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Subject: Dan Sevin Bio
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2001 22:24:59 -0700
From: Daniel J Sevin <djsevin@juno.com>

Ollie,

Ed Garciaís impassioned exhortation has FINALLY spurred me into action. For what it is worth, this is my bio... The following was originally sent to John Quinn when he notified me of our original OCS class reunion. [slightly revised and enhanced several times since] Thanks John, for taking on this reunion organizing assignment, your efforts are sincerely appreciated. Will probably not attend our reunion, but appreciate the opportunity to briefly share experiences with fellow OC classmates.

Daniel J. & Laura M. (BOYCE) SEVIN - OCS Class 58B - Sixth Squadron, Lima Flight

31 May 1949 enlisted in Pittsburgh, PA., a few days before graduation from Ambridge High School, Ambridge, PA. - recruiter promised a 3-day pass to return home for graduation, but was charged three days leave - first lie.

06 Mar 1952 - 6 Mar 1953 - Served as a S/Sgt at Taegu AB, Korea & Itazuke AB, Japan.

28 Dec 1957 Entered OCS, (from Presque Isle AFB, ME.), as a T/Sgt - Aircraft Jet Engine Overhaul Technician.

20 Jun 1958 commissioned - 2nd Lieutenant. When I received my OCS assignment, Laura and I owned a mobile home at Presque Isle AFB, ME. We had three sons, Douglas age 3 (Aug 20), and twins, Daniel & Donald age 1 (Jan 18). After reading all the informational material received from OCS, we knew that I would be confined to the base most of the time and Laura would be almost completely on her own. We decided that she would be better off with the three children if she stayed in her home town of Alliance, OH, where her family could be of some assistance to her if necessary. After setting up the mobile home, I made the lonesome trip to Texas by train. Arrived at Lackland AFB a day early and spent the night in the transient quarters. Sometime that evening I met another classmate (how I wish I could recall his name). We were both totally ignorant of what was about to befall us! We planed on reporting in at 0730, eat a leisurely breakfast, attend church services, write a letter home and get settled in for the activity which we assumed would begin on Monday. Well! We reported in about 0730. Donít know for certain, but perhaps I was the first second class to arrive at the Savage Six that fateful day when the brutal nightmare began... I only know I was in total shock and exhaustion in the later evening hours and donít know how I survived that first day. I wish I knew who our classmate acquaintance was and if he was fortunate enough to survive the ordeal. That first Sunday was the last time I ate toast for breakfast until the break between second and first class... During the week break between second and first class, I did not feel I could take the trip to Ohio and back, so I did not take any leave. If I recall correctly, there were less than a dozen first class that remained through this time. We pulled details and rested (both a lot). I believe Agee was in charge at the wheel-house during this time. OC Lt Carlton Buchart was in charge of our details. After graduation (commissioning) I did not receive immediate assignment orders. While in casual status, I was temporarily assigned to a Basic Squadron for a couple weeks as assistant Administrative Officer where I pulled various details, such as Lackland AFB OD a few times. From OCS I received direct duty assignment orders to McDill AFB, Tampa, FL., 306 Bomb Wing, 367 Bomb Squadron, (B-47), as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer. Assigned first as Squadron Flight Line Maintenance Officer. (Assigned numerous additional duties and details!) Sent TDY to Maintenance Engineering Production Analysis (MEPA) school at Chanute AFB in Rantoul, IL for 6 weeks, but never given an opportunity to work in Analysis. Upon reorganization of the Wing I was assigned to establish (set up) and manage the Servicing Branch (responsible for all aircraft towing and refueling operations plus tasked to maintain all non-powered support maintenance equipment for the entire 306 Bomb wing (including three B-47 Squadrons and a squadron of tanker (KC-97) aircraft). The Wing completed a successful ORI, but the ORI team reported that my position was too responsible for a 2nd Lt. - so I was assigned as Flight Line Maintenance Officer of "A" Section (formerly the 367th Bomb Squadron). Shortly after arriving at McDill I applied for Aircraft Maintenance Officer Course (AMOC) and Sep 1959 completed a permanent change of station (PCS) to Chanute AFB, Rantoul, IL, for AMOC.

20 Dec 1959 promoted to 1st Lieutenant while attending AMOC.

22 Sep 1960 graduated from AMOC assigned to Kadena AB, Okinawa, 18th TAC Fighter Wing, 18th Field Maintenance Squadron - (F-100 & later converted to F-105). Kadena allowed only Captain and above concurrent travel so Laura and the boys had to travel alone after I located quarters. We had been advised that many personal items were difficult to obtain on Okinawa so Laura stuffed her suitcase with as many scarce personal items as she could. She had much of the kids clothes as she could stuff. Also she carried several valuable items that could not be replaced. Lauraís luggage was stolen at the San Francisco airport. Since she had all her clothes in the one suitcase - she arrived 23 Dec with only the clothes she wore. What a sad and stressful experience to began our Okinawa tour. I was first assigned duty as OIC of the Propulsion Branch (Jet & Reciprocating Engine Shops and the Prop Shop.) Rotations were more abundant during summer months which caused severe personnel shortages and constant adjustments in assignments. Second assigned duty as OIC of the Fabrication Branch (Wood Shop - which was discontinued, Liquid Oxygen Plant, Paint Shop, Welding Shop, Machine Shop, Sheet Metal Shop and
Parachute & Fabric Shops). A few months before rotation, assigned as OIC of the Corrosion Control Branch and a very short time as OIC of Aircraft Systems Branch. During our two and one-half year tour, with great sacrifice of time with the family, I completed Squadron Officerís Course (correspondence), three ECI courses and attended the University of Maryland evening classes completing one year college.

20 Dec 1962 promoted to Captain while at Kadena.

22 May 1963 assigned to Malmstrom AFB, Great Falls, MT., 29 Fighter Interceptor Squadron (F-101), as Squadron Shops Maintenance Officer. When the Flight Line Maintenance Officer transferred out, I replaced him. After we were at Great Falls about one year I was assigned as Aircraft Maintenance Officer for the 29th FIS Detachment 1, Dispersal Site (Alert Facility) , Logan Field, the civilian Airport at Billings, MT. The facility was still in the construction stage and I was the only Officer. The Det Commander was physically still at Great Falls. Only a couple dozen enlisted men were in place when I arrived. Single personnel lived in trailers at the main airport as the detachment barracks and hangar had not yet been completed. The detachment was literally a miniature base with Administration, Supply, Fire Department, Motor Pool, Refueling, Weapons Storage, etc. Along with a myriad of duties, I was in charge of monitoring the new facilities construction. Also the unit had weekly aircraft turn-around exercises to orient pilots and to keep the men proficient. Having responsibility without the authority was extremely frustrating. The townsfolk of Billings where extremely friendly to the military. Being the only officer there, I quickly became personally acquainted with the Mayor and Police Chief - really fine relationship which proved to be most necessary and beneficial for the men. We were fortunate to have some good friends there, but Laura and I did not like the cold climate. With the job frustration and the cold, I volunteered for Viet Nam. Just prior to receiving orders for Viet Nam the barracks and alert facility construction was completed and a Detachment dedication ceremony was held. About 150 enlisted men were in place at the Detachment when I departed. The Det Commander still lived in Great Falls, about 220 miles away.

01 Nov 1965 assigned Tan Son Nhut AB, Viet Nam, 377 Field Maintenance Squadron (later changed to 367 CAMERON Squadron). Immediately upon arrival I was assigned as Base Flight / Transient Maintenance Officer which I maintained for the entire year. What an awesome challenge! Blessed with some really fantastic men and the full support of the Squadron Commander, it was an inordinately hectic but rewarding tour. At this time our forces were rapidly expanding in Viet Nam and My Base Flight Section was temporarily assigned many aircraft that were destined for a base not yet completed. The total finally stabilize with 27 aircraft of seven different types. Base Flight handled all local Hq. VIP traffic with the VC47 and VC123 aircraft. Gen Westmoreland traveled somewhere in country, at least weekly and Ambassador Lodge traveled almost as frequently. My Transient Section marshaling responsibilities included all "dust-off" choppers landing at Tan Son Nhut with wounded and KIAís aboard and assisting with transporting incoming wounded and KIAís to ambulances. Also we had an active roll in assisting the Medics (weekly-and often more) loading wounded on Air Evac Aircraft for transport to Japan, Clark AB, PI, and USA. Transient supported numerous visiting dignitaries, Congressmen, Generals and Admirals who passed through. We also handled a visit by Vice President Humphry. We marshaled well over 2,000 aircraft (all kinds) each month. Tan Son Nhut underwent a mortar attack during my tour. I was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for my Vietnam service.

21 Oct 1966 assigned to McClelland AFB, Sacramento, CA., 552nd AEW&C Wing (EC-121). Assigned first to OMS as Squadron Maintenance Officer until the OMS Commander retired. Assigned as OMS Commander for about a year. There were 52 aircraft assigned to the squadron to support around-the-clock local missions and a detachment of 12 TDY at College Eye Task Force, two TDY at Keflavic NAS, Iceland, and when the 551st Wing at McCoy AFB, FL was deactivated, we maintained 12 aircraft at McCoy.

31 Oct 1967 (with a date of separation (DOS) of 31 May 1969 and over 18 years active duty) received a Regular Appointment as Capt with an effective date of 20 Jun 1965. Assigned as Wing Workload Control Officer and shortly thereafter as Wing Maintenance Control Officer.

08 Feb 1969 promoted to Major. Served two three-month TDY tours to Tainan AB, Taiwan, as Chief of Maintenance of the College Eye Task Force, with the forward base operating out of Korat AB, Thailand. Flew monthly to and from Korat for maintenance coordination. Flew on an EC121 combat mission to observe the action of an actual combat controlling mission.

01 Jun 1970 assigned to Keflavic NAS, Iceland, 57 FIS (F-102) as Maintenance Control Officer. Left my family in Sacramento and served a one year unaccompanied tour.

04 Jun 1971, McChord AFB, Tacoma WA, 25 Air Division as the Chief of Aircraft Weapons Systems Maintenance. Monitored the four northwest Fighter Interceptor Squadrons (active and guard units with F-101, F-102, F-106). Briefed the General each morning. After a year here, and having just purchased my first house, ADC personnel wanted to send me to Niagara Falls, NY. I said, "NO THANKS!" In desperation, and not desiring to, I submitted my retirement papers for two years in advance, (as far in advance as I could). In retrospect, I guess I outsmarted myself and, with my retirement request, signed away my chance for further advancement.

1 Aug 1975 retired as a Major with 26 years, 2 months, 1 day service. Six years total overseas. Awarded my second Meritorious Service Medal upon retirement. After retirement, attended Community College and earned an AA in Arts and Science. Had a couple short lived jobs in retail sales under managers that received their training from the early Egyptians I think. Also got a real estate license. My wife could not stand me around the house so she went to college for bookkeeping and is now an accountant while I maintain the home front. Keeps me more occupied than I would like to be. Have labored many years researching my Sevin family history and compiled well over 200 pages of family names and information. Published three editions of my family history with several supplements. Most recently have found the most contentment in being a full time Grandpa to my two grandchildren, which I am most fortunate to watch twice weekly. I most gratefully thank God for blessing, protecting and rewarding this poor old country boy far beyond what I deserve. Also I thank God for my wife, Laura. I could never have successfully achieved the above accomplishments without her interminable sacrificial support.

Cheers to all my old classmates and May God Bless.

Thanks again John for your unselfish efforts.

Dan Sevin

PS: Although this is not very detailed, I had no idea how difficult it would be to try to recall some of these facts. 

View A Medallion Dan Received in 1951