30 September 1966 – LtCol Walter “Mel” Fowler’s F-100 #553502 is hit in the engine by gunfire over SVN. He came close to capture or death by closely advancing Viet Cong before his wingman suppressed the advancing VC and he was picked up from the rice paddy by an Army Helo. Fowler was serving with
Howard G. Nophsker
Howard “Gary” Nophsker’s spent his time in Morgantown, WV, from 1956-1989. In 1959 he began his military training through ROTC while attending West Virginia University. Gary flew the F-100 from 1962-1969. In 1969, he served as “Misty 128” from 26 August to 21 November with the 416TFS Det 1 out Tuy Hoa AB, RVN.
In 1989, after retiring reluctantly from the USAF, he and Kim moved to Texas making Austin their home.
Gary had said, “I am extremely fortunate to have flown the Hun and the SLUF – it resulted in many, many good friends and memories. Those memories were fading, but squadron reunions, the Super Sabre Society, and the PIF are now helping to keep them alive. THANKS!
That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.”