* The United States Air Force *
~ and Me ~

~ Lowry AFB Denver, Colorado ~

After joining the Air Force in Kansas City on October 17, 1950 I left the Union Station on the MKT railroad for San Antonio and Basic Training at Lackland AFB...

Because of a rush of enlistments in the Korean War the base was overcrowded and temporary housing was being built..


After some days waiting around the barracks with nothing to do, a large group of us were sent to Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas to complete Basic Training there...

After completing Basic Training I was assigned to Camera Repair Tech school and sent to Lowry AFB in Denver Colorado in January of 1951

Here is the Photography and Camera Repair Technical school building...


Before school started I was assigned to temporary guard duty at night... Cold work but good duty as we got to sleep in all next day...

Here is one of the large mess halls at Lowry


Here the Base Exchange and Base Chapel

Every base has a theater and we had first run movies and 25 cents admission

The old open bay wooden barracks that were still in use at most bases in those days

Actually more comfortable than they looked...


A little jammin session there?

Some of my fellow students in camera repair school

Reading over some technical manuals after school?

On the left, Dave Bennett, went to Tech School with him there, skipped a year or so and joined him again at Luke AFB in January of 1952

And big pastime all the while, writing home...

We did get a Christmas leave from school in December in 1950, here at home with a couple high school buddies...

And I brought my big old Speed Graphic press camera back with me... there's the case on my bunk, propping up Dave...

I was receiving the Sears Newspaper, I worked there before and after I joined the Air Force...

And I bet the guys I could get in the paper, took this photo and sent it to Sears and lookee there!, I was on the front page of the next issue with it!...


And, while I was at Tech school, and after Basic, we were all promoted to PFC... This one of the few pictures I have with only one stripe...

And Dave, with his first stripe outside our old barracks 444...

A walk in Downtown Denver...

And then, graduating second in class in March 1951, getting promoted to Corporal... And being reassigned to Scott AFB...

See you in Belleville Illinois next...



* Lowry AFB Colorado *
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* Luke AFB Arizona *
* Randolph AFB Texas *

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