It was another wake up ! one day closer to rotating, typical 0 dark 30,
seems all of the missions were launching earlier each day.
Our radio operator Wallace Hollis stumbled through the tent and gave my
rack a kick and I was up! I dug through the bug net and found my boots,
I made sure every night I stuffed my socks tightly in the top of each boot
to keep unwanted critters out. So I didn't expect to feel something moving
when I put my foot in.... WRONG in a flash I had the boot back off and was
beating at what ever it was that came out!
A flashlight revealed a big nasty scorpion. I realized at that moment what
the term "rude awakeing" really meant!
What a way to start the day, could this be an omen? With that , we made our
way to the flight line.
I passed on the mess kit coffee I was already hitting on all cylinders.
Did the walk around inspection of the bird and got ready to saddle up .Then
came the call that we were on hold ,
do to "weather on the target" So what else do you do .... scrounge around
the Flight Ops. shack for a box of C-rats
I selected a fine vintage, 1968 a very good year ! jackpot..... fruit
cocktail. About an hour later
I'm headed to the new 6 holer just built near the fuel pits. I had just sat
I felt a breeze on parts I didn't normally feel a breeze on .... strange ?
I had to look down and I saw daylight really strange? And then I felt a
cold blast of some liquid spray whoa!
I jumped up and turned around to see who's face I was about to get into.
It's some Navy Chief and I yell what the f@#% ..... his eyes bugged out and
he had this sick look on his face.
And even with all the background noise I hear "I'm sorry Sir , I didn't see
Quickly I grasp the opportunity ...... he called me Sir ! I've got my
flight suit on ...he thinks I'm an officer!! And I then proceeded to chew
his ass ,
laughing to myself ...a lowly E-3 chewing out some lifer E-8 and getting
away with it , it made my day! It turns out I got
hosed down with some kind of insecticide which didn't seem to cause any
further problems Luckily I never saw him again .
I always wondered what the old Chief had done to draw that detail ?? Come
to think of it I never got bothered by any kind of bug for weeks after that
Thanks Chief!! where ever you are !