Gary was my trainer/supervisor when I arrived at Dobbins AFB as a two-striper traditional reservist. After about a year Gary said he saw something in me (something I didn't see in myself) and he convinced me to fill out the paperwork to become a fulltime Air Reserve Technician. I was hired fulltime a few years later and worked side by side with Gary until his retirement (I'm still there so I guess Gary was right). He was a great mechanic and was always willing to share his knowledge. I'll never forget the times we spent working on engines or the stories Gary shared with us. I was fortunate to visit with Gary earlier this year where we spent several hours rehashing old trips and sharing those same stories. Rest peacefully my friend and peace, love, and prayers to the Vollmer family.
Served with Gary from 1978 until he retired from service. He was one of my trainers on the old C-7 Caribou . He had told me many stories over the years and I always enjoyed each. One had told me about was his trip to Thailand after the fall if Vietnam to recover many of the C-7s. The trip back was long and hard with the cargo bay loaded with Benson Tanks(fuelTanks) and not much room to travel in. Gary was a thro mechanic on piston eng a/c and C-130 Turbo props a/c. He had another nick name in the Eng Shop ( many of us did) his was Mother Nature a fun name with no disrespect meant. Wish I could have seen my ole friend before he passed. But it seems we always put things off for to long and then it is to late. Still have my stories of Gary . Gary was a little like me , he had boots before he had wings . Him in the Army then Air Force myself Army Brat and Air Force Ret . Thank you Gary for being there for our nation and for those like myself who you helped train. May you have a Tail Wind into Heaven.
It was a pleasure to see Gary again at a Dobbins Christmas party a few years ago.It`s sad to see our numbers shrinking.Gary was always a pleasure to be around,and an outstanding troop.May your soul rest in peace,and may God comfort you and family.Barden Revelle
Thank you for asking the Patriot Guard Riders to be there to honor Corky. It truly was an honor for us to be able to stand for him.
PGR Ride Captain
Joe "Mack" McGuigan
USMC Vietnam Veteran