Scott, Glenn, A1C

Aircraft Maintenance
 
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Current Service Status
USAF Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Airman 1st Class
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
42251-Mechanical Accessories and Equipment Repairman
Current/Last AFSC Group
Aircraft Maintenance
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 42251, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
42030-Aircraft Accessories Maintenance Helper
42231-Apprentice Mechanical Accessories and Equipment Repairman
Service Years
1966 - 1972
Airman 1st Class

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

US Air Force Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Journeyman Technician


 Military Association Memberships
Chapter 27-National Rifle Association (NRA)
  1970, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 27 (Browns Mills, New Jersey)5 - Chap. Page
  1987, -National Rifle Association (NRA)20


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Retired. I worked with computers the majority of my career as an Operator,Tele Comm Analyst, and with CAD ( Computer Aided Design). I have been retired as of 2005. I do research in my spare time on the early Southern New Jersey glass industry, where the art of blowing glass by hand began in America. I also collect and study items from the F4 Phantom II fighter aircraft. I was a mechanic on the environmental systems on this plane in SEA at Ubon RTAFB,Thailand in 1969-70. I have a functioning Ejection Seat (minus rocket) out of a Vietnam era Phantom F4D, that I am currently working on.
   
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Vietnam War
Start Year
1960
End Year
1973

Description
Overview of the Vietnam War


Vietnam was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and in an estimated 2 million Vietnamese deaths. Even today, many Americans still ask whether the American effort in Vietnam was a sin, a blunder, a necessary war, or whether it was a noble cause, or an idealistic, if failed, effort to protect the South Vietnamese from totalitarian government.

Summary:

Between 1945 and 1954, the Vietnamese waged an anti-colonial war against France, which received $2.6 billion in financial support from the United States. The French defeat at the Dien Bien Phu was followed by a peace conference in Geneva. As a result of the conference, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam received their independence, and Vietnam was temporarily divided between an anti-Communist South and a Communist North. In 1956, South Vietnam, with American backing, refused to hold unification elections. By 1958, Communist-led guerrillas, known as the Viet Cong, had begun to battle the South Vietnamese government.

To support the South's government, the United States sent in 2,000 military advisors--a number that grew to 16,300 in 1963. The military condition deteriorated, and by 1963, South Vietnam had lost the fertile Mekong Delta to the Viet Cong. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson escalated the war, commencing air strikes on North Vietnam and committing ground forces--which numbered 536,000 in 1968. The 1968 Tet Offensive by the North Vietnamese turned many Americans against the war.

The next president, Richard Nixon, advocated Vietnamization, withdrawing American troops and giving South Vietnam greater responsibility for fighting the war. In 1970, Nixon attempted to slow the flow of North Vietnamese soldiers and supplies into South Vietnam by sending American forces to destroy Communist supply bases in Cambodia. This act violated Cambodian neutrality and provoked antiwar protests on the nation's college campuses.

From 1968 to 1973, efforts were made to end the conflict through diplomacy. In January 1973, an agreement was reached; U.S. forces were withdrawn from Vietnam, and U.S. prisoners of war were released. In April 1975, South Vietnam surrendered to the North, and Vietnam was reunited.

Consequences

1. The Vietnam War cost the United States 58,000 lives and 350,000 casualties. It also resulted in between one and two million Vietnamese deaths.

2. Congress enacted the War Powers Act in 1973, requiring the president to receive explicit Congressional approval before committing American forces overseas.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1969
To Year
1969
 
Last Updated:
Apr 28, 2014
   
Personal Memories

Memories
I was a Mechanical Accessess Tech, which was changed to Environmental Systems Tech. I worked on the Air Cond, Heating, Pressurization, Aux Power Unit, Fire bottles, Canopy seal, Anti-G Suit Pump, Oxygen Reg., Wing Anti-Ice and a Starter Cartridge for starting engines on C-130 in remote areas that had no ground equip. I used to sit in the seat of the F4 to check out the pressure drop on the Oxy Reg with a Go-No-Guage. You had to watch your footing when lowering yourself into the seat. All the trip mechanisms had safety flags installed, but you still had to make sure you didn't activate the seat. There was an incident over at Ubon, where an Egress Tech accidentally tripped the seat while installing it. He was plastered on the ceiling(plane was in a hanger). I was paranoid afterwards, just sitting in the cockpit. I worked on the F4C and D, the AC-130 Spectre Gunship and the AC-130 Blind Bat Flare Launcher. The flare ship was a part of the Blind Bat Squadron. They lit up the Ho Chi Mihn Trail so that the Spectre Gunships could see what they were doing. We lost a AC-130 gunship a week before I arrived on base. It was shot up, and tried to land back at base. It caught fire on landing, and a flight engineer perished when He could not escape the little fire ops room, that was installed in the cargo area. The tail was all that was left after the inferno. I did see two pilots eject upon landing with shotout landing gear.
I took a photo from top of the reventment. It was a distance pic. I wish I had a telephoto lens. The rockets were so fast, that I could only see them when their chutes opened. We used to cannibalize a lot of the planes. That is take parts off of one plane to use on another so that it could fly its mission then return and put the part back on the original plane or some other. I have a band-aid tin with AK47 slugs removed from the parts I took off of the F4s and AC-130s. They were always coming in with some kind of damage. The F4s took off on a lot of missions with trees (acoubuoy sensors) hanging from their bomb racks. These artificial trees(sensors) were weighted with a pointed
end. They had radio transmitters inside and the trees (sensors) were dropped along the trail, and picked up the sounds from the trucks. The base ops knew when and where to schedule their missions. The AC-130's used to take off an hour before night came. I always saw them flying in circles around the base before taking off for the trail. I found out later that they were calibrating their gun sights on the large water fountain in the city of Ubon, just outside the base.
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I worked on the anti-G system on the F4D Phantom fighter in Thailand. The plane was capable of Mach1 flight. The System was a valve (See photos in this section) with a floating weight. When the pilot went into a climb or a dive the valve would pressurize bladders in different locations in the pilots flight suit. The suit worked like a tourniquet, making sure the pilots blood did not all flow to his feet or head, if he was going into a dive or climb. This prevented him from passing out

   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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