The airman was stationed at Keno AFS, Oregon, out of Kingsley Field.
“I was a Radar Height Operator during my time there on the mountain. I received orders to go to Udorn, Thailand in 1972. In August of 1972 I packed my family with wife at that time, and young daughter who was born in May of 1971, and a young Labrador Retriever puppy. We were heading to Laredo, TX, for some leave, where both our families resided and my wife would be living with her parents while I was away.”
The witness describes the trip.
“I was driving a 1971 Mustang Mach I, and towing a trailer with most of our belongings on it. I remember we left in the early afternoon and intended to stop only as necessary so as to make it home as soon as possible. The Labrador puppy had been given a small dosage of tranquilizer pills by the base vet so as to keep him calm and sleep since he was riding in a dog carrier at tailgate of the trailer. He was very comfortable and I foresaw no problems as long as we kept to our schedule. The baby was fed and asleep in the back seat where we had set up a make shift crib.”