McGowan, Samuel, Jr., TSgt

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Current Service Status
USAF Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
11470-Load Master Supervisor
Current/Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 60770, 29th Tactical Airlift Squadron
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
43131E-Apprentice Aircraft Mechanic
99000-Basic Airman
43131F-Apprentice Aircraft Mechanic
43151F-Aircraft Maintenance Specialist
60750-Aircraft Loadmaster
60750A-Aircraft Loadmaster
60770-Aircraft Loadmaster Technician
60770A-Aircraft Loadmaster Technician
Service Years
1963 - 1975
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Enlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

 Official Badges 

Combat Crew

 Unofficial Badges 

C-5 Galaxy 1000 Hour C-141 Starlifter 1000 Hour

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
The Alamo ChapterTroop Carrier/Tactical Airlift AssociationChapter 195
  1999, Professional Loadmasters Association, The Alamo Chapter (San Antonio, Texas)
  2006, Troop Carrier/Tactical Airlift Association [Verified]31 - Assoc. Page
  2015, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 195 (Pearland, Texas) - Chap. Page

 Additional Information

What are you doing now:
I am now retired from corporate flying and am rated 80% disabled and unemployable by the VA.

I have also been known to do some free-lance writing for magazines such as VIETNAM, WORLD WAR II and WW II HISTORY and am the author of a book about the C-130 troop carrier/tactical airlift mission and a Vietnam war novel, THE CAVE. My books are available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other sellers. For details and to order autographed copies, go to


Other Comments:
In 2006 I helped found the Troop Carrier/Tactical Airlift Assocation and served as the secretary until 2017.


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Aircrew Enlisted (Senior)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1963, Basic Military Training (Lackland AFB, TX), 37261
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Technical Training Center (Staff/Cadre) AmarilloTraining Units464th Troop Carrier Wing779th Troop Carrier Squadron
315th Air DivisionOperations Units35th Troop Carrier Squadron58th Military Airlift Squadron
29th Tactical Airlift Squadron463rd Tactical Airlift Wing13th Air Force773rd Tactical Airlift Squadron
3rd Military Airlift Squadron
  1963-1963, 43131E, Headquarters, Technical Training Center (Staff/Cadre) Amarillo
  1963-1963, 99000, 3726th Basic Military Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1963-1964, 43131F, 464th Troop Carrier Wing
  1963-1964, 43151F, 464th Organizational Maintenance Squadron
  1964-1966, 60750, 779th Troop Carrier Squadron
  1965-1967, 60750, 315th Air Division
  1966-1966, 60750, 6315th Operations Group
  1966-1967, 60750, 35th Troop Carrier Squadron
  1967-1968, 60750A, 58th Military Airlift Squadron
  1969-1970, 60770, 29th Tactical Airlift Squadron
  1969-1970, 60770, 463rd Tactical Airlift Wing
  1969-1970, 60770, 13th Air Force
  1970-1970, 60770, 773rd Tactical Airlift Squadron
  1970-1975, 60770A, 3rd Military Airlift Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1964-1964 NEO - Operation Dragon Rouge (Congo)
  1965-1967 Vietnam War
  1965-1973 Vietnam War1
  1965-1966 Operation Power Pack (Dominican Republic)
  1966-1966 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
  1966-1966 Operation Barrel Roll - Laos/Ho Chi Minh trail
  1969-1970 Vietnam War1
  1969-1970 Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1973-1973 Operation Nickel Grass (Israel)
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Air Force.
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
If you participated in any military operations, including combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, please describe those which made a lasting impact on you and, if life-changing, in what way?
Did you encounter a situation during your military service when you believed there was a possibility you might not survive? Please describe what happened and what was the outcome.
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which was your least favorite?
From your entire military service, describe any memories you still reflect back on to this day.
What professional achievements are you most proud of from your military career?
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or other memorabilia, which one is the most meaningful to you and why?
Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
List the names of old friends you served with, at which locations, and recount what you remember most about them. Indicate those you are already in touch with and those you would like to make contact with.
Can you recount a particular incident from your service, which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Air Force?
In what ways has helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
  1974-1975, Wilmington College, New Castle Delaware
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-130 Hercules  C-141 Starlifter  C-5 Galaxy  
  1963-1970, C-130 Hercules
  1967-1968, C-141 Starlifter
  1970-1975, C-5 Galaxy
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