2011 Archive

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Gale
USA - Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 22:32:25 (MST)
Flight, Happy 2012......goin' to bed now!!
Gale
USA - Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 22:29:37 (MST)
Happy New Year! Pray for Peace..like we always do! L-G
gently
USA - Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 16:33:04 (MST)
Wishing aLL THE 129TH. BROTHERS A VERY, HAPPY, NEW YEAR. MAY , 2012 BE A GOOD YEAR FOR ALL. Hoping and praying all the returning Iraqui and Afghanistan Vets a good life and good jobs and a very Happy ew Year, 2012.. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 11:56:42 (MST)
Can we wish you all a happy New Year and all the best for 2012. Simon, Nina, Bradley, Phil, Jo and the rest of the 509 crew.
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
Mellor, 509 County UK - Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 10:13:13 (MST)
here's wishing all brothers a safe,healthy,and prosperous new year.... lenny m. usa
lenny m usa
USA - Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 09:37:08 (MST)
Happy and safe 2012 to all my brothers and friends! Kat and Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 09:12:58 (MST)
Happy Birthday Jim Hydinger. Time goes by so fast. I think you got to the 129th in 1966. Along with J.W. Wilson. Hard to find the early guys. Gerald Morgan is bring his grandson down to Memhpis for the Libery Bowl game tomorrow. Gerald was in maintence in65/66. Glad to Fred is making progress. Va sent a letter stating my psa came back high. Their making an appointment for testing. I asked if they were checking the right blood. They have at times mixed things up. I feel great!! Looking for to Reno. Everyone have a safe New Years. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, December 30, 2011 at 10:07:20 (MST)
I just loive how all this VA talk is being discussed. I never would of dreamt that this site would be of medical help for you guys. What an awesome thing. God is good and works in mystrieous ways. ..........Tommie, what photo are you talking about???/.....always a brother...............
Mark
USA - Friday, December 30, 2011 at 08:55:12 (MST)
Ted,we talked at kokomo, about that picture you have with the 129th on the helicopter,I hope you still have it. Is there anyway to get a copy? my email is-barbtompiazza@gmail.com--thanks
Tommie
USA - Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 18:46:28 (MST)
that is very interesting to me dennis. My two lowest vertebrae are ruptured. now I have a synovial cyst that formed and they don't know how to handle it. the va wants to try aqua-therapy for now. I sure need some reief soon. anything that will give me some relief sounds good to me, accupuncture is alsop an option. I have an appointment in one week. thisgives me some options to ask for. can't get surgery because of heart condition. just have to wait and see. later brothers lenny m. usa
lenny m. usa
USA - Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 18:05:42 (MST)
I guess I just got lucky, was medically retired after Heart Surgery in 79 with 60%. Then in 83 when they put in the first of many pacemakers I got 100% That doesn't even add for Diabetes and lower back nerve damage do to hard landings and 20+yrs of OTR truck driving. I can't Gabapentin or Viacadin cause of side effects( constant constipation). Now my most favored drug for nerve pain is no drug at all. I get Acupunture as needed from the Pain Management Clinic at my VA Hosp. Tests have revealed that my 3 lower vertebrae are ruptured but I opted out of surgery and get Acupunture and PT. My drs have proven to me that by getting my Diabetes under control my Neuropathy would be controlled. Long story short. My blood sugar is under control with diet and meds and the neuropathies are gone. Hope this info helps. Dennis class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau <d1st2no@live.com>
Roseville, CA USA - Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 16:29:58 (MST)
It took me 13 years to get it, 10%in 96,40 in 2000, 70 in 2009, and 100% in 2011, and went to them in 72, got treated like crap, went for help in 84 again and same thing again. Finally stayed with it after putting up with all kinds of crap, and them losing records 3 times, finally went to my congressman and got the 30,took another 7 years. Bottom line,dont give up. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 11:27:46 (MST)
jim -dustoff- thats the bitch of it jim. guys assume those that get pensions, all get 100pct. i first got 10pct.,then after several years,30ct., then after more fighting 60pct.,then after more fighting 100pct. the message here is "keep fighting". DONT GIVE UP. if you went there nd fought there ,you deserve it. by all means get some political help. senator john heinz and american legion svc. officers helped me. BY ALL MEANS "FIGHT" later brothers.... lenny m. usa
lenny m. usa
USA - Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 10:57:29 (MST)
Lenny,I also take gabapentin every 12 hoursand use elastic socks for the circulation in my feet and legs,I have elastic gloves for my hands.I have had pain in my feet and legs for the past 7 yrs.This last sept.Kokomo trip was helped by Paul McGrath comeing down to St.Louis to pick me up and we both went to Kokomo together and then he took me home as I could drive any distance because of the pain.I have been trying to get VA comp for Hypothyroidism for 7 yrs.No luck.I have been surrering with super hard stools since 1969.over 42 yrs after the fact they examined me for Hemmoroids and denied my claim again.I have Type 2 Diabets,PTSD,missing trigger Finger,deformed Middle finger rt hand. Cleft palit with no teeth.I am only 80%.If you can answer the telephone,you cannot get va unemployment comp.
Jim <Dustoff>
Shiloh, ILL USA - Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 09:53:49 (MST)
Lenny, as Ken said, you can copy and paste to Word and erase what you dont need and move other stuff around. I'm glad that you are useing the 129th site to vent. It's here to help you guys in any way it can so vent away brother.............God Bless you and and keeping all of you guys in our prayers here...............always a brother............
Mark
USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 19:46:51 (MST)
animal, i recall the day that john paul vann visited the 129th. I was with eddie barry just walking along and we see this rather small man, didn't know who he was. if you ever get the chance' read the book 'a bright shining lie'. its all about the operation when he was killed. a very good read. col. black jack anderson and i believe major jones was on recovery team. lenny m. usa
lenny m. usa
USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 18:09:34 (MST)
Ken, I take 1 gabapentin 3oo mg. every 8 hours. i hate the side effects, but it sure as hell helps me. i couldn't sleep at night it hurt so bad. but i am doing better. if i could help you brother' let me know. lenny m.
lenny m. usa.
USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 17:59:58 (MST)
Not sure the best way, but I cut & paste the log into word, move things around and than print it. As for what we have going on, maybe they will figure it out when we have all passed on. I have Nerauopathy on my whole right side & no idea why. Just met a Vet the other day who has ALS and when I was talking to him he started with some of the same problems in his arms & legs before ending up in a wheelchair. My thing is still having to deal with all the pain which we live with. Still wish there was just one pill that worked to make things better without knocking you out or with too many side effects.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 17:13:38 (MST)
I need to provide the VA with some of your comments here. Does anybody know how to print the first page of the flight log? It would be very helpful for my case. Thanks.
Ron DeBates
Big Timber, MT USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 14:59:03 (MST)
I do get 100 pct. service connected. I.m sure glad of that.Just have so many health problems. can't enjoy a damn thing. thats why i can;t make a reunion. later brothers. lenny m.
lenny m. USA
USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 11:27:02 (MST)
Fred Skaggs, or if someone should read this, I tried talking to him earlier but was cutoff by the operator at where he is for some reason. just let him know my prayers are with him and hope he recovers well. Thanks. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 09:18:09 (MST)
I forgot to add, they also just diagnosed me with diabitis.
lenny m. usa
USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 08:38:03 (MST)
a few days before x-mas, t got a letter from va granting me 10% disability for exposure to A/O. I have ischemic heart disease, peripheral neuropathy, constant leg and foot pain and i don't know what to expect next. when i put in for A/O exposure in 87 they said i had no signs of exposure. I got squat. all i can get now is insurance for my wife when i take the deep six.I went out 3 times a day on my truck for rations. that stuff was all ground up in the soil on those dirt roads. NO WE WERENT EXPOSED111 bull-shit.I'll be 71 in march. dopn't know what to expect. just have to hope for the best. this is why i 'm glad i connected with the 129th. i can vent my anger to guys who understand. be strong brothers, hang in there. lenny m.
lenny m. usa
- Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 08:29:11 (MST)
Hope all turns out well for you, Ron and Fred Skags you are in my prayers. no doubt our paths crossed many times, Ron and Fred.Recall the same thing about using our ships to spray AO, also recall washing the crap off of 373 with a fire truck after it was useed to spray AO in the Ankhe pass,although supposedly according to records, we never did.Nervous disorders can be contributed to AO also, recall same thing onmy skin also, especially around my neck and scalp.redness.. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 08:07:52 (MST)
Ron,After each Dustoff mission we had to wash our face and hands and arms.It seems that the Huey Props would pull AO into the copter and the troops had the Chemical all over their uniforms.I can remember my skin burning just before washing.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 22:07:23 (MST)
Ron de Bates. So good to see your post. and thanks for the advice to the gang here.Dont be a stranger.;-) Hope all is well with you guys...................always a brother........
Mark
USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 17:43:00 (MST)
Take care Ron..you're in our prayers. L-G
Gently
USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 17:41:48 (MST)
Just talked to Fred and Kim. He's such a kick!! Good spirits - said he's doing well. Gave Kim some advice on getting the VA into this. I was just diagnosed with ischemic heart disease - compliments of Agent Orange - and am working with my service officer on it. I know some of you tell horror stories about the VA - but I have to say - they are treating me first rate. For some of you who were there at the same time - remember we put the Agent Orange in the bed of the helicopter and then go spray the rice paddies in the mountains. I recall when we came back from the mission we were told to take solvent and wipe the aircraft off to avoid the chemicals eating the paint - nothing was ever said to us about what we just breathed in much less were we given any protection from it. Freddie was my gunner on a couple of those flights. The new federal benefits guides from the VA finally includes heart disease as one of the identified complications from Agent Orange exposure. I encourage you all to take a look as it changed from last year. And get friendly with your local state service officer - do NOT try to fight for benefits from the VA without enlisting some aid. Don't demand - be patient as it's still the government and they move at a snail's pace - but it works. Or so it has for me. If any of you are in Fred's area and can recommend the name of a service officer to Fred and Kim that would be most helpful. Take care brothers...
Ron DeBates
Big Timber, MT USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 16:12:12 (MST)
Mark F., everything has its pro's & cons.For economic reasons,on post/the barracks.No rent or leases,Opening up the utilites-water,the power company.If you live of post you "will"need a home phone,furniture etc. Living off post you will not have to put up with the barracks crowd, barracks parties,the instructors coming in early in the mornings & Motivating the students- barrack inspections.Maybe the barracks for the time being. Until you check out the going rates for rents/leases etc.With todays economy the land lords mmay "jack up" the rents. Be care there are some nasty Land lords.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 09:56:54 (MST)
Just got off the phone with Freddie Boy Skaggs. Sounds good but says he has to learn to walk all over again. Left side is just not working. Says he isn't pinching any of the nurses because he has to rely on them to get him in and out of bed. Plus he says they are way bigger then him and they would probably put him in worse shape then he is already. Guess we can rest assured Fred still has his sense of humor. Wanted me to tell everyone THANKS for thinking and praying for him and Kim.....................................
Mark
USA - Monday, December 26, 2011 at 18:33:46 (MST)
Jim!!!!! Happy Birthday Christmas boy! Bet you get cheated on gifts..LOL!!! Kokomo in 2012....no excuses! Thanks for letting us know Sue. L-Gently
Gently
USA - Monday, December 26, 2011 at 11:36:02 (MST)
Should I live off or on post at Ft. Rucker, during flight school? I am about to move down to rucker for flight school as a commissioned officer. I wont know anybody down there at first, and I am not sure if I should live off/on post? My confusion comes from I dont know how I am supposed to find a roomate in time before I sign any type of lease, and I dont know whether its overall better to live on/off post. .... Anybody that has been through army flight school please help me out!
Mark Fischer <fischermark@hotmail.com>
Beatrice, NE USA - Monday, December 26, 2011 at 10:25:29 (MST)
Alvis-I hope you get an "early" delivery appt @ Wal-Mart DC.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, December 26, 2011 at 09:56:02 (MST)
Happy Birthday Jim!! Hope to see you at another reunion this year............ Gale
Gale
USA - Monday, December 26, 2011 at 08:04:59 (MST)
Happy 65th birthday to you today, Jim. I hope all your 129th appreciate and know what a great vet you are. He's always thinking of his fellow vets! Have a great day, honey!
Sue Hydinger
USA - Monday, December 26, 2011 at 08:00:02 (MST)
well, enough sitting around, time to go back to work,,headed to Cullman, Alabama, Wal-Mat dist. center there needs whatevers in the trailer I am hooked to.Go ot and buy stuff, I neeed the work,lol. Freddy, still high hopes for you, my friend, hope you are recovering nicely.
alvis
USA - Monday, December 26, 2011 at 06:24:36 (MST)
Happy Holidays! Go Pack Go!
Jim Hydinger
USA - Sunday, December 25, 2011 at 20:50:26 (MST)
Gale, Thanks for the Christmas card and a Merry Christmas to All.
Paul Boggs
Niles, MI USA - Sunday, December 25, 2011 at 20:11:49 (MST)
Thinking of all of you today...Merry Christmas! L-G
gently
USA - Sunday, December 25, 2011 at 17:06:53 (MST)
merry xmas to all
paul mcgrath
USA - Sunday, December 25, 2011 at 11:24:56 (MST)
MERRY CHRISTMAS, i hope you all have a great day.
Kevin Dutton <huey-fan-club@hotmail.co.uk>
Manchester, UK - Sunday, December 25, 2011 at 11:01:07 (MST)
Merry Christmas to all of the 129th family and associates. Thanks to all for your kind remarks and I hope you all enjoyed the ornaments.............this was the 10th year. Always a brother, Gale
Gale
USA - Sunday, December 25, 2011 at 09:26:42 (MST)
Merry Christmass and Happy New Year to all
J, W. Wikson
USA - Sunday, December 25, 2011 at 06:36:54 (MST)
Animal, that was Gary "Wayne" Hagg (aka Mickey-Mouse) with us that day ****still have some of the pictures we took posing like big game hunters with it ***********Best wishes to all this year and beyond ****************Snoopy *********
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Sunday, December 25, 2011 at 06:26:03 (MST)
Animal, that day i was stuck in Tuy Hoa, on TDY, with Gabby and Dennis Faucher Gibson, cant remember the C/C name.I believe thats the day we lost the bird.
alvis
USA - Sunday, December 25, 2011 at 05:01:32 (MST)
Animal,We are haveing our own Tropical X-Mas here in St.Louis w/54 degrees just right for swimming.Have a nice one.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 22:10:48 (MST)
Christmas day, forty years ago.........I think I remember John Paul Vann walking through the Company area; We paused a volleyball game to give him his recognition.......Then I got to fly some sort of ROK mission that ended early........Then Festus, myself, Gary Woodward, and I'm sorry to say I can't remember the fourth crewman did a little big game hunting in Binh Dinh. After shooting up a few peacocks Gary brought down a large horse with antlers. I later discovered it was an Elk. We landed and I stayed on the controls ready to leave quickly as we were in the middle of nowhere...........Gary, Festus, the ROK RTO and gunner X got out and tried in vain to lift that huge animal into the aircraft......No way it was going in......They ended up strapping it's antlers to a tie down on the floor and we took off for Regimental HQ with it hanging out the side.......The RTO must have tipped the base off as there were hundreds of ROKS waiting for us when we flew in....... After the obligatory pictures, the Regimental Commander claimed Gary's Elk as his; "Any animal in my Regimental Area belongs to me".......I don't know what we would have done with it anyway; it ended up as Christmas dinner for a lot of Koreans..........To all my Brothers out there; Take care or yourselves, Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!!!!!!!
Animal
HI USA - Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 21:50:29 (MST)
Merry x-mas and Happy New Year to you all
Shorty
USA - Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 21:23:15 (MST)
Also we are having a white Christmas here, which is rare for here, God Bless all our troops overseas and away from home .
Gary L. Mount
USA - Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 20:01:39 (MST)
Merry Christmas and a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to all my 129th. brothers from West Texas, the LlANO ESTACADO,,..... Tex 70-71...
Gary L. Mount
lubbock, tx USA - Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 19:54:50 (MST)
merry xmas to all.
alvis
USA - Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 19:35:44 (MST)
We want to wish you all the Merriest Christmas. A special wish goes out to my son in Afghan (Lt. James Wolf). Love you all. Bill & Kat
Bill & Kat Wolf
USA - Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 14:18:09 (MST)
Hey Gale Merry X-mas my friend. What a feeling it must be for that guy."66 huh.They are great cars.They all were-Camaros,The 442's,the chevy S/S-Mustangs etc.Mine is going to be "restored". I cant get it back to its original status.But I'll be showing off on the main drag with a Cream C/D going full blast.I'll bet some of the younger crowd won't even know what kind of car it is. the '66 & 67 have interchangeable parts. The only difference is the grill & the rear tail lights.Man I can just heat the dual pipes when he cranks it up.S0 Alvis good luck with your 350CI project.Let me know what car your putting it in.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 10:37:11 (MST)
Hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. Will raise a glass to you all. A speedy recovery to Fred etc. Simon, Nina, Brad, Phil, Jo and the rest of the Huey crew.
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
Mellor, 509 County UK - Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 09:52:28 (MST)
Just spoke with Fred. Speech is pretty good and he assures me he will do what the rehab people say. Says he has not been pinching any of the nurses etc. which is good as Kim would probably kill him. Guys it is important that he keep his attitude in the correct place so let's make sure we keep after him. Jeff 70-71
Snapper
USA - Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 09:12:12 (MST)
Freddie is at Kessler Acute Rehabilitation Center in Chester, NJ. The address is: Fred Skaggs - Room 105 201 Pleasant Hill Road Chester, NJ 07930 His phone number is 973-252-4911. His room phone can only call numbers in NJ, NY and PA or any number that starts with (908). Please call me to keep his spirits up. He needs to hear from you. Kim
Fred Skaggs Update <ac459429@earthlink.net>
USA - Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 07:43:15 (MST)
I Remember that time crystal city Rick White and Doug Ward came to the wall meet me because that was my first time there. Also met the group from X-Ray. Merry Christmas to all and be careful out there The Ironbutterfly
Rick England
USA - Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 05:42:46 (MST)
Hiya Bro's, Haven't seen anyone since Kokomo, so I had to send you something to say hello. Quote from writer Tom Clancy, "Helicopters don't fly, they vibrate so violently the ground rejects them." A wonderful Christmas to all........
Howard DOC Geeve
Franklin Park, IL. USA - Friday, December 23, 2011 at 22:41:43 (MST)
Mark, his name is Les Cauchi and he's an ole "doo wopper" that was in the "Brooklyn Bridge" with Johnny Maestro. They used to be the Crests. Les was drafted just before me and was in the 129th 67-68, although, I didn't know him. I've been in contact with him via email for the past few years and he even called me once. I've been trying to get him to a reunion or Kokomo. It seems he always has a gig. Johnny Maestro died a year or so ago, but, apparently the group is still pretty active playing around the east and for cruises...........maybe he will show one of these days. Joe, good luck buddy. Gale http://www.j-maestro-bklyn-bridge.com/music.html
Gale
USA - Friday, December 23, 2011 at 22:16:46 (MST)
Monday was my surgery on my left eye Iowa city next to the VA great folks, now it will be about 8 or 10 weeks befor I can see again they say i have about 90 to 95% recovery then, folks dont get old if you can help it. Have a Merry Christmas & a great New Year Love you all clear on the right out.
Joe
USA - Friday, December 23, 2011 at 19:55:37 (MST)
Hey Gale, wasnt there mention one time on here about a 129th guy that was in a singing group? Kinda a do wop group?....can you advise?........wishing all of you guys and gals a Blessed Christmas and a Peaceful New year from Dee and I............always a brother....................
Mark
USA - Friday, December 23, 2011 at 19:41:35 (MST)
heres wishing all 129th brothers a very merry christmas and a happy new year. lenny m. usa
lenny m. usa
USA - Friday, December 23, 2011 at 16:26:37 (MST)
Bruno, I know a guy just down the street that has the '66 GTO that he had in highschool. I don't know who he's saving it for, but, I've only seen it out 2 or 3 times in the last 30 years.........I don't understand it. Drive it like ya own it!!!
Gale
USA - Friday, December 23, 2011 at 13:27:33 (MST)
Fred A. My land line is 956-727-4579. I know you're all over.But If & when you're in Laredo give me a call & we'll go out form some good tacos.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx USA - Friday, December 23, 2011 at 11:06:24 (MST)
Hi flight, I talked to Kim {Fred's} wife a few minutes ago, Fred phone # at rehab center is 1-973-252-4911. He is in rehab from 9:00am to 10:30am and from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. He would like to talk to you guys and gals. Take care, J. W,
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N. C. USA - Friday, December 23, 2011 at 11:03:20 (MST)
Merry Christmas & Good Will to men. Fred Alvis, yeah I got a '67 GTO. I've got it at one of the local body shops restoring it. The restoration is going slow. But, its going. The frame with all the fuel & brake lines, brake drums,A-Frame bushings is all done. The body just got done the other day. I had to replace the trunk floor,fender wells (front & back), the cabin floors.The rubber bushings on the frame to mount the body. I got a TH 400 tranny - i've had it overhauled @ one of the local shops. It's like brand new dude :-))).I/ve got a 400 cubic inch motor of a "71 Firebird.The engine is stock-It's still to stock spec's . I plan to "Put some gooodies" in it. AS far as I know There are no GTO's in Laredo. So I am going to gloat when I put it out on the street. I've believe that the gears on the differential are 355's-good for the highway & help keep the rpm's down. I like the old technology better.Today's cars have too much Electrical stuff-sensors for this,sensors for that.Even the shifting on the transmissions are electronically controlled by the computer. I'm going to get it ready for the street rather than the srtip. Mana I've said a mouthful & then some. Merry christmas & have a safe & happy new year.Dawg 426 out>
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Friday, December 23, 2011 at 11:00:43 (MST)
Gael,Thanks for the card.I want to wish both the 129th ahc family and the 498th dustoff family a merry Christmas.Please keep our troops in your prayers for the holidays.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Friday, December 23, 2011 at 09:55:19 (MST)
Liz and I want wish our 129th Family a Merry Christmas and a safe New years. I had the Honor of meeting all Hal Moore's group in Cystal city. They have a reunion every Veterans day. Charlie Rains had a hospitality room in the same hotel. He personaly interduced me to Hal Moore, Joe Galloway,Freeman,Crandall and may more from LZ X-Ray. Charlie was with the 229th Cav. Bob Woods and I walked with them in 2002 Veterans parade. As a recall Rick England and group and Sam & sharon Hennesse were in D.C. to hear Hal and Joe speak. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, December 23, 2011 at 09:28:52 (MST)
Hope&Pray all is well with you&yours. From my family to yours,have a Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year. Give a moment to consider our service men and women who will not be home for the Holidays.(Remember those times?) May God Bless! luv you all my Bite & Strike Alumni. Sincerely, Lenny,Elke,Len Jr.,LT.Dan,&fam. Clear left.
Lenny Adams <rtrwingnut@yahoo.com>
Mohegan Lake, N.Y. USA - Friday, December 23, 2011 at 07:25:32 (MST)
morning flight, this is a shot in the dark as they say. as you all know that i lost my a few months ago and she left her home to me an my sisters. becuase of the depressed market and that its a pre-fab we'er finding hard to sell it. its a two bd two bath home in a 55 plus community, gated, 1000 sq. ft.. we are looking to get $15,000 out of it. she paid $70,000 for it, the only draw back is that one pays lot rent the land is not owned by home owner.the home is 5 years old. the home is central to disny world and legoland. if anyone is interested or knows someone who maybe give me a call. cell # 863-370-0633 wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 08:42:12 (MST)
Glad you guys got the info on Fred. I am honored to have met you fellas. Fred hjas some might good friends, that is for sure. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year!
Freds Friend
USA - Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 05:35:18 (MST)
Hey gang, just found this on Fred Skaggs Facebook page#################################Freddie is at Kessler Acute Rehabilitation Center in Chester, NJ. The address is: Fred Skaggs - Room 105 201 Pleasant Hill Road Chester, NJ 07930 Tel 973.252.6300 ..................I'm gonna drop a card in the mail to him..........take care all and have a blessed Christmas. We really do have lots to be thankful for..........................always a brother............
Mark
USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 21:16:49 (MST)
Gale thank you very much and merryxmas
Tommie
USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 18:00:44 (MST)
Fred, I hope you have a speedy and complete recovery Brother. Only 1" of snow here so far this year. Can this really be upstate NY?
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 09:12:27 (MST)
1st I want to wish everyone a "Merry Christmas" & Happy New Year in hopes that we all do better next year. I think I am getting over my bugs from Kokomo at last so just back to my normal problems of being an old Vet. Will be turning my attention back to campsites for Kokomo for the first of Feb again shortly. Last of all need to take a moment to remember all our dear friends who we have lost this year & to thank those who came to the Reunions. I still pray to see more new folks while we are still able to do these.
Ken Strong Jr. 72-73
Summerfield, FL USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 07:42:10 (MST)
Jim, also that was 1965.
Dave
USA - Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 16:53:05 (MST)
I should have added that there is a lot of bad internet info on Capt Freeman. Many sites quote USAF when in fact he was a member of A Company, 229th CAB, 1st Cav. The unit was commanded by Maj Bruce "Old Snake" Crandall who also received the MOH for his actions at LZ X-Ray. Both have streets named for them at Ft. Rucker.
Jeff
USA - Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 15:27:25 (MST)
Actually, Ed "Too Tall" Freeman passed away on 20 Aug 2008 at the age of 80.
Jeff
USA - Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 15:18:03 (MST)
You're a 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded and dying in The jungle somewhere in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam .. It's November 11, 1967. LZ (landing zone) X-ray. Your unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense from 100 yards away, that your CO (commanding officer) has ordered the MedEvac helicopters to stop coming in. You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns and you know you're not getting out. Your family is half way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day. Then - over the machine gun noise - you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter. You look up to see a Huey coming in. But.. It doesn't seem real because no MedEvac markings are on it. Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you. He's not MedEvac so it's not his job, but he heard the radio call and decided he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway. Even after the MedEvacs were ordered not to come.He's coming anyway. And he drops it in and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 3 of you at a time on board. Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire to the doctors and nurses and safety. And, he kept coming back !! 13 more times!! Until all the wounded were out. No one knew until the mission was over that the Captain had been hit 4 times in the legs and left arm. He took 29 of you and your buddies out that day. Some would not have made it without the Captain and his Huey. Medal of Honor Recipient, Captain Ed Freeman , United States Air Force, died last Wednesday at the age of 70, in Boise, Idaho May God Bless and Rest His Soul. I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, but we've sure heard a whole bunch about Lindsay Lohan, Dr. Murray, that sicko Sandusky, and a 72- day sham marriage .
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 12:25:34 (MST)
Fred, wishing a speedy recovery. Got to watch how you say, what you post around here You might be given the “Slow Hand Salute”. Wow you Elvis why don't come south where it's warm? Hope you get back home in time. This is going to be the best Christmas ever, Right? Of course it is. Because it is up to me to make that decision. I hope everyone joins me... Frenchie No Hand Salute Today....
Bill F 68-69
USA - Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 12:03:01 (MST)
Just wanted to add that Volunteering doesn't just look good on a Resume, It's good for the inner you and your community Dennis Class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau <dennis.fuerstenau(at)me.com>
Roseville, California USA - Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 11:10:04 (MST)
Seasons greeting to one and all, I'm having one of the best Holiday Season in a long time. My Health is actually improving, i'm more active and happy. I've learned to just Take a Breath. All of that being said, we all know the real Reason for the Season, and I will close with "MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, AND A HAPPY NEW YEARS TO YOU ALL" Dennis Class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau <dennis.fuerstenau(at)me.com>
Roseville, California USA - Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 11:07:01 (MST)
Get well Fred!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Animal
USA - Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 08:39:28 (MST)
Fred you and your Family our in our thoughts and prayers. The 129th is here for you. JW appreciate the info on Fred. Has anyone heard anything about Roger Cress? Alvis, see you'll be in my area of Ohio. Barberton is off 76 east going towards Akron. Blink you will the 4 exits. Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Christmas. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 08:32:16 (MST)
TO Fred's Friend: From all the brothers of the 129th AHC thanks for keeping us posted. Please feel free to post any updates or pass this website to Kim's Mom. Many of us flew with Freddie as our gunner during 1970-1971. For some reason all these 40 years later he is the one I remember best. Thanks again for the info. Snapper, 70-71
Jeff Sauers
Lake Norman, NC USA - Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 08:14:07 (MST)
Thanks ghoastrider for asking me to post this info here. This is the message I recieved from Freds MIL on facebook.... Fred got moved out of ICU late yesterday. He and Kim called us about 8:00 last night and we got to talk to him. Of course he is sad that he thinks he ruined Christmas for everyone. I thought he talked pretty good, speech somewhat slurred at times. His thinking appeared to be really good. He has to stay rather quiet for 72 hours after they gave him a certain medication. They are also watching him closely so he doesn't get a bleed. Might talk about therapy today too! I think he has a good outlook but will need therapy to get all his mobility back. ..
Fred's friend
USA - Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 06:59:33 (MST)
short time home, leaving out in 1/2 hour, hope to be home xmas day but they aint promiseing anything. Merry xmas to all and hopes for heath and happiness to you and yours. Get better Freddy.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 06:26:22 (MST)
Gale, thanks buddy, merry xmas. Bruno..you got a GTO? what year. Every time I go to Ladero, I ask if anyone knows youI kinda get strange looks till I tell them we served together in Nam..Gale,I get by Summit again, I gotta buy you one of the t shirts they have with a 55 ford truck on it,,think its a 55 anyway.
alvis
USA - Monday, December 19, 2011 at 17:55:36 (MST)
best hopes for freddy boy. Hope he has a speedy and full recovery. Darn shame it has to happen a week b4 xmas...Bought a set of rings for one cylinder at Summit(12 bucks) , next to Akron, Ohio. I stop in there, or the one in Atlants, every time i pass by them.Putting the bottom end together now. Thinking about some Vortech heads.
alvis
USA - Monday, December 19, 2011 at 17:50:14 (MST)
Junior Varsity member is offline Joined: Feb 2011 Gender: Male Posts: 282 Location: Durham, NC Re: Friends of A-Dam/Fred « Reply #7 Today at 7:23am » -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The only update I got is Fred is in intensive care. He cant move left arm. Dont know about leg yet cause they wont let him up. Dont know about speech and such. MRI today. I got this info through freds mother in law on facebook.... I got this from Tar heels united Read more: http://tarheelsunited.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=general&action=display&thread=888#ixzz1h1qFQMKV
J. W. Wilson
USA - Monday, December 19, 2011 at 17:19:43 (MST)
Does anyone have Freddie and Kim's phone #.
Jeff
USA - Monday, December 19, 2011 at 16:41:08 (MST)
Best wishes to all for the hollidays.....Gale and Debbie if you get my card back because the address changed, Ill be happy to let you know what it is now. I look forward to each one every year. And Fred I wish you speedy recovery....Tails Clear Left......Matt Casey
Matt Casey
CA USA - Monday, December 19, 2011 at 12:07:16 (MST)
Prayers sent out to Fred and Kim Skaggs...
Dave
USA - Monday, December 19, 2011 at 11:37:12 (MST)
Gale and Debbie, I showed the card with the Lane photo on it to my daughter. She said the shape resembles the "Superman" logo... it fits (heh, heh).
Dave
USA - Monday, December 19, 2011 at 11:31:52 (MST)
Jeff, look on "tarheelsunited home" under old well. One of guys is on facebook with Fred's mother-in-law.
J. W. Wilson
Kinston , N.C. USA - Monday, December 19, 2011 at 11:14:11 (MST)
Flight, sorry guys...maybe I jumped the gun. From the commo, I thought Fred had passed. Does anyone know for sure what the story is?
Gale
USA - Monday, December 19, 2011 at 08:10:41 (MST)
Fred?????????? I can't believe it! Slow hand salute brother................
Gale
USA - Monday, December 19, 2011 at 08:00:25 (MST)
I just posted on Freddy Boys Facebook page that we are thinking og Kim and him.......
Mark
USA - Monday, December 19, 2011 at 07:27:09 (MST)
Au man, Freddy Boy. Dang! Prayers headed up Kim for you and Fred. Let us know how it's going. Dang!!!!!!!!!!..............
Mark
USA - Monday, December 19, 2011 at 07:23:07 (MST)
My prayers to Fred and Roger also.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Monday, December 19, 2011 at 05:33:18 (MST)
J.W. WHAT SITE??
Jeff Sauers
USA - Monday, December 19, 2011 at 05:10:44 (MST)
Hi flight, I just saw on another site that Fred Skaggs wife {Kim} found him in bathroom this morning .{possible srroke} Prayers to Fred and Roger.
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N. C. USA - Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 18:57:31 (MST)
Always interesting to me what the crews did early on in the 129th. , especially around Christmas.Im sure we had it made compared to the ones that were before Lane was built.Any idea just when exactly that was and by whom? When did you move in to Lane.? Im glad I had a bunk to sleep on out of the weather, plus all the other benefits, cloths washed, boots shined,clean cubicles and hoochs, maintenance and the line shack and a chow hall. Gosh durn we were lucky compared to the early 129thers. Were we involved in the battle of LZ Bird, it was around Christmas time, in 66, I recall read a book about it once. Hope everyone is doing well this time of year. Clear right, Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 11:05:46 (MST)
My wife and I would like to send a Merry Christmas and a Happier New Year to one and all at the 129th AHC Family. As for myself, I'm doing much better but still have about another month before going back to work. I've been down since Kokomo (September) with a blood clot and other blood clot related problem. God Bless one and all.
John Sartor
Oceanside, Ca USA - Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 08:52:57 (MST)
mor5ning flight, gale got your card and decoration nice idea with the map. thanks. merry xmas to all . wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 09:05:49 (MST)
Gale, thanks for the decoration, it is right out front on the tree. Ted, yes, I flew and was checked out in the "A" model. It was late '66 or very early '67. I don't remember much about how it handled as I was too impressed with the sounds it made on startup.HaHa. Having only flown reciprocating engine aircraft up untill then I really got off on hearing the igniters clicking and the whine of the turbine as it reved up. Sure brought the memories back.. We will be hitting the road Christmas day and will be off line for a few days. I hope to be in AZ the 28th but the WX could slow thing down a bit. I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!... It is snowing here now and that makes me wish I was on the road now..!!.. Take care Brothers and Sisters.. C U L8r..
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 08:50:22 (MST)
gale and debbie, thank you so very much for the cards. they are greatly appreciated. lenny m.
lenny m. usa
USA - Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 07:25:06 (MST)
to all the 129th family we wish all a Marry Christmas & a Happy new year, most of us guys at Christmas homes again it is so great to have so meany frends here, our prayers are with you. see you next year allway Brother, amd you to Mark you are the Man and I mean it. cleat om the right Bull Gog 745 out.
Joe & Kristy Nicolich
nauvoo, IL USA - Friday, December 16, 2011 at 18:43:24 (MST)
Just had a thought. Do any of you pilots remember flying a UH-1A in flight school? I had at least one training flight in one. Seem to remember it handling a bit quicker then the B and D models. Smaller rotor and 850 HP if I remember right. Just wondering.
Theodore Buisker <skyking@stateline-isp.com>
Davis, IL USA - Friday, December 16, 2011 at 18:42:17 (MST)
I sent an email to Mike Solar's wife telling her that those of us who knew him were proud to have served with him and that he would be missed. She sent me a reply with an agent orange question. If anyone has any info, Mike's email is #mdsolar@msn.com# minus the pound signs..........Thank you for the kind words. Mike was diagnosed with Squamous cell pancreatic cancer Sept 7, 2010. They gave him 4 to 6 months and he passed away Jan 21, 2011. He was very stronge and passed with grace. I'm looking into if this rare cancer was caused by agent orange. Have you heard of anyone else that you knew that was in Vietnam with you guys that has cancer? Mike went so fast. He went for his 6 month flight physical in Sept. and that is when they discovered it at stage 4. What a shock! He is greatly missed. Thank you and take care. Darlene Solar
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Friday, December 16, 2011 at 14:26:21 (MST)
Christmas have come upon us once again. Some of us spent our 1st Christmas with the 129th in 1965. Dehydrated turkey flakes and what looked like ivory soap flakes for potatoes. C-rations never tasted so good. Was monsoon season at Dong Ba Thin at the time. Some got lucky and went to see Bob Hope at Cam Rhan Bay. As I look back over last 13 years when I started having the mini reunions. I had the opportunity to meet so many of my 129th Brothers. But, my heart is heavy thinking about all our KIA's and our 129th Brothers whom have passed in the last few years. Let's take time to remember them. Sorry not to post as much. But, at 65 still working 50 hours plus. Always A Brother!! Vietnam Memorial Clinton Ohio. This, is dedicated to all KIA"S from the from the State of Ohio. The only Memorial with a Gold Star Mother Holding A Folded flag in her arms. If you follower her eyes. She is looking at the only girl killed in Vietnam from Ohio. Some of our 129th Brothers are on this Wall.
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, December 16, 2011 at 08:07:35 (MST)
Joe Nicolich....good to see your post also..........take care and prayers headed up with your name attached................
Mark
USA - Friday, December 16, 2011 at 07:19:56 (MST)
Shorty.So good to see your post. Pretty bold statement there bout the Pack. Not much of a football fan anymore but from what I see they got something goin' on up there. Looks like Gently is takin all bets on that;-)))).Gently????.you feelin' better? Didn't know that Kokomo wore you out so much that you got sick. Take care of yourself. Who else do we have to keep us in line.
Mark
USA - Friday, December 16, 2011 at 07:18:36 (MST)
Yaeh Stickman. Have been thinkin bout Roger latly. Hope all is going well there. Thought that you said he was pretty sick awhile ago.
Mark
USA - Friday, December 16, 2011 at 07:15:58 (MST)
Fred A. If ya got the time next time you be in this AO call will go out to eat with ya. I know ya probably had a deadline to meet.
Mark
USA - Friday, December 16, 2011 at 07:14:55 (MST)
Shorty...wager? L-G
gently
USA - Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 16:15:07 (MST)
The Pack are not going to the Super Bowl. 49ers and another team but not the Pack. Just my thoughts and I no not watch football
Shorty
USA - Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 13:40:32 (MST)
The Pack are not going to the Super Bowl. 49ers and another team but not the Pack. Just my thoughts and I no not watch football
Shorty
USA - Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 13:40:18 (MST)
Stickman checking in. I would like to wish everyone a very merry xmas and look forward to meeting new people in reno. Please sit aside a week to spend with the brothers you served with in jun. Slow hand salute to mr solar meet him at a couple of reunions, very nice man. Those of us that remain remember to take a stick for a walk, esp this time of the year. Gale thanks for the xmas card I like Debbie's new ride complements the truck. Stephen please give an update on your dad Roger Cress. Have a happy new year, party hardy tommorrow is comming. Stickman
Jim Oliver
pembroke, ga USA - Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 10:52:02 (MST)
Gale, thanks so much for the ornament!!! Gently, did you know that oil is still coming up from the Arizona?! If you ever get the chance, visit it...its very moving.
Bill Wolf
USA - Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 07:50:17 (MST)
Gail here is my mailing address Larry Davis 913 Oak Street Quincy IL. 62301
Larry A Davis <cobraspock@yahoo.com>
Quincy, IL. USA - Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 05:06:43 (MST)
Gail send me a ornaments my email address is cobraspock@yahoo.com
Larry A Davis <cobraspock@yahoo.com>
Quincy , IL. USA - Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 05:00:27 (MST)
Gale and Debbie, thanks for the great 2011 ornament! It will occupy a prominent position on the tree, next to the previous years' helicopters. Merry Christmas to you all!
Dave Powers
USA - Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 15:35:48 (MST)
Wishing one and all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Shorty
USA - Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 10:32:26 (MST)
Sue & I really liked the Christmas card/ornament! Thanks for remembering us. We have them all on our tree. Happy holidays everyone.
Jim Hydinger
USA - Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 21:05:25 (MST)
Thanks Gale, great "Lane" card! Thanks Barry:>)) I think we should all go to Ron Paye's house for the Superbowl...especially us Packer Fans:>)) I'm sure we could crash some "private" parties downtown. I hear there will be a rip line across town....fun! Having worked for the Packers and being from Green Bay.....Go Pack! Any wagers?? L-G
Gently
USA - Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 13:18:07 (MST)
Gale;thanks for the ornament and card,and many happy returns
paul mcgrath
USA - Monday, December 12, 2011 at 17:55:41 (MST)
Gale, got the tree ornament today and it's a beauty as usual. Thanks a lot for that. Hope you and Debbie have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Monday, December 12, 2011 at 13:40:10 (MST)
Thank You for the tree ornament. Merry Christmas to you and your family Be careful out there Bulldog 431
Rick England
USA - Monday, December 12, 2011 at 07:15:28 (MST)
Flight, any "newby" that wants one of my 129th Christmas card/ornaments, please send me your mailing address..........burdman129 at sbcglobal.net
Gale
USA - Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 11:52:12 (MST)
Alvis, you'll have to "hunt" for'em. Jegs & Summit should be able to have 'em in stock.I highly recommend that you "do Not" buy an engine that is already rebuild.Thats because you dont know what quality of parts are used. I called Jegs to buy Cragars S/S for my GTO but the person on the other end was not to helpful. I tried Summimt-that person knew exactly what size on the Lugs were.There should be "plenty of Stuff out there for the 350's.It can get expensive, but in the end it will be worth it when you "crank it up":-))!Try not to over bore the cylinders.Water pumps on the chevy 350 is a lot easier to get to.Your local parts folks should have them in stock.Trannies for the 350 are out there-Th400's,Saginaw 4 speed & Muncies are a little hard to find.But they are out there. So What kind of car are you going to put that 350 in?????
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx USA - Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 11:22:39 (MST)
Flight have a Merry Christhas and a HAPPY new year I will be off line for a wile Next week on the 19th I go in to have my left eye worked on. for thoes coing to Nam have a safe treap Love you all clear on the right out.
Joe Nicolich
USA - Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 11:07:55 (MST)
headed out, spending the night in w. Memphis.500 miles today, 400 tomorrow.
alvis
USA - Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 09:50:27 (MST)
Gently,barb and i lived therefor about 8 years,we went 3 times. I worked on the army bace they still have bullet holes in some of the walls, The vietnam trip is about ready to start, we started with 7 people, now we have 3,George,Frenchie,and myself,we have plans for the first 2 days,after thatI guess we will bum around! Getting cold here,VietNam with its heat sounds good! Wanta wish everyone a merry christmas!!!
Tommie
USA - Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 07:40:26 (MST)
been all over ohio,,Mark,,seen the Jackson Trucks in Celina..got to come thru town yesterday, headed for Alexandria,La.Took a load of glass "crocks",12 oz,to Orrville,Ohio. Yep, Smuckers jelly plant, that little farmhouse is the real deal. Thank goodness they cant move to Mexico.Another sign of passing times..I have been all over the west side of Indy, looking for piston rings for my chevy 350 engine.The parts houses gotta order the things..jeeze!!!One guy told me "no one rebuilds their engines anymore, they buy rebuilt one".Whats happened to all the young gear heads? They gone to turbo charged rice burners?
alvis
USA - Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 04:29:42 (MST)
Gently, been there.....January 1968 while on R&R from Nam. Very moving,indeed!
Gale
USA - Friday, December 09, 2011 at 21:33:50 (MST)
Slow hand salute to Michael J. Solar,may his soul rest in peace, Yeh, Gently, you can definitely feel it.when you step out there. Ive read a lot about that morning.Admiral Kimmel spent his whole life trying to clear his name. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, December 09, 2011 at 20:49:32 (MST)
The USS Arizona.....Gary, spirits of many heroes reside there. Would love to get there some day....I'm sure one can't help but be moved by that "living" Memorial. I hope to make it. L-G
Gently
USA - Friday, December 09, 2011 at 18:56:58 (MST)
I forgot to mention Mike died of cancer January 21, 2011. I have his address as 1727 Yorway Drive Howell, Mi 48843
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Friday, December 09, 2011 at 14:54:41 (MST)
Slow hand salute to Michael J. Solar. Pilot at 129th from March 69 to June 69. His tour was cut short when on a resupply mission, he being the peter pilot, Mr. Rau the CA, Rodney Beebe the CE and myself the DG. We ran out of left pedal on a windy day on top of mountain. Crashed and rolled Bulldog 465 (#1) down the mountain. Mike was trapped upside down in the ship and it took all of us and about 20 ROK's to extract him from the wreck. I never saw him again until 2004 when he showed up at the Indianapolis VHCMA reunion. This was posted in the quarterly issue of the VHCMA news letter. I will miss you Mr. Solar.....
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Friday, December 09, 2011 at 14:48:33 (MST)
http://www.youtube.com/embed/8ljxyDtCsaM check out this copter hybrid
paul mcgrath
USA - Friday, December 09, 2011 at 12:06:14 (MST)
mark my nephew is working on cheching out that location wink
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Friday, December 09, 2011 at 08:44:38 (MST)
Hi Gale.. I will be leaving here on the 25th.. Should be in AZ on the 28th.
Kal
USA - Thursday, December 08, 2011 at 10:21:34 (MST)
Kal, where are you receiving your mail for Christmas!
Gale
USA - Thursday, December 08, 2011 at 10:11:38 (MST)
Larry, I recieved the same email in my Yahoo mailbox yesterday, 12/07/11, about 5:30PM. Looks like another hijacking of a email list. I find that Yahoo is pretty lax in their policing of peoples email lists and this looks a lot like some that I have seen in the past, most of which, if not all, have Yahoo origins.. Merry Christmas to all...
Kal
USA - Thursday, December 08, 2011 at 09:56:15 (MST)
Nope, didn't open it. I would suggest that everybody watch out for it. It's possible our site has been hacked.
Larry Kwiatkowski
USA - Wednesday, December 07, 2011 at 22:19:03 (MST)
Larry, never saw anything like that before. Looks light a spammer or a virus of some kind. Hope you didnt open it.............
Mark
USA - Wednesday, December 07, 2011 at 20:16:59 (MST)
This was the header ...............[129thahc] You have received an important Message! dtrfdj to 129thahc - 1 hr agoMore Details From: dtrfdj Hide .Add to: To Do, Calendar To: 129thahc <129thahc@yahoogroups.com>. Cc:. Bcc:. Date:Wed, Dec 7, 2011 2:29 pm
Larry Kwiatkowski
USA - Wednesday, December 07, 2011 at 17:06:36 (MST)
Has anybody gotten an email that looks like this?.................You have received an important Message! Check your message here: http://freezse.zoomshare.com/files/hottie.htm __._,_.___
Larry Kwiatkowski
USA - Wednesday, December 07, 2011 at 17:05:16 (MST)
Today, marks the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. When worked at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.. there were several Pearl Harbor survivors that would come on base,one in particular was a U.S.S. Arizona survivor,he would come to the Fitness Center, and we had one that worked at the Boiler Plant before I got there and ad recently retired,he had ben wounded and was blown off the Arizona when it exploded into tHe water. They said he never ever talked about that day other than he was very lucky and lost many of his friends that day. The other Arizona survivor had left the ship earlier and was headed back when it was attacked. The main streets in Corpus Christi are named after the Aircraft Cariers that were in WWII, Lexington, which is now South Padre Island Drive,, Saratoga, and Yorktown, Waldron Road and Waldron Field named after Commander Waldron,of Torpedo 8,OF THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY, Many WWII Navy Vets lived there,and any pilots were trained on the base we worked at. God Rest the souls of themany en and women that died that day and the wounded. I went out on the ARIZONA MEMORIAL, when I was On R/R, it is something you never forget,it leaked some oil out the day we were there and still does. Clear right, Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Wednesday, December 07, 2011 at 09:44:42 (MST)
Jim H. Maybe if you send me the names and emails or phone . maybe some of us whom were there can get them to the web site or a reunion. You were there with me , Rainner, Glenn, foley, Morgan, J.W. and many more. Alot of them don't post. Always A Brother!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN. USA - Wednesday, December 07, 2011 at 07:37:48 (MST)
times up for home visit..leaving out in an hour. Man, home time seems shorter and shorter. Gently, hope you feel better as you read this post.Play nice guys, Santa is comming to town in 3 weeks.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2011 at 06:44:08 (MST)
Gently please take it easy.. 70 and sunny here. Got to love the south. Stickman please get in touch with me I lost your number. Tommie J getting All my med's in order. I just might need some. Rounding up every thing I will need. Make a couple dry runs. Vietnam here we come. Bill, come on you can make it happen. Let's go... George any parts we need to stay away from during Tet. Everyone happy holidays. Ho,Ho,Ho...
French <frenchie745@comcast....net>
Sav, USA - Monday, December 05, 2011 at 16:21:19 (MST)
You left at a good time,Alvis, its cold and snowing here. ha ha .Its probably not that bad in South Texas today. Snow covering a large area of the panhandle and South Plains. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
Lubbock, tx USA - Monday, December 05, 2011 at 13:54:18 (MST)
Home today. Texas weather sure was nice, its cold and raining here. Gently, I was there kinda late and in a hurry..as usual. Didnt have much time to find a place to park for the night..which is usually south of Milwaukee a few miles.
alvis
USA - Monday, December 05, 2011 at 03:56:22 (MST)
Great idea,Lenny.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, December 02, 2011 at 16:44:07 (MST)
maybe we coukd get connected to a vfw or boy or girl scout troop that could distribute them for us? lenny m. usa
lenny m.
USA - Friday, December 02, 2011 at 13:09:00 (MST)
Bill, I dont doubt it for a minute. Dennis, is there something else we could do?, to get around that? Gently,? That dont make sense. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, December 02, 2011 at 12:54:23 (MST)
Gary, two years ago Kat & I put together 50 Christmas cards with a letter and sent them their for "A Wounded Soldier". They were all returned saying they can not deliver them unless it was a specific person. Pissed us off big time!
Bill Wolf
USA - Friday, December 02, 2011 at 08:35:05 (MST)
Gently, completely understand as we are too young for this crap. To back up I was 80%, paid for unemployability. They just added the P&T to that amount so still getting paid the same. I wish I understood the VA but the last guy I talked to said I am 100% screwed up but the VA is only saying 80% is Service Connected. My main thing was getting my wife insurance at this point anyway and they said she will get it. Anyway been to the clinic three times this week & hoping that the 3rd set of meds will get my head & lungs cleared up from the infection. Meanwhile everyone stay safe!
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Friday, December 02, 2011 at 06:40:02 (MST)
Your quite welcome, Gently, hope you get to feeling better. Ill hold on to the Hueys until next spring. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Thursday, December 01, 2011 at 14:52:34 (MST)
Gary, you are very kind to offer the Huey's for the Auction, but the truth is I've been alittle ill and am not up to the auction this year. But not to worry I hope to put one together for Spring, so keep them...I'll be wanting them:>) Again, bless you babe. L-G
Gently
USA - Thursday, December 01, 2011 at 14:05:02 (MST)
Great gesture Dennis, will do. Im sure it will mean a great deal to them, I respect the hell out of these young men. TEX 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Thursday, December 01, 2011 at 12:39:41 (MST)
When filling out your Christmas cards this year, take ONE CARD and SEND it to this address: A Recovering American Soldier c/o Walter Reed National Military Medical Center 8901 Rockville Pike Bethesda, Maryland 20889-5600 If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these soldiers could get to bring up their spirits!
DENNIS FUERSTENAU <d1st2no(at)gmail.com>
Roseville, CA USA - Thursday, December 01, 2011 at 09:26:49 (MST)
I dont think I saw a gunship,hog,Uh-1B or C, but ill check.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Thursday, December 01, 2011 at 08:02:50 (MST)
Our former Texas Tech coach, Mike Leach was hired by Washington ST., he wrote a book its called " swing your sword". Also, recently another book was written about the Leach fiasco here in Lubbock, Tx. ",Double T double cross," it clearly points out how he was unjustly fired and not paid,using important facts. Mike Leach was and still is a intensely popular and Texas Tech fan favorite, his offense was exciting and led the nation in offense for 10 years, never had a losing season and went to Bowl games every year,not like the dud we have now. Yesterday, I was out at the mall, a man and his wife, A vietnamese , were selling wooden carved replicas of justabout anything that flew, Hueys, with the doorguns," SLICKS", " Snakes", AH-1G, Sky Raiders, F-4s, Loachs, Blackhawks,B -17 ,24S, 25s,36s, P-40, P-51m Zeros, replicas of the U.S.S. Constitution., and many more. Anyways, I knew right away when I went by his Kiosk, initially, that these were made In Vietnam,recall shutdown at LZ Blackhawk, and the mountaingnard kids coming by wanting to sell us replicas of our hueys and the AH-1Gs. they were and carved from mahogany or teak wood, I suppose from around there and were just beautiful. I bought a slick, and got to talking the older gent there that after asking him where these come from and him saying from Vietnam, imported,I told him I recognized the work, he pointed to a PBY Catalina replica. and told me he was a pilot on one during the war, 18 years old and flew in the Orient between islands. I told him I was a crewchief on the replica he had of the slick, and he said it was there most popular. It was a real treat to talk to him. Ididnt speek to his wife, but he told me she was Vietnamese, no doubt. I can purchase a couple more for the Christmas auction,if yall want to bid on one, I paid 39.95 for it, Its highly polished and real nice.Im going back out there today and buy 2 more,Ill keep the one I already have. Im going to buy a P-38,for my brother for Christmas.its really a beauty, so let me know. Ill put the 2 Slicks up for auction, if anyone wants to bid on something else, say so, ILL get it for auction. he will be there until hristmas he said., ok? Gently.?? Clear right, Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
lubbock, tx USA - Thursday, December 01, 2011 at 08:00:59 (MST)
Bill Wolf, Thanks for the quick get back. My crew chief Ralph Santiargo asked me a few times about it and a few other guys and they seemed very willing to pay for them in advance so you would not be stuck with a hurge amount of unpaid-order books so I think they were hopeing you could ge a reprint of it. I will tell Ralph what you have. His EMAIL address isRSantiago49@tampabay.rr.com
George B
USA - Thursday, December 01, 2011 at 07:54:33 (MST)
George, there are no hard copies left. I can send them a pdf copy via the internet if you can send me their email addresses. If anyone else would like a pdf copy, send me your email address to sndgowolf@aol.com. Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Thursday, December 01, 2011 at 07:45:14 (MST)
Bill Wolf I talked to some of the guys that still haven't got a copy of the book you did on the history of the complete years the 129th did in VN and they are very willing to pay inadvance if you will get recopies for them.
George B
USA - Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 19:26:23 (MST)
Tommie; Hay man I'm still going back to our beloved VIETNAM I'll be leaveing Jan 12 for 3 weeks if you want to call my land line is 5086780057 call after 6 PM eastern standed time and YES I made plans to go up to On Son & hope to get many picture as close to our BELOVED "LANE ARMY AIR FIELD" Also will be going to Quin Nhon, AN Khe & Pleiku will spend TET in HCM City or as we remember her as Saigon. When I get back I will try to post the better photos on line. My very personal feelings about going are something I never would have expected and the closest I can explain them to anything I have had is like the feelings we all had 40 years ago about how we we felt about fianlly still being alive and going home. All I can say is its strange to have a similar feeling but it be for going back!I talked to several people that have made the trip and they all say it was the same for them but they did say they really wish their stay was longer & want to go again and it was like a finishing of a very important book that they were a part of.
GeorgeB
USA - Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 17:43:35 (MST)
Dear Friends, I have been negligent in getting a Christmas auction going. For that I apologize. I'll double up my efforts next year...or do one in Spring. Meanhwhile, donations can still be sent to me and would be greatly appreciated. The Christmas Fund helps get your brothers to re-unions and Kokomo...let's keep it up. SEnd to: Judith Singer, 8353 W. Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa WI. 53213. Mark, please up date on the addy page. Fred, you were here and didn't even call! Love-Gently
Gently
USA - Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 13:08:43 (MST)
Good collage game Saturday. LSU vs Georgia... Goooooooooo Ga. Does anyone have any contacts with any one in Qui Non area? Would love to share some time with them while there. Nine one two dash 713 dash 6828 call or E-Mail me. Frenchie745@@@comcast.net
frenchie
USA - Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 11:43:08 (MST)
Mark, while we are on the subject of football, my Texas Tech Red Raiders just came off the first losing season since 1992,first time since 1999 not goping to a bowl game and first time since 92, not being bowl elegible, 6 wins.this years team set a record for most home loosses since 1982, most poinhts scored against them 66 twice, one game was 66 to 6, and the last game against Baylor 66 to 42, and first loss th Baylor in 15 years,the rushing defense was last in the nation,120th. and in total defense, 115th. out of 120,several teams did not have to punt or only punted twice,and on and on . The winningest coachin Techs history,Mike Leach was fired 2 years ago come this DEC. 30TH.2009, WAS NOT PAID HIS 800,000.PLUS OTHER BONUSES.The coach we got in return will be here another year. ha ha. Lots of Techfans very upset to say the least. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 08:58:39 (MST)
I also remeber General Giap saying this, Dave, "victory will be for the one who beleives in it the longest. The Americans will be just like the French".in the movie.,We were soldiers.take away from those statements what you will.Iwont get into politics, everyone of us has their own opinion of what we took away from being there.I read the book "Chicken Hawk " by Mason, and they were going back into the same LZSs they first went into when the Cav first got there , over and over again and we were going into the same ones 5 years later.over and over again. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over with the same results.Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 16:34:23 (MST)
Coldwater playing for state title this friday............
Mark
USA - Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 13:23:15 (MST)
Gary, just catching up... speaking of "losing the war", I was reminded of what Hal Moore said in "We Were Soldiers...". He was talking about a parade on the anniversary of the fall of Saigon. Don't remember his name, but a ranking NVA general was the parade's grand marshall. Hal Moore noted that how strange it must have been for the general to witness this parade with beautiful young women walking and dancing down the street carrying oversided American Express cards. Moore said something to the effect of the general "winning the war, but losing the peace".
Dave
USA - Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 13:05:49 (MST)
Hey George, are you still going to vietnam,and if so can i call and pick your brain? got some questions for ya
Tommie
USA - Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 12:36:45 (MST)
Good to see your post, Ralph. havent seen you on here before that Im aware of, welcome home... Dave hang in there buddy... Ray, wet to SAN FRANCISCO, a coupe of times when I was AT Ord, in 71, and Hunter Liggett, near the Big Sur, went to China Town and fishermans warf, weather was crappy when we were there, spent some time on Powell ST.and got clipped,good thing still had the return bus ticket,and a buddy with some dough, or would have starved. ha ha. those were the days.we thought they never end, we would fight and never lose, Oh yeh, those were the days. lol.. Tex 70-71..
Gary L. Mount
USA - Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 10:07:29 (MST)
Hello To All I am doing OK We got back from S.F.CAF. Had A grate time went to Alaktraze.What a Place. Got pics Dont know how to send To group Pic Take care Ray
Raymond Gagner <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
USA - Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 09:23:31 (MST)
morning flight, ken hang in there bub.your 80% is that with unemployability,if not put in for it, it will bring you up to 100%. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 08:35:26 (MST)
Ken,when anyone reaches 80% va comp.Their wife is intitled to Medical care and they also send you forms for the military Insurance.The kind we had in service while in Vietnam.
Jim <dustoff>
ILL USA - Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 06:53:48 (MST)
Hi All, well after all these years of telling doctors I am not allergic to anything I can now add an anti biotic to the list as I woke up Sunday with my eyes swollen shut. Back to the VA this morning to try to get something to get my lungs cleared up again after nearly three months. Getting old is a bitch I guess. Did get some good news I guess, the VA has added P&T to my 80%. What that means I am not sure except that it won't get any better or that I don't have to keep going back to have C&Ps done. They sent paperwork for my wife to apply for CHAMPVA, so anyone know what that all means? Antwat I want to say again I am sorry for not keeping in touch with everyone better for the past couple months but being sick is getting old. Went in yesterdaY AND THEY ARE HAVING ME GO BACK THIS MORNING TO TRY AND DECIDE WHAT TO TRY NEXT. Will keep you all posted.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 05:36:07 (MST)
Bill Wolf how do I go about getting a copy of the 129 book. Iam sure there is alot of folks that would like to have one. I will never forget 12/2/69 I was the lead ship 67949 out of Lz english when we lost our trail ship. It is going to be a long day for me. Thanks in advance- Ralh Santiago AKA Gook the killer one
Ralph Santiago
Tampa, fFl USA - Monday, November 28, 2011 at 17:25:57 (MST)
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, fellow Texan, Bruno.Sorry to hear about your computer. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Monday, November 28, 2011 at 10:51:04 (MST)
Good morning & belated happy Thanksgiving.Hope everyone is doing OK. My computer hard drive crashed.I'll be visiting the 129th site of & on from borrowed computers. Be safe everyone.Clear left-Dawg 426 is OTTA here.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, November 28, 2011 at 07:03:41 (MST)
"the quality of phased changes in flow regulation" HUH??????.......anyways, My Constant flow control valve adjustment is in great shape thank you very much.......AHHHHHH,Flush....What the heck is that??????????????....man, something went down the wrong cyber pipe there now didn't it...always a brother............
Mark
USA - Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 21:33:14 (MST)
Therefore, It can adjust the flow. You can also change the system to maintain water flow conditions constant, a constant in the system, it can all slip flow, to achieve a balanced flow distribution can also be changed at any time and adjust the flow of each branch to achieve homeostasis. If the beginning of each year in the cold to cold and cold to the cold end flow control is carried out both times, you can achieve "the quality of phased changes in flow regulation" of energy-saving operation mode. Constant flow control valve adjustment simple and convenient, but for larger systems, two times annual adjustment is still a burden, and the constant flow control valve price is high, although at that time can be recovered, but the user still greater psychological the pressure.
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New York, NY USA - Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 21:01:03 (MST)
Flight, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and a good Black Friday. I've been outta commission for a few days with PC problems.............turned out to be my monitor, so, I lucked out this time.
Gale
USA - Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 12:18:26 (MST)
Alvis, I remember the Peter Pilot was Cpt. Benson, our newbie platoon leader and all around #**!!@*!!. (He later wrote me up for an illegal mustache and unauthorized patches on my flight jacket).I don't remember the other backseat.
Animal
USA - Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 09:43:38 (MST)
Take care,Jim Hydinger.and welcome home, Alvis, I recall eating a Thanksgiving meal at a Arvn Compound., witha full bird Colonel.Im Thinking it was Northwest Of Phucat. I remember Christmas day very well. the cooks did their best there at Lane, The wind here today is really howling, and really cold,around 40 or 50 mph., heard some geese while ago probably getting the hell out of here, they will have a good tailwind,.ha ha. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 07:18:42 (MST)
taking off in a few for Toledo, Oh. Arrived home late Thanksgiving day..happy hoilidays everone. Gently, delivered in Miwaukee..between Brown Deer rd. and Goodhope Rd, off 87st and Baker.Winter is comming,,all the ponds near Minneapolis, St. Paul are frozen over, large lakes and stuff are still open tho..supposed to get light snow here tomorrow night. Susan doesnt celibrate Thanksgiving but since I was comming thru, her daughter and boyfriend came over..no turkey here as i am the only one that likes it..BBQ babbyback ribs sure hit the spot. Happy birtday 10th Kevin.I cant remember Thanksgiving in Nam, do remember they tried their hardest to feed us a hoilday meal.Cant remember the mission we were on. Anaimal, do you remember who flew with us on the Miss. Korea mission? Christams day is easy to remember, we were opened up on after darn near flying into the ground.
alvis
USA - Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 07:09:19 (MST)
Jim!!! Welcome Home! Kokomo 2012! Flights are pretty inexpensive. L-Gently
Gently
USA - Friday, November 25, 2011 at 21:16:55 (MST)
On this day in 1967 I returned from VietNam and discharged from the Army. Couldn't wait for the day to come but left with mixed emotions. Wish I could find more guys that were there during my tour. I have been in touch with a couple guys but they don't seem interested in the 129th. In one case, I don't think he can handle being reminded of those days. Happy Thanksgiving!
Jim Hydinger
USA - Friday, November 25, 2011 at 19:48:30 (MST)
I was out shopping today at the Mall, black Friday,, and ran across one of my all time favorite movies," Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo'., my older brother and I woud stay up late when we were kids n the weekend to watch it.The movie is a reenactment of the Dolittle Raid on Tokyo.,based on Ted Lawsons book, it was made in 1944, I was able to buy a copy of the book, first edition at a Estate Sale, . The flying sequences at low level in that B-25, are without a doubt the most realistic there has ever been in a movie, it feels like you are actually in the cockpit, what heroes they were. those brave men. Hope everyone had a very good Thanksgiving. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, November 25, 2011 at 15:06:06 (MST)
I am thankful for all your friendship, love, fellowship and you. God Bless my 129th family...........Mail sent to Jim, Bill.........
Mark
USA - Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 18:32:24 (MST)
has anyone order & recieved anything from that site "Warbadges" I been trying for 2 days & cann't get a order in even though I exchange emails with the guy who says he is in Asutria, maybe I'll just has the patches painted on my doors
georg B
USA - Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 17:31:06 (MST)
HAPPY TURKEY DAY TO ALL
paul mcgrath
USA - Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 11:02:07 (MST)
Just wishing you all a happy thanks giving. Only 4 weeks to Christmas, and 1 day to my Birthday (10th)
Kevin <huey-fan-club@hotmail.co.uk>
Manchester, UK - Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 10:06:26 (MST)
Simon happy thanksgiving to you and crew,take care of our BIRD!!!!!
Tommie
USA - Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 09:40:46 (MST)
Happy Thanksgiving to you all. E-mail sent Bill. All the best Simon, Nina, Bradley and the rest of the gang.
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
Mellor, 509 County UK - Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 09:12:17 (MST)
Wishing the 129th family a Happy Thanksgiving.
Bill & Kat Wolf
USA - Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 08:37:36 (MST)
Wishing all the 129th Family a Wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 08:17:30 (MST)
Wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Sorry I am behind on my como but still trying to get rid of my bug from Kokomo. Doc is giving me another set of anti biotics for two weeks so hope it clears my sinus & lungs out. So I can get back on the phone & talk people's ears off about next year.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 07:43:35 (MST)
wishing all a happy thanksgiving. lenny m. usa
lenny m.
USA - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 15:21:54 (MST)
HAPPY THANKSGIVEING TO ALL 129TH AHC ,498TH DUSTOFF.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 10:30:06 (MST)
Paul, Thanks for the tip
George B
USA - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 08:54:50 (MST)
George, Check out WWW.WARBADGES.COM They have what you are looking for. The decals are listed as STICKERS. Paul
Paul Boggs 70-71
Niles, Mi USA - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 06:21:25 (MST)
May your day of giving thanks be full of memories from the past...Peace...and wonderful thoughts of things to come. God bless you guys! I'll be thinking of my favorite group of guys:>) Love-Gently
gently
USA - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 20:14:31 (MST)
any of you guys know where I can get decals like they were selling at the reunions, I need 2 "First avaition, 2 129, 2 cobra decals to put on the doors of my Model A.
George B
USA - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 19:03:49 (MST)
you are quite welcome bill. I pray that all our troops are safe.
lenny m.
USA - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 18:16:52 (MST)
This time of year is very special, around town there are many playa lakes that hold water as long as it rains. We are on a flyway for many migratory birds,geese, BIG Canadian Geese , mallards,pintails some redheads. they are around here by the thousands, really a site to see. ALSO., sandhill Crain. I was watching a flight yesterday, they normally dont fly that high around here because they are going to another lake closeby,but these geese were way up there above 10,000 ft. could hear them honking, wonderful amazing site to behold , must have been headed way south. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving , WE dohave a lot to be thankful for if we just take the time to count ur blessings. Gary
Gary L. Mount
USA - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 16:49:03 (MST)
Thanks Lenny
bill wolf
USA - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 16:41:08 (MST)
hope everone has a great thanksgiving,stay safe!
Tommie
USA - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 11:03:30 (MST)
I do recall my buddy from Dimmitt, Texas, a small town about 80 miles nw from here at Christmas time the folks in his hometown sent him non pershishable stuff. a lot of it ad he would share it with me and others, and they would send the hometown newspapers to him also. I never got shit from my hometown, Lubbock. which at that time was over a 100,000. Oh well. Tex 70-71..
Gary L. Mount
lubbock, tx USA - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 10:47:56 (MST)
You are very welcome..
Gary L. Mount
USA - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 10:42:21 (MST)
sent it yesterday bill.
lenny m.
USA - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 10:02:30 (MST)
Thanks Kevin, Gary...I know he'll appreciate it.
Bill Wolf
USA - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 08:25:07 (MST)
Bill...........E-Mail sent.
Kevin
UK - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 03:53:26 (MST)
Will do, Bill.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Monday, November 21, 2011 at 11:33:03 (MST)
Hey Brothers,as posted before, my son Lt James (Jim) Wolf is now in Afghanastan. Today (Nov 21) is his birthday. We can all relate to being in a combat zone far from home on our birthdays. He is a big fan of the 129th. If you would like to send him a quick happy birthday email (jlwolf82@gmail.com) I know he would appreciate it. Thanks. Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Monday, November 21, 2011 at 11:18:53 (MST)
Ken,I have another suggestion that migbht work just a little better.There are classic car covers that are put together with Plastic PVC pipe.We just have to have a way to keep it from blowing away.Maybe some stakes to anchor it with?and a lot more inexpensive in price. Then we could afford a trailer to carry it.Think about it?
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Monday, November 21, 2011 at 08:54:55 (MST)
Jim that would fit but would be pushing the limits on the tent ropes. Guess we need more imput because it would also mean that we would have more folks spending time inside the tent which after this year might be OK.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Monday, November 21, 2011 at 05:04:15 (MST)
Do you think that 18' by 32' would work?
jim <dustoff>
ILL USA - Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 16:45:01 (MST)
Big bird day will be here soon,my son will be on leave,frank sutton and wife will be here,mamas making pies, Im cutting firewood, love this time of year. Last nascar race is today,got to get stuff done before it starts so yall take care!!
Tommie
USA - Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 12:45:14 (MST)
Each site is 20Ft Wide by 40FT Long. So the tent stakes need to fit on at least the edge of that plus what ever we need in front to set around.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 08:36:37 (MST)
Gael,Mark,Ken, Do any of you guys know the size of the plot of land we have every year at Kokomo,Ind.12-18-22 feet wide,36-46-72 feet long.Have a need to know to find that wall tent for Kokomo?Have put fealers out that I am Looking.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 16:34:42 (MST)
I have very mixed feelings. IF people want to do stuff for them,the Vietnamese, thats their perrogative. I just dont know what to think anymore. I see we wasted our time there and lives, it turned communist anyways. What exactly did we accomplish.? Then, I also think its been 40 years now.I wont go into politics,just dont know anymore, just dont. sorry. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 10:52:49 (MST)
Gail not having any trouble posting here.. I guess we all have to get used to seeing "Made in Vietnam" on stuff as I remember my dad & cousins had a real problem with Japan after the War. Just as the others that fought the Germans also did even though we had roots there. The points they did have was the treatment of our POWs was better. My one cousin went into Japan right as the War ended & was haunted by our guys they got out. So again I really don't hate these folks over there. I do question people here that have never been out of the Country, yet seem to think we are the bad guys. Our kids today continue to do things that no one should ever have to live through for no real reward. So to me it would be a great thing if we could look back at these knew places and hope the people have a normal life of some sort knowing in some way it was worth fighting for.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 09:37:59 (MST)
i'm with you alvis right-on. in 72, had arvn's almost daily coming on lane trying to buy fans, refigeraters, cigs. and whiskey, anything they could make a profit from. one was a sgt. maj. i figured they should have been defending thir country. I used to wear wrangler shirts. they are made in viet nam now. hard to find anything made in usa anymore. I saw some good locals, I woukdn't trust any of them. I lost too many friends over there. LENNY M. USA t
lenny m. USA
USA - Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 08:58:42 (MST)
morning flight, gale thats a good idea. i'm sure dee would drive the truck heeeeeeeeee. but seriously, we do need a tent. it would make it easier for mark to put up and take down.i do not know if we could use the xmas fund for that, even if we take half the cost of the tent from the xmas fund and we get donations from the guys who attend every year. its the least we can do.jim maybe you can find out the cost of one of those tent and then we can go from there. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 08:02:55 (MST)
I was helping to unload my truck the other day, Got to a bunch of boxes marked "Made in Vietnam". Told the folks I was helping, that I wouldnt touch the stuff.They did their best to kill me and my friends , something hard to forget and forgive, for me anyway.After Nam, when stationed at Ft Carson, i shared an apartment with a guy and his wife. He had served with me in the Ghostriders (60th ahc)and ,like me, had transfered in. He came from the 61st, lucky stars.Like me, I doubt if he would give one penny towards helping Vietnam.Its been alot of years past, I wish them well,but I aint helping them do squat. I know that runs against the current, but thats how I feel.When in Kansas City three days ago, I delivered to a K Mart dist. center.The guard was a ex S.Vietnam brown river Navy crewman. Heck of a nice guy, very polite , and we had a great time talking..he escaped in 75. He said he missed the fighting and laughed when we talked about the M-79.headed back out in a few minutes, had to stop by to replace the daughters water heater. Y'all take care, play nice, drive careful.
alvis
USA - Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 06:32:43 (MST)
Morning flight I managed to track down the historian of the 7/17th. According to his records Loach 69-16011 didn't serve with the 7/17th, but that the 7/17th were indeed at Lane in 1970. So your memories serve you well. Simon.
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
NR Blackburn, Lancashire USA - Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 03:50:49 (MST)
Photos of the loach http://hueyfanclubuk.weebly.com/uh-1h--oh-6a-photos.html
Kevin
UK - Friday, November 18, 2011 at 15:29:11 (MST)
Photos of the loach http://hueyfanclubuk.weebly.com/uh-1h--oh-6a-photos.html
Kevin
UK - Friday, November 18, 2011 at 15:28:35 (MST)
I think Phil's Loach OH-6A was with "c" company 7/17th.....yellow circle.
Kevin <huey-fan-club@hotmail.co.uk>
Manchester, UK - Friday, November 18, 2011 at 15:26:31 (MST)
I thought that the Huey Helecopter Propeller Blade of Honor for the 129th AHC was a good idea.Display it at the Huey Musieum in Peru,In.I am sure that they have a large wall inside or out that the blade could be hung on showing all the names of the troops with the Yr of service in Vietnam.Then your Kids,Grand-Kids or the Great Grand-Kids could have something to point to.(my Daddy or Grand-daddy was a crewmember of a Kick-ass Huey unit) You know (Death from the Sky) type of guy.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Friday, November 18, 2011 at 13:35:24 (MST)
A Small Hospital Wall Tent which has insect netting inserts the type used by our MASH units during the Korean War.You can make it longer or shorter with the mid-panles.2-3 or 4 pole tent.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Friday, November 18, 2011 at 13:23:36 (MST)
Hmmmmm, it just made me out a liar. I hate when that happens. errrrrrrrrrr
Gale
USA - Friday, November 18, 2011 at 11:27:18 (MST)
Mark, was there talk a while back about a new website/format? When I post on here, it's never added unless I shut down my PC and start up again. I don't think it's my system...anyone else had that problem? Just wondering....................
Gale
USA - Friday, November 18, 2011 at 11:25:27 (MST)
WE were changed from being under the 1ST.AVIATION BRIGADE TO 7/17TH. IN July or august of 70.If you want to get any info on the 129th, after that time youhave to use the 7/17 th. as our command. I was able to get the complete Army information from The National Archives on the crash of 68-15373 on September 10, 1970 using the 7/17th. as our command at that time.I also was able to obtain our units history from them , this was in 92,and medals presented to our unit, individual meadals up to 1971,and orders for air medals. The aircraft accident for 68-15373, had to be declassified before I was able to obtain it,it has all the witnesses, the location, and goes into great detail. I have not been able to obtain the report on 6616171, the ship that Nolen was on that day from them as they, the National Archives say that they quit doing reports after 1970, which probably is BS, and I also tried to obtain the spray patterns for Agent Orange in our AO, which I recall vividly we used it in the Ankhe Pass in August of 70 and later, which they say never happened,BS.I do have the lessons learned from the same command, 7/17 th from our AO of the year 1970. I got all that back then because it was almost impossible to get any disability from the v.a., without proof. I files a claim in 94, and got back a letter saying that the time I was there there was not much hostile action and being on a helicopter was more or less joy riding. IT took me 16 yeaRS OF FIGHTING WITH THE V.A TO get 100% and when I did they labeled me incompetent sothey are in control of the money, look that up sometimes and you will see the type scam that is, if you happen to get disability for PSD, IT Automatically signals mental disorder , so be creful, what you say, my brothers. Sorry for the rant. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, November 18, 2011 at 09:45:27 (MST)
Wink, we should be keeping a look out for one of those tents anyway. I think Mark & I discussed that once before, but, I believe they were pretty expensive. Maybe we could buy a used box truck, so, Mark could just leave the stuff in it and park it at his "little cabin." Then, when it's time for Kokomo....he could drive his classic Ford and Dee could drive the truck.......how 'bout that Dee? hheeheheehehe
Gale
USA - Friday, November 18, 2011 at 09:35:19 (MST)
morning flight, dave i could be wrong but i do remember a cav unit stationed at lane. there aircraft were parked below the 498th, who knows. yes i like the idea of a tent. what about an large army tent like the unit across the street has. just a thought. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Friday, November 18, 2011 at 08:44:19 (MST)
History is being said and written in the Flight Log Book. Thanks gang.....have I told you I loved you yet today???........always a brother.................
Mark
USA - Friday, November 18, 2011 at 08:31:29 (MST)
Animal, I spoke with Rebel last night... he's doing well, and said he really enjoyed your phone visit. He also told me he was with C-7/17th at Lam Son... stayed around there for about 7 weeks and rode front seat in a Cobra for a bit. The rest is history, as they say with the huge loss of lives and materiel. Seems to me he came to the 129th around April of '71.
Dave
USA - Friday, November 18, 2011 at 07:18:16 (MST)
Sorry, Casey, dont remember that sign. dont remember a day room either.I do remember a lot.Going back to the Vietnamization in Binh Dinh, that was part of the post I made about us flying vICE president KY around and going to the district chief and going back the next day, anyone else remember that that mission? Clear right and left, Casey. ha ha. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 14:59:29 (MST)
my buddy darrel(air force guy)just bought a motor home for his use at kokomo and was told he could leave it there year round for a small fee. wonder if that can be done with a trailer.lots of people getting rid of stuff they can't afford nowadays. just a thought
paul mcgrath
USA - Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 14:35:50 (MST)
Say hi to Cups! A little clarification on the library: my friend has been builidng them there for over 30 yrs. He's got all the in-country connections and out of country help. But no biggie..it was just a thought. The 61st AHC just built one and Frenchie and Tommy can visit it as royalty while they're there. I like the idea of a better tent. L-G
gently
USA - Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 14:16:15 (MST)
Wink, I think I'm getting a little confused. Here's the site I visited and got that information: http://www.ruthlessriders.net/history.htm. I also remember 7/17 being at Lane my whole tour, February '71 to January '72... something's Hen House.
Dave
USA - Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 13:22:26 (MST)
Make that the Day Room door.
Matt Casey
USA - Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 11:44:16 (MST)
I got an email from Cupps the other day, and he was asking me if I could remember what was rwritten above the flight line door, it was as we recall in latin. But both of us have come to a loss as to what it said or ment in english. Anyone out there with better recall????????/.............Clear left ........Caesy
Matt Casey
Hemet, USA - Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 11:42:55 (MST)
I agree Gale, I agree..... probably not a good idea.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 11:41:47 (MST)
My 2 cents worth........I don't think a library in Nam would be good. Who would manage & care for it, who would finance it & continue the money for it, who would protect it? At present, we have a mobile library/museum provided by Mark at LZ Kokomo every year and open to all passerbys. I'd rather us donate to get a new tent for him to use ( and maybe a trailer of som ekind to hook up to that beautiful old Ford) other than the "poles & tarps" that he's been struggling with.....just thinkin' out loud....I duuno.
Gale
USA - Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 10:30:08 (MST)
Recall going to the Leper colony beach, it was really pretty.I can understand why they wanted to make a resort out of it,I would do some investigating about putting a library there, dont know just how much the Sisters have in way of influence on the site. Just to be on the safe side, perhaps look at some alternative sites for a library. Just my 2 cents.Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 09:45:40 (MST)
morning flight, hey dave about the 7/17th they were station at lane in 1970 i think it was early in the year i have pics of their aircraft. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven , fl USA - Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 08:24:28 (MST)
http://www.nexus.net/~911gfx/vietnam/maps/nd49-09/nd49_09d.html pretty good topo of qui nhon at this addy
paul mcgrath
USA - Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 21:01:28 (MST)
Quy Hoa Leprosy and Dermatology Hospital Add: Quy Hoa, Ghenh Rang Ward, Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province Tel: +84.56 3646337, 3646288 Fax: +84.56 3646344 this might be a place for a library as lane is a military base and off limits. i believe the clinic and colony is conected to the order of saint francis based in paris. the north wanted to get rid of the leprosy colony and put up luxury hotels to cater to tourists,but was blocked by either order of st francis or sisters of st francis
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 19:35:14 (MST)
You are correct, we were on Standby,never went, Thank God,But I do recall them asking for volunteers and a couple of our Cobra Pilots went up to Khe Sahn, even back then we heard they were losing ships left and right, complete fiasco. One of the pilots that went was with us in the slicks for awhile flew with him and Laughlin a few times, big heavy set guy.Dave that name alpanap rings a bell, might have flew with him seems like I did. Mr. Jobe was the IP was there , he was a good pilot and great guy.Let me and Lenny fly a lil a couple of times on 843, the old Tigerwagon, Leggins said. Stirs a lot of memorys. library sounds good to me. Was talking tomy vet counselr today about the fact nothing has ever been done or a series to show the American people what we did and for sure the 7/17 th. was there at Lane with hunter killer teams and were on the other side of the hill from us, hung out with them a couple of times, anyone recall, the blond Vietnamese, madam K,? Library sounds good. Clear right, Tex May 5, 70- MARCH 24 , 71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 16:55:16 (MST)
Gently, I do have a Main Rotor blade...........
Mark
USA - Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 16:40:30 (MST)
Dust-off, what about a library at Lane? A friend of mine builds them in Nam, Laos and Cambodia. The 61st AHC is dedicating one in December in the area they served in. I can look into it more if you would like...or you could contact my friend for the details. I think Mark has a propeller...do you Mark? Then we could put the propeller in the 129th AHC library at the time of dedication. I suspect such an event would help get some guys back there. Let's talk everyone. L-G
gently
USA - Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 16:24:08 (MST)
Snapper, I went to the VHPA listing and only saw C-7/17th (the only 7/17th unit to do so?)had participated in Lam Son... and the 129th was not on that list. It appears from the C-7/17th website that it was assigned to Lane in November of 1971 from Qui Nhon, so they would have been mustered out of Qui Nhon. It would be interesting to know, Simon what troop of the 7/17th Phil's Loach came from. I did also notice that the unit my high school buddy was in (KIA 5-4-70) is listed, A-101 AHB, 101st ABN Comancheros out of Camp Eagle.
Dave
USA - Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 15:15:06 (MST)
Little John, my very first mission out of Lane was with Pete Abplanalp, Carl Brader and a VN pilot, who at the controls almost managed to hang us up in a powerline off the south H. I remember Mr. Abplanalp dressing him down over that deal. Animal, Rebel once told me he had briefly flown an AH-1G while with the 7/17th, in addition to slicks. Paul, I have a photo of the 7/17th HQ sign taken out in front of the building. There also was an old .51 cal MG on display out front. The 7/17th was there my whole tour ('71 to '72). Were there more with the 7/17th than just HQ Troop at Lane?
Dave
USA - Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 14:06:45 (MST)
Simon, another twist. The 7/17 Cav was stationed at Lane during 1970. They were on the other side of the hill from the 129th. Possibly your Loach flew out of Lane.
Paul Boggs 70-71
Niles, Mi USA - Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 13:41:28 (MST)
Flight, We did not go to Lom Son. We were on a 24 hour call up but they decided to hold us because we were training Vnaf pilots at the time. Any body remember hearing " I land now" when you were in the pattern. That would make you swivel your head. The Vnaf always seemed to make a straight in approach from where ever and when ever they wanted. Lom son was planned for aleast 6 months. Any thing we did we had to clear with the s Vietnamese. which ment the nva knew about it the next day. They had months to prepare for the assault and were very ready. I beleive we lost a battalion of helicopters in a couple days. Little John 70-71
Rick Benedict
USA - Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 12:21:33 (MST)
interesting comments on the flight. sorry to hear of troubled times.you are all in our thoughts. Interesting to hear what you had to say Animal about'rebel' smith flying slicks in the 7/17th. Phil's Loach he is now flying alongside Huey 509 served with the 7/17th in 1970. Strange that Phil's flying stable has more in common than we ever realised. Take care all of you. Simon et al in the UK.
simon johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
mellor, 509 county UK - Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 10:51:43 (MST)
You are probably right, they did ask for volunteers to go up to Khe Sahn, and a couple of our pilots went . We did as far as I can recall there was a lot of activity around the tri.border during that time for us, recall spending a lot of time up there before I left Lane. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 08:49:20 (MST)
One of our pilots; Rick "Rebel" Smith, flew a slick at Lam Son with the 7/17th before coming to the 129th. One of our good friends from flight school, Jim Low, new in country, was KIA riding front seat in a Cobra. Just talked to Rick on Veterans day. He's doing OK in So. Florida. God bless; Greg_Henkel, 71-72
Animal
USA - Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 08:04:34 (MST)
Sounds good to me, Jim, wonderful idea.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 22:28:47 (MST)
yeh, I looked that up to, Jeff. still think that we were involved perhaps in a limited role. I was there during that time, left Lane the 24 th. of March 71,Im certain about those letters. Our unit history is not available for that time. Remeber them saying if one of our ships got shot down that they were to keep going. remember that quite well.A couple of our gunship pilots went up to Khe SAHN and they were asking for volunteers. We worked with some missionarys, New Zealanders repelling with the rope ladders, and inserted them later on a ways west of Dak TO,could have been across the border,got shot at with a 37m.m. remeber that very well.The old cav pilot dropped it about 500 ft. or more to avoid it, we landed on a firebase afterwards.and spent the night in Pleiku or two, got drunk as as a skunk at the club, and Paul Nolen was with me and John and Rivas. that was in late january or February.71. The only ones I think would know if we were involved are the crews there during that time, Tony Vega comes to mind. Ill ask him if he remebers. ? ANYWAYS. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 22:11:06 (MST)
All,Lately I have given it some thought.Many units have their What-ever to Honor their troops both liveing and those that have passed away.I am thinking maybe a Huey Propeller with all the names of the 129th AHC painted on it with the date served in RVN.Not the date of Death.I am willing to develope a fund rasining event to raise the money that would be needed.Please give me some feedback/?.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 22:09:13 (MST)
The VHPA web site lists all aviation units that participated in Lam Son 719. The 129th did not participate. To be sure I did check the web site. You can also get there if you google "helicopter units in lam son 719 and click on response "comenchero.org" That gets you the VHPA copyright listing. Snapper 70-71.
Jeff Sauers
USA - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 17:30:52 (MST)
Dust-off, I think Alex would be your best bet for our living 129ers, and Don Miller for those Fallen. How are you doing? Got your email Frenchie:>) L-G
Gently
USA - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 17:26:30 (MST)
Gary, I remember you posted, but not specifically the reference to the 129th and Lam Son... sorry, must have missed it. Good to know, though. On the program I noticed the date of February 10th... that was the day before I set foot at Cam Rhan Bay. It took me an additional 10 days or so to get to the 129th. Do any of you know to what extent the 129th was involved, or do any of you have a memory of it? I was amazed that the US lost 108 choppers in that operation. Joe Galloway mentioned something about people getting shot down, getting a ride back to the rear and getting on a new helicopter... reminded me of Nathan Bedford Forrest in the Civil War having had several horses shot out from under him!
Dave
USA - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 15:57:53 (MST)
I dont know if you read my post earlier about Operation Lam Son, from what I remember, we did participate.I got letters from Mike Higdon telling me about it,also,in the conversation I had with Darwin last year, Im pretty sure about that. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 12:10:57 (MST)
I dont know if you read my post earlier about Operation Lam Son, from what I remember, we did participate.I got letters from Mike Higdon telling me about it,also,in the conversation I had with Darwin last year, Im pretty sure about that. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 12:10:50 (MST)
I saw that also, Dave but was not sure.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 11:23:04 (MST)
Mark,Gently,who would have a master name list of all the Members of the 129th AHC both liveing and dead?
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 10:10:30 (MST)
Jim, that's so cool, and it's great the Vietnam vet is getting recognized for his sacrifice. Near here in Fruita, Colorado a memorial was built about 5 or 6 years ago. It has an old 101st Airborne Huey on a pedestal, and the base structure is covered with plaques of the names, rank and unit served of western Colorado servicemen. The guy who got the ball rolling on the memorial is the brother of a 101st pilot killed. The chopper is painted in his unit's colors.
Dave
USA - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 09:32:03 (MST)
Dave,I am not sure about the 129th Patch.But I saw one of my Dustoff Medics and one of our Hueys.The Medic is still alive and is on the Dustoff walk of fame in Ft.Sam Hustan,Tx.Ft.Sam Has a Muesium for Dustoff and they have a walk of fame made with bricks that have the names of all dustoff personnel with the dates of service in Vietnam engraved on the bricks.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 09:10:20 (MST)
Seeing a lot of chatter on the Vietnam HD series. I watched the "A Changing War" segment last night, and I'm pretty sure I saw a 129th patch on the left pocket of a pilot. It was about half way through the episode when they were discussing Lam Son 719. Anyone else notice this? If you're like me, you keep your eyes peeled for familiar things when you see Vietnam War footage. I'm sure that these folks use artistic license when putting these documentaries together, and that scene probably didn't have anything to do with 719. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I didn't think the 129th was involved.
Dave
USA - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 08:59:59 (MST)
Good for you, Snoopy.Gary Woodward.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 07:31:59 (MST)
Close timing Bill French ******I'm flying down to Key West Thursday for 10 days R&R to spend Thanksgiving with my older brother and his wife. ***plan on eating lot's of lobster he has been catching, fishing, and a lot of relaxing with family members ***Taking the wife & son and my sister is meeting up with us at the airport in Miami for a cruise down. *****I'ts chillin time *****
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 04:25:40 (MST)
Gale would really enjoy reading the article. If you would please send to my email. Thanks!
Chuck Roberson <cdroberson@hotmail.com>
Tega Cay, SC USA 68-69 - Monday, November 14, 2011 at 13:52:21 (MST)
Hi everyone, just got back from the keys last night. Great weather, seafood, water temp. View and people. Hay tommie J trying to bone up on a little Vietnamization. Looks like a lot to do. Sorry to hear the bad news. Everyone stay safe.
Bill french
Savannah, USA - Monday, November 14, 2011 at 10:07:44 (MST)
Just finished making my room reservation for Reunion In Reno this coming june. I found out if you book on line they will charge your Credit Card 1 nights rm charge. If you book by telephone they only take the card number. Reunion info is now up in the VHCMA web page. Dennis
Dennis P Fuerstenau <dennis.fuerstenau(at)me.com>
Roseville, CA USA - Monday, November 14, 2011 at 09:32:50 (MST)
Mark, please take note of new Email addy. dennis.fuerstenau@me .com Whenever possible please update it in contacts. Thanks Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau <dennis.fuerstenau(at)me.com>
Roseville, CA USA - Monday, November 14, 2011 at 08:58:42 (MST)
Gale and the rest of the Flight crew. I printed the article and have placed in my files for future reference. As I look back on my life, I see that all is not perfect and we all have gotten bumps and bruises along the way, however, we are still here. There is a song that was done not long ago by Styx, called "Just Be", it has a simple message,but it's a message to easily live by. Sorry for the rambling, but have realized that one must learn to just be. Always a Brother. Dennis, Class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau <dennis.fuerstenau(at)me.com>
Roseville, CA USA - Monday, November 14, 2011 at 08:55:39 (MST)
morning flight, great artical gale. gray i hole heartily agree with you. wink 3/69=10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Monday, November 14, 2011 at 08:32:02 (MST)
How bout them Colts? 10 in a row...baaaaa. Stil like them tho. headed out in a few minutes, y'all behave and play nice. Thanks for the good thoughts about my mom.
alvis
USA - Monday, November 14, 2011 at 06:11:08 (MST)
I recall in may 72, my driver gary hatcher, and myself were going for rations. we were in phu-tai, close to lane one morning. there were two s&p trucks,flat beds w/side-boards. they were loaded wit NVA prisoners. only 4 to 6 ARVN guards on each one. their uniforms were the color of boy scouts uniforms. that was during easter offensive in 72. there were so many refugees trying to get to safety. that war was such a waste.
lenny m. USA
USA - Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 12:31:21 (MST)
Wouldnt it be nice if they dedicated a series to the helicopter companys, slicks, guns Medevac,Chinooks, and Sky Cranes and their time table, the effort, the losses,how we felt,our feelings, the lives saved, resupplying them and all the effort . We have never been recognized that Im aware of.time to do it., I think. dont you?? long, long ovedue., .. Clear right, Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 09:58:52 (MST)
morning flight,gale didn't get article e-mail addy is cobra129th@verizon.net for anyone who did not serve would think vietnam was a ground war which is furthest from the truth but over all i thiught it was good. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 09:49:17 (MST)
correction 66to 6.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 09:02:26 (MST)
I carry my cane with me now, Alvis. ha ha. Dont know if anyone watched our Team on Tv yesterday , Texas Tech, I hope not it was flat embarrasing.got beat 6o to 6,worst loss in Techs history.The fans are wanting the coachs head now. three blowout wins in a row. Yeh, I was wondering why they did not show the Easter offensive either. You can see the gradual decline over the years of morale on this HD series.and the Vets bare their souls talking about it also.What got me was they were only very close to the NVAs main headquarters. and they were stopped. When I was at FT. Rucker and going to 67a10, school and volunteering to be a doorgunner and get the 67A1F, MOS, which had a 3 week course., we had orders to go to Vietnam, that was rescinded and we had to stay another 2 weeks there while they changed our orders, that was in September of 1969, ending up going to Fort Stewart, made POL FUEL TRUCK DRIVERS OUT OF US. .anyways, back to Vietnam, we did the best we could. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 08:53:21 (MST)
Gale,my email is barbtompiazza@gmail,ya thats better, Frenchie where are ya?
Tommie
USA - Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 07:42:40 (MST)
Gale,my email is barbtompiazza@gmail,ya thats better, Frenchie where are ya?
Tommie
USA - Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 07:42:24 (MST)
Alvis ***Ya know of all the items I have lost over the years from my tour one of the few things I still have is that damn cassette tape we made on guard duty with you getting ready to go on R&R *******PS: in regards to our singing on the tape ****I do not think we have a future in the music industry ***Ha *******************Alex **thanks for sharing a Veterans Day lunch with me ***I threaten to go every year but never have by myself **Another first !! ****Brothers current, brothers past, You all stay in my heart until I pass ****************The NG film was interesting but there was not much mentioned about the Easter Offensive 72 ****March thru the day I left in September is a blur of missions North and West after the battle at in the AnKhe Pass (that was the first time we heard of enemy tanks heading in from the Pleiku area***** Seemed like a whole different war when all the regular NVA started heading south with heavy armor, tanks, etc + seasoned troops that had a mission and knew how to achieve thier goals **************(brothyer Gary M ***NO Barking allowed **Ha ***glad you are ok after the "incident")******Robert Lee **got the email and responded ********Snoopy 71-72 *****
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 05:45:42 (MST)
Bill your son, Jim will be in my prayers. and Iwill e-mail him,recall getting letter from home made it diffence. What got me when watching the HD series on History Channell and also reading Rober Masons book, Chicken Hawk, we were still going to same places he and they were 5 years later, insane.taking and retaking the same places over and over.Utter Insanity. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 20:57:08 (MST)
Gale, would you resend the article to us please. Got deleted befor I was finnished reading it.................
Mark
USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 19:25:30 (MST)
Alvis my buddy, I got your "UGLY!!!!"
Gale
USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 17:01:09 (MST)
opps, not leaving in the morn..its monday morn. Gale, great story but who was that ugly guy in the pics? Debbie is a sweetie, glad she had some imput as well. the story sure rang true.Thanks for sending it.
alvis
USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 15:41:04 (MST)
I watched the NG show Viet Nam in HD too. I had some experience no one else had. In November 67 I was sent TDY from Lane to the 119th at Pleiku. The part about the battle for Dak To brought back memories. I was there. One day we landed in the river on the way back for fuel to wash the blood out of the back of the helicopter. Hover holes were something else we didn't have around Lane. I was glad to get back to Lane.
Theodore Buisker <skyking@stateline-isp.com>
Davis, IL USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 15:12:19 (MST)
i have to add, i sure was glad they were in sturdy cages!!!
lenny m.
USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 15:09:56 (MST)
I recall going by the guard dogs one day just to check them out... those dogs didn't like anyone!!! I was 6'3" and their paws were above my head. scared the hell out of me. lenny m u.s.a.
lenny m u s a
USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 15:00:41 (MST)
Gale it did not come thru email dennis.fuerstenau@me.com. it's my Icloud addy Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 14:40:12 (MST)
Gale, thanks for sharing that story . Iam doing better today,just going to have to be more careful and not as impulsive. Texas Tech had their Wounded Warrior game today at Jones Stadium here in Lubbock had the medal od honor winner here also. It was a bad game but the Vets were honored today. Hope everyone had a good day. Take care everyone and May God Bless. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 13:36:22 (MST)
Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!
sky blue credit <kathysteward37@yahoo.com>
Burton, WA USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 13:01:40 (MST)
Gary read your story about the dog,got one also, I went to the vill one night, on the way back I came in the gate and started up the flight line and got stopped by a guy and his gard dog. made me stand at praide rest,told me not to move. put the dog in front of me with his nose on my croch and walked away.you ever try to stay still and not move?I think the guy only walked a short ways away, I could hear him laughing! gale my email add is barbtom@gmail, send me a copy if you will. spelling isnt great but what the hell
Tommie
USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:07:31 (MST)
Flight, I just e-mailed 3 attachments to most of you. I need to update some of your email addys, so, let me know iffen you don't get anything....and if you wish to. Always a brother, Gale
Gale
USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 10:37:09 (MST)
Judith, I'll try that, but, it might be too much for this site!
Gale
USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 10:06:09 (MST)
Gale please scan and send to email listed below. $$$ means com. Thanks Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau <dennis.fuerstenau@me.$$$>
Roseville , CA USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 09:43:36 (MST)
Gary, be glad it wasn't a bull dog...:>) Glad you're Ok...pit bulls...scary dogs. you may live alone Gary, but you have many friends. Gale, can you cut and paste the article here? L-G
gently
USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 09:33:01 (MST)
scan and send to me gale...leaving out monday morn for two weks again...gotta get a job that keeps me home but still with decent bucks.
alvis
USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 08:42:42 (MST)
Alvis & flight, Had Debbie read the article last night to "approve or disapprove" it for me. She read it and handed it to me and said "read it, I think you'll like it." I was pretty pleased with it, so, I'll try to copy it for anyone that's interested.
Gale
USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 08:15:15 (MST)
Watched that NatGeo special "Vietnam in High Definition"...was great but sure brought back a lot of memories. Saw a lot of places we went to. If you haven't seen it, watch for it. My son Jim (2nd Lt) is in FOB Sharana, Afghanastan just starting out his tour...please keep him in your prayers. jwolf82@gmail.com is his address if you'd like to send him an occasional email - I remember how much mail meant to us. THank Brothers. Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 07:58:26 (MST)
Gale, tried to click on Clinton Newspaper and couldnt...wanted to read their twist on your story.
alvis
USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 06:09:30 (MST)
would have scared the crap out of me too..then made me extemely angry. For myself, I dont trust pit bulls.
alvis
USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 06:08:33 (MST)
I just had a hard as hell time dealing with a pittbull a foot away from me wanting to tear my damn throat out if I had moved, Fred or any one else that reads this.I guess it brought back a lot of memorys feeling defenseless, even though there was a M-60 IN FRONT OF ME, TODAY, NO.NOTHING NADA, i STOOD THERE FOR A LONG DAMN TIMENOT MOVING A MUSCLE, UNDERSTAND? I felt like I needed to relay that on this log, so that someone might understand, I dont have any friends, understand.Nobody but you guys understand what its like to have the shit scared out of you.thats why I went on here . Just a bad day. thought I was past all of that, but no.oh, well. whatever.Clearright. Tex the Phantom 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 01:00:05 (MST)
Yep, Your absolutely correct, Alvis, just had a really bad day with that dog, really thought for sure I was going to die. I normally do have good thoughts about being there and the coomadrie and all. Ill be ok now. Thanks for responding. ... Gary.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 00:45:26 (MST)
Yep, Your absolutely correct, Alvis, just had a really bad day with that dog, really thought for sure I was going to die. I normally do have good thoughts about being there and the coomadrie and all. Ill be ok now. Thanks for responding. ... Gary.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 00:45:23 (MST)
Gary, alot of us have "some not so good memories". I try to remember the happier ones, the good times, the crazy stuff we pulled off. WE inserted a bunch of ROKs one day, that night they got the hit with "endless" morters attacks.The next day, our ship had to go in and take out bady bags stacked on our floor two or three high, cant remember,,for some reason, its one of the blackest memories I brought home with me.WE were laughing and cutting up with those guys the day before. A fond memory..Snoppy..gary Woodward and I served guard duty together one night. I still laugh at the crap we pulled that night..it ven got the Tigers, across that dry wash, put on full alert for about an hour. search lights and all. Flying under bridges, making mini morters out of 50 cal tracer rounds, 15 cent beer, 25 cent mixed drinks..and that damned grape or orange soda, always hot. playing with the kids when we were shut down at some out of the way place and watching that oh so beautiful country pass by our doors and the ships shadow raced us across the ground. Lifting off and getting out of that hot assed air into the cooler air up higher,telling new guys to get a gallon of rotor wash or 10 feet flight line. Twernt all bad Gary, remember the good times.it helps.
alvis
USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 21:44:15 (MST)
Hey, ALVIS GOT TO REALLY RESPECT YOU GUYS THAT WAS THERE TOWARDS THE LAST, SORRY TOSAY THIS BUT BYTHYEN EVERYONE KNEW IT WAS A FUKING LOST CAI=USE BY THEN WHAT GUTS, Y FRIEND, WHAT FUKING GUTS.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 19:35:46 (MST)
I wanted to go back, talked to john Lulei my friend and crewchief, the day I left Lane should have went back to fuking finish the job. Understand?
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 19:32:53 (MST)
The reason I say sorry Mark, I try not to use curse words , MARK.i RESPECT THE HELL OUT OF YOU, AND YOUR BROTHER,.....WHAT A DAY.1111
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 19:25:57 (MST)
The reason I say sorry Mark, I try not to use curse words , MARK.i RESPECT THE HELL OUT OF YOU, AND YOUR BROTHER,.....WHAT A FUKING DAY.1111
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 19:25:21 (MST)
What I didnt care for about comming home..when I turned in my stuff for the 'big box" they were sending to my home, they searched it. Got to Siagon, they gave us piss test.before boarding ther freedom bird, they made us lay down our baggage..for the dogs to sniff...when arriving in San fran (?), they searched my baggage again..felt like a darn crimnal..then we were hot with all the cilivan stuff..yea, welcome home..drug addicated, murdering, baby killing, out of control, crazy, vietnam veterans.1972 ..First day back, mom made up one heck of a supper, complete with a huge chocolate cake. Couldnt eat much cause out stomachs had shrank from over there..was really great, till my tummy ask..Whats with all the rich food and spices? Not today solider...pucked my supper up,,wasnt sick, felt great after..body just couldnt handle real food. SMILE, that soon past.welcome home boys.
alvis
USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 19:23:45 (MST)
Recall a grunt laying on the cargo fllor he reached out his hand to me, could tell he was going to friggin die, I just could not touch his hand, he somehow understood, then he was gone, that will always stay woith me like another lot of shit, sorry , Mark.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 19:19:50 (MST)
Thought the same thing, if I was not good enough back then to say thanks too then kiss my ass, I did the very best I could recall the vet counselr asking me what I thought about the wall, I said too friggin late the damage is done, nobody gave a crap about us. thats whyI am like Iam.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 19:15:35 (MST)
We saved a lot of lives, Tommy.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 19:11:14 (MST)
stayed home today,not much on people saying welcome home,could of used it along time ago! Alex you and I must have left Lane about the same time,I headed home around the middle of april. Watched the nam show, and I thank god I was a door gunner,I wouldnt want any thing to do with that ground shit! someone said we watched the war slide by our doors,we did see alot from that seat! You folks hang in there! Remember,we use to say the rest is gravy?
Tommie
USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 18:28:17 (MST)
Bucky and Draughter had 635 when I was there she had been rebuilt at Corpus Christi, ARADMAC, then just like 6616171. the shipthat Nolen got hit on taking my place that day,........... Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 18:09:58 (MST)
Mark dont ever think this website dont help, I just got off the phone to Roger,and we were talking about near death experinces and the time we were up by Kontum, on the highway still revved up waiting for the VIPS tocome back when a convoy with dusters passed us, a mortar round hit the convoy, Roger pulled the guts out of 265, and we barely were off the ground when the second hit just behind us and spllatered the tail boom the cargo doors with shrapnel and asphalt and Johns wrist and arm, the third hit where we would have been out. I owe my life to Roger Lange and his quick as hell reflexes, just like today,I prayed toGod and HE ANSWERED. Thank you, Roger and for listening to me. WE HAD THE DAMN BEST PILOTS IN THE WORLD. TEX 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 18:05:07 (MST)
Happy Vet's Day, brothers... love you all! Robbie, glad to hear 235 is still flying. I did a little research a few months ago and found some information on Bulldog 214. She was my first assignment, then onto 635 which I inherited from Mike Brown in '71. Turns out that 214 must have been cannibalized. Her 45-degree gearbox was found among the wreckage of a downed heli-logger in the Pacific Northwest. The pilot was killed. I also discovered that a crew chief from the unit we got 635 from had been shot dead inside his well in her.
Dave Powers
USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 18:01:05 (MST)
Hey, dudes got a very special Vet day today staring down death today, I heard somje kids screaming and a dog barking like it was going to attack. Wen to see what was going on a elderly lady was trying tocoach this big pitt bull back into the yard and through the gate he got out of, like a friggin idiot Iwent to help , the closer I got the more pissed the dog got, the lady went to call the house owner and get hold of the dude renting it. I went across the street and soon as I got there the dog let me know. the more I moved the more he got mad, finally had to stand coimpletely still while he got closer and closer to me, if I moved he showed more agression, I finally just stood still , did not try to stare him down, if I had moved one muscle I would not be writing this now. Not one SOB CALLED THE COPS. and plenty of cars went by. Finally the dogs owner showed up , the dog jumped on the poor old lady bit her hand, not bad, did not break the skin and Knocked her down when she did move.Told the dogs owner he needed to do something about the dog or I would, he didnt like MUCH. anyways, what a Veterans day, GTlad I wasnt dog food. AHH, MEMORYS.. ..Tex 70 71. can see the headlines NOW, Vietnam Vet gets killed by dog on Veterans day,ha ha.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 16:22:21 (MST)
I know Smitty and Shadow are 360ing ,circleing Fiddlers Green. Smiling and waiting on Animal(another pilot) and I(another gunner) and all those pretty Korean beauty paget ladies.clear right.
alvis
USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 15:57:09 (MST)
Brothers and sisters.............I LOVE YOU ALL..........................THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE!!!! ...........always a brother......................
Mark
USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 14:18:50 (MST)
Today I say a special prayer for all our fallen brothers in all wars,and especially for ours, the 129th.guns and slicks,thinking of you, Paul Nolen and always will.I think of the others who dies in accidents also. I think of you,John Henry Ralph Brooks, especially after watching the history channnel and the story of Col. Purcell and his wife., who was a Pow. I say a prayer for all and II know you wont be forgotten or the ones that have passed since coming home. I did not see any 129th. ships either. Im pretty sure we were involved,they were asking for volunteers to go up to Khe Sahn and a couple of our gun pilots went, I also recall what Darwin said about it also. I got letters from Higdon and Rivas my gunner about it after I left and was at Ord.Wont go into it. Do recall working with some missionarys , THEY WERE new Zealenders and we practiced with the rope ladders and then went over into or close to Laos out of Dak To,seems like a few times and some other stuff, so Id say yes, Fred im thinking its in our Unit History, Ill look but pretty sure.Rivas and some others I flew with got some medals .We were up in that area quite a bit in Jan, Feb, and MAR. OF 71. , for sure of that time and areas. Have a good Veterans day. May God bless all. Clear right, Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 14:14:31 (MST)
Happy Veterans Day to all. Boy, I can't believe it has been so long. Thank you all for the service that you gave. Especially to our fall brothers from RVN and those lost from illnesses related to their time in RVN. I especially want to remember my Crew Chief David Stamper, my roommate Claude Strother, Tom Shaw, and Billingley and Nowakowski from Guns. You are missed.
Dennis Faucher <drfaucher@verizon.net>
USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 11:15:43 (MST)
Hope everyone has a safe Veterans Day and able to enjoy a free lunch. Going to meet Gary ( Snoopy ) at 2:15 at applebees in Bartlett Tn. for lunch. A lot of commo about Vietnam on the history channel. As I watched it. from 65 to april 68. Brought back alot of memories. They didn't hold anything back. I met Joe Galloway in 2002. The 20th aniverary of the Wall. Along with Hal Moore and many of the surviors of the LZ X-Ray in Nov.65 Joe is the only civilan to earn the Bronze Star. I looked but, did't see any 129th aircraft. The 129th flew Westmoreland to alot of outpost on top of the hills. I remembered deploying the 173rd, 101st,5th Special Forces, 25th and ROK, Tiger and whitehorse Korean army into alot cold and hot LZ. The 129th was split up supporting all of the units. A few ships here and there. At, times when a major airlift we had most of our aircraft there. the toughest for me was seeing our wounded and Kia's. I left the 129th on April 13th 1968. I have good memories along with the bad. Today let's take a moment to remember our Fallen Brothers and Sisters. And,our Brothers and Sisters whom have passed after their tour in VietNam. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 10:24:56 (MST)
I would like to thank all the man in the 129th AHC, for all you did in the war. WOuld also like to thank my father, at the time was WO Rene Morrell. Happy Veterans Day to all of you. Thank you again.
Jonathan Morrell <jonmorrell80@aol.com>
Parksley, va USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 10:16:08 (MST)
Lt Thomas Shaw & WO Claude Strothers & The rest who gave all. This is "your" day.For you "are" the real heros.They're showing Viet Nam in HD.Couldn't help "going back".Clear left-dawg 426.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 09:52:39 (MST)
Happy Veterans Day to my dearest Warriors. Thank you for serving...thank you for coming home. It's an honor to call you my friends. Love-Gently
Gently
USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 09:52:31 (MST)
Happy Veteran's Day, Brothers! Slow hand salute to those we have lost.
Bill Wolf
USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 09:08:53 (MST)
Flight, have a great 11-11-11. I was reluctant at giving our local newspaper an interview about Viet Vets returning to Vietnam. I'm not an outgoing person and I'm a little worried about how it will come across to people. It will be in this evenings paper, so, wish me luck. I'll have my wife read it first...then I may or may not read it. I did stress to the reporter to make sure the 129th Assault Helicopter Co is mentioned and spelled correctly.................enjoy your day 129th!
Gale
Clinton, In US of A - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 07:45:22 (MST)
Please correct me if I am wrong, but I dont think the 129th was part of the Lam song 719 battle..it was just before my time so I could certianly be wrong.That was way up in the north west corner of Vietnam. I know the 48th ahc (jokers)(among other ahc companys) went up there ..they got the crap shot out of them.
alvis
USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 07:11:11 (MST)
11-11-11 Vets today is our day. Many business are giving out freebees today. Food-- Applebees, Chili's, Olive Garden, Famous Dave's, Outback, Texas Roadhouse, Subway,and if you need a folding cane- Sam's Club. Monday the 14th, Ponderosa and Golden Corral. Get out and enjoy the day, since we are finally getting some appreciation for our service.
Paul Boggs 70-71
Niles, Mi USA - Friday, November 11, 2011 at 06:42:42 (MST)
Slow hand salute to you, CW2 Douglas Scott.You can rest in peace now.,Bulldog Brother. Tex 70-71. clear rightt..
Gary L. Mount
USA - Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 22:50:11 (MST)
Robbie, my prayers are with you and your family and with you also, Fred. Wow, another one of our ships survived 265,as I reported another one of ours 6616171 is at Camp Douglass, Volk Field, Wisconsin.that Roger " Rocky " Lange was able to trace down. I watched the history channel again tonight about Vietnam, and the part of going into Cambodia and Laos, Operation Lam Son 719 ., which we were apart of. Still trying to sort out feelings about that time. Joe Galloway of Ia Drang Valley reporter was there, did not know that he spoke of the heroism of those crews that went out time after time even after being shot down bringing back troops and another Vet saying that by us being treated so badly by our country it was worth it seeing this generation of Veterans being treated a lot better than we were. I recall once talking to one of our VANAF pilots near our hoch and him saying that he felt if we left his country could not make it., that always stuck with me for some reason. especially when it fell. I thought of that conversation. Now its been so many years now it seems like it has mellowed out now. Gary
Gary L. Mount
USA - Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 22:46:27 (MST)
am home, long drive from savana to here today, only to be met by snow showers. Robbie my friend, my most heartfelt condolences to you and yours. My mom made it thru the operation, they took 60% of her pancreas, bile ductand ripped out all the lymp nodes atatched to that main arotic vein running from the pancreas to the liver. She is awake and so far making a slow recovery.I want to thank all of you for the well wishes and the prayers..means alot to me. Again, thank you, F.A.
alvis
USA - Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 20:57:06 (MST)
Prayers out for Robbie and Alvis. New VHPA monthly magazine is here and it has obit for CW2 Douglas Scott, Flight Class 68-515/68-27 who flew with 129th AHC in 1968-69. Call sign Bulldog 17. Passed on June 15, 2011. Slow hand salute to another Bulldog. Snapper 70-71
Jeff Sauers <cats3@roarrunner.com>
Lake Norman, USA - Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 16:40:40 (MST)
Hey Robbie. Wow good to know your ole ship is still around. I sent some photos of her to the web site that you posted above. Thanks for sharing this with us.........always a brother.............
Mark
USA - Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 16:27:51 (MST)
Oops forgot to put the address to see Bulldog265 in last post. http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/66-16265.html##### I put the pound signs at the end for the spammers. Don't include them when you copy it.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 15:16:38 (MST)
Thanks to everyone for the prayers and kind words. Mom wanted to be cremated, so that is being done and waiting until my sister can come up from Fla for the funeral. On a little bit better note, I had sent John Brennan pictures and info for his book about helicopters and nose art. The other day he sent me info that shows the helicopter I crewed for most of my time in the 129th "The Judge" serial # 6616265 is in Helena Montana and flying. I sent them a picture of the judge and it is on their front page.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 14:55:10 (MST)
morning flight, i also watched vietnam hd. very well done.hard to watch and dose bring back memories good and bad. the education center at the wall has entered on a new project. they want to put a face to the names of the fallen.they are asking friends, family anyone who have pictures of the fallen to sent them to them. there is a wed site to go to for more info., of coures i'm no longer quick enough anymore to get bthe wed site addy. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 08:36:28 (MST)
I agree Gary....I agree...........................................
Gale
USA - Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 08:36:13 (MST)
One part was hard to watch when this veteran was talking about getting through the battle of Hamburger Hill and returning home and what he encountered when he got home, was heartbreaking and stirred a lot of memorys. Life ran the pictures of the 320 KIA that week then it goes on to say that for the first time in American history the AMERICAN people turned on the returning Veterans. Watching this Vet talk about how he felt so alone and how being so proud to wear his medals prior and then feeling just wanting to get out of his uniform was very hard to watch. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 07:07:17 (MST)
Watched the history channels series on Vietnam, it is very good and brually honest. still thinking and praying for you guys . Robbie and Fred and your loved ones. Clear right, Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 23:02:18 (MST)
My families thoughts and prayers go out to you Robbie. Greg_Henkel
Animal
USA - Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 22:21:21 (MST)
Awwww.......So sorry to here that Robbie. As always , you are in our prayers and Fred A. you too.
Mark
USA - Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 11:32:27 (MST)
I hope everyone has the chance to see the History channel is running a program called Vietnam in HD. It is on at 8:00PM for two more nights. New footage, very good...
Bill Whelan
USA - Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 09:15:52 (MST)
Robbie, i will say a prayer for your mum.
Kevin
USA - Tuesday, November 08, 2011 at 15:32:39 (MST)
Robbie, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Tuesday, November 08, 2011 at 12:22:38 (MST)
Continued prayers for your mom Fred...and now for you and your Family Robbie. L-G
gently
USA - Tuesday, November 08, 2011 at 11:22:01 (MST)
sounds like alot of people are ending the year on a sad note,my heart goes out to you all!
Tommie
USA - Tuesday, November 08, 2011 at 10:46:44 (MST)
Robbie, sorry to hear about your Mom....our thoughts are with you. Gale & Debbie..............Alvis, best of luck to your Mom and family...thinking of you.
Gale
USA - Tuesday, November 08, 2011 at 10:35:56 (MST)
Robbie you and family are in our thoughts and prayers. And, Fred were thinking of you also. I don't know how much longer my mom will be with us. She has got to the point of just waiting for her time. Mom will be 88 Jan 29th weighs only 60lbs. But, wanting to move back to her apartment. My sisters and brothers has been taking care of Mom. It's been a hard year for the 129th family with the loss of so many of our Brothers and our parents,and siblings and other family members whom have past. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Tuesday, November 08, 2011 at 08:20:51 (MST)
Fred, I hope your Mom is going to be ok....My Mother Leola Waneta Dann was born in Windsor NY in July 1921. She died early this morning from a heart attack. You will always be in my heart and thoughts Mom.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, November 08, 2011 at 07:11:31 (MST)
Fred will be keeping your mother in my heart & prayers.
Ken Strong Jr. 72-73
Summerfield, FL USA - Sunday, November 06, 2011 at 09:29:12 (MST)
Im sure I was on some good missions,one I recall was around thanksgiving and we shut down at a major Arvn base, the American colonel treated us really well. I try to not think of all the bad ones.anymore. Tex May 5, 70- March 24, 1971.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Saturday, November 05, 2011 at 22:06:29 (MDT)
FRED, YOUR MOM IS IN OUR PRAYERS. HOPE ALL GOES WELL, LET US KNOW HOW THINGS TURN OUT.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Saturday, November 05, 2011 at 22:01:48 (MDT)
Fred,I beleive that all the 129th and 498 will be praying for her to have a good operation.
Jim <Dustoff>
USA - Saturday, November 05, 2011 at 17:38:14 (MDT)
I was on that mission with you Alvis! At least I think I was. We almost got socked in at a firebase at the Ahn Khe pass and had to deedee the place pretty quick. The showgirls were sitting on our laps as I recall!Prayers for your Mom! Greg
Animal
USA - Saturday, November 05, 2011 at 10:15:20 (MDT)
Gary, the 129th seemed to get alot of "good" missions. I lucked out on one..we took the Ms. Korea pagent ladies around to a bunch of ROK fire bases. They put on a show for "the boys", then on to the next base. That would have been in late 71 (after june)
alvis
USA - Saturday, November 05, 2011 at 07:12:26 (MDT)
Fred, prayers for your mom... Rom. 8:28.
Dave Powers
USA - Friday, November 04, 2011 at 22:36:07 (MDT)
DON'T TAKE MUCH TO PRAYIN BUT WE WILL CERTAINLY PULL FOR HER TO COME THRU
paul mcgrath
USA - Friday, November 04, 2011 at 20:21:16 (MDT)
Thanks for responding, Alvis.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, November 04, 2011 at 18:52:27 (MDT)
hi ya Kevin.. Gary, I left the 129th in Jan of 72 or Dec of 71. Didnt hear about it. ..Was a fast and long 8 or 9 days. Left out here, went to Raymond new Hampshire, then over to South Portland , Maine, down to two places in florida, one being in the evrrglades ..where i slept thaT NIGHT, over to Mobile Alabama, then here. 3,500 miles, whew. Leaving out early in the morn, Sue and I are headed to Savana to pick up my son, then down to Lake Como to moms, then back to Jacksonville Fl for her opperation monday. They are taking part of the pancreas, bile duct, part of the instestine, then sewing her back up.Its called a Whipple procedure..pretty scary stuff..the most dangerous abdomen surgery out there..20% dont wake up.cross your fingers for me and those who pray, thanks.
alvis
USA - Friday, November 04, 2011 at 17:03:45 (MDT)
Yeh, thats true. toothpaste works real good, it willl work on zits and cysts, and other insect bites too., as well as chiggers. I found the COME and Get it, at a local garden shop, works well, Probably major garden shops have it. I also found that boric acid works well also.just put it around your house and near the entrances, helps keep the bugs out.Works on fire ants, may have to put it on couple of times , though.Now, Im going to get into something if anyone was there that day.Im thinking it was around January 71,we were taking vice president Ky around Binh Dinh province and went to the chief of the province, we shut down near the village while Ky and other dignitarys were with the province chief.The village was famous for making the conical hats the people wore out of woven bamboo, and they also made the basket boats they used for fishing, tightly woven bamboo, that did not leak. We went back there the day after that , a flare misssion was done just hours before. I will always remeber that morning we went back to that same village and what we saw.and smelled,wont get into that part of it, does anyone recall that? There is not too many of us from that era of the 129th.left. belive it was January of 71, or around that time or perhaps earlier. Tex 70-71
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, November 04, 2011 at 08:52:54 (MDT)
morning flight, thanks for the info on the fire ants. i've been biten many of timesand yhe bites are not pleasent. what i've found out because of the that tooth paste easies the pain of the bite.yes i said tooth pastes. when i was told about the tooth paste i didn't believe it but it works.try it next time you get bite. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Friday, November 04, 2011 at 07:37:27 (MDT)
Amdro- There ya go.I had one letter in there Too many.Anyway. Like I said They're in hibernation right about now.But get ready in the spring time. They come out with a Voracious appetite.Just be careful with the kids and pets. And dont water for at least two to three days.I know its a little early.But it is November. Thanksgiving is just right around the corner.With all the "bumps in the road" There is stil a lot to be Thankfull.So to all my COMPADRES have a happy thanksgiving day with the family.Later Dawg 426.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Thursday, November 03, 2011 at 09:44:46 (MDT)
Wink, I see you were looking for something at Lowe's or Home Depot. Don't forget to ask for your veteran's discount. They both give 10% off to vets all year long. Menard's only does it on Veteran's Day now.
Theodore Buisker <skyking@stateline-isp.com>
Davis, IL USA - Thursday, November 03, 2011 at 09:37:26 (MDT)
Got it Wink:>)). Bruno!!! Love-Gently
gently
USA - Wednesday, November 02, 2011 at 17:14:07 (MDT)
Hello, Mark Jackson asked be to pop-in. My name is Kevin I'm 9 years old...nearly 10,and I live in England. The guys at Huey 509 know me, thats how I found the 129th. This is my website http://hueyfanclubuk.weebly.com/index.html
Kevin Dutton <huey-fan-club@hotmail.co.uk>
Manchester, England UK - Wednesday, November 02, 2011 at 14:37:41 (MDT)
Bill, have a Nephew in route there now. Still hoping to see this all slow down and everyone can start bringing these guys to Kokomo. Also got bad news this morning that one of my wife's younger brothers was killed while driving his truck yesterday. So maybe heading to her families home up in KY shortly. At least "Stickman" got me an idea of where it is now up in them hills. Oh, thanks for tips on bugs, maybe I am just lucky, well always wonder if we had our DNA changed in Nam at least!
Ken Strong Jr.
Summerfield, FL USA - Wednesday, November 02, 2011 at 07:06:33 (MDT)
Wink both should have it called AMDRO
Rick England
USA - Tuesday, November 01, 2011 at 09:34:06 (MDT)
morning flight, would home depot or lowes have the ampdro or come & get it? if not where. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Tuesday, November 01, 2011 at 09:00:03 (MDT)
Hi,Mr England, how the heck are ya? YA know us hill folk,we rub what we want to, as much as we want!! call ya soon rick
Tommie
USA - Monday, October 31, 2011 at 17:22:24 (MDT)
p.s. wont work on Carpenter ants however, not much does other than diesel ,heard that peppermint does? Gonna have to try the dirt thing. Hows the deer population down your way, Bruno, lot of them died, the does were leaving the foals behind, a grop was taking care of them south of here. My Raiders screwed the pooch, lost big time agianst Iowa ST. IN ONE OF THE WORST GAMES I HAVE EVER SEEN THEM PLAY. IT SUCKED Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Monday, October 31, 2011 at 12:09:24 (MDT)
Bill Wolf, my thoughts hopes and prayers are with you!!.. He should be home by the end of the year, or at least thats what they are saying. Take care Brother.. L8r....>> Where was that anthill dirt thing when I needed it..?? Never heard that one B4...>>>
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Monday, October 31, 2011 at 11:40:24 (MDT)
Thanks, Bruno, I forgot to add that I came across a product that works very well its called " Come and Get it", by Fertilome. It gets rid of them fire ants,as you know how they are being from fire ant country. It also works on RED ANTS, the big ones we have around here. There was a red ant bed that Margarita tried every thing on and could not get rid of they just come up a few feet away after a week or so, well we put that come and get it around their hole and the next morning nothing but dead ants and they nhave never come back and thats een a couple of years ago, it works on sugar ants and even cockroachs.FYI... ,, WIPED THEM OUT!!! YEEHAAA!!! TEX 70-71..
Gary L. Mount
USA - Monday, October 31, 2011 at 11:14:46 (MDT)
Gary "Tex" Mount. REd Fire ants huh? They are about to go into hibernation about now.so don't do this unti next Spring when They're coming back out in Spring with one hell of an appetite.They'll eat anything. Ampdro worked "real" go for me down here. Give it a good healthy does around the anthill until dusk-that's when they all go back into the anthill. Next morning when they come back out to eat, they start picking up the Ampdro pellets and they taken them back into the anthill for their "stores". Eventually the Queen "will" eat Ampdro and die-and so will a lot of the worker ants. No more Red Ants dude.Hope that'll git 'er done.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, October 31, 2011 at 10:30:31 (MDT)
Happy Halloween all!! My son Jim (Lt. Wolf) just arrived in Afghan - please keep him in your prayers. Miss you all. Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Monday, October 31, 2011 at 10:03:33 (MDT)
What do Hillbillys rub Heeeeeee
Rick England
USA - Monday, October 31, 2011 at 07:48:10 (MDT)
For mosquitos,find an ant hill, take the sand (only)rub it in your hands, drop the sand, rub what ever! it works! Hillbilly meds!
Tommie
USA - Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 19:01:02 (MDT)
Dont recall the bugs bothering me that much at Lane, but they do now. There are some people for whatever reasons, chemical make up , whatever, they stay away from.Used to be the Fire Ants did not come up here and if they did they would not survive the cold winters, but they have adapted to the cold now.They are vicious lil buggers,and the more they bite you, the more you become alergic to them since they release some kind of chemical that stays in your bloodstream. They also have multiple queens now instead of just one so they have mutated. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 12:59:14 (MDT)
Ken.I think it was the garlic in the Kimchi that kept the bugs away in Vietnam and Kokomo.It sure keeps the women away from us because of our breath.Hahahahaaaaaaaaa
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 11:01:12 (MDT)
Always reading but such few answers. In Kokomo I was talking about bugs with a couple folks. We are having a big outbreak of Mosguito attacts down here in Florida. So again eveyone one here on my Goat Farm is spraying themselves, etc. They have gotten bad enough that even though I don't see very well this time I can see them in clouds flying around. My point of the day is they don't even land on me and thinking back I have never had a problem after Vietnam. I think it was Paul Boggs that said he was the same way but not sure. Starting to wonder if there was something in our blood when we left Lane that might tell insects they don't want to suck it. Even Fire Ants leave me alone down here while my wife is always getting bit. So maybe AO was a one time treatment to keep insects away for life. Just thinking in my old age again.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Summerfield, FL USA - Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 07:59:28 (MDT)
I dont, in answer to you so you wont be ignored, Dustoff. Tex 70-71 perhaps someone does.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 09:32:50 (MDT)
Hey Guys!! Does any one Remember a Crewmember by the name of " RONALD D.DECELIS ".Had something to do with the "Cobras" got his face shot off or wounded in the face.Seems like he is a basket case.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 20:19:05 (MDT)
Tommie, isn't he though. Praise God and his artist ability. OK, Map situation is under controll. Got 10 of them ordered from US Dept of Interior, Geological Survey branch out of Denver. They had some on hand and still have 10 more left if anybody wants a colored one like the B/W ones I was giving out. $9.00 a pop plus shipping. Map #6836IV. Map name Qui Nhon. Still the vintage 1969 ones. Phone number 1-888-275-8747...........I do recall giving mine away to Cherry and Ray Evens in St. Louis.
Mark
USA - Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 18:43:24 (MDT)
Nice time of year to be living in the woods, god is a wonder!
Tommie
USA - Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 17:09:11 (MDT)
Ok guys. somebody tell me they picked up a tube with some of my maps in it at st.Louis. I am missing the two that I had lamminated of the LANE AO. I do recll, and I thiunk that I gave one to Cherry. You know the ones I'm talking about? The ones that I always bring and pass out at reunions. Those are always black and white copies. But I get them off of the Laminated ones. I am thinking and do recall that I did give one to Cherry and I may have given the other to The guy that was with Cherry. Another pilot. Evens I think his name was. Oh well, gonna try and get some more from Denver. If any of you have a B/W copy can you give me the name of the map that is at the top. I thiunk it is Qui Knon and the map # That should be 6836IV. Dont make no diff. If somebody could take a copy of that map for me and send it to me I would be very greatful. Just wonder why I would of gave my colored maps away. But that's just like me to give them away.;-))))).love to all...OH wink.dont forget to kick my ass...;-)))))......always a brother.........
MARK
USA - Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 16:58:37 (MDT)
morning flight. mark remind me the next time we together to kick you ass. never be ashemed of your tour as a marine, and i know larry would tell you the same thing. one thing i learned in the programs in the v.a., and has help to this day is, you identify with a fellow vet and don't compare.your service time was just as important as anyone elsesand besides the good lord had something else in mind for you, and that apparent. you have done more good with your wed site. this was what the good lord had in mind for you.keeping the memory of larry alive and getting all together. your site, our site has helped alot of us and will keep on helping. and for that i thank you. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 08:42:17 (MDT)
Alvis..you are one freaky dude:>))) Dust off, brought tears to my eyes. Tommie, I can get to where ever i want to go. See ya in Saigon! L-G
Gently
USA - Monday, October 24, 2011 at 19:20:36 (MDT)
yep, we had a couple or 3 of those dudes before I left, Jim." dustoff".that came from other companys.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Monday, October 24, 2011 at 16:14:49 (MDT)
how cool is that, Fred.!!
Gary L. Mount
USA - Monday, October 24, 2011 at 16:11:21 (MDT)
went to a special tool store today, needed a "tap extractor" for a broken tap in one of my head bolt holes..(cleaning the threads),,the guy at the counter saw my hat, we exchanged the usuall..he was at Anson, 71/72 and was with Big Windy, across the hill. I invited him to this site to say howdy.
alvis
USA - Monday, October 24, 2011 at 14:00:27 (MDT)
That is so COOL,Jim, little by little folks are finding the 129th.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Monday, October 24, 2011 at 13:09:02 (MDT)
Mark,Yestarday afternoon I was talking with a lady who told me her husband was a member of the 129th AHC.She said that there is not a unit get together.I told her that I am an associate member of the 129th and we have reunions all the time.She gave me her phone number and asked me to call her husband.She gave me his name.I am trying to meet him for lunch at Jefferson Barracks for lunch on Wednesday.Will let you and all know what happens.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Monday, October 24, 2011 at 10:19:20 (MDT)
When I arrived in The 498th Dustoff in the early 68 time frame.I would say that we had half of the troops were on drugs.You know that the Army had a policy that if a Commander gave his permission the enlisted could be switched with another troop with the same MOS and transfered in Country.I had the permission of the 498th Dustoff to go to the line unites and find SDA Medics and transfer them to Dustoff in exchange for our pot heads.Many night I sit silently reliveing many of the Dustoff Missions I went on in Vietnam.Remembering small things like starting A Bottle of Ringers solution to replace the lose of blood of one of our troops who had a serious wound.Thinking about what he might have to go thru in the future when he returns to the USA.How is he going to be recieved by his Mother and Father,or wife.Many times I have to wipe the tears from my face just thinking about all the troops we picked up on the many missions in Vietnam.All the nights reliveing missions and wakeing up with blood on my hands while trying to save the life of some young troop that should not have been there in the first place.Kids all kids.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Monday, October 24, 2011 at 10:11:08 (MDT)
Fred Alvis, GEEEEZZZZZZ man. Chill out. I was making refrence to MY misspelling of the word Flathead in MY post.Thanks for the info about it though. One thing I hate about communicating by type only. To much is lost in the anunciation of the statement or to what the statement is refering to. So please, read carefully before making judgement on what is said in here. For instance, A KANGAROO GOES INTO A BAR. BARTENDER SAYS WHAT WILL IT BE. KANGAROO ORDERS UP A BOLOLAGNA SANDWICH. EATS IT, SHOOTS THE BARTENDER AND LEAVES. MAN OUTSIDE THE DOOR ASK KANGAROO, WHY DID YOU DO THAT? KANGAROO SAYS HE WAS JUST FOLLOWING WHAT IT SAID ABOUT HIM THAT HE READ IN A BOOK ABOUT HIS SERVIVAL TATICS. THAT IS, HE EATS SHOOTS AND LEAVES. Let's not be like the kangaroo. I love you Fred.
Mark
USA - Monday, October 24, 2011 at 09:30:38 (MDT)
Dont know if anyone would be inerested or not talking about partsor antique autos, there is a junkyard as you are going out of Roswell towards Artesia, New Mexico that has a lot of old cars in it, thats unusual anymore because a lot of them have been crushed now.FYI... about Saigon, Mark, when I went to the 67th. EVAC In Quinhon. there were quite a few wounded very bad there. He probably did see a lot.Towards the end of the war, drugs were everywhere, and Im not talking about Pot, either, hard drugs.and that was everywhere Mark. Hell, our C.O. was afraid to go into ourbarracks at Ord, returning Vets were pretty strung out on Smack, ak, Heroin.Saw a lot of that before I left Lane too. Tex 70-71..
Gary L. Mount
USA - Monday, October 24, 2011 at 09:15:24 (MDT)
Had a busy weekend on the promenade in Blackpool and the Green in Lytham. The 'Vietnam Pair' (the Huey and the Loach's call sign to Air Traffic when flying together) were flying the flag and raising money for the North West Air Ambulance. Whilst at the same time we enlightened the public to the work the two machines did in combat and what you guys did who crewed them. Your ears must have been burning something rotten as we were talking about almost solidly for the two days. Both machines will now be put away for winter maintainance in preparation for their certification in the new year. Brad took a great photo of 509 from the front left seat of the Loach Flying to Lytham on Sunday morning. I have put it on the Yahoo site and I will add some more that we took on both days when I get hold of them. He has posted it on Facebook aswell. Take care. Bye for now the Huey crew.
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
Mellor, 509 County UK - Monday, October 24, 2011 at 05:32:33 (MDT)
depended on his job..he coulda been in charge of nurses health..siagon is a huge city with many, many outfits there..many going to a general like hospital near MAC V headquarters.I spent a week down there..worse I saw at the place I visted was a Navy guy shooting up Heroin. Then again, he coulda been with a line unit going out on patrol..not enough info Mark..misspelled the flatty head, still, he has the parts for sale no matter how its spelled, truely, its spelled green money for parts.Just trying to help you out, next time I will just stay quiet.
alvis
USA - Monday, October 24, 2011 at 05:32:27 (MDT)
depended on his job..he coulda been in charge of nurses health..siagon is a huge city with many, many outfits there..many going to a general like hospital near MAC V headquarters.I spent a week down there..worse I saw at the place I visted was a Navy guy shooting up Heroin. Then again, he coulda been with a line unit going out on patrol..not enough info Mark..misspelled the flatty head, still, he has the parts for sale no matter how its spelled, truely, its spelled green money for parts.Just trying to help you out, next time I will just stay quiet.
alvis
USA - Monday, October 24, 2011 at 05:32:26 (MDT)
hey gang.......Had a neighbor die the other day. He was a Medic in Saigon. Which made me ponder this.....and maybe some of the Dustoffs can answer this or maybe the Slicks riders. Or anybody, but the question is. What type of wound would get you a ride to Saigon to see my nieghbor? After ponderering this, I was thinking that you either you had to be in a "fubar" state or in one that was just enough to get you a ticket home. was just trying to think about what my nieghbor might have seen as a medic down there. He s was a great gentleman and a quite guy. VFW color guard personal and all around nice guy. Ran a small rain gutter installation business out of his home. Had a barn out back he would work out of. Mostly onsite jobs. Had another Vietvet working for him. matter of fact, they did the spouting on the cabin here. I dont know, was just trying to piece together in my mind what he might of went through over there. Always thinkin' bout what you guys did over there for me. I sometimes am ashamed of my tour as a Marine, which was nothing, compared to what you guys went through. God Bless all of you. I raise the members of the 129th up in paryer every night THANKS ......always a grateful and indebted brother.........
Mark
USA - Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 21:18:01 (MDT)
That would be Flathead
Mark
USA - Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 21:01:49 (MDT)
Fred I will have to meander over to Karls to check that out about his Flayhead parts. How did you here about it?
Mark
USA - Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 21:01:14 (MDT)
Roger that, Fred Alvis. I can recall the flight leader we had when I first got there to 1st. Plt. ,Captain Hall," Grace" talking about it with Foghorn, and also,Captain Snyder, "Juicer " ,and Leggins, my first crewchief, we were shutdown in that area where 959er was last heard of on a couple of occasions.One time I was with Laughlin and Bullwinkle. I beleve at Uplift and they were talking about Brooks, that when they were finaly able to go back to that Lz, they found all his cloths he was wearing, chicken plate, helment, gloves and flight helment near th e area he was last seen stacked in a neat liitle pile, folded. Why.I remeber that is beyond me, it was such a weird story. Capt. Hall and Capt, Snider were there when 959er went down. Funny how you recall certain things. they also talked about when our ships happened to be in that area or also the Demons. whenever that area was marginal weather , they swore that they heard 959er pilot that day, and they knew him personally, would come up on Gaurd and would ask for a vector from Phu Cat that they were lost and needed a immediate vector to get them to Phu cat. They also said that the voice sounded like it was far away like in a empty drum and it was spooky. Being a newby it was something you never forgot, also there were reports that it had been seen in that same area at night.by several companys from II corp. thats what Irecall. , May they rest in peace now. I do wonder how many other storys there are? Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 19:31:42 (MDT)
thanks gary, but pure made up story I just wrote.
alvis
USA - Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 09:50:39 (MDT)
Alvis, great news about your mom.Hope all is well with everyone else.Our Texas Tech " Red Raiders", knocked off the no.3 team in the nation last night,Real proud of our boys. Great story, Alvis,reminds me of the storys that I would hear about our own 959er,when I was at Lane,it would be seen and the pilot on the radio especially when there was bad wather in our area or the area that it went down. I recall those storys vividly,usually when we were shut down in that area..N.W. OF PhuCat,guess there are plenty moreof those types of storys, I would bet. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
lubbock,texas, USA - Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 09:38:00 (MDT)
moms test results..cancer is NOT invasive yet and is opperable. Setting up docs appointments with Mayo clinic, jacksonville, fla. Know more later.
alvis
USA - Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 07:24:49 (MDT)
Atta Boy Alvis *******sounds like you are getting back in the grove !! ************Snoopy 71-72 ***
Gary Woodward
Memphis, USA - Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 05:54:21 (MDT)
Early on in the Vietnam war the Bell Huey Helicopter was introduced. War as we knew it then, changed forever.Early in 1966, one such Bell Huey was combat hardened. She had the tail numbers 66-666 and painted on her nose was pictured a red haired lady dressed as an old southern belle..thus the name of the ship..Southern Belle. Her last flight occured during a very hot C.A., one of the hottest so far in the war. The Grunts she had just inserted were under heavy fire, pinned down.They were in danger of being overran, most were already wounded. Southern Belle tired to fly into firefight, giving covering fire and trying to take out the wounded. She was shot down, falling from the sky, trailing smoke and fire.She blew-up on contact with the ground.All crew lost. The thinbg is, there was the sound of another bird just after she crashed. Giving enough cover fire, she landed long enough to take out the dead.Some say she had the same tail numbers, the same crew,same nose art, as the Southern Belle.Ony the nose art was a bit different..the gal had a tail and horns, the name was Hells Belle.No one knew what unit she was with.She was sighted in I corp, up around the 716 battle..in the An Khe Pass, Mang Yang Pass and Vung Ro Pass, Chu Chi, the Delta..anywhere hard fighting was happening. She only landed to take away the dead..so they say. Many say they saw their old friends flying on Hells Belle, but thats impossible..they were KIA. Shee was only spotted as the gun smoke curled up into the air. Only heard over the sounds of screams and gunfire.Some say she still flys the skies of Vietnam, looking for the crew of Southern Belle, some say on a dark night, you can hear her in the wind.Happy Holloween.to be continued..on dark nights.
alvis
USA - Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 21:38:44 (MDT)
mark, I believe Karls auto, down in St henry, just below the Pop A top, is selling off all his flathead parts and motors.
alvis
USA - Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 21:15:55 (MDT)
MARK did ya get the photos I sent ya vis email, I bought a car hauler today, and how'd you do with the manifold. Attention "ATTENION" Has ANYONE heard how brother RAY is doing, its been like FOREVER sense a posting has mentioned him or Gayle NEWS anyone????
George B
USA - Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 19:48:24 (MDT)
Gently,you have a hard enough time getting to Kokomo now,you never will make it from nicaragua! Just think about poor wink!!!
Tommie
USA - Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 18:24:47 (MDT)
Well, Jim, we haven't heard from you for along time. Glad to see you're reading thte posts:>) Alex, I haven't moved in 2 years and plan to stay here until I can get to Nicaragua for my retirement:>)) L-G
Gently
USA - Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 15:48:05 (MDT)
Paul, great news about the angiogram.
Jim Hydinger
USA - Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 14:25:31 (MDT)
Dennis, in my case I try and use the VA all the time unless I have to go the the ER. One time they sent me to the VA from there and the VA paid for that. The other time it was on Medicare. I got a Medicare Advantage Plan that mainly covers the ER stuff so I get most of what I pay for Part A and B back each month. Really don't get it but if I was to have that taken out of my check anyway it is better to have as little taken out as possible. Hay and we are getting a raise next year so talked to Stickman and hoping to be able to save enough to make it to Reno on June 20th.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 08:40:05 (MDT)
Thanks Alex. I always enjoyed being around the 129th at the reunions. They are a great bunch of guys. Always made me feel welcome. If we survive Dec 21, 2012 (ha) I will be at the 2013 reunion. I read the posts here most every day to keep up with you guys.
Harrell
Groves, Tx USA - Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 07:19:53 (MDT)
Harrell thought you got lost after San Antonio. But, good to you post. The 129th has always adopted Brothers from other units. Were a bunch of crazy likeable people. But , we enjoy the fun. Hope everyone has a good weekend. Gently as much as you move. We need to change your name to Gypsy. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, October 21, 2011 at 13:43:03 (MDT)
Dennis,I am also retired Army and I use Tricare for life/medical care.My Dr Lives just 3 doors away.I have found that I do not have to wait for hours for my drs appointments.I get better medical care.I have 2 drs.which are just munites away.As you get older your problems increase.Push come to shove you have 2 Ambulance services to pick from,2 Hospitals.It is really what floats your boat.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Friday, October 21, 2011 at 11:32:45 (MDT)
I have a question that I'm going to throw out there cuz I'm curious. I am 100% and retired army. I use VA medical about 75% and Tricare 25% of the time. However, since I also collect SSDI, I will be eligible for Medicare in Apr 2012. For me to convert to Tricare for life I must pay the full medicare premium each month. Should I not take medicare and use VA 100%. I live 8 miles for VA Clinic and 15 miles from VA Hospital, and have received excellent care from both. BTW, SS VA increase on 1 January is scheduled to be 3.6%. Your replies are greatly appreciated. Thanks Always a brother, Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau <dennis.fuerstenau(at)me.com>
Roseville, California USA - Friday, October 21, 2011 at 09:11:56 (MDT)
Bearcat 67-68.191st AHC. Everything is covered by VA
Harrell
Groves, USA - Friday, October 21, 2011 at 04:29:31 (MDT)
Harrell,You are 100% for Diabetis with the VA,Everything from the wast up is also Coverted by VA.Heart,Lungs,head,arms,hands.That is If You are Vietnam Vet?
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 21:43:02 (MDT)
Cut fire wood all day, god Im old!!! well Frenchie and I are really going to go! sure hope he takes his meds
Tommie
USA - Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 20:04:42 (MDT)
I can't remmember his name. Don't think I ever heard it buut when he was knocked out they said he was from Coldwater.
Harrell
Groves, Tx USA - Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 14:37:58 (MDT)
Que, who was the guy from Coldwater????............
mark
USA - Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 13:53:33 (MDT)
Not service connected for a fib. I am 100% for diabetes related stuff. I think it would be hard to connect it to service. There are a lot of beta blockers you can take for afib. I can't take them because my heart rate is too slow anyway. Sotol, Toprol etc. May work for you.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 13:11:45 (MDT)
Harrel;are you service connected for a-fib,wondering if i should try,doc says it would be hard to relate it to something. i also was adopted here i am from 498th.
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 09:24:45 (MDT)
Yeh, it was something else, my Dad his brothers, and my Grandad lived here during those days.From what I remeber of my childhod here and other years, dust storms are not unusual here,we have not had many in past years because we normally have been getting enough rain but this year most of this area and the whole state of Texas has not got any rain at all,most of the grass and corn, maize and cotton fields other than the irrigated fields have been plowed up or nothing much on them. I have seen those pictures of the Dust Bowl days also, and that is what the old timers said about it, that it looked just like them. It looked like HELL. WAS COMING!!! The other Texan is Bruno from Laredo, us Texans gotta stick together. Yep, great guys, no doubt about it, even if theyre not from Texas and Yankees. ha ha . Tex 70-71 p.s we got a saying round here, anything North of New Deal is Yankee country. Take care amigo.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 08:46:55 (MDT)
Saw pics of that storm Gary. Looked like it came from the old dust bowl era. I am not 129th. I was with the 191st. I met and hung aroung with all the 129th guys at the reunions I attended. Sort of got adopted I think. Great bunch of guys and gals.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 04:57:50 (MDT)
Good to see another Texan on here,Harold. WE sure got us one hell of a dust storm a couple days ago, made the National news, havent seen one like that since I was 5 or 6 back in the early 50s, when we had a drought then but its nowhere like this one.It looked like the end of the world was coming, weird...dust up to 8,000 ft. and 78 mph gusts here in Lubbock.Ill tell you it was something else. Tex 70-71 1st. flt. plt.
Gary L. Mount
Lubbock, Tx USA - Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 23:51:35 (MDT)
Just hanging out down in Tx. Haven't been to a reunion since San Antonio. No reason for not going. Probably miss Reno since our company reunion is next year. Retired 8 years and loving it. Working on my golf game 4-5 days a week. Also working with a 14 year old granddaughter that has a golf swing a lot of ladies on the PGA tour would like to have. at 14 she drives about 210-220. Embarasses me and a lot of the old guys I play with. So how are things up in Ohio? Saw a guy from Coldwater on one of the poker tour shows a ouple of weeks ago.
Harrell Guidry
Groves , Tx USA - Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 18:48:31 (MDT)
Hey Que, where the heck ya been buddy. Missin' you at the reunions. Good to see you. Was just thinkin' bout you the other day.
Mark
USA - Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 18:38:29 (MDT)
Paul I know all about the afib. Had it for last 7-8 years. Normally once every month or so for 8-10 hours. Last time was 6 months between. It is caused by bad electrical problems and can be cured sometimes by going inside the heart and burning nerve endings in a proceedure called an ablation. I had it in 200 and it lasted a year. Pradaxa is a new blood thinner for it if it is not associated with a valve problem. Have to keep the blood thin because afib can cause a clot and a stroke.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 14:39:04 (MDT)
john; i knew i didn't like your legs when i saw them,got another buddy with the same problem,glad to hear you are getting it straight. flight; just had an angiogram yesterday,all ok no blockages,still wondering what is causing a-fib.get it every 5-6 days,makes me real tired for a day or so and goes back to normal.
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 17:32:36 (MDT)
Mark check your email I sent ya some pictures
George B
USA - Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 15:40:30 (MDT)
Funny ya say that John, lots have said ya can tell the Jacksons by the eyes.I was a privledge to meet you, since ya knew Larry, and hang with all the gang is always a best of times for me...........have I told ya I loved ya all today?.........always a brother.......
Mark
USA - Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 10:24:38 (MDT)
Gently, I wasn't aware of the blood clot forming while at Kokomo. It wasn't until a few days after returning from Kokomo that I found out. Thanks for all the prayers. Mark it was nice to meet you for the first time. I can see Larry in your eyes. It was so nice meeting all of the guys and there wifes that where attached to the 129th AHC. This Kokomo trip met a lot to me this year. Your Brother in Arms-
John Sartor
USA - Monday, October 17, 2011 at 21:43:59 (MDT)
John and Alex's mom are now getting prayers from us..thank you for giving us the opportunity to help. Didn't know you were under the weather in Kokomo...I knew you were under the tent alot. Guess that's why...wish I had known. Just do what you're suppose to do and we'll see you next September. Wink...I think you owe my "beau" and I for the trip to the airport....I'm just glad you had sleeping bags! Geez...two nights in Chicago became pretty expensive! But we made it home:>)). My addy is 8353 W. Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa WI 53213...and I'm always accepting donations for the Christmas fund.:>))
Gently
USA - Monday, October 17, 2011 at 16:31:19 (MDT)
John SARTOR, take care of yourself. Tex 5/70-3/71
Gary L. Mount
USA - Monday, October 17, 2011 at 09:59:00 (MDT)
Fred your family and Mom are in our thoughts and prayers. It's been a week since I was in ohio visiting my Mom. She down to about 60 lbs. I wish I lived closer. Instead of seeing her twice a year. I call her as much as possible. She will be 88 in January. Liz and I are planning a trip tp Hawaii in March. Then, the Reno VHCMA in June. I hear about all these bucket list. I hope all is doing well!! Still working so it slow down my time on the computer. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Monday, October 17, 2011 at 09:14:06 (MDT)
morning flight, john hang in there bud. we want you around for awhile. wink 3/69- 10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Monday, October 17, 2011 at 08:02:19 (MDT)
Fred,Will keep you and your Mom in my prayers
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 16:51:48 (MDT)
Take care of yourself John..............
Mark
USA - Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 15:58:44 (MDT)
I got out of the hospital last Wednesday afternoon but still laid up with the remains of blood clot in my right leg and foot. The Doctor said I'd be laid up for another month and a half. While I was in Kokomo I had the starting of the blood clots forming and by the time I got back home I was hurting and went in to see the doctor. It took another week and a half for the doctor to figure out what was going go with me. On October 1st I was in the Hospital. I wanted to say that I did enjoy myself in Kokomo. Did Whitey find his car keys? Well, I got to close for now. I've got pills to talk and a shot in the stomack, sounds like fun. Your Brother in Arms-
John Sartor
USA - Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 12:12:42 (MDT)
morning flight. alvis my prayers are with you and your mom. >>>>> gently would you be so kind as to post your snail mail addy. i know its been posted many times. to far back to find.want to make donation to xmas fund and send you bill for transport home after kokomo. heading up to n.y. tomorrow # 2 son graduating from tec. school.i'm very proud of him.he's worked very hard, harder than most because he has HDH which tou all know it hampers one to consetrate. aproud father i am. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 08:51:19 (MDT)
My thoughts are with you Alvis.
Animal
USA - Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 01:36:47 (MDT)
Fred Alvis, s orry to hear about your mom, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Tex 70-71.
G
USA - Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 00:03:56 (MDT)
Flight, we got a very nice thank you letter from the hospice Cherry was at. It was sent to me because of the return addy on the envelope, but it was addressed to the 129th. They wanted to thank all of you. The $129 donation was taken out of the Christmas Fund....what an important and powerful fund. Alvis your mom is in our prayers. That's an awful cancer to have, if we can help in any way just let us know. Ken, you are in our prayers also. You are all in my prayers. Thank you for being in my life. L-Gently
gently
USA - Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 20:26:30 (MDT)
Mom just told she has pancreatic cancer.More test next week.
alvis
USA - Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 16:21:40 (MDT)
A correction on the name fo the maintenance officer. It is Tom Greenfield.
Dennis Faucher <drfaucher@verizon.net>
Bradford, PA USA - Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 07:37:56 (MDT)
Morning. I see Gary posted my experience wearing my VHCMA shirts. Makes me wonder how many guys I have just walked by and didn't have a clue. I believe that Tom Green was a captain and maintenance in charge of maintenance for about 6 months in the 68-69 if you served with him his email is greenfieldrealestate@msn.com. On the same trip, I was contacted by a David McKinney from Tenn. David's wife is the niece of David Stamper. He had seen a tribute that I had made to Stamper in the past and wanted any info or pics that I had for the family. I had talked about 5 yrs ago with one of Stamper's brothers, but it didn't go that well. I felt that he was mad at me for not making contact before the parents passed. Anyway I am getting together what I can, but on a day to day after the missions were over the crew chiefs and gunners lived, laughed and drank together. I am sure several of you guys have stories and pics of David Stamper. David McKinneys email is DMcKinney@cemexusa.com.
Dennis Faucher <drfaucher@verizon.net>
Bradford, PA USA - Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 07:36:30 (MDT)
Broke down & went to VA yesterday to get some meds to clear my lungs from Kokomo. They are really great down here as I missed my ultrasound while I was up there so also stopped to see why I didn't get a new appt yet. So while waiting for my meds they checked my kidney out because they had an open spot. Still 8mm so not going to worry too much yet if it is not getting bigger. Just hoping to feel better soon so I can start getting caught up on life. All take care..
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 07:12:51 (MDT)
Real Cool story Gary. Tell dennis hello from all of us and to get his tail in here and talk once in awile..........
Mark
USA - Friday, October 14, 2011 at 20:24:36 (MDT)
Thanks for sharing that story,you just never know.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, October 14, 2011 at 10:12:34 (MDT)
Good morning all *******Thought I would post part of an email I received from Dennis Faucher the other day he sent after returning from a vacation **********************Gary, I have to tell you that since I went to the reunion. I have have been wearing my RVN Association shirts on all flights. It is kind of funny, but I have been treated better. Initially, I wasn't sure, but then we went to St Maarten and then told Deb that was my travel shirt. ************************* On the Return from Hawaii to San Francisco I was in the Isle seat with Deb in the Middle and a man a little older in the window seat. We all got up to go to the head and he looked at the shirt and said " I was a Maintenance officer with the 129th ahc." I nearly shit. Turned out he had been there for 6 months in late 68 to early 69. He was a Capt. Deb and switched seats and he and I talked for the rest of the flight. Real nice guy named Tom Greenfield. He seemed a little disconnected from RVN and almost like he didn't contribute because he didn't fly combat missions. I told him at the end without good officers and men in maintenence the flight crews would have had much more to worry about. **************So, I got to good contacts while on my vacation. *****************Looks like one more found ***you never know where life will lead you or who you may find when you least expect it ********I'm sure some of you remember Tom *********Snoopy 71-72****
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Friday, October 14, 2011 at 05:07:06 (MDT)
I hear you Jim, Im in no hurry either, have my bucket list,my old bud from where I worked at in Corpus Christi Naval Air Station came through here to visit,we are both retired and I also was able to talk to some other of my co workers from there since J.J. had his cell and their no.s, I dont have many friends or family,there was a time when I did.anyways we talked about the things we would do with the time we ahve left and while we can still get around, Our bucket list. I think about our buds we lost in the Bulldogs and Cobras,and they never will. Id bet they are all smiling down at us, and thinking, gosh, its going to be nice to see my buddys again, my old drinking , smoking buddy, gosh what a party it will be,but not yet, my friend, not yet, my Bulldog and Cobra and Dustoff buds. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 07:41:32 (MDT)
Gary, very well said and I admire your boldness. His Grace that we have only a taste of here on earth will be magnified to an unimmaginable wonderfulness on the other side that we can not phathom now.................have I told you all that I loved you yet today??????...................always a brother.......................
Mark
USA - Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 04:31:36 (MDT)
Gary,Let us not be too hasty.I would love to see some of our dustoff buddys too.But I am in no hurry.I am content to wait for the grim reaper to call me home.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 19:15:41 (MDT)
george. Orderin' manifolds from a company called Flat Head Jacks......thankjs for the info though................
Mark
USA - Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 20:45:44 (MDT)
Mark try these people for the manifold 1-800-476-9653 they may be able to get you the manifold for the left side to convert her to a daullie, while you have them on the phone ask to speak to a technical adviser so you get the right part. I ask my Model A suppliers all the time to put me through to their technical people they are a great source of help.Also another great place is the early ford V8 club of america. I'll be picking up my 30 in about 2 ,more weeks. That cannon rebel is a good camera, I got one but I still like my 35's
George B
USA - Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 19:24:01 (MDT)
Raymond, thanks foe the interesting stats............Tommie, sooooooo, did you see 2 bucks or 1;-))))
Mark
USA - Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 18:35:58 (MDT)
Had an 8 point buck come thru the yard today,It must have had one hell of a fight because the right side was missing!
Tommie
USA - Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 18:15:52 (MDT)
Had an 8 point buck come thru the yard today,It must have had one hell of a fight because the right side was missing!
Tommie
USA - Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 18:15:29 (MDT)
58,267 MEN AND WOMEN.mA THERE SOULS REST ALWAYS IN PEACE. I wonder how many more of us have passed on since then, and from what causes. There is not a day that goes by and Im sure Im not alone, that Im not reminded of that time. Someday we that are still alive will be called home by the GOOD LORD,and we will finally be at peace,Im looking forward to seeing our 129th. brothers that are already there., in the meantime, I will do the very best I can to do what is right and try to help others if I can.and try to be the type of person that Jesus wanted me to be.May God bless and have a wonderful day, and make each day count. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 11:57:44 (MDT)
A little history most people will never know. Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall "Carved on these walls is the story of America , of a continuing quest to preserve both Democracy and decency, and to protect a national treasure that we call the American dream." ~President George Bush SOMETHING to think about - Most of the surviving Parents are now Deceased. There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010. The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 36 years since the last casualties. Beginning at the apex on panel 1E and going out to the end of the East wall, appearing to recede into the earth (numbered 70E - May 25, 1968), then resuming at the end of the West wall, as the wall emerges from the earth (numbered 70W - continuing May 25, 1968) and ending with a date in 1975. Thus the war's beginning and end meet. The war is complete, coming full circle, yet broken by the earth that bounds the angle's open side and contained within the earth itself. The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth , Mass. Listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965. • There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall. • 39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger. • 8,283 were just 19 years old. The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old. • 12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old. • 5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old. • One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old. • 997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam . • 1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam . • 31 sets of brothers are on the Wall. • Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons. • 54 soldiers on attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia . I wonder why so many from one school. • 8 Women are on the Wall. Nursing the wounded. • 244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall. • Beallsville , Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons. • West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall. • The Marines of Morenci - They led some of the scrappiest high school football and basketball teams that the little Arizona copper town of Morenci (pop. 5,058) had ever known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring beer busts. In quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado Trail, stalked deer in the Apache National Forest . And in the patriotic camaraderie typical of Morenci's mining families, the nine graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps. Their service began on Independence Day, 1966. Only 3 returned home. • The Bud dies of Midvale - LeRoy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets in Midvale, Utah on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues. They lived only a few yards apart. They played ball at the adjacent sandlot ball field. And they all went to Vietnam . In a span of 16 dark days in late 1967, all three would be killed. LeRoy was killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the fourth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Jimmy died less than 24 hours later on Thanksgiving Day. Tom was shot dead assaulting the enemy on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. • The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 ~ 245 deaths. • The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 1968 - 2,415 casualties were incurred. For most Americans who read this they will only see the numbers that the Vietnam War created. To those of us who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created. We are, until we too pass away, haunted with these numbers, because they were our friends, fathers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters. There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.
Raymond Colles <rbcbama@yahoo.com>
Sulligent, AL USA - Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 04:39:05 (MDT)
When I was going towards Artesia,New Mexico awhile back right outside of Roswell, New Mexico there was a junkyard with a lot of old cars in it, old Fords, 49-56, and other makes, since the region is very dry they dont rust . Just thought if you wanted to check it out.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Monday, October 10, 2011 at 22:34:27 (MDT)
Thanks Fred, I'll try it..................
Mark
USA - Monday, October 10, 2011 at 19:51:45 (MDT)
Mark,this site serches all craig list listing in the country.You can just serch 25 miles away, or country wide. Put how much you dont want to pay (smile) , what you want, and then click. Its good for auto parts, cars and trucks,anything darn near except fire arms.... http://www.searchtempest.com/
alvis
USA - Monday, October 10, 2011 at 17:55:20 (MDT)
Fred, Exhaust manifolds that will work on the 49 coupe. Flathead 239. Need both to have rear dumps on them with bolt on flange.
Mark
USA - Monday, October 10, 2011 at 15:36:59 (MDT)
George, dont know if it interest you but under Indy craig list, car parts, there is a 29 chevy motor for sale.
alvis
USA - Monday, October 10, 2011 at 07:37:46 (MDT)
what kinda mainfolds you looking for Mark?
alvis
USA - Monday, October 10, 2011 at 07:28:44 (MDT)
Prayers sent your way Larry. I recall meeting your dad in Atlanta 2 years ago at the 129th gathering there. Hey George, thats ok man. Thanks anyways. I aim to buy a set of cast iron manifolds for the coupe. Fred Alvis. Thanks for the cudos on the photos. Yeah the camera isa good, so what cheap one. Cannon RebelII. It does all the work. I use it a lot to take pix of the grandkids all the time. Takes real good ones of the boys playing football.
Mark
USA - Sunday, October 09, 2011 at 21:51:54 (MDT)
Mark didn't find a you a manifold but I found a home for some of my money and a place for a 19 30 model A Ford Holster in my garage! 4 days at that Hersahy car show and I only saw about two thirds of it and spent about one third of a yearly income now I gotta ask "did I break even"
GeorgeB
USA - Sunday, October 09, 2011 at 20:33:53 (MDT)
keep fighting larry, it aint over yet.
alvis
USA - Sunday, October 09, 2011 at 17:48:33 (MDT)
damn good camera you have there Mark, some of those pics are full of detail.
alvis
USA - Sunday, October 09, 2011 at 08:17:05 (MDT)
God be with you, you are in my prayers, Larry and Roger, Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Saturday, October 08, 2011 at 16:04:59 (MDT)
129th yahoo site for photos is < http://groups.yahoo.com/group/129thahc/photos/album/1955050651/pic/list >
Mark
USA - Saturday, October 08, 2011 at 07:33:48 (MDT)
Hey guys. I am posting on behalf of Roger Cress from NC. He was born in VA and did 4 tours. I am his son and as of Wednesday 10/05/2011 we placed him in Hospice. He is in the Dallas,NC hospice and is not expected to make it through the weekend. He has been battling two brain tumors and adrenal cancer for sometime. He talked about you guys alot and had tons of love and respect for ALL veterans. His wife is still alive and dealing with all the arrangements. In lieu of flowers she could really use any donations. Please send all to 890 Baxter Rd. Cherryville NC, 28021. Thank you
Steven Skeens <sskeens79@yahoo.com>
Cherryville, NC USA - Saturday, October 08, 2011 at 07:33:14 (MDT)
Just put up my photos of Kokomo this year on the 129th Yahoo site. Enjoy. take care Larry and Ron. Ron, get to a computer at the home and stay in touch with us. God Bless all.......always a abother................
Mark
USA - Saturday, October 08, 2011 at 07:31:57 (MDT)
I haven't been for awhle. My fight with cancer took a lot out of me. I might be ok and recovering now but that reamins to be sen. All of you should get a CT scan of your chest. I firmly believe that my lung cancer is a direct result of Agent Orange. It has been almost a year since I was diagnosed and put my claim in and the VA STILL has not made any kind of a decision about me. Gues they're waiting for me to die first. Any how, not here to talk about me. eeing as how I've not been here for awhile I don't know if this has been posted. I found a video from the ROKs with our unit. I was wondring if anybody else has found anything. Maybe from that Korean site? I have not been able to find them again to ask for myself. Here is the Youtube link. It'll bring back a lot of memories and emotions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpMAzKEvRPU
Larry Kwiatkowski
Simi Valley, ca USA - Friday, October 07, 2011 at 14:27:10 (MDT)
if you look at our u tube video, or the ROK version of it, you will see a 129th license plate I had custom made in Iowa, at the I-80 truck stop.
alvis
USA - Friday, October 07, 2011 at 14:05:43 (MDT)
Monsoon was around april & may when we were in Plekieu 1966. Was hell trying to pitch a tent in that weather. Got soaked and stayed that way for a while.
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, October 07, 2011 at 11:23:54 (MDT)
Anyone remember when the monsoon season is? Hope its not in January!!
Tommie
USA - Friday, October 07, 2011 at 11:04:06 (MDT)
Slow Hand Salute to Chamberlin,Whetzel,Gilliam and Neal. Our first KIA's of the 129th Oct. 7 1966. Here I am 45 years later, seems like yesterday. Like all our KIA's and Brothers whom have passed since tour. THEY Will Not Be Forgotten!!!! For the Ohio Brothers!! Ohio tribute to their KIA's. Go to the Vietnam Memorial Clinton, Ohio. All our 129th Brothers are on this Wall. This is one of the most impressing Vietnam Memorials I have ever seen. Mark,and the other Brothers of Ohio It's a must see. Mark maybe you can add it to other links. And, maybe Pete can get it added to the Rolling Thunder link also. Always A Brother!! Went home to Barberton,Ohio to see Mom. She is still hanging in there. Will be 88 in January.
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, October 07, 2011 at 10:11:26 (MDT)
Ron,Military Homes are really great for some people who do not have anyone to watch over them and take care of them.I know 3 guys that went to a Military Home and they tell me that they still have their own autos,and some time the staff will get a bus and take them out to the Casino for an afternoon trip.Face it when you live alone,life is a drag.That is probably why I have a little dog to govern my life.You know they say,that people who have pets,live longer even without a companion.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Wednesday, October 05, 2011 at 09:42:07 (MDT)
Ron, give us a forwarding address so we can drop you a line once in a while. L-G
Gently
USA - Tuesday, October 04, 2011 at 21:36:09 (MDT)
Ron,Good luck wherever you go, and take care of yourself.Im probably not too far behind you,going into someplace like that ,myself. Tex 70-71. May God Bless, Ron.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Monday, October 03, 2011 at 23:45:23 (MDT)
Wink & Mark 1) if someone makes those number plates up I'll buy 6 ( the model A familey is growing ) 2) I'd perferr a minie reunion be in late May or early June Well that's my vote. What ever the date Mark the 31 with Clyde & I will be stopping by on our way back home come June-ish
George B
USA - Monday, October 03, 2011 at 20:34:06 (MDT)
Wink, thanks for the number, Ron,I dont even know who you are brother, but my heart goes out to you,best of luck!!!!
Tommie
USA - Monday, October 03, 2011 at 17:58:19 (MDT)
morming flight, tommie george clarks phone # is 541-430-3593. he was in the march news letter. mark, its a tough call on setting a date for your mini reunion.if you set in june some willopp out of reno if set any time after the reunion than some may opp out on kokomo.for me its esay i won't go to anything that is held at a cacino, i'd never leave it.but thats only one person, me. i think anyone who wants to go to reno going to regurdless of when you hold your minibut so you don't interfear with reno you could hold the mini in mid july. what we need is feed back from the rest of the company. what say you all.,,,,, has anyone out there have the window or bumper sticker with the helo and 129th veitnam. need one for my new car.or can anyone out there make some. i know a lot would have to be made to be worth while, so if takes to buy 100 of them i will and pass them out to our members. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Monday, October 03, 2011 at 08:33:47 (MDT)
Good mornin all long time no talk and long time no talk again I' am headed for the VA nurseing home in Bath NY. to live. I guess for right now I'll be going to Forksville Pa. in a home there untill they get a bed for me in Bath I am number 1 on the list because I am 100% Service conected they have 4 new beriatric (big beds) ordered just waiting on them so I won't be on anymore either solong to the 129th brothers untill furyher notice Ron Jelliff PS Gail good luck keep plugging away at them don't slow down or they will jump in the gap on ya keep it up tight stay right on um.
Ron <ronlj@ptd.net>
PA USA - Monday, October 03, 2011 at 08:29:52 (MDT)
Gary I will be in Pennsilvana for a week so I'll try looking that up when I get back
George B
USA - Sunday, October 02, 2011 at 19:19:08 (MDT)
That is correct, Trezzi.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, October 02, 2011 at 18:37:58 (MDT)
For some reason it does not work for me.Dustoff, will go in this month again. wil keep trying George, no luck so far. Seems like I do recall he was from that area. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Sunday, October 02, 2011 at 18:37:06 (MDT)
I can't find it. Maybe Whelan still has the news letter from VHCMA
Rick England
USA - Sunday, October 02, 2011 at 09:36:07 (MDT)
England or anyone,Look in last months vnhca and see if you can find George Clarks phone number!
Tommie
USA - Sunday, October 02, 2011 at 07:56:08 (MDT)
Gary,I also have Neurophy in both feet.92% Lt.Foot-81% Rt.Foot.And both hands.My Doctor gave me some new meds and after about one month the feet have stopped burning and the hands feel better also.Called "Gapapinten".It might help you too.I started just before going to Kokomo this yr.Day by Day I am useing the walking cane less.Feels great!
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 10:58:15 (MDT)
GARY: do you have the CORRECT spelling of TREZZI I just talked to another Bosyon freind and he looked up Trezzel.No luck so he will look around & get back to me so if you have different ideas let me known, I told him to let me know of any John or I think his brother is Ron so either or any people with that last name in the Boston area I will call & ask
George B
USA - Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 09:27:38 (MDT)
Good Question George. I am still trying to get back to normal but was thinking about Ray not being at Kokomo last night too. Been off the computer for a while but has anyone seen or heard anything from them?
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 07:55:36 (MDT)
Anyone heard how Ray G has been feeling?
George B
USA - Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 07:28:10 (MDT)
Gary thats a mispell I meant Fortraine
GeorgeB
USA - Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 07:27:17 (MDT)
Gary my best friend lives in Milton MA just outside Boston so I think he gets the Boston phone book I will try looking up Triss's number next time at his house. Trizz use to live in Roslindale which I think is in the Boston book. Hope you can find Tortraine
George B
USA - Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 07:26:03 (MDT)
That would be really.really., Koooll!!!, Alvis if they do ...Been really bothered by the nueropathy lately. will continue looking for Fontrane, George. so dam glad I found this site.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 07:13:44 (MDT)
That would be really.really., Koooll!!!, Alvis if they do ...Been really bothered by the nueropathy lately. will continue looking for Fontrane, George. so dam glad I found this site.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 07:13:44 (MDT)
got in last night..for the night. headed out for Ft. Campbell this morn, then who knows where. Thanks to Paul, Paul and Larry for the efforts towards supper..and the girls for doing the dishes,lol.Next time I will show will more than just three pizzas,,great time had by all..The Roks have viewed our footage and want to come next year, man, what a groupo that would make. I guess the ROK units dont get together like we do.
alvis
USA - Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 06:05:04 (MDT)
George,Ive got make some changes to our plans. Ill get it touch when thats done.
Tommie
USA - Friday, September 30, 2011 at 17:02:13 (MDT)
Tommie I will be there 1 day before you & come back 1 day before you my flight from HCM to Quin Nhon was240 that is for me & a date and she arranged for me to stay in villages must of the trip so it is way cheaper than in the main cities do you have a land line number & a cell so maybe we can meet up? I want to do as much as possible around Quin Nhon and want to spend some time at Red Beach, my land line is 5086780057 & my cell is 5084158873 but it is sometimes hard for me to find where I leave ther cell so if you call the best thing is the land line after 7:30 eastern time
George B
USA - Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 17:48:37 (MDT)
Just got through talking to Larry Dyer, Mark if you would or someone more familiar of how to get on the flightlog, please call him at 727-330-6575. He was at Lane, is married to Lin one of the hooch maids, and he says the same stuff about getting onto Lane, not possible and it is expensive to travel, and stay overnight in places, he says. Larry, hope that helps. May God less. Tex 70-71..
Gary L. Mount
USA - Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 13:16:21 (MDT)
George,Frenchie and I leave on the 15th, get to Siagon at midnight on the 16th. Cant get out of Siagon until the 17th.I think we will stay at the hotel on the beach in QuiNhon for a few days and then I dont know what! We leave on the 3rd of feb for home. We might not get out of Siagon until the 18th.
Tommie
USA - Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 13:00:58 (MDT)
Tommie, I haven't forgotten you buddy. I'll get some info together and get it to ya. If you're wanting to go out to the Lane area, I suggest that you hire a guide and not a taxi, but,if you want to drive from city to city you had better compare the prices. Always a brother.......Gale
Gale
USA - Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 08:05:50 (MDT)
Well after three weeks we just got back to Florida tonight. Now I can start thinking about next September and calling folks. Was a little colder this year but still was a great time in Kokomo.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, IN USA - Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 17:57:44 (MDT)
Tommie when are you going to Vietnam, I'm going Jan 12 for 3 weeks. Landing in HCM there 2 days than I have a very early flight to Quin Nhon there 2-3 days will than a taxie to On Son the Lane area than a busto An Khe & one to Plieku will spend TET in HCM City
GeorgeB
USA - Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 17:35:11 (MDT)
Made it back to ga rested and got the mowing caught up. Wonderful reunion, to be able to spend time with family and friends always recharges. Gale I tried to call but the # I have for you does not seem to work. If Tom wants to stop by you can contact me at 9126555071. It was a honor to spend time with Cherry rest in peace brother. Remember if you can't make a stick talk, be sure to take one for a walk.
Jim "Stickman" Oliver
pembroke, ga USA - Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 12:18:22 (MDT)
Gale,working on the vietnam trip, need to know the name of the hotel in QuiNhon,also I have a day in Saigon and could use a hotel name there. can you move around the country easily? I know Ill have a bunch more questions before we leave! Thanks
Tommie
USA - Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 09:46:36 (MDT)
YOU TOO, MARK!!
Gary L. Mount
USA - Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 08:43:46 (MDT)
Morning all. Have a blessed day..............
Mark
USA - Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 05:59:58 (MDT)
John, glad to hear they found the problem. Looking at your post I thought it was a funny name for the drug."WARFARIN SOD"...A friend of mine sent me the following info. 1. snopes.com: Debt Free America Act ••• Is the U.S. government proposing a 1% tax on debit card usage and/or banking transactions? ...It is true. The bill is HR-4646 introduced by US Rep Peter deFazio D-Oregon and US Senator Tom Harkin D-Iowa. Their plan is to sneak it in after the... ...moved beyond proposing studies and submitted the Debt Free America Act (H.R. 4646), a bill calling for the implementation of a scheme to pay down the... ...[2010] by Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.). His "Debt Free America Act" (H.R. 4646) would impose a 1 percent "transaction tax" on every financial transaction... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 11:26:38 GMT http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/debtfree.asp
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 11:02:31 (MDT)
morning flight. just got back from n.y.. kokomo was great and my stay in n.y.. got alot to do to catch on this. will post tomorrow. it never end with gently, great trip heeeeeeeeee. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 07:40:41 (MDT)
cute one animal.might have to use that one
paul mcgrath
USA - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 02:02:24 (MDT)
You have just received a Taliban virus. Since we are not so technologically advanced here in Afghanistan, this is a MANUAL virus. Please delete all the files on your hard disk yourself and send this mail to everyone you know. Thank you, Nevah Binlaid
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 01:07:00 (MDT)
John, glad they found it and got it B4 it could cause you and more serious problems. It was nice meeting you at Kokomo!!.. Take care.. L8r...Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom
USA - Monday, September 26, 2011 at 21:19:27 (MDT)
Thanks to the guys that did all the work to make Kokomo a fun time for all. Paul Boggs and his kitchen took lots of work but really made meal clean up easier, Mark for settin up and ken for organizing the campsites. Looking forward to next year already. McGrath forsome of the cookin, and others I'm sure I overlooked. Ron Paye for the ride and newby ceremony, was honored to help with that. Thanks for a great time guys Ted
Theodore Buisker <skyking@stateline-isp.com>
Davis, IL USA - Monday, September 26, 2011 at 20:31:08 (MDT)
Well my brothers and sisters... The doctor found my leg problem. Blood Clot in my right leg. The Doctor has now got me on WARFARIN SOD 5MG TAB. 2 TABS THE 1ST AND 2ND DAY. 1 tab every day there after. Take care, John Sartor
John Sartor
USA - Monday, September 26, 2011 at 18:38:29 (MDT)
Whitey, trip home was good Billy and Kerry came and stayed fer a spell. As far as the keys, I wish thinkin' check with The Soothsayer from Loueseanna. When he is around it has been known that some things disappear. Like Harley Huey tailrotor pedals;-)).
Mark
USA - Monday, September 26, 2011 at 10:02:43 (MDT)
Tommy,put a Farm Salt block in your yard and you will be over run with WildLife.I have a small lake behind my house and a Salt Block and enjoy all kinds of Wild Life.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 20:59:40 (MDT)
hay T J when are you going to put one in the freezer ??? how is the weather down there ? Hay Mark how was the trip home? Thanks for the wonderful time.
Clarence Barrows ( Whity ) <doorgunner1968@yahoo.com>
Sidney, NY USA - Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 20:49:26 (MDT)
My wife and I feed the deer around the place,and now we have 5 bucks hanging around, one is a 2 point,one is a 6 point, 2 eights and a 9,nice to sit on the porch and watch them!
Tommie J
USA - Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 17:00:55 (MDT)
I love you guys.............................
Mark
USA - Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 16:09:20 (MDT)
Thanks to all who made my trip so great. A special thanks to Bill & T J. Cant wait until next year. It was a step back in time, great sounds & smell's----Ahh my face still hurts. Anybody wants to drop me a message it might take me a while to answer back i'm not on line to often. Clear right. O-yes did any body find any Keys?????
Clarence Barrows ( Whity ) <doorgunner1968@yahoo.com>
Mt. Upton, NY USA - Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 13:48:17 (MDT)
REST IN PEACE.
g
USA - Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 10:06:58 (MDT)
Speaking of William Defoe, one of my favorite actors, besides platoon.,he and Gregory Hines,another favorite, were in a great film "Off Limits", belive it was made back in the late 80s, great movie... I have never understood why a mini series could not be done in reference to the book, which Mason , describes in great detail, better than anyone, being ona slick and how damngerous it reaaly was,in Masons pulitzer prize winning book " Chicken HAWK "...??? Clear right, Tex 70-71. .......... p.s. glad I could help with George Hain, may he and all our other brothers, that did not make it home.
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 10:05:59 (MDT)
Matt, send his email and info to me at sndgowolf@aol.com and I'll get him a pdf copy of the book. Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 08:55:08 (MDT)
I would like to thank all those who responded to my inquiry into the demise of George Hain. Special thanks to Gary Mount, James Van Horn, Matthew Casey, and Jeff Sauers, who sent e-mail, letters, and links. Beyond that, to each and every one of you, I would like to say, "Thank you for your service!" God bless you all. (SP/4) Greg Brown "Whirlwind" (Dust Off 1970-71)
Greg Brown <gb.blacksheep@gmail.com>
Salem, OR USA - Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 07:13:41 (MDT)
Ken, that's funny! LOL! We girls..always leaving:>)) Mark, after some of the plants are eaten you'll all love the beautiful brightly colored flowered plates, and the thousands of moving stars in the sky that you will reach out to catch; the things moving and slithering on the ground; the muliti-colored oriental rug crawling around your feet, the orange and red colored flames coming from the fire place glowing and moving like lava, and the animal characteristics each of our faces will take on:>) It'll be fun! Did I ever tell you I dated Willem DeFoe(from "Platoon")? Then we took a medicinal together and his face started to look like the face of a snake...couldn't date him any more after that. So it goes. L-G
Gently
USA - Friday, September 23, 2011 at 22:01:56 (MDT)
Gently, thanks for the donation to Cherry's memory $129.00. Pretty cool idea...OH yeah, Gently, I don't think that organic mushrooms qualify as "beautiful plate decorations".He,he,he,he...........we would never find the stoners hootch guys all weekend.
Mark
USA - Friday, September 23, 2011 at 19:16:13 (MDT)
Gently, just still in the camper till we head back South sometime next week. Picked my wife up at the Departures - Upper deck in Indy after Kokomo. It must be a lady thing to wait to be picked up where evreryone else is getting dropped off.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Friday, September 23, 2011 at 19:03:32 (MDT)
Yes, be careful Fred.....and prayers for Dennis' son. I sent a check for $129 to the Hospice in honor and memory of "Cherry" this morning..from all of you. Oh, and I bought some bulbs to plant at the campsite. They will produce eatable plants to be used as beautiful plate decorations when we have our banquet on the Saturday in Kokomo 2012. L-J
Gently
USA - Friday, September 23, 2011 at 15:17:32 (MDT)
Be careful Fred..................Gently, ya da woman............
mark
USA - Friday, September 23, 2011 at 07:56:57 (MDT)
heading out for two weeks
alvis
USA - Friday, September 23, 2011 at 06:34:06 (MDT)
George,been very busy, will get with you this evening. Tex 70-71 My phone no. is 806-401-5444 or you can e-mail me at phantom843@aol.com , clear right, Casey. lol
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, September 23, 2011 at 06:25:50 (MDT)
Damn...I just typed a message and lost it1 Now I have to start over. I hate that. Flowers going out for Cherry tomorrow...my honor to do it. Ken, you're still in kokomo? yikes! Is Rick England still wandering around. LOL!!! Tommie...Wink missed 5 exits. Sometimes he was laughing so hard his glasses would fall off and he'd bend down to the floor looking for them...afew scary moments. ...crazy guy. You're getting me mixed up with Wrong Way and Miss Direction, whom we missed dearly this year. But who knows....maybe they got lost on the way. The name tags helped alot this year..especially when it came to the new guys and their wives. May have to do it again next year. Next year, by the way, the camp site will be in my name and I've already got some great ideas brewing in my head:>) And "Sharie's" fossil will look just great under the kitchen curtains I have picked out. I'm missing just afew end tables but I'll have them by next year. I want them to perfectly match the rug I have for the floor around the fire pit, oh no fire pit next year...fire place. The Chaplain and I are making a trip back this fall to plant some flowers..you'll love it! It will be very homey. Trust me. Love you all-Gently
Gently
USA - Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 15:55:47 (MDT)
Sorry for taking longer to post but trying to get ready to head back to Florida. I want to thank everyone who helped in pulling off another great Reunion. Still too cold up here so need to get my bones warmed up.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 06:49:50 (MDT)
Gently, did you get my message? Would you send something out for Cherry from the 129th? Take it out of the Christmas fund if possible..........
Mark
USA - Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 03:57:03 (MDT)
Hey Mark, sorry but your dinosaur bone(is really not a dinosaur bone) it's just a concretion consisting of composites of dertitus (mineral that has formed around debris,dust,junk and rubble).During fossilization the internal core characteristics of a dinosaur bone (or any bone for that matter) remain in tack to a certain degree. Your sample's internal structure was compact, uniform, and smooth, devoid entirely of any signs that a real dinosaur's bone would exhibit. Sorry Mark, but your sample did arouse intrest and the story of it's discovery was quite impressive also.
Larry Stokes <rudedog.20067@yahoo.com>
Kinston, N.C. USA - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 20:39:38 (MDT)
Gently, you did know that Wink did ride in the backseat didnt you?
Tommie J
USA - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 16:52:03 (MDT)
God Bless Dick Muirhead. I was lucky enough to spend time with Cherry and Ray Evans in St. Louis. He was a great guy. Now he is on to a better place where many friend will welcome him. My son Alex found out that his activation will begin Oct 7 and will go to Pendleton Oct 31 for 105 days of training. He will be in eight man teams training Afghan soldiers and police. His total activation will be 400 days from the 7th.
Dennis Faucher <drfaucher@verizon.net>
USA - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 14:01:49 (MDT)
Thought that today is the day to let everyone in on where the 129th AHC stands with Kokomo.Seems like they have been watching us.Every time anyone passes our camp site there are about 6-12 troops sitting around talking.We are concidered a very close nit Organisation of brothers.On other unit on the grounds come close to our commoradery no matter it be day or night.We have a closeness no other unit seems to have.I personally think that is a good reputation to have.the 129th ahc also welcomes other related units to their family.Just thought all should know what and where we stand.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 13:33:25 (MDT)
we are ALL in the check out line...just dont know our place in that line. A sSusans dad says, we are circleing the drain.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 12:07:29 (MDT)
Been awol for a while. But, floored to hear of the passing of CHERRY. It was an honor to meet him in St. Louis. A Slow Hand salute to Cherry !! You'll Never Be Forgotten by your 129th Brothers!! It's been a tough few years with passing of so many 129th Brothers. Thats, why making these different reunions is important. Wish I could make all the reunions. But, with work thats impossible. But, with the support & encouragement of my wonderful wife Liz. And, the help from Mark Jackson we have found alot of you over the years. And, lot of 129th Brothers whom read but, don't post. But, I'm encouraging all of you to make Reno and as many 129th Reunions to come. Life is getting to short to past up the chance of seeing our 129th Family. And, all our Brothers from the VHCMA. Dick ( Cherry ) it was an Honor!!!! Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 11:35:55 (MDT)
Frencie, dont think you need one but if you do, 3366 works.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 10:55:55 (MDT)
Here is Cherry's funeral info************************************************************ Richard Hunt Muirhead Richard Hunt Muirhead, “Dick,” was born on Feb. 19, 1947 in Albany, N.Y. and died on Sept. 14, 2011 in Susanville, Calif. after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his devoted wife of 36 years, Barbara Muirhead of Susanville; daughter Janice Clarkson and husband Todd, and grandchildren Marissa and Mikayla, of Redding, Calif.; daughter Debbie Muirhead and grandchildren Charlotte and Allison Peterson and Ryan Muirhead, of Susanville; daughter Dawn Smith and husband TJ and grandchildren Cyrus and Caspin White and Heather, Amanda, Miranda, Samantha and Brianna Smith, of Susanville. He is also survived by brother Scott Muirhead; sisters Linda Muirhead and Janice Muirhead and her husband Vincent Leto, all of Connecticut. Mother-in-law Bonnie Rogers, of Santa Cruz, Calif.; brother-in-law Will Rogers and wife Patty, of Paradise, Calif.; brother-in-law Norman Rogers and wife Sheila, of Cottonwood, Calif.; sister-in-law Gayle Arnold and husband Don, of Adamsville, Tenn.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Barbara Boutelle Muirhead and William Muirhead and father-in-law William Rogers. Dick was an Eagle Scout, attended the University of Maine, he was a decorated veteran, Chief Warrant Officer II in the U.S. Army serving two tours in the Vietnam War as a helicopter pilot in the 129th Assault Helicopter Company. He was a 21-year–veteran of the Department of Corrections at California Correctional Center. Dick was known for his generosity and loyalty to all and for being a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. Family and friends are invited to a graveside service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Diamond Crest Cemetery. A celebration of his life will follow at 11 a.m. at Honey Lake Assembly at 464-905 Highway A-3 Janesville, Calif. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Honey Lake Hospice at PO Box 1166, Susanville, CA 96130 in memory of Richard “Dick” Muirhead. There are many that will always remember the love and kindness Dick showed. He will be dearly missed.
Mark
USA - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 09:13:11 (MDT)
What is the password that the ROK web sight is asking for???
Frenchie
USA - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 09:11:56 (MDT)
Larry Stokes....Dinasour bone or not?????;-)))))
Mark
USA - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 09:06:30 (MDT)
Gary the Trizzi you are referring to was he in maintance, he transferred to VN from Korea? Was his name Jimmey or John? If its the same guy I am thinking of he & his brother are from Roslindale MA and maybe I can get a hold of a phone book from that town its about 50 miles from me. can you keep looking for Fortraine for me, let me know if that is the Trizzi you are looking for. If you want give me a call some night after 7:30 PM EST my land line is 5086780057. The reason I couldn't do Kokomo this year is I have a Hersay PA trip to the week long car show in Oct than I'm going back to Vietnam in January than I am doing a 2-3 month trip down to Fla than on to Calif than back east in my 31 Model A ford with my dog so as you can understand I got a few dollars spent but I would like to try visiting as many of you guys in my zig zag trip as the old car moves me at its grand speeds of 40 so miles a hour
GeorgeB
USA - Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 19:53:17 (MDT)
Just recieved an Email from Jae. He request that a few of us PLEASE leave a few remarks on their web site. This is doing him a personal favor, so please do so. thanks.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 19:34:26 (MDT)
oh my goodness..Gently was joking around while I was filming..saying she was Ann Margaret..ect...ut oh, its now on the ROK site.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 19:27:33 (MDT)
I sent an early draft of the clips to Jae, our ROK friend and brother in arms. Dont ask me how, but he has done a great job streaming the first Kokomo pics..and Gale , and his truck, start off the movie. Man, Jae did a wonderful job.... http://www.rokfv.com/eng/contents/sub0301.php
alvis
USA - Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 19:15:05 (MDT)
Oh, there are around 30 clips on there. Being the computer expert I am, couldnt get it to stream as a movie. Also, form what ever reason, its all listed under ghoastrider1l..beats me.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 18:57:44 (MDT)
below is the list for the new posting on u tube. Couple good shots of Pauls camper outfit ( and a darn good job he did of it), Marks 49 ford, Gales 54 Pickum up, the women and the men of the 129th folks/family.Big thank you to those who helped cook and then clean..and a great big thankyou to gale beard cause he had the only bottle opener in camp and guess who the rocket scientist is that brought beer that could only be opened with that type of opener. Jeeze, did I ever step on it with that purchase. Fred Scags, in one of those clips Pete left a message for you.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 17:53:23 (MDT)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhIDMbflM5s&feature=related
alvis
USA - Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 17:45:44 (MDT)
Well, we made it to Chicago: upon leaving Indy, Barry took a wrong turn and by the time he noticed it we were almost in Chicago, so he drove us to that point. We thought it would be easy to just transfer our tickets to a new flight....but no: They weren't transferable. Neither the Chaplain or I had our credit cards, having just taken cash to Kokomo. We called Barry to return and pick us up and he did. He took us to Milwaukee..bless his heart. He's leaving today to take the ferry across Lake Michigan and then on to New York. Another Kokomo adventure for me, thank God the Chaplain was with me. It was all worth it to see you all again:>))) The chaplain is already thinking of "things" for next year:>)) Thank you for accepting my new friend....but now watch out! Great job on the videos Fred! What a great keep-sake. Paul, Your camping kitchen is better than my house kitchen! :>))L-G
Gently
USA - Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 11:05:30 (MDT)
Check out the teen who caught a 8ft. 800 lb. gator on a fishing rod at Corpus Christi. Kris Nbc channell 6 in Corpus Christi, pretty cool.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 10:46:46 (MDT)
Hey You Guys and Gals Janice and I arrived home at 0030 safe and sound on 09/19/11. As always I had a great time breaking bread with everyone. Looking forward to Reno and Kokomo next year via LZ Markey Mark.
Larry Stokes <rudedog.20067@yahoo.com>
Kinston, NC USA - Monday, September 19, 2011 at 20:03:44 (MDT)
Made it home around noon today,the dog acted like she missed me,not so sure about the wife Paul is the man with the hot water!!
Tommie J
USA - Monday, September 19, 2011 at 17:05:12 (MDT)
Glad you guys had a good time at Kokomo this year, sorry I could not make it, have some family issues at this time. Hopefully next year. I did hook up with Manny Rivera thanks to Lenny Adams, aka "Fire", shared info with him,will try to make Reno this year, looking forward to seeing my old hooch family,Casey, Ruff, Lenny and now Manny, only lacking Mavromatis, and Trezzi, would very much like to get info on Bill Hewitt,not Alan Hewitt, he was a crewchief, he posted pictures in the gallery, one of me saying he tried to see me. would anyone know his whereabouts? No luck so far,George. Take care and may God bless, thanks Mark for making all of this possible again every time Im able to talk to someone after 40 years, I think of those odds, if I had never found this website. Clear right,Tex 70-71. " The Phantom "
Gary L. Mount
lubbock, tx USA - Monday, September 19, 2011 at 13:31:38 (MDT)
Sorry Mark guess I din't go back enough, Happy to see so many had fun at kokamo, will be putting a stop there on the list....Clear Left
Matt Casey
USA - Monday, September 19, 2011 at 13:09:25 (MDT)
i would like to offer a big round of applause to PAUL BOGGS for all the effort that he put forth to make us a kitchen.it took a lot of scrounging,i'm sure.definately nice to have hot water to wash pots and pans.
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Monday, September 19, 2011 at 11:45:39 (MDT)
P.S.---Sorry I missed your Breaking in the Newbie Ceremony but I saw the gleam in Frenchy's eyes, Rick smirking and God knows what Whelan had up his sleeve. You can't blame a 2 tour guy for di di mau under those conditions.
Howard (DOC) Geeve <hgeev@aol.com>
Franklin Park, IL. USA - Monday, September 19, 2011 at 11:05:29 (MDT)
I want to thank Bill Whelan and all the brothers for trying so hard to make me feel welcome as a guest floundering around your perimeter. It was great seeing the joy you had in each other but bittersweet too, as none of my Black Aces showed up. The I Corps Marines really took me in, tried to drown me with shine but I paced myself and avoided the low crawl or falling out of formation. Got kissed by more girls than the Cherry Bar in Hong Kong--some of them tasted kind of funny so I'm hitting the mouth- wash pretty regular. God Bless and Rally round the flag boys, rally once again; shouting the battle cry of freedom. Next time I hope............
Howard (DOC) Geeve <hgeev@aol.com>
Franklin Park, IL. USA - Monday, September 19, 2011 at 10:49:56 (MDT)
Paul B.,Thanks so much for takeing care of the Banner.I cannot gaurantee that I will make it next yr.But know it will be flying again with the 129th AHC and any dust off Brothers that show up will know how to contact me or paul McGrath.I always look forward to the next yr at Kokomo.I always meet another Dustoff brother that is new to our group.Thanks again.
Jim <Dustoff>
Shiloh, ILL USA - Monday, September 19, 2011 at 10:00:25 (MDT)
Made it home ok Sunday afternoon. I would like to thank all everyone who offered to help me pack especially Bob Miller and Lee Wood. WOW what a great time at KOKOMO. Many new faces, vowing that they will be at Kokomo again. Guys if you haven't been to a VHCA convention or at Kokomo plan on going. Once you attend, you will wish that you would be able to attend all of the events. Matt, please read Mark's post carefully. Dustoff Jim and Paul, I've got the 498th sign and will bring it to Kokomk next year. John, hope all goes well with your leg. When I went to use my c-pap machine last night, the filter has campfire smoke in it, reliving Kokomo all over again..........later
Paul Boggs
USA - Monday, September 19, 2011 at 05:41:39 (MDT)
A while back there was a time when we all looked forward to the next reunion, I know myself that there were times and situations where I realized that I could not make it to one, but that just made me more focused on making it to the next. Yes, I was one of the three that made it to one, which came as quite a shock after all the others that I went to where the 129th was always so well represented. It’s sad to see how the next one is being undermined well before the year has ended. I have repeatedly crossed the country, driven 18 hours one way on my bike, with only the hope of meeting with my brothers …………….Tails Clear Left…………..Matt Casey
Matt Casey
USA - Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 22:14:02 (MDT)
Had a wonderful time. I got back into Oceanside about 1:35 pm today. As a few of you may have noticed, I was limping on my right foot and leg. I'm not sure what the problem was but I need to get it taken care of. When I landed in San Diego, CA I had to be wheelchaired off the plain. Not good. Well my brothers and sisters, I was able to put faces to the names. I checked out the video. Mark, if you can... send me Gagners phone number.
John Sartor
Oceanside, CA USA - Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 22:00:44 (MDT)
Made it home ok. The F-100 did just fine pullin' the ole Shasta. Took a bath, took a nap and rarin' to go again..........more later!
Gale
USA - Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 20:45:06 (MDT)
That sounds good Mark but please come up with a date with plenty of lead time cause my old 31 doesn't go more than 42 a hour and I will be planning on meeting up at your place on the eastward leg of my circular 2-3 month trip around the US. Sorry I missed Kokmoe but I just have a full plate of travel plans this year so it had to be put off till next year
GeorgeB
USA - Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 18:29:43 (MDT)
If you havnt already , do go to the Fred&Ted shows on youtube. I am talking about the vids that they made mention of in a few post below. I assure you even if you are not of the 129th, you will be pleasently pleaseed. Great, great job Ted and Fred. Thanks for the hard work in doing this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..............always a brother..............
Mark
USA - Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 18:25:37 (MDT)
Just viewed the video, not great, but not bad, and more than we had before.
Theodore Buisker <skyking@stateline-isp.com>
Davis, IL USA - Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 18:25:02 (MDT)
The LZ Markey Mark was discussed at Kokomo and originally I was going to hold it at the same time as Reno next year. I decided that was not right on my part and am now looking at a differeent date as not to interfere with Reno. I encourage all to attend Reno. Shoot, I may even be there:-)))))............will write more about LZ markey Mark II at a later date. Remember, it will not, I repeat, will not be at the same dates as Reno. Good to see post by all that have.............have I told you I love you today???.........Hey Cherry, say hey to Larry for me.................
Mark
USA - Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 17:53:19 (MDT)
Made it back to the orginized word pile round 1400. Billy and Kerry are here with us for a few days. SLOW HAND SALUTE TO CHERRY.......it was a privaledge to be with him in St. louis this year. ................I will send a arrangement to the Funeral home from the 129th. .........photos and stories to come later about Kokomo.....best one yet.......always a brother................
Mark
USA - Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 17:49:01 (MDT)
Got home in record time thanks to Paul McGrath,Great Reunion as usual with all the great guys of the 129th and a new Dustoff Brother Lynn 'DOC' Hammand.I always enjoy being with great friends and look forward to next year.Gently,sorry we did not get to spend more time together this past week-end.Know you were busy.Maybe latter.Kal take care of yourself.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 17:33:00 (MDT)
home again jiggety jig. had an excellent time
paul mcgrath
USA - Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 17:08:52 (MDT)
Made it home last night from another great Kokomo reunion. Even though I was only there for one day it was great to see everyone again. Definately a bit on the cool side along with a little moisture but all in all you couldn't beat the company!!!.. Good seeing everyone again... L8r.. Lak...>>>
Kal Bergstrom
USA - Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 17:07:05 (MDT)
A slow hand salute for Richard Murehead, "Cherry". It was great meeting him at the St Louis reunion in June. I was wearing one of his T-shirts at the Kokomo reunion. RIP Brother!!..
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu (at) email dot com>
St Joseph, MI USA - Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 17:01:29 (MDT)
Home safe and sound from another great Kokomo reunion. See the You tube video at "129th at Kokomo - 2011"
Theodore Buisker <skyking@stateline-isp.com>
Davis, IL USA - Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 16:22:17 (MDT)
I went to the Reno reunion 3 years ago and there was ONLY 3 of us there from the 129th so if any of you are interested in my opinion I'd say save your money & wait for the 2013 reunion which will be back on the east side. Alot of us are planning on a reuion at the same time as the Reno renion just for us 129 people in Ohio. SMILE MARK i didn't give the HUGE details of where I don't think its my place to say where or the date but BEWARE I'll be there
GeorgeB
USA - Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 09:26:57 (MDT)
Slow Hand Salute Cherry I was glad to meet him in St Louis and I know he had a good time
Don McCort
USA - Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 18:17:26 (MDT)
Slow hand salute to Mr. Murehead (Cherry) I flew quite a few missions with him in 69. He was always fun to fly with and knew his shit. I was wondering if he was the one that let me and Ray Gagner fly bulldog 265 one day. That was fun and scary at the same time.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 16:05:56 (MDT)
A slow hand salute to Mr. Cherry, Met up with him just a few years ago, I was stopping for some breakfast with some friends on our way to see a motorcycle race at Laguna Seca ( by Fort Ord). When this guy comes over to our table because we have Vietnam hats on, he starts to tell us he was a pilot in Nam. As he goes on I start to realize what company he is referring to. Before he has time to say he was with the 129th, I lift up my sweat shirt and let him see the tee shirt I have on has a 129th logo on it. He is blown away and wants to know where I got it. So I told him about the web site and the reunions. Also told him to check out my bike as it too had a 1st Aviation and a 129th stickers. We chatted a while longer then everyone had a good hug and we each went our way. Was glad to see him post once in a while, as his only contact before was thru the pilots web site. So sad to hear of his passing………….I will be making the reunion in Reno, and hope to see as many as possible……………I know time are bad, but we need to try and get to as many as possible and share with each other………………..As for you Fire……….I see I don’t make it…………….Tails Clear Left…………..Matt Casey
Matt Casey
USA - Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 13:55:42 (MDT)
slow hand salute.
alvis
USA - Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 09:13:39 (MDT)
am far from being expert on computer or u-tube..here are a few of the guys/faces/names at Kokomo.... http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ghoastrider1l&aq=f
alvis
USA - Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 09:05:15 (MDT)
Ray Colles, Do you have an address for Cherry? Would like to send a card. Thanks, Snapper 70-71
Jeff Sauers <cats3@roadrunner.com>
USA - Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 07:58:16 (MDT)
Salute to "Cherry" ****It was good to see him make it to St Louis this year
Gary Woodward
memphis, Tn USA - Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 07:00:26 (MDT)
George, it was Bill Hewitt, a crewchief in our plt. I was speaking of, but it would be nice to hear from Alan Hewitt, the Cobra Pilot also.
Gary L. Mount
Lubbock , tx USA - Friday, September 16, 2011 at 23:13:51 (MDT)
Slow hand salute to Mr.Cherry,I probably flew with him, the name sounds familiar,Ill look into that for you George as soon as I can.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, September 16, 2011 at 23:10:52 (MDT)
Gary is there anyway you can seach your telephone dierectry for Tom's number or sent me a list of the Fortrain's in the book I"ll call them to see if I can get a relative of his. Some of the guyys I think where talking about Capt Hewitt at one of the reunions so mention him about once a week and some one may lead you to him or his where abouts
George B <rdster1931@yahoo.com>
USA - Friday, September 16, 2011 at 17:36:40 (MDT)
It is with great regret that I have to announce the passing of one of our Brother "CHERRY" 2nd Platoon then Cobra SQUIRE CW2 Richard Murehead. He suffered a long battle with cancer. I met CHERRY while a member to the 129th AHC where he was flying with the 2nd platoon. One of his best friend Cobra BARON (Pete Nolen) visited CHERRY last year in California and invited him to attend our Crew Member Association reunnion in St Louis, which he did and some of you got to met him as well. Ray Evans KING Cobra looked over him and shared a room with CHERRY, thanks Ray. CHERRY flew more than 1600 hours and was a HELL of a pilot. We will miss him. His wife's name is Barbara and if anyone wants to call her,the phone number is: 530-610-2051. The funeral will be held on Saturday 24 September, 2011 in Susanville, California. Remember Brothers: Only two defining Forces have ever to Die for YOU 1. Jesus Christ for your sins 2. The American Service member for your Freedom
SOOTHSAYER Cobras 1970 (Raymond Colles) <rbcbama@yahoo.com>
Sulligent, AL USA - Friday, September 16, 2011 at 17:03:16 (MDT)
Matt and all of the rest of the West Coast Bite and Strikers, I need all of you to come out and Represent the 129th AHC in Reno, NV next June. Nuff said more later Dennis Class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau <dpfirst50atyahoo.com>
Roseville, CA USA - Friday, September 16, 2011 at 09:21:43 (MDT)
Geprge, yes I do, I remember him,and he was from Houston, with the Cobras, on 096, he was always giving Top,Dudley a hard time. Like many others, during my time,dont know there wherabouts, including both my crewchiefs,John Lulei, and Larry Leggins..Capt. Snider "Juicer". Bill "Huey" Hewitt,Hap, Blair, Bill Benett and others, did find out that Lulei was living in Louisiana, and where but not there? anymore? Trail went cold.. Clear right, Tex..May 70- MAR 71...
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, September 16, 2011 at 07:10:25 (MDT)
Gary do you remember Tom Fortraine he was a CE and I believe is ship was 096 I been trying to find him he is from Texas, I think the Houston area but ain't sure this would be early 70
George B
USA - Friday, September 16, 2011 at 05:55:05 (MDT)
made back home at 21:00 last night. Will be picking up Gently and her friend, taking them up to kokomo.Will most likely return home then..Susan and I should be there tomorrow.
alvis
USA - Friday, September 16, 2011 at 05:54:44 (MDT)
Great to see your post,Lenny and Casey,There always be that hurt, but the commadarie and closeness of those times of day to day dangers trump that, especially on this logbook. Ive got a story if they want it, Casey or whoever, and may write a continuation of that one " The Mission Board" . DOES Ruby Begonia come to mind.??? lol . Clear right Tex" " The Phantom' 1st. plt 70-71
Gary L. Mount
Lubbock, tx USA - Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 20:16:27 (MDT)
Evenin' Bite & Strikerz..At times Wish I could be back in the well,or right seat again! It's been an amazing last half-year for me & my family..too much to mention here,suffice it to say,God has brought us through. Say "Wink",we're sorry about the loss of your Best Gal. Our prayers for those who are hurtin'.For those missing loved ones. Joy comes in the morning. I've recently gotten in touch with two more 129th crewmembers. It's real exciting to hear from guys you served with 41yrs ago. "It's starting to come back to me now."lol.. Thanx Manny,& Gary aka Phantom, & all my 129th Brothers. Stay Safe, Clearleft, lenny
Lenny Adams <rtrwingnut@yahoo.com>
USA - Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 19:45:56 (MDT)
Hey there Bill Wolf, I got a letter from some one with the VHCMA that is looking to put a book together of stories. As you have most of ours, I thought it might save some time. Let me know, and I'll send you his info..........Tails Clear Left..........Have a few for me you brothers and sisters in Kokomo.....Matt Casey
Matt Casey <mcasey1947@msn.com>
Hemet , CA USA - Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 13:25:00 (MDT)
Has anyone at Kokomo found Rick England yet:>)) L-g
gently
USA - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 14:27:01 (MDT)
A Slow hand salute to our friends. They will never be forgotten. Mark, I will be there sometime around 7pm in Kokomo on Thursday.
John Sartor
USA - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 02:17:11 (MDT)
Just checking in after being down in Waverly NY to see my mother for a 90th b'day party. Waverly was as far east as I could go on interstate 86 due to all the flooding in Athens PA, and Sayre PA and Binghamton NY. Slow hand salute to the crew of 257. I knew all and they were good people that will be missed. Thinking of you also Mark.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 14:56:55 (MDT)
Slow hand salute to the crew of 257. The crash is as clear in my mind today as it was on the day it happened. They are gone but NEVER forgotten! Mark, our thoughts are with you. Bill & Kat
Bill Wolf
USA - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 11:39:26 (MDT)
We're so sorry Markie Mark. It's a heartache that never goes away. I hope that all the wonderful people you've met through this site have helped with that heartache alittle. I know it has helped alot of other people, including me. L-G
Gently
USA - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 08:51:28 (MDT)
SlowHand salute to the 257 crew,a heavy herat for the families of the crew. Most of all you Mark,I know how much Larry meant to you
Don McCort
USA - Monday, September 12, 2011 at 19:51:45 (MDT)
Slow hand salute to the crew of 257 and passengers and their familys. I cant imagine losing a brother, husband, wife, son or immediate family in wartime. I never had too.I hope I never do. Recall flying through the short pass out of Lane many times and in bad weather too, it was hairy to say the least. like we all did at one time or another.Im glad Iam able to come on here and offer my condolences to you. God be with you always. Tex 70-71..
Gary L. Mount
lubbock\, tx USA - Monday, September 12, 2011 at 16:40:47 (MDT)
God Bless you Brooke....................
mark
USA - Monday, September 12, 2011 at 15:42:43 (MDT)
Pulled a 100hr check on the 49 coupe today and packin' her tonight. Will be pullin' pitch in the morning sometime and ETA for Kokomo will be high noon...always a brother.....
Mark
USA - Monday, September 12, 2011 at 15:41:22 (MDT)
Remembering the crew of the '257' today. Steve DeSantis was my uncle, never met him but people tell me we look alike! Also in my thoughts are Steve Hargrave, Larry Jackson, Richard Sawran and all of their friends and family who still miss them so much!!
Brooke O'Donnell <bsodon30@gmail.com>
West Hartford, CT USA - Monday, September 12, 2011 at 13:22:58 (MDT)
42 YEARS AGO TODAY.SLOW HAND SALUTE TO THE CREW OF THE "257"***************************** Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17257 The Army purchased this helicopter 0268 Total flight hours at this point: 00000576 Date: 09/12/1969 Incident number: 690912261ACD Accident case number: 690912261 Total loss or fatality Accident Unit: 129 AHC The station for this helicopter was An Son in South Vietnam Number killed in accident = 8 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 5 costing 455945 Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. ) Loss to Inventory Crew Members: AC CW2 DESANTIS STEPHEN ANTHONY KIA P WO1 SAWRAN RICHARD ARTHUR KIA CE SP4 JACKSON LAWRENCE DAVID KIA G PFC HARGRAVE STEPHAN LEE KIA Passengers: X1 HE KY, , PX, KIA; X1 HUAN KK, , PX, KIA; X1 SUK KH, , PX, KIA; , PAX, A Accident Summary: ON THE NIGHT OF 12 SEP 69, CRID DECLARED A TAC-E AND AT APPROXIMATELY 2130 HOURS AIRCRAFT WAS LAUNCHED FROM LANE AHP. THE CREW WAS NOT ADVISED OF THE WEATHER BY EITHER THE OPERATIONS OFFICER OF THE 129TH AHC OR LANE TOWER. THE MISSION OF THE CREW WAS TO EXTRACT ONE RALLIER FROM THE 11TH CO CAV REGT AND FLY THE RALLIER TO ROK HOSPITAL. ENROUTE THE CREW WAS TO PICK UP PERSONNEL FROM THE CRID TOC, WHICH THEY DID AND THE CREW THEN REQUESTED AND RECEIVED PERMISSION TO FLY THROUGH THE PASS NORTHWEST OF LANE AHP. THE AIRCRAFT ARRIVED AT THE 11TH COMPANY AT APPROXIMATELY 2155 HOURS AND DEPARTED AT 2205 HOURS. THE CREW CONTACTED PHU CAT APPROACH CONTROL AND NOTIFIED THEM THAT THE AIRCRAFT HAD GONE INTO IFR CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED A RADAR VECTOR TO VFR CONDITIONS. THE PILOT REPORTED HIS ALTITUDE WAS 5,000 FEET AND REQUESTED A PRIORITY RADAR VECTOR FOR A GCA INTO PHY CAT AFB. THE PILOT REPORTED HIS POSITION AS OVER THE CHA RANG VALLEY OFF THE 170 RADIAL FROM PHU CAT AFB. PHU CAT APPROACH CONTROL COULD NOT MAKE A POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION BUT HAD A SUSPECTED RADAR TARGET SEVEN MILES ON THE 170 RADIAL. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER REPORTED HE WAS ENCOUNTERING SEVERE TURBULENCE. AT 2212 HOURS PHU CAT CONTROL INSTRUCTED THE AC TO TURN INBOUND TO THE BEACON AND CLIMB TO 6000 FEET. THE PILOT ROGERED THE CONTROLLER'S INSTRUCTION. THIS WAS THE LAST COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE AIRCRAFT AND THE GROUND. AFTER RADIO CONTACT WAS LOST, THE DUST OFF AND GUNSHIPS WERE LAUNCHED, HOWEVER, THE WEATHER CONDITIONS DID NOT PERMIT THE SEARCH AIRCRAFT TO ARRIVE AT THE SCENE UNTIL 0030 HOURS. THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED ON THE SIDE OF A MOUNTAIN AT 1990 FEET AND 125 FEET FROM THE CREST OF THE MOUNTAIN. THE WRECKAGE SUGGESTS THAT THE AIRCRAFT WAS IN A SLIGHTLY NOSE HIGH ATTITUDE AND WAS IN A SHALLOW RIGHT HAND TURN. THE AIRCRAFT'S LEFT SKID CONTACTED THE GROUND AND THERE WAS A BLADE STRIKE ON THE LEFT SIDE. THE RIGHT SKID HIT NEXT AND THE AIRCRAFT WAS PITCHED FORWARD AND UP THE HILL WHERE THE TRANSMISSION AND THE MAIN WRECKAGE REMAINED. THE ENGINE WAS TOSSED FURTHER UP THE HILL AND THE TAIL BOOM SEPARATED FROM THE FUSELAGE AND CAME TO REST 75 FEET NORTH OF THE ENGINE. THE AIRCRAFT APPEARED TO HAVE BURNED DUE TO IMPACT. This record was last updated on 09/20/1998
Mark
USA - Monday, September 12, 2011 at 08:35:12 (MDT)
Should be arriving Wednesday PM with the truck and camper. I'll also have a small generator along, one of those quiet Honda's.
Theodore Buisker <skyking@stateline-isp.com>
Davis, IL USA - Monday, September 12, 2011 at 08:35:06 (MDT)
Good morning, awaiting the arrival of Katia. Not sure which weather forecast to believe, will just have to wait and see what happens. As promised two more videos uploaded to Youtube. One is the view of Neil's display at Portrush from the cockpit of the Loach, the other is the portrush display from both the ground and the cockpits. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDHLDPXfzDY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGLFy7cVUqQ For those hitting the road to head for Kokomo have a safe journey. Simon, Nina, Brad and the rest of the gang.
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
Mellor, 509 County UK - Monday, September 12, 2011 at 02:13:33 (MDT)
Thanks Paul, sounds good.
Gale
USA - Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 10:49:11 (MDT)
A slow hand salute to all those reponders who gave their lives at the WTC. Prayers for all the victims.
Bill Wolf
USA - Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 09:25:32 (MDT)
Gale, I'm planning on arriving at LZ KOKOMO Monday morning. Talked to Kal this morning, he is planning on coming Friday and Saturday. More later....Paul
Paul Boggs 70-71
USA - Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 08:52:04 (MDT)
Thank all of you that replied to my inquiry concerning George Hain. For those who gave me contact information, I will reply by e-mail with some further information. I thank each of you for your service, and hope that it will not be in vain because of all the idiots in Washington D.C. Greg
Greg Brown <gb.blacksheep@gmail.com>
Salem, OR USA - Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 07:31:13 (MDT)
Ken, what time are you planning on being at LZ Kokomo? Will you still have your generator? What is your cell phone number.............mine is 812 239 0638. Has anyone heard from Kal? I hope he can make it. Everyone have a safe trip.................
Gale
USA - Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 07:26:58 (MDT)
Lets roll...brave words that wont be forgotten.... ever..
Gary L. Mount
USA - Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 00:31:35 (MDT)
Gary, I left 498th Dustoff 28 Feb.1970.Welcome Home buddy.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 20:54:31 (MDT)
41 years ago today, almst lost mylife on the crash of 6815373.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 19:16:23 (MDT)
Here's a better one........... Kokomo, IN Weather Forecast 10:56 AM EDT SAT SEP 10 2011 REST OF TODAY - Partly cloudy. Isolated showers midday - then scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 70s. Southwest winds up to 5 mph shifting to the east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 40 percent. TONIGHT - Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain showers. Lows in the upper 50s. Southeast winds up to 5 mph. SUNDAY - Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s. West winds up to 5 mph. SUNDAY NIGHT - Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 50s. Southwest winds around 5 mph. MONDAY - Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. MONDAY NIGHT - Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 60s. TUESDAY - Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. TUESDAY NIGHT - Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 50s. WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGHS AROUND 70. LOWS AROUND 50. FRIDAY - Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. Read more: http://www.city-data.com/forecast/w-Kokomo-Indiana.html#ixzz1Xa1pnWtI
Gale
USA - Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 13:37:45 (MDT)
I was there when George Hain was killed and so was some others. You can e/mail me at phantom843@aol.com, or call me at 806-401-5444 in a couple of hours about 4p.m CST, I will respond.
Gary L. Mount
lubbock,texas, USA - Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 12:48:46 (MDT)
Five-day forecastHourly10-day.5-day forecast Tomorrow Sep 11 Monday Sep 12 Tuesday Sep 13 Wednesday Sep 14 Thursday Sep 15 T-storms Partly Cloudy T-storms Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy Hi:79°Lo:59° Hi:82°Lo:62° Hi:85°Lo:56° Hi:69°Lo:52° Hi:68°Lo:48°
Gale
USA - Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 07:54:47 (MDT)
Simon, tell all hello and we're gonna miss you guys!
Gale
USA - Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 06:34:04 (MDT)
Morning all. You feel the anticipation growing by the day with what everyone is saying here. Sounds like it is going to be an extremely good one. Hey Frenchie Brad is doing well. Not enough hours, days, weeks at the moment. He is busy at work, helping Phil etc with the Huey and the Loach. Rebuilding his Mini's, I hasten to add the classic mini, not the modern BMW pretender! Plus he has been co-driving in various rallies, in fact he's taking part in one today, and several more over the next couple of months. I will be putting some more videos onto youtube of the Huey and Little Bird flying together and of the air display at Portrush last weekend. I'll let you know when they are up a and ready to view. Enjoy Kokomo. Simon and the rest of the UK team.
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
Mellor, 509 County UK - Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 04:23:26 (MDT)
I am looking for anyone who can help me substantiate the death of George A. Hain by tail rotor accident. If there are any eyewitnesses remaining, I would appreciate e-mail from them. I was with the 498th Dust Off at the time, and I also witnessed this tragedy. I have a VA appeal pending, and documents regarding the incident would help me. Thank you!
Greg Brown <gb.blacksheep@gmail.com>
Salem, OR USA - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 21:39:26 (MDT)
KoKoMo!!!!! Gently mild ? Well OK then. Gentle sense of humor, wonderful. He should fit right in with most of the group. Ken how to Pack? Bill what is the temp. there? Leaving with 90 deg, going to 45 then leaving for Nevada at 89. Sounds like extra baggage fees. I'll be bring my old face Ken. Simon how is that boy of yours? I really had a great time talking to him last year. Good head on his shoulders. Must come from Mum's side of the family... Will snort some Apple Jack in your honorer. Sorry for all the comrades that for what ever the reason will not make it. You will be missed.
Frenchie
USA - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 20:13:29 (MDT)
Tommie, he's a chaplain, a Capt in the Marines...served in both OIF/OEF. A very kind and very very honest man with a gentle sense of humor. He's looking forward to meeting my favorite Nam Vets at Kokomo. He can't believe that you guys have been my friends for over 10yrs while seeing each other once, sometimes twice a year. He like me is a vegetarian, married once, divorced, no children. He's fun, not roudy. I'm roudy:>))So don't make me roudy! You guys always make me roudy:>))) LOL! What am I going to do?!L-G
Gently
USA - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 18:03:05 (MDT)
Gently,we are hearing alot this "friend"what dont you want us to say to friend?
Tommie
USA - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 15:38:26 (MDT)
Jump on a plane!!! Just jump on a plane! We all have bad backs....L-G
Gently
USA - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 13:24:00 (MDT)
Damn, Damn, Damn. I think this will be worse than missing the surprise of 2009. Have been putting up with some back trouble for nearly 5 months. Right now my sciatic nerve is still pretty FUBAR. Can't sit for more than about 15 minutes which would make a driving trip to Kokomo take a damn long time between breaks. Can't seem to get the VA moving toward a resolution of this problem. They just keep pushing different drugs at me except for any drugs that might relieve the pain, one of those "we need to try this first" things. Thought about trying to make it anyway because time spent at Kokomo is the most healing thing that has happened to me since the Nam. Was kind of thinking maybe it could perform some physical healing magic too. Next Year. Almost forgot, Larry Davis will be passing out my quotient of giving hugs for me in my absence. Make sure to ask him for yours. Gonna miss all of you. Wrong Way and Miss Direction
Wrong Way & Miss Direction <griff90880@msn.com>
USA - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 10:45:27 (MDT)
Gently,I hope your friend gave you a discount for the week. Those escorts can be expensive. See you all Tuesday.
Bill Whelan
USA - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 09:21:26 (MDT)
I can't wait to see everyone...in ONE week! And to introduce you to my friend:>)) Yahoo! L-G
Gently
USA - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 08:51:55 (MDT)
Mark, 'iffen you're that hard up for money, I'll give you some at Kokomo. I got two solicitation e-mails from you today.....must have another virus.
Gale
USA - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 07:25:36 (MDT)
Larry Davis and wife Brenda will be there on Tuesday evening
Larry Davis <cobraspock@yahoo.com>
QUINCY, Illinois USA - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 07:05:52 (MDT)
Dang........can ya feel the excitment of Kokomo?????....awesome.......I love hangin' out with all you crazies ;-))))))...........have I told ya that I love ya yet today????..................
Mark
- Thursday, September 08, 2011 at 19:53:23 (MDT)
I'll be there on Tuesday and yes Gale it looks like I will be bringing the Coupe. She sure will get dusty though.:-(.but..will be fun to drive her there. One of Larry's buddies from Nam, Billy Perri, and his wife will be rolling in from Utah on Thursday. Some of you may have met Billy at Phoenix back in 03 or 04 when the VHCMA was out there. Can't wait to cop a ride on a Huey with Billy since he used to be larr's gunner for a spell at the 129th..........see ya soon...............always a brother.............
Mark
USA - Thursday, September 08, 2011 at 19:51:28 (MDT)
we should get in around noon on tuesday, thats 5 or 6 more!
Tommie
USA - Thursday, September 08, 2011 at 19:08:07 (MDT)
dustoff jim and i will get to our hotel on thurs evening don't know if we will make it till friday as i have a 9 hour drive on thursday
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Thursday, September 08, 2011 at 15:32:07 (MDT)
I "plan" on being there Monday afternoon and I will also have a friend with me. Mark, I hope to have my old truck ready......how 'bout you and the '49?
Gale
USA - Thursday, September 08, 2011 at 08:41:59 (MDT)
Gale, we just had everyone who was going say so, along with when they expected to get there. I'll get there Friday with my friend:>). L-G
gently
USA - Thursday, September 08, 2011 at 07:28:57 (MDT)
The forecast for Kokomo looks pretty good for next week....highs about 80 , lows about 60 and dry...so far! What did we do last year for a "head count" for Kokomo?
Gale
USA - Thursday, September 08, 2011 at 07:07:07 (MDT)
Packing & getting ready to head to Indiana in the morning. Wanted to remind everyone that if you are going to Kokomo, bring a coat. Guess it already got down to 45 last night. Otherwise am hoping to see some new faces there next week.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Tuesday, September 06, 2011 at 14:49:51 (MDT)
Friends, I received thias email this morning.....can anyone help her? "Hi, I found the memorial online(Virtual Wall) of Bill Dunlap and I am trying to get in touch with any of his living relatives in AZ that you may know of. His wife and my sister, Ramona, passed away this past week and I want to return Bill's medals to whoever is left." "Can you help me with this? Thank you in advance, Debbie (aka "Sam") -- Debbie Embler 336-788-0166 NCHome@triad.rr.com http://www.linkedin.com/in/debbieembler "
Gently
USA - Tuesday, September 06, 2011 at 06:37:15 (MDT)
Good afternoon Flight. Sorry we will miss Kokomo this year, and by the sounds of it we will be missing another good one. Hope you all enjoy yourselves. The latest video I have put onto Youtube I think you will like. Go flying with Keith in the co Pilots seat for the air display at Portrush in Northern Ireland. this is the link to it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Rxpe3LF5QI Enjoy!!. All the best to you from all of us. Simon.
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
Mellor, 509 County UK - Tuesday, September 06, 2011 at 05:41:11 (MDT)
How much did the last idea cost?
Tommie J
USA - Monday, September 05, 2011 at 19:01:28 (MDT)
How can we relax when you have an idea??????
Gale
USA - Monday, September 05, 2011 at 18:11:54 (MDT)
With all the new faces going to Kokomo this year I have decided to make name tags. I know that may sound lame..but too bad. You'll like them..trust me...so relax about it. :>))L-J
gently
USA - Monday, September 05, 2011 at 13:23:52 (MDT)
Flight: Have a safe Labor day. Working at the Autozone 11 to 11 shift. Hey!! England sorry to miss you this year and the rest of you. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Monday, September 05, 2011 at 09:09:58 (MDT)
Frenchie, called on sat nite, must have been out doing the town! got stuff to get done before I take off for kokomo, so Ill call tonite during the race. when do you go to Bills?
Tommie J
USA - Sunday, September 04, 2011 at 10:49:46 (MDT)
opps
alvis
USA - Saturday, September 03, 2011 at 23:19:37 (MDT)
Gently, running to Kansas City monday, then lord knows where. Will be back here thursday evening. Will be there for you if truck doesnt blow up, burn up, break up, or generaly screw up.
gently, running to Kan
USA - Saturday, September 03, 2011 at 23:19:00 (MDT)
Rick England called..missed the call..called back ..no answer. I'm sure he just wandering around Kokomo..per usual:>) L-G
Gently
USA - Saturday, September 03, 2011 at 18:32:32 (MDT)
I love you guys! L-G
Gently
USA - Saturday, September 03, 2011 at 12:20:35 (MDT)
Rick is already at Kokomo! That's a hoot! LOL! Not surprising though:>)) Mark and Bill ...you are soooooooooo much trouble with me. Wink..very cool! Gale...what can I say other than $#!#$@$#. L-G
Gently
USA - Saturday, September 03, 2011 at 12:18:37 (MDT)
Wink, glad you are coming, it wouldn't be the same without you.Gently said she is bring a friend. I hope it's not one of those paid escorts again!!! Frenchie, drinking early I see. England is already at Kokomo, waiting for everbody... Well it won't be long. Can't wait to see everyone..
Bill Whelan
USA - Saturday, September 03, 2011 at 10:24:00 (MDT)
Gently, I'm sure if we all chip in a substantial amount, we can get you lookin' presentable..........I'm not sure about respectable................................lol
Gale
USA - Saturday, September 03, 2011 at 08:59:30 (MDT)
Wink, you made my day buddy..................not that you're coming, but, that you are bringing Bud!!!!! Man, am I on a roll. Hhehee!!
Gale
USA - Saturday, September 03, 2011 at 08:55:58 (MDT)
I hope the "Wrongways" can make it to Kokomo! Maybe if they start out now to make up for all the wrong turns, they could make it by the 15th or so.................heeheheehee!
Gale
USA - Saturday, September 03, 2011 at 08:52:59 (MDT)
I hope everyone making kokomo has a safe trip there and home. Saving vacation days to go home sometime in the next 6 weeks. Mom was in the hospital for 2 weeks and a nursing reabilitation home for the last 4 weeks. She is 87 years young. Looking forward to Reno next June. And, hopefully retirement. Still having knee and feet problems. Doctor's are not thinking knee replacement as of yet. Can't win for losing. It, seems like Vietnam didn't get us then. Sure is working on getting us now. Alot, of our Brothers have pasted on this year. Everyone have a good time in kokomo. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Saturday, September 03, 2011 at 08:16:15 (MDT)
morning flight, well to everyones delight, i'll be joining you all at kokomo. i'll be pulling on the 15thi'll be bringing a few cases of bud an soda, if there is anything else i can bring let me know. see you all at kokomo. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Saturday, September 03, 2011 at 07:27:53 (MDT)
Bill, there aint enough money to make Gently look good. Gently, a friend?????.....ya know we will have to approve of this;-))))
Mark
USA - Saturday, September 03, 2011 at 05:23:01 (MDT)
Can't make Kokomo where is it next year?????
Randy
USA - Friday, September 02, 2011 at 21:04:32 (MDT)
Can't make Kokomo where is it next year?????
Randy
USA - Friday, September 02, 2011 at 21:04:19 (MDT)
Can't make Kokomo wgere is it next year?????
Randy
USA - Friday, September 02, 2011 at 21:03:46 (MDT)
Gently, I'll take a check. JW glad you made it OK. Roof, Roof. Gently, are we going to have fight for your attention?. Bill did you get my flight times? TJ are you back from the red woods? Wink, Stones, I've seen them three times. Great band... Jim I'm glad you have a ride. Mark, If I thought the old 928 would make the trip I could have it in the car show. Rick are you off your meds again? Why am I here? Where am I? Did anyone get the number of that buss? Shuffling off to Kokamo soon. Do it the French way...
Frenchie
USA - Friday, September 02, 2011 at 19:03:21 (MDT)
Gently, I'll take a check. JW glad you made it OK. Roof, Roof. Gently, are we going to have fight for your attention?. Bill did you get my flight times? TJ are you back from the red woods? Wink, Stones, I've seen them three times. Great band... Jim I'm glad you have a ride. Mark, If I thought the old 928 would make the trip I could have it in the car show. Rick are you off your meds again? Why am I here? Where am I? Did anyone get the number of that buss? Shuffling off to Kokamo soon. Do it the French way...
frenchie
USA - Friday, September 02, 2011 at 16:37:26 (MDT)
Gently I hope you have a lot of money...
Bill Whelan
USA - Friday, September 02, 2011 at 14:54:29 (MDT)
tee hee Ted. BTW..I'm bringing a friend this year..please make sure you show me respect...I'll pay you if you make me look really good:>))LOL L-G
Gently
USA - Friday, September 02, 2011 at 10:35:51 (MDT)
Should be arriving at Kokomo afternoon of the 14th. And yes Gently I'll bring some saur kraut. lol
Theodore Buisker <skyking@stateline-isp.com>
Davis, IL USA - Friday, September 02, 2011 at 08:02:24 (MDT)
Gosh, yes Wrong Way and Wrong Turn. If you aren't there, there will be a void. Gale I am checkin' to see if I can get the pole tent poles in the Coupe. if I can we will have a Ford Truck and Car show there.......always a brother..............Kokomo sure has an anticipated excitment about it, don't you think? Gang, if you are thinkin' bout going to Kokomo. DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mark
USA - Friday, September 02, 2011 at 08:01:10 (MDT)
Ken, yes small is very important. Keep us posted. Disappointed about Wes/Direction. L-G
Gently
USA - Thursday, September 01, 2011 at 10:18:13 (MDT)
Still hoping to head North on the 7th to get ready for Kokomo. All the talk about Kidney Stones had me hopeful as I had a CT Scan Friday @ the VA but just finding out it is something else in my left one. Now just need to get more test lined up for after I get back down here. Had never had a stone that I knew of and whatever it is, it is only 8mm so hope that is a good sign. Meanwhile talked to Wes & he was not sure if they were going to make it this year. Still waiting to see who all does show up.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, September 01, 2011 at 09:49:45 (MDT)
09/01/2001------09/01/2011 **10 years but still feels like it was yesterday **10 more days to 9/11 ***
Gary Woodward
USA - Thursday, September 01, 2011 at 06:53:26 (MDT)
09/01/2001------09/01/2011 **10 years but still feels like it was yesterday **
Gary Woodward
USA - Thursday, September 01, 2011 at 05:25:50 (MDT)
You know your getting old when your sitting in your rocker and cant get it started!!
Tommie J
USA - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 19:12:01 (MDT)
Dust-off cool!!!! Did you get your room back at the Hampton? J.W....thank God! Kokomo!!! I can't wait until my clothes smell like camp fire smoke:>))) Wrong Way and Mis Direction....you coming this year? Hard to beat last years' neon t-shirts(some of you still owe the Christmas fund for them BTW), but this year I will be bringing necklaces($5)and like the t-shirts, you'll love them. LOL!!!Fred is picking me up at the Indy airport around ten so I'll be there around noon on Friday. What's for lunch? Gale..beer for two? I'll be looking for our "Heads:>)) too." L-G
gently
USA - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 11:49:07 (MDT)
Glad to here that all are safe J.W. Good to here from you brother.
Mark
USA - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 10:38:36 (MDT)
Won't make this kokamo...my son (Lt. James Wolf) is getting ready to deploy to afghan and the farwell ceremony is Sept 16th in CA. Will try next time for sure!
Bill Wolf
USA - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 09:44:48 (MDT)
Hi Flight, I had some roof damage and went 79 hours without electricty. Thank God all my family is ok.
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N. C. USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 19:19:42 (MDT)
Great News, I will be arriveing Kokomo evening 15 or 16 Sept.2011.My transportation came thru.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 13:38:05 (MDT)
morning flight,did someone mention kidney stones. i know what ray is going through, since 1981 i've had 36 of the little buggers.i've had 3 extracted and passed 33. you talk about pain, after passing one of the stones you'll know as a male what womem go through when giving birth. VERY,VERY painful. ray hang in there. wink 3/69-10/70
winkj
winter haven, fl USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 08:34:04 (MDT)
Me too Mark....sniff, sniff....I thnk I also smell Kal around the campfire of Kokomo.................and that ain't good!!!!! heheehehee Flight, iffen' anyone needs directions to the Kokomo site...let us know. I plan on being there Monday afternoon which is the 12th. If things work out, I'll be pullin' the ole Shasta with my'55 Ford truck. Mark, wish there was some way you could drive your ole Ford there.............
Gale
USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 07:46:36 (MDT)
.........sniff, sniff........I think I can smell the campfires of Kokomo......always a brother.................
mark
USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 06:47:30 (MDT)
Dust-off...that cute little dog from Japan? I'm sorry babe. Robbie..been too long. Jim H.....Kokomo this year? Dust-off, fly in to Kokomo. We'll get you picked up and dropped off at the hotel and site, no need for a car. We'll do it together...another adventure for us:>))) L-G
Gently
USA - Monday, August 29, 2011 at 17:22:03 (MDT)
John Sartor and others concerned. I just got off the phone with Ray Gagner and he is still trying to pass kidney stones and says a rib that he fractured a few years ago is bothering him and some bad headaches. He sounded real good though. I asked him what Irene did to his place and he got lots of rain and a large limb down that needs to be cut up. We just had high winds here in Rochester.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Monday, August 29, 2011 at 16:29:54 (MDT)
frenghie missed your call we are in oregon came to see the redwood trees call and leave your number
tommie
USA - Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 20:58:55 (MDT)
I hope all of 129th families on the East coast are safe and will check in when they can....................
Gale
USA - Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 08:24:39 (MDT)
Bill and Kat Wolf.......I love you brother and sister. From now on, everyday is a saterday!!!!!!!..............
Mark
USA - Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 06:11:12 (MDT)
Art.gezzz,,,thats awful about your friend..........
Mark
USA - Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 06:10:07 (MDT)
Hey Robbie.....this would be a good year to come to Kokomo. Billy (the Rat) Perri from utah and Elmer Holthaus from Kansas are going to be there. I know you remember them. Try and make it brother...............
Mark
USA - Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 06:09:25 (MDT)
Wink we were all sorry to hear about your mother. You and the family our in our thoughts. A young nine year old has been so smitten with 509 here in the UK he has set up his own website. As a result he has got quite a lot of media attention. His site is http://hueyfanclubuk.weebly.com/ Looks like everyone is well and truly gearing up for Kokomo. Unfortunately we won't be able to join you this year but hope you all have a great time. Take care. Simon and the rest of the crew.
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
NR Blackburn, 509 county UK - Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 04:13:44 (MDT)
Gently,for the past 14 yrs I have volenteered my time to be a bedpan jocky for the Handicapped Kids in the Shrine Hospital in St.Louis,Mo.For 25 yrs I was a Demolay Dad in Japan.I really enjoyed the trip,but glad to be home.My japanese Dog is real sick and old.It has been suggested that I put him down.I just cannot deal with that right now.Still looking for someone to share the driveing to Kokomo.I really do wish to go.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Friday, August 26, 2011 at 22:03:50 (MDT)
Bill,4 27 & 10 that makes my grandfather sound young and I lost him in 55(1955) please just say you reached retirement age and will be at the Alantia reuion in 2013 or the "Mark Jackson" reuion in 2012 just busting your cookies buddy you enjoy the retirement just keep in mine you are over 55 and should think slower stuff like Model A Fords buddy let me tell you going 45 in one is like doing alot more so just pull over and enjoy the slow lane! Hell even the dog goes by me going up the stairs to bed (I have to pull over to the slow lane to let him by)
George B
USA - Friday, August 26, 2011 at 19:20:35 (MDT)
HI my frend just got married june 5 & two day ago died he lost his first wife 2 year ago lost his first wife. take car all of you
Art
USA - Friday, August 26, 2011 at 17:46:27 (MDT)
Dust-off, what award did you get? Are you going to fly into Kokomo? Who is staying at the Hampton Inn in Kokomo? Bill W....I went to the bus station to get a ticket but they wouldn't give me the Senior discount. LOL! Gale, what's wrong with your brother-in -law? L-G
Gently
USA - Friday, August 26, 2011 at 16:31:18 (MDT)
BILL WOLF, congratulations on your 41 years of service to your country and community. job well done. here's wishing you a healthey and happy retirement... enjoy lenny m.
lenny m USA
USA - Friday, August 26, 2011 at 12:03:01 (MDT)
OOps, the link didn't work; I'll try again...............http://tux.wr.usgs.gov/.......http://tux.wr.usgs.gov/..................
Animal
USA - Friday, August 26, 2011 at 09:23:13 (MDT)
I'm glad that someone else has the opportunity to enjoy the adrenaline rush of a little "shaker". One of the benefits of living here in Hawaii on an active volcano is the seismic activity. Check this link out : It's a map of the 35 earthquakes we've experienced here in the last two weeks. Just another day in paradise! Best wishes and Aloha plenty, Greg
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Friday, August 26, 2011 at 09:20:42 (MDT)
Hi all, 43 years ago this week, Jim Snyder and I were release from Lane by Cpt. Marshall. Hope to see new faces at Kokomo. CE Wood 67-68.
Lee Wood <cwood86700@aol.com>
Dayton, OH USA - Friday, August 26, 2011 at 09:15:48 (MDT)
Talking about being all shookup,Most of the people on the east coast took it really hard when they had a little shaker that hit about 2 pm tuesday afternoon.I was sitting on the throne trying to pass when it happened.Guy sitting on wooden chair was holding on for dear life as the chair danced accross the floor in the public bath room.He had never been in anything to expearance an earthquake in his life.He was 72yrs old.In Japan we have a shaker at least 3-4 times monthly so shakers mean nothing to us.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 22:10:58 (MDT)
Well, I officially retired last week!!! 4 years Army, 27 years SDPD, and 10 years with a homeland security company. It feels really strange but will get used to it. Can focus on my writing and hopefully be able to make the next reunion and/or kokomo!
Bill Wolf
USA - Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 14:19:58 (MDT)
Wink, we are so sorry for your loss. Bill & Kat
Bill Wolf
USA - Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 14:17:20 (MDT)
Wink, let me add my condolences to everyone else's. I am sorry for the pain of your loss, but happy that your Mother is in a better place. Take care. Vickey
Vickey
Pembroke, Ga USA - Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 11:01:40 (MDT)
morning flight, thanks all for your prayors thoughts. it ment alot to me. we laid mom to rest tuesday and she will be missed but not forgotten. i'm doing ok, i feel more relief than sorrow, mom had a long and full life in three months mom would of turned 90 years young. but anyway again thanks all. i'll see how i feel but i might show at kokomo. wink3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 09:12:37 (MDT)
Brother Wink,I too feel bad for your mother.But you know that she is in a better place in up there.As we all get older sooner or later we all will have a reunion with each other and our familys.Washington is the place to get all shookup.Now I need another vacation to get over the one I just had.I am still working on finding a way to Kokomo.Va wants some of my blood,they think that it might be special.It is to me.Just how does one go bezerk??? best regards Gently and all.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 22:11:23 (MDT)
Wink. Our hearts go out to you and yours in your time of loss. Wes & Kathy Griffith
wes griffith <griff90880@msn.com>
USA - Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 16:11:35 (MDT)
Wink, our thought and prayers go out to you and your family. Gently, so you want to go to Kokomo with us! Sounds Great. We can meet in Chicago. Check out the Wisconsin Coach Bus Line to Ohare, or the Amtrack to Glenview IL. They are both cheap.(don't forget to check their senior discount)Ha Ha...We are leaving to Kokomo early Tuesday (13th) morning. If I can get England up. Let us know your plans.
Bill Whelan
USA - Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 15:34:50 (MDT)
Well, alot of sorry for the 129th Family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Families Of Barry Winkler for the loss of his Mother. Also, The Flannell Family for the loss of Larry. St. Louis was Larry's Reunion. It, was an Honor to met Larry and his wife. Larry was part of the 65/66 group of the 129th. Between work, health (feet and knee). And, Mom in a nursing home. Won't be making Kokomo this year. Got,my PTSD to 50% finally. 20% typeII. Always A Brother!! JW get those wadding boots out. All whom on the east coast. includes Stickman and Frenchie hope you all don't get hit by the weather coming your way.
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 08:49:17 (MDT)
Wink, I am sorry for the loss of your Mother. It looks like some of us one east coast will get a close view of Irene.
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N. C. USA - Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 06:31:13 (MDT)
Wink, You and your family are in my prayers. May your Mother rest in peace.
Snapper
USA - Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 03:53:32 (MDT)
C'mon Robbie...........it's been too long buddy! Jump on that bike get to Kokomo!!
Gale
USA - Monday, August 22, 2011 at 18:48:15 (MDT)
Wink, as everyone else I too am sad for you and your family. Gently, I'm all set but won't be going to Kokomo. Thanks for the thought though.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Monday, August 22, 2011 at 13:55:10 (MDT)
Prayers going out to Wink, Dennis' son, and dear Dust-off who is so deserving of a "special award." Robbie, if you want to talk about Kokomo, give me a call or email:>)))) Love-Gently
Gently
USA - Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:09:09 (MDT)
Wink, so sad for you.
bill f
USA - Monday, August 22, 2011 at 09:56:23 (MDT)
Sorry to hear of your loss Wink.. Glad to hear she was able to depart under her own terms and without the drawnout suffering usually associated with such cases. Take care brother. My thought and prayers are with you.... Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom
USA - Monday, August 22, 2011 at 09:48:30 (MDT)
Wink, from my family to yours- we send our preyers your way. May God bless.
John Sartor
USA - Monday, August 22, 2011 at 02:40:16 (MDT)
Ray, you need to get better. I do hope you can make it to Kokomo this year. I'm coming and would like to see you. Robbie, are you coming to Kokomo this year? It's been 41 yrs since I've seen you guys. Give me a call: (760) 579-8507.
John Sartor
USA - Monday, August 22, 2011 at 02:37:18 (MDT)
You're in our thoughts Wink, God Bless.
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 23:54:09 (MDT)
Robbie thanks for the info> I was so in the idea Ray was getting WAY better I do NOT remember him back than but just loved the guy at St Lou back in 07 than this year it was like WOW Ray look look Great and he & Gail looked VERY HAPPY hope it is not as bad as 07
GeorgeB
USA - Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 19:50:34 (MDT)
God help you Wink I been there 35 years ago, you love her in front of us and the rest of us that lost our MONS will be right behind you. Bliss them all for they had sons that loved them and we will forever miss them. I am sorry Wink I will say one for her next (this or within 3 weeks Wink I do go to my church alot but brother it is summer in New England) time I visit my church
GeorgeB
USA - Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 19:46:07 (MDT)
Wink, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, sounds like your mom.passed away in peace with her family. Tex 70-71
Gary L. Mount
USA - Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 18:16:31 (MDT)
My heart hurts for you wink. hope you are all right. Give me a call... frenchie
Janet & rFenchie <frenchie745@comcast.net>
Sugar town, ga USA - Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 17:44:46 (MDT)
Wink, Prayers for your mother and family. Ernie 4/69 - 4/70
Ernie Gschwender
Lincoln Park, MI USA - Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 17:43:15 (MDT)
So sorry Wink....you & your kids are in our thoughts. Gale & Debbie
Gale
USA - Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 17:37:02 (MDT)
morning flight,wanted to let you all know that my mom passed on yesterday.it's been about two weeks since we got her out of the hospitalshe deied at home, well my sistersw home, with family around her, and that's just what she wanted. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 09:43:54 (MDT)
George, that's the same Ray. He's had trouble off and on for years. He really got the run around with different doctors trying to figure out what was wrong with him. Fell off his roof once if I'm not mistaken, and when he was my door gunner he called a full bird colonel a lifer to his face. Hope you're feeling better Ray...
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 06:38:44 (MDT)
Dennis, your son, Alex will be in my prayers along with the rest of those young men.
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 22:31:11 (MDT)
short note the Ray I am thinking of is married to Gayle they live in Maryland? This the same Ray that is ill? He looked so very good sinse the last ST Lou reuion so I hope it is NOT the same Ray! Some one post the info please! Same, Different?
George B
USA - Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 20:32:00 (MDT)
Just to let all know. My middle son Alex who has been in the Marine Res. for two years while attending Gannon Univ in Erie will be activated October 7th. He was to graduate Dec. 11. He will go to Camp Pendleton for two months and then to Afghanastan as an infantryman. Please keep him in your prayers.
Dennis Faucher <drfaucher@verizon.net>
USA - Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 20:04:45 (MDT)
Dang it happened to me.I am going to Washington,DC to be given an Award for haveing a big heart and too much time on my hands.I leave tomorrow AM and will be back Wednesday Night.Everything is paid for.Transportation and Hotel Room all free.If I could just get the same package to Kokomo!!!???Hold my emails till I get back.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 19:22:02 (MDT)
Slowhand salute to Larry Flannel. Ray, hope you get better, less of us as the years go by. Hope, I meet yall on the other side. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 06:21:12 (MDT)
Same here Mark. He didn't appear to be ailing at all at St Louis. I tried connecting with him on the internet and listened for him on the radio, both of which were unsucessful. I have to say finding the results that I did was pretty suprising... L8r.. Kal...>>>
Kal
USA - Friday, August 19, 2011 at 12:15:27 (MDT)
Just got our puter out of the shop, has been MIA for a week..................
Mark
USA - Friday, August 19, 2011 at 12:04:30 (MDT)
Kal, I recall meeting up with Mr. Flannell also.I do0n't recall him saying he was sick. I may be wrong but I thought he said that he was there the night the "257" went down...........hum.....SLOW HAND SALUTE LARRY!!!.........always a brother..
Mark
USA - Friday, August 19, 2011 at 12:03:50 (MDT)
I just sent a letter off to Nolan Hargrave. Hope his email address is correct in here. I sure do want to talk to him and meet him someday. Seems I get closer and closer to Larry all the time, can't wait to really meet up with him and all you believers on the other side...........always a abrother..........Kokomo, kokomo, kokomo, kokomo..........yahoooooooooooooooooooooo...........
Mark
USA - Friday, August 19, 2011 at 12:00:28 (MDT)
Stopping by to visit? I'm camping with you guys! I'm going to meet up with you in Chicago. Just tell me which day and time: I have to hitchhike so I need to allow for enough time. Ted....so cool of you!!! Love-Gently :>)))
Gently
USA - Friday, August 19, 2011 at 11:48:24 (MDT)
Well Flight, the time is getting close. England said he is working out pumping iron to get ready...French, Tommy Joe, Frank, myself and one new guy,Clarance will be there. All of us are vintage 1968-69. Want to talk to someone 1969 to 1970.. Tying to find someone who crewed a H model #277, had the Windy City painted on the front........Got a new campsite #723. Hope it is not to far away..or Gently won't stop by and visit... See you all soon....
Bill Whelan
USA - Friday, August 19, 2011 at 11:13:46 (MDT)
It is with great sorrow that I pass on this information. In doing a search for info on Larry Flannell on the web I came across a posting announcing his passing. He was 66 and lived in New Burnside, IL. His date of passing was July 29th and the funeral is long over. I met Larry and his wife at the St Louis reunion in June. As we were departing he approached me as he was a "Ham Radio" operator as I am, and we were going to meet up on the radio in the future. Well, at least it was good to have met a fellow 129th Brother and it goes without saying that he will be missed. Rendering a slow hand salute to Larry.. Love and Brotherhod to all... L8r...>>
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu (at) email dot com>
St Joseph, MI USA - Friday, August 19, 2011 at 11:03:50 (MDT)
I still plan on coming, paid for 4 nights camping, lot 430W. OK Gently, I'll bring a quart of Kraut. Also plan to bring a baked bean dish for whenever we have our little feed. I can bring some homemade pickles too, 4 kinds I made last year.
Ted Buisker <skyking@stateline-isp.com>
Davis, IL USA - Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 19:45:19 (MDT)
Just saying hi to all. i haven't been feeling well . .had surgy f0t stones. still trying to pass more i for got how to use the messager on yahoo.com I keep trying. Rob I call you Ok I try to reach you Kal
Ray <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
USA - Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 09:46:29 (MDT)
I remember Jerry Denault. Crew chief on a hog. He had one and I had the other. We both left Nam around the same time (in 68) and went to Fort Carson. He got married. My wife and I ran around with him and his wife all the time. He bought a 63 vet and I had a 67 vet. Lost contact after that(darn it) If anyone knows how to get in touch please let me know. I do remember that his guuner got shot too. SSgt Brown. We always had a rivalry on whose hog could get in and out of the most trouble the most. Gosh I miss that young boy. Where is the reunion next year? Thanks
randy
USA - Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 09:05:40 (MDT)
Ed Thurn and Larry Flannell... Ur email address aren't working. Email me and I will save them for future use. Thanks... Ed, I recieved an email from you so I know the address is right, so check you lockout list. Larry, I have tried a couple of addresses that I have found for you but neither of them are working. L8r.. Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 08:56:20 (MDT)
Just found out that Ted B makes a great sauer kraut.....better bring some to Kokomo, Air Force or no Air Force:>)) l-G
Gently
USA - Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 08:28:15 (MDT)
Nolan, I knew Steve very well - we were in the same platoon. I was on one of the ships that initially went to the crash site. I wrote a book on the 129th and it contains photos and info on Steve. Its only in a pdf format now. If you'll send me your email address I will send it to you.
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
USA - Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 07:59:02 (MDT)
Alvis, a big howdy to ya.....I presume that was you in that big orange rig, honkin' as you went by my place. I had been sitting out on my shed porch and just came in when you went by.
Gale
USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 19:04:12 (MDT)
yeh, the v.a. cliinic here finally hired someone, to oversee mental health.went today, it was video conference with him.they asked me to fill out a survey, told them what I thought about it.you can guess, need a hospital here and need to hire good doctors.and on the mental health thing need to have someone with combat experince. there is no way they understand what it was like,sorry if I offend someone.dont mean to my opinion only.they , al vas will be getting a crapload of returning vets and they will need help, just hope that congress dont cut the va too , would not put it past them,glad your ok, Jim. take care amigo. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 15:18:41 (MDT)
Sorry,Everyone!! Just been busy,going to Anger management classes with the VA PTSD unit. I am starting to get more angry everyday.I was invited to go to Washington,DC to recieve an award for my Volinteer service.Transportation and Hotel room payed also.Sunday 21 aug.2011-24 Aug 2011.Still do not know if I can get any help driveing to Kokomo in Sept.. Still working on that.Ph.No.618-236-7571.
jim <dustoff>
shiloh, IL USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 13:36:53 (MDT)
thanks guys! And amen. Once again you are caught watching each others' back:>). Ted, you're still coming to Kokomo aren't you? We'll have a "tea-party" just for you and Kal. LOL. L-G
gently
USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 13:31:02 (MDT)
GENTLY; just talked to jim . he will be contacting you
paul mcgrath
USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 12:36:31 (MDT)
No, I dont have his phone no. ad he didnt get back with me, sure hopehe is ok, good guy. May have to look it up.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 12:20:59 (MDT)
Trouble:>)
Gently
USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 11:51:13 (MDT)
Gently, Im going to fry some catfish, maybe some hushpuppys, coleslaw, and beans thats on weds nite so anyone getting in early can dig in! What are you cooking this year girl?
Tommie J
USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 10:22:20 (MDT)
Anyone in touch with Dust-off? Anyone have his phone number? He's not answering my emails and that's very unusual...so I'm very worried. Love-Gently
Gently
USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 09:02:13 (MDT)
I feel like we went to a fight that the fix was already in,I ve read a lot about how we got involved In Vietnam, simply amazing how politics work,never taking in account of the human suffering. I am always amazed at the progression of this site that Mark started, a lot of coomo ,and a lot of lost connections, but thet just keep coming to this site, including me. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 23:32:14 (MDT)
Well, the Air Force buddy I was bringing along to Kokomo, has cancelled on me. Seems one of his kids is scheduled for back surgery on the 15th. Too bad, good guy, widowed several years back.
Theodore Buisker <skyking@stateline-isp.com>
Davis, IL USA - Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 20:08:34 (MDT)
TJ-what you cooking at Kokomo this year:>) L-G
Gently
USA - Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 12:43:41 (MDT)
Nolan, I was at the 129th when Steve was. I talked to him many times, but never flew with him and we didn't hang around together so I cannot tell you much of that time in his respect. I know there are people on this website that knew him better than I and have pictures of him. They'll see your post and make themselves known to you if you keep an eye on this site. I knew the Crew Chief of the ship he went down on better because he had been my Crew Chief when I first got in country. Someone that will have a lot of information about Steve and the crash he was in, coincidentally never met Steve but is the brother of the Crew Chief that died with Steve "Larry Jackson". He is also the creator of this web site. His name is Mark Jackson. I'm sure he'll see your post and get back to you. Steve's daughter could get on here and people will open up to her I'm sure. Glad to hear from you and enjoy the rest of the summer.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 07:18:57 (MDT)
Animal, Having stayed in the Army for a career after Nam I meet many fine officers and NCOs and with whom there were many discussions about our role in that strange war. I came to view it as a kind of militaty olympics where the North won gold, we silver and the South bronze. Just like our olympic team we were participating with limited resources( as in limited warfare) and the other guys were waging all out war in that they had no respect for human life, damage to non military targets etc. Had WE waged all out war as in WWII the result would have been much different. Also when one side tells the other via media etc when they are pulling out the other side only has to sit back and wait. I think we will see same thing in Afganistan. Our powers that be already announced our exit date. Just remember us "worker bees" did our part and should be very proud of that fact. I have this t shirt that says "Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia War Games Silver Medal". Everytime I look at it I have to smile. As you said I can't believe we didn't get the gold but then again the judging may have been fixed. Ya'll take care. Snapper 70-71
Jeff Sauers
Lake Norman, NC USA - Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 03:59:02 (MDT)
LURCH! Great to hear from you! Man, We did make the best of a bad situation. I can't believe our side actually lost that war, as we were way ahead when WE were there! Best wishes, my friend..........Greg_Henkel
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Monday, August 15, 2011 at 23:29:49 (MDT)
Nolan Hargrave, sorry did not know your brother Stephan,I did not get to the 129th. until May3, 70, but Im sure there are ones that do.Very good to see your post. Your brother wont be forgotten. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
lubbock,texas, USA - Monday, August 15, 2011 at 22:03:35 (MDT)
Stephan Lee Hargrave was my brother. He was killed in Sept. 1969 in a Huey crash. When he died he had a baby daughter that I had never met as I was in OCS at Ft. Sill, OK following my tour of Vietnam in 67-68. I was working in Canada and got an email out of the blue from his daughter Kryste. She was looking for me and had been serching for over 40 years. Maybe someone remembers Steve and might be interested. Best regards and welcome home brothers..... Nolan Hargrave
Nolan Hargrave <nolan@pkgconsulting.com>
Centennial, CO USA - Monday, August 15, 2011 at 17:40:12 (MDT)
Tommy, bring your picker!!
Gale
USA - Monday, August 15, 2011 at 15:25:26 (MDT)
Less than thirty days boys,cant believe how much I look forward to that week! not everyone will like it,but thats ok too!Gale,I need to pick your brain about your trip. see ya in kokomo!
Tommie J
USA - Monday, August 15, 2011 at 10:56:40 (MDT)
Keith, glad to see your post. Still hope you might be able to drive up to Kokomo next month if only for a day. Still hoping to see a few new faces there this year.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Summerfield, FL USA - Monday, August 15, 2011 at 09:05:52 (MDT)
Kieth, I read that article about you in the newsletter and I sent it to Mark. I'll take it to Kokomo next month for all to read. Try to make it up to Kokomo this year..........
Gale
Clinton, In USA - Monday, August 15, 2011 at 07:03:06 (MDT)
It has been a few moons since I visited the site, but I think often of those crazy days and crazier nights at Lane. What to shout out to Greg "Animal" Henke -- I still smile when I think of you my friend! Keep 'em in the green! Keith
Keith "Lurch" Weisheit <keith,.weisheit@insightbb.com>
Evansville, IN USA - Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 21:49:19 (MDT)
Awfully, sorry to hear about the tragedy at the Indiana State Fair,we finally got a good rain here, but a lot of folks did not and the worst drought in history continues here in Texas.have a good Sunday, my brothers.Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 10:19:39 (MDT)
That storm came through here and I got a lot of wind and rain and lost power for 5 or 6 hrs. A friend of mine 8 miles west and north of me said he had quarter sized hail that took a lot of leaves off of his maple tree and probably bruised thousands of apples in the orchards around him. Looks like more storms coming up at us from the south now.....Welcome home Randy... When were you in the 129th? Did you fly guns or slicks or maybe maint..I was over at my friends house yesterday and could hear what sounded like a huey coming at us. I started thinking of that email that Alvis sent to me about retiring the huey. When it got close enough to see it was a cobra. not military though it was silver.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 08:11:56 (MDT)
Wow....fast movin' storm last night. It came thru here on it's way to Indy. Sorry about the ones that lost their lives at the Fairground. Alvis,did the storm give you any problems...how about Rainer, Ron & Mark, you guys ok?
Gale
USA - Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 06:56:43 (MDT)
Randy, dont be a stranger, as us folks here in West Texas say,been going walking down in the old State Park, McKenzie Park, where a lot of Kiowas and Comanches called home,it sits in YellowHouse Canyon, has springs and a large wide creek and al, was called the Long Watering Hole, and dates back to ancient times, and ancient Indian tribes, up to 12,000 years ago,since it was the only water just about around these here parts, the Comanches and other tribes hunted buffalo here and other critters,The mesas and ridges around it also have flint formations surronding it, lately to get exercise, we have found some arrowheads, and other tools they used, several battles were fought in this area betwwen the Comanches and buffalo hunters and the Calvary, which the Park is named after, General Randall McKenzie, never know what you wuill find around here,we finally got a god 2 inch rain here after 8 months,,and hopefully it washed some more artifacts down the hill.Going tomorrow morning to fnd out before it gets too dam hot. Tex 70-71.
Gary M ount
USA - Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 18:01:11 (MDT)
Randy, alot of us on the site don't know each other...but we're Family. Glad to have you join in. L-G
Gently
USA - Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 16:17:50 (MDT)
Randy, when I spent time with the National Gaurd here in Texas, 9 years, 8 summer camps, at hot as hell Ft.Hood, was with a T.O.W. UNIT as a gunner, , that weapon is extremely accurate, has a range of 2,000 meters and then went to 2,750 meters, well out of tank range, which was the only advantage, since it had such a recognizable firing signature, started out with the jeep mounted one, then the improved T.O.W., APC mounted one, also,and finally the Bradley.Also the night vision was far superior to anyone elses,, the optics were unbelivable on it, could see acurrately for a hell of a long ways and track anything. Hell of a weapon, for its time.I can just imagine one on one of our Cobras. Spent time and many classes on Nukes, Biological and Chemical weapons, nasty stuff, lots that folks are not aware of,like the use of SARIN,Nerve Gas in isolated areas, in Vietnam.Has many charistics ofAgent Orange, numbness in hands and feet, extremitys,depression. anxiety, confusion. in small amounts, little known fact.We were going to be issued antropine when going into the Soui Cau Valley, but wasnt, supposedly some canisters were seen there, certain areas of Vietnam have more distinct vets with those symptoms than others, of course that was supposed to be classified. ha ha. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
lubbock,texas, USA - Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 12:39:00 (MDT)
Randy......no clique here Buddy!!! Do you remember Denault? I was there in 67-68 when he got shot. Do you have contact with him? Always a brother. Gale
Gale
USA - Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 08:02:06 (MDT)
Berry Swanson Just look at you pictures Sorry but you are wrong on one thing. Cobra 929 was the first chopper in the 129th to play with the TOWs. We had them in 67 trying to test. Ask Denault or Bragg or anybody they then. We missed with them for about 3 months
Randy
USA - Friday, August 12, 2011 at 23:13:00 (MDT)
One last thing though I would love to talk with you guys and get to know you better but you seem a little cliquish. You all know each other and I don't know you guys and don't know what to say to become friends. Just being with the 129th like so what we all were.
Randy
USA - Friday, August 12, 2011 at 22:31:18 (MDT)
One last thing though I would love to talk with you guys and get to know you better but you seem a little cliquish. You all know each other and I don't know you guys and don't know what to say to become friends. Just being with the 129th like so what we all were.
Randy
USA - Friday, August 12, 2011 at 22:29:41 (MDT)
You guys have done a great job here. I am amazed every time I log in. I must say it is better than being there. Miss my friends though
Randy
USA - Friday, August 12, 2011 at 22:23:21 (MDT)
Joe Bragg please get ahold of asap. If you remember what asap means
Randy Burnett
USA - Friday, August 12, 2011 at 22:20:44 (MDT)
Jim thank you very much for the necklace I appreicate it. Flight be careful out there
Rick England
USA - Friday, August 12, 2011 at 06:15:54 (MDT)
Paul, take care of the heart but still hope you can make it, if only for a short time. We will manage somehow without you guys but without you & Wink it would be so quit. Still not sure but hoping for at least a few new people coming this year as we are getting close to kick off next month. I know it is getting harder the older we get. Gale you got pictures of your new truck?
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 09:22:54 (MDT)
Kokomo is comming fast this year,sounds like we might not have as many as last year! Im kinda hoping a few new ones show.Found two 129th people dont know if they are ready for a reunion yet,have to wait and see! It will be good to see you people,George clark if you read this call me,I lost your number again!!!
Tommie J
USA - Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 07:46:10 (MDT)
L-G: Love, Gently. Paul you ake care of that ticker! That's the priority. L-G
Gently
USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 06:44:08 (MDT)
Paul, will miss ya, but, you gotta do what ya gotta do!!! I plan on being there on the 12th as far as I know. Ted "Gus", you gonna try to make it this year? We're getting close guys & girls.................
Gale
USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2011 at 16:38:16 (MDT)
FRED ALVIS;finally got up to troy grove.that car is a 71 t top automatic very rusty under glass body,leather interior,last registered in 2010.tried to get info but nobody around.cragar mags and tires still inflated,no for sale sign. FLIGHT;ida will not be at kokomo this year due to workload from new gi billbeen working 12 hours days for a while.i am not sure about myself as i have been having issues with my heart all summer.have an appointment sept 13 where they will make a decision whether to restart it to get it back to normal rythmn.right now hoping that meds will do it but doesn't look promising.finally got out of the house today for first time in a week and a half
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2011 at 13:52:45 (MDT)
Wink we're sorry to hear about your mum. You, your mum and the family are in our thoughts here in the UK. Simon (on behalf of the Huey 509 team).
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
Mellor, %09 County UK - Tuesday, August 09, 2011 at 00:30:34 (MDT)
L-G ??
GeorgeB
USA - Monday, August 08, 2011 at 19:10:03 (MDT)
Prayers going your way Wink....and to my south, where as Gary said....it's the worst. L-G
Gently
USA - Monday, August 08, 2011 at 11:19:18 (MDT)
morning flight, thanks all
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Monday, August 08, 2011 at 08:48:36 (MDT)
Wink I,m sorry bout your Mom's conidition you be with her all you can now my friend may god help her rest you hold her hand for all of us and all of us will pray for her
George B
USA - Sunday, August 07, 2011 at 19:37:12 (MDT)
Thinking of you and your family, Wink.
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Sunday, August 07, 2011 at 10:46:54 (MDT)
Ken, I sold my old Plymouth....I'm now "driving" a '55 Ford F-100. I bought it off Craigslist from Cincinnati and it's a jewell. Not sure if I'll have a hitch on it in time to drag the old Shasta to Kokomo, but, I'll try.
Gale
USA - Sunday, August 07, 2011 at 08:53:35 (MDT)
Wink, I am very sorry to hear that your Mother is getting worse. Know that we all are thinking of her and will also miss you at Kokomo.
Ken Strong Jr.
Summerfield, FL USA - Sunday, August 07, 2011 at 08:05:37 (MDT)
Wink, sorry to hear that your Mom has took a turn for the worse.....Debbie & I are thinking of you. Gale
Gale
USA - Sunday, August 07, 2011 at 06:56:08 (MDT)
We are in the worst drought in our history, it has only rained 1.35 inchs since the first of the year,here in this area, a lot of ranchland has burned up, the deers are leaving their foals behind, wildlife are dying, trees are dying from the 100plus teamps, day after day, ranchs are selling off their cattle, because they cant feed them, cotton crops, a main industry here are burned up only the irrigated are surviving and wells are going dry, lakes are drying up.It does not cool down here until around 4 in the morning hasnt been below 75 at night and 35 straight days of 100 plus temps, our state was 27 billon in the red, a lot of jobs and programs cut, several hundred jobs at Texas Tech were cut, and several schools here are being closed, and there will be a lot of 40 to 60 student classes, I have never seen this so bad in so many ways,only can hope for the best, and pray.
Gary L. Mount
Lubbock, Texas USA - Saturday, August 06, 2011 at 20:33:53 (MDT)
Wink , my thoughts and prayers are with you and your mom and family.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Saturday, August 06, 2011 at 17:40:35 (MDT)
another day at 100,grass is dead trees are brown,farmers are already feeding this falls feed
Tommie J
USA - Saturday, August 06, 2011 at 15:25:45 (MDT)
Wink, your family has our prayers, and may God be with you.
John Sartor
USA - Saturday, August 06, 2011 at 11:29:54 (MDT)
Wink, sorry to hear about your Mom's condition. Hospice people were real nice to my Brother when he got to that point with his cancer.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, August 06, 2011 at 09:42:20 (MDT)
morning flight,just wanted to let you all know that mom was admitted to the hospital yeserday, herm breathing was very labored.x-rays taken and shows 3/4's of one lung gone because of the cancer. dr. saya the cancer is very aggravous, i know i did not spell that right,but you all get the picture. my sister an i have an appointment this week with hospis.i guess its a matter of time. we'll know more after a pet scan.she'll be in the hospital for a few more days and than mysister will take her home so she will be comfortable and have someone around. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl usa - Saturday, August 06, 2011 at 09:05:58 (MDT)
Should get to Kokomo on the 14th, late afternoon or early evening. Should have an Air Force buddy along. first timer. What should I bring for the feast. LOL
Theodore Buisker <skyking@stateline-isp.com>
Davis, IL USA - Thursday, August 04, 2011 at 19:35:32 (MDT)
See what I mean Gary. LOL!!! L-Gently
Gently
USA - Wednesday, August 03, 2011 at 19:57:35 (MDT)
Hope you can make it Fred...........it seems like forever since we've talked.
Gale
USA - Wednesday, August 03, 2011 at 18:56:05 (MDT)
Susan and I are not "for certians"to show. I will make sure I amm here to pick up gently,might even get to stay for a bit..or I get time off...wont know till then.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, August 03, 2011 at 18:33:37 (MDT)
Wink, sorry to hear you won't be at Kokomo. No one can throw comments and insults at the passerby's like you can. And your laugh is contagious. We will set up a dummy in a chair on the road and hold up the numbers for you. Gently have Wink write some insults for you so we have them ready.....Sept can't come soon enough....
Bill Whelan
USA - Wednesday, August 03, 2011 at 10:25:08 (MDT)
morning flight, george won't have time for the door knock on jonesy i'm just spending the weekend for the reunion. its going to be in and put. thanks gale yes i'm going to miss being their. as i said there is next year and next should be better for me. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Wednesday, August 03, 2011 at 09:13:30 (MDT)
Anybody heard from Gently latly?........
Mark
USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2011 at 20:23:13 (MDT)
I'm sure Mark meant commend, not command. Still thinks he has some kind of Marine rank...LOL! L-G
Gently
USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2011 at 20:10:36 (MDT)
Wink you going to N.Y, can we do the Jones thing really like to nock on his door. By the way how is your mon. Wink I lost mine in 76 this friday she would have been 101 all I get give her is a flower wgere she rest, hug yours for me
GeorgeB
USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2011 at 18:09:32 (MDT)
Too Kool!!!! Getting excited about Kokomo.....I'll probably be there on the 12th, kickin' back, drinkin' a few and waiting on my brothers!!
Gale
USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2011 at 17:38:53 (MDT)
Gale, add me to the Kokomo list this year. I'll be arriving on the evening of the 15th.
John Sartor
USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2011 at 15:14:41 (MDT)
Gale, you missed Frenchie,and Rick England. We wont get to the camp until around 1or2 on tuesday! kinda hope we have 2 more people from the 67-68=69class. this time I think Ill ride the chopper,every other year is good enough! see ya folks
Tommie J
USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2011 at 09:15:36 (MDT)
That's a bummer Wink......we'll miss ya! I have a 50th reunion over Labor Day weekend, so, I'll have mine outta the way. Maybe you'll have time to stop by and get a hug!?
Gale
USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2011 at 08:55:40 (MDT)
morning flight, gale an george you know even great mines go blank once in awhile. gale as much as i regrat this you'll have to take me off the rooster this year.i have a class reunioni want to attend in new york, and i wish i could do both but just can't. i regratfully not going but there is always next year. i will hold on to my room at the super 8 for awhile in case someone needs logging. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2011 at 08:40:50 (MDT)
##########KOKOMO ROSTER ########### KOKOMO ROSTER ############# KOKOMO ROSTER ########### AS FAR AS I CAN GATHER FROM THIS LIST WE HAD 32 GUYS AND 12 GALS= 44 PRESENT. IF I LEAVE ANYBODY OUT , PLEASE ADD IN A NEW POST.################################################ **************************************************************************************** MARK AND DEE JACKSON******PAUL AND IDA BROWN**********KEN AND JANET STRONG*********PAUL BOGGS***********DARRELL COCHRAN************WES ( WRONG WAY ) AND KATHY ( MISS DIRECTION ) GRIFFITH*********BILL FRENCH********PHIL AND JO CONNOLLY (FROM ENGLAND)*********TED AND SUE BUISKER*********JOE GODSEY*********BARRY WINKLER*********GALE BEARD*********FRANK SUTTON*********BILL WHELAN***********TOM PIAZZA**********DENNIS WILSON***********KAL BERGSTROM************RON PAYE*****************LEE K. WOOD***********LARRY STOKES**********RICK ENGLAND***********RAY AND GAIL GAGNER***********FRED AND SUE ALVIS*********** JUDTIH ( GENTLY ) SINGER*************ALEX FERNWALT**********RAINER AND DEE BAUER*********PETE RHOME************JIM (STICKMAN) OLIVER**********LARRY DAVIS AND HIS WIFE*********JOE AND KRISTY NICOLICH.........................ALWAYS A BROTHER ............. MARK USA - Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 07:06:51 (MDT)
Gale
USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2011 at 07:47:50 (MDT)
John, here's what Mark posted after Kokomo last year, but, I'm sure he missed a few.
Gale
USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2011 at 07:47:17 (MDT)
How many people will be at Kokomo this year? Has there been a head count yet? Just wondering...
John Sartor
USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2011 at 02:19:08 (MDT)
No problem, Mark, God bless you, brother.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Monday, August 01, 2011 at 16:43:40 (MDT)
Tommy, my group had catfish a couple weeks ago and we are talking about it again......that's Wabash River cat. About 10-12 of us meet every Wed and have a different feed
Gale
USA - Monday, August 01, 2011 at 14:51:15 (MDT)
Thinking about catfish for wednesday,easy day,maybe 10guys at the most-catfish,coleslaw,beans!
Tommie J
USA - Monday, August 01, 2011 at 08:28:39 (MDT)
Well put Gary. I command all. Sorry bout not getting your story up. I'll work on that........always a brother...............
Mark
USA - Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 20:40:06 (MDT)
Exactly, Greg,some people can handle alchohol fine , some dont.During all of this going back and forth to the V.A., I found that many of us shared the same experinces, some more than others and some a lot worse.and then there are some it did not bother hardly at all. One thing I did find out over all those years is that nobody knows you better than yourself, to live a better life is a decision you make on your own. Along the way I hurt myself and many others.I did not want to embarras myself or my family anymore, I decided that in what time I do have left I would do the very best I could and live each day like it was my last, to be a better person and be the type person, that Jesus wanted me to be and was before I went to Nam,.... Its been a long road back, for sure, but I dont wake up with hangovers anymore, and by Golly, Im going to enjoy, my retirement.and help where I can. I was going to put the same effort into good as I used to being stupid.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 18:07:47 (MDT)
Right on Brother Gary! Be sure and reward yourself from time to time, because someone who strives to be a better person deserves a reward. I'm not going to preach to anyone; Some people can handle alcohol fine, but if a person IS going to change, the decision is going to have to be theirs alone...............I had to reach rock bottom in 1995 before checking into the VA psycho ward here in Hawaii and starting the long and continuously rewarding road to sobriety. It saved my life. Every day is better than the last and the feeling of being in control is unbeatable. No preaching, but if any one of you out there is tired of the same old shit, try something radically different! If you're not ready to go the sober route; Well, drink one for me, be careful, and please find someone to drive. Peace and love my warrior friends!...Greg_Henkel, 71-72.
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 17:45:12 (MDT)
You are so right, Fred Alvis,man oh man, wish I had got into this years ago,had computers at work, would get on them when nobody around, and look up stuff, mainly jobs, and when a hurricane was coming our way, when I was in Corpus Christi for 17 years,now, Im on it a lot, looking up stuff, geneaology, playing Texas Hold Em Poker online, e-bay, and sometimes, I forget how easy it is too look up anything. Pretty amazing stuff, but best of all, being able to communicate with others and my Bull dog brothers. Yep ,self medicated myself for years, took me 3 DWIs and wrecking 3 nice pickups, 3 cars ,catching a ride to and from work for 9 months, countless hangovers, not remebering stuff I stupidly did when I was drunk , "almost burning " down my house., and spending untold money. Finally came to the conclusion, hey,"dumbass " all this drinking is not going to change a damn thing, going to ruin my health further and if I was going to see my grandkids grow up and have a damn thing , better stop now , and I did, and by buying 5th. Avenue candy bars or Bridgemix, anything sweet, would take the urge away, it worked too. Been sober for 4 years now, Thank the Good Lord.Like theman said, been there and done that, got the scars to prove it. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
Lubbock , Tx USA - Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 11:42:46 (MDT)
impossible must be in a verble jam come on Wink let it out man its been bottleing up hope ya don't EXPLORED is it like a verble HEAT RASH
GeorgeB
USA - Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 10:52:21 (MDT)
WHAT? This must be a first......................Wink doesn't have anything to say????? Say it ain't so!!!! hehehehee
Gale
USA - Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 09:40:27 (MDT)
morning flight, yea i'm still here george, just not much to say wink
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 09:20:00 (MDT)
Wink you still with us?
George B
USA - Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 07:04:53 (MDT)
Gary, you and i, and many others, have the same story. Us old farts took our time to learn this new fangled computer stuff.Its a bit ,intimadating at first.More and more 129th brothers are finding there way here..many times , through the fog of self medication sometimes, but their comming.
alvis
USA - Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 15:50:27 (MDT)
Thanks guys, I'll be cookin' up something for Friday night and a few breakfasts.........
Gale
USA - Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 08:47:45 (MDT)
Funny funny Markie Mark. Can't think of a better ride than you Fred. Ken, you don't have to say nice things about Gale's cooking...we all know:>)) L-G
Gently
USA - Friday, July 29, 2011 at 12:54:58 (MDT)
Fred glad to hear from you. That was one heck of a beer you gave me last year, maybe recovered by September. Talked to Paul Boggs the other day and he said they were working on 26 between 31 & 19. It still works for me as 28 runs East-West and goes straight into Tippon, IN where you can 19 North to 26 if they still have part of 26 closed. Will check with Ski in Kokomo when it gets closer to see what is going on. Also think we all agree that the cooking situation has grown a lot faster than we planned. So will be looking for better ideas for this year.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Friday, July 29, 2011 at 10:23:20 (MDT)
Fred,for many years I have kept all this inside of me but it seems like Im 10 years too late. when Mark got this off the ground, all those brothers back then spilled their guts, wrote storys, sent in pictures, etc.I did not know my way around a computer and still dont, it used to take me forever to type out a sentence .Now, that Ive been on here and talked to folks and found out a great deal it has helped me a lot. Dont know what else to say, but thanks.
Gary L. Mount
lubbock,texas, USA - Friday, July 29, 2011 at 06:55:28 (MDT)
Good to hear from you Fred A....................see you at Kokomo
Mark
USA - Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 20:58:59 (MDT)
great video on the 509 at an airshow..only thing missing was a hammer head. Paul, will contact you tomorrow.
alvis
USA - Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 19:19:42 (MDT)
Alvis;send me contact info via private email please. need info on that corvette, my cell is 815 343 6709
paul mcgrath
USA - Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 19:17:27 (MDT)
Kokomo is one and a half hours drive from the Indy airport. I will be picking up gently there when she arrives for the reunion. ANYONE that needs a ride from there to kokomo, get with gently on the details of her arrival.I am taking special time off to do this for our angel.If someone arrives early, no problem, I live about 20 minutes north of the airport.I have a pickup, so baggage isnt a problem. state route 26 is a good road Gale. Us-31, from Indy to Kokomo, only has about one mile of construction..came down it today from grand rapids. usual back ups, but not bad. Fridays might be different... Paul was stuck cooking last year, darn near missed being with us guy and shooting the shit.Wasnt fair to him, or Ida.Dont know what, but something different needs to be done this year,,taking turns or circleing the grill instead of sitting/partying somewhere else on site.Paul really didnt get a chance to sit back and relax. nuff said.Jim, if you didnt live so damn far from me, I would come pick you up, but its a four hour drive, one way. heck, take a bus here, i will pick you up downtown.My home is open to anyone who gets in late and needs a place to crash and burn ( hate to use that word here) till morn or whatever.We have room, and your welcome. Gary, dont worry about not getting any response.Amoung other things, this site is a gret place to write and get let some of the demons out.For some reason. a few years ago. I got into a thing about writting and writting..just letting it hang out.Alex, Gary W...only been thru memphis once in gosh knows how long and didnt spend any time there..did a "splash and dash" ( fuel, pee, light the fires and go). Texas is damn hot.So is oklahoma..jeeze, was glad to leave the place. Grand rapids was great last night,,very cool and stormy..great sleeping stuff. Just in for two days, signing for a house for step daughter. Starting her off right.
alvis
USA - Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 18:44:49 (MDT)
Hey all just checking in I'm doing fine looking forward to Kokomo. I see that some are taking a stick for a walk, that's a good thing. Take care look forward to seeing new faces see you there, right Gary. Later Stickman
Jim stickman Oliver
pembroke, ga USA - Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 12:11:21 (MDT)
I was off my meds there for a while, did not order them in time, so there. good excuse anyways.ha ha. Ihope that I can make one, and willl be glad to help in anyway I can.Im planning on driving up there and getting there early.Hopefullly there is not any problems between then and now. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
Lubbock, tx USA - Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 08:08:27 (MDT)
Did Gently say something?????
Mark
USA - Monday, July 25, 2011 at 22:11:39 (MDT)
Well we are going to be at Kokomo on monday. I know we wont be the first, as for food,I havent thought about-let me get with Englands crew before I commit to anything, but we might do one nite
Tommie J
USA - Monday, July 25, 2011 at 18:42:11 (MDT)
Gale, 26 is a pretty good road if you are going through Lafayette & it goes right by the campsites. I know figuring out the meals is always a guess. Last year the Chili I made took several days to get finished off. Going on Monday for some of us has been working out for pot luck as like Wrong Way & Kathy had also made food early in the week. Now that we are getting down to just weeks till Kokomo I know we need to get some ideas together. Gently, Gale cooks some great food too, you just miss it. It looks like most of the campers will be there early again this year & Brother Boggs is working on more ideas for hot water, etc. So will be talking to a lot more folks here soon.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Monday, July 25, 2011 at 17:44:35 (MDT)
Dust-off..maybe we can get our flights to come in around the same time. What day are you planning on being there(Kokomo) Gary..I always get ignored:>)))) They still love us. You'll enjoy Kokomo. Like Gail said-it's open and casual. All we ask is that if you can't help cook and/or bring food, that you donate some money to those who do. Our big meal is on Saturday night and Paul and Ida have cooked for weeks beforehand to prepare it. We want to do it differently this year. Gale makes a meal...but no body eats it. We're looking for teams to take on one night of meal making. Our biggest crowds are Friday and Saturday night so they will call for a big solid team to pull them off. We can always order pizza and blow off the Friday night meal. There are also vendors on site and you can get food from them. One group that camps across from us serves breakfast..our main concern are evening meals. So everyone, we're looking for teams so let Gale and I know what night you want to cook starting with Monday the 12th(I think Gale is there then). We need clean up after every meal and dishwashers. This is a team effort this year...so sign up to do something:>) And if you bring something to cook, cook it. Don't just drop it off thinking others will cook it. Once we get out teams organized we can figure out who can bring what for the meals. Sound good everyone? And you know better than to mess with Gale and I:>))). L-G
gently
USA - Monday, July 25, 2011 at 11:41:15 (MDT)
The Koreans ran several operations to find him, to no avail. Wont get into politics, there were many reports of American Pows in Laos, Camodia, and in our AO, UP UNTIL 1973. I recall when I was a newby, going to the Anlao Valley, NW of LZ English to rescue some of them, from what I can recall hearing that the rice was still boiling on the fires, we got there too late, of course you can hear us coming for miles, anyways.In February of 71, Lucky Star with Rangers from the English ran a rescue mission up above the crows foot, and thats on the 61st. log,seems like there were many failed attempts, and according to the ones that were able to escape, most were starved or died from Dysentary, malaria, and malnutrition, pretty sad, really. Im going to say this one more time, you can go on the find a grave web for Brooks and leave flowers for him, I did, and I did talk to MRS. Brooks and it seemed it meant a lot to her,you can do what your heart tells you to do. nuff said. Clear right and Left, since I was both doorgunner and a crewchief many moons ago. " The Phantom" Texan 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Monday, July 25, 2011 at 11:21:05 (MDT)
Yeh, there are not many of us left, Ken, even since this contact list came out.I dont drink for the most part, will have a beer with my son occasionally,I do smoke a habit I cant seem to kick,I know it does bother folks and I understand.Politics, that is one thing, I dont discuss with anyone outside my son and girlfriend,. One thing I remeber and have always gone by, my Dad, God rest his soul, told me many years ago there were 2 things you dont argue about, Politics and relegion, I have always heeded those words from him ...On the subject of Brooks, I checked out a bbok from the library here, Code Name" Bright Light" its about the POWs and all the workings of the governmant and other sources about POWs in Vietnam and Laos ,and Cambodia, in one paragraph, that I could find, there were several reports of American POWs in our AO, especially, NW of Phu cat,there were reports ofa blond Americanm a Black American and also a Korean in company with VC and NVA, .
Gary L. Mount
USA - Monday, July 25, 2011 at 10:03:27 (MDT)
Jim & flight, Kokomo is only about an hours drive straight north from Indy airport. Hey Ken, do you drive to Kokomo on Hwy 26? Is it a pretty good road?
Gale
USA - Monday, July 25, 2011 at 08:40:58 (MDT)
what I heard back in 69 about the flight Brook was on is that the LZ got hot real F in hot the ship got torn up from outmatic small arms fire and the Koreas thought most of the rounds came from the higher ground so they took off to the lower position and the ship's crew went to the higher even though the Koreas were trying to direct them to go with them. I was a brand newbe to the 129 than so I never really met the crew but that seems to be my memory. I think LT Murry was the PIC in the second ship that was suppose to land but he knew it would be suicide to go in so he pulled off.
GeorgeB
USA - Monday, July 25, 2011 at 08:35:19 (MDT)
Ken and others, we're gonna have to figure out the menu for Kokomo before too long...all ideas are appreciated.
Gale
USA - Monday, July 25, 2011 at 08:32:29 (MDT)
Kim, I understand.....................
Gale
USA - Monday, July 25, 2011 at 08:26:53 (MDT)
Hi all as I have missed being on for a few days myself. Things get quit & than you have to really read a lot to catch up. 1st, Kim I don't know how you do it as I went back to school in my 30s and that was great cuz my mind still worked. Now I can't remember what I am doing from one minute till the next. Have to wonder that we have so many in 24/7 pain with bad backs & necks. My neck was shot back in the 80s but never thought it would be so bad now. I do read all the post & don't respond to many. Mainly if I don't have anything to say. Gary I did read a lot of stuff about Brooks but again have found no real answers and the Koreans are like we are. Maybe a few hundred out of the thousands that were in Vietnam are on line. Kim, Kokomo is the one time a year that I can relax. The last drink that I had was from Alvis last year there so I am not against trying something different every year. Mostly the moonshine! At any rate I still hope you could make it because to the most part, most of us are on too many drugs to be able to drink anything. Yes I smoke but look it is outside so the campfire smoke drowns out the tobacco. Last of all I for one respect your point of view even if we don't agree on much. Still politics is something that doesn't come up much in Kokomo either. Mostly it is just a very relaxed good time. Also each year it gets bigger & better. So hoping to see a lot of new folks there again this year.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Monday, July 25, 2011 at 08:24:35 (MDT)
No problem, Jim.I just want to get there to Kokomo this year,
Gary L. Mount
USA - Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 22:04:37 (MDT)
Gary,Sorry I am a little slow reading the flight log.Kokomo is 15,16,17 Sept.2011.Some of the guys go a little early and set up a tent.I normally get a hotel room and share it like a squad room.You can ask Dennis,as we shared a room dureing the VHCMA reunion in St.Louis LZ.My brother got drunk and married at the same time to s skag he does not know.So he cannot make it to Kokomo.I hope that Paul makes it,as he has the Dustoff Banner.Gary,I will be in touch sometime this week.
Jim <Dustoff>
Shiloh, ILL USA - Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 21:03:11 (MDT)
Gale, the politics don't bother me a while lot, but the tobacco and alcohol do. I don't care what any one else does or why they do it, but I just can't be around it very much. Yeah, we met in Louisville some years back. I'm thinking that I will keep watching for a reunion that is close enough to here or where I can escape if I need to.
Kim
USA - Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 18:41:48 (MDT)
Gary, no apologies necessary....just be there! It's about us all and I really want to meet you brother! Kim, Fred....no hard feelin's, but, c'mon! You guys have used that excuse for too long. Be there or be square....and I know by the music that you both listen to that you guys are not square!!!!! Geez....where's Gently when I need her.............
Gale
USA - Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 16:21:01 (MDT)
Gale, you are absolutely correct, my aplogys.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 16:05:24 (MDT)
Kim,.....man I get tired of this, but, if that's what it takes.........listen, you show up at a reunion and you're not tied down....you can leave whenever you damn please, so, please don't scare anyone else off! I think I might have met you at Louisville, I'm not sure and I apologize for that. We don't talk about politics on here,but, I look forward to your viewpoints and also Fred Skaggs'. Fred won't come to a reunion for the same reasons as you.......that's bullcrap! Our views about politics are not what the reunions are about.......please drop your guards long enough to enjoy the company of your comrads. I'm looking forward to seeing both you and Fred at our next meeting place. You are both missing out on a whole lot!!!
Gale
USA - Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 15:24:48 (MDT)
Gary, I posted earlier but it didn't show up on here. I hope Mark is working on a different website to give us better quality. Gary..man, c'mon...find you a nice secluded place and chill for a while. I hope to see you at Kokomo, so, get off your ass and make plans to be there....no matter what! You've never been to a reunion or Kokomo and I think you need a big hug fromm all of us. You talk about the healing fields and brother...Kokomo is it! Do you know how many times I've been ignored on here? You know what?...."It don't mean nothin"! Gary, drive to Kokomo....we've got tents....and we're there early!!!!!! Always a brother, Gale
Gale
USA - Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 15:08:32 (MDT)
Gary, I'm in the middle of a rough semester in college. At my age, school work does not come easy. I said my piede about John Brooks at the memorial in Greenwood. I never commented about what I considered a theory that the Koreans abandoned him that day, because it doesn't change a thing. When there is something that concerns me, or something posted that I can add to, I do. I have my own reasons for not attending gatherings and reunions. Want to read them?? I don't smoke or drink any more, and I refuse to put myself in a place where I can't get up and leave when I feel like it. I'm not about to spend a bunch of $$ that I can't spare just to leave because I can't take it any more. I have different political beliefs than most of the folks on this site, and am liable to get quite hostile when my right to vote for the person I choose is attacked like I'm something less than a "good American"...it's quite simple really, people who don't respect me get no respect from me...... having said that, I check in quite often. There are several times a year when the site goes dead, then something comes up and things get humming again, been that way for years.......
Kim
USA - Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 12:56:11 (MDT)
Pretty f....sad when you have to get really poed to get a response ,Gail, I really do apprecate all you have done for me,and I have that information you sent also what I was wondering about would it be better to stay out there , get there early, get a room closeby, just wanted some advice. There still is no excuse for not leaving flowers, online, at Find a grave for Brooks, there are some folks that did leave messages Im presuming when it was first posted, by the way, did anyone else call the Brooks? Thats what I mean, no responses, and dont give me that s...t, your too busy, it only takes a few seconds to respond or make a comment, but thats me, I know Im different. You do what you want, ignore your 129th. brothers, If Ive offended anyone, too damn bad. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 12:49:35 (MDT)
Gary, calm down buddy......you're not the first one to be ignored on here,so,don't take it personally.....it don't mean nothin'! As far as Kokomo information goes,I thought you got most of it last year, but, we can go over it again. The heat must be getting to everyone,I dunno. Flight, I'm searching for an old stop sign that's yellow with black letters. Anyone have one?
Gale
USA - Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 11:39:42 (MDT)
IT isnt the first time either, Ive asked questions on here before or made comments and was completely, ignored.I spent a f.. year there at Lane, and I flew damn near 1, 000 hrs. I wasnt a f... dopehead or a f... drunk,. I di my f... job, get it? I asked if some would leave flowers or a comment on the fnd a grave for John Brooks, nothing from nobody, wtf?I got by for many tyears without this place and I can get by again, and I hate being ignored when I leave my e-mail address and phone no. so anyone can look me up. Also, I sent you a story ,Mark, you never put it in the storrys and noone else said shit, so Bye bye, and May God bLESS ALL OF YOU ANYWAYS.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 10:45:48 (MDT)
Thanks , for being completely ignored.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 10:11:21 (MDT)
Jim, if you make it to the Indy airport, we'll see that you make to Kokomo!
Gale
USA - Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 09:14:23 (MDT)
Sorry dustoff cann't help ya I live east of Boston but if you agree to go with anyone be careful I got stiffed $100 from nagel in Atlanta for the room so some so called brothers are the same as they were 40 + years ago as in NOT RELIABLE
George B
USA - Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 08:20:52 (MDT)
Well, looks like I'm all set for Kokomo. Bringing an Air Farce buddy along this year. Sorry to hear about so many people's health problems. I guess that comes with our age. Don't comment here often, but I read the commo ocassionally. See you in Kokomo. Ted
Theodore (Ted) Buisker <skyking@stateline-isp.com>
Davis, IL USA - Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 08:17:46 (MDT)
Jim sorry to hear that, Knew you were bad, didnt realize how bad, seemslike some of us have that, Mine seems to increased in the last year for some reason? I know others are having problems also. Be glad to help in any way. I dont know what would be best , stay out at the campsite or get a room?What do you suggest, thought , I would drive up there if I can.Will there be tents?I can bring one. When is it? and would it be better to get there early? Any advice would be appreciated. Looking forward to it, hope my health holds up. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 19:24:16 (MDT)
I live in Shiloh,ILL,near Scott AFB,20 minutes from St.Louis.I have art in both feet and knees.Nuropahthy 94% lt.foot,77% rt.Foot.Va put me on a Handicaped scooter and gave me a walker.My max driveing is reduced to about 25 miles to the va hospital.I have the Burning in both feet 24/7.Feet feels like blocks of wood.I have pain while sitting,standing,laying or walking.
Jim <Dustoff>
Shiloh, ILL USA - Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 18:05:48 (MDT)
Dustoff, where in Ill do you live?
Tommie J
USA - Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 16:51:56 (MDT)
Jim," Dustoff", tell you what my friend, give me a call when you can at 806-401-5444. and Im having nueropathy problems again, seems like, or there is a nerve being pinched down on L6 spinal where thew V.a found calcium deposits, has to be the sciatic nerve becuse my leg starts going numb and my feet burn and hurt like hell, may have aggravated waiting so long in line the other day for Coach Leach. I bought me a cane seems to help some, now I can take a stick for a walk quite a bit now, Jim Oliver, aka " Stickman " ha ha. ".The Phantom". 70-71.
Gary L. Mount <phantom843@aol.com>
lubbock,texas, USA - Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 14:31:33 (MDT)
Jim, Im having some of the same problems at times,, IM sire not as bad as you but if you need a ride, Ill damn sure be there if need be. OK? Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 14:21:25 (MDT)
Dustoff where do ya live that ya cann't find anyone to go to the Kank reunion?
George B
USA - Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 13:41:41 (MDT)
Hi flight, I came home 44 years ago today.
J, W. Wilson
kinston, n.c. USA - Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 10:34:28 (MDT)
Jim, hate to hear that buddy. Maybe you'll feel better by then. What happened to your brother?
Gale
USA - Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 09:36:42 (MDT)
Try as I might,I cannot find anybody to help me drive to Kokomo this year.My feet and legs have just given me their all.I am really going to miss everyone.I have some Bull Dog caps left over if anyone wants one or two.I really enjoyed the VHCMA this year.Thanks to Dennis for shareing a squad room with me.
jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 06:45:57 (MDT)
ALVIS;need location on that car again.just got back to illinois today so can look at it for you anytime.
paul mcgrath
USA - Friday, July 22, 2011 at 19:13:49 (MDT)
Happy Birthday Mr. Don Miller! L-G
Gently
USA - Friday, July 22, 2011 at 13:02:17 (MDT)
feverous???? feverish oops
Kim
USA - Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 19:00:19 (MDT)
studying feverously... pharmacology, radiography, and clinical procedures...... thanks billy clinton and all the jerks who voted in NAFTA!!! I'd rather be rebuilding a pump or tearing down a crane! Funny, its cooler here in SW fl. than it is in Maine today.. upper 80's by mid afternoon :)
Kim
USA - Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 18:59:21 (MDT)
Looking forward to sept. If its as hot as it is now,I might stay home! The wife and I just moved out of our home after 15 years, I never knew how much the old house meant to me,seems like we are always turning another page-you guys stay above ground!
Tommie J
USA - Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 18:41:21 (MDT)
Sure is QUIET???
Gary L. Mount
USA - Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 11:25:47 (MDT)
Finally getting up to have Leach sign the his book and after having my picture taken with him, I guess in my nervousness and fatigue, I left the book on the tale by him,"Hey, you forgot your book " , LEACH SAYS. Embarrased to the max, "Sure dont want to do that"I reply, laughingly embarrased,..... Wish I had told him, Thanks for the memorys, Coach and May God bless... Tech footballl wont ever be the same. ....... Clearright, Tex 70-71.,
Gary L. Mount
USA - Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 06:30:59 (MDT)
I went today to have Mike Leachs new book" Swing your sword , autographed at the South Plains Mall, here in Lubbock, Texas, there were several hundred fans there to get their book signed by him, in over 90 degree tempratures, as the line went outside the Mall. Ihave never stood in line before for anyone, no how, but the raw deal he got out here at Tech was worth it. If your not familiar with Leach, he put a sorry ass College foot ball team and put Texas Tech on the map by using his innovative formations, lead the nation almost every year for 10 yearsin offensive yards passing, he took kids that no one else wanted and made them work and be stars, like Wes Welker for one and Michael Crabtree, of the Nfl, he used the spread formation, primarily. He got royally screwed by the Chancellor and other clowns here at Tech because they didnt want to pay him what he was worth, long story, but Lubbock has always been run by idiots, Craig and his son Adam and others, espn are sorry ass people. Anyways a lot of folks are still pissed by how it was handled. Just wanted to say that. Sorry for the ramble. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 22:28:18 (MDT)
The Hugger called, They made it home ok.
Mark
USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 20:32:08 (MDT)
Roger will be great to see you again in Kokomo. Take care of yourself brother.........
Mark
USA - Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 20:11:40 (MDT)
Hey Larry and Brenda, you guys make it home OK?............
Mark
USA - Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 20:10:53 (MDT)
Morning Flt; Havent posted for a while,been fighting cancer for the fourth time.If things works out I plan on going to Kokomo with Stickman. Does anyone need the use of a generator I have one they can use. well get off here for now. If there is anything that u need someone to bring let me know. hope to see everyone at Kokomo always a brother.
R Cress
Cherryville, NC USA - Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 11:30:19 (MDT)
Morning Flt; Havent posted for a while,been fighting cancer for the fourth time.If things works out I plan on going to Kokomo with Stickman. Do anyone need the use of a generator I have one they can use. well get off here for now. If there is anything that u need someone to bring let me know. hope to see everyone at Kokomo always a brother.
R Cress
Cherryville, NC USA - Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 11:28:46 (MDT)
HOTEL INFO NEAR LZ MARKEY MARK II. 3rd weekend in June 2012.############################# Holiday Inn Ex Suites Celina Expedia Special Rate View on map Hotel Info: 1-866-264-5744################################################################ Americas Best Value Inn 1421 State Route 703 Celina, OH 45822 United States of America 7314 1-866-599-6674 ######################################################################################### Americas Best Value Inn St Marys 1321 Celina Rd St. Marys, OH 45885 United States of America 6059344 1-866-599-6674 ######################################################################################## West Bank Inn 1055 W Bank Rd Celina, OH 45822 United States of America 7314 1-866-599-6674######################################################################## There are probably others in the AO and this is only if you dont want to camp. We do have some acommidations in the shake and Larry davis had a great idea too. That shelter house I turned into Man Cave could sleep about 8 if it rain or if someone doesnt like sleeping outside. We do have electric for 4 campers. You will have to have a plug adapter to a 3 prong plug and could , with a splitter provide water for 4 campers also. Like I said, this is if only you are not going to Reno for the VHCMA gig next year.So which ever you choose, I'll be here................Love and Blessings to all..............always a brother.......................
Mark
USA - Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 21:01:38 (MDT)
George, I guess you can still come......BUT........only if you save the last dance for me!!!! Had a wonderful visit with Larry and his wife Brenda. It was so kind of them to include a stay here with Dee and I as they traveled. Brenda can BBQ some prettty good chicken. Larry now, he is just a lazy butt and never did a dang thing while they were here.;-)))))..........always a abrother.............
Mark
USA - Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 20:51:25 (MDT)
Hay Mark can ya ask HUGGER if its true the only reason we have the marines is so the sailors will have someone to dance with? Only kidding Mark we love ya brother hope my invite to the MM in june is still good
George B
USA - Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 05:32:38 (MDT)
Don, you should of seem "The Hugger" blush when I told him I put flowers on the table for him and that I loved him. The lil' sweet heart he his;-)))))) Gale, YES LZ MARKEY MARK II will be the same weekend that the VHCMA gig is next June. Since it is in Reno, I figured we would have one here. Nothing against Reno, I just want be attended it next year. I mean, it's OK for all who want to go to Reno and I encourage it. But for those who wont be going there, YES there will be a LZ MARKY MARKII here the 3rd weekend of June of 2012. All are welcome. I will post hotel info soon and I erge to book a room soon if not camping because I the race track around here. If it has a big race that weekend the hotels will be full. Others that camp can park out in our woods area. We have electric for campers and it will be possible to hook water up also. Mark your calenders............always a brother..............
Mark
USA - Friday, July 15, 2011 at 21:39:00 (MDT)
Mark, marky mark II.....is there gonna be such a thing?
Gale
USA - Friday, July 15, 2011 at 18:57:31 (MDT)
Mark He does like to be hugged after all he was in the Navy You just have to watch his hands. If he's still there tell him to be safe going home
Don McCort
USA - Friday, July 15, 2011 at 17:40:25 (MDT)
Does anybody know a Wayne Hollander from S. calf.? Friend of mine knew him from living there an he was in the 129th. He might come to one of the reunions. Flight be careful out there Ironbutterfly
Rick England
USA - Friday, July 15, 2011 at 06:56:14 (MDT)
Larry "The Hugger" Davis and his wife Brenda rolled up in their Camper today on their way back to Ill. Got them checkin' out the camp site in the woods where the LZ Markey MarkII will be. For those who have met Larry you know we call him "The Hugger" cuase he hates to be hugged. Ha,ha..so we drown him with them.............hope all are having a wonderful summer. Ours has been a blessing so far.........God Bless all, always a brother..........
Mark
USA - Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 20:53:05 (MDT)
Kim, meant to say,f....u lizards, thats what I said when they wanted me to re-up. They were mostly around Ankhe,if you spent the night there. Also, there was a big fat toad, that would hop in the hooch from outside through the door and go to under my bunk, no one elses, right before it would rain, of course he was fat and happy with all the roachs and flies he could ever want to eat. ... ha ha. Tex 70-71..
Gary L. Mount
USA - Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 10:10:18 (MDT)
Some one a little while back asked about the F**K up lizards.. I recall spending many evenings listening to the competition between the wildlife saying Re-up, fu** up..
Kim
USA - Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 09:15:44 (MDT)
Lou, Jim-Stickmam, Jim-Dustoff, Very sorry to read about your losses and I extend my condolences to each of you. Take care Brothers and Sister.. L8r...>>>
Kal Bergstrom '68
USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 08:52:40 (MDT)
morning flight, george, mom is hanging in. she is no pain, so we can be thankful for that.my sister an i are planing a 90th surprise birthday for her in oct.most of the family will be there. looking forward to this so i'm hoping she is still around by than. time will tell. will be heading for new york right after kokomo for class reunion, won't have time to knock on jonesy door.will be up in early dec. to see kids but as unpredictable as the weather is that time of year i thinks its best wait till spring for the door knock....... i'm planing on bring beer an soda for kokomo if there anything that is needed let me know. see you all at kokomop. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 08:27:13 (MDT)
Hay Wink how is your MoM doing? Will you still be comeing up to New York to visit and if ypu are are we still going to make the trip to knock on brther Jone's door
George B
USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 04:26:28 (MDT)
Just getting caught up on the site. Been down for maintenace for the past 2 months, couldn't operate the damn mouse. Wish I could have made Louie. Sorry for your loss Stickman. Looking forward to the big K. Any thoughts from anyone on provisions whike there. How should we handle this? Have some ideas but I doubt that there will be a frozen food locker around that I can get a 60 pound case of ribeye steaks from. Would have to do it 2 or 3 times anyway. My thoughts with you all, always. Wes
wrong way doc <griff90880@msn.com>
USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 00:48:22 (MDT)
KIM;had a great ride. i used to drive it every week in the summer,was doing vending repair and lived in laconia.hed to stop at the top and partake as i used to do every week.also drove 113 from bethel to fryeburg,also a beautiful road.been 20 -25 years,a trip down memory lane.
paul mcgrath
USA - Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 14:16:26 (MDT)
Paul, hope you had a good drive across Kankamangus. It is one of the most beautiful drives in North America in late Sepember. last time I drove it was in 91. Had an 86 Fiero se and wrung it out!
Kim
USA - Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 10:18:58 (MDT)
Jim, glad you made it to a computer and was very happy to be able to meet your brother on our way to St. Louis. Last week my wife & I were in Indiana and got to visit my Grandson, "Brandon". For those of you who have met him he will be 16 soon and is living in a school now where he can get 24/7 care. I know it is very hard for anyone who has a child who suffers from Autism or any other problems like that. It is always hard to see him and never be able to know what he is thinking or feels. This is something we do miss about living down here as he is always so excited to see us and wants to give us a big hug. I know again we have had a lot of folks loosing members of their families or friends this past few weeks. Still believe we will all see each other again in a better place. I hope with every Reunion we have down here, that the guys who have past before us can be watching over us and laughing at the same old stories. I am sure if they were with us in St Louis they would have been happy to know we will always remember them.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Monday, July 11, 2011 at 11:44:24 (MDT)
Thank you all for all the posting and blessings on the passing of my brother. He was 58 and not a vet but had great respect for those who served. Great reunion looking forward to Kokomo and meeting more of the 129th brothers. Take a stick for a walk
Jim Stickman Oliver
pembroke, ga USA - Monday, July 11, 2011 at 09:24:21 (MDT)
On,and on, and on, we'll be together, yeah....................always a brother........
Mark
USA - Monday, July 11, 2011 at 07:46:35 (MDT)
Just want to add this, once again thanks to this website, started tohonor the memory of Larry Jackson, and for his 129th. brothers to be able to connect with each oother and try to heal the wounds of long ago, once again it was possible to cross over the years and connect the dots to find Johns folks. I still feellike that someone knows what did happen to him but at least I was able to cross that bridge and talk to her. hope it helps in some way, I sure fel better just like finding out about Paul Nolen.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 22:17:59 (MDT)
Yes, that would be nice for people that knew him and were there at that time, I wasnt but told her I did feel connected to him because I was there in the unit also. I could tel she really appreciated it even if I was at a loss for words. I know if it was my son, I would want to hear from his fellow 129th. " Bulldogs'. God Bless her and him . thanks again Paul. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 22:03:58 (MDT)
glad i could help. there were others that said they knew brooks.mrs brooks would be happy to hear from you.they have very little information,and would appreciate anything they can find out.bye
paul mcgrath
USA - Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 19:24:58 (MDT)
I called the no. you left, Paul and talked to Mrs. Brooks, wanted her to know and her family that John would not be forgotten by us, that I felt a connection with him , since I was in the 129th. but after he was lost, just wanted them to know that it was sad of what happened to him, never being found, and heartbreaking, as I also have a son.too. Anyways, just wanted them to now. Ive read where in the book, Bright Light where a blond POW, was seen in that area, along with some others Norhtwest of Phu Cat. Dont know what else to say, really.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 17:32:02 (MDT)
Would anyone know if John Brooks had blond hair?
Gary L. Mount
USA - Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 17:17:11 (MDT)
made contact with alpheus brooks at 207 527 2619. no message on answering machine so wait for beeb and leave message. very interested in talking to anybody about john. headed back into woods so will be out of contact for a day.alpheus is also a korean war vet.
paul mcgrath
USA - Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 12:57:04 (MDT)
Paul, thats great, it will be interesting what you find out. I cheacked out the book from the library here " Code name Bright Light". Came across some stuff from our AO, reported Pows, will put down later what I came across. While I was there at the library, and they have a great Geneology dept. here, was able to track down my Dads side of the family back to 1788, so far, and my moms side to 1888, so far. pretty darn fascinaing for sure, most of it through the U.S. Census going back to 1850, and Texas marraige records. Came from New Jersey, still trying to get past 1788, to Missouri, then to Texas in the 1880s Lots of Mounts in New Jersey, New York, and Missouri and East Texas. So much for the rambling. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 09:37:25 (MDT)
headed for bryant pond and greenwood me.will post results if any
paul mcgrath
USA - Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 07:03:11 (MDT)
Hobie, Send me an e-mail from you home e-mail. I lost it into the e-mail black hole. Thanks, Snapper
Snapper
Lake Norman, NC USA - Saturday, July 09, 2011 at 20:12:08 (MDT)
To much loss lately. My heart and thoughts out to Lou, Stickman, and Dustoff. Lou can't imagine losing a son. I am so sorry. Stickman, I tried to call you, but apparently I copied your # incorrectly. Will try to get from Gary W.
Dennis Faucher <drfaucher@verizon.net>
USA - Saturday, July 09, 2011 at 07:43:59 (MDT)
anyone know anything about another so-called 129blog site I just got a E mail on it but have no idea if its for real
George B
USA - Saturday, July 09, 2011 at 05:39:10 (MDT)
Alex, read your post on the up comming CMP, just went through one my self so if you want give me a call and we can talk about it...........best to reach me on the cell 951/306/6611 Always a brother......Clear Left...... Matt Casey
Matt Casey
Hemet , Ca USA - Friday, July 08, 2011 at 17:20:47 (MDT)
morning flight, jim sorry for your loss and don't worry about rambling this is the place for it. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Thursday, July 07, 2011 at 09:39:08 (MDT)
Jim I can see its troubling you, not easy losing someone close. I always try to remember that they are in a better place now and Ill see them again, they are at peace now. God be with you. ,
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2011 at 22:21:23 (MDT)
I can remember coming home to lane after a late night mission and as I was walking up the hill to my hooch,here comes down the hill in shorts with shower shoes wearing a flack jacket and helmit carrying his M-16.I asked what is happening?He says he has a young man working on one of the dustoff copters and he needs some help that only he can help with. He promissed the CO that the Huey would be flight ready by morning.I looked at my watch and it was 2:30 am.Reached my room and the phone rang and SP7 Tommy Jacks says,he thinks there is some movement on the fence line.What should he do?Hang up and I will call out some of the guys to check the fence line.I woke the 1st.Shirt and told him what was happening.I do not usually ramble like this.Loseing my good friend Tommy Jacks really hurt me.Thinking about all we went thru together and the many years we have been friends!
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2011 at 22:00:08 (MDT)
I'm sorry Dust-off. I know how much those guuys mean to you. L-G
Gently
USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2011 at 18:53:59 (MDT)
Jim, sorry to hear about the loss.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2011 at 15:58:00 (MDT)
Last Night we lost an excelent Huey Maintence NCO ,he was with the 498th Dustoff 1968-69-70.SP7 Tommy Jacks,he had been sick for the poast year.He is survived by his wife and 2 daughter.His wife said,he spoke often of his 498th Brothers and Jimu.He will be missed.
Jimu <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2011 at 14:08:29 (MDT)
I tried to look up a couple of people also, John Lulei, my crewchief after Larry Leggins went home and Leggins also, does anyone have info on Capt. Snider " Juicer ", recall him and Larry Leggins both from Oklahoma, belive Juicer was from Tulsa. a"nd Leggins from Oklahoma City , what about Bucky and Draughter and Bill " Huey " Huett,Markham and Kitchens, and Johhny Hapney and Bill Bennett.?? Lulei was living in Bossier City, Lousiana, but tried the directorys, nothing.and tried tolook up, Huey, nothing.Just wondering, may show up someday, who knows, hope everyone had a good fourth, no firworks display or popping fireworks anywhere up here on the Llano Estacado, pretty much the whole state of Texas because of the severe drought. SUCKED!!! cLEAR Clear right, Tex 70-71. '
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2011 at 08:44:04 (MDT)
Has anyone out thier heard or have info on either George Perry, he was a crew chief on slicks in 69, last known to take exam for stall (E6) passsed than re-up with transferr to Germany also Tom Fortrain he was the crew chief on 096 I believe he is from Texas been trying to find info on these guys for years
George B
USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2011 at 06:22:23 (MDT)
Larry Davis, did you try to call this evening? I tried to return calls to the two numbers in my phone for your 217 area code. No luck. Call again, hope all is well. Regards to all, Alemaster
Alemaster <vicpgilliland@myway.com>
Louisville, KY USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2011 at 18:49:34 (MDT)
My prayers go out to all of you suffering from the pain and sadness of losing a loved recently. L-G
Gently
USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2011 at 13:27:15 (MDT)
Evening Flight, I just want to thank you all for the kind words and thoughts you have shared with me in my darkest hour.
Lou Ragonese <lourags1@aol.com>
Dover, De USA - Monday, July 04, 2011 at 21:52:27 (MDT)
Lou, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. You our in our prayers........always a brother...........
Mark
USA - Monday, July 04, 2011 at 20:06:15 (MDT)
Frenchie,England,Sutton,Bill W. George Clark Barrows and the rest of you 68ers this is what it was all about--happy 4th of july!!!!
Tommie
USA - Monday, July 04, 2011 at 15:22:05 (MDT)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/129thahc/
alvis
USA - Monday, July 04, 2011 at 09:51:40 (MDT)
Lou, Susan and I send our deepest condolences...About the 129th Yahoo site. I was jsut in there and again had to delete some post..the ones inviting folks to some porn site. These are the ONLY ones I ever delete. Thus the problem. I talked to Susan about making a password( to get membership) to get in, then posting it here so all will know. Problem is, with my job having me away for weeks at a time, some folks may have to wait to post or join. In that time they may lose interest or get a bit disturbed by no action being taken. I am going to leave as is, its more important for ease of entry than preventing unwanted post from porn folks. So, I will continue to scan post when I am home, and delete the unwanted crap from folks that simply nothing of value but "come vist my porn site". I dont believe in censorship, but then I guess I do, if that makes sense. Happy 4th, be safe, hug the ones you love.
alvis
USA - Monday, July 04, 2011 at 09:47:36 (MDT)
Lou, your son is in our prayers. Happy 4th of July to all - ENJOY!!!
Bill Wolf
USA - Monday, July 04, 2011 at 09:05:13 (MDT)
Happy 4th JULY to all.129th AHC and 498th DUSTOFF.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Monday, July 04, 2011 at 08:30:28 (MDT)
Life is brief, devour the sweet, remember the sorrow.
Bill F
USA - Monday, July 04, 2011 at 07:38:56 (MDT)
Lou, our thoughts & condolences go out to you and your family......Gale & Debbie
Gale
USA - Monday, July 04, 2011 at 07:17:16 (MDT)
Jim and Lou, sorry to hear of your sad news. Our thoughts are with you and your families. Hope everyone has a good Independence Day. (You do know that if ever you felt you would like to return to the fold and adopt our Queen as head of State, join the Empire and Commonwealth, you know you are more than welcome!!! Just teasing....)Did I just say that out loud? Take care all. Simon, Nina, Brad, Phil Jo et al.
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
Mellor, 509 County UK - Sunday, July 03, 2011 at 23:27:01 (MDT)
Lou, my sincerest condolences to you and your wife, I too as a parentwould havea hard time also losing my son . my prayers are with you and your wife. Gary
Gary L. Mount
lubbock, , tx USA - Sunday, July 03, 2011 at 22:01:36 (MDT)
Lou, As a parent, I know that losing a child is the thing in this life that I fear most. My heart goes out to you and yours. It's a sad reminder to all of us to appreciate and cherish the time we spend together with family and friends. God bless, Greg
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Sunday, July 03, 2011 at 21:14:03 (MDT)
lou ;sorry to hear of your sons passing,he will be waiting for you at the rainbow bridge along with all the other things that you have loved in your life;kim ; saw the sail plane thing and will check it out.spent the day in eastport and lubec,am back in ellsworth tonite.will be doing a 2 day backpack atcutler bold coast lands this week.camping on a bluff overlooking the ocean
paul mcgrath
USA - Sunday, July 03, 2011 at 20:26:07 (MDT)
Lou, I am so sorry to hear about your son's passing. You and he will be in my prayers. I remember you crewing 740 with John Wechs and I. I am hoping you know your son is in a better place. While this is a common response I know it gave me great comfort when my father passed. Snapper(Snowsnake 9)
Jeff Sauers <cats3@roadrunner.com>
Lake Norman, NC USA - Sunday, July 03, 2011 at 18:57:04 (MDT)
Lou, that's a heartbreaking turn of events. My condolences on your loss. You're right, life isn't fair, but...... one day at a time.
Kim
USA - Sunday, July 03, 2011 at 18:31:35 (MDT)
Evening flight, its been awhile since I last posted here, been battling my CLL & PTSD.Its with great sorrow that I have to tell you, that my 25yr old austic son has passed on 7-1, It has devastated me and my wife, he was not sick but succumbed to a twisted and blocked intestine. He was such a joy to us with a great sense of humor. Life is not fair that I have suffered so much pain in the last 30yrs,I don't know if I can get over this. Sorry to burden you with my ramblings, but I had to release.
Lou Ragonese <lourags1@aol.com>
Dover, De USA - Sunday, July 03, 2011 at 18:21:23 (MDT)
Any chance you'll be going into Bah Habbah?? There is a sailplane operation at Trenton airport that is worth visiting, the view of the coastline and Cadillac mountain is incredible.
Kim
USA - Sunday, July 03, 2011 at 13:51:24 (MDT)
in ellsworth me. checking out acadia national park for a couple days
paul mcgrath
USA - Sunday, July 03, 2011 at 06:36:21 (MDT)
R.I. P. Rick Vogel
Gary L. Mount
USA - Saturday, July 02, 2011 at 23:50:41 (MDT)
For you that knew Rick Shaky Vogel Died of a massive heart attack in Nov. I just found out. Flight have a good 4th and be careful out there bulldog 431
Rick England
USA - Saturday, July 02, 2011 at 13:24:58 (MDT)
hi you brother shoud check out the AMERICAN legion web site they closed the chapel in one of the VA. hospitel in Texas she will not let GOD word be spoke in the hospetal thare.
Art
USA - Saturday, July 02, 2011 at 12:24:03 (MDT)
hi HE home @ look at me got a smile fromear to ear.how come babys half to have things worng with them & it put my body at rest & I hope Tammy does not have eany more because the two of them had the same thing wrong with there head & they cut them from ear to ear over the top. I know Glendawatching over the two of them.
Art
USA - Saturday, July 02, 2011 at 12:17:23 (MDT)
I remember more then one time when I didnt think the guys in the front seats knew what thay were doing!!! but for the most part we had great pilots---Art,how are the kids?
Tommie
USA - Saturday, July 02, 2011 at 11:55:21 (MDT)
water temp is exactly 64 according to noaa. not sure of route,route one would be jammed i expect so may go by way of bangor
paul mcgrath
USA - Saturday, July 02, 2011 at 07:00:45 (MDT)
yessir,if I ever have to fly through hell again or come back and be a gunner again in another life, I sure as hell hope its with the pilots we hadin the 129th.a.h.c., saved my life countless times in all kinds of weather and in all kinds of hovering into tight LZs or getting the hell out of there when we needed too, mortars and rockets up around the triborder region.God be with us all, .... Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, July 01, 2011 at 21:54:59 (MDT)
Paul, I bet the water temp at OOB must be all of 64? LOL. Have a safe trip to Machias. Are you taking rte 1 or heading through Bangor?
Kim
USA - Friday, July 01, 2011 at 17:12:10 (MDT)
Nice to see your post Alemaster. Wish I could still kick back and enjoy a tall glass every now and then, but..... I do know that I was impressed when I saw trees at EYE LEVEL! Still, I think I speak for most every one of the "guys in back" when I say that we'd have gladly flown straight into hell with you. Looking back at how young we all were, (especially me at 18) and reflecting on how young people can think of themselves as being bullet proof, I can honestly say that we as a unit during that time frame managed to come through relatively unscathed, albiet with several close calls. Were we good? lucky? or both?? Any way you look at it, we made it in great part due to good pilots. Thanks for being there............Please turn one up for me :)
Kim
USA - Friday, July 01, 2011 at 17:08:56 (MDT)
hello to all from old orchard beach me.
paul mcgrath
USA - Friday, July 01, 2011 at 12:54:09 (MDT)
Stickman sorry to hear about your Brother. Your in our thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Gale good to hear about your 30% Ptsd and 10% for the hearing. I have an C&p hearing in few weeks for an increase on my PTSD. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, July 01, 2011 at 09:04:12 (MDT)
morming flight, stickman my prayers are with you. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Friday, July 01, 2011 at 08:30:53 (MDT)
Kim, Haven't checked the site in a while; having a Mint Jullep ( love being back home in The Commonwealth ) and thinking of our Gun Platoon. Saw your blurb about the An Khe Pass. Regent and we refueled at An Khe after the Pass closed in on the day you mentioned. We followed Regent back into the Pass. He told us to "tighten up" as we were going to "punch though." We closed up on his taillight, he went into the fog, we followed (boy, am I a knucklehead; I became a pretty good instrument pilot later on but ..........), we all went IFR and then, Regent said "I'm turning around!" I counted three and did a 180. Somewhere in that vicinity the An Khe Pass is about one rotor disc wide if skids are close to the pavement. We came out in a pretty good trail cover of Regent. Lord loves a fool; sorry I put you and the rest of the crew in that situation. We went North to the "Punch Bowl," swooped through, and went home. There were times that I might have deserved your trust, that wasn't one of them. Luck is better than skill. Alemaster
Alemaster <vicpgilliland@myway.com>
Louisville, KY USA - Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 20:09:57 (MDT)
Mark I did NOT get any pic of the 49 my E is rdster1930@yahoo.com Mark can you al;so sent be Baron E address
George B
USA - Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 19:49:28 (MDT)
Stickman very sorry bout your MON God rest her she is now with that special mon crowd we will see on the other side
George B
USA - Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 19:47:36 (MDT)
Jim, I am sorry that you lost your brother. May God bless yor family.
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N. C. USA - Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 18:46:58 (MDT)
Robbie, that dang emarald beetle has been round these parts to. Thought I had one here once since we have about 50 ash trees around here on the property.I called the county agent and he came out and looked at the holes I was talkin' bout. Come to find out my holes were woodpecker holes. The beetle makes a perfect D shapes hole cause it's head is D shaped. They say once you find a hole in a tree it's to late. Suppose to find the HOST tree and cut it down and burn it. If it one thing, it's another. George B did you get the photos of the 49?
Mark
USA - Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 17:42:53 (MDT)
Stickman, so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother............
Mark
USA - Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 17:38:36 (MDT)
Jim," Stickman " my condolences for your loss of your brother .mY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU, ALMOST LOST MINE, HES DOING BETTER.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 11:53:23 (MDT)
Jim, sorry to hear about your brother passing away. Was he older than you? A vet? Just wondering. My best to you and yours.....Wink I'm glad your Mom is able to make her own decisions on her health. My Mom is going to be 90 July 30. She's still doing good.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 11:06:53 (MDT)
****JIM Oliver "Stickman" ****Our thoughts are with you *****Snoopy **71-72 1st Flt ***
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 10:22:07 (MDT)
Just got off the phone with "Stickman" with him letting me know that his Brother pasted away this AM. I am glad that we were able to make the side trip to KY so he could see him one last time on our way to St Louis. It was a nice visit to his home in the hills and his Brother was able to be alert while we were there. So Jim will be heading home and said he will find a computer and post when he gets back to GA.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 10:13:07 (MDT)
Check out the story currently online about Sgt.Sean Gettings of Georgia.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 18:21:48 (MDT)
By the way its been BEACH weather up here in New England My golden Retriever Clyde Barrow and I have been enjoying lots of BBB&B that is short for Beach, Babs, Bekinees & Boobs LOL thats a huge 10-4
GeorgeB
USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 16:27:36 (MDT)
Mark how do I get to where the pictures of your 49 some one said they saw. I also need Baron's email address and need to reach Jester on info on Vietnam trip so any help would be appericated my Email address is rdster1930@yahoo.com
George B
USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 16:24:06 (MDT)
Mark, I saw the photo of you, Dee and the "shoebox" '50 Ford. I like the nice lines and the great curves.........really pretty......and the car ain't too bad either. Heeheehee Luv you guys!! Flight, I was getting 10% for tinnitus and now the 30% ptsd makes it 40%. Is that the way they normally do it? It will total $601.00.........not much,but, greatly appreciated! See you all in Kokomo.....
Gale
USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 09:38:48 (MDT)
gary woodward, I have to thank you again for the cd's and patches. the patches are so well made and beautiful. brother, you are one quality guy. we are lucky to have you as a brother. lenny m.
lenny m. usa
USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 09:21:02 (MDT)
morning flight, great news gale.ok, now put in for nod, notice of disagreement,by doing this it will not effect your award other than having it increased to a higher % you should be getting 50%.if you have any other awards from the va adding up to 70% or higher also put in for unempolyability that ward is 30% and that will put you at 100%. and also and this is for all of you out there in wed site land. i put in for E.D. you know that sex thing,and was awarded 0% for the E.D.thats worth an extra $96 a month, and if you have a deformity of your sex organ it can be worth more. so contact your service rep. and he can advise you further on this matter. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven , fl usa - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 09:04:18 (MDT)
Thats great Gale, now appeal that if you want to . without knowing your stressors, or other symptoms ,you need to take a good look at how they were able to rate you,if you dont agree then look into appealing it. Tex 70-71. p.s. they are getting better about getting to claims now,
Gary L. Mount
USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 08:45:02 (MDT)
Flight, thanks for all of your help and information on my PTSD claim. Just got a letter from the VA and they gave me 30%.....it took less than a year. Always a brother.......
Gale
USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 08:04:05 (MDT)
Gary Woodward, Thank you so much for the patches, pins and CD you sent me.- Greg
Animal
Puna , HI USA - Monday, June 27, 2011 at 22:07:10 (MDT)
Gentlemen of the 129 AHC, My name is John Brennan, and I am the author of, "U.S. Army Helicopter Names In Vietnam" book from Hellgate Press. The listed price is $31.95, however, you may obtain a signed copy for $29.95, shipping included, by sending a check or money order to: John Brennan, 17355 Via Annette, San Lorenzo, CA 94580 P.S. Listed in the book are 36 copter names attributed to the 129 AHC P.P.S You are welcome to preview the first 20 pages by accessing the publisher's website at www.hellgatepress.com and clicking on the .pdf hyperlink Just a reminder, this is a two book series, this first one lists all of the named Army helos in Nam. The next one will feature beautiful nose art mostly, and several dozen anecdotes. They are a tandem set that go hand-in-hand and compliment each other.
John Brennan <johnmailman@yahoo.com>
CA USA - Monday, June 27, 2011 at 14:29:20 (MDT)
Slow hand salute to , James Michael Young. May you rest in peace with the Lord. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
lubbock,texas, USA - Monday, June 27, 2011 at 12:32:44 (MDT)
James Michael Young - KIA 6-26-71.
Dave Powers
USA - Monday, June 27, 2011 at 11:17:38 (MDT)
Yep, 112, same here yesterday.Looking forward to Kokomo.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Monday, June 27, 2011 at 11:01:08 (MDT)
OK, my head is almost clear now and looking forward to Kokomo. Just got word back from larry Davis that he got site # 623W which will be across from Bill Whelan in 723W. OK, we now have 9 campsites locked in for this year. Now getting ready for my next letter to my Howard County guy thanking him for getting these guys in and asking if he has anything else open. Wow, next stop, Kokomo in September.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Summerfield, FL USA - Monday, June 27, 2011 at 09:45:31 (MDT)
Gary Mount: Sorry. I just got into the flight log. Its been flucuating between 105 & 110.But, I saw that up in yor neck of the woods was 110 plus-Wink,TX (over close to Midland) was 112- and it's coming this way.All the Lakes like Amistad,by Del Rio,Falcon by Zapata,Choke Canyon over by San Antonio are down. It's goin to be a long "HOT" summer.On another note, spoke with Bernie.He entered his two door hard top '57 Chevy Bel-Air @ a car show & got 1st prize. Bull doog 426 Out.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, June 27, 2011 at 09:04:08 (MDT)
Wink, best decision for her, like George said , enjoy what time you have left with her, my mom, God rest her soul, passed in 87, from cancer, my Dad in 91., from pnuemonia, they both led good lives, they were 73, and 79. My brother and me were fortunate to have good parents. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, June 27, 2011 at 05:52:15 (MDT)
Wink thanks for the better news than I expected I don't always go with the saying "no news is good news" so I am glad your mom is ok with the way it is. My mom left in 76 and I still visit her,its not much but I but a flower on her marker a few times a year and I know she still looks at me as her baby. you hang in there Wink your still lucky enough to have yours
George B
USA - Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 19:17:02 (MDT)
Robbie.. Sorry it took so long for me to get back with you on the Emerald Ash Borer. We had it go through the area a couple years ago. I don't know where it came from but it was said that it came in the wood used for shipping pallets from Asia, probably through Chicago. They cut down a lot of Ash trees which I thought was a lost cause as the thing had probably spread quite a ways by then and probably was unstoppable. It is another of the invaders that have hit the Great lakes area like the Zebra Mussel that has spread all over and causing a big time problem.
Kal '68
USA - Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 15:24:41 (MDT)
Wink, if there's anything positive about the whole situation, its that your mom is capable of making her own decisions and able to make sure everyone knows her wishes. It wasn't too many years ago that things like that were not possible.... good luck
Kim
USA - Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 11:13:26 (MDT)
morning flight, hey george doing fine thanks for asking. my mom ok too. she decided not to through with the operation and any x-rays.as she put it i'm 89 years old how much longer do i have on this earth.and she has no pain as of yet.so as i always put it if it ain't broke don't fix it. i guess she thinks the same way.. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl usa - Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 08:50:32 (MDT)
Barry Barry Barry Hello anyone out there heard from BARRY???? How is his MOM Everyone remember WE ARE A FAMILEY does anyone know how are brother and his MOM are doing
George B
USA - Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 20:18:32 (MDT)
Hey, Bruno, its 108 here with 4% humidity, no wind what so ever. Thats right, 4% whats it like in Laredo? Stay cool.brothers.
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 17:17:47 (MDT)
Bill, great to hear they fit you in. As far as that number it is not on my layout so they must have added even more campsites but think it is at the end of the parking area. I will be writing Ski shortly and will check that out but should be really close to the rest of the 129th sites, our last one on the back is 628W so you should be on the next row and just a few sites down.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 12:57:04 (MDT)
Got confirmation for a campsite for Kokomo. #723W. Does anyone know where that is? Hope it is around the 129th...
Bill Whelan
USA - Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 11:21:27 (MDT)
To all the 129th gentlemen who attended the St. Louis VHCMA gathering and spent time sharing their stories, photos and thoughts with me at my author's table.....THANK YOU, you guys are the best. Just a reminder, this is a two book series, this first one lists all of the named Army helos in Nam. The next one will feature beautiful nose art mostly, and several dozen anecdotes. They are a tandem set that go hand-in-hand and compliment each other.
John Brennan <johnmailman@yahoo.com>
CA USA - Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 11:18:45 (MDT)
Ken, during my short (a couple weeks) stint in unscheduled maintanence the plan was to fix em and fly em home if possible. After that? a quick assessment as to the amount of salvagable parts. After that, destroy in place. Of course, if the thing had burned after crashing there was usually nothing left other than a piece of the tail :).... I was stationed at Ft. Stewart before nam. The place was used for advanced training of VNAF at that time. I always had the impression (unfair to generalize I know) that the universal vnaf pilot couldn't handle a huey with any finesse. All their movements were herky jerky... Hell, a huey was a handful in good hands, and it was easy to tell who had the controls when they came in. We did a lot of unscheduled work for blade strikes and hard landings.
Kim
USA - Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 10:36:36 (MDT)
Wow all the memories to sort through this week after the trip. Guess by the time I got there most everything was a ghost town as everyone had left already. So how did the wrecks of Hueys work? I thought we must have recovered most of ours but remember seeing quite a few aircraft laying around, mostly North of Lane. After the fact figured they were the South Vietnamese who crashed and no one cared about the wrecks. Several around LZ English which by than looked like the Moon or down range at Ft Hood with blown up Tanks & stuff. I don't know how many aircraft the ARVNs were going through but it was scary just watching those guys fly.
Ken Strong Jr. 72-73
Summerfield, FL USA - Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 09:17:14 (MDT)
I did nt Kim, speaking of tins, when I was a newby, was with the XO, and my first ccrewchief Leggins, we had a full bird Colonel on board and his radio operator above the AnKhe Pass, routing a convoy through it had some APCs and duece and a halfs and a quad 50duster, they got to that hairpin curve and Charly hit the lead vehicle with mortars and right on down the line, really had them zeroed in, the Colonel wanted us to go down there to pick up the wounded or help, the guns were not far away, but when they started up the pass, a couple of 51s opened up, thats when I found out what it was like above 3,000 ft. or more and climbing, that Colonel was so damn mad he was ready to pop, yelling and screaming all the while we kept climbing. ha ha. they called in some FOX 4s from Phu Cat, and napalmed the crap out of them. We tok the colonel back to AnKhe, he was not very happy with the XO. What a mess. recall barely getting through here in the late afternon before it was socked in never liked the place. We spent the night there too one time. Was there before it became a ghosttown, how about those f.... me lizards, ever hear one.? Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, June 24, 2011 at 14:12:30 (MDT)
Gary, I don't want to give anyone the wrong impression. The memorial in Greenwood is for the KIA veterans of the town. Brook's name is on it..... I had forgotten about landing near that hairpin turn on QL 19 until Larry Davis reminded me that he was on the ship that flew top cover while I checked out a wreck there in 71. I took a quick look around for survivors and jumped back on my ship and we took off. I can't recall much other than I got the tail #, which was called in.... funny, how in F*** does someone forget something like that??? I bet no one would have landed a B model out in the williwacks like that :).... other An Khe pass stories; nearly got run down by a Korean FAC while flying convoy cover, flying through a mortar barrage being shot by the Koreans on that little FSB at the top of the pass, a gun truck taking fire from the uphill side just as we flew past them and getting pissed at the gunner when he couldn't locate where the fire was coming from... Alemaster? doing a pedal turn when we nearly hit a bunch of trees while scud running trying to find a way through the top of the pass then jinking to avoid our trail ship. We spent the night at An Khe airport, which was manned by a few SF types and some Nungs?.... I told that last one to a friend who had been there in 65-66, and he couldn't imagine that place being deserted. AS I recall, the next morning after the soup lifted we went back to Lane by taking a route south of the pass and saw some beautiful country.. waterfalls, pools at the bottom of them, sheeer cliffs, and feeling spooked as all get out till we got to the low country.
Kim
USA - Friday, June 24, 2011 at 13:07:55 (MDT)
Sandelin, my bad.
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, June 24, 2011 at 11:52:06 (MDT)
Seems like under John Brooks name on the internet under Task Force Omega, there is quite a bit of information. For one thing, I did not know where they went down at, Just South of the AnKhe Pass, seems like that was a bad place for us,and a lot of other folks,also never have read before about the woman hearing them crash, and being taken by the VC, concerning the crew of 959er.,959er went down far as I can tell in the vicinity of LZ Hammond, and Jenny.going by the cordinates. I was on the Texas m.i.a. siteand looked up Sandlin,,he is still listed as missing, I recall seeing earlier that one family did not accept those were his remains., that must be the one. I would like to see that memorial for Brooks in person,anyone going by there or anytime soon, would be nice to post a picture of it. I hope to see his and Pauls also. and others. it is just unbelivable the amount of M.I.A.S, THAT WERE NEVER ACCOUNTED FOR. ..... Now that I have the time, and cant do much anymore, Im going to look into this more, hopefully, I can do some traveling also next Spring, when Im better, and all that jazz. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Friday, June 24, 2011 at 11:45:21 (MDT)
Baron you out there in internet world??
George B
USA - Friday, June 24, 2011 at 10:48:21 (MDT)
Mark glad to read you got your money's worth if you can try to find a site about early Ford V8's or a club site for them they are just flat heads the national clubs are best but usually every state has chapters. I belong to 2 model A clubs. Also look into the Hersay PA car show which is about the first of every Oct it is a 6 day thing and believe me you NEED 4 full days to see most of it and all the flea market stuff for antique car stuff. If you need ANYTHING you will find it there If you can sent me a few pic my E is rdster1930@yahoo.com
George B
USA - Friday, June 24, 2011 at 10:47:22 (MDT)
The memorial with John Henry Ralph Brooks name on it is not in Bryant Pond. As you drive toward Bryant Pond after leaving Bethel, there is a little general store/gas station on the right hand side of the road in a small village, near the access road to Mt. Abram. The memorial is next to that station, on the north side of the building... One has to understand Maine to know that mailing addresses back years ago were related to the serving post office. Not every town had a post office... for example, I lived in Livermore, but my mailing address was Livermore Falls. The Livermore Falls post office served Livermore Falls, Livermore, Chisolm, East Livermore,North Livermore, and Fayette.
Kim
USA - Friday, June 24, 2011 at 09:54:50 (MDT)
Wow, what I wrote was a call to anyone who might have a question or know something! We did have several talks in St. Louis about Brooks with different people as I had been thinking about what Gary had posted already. My problem is that I had read a lot of info on people & the 129th history so was, and remain confused. Not anyones fault, just I can't remember where I read crap at, so stay confused. I knew what & why Mark was asking his question but didn't have an answer. So Gary you have put this out as a concern of yours, well now it is a concern of the 129th that we have a brother missing somewhere. Also the Koreans are trying to figure it out for us as well. They are like we are, a small group of folks out of the thousands that served in Vietnam. Now I am sure this will be something we continue to talk about and will come up again in Kokomo. So hope you are there as well. Guys have a Great Day!
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Friday, June 24, 2011 at 06:52:56 (MDT)
I must be getting senile a hell, my apologys, Dave, been meaning Ken not you, Mark, you are not butting in as far as Im concerened. Just one more thing that bothers me, they held aa board of inquirys right after 959er went down ,in the official statements, that I have read, a Vietnamese women reported hearing it crash, and the VC taking the crew of 959er captive,why would she say that, if there wasnt something to it? Understand its been more than 40 years ago, bothers me for some reason, that it seems like there was not a lot done. This area is not that far from Operation Bright Light, conducted in Feb. 71, by our sister company, 61st. and Rangers. From what I have read t was not uncommon for the V.C. to go ina circle in the area where they would capture our Pows for years, using them for slave labor, sometimes having them transported North to Hanoi, and if they could not make it, left to die or killed. it does not say, to y knowledge where the remains of the crew of 959 was found. This is why I have a problem going over there. The American Government, did not do all it could for these POWs to my opinion, to find them or make them accountable, dont want to get political, you have your own views, I have mine. Just seems so sad.There are 2 from Lubbock and many from Texas unaccounted for. Clear right, TEX 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 22:07:45 (MDT)
I Mean, OK Dave, I thought you were talking about it too.All's Good.
Mark
USA - Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 21:19:24 (MDT)
Yes George, the 49 came in Sunday night right after I got home. SWEEEEET she is. Been dinkin' round on it everyday. It,s pretty much show ready sept for some toothbrush detainling. I love it. Think I will keep it just one carb for now. Anybody seen a pair of Huey/Bell cruise pegs?;-))))Gotta love that Raymond.
Mark
USA - Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 21:16:53 (MDT)
Sorry Dave, Gary and Ken, didnt mean to butt in.
Mark
USA - Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 21:12:44 (MDT)
Mark, I think Ken and Gary are having this conversation...
Dave
USA - Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 20:55:32 (MDT)
sitting in vernon ct.waiting for wife to arrive tomorrow. then 2 weeks in new england, then south to nc to fish outer banks and gulf stream.gary:is it bryant pond me. or greenwood me. do you know or have a guess they are close but not the same.will be up there in7-10 days
paul mcgrath
USA - Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 20:43:44 (MDT)
Alex & Liz sorry I didn't get to say good bye I looked very hard for you before Don Mc Cord & I left Sat night just as the formal dinner was about to start/ Liz thank you VERY MUCH for makeing me that key chain with Mike's name on it. I do not think I will be going to Reno next year unless by chance I am in that area on my cross country trip in my 31 Ford to which I hope to stop & visit as many of our brothers as I can. St Lou was great to say the least I think we had 36 in all. Bill you missed a really GOOd one this year! Mark we love ya oh bye the way what did I win????HAY Mark did the 49 arrive yet sure would like to see it, if you what to but 2 carbs on it I have a frind with a manifold & I think one carb on it he wants to sell if you want his number let me know or call me-5086780057
George B
USA - Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 19:39:26 (MDT)
Mark, Im referring to John Henry Ralph Brooks,if you use Brooks name to look up on the internet, you will see Task Force Omega under his name, if you go on it it will bring up the cordinates of the crashsite, then click on the cordinates and it will bring it to one mile South of the HAIRPIN CURVE, of the AnKhe pass, highway, 19. Also , looked up best I could of where 959er, went down,orl ast heard from .vicinity, its near Lz Hammond area, Northwest of Phu Cat. I hope that helps, MARK. Im sure some are wondering why the interest all of a sudden, when I was there at Lane, sometimes when we were shutdown, the pilots would talk about Brooks and about 959er and of course, Larry, Mark, and all the brothers we lost in 69, which I was told was a very bad year, not only for us but others in II corp,I would take the time to listen to them, especially about Brooks because it was so odd, what they said, that they went back to look for him and try to rescue him, but the automatic weapon fire and small arm fire was too heavy, dont know or Did not hear whether or not our Cobras were involved, you would think so, they went back the next day and recovered the bodys,all but Brooks, frfom what I recall and have read so far, that his flight gear was nearby and folded in a neat pile. Now, that I finally have time and continue to get better on this computer, the more I dig, the more I find out. too many unanswered questions. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 08:29:01 (MDT)
Dave,Gary, and Ken. What site are you guys talking about that if you punch in the grids it will take you to the crash site????
Mark
USA - Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 07:52:58 (MDT)
LZ St. Louis is gone. Now focusing on Reno. Hopefully we can get a even bigger turn out next year. We had a great time getting to know all the new 129th Brothers and their families. A great turn out. Alot of first-time reunions for some of our 129th Brothers whom haven't seen each other in years. Thats what it all about. A special 129th Brother Dick ( Cherry ) Muirhead. His goal was to make this reunion. And, his goal is to make next years reunion. Dick was a pilot with the 129th. We missed our regular 129th Brothers. But, I know you were there in spirit. As Mark would say!! We Love You Man !!! Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 16:57:46 (MDT)
Sounds like everyone had a great time at the reunion. Wish we could have been there. We got back to our home in Colorado Springs late yesterday after being gone 3 years (was only supposed to be 3 months!). Great to be home, but have to get used to living at 6500 feet elevation after 3 years at sea level!! Got Oxygen?!
Bill Wolf
USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 15:37:57 (MDT)
Dave, we are , saw the same things,over 30 M.I.A. s from Maine.Also some of our K.i.a.s are from Texas also, ft.Worth.and one of the crew of 959, Gonna go to that site next., when I get time. Took me 15 years togo to 70% ptsd, 100% unemployable , started out as 10%, said that by the time I got there it was not that bad, also have heard that from some Vet counselors and other vets, ha ha. flying on helicopters wasnt that dangerous. ha ha. IDIOTS!!! tOOK ME ANOTHER 3 YEARS TO GO TO 30%,LOST MY RECORDS 5 TIMES!!! I finally had to go see my congressman who was on the Armed Services Panel to get something done. Took another 7 years to go to 70% , and once I did I was ruled incompetent., because I said the contract evaluator that I USED to spend all my money sometimes and not pay my bills, go on that webpage, ruled incompetent by the v.a. and see those horror storys. ha ha. what a circus. Good luck, ken at least they are quicker now, be careful what you say and write downmy brother. Its all good. Clear right, Tex 70-71. ha ha.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 14:25:36 (MDT)
Gary, hope we are on the right track. After I posted that last night I went back to look at more stuff, wow there are several sites. One from Main which had different info. Sorry I am not sure what I read before but sure sounds like him as the story goes. Will continue reading what I can find out. Also working on my P&T paperwork today. If anyone needs to fill out the Statement In Support Of Claim, I go through MyHealthVet to get the form in a PDF file you can type out. I wrote a two page book for them & now hope I get the one guy at the VA who can READ! Just want to get 100% P&T and be done with them.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 12:51:26 (MDT)
Dave, thanks, forget about just punching in his name.my bad.The coordinates are on the Task Force Omega on that page, and you can click on the coordinates and it will bring you right to the crash site.Its one mile South of the Ankhe Pass,Highway 19 , where the 19 makes that hairpin curve, on those rolling hils and near LZ Lima, and all those big stumps, recall going there a few times, in that area, and flying above it many more times, never knew thats where they were at.He is listed as body lost or destroyed as late as 20010, Ken, you aybe referrring to the crew of the 959er gunship.that they were listed as missing and there remains? returned, one family would not accept his remains of the 4 . Brooks flight gear, Im guessing that his helment and chicken plate and whatever else he had was found near the crashsite, I recall hearing that story when I was there at Lane, and from what I had heard it was in a neat pile. folded up.Also heard when I was there that the voice of the pilot of 959, would be heard from time to time also, calling for a vector from Phu Cat tower also ,never heard personally but did hear of our pilots that did., especially when that area was socked in. Like ihave already said the villagers or the vc or the ex-NVA in that area know what happ ened to Brooks, someone sure as hell knows. Tex 70-71
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 11:44:08 (MDT)
Glad everyone is home safely after, what sounds like a great reunion! Art, my prayers go out for you and your family...
Dave
USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 10:05:26 (MDT)
Name: John Henry Ralph Brooks Rank/Branch: E4/US Army Unit: 129th Aviation Company, 268th Aviation Battalion, 17th Aviation Group Date of Birth: 08 April 1949 (Lewiston ME) Home City of Record: Bryant Pond ME Date of Loss: 13 May 1969 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 135615N 1084752E (BR621418) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1H Refno: 1440 Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing) Gary, is this who you are talking about? If so type his name in the bar to search for everything on line. I thought I read his body was recovered in 1989, does anyone know if it was him or someone else.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Summerfield, FL USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 20:35:33 (MDT)
Since Im not that great about thinking of the information thats on line, just went to Operation Bright Light, the 61st. was involved in in February of 71, there actually is a book written on it and other info. Going to getto the bottom of the story of Brooks if it takes the rest of my life. Went on their website and relayed them of Brooks, that operation was in the Crowsfoot area. Dont know where Brooks went down, probably in the same area? Anyone know? I would bet these Vietnamese in this area know something, wanna bet.? Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 12:21:32 (MDT)
Wink, I believe your mom and I have the same thoughts.If it is not hurting,do not try to fix it.Same with my jeep-not broke do not fix it.Had a good time at the vhcma,had to go home so I could slip-up and hurt my bad leg again in the Bathroom.Hahahaha ITAI.Sorry I do not have a camera,but everytbody else had one.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 11:59:45 (MDT)
Wink, my prayers are with you. and your mom. May God bless.
Gary L. Mount
USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 10:37:39 (MDT)
morning flight, well from what i have read i missed another good reunion this year. but i guess you can say thats the norm. each year the reunion gets better for us. gald to see it and thats good because the next reunion is just a contuation of the last year.so one can just pick up from he left off at.>>>>>>> well my mom through me a curve the other day, she called me saturday and told me she's going to cancel her pet scan and she is not going to have the masses operated on, as she put it how long do i have on this earth anyway and as long as she has no pain she can't see doing anything about it.what, but i guess she right, being 89 years young. a bomb shell that was. only time will tell. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, `fl USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 09:58:15 (MDT)
My heart goes out to you,Art.Iam really enjoying reading the reflections of everyone. guess it will be my turn to face up to seeing all of you in Kokomo and all those emotions, finally got up the nerve to look at 509, inside out yesterday. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 08:16:05 (MDT)
Looks like everyone is back in reflection mode after a great reunion *****I know I am ***quite a bit to process and think about ****seems like al of a sudden you remember a part from a conversation you were in or listening to and think about it for a while or think about a direct question you were asked and the intense emotion that sometimes left you at a loss for words to express the actual details because of feelings and emotions that surface after so many years. *****Then just when you think you have the exact thing to say you think about another version of the same situation from someone else and the "gray zone" kicks in. ****Just as others stated "1 ship,1 mission and 4 stories" is quite common as we all had a prespective from our position. ****Thank You All **** *******************************Also should note that it seems that the 129th is one of the most remembered units by the Korean Tiger Division ****out of 100 129th patches I ordered we went through 43 at the reunion and I sent 25 to Jae in Korea ***Jae contacted me and has asked for more if possible *** it seems that in less than 24 hours of his posting that he had some available by request only he ran out ***I am sending him 20-25 more so I have 7 left in case someone that was not able to come needs one (send email) *********Snoopy 71-72 ****
Gary Woodward <garywdsi@yahoo.com>
Memphis, TN USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 05:23:53 (MDT)
Just wanted to let everyone know that I dropped "Stickman" off in GA and am safely home. Also working on adding pictures to FaceBook but my computer is as old as I am I guess.. Slow!
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Monday, June 20, 2011 at 21:55:09 (MDT)
Evening Flight, I have posted the pictures I took at the Reunion they are in our 129th AHC groups page on Yahoo and on Facebook in both the 129th Group and VHMCA Group pages. Please be my guest and tag yourself in the Facebook photos Enjoy. Always a brother Dennis 72-73
Dennis Fuerstenau <dpfirst50atyahoo.com>
ROSEVILLE, CA USA - Monday, June 20, 2011 at 20:09:43 (MDT)
This is a shout out to some special guys My wife Stacy And I had the deep honor of meeting in St Louis at the Reunion on Friday the 17th of June, My family and I were in St Louis for the night, ready to fly out the next morning for vacation in Florida. My wife knows my passion for the men who served in Vietnam. I am 55 and just missed the whole thing, I graduated in 1973. I have been a military patch collector since I was 7. I specialize in Vietnam Unit Patches. Took the family around to the entry after dinner and got to meet Mark Jackson, Ken Strong and James Oliver. We had a great conversation with all three and James Oliver shot in the building and came back with a patch from their unit 129th Aslt. Hel. Co. This is my Thank You for the gift of the patch. Mark Jackson gave me gifts also a POW and South Vietnam bead bracelets and a "remove before flight" tab from his motorcycle. Mark I am wearing the braclets now on vacation and that tab will go on my street rod. The story will be told to every person asking about the tab. These guys are men's men and had Jesus all over their bikes. Thank you all for proudly proclaiming the name of my Lord JESUS. Thank you all for the warm friendship we felt and from my heart a thank you for going and serving. I would have been proud to have stood shoulder to shoulder and defended this great nation. Thanks for the stories and the patches I am making a special display of these stories and the patches given to me. I would be honored to hear from others and I will preserve your story as well. I am a collector and you guys are in my generation you fought our war and YOU WON! You Won the government gave it all back I have a Lic Plate "N NAM WE 1" You have no idea how many thumbs up I have had. God Bless you all. Would look forward to hearing from any of you. Bob Barnett
Bob Barnett <robert_brntt@yahoo.com>
Springfield, IL USA - Monday, June 20, 2011 at 17:47:30 (MDT)
2011 ST.LOUIS ROSTER for the 129th AHC################################################### DON MCCORT####JIM "STICKMAN" OLIVER####KEN STRONG####WAYNE T. DUGGER####PETE "BARON" NOLEN####DAVE NAGEL####RAYMOND "SOOTHSAYER" COLLES####TOM MARR####RAINER BAUER####LARRY DAVIS####ART HIBLER####DICK "CHERRY" MUIRHEAD####GARY WOODWARD####JACK NEWTON####ALEX FERNWALT####PAUL BOGGS####DENNIS FAUCHER####BUTCH FOSTER####ROGER STRONG####JIM CRIGLER####JOE NICOLICH####DENNIS FUERSTENAU####KAL BERGSTROM####JIM VANHORN####DON ULERY####RAY GAGNER####LARRY FLANNELL####RAY EVENS####NORMAN DONZANTI####JIM SEEBY####GEORGE BESSETTE####RAPLH SANTIARGO####LARRY STOKES##################and ladies by no means to I want to leave and everyone of you that also came with some of your husbands. If one of you has a list of the names of the ladies that came, please post it. GRand total of 34 counting me.#### SO MANY STORIES, SO MANY YEARS, SO MANY MISSIONS, SO MANY TEARS. SO MANY DREAMS, SO MANY HOVERS, SO MANY LOST, SO MANY BROTHERS. SO MANY WENT OVER, SO MANY CAME BACK, SO MANY STILL FIGHT, SO MANY LOST TRACK. SO MUCH BROTHERHOOD, SO MUCH LOVE, SO MUCH,SO MUCH,SO MUCH, FROM THE BLADES UP ABOVE.............ALWAYS A BROTHER............
Mark
USA - Monday, June 20, 2011 at 14:45:13 (MDT)
Art, I dont know you but My heart goes out to ya,sorry man!!
Tommie J
USA - Monday, June 20, 2011 at 14:19:29 (MDT)
Damnit!! Should have been there.
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, June 20, 2011 at 11:02:34 (MDT)
To all the 129th: Got back home in IA 9 PM Sun night. Was the greatest get to gether yet. Really great to meet the guys on the unscheduled/recovery team. Without them I would be nothing. They made it all happen. Thanks for making me look good. All you guys are the greatest. Hope to see you all again next year. If possible sure would like to have copies of the photos of me from your books you brought. Next year I will bring my book and we can compare. Thanks again for the most wounderful time and seeing all of you and comparing war stories makes me so very proud of being a part of the 129th. I will truly love and respect each and everyone of you. Sp6 Big Fig Newton
Jack Newton <jenewton@tcaexpress.net>
Hartley, IA USA - Monday, June 20, 2011 at 09:54:04 (MDT)
All I can say is WOW! I am so glad that I went to the reunion. I am blown away with the experience. It was great seeing my old friends from 71-72, so healing. But also the new friends I now have. I am amazed, humbled and honored. To get to put a face with Alex and Mark and others. What great guys. I spent a lot of time with Ray Evans and Dick Muirhead. Amazing! I pray that Dick can be with us in Reno. My first Morning I had breakfast with Wayne. He had been over in 65 and it was his first time also. I was very happy for him that he saw guys that he new. Jim Oliver, Mark and others said that the next week it would take some time to digest. Boy were they right. On the way home I was alternately either smiling or crying! To be among such warriors and gently good men accepting me home.
Dennis Faucher <drfaucher@verizon.net>
Bradford, Pa. USA - Monday, June 20, 2011 at 04:26:07 (MDT)
Back home in California. Will post more and pictures tomorrow. Dennis 72-73
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville , CA USA - Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 21:11:37 (MDT)
Made it home from another great VHCMA reunion. Met a lot of new attendies which was great and hope to be seeing them post and expading on their new discoveries. It is always good to meet and help the newer fellows get the feel of the 129th group and become more active among us. As has been said B4, there sure were some of the oldies that were missed this year too. I sure hope everyone has as good a time as I did and it only gets better... Love and Brother!!... L8r.. Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 20:51:10 (MDT)
Made it home from St. Louis around 6:30. Will say more tomorrow but will say this. Thanks to all of you for loving me................and...........I want to report a theft............always a brother..................
Mark
- Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 19:25:47 (MDT)
Well, back from St.Louis after being re-routed through Mo.Alot of sand bagging going on on our way up. Parts of interstate 55 south and north were both closed down Saturday. Un offical count about 36 not counting wives. Alot, of new faces from alot of different years. They were crewchiefs, gunners, Pilots and maintence. What a group for the 13th annual reunion for the 129th. We missed alot of the regular Brothers whom usually make the reunions. Next year Reno! As I find out more on the cost I will past it on to the Flight. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 17:30:49 (MDT)
Hi Well got some bad news granson no2 is about 36 weeks old He got to have the top of his head cut off & grined down so he will look normel & his older brother Josh had to have the same thing dun to his head to. my daughter still cover up for him. I give my hole life to just to see him well & I wish I never came home on my feet
Art
USA - Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 16:08:54 (MDT)
Next year in Reno??? Well, I will be done with school by then, and should be unofficially retired.... might be do-able
Kim
USA - Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 09:35:07 (MDT)
Thanks to all this was a great time to see old frenda and new ones to, It is good to have family that care for each other like our bloos kin we wish all a happy Fathers day.745 out see you in Kokoma.
Joe & Kristy Nicolich <joeandkristy@citlink.net>
USA - Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 09:24:18 (MDT)
At the airport headed home. The memories of this weekend still going thru my head. Thanks to all who made me feel welcome. I'll post Pictures to Facebook and Yahoo Groups when I get home. Always a Brother Dennis 72-73
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 05:55:52 (MDT)
Heading home in the morning. Mark has the list and we had a really good turn out here. He will have to post that when he gets back home as well. Was glad to see a bunch more of the 1972 guys here.
Ken Strong Jr
St Louis, MO USA - Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 23:04:43 (MDT)
Kim. That is a one only self made hat. The rest of the gang here says come to the next one and buy the supplies. Next year it's officially in Reno. Also their is a 129th campout at Marks 3rd week of June.
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 20:50:54 (MDT)
Saw the cap on Dennis F's facebook page. I'll take one if there are any left after the reunion
Kim
USA - Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 18:04:35 (MDT)
Heres hoping all you guys are having a wonderful time in LZ St. Louis, wish I was there, but there in spirit. see yall in Kokomo, hopefully, this year.. May God Bless every one of you. .... Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 12:18:08 (MDT)
Nice and quiet on the log
Tom
USA - Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 12:14:49 (MDT)
Ken, I wish I could be there and maybe meet some old friends from lane. It's too hard for me to get around for now. Hopefully someday i'll be up to it. I wish you fellows all the best and hope you have a wonderful time. Be safe brothers and enjoy yourselves to the max!!! lenny m USA
lenny m.
USA - Friday, June 17, 2011 at 10:58:55 (MDT)
Up sort of early to see the new guys showing up here. Have been up till after 1AM the past couple days & waking up with a smile on my face. Mostly Pete Nolan has given me a whole new look on the 129th as he should be out there with "Larry the Cable Guy" on the road. Never new some of these guys could make me laugh so much that my jaw hurts this morning. It is just great seeing so many new people here as we are having a Great time!
Ken Strong Jr
St Louis, MO USA - Friday, June 17, 2011 at 10:19:50 (MDT)
Hope everyone at the reunion is have a great time! Say high to the gang for me!
Bill Wolf
USA - Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 15:45:27 (MDT)
Don, I saw that also, wonder if they ever had DNA ran on them, back then the Dna was fairly new, possibly today it could be done to insure that they were but thats up to their familys. I guess, I just should let it go, it was a long time ago, thats whats so hard to do. I run across stuff ,and wonder why nobody asked questions back then, I do understand its painful, Boy, do I know. I have the feeling that everyone just wants to say, well just f.. it, it was a long time ago. but we will keep and continue fighting stupid as wars and boys just like these will end up on the same, f.. lists, you cant go forward if you dont know where youve been. Sorry for the rant. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 07:52:06 (MDT)
Gary go to my web page and you can see what I have on our guys. as far as I know there is nothing newer than what I have posted. which reminds me if anyone has more updated info or a pic that I don't have please send it to me and I will post it. as you can see that the crew from 959 was recovered and the families when they accepted the remains is the reason for the different casualty dates. I was told that one of the families of the 959 crew didn't accept the army's ID. so I guess that the Army went ahead and listed him as recovered anyway. but that info to me is quite old, they may have accepted by now.!? I hope this helps. Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, az USA - Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 23:42:43 (MDT)
Sorry to change the subject, hope everyone has a great time , and wish I could go, dont think I can manage it going there or the flight there to St. LOouis, will try to make Kokomo. Take a look at the pictures that the 61st. Lucky Star pilot took, Coventry, especially the map of the failed, Pow Mission, Operation Bright Light. We did one also, probably, best I recall May or June 70, close or in the same area, possibly, makes you wonder about Brooks, does me. Coventry says he did talk to one of the Pows, they were hidden undeground while the Rangers were very close to them and the 61st.,its on the 61st. web, makes you wonder, does me, if Brooks was with them, from what Ive read they did not go far from where they were captured and as we all know those places in the Kimson, Happy Valley complex were heavily tunneled. Just my 2 cents. Someone knows what happened to him and the other crew, 959. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 23:12:39 (MDT)
Well, the Emerald Ash Borer has finally reached the counties around this area. They say the Borer is from out of this country and originated somewhere in Michigan. The experts say that spraying insecticide on the roots "might" help. I don't have that many ash trees here but somewhere around 900,000,000 in and around this area. The borer penetrates and kills the tree. Kal, Had you heard about this?
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 15:58:04 (MDT)
Sorry I won't be attending the reunion this year. I will be at my daughters for her birthday. She's going to be 38 this year. Hope everyone has a good time.
Robbie
Rochester , NY USA - Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 13:58:19 (MDT)
Good luck to all of you and all a safe trip & have fun enjoy the reunion
Ron
USA - Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 10:46:32 (MDT)
Soooooooooooo wishing I could be there with you guys this week! Have a wonderful time!
Bill Wolf
USA - Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 10:44:47 (MDT)
Packin my sea bag. Will be on the road today and in St. Louis tomorrow. Safe travel for all head in the same direction...............always a brother...............
Mark
USA - Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 07:31:39 (MDT)
Hope I had a good appt at the VA this morning, spent an hour & a half talking to the doctor. Travel was fun when they punched it in showing me driving from Summerfield, FL. The lady said she didn't think they could pay me for that trip. I just said i was hopeful but settled for fifty dollars. Anyway "Stickman" & I are here in Lafayette, IN and heading out in the morning. So hoping to see a bunch of new faces in St louis.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, IN USA - Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 18:56:06 (MDT)
Bill, I thought we were going to hook up before you left to go back home?.. Kat said you might make it to Kokomo this year. It sounds like the guys would like to see you too.
John Sartor
Oceanside, CA USA - Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 15:34:27 (MDT)
Bill its been THREE ( thats 3 YEARS now ) you are going to give some of us a COMPLEX (LOL) Well best of luck to you and you will be missed
George B
USA - Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 06:13:36 (MDT)
Bill, will miss you and Kat. Been to long since we have seen each other. Robbie, are you gonna make it this year or staying home for your daughters birthday, which is ok too. Miss seeing you also brother................
Mark
USA - Monday, June 13, 2011 at 21:48:03 (MDT)
If you have DVD's, VHS Tapes, 35mm Slides, Picture CD's of the 129th and you would like to share them at the reunion, Bring them to St. Louis. I will have equipment there to show them. Any questions email me.
Paul Boggs 70-71 <paboggs7@comcast.net>
USA - Monday, June 13, 2011 at 21:14:29 (MDT)
Happy belated birthdays to Rick and Alex.Will be looking for it,Jim"Dustoff". Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, June 13, 2011 at 18:35:25 (MDT)
Gary,Bulldog caps just arrived today and I will try to get itin the mail this afternoon. Bill Wolf,will miss you this reunion.Do you think you can make it to Kokomo this year?
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Monday, June 13, 2011 at 12:22:48 (MDT)
I hope that all of you attending the reunion have a wonderful time. I'm sorry I can't make it, but after three years living in an RV in SoCal, we are finally traveling back to our Colorado Springs home later this week!! I'll be at the reunion in spirit - please say hi for me!
Bill Wolf
USA - Monday, June 13, 2011 at 09:20:50 (MDT)
Dustoff Jim, Thanks. I can hardly wait. My Day on Friday will start at 3 AM (sounds like early preflight). Gotta be at Airport by 430 am so I can be molested by TSA, It won't be so bad if it is a woman doing it. C-YA there Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau <dpfirst50@yahoo.com>
Roseville, California USA - Monday, June 13, 2011 at 08:55:45 (MDT)
Dennies,I will check-in and remind them to pick you up at Airport.I hope to arrive early for brunch.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Monday, June 13, 2011 at 08:12:40 (MDT)
Birthday smiles to you gemini's! Rick England and Smitty's are on the 17th:>)))L-G
Gently
USA - Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 20:36:08 (MDT)
Good luck with your MOM Wink Prayers with her from us. We will miss yaat the LZ keep the faith brother we will meet again
George B
USA - Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 19:00:02 (MDT)
morning flight, thanks for all the thoughts an prayers. mom goes for a pet scan tuesday. they'll dye her up . this will tells us how bad the cancer is.but 89 i don't know. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 09:43:58 (MDT)
Dustoff, Happy Birthday, I will be landing at 230PM on Friday. Are you going to check us into the hotel? Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau <dpfirst50@yahoo.com>
Roseville, California USA - Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 09:25:30 (MDT)
Happy Birthday Jim, Dustoff..!!.. See ya in a few days in St Louie... Sorry to hear about your mother Wink. I hope she is doing well and comes though this well. You will be missed at the reunion!!..I will be hitting the road Wed around 8AM and should be pulling in around 4PM. Love and Brotherhood.. L8r..
Kal - '68
USA - Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 08:21:55 (MDT)
Jim, "Dustoff" Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 07:55:34 (MDT)
Sounds like friday will be a good day for the 129th. Got an email from Larry Flanell. He and Wayne Dugger will be coming. Will be the 1st reunion for them and Don Ulery. Will turn 65 tomorrow 13th of June. Glad it's a Monday. Have a C&P hearing on saturday July 16th for an increase of ptsd. Usually I get a denied letter. Surprised me. Have 10 hour shifts or more staring today through Tues. Liz and I will be pulling pitch about 0800 hours on Weds. Stopping Siketon,Mo. for Lunch. See you all in St. Louis. Frenchie brith the 129t/117th book with you. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 07:15:59 (MDT)
JIM, I wish you a very happy birthday and hopefully many more. I just hit 70 in march. time sure is going by fast, too fast!!! have a good one buddy. lenny m. usa
lenny m.
USA - Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 12:20:14 (MDT)
FUNNY,I got an Letter dated 7 june also,they are still prayiong I will kick the bucket before they have to deal with me,but still working on my Compinsation.Thanks-Paul.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 11:26:35 (MDT)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM
paul mcgrath
USA - Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 11:09:31 (MDT)
Well the VA did it to me again as I got a letter today from the VA dated the 7th saying I have a appt for my P&T CP Exam on Tuesday morning in Danville, IL. You got to love the way they do things. Now trying to figure out how to really get by trying to stop by there on the way to St.Louis. Glad I got it today instead of Monday because I would be at "Stickman's" already. Still packing today & hoping to have enough money to make the trip. I am sure I can get there, not sure about getting back to Florida at this point.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 10:23:15 (MDT)
TIME,Waits for no one.Tomorrow will be my comeing out day!!I will be celebrating another mile stone in my life.Birthday Number 78.Getting my sh=t together for Reunion.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 07:13:55 (MDT)
Sorry about your Mom Wink. It's a reminder to us all to cherish the time we have with our loved ones. Greg_Henkel
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Friday, June 10, 2011 at 21:03:33 (MDT)
Got a call from Cinda. Dave Negal of the VHCMA is looking to share a room. He already has a room booked in St. Louis. Anyone interested in sharing a room can call Dave at 412-403-1561. All I know he is from the Penn. See you all in a few days. Wink: sorry to hear about your Mom. Your Mom and the rest of the family are in our thoughts & prayers. Always A Brother!! OH! the doctor cut away about 1 1/2 inch off my left foot. He doesn't want to do surgery just yet.
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, June 10, 2011 at 13:31:27 (MDT)
Wink, sorry to hear about your mom, your family will be in my prayers. Thanks for the info. on the ROKs, and Jae Sung. Yeh, I saw that also, last night about the 5bags, good never did like Delta anyways. They were always rude to us. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, June 10, 2011 at 10:03:03 (MDT)
morning flight, well sounds like everyone is gearing up for the reunion wish i could be there but as i posted a few days ago that mom was going for a second cat scan last tuesday, well resoult are in and the news wasn't good. the cat scan showed another mass in the lungs.so now she has to have a full scan. god only knows what that will show.but to be realistic i guess that no matter what the full scan shows she doesn't have long. sorry to lay this on all of you before the reunion but i felt you all should know.. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Friday, June 10, 2011 at 09:15:11 (MDT)
As always I am behind, Frenchie I will be getting to "Stickman's" on Sunday if you are free Monday. I also added a new person to my list today from the 129th, John Tilton, do remember his name but as all of us have to get my brain working again. As for Kokomo, Got an email this morning that he is 85% booked with 90 people on the list to put in sites yet. Larry Davis is among those, so hoping he gets a spot close to us. Bill W., did you send in for a spot? Anyway I will be without a couple for a while, hope they have Y-fi in St. Louis.
Ken Strong Jr. 73-73
Summerfield, FL USA - Friday, June 10, 2011 at 09:06:35 (MDT)
Dennis: Don Ulery Jr. is in livermore, Calif. he will be getting in on the 15th. He works for western rubber and supply. 925-960-8700 or 925-960-8720. Evently, we need to find more from the west coast.
Alex
USA - Friday, June 10, 2011 at 08:25:40 (MDT)
LZ St. Louis!!! It looks like we are going to have more from the 65-66 era of the 129th. Larry flannel and his wife will be in on Friday. Will be their first reunion. It's been a long road finding some of the guys. But, it been a good journey. It's been good to see the Brothers I served with on both my tours with the 129th. Rainer has one of the orignal 129th Avation Co. patches. When I have the first 129th shirts made I went with the Bulldog. Which was used for the nose art on the d models. I also, remember Snoopy on some aircraft. The orignal looked like a wolf or something close to it. Well, time to head to the Doctor. To find out about my left foot. If, they decide to cut out. I will be in St. Louis. To those can't make it. You'll be with us in thoughts. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, USA - Friday, June 10, 2011 at 08:14:27 (MDT)
This time next week I will be in the air headed for St Louis. BTW, any one else from California going????
Dennis Fuerstenau <dpfirst50@yahoo.com>
Roseville, California USA - Friday, June 10, 2011 at 08:08:47 (MDT)
Gary ****I talked to Jae at the ROK site last week and the post that Fred Alvis put up is getting views on your request***only time will tell ****Jae is having to try and sort through over 1,000 spam mails every day to try and sort things out **his site is getting hammered **I sent him some possible solutions to help to his personal email *****He is trying to get the word out for the request but first he has to connect to someone there that has info. *************will be in St Louis on the 16th ****see ya *******Snoopy 71-72 ***
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Friday, June 10, 2011 at 05:56:08 (MDT)
Gary there was mention of it a national news and the airline upped the free baggage from 3 too 5. I don't know about you but when I came home I had one (1) duffle bag so the 3 alotted would have been fine and with 5 I could have taken home a few of the house girls
George B
USA - Thursday, June 09, 2011 at 18:55:18 (MDT)
Noticed yesterday on the internet, AOL, THAT Returning Vets were charged over 2,800.oo dollars for extra baggage. they had to pay out of their own pocket. Told Margaret that there would be no mention of it on the news, locally or nationaly, I was right, but there was plenty about Weiners, weiner. ha ha. Take care, doing better. still have huge hole where cyst was, will see doctor Monday, and go from there. Take care of that foot. Still no word from the ROKS about Brooks. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, June 09, 2011 at 16:57:21 (MDT)
Thanks Alex & good luck with the foot
George B
USA - Thursday, June 09, 2011 at 15:20:34 (MDT)
George will let liz know. You want Michael's name on one . Will work all weekend and three days into next week. When the schedule was made. They had me working all next week. I will let them know today that the can't see or read. Asked off and had approve two months ago. Will retire next June 13th will be 66. Have been holding off because of the economy. Looks like a double recession in the making. Time will tell. All have a safe trip To St. Louis. Will be arriving on Weds. afternoon. Go to the doctors tomorrow to see about getting a knot cut out of my left foot. Been having the Doctor shave off about an inch every 3 months. Always a Brother !!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, June 09, 2011 at 07:54:29 (MDT)
Liz if you are makeing/bringing those key things like you did at the last St Lou reuion could you PLEASE make & savee one of Mike Shanley for me I would really really appericate it I should be in St Lou Thursday again thanks
georgeB
USA - Thursday, June 09, 2011 at 05:47:02 (MDT)
Wink sorry to hear about your mum. Our thoughts are with you. Simon, Nina, Bradley, Phil, Jo and the rest of the 509 crew.
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
Mellor, 509 County UK - Wednesday, June 08, 2011 at 15:53:25 (MDT)
VERY BIG, Extremely dissapointed about Dee not comeing don't get me wrong Mark your a okay guy but Dee is a whole lot prettier than you and seeing we are on this subject did YOU ACTUALLY order a size XX LARGE for a jersy this year Mark? I don't remember you being XX'd
George B
USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2011 at 15:33:44 (MDT)
Rick England,your place didnt burnup did it? dont remember where you are, saw the fire is in the east. Hot as that place is, you sure dont need fire!!
Tommie Jo
USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2011 at 09:51:50 (MDT)
morning flight,my mom is set for her operation for the 27 th of june.thought i'd might be able to go mto reunion but dr said if he can get her in earlier he will. the dr upped the % of being cancer from 20% too 40% but again won't known till after bio if it is or not. don't like the wait. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2011 at 08:57:40 (MDT)
Oops! no coffee yet. Friday the 17th Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau <dpfirst50@yahoo.com>
Roseville, California USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2011 at 07:57:49 (MDT)
Comin in from over the land, ridin on a big airliner, not bringin in a couple of keys, please mister TSA man don't get so up and personal. Arriving at 2:35 on Friday the 16th. Dennis Class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau <dpfirst50@yahoo.com>
Roseville, California USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2011 at 07:51:29 (MDT)
OH, Wed the 15th at 4PM
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Summerfield, FL USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2011 at 03:02:15 (MDT)
I should be rollin' into St. Louis on Thusday the 16th around mid afternoon. George, It will be just me and yes I am planning on riding the 257 there. Dee is staying home this year. I'll be the Lone Wolf headed down the highway. See everybody there. Got a feelin' this is gonna be a good one this year!!!!................always a brother.........
Mark
USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 at 21:30:03 (MDT)
I know waiting till the last minute to make plans is a dumb idea but guess things are working out as we go. I will be heading to "Stickman's" on Sunday morning. Than planning on being to St Louis around four in the afternoon. Kal is picking up Paul Boggs and trying to get there about the same time. "Clear Left"
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 at 19:20:07 (MDT)
If you should have a hearing loss, had hearing tests done at your employment, you have 2YEARS to file with Workmens Comp FOR HEARING LOSS AFTER YOU RETIRE. .....Several of my co-workers did where I retired from with the Federal Govt. as a Boiler Operator/ A/C Mechanic, they filed had their hearing records and had there private Audiologist run a hearing tests, V.A. hearing evals, can also be used. Had 2 coworkers get 50k, may not everyone be awarded that, they go by percentage of hearing loss.Also want to add a congressman or senator, only serving 1 term will be awarded a retirement, plus other benefits,a retired serviceman, any branch ., only recives 50% after 20 or more years.Dont want to get political ,just wanted to let you know if you did not already. Also ,if you are rated unemployable by the V.A, 100%, YOU CAN QUALIFY FOR CHAPTER 31, WHERE YOU CAN PURCHASE ITEMS TO KEEP YOU BUSY. HOBBIES, COMPUTER, CAMERAS, WOOD WORKING, ETC.LITTLE KNOWN FACTS, I AM WILLING TO SHARE. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 at 13:37:54 (MDT)
Prayers for your mom wink. L-G
gently
USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 at 12:14:47 (MDT)
i have reservations there. not a bad hotel.the 2 bed rooms have beds in 2 separate room so good for sharing and a little mini kitchen and bath in betweeni believe it was 70 a night. not looking good for me using mine as i proabably will be in texas.my reservstion is wednesday - sunday
paul mcgrath
USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 at 06:31:46 (MDT)
KOKOMO Anyone going to Kokomo in September and doesn't have lodging, the motel in Tipton, Indiana still has rooms. It is 13 miles from the motel to the Kokomo site. I was in Tipton Sunday and checked with the motel. For more information contact me at paboggs7@comcast.net See everybody in St. Louis
Paul Boggs 70-71 <paboggs7@comcast.net>
Niles, Mi USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 at 06:17:19 (MDT)
Thanks, Jim, will see how it goes in the next few days.
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, June 06, 2011 at 22:29:48 (MDT)
Gary,I am sure we can change that dressing here at LZ St.Louis.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Monday, June 06, 2011 at 21:05:18 (MDT)
Monday, WEd.and Friday.Its healing from the bottom up, Ill swear. Take care everyone. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, June 06, 2011 at 17:14:45 (MDT)
Thanks, Don, will do that, call Roger Austin. I still have not received anyhting back from the Rok site, or Jae Sung , busy probably. Just seeems strange, that no one was questioned , THE 3 Koreans who did evade the N.V.A, dont say if they were questioned or not. I was on the 61st. site here awhile back, and wasa looking at many pictures that one of their pilots had posted. He also put down where, he had run into a EX-POW , while he was on a oilrig in the Gulf of Mexico, the EX-POW, shares a story of when they, the 61st. went on a rescue mission into the Soui Cau,Kim Son, complex, that the 61st. had barely missed them, they , the POWs were hidden underground.it was near a bridge on the river. He did not say, the 61st. pilot ,if anyone else was with the POW..?? May check into that also.Went to the doc today, a wound specialist since I have such a big hole where the cyst used to be its healing but he said it would take about 6 weeks, will have to change the bandage Mon.W
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, June 06, 2011 at 17:12:12 (MDT)
St Lou: doing my P.M. (For ALL you non flying brothers out there a P.M. is regular preventative mantains check) on the car will do flight check ( car/ drive check very early June 15 than give the ALL CLear to back out of her bunker/driveway be on the end off the landing take off ramp before sunrise. Will have peter driver pilot with me for this trip. Hay Mark are you & Dee bring the bike this year
George B
USA - Monday, June 06, 2011 at 11:14:16 (MDT)
10 Days and counting. St. Louis, be there or be square Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Monday, June 06, 2011 at 09:16:01 (MDT)
morning flight, thanks for all your prayers.i'll know more tomorrow afternoon about mom. i'll keep you all posted. will miss going to st.louis. i'll be there in sprit. thanks all. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Monday, June 06, 2011 at 08:20:04 (MDT)
I just found this page about John .... check it out http://taskforceomegainc.org/b129.html
Don Miller
USA - Monday, June 06, 2011 at 00:12:04 (MDT)
Gary, hey Bro, don't worry about bringing up bad stuff. I figure that is part of the reason Mark made this web site. so we could get thru the bad stuff with the help of the others on here. it wasn't as bad a night as I thought it was going to be. so if there is anything that I can help with for the 3 birds we lost crews on in 1969 just ask. if I don't know the answer then maybe together we can find out who has the answer we need. I think Roger would be a good place to go for info about Brooks, I don't remember if he was in flt ops. listening to the battle with me and a few others but if I remember correctly, Roger was closer to john than I was. after that day I told myself I didn't want to loose any more friends so I said to myself. "don't make any more friends that are on flight crews" well that didn't work very well because when a bird came in for repair or inspection the CC came with it for at least a few days. then when Larry went down I tried harder to avoid the flight crews but then I started flying door gunner if someone wanted a day off and so I could keep up my flight time. so .... so much for my well planed hermit status. but I did decide that the flight and maint. crews of the 129th were the greatest guys you could ever meet. I really miss not being with that bunch on a daily basis like it was in Nam. but what I don't miss at all is the 24/7 fear of not making it home or loosing your friends. well Y'all I hadn't planed on writing a book but it looks like I at least got the first chapter off to a good start. so have a good time at the reunion and take lots of pic's for the rest of us to see. Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, az USA - Monday, June 06, 2011 at 00:01:39 (MDT)
Prayers for your mother and your family Wink.Gary sorry to hear you want be making it either. Take care. We know you will be with us in spirit. 2 weeks to St Louis...........looking forward to this one...............always a brother........
Mark
USA - Sunday, June 05, 2011 at 21:15:02 (MDT)
Wink very sorry to hrar your Mon is not well may God please be with her. You stay home if she needs ya we all will miss you but we all want her son to do whats right first so you take care buddy and try keep us posted
George B
USA - Sunday, June 05, 2011 at 09:11:36 (MDT)
Wink: Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Liz, kind of adopted you after your first reunion. Were here for you and the kids. Well, time is ticking down to LZ St. Louis.about 7 days and a wake up. Will begood to see the 129th family. This is the 13th 129th reunion Glenn Pearmain came in 98 to Irving Tx. There was two then. But, with Mark and this website we have increased our numbers. Always A Brother!!
Alex
USA - Sunday, June 05, 2011 at 08:56:17 (MDT)
Wink, am very sorry to hear about your mother. Still have several more phone calls to make this weekend about St Louis as still working on final details for the trip myself.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Saturday, June 04, 2011 at 11:14:10 (MDT)
Wink, will have your mom in our prayers. God be with your family.
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, June 04, 2011 at 09:48:34 (MDT)
Wink, will keep your mom in our prayers and pray for the best. Bill & Kat
Bill Wolf
USA - Saturday, June 04, 2011 at 09:42:37 (MDT)
morning flight, well another bird down. i'm not going to make the reunion this year. my mom's dr. found a mass, as he put it, in the pelvis area. the dr. cant get to it for biops. so we don't know if it's cancer or not. so he wants to go in as soon as possible and remove it.i agree with him because of the cancer history in her side of the family. i'll know more on the 7th. she is seeing the dr than. i have a smoking room resevered with two beds. i'm not going to cancel it for a few days in case someone needs it. one can call me me. cell# 863-370-0633. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl - Saturday, June 04, 2011 at 07:55:21 (MDT)
Another American Legend died to day, James Arness, MATT DILLON He was 88 years old. RIP, Marshall Dillon. ... Recall watching all those Westerns back then, Wyatt Earp, Palladin, Wagon Train, and many more. Recall me and my brother would have our holsters and cap gun 45s and would draw on Marshall Dillon, when Gunsmoke would first come on.ha ha. Those were good times. Tex...
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, June 03, 2011 at 15:43:05 (MDT)
Same here, Kal, was really looking forward to it also meeting you and others, was able to go up to Amarillo and talk with Darwin Schmidt, wile he was passing through. that meant a lot to me and to him. I was not able to go to Kokomo last year either, still have the plane ticket, was going to use it to go to St. Louis with, have a year to use it.I was going to go on a fishing, camping trip this weekend, with my son and 2 grands.ons, and grandaughter, wont be going to that either,seems like something is always coming up, oh well.Jim ,would like to have 1, send me your address, and Ill send you the money. Seems like the older Im getting the more health problems, Im having also,I was laid up for over 6 weeks from Jan 15th, to almost March, with a pinched nerve, sciatic nerve, couldnt walk or get out of bed for about a week or more, thennhad to hobble around the house the rest of the time, SUCKED. Im not used to depending on anyone.but would have been screwed if I did not have her, lived by myself for many years, guess the Good Lord, knew what was ahead when I moved back here to my hometown of Lubbock. Take care, e-mail me Dustoff, Jim and Ill gladly send you the money for the cap. Im having one made by a fellow that sells military stuff, should be here soon. Ill post a picture of it, and if anyone wants 1, Ill send you one. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount <Phantom843 @aol.com>
Lubbock, Tx USA - Thursday, June 02, 2011 at 21:56:07 (MDT)
Sorry to see you won't be there Gary. I was looking foreward to meeeting you. Oh well.. I hade one of those on my Sitter.. Had to sit gently on the other side for a while. When the Doc lanced it, as you said, it really stunk the place up. Wasn't long after that that they put exhaust fans in the little E-room stalls. I was off work a week but it healed up pretty fast and it was back to work. I hope yours heals fast too. The reason I was hoping to see at St Louis is that I don't know if I will make Kokomo this year. Med problems are croping up and me and the great outdoors aren't getting along very well anymore... Take care Brothers and Sisters.. Hope to see a lot of you in St Louie!!!.. L8r.. Kal - '68>>
Kal Bergstrom
USA - Thursday, June 02, 2011 at 16:03:33 (MDT)
Gary,I ordered 10ea of the Bull Dog caps.If youwant one let me know!Sorry to hear you are not going to be there.I had one of thoes boils on the lt.cheek of my butt.I had to sit side ways.I used white bread soaked with pet canned milk to draw out the puss.Packed bacitracin ointment in hole and kept clean bandage on it.Healed up in about a week.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Thursday, June 02, 2011 at 14:26:27 (MDT)
Thanks for the kind words. Ron and Paul.
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, June 02, 2011 at 13:03:54 (MDT)
I'm so sorry to hear that Gary I know how much you planned on going to the reunion. I hopr you get it fixed up soon and feel better my thoughts & Prayers are with you for a speedy recovery from this.
Ron <ronlj@ptd.net>
Wellsboro, pa USA - Thursday, June 02, 2011 at 11:35:11 (MDT)
i get them also but on the insides of my legs and have had one on scrotum also.i do the samething i have done for forty years,draw out with a hot compress and lance and drain them myself,because it takes 2 months to get a dermatology appt.
paul mcgrath
USA - Thursday, June 02, 2011 at 11:31:06 (MDT)
Sadly, I wont be able to go to the St.Louis reunion,I had a cyst onmy back that got infected, I guess from not wearing my shirt to mow the lawn. Funny thing, I had gone to the V.A Clinic here the week before to have some spots frozen by the dermatologists.They said to not boter with it, let me tell you, the crap inside of one smells horrible, sickening. It has been draining out and damn near wants tomake me vomit, if you have one get the SOB removed, thank God for Margarita she has been taking care of it its between my shoulder blades, impoosible for me to take care of. Funny thing, my older brother had one in the same spot.and had to have it removed also. Cant belive that they actually said to not worry about it, cant belive I had that putrid shit under my skin on my body that long. SUCKS ,. Typical V.A. .. I really wanted to go too, hope to make Kokomo. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, June 02, 2011 at 11:09:01 (MDT)
I haven't got an accurate count on how many will be attending the St. Louis/129th reunion. We usually have about 30 regulars. I have some new 129th Brothers hoping to make it in. We will have to wait and see. Some whom drive think the roads might still be flooded from where they live to St. Louis. I don't know of any conditions like that. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, June 02, 2011 at 06:51:42 (MDT)
Funny, a friend of mine, Dan jack, owns the mountain next to Mt. Mica which is where Perhams mine from the january pocket. He blasts away every now and then and sells tourmaline and an occasional piece of amethyst.... I emailed you directions from Bangor to Locke Mills.... As Alvis said, it is beautiful country. Something else I used to do quite often was fly the Maine coastline from Bar Harbor to Brunswick. I'd take off from Twitchells in Turner. The entire trip on a calm day would take about 2 hours in a 172.
Kim
USA - Thursday, June 02, 2011 at 05:44:25 (MDT)
Do you think that all 40 of them would want a Bull Dog cap?Why don't I just get 10 ea to start with and if anyone else wants one I can mail it to them.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 21:13:25 (MDT)
Paul, sent you that flyer,hope its ok. Maybe we can do something as a unit to honor him and also find out some information that we dont have. Like, I said before, there is a memorial for Brooks on the 6th. page of this website, it would be nice if everyone that reads this goes on there and leaves him flowers and other stuff, or a short message, I left him a Angel to gaurd over him and the others we lost so long ago, it only takes a minute of your time, he deseves recognition from all of us thats still alive, going to see about sponsoring some more also of our brothers on find a grave. Will callhim, Roger Austin, Kim. Thanks. Tex
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 20:07:22 (MDT)
Gosh Jim, I don't know. Alex has stated in here that we might have up to 40+ guys there this year..................
Mark
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 20:00:30 (MDT)
gary and kim;i will do as i said and hope something comes of it.KIM i 'm going to perhams in west paris as they have mines in the area,and they will give you maps and let you look thru the tailings when they aren't working them.coincidence??????i'm saving what i get sent.KIM;think it might work?????
paul mcgrath
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 19:54:33 (MDT)
Mark,How many Base Ball Caps W/Bulldog face on them do we need at the VHCMA?Please get back to me asap.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 19:34:18 (MDT)
Gary, another thought is to give Roger Austin a call...
Kim
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 18:43:55 (MDT)
idapaul at yahoo dotcom
paul mcgrath
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 18:20:24 (MDT)
Paul, please post your e-mail addy again, dont see it.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 17:45:57 (MDT)
Paul, sounds like a great idea.WILL DO.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 16:56:23 (MDT)
GARY;i been thinking about how to help with brooks;this is what i came up with.you make up a flyer with the info and whatever,i will get u a pic of the monuments and will put up the flyers at local grocery store,police station, firehouse.i will be leaving il. in 2 weeks but won't get to maine till after july 4.you email me the flyer and i will print it.my email addy is a few posts back.post if you can't find it
paul mcgrath
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 16:51:26 (MDT)
That part of the country,the Norheast, Boston and areas around under a tornado watch? thats very unusual isnt it?
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 14:44:20 (MDT)
Kim, I hear you, there is conflicting reports. Brooks and 2 other Koreans, were seen to run downhill, then one report says he was seen running to another hill, according to the official report, Brooks nor the 2 Koreans were ever found.The 3 other Koreans evaded the NVA and were able to link up with their company. I would come more to beliving what Don Miller said earlier, since he was there at that time, it will be interesting.Hopefullywe may get some input from the Koreans, funny there wasnt more questions asked.,or maybe there was, who the hell knows, like I said we owe Brooks that much even if it has been 42 years.Yep, bautiful country, of course that was in 1958, long, long time ago.Later, Tex70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 13:34:19 (MDT)
Gary, I wasn't there to see what happened, I only can relay what I was told. My understanding is that the Korean survivors went up the hill, and for some reason, John went down. It will be interesting if the Koreans have any more input.... give jae a few days to check around.................. yeah Alvis, it is beautiful country... I just wish it was warmer in the winter!
kim
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 12:39:19 (MDT)
Correction, Richard, Miami Beach.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 07:24:38 (MDT)
While Im wound up, Ive got another question to ask, Richard Laughlin, do you remeber us coming in for lunch that dayon the day that Nolen took my place after lunch. I understand from Foster that you dont like to talk about that day, but it would mean a great deal to me if you would call me at 806-401-5444or e-mail me at phantom 843@aol.com, please.I know your out there Richard, I remember you well, flew with you many times., especially the day we got into that typhoon over by the golf course. Clear right, Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 07:23:22 (MDT)
The more I think about this and from what I have read about that day, the day Brooks " disapperared",the more perplexing it becomes.According to official eyewitness reports, the only statements we can go by and facts, Brooks was last seen going down the hill with 2 Koreans. the Koreans were able to rejoin their unit.right? Why in the hell were they not asked " THEN ",WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO BROOKS.???? TO BE FRANK, IT PISSES ME THE HELL OFF, WHY THEHELL, NOBODY WENT TO THE kOREANS AND ASKED THEM A DAMN THING, IF THEY DID WHERE THE HELLIS THE DAMN STATEMENT.? HUH? SURELY , SOMEBODY KNOWS WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO HIM,John Henry Ralph Brooks. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 07:03:07 (MDT)
Fred, I e-mailed Jae, yesterday,,and explained to him as best I could about Brooks. what was on the find a grave site on our 129th. website. I said thatif he could find out if anyone that day , his (ROK folks)dON,, may remember, the Koreans that were with him, the way Im m reading this , rejoined there units, they ( the Roks,that were seen with him ),from what I have read so far, did not say what in the hell happened to Brooks, if he ran away from them, was killed, captured or what. and as far as I can tell were never asked, if they were then it would be in the report. I would just like to find out if possible, what the hell did happen. I and we owe him that much.if Possible.Don ,Im sorry to bring up those old memorys, I was the one who began this, I do understand . but after reading thatand Ive read it before about him, Brooks, I just thought that maybe just maybe we could find outfrom the last people that were with him what really happened.I saw on the find a grave, where his memorial was, the last words about Brooks.I remeber clearly hearing about him when I was there and how queer it was that e vanished without a trace just like the crew from 959, they were finally found it says, Brooks never was. Sorry if I have drug up old ghosts,but Im going to do what I can for him,Brooks, just like I did for Paul Nolen,,evenif nobody does remember us coming in for lunch that day, Feb.19th. 71, from the snoopy low, and Paul taking my place. I found everyone associated with that day, both crews,pilots and crewchief, where Nolen was buried, and where his brothers and one siteris, and a lot about him, Paul, and where 171 is soit may be possible to find out what happened to Brooks from the people that were last seen with him. Clear right, Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 06:31:36 (MDT)
Damn, Kim, I have drove thru there a few times, going to ,or away, from the paper mills up there. Its beautiful up that way..clear, white, rushing, mountian rivers and streams, forest as far as the eye can see, waters that cry out for a fishing pole.ect. Ok, leaving out in a hour, y'all behave. Have a great time at the reunion. go th to Budwiser Brewery tour, great old building and the free beer aint bad either.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 05:41:25 (MDT)
I went into the ROK site and ask Jae to ask about the crash, on his site, with the folks on his side of the language barrier. I dont have enough info to fully explaine the details. Someone with more knowledge ( darn near everyone) could go into the ROK site and add details.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 05:38:08 (MDT)
sorry, it has been a long time.. I just read some of the earlier posts about Brooks. and you are right. Brooks and the Korean went down the hill. but, I think all the rest is accurate. Later, Don ( I hate getting old they say that the memory is the second thing to go.
Don Miller
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 23:56:16 (MDT)
I was listening to the radio traffic the day Brooks went down. we heard the whole thing. later when they went in to recover they said it looked like Mr's STOWE and WITMER charged a machine gun. (this info was from people on the ground and other air craft in the area when it happened) GOONAN was found just a few feet from the chopper. BROOKS was seen with a Korean going up a hill. the Korean was found dead but there was no trace of Brooks. that day still haunts me because Brooks was the first friend of mine lost in combat. we lost 14 men in 1969 I was there for 12 of them. 1969 was the worst year for losses in the 129th. I better quit for the night because I can feel the crap coming back and I would like to get some sleep tonight. it probably wont work because the 12 are on my mind now so ..... Ya 'll have a good week. if more info is needed let me know I will be alright with talking about it but tonight is not good. my number is 520.904.2020 and I am in Arizona (same time as CA right now.) Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 23:36:10 (MDT)
Bryant Pond /Locke Mills is on rte. 26. You need to take U.S. 2 west out of bangor and head to Bethel, then take 26 south for 6-7 miles.
Kim
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 18:36:02 (MDT)
I do have a picture of 915. I was asked to attend the commemoration of the memorial a few years back... 06?.. the Cole land trans museum is about 2 miles from the airport
Kim
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 18:31:41 (MDT)
Fred and Kim, must have went through, let youknow what if anything I find out.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 18:22:23 (MDT)
We visited my moms folks in 58 and 60 on a train from Lubbock to Boston, I was 8years old, thats when you could ride trains around here, took 2 days to get there, dining car, the works, mymoms folks were all Italians, she come from a family of 12 kids, 5 brother 7 sisters, only one still alive, now, all spoke fluent Italian, beautiful up thjere, spent time and visited Cape Cod, and Plymouth among other places,mostly around East Bridgewater, never for get it, did go North up towards Vermont and Maine, dont recall much, only it was very pretty. Hope to go up there as soon as I get al this V.A FIASCO SETTLED.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 18:17:32 (MDT)
emailed the main man of their website, Jae-Sung.Alvis, so far it has not come back.ASked him if he could possibly find out anything, there is no mention of what they said about Brooks, whether he stayed with them or what, the others ran up the hill and were shot by the N.V.A., maybe thats why he ran the other way ,down the hill. would love to find outif they remeber anything at all, the Roks, no mention of them being questioned, that Im aware of, well see.Clear right, Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 18:08:31 (MDT)
Oh Yea **this one's for Jim Oliver aka Stickman *****The cole museum is giving a free "walking stick" to any war veteran that produces a DD214 etc. when they visit ***
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 18:04:17 (MDT)
Paul, *** If you happen to be in Bangor around I-95 checking things out I tracked down AC 915 that David Stamper was in in 72 during AnKhe when he was lost. ***http://www.colemuseum.org/ ****Cole Land Transportation Museum ** 405 Perry Road ***Bangor ME 04401 ***Telephone: (207) 990-3600 ***I contacted them a few years ago to verify the tail number and sent them the loss report copy to try and get it posted with the info but so far the listing just shows that it crashed once under the war memorial listing they have **** Snoopy 71-72 ***
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 17:58:54 (MDT)
just looked it up on mapquest,down by augusta so it will be a side trip on my way down to north carolina,and i have most of a week to get from bangor to hatteras.will be happy to make the side trip if you guys want
paul mcgrath
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 17:50:44 (MDT)
Having trouble going on their site, would you mind asking them, Fred,if they should know anything about Brooks., please.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 17:45:07 (MDT)
i'm going all the way out to eastport so 2-3 hours is nothing.we start in eastport and machais and work our way back to acadia.going to pocomoonshine lake up by eastport-calais,its been 50 years since i fished that lake.send me the info and i will do it ,maybe i can come up with something
paul mcgrath
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 17:44:46 (MDT)
Paul, you're looking at a 2 1/2 hour trip, each way. Just want to make you aware of that. I can give you directions right to the memorial, which is to all the war dead in Greenwood, about a dozen names total... Gary, it is beautiful country up there, as is the berkshires in western Mass. My oldest son just took a job in Vermont somewhere, and will be moving within the month... Northern Vermont in early summer is the most beautiful blue/green Norman Rockwell country I've ever seen.
Kim
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 17:38:38 (MDT)
What the hell, Ill try to see if anyone is still around that remebers that.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 17:35:34 (MDT)
Alvis, thought about it. Been a long time, what do you think?
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 17:33:44 (MDT)
anyone bother to go onto the ROK website and ask?...http://www.rokfv.com/
alvis
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 16:58:06 (MDT)
Be safe out there, Alvis.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 16:52:34 (MDT)
Will be going to Del Rio, Texas (again). Will arrive friday to be unloaded at 10;00 AM. Going to fengan rd., Kimberly Clark Dc.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 16:48:57 (MDT)
Paul, that would be great, thanks a millon.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 16:22:58 (MDT)
kim and gary. i will be in maine in a few weeks i could possibly take a ride and get a pic of the memorial.wife will be flying out of bangor on 9 july and i have a few days before i head south,could make some inquiries also.just send all relevant info to me at idapaul at yahoo dot com. let me know.
paul mcgrath
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 16:10:19 (MDT)
Again thanks for the information, Kim,hard to say what you would do in those circumstances, we all know that,and react differently, hope to see my moms home In Middleborough, Mass, someday soon,and get up to Maine and Vermont too, from what I recall it was very pretty and has not changed that much. Just wanted to honor Brooks, God rest his soul. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 14:35:59 (MDT)
Just thought I would let everyone know that I have placed an order for 129th patches ******I will bring them with me to the reunion (arriving on the 16th) *****See you all there ****Will have them available for 5.00 ea to cover part of the cost. ***Anyone not making the reunion can contact me at garywdsi at yahoo.com and I can send one for 5.00 + 1.00 S&H ****Snoopy 71-72 ****
Gary Woodward <garywdsi@yahoo.>
Memphis, Tn USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 13:13:37 (MDT)
It's my understanding that they tried to get him to go up the hill towards their friends, but for some reason he took off downslope. I can only speculate that if it had been me, I would have followed their lead. Still, its easy to say, not being in the moment. I never was any good at disappearing into the woods, so any attempt at escape and evasion would have been wasted effort on my part......... The area of Maine I'm talking about is in the western foothills. There is a small family ski area in Locke Mills that is still open, but it has been eclipsed by Sunday River in Bethel, about fifteen minutes further north. Pretty country, a lot of pristine wilderness
Kim
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 13:12:58 (MDT)
My mom and her family came from a small town South of Boston,been wanting to go up there, still have cousins up there, would very much like to go to Greenwood, Maine and visit his memorial.Question, wonder why those Koreans were not questioned more about what happened to him? I understand its been a long time ago, just wondering? hmmmm?? Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 12:29:38 (MDT)
Bryand Pond, Maine made the national news a few years back for being the last town to get rid of their hand crank telephone system
Kim
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 12:08:17 (MDT)
I wouldn't be surprised if there is still family around the area. I spoke with Roger Austin a few years ago, and he told me that he'd talked with some family member. Brooks is a pretty common name. I asked a couple times at the general store next to the monument if anyone knew him, but....... it's been a lot of years
Kim
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 12:05:29 (MDT)
Kim, thanks for the information,wonder if any of his kinfolks are still around there? Like, I said you can leave flowers and other things for him on that find a grave website,its on the 6th.or 7th. page. of the 129th. pages. I did, as far as I can tell he is the only one of our 129th. brothers, not accounted for. Tex 70-71. p.s. my cell phone has been acting up, if I missed your call 423 area code, Im sorry, tried calling you back, if this is one of us, I dont get many calls.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 11:50:15 (MDT)
John Henry Brooks is listed on a wall of honor in his home town of Greenwood maine. I took a photo of it a few years back. His mailing address was Bryant Pond, but one must understand that all those towns, Greenwood, Locke Mills, and Bryand Pond have a total population of less than a thousand.
Kim
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 11:36:29 (MDT)
Sorry about the duplications
gary
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 11:29:24 (MDT)
If someone from Tennessee was trying to contact me earier, you can e-mail me at phantom843@aol.com,ok? Tex 70-71
Gary Mount <phantom843@aol.com>
Lubbock, tx USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 11:28:47 (MDT)
If someone from Tennessee was trying to contact me earier, you can e-mail me at phantom843@aol.com,ok? Tex 70-71
Gary Mount <phantom843@aol.com>
Lubbock, tx USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 11:28:46 (MDT)
If someone from Tennessee was trying to contact me earier, you can e-mail me at phantom843@aol.com,ok? Tex 70-71
Gary Mount <phantom843@aol.com>
Lubbock, tx USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 11:28:44 (MDT)
I was just wandering through the 129th. pages and came across where you can leave flowers for one of our MIA or Pows?John Henry Ralph Brooks on his memorial,his remains or wherabouts were never found. I had heard about him when I was there a couple of times and the crew of 959, when we had some down time.I think just how easy it may have happened to any one of us and what really did happen to him Brooks? Only God Knows, I hope to see all of them when my time comes and shake their hands. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 09:21:55 (MDT)
You said it all, Dennis.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 09:13:29 (MDT)
Dennis That took a lot of guts.The family member was right.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 09:06:23 (MDT)
Spent a few hours at the West tennessee Veteran's Cemetery. Visted Charlie Rains grave for about 45 minutes. Then, went to the ceremony for all our fallen Brothers and Sisters. A good turnout. Boy scouts gave the Vetearns Flags and children passing out Thank You cards from thier families. The parents wanted their children to learn what the real meaning of Memorial Day. A Slow Hand Salute to all whom gave it all and those whom past after Vietnam. Well, St.Louis is getting closer. Will be getting in on the June 15th. Well be good to see the 129th Family. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 07:57:39 (MDT)
DENNIS,17 days till the reunion.What time are you arriveing at St.Louis,Lambert field?
Jim <Dustoff>
East St.Louis, IL USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 06:56:44 (MDT)
The memorial and dedication is over. Dan Hertlien was also there along with many other veterans and classmates. Everything went perfectly till they asked me to say a few words. Then the dam broke and I could not speak. A family member that was there told me that I said it all even though I did not say a word. I took many pictures and my and good friend of mine took many. Will get them posted when I get back home
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville , CA USA - Monday, May 30, 2011 at 19:51:50 (MDT)
if its the Smitty I know, his name is Jim Westwang, from Sheridan, Wyo. He is buried there now too.
alvis
USA - Monday, May 30, 2011 at 19:34:27 (MDT)
First of all thank you all for your service. I am trying to gather information on my brother WO1 Kenneth P. Kinne I believe his call sign was AleMaster he was in country 69 to 70. I am making history of my brother for his grandson. I believe he flew with Smithy dont know his last name, he was a teacher of English thank you for your time
Keith H. Kinne <kcgirl1@sbcglobal.net>
Sacramento, ca USA - Monday, May 30, 2011 at 10:29:29 (MDT)
A slow hand salute to all our brothers that gave thir lives,there is not a day goes by tha I dont think about you, Paul Nolen. Manny Rivera, I will never forget you giving me your fan when you left and the kindness you showed me,, a newby ,and you 2 Lenny.and Ruff and Casey. I wonder about the others, Bucky, Draughter, Markham, Leggins, Bennet, Bill Hewitt "Huey ", Snell, Mavromatis.Hap,Blair,Lulei,Higdon and others I forgotten their names.Wherever your at, God Bless you and God rest your soul, Paul and all of our fallen 129th. brothers, then and recently. Clear right, Tex 70-71. "The Phantom'
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, May 30, 2011 at 08:42:41 (MDT)
A slow hand salute to all our brothers who made the ultimate sacrafice and to those who have since passed.
Bill Wolf
USA - Monday, May 30, 2011 at 08:22:27 (MDT)
I won't forget Lt Tom Shaw & CW Claude Stothers.
Bruno E Sanchez
USA - Monday, May 30, 2011 at 08:17:21 (MDT)
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY BROTHERS.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Monday, May 30, 2011 at 07:25:19 (MDT)
Mornin'Bite & Strikers! Rec'd an e-mail the other day from Manny Rivera requesting info on a 129th reunion. I forwarded our web.to him,in hopes he contacts us.I recall his callsign was "HO",and that he was a fellow New Yorker. He crewed tail#135 before It became my bird. I painted "The NewYorker"on the avionics cover. If your reading this Manny, WELCOME HOME! Hope all is well with you and yours. Have a safe MEMORIAL DAY! Some Gave All so we could write that. God Bless You Brothers..Clear Left, Lenny.
Lenny Adams
N Y USA - Monday, May 30, 2011 at 06:31:26 (MDT)
Up early today adjusting plans, talked to "Stickman" & guess I will go stay at his place for a few days before St Louis & will ride together. Anyone else in East Ga going? I had also been watching the things for the Vets. The thing that caught my attention was that employers were not wanting to hire Vets for the same old reasons. Odd after working all those years with other guys who were in the military, we were always early for work & did more than our share of the work. I am hoping this report is wrong before we have a whole new group of guys who are looked down on for serving in combat.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Monday, May 30, 2011 at 06:00:34 (MDT)
Ave maria??? Naahhhh.... maybe Summer Place, or Joe Hill. your choice :)..... so many anachronisms..... the greatest generation. They won WW2, yet got us into vietnam. Our generation served in vietnam, and as political leaders today, have driven the nation toward bankruptcy. Some legacy.
Kim
USA - Monday, May 30, 2011 at 05:45:40 (MDT)
Kim - want to hear me sing Ave Maria? No, well how about the hokey pokey. Here is hoping that all can celebrate Memorial Day without much consternation (fear for whatever reason). I will be at the flag raising at dawn tommorrow at the city park here in our little burgh, then breakfast at the Legion and a small parade and ceremony back at the city park. It is really frightening to me that it is not just the WWII and Korean guys leaving us. Have had 3 Vietnam vets pass in the past year. All of my respect to all of you. Wes
Wrong Way
USA - Monday, May 30, 2011 at 00:38:08 (MDT)
Yep, big difference between the times of the 40s and early 50s, WWII. Korea, and Vietnam. Different attitudes altogether.Diffferent behaviour and discipline.By the time I got out in December of 71, nobody much gave a crap., they were kicking out folks left and right, the CO when I was at Ord was afraid to go to the barracks. Antiwar protests outside the gates ad nobody had any respect for soldiers, got treated like crap, yep big difference in times.We made it , thats all that counts.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 22:18:31 (MDT)
watching old war movies, Red Sox, Indy 500, Nascar and woodstock, got me thinking about how all the songs back then were anti war, get out of Vietnam, and so many of us sang them, bought the records, and went to Vietnam and served...... contradictions????
Kim
USA - Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 19:25:34 (MDT)
Speaking of POWs. The Nam POWs go to a florida, panhandle, air force base, every year for a special clinical physcal.They go over them, top to bottom. Its almost like a study group. Of course, they deserve anything and everything they recieve, form the gov. and the public. They also have their own special yearly reunion. I might throw some hints at my uncle that I would like to attend one, but would behave.he doesnt like to talk about his time in the Hanio Hilton, but will with me...I think its because the job we did and that I was on an aircraft that was lost also. At one point, when I went down to my step dads funeral a couple of weeks ago, he and I were sitting outside, in the back of the yard, in a swing. I was smoking. We started to talk sbout when he used to smoke. He said when he was an Airforce fighter pilot, he smoked 4 packs a day. I ask him if he , and how, he smoked in the Hilton. he stated that the guards gavr everuone 3 smokes a day. those that didnt smoke took them as well, to trade or give to those that did.H esaid that the real problem was that you would have to ( of course when you think about it) go to the guards to get a light. Many days they wouldnt recieve any smokes, the guards claiming the "Americans bombed " the cig. factory.They all knew that the guards had simply traded the smokes to folks in the area. He also said the cigs. were full of sticks and other stuff. Its interesting to me these little facts that come across about that place up north. One never hears these small day to day things. Everbody wants to hear ( andwe have ran into this) all the gory stuff.
alvis
USA - Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 12:29:04 (MDT)
Hey, fixin to be 100 here, Bruno, on the Llano Estacado, Staked Plains, hell the Comanches even stayed away from here. Wasnt seetled here until the early 1900s. Ifn my old bud dont get in that crek, hisn rump will be rump roast. Ha ha.Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 11:25:59 (MDT)
Gary Mount: If'in I was there in Mertzon by the "cold Creek" I'd had my rump roast in the creek. An Ice chest with some cold brewski's & some nice dips & chips etc. Yesterday was another hot one dude - 111 degrees plus the heat index.And no rain in the forecast.Stay in the shade.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 11:05:07 (MDT)
There are 5 Tokyo Raiders still alive, they have held reunions every year. Bob Hite who comes from a small town near here is still alive. He was a POW for years. Starved and tortured, three others were executed and one died from malnutrition, The Japanese murdered 250,000 Chinese looking for the Tokyo Raiders. When I was living down in Corpus Christi, went to a estate sale and found a first edition of the book " Thirty Seconds over Tokyo." It was snt to a lady there, dont know the connection, and the signature was in 1944, right about the time the book was written and the movie came out.When Lubbock had a air base, Reese, named after a p-38 pilot who came from a town closeby, many, many b-25s flew here out at the old base. and did so until 1959, until a bad hail storm damaged any of them.A great many men have given their lives for this country and for their buddys, from Lexington to Iraq and Afghanistan. mothers and fathers who have lost their sons and daughters too and wives lost their husbands and boys and girls lost their Dad or mom. War is HORROR, plain and simple. God Bless our troops and our 129th. brothers who gave their very lives. I will always be bitter about how we were treated, and all that, the nightmares and anxiety are always there and the memorys, good and bad. we are special, we survived. I just pray that someday all this evil will stop. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 10:50:24 (MDT)
Seen that 1 too, great movie.Paul.
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 22:58:11 (MDT)
just got done watching " flyboys" GREATEST movie i have seen in a long while.excellent ww1 dogfights.feel bad watching a fixed wing movie, but rotary wings weren't invented yet.
paul mcgrath
USA - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 22:13:54 (MDT)
Just got through watching " Thirty Seconds over Tokyo" on TCM. seen it many times before, recall staying up late and watching it when me and my older brother were little not long after Lubbock got its first Tv stations in 1953. The filming of low level flying in that B-25 at that time is truly amazing,its lke you are in the cockpit with the crew. Those men who did that were truly special and heroic, God rest their souls .. Brave men.
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 20:34:56 (MDT)
local folks...... we were supposed to be on stand down, and my ship was in for a hundred hours inspection, so I was late getting back to the hootches, and for some stupid reason I was sober ( didn't happen often). Suddenly I heard a few guys running past the hootches hollering ASAP, so I ran down the hill with them, untied to rotor and pulled the covers off the guns while they cranked up. As soon as another em showed up we took off. There was a report of movement in the wire, and a second ship joined us right after we got airborne.. The pilots I flew with were drunk. We circled just outside the wire waiting for a flare ship, and the guys up front got tired of waiting, sooo they turned on our landing and search lights and we slow flew the perimeter. After about ten minutes of doing that a flare ship finally began dropping illumination and a few minutes after that we saw some movement over on the left of the main gate. We got a couple cowboys running off with a flare parachute in our lights, and I remember being asked if I wanted to fire them up. For some stupid reason I said fu-- em, which turned out to be the general sentiment...... worst thang that happened that night was when we came back to base, the peter pilot was flying (wanted to get some night time), and he nearly put us down in the wire!! Hell, he was only a few hundred yards short of the POL point :) Aside from that, the CO, Cpt Durden, bitched that we were a bunch of glory hounds for slow flying around with all the lights on.... I'm still glad I didn't pull the trigger that night.
Kim
USA - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 14:45:36 (MDT)
A slow hand salout to all our Brothers & Sisters on Monday not forgoten.
Joe&kristy
USA - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 14:12:36 (MDT)
cant remember who I went on a flare mission with one night..maybe Smitty, I flew with him alot, but I think that maybe one out of 5 or 6 flares worked. The rest just fell to the earth. Shrug, when we saw how it was going..we started aiming at hootches.Dont know if we hit any, but bet momma san/ pappa san were sure surprised the next day, if not that night. Cant belive the crap we pulled on loacal folks.
alvis
USA - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 12:46:21 (MDT)
Dennis, that would be your presentation
Mark
USA - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 11:41:30 (MDT)
Happy belated b day Gale. DEnnis, let us know how your presention goes...........
Mark
USA - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 11:40:55 (MDT)
Yeh, must had, when I first got there, me and Bennet, went to the dump near Quinhon, where there were whores,that night Spooky lit up that area best I could tell from Lane. awesome sight watching that.Recall went out on a flare mission one night after first getting there with Leggins when Charley decided to overun Phu Cat. watched our guns work out around it. Bruno, my poorold buddy down in Mertzon, by San angelo will get up to 112 today,guess hell have to dunk his azz in the spring fed creek by his house, that water is COLD. The Phantom 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 11:04:57 (MDT)
Gee Gary. They must have blown that place up pretty regular as the Willy Peter dump was hit in the TET of '68. Lit things up like daylight. Sure brings back the memories.. Hey, St Louie is only 2 1/2 weeks off now.. Getting anxious... L8r...
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 10:10:29 (MDT)
Still recall the great ammo dump explosion, was sitting out in front of the hooch ontop of sandbags when WE SAW IT BLOW, LOOOKED LIKE THE SUN WAS COMING UP!!! We went out after that on a flare mission Quinhon. didnt drop any flares that I can recall. Gaurd duty was boring as hell, pulled it a few times , the tower by the gate usually, yeh, recall the tracer moments, last gaurd I pulled was the day or should I say night before I got out of the ARMY AT Ord, near the ammo dump by the ocean, liked to froze to death, good thing we had plenty of cheap wine and a fire. ha ha. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 09:58:03 (MDT)
Bruno, that hot dude!! Spent a couple of days over in Roswell, Nm. ev erything dry as a bone across the state of Texas and Eastern New Mexico.will be over 100 here next few days. IN loubock. Drank a toast of pepermint ice Tea to you Gale, last night when I got in you old fart. teehee. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 09:49:14 (MDT)
after all these years I finally learn why Wes was such a choir boy over there :)
Kim
USA - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 09:46:31 (MDT)
Gary mount: Hey Gary, 112 degrees in Laredo Yesterday. It's HOT down here dude!!!!!!
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 08:58:31 (MDT)
Gale, happy late birthday. I've been onthe road all day and my wife gets pissed if I text while driving. Dan, I have a tattoo that says Exit Only, I have a agreement with my drs. If all other tests are ok. There will be no probing. Currently on my mission of speaking at the Memorial at my High school on Monday. Ya'll have a great day. Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau
On the Road, ?? USA - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 08:19:32 (MDT)
Thanks everyone although it was a pretty uneventful day. I just had a friend die last week at the age of 63, sooooo......................
Gale
USA - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 06:55:39 (MDT)
now that Gale is sober enough to read (the day after) h.b. gale.
alvis
USA - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 06:08:50 (MDT)
Party Favors Gale !! ***********Alvis ** tell Sue no pitching for the majors for at least a week (hope all goes well)
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 05:14:25 (MDT)
Happy Birthday Gsle Flight be careful out there
Rick England
USA - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 04:51:20 (MDT)
Dan, It's rare to hear a story that's so informative and entertaining at the same time! Glad you're OK. Mahalo, Greg_Henkel
Animal
Puna , HI USA - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 01:27:10 (MDT)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!Gael.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 21:27:16 (MDT)
Happy bithday, Gale.
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 20:05:02 (MDT)
I sure am glad I never pulled any kind of the shenanigans you guys have been talking about. My poor old granny would spin in her grave if I had. Happy b-day Gale.
Wrong Way Wes <griff90880@msn.com>
USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 18:50:45 (MDT)
Happy Birthday Gale!!!!!.. Pretty good numbers... L8r...
Kal
USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 18:43:30 (MDT)
found out whats going on with Sue's intense pain. Riped or torn rotator cup tendon.. She goes back to the doc thursday.
alvis
USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 18:38:14 (MDT)
Happy Birthday Gale!!!!
Tommie J
USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 17:42:13 (MDT)
Flight, I left Lane on my birthday on May 27, 1968........here I am at 69 today.
Gale
USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 17:02:15 (MDT)
Thanks Don.... I thought it was, and suddenly started to question myself. 1/10 cav was part of the 197th L.I.B. at Benning when I was there, and maybe CRS is sinking in???
Kim
USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 15:35:19 (MDT)
dan, that was very well told and amusing story although I can believe you didn't like it. boy we go through hell when we get older don't we!!! lenny m. usa
lenny
USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 15:01:34 (MDT)
Dave I think we use to set one kinda on a 90 degree angle between sand bags in front of the hoochs (poited away) and light the fuse and it would go kinda sime proppel and make a noise loud thanhell like a wild hug screaching yay that goy a green OD"'s attention never court anyone either
GeorgeB
USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 14:01:12 (MDT)
Dan, sounds like you had a rousing good time at the VA. I've had the scope up the penis before, and yep that's something I don't want to do again. I told my doctor he might want to take his tie off cuz I just might grab it if the pain got too intense. He laughed and said it won't be bad. I'll bet he's never had it done to him. But yeah I can sympathize with you Dan.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 13:05:54 (MDT)
Kim the Cav Unit by the dustoff unit was D Trp 1/10th C Trp 7/17 was on the back side near the PX
Don McCort
USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 13:04:41 (MDT)
I am sorry for the book, but it has a happy ending. No cancer found.
Dan Hertlein
USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 12:37:18 (MDT)
I had been prompted by many of our friends, some still with us and those that died after tour, to check on the prostrate often. I ask my regular doctor to check my PSA every check up. My last appointment he found the number had risen alarmingly fast so the need to be referred to an urologist. The reason I am posting this information is to give a little insight to those that may go through this in the future. I want you to be prepared. My first visit to the urologist and in walks a young and very buff Dr. Berger. “I see you work out”, I said, thinking that it is a good thing that he takes care of himself. I don’t want my doctor to lack stamina or have the strength to do his job. The first thing I am told, is that just because the number climbed up very fast does not mean that you have cancer. That is a good thing. With a slightly enlarged prostrate you may not completely void when urinating. That could be a sign. So they did like an ultrasound of the bladder. “Seems that that is not the problem”, Dr. Berger said. “I suppose you want to be aggressive with this so we will schedule a procedure where we scope the bladder and take biopsy of the prostate. We will not have to use a drug to knock you out; in fact you can go back to work the same day.” So far, it does not seem bad. Then the day comes. “Untie the robe and lay down on you back on the table”, the elderly nurse said. As she applied the numbing gel “down there”, the conversation turned to downsizing her home. I don’t know what prompted that change in conversation. Soon the doctor showed up and said “I am going to fist insert this scope up your penis and into the bladder. It may be a little uncomfortable when we get to the sphincter.” YOU THINK! Now I know why he is so buff, you will think twice about hitting back! The screen is pointed so that you can see what the camera sees. He explains what he is seeing, but as far as I could tell it could be the inside of an oyster. Oh, yes, during the process he is filling you with a liquid to inflate the bladder so the view is better. Latter that will come into play. It was not long before it was over, and I was glad. Things are not meant to be poked up that canal. Now, “for the next part, you need to roll over onto your side and pull your knees up.” Not words that bring anything good to mind except for the preparation that led up to this. A week before the procedure I was told to stop taking any blood thinners to reduce bleeding. (now there is a clue that I did not think too much about at the time). Also the day before the procedure I had to start taking an anti-biotic to prevent infection. Then on the morning of the exam, you get to use an enema! The direction on this prescribed device had few words, but it had drawings. One of this fellow with his head down and his rear pointed up to the world. I showed the box to my wife and she said warn her when I was doing this, she did not want to walk into the bathroom at that point. “What, don’t you want to squeeze the bottle and watch my eyes bulge out!” We were brought to tears laughing. Now I am on the table and the doctor said they are going to use a little numbing gel and then insert the device to take the biopsy. At first it will not feel any different than a colonoscopy. “Then you will hear about 15 clicks as we take the samples from different areas in the prostate”. The pain was not bad, but just as a Chihuahua biting at your ankle, it is annoying at first, and then you wonder if it is ever going to end. I feel myself tensing up and my blood pressure rising. I try to tell myself to relax and breathe normal. Was that number six or eight clicks already? I start counting down from eight. At zero-minus-one, it is all over. I finally get to set up. They check my blood pressure and say that I look a little flush. YA THINK! Let me shove a red Swingline stapler up your ass and plant fifteen staples in your colon! Now I have to pee. (Remember filling the bladder earlier?). I ask to go to the restroom. “Sure, just down the hall”. Well, when I stood up, my blood pressure went from elevated to “sit down before you faint”. Blood pressure is something that will do its own thing, you can’t control it with will power, but I still had to pee. A short break in a chair and then off to the restroom. Then I remember the Doctor saying that you could have some bleeding and a burning sensation. Yep, he was right. A few minutes later and I am dressed and headed out the door. My wife did not understand my request that she drive. I try to tell her that although this is a simple procedure and I could go back to work, I am sure they were talking about someone that works lying down. There is pain, sometimes a little stabbing pain and you don’t know how far up the scale the pain will climb. I am still cautious. I do not plan to go to work this day, or even the next. Good thing, that night I was up every 45 minutes going to the bathroom. I was not offered any medications for pain, but I did have some leftover Vicodin. It helped a lot. The next day I was to drink a lot of water. I did and every 45 minutes I was back in the bathroom. The burning was not getting any worse and I was not running a temperature. The blood looks orange. My rear was on strike. It was taking it out on me for causing such pain and distress. By the third day I figured a stool softener would be a good idea. Oh, yeah, a very good idea! By the fourth day things were getting back to normal. Except, I will never get back my pride and dignity.
Dan Hertlein
Lake Tapps, W USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 12:33:47 (MDT)
George, I never had the opportunity or access to such amusements... sure sounds fun, though!
Dave
USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 10:08:26 (MDT)
Dave didn't we do something like that with the rocket proppellent with the wax fuses up by the hoovhes every time we got a newbe duty officer at new kind of a way to check his reaction time and of course rto scare the shit out of them
George B
USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 09:58:20 (MDT)
Guard duty... I must've been in a tower the same night as you, Kim. I remember the suicide incident, too... heard the shot and the commo over the radio. I also had the temptation to set off a Claymore. Instead, just took it on faith that they would work when they were needed! Mostly just made "mini mortars" with the M60 tracers... now THAT was fun: remove the bullet and perforate the tail to expose the phosphorous, take out about half of the powder, reinsert and seat the bullet, pour the rest of the powder over the top of the bullet in the casing, place firmly on a sandbag, and light it with your cigarette. Nice little glowing arc! (I hope no children are reading this...) The Phu Tai ammo dump... also a nice fireworks display while sitting in a lawn chair enjoying a beer out in front of the hootch.
Dave
USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 09:12:29 (MDT)
Jerry Heckathorn and I did that a few times... last time I snuck in with him, we got jumped by some cowboys... I had a 45 on me, and I'm glad for that!! .. As for guard duty, I think everyone did things the same way, one guy awake (alert??) and one sleeping or otherwise wandering. We had the towers from in front of the crematatorium to midway down whiskey 2. There was a dry creek bed there that kept us out of sight from the main gate MP's..... think of it... cross the road, count off six sets of lights, go down into the creek bed, stand up and wave, and start picking your way through the concertina .. young, numb, and full of --- :)
Kim
USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 09:05:12 (MDT)
yep sneakin back from the ville thru the wire gave guard duty a new perspective
paul mcgrath
USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 08:34:21 (MDT)
Hmmmm.... who was the Cav Troop over by dustoff???
Kim
USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 08:21:32 (MDT)
If I remember the "correct" report **there was movement in the wire (or perhaps it was that water buffalo)***we called it "movement" ****at least we did'nt shoot it!!!!!!!!!
Gary Woodward
memphis, tn USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 08:18:54 (MDT)
Guard duty... sitting up in those towers on a rainy night, trying to tie a poncho on one side of the tower to keep the rain from blasting through... feeling like a target sitting up there.. ( until I tried to find my way back through a hole in the wire after going into the ville.. looking up into all those lights made everything in back of them disappear).. lying on top of the sandbag wall an nearly falling off when the ammo dump at Phu Tai blew up... getting jumped nearly out of my skin when some guy from 1st of the 10th blew his head off a few towers down... punching off a flare and watching it drift into the the cobra rearming revetment. ( windy night)... fighting off the temptation to punch off a claymore just to see if they really worked.. ( I did get permission to do that during the daytime. Set out a bunch of junk and got to walk through it after letting it rip.. impressive!)
Kim
USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 08:18:06 (MDT)
yep gary, you popped the flares, I lied to the duty officer, excuse me..misdirected the duty officer. We laughed our asses off.Some of that stuff is hazy due to the fog of time..and the fog of everything else.Wonder who the other folks were that popped that night as well?.
alvis
USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 07:01:08 (MDT)
Second Attempt to post ***Alvis ****Noticed you did not say "Who" was firing the flares that nite **Ha! **It did make for some excitement on a dark evening though.*******Alex, talked to Don a couple of weeks ago and he is still 50-50 on making the reunion (his wife is still recovering from back surgery etc) ** Also talked to Jim Oliver (Stickman) but he is not sure if he will be able to get there or not*****.******See all that can make it in St St Louis!!!! ***********Snoopy 71-72 ********
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 05:35:29 (MDT)
Hey Alvis *******noticed you did not elaborate on "Who" was setting off the flares that nite ***Ha! ******Gotta say it did make a boring nite a bit more exciting ***See all in St Louis that can make it ****Alex , when I last talked to Don he was still 50-50 on making it to the reunion ***his wife is still recovering from back surgery etc. ****Talked to Jim Oliver (Stickman) a while back too hoping he can make it as well ************Snoopy 71-72 *********
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 05:21:19 (MDT)
Let the Travels begin. I leave in the morning for Everett, WA for the Memorial. I return on the 2nd, then on the 17th getup in time to catch a 6am flight to St Louis. Looking back now I wish I had booked more days. But things were really different in my life when I made my Travel plans. Look out St Louis the California Kid in on his way. For July, planning a trip to Laughlin, NV/Bullhead City to see my daughter and get some Colorado River time. For August we are going to hideout a Connie's Daughters timeshare in Lake Tahoe. Fishing and relaxing time. See Ya All soon Dennis 72-73
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 20:29:38 (MDT)
Ron, thanks for the thanks and we all have things bottled up inside of us. Sometimes I hope that healing on here starts with someone letting out what they feel. Think we must have all had hurt feelings back than or things that upset us. What the hell, we were still all kids even if I thought the Pilots were old guys already. Also remember getting yelled at for using up a case of flares in the tower one night. Glad it didn't cause a big deal cause we were just bored and got a kick out of firing them off. Same old thing and got reminded from the 1SG about wasting money. Somehow a case of flares just never seemed like a big deal over there. Now when the Koreans left a box of garnades behind, well it is a great way to go fishing!
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 14:27:38 (MDT)
That's what you get when you mix a bunch of bored 18-19 years olds with various high explosive devices... heh, heh!
Dave
USA - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 13:39:38 (MDT)
Gary Woodward and I pulled guard duty one night, acrossm the dry wash from the ROK comound, is one of those towers. just before they took us all down to the wire, somebody had " accuired" a handfull of hand held flairs, parachute type. There were four or five of us tower guys lined up, and at a telephone signal, we all fired the flairs at once, about tow or three in the morning. pitch black outside,as only it can get in Vietnam.We soon realized out mistake in doing that. The spotlights in the Rok compound came on, sirens came on, you could hear the ROKs scrambling to the wire/firing positions..and then came the duty officers jeep, asking who the hell did that and why.of course everyone just pointed to the next tower and said "I think it came from there sir". "havent seen or heard anything". never heard anymore about it.
alvis
USA - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 12:21:22 (MDT)
Kim, you reminded me of the FNG guard duty routine... I remember riding around the perimeter at dusk on post in the back of a deuce-and-half, dry roast beef sandwich in hand, and dropped off at your assigned tower for your shift. The first time in the tower I "inspected and inventoried" the sandbags, Claymore clackers, and hand flares. I also remember one guy on guard duty who didn't believe the clackers were actually hooked up... he set one off, and I watched him the next day restringing concertina wire in the perimeter with the 1st Sgt. supervising...
Dave
USA - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 10:53:31 (MDT)
The "baseball team" as Stroup called it, was right after I got done pulling FNG guard duty, which was right around mid april of 71. Right afte I got to Lane, I ran into a guy who was in AIT with me, fellow named Dawson. When I first met him, he was a typical california dude, at lane he was one angry, radical person. We went a lot of places together while at useless, but he had a real hard time sitting and talking with me over beers at his hootch in 61st. Real paranoid, didn't trust whitey, wanted no part of derosing as he figured they were going to come up with an excuse to keep him incountry... told me I'd understand after I'd been there a while............ with the exception of a couple skag freaks, things calmed down in short order after the post commander got involved..
Kim
USA - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 10:17:32 (MDT)
they. Larry and Glen are both in Bill Hewitts picture gallery damn....
gARY mOUNT
USA - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 09:58:34 (MDT)
My crewchief was a blackman, Larry Leggins when, I got there in May of 70,we had a gunner who was black also, Glen Draughter, Larry was a 3tour man, he was a person, I would not ever forget nor Draughter,both good men Glen got injured when 2 white guys decided to throw grenades off the nco club one night,I was not brought up to be prejudice,but Ive seen plenty of it both ways in my 61 years. WE are all Americans, I give a damn what friggin color you are. ALLL THAT RACIAL CRAP WAS LONG AGO, AND BEST LEFT THE F...K BEHIND. PERIOD. When the World Trade towers went down and the pentagon and in Pennysylvania with those brave folks, they did not say who was black, brown , yellow or what the f..k color they were and NOBODY GAVE A DAMN WHAT THE F...K COLOR THEY WERE EITHER, WE ALL GRIEVED OVER THEM , WHY G.D IT, BECAUSE THEY WERE WHAT? AMERICANS. SO THATS IT.
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 09:54:05 (MDT)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/129thahc/photos/album/1376309185/pic/1437779564/view?picmode=medium&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&dir=asc
alvis
USA - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 09:43:49 (MDT)
Thank you Ken & Alvis very well put I accept all the comments AMEN brothers all
Ron
USA - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 09:07:32 (MDT)
I do not remember the baseball bats thing, but then there is lots I dont remember. I do remember one nightwhen some folks came from over the hill and wanted to start crap, and I believe that was along racial lines,,but not sure, as I didnt get involved in it. Just going along with what folks were saying back then.I remember that happening only once. I do remember many of the grounded Blacks putting intense social pressure on blacks that flew..to stop flying and supporting "chucks" war. It took alot of courage for those to continue flying. The pilots of color were in a really tough spot, but then it was just an example of their courage that they continued to fly. I mainly stayed socially with the other folks that flew, just how it worked out. Heck, we didnt have that much spare time anyway.Never could understand why folks wanted to fight each othere when the purpose of our being there to fight OUTSIDE the wire with folks that were trying their best to kill us.Drunken brawls, yes, racial stuff, no. Shit happens when your drunk..Lord knows I been in jail a few times for that crap..after I got back...well, once before there too, lol.Anyone remember the line shack parties where we threw each other into the horse troughs full of ice water filled with chucks of ice and beer? I have two pics on the yahoo page of that..both with Jim Westwang(smitty) in them and others I remember but not there names... including a few pilots.
alvis
USA - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 06:59:19 (MDT)
Good morning Flight, had to think a while before making any comments. Come to find out my Father was a wise old Marine from the 1920s. So I learned early that I should judge a friend by who they were inside. I am so glad that I learned this as I not only had Black friends but many from so many other Country's over the years. I am not blind so I did see problems in the Army everywhere I went but it was different groups who wanted to set themselves apart. So to try to make my story short when I was with Special Forces I would say that skin color was never a factor to the guys in the units. Now when we got around other like the Infantry down there, those Blacks treated ours like they were White traders or something. Some would see a Black setting with us White folks and make shit remarks. My point is that I saw this my whole 12 years in the Army & found it made me sick on both sides. Some Groups of White & Blacks felt that we should never cross the line. I feel lucky to say that I have had many Black friends over the years and that when I was in the 129th there were Black Pilots & CE's. I was able to make friends with Vietnamese, Chinese and people from so many other places over my lifetime. As for the VA well yes I have had my issues with doctors. One from Korea drives me nuts but she is an ass. My Shrink is from Burma and we hit it off right away because I knew where he was from and about his country. To close I hate to be called a Racist just because I am White and I had hoped we all moved past this crap. Yes I admit I don't like our President but it doesn't have anything to do with his Color. Our unit was made up of people from all Races & Places. Again we are all Brothers no matter what we did there or what rank we wore. It was a long time ago and we know that some Officers thought Warrants were less than human too, just joking! Just saying today it shouldn't matter what background we came from.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 06:49:40 (MDT)
Ron glad your still with us. One our first KIA's with the 129th was Johnny Neal of East St. Louis. He was one of few Black gunners. Our 1st was killed in action on 10/07/66. Crewchief and gunners were volunteers and some times picked and you were it. We had people fly that didn't get credit for it. Were all getting to be old man. But, that Vietnam experience is always in our minds. We have been blessed with all the 129th Brothers whom have found this site. Shadow and Smitty will be missed along with the other 129th Brothers. Sam Hennesse will also, be missed. I want to make sure in St. Louis we take time to remember all our 129th Brothers whom we have lost. Always A Brother!! Don MCCourt are You making St.Louis??
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 06:46:30 (MDT)
anybody still got thier short timers stick?
George B
USA - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 05:50:33 (MDT)
GOOD MORNING WORLRD it is just beautiful up here in New England today! Oh but wait we're all short TIMERS "Only 20 more days to St Lou" What was it we use to call ourselfs "2 degit Midgits"
George B
USA - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 05:49:36 (MDT)
Ron and to All my Brothers In my last post to Mark was in referance to his e mail being hacked as mine was about a year ago. I was or should I say they said I was in Nigeria,broke and needed money so that I could get home It was sent out to all in my contacts. Mark I belive had a simular problem but was in Spain. I have no problems with any MAN due to there skin color till that person proves they are not a man at all. then it's ROCK N ROLL TIME
Don McCort
USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 19:23:29 (MDT)
Well in my time over there I never saw one black gunner or crew chief or Piolt that I can remember they were all in supply , mess hall,or medics alot were on light duty in the orderly room or swamppers in the club I was there in 70 to 71 and flew every damm day that it was possible and flew flares at nidht if I was ask and even valenteered I spent more time in the air than on the ground and we kept a record in the flight shack of rhe confermed kills that we had and I held that record while I was in the 129 AHC And now you all have me in tears I can not talk about V N anymore for a while and Tommie you must have drank your courge out of a bottle or you are 10 feet tall and bullet proff we don't need talk like that to brothers so gather up your gritts sonny.
ron <ronlj@ptd.net>
pa USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 18:27:11 (MDT)
Regarding the baseball bat episode, I can tell you that it happened. First Sgt Stroup made a sweep of the area and drafted a bunch of us to police our AO. The problem, as I recall, was a bunch of enlisted blacks from the 61st were going from unit to unit trying to organise a black protest over our being in RVN. Things died down in short order, although the post commander ended up ordering everyone to remove any unit patches that were smaller than company insignia. That was in response to the red/black/green patches that a lot of blacks were wearing..........on the flip side, I flew with Stanley Roberts (love dog). We got a new armorer in the guns after Phillips derosed, guy named El Shico Smith. He claimed we were crazy to fly around in "beer cans", but after a few weeks of teasing, he flew a mission and loved it! Became a regular gunner until the AH-1's showed up. ...I served with a lot of blacks during my time in the service, and can readily admit to having more fun times than bad ones when I think of things in a racial context.
Kim
USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 17:21:15 (MDT)
Alvis, I couldn't agree with you more. there are good and bad folks in all walks of life. Anyone that went to vietnam had his bacon on the line. many combat deaths, also many accidental casualties.In my sixteen years in the military I met so many young men. It took a lot to try and figure some out. We were supposed to function as a unit, all supporting one another. Those that didn't just made it harder on others. We definately do not need to put each other down. we've all had enough of that crap. lenny m
lenny m
USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 15:15:15 (MDT)
there is supposed to be more today,Alvis ,I understand,be careful out there.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 14:57:28 (MDT)
Gary, there was one touch down just north ofm Kokomo yesterday. no damage
alvis
USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 14:24:24 (MDT)
Stayed up late watching the weather channel last night, my brother lives near Fort Worth near Denton, he is also a Nam Vet Served from May 67-May 68, as a MP, in Nha Trang. There weremany tornados in that area, he and his wife are ok, have a cousin who lives In Chickasha, Oklahoma, where there many also, my heart and prayers go out to all those who have lost everything during this horrible Spring Outbreak of tornados, storm chasers have probably saved many lives , since they are right there can spot them on the ground and accurately tell the public exactly where the tornados are going, would like to do that, want to help save a few lives again before I get too damn old. Tex 70-71.. By the Grace of God my mom would say, get the picture.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 14:17:33 (MDT)
Niger is a country, but perhaps he meant the one with two Gs. We all have the right ti think, feel and say what we please. That being said, we also OWE the respect due to ANY man in our unit.They earned it, walked the walk and talked the talk.Shadow, a pilot I flew with AND highly respected, for his high degree of skill, his honesty and being a damn good, decent, human being. Oh, he was black. Flew with a damn good black gunner,he was new in country in late 71, so cant remember his name.Seem to recall another black pilot, tall fella, looked like a pro running back..nice fella, lots of skill and courage. Name calling, no matter the name, isnt really welcomed here..we are all warriors, dont remember anyone crying and screaming with fear. Aint we been called enough names without us starting in on each other?
alvis
USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 12:41:04 (MDT)
Hey!! Ron it's one thing to express you thoughts. But, let's not degrade our Brothers of the 129th. When we were brought into this world we didn't know what color or race we would be. I spent two tours with the 129th. Never seen any conflict on racial lines. The site is to reunite 129th Brothers. I want you to be apart of the 129th. But, I would appreciate if you would leave the hatred out. Well, on a positive note. LZ St. Louis is getting closer. Will be nice to see everyone again. Always A Brother!! Put, in for a increase for my PTSD. Now it's a waiting period. Gale have you ever heard back about you claim?
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 11:47:38 (MDT)
I'll give you another one Ron the Atlanta reuion Dave Nagel agreed to split the cost of the room with me now he is a white b0y from Pitts Pa the morning we left for home he ran out of there like a chicken on fire saying and I quote " I'll mail you a check" take a guess Ron he sure enjoyed the beer Mark bought but I can not remember him buying a round no I ain't bitter but desapointed now that is a guy that NEVER changed he was the same in 69 but like all of us that knew him we were glad he came and I have no regrets
George B
USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 10:55:29 (MDT)
Ron you rank pretty low talking that way I know many a white boy that ain't worth crap so skin color makes no difference one of my best crew chiefs was a P. R. fella one of the women I really like is Vietnamese and my presdident is half black we have a multi co;or nation and as far as thiefs, let me tell you a white boy stole my camera in 68 but I don,t say they are all thiefs, and you guys that remember I don,t like the cooks we had well that is still true but yes there are good cooks as long as they hadn't bragged about how bad the war was if they never even left Lane the whole year they were there or black market our chow but the color of a man's skin has NOTHING to do with his honor
George b
USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 10:47:38 (MDT)
There is a time and place for everything,I can understand where you are coming from but those thoughts should be and would be better not said on here,this needs to stop now. If you have any respect for your brothers and for Mark and his brother Larry , think about it. People do read this other than us. we dont need trouble. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 10:22:29 (MDT)
Ron Im a southern boy, spent over two years incountry,and you can kiss my grits!!!
Tommie J
USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 10:05:53 (MDT)
I'm sorry if I ruffed your feathers but I thought this was a place for all brothers to air out. If all you did in VN is party and have fun you were not in the same place at the same time as I was. And as far as the ball bats the Company Commander sent to the US to get them to use for that purpose I don't know where you Boys were when we fit that war but a little truth never hurt come on. Gary you have won me over brother I have fellinhs for you. Yea for the 129th AHC and all the Brother of the 129th I have to say what I think or I would be lieing and I don't like to do that.
Ron
USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 09:50:05 (MDT)
I'm sorry if I ruffed your feathers but I thought this was a place for all brothers to air out. If all you did in VN is party and have fun you were not in the same place at the same time as I was. And as far as the ball bats the Company Commander sent to the US to get them to use for that purpose I don't know where you Boys were when we fit that war but a little truth never hurt come on Gary you have won me over brother. Yea for the 129th AHC and all the Broyher of the 129th I have to say what I think or I would be lieing and I don't like to do that.
Ron
USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 09:43:02 (MDT)
806-401-5444 anytime, day or night
Gary Mount <phantom843@aol.comm.>
Lubbock, Tx USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 08:55:05 (MDT)
Bernie, feel for you, compradre,I lived in Corpus Christi,for 17 years, sometimes it was unbearable, especially in August,the heat indicys would reach at times too 120, unless it was a emergency we tried not to do too much when I worked out of the A/C shop at the base, recall going home at the end of the day and passing out on my bed, clothes and all,kinda like when we were at Lane, only I was 35years older, recall, being so damn thirsty, that when we flew over water felt like jumping in it,so damn hot. Alot of lakes have dried up or just about around here its so dry, seems like all the rain is East of here along with all the massive tornados and huge hail, never seen so many. My water bill has been close to 300.00 or more, I put a yard in when I got here and Im not going to let it die, you can water the hell out of it and 2 days later it looks like you never watered it..,in the 90s and 50 or better winds and dust. if it ever does rain Im finding a hole to get in, thats how it is here, when it does decide to rain it will hail and there will be a crapload of tornados. Thank God for this website, Mark, without it, I would have never found Rocky, Vega, Davis, the Nolens, Darwin, met in Person, Casey, Ruff, Lenny Adams, on and on, I look forward to going on this website everyday, I appreciate what you do and I respect you and what you have done for all of us that were at Lane. God Bless you. Tex 70-71
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 08:26:33 (MDT)
Totally uncalled for comments Ron.
wrong way <griff90880@msn.com>
USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 08:16:50 (MDT)
Flooding? Anyone remember the "Popeye Project " in Vietnam(65-72) when the government manipulated the weather to cause longer lasting monsoons? They're not suppose to do such any longer per an agreement set many years ago...but has to wonder. Thanks for the comment on the "n" word Father Mark. L-G
Gently
USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 08:07:18 (MDT)
Gary, I know what you mean. Yesterday was 107 plus the heat index. The lawns are taken a beatin'- and forget the water bill. I went to the Lone Star brewery. it had been turn into a tourist attaction.I went to the "Hall of Horns". It was like walking in "ms "Kitty's Saloon.old time saloon with the wooden floors,a beautiful (long) wooden bar,all kinds of antlers on the wall,cold Lone Star beer(of course). Real Nostalgia.All that was needed was to have Doc, Festus,in there arguing about who was goin' to pay for the beer.With all this heat that might be the place to be is in a nice A/C'd cantina.Like you I don't drink that much. But i still pop a top now & then. But, the beer just fills me up.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 08:01:31 (MDT)
RON, your feelings are yours, but not appropraite to be spoken in here.I humbly ask you to refrain from such words, PLEASE May I remind all what the "PURPOSE" says on the front page.############################################## THIS IS A PLACE OF FREEDOM, FOR SOME GAVE ALL TO MAKE IT THAT WAY. THIS IS A PLACE OF FRIENDSHIP, FOR THOSE THAT FIND COMRADES FROM LONG AGO. THIS IS A PLACE TO HEAL, FOR MANY STILL HAVE WOUNDS. THIS IS A PLACE THAT IS SACRED, FOR THE "FALLING HERO'S" ARE AMONG US. THIS IS A PLACE CALLED HOME, WELCOME HOME. THIS PLACE IS YOURS, MEN OF THE 129TH TILL MY LAST BREATH. THIS PLACE BELONGS TO THE KIA OF THE 129TH. A BROTHER OF A BROTHER, RELATED TO THE COST OF FREEDOM,
Mark
USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 07:47:06 (MDT)
Art thats to bad what happen to ya at the VA but one of them can spoil it for all. Dose anybody remember when we had to pull gaurd duty with basrball bats around our own houches at night to keep the nigers from robbing us at night McCort you should remember it. I still have a real problem with nigers. I am very very pregidest to this day.I know that is one reason Icould never go to group theropy for my PTSD I won't even let a Gook or niger Doctor see me I tell them no way are they touching my.
Ron Jelliff <ronlj@ptd.net>
Wellsboro 16901, pa USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 06:48:59 (MDT)
Bernie, it has rained very little here since Octoberof last year,we are continually under fire watchs, millons of acres of ranch country has burned up around here, the humidity here averages around 10% or less most of the time, were expecting 50 mile a hour winds here today. Im afraid if we do get rain well get tornados and hail along with it. Been by Pearl brewery in San Antone many times and Lone Star long necks.. ohhh YEEEAH!! always screw up good beer like Oly, Pearl, Jax,and Schlitz,too bad, I recall serving many Olys when I was a bartender near Hunter-Liggett, in Central California, damn good beer. Idont drink anymore, not even beer. Sucks.. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 11:18:53 (MDT)
Ron, I've got some Compadres from Montana. Bruce Louden up from Kallispell & Bernie Bray from Laurel.Bruce & I served @ camp evans w/ A Co 158th Avn Bn.He also served @ Lane. I think he got assigned ,over the hill, with the 60th ahc.Bernie did a tour in Nam as a grunt with the 173rd Abn. His base camp was FSB English. But being a grunt, he was all over the Central highland.He had ETS'd but decided to go back. We met @ Ft Lewis. So if by a "small" chance you happen to run in to these characters say hello Fer me.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 10:17:27 (MDT)
Oly's been gone???? NO S---T???The Northwest has always been wet.I love the rain & the greenery. Here in south Texas we have over 93 days of NO rain. Yesterday was 106 degrees with 6o plus percent of humidity.According to the "weather" guy it felt like 116 degrees with the humidity heat index. The Rain didn't bother me.Shame about OLY beer.Same thing happen to "Lone Star" beer.It was brewed out of a brewery in San Antonio.It was good beer in long necks-ice cold. With this freaking heat they don't stay cold for too long.You kinda drink them quicker than you would up in Oregon.Anyway, If'in you live in Portland, I guess your driving. It sould be a "very" scenic/picturesque drive.Enjoy it.I tell people down here how beautiful the Northwest "IS".Have a safe trip.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx USA - Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 09:15:56 (MDT)
Art, sorry to hear what happened to you at the v.a. .. Tex 70-71
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 08:26:31 (MDT)
Anyone keeping track of who will be at St Louis? I will be at St Louis this year and I already have a room. If anyone needs housing , let me know.
Paul Boggs 70-71 <paboggs7@comcast.net>
USA - Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 04:59:03 (MDT)
went to the va today & got my travle & was waiting to up my med took my bill foad took my card out laid it on a table beside me& this black shit ass put a cup of coffey down & grave it & & took off called the cop va then called to there office & asked what I had in it driver licence va card & did you have money in it yes well we got it here & no money & if a vet asked me for a few dollars I give him & now all of them can go to hell I wood not piss on them if they were dying for some water
art
USA - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 18:46:06 (MDT)
Sorry to hear about Oly beer, drank a few out in California, same here in Texas, Pearl beer, brewed in San Antone, nice gesture, Dennis, makes me wonder how many of my classmates dint make it out of Lubbock High Schol will have to check on that. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 18:31:06 (MDT)
Flight, wear your 129th hat, shirt, window decal, bumper sticker or whatever....people notice!
Gale
USA - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 18:26:39 (MDT)
Beautiful sunny day in Montana - for a few minutes anyway. Have to share something pretty cool that happened this morning. Our daughter and son-in-law are in D.C. and at a restaurant she noticed a guy with a cap she liked. She introduced herself and asked about the cap. The guy gave her info, etc. and they struck up quite a conversation. He and his wife were very kind to Krissy, and as they visited, they discovered he was Maj. Wallace from the 129th. He arrived about the time I left. What a small world, huh? Daughter is awestruck. So if you're out there Major, thank you for taking time to talk with her. She gets it... I don't remember who our CO was at the time - chalk it up to old age! Always a brother.
Ron DeBates <rebate@mtintouch.net>
Big Timber, MT USA - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 12:30:15 (MDT)
Bruno, "Oly" has been gone for about 20 years. Got bought out by Miller and they shut the brewery down. As to Mt Rainier, good luck. Since the first of January I think we have only had about 20 days without clouds and rain. I live 60 miles from Portland, OR toward the coast. Have been saying for years that we need to change the description of the Great Northwest to "The Great North WET". We don't tan, we rust.
wRONG wAY <GRIFF90880@MSN.COM>
USA - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 10:16:41 (MDT)
Dennis, if you drive. when you drive by By Ft Lewis,give it a big hello for me. I spent my last nine months there. It was good duty.Great NCO club.It should be beautiful this time of the year. Mount Rainer should look nice & clear. If you drink, Have an "Oly" for me.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx USA - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 08:04:38 (MDT)
Dennis........it is an honorable thing you are doing in paying respect for your fallen classmates. May God bless you and the power of the Spirit guide you in the words you say as you speak in behalf of them.Have a safe trip and YES will see you in St. Louis. It will be great to meet you...............always a brother................
Mark
USA - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 07:28:44 (MDT)
As some of you know I will have a busy Memorial Day Weekend. I will leave Friday to go up to my hometown of Everett, WA. There I will be attending A Memorial and Dedication for our Fallen classmates who died in combat during Vietnam. Following people are to be honored. "The Honorees for The Memorial at CHS on May 30th. Sgt Darrell E. Burns, Class of 1968, died June 23, 1970 (wounded in Cambodia). Army Spc. 4 Guy Allen Davison, Class of 1966, died Aug. 25, 1968. Army Cpl. Stanley Lloyd Grunstad, Class of 1966, died July 19, 1968. Marine Pfc. William Scott Haralson, Class of 1966, died June 4, 1968. Army Warrant Officer David Clyde Lancaster, Class of 1966, died March 21, 1971. Marine Pfc. Daniel James Minor, Class of 1968, died Feb. 27, 1969. Army Warrant Officer. Robert Louis Frasch, Class of 1966, Died Aug 21, 1970. I had a close relationship with Robert Frasch, as he was the older brother of my main squeeze in Jr and SR High. I am also honored as the family Robert has asked me to speak on their behalf. Always a Brother, C YA in St Louis on the 17th of June. Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 21:03:44 (MDT)
Wink, it wouldnt be the same without you brother............
Mark
USA - Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 20:16:42 (MDT)
morning flight, very good mark. i guess they have not heard that i'll be there yet. and i'll be there with my usual craziness, so st.louis look out. heeeeeee. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 09:18:13 (MDT)
Goodmorning Flight: Well a rain filled day here. The Mississippi river is receeding about a foot a day. Interstate 55 from Memphis to St. Louis is flood free. But, you will see plenty of water on the way up. Just don't go wading in it. Sounds like a good showing for the St. Louis Reunion. Will, leave on the 15th but,stopping at LZ Siketon, Mo. Lambert's resturant for good lunch. Every tour bus on 55 stops there. Great food. Got lucky to get off Memorial Day. Will, go to the West Tennessee Veteran's cemtery down the street from the house. For tribute to our fallen soliers. Charlie Rains is also buried there. Mark you might check this website out Larry's name is on it. Plus Capt. Wheztel to. Vietnam Memorial Clinton, Ohio. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 08:18:42 (MDT)
George, That is just a rummer. The only way they may cancel the reunion is if they got wind that Wink would be attending again. Ha,ha,ha,ha,.........had to do that Barry....have I told you I loved you yet today????................always a brother...
Mark
USA - Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 20:44:17 (MDT)
Lennard M. The Yahoo page says you are all ready a member of it
Ma..rk
USA - Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 20:40:23 (MDT)
wink that sounds like a rumor
george B
USA - Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 18:26:18 (MDT)
morning flight, hey dennis didn't you hear the reunions been cancelled because of the flooding on the miss. river.guess you'll have to wait till next year. wink. heeeeeeeeeeee..... wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 08:32:35 (MDT)
Dennis,You sound like you need my short time calendar with a naked picture of Cher on it to mark off the days till Reunion time.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Friday, May 20, 2011 at 21:28:45 (MDT)
Every day I wake up and say to myself " 1 more day closer to Reunion" be there or be square. See Ya There Dennis 71-72
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Friday, May 20, 2011 at 09:01:33 (MDT)
Recall in May when I was there and up through the summer weather good around Lane, rainy season was west of ANKHE,and approaching it in June and July, April would be a good time, I would think. Recall flying over your brothers site where he crashed, Mark and Juicer and Leggins pointing it out when we were resupplying the Matterhorn and other ROK ARMY POSTS surrounding Lane, almost did not mmake it through the same area going out to rescue Koreans that were fixing to drown on the other side of the short pass..along the river. we had to hover through it before it completely socked in which it could do and did without warning. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 12:00:35 (MDT)
Recently, when I had a appointment at the clinic here in Lubbock, there was a old feller there that sells military stuff, I told him I wanted a cap made with the 129th.a.h.c. .1st. FLT. PLT. AND Lane A.A.F. , in gold lettering on the front of a black cap, Ill check to see if he has or can get hold of bulldog on the front when my cap comes in. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 11:51:18 (MDT)
Mark I too am thinking of a trip back but think April is a better month do to the weather does anyone follow the weather pathers over there I DO NOT want to screw up and be there in there rainey season if ya have any info on trips could anyone post it or bring it to St Lou. bye the way is it june 14 yet!
George B
USA - Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 06:05:09 (MDT)
Mark, go to "www.burnsarmysurplus.com" log onto Headgear and go to page 2 scroll down 3 caps.His web site says,he has 12 ea caps.But he says,that is wrong and he will check and see if he can get more.Let me know what you think.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 20:24:09 (MDT)
Mark,This one is different.It says Marines can do.It is a Military Cap with the Bull Dog face and the dog has a red cap on it's head.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 19:38:54 (MDT)
Dust Off....I have a cap like that and I bought it at one of those "LIDS" stores. I have photos of it on the Yahoo 129th page. Might that be what you are talking about?......It is a University of Georgia "Bulldogs" cap and the Bulldog looks exactly like the ones that were on the nose of the 2nd platoon Bulldogs of the 129th.........
Mark
USA - Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 18:59:04 (MDT)
QUICK, Who was looking for a Ball Cap with a Face of a BULLDOG?Today when I went to the VA for my PTSD Anger management class.There was a Veteran with a Bulldog cap in the class. He told me where he bought it.I contacted the store and talked to the owner.He is checking where he procured the caps and if he can get any more.Said,he would get back to me in 48 hrs.I remember some talk about the face of the dog.Just do noit remember who??
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 17:42:51 (MDT)
Mark Did you have fun on your trip to Spain Like I did in Nigeria Yest poundering? Love you
Don McCort
USA - Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 15:48:11 (MDT)
Hey Tommy Joe and Bill, I am concidering going to Vietnam with you guys in January. I have a friend who as been back many times looking for info on her MIA brother and have ask her for any info that would help us out in a trip over there. I want to climb that mountain west of Lane that Larry's ship hit and burned on. Gale, can you give us any info about a trip since you just resently were there????...........always a brother..
Mark
USA - Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 11:28:27 (MDT)
Brother Mark, anyone that knows ya would know that if you and or Dee needed a few bucks you'd just call plus please let me say that we who know you also know it is most likely your own personal niegbors would have beet us at getting you that money!!!!!!!!!!!! So to the scum bags let a brother tell you "YOU PICKED THE WRONG SCAME !!!!!"
George B
USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 20:28:15 (MDT)
Ken, I was the VII Corps maintenance officer. Was originally with 394th Trans and then moved to VII HQ when I made the CW4 list. Was there until retirement. Can"t remember exactly when we picked up the first 60s. I did tho spend my first tour in Germany in 3/7 Cav in Schweinfurt. Just a 3ID "Dog Face Soldier".
jeff
USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 19:58:47 (MDT)
Thanks for the information, did nt know that. I still will stay away from it, facebook, my opinion
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 16:19:28 (MDT)
facebook is fine if you only use it for what it was intended,a social gathering place. the minute you go to the games or answering questions or the like you are actually leaving facebook.thats when the problems start. i haven't had a problem but i use it only to comunicate with people i know well.the facebook page for the 129th is owned by someone else not mark.
paul mcgrath
USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 15:09:18 (MDT)
I stay away from facebook period,heard too many bad things about it. Sorry to hear about the trouble you are having,my suggestion is to take down the facebook concerning the 129th. on this website, do away with it, period.Move whatever is in it to this website, pictures and stuff, may need to make this site more secure also, Mark. lot of evil people out there, also Ive had my doubts about a couple of posters on here also. Sorry to hear about the retirement of Hueys, wont be another like it, how about that new bird they used on the Bin Laden raid, must be pretty dam cool and top secret. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 11:24:55 (MDT)
Just finnished up with that stupid email crap. Found out my account was hacked from some where in the UK. Sorry bout all that crap gang. Disreguard the fact that I am in Spain, but as Gale did, continue to send money. te, he he..............Gale, how come you guys aint goiung to St. Louis???. Sure wont be the same without you. You guys didnt go the last time either, did you? Cause I recall Dee not having Debbie out at the pool to cop some rays with her. Or did I dream that?.............
Mark
USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:29:09 (MDT)
Jeff I have to ask about the Blackhawks in Germany thing. I was with the 121st when we arrived in Germany and became E Co, 3rd ID with our UH-60s and was with the unit for the first crash. Than they sent me to E Co, 503rd as they got them and was there for the second crash in Germany. Also that was where I met SSG Augistine who had also been in the 129th in RVN. So am wondering where you were at the time as I came back in December of 1983 to end my 12 & a half years in the Army.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Summerfield, FL USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 08:48:48 (MDT)
I didn't think the first one went thru...........Anyway Mark, I really feel like Facebook is behind all this virus & scams. That last one caused my PC to crash big time. I had to restore it clear back to the original set up and even had to change search engines! Be careful what you open that comes thru Facebook!
Gale
USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 07:58:19 (MDT)
Dang Mark, I just sent you over $2,000 !!!!!! Well I never been to Spain, But I kinda like the music. Say the ladies are insane there, And they sure know how to use it. They don't abuse it, Never gonna lose it, I can't refuse it...................
Gale
USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 07:53:16 (MDT)
Dang Mark, I just sent you $2000 !!!!!!!!! Well I never been to Spain But I kinda like the music Say the ladies are insane there And they sure know how to use it They don't abuse it Never gonna lose it I can't refuse it
Gale
USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 07:48:54 (MDT)
I am not in Spain!!!!!!!!!!
Mark
USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 07:14:19 (MDT)
do you really need 2000 euros. can you confirm
paul mcgrath
USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 07:07:59 (MDT)
Peabody, As a fellow old and sometimes tired CW4 it is hard to believe there are now guys out there with that rank that have never set foot in a Huey. I remember in the 1980s when we were fielding the Blackhawk into Europe how sad I felt watching the Huey go away. She was the B17 of our era in that she was hard to kill and would bring you home almost always. Other than my 90 degree gear box seperation I never had a major problem in almost 20 years of driving one. Take care and enjoy the ceremony. Snapper
Jeff Sauers/ Snapper
Lake Norman, NC USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 05:11:22 (MDT)
Feeling sad, old, and nostalgic CW4 (Retired) Steve Young 129th AHC 1969-1970 Mr Peaboby (Bulldog 24) Fort Rucker will conduct a UH-1 Retirement Ceremony at 0830, tomorrow, 17 May 11, at Cairns Army Airfield (CAAF) to commemorate the last UH-1 helicopters departing the Army inventory. There will be no troop formations. The Color Guard will be online and the 98th Army Band will provide music. The ceremony is open to the public. For additional information contact the POMD, DPTMS POCs, Joe Harris, joseph.d.harris@conus.army.mil 5-9393 or Kent Anger, kent.anger@conus.army.mil, 5-2366.
Steve Young <stephen.young2@comcast.net>
Plymouth, , MN USA - Monday, May 16, 2011 at 20:31:52 (MDT)
See you made me lose my beer but istill can type Heeeeeeeeeee
Rick England
USA - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 19:13:48 (MDT)
I'm glad its' good for us
Rick England
USA - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 19:11:01 (MDT)
Claudia sorry
Rick England
USA - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 19:09:41 (MDT)
dont ean to change the subject, I stay busy.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 19:09:17 (MDT)
I think Caludia and I might come????? Be careful out there
Rick England
USA - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 19:05:31 (MDT)
What do you guys do for fun? Be careful out there
Rick England
USA - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 18:24:31 (MDT)
Do any of you play golf? Sometimes you have to take a break for yourself. Be careful out there
Rick England
USA - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 17:49:20 (MDT)
Idon't mean to change the subject, but K.J. Choi just won the players tournament which is a big one. He is south Korean! Congrats flight be careful out there The Ironbutter fly
Rick England
USA - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 17:46:48 (MDT)
Same here, Ken, for the very first time in many years, dont remeber the last time, really in my adult life,I dont have much stress at all. I still have those nightmares, and some things I do remember, that I had forgot, mymemory seems to be better before December 70, and bad after that , I do know why, but that is something I wont discuss on here or anywhere, I have my good days and bad days. more good now than bad, I dont work around evil people anymore, I am slowly reestablishing myself with my family. that has not been easy. I recall me and Lenny going with Mr. Jobe a coupe of times and I got to fly in the left seat, 843, would practically fly itself, but not when I was, Hobie took over the controls after me and my attempt and showed me, he let go of the cyclic on ol 843, she was a good bird, my favorite of all that I was on,the one thing that I still remember is picking up V.C. prisoners, and one of them looking or staring at me, pure hatred, Ive seen it since then in others, but not like that, wont say what happened to him.I try and stay busy and walk and try to exercise, its been a long road back but Im getting there, again thanks Mark and may God bless. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 14:48:41 (MDT)
When I am under stress I always have more dreams about Vietnam. This morning I was thinking again about how we all must have thought we would never forget a moment in our young lives even though my father told me to write everything down, names & places cuz I would forget as years pasted by. Now my life at Lane is a memory of not being able to remember what happened when or why. When I woke up I was feeling kind of lucky from being in 1st Flt as my dream was about Siagon. Even though I never was able to just take R&R I did spend a lot of time stuck in other places. For whatever reasons the Pilots would just say be back by whatever & cut me loose. I still wish I could remember the LT that was the CO of the tower ATC guys because when I went with him it was just the two of us. No guns, just close the doors with a bunch of radios in the back and I would fly in the left seat. So my last few months were pretty laid back flying "Ruthless 6". Lt Lackey told me that I got a break after flying with our Plt Leader for the first few months. Still have a lot of things that pop up in my dreams which after getting back with the 129th have turned into something better. By 2002 everything was a nightmare about the worse of times and I had to start going to the VA for help. Than the PTSD Groups helped in learning a new way of looking at my life till I met up again with you guys. Guess none of know how the mind works but my dreams are bringing back memories I'd forgot about. Some good and some bad! Still without all of you I am sure my mind would be trapped in just the same old nightmares. Today I woke up thinking about a great day in Siagon spent with a Vietnamese Office I knew from the States. That just made me think of other lost friends from my life including one from Loas & a couple from Iran. Again I have to thank Mark for making this all possible for us to talk over old times and find the good days at Lane.
Ken Strong Jr.
Summerfield, FL USA - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 08:55:29 (MDT)
Lenny, I just sent you an email. Resend your photos to me please..............
Mark
USA - Friday, May 13, 2011 at 20:50:40 (MDT)
Slow hand salute to Richard Roth rendered......................
Mark
USA - Friday, May 13, 2011 at 20:50:02 (MDT)
Just read in new VHPA magazine Richard Roth, MAJ, USA, Retired passed away last December. Says 61st AHC 67-68 and 129th AHC 68. Before my time. Slow Hand. If this was posted before I missed it.
snapper
USA - Friday, May 13, 2011 at 15:19:37 (MDT)
They're in your e-mail, Mark... enjoy. If any of you has any photos of the Lane Chapel back in the day, I'd love to see them.
Dave
USA - Friday, May 13, 2011 at 11:00:31 (MDT)
Absolutely, went to my Vet Center in 90, and they got the updated records, a lot more medals that were on my old DD214, still having issues with the V.A. over getting them to pay for stuff with MY BACKPAY MONEYS. have to get a doctors statement saying that I can drive from the sych and primary care, DPS record, statement from insurance co. saying I can get full coverage, copy of my drivers license,front and back, they willbe on the title, the fudiciary, it took over 2 months to get them to pay for a grave plot where my mom and Dad are buried, had to call the folks to see if the V.a. EVER SENT THEM THE MONEY, has been that long getting them to pay for a funeral plan , casket, burial expenses, now I am working on getting crap so I can get a newer pickup, been driving alll this time, ha ha. had my drivers license and insurance since i WAS 15, HA HA. Good ol V.A. ON THE BALL. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, May 13, 2011 at 09:35:45 (MDT)
Don Mc Court next time you go home. They have a Vietnam wall in clinton ohio. They did a great job on it. Listed every KIA from the state of Ohio. Go to vietnam Wall Clinton Ohio. should be able to pull it up on your computer. Don't know when I will head back home. Late summer or fall. Mom is still hangig in there at 87. Well hope to see alot of you in St. Louis. getting in on Weds. stopping in Sikeston Mo. Lambert's resturant off interstate 55 good food. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, May 13, 2011 at 09:27:34 (MDT)
Hey Dave, can I see those pictures of the chapel at Lane that Clint sent you???? Send them to < fourfour44@msn.com > as a jpeg please..............
Mark
USA - Friday, May 13, 2011 at 08:48:22 (MDT)
Looks like Pennsylvania was well represented in the 129th! The only Colorado guys I think were Bill Wolf and myself.
Dave
USA - Friday, May 13, 2011 at 07:56:45 (MDT)
Ron I had a i instead of a j so I rest them. hey Jerry You did come to Akron once we went to Drag Way 42 together that had to be 74 or 75 good to hear from you, seen your post before ,but wasn't sure that was you
Don McCort
TN USA - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 17:47:24 (MDT)
Thanks, I am going to request copies of everything because my DD214 is really hard to read now anyway. I had the advantage that I didn't get out till 1983. Than again we never know what may have been floating around for all these years.
Ken Strong
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 14:07:43 (MDT)
Ken Strong' you should ask your local D.A.V. rep to get you a copy of your DD215 they are issued way after you get out and have ALL of YOUR awards listed that the paper work hadn't court up with when you got out and only got your DD214 Alot of us got Bronz and silver stars we were not aware of they are not with a V but were given to the whole company or members that were acyively in on certen missions.
George B
USA - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 12:01:36 (MDT)
Some of you may remember Clint Haines (I believe with the 61st AHC)... involved in Amerasian Child Find. He sent me photos of the old Lane Chapel taken in 2009. Just found out that Clint died on February 27th. Here's his obit: http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110313/NEWS04/303139996
Dave
USA - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 10:50:38 (MDT)
Don McCort, I was on my way to visit you back in the early 70’s and was in an auto accident near Akron . Due to a head injury I lost a lot of memories and never remembered how to contact you. I am glad to see your recent posts. The best to you and your wife.
Jerry H.
Pa. USA - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 10:28:18 (MDT)
Hi all, Dennis & his shirt got me thinking. When I was with the 129th I got my orders for Crew Wings and 1-5th Air Medals in October of 1972. I figured I was screwed after I got back on the other Air Medals & really didn't care back than. A year later in Panama they called me out for a ARCOM from the 129th. In 1977 they did it again and handed me a VCG/P saying it was awarded to the 129th. My DD-214 says the same thing as Dennis except he also shows the RVN Crease Fire? Whatever that means? OK, what I know is that you could have gotten an individual award at anytime, or could have been in the unit when it got the Unit Citation which is yours no matter what unit you are in. So when I was in the 121st Avn at Benning we were already wearing the award when they gave it to me. Anybody know how that all worked? Just found out that Pres Carter screwed me out of a Joint Service Medal a year ago in the Rep of China. That is the one draw back of finding guys after so many years & finding out you missed something by a month.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 10:12:57 (MDT)
Morning to all, Well working on the Memorial for my Fallen Classmates has had a strong effect. When I found out that they had omitted 1 person, I quickly did the research in time so his name could be added to the Bronze plaque being made for the dedication. Why, did I do this help you may ask! WO Robert(Bob)Frasch of the 240th AHC, was the older brother of my Jr and Sr High girlfriend Sharon. Bob was a CE with the 240th then went back to the states, became a pilot and returned to the 240th in June of 1970. On Aug 21,1970, his bird was shot down by hostile fire. When they went down the transmission mounts broke, as Bob was getting out the rotor blade split his Helmet just below the visor ending his life. Although we still remain friends Sharon and I ended our relationship as she was I afraid I would be killed also. Needless to say, these events made for an uneasy nite, but being able to share with my brothers helps ease the pain. Always a Brother Dennis See Ya'll in St. Louie.
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 09:28:31 (MDT)
Don & Maek I did not get the e-mails that you sent my email is ronlj@ptd.net
Ron <ronlj@ptd.net>
Wellsboro, pa USA - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 04:41:18 (MDT)
Dave I always read but don't post much I guess I dont have much to say and when I do I can't seem to put into words. Thanks Gently she a tough old bird I mean young ha! and Ron yes we did when you first came to the 129th from the 57th forty years now don't seem like that long ago I sent you some picture to your e mail
Don McCort
USA - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 19:30:53 (MDT)
Don, I pray your wife is doing OK. -Gently
gently
USA - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 18:46:28 (MDT)
Ok I guess I'm not in the right place on here you guys just broke my heart and gave me a set back. I thought I was the only 1 that got a plaque and wwas so proud I thought I was the only 1 that did a good job and all that stuff now you tell me you all got 1 too. Now I will lose sleep over this. Hey Don weren't you in the same room with me in the houch?
Ron
USA - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 15:28:31 (MDT)
Gary Woodward, it was a similar whirlwind exit from Vietnam for me... I think I actually had a couple days, though. I had time enough to sell my fridge and fan, pack my duffle bag, and to leave my low quarters behind for some poppasan. Wasn't going to argue with anyone about sticking around!
Dave
USA - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 14:54:02 (MDT)
Ron, I see you live about 70 miles as the crow flies from Dennis Faucher (Bradford, PA).
Dave
USA - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 14:50:26 (MDT)
Ron, did you check your e-mail? I sent you some photos. I got a plaque, also as Gary said. Sounds like mine's a lot like yours. Don McCort, good to see your post.
Dave
USA - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 13:52:26 (MDT)
I just posted a picture of the shirt I designed for the Reunion and to wear at the Memorial and Dedication at my High School later this month. Except for the rank everything else is iron on. Comments welcome
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, Ca USA - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 10:25:20 (MDT)
Ron, send the photo to me as an attachment in a jpeg format and I will put it on the page for you..................
Mark
USA - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 05:41:47 (MDT)
Ron **a few other 1st Flt people will be there this year that you may remember from 71-72**Me (Snoopy), First timers=WO Dennis Faucher, August Bailey (Augie) (Iron Man), Jim Crigler (Bulldog 12), and a few others that might still make it. (Yes Greg H (Animal) **another hint) ****Never did get one of the plaques myself ***I came in to refuel one day and was told I had 2 hours to pack and leave for home **I did check out the one that G. Wayne Hagg had from 1st Flt when I stopped in on him and Dave sent a pick of his. *********Still on the hill above water here *******see ya in St Louis ***************Snoopy 71-72 1st Flt ***
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 05:08:33 (MDT)
uummm... probably not. I'm a poor pupil, living in Port Charlotte and going to school thanks to the politician's big giveaway back in 92 (nafta) The mill I worked at for 33 years shut down in 09 and i'm retraining before retiring :)
Kim
USA - Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 19:41:02 (MDT)
Yep I remember them and you to Don nice to here from ya man this dite has really been cool for me my psychologist was here today for my monthy vist and I told her about finding this website and she thought it would be good for me also to be in touch with youins well I reckin I better go I fell today too and my legs & knees are pretty sore.
Ron
USA - Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 19:22:28 (MDT)
Hanging in there still working. Tring to make it to St Louis If at all possable Thewife had back operated on the 13th of last month so it's up in the air yet Are you going?
Don McCort
USA - Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 19:00:59 (MDT)
Hey, nice to see you post Don.. How's life treating you these days?
Kim
USA - Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 18:56:06 (MDT)
Ron Kim it's Thies Larry I belive aka Thor Ron you may remember Link[Sugar Bear,Nagy Iorn Hand]Pittman [Pitt ] Barber I cant remember any more names but I can picture a few more. Welcome Home Ron
Don McCort
USA - Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 18:45:06 (MDT)
Was it Thies??? I remember him, Mr. Weisheit, Elmer Wood as 1st plt Sgt.......
Kim
USA - Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 17:49:14 (MDT)
Ken Strong... email me your phone #.. I don't know if you are in Indiana or Flordia. I am about to fill out my VHCMA registration and want to get it cordinated with your plans. With all the flooding along the Mississippi river I hope St Louis will still be t6here..
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 16:38:22 (MDT)
Yeah I see most of the guys on here are from the 2hd Flight Plt 129th AHC. I have not had any luck putting a picture on that site although I did join it and can click on to post a message but can't yet figure out how to attach a pic. There really isn't much to see it is just a Plaque with a American Flag in 1 corner an a V N flag in the other then a Helicoper and a V N map with the 129th patch in the middle than on the bottom is the silver block that reads. PRESENTED TO SP4 LEROY JELLIFF FOR A MOST OUTSTANDING JOB HE HAS DONE FROM 1971 to 1972 FROM THE MEN OF THE 1st FLIGHT PLT. 129th ASSAULT HEICOPTER COMPANY. Iguess I don't fit in to good in 2nd PLT being I'M a 1st PLT guy Ido remember sgt Poole he was a great PLT sgt I remember a warrent officer name Theis or Thezz does anybody know who I talking about yes he was my AC.
Ron
USA - Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 15:04:13 (MDT)
Is it June 16 yet
george B
USA - Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 13:45:20 (MDT)
Ron, sometimes the number that attends the reunion can be up to as many as 25 to 40 and this year may even more. The kokomo gig atracks just about the same number. Hope that helps Ron....................
Mark
USA - Monday, May 09, 2011 at 18:57:09 (MDT)
Cascade High School in Everett, WA (my alma mater) is doing a Dedication and Memorial for our fallen Vietnam war classmates on May 30, 2011 at the school. I will post more information as I get it. I am going to be there!!!
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Monday, May 09, 2011 at 15:35:14 (MDT)
As Tommie Jo stated we will be encouraging all input, phone #'s, photo,s , where to stay,where to go,best place to fly into, out of, what to bring what not to bring (M60's?), trading material, Judith you are coming right? Contact Frenchie745@@comcast.net All you “Mother's” give a brother a hand, or a foot , anything your not using right now. The more the merrier...Who Loves You, ME
Bill
Sav, Ga USA - Monday, May 09, 2011 at 13:15:41 (MDT)
Question for Mark,Gary or anyone really . How many guys go to the Reunion at St.Louis from the 129th each year or where ever it may be?
Ron
pa USA - Monday, May 09, 2011 at 12:38:28 (MDT)
Dah..... Chuck Theusch: theusch@sbcglobal.net L-J
Gently
USA - Monday, May 09, 2011 at 12:26:07 (MDT)
Sorry: Chuck Theusch ; L-G
Gently
USA - Monday, May 09, 2011 at 12:24:14 (MDT)
Sorry: Chuck Theusch ; L-G
Gently
USA - Monday, May 09, 2011 at 12:21:58 (MDT)
My friend Chuck Theusch(Nam Vet) builds libraries in Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand....Chuck Theusch ; Contact him for the best info about the trip to Nam. Put my name in the subjexct line(Judith Singer) with your inquiry so he gets back to you. Frenchie, giving it serious thought:>)) L-Gently
Gently
USA - Monday, May 09, 2011 at 12:21:21 (MDT)
As Tommie Jo stated we will be encouraging all input, phone #'s, photo,s , where to stay,where to go,best place to fly into, out of, what to bring what not to bring (M60's?), trading material, Judith you are coming right? Contact Frenchie745@comcast.net All you “Mother's” give a brother a hand, or a foot , anything your not using right now. The more the merrier...Who Loves You, ME
Frenchie
Sav, Ga USA - Monday, May 09, 2011 at 09:57:40 (MDT)
Hope everyone had a good mothers day, and everything is good! Frenchie,Bill,and I are headed for VietNam on Jan 15th we could some help on info. not sure where to land or anything also anyone who wants to go along is welcome!
Tommie J
USA - Monday, May 09, 2011 at 09:10:26 (MDT)
So, far Gary (Snoopy) are above water. But, some areas are flooded, but as bad as Memphis. About 12 miles from downtown Memphis. Tomorrow the Mississippi River is suposed to crest at 48 feet. Flood is was at 34 feet. The problem out here is the rivers that flow into the Mississippi river is being pushed backwards from the Mississippi. Should start to receed in about 4to5 days. See everyone in St. Louis. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Monday, May 09, 2011 at 07:13:00 (MDT)
Thanks, Mark, hope all the mothers have a good mothers day of all our brothers, hope everyone is ok in the flooded areas. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, May 08, 2011 at 16:41:09 (MDT)
Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers of the Brothers of the 129th AHC from Ron
Ron <ronlj@ptd.net>
Wellsboro 16901, pa USA - Sunday, May 08, 2011 at 12:42:18 (MDT)
all the flooding in the memphis area is terrible. we have brothers there. hope and pray all are ok. lenny m.
lenny m.
USA - Sunday, May 08, 2011 at 06:03:25 (MDT)
Gale, yeah just read. That is pretty cool..but.....I still wonder why we have lost contact with him. He used to be a ragular here. Oh well....guess what????/..........ity's raining in Ohio.....duh!!!!!!!!..............always a brother...........
Mark
USA - Saturday, May 07, 2011 at 19:06:37 (MDT)
Mark, what did you think of that article about Keith? Pretty cool, Huh!?
Gale
USA - Saturday, May 07, 2011 at 17:54:46 (MDT)
Been busy for a few days and missed getting on here. Gale sorry about Facebook but guess the bad guys were out to get us again. I got a lot of stuff coming from every place but was afraid to open the stuff so hope I missed the bugs. Plus was lucky and saw on the news that FB was under attack, should shoot those people too who enjoy screwing up peoples computers. Anyway got everything paid for to go to St Louis again this year. Now praying my health holds up & gas prices don't kill me. Already after two years without a raise & my exp. have gone up by $250 a month, than gas. My homeowners insurance in Indiana went up $300 a year because of the storms there a couple years ago, so waiting to see what happens this year. In all these years I had one claim in 1978 on my home in Ga when kids broke in. Anyway have a VA appt next week and the doctor had me do labs twice in the past few weeks. They ran my Blood Sugar again yesterday. So both feet are already on fire so waiting for bad news.
Ken Strong Jr. 72-73
Summerfield, FL USA - Saturday, May 07, 2011 at 08:47:27 (MDT)
Got my PC goin' again..............it crashed after getting that artical from Facebook. Mark or anyone else have any troubles? I know I'm through with Facebook! Gale
Gale
USA - Saturday, May 07, 2011 at 06:03:31 (MDT)
Yes Gary, I got it.
Mark
USA - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 20:34:45 (MDT)
I do wish I could remember more of that night in Phan Rang.... somewhere along the way I decided that I'd feel safer if I slept in my ship, but when I got there the thing was full of furniture. We'd put the doors on before leaving Lane, and mine were closed and the windows were covered in bubble polish. I pulled out a mattress and slept on the floor of the revetment, one of those huge concrete air force storage things usually reserved for fighter/bombers..... come to think of it, I don't know where the dollies came from that we used to push the thing inside.......
Kim
USA - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 12:21:15 (MDT)
Yep, Rebel lives in West Palm Beach... might enjoy a phone call, Kim if you're in the AO. He's on Lakeside Road. You haven't lived until you've enjoyed a Vietnamese pizza and a warm beer while listening to "Proud Mary" by a Vietnamese band! It's a good thing that the "repurposed" furniture was safely hidden inside a gunship... windows coated with bubble polish, of course. I have to say that flying out of there with Goofy Grape smoke swirling behind us was pretty sweet! I think I'll ask my songwriter friend if he can come up with a catchy tune for "The Ballad of Phan Rang", or "I Got My Nose Froze at Phan Rang" (dedicated to an unknown Air Force colonel).
Dave
USA - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 12:16:53 (MDT)
Recall us, me, John Lulei , Paul Nolen and Blair going to Pleiku and getting plastered at their club, had a hell of a good time, spent the night in our slicks. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 10:53:33 (MDT)
Hey, mark, did you get the story I sent you or not??
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 10:49:23 (MDT)
Hey, All our paychecks were from the same place. We just couldn't understand why those Jet scrubbers lived in such blatant luxury and we had to make do with "packing crate" furniture. All we did was relocate some of it from one government installation to another. The Colonel who received the blast from the fire extinguisher probably put himself in for the MoH. In all fairness; he did display great bravery in the presence of an overwhelming force of skilled, motivated, highly trained and handsome aviation warriors.-Greg_Henkel
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 10:29:59 (MDT)
It's Simon Johnson's , of the 509 gang from England birthday today. If ya got his address say hey to him today. I Talked to him the other day on the phone. The 509 is taking a break this year. Phil is really, really busy with the Submarine manufactuing company this year and they are focusing of getting the Loach in flying condition also........
Mark
USA - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 10:29:33 (MDT)
Ha,ha,ha,ha ;-))))))..awesome reinactment of the short commings of the Air Force. If I'm am not mistaken, was a pilot named "Frenchie" AKA Raymond Colles in on that furniture run? I have heard him tell of a simular adventure...............cool "TINS" guys!!!!
Mark
USA - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 10:22:17 (MDT)
On a small portion of the enlisted side of the experience, a bunch of us decided that since the air force had all those funny stripes on their uniforms any army guy with a stripe on his collar must be an NCO....ssoooooo.... we invaded the NCO club. There as a band playing that had been at An Son recently who the cobras had adopted. They remembered us and started partying with us when they took their breaks, and eventually invited us up on stage. That was too much for the air force types and they invited us to take our raggedy asses out of "their club" ( like they owned the place?) We left, with a minimal amount of broken furniture, although a couple pieces were damaged enough that we felt obliged to take it with us in order to fix them...... just trying to do the right thing, of course
Kim
USA - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 09:14:40 (MDT)
The "Invasion of Phan Rang"!!! I've yet to see anything on this site that tops that experience. Maybe we could sell movie rights to the story??? We could buy our own huey with the proceeds :) Rebel lives down this way, doesn't he?
Kim
Port Charlotte, fl USA - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 09:05:39 (MDT)
Well, Mark... it was a dark and stormy night. The 129th was ordered to evacuate all airworthy choppers to Phan Rang in the face of an upcoming hurricane. The Air Force-dominated post never knew what hit it when the dog-earred 129th choppers and their matching crews touched down on their flight lines. This story in various fragments has been told here before, and it can be said that (at the very least) no one, including the locals got much sleep that night. What is particularly unfortunate about it, was that although everyone was wide awake nobody has much of a memory of what all happened. It all happened so suddenly... the 129th swooped down from the sky without any warning to the local MP's. They should have been forewarned at the first sign of trouble: a 129th Warrant Officer unloading a CO2 fire extinguisher into the face of an Air Force officer! Throughout the night, there was much noise and revelry and when dawn finally came the 129th was airborne once again, colored smoke from grenades safety-wired to the skids streaming in the wind... their choppers loaded down with much ill-acquired booty. Included was some rather expensive office furniture, and MANY thick (and highly coveted) Air Force mattresses. And to this day, my friends both the Vietnamese locals and Air Force veterans speak in awe to their children and grandchildren of the "Invading Scourge from the North"! I always thought that if anyone has a songwriter friend, this story could be told as a great ballad. Animal and Kim, feel free to chime in here...
Dave
USA - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 09:04:24 (MDT)
Dave , ya gotta tell that whole story now. I would love to hear it!!!!!!
Mark
USA - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 08:13:26 (MDT)
Rebel is in the "texting" business right now. I recently texted him and asked about the VN Gallantry Cross, and whether it was a unit or an individual award. He texted me back and said that the only thing the unit (129th) received as a whole was an arrest warrant signed by the Air Force... Kim and Animal, I believe he was talking about Phan Rang.
Dave
USA - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 07:55:38 (MDT)
Nothing accidental about it... I did it on purpose, man! Remember those two nights at LZ English? Outgoing mortars all night... so hot inside our sleeping quarters that we decided to just sleep out on the chopper... the droning of the generator. Sky Soldier Country - 173rd Airborne.
Dave
USA - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 07:47:15 (MDT)
Wow Ron, We flew together! I'm glad Dave didn't accidentally delete most of his memory like I seem to have done! Last time I talked to "Rebel" Smith, he had just got a computer and may just turn up here soon! Welcome to the site!.............Greg
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Thursday, May 05, 2011 at 20:30:21 (MDT)
If your already drawing social security. You can't recieve this benefit. Must be done on your first visit. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
USA - Thursday, May 05, 2011 at 15:28:59 (MDT)
Well, paid the social security a visit today. Had to sign up for medicare. I took a copy of my dd214. It got me an extra 105.00 a month when I decide to retire. There was a thing circulating about taking your dd214 with you. It was signed into effect stating all military personnel from 1957 to 2001 could recieve extra money. If you don't ask they won't tell you about it. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, May 05, 2011 at 15:26:17 (MDT)
Ron Jelliff, The last time I remember seeing you was when you, Rick “Rebel” Smith, Greg “Animal” Henkel and I RON’d at LZ English for a couple nights. Welcome home, Brother.
Dave Powers
USA - Thursday, May 05, 2011 at 14:24:37 (MDT)
Mark, did you receive the story, that I sent you.? Been putting out plenty of tomatoes and peppers, flowers, roses, and other plants, it is good therapy, just watching stuff grow is really enjoyable. We give away more than we eat, nothing like home grown tomatoes and such. Hope everyone has a good day. Tex 70-71
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, May 05, 2011 at 07:48:55 (MDT)
Kal address is fourfour44@msn.com.......................
Mark
USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2011 at 20:08:48 (MDT)
Hay Don we still going to drive up together and split the fuel & room George B
george b <rdster1930@yahoo.com>
USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2011 at 14:35:36 (MDT)
Welcome Home Ron. Always good to see ours Brothers of the 129th find us. youtube: 129AHC Bulldog/ROK from 1966. You need to check out. A blast from the past. The ROK was our first of the different Korean units we supported. Bad storms gone for now. But, the flooding is begining. The mississippi river is flooding from St. Louis south. Wayne Dugger from the 394th 1966/1967 lives in Poplar Bluff Mo. It's flooding bad in his area. Haven't got any reply to emails as of yet. Well, the St. Louis reunion is about 6 weeks off. Will be glad to see everyone. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2011 at 09:11:53 (MDT)
Mark, I tried to send you something a week or so ago at the address you posted and it was returned to me.. Repost your addy please as I may have entered it wrong???... L8r..
Kal
USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2011 at 08:11:56 (MDT)
Gale, not sure what you are talking about. keith who?.........
Mark
USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2011 at 07:11:31 (MDT)
Mark, did you get that article I sent you about Keith?
Gale
USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 20:56:23 (MDT)
Hey, I think it would be cool to be a storm chaser, tornado chaser, we have a lot in these parts at times, not so much so far this year,must have moved over to the deep South looks like,there is a Tv station here that I have connections with, they will train you and they6 are always wanting help.One thing, Ive have found out if you want to get rid of your fears, you have to face them head on, tornados always scared the crap out of me, but at the same time, they fascinate me, my girlfriend, Margaret says that you, Gary, crazy, ha ha, later. Tex 70-71. gentle one.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 20:50:17 (MDT)
Ron, we have a 129th Yahoo site that we have been posting pictures on at this address < http://groups.yahoo.com/group/129thahc/ >........you will be able to post it on there. You will have to become a member of the group, which is free, and then you will be able to post the photo on there. Let us know when you have it on so we can veiw it...take care all, always a brother................
Mark
USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 20:12:39 (MDT)
Hey somebody tell me how to put a picture on here I have the plaque that the men of the 1st plt. gave me when I left over there I would like to show it. Tuanks Ron
Ron <ronlj@ptd.net>
Wellsboro, pa USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 19:41:07 (MDT)
Ron Jelliffe..... watch out for the Gentle one, she tries to come across as a voice of reason.... but there's an evil streak in there!!! :) Guys on the site you might remember, Dave Powers, Gerry Heckathorn, Wes Griffith, Animal, Vic Gilliland, Fred Alvis, Ken Strong............ Smitty Westwang and Shadow were on here, but unfortunately, they both passed away, Smitty just recently. Darwin Schmeidt, Jim Masencup, Larry Davis. There are others who check in, but don't post very often.
Kim
USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 17:17:44 (MDT)
Welcome Home Ron! I'm the mother of these little rowdie soldiers and I try to keep them in line. Get yourself out of your man/nam cave and get yourself to St. Louis boy! Spend the weekend with these 129ers and the other flight crews who spent their tour of duty in the skys of Viet Nam...saving lives and reforcing our troops. It's the best Zoloft one can take. Storm chaser? I've always wanted to be one?! Keep me posted on that babe. Animal..Kokomo this year? Surprise us(but let me know:>)) And FNG Ron, as Sept draws closer the talk will turn to the Vet re-union in Kokomo Indiana....sit around the fire, talk, laugh and share. It's pretty darn cool! I'm already thinking about the "thing" I'll do for it:>) Dust-off maybe we can fly in around the same time and drive to the campsite together:>) Love to all-Gently
gently
USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 17:05:27 (MDT)
I went in a deleted that post on every name on my FB account. I am sure that FB is doing something about it and there have been many of people who have sent the same thing to me so I am in the same boat as the rest of ya's.....................
Mark
USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 14:10:29 (MDT)
Gale, Did you have that appt. with the VA Doctor yet? If not when you do make it very hard to answer the questions and go ahead and break down in front of him or her what ever and make those stessers so you can't even talk about them bad bad bader than they are if you can. Tell um you knock the light off the night stand and every thing in your sleep your wife is ascared of you when your having those nightmares. And That this has been going on and you never knew that the Va. was there to help you no one ever said there was help out there V. N. Vets now if its not to laye you would like to get some help and try to improve your life alittle you know you will never be( normal) I stuck that in but you can use it, Ron
Ron <ronlj@ptd.net>
Wellsboro, Pa USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 12:42:32 (MDT)
welcome home ron. i'm not sure how far back you have read of thwe postings, but we have two annual gathering through out the year.one is sponored by the veitnam helicopter crewmember asso.we have a reunion every year and held at a different location through out the country, this year the reunion is being held in st. louis and the second is the veitnam incampment held in kokomo ind. in sept. both are great places to be at . wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 08:54:45 (MDT)
Ive been thinking seriously about being a storm chaser, miss the adrenlin rush I guess, will have to be strictly volunteer for me though. they do and have saved lives.Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 08:45:54 (MDT)
Ron Jelliffe??? I figured that some jealous husband would have shot you years ago??? Welcome back, and welcome to the web site :) There are some familiar names and faces here that you'll remember, I'm sure.
Kim LaVoie
Port Charlotte, fl USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 08:38:34 (MDT)
Ron, welcome home, have all 5 of my U.S. FLAGS OUT TODAY!!!!!!!!!! Good advice, Ron to Gale, keep going Gale, be sure you continue going to the shrink, my brother. There are days, I cant even stand myself.its a friggin miracle that Im still alive, not homeless, in prison, or a damn hospital. I know that I have a gaurdian angel and without a doubt there is a God, HE has watched over me, many, many times. Hang in there Gale, it will pay off. I think about all those young kids that have grown up after 9/11, that was there at the white House and New York City, at ground zero and Times Square,they answered the call to fight in 2 wars and did multiple tours, Isay God bless them, they are very special, " United we stand", lets always be one nation under God. where everyone is equal and has the right to pursue happiness. God Bless the United States.Clear right, Tex 70-71...
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 08:34:21 (MDT)
yep i caught something.spybot search and destroy is going batshit this morning
paul mcgrath
USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 06:14:28 (MDT)
Ron, welcome home buddy and thanks for the advice.
Gale Beard 67-68
USA - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 21:47:10 (MDT)
Yeah, sorry bout that guys, I got that crap from somebody and made the mistake of opening it. I think it clears itself up after awhile. I hope. Again. Sorry bout that!!!!
Mark
USA - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 21:22:57 (MDT)
Mark, as Paul said, I think your "friends" list on Facebook has been tapped. I was talking to Larry Kawiatowshi earlier and he said he recieved the same thing I recieved. I think we both closed the page B4 it did anything to our setups. The problem said it had something to do with us checking out something that you had found funny there and had something to do with "who had been checking us out"..?? Take care.. C U in Saint Louie...
Kal Bergstrom '68 <n8auu@email.com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 21:03:19 (MDT)
MARK; i think your facebook account might have been hacked,getting stuff supposedly from you.
paul mcgrath
USA - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 19:03:52 (MDT)
Ron, welcome to the 129th site.I wasn't aviation, mess sgt 71-72, but lane was my hom.me for a while. Welcome brother, glad to have you aboard. lenny m.
lenny m
USA - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 18:42:26 (MDT)
Ron.WELCOME HOME and back to the 129th...........stay current with whats going on now a days with the 129th right here..............THANKS for you service brother........always a brother.......
Mark
USA - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 18:32:47 (MDT)
Just want to say my brother found this site and found my name in it so he sent it to me I'm very happy that he did. I was a 67N20 crew chife 1st with the 57th AHC in Ain Kia then came down to the 129th AHC I was there from 1970 to Mar. of 72 I don;t know when some of you were there. But from what I have read I will say Gale Git-er-done don't let up keep going to the Doc's (Psychiatrist) stick to your stressers pour it on. I am 100% service conected dissability. I could never go to the group theripy sessions either only the Docs, You tell them if they weren't there then SHUT up they know nothing. I still can't get out aroud people not even my family Im home bound.See you all ron
Ron Jelliff <ronlj@ptd.net>
Wellsboro, Pa USA - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 17:36:43 (MDT)
a-men tex, that rotten sob is rotting in hell right now with his flunkies that did the deed 10 years ago. GOD BLESS OUR WONDERFUL COUNTRY AND ALL WHO MAKE IT GREAT. LENNY M.
lenny m.
USA - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 14:34:44 (MDT)
took 40 minutes for the operation and 10 years to set it up. sounds like a government job to me. they should have at least brought back his head.
paul mcgrath
USA - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 11:41:41 (MDT)
Well, DING, DONG, THE WICKED WITCH, THE WICKED WITCH IS DEAD, ROT IN HELL , BIN LADEN. THE COMPOUND WHERE HE WAS AT WAS ONLY 1,000 FEET FROM A PAKISTAN MILITARY ACACDEMY, HMMMM?? ....... There has been 2 things in the last 50 years that has changed America, Kennedy assinated aND 9/11,... We will never be the same as I remember growing up in the 50s,the world is constantly changing... God Bless our troops, God bless the people who lost their lives on 9/11 and the firefighters and police who gave their lives to save many. God bless the people who lost their lives in the Pentagon, and the people that gave their lives in flt. 93, in Pennnsylvania, . JUSTICE HAS BEEN DONE, REST IN PEACE, ITS NOT OVER BY ANY MEANS...GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES...
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 09:55:03 (MDT)
morning flight,we finally got bin ladin.our nation has been waiting a long time for this i for one was elated to hear the news and at the same time feeling sadness because it brought back the memories of 911, the people we lost on that day and a few days after 911 was told that a good friend was killed that day at the site. i work with him as a cop. he left our dept. an joined the new york fire dept..he was one of the frist on the seen and knowing him as i did he problemly lead the way into the towers.the only thought is that he died doing something he loved doing helping people. god bless sam, you can rest in peace. wink 3/70=10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 08:21:51 (MDT)
Bin Ladin,Dead!! He came to the US for Gorilla Warfare Training by the us Special Forces so he could take everything back to his people to fight rebels in his country.Then the USA Killed his Family and made him mad at America.Now we have finally Killed Him.The old saying what goes around comes around.Just for information only"OSAMA"means Reverand.The world should have called him"USAMA"Mister.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 06:32:39 (MDT)
Joe if you are anywhere near Ohio, we live in west central ohio bout 90 miles south of lake erie. give us a call and we'll see if we can meet up. Or come and stay with us. 419-678-4697-home....419-733-3154-cell..................Osama gone!..........always a brother..
Mark
USA - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 06:13:12 (MDT)
I WILL BE DRIVING OUT TO THE GREAT LAKES NEXT WEEK. IF THER ARE AND EVENTS GOING ON GIVE ME A POST OR E-MAIL. I WILL BI NICE TO SEE SOME OF THE OLE FLIGHT ONCE AGAIN.
joe johnson <cobra073@yahoo.com>
Morongo Valley, CALIFORNIA USA - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 00:17:23 (MDT)
HOW ABOUT THAT CREW? OBOMA GOT OSOMA. A WELL ORGANIZED 6 WEEK OPERATION. I CAN REMBER FLYING SOME SPOOKS INTO LAO BACK IN 1967 BUT NEVER HEARD BACK FROME THEM, MAYBY I DIDENT HEAR ANYTHING BACK BECAUSE IT WAS A SECRET MISSION? WE REALLY WE NOT THERE YOU KNOW? I WILL NEVER TELL. REALLY?????
joe johnson <cobra073@yahoo.com>
Morongo Valley, CALIFORNIA USA - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 00:14:13 (MDT)
OSAMMA DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 21:00:30 (MDT)
Hey George..sumtin mark................wahooooooooooooooooooo...................
Mark
USA - Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 17:09:49 (MDT)
morning flight, yep playing golf i was doing yesterday might even do today. just cann't handle all the desecions i have to make ,heeeeeeeee tought life. alex sound like we are going too have quit the group this year.i remember the frist year i attended we only had about 12 129er attend.we've grown by leaps an bounds.horay for us. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
fl USA - Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 08:14:08 (MDT)
Say sometin Mark, you know just rattle the cage someone with jump on Besides Wink is either still in bed or off playing goff George B.
George
Somerset, MA, USA - Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 06:15:38 (MDT)
Dang..sure is quite in here........hope all are doin' ok.........
Mark
USA - Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 05:50:14 (MDT)
St. Louis gittin' lots closer. Prayers go out to the people down south pickin' up after them storms.........Love to all.......
Mark
USA - Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 20:40:41 (MDT)
Gale glad that you went for your c&p. You should hear something before long. If, you get denied don't give up. You got a paper trail going now. Mark hope you had a got Birthday even though I 'm late with the greetings. I think it was this month . Been a rough week with all the bad weather and now the flooding thats expected. But, we were lucky to still be here. The worst I ever seen it around here and other parts of the south. Alot of lives lost. Getting ready for St. Louis. Alot of 129th inquires about the dates and hotel info. Hope to have the largest turn out yet. Welcome Home to all the Newbies whom found thier way home to the 129th site. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN. USA - Friday, April 29, 2011 at 11:03:32 (MDT)
Gael, Wellcome to the club.May you not have any more PTSD counceling sesions.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Friday, April 29, 2011 at 10:02:29 (MDT)
Flight, thanks for all the advice on C&P. I had my appointment yesterday (I almost canceled) and things went fairly well. Now I'm just playing the waiting game...................
Gale 67-68
USA - Friday, April 29, 2011 at 09:08:18 (MDT)
Yes Mark...and thank you Dennis. L-Gently
Gently
USA - Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 20:10:52 (MDT)
Make that oak trees in his front yard.
Gary Mount
Lubbock, tx USA - Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 19:07:14 (MDT)
Larry Ruff and family are ok he e-mailed me from his I phone.Had damage to his home. uprooted trees in his backyard, but ok, otherwise.Hope everyone else is ok. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 18:44:13 (MDT)
Sorry, meant to say, those types of tornados, are normally in this area and northward in the plains, not in those areas hit yesterday.
gary mount
USA - Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 08:32:29 (MDT)
Larry Ruff, please let us know that you are ok,horrible breakout of tornados in the South, and others in that area, my prayers are with you, that all of you are ok, and unhurt. We are used to seeing tornados like that in this area, but not like the ones in your area. God Be with you. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 08:27:29 (MDT)
Tom and Claude died a couple of months after I left Vietnam. It was over thirty five years later that I even knew of it, or how it happened. Thank all of you for being here. The joys and the tragedies together make a more complete history, and bring more closure and understanding.
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 18:16:21 (MDT)
Thanks to all for the sentiments of remembrance. Best wishes to Bernie and Bruno!
Diane Strother Moy <df78759@aol.com>
Austin, TX USA - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 10:34:39 (MDT)
That's "Would Not" My mistake on the typing.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 08:14:26 (MDT)
LT Tom Shaw & WO Claud Strothers aren't forgotten. On be half of Bernie Hernandez & my, we would forget you.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 08:07:34 (MDT)
Slow Hand Salute renderd....................
Mark
USA - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 07:33:04 (MDT)
Bernie and Bruno...today is your "Alive Day." We're so glad you are with us. May your hearts be at Peace on this day which many of us remember. God bless Tom and Claude and their Families. L-Gently
Gently
USA - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 06:58:31 (MDT)
Tom Shaw, Claud Strother, Dave Stamper, Paul Nolen, slow hand salute to all this month, never forgotten. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 06:39:17 (MDT)
Flight 68-15426 **April 27th 1972**AnKhe***Tom Shaw & Claud Strother lost but not forgotten ****Bruno Sanchez & Bernie Hernandez –hope you can make St Louis *************Snoopy **
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 05:39:59 (MDT)
Sorry to hear you won't be at St Lou Bill Maybe see you at Kokomoe but that is very iffie for me cause I have alot of antique car stuff to do in the Fall but next year (2012) I am planing a dive to Fla than all the way west than returning via the center states , this is a 2-3 month trip my golden retriver and I are putting together to do in our 31 Model A ford so beware I am warning you and everyone I have home address of I will be KNOCKING on your door George B
George <rdster1930@yahoo.com>
Somerset, Ma USA - Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 18:52:35 (MDT)
Oh Fred, you are sooooooooooooo sweet! The airport was fine...even though it was for two days. I don't know why I keep missing my planes....but I do. In any event I talked to alot of pilots, got a pair of wings(though those from CP are my cherished wings), probably had too much to drink, and have offers to fly free to a couple of cities to visit those new friends. Heck, I got to sit in the cockpit on the way back to Milwaukee. The last time that happened I was on my way to Nicaragua to pick coffee beans to support their revolution..got some wings then also. So I just figure that from now on I'm going to get stuck in the Indy airport...there are many pluses to it:>))). L-Gently
Gently
USA - Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 17:31:53 (MDT)
I have not been here for a long time. Mark and Dee stopped off in Oklahoma not long ago and had a good visit with Conley(Butch) Foster and Me. We went to dinner then stay up late looking a pictures and telling stories. We had a great time. Butch and I are planning on making the reunion. sorry i dont post often but i have parkinsons and it is hard to key with a tremor. Lou i saw a post from you on the flight log. Hope your wife gets better and I really hope to see you at reunion. I talked to Larry (skip) Murry a week ago and ask for him to make the reunion as well. does anyone remember Chubby Dalton from West (by god) virgina.....I would love to speak to him. sorry guys my getting tired. see you in St. Louis Roger Strong....unschedule maint.
Roger Strong <shotstr825@yahoo.com>
Sand Springs, OK USA - Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 11:36:07 (MDT)
George, unfortunately I wont be able to attend due to work, but am hoping to next year and possbily one of the kokomo (or however its spelled) reunions.
Bill Wolf
USA - Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 08:30:00 (MDT)
Welcome home Oliver. I left Lane in May of '68.
Gale 67-68
USA - Monday, April 25, 2011 at 21:55:31 (MDT)
Welcome Oliver. Hey Gale, wernt you there the same time? Talked to Ray Gagner today. Is feeling down a bits but sounds good. Says he will be in St. Louis..see ya there..........always a brother...............
Mark
USA - Monday, April 25, 2011 at 20:49:51 (MDT)
Welcome home, Oliver Ward, I was not there during your time, there,there from May 70- March 71. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, April 25, 2011 at 09:44:11 (MDT)
Oliver iwas there in Jan 68 to Jan69. !st flt platoon. I remember that 1st sgt. He came back to the ststes an was my 1st sgt. there. Be careful out there
Rick England
USA - Monday, April 25, 2011 at 06:38:25 (MDT)
i would like to hear from anyone who served with the 129th from june 1968 thru oct 1968. names i remember...quinones,boehning,hudson,nelson,hodges,major emory and the 1st sgt whose name i can not recall. game him my ak-47 as a parting gift when i derosd oct 24,68 he was a heck of a guy. from indiana maybe? also, how would i get hold of flight operations manifests for same period? peace to all. happy easter.
oliver n. ward <paxcampio78@yahoo.com>
rocky hill, ct USA - Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 23:47:19 (MDT)
i would like to hear from anyone who served with the 129th from june 1968 thru oct 1968. names i remember...quinones,boehning,hudson,nelson,hodges,major emory and the 1st sgt whose name i can not recall. game him my ak-47 as a parting gift when i derosd oct 24,68 he was a heck of a guy. from indiana maybe? also, how would i get hold of flight operations manifests for same period? peace to all. happy easter.
oliver n. ward <paxcampio78@yahoo.com>
rocky hill, ct USA - Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 23:46:34 (MDT)
Hay Bill Wolf are you going to be at St Lou this year its been sense the last St Lou sense we've seen ya so we are VERY hopeing to see you George B
George B
USA - Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 17:41:59 (MDT)
HAPPY EASTER.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx USA - Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 10:30:30 (MDT)
Flight, hope eveyon has a nice and happy Easter with their loved ones.Dennis, thanks for the information, Tex 70-71, clear right.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 08:48:46 (MDT)
Happy Easter to all!
Bill & Kat Wolf
USA - Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 08:35:54 (MDT)
morning flight.no dennis , i don't think you'll ever see me in califoria thats to far west.but i'm beginning to fell like a gypsy i'm hoping this is my last move for awhile, notice i said for a while. but i'm getting pretty good at packing an moving. heeee. actually i'm back at lake ashton where i moved from lasdt year but in the new section. i'm renting and for the time being thats the way to go for me. see all in st. louis. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 08:31:43 (MDT)
See ya there Goerge
Mark
USA - Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 21:06:16 (MDT)
Gary, VA rating and SSDI in most cases use different disability procedures. What you need is the last ten yrs work history. All names and addresses of doctors. Dates and locations of all hospital stays. Dates and location of all medical tests. You have to be able to document your disability. Contact your doctors from the last couple of years let them know that filed for SSDI. Be prepared to do some leg work chasing down records to support your claim. I did my filing on line, then went to local SS office to provide signatures. In most cases SS use the state disability determination dept to do the disability determination. Hope this info helps. Dennis 72-73
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 19:33:36 (MDT)
Just seen a good one on a site Question "Why do woman want to be eqeal when they are already sepeareier? Hay I love a aught too Smile Maek I ( we love ya brother ) See you & Dee in St Lou George B
George B
USA - Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 19:15:14 (MDT)
Gently, Did you get some snail mail and contents from me the other week?
Mark
USA - Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 18:57:27 (MDT)
yes dennis, by all means, heres wishing one and all a very happy easter. lenny m. usa
lenny m.
USA - Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 10:23:54 (MDT)
Dennis, I will go in the 28th. for SSD,I have the paperwork from the V.A,,when they decided I was unemployable, any advice?Will that be sufficient.? Tex 70-71
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 08:22:57 (MDT)
Dustoff I submitted it when I did my Disability Application. My monthly was more than their estimate. What also helped was the leg work I did getting all my VA records and the cooperation of my other doctors. Gently, I need your snail mail addy please. Here's hoping everyone has a Happy Easter.
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville , CA USA - Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 07:54:17 (MDT)
Dennis,When you applied to Social Security did you take your DD214 with you.Your Combat record will get you an extra $100 monthly on your check from them.Every dime counts.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 06:54:58 (MDT)
Yes my brothers sometimes the powers that be get it right. I applied for Social Security the middle of December. Today I got my first check. They backdated my claim to October 2009 when I was laid off due to my health issues. Yes, I did alot of the leg work. Getting all of my records from the VA and other doctors. More later Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville , CA USA - Friday, April 22, 2011 at 19:22:19 (MDT)
Gale, there should have been a pageor pages, where you put in your words what symptoms of PTSD, you have.. on the claim you made. Dont know if you have your flight records or your awards for air medals, and flight physical, that should help. I do have dooorgunner on my DD214, my mos was 67A1F, doorgunner, had to volunteer to be one, also carried the 67A10 mos, aircraft mechanic, you could not advance more than Sp/4 as a doorgunner., as I found out. The V.A. rates Ptsd, from 10 to 100,its online,if you want to check it out. Be sure to be careful what you say in regards to handling your finances, and do not tell them you have road rage, sorry, Lenny, I made the mistake of saying I did not always pay my bills when I was on those drunks, and I now have to get a doctors statement to drive, although Ive been driving for years, or you can be ruled incompetent like me, a word of warning, Just be truthful as best you can, and if you dont get what you feel you deserve, appeal, appeal,appeal. I currently have 70%, took me since 96 to get there, getting paid for 100% unemployability. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, April 22, 2011 at 17:05:55 (MDT)
Ok, Mark, no problem.
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, April 22, 2011 at 16:39:26 (MDT)
Gary that is all lower case letters. Sorry. Its fourfour44@msn.com....
Mark
USA - Friday, April 22, 2011 at 14:22:15 (MDT)
Gale a lot of advice being given about your upcoming VA. appointment. Wink is on the same page as me. They will check your mos. Gunners had a 11bravo. And, alot of them had a CIB on their dd214. I didn't have any flight records to prove my status. Mos 67n20 a helicopter mechanic. Like I said be straight up with these people. You need a paper trail of being under different ptsd sessions. It's all about a paper trail. As I stated in a earlier post. I went evey tues. & fri for two years. About back pay. It's starts when you file a claim. Even thought I was going to Vet Centers. It didn't count because they can't file claims. Alot, of advice about night mares, anger and other events. They hear this every day. You have to prove your stressors. They have accsess to everything you did in the army and in Vietnam. Hopefully your have going ptsd appointments at the VA. Will be in your favor. The PTSD unit had me at a 70% but, the c&p gave me 30% with only two years back pay. What ever you doing don't give up. But, as Wink and myself has stated paper trail and be honest about your stressors. See everyone in St. Louis. Always A Brother!!
A;ex
USA - Friday, April 22, 2011 at 06:41:06 (MDT)
Will do, Mark..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 19:14:10 (MDT)
Gary, send story to this email < Fourfour44@msn.com >...............
Mark
USA - Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 19:07:18 (MDT)
to gale or any-one else going for evaluation, a few words for you, never change your story , tell them about your inability to sleep, problem with any loud noises, road rage in traffic, panic attacks in crowds, impatience in all matters, and it never hurts to have some-one with political clout for help. Explain to your evaluator that it doesn't help when a man has to recall all these bad memories. good luck and I wish you well lenny m.
lenny m.
USA - Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 14:06:53 (MDT)
fred; my cell is 815 343 6709
paul mcgrath
USA - Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 13:22:24 (MDT)
fred phone number i have for you is not valid. would be happy to help.
paul mcgrath
USA - Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 13:13:57 (MDT)
Mark, the story, I have written is complete,I sent it to you, maybe too long, dunno, Fred, glad to see your posts again, Dave thanks for the kind words, HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! clear right, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:44:45 (MDT)
Wink, at the rate you keep moving, the next thing I know you will be my neighbor again here in CA. Just biding my time waiting for June and the Reunion. Have another Acuputure treatment to day for my back. Now only getting treatment every 3 weeks and I am back to taking just enough pain relievers to offset Arthritis Pain. Everyone have a Great Day Dennis 72-73
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 09:59:21 (MDT)
Hey Carl Brader. Good to see your post. You should attend the 129th gathering in St. Louis this coming June............always a brother......
Mark
USA - Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 08:49:27 (MDT)
The DOD is conducting a survey of current and former pilots and crew members who have suffered injury or other medical problems from the seats in our aircrafts. No personal information is asked or wanted for this survey. Here is the web site for those intrested: www.dodhelicopterseatsurvey.com.
Carl Brader <harleydogs-at-yahoo.com>
IL USA - Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 07:44:29 (MDT)
morning flight, gald to see you back fred, we've missed your postings. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 07:41:48 (MDT)
this time gentle one, you stay at the house, not the airport..thats no place to spend the night.Its way to early for me to talk to my dispatcher about time off in sept. I am taking Susan to tour Yellowstone this year, so will not be at St. louis. Paul, would be grateful for your advice/ hints/knowledge about accomadations in the area. Thinking about flying in to Salt Lake City, renting a car from there. To far to drive from here and still have time for vacation for a week.
alvis
USA - Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 06:06:02 (MDT)
Frenchie can hang with Rick England...he always makes it back:>)))Fred, pick me up at the airport again:>)) Glad you're back babe....stay here! Again, sorry about your dad. L-G
Gently
USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 21:06:35 (MDT)
Ken Strong, Hopefully I am also on the list to get a camp sight at Kokomo.I hope something around the 129th sight comes available.If you get a chance to talk to anyone please do. I would hate to be in the south fourty, Frenchie would never find his way home.... He gets lost easy....Ha Ha
Bill Whelan <bwhelan@theprintingworks.net>
IL USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 15:36:11 (MDT)
Gale, I just went thru that at the Indy Va 6 or 8 months ago. Went thru their "new" PTSD "expert".She is on the ball. Do NOT try and BS on the written part, if you get that far.You need stressors and how it has affected your life. Personally, I told them how i just have Nam vets for friends, none other. Have gone thru a series iof women in my life, a jillion jobs, the dreams, ect. Stated that I finally have a job I can keep..a over the road truck driver..always alone and no people to deal with. I dont have people over to the house, stay alone, ect.ect.I have shut down my "social" part of my life..starting from when I got back.I didnt try and BS and only told a few "tins" stories.(to back up my stressors). I was notified two months ago..30%, paid back to NOV. 09. I have appealed the date..I first applied back in the early 80s...waiting on that result.Also, make sure they know your married...I am getting the unmarried rate, trying to fix that, they say it may take 6 months.The rate at present is $376.00 per month.Its ok, I just wanted them to admit the truth about us. She said "she thought I am much better than I was". Thats an understatement. being a mailman sortta fits..you were alone working all day, didnt have to deal with folks, ..say hi, bye, see you tomorrow kinda thing, no close contact or involment. Good luck.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 11:01:42 (MDT)
Dennis Faucher, It's not a yes or no yet.We'll see.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 10:37:08 (MDT)
Like, I have said before, being on a slick or gunship was different than being a grunt or anything else.I was honest in what I said to the evaluators both times, no dog and pony show, just the facts. When I first started going to the v.a. for help way back in 84, because of anger and other issues, the counselr I had was a good one, but the meds, dind not work for me and I could not go a lot of times because I had to work, thats what hinders a lot of returning vets, and us during those years. I was not able to get the help until I retired. I told them the facts that I am not and never will be the same person that left Lubbock, Texas on April 25, 1970, and got back here in April of 71,why because of what we saw and had to endure, and add to that nobody gave a fat rats ass about us, we were not worth a shit. So, go, Gale and be honest. Go for it, my brother. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 10:03:34 (MDT)
morning flight, gale by all means go like alex said don't put on a horse an pony show, they'll see through that. just be honest.and besides if your dr put you in for it than there is a reason for it. its always better if a dr. put you in for an c& p hearing rather you filing for the ptsd. so go for it.>>>>>>>>>>> well i've moved again. new addy is 5337 nicklaus dr. winter haven fl. 33884. mark would you make that change in the cintact list, thanks wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 07:07:52 (MDT)
Gale,Do forget all the friends you lost in the 129th,or the wounded or dead troops you had to carry to the hospital.All the gory blood and guts you saw and got on your hands.Just remember the Body Bags.The sleepless nights at Lane not knowing if you will see daylite or not.Right now every week I have to go to a PTSD Counceling class for Anger management.Seems like the more classes I go to the more angry I am getting.Clear left or right or any which way you can.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 21:28:05 (MDT)
Gale is it a c&p hearing. I fought for 3 years being denied on several occasions. I finally got a c&p hearing. They glance at your file as they ask questions. The person interviewing you. Is seeing your file for the first time, when they start interviewing you. Your file is sealed and not broken until your in the interviewing room. 99&9/10th of these people never been in the military and don't understand what you are talking about. Also, they look at your mos. Most of us had a 67n20 . No mos for crewchief. Don't try and put on a Dog&Pony show. Just be straight up with them. I went twice a week for two years for ptsd. And, my claim was denied every time. Until, my c&p hearing. Good Luck!! Always A Brother!! Being in Vietnam was stress. You never knew if lane field was get hit or not. If you flew, didn't know if you would make it back from a mission. Seeing the wounded or KIA's.
Alex
USA - Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 16:21:34 (MDT)
Gale, sounds like the v.a. may be setting up a evaluation for you, depending on what you have said in regards to Ptsd symptoms. I would think the majority of us that were there suffer in some way or another, . I have dealt with the v.a. off and on for years, if you need advice, call me or e-mail me, Ill be glad to talk with you in this mmatter. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 15:03:08 (MDT)
Gale, They sent me to Danville to see a Shrink after being seen all the time in Indy. I may have lucked out because the guy was setting there with my whole medical file from the military & VA files. That is over a foot tall already. What was good for me was he already had looked at a lot of the info and aload me well over an hour to talk about everything. So even though my dreams started in 1973 and I did see a shrink in the Army it took to 2006 to get rated for PTSD. My main stressers were from LZ English and instead of drugs I became a flat line mental case who never could tell anyone including my kids that I loved them. I just changed jobs a lot but always worked myself to death, like 60-70 hrs a week for most of my life. So this guy said that before a lot of guys who did get PTSD were on drugs and did not function in life. In my case he said many of us suffered in a different way by not being attached, afraid of relationships & commitments. Nothing made me happy or really sad either, just a shell going through life. Not sure how many of us were like this but pretty much only dreamed about Vietnam since getting out of there. So hope you get a good doctor who can get you to explain what you are feeling & how it affects you. My other brother in law managed to get his but he could not talk about it but managed to get the same guy to do his eval in Danville. He said he was in tears before he got finish talking. So let it all out!
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 13:58:15 (MDT)
Flight, just received a call from the VA wanting me to set up an appointment regarding my PTSD claim that I filed about 6 months ago. Any suggestions at this point? They didn't say what kind of appointment. The Psychologist there is the one that let me know that she (more or less)put it my records that I was experiencing PTSD and I could go on and file a claim....I dunno!
Gale 67-68
USA - Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 09:48:30 (MDT)
I am going to be in Princeville, Kaui late Sept to early Oct this year. It is my understanding that you are actually on the Island of Hawaii. Not sure if we can get together, but would like to see if possible.
Dennis Faucher <drfaucher@verizon.net>
USA - Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 08:49:05 (MDT)
I will always regret that back in the 90s when I first talked to you about Larry I would have stayed in touch. Still you were just planting a small tree that has grown so much over these years. So like a Family Tree with each new contact a new limb grows letting more of us find each other. I know you must think of Larry everyday but now we have a place to remember all our lost Brothers.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 08:48:00 (MDT)
Getting excited and looking forward to St. louis this year. Will be great to see ole' friends and to neet new ones. Sounds like this is going to be a BIG one for the 129th. How awesome is that. I never could of dreamt 13 years ago when I had the idea to just make a home page in memory of Larry that it would grow so big. I know that you guys probably would of found each other anyways, but it feels could to be a small part of it. Thanks for accepting me as a brother. I love you all. See you in St. Louis. God bless.........always a brother............
Mark
USA - Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 06:35:09 (MDT)
Visiting 129th AHC's website, I have noted a fact that your father had passed away. My friend, Alvis, I would like to extend my deepest condolences over your father's death herewith. You have my prayers.
Jae-sung Chung <jsc418@empal.com>
Seoul, South Korea - Monday, April 18, 2011 at 22:22:58 (MDT)
I'll be there in spirit, but don't travel much these days. Best wishes- Greg
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Monday, April 18, 2011 at 21:08:26 (MDT)
Fred, sorry about your Step Dad. Stay strong. Bruno, I wish that you could make it to St. Louis. Jim Crigler, Gary Woodward, Augie Bailey, Larry Davis, Myself and others will be there. Greg Henkel, Would still like to see you in St Louis. I am trying to get RIck to go. I am going to see him in Florida Wednesday.
Dennis Faucher <drfaucher@verizon.net>
USA - Monday, April 18, 2011 at 19:12:07 (MDT)
After all these years, I finally learn where Griff hid!! :)
Kim
USA - Monday, April 18, 2011 at 08:00:56 (MDT)
Alvis, I am sorry for your loss. Tornadoes passed a few miles East and West from us . 22 killed in North Carolina. US53411124.
J. W. Wilson
kinston, N. C. USA - Monday, April 18, 2011 at 06:11:52 (MDT)
Alvis, Debbie & I also send our condolences to you and your Mom!
Gale
USA - Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 11:16:26 (MDT)
David Stamper- Rest In Peace
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 11:09:50 (MDT)
Fred I will be thinking about your Dad. Jan works in Hospice down here so she deals with families making hard choices everyday. I also talked to Larry Davis who bought an RV and is wanting a site in Kokomo. Anyone else who may want to camp please let me know ASAP because now I am going to see if he can find an open site near by. Still want to keep us together if possible this year again.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 09:13:32 (MDT)
Just talked to George Clark,he and I came to the 129th togeather. Wink, he said he remembered you from the guns, Wrong Way, when were you in the guns?
tommie j
USA - Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 19:11:18 (MDT)
Fred, our prayers are with you and yours.
Bill & Kat Wolf
USA - Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 09:46:57 (MDT)
My dear Fred and Susan...while it is wonderful to see post with us again my heart is broken over your pain. My prayers are with you and your family today...God bless you dear friend. Your sister in love-Gently
Gently
USA - Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 08:51:49 (MDT)
Copied from the UK 509 site *** My father, Norton "Norty" Taylor, was a Crew Chief in the 129th Cobra's Gun Platoon 1968-69. I am interested in finding anyone who remembers him or possibly served with him. Please email BrettJT88@yahoo.com ***Thanks for your time. ***Sincerely, ***Brett Taylor *********************3rd attempt to post***hope it does not duplicate ****snoopy **71-72
Gary Woodward
Memphis, USA - Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 08:00:46 (MDT)
Copied from the UK509 site ****My father, Norton "Norty" Taylor, was a Crew Chief in the 129th Cobra's Gun Platoon 1968-69. I am interested in finding anyone who remembers him or possibly served with him. Please email BrettJT88@yahoo.com ***Thanks for your time.****Sincerely, ***Brett Taylor
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 06:37:25 (MDT)
Copied from the UK 509site:*************My father, Norton "Norty" Taylor, was a Crew Chief in the 129th Cobra's Gun Platoon 1968-69. I am interested in finding anyone who remembers him or possibly served with him. Please email BrettJT88@yahoo.com Thanks for your time.***Sincerely, ***Brett Taylor
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 06:34:05 (MDT)
RA 18853613 Fred, My heart goes out to you. I will say a preyer.
John Sartor
Oceanside, Ca USA - Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 01:47:37 (MDT)
Fred,The doctor gave my wife 90 days to live.I took her to another Dr who kept her alive for 2 and half years.She had Cancer according to the Navy Doctor.That Doctor made it a point to visit her every week while she was in the Japanese Hospital.He just could not believe she was still holding on.But the last 6 Months were the hardest on my Family and myself.Her Mother and I made the call together to not try to save her anymore as she was in real pain which just tore me to the roots.I can understand your pain.God is waiting in the wings to recieve him and welcome him Home.If you need someone to talk to all your brothers are just a phone call away.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Friday, April 15, 2011 at 21:29:44 (MDT)
Fred, Prayers said for you and your loved ones on your lose..............
Mark
USA - Friday, April 15, 2011 at 21:29:39 (MDT)
this seems to touch all our familys and is never easy my prayers are with u brother
ronald keith letson 72-73
corinth, ms USA - Friday, April 15, 2011 at 20:23:37 (MDT)
Fred Alvis, my thoughts and prayers are with you, I lost my mom to cancer, and a very close girlfriend when I was a young man. I recall the minister saying that the body suffers but not the soul, the soul lives on forever . God be with you. Fred at this time in your life, call me anytime... at 806-401-5444, OR e- mail if you want to talk.anytime, I willget back to you as soon as I can if not then; Tex 70-71.. and you also, DOC GRIFFIN..
Gary Mount <phantom843@aol.com>
Lubbock, Tx USA - Friday, April 15, 2011 at 19:15:08 (MDT)
Fred, sorry to hear about your dad. My oldest brother died from cancer a few years ago. Started with colon cancer and spread to his liver. Too many of us are dying from this damn disease. I hope things happen peacefully for your dad..
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Friday, April 15, 2011 at 11:59:00 (MDT)
Thank you for posting again Fred. Heart felt condolences to you and yours. Greg_Henkel, 71-72
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Friday, April 15, 2011 at 11:14:15 (MDT)
Alvis, My thoughts are with you and your family through this ordeal. My dad went through the same problems so I understand what you and your family have had to deal with. Again you are in our prayers.
Jerry
Pa USA - Friday, April 15, 2011 at 10:20:55 (MDT)
Fred, Mine and Connies thought are with you. May your Father find peace. Contact me if you need anything 916-742-8081 Always a brother Dennis 72-73
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Friday, April 15, 2011 at 09:51:07 (MDT)
Alvis sorry to hear about step-dad. He's in our thoughts and prayers. RA15731617. Can remember that as if it was yesterday. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, April 15, 2011 at 09:34:13 (MDT)
morning flight, sorry to read your posting about your dad fred. I , my mother and sister had to make the same decision on pulling the plug on my dad a few years back. its not an easy thing to do but it was best for my father, he was able to die with dignity. hang in there fred.if you need to talk my line is always open. 863-370-0633. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Friday, April 15, 2011 at 07:28:16 (MDT)
Alvis ******It’s good to see you post even if it is due to sad info about your dad ****Stay in touch ***Are you going to be at St Louis?? ********Snoopy 71-72 ****
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Friday, April 15, 2011 at 05:30:20 (MDT)
Cancer, the gift that keeps on giving.Not long after Susan went through her breast cancer ordeal, my step dad was treated for throat/jaw cancer. Radiation.He stopped smoking. A bit of time passed, he started losing his sense of balance, it got worse. He stopped fishing and going out of the house.A bit of time passed, he lost control of his bladder. He stopped drinking ice cold beer during those hot days,and every day, in Florida.He had to wear adult diapers.A bit of time passed, he lost control of his sphincter, shit would run down his leg.Balance got worse, he even would fall out of his chair. So there he sat, inside his home, trapped.Beats the alternative tho, right? Two days ago, he was rushed to the hospital..he lost the ability to swallow.His mind is still sharp.His future is laying in bed, with a feeding tube stuck down his throat and an IV stuck in his arm.He is in such pain, sometimes his clothes hurt laying against his skin.He is/would be a vegetable.Beat the alternative now? He doesnt think so, nor does my mom. They pulled the plug on him two days ago.He is hanging in there, they thought we would lose him last night.Headed down to Palatka Florida in the morn.All this from a simple treatment for jaw/throat cancer.He was a tanker in the korean war, never filed for squat, tho his spine was damn near ruined.Hell of a nice guy and one tough old bird.
alvis
USA - Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 22:19:23 (MDT)
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Mark
USA - Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 17:05:57 (MDT)
Just got my internet back on. I also recall this day in 72. It was a very sad day at lane. I chatted with david in the chow line that morning. May all our departed brothers rest in peace. lenny m. USA
lenny m.
USA - Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 15:58:52 (MDT)
Rest In Peace, David Stamper. You and Paul Nolen will not be forgotten.,by your 129th. brothers. Tex 70-71.
Gary L.Mount <phantom843@aol.com>
lubbock, , Tx USA - Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 10:38:24 (MDT)
On this same day, that David Stamper gave his life, Paul Nolen, passed away in the 67th. Evac Hospital,in Quinhon, from shrapnel wounds from a RPG, on A anoopy low, west of Lane, on Feb.19th. 1971. Paul Nolen took my place that afternoon, after lunch,I was the gunner that morning with Vega as crewchief, and Roger Lange as A/C,Through this website, I have been able to contact Paul"s brothers, Roger,Vega, Darwin, and many others. without this website started by Mark in memeory of his brother,Larry Jackson, who lost his life also, none of this would be possible.or the memorial service, that Mark and Gale had for Paul at his grave with members of Pauls family, Paul was finally honored by brothers of his unit, the 129th. Bulldogs. like, Steve and Tony Nolen both told me when I was able to contact them through the kind, thoughtful actions of Gale Beard. they both told me that Paul died doing something he loved to do.and held no hard feelings against me. I was not able to get to the flightline quick enough that day.No one but me remembers, me being on the Snoopy that morning,I do, its imprinted there. Rest in Peace, Paul Nolen.. Gary..L. Mount
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 10:28:21 (MDT)
Well said Dennis ***Salute to David **you know my story and feeling from that day ***snoopy***
Gary Woodward
Memphis, USA - Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 07:12:16 (MDT)
Forty years ago today I was the AC on Bulldog 915 flying flight lead below the An Khe Pass. David Stamper was my crew chief that day. We ended up flight lead because I asked David to try and fix two of our radios the night before. We were the only ones with all three radios and I would not give my aircraft to Cpt. Goodnight. On our first afternoon LZ we started taking heavy fire about 2-3 hundred yards out. David gave up his life defending his ship and crew. I owe my life to David Stamper who left a wife and child in W. Virginia. He saved myself, WO Bob Guffy and Sgt. Rick Heath. I think of him every day of my life. Thank you David.
Dennis Faucher <drfaucher@verizon.net>
bradford, USA - Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 07:08:19 (MDT)
Attn****all of you that have not yet made reservations for St Louis *******When you call 1-314-291-6700 at the Crowne Hotel **make sure you ask for “In House Booking” and ask for the VHCMA special rate *****If you try booking on line or do not ask you will be told there are no rooms available !!!!!! (rooms at the Embassy Hotel are 140-170 per nite. (This just happened to Dennis Faucher so he double checked and got a room)**********************See ya There! ****************Snoopy 71-72 ***
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 06:56:31 (MDT)
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Rick England
USA - Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 06:03:11 (MDT)
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Bill Wolf
USA - Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 08:36:13 (MDT)
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Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 21:44:09 (MDT)
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Fred Skaggs
Annandale, NJ USA - Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 20:14:53 (MDT)
Hello 129th AHC veterans, I am Jae-sung Chung who have recently posted a story concerning a US black soldier that happened during the Korean War back in 1951. First off I would like to extend my thanks to Mr. Dennis Fuerstenau for his posting my writing in this web-site. In our web-site(www.rokfv.com) I attached a couple of pictures of the sponge bag with the spoon. It is a regretful thing that I am unable to attach the same photo here. For you gentlemen's understanding, let me explain clearly that: I confirm that a hand writing in black is shown at the bottom of the sponge bag in following sequence. "Charles John 39xxxx( looks like six digits in total)" I hope the above explanation has been helpful to those concerned. Thanks again.
Jae-sung Chung <jsc418@empal.com>
Seoul, South Korea - Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 19:45:42 (MDT)
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Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 17:50:01 (MDT)
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paul mcgrath
USA - Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 17:37:25 (MDT)
Jim, I still remember my RA number also and use all or parts of it for pin numbers etc. I used to remember the serial # on my M-14 in basic but have since forgotten it in the last few years.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 13:20:04 (MDT)
Robbie,I agree.Back then we always used our last name first.Have you heard? they are going to do away with the SSN Numbers and give us some off the wall numbers.I still remember the NG and the RA numbers I had years ago before SSN's.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 11:47:39 (MDT)
Ever hear the biblical and sermon about the 3rd. sparrow,? Tex 70-71.. I t applies here.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 11:17:28 (MDT)
Dustoff Jim.... I'm just a country bumpkin and throwing my two cents in but I think you should consider that this guys name might very well be John Charles not Charles John. You know how things used to have our last name first...
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 07:34:09 (MDT)
I was a Korean War Veteran before going to Vietnam.I will see if I can find out anything.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Monday, April 11, 2011 at 20:09:56 (MDT)
Mark, did you ever get the story I sent to you??
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, April 11, 2011 at 16:22:42 (MDT)
mark, i hope the rok vets monitor this site. i'm not sure if i got thru to them. if they click on "korean war vets" then geneology.com,locating korean vets. korean war project. hispanics, hawiians and blacks in korea. it may give them a shot at some info. i hope it helps them. always a brother lenny m usa
lenny m usa
USA - Monday, April 11, 2011 at 15:44:59 (MDT)
Lenny......here is the web site < http://www.rokfv.com > for the ROK's we have talked with before. Fred Alvis did most of the commo with them as some of us others have talked with them. Check it out...............
Mark
USA - Monday, April 11, 2011 at 14:37:27 (MDT)
hey guys, isn't there a korean war vets orginazation?
lenny m. usa
USA - Monday, April 11, 2011 at 12:10:36 (MDT)
Also, wantto add that since we are not next of kin to this fine man, Korean Vet,when he is fond, he if still alive, will have to give permission or his next of kin will,may be other ways to find him, dontknow, from whatIve run across so far it will be difficult without more info. Tex 70-71
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, April 11, 2011 at 11:50:36 (MDT)
This is wht I have found so far online going to the National Archives... go to request for military records....request military recordson e vet recs.., since we are not next of kin, will have to get a SF-180,also can go to Aceess oof Military Records by the General Public, where it is easier, but requires a fax machine and copier, still it may take awhile,dont know if any more information on Charles, John,Probably John Charles in all likely hood any information that Jae has besides that may help, unit, what kind of unit, maybe how old he was, etc..would help.I dont have a faxmachine and my printer is not working,so someone else can take over,,, Tex 70-71,sorry I could not do more at this time...
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, April 11, 2011 at 11:38:50 (MDT)
Dennis F **got the same email from Jae and searched the "together we served" site but had no luck so far on the name and dates 1950-51 in korean War **still looking ******Alex **will call you this week ***Talked to Augie this morning and he is also checking plans for going to St Louis**************Snoopy 71-72 ****
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Monday, April 11, 2011 at 11:30:30 (MDT)
I would think that he can be found,There should be a webpage that you can find old lost Army buddysor you can go to a local Vet Center show them the story about this and they should be able to help or call the National Archivesor go online to the National Archives to find this man, Ill try and see what I can do today., touching story, thats why I Have and always will have total respect for them.
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, April 11, 2011 at 11:03:03 (MDT)
Brothers I just recieved the following email from our Friend Jae in Korea, If anyone has any way to help him with his request, please do. Dear US Vietnam War comrades, I am sending this email to share an old story in connection with the Korean War broken out back in 1950. In short, I would like to confirm whether the black US soldier briefly introduced in the following story is still alive or not. I appreciate it much if I can hear your opinion in this matter. - Story - Subject: I want to know whether he's still alive or dead When the Korean War was broken out at dawn on June 25, 1950, my elder brother was 10 years old and I was just 4. My brother vividly remembers a lot of war stories he had experienced. A week ago my elder brother , younger brother and I gathered together and we happened to talk about stories related to the Korean War. I also remember that in my childhood, there was a grimy leather sponge bag and a US military stainless spoon kept in our old native home which was then located at a tiny village called "Seorak-myeon about 50 km off to the eastward from Seoul. In the meantime, my elder brother now in his early seventies was explaining about the reason how the US made sponge bag and the military spoon were kept in our home. Story about the stuff is as follow: One day around in March, 1951, my family members along with the village folks were returning home from the winter refuge way they were forced to flee down to the southward due to the sudden intervention of Chinese Army's human wave attack crossing into Korean peninsula. A couple of days after the village residents had returned, my elder brother found that a US military advance party had entered into the tiny village and the US soldiers positioned in a trench dug at the edge of our corn field. And my brother, a hillbilly of just 10 years old was able to come across a black soldier who was shivering severe cold in the trench. Therefore, he walked back home and took a piece of Korean cotton-wool comforter and gave it to the black US soldier to warm his body. Because of that, the black US soldier gave the sponge bag and the spoon to my brother in gratitude for the young boy's kind behaviour. My brother confessed that he couldn't know even what the bag was for when it was given by the US soldier. Sadly, next morning when my brother visited again the trench site, he could find no US soldiers in the area but the trench showed as it was heavily hit during the night. Since that time, my brother has had no idea whether the black soldier was killed in action or hopefully retreated to other battle site. At my request my elder brother brought the bag to me. And fortunately I was able to discover a name correctly written as "Charles John" at the bottom of the sponge bag that has been kept for last 62 years. Though the bag is more than 60 years old, it still looks OK except for the grimy surface. (See attached photos). Today, with a great expectation, I am writing this faded story in the keen hopes to know if the black US soldier "Charles John" who once served to preserve freedom for the Republic of Korea is till alive or dead. It will surely be an indescribable joy for us if we can hear the black US soldier's whereabouts. With best regards, Jae-sung Chung Webmaster www.rokfv.com
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Monday, April 11, 2011 at 10:03:39 (MDT)
I have requested a room for 40 plus people. This, will be the largest turn out for the 129th/394th. I have been searching for our Brothers of the 129th/394th. A few days ago I found Clifford Dalrymple he serviced in 65/66. I have contacted a few of the 394th. I tracked them down. By, getting info off the 509 site. Most of us are in our 60's. Life is passing by fast. But, have you ever wondered about some of the Brothers you served with in the 129th/394th. Wouldn't be nice to see them again. Well, here is our opportunity. The st. Louis Reunion. I just got a call from Tom the Ex. Director of the VHCMA. Rooms are filling up fast. Over 100 rooms already booked. $66.16 per night. If you need reunion info email me afernwal@comcast.net or cell 901-487-0374. See you all There. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Monday, April 11, 2011 at 09:41:09 (MDT)
new to 129th, a captain informed me I had to go along on shake=down of em area. i had no ma choice. I couldn't believe the hiding places where they found baby-sans. cut out mattresses, false walls etc. etc. they got about 8 girls, put them in monkey house by main gate. a couple nights later I was introduced to c.s. they gassed the nco hootch. for about three hours i damn near choked to death. crap ran down to my knees. you can't get between a man and his meat. lenny m. usa
lenny m. U S A
USA - Monday, April 11, 2011 at 09:25:28 (MDT)
Doc, having trouble with sending you a e-mail, justsend me one and Ill just reply to it, ok?
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, April 11, 2011 at 09:14:39 (MDT)
Oh, I forgot, homemadepeach ice cream, damn.. good..
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, April 11, 2011 at 08:13:02 (MDT)
Kim, absolutely, worked great, that 115/145,we never ever put mogas in our old International POL trucks, we would just pull the hose out and fill up the saddle tanks, those old Internationals would not do more than 60, maybe 62 down a hill,ha ha, the guy that me and my FT.Rucker buddy, Kumpe, Smitty, would ride around with had a brand new convertible z-28 Camaro, ran great on 115 also, we would go to Statesville, finally had a girlfriend there before I left,or to Hinesville, or SAVANNAH,jEKYLL and Brunswick and even went to Okikonofe Swamp once also, but usually to Statesborro, Lewis Powell and Grant had been there awhile and had girlfriends there,Powell was something else, came from the swamps of Florida, his Dad and kkinfolk were all moonshiners,our buds, Smitty and Owsley were in the 4th. at Ankhe before coming to Stewart. the best damn BAR-B- que, I ever ate in my life was over by Claxton on the side of the highway. served the biggest meatiest ribs, potato salad, beans, coleslaw, quart jar of iced tea for a damn good price, and that was all the ribs you could eat, you could not eat more than 2 maybe 3 on a good day, and the best damn pecan pie ever, makes me hungry thinking about it, from the highway it looked like a old run down diner a dump, little sign, bar b que for sale, that was it, always stop there. Ive ate plenty of barb que over the years, but nothing compared to that plae, bar none.. Tex..
Gary Mount
Lubbbock, Texas USA - Monday, April 11, 2011 at 08:10:05 (MDT)
Doc, will do it, my e-mail is phantom843@aol.com ,cell phone no.is 806-401-5444, looking forward to jawing with you,brother... Larry David have not heard from you lately, would love to hear from you,enjoyed talking to you. also or anyone else., for that matter. Mark, would like to hear from you also. Going back to being exhausted, when Riviera left he gave me his fan, it helped a lot to sleep, still sleep with one to this day,also ,came in handy when we were Csed,anyways, after Jeff Kingston and someone else decided to throw grenades off the top of the hill and one landed outside the back door of our hooch, didnt sleep too well after that,Draughter was injured that night, or should I say early morning., I still have a recurring nightmare of the plt. Sgt. coming by with that green mission board before sunup, with that flashlight, got so I would wake up when I heard the screen door open and listen to his footsteps on that concrete floor down the middle aisle, if he kept oming to the back of the hooch by the back door where my ao was I knew,and IF that red blackout light came around the plywood partition, I would be going onanother mission that day, still have and hear those footsteps, and the red light in my face and him holding that green mission board with the grease penciled in ship nos and other info, 40th. ARVN, CA, 4th. so on and so forth. Hey, its a great day to be alive. call or Ill try you later DOC, TOO EARLY NOW. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, April 11, 2011 at 07:04:03 (MDT)
Yeah Doc, I still remember the night I popped that guy from second platoon and just stood there, all dumb and happy, knowing that he was done for.... next thing I knew I was on my back! Glad you were there... good steaks, too!!!! :) Gary, that 115/145 worked wonders in all the hot rods that the returnees had. Elmer Wood was at Stewart with me, he came to nam same time as I did, ended up as 1st platoon sgt. We used to spend a lot of time in Savannah, Brunswick, Jeckyll Island. Went to Jacksonville for a big concert, but got too drunk to get in! Trying to remeber names.... Rich Krill, Holt, Palmer. Holt had a new MGB, used to ride all over the place with him. I had it made there, but was too dumb to know it................ I spoke with spock the other night. Has anyone heard anything from Dave Day?
Kim
USA - Monday, April 11, 2011 at 05:54:58 (MDT)
Ok Greg H.*** give it some thought ****this is the first year I've gotten Dennis F. considering going to the reunion and will only be the second oppertunity for me to meet with others and see some of the guys I flew with *******Auggie ! **I'm calling you out next, expect a call *******It may be 3-4 years before I am close enough to make another one. ******Jim O.Stickman,Fred Alvis,Jim C. Bulldog 12, G.Wayne Hagg** you showing up this year??*******Talked to Larry Davis also and he will be there*********To All ***remember to get me your addy if not going to St Louis and want a ROK Tiger Patch *****later guys, **Snoopy 1st Flt, 71-72 ***
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Monday, April 11, 2011 at 05:25:14 (MDT)
Kim. Still enjoying 47 degress in day and 33 at night. Told you temps don't change much here. Just damn miserable all the time with the constant drizzle. Does make for damn big trees though but they won't let us cut them for lumber anymore unless 27 biologists clear the patches for any spotted owls. Now they want to start shooting an owl that has migrated from the east cost. 2nd cousin to spotted owl called the barred owl. It eats spotted owls even though they are about the same size. Not like you and I, we were always the runts but CYA'ed. Love you buddy.
Doc
USA - Monday, April 11, 2011 at 01:32:54 (MDT)
Forgot. Phone is 360-430-2437 cell or 503 455-2633 - home. Strongly suggest cell phone.
Doc <90880@msn.com>
USA - Monday, April 11, 2011 at 01:24:18 (MDT)
Gary Mount. If got the time would like to chat. Either here in cyberspace or phone to phone. You have my e-mail. Your disertations stir memories.
Wrong way/Wrong key/Doc/Griff <griff90880@msn.com>
USA - Monday, April 11, 2011 at 01:22:02 (MDT)
Kim, that high octane aviation worked great on some of the guys cars when we did not have enough money to buy gas, just filler up, somewhere or get a couple of 5 gallon jerry cans, always had gas to get to Statesville.Loved it there. We would go out to the stagefields, Claxton and Jessup, Georgia, there was huge pecan trees at those fields,plenty of huge pecans to eat on the ground, we always had pecans to eat, could fill up a paper big ass grocery bag with them in no time and bring it back to the nicest barracks I ever stayed in,big wooden wall lockers, brick tile walls, laundry on each floor, telephones, nice day rooms, all brick,laundry service that would always starch your uniforms and never, ever lose them, always clean ,no fights or cutting in line BS,best food I ever had, places to go around there,really nice. LOVED IT.. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 22:12:11 (MDT)
Recall pouring lighter fluid in a circle around some roach or roachs and setting the lighter fluid circle on fire and the rochs would go nuts trying to get out some would try to go through the fire and catch on fire, if all else failed, use a can as a blow torch., also when me and Johnwould go to the club he would always place bits of french fries and hamburger and pour a little puddle of coke on the table next to the plate,so the flys, there was many always there, would have there own food and leave his food alone, worked too!!! sometimes... ha ha.. Me and Hap sat out in the pouring rain to watch a movie one night and drank so much we could hardly make it back to the hooch, got soaked to the bone.... Tex.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 21:59:05 (MDT)
Greg Henkel. Wanted to see if you would go to the reunion in June, if I can get Rick Smith to go?
Dennis Faucher <drfaucher@verizon.net>
Bradford, Pa USA - Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 20:53:06 (MDT)
I recall an incident after spring offensive of 72 started. my-self and driver gary hatcher went on a ration run, we got to this certain point where there were two bridges across a river maybe two hundred yards apart. this wasn't that far from lane. both the situation until, bridges were down in the river. sappers blew them the night before. there were rvn's guarding both ends of the bridges. must have been over a thousand locals stacked at that area wanting to cross the river. we couldn't see the siuation til we were right on it. we had hell trying to turn around. dinks jumped on running boards, Any one of them could pull a pin on us. we finally got out of there. I can't remember the area these bridges were in? was it phu-tai? figure you guys would know. lenny m.
lenny m.
USA - Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 12:07:27 (MDT)
GAry, I was sent to Stewart after AIT waiting to turn 18 before heading to nam. One of the first things I did after arriving there as a sp-4 ( top of the class) was ferry out some fuel to a huey that had run out while on an admin run from rucker to HAAF. We landed and got out, and there were 2 people at the downed huey, one was a scruffy guy sitting on the top deck, leaning against the mast. He hollered out, asking if we had his fuel. One of the other guys with me hollered back, " what the F... do you think"? Guy on top never moved, just said, "well, since you came this far, I hope you did, so why don't you just put it in?" My guy said, F... you, put it in your self." Guy on top rolls over, grabs a hand hold and climbs down and walks over to us. I was standing there with a (I imagine) shit eating grin face, waiting to see what was going to happen next. The "guy" turned out to be a major general. :) That was my introduction to General Wolfe, and yes, WE refueled his ship!! I was at Stewart when the army went from KP duty for the EM's to the civilian mess people. Did all kinds of KP out at Tac X. Also found out that hangar life was not for me. I volunteered for unscheduled maintenance, and spent about six months working with a small group of returnees who were just playing out the string. I got all kinds of advice from them, it really took the edge off the "newbie" experience of going to nam.
Kim
USA - Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 10:21:02 (MDT)
Lenny, you reminded me how we used to kill roaches in the hooch by putting lighter fluid in our mouth and then blowing it across a lite lighter caushing this huge flame that got the roach. How dumb was that?!
Bill Wolf
USA - Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 09:44:08 (MDT)
Just a hello to all. Will seeyou in St. Louis going back to V A they have me at 110% paying 90% Had knee replace it when well. More later Rick
Rick stevenson <truckcopter@aol.com>
southside, Al USA - Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 09:37:08 (MDT)
I recall once at phu-caty, waiting for transportation. there was a local vietnamese selling drinks and whatever. I ordered a beer. I was thirsty as hell and it was hot. the man gave me a beer and a glass with a chunk of ice. I drank about half the beer and the ice was melted mostly. there was a big ass fly floating in my beer. I fished the fly out and finished my beer. True story. as i said, It was hot as hell!!! lenny m.
lenny m/
USA - Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 09:12:34 (MDT)
Oh, no word on Shorty yet... will keep you posted.
Dave Powers
USA - Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 08:59:21 (MDT)
Meals in Nam... I remember the huge malaria horse pills in a bowl at the mess hall with the little sign that said, "Have you had your pill today?" When I first got to Cam Rahn, I was starving when I walked into the mess hall later that night. Took my fork and stabbed a slice of that fresh mess hall bread, and stared down a rather large cockroach. As hungry as I was, I lost my appetite...heh, heh. I actually liked the chow at Tuy Hoa. Of picture-takers... nobody I can remember took pictures of James Young's bird when he was killed. I remember a bunch of us crewmen going down and looking at/holding Jim's chicken plate. I marveled that it stopped all but the first AK round, which went in beside the plate and pierced his heart. Made us all believers in the old chicken plate.
Dave Powers
USA - Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 08:58:25 (MDT)
Just one more thing I want to say today before I go and use the ( widowmaker). post hole digger to build a new fence,Thank God for this site and you, Mark Jackson. Thanks.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 08:38:19 (MDT)
When I did go too Group meetings of the V.A.or Vet centers, which by the way are a lot of help, also, if you should come across a good counselor, like I was able to and actually be able to talk too,and understood, your pain or why shit was happpening to you now because of Ptsd symtoms or AO, Ihad one, Danny Lara, thank God for him, I probably be in prison now or homeless if it was not for him, he lost use of his arm and was hit in other areas by a landmine while on a APC, he was 1 grade behind me at Lubbock High( Buddy Holly, class of 55) went there by the way, Danny was able to help me quite a bit, he is still there, semi retired, and still holds group meetings, he could talk to me and I could understand where he was coming from, you bic? I wentto other groups over the years in Corpus Christi and here in Lubbock, but one thing stands out when you start talking about vfr,ifr, sling loads, being Csed,short final, short rounds pMS and other terms too many here to list, what it felt like going into the Crows foot, Soui Cau, 959 er,hovering and barely getting into Lzs, taking out grunts that there Bdu"s were so bad and they stunk so bad, God bless them, that when they tok them off they would stand at attention and salute, or rotten like our nomex flight suits during the monsoon season at Lane, the Tri border, to other veterans in your group, they simply do not understand, just like we dont understand there grunt terms or experinces in the boonies, we do share traumatic events that our minds can not wrap around to understand just how evil man really is, you change over there or you do not survive , especially in areas of combat, for me and ME AND danny talked about this quite a bit,everyone is different and handle situations or events differently in their own way, for me being the type of person I was before I went over there,I developed another personality to cope with what was going on, a very dark side of my soul and every once in a while it comes out,especially when I drink, or get drunk I go to that other Gary, the one that had to survive. Being on Slicks or gunships was different than being a cook or a supply man, we all had jobs to do, no offense to anyone, Im damn glad we had cooks and supply peope and mechanics, without them we could not survive as the 129th. or for that matter any unit. Yall all have a great Sunday. Clear right( nobody but else by the way ,understands that term and what it truly means) Tex( The Phantom) : > ) 70-71 d/g c/c see
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 08:21:58 (MDT)
Lenny, again welcome! If you get the opportunity, attend one of the reunions - you'll be glad you did. I wish I could attend the upcoming VHCMA reunion in June, but can't due to work - hoping to go next year for sure. Take care.
Bill Wolf
USA - Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 07:53:13 (MDT)
Jim hope you get better with that leg and all, seems like the nueropathy thing for me is getting worse, but Im not going to sit around either. Like I have posted several times before,I ran into guys that aid they were there, would ask them simple questions about things that you should know if you were there,they werent,they just wanted to look big, or they were there and were in the rear areas and talked like they could understand what the guys that actually placed there lives in danger every day,and the guys that they were with in those squads, platoons, Lrrp teams, artillery units out on the fire bases, you become very close and one should die that you shares yur last smoke with or beer or a joint with, was right across from in your hooch like us, then when they bring them back wounded or they crashed because of a engine failures, which we had many during my time there, then you really get close to that person or person or persons in that hooch or squad, what ever, Band of BROTHERS, THE GUY NAILED THAT PHRASE. Tex 70-71 1st. slick plt.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 07:31:39 (MDT)
As many of you know I have been haveing problems with my Rt.Leg since last Janurary when I slipped on the Ice.Well Va says that I have Arthuritis in both Ankles,Both Knees,Torn Hamstring Rt.Knee,compounded by Neuropthy of both feet.They ordered my a Top of the line Handicaped Scooter W/Lift for the back of my Jeep.I was haveing an Examination on my Legs when without warning a Doctor Hit me with a little Rubber Hammer and I came off the Exam.Table and accidently Hit the Doctor.Now I have 12 Anger Managerment Counceling sesions for my PTSD.I told the DR. I was sorry,but that knee was the one that hurts the most,he doesn't beleive me.anyone have the E-mail addy for the 129th Brother that lives in Illinois?I am thinking about sharing the trip to Kokomo with Him.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 07:10:58 (MDT)
Lenny, glad you found the site as most of us did the same things in life. I set in a Breakroom and hear guys talk about the War thinking they were so full of shit. Meanwhile I would set there and never say a word. Really the 129th & 498th guys are the only ones that I have really been able to open up to and no matter what time they were there or what they did it doesn't matter. Now after all these years I am again trying to remember the little things from so many years ago.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, IN USA - Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 03:38:59 (MDT)
HI Brother you talk about the mess hall I eat thar & was sick all day & so I eat C & cold beer & wish had some know you could lose waight eazy. I got the wife a hot tube it seat 4. well take care
Art
USA - Saturday, April 09, 2011 at 20:40:14 (MDT)
Dave, talking about being exhausted, I can surely relate, personally with that, and no doubt ,many, many more of us. I recall that we supported the 4th. a lot in June and July. the first CA I was ever on was with the 4th.out of ankhe,with Capt. Hall and Larry Leggins was my crewchief during that time , we had 843, the old Tigerwagon, Larry said. I recall being so tired that when we left the with troops on a CA, that after clearing and getting to altitude, I would doze off,until we were start beginning short final. I would rub my face or rub my arms to get the blood flowing again or cup my hands and pour water in it and put on my face. Always had a can or 2 of peachs or apricots from the c"s and poundcake. and a can of beans and weinies or boed turkey or whatever to eat,along with the extra ammo inthat woooden box under the seat,and a can of hydrauic fluid and a can of grease. John Lulei, was my next crewchief, we and Leggins would stay, I would stay with him to help him with anything that needed to be done, 25 hr, pms, flushing the engine, greaing the head and other parts, plus, I never ,ever walked away without cleaning those 60s, whether we fired them or not, so did Lary Ruff, another gunner who was with "Huey", Bill Hewitt, always kept them oiled with LDS, which we bought on our own from the exchange. We sometimes would help others, Lenny Adams for one or Casey.Me and John became very close friends, he was on his 3rd. tour coming from a slick plt. from the Delta, after John got sick with Pnuemonia and was grounded for awhile, I got assigned,042, after we gave 843 to the Vnaf,and had Jose Rivas as my gunner, we would eat chili from home his mom set from home and pickled jalapenos, both of us from Texas, Rivas was from San Antone. Them me and Larry Georgewere together, he had come out of the maintance hanger, he was not too far from Lubbock, small town of Dimmit. Me and John got back together taking turns from left to right,after he was cleared to fly again, the crazy a hell Cajun.. RECALL, putting a cigarette betweenmy fingers to keep me awake and a alarm clock, when it started to burn my fingers, time to wake up. Tlking about mess halls and being exhausted brings to mind, the 19th. day of February. After going out on a Snoopy low, that morning, we came into Lane , was told to standby and that it was ok to go get some chow.,me and Vega,whom I never ever flew with and never did again..We went to the hooch and I sat down on my bunk with my back against the plywood.drifted off, then heard our bird crank up,I ran all the way to theflightline, but they had just cleared the fence by Pol. I sked whotook my place, the old Plt. Sgt. said that Nolen did.Ive had to live with that ever since... Tex 70-71,,
Gary M ount
USA - Saturday, April 09, 2011 at 17:54:09 (MDT)
hey guys, i'm pretty new to computers, I'd like to thank all for kind posts. for many years i shied away from talking about nam. bad experiences with so called nam vets. mostly b.s.ers. i'm glad I found this site. i'm remembering things I shut out for years.Isaw a couple of ships sling-loaded back to lane and no-one got very close as they had to be cleaned. I never saw anybody taking pics. griff, I hope you enjoyed the steaks. uncle sams treat. most of my days were spent picking up and loading rations at several points. Talk about hot!! When an-khe happened, many crews needed sack lunches. Imade sure they got them w/juice and fruit. tEX,you are the best. I'm happy about all my new found brothers. peace to all lenny m
lenny m.
USA - Saturday, April 09, 2011 at 13:14:55 (MDT)
fellow 129thrs, I was happy to read the positive posts about me. I feel the brotherhood and it makes ones heart warm. for years I didn't want to remember nam, so I forgot a lot. Much is coming back now. I saw more than one ship sling-loaded back to lane and there were onlookers, but just unit personnel. No one got very close because they had to be cleaned out. I
lenny m.
USA - Saturday, April 09, 2011 at 12:28:56 (MDT)
Thanks, Dennis and that was very well said, Ken.
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, April 09, 2011 at 12:24:24 (MDT)
Gary, go to this address: http://vhcma.org/ There it will give you the info you need and if you still have questions contact Tom at the 800 number. He will talk your ear off but he will also answer any question you ask him. Dennis 72-73
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Saturday, April 09, 2011 at 10:43:40 (MDT)
Well said, Ken!
Bill Wolf
USA - Saturday, April 09, 2011 at 09:59:36 (MDT)
I am still sorry to say the I can not remember ever eating in the mess hall at Lane, still if I had I would think it was better than C-Rats. Still after 12 years in the Army I will always have to say that the cooks did the best with what they had to work with. In many places they did not get the best stuff to work with. I still see everyone that served at Lane as a Brother who all shared a War. It did not matter where they came from or what we did. I just knew when I crawled into my bed at night, many times there was a guy from maint working on wiring, radios or something else on my aircraft. I can't remember so many guys but do remember the guy in the Arms Rm finding me parts for my M-60 or the TI's signing off my work at ten PM. One of the biggest things I can remember from my time in the 129th was being exhausted to the point of having trouble staying awake while we were flying. Still it was what I wanted to do and never felt like the guys who stayed behind didn't do a job to keep those birds flying, they all did. Besides like the guys that drove the POL trucks or others bringing things in to Lane, wow I would have felt like a sitting duck on the ground. Funny how we all saw things back than. I felt safer flying with only a chicken plate than I did setting on the ground someplace. Of coarse laying on the ground waiting for rockets to land the first time made me feel pretty helpless. That never happened while I was at Lane but it was always in the back of my mind when I closed my eyes at night. Maybe that is why so many of us have PTSD, 24/7 of knowing all hell could break loose any second. I did learn to feel pretty safe at Lane after learning that the Koreans were there to protect us. Because of those guys we were pretty lucky and will never forget them for that.
Ken Strong 72-73
Summerfield, FL USA - Saturday, April 09, 2011 at 09:54:29 (MDT)
Good morning, guys, would anyone know if you can make arrangements for ST. Louis close to the time of the reunion,would like very much to go, if I can,? Iam still working with the V.A on some issues, hopefully they will be resolved by then.hopefully. MY Blackberry took a crap last night,the screen went dark, bought it Monday, going to return it to Walmart today, soon as Margaret gets up, she sleeps late, me, I am up with the chickens. Plug in the old coffee pot and Im good to go all day.Thankfully it has a 14 day return policy with Walmart. Its a smart phone Curve 3, all my data is gone now, will have to do it allover again. its a little computer, pretty damn neat for a old West Texas boy, ..... Talking about Chow, man we thought we were in heaven when we were issued orders to go FT. Stewart , while waiting at craphole Ft. Rucker, after they had changed our original orders to go to Nam, after we got through with doorgunner school. We had to wait 2 weeks,before finally getting orders,and we got a weeks leave,me and Kumpe and Kosky and Lindsey chipped in to hire a taxi totake us to Atlanta to catch a flight home. Never was so glad to leave a place. We got to Stewart and were assigned a company and to drive a truck to refuel planes at the airfield and the stagefields, Cessna 150s, col job, got to see a lot of rural Georgia. Anyways, when we got to company could not belive the chow, civilian cooks,that were assisted by Army cooks and no KP!! had civilians for that,man oh man, the food was great!! Me and my buds would fill that tray up, could not hardly carry it, even had steaks to order some days. Loved that place, we would go to Statesville, Georgia, where Georgia Southern is and have a really good time, we met some girls also, they were not all stuck up and scared of G.Is. Memorys....ahhh... Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, April 09, 2011 at 08:48:07 (MDT)
Good Morning guys,When and where in St.Louis is this years reunion? maybe I can make this one,I'm only about 150 mile from there,I was with the 394th in 66-67 but not found but just a few of the guys that was there at the same time,I'm really surprized that there is only 41 posts on the 129th facebook page.Maybe see ya'll at St. Louis.
Larry Flannell <flanl@37.com>
New Burnside, il USA - Saturday, April 09, 2011 at 08:12:16 (MDT)
Thanks, Gale.
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 22:12:47 (MDT)
Gently, if you want a really wrong key you ought to here me try to sing. We are better off leaving that up to Winkler.
Wrong Way / Key <griff90880@msn.com>
USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 22:00:57 (MDT)
Welcome Lenny. Was wondering if you remember the frozen food locker getting broken into and a case of rib eye steaks going missing. Not that I would know anything about it.
Wrong Way <griff90880@msn.com>
USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 21:52:54 (MDT)
Gary, got it buddy. Hadn't had time to read it.
Gale
USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 21:36:21 (MDT)
sorry let me do that again, Lenny phantom843@aol.com,ok?
gary
USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 20:18:38 (MDT)
Lenny, my e-mail adressis phantom843aol.com, if you wish to opine.
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 20:16:53 (MDT)
Gale, guess you did not get what I sent you, damn it.computers..
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 19:55:59 (MDT)
Lenny,no problem, glad to meet you, maybe someday we will meet in person, hopefully.Glad to see your post. were all brothers. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 19:34:16 (MDT)
hey brothers, i want to thank you all for kindness and understanding. i meant no harm to any-one and i sure wasnt trying to brag about anything. but also, i dont feel i have toexplain myself to anyone. it feels good when you can connect with a buddy after a lot of years. im hoping that some of my buddies in nam will reconnect with me. again thanks brothers peace always lenny m.
lenny m'
USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 18:54:29 (MDT)
de wish all wellar brothers, i thank all of you for your kindness and understanding. I meant no harm nor disrespect to any-one. I simply wanted to reconnect with some of my army buddies. I Spent a lot of years in the military and I miss the friends that I knew. viet-nam is one lenny mexperience that ill never forget. I hold no malice towards any-one and I
lenny m.
USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 18:23:04 (MDT)
Gale I remember seeing those pictures. I don't whom took them . But, they said she was hit with a M-79 gernade luncher hit her the next and blew her off. some of the other pictures were pretty bad. See You in St. Louis. trying to find some of the 394th to come to St. Louis. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 15:56:18 (MDT)
Lenny, please don't be discouraged by the rantings of one person. First of all, this is the only time I've heard anything like this on this site. Everyone did their job and we all did it in different years. I've seen crewchiefs & gunners bring back pictures of all sorts of things and show them around.....one was a young VC girl with her head blown off by an M-79 hit and that's not a damned bit different from the cooks taking pictures! I don't why anyone of us would run the other down now in 2011. Most of us that attend reunions respect everyone else.....it doesn't matter to me if you were a crewchief, gunner, motor pool, supply, cook or worked in the orderly room. It doesn't matter to me if you were a private or an officer, a pilot or a mechanic, on slicks or on guns....what does matter is that we are home and others didn't make it home and I'm sure some of them were cooks. Lenny, we welcome you and all other brothers from Lane Field no matter what! Please give us a chance and come to a reunion...I think you will pleasantly surprised. Always a brother, Gale Beard 67-68
Gale
USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 14:49:19 (MDT)
Welcome home,George and Lenny..
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 12:02:28 (MDT)
Welcome Home George,Those sloops are really slippery this time of the year.Hope there are no Cooks on the rescue teams.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 11:57:32 (MDT)
Hey, to change the subject, my son took me to Walmart Monday, Dad you need a new phone, he says, heres this blackberry,man it is way cool.Modern electronics, unbelivable, now I can email and all kinds of stuff, Who said old dogs cant learn . new tricks.... I was looking up CCR on the net and came across a rare performance of them at Woodstock, way cool. on you tube, downloaded it. I recall hearing all the way at Rucker about it, me and some oters were going to go, wish I had now. Talking about ad chow, recall eating spaghetti and meat balls, one of the meatbals fell of my plate and bounced alll the way to themess hall door, down the steps and acros s the road. ha ha.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 11:33:45 (MDT)
Well SAID GUYS.
GaryMount
USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 11:20:29 (MDT)
I remember eating a meal after sundown, more than once. That was back when SSg. Maciolek was running the mess hall. I also remember swinging by the orderly room and picking up sandwiches.
Kim
USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 11:08:30 (MDT)
Alot of como!!! Lenny don't matter what we did in the 129th or 394th . We were a TEAM . Here at the web site. Everyone is family. I drove a pol truck and set up refueling lz's in the boonies. and, went to being a crewchief in the 1st platoon. but, we were helping each other with our jobs. My first tour in the 129th wasn't know where near as good as the second with the 129th. But, what I'm trying to say is eveyone is welcome here. No matter what we did in Vietnam. But,not only are we glad when a Brother finds this site. But, We Remember Our Fallen Brother!! See you in St. Louis Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 11:04:56 (MDT)
George Bessette,if thats what you think, then thats your opinion. I remember the day that they brought Nolens ship back in, we counted over 100 bullet holes in it, me and VEGA,IT WAS SHOT TO SHIT,I dont recall anyone taking pictures that time. I was not there when Racey got shot in the head with a 51,but I do remember Adams and others talking about him , he was well liked. I was there when George Hain got his head chopped off by a tail rotor blade, the blood hit me in the back, like warm water in the back,hitting me, I jhad just got through talking to him about his R and R ... Jeff Sauer cleaned the bloodand brains off the tailboom. I was there at the pool party when Robert Shuptrine, stepped into a sump hole by the pool while horsing around and was electrocuted, no pictures there either. I remember eating C rats and the mess hall closed down more times than I could count,nobody told them too save anything for us,I recall almost having to beg for nomex flight gloves or new nomex to fly oin because the f....g shit was so f......g rotted could not wear it because it stunk so f.....g bad. I got my ass chewed out by the Supply Officer because I left the 60s on 373, while I got the f....g crew out, while the mf..k, was on fire, I even asked Lucky Star to wait while I went back to get them the A/C told me,it was a hot area to get my ass on, tried to explain that too the Supply officer, before I finally toldhim to get the f....k out our hooch before I kicked his f.....g ass!! Do, i have plenty of memorys, you f....g A, .. One thing Ive come to realize is that everyone thinks different, if thats your way of venting, thats cool with me, I dont give a shit, its what Mark thinks that matters to me, how about you, George?? Tex '
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 11:01:05 (MDT)
I agree Animal.......I recall eating late a few times and also some one leaving the mess hall keys so we could fix our breakfast after working until 2 or 3 am. All we had to do was clean up our mess.
Gale 67-68
USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 10:33:55 (MDT)
Cooks, Commanding Officers, Pilots, Crew Chiefs, Gunners, Maintenance workers; There were good and bad in ALL these jobs. It's unreasonable to condemn all cooks because a few may have been jerks. It would be unreasonable for me to condemn all Dust off Pilots because of one I flew with that refused an Urgent US pick up because he was short. Get what I'm saying? Most everyone over there did the best they could with what they had. Most of my grunt friends were envious of Air Crew, just because we HAD cooks. Thanks to ALL that served. Welcome to the site Leonard. Greg_Henkel, 71-72
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 10:13:46 (MDT)
no I had to set the record straight on cookies posting about his mess hall I remember the dry ceral I had to eat caue NO ONE mixed the powered milk and the waterey powered eggs and lets not forget those cases of C rations we kept under our bunks so we would have something to eat on the days we flew late and he says he kept the mess hall open late akay let me know who got to eat late , every one that did that post Now! Let,s also remember the cooks that use to come down to the flight line and that pictures on the bullet holes in the ships so they could write home to mommie and daddy about how bad it was and the biggie Wink was the afternoon your aircraft came back to Lane and one of them son of a bitches was takeing pictures of your crew chief's blood I know you don't remember that you were home on leave the day Racey got hit. Now those are the cooks I remember so what I posted was called for Everyone did there part that is trure but DO NOT claim credit for what you did NOT DO Maybe if you went to some of the group therpy sessions at the V>A> you would understand why some of us will not stand for bull shit and also hear what most guys remember about most cooks and now I am off for the last weekend of the season for skieing
George Bessette <rdster1930rdster@yahoo.com>
Somerset, Ma USA - Friday, April 08, 2011 at 07:51:54 (MDT)
Ive got pieces of April, ...I keep them in a memory bouquet,,, always....
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 22:50:46 (MDT)
It is so wonderful to read your posts of Nam my dear boys. And it touches my heart to hear how much this site has helped you. I for one have been welcomed here with open arms(though I usually have to take alot of crap from most of you)and have made many good friends. The type of friends that although you may only see them once a year, you know they have your back every day. I love you guys! Welcome Home Lenny. We now call our cooks, Master Basters:>)) Can you imagine the ribbing you would have taken in Nam with a label like that:>))) And Wrong Way....it may have to be changed to Wrong Key, Wrong Key, Wrong Key:>))). Starting to think about a ticket to Kokomo..wonder if dear Fred will pick me up at the airport this year. Miss him. Love-Gently
Gently
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 22:24:47 (MDT)
Dave, sorryy to hear about Shorty Bolling.. keep usinformed of how he is please..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 21:06:48 (MDT)
Gary Woodward, Paul Nolen passed away on April 14, 1971. ....from critical wounds he had received on February 19, 71, on a Snoopy Low. that afternoon after taking my place after lunch that day...There is not hardly a day that passes that I dont think about him, especially this month. Thismonth 3 years ago is when I found this website. Just so happens my grandsons birthday is April 14th. also...Jaden will be 10 this next week.....Towards the last of my tour, I was getting pretty burned out,the last day, I flew we took fire up at Crystal, I was told that I only needed 8 more hours to make 1,000 hrs., I could not go anymore. I had not heard or had got a letter in 3 months from my wife, Sheryl at that time either. That had a lot to do with it also.,bestI remember. I did the best I could all the time,I saw people od from smack towards the last, and pretty much stayed to mself also. We had a couple of strung out ones that werent worth a shit in the platton, that had come from other companys. also... . Tex 70-71...
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 21:04:19 (MDT)
Welcome to the site Lenny **Although April is still the toughest month for me each year I’m glad to see someone else that remembers David Stamper Lost (04/14/1972) as well as Lt Tom Shaw and Claud Strother lost on 04/27/1972 in AnKhe **I still keep the photo of me and David together when we first arrived in country as FNG’s ***Seems like all he thought about was getting home to his wife & child, always writing home. ** They are still missed but kept with many of us in our memories just as many others the 129th lost in other months or over the years before and after ******Many of us sometimes still remember anger over different situations we found ourselves in during our tour but we all played a part regardless of our job. ***Can’t remember how many times I had to go over the hill and get a medical extension release to keep flying more hours after looking for volunteers to fly and not getting any. ****Some believed it was not their war, some were too strung out to be any use and some simply had other duties that were also important to the company to keep us going and could not fly. ******All that did the right thing at least have peace of mind knowing they did and others will have to continue living with the knowledge of their true actions. ****Welcome Home ****Snoopy 71-72 1st flt
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 17:51:49 (MDT)
Shorty Boling had a "mini stroke" yesterday. More as I find out.
Dave Powers
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 14:55:01 (MDT)
there is no I in TEAM
paul mcgrath
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 14:15:31 (MDT)
Sent it late last week, Mark.
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 09:58:23 (MDT)
Computer screwing up again...my old friend was a vet counselr for many years, he is checking on some issues for me regarding incompetent. Thanks.
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 09:56:55 (MDT)
Mark, I sent it to Mark at 129th., is that a good e-mail? I also sent the story to Gale and Casey, did yall get it? Gently did.?? THnks for your input on the incompetent matter, Gently, I have a old buddy was in the Marines ,( at Khe Sahn Mark, I sent it to the Mark at 129th, , e-mail address.? Is that still good?
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 09:54:39 (MDT)
Hey Mark...saw you are online. Just wanted to say hi. Cant make the reunion due to work - am still living in our rv in scal, but returning backhome to colorado springs next month (after a 3 year stay). Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 09:36:01 (MDT)
Lenny, first off, WELCOME! I never really had any complaints about the mess hall food. Its not easy preparing 3 a day for hundreds every single day. You were (and still are) part of the team! Bill Wolf
Bill Wolf
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 09:34:24 (MDT)
Not yet gary, when did you send it?........
Mark
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 09:31:53 (MDT)
Mark, by the way,I sent you some stuff, did you get it?
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 09:17:54 (MDT)
Anyone that was at Lane as far as Im concerened is a brother, until you show me otherwise.
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 09:08:55 (MDT)
I remember poring tabasco sauce over everything, to insure that I would never, ever get the dirrhea while flying,did it once when I first got there, was also very careful what water I drank also, drank so damn many cokes, cant drink one to this day.I had a frige, small one bought it off Benett, when I fist got there and his reel to reel, always had cokes, the guys would put money in a cup when they would get one, always had a can of peachs or apricots underm my seat inthe extra ammo box,too, that would help quinch my thirst.Ever since Ive got home,I drink on the average a gallon or more of ice tea,seems that I can never quinch my thirst,been asked if I have diabetes, no, never did, could be from going without good water over there, I guess? Look, when I found this site in April of 2008, by accident it has helped e more than I can say, finding about Nolen and talking to every one onthe phone or e-mails, had helpedme tremendously. I had been hurting emotionally for years, still do at times, but a hell of a lot less. for sure, for sure.,Di-wee. Now, I know Im not alone anymore, when I talk about the Siou Cau or the the big,hugeBuddhist temples,or the old cav base by hwy 1, on and on or other terms that are unique to just us I dont have to explain it and even then they wont understand someone that has not been oon a slick or gunship in Binh Dinh province. Thank God for this site..nuff said.
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 09:04:54 (MDT)
Welcome home Leonard.........you are welcome at any & all 129th reunions! You have to learn to disregard some comments on here once in a while. Guys seem to vent in different ways, so, don't take anything personal. Always a brother, Gale
Gale 67-68
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 08:49:39 (MDT)
morning flight,george what you posted was uncalled for. if i known what you had posted last night when we talked i would of said something than. hey look just keep in mind that this site is here for all regardless of what we did at the 129th.this is a place for all and healing of all so the next time please don't post anything that hurtful to others, this is not the place for it ok, enough said.>>>>>>>>>>> wink 3/69-10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 08:35:56 (MDT)
Lenny, welcome home.
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 08:34:06 (MDT)
Yeh,Know what yall mean,I got out Dec.17, 71,to go back to school, at South Plains Jr. College ,I had tried going there before I had joined the Apmy on April 16,1969, 47 years to the date my Dad,God rest his soul, was inducted.Only thing was that during that time,South Plains had been de-credited, so they would not pay for me to go, so I went to work for a plumber as I did not have money to sit around.Finally my Dad got me a job as a apprentice linesman,hard and dangerous work, did that for 2 years, until the boss took me in his offfice and flat told me that I was not all here sometimes, and that I would get killed as a linesman,I went out that night and got drunk and passed outdriving home, hit 2 brand new Camaros, sideswiping them as they were parked.I was told that on several jobs thereafter and let go, I was having flashbacks and could not concentrate,was withdrawn or get into a fight and get fired .with the boss.I was thinking the other day,that we just numbed ourselves to everything around us over there, I think back to one time that we were near the pass ,Ankhe,and I had not been there long in the 129th. and did not realize just how huge those trees were, there was some that had been blown up on the sides of the LZ, the trunks were huge and they were what 100 ft.tall or more, then I realized just how dangerous it was hovering over those trees and one wrong move by not clearing the pilotinto those close LZs right was crucial, one wrong move and hit the tail rotor or main rotor and your dead, dead, dead.I never thought about it again,just numbed myself to the danger, the hours of going back and forth to insert troops,or resuppply them, hour after hour,and sometimes pick up wounded soldiers,Koreans,Vietnamese,but what would bother me worse was picking up wounded or dead Americans., that you dont forget or the blood soaked cargo floor. Just numb yourself thats all. I can recall eating Cs at night, always kept a box under the bunk or someone else would. T EX 70-71
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 08:32:29 (MDT)
often times at lane, i would be informed of crews coming in late and was asked to save some chow for them, which i did gladly. an army runs on its stomach. all crews knew they could come by at anytime to get something to eat. i had a fridge in my hooch that i kept some food in. i never turned men away. the reason for my asking men in the chow line how they liked the food was to see if we could improve the menu. some men just simply could not be satisfied. i had a job to do and i did it to the best of my ability, that was at lane heliport with 129th. if i offended any-one, i offer my apologies now. Ididnt have an aviation m.o.s. but i was there. LENNY M'
lenny m.
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 08:31:38 (MDT)
amen kim.even the shit burners had a job to do
paul mcgrath
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 07:08:44 (MDT)
We all have our memories, good and not so good, of events over there. I can remember going down to look at wrecks being slingloaded back to Lane, checking out the bullet holes, the blood..... To me, that's no different than what happens every day in this country when I get held up in traffic because of the rubber neckers checking out a wreck alongside the highway..... I can also remember how good it felt when our pilots called in that we were RTB late in the evening, and being informed that we could swing by the mess hall because they were saving something for us to eat, either a hot meal or sandwiches and dessert. My thanks are belated, but... thanks for being there. I had forgotten about being asked if I would ride shotgun with the mess truck. I think at one time I said that I had no interest in seeing vietnam by ground transport. Knowing how well loved the Cobras were by the locals?????? Thanks for taking my thoughts to other aspects of being there. Avaition was the reason for the 129th, but it took more than aviators to make it happen.
Kim
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 05:54:39 (MDT)
Damn, I hate it when I hit the wrong damn key. Almost as bad as going the wrong way. Anyway, my family knows much better than I how my experiences affected me. I have little bitch with the VA because without them I would probably not be here. I still have my "moments" but not as often nor as severe as they used to be. All in all it makes me think back and remember my Uncle Bill. He was so damn lucky he got to spend Christmas in the woods during the Battle of the Bulge. When he was not drinking he was the best damn uncle anyone could wish for. What sticks in my mind is one summer when I was about 12 or 13. Uncle Bill was living with us and after a time he got into the booze at the house which my dad told him not to. Uncle Bill was sitting in the front yard drinking whiskey with me sitting with him. One of my little brothers rode by on his bicycle which caused Uncle Bill to say "Those damn Germans, those damn Germans riding around on their bicycles, where is my rifle." Scared the hell out of me as I thought my Uncle Bill was plum crazy. I know better now. Now, even though he is gone, I think of him often and wished he could have gotten any kind of the help that is available now. I am not much of religious type but if there is a place we go in the end I hope the first person I meet is my Uncle Bill so that I can give him a hug and tell him I understand.
Wrong Way
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 01:29:45 (MDT)
I have been reading and contiplating all of the commo around PTSD and "US". I never knew what the letters meant until '05 when I finally relented & went back to the VA because I had no health insurance. I stayed away because of the reception I got in '71 when I reported to the VA for evaluation of gunshot wounds to my ass. I sat in the examining room for probably 15 minutes when this young Doc came to the door with my records in his hand. As he was perusing the records he remarked that he had no idea why the f--- I was even there taking up his valuable time. I replied that he should just do his f-----g job and I would not darken his f-----g door again. Almost made that happen, stayed away for 34 years.
Wrong Way <griff90880@msn.com>
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 01:14:06 (MDT)
I have been reading and contiplating all of the commo around PTSD and "US". I never knew what the letters meant until '05 when I finally relented & went back to the VA because I had no health insurance. I stayed away because of the reception I got in '71 when I reported to the VA for evaluation of gunshot wounds to my ass. I sat in the examining room for probably 15 minutes when this young Doc came to the door with my records in his hand. As he was perusing the records he remarked that he had no idea why the f--- I was even there taking up his valuable time. I replied that he should just do his f-----g job and I would not darken his f-----g door again. Almost made that happen, stayed away for 34 years.
Wrong Way <griff90880@msn.com>
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 01:13:25 (MDT)
I have been reading and contiplating all of the commo around PTSD and "US". I never knew what the letters meant until '05 when I finally relented & went back to the VA because I had no health insurance. I stayed away because of the reception I got in '71 when I reported to the VA for evaluation of gunshot wounds to my ass. I sat in the examining room for probably 15 minutes when this young Doc came to the door with my records in his hand. As he was perusing the records he remarked that he had no idea why the f--- I was even there taking up his valuable time. I replied that he should just do his f-----g job and I would not darken his f-----g door again. Almost made that happen, stayed away for 34 years.
Wrong Way <griff90880@msn.com>
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 01:13:23 (MDT)
I have been reading and contiplating all of the commo around PTSD and "US". I never knew what the letters meant until '05 when I finally relented & went back to the VA because I had no health insurance. I stayed away because of the reception I got in '71 when I reported to the VA for evaluation of gunshot wounds to my ass. I sat in the examining room for probably 15 minutes when this young Doc came to the door with my records in his hand. As he was perusing the records he remarked that he had no idea why the f--- I was even there taking up his valuable time. I replied that he should just do his f-----g job and I would not darken his f-----g door again. Almost made that happen, stayed away for 34 years.
Wrong Way <griff90880@msn.com>
USA - Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 01:13:23 (MDT)
RULES OF ENGAGMENT THIS IS A PLACE OF FREEDOM, FOR SOME GAVE ALL TO MAKE IT THAT WAY. THIS IS A PLACE OF FRIENDSHIP, FOR THOSE THAT FIND COMRADES FROM LONG AGO. THIS IS A PLACE TO HEAL, FOR MANY STILL HAVE WOUNDS. THIS IS A PLACE THAT IS SACRED, FOR THE "FALLING HERO'S" ARE AMONG US. THIS IS A PLACE CALLED HOME, WELCOME HOME. THIS PLACE IS YOURS, MEN OF THE 129TH TILL MY LAST BREATH. THIS PLACE BELONGS TO THE KIA OF THE 129TH. A BROTHER OF A BROTHER, RELATED TO THE COST OF FREEDOM,
Mark
USA - Wednesday, April 06, 2011 at 21:11:56 (MDT)
hay so so sgt cook I got out in april of 70 but my zerro respect of cookes are to let you know you need to show respect to my brothers that flew so next time you post use CAPITAL letters to show our names so CREWNMEMBER STAMPER"S name is STAMPER bye the way the food in the mess SUCKED other than that you would be welcome at any reuion but please do not rape the 129 in you did it because 99.9+ 9 cookes have NO idea of loueing a crewmember near you feels like but "I" do remember cooks comeing down to the flight lines to take pictures of blood of our friends that got hit so you could write home about how bad the war was even though none of you ever left Lane and the protection of the R. O. C. Divion or us that maned the aircraft zerro desrepect jut trying to be honest
George Bessette <rdstew1930@yahoo.com>
Somerset , Ma USA - Wednesday, April 06, 2011 at 20:59:50 (MDT)
Hey Lenny, you can go to this site < http://www.huey.co.uk/ > and under the "SHOP" link the patches and other stuff can be purchased. The site is of the guys from England that have the "509" She flew with the 129th possibly while you were there. Stop in their guest book and say hello while you are there. Also on the front page of the 129th at the bottom there are some links to some videos that the "509" guys put up. One is of the trip that was taken over there to reunite the 129th with the "509". always a brother........
Mark
USA - Wednesday, April 06, 2011 at 20:14:56 (MDT)
hiya men, as the mess sgt. i had to ride the roads in our area about 75 miles per day. i made trips for ice and milk and juice, came back,reloaded with perishables ,unloaded and then went back for unperishables. i had a hard time getting shotgun riders. we were told at least 5 vehicles per convoy to leave main gate at 0600. it was almost always just myself and gary hatcher. we made do, but isure remember the roads. interesting trips.lenny m.
leonard malenosky
USA - Wednesday, April 06, 2011 at 19:28:42 (MDT)
i just finished reading some earlier comments that brought back some memories. i was the mess sgt. at lane til june 72. if any of you recall, at breakfast i would stand at the chow line and ask how the men felt about the food. the morning that sp/4 stamper lost his life, i recall talking to him. the nuns from the leper colony would come by every few weeks foranything i would give them. i always treated them real good. we all seem to suffer from the same problems from nam. i also have had the ablation process on my heart.neuropathy of my feet prevents me from walking very far. im on oxygen 24-7. what a life. can any-one direct me to where i can get a 129th patch . ill pay whatever it costs.take care brothers i always think about you guys. lenny m.
lenny malenosky
USA - Wednesday, April 06, 2011 at 19:00:59 (MDT)
8353 W. Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa WI 53213. And you're not sorry Gale, so don't pretend. L-G
gently
USA - Wednesday, April 06, 2011 at 19:00:02 (MDT)
Gently...need your snail mail address please.................
Mark
USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2011 at 19:55:48 (MDT)
LZ St. Louis it's going to be getting bigger with first time Brothers which some from the 394th. If, each of you can find one Brother that hasn't attended a Reunion yet. We could reach a goal of 70 to 80 this year. I found 3 new and trying to locate 4 more. Looking forward to seeing all the 129th family in ST. Louis. Always A Brother!! Were Not Getting Any Younger.
Alex
Collierville, TN. USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2011 at 17:33:00 (MDT)
Alex here is my e-mail address i lost joyrs this has bin out of contrl and the week just started. to the 129th Brothers have a great week and see you in SL out.
Joe Nicolich <joeandkristy@citlink.net>
USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2011 at 13:33:52 (MDT)
Finding LZ Hammond and the Siou Cau Valley- Happy Valley clears up a lot, I was thinking that the Siou Cau was further North in the Crows foot area, Lz Bird.area, thanks, been 41 years ago. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2011 at 12:23:51 (MDT)
Thanks,Bruno, I" check that out.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2011 at 12:10:41 (MDT)
Gary Mount.Try "Rays Map Room". There ARE maps of the Soui Cau, Kimson Valleys. There is a map of LZ Hammond. FYI, check them out.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2011 at 09:08:45 (MDT)
Welcome home "Snoopy". Glad u dropped in. Stop in again and share with us.
Dan Hertlein
Lake Tapps, WA USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2011 at 02:50:09 (MDT)
Oooops.... the bulldogs forgot to show up!
Gale
USA - Monday, April 04, 2011 at 21:59:18 (MDT)
thank u this music is an important part of that period of american history.
ronald keith letson 72-73
corinth , ms USA - Monday, April 04, 2011 at 20:30:34 (MDT)
Gooooo Butler Bulldogs!!!!!!
Gale
USA - Monday, April 04, 2011 at 19:12:29 (MDT)
ronald keith letson ***just checked it out ***Good lookin Group **Snoopy 71-72**
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Monday, April 04, 2011 at 12:43:17 (MDT)
Ran across this morning on the news where the family dog saved a 22 montholds life by keeping him warm all night in the woods. ....If dogs do not go to heaven, then I want to where they are at.....Will Rogers......
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, April 04, 2011 at 05:59:05 (MDT)
been a long time brothers. got a working computer again anyway. been very busy. check out my civilwar period bands website at the following link www.lostcauseband.com tell me what u think. just released our debut CD.
ronald keith letson <onereb@yahoo.com>
corinth, ms USA - Sunday, April 03, 2011 at 20:40:31 (MDT)
jimu006@yahoo.com,j.vanhorn@yahoo.com,james l. van horn,1325 Hartman lane,Shiloh,IL 62221.Good enough.
Jim <Dustoff>
Shiloh, ILL USA - Sunday, April 03, 2011 at 17:02:43 (MDT)
Dustoff Jim!!! send me your address email address please.........
Mark
USA - Sunday, April 03, 2011 at 15:36:54 (MDT)
Dennis or anyone else that will not be at Kokomo or St Louis ******I have a package from Jae sung-Chung due to come in next week with some ROK patches etc. ****send me an email at garywdsi at yahoo.com with your address and I will get one to you. ******Snoopy 71-71**
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Th USA - Sunday, April 03, 2011 at 06:26:40 (MDT)
Sorry!!!
Gale
USA - Saturday, April 02, 2011 at 19:02:01 (MDT)
Ah... go Rams! I love underdogs:>)))L-G
gently
USA - Saturday, April 02, 2011 at 17:35:02 (MDT)
Go...Butler "Bulldogs!"
Gale
USA - Saturday, April 02, 2011 at 16:12:36 (MDT)
Damn it. Jobie Landed that time when all that CS gas went off in the cargo compartment. Ill take a rest now. ha ha.
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, April 02, 2011 at 14:24:52 (MDT)
When I said, unspent money,v.a. moneythat was awarded to you not them that is in a bank somewhere?in a cd., when you die,the money goes back to the v.a. not your beneficiary. I asked point blank bout that. Jim, or anyone else may be interested,I think I found that old CAV base its just South of LZ Hammond, by the junction of hwys. 1 and 636. on Google Earth, the concrete runways are still there.I think we used it during the time of the CAin July of 1970, into the Soui Cau , Kimson Valleys with the Tiger Divison, thats when Mr. Jobe 9
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, April 02, 2011 at 14:23:11 (MDT)
Contination,hit space bar by mistake.It did not say that the person you were living with would be included or labeled a care giver, that there bills also would be included, that all requests for funds would go through the fudiciary,that you could notspend any of that money ona family member, thats including a cemetary plot for them,,that you would not get any, I repeat any monthly reports of whether ornot your bills were paid by the fudiciary, left over funds from your backpay or money not spent of the differnce of the monthly check, v.a.check for your disability, of the bills they, the v.a. pay for you, check to your caregiver you are living with and the designated personal expense money they, the v.a. decides that you get, no, that is nowhere mentionedin the notice that you are ruled incompeten to handle yor financial affairs or do they, the v.a. ell you that ANY, left over funds not spent by you that they decide on will revert back to the v.a., or the not spent v.a. money for living expenses and personal are expenses put into a CD, by the FE,ina bank, does not tell you where,or that you will not get one bank statement about it, or get this if you do have a family member assigned a fudiciary, the V.A. can change that to another one and never notify you or that family emeber., no sir.They do not tell you anyof that in the incompetent letter.... UPFRONT...? Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, April 02, 2011 at 13:01:13 (MDT)
Dennis, all I have is the one that Alvis sent me,I think that someone is going to bring some to St. Louis, or you can check with Jae on the Korean site. I just want to add a bit kore regarding incompetent, when I got the notice from Waco, Texas, regional v.a. some time later after I got the increase to 70%, the letter only stated that I could appeal and would not be able to own a firearm , Brady Law,,it did not say anything else, period..I got 2 check in full from the v.a. before the FE
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, April 02, 2011 at 12:43:47 (MDT)
Dennis, all I have is the one that Alvis sent me,I think that someone is going to bring some to St. Louis, or you can check with Jae on the Korean site. I just want to add a bit kore regarding incompetent, when I got the notice from Waco, Texas, regional v.a. some time later after I got the increase to 70%, the letter only stated that I could appeal and would not be able to own a firearm , Brady Law,,it did not say anything else, period..I got 2 check in full from the v.a. before the FE
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, April 02, 2011 at 12:43:46 (MDT)
Gary, sorry to hear you won't make it to St Louis. I was looking forward to meeting as many 129thers as possible. However, I was wondering is it possible for you to send me a Tiger Division Patch. contact me at dp1st50atsurewest.net please Thanks Dennis 72-73
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Saturday, April 02, 2011 at 10:19:51 (MDT)
Alex, I would like very much to go to ST. Louis, but at this time, with the V.A. goings on , invoving me, dont know if I can, would it be possible to go near the time of the reunion? Can I go ahead and let you or whoever kinow , posibly may be a few days before? Iam hopefully make Kokomo, this year. Your thoughts, alex? Tex
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, April 02, 2011 at 09:57:28 (MDT)
Not to change some the subjects. Iam in the process of tracking down Brothers of the 129th & 394th. To get them to the 129th reunion in St. Louis. I'll Just turn 65 two days before the June 15th start of the 24th VHCMA reunion. I starting having a 129th reunion in 1994. But, 1998 was the first year someone besides myself showed up. Glenn Pearmain was the only two for a few years. We are getting up there in years. Our time in the 129th was 45years ago for us first ones. It still seems like yesterday. I would like everyone whom might still have contact with thoses whom don't come to our website to find out about reunion. Please encourage them to attend St. Louis. we are losing Brothers at a fast pace. I don't about you but, it's a great feeling to see all my Brothers of the 129th over the past 15 years. I always had help of Mark Jackson and this site. But, It takes all of together to bring our Brothers Home. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Saturday, April 02, 2011 at 09:18:35 (MDT)
Thanks, Jim(Dustoff), been looking on google earth along highway 1 North of PhuCat,have not seen anything, probably gone by now. One more question : In the early part of 71, Vice President Ky and other dignitarys were in our area,especialy Binh Dinh Province, we , the 129th., flew hi around and some others,we went to ,I thinking the hamlet, city of Bin Dinh, and he and others talked to the vilag chief and some others,we went back the next day,I know for sure without a doubt that I went and perhapsa couple more, possibly a ship from the 2nd. plt., Fred Skaggs or Jeff Sauer or anyone from that time period happen to recall that..?? Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, April 02, 2011 at 09:04:42 (MDT)
Gary,I remember the same revetments north of Phucat ab.I was out scrounging 2x4's for the 498th hooches and the NCO Club that hung over the cliff in the 498th area.You are the first person to remember that area.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Friday, April 01, 2011 at 22:09:13 (MDT)
I have a question for anyone that may remember, the old I beleive a old Cav base along Hwy. 1, that had revetments for their birds, Im thinking it was North of Phu Cat aways up by Crystal, they had abandoned it ,? ANYONE?
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, April 01, 2011 at 21:30:10 (MDT)
Before I retired at NAS corpus Chrisi, we had some recent vets come throughwhie I was at the hospital there taking care of their boilers,there were several that committed suicide on base and off.I wetto the Vet center her in Lubbock, the vet counselor, theres 2 of them were saying that many of them are having a hard time with their finances, since they were making more money over there and have and are having a hard time finding a job, sound familar?They come, there has been efforts to set up groups, there and at the cinic, but as I previously stated they cant come or make their apointmaents or groups because they are having a hell of a time making ends meet, it was not until I was able to retire before I was able to get help on a steady basis, because the meds, I took affeced me on the job and was not able to take them. Man, I just dont know,youre damned if you do and damned if you dont. We do get help where the WWII vets never did concerning PTSD, but it has beena real bitch getting there,
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, April 01, 2011 at 18:26:56 (MDT)
I guess that is a piece of the point I'm trying to make... So much has been made of the WW2 vets, especially since Tom Brokaw labelled them the "greatest Generation". I'm not going to argue that title, but I know from experience that not everyone of them went on to lead the free world. Most were everyday Joes who just wanted to put it behind them and get on with their lives. Quite a few didn't know how to do that, but... they weren't the headline makers in our society. I learned a lot about the Korean vets during my time moving up the chairs at the VFW. Their story is quite similar to ours in that they were never afforded the respect due them for their service... A bunch of kids I coached while at Buckfield high school went into the reserves with the 133rd Engineer bn. and went to Iraq. They were at Mosul when the suicide bomber blew himself up in the mess tent. One died, a couple were visibly wounded, and a couple committed suicide after returning. Talking with a lot of them, they were totally disillusioned with the army. All their training, all the propaganda about how U.S. equipment was the best in the world.... remember, this was back when the press was crowing about how great the hummer was, like it was a miniature tank :) They were in no way prepared to deal with terror campaigns, it was like the talking heads who got us in that mess thought the enemy was stupid enough that they would stand and fight against superior force.... We are the ones who can guide them through the political morass that is the VA system. Maybe airing our bitches with the system on this site will provide some insight as to the traps that await them/. Beyond that, I believe that we need to get out into the places where they congregate and advise them as to where to go for help, and what to expect. We've all learned lessons and we can make it better for them.
Kim
USA - Friday, April 01, 2011 at 17:56:53 (MDT)
Absolutely, Lenny, I agree, hell of a price.
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, April 01, 2011 at 17:04:31 (MDT)
i recall after ww 2 men in my hometown that would bum money on the street and then buy booze and drink out in the boonies. these men were war and combat vets that were never afforded any type of medical or mental care. they were frowned upon by so many, but most didnt realize their situations. they suffered from ptsd, most died homeless and friendless. they paid a helluva price for others freedom. take care brothers. lenny m.
lenny malenosky
USA - Friday, April 01, 2011 at 16:41:27 (MDT)
I also did know some WWII. Veterans,when I was employed at the base in Corpus Chisti, I worked at the power plant there as a boiler operator after transferring from here at Reese A.F.B. before it eventually closed.There were manyNavy Vets in that area that had served in WWII,one guy in particular, God rest his soul had been on the Arizona the morning of Dec. 7TH., , .. had got shot in the ass and was blown overboard before it blew up. He did not talk about it and if he did it was not much other than saying he was lucky. Jake was the hardest worker I was ever around when he was sober.he was the plant mechanic, had been for many years, he could work with those 24 and 36 in. pipe wrenchs practically all day, he was liked by everyone. He had to retire because of his drinking, and died from it,my Uncles on my mothers side had been with Patton in France and Germany,bothof them were wounded severely. Both drank theirselves to death. My Dad, God rest his soul served in WWII in north Africa. and in Italy, Anzio, and in France, never talked about it, ever. He suffered for years with nerves and ulcers, smoked 4 or 5 packs a day plus a cigar or 2, died from cancer. I did try to talk to him and explain how I was treated, he or my bbrother ever understood., really.or anyone in my family.I self medicated myself for years also, finally quit 3 years ago, now.I hope and pray that these Iraqui and Afghanistan vets get the help they need and deserve, at least they are respected, I guess we paved the wway for them , I sure hope so. Phantom 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, April 01, 2011 at 16:18:13 (MDT)
While were still on the subject. Barry & Gary you have good points brought forth. Crewchief & Door gunner!! Mos for Door Gunner but, no mos for Crewchief!! But, instead a 67n20. A Helicopter repairman. Thats, what the VA personnel see when handling the C&P hearings. The C&P group and the PTS unit needs to be educated on what it means to be part of the crew. What they is your MOS on your DD214. One thing I realized is every state is different. And the VA is split into two sections. One is the hospital,clinics etc. and the second is your C&P. The first cares!! The second doesn't. Reason I never had a person whom actually served in combat or even the military. So, they glance at your file. Ask a few questions which they don't have any idea about your telling them. And,if your lucky you might get a 10% rating. Barry is right. You have to live in some of the PTSD units before you get a 50% rating. Always A Brother!! Hope to see alot of you in St. Louis.
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, April 01, 2011 at 11:22:31 (MDT)
Harold Timberlake.. Corregidor, Bataan, hell ship, slave labor, liberated in 45... I knew him as a kid. He was dangerous to be around when he was eating, used to catch suckers by the bagfull and dry them out for food. He died around 1960. FIFTEEN years after his war. Jerry Iannucci, shot down over Germany, evaded capture for nearly 2 weeks. Spent the rest of the war in a POW camp. The last couple weeks were spent walking between the Russian and American lines, trying to avoid getting killed from being strafed and shelled. Lewis Jackson, USS Luce, sunk in a Kamakazi attack off Okinawa, 73 killed. Joffre Giradin, Saipan, Phillipines. Drank himself to death, as did so many WW2 vets. Yes, they came home as heros, and were promptly forgotten while they tried to get back on track. Some did, a lot didn't.Oh yeah, there were the Memorial Day parades every year.... big whoop! I learned from my dad and a few others just who did what during the war in our neighborhood. It made it a lot easier to deal with them when I came home. After having a few choice words at the VFW, I joined the ranks of those who tried to put it behind me and get on with my life. Like them, I self medicated for years. Unlike so many of them, I managed to quit (so far) back in the early 90's. I started coaching youth level ball back in the late 70's, and some of my son's frieds asked me about my experiences, and I tried to tell some of what I saw and did. By the mid 80's I was asked to present ( along with a few other nam vets) at the local high school. Kinda funny, after that, the kids asked about the ww2 and Korea vets. It was just as hard to get those guys to stand and speak as it was for us!!... To the best of my knowledge, the speaking program is still going on in SAD 36 in Livermore Falls and Jay, Maine........ I guess my point is; they came home to parades and congratulations, we came home to ???? nothing? hostility?.... the end result is too familiar. All of us spent a lot of years being ignored, either through ignorance or official denial that there were any lingering effects of combat, or any responsibility on the part of the government (ultimately the taxpayers)to treat those effects. One of good things about all the research and publicity is that this current generation of veterans is receiving treatment a lot sooner than we did.
Kim
USA - Friday, April 01, 2011 at 11:16:28 (MDT)
The PTSD, treatment at V.A hospitals are generally good progams and have helped many vets, including myself.If you are able to join and be able to go to a group seesions, do so, they do help. There is good and bad, I guess in any thing. Clear right, Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, April 01, 2011 at 10:28:39 (MDT)
Just some other thoughts , inour case being on slicks and or gunsas I said previously, the stress is different, why, because like our Art putitinsimple terms, there was no place to hide on that slick or gunship, not for the gunner, the crewchief or the pilots. no foxhole or bunker, no parachute, very little if no protection, so on and so forth, you get the picture, the only poor bastards I can compare ourselves to were the ones on the b-17, b-25, b-24, and others during WWII, ,in a a lot of ways they had to face a lot of terrifying times, as did we but they did not have to hover over triple canopy jungle with their ass hanging out, and add to that they were looked at as heroes, we were looked at as freaks, we were not honored like those bomber and fighter crews, ever. After WWII, there were many on these bomber crews, especialy the ones that flew over Europe that had a lot of mental problems, shell shock , sick, that went to Army hospitals and private ones for help because of what they had to go through, some movies were made of this after the war, also. Well my brothers they had what we now call PTSD, same symptoms, they were not compensated that I know of they were respected and honored, not called baby killers or psychos or druggies. No, sir. To me that is the difference. ENOUGH SAID, NOW iM GETTING UPSET.. Tex always a brother, always.
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, April 01, 2011 at 09:10:13 (MDT)
morning flight, as may of you know i spent 9 months in the va hospital for treatment for ptsd.i entered the va hospital in oct. of 1997 and was released in june of 1998. during this time i attended three unit for my treatment for ptsd. one being the ptsd unit, which i may add it helped deal with the ptsd on its terms to this day.unless you are as bad as ray gager was, you are not going to get approved for ptsd, i know. for years i applied for ptsd for years with the va and turned down ,many times. it was not approved until i completed the programs the va offered.after completing the ptsd program i was awarded 50% for ptsd. for a good part of vets this is the only way you are going to get an award from the va.now some va districts offer a 24-7 programs like the one i entered in new york, while others may offer a monday noon too friday noon and you go home for the weekend.the va in miami offers this kind of treatment, i know that because my uncle who served with the 101 fist in ww11 at the battle of the bugle, at the age of 82 ,i may add, he completed the ptsd program and was awrded 50%. so what i'm saying is that if you want to get an approval for ptsd you have to go through there in house programs. i beleive you can reguest through your va dr's or your regional offices. but ask for help and if that does not work contact your local congressman or state senitor. this is not and easy decesion to make but if you get through it you never regret it. hope this helps. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Friday, April 01, 2011 at 08:50:38 (MDT)
You are absolutely correct, Alex. My dealings with the V.A. , go back to 1984, in regards to ptsd, , which there was not a lot known about it at that time, I was fortunate to be able to have a Nam Vet, who had been severly injured by a land mine., only thing was the doctor who prescribed drugs for me in regards to loss of sleep, anxiety and depression, they did not work for me,then to the group sessions which were beneficial to me after I quit taking any drugs prescribed by the V.a.. During that time, I was self employed bcause, the PTSD symptoms had cost me several jobs.It was extremely dificult to see the counselor and go to groups, as I had to make a living. This was the major problem and will be for returning vets and current ones., especially in todays times as it is even harder to make a living or be able to take off during the week or even after work as family requires a lot of times the father being at home after work, etc, etc, you get the picture. If you are able to go to a c&p, you are correct, they go by notes and go by v.a. guidelines on questions to ask that will rate you of how bad you are regarding employment,ability to asociate with others, flashbacks. depression, ( all of this is available on how the evaluator evaluates you.) I have come across some information just recently that the GAO, ( General Accounting Office) has been in studys, due to numerous complaints regarding the fudiciary program for vets that are ruled incompetent, the Gao is saying boiled down that there is not enough oversight or trained emplyees or enough of them, in other words( tongue in cheek), that the FIELD EXAMINERS AND FUDICIARYS, now have someone over them looking over there shoulder. Back to evaluator whether it be contract or a V.A. evaluator, more than likely is not a combat veteran, does not understand being incombat and in our case being on slicks or guns, which is a horse of a different color, entirely. Is there Vets out there scamming the system, no doubt, I personally have run across a few, which, you are right that give the PTSD program a bad reputation.,andthat SUCKS bigtime. add to the jerks that said they went to Nam also. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, April 01, 2011 at 08:42:58 (MDT)
Plenty of commo about PTSD and the VA. It's all broke down into groups. First you get into to see a counselor, whom starts by trying to put the blame on your life before the military. If you pass that session. Then,you will be place into PTSD group or one on one with counselor. They will rate you on each visit. You can get a godd rating from them. But, at a C&P hearing thats a complete different ball game. The work for the C&P board. They glance at your file. Ask Questions that told your counselor. These people have never been the military. Nor ever seem combat or a war time situation. But, they are the people whom decides what amount you will recieve. The longer you wait on a PTSD claim the harder it gets. You have alot of guys putting on a Dog & Pony show. Thoses make it hard for the guys needing help. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, April 01, 2011 at 07:29:09 (MDT)
Art, hope that gets you back on track & you feel better. That stuff is like all the rest, you keep having to take more just to get a normal nights sleep. So running out is a really bad thing so sorry they did that. The one reason I still am afraid to get too many meds from the VA.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 20:19:57 (MDT)
HI well got a night sleep last night for the first time in a week the va sead they sent out my traz. to me & maid me wait a week & the only way I got was go to thar & pick it up & came home with it went to bed about 9 & did not waik up to 10 the next day & then went back to ber again 3or4 & got my head hurt loke hell take so advill 2of them no good so take 2 more still have it but can handel it& I am going to hit the bed verry shortly just to dam tired to pick my feet up.
Art
USA - Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 17:39:57 (MDT)
Welcome Home leonard. Glad you found the 129th. And, hope you can make the St.Louis reunion. Don Ulery JR will be coming for his first reunion. Don was with 129th 1965-1967. our last St. Louis reunion was one of the largest.I believe we can top 50 or more if we can get the word out. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 08:07:36 (MDT)
Leonard, you must have come in right after sfc "pops" Maciolek???
Kim LaVoie
USA - Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 06:43:22 (MDT)
Fred,I used to tell that story to my Daughter as a bed time story to make her go sleepy by real fast.I learned all that way back in 1958 when I was in training with the CIA.Always nice to know there are still people who know how to express themself that way. Welcome Home Brother.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 19:43:20 (MDT)
i was in tuy hua for two months then pleiku for two months thenahn sohn til june 72 at 129th at lane. I was the mess sgt. i knew so many guys but ive forgotten most names. eddie barry was a good pal. i wish all of you guys nothing but the best. welcome home brothers.
leonard malenosky <leonardmalenosky@gmail.com>
uniontown, pa USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 19:40:52 (MDT)
When you are filing these claims......make sure you are telling the truth, because a good social worker, they are trained to recognize the lies......A male has seventeen pantomimes," A performance using gestures and body movements without words." .....they know when you are lying.......Me, I always look at the eyes.....if they move their eyes to the left......90% of the time they`re lying.....A good cop "Police officer" could tell you that...... The Pantomimes of Liars LIAR PANTOMIMES A liar will limit or stiffen physical expression, with few arm and hand movements. The liar will move hand, arm, and leg toward his own body in order to take up less space and become harder to see. A liar will avoid making eye contact with you when lying to you. While the liar may have no ability to hold a gaze for any length of time, a sociopath liar might look you in the eyes without difficulty for a long time. A liar tends to touch the face, throat & mouth, and touch or scratch the nose or behind their ear. A liar will not likely touch the chest/heart with an open hand. The liar covers the mouth as if to cover the lie. A liar botches the timing between emotions gestures/expressions and words. Example: Someone says, “I love it!” when receiving a gift and then smiles after making that statement, rather then at the same time the statement is made. Microexpressions may flash on the liar's face that do not comport with the liar's verbal responses. Gestures/expressions don’t match the verbal statement, such as frowning when saying “I love you.” The liar limits expressions to mouth movements, instead of using the whole face, when faking emotions (like happy, surprised, sad, awe, ). Normally a non-liar involves the whole face when expressing emotion - jaw/cheek movement, eyes and forehead push down, etc. A guilty person gets defensive. An innocent person will often go on the offensive. Or, the accused may become the accuser by pointing the finger and projecting the misdeed elsewhere. The liar may overreact by immediately behaving angry and defensive, perhaps to try to force a change of subject or to make the person submit to the liar's story. A liar feels and acts uncomfortable facing his questioner/accuser and may turn his head or body away. The liar may fidget a lot and generally look uncomfortable. A liar might unconsciously place objects (book, coffee cup, etc.) between the two of you. A liar will use your words to make an answer to the question. When asked, “Did you eat the last cookie?” The liar answers, “No, I did not eat the last cookie,” or "Are you asking me if I ate that cookie?" A statement with a contraction has a greater likelihood of truthful content: “ I didn’t do it” instead of “I did not do it” Liars sometimes avoid “lying” by not making direct statements. They imply answers instead of denying something directly. The guilty person may speak more than normally, adding unnecessary details to convince you… the liar feels uncomfortable with silence or pauses in the conversation. The liar may start talking way too fast or completely change pitch or tone of voice. A liar may leave out pronouns and speak in a monotonous tone. In a truthful statement the liar will emphasize the pronoun as much as or more than the rest of the words in a statement. A liar may garble words or speak them softly, and make errors in grammar and syntax. In other-words, the liar will muddle sentences rather than emphasize them. A liar will feel a desire to leave the area so as to escape further notice or scrutiny, and may look toward possible escape routes or fabricate an excuse like "I have to go to the bathroom again." A liar will often exhibit different mannerisms while lying than during norm
Fred Skaggs
Annandale, NJ USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 17:58:43 (MDT)
Jim, I should have done that. With the bad nerves on my Rt Side an intern hit my knee about eight times, came back with another Doctor who had a big hammer & hit it. Well she hit it hard enough to make it move. I get a little bit of anger built up when I have a black & blue knee for several days after seeing the idiots..
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 17:48:20 (MDT)
Hey, I can rela_te to that, Jim"dustoff", was not aware of that, Gently.I will. { : >{ )) >_}<<<<***>>>>))))
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 17:36:37 (MDT)
Hey,all.It is confirmed.I am and agery Vietnam Veteran with a chip on my shoulder and really a bad ass.Now I have 10 Weeks of Anger management counceling for my PTSD.Not my fault!!But that will teach the va doctors not to Hit me with a little Rubber Hammer to check my reflexs without warning me first what they are doing.I know I told that Doctor that the reason I was there was because of my bad knee.He hit me and I hit him back.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 16:10:32 (MDT)
Happy Vietnam Veterans Day everyone:>)))) It's your day today....walk tall. L-G
Gently
USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 13:18:07 (MDT)
After I posted that, I thought about my own experinces, when I got out and came home, things concerning the V.A. were a lot different then., from nowadays.The other day, a young Iraqui vet, told me thanks for your service and you guys had it tough.we are treated far better than you were. I replied to him" I have thee utmost respect for you guys, we did not have to go multiple times and if we dd it was voluntary, but we paved the way for you guys so you are treated better than we were, I would not wish how we were treated on anybody.. I just wish that what is available now was available then, I tried to talk to other vets at the time and even tried to get help back in 84, when I wa having problems mentally and maritarily, not much was known back then and the meds that I was given did more harm to me than good, and going back to when I first got out if I had been able to talk to other Nam vets and we shared similar circumstances and thoughts, maybe I would not ave felt so alone and deppresed because , I could not keepa job or even be able to talk to anyone, I kept all that in because I knew already from experince no one understood or cared. I would have been able to avoid a lot of gilt and dissapointment and depression from all of that and not alienated my family and lost them because of how I was and could not get the right help, only now do I understand in the last few years when its too late. I do the very best I can now and hope that someday they might understand, maybe, in the mean time, I just ask for Gods gi uidance and forgiveness. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 12:19:32 (MDT)
That is absolutely correct, Animal.!! We can absolutely do that, I would hate for some young man with a family to go through something that could be avoided.if e would just take the time to go toa nearby Vet Center and get the advice and input of someone who knows the V.A and what to look out for and to navigate the system to your advantage,hopefully. My advice is if you are filing a claim for PTSD or if you are appealing it, be very, very careful what you say and handle yourself, above all try and stay calm when being evaluated or anyhting else. This is a very fine line you are going to embark on concerning filing for PTSD, online is how the V.A. rates PTD, FROM 10 TO 100, , BE SURE TO CHECK THAT OUT IT WILLL HELP YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW.. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 11:51:14 (MDT)
I was there in Orlando,but I only stayed about 2 hr caused I got called away. This time I,m there for the duration
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville , CA USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 10:05:08 (MDT)
You're correct Gary! That's why it can be important to have someone that knows the system help file a claim. There aren't many of us Nam guys left, but one thing we can do is help our brother vets navigate the system. I would point them to a Vet Center, and have them ask around for a Veteran that knows what's what. Thanks for your input on this!
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 09:04:41 (MDT)
Another reasonwhy I posted what I did about about PTSD, was because of their are many of I raqui and Afghanistan vets that will be cming back, perhaps some you know and perhaps in your family or a friends son or daughter, I just want to let what the V.A. is up to concerning PTSD and to pass the word , to try and prevent anyone from saying the wrong things or give you a heads up since I already have experince in this matter. I have tried not to get political in any way in this matter, respecting Mark"s on that matter. This is very serious business. my brothers.and should be taken that way.Gently, sorry I missed you and thank you for your responses. and others... Tex.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 08:29:34 (MDT)
No problem, yall. weins can chew the fat ,over this heaa, new fangled computer thaang. Youins, yall stays in touch, yaa hear. Much obliged, mam. Im a gonna puton some of them thar Bob Wills an them thar Texass Playboys, becausan , mam when yall git acrossin that thar ol Red River, Hoss, Bob WILLS IS STILL THE KING!! YEEEHAAA!!!!! Tex " The Phantom"" 70-71.. yall
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 19:56:28 (MDT)
GAry...what a Texas drawl you have:>)) Sorry I missed your call...hard to reach me. I'm never home. Never. L-Gently
gently
USA - Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 18:54:33 (MDT)
Hey VEGA give me a call at 1-360-224-6180 and get up with me. I plan to fly out and see Dave Powers on the 9 of April that up to your place. Anyone on the route let me know. I go to Montrosem Co to Minnesota and from there i am open. Had to postpone the Viet Nam Trip but i am free to fly around the country. Vega get back to me maN. hOWARD
Shorty <boling7461@msn.com>
USA - Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 15:27:13 (MDT)
Dennis, first timer? I thought you were at LZ Orlando!?
Gale
USA - Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 14:11:51 (MDT)
Hey! don't fight over me, I'm the first timer and Dustoff is my room mate. The Sun is shining and I'm off for my weekly Acupuncture Treatment. Now, if they could cure Arithritis I would really be happy. As for the PTSD, I never filed for it with the VA. cuz I'm already 100% for Heart condition. However, I do have my depression treated by my Tricare Doctors. Ya'll have a great day Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 10:44:17 (MDT)
Oh Bunkie...you're so funny! Alex, has been our leader for many years and President of the VHFC group several times. He meant he knows of a first timer coming...not that he was the first timer. Course, if he stayed at Kokomo longer one of these years.... In any event, I'm sure he loved the "Welcome Home." Heat back on? Love you babe-Gently
Gently
USA - Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 10:18:38 (MDT)
Alex,Welcome Home!We will try to make your first time a memorable event.It might get you thinking about the big one at Kokomo Indiana in June each year.
jim <dustoff>
ILL USA - Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 09:57:27 (MDT)
Sent emails out for the St. Louis reunion. We will a first timer coming from California. first time seeing any one from the 129th. I'm planning on a group of forty or more. Always A Brother!!
Alex
USA - Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 07:20:42 (MDT)
Ha, ha ,ha, ha. still laughing over that one, Kim!! ha ha. no kiding!!!
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, March 28, 2011 at 15:33:12 (MDT)
One big reason why they're NOT INCOMPETENT??? they're smart enough to buy the politicians who vote the "right way"...
Kim
USA - Monday, March 28, 2011 at 15:22:55 (MDT)
Thanks, Gently, could not have said it any better. The v.A. is in a win, win situation, use you having PTSD against you especially all th from Iraq.ese returning multitour vets .If I am incompetent, then why label me now, Ive had the same problems for years, told the V.A. The same stuff? Why didnt they rule me incompetent in 2000, when I had 40%, same problems, I have now.??? No, it was when when I got 70%, and the backpay and 1228.00 a month and in 2009, not 2000? Loks to me like theresa hell of a lot of incompetent people starting with Wall Street, the car industry, banks, mortagecompany, why not label them incompetent, whats the difference? ha ha. think about it. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, March 28, 2011 at 15:10:52 (MDT)
As I told Gary, sounds like the VA wants to be able use the info you gave them to get a PTSD benefit, against you now and call you incompetent and unable to take care of yourself because of what you shared with them to get the benefit. Genius on their part. Especially when no one with PTSD ever claims to get better.....maybe 100% supervision is in order...could get messy boys....especially with 100% PTSD benefits. The good old VA. L-G
gently
USA - Monday, March 28, 2011 at 14:29:06 (MDT)
Thanks, Kim and Dave and Animal, I worry about all these young unsuspecting returning multi- Iraq and Afghainstan veterans. We know how some not all of th v.a. can be, my point was to point out that many of these returning vets and there are any and a large percentage of them do have PTSD, and Im sure a lot of them willl not be seeking help right away, because they dont realize it. I just dont want to see them be catagorized as incompetent because they have PTSD, and other problems stemming from multiple tours. Again thanks, iam a passionate person, that is me and cant stan by and see this happen to any veteran, one is too any as far as Im concerned. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, March 28, 2011 at 14:14:27 (MDT)
I took the time to read through the pending cases, and I have shake my head in wonder at just how easy it is for so many programs to create more problems than they are designed to solve! Living here in Florida and being involved with the healthcare programs along with having a girlfriend who works as a contract home health advocate, I can tell you stories of abuse that would make you wonder if this really is the country we all like to be proud of. Neglect, abuse, theft... well, they're old and going to die anyway, and the money is going to go somewhere, so why not to me?? All in the name of a buck! Family members rip off family members, so the state hires advocates, who rip off the helpless. Who investigates???? NO ONE, they're the first ones eliminated when the budgets get tight! The whole thing is not unlike what the nazis did to the Jews, make em miserable, steal everything possible, then put them out of their misery.... not everybody who works within the system, but enough to make it a commonplace occurance.
Kim
USA - Monday, March 28, 2011 at 13:19:01 (MDT)
Thank you, Kim, Dave and Animal, for the responses, I do appreciate it. I dont know if you readwhat I posted to take a look at,I understand it is hard to belive, if you will simply go to Fudiciary program by the V.A.a good program ,gone very, very, bad,.... Like I said dont know if you have read these incidents that there or not? If you will simply go to Freeman vs. Eric Shineski and read what is on the legal docket , you will get a good idea of what is actually going on in the fudiciary program by the v.a. Im not saying that all is bad with the v.a, I guess you have to take the good with the bad. When you are rated incompetent by the v.a. it is very, very, hard to reverse it by appeal, that is why I added the legal case of Freeman vs. Shineski, in the U.S. COURT OF APPEALS. ,and you will understand what I mean.. When you are rated by the v.a. as incompetent because of something you said to the evaluator regarding drinking and financial problems in the past,that may be all they need. Understand what having PTSD, AND I mean really having it entails, depression, suicidal thoughts, homicidal thoughts,abusing drugs or alchohol, rage, inability to associate with people, withdrawing, so and so forth. In other words you have mental problems which means what now? Incompetent. See what Im getting at? When you are designated as incompetent by the v.a. the v.a. either assigns a family member or a contract fudiciary. If you are married or even living with a family member, the Field Examiner, v.a., will ask you and her or him what your bills are and them also., what bank accounts, savings, everything personal, The Field examiner then will figure out after all bills are paid by the fudiciary just what personal expense money you will receive , any left over money after the bills and personal expenses is invested for you by the v.a. FE OR FUDICIARY.. tHE V.A., DOES NOT HAVE TO SEND YOU A BANK STATEMENT OR ACCOUNT TING.., THEY WILL IF YOU REQUEST IT OTHER THAN THAT THEY WONT.THROUGH A AUDIT. Also, just want to add that all that money that you have in backpay is also held by the v.a., to purchase anything requires aproval through the fudiciary to the fe,any money that is held by the v.a. , will go back to the v.a,ok?The fudiciary program was set up by the v.a. to protect the veteran from evil people who take advantage of defenseless vets who have money or a check coming in. I f you will take the damn time to read the damn link, I posted here on this post regarding the fudiciary program and how fudiciarys that were appointed by the FE, took advantage and ripped off defenseles vets and if they were reported by a family member they were harrased or another fudiciary was appointed. The people who were supposed to help the veteran who fought for this COUNTRY WAS TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF BY THE VERY PEOPLE THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT THE VETERAN.. Tex 70-71.. hope this clears it up.
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:04:08 (MDT)
Just a quick follow up. The Acupuncture Treatments the VA has been doing on me have now had a positive effect.. It's been a week since my most recent visit and I can say that I have not taken any pain meds since. However, tomorrow may be another story, After my Acupuncture session I will begin Back Rehab PT (ouch). I will keep you posted. Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Monday, March 28, 2011 at 08:56:01 (MDT)
Gary, I have been reading what you have posted and you are right it is a fine line sometimes with what you tell the VA. I did meet one guys in Indy that had gotten caught in that but was fighting them in court. I wondered if he really could handle his own money but also being our age didn't have any family to help him either. I know I got my rating for PTSD without trying but still had to show the stressers, etc. My friends Son just got PTSD after six years in the Navy on a Carrier. I am not sure how that works either after spending a couple years on a ship over there but never stepping foot on land. Overall the VA is much better than it used to be but still leaves a lot to be desired if you get stuck with a really stupid Doctor.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Monday, March 28, 2011 at 07:41:49 (MDT)
Gary, I'm thinking that the VA has different levels of competence depending on location. I've read some of the horror stories here and, frankly have had a very different experience with my local VA. I got some very bad treatment twenty five years ago in California, but honestly feel that the VA here in Hawaii saved my life. The department that grants disabilities seems to be determined to stall and block vets from getting benefits. It's very important to have an advocate that speaks their bureaucratic language when filing a claim............The VA medical branch on the other hand,(at least here in Hawaii), are a godsend and take very good care of me and my buddies. It seems to me that Shinseki has done a pretty good job of streamlining the process. I know it's frustrating for those who have waited for years, but the situation's getting better(my opinion). The cold hard facts are that the system's going to soon be overloaded again with the new crop of veterans coping with the results of their Iraq/Afganistan tours. We Nam vets are a dieing breed. It's important to stick with it and find a competent person to help. Good luck.
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 23:46:03 (MDT)
Kim, knowing what I know now and having read online about all of this, I wish now, I had never, ever, ever gone to the v.a. for a damn thing ever.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 18:37:00 (MDT)
Now it makes a little more sense to me! I never filed for ptsd compenstion (probably should have), so I didn't see any significance for me..... Should I ever need to file I'll keep the warning in mind.
Kim
USA - Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 17:58:33 (MDT)
No, I will not be able to,Jim. I hope I will be able to make Kokomo.Jim, or anyone else, please take the time to look up what I posted aboutbeing ruled by the va, as incompetent. When you go to do a psych eval for PTSD, and you may say something to the psych evluator about you having a problem with alchohol or drugs in the past or yoou mjay nhave had problems with your finances, the evaluator will pick up on it, and reccomend that you are incompetent to handle your finances.I wont go into any more details, dont want to get into politics on this blog, I highly recommend that anyone look at or up what I have posted previously, I would not waste my time doing it if I did not think it was important enough to post this on this website, ok? Please take a look at what it means to being ruled incompetent by the v.a. , please. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 09:25:12 (MDT)
Gary,Are you going to be able to make it to LZ St.Louis,in June?
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 08:18:31 (MDT)
Gary,it is possible that I Picked up Shinseki on a dustoff mission.I remember a patient we pickewd up with the front part of foot wound.The pilot and I were hashing over some of the problems walking around without part of the foot without balance.I wish the Captian was still alive I know he would remember the mission.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 08:12:18 (MDT)
Oh, by the way,Secretary Shinsinski is a Vietnam vet, lost front part of foot to a mine,highly decorated also.. .. , h,, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 22:03:01 (MDT)
http://www.vetadvocates.com/FreemanNOVAamericusbrief.pdf ... Eric Shinseki/ va incompetent.......United States Court of Appeals...Eric. K. Shinseki/ Secretary of V.A... December 2010.... Shineski appointed by President Obama..... stressor factors removed during this time concerning PTSD, making it easier to receive claims for PTSD... Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 21:48:31 (MDT)
I guess nobody is interested in my last 2 posts. far as being ruled incompetent.thats cool., Tex 70-71, clear right.
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 19:40:13 (MDT)
Gently,I really do thank the guys for the advise.My furnance is one of the new ones and is all electric and needs a fire sensor to lite the heat exchangers for heat.After talking it over with my son-in-law,it would be cheaper to wait untill Monday to call the local Heat and cooling companys for service.I now have 4 Electric space heaters running and my dog and I are snug as a bug in a rug.We can tough iut out a fdew days.Thanks anyway.Clear left.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 19:21:09 (MDT)
Ah..the mention of Tom Shaw....alwas touches my heart...even 39 years later. His birthday is the 28th. Dust-off, everything fixed? You sure have alot of your brothers stepping up to help.:>)) Ya gotta love these guys. L-G
gently
USA - Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 18:17:47 (MDT)
Phan Rang from the enlisted side of things. We took over the NCO club as soon s the band started. The band was a Vietnamese bunch who had played at Lane not too long before the typhoon, and they took a liking? to the cobras. As we struck up the friendship again, they ignored any of the airdales, which miffed some airforce nco.. ( ever notice how they have all those upside down stripes on their sleeves?) He tried to order us out, with predictable results, that is, until all the APs showed up. From there, a bunch of us headed over to the em club and repeated the process until they shut that one down too.... being in a strange place, I wanted to sleep next to my weapons so I went stumbling around the bombproof hangars we'd stashed the ships, and went to sleep in a pappasan chair that had materialized next to my bird, until I got woke up and had to help stow stuff inside..
Kim
USA - Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 14:24:42 (MDT)
Here is another little jewel you may be interested in also concerning the V.A., ,,,,,....GO TO: FILING A APPEAL TO V.A / INCOMPETENT., I was wondering why all of a sudden it was easier to process and be awarded higher rating for disability concerning PTSD, It took me 3 years to go to 30% from 10% PTSD, then all of a sudden you did not have to have as much proof of your mos and duties in the Nam, wasnt that long ago that went into effect.after years of making it very difficult if not impossible to increase or get disability for PTSD. HA HA HA HA HA HA... the Jokes on us guys... ha ha ha ha... Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 12:21:30 (MDT)
The invasion of Phan Rang remains one of the most memorable chapters of my RVN experience. I feel the glory of this action was equally shared by pilots and aircrew alike. As a result, the USAF increased their security protocols to protect their luxurious possessions from the grasp of stealthy Army aviation personnel. They are probably lecturing about it at the Air Force Academy to this day. The action involved small unit Army aviation personnel unselfishly redistributing luxury government furniture from one military base to another. This heroic action was achieved without regard to the safety and well being of the units involved. The Aviation units involved also provided free testing of the Air Force Fire extinguishers. To the credit of the Air Force; Some of their members displayed great courage during the invasion. I distinctly remember a full Bird colonel calmly sitting at the club bar, sipping his drink while army personnel simultaneously tested a fire extinguisher and the water resistant characteristics of the Air Force dress uniform. The Colonel didn't even flinch. War is Hell, and the Air Force is a stronger entity because of this bold and daring assault by Army Aviation.
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 11:56:44 (MDT)
I am going to post some information, I was able to come across just recently. You Can decide for yourself., or take from it however it may or may not pertain to you. Take the time to check this out online, you will find the information very interesting concerning this arm of the V.A.... Go TO GUIDELINES FOR FIELD EXAMINERS/V.A./ INCOMPETENT....... Since we all of us getting old now and especially the ones with disabilitys , especially PTSD, and you may not or may have familys,it would be a good idea to check this out on line. It is very important that all of us with disabilitys are aware of what I posted. its up to you..my brothers, just be aware. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 10:43:22 (MDT)
Gary, Jim C's email is jimc@mrwinona.com or phone at 5074744820.
Jeff
USA - Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 09:18:13 (MDT)
Jeff ***have Jim C. email me for info on Auggie
Gary Woodward <garywdsi@yahoo.com>
Memphis, Tn USA - Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 09:08:53 (MDT)
Jeff, there are several of us here who took part in our invasion of Phan Rang air base. We went there to avoid a typhoon, and acted like a bunch of latter day vandals. The pilots were the worst ( best?), liberating chairs, beds, tables ,desks, carpets... I know that my ship was loaded with so much stuff that we barely had room to sit.
Kim
USA - Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 08:29:06 (MDT)
Hello to all. Have been behind and just caught up reading the log. I searched the VHPA data base and came up with only one Mulligan but not one in question. That data is normally very accurate but omissions can occur. Spring is here in NC but was on St Simons Island GA for past 10 days. Really warm and sunny. Good beach, golf and seafood. Everyone take care. In the new VHPA magazine there is a guy named Jim Crigler looking for info on the "Famous Phan Rang Heist of 1971". (after my time) He said he came to 129th from 7/17 along with Tom Shaw around Dec 71. He also wants to contact Augie Bailey and others. His call sign was Bulldog 12. I e-mailed him info for this site. Snapper 70-71
Jeff
Lake Norman, NC USA - Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 07:18:00 (MDT)
Jim;Dustoff, were you able to get your furnace going? Yesterday, the 24th. of March is when I left Lane 40 years ago.,seems like yesterday sometimes. hmmmm. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, March 25, 2011 at 22:00:34 (MDT)
Dustoff, My cell # is 937 604 3085. I have some ideas for you to try. lee
lee wood
USA - Friday, March 25, 2011 at 17:18:52 (MDT)
Dustoff, Give me a call and maybe I can help you with furnace problem. 937 254 9110. Lee
lee wood
USA - Friday, March 25, 2011 at 17:14:09 (MDT)
A lot of folks read the log and seldom post. So here is the St. Louis information. June15-18 Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel located at 11228 Lone Eagle Drive Bridgeton, Mo. 63044. Reservations can be made by calling 314-291-6700. request In House Reservations. It's important you Let them know your with the VHCMA. For the Room rate of 66.16 per night. Check in time is 3:00pm Check out time 12:00 pm. Cancellations must be made by 4:00pm of your arrival date to avoid no-show charges. Have any questions you can email me. Mark I think I sent alot of rosters from 67 on. I think alot of pilot name on some of them. Might see if Mulligan is on any of them. I have check my list but, nothing yet. March 30th is Vietnam Veteran Welcome Home Day!! Got, an email from the VVA about this. About time!!! Always A Brother!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, March 25, 2011 at 14:48:42 (MDT)
Gary,All my vents are open.The furnace is blowing air without heat.Thermostate on 90 degrees and nothing is comeing thru.I had a electric stove that put out good heat for 24 hrs.Now the oven on the stove is dead.50 candles do not put very much heat in a small room.
Jim-berrrrrrr-freeze balls off brass monkey <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Friday, March 25, 2011 at 14:04:28 (MDT)
Jim,:dustoff, sorry to hear about your situation with the heat, sounds to me like whoever cleaned your air ducts may have damaged them in the attic,if they are flex ducts, thats not hard o do, since they are fragile to begin with, if they are metal ducts, may have dislodged them fro the main trunk line or the air vents may simply be closed in the rooms, might want to look and see if the louvers are open, I know Ive have forgot to open them before and could not understand why no heat. Hope that helps. Its sunny and warm here in the upper 70s, fel sorry for all you yankees. ha ha. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
lubbock,texas, USA - Friday, March 25, 2011 at 12:05:24 (MDT)
Dang,Dang,Snow again,this weather will never let up.I will never have the air ducts cleaned again.They did something and now I do not have any heat on one of the coldest days of the year.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Friday, March 25, 2011 at 10:42:21 (MDT)
Ray, I did receive both the DVD & CD. I really like the both of them. Your Brother-
John Sartor
USA - Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 16:56:47 (MDT)
Hello to all I hope everyone I sent A DVD to got them.Let me know
Ray <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
USA - Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 10:01:47 (MDT)
Good to see your post, Lou, hope you and your wife well.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 22:07:05 (MDT)
Thanks for checking in Lou! Hope your wife continues her recovery and that you keep fighting the PTSD.
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 21:45:30 (MDT)
Flight, go to http://www.129th.net/. I couldn't see Mulligan listed anyhere. I dunno!
Gale
USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 16:15:36 (MDT)
For some reason the name Mulligan rings a bell. I have this vision of a pilot and that name above the pocket. I have lots of old "orders" in a file some place and they list lots of names from that time frame. I will have to look through them. Some of that stuff is posted here someplace. Anyone looked? I have a hard time remembering some much of what went on the not so good seems to hang around. The day to day things and names may have fallen to my trying not to remember for many years now when I would like to I can't. Then there is getting older and the onset of C.R.S.
Ted (Gus) Gustafson
Grand Rapids, MN USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 15:43:37 (MDT)
Hi everyone, its been a long time since I posted on the site, alot has happened in the last few years, almost lost the love of my life in 2008 from a perforated bowel and sepsis. She's had 4 more surgeries since then, the last one a month ago. She still has'nt fully recovered from it. I've been going to VA every week for PTSD treatment, and beening holding up fairly well with the leukemia. Hoping to make St. Louis this year if wife is up to it.
Lou Rags
Dover, De USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 12:30:49 (MDT)
Evening Flight, Its been awhile since the last time Ive said hello.. Lots of things have happened. My father Don Lee(Nov 68-June 70) has still been the same. He has mentioned St.Louis a couple of times so that really gives me hope that he'll get the motivation to get up. I hope everyone has been well. Do you need to register on the site and rsvp for the reunion or is that the same thing? Thanks Flight! Take care-Trevor
Trevor Runnels <TJRunnels78@hotmail.com>
Sacramento, CA USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 01:37:34 (MDT)
Thank you guys.......................
Gale
USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 20:22:38 (MDT)
He sure does Gently. doesnt he..keep them coming Gale..
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 17:57:44 (MDT)
Geez Gale........you write so beautifully. Who know? Here I thought you were "just" one of my best friends...now I find out you can write. I'm one blessed woman....course I'm scared now too! LOL! L-G
Gently
USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 14:19:12 (MDT)
J. Milligan, you should be able to go to the nearest Vet Center and they will request your Dads records, if he flew there should be a record of it and they should be able to find out if he was in the 129th., also what medals he received and those will be sent to you. You will have to show proper identification and knowing his social security no or any army no. should suffice, it may take awhile but they are very good at helping, They have helped me a lot.Hope that will help you. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 13:47:36 (MDT)
Paul, there's a few on the 129th site.
Gale
USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 12:49:29 (MDT)
ANIMAL;you are absolutely correct. Gale would be ipost from J. Mulligan. Kal or Ted correct me If I'm wrong. The goat was moved to the 129th after the old man crashed. Kal I think you might have seen that crash. I was in 901 left bird first behind the two in the crash. I moved the goat to Lane and it cried all the way. J Mulligan was a A.C. I think. The Korean Army gave him a distinguish Flying Cross. He was in 901 at the time and we were in a storm. Lee Wood
lee wood <cwood86700@aol.com>
USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 01:22:56 (MDT)
About the post from J. Mulligan. Kal or Ted correct me If I'm wrong. The goat was moved to the 129th after the old man crashed. Kal I think you might have seen that crash. I was in 901 left bird first behind the two in the crash. I moved the goat to Lane and it cried all the way. J Mulligan was a A.C. I think. The Korean Army gave him a distinguish Flying Cross. He was in 901 at the time and we were in a storm. Lee Wood
lee wood <cwood86700@aol.com>
USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 01:22:04 (MDT)
Gale, thanks for the story about your trip over there. Everyone has their own opinion about that time and people who were on both sides of the Vietnam War. For me, hey, I just did my job the best I could, I knew I was there to do a job and like Leggins, my crewchief told me when I got to Lane after finding out that my whole family may have been killed in the Lubbock tornado, especially my wife at that time and my dad who were in the direct path of that f-5 tornado, it was hard for me to concentrate on anything. Larry told me, Tex, you have other people on this bird that depend on you doing your job as a gunner, there is not a damn thing you can do your here and there there, just put your trust in God ,He will look after them I didnt know for 2 weeks whether or not they were alive or not before the Red Cross finally got hold of me, in the meantime, I did my job and continued doing it. There are things I saw that Ill never forget. I can forgive a great many things, but I cant forget.I wont forget how we and I was treated or others. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 22:47:08 (MDT)
Jane did some very shameful things. So did I. The one thing the Vietnam war was extremely successful at was shredding apart our society along with Vietnam's. Jane has since apologized to all of us for her actions during the war. I for one, accept her apology, and repeat an earlier notion;.... "The person healed the most by this forgiveness is the one granting it".
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 20:53:54 (MDT)
Snopes,oops,puopps,I hold her directly responsible for my dead Adopted Son in Vietnam who died in my armes.I was special forces down in the delta.He got his mother to sign for him to enter the service.He showed the Military where his Daddy was serving in Vietnam 1967.He did not have to be there.I tryed to get him sent to Germany.He had to serve with me to prove himself.We were in a fire fight and there was a small period of Silence and "Jane Fonda"had made a record of her voice to the American Troops.(Come on over and shake hands with mine and your North Vietnames friends)The kid stood up and they cut him down.He died in my arms.I went half crazy and did some stupid things.I started hunting North Vietnames Soldiers,I took no prisoners.3 months later I was transfered to 498th Dustoff Feb.1968 and stayed till they kicked me out in Feb.1970.Yes I Hold her Responsible.Now the VA wants to Councel me about my PTSD.They think they can make the pain go away.nebber hachi gi.
jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 20:37:17 (MDT)
Nice post Gale, I know I spent a night at Qui nhon on my way to Lane, but can't remember much about it.... As to snopes, the real comedy is that colleges will not accept anything from wikipedia, because anybody can post amendments to any items on their site! Who to believe????? One thing I've learned from politics... in a country of 300+million people, it's plenty easy to find a couple million who either love or reject anything.I never read an article written by a POW who said anything about sweet janie, other than on a forwarded email. The things I know to be factual about her are enough to convince me that she was no friend of anyone who served.... one of the real comedys about that whole war was all the anti war songs, peace slogans, and political posturing that was going on both at home and incountry, and we did our duty even while debating the justness of it all.
Kim
USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 20:13:43 (MDT)
NAM 5: As we were heading back down to Quy Nhon, my mind was back in Indiana thinking about Paul Nolen and his family. Paul, who was in the 129th AHC, died at the 67th Evac Hospital in 1971. He was a gunner on a chopper that was hit by a RPG and crashed........he was rushed to the Hospital where he died while the other crew members survived. I have been in contact with Gary Mount, who Paul had replaced as gunner on that day and also, Colleen Helmstetter,the Army Nurse that comforted him while at the Hospital. Paul was from the Attica - Kingman Indiana area. A few of the 129ther's and I held a memorial service in his honor at a cemetery near Veedersburg Indiana last September (2010). His two brothers and a small group of relatives attended the service..............all gave some, some gave all! As the chatter picked up inside the van, it brought me back to reality and where we were at. The tour guide (Mr Nam) turned to me as the van came to a stop along a busy street and says "this is it." I looked out the window and saw the complex that looked vaguely familiar to me and I wondered, had I been here before....if so,I didn't recall it.......was Paul trying to tell me I was at the right place? I dunno! It was three big white buildings inside a walled compound with a huge gate that was opened. I grabbed my camera and asked Mr Nam if he would accompany me inside and, of course, he was pleased to. I didn't ask, but, it seemed to be a housing compound now because there were Vietnamese sitting all over the place and their attention simultaneously turned to me in curiosity. I really didn't feel threatened, but, I was a little nervous. Mr Nam was right by my side as I walked around and took pictures. As we exited the place, I stopped next to the van, took a couple more pictures of the front and gave a 'slow hand salute' in honor of Paul and all comrades who have passed through here. As the van left and headed back toward the Hotel, I was staring out the window in hopes of seeing something familiar. I was looking for the area where the PX used to be or the downtown area that our Gunships tore up during '68 TET. I had been there probably a hundred times, but, nothing looked the same. I got 'in country' at Nha Trang in'67 and went south to Dong Ba Thin (129th Hdqtrs) from there. While there I did a lot of sandbag filling, helped build bunkers on the flightline out of PSP and pulled 'beau coupe' guard duty. Next thing I knew, they had me & James White on a chopper heading to Qui Nhon ....."where the action was!" They assigned us to a hootch and came right back in and said don't unpack your duffle bag because you're going to Kontum. Then, just like the Army, they came back in about ten minutes and said unpack and grab a bunk......you're staying here. I learned to crew there at Lane Field and found it very interesting to say the least. I did it for the extra flight pay so I could send it home to my wife. I crewed a Slick off & on until I earned my wings and then gave it up to work in maintenance. I recall one night we did a job on a slick, then the Pilot and I went on the test flight. He let me take the controls for while, since I was up front. Any way, sometime during the flight, he banked to the left and I heard this strange noise in the back........it was a very large crescent wrench sliding across the floor and out into the darkness..........I thought "Oh Sh*t !" I'm not sure who left it in there, but, I wondered if it hit some ole Pop-A-San on the head down below....who knows. Back in the van and close to the Hotel, I was thinking to my self...........wouldn't that be neat to somehow find that wrench today.............hell, I'd give a $100 to have that wrench for souvenir. More later about Lane Field and then on to Nha Trang......... to be continued.
Gale 67-68
USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 19:55:47 (MDT)
Sounds about right, Gale. Just another long line of crap discrediting us. Thanks for the post, always a brother, Tex
Gary Mont
USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 16:20:58 (MDT)
For what it's worth..................THIS MAY SURPRISE YOU For the past few years http://www.snopes.com has positioned itself, or others have labeled it as the 'tell-all, final word' on any comment, claim and e-mail. But for several years people tried to find out who exactly was behind http://www.snopes.com. Only recently did Wikipedia get to the bottom of it - kinda makes you wonder what they were hiding. Well, finally we know. It is run by a husband and wife team - that's right, no big office of investigators and researchers, no team of lawyers...It's just a mom-and-pop operation that began as a hobby. David and Barbara Mikkelson in the San Fernando Valley of California started the website about 13 years ago - and they have no formal background or experience in investigative research. After a few years it gained popularity believing it to be unbiased and neutral, but over the past couple of years people started asking questions who was behind it and did they have a selfish motivation? The reason for the questions - or skepticisms - is a result of http://www.snopes.com claiming to have the bottom line facts to certain questions or issues, when in fact, they have been proven wrong. Also, there were criticisms the Mikkelsons were not really investigating and getting to the 'true' bottom of various issues.
Gale
USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 15:33:30 (MDT)
Kim, bottom line is we dont know if the what was said on the snopes article regarding what these Pows said or didnt say is what actually did happen, There is no way really to know that unless we or you actally talked to these Pows regarding the paper incident., that were there.I do know she is a traitor and always will be no matter what she does. I dont hate anyone, she will reap her own reward for what she has done . That is my opinion, Tex .
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 15:18:24 (MDT)
I'm not saying that she's on my christmas card list, and what she did was pretty sad.... I'm just saying that to lie about someone who lied about us makes us no better than her. As Harry Truman said, when telling the truth sounds like hell, we don't have to make stuff up.
Kim
USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 15:01:27 (MDT)
I went on Hanoi Janes website as you did Kim , the article that was on Snopes. Pictures say a thousand words, her picture on a anti- aircraft gun says it all. I know what I think of her, and others that were with her and went to North Vietnam, people forget, dont know and dont care about that time. My Dad always told me people will judge you by the company you keep. it says a lot about who you are and your principles and what you stand for. AND PEOPLE HERE IN THE U.S, WONDER WHY WE ARE STILL PISSED. HA HA HA. The Phantom 70-71. 1st. flt. plt. and damn proud of it.
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 14:33:08 (MDT)
Rick, I've checked that one out on snopes a few times. They say it is a gross exaggeration of what she did over there. What she did was bad enough for any of us to hate her without any untruths added to it. Please don't take my word for it, just google snopes, jane fonda, and read it for yourself....
Kim
USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 13:55:40 (MDT)
Rick, can you or somone else e- mail that post at phantom843@aol.com, please, would greatly appreciate it. Tex 70-71, 1st. flt. plt. d/g c/c
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 13:07:29 (MDT)
Oh, by the way, Oprah Winfrey had, Hanoi Jane on her show recently.
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 13:05:01 (MDT)
Rick,if you can can you e-mail the piece you just posted, so that I can and we can forward this, Im not real good on a computer, this can be copy, pasted, correct? Or if someone could e- mail me this, Ill damn sure forward this to as many peope as I can. Your right, a lot of people dont remember what she did and I never knew she did these other sickening things, why she was allowed back in this country was beyond me. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 12:40:27 (MDT)
Will do, Rick.
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 12:33:00 (MDT)
Interesting e-mail I got Never Forgive A Traitor For those of you too young to remember Hanoi Jane is a bad person and did some terrible things during the Vietnam war. Things that can not be forgiven!!!! For those who served and/or died. . . NEVER FORGIVE A TRAITOR. SHE REALLY WAS A TRAITOR!! and now OBAMA wants to honor her......!!!! In Memory of LT. C.Thomsen Wieland who spent 100 days at the Hanoi Hilton IF YOU NEVER FORWARDED ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE FORWARD THIS SO THAT EVERYONE WILL KNOW!!!!!! She really is a traitor. A TRAITOR IS ABOUT TO BE HONORED KEEP THIS MOVING ACROSS AMERICA This is for all the kids born in the 70's and after who do not remember, and didn't have to bear the burden that our fathers, mothers and older brothers and sisters had to bear... Jane Fonda is being honored as one of the '100 Women of the Century.' BARBRA WALTERS WRITES: Unfortunately, many have forgotten and still countless others have never known how Ms. Fonda betrayed not only the idea of our country, but specific men who served and sacrificed during Vietnam The first part of this is from an F-4E pilot. The pilot's name is Jerry Driscoll, a River Rat. In 1968, the former Commandant of the USAF Survival School was a POW in Ho Lo Prison the ' Hanoi Hilton.' Dragged from a stinking cesspit of a cell, cleaned, fed, and dressed in clean PJ's, he was ordered to describe for a visiting American 'Peace Activist' the 'lenient and humane treatment' he'd received. He spat at Ms. Fonda, was clubbed, and was dragged away. During the subsequent beating, he fell forward on to the camp Commandant 's feet, which sent that officer berserk. In 1978, the Air Force Colonel still suffered from double vision (which permanently ended his flying career) from the Commandant's frenzied application of a wooden baton. >From 1963-65, Col. Larry Carrigan was in the 47FW/DO (F-4E's). He spent 6 years in the ' Hanoi Hilton',,, the first three of which his family only knew he was 'missing in action'. His wife lived on faith that he was still alive. His group, too, got the cleaned-up, fed and clothed routine in preparation for a 'peace delegation' visit. They, however, had time and devised a plan to get word to the world that they were alive and still survived. Each man secreted a tiny piece of paper, with his Social Security Number on it , in the palm of his hand. When paraded before Ms. Fonda and a cameraman, she walked the line, shaking each man's hand and asking little encouraging snippets like: 'Aren't you sorry you bombed babies?' and 'Are you grateful for the humane treatment from your benevolent captors?' Believing this HAD to be an act, they each palmed her their sliver of paper. She took them all without missing a beat.. At the end of the line and once the camera stopped rolling, to the shocked disbelief of the POWs, she turned to the officer in charge and handed him all the little pieces of paper.. Three men died from the subsequent beatings. Colonel Carrigan was almost number four but he survived, which is the only reason we know of her actions that day. I was a civilian economic development advisor in Vietnam , and was captured by the North Vietnamese communists in South Vietnam in 1968, and held prisoner for over 5 years. I spent 27 months in solitary confinement; one year in a cage in Cambodia ; and one year in a 'black box' in Hanoi . My North Vietnamese captors deliberately poisoned and murdered a female missionary, a nurse in a leprosarium in Banme Thuot , South Vietnam , whom I buried in the jungle near the Cambodian border. At one time, I weighed only about 90 lbs. (My normal weight is 170 lbs) We were Jane Fonda's 'war criminals....' When Jane Fonda was in Hanoi , I was asked by the camp communist political officer if I would be willing to meet with her.. I said yes, for I wanted to tell her about the real treatment we POWs received... and how different it was from the treatment purported by the North Vietnamese, and parroted by her as 'humane and lenient.' Because of this, I spent three days on a rocky floor on my knees, with my arms outstretched with a large steel weight placed on my hands, and beaten with a bamboo cane. I had the opportunity to meet with Jane Fonda soon after I was released. I asked her if she would be willing to debate me on TV. She never did answer me. These first-hand experiences do not exemplify someone who should be honored as part of '100 Years of Great Women.' Lest we forget....' 100 Years of Great Women' should never include a traitor whose hands are covered with the blood of so many patriots. There are few things I have strong visceral reactions to, but Hanoi Jane's participation in blatant treason, is one of them. Please take the time to forward to as many people as you possibly can.. It will eventually end up on her computer and she needs to know that we will never forget. RONALD D. SAMPSON, CMSgt, USAF 716 Maintenance Squadron, Chief of Maintenance DSN: 875-6431 COMM: 883-6343 PLEASE HELP BY SENDING THIS TO EVERYONE IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK. IF ENOUGH PEOPLE SEE THIS MAYBE HER STATUS WILL CHANGE
Rick Benedict <stij@windstream.net>
USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 12:09:24 (MDT)
I dont recall ever having morning formations, only formation I remember was the time we were chewed out for fights or fight at the EM club. There was not any racial crap during my time there either, we did not have time for that crap.As far as the platoons, we or I remember going to 1st. flt, because they neded a gunner, the other guy ,I came with had been from another company down south somewhere, he ended up going to LBJ, after he and a couple of others had taken a baseball bat to the plt. SGT, he was able to get it away from them somehow, if you had trouble in the platoon you ended up selling cokes out of the conex by the hanger or being a gaurd or shit burner. It was a real honor to be on guns as I recall, they usually would take the better crewchief or gunners from the flight platoons,never got the chance, dont recall anyone going from 1st. Plt. y time there, being on Tiger wagon was reserved fr the short timers also. Getting back to coming back, I didnt want to be around my old buddys much, would fly into a rage a lot of times and would beat the shit out of folks for the hell of it. Couldnt keep a job, drank and stayed stoned on grass, no hard drugs, didnt give a shit, stayed away from Large crowds, was nervous and antsy, stilll am sometimes, wasnt able to have a relationship cold and withdrawn, thats about it, Later, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 11:44:59 (MDT)
Hay Wink sorry about missing the Sunday gathering,but glad it went so well I reaaly would have been thrilled to see Ralph again. Maybe afther I go to the Hersey car show this fall I,ll get down there? What is the date for the Konco reuion?
George Bessette <rdster1930@yahoo.com>
Somerset , Ma USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 11:01:52 (MDT)
Wink, well, here goes the process of elimination...................I've never seen Frenchie fried, so, that one's out. I can't even imagine referring to Frenchie with any sexual overtones(no offense Frenchie), so, tickler & kiss is definitely out! I'll just remember him as Frenchie......the guy that tossed his camera out of the chopper! Heheheehee My vote is for "Frenchie!" Wish I could've been there for your mini reunion!!!
Gale 67-68
USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 09:59:15 (MDT)
Per our conversations yesterday, I spent a bit of time thinking about how the gun platoon operated while I was there, compared to Winks time there. Somewhere along the way, unit discipline totally broke down. I have no idea who assigned the enlisted crews. Best as I can recall, if I wanted to fly as gunner, I just jumped on any ship that was cranking up. Morning formation??? I remember Bass standing in front of whoever decided to go stand around whenever we were on stand down.... I know we had a ssg, ( Poston) who was supposedly in charge, but I can't ecall him ever giving any orders to anyone about anything...... Wes, you were one of the connecting links between Wink and me. Do you have any idea where all that stuff broke down?..... Wink, the guy who seemed to have been there forever was named Cook. Said he was a tunnel rat during an earlier tour. He, along with three or four other guys used to break down rocket boxes and ammo cans.
Kim
USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 08:51:26 (MDT)
morning flight,yes yesterday went great, along with kim, frenchie and his wife , ken and ralph santigo showed up. george you missed a good day, sorry you couldn't make it. memoties some good ,some bad but we all make it through the day. looking forward to next year.......... kal, gary and animal well said. hopefully fred well come back to the family and hoping hes reading all the postings showing him how loved he realy is, only time well tell.............. ok on a litter note sunday we talk about frenchie call sigh. i was thinking it was to plan and that it needed some zig to it. so ithought of some new call sign names for frenchie, of course he was a little resistent to it but i prevailed heeeeeeeeee. so we agreed that we would put it to a voteby the family. we have four names to vote on and i'll keep track of.now we can leave it at just frenchie,or french kiss, french ticklier or and this came from frenchie himself french fry. so here are the choices cast your vote i'll give a month for voting heeeeeeeeeeeee. wink 3/69- 10/70 /i know im a sick puppy.
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 08:20:06 (MDT)
Well put Ted!! We are Family here. Let's not judge each other. Kokomo I was there for short time. But, I enjoyed seeing everyone. The VHCMA reunion is my primary. We have the largest turn out. Plus, seeing our Brothers from our sister units. I finally got more than just myself to a 129th reunion/vhcma in 98. And, with this site our numbers have grown ever year. But, remember were Family here. And, need to be here for each other. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 06:19:02 (MDT)
Got me by an hour griff!! Of course, being on this side of the time zones means that I get to sleep till six :)..... overcame my need to control my environment yesterday, found a place upwind from the tobacco smoke, and had a great visit with Wink and friends at Winks place here in Florida!! Thanks Wink for opening your home and offering your hospitality.... it is interesting just how much so many of us seem to have in common regarding our experiences after returning. My theory is that the short turnaround from flying to civilian is as much to blame as anything else, and I've had the unfortunate privilige of seeing the effects on some of the young people who have returned from this country's latest foray into foreign lands...
Kim
USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 05:27:50 (MDT)
Just wondering??? Am I the only one that posts at 2-3-4 AM. What the hell, the rest of you people sleep all night???
doc <griff90880@msn.co>
USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 03:37:16 (MDT)
Would really like to make St. Louis. Don't know if it will happen as even though retired and retarded the g-kids take lots of time. And with this thought, I get to make up for those things that I was not around for with my own kids because I was working. If it were not for the fact of 129 guys being at St. Louis, I would not even consider the trip. In 2001 I went to Louisville because of who I knew would be there. The best part was the people that I did not know that welcomed me. Mark, you happen to be at the top of that list. Anyway, money is not the priority issue. What my sitting duties are.
doc <griff90880@msn.com>
USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 03:35:02 (MDT)
FA the tool chest builder: People should just leave the monkey's alone just like don't feed the dog unless it is yours. Be upset but know that there are many that will always love you. If nothing else - I did whatever - I take the blame. Now it is time for a club burger with an egg as they didn't have Maters. And that will be with at least 6 brews. Always with my mind. Doc
doc <griff90880@msn.com>
USA - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 03:23:34 (MDT)
Animal, you are so right.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 20:27:25 (MDT)
This "opinion" of mine is addressed to ALL of us on this site. I believe every one of us here, whether a combatant or not, is suffering from PTSD..... We combatants are "carriers" as well, and the condition has been passed on to our loved ones and family..... The anger we all experience is merely ONE of the many persistent symptoms...The VA has helped me live with my PTSD in a couple of important ways;.........The first was to eliminate my years of "self -medicating"(I'm not trying to preach to anyone, it's a very personal decision that has to be made by the individual; but if you're tired of the "same old shit", it may help to try something radically different)........ The other thing the VA has helped me with is counseling, and one of the most valuable lessons learned in session is the benefit of forgiveness. Holding in the anger is more damaging to us than it is to the person(s) that we are angry with. Being angry is perfectly natural, but the Army never bothered to reprogram us on "processing" this anger. We were trained to deal with threats and such by "going hot"..... For your sake, for all of our sakes, please forgive those who you feel have slighted you in some way...The chances are that it wasn't perceived as a slight by them, anyway. The person healed the most by this forgiveness is the one granting it. Peace and good wishes to each and every one of you. Aloha, Greg_Henkel, 1st flt plt, 1071-72.
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 19:45:30 (MDT)
Kal;you've got it spot on.i talked with fred at kokomo about it but was asked not to say anything i also talked to susan about it a couple weeks after kokomo.have kept my mouth shut up to this point.you are also right about fred being a bit of a hothead.Flight and all; i was trying to get the idea of what fred was mad about without violating my promise,there are 2 sides to every story.
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 14:48:13 (MDT)
Just want to add this also, trough this site, I was able to contact Gale, who was able to find Pauls grave and brother Steve, and after all these years, Gale and Mark along with Pauls family were able to give Paul proper recognition from his brothers in the 129th., he is not forgotten nor will he ever be. If I left anyone out, I apologize. I wanted very much to be there also but was not able too. J. MILIGAN, you maight ty contacting your local Vet Center to get hold of your Dads military records, they should have where he was In Nam and you can get his medals also hope that helps, they were able to help e where no one else would. Nuff said, have a good Sunday, everyone and May God Bless each and everyone of you, my brothers, thanks, Mark. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 13:41:45 (MDT)
I saw that same post you are referring too also. One thing I have learned over the years is that people do not think alike, everyone has there own ways. Hopefully, Fred will get over this, I certainly hope so, but that is his decision to make, one thing is for certain he is cared about, we all share experinces and a brother hood serving BEING IN THE 129TH. NOT MANY PEOPLE CAN SAY THAT. Ther are not many that understand the commadarie that we had over there or the closeness or what it was like being a gunner, crewchief, pilot on Slicks or gunships, we are unique in that sense. as I have said before my Dad God rest his soul, was in North Africa,Anzio, a real hell, and France, he had 2 buddys, Blacky and RObert Barr, he tried on several occasions to contact them , they were together the whole time, he was never able too, each one of them saved each others lives, they were on Ducks, ( AMPHIBIANS). back in 07, I was able to contact everyone associated with Feb.19th. the day that Paul Nolen was hit witha RPG, and later died in Quinhon on April 14th, actually thats my grandsone birthday, Jaden Mount age 10. I never knew he passed away all those years/ He took my place on that Snoopy Low after lunch, that no one remembers but me. I felt guilty for years over that, and really felt bad when I learned he died, without this site I would not have been able to talk to Rocky, Flame, Vega, OR Pauls brothers and be able to heal for the most part. So , my Dad never did, and I know he would have given anything to talk to his buddys, the Terrible 3, they were called. We are so DAMN LUCKY. Think about it. The Phantom 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 13:22:04 (MDT)
To J. Mulligan. I wish I could be a little more personal but you didn't tell us your first name. I was a pilot with the 129th in '68 and don't recall your father's name. Sorry to see that no one else has recognised it either. I must admit that I have probably forgotten a lot of the names from that part of my life as a lot of us spent many years supressing our memories of that part of our life. You also might have come to the wrong place to find him as you said you think he may have flown with us. Was he a pilot, crew chief, or gunner? A little more info might spark a memory recall in one of us as so often happens when we read outher's posts. I wish you luck in your quest for information on him. There are some other places you may like to look on the web such as the VHCMA and the VHPA. Also if you know what flight class, if he was a pilot, he was in and searching for that info might help too. Take care and if there are any questions you may have, either post them here or you can send them to me at my email address and I/we, will try to help if we can. Respects, Kal - '68
Kal Bergstrom - '68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
St Joseph, Mesa, Mi, Az USA - Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 12:39:13 (MDT)
Hello fellow 129th brothers and sisters... Reading all of the como on Fred has sparked me to try to get the record straight. A lot of interpretations have been posted and I have tried to see all of them from the posters prospectives. What actually happended was Fred felt he was slighted because the fellows from England spent time after Kokomo at Ron Paye's home. He felt they should have contacted and visited him at his home also as it was just "up the road". I think they probably were on a tight schedule and time flys when you are having fun. I also think they may have thought Fred was out on the road as he doesn't get home too often and his time there is short. I don't know what prompted Fred's coment to Mark as I didn't think Mark had said anything that should have bothered Fred in any way in his comments in response to the lady's inqirey. I didn't see anything funny or off base in his reply. I feel that other than the not visiting slight, there was nothing done that should have set Fred off like that unless for some reason he has left other unknown things build up and bother him to the point of eruption. Fred has had a "short" temper on accasions in the past but has always worked them out and hopefully will look at this situation and be able to face it and work it out. I know that I had my own questioning thoughts on Fred when he first came on, but getting to know him over the years cleared my thoughts up and getting to know Fred as time passed made it easy to see his point on things. I have been here in Mesa, AZ for 2 1/2 months now and still haven't contacted the local fellows here. I have been busy and Arthur and my emphasema have been Shickin the Kit out of me. So doing what should be done don't always happen as it should and that may have been why the fellows didn't contact Fred when they were in town also. To sum it up, I hope Fred sees the love and feelings we have been trying to express here and comes back home. Life is too short and familey is too important to just throw away. Love and Brotherhood to all..
Kal Bergstrom / '68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
USA - Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 12:16:51 (MDT)
I surely would like one of those Tiger patches. Received a bottle of Scotch from General Chung for Christmas 67, maybe all the pilots got one, but made me feel good.
Ted Buisker <skyking@stateline-isp.com>
Davis, IL USA - Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 12:14:10 (MDT)
Tiger Division ROK and the 129th AHC brothers **** Jae and friends,*** After making some phone calls and posting to our 129th.net site to see how many veterans would be attending the annual gathering at Kokomo and how many plan to attend the official yearly reunion in St Louis this year with the Viet Nam helicopter Crewmembers Association (VHCMA) I believe there may be about 40 129th members or others that shared experiences with the Honorable ROK forces during the Viet Nam era and would be proud to own and display the gift of a "Tiger" patch from our comrades in arms that may not have received one in the past.**** It would be an honor for me to deliver such gifts from you to veterans that shared time with many of you on the battlefields of Vietnam during our tours there. *** We would greatly appreciate any such donations from our friends in Korea that we respect so much. *** Jae, please send any such gracious donations to my address and I will make sure they are delivered to the veterans wanting them. *** I am also glad to see from earlier posts here that the Korean ROK Viet Nam veterans are another step closer in receiving the respect you all earned and deserve from your own country for your contributions. *** Respectfully Yours, *** Gary Woodward *** aka "Snoopy" *** Crewchief *** 129th Assault Helicopter Company *** RVN 1971-1972 ******************************** Hi, Gary **** It was a nice talking to you over the phone the other day. I will certainly do as you have mentioned. By the way, I really want to know how Mr. Fred Alvis is getting in these days. He and I have from time to time communicated, however, I haven't heard from him for quite a long time. Gary, if you hopefully have a contact with him, please give him my regards. In addition, Gary, if possible, please inform us of news on our 129th crew members regardless of bad or good through either my email or website as we Korean Vietnam War veterans have kept exceptional affection and sentiment towards you, the US bird comrades who had greatly helped ROK troops to save their skins at the fierce battlefield. Gary, would you please send your mailing address? Thanks again for your kind post. Wishing you and your loved ones be healthy and happy. ***** Regards, **** Jae ************************************************ Jae, ***** Thank you for the reply. *** I will send you a personal email with my shipping address. **** I will also post this communication on the 129th site. **** Although I have not heard from Fred lately 'm sure he has been busy traveling and taking care of other personal matters. **** I believe he still checks the site when he gets a chance to keep up with current posts by all.**** It is not so unusual for some of us to be absent for a while as we attend to more immediate personal matters in our personal life. *** In fact it is rare that I post to the 129th site myself unless I have something to state of importance such as this communication but I do read posts by others at least weekly to keep up with current activity there. *** Hopefully Fred Alvis will see this post as well and contact you soon. **** Gary Woodward *** 129th 71-72
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 07:26:25 (MDT)
Hope to see as many as possible at LZ St.Louis,Mo,in June 2011.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 07:05:39 (MDT)
Few Years ago,I stumbled into the 129th AHC at Kokomo.Because the 498th Dustoff was also stationed at Lane Field.I was accepted and many of my dustoff brothers were also accepted.Conversation that first time has become burnt into my Heart." If the whole world could get along as well as us Vietnam Veterans,There would never be another WAR"It really hurts me to hear that there is some that cannot live up to that statment.I have come to really think of the 129th AHC guys as part of my family.I hope that we can all bury our petty Diffs and continue our Association.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 07:03:28 (MDT)
Just trying to get ready to head to Kissimmee this morning and got caught up reading the post. I had written a couple notes to Sue without anything sounding like Fred was mad at us, just that he was on the road all the time. I hope he is still checking in on us and know that we all love him. I know it is hard when we see each other once a year & sometimes something maybe said that goes wrong. In the end we all love each other no matter what!
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 05:21:48 (MDT)
Well said Ted!
John Sartor
USA - Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 02:36:51 (MDT)
Just stopped by to see how things are going here. Wish I had not bothered after reading some of the remarks. Looks like a bunch of He said, She said B.S from what I can read here. If you have a problem with something that someone said or did, call them on the phone or e-mail them a talk it out like a grownup. If you think you know what the problem is state it outright, don't just make off hand remarks that imply some unknown/unstated wrong doing on "someones" part. That is nothing but pot stirring and between my wife's family and my own I can get all I need at home. How many times has it been said here that "We are all Family", "We are Brothers and Sisters". No matter what your Brother or Sister may do they are still family. On any given day you may not like them but you should never stop loving them. If you do that will be your loss not theirs. We are all getting older and every year now there are fewer at the table. Alvis, Mark you guys need to work this out if you can. Hell some times family members just piss each other off. I am sure I have by now. All I can say is I love you all cause you are part of my family so you are just going to have to live with it. My 4 year old Grandson told me last week, "Grandpa, your a crazy old man". That's just family, gotta love it. That is my 2 cents worth (adjusted to reflect current gas prices).
Ted (Gus) Gustafson
Grand Rapids, MN USA - Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 01:48:10 (MDT)
Sorry...I was there from May 67 to May 68 and the name doesn't sound familiar.
Gale
USA - Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 22:51:24 (MDT)
I dont remember your father, may have been before my time. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 21:55:51 (MDT)
perpetrate=to present,execute or do in a poor or tasteless manner. to be responsible for.
paul mcgrath
USA - Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 21:30:11 (MDT)
just used that as an impersonal way to refer to that person.and you are not that person
paul mcgrath
USA - Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 21:00:13 (MDT)
Please- does anyone remember my father?? My father, Donald E. Mulligan, might have flown in your outfit about 1967 or 1968-9. If anyone flying remembers, it would be great hearing about about your memories! Any information would be very much appreciated. He spoke of a goat named shamrock, I think. He was wounded while flying his helecopter, and the Sgt. flying with him saved his life as he took over and flew them back to safety. Thank you for your time and efforts on my behalf! And thanks for going there! J. Mulligan USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 21:33:34 (MDT) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
J. Mulligan <Tuggersmom1@hotmail.com>
Colorado USA - Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 19:58:37 (MDT)
......screw this. I'll read about it when I get home............................
Mark
USA - Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 19:41:30 (MDT)
The "Perp"....now that would be something to get angry about. But I'm not.......
Mark
USA - Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 19:38:55 (MDT)
What the heck post is everbody talking about pertaining to Alvis. Is it one I made??? ThE Last post from him directed to me was "Real funny Jackson" and shoot I don't know what he ment. I read back at the time at my post and the only thing I could see pry to him saying that, that I said, was as I was saying thanks to a gal that came in here( I think she did a highschool report and used 129th stuff) I said thanks to her and in the end I said That her post were HEART WARMING but I missed spelled "warming" and put "WARMONG".The "I" is next to the "O" on the keyboard ya know!!!! Did he take that as if I was saying WARMONGROL????? Does anybody have the answer to this. I miss spelled a word for criminy sakes............been traveling last 3 Weks bummin round the country.got over 3,000 miles behind us so far. Headed back home by Thursday of this coming week. God Bless you all...love to all Alvis Call me!!!!!.........always a brother...............
Mark
USA - Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 19:36:55 (MDT)
GALE;i agree on that point.i've tried calling and email but no answer.it has festered enough,but the wound has to be cleaned.i truly hope he will come back.
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 19:23:01 (MDT)
Paul, I don't agree with you. I recall that post and what I don't understand is, whether it was a slight or intentional, why should it involve anyone else? If "we" don't mean anymore than that to him, well, I guess that's his choice. I'll stop by his home and see if I'm still welcome sometime.........if not, I'll be on my way...nuff said.
Gale
USA - Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 17:44:10 (MDT)
There is a nuclear power plant about 5 miles to the north west of my place. With the prevailing westerly wind, it probably wouldn't take long to reach here if something happened. So I'll say goodbye to all of you now......................Just kidding.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 16:25:01 (MDT)
Fred, I dont know you but I have read a lot of what you have wriiten. Your input and experince trumps everything. I read your post after Kokomo, did not comment, probably should have. Dont know what else to say,God be with you. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 15:47:14 (MDT)
Fred, the offer still stands. I said on a earlier post regarding Steam driven feedwater pumps. The disaster at Fukichima Nuke plant can be directly attributed to the inability to pump cool water to the reactors to keep the hot uranium rods covered with water. As I said earlier Steam driven feedwater pumps dont require elecrticity only export steam, there seems to been and continues to be a abundance of. On further research o the Fukishima Nuke Plant pertaining to Steam driven Feedwater pumps, I have read conflicting storys, they do but they dont, not once on the official reports on this incident does it say they were put into operation, were damaged, piping damaged, did not have time, they would have come on automatically, they were there , whatever. According to one article the Chinese have one similar to theirs and does say specifically that they have 3 electric pumps and one steam driven pump as backup and that the sea wall should have been taller and the generators elevated., at Fukishima, I hope this is not political, it just amazes me and concerns me that if those Steam driven pumps were put online then this ay have been avoided completely, not knowing and not able to find out if they did have them or not and were not brought online is perplexing. There are 23 Mark I s in the U.S., I dont know if this is important to anyone or not, Just thought I would share this, being around power plants and Boilers as a operator and a mechanic , I guess is why this seems important to me, my Dad was a elecric plant operator here in Lubbock foreman for 3o years, I used to go with him sometimes on the graveyard shift, he would try to explain how everything worked,Learned a lot from him, God rest his soul, feedwater to a boiler is the most important, critically important, without feedwater, catrstophe will happen, period, whether it be Nuke, coal fired, Gas fired, oil , whatever fired, they all operate the same basically just like the steam teapot on your stove, let the teapot boil down without adding water and IT WILL MELT. sO MUCH FOR MY RANT, i GUESS i JUST DONT UNDERSTAND WHY SOMETHING THAT IMPORTANT WAS OVERLOOKED.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 15:35:29 (MDT)
GALE;it was a pretty big slight,i'm sure it was unintentional but it still happened.the only one that can set it right is the perp.if you look back in the flight log you can find at least one reference to it.we vietnam vets have a pretty thin skin when it comes to a slight by a brother.and that makes the hurt much worse.i already miss alvis and the eloquent way he described events and the way he always made sure everybody was included. i don't think i will be making kokomo this year myself,i may have to be in fort hood that weekend.ida and i will miss it but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.i won't make st louis either as i will be in chautauqua lake ny fishing
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 14:40:17 (MDT)
Fred, get pissed at one guy and take it out on everyone else......I dunno, I'm somewhat surprised and disappointed.................................always a brother, Gale
Gale
USA - Friday, March 18, 2011 at 21:51:01 (MDT)
Sadly, we have lost Fred. He won't be posting any longer. I pray he reads our posts and knows that there are many here who love and miss him. Kokomo won't be the same without him and that sassy Aussie he brought into our hearts and warmed them with her love. L-G
Gently
USA - Friday, March 18, 2011 at 20:53:15 (MDT)
Ray check your email, I just sent you the link to VHMCA
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Friday, March 18, 2011 at 14:44:49 (MDT)
I cant seem to find the sight to get the form or the vhmac web page
Ray <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
USA - Friday, March 18, 2011 at 10:23:15 (MDT)
Where is it I can't find it the form to go or the vhamac web sight
Ray <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
USA - Friday, March 18, 2011 at 10:17:29 (MDT)
Roger . that, Dennis, the current problem I have originated from my lower back because of the hard landing I lived through on 373 in September 10, 70, had trouble ever since, X rays reveal calcium deposits around the vertabraae which Im sure pinched my sciatic nerve leaving me crippled , not able to get around, the nueropathy may be coming from there also but dont know and they dont either, my back does not have to hurt and does not when my hands go numb and my feet and other extremities. I have now unemplyability and working with SS TO GET SSD, , Not much fun to depend on anyone like I have done latelywhen I could not walk very far without crutchs or stand for more than 2 minutes wthout pain, it sucked, ... anyways, Im doing a lot better now, thank God. Thanks for the response. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 13:14:57 (MDT)
Just a quick update Reunion Registration form now available on VHCMA website.
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 11:35:22 (MDT)
Gary, Get your VA Primary Care Doctor to do a CT or MRI. What my doctor originally dianosed as Diabetic Nueropathy turned out to be lower back injury. The pains and symtoms are the same. Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 11:20:15 (MDT)
Fred Alvis if you want to talk to me anytime you are surely welcome to my no is 806-401-5444 or e mail me at phantom 843@aol.com, anytime day or night, my brothers. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 11:19:31 (MDT)
Fred Alvis, Please comeback, Call me anytime at the number I gave Sue. Also If you are in Central CA stop by for lunch. In other news, Had second Acupunture treatment yesterday,and as of yet I have not taken any Percocet, I hope to make all thru the week. After next weeks treatment I start Back muscle rehab, wish me luck. Now if I could just get a cure for the Arthritis. Looking Forward to St Louis, I have everything booked except for Saturday dinner. I will arrive Friday afternoon. Alsways a brother, Dennis 72-73
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 11:16:21 (MDT)
I dont think Ill be able to make St. Louis this year, hope to make Kokomo, just now finally starting to get around again, still having Nueropathy problems. Have been watching the Nuke problems in Japan closely, cant for the life of me understand why they did not have steam driven feedwater pumps as backups, which dont require electrical power and flexible hoses on site also, My prayers are with these heroic workers on that site and the Japanese people, May God be with them. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 11:16:16 (MDT)
Sorry to hear that about Fred but really had no idea he had a problem. I have a little cold but am planning on leaving to Wink's early Sunday morning.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 09:25:36 (MDT)
Good morning Wink. Could you post your ph#? Or give me a call tomorrow @ 207-212-1953? thanks, Kim
Kim
USA - Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 07:09:29 (MDT)
morning flight,gray i'll be at both st.louis and kokomo. don't think you'll to much from fred, he's mad about something that happen at kokomo last year. i think we have lost fred forever.he was pretty upset about it last year.i hope he gets over what ever's bothering him and get back to the site. you got your ears on fred, we miss you. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 06:45:05 (MDT)
HI every one I hope I am not to late to get a hotel in kokomo & what a good one or eany one we will be driving thar & could some one let me know of one. I could shore need the help & if there some one need a ride form here or eany ware between I pick them up ok.I like a tiger patch to.
Art
USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 19:48:18 (MDT)
Here is a copy of the email Jae sent ****Visit the ROk site and say hello *** ---------Hi Gary, How is every thing going in these days? How about your sister, Ms. Paula? ** I am writing this to know if you are in good shape as it has been really long time since we last communicated. *** Hey, Gary, are you the 129th friends going to meet at Kokomo again this year? ** In fact, I am planning to send more ROK Tiger Division's patch and pins for the warriors to attend. As you know, I used to send them thru Mr. Fred Alvis. A while ago I emailed to Alvis to know how many pieces would be OK to cover those who will participate in this year's gathering. However, I haven't heard from him yet. I am sure he must be very busy. Therefore, I would appreciate it much if you inform me of what I want to know instead of Mr. Fred Alvis. ***Such small tokens like patches and pins are only available from Korea that I can provide you the US comrades as a bona fide gift. **If you be OK, please do not hesitate to inform me along with your mailing address. **Looking forward to seeing your recent stories in our website, ******With kind regards, ****Jae
Gary Woodward
tn USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 12:13:35 (MDT)
Good afternoon all ****Jae called me yesterday from Korea wanting to know how many people going to Kokomo needed ROK Tiger patches ****anybody that is going have a possible count??I will bring the rest to the 129th reunion in St louis with me*****Alvis ****Jae also said he has not heard from you lately !!!!**You usually handle the patches etc***Hope all is well******Snoopy 71-72 ***
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 11:56:56 (MDT)
Well the VHCMA/129th June reunion is getting closer. Will be good to see all our Brothers and Sisters again. Gary(Snoopy) is getting about 40 Tiger patches from Jae to bring to St. Louis. Hope you all have a great day. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 09:42:27 (MDT)
My father, Donald E. Mulligan, might have flown in your outfit about 1967 or 1968-9. If anyone flying remembers, it would be great hearing about about your memories! Any information would be very much appreciated. He spoke of a goat named shamrock, I think. He was wounded while flying his helecopter, and the Sgt. flying with him saved his life as he took over and flew them back to safety. Thank you for your time and efforts on my behalf! And thanks for going there!
J. Mulligan <Tuggersmom1@hotmail.com>
USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 21:33:34 (MDT)
we are gonna sit out on the deck till we finish this bottle of wild turkey rare breed,unless we fall over first.when he first went in we went to minnesota on a houseboat.i had him running a pretty good chum line one day.
paul mcgrath
USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 10:48:30 (MDT)
Paul, Great News. The Ole man should take him out for a nite out with the old man.Maybe get some Steaks, have mom make some good old Potato salad etc light up the charcoal,have the boom box out-playing some oldies,ice chest w/some long necks. Enjoy :-)
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 09:29:39 (MDT)
Great news, Paul and Art.
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, March 14, 2011 at 12:27:12 (MDT)
Jim, I bet that you've had your share of "Honey!" heheehee
Gale
USA - Monday, March 14, 2011 at 12:20:43 (MDT)
At our age there really is a lot of Honey in the Moon,Any Moon,Can not get enough,always looking for some Honey where ever she may be.Congratulations on your marrage.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Monday, March 14, 2011 at 10:36:57 (MDT)
Great news Paul!!!! It pretty much goes without saying, but..... enjoy the next couple weeks!
Kim
USA - Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 19:19:43 (MDT)
HI well had a good honey moon & when we got home I went to get my mail & got two letters from SS ONE sead that they did not pay me what I should have been geting from Glenda SS they were giving me $313.00 a plus my check. I shoude have got $374.00 from the time Glenda died & that mean they got to give me $61.00 for 08 & 09 & 01 & 3 check for 011.I will be at KOKOMO this year & Sandra to. One more thing my partner stay over for the hole week end & he look like heck with the thing he ware & so Sandra she going to take & by all new things to ware & they wont go home with him & Idid that befor & let him take them home & that BOZO dad would wash them & I dont know how he screw them up but he did a good job of it& the car that Glenda sold them well he totaled ti out & he good with a rubber hamer & a steel ball baring & put four conner on it& one thing hope you can read this.
Art
USA - Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 19:03:31 (MDT)
TIE UP THE DOG,LOCK UP YOUR WIFE, BUY STOCK IN A LIQUOR DISTRIBUTOR,the kid is home from iraq for 2 weeks.
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 10:31:19 (MDT)
Dust-off..what great news! I prayed for you knowing you had family and friends in Japan.I also know you want to be them right now but can't be. So, as Gary said..let's pray for the people in Japan. L-G
Gently
USA - Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 18:16:00 (MST)
Good to see all the commo in here. Have I told you I loved you yet today.............always a brother.......
Mark
USA - Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 09:18:56 (MST)
Called my Mother-in-law this morning in Tokyo,she says,she is out of power but still has the phone service.May have to camp out at home for another week.My friend in Okinawa says,that the water was only 2feet high there today.They feel lucky.Friend in HongKong went to higher ground.Have not heard from Taiwan yet.
Jim <Dustoff>
USA - Friday, March 11, 2011 at 21:22:50 (MST)
My thoughts and prayers go out to the people in Japan.
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, March 11, 2011 at 17:53:12 (MST)
morning flight, baron are you say that you have and bring t-shirts to the reunion. if thats the case i'll need x-large i'll leave it at that. the 20th is coming up fast. frenchie will be here on the 19th with his wife. so the rest of you guys if you want too bring your better halfs do so.an in fact i'm going to ask ryan and kristina for sunday. dinner is still on and bbq chicken is for dinner. and if anyone perfers plain let me know, no problem. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Friday, March 11, 2011 at 09:42:35 (MST)
Hi Gently Your not igrant Just busy I plan on bringing the DVDs get A donation for the Christmass Fund.I got another one to make as a movie Take care SIS
Ray <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
USA - Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 07:01:21 (MST)
If you plan on being in St Louis, reunion this year, please e-mail your T-shirt size.
BARON <cobrabaron@cox.net>
MAURICE, la. USA - Wednesday, March 09, 2011 at 18:50:47 (MST)
And bring your wife Art! L-Gently
gently
USA - Wednesday, March 09, 2011 at 18:23:58 (MST)
Hi Gale it was the one I wanted thank you. how much do I need to send you.
Art
USA - Wednesday, March 09, 2011 at 16:54:24 (MST)
HI Ray my address is 4716 youngs mill rd. Hogansville GA. 30230.
Art
USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 20:02:57 (MST)
HI just got home today found a lot about the wife the last 30 years was hell for her got raped by her husbin brother & all he sead to her you wernt hurt was you he treated her like a pile of shit she sead no one has ben as good to me like you do & he get up at night did not care what time it was he go to his sister house & sleep over thar in the same bed with her & that went on for 30 years & I tell you this she is the sweetis LADIE but got to treat her eazy & she was put in a hospital for how she was treated she has ptsd from it & from the first day she does not jump when I tuch her now I can tuch her at night & she will not waik up & I love here so much & I am going to try to make KOKMO thes year so you brother & sister can meet her every one take care Art
Art
USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 19:54:33 (MST)
Yes Ray, I got the CD's. Are they movies or music and do I play them on a computer or the television? Sorry to appear to be ignorant...but ..well, I guess I am:>)). I vote pizza for Kokomo Saturday night. The Christmas fund is getting pretty low, so let's figure out how to raise some more cash:>) Love to all. G
Gently
USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 19:33:50 (MST)
What a supernice gesture by the Australians.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 17:53:41 (MST)
Hay Wink Donzanttie called and said he has to cancell so with that being half my plans I guess I will have to cancell also I should have kept my plans to go south for Feb so its mostly my fault will there still is St Lou
George <rdster1930@yahoo.com>
Somerset, Ma USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 13:40:44 (MST)
Those of you who have Facebook access to the 129th Group page. I just posted the results of my first Acupuncture treatment. If you don't have access drop me an email for the info. dp1st50atsurewest.net. Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 13:28:21 (MST)
Yesterday Prime Minister Gillard announced from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, that Australia is giving the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund a $3-million gift to help fund the new Education Center, to be built across the street from the Vietnam Memorial. L-G
Gently
USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 12:48:56 (MST)
Gently did you get the DVDs Or did you not like them.Are you going to ST.Louis
Ray <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 11:07:42 (MST)
morning flight, gale, you and ken and a few others have started this tridition at kokomo,not to say that the rest of us have no say so on what goes on there but you guys have been there the longest and know what goes on there and how it all works. so whether we donate a few bucks to go shopping for what is needed an give what we can to the two groups. this we should do, we have grown in the past years. so what ever you oldtimers think is the way to go than that the way to do it. as far as saturday evening dinner we should at least help clean up after dinner. the clean up goes much quicker. know about the 20th at my place,frenchie and his wife , ralph sandiago,george bessett, ken and kim will be in attendance so anybody else thinking or wanting to join us please do so. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 09:22:06 (MST)
What no beans? Come on man, gotta keep the mosquitos away somehow. Besides we dont have CS gas available, either.. ha ha. Looking forward hopefully to making it this year. Tex 70--71.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 09:12:42 (MST)
Gale, just think about how bad the gas shortage would be without beans!!.. Not only that, think about how stuffed up your sinesus(?) would be.. and the exercise you get from moving out.... L8r....
Kal - 68
USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 09:03:03 (MST)
ATTA BOY KAL M:-)
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 08:52:12 (MST)
Flight, I think that our (129th) first concern is to provide a "home spot" atmosphere at Kokomo for the 129th, 394th, 498th or anyone that was at Lane Field to find us and spread the word that their family is there. Any thing else is just residual activities. I know that Ron Paye has personal attchment at the other site and thats fine. In the past years,I've brought food dishes and made a few donations to them. I appreciate their hospitality and I've told them that and also invited them to stop by our site anytime for a drink or a bite...and they do. So, whatever anyone feels like doing is fine. We don't "need" big meals, but, I feel that we are capable of providing enough food and entertainment to keep the newbies interested and to come back. We need to have something "cookin'" over the fire on Thurs, Friday & Sat when people are showing up. Some people would rather eat at the food vendors and that's fine, but, we've never had much to offer. We can have brauts & burgers, veggie soup, steaks, etc. The only thing we can't have is beans....BECAUSE KAL & BEANS DON'T MIX WITH AN OPEN FIRE!!!!! Let's have your opinions!?
Gale
USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 08:14:23 (MST)
Well looks like we may have a Mini at Wink's the 20th already! I guess it is also a good idea to start kicking ideas around about Kokomo as it has been changing over the past few years. We used to get there on Thursday, last year it was Monday for the hard core guys. With that we spent a much better time just getting things ready for the weekend. So we were the ones that did eat with the ADA Guys a lot. Again this year it looks like Monday is the kick off date & I keep adding days because I try to be the first one there so I can mark things to try and make it all fit. We also reached the two generator point last year with Wes's running a bunch too. Still also expecting a couple more tents with several more people staying in Motels this year. As in Politics we all have different ideas, mine remains that people show up, even if they are broke when they get there. The rest of us just need to pick up the extras.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 08:12:09 (MST)
Hay Wink Clyde & should be in Fla bye Tuesday so far we are thinking we'll go straight to Donzantie's for a few days than head up your place by Sat he said he might join us I will call ya Sat or Sun before we leave here
George B <rdster1930@yahoo.com>
Somerset , Ma USA - Monday, March 07, 2011 at 14:23:09 (MST)
Bunkie!!!! Betrayer of all that was good...that darn Dennis!! You'll always be my bunkie Buddy:>))) I hope that scooter is fast......let's create some dust at Kokomo. L-G
Gently
USA - Monday, March 07, 2011 at 11:23:28 (MST)
I'm talking with the Master Baster of the Engineers and will keep you posted, but if donations are made anywhere, we should think about the engineers...plates, dinnerware, napkins,$$. I have purchased the turkey in the past but I don't believe we've helped them in any way other than by taking food to the site:there are many other expenses behind that meal, plus, we don't stick around to help them clean up. Nice that you want to help the breakfast people across from our site...but that Saturday night meal is a big one so our donations should go that way also...as should our help. If it is decided that we stay at our site for all meals, then we owe some kind of "thank you" to the Engineers. Something funny and awful of course:>)) but something to say that both of our doors remain open to each other....and maybe a new traditon stated with them:>)) Something we can do while they're sleeping:>). Are those blow-up dolls expensive? A camp site, or top of their tent, full of those could be pretty funny:>))Get the idea? So let's continue the discussion and sharing of ideas...but don't forget our engineers. L-G
Gently
USA - Monday, March 07, 2011 at 11:21:19 (MST)
Wink,That is a great Idea.When I first started going to kokomo there were only 2 or 3 Dustoff members.As the yrs go by,we now have about 7 dustoff Guys.And possibly more to come.We enjoy our association with the 129th AHC,as they have accepted us into the fold.
Jim <Dustoff>
Shiloh, IL USA - Monday, March 07, 2011 at 10:19:17 (MST)
Dustoff, have them put a hitch on the back so you can pull me around in a big wagon. See Ya all there, Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Monday, March 07, 2011 at 09:38:49 (MST)
morning flight.gale, i guess it's only right that we do something. you are right in sayingthat we have gotten to big as a group to be putting this on other groups even though they say they don't mind.but it's only right that we help out in some way.and i don't think it would be too much to ask our members to pitch in. since they won't take money than your idea of donating food and other things neede3d. what we could do is take a $20 donation from everyone who attends and go grocery shop and divid what we get with both camps. wink 3/69-10\70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Monday, March 07, 2011 at 08:35:26 (MST)
Well it had to come,VA has scheduled me to get a Scooter w/lift for my jeep,to go with the super Walker with the raceing stripes,and cool wheels.I will be steping high at the VHCMA in June.Dennis and I will be bunk buddys for 2 days,sorry Gently.See you in Kokomo.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Sunday, March 06, 2011 at 21:10:17 (MST)
Judith did you get the DVD's I sent you Let me know OK
Ray <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
USA - Sunday, March 06, 2011 at 12:44:16 (MST)
Kim, does sound kinda familiar............................
Gale
USA - Sunday, March 06, 2011 at 10:35:04 (MST)
"just sitting round drinkin with the rest of the guys, six rounds bought and I bought five... spent the groceries an half the rent, lackin thirteen dollars of havin thirty seven cents"..... I remember it from Roger Miller... fact is, I probably did that once or twice myself :)
Kim
USA - Sunday, March 06, 2011 at 10:29:18 (MST)
Flight, lots of talk about Kokomo! I asked for suggestions for donating items to the guys across the road, but, I suppose it was kind of early to think about. However, I plan on bringing 3 or 4 big cans of coffee to give to them. If all of us could bring or donate some nonperishable items such as coffee filters, dish wash detergents, cake/pancake mixes, napkins, table cloths, canned pop, bottled water, cooking oil, cooking utensils.....anything that you think they can use or keep til they need it. Or, maybe we can figure out how to donate some cash "under the table or anonymously left in a safe place". When I first started going to Kokomo I stayed at the Eng site and was very welcome,but,there was just a few us 129ther's. When we finally got our own site, Mark, Gently, Kal and I was very pleased at having a "129th home" for Kokomo and since then we have about tripled (or more) our attendance. Although I think the "MasterBater" and the Engineers are the greatest guys I'd ever want to meet.....I feel guilty about all of us invading their area to eat and leaving them a mess. The awards ceremony are nice and could still be held there......that's just my opinion, for what it's worth. It's really too bad that we couldn't have gotten a site right next to theirs.....we tried, but, didn't get it done. Let's have some input.......................................
Gale 67-68
USA - Sunday, March 06, 2011 at 10:09:34 (MST)
John really was just hoping to see you at Kokomo as it is turning into our big event. With that note I don't want to change tradition but sure don't want anyone saying we are a bunch of deadbeats. The ADA Guys have feed more of us each year & can't take money so it is right that we do something to help out. Really I just want to be group that no one ever gets tired of. Gently you must admit that we may need to make better bonds with the Eng Guys or plan better to spend more time meeting them. Sorry I just felt bad showing up with so many new faces, eating and than taking off. We still had more food than everyone could eat but is hard to know how much to cook for each meal. Thanks to Ida I lived on Cookies till the day we left. Thanks to Paul Boggs we had a mess tent of sorts w/sink. We always manage to have a Great Time even though the planning parts leave a lot to be desired. I was just happy to wake up and see Kathy making a new pot of coffee. So I am sure we will pull it all off again this year & pray for no rain again.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Sunday, March 06, 2011 at 08:57:27 (MST)
Good to see all the Commo. Been at it with the VA. They haven't sent some of my meds. for two months. Blood pressure higher than normal, etc. Between the Doc and the pharmacey they still don't know what there doing. Well, still working. But, the VHCMA Reunion in St. Louis is getting closer. Hope we can get a great turn out. Hope to see new faces this year. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Sunday, March 06, 2011 at 08:28:00 (MST)
something that is being forgotten,is the medals for the awards ceremony come from the engineers.we are the ones with the fng's showing up.are we looking at stopping that tradition?wes; it goes "dang me dang me they outta take a rope and hang me,high from the highest tree,woman would ya weep for me.
paul mcgrath
USA - Sunday, March 06, 2011 at 08:15:15 (MST)
Dang Me Dang Me, Better take me out and hang me. Ray Stevens, I believe. Ken and I talked about a month ago about chow. What is the opinion on making some kind of substantial donations to the people across the road in the real canvass tents. We could donate staples such as bacon, eggs, flour, cannned vegs and maybe some real carnivore stuff. They seem to enjoy putting on the feast so maybe we can help them this way and maybe share some time on KP. I enjoy cooking but not when it comes down to having to cook all of the time which I have not had to do as of yet. But I can see our potlucks getting kind of thin and I would rather see people hang around instead of dashing off to eat and maybe not coming back until the next day. Mr. Boggs. I have a commo problem. Could you call me at 3604302437 when convienient.
Wrong Way <griff90880@msn.com>
Clatskanie, or USA - Sunday, March 06, 2011 at 05:22:46 (MST)
Sorry Ken, I won't be able to make it to St. Luis, Mo...... but I will be at Kokomo, Ind.
John Sartor
USA - Sunday, March 06, 2011 at 02:01:01 (MST)
I'll talk to the Master Baster of the Engineers and get their feedback on our onslaught every year:>)) We are getting to be a pretty big group to invite to dinner...LOL! Paul, we could just order Pizza's Friday night. L-G
Gently
USA - Saturday, March 05, 2011 at 19:54:02 (MST)
Gently & Paul, I do enjoy eating with those guys but the reason I brought it up was this last year we may have overwhelmed them. I don't know but sure don't want to think that we just show up and make a big mess. They do have more room to eat and get together as we seem to be a little more crowded every year. WOW isn't that Great! Still it does mean that we do need a little bit better planning because I don't want anyone to feel put out or worked too much in pulling this off. Plus I am looking forward to seeing more new faces again this year and if it stays as in the past few years, when someone comes, they come back. Still "Wrong Way & Kathy" remain our longest drivers from OR & hope the guys from the UK make it back. Really hoping that after St Louis we get a better idea of who will be showing up.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Saturday, March 05, 2011 at 15:09:14 (MST)
Greeting and Salutions. To Begin with Fred Alvis Where Are You!!!! Just a note, For those of you with Lower Back Pain(LBP), and on meds for pain relief, I start my Acupuncture Treatments this week. I will post an update as to how and what went on Wednesday.. Also on Wednesday I have my Social Security Disability Evaluation, which is a positive sign since it's only been just over 3 months since I applied. My Caseworker told me my case is moving faster because 1. I was on it before, 2. I'm rated 100% P&T, #. Last but not least, I was able to get all my medical records from the VA for them. Hope everyone has a good weekend. Always a Brother. Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Saturday, March 05, 2011 at 10:24:10 (MST)
Without a doubt we are living through some very changing times here and abroad, MYprayers are with all our brothers who are currently serving in the Armed Forces,The other day, Secretary Gates said that any president in the future who would get us involved in a conflict in Asia or the middle East should have his head examined. Not trying to be political , just repeating what he said. The effects of these 2 Wars will affect those coming home for many years to come as we all know. God BE WITH ALL, of the sons and daughters of our 129th. brothers and all the rest of our soldiers. Tex 70-71...
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, March 05, 2011 at 09:49:55 (MST)
Hi flight just a little hello, Race season in full now still with Dale Jr. All is well VA rated me at 110% paying 90% due that I am still able to work,said if I didnot work they would grant me 100% in pay. I had knee replaced in Dec it went well did not let the VA due it. Well it time to get ready to go to the track. Rick
Rick Stevenson <truckccopter@aol.com>
Southdide, Al USA - Saturday, March 05, 2011 at 06:19:06 (MST)
Just checking in & catching up with posts from others ******Feels a bit like the changing of the guards for our family ****After multiple “visits” to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, etc with Delta Force between 2001 and 2010 my nephew made his last “special” visit and will retire a Sgt Major this year ***Now my youngest brother that led me to this site in 2007 leaves for Iraq with the 20th special forces within the next 48 hrs. ***His birthday is the 8th *****with the unpredictable condition of that entire region of the world there is no telling what is next. ***** I will keep my thoughts open for all the men now serving with all branches around the world and know that members of this brotherhood will also. ***Makes me wonder if anyone has taken a survey of our group to see how many family members are “in country” today. ***Seems the hope that because we served others would not have to experience reality of war was never meant to be. ****To all before and all that will be, I salute you ***********Snoopy **71-72 1st flt ******
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Saturday, March 05, 2011 at 05:19:27 (MST)
i agree with gently
paul mcgrath
USA - Friday, March 04, 2011 at 19:23:15 (MST)
We need more cooks, and helpers, especially to help on Friday and Saturday when most of us are there(at Kokomo). Also, I don't feel it would be right to ask the Engineers to eat at our area....they have a tradition and they invited us into their tradition. Let's start sluggin' it out now:>) L-G
gently
USA - Friday, March 04, 2011 at 18:17:53 (MST)
Hi me and Gail plan to be at ST.Louis And kokomoa
Ray
USA - Friday, March 04, 2011 at 12:07:24 (MST)
Ray, all of them seemed fine to me. Didn't have any problems with any of it. thanks again.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Friday, March 04, 2011 at 06:57:50 (MST)
I still bring that one to get what we can for them ,to add money to Christmass Fund Again I didn't want to hurt anyone, Ray
Ray <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
USA - Thursday, March 03, 2011 at 12:14:59 (MST)
Hello to all. I will bring the DVDs to ST.louis But will Have another movie made Did any one elese not like it ,, Judith did you watch it I get Gail to make another movie with Flight Angel and A diffrent Vidio. I don't want to hurt anyone.Take care OK. Ray.Rick did you watch it. And Rob What you think
Raymond Gagner <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
USA - Thursday, March 03, 2011 at 12:10:31 (MST)
Made it back to Florida and Paul I am hoping that we have a better idea by this June or July of who all may be coming to Kokomo this year. I know several more are planning on coming for the first time, than need to see how many of the regs are coming. Yes we do need a better plan on the meals and maybe for Ron to figure out if we want the others guys coming down to our home this year for Saturday Night Dinner. I just saw that my check cleared for kokomo so we are on track there, right now I am more worried about getting ready for St Louis in June. Planning on sharing a room with Kal but still making plans.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, March 03, 2011 at 10:52:13 (MST)
Barry I understand about the other one I an going to try another one do instead I let you know Gail has to make the DVD
Raymond Gagner <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
USA - Thursday, March 03, 2011 at 09:00:10 (MST)
morning flight, ray got the dvd's the other day. i liked the flight angel but not to keen on the other. but good job never the less. hey dennis gald to read that you are going to the reunion. i was thinking of flying this time but the air fares are outragous so again i'll be driving. see you in june. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Thursday, March 03, 2011 at 07:32:00 (MST)
oatmeal and rum raisin cookies. had a brain fart
paul mcgrath
USA - Wednesday, March 02, 2011 at 15:11:28 (MST)
Art;send me your address and i will get the wife to send you some special oatmeal and rum raisin as a wedding present.
paul mcgrath
USA - Wednesday, March 02, 2011 at 15:10:12 (MST)
whats up in the kitchen at kokomo this year.need some input?
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Wednesday, March 02, 2011 at 11:35:19 (MST)
Best wishes to you and your bride,Art.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, March 02, 2011 at 10:11:30 (MST)
Hi to all i hope The ones I sent out the D.V.D's to got them you can view on the TV. I bring more to ST. Louis. Take care OH Judith let me know when you get yours.Hope you liked them
Raymond Gagner <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
USA - Wednesday, March 02, 2011 at 08:11:39 (MST)
Ray, I got the dvd and cd today. Both were great. Thanks Brother. congratulations Art.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, March 01, 2011 at 16:10:13 (MST)
Just recieved my Package from VHCMA in the mail. That puts me 1 step closer to the Reunion this year. Flight booked, Room reserved, Membership paid, just need June to get here. Here's hoping everyone has a Great Day. Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Tuesday, March 01, 2011 at 09:38:11 (MST)
Finally.....a sunny day and temp up to 50. Maybe I can get some limbs picked up. It's been soooo cold here this year....hell, the other day I saw a hitchhiker out on the highway holding up a picture of his thumb!!!!!
Gale
USA - Tuesday, March 01, 2011 at 08:17:35 (MST)
Art!!! What??? For real? You've not mentioned Sandra before....wish you the best.L-G
Gently
USA - Monday, February 28, 2011 at 19:23:51 (MST)
Good going Art. My wife and I have been married for 34 yrs. We've had our ups & downs but we stuck it out. I hope you and Sandra do the same.
John Sartor
USA - Monday, February 28, 2011 at 12:39:07 (MST)
Congradulations Art!!!... It sounds like just what you needed.. It is a two way street and sounds like the traffic is flowing nicely. Take care and many happy returns... L8r.. Kal...>>>
Kal '68
USA - Monday, February 28, 2011 at 10:29:30 (MST)
Art, that's good to hear buddy.....we hope Sandy and you will have a really good life together! Gale & Debbie
Gale
USA - Monday, February 28, 2011 at 09:29:22 (MST)
Gale , Great story.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, February 28, 2011 at 09:18:40 (MST)
HI every one got married sunday Sandra she all I could ask for & Sandra thar for me every time I am out of that dont care fealing .
Art
USA - Monday, February 28, 2011 at 08:38:52 (MST)
Shorty, I was in the pool yesterday!! I don't know if I'm up to any mud puddle diving competitions any more :) Went to the Red Sox/Twins opener last night.... beautiful weather, all the smells, sounds, and sights of baseball. Great evening! Ken, We've gone round and round with him, tried everything under the sun.... no big deal
Kim
USA - Monday, February 28, 2011 at 08:23:34 (MST)
Some one cleaned out my msn account and i lost everything in my emails. get back to me Powers, and Vega and Kim and the rest of my frinds, be waiting to hear from you... i am to leave for Viet Nam on the 23 of April and on the 27 am going to china and walk the Wall. Anyone been on the wall before??? anyone??? Do i have to do anything special before i arrive in Viet Nam? If you have been over to Viet Nam in recent years get in touch with me if you want i would like to know more. Anyone remember 'Chin' that was working up at the nco club? Hey Kim lets go swimming? Shorty
Shorty <boling7461@msn.com>
USA - Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 12:46:49 (MST)
Ohhhhh, that's low Kim!!!! heheehee
Gale
USA - Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 12:12:12 (MST)
Kim, start taking him for short trips already so he will be ready to make the trip to Wink's. Saw a Great Nephew last night and trying to get him to come to Kokomo as he leaves in Oct for his third trip to the Middle East. He is in The Indiana National Gaurd which seems to mean that is the only place they get to go every few years. Anyway he was showing me his chicken plate, helmet, etc. All cool stuff but has anyone seen the Ruck Sack they have now? It is like twice the size of the ones from the 70s. It was nice talking to him as he was saying he was way more messed up after his first tour in Iraq. So now he is ready to join the Afgan War for the first time. So hoping Paul's Stepson is there and along with my stepson they all can hang out after us old folks pass out by midnight.
Ken Strong Jr.
Lafayette, IN USA - Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 10:56:16 (MST)
Art.. WHAT DID YOU DO?!?!?!?..... LOL.... thanks for the consideration for our little one, but.. I dealt with 2 1/2 days of car sick doggie diahrrea last August. Don't need to deal with that again!... Gale, it was sooo cold here last night..... that the AC shut off! Red Sox/ Twins tonight... I might bring along a long sleeve shirt, just in case :)
Kim
USA - Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 09:08:31 (MST)
First off Congrats!! Art. As the Middle East situation goes on so does the cost of Jet Fuel.. I suggest than if you are planning to fly to St Louis for the Reunion, that you book as so as possible, Just in the week I waited to book the airfare went up $30. But,Alas, I have booked Southwest to lock in price and made hotel Reservations. BTW, Dustoff I emailed you the hotel info for your records. Hope all stay warm and Dry, I will enjoy my cold but sunny California Morning. Always a Brother, Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 09:03:30 (MST)
Art must have tried the shine!
Tommie J
USA - Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 08:47:43 (MST)
Art, getting hooked?...............like married???
Gale
USA - Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 21:46:25 (MST)
Has eany one got a bite& strike window sticker I pay for it the one you cant see it. To morrow geting hook & got some moon shine it pretty good.
Art
USA - Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 20:00:22 (MST)
hay wink my golden gets along with most dogs so tell kim to bring his if they are to much of a pain in the ass we can just tie them in different areas usually Clyde just does the usual sniff & smell then he is likely to go off by himself
George Bessette <rdster1930@yahoo.com>
Somerseset Ma 02726, USA - Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 10:49:28 (MST)
morning flight, to answer your question robbie,NO WAY IN HELL! kim sorry to read that you have to leave at 2pm because of the dog. i would say to bring your dog but george is brining his dog with him.but if your guys think the two dog can get along by all means bring him. what say you george.but anyway i'll have hot dogs for lunch. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 09:17:27 (MST)
Gale, please continue your story on Vietman. Did you get to see the 129th AHC company area? I noticed on Google Earth it looked plowed under.
John Sartor
USA - Friday, February 25, 2011 at 21:37:01 (MST)
Ray, what kind of DVD did you send out?
John Sartor
USA - Friday, February 25, 2011 at 21:17:25 (MST)
Thanks Ray--I love the music you put on the CD's:>))) Wes(AKA Wrong Way)...got it! L-G
Gently
USA - Friday, February 25, 2011 at 18:50:25 (MST)
84 here at mid day... I thought about turning on the AC, but got to thinking about how cold and miserable it is up north, and decided to suffer the heat for a while :) Wink, I need to be on the road by 2pm. Got a dog in the house, almost as much of a tie down as a young kid!!!
Kim
USA - Friday, February 25, 2011 at 15:55:15 (MST)
Thank you all for your kind words and prayers.
Jeff Sauers
USA - Friday, February 25, 2011 at 15:03:44 (MST)
Had a foot of snow in the drive when I got home at 1:30 today. Wind blowing like crazy again. Wink don't you miss this weather?
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Friday, February 25, 2011 at 13:00:14 (MST)
Wink, it's been soooo cold up here, I quit eating my Frosties for breakfast!!!!
Gale
USA - Friday, February 25, 2011 at 08:31:39 (MST)
Gael,Woke up to white Friday again,I thing we did piss off the snow gods.
Jim <Dustoff>
Shiloh, IL USA - Friday, February 25, 2011 at 08:06:02 (MST)
OK snow on the ground this morning, ready to go back to Florida. Wink it sounds good to me and looking forward to seeing you.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Friday, February 25, 2011 at 08:03:59 (MST)
morning flight, hey gale did you guys up north piss off the snow god or something.the wheather is great here no cold , no snow. no ice etc. heeeeeeeeee........ ray waiting for dvd. looking forward to veiwing it.>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ok, the 20th is coming up and it be here before we know it. anyone else thinking of coming, don't thgink twice about it just come on down... frenchie haven't heard from you for awhile. are you still coming down? guys for dinner i'm thinking of bbq chichen. ok with everyone? wink 3/69-10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Friday, February 25, 2011 at 07:53:05 (MST)
More snow........................................
Gale
USA - Friday, February 25, 2011 at 06:36:09 (MST)
Hello to all To day I sent out DVD's to some people let me know ..Judith Robbie Barry... for got who eles I bring some to ST Louise Oh sent one to Rick England let me know when you get they can be watch as a dvd on the TV hope you like.
Raymond Gagner <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
USA - Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 09:24:18 (MST)
Robbie; I believe "FA" stands for "Field Artillery"
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 09:23:25 (MST)
Back home in Indiana for a few days, heard there was a heat wave but still snow on the ground. Jeff, sorry to hear of your fathers passing. So planning on getting to Wink's about 9:30 on the 20th of March. Anyone one else near by Kissimmee?
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 07:52:49 (MST)
Bill, you're probably right thanks.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 15:13:45 (MST)
Jeff, our prayers are with you in this tough time of your dad's passing. Gale, keep those stories coming... I can picture myself there.
Dave
USA - Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 14:08:51 (MST)
Enjoying the story and remeberances very much so, Gale. Tex 70-71
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 12:03:04 (MST)
Slow hand salute to your father,Kenneth, may he rest in peace, Jeff.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 11:58:04 (MST)
Jeff, you are in our prayers at this time. And Gale................wow!!! just simply Wow!! L-G
Gently
USA - Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 11:07:25 (MST)
Robbie, I think it meant "Field Artillery"
Bill Wolf
USA - Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 09:02:40 (MST)
Slow hand salute to Kenneth Sauers. Jeff, what does the FA in 661st FA BN stand for?
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 08:55:05 (MST)
Slow hand salute goes out to Kenneth Sauers!!! Paul,like I said, I was never there before....but, it looked like really nice beach. I don't know how we missed it back then!?
Gale
USA - Monday, February 21, 2011 at 15:45:50 (MST)
A Slow Hand Salute has been rendered in behalf of Kenneth Sauers. Jeff, sorry to hear of his passing and hope it was peaceful. Take care in this sourfull time and my thought a well wishes are with you.
Kal Bergstrom / 68
USA - Monday, February 21, 2011 at 12:31:14 (MST)
GALE; i am extremely jealous that you got to see the leper colony.i see you agree that it is very beautiful,i never missed a shot at going there. i even took an article 15 for not showing up for guard duty to go there.i would love to lay out on that beach and partake for about a week.
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Monday, February 21, 2011 at 11:40:42 (MST)
Slow salute to Kenneth Sauers. Our prayers are with you, Jeff. Bill & Kat
Bill Wolf
USA - Monday, February 21, 2011 at 11:04:19 (MST)
The Nam 4..... As the van approached Route 1 heading towards Quy Nhon, Ms Hanh alerted me, but, I was aware of where we were this time. As soon as we turned south onto Rt-1 and traveled a few yards, I saw the spot that I was searching for..............it has been embedded in my mind for years,so, I recognized it immediatley. Forty three years ago I was driving a "deuce and a half" to Quy Nhon with a load of indigent personnel and my buddy SP/5 Denault was riding shotgun. As we turned on to Rt-1 and was approaching the Y to turn left, there was a barrage of tracers flying by the truck. They were coming from a sniper in the mountainside directly ahead of us. As we rounded the curve we could see the ARVN gathered, returning fire and yelling at us to stop and vacate the truck. We did stop and got everyone out and into the ditch with no injuries. Well, Denault & I got tired of sitting there after a while, so, we agreed that the next time the ARVNs returned fire, that he would do the same and I would hop into the truck and move it down the road to a safer spot. The plan worked and we called for everyone to keep low and move on down the ditch to reload. Everything worked out and we took an alternate route back to Lane. So, here I am 43 years later, the roads are paved, they are wider, there's homes and a lot of activity at that Y. I asked the van driver to pull over and let me out. As I was getting out of the van, Debbie asked me where I was going and I said...I'll be right back. I walked out in front of the van about 20 yards and took a picture of that same mountain side...............that photo is marked with an X. As we proceeded south on Rt-1, I told them that I was gonna need to find a restroom. I only saw one person relieving himself along the road and that was a very young boy, so, I decided against that. We told them to take us to the best Vietnamese restaurant in town because it was lunch time. Hai eventually stopped the van in front of a restaurant, let Todd, Debbie and me out and said they would be waiting for us in the van when we were finished. They were somewhat shocked and reluctant when we told them that we expected them to eat with us. We insisted and let them know that we were paying...........heck, it only costs a few American dollars to feed all of us. It was a pretty nice place (I don't remember the name) and we had a big spread of everything from squid to spring rolls. We had an appetizer of rice cracker (I'm sure you all recall those rice crackers) and Nouc Mam dipping sauce, then, washed it all down with some brewskies. By the way, instead of "33" beer they now have "333" beer.............I guess they removed the formaldehyde from it. We left there a went to the beach where Todd took pictures of me standing at the exact same place as the photo of me in fatigues in 1968. That just about blew my mind to be able to do that. We loaded back in the van and I asked them if they could take us to the Leper Colony and off we went. Now, I had heard of the Leper Colony, but, was never there. I didn't know what the attraction was until we got there and saw how beautiful it was and there's a really nice beach there. I guess some troops used to go to the beach and the nurses would fix big meals and invite them to eat with them. I don't know why I (we) never went there back then. Well, it's now late afternoon as we are leaving the Colony and winding back down the narrow road to Quy Nhon, so, I asked the guides if they knew where the 67th Evac used to be. Mr Nam said yes.............................and that's where we'll go next. to be continued.....
Gale 67-68
USA - Monday, February 21, 2011 at 10:52:32 (MST)
Slow hand salute to my Father, Kenneth Sauers, WWII combat veteran in France and Germany. 661st FA BN. Passed away early today at age 85.
Jeff Sauers
Lake Norman, NC USA - Monday, February 21, 2011 at 08:39:09 (MST)
Works for me Wink.. I will try and be there by 9:30. Too bad the "snowmen" (and women) can't get out of winter for a few days. This 80+ weather is just what anybody needs to get thinking spring! FGCU played yesterday, lost to eastern Michigan. gottaluvit!!!!
Kim
USA - Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 19:41:03 (MST)
morning flight, kim, ken just bring yourselves. ken i have a dvd player whether it will play the dvd you have your guess is as good as mine.you guys give a call and i'll give you directions 863=370-0633. ken i'm not sure how or what route you took the last time you were here but call me an i can give you better directions that will put you at my gate. i have not heard from frenchie, what say you frenchie, are you going to be here or be square. oh time, well thats up too you guys,any time. . wink 3/69-10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 10:21:46 (MST)
Dave, your email isn't working. Email me at: gentlyjs@yahoo.com L-G
gently
USA - Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 09:02:50 (MST)
Good Morning to All. Since the powers that be have determined that I will be able to attend the Reunion in St Louis, I have a few throw out questions. 1. Who Else from California is planning on going? 2. Anybody interested in sharing a room for Friday and Saturday night? Answers to these questions can bee posted here or sent to my email addy just change the word at to the sign. Always a brother Dennis 72-73
Dennis Fuerstenau <dp1st50at surewest.net>
Roseville, CA USA - Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:38:22 (MST)
That's dave-at-buckhorngeo.com.
Dave
USA - Friday, February 18, 2011 at 20:02:43 (MST)
Gently, I also need to talk with you. Please e-mail me: davebuckhorngeo.com. Thanks.
Dave
USA - Friday, February 18, 2011 at 20:01:59 (MST)
"Saw my hrink at the VA this morning and was talking about how I spent so much time trying to forget but now spend even more time trying to remember." That's beautiful Ken! L-G
Gently
USA - Friday, February 18, 2011 at 19:01:39 (MST)
Dennis, I never had a (real) hard landing, but I had L4-L5 herniated disc surgery about 17 years ago. It really helped me, because up until that time I put up with the injury-pain cycle for a previous 17 years before I actually did anything about it. In addition to being a slow learner, I apparently also have a high pain threshold! I'm very careful how I do things now, except for packing out the occasional elk carcass. I was on Darvocet and Motrin for many years, but don't do anything now except aspirin. Glad you're getting it taken care of!
Dave
USA - Friday, February 18, 2011 at 12:16:49 (MST)
Dennis I will miss not getting to see you next months at Wink's. At least my mind is working enough to remember you after all these years. Saw my hrink at the VA this morning and was talking about how I spent so much time trying to forget but now spend even more time trying to remember. At least over the past few years I am finding out there were a lot of good times over there, just need to have someone else remind me.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 17:14:12 (MST)
Slow hand salute to Dick Roth. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 15:03:12 (MST)
Dennis, let me know how you make out with your back. I have the same problem and do not want to go the surgical route. Thanks.
Jerry
USA - Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 14:00:16 (MST)
Woke up this morning thinking I made it another day. With my latest visit to VA Hospital, I have been given a better outlook on my back injury. I was assigned to a fabulous doctor in the newly opened PM&R(Pain Management & Rehab)Clinic. Along with being an Associate Professor at UC Davis with a PhD, she is an Acupuncture specialist. Her goal is to have me off of the Hated Oxycodone and reduce my pain level within the first 4 sessions. After that I start intense Back Rehab. The ultimate goal is to heal all 3 herniated disks without surgery. BTW, Kim one of the things I miss since I left FL is Spring training games. Also, Wink, I'm almost jealous, I leave FL and more 129thers move in. However, I still think about how we met and the world of friendship you opened the door to. In closing Mark or Gently please contact me at the email listed I have something I want to discuss with you Thanks. Always a Brother Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau <dp1st50atsurewest.net>
Roseville, CA USA - Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:43:23 (MST)
Forecast for the week is spring training, in the 80's!!!! The Rays spring training facility is less than 10 minutes away..... Cleveland.. that's a suburb of Boston, right??? Kinda comical in a way, I grew up loving the Red Sox, and learned a steady diet of contempt for "massholes", who come to Maine every summer and try and recreate the environment they came to Maine to get away from!!! The big news article for today is that Manny, the new Ray, showed up FIVE DAYS EARLY??!! I hate to tell anybody around here, but... if they're counting on him to carry the team, they're going to be disappointed.
Kim
USA - Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 05:35:00 (MST)
Pretty much of half of all the ML BB teams have spring training here in AZ, with Pheonix being the main area.. There are a couple of them in Tucson but thats a easy trip from here. There are parks all around Pheonix and it's suburbs. We went to only one game last year but will probably do a few more this year. It has been 81 the past couple days but only 79 today, darn!!.. Supose to cool down into the 60s for a few days with a little rain maybe on Saturday.. I will just have to grin and bear it.. Take care and "think St. Louis".. L8r.... Kal/68...>>>
Kal
USA - Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 20:00:11 (MST)
Ah Kim..that's Chandle AZ. Funny man:>)))Who are the Socks? Is that a Cleveland franchise? Ray, got your calls. You sound great! Fun on the DVD's...you go boy! Another friend and brother gone...Alex is so right..the re-unions are so very important. By the way....I'm a thinking I didn't get all the Christmas fund money yet(????) Did you guys send it to the wrong person?? Anf if you need help getting to St Louie, I'm your gal.L-G
Gently
USA - Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 18:31:25 (MST)
Kim, I did a little project over in Bend, OR a few years ago, home of the Bend Rockies... farm team for the Colorado Rockies. Wasn't in town long enough to take in a game, so buzzed over to Coos Bay to go crabbing with my little brother... yum! Took back a bunch of little rock crabs and a few Dungeness.
Dave
USA - Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 15:41:57 (MST)
Slow Hand Salute for Dick Roth. Seems like were losing 129th Brothers at a fast pace. Thats why these reunions are so important. It's nice to see our Brothers that we served with. Some how we need to reach out and find our missing Brothers whom as yet found the 129th site. Check your orders Some of the ets orders have a home of address. With that info you can either find our lost Brother or find a family member who can lead us to them. Over the years I have been lucky and found a few of you. It's takes time to get our Brothers on board. Let's work on getting a record number of the 129th to St. Louis this June. We were a great team in Vietnam and now we can be a great team in getting the word out to other 129th Brothers. My work hours keep me from spending time on the computer. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 08:54:54 (MST)
Good Morning 129th.Just for your info;yesterday it got to a sunny (T-shirt) 85 degrees.I even turned on the A/C on my Pick-up.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx USA - Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 07:53:18 (MST)
A slow hand salute for Dick Roth... I think he was a pilot in the second platon and flew with me a few times. May he rest in peace.
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu (at) email dot com>
USA - Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 16:09:25 (MST)
I would like you all to know that Richard (Dick) Roth passed away Dec 7, 2010. Dick was our only casualty 1n 1968.
Rob Woodside <strblzr13@aol.com>
Ione, CA USA - Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 13:36:40 (MST)
I bring them I think You will like
Raymond Gagner <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
USA - Monday, February 14, 2011 at 10:02:36 (MST)
Grate I bring the D.VDs. I think you will like them
Raymond Gagner <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
USA - Monday, February 14, 2011 at 10:00:46 (MST)
Yipeee,yayokai,Heat wave tomorrow,60 degrees,Got my swiming trunks ready.pain pills loaded up ready to go.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 20:32:46 (MST)
Red Sox unloaded their trailer yesterday, most all the players are in town well ahead of schedule.... spring is coming!!!! I sked about the Brewers spring training... got told they go to northern Manitoba???
Kim
USA - Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 18:04:33 (MST)
Ray,The Hotel has a DVD player.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 16:26:00 (MST)
HELLO TO EVERYONE I MADE UP SO D.V.D'S I BRING TO ST.LOUISE DONY KNOW HOW MANY TO BRING I DONATE PERHAPS MONEY CAN GO TO OUR XMASS FUND THE 129th BUT DON'T KNOW HOW DO DO IT I JUST BRING 25. I CAN MAIL OUT SOME TAKE CARE.PS JUDITH CAN YOU EMAIL ME YOU MAY BE HELP ME OK THANKS JUST NEED SOME ADVICE ON WHAT TO DO I STILL GET MIXED UP I CAN BRING MOREE I KNOW ONCE PEOPLE SEE THEM THEY WILL LIKE THEM BUT HOE CAN THEY SEE THEM AT ST.LOUISE
Raymond Gagner <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
USA - Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 15:54:35 (MST)
Wink, that's a real compliment comin' from you buddy!!
Gale
USA - Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 15:20:42 (MST)
morning flight. gale you are a very, very sick puppy. but that tells me i'm in good company. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 10:07:03 (MST)
Gale...it gave me a mental visual. LOL!!!
Gently
USA - Friday, February 11, 2011 at 17:23:48 (MST)
ha, ha, ha, Gale your a sick man ha ha lol..
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, February 11, 2011 at 15:27:11 (MST)
"stick it out for another year" oh that's funny:>))))
Gently
USA - Friday, February 11, 2011 at 13:48:13 (MST)
Yeh Wink, I was a short timer alright! heehehe. Actually, I was gonna retire from "FLASHING", but, I decided to stick it out for another year! Heehehe I luv it.............
Gale
USA - Friday, February 11, 2011 at 10:14:15 (MST)
Thanks we got a revesion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel ST.Louise Airport. we are comming in on A Monday ..My Vet consler has A brother who lives there we will go sight seeing Gail's going to rent a car, I make some CDs and hope to have some movies. Tomorrow I have a 1 hour lesson on how to make them.I'AM still learing hoe to play Amazing Grace on my Violin.Take care...
Raymond Gagner <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
USA - Friday, February 11, 2011 at 09:57:58 (MST)
morning flight. very funny gale.is that what they call a short timer. ray the registration form will be with the next edition.
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Friday, February 11, 2011 at 08:13:17 (MST)
Ray, the next issue of the VHCMA newsletter should have a reunion registration form in it. A little too early for them to come out yet. Don't worry, you will get one.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Friday, February 11, 2011 at 06:29:14 (MST)
Hey Ray, Go to this web address < http://www.vhcma.org/ > and click on the Reunion link. AS far as I can see is that they do not have a reunion regestration form up yet. just a phone # for the hotel in St Louis. I assume that they we have a registration form up sometime as they have before in other years. Maybe Alex can fill us in on that..........Hey Kim. Good one about changing that beer to fit Gently'd local I chuckled and that one........................
Mark
USA - Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 20:32:45 (MST)
Ya, no more A-rod. I talked to Huey Long for along time..might try that. He's already gotten me an jersey signed by A. Rodgers:>)) Might auction it off for the 129th Christmas fund.....but only to you Packer Backers:>)) L-J
Gently
USA - Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 17:50:54 (MST)
Hi again How do I get form to get to ST.Louise I can't find it. Thanks
Raymond Gagner <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
Street, MD USA - Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 17:46:08 (MST)
Wink, I haven't been flashing for while. The last time I went out flashing was in the park by a retirement home. There were two old ladies sitting on a bench talking when I approached them and flashed them. Well, one ole lady had a stroke, but, the other one couldn't reach me! Hheheehee
Gale
USA - Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 16:38:34 (MST)
Hello to all,,I made some copies of THEY were KILLING ME in Vietnam.BY Country Joe and THE FISH. I take to ST. Louise OR mail yous a copy Also I'AM learing to make movies of some. I will bring or mail to any one who wants a copy. take care
Raymond Gagner <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
Street, MD USA - Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 13:44:50 (MST)
gale was that flasher you by any chance? sounds like something you would do. heeeeeeee.wink 3/69-10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 09:39:29 (MST)
It's soooo damned cold....the local FLASHER was caught "describing" himself to the women on the street!
Gale
USA - Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 08:18:37 (MST)
Colder than a well diggers butt here. Wont beat yours Gale, now that is cold.ha ha. still laughing.. Gary..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 00:51:11 (MST)
Colder than a well diggers butt here. Wont beat yours Gale, now that is cold.ha ha. still laughing.. Gary..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 00:51:03 (MST)
It's so damned cold..............I was uptown and saw a hooker charging $20 just to blow on your hands!
Gale
USA - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 at 21:48:20 (MST)
Pul, so you know about the Maine weather??? they can predict anything, and be right!! 60 degrees during the day, below zero overnight.... rain, thunderstorms, ice, and snow, all in the same day....... Gently, you need to be sitting with someone who will splurge a bit on you.... save the popcorn for the movies :))... I would have at least offered you a Rolling Rock, errr.... Old Milwaukee!!
Kim
USA - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 at 20:59:48 (MST)
Colder than Balls of a Brass Monkey here in Illinois.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 at 20:40:08 (MST)
Colder then a bullfrogs butt on a frozen lilly pad here in Ohio.........
Mark
USA - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 at 17:28:34 (MST)
No Kim, but he wasn't happy with the popcorn:>)) or the price of it...kind of a tight wade. Gale, saw your snowman run by...thought Alvis would pick him up?? Take care everyone..it's cold! L-g
Gently
USA - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 at 15:57:48 (MST)
Ya know kim i recognize weather guessers as being a native maine terminology.lived up thatway myself for a while. gonna be on the bold coast trail in cutler in july.looking forward to new england again after 20 years
paul mcgrath
la salle, il USA - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 at 14:37:56 (MST)
WEather guessers over here are still saying that the daytime temps will be in the sixties today... the climate control says outside temp is 78!!! Just got in from laying out by the pool...... Gently, why was A Rod so upset about the camera shot?????? :))
Kim
USA - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 at 12:43:42 (MST)
Another blast of Artic cold, 3 degrees and -20 chill here worse in Amarillo whjere my son lives 0 and -25 chill factor, foot of snow and 3 ft. drifts, winds of 45 plus at times, unusually cold winter, come on Spring, enough allready..!!!! Tex 70-71. starting to think I writing a diary, ha ha..
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 at 11:33:19 (MST)
Off the subject a bit but the new unmanned XB-47, UNMANNED STEALTH BOMBER, is almost if not exactly a copy of the WWII German stealth fighter-bomber Horton that was kept secret for years that was brought over here over60 years ago. ,,, gonna get extremely cold here again, cant remember a colder winter here in a long time, expecting snow and below 0 chill factors,around 3 real temps tomorrow and thursday. be glad to see spring this year, for sure.. The Phantom ... 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 15:13:31 (MST)
Never know that would be cool to see him and the rest of the team.. Tex
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, February 07, 2011 at 15:11:26 (MST)
Phantom...cool on the quarterback connection to Green Bay:>))) You'll have to come up for a game next season:>)) L-G
Gently
USA - Monday, February 07, 2011 at 10:29:25 (MST)
He only looks like A-rod:>))). Kim...funny guy! L-G
Gently
USA - Monday, February 07, 2011 at 10:26:01 (MST)
Gale, Gently was there... I saw her sitting beside Alex Rodriguez :)
Kim
USA - Monday, February 07, 2011 at 09:04:20 (MST)
Way to go, Packers..Good game on both sides, Steelers and Packers.. Our old Texas Tech Quaterback who holds many Tech and NCAA records, Graham Harrell, is the 3rd.string quaterback on the Packers will get a ring, great super nice young man, well thought of here in Lubbock, he is learning from Aaron Rogers and hopefully will get to start someday.. have a safe trip home, Gently and everyone else have a great and meaningful day... The Phantom 70-71...
Gary Mount
Lubbock, Tx USA - Monday, February 07, 2011 at 07:52:28 (MST)
Congrats to the Packer fans!!! So Gently, what time did your flight get in this morning? I bet that you are really, really tired!!!!!
Gale
USA - Monday, February 07, 2011 at 06:57:27 (MST)
HELLO TO ALL. DO ANY OF YOU KNOW THE CALL SIGN FOR 1ST. LT. EDWIN S. BRAGUE JR. PILOT WITH THE 129TH. AHC KIA 1-7-67 ? I AM HIS 1ST. COUSIN AND ALSO A VIETNAM VETERAN.THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.
FOSTER W. BRAGUE <sereno451@verizon.net>
PLAINS, PA.. USA - Sunday, February 06, 2011 at 21:05:19 (MST)
Yahoo!!!! Still having a blast! The streets are crazy:>) So are we! Late flight tonight..home early in the morning for work:>)):>))) L-G
Gently
USA - Sunday, February 06, 2011 at 20:43:30 (MST)
Ray, I have had neuropthy in both feet for over 10yrs and now have it in both hands.You probably woundered why I stayed in the golf cart at Kokomo all the time.My feet feel like chunks of wood.Go to the VHCMA web site and get the Hotel contact in St.Louis and make a Resv.for june 16-17-18.You can join VHCMA at the hotel,just bring your 2-14 form with you.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Sunday, February 06, 2011 at 16:18:56 (MST)
Gently, I don't believe a word you say!!!!!!heheehee
Gale
USA - Sunday, February 06, 2011 at 14:37:13 (MST)
I'm in Arlington TX-----going to the game....Go Pack!!! L-G
Gently
USA - Sunday, February 06, 2011 at 13:32:58 (MST)
Dust-off, my bunkie buddy......stay off your feet and chillout in bed...it's almost spring:>) It's good you lost the weight or the fall would have been worse. Snowing here again...Kim. I don't want to hear about it:>)) Kal, you still in AZ? Love our ROK brothers! Welcome new guys and wives. Gale, big deal, sticks in the back yard...geez. LOL! Wuss. ALVIS?? L-G
Gently
USA - Sunday, February 06, 2011 at 12:15:37 (MST)
How can I get Form To Go to ST,Louis Thanks Take care. Oh I found out that I have Neuropathy. It sepalit it wrong.But my legs hurt bad when I walk. But I canot seem to find the place to get the form to go to ST. Louise...Take care Ray
Raymond Gagner <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
Street, MD USA - Sunday, February 06, 2011 at 10:27:08 (MST)
morning flight, trevor hope the wed sites help and if you have any question on anything just ask. there is alot of info from this site an the 129th family.as far as the crew members reunion goes tell your dad we'd love to see him there at the reunion. it's a great format. the 129th has one of the larges group that shows up and more very year, and becuase of that we have our own room to gather in. and that means alot.there is on the most part one of us in the room. we do alot of wandering but always end up back at the room.but i will say that it's not the easiest thing to do.the memories rush in and for some it very hard to deal with.but with a number of us there it makes a little easier to handle. so again tell your dad we will be looking forward to seeing him and you too. you can be an asso. with the vhcma. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Sunday, February 06, 2011 at 10:07:43 (MST)
I just finished reading the letter that was posted by Jae-Sung Chung. IN a word... Impressive!!! Thanks for sharing this with us. Trevor, good luck with your search. I feel that so many of us came home to a sense of exclusion. The words, the actions of the civilians and other vets... they all served to isolate so many of us from the "normal" American culture. It doesn't take much of a snub to bring it all back.
Kim
USA - Sunday, February 06, 2011 at 06:33:06 (MST)
Thank you Jae-Sung Chung for sharing that letter with us..Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, February 06, 2011 at 05:47:24 (MST)
I would like to say rest in peace Mario Petitti, you will never be forgotten. There are many of you who replied to my post, Thank you Mark, Wink, Tom, & Kim. Hell Thank you all! I still feel very blessed to have found this site, & everyone who comes with it. When I get back home I will ask about George, did he have a specific call sign as well? Maybe my dad will remember that easier.. I will visit the sites that were listed, and see what will have to happen from there. In a way I wish my Dad would get on a computer and do this also I'm sure he would enjoy it because he always asks about the site, & if I have heard anything an when I talk to him it actually looks like it brightens his day. But for now I'm trying to get him motivated to get up an come to the reunion. I haven't pushed it but I feel it would be a huge accomplishment for everything in general. I hope he's up for it. Anyway Flight sorry for the lengthy post. Goodnight all.
Trevor Runnels <TJRunnels78@hotmail.com>
Sacramento, CA USA - Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 23:25:25 (MST)
You could be correct Gale.......I may have jumped to conlusions there........thanks Gale Alvis????.you out there??????????????............always a brother.............
Mark
USA - Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 21:13:32 (MST)
Thank you all for your kind sentiments about my husband, Mario. It is really appreciated. Anne
Anne Petitti <apetitti51@gmail.com>
Twinsburg, Oh USA - Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 20:39:10 (MST)
I want you the 129th warriors to allow me to introduce a lengthy letter I received from a young man in the States. It is as follow: To our Korean "fathers" My best Friend and I embarked on a journey to SE Asia for the Month of January. When we booked the trip, our airline gave us a one night layover in Seoul. We were very happy to visit another country - but we had no idea of what was ahead of us on our journey. While we were vacationing in the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam, we were fortunate enough to meet a group of ROK Veterans that were doing the same tour as us. We sat at the same location during our lunch, and I was immediately amazed at the giving nature and kind hearts of all of them. We all instantly hit it off (by sharing their spicy sauce and Kimchi which I absolutely love!). The funniest part is that none of the ROK veterans spoke English, and I certainly did not speak Korean. We just smiled and enjoyed our selves. This is also where I met Mr. Jang. We hit it off immediately even though we did not speak each other's languages. ] We happened to find another Korean tourist that translated between us - and through her we organized a meeting time and place in Seoul. Mr Jang even telephoned his friend Mr. Jae Sung-chung - who speaks Fluent English - to converse with me and organize the trip. Everyone always says things like "we'll meet up and grab a bite or a beer" but most times people do not follow through. However, in this case, I knew immediately by looking at Mr. Jang that he was serious and I gave him my word that we would meet up with him and his friend Mr. Chung. The rest of our trip, Ken and I kept talking about how excited we were to go to Seoul. Upon our arrival we met Mr Jang and Mr Chung and their hospitality was beyond anything I could imagine. We started out at a traditional Korean restaurant in Seoul. We dined on amazing steak that was cooked in front of us - accompanied by Kimchi and many other amazing dishes. This was one of my favorite meals I've ever had. Mr Chung spoke eloquently and taught us about Korean culture and how to respect your elders and the importance of the little things. Even through Mr Jang could not speak English - he didn't need to, because he's the type of person that you can read his emotions through his eyes. He bled warmth and kindness, and we knew how happy he was. After lunch, we traveled to the war museums. This was unbelievable. Not only is the museum a well thought out and carefully crafted, but we had our own personal tour guides who not only explained all of the meanings behind the wars, the tunnels, the weapons, the allies, but told real life stories about the different wars. Having been born in the 80's, I can never understand or fully comprehend the hardships of the wars - but to hear Jang and Chung's stories hit me emotionally and made me very proud of S Korea as a country and to know these individual people. They love their country and it could not be any more evident. It also made me proud to fully understand the importance of US as an ally to ROK. If they just showed us one stop and directed us to a nearby hotel, we would have been grateful - but the length of their kindness was surreal and we felt very lucky. But of course, they had more plans for us. After the museum - we went to dine on another feast. This restaurant was about 40 minutes outside of Seoul, and well worth the drive. Chung mentioned that it is a very famous place, and by the taste of the food we could tell. The best part is two more ROK veterans showed up from whom we met on the boat inVietnam, and they are just as hospitable and kind as Jae and Jang. They even brought sweaters for us ! (we were used to SE asia weather, and packed lightly). We had clams to start, and then a stew that cooked meat, mushrooms and other produce. Some of this produce came from Mr. Baik's farm who was dining with us as well. Through Mr. Chung we had great conversations with the group - but again all we needed was a smile and that conveyed simply how happy we were. We were also taught how to properly drink Jinro - and this type of alcohol is very enjoyable. After dinner, we went to a local Karaoke spot, and had a wonderful time singing and drinking a few beers. The night was perfect. We could not have asked for a better day in Seoul. We are truly lucky to have met such wonderful people and our job is to simply convey the feelings and the hospitality of the Korean people as shown by these wonderful people. I can't imagine the difficulties Korea is dealing with right now - but from meeting these people, you would never know there's anything going on. That's a testament to how generally happy and kind these men are. I hope to meet you all again - and to put it simply in the end: THANK YOU. Your friend, Michael.
Jae-sung Chung <jsc418@empal.com>
Seoul, South Korea - Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 18:39:40 (MST)
Mark, that may have been an imposter!? How often does Alvis call you Jackson? I dunno....
Gale
USA - Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 17:26:47 (MST)
Dennis and all others that have submitted address changes. I apoligize for not getting the update done. I am not capable of doing that stuff by myself and the geek I had work on that stuff no longer does it for me. Good news is I have a local guy that is taking a look at the web site now to make the changes and to see if he can help maybe make a few updates in the look of the site also.Please bear with us...........Last time I saw Alvis post was when he said something about me being "very funny" about a post I made which was not ment to be funny but a missed spelled word ( from what I can see) I ask for a explaination from him in here but never saw a reply. If I offended you Fred, or anybody else please except my apoligy. I have never and never will have intentions of offending anyone in here on purpose....................always a brother............
Mark
USA - Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 17:11:46 (MST)
SNOWBIRDS...BAH....stay up north.. it was 85 yesterday, 75 today, and the guessers are saying it will only reach 70 tomorrow!! At this rate, we'll be below freezing by next Saturday :)
Kim
USA - Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 17:09:15 (MST)
REST IN PEACE BROTHER, Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 16:49:10 (MST)
Slow hand salute to Mario Pettiti...
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 16:47:32 (MST)
Trevor, sorry about the misunderstanding, hope the info on the log helps. by the way,Donald Lee, do you remember a guy named George Clark? He was in guns the same time that you were! Guys I am tired of being cold! Last year at this time I met Frenchie in the keys got my legs burned and he saved the day with some croun royal,didnt take the pain away but it helped forget it!!! Cant wait until my wife and I become snow birds!
Tommie J
USA - Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 16:43:50 (MST)
Welcome home Fat Cat! If you check out Ken Strong's page, he has pics of a lot of the guys from 71-72... the pics section of this site has photos from Dave Powers, Don McCort, me... among others. You might see some familiar faces there.
Kim
USA - Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 15:25:43 (MST)
http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/ this is the link to the VA's agent orange site... There are several new medical issues that have been classified as AO related. Simply being in Vietnam qualifies one if they have have any one of the diseases. We sprayed AO from helicopters, sprayed the perimeter, used the barrels for every purpose imaginable.
Kim
USA - Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 15:22:05 (MST)
First on my list, Mark have the Address updates been submitted? Second, It seems that I am living at the VA Clinic, had 2 appts this week and 3 for next week. Turns out cuz of my pacemaker PT can't use Electroshock for my back injury, so now as soon as the CT Scans are done looks like the next stop will be the Nuerosurgeon. New pain meds are helping me get thru the day, but I don't want to stay on them to long cuz some days I go around in a complete fog.. And Lastly this was seen on a Church billboard recently. "Will the people who are praying for SNOW please stop". Always a brother, Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 10:43:47 (MST)
A slow hand salute for Mario Petitti. Rest in peace brother.
Bill Wolf
USA - Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 10:15:02 (MST)
Mark, sorry bout that. No big deal. It was about 6 pictures of Harley vs big Bear out west. Really didn't have pics of the Harley, but the bear was huge. Finally quit snowing for a few days here, but we didn't get the freezing rain like some of you so I don't have limbs etc to clean up.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 09:45:12 (MST)
Finally starting to warm up here , will make it into the 50s today, but gradually get cold again this coming week,got down to-2 here has not been that cold since 89, and had -20 chill, starting to get around better. finally. Sorry dont recall either of the guys, was there during that time however, ben a cold winter so far.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 09:26:43 (MST)
floridas forecast for today.. partly cloudy , temps in the high 70's . just wanted to try to warm up some of you in the north. heeeeeeeee wink
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 09:08:26 (MST)
morning flight. yes ken you got my addy right. got your email. i would of sent back a reply but verizon is too confussing. as soon as my contract runs out i'm going back to aol. less confussing. anyway yes the 20th of march......trevoryou can go to www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorangs and www.vva.org/guides/agentorangeguide.pdf these wed sites will give a lot of info on agent orange. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 09:05:18 (MST)
Gael, I agree,let the summewr heat come early.I too am haveing more snow fall on my little lake.I slipped and fell on my butt,rt.knee,ankle last night.As we get older the pain is greater.No sleep because of the pain,cannot walk.and still have pain while sitting.And a friend wants me to go to breakfast with him.Sorry!!!Everybody please take care out there.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 08:36:44 (MST)
Fred, my back yard is like a war zone........limbs all over, solid ice and another snow storm goin' on right now! What a winter it has been......come on Spring!!!!!!!!
Gale
Clinton, In USA - Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 08:05:38 (MST)
Winter.......It`s been a killer winter here in Jersey,.....Ice storms and snow piled up 30 feet high everywhere.......
Fred Skaggs
Annandale, NJ USA - Saturday, February 05, 2011 at 05:47:51 (MST)
My husband Mario Petitti served at Lane Air Base in 1970. He started in supply and then was promoted to maintenance and weapon repair for the gunners. I am looking for anyone who may remember him. He recently passed away from cholangiocarcinoma or bile duct cancer. It is not yet recognized by the VA as being from Vietnam. However, it is very rare in the United States, yet prevalent in Vietnam. It is caused by a parasite which could be ingested through food or water. It is usually asymptomatic. Many times the parasites are long gone when the cancer is discovered, but they have already damaged the bile ducts and it takes a long period for the cancer to develop. If any vet is having stomach, digestive, or gallbladder issues, please make your doctor aware of this. Many doctors do not look for this and it is very difficult to detect. My husband was diagnosed in February 2010 and he passed away in March. Other risk factors beside the parasite are hepatitis and diabetes type 2. Forgive me for being long-winded, but wanted to let all the vets know. Also, if anyone remembers my husband, I would appreciate hearing from them. Thanks in advance....and thank you for your service to our country!
Anne Petitti <apetitti51@gmail.com>
Twinsburg, Oh USA - Friday, February 04, 2011 at 23:25:57 (MST)
Good Evening FLIGHT. My dad is Donald Lee, aka "call sign" Spiderman. He was in 13 NOV 1968-21 JUNE 1970, He flew with the King Cobra gunships with the 129th. He is still alive(no worries Tom) it was my interpretation that probably got mixed up. I was curious about the barrels because he and I are trying to get proof about the agent orange that was around the compound. I also have pictures from his time there and would love to share them with all of you to but not sure really how I would go about doing it. Anyways I wish you ALL well. Hope to hear from you soon. Goodnight Flight
Trevor Runnels <TJRunnels78@hotmail.com>
Sacramento , CA USA - Friday, February 04, 2011 at 22:13:23 (MST)
Anyone remember me from the 129th AHC..71 to 5/72? Looking for any pics from that erra. I had an 8mm movie camera and took about 100rolls of film. It all got confiscated when they sent me to LBJ in April or May of '71 for failing a 'piss test'..that was the last time I failed one of those. Anyway I worked the Flt Line was a prop and rotor guy hung out with a couple guys who were door gunners..one went by the name of "Monday"..real name may have been Chris Segraves..another guy was Gene Katyryniuk who was from Calif..and Bill Snell..yong good looking kid about 6-3. Bill got some exotic disease and was evaced to Japan.
Clyde "Fat Cat" Turner <mofonole@gmail.com>
St. Petersburg, FL USA - Friday, February 04, 2011 at 20:20:35 (MST)
Hey Robbie, That email withy an attachment you sent last week. I could not open it. What was it about????.....................
Mark
USA - Friday, February 04, 2011 at 18:25:22 (MST)
morning flight, ok the 20th is it. kim, frenchie you'll need directions. give me call on cell # 863-370-0633. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Friday, February 04, 2011 at 07:59:35 (MST)
What the hell time is it? I'm Nocturnal these days. Sleep???? Ha...
Bill French
USA - Friday, February 04, 2011 at 01:37:08 (MST)
Sounds good to me will be down for bike week.4th - 13th I guess I could find something to do for a week... TJ smoking is hanging in there good. It's all in the mind. Lot's of Love Bill
Bill French
USA - Friday, February 04, 2011 at 01:35:16 (MST)
Anyone heard from Alvis? Haven't heard a word since Kokomo. What's up with that? L-G
Gently
USA - Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 17:16:21 (MST)
:>)))
Gently
USA - Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 13:24:52 (MST)
Morning Flight,Many of the 55 gal Barrels were used for water catchment and to make Showers for the troops.Some of them were used around the wash rack for Hueys and trucks.Some were used for the revetments bunkers for protection.I had 3ea in front of the entrance to my Hooch with just enough space to see thru to fire my M-16,or M-1 when charlie trys to break thru the Wire during an attack on the base.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 10:02:39 (MST)
Wink, 969 miles.....uh................no! Sorry, a little too far for a mini.
Gale
USA - Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 09:37:39 (MST)
morning flight. the 20th sounds good to me . gale, frenchie you two in for the 20th.. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 08:45:09 (MST)
Wink / Kim, March 20th will work for me. Tommie, I wasn't sure but brought up the same question as one other guy said that he remembered A.O. barrels being used. Guess it would stand to reason that they wouldn't have just thrown them away.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 07:09:06 (MST)
Gently, how many big burly guys do you have taking care of you?????? Geeeeezzzzz
Gale
USA - Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 06:44:15 (MST)
Plenty of snow and a blizzard in Milwaukee. Plenty of snow..closed the city down. Took alot to get it all shoveled but some burly male neighbors helped:>) Ya gotta love your neighbors. Love-Gently
Gently
USA - Wednesday, February 02, 2011 at 18:32:33 (MST)
Question time, anyone know anything about the 55 gal drums around the hooches? I was asked this not long ago, and I dont remember seeing anything on them. Really dont rememberlooking at them except when I first got to lane. surely uncle didnt use the same drums that AO came in did they? Hell I dont remember where we filled up at when spraing any help out there??? Trevor Rennels would like any info he could get, his dad was a gunner with the 129th, he is gone now and the boy would like any info he could get!
Tommie
USA - Wednesday, February 02, 2011 at 18:06:25 (MST)
So, if I pencil in Sunday, march 20th?
Kim
USA - Wednesday, February 02, 2011 at 17:41:30 (MST)
Looks real nice Mark. I would've built mine bigger iffen' I'd known it would be so popular. My buddies (The Coffee/Beer Club)and I meet out there every Wednesday (sometimes we on a guys front porch or take a road trip for breakfast. We cook some good meals and make a day of it...we're kinda the talk of the town as we all grew up together and now we're all retired. People go by and honk when we're standing around the fire or playing Bocce Ball. They want me to put a pot belly stove in there for the winters, but, I'll have to clean it out since it's full of collectibles. You would know iffen' you had made the "Mini 129th" a few years ago....heeheehee!
Gale
USA - Wednesday, February 02, 2011 at 13:33:24 (MST)
WEll Gale, we got both ice and snow. Yuppers, enclosed that big shelter house in the woods. Works out good for a nice lil' shop to dink around in. got the Harley in it. Stero, tool box. You know. man cave stuff..........well insulated so just need one of them Edenpur heaters in it to take the chill off on days like this. But a 8 foot garage door out the back to open it up in the summer. Will be nice to have when we have another LZ Markey Mark............
Mark
USA - Wednesday, February 02, 2011 at 13:19:34 (MST)
Mark, looks like we got the ice and you got the snow! What did you do enclose that shelter? Looks great....nice place for a party.
Gale
USA - Wednesday, February 02, 2011 at 13:09:53 (MST)
Mark, 2nd page under "ice ice baby"
Gale
USA - Wednesday, February 02, 2011 at 13:02:33 (MST)
Hey Gale, I thought you put photos ou on the yahoo also. I didnt see any there.........
Mark
USA - Wednesday, February 02, 2011 at 12:18:51 (MST)
More snow in Ohio. Will post some photos in Yahoo site.............we is stuck...........
Mark
USA - Wednesday, February 02, 2011 at 12:09:15 (MST)
or the weekend of the26th. wink
wink
USA - Wednesday, February 02, 2011 at 08:06:37 (MST)
morning flight, spoke to george bassett last night. he's coming down for a visit this month but if we can come up with a date in march he'll hold off his trip until march .ok here's a date in march, the weekend of the 19th. what do you guys think. gale would you drive or fly. if you fly i can pick you up at airport. so let me know.. also i have a large pond in back good for fishing. catfish, bluegills and bass. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Wednesday, February 02, 2011 at 08:04:46 (MST)
Tommie, yeh man...I remember the outhouse, but, I only used it for one purpose!! Hehehee
Gale
USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 at 21:12:38 (MST)
Well, snows done with the ozarks,I think we got maybe 5-7in dont know for sure cause it hard to tell from the house! To damb cold outside. Now the wind is picken up, next 2 days really cold. wood stove working overtime,I heat my house all winter for about one days labor a week-cheep. Thinking about going to ST louis, its only about 4 hours away but june is a long ways off-hell I might not even like you guys by then! Frenchie,hows the smoking going? I can make about 3-4 days, then I fall apart-Im not giveing up yet! You guys who were in nam in 68 must have not used the 10 man out house in the rain season, sometimes it was standing room only!!
Tommie
USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 at 19:01:56 (MST)
Still snowing them lil' ice balls round here. Gale what's ahppening over your way? Schools closed for tomorrow round here already. Emergency level 1 for the roads. Stay warm and if you have to go out please be careful in this mess. I love being stuck in the "Woodpile"................
Mark
USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 at 18:01:03 (MST)
Good to see all the commo. Hope everyone in the northern states are staying warm. Started out in the 60's and will be in the 20's tonight. We have had snow at least once a week for the last 3 weeks. Don't know what happened to the warm southerm weather? The 129th was in pleiku in 1966 I think from March to end of May or first of June. Then, went to Dakto. Don't about pot at Lane. Like Gale I didn't see any. During Tet the enemy had over run the airfield in Qui Nhon. All flyable aircraft headed into Qui Nhon to take care bussiness. But, during new years some ladies of the evening got standed on Lane. No vehicles could leave Lane. The next day they were flown on a slick back to Qui Nhon. Hope to see everyone in St. Louis in June. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 at 15:48:18 (MST)
Anybody recall, or have a huey manual that has the part# for the tail rotor controll chain. I got 2 huey manuals here but no part#. Looking at a controll chain on Ebay but the photo is not good enough to see if it is the style you guys had or the new bicycle chain style they use now. .....................
Mark
USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 at 12:25:59 (MST)
Tommy Joe, thanks for the update on Frank. Tell him I say hey............Joe and Kristie, good to see your post. Stay warm............Gale, had more of lil' ice balls dropin' here last night then snow. It was runnin' off the ole' shacks roof like sand in a hour glass. Wind is kickin' up now and suppose to be more on the way. Schools closed for the day. Don't make no diff here if the power goes out. We got a generator. 15 seconds after 80% loss of power, VAROOOOOOMMMMM, and she fires up. Had a call for it twice since we been in the Woodpile. Both during summer rains though. Hey Kal, bet them folks out there wonder why you still wear shorts and a t/shirt when it's only 70 out there huh???;-))))By the way Kal, we will be in Pheonix in March for a wedding. Just wondering if you might want to get together out there. Maybe Don Miller can make the trip up and Susan Edison lives out there also. Or anybody out that way. We will be busy with family most of the time but probably will be one day we can get together for lunch or something. 129th mini in AZ in march maybe. I'll stay in touch about that. K?.........you guys getting together in Florida, have a great time. Cool idea.........Gary, you are right on about those passages brother.....................always a brother.................
Mark
USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 at 12:09:46 (MST)
Gee Gale, it looks like you got some work cut out for you. It has been in the 70s here for the past couple weeks but we have a cool off coming with a couple nights of freeze warnings. Only going to get into the 50s for most of the week and warm up come the weekend. Nice thing about here vs Flordia is that there aren't no hurrycains, bugs, and NO GRASS..And the mountains are nice to look at... It would seem that those trees could handle a little ice as when they have their leaves on in the summer they have to put up with some pretty good winds. Must gett brittle in the cold... Take care, keep warm.. C U L8r... Kal...>>>
Kal...68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Mesa, AZ USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 at 11:19:19 (MST)
Wink, gee thanks, you are a big help!!!! HHheheee
Gale
USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 at 10:20:06 (MST)
morning flight, yes it sure sounds like a mini reunion is in the makings. kim any date would work for me, so thats a start. it would be up to you guys to come up with a date.gale and frenchie come on down. gald to have you and anyone else. all is welcomed. so you guys start talking. kim don't feel bad about moving to fl because of the winters, thats why i'm here. couldn't take the winters up north any longer.not to make you guys up north fell bad but temps where74 yesterday and today inthe high 70's. don't know if i can handle that. heeeeeeeeeeeee. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 at 09:12:09 (MST)
Flight, I just posted 8 photos of last nights ice storm "if" anyone's interested. It's under "ice ice baby." http://groups.yahoo.com/group/129thahc/
Gale
USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 at 08:38:45 (MST)
Well, we made it thru the night and didn't lose power. Sounded like a war zone most of the night with limbs cracking & falling. I took some pics of my back yard...what a mess,but, that's how I get my exercise. They say the winds are picking up this afternoon & tomorrow with 30 mph gusts, plus, 3-7" of snow.....that will mean more limbs down. C'MON SPRING!!!! Tommie, I live about 75 mi west of Indy & 20 mi north of Terre Haute at Clinton, Indiana.
Gale 67-68
USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 at 07:57:53 (MST)
Good morning, extremely cold here with blowing snow,winds at times gusting to 40 plus, minus 20 chill factor, worse in Amarillo, no power loss, the temp will stay below 20 for the next couple of days, hope that will kill all the evil fire ants, ticks and fleas, never used to see fire ants here, they have learned to adapt, hope it stays cold enough to kill the lil creeps, they are vicious.. Stickman, thought about you walking around the house with these crutchs that came from my friends daughter, Debby who passed away from Lou Gehrigs in August 16th., my son used them when his hip went out also used Debs wheelchair also, she got a special one , still have it, also, so far the crutchs are all I have needed, was doing better happened to go to the side door yesterday,next to my neighbors house,thyeres a gate there, the 2 dogs where trying desperately to get out, Ive given them food and water before, but have not been able too lately. Lifted a pail of water over to them and screwed up my back again, Margaret was poed at me,which I understand, but I was not going to let those dogs go without water, period, ha ha. ha ha.Gale you and all the rst of you yankees take care of yourselves, you hear. Mark, yes it helps, check out Corinthians chapter 2 Verses 4-16, well really all of it, really pretty deep stuff my friends. God Bless all of you and please be careful and stay warm, Clear right, The Phantom may 70- march 71..
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 at 07:50:07 (MST)
Morning flight. Hope all is well and that we can make it thrugh this storm, be safe and take care this looks like a nasty one hang in there every one clear on the right.
Joe&Kristy <joeandkristy@citlink.net>
USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 at 07:22:05 (MST)
Wink, would like to com on down and see ya. Let me know when I’ll try to be there.
Bill French
USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 at 00:58:24 (MST)
Gale where do you live? Mark,Frank is doing great, learing some wood work. are you going with us next january?
Tommie J
USA - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 21:38:53 (MST)
I hope my "gas station" out back survives the night. Lots of big limbs over it...DANG! At least my house is pretty safe and I have both cars in the garage...of course, the old Plymouth is out back also....oh well!
Gale
USA - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 20:43:11 (MST)
Most likely will be losing power tonight. There's fire in the trees across from me and limbs are falling all over my back yard....doesn't look good....................
Gale
USA - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 20:31:58 (MST)
Hey Donald Miller out in AZ! What is the address for you Memory Page you have for the 129th KIA's????...................
Mark
USA - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 19:50:03 (MST)
Wink and Ken.... I think I'm about 2 1/2 hours from Kissimmee. I'm in school till late march, then get a month off. I just started coaching a softball team, which will be practicing in the evenings.... I'm thinking that a Sunday or Monday duriing the day will work best for me.. Funny, that foolish dog has to be taken for his "constitutional" between 3 and 4 every day, in order to fit in both Karen's and my schedule!!! (worse than having a kid in the house) :)... Gale, and everyone else playing in the snow and ice, stay safe!!! I'm being self centered about this, but..... things like that are why I'm down here!!!!
Kim
USA - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 19:38:57 (MST)
Shorty, So are you going back this year and in 2012?? , and are you writing a book?? I'm glad things are working out better for you since the stroke. Keep up the good work. Stickman, glad to see ya in here and J.W.thanks for the update of the visit with Stickman and glad to see your post here also......Wink, Ken, Kim and possibly Gale. Sounds like a mini 129th gathering gonna happen in Florida. Good deal. Have a great time guys. Gale, that icein' is a startin' round these parts right now. Are you headed for Florida Gale??..........Gary M..Reading the Bible and prayin' is a good thing you are doing there. Keep it up...............Tommy Joe, I love your stories. Have you heard from Frank lately??......everybody stay safe out there in this crazy weather up north.........looking forward to LZ St. Louis and Kokomo..........always a brother........
Mark
USA - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 18:55:25 (MST)
Dave, dont recall if he was on Tiger Wagon or not, dont recall anyone being shot in the head during that time, Racey Bradford was but that was in April 70, he was on the cobras.. before I got there. I do remember MR. Lance as you know.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 18:42:27 (MST)
Here's a note from Larry Lance (Kenneth's son). Maybe someone here can help him find some information. Thanks! Larry says: I am trying to determine the name of a crew chief or a gunner that was killed while flying with my dad. I know that he had at least two aircrew killed while flying with him. The first one was Bobbie Joe Mounts whom did in a crash during dad’s first tout 67-68 with the 240th AHC. I know his name because I found the crash report and it listed dad as the pilot, and because another gunner on another aircraft related some of the details. The only thing I know about the second gunner is that he was shot in the head and killed instantly. I believe it was during an overflite on a village (villa?) that was a checkpoint for a combat assault. Dad had mentioned that the ARVN’s were responsible for securing the villa and making it safe. The ARVN called in and indicated that they had reached the Villa and it was secure. Therefore the operation started. While over flying the Villa the gunner took a round through the head. Dad only merntioned this story, briefly, when he got mad once when he heard Vietnamese spoken on TV, as he blamed them for that boys death. Come to find out the ARVN’s had not made the location and were in fact miles away, resting. Later in life, when dad suffered from the brain tumor, he would wake up, smell blood, and try to “wipe that kids brains off my neck.” I don’t know if this was second tour or not, but does this sound like anything you remember from the 129th from Jan to Dec? I would like to know these guys names so as to remember them and what dad went through in a proper context. Also dad mentioned that he had spent time working with the ROK’s and had a lot of respect for them. He had also mentioned that he flew a General around a lot. I found a lighter given to dad from a ROK Major General, with the “Tiger Patch” logo on it. Do you know if dad flew the “tiger wagon” or not?
Dave
USA - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 16:09:03 (MST)
Wink, Ken & Kim........I'll be there....iffen' I can just figure away around this ice storm! It ain't lookin' good. Tommy, I didn't need any pot during 68 TET, hell ..I didn't even see any while I was there (wouldn't have smoked it anyhow). I always had a supply of brewskies on hand tho....enlisted or not!
Gale Beard 67-68
USA - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 14:41:34 (MST)
Wink, Ken & Kim........I'll be there....iffen' I can just figure away around this ice storm! It ain't lookin' good. Tommy, I didn't need any pot during 68 TET, hell ..I didn't even see any while I was there (wouldn't have smoked it anyhow). I always had a supply of brewskies on hand tho....enlisted or not!
Gale Beard 67-68
USA - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 14:41:25 (MST)
Stickman checking in, I'm doing ok. Just went to the Dr fri got tired of messing with the va. It will cost me but I reckon I can adjust to that. JW Wilson stopped by for a short visit and you bet we had a fire. I also managed to "sick it" to JW before he left. I hope he takes it for many long walks. I am hoping to be in St Louie, with Roger Cress, God willing. I seem to be like a lot of others, living alone ran everyone off around me, I reckon that's part of the walk, just hope its better someday. Take care all, look forward to meeting more of you guys and gals this year. Take a stick for a walk, Stickman is outta here.
Jim " Stickman" Oliver
Pembroke, Ga USA - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:37:43 (MST)
morning flight. kim i think the email addy has not been changedon the contanct list. i thuink it still show aol.co. it should be verizon.net. but that was my fault, i don't think i let mark know about it.anywsay if you and ken want to get together at my place just give a date an we will do it. i'm always up for that and in fact i'll throw some hamburgers an hot dogs on the grill for dinner. and the invite goes out to all, if you dare to make the trip. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 09:03:54 (MST)
68 was an exciting year,during tet they shut down lANE, YOU COULDNT GET TO VILLAGE OR TOWN EVERYONE WAS OUT OF POT. WE HAD FLIGHT INTO TOWN ONE DAY,DONT REMEMBER WHY, BUT WE HAD TO SIT AT THE RUNWAY FOR ABOUT 2 HOURS,I GOT SOME POT SOMEHOW(ALOT) TOOK THE ROUNDS OUT OF THE TRAY, FILLED THE TRAY WITH POT WITH JUST ENOUGH ROUNDS SO YOU COULDNT SEE THE POT! ON THE WAY BACK IT WAS GETTING DARK,SOMEONE ON THE GROUND OPENED UP ON US, THE PILOT CALLED BULLDOG OP THEY SAID TO GO AHEAD AND FIRE ON THEM,SOOOOO THE PILOT ROLLED OVER ANDSAID GO HOT BOYS--WELL THAT WORKED UNTIL WE RAN OUT OF AMO,GOD WAS HE PISSED!HE WANTED MY ASS, BUT COME TO FIND OUT HE WAS OUT OF POT ALSO SO WE WORKED IT OUT! WHAT A WAR!!!
Tommie J--427
USA - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 08:13:13 (MST)
1-31-68.START OF TET OFFENSIVE SOUTH VIETNAM.GOD BLESS ALL WHO SERVED BEFORE DURING AND AFTER.WE DID OUR DUTY FOR GOD AND COUNTRY. WE ARE ALL BROTHERS AND WILL BE UNTIL THE DAY WE DIE.--SEMPER FI.
FOSTER W. BRAGUE <sereno451@verizon.net>
plains, , PA. USA - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 07:38:19 (MST)
Kim,how true, cant blame the alcohol,blame yourself ,and your right about the what you said,nuff said, Tex 70-71...
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 07:11:56 (MST)
Kim - Wink, Could meet you at Wink's as it is South of me. Last time spent the whole day drinking coffee & talking. Even though we were not there together it is great to be able to spend so much time sharing stories. J.W. I am glad you got to visit Stickman as it seems like our time is flying by. I am sure he must have started a campfire.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 06:01:26 (MST)
Amen Kim !
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 18:50:40 (MST)
Wink, I tried to email you, but it bounced back.... I'm on facebook, and my email addy is khlavoie(at) yahoo (dot) com..... drop a line if you feel like it. I've been working up the nerve to drive up to Ken Strong's place sometime, I don't think you're too far from there.............. Yeah Gary, I can relate, I've hurt a lot of people in my life. Still, I can't blame the alcohol, nobody forced it down my throat...... Right after I quit this last time (92), I listened to a guy who dropped a little truism that stuck with me.... I didn't get into trouble every time I drank, but, every time I DID get into trouble, I was drinking........
Kim
USA - Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 18:14:10 (MST)
HI FLIGHT, I took a quick trip to Georgia; had a a good time at Stickman's place. Jim was doing ok. Jim, thanks for the Walk and friendship. Take care J. W.
j. W wilson
Kjnston, n. C. USA - Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 16:55:26 (MST)
Personally, I can understand suicide, like Ive told some people, unless you have experinced the deep emotional pain,emptiness, regret of things you have done and said and how it has affected others, there is no way there is to describe that pain, all you want to do is get away from it, like a really bad tothache or ear ache and there is nothing you can do about it in the middle of the night. if it was not for my son, and my faith in God, I would have a couple of times.. it can be unbearable at times... just have to get through it and pray your heart out and ask God for help... worked for me... Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 15:57:11 (MST)
Kim, you are so right, still laughing, over your last post, so TRUE... hahahahahahahaha...
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 15:46:53 (MST)
I can relate to you guys, I lived alone for 12 years, I would walk and exercise and had a dog, Ike, a Lab, good dog,those things do help, stillit was very tough, my son lived in Amarillo with his mom, cant tell you how many times I went to go see him, and I could drive from Corpus Christi to Amarillo blindfolded seems like 600 miles and across the state of Texas... I tried it all but would always fall back into drinking heavy . got 3 dwis in that time and a couple of public intoxications, wonder did not kill myself or someone else, I finally decided one night at a bar to stop, came over me just how stupid, and have not drank since,I would eat 5th. ave. candy bars to kill the urge to drink , worked too. We moved up here in 08 to Lubbock, me and my son, he is in Amarillo now, I stayed here with Margaret, she has been the only one out of the women or relatives whatever that I been able to get along with. I take one day at a time, I pray and try to read from the bible, walk.. but the empty feeling is always there, the depression, nighmares, regrets, Ive have just come to live with them... Good for you guys and Shorty glad to see you are doing better.. Personally, I could not go back there.. Nam, but thats yalls choice.. Clear right... Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 15:44:11 (MST)
funny how fast it tapers off after you move in with someone, isn't it? :)
Kim
USA - Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 15:40:40 (MST)
good for you kim. i lived alone for 14 years between wives.not sure i would go back to that again,altho sex was more frequent.
paul mcgrath
USA - Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 14:14:33 (MST)
I lived alone for about 4 years starting in 2001, my wife went to work, stopped at her sister's house, and kinda forgot to drive any further.. (It took me a while to get the hint)... I had my job, union activities, coaching,and position on the School Board to occupy a lot of my time, but the only thing that made living in my house possible was my rottie..... I tried to teach her english! After 4 years of that, I finally decided that it was time to do something, so I filed for divorce. As soon as she got the papers, my wife decided she wanted to come home... I figured that I was ready for a change, and followed through with it....... It took a few years, but I finally ran across someone who makes me feel whole again.... things aren't perfect, but..... what is??? :) Karen works, I go to school. Her youngest is in college, and we have a Riley dog.. Shi Tzu, who runs the house......
Kim
USA - Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 10:22:46 (MST)
Good morning grew. I would like to hear form some one that has aready has been to Viet Nam in the last year or so. I have a guide already for my visit on April 23, of this year. I am also making a trip to Beijing for a few days. I and my guide are going to see if we can ride a bike up and down the Great Wall. Well i have to get to work. I got my book in chapters so trying to tie it together. Dave and Vega would love to hear from yuu and all my friends. I joined a fitness club to get in shape after my stroke. I will be a mean fighting machine by the time i get over there but only 40 some years later. I first went to Nap in 69 at Phan Thiet. Look that up and the B Troop 7/17 Cav. There they go by the person, not weather he is a huey or mike model crew chiel. The job and staying alive is more damn important than kissing up to some one butt.,,,
Shorty <boling7461@msn.com>
USA - Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 08:07:45 (MST)
Kim,Liveing alone some times can be a real bore.After my wife passed away I became a lone some dove looking for another to pass the time away with.Fate delt me some luck!My wife had a little dog that I tryed to ignore.But when I moved back to the USA and left the dog he stopped eating.Would not eat unless he heard my Voice.My telephone bill went thru the roof long distance bill.Cheaper to ship him to America.Now that dog has taken over my life.Wakes me up in the morning with his feet in my chest and pulls me to bed at 11pm every night.Not bad company,only he does not speak english.Things might feel better if you had a best Friend also.
Jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 07:23:31 (MST)
Hey Stickman, you still out there???????.....................
Mark
USA - Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 20:37:20 (MST)
Wink, I don't know about enough when it comes to that empty, hollow feeling. I find solace in walking, taking in the sights, just enjoying being alive. Being alone has hurt at times. Fortunately for me, I haven't been totally alone all that much, and when I have, it's been by my own choosing, for the most part. The hope of a better tomorrow??? Nah...... I'll just take it day by day. I am sure that when I do take that final nap, its going to be a long one, so I'll just put it off as long as I can, unless something comes along that convinces me that my dying will create a better tomorrow for someone....... we tend to think of those suicide bombers as being crazy, there are times when I can relate with them.
Kim
USA - Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 19:33:18 (MST)
thanks Gale
tommie jo-427
USA - Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 15:40:01 (MST)
Tommy, I'll try to find out.....my stepson foot the bill for me. That's about the only way I could have went, so, I was pretty fortunate.
Gale
USA - Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 13:30:11 (MST)
Gale,can you give me an idea as to how much your ticket was back? did you use an agent? Frenchie,Bill and I are plan to go around the 15th of january next year,any one who wants to go with, will be welcome. I want to spend about 10 days,but not all in vietnam. I kinda want to see Honoi also, this will be the last time I go to that part of the world, want to see what I can.Gale let me know if ya will!
Tommie Jo-427
USA - Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 10:47:31 (MST)
I have a 129th history question this morning. I met this black guy named W. Harvey yesterday at Wal~Mart down here. My wife was standing there tapping her toes while I was talking to him so it was short. Was the 129th at Pleiku before moving to Lane? If so what year was it?
Ken Strong Jr.
Summerfield, FL USA - Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 09:14:52 (MST)
morning flight, thanks for the feed bach gang but when is enough, enough.i know life is not easy or supose to be but how long must keep fighting. you know after coming home from nam i thought my fighting was over but it's been constant. you all know the saying " i'm tired of being tired" an see no lite at the end of the tunnel. i know from the lessons i learned from the stress unit that life is not fair and one must live life on lifes terms. but hey, how long must one pay for his sins of the past.and i guess that's why i offen say that one is living in hell and when one dies you go to heaven. sorry about my ramling an i don't mean to bring anyone down with. enough said. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 09:11:00 (MST)
Wink, same here, sometimes I dont know what to write or say, sometimes I will put stufff down and then erase it.. One thing I have come to realize some things that bother us, noone really understands... Like a writer once said in a book on his experinces as a slick and gunship pilot in our Ao, earlier, 65-66, its real easy to open Pandoras box, theres alot in that box, the other side of hell, that persons personal hell..I try and keep that box closed as much as I can with the exception when shit goes to hell in a handbag.. Enough rambling,, its all good.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 01:02:17 (MST)
Boy, howdy, its like a co-worker once told me life experinces make you who you are and the other co-worker would say itsnot learning what to do its learning what not to do, being on this website and talking to others our lives parralel a lot in what we have done and what we did over the years, rage, anger, drugs, alchohol, depression, isolation, and inability to be close to anyone among other crap, completely at times the opposite of what we were before ... Kenneth Lances son contacted me and Dave, nice of him in so many ways, brought back some memorys...Rachel nice words....Been thinking of checking out VA rest homes, there are a couple around, anyone have any info on how you qualify, .. Ive come to realize recently that it may be just me, soon, have been incapaciated due to the nerve or nerves in my spine being pinched in the area of where Xrays recently and 11 years ago showing calcium buildup around my lower lumbar vertabra that has bothered me since the crash of 68-15373.. I have never been this bad where I was not able to get around, walk, or sleep without real bad pain, completely dependent on my girlfriend Margaret who has been a life saver. Ive come to realize esssentially that there will be noone to care for me if anything should happen to her, the nueropathy has gotten and getting worse also, So, time to look at other options.... I essentially have driven off everyone by being me or isolating myself from them... Thats life. I will survive, damn the torpedos , full speed ahead, AND NEVER GIVE UP.. The Phantom 70-71..
Gary Mount
Lubbock, Tx USA - Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 00:50:03 (MST)
Boy, howdy, its like a co-worker once told me life experinces make you who you are and the other co-worker would say itsnot learning what to do its learning what not to do, being on this website and talking to others our lives parralel a lot in what we have done and what we did over the years, rage, anger, drugs, alchohol, depression, isolation, and inability to be close to anyone among other crap, completely at times the opposite of what we were before ... Kenneth Lances son contacted me and Dave, nice of him in so many ways, brought back some memorys...Rachel nice words....Been thinking of checking out VA rest homes, there are a couple around, anyone have any info on how you qualify, .. Ive come to realize recently that it may be just me, soon, have been incapaciated due to the nerve or nerves in my spine being pinched in the area of where Xrays recently and 11 years ago showing calcium buildup around my lower lumbar vertabra that has bothered me since the crash of 68-15373.. I have never been this bad where I was not able to get around, walk, or sleep without real bad pain, completely dependent on my girlfriend Margaret who has been a life saver. Ive come to realize esssentially that there will be noone to care for me if anything should happen to her, the nueropathy has gotten and getting worse also, So, time to look at other options.... I essentially have driven off everyone by being me or isolating myself from them... Thats life. I will survive, damn the torpedos , full speed ahead, AND NEVER GIVE UP.. The Phantom 70-71..
Gary Mount
Lubbock, Tx USA - Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 00:49:57 (MST)
A king? Really Gale? L-G
Gently
USA - Friday, January 28, 2011 at 19:43:15 (MST)
be kind to your children; one day they will be picking your nursing home
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Friday, January 28, 2011 at 19:31:27 (MST)
I don't know if I was an alcoholic when I went to nam, but I sure as shit was one when I came back! Spent a lot of years self medicating, quit a couple times, and started up whenevr something traumatic happened. Seems like every time I started up, I was worse than the time before. Finally quit this last time in 1992. Never went to any meetings, but I did read a couple books..... funny, I can look back on different paths I could have taken, but didn't have the gumption to do so..... Still, its been a good life, all in all, and barring some disaster I have enough to get through to full retirement. I do wish I could help my kids out a little every now and then..but.....they can have what I leave behind, provided I leave any :)
Kim
USA - Friday, January 28, 2011 at 14:09:55 (MST)
Hi gang.. I am still alive, and well.. At least, better than nothin.. Well, we made it to Arizona and have been pretty busy getting things setup and running. Was suprised and saddened by some of the things that have happened here recently, the loss of Smitty's son was really sad. Sorry to see about your uncle too Debbie.. All is well with me in AZ, and the WX is teriffic!! I sure don't miss "home", Michigan, this time of the year as I see they are getting their share of snow. Gale, you trip summery posts have been pretty exciting, but no, they don't make me want to go back.. Looking at Lane from Google Earth just don't seem to jive with the place now. Sure has been a lot of changes made. Seems like at least a few of the concrete hootch pads should be visible. They must have gone to a lot of trouble to erase all of that. Did you see any indications of the war dammages that were done? I remember a building in Qui Nhon that was pretty shot up but looked pretty well built and salvagable. One of the biggest changes I see is the old airport looks like a divided highway/mall type area now. Well, enough rambling for now.. Take care and "think St. Louis" in June. L8r...>>>
Kal - 68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
USA - Friday, January 28, 2011 at 12:38:34 (MST)
I've been a lover, a soldier, a gunner, a cop, a pawn and a king, I've been up and down and over and out and I know one thing, Each time I find myself flat on my f**kin' face, I pick myself up and get back in the race............Yeh Brother, that's life!
Gale
USA - Friday, January 28, 2011 at 11:43:32 (MST)
morning flight. boy three days with no postings, wow. you know i set here in front of the computer and wonder what to write and more important is why. i used to be pretty good wreiting down my thoughts, i used to be able to mingle pretty good with people and of cource the opposite sex. i hate being alone but i guess its just in the cards for me. but anyway just thought i'd ramble for awhile. you know as i look back on my life and bring it to the present day, i can see i make the same mistakes over an over. one is too learn from his mistakes. oh well i guess its just ment to be. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Friday, January 28, 2011 at 09:53:00 (MST)
Article in Military. com today. The Army has officially retired the Huey from active service...... the old bitch had a good long run...... salute!
Kim
Port Charlotte, fl USA - Friday, January 28, 2011 at 09:17:36 (MST)
Thanks for the info, guys. I filed on my back when I got out in Dec. 71, my mom, God rest her soul knew I had back problems along with the blotchs on my neck and scalp and dead lifeless hair and falling out, since she cut my hair, was a barber, anyways went down to the local VA here in Lubbock, they took x rays and checked the splotchs, wanted to know if I had been to a doctor about it before I got out, told them that no had not, paper trail, your right, got treated like crapin the meantime down there took 2 days to finally see a doctor, did not go back until 85, filed again on it , of course never went to a doctor as it was not that bad, but at that time, I had ptsd issues, which they were just finding out at that time, they gave me some meds, which caused me to hullicinate, did not go back for another 2 years, continued self medication, drinking during al those years. Filed again in 96 and 2000, the nueropthapy has gradually got worse, now the back, boy oh boy, lot to look forward too, have a appealin right now for the ptsd, unemplyability, willbe going over to the va clinic here as soon as I can get around a lil better, feel for you guys and my prayers are with all of you. The area that 959 went down in was spooky to say the least especially in bad weather, we all are lucky to be alive..considering... One thing my son told me when he went through when he was going through about the same thing, Im going through a couple year ago is that taking pain pills maske the pain and it is real easy to screw yourself up worse because you dont feel the pain when you may over do it. Absolutely, I have gotten away from excersing and walking and especialy lifting weights, be sure to use the natilus machines which assists you in lifting weights and resistance, free weights can get you in trouble, working on the core like you said is the best route if you can do it. I found out swiming is the very best exercise and weight control there is , using the water as resistance and being buoyant reduces the risk of injurys... I quit doing a lot after I retired, got lazy, cant do that, especially at our age, gotta get back into the habit of exercising again for sure , for sure.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 18:16:48 (MST)
George, Thanks for posting that information here. Aloha, Greg_Henkel,71-72
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 16:53:55 (MST)
Rachel one of the other crew men was Dunlape
George Bessette <rdster1930@yahoo.com>
Somerset , Ma USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 14:51:38 (MST)
Rachel, Michael (H) Shanley was a friend of mine and I was at Lane when his flight went MIA which was Dec 2, 1969 and the crash site was fond on Jan23, 1989 The 4 crew men where recovered as only bones and are now all buried in one casket in Arlington National Cemetery. I talked to Michael sister Veronica about 8-10 years ago and sent her what I believe was the last picture ever taken of him. I still have a copy of it as I sent her the orginal. When I last talk to her she was liveing with her mom who was very happy her son is still remember bye his army friends. Sense we talked last his mom has passed away. The other crew members were Van Erkle and two others I teporary forgot thier names but one had a Polish name. Michael crashed as a Sp5 but is listed as a E6 ( staff sardent ) on the wall. He went in the army from La Mesa but Vereonica I believe lives in San Diego Ca. Those os us who know Michael wii NEVER forget him. If I can be of any further help call me my number is 5086780057
George Bessette <rdster1930@yahoo.com>
Somerset, MA USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 14:49:11 (MST)
Yes, Frenchie, I received mail from you...but it doesn't fit..it's way too small:>))) he he. What ever were you thinking!! L-Gently
Gently
USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 13:27:14 (MST)
Hi Folks, Just a reminder that Pain Killers loose there effeteness over time and get out of control too easily. Chasing pain with narcotics is a slippery slope. There are better ways. The best therapy & for some reason the most painful is rehab. If you can work through the pain, and strengthen your core mussels you can even repair damage, or at least stop any additional. Strong core can reduce your back mussel pain. It take a serious mindset and not for every one but worth the effort. This is from someone that has lived with back pain and has had three back fusions and five vertebras reinforced with rods in my neck. Oh ya, I also wore out three and a half Nurses. Janet is still my best friend. STILL STANDING. Frenchie. Gently you get some mail from me? Rick, Bill, Frank,Tommy Jo and everyone else who helped me be the person that I have become today. Just want everyone to live well and last forever. Thank you & I Love You “Hang Tight”
Bill French <frenchie745@comcast.net@@@>
Savannah, USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 12:33:06 (MST)
Thanks for the info, However since I am 100% for my Heart Disease, all I get from the VA is what I consider Good Health Care. And Since both of my Drs are in the same building(Tricare upstairs and VA on the bottom floor)I have a chance to challenge them to take care of my problem. Since I have now been approved for State Disability, it goes a long way with helping the SS Disability claim. I just wish you all were getting the same compassionate health care that I am recieving. Hang in there guys, Always a Brother. Dennis Ps please over look the misspelled words and stuff, pain meds kinda keep me in a fog.
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 09:47:27 (MST)
morning flight, dennis, sorry to hear about your back. i know what you and gray are going through. my back is shot. between veit nam an working as a cop, i took a lot of hits on my back.i don,t know how far along you are on your claim but if you have to go as far as a hearing judge to make a decision on your claim, keep this in mind. he may ask the question , how long do you think you have been disabled because of your back problems. i was asked by my hearing judge that very question, not knowing or understanding the question and were he was going with the question i through out a date 4 years prier to my filing of ssd. but what i could have done was given him a date as far back as 1980 when i first hert my back on the job. so keep this question , if your asked give him a date as far back as you can.your reto check will be that mush greater. gray refile on your back. and if your back goes out again get tho the va hospital by ambulance or to your local hospital. you need a paper trail. i know an ambulace is costly but going that way will help your case. that's important wink 3/69-10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 08:46:56 (MST)
Dennis & Gary, I got a zero percent on my back when I got out of the Army in 1983. Even with that it had been an uphill battle over the years trying to get it increased. The odd thing is even before my leg started going numb in 2004 I was standing at work & my leg gave out letting me fall and hit my head. By the end of 2005 my back started hurting 24/7 & my Rt leg was hurting w/numbness in my foot. The burning started in 2007 I think and they had me on Morphine for several years. I stopped taking that because it wasn't working anymore & now can't get anything from the VA. The doctor said if I quit that I didn't need anything when I was just looking for something that helped. Now the nerves from the right side of my head to my foot don't work right. I still fall and sometimes drop things without warning. I wish I had a good reason why but keep wondering if Agent Orange has anything to do with it? VA still says no but have no idea what the problem is even though I do show damage to my spine. Wow hard landings, a bunch of those. Had one at Benning and couldn't get out of bed the next morning. At this point I have given up trying to find answers but the problems are slowly moving to my left side. Oh the VA only bumped up my back to 20%. The SSID only got aproved after my EMGs showed neuropathy in my Rt shoulder & leg. That still took me over four years in Indiana.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 08:41:36 (MST)
Alvis, again I ask, What are you talking about??
Mark
USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 07:37:51 (MST)
Dennis you are so very right about the hard landings,Ive had back problems for years off and on. I filed claims on it 3 different times, the last one back in o6, according to the x rays there is calcium deposits around the lower vertabrae, the small of my back, l-6? anyways, they denied it all those times, .It, my back would catch sometimes and would cause me to have a hard trime straightening back up over the years, recently, noticed that part of my back was sore and then one day recently, I could not get up to walk nowhere,it was excruciating pain, from the place from the old injury on that vertabra down throug my butt and down right leg, hurt like hell. my leg went numb and without the help of my girlfriend Margaret Id be screwed, been using crutches to get around to the bathroom and to the couch and dinner table. Ive had trouble beforebut nothing like this, must be getting old, ha ha, Hard Landing, yeah still have nightmares over that one, September 10, 1970 up by English on 68-16171, lost the tail rotor, out over the ocean because the pilot banked to steep, did not have enough room, 140ft. agl, flared the ship, tail rotor hit the water, sheared off the 90degree box, 373, spun three times 360 degrees in the air, according to eyewitnesses, hit hard on left skid on the sand on the beach, threw me out, wasnt wearing a seat belt, never did,out over the ammo box, transmisson was slanted to the right side and , probably would have crushed me 373 was on fire to boot, my back hasnt been the same since, of course being invincible and bulletproof at the time whe taken to 67th. Evac, I told them I was ok. dummy.. started bothering me a few days later but did not think anything of it, not being able to walk around without pain sucks bigtime.. Clear right, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 07:22:29 (MST)
Fred A. What are you talking about?
Mark
USA - Monday, January 24, 2011 at 19:36:17 (MST)
Eric Westwang... rips my heart right out, Linda. Also, condolences to Gale and Debbie. God grant you all comfort and peace.
Dave
USA - Monday, January 24, 2011 at 13:26:26 (MST)
your real funny Jackson.
alvis
USA - Monday, January 24, 2011 at 13:05:44 (MST)
Question 1, How many of you have your VA Primary Care calling you at home to check on your ongoing Health Problem. Answer, I do. I don't know if it's available in your area yet, but If you are registered and use myhealth.va.gov/ there is a new tab called Secure Messaging. That open a secure email site to send appointment requests, check on lab results, and to send messages to your doctor. However, when I send a message to her she calls me, rather than use email. Qustion 2, how many of you don't think a few hard landings won't catch up to you? Answer, they do. The bothersome little ache has now gone full blown. I have a Herniated disk between L5and S1, not fun, the Drugs are not working well, I had to completely stop working while we try Physical Therapy cuz I don't like the idea of Back Surgery. All of the above now leads to the fact that I am on State Disability, while I await the final decision on my SS claim, which is moving right along. I guess that because I was onn SS before they have a file to work from. Last but not least, Mark how is the address change coming Alsways a Brother, Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Monday, January 24, 2011 at 10:21:21 (MST)
Question 1, How many of you have your VA Primary Care calling you at home to check on your ongoing Health Problem. Answer, I do. I don't know if it's available in your area yet, but If you are registered and use myhealth.va.gov/ there is a new tab called Secure Messaging. That open a secure email site to send appointment requests, check on lab results, and to send messages to your doctor. However, when I send a message to her she calls me, rather than use email. Qustion 2, how many of you don't think a few hard landings won't catch up to you? Answer, they do. The bothersome little ache has now gone full blown. I have a Herniated disk between L5and M1, not fun, the Drugs are not working well, I had to completely stop working while we try Physical Therapy cuz I don't like the idea of Back Surgery. All of the above now leads to the fact that I am on State Disability, while I await the final decision on my SS claim, which is moving right along. I guess that because I was onn SS before they have a file to work from. Last but not least, Mark how is the address change coming Alsways a Brother, Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Monday, January 24, 2011 at 10:19:53 (MST)
Slow Hand sallute to one of the last "Band of Brothers" Pfc Mauser - served Easy Company;2nd Battalion 506th Parachute Inf Regiment. Mr Mauser passed away this weekend. He was 94 years old. May he Rest in Peace.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx USA - Monday, January 24, 2011 at 09:51:50 (MST)
Ladies and Gentlemen of the 129th. The post below from Rachel is testimony that the fruits of your labor do not go un-noticed. What a compliment to your love of the Brotherhood of trhe 129th. This is what is ment in the statement of our front page at the PURPOSE link. Rachel, I think I can speake for the 129th collectivly that we are in great graditude of you and your efforts and accomplishments , and pray that the blessins of the Almight will rain down on you. Thanks for a heart warmong post.............Always a brother........................
Mark
USA - Monday, January 24, 2011 at 08:57:08 (MST)
Hello 129th! I'm sure many of you don't remember me, but I posted on this site as an 11th grader asking about Michael Shanley, a soldier who my mother had known and who went MIA in Vietnam in 1969, because I was doing a video memorial in his honor for a class project. It's now been over two years. I can't believe time has gone by so quickly. I just wanted to come back and post because I thought of you all today, out of the blue. I wanted to thank you again for all of the help you gave me two years ago and to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Doing this project and reading this flight log really opened my eyes to the things our troops go through. Thanks to you all I am now head of philanthropy for my college's army ROTC support/hostess group and am getting the girls into giving back to the troops and some are even getting pen pals overseas. Thank you for all you've done, all your sacrifices and hard work. God bless.
Rachel
Auburn, AL USA - Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 21:35:00 (MST)
Good evening all,it's been along time since I posted here but I'am looking for a friend named sp5 Glenn Guidry from Louisana, he was with the 129th in 1966-67,any info will be helpful.Thank you all
Larry Flannell <flanl@37.com.>
New Burnside, il USA - Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 20:12:12 (MST)
Smitty's son....heart-breaking! Gale and Debbie, you and Smitty's family are in my prayers. L-Gently
Gently
USA - Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 18:10:15 (MST)
Gale& Debbie so sorry to hear about her uncles passing Slow hand Salute to Raymond Paige, Kim I like you poor also and need a lottery win
Don McCort
TN USA - Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 17:02:06 (MST)
Shorty, nice to see you posting on here :)..... I'm too poor to make a trip like that. I'll buy a lottery ticket and see how it plays out, though.
Kim
USA - Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 16:11:43 (MST)
Slow hand salute to Raymond Paige.
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 09:01:43 (MST)
Larry, I haven't been on for a while so it took me a while to catch up with all the gossip ;-) that is great news to hear they are alright. Dau was my hooch maid as was Kim. Lien was in the next hooch but I saw her a lot because she and Dau were friends. actually I think they were all friends. I hope you and Lien are happy (39 years I guess you are LOL) she was a sweetheart back then. well I better get to bed so THANKS for the great news. later, Don
Don Miller
VALLEY FARMS, AZ USA - Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 00:54:35 (MST)
I was talking to a couple of friends about Viet Nam and the idae came up and maybe in Feb 2012 i would like to go over as a group or how ever many what to go. Now that said...that when i was checking around on the tickets and such i decided to on early because of the stroke i had...BUT I WILL STILL GO IN FEB 2012 WITH A GROUP I leave on April, 23 this year for nam and will come back on May 15th. the ticket is 1,187 as i allready have mine. I might stay for up to six months if health is working with me. My health is not as good as it was so that is why i am going early but am going in Feb 2012 again. ANY ONE that wants to go in April let me know. I leave out of Seattle. I have a guide already so that would be on me. Please give it some thoughts and let me know Shorty 2246180 give me a call Short
Howarf 'Shorty' Boling <boling7461@msn.com>
USA - Friday, January 21, 2011 at 21:18:09 (MST)
I was talking to a couple of friends about Viet Nam and the idae came up and maybe in Feb 2012 i would like to go over as a group or how ever many what to go. Now that said...that when i was checking around on the tickets and such i decided to on early because of the stroke i had...BUT I WILL STILL GO IN FEB 2012 WITH A GROUP I leave on April, 23 this year for nam and will come back on May 15th. the ticket is 1,187 as i allready have mine. I might stay for up to six months if health is working with me. My health is not as good as it was so that is why i am going early but am going in Feb 2012 again. ANY ONE that wants to go in April let me know. I leave out of Seattle. I have a guide already so that would be on me. Please give it some thoughts and let me know Shorty 2246180 give me a call Short
Howarf 'Shorty' Boling <boling7461@msn.com>
USA - Friday, January 21, 2011 at 21:17:49 (MST)
My condolences to the family and friends. Shorty
Shorty <boling7461@msn.com>
USA - Friday, January 21, 2011 at 20:39:03 (MST)
My condolences to all...... how precious is time???
Kim
USA - Friday, January 21, 2011 at 18:22:46 (MST)
Sorry to hear about your uncle Gale AND Debby, my prayers are with the Westwangs, Eric,, Gary..
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, January 21, 2011 at 17:47:01 (MST)
Gale and Debbie, sorry to hear about your Uncle passing away..... The Westwang family sure has had enough sorrow in their lives lately. I hope this is all for them for a long time.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Friday, January 21, 2011 at 12:02:30 (MST)
Thanks Matt......man that's terrible news! Flight, some of you may recall when Debbie put her uncle in the nursing home (1 1/2 years ago. He passed away last night at 89 1/2. A slow hand salute out to Raymond D.Paige, WWII veteran and Iwo Jima survivor......................
Gale
USA - Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10:59:21 (MST)
Folks, I've got to quit coming here under these circumstances. You might remember me from a couple months ago, when Jim "Smitty" Westwang passed away.. this past Monday, his son Eric died at the age of 21 from congestive heart failure due to an undetected genetic disease. Funeral is Monday, Jan 24 in Sheridan Wyo. more details as i get them, but I thought i'd pass the news along.
Matt Bartenhagen <millenimutt@hotmail.com>
Williston, ND USA - Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10:26:43 (MST)
I used to work with a guy at Corpus Christi Naval Air Station Public Works Dept, who was in the Navy during the time of Nam, he fell off his bunk when he was drunk, here in the states, messed up his neck, is reciving 70% disability, worked with some others that are getting 100% never in combat. Dave thanks for the reply. e-mail at top, just in case, I cant get to yours. Tex 70-71. ... P.s. anyone know how to get info on one of our slicks other than the goldbook or the info we have.??? Ive exhausted all means myselfin getting more info,been through the National Archives, would Bell Helicopter have records?? any ideas?? This is for Steve Nolen. appreciate any help yu could give me. thanks.. Gary.
Gary Mount <phantom843@aol.com>
Lubbock, Tx USA - Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 11:16:41 (MST)
Mark Please keep me imformed about any trip back and anyone else I too am, serious about going back. Bye the way Mark I asume you @ DEE will be in St Lou come June I hope Bill Wolf Will come Have you heard from him? Bye the way have you heard from Racey's sister?
George Besstette <rdster1930@yahoo.com>
Somerset , Ma USA - Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 09:59:07 (MST)
Gary Mount, I have a photo of Mr. Lance. E-mail me back channel and I'll send it to you: dave-at-buckhorngeo.com.
Dave
USA - Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 07:37:03 (MST)
Absolutely Jim. Luckily I have been able to keep mine in check with pills. Just refering to Alex's post. If he is on meds he should get 30% not 20.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 17:26:39 (MST)
as far as I know we are planning on going back next january no date as yet,thats up to bill. dont know how long we will stay-I want to see it all one last time!!
Tommie J
USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 17:23:47 (MST)
Harrell,Type 2 with pills 30%,type 2 With Injections 50%,big diff money wise.
jim <dustoff>
IL USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 08:37:08 (MST)
Hey George, How ya been????.there is some talk of a group of us going over in a year or two. Tommy Joe, Bill Whelan,Frank and who ever....you guys still out there. Haven't heard from Tommy in a spell......slow hand salute to Lance................
Mark
USA - Monday, January 17, 2011 at 19:09:07 (MST)
Alex, VA doesn't pay for hearing loss but will pay 10% for tinnitus (ringing). Type II with meds should be rated at 30%.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Monday, January 17, 2011 at 19:07:14 (MST)
I was wondering if Kenneth Lance was the pilot that wore his 38 over his family jewels, he was on his second tour , came in along with another 2nd. tour pilot, that was in the cav in our region before, anyone remember them.?? Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, January 17, 2011 at 17:24:26 (MST)
Slow Hand Salute to Kenneth Lance. Alot of commo. Larry the VA denies claims left and right. I'm rated at 50%. Can't anything for my hearing. Didn't have to put a claim in for my Type II. And, 30% for ptsd. I know people whom work at the VA hospital. They have told me that the troops are putting in claims before the leave country. Go figure that. Hope everyone is making plans for St. Louis. We had a huge turn out there last time. Hope to find a few more new ones. Be nice to have some first time people there. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Monday, January 17, 2011 at 15:48:37 (MST)
HI Gale I was wondering what the total cost of your trip was and how long was it? I've thought about going back to Lane & Quin Nhon but was wondering if there are any other guys in our old 129 that would be interst in meeting up to go as a group. I was with the 129 from Jan 69 till April 70 last flew on 096 as her gunner My phone number is 5086780057 I only check this log about once a month and usually just the last dozen postings. Also hopeing we have a huge showing at St Lou this year. George Bessette
George Beard <rdster1930@yahoo.com>
Somerset, Ma USA - Monday, January 17, 2011 at 14:50:03 (MST)
Please don't tell my mother I crewed a helicopter in Vietnam... she still thinks I play piano in a brothel. I remember being told once in AIT that my life expectancy as a crewmember was 15 minutes. Paul, relieved your son is safe, but grieve for his buddy. Jae-Sung Chung, I remember the ROK's as rock-solid soldiers. Like Gary, we carried those black plastic 5-gallon jerry cans with water many times to our Korean brothers. Those guys also enjoyed trading their C-rations for some fresh venison... shoot, who wouldn't?
Dave
USA - Monday, January 17, 2011 at 13:16:47 (MST)
mmmmm...my mom told me to go into helicopters.....
Kim LaVoie
Port Charlotte, fl USA - Monday, January 17, 2011 at 11:34:25 (MST)
yeh, mine too.
gary mount
USA - Monday, January 17, 2011 at 08:28:06 (MST)
Paul, Glad your son is OK, but sorry about his friend. Your situation causes me to reflect on what many of our parents went through so long ago. When I got back my Mom told me about an evening at her bowling league. When my mom had mentioned that I was in Vietnam, another bowler commented something like; "Well just be glad he's not on a helicopter, those guys don't last long" My poor mother was was worried sick the rest of my tour. Good luck and best wishes to your boy.
Animal
Puna, HI USA - Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 23:26:07 (MST)
Glad to hear he ok
art
USA - Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 19:20:13 (MST)
Our hooch maid was a older lady, dont recall her name,nice lady, hope is ok.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 15:37:46 (MST)
Paul glad your son is safe, sorry to hear about his friend, my prayers are with all the young men and women in harms way... Recall taking water to many Tiger Division troopers and having to pitch them out in a hover sometimes, wish we were there, that time to resupply you guys with water...glad to hear those hooch maids mentioned made it out of there, always wondered about them after hearing all the horror stories that happened to the ones we left behind. Sorry Spiderman does not ring a bell for me.. clear right, Tex 70-71, May 5, 1970- March 24, 71.. 1st. flt. plt. d/g..c/c..
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 15:35:06 (MST)
Paul, glad your son is safe, my condolences on the loss of his friend...... Larry, there was a young lady named Hai (sp) who I always wondered about. Looked like a little Kewpie doll :)
Kim
USA - Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 12:52:59 (MST)
Paul, great news buddy!!!
Gale
USA - Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 10:13:32 (MST)
Larry, very interesting. What years were at Lane? I wonder if your wife would recognize any of the photos of the hootchmaids from my time?
Gale 67-68
USA - Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 10:12:52 (MST)
Quick update;joshua just contacted us on facebook.he is fine but one of the guys that was killed was a friend of his.thanks for the encouragement,knew i could count on you guys.
paul mcgrath
USA - Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 09:47:50 (MST)
Don Miller, I can tell you some of the hoochmaids are here in the United States. Tau lives in Ft. Lauderdale Florida, and is married to a cargo pilot that I last heard flies into Cam Ranh Bay Vietnam weekly. Phuc lives in Jacksonville Florida but I have lost contact with her. Lien, one of the hoochmaids your were refering to lives in Largo Florida, she is my wife of 39 years now. Dau still leaves in Qui Nhon Vietnam, and I see her about once every two years. Missy Hoa is living in California and was married to a Vietnames officer named Tony who was assigned to the 129th.
Larry Dyer
USA - Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 09:28:23 (MST)
Jae, sounds like Sgt Lee was a helluva soldier. Paul, I hope your son is safe.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 07:06:33 (MST)
Our prayers are with you and your son, Paul....
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 00:53:41 (MST)
Hello and Good Evening to all members, friends & family in the 129th. I am posting because my father(Donald Lee),aka call sign "Spiderman", was a part of the 129th. He flew on tail #957 before it went down, while he was on special leave I believe.He was in the 4th Platoon with the King Cobras on the "B" Model gunships as a crew chief/door gunner after 6 months of training on the slicks. I'm here just searching for people who may remember him or just people who would like to talk. I'm very interested in hearing back and learning more about everything I possibly can. Thank all you so MUCH!! Everyone enjoy there evening;D
Trevor Runnels <TJRunnels78@hotmail.com>
Sacramento , CA USA - Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 21:37:45 (MST)
Paul Mcgrath - sorry to hear about your son's unit. Our prayers are with you and your son. Let us know as soon as you hear something.
Dan Hertlein
Lake Tapps, WA USA - Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 18:35:30 (MST)
today 2 soldiers were killed and a third wounded in iraq by an iraqi dressed in iraqi uniform.apparently he smuggled live ammo into a training exersize.the dead and wounded were from 4th battalion 1st cavalary division(my sons unit). so now starts the long wait. hope it wasn't him.
paul mcgrath
la salle, il USA - Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 16:56:56 (MST)
To Jae-Sung Chung. Thank you for sharing the excerpt from the book. It is very touching to read of the comradeship between soldiers in battle. Funny, it is my experience that there are very few in this country who know of the heroism of the Korean military during the Vietnam war. Many know that you served, and that you were great fighters. Very few have any idea where, or just what battles you were in.... the pride I take in being a part of the 129th AHC is small compared to the pride I take in telling new friends that we supported R.O.K. Tiger Division.
Kim LaVoie
USA - Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 15:02:49 (MST)
A True Comradery Shown at An-Khe Battlefield in Vietnam "Water! water!...." "Gimme hell water! water! " Soldiers belonged to the 6th company of the cavalry regiment, ROK Tiger Infantry Division were entirely and deeply isolated in the thickly grown reeds between 350 hill and an unknown hill with no supplies for more than a week. The wounded subordinates being parched with severe thirst were slowly becoming half conscious and desperately crying for waters. Their lives seemed to be going out as slowly as a straw fire while other combatants were also losing control just like a lunatic. Being placed in such an extreme situation, nonetheless, there was a true comradeship. The ROK troops were airlifted by the birds of the US 129th Assault Helicopter Company and dropped deeply in the enemy positions. Barely surviving in the foxhole where they had neither C-rations nor a drop of water for more than a week time, the warriors could no longer bear the horrible situation. Realizing that troops were in terror for their lives, they kept still asking for water and shouted " we had rather be shot than hold our lives in this horrible situation." To confront with such tragic scenes made our blood boils. The company commander himself felt that he had reached the end of his patience. While soldiers were biting the bullet, they could vaguely find that a black object was approaching towards them by crawling from the front. It was identified as one of the direct subordinates, Sergeant Lee, Man-jik. He was bringing the B-1 water contained in the C-ration that he had kept for emergency. He offered the company commander to have him kill severe thirst first. Sergeant Lee, Man-jik's loyalty and camaraderie made the commander so heavily touched that the commander returned the water can to his subordinate, Sergeant Lee after taking just a swallow of water. This has been widely spread to the many as one of the touchable stories. This is a beautiful manifestation of comradeship demonstrated while hovering between life and death in the bitter battlefield, which is truly a pattern of soldiery. Written by :Tae-joon Kwon ( Author of 'Tears of An Khe') Translated by: Jae-sung Chung ( English language webmaster of www.rokfv.com)
Jae-sung Chung <jsc418@empal.com>
Seoul, South Korea - Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 12:52:31 (MST)
Gale, thanks for posting about your trip. I could visualize the trip and was transported back in time in my mind. Kal is in Az for those wondering if he made it. Sorry so many are suffering from neropathy. I have been taking Neurontin at night for mine. Like all the others that post, the specialist can not find a reason for the ailment. The meds only helps a little for the pain. Can't stand the weight of the blankets on my feet so I have a wire rack that holds the blankets up. My job requires I do a lot of walking and at times it is all I can do to get through the day. Then when I come home my wife asks me if I want to go shopping with her. What can you say but only, "sure, I would love to". It is not unusual to get only 5 hours a sleep at night. The pain is so great you can't sleep. That is usually when I read the flight log, but I am usually to tired to think.
Dan Hertlein
Lake Tapps, WA USA - Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 12:29:53 (MST)
Seems like I remember a Steven Lee, is that it??? Would have to look at some of my old records, if it is him, I went to Basic Training with him. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 11:26:52 (MST)
nice job gale. i like kim and many others never made it off post by vehicles unless you rode in with the mail truck.again nice job gale. got a call last night from a young man named trevor he explained that his step dad was in the 129th. i forgot his frist name but his last name was lee. hes one of our crewcheifs. i should know him cause he was there in 1970 but as memory goes i can't remember. but anyway we talked about an hour on the phone. in fact trevor made his frist call to ray and in turn ray gave trevor my number. trevor told his dad did not have computer but that trevor will post on our site for his dad,lee, wish i could remeber his frist name. i think someone was asking about lee i think, or maybe i was dreaming but have phone number.another family member found us. welcome home lee. i forgot to say that when we talked.he crewed 957. # 916-225-1160. i'm not sure whether that's trevors # or lees # but either way contact can be made calling the #. wink 3/69=10/70
wink
kissimmee, fl USA - Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 09:13:59 (MST)
Thanks to all for the nice responses.............................
Gale
USA - Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 07:40:52 (MST)
WOW Gale........WOW............anybody heard from Kal latly? Or did he take off for AZ for the winter?...............
Mark
USA - Friday, January 14, 2011 at 18:35:23 (MST)
Gale, thanks for the tour. I would love to go back and see the "old place". I have often wondered if any of the hooch maids made it thru the takeover. it makes me feel better that Dau (dow), Lien, Kim. and the rest had the possibility of living a good long life.
Don Miller
VALLEY FARMS, AZ USA - Friday, January 14, 2011 at 18:25:02 (MST)
Gale......wow....I pray you're doing Ok. Love you-Gently
gentlky
USA - Friday, January 14, 2011 at 17:17:13 (MST)
A slow salute for Mr. Lance... he flew as snoopy low on several missions, always calm, cool, collected.. while flying... Gale, I was trying to picture some of the roads, and it finally occurred to me that I never rode in a vehicle anywhere except on Lane! Everywhere I went in that AO was on a wopwop.... Thanks for the update on the hootch maids, for some reason that's a relief.
Kim
USA - Friday, January 14, 2011 at 16:05:30 (MST)
Thanks for the "virtual tour", Gale! I noticed recently that Google Earth has "updated" its photogrammetry for the area, so Lane isn't as visible as it was... clouds. The old image was better. Anyway, great mental images from your descriptions. Sorry to hear of Mr. Lance's passing. I flew with him on several missions. Larry and Doc Reynolds, my prayers go out for you.
Dave Powers
USA - Friday, January 14, 2011 at 15:57:54 (MST)
Gale, My thanks for sharing your adventure with us. I have not gone back but I have thought about it alot. It was good to hear some of the people are still there. Thanks brother!
Jerry 71-72
PA USA - Friday, January 14, 2011 at 14:29:03 (MST)
Gale;anxiously awaiting another installment STHP.
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Friday, January 14, 2011 at 14:26:54 (MST)
Just checking in ****made my reservations for St Louis June 16th thru 18th ****See ya there ****Snoopy 1st Flt 71-72 ***
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Friday, January 14, 2011 at 11:02:23 (MST)
As a afterthought want to add to previous post, unlike previous veterans we were not accepted back into society here in the country we fought for and went through so much, personally speaking when I got back and got out of the Army, could not find a job,my mom encouraged me, God rest her soul to go to the va here, she had noticed that I had splotches on my neck and scalp and my hair was dead like, dry and brittle also my back bothered me alot, my buddys noticed the change in me, I was sullen and not the happy go lucky person they knew, in fact I did not want to be around them, anyways the va, here in Lubbock treated me like crap, it took all day there , we waited until 5 then they finally said the doc had went home after lunch, did not tel us, went back the next day and finally saw one that afternoon before 5 ,he said your ok dont see nothing wrong and was crappy about it as was every sob there, did not go back for 14 years, .. I dont know how much the being shunned and being treated like a dam criminal had to do with the already festering guilt and anxiety, but to be dam sure it efffected us, personally did me. clearright, Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, January 14, 2011 at 10:29:33 (MST)
Like Ken said be careful what meds they give to you, especially for depression and anxiety and sleeping pills, what works for one may not work for someone else, also be very careful what you say on the psych evals,think about what your problems are before you go and what you will say, that goes for physical exams too, the stuff they have given me in the past ,especially when I first went was really bad, did not go back for a long time because of it and my problems got worse for me, a lot depends on the doctor you see, I belive and especially on the psych evals for PTSD, since it is wounds mentally that are hard to describe, some of the mental traumatic events dis efeect all of us differently and in varying ways mentally, those effects carried over to when we got home and caused more problems, nightmares, rage, anger, isolation, inability to keep a job, so on and so forth., I belive in my own personal experinces, some of us coped with what we went through better than others, mentally, some of us were able to bury it for years and some like myself relived some part everyday in some way or another. The nice, and might addd attractive lady, I recently that did a psych eval on me summed it well, we were all very young and our mind could not process what we saw and experinced. Gale, thanks for going there, I dont know if I could, you were there for the ones that cant g there. My brother. Clear right. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mouint
USA - Friday, January 14, 2011 at 10:01:36 (MST)
Gale, Thanks for the trip to Lane Field. I too looked it up on Google Earth and saw the same thing as you did. In reading your comments about Lane, I felt like I was there with you. Again, Thanks. John Sartor (69'-70')
John Sartor
Oceanside, CA USA - Friday, January 14, 2011 at 09:56:30 (MST)
While we were leaving the area that I thought was Lane Field (*I'll explain later), the van stopped along the road and Mr Nam got out to visit a friend and ask a few questions. While we were waiting on him to return, Todd got out and talked to a small group of boys that seemed about 12 years of age. As I got out of the van they were laughing and taking pictures. I watched and thought how different those boys acted compared to 1967.............I wouldn't have trusted them at all back then............and it made me feel a little ashamed of myself. Their voices faded away temporarily as my mind went on "fast rewind". Forty three years ago I would have been armed with an M-14 while keeping a very close watch on the people. Someone yelled "let's go" and brought me back to reality. We loaded up and went down the road a bit. We pulled over again, Nam got out again and went into a small home. After a few minutes, Nam came out and let me know that a woman lived there that used to be "hootchmaid". He asked if we would like to come in and visit with her...........I said "of course!" We all went in the quaint little home of a woman named Thanh and her husband. Thanh said she is 62 years of age and worked as a hootchmaid from 1966 through 1969 on the US Army post called Lane Field. Thanh was as excited as I was when she looked at photos of Lane and some hootchmaids. She recognized a couple of them. She said that one was deceased and another had moved away. So, apparently they weren't executed by the North after the war as some have reported. As we all sat there talking and laughing, I looked around so I could take in all of this and remember it. Todd was taking pictures, our guides were involved and enjoying it..............then, as I looked at Debbie, I realized what it must mean to her to be there and definitley what it meant to me to have her there with me for this occassion.............I was elated! Thanh was very hospitable and invited us to "chop chop", but, we had to move on. We said our good bye's and Thanh was outside waving as we pulled away. I think we made her day............................I know that she made mine! Moving on, they turned off the main road onto a long road going about a mile. They stopped about a block back from a Vietnamese guard post. While Nam, our guide, was on the phone I walked towards the guard with photo in hand with intentions of getting some information. As I got closer I could see the young uniformed guard looking at me with curiousity. I stopped, held the photo up and motioned to him, asking if I could advance. He seemed to get very nervous, shook his head no and walked out of his post to stand behind the iron gate while holding what seemd to be an AK-47 across his chest. I immediatley let him know that I understood, saluted him and began my retreat. At that time Nam was off the phone and said let's go. He had been on the phone to someone inside the post and apparently got the message to "di di".......and "di di" I, indeed, did! Well, *after researching on Google Earth, I realize that Lane Field was less than a mile past the guard post and that was the road that we all traveled years ago. So, if any of you get there, be sure to try to find someone that can get you on post. After you turn off of Route 1 onto Route 6B going West (about 4 miles), it will be the first main road to your right. I apologize for my memory lapse because I traveled that path so many times, but, it was 43 years ago and a few cobwebs. We turned the van around headed back towards Quy Nhon (for those of you who didn't realized it, they have changed the spelling of Qui Nhon). As we traveled back East, I was somewhat upset with my self for not getting into Lane. On Google it looks as if our Lane Field Heliport gate is completely gone. As we got closer to Route 1, I explained to Ms Hahn to let me know when we got on Route 1, because not far from there was a spot that I wanted to visit.....................a spot where SP/5 DeNault and I got pinned downed by a sniper while taking the hootchmaids back to Quy Nhon in a "duece and a half." ...............................to be continued.
Gale Beard 67-68
USA - Friday, January 14, 2011 at 07:53:21 (MST)
Back to the Nam (Part 2)........ Waking up at the Quy Nhon Life Resort was good. I was eager to see the old stompin' grounds from 1967 and 68, but, I wasn't quite prepared for the emotional roller coaster that was ahead of me. We ate breakfast at the resort and sat in the lobby while Todd made plans for the tour. While waiting, I got my map out showing the girl employee (Hanh) where we were wanting to go. She wasn't familiar with the area, so, she took the map to ask someone else. Finally, after much more conver- sation, she introduced us to a young man about 30 years of age (Nam) and he was going to be the actual tour guide. It turns out that the young man had been in the Vietnamese army for three years and had been stationed out at the old Lane Field where we were about to embark. It was to be a private tour of any thing we wanted to visit in the Quy N