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576 SMS

Postby Jim Dearman on Mon Mar 24, 2008 11:55 pm

Any old 576 SMS B site members looking at this?
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Re: 576 SMS

Postby EricM1 on Fri May 16, 2008 3:15 am

I worked at 576 B-3 with Sgt. Kretzinger from late 1962 to March 1966.

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Re: 576 SMS

Postby Jim Dearman on Sun Aug 17, 2008 11:18 pm

Eric,

Which launch crew were you on?

I was initially on crew 09 with old Major Ferraguto and later the MCCC on crew 6 with Sgt Vance Barefoot and Sgt Scholtec

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Re: 576 SMS

Postby bobenckjr. on Wed Jul 22, 2009 7:20 pm

Hello,

My Dad, Bob Enck, from Philadelphia, PA served in the 576SMS from 61-65 stationed in Vandenberg, CA.

- Bob Enck Jr.

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Re: 576 SMS

Postby DaneTrain on Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:45 am

My buddies grandpa was there... a Chief in fact. Can't remember his name right now.
Proud of my all 200+ (And counting) alerts.
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Re: 576 SMS

Postby william winters on Wed Oct 06, 2010 12:33 pm

i was a s/sgt in the 576 sms from 1958-1966 and got out and moved to mesa,az.i was assigned at the mams building missle maintenence then in the calibration team,then at the end in scheduling.got to know lots of great guys over the 8 years in the air force.i had come from the navy and found that an x-navy was at the bottom of the list for promotion,got out went to college and went to work for a company who made rockets including the retard rocket,2547,used on the atlas.retired in 1989 as a senior rocket engineer.any OLD members email me.there surely is some of us alive
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Re: 576 SMS

Postby Atlas D MMT on Sat Nov 13, 2010 3:04 am

I went TDY from Fe Warren 389th MMS to the 576th SMS three times in eleven months on a APCHE crew for four Atlas D launches.
11-May-62 Pad B-3 127D “Cannon Ball Flyer
25-Jan-63 Pad B-2 “Big Sue”
12-Mar-63 Pad B-1 64D “Tall Tree II"
15-Mar-63 Pad B-2 46D “Tall Tree I”

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Re: 576 SMS

Postby Art LeBrun on Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:30 am

Jim,

FYI Big Sue 1-25-1963 was 39D (if you were missing that information).
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Re: 576 SMS

Postby Atlas D MMT on Wed Dec 08, 2010 3:19 pm

Art,

Big Sue (39D). That missile Atlas 39D was our hanger queen in the MAB at FE Warren. We loaded it on a C-133B in the Summer of 1962 and I understood that it was on alert on Pad 576th B-2 with a warhead for the Cuban Missile Crises. It stayed on the pad until we arrived TDY for the APCHE check out and launch.

I have an original typed launch schedule of the twenty-nine Atlas-D launches from the 576th B Site starting in April 1960 to the Tall Tree launches in March 1963 with launch dates and code names.

Cannon Ball Flyer was 127D, Tall Tree I was 46D, and Tall Tree II was 64D. I was 2500 feet from Pad 3 when Tall Tree III 102D from the 549th blew up a 3500 feet. I have a stainless steel piece of the fuel tank in my scrap book.

Were you at Vandenberg than?

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Re: 576 SMS

Postby Louis Medford on Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:55 pm

william winters wrote:i was a s/sgt in the 576 sms from 1958-1966 and got out and moved to mesa,az.i was assigned at the mams building missle maintenence then in the calibration team,then at the end in scheduling.got to know lots of great guys over the 8 years in the air force.i had come from the navy and found that an x-navy was at the bottom of the list for promotion,got out went to college and went to work for a company who made rockets including the retard rocket,2547,used on the atlas.retired in 1989 as a senior rocket engineer.any OLD members email me.there surely is some of us alive


Yeah Bill, there are some of us still alive! I was a member of the old 576th SMS from 3/19/64 to its deactivation 3/22/65. I worked in the MAMS building on base and at most of the sites. I was an Inertial Guidance Tech and worked on the E and F. After the 576th I was assigned to the 6595th ASTW and finished my enlistment. I must be honest, while I was at Vberg (3 years) I became a beach bum.. spent a lot of time on the bases beaches as well as up and down the coast from Santa Barbara to Avila. After I got out, I did a lot of different things until I went through my apprenticeship for the Plumbers and Steamfitters. I became a licensed plumber and a Pipefitter and worked on everything from outhouses to Nuclear Power Houses. Finally retiring!
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