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MAC SERVED AT THE GROVE WITH THE 7519TH AIR POLICE AND NOW HAS AN RV AND TRAVELS AROUND THE COUNTRY IN IT - EMAIL FROM MAC ON 11-21-02:

C P - I joined the USAF in July 54 and attended Basic Training at Sampson AFB, New York and Air Base Defense Training at Parks AFB, CA. From there I was sent to RAF Station Shepherds Grove in March 55. I worked in LE and Security until receiving my TSBI Clearance and then was transferred to the Bomb Dump. I think SSgt Jack Steele was in charge of all the guards there. In Sep 56 I was transferred to RAF Station Molesworth along with 11 other Air Police from the Grove to open a new Nuclear Weapon Storage Site. This is where I met my wife Valda and was married in May 58. From there we were sent to Stead AFB, Reno, NV in 59. Was lucky enough to obtain another shipment back to England and was stationed at RAF Station Woodbridge for the next 4 years. From there to Andrews AFB, MD in 66. From Andrews I departed for Vietnam in Sep 67 and was assigned to the 377th Security Police Sq at TanSonNhut AB at Saigon. Was working as Alpha Sector NCOIC on Jan 31, 1968 when we were hit during TET. We were unfortunate to lose 4 SP's during this battle, but left several hundred dead NVA's and Viet Cong where they entered the base at the end of the runway. In Sep 68 was transferred to Carswell AFB, TX where I spent the last 6 years of my enlistment and retired as an E-7 in 1974. I worked at the Tarrant County Sheriff's Dept in Fort Worth for the next 6 years and then went to work at Bell Helicopter in Hurst, Tx for the next 11 years and took an early retirement. I worked as a subcontractor for a local cable company for the next 6 years and completely retired in 1996. We have 3 daughters who all live in Texas and have 6 grandchildren. Val and I fully enjoyed the trip to Branson and never laughed and cried so much all in the same week. The folks at Branson treated us like royalty and to pal up with 2 other Grovers that I knew very well was really a treat. I'm talking about Eddie Turner and Maurice Lovelady. It was also a pleasure to meet their beautiful wives and all the other pretty ladies. We are looking forward to our next reunion for sure and only hope that it is half as good as this one. We appreciate the work that you must have put into this reunion and know that the next one will be equally well planned.

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