Eighth Aerial Port Squadron, USAF in Vietnam

 Captain "Raging Ray" Rubel's photos 1969-70

8th APS Mobility Operations Branch


Captain Rubel was in charge of Mobility Operations under Colonel Lisec until replaced by Captain Shapiro in June of 1970.

He retired from the U.S.A.F. as a Lt. Colonel after 25 years' service.

... and passed away at his home in New Jersey in November of 2011.

LT. COL. RAY Rubel, Nov. 4, 2011, of Cherry Hill, NJ. Husband of Oria Rubel. Father of Andrea Rubel, Nora (Rob Nipe) Rubel and Talia (Ken Ryan) Rubel. Grandfather of Zoe and Ruby.

Relatives and friends are invited Sunday beginning 12:15 P.M. to PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc. 2001 Berlin Rd. Cherry Hill, where Funeral Services will begin promptly at 1 P.M. Jewish War Veterans Service will begin at 12:45 P.M. Interment Arlington National Cemetery to be scheduled at a later date.

Shiva will be observed at the late residence. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation, Delaware Valley Chapter, 385 Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.

Below are some of Capt Rubel's photos from Vietnam.

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Captain Ray Rubel - a forward airfield in Vietnam 1969-70
Captain Rubel in the field.
MOB team in the field - a forward airfield in Vietnam 1969-70

A Team in the field - waiting for the next aircraft to arrive.
Stack of recovered 463L pilots under the tarp

MOB team in the field - a forward airfield in Vietnam 1969-70
Close up of photo above.  Can anyone i.d. these guys?

Sgt Brown's Adverse Terrain Forklift - Budop, Vietnam 1969
Sgt. Brown's Adverse Terrain Forklift -
after being trapped among the pallets of fuel & ammo during a rocket attack.
Budop, Vietnam, November, 1969
other photos on Col. Lisec's page

USAF Combat Control  Team - Tactical Airlift control, a forward airfield in Vietnam 1969
Combat Control Team revetment, some forward airfield, Vietnam, 1969-1970
Highly skilled and well-trained in all the skills required to operate and maintain their equipment and manage all USAF air traffic where ever they might be, two of these guys could do the job of the control tower at remote airstrips all over Vietnam.
Click here or on the photo above for a close-up zoom of the team.

USAF Combat Control Team flag - Vietnam, 1969
We can tell it's one of the teams from 8th Aerial Port by the well-known and loved "Fuck Communism" banner they hung on the wall at the 8th APS Combat Control Team hootch back at Tan Son Nhut and occassionally flew while on missions such as this.

(click photo for close-up)

The two photos below show two ATs on (yet another) 463L Pallet Recovery mission,
somewhere in Vietnam in 1969 or 1970

10 AT, C-130 463L Pallet recovery, Vietnam

10 AT, C-130 463L Pallet recovery, Vietnam

The Army didn't always like the fact that we came to recover these pallets, since they made such great building material for hootches and bunkers, but we needed to send them back to TSN to be 'refilled' with the next load of supplies being sent out to the field.

The Vietcong did like to leave booby traps behind under these old pallets as well, so as annoying as pallet recoveries could be, they could also be quite dangerous, and we had to check each one carefully before lifting it up.

Ssgt Jim Green in the back of a C-130 - unloading team gear AT on the ramp - USAF Adverse Terrain Forklift in Vietnam
Ssgt Jim Green arriving at work for the day - unloading team gear from a C-130
10K Adverse Terrain Forklift
on the ramp at a forward airfield in Vietnam