Post by Rick Davis on Dec 18, 2018 19:01:01 GMT -6
LTC Larry Rolle was the best man at my wedding when I was the commander of the 302 SOS at Luke AFB near Phoenix before it was relocated as the 71 SOS at DAVIS MONTHAN AFB near Tucson. I later became the commander of the 71 SOS and presided over the dedication of the aircraft now on static display. The crash of Pony 12 was a horrible loss for all involved. All were members of my squadron when I commanded the 302 SOS. I still miss them. I'm sure I'm not alone. I would like to thank you so much for the research you did and the dedication you showed by placing a plaque at the crash site. I hope our paths will cross some day so I can personally show my gratitude.
I was a coworker of Col Rolle. Larry was a CFO for a Phoenix corporation as well as a pilot in the Luke Field emergency team. He loved to fly. That flight was not even his. He took it over for a friend who had family commitments at the time. I among others, helped him and Katie build their family home. He shared with me his time with the Kingsmen in Southeast Asia, some of the antics young men will get into when bored. (when you fly choppers, any time not in the seat was boring) He told me of one of his first LZ's. When they were pulling away, he turned to the copilot and said," Did you see that? They were shooting at us!" The copilot said,"No they weren't, they were shooting at you, you were the pilot." Larry said that put a whole new meaning on Hot LZ. It was personal then. His fellow campers decided to build a shower. They built a trestle from some old planks and used a washed out fuel blivet on top. When filling it they played poker for first shower. They heard a loud creaking and looked just in time to see the whole mess fall down and the mostly filled blivet start rolling down the slope. Over bushes and tents, flattening everything in it's path. They just lay there laughing until they decided to try to cover the mess up to avoid trouble. Larry Rolle, one of the Kingsmen, rest well "Murph".