MSGT WILBUR C. WELLS, USAF ,RETIRED
I arrived at Davis Monthan AFB, AZ. from Fairchild AFB, WN in 1965. I was assigned to the 4080th SRW Drone Reconnaissance Squadron. This organization was very top secret at the time.
1st deployment was on 7 Aug 1965 to Bien Hoa Vietnam for 89 days.
2nd deployment to Bien Hoa was on 24 May 1966 for 120 days.
3rd deployment 15 Aug 1967 to Bien Hoa for 90 days.
4th deployment 25 Feb 1968 Bien Hoa 30 days was there for Tet 68. One bunker I should have been in took a direct hit from a rocket attack. Don Gary was in that bunker hurt but survived.
5th deployment Bien Hoa was on 20 Apr 1969 for 45 days.
In 1969 on to U-Tapoa Thialand and in 1970 to Korea. 75 days and back to U-Tapoa again.
Having been TDY for a period of time SAC gave the drones to TAC and I requested assignment to 512th FTD. Granted. Instructed most of you guys on the drone assemble etc. 5 years with 512th. 1972 to 1976. Pcs to Hill AFB to the 6514th test Squadron Ogden, Utah , 1976 to 1979, where I retired.
I returned to Tucson and worked for Montgomery Ward’s security from 1979 to 1983. Became a correctional officer at the Wilmont facility in 1983 to 1995 where I went on disability retirement.
Post script: Wilbur Wells passed away on 02 November 2010.