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For general discussion with your fellow Minuteman I crewdogs, maintainers and cops. Formerly Based at Ellsworth AFB, SD, Malmstrom AFB, MT, Minot AFB, ND, Whiteman AFB, MO, F. E Warren AFB, WY. On alert frm 22 Oct 1962 to 27 Sep 1974. Share your stories and meet up with an old friend.

Just found this Forum....

Postby TomK on Fri Oct 19, 2007 8:03 am

I was a Missile Facilities Specialist way back in the mid 60s.
Tech School at Chanute AFB and then stationed at Malmstrom AFB.
Anybody out there who worked on the Minuteman I ???

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Postby SAC Killer on Sun Oct 21, 2007 10:29 pm

Not me. But welcome. :D
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Postby AirForceMedic on Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:11 pm

Not me either, but I did work on Minuteman II's......Is that close enough?
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Postby 3901smes on Thu Jan 10, 2008 1:18 am

Ya, I worked MMI starting in 67 at Wing II.
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Postby PointSalJim on Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:15 pm

Yes, I was a BMAT in the EMT shop at Vandenberg in the 60’s. Worked on MM-1, the initial force modernization
of MM-1, and was there for the start of MM-2, but left the USAF before MM-III came in.

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Postby ciggy on Sun Jul 27, 2008 2:16 am

I did..Whiteman 1/67-12/69...EMT
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Postby Jermohn on Sat Aug 02, 2008 2:51 pm

Hi, I just found this site on the internet. I was a Minuteman 1 cable splicer 1963-66 at F.E. Warren AFB, Cheyenne, WY for 32 months and then 1966-67 at Minot, AFB, Minot, ND... "Why Not Minot!" Sure would like to find some of the older generation...been awhile. Jerry Mohn :D
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Postby PointSalJim on Wed Aug 06, 2008 8:31 pm

A lot of things have changed about Minuteman since I was in SAC. These forums have been pretty instructive as to the changes over the years.

Whiteman had been my first choice for assignment as it was close to my hometown of KC, Vandenberg was my second choice and that’s what I got. It was just as well. There was nothing not to like about being in Southern California in the mid‘60’s. In the EMT shop we were doing all the same things that would be done on an operational base, and doing them on a more routine basis, as well as being involved in at least one test launch per week. Those were busy years at VAFB. (If you look at a graph of test launches from VAFB, you can see how they started out almost weekly with Minuteman I, and began to taper off in later decades.)

There were two additional shops at Vandenberg. One was DOIT—the Destruct Ordnance Installation Team, who installed an explosive raceway down the side of incoming test missiles, thereby giving the range safety officer the option of blowing up an off-course bird rather than allowing it to crash into Lompoc or Santa Maria.

The other was the Refurb Team, which brought the silo back up to snuff after a test launch. The VAFB people had control of any given site from test launch liftoff (had to go down and shutdown the LF and unplug the G&C cooler) until what we called Final Enable, a final checkout preceding handoff of the site to an incoming team from one of the other bases. In the interim, new equipment had been installed and all the standard tests accomplished.

VAFB also had two extra pieces of equipment that were tied into the countdown sequence: an LF blast damper, and a collimator slot closure. Both of these closed during terminal countdown, protecting the electronics from the exhaust gas.

Every week at the base theater, there were films of the test launches, (including the blowups.) Not often, but on occasion, there was a film of the reentry from the people downrange.

Some decades later, someone arranged a reunion of some 394th SMS people. We gathered at someone’s home in Simi Valley, then took a bus up to Vandenberg for a prearranged tour. The tour guide wanted to show us SLC-6. We all said, “No, we can do that later. First let’s go up to Point Sal.”
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Postby Capt. Bill on Sat Oct 17, 2009 4:59 am

I was a MM I crew dog but all they let us do was change light bulbs.
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Postby Nitebell on Fri Oct 30, 2009 1:20 pm

TomK wrote:I was a Missile Facilities Specialist way back in the mid 60s.
Tech School at Chanute AFB and then stationed at Malmstrom AFB.
Anybody out there who worked on the Minuteman I ???

Tom

Yep! 63-65 with 341ST Comm Sq. We were the first of many newly trained Cable Splicers to take over duties of
the contractors. That experience was one of the greatest moments of my life, although i didn't know it at the
time.

Great to see someone took the time to create a fine forum on a rare subject, hope to run into some old friends here and make new ones. Cheers! From Punta Gorda Fl. Paul K.
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Just back from a trip to MT & Malmstrom AFB

Postby TomK on Wed Dec 08, 2010 4:34 pm

Thanks to my daughter, who talked me into coming along to a conference she attended near Yellowstone, I spent two weeks with the wife and Kids traveling around MT.

Spent 4 days in Great Falls and had a great time in town and at the Museum on Malmstrom.
My thanks go out to Curt - Museum Director.

Got lots of pix from in and around Great Falls also in and around Helena and Yellowstone Park.

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Postby ragtopz2000 on Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:02 am

Pointsaljim-

Just found this Board. I was on Refurb Team 4 from 1969-1972 at Vandenberg. It was probably the dirtiest job I ever had, especially when we had to knock the launch exhaust scale off the silo walls after a launch. Even with the respirators on, the red grit that came off the walls in sheets was still in your teeth the next day. No idea what it did to our lungs but I'm still alive today :D. And yes I remmebr that pucky-if you didn't use the rubber gloves it took days to get it out from under your fingernails. I was there when one of the missiles came out of teh silo doing corkscrews and was destroyed with pieces of flaming solid fuel falling all over around LF 09. I was also there when they filmed Peace is our Profession for teh Lassie television show (also on LF-09)/ I found a copy of teh show on DVD on ebay a couple years ago. Quality is not top grade but was fun to watch it again.

I was part of the eclectic group of nine (including guys named Polson, Heiz, Miller, Dugger, Austin, Mays, etc. ) that trained together on the Titan II at Sheppard AFB in 1968-69, then on graduation in April 1969 were immediately shipped off to Minuteman school at Chanute (watched the moon landing in teh day room at Chanute on July 20, 1969). I did get one chance to step into a real Titan II site one nite when I was driving 394th squadron taxi, when I was sent to deliver box lunches to the active Titan II site. I was invited in and got to go to the bottom of the silo when I mentioned I had been trained on Titan II but never got to see an operational site.

I have been assembling a scrapbook over the past few years, adding everything I could find from the era when I was there. I am still trying to find a 394th SMS patch to include.

I will never forget the time I spent in the Valley of the Flowersat VAFB.
394th SMS, Vandenberg AFB, CA
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Missile Facilities Specialist AFSC 54130 Titan II
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Postby mjmats on Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:46 pm

Stationed at Vandenberg AFB from 1972 through 1975. Assigned to the 394th. SMS. I was one of those rare cases of a Missile System Analyst Specialist (316X0G) who was assigned to the Refurb Team. Spent many a day working those silos and scouting the beaches. I remember something affectionately known as the "Potato Masher" A large platform that was lowered into the silo so that a team of workers could 'pucky' all of the appropriate locations. I remember a particular civilian crane operator named Clyde Wallace who could really handle those machines. Anyone remember any of this?

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Postby ragtopz2000 on Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:08 pm

Michael- I think I do remember Clyde. Was he the older guy, kinda potbellied, always a smile on his face and always wearing his hardhat slightly askew no matter where he was? As a matter of fact, I think I have a photo of him in our team trailer.
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Postby mjmats on Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:13 pm

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

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