During October 1973 as a C-5A crew member I took part in supporting Israel in the Yom Kipper War.
From 6 October to 24 October 1973 my crew was assigned to Lajes Air Base in the Azores. To keep the cargo from the US moving relief crews were assigned to Lajes to keep the aircraft and supplies moving to Israel. We made several shuttles from Lajes to Lod Air field and returned to Lajes.
The operation continued 24 hours a day and crew rest quarters were extremely scarce at Lades. One rest period we spent under a tree. Another rest period there were no quarters available so we rested in the base hospital. The Officer and NCO clubs were under 24 hour operation to feed the aircrews.
When the C-5A's arrived at Lod we were greeted with instant ground support and refueling. We had been instructed to keep the ground time to a minimum because Israel was receiving missiles from Syria.
One shuttle was greeted by Golda Meir and General Moshe Dayan. We were presented with a key chain keepsake with engraving to commemorate the event.
On one nighttime shuttle we had offloaded the cargo and requested from the tower permission to start engines for our departure. Permission was denied. We were told to standby and to open the rear cargo doors. Presently a large truck and trailer were on loaded. It was a Soviet portable missile battery which had been captured by the Israeli Defense Forces from the Syrian forces. The battery was returned to the US to be examined.