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John R Anderson
Branch: Air Force
Rank: Airman First Class
War or Conflict: Vietnam War
Years of Service: 4
John Anderson served from 1963 to 1967. After basic training in Texas, John trained to be a weather observer in Chanute, Illinois. After training, he was stationed at Fairchild AFB for a year. Later he was transferred to Offutt AFB in Omaha, which was home to Strategic Air Command (SAC) headquarters. John jokingly calls it the "Dr. Strangelove headquarters", adding that "it was something like six stories deep — I worked on the second floor down."

As the Vietnam war escalated, John volunteered to be transferred to Thailand where he was stationed at Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base, which served as a launching point from which U.S. planes flew sorties over Vietnam.

Key events while John was in the service include the Kennedy assassination, the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and the massive escalation of U.S. forces (by the time John left the service at the end of 1967, there were 500,000 US personnel serving in Vietnam).

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