I was a computer
programmer and systems analyst with the Air Force Systems Command stationed at Andrews AFB in Suitland, MD outside Washington, D.C. from 1963 to
1967. I was living on
the base on November 22nd, 1963 when all non-military personnel, and all military personnel not living on the base were required to
leave the base immediately. Those of us living on the base went to the flight-line where the Air Force One hangar was located, and watched
when Air Force One came back from Dallas where John F. Kennedy was assassinated
and landed with Jackie Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson on board.
Days later, I put my uniform on including what we called a "horse blanket" (my heavy Air Force coat) because it was the warmest clothing I had, and went to the US Capitol where President Kennedy was lying-in-state. I started at the end of the line at the Capitol at 11 PM. The line was about 10 people wide. I very slowly walked in the line away from the Capitol 12 blocks east on A Street, one block south, and then five blocks west on East Capitol Street back toward the Capitol. By this time it was about 4 AM, the line was about 18 people wide going across both lanes of the street, I had seven more blocks to go, my lower back hurt, and I was ready to give up. Right about then, a US Navy Chief was walking along the line, saw me, and said, "Airman, all military personnel in uniform go to the head of the line. Come with me." We walked the seven blocks to a lower doorway in the Capitol, we went up a spiral staircase, and I entered the US Capitol rotunda.
.... and now 60 years later ....
April 22, 2023
Honoring Space Coast Veterans
with a trip to the Military Memorials in Washington, D.C.
Photographers: Lou, Susan, me
and anyone nearby who I handed my iPhone camera.
"Honor Flight 71" from Melbourne, Florida to Washington, D.C. and back in one long day
...here we go: from 2 AM Saturday to 2 AM Sunday...
The Flight 71 Reunion will be on June 4th - stay tuned (same Bat-time, same Bat-channel)
The following two images have nothing to do with my time in the Air Force
except that I enjoy seeing the USAF Thunderbirds every chance I get.