Thanks for the info
Jack Newton <SirIzk@centurytel.net>
Tomah, WI USA - Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 20:40:47 (MST)
My heart goes out to any of the wounded in that mess, regardless of position. It just upsets me that something that's been going on for a long time, is suddenly brought to the forefront when "somebody" gets hurt......it's even worse that our media has ruined team sports with the same nihilistic attitudes...It's sad that "somebody" got injured, it's just as sad, for the loved one's of the "nobodies" who got injured, too....on another note, domestic surviellance. I think it was Ben Franklin who stated that" those who would trade freedom for security, are deserving of neither".
USA - Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 20:26:29 (MST)
That`s a hot topic Kim,...Who is more important?......I feel for Woodward and his cameraman.....But my loyalties are with the soldiers...Funny how that works when you`re a war vet.
Summit, NJ USA - Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 19:43:53 (MST)
Kim,lets not forget the civilian folks working there as well....the ones fixing jeeps and stuff..not the talking heads.
USA - Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 19:35:09 (MST)
276,000 were cut from the roles at the V.A. last year, due to budget cuts...Hope the feds make the bush tax cuts permanent. It'd be a shame for the rich to have to pay for vet's care.....priorities, I guess....funny how when a reporter gets the same thing so many G.I's get, it's news. How many soldiers have sufferred head injuries, with no comment about them, or, their situation?
Livermore, Me. USA - Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 17:00:53 (MST)
SP4 Kevin Francis Lynch, KIA 9 Sep 70, Wall panel 07W, line 049;( Fatal Arms Room Accident) , SP4 George Anton Hain, KIA 22 Oct 70, Wall Panel 06W, Line 016;( Flight Line Accident) SP5 Robert M. Shuptrine, KIA 25 Oct 70 Wall Panel 06W, Line 022;( Swimming Pool Accident- Electrocution)........Whoa that was some crazy times......all in a period of about a month.
Summit, NJ USA - Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 16:08:52 (MST)
Good afternoon flight: In reference to my last message reference personnel of 129th KIA, On page one of the History of the 129th for 1967, The second parpagraph (Editor's Note: The 1966 129th AHC unit history was dedicated to Lt. Brague who was killed in combat on 7 Jan 67. Yet the 1967 unit history makes no mention of his death. I came accross the following info on Lt Brague on the Vietnam Helicopter Pilot's KIA page. Name: 1st Lt Edwin Steven Brague Jr.; Status: Killed in action from an incident on 01/07/67 while performing the duty of pilot.; Age at death: 23.9; Date of Birth: 02/25/1943;Home city: Ridgewood, NJ; Service: AT branch of the Reserve component of the US Army; Unit: 129th AHC; Flight Class: 66-12; The Wall Location: 13E-120; Service number: 05023617; MOS: 1981 - 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander); Primary cause: Hostile Fire; Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea; Compliment cause: small arms fire; Vehicle involved: helicopter; Position in vehicle: Aircraft Commander;Started tour: 09/20/1966; Official listing: helicopter air casualty-pilot; Length of service: 01; Location: Quang Tin Province, I Corps; Reason: aircraft lost or crashed; Casualty type: Hostile-Killed; Married; Male; US citizen; Race: Caucasian; Religion: Unknown. That is all that is known about this individual. If any of you guys know anything about this man please post it so we can put him to rest properly. Thank you - Jack Newton
Jack Newton <SirIzk@centurytel.net>
Tomah, WI USA - Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 15:59:22 (MST)
I am looking for anyone who would have known my Uncle, William Dennis Rewey from Detroit, Michigan. He died this past Christmas at 58 years. I believe he was assigned to the 129th as a door gunner from 66' to 67'. Can any of you confirm this? If so please reply, thanks much.
TSG David Bertrand
78th Security Forces Squadron, USAF
TSG David Bertrand <email@example.com>
Robins AFB, GA USA - Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 15:38:00 (MST)
Hey Flight: went through Vietnam Helicopter Pilot's Wall (KIA) page and found the following personnel from 129th listed: SP4 John William Thorpe, KIA 8 Sep 68, Accidental Homicide; SP4 Kevin Francis Lynch, KIA 9 Sep 70, Wall panel 07W, line 049; SP4 George Anton Hain, KIA 22 Oct 70, Wall Panel 06W, Line 016; SP5 Robert M. Shuptrine, KIA 25 Oct 70 Wall Panel 06W, Line 022; SSG Charlie Thomas Tanton, KIA 27 Jun 71, Wall Panel 03W, Line 091. The above personnel, members of the 129th AHC, were killed on dates stated above. Sadly, no one seems to know on what helicopter these personnel were flying on or the circumstances surrounding their deaths. If any of you guys has any info about these men, would greatly appreciate you passing it on so we can add them to the "In Memory" page. Hope we can put these men to rest properly. Thank you,Jack Newton
Jack Newton <SirIzk@centurytel.net>
Tomah, WI USA - Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 15:35:18 (MST)
I go into a web site,a site for war,or warrior,poetry.A couple of days( in that site) ago I mentioned something about my friends that went down.A lady wrote this poem last night.With your permission,I would like to post it here ,I think its very good... If I Don't Make it Home, Promise Me. . .
That when their ships draw closer
and their planes are setting down,
you'll cheer for those onboard
as if I'm still around. . .
see my efforts showing
in the ones who made it home;
clasp those brave hands knowing
they fought beside my own;
then show my bros arriving
those smiles you saved for me;
and I'll have died surviving,
for my spirit will be free!
Nancy L. Meek ~ January 30, 2006
USA - Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 14:49:06 (MST)
He's listed in the 1967 roster as "Anson Nazarro", so, I dunno.
USA - Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 11:54:11 (MST)
Alex, Do you know which section his picture's in?, Greg
HI USA - Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 10:37:09 (MST)
Slow Hand Salute for Aonson. I think there is a picture in the gallery section of him.
USA - Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 07:25:02 (MST)
slow,respectful, hand salute rendered
USA - Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 03:16:08 (MST)
I recall it being Anson. Maybe I have some orders with him listed. Thanks Greg
USA - Monday, January 30, 2006 at 22:43:22 (MST)
I'm not sure of the spelling of Nazarro's first name. It's pronounced "Anson", but in the contacts page it's spelled "Aonson". Help me out please. Greg
HI USA - Monday, January 30, 2006 at 22:38:42 (MST)
Animal,thanks for the news. I'm totally shocked to hear the news about Nazzaro......I knew him well. I have a photo of him somewhere. I was trying to contact him about 5 years ago and never heard from him........maybe that's why. Slow hand salute to our Brother Anson Nazzaro...............................
USA - Monday, January 30, 2006 at 21:48:09 (MST)
Sad News: I just found out Aonson Nazarro of the 129th, and the Big Island, died in a motorcycle crash here in 2001. I remember some of you asking if I knew him ( I didn't), and I wasn't able to locate him in the phone book, etc. I met a Vet today that rode with him and fondly remembered his huge smile. Aonson's "Aumakua" (Hawaiian guardian spirit) was the I'O, the Hawaiian Hawk. In my friends words:"Aonson's at the Wall now". He (my friend) visited the Wall shortly after Aonson's death, and placed personal effects of Aonson's there. I regret the sadness this news causes those of you that knew him in the 129th. Greg
HI USA - Monday, January 30, 2006 at 20:09:41 (MST)
I hope that you and Tino can make it..........he would love it!
USA - Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 12:29:45 (MST)
I am going to try it seems every year we have a new baby or like this my daughter is getting married in oct and it costs. Tino wwants to go this year also. He was in the 5th mech infantry and black horse. I told him about the the groups that show up. You be careful out there
USA - Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 08:22:24 (MST)
thanks Rick,,you comming to Kokomo this year?
USA - Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 06:42:40 (MST)
Fred I believe Tet started in jan 30 68. Fred if you get 10% for ptsd your meds and drs. will be taken care of if anything else is wrong you have to have 50% or more for total care. Ithink you should get more than 10% ptsd. Here it is normally 40% to start and then put in for reevaluation. If you want to talk give me a call 623 388 2628 or does anybody in your area that you know talk to them every state is diffrent. Flight be careful out there.
USA - Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 05:42:57 (MST)
Doesnt TET start today?
USA - Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 20:52:50 (MST)
guess I aint crazy, they didnt keep me.
USA - Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 07:34:10 (MST)
Alvis.........prayers are being said for you as I speak......always a brother.......
USA - Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 05:29:55 (MST)
7:00 am here and geting my day ready (lots of coffee).Its still dark,cold,and the house is still.(Susan is still in the rack)have an appointment at*:15 this morning at Va with the Shrink. I was told yesterday by a VA clerk that if I can get at least 10%,then VA health care will be free,including meds,from then on.Lets hope the bean counters are in a generous mood (for them anyway) today. I must admit,the nerves are starting to get a little jumpy, as per usual.You guys cross your fingers for me ,if you will.
USA - Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 05:16:17 (MST)
I don't know if it was the same guy, but, I had the same experience with the barber when I was a newbie.
USA - Friday, January 27, 2006 at 18:07:35 (MST)
HI ALL. I WAS ALSO THERE IN 69 70 BUT I DINT REMEMBER THE BARBARAT AT ALL, LIKE I SAID I RECAL THE STORE I BOUGHT A VIETNAMESE DOLL FOR GAIL, STILL GOT IT IN GRATE SHAPE. BUT THE BARBAR I DINT RECALL AT ALL I WONDER IF I GOT ANY HAIR CUTS. RAY TAKE CARE ALL RAY
MD USA - Friday, January 27, 2006 at 17:27:44 (MST)
Animal, I was there in 69-70 and I remember that barber and I had the same experience as you. When he grabbed ahold of my chin with one hand and put the other on the back of my head, I thought what's he doing and before I could finish the thought he popped my neck. I was also new in country when this happened. Don't remember the finger thing tho....Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Friday, January 27, 2006 at 15:31:01 (MST)
Thanks for serving ! I looked up to you guys thats why I joined the Corps ! Great site ,maybe we'll ride together some day!
Donald A Childrey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lompoc, Ca USA - Friday, January 27, 2006 at 10:41:57 (MST)
Flight: Well all our in Good Health and Spirits. All of you whom are trying to get PTSD help see the PTSD offices at the VA hospital. I decided to go through the DAV with thier help I hope I will see some results from the VA. Also, I will be reviewing the Reunion information sent to me. At, a later time I will post all ifo. Gently thanks for the email with the website. You and Joe have done a great job. Always a Brother Alex
USA - Friday, January 27, 2006 at 08:38:04 (MST)
I also didn't have any luck finding it Judith.
USA - Friday, January 27, 2006 at 05:15:01 (MST)
gently,I copied and posted...no luck...that the right addy? I tried www.war-veterans.com/bro.htm. ....is that it?
USA - Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 18:30:55 (MST)
Here's the website for the work Joe and I are doing in WI. Please take a minute to visit it, and post us a note at the end: www.war-veterans.com/Btro.htm. Thanks.
USA - Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 07:51:26 (MST)
Thanks dave...I was just looking at some pics i was in...the birds had white paint.
USA - Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 17:11:46 (MST)
Fred, it was 2nd platoon that had the white skid shoes. Yellow was 1st platoon. Animal... that's soooooo funny!
USA - Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 15:52:38 (MST)
Animal...great story. LOL!
USA - Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 13:35:58 (MST)
Crazy how i can forget a lot of missions & a lot of people, & yet remember those missing fingers. i used to go up there & after he cut hair & used straight razor, he would put his hands together & " clop-clop-clop" the shoulders & neck & then as Greg said "crack" my neck & i remember feeling almost high i was so relaxed. Best thing save being drunk & or stoned or at the steam & cream. Can't recall the girl at PX but i was down there a lot" stocking up". respects>>>>>>>>Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, WY USA - Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 12:11:26 (MST)
which flight platoon had the white painted skid bars?
USA - Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 11:01:55 (MST)
Smitty, I think that's right about Cheap Charlie's missing finger. Also, remember the gal who worked in the PX? She had a small "sixth" finger on one hand next to her pinkie.
USA - Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 07:41:30 (MST)
Ron Payne swung by yesterday,he ask me to give his hello's to all.He is doing well.Crazy rascal is outside today (36 degrees high today) building himself a woodworking shop in his back yard.Guess i will swing by and offer some help.The Iraq defense contractor people called yesterday to ask if I was still intrested...thye are sending folks over in FEB.
USA - Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 07:10:09 (MST)
thanks fred i'll check it out patch will do just fine because as of june 1 the 498th will cease to exist. they are doing some restructuring and they will make it just a regular aviation unit
oglesby, il USA - Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 15:15:12 (MST)
USA - Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 14:53:35 (MST)
Trouble could be brewing for our troops in iraq.A 14 year old girl,living near the turk/iran/irag border has died of what could very well be bird flew.Lets hope not,they have enough to deal with.
USA - Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 14:53:01 (MST)
HI MENT DOLL SORRY ,TAKE CARE ALL, SEE YOU ALL IN PHOINX A BROTHER ALWAYS
MD USA - Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 13:24:22 (MST)
HJELLO TO ALL I DONT RECALL THE BARBAR I GUESS I NEVER GOT A HAIR CUT, I DI RECALL THE STORE I BOUGHT A VIETNEES SOOL THERE WE STILL HAVE IT ALSO HAVE A PLACKK WITH VUET NAM ON IT. OH WELL THATS IT TAKE CARE MY BRPTHERS AND SISRERS LOVE YA ALL RAY
MD USA - Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 12:56:19 (MST)
Text Box: Text Box: 129th Assault Helicopter Company - Bulldogs, Cobras - Tuy Hoa, Dong Ba Thin, Quin Nhon – See Article
Valorous Unit Awards—1 Jan–24 66 and 1–20 Jun 66
intresting history on that page of VHPA.
The 129th arrived in Tuy Hoa in October 1965, and then moved from there to Dong Ba Thin then to Quin Nhon in 1966. They flew in support of the Koreans, the 101st, the 25th and the ARVN. During the Cambodian invasion in 1970, they supported the 4th Infantry. They departed Vietnam in Mar 1973. There is a website for the 129th at www.129th.net. In 1979 the 129th became part of the 82nd Combat Aviation Battalion as Company B, and has since served in Grenada, Desert Storm and the current Iraq conflict.
USA - Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 08:48:35 (MST)
I sure remember that barber, Wasn't he missing a couple fingers on one hand??? Ron Debates, good to see your post, my computer crashed & lost all addresses & the one in contacts isn't it. Sounds like you are coming to Phoenix. Look forward to seeing you again hope you are both well.>>>>>>>Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wy USA - Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 08:12:43 (MST)
Animal, I have a photo of Cheap Charlie the VC Barber if you want a copy...
USA - Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 07:48:47 (MST)
Sorry Paul,its a patch,not a pin.Try... http://www.saundersinsignia.com/index.php ...then click Army,,then Medical units other,,then go to page 2...Got this from a dust off pilot named Ray that was in the 498th.
USA - Monday, January 23, 2006 at 20:33:53 (MST)
Hey Flt hope everyone is doing well the new year. I'm having a ball with the freedom bird and think of each of you on every flight. I just wanted to pass along a web site that some may not know about, it's certainly worth a look see. The site is as follows,,,VHPAMUSEUM.ORG. It is hosted by VHPA and contain a wealth of info, pics etc. Gently, how bout a picture of that new ride, poem would be nice but not required. Take care and I look forward to seeing everyone in the desert, da stickman is departing the AO,,,Jim
Jim "stickman" Oliver <Jsticks@g-net.net>
pembroke, ga USA - Monday, January 23, 2006 at 20:11:15 (MST)
FRED; yes i would like that info. you can either post here or email me at idapaul at yahoo thanks buddy
oglesby, il USA - Monday, January 23, 2006 at 17:49:40 (MST)
Alvis, couple choppers comin' your way.....ETA 20-30 minutes. Not Hueys, sounds like Blackhawks....too dark & foggy to even see their lights.
Clinton, In USA - Monday, January 23, 2006 at 16:54:02 (MST)
Animal - great story - can we use it in the book?? Does anyone have a picture of that barber shop? I remember it, but dont have pics. FLIGHT: These are the stories I need for the book - write them on line and I'll copy them or send them to me in email. Bill
Bill Wolf <VNHeloReunion@aol.com>
USA - Monday, January 23, 2006 at 08:14:14 (MST)
Seahawks versus the Steelers in the superbowl....Steelers look good,,,but i pick the seahawks.
USA - Monday, January 23, 2006 at 05:44:12 (MST)
to funny Animal,thanks for the first laugh of the day.
USA - Monday, January 23, 2006 at 05:42:59 (MST)
"THE ATTACK OF THE BARBER" I was a FNG Newbie cherry punk at Lane when I decided to spruce up a little at the base barber shop. The barber happened to be Vietnamese, but they wouldn't let any bad guys work on base would they? The haircut was OK, and I was mostly relaxed, but then he pulled out that straight razor and started working my neck and ears. Let me tell you he was looking more like a VC every minute, and I was tense. I was sweating by the time he finished shaving me, but so far I was unscathed. Nonetheless, I wanted the hell out of there before he recognized me for the dangerous charactor I was and lopped off an ear for Uncle HO. He then asked me something in heavily accented english that I didn't understand. I assumed he was inquiring if the haircut was OK, so I said yes, just wanting out of there. Instead of taking off the bib and dusting me off, he suddenly grabbed me by the neck and forhead and suddenly twisted my head violently to the right. I thought I was dead and about shat my britches. It wasn't until he grabed me and started twisting the other way that I figured out he was "popping" my neck. I don't remember getting another Haircut in country, but if I did, it wasn't from the "VC" barber....Greg
HI USA - Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 20:34:49 (MST)
Fred Skaggs - go to the reunion - I'll have a cold Heineken for you. I do remember the night the ammo dump blew. It knocked us out of our beds. The next day the smoke from the ammo dump was so thick with CS we were told not to fly through it - avoid it by miles!! It happened in the night and it DID knock us out of bed. I remember saying, "What the F>>> was that??? What the Hell are they throwing at us now??" It knocked my radio off the stand. I rolled onto the floor and the only thing I remember was Chicken Man on the radio going Baack Baack Baack as we headed to the flight line. I grabbed my M16 - I was on flares that night - Fred you should have been with me. Hope to see you soon brother. Ron
Big, MT USA - Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 19:31:51 (MST)
Paul,there is a 498th pin out now...you want more info?
USA - Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 19:01:16 (MST)
Flight; just got an answer back on an inquiry about the pol dump attack from an mp that led the reaction team from fort granite. it happened april 1 1970 one civilian firefighter kia. so the ammo dump might have been in august or sept. i still have the question out on another site to see if anybody remembers. animal the name proctor sounds real familiar. didn't recognize the other name
oglesby, il USA - Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 18:49:54 (MST)
Its a shame, that when 2 hueys fly over,its a remarkable event. Watched them till they were gone,then thought,heck, I havent seen one since last summer.Animal,I got in country in july of 71 as well,but didnt get to th 129th till aug.
USA - Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 15:02:51 (MST)
HELLO BILL WOLF I HAVE RACKED MY BRAIN OUT . I DONT UNDER STANT HOW COME I CANT RECALL ANY STORYIES FROM THERE, I KNOW I WAS THERE WHEN SOME OF THE THINGS HAPPENED, BUT FOR THE LIFE OF ME I CAN'TREMBEMBER ANY. BUT THENIGHT MEARS KEEP COMMING. LAST NIGHT I HAD ONE I WAS STABIG PEOPLE WITH A DAGER. IT WOKE ME UP
I HAD TO WALK AROUD THE HOUSE. ,NOT TO SURE IFISHOULD TELL THE CONSLER THAT ' I AM COMING CLOSE TO BEING IN A WARD. BUT THE VOICES STOPED AS WELL THE HALIUIHUITIONS STOPED. LAST TIME I SEEN HIM HE SAID HE WAS WORRYED ABOUT ME HEARING THE VOICES, I AM GLAD THEY
STOPED. BUT I WILL TRY TO FILL IT OUT , THE VA SAID IAM INCOMPANINT OF HANDELING MY MONEY. THUR I HAD TO GIVE GAIL GAIL POWER OF ATTONEY, THAT DONT BOTHER ME, HECK I TRUST HER WITH MY LIFE. I GUESS ITS THE IDEA THEM TELLING ME TO. WELL HOW IS EVERY ONE DOING, ROB HOW IS YOUR BROTHER DOING, ALVIS HOW IS SUEM TO HARD TO DAY HI TO ALL
KAL HOW ARE YOU GALE AND DEBBIE HOW ARE THINGS GOING
LOOKING ORWARD TO SEEING EVERY ONE LOVE YOU ALL A BROTHER ALWAYS
OH ALEX NICE TALKING TO YOU MAKE SURE YOU HANG IN THERE, GENTLY I SEND U AN E MAIL RAY
MD USA - Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 11:57:46 (MST)
Fred - those are the kind of stories (Dust Off Party Room) I'm looking to include in the book!!!! Does anyone have pictures of it??? If so, please send them to me!!!
Bill Wolf <VNHeloReunion@aol.com>
USA - Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 09:36:21 (MST)
"Dust-Off Party Room",.........I was around when they first started that "hootch". A couple of crew-chiefs moved into that hootch and they were the only occupants. Jim Pecknold, Dave McCasilin, and a black kid name Steve( that worked in operations).....they were the first group of guys to start partying over at Dust-Off. But the two crew chiefs were pretty creative kids. Because they took the "middle room" and knocked out the wall. They turned it into "one common room"......then cut holes into each end of the common room, that was the doorway to their "bedrooms"......it was really cool. Then they combine both their stereo systems in the common room.......there was 6 to 8 speakers around that room. Then the 129th guys, we helped build it, by supplying the "ammo-boxes" for shelves, record racks, and they even built two big lounge chairs.......foam padded.......We all started bringing "black lights" and posters........I got some great pictures of that room.......By the time they finished it, a cook named Yogi from New Orleans, had moved into the hootch. A a guy named Danridge from Frisco moved in also. Everyone that lived in the hootch was from California except Yogi....But by November and December of 1970......the Dust-Off Party Room was the "happening place". Warrants, NCO`s, Regular EM, ....everyone would just start coming over........They had the "newest jams" from the world, always some music playing. It got so, you could walk over to "Dust-Off" in the middle of the day.....and there would be 4 or 5 guys hanging out........Amazing how resourceful and creative everyone was........
Summit, NJ USA - Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 08:31:14 (MST)
I joined the unit in July 71, so whatever knocked me out of bed in the middle of the night happened sometime after that date. I always assumed it was ammo, but the POL talk has me unsure of myself. I also remember a phobia about going anywhere near our own base ammo dump.................... Paul,I remember a couple of 498th crew I flew with, one named Ingraham(CE), and one named "Doctor" Proctor(Medic). Did you know them by any chance? Greg
HI USA - Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 01:45:32 (MST)
i believe the pol dump went up in september. i was on guard duty that nite in battalion hq in qui nhon. lovely show. had forgotten all about it till now. must have smoked too many ojs that nite. FRED S do you happen to remember a medic from 498th called "doc strange", he was an e-6 that had been with either the 101st or the 173rd,he and i used to spend a lot of time at the dustoff party room.my nickname was spoon.if i remember right the party room was the second or third tier of buildings going up the hill right next to the road that separated 498th from the 129th
oglesby, il USA - Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 12:00:51 (MST)
Quin Nhon in 70-71......Rick(Little John), I was there and remember the POL field being blowed up. It had to be the last part of August 1970 or beginning part of September......Because we took Curt Frank over to Quin Nhon in 664( Curt`s ship), because he was going home.....We had to fly way out and around ....and make our approach from the sea. But the night the POL field got attacked by zappers, Curt and the guys were "partying" in the company area. After everyone went to bed, I went over to "Dust-Off Party Room"........They(zappers) hit it about 1:30 AM, and a bunch of us were sitting on top of the bunker.........When it blew, you could see the silhouette of the mountains, and the shadows being cast across the fields.......pretty trippy......But one of the guys with us over at "dust-off", was a Cobra gunner named Costello, Italian kid from Kalifornia(California). He was on ASAP that night, and took off running for the company area............Yea Kim LaVoie, we are gonna have to go to a Yankees/Red Sox game and BOO......Johnny Damon......Plus Gettysburg is not that far me. I live within a mile of I-78........
Summit, NJ USA - Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 07:27:48 (MST)
I agree with Little John. During my time 4-70 thru 4-71 I do not recall the ammo dump going up but clearly remember the POL farm going. Was quite a show. Exact I can not remember.
Lake Norman, NC USA - Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 07:00:15 (MST)
Olive, As Kim mentioned the ammo dump was hit by sappers. I remember sitting on the roof of the hutch watching the flash of the large rounds cooking off and the sound wave was quite a concussion when it hit our base roughly 12 miles away. The flash of the rockets going off was quite pretty also. The sound blast from the large rounds is a very sharp spike on the ears while the pol dump blast has a much slower buildup. Depending on how close he was both could have caused problems although it is most likely the ammo cooking off that did the damage. Good luck and do not give up. They play the odds knowng most will give up and walk away.
Pa. USA - Friday, January 20, 2006 at 20:15:23 (MST)
Mark, not only was the 129th in the Ao but the 173rd may have been as well,in early 71.
USA - Friday, January 20, 2006 at 17:10:13 (MST)
Olive, it was blown up quite a few times over the years. I was on guard duty, April of 71 when happened. Was he there then? Some of the other guys will have to speak to what happened prior to that.....good luck........Fred S. Nice to know you're still alive :>)) I'll be looking forward to summer, you're welcome any time. Linda and I are planning on going south this spring. The timing is not good for a run to Florida, still, Pa. is doable, maybe we can swing by on our way through. We're having the warmest winter since the early 80's. NO snow left, ice has all melted, I"ll enjoy it while it lasts!
Livermore, Me. USA - Friday, January 20, 2006 at 15:37:17 (MST)
If I can inject my cloudy memory. I do not remember an ammo dump being blown up in Quin Nhon
in 70-71. About the time you are talking about the pol field just outside of town was hit by sappers on the day the US gave control and security over to the Arvn's. I know that explosion blew me out of bed and I ended up flying cover response to that attack. We couldn't get within a couple miles of the place as other tanks blew. We scrambled two teams
for that night. I remember my PP was a little stoned and his mic cord wasn't working and he
couldn't hear me either. We were taking fire on his side and nobdy saw it but him and finally
the gunner. I freaked out the PP when I rolled the heavy I was flying over and rippled off
all 28 rockets. I always wanted to do that!
Rick Benedict aka Little John
USA - Friday, January 20, 2006 at 15:30:24 (MST)
OLIVE..glad that you came to the 129th web site. There has been talk on here about the ammo dump blowing up. recently, if I'm not mistaken. Come guys, get a hold of olive and give her the poop on the dump....love you guys...........always a brother......
USA - Friday, January 20, 2006 at 15:04:58 (MST)
I am looking for information about the ammo dump that blew up in Quin Nhon between Nov 70 and March 71. My father was there and he is trying to fight for his disability, but the government officials say the ammo dump never blew. He thinks it was around January 10 1971. Anything that anyone could tell me would be great, i have been looking for over two years and am at a dead end. Thanks for everything guys!!!! Olive m Carsey (Maddux)
Olive m Carsey (Maddux) <MajorPrincess@att.net>
Bonney lake, WA USA - Friday, January 20, 2006 at 14:54:19 (MST)
Sorry I missed your call Alex, glad to see the VA is finally doing something for you. I have an appt. Monday in Tucson. Tucson VA is better than Phoenix. they at least act like they care what's going on with you, Phoenix acts like they are doing you a favor just letting you come in the door. also I have good news, I started working today (finally) I am an electrician helper running wires, installing boxes etc. PLUS +++ I beat the Zoo, I get all my back unemployment. the board said that by Zoo standards they had no grounds to fire me. I won't get that job back but it at least makes me feel better. and so much for customer service. WATCH YOUR BACK. I found out it was my manager that did the deed. OH WELL, Later, Don
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 21:48:46 (MST)
Fred A. I had a PTSD session tuesday. I go once a month. They wanted me to come once a week. They will ask about your child hood and go on from there. Trying to find some other reason for your PTSD. After I left my session I stopped by the DAV. The guy re-smitted my claim for my hearing. And noticed that I have been going thru PTSD consueling. So he filed a claim for that. It will be till the end of the year before I get in group sessions for PTSD. Alex
USA - Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 18:44:33 (MST)
Finally got my appointment to see the shrinks for ptsd at VA. Believe it or not..its on a saturday.( days from now).I am already geting nervious...what are they going to ask me? Do I need to perpare myself to get fully involved in going back to that time and place? Hard to remember last time I went..was in 86,lasted about 2 minutes and was told I am passive agressive...whatever that means...grr ,i am going to go in there and kick someones butt and strangle the doc....just kidding,chuckle.
USA - Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 17:33:11 (MST)
thanks for the heads up gale
USA - Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 17:13:52 (MST)
Fred Skaggs, sounds like a "cool" evening. Alvis, His name is Les Cauchi and is listed in the 1967 roster. He was originally in the "Del Satins" and in '68 joined Johnny Maestro (originally lead singer for "The Crests" who sang "16 candles") as the "Brooklyn Bridge". "The worst that could happen" was one of their hits. I've actually sent reunion info to Les, but,no response. I believe the "Brooklyn Bridge" is still active in the East and I believe Gary Villamaino(394th 67-68) told me that he "knows" Les. Gary lives in Mass. Luv that DooWop!
USA - Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 16:14:12 (MST)
I have heard that we had a doo wop guy in the 129th.From ny ? what band was it and who was he,when did he serve and what did they sing?
USA - Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 14:30:58 (MST)
Who remembers what was served in the mess hall Christmas day 1968 and the storey behind it? and Yes, there was a bambo viper behind the water cooler in the maintance hanger.
Tim Cole <email@example.com>
Greeley, co USA - Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 14:13:40 (MST)
Gale Beard......You`ll love this......You`re a "Doo Wop" man......Kim and I went out to eat(drink) dinner last night at a "jazz club" called Shanghai Jazz Club, in Madison, N.J.......Yea it`s Chinese and pan-Asian cuisine, but I can drink through that part...........The Shanghai, is one of the "Top 100 Jazz Clubs" in the World.....it`s only 7 miles from our apartment. BUT....It was "Blues Night" last night........And the performer was a guy named DION......Dion Dimucci.......YES of the Dion and The Belmonts. But it was just Dion and his guitar and some of the BEST "down-home funky nitty gritty greasy, New York City, Northern Jersey living Blues"............He got down with "the Blues" as good as anyone I`ve heard in a while. He can pick that guitar pretty slick also.....which shocked me. Gale......Dion is 66 years old.......Hard to imagine "The Wanderer" being 66 years old. ......I bought his new CD "Bronx in Blue" and got his autograph on it.....and that`s how he signed his name......... Dion "The Wanderer"..............I hope you got my phone message Charlie Brown.........Kim LaV.......I`m gonna need a trip up to Maine this summer.......get away from the city heat..........
Summit, NJ USA - Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 11:14:04 (MST)
Alvis.that's my shadow. Does it show up on your screen?.....Alvis, in our move to the apartment, I have not found the papers you sent me on the 501 status of the 129th. I need the number. Do you have it available? J.W. called me the other night and said a place down there is giving away 8 H models to 501 numbers. I want to call and see if we can get one............always a brother
USA - Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 08:24:44 (MST)
About that Harley Joe bought me.....:>)))) LOL!!!! Welcome old friends and new memories!
It sure is interesting reading your stories guys....so interesting I don't have time to post after i read them! Love to all-Gently
USA - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 14:55:11 (MST)
Kiwis'are the 135thAHC half aussie and half american I party with them in Charlotte those guys are a bunch of beer drinking MFs they are cool my first reunion what a time. Mark
can remember I think????????? Whats up with you Fred A, Be careful out there
USA - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 14:28:17 (MST)
was just in a site reading "stuff" from all sorts of folks,mostly about war poems and stories.One guy struck me as very,very good.I highly recomend his stuff for reading. His name is Subitizky ( mike i think) and can be found at" International war Veterans Poetry Archives".He is a Kiwi (new zeland) so some of his words,rank of soliders,ect,are a little unfamilar.What he says isnt.
USA - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 13:25:40 (MST)
USA - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 12:28:56 (MST)
Slow Motion, as if a dream had taken over. The harder he tried to run, the slower it seemed he would go. He turned to look over his shoulder and he could see it coming towards him. It was as if he knew that when he reached his destination it would overtake him.
Harder and harder he tried to run only to feel the earth pulling more fiercely at his feet. As if hands were reaching out of the ground and grabbing his legs. Again he turned to look. It was closer now and coming faster than he thought it would. Would he make it in time he wondered as he felt he should grab his leg and pull it out of the cement that was trying to hold him back. I’ll never make it he thought to himself.
Realizing that the object was now upon him he leapt into the air stretched out as far as he possibly could and the object touched his fingertips and fell to the ground. The slow motion disappeared as he hit the ground with the air escaping from his lungs. Lying there in the end zone he could hear the disappointed oohh from the crowd. He got up and slowly jogged back to the huddle.
Hope I didn’t bore anyone...Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 11:25:06 (MST)
ok,I give up,who is it?
USA - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 05:54:04 (MST)
I see you Mark, but you're all digital !
HI USA - Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 22:49:03 (MST)
WOW.I think it does work
USA - Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 21:13:47 (MST)
wAIT.....TELL ME IF YOU SEE THAT PICTURE OF ME!!!!!
USA - Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 21:11:41 (MST)
NEVER MIND........SHOOT IT DIDN'T WORK. IT'S ME BUT YA CANT SEE IT
USA - Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 21:10:35 (MST)
CAN YOU GUESS WHO THIS IS?
USA - Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 21:08:38 (MST)
Alright,another 129ther kinda close by.Lee,come on up to kokomo this year.Its the best mini reunion we have going.Trying to talk Cp into comming as well.Rick England..think about it again my friend....Hey ,this como check thing is working great...thanks everybody,,,now how about you,thats right ..you...come on,let us know your alive,we care.
USA - Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 20:56:55 (MST)
Aye Dave, my first time was a TRIP!! Flying around, looking for muzzle flashes in the general target area, all of a sudden, it's DAYLIGHT. What a bitch when the flares died, totally blind for a few minutes. I always wondered how the GIF's managed to keep us right side up until they regained their night vision....Animal, that was the fun of being in the guns :>))... I flew on the hog a few times as gunner. It was something to see those grenades going down range, you could actually see them in flight. I tried to jury rig an XM179 to the side of my ship, never managed to get it mounted secure enough to take it on a mission.
Livermore, Me USA - Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 19:27:26 (MST)
KTF,CP ... Did you crew Tiger Wagon? I was CE of 901 to Aug. of 68. Frank Galonto crewed 90l before me. CE Wood 67-68
Lee Wood <CWood86700@aol.com>
Dayton , OH USA - Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 18:25:31 (MST)
Hi Jack Newton.. I remember the ESSO gas station and I think that was CE Lawyer that shot at it. He was CE to the HOG. It burned for at least 3 days. CE Wood 67-68.
Lee Wood <CWood86700@aol.com>
Dayton, OH USA - Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 18:09:38 (MST)
Peace and Love and all that; but sometimes,don't you just wanna blow some shit up?
hi USA - Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 13:42:03 (MST)
USA - Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 07:45:01 (MST)
wrong addy ,left out one letter.it should be viperspages ,not viperspage....i left off the "s" after pages. sorry about the confusion
USA - Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 07:41:53 (MST)
Yes I remember the chunker shooting into the hotel. Also, if memory is with me, I think that it was one of our gun ships that blew up the Esso gas station. Talking about snakes, do any of you guys remember finding the bamboo viper curled up behinde the water cooler jug in the maintenance hanger? Have a great day, Jack
Jack Newton <SirIzk@centurytel.net>
Tomah, WI USA - Monday, January 16, 2006 at 23:16:21 (MST)
evening all, hope this new year is being kind to everyone. I caught a cobra down on the flight line one night when we were building new landing pads. we pulled a couple pieces of PSP apart and there he was. I had him caught and alive in a small box (I was going to stuff him) and someone let him out of the box so the WO that was in charge of the detail chopped his head off. really ticked me off. so I just took what was left and skinned him and streached and dried the hide. I still have it in my photo album. he was about a foot long. oh well take what you can get. LOL see y'all in Phoenix. Later, Don
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Monday, January 16, 2006 at 22:04:04 (MST)
Animal, I remember hearing the story about the cobra... I thought it was found in the shower, though. I still have a photo of a stuffed cobra (I'll send it to you). I think the gun platoon had it. Kim, the flare missions always made things interesting too, eh?
USA - Monday, January 16, 2006 at 21:07:11 (MST)
The guy is an american ,living in up state NY.I just cant believe such ignorance exist.
USA - Monday, January 16, 2006 at 19:22:37 (MST)
This guy is a total idiot!I am going to post a web page that will take you to a spirted review and interview with this idiot.Its free speech at its worst.These people think its great when a solider gets killed and is the soliders own fault.They say soliders deserve to die and are stupid for being soliders... http://members.aol.com/viperspage/about/forsakethetroops.html
USA - Monday, January 16, 2006 at 19:21:11 (MST)
opps,the tracers were red. long day
USA - Monday, January 16, 2006 at 18:52:28 (MST)
The peter pilot watched the gunners green tracers curve into the target,brass tumbling into the slip stream.He could bearly hear the sounds of the two machine guns, over the whopping of the rotor blades and the voices his his helmet.He could ,however,feel the steady,regular vibrations as each gun fired.The green tracers,every 5th round,walked their way across and into the tree line,leaves falling as the bullets ripped their angry way thru the branches.he mused to himself what it would be like to sit back in the gunners well and fire the M-60 himself,seemed like fun.The gunners,leaning out in the hot wind,where having a great time.Tracers, flushing a deer out of the tree line,where like angry bees.The peter Pilot called out to the gunner,"get the deer,get the deer".Amused and intently,he watched the curve of the tracers shift their walking pattern along the trees,to follow the deer.Watching tracers kick up dirt and dust all around the deer,the pilots heart beat faster.The gunner,walking the tracers ever so gently like a lovers carress,slightly ajusted his aim.He could see the tracers hitting just over the deers back and under his belly,but the deer continued to run with long graceful leaps over clumps of weeds and grasses.Into another tree line ,ran the deer,without falling.Thats impossable thought both the pilot and the gunner.Amid friendly cat calls,the gunner shifted his tracers back to the bussiness at hand,suppressing fire for the incoming lifts. Tins,somewhere south of Quin Hon,1971.
USA - Monday, January 16, 2006 at 08:02:40 (MST)
Alex, that's right. I remember being in Qui Nhon after Tet and looking at the buildings that our gunships had torn apart. Wish I had some photos of that. Katharine, hope you and your hubby are fine....will see you in Kokomo for sure. Watch for ErrrrGently on her Harley..............I imagine she will have her beautiful younger sister on the back of the bike with her! :o)
USA - Monday, January 16, 2006 at 07:46:22 (MST)
welcome bacl katherine (hugs). That makes 2 ladies...we still have a few lady birds out there....and more than a few guys.....come on lurkers and readers....just a quick como check...response has been great so far.
USA - Monday, January 16, 2006 at 07:39:23 (MST)
Jack: I remember hearing that one of our gunships that had the 40mm on it was hovering in outside a hotel and shooting gernades into the rooms. I remember that the airfield was overrun and the enemy was all through the city. Alex
USA - Monday, January 16, 2006 at 06:07:28 (MST)
Okay guys this is one lady checking in. I am fine and dandy in Kentucky. Hope to see all in Kokomo. Won't make the one in Phoenix but always Kokomo. Take care and as alwys Thanks and Welcome Home.
USA - Monday, January 16, 2006 at 05:59:07 (MST)
Hey Ted.. Thanks.. I did some more searching and came up with a couple phone numbers for him in Guymon, OK.. I am not sure that I want to contact him after seeing what you posted on him not wanting any contact with the past. You never know, I may give it a try with the reunion being out his way this year. Gee Fred, that was a pretty graphic picture you drew in my mind of Gently cooking...With that Harley now I'd even add a few tatoos, skull and crossbones..ect..HaHa.. We will see come June.. Judith, we need to talk on meeting up as far as routes and times go..I am thinking it will take about 6 days and I'd like to stop in Amirillo, TX and take Melody out for dinner as she has done so much for our cause.
Time is sure flying for me and June will be here B4 you know it.. Also, Ed Thurn, it was good to talk to you on the phone!.. Get in here and mix it up a bit and you never know who you will hook up with. These are a great bunch of people and I hope you can find the time and a way to join us in Phoenix for the reunion. Enough for now..Take care and I will C U L8r...Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, Mich USA - Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 18:49:05 (MST)
Kal, Doug Marr is a veterinarian in Guymon, OK. Last I heard he works for the State of Oklahoma as a state vet. I talked to hima few years back, but he doesn't seem to want anything to do with the people he served with. Told him about VHPA, and he said he didn't want anything to do with it. That was several years ago though, and we do change our minds as we mellow out with the years. I think I found him with an internet search.
Can't lay my hands on his address right now, if I find it I'll let you know.
Davis, IL. USA - Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 17:22:37 (MST)
just as long as she aint cooking. I have in my minds eye ,a pic.Her,standing over a large stew pot,greasy fingers,smoke in mouth with long ash,sweat dripping....hmm,might be great chili.
USA - Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 16:19:58 (MST)
Alvis, Gently is probably too busy workin' on her Harley to post. Now we will have to put up with her greasey finger nails at Kokomo!! Hope Susan is doing ok.
USA - Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 14:30:06 (MST)
yea, thats what I am talking about.Good to see all the post.Wonder why the ladies havent?
USA - Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 09:53:23 (MST)
Alvis and Smitty I am responding to your commo check. Me and my family are doing good. I only read the flight log twice a week, they blocked it at work so I read at home. Alvis it is great hearing about you and Sue and Smitty, kids are time consuming but there is no better way to spend your time. Hello to Gale and Debbie, JW wilson, Alex, Mark - I want do a roll guys hello to all and pray. SHADOW
Columbia, SC USA - Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 08:35:21 (MST)
Speaking of tet 68 does anyone remember when the 129 gunships were blowing the hell out of Quin Nhon and maintenance received a call that one of our gun ships was down on Quin Nhon airstrip with the pedals locked up. When I arrived there to check it out the bird was still running and I found the bottom chin bubble was so full of brass that it locked the pedals up. After clearing the brass out of the way, the gunship and the maintenance ship went back to Lane. What a night. I also remember laying on top of the Service platoon roof watching the fireworks at night. Sure beats any 4th of July fireworks.Have a great day, SP6 Newton retarded, I mean retired.
Jack Newton <SirIzk@centurytel.net>
Tomah, WI USA - Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 22:32:45 (MST)
Not me Gale... I dont feel good Mommy,think i am coming down with a cold.
USA - Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 16:54:00 (MST)
Has anyone received a VCR tape about VietNam called "Service with honor" from the VFW? I got one yesterday and it had no explanation what-so-ever.
USA - Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 15:46:11 (MST)
I remember some of the guys buying those airplanes on two strings that you would fly around in a circle. They would get on the level where we held formation and two guys would fly planes in the opposite direction until they finally hit. There was shit flying every where and we would laugh and laugh. I never tried sneaking outside the wire though. Crazy people do that......Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 09:07:55 (MST)
I was on guard duty that night. It was my turn to sleep (two on and two off?)and I was laying on top of the sandbag protection walls. Luckily for me, I rolled left,inside the tower when the explosion happened, instead of right, twenty feet to the ground!....Dave, I only got involved in a few nighttime firefights. The only way to describe it; surreal :>)) It seems to me that they were always shooting in back of us, some would just spray the sky wildly, tracers whipping every which way.....RTB would be a big letdown, stopping to refuel before heading to the revetment, sitting back and lighting a smoke after shutdown, feeling drained emotionally, doing postflight inspection,rearm, getting back to the hootch, and getting all pumped up again as we started b.s.ing about what we saw, who did what...seems that there was always something to laugh about, someone did something absurd, like throwing smoke at a muzzle flash!.......I think I lost about ten minutes, just staring out the window, remembering faces from those nights...Doc, Tuna, Martinez, Lupo, Stretch, Davis, El Chico, Stanley, Bigfoot, Shorty, Junior, Brownie, Bass, McCort, Shakey Pete, Walker, Smitty, Samsel ................
USA - Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 08:20:34 (MST)
Dave, I remember the ammo dump at Qui Nhon blowing up one night. Actually I remember waking up on the floor thinking "WTF?". Speaking of bunkers,didn't someone find a Cobra (I mean the snake, not the Gunnie) in a bunker one time? Greg
HI USA - Friday, January 13, 2006 at 23:28:23 (MST)
Kal and Rick, I remember another time watching what I think must've been that same ammo dump in the valley west of Qui Nhon getting blown up. We sat on lawn chairs on top of the bunkers outside the hootch drinking beer and enjoying the fireworks. Kim, it was also fun watching the Cobras firing the minis at night... a column of orange.
USA - Friday, January 13, 2006 at 22:34:36 (MST)
Way to hang in there Lou. I know that,compensation aside, just the fact that the VA has finally acknowleged your condition is theraputic and uplifting. Congradulations! Greg
HI USA - Friday, January 13, 2006 at 21:27:48 (MST)
Tet 68 remember it well. Rick I remember the bunker on the right side of the gate. Me and Daniel Rasolosky spent many a night pulling guard duty in it. The korean creamatoy was straight ahead. Also pulled guard duty in the bunker/ tower on the left side of the gate. If memory is still good. Our ships headed into Qui Nhon because thery were overruning the airfield and downtown area. Kal I remember when the ammo dump was it. Also, The artillery used to use the 40 mic on the backside of Lane at night. They would pound the mountain side. Hope everyone is is good health and spirits. Lou good to hear you have made progress with the VA. I'm still getting turned down. But, will be fired up when I go in for my next appointment at the VA PTSD Clinic. Always a Brother Alex
USA - Friday, January 13, 2006 at 14:15:47 (MST)
JUST SAYING HI, NOW I HAVE TO SIGH POWER OF ATTONEY OVER TO GAIL. BECAUSE AT THE INTEVIEW THE BORAD DECIDED THAT I WAS NOT COMPINTED TO HANDLEL MYOWN MONEY. I HAVE NO CLUE HOW THEY CAME UP WITH THAT. BUT THE CONGRESS LADY IS HELPING US OUT A LOT SO I GUESS ALL WILL BE OK
NOE EVERY FEW MON AND THEM THEY COE UP AND CHECK UP ON ME LIKE IAM A NUT. I HATE IT WE LL TAKE CARE A BROTHER ALWAYS RAY
MD USA - Friday, January 13, 2006 at 12:54:36 (MST)
Just checking in - just got back from being on the road teaching for two weeks (getting too old for that). Just wanted to say hi to all and let you know I'm working on the book.
USA - Friday, January 13, 2006 at 10:51:03 (MST)
Still missing a few folks out there,,come on bacl for a como check,over.
USA - Friday, January 13, 2006 at 06:34:36 (MST)
Hey Rick... I remember TET of '68 when they hit that Willi-Peter bunker in at the ammo dump in the vally west of Quin Nhon and everything lit up like daylight.. "those were the days my friend...".. Anyone ever hear anything from a pilot named Doug Marr? He flew with the 2nd platoon B4 going to the guns.. Only thing I can recall is someone saying that he was a Dentist in Oklahoma or somewhere near there.. Tim, on the ride to Phoenix, there are a few of us here in the north centeral area that are riding as of now. We will probably be riding out on I-70 then I-44 to I-40 and meeting up with Jim Westwang from Wyoming who will probably ride down on I-25. So he will be coming right near your place and am sure he would enjoy the company. We plan on meeting up near Albuquerque, NM and riding in together from there. If you are interested, just post it and we will get back with you, or drop me a line and will get it on... I can feel the excitement of the reunion coming on already.. B C-n U.. Love and Brotherhood.... Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 18:12:49 (MST)
Gale 67-68 Tim here, yes I remember the name Gary Villamaino, Hey who is riding to the reunion in June, or taking thier bike,I would love to have more information. Thank You P.S. the next flight that I am involved in with Steve Fossett is www.virginatlanticglobalflyer.com flight starts at the Kennedy Space center fly around the world, landing in either London,Paris,Rome, I will meet him where ever it is he lands total distance approx 40000KM 80hrs
Tim Cole <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 16:10:58 (MST)
GRATE GOING LOU, I JUST GOT A LETTER FROM THE VA SAYING I AM INCOMPENT TO HANDEL MY FINECES,I CALLED DEBBIE THE CONGRESS MAN LADY. SHE SAID JUT HAVE GAIL WRITE A LETER THAT YOUR ARE GIVEN HER PERMISION TO HANDEL AL MY FINICES. HECK SHE HAS BEEN DOING IT SINCE WE BEEN MARRIED BUT WE GOT TO DO IT, I TELL YA SHE HAS HELPED ME SO MUCH. ALSO SAID OTHERS WILL BEGETTING SAME THING THAT IS 100%% NNUTS LIKE ME. SHE HELPED ME A LOT
BUT HAVE TO FIGHT. BUT I KNOW I COME OUT THE WINNER WELL AT LEAST I HOPE. TAKE CARE ALL OF YOU A BROTHER ALWAYS. RAY
MD USA - Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 14:03:34 (MST)
Rick, I certainly do Brother!!
USA - Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 12:59:07 (MST)
Amen Lou. Amen.
USA - Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 10:10:18 (MST)
Rick, that reminds me of another FNG... me, at Qui Nhon at the replacement station on my way to the 129th. After watching an "outdoor movie" and surviving a severe mosquito attack, I went to sleep. Later that night I awoke to the sounds of explosions on the other side of the mountain west of town and Phantoms scrambling. The lights in the barracks came on and guys running everywhere hollering out for us to get into the bunkers! I remember the older guys laughing at how scared we newbies looked!
USA - Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 07:24:03 (MST)
Thats great news Lou. Congrads. About time they helped you.
USA - Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 03:34:57 (MST)
Ray this evaluation might be for your 100% permanant and total you told me they were going to look into it. When there is a change in your statis they do an evaluation. This could be a postitive thing. Gently good for you look forward to seeing everyone in Phoenix. I have been hanging out in bunker for awhile. Tet is coming up I was in country 2 weeks when they put me on guard duty in the tower to the right of the gate. I think Chauncey was with me when we seen Qui Nhon light up then a ocelat those cats hit a trip flare and we opened up. two FNGs in a tower together didn't even know how to use the claymores didn't even know what those clickers were. The showed us nothing. That night was a scary one. Gale Alex and some others from that time might remember. I started flying shortly after that. I met a brother from the gators out of Hallaway Pleiku. Greg lives about two blocks away from me.******Flight be careful out there Bulldog 431 clear left.
USA - Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 02:53:33 (MST)
HI J W ,and all.Tonight I am in California City.This morring I was in Newark Ca.Tomarrow morring or later tonight I will be in Paim Springs .Thats is where I will load and off to Texas I GO.See you soon. Clear left Pyle
Darnell Pyle <email@example.com>
Washington, NC USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 23:44:51 (MST)
Eveing flight, finally got some good news from VA, just awarded me 100% for my CLL, feeling a little better now, finally something went my way
Dover, De USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 20:08:12 (MST)
Eveing flight, finakky got some good news from VA, just awarded me 100% for my CLL, feeling a little better now, finally something went my way
Dover, De USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 20:07:21 (MST)
Now,I am broken hearted. Jim, I thought i would be your date to the prom.Jeeze,jilted again.( I bet its someone with more hair and younger).Gently....WOW.....you be careful
USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 17:27:56 (MST)
i made a mistake its 200 mg jim is this ptsd reladed or they trying to blame it onsomething new, sorry i am just confused for there is a fine line betweem hallucinations and dreams now to decide which is wich
a brother always take care jim westwing and every eles barry i tryed to call you i try later take care ray
USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 17:21:55 (MST)
WOW!!!!!! Yes Gently, you can!!! Hey great.. Lets hope for a few more too... Did Joe get one too? Ur not pullin my leg now, are you??? That ought to bring Ron out of the woodwork... C U L8r.... Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 15:43:24 (MST)
jim westwing how much of of quetiapine are they given you. e mail me ok in sub put sub
flight i cant belive they want to revaulate me again iam just about tired of there games but i wont qquit i am taking 20 mg makes me slep all day ray.
USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 15:43:05 (MST)
I just bought a 2006 Harley fat boy....actually Joe bought it for me...can I ride with you to Phoenix?
USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 15:21:16 (MST)
Hello Flight... Jim W., Yes, as of now the ride to Phoenix is on and meeting up with you on the way sounds great!!.. Ray, hang in there bud, I think they are just testing your resolve and will get it right one of these times. J W Wilson, good to see you post and I am wonderinf if you are going to be in Phoenix?? It would be great to see you again!!.. Well, it has turned to spring up here and has me a little concerned. It is suppose to get up to 50 degrees and that is really far out of it.. Hey folks, some of us have not posted in a long time and guys like Tom Pedersen, Ron Paye and lots of others have us wondering if you are well.. Speak up and let us know... Take care and THINK PHOENIX...C U L8r... Kal..>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 15:15:18 (MST)
welcome back Darnell
USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 14:01:06 (MST)
Commo check as requested, hope all are well as can be, been very busy here with HS bands assemblies, college applications, trying to figure out how to finance such,a couple proms coming up, all state band all the way across the stae the 17th, on & on,but--- I count my blessings for 2 good kids who don't do drugs ,drink & are very good students--- they take after their mother----- i also count my blessings for all of you-- i read this daily/ post or not. Kal B. still on for the meeting during the ride to Phoenix??? Ray, hang in there pal & by the by i take a little of that Quetiapine myself--------Respects-----Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wy USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 14:00:31 (MST)
Hang in there Ray. We all love you and hope for the best for you.....Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 11:27:58 (MST)
HELLO FLIGHT BEEN A WHILE SINCE I SAID ANYTHING. THE VA PUT ME ON A NEW ME MED AMD IT CAUSED ME TO HAVE HALLUCINATIONS. BAD. SO I CALLED HIM TO DEE IF I COULD GET OFF IT, BUT TO MY SUPRISE HE SAID NOITS A GOOD MED. SO HE DOULBED IT . IAM NOW TAKING 200 MG OF QUETIAPINE FUMRATE. ONE IN AM THEN ONE IN THE PM. I ALSO GOT ANOTHER LETTER TO COME TO THE VA TO BE REVALUATED AGAIN. I JUST HAD ONE LAST WEEK AND THEY GAVE ME MY 100%
I HAVE NO CLUE WHATS GOING ON OH WELLL I GUESS I HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO BE LIKE WATER AND GO WITH THE FLOW
TAKE CARE ALL
I WISH YOU ALLL PEACE AND LOVE, FOR YOUR ARE MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS. LOVE YOU ALL RAY
md USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 10:25:40 (MST)
Darnell, good to see that you have came back. May be we can get a cup of coffee one saturday and talk about old times. J. W. Wilson Kinston N.C.
J. W. Wilson
USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 08:23:01 (MST)
Hi out their.I have been a Mec.for the past 28 years,Time to see the US of A.
I drive a truck now. I hall boats.Thats all. I am in Ca, now. just got this lap top.This is my fifst email. Good to see so miney on hear.I dont even have spell, check yet.When is the next ren? Clear Left. Pyle
Darnell Pyle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Washington, NC USA - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 20:29:28 (MST)
I fell off the planet again...but I'm back:>) I've been really busy working with the families from Wisconsin who have lost a loved one in this %U%^&*#$$!war----that is not to start a debate on the #@$$%^*&( war, so please, let's not go there. Gail and Deb...still wearing it and lovin' it! Ron Paye's nuts? They're all over the place. I bet the laugh at the Christmas party was a great, Alex! What a hoot that Mr. Paye is. A big Welcome to our new friends...thanks for joining us..please stay. Mr. Hugh T...Rest in place..what a controversial stand you took...amazing. Anyone have names to nominate for the christmas fund to sponsor to the re-union? I hear a rumor that C.P. and Jean will be there-Yikes! It's a miracle!! Ray...we love you and support you...listen to your brothers when they speak, OK? Jim H....the call from Mr. Alvis to post was meant for you also:>))). Joe and I are going to a winter Veterans' re-union this weekend...Ron Paye may join us...last time he did he met a woman and we didn't see him for the rest of the re-union...geez...he's easy. Fly high Sticks:>)) Loving ya all-Gently
USA - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 08:02:36 (MST)
Don, I did call Beebee but didn't see your message until after. Sorry. I'll send a message to your home email....>Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 07:40:49 (MST)
hey out there...how about continueing the commo check......Still alot of birds unaccounted for..Smitty,bill,RAy,and ladies....come on,click on the channel.
USA - Monday, January 09, 2006 at 18:46:57 (MST)
for those of you who dont know Cw2 Thompson, he was the pilot that hovered in front of a bunch of civilians at My Lia,which stopped the killing. At first he was called a traitor,now ,in a diferent light and the passing of time and ways,he is considered a hero.Yep, a helicopter crew stopped the caranige.he instructed his crew to "go hot" if fired upon by Lt. Calleys grunts. A slow ,respectful,hand salute rendered.
USA - Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 08:18:28 (MST)
just checking in .... also have good news and bad news. good news is V.A. has finally decided to check me out. have had one Dr. apt and have another one in two weeks so maybe they will finally do something about my claim. the bad news is an Officer I served with in the AZ national guard died yesterday. I watched him go from second Lt. to Lt. Col he was in his late 40's. word so far is he was feeling kind of bad yesterday morning and he caughed a couple times and had blood so his wife called 911 and he died a couple hours later .............. go figure. don't know what it was but I hope to find out before too long. hope everyone has a great year. mine is not starting off too good but I know it will get better. HEY ROBBIE, if you talk to Beebe tell him I said howdy. he probably wont remember me but I remember him. (good guy) well Later, Don
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Saturday, January 07, 2006 at 21:59:47 (MST)
Mark,Ron had one other unopened nut,which he generously gave to Susan.She ,in turn,gave it to her Daughter Tiffany this past Christmas at a pot luck dinner.The laugh was just as hearty as it was at kokomo.Spealking of which...i have to turn in laeve papers,anyone know when it is>? Great of the como check so far...come on folks,lets hear from you.
USA - Saturday, January 07, 2006 at 13:49:09 (MST)
129JA ready for departure, rwy 34 briarpatch, happy new year to everyone, look forward to seeing all in the desert,,,,da stickman
jim oliver <jsticksatg-net.net>
pembroke , ga USA - Saturday, January 07, 2006 at 13:28:49 (MST)
Nevermind. I found the article in USATODAY.com. Rest in peace my friend.
USA - Saturday, January 07, 2006 at 11:27:47 (MST)
I assume by the postings that Buck Thompson passed away. When, where etc. We flew together after Nam in the 68th Med Det (MAST) in Hawaii. Please let me know details. Thanks, Snapper
USA - Saturday, January 07, 2006 at 11:19:45 (MST)
Hi all, good thinking Alvis.........would be good to know just how many do look and read. Hey, to those who were at Kokomo last September, do you recall that mysteriuos "NUT" that Ron Paye had and when you cracked it a unusual object would emerge from it? You recall "Ron's Nut"? I just read a report in the paper that in Rifle Colorado someone went to Wal-Mart and purchased some unshelled nuts and brought them home. Upon opening one, the very same unusual object emerged from it. HEY PAYE!!!!!!...you been in Colorado lately?????.................always a brother
USA - Saturday, January 07, 2006 at 10:48:10 (MST)
Jack, thanks for the heads up on SP/5 Beebee. I'm going to be contacting him soon to remenise. Ray, good talking to you the other day. Have a good weekend. We got about 4 inches of fluffy snow yesterday and through the night......Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, January 07, 2006 at 08:48:01 (MST)
GhostRider, Roger on the "commo check"...... This is "Poppasan" on "Tiger Wagon", loud and clear..... Gonna stop at the Ice Cream Factory, NE of the pass...... Then on to Miami Beach, shut down and wait for the General........ Poppasan, OUT !!!!!
USA - Saturday, January 07, 2006 at 08:09:13 (MST)
ok on the commo check.i'm here.KAL;finally got a chance to look at google earth and looked up your coordinates for lane.was pretty cool.KIM;i remember walking back from the ville one time only,it was so scary that we started stealing korean jeeps to drive there in.i didn't like walking the dikes at all.the koreans were very understanding when we returned the jeeps . CP; it looks like smittle cave is only open in march and september. looks like missouri is reclassifying all the caves in the state to control them better. looking forward to kokomo and sucking on a bottle of bourbon with you guys
oglesby, il USA - Saturday, January 07, 2006 at 06:41:54 (MST)
Jerry, I was reminiscing about the first time we went through the wire to get to town. I know you got a little put out with me for carring a 45. After that, however, I remember the walk back as one of the most terrifying things I'd ever done! Knowing that there were guys on the other side of those bright lights just looking for something to shoot at, and Korean guards on the other side of that wash, made my skin crawl!...walking around claymore mines, trying to find the breaks in the wire....AHHH YOUTH!! LOL
USA - Saturday, January 07, 2006 at 06:06:24 (MST)
Animal, I'd heard of Hugh's story years ago, while pulling guard duty and driving a jeep chasing bill calley around. I never knew what to make of it, whether or not it was true. I guess that I've had it floating around in my mind, just under the surface for all these years......WHAT A COMMENTARY ON JUST HOW CRAZY THAT WAR BECAME!!!! Someone who saves civilians is called a traitor???? I'm glad that time and history has finally put his actions in a favorable light. no doubt, Thompson, his chief and gunner, are superior men
USA - Saturday, January 07, 2006 at 05:55:53 (MST)
Hugh Thompson, Rest in Peace
HI USA - Saturday, January 07, 2006 at 03:13:56 (MST)
USA - Friday, January 06, 2006 at 20:56:02 (MST)
Ok you guys(and girls),i know somewhere in your minds,during this time period of "years ending" and years begining",that every single one of you said to yourselves....I am going to post more often.Here is your chance.Now many of you just sit back,read or laugh,cuss or fuss.How about a como check? you aint even got to write nothing..just put a period,,,anything,1 click or 2,dont matter,just let us know your out there.Lou,Cp,Rick,Bill,Greg,Shadow(Alton),Smitty and the rest of the brothers,how about it?.Lane tower,Lane tower,comming thru the pass for gas,how do you read?...over
USA - Friday, January 06, 2006 at 20:54:43 (MST)
Kim, It was good to hear back from you. Your right a lot of years have gone by. I have friends in Gettysburg so the next time you visit your son let me know and I will drop by to visit.
I have not been in contact with anyone else since the mid 70's. I would appear most of us dealt with our countries attitude at the time by burying everything in the back of our minds. If it wasn't for my daughter asking about my time overseas I would not even have thought to look up the 129th on the internet. It was a pleasant surprise to see this site and to recognize a few of the people listed. May all of our brothers have a great new year.
Butler, Pa. USA - Friday, January 06, 2006 at 10:11:46 (MST)
heres a very good listing of herbicides used, and when,in vietnam... http://vetsforjustice.com/herbicides_vietnam_Mfgrs.htm
USA - Friday, January 06, 2006 at 07:22:23 (MST)
Sorry about that. got nervous and hit key too many times.
Jack Newton <SirIzk@centurytel.net>
Tomah, WI USA - Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 22:29:23 (MST)
Hey Flight: Finaly found SP5 Rodney Beebe the TI. He was the SP5 Beebe mentioned in history of closing of 129 in Mar 1973. He doesn't have a computer, but I'm sure he would like to hear from some of guys that were over there. His address is 503 Mill Street, Apt 3, Reno, NV, 89502. He wants to attend the reunion in Phoenix as do I, so don't forget to send us invitations. Have a great New Year - Jack Newton
Jack Newton <SirIzk@centurytel.net>
Tomah, WI USA - Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 22:24:23 (MST)
Hey Flight: Finaly found SP5 Rodney Beebe the TI. He was the SP5 Beebe mentioned in history of closing of 129 in Mar 1973. He doesn't have a computer, but I'm sure he would like to hear from some of guys that were over there. His address is 503 Mill Street, Apt 3, Reno, NV, 89502. He wants to attend the reunion in Phoenix as do I, so don't forget to send us invitations.Have a great New Year - Jack Newton
Jack Newton <SirIzk@centurytel.net>
Tomah, WI USA - Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 22:23:35 (MST)
Hey Flight: Finaly found SP5 Rodney Beebe the TI.He was the SP5 Beebe mentioned in history of closing of 129 in Mar 1973.He doesn't have a computer, but I'm sure he would like to hear from some of guys that were over there. His address is 503 Mill Street, Apt 3, Reno, NV, 89502.He wants to attend the reunion in Phoenix as do I, so don't forget to send us invitations.Have a great New Year - Jack Newton
Jack Newton <SirIzk@centurytel.net>
Tomah, WI USA - Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 22:22:22 (MST)
Hey Jerry!!!!!! HOw's life been treating you? It's been quite a few years since we got to the 129th, for sure :>)) A lot of memories tonight..guard duty, going through the wire for the first time, hootch maids mmmmmmmmmmmm....Were you from Pittsburgh? I've got a Son living in Gettysburg, get down that way on occassion.....Have you been in contact with any other guys from our time over there? Whittketter? Higginbottom? ( I still need to apologise to him for hanging him out to dry on guard duty LOL) I'll back channel you in a few days...my addy khlavoie (at) adelphia.net
Livermore, Me USA - Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 19:50:35 (MST)
I have invited a couple of guys i flew with( from the 60th ahc) to come in here.The 60th site really sucks bigtime and I just want to stay in contact with them.as you saw,one flew the recovery team out,the other guy was on the recovery team and found my roomies/friends,helped recover the bodies and put them in the c rat cartoons for the long ride home.
USA - Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 16:52:14 (MST)
welcome home jerry. alvis 71/72
USA - Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 15:09:20 (MST)
Vietnam,or its memiories,are like lighting.You never know when its going to strike.I just recieved this email(and glad i did)tho it takes me back to a time and place of raw emotions.As many of you know,I have been trying to find 60th ahc brothers for years. Hi Fred. This is Ed Venable, Ghostrider 22. I just read your web sites on the folks who were killed in the crash. Even though I go to the Reunions in Melbourne, Fl with the Moving Wall, I could not remember their names -- pretty bad on my part. I flew the ship that picked up the recovery team, and I remember seeing the remains contained in a C-ration carton box. Lousy way for someone to return to "The World".
Anyway, my compliments on what you did. It was well thought out and helped me also.
I saw where you said you had been diagnosed with PTSD. How are you doing?
USA - Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 12:51:32 (MST)
Hey Kim Lavoie,
I recently found the 129th site and wanted to say hello. (engine shop 71-72)
Jerry Heckathorn <email@example.com>
Pa. USA - Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 10:31:59 (MST)
Ray, I'm still around. Haven't looked at the log in awhile. I wasn't in a Christmas/New Year mood this year, but now that it's all over, I feel better I think. My brother's cancer is back and he started a more agressive chemo treatment for 15 weeks today. I haven't heard from him but probably in the next few days. I'm getting a bit worried about that. My Dad wasn't around a lot when I was young, and my oldest brother was the disciplinarian while Dad was gone. My Dad died in 1986 and my brother has been the closest thing I have to a father since. I trust his wife though and she's the one that made him go for the second round of chemo. He didn't want to do it. It's been warmer than usual here in upstate NY for the past week or so but due to go down next week. Hope all 129'ers will have a good year in 2006.....Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, January 03, 2006 at 11:07:52 (MST)
HELLO FLIGHT I HOPE YOU HAD AGRATENEW EAR, AND THIS ONE IS A GRATE ONE FOR YOU ALL. DOSE ANYONE KNOW WHE WE ARE GOING TO PHONIX IS SO WE CAN COCHI AIR FAIR FLE IS GOING UP FAST AND TIME IS MOVIH ON JUST HOUGHT I ASK,HOW YOU DOINGMARK , ROBBIE KAVENT HEARD FRON YOU HOW IS YOURBROTHER DOING
GENTLY TAKE CARE, OU ALL TAKE CARE AND I SEE YOU ALL IN PHONIX A BROTHER ALWAYS RAY
MD USA - Tuesday, January 03, 2006 at 07:46:51 (MST)
John Christenson.....your photos are up also now.............
USA - Monday, January 02, 2006 at 21:05:31 (MST)
Hey Lou, Sorry it took so long. Are all the photos you sent me up now? I'm glad that they finally got there. Happy New year to you and all of you guys here. Mr.Redmon, I am still hoping that your photos will be up soon also. Keep checking to see do soon. The webmaster called me the other day and said that we will be going through some changes soon with the web page as far as our server. He is starting his own Company and I will have more control of the stuff that needs to be put up. David, the webmaster, has done a wonderful job for us while having to jugle a family, work and life in general. We thank all of you for your patciance...Hey Tim Cole, WELCOME HOME and back to the 129th. That's some pretty cool stuff you been doing I recall seeing those balloon flights on TV.Jim and Sue H. We are working on getting the 2004 reunion photos up also...God Bless you all and happy new year..................always a brother..........PS Bill Wolf, I have some info on the museum stuff. I will write about it in here in the coming days.
USA - Monday, January 02, 2006 at 21:02:19 (MST)
Thanks Mark, hope everyone has a happy New Years
Dover, De USA - Monday, January 02, 2006 at 20:25:42 (MST)
you might have given your dads name...some one just might know him in here.
USA - Monday, January 02, 2006 at 18:25:16 (MST)
I'm trying to assist my dad with filing his claim for exposure to agent orange during his tour; Sept 65 to Sept 66 at Dong Ba Tin. He said he was with the 129th as a Crew Chief, but can't remember anyone's name. He has recently been diagnosed with Parkinsons and Altzheimers and has neuropathy of both legs, and postrate problems. He said he was one of the first groups to go in and set up Dong Ba Tin for the ROC marines and planes flew over dispensing defoliates all around the base camp. Later, he said he had to supervise some VN civilians who collected the dead brush and burned the brush near the camp.
If anyone has any information about the 129th when it was first assigned to Dong Ba Tin in 65, please contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry Davlin <email@example.com>
USA - Monday, January 02, 2006 at 18:19:17 (MST)
Happy stinking new year,y'all
USA - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 06:28:22 (MST)
Cole has served in one capacity or another with United States around-the-world ballooning attempts since 1981. He flew as co-pilot with Fossett in the 1994 record-setting transatlantic balloon flight, and served on the team for Fossett’s January 1997 attempt, which set absolute duration and distance records, as well as for Fossett’s January 1998 attempt. As chief engineer, Cole oversees the operational readiness for the recent improvements in the Solo Spirit burner and heating system, as well as design changes that make the current balloon 65 percent larger than the previous one, allowing it to carry 200 percent more fuel on this circumnavigation attempt. Cole is a holder of two world and 26 national ballooning records, and was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame. A 1991 duration record flight was cited by the National Aeronautics Association as one of the top 10 flights of 1991. In 1995, Cole, along with Dennis Brown, was awarded the Diploma Montgolfier, the highest award given to a balloonist. He has been an agent with Farmers Insurance Group, in Greeley, CO, for the past 26 years.*******I found this knowing Tim had done the flight with Fossett. Just thought you might be intrested in this article. Flight have a Happy New year and be careful outt there
USA - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 04:39:41 (MST)