32nd Fighter Squadron the Wolfhounds

Canal Zone – Soesterberg / Camp New Amsterdam – Ramstein

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Long-time Wolfhound mascot adds to unit’s rich history

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Gomar Slobbering Hound
Credit: USAF / KLu/ Photoflight SSB

 

Sniffing out and destroying Nazi submarines groups,
caIled Wolfpacks, in the depths of the Caribbean during
World War II, earned the 32nd Fighter Squadron its
‘Wolfhound" nickname.

In those days, the 32ndFighter Squadron was stationed
on Dutch Colonial Territory while searching for the German
submarines. The Wolfhound insignia as we know it
today was designed in 1942 by Walt Disney Studios to
better symbolize the Wolfhound mission. The distinctive
cartoon-like character is not famous for his bared teeth, but
more for his eager, slobbering expression.

Over the years, many mascots roamed the Camp New
Amsterdam terrain, but none quite as regal, or mischievous
as Gomer. He is a real Irish wolfhound and closely
resembles Disney's character.

Gomer's rein as mascot for the U.S. Air Force's only
royal squadron began when he was just 10 months old. A
pedigreed Irish wolfhound, he was born Rory MColm As
Aras An Uachtarain, Feb. 26, 1985, (yes, he's a Pisces)
To mother Charming Challenge, and father Eno-v . Asin.
Gomer was first purchased as a tiny pup by the wife of
one of the squadron's pilots. Because of his potential size
in adulthood, he was returned. Well, that's how the story
is told around these parts. The kennel owner and breeder,
C. Koot, later in 1985 presented Gomer to the 32nd
Fighter Squadron as a mascot.

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Slobbering Wolfhound Feeding Time
Credit: Crew Chief G. Behnke

Life as a mascot has agreed with him. At 133 pounds,
He’s no lightweight.
He Iived at the fighter squadron operations building
until 1990 when he moved in with veteran Wolfhound
TSgt. Darrell Whiteman. "He needed a more stable
environment because he was getting older," Whiteman
said. “The flying schedule and mission taskings kept the
unit too busy to properly care for him." .
There are enough Gomer stories around Soesterberg
To fill a novel.

Thanks Gomer, for all those years of representing the
32nd Fighter Squadron. You will always be remembered
As the last Wolfhound mascot.
See you around pal.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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