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196208-16: Chanute Technical Training Center, Main Gate

Main Gate, Chanute Technical Training Center (196208-16-Chanute_MainGate.jpg)

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196208-02b: Barracks Guard, Bldg S-450

Everyone who lived in the barracks took a turn at Barracks Guard, keeping the building and personal belongings safe. (196208-02b-Chanute_BksGuard.jpg)

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196208-02: Duty Bunk, Troxel (staged)

This photo was a setup, staged, intended to be humorous at the time. There was no such thing as a "Duty Bunk." (196208-02-Chanute_DutyBunk_Troxel.jpg)

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196208-05: Rear Ends and Elbows, Polishing the Floor by Hand

We all had to pitch in and get the floor polished to a mirror finish. We used Johnson Wax and a lot of elbow grease. We didn't have a buffer at this time. (196208-05-Chanute_PolishingFloor.jpg)

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196208-06: A Local USO Show in Rantoul, IL

Rantoul, IL had a local USO show on occasion for the folks at Chanute. Met a number of very nice people here. Sorry for the blurred picture....no flash, no tripod, no light. (196208-06-Chanute_Entertainment.jpg)

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196208-07: Chanute Had a Well-kept Swimming Pool

Chanute had a well-kept swimming pool, allowing those with skills to show off their diving skills. (196208-07-Chanute_Pool.jpg)

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196208-08: More Divers at Chanute's Pool

More Divers at Chanute's Pool. (196208-08-Chanute_Pool_edited.jpg)

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196208-09: And More...

More divers at Chanute's pool. (196208-09-Chanute_Pool_edited.jpg)

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196208-10: And More...

More divers at Chanute's pool. (196208-10-Chanute_Pool_edited.jpg)

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196208-11: A WWII-era P-51 Mustang on Static Display

Chanute had a number of static aircraft displays spread out all over the base. This one was of the famous WWII P-51. It had a Merlin power plant if I recall correctly, and it was said they could just about break the sound barrier in a dive! Who knew! (196208-11-Chanute_P-51_Mustang.jpg)
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196208-12: F-86 Sabre (Sabrejet)

This jet was developed in the 1940s, outdated by the 1950s, saw duty during the Korean War where it was pitted against the Soviet MiG-15 fighter aircraft. (196208-12-Chanute_SabreJet.jpg)

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196208-13: P-80 Shooting Star

This Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star jet fighter was the first jet fighter used operationally by the USAAF, and saw extensive combat in Korea with the USAF as the F-80. (196208-13-Chanute_FighterJet.jpg)

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196208-14: B-26 Invader

The Douglas A-26 (B-26 between 1948-1965) was a USAAF twin-engined light attack bomber seeing duty during WWII and through part of the cold war as well. (196208-14-Chanute_B26-Invader.jpg)

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196208-15: B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber

The North American B-25 Mitchell was a twin-engined medium bomber was used by many allied air forces, in every theather of WWII. It actually saw service across four decades. It was named in honor of General Billy Mitchell, a pioneer of U. S. Military aviation. The Navy and Marine Corp had a variation of this design known as the PBJ-1. (196208-15-Chanute_MitchellBomber.jpg)

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Chanute's B-36 Static Display

Chanute's B-36 Static Display, winter of 1978-79, by Patrick McGee. The story I heard was that when the B-36 landed it cracked the runway. It was then put on static display rather than risk further damage by taking off. (Chanute_B36_edited.jpg)

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196208-16: Carnival Time in Rantoul, IL

A carnival found its way to Rantoul, IL. Here's what appeared to be a side show hawker.

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196208-18: Carnival Time in Rantoul, IL

Ferris Wheel at the carnival in Rantoul, IL. (196208-18-Rantoul_Carnival_FerrisWheel.jpg)

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196208-19: Carnival Time in Rantoul

A night shot at the Rantoul carnival. (196208-19-Rantoul_Carnival.jpg)

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196208-20: Night Time in Rantoul

Night Time in Rantoul, near the Chanute AFB Main Gate. (196208-20-Rantoul_edited.jpg)

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196208-22: Daniel LaFon At The 3359th SCHRON Icon

Daniel LaFon at the 3359th SCHRON's Iconic location. (196208-22-Chanute_3359thSCHRON_Lafon.jpg)

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196208-19: Daniel LaFon and George L Smith Studying

Daniel LaFon and George L Smith studying school material in Bks S-450's small and sparsely appointed study room. (196208-19-Chanute_Studying_LaFon_GSmith.jpg)

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196208-23: Daniel LaFon in Front of Barracks S-450

Daniel LaFon in front of Bks S-450 in his dress blues. (196208-23-Chanute_LaFon_3359thSCHRON.jpg)

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196208-24: Daniel LaFon Strikes a Pose

Daniel LaFon strikes a pose for the camera! (196208-24-Chanute_LaFon_3359thSCHRON.jpg)

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196208-26: George L Smith at Barracks S-450's plaque.

George L Smith at Barracks S-450's plaque. There were two separate inscriptions on the plaque; one for the weather folks (left side) and one for the Minuteman folks (right side). We shared the barracks. (196208-26-Chanute_GeorgeLSmith_3359thSCHRON.jpg)

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196208-32: George L Smith Taking a Break at S-450.

George L Smith sits and contemplates doing nothing...a nice break in the routine! (196208-32-ChanuteGeorgeLSmith_3359thSCHRON.jpg)

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196208-33: The Sign in Front of the 3359ths Orderly Room

The rather weather-beaten sign in front of the 3359th School Squadron's Orderly Room. (196208-33-Chanute_3359thOrderlyRoom.jpg)

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196208-34: Daniel LaFon and Gary Jackson

Daniel LaFon and Gary Jackson standing by the 3359th's Orderly Room sign. (196208-34-Chanute_3359thOrderlyRoom_edited.jpg)

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196208-35: Building S-450, Home to Weather and Minuteman Students

Building S-450, home to both weather and Minuteman Missile students at Chanute. Looks like it could use a little paint! (196208-35-Chanute_Bks450.jpg)

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196208-37: David Osina Spit Shining Shoes

Everyone's shoes had to have a mirror finish to them. Much time was spent with the cotton balls and melted shoe polish trying to get them just right. David Osina displays his art. (196208-37-Chanute_SpitShinningShoes_edited.jpg)

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196208-38: George L Smith at Barracks Guard Duty

Everyone pulled their turn at Barracks Guard duty, which may happen over a weekend, holiday, or school day. The idea was to keep those out of the building that didn't belong, and to keep an eye on everyone's possessions. Obviously this is a posed picture...we wouldn't want anyone to think we'd be reading contraband material while guarding the building! (196208-38-Chanute_GeorgeLSmith_Bks450Guard.jpg)

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196209-02: Dining (Chow) Hall to the Left

The dining hall entrance, referred to as the "Chow Hall," as seen on theleft of the photo. (196209-02-Chanute_DinningHall_edited.jpg)

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196209-03: (L-R) LaFon, Miille, Rubin, Horan, and Troxel

Some of the guys in Bks S-450 pose; L-R: Daniel LaFon, Jerry Miille, Hfenry Rubin, John Horan, and Troxel. (196209-03-Chanute_Bks450Guys.jpg)

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196209-10: The Old Shaving Cream Prank

Pranksters were in abundance in S-450. Not sure who the victim was in this photo. The placing of the shaving cream was followed by a prod to wake the victim up. (196209-10-Chanute_ShavingCream.jpg)

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196209-04: Daniel LaFon in Champaign-Urbana Hotel Room

Daniel LaFon steaks out a window seat at our hotel room during a weekend trip to Champaign-Urbana. (196209-04-Champaign-Urbana_HotelRoom_Lafon.jpg)

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196209-05: Daniel LaFon Sacked Out During Visit

Daniel LaFon sacks out during our visit to Champaign-Urbana, a great little college community, while there to check out the ladies and other sights. (196209-05-Champaign-Urbana_HotelRoom_Lafon.jpg)

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196209-06: West Side Park Fountain, Downtown Champaign, IL

Not sure whether the fencing around the fountain was to keep animals or students out of the fountain! This is one of many statues in the park, and may be one that was commemorating the Indian War. (196209-06-Champaign-Urbana_Fountain.jpg)

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196209-08: Protestant Church in Champaign-Urbana

Protestant Church in Champaign-Urbana; Troxel, our friend of the Jewish faith, was heard to proclaim "Shalom" to the pastor as we left after services. Seems the pastor had dwelled upon the section of scripture dealing with old testament Jewish law...and made one or two disparaging remarks along the way. (196209-08-Champain-Urbana_ProtChurch.jpg)

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196209-09: West Side Park Fountain, Champaign...With Other Interesting Scenery

Another photo of the fountain at Champaign's West Side Park...along with a female form which was adequately ogled by the visiting group. (196209-09-Champaign-Urbana_Fountain.jpg)

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196209-10: Yet Another Photo of the Champaign Fountain

Another photo of the Champaign fountain at West Side Park, Downtown Champaign. Testing the camera perhaps. (196209-10-Champaign-Urbana_Fountain.jpg)

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196209-11: Close-up, West Side Park Fountain, Champaign, IL

Checking out an ability to "freeze" water in mid-air at the West Side Park's fountain in Champaign, IL. (196209-11-Champaign-Urbana_Fountain.jpg)

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196209-11: Rantoul, IL at Night

A photo outside the main gate of Chanute AFB. Was hoping to read the price of gasoline...seems to be around $0.2? a gallon in 1962! (196209-11-RantoulAtNight.jpg)

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196209-12: Uncertain, perhaps in Rantoul, IL

Location uncertain, perhaps in Rantoul, IL. (196209-12.jpg)

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196209-14: Life in the Upper Bunks

As there were upper bunks here, then the location must have been in the lower bay of Bldg S-450. "Newbies" lived in the lower bay, only after becoming an "old timer" were you allowed to move to the upper bay where there were single bunks. (196209-14-Chanute_Bks450_UpperBunks.jpg)

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196209-16: Getting Ready For the Next Day's Activities. Larry Caldwell on the Left.

Getting ready for the next day's activities included ironing one's uniforms, spit shining shoes, waxing floors, or...a bit of arm wrestling. Larry Caldwell on the left with a tight grip. (196209-16-Chanute_ArmWrestling.jpg)

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196209-21: Barracks Guard Duty Again; George L Smith on Guard!

Everyone pulled their turn at Barracks Guard duty, which may happen over a weekend, holiday, or school day. The idea was to keep those out of the building that didn't belong, and to keep an eye on everyone's possessions. Obviously this is a posed picture...we wouldn't want anyone to think we'd be reading contraband material while guarding the building! (196209-21_Chanute_GeorgeLSmith_BksGuard_edited.jpg)

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196209-40: Shiny Floors in the Lower Bay, S-450

The lower bay of S-450, as did the upper bay, always had shiny floors courtesy of Johnson's Wax and a lot of elbow grease! (196209-40-Chanute_Bks450_ShinnyFloors_edited.jpg)

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196210-03: Rubin Gets More Blood to His Brain

Henry Rubin would oft times sleep in this position. Was wondering if it would cause more blood to flow to the brain...which may account for his thoughful capacities. (196210-03-Chanute_Bks450_RubinUpsideDown.jpg)

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196210-04: Another Wrestling Match

Wrestling matches would occur infrequently throughout the year. Nice wrestling mat nevertheless! (196210-04-ChanuteAFB_Bks450_Wrestling_edited.jpg)

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196210-06: An Inexperienced Drinker

I believe this might have been Jay Posthumous...yes, his dad ran an ambulance service and I believe a mortuary as well. This photo needs no explanation. (196210-06-Chanute_Bks450_Hangover.jpg)

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196210-09: Henry Rubin at Chanute's Snack Bar

Henry Rubin brings drinks to the table at Chanute's Snack Bar. (196210-09-Chanute_SnackBar_HenryRubin.jpg)

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196210-10: The Upper Bay

Once we bacame "old timers" we were allowed to move to the upper bay. Here we had single bunks, and in this case even a buffer with which to shine those floors! Things are looking pretty sloppy here...must have been a weekend. (196210-10-Chanute_Bks450_UpperBay.jpg)

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Footlockers And Personal Areas At Inspection Ready

The footlockers are opened for inspection with all articles within lined up as per requirements, bunks are tight, and clothing items are all properly arranged on the racks. (Photo courtesy of Jerry Miille). (9-26-2008_045_edited.jpg)

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196210-11: A Shower Party...GI Style

On occasion some individuals would be taken to the shower and given a scrubbing with a scrub brush. Those targeted would be individuals who otherwise would never take a shower! (196210-11-Chanute_Bks450_GroupShower_edited.jpg)

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196210-12: Another wrestling match

Maybe the onset of the GI Shower? (196210-12-Chanute_Bks450_GroupWrestling.jpg)

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196210-14: Henry Rubin Catching Some Zs

Henry Rubin risks messing up his GI, inspection-ready bunk for a nap. (196210-14-Chanute_RubinSackedOut_edited.jpg)

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196211-06: We Lost One of Ours

A fateful end to a short beginning of a long weekend in Chicago. The owner/driver of the Ford station wagon in which around 8 of us were occupants crashed through this telephone pole and died as a result. The rest of us were OK. See full story under the "Info" link. (196211-06-Chanute_TelephonePoleRemains_GLSmith.jpg)

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For a Short While We Lived in Bks S-370

We lived in Bks S-370 for a short period of time. Don't recall the circumstances of the move. (photo by Jim Schults) (9-26-2008_044.JPG)

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196305-01: At Last, Graduation Day, Tuesday, 7 May 1963

Eighteen of us graduated from the 43-week long Ballistic Missile Checkout Equipment Specialist Course, ABR 31235G - SM80, as of the 7th of May, 1963. Ten of us received assignments to the 810 Strategic Aerospace Div, SAC, Minot AFB, ND, with instructions to report NLT 28 May, 1963. (196305-01-Chanute_GraduatingClassBMCES_Minuteman.jpg)

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196305: Graduating Class (with names) Sans Photographer George Smith

Jim Shults helped with the naming of all the guys. In this photo is included Tombarelli, who was going for a 2nd AFSC who lived apart from the rest of us. George L Smith is missing from this photo as he was taking the pictures! He appears in a follow-on slide...being hoisted in the air by a few of his classmates! (ChanuteAFB_GraduatingClassBMCES_Minuteman_May1963_with_namesa.jpg)

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196305-02b: Trying to get it right...c'mon, smile folks! Settle down!

Another try at getting a group shot by George Smith. (196305-02b-Chanute_BMCES_GradPhoto_GLSmithPhotog.jpg)

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196305-03: OK...one more time!

George Smith still trying to get a single good photo! (196305-03-Chanute_GraduatingClassBMCES_Minuteman.jpg)

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196305-04: The photog and fellow graduate, George Smith, being hoisted by fellow classmates.

Rarely seen in these groups of photos is George L Smith, the man behind the camera. Here he came out from behind the camera and got hoisted in the air by his fellow classmates. (196305-04-Chanute_GradPhotos_GLSmith_PickedUp.jpg)

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196305-05: Shults, Osina, Miille, LaFon, and Sink by the P-51

Al Shults, Dave Osina, Jerry Miille, Dan LaFon, and Dennis Sink pose by the P-51 static display. (196305-05-Chanute_GradPhotos_GLSmithPhotog.jpg)

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L-R: Smith, Miille, Sink, Osina

L-R: Smith, Miille, Sink, Osina. Photo provided by Jim Schults. 7 May 1963. (6-8-2009_120.JPG)

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196305-06: Sink, Shults, Osina, and Smith

Dennis Sink, Al Shults, Dave Osina, and George L Smith pose by the P-51 static display on 7 May 1963. (196305-06-Chanute_GradPhotos_GLSmith-R_edited.jpg)

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196305-05b: Student Airmen Fall In By The Chow Hall

As we leave from our graduation activities, photo shoots, etc., a group of student Airmen form up in front of the chow hall. It was a relief knowing we'd no longer have to do this! (196305-05b-Chanute_FormingUpDiningHall.jpg)

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196305-06b: Pre-departure briefing

It appears that Smith, Johnson, Miille, and Sink are here ready to get their pre-departure briefings after graduating. That may be Rubin 2nd from the left. (196305-06b-Chanute_CheckoutBriefing.jpg)

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196305-07: George L Smith Signs Out of the Squadron...heading for Minot, ND

George L Smith signs out from the 3359th SCHRON, getting ready to head out to Minot, ND. (196305-07-Chanute_GLSmithSignsOut.jpg)

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196305-09: Honor Squadron Competition Totem

Whichever of the student squadrons received the fewest demerits (gigs), etc., won the title of "Honor Squadron" for the month (I believe it was a month-long competition). As you can see, when we graduated the 3359th (our squadron) was on tops! (196305-09-Chanute_3359th_HonorSq.jpg)

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196305-02: Students of the 3359th Marching To School

As we were preparing to leave, we caught sight of our old squadron, the 3359th, marching off to school. We thought it prudent to catch one last glimpse of our fellow students, to etch in our memory what it was like. (196305-02-Chanute_SCHRON_MarchingToSchool.jpg)

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196305-10: 3359th SCHRON Road Guards - Slightly Out Of Step!

Student Airmen appointed Road Guards of the 3359th SCHRON whose responsibilities it is to leap to a position along the side roads to block and protect the squadron from any oncoming traffic as they march to school. (196305-10-Chanute_SCHRON_MarchingToSchool.jpg)

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196305-11: The 3359th Marching To School

The 3359th marching to school, front view. (196305-11-Chanute_SCHRON_MarchingToSchool.jpg)

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196305-12: The 3359th Marching To School

The 3359th continues their march to school as we graduates continue looking on. (196305-12-Chanute_SCHRON_MarchingToSchool.jpg)

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196305-13: Here Comes the '59th !

The 3359th SCHRON comes marching by on their way to school as we stand and watch along the sidelines. Seems a bit strange to not be a part of this any longer. (196305-13-Chanute_SCHRON_59th_MarchingToSchool.jpg)

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196305-14: Here's the 59th!

The 59th goes marching by as we watch along the sidelines. (196305-14-Chanute_SCHRON_MarchingToSchool.jpg)

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196305-15: The 3359th Marches By...

A platoon of the 3359th marches by as we look on.

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196305-16: Road Guards Lead The Way...

3359th Road Guards lead the way of the last platoon...

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196305-17: The 3359th Dips Their Flag To Us As We Watch And Cheer Them On

The 3359th dips their flag to us as they march on by...a fitting farewell from the old squadron. (196305-17-Chanute_SCHRON_59th_HonorSq_MarchingToSchool.jpg)

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196305-18: More of the 3359th...

A continuation of the 3359th SCHRON marching to school. (196305-18-Chanute_SCHRON_59th_HonorSq_MarchingToSchool.jpg)

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196305-19: The 3359th Honor Squadron Marches Off To School

The 3359th, Honor Squadron of the month, marches on by.

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The "Minot Ten" Enjoy Winter at Minot AFB, ND

A winter time shot taken at Minot AFB, ND. (Photo provided by Jim Shults) (9-26-2008_076.JPG)

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A View Of One Of The Barracks At Minot AFB, ND. Notice All The Trees?

A view of one of the barracks at Minot AFB, ND in the winter time. Notice the lack of trees? (Photo provided by Jim Schults) (9-26-2008_075.JPG)

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A Monument To The Minuteman Heritage, Chanute AFB, IL (Jim Schults)

This reminder now exists at what used to be Chanute AFB, IL, located at Rantoul, IL. (Jim Schults) (100_1179a.JPG)

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