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Gulf War Interviews
John Borling graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1963, and completed flight training as a fighter pilot in 1964. By 1965 he was flying combat missions in an F-4 Phantom over North Vietnam, and on his 97th mission was shot down in June, 1966. Borling spent the next six and a half years as a POW. After his release, he had a long and distinguished career, including serving as a White House Fellow in the Gerald Ford administration, command of the famed 'Hat in the Ring' Squadron, several higher level commands, and tours at the Pentagon, in Germany, Belgium, the Strategic Air Command and his final assignment in Norway as the Chief of Staff of Allied Forces-North. This interview was done in collaboration with the Pritzker Military Library.
Daniel Krumrei was born and raised in Wisconsin, and joined the Wisconsin National Guard as an enlisted man in 1977. A couple of years later his life took a dramatic turn, and he decided to become a minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). After finishing his religious education at Phillips University in Oklahoma, he and his wife moved to Iowa. In 1990 he deployed with the 209th Medical Clearing Company for the Gulf War, serving as a unit chaplain. Following the war, Krumrei answered a call to a church in Pittsfield, Illinois. By 1998 he was serving a congregation at Parkway Christian Church in Springfield while also making steady progress in his military career. He went on to become the Adjutant General for Illinois.
Eddy Nicklaus was deployed to South Vietnam in the same unit as his identical twin brother Teddy in 1965. Eddy served as his platoon’s radioman. In 1982, the brothers joined the local Illinois National Guard unit and in 1990 that unit was mobilized during the build-up of Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Gary Price joined the Marine Corps in 1971. By early 1974, after an extensive series of schools, he had completed flight training and had become a helicopter pilot. In 1974 Lt Price was stationed in Okinawa, assigned to HMM 165, (a Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron) equipped with CH-46 helicopters. In early 1975 his squadron was ordered to support the evacuation of U.S. personnel from South Vietnam. He sailed to the South China Sea on the USS Dubuque, an amphibious transport dock, which accompanied the USS Essex. Price talks extensively about the evacuation operation.
Robert (Bob) Tyler dropped out of college in 1967 and joined the Marines with dreams of flying. By late 1970 he was flying a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter over South Vietnam, and stayed in the Marines for the next 27 years. Tours included command of a KC-130 Hercules squadron, and an assignment at Marine Corps Headquarters during the First Iraq War. Tyler retired from the Marines as a full Colonel (with a Ph.D. in Psychology), in 1997.