Previously Held AFSC/MOS 43131A-Aircraft Maintenance Specialist
43171A-Aircraft Maintenance Technician
1962 - 1965
What are you doing now: After discharge I worked on airplanes (mostly Navy sub-chasers i.e. P5M ) for about 18 months at a plant in St. Augustine , Florida. Then I sold insurance, and later I went to work with the electric department of the City of Jacksonville, Florida. Retired from the Jacksonville Electric Authory, the local power company, and lived in Orlando, Florida for about four years. I worked part-time at Walt Disney World in the attraction called "One Man's Dream". It's about the history of Walt Disney. I had the chance to meet guests from all over the world, and keep my German language skills active by speaking to German speaking guests. I am also learning Spanish and so the opportunity to practice speaking Spanish was a daily possibility. I enjoyed it very much. We recently moved to Brunswick , Georgia. My wife and I are still "seasonal" employees at Disney so we can work a few days when we want to "change the pace" of our retirement.
I still look up to watch airplanes overhead, and especially love to hear the sound of a reciprocating engine. I attend airshows whenable possible and still have a love and fasination with aircraft.
Other Comments: I would love to correspond with any Airman who served at Rhein-Main Airbase in Germany, particularly during the period 1962 to 1965. I was a flight-line mechanic and crew chief on C-54's. I had the opportunity to fly to many countries in Europe and loved my time in Germany.
Please write to me via the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org if you were in Germany, or know someone who was there while I was stationed there. thanks.
Best Friends Michael T. Murray Alfredo Valdez Phillip Sherman Patrick Stefano Wayne Sears
Best Moment making E-4; achieving "Flight Crew Status"; being a Crew Chief
Worst Moment I had a complete engine failure far from home base on my first flight as Crew Chief, and abandoned by pilots with instructions to "call us when it's fixed". A real test of my technical prepareness and ability to find /use resources at another Air Base. A complete engine change with minimum assistance did wonders for my confidence.