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
Stormin’ Norman Neal flew the F-100 with the 510th Tactical Fighter Squadron, out of Clark AB, in the Phillippines, and with the 429th Tactical Fighter Squadron out of Cannon AFB in New Mexico.
After serving in the USAF, Norman went into insurance sales for a variety of companies in the Twin Cities.