THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA : Tactical Airlift
Colonel ( Retd ) Ray Landis Bowers ( September 28th, 1927 ) was born in Lehighton ( Pennsylvania, United States ).
He earned a Bachelor of Science ( B.S. ) from the United States Naval Academy ( Annapolis, Maryland, 1950 ), and a Master of Arts ( M.A. ) in History from the University of Wisconsin ( Madison, 1960 ).
Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force ( U.S.A.F., 1950 ), Ray L. Bowers started his military career as a Navigator with the 84th Bomb Squadron ( 1951 - 1958 ). From 1960 to 1967, he was a member of the History Department at the United States Air Force Academy ( north of Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States ), where he directed instruction in the Military History Programme.
As Chief Navigator with the 345th Tactical Airlift Squadron ( equipped with Lockheed C - 130 Hercules, 1967 - 1968 ), Ray L. Bowers participated in the major Southeast Asian operations, such as the Battle of Khe Sanh ( January 21st - July 9th, 1968 ) and the Tet Offensive ( January 31st - September 23rd, 1968 ) resupply efforts ( Vietnam ). He then was assigned as a historian to the Office of Air Force History ( Washington, D.C., 1969 - 1977 ). He retired from active duty as a Colonel in 1977.
Colonel Ray L. Bowers ( retd ) then served as Editor and Publications Officer with the Carnegie Institution for Science ( Washington, D.C., 1977 - 1996 ). His last assignment was as boys tennis coach at the Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology ( known as TJHSST, TJ or Jefferson, Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, 2000 - 2003 ).
( sources : prabook.com, Tactical Airlift, Wikipedia )