Flight: Well alot of commo about the reunion. It was a pleasure to meet all our new brother and sisters. At least now I can put a face with the name. I'm asking all of you to help get our guys to Indy. I know some are leary about these reunions, but it's up to us to get them there. The DarkHorse of the cav. had 157 in attendence. They worked hard all year to get the Brothers there. And Tom P. hope we can work to get more of the 129th pilots to indy. It's a team effort. Also if any one out there that wasn't in a crew. Please remember your still part of our 129th family. We want you all here with us. Still trying to locate a 394th maintence whom worked on our birds. I know alot don't post. But, all were asking is at least know your out there and OK!! And we of the 129th will be waiting to Welcome you Home!!!! Alex Past President Of The VHCMA 129th 65-68 Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, Tn USA - Monday, June 30, 2003 at 15:59:05 (MDT)
Joe J. would you pass on to Stacey your Hept C info experience. And welcome back. Robbie, thanks for moving....Bud loved his little "toy(did you make it?)." But next year just stay with us, the odds of winning anything more exciting than you are not in our favor anyway. I'm getting photos of the re-union from some of you...and thank you. Please pass them on to Mark or the webmaster so they can be posted on the site and seen by everyone. J.W., quite the "dashing" suit photo! To Gale---putting comments on your photos is very funny. You're nuts! LOL!!! Be safe this Independence Day everyone. Gently
Gently <jsinger@uwm.edu>
USA - Monday, June 30, 2003 at 15:39:03 (MDT)
Great Reunion. I just got back to work and my computer today. I had a good time in Hotlanta and got to see and hug my doorgunner for the first time in 33 years. Got to watch someone propose to someone they love. Got to ride on a huey again after the same 33 years. That sure took me back. I saw some woman come back from her ride and she jumped out and fell to her knees and started kissing the ground. She was a bit white in the face and blue in the gills. Got to see old friends and made some new and got to play a round of golf in Atlanta. Man was it hot on the links. Then it rained. I was expecting someone to tell me i could put my poncho on after i got good and wet. Something the drill instructors at Ft. Knox used to do to us in Basic. I'm glad i got away from the first table i was sitting at for the dinner dance so at least Bud Rainey could win something. It was too late for the other table. The whole trip would have been good, but my Oldest brother had a heart attack when i got back to Virginia. He's getting better now, but had to postpone his operation to remove 1/2 of his colon because he has a tumor and needs to have it removed. I just hope it doesn't spread while he's trying to recover from his heart attack. Well, back to the grind stone.... Hope everyone else is doing ok... Rob
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Monday, June 30, 2003 at 12:06:50 (MDT)
the stuff i had to inject into my legs and stomach was alpha something interferon , which had to be kept refigegerated, was another pill they gave me to ,to work on the hep c. the rest was for side effects. prozac,for rage control, some temazepan for sleeping disorders, asprin for the heart,some stuff for blood pressure,ibufrofen for aches and pains. am off all but asprin, colesterol meds and ibufrofren.chuckle, they had me on a sucide watch when i was taking the shots and ask me how i was feeling. said," i feel like pulling a fire alarm and shooting everyone as they scurried out. Thats when they gave me the prosacic. They should give that stuf to football tems, makes u mean as hell. Thats all passed, am my calm cool self again.It was like the worst case of flu, crossed with malaria, when u first start taking the meds.uncontrolable chills,then fever,no engery,cant sleep,muscle aches,poor temer control, sucideal tendicies,sweats,no appitite..runs,lots of stuff,all bad. most pass within 3 weeks of starting. As i said b4, they have refined the procedure. Its not so bad anymore and they have tremendious more success rates now.most of these side effects no longer happen, but from what i understand, its still no picnic.The cost is about ,or was, 1,200 a month.I can truely say, thank u V.A. for saving my life. the drugs were free to me as this was a testing phase, all cost was picked up by the drug manifacturer.I did lose a few friends and almost broke up a relationship as this stuff made me quite crazy for a while, functional, but wild .Hep c kills more people per day than aids does in a year.They didnt even discover hep c intill the late 80s or early 90s. Lots of NAM vets have it, so please get tested.It can be passed thru body fluids, sex,using a toothbrush after someone with it,use of needles, tattos, and sometimes ...sometimes, they dont know how its passed.it isnt airborne.
alvis
USA - Monday, June 30, 2003 at 09:15:36 (MDT)
Hey Alvis. What was the name of the drug or drugs they gave for the hep C... Stacy 129th '71
stacy mclain gunner <mclain@infomagic.net>
flagstaff, az USA - Monday, June 30, 2003 at 03:06:45 (MDT)
Fred, Negative on Cups.....where were you & Kim???? Gale
Gale
Clinton, In US of A - Sunday, June 29, 2003 at 18:57:15 (MDT)
Sounds like a good time.....Did Jim(Cups)Massencup make it to Atlanta?????
Fred Skaggs
USA - Sunday, June 29, 2003 at 12:13:30 (MDT)
hello flight hi kal the e mail i sent hadMOVIE AT ALL DONT KNOW WHATS WRONG I SENT U E MAIL IT WENT THREW HOPE U GOT IT LET ME KNOW AND TO ALL MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS I WISH YOU WELL BE SAFE RAY
RAY <stilwating@aol.com>
street, md USA - Saturday, June 28, 2003 at 16:10:16 (MDT)
Welcome home Flight! IN READing the log, seems like you had a wonderful time wish i were there. Hey "Wink" where you a Peekskill police officer 10 years ago? If so i met you at some NAM VET function. Both my sons attend Lakeland Highschool. The oldest graduates saturday. He's in USAR, heading to Fort Jackson SC on the third for Basic & AIT. Upon return will attend Penn State/ROTC. Did you fly with RACEY? CLEAR DOWN (BuLLDOGG #135) "SLICKS ARE FOR KIDS", remember?
Leonard Adams <rtrwingnut@yahoo.com>
Mohegan Lake, Ny USA - Friday, June 27, 2003 at 23:38:32 (MDT)
Tom.. No sir.. No luck on the tickets. I bet I was within 30 a half dozen times.. Oh well I guess we will get em next year... Ray Gagner. I got a message from you with a "movie" attachment with it but it wouldn't do anything... I replyed to your address and it came back as "user unknown".. I don't know whats happening but it seems like a lot of people are having email problems lately. It may just be the system is getting overloaded.. I sure have been getting a lot of junk, spam, lately. Take care... Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu@email.com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Friday, June 27, 2003 at 21:08:13 (MDT)
Anybody have an updated email address for Sam Hennessee? The one on the register bounces back. Thx
Wells <starssoftball@hotmail.com>
USA - Friday, June 27, 2003 at 18:05:11 (MDT)
Alton, I sent you an e-mail and it came back unknown???? Gale
Gale <beardatpaige1@cs.com>
Clinton, In US of A - Friday, June 27, 2003 at 11:57:25 (MDT)
sorry jw, was aimed at jim westwang...hence j. w. suppose i should call him simtty. My fault. over
alvis
USA - Friday, June 27, 2003 at 07:02:32 (MDT)
Fred, I think you got me mixed up with someone else, I was there in 66& 67. Take care, J.W.
J.W. Wilson <kas3@ncfreedom.net>
USA - Thursday, June 26, 2003 at 16:49:35 (MDT)
I just recieved an e mail from someone in our group that has tested positive for hep c. I went thru fed trials to approve this treatment for use. V.A. wanted me and about 100 others as guinea pigs. out look was 9 in 10 die with out treatment. with treatment, it improved to 50/50. Since that time, the treatment has improved,and less side effects.To this person, i say, please take the treatments. The first 2 weeks were pretty rough,but its better than dying.I had to shoot myself, 3 times a week,once in the stomach per week.They had to put me on prosaic,sleeping pills,anti anger pills, anti sucide pills anti nausa pills,chills all the time, sick, flu,ect. Its gotten better, the treatment,as most of this no longer happens. It worked for me,there is no sign of the virus in my system now.The trials were in the late 90s i think. Please contact me if u want to talk or need a helping hand. I helped blaze that trail and am thankful that i did. u will be too.
alvis
USA - Thursday, June 26, 2003 at 10:17:30 (MDT)
HELLO FLIGHT...I BEEN TRYING TO E MAIL KAL BUT WONT GO THREW SAYS TO MAMY CARCTERS KAL IF U READ CAN U PLEAS E MAIL ME OR IF SOME KNOWS IT PLEASE SEND THIS IS WHAT I HAVE AND IT COMES BACK ,,,n8auu(a)email.com..... THANKS RAY
RAY <STILWATING@AOL.COM>
STREET, MD USA - Thursday, June 26, 2003 at 09:13:07 (MDT)
HELLO FLIGHT... GLAD TO SEE THAT YOU AND YOU MADE DEE MADE IT HOME SAFE MARK. I TELL YA WE ARE SO GLAD WE WENT.... IT WAS LIKE ONE BIG FAMILY WE NEVER FELT SO WELCOME. AND WE TOMORROW IS MY FRIST VIST TO THE VET CENTER.. I LET YOU KNOW HOW IT GOSE, CANT WAIT FOR NEXT ONE IN INDY... WE TRY FOR KOCOMOW U KNOW WHERE; ;-) MARK I HAVE SOME PIC TO SEND I SEND A FEW A DAY ... YOU PICK OUT ONES YOU WANY TO ADD TO SIGHTWANT TO THANKS.WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO PUT THIS SIGHT AND ATLANTA TOGETHER DID A WONDERFUL JOB .. AGAIN IT DONE ME SO GOOD IT HELPED ME ALOT TO MEET YOU ALL. WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW I LOVE YOU ALL OH WHEN I USE I. I SHOULD SAY WE GAIL THOUGHT IT WAS WONDERFUL COULD FEEL THE LOVE AND CARE FOR ALL.. WELL I RAMBLED ON ENOUGH TAKE CARE MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS A BROTHER ALWAYS RAY AND GAIL YOU ALL BE SAFE
RAY GAGNER <STILWATING@AOL.COM>
STREET, MD USA - Thursday, June 26, 2003 at 08:27:20 (MDT)
HEY, HEY ,HEY, WHO WANTS TO DANCE. 3WHAT AN GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL,GREAT WEEK. THANKS TOO YOU ALL FOR WELCOMING MY KIDS INTO THE FAMILY. THEY HAD A GREAT TIME AN WANT TO COME TO THE NEXT ONE,SO THE THREE OF US WILL SEE YOU ALL AT INDY..ITS GOING TO BE HARDTO TOP THIS YEARS REUNION, BUT WE WILL TRY, RIGHT >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> LENNY WELCOME HOME. ALMOST DROPPED MY YOU KNOW WHAT WHEN I READ YOUR HOMDE ADDRESS, LAKE MOHEGAN NY.THATS MY OLD STOMPING GROUNDS. I GROW UP THERE ATTENDED LAKELAND HIGH , GRADUATED IN 1966.WAS IN NAM MAR 69 TO OCT. 70 . FLEW WITH THE GUNS CALL SIGN WINK.WELCOME HOME.>>>>>>>>>>>> MRK MY CONTACT INFO NEEDS TO BE CHANGED, ITS STILL HAS MY OLD INFO. FROM 010 WITH LOVE WINK 3/69-10/70
barry winkler <cobra 129th@aol.com>
LAKELAND, FL USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 21:03:14 (MDT)
...Yo Flight...........Dee and I left the east coast Tuesday Morning at 8am and rolled in to Coldwater about 12 midnight. Did the whole ride in one day. Was ready to get home.16 some hours on the Harley. Yes er ree..Atlanta was spectacular....Huey ride, trip to Down Town Atlanta ( that Gently organized ) ;-), to get something to eat that we never did!!!!! The Joe Kline print from the 129th family gave to us that Paul Tenhet had something to do with. The quilt that Tom Pedersen's wife ( Doane ) took 2 years to make. It is beautiful. The candle ceremony for our POW/MIA's. Great idea Judith. The visits, and talks in the hospitality room. Gale and Debbie getting engaged.........and all the fellowship, love, hugs, stories, tears, and on and on and on!!!!!!! The new faces and the old ones. What a great group on family we have. AND YES, the challange is on for more to show up in INDY!!!!!!....here is the roster of those that attended the Hot Lanta gig....Robbie Robinson, Charles " Bud" Rainey,Ray and Gale Gagner, Jim Oliver,James " Smitty" Westwang, J.W. Wilson, Kal Bergstrom, Alton Page, Rick England, Don & Val McCort, Alex & Liz Frenwalt, Barry Winkler and his son Ryan and daughter Kristina, Rainer & Dee Bauer, Gently & JoeTom Pedersen, Lee and Carolyn Wood, Larry and beverly Ruff, Bill and Janet French, Gale and Debbie ( soon to be Beard) , Dave Nagel from Pittsburg called us at the hotel. He was a pilot for the 129th.67/69, and Dee and I.....pretty good numbers this year. Hope to see more in INDY.......thanks to all of you for helping make Dee and I feel as if we were really there with you in Nam. It warms are hearts......we love you all. Take care brothers and sisters......always a brother and sister, Mark and Dee
Mark & Dee Jackson <fourfour@bright.net>
USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 20:59:03 (MDT)
Dear 129th, Louise and I wanted to extend to each of you our sincere gratitude for making us feel so welcome the past weekend in Atlanta. My intention was to come by and visit for an hour or two - we ended up staying the entire weekend! I truly enjoyed meeting all of you, hearing of your experiences, as well as sharing the many pictures and photo albums. I had an opporunity to present to my 84 year-old father the 129th pin given me this weekend as a momento. He was deeply touched, and knowing him, that pin will remain affixed to his jacket indefinitely. I also presented to my sister, Ken's KIA candle (Gently-thank you). I hope to join you all in Indy and wanted to again express my sincere thanks for welcoming us. Dave Wells (brother of SP4 Kenneth Wells-KIA 3/67) Atlanta, GA
Dave Wells <starssoftball@hotmail.com>
USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 20:33:43 (MDT)
Jim, Susan cracked up when i read her ur comment on masters degree. It also seems you have gotten civilized since i last saw you. In the many positive adjectives I would remember u by, dear, sweet and gentle wouldnt have been included. chuckling here.You were unmerciless at spades, quite the opponet ,with that trump gleam in ur eye.We passed many an evening slamming cards and using very descripive, non complimentary words. it was great.Am happy u made it to a reunion, met the guys and ladies. great bunch of folks.Next year, we will get together. I challange all, yes all, to beat Jim and I in a game of spades.Anyone up for a tourmament?
alvis
USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 20:23:20 (MDT)
Congratulations Gale and Debbie, A Marriage is an agreement in which a man loses his bachelors degree and the Lady gains a Masters degree. Just kidding. J.W.
J.W.
USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 19:26:36 (MDT)
greetings Flight sounds like the reunion was a good one again. I'm gonna try for next year. James Westwang here is the e-mail address for Diane Strother Moy that I have, diane df78759@aol.com I hope it works for you. See ya all later. "426"
Bernie Hernandez <Bernie.Hernandez@HILL.af.mil>
Ogden, Ut USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 12:00:09 (MDT)
LZ Atlanta was the best yet! Thank you Alex for all the work you do supporting the Helicopter vets and all of us in the 129th family. Kal did you win anything at the raffle? I want to challenge each of the brothers of the 129th: You NEED to be in Indianapolis for the next reunion, this includes the pilots. I promise it will be the best 3 or 4 days you spend. I feel closer to the group that attends the reunion than any other friends I have. Mark and Dee you are in my prayers.
Tom Pedersen <safetyshark@aol.com>
Lawrenceville , ga USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 11:41:57 (MDT)
Gale- I think the expression is "Helicopter crews can always get it up." :>))) Jim Westwang(Dear sweet Jim) needs Claud Strothers wife's address. He is going to send her Clauds' candle which was on our Table of Honor at the re-union. I'm hoping that Bernie or Bruno can help him with that, or a phone number. Next gathering is Kokomo, Indiana in September. I hope the regulars can make it, and that many more of you think about joing us. Gently
Gently <jsinger@uwm.edu>
USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 10:57:13 (MDT)
Flight, David Wells ( brother of Kenneth Wells) and wife was at the reunion trying to find information on 986 that went down on March 05 1967, David was only 6 years old at the time and his parents could never talk to him about this. I think Mark knows how to get in touch with him, clear J.W.
J.W.
USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 05:17:10 (MDT)
WOW, I finally came down off my high and can type this. They had a time machine in Alanta in the shape of a UH1H, I can't say enough about the ride, needless to say I was 18 again for about 15 minutes. To everyone who was there it was great seeing you. Judith said it better than I could but I told my wife that I was closer to all of you than I was to my own brother. Dee said to tell all Hi and will see you next year. Rainer
Rainer Bauer <bauerrv@aol.com>
USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 19:58:38 (MDT)
Harrell, Yea...they must think that we can't get it up anymore. We are helicopter crewmen.....all we have to do is "pull pitch" and we're up. Stay off here you jerks. Gale
Gale
Clinton, In US of A - Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 15:53:07 (MDT)
Looks like you guys made the spam mailing list.
Harrell Guidry (191st AHC)
Groves, Tx USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 14:37:39 (MDT)
Flight: Well it's always good to be back home. But, this past week was the greatest. I had aolt of work to do with the VHCMA, but managed a little more time to be with our group. I will be working on getting the word out about INDY!!!! So, we can have another great group of Brothers and Sisters. Those of you that didn't make it, you missed alot!! The huey rides, what can I say. Thought I was 18 again. Our presentations of the Joe Cline print and the quilt that Tom's wife spent two years making and Gently thanks for our KIA candles and to top everything off Gale and Debbie's engagement, Liz and I wish you the best. To all of our first timers. I hope you finally been Welcomed Home from your Brothers And Sisters. I personally want to thank all my 129th family for sharing another reunion with me and Liz!! also all our VHCMA Brothers And Sisters!! Plus a huge thanks to Charlie Rains for an outstanding job for giving us a great reunion. Once again thank you my 129th family for taking the time to share with me and Liz in this wonderful reunion. Alex 129th FOREVER!!!
Alex Fenwalt <afernwal@midsouth.rr.com>
Collierville, TN USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 11:01:55 (MDT)
What a re-union.....we should have one every six months! Dancing with the ever-so charming Jim Westwang...there are no words, Jim; Dancing with Rick E. and Charlie(Bud) R, I have lots of words....you guys can really get down!; Gale Beard asking Debbie to marry him...Gale, you never fail to surprise us, what are you going to do next year? We are becoming more and more familiar with that quiet, secret side of you, and it makes me smile delightfully with fear; Congrats you two, can't wait for the wedding(I'm inviting Joe and I); the beautiful quilt hand-made by Tom Pedersons' wife and presented to Dee and Mark; our memorial service for our KIA, MIA, and POWs of the 129th; Kal driving his bike to Atlanta and back to Michigan totaling 24 hours; Rainier and his wife driving 22 hours total; the long trip to downtown Atlanta to eat taken by 21 of us, only to return to the hotel to eat(another Mark Jackson great idea!)because downtown Atlanta was basically closed; always finding someone from the 129th in our hospitality room to talk with; hundreds of photos to look at from your tours in Viet Nam; videos of the same brought in by some; happy but hesitant first timers; more wonderful fun-loving wives attending; Barry Winkler(quite the character!) bringing his very nice children; sitting poolside with the women and laughing(the re-unions are healing for us also); the photo ops; the laughs and the tears. Saying good by to everyone on Saturday, after the dance, was very difficult for me. With everyone one of you I hugged, the tears fell and my heart ached ..the tears want to fall right now remembering how sad it was, but my smile while remembering all of you will catch them. You are a wonderful family and I am very happy to be part of you. To Ray and Gail Gagner....Ray, you have come a long way in a short time, and now that you have met most of us personally, you know we mean it when we say that we are here for you. Make sure keep us posted on the Vet Center progress. Friends, these re-unions are wonderful gatherings and for those of you who were unable to attend, please, please join us next year in Indianapolis. We are all getting older and some of us are not that healthy anymore, so we need to take the opportunities presented to us to gather together very seriously. We need to meet the face on the other side of an email or of a posting on this site..before the opportunity passes us by, and it's too late. The memories we create when we are together are to be cherished and will live as long as we do...please do what you need to do, ask what you need to ask, to make sure we see you next year. The experiences of our re-unions cannot be equaled in any way, they are not to be missed. Fred, Ron, and Curt we looked for you every day, we looked for all of you everyday, and even though you were not there physically, you were there in spirit, and your spirit laughed, cried, and remembered with us. To the new men and women I met...you touched my soul and will remain with me forever. To my friends from previous gatherings...my heart is full of your love. Always,Gently
Gently <jsinger@uwm.edu>
Heaven, USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 09:35:37 (MDT)
HELLO FLIGHT... AND ALL MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS.. I MUST TELL YOU ALL ME AND GAIL HAVE NEVER FELT SO MUCH LOVE IN ONE PLACE AS WE HAVE THERE. FOR WHEN ONE HUGED YOU OR SHOOKED YOUR HAND IT WE COULD FEEL IT PASS THREW US FOR IT WAS SO REAL . WE WILL NEVER FORGET ANY OF YOU . GOING THERE WAS THE THE BEST THING WE EVER DONE WE NEVER MISS ANOTHER I PRAY WE ALL MADE IT HOME SAFE. I AM GOING TO A VET CENTER FRIDAY AT 3 I LET U KNOW HOW IT GOSE I HAVE PIC I SEND OUT . WILL TAKE A WHILE TO LOAD HARD PART IS NAMING THEM. IT WAS SO GOOD TO NOW HAVE FACES TO GO WITH ALL YOUR NAMES AGAIN I REALY NEED THIS IT HAS HELPED BOTH ME AND GAIL MUCH CANT WAIT FOR INDY, WELL AGAIN THANKS FOR YOUR WARM WELCOME IAM HERE TO STAY TAKE CARE ALL A BROTHER ALWAYS RAY BE SAFE
RAY GAGNER <STILWTING@AOL.COM>
STREET , MD USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 08:52:40 (MDT)
Thanks again Rick. Wow....is all I can say. To see everyone again and to meet the "newbies" and all the women,........the chopper ride was AWESOME & Debbie did fine,........the presentations to Mark & Dee are always emotional,........then top it off with me trying to get cameras in place so I could surprise Debbie with an engagement ring ( thanks Kal & thanks Gently...I think). Anyway, I pulled it off and all the confusion just added to the excitement. I wish everyone could have been in the room, but, it wasn't possible. Thanks Judith & Joel and Liz & Alex for the surprises. We love you all!!! What a family we have here.....true brotherly & sisterly love!! We got in late last night, so, had to wait until this morning to check in. Clear, Gale & Debbie
Gale <beardatpaige1@cs.com>
Clinton, In US of A - Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 08:49:38 (MDT)
Debbie and Gale congratulation on getting engaged. Mark and Dee are still out on the road we still need to hear from them. I don't know if I said this already but here it goes I missed Ron and Kurt at the reunion I know they did the run to the wall on Memorial Day so they are pretty tired after that. Flight be careful out there
rick England
USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 21:40:32 (MDT)
Hey Flight I see everybody made it home safe.I'd like to thank all of you that came to Atlanta, exspecailly the first timers.I'm sure you'll be back.It was a blast My wife and I had alot of fun The Heuy ride was great. But it was even better seeing you all. Later Don
Don McCort <Cobra00632 @ aol.com>
TN USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 20:56:41 (MDT)
Glad you all had such a great time and made it home safe. Sure wanted to slip over for Sat. almost had it scheaduled in but my wife of 28 years(the same girl who wrote to me almost every day at Lane) had to have surgury fri. and didn't come home till late Sat. had to be here. Have my sights set on Indy . looking foreward to seeing some pic's in here soon. By the way I remember it was first, last & M.I. But it's the M.I. I go by in civ. life so just call me Keith. Mark have you been getting my e-mails? clear left-----Keith
Ronald Keith Letson <onereb@bellsouth.net>
Corinth, ms USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 14:25:59 (MDT)
Fred Alvis asked for some como on the reunion... Well as for me, The chopper ride was probably tops but up near there was the tour of Atlanta that Tom Pedersen and his daughter Megan gave us. Megan being a recent graduate and art expert... took us to an Asian restraunt on our tour which has some of the best food I have run across. Thanks Megan, and Tom. Also up near the top was the presentation of an quilt to Mark and Dee that Tom Pedersen's wife had been working on for a couple years. It was VERY WELL DONE and I'd say it was professionally done. It had a big 129th Patch in the center and must have been the center of her life for a long time. There were many more things that were great to exprerence also and hopefully there will be a lot more of us at Indy next yeat to share in them. Well, enough of that for now. C U all L8r.... Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu@email.com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 12:58:28 (MDT)
Just want to say thanks for a great time in Atlanta. I glad to meet so many nice and friendly people, I should have attended one of these gathering earlier. Thank everyone for being so nice, I am very proud of being a part of the 129th family. I am already looking forward to Indiana. Alton 'Shadow' Page
Alton Page <Apage6130@aol.com>
USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 11:34:46 (MDT)
Folks, me again. Just found out after i posted that this new co. is having problems with the e-mail so my e-mail may be out awhile ( don't know how long). will let you know. Smitty
Jim Westwang <westwang@bresnan.net>
sheridan, Wy. USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 10:52:24 (MDT)
Gang, just made it home this am , got real tired after the long flights & Driving From Denver so I stayed in Casper last night, want you all to know it was one of the greatest experiences i have ever had (Thank you each & every one). when I get the pictures sorted out, i will try to e- mail them to some-all of you individually. I am still in shock & probably will not recover for a bit. Fred Alvis, I will take you up on the place to stay & am planning to Ride my Harley to Indy if I can. MY LOVE TO ALL WITH UNDYING RESPECT, Smitty
Jim Westwang <westwang@bresnan.net>
sheridan, Wy. USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 10:17:32 (MDT)
It was really great seeing my "adopted" family again and meeting some that I didn't know. Next year will be even better.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 09:38:49 (MDT)
Alex please tell me how or what I kind do to get the orders to help find some guys from the 129th?????
Rick England
USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 09:14:56 (MDT)
Fred we were talking about that at the reunion. That would be the way to do it. We talked about taking care of our hats, patches, decals, shirts, pins, and the web. Also setting up funds for what ever. This is probbably going to take some time to reach this goal but we have to start some were. The non-profit org. is a good idea.
Rick England
USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 09:05:34 (MDT)
next year is in indy....hmmm. Jim W.,you have a place to stay here in my home, if u want.Will try and find room for anyone thats bucks down so they can atend also.Sounds like u folks had a wonderful time, sigh, huey rides..dang, did I ever miss a good one. Has anyone given thought to a 129th organization, non profit?Maybe 5 bucks dues to cover a newsletter or something. Hey ray..am smiling at the thought of u meeting everyone, its great to connect faces with the names and to become true friends. Hey. lets have some como about the reunion so those of us that missed it can hear about it. sorry about me mising it but bringing over a family from Australia, plus 2 broke cars strapped me.Anyone know if anyone from the 60th ahc showed up? They are called ghostriders, not to be confused with that other unit by the same nic.Tehy were just north of Nhra Trang, at the white horse div. compound.Well, I better get busy, just have 3 days left of my vacation remaining.
alvis
USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 08:21:40 (MDT)
Looks like I pushed the wrong button and lost my commo I sent. Sorry about that. The reunion was great and seen alot of the brothers from past reunions and met some newbees HEEEEEEE. Missed seeing Alvis and Skaggs. For you that haven't been its a need to do trip. Next year is in Indianapolis. Ron and Kurt I missed you guys also. Kust I promise I won't bring My dog. HEEEEEEE Love you all be careful ou there Clear left I did it right this time I said clear right on the message I didn't send
Rick England <bd431@mindspring.com>
USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 07:58:16 (MDT)
Sorry clear left. HEEEEEEEEEEE
Rick England
USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 05:49:16 (MDT)
WOWOWOWOOOOWWW!!! 12 1/2 hours on the bike and I am home!!! The a** is not near as sore as it was on the way dowm!!!...LOL..But I did get one he** of a sun burn.. Oh well, it sure was worth it! I thought Louisville was good, and it was, but Atlanta was the best yet and I can hardly wait for next year, at Indy!!.. I must admitt that there were quite a few follows that didn't make it that were thought of and missed. Matter of fact a lot of names were mentioned and talked about...As already said, the Huey ride was GREAT!! And I am sure others will pretty well cover all the other happenings. It was GREAT seeing everyone and feeling us grow closer in our brotherhood. Later.... Kal..>>
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu(a)email.com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Sunday, June 22, 2003 at 20:19:38 (MDT)
Wow! what a great time in Atlana, I found the greatest group of guys a second time and the greatest group of LADIES for the first time, Thanks Max for sending me the e-mail that got me checking and posting on flight log. Eddie Mardis, I kept hoping to see you in Atlana. Some of Guys told me they had sent me E-Mails but I have not been receiving them, and I looked back thru all deleted items and could not find any thing from you. Clear J.W.
J.W.
USA - Sunday, June 22, 2003 at 18:08:09 (MDT)
HOTlanta was great! I will never forget that huey ride. Lee said mine really didn't count because I sat on the inside. Good to see and meet everyone. Take care. Lee & Carolyn Wood
Lee & Carolyn Wood <CWood86700@aol.com>
USA - Sunday, June 22, 2003 at 12:06:54 (MDT)
Lenny, when u first come into this site, instead of clicking on flight log, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and u will see it listed. What, Atlanta is this weekend? dang..... just kidding.rEALLY DO WISh i was there with all u guys, just couldnt make it hapen this year. Hope u all have a wonderful time and be safe.
alvis
USA - Saturday, June 21, 2003 at 08:47:29 (MDT)
Hi folks.. Just checking in from Atlanta.. ALVIS WE MISS YOU!!.. Welcome Home Lenny!!! Things are going great at the reunion!! Gale and Debbie got engaged tonight and we had a great presentation to Mark. A lot of people here, and we are having a BALL!! Had a really fun Huey flight today too. EAT YOUR HEART OUT.... LOL.. Going hit the sack now so I can have more fun tomorrow... Alvis, you won't be able to duck out on us next year as it will be in Indy... C U L8r... Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu(a)email.com>
In Atlanta, USA - Friday, June 20, 2003 at 21:21:24 (MDT)
Never mind I found it- no I have not been sniffing the narcotics.
sauers
USA - Friday, June 20, 2003 at 17:09:33 (MDT)
Fred Alvis-What site has the bomb on it? I am at work and have somewhat limited access- Thanx, Jeff
SAUERS
USA - Friday, June 20, 2003 at 17:07:24 (MDT)
hey lenny. check out the bomb pic on the front page of the site. The bomb was lettered on the uss nimiz,then droped on iraque.The navy guys think in squadrons instead of companies so thats why it says 129th ahs.My son did that in honor of us.
alvis
USA - Thursday, June 19, 2003 at 21:58:10 (MDT)
Thanx much to Don,Alvis,Max,J.W.,Gale for the rapid response.You truly made my day.I'm sorry I can't make it this time to LZ Atlanta.I'll keep a heads up for the next one. Standing By-Have a Great X,Clear&SafeDown,Lenny A.
Lenny Adams Sr.
USA - Thursday, June 19, 2003 at 15:09:29 (MDT)
hey flight, check out this site my son found for me. http://www.pressaprint.com/som/WeSupportU2.htm you can also go to it by clicking on my name below. it is really something, turn your sound up. Later, Don
Don Miller <hogleg244@yahoo.com>
Valley Farms , AZ USA - Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 23:09:46 (MDT)
welcome home Lenny.I cant make Atlanta either . I flew with Jim Westwang as a gunner sometimes.great site here thanks to Mark and Dee. Stand bye as more and more 129thers find their way home. We just missed each other as i got there Augest of 71. You will see alot of como about " pop a top" bar , in cold water ohio. Its the unoffical, or perhaps, the offical home of the 129th now.They have a great xmas party there also.stay cool brother, clear right, alvis
alvis
USA - Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 22:11:21 (MDT)
Hi Lenny. Welcome to the site. I'm not going to Atlanta, so feel free to email me or post here over the next few days. I was a gunner in the "3rd Herd" (slicks) of the 129th, 66-67, when it was still base at Dong ba Thin. Clear right.... Max
Max Whittington <Max@OregonPI.com>
Beaverton, OR USA - Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 18:07:44 (MDT)
EVERYONE PLEASE EMAIL ME.. I'm in a contest and the one with the most emails wins a TV, so PLEASE EMAIL ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mark Udo <financeinfo_fsl@emailacc.com>
Toledo, OH USA - Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 15:11:23 (MDT)
Welcome home Lenny, I am leaving for Atlana tomorrow morning. I was in 129th Oct 66 to July 67 and I was a medic. I hope you keep reading and posting.
J.W.
USA - Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 14:41:03 (MDT)
Welcome home Lenny. You will find that this is a great bunch of guys on this site. It might be a little empty for the next week because everyone who can will be in Alanta. If you are close or want to meet with a great group come on down. Leaving late tonite. Rainer
Rainer Bauer <bauerrv@aol.com>
Indy, USA - Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 09:43:38 (MDT)
Welcome home Lenny!! We have a fine family here. Headin' down to Atlanta this eve. Clear, Gale Beard 67-68
Gale
Clinton, In US of A - Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 08:00:44 (MDT)
Welcome Lenny !!!! well gang on my way ouy the door to Atlanta. See Ya there!!! Smitty
Jim Westwang <westwang@bresnan.net>
sheridan, Wy. USA - Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 06:22:05 (MDT)
Lenny, WELCOME HOME! ! ! Glad to see you found us. I was there from Mar 69 - Mar 70 I was in Maint.
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 21:03:00 (MDT)
Jubilation is all I can mutter!!! When I tripped over Mr.Mark's website,I didn't know how or where to begin..My tour was Jan-Dec 70.I had the Honor of flying with some of the bravest & talented Aviators ever to step on a skid! Would appreciate hearing from all those from 1st Slick Flt.,"Clear Down",Respectfully,CE of "TheNewYorker" Tail#135 & a few prior Hueys. P.S.Welcome Home to:Hewitt,Casey,"Cups","Zero" ect.The names are coming back now...Thanx,"Fire"
Leonard "Lenny" Adams Sr. <rtrwingnut@yahoo.com.>
Mohegan Lake , NY USA - Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 16:03:47 (MDT)
Ron, Happy Birthday !!!!! My present is i get to come to Atlanta, Be there 19th 1pm if all goes well 500 mi to drive then 1220 to fly (seems like a lot but i have good tunes. My cable co. was sold so new e-mail is westwang@bresnan.net , so they will forward for awhile but please make note. Be Safe; Jim
Jim Westwang <westwang@attbi.com>
sheridan, wy USA - Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 15:36:52 (MDT)
Jim, HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!!!!!!
Ronald Keith Letson <onereb@bellsouth.net>
Corinth, ms USA - Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 13:59:51 (MDT)
Kal, I will see you thursday night be safe
j.w.
USA - Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 13:28:45 (MDT)
Ray, See you Thurs afternoon. Everyone be careful & safe traveling. Gale
Gale
Clinton, In US of A - Monday, June 16, 2003 at 14:48:14 (MDT)
HELLO FLIGHT.. WELL THE TIME HAS COME THAT I HAVE BEEN WATING FOR TO MEET YOU ALL.. YOU ALL HAVE A SAFE TRIP AND SEE YOU ALL IN LZ ATLANTA... TAKE CARE ALL MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS... I FEEL I COME A LONG WAY SINCE I CAME HERE SO GLAD I DID I KNOW MY SPELLING IS NOT THE BEST BUT I TRY.. CANT WAIT TO MEET YOU ALL BE SAFE A BROTHER WHO IS PROUD TO BE PART OF THIS WONDERFUL SIGHT THANKS MARK AND DEE AND ALL WHO PUT IT TOGETHER RAY
RAY <STILWATING@AOL.COM>
STREET, MD USA - Monday, June 16, 2003 at 11:37:54 (MDT)
Flight: Our wake up is here!! Heading for LZ Atlanta!! Clear Left and out!! Alex
Alex
USA - Monday, June 16, 2003 at 06:05:15 (MDT)
Hey!! Ron Correction on the wrestler. He wasn't a vietnam vet, but his friend was. So thats how he got the t-shirt. Well looking forward to seeing everyone in Atlanta. It will be great meeeting everyone new and having seeing the regulars. We lost a VHCMA Brother yesterday. Dennis Schumacher he lived Mesa AZ. He was a past Presidentof the VHCMA and one of the founders. Dennis never missed a reunion. Well my brothers and Sisters 1 day and a wake up to LZ ATLANTA !! be safe. Alex
Alex
USA - Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 10:19:26 (MDT)
happy birthday to you all. its sometimes hard too believethat over thirty years has past since my tour in nam. boy dose time fly, each year is a plus. >>>>>> mark i know i've asked you before but if you can ,look in the extra room you have in your house, the one you told me last year you use as storage for my photo alblum blue cover.im su7re i gave you the book in louieville so you could place some of the pictures in the wed site. look if you get a chance.+++++++++++++++ gale shoes are ready ,see you all in a few days. wink 3/69- 10/70 from 010 with love
barry winkler <cobra129th@aol.com>
lakeland, fl USA - Friday, June 13, 2003 at 20:20:44 (MDT)
You are right Ron, it is Tuesday (Happy 51) & welcome to the site, You goin to Atlanta. I am looking forward to meeting a lot of new people there. I was there 71-72. Was in the 120th for a time in 69 (maybe i can find a couple of those folks too?). Later, Jim
Jim Westwang <westwang@attbi.com>
sheridan, Wy. USA - Friday, June 13, 2003 at 16:03:43 (MDT)
The 17th is Tuesday, and it mine too. I'll be 51. Now ain't all that finer than frog hair? Ronald K. Letson 72-73
Ronald Keith Letson <onereb@bellsouth.net>
Corinth, ms USA - Friday, June 13, 2003 at 14:05:42 (MDT)
Happy Birthday Al, we are brothers in Gemini,mine is Mon 17th but only 52, just a pup yet. Be safe & looking forward to meeting you in Atlanta. !!!!! Jim
Jim Westwang <westwang@attbi.com>
sheridan, Wy. USA - Friday, June 13, 2003 at 12:02:02 (MDT)
Flight: Well have afew minutes to enjoy my 57th birthday (Friday 13th). Mark glad you and Dee are home!! One Day at a time. Yes!! Liz and I will get into Atlanta on Monday. Just got the tail rotor blade painted and Charlie got the lettering on it done. We recieved the prints from Joe Cline that he donated for the raffle on saturday night. Also donations from plenty of others including a friend of Jack Gilnmore's. Looks like a lot for the raffles. Ron the t-shirt the guy was wearing was signed by alot of the guys at reunion in Phoenix. I started with one t-shirt for a member whom was ill and we end up with about 10 t-shirts for ill brothers whom couldn't make the reunion and the wrestler was one of them. Well, I am really looking forward to meeting all our new Brothers And Sisters. Max (sgt. Twiggy ) maybe one day before we get to old!! As I look back to 91 when Liz encouraged me to make my first reunion. A handful ful Vietnam vet whom were in helicopter units, but just me from the 129th. 7 years passed before Glenn Pearmain came on board at LZ Dallas. But, LZ Denver Bernie H. and Lary Buller. Then LZ Charlotte with the help from Mark Jackson the reunion's took off. Every year the 129th gets larger and larger. Wiil must head out. Have 50 hours in at work and and just a saturday night closing to go. Don If your working Saturday night at the Zone give me a call. Always A Brother!! Alex
Alex Fernwalt <afernwal@midsouth.rr.com>
Collierville, Tn. USA - Friday, June 13, 2003 at 06:32:20 (MDT)
hey Dave, been a long time since i saw that one. Ron
Ronald Keith Letson <onereb@bellsouth.net>
Corinth, MS USA - Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 18:52:20 (MDT)
How many of you have written a similar letter home from Vietnam? (I found this one on the web). Enjoy! Dave Short Timer Letter A standard Short Timer Letter was sent back to "the world" when a GI was getting close to going home. A copy of the complete letter (from 1971) is included below: Dear Civilians, friends, draft dodgers, etc. In the very near future, the undersigned will once more be in your midst, dehydrated and demoralized, to take his place again as a human being with the well known forms of freedom and justice for all; engage in life, liberty and the somewhat delayed pursuit of happiness. In making your joyous preparations to welcome him back into organized society you might take certain steps to make allowances for the past twelve months. In other words, he might be a little Asiastic from Vietnamesitis and overseatisitis, and should be handled with care. Don't be alarmed if he is infected with all forms of rare tropical diseases. A little time in the "Land of the Big PX" will cure this malady. Therefore, show no alarm if he insists on carrying a weapon to the dinner table, looks around for his steel pot when offered a chair, or wakes you up in the middle of the night for guard duty. Keep cool when he pours gravy on his dessert at dinner or mixes peaches with his Seagram's VO. Pretend not to notice if he acts dazed, eats with his fingers instead of silverware and prefers C-rations to steak. Take it with a smile when he insists on digging up the garden to fill sandbags for the bunker he is building. Be tolerant when he takes his blanket and sheet off the bed and puts them on the floor to sleep on. Abstain from saying anything about powdered eggs, dehydrated potatoes, fried rice, fresh milk or ice cream. Do not be alarmed if he should jump up from the dinner table and rush to the garbage can to wash his dish with a toilet brush. After all, this has been his standard. Also, if it should start raining, pay no attention to him if he pulls off his clothes, grabs a bar of soap and a towel and runs outdoors for a shower. When in his daily conversation he utters such things as: "Xin loi" and "Choi oi" just be patient, and simply leave quickly and calmly if by some chance he utters "di di" with an irritated look on his face because it means no less than "Get the h___ out of here." Do not let it shake you up if he picks up the phone and yells "Skyking forward, sir" or says "Roger out" for good-bye or simply shouts "Working." Never ask why the Jones' son held a higher rank than he did, and by no means mention the word "Extend." Pretend not to notice if at a restaurant he calls the waitress "numbah one girl" and uses his hat as an ashtray. He will probably keep listening for "Homeward Bound" to sound off over AFRS. If he does, comfort him, for he is still reminiscing. Be especially watchful when he is in the presence of women ----- especially a beautiful woman. Above all, keep in mind that beneath that tanned and rugged exterior there is a heart of gold (the only thing of value he has left). Treat him with kindness, tolerance, and an occasional fifth of good liquor and you will be able to rehabilitate that which was once (and now a hollow shell) the happy-go-lucky guy you once knew and loved. Last, but not least, send no more mail to the APO, fill the ice box with beer, get the civvies out of the mothballs, fill the car with gas, and get the women and children off the streets ----- BECAUSE THE KID IS COMING HOME!!!!!
Dave Powers
USA - Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 16:36:20 (MDT)
Alvis, you and Susan better show up at Atlanta!!! If you give it a chance I bet that you won't regret it. Mark, make sure that you don't leave "257" by herself for too long! ;o( Barry, you have your "wink" shoes warmed up for Sat night??? Gale
Gale
Clinton, In US of A - Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 19:53:32 (MDT)
mark an dee so greatful you two are home an doing well. you'll find in time that you will not give a it second thought, take it from me an as you two have seen i have more fun without the booze.and you two will too. gald you two are going to reunion. can't wait to see everyone.
barry winkler <cobra 129th @aol.com>
USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 13:22:44 (MDT)
Flight: unless there's some unforeseen financial act of God in the near future, I won't be able to get to Atlanta from Oregon, this time. Would some of you please ask around and see if anyone recalls running into Lt. Tom Wallace ó perhaps at another duty station, if not in Vietnam? I'd really like to get in contact with him. Also, I mentioned in a previous posting about hurting my back while moving into my new digs. It was still bothering me after a month, so I finally broke down and went to the VA hospital emergency room. Got there at 3:30 in the afternoon and it was packed, wall to wall. Left and came back at 8:00 that evening; two guys who had been there at 3:30 were still waiting! Finally saw the ER doc at about midnight, and he said it was just a bad sprain, and gave me some meds. Saw my primary care doc later that week, and she sent me immediately to x-ray. Turns out I've got a "compression fracture of the mid-thorasic vertebral body." No wonder the sucker hurts! Had to stop setting posts for my new fence, and other hard labor, for about the next month. Oh well... Take care, and have fun in Atlanta.
Max Whittington <Max@OregonPI.com>
Beaverton, OR USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 08:48:02 (MDT)
wtg Mark. Your doing great.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 08:29:53 (MDT)
Mornin' Flight.............a month ago I would have had about 2 drinks in me already and getting primed for the day......this is day 24 of not touching the stuff.....sure feels good.......thanks to all that have spoken thier support for Dee and I and your prayers. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!....Atlanta!!!!!!!!!!!!...Yes , yes , yes!!!!!!!!!!!Really looking forward to the reunion this year Lots of new faces to meet....Hey Freddie Boy.....hope you and Kim are going to be there!!!!!!!!!!......Have been trying to work on as much of the 129th page as I can to insert new CONTACTS that have been setting in our mail box fer a spell......sorry that it has taken me so long......got stuck in a rut and just could not find my way out.....was spinnin' me tires.......is, great to see all the commo in here....Art Kidd...sent you an e-maillast night but ut came back bad address.....has yours changed??.....if so....please update me and I will make the change. Sam Hennesee???you gonna be in Atlanta.......I bet Alex and Liz are packed and ready to go. I pretty sure they have to get there early to get the ball rolling. .............would be nice to have a head count to see just how many are plannin' on being in Atlanta..........Dee and I are doing very well........wish the same for all of you.............it is so grand to be among the proud and part of the greatest unit that was even in Vietnam.......... Oh....by the way.....I was contacted by Scholastic Inc....a company that makes text books for schools. They ask permission to use Larry's Last letter home in their next addition that will be sold to 1,000's of schools......will be printed not only in regular type, but also large print, Brail, sound recordings and speacial editions for use by physically handicapped by approved non-profit orginazations.............is that neater then a feeder house on a Johne Deer combine, or what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!........I know that Larry never thought that he would be an author at one time in his life!!!!!!!!!!!!........he didnt like school very much. Quit when he was 16......and now he will be back in it to help teach. The name of the text will be, Memories Of Vietnam: War in the First Person. Publication : 2003 , Territory : World , Distribution : Schools , Use in promotional and/or teacher training materials.. ...welp....gotta go to the Bar.....NO....not to drink, to work.......Funny thing.......my addiction is only 2 feet behind at the bar , but I have no erge to touch it......I am grateful for that......Thanks Lord.......ya all take care and 6 and a wake up for Dee and I.......will lift off on the New "257" ( Harley next Tuesday and ETA at LZ Atlanta is Thursday.........take care 129th Family.......all traveling , Gods Speed to you and be safe.............bring your scrap books........always a brother and sister......mark and Dee
Mark & Dee Jackson <fourfour@bright.net>
LZ Sober, USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 05:15:20 (MDT)
Ron in the sticks, a good friend of mine, Mark Coleman, won that UFC a few years ago. Mark and I played softball together for my mother`s bar back in 92 and 93. Mark and his wife(my mother introduced them) are good friends of my mom. Mark was Big Ten wrestling champ at Ohio State. I thought I was the only one who watches that stuff. It`s "outlawed" in Ohio. Mark brought Steve Severn into my mother`s bar back in 96. Both are smart guys and have their college degree`s and real even tempered. Steve went to Arizona for college. But I`ve seen Tank Abbott go at it...he`s more of a good "street brawler".
Fred Skaggs
USA - Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at 22:16:50 (MDT)
Hi everyone, been a long time since last post but read daily. I was watching UFC (Ultimate Fighting Champs). I saw Tank Abbott and he had on a T Shirt with a Sky Crane on front, said LZ Arizona, with a lot of signatures on it. Does any of you know anything about it. Good luck to everyone going to Atlant. Be safe. Ron C.
Ron
out n the sticks, MS USA - Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at 19:52:47 (MDT)
smiling here. Hey Jim, U have a great time in georgia. You deserve it. Will be fun seeing shadow, one of the best pilots we had in my book. Still up in the air weather i can make it. My family are metting at the old homestead in northeastern tenn at the same time. I would have to drive thru there. havent seen my mom in perhaps 10 years.Havent been to my dads grave in fort benning georgia since he was buried,30 years ago. You guys cross ur fingers i can get my old rattler trap running. would like to shoot thru for a day,say high to all. When i went to the louisville one, I felt like a cat on a hot tin roof, only stayed about 20 minutes, then had to get the hell out of dodge.Any way, u guys have a great time , eat a peach, there great. clear right.... alvis
alvis
USA - Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at 19:26:01 (MDT)
I Got a message from an old friend WO Alton Page. Through some sort of intervention ?? I am supposed to be at this reunion in Atlanta so will share a room with Mr. Page & Hell or high water will see you all there. I am flying out of DIA on the 19th though & will show about 1pm. Everyone be safe & looking forward to seeing some familiar faces & meeting some new ones. I have been pounding in this page since 1997 & feel like i know a lot of you already without meeting you. My love,brother/sister hood & undying respect> Smitty
Jim Westwang <westwang@attbi.com>
sheridan, Wy. USA - Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at 17:41:52 (MDT)
hello mark and dee give me a call sometime we never talk love you danny pool
danny pool <dwpool1962@aol.com>
celina, oh USA - Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at 16:37:49 (MDT)
Looking for Knave Cobra Former WO Royce.Vietnam 1966-67.
Arthur Kidd <artkidd@scrr.com>
Charleston, SC USA - Monday, June 09, 2003 at 16:56:33 (MDT)
HELLO TO ALL MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS. I CANT WAIT TO MEET YOU ALL SEE YOU ALL IN ATLANT..A MARK AND DEE WILL BE GOOD TO SEE YOU TO JUST REMBER ONE DAY AT A TIME ..I WISH YOU ALL A SAFE TRIP A BROTHER ALWAYS RAY BE SAFE
RAY GAGNER <STILWATIN@AOL.CON>
STREET, MD USA - Monday, June 09, 2003 at 07:53:02 (MDT)
Ron Letson, Welcome home brother! We have a great family here at the 129th. Hope you can make the reunion at Atlanta. Gale Beard 67-68
Gale
Clinton, In US of A - Monday, June 09, 2003 at 06:50:38 (MDT)
hi it's been 30 long years. i was with the 129th at lane in 72-73 at the end
Ronald Keith Letson <onereb@bellsouth.net>
corinth, ms USA - Sunday, June 08, 2003 at 19:16:06 (MDT)
Good evening 129th Family: It's great to be back. Welcome home Art. You are among your Brothers and Sisters now!! Jim westwang, sorry your not going to be joining us in Atlanta. Hope next year I will have the honor of meeting you. Kal, Sorry the bike isn't ready yet. But, will be glad to see you again. To the rest of my Brothers and Sisters Atlanta is only about 7 days and a wake up!! It's will be great to see our 129th family again. Always A Brother Alex!! Mark and Dee glad to hear your back Home!! Were all here for you Both!!!
Alex Fernwalt <afernwal@midsouth.rr.com>
Collierville, TN USA - Sunday, June 08, 2003 at 19:00:09 (MDT)
OK JW.... Alvis.. I will be coming thru Indy on Wed and you a Susan are welcome to ride down with me. I will be driving a car as the bike won't be ready. I will be leaving for home on Sunday. I can use the company... Send me your phone# if interested. C U L8r.... Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu(a)email.com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Sunday, June 08, 2003 at 18:41:35 (MDT)
Kal, everything is looking great.
JW
USA - Sunday, June 08, 2003 at 18:30:55 (MDT)
just put rod bearing in my car only to find piston skirt parts laying in the oil pan. Sigh, guess it wasnt a rod knocking after all. My second caR now has a blown head gasket. Good thing we bought Susan a car. Atlanta looks distant at this point, but one never knows.Hope u heal fast Jim, my friend. Its nice to see someone i flew with in here.
alvis
USA - Sunday, June 08, 2003 at 14:44:31 (MDT)
Oh yes, Mark & Dee glad you are home. You both have been in our prayers and thoughts. Take care and as one of the other brothers said, you have our support all the way. We love you guys. Liz
Alex Fernwalt
USA - Saturday, June 07, 2003 at 17:00:40 (MDT)
Hello flight!!! We are back on board and ready for Atlanta. This apartment is sort of small with all the boxes and such, but it is only temporary. We hope to be in our new home by the end of August. Yippee!!! Alex is working and I told him once I had this thing up and running I would drop a line to all of you. Take care and we look forward to seeing you in Atlanta. Liz
Alex Fernwalt
USA - Saturday, June 07, 2003 at 16:59:15 (MDT)
Mark, It seems that i have to have some kind of theme for my web pages. You gave me that. I hope this does not offend anyone as it is only what i have read from your stories. This is only out of respect for your brother Larry. Still a brother from Indy. John S. www.geocities.com/indyjohn46222
JOHN S. <indyjhn3@msn.com>
indpls., in. USA - Saturday, June 07, 2003 at 13:43:00 (MDT)
Hey JW... Reservations are made (a while ago).. I will get there Thursday and will be lookin for you on Friday... All anyone should have to do is ask where the 129th room is located and we will be there. It won't be long now!!!!.... B Cin U... Kal..>>>
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu@email.com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Saturday, June 07, 2003 at 01:54:52 (MDT)
hi flight, i was wondering if Fred S has gone to Holland, I have not seen him post in about three weeks.
jw
USA - Friday, June 06, 2003 at 18:53:05 (MDT)
well, what an emotional roller coaster this is. I have wanted to come to the reunion & almost made it. Am separating from the VA due to Medical reasons & thought I might be able to get the time but alas it is not to be, i shall be swamped with other things. I also fell & hurt my left knee quite badly the other day & will be recovering from that awhile, not broken but maybe an mcl or acl tear ( for those of us who are football fans, we know what that means. Ray Gagner, Thank you for reaching out to someone you have never met, you are truly special. All who are attending the reunion, have a blast but be safe. I cannot drink anymore but those of you who do , please tilt a couple for me. I will be thinking of you. Love & respects; Jim
Jim Westwang <westwang@attbi.com>
sheridan, Wy. USA - Friday, June 06, 2003 at 16:45:37 (MDT)
Jim Oliver...your new email address please. Additionally, I'll be out of town until the 16th, so hold your emails my friends. Atlanta is right around the corner! Gently
Gently <jsinger@uwm.edu>
USA - Friday, June 06, 2003 at 14:09:06 (MDT)
Looking for John Judge from Brooklyn, NY.
art kidd <artkidd@scrr.com>
North Charleston, SC USA - Friday, June 06, 2003 at 13:00:08 (MDT)
I was in the gun platune flew mostly on the Hog, Cobra 666. Flew mostly with WO Sales call sign Soupy.
art kidd <artkidd@scrr.com>
North Charleston, SC USA - Thursday, June 05, 2003 at 13:18:20 (MDT)
Is anyone (Male) going to the reunion alone & could or would like to share a room? I just found out there is a possibility i may be able to go. Please get back to me ASAP either through the page or at me e-mail. Mark/Dee ( welcome home) day at a time x 21 years. It can be done. Help from above is a must. Love any many Thanks, Jim.
Jim Westwang <westwang@attbi.com>
sheridan, wy USA - Thursday, June 05, 2003 at 10:12:43 (MDT)
Mark & Dee glad you guys are back home now. Getting away is good, but itís great to be home. You have a great support system, use all of them. How far is Lima? Donít worry about all the stuff. It will be there waiting for you when you are ready. One day at a time......My Wife & sweetheart (Janet) and I will be able to make thew reunion after all. Look forward to see yaíll. Rick and Bob, thanks for the Kick in the Ass. Things are getting better. Frenchie 68-69
Bill French <fren6222@bellsouth.net>
Savannah , GA USA - Wednesday, June 04, 2003 at 20:38:59 (MDT)
Hi Art. I was in the 129th from about June of '66 until March of '67. Alex Fernwalt, who posts here on a regular basis, was there for some of that time, too. I've sent you an email with more info. Bite and Strike! Max
Max Whittington <max@oregonpi.com>
Beaverton, OR USA - Wednesday, June 04, 2003 at 15:56:52 (MDT)
Welcome Home Art! There's a few of us on here. I was at Dong Ba Thin from May til August in 67. In August I made it to Lane Field as a crewchief and then 2nd Plt maint. til May 68. Were you in the 129th AHC? Gale
Gale
Clinton, In US of A - Wednesday, June 04, 2003 at 15:50:39 (MDT)
looking for anybody who served between Oct 1966 and August 1967.
arthur kidd <artkidd@sc.rr.com>
North Charleston, SC USA - Wednesday, June 04, 2003 at 14:36:25 (MDT)
Yes, Atlanta! It is just a matter of two weeks! I can't wait to see some of you again, meet more of you and your spouses. Gently
Gently <jsinger@uwm.edu>
USA - Wednesday, June 04, 2003 at 08:55:00 (MDT)
Jamie, I received the shirt yesterday. Thank you very much. Mark and Dee, i'm glad you're back home where you belong. Hello Flight, and i'll see all of you that are going to Atlanta in a few weeks. Rob
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Wednesday, June 04, 2003 at 05:42:36 (MDT)
Wow! My ETD for Atlanta is only two weeks from tomorrow night....I can't believe it's about here already. :o] Gale
Gale
Clinton, In US of A - Tuesday, June 03, 2003 at 15:07:41 (MDT)
Mark and Dee-we are here for you. Take it day by day, and "Welcome home," you two. Gently
Gently <jsinger@uwm.edu>
USA - Tuesday, June 03, 2003 at 11:12:38 (MDT)
Mark & Dee....."carry on" Brother & Sister!!!! Luv ya both....Gale
Gale
Clinton, In US of A - Tuesday, June 03, 2003 at 07:04:57 (MDT)
welcome home Mark and Dee.Glad to see u guys are getting better.
alvis
USA - Monday, June 02, 2003 at 10:38:15 (MDT)
Hey 129th family....Dee and I are back home now.....she is still going trhough the program in lima as an out OP and I will also being doing that closer to home. I hated the thought of going back to INDY for groups. Only good thing about INDY was our daughter and grandkids were there.........will try and clear up all the left behind work I have neglected here while I was on my stuper....have a great day, one day at a time......always a brother and sister........mark and Dee..........
Mark Jackson <fourfour@bright.net>
USA - Monday, June 02, 2003 at 06:30:36 (MDT)
May 30, 2003 By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF..... On Day 71 of the Hunt for Iraqi W.M.D., yesterday, once again nothing turned up........ Maybe we'll do better on Day 72. But we might have better luck searching for something just as alarming: the growing evidence that the administration grossly manipulated intelligence about those weapons of mass destruction in the runup to the Iraq war......... A column earlier this month on this issue drew a torrent of covert communications from indignant spooks who say that administration officials leaned on them to exaggerate the Iraqi threat and deceive the public........ "The American people were manipulated," bluntly declares one person from the Defense Intelligence Agency who says he was privy to all the intelligence there on Iraq. These people are coming forward because they are fiercely proud of the deepest ethic in the intelligence world - that such work should be nonpolitical - and are disgusted at efforts to turn them into propagandists.......... "The Al Qaeda connection and nuclear weapons issue were the only two ways that you could link Iraq to an imminent security threat to the U.S.," notes Greg Thielmann, who retired in September after 25 years in the State Department, the last four in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. "And the administration was grossly distorting the intelligence on both things."............. The outrage among the intelligence professionals is so widespread that they have formed a group, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, that wrote to President Bush this month to protest what it called "a policy and intelligence fiasco of monumental proportions.".......... "While there have been occasions in the past when intelligence has been deliberately warped for political purposes," the letter said, "never before has such warping been used in such a systematic way to mislead our elected representatives into voting to authorize launching a war."....... Ray McGovern, a retired C.I.A. analyst who briefed President Bush's father in the White House in the 1980's, said that people in the agency were now "totally demoralized." He says, and others back him up, that the Pentagon took dubious accounts from .migr.s close to Ahmad Chalabi and gave these tales credibility they did not deserve............ Intelligence analysts often speak of "humint" for human intelligence (spies) and "sigint" for signals intelligence (wiretaps). They refer contemptuously to recent work as "rumint," or rumor intelligence............... "I've never heard this level of alarm before," said Larry Johnson, who used to work in the C.I.A. and State Department. "It is a misuse and abuse of intelligence. The president was being misled. He was ill served by the folks who are supposed to protect him on this. Whether this was witting or unwitting, I don't know, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt."................ Some say that top Pentagon officials cast about for the most sensational nuggets about Iraq and used them to bludgeon Colin Powell and seduce President Bush. The director of central intelligence, George Tenet, has been generally liked and respected within the agency ranks, but in the last year, particularly in the intelligence directorate, people say that he has kowtowed to Donald Rumsfeld and compromised the integrity of his own organization................... "We never felt that there was any leadership in the C.I.A. to qualify or put into context the information available," one veteran said. "Rather there was a tendency to feed the most alarming tidbits to the president. Often it's the most ill-considered information that goes to the president................. "So instead of giving the president the most considered, carefully examined information available, basically you give him the garbage. And then in a few days when it's clear that maybe it wasn't right, well then, you feed him some more hot garbage."............................ The C.I.A. is now examining its own record, and that's welcome. But the atmosphere within the intelligence community is so poisonous, and the stakes are so high - for the credibility of America's word and the soundness of information on which we base American foreign policy - that an outside examination is essential..................... Congress must provide greater oversight, and President Bush should invite Brent Scowcroft, the head of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and a man trusted by all sides, to lead an inquiry and, in a public report, suggest steps to restore integrity to America's intelligence agencies....................... THERE IT IS!!!!!!!
The Patriot <jimbob@yehoo.com>
US of A, IN. USA - Sunday, June 01, 2003 at 22:06:20 (MDT)
package arrived. will post money order tommorow, monday. ty jammie, they look great.
alvis
USA - Sunday, June 01, 2003 at 07:05:28 (MDT)