Scott Lee BirketAirman First Class
6498TH SEC POLICE SQDN, 6498TH AIR BASE WING, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
22 November 1950 - 30 September 1972
La Mirada, California
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You were my friend, Scott, and when I heard you had died a month after I left country, I couldn't believe it. I assumed that we'd both get out alive and be able to meet and laugh together again. Thanks for helping me get through my year, God I was happy to leave. I'm only sorry I wasn't there to help you as well.
I don't know the circumstances of your death, but wish I did. I'm troubled by it, even after all these years. I miss you and think of you often, almost every day. You represent the lost youth in all of us..... we that survived grew old before our time. I feel like part of my heart is missing when I think of you and our 58,000 brothers.
I remember you fondly.... and the friendship we shared. Today I try to live my life honorably, because I live for you as well, my friend. We'll meet again someday ... with a tear and a laugh and a hug!
"They shall not grow old
as we that are left behind grow old:
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them..."
- from "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon -
Scott, I remember the day we heard of your mishap. I wish that we all could have done more to better protect our brothers. We all know that you are in abetter place for this world has really changed for the bad not good. Rest in peace and may God always be with you.
A Note from The Virtual WallMichael Douglas and Stephen Birket served together in the 366th Security Police Squadron, a unit of the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing at Danang Air Base.
On 27 June 1972 the 366th TFW departed Danang for Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, and the 366th SPS went with the wing - but in name only. The 366th's airmen stayed at Danang, redesignated as the 6498th Security Police Squadron under the newly organized 6498th Air Base Wing.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 14 Sep 2004
Last updated 02/21/2008