Best Friends Andy (last name unknown) who transferred out to Radio School to get out of KI Sawyer and three other guys - Rick (last name unknown), Mack McMillan and Jim Jones.
I kept in touch with Jim and his wife, Margaret, for many years after I left the Air Force but eventually lost contact with him. Jim was a "fatherly" figure to a lot of us young Airmen. I am truly honored to have known Jim.
Best Moment Meeting a Boom Operator named Jim Jones. Jim was a Chief Master Sgt. He and his wife, Margaret, took a lot of us young airmen in HQ under their wings. I ate a lot of great dinners at their house on-base instead of eating in the Mess Hall. Jim was also a Korea POW.
My other best moment at KIS was when I got promoted to Sgt (E-4) before I left for Thailand.
Worst Moment Being called before the Wing Commander because my Mom and Dad wrote to my NJ congressman that I hated picking up cigarette butts on base and that I wanted to get transfered. Little did I know that after I got transferred to U-Tapao, Thailand, the Wing commander from KIS would become the Wing Commander at U-Tapao while I was there. What a small world. The old saying back then was - once in SAC / always in SAC. Actually, I'm very proud of my service in SAC at KIS and U-T.
Other Memories Fishing on the Escanaba River and smelt fishing (at night) on the shores of Lake Superior with Jim and Rick. Jim, Rick and I use to go fishing regularly on the Escanaba River. Rick had the boat that he always transported on the top of his vehicle. We had a great bond as friends and Airmen. Wow, it's hard to not get sentimental about these two guys. I lost my basic fear of water fishing with those 2 guys.