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McLeod, David (1961-1965)

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Hometown:  Westwood, MA

Unit at Loring:  42nd FMS, Propulsion Branch, Jet Shop

First day at Loring:

I came up from Boston on a bus.  I thought it would never stop - like it was going to the North Pole. I remember it was very cold when I got there and them letting us off at Base Ops. I don't remember on that first night anything beyond that.

Most memorable experience:  

It's hard to pick one thing out.  I had a girl friend over in the Fort and thought a lot of her but I had no intentions of leaving there married. The guys from our barracks were a pretty tight group and we had a lot of fun. I remember one snow storm of 37 inches, right around New Years.  We were so snorkled from partying it's lucky we didn't get buried in a snow drift. I confronted Col. Crumpton about when we were going to be allowed off base during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  That was a lot of fun.  He about launched into orbit. The Branch Chief at the Jet Shop saved me.

Last Day at Loring:  

I was in the FMS squadron area and had my 57 Chevy packed. Many of my friends came out to see me off.  Sgt Cosgrove came out also and stepped in front of my car just as I was leaving. I almost ran him over. My buddies said later that he expressed surprise


What did you do after Loring:

Went to Pratt & Whitney in CT with several others.  Went through their Power Plant Program - 18 months.  They they asked me to instruct in technical training.  Did that for a few years then left during a downturn in 1970. Went to a plant making valves for the Navy and became Sales Manager for 25 years.  Then did the same job here in South Portland, Maine for one of our competitors for another 10 years. I retired in 2005 and love it.  Golf, big tractor out in the woods, cutting firewood, traveling - living the good life.


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