* The United States Air Force *
~ and Me ~

~ Randolph AFB San Antonio, Texas ~

~ The 'Taj Mahal' at Randolph ~

A transfer to Randolph AFB, San Antonio, Texas in May of 1953... I was first assigned to the Base Photo Lab, as they were opening a new Reconnaissance Photo Lab to process aerial film and make prints for maps... My task was to order in all the equipment and supplies need to run the new lab...

Here is the 'portrait studio' in the Base photo lab...

The only official photography I did in the Base Photo Lab was when the staff threw a party and asked me to take the 'Alert Photographer' assignment for that night so all the others could go.. They brought me a large helping of chicken cacciatore and a few bottles of beer to tide me over...

Then an 'Alert' call. Had to go to the flight line to take pics of a minor truck accident...

Then a more serious job... The Air Police brought in three suspects in a rape charge and I had to take ID photos and then pics of 'evidence' they brought in...


I didn't have any other duties assigned in the Base Photo Lab beside ordering supplies and equipment for the new Recon Photo Lab but they found things for me to do...

My temporary office with my Missouri Mule in the Base Photo Lab

In the new lab, in an old building, I again had an office and supply room... Third in a row...

Here checking inventory in the walk in cooler we had for storing photo paper and film... The film in 50 foot rolls...

And by the way, I was promoted to Staff Sergeant in December of 1953, really uptown living now...

And then in June of 1954, advanced to AFSC 23270, Photographic Supervisor, needed to make Tech Sergeant..


Here again we had Camera Repairmen to service the aerial cameras and equipment, Sam working on a 16mm film projector...

Sam liked my old Harley motorcycle and bought it and took it home when he left service...

One of the large aerial cameras that were mounted in the RB-29s, used for aerial recon practice...

The film reels were motorized and advanced the film continuously, syncronized with the speed of the plane and took a picture 50 feet long...


Two of the three civilian camera repair people here, one of the Mexicans that started teaching me Spanish, Senor Cantu on the left here...

An Air Show in the big hangar, here we were showing an aerial map made in the Recon lab...

Resting at the Ritz... We had new barracks here, two man rooms with closets and drawers... Smaller bathrooms with private stalls and showers... Air Conditioned and really nice...

Randolph was an old permanent base with brick buildings and many recreational features... A fast food restaurant... A riding range, a golf course, three or four swimming pools, several tennis courts, really nice place to be stationed.

Here I am on Lake McQueeny where we could use boats and fishing gear...


And someone sold me this ratty old Harley 250 Two Stroke, I bought it for $25, I painted it, fixed it up nice...

Rode it all over South Texas, then sold it to Sam for $25 when he left for home...

And here, I am tearing out for Kansas City? Nope, After an Honorable Discharge on October 16, 1954... I drove home in a new 1954 Plymouth, my first new car...


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

* Off We Go... October 1954 ~ Back Home to Kansas City! *

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