Ronald Napier

Profile Updated: May 27, 2014
Where do you live: Melbourne, FL USA
Children: Kelly (son) born 1955
Alan born 1957
Penny born 1963
Current Occupation if still working: Retired
Military Service: US Army, US Air Force  
Yes! Attending Reunion
Do you have any favorite stories or notable events to tell us about while you were at Yokota?

Assigned to Yokota in the summer of 1965, I was assigned to the Detachment out of Tachikawa (seems it was the 1503 but may not be correct).
We had about 75 enlisted men an a couple of officers. We occupied 2 buildings when I got there, one was the orderly room maint and traffic control and some other cats and dogs, the other building (I think they were called Butler Blds) had the K-loader and other equipment.
We had a rough time, little equipment--we had to borrow towing vehicles from the base or anyone who could help us. One night around 2 or 3 AM I asked the Base maintenance control if we could borrow their Cherry Picker to repair something on the T tail. They said no one could use it without permission from the Colonel, I asked the Sgt if he would call the Col, of course he said no. He gave me the phone # and I had the pleasure of giving the old man an early wakeup call.
In the beginning they gave me 3 men to operate Maint Control 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We worked 2 on and 2 off for a few months. Believe me that was a very tight schedule bur we survived.
I transferred in November 1969, I didnt want to leave because I liked the squadron but............
I was a happy 4 years in miltary life. I made some very good friends during that tour of duty.

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