Sat. Dec 4, 1999 21:32:25 EST

Dave Powers ( from Montrose, Colorado writes:
Evening, Flight! Hope all is well with you.
Alex - The shirts are great! Thanks loads, bud!
Jim Westwang/Mark - Any progress on the patches? I know a guy up in Telluride who does computer operated embroidery, and maybe he can help out, and possibly make us a deal. Do we hazard a guess as to how many we want? I'll call Monday and see if he could do it, if you like...

Just wanted to throw out some more names from my tour (2-71 to 1-72)anyone remember these: Mr. Grant, Capt. Howe, Studdard, Mike Brown (Texas), "Shorty" Bolling, Mike Hermanek, Bagacino, Mr. Lance, Lt. Baxter (Texas), Mr. Fay, Ron Cox, Mark Triggs (Estherville, Iowa), Vega, Mike Higdon, Darrell Ramos, Chauncey, McInnis, Chris Seagraves, Jim Oliver. I've got photos of some.


Mike Miles: How's it going? I talked with Rick Smith a few nights ago, and he told me that "Thor" was in Illinois, I think.

Mon. Dec 6, 1999 1:47:20 EST

SP5 Wayne May ( from El Paso,Texas writes:

Mon. Dec 6, 1999 15:23:8 EST

Alex Fernwalt ( writes:

Well I am glad to see a few new names on the page. Alot of activity lately with the shirts and the patches. Talked to Rainer Bauer last night. We went to nam together. And about the C130 ride from Alabama to Nam. It was a wild one. Brought back alot of memories from 65-66. Working Charlie Rains of the VIETNAM HELICOPTER CREWMEMBER ASSO. Found out if you have copies of travel or air medal orders they will have other names with social security numbers to where we can track down more guys. So if you get a chance just check. We will have a mini reunion in Charlotte N.C. rooms will be going fast at 75.00 per night. It sounds like alot of the 129th is going. An I am looking forward to meeting alot of you. Well close for now BRO'S. Need any info on the reunion or shirts you can email me . Alex 129th 11/65-11/66 & 8/67-4/68

Mon. Dec 6, 1999 21:18:45 EST

Daniel Baxter ( from L.A. (Lower Alabama) writes:
129th AHC June '70-'71.

Tue. Dec 7, 1999 8:38:51 EST

Larry Potter ( from Cheyenne, WY writes:
Great Site. Great unit to have served in. Mar 67-

Tue. Dec 7, 1999 22:16:24 EST

gale beard 67-68 ( from clinton, in writes:
Hey Wayne May! Glad to see that you found this site----great isn't it? Sure brings back alot of memories of the 129th. I tried to e-mail you ,but, it came back. I've been trying to find Richard Warner but no luck yet. Give me a buzz!! Gale

Wed. Dec 8, 1999 0:58:15 EST

Mark Jackson ( from LZ HOME writes:
......Hey 129th......and you Ole' FNG's........please go to

to view the NEW 129th HOME PAGE................and enjoy...............late night fer me...........headin' ta the hootch........................................Best wishes to the best,

Wed. Dec 8, 1999 12:33:14 EST

Robert Lee ( from Raleigh, NC writes:
Alex Fernwalt, I got the shirts, Thanks. 129th 11/71 - 9/72 Bulldog 351 Wounded 9-9-72.

Wed. Dec 8, 1999 20:6:35 EST

Tom Kessler ( from concord ca. writes:
I was in RVN 67-69 with 196th at Lane then 1st/9th 1st cav does anyone know a gunner with 129th named Aaron Manuel he was with the 129th first half 69 ? 10-49 from 196th Thanks tom

Fri. Dec 10, 1999 9:40:41 EST

Dave Powers ( from Montrose, Colorado writes:
Hey, Flight!
Animal or Festus: I understand you have a photo of an elk being sling-loaded. Any chance you could forward it to me? Thanks!

Sat. Dec 11, 1999 21:42:18 EST

Larry Flannell ( from New Burnside,Il writes:
Would like to hear from some of you guys that was there in 1966-67.

Sat. Dec 11, 1999 22:44:8 EST

Larry Flannell ( from New Burnside,il writes:
Sorry about cutting you all short with the first message,I was with the 129th in 1966-67,working with the 394th maint.Would any know Wayne Minor from alabama,or Lee Haas from Dayton Ohio.Got a good page going guys this is my first time to find it but I'll be back.MARRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.

Tue. Dec 14, 1999 9:27:46 EST

Alex Fernwalt ( from Memphis, Tn. writes:

As Christmas draws near. Wanted to wish all of you and your families a Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year. I feel blessed for the year of 1999. Having the opportunity to met so many from the 129th family do to the hard work of Mark Jackson getting this homepage going. I have had the opportunity to met some of the 129th. Glenn Pearmain, Berine Hernandez, Larry Buller and Mark Jackson. Also, Rainer Bauer who found this site. Rainer,Glenn and myself we together in 65-66. And in closing Bro's lets also give a minute of prayer for our Bro's of the 129th who gave it all. Alex 11/65-1166 & 8/67-4/68

Tue. Dec 14, 1999 12:30:39 EST

Mike Miles ( from Easton, MD writes:
I just wanted to wish everyone a great Christmas. I also wanted to say "hello" to Daniel Baxter. Dan, I hope you received my e-mail. It was great to hear from you. Stay in touch.
Mike Miles

Tue. Dec 14, 1999 23:20:8 EST

Mark Jackson ( from LZ HOME writes:
Hi everybody.........just want all to know that there has been added a bunch of new stuff to the New 129th Home Page located at this addy ( ) with out the ( )....6 pages of pix from Dan Hertlein, new photos of men in groups, Pix of the NEW 129th Patch that DAN H. has set up for us along with pricing and order info on both the new Patch and the 129th T/Shirt. PLUS........Rick E. is working on A Hat Pin Deal also for us............lots of captions on photos now.......and....I havent ask our webby yet.....but.......Dan H. bumped an idea into my head about a STORY PAGE..........I think it would be nice to have you guys relay some stories to us all about a specific day or avent that happned to you while in the it it it a drunkin it just a feeling..........if ya have any???...send them to me...and I will spring it all on the webby ( who probaly read this already anyways );-))).and knows about it.......I see some Christmas salutes already and that is cool.....I am holding off on mine till the day draws near..........dont know what I want to say yet????.....but in a short......ya'all have a great one....what ever it is ya celebrate.......ya gotta know that each and everyone of you warm my heart!!!!!!...and I love you............................."257" inbound to the beacon and climbing to 6,000 FT....


Wed. Dec 15, 1999 5:55:56 EST

billy ( from new zealand writes:
just finished 2 books (chickenhawk:robert mason &
centaur flights:richard spalding)by chopper pilots
in vietnam and was just surfin thru.would be keen
to read more

Thu. Dec 16, 1999 22:26:15 EST

Carl Brader ( from Addison, IL. writes:
Was assigned to the 129th from Feb.'71 to Apr.'71. Came from the 170th AHC and before that the 119th AHC. I was a CE but I don't recall the aircraft number I was assigned to. I recall flying with CWO Marty Pittman, both in the 119th and the 129th. Also recall a C/E - gunner nickname "shorty". He was also in the 170th AHC with me at Kontum. Would appreciate if anyone would forward Marty Pittman's E-mail address if they know it. Great web site, Welcome Home!

Fri. Dec 17, 1999 9:51:49 EST

Dave Powers ( from Montrose, Colorado writes:
Hey Flight, just checking in. Carl Brader... I think I know you. You're referring to "Shorty" Bolling, I think. He was on his second or third tour when I knew him, and had served at Kontum. I also flew with Mr. Pittman. Did you fly with Mr. Abplanalp (Apple? E-mail me. Merry Christmas to you all!

Sat. Dec 18, 1999 5:12:31 EST

Dave Powers ( from Montrose, Colorado writes:
Bernie Hernandez... I vaguely recall seeing an H-model loaded onto a lowboy coming through the south gate at Lane. Was that the one that went for a swim? It's seems I even took a photo, but I can't locate it. Do you remember Bulldog 635 being sling loaded in by a Chinook?

Sun. Dec 19, 1999 12:6:22 EST

Ernie Gschwender ( from Lincoln Park,MI. writes:
Just a note to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Tue. Dec 21, 1999 11:38:3 EST

R. Keith "Lurch" Weisheit ( from 201 S. Willard, Ft. Branch, IN 47648 812-753-4466 writes:
Good Morning Guys!

Tue. Dec 21, 1999 11:47:50 EST

Lurch ( writes:
Well, by now it should be obvious that I am not computer literate. I have been in contact with CW 2 Michael "Frog" Miles since 1995 and he told me about the 129th's Web Page. I want to express my appreciation for those of you who have put this thing together. Also, I spent about an hour at 0300 hours this morning writing a message to the guys I served with in 1971 only to have some kind of malfunction with my server. But, in the fighting Bulldog and Cobra spirit I press onward into the computer age and I remain determined to learn how to communicate with the greatest group of men I have ever had the pleasure to be associated with.

Bulldog flight . . . Lurch, out!

Tue. Dec 21, 1999 13:33:11 EST

Greg Henkel ( from Hawaii writes:
Hey Lurch ! Welcome to the site!!! Thanks Frog for getting this guy digital. Mele Kalikimaka to all of you out there and your families. Dave, Festus sent me some pictures of us slingloading an elk on Christmas day 1971. I moved my studio and the pictures have become invisable. Hopefully Smitty has a jpeg, or they will turn up as I keep searching. Seasons best wishes to all the 129th family...........Animal

Tue. Dec 21, 1999 18:3:18 EST

Mark Jackson ( from LZ HOME writes:
Hey to all of you...and a BIG WELCOME HOME to Keith "Lurch"...............have already sent your e-mail and addy to the webmaster for insertion in ther CONTACTS pages of the New 129th Page at
Welcome aboard Lurch,
Mark, bro of 129th KIA Larry Jackson

Tue. Dec 21, 1999 18:14:2 EST

Jim Westwang ( from Sheridan, Wy. writes:
Also would like to say Welcome to Lurch. I just spent some time in Vegas & was with Festus for a short time & some other fellows & saw some pictures of you. To Greg Henkel, I sent the picture of the elk to Dave so he has it. I want to take a minute to thank all of you for being there & wish you & yours the best of Christmas & the new Millenium. It was bone dry here until about 3 days ago & in typical Wyoming fashion, we are in the middle of a blinding Blizzard, Freeway south closed & 4 wheel drive to get around some places. About 0 degrees, 8" new snow & 40mph wind so will have a white christmas after all. Hope you have a beautiful one too!!!!!!!!!

Yours; Smitty

Tue. Dec 21, 1999 20:9:8 EST

Bill French ( from LZ Marietta Ga. writes:

My Story

On the plane over to Viet Nam, there was a stewardess that was reading Look
Magazine with the 154 dead American troops with their Military graduation
pictures in it. She was quite distraught at the fact that she was a part of
bringing so many people into harms way. Her muffled sobs could be heard for
some distance. As I tried to console her, the tears came more. At 18 I
couldn't understand her grief. It was a "Conflict" and in the military
people died in "conflict". Little did I know that these people could be
friends of mine. Even more that I would almost be one of them many times.
Sitting like a big target to be knocked down at every insertion, extraction,
Siffer mission, maintenance problems, pilot problems, and even the resupply
missions. I've heard some number I don't know how close there to being
correct they were; one in twenty didn't make it back the same way they got
there. On arrival to Cam Ron Bay The heat and humid hit me like a blast. We
grabbed our gear and headed for a bus with wire screens on every window. I
asked the driver what that was about? He coolly stated that was so the Gooks
couldn't' throw explosives in to the bus. That's when it first hit me that
this was not Kansas any more.
The driver dropped us off at the in-processing center for assignment. My
orders stated that I would be going to the DMZ area. Thankfully when they
originate these orders they have no idea where they need people at the time.
We were all in new jungle uniforms that had no patches or strips on anything. In
the morning formation they would ask for all the E-5's and above to stand in
front of the formation. After roll call they would get every one to count
off in number representing the number of NCO there were. I always seeking an
opportunity to usurp the system, went up with the NCO's although I was at
the time a PFC and been busted once already in my short military career.
After being assigned eight people to do SLOJ (shity little odd jobs) duties.
I would march them around the corner and out of sight, stop them and tell
them to scatter and don't get caught! Over the next few days I guess the
word got out and it was funny to see the troops shuffling around in
formation to be the one's in my squad.
Growing up and then enlisting from San Francisco In the 60's I had
some very good survival skills already. These would be tested and honed to
the maximum the next year.

Part two
I arrived at my new home, the 129th Assault Helicopter Company two weeks
later, while in-processing I was told that I would be assigned to the 394th
Maintenance group I had a 67N20 MOS and also a 67N40 for the new Cobras
AH1G's. I was assured that I would be a Tech Inspector on them on arrival. I
had been working on them for a year and that I was too young to be sent to Viet
Nam. Unfortunately the 129th AHC had old fitted, B model gunships. It was
very different to see them try to get to transitional lift. Bouncing and dragging
down the PSP flight line. Trying to time the bounces to clear the six-foot
fence at the end of the runway. After working with the Cobras which just
powered up and nosed over cranked in a bunch of collective and were gone.
I was finally issued more gear, including the M-14, which I dearly
wanted, as I had been defenseless since my arrival. As I was unpacking
putting thing away I locked my wall locker with my trusty combo lock. Laying
back in my new digs, when all of the sudden I heard the loudest Boom Boom
Boom it was deafening. I jumped up got to my wall locker to get my M-14 out
so I could fight the "little man". It was then that I realized that a
combination lock perhaps was not the best form of security available. After
fumbling around with it finely opened. I grabbed the thing and was sliding
around the corner with it. When to my surprise there were a bunch of guys
sitting around playing cards. They hadn't moved. They were however now
laughing a lot. I turned and asked the question that was burning in my mind.
That's not the war? Now they're rolling on the floor in hysterics. I must
have looked very stupid, in my shorts steel pot and flack jacket. Well I
guess they took pity on the FNG (F****** New Guy) and told me the story
about how the Commanders got together to play poker. It seem that later in
the night they run out of money they would bet Tanks or Helicopters, what ever
they were in charge of. So our Commander won a tank for a Month. It would
roll up on the hill and blast everything, set the mountainside on fire. Then
when it ran out of ammo, back it would go. The next night the same thing.
Moral: Every thing is not what it seems.

Part three
Things in Maintenance were starting to be very mundane. The Crew
Chiefs would bring their ship in for one hundred hour inspections. It would
be their job to pull all the inspection panels before they left. They
started to realize that we had no access to "C" Rations. So it was a bargain
to us to pull the panels for a case of C's. I would offer to fly for
certain Crew Chief’s so that they could get a break. Once the big scare of
being shot at was over it could be quite relaxing. So the next thing I knew
I was getting a flight physical. I was a proud member of the 2nd flight
platoon, call sign "Frenchie". I was assigned a ship of my own and was a
proud puppy. Especially when I found out that I was in charge of the ship
when it was on the ground. When the pilot picked it up it was his. I already
had a bunch of experience in maintenance so I felt better qualified than
then some to be a Crew Chief. We got the word from our superiors (?)
that we couldn't fire until we were fired upon. Now there you are flying
along, you see “Sir Chuck” out in the middle of the rice paddy with an
AK-47 strapped to his back. He looks up and sees you, next thing he does
is try to head fore the tree line, rice paddy dike, or anything else he can hide
behind. He is not going to turn

around and fire on you until he has some cover. His superiors probably told
him, that we couldn't fire on him unless he shoots at us first. Who knows?
They had some very good Intelligence. We Crew Chiefs always carried on the
rack right by us a very large screwdriver. You were always using it to
convince things to either open or close. Then a new use came to mind. I
would rap real hard on the fuselage with it and then say "RECIVING FIRE".
Then I could return fire before they dug in.
The only problem with this plan was that the pilot could never find any
bullet holes, and after a while all around where the Crew Chief and Door
Gunner (GIB's = Guys in Back) sat there were all these unexplainable dents.
The Pilots (GIF's = Guys in Front) were not fools they knew how things
really worked.


One day we were having a particularly bad time. Seems that we were flying a
little light. Some where over the jungle “Chuck” decided he need a tail
rotor. If he would have asked me I would have gave him one. He decided not
to ask, but to shoot the dam thing off. To add insult to injury he also put a
couple of other holes in key operating systems. There was one thing I wished
he wouldn't have hit was the hydraulic line. Now for those of you that do
not understand about the aerodynamics of a helicopter. It really doesn't fly
in the true sense of the word. It more like beats the air into submission.
Fighting you every step of the way. The tail rotor is a invaluable piece of
the puzzle. At speeds less than sixty knots it acts as a counter acting
resistance to the main rotor. So that the hole thing doesn't screw it's self
into the ground. Now if you have misplaced your tail rotor and you have no
hydraulics, this is one of the times that you might say a lot of different
things I can't print here. After saying those it was time to act. This
undertaking is called a sliding landing. It is not something that Pilots
practice while in training, that I know of anyway. They for sure they don't do
it at all with out the aid of hydraulics. So we were all on unknown ground
(forgive the pun). Ground is where we wanted to be, not ground as in
pulverized. As we were making our controlled crash at Que Non airport. We
let the people in the tower that it might get ugly. The pilot says to me
that he wants me to come up front with the GIF and stand on the collective
with my shoulders to the roof and slowly push down. Both of the pilots were
manning the cyclic, and there was no one doing anything about the foot
pedals because they weren't attached to anything. In my minds eye I had
envisioned that we were going to crash. Beyond that, when the main rotor hit
the ground it would most likely rip the transmission out just about where I
was. I hurriedly made a plan for a hasty exit. I being the smartest Bear in
these woods would live. The second the skids hit the ground and the main
rotor was getting close to the ground I split. Out the door I was gone,
tumbling and sliding. My ship was also sliding, but not tumbling, righting
it self just before stopping. I was both saddened and elated as I picked my
tattered body up of the ground. The moral is "panic in haste recuperate


Beware of Pilots that wear white scarves. OK we were young and did some
things that were not on the list of the smartest things. One of them was
flying under this railroad trestle then having to pull up sharply to avoid
the footpath just beyond. When you try to do the opposite it is a lot
harder. In this case it is harder to go down before you go up. When you
start to go down things speed up a bunch. So when you have a Pilot that
thinks that he can really fly combined with the fact that he is an Idiot,
bad things happen. It just so happens that on that day I found out that he
was going to be my pilot. I did something I now wonder about. I refused to
fly with him. As a flight member you can do that, they can't make you fly,
it's a volunteer thing. As I now understand it He asked the Ranking pilot
in the other ship if he wanted to join him in doing the over under thing.
The ranking pilot said that he was to short and that he didn't think it was
a good idea either. The Crew Chief happened to agree, and told him that if
he wanted to do this thing that he should put down and let the Gunner and
him off. Do it and come back to get them afterwards. Being an Ace Pilot that
he was, and not wanting to be embarrassed by his Crew not having any faith
in him. He was going to do it. Everyone but Ace turned out to be right. He
was way to hot going over the footpath and by the time he realized it was
too late for every body. He tried in vain to flare it out of the way. They
hit the center of the railroad trestle. Rupturing the fuel blatter and
sending everyone to a fiery death. Moral: Trust your intuition


My Pilot is flying along having a good day listing to armed forces radio.
When all of the sudden there is a explosion in front of him. An AK-47 round
came through the fuselage through his helmet visor and hit him between his
eyes, then dropped into his lap. I'm not sure but I think he still wears it
around his neck.


Flying along we usually kept the mike switch in the GIB position. I here my
Gunner call me and I can hardly hear him. He wants me to bring him some
matches. Lighting a cigarette with the doors open at 150 knots is a trick.
Using up a pack of "C" rations matches for one cigarette is not a big deal.
I go over to his side with matches in hand, and low and behold his seat is
empty. (expletive deleted) I'm looking around there is not a place to hide,
I follow his mike jack and it's going out the door. Oh my God he has fallen
out... We didn't have the Monkey straps that some wore that would only let
you fall so far out. I look out and there he is hanging on the skid
flapping around with the 120-knot wind beating head to toes with one arm and
one leg he is hanging on. With the other arm he is trying to reach for the

MSGT Bill French
Electronic Mechanic
283d CCS Dobbins ARB
DSN 925-4732
Com 770-919-4732
Fax 770-919-4749

Tue. Dec 21, 1999 23:37:32 EST

Paul Tenhet ( from Tooele, Utah writes:
Wishing each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a sincere hope that the year 2000 will be especially good to the men of the 129th AHC. And thanks to you Mark for this site. Keep your tail rotors clear of that Y2K crap. Bulldog 26, "Lou"

Wed. Dec 22, 1999 8:51:55 EST

Mike Miles from Wash, DC writes:
Hey, look everybody. Keith Weisheit is here! Say "hello" to Keith everyone. "Hello Lurch"!! So, you finally bought a computer and caught up to the 20th century just before it becomes the 21st century. Better late than never. Give me a call. I get tired of calling you on my nickel. And if you do call me, you always reverse the charges! Not a problem. Just stay on touch.
Mike Miles

Wed. Dec 22, 1999 8:53:18 EST

That's, "Just stay IN touch". I hate typo's.

Wed. Dec 22, 1999 9:56:36 EST

michael barrett ( from Phila. Pa. writes:
To all, enjoy the holiday season. Take guys and girls.

Thu. Dec 23, 1999 0:16:53 EST

Rick England ( from Phoenix Az writes:
Flight I want to wish you and your families a safe and Merry Christmas and a happy New Year Rick

Thu. Dec 23, 1999 11:40:39 EST

Alex fernwalt ( writes:

Wishing you all and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years. It's been a real pleasure communicating with everyone. And a Honor to have had the oppurtunity to get the 129th T-Shirts printed and shipped to everyone whom ordered them. The reunion information is in the nov.5th posting. It gives all the information you need. Rooms are going fast! Already got mine confirmed. Take Care Bro'S. Alex 129th 11/65-11/66 & 8/67-4/68

Thu. Dec 23, 1999 12:19:6 EST

Gale Beard ( from Clinton, Indiana writes:
I hope that everyone in the 129th has a very Merry Christmas!!!!
Gale Beard/crewchief/svc plt/67-68

Thu. Dec 23, 1999 20:26:24 EST

Wishing all of my brothers from the 129th a very merry christmas and happy new year.

Thu. Dec 23, 1999 20:29:44 EST

Joe Muniz ( from San Diego,California writes:
Wishing all the crews and families of the 129th. a very merry christmas and happy new year.(Joe Muniz 68/69 service platoon.

Thu. Dec 23, 1999 22:15:41 EST

Ernest J. Gschwender ( from Lincoln Park, MI 48146 writes:
Mark Just to inform you that I have moved. My e-mail address is the same. Hope to wish all the bro's of the 129th a Very Merry Christmas and a Joyful New Year.
129th 4/69-4/70
Cobra 007

Fri. Dec 24, 1999 18:5:14 EST

Mark Jackson ( from LZ HOME writes:
Not much I can say then this. My faimly and I wish you all the best of the Holiday, and a great New Century. "YOU ALL", are the gift under my tree this year. Thanks for being out there and God Bless
Mark and Co.

Fri. Dec 24, 1999 18:5:16 EST

Bruno E Sanchez ( from Laredo,Texas writes:

Fri. Dec 24, 1999 21:23:35 EST

Ron Paye ( from Indy. IN. writes:
Hey Flight. Just wanted to take a minute and wish you all the "Very Best" this Christmas Season. Mark Jackson, and this net has been one of the "BEST" things that has happened in a long time. I have gotten in contact with some old friends, and made a bunch of new friends that I hope to meet this new year. I salute you, one and all. Take care, and have a really good holiday.

Love and Brotherhood.
Ron Paye

Fri. Dec 24, 1999 21:29:23 EST

Ted (Gus) Gustafson ( from Brainerd,MN writes:
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone from
the great white north.

Fri. Dec 24, 1999 21:31:34 EST

Ted (Gus) Gustafson ( from Brainerd,MN writes:
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone from
the great white north.

Fri. Dec 24, 1999 21:47:7 EST

Don Johnson ( from Edmond, OK writes:
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all 129th and their families.

Fri. Dec 24, 1999 23:48:17 EST

James King ( from Kansas writes:
To All Men who served in the 129th aslt. hel. co. in Viet Nam at any time,
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
As long as we live the ones who did not come back live also.

James King gunner
Cobra gun plt.

Sat. Dec 25, 1999 12:5:23 EST

Art Campbell ( from Cardale Pa. writes:
Like to wish everyone who reads this Homepage a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Keystone State.
Cobra Plt
1971-72 Gunner & Ammunition Handler

Sun. Dec 26, 1999 10:10:13 EST

Rick England ( from Phoenix Az. writes:
Have a safe and happy Holiday. From Rick and Claudia England

Mon. Dec 27, 1999 0:22:49 EST

Craig Mateer ( from Osceola, Iowa writes:
Just found this site today, great site. Transferred to 129th on 1/1/69 from Pleiku (sp. Was a gunner on bulldog 637 until it was shipped bad to the world for repairs. Crew chief was Rodis. Reassigned to bulldog 288 in 2/69. Crew chief named Jones (Jerry I believe). Wounded 2/28/69 during CA in Phu-cat mountains (sent back to world). Captain Black wounded the same CA in Chalk one. Anyone know how to get in touch with Rodis (can't remember his first name), Bill Whalen, Bob Lee, Captain Black or anyone else in 129th during 1/69 or 2/69?

Also, when personal belongings made it to parents house almost nothing left in box. Had not sent many pictures home. Most were in locker undeveloped. If anyone has a picture of base in ROK Valley would like to get copy of picture of hill and flight line.

Also would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas.

Mon. Dec 27, 1999 11:14:5 EST

Dave Powers ( from Montrose, Colorado writes:
Hi Flight...

Hope you and all your families had a great Christmas, and you have a safe, healthy, and Happy New Year!

Mon. Dec 27, 1999 16:15:56 EST

Matthew Casey ( from Denver, CO writes:
Wishing all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
1. I have sent a copy of the artwork for the patch to a friend to get a quote on making up a window sticker. I'll keep all posted as I get more information.
2. This will be my last corispondance from this address, I'm swithing jobs so as soon as I have the new address I'll post it.

Tails clear left
Matt Casey
Crew Chief Jan 70-Dec 70
1st Flight Plt. (147)

Mon. Dec 27, 1999 21:45:0 EST

Gently ( from Wisconsin writes:
Just checking in. It great to see FNG always signing up! Welcome back!

Ron P-i just got a hold of "Fortunate son". you were right-good reading. I just a lead on a pilot book, Centaur flights, so back to the library I go. Has anyone read it? I'm reading, reading, reading, so i'm always looking for suggestions. And by the way--isn't there a Vet newspaper? I'd like to subscribe.

i'll be in N.C-can

i be your "donut dollie" guys?-always Gently

oh yeah, are you all as happy as i am to see the end of this century!!!!A Peace-full new year to all my Nam buddies!

Tue. Dec 28, 1999 13:52:8 EST

David Wood ( from Los Angeles, CA writes:
I flew with the Bulldogs in RVN in '71-'72. Anyone
know what happened to WO 2 Mike Miles or Cpt. Noel?
Best to all of the Aviators of the Century!

Tue. Dec 28, 1999 14:34:23 EST

David Wood ( writes:
Mike, Lurch, Shadow, Thor, Animal, and the rest;

Just had time to review the last years messages.
Good God can't believe I would be hearing about all you
Mike - remember that mission where we went north Phu Cat to pick up
those SVN LRRPS.

Other memories - the evacuation of Lane AF due to the typhoon
AND the RON at the AF base --- Wow.

The missions into the crows foot, the stand down of the
173rd (Casper) at LZ English. ENOUGH!

How are you guys?

I remember contacting Lane Tower... "Lane triple nickle in the pass
for gas".

Well all have a Merry Christmas and the best of a new Millennium.

Bulldog 29 (Tadpole)

David Wood

Thu. Dec 30, 1999 13:2:26 EST

Michael barrett ( from Philadelphia Pa. writes:
To all,happy y2k. Take care.

Fri. Dec 31, 1999 8:32:22 EST

Gale Beard /129th67-68 ( from Clinton, In 47842 writes:
Hi Gang, Who would of ever thought that we would be around for the year 2000!! Also thinking of all the Bros. that didn't make it. Happy and Safe New Year greetings to all. Hope to meet some of you at the Reunion at Charlotte in June- I have my reservations. Clear, Gale

Fri. Dec 31, 1999 10:44:9 EST

Rick England ( from Phoenix Az writes:
Happy New Year and be careful out there. Rick

Fri. Dec 31, 1999 11:53:53 EST

Mark Jackson ( from LZ HOME writes:
Hi ya gang................will raise a glass in honor of all the 129th tonight. Be they here, or be they there..........
Christmas this year did not come to me in a box wrapped with pretty paper, nor did it have ribbon wrapped around it, nor did it have a bow on it. My gifts this year, came to me in the form of friends and family that I have been surrounded by this last year. New friendships and old. I thank all of you for being out there.
Everybody have a good and safe one tonight, and we will talk next year.

Matthew Casey!!!!!!!!!!...I think the idea of a window sticker is awsome. That will really look good on the windshield of the Harley:-)))).......let me know the details, and I will be able to assit in defering some of the cost of the mission.

Take care all, you and your loved ones mean more to me then you will ever know,
Mark and family.................................................

Fri. Dec 31, 1999 12:2:23 EST

Mark Jackson ( from LZ HOME writes:
............just a note............the VHFCN will be changing servers sometime next year. This 129th LOG BOOK is directly, indirectly connected to the VHFCN. At the time of the change, some of the commo in here may be lost. If you would like to keep the commo that is already posted from the last 2 years, I suggest that you "copy and paste" it into its' own folder, and store it on your machines.
Waiting for the melt down;-)......................Mark