of the aircrew and a note from one of the crew-member's family)

Last Day at Loring:  

After spending three years and seven months at Loring, in both the 42nd Combat Defense Squadron & the 42nd Security Police Squadron and assigned to "D" Flight Security .... I had lots of fond memories of working with some super "Ramp Rats" over the years.  So when my last day at Loring arrived, I had some mixed emotions.  I was happy to be going home to re-enroll at Glendale College.  I was also sad to be leaving my fellow "Ramp Rats" and my French-Canadian girlfriend.  I was departing with some great memories.  The one thing that I wasn't going to miss .... those frigid northern Maine winters.  My "ramp Rat" buddy Randy Lamb drove me to the Presque Isle Airport.  I had my military stand-by airline tickets to Logan Airport, Boston and then onto Los Angeles.  When I got to Boston, I checked in with the TWA ticket agent at Logan.  The very attractive female blond ticket agent looked at my paperwork and noticed that I was separating from the Air Force.  The TWA agent then asked me, are you sure that you don't want to re-enlist?  I simply replied that I was now ready to go back to college.  The ticket agent wrote down a ticket number on my boarding pass and said, "I think you'll enjoy this seat.  I thanked her and was thinking to myself .... she must have given me a window seat.  When I boarded the plane I was directed to a first-class seat.  Then I realized what the TWA ticket agent meant by .... "I think you'll enjoy this seat".  That was the best military stand-by flight that I ever had .... and that was my last day at Loring and my last day in the Air Force.

What did you do after Loring?

After separating from the Air Force in December 1969, I re-enrolled at Glendale College and took advantage of the "G.I. Bill".  I began classes in January 1970.  While enrolled at Glendale College I began dating my future wife, Gail.  I graduated from Glendale College in June 1971 with an Associated Arts degree.  After graduation,  I applied and tested for the position of Policeman with the Los Angeles Police Department.  On March 20, 1972 I entered the LAPD Academy.  On August 4, 1972 I graduated from the Police Academy.  The special guest of honor at our LAPD graduation was none other than United States Air Force, (Ret.) General, Curtis Emerson LeMay (Sometimes referred to as the father of SAC).  General LeMay was the special guest of honor, but believe me, it was my special honor to have him at our LAPD class graduation .... I was one proud former Loring "Ramp Rat" that day.  I was married to my wife Gail in September 1972.  I went on to have a rewarding 25 year career with the LAPD and retired in March 1997.  Along the way Gail gave birth to our daughter, Heather in October 1988.  Heather is currently a student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.



General Curtis E. LeMay inspecting me at my 
LAPD graduation on August 4, 1972        
The current LAPD Chief of Police, Edward M. Davis
 was out of town.  




Assistant Chief of Police, Daryl F. Gates presented LAPD graduation



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Additional pictures:

 


Anniversary patch purchased on E-Bay by Roy


 
 
Late 1950's Air Police Badge 


 Early 1960's Air Police Badge


Mid-1960's Security Police Badge

 
 
 
 
 
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