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    Veteran Spotlight: Tom Beck, Hill Air Force Base, Utah - 8 of 9

    Veteran Spotlight: Tom Beck, Hill Air Force Base, Utah

    Photo By David Perry | Veteran Spotlight: Tom Beck is a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in the Korean War....... read more read more



    Story by Todd Cromar and David Perry

    75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Today’s spotlight is U.S. Navy veteran Tom Beck.

    Beck joined the U.S. Navy in 1956 and was attached to the USS Princeton, CVS 37. He became a pilot, flying the S-2F Hunter used for submarine detection

    Although Beck served during the Korean War, the submarines they were hunting were not Korean, they were Russian.

    “A crewman would watch his radar to determine the best pattern or distance in a line to drop the sonar buoys for listening detection,” Beck said.

    They would drop sonar buoys out the back of the plane or a crewman would jettison the buoys out the back. Some of the patterns would stretch out for miles, and they always used multiple aircraft, each usually patrolling an area of four or five miles.

    “The crewman would then use magnetic gear to detect targets, and then we would drop smoke lights as markers over the suspected targets, to mark them,” he said. “We would then bring the destroyers into the mark and they would depth charge. We progressed to the point as a team and using our equipment that eventually our aircraft did not even have to drop buoys. We could just fly over and just call mark over a target. The destroyers would then record it on their radar and home in on it.”

    Thank you for your service, Tom Beck!



    Date Taken: 11.09.2018
    Date Posted: 12.06.2018 15:01
    Story ID: 300155
    Location: HILL AIR FORCE BASE, UT, US 

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