I first met Sergeant Fields in Tachikawa in 1955 when he was the noncommissioned officer in charge (NCOIC) of my printing department there.
I was assigned to Hickam Field, Hawaii as NCOIC of all printing in the Far East. I had talked to him on the phone a few times.
I was asked to come to Japan to check some of their equipment out. I flew to Japan (my first trip there) and Fields picked me up at the flight line and spent two days checking all their equipment.
A year later, I was assigned to Travis Air Force Base, Calif., as NCOIC of all printing for all the Military Air Transport Service (MATS) bases on the West Coast, Hawaii and Japan. Sergeant Fields’s tour in Japan was over and he asked me to get him assigned to Travis.
I cut the orders myself, had base quarters waiting for him and his family, and picked them up at Travis flight line. I drove them to his new base quarters. They loved their first time living on base. I drove him to the port in Oakland, Calif., and picked up his car. I promoted him to the tech sergeant within a few months.
In October 1968, I was assigned to Germany. Sergeant Fields was one of the six men who worked for me at Travis who asked to be assigned to me in Germany during the next three years. I think these guys liked working for me. I promoted Fields to master sergeant.
When I was assigned to the Pentagon in October 1971, Fields had worked for me 16 years. I never saw him again, but we wrote to each other during our retirement.