The following names and details are from Special Orders Number 274 dated 24 November, 1954 at Offutt AFB. These orders pertain to outright discharges or discharges with reenlistment.
Bayer, Cleon W. - A/1C - 30th Comm Sq - HOR: Tacoma, Wa.
Fetter, Marlyn C. - SSGT - 544 Recon Tech Sq - HOR: Ashland, Oh.
Garcia, Fernando - A/1C - 30th Comm Sq - HOR: El Paso, Tx.
Goff, Eugene S. - A/1C - 3902 AP Sq - HOR: Lockport, NY.
Gruman, Donald V. - A/1C - 3902 MTR VEH Sq - HOR: Cavour, Wi.
Hyde, Harvey F. - SSGT - 3902 Fld Maint Sq - HOR: Grand Island, Ne.
Lilly, Charles E. - A/1C - USAFSS Kelley AFB, Tx. - Atchmt Hq. 3902 AB WG - HOR: Macon, IL.
McAnulty, James R. - SSGT - 3902 Fld Maint Sq - HOR: Long Beach, Ca.
Miller, Robert D. - A/1C - 3902 Supply Sq - HOR: Fruit Port, Mi.
Nielsen, Walter A. - SSGT - 3902 Supply Sq - HOR: St. Paul, Mn.
Olivier, Stanley F. - A/1C - 30th Comm Sq - HOR: Chicago, IL.
Penney, Virgil C. - SSGT - 3902 AP Sq - HOR: Marland, Ok.
Quam, Rolland E. - MSGT - 3902 Support Sq - HOR: Bossier City, La.
Rasmussen, Carrol N. - TSGT - Hq 3902 AB WG, SAC.
Schlosser, Harlan E. - A/1C - 3902 Supply Sq - HOR: Carlos, Mn.
Schrom, Edward R. - SSGT - 3902 MTR VEH Sq, SAC.
Spangler, Richard J. - A/1C - 3902 AP Sq - HOR: Los Angeles, Ca.
Spence, John J. - SSGT - 3902 Mtr Veh Sq - HOR: Mildred, Pa.
Thompson, Harold D. - SSGT - 3902 Periodic Maintenance Sq - HOR: St. Edward, Ne.
Todoroff, George P. - SSGT - 3902 AB WG - HOR: Ford City, Pa.
Vance, L. I. - Major - Adjutant
Wheat, Albert J. - A/1C - 30th Comm Sq. - HOR: Perryville, Ky.
The following names are from Special Orders No. 46 issued at Offutt 24 Feb, 1955 having mostly to do with change of duty assignments.
Bartley, Edwin B. - MSGT - 30th Comm Sq, Omaha to 33rd Comm Sq, March AFB, Ca.
Campbell, James E. - A/1C - 3002 Supply Sq, Offutt and 818 AB GP, Lincoln, Ne.
Davenport Duane T. - A/1C - 3902 Oprs Sq and Hq 3902 AB WG
Harris, Ronald T. - 1st Lt. - HQ 3902 AB WG and 3902 Instl Sq
Johnston, Richard W. - A/3C - 3902 AP Sq - 3902 Instl Sq
Kenney, James G. - SSGT - 3902 Supply Sq, Offutt and HQ 12th ADIV, March AFB, Ca.
Musgjerd, Clair H. - 1st Lt. - Hq 3902 AB WG and 3902 Supply Sq
Rose, Franklin C. - A/2C - 3902 Fld Maint Sq and 3902 Oprs Sq
Shaver, John W. - SSGT - 3902 Instl Sq, Offutt and 340th AB GP, Sedalia AFB, Mo.
Wilson, Mary E. - SSGT - 3902 Support Sq and 3902 USAF Hospital
The following personnel are named in the same Special Orders as authorized for separate rations.
Anderson, Raymond O. - A/1C - 30th Comm Sq
Calhoun, James H. - SSGT - 3902 Instl Sq
Campbell, James E. - A/1C - 3902 Supply Sq
Gale, Rusk - A/2C - 3902 Periodic Maint Sq
Hale, Donald D. - SSGT 3902 Support Sq
Hardin, Melvin L. - SSGT - 30th Comm Sq
Harding, David P. - A/3C - 1911 AACS Sq
Kenny, James G. - SSGT - 3902 Supply Sq
Leathers, Raymomnd L. - TSGT - 3902 Support Sq
Nichols, Donald O. - A/2C - 30th Comm Sq
Rose, Harold M. - MSGT - 3902 Support Sq
Shaver, John W. - SSGT - 3902 Instl SQ
Spachtholz, George E. - TSGT - 1911 AACS Sq
Wilhelm, James W. - SSGT 30th Comm Sq
Fernando Garcia, 30th Communications Squadron, recalls: Longoria from South Texas and Miono from New York City. Both were in the base motor pool.
Tempelmeyer, William - (USAF 1949 - 1953) - S/Sgt - Intelligence, Headquarters SAC (May 1950 - September 1953) Offutt AFB - Hometown, Louisville, Nebraska - He retired to Marshalltown, Iowa. The following is extracted from some material he recorded for his descendants.
...I'd like to tell you of two duty days during my tour at Offutt. The first was just a little bit over a month after my arrival. The work pace was slow as we had virtually no material to work with. A few maps, some charts, and only a rough idea as to what was going to happen. However, we were not short on ideas, suggestions, nor rumors. Normally we worked forty hours a week and took turn working Saturday mornings. One of the men in the office, Sergeant Henry, was about to be transferred and he asked me if I would fill in for him on Saturday morning. That Saturday, June 24, 1950 is one of the days that I can tell you about and only because thirty-four years later I saw a Television Documentary about the event.
I arrived at work at eight o'clock as scheduled and was directed to go to the Command Center to answer the phone and direct incoming personnel. Keep in mind that Offutt had fifteen Generals, fifty-two Full Colonels, and two Lieutenant Colonels. So there I sat a Private First Class who had no idea what was going on or who anyone was. We had men there like General LeMay, Colonel Paul Tibbets, and General Sweeney. But to poor uneducated little me they were a bunch of very powerful "old men" (age 30). The first hour or so went just fine and I was looking forward to getting off duty at noon, when all of a sudden everyone got very excited, whistles blew, sirens sounded, people ran, phones rang, and worst of all the base was secured. This meant that no one could come onto or leave the base. About this time one of my fellow enlisted men, M/Sgt Fournier came into the room carrying a large bundle of material from our office and looking as if the world was about to end.
Shortly thereafter I became aware that the North Koreans had struck South Korea and that American forces were taking casualties. Then as I listened and watched it became apparent to me that the General Staff was preparing a Military response to the North Korean actions. The proposal ... to drop three Atomic Bombs just south of the 38th Parallel in the three mountain valleys that had rail, river, road, and in general topographical features that would permit the movement of troops and supplies into South Korea. The plan was prepared and three high ranking officers dashed to the runway and flew to a personal meeting with President Truman, who happened to be spending the weekend at his family home in Independence, Missouri, just over 150 miles South of the base. Everyone sat on needles and pins waiting for the President's response. When it came ... the President said "NO!!, we did not need a military solution to a political problem." At that time I strongly disagreed with the President's decision. Now after forty-five years to study history, and to learn more about a thousand other things, I have come to realize the wisdom of his logic and it was the only time during my four years in the Air Force that I heard of anyone telling three Generals NO!!! and living to tell the story.
The second day that I want to tell you about happened sometime in late July 1953. The war in Korea was dragging on, we had lost over fifty-four thousand American servicemen and the peace talks with the North Koreans were fruitless, worthless, and humiliating. One day we received orders to put together all the target information that we had on every city in the Orient and Eastern Russia. Needless to say the pace was frantic. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out why Bomb Wings need target information on certain cities. Five days later the world was relieved to find out that a peace treaty had been signed and the shooting stopped. Again thirty-five years later there was a documentary program on ETV in which they stated that the North Koreans were informed of the consequences of not coming to some kind of agreement to end the war.
I am glad that I was there when these historical events occurred. I only wish that I would have had the maturity and wisdom to fully appreciate them at the time.
The last statement in the prior paragraph brings me to my concluding comment about my duty assignment in the USAF. One day about five of us low ranking Airmen were sitting around talking about being in the service. When with great interpretation, the question came up ... Why had we been selected to handle such highly classified material? What did we have to offer that other Airmen didn't? The only common denominiator that we had was that we were all young, from rural towns, and had never been anywhere, not even to college. This made security checks very simple and it was extremely unlikely that we had been exposed to any ideology that was objectionable. I was just a flunky low level file clerk who put stuff in packages and typed letters, but was there and saw history being made and was investigated by his Government, the Air Force, and the FBI, and found to be loyal and honest enough to be permitted to work with military information of the very highest classification and sensitivity.
I am still very proud of my service record.
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