Mr. Edward Billups enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean War. The Korean War ended before he could finish his basic training. He transferred to the Air Force and became a disaster preparedness NCO. He was stationed at the Phan Rang air base in Vietnam. One of his duties was to analyze rocket impact craters fired by the enemy. He would then radio back to command and the airplanes in the area to strafe the craters. He was awarded the Air Force commendation medal with an oak leaf cluster, and 2 Vietnam service medals. Mr. Billups is now retired and living in Carlyle Illinois.