29 November 1970 – It was a very bad day. For the 3rd time in two days, there was an accident with a U.S. Air Force Fairchild C-123K Provider transport. On November 29th, 3 F-100 pilotS: 1Lt Elmon C. “Mike” Caudill (615TFS), 1Lt Charles Louis Kollenberg (352TFS), and 1Lt Jon Marc King (615TFS) along with
Charles E. Goodwin
Charles “served in US Navy during World War II as a 17 year old member of an elite underwater demolition team. Following his service in the Navy, he joined the aviation cadet program of the US Air Force where he received his wings and a commission as a second Lieutenant. His tours of duty were world-wide during his long and distinguished career of 32 years in fighter aircraft operations. During WWII while in the Navy, he was involved in combat in the European and Pacific theaters. He flew numerous combat missions in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. He was a highly decorated career officer. His many awards and decorations include the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Crosses, Air Medals and others too numerous to mention.
After retiring from the Air Force, he moved to Litchfield Park and took a position with the Maricopa County Department of Emergency services.”(1)