25 September 1968 – Norman Macleod Paulsen was born on October 6, 1945, in Elmsford, NY. His mother said, “Ever since he was a little boy, he dreamed of flying.” He had enlisted in the Air Force and began his tour on August 3, 1968. He had the rank of First Lieutenant. On a mission
Roger E. Nylin
I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, got the itch to fly, and applied for Aviation Cadets. I passed the academic and physical exams for both pilot and navigator. When I was asked which one I wanted and I said. “Pilot”. The recruiter said it was about a year’s wait for pilot training entry but that I could get into Nav. Cadets immediately and that I could turn around and go right to pilot training after… I took the hook and got stuck in a critical Navigator Career field for five years.
I went to Lockbourne AFB in 1959 to crew up with a B-47E crew. This was undoubtedly the worst flying job in the Air Force. Early in 1963, I was on my way to Laredo in April to join class 64-G. I went from Laredo to Luke for an F-100 upgrade, then it was on to RAF Wethersfield in December of 1964. I had three great years in USAFE, but on Aug 17, 1966, after passing 10,000 feet my engine seized and had to punch out at 4,500.
I got orders to Vietnam in July of 1967. From October 1967- October 1968, I recorded 240 combat missions. Upon completion of my first tour, I was assigned to Nellis AFB for an upgrade to the F-111.
In the spring of 1971, my wife Rene contracted Breast Cancer, had a mastectomy and we were returned to the US on a humanitarian reassignment. In 1973 I got orders for a second SEA tour to NKP AB Thailand, to serve in the 7th AF command Post there.
In 1976, I was assigned to the Pentagon and we did a lot of partying with the Aussies in D.C. After getting passed over for O-6, I retired from the USAF at the Pentagon on 1 June 1979, after a 25-year love affair with the Air Force.