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
David W. Thomson
Dave Thomson retired in 1989, went to work for Boeing as a Division Safety Manager for 5 years, then moved to Colorado when he accepted a teaching position with the Southern California Safety Institute (the old USC Safety school that many of us attended while on active duty).
He fully retired as of the first of 2004 to Cañon City, Colorado, and is enjoying travelling, golf, and boating.
They have a winter place in the Rio Grande Valley (from Misty FACs where are they today)