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
William G. McKoy
Bill McKoy was born in Jefferson City, Tennessee on February 28, 1935, son of William Gordon McKoy and Gladys McMahan McKoy. Bill grew up on a family farm in Rutledge, Tennessee, and he joined the U.S. Air Force and became a pilot straight out of college.
In 1967, while serving in the U.S. Air Force at Cigli Air Force Base in Turkey, Bill met the love of his life, Maryl “May” T. McKoy. They were married in England on May 15, 1970 and enjoyed exploring different parts of the world together.
In 1981, Bill retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel and the family moved to Sonoma, California, where he enjoyed gardening, tinkering with machinery, playing bridge with May, serving as an usher at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, reading the morning newspaper, visiting with friends, spending time with his grandchildren, etc.