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1:17pm 10-03-2017

Year(s) in the Corps

1992

Section in the Corps

Soprano and Corps Commander (Red Rope)
332nd Mad Dogs (Electronic Warfare Systems), May - December 1992.
2:50am 08-31-2017
Rachel Penney Miller

Year(s) in the Corps

1989

Section in the Corps

Drums: cymbals, tritoms, snare

Your Favorite Food

Snow crab seafood.

What You Want For Christmas

For everyone to be happy.
Was at Keesler AFB for most of '89 & got into D&B corps because I just happened to be assigned to live there in 19th squadron.
It was so much fun. I never anticipated being part of such a fun group. We went on so many parades all around the area when everyone else was off & doing whatever they felt like. I don't regret it one bit. Sgt Gossett was in charge during that time and he also insisted that I learn to read music, rather than play by ear. I'm out now & living in the Atlanta GA area. I can be reached at
penneyrachel@icloud.com.
1:43am 08-16-2017

Year(s) in the Corps

1960

Section in the Corps

Horn

Your Favorite Food

MPV just about any meat,potatoe and vegetable.

What You Want For Christmas

time with family
one valve + rotator.horn. great times. survived one mild hurricane, stupid race riots, unofficial parade in New Orleans, and a year of electronics tech school. Lackland AFB was easy and waiting for school opening after arriving at Keesler was my intro to D&B corps. (KP was the default choice) After my first leave home, I had my 1950 Dodge which made the 90 miles to New Orleans often. Gas was 20 Cents/gal. My AFSC was ECM and I spent 3 years in and around B-47's. To my surprise, I once got orders to pick up a burgle from base supply and travel orders to play Taps at a memorial service. I had not touched a horn in two years since Keesler and was very nervus. I loved the drum beat which I try to duplicatX6g7Yetable.Often I recall the calipso melody echoing between the French Quarter buildings. I was recently at the main gate of Keesler but didn't have the contact info to get on base. The Biloxi museum had pictures of Katrinas devastation.
4:22am 04-14-2017

Year(s) in the Corps

Sep 69 - Aug 70

Section in the Corps

Contra Bass

Your Favorite Food

Sam Adams!

What You Want For Christmas

Sam Adams!
I got to Keesler 30 days after Camille just as the body searches stopped. Was in PATS (personnel awaiting tech school) for 10 weeks waiting for the backlog of students to clear. I attended basic electronics on the newly created C-Shift from midnight to 6 for about three or four weeks. In the corps I was a contra bass player, but occasionally filled in on baritone. Capt Barnes was in command with then TSgt Roundtree as NCOIC. Sarge received MSgt before I left in Aug 70. Sarge's wife ( we called her Mom) worked in student assignments and would help us to get good assignments if they were open and available to our AFSC. I went to CCKAB in Taichung, Taiwan. Just found an old friend from the corps, Sam Coppola. I'm sending the site manager all my pics just pulled out of the basement. I retired in July, 1989.
8:47am 03-19-2017

Year(s) in the Corps

6 months

Section in the Corps

drum

Your Favorite Food

any

What You Want For Christmas

to hit the lottery for a few hundred million
Met some good people and had a great time!
11:46am 03-11-2017

Year(s) in the Corps

1961-1962

Section in the Corps

Bass Baritone Bugle

Your Favorite Food

Mississippi Crab Po Boys

What You Want For Christmas

Jaguar XF Coupe
What a wonderful Experience. I think about it frequently.
I especially recall the trip to Moody AFB and the Mari Gras parade.
The air conditioned barracks were a welcomed relief from the Triagle hot house cinder block barracks.
The troops were Fantastic. I especially remember Bob Evans. What a classy guy.
I'm delighted to have found this web site. Too bad so much was lost in Camile.
4:15pm 02-14-2017

Year(s) in the Corps

1976

Section in the Corps

Horn
I fondly remember the Black Corp's Shined boot and the sand of Biloxi Shore. I proudly salute The Keesler Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corp
7:02am 10-21-2016

Year(s) in the Corps

Jan - Dec 1961

Section in the Corps

Bugle Sargent

Your Favorite Food

Italian

What You Want For Christmas

Ron Cassell's '59 Corvette
Blue Knights 1961 was a fabulous experience. Several of us also played in the Keesler Kommanders dance band; regulars at the Biloxi USO, Arnold Hall and the Officer's club. When I joined the Drum Major was a sharp troop named Johnson, followed by Max Shultz and then Ian Glenday. Corps sweetheart was Dominica Termini. One of our OIC's was Lt. Richard Byerly; we used to swap cars when he needed one with an airman's sticker (dating an enlisted WAF). I got to drive his new Austin Healy and get salutes at the gate.
6:49am 10-11-2016

Year(s) in the Corps

june 1964 - may 1965

Section in the Corps

percussion
missed putting in my last name
6:46am 10-11-2016

Year(s) in the Corps

june 1964 - may 1965

Section in the Corps

percussion, bass drum tenor glock, cymbals , but bass was my baby, booom booom

Your Favorite Food

da 'wifs' cooking

What You Want For Christmas

to march with the d & b again in the new orleans mardi gras parade
Lt Jerry was our OIC , he was from Carmel , Il. , i forgot his last name he married the corps sweetheart, Valerie, Borelli was the drum major, the corps marched in a parade in Alabama, i came back with a ton of manure on the bass drum, i had a few blobs on me too, hahaha, it was fun anyway. left USAF in july 1968 , came back into USAF Reserves in Jan '86 and retired in june 2003. did 2 tours in SEA in '67 n '68. in Reserves did support of desert storm , eternal freedom and afghanistan. sure miss the gang. well God bless you all and yours, and God bless the U.S. of A. email: bumpo2@hotmail.com
4:33pm 08-25-2016

Year(s) in the Corps

1

Section in the Corps

Low Brass

Your Favorite Food

Organic

What You Want For Christmas

ZL1
1988
Low Brass--fun times
Left USAF in 1996.
Stationed with the 53rd CCF and 3rd Wing afterward.
Saw combat.
7:58am 07-06-2016

Year(s) in the Corps

1964-1965

Section in the Corps

Horns
Sorry Tom Anderson, I am a bit older than you (but we may have overlapped as I thought Lt. Williams was a captain. Got to the triangle area of Keesler in December 1964 and immediately left for the main base side of the runway and joined the Drum & Bugle corp (the air conditioned barracks were the real draw). Went through basic electronics school, then radar school, then instructor school and then taught basic electronics ('65-'66). Since I taught in the six am to noon shift, I spent my off time working at the base movie theater and helped out at the base parachute shop (I was also a skydiving instructor at the Ocean Springs airport). I played 6 string and banjo and when I met Bill Orr (12 string guitar) and Gary Hertz (standup bass) we formed a folk trio ("Empty Cup Trinity" and later the "Blue Mountain Lake Ramblers" and played the Officer's Club at Keesler, Trader John's out on Highway 90 towards Gulfport (washed away in Camille, but actually where Jimmy Buffett got his start a year or two after we played there) and most fun of all, Friday and Saturday nights at Cosimos Bar in New Orleans (still there today on the corner of Burgundy and Gov. Nichols streets). I really enjoyed the teaching of basic electronics in Allee Hall and was pleased at how well my classes did on the standardized electronics tests at the end of the classes. I was disappointed when transferred out in late '66 (to the 1370th photomapping wing at Turner AFB (in Albany, Georgia) and then Forbes AFB (Topeka, Kansas). Would love to hear from those in Biloxi at the same time.
7:40pm 05-25-2016

Year(s) in the Corps

1.5

Section in the Corps

Drum line snare!

Your Favorite Food

Apple pie and ice cream! American!

What You Want For Christmas

Nothing. Have everything I need.
Best era of my military career!
9:30am 04-28-2016

Year(s) in the Corps

1962

Section in the Corps

Drill Team

Your Favorite Food

Mexican and Cajun

What You Want For Christmas

Another year on this planet
I attended Microwave - Radio Relay Equipment Repairman school and I went to New Orleans with Dan every chance we had. Our drill team was the U.S. Air Force honor guard when John F. Kennedy visited New Orleans in 1962. The white glove barracks inspections were always an experience. Sgt. Gombos was in charge of the drill team and d&b corps at that time. Lots of good memories performing in surrounding towns and on base for numerous occasions.
5:42pm 04-13-2016

Year(s) in the Corps

July '77 - March '78

Section in the Corps

Bass drummer, Drum Major some other things I forget !

Your Favorite Food

Sausage McMuffin

What You Want For Christmas

Motus V4 motorcycle or a Vespa.....
I think that Sgt. Parmater was our first shirt....can't remember everyone's name but does it really matter as we all had a riot !! I went on to the Plillipines and Nevada Test Site. I can remember the 32 hour inspection and boot burning.....there was some hot sauce involved somewhere in there as well The Mardi Gras was cool to march in....have some pics of that somewhere.
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