Bobby G. McLeod, A/1c
Painting by Parker McAllister
Seattle Times artist
Bobby G. McLeod AF 13449961, this orgn, this sta, WP o/a 24 Sep 55 to Pier 91, Seattle, Wn for aprx twenty (20 dys), for the purp of Coordinate Operational Pro. Amn w/rept to Comdr USS Savage NLT 2400 PST 25 Sep 55. Upon compl Amn w/rept to OOT Sec for aprx one (1) TDY for the purp of Discussion Program. Amn Cleared up to and including SECRET. PER DIEM TP. (7 cents per mile) auth. It having been determined in advance that this method is more advantageous to the Gov't. Gov't. qtrs. & mess fac w/b util when aval. UCWR this sta. AUTH: AFR 35-52 & 25th Div Msg 25 PMP 5796 dtd 23 Sep 55. TDN: 5763400 079-3006 P458-02-03 S45-603 and 99410.5.
758th AC & W Squadron
Neah Bay, Washington
23 September, 1955
"In 1955 I was an A1C radar operator stationed at the 758th AC&W Sq, Neah Bay in western Washington State. I received TDY orders to report NLT 2400 PST 25 Sep 55 to the commander of USS Savage at pier 91 in Seattle for appox. 20 days cross training. It is one of the memorable experiences of my military career. As it turned out I was the only non-navy man on board and was pretty much on my own. I reported to CIC each morning and involved myself with radar search. I still possess a copy of the Plan of the Day dated 11 Oct 1955 signed by the XO, Lt. T.R. Fitzgerald. The plan called for rendezvous with Tractor plane at 0930 for Z-4-G AA firing excerise. At 1030 we were to depart for Seattle to arrive about 0900 the following morning. The movie for that night was "Crazy Legs" with Lloyd Nolan.
I remember one seaman for that TDY by the name of [Charles H. Broower.] I still have my Savage baseball cap altho it is in poor condition today. My memories of that period of my life will always be cherished." [Bob has now had his old baseball cap replaced.]
[Most graciously donated by Airman Bobby G. McLeod. Thanks for sharing your memories with us.]