Greg Marshall, where are you? Please get in touch with me. Larry
Larry Kwiatkowski
Simi Valley, Ca USA - Sunday, July 31, 2005 at 22:55:24 (MDT)
Bill, Thanks. I'll be looking for the dvd in the next few days.....Rob
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Sunday, July 31, 2005 at 06:34:46 (MDT)
Prayers for your health Lou & your Dad Greg. I guess i must have told you that Vic Gilliland lives in San Antonio. He covered us on missions (member) (Cobra Alemaster)>>>respects>>>Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Saturday, July 30, 2005 at 13:47:01 (MDT)
morning flight, animal CLL is another gift of agent orange, as of 2003 it was put on the agent orange regsister
lourags
dover, de USA - Saturday, July 30, 2005 at 08:48:41 (MDT)
yes, your SSN & other info should be absolutely confidential ( from 20 years experience working at the VA so i would advise not giving out that info unless you are actually at the VA.>>> Respects ..smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Friday, July 29, 2005 at 17:24:28 (MDT)
SCAM ALERT!!!!!I have been advised by several vets in the Coachella Valley [SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA] of a person identifying himself as "Tim" from the VA who calls to update personal data for the vet's claims file. The caller then asks the vet to give address, phone # and (and this is really fishy) SSN. This is obviously not a standard VA practice, the caller is most likely bogus and a scam artist and clients should be cautioned about providing any sensitive data over the phone. Also, has anyone heard from Greg Marshall lately? My email to him keeps getting returned and I need to talk to him.
Larry Kwiatkowski
Simi Valley, CA USA - Friday, July 29, 2005 at 16:28:25 (MDT)
Lou Rags, Hang in there with the CLL. I wonder if that's one of the results of agent orange exposure. Alvis and Susan; good luck with the last of your Chemo treatments. My dad is finally recovering from a broken hip, but his PSA has shot up again from his Prostate cancer. At 84 we're wondering if chemo again is worth the side affects. I am probably going to Dallas/Ft.Worth again in Sept. if anyone will be in that area, please let me know. Best wishes, Greg
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Friday, July 29, 2005 at 15:54:17 (MDT)
Paul, send me your e-mail addy. Gale
Gale <beardatpaige1+cs.com>
USA - Friday, July 29, 2005 at 15:31:26 (MDT)
Robbie, it will go out in the mail tomorrow! Bill
Bill
USA - Friday, July 29, 2005 at 13:05:18 (MDT)
Hi Flight, sorry I haven't posted in awhile. Been kinda busy with work and My Brother and sister-in-law were up last week. He seems to be doing very well after all of his Chemo treatments and the final freezing of the tumor in his liver. He's going to have another colonoscopy soon to see if everything is still ok. So Lou Rags, hang in there, Brother there are some miracles happening. Fred A. I read the past logs and I hope that Susan is doing ok and more prayers at ya. Bill I sent you an email asking for one of the dvd's from the reunion if you still have one. Missed the reunion and it would be nice to see it in pictures. I hope the rest of the flight is doing well. Oh, congrats to Alex and Liz. I have a Manhattan in your honor tonight. Rob
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Friday, July 29, 2005 at 11:50:23 (MDT)
THANKS BILL I LOVE TO LEARN WHAT YOU AND KAT DO. BUT I CANT EVEN EDIT THE VIDIS I TOOK ON THE I WENT ON LAST YEAR OH WELL I WILL KEEP THEM TIL I DO, THEY ARE ON A FEW SMALL CASSETT LIKE TAPES . BUT I REALY APRIDATE ALL YOU ARE DOING THAKE CARE THE BOTH OF YOU RAY. REST OF MY BROTHERS AND SISTER IAM TRYING TO GET ON THE PUTER MORE AT TIMES HAVE A HARD TIME SAYING THINGS. OH ALVIS I WANT YOU TO TELL SUE I WANT TO THANK HER SO VERY MUCH I BEEN TRYING TO GET GAI TO GET THAT KIND OF TEST FOR A LONG TIME. SUE TALKED TO HER, ONE OF THE FRIST THINGS SHE DID WAS MAKE AN APPT FOR ONE THANK YOU SUE FRED THANKS TO FOR SHARING I THINK YOU MAY HELP OTHERS TO BY TALKING OUT WHAT YOU WENT THREW. JUST KNOW WE ALL CARED LIKE YOU SAID WE ARE FAMILY. WE STAY TOGETHER, SO TAKE CARE MY BROTHER, AND TO THE REST OF YOU, FOR I KNOW YOU HELPED ME SO MUCH, I AM PROUD TO PART OF THIS FAMILY THE 129th MARK AND DEE YOU ALL DONE A GRATE JOB. OH I OPEN THE PIC BUT IT SAID IT WAS IN A ZIP FILE MY SON IN LAW WILL OPEN IT/ LIKE I SAID I FEEL GOOD JUST THE PAIN IN SHOLDER GO TO DR ON THE 4th.. OH A SMALL STORRY HOPE DONT BORE YOU LOL WE HAD A SMALL COOK OUT FRIDAY MY GRAND SON AND GAIL WERE CLEANING UP KOTY CAME I TOLD HIM TO LOCK THE DOOR WE DON"T NEED NANA ANY MORE, WELL KOTY GAVE ME A FUNNY LOOK AND SAID YES WE DO WE NEED HER TO OPEN THE ICECREAM. THE LOOK ON HIS FACE YOU COULD TELL HE MENT IT OH WELL. I STILL CANT BEAT HIM IN CHEST YET :-))) JUST SHAREING A MONENT WITH YOU ALL THANKS HOPE WAS NOT A BORE SORRY IF I DID, A BROTHER ALWAYS RAY AGAIN THANKS BILL KOTY IS VERY INTERSETED IN VEITNAM CAUSE I WAS THERE,BUT THE ??? HE ASKES ME I CANT ANSWER OH WELL YOU BE SEEING ME POST MORE OH CC DID YOU GET MY MAIL I WRITE YOU AGAIN OK
RAY <STILWATING@AOL.COM>
MD USA - Friday, July 29, 2005 at 11:04:03 (MDT)
Ray, video is going out to you in today's mail. Bill
Bill
USA - Friday, July 29, 2005 at 09:43:08 (MDT)
hi bill if you have any left i like one then i can play it on the tv but if not thats ok. is that one where you play the sone, i tell it sounds grate IF YOU HAVE ONE MY ADDRESS IS 1218 TRAPPE RD STREET MD 21154 RAY GAGNER THANKS. HELLO TO THE REST OF THE FLIGHT I BEEN DOING OK TOOK SOME MEDICIAN THAT GAVE ME BAD DREAMS LIKE SEE THINGS THAT WERE NOT THERE SCARED THE HECK OUT OF ME. THEN READ THE SIDE EFFECT AND HAULATIONS WAS ONE OF THEM. SO GLAD I RAN OUT. LONG AGO I MAY HAVE LIKED IT :-))) LOL DOING GOOD THIS WEEK SEE ALL KINDS OF DRs AT THE VA AND THE OUT SIDE DR THE VA MADE ME GO TO BUT I FEEL GOOD I GUESS. I JUST WANTED TO SAY HI AND SEE IF BILL HAD ANY OF THE VIDIOS LEFT THE ONE WITH THE ALMO I THINK THEN I CAN SHOW IT TO MY GRAND KIDS AND DAUGHTER,BILL IF NOT I GET ONE NEXT YEAY. TAKE CARE MY BROTHERS ROB HOW ARE YOU DOING, WINK NICE TALKING TO YOU RICK JEN THANKS FOR THE CALL. RICK E I CALL SOON GENTLY TAKE CARE LOVE YA ALL A BROTHER ALWAYS RAY OH TAKE CARE GALE AND DEBBIE AND KAL AND MARK. ALEX I CALL U SOON..ALVIS I WILL ALWAYS KEEP YOU AND SUE IN MY PRAYES. BE SAFE STAY WELL
Ray <Stilwating@aoi.com>
MD USA - Friday, July 29, 2005 at 09:30:28 (MDT)
sorry CP, was doing a timed puzzle against Susan. Speaking of which,she is home,sore but fine.Tuesday we should hear the results of the biopsy.LOU..jeeze,hang in there brother. The Komomo shindig would be on the south east side of town.You need to e-mail jently or mark for a motel...they usually stay in one.
alvis
USA - Friday, July 29, 2005 at 09:27:08 (MDT)
Morning Flight, haven't posted in awhile, just got more bad news from VA, all the tests show that I have Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, have to go for a whole bunch of tests to see how far its gotten. I guess I'll just wait to the kitchen sink to fall on me next. Retirements great isn't it
Lou Rags
Dover, De USA - Friday, July 29, 2005 at 08:12:13 (MDT)
Hey Flight, I've still got three dvd's left of the 2005 Reunion - if any one wants one, send me your snail mail address. Alvis, our family's prays are also with you and your wife! Bill
Bill Wolf <VNHeloReunion@aol.com>
USA - Friday, July 29, 2005 at 08:00:27 (MDT)
can anybody tell me where the reunion in kokomo is. what part of town? getting ready to book hotel room and don't want to be to far in case i get under the weather.
paul mcgrath
oglesby, il USA - Friday, July 29, 2005 at 07:25:01 (MDT)
Thoughts and prayers to you, Fred and Susan! Rom. 8:28
Dave Powers
USA - Friday, July 29, 2005 at 07:11:27 (MDT)
What a great selection of photos from the re-union! Scroll down the openinbg page of the website and you'll see the link...well worth the visit! Such great memories....Gently
Gently
USA - Friday, July 29, 2005 at 07:00:03 (MDT)
Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers.6 !/2 more hours to go.Mark, all the good your doing ought to come back on you....hope so buddy!We arnt so worried about this op as we are the results.Hey Robbie, hows it going up in your part of the world? Same for you kim,long time no hear.Freddy. you see the yankees play yet? Peaches down in southern Indiana ochards should be ripe about now...maybe I can talk Susan into a road trip when we get some time off together.Take care all,thanks again.
alvis
USA - Thursday, July 28, 2005 at 22:27:19 (MDT)
Fred,this is for you and Susan this time ...........................but aplies to all of you.............................. Philippians 1:3-11 3. I thank my God every time I remember you. 4. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5. because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6. being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 7. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me. 8. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10. so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11. filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christóto the glory and praise of God...............always a brother
Mark
USA - Thursday, July 28, 2005 at 20:18:20 (MDT)
Evening Flight. Alex and I wanted to say thank you for all the good wishes on our anniversary. Even though we've only been married for 9 years, we've been together for almost 18 years!!! Fred & Susan, we wanted you to know that we do pray and also we keep our fingers crossed too. You guys are in our prayers continue to be. Please know that your 129th family is there with you both in spirit. Gently I'll keep you posted on the 10th. Well we must go for now. Liz & Alex
Alex & Liz <afernwal@midsouth.rr.com>
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, July 28, 2005 at 19:33:45 (MDT)
Susan & Fred, Prayers are being said every day here, God bless you both. You have us to lean on as much as you need. I love you both, i Think we all do. What Mark has done by creating this site is give us the gift of each other. I'm still remembering the nice time in San Antonio & the River walk. We are all with you. Happy Anniversary Alex & Liz.Thank you both for putting so much effort into all of this>>>>>>>>Respects>>>Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Thursday, July 28, 2005 at 12:18:56 (MDT)
FYI! On-Line DD-214 Access THE LINK WORKS, I TRIED IT Info - you can now access your DD-214 on-line. Please pass this information on to retired military personnel you may know. Pass to Every Vet - MILITARY RECORDS The National Personnel Records Center has provided the following website for veterans to access their DD-214 online: _http://vetrecs.archives.gov_ (http://vetrecs.archives.gov/) _http://vetrecs.archives.gov_ (http://vetrecs.archives.gov/) . This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes.
alvis
USA - Thursday, July 28, 2005 at 09:44:43 (MDT)
Fred, Debbie & I will keep our fingers crossed while saying a prayer for the both of you!!!! Gently, Sure........."love shack baby love shack".:o)
Gale
USA - Thursday, July 28, 2005 at 09:20:00 (MDT)
We love you Fred. Thank you for turning to us. Hugs to that Aussie girl:>) Alex and Liz:nine little years! Number 10 at your house:>)) Don: no air conditioning?! Go help Fred:>) Gale: how about an updated photo of our "love shack." Love to all-Gently
Gently
USA - Thursday, July 28, 2005 at 07:00:52 (MDT)
well flight,friday (at 6 am) is another big day,Susan goes under the knife again.A few days after that,we shoulkd hear whether the chemo worked or not.If it did,then radiation 5 times a week for 6 weeks and its finished( hopefully). Susans hair is starting to grow back..I call her fuzzy now.She is happy cause the eyelashes and brows are returning.Most of the side-effects have dissappeared with the exception of the "burnt" feet and nerves there-in. Still very painful to walk. We hope to find out if this is going to be a life long thing now,when we talk to the doc friday during post op.Chuckle,her hair is only a bit longer than fuzz...but women being women..she has already dyed it to cover the greatly increased gray hairs.She still has to wear the scarf but it will soon be laid aside for the hair brush.I can hear it now...roll up the window you buggar..its blowing my hair... dont kiss me,you will mess up my hair...chuckle, be good to hear those sounds again. So friends( I am going to be a bit selfish here),those of you that pray,please say one for my lovely wife and those that dont,please cross your fingers for her.Thank you for all the great support.Its meant heaps to me..and brought tears to Susan's eyes.I debated with myself wheather to take you folks,my friends,on this painful,scary,lonely ,sometimes dark,journey with us. I suppose I truely had many reasons.One is..Susan had me to turn to in times of distress ect,I had no-one,I chose you friends here.I also thought it important for you folks to know the danger of this type of cancer,hell,any cancer,and to try to get it across the importance of exams.In those lonly dark days when Susan was crawling to the bathroom to vomit,crap ,or both,it was scary.It helped to get my feeling out here.As i said, I had nowhere else to turn.I also believe that to see ,or be kept abreast of this type of journey,tells us of the courage many,so damn many,people face.the treatments are fairly unknown,we dont want to know,I suppose,or are afriad to ask.The emotional and finacial cost are staggering.Watching Susan having to pick and choose which drugs we could buy this or that week just tore my heart out.It was one of the most humbling things,and angry things,i have ever had to face.For a time,we thought we might have to give up the house,it was that bad.I gladly would have tho,if it meant Susan could feel better or her chances would improve.Happly,we didnt have to and now are on way back (bucks wise).Friends,if you dont have health insurance,get it.One chemo is 8,000 dollars and they roll around every 2 weeks for 8 weeks then every 3 weeks for 12 weeks.8 in all.anti-nausea pills...10 (ten)cost 800 (eighthundred) dollars,,. there are 6 to 10 more scripts also,but they are just regular pocket rippers.So,get insurance,luckly,I had it.So, one more big worry to go,then i can get off my soapbox.folks.flight,friends,thanks for being here for me,for us.is that a light at the end of the tunnel?
alvis
USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 22:59:15 (MDT)
Alex and Liz, happy anniversary. no thanks Alex, why don't you come out this way .... it would be nice to have a gray shirt that knows how to run things and also knows the diff between a spark plug and a glow plug. the air conditioning has been out for about 2 weeks so far and no idea when it will be fixed. it is around 90 in the store with 50% humidity. which I guess is better than the 102-106 outside with 50% humidity. Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 22:41:19 (MDT)
happy anniv. Alex and Liz.your both great people.Many,many happy more for you guys.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 22:13:46 (MDT)
Flight: Well just viewed the web site that Bill & Kat has put together. It's great!! Fallen Comrades brought tears to my eyes. Brothers and Sisters this is a real tribute to the 129th and our fallen Brothers. Rainer what's up can get a hold of you??? Susan hope your doing ok. Your always in our thoughts and prayers. Waiting on my wonderful wife to get home . It's our 9th wedding anniversary today. Don Miller wished you were closer. Need some help at the Zone. Alex
Alex
USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 15:31:48 (MDT)
Bill, i also finally found the Fallen Comrades video, I have seen all you have posted & tears flow every time i see one. You have a gift>> Thanks>> & my Respects>> smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 14:10:08 (MDT)
Bill Wolf, outstanding job on the tribute! I was a bit confused and tried the "Contacts" link on the 129th web site, instead of the "Contact Us" link on the www.VietnamHeloReunion.com site. Thanks Brother!
Dave Powers
USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 11:10:42 (MDT)
Hey Flight, several of you who use dial-up (how primative!!! lol) indicated that my website was difficult to view because of the music clips taking so long to load. I've taken them off to speed it up. However, if you want to watch any of the videos, be patient while they load. If you have seen the latest one, its on the Contact page and runs about 1 1/2 minutes - a tribute to fallen comrades. (www.VietnamHeloReunion.com). Thanks for all the kind words about the site. Bill
Bill Wolf <VNHeloReunion.com>
USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 09:38:00 (MDT)
Just a quick Hello from Sunny and wet Florida. Dan H. Thanks the package arrived yesterday Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau <dpf092003@yahoo.com>
Haines City, FL USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 05:33:27 (MDT)
Gale, I like puppies more than old dogs so I'll take the pup tent:>))) LOL!! L-Gently
Gently
USA - Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 07:12:52 (MDT)
Bill and Cat, I just visited the webpage and watched the photo video.....you have touched my heart. What a treasure! Every photo has a story....and now we have both forever. Thank you seems so inadequate...but thank you. Phoenix in 2006-Gently
Gently
USA - Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 07:10:02 (MDT)
i dont mind someone speaking out about the vietnam war, but what jane did was treason and she should have be shot. how mean pows did not come home because of her. id like to give her the same treatment the pows in hanoi got and see if she thinks it human treatment.
donnie purvis <donnie.purvis@us.army.mil>
lexington, nc USA - Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 05:15:37 (MDT)
Vegetable oil and Jane Fonda ......that would have been fun at once upon a time. She`s had one too many "nips and tucks" that she don`t even look the same. When I`m dead, I want people to look into that coffin and say, "Damn, Fred looks like hell, he must have lived life to the max".......
Fred Skaggs
Summit, NJ USA - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 20:29:07 (MDT)
Henry Fonda,janes father,is/was a ww2 combat veteran.I guess only the love of ones child would stand between his silence and downright outrage at her behavior.I respected that man,what a terrible spot she put him in. Thats just one of the few shames laying at her feet.
alvis
USA - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 19:35:22 (MDT)
Flight: Well have a few minutes. Ray sorry I didn't get to talk very long. Will try and call tomorrow. Hope everyone is doing OK!! Were in the middle of a Hot!! Heat Wave!!! Been busy with work. And Haven't had time to down load the reunion pictures That Liz and I took. But, was good to see the ones on the web page. It was great meeting the new Brothers and their wives and some of the grand Kids. Well still working 60 plus hours a week. And still have the foot problems. Seems to be getting worst. Hope to start getting shots for the knee. Has to help. Well take care my Brother and Sisters. Hope to make it home to Ohio in a few week for a 40th class reunion. Always A Brother Alex
Alex
USA - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 19:06:36 (MDT)
Alvis, is it any wonder that some species eat their young??!!
Bill Wolf <VNHeloReunion.com>
USA - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 17:19:27 (MDT)
the news article can be found on msnbc. she plans starting in march.
alvis
USA - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 16:53:28 (MDT)
Well flight,you cant keep a good woman down.Our favorite person,the person we love to hate,is at it again.jane (hanio) fonda plans a cross crountry,anti-war,bus tour,with her daughter and some family menbers of Iraq war veterans.The bus is fueled by vegetable oil.She will not be leaving the country this time,as Iraq is a little to dangerous for her.I will give up-dates when a schedual is posted and times.
alvis
USA - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 14:40:32 (MDT)
Alvis, if you can get me Gibsons first and last name and what town he was from, I can give it to one of our researchers and probably find a current address and phone number. Bill
Bill Wolf <VNHeloReunion@aol.com>
USA - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 08:33:30 (MDT)
HELLO TO ALL I KNOW I HAVENT POSTED IN A WHILE JIM THANKS FOR THE CD. I FEEL MUCH BETTER LATLY. SAT ME AND GAIL WENT TO A JAZ CONSET, IT WAS HELED OUT SIDE , A FEW PEOPLE ASKED ME ABOUT THE WALKING STICK MARK MADE FOR ME SO I TOLD THEM ABOUT IT. WAS A BOUT TO GO THEN TWO ASAIN GIRLS ASKED ME ABOUT IT I TOLD THEM THEY WERE ABOUT 16 THEY TOLD ME THAT TEY WERE FROM VIET NAM JUST GOT BACK FROM A VIST FROM QUINON (MAY HAVE SPELT IT WRONG) TOLD THEM I WAS AT ONSON AT LANE THEY TOLD ME THEY WERE TOLD THAT WAS A VERY DANGEROUSE PLACE. AND LANE IS STILL A DANGEROUSE PLACE. IT WAS NICE TALKING TO THEM. I DIDNT MAKE ANY NASTY COMET TO THEM. THEY WERE TO NICE I AM BEEN DOING MUCH BETTER NOW THAT I AM BACK ON MY MED. TRYING TO SCAN PIC TO SEND TO BILL WOLF , BILL WAS GOOD SEEING YOU, ROB THANKS FOR THE GLAESS THEY ARE NICE GENTLY NICE TALKING TO YOU SORRY I WOKE YOU UP ;-))) .. CC NOT SURE IF YOU GOT MY LAST NOTE I WRITE YOU AGAIN, FOR A WHILE MY MID WAS NOT RIGHT. BUT ALL UNDER CONTROLL NOW. MARK AND DEE TAKE CARE GALE THANKS FOR THE CALL , WINK I BE CALLING YOU SOON OK. WELL I DONT WANT TO WRITE A BOOK SO TAKE CARE BE SAFE LOVE YOU ALL. OH MELONY GAIL LOVES THE BRACLET YOU MADE YOU DO NICE WORK A BROTHER ALWAYS RAY
RAY <stilwating@aol.com>
STREET , MD USA - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 07:54:30 (MDT)
MELLO TO ALLI KNOW I HAVENT POSTED IN A WHILE JIM THANKS FOR THE CD. I FEEL MUCH BETTER LATLY. SAT ME AND GAIL WENT TO A JAZ CONSET, IT WAS HELED OUT SIDE , A FEW PEOPLE ASKED ME ABOUT THE WALKING STICK MARK MADE FOR ME SO I TOLD THEM ABOUT IT. WAS A BOUT TO GO THEN TWO ASAIN GIRLS ASKED ME ABOUT IT I TOLD THEM THEY WERE ABOUT 16 THEY TOLD ME THAT TEY WERE FROM VIET NAM JUST GOT BACK FROM A VIST FROM QUINON (MAY HAVE SPELT IT WRONG) TOLD THEM I WAS AT ONSON AT LANE THEY TOLD ME THEY WERE TOLD THAT WAS A VERY DANGEROUSE PLACE. AND LANE IS STILL A DANGEROUSE PLACE. IT WAS NICE TALKING TO THEM. I DIDNT MAKE ANY NASTY COMET TO THEM. THEY WERE TO NICE I AM BEEN DOING MUCH BETTER NOW THAT I AM BACK ON MY MED. TRYING TO SCAN PIC TO SEND TO BILL WOLF , BILL WAS GOOD SEEING YOU, ROB THANKS FOR THE GLAESS THEY ARE NICE GENTLY NICE TALKING TO YOU SORRY I WOKE YOU UP ;-))) .. CC NOT SURE IF YOU GOT MY LAST NOTE I WRITE YOU AGAIN, FOR A WHILE MY MID WAS NOT RIGHT. BUT ALL UNDER CONTROLL NOW. MARK AND DEE TAKE CARE GALE THANKS FOR THE CALL , WINK I BE CALLING YOU SOON OK. WELL I DONT WANT TO WRITE A BOOK SO TAKE CARE BE SAFE LOVE YOU ALL. OH MELONY GAIL LOVES THE BRACLET YOU MADE YOU DO NICE WORK A BROTHER ALWAYS RAY
RAY <stilwating@aol.com>
STREET , MD USA - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 07:53:38 (MDT)
Jim, I received the CD of the reunion. Thanks a lot.
Dan Hertlein
Bonney Lake, WA USA - Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 20:46:20 (MDT)
and what was his name besides gabby or mr. gibson?
alvis
USA - Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 19:54:59 (MDT)
come-on you guys,give up your info on gabby...lets locate him. was he a Wo 1 or 2? When did he DEROS in 72? WAS IT AN ets or a simple deros? Which flight class? was he indeed from alexander VA.?
alvis
USA - Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 19:54:00 (MDT)
I'll make this quick. Bill Wolf, give me a call 337-873-7383. Wink, I have your photo album, shoot me your physical and I'll send it to you. Mark, I'm still waiting for the painters number. Baron
Pete Nolen <petenolen@fhtm.us>
Maurice, La. USA - Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 19:50:40 (MDT)
HEY FLIGHT: I just finished another video - a tribute to fallen comrades. To watch it, go to the website www.VietnamHeloReunion.com and go to the "Contact" page and click on the "Remember" blue tab. I'd like to hear feedback!! Bill
Bill Wolf <VNHeloReunion@aol.com>
USA - Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 10:56:13 (MDT)
aug ^th will be the 60th anv. of "the" 2 bombs dropped on Japan to end W.W.2.Interesting enough..the younger the age of the person asked,the more likely you are to hear dropping the "bomb" was unneccessary.That statement is even more true in Japan ( go figure).Gas prices have dropped to $1.99 here in Indy....jeeze,why does that sound like a bargin? I thought we won that war.
alvis
USA - Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 06:55:53 (MDT)
Mark, thanks>> I just went through that zip file & what a neat collection of pictures, seems we all got a lot from different angles & a lot of different pictures showing up, could make me an album>>>> thanks & Have i told you i loved you today!!!!!!! gotcha>>>>smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 19:12:48 (MDT)
Thanks Mark. Again, if any one wants a copy of the 05 reunion dvd I just made (with Jim Westwang's photos) just email me (no cost). Bill
Bill Wolf <VNHeloReunion.com>
USA - Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 09:35:13 (MDT)
FLIGHT..There are 2005 reunion photos in a ZIP file on the bottom of the front 129th page. Bill Wolf, if you can use any of them for your site, please do.....thanks to all......always a brother.............
Mark
USA - Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 08:45:32 (MDT)
Alvis, Any pictures you want to contribute I'd like to get (same for everyone else). I use them in videos for future reunions. Also, regarding the person you are looking for, Alvis, if you'll go to our website (www.VietnamHeloReunion.com) and enter the information into a "Lost and Found" message or email I'll assign it to a researcher here. Be sure to include anything you can remember such as hometown, age, etc. That goes for the rest of you, if ur looking for an old buddy. So far we've been able to find 3 out 4 people requested and have been able to provide addresses and phone numbers!! And again, if anyone wants a copy of the 2005 Reunion DVD, send me ur snail mail address to VNHeloReunion@aol.com (no charge).
Bill Wolf <VNHeloReunion.com>
USA - Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 07:47:25 (MDT)
ok flight,I want to track down "Gabby" Mr.Gibson,from the 71/72 era.Any info you guys have will help.Like first name,flight class,home of record,ect.He was a friend of Smitty (jim westwang) and myself.I am sure he is/was known by the following people.."shadow" Alton Page,Larry Lackee,Animal,and Burnie. Lets track him down guys,get him to a reunion ,perhaps find out if he is still alive even.I think he was from Alexander VA. but not sure.
alvis
USA - Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 07:07:31 (MDT)
Bill, outstanding photos of the reunion. Thanks for the work.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 05:49:14 (MDT)
Bill Wolf, Just got back from your web site.Absolutly awesome brother!!!! Would your company be interested in taking over the 129th web site????........always a brother
Mark
USA - Friday, July 22, 2005 at 22:03:35 (MDT)
Evenin' flight.....Bill have not went to the site yet to veiw photos , but thanks for all the work you have been doing. I have sent photos of the 05 gig to the webmaster but he hasn't put them up yet. Am a little wondering about him still doing our page. Have not heard from him in a month.....................
Mark
USA - Friday, July 22, 2005 at 21:39:16 (MDT)
Rick, the best time to call is usually after 6:pm or call me at work (I'm off this weekend) although a lot of the time either they don't answer the phone or don't tell me the call is for me.
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Friday, July 22, 2005 at 21:31:15 (MDT)
hey Bill,i have a pic of the 129th group( holding the flag like in the 05 pic) from the 04 vhcma reunion in indy.you want it for your page? Some 129th members are in that one that arnt in the last one.A sadly missed mini is the xmas mini in coldwater ohio at marks old bar.Perhaps we should start a new xmas mini somewhere.
alvis
USA - Friday, July 22, 2005 at 21:30:20 (MDT)
Bill, i just looked at the site & what a nice job you did with those pictures, 3-4 of those are of 1 of our sister outfits the 117th, the rest you all know. I really appreciate what you are doing & hope it gets more folks to the reunions. I'll be looking forward to the DVD's. The rest should all see this>>>> Respects>>> smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Friday, July 22, 2005 at 20:36:48 (MDT)
PS - Jim Westwang - I'll be sending you two DVD's shortly! Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Friday, July 22, 2005 at 18:23:17 (MDT)
HEY FLIGHT: SPECIAL DEAL HERE!!! Jim Westwang sent me photos from the 2005 reunion. I"ve put them into a movie on our website (www.VietnamHeloReunion.com). Now here's the deal...if you have cable modem, you will have about a 4 minute download. If you have a modem (or using an Etch-a-Sketch like Robie) it'll take like 20 minutes. So.....if you want me to make a DVD for you of it, just email me at: VNHeloReunion@aol.com with your snail mail address and I'll send you a copy (no charge!). Only condition? You go and view our website (www.VietnamHeloReunion.com) and send me feedback! lol
Bill Wolf <VietnamHeloReunion.com>
USA - Friday, July 22, 2005 at 18:13:29 (MDT)
Thanks Gail - have it listed now at VietnamHeloReunion.com. Bill
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Friday, July 22, 2005 at 14:39:48 (MDT)
Don when is the best time to call? Try and see if you have a gaf rating yet
Rick England
USA - Friday, July 22, 2005 at 05:47:36 (MDT)
Beat ya to it Gently. That's affirmative Bill......Howard County Vietnam Vets/ Kokomo,In/ Sept 15-18 2005. Anyone need directions? Ron Paye, do we have an extra site this year? Let us know and if you need us to "chip in". It would be nice to have a little more room. Seems like there's more people every year. Gently, it's your choice............in a car with Alvis or me...or in a pup tent with Ron? ;0))))))Hehhehheeehheheh
Gale 67-68
USA - Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 18:28:37 (MDT)
Well my computer bit the dust early this month. I am on one at the library. Don't have time to get on and check mail so those who have e-mailed me I should be back on at home in a few weeks. We had to go out of town this past weekend. Were going out of town again this next monday. Were going to pass by the Vietnam Veterans Chapel up there by Taos, NM. I hear that its a nice place. Hope all are doing well. It sucks not having access to the internet sometimes.
Melody Pershall
Amarillo, TX USA - Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 14:31:45 (MDT)
Ok, Gently...I"m as confused as a hungry baby at a topless bar. Is the "kokomo" reunion you are talking about the same as the "Howard County Vetnam Veterans" Reunion on Sept 15-18th in the website you gave me??? Help! Bill
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 13:07:38 (MDT)
Thanks, Gently. Will add it to the VietnamHeloReunion.com site. Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 13:02:25 (MDT)
Beat ya to it Fred:>))) Bob, here's the website for the re-union in IN. http://www.hcvvo.org/events.htm If planning on staying in a hotel make your resversations soon-they fill up fast. Of course, you could do what Fred and Gale do--sleep in your car. L-Gently
Gently
USA - Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 11:16:03 (MDT)
Alvis, Will you send me that dates and contact info for Kokomo and I"ll put it on the reunion website (www.VietnamHeloReunion.com). Bill
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 10:45:44 (MDT)
Yeah, Kokomo is Kool!!!!.been talkin' on the land line to a couple of Larry's closest friends from Nam that are in the VA systems now. I tracked them down even befor we had a web site. They don't get on the computer at all but you may recall their names. Those of you who were at that time frame. 68/69,69/70. Billy Perri from Utah and Elmer Holthaus from Kansas. Billy was known as "RAT" over there. Elmer is the one that took a round through the cheek while setting in the hootch drinking beer. Someone clear their riffle outside the barracks and the round ended up going through Elmers cheekas he was taking a swallow. Big Red headed farm boy.Billy was engine maintenance and elmer was a DG. They went TDY after Larry's crash ever to An Khe and Pleiku for 2 or 3 weeks. took a 6X. They recall sleeping of fuel platters and pcp and were at a lot of firebases along the way. They recall incoming and outgoing sheels all the time but they cain't for the life of them recall their trip back to Lane. It was Billy Perri, Elemer Holthuas, Roger Austin, and Jim Grahmm. Does anybody recall anything like that???? They need some comformation for disability status. Also....they ask me who came home with Larry's body to the states? I dont recall anybody there but could have been. Such as you guys, I blocked that time out of my life until about 10 years ago. Billy seems to think that Elmer came home with Larry. Was it customary to have a soldier from the unit always accompany the body?.............any answers or thoughts on this would be of help to the guys..................................alwaysa brother............
Mark
USA - Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 10:11:20 (MDT)
Bill,Gently was having a spot of fun....the reunion is in kokomo Indiana.regular attendies from the 129th are Kal,Gale,Mark,Alvis,Ron Payne,Elizabeth( and spouses), ( first met Rick england there) and usually one or two other brothers show up.As far as I know,we are the only flight unit that shows up.Its open to all nam vets and the general plubic.Its held in an old cornfield/ airstrip out in the country.The conditions are primitive ( tents,campfires,outdoor plumbing,ect).I believe the cost to get in is 10 bucks for the weekend.Its held from friday thru sunday tho many show up a week early in RVs.Its their only units reunion.many come from far away States.Harleys and other bikes are allowed in camp sites and many are present.The first year I took Susan ,she was under a high anxiety level..thinking it was a bikerfest.She soon learned that brotherhood was the most common level of social undersdtanding and was soon very comfy walking by herself or with other gals from our camps site.
alvis
USA - Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 09:38:42 (MDT)
Gently - will you send me a link to the info on the veteran's reunion you mentioned is taking place in California? Also, if you'll email me the info on the 129th mini reunion, i'll add it to the VietnamHeloReunion.com site. Thanks. Bill
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aolc.om>
USA - Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 09:05:48 (MDT)
Rick, I am seeing Dr. Alam. but I have to see his nurse in a month (Rosko) then I see him again in Oct. I guess we'll see what happens. Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms , AZ USA - Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 09:02:54 (MDT)
I agree Don, Scotty and spock made the show for me.he did a wonderful crewmans machanic role.
alvis
USA - Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 08:10:49 (MDT)
John: Welcome Home!! Was there 65-66
Alex
USA - Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 07:20:48 (MDT)
Flight: Been AWOL since the reunion. Came home to alot of job changes. Switched Managers on me. Two days on the job. The new manager fell and broke his leg in 3 places. So I was told to run the store until further noticed. Don Miller you know how that goes. Had 66 hours in last week. And another 60 this week. Appreicate all whom attended the reunion. It was so nice to spend quality time with our 129th Family. We had a good raffle of items and raised some good money for our Christmas Fund. I hope our 1st time attendees had a great time. Missed our other Brothers and sisters whom have attended other reunions. Still fighting the foot and knee problems. It's rough getting younger LOL. Alvis hope Susan is doing ok!! And she had a great time at the reunion Robbie good hearing about your grand kids. Take care. Alex PS Thanks to Bill and Kat for the DVD's.
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 07:19:16 (MDT)
John, allow us to baptise you at the 129th mini re-union in Kokomo, IN:>)))) this September. This national Vietnam Veterans Re-union is usually held on the third weekend and is visited by an average number of 30,000 Vietnam Vets and their families. Five or 6 of us from the 129th family attend every year. California is not that far away:>)) Welcome home John---Gently
Gently
USA - Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 06:48:12 (MDT)
Don it is and anti anxiety med it is better than the anti depressants and mood stabilizers in my opinion. Who is your shrink? Are you ging downtown? Flight be careful out there
Rick England
USA - Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 06:22:10 (MDT)
evening flight, Scotty's name was James Doohan. he is the third one to go. he will be missed, at least by me. I really liked him. on to other things ......... well I went to the VA hospital today and had a talk with the shrink. he was the second Dr. to comfirm that I have PTSD. in fact he gave me a scrip for CITALOPRAM 20mg a day. don't know if that is a lot or a little as I have never heard of it before. but reading the paper that comes with it is kind of scarey. I guess we'll se what happens. Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 23:37:13 (MDT)
HEY GUYS YOU ALL KNOWS WHATS UP.THIS SITE I JUST STARTED VISITING IT FROM TODAY ONWARDS. OKAY BYE
MUGU <MUGUS@MUGUS.COM>
LOME, ANY USA - Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 22:53:56 (MDT)
news of major import here....Scotty..something Doolan,of the star ship enterprise tv show, died last night in his sleep.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 21:44:13 (MDT)
That brings Kodak`s lay-off count to 14,000 this year. Hewett/Packard is right behind Kodak with lay-offs
Fred Skaggs
Summit, NJ USA - Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 21:12:39 (MDT)
John,welcome home brother.Come on down to the reunion,I will buy you the first beer.Dont know anything about any stinking blisters,,,but,and I say but..I do believe I have heard of that before in other vets.Check into it.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 09:50:33 (MDT)
Robbie, Kodak may be letting another 10,000 employees go. Damn. L-G
gently
USA - Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 08:04:47 (MDT)
Hi fellow 129thers. I have been reading about the reunion you had in Texas. I would also like to make the reunion in Phoenix, Az next year. My Grand-daughter lives in Phoenix. I served with the 129th Jan 3,1966 to Jan 4, 1967. I was in the Security Platoon. I wanted to see if anyone had come back with blisters on their hands and feet. They were in a cluster. The color of the blisters was orange and had the shape of an eye at the top of it. My hands and feet were always peeling. The reason why I want to known is because my daugter had the same blister on her foot at six months old and again when she was about twenty. I do not know if this has anything to do with agent orange, but if anyone knows please e-mail me, thank you. I have not had any experinces with the blisters in over 33 years. I believe the reason I do not get them anymore is because I started taking large amounts of vitamin C.
John L. Christenson <johnlc340@hotmail.com>
Pacifica, Ca USA - Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 03:21:41 (MDT)
was just visting some of my kia brothers at the virtual wall.Its so sad to see them,and others,not having messages posted under their names.Family members,old school friends,army friends....seems they have all forgotten.These lonely,grave cold men,deserve better.Yes,life moves on,their deeds,their lives, forgotten.Vietnam was the crematorium of many hopes.dreams,innocence,and lives.I did just read a new posting for one pilot I knew,now in that cold dark grave.I found out something I didnt know...they knew he was flying at the time,,,,the collective was still in his burnt hand.God bless those warriors.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 20:05:14 (MDT)
another brother gone.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 19:49:06 (MDT)
A slow respectful hand salute to a great man,General Westmoreland.91 years of age and still maintained His boys didnt lose the war nor did America.( an opinion I happen to fully agree with).I salute the man,his work and his intregrety.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 19:48:08 (MDT)
Bill Wolf.Great promo site. you and Kat are the team!!!!.........Webmaster has 2005 reunion pix on his laptop. Hopefully he will post here soon.............always
Mark
USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 18:56:39 (MDT)
Well, i have been gone for a little bit, but today i finally got a bunch of pics sent out, some e mail & some CD. If you didn't get any & want some , let me know also, Mark, if you want some for the site send me your snail mail & will send a CD. I have lost your addy. Hope you are all doing as well as can be>>>> Respects>>>> Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 16:48:07 (MDT)
Bill, I always thought an Etch-A-Sketch was AutoCAD Ver. 1.0.
Dave Powers
USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 14:48:19 (MDT)
Robbie, an Etch-a-Sketch hardly qualifies as a laptop computer!!!! lol
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Monday, July 18, 2005 at 09:11:37 (MDT)
Mark, You know you have an open invitation here anytime. That goes for any other 129er that might be in the area.....Rob
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Monday, July 18, 2005 at 08:36:14 (MDT)
Bill Wolf, I checked out the 2006 Reunion clip. Very nicely done. Although it took 20 mins to load it up because my puter is old technology. Hope it brings in a few people that were hesitant before. I've tried to bring a brother in by sending some pictures etc, but no luck yet. It's been sweltering here in Upstate NY lately. Ray, good talking to you the other day. Glad you liked the glasses...Rob
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Monday, July 18, 2005 at 08:24:12 (MDT)
I recently purchased a limited edition pictorial chronology of the 3-506 Vietnam odyssey that covers from 1967 to 1971. I purchased the book called the Stand Alone Battalion from Jerald W. Berry who was in the unit at LZ Betty when I was there with the 192nd AHC. On page 58 of his book is a photo of a 129th slick making a ash and trash drop for a Currahee platoon in April of 1970. Jerry has over 2,000 photos and is looking for more photos of the 129th.
Dan Hertlein
Bonney Lake, WA USA - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 21:45:19 (MDT)
Bill,mark usually post the pics that we send to him.That being said,no pics have been posted for quite some time.
alvis
USA - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 15:36:25 (MDT)
Is someone collecting the pictures of the 2005 Reunion for the 129th website? If so, give me snail mail address and I'll send mine on cdrom. Bill
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 14:39:46 (MDT)
its very nice Bill.For those who were at the reunion....the group pic in on there...go see if you can see yourself.If you werent....get in the next one,
alvis
USA - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 14:00:47 (MDT)
PS Flight - If you haven't had a chance to see the 2006 reunion promo, go to www.VietnamHeloReunion.com and go to the VHCMA page and click on the blue dot - have your speakers on!! Let me know what ya thing. Bill
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 11:43:23 (MDT)
Animal, not only were we THAT young ... but we were THAT thin!!!! lol Bill
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 11:40:18 (MDT)
sounds like a great time Animal.
alvis
USA - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 05:35:09 (MDT)
Just got home from a long day of outrigger canoe racing on Hilo Bay. It's not NASCAR, but it's fun. Anyway, I got your CD out of the mail Bill, and just finished watching it. Great job!!! It's truly something for me to cherish. Were we really that young? Thank you, Greg
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 03:32:44 (MDT)
Mark, thanks for the info! Have a great time with the grandkiddies!!!! Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Saturday, July 16, 2005 at 15:20:58 (MDT)
Hey Bill Wolf, For Pete Nolen did you try ( petenolen@fhtm.us ).........My whole family is here. Daughters, grandkids, Cusin's and niece's and nephews. Have a poolishes time by the pool...........Love to all.............always a brother.........
Mark
USA - Saturday, July 16, 2005 at 13:14:49 (MDT)
nope,forget that one,its not it.
ALVIS
USA - Saturday, July 16, 2005 at 11:35:06 (MDT)
Bill,cant find nor remember his addy,but...try nolan and nolan trucking out of Monroe LA.That might be his outfit,its on the web.There is a phone number there.
alvis
USA - Saturday, July 16, 2005 at 11:32:27 (MDT)
Thanks, Alvis...I appreciate that. I have a DVD that I made for him using his pictures and want to get it to him. Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Saturday, July 16, 2005 at 07:52:49 (MDT)
Bill,trying to remember ....Pete Nolan has several web sites,the one I have been to is about his trucking biz.I will try and shake some cobwebs loose and hopefully get back to you. He did post a few days ago....is that addy not current?
alvis
USA - Saturday, July 16, 2005 at 07:25:31 (MDT)
Does any one have a current email address for Pete Nolan?? Thanks. Bill
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Saturday, July 16, 2005 at 07:07:44 (MDT)
I started out with the 655th trans. Co. after about 3-4 months the unit was absorbed by the 351st AVN Co. I was in maint. and worked on CH-34 helicopters. ( the marine corp. used a lot of them in Nam ) there was a lot of difference between them and the Huey the 34 had a 9 cylinder radial engine mounted backwards in the nose at about a 50-55 degree angle. it was quite a bird. the exaust pipe was about 8 inches in diameter. and boy was it loud. my last flight was in one that had an oil leak that leaked about 1 gallon of oil per hour of flight. we had a 2 hour flight so we landed in field half way home and added oil. it sure ticked the German farmer off. he stood there and shook his fist and yelled at us all the time we were on the ground. so when we were done we just smiled, waved back at him, and took off. it was great. Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Saturday, July 16, 2005 at 00:51:34 (MDT)
Flight: got the guestbook function fixed on the reunion website (www.VietnamHeloReunion.com). Would appreciate any feedback on the website! Thanks. Bill
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Friday, July 15, 2005 at 18:35:16 (MDT)
Hey Flight, if you are trying to submit a message on my new webpage for reunions (www.VietnamHeloReunion.com), please be patient. I am trying to modify it for easier use and readability. I'll let everyone know when its up and running. Bill
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Friday, July 15, 2005 at 18:11:15 (MDT)
Happy Birthday Don. What unit were you with when you were in Germany? Now go party! L-Gently
Gently
USA - Friday, July 15, 2005 at 14:56:08 (MDT)
Happy Birthday Don.... Prayers for Donna.....
Jean & C.P.
USA - Friday, July 15, 2005 at 10:10:28 (MDT)
Don, HAPPY BIRTHDAY brother.................nice bio.
Gale 67-68
USA - Friday, July 15, 2005 at 09:01:44 (MDT)
Health is the only true value in life. Keep yoor brain and body healthy. This site is great. Thanks.
Inderal <escimo777@1001pils.com>
LA, Ca US - Friday, July 15, 2005 at 08:36:52 (MDT)
Don, Sounds like we were at the 129th around the same time and left about the same time. Welcome home!! And Happy Birthday!!! Bill
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Friday, July 15, 2005 at 08:31:37 (MDT)
happy birthday Don and interesting story,thanks.
alvis
USA - Friday, July 15, 2005 at 04:18:48 (MDT)
I haven't seen a bio in a while but I guess we are still posting them so here is mine. I was born 22 July 49 in Florence AZ. ( five miles from where I live now ) I went to school in Tucson thru 6th grade then moved back to this area and graduated from Coolidge High the 1st of June 1967. the 5th of June 67 I was in Ft. Bliss Texas for basic. then I went to Ft.Eustis for training and got lucky and was sent to Germany for 14 months. after having fun with the freuleins and beer. someone thought it would be a great idea for me to cross the other ocean.after my month of leave I was sent to the 129th AHC. when I came home in March 1970 I ETS'd and bounced from job to job got married ... divorced ... then thought it would be a good idea to go to Colorado to go to school. (it was) that was where I met this crazy but cute redhead. we got married and had 2 munchkins. I still bounced from job to job because I couldn't find one that I could use my schooling for. when we moved back to AZ. in 85 I joind the AZ national guard and got a federal job useing my schooling. I was the state armorer for 11 1/2 years till I got hurt in the guard and they retired me for medical reasons. I stayed retired for about 2 1/2 years and went to work for Autozone .......... that was 6 years ago. so there you have it in a nutshell. Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Friday, July 15, 2005 at 00:23:12 (MDT)
mark,let me gather the info and will respond in the next few days.The applacation is fairly easy to obtain.
alvis
USA - Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 19:44:04 (MDT)
air medals are now earned for 6 months substained flight in a combat area.They are no longer awarded for hours/missions ect.That kinda sucks for someone that buys the farm in 5 months or less,they dont even earn one stinking air medal.Shaking my head at the goverenment once again.
alvis
USA - Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 19:00:05 (MDT)
Went for my VA hearing today, seems the rating officer pulled the accident report off the internet on George Hains, report states land crash, lucky I had some photos of maint run-up pad with the wash rack in the background, and hangar in the foreground. Says he can now verifity the incident with Dod. Will give me answer in 30 to 45 days, what a trip. After that went to see dr. at VA Hosp, might have CLL, frfom agent orange, chalk-up another good day. Seems I retired just to get all this bad news.
Lou Rags
Dover, De USA - Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 17:28:14 (MDT)
PETE NOLAN: Hey Pete, I have your DVD ready. Need to get your snail mail address so I can send it along with your pictures. If any one else has Pete's address could you let me know it? Thanks all!!! Bill
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 17:07:27 (MDT)
HEY FLIGHT!! Well, I've got my new website up and hopefully running okay. I would like to invite everyone to go visit it at http://www.VietnamHeloReunion.com. Please understand that this site is NOT in competition with any other site or group - but rather a supporting site to help put helo vets in contact with reunion information. You'll wanna make sure you have your speakers on. It's a little slow loading the music sometimes, so be patient!! lol Let me know what you think and ideas for improvement!! Bill
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 12:59:42 (MDT)
Mornin' Flight........WOW, lots and lots of commo in here. Cool gang,very cool. Bill W. seems the DVD is a blockbuster and have watched the promo. It is great also. As far as a Fed ID number for those who have ask, Bill W. and Gently, to the best of my knowledge we have a State ID # in Indiana ( right Fred A.???? ) and work is being done to get FID #. Fred A. if you do not have time to work on that stuff, send it my way and I will make time...........Mini at Gale and Debbies????.....lock and load, rock and roll, break bread at the shed, .............have been informed by a 129th Pilot ( Little John 70/71 ) who is a silent reader in here that he has a large place in PA. for a 129th gathering and has offered it in the past for such a mini. We need to have one there also. Says he has help parties for up to 800 people at his LZ..........Robbie, got the info on the FALLS, thanks brother. Next couple of weeks have relatives hangin' out here but after that will make plans to come see you and the Falls. Sound OK with you man?...CP, need your snail mail address. BC it to me. I can still see the "Bluff" brother and am still in awe of it's beauty. Would you mind if we posted some photos of it on the web site?...........Ron Paye, where and the heck are you man??????????.......Pete Nolen, will send you info on paint job soon, glad you enjoyed the gig in TX. How many 129th Pilots were out at the Pilots gig??? Did you convince them to make the 129th at the VHCMA gig????.Pheonix next year........Kokomo soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!........Say..................have I told you that I love all of you today yet????????????...................am very guilty of not being in here for a week !!!! put a 24' Diameter above groud pool in the back yard and been floatin' round ever chance I get. dee and I have invented a floating dance with some rafts, and one time we noticed we were " Just 2 floatation devices passing in the night".ha,ha,ha,ha.....so you can see we have been enjoying the pool. Grandkids comin' next week for a whole week. Cools beans.........a week of being the best grandparents in the world. Gonna spoil them rotten!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love to all, God Bless, always a brother....................................
Mark
USA - Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 06:02:08 (MDT)
Bush is coming to town tommorow.Wish I was off so I could wave a sign saying SUPPORT OUR VETERANS.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 19:17:38 (MDT)
Hey Gang, Just got back a painting from Joe Kline who modified the helo in "Gods Own Lunatics" with my ships (#322) markings including nose cone. What a fabulous job!! Took me right back to where I felt I was standing there looking at my old ship!!!! He'a great artist. Bill
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 18:25:56 (MDT)
Gale you sound frightened! LOL!! LOL!! LOL!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!! Bob W.----went to the new website for the re-union:>) It's a great beginning...to many wonderful things. You rock. Gently girl:>0
Gently
USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 14:55:21 (MDT)
Gale you sound frightened! LOL!! LOL!! LOL!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!! Bob W.----went to the new website for the re-union:>) It's a great beginning...to many wonderful things. You rock. Gently girl:>0
Gently
USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 14:55:14 (MDT)
Gales' 1st Annual Spring Shed Party.....................I love the sound of it. Are you guys serious????? We only have one extra bedroon, but, lotta room for tents or campers. Have a Motel a couple clicks down the road................why not!!!! We'll have to discuss this around the campfire at Kokomo. Clear, Gale
Gale
USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 14:41:15 (MDT)
One more thing: our friend "CraziBarbie" who gave us William Dunlap's POW-MIA bracelet would like to see the pictures of it that were taken at the reunion. You can email them to me and I'll pass them on or you can email them to her directly. She just emailed me b-------about it....ya, ya, ya! Crazi woman! Gotta love her:>))) and I do! Mr. Alvis, she got you post on her bands' website...you're the best! Hey we should get them to play at "Gales' 1st Annual Spring Shed Party!" :>)))L-Gently
gently
USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 11:19:09 (MDT)
Well, we can talk about "Gales' 1st Annual Spring Shed Party" dates while we're at Kokomo, or Gale you can pick the dates and invite us all now..allowing us time to make plans. flight, if you haven't seen photos of Gale self-built shed....let him know. It's a jewel and is beckoning us to sit around it. Can't wait! A 129th mini...perfect! LOL! Love to all-Gently
Gently
USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 11:08:51 (MDT)
Mark: "Friends Don't Let Friends Use MACS"!!!
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 08:39:20 (MDT)
A spring fling at Gales? Sounds great.What kinda dates we talking? 3 day weekend,perhaps with a bbq on the middle day?
alvis
USA - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 21:27:19 (MDT)
THIS IS A VIRIS ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!......................................................... Incase you have not receive one yet, If you get an email from ( webmaster@129th.net ) that starts out with "Dear 129th Member," and ends in with "The 129th Support Team", do not open the attachment. I am sure it is a virus. I have been getting a lot of bounced messages because whomever is doing it is just picking average names like David and Mark and sending emails to those accounts on your domain. Of course, my name is common so you will likely get one, it only infects PC's. Not Mac's. Wish I would of stayed on a Mac now............................always a brother..........
MARK <VIRIS!!!!>
USA - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 20:13:52 (MDT)
Alvis, if you offer twenty for her sister, keep in mind that you only pay that much if (she cherry girl) LOL
Kim
Livermore, Me USA - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 19:51:44 (MDT)
Gently, it might be a tight fit, but, come on down!!!!! I've dedicated the shed my Uncle Revie (deceased WWII vet), only I've added a "v" to make it "Uncle Revvie". A little play on words to fit into my theme of cars & gas stations, etc (ie; as to rev up an engine). I'll send you a new picture. Gale
Gale
USA - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 15:04:57 (MDT)
C.P.! I have emailed you....try me at "Gentlyjs@yahoo.com" Please. The spring gathering would be at Gale Beards' "shed." Love to all-Gently
Gently
USA - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 14:14:45 (MDT)
Harell try fish oil it helped my colestreol. with pill the VA gave me. I can;t spell it.
Rick England
USA - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 07:28:25 (MDT)
At work yesterday,I was helping 3 young ladies find some products.I ask" where you from"? "Siagon",was the reply.We talked a few more moments and they ask what I did over there and where I was at.I ststed the location,then the job.Unlike the young folks here,they knew...what that simple phrase meant... door gunner on a helicopter.( I believe we helicopter crews left a very deep impression on the viets).She says..."you shot at my peoples"."Yes",I answered.and they were shooting at me. chuckle, it was kinda funny to me,one of those "you had to be there" things.I should have ask her if that was her sister and offered 20 bucks for her or said "Hey, maybe I killed your grandfather".
alvis
USA - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 06:40:04 (MDT)
harrell crestor has the same side effects as zocor, if you are having a problem with zocor. hope you fell better soon. its a bitch getting old lol take care and god bless. donnie
donnie r. purvis <donnie.purvis@us.army.mil>
linwood, North Carolina USA - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 06:23:17 (MDT)
I didn't really have any problems on 20mg a day but when he doubled it after the stents in Nov I started to feel a difference. All other blood tests are normal. I only took it because VA didn't have Crestor. I will buy it from now on (ha). Thats what I get for trying to save a little money by using VA. I have been off it for a week and can already tell a difference.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 05:32:21 (MDT)
harrel i take 20 mg a day, up from 10 that i started with. am always tired and have strange pain in my ankles but doc says nothing is wrong with the blood tests. get depression also but have always had bad time with depression. maybe need to go back to cardiologist haven't seen him in 4 years
paul mcgrath
oglesby, il USA - Monday, July 11, 2005 at 12:07:38 (MDT)
I would like to think everyone for the great time I had at the reunion. It was my first, so the memories will last for a lifetime. Bill, your CD was a big hit at the VHPA reunion. We ran it at least 4 or 5 times. You should be getting some request for more copies. Mark, donít forget to send me the information on the paint job for my Bike. There was talk of having a 129th only reunion in the spring. If anyone has a suggestion please post it, and maybe we can put it together. Where ever it is count me in! Baron
Pete Nolen <petenolen@fhtm.us>
Lafayette, La. USA - Monday, July 11, 2005 at 08:42:49 (MDT)
harrell, iv been takeing zocor for over 15 years, the only thing you might have muscle pain, if so let your doctor know, it could be a problem with your liver. they can test for it.
donnie purvis <donnie.purvis@us.army.mil>
linwood, North Carolina USA - Monday, July 11, 2005 at 07:45:12 (MDT)
Harrell I don't take Zocor I don't know I can ask my daughter the pharm. Bill I don't know Jerry is that the VA adimin. or the vet center????
Rick England
USA - Monday, July 11, 2005 at 06:41:12 (MDT)
HELLO ON THEM PACHES OF THE 129tn PAIED 10$ FOR ONE. FROM SOME AT THE REUION. IS THAAT THE GOING PRICE, I BEEB GETT ALL MIXED UO COME REAL CLOSE TO BEING IN IN SIKE WARD I SAY WHAT THEY WANTED TO HEAR, I DOLD THEM WELL IF DONT WAMT ME TO TELL YOU HOW I FEEL DON'T ASK ME TWO MEN TOOK ME TO THE MAIN SHRINH. I WAS THERE FOT 4 HOURS THENHE HAVE ME MORE MEDICIN WANTA TO SEE ME AUG 14 SO WE SEE BUT I STILL FEEL THE SAME AALL THE MEDICN WONT CHANG THE WAY I FEEK OH WELL I DID HAVE A GRATE TIME AT THE REUION . WELL TAKE CARE MY BROTHERS AND SISTES A BROTRHES ALWAYS RAY
RAY <stilwating@aol.com>
MD USA - Monday, July 11, 2005 at 06:17:36 (MDT)
Flight, has anyone here ever been prescribed the cholesterol medicine Zocor. If so, how did it affect you? I had some terrible side effects with 40mg/day. Tired all the time, bad depression among other things. Its not fun med for some people to take. I enjoyed seeing all you guys at the reunion.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Monday, July 11, 2005 at 05:41:35 (MDT)
About Phil selling the 129th unit patch. I don't have a problem with it. Hope he can get a better deal than I was able to get. I have only 7 emblems remaining. I was not certain that I could have bought another minimum of 50. At nearly $500 it is a big investment. Glad that someone else can put the money up front.
Dan Hertlein
Bonney Lake, WA USA - Sunday, July 10, 2005 at 19:57:05 (MDT)
Bill, try this: http://home.att.net/~jbaugher/usafserials.html They list info about all aircraft by number. Good luck. The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Assocaition has a link to a lot of useful information.
Dan Hertlein
Bonney Lake, WA USA - Sunday, July 10, 2005 at 19:42:19 (MDT)
Isn't it ironic, Bush billed himself as the best person to run the country, due to his expertise in the oil business, along with his contacts with the mid eastern oil cartel...thanks for NOTHING!!!..Fred, last time I was in New York, I stayed at the Cornell club, on 1st ave. It was interesting to see the changes in 42nd street, no more sex shops. All kinds of homeless though, money people stepping over them to get into the Broadway shows, they never looked down, homeless never looked up. Limo's triple parked, drivers standing alongside, just in case they got rousted. Quite a sight.
Kim
Livermore, Me USA - Sunday, July 10, 2005 at 19:13:33 (MDT)
Flight, Howzit? I don't think gas here will ever drop below $2.00 again. It's $2.60 on my side of the island, and .20 more on the Kona side. Did you know that the guy Diesel (who invented the engine in the early 1900's) developed it to run on vegetable oil? They only converted to petrolium diesel fuel when it was cheap and plentiful. Whats more interesting is that any Diesel engine can easily be converted to run on vegetable oil or "biodiesel". Imagine all our trains, trucks, etc being powered by Nebraska corn. The only problem I can forsee is if the midwestern farmers formed a cartel and started jacking up the prices. We would have no choice but to invade and occupy the heartland. (watch out for those farmers daughters) LOL.......................with respect, Greg
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Sunday, July 10, 2005 at 12:36:36 (MDT)
Does anyone know a website that lists all Huey's flown in Nam by tail numbers? I just bought a flight helmet from EBay and it had stenciled on the back part of the info on the owner including the tail number 71-20230. It belonged to a SP5 Harry ____ (paint scratched off). Would like to find the history. Thanks Bill
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Sunday, July 10, 2005 at 10:26:43 (MDT)
stinking gas prices just hit $2.28 a gal.at wally world and $2.24 at discount places.Susan has word its over $4.00 a gal. in Austraila.She also has lots of family still in England (london).Her Mom ask her to find about family by email there.Guess she has a cuz that slept in late that morn or would have been on that subway that got hit hardest.As it was,she was on an overhead tram that stopped due to power failure.Talk about close calls.Hope Pommy Phil is ok.
alvis
USA - Sunday, July 10, 2005 at 09:43:56 (MDT)
No Kim.....No Yankee "pin-stripes" for me, Indians are in town this week-end. Kim and I have been going over to "the city", into Greenwich Village. Kim has a girl-friend that she worked with in Europe, that lives there. Talk about "old hippies",they are everywhere in the village. But I really enjoy "the village" and it`s "artsy crowd". Everthing in NYC seems "smaller" than what it looks like on TV and films......Yea about "3 or 4 years" and we are out of here. Back to Ohio or Europe......Gucci`s corporate headquarters are in Amsterdam now and not Milan.......But Ohio will be just as good as living in Europe........
Fred Skaggs
Summit, NJ USA - Sunday, July 10, 2005 at 07:33:14 (MDT)
grrrrrr
alvis
USA - Sunday, July 10, 2005 at 06:54:41 (MDT)
Animal, I'll have to pick up the CD, Steve Earle, Union songs, Joshua Chamberlain.....it's gotta be good :>)) I remember flying a couple missions up around Dak To, along with covering a dustoff over at Duc Pho, late 71. One of the Pilots was a guy named Fred. He used to joke about having to hang by his feet in order to pass the minimum heighth requirement. Wish I could recall his last name. Freddie S. learned your way around the big apple yet? Not wearing pinstripes are you?
Kim
Livermore, Me USA - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 20:29:46 (MDT)
jsut went and checked out pommy Phil's site.Its great to see all the 129th guys that have signed the guest book.now, if we just can find someone that flew on her or remembered her name.He is a nice guy and bet he loves the support you guys have given his site.If he didnt have credentials befor,he sure does now.Remember, he interview and the flight of 509 will be shown( on discovery i think) in september...grrrrrrrr,it best not be during kokomo.
alvis
USA - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 19:59:12 (MDT)
Hey Gang, those who requested DVD's may have a few extra days delay - I apparently miscalculated the postage on some and got a few back. I"ll get the additional postage on any that get returned and get them out to you the next day!! Sorry about that - guess the brain calculator is getting old!! lol
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 19:58:06 (MDT)
cp,mark and gale talked alot about the trip thru the woods and the logs brought back stuck under the jeep.
alvis
USA - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 19:49:58 (MDT)
Animal,(Greg)..My mother is a BIG Steve Earle fan, Cooperhead Road, is her favorite album(cd). I like alot of Steve Earle`s stuff......
Fred Skaggs
Summit, NJ USA - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 19:22:09 (MDT)
I like this site very much and read it regularly. Thanks.
Seroquel <escimo777@1001pils.com>
LA, Ca US - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 15:55:15 (MDT)
Rick, it really wasn't a hearing more of a "let's set things up, so we can figure out what is wrong with you day." I have another on the 13th and another on the 20th. I went to the DAV one time but that was all. I now have a guy named Jerry Gessner helping me. do you know him ? ......... he is in the VA center but a different office.I have to call monday to make another appointment to be tested for agent orange. I was "tested" years ago but all the Dr. did then was look at me and say "nope you ain't got it" some exam huh ? I guess we'll see ............ Later, Don
Don Miller
USA - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 15:55:09 (MDT)
Now that the reunion is over, it's time to kick back and think about the great time(s) we had. Though I am not quite ready for a "full blown" reunion, I had a wonderful time with the great visitors that stopped by on their way to San Antonio..... Jean and I had a great time visiting with Dee, Mark, and Kal...... I don't know how it could have been better...... Wonderful comraderie and we talked about anything and everything...... Jean and I enjoyed sharing our beautiful ozarks with them, and though I can't speak for them, i truly believe they enjoyed the beautiful view off the bluff...... (i doubt they will admit the scare of driving off into the woods, but that's what jeeps are for...) (chuckle, chuckle) I sincerely want to thank them for allowing me to be a little part of their trip...... The wonderful pictures that i've received from Ray, Fred Alvis, and Bill Wolf are great...... I don't know where Bill has been hiding, but he's came out as one of the movers and shakers of the 129th...... It's really great how much caring is shown...... Hopefully, next year will bring more of you through our AO and you will land here for refueling and RON on your way to phonix..... Again, Thank you very much, I am truly blessed........
C.P.
USA - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 12:21:06 (MDT)
Greg, The DVD will go out in today's mail! Hope you enjoy it! Bill Wolf
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 07:57:17 (MDT)
Don How did your hearing come out what did you think? Are you still with the DAV?*******399 I don't think it was in the A Shau Because it was in I corps. I looked upthe cooridinates on the map. I will look again its been awhile. it was in II corps I believe.******Good luck Bill on your Claim. Flight be careful out there
Rick England
USA - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 04:35:20 (MDT)
Bill, could you put me on your DVD list. My addy is Greg Henkel, rr2, box 6260, Pahoa, HI 96778. Please include your return and I'll send you a surprise......Fred Scaggs; Dak to was a bad place to be again in 71 and 72. Also Fred, heres another Music recomendation for you: Steve Earle and the Dell McRory (sp) band. Country Rock/Bluegrass fusion or something like that. Theres a Union song, and another tune about Josua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine (for Kim). I've become a Steve Earle fan and would also recomend his newer disc:"The Revolution Starts Now" Let me know what you think. With Respect, Greg
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 00:55:53 (MDT)
BILL, I received the DVD today, THANK YOU. it is AWESOME. it was great seeing the pic's of guys I knew while I was in the unit. the only thing wrong that my wife saw was that there were no pic's of me on it LOL. I told her that there were only about a dozen pic's of me over there that I knew about and they were taken with my camera. thanks again it brought back some good memories. I could be wrong but the way I remember things Hamberger hill took place over a 10 day period 10 may - 20 may 1969 and it seems to me that 67-17399 was a part of that battle (JEFFREY CHARLES STOWE,KENNETH EUGENE WITMER,JOHN HENRY RALPH BROOKS,and PAUL EDWARD GOONAN JR. lost on 13 may 69.) I know I was in the operations building listening to the radio traffic when 399 went down. I remember it was hot and heavy that day. and I think it was the same day they grabbed about 10 -15 of us up in 2 1/2 tons and we went to the ammo dump to bring down rockets and M-60 ammo because there was none left on the flightline. Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Friday, July 08, 2005 at 23:03:36 (MDT)
(Hamburger hill was in the Ashau and hill 875 was in Dak To two diffrent units hambruger hill was the 101st Airborne and the hill 875 was the 173rd Airborne Nov of 67 and hamburger hill was in spring of 69.)........Rick, I think you are right about that, I worked with a Brother named Larry Green, who had fought at Dak To and served with the 173rd. The Columbus Dispatch Newspaper did a article about him and 173rd back around memorial day. Larry and I would eat at the VFW in Bexley,Ohio when we would work together. Larry and I got in trouble for eating at the VFW, because city employee`s couldn`t eat where alcohol was served. But we proved in a "displinary hearing" that we didn`t drink alcohol, thanks to security cameras. They had us on film eating and talking. Larry "freaked out" when I told him Dak To was nothing more than a "refueling point" in 1970, nothing was there.
Fred Skaggs
Summit, NJ USA - Friday, July 08, 2005 at 06:15:56 (MDT)
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Valdy Moldy <xkMBrpQP8@mail.lycos.com>
US, US USA - Friday, July 08, 2005 at 01:57:20 (MDT)
Dave, Thanks for the kind words!! Bill
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Thursday, July 07, 2005 at 16:33:36 (MDT)
Kudos to Bill Wolf on the fine DVD! NICE JOB, BILL! Thanks again...
Dave Powers
USA - Thursday, July 07, 2005 at 16:11:38 (MDT)
Liz, I'm mailing the "rotor-head" to you today. Sorry 'bout the delay. Had some loose ends to tie up after getting back from San Antonio. Thanks, Gale
Gale
USA - Thursday, July 07, 2005 at 08:32:36 (MDT)
Lou,Don has a point there.Non-avation types would read that as an aircraft accident,not a human accident.Keep pushing brother.
alvis
USA - Thursday, July 07, 2005 at 05:00:10 (MDT)
had a "FUN" day at the VA today. I saw 4 people in 3 diff. buildings over a 6 hour period. I think I made progress but I am not sure yet. I have an appointment on the 13th and another on the 20th. and have one more to make if I can ever get thru to them. at one place I was told I was the 2nd person from the 129th to come in today I tried to find out who it was but they wouldn't tell me ( I really didn't figure they would but I had to ask) so I told him to give him MY phone # when he saw him again and he said he would. so at this point I don't know if he knows about us in here or if we may have "found" another brother. RAY, I am having a hard time keeping my eyes open right now so I will send you an E-mail tomorrow. Alex, I work 8 - 5 tomorrow. I was looking around on the web and every place I found it lists George Hain as "Non-hostile / crash on land" I did notice we have one member listed as accidental homicide. so why do they have George listed wrong ? so how do we get things squared away so they don't think we are lying to get benifits ? sorry I can't be of help here because I knew George but I came home in March 70. Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms , AZ USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 23:56:57 (MDT)
Mark, If you told English Phill OK on selling the patch , then as far as I'm concerned, he has permission. Good luck to him! Lou Rags: Don't give up!! Make them tired of seeing you, and hearing from you. They are trying to discourage you and make you quit............Aloha, Greg
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 18:02:03 (MDT)
Bill Wolf, I got the DVD today and watched it. I loved every picture that came up. I thank you for using so many of my pictures in it. I called Ray because he told me he couldn't remember and didn't see himself or me. I had him put his in and we watched them together and I showed him the picture he was in and a bunch I was in. He said now he can show his wife. But like everyone says, it was well done and my mind jumped back about 35 years or so. Thanks again for taking me back. Frank, although I didn't hear of that incident you were talking about, I think it will happen again if the same situation presents itself. Alex, the Grandkids are great and I took the oldest ones for a motorcycle ride the last time I was down. My Grandson had a smile on the rest of the day. I also got my daughter on the back and she rode real well. How's your new foot problem coming along? Hope everyone is doing well. Mark there is something on it's way to you. Rob
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 15:20:47 (MDT)
Well alot of commo. It' was an honor to have all the 129th Brothers and Sisters whom had the opportunity to attend this years reunion. We missed thoughs of you whom couln't make it this year. Want to thank Bill & Kat Wolf whom produced a great 129th CD. Bill was also a great hit at the friday night Lady DIVA party doing his little dance. The have a fine son whom joined the Marines. Roger Strong, Bro the first reunion is always hard one. But, being among your 129th Family makes it a little easier I hope. Want to personally thank all the wives and companions of the 129th family whom attended. We were blessed with these wonderful women give the support we need. For thoses of you whom couldn't make it. We missed you all. Maybe one day we all can be there at the same time. Susan hope you had great time. You and Fred are blessed to have each other. VA what can I say!! Just hang in there. We all are in for the fight of the century for any kind of help from the VA. Robbie how are the grand children? Tom Predresen miss you!!! Jim Hydinger met a pilot Peter Johnson whom there in 66. Well hope everyone had a safe 4th. I have spent all my time at Autozone. Take Care My 129th Family. Alex
Alex
USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 14:36:12 (MDT)
Robbie that happened at the VA in Jackson, Miss. a few years back. A Vet walked into the hospital & shot dead the Doctor who was trying to cut his service connected disability. Frank Sep69-Mar70
Frank Loveday
Bastrop, La USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 12:42:34 (MDT)
Lou,time to go to your congressman.Thats bullshit and we all,including V.A.,know it.Rick,thanks for the remimder about Dan.I agree,we need to support each other first,and foremost.Thats all we have ever had and thats all we ever will have. 30 plus years of crap have taught us that.I laugh at the politicians when they get up and talk about how great the "boys" are,then stab them in the back thru V.A. As long as they have us on a one to one basis,they will win.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 12:37:37 (MDT)
Ray, Got the T-Shirt!!! Thanks its great! Bill
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 12:36:28 (MDT)
Don, good luck on your eval, and Lou, I'm sorry to hear that your claim has been denied. I wonder who they say walked into that tail rotor that day? I got pissed off the last time I went to the VA medical center, but didn't write anything about it here. Just keeping it all inside. It will be something like what has happened to Lou or someone else that will cause a normally calm person to go over the edge and do something that they wouldn't normally do. Rob
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 11:30:32 (MDT)
hello to all my brothers and sisters i guess iam doing ok. come real close to being put in the sike ward , but was off my med so they let me go they asked me a ?????I GUESS THEY DIDN'T LIKE MY ANSWER SO THEY ESCORED ME TO THE MAIN SHRINK I WAS AT THE VA FOR 4 HOURS. DON MILLER WOULD YOU DO ME A FAV CAN YOU E MAIL AND LET ME KNOW WHAT THE REVALUTION IS LIKE PLEASE. IF U DONT WANT TO I UNDER STAND SEND ME YOUR E MAIL AND I TELL HOW COME, THEY WILL BE DOING ME TO I DONT TRUST THEM AT ALL. THANKS a brother always just real mixed up now. i dont trust any one at the ve they are all out to get ya but i know what to do if they take mine away. so i ask you if you can let me know how it gose i looked for an e mail address of you but could not find one a brother always RAY ROB GLAD YOU LIKED THE SHIRT GENTLY I E MAIL YOU TOMORROW HAVING A BAD DAY DON IF YOU DO WRITE ME PLEASE PUT IN SUB FROM THE 129th THANKS TO ALL THE REST I WISH YOU WELL
RAY <stilwating@aol.com>
md USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 11:18:03 (MDT)
No Fred I didn't knkow him on heli vets. I am sorry to hear that any of our brothers have died or were killed. I will call popeye. Judith I think Hamburger hill was in the a sha and hill 875 was in Dak To two diffrent units hambruger hill was the 101st airborne and the hill 875 was the 173rd airborne Nov of 67 and hamburger hill was in spring of 69. I might be wrong you might want to check it out. I think the patch thing we should buy from Dan Herlin first then get your patches from this other guy so Dan doesn't get stuck with them. I am out of pins if we want to get more it cost about 600 or 700 I have bought two sets. I I would rather give the money to the fund.???????? We need to support the guys that have put up the money to buy these patches and such first. That is my opinion. Flight be careful out there
Rick England
USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 10:45:09 (MDT)
Just got back from the VA, I was informed that after all this time of us beleiving that George Hains walked into a tail rotor, we are wrong. According to US Army records, he died in a crash. So now they are dening my claim for PTSD, and that all the letters written were in errror, must have been someone else who looked like george that day. I am about to go basllistic over this, I almost tore the entire office up after hearing this. It seems the VA has found a new way to deny claims, falsifiy records. I filed this claim 2 years ago, It just shows what they think about us
Lou Rags
Dover, DE USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 10:18:03 (MDT)
here is an idea for the xmas fund..you know the calenders that one can get made using ones own pictures? How about if we make one using pics from the 129th archives and/or reunions,profits go to the fund?Most of you/us have a war room/wall or what ever.No,its not big bucks but then I have a small mind.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 08:38:16 (MDT)
best luck to you don.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 06:39:52 (MDT)
my two cents on the 129th patch sale. first, I agree with all that has been said about it as far as asking permission to sell them and that he probably won't sell so many that he will "get rich" off the sales. next, the sale of 129th stuff is for the support of the "unit members". correct ? last I heard the ship he has was a member of the 129th even if it is a machine not a living breathing unit member. or is it ? it is still flying so I would say it is very much alive so to speak. as for permission to sell the patch ...... Mark said he was the one that told him he could sell it. so it seems to me that he "asked" permission to sell it. and at this point I feel mark has more right to say what goes on than anyone. after all if it was not for Mark we would still be wandering around wondering what happened to our brothers. I for one am very thankful for this site because I have seen brothers again after 30+ years and have met some in person I would not have had it not been for this place. and I am looking forward to seeing more and meeting more brothers AND SISTERS next June in Phoenix. anyway that is my two cents worth ( OK maybe you got a dimes worth.) cross your fingers for me. I am going to the V.A. hospital tomorrow for a PTSD eval. Later Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms , AZ USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2005 at 23:15:13 (MDT)
Thanks for your responces on the 129th patch thing...I will let things remain the way that they are..........check out this letter I got on e-mail today..........................................................................................concerning a 129th ship tailstock #62-04592........................................ Mark,........I operate a ship now that was attached to the 129 ASLT HEL CO and flew 388 hours between Sept 67 - Apr 68. It later was assigned to the 335 ASLT HEL CO. Iam gathering info to complete its history. Can you provide any info, pictures concerning this aircraft. My phone number is 559-454-7680 in Fresno CA..........Regards,.....Len Federico............copter86@sbcglobal.net.........ANYBODY WITH A MEMORY OF THIS SHIP SEE IF YOU CAN HELP HIM OUT................ALWAYS A BROTHER,............and I love you all too....................
Mark
USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2005 at 20:13:47 (MDT)
Kim/Fred A. - I went through helicopter school at Ft. Rucker with a guy named Gary Phillips. We got sent to Nam at the same time, but I went to the 129th and he went to (I thought) the 61st. Maybe this is the guy you're thinking of Kim.
Dave Powers
USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2005 at 17:06:21 (MDT)
Mark, I don't think you should tell Phil not to sell the patch. I'm sure you didn't mean any harm at all either. You're a giving person and that's why you thought nothing of saying yes. You take all of us in your house every time we show up and think nothing of that either. Have I told you that I love you and Dee yet today?.....Rob
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2005 at 16:18:25 (MDT)
Mark, don't ask England Phil to stop selling the patches on my account. I no more own the 129th than I do the third infantry patch, the 197th infantry patch, or any other unit patch I wore while in the service! Last I knew, they kinda belonged to the U.S. Army. Alvis, there was a guy named Phillips who pretty much lived at the Cobra line shack during 71, same same?
Kim
USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2005 at 14:07:24 (MDT)
.....WOW..seems I owe the 129th a huge apology. It was I that told England Phil that it would be OK to put the 129th patch for sale on his website. I was under the impression that you had been informed of this. Which would have had to come from me. I am deeply sorry, and by no means was my intention to dismeaner the service and time that each and everyone of you, and the fallen have given by putting it for sale..........I will , upon your decision to make every attempt to halt the sale of the 129th patch on Phil's web site if you so desire. I feel terrible about this and will wait to read comments about it. Again I apologise. Hopefully you all know that I love you dearly and would never do anything against your wishes..............................always a brother..................
Mark
USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2005 at 12:27:06 (MDT)
Hello flight:>) Here is the website of the woman who gave us William Dunlaps's bracelet, which was presented to Mark at the re-union. It's the websire site of her rock and roll band...she like many of us..is an old hippie. She's on key boards at the site: www.dejavuduband.com. I've meet her and she is a trip! Katherine you will be receiving William's bracelet at Kokomo this year, it is what Mark wanted while the museum is being built. I'm looking for more re-union photos, and certainly need some of Williams' bracelet to send to Barb. Glad to hear you're all safe after the 4th. I watched a documentary on Hamburger Hill (Hill 875-Dak To) yesterday and when they were interviewing some of the survivors, they talked about not being able to enjoy Thanksgiving or turkey: the battle for Hamburger Hill ended on Thanksgiving of that year(67)and the survivors(the 173rd) were given a turkey dinner that day.... after loosing many of their friends trying to take a hill that they abandoned shortly after they took it. The war continues. I'm sorry Fred.... L-Gently
Gently
USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2005 at 10:47:15 (MDT)
My thoughts (not that anyone gives a damn) about English Phil selling our unit patch is a bit like Animal in that I think he should have asked first, and a bit like Bill Wolf in that how much money is he going to actually make off of selling that patch? Not much I think. Glad every one made it back safe from the Reunion, and had a good time....Rob
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2005 at 09:54:28 (MDT)
gale, send some rain this way
alvis
USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2005 at 09:30:01 (MDT)
Thanks Smitty,I'm fine and always in control. I have some reunion pics I'll try to send out via e-mail attachment..
Gale
USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2005 at 08:18:00 (MDT)
Rick England...dont know if you knew him,but Gary Phillps from helivets (116th ahc) was killed in a motorcycle accident yesterday( the 3rd).
alvis
USA - Monday, July 04, 2005 at 20:24:07 (MDT)
I guess we can all be thankful that we survived to see another Independance Day!! A slow salute to all who didn't. .....there's a video on the Military.com website, under their shock and awe section titled, UH-60 attack. I think it's really an apache attack, but...whatever! It shows a night tatget being illuminated with a lazer, and being fired up with mini, chain gun, and rockets. I haven't heard a real mini gun in forever. Reminds me of the gun runs, especially at night, when the flame would wrap back over the gun. That visual is indelibly burned into my mind!!!....my thought on the patches; something like a wannabe wearing a Harley t-shirt. Anyone can wear it, I know the real significance of earning it! Something like all the ex service who buy the veteran's license plate. I don't need to advertise, I know where I went, what I did. If I want someone to know, I'll tell em!!!
Kim
Livermore, Me USA - Monday, July 04, 2005 at 18:57:01 (MDT)
Flight: Regarding the selling of the patches...it really comes down to this. (1) There are no federal / state laws that would prevent someone from selling 129th patches (and even harder to enforce when its from another country). (2) The only way to prevent it would be to file a federal copyright application and that would be hard because you'd have to show "legal ownership" (not just that we risked our butts for it). (3) To even have a chance of controlling it we'd have to incorporate (501C3) and then have the corporation apply for the copyright. I share the concern about people selling it, but I also kinda feel that I don't see too much potential for someone abusing the use of the patch (probably mostly collectors and 129th'ers) and there really isn't that much money involved and, knowing Paul just the litte I do, I imagine a lot of the proceeds goes towards restoration of the ex-129th helo - which isn't such a bad thing. Just some thoughts from some one with a little legal background (don't kill the messenger!! lol). Bill
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Monday, July 04, 2005 at 18:04:18 (MDT)
Alvis, I think your first reaction our patch/stickers for sale by another has merit. I looked at the UK site and am impressed with the job they've done. It's also OK with me that they sell 129th merchandise to recoup costs.....HOWEVER, they should have asked first. The 129th logo belongs to us and it sets a bad precedent for others to use it without our permission. Getting permission presents it's own problems, as we are such a loosley knit group. I think this underscores the need to incorporate, and set a board of directors to regulate this sort of thing. Part of the by-laws should state that 129th logos etc belong to us and can't be used without permission. With respect, Greg.............PS>>>>Good to see your post Susan.
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Monday, July 04, 2005 at 17:51:12 (MDT)
Hope everyone is having a safe & happy 4th. I have seen Bill Wolfs' Video clip & it is off the hook, He really does a great job with this stuff. Appreciate it. Gale, iwas never able to solve anything in that jug. It only lead to pain & misery. At times i wish i could resort to my old pal but it would only end in Disaster. Take care of yourself, i think a lot of you. >>>>Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Monday, July 04, 2005 at 16:27:36 (MDT)
Fred, I got your request and had it packaged to go to your snail mail address. However, in the meantime, we were able to get the video down to a size that can be attached to email. So, if you can give me your email address, I'll send it asap (if you already sent me your email address I apologize as I did not recieve. it. Bill
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Monday, July 04, 2005 at 10:31:56 (MDT)
I did,no response from you resulted
alvis
USA - Monday, July 04, 2005 at 10:12:52 (MDT)
P.S. .. if you would like to preview the promo video for next year's reunion, drop me an email. You'll need speakers and windows media player (or comparable). It's 3mb in size and runs 1 minute. So far the response has been great (VHCMA says "This is the type of promo we have needed!)
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Monday, July 04, 2005 at 10:04:14 (MDT)
Have a great Independence Day everyone and be safe!!!!
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Monday, July 04, 2005 at 10:01:43 (MDT)
have a great 4th holiday,be safe and enjoy time off with families.
alvis
USA - Monday, July 04, 2005 at 09:16:26 (MDT)
I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable 4th of July. Thanks for keeping us free. Katharine
Katharine
USA - Monday, July 04, 2005 at 09:00:57 (MDT)
Our English friend,Phil,now has some products for sale on his web site.Among these items are two that caught my eye.The first is a 129th unit patch,sown on type.The second is a decal/sticker of our patch.My first reaction was of anger/resentment.I thought it over and its Not so now.I do not know how the patterns were acquired,nor is it a matter of great concern to me.My question is ..should we ( I think yes) try and sell our units "trinkets" thru his site for ,and only for,the xmas fund? If so,we need to appoint a buisness manager of some sort to deal with this aspect/side of our colletive experiences/lives/organazation.Why let other folks make money off out backs when we can use this vehicel to help fund/sponser folks,who have hit a speed bump on the road of life,to get to the reunions? I,on first thought,was wrong to be offended.Phil has poured huge sums of money into restoring the 509,its his baby now and he is just proudly trying to fund the thing to keep it flying.Thats my attitude and I plan to keep it till convinced i am wrong.With that being said...you guys please give me your thoughts on this.Go take a look,his site's addy is... huey.co.uk
alvis
USA - Sunday, July 03, 2005 at 21:37:39 (MDT)
Hey Flight: I'm looking for a few people to preview a video. You'll need to have cable modem or broadband, Windows media player and speakers. If you're interested, send me your email address to sndgowolf@aol.com Thanks!
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Sunday, July 03, 2005 at 17:15:08 (MDT)
Thanks for the records. What info are you looking for in particular? I can see that he entered service on 1 Mar 65 and ended service on 28 Jul 68, after a 5 month extension. Was involved in 3 campaigns from what I can see. If you have other documents and want me to explain them too you I will be at the VA hospital on Wednesday and again on the 15th. I usually arive about 1015 AM. On the 15th I wll be there several hours and have time to spare if you would like. Or you can send me your phone number and I will give you a call to see if I can just answer your questions that way. I have tried to send you email and do a reply but my server rejected your email address for some reason so will have to work around that. Well let me know what you would like me to do and I will do my best. Rick
Rick Jensen <RickardAllanJensen@cox.net>
Clovis, USA - Sunday, July 03, 2005 at 16:37:05 (MDT)
Melody, I will do whatever I can do to help. Just let me know what you need to know? Just did a little looking. 647th QM Company located in An Khe Vietnam.
Rick Jensen <RickardAllanJensen@cox.net>
Clovis, NM USA - Sunday, July 03, 2005 at 14:43:42 (MDT)
Gale; i get in the bottle sometimes also, was just trying to encourage alvis on his writing ability.i'm not very eloquent so when i see it in someone else i get envious. everybody has baggage,we just need to forget to pick it up from the luggage carosel when we change modes of transport. see ya in kokomo
paul mcgrath
oglesby, il USA - Sunday, July 03, 2005 at 08:13:11 (MDT)
I have always wondered what ever happened to my old bird....Gun Ship 686.Does anybody know respectfully T.J.Stem 65-66
Tim Stem <cobra686@omniglobal.net>
Ingram, Tx USA - Sunday, July 03, 2005 at 04:12:26 (MDT)
Paul, I've been in the "bottle" today........not too bad of a place sometimes. See ya in Kokomo!! Alvis, good job...I'm havin' a ruff time too. Luv ya man!! Luv ya all!! Mark, have we told ya that we luv ya?? Thanks for everything you've done here!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gale 67-68
USA - Saturday, July 02, 2005 at 20:13:27 (MDT)
Hello all. Glad that such a great time was had by all in San Antonio. Also very to hear the bracelets did well and that they were liked. I am not sure if any of you know how to decifer military records or not but I can barely make heads or tails of it. I get the one that list his units and the main records page but there are a few I don't get. If anyone is willing or able to help I can send them to you through e-mail or you can e-mail me(without the spaces of course.) Sometimes I think my uncle might of not even been in Vietnam, I guess he just wasn't in one place an awful long time. I gotta keep plugging at it and try harder. Also I am having a problem finding anything on teh 647th QM co. He was in that for about 6-7 months as a Wh Veh Mach Hlpr(whatever that means) in the petrl op. It might as well be gibberish, partly anyway to me. Any help would mean allot.
Melody Pershall <m e l o d y 1 1 8 1 @ y a h o o . c o m>
Amarillo, TX USA - Saturday, July 02, 2005 at 17:54:57 (MDT)
FLIGHT: As many of you know, my wife and I have made a committment to help increase attendance at the reunions as well as membership in VHCMA. Our special focus will be on getting "first timers" there (I hope I do half as good as Mark does!). Here's what we've done since the reunion: 1. We've created a very short DVD (1 minute 15 seconds)promo. I am sending it out Tuesday to a number of people to preview as well as to the VHCMA President and Exec. Director (nothing will happen without their final okay). When approved it will be available to anyone to use in promoting next years reunion (I think you'll really like it!!) 2. We are creating a website that will be at www.VietnamHeloReunion.com. The purpose is to really promote and encourage attendance at the next reunion and to join VHCMA. It should be up and running by mid-July. 3. We are beginning production on a longer dvd with interviews, VN footage, pictures, etc for members to show at events and organizations to promote membership and reunion attendance. We also want to be able to send it to non-members to encourage them to attend. 4. Kat and I hope to be of any help in establishing the VHCMA Memorial. To get help with that, we have donated $1,000 in the memory of #257. We will be offering our services to VHCMA in any way that will help. 5. We also want to help Mark establish the 129th AHC Museum. To that end, we are committing another $1,000 when Mark is ready. Mark- we will be contacting you to see how we can help get that going - maybe even seeing if we can get some grant funding to purchase a location and needed construction. Kat and I look forward to meeting our commitment. We obviously can't guarantee that we will accomplish every thing we outlined above, but feel we're already headed well in that direction. Why do we want to do that? We feel like we have found a second family in all of you and we want to be a very useful part of VHCMA and the 129th! We also have children in the military and this is our way of perhaps honoring them. Kat & Bill
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Saturday, July 02, 2005 at 17:24:50 (MDT)
Roger, if you bring up almost any of the pictures in the gallary and then right click, you should get a menu that lets you "Save pictures as". Hope that helps! Bill
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Saturday, July 02, 2005 at 15:23:22 (MDT)
ok bill,messqage has been left in helivets with your addy.if I got it wrong,I invited him in here to contact you.
alvis
USA - Saturday, July 02, 2005 at 14:44:20 (MDT)
Roger, I havent tried it but you may be able to "right click" on a pic and mail it to yourself.Bill....going to leave a message in a helivets,a place where he checks often.
alvis
USA - Saturday, July 02, 2005 at 14:36:46 (MDT)
Bill,I talk to him ever so often.His real name is Jimmy Sanders.Lives outside of Ft.Brag,if I remember correctly.Also ,I believe one of his many accomplishments was being special forces.I will try to contact him for you and give him your addy,or the other way around.RicK England knows him as well.
alvis
USA - Saturday, July 02, 2005 at 14:33:23 (MDT)
FLIGHT: Need some help! At the dinner we sat with a member named "Popeye". We video taped his marriage proposal that night and I have it ready to send to him, but can't find his card. Does anyone have his name and/or address???? Thanks. Bill Wolf
Bill Wolf <sngowolf@aol.com>
USA - Saturday, July 02, 2005 at 13:08:07 (MDT)
Hey gang...I know that Charlie Raines is the Executive Director of VHCMA, but what is the Presidents name? Thanks.
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Saturday, July 02, 2005 at 09:30:53 (MDT)
Roger (and for anyone else) - please feel free to make as many copies of the dvd as you wish...they just can't be sold or placed on any commercial site (because of the copyrighted music used). For all of you that have requested copies, they have all gone into the mail box as of this morning (Saturday). Any one else that wants one, let me know (no cost). I'm also working on a couple promo videos for next year's reunion. Will send some out for your reviews. Everyone have a great 4th of July!!!! Bill Wolf Colorado Springs
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Saturday, July 02, 2005 at 08:10:23 (MDT)
alvis ...........great story and i understand..........talked to Butch Foster ( engine shop ) he will be coming next year..........Bill I for got to ask....is it ok to copy your dvd. Every one in my family wants one and some of the guys at VA wanted a few. Bill this DVD has really touched my heart. Thanks again for putting this together. It really is excellant. Oh, Is there a good way to get copies of the pictures on this site.... there are a few that i would like copies of . have a safe holiday
Skeeter ( Roger Strong) <high2low6@sbcglobal.net>
USA - Saturday, July 02, 2005 at 02:18:53 (MDT)
alvis;don't be sorry. good story, better than you could get out of a bottle. sounds kind of familiar. see ya in kokomo
paul mcgrath
oglesby, il USA - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 23:02:36 (MDT)
To all Have great 4th of July,I just finished playing catchup on the Flight Log, Glad to hear the reunion was fantastic. I just returned from California(Daughters HS Graduation) and Las Vegas(business and mini reunion with oldest daughter). Seems like the Hurricane season is coming on quick and 40% of Central Florida still has blue tarped roofs. It's not cuz the shingles aren't available it's cuz the insurance companies won't pay the bill. Enough about work, Wink give me a call @8633973751 so we can do lunch and I can find a reason to get out of the office. Next year I will just have to plan a business trip to our Phoenix office the same week as the reunion. Later
Dennis Fuerstenau
Haines City, Fl USA - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 18:07:06 (MDT)
Hey Flight - you all have a great holiday weekend and be safe!!!! Bill & Kat Wolf
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 17:14:37 (MDT)
sorry guys,sometimes,for me,it helps to fight the blues by writting.My spelling is poor,my memory faulty and ,at times, my out look jaded.It beats drinking myself into a stupor( maybe).Katherine,great to see you post.Will see you in Kokomo.
alvis
USA - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 13:07:43 (MDT)
It began with a letter in the mail box,in december of 70.It wasnt xmas yet,and it was one of those warm winter days so common in columbus Georgia.The letter was short and sweet,and very formal.It started..."you are hereby ordered to report for induction" ect. AS most lads of that era,I was sorta drifting around,hoping I wouldnt recieve that letter but not really concerned if i did.Shrug,fate will do its damnedest,no matter what I want.Not really caring for the picture in my head of me running around the jungle with all my meals,bedding,weapons,ammo,rain gear,changes of clothes and more,packed on my back,I decided to vist a recruter.Dad,having been a jar head in the pacific in ww2 and army in Korea,ask me not to go to the army recruter.The marienes had,at this time,pulled out of vietnam,so it wasnt mentioned.Straight to the army guys I went,no wrong turns,no doubt in my mind where I wanted to go.Actually,it really started when the recruter ask if I wanted to be a "jet engine machanic".I was hooked,line,sinker,bait.everything.The smile that played across my face is, most likely, still being laughed at.Armed with a 67n20 (helicopter repairman) certificate,and one from door gunner school thrown in as well,off to vietnam I went.Braced with war movies,a young mans courage(ignorance mulitplied by innocence),I arrived .Going thru the FNG course in "social interaction during warfare",I was less than the "Know it all" I was before stepping off the freedom bird.Getting to the 129th,requesting and being granted "flight Status",I HAD arrived.Little did I know the learning curve would make a sharp upward turn,in very little time.Gunsmoke,brass tumbling into the slip stream,frightend but calm voices in the head set,burning trees and brush,explosions,was my first lesson.Damn that was exciting,the adrinaline rush was fantastic,I was invincible,it was fun.Time passed,very boring or extremely,incredably,exciting.Then came the mission where folks fired back.Folks got killed.I had my first shot at a real live human,not just supressing fire.I missed that one,my crew chief didnt.Turned out to be an old,grandmother type.It wasnt such fun anymore.Time pased,lots of folks went home,goodbye parties,short-timmers fly bys,all of a sudden I am one of the "old guys" giving courses to fngs,and advice how to stay alive,as was done me by Smitty and New York Mike,even Alton Page (shadow).Helicopters got wrecked,crashed,and flown over and over with barley enough time for maintance.Had another mission to find a downed aircraft,fixed wing,civilan,out of Quin Hon airport.50 people dead,60? who knows.All ripped apart,burnt,luggage eveywhere,a true scene from Dante's Hell.Damn,it wasnt much fun at all anymore.Waiting,waiting,waiting for friends,room mates,helicopters to finish the days work and return to the flight line.Still waiting,35 years later,wasnt fun at all anymore.Rumors of other friends in different units,crashed and burned.Death stalked avaition units,he and his white,winged horse made us his favioite hunting grounds.Where had the fun gone? The innocence,our youth.It wasnt like the movies,it wasnt like the told us in highschool,such a short time before.Why are my old friends not my old friends anymore?I hope the bitch I loved before I left,now has the clap and spreads it to all her boyfriends.Seems like all my new friends,all of them,are nam vets.Why cant I keep a job,or the same woman ?Why wont people give me a job without asking about drugs in vietnam?Wh yam I having "those" dreams? Why does the 4th of july nights make me get chills,sometimes cry and look for a corner to put my back to?Whys it make me think back to places and times I dont want to return to? Yes, my journey started on that warm dec. georgia day back in 1970.It hasnt ended,I grow tired.Most of the baggage as been left by the wayside,but not all.Social interaction,at times,still leaves me wondering.Please,no crowds not of my chooseing.I am better left alone with my bitter,sometimes brave,memories.With other nam vets,I am not alone.The stupid questions,or downright ignorance,isnt there.Once again I feel the brotherhood of times when it ment so much.I laugh,I remember,I cry.This is just one vets journey over the road we call life.Sadly,its a well troden road by the many,by the brave,the young and the innocent.Dante,in his book, forget this level of hell.
alvis
USA - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 12:51:36 (MDT)
Katharine - if you would like a copy of the dvd we made for the reunion, please email your address at sndgowolf@aol.com. I'll send it out asap. Bill Wolf
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 11:28:34 (MDT)
Well, as you all know or don't know I don't post very often but read everyday. I wish I could have been with you at the reunion but have been going through a lot in the past six months. First Rick (husband) has been off work (short term disability which runs out end of July) because of a heart attack and a couple of service related problems. We have filed for VA and Social Security Disability but it is still early in the game. We know that is an up hill battle but we will be patient but persistant. Secondly my daughter had a scare with ovarian cancer. That is fine now they ruled out cancer but still don't know what is causing all her abdominal pain. She is off work also. Things not really going great at work this year either but I know I have to stay where I am because I am the only source of income these days. I knew the reunion was coming up and I really wanted to be there but things just weren't going to happen. I miss all who I have met and not met. Gently, Mark and all who go to KOKOMO know I will be there this year. I hope Mark received William Dunlaps bracelet and will still let me have the joy of wearing it with pride. Michael Shanley looks forward to being reunited with his crew member. I am so glad to hear everyone had a great time. I knew you would. I am really glad that everyone made it home safe and sound. Must go now. As always Welcome home. Always a sister Katharine
Katharine
USA - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 08:28:13 (MDT)
Gently, email me your address to send the dvd too. If any one else needs one, just send me your snail mail address to sndgowolf@aol.com. Fred, thanks for the kind words - it was a labor of love. Am working on a new one and will let everyone know when its ready. Bill
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 08:09:38 (MDT)
Bill, when you or Cat have a moment please send me a CD. And when the "Jar-head" gets shipped out please give us his address so we can drop him a line once in a while-that goes for all of you who have sons/daughters serving today. Please allow us to write them. Lastly, I think at our memorial ceremony at the re-unions it would be appropriate to remember those 129ers who have died since Vietnam. Your thoughts? Thanks for planting the seed Mr. England. Glad everyone is finally home. Always around-Gently
Gently
USA - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 06:52:55 (MDT)