OH FOR GOT HIS NAME IS LARRY STIMELING GOOD LUCK . MY DR IS TRYING TO GET THAT APPT AT THE UV OF MD . I LET YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS RAY
MD USA - Monday, April 30, 2007 at 15:02:32 (MDT)
HELLO TO ALL, WEL THUR I GO TO MY HEARING ON THUR TO SEE IF I CAN GET P&T . MY DR THAT DOSE THE THROTE THING SAID I HAVE TO GO TO U.VMOF MD HOSPITIAL FOR THAT CAMERA TEST CAUSE MY CELLS HAVE GOT WORSE DOWN THERE. BUT I STILL HOPE TO MAKE TO ORLANDO
ALVIS SEND CAN YOU SEND ME YOUR PHONE # I.N E MAIL I THINK I HAVE SOMEONE TO HELP YOU WITH CLAM HE HELPED ME WITH ME GOING TO P & T HE SAID FOR CALL HIM.HE FROM IL
MY # IS 410 836 3319
HI GENTLY ROB KAL RICK I BE BACK
FRED A SEE I DONT EVEN THINK I CANGIVE YOU HIS # CALL AFTER 2 CT TIME HE IS GOOD I KNOW HE CAN HELP YOU OR ANY ONE HIS# 309 266 5147 OR 309 202 8145 I GOT THREW WITH THE FRIST ONE I HOPE IT HELPS A LOT OF YOU..WELL TAKE CARE I HOPE TO SEE YOU IN ORLANDO. GENTLY I TRY CALING YOU ONE NIGHT TAKE CARE A BROTHER ALWAYS RAY
md USA - Monday, April 30, 2007 at 14:31:25 (MDT)
Remember: Monday, April 30th, 1975... the end of the Vietnam War....Amen. I'm glad you're all home. L-Gently
USA - Monday, April 30, 2007 at 09:05:52 (MDT)
Flight: Well alot of commo here. Fred Alvis I sent you an email. hope you get it. Larry email me about the orders you have. and i can send my address so you can send me copies. I will try and track our Brothers Down. Orlando is turning out to be a larger reunion then expected. try an get your registrations in as soon as possible. The VHCMA will determine the size of the room s we get by registration from each unit. Hope everyone has a Great Day. Always A Brother!! My New Email is firstname.lastname@example.org
USA - Monday, April 30, 2007 at 08:01:26 (MDT)
Kim, Good Point. The guys at Kokomo were charging to get up close to a Huey. I we found one we would have to do the same thing to afford it. If it could be flown the insurance is a killer. Of coarse it would be so cool to have a UH-1 in my back yard even if I couldn't afford the fuel to take it up.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Monday, April 30, 2007 at 07:55:50 (MDT)
Retroman.....who owes who what? Remember that "thing" that Ron Paye almost put on my shoulder?! I think I'm owed. L-Gently
USA - Monday, April 30, 2007 at 07:41:54 (MDT)
So, a few folks want to make a few bucks, which they are already doing, by painting one of our birds with our unit insignia??? Why not? This group is getting pretty well known as it is...what's wrong with another country learning a bit about our history? Weren't the robin hoods the unit that was depicted in 'In the Shadow of the Blade?'
USA - Sunday, April 29, 2007 at 19:56:29 (MDT)
Ken,the robinhoods have a web site(173rd ahc).Mark,myself,and a few others know some members from that unit.One of them,"Doc" stayed with Mark for a few days.We see him every year at the VHCMA reunions.Heck of a good guy.I talk to him every now and again on "helivets".As Rick England says,"dont go there if you have a thin skin". The boys can play rough..Today was Anzac day in Austraila...kinda like our memorial day,veterans day and D day, all rolled into one.Took Susan to an "Indy-Aussie" party,always held on Anzac day.Was our first time.Bet there were 200 Aussies that showed up...wow,I had a good time,Susan had a great time. Some of you may have seen the movie//Anzac day is when Churchill ordered his troops to attack, a well fortified, Turk position.( ww 1).A mix up in orders..you know the rest of the story,they got the shit shot out of them for 3 or 4 days,maybe a week...whole units wiped out.Thousands and thousands kia.
USA - Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 22:38:49 (MDT)
Gale & Alvis, A couple things for you guys. Yes, Site 429W was where I saw the unit flag. About 009 I looked at the history and boy that bird got around. Does anyone know if the 162nd AHC or 173rd AHC have good contacts? I would have to look but think I was with the 173rd in Germany when the colors were retired in 83. That after we had to retire the 121st when we got to Germany in 82. I wish all our sister units could have flying birds no matter where they are. If we adopt this one,what does that mean? The Web site would need another Guest Book to sort out people from the log and someone to handle any request. So my feeling is that we need more info. My last thing is a question for anyone that knows how to get things done. I mentioned my other brother in law that found out he had Colon Cancer. He had his first surgery three weeks ago, a second a few days ago and today when we got home we found out he has Stage 4 Cancer. He is at 40% now. IS THERE A WAY TO GET BUMPED TO 100% Unemployability?? My wife's brother went into the VA in Florida and demanded to be tested & he came back as Stage 1 but he is already 100%. You might guess, my wife is calling my doctor @ the VA first thing Monday for me to get checked out. She has been looking at stuff on Colon Cancer all afternoon. So if you have not been tested, get it done because it scared the crap out of me.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 20:36:38 (MDT)
need to clear something....helibase is NOT the outfit that has 009.
USA - Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 15:27:57 (MDT)
well boys,here is the Africian story. An outfit down that way gives rides for a charge, its called helibase.Some say they are a shady bunch,cutting corners,ect,some say they are a great bunch. This oufit,the one that has 009, went thu many legal channels,and plan on doing the tourist thing as well.( giving rides combat assault style). The people with 009 seem like nice enough people. Now,they can do this with ,or without us,our permission,or our help. This is a big tourist thing ,down South Africa way,and hey,someone has to pay the bills.This may,or may not,bring some brothers into the site,off the internet.I am sure it will bring in hits from "tourist",if we like it or not.The only way around that is to have a locked "site" and I am not in favor of that idea.So,this is a group,129th ahc discision.Do we help these folks,and hope they do it right,or have a hands off and distance us from them? Also,they really want someone that has flew on the bird,or remembers it, to talk to them,their dime.We are history,we made history. I dont really care for idea, but i am also sometimes a realist...they will do it.Shall we help make the ship right?
USA - Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 15:26:32 (MDT)
Ken, hope you will be sitting around the campfire with the rest of us at Kokomo. Do not give the girls paper or anything to mark with..they almost got us beat up last time that happened.
USA - Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 13:59:05 (MDT)
Sounds good Ken. I'll be there Fri & Sat nites. Is 429 where you hooked up with us last year? Gale
USA - Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 13:53:20 (MDT)
Mark, & the rest at Kokomo I finaully got the site I wanted for Septemmber. It is 629 West behind 429 so hope nobody moved. Just know with a bad back & leg it was a killer walking down and missing you guys. I am sending a payment for three nights on the 1st. How long will the rest of you be staying? Also Larry I wish you could come to this one and keep me company.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 13:41:14 (MDT)
Ok boys,dust off those albums again. I believe the fellow that newly owns 009,wants to restore it colors as it sat on the flight line. This would be a great accompiment to her sister ship,flying in Engalnd.Perhaps. The ship also flew with the 173rd ahc( Robinhoods)and the 162 ahc ( I forget their names).I would like to beat the 173rd out of the blocks on this one.I will reply to the fella in Las Vegas that is doing the questions.You know me,I aint running into anything blinded.
USA - Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 12:54:57 (MDT)
Mark, if you get a chance, give me a call this weekend (number is in the Contacts) and let me run by you an idea for computerizing a 129th library. Bill
USA - Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 09:04:02 (MDT)
Hey Stickman, I agree with Alvis. We haven't heard from you in a while. Hope to see you in Orlando....................me thinks you owe me a beer! :o) I "know" that Rick owes me a beer.......................come to think of it, Gently owes me a couple beers!! hehheehhehehe Gale
USA - Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 07:10:03 (MDT)
hey,i checked out that site. i was wrong, this guy isnt in the tourest biz.
USA - Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 06:55:40 (MDT)
Hey Stickman, Jim Oliver, where you at bud??? Either the new GF or the new airplane are keeping you pretty tied up. I hope you are planning on being in Orlando in June.. I am sure looking foreward to seeing you there. Matter of fact, the same thing can be said for a lot of others that haven't been heard from lately.. Take care and drop us a line.. Kal...>>>
Kal 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 05:24:18 (MDT)
from the archives,here on this site....
Loss of RPM on attempted takeoff from LZ. Aborted takeoff and main rotor blade struck small tree. Aircraft settled to ground. Gusty winds and turbulence in LZ contributed to control difficulties with loss of RPM
USA - Friday, April 27, 2007 at 22:23:13 (MDT)
hey,is that one of those outfits in South Africa,that flies folks on fake " combat assaults"?Does a couple of "whoop dee doos",a bit of low level,couple of sharp turns to let folks face the ground.Yep,thats all fun, but I cant help laughing, at the term "combat assault", thats used to discribe that fantasy.
USA - Friday, April 27, 2007 at 21:16:28 (MDT)
66-01009 served with this unit in Vietnam. It has been surplused and is now in Africa as ZU-ELP. It is noted that it was involved in an accident in 68 (no injuries). Anyone who remembers this tail number would be of interest to the new owner.
Bert Sousa <Snakedrvr@aol.com
La$ Vega$, NV USA - Friday, April 27, 2007 at 17:13:33 (MDT)
JW Thanks for sending me the pictures of Fred, Mark and Ron's trip to England. Brother, You sure are catching me up on the past activities of the guys in the 129th. I spoke with my wife about the reunion in Orlando. It looks like we might go. It would certainly be a blast to meet and greet old Bull Dogs. Take care brother.
USA - Friday, April 27, 2007 at 17:00:45 (MDT)
JW, Thanks for sending me the pictures of Fred, Mark and Ron's trip to England. It looks like the wife and I may make the trip to Orlando. I spoke with her again about it today and she is checkig the schedule for June. It certainly would be a blast to me fellow Bull Dogs and share memories from the past.
USA - Friday, April 27, 2007 at 16:52:41 (MDT)
Gus, did you get the info that I sent you? My second e-mail came back undeliverable. I have two e-mail addys for you. What's the correct one? Thanks, Gale
USA - Friday, April 27, 2007 at 16:24:42 (MDT)
Bill I have made copies of the orders and will mail them to you immediately. I took the responsibility of blacking out the respective ssan's. I see that you live in good old Colorado Springs. I used to hang out on Palmer Park Blvd back in the day when I would visit that area of the state. My wife and I were in Colorado Springs and Denver last March 06. There was a little snow in the ares but not much. We had a wonderful time visiting the Blackhawk Casinos outside of Denver and the Cripple Creek Casinos in Cripple Creek. We didn't win any money but we had a wonderful time. All take care and be careful out there.
USA - Friday, April 27, 2007 at 16:08:10 (MDT)
Bill & Mark, that sounds like a great idea. If we had a place to look for names, like their name, rank & when they were there. Even snapshots of order dates, when the year books came out, etc. Maybe that way we all could try to lacate others that are not on the sight and get to where you know even what Platoon they were with. I would one day love to see a list of everyone who ever serve with the unit.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Friday, April 27, 2007 at 12:49:36 (MDT)
Bill, I have a filing cabinet full of 129th stuff if that's what you mean. An electronic library is a great idea..............................Mark
USA - Friday, April 27, 2007 at 12:29:55 (MDT)
426 cleared for the eternal flight. Say hey to Larry for me Tom and Claud.......always a brother.........
USA - Friday, April 27, 2007 at 12:28:37 (MDT)
In remembrance of those lost on "426", & Bernie & Bruno ( Salute to all) you 2 try to have a good day>>>>> Respects>>>Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wy USA - Friday, April 27, 2007 at 11:39:37 (MDT)
Once Upon a long time ago, in a far away land. Thirty five years ago. Thanks, Judith & Alvis.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, tx USA - Friday, April 27, 2007 at 11:02:33 (MDT)
Larry, I would be great if you would make copies and send me the copies. At the very least, I will put them into the files I've created while doing the book. Mark, do we have a "Library" any where for the 129th? If not, I'll create it here at home and create a web page so our folks can access it. Maybe I will just scan everything and make it an electronic library. Let me know suggestions, Gang! Bill
USA - Friday, April 27, 2007 at 08:12:09 (MDT)
slow,repectful, hand salute to the pilots of 426. Salute to Bernie and Bruno.
USA - Friday, April 27, 2007 at 07:26:01 (MDT)
Today is the day: 4/27/72. God bless you Bruno and Bernie..have a drink for Tom Shaw and Claud Strothers....may they rest in Peace. See you all in Florida(thanks Bill and Cat).
I haven't gotten any names to help get to the re-union.....surely there are some of you who want to attend but can't afford it. Please let me now, it's all confidential. Email me at Gentlyjs@yahoo.com. We've made $200 on the posters...and I have more:>))
To Tom: I'll always remember:>)) L-Gently
USA - Friday, April 27, 2007 at 06:55:38 (MDT)
Larry, I am still going to send you some pictures. It is great that you have all those orders as it would help with a list of people and maybe ring a few bells in our old heads. I know everytime I talk to someone else it brings back more lost memories. Also I will try to call you again next week as my wife & I are getting a way Friday night.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 21:11:58 (MDT)
Alex / Bill
I have orders dated 24 August 72, 12 December 72, 25 January 73 and 9 February 73 awarding members of the 129th bronze stars, air medals, and aircraft crewman's badges. I would be glad to share copies with all that are interested.
USA - Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 16:02:11 (MDT)
Larry,I believe Alex has been trying ( maybe Bill Wolf as well) to get old copies of orders,to track down our members.
USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 16:40:24 (MDT)
Alvis, I remember looking at what they have on the 509 sight as it flew 108 missions & about 500 hrs. I would lean to 2nd Flight because I can't remember a lot either. The replacements were as you know coming and going from Us & the Cav. Some by sling load, but I can remember in country transfers to 1st flight only. The key almost has to be from 2nd flight or maintence. This is still hoping to locate more CEs & Gunners from 72-73. Like Larry's aircraft, I knew what it was called but not the mission. I think everyone knew about TigerWagon. I met guys from the 2nd Plt but can't recall any more except I thought I should have been there to use Vietnamese. All take care.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 09:16:04 (MDT)
I dont remember 509 right off hand but now that I think of it Alvis, 509 may have been one of the first ships that I crewed on an ash and trash mission but I can't be for sure. I can't even put a face on Ronald Paye but we were in the 129th during the same time and after checking some orders that awarded me air medals and bronze star I see that Ron and I share the same orders for both awards.
USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 08:00:50 (MDT)
Ken,there is a handfull of 71/72 guys here,but few 73.Mark Jackson,and the rest of us,are waiting for brothers to find us here.They come in,bit by bit.When i found this site,I found some that i had flew with,some I had partied with.Also found my good friend,who I flew with and partied with,Jim Westwang. friday will be the anniv.,a black day for us, its the day we lost 426 in the An khe Pass.
USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 21:27:28 (MDT)
Here is a little something for you guys to do in your spare time.....Anyone have a tail rotor they can lay hands on and get me a profile of the airfoil and some dimensions for ref along with a good photo. I have a CNC router and want to carve out a replica of a UH-1 tail rotor blade to go along with the real main rotor blade I have. It is the mate to the one Mark had over the bar. I will send one blade in some type of wood to the first person to send me the info I need to produce it.
BTW I read the mail here form time to time just never seem to have much to say. Some things don't change much after 40 years.
Always a brother,
Ted "Gus" Gustafson
USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 21:25:47 (MDT)
This is the new entry in Sgt Caspers record. Looks impressive,and believable this time.
Seperation or Discharge Date: 1/31/1973
Short Story About The Veteran: Sgt.Casper along with Martin H,Andres another member of the 129th Assult Helicoptor were awarded The Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in connection with military operation against a hostile force.
Sgt.Casper along with two other members of the 129th Assault Helicoptor Co.Richard H Potzer and William l.Nancarrow were awarded The Republic of Vietnam Gallentry Cross w/Bronze Star.Sgt Caspers award reads;DURING THE OPERATION CONDUCTED IN PHU MY DISTRICT,BINH DINH PROVENCE,THE REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM,SGT.CASPER REVEALED GREAT COURAGE AND CALMNESS WHILE HE WAS ENGAGED BY INTENSE ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE FROM A HOSTILE FORCE.HE ACCRATELY EMPLOYED HIS WEAPON TO FORCE THE ENEMY FROM THEIR HIDDEN POSITIONS AND SIGNIFANTLY HELPED THE FRIENDLY UNITS TO CLEAR THEIR OBJECTIVES,THUS ELIMINATING 50 ENEMY BY BODY COUNT
USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 21:20:18 (MDT)
Alvis, I talked to Larry about the 509 the other night and how ChickenWagon was new when he got it. Also I figured that Ruthless 6 might have showed up on the 17th CAG property list (71-21210). Also a new aircraft after mid 72. Someone said 509 was in 2nd Flight. By the way, where are those guys anyway? The records have to be somewhere because between 21210 and 21509 are a few aircraft considering when I got 73-21790 out of the box, it was like Jan of 1975. After that for me new UH-1s about dried up until we got Blackhawks in 1980. For me I would like to know but really don't care except that the bird is flying and is a reminder of all those in the unit. It would be great if we could put our hands on one from the list.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 20:51:40 (MDT)
Dear Bruno and Bernie- Just a note to let you know that I am thinking of you both this week. Hope you are both doing well. Take care, Diane
Diane Strother Moy <email@example.com
Austin, TX USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 19:10:23 (MDT)
Larry,do you remember ship 72-22509? She was there when you were there.She now flys around England to attend airshows, and collecting money for childrens charities. Phil,the owner, is looking for someone that remembers her or better yet,flew on her.It has been restored to 129th flight colors,looking just like she did on our flight line. Phil,and BBC, flew three of us over this past JAN.,flimed the reunion,and took us up for two flights.Ron Paye,a 129th pilot,even got to fly her. Mark jackson and I,were happy as clams,sitting back in the gunner wells. http://www.huey.co.uk/
USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 19:08:04 (MDT)
We received small arms fire one day trying to spiral into a fire base. A round went through the 42 degree gear box cover but did not make contact with the gear box (no systems damage.) We did not receive any hits any where else on the aircraft. During the pre-flight inspection once we were back at Lane I noticed it and I called the TI shack to come and take a look. The TI came out, took a look and said just replace the gearbox cover (which I did). Has anyone else experienced similar incidents when hit by small arms fire and damage was minimal? Alvis, I was in the 129th the end of 73 but it seems that the story of the lost sling load was still being perpetuated through out the company.
USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 16:19:20 (MDT)
Larry, there are several ships that do not appear. I was on one that was lost (while being slung back to Lane)and it doesnt appear on the list,dispite two of us,on this site,that were aboard that aircraft. if you were there at the end of 71,you might remember the occasion..Mr. Gibson (gabby) lost his wings over the incident.
USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 14:00:45 (MDT)
Apparently there has been some sort of mix up between what Caspers record states and what was entered in the site,by the lady that does it.I have forwarded an E mail to some of you,that was a response to some of my back channel conversations. Mainly, Casper is NOT credited with the 50 kills.Seems Marvin the ARVIN were in contact with some NVA, and called on the 129th for some badly needed support. Sgt. Casper,it seems,was on one of the birds that responded. I believe Marvin the ARVIN are the ones that got the credit. Seems most of the rest is on the up and up,so I have been told.
USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 13:56:32 (MDT)
Check out this web site http://www.129th.net/helicopters.html
I could not find tail number 210 but I could have over looked it.
By the way, I told you that I crewed 70-20067 when it was 71-20067 (34 years can wipe out a lot of details that used to roll off the tip of my tung without thinking)
Take Care Brother , Larry
USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 09:45:56 (MDT)
The DD-215 will give you the update on your medals it is good for your claims. This is an addendem tothe dd-214. Flight be careful out there
USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 08:27:56 (MDT)
My goodness Alex, your not asking for another group "moon" shot are you? Just kidding. Sounds like a great idea to send to them. My respects to those fallen warriors mentioned earlier.
USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 03:12:35 (MDT)
I have been playing catch up around here, but did talk to Larry Stokes for a few hours this evening. It is always great now finding someone through this sight. He was one of the ones I wanted really wanted to talk to. Last night I was talking to Mike in Kokomo about getting a different sight closer to the 129th. He thinks he may get me in closer as I don't get around that well. About the Cross of Galentry, it was awarded to members of the unit in 1972, but only had it noted in my 201 file. I didn't know about it till I went up for the E-5 Board. As Larry and I were talking, we didn't recall any one counting kills when we were there. Some times everyone on the flight were shooting at the same ones. Guess I could count a forth or third not knowing who had the kill round first. In the PTSD group today the group leader was pointing out an article about the last Censis. Not writing it down he said it asked who were Vietnam Vets and the total was way more than the number who went. This was also about the delays and requirements to get a PTSD rating. He also said that they have had guys try who were in the service, but never went. I think we have all set quite while someone is telling stories about Nam knowing they were full of it. I think most of the time it is the guy in the corner being quit who most likely a Combat Vet.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Monday, April 23, 2007 at 21:27:33 (MDT)
Today, April 23rd, 1967: The crew or 64-13525 was involved in re-supplying the 101st Airborne Division south of Ban MDrak. While the aircraft was taking-off from a confined area, it struck some trees and caught fire. Warrant Officer Wells was trapped between his seat and the aircraft instrument panel. Specialist Walker suffered severe burns and died in the States on May 10, 1967. The Crew Chief, Specialist W. James and the Co-Pilot Warrant Officer H. Sauer survived the crash. Also killed in the crash were PFC Frederick Schmidt and First Sergeant Raymond Benson both of the 101st Airborne Division. A slow-hand salute in rememberance!
USA - Monday, April 23, 2007 at 19:49:09 (MDT)
Flight............slow hand salute goes out to Robert D. Berta from Ft Wayne Indiana. We were Ft Rucker buddies. I went to the 129th AHC in May 67 and he went to the 176th AHC where the chopper he was crewing crashed & burned on Dec 13, 1967 killing entire crew. He was 21 and had a son at home. Bob would have been 61 today April 23rd. I didn't know for years that he was dead. When I found out I promised him that I would recognize him on his birthday for as long as I'm able.................Gale
Clinton, In US of A - Monday, April 23, 2007 at 19:04:40 (MDT)
Good evening Flight. As far as I know the 129th will have a room. There might be some sharing going on since there are so many people attending the reunion. It would be a sister unit. As the reunion gets closer I will update you when I get updates. I think it would be great if Mark, Fred and Ron could at this reunion to share the pictures and their personal experiences regarding the trip to the UK and seeing 509. I would like to video all of us guys together giving a personal message to Phil Connolly and his group. What do you guys think? Let me know. Always A Brother!!!!!!
USA - Monday, April 23, 2007 at 18:54:06 (MDT)
Sorry JW & Larry. Didn't mean to stick my nose in................ Hey Bill, looks like no ones gonna answer for sure, but, we always have had our own room. Throw your idea out there and we'll discuss it.
USA - Monday, April 23, 2007 at 18:46:22 (MDT)
Hi flight, Larry, that was a fast 5 hours while we were talking. All the members of 129th that I have talk too gives me the same feeling as you and I had Saturday. The gilt had 9 pigs Saturday night. Gale, the Third Thursday in May is Viet Nam Veterans Meeting in Kinston.
Kinston , N.C. USA - Monday, April 23, 2007 at 18:02:53 (MDT)
I posted in their guestbook site. I ask how he could have recieved the Combat Air Assault badge, when it didnt exist at the time of his discharge. That medal has been removed form the list of his medals.If someone else has knowledge of what did,or did not,exist,was awarded ,or not (such as unit cit.), should contact that site as well.I do NOT remember this guy,but that really doesnt mean alot, as i best remember those who had some sort of impact on me,during my tour. Its kinda funny,some of the things we remember, or remember after hearing someone else say something about it.
USA - Monday, April 23, 2007 at 17:26:40 (MDT)
Larry, it sounds like you & JW had a great visit.....that's good. I hope that you meant the 3rd Thursday of "JUNE"!?
USA - Monday, April 23, 2007 at 15:45:00 (MDT)
I met with JW Saturday (4-21-07 at MacDonald's for breakfast. He is a great brother that made me feel as though we were stationed in the 129th together during the same tour. JW I enjoyed your company and friendly conversation. I feel like Ive always known you. tell the family (MRS.)that I said hello. The DVDs brought back a lot of memories. Did your sow have those pigs yet? I will see you guys the third Thursday in May.Thanks for ever thing Brother.
USA - Monday, April 23, 2007 at 15:34:02 (MDT)
Sgt. Casper was apparently a "one-man wrecking crew"... With talent like that, who needs gunships? My time was 2-1971 to 1-1972, and have a pretty good memory for faces... don't recall this one. Kim, you and I had a little conversation involving this sort of thing in your VFW once. I wonder if this is another one of them.
USA - Monday, April 23, 2007 at 07:47:39 (MDT)
Kim thanks for the e-mail a while back. I tried the link but it wouldn't work. Tried to e-mail you back but it bounced back. Thank you again though :o) Hope everyone is doing fairly well. Same ol same ol here. Grandpa's getting worse as time goes by but thats nothing unexpected. Hurts though.
Amarillo, TX USA - Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 21:57:26 (MDT)
I read his bio on the other website. I take it he was a 'shake and bake'. The biggest question is how someone with an infantry MOS could claim to be a crew chief. The writeup says he was responsible for 50 confirmed, not that he killed them himself. The air assault badge, unit citation????? Not in the 129th! That's just my opinion. The only unit citations listed on the 1st. ave bde website are for 66-67. I made love to dozens of playboy playmates while over there, at least, that's what they were when my eyes were closed :>))
USA - Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 21:19:20 (MDT)
Hey all, an old huey came in while i was doing yard work today, i called acrss to the airport & he was just running up again to leave, they said he belonged to Copters Inc in North Dakota, looked old 1 engine looked d or H Model. No i don't know that guy or about any damn 50 kias i would only think a gun pilot or fighter pilot could get that. I spent 1/2 my time fighting to shoot back ( still extremely pissed off). Fred A said it took a week to calm me down, try 35 years. I am auth cross of Gallantry (unit citation). Came back on the paper when i sent for records. Sure got a flash from that old huey. Lot to do but lookin fwd to Orlando & seein ya>>>>> Respects>>> Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wy USA - Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 21:18:02 (MDT)
I can't imagine anyone actually keeping count of kills if there were 50 or more hostels in the area. Just saying "beaucoup" bodies would be more like it. This guy probably made love to thousands of beautiful nurses also. Greg
Puna, Hi USA - Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 18:55:38 (MDT)
I was a grunt & never got more than 3 in that I know ofthey must have ben thick as shit to get that much.
Arthur Foster <firstname.lastname@example.org
Hogansville, GA USA - Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 13:07:01 (MDT)
I can't imagine a door-gunner getting 50 kills on one mission. Heck, I only got one "confirmed" kill the whole time I was there and I was a pretty damn good shot with that machine gun (was 11Bravo before coming to the 129th). I did get promoted to Spec5 without re-enlisting, but was a 4-year guy so maybe that's why. Again, if someone can confirm that we'll have a 129th room at Orlando, I have a suggestion for Friday's social evening. Bill
USA - Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 08:58:42 (MDT)
sounds like a wanta be to me . i could be wrong but, he claims 50 kills, thats a long time on the ground, i'd say.but fling with the guns we never touched the ground. you guys that flew on slicks would know the answer to that. the only to find out is to offer him into our org. an the vhcma. that will tell all. wink 3/69-10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 07:56:25 (MDT)
good point Kim, I had forgotten about Tet of 72.Some areas of Binh Dinh Province were almost over run.I suppose.with those kind of awards,getting e-5 would go along with it.
USA - Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 06:04:56 (MDT)
I got a Viet-Nam Life Saving Medal.......It looks like a "Swiss Army Cross"...Red and White Cross.......Yea Mark....That`s great about John Reed. Coldwater is a small school "powerhouse" in HS football........A little town called West Jefferson, Ohio use to be a great football town......always had good teams. But they got M-TV out there and everything went to hell.
NJ USA - Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 05:15:00 (MDT)
During my time there, 3/71-2/72, we never received a unit citation. I've been told that the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry was awarded to anyone who served in 72. I never got any orders for one, and, considering who it came from, I couldn't give a rats *ss about it. Now, I am aware that spring of 72 was an interesting time, based on conversations with Mike McKinney. I don't recall anyone telling me about some John Wayne killing 50 with a door gun
USA - Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 00:34:22 (MDT)
Hey guys. I'll have to check this out a little farther. Thanks for the heads up on it. Snapper. Good to see your post brother..............always a brother......
USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 20:55:04 (MDT)
but then its been 35 years and i might be way wrong.
USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 20:51:20 (MDT)
Snapper, the site says he went in in early 71,and got out in 73. That makes hims a draftee if i am not mistaken.Also says he was an E-5,a door gunner AND a crew Chief. I did both,as did many others but didnt get to e-5.If,,and i say If, I remember correctly,they were saving E-5 rank..AT THAT TIME..for folks that re-uped.
USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 20:50:00 (MDT)
hit wrong button,...continued from previous post....Bronze Star ribbon,Army Valorous unit Award,Army meritorious award. Very impressive. Like everyone here,and all in that war, we each had/have, a slightly different version,with some parts very different from others,but very true,none the less.I am sure Robert would have been called Bob, unless he had a nick name ..like shakey,or Shadow,for instance.Except for the "Combat crewmans badge" ( he got out in 74),the rest might have happened. That being said, i do not remember him,nor do i remember any battle where 50 bad guys where shot by a single person.Did this happen after I left in dec 71 or jan 72? does this also mean I can CLAIM some of those unit awards? Lets hear from the other 71,72,73 guys. for some reason,red flags have gone up in my head when reading this.
USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 20:40:04 (MDT)
Alvis, I just backed channeled Mark my thoughts on this. I was not there then but you guys that were know what unit awards were handed out etc.
USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 20:26:36 (MDT)
Snapper,I was just checking out that site and the same thing crossed my mind. He went into the army,one month after me, so he HAD to be there when Smitty,Animal,Shadow,Ken, Larry,Festus, me ,and a few more where there. I noticed he also recieved a Bronze Star for a battle at Phu My, where he killed 50 enemy.Among the medals awarded to him were,Bronze Star, Gallantry Cross Bronze Star,ribbons include Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation,
USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 20:22:03 (MDT)
Does anyone besides me find it odd that someone who was discharged in Jan 73 claims the air-assualt badge? It was not authorized as a badge until 1 Apr 1974. Just curious.
USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 20:09:00 (MDT)
There it is.........
USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 19:22:06 (MDT)
Let me try this...........http://www.washpavets.org/
USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 19:21:39 (MDT)
Dang. I type it in and it still dont show up.........I'll try something else......hold on........Mark
USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 19:19:00 (MDT)
Well dangit. The site did not show up. I'll have to type it in.
USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 19:17:47 (MDT)
Sorry, here is the site about my last post and the guys name is not Harry but Robert Casper.
USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 19:16:00 (MDT)
Hey gang, got this email the other day. Anybody recall this Harry or have any of you ever been to this site????////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
Have one of your door gunners listed on our site.Just wondered if any of you remember him or if he is a member of your group.Name is Robert Casper.We call him Peep.Check him out on our new web site..On the left side of the home page,click on American conflicts,scroll down to Vietnam and click on picture,then click on his name.Leave a message on our guest book.
USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 19:14:06 (MDT)
Hello everyone. Looks like all is working well in here. WELCOME HOME LARRY and back to the 129th and THANKS for serving. Do you want your info posted in the CONTACTS section? If so, send what you want posted to me at my address at bottom of front page of the 129th web site. Fred Alvis, we were in INDY today for the Cancer walk down town. We didn't see you and Susan there out of the 40,000 others that were there. Was fun. Had the grand kids with us. Fred Skaggs. Was in Columbus last night at Schottenstein center on campus. Coldwaters HS football coach was inducted into the Ohio HS Coaches Hall of Fame. John Reed..........take care all..............always a brother..........
USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 19:11:47 (MDT)
that site I sent you has the Kia's by date.
USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 14:11:01 (MDT)
Can anyone tell me if we are going to have a 129th room at the reunion in Orlando as we have in the past? If so, I have an idea for the Friday evening social. Someone let me know (Alex?). Bill
USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 08:46:39 (MDT)
Fred, no problem - and I think here is precisely where that belongs. We honor ALL of our fallen crews. You did give me an idea - I should post here on anniversaries of our fallen 129th so that we NEVER forget!! Bill
USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 08:18:03 (MDT)
Sorry about that Bill. I sometimes throw in stuff that really doesnt belong ,such as the crash of Ghostrider368...that ship was with the 60th ahc and had my room mates aboard, when I was with that unit.
USA - Friday, April 20, 2007 at 21:26:12 (MDT)
Sorry if this shows several times - but i submit it and it doesn't show up. JW - here is the story: The crew was involved in re-supplying the 101st Airborne Division south of Ban MDrak. While the aircraft was taking-off from a confined area, it struck some trees and caught fire. Warrant Officer Wells was trapped between his seat and the aircraft instrument panel. Specialist Walker suffered severe burns and died in the States on May 10, 1967. The Crew Chief, Specialist W. James and the Co-Pilot Warrant Officer H. Sauer survived the crash. Also killed in the crash were PFC Frederick Schmidt and First Sergeant Raymond Benson both of the 101st Airborne Division.
It is outlined in page 72 of the upcoming book. Bill W.
USA - Friday, April 20, 2007 at 19:14:58 (MDT)
Larry, it was good talking to you, Wwlcome Home brother. Bill, On 23 April 1967 a UH-1D (tail number 64-13525) of the 129th AHC struck trees while lifting off from a confined area. The aircraft crashed and burned, killing four of the eight men aboard:
129th AHC crewmen:
WO1 Edward William Wells, pilot, died
WO1 H. D. Sauer, pilot, survived
SP4 W. D. James, crew chief, survived
SP4 Michael D. Walker, gunner, died of injuries 10 May 67
Mike Walker was a medic who did his tour and extended to come back and fly as a gunner. Mike and Max Whittington were close friends
J. W. Wilson
Kinston , N.C. USA - Friday, April 20, 2007 at 18:57:59 (MDT)
Fred, my apologies. I thought that this was a 129th ship and was trying to figure out who it was. Getting old is NOT for the feignt of heart!!! lol Bill
USA - Friday, April 20, 2007 at 17:00:29 (MDT)
Bill, have you been to this site? It list the kia,s and the ships,from units in vietnam.Also list in most cases,what happened.Lets not forget,in one weeks time,35 years ago,we lost 426 in the An Khe pass along with Shaw and Strothers(april 27,72).The site is at http://www.armyaircrews.com./huey_nam_72-73.html
USA - Friday, April 20, 2007 at 10:51:04 (MDT)
Fred - the crash of 64-13525 on April 23, 1967 killed the pilot - Ed Wells and the Gunner - Michael Walker (who died from his injuries in the States on May 10th). The crewchief and co-pilot survived. The Crew Chief, Specialist W. James and the Co-Pilot Warrant Officer H. Sauer survived the crash. Their story is recounted on page 72 of the upcoming book. Slow hand salute to both!
USA - Friday, April 20, 2007 at 08:12:39 (MDT)
welcome home Larry Stokes.Ken checks in here regularly.Reunions are comming up,so stay tuned for info.Lots of stuff to fill you in on about the 129th,and I am sure the guys in here will be happy to help.Couple of us trying for PTSD claims now,some have gotten it.
USA - Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 20:21:38 (MDT)
I was surfing the net when I came across the 129th Flight Log. I begin to read some of the entries when I came across comments from Ken Strong Jr. If this is the same Ken that I think it is then he should remember that we were stationed at Fort Campbell Ky. for a while. As a matter of fact Ken invited me to ride home with him one weekend. We joked about me being the only black in his home town that weekend. Ken I had a good time in Indiana that weekend and it certainly was better than hanging around the barracks. I read that you received a 50% rating from the VA for PTSD. I have an appointment schedule with the psychiatrist for next month. Been having some horrible sweat dreams. By the way, I crewed Aircraft 70-20067 AKA Chicken Wagon. I was in the First Flight Platoon. I have a bad case of CRS now so if any of you guys can give me any history of the 129th from 1972 to 1973 I sure would appreciate it. Ken you hang in there and congratulations on the grand young-ins. By the was ken, I remember you shooting a little more than just over somebody's head on the flight line. Do you remember the M-60 incident.
Larry stokes 129th 72-73
Larry Stokes <Larry.Stokes@ncmail.net
Kinston, NC USA - Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 18:59:43 (MDT)
I was surfing the web and came across the 129th net. I started to read some of the comments when I came across Ken Strong's log. Ken, you and I were stationed at Fort Campbell together for a while. You took me home with you to Indiana one wekend. I crewed Aircraft 70-20067 AKA "Chicken Wagon".
Larry Stokes 129th First Flight 72-73
larry stokes <Larry.email@example.com
Kinston, NC USA - Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 18:27:41 (MDT)
35 years,and one day ago, Ghostrider 368 flew into a mountian,bordering Vung Ro Pass.They crashed and burned.Kia,CW2's Wiggins and Herman,Sp4 Stover(cc)PFC Becker(g) and two Korean ROKs.CW2 Wiggins was flying,they found the collective still in his hand.Slow hand salute,with deepest respect,to those six fallen warriors,two of which were my room-mates and friends. See you at the wall, my friends.
USA - Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 16:33:00 (MDT)
Gale; don't know of anyplace around here for pierogies.just milwaukee ave in chicago but will keep my eyes open.Gently thanks for the shrimp skewers suggestion, they would be real easy to make. we'll see what happens.
oglesby, il USA - Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 16:20:49 (MDT)
They told Alex the same thing.
USA - Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 14:00:44 (MDT)
BOOK UPDATE: Talked with Bill Whelan today. Books should be finished in about 2 weeks!! As soon as I'm ready to take orders, I'll post it here, send out emails, and update the mini=web page: http://www.wolfcms.com/book.html. Bill
USA - Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 10:15:19 (MDT)
Hey Gang - just got back home after another teaching trip and getting caught up. Wink and all who sent photos - will try to get those back to all of you in the next week or so. Fred - can you send me some background info on the VA saying we weren't "combat" veterans. That's just wrong when 10% of all Vietnam casualties were helicopter crews. Besides, those M-60's weren't there for decoration! I'd like to see if something can be done with that. Alex-give me a call when you can (you said you had some things to discuss). Book is at the printer. Am calling Bill Whelan today regarding some cover design issues. Will keep you posted.
Bill Wolf <VNHeloReunion@aol.com
USA - Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 09:36:27 (MDT)
morning all. alex just to let you know got your calls. just hit me at the wrong times. doing ok.sorry about not calling you back.memory not to good lately. if liz has some free time on her stop in orlando tell her give me a call an will get together.going to groips every friday thats good. you won't regret it.heading down to v.a. in a bit . seeing my primary care dr. have a lot to go over. alex i'll try to call you friday.********hey bill , don't forget to get the pic i sent you for your book, back to me. i would think the best way to do that at the reunion,hey.looking forward to the book.
to the rest of the flight keep at the v.a. on your claim, don't give up. thats what the v.a. wants.
looking forward to seeing you all at reunion
wink 3/69- 10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 08:10:00 (MDT)
Fred they charged me also you just give 10 or 20 every month an when you get your 100% you get it back. What are they going to do send you to Vietnam. I aam going to do my best to get there this year gale. I am going to have to fly in if gets some help when I get there I would appreciate it. I will pay for gas and beer also the hamburgers and eggs. Flight be careful out there
USA - Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 04:53:18 (MDT)
If anyone is looking for mother's day deals while shopping for black friday, you can find some flower and jewelry specials at http://www.black-friday.net/
Brooklyn, NY USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 19:58:23 (MDT)
jeezzee Alex, VA wants to charge me $108.00 every time I go see the "stress Group". I guess thats what happens when one isnt a "combat Veteran".
USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 17:58:40 (MDT)
Goodmorning Flight: Sounds like everyone is looking forward to sept. and Kokomo. Hope to maybe make this year. From the phone calls and emails. It looks like a good 129th reunion in the making. Bill wolf with the 129th Book. Some of the first 129th Members whom served with me and Rainer. And, a few guest speakers. I will have info hopefully in the next few weeks. If possible get in your registration in by the 2nd week of May. I have PTSD meetings every Friday for the next year. Always A Brother!!!
USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 08:16:38 (MDT)
Gently, no I don't make them, but, I love them. I used to get them from the Chicago area (homemade) is why I asked Paul. I'm in an Italian community, but, not too many Polacks. If I remember....there was : mashed taters, sauer kraut, and cheese....all delicious. If Rick England comes to Kokomo, we'll for sure have "eggburgers"!! C'mon Rick heheehhehehheh
USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at 16:18:56 (MDT)
My email for your poster orders, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please connect with me there for your orders. $5 each includes postage:>)) Y a can't beat the price! It's "Masterbaster" and he'll be making another bird for us at kokomo. Paul, how about some shrimp on skewers? :>))) Gale, you make Pieroges? I love the potato and cheese:>))
Or is it "potatoe?' LOL! L-Gently
USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at 12:13:39 (MDT)
saw your new pics Gale. Good shots of Mark,Dee,Ron Paye,and Ron,the masterbaster.
USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at 12:09:55 (MDT)
90 days till Orlando.
USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at 12:02:02 (MDT)
DOES THIS SOUND LIKE A NEWSPAPER OR MAGAZINE HEADLINE OF TODAY ????........They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. They not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them..............WAS WRITTEN BY A GUY NAMED PAUL IN 57 A.D. IN THE BOOK OF ROMANS, CHAPTER 1.........................
USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at 08:11:08 (MDT)
LOU RAGS......so good to see your post. I have been thinking about and praying for you. Yes, that college thing is terrible. ANIMAL ;-)..strange thing is, Ron Paye has been the only Ma(S)terbater, ( with out the (S) ever at Kokomo., And, AND..there is no lake or pond even close to the outing.ROBBIE, our new email is fourfour,(AT)=@,hometowncable.net.
take care all.............always a brother..........
USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at 07:32:59 (MDT)
I went to their website..http://www.hcvvo.org/email.htm and this is what I found...For information concerning golf cart rentals, you should contact Golf Cart Central. Buck and Deb Smith have volunteered to handle Golf Carts for the HCVVO staff...also, about camping...Mike Devore and Mark Cuttriss have agreed to take over the camping for the 25th. For information and/or reservations, you should contact Mike Devore at Magillagor@hotmail.com. Ladies and gentlemen, PLEASE DO NOT CALL MIKE DEVORE'S HOME AFTER 8 PM!!!!!...the dates for the Kokomo reunion are..September, 13, 14, 15, and 16, 2007.
USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at 06:36:30 (MDT)
Hehheehehee.....you guys are so funny. So I left out one little "s". I put a few pics of Kokomo on our yahoo site, including the Masterbaster himself.........Ron Coopersmith. Hey Paul, does anyone sell any homemade "perogies" (sp)up your way? As far as the golfcarts, there's nothing on the form stating how to reserve them. Do you have their website? They are pretty good 'bout answering questions........I think I have it.
USA - Monday, April 16, 2007 at 22:32:50 (MDT)
Gee Gale, I thought all this time he was basting that turky not bating him...WOW.. Whatever he did to him tasted pretty good... As I remember the site was in the area of 126.. Could well have been anything close to that. Heck, when you re-sign up maybe they might have last years records handy. Yes Smitty, it makes you wonder what the world is coming to. I just hope this don't trigger off a bunch of the "copycats" out there. They sure are keeping this "close to their chest" as it seems like there would be more info leaking out by now. I just finished filling out the registration form for the reunion and it will be in the mail tomorrow. Will call in my hotel reservations tomorrow too.. Things are getting close now. Sure will be nice seeing all of you in Orlando.. L8r.. Kal...>>>
Kal 67/68 <n8auu (a) email dot com
Saint Joseph, Mich USA - Monday, April 16, 2007 at 21:07:29 (MDT)
My Family & I just said Prayers at Dinner for Those Killed & Injured today at Va. Tech & their families. I have a son in 1st year at SD tech & Daughter to UW in the fall, it's scary. My God what have we become. I hope none of our 129th families were a victim of this.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Respects to all>>> Smitty
james Westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wy USA - Monday, April 16, 2007 at 19:28:40 (MDT)
dont forget guys,we have a place for pictures that YOU can load.New bike? grandbaby? nam pics? dont matter,its ok.
USA - Monday, April 16, 2007 at 19:21:41 (MDT)
shoot Gale,i cant even remember what I had for breakfest last week.
USA - Monday, April 16, 2007 at 19:19:50 (MDT)
Masterbaters??? I hope these guys are fishermen!
USA - Monday, April 16, 2007 at 18:58:57 (MDT)
gale; not sure but i think it was 116 or 126.i will be staying at a motel this year as i have somebody from the 498th coming with me and he doesn't get around very well . will still be hanging with you guys tho.i'm still undecided as to what i will cook there.are they taking reservstions for golf carts yet? the guy thats coming will definately need a cart. how do i make reservations, anybody know? oh yeah cookie order is already in, 18 dozen i believe.
oglesby, il USA - Monday, April 16, 2007 at 18:24:44 (MDT)
Alvis, Paul,Mark,Kal........any of you guys remember our site number at Kokomo last year? I need to reserve it for this year. I know it was 10 spots down from "Masterbaters" site. We agreed to get the one next to them, but, Ron Paye suggested that we keep the other for overflow, etc. Gale
USA - Monday, April 16, 2007 at 07:16:26 (MDT)
Eveing flight, its been awhile since I posted, CLL been getting worst, PTSD makes everything worst. Don't think I'll be making it to orlando, would like a book from you bill, just let me know where to send the check. Would also like a copy of 129th poster, let me know where to send the check. With all the meds I'm on I forget what daY IT IS, some days dont even want to get out of bed. . Aint retirement great. Hoping to make mini-reunion please let me know the dates and where it will be. I read the posts as often as I can, so look forward to hear from you guys,,,snowsnake1
Dover, De USA - Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 16:26:10 (MDT)
Mark,did you recieve the magazine from Phil? I got one yesterday,yours might be one day behind.The article is written by our friend Simon,who did a great job of it.
USA - Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 04:29:15 (MDT)
Oh Yeah, how could I forget!!! Boukoo Thanks Mark!!!
Lenny Adams <email@example.com
USA - Friday, April 13, 2007 at 16:36:02 (MDT)
Goodevening Flight: Had a few minutes between work shifts. It's great to see the commo again. Hope everyone is getting their registration forms in for the reunion in Orlando. Talked to Tom Frankenfield and said the rooms are filling up fast. So, let's not wait to the last minute. Bill Wolf I need to talk to you about a few things. Also, I'm glad to hear you will have the long awaited 129th Book with you in Orlando. We appreciated you putting the 129th out there for the world to see. Talked to Ray, he said the are going to take out his spleen. And, waiting for the cancer test that was done on his throat. Him and gail are worried and he don't if he will be able to make Orlando. Well, everyone have a safe weekend. Always A Brother!!
USA - Friday, April 13, 2007 at 15:54:59 (MDT)
Evenin'Flight...JUBILATION..we're re-connected. Sorry I haven't chimed in lately. I blame it on this New york ratrace. Hope & pray all is well with you & yours. I'm looking forward to our Bite n'Striker book..Hey Gently, could you send me 3 129th posterz,or e-mail ordering info? Something cool happened to me last month: A close friend of mine who is a retired USAF ChiefMstrsgt.,handed me this book in church. Entitled "The Night Stalkers" it's autographed by the co-author Steven Hartov to me! The author is none other than Michael J.Durant. Blackhawk down. The book is absolutely awesome. It speaks about the development of air assault & discusses many operations in our AO. I've got one of the 1st prints, but it shoud be available now.G.P.Putnam&Sons publisher. I had the pleasure of meeting Lt.Hartov at Stewart AB when I was with the NYAirGuard. He's also served with the Israeli Army. I spoke with him briefly about my service with Army Aviation..he remembered& thanked us for our service. Thank you all. God Bless! Clear Left. "small bullet,BIG SKY': Optimizzum
Lenny Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org
USA - Friday, April 13, 2007 at 15:32:43 (MDT)
Thank you Mark. It was from us,not me.I just held on to it for a while.Perhaps Larry,who I know was there with us,tapped me on the shoulder this time.You looked good flying in the crew chiefs well,you belonged there.
USA - Friday, April 13, 2007 at 14:52:02 (MDT)
Rick, some of us live in Indy,or close by. Sounds like a mini reunion in the making if you are interested.When will you be here?
USA - Friday, April 13, 2007 at 03:26:14 (MDT)
yes we will be there
southside, al USA - Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 18:40:00 (MDT)
Rick,you and the team comming to indy this season?
USA - Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 17:54:07 (MDT)
(Rest in peace Kurt Vonnegut. WW2 combat Veteran, POW, Surviver of the Allied firebombing of Dresden, Germany, and most of all a gifted writer and human observer, who had no trouble seeing the naked Emperors of the world. Slow hand salute!............Greg)
NJ USA - Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 16:44:18 (MDT)
HELLO FIGHT JUST CHECKING IN READ THE LOG EACH DAY, IN TX FOR THE RACE THIS WEEK AND NEXT TO AZ WE R 33 IN POINT BUT HE NATIONAL GUARD CAR WILL COME THU HOPE THAT U ALL R WELL THE VA JUST UP ME TO 70% BUT THEY R PAYING ME 60% MORE LATER TRYING TO WORK. IT OUT TO BE IN FLA.
RICK STEVENSON <TRUCKCOPTER@AOL.COM
SOUTHSIDE, AL USA - Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 16:21:02 (MDT)
saw your pictures Frenchie.
USA - Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 09:05:59 (MDT)
>stands next to Animal with a slow hand salute as well.
USA - Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 06:38:28 (MDT)
Rest in peace Kurt Vonnegut. WW2 combat Veteran, POW, Surviver of the Allied firebombing of Dresden, Germany, and most of all a gifted writer and human observer, who had no trouble seeing the naked Emperors of the world. Slow hand salute!............Greg
Puna, HI USA - Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 00:43:29 (MDT)
Thank you Gently for the posters. Teddy bear out hehehehehe
USA - Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 07:00:16 (MDT)
Don good to hear from you. Its been too long since helivets and the gunners net. Thank you Mark for this group. Flight be careful out there
USA - Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 06:49:53 (MDT)
Fred Alvis..conserning the YouTube "509" movie. I just went down to the "509" link at the bottom of the 129th Front page and it was working for me. Is that where you access it from?...........as gently put it, We are family again!...........always a brother........
USA - Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 05:49:38 (MDT)
Good to see the site back up. Mark, you're quite the man. I surely hope you know how much your are appreciated. I seldom post but come here often to read and reflect. And, yes, it is healing to be able to come here. I read some of the recent posts, more pointedly the post from Alvis III. I just want to mention that I am sure that if one were to do a study, they would be surprised at the number of our children that feel that they have been abandoned. Abandoned even if in some cases, we never left them. I know my children have confronted me lately and let me know that they really don't know me, though I have been around since their birth. Even though I am divorced from their mother, I spent alot of time with them. We sometimes get hit with blaming everything on our experiences in Vietnam, but one needs only to listen to our own family to find that an awful lot of blame is being placed by others, though they don't realize to what or where they are placing the blame (Vietnam). More often than not, we have gone through our lives hiding, yet we know not what from. We find ourselves wanting forgiveness, yet what did we do? We seek the love of those around us, but often are not capable of giving love. Is there an answer? Hell if I know, but I do know we need this....this place of healing....this place of comaraderie...this oasis from all else when all else starts to crowd us. Thanks again, Mark, for providing this sanctuary.
Don Johnson <Cobra_010@hotmail.com
Oklahoma City, OK USA - Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 05:43:14 (MDT)
Good to see the site back up. Mark, you're quite the man. I surely hope you know how much your are appreciated. I seldom post but come here often to read and reflect. And, yes, it is healing to be able to come here. I read some of the recent posts, more pointedly the post from Alvis III. I just want to mention that I am sure that if one were to do a study, they would be surprised at the number of our children that feel that they have been abandoned. Abandoned even if in some cases, we never left them. I know my children have confronted me lately and let me know that they really don't know me, though I have been around since their birth. Even though I am divorced from their mother, I spent alot of time with them. We sometimes get hit with blaming everything on our experiences in Vietnam, but one needs only to listen to our own family to find that an awful lot of blame is being placed by others, though they don't realize to what or where they are placing the blame (Vietnam). More often than not, we have gone through lives hiding, yet we know not what from. We find ourselves wanting forgiveness, yet what did we do? We seek the love of those around us, but often are not capable of giving love. Is there an answer? Hell if I know, but I do know we need this....this place of healing....this place of comaraderie...this oasis from all else when all else starts to crowd us. Thanks again, Mark, for providing this sanctuary.
Don Johnson <Cobra_010@hotmail.com
Oklahoma City, OK USA - Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 05:39:48 (MDT)
for whatever reason, you tube,509,insideout,has been taken off the viewing. dang.
USA - Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at 22:53:26 (MDT)
BOOK UPDATE!! First, please excuse me for being repetative here, but I want to keep you updated on the progress of the book. The book has been completed - all 323 pages - and is at the printers. Forunately, one of our 129th members, Bill Whalen, owns a print shop in the Chicago area and is giving us a very good break. As soon as we can, I will let you know the cost. I've asked Bill to print 300 copies this run (its all I could afford to "front"). So, start thinking about how many copies you might want. I will keep you updated here, on the mini-website: http://www.wolfcms.com/book.html and via email. I'll try to keep you all posted. I will also bring copies to the VHCMA reunion. Mark - glad you were able to get the site back up - was going through withdrawls!!! Always a Brother - Bill Wolf
USA - Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at 18:30:19 (MDT)
Yahoo! We're family again! L-G
USA - Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at 14:42:39 (MDT)
Hi Flight glad to see it back up again & I was glad to see that the 509 keep it colers & thank to the guy that maid it happen for 509 & it colores well take care Brother Art
Arthur Foster <email@example.com
Hougansville, GA USA - Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at 12:17:43 (MDT)
same here Bill.Need to vote those guys out if they dont want to support veterans
USA - Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at 09:42:53 (MDT)
Always pays to go right to the top!!! lol. It was an honor and privilage to have had a small part in that. Am glad it worked out but am also disappointed in my US Representative Doug Lamborn (Colorado) who did nothing!! Bill
USA - Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at 09:01:32 (MDT)
Good Morning Flight: glad to have the new computer up and running. Our new email is firstname.lastname@example.org it's good to be ale to get emails once again. Kal was good talking to you. been working 6 days a week. So, don't have to much computer time right now. But, glad everything is falling in place. The web site is back up. I thought Liz did something to the computer until I talked to Kal. Felt really stupid to find out the site was down. And, that Phil will be able to keep the marking on the aircraft. Hope everyone has a great day. See everyone in Orlando. Always A Brother!!!
USA - Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at 07:07:57 (MDT)
Great Job Bill Wolf. Buy you a beer in florida.
USA - Monday, April 09, 2007 at 22:12:36 (MDT)
Hey Bill Wolf, Phil told me VIA a phone call the other day that they had traced the decision to let him fly "509" as "509" back to a letter sent to Tony Blair from you. Great work brother. You need to be commended. Thanks so much........Fred A. thanks for the address and yes do keep the YaHoo site open if it is free..........Robbie, our new email is fourfour(AT)hometowncable.net........good to see you all........Ray good to see your post. Got your message the other day. Sorry we were gone............Take care all............it is all good...........always a brother......
USA - Monday, April 09, 2007 at 20:43:05 (MDT)
Knock,knock....AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.everybody is back home again. ........I so glad.......Hey Animal;-))))....your post had me chucklin'.........good one brother.............It is good, to be back home.............I love you all......
USA - Monday, April 09, 2007 at 20:38:03 (MDT)
Got a letter from England's Office of Aviation confirming the exemption of the markings for #509. I had sent a letter to Tony Blair (England's Prime Minister). Got a note from his office saying he'd forward it to the Office of Aviation. That was in February. I also, at that time, sent a letter to my US Representative Doug Lamborn in Colorado asking his support. Never heard a word from him. Pretty embarrasing that a constituent gets a quicker response from a foreign country than his own representatived. I've sent him a letter telling him that. Those of you in Colorado - remember his name (Doug Lamborn). He should be embarrassed. Bill
USA - Monday, April 09, 2007 at 16:41:35 (MDT)
Just kidding!!, Greg
USA - Monday, April 09, 2007 at 13:32:02 (MDT)
.backwards is write I everything, wrong is something
Puna, HI USA - Monday, April 09, 2007 at 13:29:28 (MDT)
thanks mark nice to see its back on.the offer of help still stands.
oglesby, il. USA - Monday, April 09, 2007 at 11:16:59 (MDT)
Good to be back home , great job Mark>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Monday, April 09, 2007 at 10:44:49 (MDT)
Good to be home again. Also Registered on the the Yahoo site
HC, FL USA - Monday, April 09, 2007 at 09:45:23 (MDT)
Good to be back. good going mark, gently got the the posters. just wantet to say hi to all. feel better since the 2 camera test, but the spleen is giving me a hard time. i cant lift any heavy. i tryed yesterday. wow i hurt bad there, gail got mad at me said i told you so. i see tha dron the 11th , and same proublems with the uroligist thinh. he cut 2 times still n help.but i still feel good. at times my arms orparts of my bodt just move by them self.now got to see why. it seems when i get one thinh fixed something gose up. i guess like an old ,,but iam up and around, so see you in orlando. pete wink alex nice talkng to you. kal i look for you later ok. take care a brother always ray
md USA - Monday, April 09, 2007 at 09:33:44 (MDT)
Greeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaat to be back home! Thanks, Mark!! I wish we could put pictures on this site, but, we now have our Yahoo site for photos..............new or old! Gale
Clinton, In US of A - Monday, April 09, 2007 at 08:22:34 (MDT)
yessssssssss,its good to be home.ahhhhhhh,feel better already.
USA - Monday, April 09, 2007 at 08:12:54 (MDT)
I can now access the site, where last week I was unable to. It sent me to a site where 129th was one of many places you could click on and go to. However when I clicked on 129th, it would take me to one more page to click and then would go back to the beginning. Endless loop. Seems fine now though. Mark, any chance of getting your new email add? you can send it to my home email. I'm sure you have that.. Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Monday, April 09, 2007 at 08:03:35 (MDT)
OK, within the hour the 129th web site should be up and accessible for all. It is set up that it is paid for for the next ten years. Again , I apologize for the inconvenience this has caused. I know how we all need that 129th fix daily. God Bless you all and thanks for ruffing this matter out..............always a brother.............
USA - Monday, April 09, 2007 at 07:43:14 (MDT)
The site is not working for many, but is for some. It will be up and running for everybody tomorrow sometime I hope. Sorry about the snafu for those who can not get in. Love to all...................
USA - Sunday, April 08, 2007 at 18:36:56 (MDT)
I can access this page. Hope everyone is doing okay. I don't post much but read everyday.
USA - Saturday, April 07, 2007 at 18:44:46 (MDT)
absolutely amazing!!! I clicked submit, and the screen kicked me back to the web browser. It took a few seconds to log back in, but my little message was where it should be. It's great that Phil finally got clearance to fly his Huey with military markings. The wheels of government turn mighty slow, but.... they DO turn.
USA - Saturday, April 07, 2007 at 18:37:11 (MDT)
I can read and write on this site.
Livermore, Me USA - Saturday, April 07, 2007 at 18:33:21 (MDT)
....if you can read thid, please respond.
USA - Friday, April 06, 2007 at 15:09:00 (MDT)
USA - Friday, April 06, 2007 at 15:04:08 (MDT)
Can others read this. I have been informed that some can not open the site. It appears to be working from here.Try it again.......sorry for any problems. The domain could of not run out , the payment comes directly out of a credit card. Hum!!!!
USA - Friday, April 06, 2007 at 14:57:43 (MDT)
USA - Friday, April 06, 2007 at 14:56:15 (MDT)
Friends........order your posters via my email please: Gentlyjs@yahoo.com. So those of you on the log who have requested such....need to try it again...at my email.
Mark? John? Fred? Ah, Dah!
USA - Friday, April 06, 2007 at 12:53:28 (MDT)
He who stands for nothing will fall for anything...
USA - Friday, April 06, 2007 at 07:14:07 (MDT)
Mira,I'm positive that, that's a negative statement.
USA - Thursday, April 05, 2007 at 19:57:16 (MDT)
every thing is weard to belive in.to all who thinks negetivly.
alexandria, egypt - Thursday, April 05, 2007 at 14:15:05 (MDT)
Mike, VHPA has a pretty complete data base on the Hueys.
USA - Thursday, April 05, 2007 at 11:08:20 (MDT)
Could anyone tell me if there is a database of UH-1's out there. Trying to find who has
SN 72-21615 and 70-16403. Both are UH1H aircraft. Thanks
Mike Miles <email@example.com
USA - Thursday, April 05, 2007 at 09:53:01 (MDT)
GREAT NEWS! If you haven't heard, Phil Connolly has received permission to leave the military markings on his huey #509!!!! Thanks to all who helped with this! Bill
USA - Thursday, April 05, 2007 at 09:40:28 (MDT)
I'm looking for names of those who need financial help getting to the re-union in June.....don't be shy..and don't wait to long either. Love-Gently
USA - Wednesday, April 04, 2007 at 14:27:11 (MDT)
Alex sent you an e-mail awhile back,I seen where you were having computer trouble.Just wanted to let you know we cannot make the reunion this year our church bible school is the same week as the reunion. We were already committed to this,but if it,s the lords willing we will be there in .I read the flight log from time to time but don,t see much out of the  guys.May God bless each and everyone of you guys. Talk to you later Alex.
( BullDog Flight Out) Truman
USA - Tuesday, April 03, 2007 at 20:30:23 (MDT)
129th AHC Poster Information. Pleas email me your addresses and the number of posters you want. Then get the $#@%^((+_) check in the mail:>)) Gentlyjs@yahoo.com
I need to keep a paper trail of everything. L-Gently
USA - Tuesday, April 03, 2007 at 15:20:13 (MDT)
Wink, here's the phone number for George Besette....508-678-0057. He said it would be alright if I put it on here and if someone remembers him to call. I did mention your name to him, because you're the only one from the guns that I know, but he said he didn't recognize your name. Asked him if he remembered the 257 crashing, and he didn't seem to. Oh well, maybe between the two of you there might be a name you both remember. As for the reunion, I am not planning on coming down. I was however thinking of going to the mini in July at Mark's house. It would be good to see you and a lot of others also, but I'm already committed to doing something with my Daughter at that time. Her birthday is June 23rd, and I've missed so many. I hope you have a good time...Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Monday, April 02, 2007 at 11:01:43 (MDT)
Wick its in texas somewhere. it's been repainted and made flyable by FAA. It sold on e-bay 3 times and I lost track. I had people using my pass word and buying and selling with it. So I stayed off that goofy site. Flight be careful out there
USA - Sunday, April 01, 2007 at 10:40:35 (MDT)
robbie don't remember the name but you know how that goes.i just wish i had written the names of the guys on the back of each picture i had taken.but how knew what 35 yrs would bring. send me his phone # an i'll try to call him.its so hard for me to talk on the phone.
robbie are you coming to the reunion, would be nice to see you. i'm sure everyone else feels the same way. hey rick have you heard any more about the iron buttierfly. maybe the guys in england might be interested in it. it would be a same just to let it rot.
see you all in orlando wink 3/69-10/70
lake wales , fl USA - Sunday, April 01, 2007 at 09:14:28 (MDT)