Adding One Letter to a Form Changed My Career

June 10, 1969, I entered Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida. The Vietnam War was at full tilt. Exemptions from the draft were abolished. The best and the brightest were subject to becoming members of the military. Did you … Continue reading

On a Personal Note, It Started on a Wednesday 53 Years Ago

Wednesday evening, July 3rd, 1968, Marilyn Ann Huggins and I were married in Violet, Texas. Tomorrow it will be 635 weeks, 19,357 days, over 460,000 hours, 27.87 million minutes, or 1.67 billion seconds since we became man and wife. We … Continue reading

Equatorial Mapping of the Pacific Ocean Allowed Me Four Days R&R in Tahiti

A call from my squadron, VP-91, in Moffatt Field, CA, offered me the first right of refusal to fly a mission from Hawaii to Tahiti. We are stationed in California, and my squadron is a Reserve squadron. Why is this … Continue reading

Where in the World is Red O’Laughlin Now?

Travel is a wonderful thing to do. I’ve learned so much from the 60 countries that I have had the opportunity to visit over the years. Almost every one of them were in some relationship to being in the Navy … Continue reading