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Re: Just found this Forum....

Postby ragtopz2000 on Wed May 09, 2012 10:35 pm

I do have a number of photos from the 394th squadron area, the barracks area, and from Point Sal, as well as photos of some of our team members (I said Team 4 in my original post, I think it was Team 2 actually). I also have a few shots (keep this one secret), of a couple launches, inlcuding a Minuteman I or II - I beleive - and of a Titan IIID from the MOL launch site. I also did finally get hold of a couple 394th patches, but would love to get a 395th patch also. If you would like some digital copies of my photos, let me know.
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Re: Just found this Forum....

Postby ragtopz2000 on Thu May 10, 2012 8:34 pm

Tried to post a reply last nite. I do have spme pics form vandenberg. I would be happy to sahe if you let me know how to contact you. BTW, I was on team 2, not team 4 as I originally said.
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Re: Just found this Forum....

Postby PointSalJim on Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:42 am

I haven't been checking the Minuteman I forum for awhile, so just came across the last few of these posts, which brought back some memories.

I do recall the refurb building between the 394th building and Point Sal; also the chow hall on the hill. I recall going there for dinner while on a swing shift team.

The CTLI room was up there on the hill someplace. When doing an LCT—(now that's an old term--launch capability test—the Minuteman II guys called the same thing an SFT, i.e. system functional test), somebody had to go up to the CTLI room during the test. That was an easy duty, because all you had to do was sit at a console to see if the blast damper door closed indicator light came on within the allotted time during the launch sequence. I only recall one time that it didn't. It came on too late, and when we checked, sure enough the blast damper in the silo was mucked up and slow, and had to be fixed. But whoever was in the CTLI room during the test always took their time driving back to the LF, hoping all the gear would be stowed by the time they got back.

Taking photos was forbidden. But once late in my enlistment, I did smuggle my camera down to the fallback area in my toolbox while on MAET duty—i.e. postlaunch securing of the silo. I got some slides of a launch, which I found in my among my old photos awhile ago. VAFB was a busy place then; there were at least one and sometimes two MM-1 or MM-2 test launches each week, but I was out by 1969.
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Re: Just found this Forum....

Postby ragtopz2000 on Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:47 am

The area where they did teh CTLI test and the lunch room were on the sam site up on the hill. Think it was above LF 23, but memory begins to fail. I also got a few shots of a launch form the top of the bunker that was in front of the Refurb building. I got there in July 1969 so our paths probably never crossed, but we sure tread the same ground.
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Re: Just found this Forum....

Postby mjmats on Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:27 pm

Ragtopz2000

I would really appreciate a copy of any digital photo you might have of the area around the 394th. I never thought to take any photos while I was stationed there. I lived in the old barracks which was fairly close to the Chow Hall. Most of the time we rode the old Blue Bus out to the Refurb Building...and then out to whatever site we were working. Commander's Call was at the base theater and if memory serves, there was a Greasy Spoon nearby called something like the "Running Chef" After moving off base, I used to drive by the Lompoc Correctional Facility every day in order to enter the base from the back/side gate. Hated Pucky Parties, scraping blast residue, and actually most all other jobs following the missile launch. Anyway, if you can, please email any photo to: mjmats@sbcglobal.net. Thanks

Michael J.
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Re: Just found this Forum....

Postby ragtopz2000 on Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:19 pm

mjmats wrote:Ragtopz,

I don't frequent this forum very often so I did not see your response to my posting until today. That aside, Clyde Wallace wore very thick spectacles and smoked "roll-your-own" cigarettes. He loved playing Pinochle....lots of time for card playing while you are on a site! The Refurb Building was located between the 394th Building and the missile silos hidden in an obscure location. I remember a dirt road we affectionately called the Ho Chi Min Trail that was used as a shortcut to save time back to the base. Refurb was a dirty job, from Puckey Parties to cleaning the EWC Rail and applying graphite. By the way, I somehow still have my Fatigue Shirt complete with 394 SMS Patch and SAC Patch. I also remember a Chow Hall on the Hill near the Launch Facilities close to the CTLI Room. Ate many lunches out there, and many of the dreaded box lunches while sitting in the old refurb trailers. Remember deers running in the fog, rattlesnakes basking on the road, and clean beaches. Do you have any photos of your time at Chanute or Vandenberg? Regards

Michael Matsumoto


Michael. Did I communicate back to you about pics? I did have some pics taken in our trailer, and also around the sq. barracks area. Let me know by private message if you get this.
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