I served proudly with the 62nd Tactical Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base from 1970 to 1972. I also served with the 2nd Aerial Port Squadron at LRAFB from 1972 to 1974. I was honorably discharged from that TAC base January 22, 1974 as a Sergeant (E-4). I returned home to San Pedro, California at the same time I was discharged. The Squadron Commander during, and at the time of discharge was Colonel Carl E. Stone, a full bird colonel. I personally met and spoke briefly during my tour of duty with General John Dale Ryan, the Air force Chief of Staff at the time while I was serving with the 62 TAS. I knew AIC David Bloomberg, a close friend in my barracks at the same time, and also a
C-130E loadmaster who was very sadly killed in a crash at the base on November 12, 1971, C-130E number 69-6578 C/N 4353. I would like to share any additional information about this incident as I am putting together a memoir of my tour of the Air force during that time period of my life. I also have a lot of information about what I experienced, and would like to share it with all knowlegeable parties. Thank You..
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Hello, Please check posting under Builder4life as I have some more information about the crewmembers, and loadmaster A1C David M. Bloomberg, and flight engineer instructor MSGT. Orville Gearheart. Any replies would be greatly appreciated. Regards, Steve Merrow (805) 358-6416
Hello, My name is Steve and I served in the Air Force at Little Rock from 1970-1974 with the 62nd Tactical Airlift Squadron, and I knew A1C David M. Bloomberg as a good mutual friend in our loadmaster section along with CMSGT Eddie B. Creer as the head loadmaster NCOIC at the time. Yes this was a very long time ago, and I will never forget it as long as I live. David Lived across the hall from me in the barracks, and we flew together several times across the country, and TDY's on the same C-130E's out of Little Rock to Rhein Main AFM Germany on one occasion. I remember David well and have a lot more information that I need for my memoirs, and detail of the incident report if you have it. Thanks for your information and hope to talk with you soon. I have waited a long time to be able to discuss this with somebody out there.. Steve (805) 358-6416