dear family............ blessed and righteous things to all this new year.........we love you.........always a brother
Mark
USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 22:46:02 (MST)
Bill, I'll work on mine this weekend. Sorry for the delay. Happy New Year Flight! Jim H.
Jim & Sue H.
USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 16:54:19 (MST)
A belated Merry Christmas to all of you. I am very sorry to have to tell you we lost my wife Mae's father in the early morning of December 21st. It was a very sad Holiday for us. Happy New Year to all and God bless! Snapper
Jeff Sauers
Lake Norman, NC USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 13:25:31 (MST)
Hey flight Ö First Ė no I havenít fallen off the face of the earth!!! My consulting business has been having me flying back and forth to California (from Colorado) for the past several months and looks like itís going to get even more hectic in 2006!! My two sons have been here for the holidays and have been spending time with them. With one in the Army and the other going into the Marines its probably the last time weíll be all together for Christmas for a while. As for our 129th book Ė Iíve gotten back about 8 worksheets from members. We sent out 180 mailings so I was hoping for a better response. If you havenít gotten yours back in yet, PLEASE do so. I want to try and have it at least drafted by the VHCMA reunion so you can all look at it and give me feedback!!! I especially need any unit history information beyond what is on the 129th website!! Well, from my family to yours, a very, very Happy New Years and hope to see you all in June. Iíll try to write more often!!! Bill Wolf.
Bill Wolf <VNHeloReunion@aol.com>
USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 13:05:26 (MST)
Hope all our 129th Family have a safe NEW YEARS. Alex
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 08:29:17 (MST)
be careful out ther guys,and girls.Hope to see all of you in here this time next year,many many blessing find their way ,to you good folks. happy new year,may peace find its way to some many unhappy lands.
alvis
USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 07:18:01 (MST)
$2115 in the Christmas fund! And you can still send us money:>)) a special thank you to the auction donors and to those who won the items..they certainly were cool. And to those who gave twice...I'm speechless. We'll be able to get some of your brothers to Phoenix in June...and don't hesitagte to give me names of those you think we can help..don't hesitate to give me your name....this is not a wtime to be shy we're all getting older, remember. G/D I'm wearing my scarf every day...love it! It's so soft:>)) Peace in the New Year....for you 129ers. Love-Gently(Den Mother)
Gently
USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 21:33:41 (MST)
Hey Tim... Welcome home and to the 129th web page!!.. There are getting to be more and more of us 67/68 guys here all the time.. Ckeck out our June reunion and see if you can't join us. It will be in Phoenix this year and we always have a ball. Later... Kal..>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 15:52:02 (MST)
Welcome home Tim & welcome to the 129th family! Do you remember Gary Villamaino from the 394th?
Gale 67-68
USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 09:04:48 (MST)
welcome home Tim.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 04:28:00 (MST)
I was assigned to 394th Airmobile Transportation detachment as a Tech Inspector Jan 68 to Jan 69, tried to keep the 129th's slicks and guns ships in the sky, sure had some great crew chiefs who loved thier aircraft and really took good care of them. Came in to and left country with Richard England, glad I found the 129th website, brought a lot of pieces together, Thanks
Tim Cole <timcoleco@comcast.net>
greeley, co USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 21:27:20 (MST)
http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/motorcycle-helmet/gpa-helmet/.........check out a couple of new motorcycle helmets,,,,very cool,
alvis
USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 16:16:45 (MST)
Tom Pederson? And you are where? Ted, you and the family are in my prayers....and thank God some of our soldiers are back from the sandbox. Lenny:>)) L-Gently
Gently
USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 15:23:25 (MST)
Been gone awhile. Happy Birthday Jim! I'll buy you a beer in Kokomo! L-Gently
Gently
USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 15:20:30 (MST)
I hope that everyone had a great Christmas. I am glad its all over, my grandpa has not been handling it well. Will get the two bracelets out hopefully this weekend. Still no contact for the other two. Hope all have a wonderful New YEar.
Melody
Amarillo, TX USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 13:11:08 (MST)
Mark just thought I would let you know I went to visit Larry at the cemetary today. I said a couple of prayers and went back on duty. What a peaceful place rest! I also was checking out the site, it is wonderfully done!!!!!
LCPL Klosterman Robert <klosusmc@bright.net>
Coldwater, Oh USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 12:46:06 (MST)
Hey Bernie; thanks for the call yesterday. Yes its is in the 70's down here. I am in a T- shirt & watering the lawn. Iwould say that this is the time of year to be in "South" Texas. Winters are very mild in comparison to the northern states. Right now is White Tail deer season. There is a "Cola Blanca" (White Tail) deer contest. There are a lot of hunters from all over the place. Even in Northern Mexico . But on the other hand summer time is a "HOT" mother. San Antonio is hot but Laredo is about 8 to 10 degrees hotter. Like we disscussed I am restoring my '67 GTO. I am looking for the tail light "lens". I you see any out let me know. I hope that Crown Royal was good. Later Bro. ENUFF SAID.426 OUT
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 11:32:59 (MST)
Hey Bernie; thanks for the call yesterday. Yes its is in the 70's down here. I am in a T- shirt & watering the lawn. Iwould say that this is the time of year to be in "South" Texas. Winters are very mild in comparison to the northern states. Right now is White Tail deer season. There is a "Cola Blanca" (White Tail) deer contest. There are a lot of hunters from all over the place. Even in Northern Mexico . But on the other hand summer time is a "HOT" mother. San Antonio is hot but Laredo is about 8 to 10 degrees hotter. Like we disscussed I am restoring my '67 GTO. I
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 11:29:25 (MST)
Kal, i have certainly been considering it, i also thought about "Angel Fire". I need to find out exactly where it is. Is anyone riding that far with you??>>>More later>> Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, Wy USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 10:35:11 (MST)
just sent an email to a few of you...its the pic of 509 that appeared in a flight magizine,then made into a print.Click on the second download of it,the first is blank...had a heck of a time stealing the pic...but then i dont think its stealing in this case.....***((( CP )))*** ,why is my emails to you coming back? Its about the millionth one thats returned.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 08:12:24 (MST)
Mornin' Flight! Hope all is well with you & yours. A belated "Merry Christmas"to all...there! I said it. You know that Jesus Christ is the reason for the season, and Our Jewish friends celebrate their holiday this year beginning on the same day! Have a safe New year guys. I have so much to celebrate & give thanks for: Lenny Jr. has returned safe&sound with all of his appenedages from the "Sandbox", my other son is home for the holidays from college, and my wife Elke remains in good health. May God continue to bless all of you. Thanx for the com: Tripper,Art , Larry& others. Audie Murphy was my hero right up there with Hopalong Cassidy. God Bless America,Our Troops & our Hero Veterans. Weapons safe, Lenny
Lenny "Fire" Adams <rtrwingnut@yahoo.com>
Mohegan Lake, N Y USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 07:12:21 (MST)
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the 129th. You are in my heart and soul and will remain there. Welcome Home and Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this great group.
Katharine
USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 05:42:33 (MST)
Here is hoping all of you had a great Christmas and hoping you have the Happiest New Year! Happy Birthday Jim Hydinger!! AND may you have many more!!.. Our white Christmas has mostly melted away up here but that will probably change before much longer as winter has just begun. Hey Gus, good to see you checking in!.. I will be retiring the end of May and maybe we can set up a schedual on the radio..? Was wondering if you may be coming to the reunion in June?? Hey Smitty.... U going to be riding down to Phoenix? We could meet up with you in Albuquerque, NM and ride in together...??? It would be almost a straight shot down I-25 for you...?? Gale.. thanks for the ornament again, it looks good on the tree as usual!!.. Hey Ray.. Good to see things went your way and I didn't have any doubts they would... Well, thats about it for now.. Take care.. B Cin Ya... Think Phoenix!!!.. Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Monday, December 26, 2005 at 10:53:00 (MST)
Hey Jim H, I remember you........Happy Birthday buddy. Our plans kinda fell through again as far as getting together this past year. You & Sue have a great day and a wonderful Birthday! Smitty, it makes me smile to think of those memories. Did you forget the "cheesecake" escapade in San Antonio....I missed out on that one. LOL Clear, Gale 67-68
Gale
USA - Monday, December 26, 2005 at 09:24:02 (MST)
happy birthday Jim H.
alvis
USA - Monday, December 26, 2005 at 03:55:46 (MST)
setting here thinking.......I would have to say probably the sweetest Christmas story I have heard this year, other then the one of the birth of the Christ Child, would be the one of Fred and Susan's............what a story............Amen to that?.........always a brother........
Mark
USA - Sunday, December 25, 2005 at 20:47:08 (MST)
To all a very merry Christmas & a happy New Year, Ted sorry to hear of your loss & may God be with your Family at this time. I counted 4 of your ornaments on our Tree Gale & Debbie & they take me back to the picture i took at Atlanta when you were just together. Thank you both. Happy Birthday Jim, my dads was the 26th. Memories come of the limo trip at Indy & going for Ice Cream at That Fancy Place in San Anton. I think about ALL of you a lot. You are a link to craziness but also one of the few links i have to Sanity. I Pray for peace & happiness for us all. Prayers to our Troops. with love & respects>>>>>>>>>Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wy USA - Sunday, December 25, 2005 at 18:27:54 (MST)
Flight..... From our family to you and yours our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May at least one of your wishes come true......and may you do one for someone... a special gift and not let them know you did.......Love to all....Tails clear left....Casey
Matt Casey
Hemet , CA USA - Sunday, December 25, 2005 at 17:39:34 (MST)
Flight We hope everyone has had a safe Christmas and also a safe NEW Years coming up. We have been blessed with our 129th Family. And glad to have met so many of you over the past few years. Thank You for that opportunity. Jim H. Happy Birthday DEC.26th. Always A Brother Alex
Alex & Liz
Collierville , TN USA - Sunday, December 25, 2005 at 17:09:18 (MST)
I hope all you 129thers take a minute during this holiday season to wish one of your own, Jim Hydinger, a happy birthday tomorrow (26th). Jim was there early on so many of you don't know him or recognize his name, but he reads the site every day. Happy birthday, Jim! Sue
Jim & Sue H.
USA - Sunday, December 25, 2005 at 12:26:12 (MST)
Mele Kalikimaka ! Greg
Animal
HI USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 22:47:10 (MST)
Merry Christmas and all the best in the comming year. Peg and I lost her sister to cancer two weeks ago today so this Christmas will be a bit different. Nothing on the tree but angels this year and your decoration Gale. Peg and I and the dogs are all doing well. Mark and Dee all the best. This site has helped me more than you will ever know. You all will be with us at the table on Christmas day. I want you all to know that even if I do not get in here and post very often it is not because you are not on my mind. You are with me every day. Always a Brother
Ted (Gus) Gustafson
Grand Rapids, MN USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 21:43:35 (MST)
Beloved Family of the 129th.................whether we are beings of Faith or not, we all know when the very first Christmas was. When the tiny Infant was born that grew up to be the Mighty King of Kings, but do we know when the very first American Christmas was? December 25, 1776. The night town of Trenton, New Jersey was ablaze with lights and celebration. Houses were full of professional German troops and nobody cared about George Washington. To the professional soldiers, Washington and his ragged army were nothing but a rabble in arms. But Washington was on the move. He pulled his guns and his men up the bank.........then attacked. They drove Colonel Ralls and his men out into the cold It was the battle which turned the war Before his was finished, Washington and his men had cleared every post in the Delaware River territory of the enemy....So it was that very first American Christmas. Christmas heralds the end of the forces of hell. Christmas Day meant war to Washington and his men. The birth of Jesus brings deliverance for the captives.........God bless you all and a VERY MERRY CHRISTAMS TO ALL OF US AND OUR LOVED ONES AND OUR ENEMIES, from Dee and I.........................always a brother,
Mark
USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 19:12:45 (MST)
was good meeting you Paul,and,of course, tipping a few.Hopefully the "full" gang will be in Kokomo this year.I wish a merry xmas to my 129th family,a hug to those i have had the great pleasure of meeting,and a very special greeting to those i flew with...my sometimes crew chief and always friend,Jim (smitty) Westwang,Animal,Baron,and that ever smiling,heck of a pilot,Alton (shadow) page.be at peace my brothers and sisters.Susan and Fred Alvis.
alvis
USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 19:03:01 (MST)
FLIGHT just want to say merry christmas and happy new year to all of you out there.also want to add a thanks to all of you guys and girls for letting me be a part of the crew here, it means a lot to me. hope to meet more of you at kokomo this year.KAL where you been buddy haven't caught up to you for a few weeks, will try to be on msn 7 pm cst as usual.heres something i saw on the way home from church tonite"children need precence not presents. they must not know my kids!
paul mcgrath
oglesby, il USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 17:38:29 (MST)
Joe, I don't remember the name. Have you told him about the 129th site? You & I spent a lot of time in the maint tent, along with Whigham, Czuba, May ,Alvarado, and Queen to name a few. Flight, Merry Christmas and I am pleased that you all seemed to enjoy the ornaments again this year. Thanks for all your warm responses. I'll keep it up as long as I can as the list keeps growing (up to 50 now). Love ya'll 129th Brothers & Sisters!!......clear.
Gale <beardatpaige1@cs.com>
USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 10:05:28 (MST)
Best Christmas wishes to all of you. Life has pulled me away from your site for a while, but I'm back! I agree with Gently - 2006 WILL be a year of peace and harmony and good things for all. Barbie
Barbie <crazybarbi@aol.com>
Dallas, TX USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 07:22:11 (MST)
Gale, yes I do remember them,wow! 37 years!!!!Merry Christmas brother,all is well with me.Do you remeber Randall Moore?I've been in contact with him and he has been doing very well. Take care Gale,hope to see some of you at a reunion.If you ever come to San Diego,let me know. Joe
Joe Muniz <jmuniz@edd.ca.gov>
San Diego, Ca USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 21:16:15 (MST)
HI Shorty, glad to know you're still with us :>)) If you look back through the log, you'll see that Alemaster has caught up with the group. I'm sure you remember him. Hope all have a good Christmas, and a good 06.
Kim
Livermore, Me. USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 13:58:34 (MST)
Peace on earth and good will to men. Merry christmas
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 09:46:15 (MST)
From Don Miller:>))))) T was the night before Christmas, and all through the compound, Not a mortar was incoming, - not even one round. Stockings were hung in each company with care, In hopes that Saint Nick would still make it there. The men were nestled in guard towers and beds (?), While visions of the World's girls danced in their heads. Me in my O.D. pajamas and the rest in their scivies Faced this Christmas longing for civies. When out near the perimeter there arose such a clatter I dived under my bed, - didn't want to know the matter. Trembling there I changed my mind, Lest the others had gone and left me behind. Away to the door I flew like a flash, Cracked the thing open and felt ever so rash. The moon on the brest of the new fallen rain Showed all the mud our boots stood to gain. And then again came that metal-like rattle, And I looked to what must be the thick of the battle. Then what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a funny little man with all that Santa Claus gear. His fluffy red suit was caught in barbed wire, And his snowless sleigh was missing a tire. His eight reindeer completed the picture, With curly tails and slanted eyes, a curious mixture. They sat there and grinned when he called them by name; Not one moved, not a reindeer came. Now Mai, Now Nuy, Now Tei and Rik; On Lei, On Hai, On Lien and Mik. (Not to mention Rudolph the red-nosed Dum-Dum, Couldn't move because he stepped in some gum-gum). Oh Please, To the top of the barracks, to the top of the wall, Now dash away, dash away, dash away all! Never has a reindeer been so rude, It was obvious- Santa must be rescued. Toward the motor pool I managed to run, But all I could find was a surly 5-ton. I cranked her up and raced to the place Where Santa was trapped, tears in his face. I tore at his suit, his beard I untangled. He finally came loose but looked pretty mangled. His jolly old face covered with ashes and soot; His red suit in shreds, a boot off his foot. But old Saint Nack had not a worry. The U.S. Army was there in a hurry. A suit of O.D., his beard fully curled, And combat boots "The best dressed Santa in the world!" And last but not least- this is really a whopper- S.C. would make tracks in his own Christmas Chopper. He passed out the goodies and thanked us all soundly, Climed in the Huey and laughed ever so roundly. The blades started turning, his beard started blowing, And he seemed to be sorry he had to be going. But as he rose out of sight, he yelled - "Have no fear! I'll see you some place else come next year. I know I'm right, Don't be so uptight! Happy Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!"
Gently
USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 06:33:19 (MST)
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. I have been talking to Tim Cole who was a TI in the 394th. Tim come on the flight Log. Maybe some of you guys remember him from 68 him and I went home together in Jan of 69. Flight be careful out there.
Rick England
USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 06:08:07 (MST)
Evening Flight, hope every one has a very mery Christmas and happy new year. I almost forgot I made this page up ..... click on my name and you will see something you probably haven't seen in years. or you can copy and paste this link http://donald_6.tripod.com/niteb4xmas.htm Later, Don P.S. ..... V.A. lost my records again but I went in tuesday and they "found " them again so maybe they will do something this time :-)
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 00:26:04 (MST)
Joe, It's been a while since you've posted in here......hope all is fine with you and yours. It's also been 37 years since Lane! We had two "newbys" at the last reunion.....Wayne May & Joe Alvarado. Do you remember them? Merry Christmas Buddy! Gale
Gale Beard 67-68
Clinton, In US of A - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 22:22:51 (MST)
Feliz Navidad a todos,Merry Christmas to you all.
Joe Muniz <jmuniz@edd.ca.gov>
San Diego, Ca USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 21:37:16 (MST)
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of the 129th and most of all to the ones I served with in the 129th. May you all get what you are looking and hopeing for. My new Phone number is 604-436-4960. I have moved to Canada in Feb of 05 to get a Dr to treat me away from the VA cause they were doing nothing for me over the last 4 years. I am getting treatment here out of my own pocket but they do help when I see the Dr. for PDST. Enjoy Howard c (shorty) Boling
Howard (Shorty) Boling JR <boling7461@msn.com>
Burnaby, Canada - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 20:33:12 (MST)
A peaceful Christmas Season to all of you. I looked into my crystal ball earlier today and noted that 2006 is going to be a year of good health, Peace, and hbarmony in the world....then I dropped it. LOL!!! WE'l make the best of it, right? Right. Love to all-Gently
Gently
USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 14:11:05 (MST)
BEEN VERY BUSY. JUST WANTED TO WISH ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. GOD, COUNTRY, AND HONOR. RICK
Rick Jensen <RickardAllanJensen@cox.net>
NM USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 13:42:26 (MST)
many typos an missed spelled words. but hope you all get the idea. merry xmas wink
wink
lake wales, fl USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 09:03:30 (MST)
merry xmas to all.may all get what you for.this is the time of the yearwhen we all can be that little kid again that we once was a long time ago.we can believe in santa clause an his raindeers without someone lookind down on us.we can put milk an cookies out next to the chrismas tree an getting to bed earily hopefully to fall asleep right away ,so xmas morning can come fast but only to stay awake thinking of the joy of xmas day. all the toys under the xmas tree.after awhile we know that we cannot fall asleep. our thought than was should i sneake out of my bedroom find a place to hide so i can see the old man in red with a white bread an rosie cheeks from the cold weather outside. thinking if i do that an santa chases me ,no toys, nothing under the xmas tree. oh boy what to do. so you get out of bed, very quietly go to your bedroom door, lay on your stomach with only your head sticking out from your room, so excited, than you here a noise you freeze on the spot thinking its santa clause. your very still an you lissen for someone walking. you here it its santa clause you even get more excitedof the thought seeing santa clause being the first kid to ever see santa oh boy. than you think what if he see me an at that moment you get up very quickly run an jump in bed, throw the covers over head close your eyes. clossing your eyes so tight that they feel like your never be able to open them again.than all of a sudden you awake an so think, i feel asleep, than you think of last night, did santa see me dont know, should i go to the livingroom to see whats under the tree,panic sets in dont !you get the courage an you head for the livingroom,with your eyes closed,how brave we where, we open our eyes an low an behold you cann't see the tree before the gifts. you run to the tree an start opening your gifts, you think santa didn't see me. but you think i never saw santa an a little sadness comes over you an than you think awe there is next ,i'll get my chance to see him next year, with this in mind you go back to opening your gifts with a new galdness. merry chrismas to my extented family and always remember the feeling of xmas an if you do you'll never grow old. wink 3/69- 10/70
wink
lake wales, fl USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 08:56:27 (MST)
Well 129th Family hope all of you have a safe Christmas and New Years. Ray like I told You there wasn't anything to worry about. So you and Gail and the family enjoy Christmas. Jim Oliver!! well your dream has't become a reality I'm glad for you. Fly high and fly safe my Brother. Rainer, Glenn 40 years ago at this time spending Christmas in Dong Ba Thin as part of the 129th. I don't about some of you. But, Christmas was never the same after NAM. Always A Brother Alex
Alex
USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 15:14:46 (MST)
Jim...flyboy! got your "photo" of the new toy....sail high, sail free. I'm so happy for you. Ray, you always make beautiful C.D.'s for me and they relax me to the point of Heaven. Thank you. Ted, nice to see you here again. Jim from WI.....wanna say "hi" some day soon? My best to all. Merry christmas and pray for our Troops. L-Gently
Gently
USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 12:37:36 (MST)
hello frist jim am so glad for you, i know it must have loved the feeling being up there nice to ones dream's come true my brother,where is every one. alvis will you send me those writting please, i let my wife read it, she thought it was beatiful. you have a talent. please keep it up . i write you. maay be i dont know who sent it and deleat it but it sems i never get a answer back i printed what you wrote and keep it. and show my family what some of my brothers can do, singn your name and date it print one for your self keep them hope i am not bothering you, but you writs so good gently how are you doing havent heard from you for a while, mark stilwating for your e mail address so i can send u thart song,i tell ya in the e mail i make a copy of it its a good cd by roma doney, ask gently i think i made one for her the cd is real good i think you wil like it rob i get in touch. i call the ones i have the # and wish you a merry x mass my self. but you all have a grate christmass and may love and peace alwys fill your hearts and soul with love a brother always ray oh cc grate talking to you, how come no gose to mns i try may be i =go at the wrong time you all be safe oh mark for xhrismsaa for me spell chec her would ber nice kidding my friend take care all ray & gail
RAY <stilwating@aol.com>
md USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 12:05:22 (MST)
Congrats to Ray, now you can enjoy christmas worry free, what a good present. I want to wish all my 129th family a merry christmas and a wonderful holiday season. Now I would like to share with my flight brothers what has turned out to be a truly great year. On Nov the 4th I took delivery of my first airplane and today at 09:00 I soloed in N 129JA, a Zenith CH701. I reckon you could say I'm on cloud 9, oh what a feeling. Larry, the rotax 912 is indeed a sweet engine. Merry Christmas to all and to all a happy new year,,,,da stickman is outta here, gotta go fly Jim
Jim Oliver <jsticksatg-net.net>
pembroke, ga USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 11:08:00 (MST)
Just stopped in to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year. It's been cold here. Read back a ways about Coldwater football. Our local team, The Dakota IL. Indians also took the state football championship with an undefeated season. They are continueing their winning ways in basketbal, now 10 and 0, and are also undefeated this year in wrestling. since this sports year started in September, the Dakota varsity Boys are 33-0 in football, basketball, and wrestling. Well, just finished a Tom and Jerry, and I'm getting drowsy, so good night, and again a Merry Christmas to all.
Ted Buisker <skyking@stateline-isp.com>
Davis, IL. USA - Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at 21:21:59 (MST)
ME AGAIN I HIT THE WRONG THING SOME WHERE ALVIS. SORRY TO YOU ALL,FOR THAT,I USE TO WRITE MANY WEARS A GO BUT NEVER AS GOOD AS THAT. I LOVE O SE YOU DO A BOOK I KNOW AND THINK WE ALL FEEL THE SAME JUST KEEP THEM ALL FOR ALL YOU SAID IS VERY TRUE IN THE ONE I READ TODAY YOU EVEN GOT PIC. I WISH YOU AND SUE THE BEST. YOU BOTH BEEN THREW A LOT AS FOR ME ON MY HEARING I CANT BELIVE HE DIDNT EVEN WANT TO LOOK AT MY NEW RECORDS AFTER ALL THE WORK WE DID TO GT THEM HE HE ,, I THINK IT WAS I WENT OFF WHEN HE TRYED TO ASK ME ABOUT MY CHILD HOOD, I PUT MY HAND UP FACING HIM YELLED AND SAID IAM SO SICK OF YOU SHRINKS TRYING TO PLAME OUR PRANTES FOR EVERY, I WAS ANGRY I SAID MY MOM AND DAD WERE GRATE, SO MANY TIMES THEY WENT WITH OUT FOR US SHE EVEN TOOK IN A FRIEND WHOS DAD WAS A DRUNK AND MOM HAD DIED, WE GOT IN A BIT OF TROUBLE WHEN KIDS THE JUDGE LET ME AND MY BROTHER GO WITH MY MOM'MY MOM ASKED WHAT GOING TO HAPPEN TO KEN, SHE HE LIVED IN THE STREES SO HE GOING BACK TO JAIL. MY MOM ASKED KEN IFI TAKE YOU IN O HOME WILL GO BY OUR RULES WE AOL WERE ABOUT 16, HE SAIS YES HE LIVED US FOR YEARS, TIL HE GOT MARRIED ATAGE OF 20SOETHING I WAS IN NAM THEN. THEN GAILS WAS LIVEN IN FOSTER HOME AND WHEN SHE TURNED 18 THE STATE STOPED PAYING THE LADY SHE THREW GAIL,AND WOULD NOT GIVE HER THINGS BACK BUT MY DAD WENT AND GOT THEM SHE STAYEYED WITH MY MOM, I TOLD HIM SO DONT YOU EVEN GO THRE ABOUT MY CHILD HOOD I WAS SO MAD, IT WAS RIGHT AFTER THAT HE TOLD US TO GET OUT SAY NO MOREW YOUR KEEPING YOUR 100% I DIDASK ABOUT GETING PERMENT HE SAID HE MAKE A NOTE NOW GO; WE WASN'T IN THERE LONG SORRY SO LONG ,,ALVISI DO HOPE YOU KEEP YOUR WRITING UP, IT IS SO GOOD SOME SAD WHAT E ID WITH THE AGENT ORANGE, I OFTEN WONDER WHATS ITS DOING TO USIF YOUCAN SEND ME THE EMAIL OK OH IN SUP PUT FROM THE 129th OK TAKE CARE MY BROTHER. ALEX AND RICK IT WAS GRATE TALKING TO YOU I WONT SAY NAMES CAUSE I THINK OF YOU ALL AS MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS HAVE A GRATE CHRISTMAS A BROTHER ALWAYS,SORRY SO LONG. NEVER MENT IT TO BE BUT WORDS KEPT COMMIG UT I AM SO PROUD TO BE PART OF THIS FAMILY,WITH YOUR HELP AND SUPORT I NEVER BE HER NOW I GO NOW KEEP THE GRATE WORK UP ALVIS AND SUE TAKE CARE RAY
RAY
MD USA - Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at 06:59:44 (MST)
HI ALVIS I MUST SAY YOU HAVE A GIFET TO WRITE TO SHOW HOW YOU FEEL. DONT WASTE I YOU SHOULD KEEP ON WRITING , SAVINGEVERY ONE. AND TUEN IT IN TO A BOOK. THE GIFT OF WRITING YOU HAE HAS BEEN GIVIN TO YOU FOR SOME REASON. PERHPS SO THE PEOPLE HERE NOW THAT AREYOUNG NOW WILL NOT FORGET VIETNAM, MY 6 YEAR OLDGRAND SON IS ALWAYS ASKING ME ??? ABOUT IT. HE IS VERY INTERESTED IN IT, THREW YOUR POEMS THEY CAN REMBER, , FOR SURE THEY WONT LEARN IT IN SCHOOL, ALVIS I NEVER GOT YOUR E MAILS BUT I COPYED AND PRINTED THE YOU JUST WROTE. DI LOVE TO SEE YOU WINN ' WHATS SO NICE ABOUT IT THAT IT COMES FROM YOUR HEART AND YOUR EYES , AND NOT OUT OF COPYED OUT A BOOK LIKE SOME PEOLE
RRAY
MD USA - Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at 06:21:25 (MST)
that is about the mountian,just outside of L.Z. English.I couldnt belive what I saw,an entire mountian,distroyed,nothing left but a big red scar on a screaming mother earth.
alvis
USA - Monday, December 19, 2005 at 21:35:54 (MST)
The trees were screaming while dying.They never feared the woodsmans axe.Sure,one or two of them would be killed,but their brothers ,millions strong,lived and grew.Their cousins,the bushes and vines,the grasses and the flowers,were always spared.Their friends, the birds and ground animals,would still sing the lullabyes,or croon to lovers.Something had changed.In the thousand years before,it had always been the ax,sometimes ,fire.This was different.Nothing was being spared,not even those pitiful ,two legged animals wearing green or black.The trees had seen helicopters before,even losing a few brothers to the sticks of death they fired,but this was different.This was like a gentle rain,so many had felt for hundreds of years ,on these long lived creatures of the forest.But the rain was wrong,it burnt when it touched.Their leaves,their fingers in the wind,shriveled and died.The flowers,hung their heads and died.Bushes dropped their berries,and anything eating natures ready made meal,sickened and died.Great swathes of their brothers were dying,brother trees that had seemed to know father time himself,where gone,dead,brown,a lifeless skeleton with hands stretched towards heaven,as if in a final,unanswered prayer.The helicopters caused the wind and the rain,a rain of death.Nothing was left on the mountians, they were now just red scars of mud and dirt,jutting up into the sky.Even the bugs were dead,no more songbirds,no more leaves playing in the wind,while sunbeams danced with the shadows.Nothing,just a red smear of death.They called the rain, agent orange.
alvis
USA - Monday, December 19, 2005 at 21:28:11 (MST)
Thats great news Ray.Now its time for u to relax and enjoy the holidays. I have sent a few of you an email i recieved about my writting.Thats blows me away,even if i dont win. mark,its a story (poem?)about what i saw flying with the 129th,(agent orange) so if it pleases you,you can put the award thingie on this site.Perhaps you may even talk to them about putting their site on the connects thing here,and they, yours.
alvis
USA - Monday, December 19, 2005 at 21:03:22 (MST)
Just waiting on all the addresses for the Bracelets. My e-mail if you don't have it is melody1181@yahoo.com. Sadly I won't be able to ship until after Christmas. My car is caput but i'll have a ride next monday. I only wish i could do more for the fund.
Melody
Amarillo, TX USA - Monday, December 19, 2005 at 15:34:21 (MST)
HI TO ALL. I DONT BELIVE IT. I WENT TO MY EVEUALTION. THEY LOOKED AT ME HE ASHE A FEW ???AND SAID GO HOME YOU ARE STAYING AT 100% I TRYED TO SAY SOMETHING HE SAID SAY NO MORE. I DID ALMOST GO OFF WHEN HE ASKED HOW MY CHILDED HOOD WAS, I SAID HOW COME EVERY TIME SOMETHING HAPPENS THE SHRINK ALYAYS TRYS TO BLAME IT ON THAT, BUT I DIDNT USE SHINK. HE SAID O JUST HAVE TO ASK, I TOLD HIM MY MOM AND DAD WERE GRATE TO US THEY WENT WITH OUT AT TIMES TO GIVE TO US HE STOPED THERE, I DID AKED ABOUT GETTING PERMENT. HE SAID HE MAHE A NOTE NOW GO SAY NO MORE. WE LEFT. I DONT THINK ME AND GAIL WERE MORE THAN 5 - 10 MINS SO WE SEE WHAT MY LETTER SAYS TAKE CARE ALL A BROTHER ALWAYS RAY
Ray
MD USA - Monday, December 19, 2005 at 14:08:22 (MST)
Rick England. I know this kinda stuff interest you (and me,go figure).Judith has been there.Two sites... about writtings and poems of vietnam... 8thwood.com and International War Veterans Poetry Archives ....check um out buddy.Some of my writing are listed there,which you have read b4,but lots of stuff by alot of different folks with different view points. Mery xmas all...alvis
alvis
USA - Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 18:58:04 (MST)
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF THE 129TH CREWS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. BRUNO, I WAS CONTACTED BY LT. TOM SHAWS YOUNGER BROTHER KEVIN SHAW, HE WOULD LIKE SOME INFO. ON THE CRASH OF "THE 426" AND ANTHING WE CAN TELL HIM ABOUT TOM. YO, I MISSED YOUR CALL FOR THANKSGIVING, I APOLIGIZE BUT I WILL BE GIVING YOU A CALL ON CHRISTMAS EVE IF YOU DON'T MIND. ITS SNOWING HERE AT HOME AND ITS ABOUT TIME ITS BEEN A DRY TIME OF THE YEAR. I HOPE THIS EMAIL FINDS YOU AND THE FAMILIA IN GOOD HEALTH. "426" IS PULLING PITCH, TIME TO FEED AND WATER THE CAYUSES. YOUR CLEAR RIGHT MR STROTHER AND LT. SHAW.
Bernie Hernandez <Bernie.Hernandez@HILL.af.mil>
Ogden, Utah USA - Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 14:02:25 (MST)
The bidding is over: the cane to R for $275 the jade bracelet to K for $40 the first bracelet to L for $55 and the last two bracelets to J for $50 each Connect with Mel on the sizings. and keep the checks coming in:>))) L-G
Gently
USA - Friday, December 16, 2005 at 15:27:46 (MST)
Gently, just got in...is it too late to bid 65?
L
USA - Friday, December 16, 2005 at 15:24:01 (MST)
I am leaving the office in 5 minutes..that's alittle before 4:30..so get your bids in now.
Gently
USA - Friday, December 16, 2005 at 15:20:56 (MST)
$275 on the cane.
Gently
USA - Friday, December 16, 2005 at 11:16:18 (MST)
$250 bid on cane just came it.
Gently
USA - Friday, December 16, 2005 at 11:06:44 (MST)
L...someone bid $60 on your bracelet choice....:>)))
Gently
USA - Friday, December 16, 2005 at 11:02:21 (MST)
Mel, is that 4 bracelets? If so, J you have two bracelets at $50 each. Geez...this gets more tedious every year.. Gently
Gently
USA - Friday, December 16, 2005 at 09:30:23 (MST)
It's a miracle of Christmas Fred:>)) Welcome back Susanita! L, Ok on the $55:>)) bracelet bid. J, that will leave you with one bracelet at $50, and K, the jade is still yours at $40, R, The cane is still at $225. Bidding stops at 4:30 PM CST today. But the checks can keep rolling in:>)))). Gale and Debbie....you made this "Den Mother" feel very, very special:>) What a thoughtful and fun surprise:>))) And I can use the photo of the "shed" for the re-union bid sheets, right? :>)) Smiling-Gently
Gently
USA - Friday, December 16, 2005 at 09:28:05 (MST)
due to snow storms,both here and in chicago,Susans plane/arrival was delayed and delayed and delayed.Finally,she walked off the plane,we walked in the front door at just after 1am this morn.merry xmas everyone. Gale, I am off the 21st and 22nd.
alvis
USA - Friday, December 16, 2005 at 06:57:04 (MST)
$ 55.00
L
USA - Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 15:51:11 (MST)
I am so late in this!!! My ISP has been messed up for a few days. If its not to late here is the last bracelet. As you can see it has a gardener theme. If its to late there is always next time! Also for those that "win" the bracelets let me know the size you want for sure :o)
Melody
Amarillo, TX USA - Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 15:33:54 (MST)
A bid of $50 each on two of Mel's beautiful bracelets (not the Jade one though Mr. B). To Mr. L who bid $45 on a bracelet:>))) It would now be $55, just an FYI. Laughing all the way to the bank-Gently
Gently
USA - Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 12:43:40 (MST)
a $225 secret bid on the cane Mark created. Gently
Gently
USA - Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 11:40:23 (MST)
alvis i am so happy for 5he both of you. justto bad you couldnt have gone there ,its summer ther just kidding. glad she is home . some dreams do come true. i still got the hearing at the va monday, i dread it i let you know howw it gose. the congress lady told me i have not to worrry cause the way i feel. . i let you know monday night how i think i did mark i have spoke to you many times i know you are busy. i asked u for your address so could send that song remember , but thats ok i forget a lot to gqale and debbie thanks for the orment iwe save them all i just say hi to all i think iam feeling better health wise. now just worrying about the va. like i said the ongresslady told me not to worry. that iam way o paarinoied well take care my brothers and sisters. love you all a brother always ray may you all have a merry christmass
RAY <stilwating@aol.com>
md USA - Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 10:52:27 (MST)
The bidding is over at 4:30PM(CST) Friday the 16th...that's tomorrow..hurry. I will continue to take donations though...every day for the rest of my life:>) L-Gently
Gently
USA - Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 08:25:04 (MST)
Kim, Your memory is pretty good. Always felt guilty about your aircraft, though. Yeah, we had a pretty good bunch of guys. I always have been proud of being able to serve with you guys. I think our gun platoon was a pretty tight bunch. Never had a question about my crew regardless of who I was flying with and always felt pretty confident if I was on Regent's wing for the day. My last fire mission was flying a 61st M-21 Charlie model on Tom's wing. We had just turned in our last gunships and the platoon was now an AH-1G platoon. The gunship I was flying had non-functioning mini-guns and the CE and doorgunner couldn't get their 60s to fire. That was a graphic reminder as to why I loved you guys so much. vpg
Vic (Alemaster) Gilliland
USA - Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 07:41:39 (MST)
Susan has cleared Sidney active and is inbound for Sanfranciso,eta 09:50 AM local.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 20:37:04 (MST)
Heading belwo zero for the first time this winter :>(( Alemaster..thanks for giving me Fred Z's last name. I have a couple pics of him, but only knew him as Fred...as I recall, you pulled pitch, power faded, and we dragged the tubes over a piece of PSP, which hooked a wear plate. I don't know how you managed to keep us from flipping, or striking a main blade. I know you took the rap for the damage, but to me, I credit your reactions with keeping us alive... I'd had problems with the fuel control on previous missions, even tried to get it replaced during PE....oh well....lots of memories...mud puddle diving, Phan Rang air base, nearly getting shot by one of the ah-1 pilots one night ( glad some of the 'old hands' were there) Shakey Pete pounding on the warhead of a hang fire...Regent, Knave, Soothsayer, Squire, Innkeeper, Baron
Kim
Livermore, Me. USA - Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 17:27:50 (MST)
Not funny Wink! LOL!! 3-6 inches here today with a snow storm alert until 9PM...Yowee!! The fund is at $1500. A special "Thanks" to those who have not contributed before..you rock! L-Gently
Gently
USA - Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 12:15:54 (MST)
Kim, I crashed your 212 at Camp Holloway one afternoon. Had been flying Regent's wing all day and wasn't smart enough to know something was wrong. Figured his Mike model was just that much stronger than our Charlie. Fuel control puked as we were trying to scramble for a "tac E" in the Kontum area. Screwed up your gunship pretty good, think it was sent back to the states for rebuild. Fred Zandri was co-pilot and did a pretty good job of hiding behind his chicken plate as we were impacting. And, by the way, you and the rest of the guys always exceeded my standards. I trusted my life to you. Thanks! Alemaster
Vic Gilliland <Vic.Gilliland@flightsafety.com>
San Antonio, TX USA - Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 09:10:38 (MST)
merry xmas flight great news fred. im happy for both of you. for you guys concerned about agent orange contact your regional office of the v.a. an set up a appointment for the agent orange screening . its important for those who where around it an handle it. if you have not already had the screening get it done. that also goes for the rest of the flight.the screening is available to all vets....... just to let some of you northerners the temmp here will be in the high 60's. loving it heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. have a merry xmas all an a good new year. wink 3/69--10/70
wink
lake wales, fl USA - Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 08:49:55 (MST)
Rick Enjoy this one. A crusty old Marine Corps Sergeant Major found himself at a gala event, hosted by a local liberal arts college. There was no shortage of extremely young, idealistic hot ladies in attendance, one of whom approached the Sergeant Major for conversation. She said, "Excuse me, Sergeant Major, but you seem to be a very serious man. Is something bothering you?" "Negative, ma'am," the Sergeant Major said, "Just serious by nature." The young lady looked at his awards and decorations and said, "It looks like you have seen a lot of action." The Sergeant Major's short reply was, "Yes, ma'am, a lot of action." The young lady, tiring of trying to start up a conversation, said, "You know, you should lighten up a little. Relax and enjoy yourself." The Sergeant Major just stared at her in his serious manner. Finally the young lady said, "You know, I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but when is the last time you had sex?" The Sergeant Major looked at her and replied, "1955." She said, "Well, there you are. You really need to chill out and quit taking everything so seriously! I mean, no sex since 1955! Isn't that a little extreme?" The Sergeant Major, glancing at his watch, said in his matter-of-fact voice, "You think so? It's only 2130 now."
Rick England
USA - Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 08:14:40 (MST)
Merry X-mas Flight. I'm finally back on line. Big hello to Bernie, Gently & everyone in the flight. I've got to start reading the mail & get caught up . ENUFF SAID CLEAR LEFT 426 OUT
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx USA - Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 15:55:00 (MST)
Please visit this link....then I hope you feel compelled to call or write your Senators and Congressmen. We're moving on it here in Milwaukee. L-Gently http://www.10news.com/news/5504608/detail.html
Gently
USA - Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 11:12:04 (MST)
I rec'd a message on my answering machine last night from a 129er who wants to donate again to the Christmas fund, and bless your heart 129er, but please don't. I know you are not really in a situation to do such..and you have given already. But you blew me away! What a wonderful couple you and your wife are for even considering such...just pay your bills and get financially stable..I'll hit you up for more next year:>)) I am proud to call you "friends." With my arms around you. Gently
Gently
USA - Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 07:09:35 (MST)
Heading out to the VA for my monthly PTSD meeting with the counselor. Lou hope everything is getting a little better at the VA for you. Every meeting is recorded to your file. A paper trail is needed when filing any kind of claim. The VA is reviewing my claim for my hearing. Ray hope your test come out negitive. But, hope they can find your problem. Hope everyone else is in good health and spirits for this Christmas Season. Always A Brother Alex
Alex
Collierville , TN. USA - Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 06:47:54 (MST)
Lou.......Jeff S. and myself were on the flight line when George H. was killed. I was getting 664 ready for PE and Jeff was a Snowsnake test pilot......Jeff S helped clean the "mess" up......George had just come back from R&R in Hawaii....seeing his wife......It just happened and it was over and nobody talked about it........Just like the "arms room accident" and the swimming pool accident......I can`t recall the name of those guys.......all of it happen, it seems like.....in a month or short period time.
Fred Skaggs
Summit, NJ USA - Monday, December 12, 2005 at 17:01:01 (MST)
Lou, damn! Anyone able to help him with this George Haines question? Come on guys, if we can't help him here, anyone know where we can send him? Mel....another beautiful bracelet!!! Fred:>))))))) The Christmas fund needs cash, and the bidding needs some challengers! The bids close on Friday at 4:30..... I know that many of you are in financial straits and have still contributed to the fund...God Bless you...I don't have the words needed to express how moved I am by your contributions....how I wish I could share your names with your brothers so they too could feel what I am feeling. I won't of course....for obvious reasons...but know that I will never forget your reaching deep into your pockets when they were almost empty to help another brother in a worse situation. Amen and Merry Christmas. I thank all of you 129ers who have donated to help your brothers. Some of you were very generous and I wish I could tell everyone your names also..but I can't. All I can say is that Heaven will be full of some crazy helicopter guys in the future....and I pray I will be there with you. I'm proud of all of you. L-Gently
Gently
USA - Monday, December 12, 2005 at 10:56:11 (MST)
WOW Larry K..........there really is a Santa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mark
USA - Sunday, December 11, 2005 at 20:56:39 (MST)
WOW....what great news Fred and Susan. Let me know about the get together over there and we will try and make it. Maybe it would be better for all to meet after Christmas, I know that we are pretty busy the next couple of weeks over here.......Hey, anybody got an answer for lou Rags there???? Hope the site can help ya lou..hang tough brother.....Love ya Robbie and Ray...............Hey Ron Paye? How come you never talk any more in here. I miss you brother..........anybody here from Alton Page ( Shadow ) lately?............I miss all of you guys. Just had the grandaughter over for the wekend. forgot how a 2 year old can wear ya out............love to all..........always a brother......Merry Christmas........
Mark
USA - Sunday, December 11, 2005 at 20:53:05 (MST)
Twas the night before Christmas, and out on the ramp, Not an airplane was stirring, not even a Champ. The aircraft were fastened to tiedowns with care in hopes that come morning, they all would be there. The fuel trucks were nestled, all snug in their spots, while peak northwest gusts reached 39 knots. I sat near the fuel desk, at last all caught up, and settled down comfortably upon my butt. When over the radio, there arose such a clatter, I turned up the scanner to see what's the matter. A voice clearly heard over static and snow, asked for clearance to land at the airport below. He barked out his transmission so lively and quick, I could have sworn that the call sign he used was "St.Nick". Away to the window I flew like a flash, Sure that it was only Horizon's late Dash. Then he called his position, and there could be no denial, "This is St. Nicholas One, and I'm now turning final." When what to my wondering eyes should appear, A Rutan sleigh, and eight Rotax Reindeer. Cleared for the ILS, down the glideslope he came, As he passed all fixes, he called them by name: "Now Ringo! Now Tolga! Now Trini and Bacun! On Comet! On Cupid!" What pills was he takin'!? The last several fixes left the controllers confused, they called down to the office to give me the news. The message they left was both urgent and dour: "When Santa pulls in, could he please call the tower?" He landed like silk, with the sled runners sparking, Then I heard "Exit at Charlie," and "Taxi to parking." He slowed to a taxi and exited Three-Two, as he came down the taxiway the sleigh bells'jingle grew. He stepped out of the sleigh, but before he could talk, I had run out to him with my best set of chocks. He was dressed all in fur, which was covered with frost and his beard was all blackened from Rotax Reindeer exhaust. His breath smelled like peppermint, gone slightly stale and he puffed on a pipe, but he didn't inhale. His cheeks were rosy and jiggled like jelly, His boots were as black as a cropdusters belly. He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old fool, and he kindly informed me that he needed some fuel. A wink of his eye and a twist of his toes, led me to know he was desperate to powder his nose. I spoke not a word, but went straight to work, and I filled up the sleigh, but I spilled like a jerk. He came out of the restroom with a sigh of relief, and then picked up a phone for a flight service brief. And I thought as he silently scribed in his log, that with Rudolph, he could land in eighth-mile fog. He completed his preflight, from the front to the rear, then he put on his headset, and I heard him yell "Clear!" And laying a finger on his push-to-talk, He called up the tower for his clearance and squawk. "After departure fly heading three two zero," the tower called forth, "and watch for a Luscombe inbound from the North." Then I heard him exclaim, as he climbed in the night, "Merry Christmas to all, the traffic's in sight." __________________
Larry Kwiatkowski
Simi Valley, Ca USA - Sunday, December 11, 2005 at 16:41:46 (MST)
GALE BEARD.......416 Briant Park Drive,.....Summit,NJ....07081......Sorry Gale, I`m back working for a "construction company" over in Philipsburg, N.J. and Allentown,Pa. and between "in-laws" and friends coming here to "Xmas shop" in NYC. I haven`t had much time to do anything.....I go to work at "dark-thirty" and come home at "dark -thirty"......but I love working again....But I`ll be in Ohio for almost two weeks for Xmas, and I`m looking forward to that......
Fred Skaggs
Summit , NJ USA - Sunday, December 11, 2005 at 06:26:39 (MST)
hello fred i am so happy for the bth of you may your hollidays be thes best. and may she get well take care the both of you. a brother always ray. and to the rest of my brothers and sisters take care and may your holidays be grate . alex rob and rick gently i let you know how my test on wend comes out and my ptsd hearing comes out mark and dee take care love you all a brother always ray oh kal i look for u on msn be safe al i realy do care.
RAY <stilwating@aol'com>
MD USA - Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 11:07:25 (MST)
the reason i didnt share was cause Susan said she was ready to come home ,but didnt know when.We were talking about perhaps late Jan. or Feb. Guess she is afraid of me wrecking the place by my cooking and basic lack of cleaning skills.(hehehe) shhhh,I claim I missed that part of army training.
alvis
USA - Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 06:52:26 (MST)
Fred A, I'm glad for both of you. Happy Holidays to everyone...>Rob
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Friday, December 09, 2005 at 19:58:03 (MST)
Fred glad to hear your Christmas present will be here Thursday. Best news I have heard in a while. Give Susan a big huge from us. PS Won't call!! HA! HA! Lou I been going to the ptsd at the VA hospital for a while. A hour session will push my blood pressure up sometimes. Going next Tuesday. They wanted me every week but, got it to once a month. The rest of you have a good evening. Mark send me your new address. Alex
Alex
USA - Friday, December 09, 2005 at 18:56:12 (MST)
Fred, i'm so happy for you both, when Judith intimated that you share your good news, i kind of guessed but didn't want to push. I know you & you share in your own good time. I hope everyone is having good Holidays. -15/20 here at night the last 3 days, blizzard conditions prior to that foot of snow so white Christmas, thats Big Wonderful Wyoming. Congrats to Coldwater on State Championship. Ray, Hope everything works out for you. Gale & Debbie Thanks for the Ornament & nice card. Linda is trying to get cards out now. We are very busy with Band concerts, Football Banquet, Christmas stuff, Her mom Etc. I'm doin the best i can but tire quickly. Have a bunch of snow to Shovel but Defensive tackle gets out of school early today (heh heh). Ron Debates, glad to see you on here again. >>>> Respects to all>>>>>>>smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wy USA - Friday, December 09, 2005 at 12:08:34 (MST)
Alvis,"A Christmas wish come true indeed"........great news!!!! Once again, let's get together together with RON, MARK and RAINER before Christmas. Do you have a day off that you know of? Gale
Gale
USA - Friday, December 09, 2005 at 07:31:08 (MST)
Welcome Home, Susan and Fred!
Dave P.
USA - Friday, December 09, 2005 at 06:16:14 (MST)
Fred I am happy for you and Susan Glad she is coming home. flight have a good and safe Christmas. Be careful out there.
Rick England
USA - Friday, December 09, 2005 at 05:41:15 (MST)
Hi flight, have'nt been around for awhile, still feeling kinda weak, PTSD really getting to me, they keep upping my meds. Need to know who to write too, to get copy of accident report involing george Hains, thanks much
LouRags
Dover, De USA - Thursday, December 08, 2005 at 21:44:29 (MST)
Here is a third Bracelet. You can't really tell how sparkly it is but there is a crystal in the middle of each piece. Hope all are staying warm. We had a record low of -3 last night. Luckly no snow!
Melody
USA - Thursday, December 08, 2005 at 21:38:21 (MST)
susan will be returning next thursday about 10:00 pm.Dont bother knocking on the door. She has enjoyed visting with family and friends,but,is ready to return home now.home sickness has been cured.Thanks for the understanding u guys have shown,its been a very difficult year,a year ago as of yesterday.Susan hasnt gotten over all the side effects of chemo yet,so she still needs plenty of rest.Thats best done at home,surrounded by loved ones.Time to party! chuckle. A xmas wish come true?
alvis
USA - Thursday, December 08, 2005 at 21:24:12 (MST)
It's a blizzard in Ohio tonight. Absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...always a brother........................
Mark
USA - Thursday, December 08, 2005 at 17:08:51 (MST)
Mark, you should read a book called "Friday Night Lights" about the 1988 Odessa Permian football team. Talk about high school football fanatics. Repairs on the house are almost complete. Still waiting on my carport and have to redo the utility room. Things are going as well as can be expected and hope to be through by the first of the year. Of course with all the new flooring, the wife has decided that the colors are all wrong, but thats another story (ha). I hope everyone here has a very Merry Christmas.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Thursday, December 08, 2005 at 05:26:56 (MST)
Freddie Boy, or anybody. Go to this sight if interested in reading from the local newspaper about Coldwater's State Championship in football. Fred S. Yeah Homan signed last year with Ohio State. They want him for a linebacker. even though he had a 1,000 yard year in rushing. We have had some great small college players come out of this town but never the big time like OSU. Will be interesting to watch Homan. He is a good kid. < http://www.dailystandard.com/date/2005/12/index.htm > .............Gently. Just glad to be of some help.Hey guys , is better to give , then receive Love ya babe!!!!..............always a brother....
Mark
USA - Wednesday, December 07, 2005 at 19:24:35 (MST)
Yes Mark:>) You can see what a difference it made. XOXOX L-Gently
Gently
USA - Wednesday, December 07, 2005 at 15:23:41 (MST)
Fred Scaggs, I need your new address Buddy! Gale
Gale <beardatpaige1@cs.com>
USA - Wednesday, December 07, 2005 at 15:14:27 (MST)
Coldwater State Champs, that`s "big time" .......Coldwater has always been tuff in football.........Mark, I saw that a kid named Ross Homan(Linebacker) signed with Ohio State........
Fred Skaggs
Summit, NJ USA - Wednesday, December 07, 2005 at 14:46:54 (MST)
"Hello Flight".......good commo in here. That Jerry rigged photo was sent to me by Paul Tenhet of the 129th. You are correct. Any info on it and it's flights with the 129th would be helpful for the VA claims of yours............about the Nose Art on the "509". England Phil ( the owner ) of the "509" ask me what we wanted to have on the bird. I knew that the "509" was a 2nd platoon ship but Phil suggested that to honor the whole company that he would like to put the 129th crest on her. I agreed with him but felt guilty afterwards about not conferring with all of you. I did bring it up, and some said put the Bulldog on and some said the 129th crest. I then changed my mind and was going to tell Phil to make her original and put the Bulldog on, but by the time I got a hold of him the painting of the 129th crest had already started. Personnally I like the idea of the whole 129th being represented, but take all blame for not having the Bulldog put on to make her original. I should of brought it up to more of you to get the majority vote.......anyways , that's how the nose art on the "509" got to be what it is. It more think it should be the Bulldog I can make a request of Phil to have it changed but can't guarantee anything.............take care all and God Bless and "MERRY CHEISTMAS"..........always a brother..................Judith, so you got my donation then? XOXOXO, back................................
Mark
USA - Wednesday, December 07, 2005 at 11:14:29 (MST)
flight, we are only at $1300 for the Christmas fund. Please think about sending a donation if you haven't yet. Last year we raised almost twice that much. Every little bit helps and the $10's and 20's add up beautifully. BID UPDATE: the cane made by Mark is at $200 and there are two bids for Mel's bracelets, one at $25 and one at $40. As a reminder, bidding closes December 16th at 4:30PM CST. Love to all-Gently
Gently
USA - Wednesday, December 07, 2005 at 06:52:58 (MST)
quote: Larry Thanks for aiming me at the D model sprayer picture. Ain't that a jury rig. Jeff Jury rig? my oh my but you are kind. I HATED that P.O.S. The smell was enough to make me want to hurl. In addition to defoliant, I also got unlucky and flew a couple of "slug-a-bug" insecticide missions. We called it "slug-a-truck" after one of the guys caught a duece and 1/2 with one of the skids and ripped all the canvas off. I remember you could write your name on your helmet after the days' mission was over in the gunk that was coating it.
Larry Kwiatkowski
Simi Valley, CA USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 23:31:58 (MST)
Larry Thanks for aiming me at the D model sprayer picture. Ain't that a jury rig. Jeff
Jeff Lashbrook <jefflash@aol.com>
Little Rock, AR USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 20:48:14 (MST)
The last was from me not Jeff L.
Jeff Sauers
USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 14:28:35 (MST)
Larry, You are correct. I remember flying it one time. If you look at the cabin side and visible tailboom you can see what the stuff did to the paint. Must have been doing wonders for humans. I seem to remember we did not have GIB on board but maybe just a ROK or two. Not sure tho. Anyway, everyone take care!
Jeff
Lake Norman, NC USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 14:27:44 (MST)
For Jeff Lashbrook and every one else. Jeff asked about what bird we had for spraying. In the gallery, Choppers, page 2, isn't that a pic of our spray bird? That picture was sent to me recently by someone else who said it was a 129th helo. Just wondering.
Larry Kwiatkowski
Simi Valley, CA USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 13:24:25 (MST)
Well nose art on the 129th ships. The slicks had the bulldog and the B models had the cobra's. But if memory is correct at one time some of the slicks had some with Snoopy on them. Early 66'. Hope everyone is doing ok out there. Trying to work and get my foot healed one day I hope. Ray hang in there and don't get upset about your review on the 19th. You willbe alright. Robbie hope everything is going ok for you. Also how are the Grand Kids? Kal are you retired yet? Gently check in the mail. Ain't much but, will try to add more later. Cold here in the South. Waiting for the heating and AC people to get here to give me some heat. these old bones don't work very good in cold weather. Take Care Alex
Alex
Collierville , TN. USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 08:11:28 (MST)
You guys with the blood and lung problems, Have you mentioned to the VA about your possible exposure to Agent Orange? I have an Air Force buddy who flew the Ranchhand mission and he is getting very good treatment from the VA with his Agent Orange exposure. Let me know how it is working for you guys. Jeff
Jeff Lashbrook <jefflash@aol.com>
Little Rock, AR USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 07:57:38 (MST)
TED I FOR GOT THEY TAKE IT EVERY 2 WEEKS I GOT SO MANY HOLES IN MY ARM, I LOOK LIKE I SHOOT UP BUT I AM GETTING USE TO IT AGAIN THANKS I TELL YA I ALWAYS WONDER WHY I ICHEED SO BAD NOW I KNOW TAKE CARE RAY are you still going i also have a bad memory.ently i e mail you tomorrow, the congres called , said its nothing to worry about i hope i can sleep
RAY <stilwating@aol.con>
MD USA - Monday, December 05, 2005 at 19:26:18 (MST)
hi TED THANKS WHAT YOUR SAYING IS EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPING TO ME. AND I STILL ICH BAD' ARE STILL TAKING IT FROM YOU, THE PERSON AT THE BLOOD DUMP TOLD ME AFTER SHE CHECKED IT TOLD ME I MAY HAVE TO THIS A LONG TIME I EVEN GET SHORT OF BREATH BUT THE DR NEVER TOLD ME WHY THAMKS/ LET ME ASK YOU ARE YOU ALWAYS COLD I HAVE THE HEAT AT 80 IN GERE AND IM STILL COLD AGAIN I THANK YOU FOR TELLING ME/ I HAVE A EVALUATION ON THE 19th. I TELL YA IT NEVER ENDS TAKE CARE MY BROTHER A BROYHER ALWAS RAY
RAY <stilwating@aol.com>
md USA - Monday, December 05, 2005 at 19:11:15 (MST)
Just reading back through the log a bit as I haven't been here in a while, and I noticed Ray has a blood disorder where they have to drain a pint periodically. I have recently come down with a similar disorder, and I wondered how many more of us have this. They take from me every month or so, when some count gets near or above 50. Having that count too high causes shortness of breath, not because you are oxygen starved, but because the blood carrys too much oxygen and the lungs can't supply enough to fill the receptors. At least that is my understanding of the problem. The earliest sign of this problem is an itching all over after a shower.
Ted Buisker N. IL. <skyking@stateline-isp.com>
Davis, IL. USA - Monday, December 05, 2005 at 18:44:19 (MST)
If my memory serves me correctly, the Koreans mixed the stuff and had it ready to pump on board when we needed to reload. I remember blue barrels with a white stripe around them. We reloaded at that little resupply pad right south of Tiger division HQ. The same pad we used to resupply company local. The Materhorn, etc.
Ted Buisker N. IL. <skyking@stateline-isp.com>
Davis, IL. USA - Monday, December 05, 2005 at 18:33:06 (MST)
Well it seems my memory is good. Can you guys think of any way to find specifics about the mission or the aircraft? I think it would be a good thing to have proof about. I am also sure that ground support had to store the stuff and fill the aircraft. It would seem that many of us in the 129th may have been exposed to Agent Orange. We may all need the information someday to deal with the VA. Jeff
Jeff Lashbrook <jefflash@aol.com>
Little Rock, AR USA - Monday, December 05, 2005 at 15:40:13 (MST)
I flew the mission down the valley to the south where we seldom flew. That valley turned west near a SF base. Cheo Reo??? I flew the pass, company local, the road all the way to Miami Beach, The road north of the finger mountain north of Lane that went toward Pleiku, and did a lot of the Korean bases we resupplied on a regular basis. Seemed like I was stuck on that spray ship as punishment for being gone for a month.
Ted Buisker <skyking@stateline-isp.com>
Davis, IL. USA - Monday, December 05, 2005 at 15:06:37 (MST)
Kal, I think I may have been your Peter Pilot on one of those spray missions. I know I flew that mission for days soon after I came back from hospital leave. I flew it first as a peter pilot, then as an acting Aircaft Commander with Steve Grace if my memory serves me. I can remember stuff like that, just can't remember what I did yesterday. I do remember you came back with your skin and fatigues all oily from the stuff.
Ted Buisker <skyking@stateline-isp.com>
Davis, IL. USA - Monday, December 05, 2005 at 14:58:25 (MST)
Jeff... I flew that mission one time. I believe it was a second platoon ship or at least the 2nd platoon flew the mission that day and they may have just moved the gear from ship to ship. The area we covered was south and inland from Miami Beach, SW. which I think was the other end of the vally that ran from Tiger strip south, which for some reason we rarely flew in.
Kal Bergstrom 67/68
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Monday, December 05, 2005 at 14:23:20 (MST)
The Christmas Fund checks are coming in ...God Bless you..and you know who you are. I have a $40 bid for Mel's jade bracelet and $25 on another. The cane is up to $200....Let's keep the cash rolling in. Last year we collected several thousand...let's do it again! It's such a warm feeling to open my mailbox and see envelopes from you, for you:>)) Ray, remember what I told you. Fred A.....where are you? Mark..XOXOXO :>)) Love to all....Gently
Gently
USA - Monday, December 05, 2005 at 13:26:42 (MST)
Hi Guys Do any of you all remember the 129th having a D model configured for spraying defoliant? I remember flying the aircraft and think the time frame was late 67 and early 68. I understand the VA is very open to anyone having direct involvement with what I guess was Agent Orange. If anyone has specifics, like a tail number or anything, it may be of help to those who are trying to get services from the VA. Jeff
Jeff Lashbrook <jefflash@aol.com>
Little Rock, AR USA - Monday, December 05, 2005 at 10:11:17 (MST)
You bet ya brother can't forget the Mayo. I hopeing to buy youone anytime and make Kokomo.flight be careful out there.
Rick England
USA - Monday, December 05, 2005 at 04:23:41 (MST)
Quote:Don Miller "Larry,I know you and I were there at the same time but I remember the slicks had the bulldog on the nose and the gunships (B Models) had a cobra on them. as for the unit patch ........ I think it is appropriate for 509 to have it on the nose even though it is a slick because it honors the unit as a whole. if it just had a bulldog on it, it would ignore half of the unit" Don, I agree with you except I was just looking at authenticity. BTW, it would only ignore a third plus Tigerwagon.. LOL. What I mean is, if ya look at any restored warbird, they generally are painted to look like a particular airplane from that era and it's usually an exact match. Seeing as how 509 is a "slick", for authenticity it should have a bulldog. Although this many years down the road I'm happy just to see the thing flying again. And if you wanna look at it as a helicopter honoring the whole unit, that works for me too.
Larry Kwiatkowski
Simi Valley, CA USA - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 23:34:27 (MST)
Mark!! What an adventure you took - thanks for taking us all along with you. That was terrific. Bill Wolf - it's almost done. My "secretary" had a few other things to do today. Still watching - just not much to say. Ron
Ron DeBates
Big Timber, MT USA - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 18:37:03 (MST)
Fried egg burger??? Don't forget the "Mayo"...................right Rick?
Gale
USA - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 17:30:18 (MST)
Gale and Debbie, thanks for the nice little gift... such talent! Water... The iodine in it was enough to want to pass it up. Cheap thrills... going to the EM club over the hill for a fried egg burger and a beer.
Dave P.
USA - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 16:43:44 (MST)
Damn, Mark that was good, I wish I could write like you and Alvis. I am having all kinds of trouble with Bill Wolfs questionare. Gale as far as the get together let me know day and time.
Rainer Bauer
Indy, USA - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 14:41:46 (MST)
Mark, looks like you've left us all "speechless"! I had a nice walk with you in my "minds eye" through the streets of Coldwater............you sure Alvis wasn't helping you write this? Either that or you've been helping him write all this time. LOL! Very nice............and I think your spelling has improved in last year or so. Mark, Alvis, Ron and Rainer, would like to hook up with you guys in Indy before Christmas if possible!? Ray, hang in there Buddy, I'm sure things will be fine. Hey Rick, since you put it that way I guess I do owe you a "brewskie". I wouldn't care who buys if we could just get together for drink!! Hope you can make Kokomo. Clear
Gale
USA - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 12:42:56 (MST)
AHHHHHHH.........the love of my life.......... by the look on her face, you would of thought that the rapture had come and she was left behind. But it was only due to the fact that she had just pulled the last foot of wax paper out of the box to put the Christmas cookies on that she was baking. I said, do you want me to get you some more? The look turned to a soft smile with the answer of , you don't have too. Well, I might of been born at night, but not last night. Any man married for 33 years better be able to understand what that ment in wife lingo;-). I dawn my shoes, no socks. temperature down to about 19 with a very light snow falling. No wind. I decide to walk. Store in only over a block and down the hill. One step out the door and the neighbor's dog comes a running and barkin' at me, scares the bejeezus out of me. He was harmless though. I set out trecking through the blizzard. Wait, it was just a light snow, wasn't it. Oh yeah. My steps are new in the snow and on this trail. I have lived here all my life, and in that old house up the street for 33 of them years, but never walked to the store this way. I'm an ally, in between houses, and back yard walker. Doesn't take long to hit the street though. A thousands flakes falling in front of the street lights. store lights and Christmas lights on all the houses make it a walk of all kinds of color. I breath in the cold,clean, fresh air. AAAHHHHHHHHHHH........man that taste good. That old car that just went by had to have rear wheel drive because the driver was doing what I would of been doing. Punching the gas to bring the rear end up to the side as if it were a skier behind a boat on the lake. I felt the fun he was having. Inside the stop I find what I need and a song comes on the speaker in the ceiling that I recognise. I play the, who wrote this song game, with the check out girl. She tunes a ear to the speaker and shrugs her shoulders. She says she was born in the 80's. Welllllllllll...........I tell her that the singer and the guitar player are dead. She said, "did they sing Hotel California, i like that song". I said, " right time, wrong group". She ask the pimply faced bag boy, " who sings this song?"...dumbfounded he shrugs his shoulders also. I say, "the Fab four"........they both shrugged their shoulders again...................on the walk home I think of the time back when the Fab four were new. tic-toc.......time was moving then..........I think of you guys and your tic-tocs back then......tic-toc............I think of all the tic-tocs that have come and gone.....matter of fact, there just went a tic, and here comes a toc, and there it goes...............I think of the 10 Marines that gave their all for me the other day.............I think of all the ones back a lot of tic-tocs that did the same, during your tic-tocs of long ago.................I breath in the cold,clean,fresh, "FREE" air. I walk on the "FREE" side walk, in my "FREE" town, in my "FREE" state, in my "FREE" country where I am able to say, "MERRY CHRISTMAS", and Jesus, bless my house, and " One nation under God".............................I know that Thanksgiving is over, but to all that have made a sacrifice, so I have the freedom that I do, I want you to know that I am very,very,very grateful to all of you. I wish you the very best of a Christmas Season this year and abundant blessings in the new year to come.....God Bless AMERICA, and all of YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...........................always a grateful brother and sister................................. DEE and Mark, we love you all..............
Mark
USA - Saturday, December 03, 2005 at 19:50:12 (MST)
No hot water?? For a month or so it was more like no water period. (Good thing I didn't drink the stuff!) There was a shortage for awhile and they only turned it on for a couple of hours a day. If you were out flying the friendly skies, you were SOL. The shower system in our hootch was pretty sophisticated. A 55 gal drum with a heating element through it, and a valve on the bottom. I never could get the timing right, and it was either too hot or like ice. Sing Loi (sp) Greg
Animal
HI USA - Saturday, December 03, 2005 at 19:02:53 (MST)
MARK THE CONGRESS WOMAN TOLD ME NOT TO WORRY BUT YOU ALL KNOW HOW I AM SHE TOLD ME SHE SEE THE DRS WHO ARE GOING TO EVALUATE ME. SHE SAID SHE DONT THINK I WILL HAVE ANY PROBLEM AT ALL. I HARDLY COULD TALK TO HER SO WE SEE ITS OUT OF MY HANDS NOW THANKS FOR THE COME BACK BROTHER LOVE YA ALL RAY
RAY
MD USA - Saturday, December 03, 2005 at 15:57:24 (MST)
Last month I was at Lane I went to water tower each night about midnight and put in the chlorine.
J.W. Wilson
USA - Saturday, December 03, 2005 at 14:24:54 (MST)
Coldwater High School, Ohio State champions in div. IV football. 33 to 9. Went 15 and 0 this year. have been in the big game 3 other times. Finally got the job done. The MAC ( Midwest Athletic Conference )which Coldwater is in, has 12 state titles. Since 1973. Coldwaters first. Although Coldwater holds the most MAC titles. SI named the MAC one of the toughest conferences in the country. Since this coach came to town, John Reed , his record is 111-26. Worse season has been a 7-3. Coldwater out scored their opponents 159-15 during the playoffs. HOORAH for the Cavaliers of Coldwater High School..............always a brother...............................
Mark
USA - Saturday, December 03, 2005 at 14:16:44 (MST)
Bummer Ray.......did your congress person say yhat they would help you?
Mark
USA - Saturday, December 03, 2005 at 14:07:49 (MST)
HELLO FKIGHT I HAVE TO GO TO THE VA DEC 19 AND BRING ALL MY MEDICAL RECORDS ANS NEDICAN I TAKE I THINK THEY ARE TRYING TO TALE IT ALL FROM ME. I AM SO NERVOUS , . I TO THOUGHT THEY WERE NOT DOIG IIT HECK ALL I CAN DO IS SIT AT HOME ON THE COUCH AND AT TMES GET ON THE PUTER. I USE TO TO WALK BUT NOW I LOSE MY BREATH I HAVE TO DUMP A PINT OF BLOOD EVERY 2 WEEKS HECH AT THIS RATE THEY JUST SHOULD TAKE IT AL, FOR I LOSE EVERY THING ANY SORRY JUST TO VENT SOME TAKE LOVE YA ALL A BROTHER ALWAYS I LET YOU KNOW WHAT HAPENS
RAY <STILWATING@AOL.COM>
MD USA - Saturday, December 03, 2005 at 11:47:52 (MST)
RECENTLY RAN ARTICE IN NEWSPAPER ASKING VETERANS TO CONTACT THEIR REPRESENTATIVES TO ASK CONGESSS FOR SUPPORY ON FULL AND MANDATORY FUNDING FOR VA HEALTHCARE. RESULTS WILL IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION: NO FUNDING - NO VOTE
Jeff Jones <elranchoalpeoplepc.com>
Tyler, TX USA - Saturday, December 03, 2005 at 10:10:57 (MST)
memory??? what's that? My experience with the water tower more mirrors Animal's lol.. It seemed a shame, the pilot's were risking a lot by lighting up, as opposed to us em types, who were relatively safe right in our hootches.....I didn't smoke a lot, just enough to let folks know I wasn't a narc, and didn't really care what anyone else did. First time I did, though, was in the maintenance hootch,just below officer country, a guy named Rudy,( I know his last name too) had a deck of O.J's, a couple hits.....WOW
Kim
USA - Friday, December 02, 2005 at 22:10:14 (MST)
Kim, you have a better memory than I... no hot water doesn't surprise me, though! I wonder if that was what prompted us to use the water tower... hot water after a day baking in the hot Vietnam sun. I know that's a stretch, but makes a fun story. Bill Wolf, did you get my story? Also, I noticed you wanted us to sign releases when you sent back a draft to us, is that right? I still owe you a "now" photo.
Dave Powers
USA - Friday, December 02, 2005 at 17:19:51 (MST)
Bill Wolf, did you get my email with my story attached? I sent it out a week ago, and it just occurred to me that you haven't posted in a while. I had to send it twice, first time it got returned....Dave Powers, didn't we go through a spell of no hot water? Like, a month or so? Our friend at PA&E, giving us their best. Thinking of the guys who worked in the Mess Hall, one guy, a latino, used to make sure we had something to eat if we got back too late for chow..muy bueno!
Kim
Livermore, Me USA - Friday, December 02, 2005 at 15:35:39 (MST)
HELLO TO I JUST GOT A LETTER FROM THE VA I TO BE REVALUATED DEC 19 , I ALREADY CALLED MY SHRINK KE SAID NOT TO WORRY. I ASSO CALLED MY CONGRES MAN SHE SAID SHE IS GOING TO GIND OUT WHAT DRS I SEE AND WHATS GOING ON I HOPE THEY DONT TAKE IT.NOT TO SURE HHOW I TAKE IT I LOSE IT ALL I GUESS THEY ARE DOING SOME PEOPLE WELL I GOT TO GO IAM SKAKING LIKE A LEAFF THAKE CARE A BROTHER ALWAS , ONE THAT IS SCARED TO DEATH RAY
ray <stilwating@aol.com>
md USA - Friday, December 02, 2005 at 13:16:49 (MST)
I remember showering at the wash rack a few times in 1969. Can't remember why, but I think it had something to do with the tower running out of water before we got back from our mission. I was reading the log and saw CP's post, so I checked the box out by the road and I had a card and ornament from Gale too. I have all of the previous years' ornaments stuck to my refrigerator Brother and I look at them all the time. I can't thank you enough Gale. I hope you and Debbie are fine and have a nice Christmas....Rob
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Friday, December 02, 2005 at 12:20:06 (MST)
sorry cant spell that should be Hugh C. Durham III
Keith 72-73
USA - Friday, December 02, 2005 at 10:19:03 (MST)
our last CO was Maj. Hugh C. Durahm III
Keith 72-73
USA - Friday, December 02, 2005 at 10:13:06 (MST)
The water tower... I remember going up there once to get a REAL shower. Opened up the valve and hosed off. Speaking of showers, do any of you remember being the first to hit the shower in the morning and carefully choosing your steps to avoid stepping on hundreds of cockroaches?
Dave Powers
USA - Friday, December 02, 2005 at 07:11:52 (MST)
Larry,I know you and I were there at the same time but I remember the slicks had the bulldog on the nose and the gunships (B Models) had a cobra on them. as for the unit patch ........ I think it is appropriate for 509 to have it on the nose even though it is a slick because it honors the unit as a whole. if it just had a bulldog on it, it would ignore half of the unit. and I for one was very happy to have the gunships around. an M-60 can only do so much. but with mini's, rockets, and thumper hanging around I felt a whole lot more comfortable. Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Thursday, December 01, 2005 at 22:01:23 (MST)
Wel, it appears I've been babbleing. Got looking through the guest book at the Huey site and it appears I'm a day late and a dollar short. ot's a 129th folks already been there. Duh! Ah well, it's a nice reminder anyhow.
Larry
Simi, USA - Thursday, December 01, 2005 at 15:42:09 (MST)
Here's a link you can use to go directly to the website where they restored 509. http://huey.co.uk/index.php Enjoy.
Larry Kwiatkowski
Simi Valley, CA USA - Thursday, December 01, 2005 at 15:31:11 (MST)
Gale, You done good guy !!!! The card and ornament are great..... Especially the ornament..... Thanks...... Wish I could do stuff like that...... ktf,
C.P.
- Thursday, December 01, 2005 at 12:49:43 (MST)
Gale 2 Qts of Jim Beam wasn't enough. I think you me a brewski. hehehehehehehe
Rick England
USA - Thursday, December 01, 2005 at 10:17:28 (MST)
Durdin once accused me of smoking pot because he smelled incense coming from my hootch. Duh! everybody knew you went to the water tower to smoke. Greg
Animal
HI USA - Thursday, December 01, 2005 at 09:57:40 (MST)
I remember Durdin as a Captain. He called us a bunch of glory hounds for reconning the perimeter one night with our landing and search lights on. Bish was our XO back then. Seems to me that our nose art was a Cobra...LOL....Sitting here reflecting...what ever happened to Tony? Is there any way of finding him?
Kim
Livermore, Me USA - Thursday, December 01, 2005 at 09:46:02 (MST)
Larry, I don't ever remember our unit's patch being nose art. I always thought it was just the bulldog. Smitty, you're right... (Major?) Johnny Durden was the CO in '71. As I recall, Cpt. Delbert Bish followed him.
Dave Powers
USA - Thursday, December 01, 2005 at 07:24:30 (MST)