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7:19am 06-19-2015
David Cloutier

Year(s) in the Corps

1

Section in the Corps

Guideon Bearer

Your Favorite Food

Cheeseburgers

What You Want For Christmas

Nothing
It was a great time!
Have some photos to share!
12:20am 05-18-2015
Frederick D Zagurski

Year(s) in the Corps

July 1966 - May 23rd 1967

Section in the Corps

Baritone

Your Favorite Food

apple pie ala mode

What You Want For Christmas

To be with my wife of 45 years, who died from Alzheimer's 9:25AM July 15, 2013
When we heard that a pizza place refused to serve a black airman, we marched down there and told them we would make his place off limits to all airmen if he did it again. The black airman was Gerald Love. I got to know him and when we both got stationed at Fairchild AFB in Spokane, WA I asked him if he would like to be roommates. He agreed and we became best friends. I met a pretty nursing student at the base dance on January 6th, 1968. We became engaged on August 24th and married on December 14th. Gerald was my best man. He now lives in Texas with a large family including many adopted children that no one else wanted. If only that pizza owner could have seen his heart and not just the color of his skin.
11:51am 03-21-2015
Mark House

Year(s) in the Corps

1972-73

Section in the Corps

Bugle and Bugle Sergeant

Your Favorite Food

Pork Tenderloin
Just found the FB page which lead me here. Good communicating with old members!
11:10am 03-18-2015
Darrin Mclellan

Year(s) in the Corps

1989

Section in the Corps

Bugle
Great Memories from the Blue Knights. Marching in the 1989 Mardi Gras parade is still one of my best memories from my time in the Air Force.
7:26pm 03-05-2015
Jeff Kromer

Year(s) in the Corps

Aug '74 - May '74

Section in the Corps

drum Section -- Snare and Drum Sgt my last couple of months
I think Gary Hart was the guy who gave me my audition. Other drummers were Mike Coffee and a guy named Bucannan and Mike Holtz. I had the honor of recruiting the very first female into the Drum Section. We didn't want her as there had never been female members in the Corps other than Fag and Rifle Teams. But she insisted and the Base Commander agreed with her. Other great memories included the Hail and Farewells we had in the old practice bld near the water towers on base. I recently found my old helmet (liner) painted in Blue Knight colors, which prompted me to google this site. If there is a display case for such items on Keesler, I would gladly mail it.

I went through 304x4 Dirt Radio School at Keesler and spent the next 37 years on active duty, all in comm career fields, retiring a Colonel in 2011. Highlights included commanding the 92 CS and 52 CS , serving as the MNSTC-I J6 for a year in 2009, and Drum Sgt, Keesler Blue Knights!
11:02pm 02-09-2015
Ray Parker

Year(s) in the Corps

1965

Section in the Corps

Drums

Your Favorite Food

Pizza
Was in the D&B from April to September 1965 and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Also had the chance to go through my first hurricane, Betsy, while at Keesler. Remember playing for troop change everyday as the folks on B shift would march off to classes and the troops from A shift would march coming from school. Also remember playing for the monthly parades on the flight line and watching the medics dragging the troops who had passed out to the ambulances in the back. Overall, a great experience and enjoyed my time there. Ended up going career and spent 20 years, 6 months and 18 days in the USAF, 11 years overseas including a year in Vietnam, retired as a SMSgt.
9:56pm 01-12-2015
Todd Brewer

Year(s) in the Corps

August 1981 to March 1982

Section in the Corps

Corps Commander, 1st Sop

Your Favorite Food

Tacos

What You Want For Christmas

To be surrounded by friends
I miss you guys. War has been hell.
4:37pm 01-01-2015
Jim Fenton

Year(s) in the Corps

1964- 1965

Section in the Corps

Herald Bugle

Your Favorite Food

Phil Blanco I remember you quite well Email me
I was there under 1Lt Jerry Williams and Borelli as drum Major. The wildest thing that happened to me was my 21st birthday which I celebrated 2/12/65 of course I was enebriated when I got back from town and of course the guys grabbed me and through me in the shower well they were in my room whooping and laughing including the Lt, I came walking up the hall J bird naked carrying my under wear Someone stuck their head out of my room and I thru my underwear at them well they saw me throw and jerked their head back in, and of course the Lieutenant stuck his head out at the same moment.... Whap right in the side of his head all he said was put him to bed, boy was I worried, Wish he was still alive so he could corroborate this story. I remember water fights between the downstairs and the upstairs, Its kind of hard to charge up the stairs With a 50 gal trashcan of water hitting us in the chest, well opened the backdoor and let the water flow outside that ended the water fight, they won....Phil Blanco email me jcfenton@gmail.com.
11:41pm 12-09-2014
Octavius Wright

Year(s) in the Corps

1983

Section in the Corps

Styx

Your Favorite Food

Grilled

What You Want For Christmas

I already have it. :-)
2:42pm 11-29-2014
Ed Schroeder

Year(s) in the Corps

Jan 66-Dec 66

Section in the Corps

Tenor Drum

Your Favorite Food

Japanese

What You Want For Christmas

Peace on Earth
The Corps made training easier and we had some good times. Who remembers the guy who ploughed up the squadron area? Left USAF in 1969. Have lived in Sydney Australia since 1971. Still working as Security Administrator at Sydney International Airport.
1:21am 11-29-2014
Matt Efsic

Year(s) in the Corps

1991

Section in the Corps

Fife

Your Favorite Food

steak

What You Want For Christmas

A set of Arri Prime lenses.
My time at Keesler was short (3 months) for computer programming tech school. Fife and Drum was a great camaraderie. Parties at the Seaside Motel Pool on weekends.
5:29pm 10-07-2014
Michele Hugel

Year(s) in the Corps

82-83

Section in the Corps

Color Guard/Color Guard Captain

Your Favorite Food

What I Cook

What You Want For Christmas

My Sole Mate
The time I spent in D&B was amazing. I met alot of great people and I met the love of my life there. I remember the times at the Tivolli and at the Camp Ground, drinking and skinny dipping and drinking again. I remember the country bar in Biloxi and two stepping all night long. And yes I remember the 2 tiles and no brass rules and all the 'BOOTS" visiting your room at night. I also remember all the controversy I found myself in the middle of when Capt Coyne assigned me a red rope because there was no other female rope to take the position at the time, because the only red rope in the Corp was Corp Captain. So I was a Red Rope for the female dorm only and that was fun, I was the one always getting woke up in the middle of the night because someone did something stupid. I also remember a female Lt that joined the flag lined and performed without her bars because that was the only way she could perform. Life was good I had my little Pontiac Sunbird that Natalie bought from me when I got orders to Germany. I have been back a couple of times to Biloxi and only once in the triangle when my son was stationed there to become an Air Traffic Controller. You can never go back because everything changes.
6:06am 09-10-2014
Mark C Davidson

Year(s) in the Corps

Aug 1972 - May 1973

Section in the Corps

soprano horn

Your Favorite Food

meat!

What You Want For Christmas

Kate Upton
Lot's of great memorys, Moved from the old barracks to the dorm the day I left. I just stuffed everything I had in my Chevy vega and don't think I spent even one night in the dorm.
7:14am 09-08-2014
Mark C. Davidson

Year(s) in the Corps

Aug 1972- Aug 1973

Section in the Corps

soprano

Your Favorite Food

meat

What You Want For Christmas

kate Upton
Im not sure if anyone else in the corps history had the pleasure of being in it with not 1 but 2 hometown boys at the same time. My cousin Dennis Davidson ( color guard ) and high school buddy Joel Kaufman ( baritone ) were there during the same time period. I'm glad to see the corps is still around and Mr. Criswell I have some photo's of you somewhere that I will try and post. At the time I left I was barracks chief and we had just moved from the old barracks. Even though I had to move all my belongings I never spent one night in the new dorms as I left that very day with my Chevy Vega packed to the max. I had a great time. Bum outs were a right of passage the liqiud goo that could have contained anything from buttermilk, listirine, canned tomatoes, sardines and of course it was left in the window sill to ferment to be ripe for your bum-out. There was no better feeling then to have that concoction poured over your head when you finally earned that rope then it was off to Hugo's for pizza with your comrades.
1:59pm 08-16-2014
Edward R Wittig

Year(s) in the Corps

;ate 1951 to June 1952

Section in the Corps

bugle section
It was not known as the Blue Knights-Just Keesler Drum & Bugle Corps.Got out of nasty KP duty.
Enjoyed every minute I played in the Corps. Shipped out in June, went to Korea as an Airborne Radio Operator from
1952-1953.
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