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PO1 William "Chip" Nagel
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SGT (Join to see) Yep I Remember Hearing what a Cluster-F it was.
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SSG Harry Outcalt
SSG Harry Outcalt
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Was a mess the Seal's never made it to shore because they were dropped 25 miles from shore ... They were rescued floating around the ocean ..
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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
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Our battalion was put on standby alert when this went down.
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MSgt Dale Johnson
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I was at Pope AFB where they launched from, my crew was on duty for the Midnight Shift. Looking down from the Control Tower we saw quite a number of uniformed and non-uniformed guys checking gear, including automatic weapons on the ramp below us about an hour before they loaded up.
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SSG Robert Webster
SSG Robert Webster
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Kind of curious - MSgt Dale Johnson where were all these non-uniformed guys checking gear? Over on Green Ramp?
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MSgt Dale Johnson
MSgt Dale Johnson
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Don't remember name of the ramp, but it was just SW of the Tower on the opposite side of the runway from the main ramp.
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SSG Robert Webster
SSG Robert Webster
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MSgt Dale Johnson - Quite interesting, but wasn't the Tower (control tower) on the South and West side of the flight strip? Sounds like your referencing what is now called Red Ramp, which did not exist in 1983. Though at the time there were a couple of 'hot pads' where C-5s were usually parked. Yellow Ramp is/was adjacent to the Tower. The only Ramp that it could have been was Green Ramp, which is SW of the Tower but on the same side of the runway as the 'main' ramp, which is where I was located for most of the load out. Silver, White, and Blue Ramps were the major parking area across the field from the Tower (though I understand that some of the names have changed since that time).

I was stationed at Fort Bragg with the 82nd Airborne for most of my career from 1976 to 1996.
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MSgt Dale Johnson
MSgt Dale Johnson
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Runway was 5/23 and the Tower was on the SE side of the runway, and if memory serves me right (not always something I would bet on...LOL) it was a C-5 that was below us at the time. Clam Shell doors stand out in my memory of that evening.

On a side note, do you remember a really old retired guy, nicknamed "Kraut?" His wife's name was Sylvia. They were one of the nicest couples my wife and I had the priviledge of knowing. They were neighbors for about a year before we moved, seemed to me he knew about everyone there in the 82nd. Every weekend they had a good sixe crowd for a cookout and I don't remember seeing anyone there more than once. Beer could have influenced that though.
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