During the Vietnam War, special warfare or commando weathermen provided forward observations and established weather networks in Cambodia and Laos. In every conflict since Vietnam, special operations weathermen were with initial entry forces leading the way, undertaking the most dangerous missions behind enemy lines, conducting austere weather operations, and taking observations critical to the success of follow-on forces.
On May 5, 2008, the Air Force approved the establishment of a new Air Force Specialty Code for Special Operations Weather, formally recognizing their commitment to deploy into restricted environments by air, land or sea to conduct weather operations, observe and analyze all environmental data.
The U.S. Army Weather Service originated in 1917 to provide the American Expeditionary Forces with "all the meteorological information needed; and to undertake special investigations in military meteorology and related problems". They first took part in World War I combat operations in France in 1918.
During World War II, specially trained weather observers, sometimes referred to as guerrilla weathermen, infiltrated behind enemy lines to provide weather intelligence in support of air strikes, airlifts and airdrops.
In 1947 the Weather Service transferred to the new Air Force with the provision to continue providing meteorological services to the Army.
Enroute to Khe Sahn From Camp Eagle with the 101st Airborne,
(Air Mobile) for operation Lam son 719 incursion into Laos.
A war hero, my hero, a builder of homes, a builder of character, and a faithful husband, first to Vera King and then to Ann McMillen, both until parted by death.
I Received SAEMR (small arms expert marksman ribbon) for 289 score out of perfect 300, standing, sitting, kneeling, prone, both fire when ready and rapid fire with the M-1 .30 cal. carbine. A minimum score of 275 was required to qualify as expert. Later re-qualified as expert with the .223 M-16 and ( a .22, don't ask)
Born a King . . . Raised a Kimble
Raymond F. Kimble.
In Tribute to and in Memory of:
Raymond Frank. Kimble
Me with my Capt. Camp Eagle
At Khe Sanh
Your words to live by, Dad:
Quote: 1. "Don't wear your heart on your sleeve"
2. "Actions speak louder than words"
3. "It's the Politicians who start the wars. . . but, It's the sons of soldiers who fight the wars."
4. "Do what you are ordered to do, but don't volunteer for anything"
(given upon my enlistment in the service)
Sorry Dad, but your advice number 2. overrode your advice number 4.
Because your actions spoke louder than your words, I volunteered for two tours and a
6 month extention in Vietnam 7/1966 - 1/1968 and again in 10/1970 - 10/1971.
Serving at Bien Hoa, Phu Bai, Camp Eagle, and Khe Sanh
A Very Special Man
and My Very Special Dad
By: Michael f. Kimble, Sr.,
"Born Wayne Franklin King,
raised Michael Frank Kimble"