......Please know that my last post is all fun!!!!..........to be honest with ya, I quickly went to the Marine site and stole the joke from there and changed the last line from navy day, to Army day.........see us marines may be stupid, but we are sneaky. Love you guys.
USA - Sunday, April 30, 2006 at 19:50:56 (MDT)
ha,ha,..seriouosly folks. I love the Marine jokes. You jealous pricks ;-)))) Freddy Boy, you aint thinkin' of runnin' for an office, are you? ;-).............................. A MARINE IN HELL....................................................................... A Marine dies in combat and wakes up to find he is in hell. He's really depressed as he stands in the processing line waiting to talk to an admittance counselor. He thinks to himself I know I lead a wild life but, Hell, I'm a Marine. We're expected to live wild lives. I wasn't that bad. I never thought it would come to this. " Looking up he sees that it is his turn to be processed into hell. With fear and heavy heart, he walks up to the counselor. Counselor: What's the problem, you look depressed? Marine: Well, what do you think? I'm in hell. Counselor: Hell's not so bad, We actually have a lot of fun. Do you like to drink? Marine: Of course I do. I'm a Marine. Counselor: Well then, you are going to love Mondays, On Mondays we drink up a storm. You can have whiskey, rum, tequila, beer, whatever you want and as much you want. We party all night long. You'll love Mondays. Do you smoke? Marine: Yes, as a matter of fact I do. Counselor: You are going to love Tuesdays. Tuesday is smoke day. You get to smoke the finest cigars and best cigarettes available anywhere. And you smoke to your heart's desire without worrying about cancer because you are already dead! Is that great or what? You are going to love Tuesdays. Do you like to fight? Marine: Of course I do. I'm a Marine! Counselor: You are going to love Wednesdays. That's Fighting Day. We challenge each other to fights to see who's the toughest in Hell. You don't have to worry about getting hurt or killed, because you're already dead.You are going to love Wednesdays. Do you gamble? Marine: Show me a Marine who doesn't! Counselor: You are going to love Thursdays, Because we gamble all day and night. Black jack, craps, poker, slots, horse races, everything! you are going to love Thursdays. Are you gay? Marine: Of course, not! I'm a Marine! Counselor: Oh (grimaces) , you're going to hate Fridays. That's Army Day!........//// Love to you all.................
USA - Sunday, April 30, 2006 at 19:47:31 (MDT)
Animal, A: the Marine has to be told which color to use.B: He/she,cannot stay inside the lines,they will color (wipe out) the entire page,rip it out of the book,tear it into amny pieces,then burn whats left,then throw the ashes into the wind,besides,Marines only see to colors,red (charge like a bull) and green.
USA - Sunday, April 30, 2006 at 12:52:59 (MDT)
Brett Whiteley <email@example.com>
USA - Sunday, April 30, 2006 at 12:40:04 (MDT)
Mark, Maybe they should put some pictures or something on that website for the Marines to color! LOL Greg
Puna, HI USA - Sunday, April 30, 2006 at 11:49:27 (MDT)
dont think so Rick,but not sure,,,thought it was named painted canyon or something like that.Is supposed to be just off the side of road.Lots of pictures abound in the travel books and post cards,ect.
USA - Sunday, April 30, 2006 at 09:59:36 (MDT)
Fred are you talking about hells gate?????
USA - Sunday, April 30, 2006 at 06:59:13 (MDT)
Not So Fast.....Marky Mark.....LOL.....Us "left-wing" guys and gals have just been "laying back" and watching the "chips fall" where they may...... 06 elections are just around the corner......Sometimes it`s not Repub vs Democrat thing.....
Summit, NJ USA - Sunday, April 30, 2006 at 05:36:03 (MDT)
I just want to tell all of you that do and have and will in the future, "THANKS" for keeping this website clean, respectful, decent, loving, caring, and full of fellowship and brotherhood. The reason I say this is being a Marine, I belong to a Marine web site called TWS. "Together We Served" It has 46,000+ members.With a forum type of posting board. titles of forums range from Old Marines, Squad Bay, Open Forum, Equipment Chat, Sports and Hobbies........well......what I am trying to say is, anyone of those forums you go to there most generally a fight going on or a bunch of name calling and even threats being made. I know we have had differences of opinions expressed here before and at times I have ask and the subject has been changed. I just want you all to know that I appreciate that you all conduct yourselves in the manor that you do. If it were to be like the TWS site I think I would shut the dang thing down. THANKS, THANKS, THANKS , THANKS.........................have I told you all that I love you today.....................always a brother....................THANKS and GOD BLESS
USA - Saturday, April 29, 2006 at 20:01:14 (MDT)
HI Brother Larry is bad only his Wife Linda can go & see him not evern his kid cantsee himat all. I am going to see if Linda can get me to see Larry The wife might haf to bail me out of hoosk gal. we ben buddy from nam when I got in the 129th to now & for ever I sead I did not want to see him again but hell & high water I WILL See Larry again & I know he heard all are prayers & I THANK YOU ALL. ART
arthur 7 Glenda Foster <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hogansville, GA. USA - Saturday, April 29, 2006 at 19:53:54 (MDT)
hey Rick,whats the name of the skinny canyon,in places just wide enough to walk,thats kinda famous? How far is it from Phoniex?.
USA - Friday, April 28, 2006 at 21:06:32 (MDT)
Rick...we aren't going to climb the Grand Canyon too? :>))) I climbed Camelback once...once was enough. many prayers for our ill friends. L-j
USA - Friday, April 28, 2006 at 13:48:50 (MDT)
Thanks Everyone for remembering Lt Shaw & WO Stothers.Diane glad so see you log in & post.Lt Shaw & WO Strothers are the real heros. Bernie thanks for the call. Hope you dont have a headache from the brewskies you had yesterday :-) :-)-- Bernie I'll follow up & check on you later & see how the left "rump roast" is doing. Bill Shilletto where are you?? E'nuff Said. Later 426 Out.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Friday, April 28, 2006 at 09:21:37 (MDT)
Well April 27th has come and gone and I had some cold one's thought about all crew members of the "426" and talked with Bruno. Diane happy to see your post and Judith also. I visited the VA out patient wednesday for my yearly checkup and to discuss some tests that were done on me and my prmary health provider informed me that I have been exposed to agent orange and yesterday I had surgury at the VA Hospital to remove 2 lumps of lipoma on my left buttock, anyway all is well. Thanks for all that remembered the "426" crew and have a great weekend.
Bernie Hernandez <Bernie.Hernandez@HILL.af.mil>
Ogden, Utah USA - Friday, April 28, 2006 at 07:05:39 (MDT)
Glad Susan is back home. Richard from SAR in Maine my e-mail isn't working at all. My Addy is 20417 Denver HIll Wittmann. Gently Camelback Mountain is a rough hike they use it for the Practice hike for the grand canyon. It will be hot that time of year. We lost a brother from the 129th AHC Bob Gould just found out couple days ago. he was there with the 68 group. A slow hand salute to all our brothers lost there and here. Flight be careful out there
USA - Friday, April 28, 2006 at 06:03:57 (MDT)
Hi BROTHER I got back from the hospital about 8 pm just got my self toghter so I could email to let you know about LARRY his liver is shuting down he turning yellow. he might last hours or a few days I cant go & look at him again I cant see a nother BROTHER go I know he be with GOD I Ask GOD to take care of him to I see him again LARRY IS the 7one I hope I hope you all can read it68 to now. I let all you know when. art & glenda
Arthur E Foster <email@example.com>
Hogansville, GA. USA - Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 21:31:32 (MDT)
Hello to all and thanks for the kind words. Most of all, hello to Bernie and Bruno. I have thought of you both all day and hope you are doing well. Take care and God spped. Diane
Diane Strother Moy <df78759@AOL.COM>
AUSTIN, tx USA - Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 21:23:04 (MDT)
Fred glad Susan's home. Will be good to see you both in Phoenix. Your right Fred the concrete is taking the toll on the right knee. And ain't helping the feet either. Liz is driving a 2006 ford mustang from San Antonio to Houston and back to San Antonio. Seems like she has been goe a while. Will get home tomorrow night. Don't know where she will be going next week. Slow Hand Salute for the crew of 426. Berine you and Brno take care my Brothers. The loses of 426 will not be forgotten. Always A Brother Alex
USA - Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 12:19:33 (MDT)
Slow Salute from here as well,we will not forget. Bernie & Bruno,have as good a day as you can. Ann Shaw & Diane Strother Moy, My deepest respects. Dear Judith as well>>>>>Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wy USA - Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 11:17:08 (MDT)
slow,respectful hand salute rendered.
USA - Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 07:24:50 (MDT)
Make that "at" Peace. Let's all start feeling better and getting out health back..hear that Susan! There's a mountain in Phoenix we all have to climb while at the re-union: Camelback. I'll lead the way....look out Patton!!! Here's comes the fighting 129th!! L-J
USA - Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 07:19:56 (MDT)
34 years ago.... Be a peace Bruno and Bernie. Love-Gently
USA - Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 07:12:56 (MDT)
Slow hand salute to WO C. Strothers & Lt. T. Shaw. I remember you.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 07:00:05 (MDT)
hey guys was going through the office and found the set of original keys to our old bird 431 -though rich waould want one -who is a pilot of 431 who would want the other -these are the original chicago lock keys -old brass! Richard DEEMI SAR maine
Richard Bowie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 05:22:17 (MDT)
HI Brother thank you all I am going to print your prayer for Larry. & Glenda & me are prayer are with all the brother & there Wife & frends to get well soon & Home again WE had the best unit in nam. THANK ART & GLENDA
Arthur Foster <email@example.com>
Hogansville, GA USA - Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 18:02:27 (MDT)
Good to hear that Fred.
USA - Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 09:46:12 (MDT)
she is home.
USA - Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 09:38:25 (MDT)
thanks folks. Susan is coming home tomorrow.She has to stay on oxygen for at least the next two days,then we find out whether she has lung damangae or not.She is in high sprits ( as you all know her) and wanting to come home.I am taking off work tomorrow so i can keep a close eye on her( dont tell her that) but we have high hopes.Alex...jeeze,whats up with the knees?concrete floors does wonders on them.Tell Liz we love her.Jimmy,love you buddy.Gale...getting close to time for a bbq.We need (I do?) a mini.
USA - Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 20:33:16 (MDT)
this is kinda early..but its what i wrote tonight...hope it makes sense to you.....The two young men watched the old guy at the end of the bar,raise his drink to his lips with a shaking hand,nod at the cealing,then down his drink.They smiled at each other,one digging his elbow into the others ribs."Look at that crazy old fart",one said to the other."Fellas",said the regular sitting next to them,"that old fart has seen things you cant even imagine"."Those hands have stroked the newly born"."Those old wrinkled hands have fixed badly needed cars,shaped wooden toys for grandkids,smoothed the hair of crying children,put on and taken off training wheels on bikes,opened hymn books at burial services,and twisted more liquior bottles open and spilt more beer than you ever saw,but thats not why his hands shake"."You see boys,that man went thru a war,a war called Vietnam".Those hands stroked the triggers of m-60 machine guns,m-16 rifles,grease guns,50 cals,mini guns and helped collect the belonging of friends killed there"."Those hands wrote to their Moms and their wives"."But thats not why they shake"."He has worked hard and long,all his life,keeping quiet about the things he saw and heard,but thats not why they shake"."You see boys,today is 4th of july"."All you hear are fireworks.He honors his dead friends ,but the reason his hands shake is because he hears firefights and arty"."It all comes back ,on this day.He can still hear the screams,the helicopter blades,smell the cordite,and remember the dreams"."You see boys,every single year,every fucking year,on this date,the war is shoved back on him"." This is his day for the demons,pray you never have those days"."Boys,thats what a veteran is all about".
USA - Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 20:18:17 (MDT)
Flight: Fred you'll have Susan home before you know it. Looking forward to seeing you both in Phoenix. Good to see the Hydingers post. Hope you both are doing well. Liz is traveling alot. Just got back from Atlanta and leaving for San Antonio in the morning. So, l'm getting the house work done and mowing. ( With the push mower). Trying to cut back to 50 hours a week at work. But average 57 the last 2weeks. Right knee is giving me problems again. Just had it drain for the 4th time. Go to the VA on Thrusday for a hearing test again. This time for hearing aids. Well hope to alot of you in Phoenix. Aleways A Brother Alex
USA - Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 18:50:39 (MDT)
Fred, I Love you both & am praying for you & will not stop, it kinda rips the guts out of me,she is such a neat lady & i have liked her from the moment i met her. It just doesn't seem fair & i know all the cliches about everything not being fair thats just how i feel.>>>>>>>>>Jim
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wy USA - Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 18:32:18 (MDT)
havent been able to spring Susan out of the Hosp. yet. hope for the next 2 days.Blood gases remain very low, but improving.
USA - Monday, April 24, 2006 at 20:41:20 (MDT)
Prayers sent. Jim & Sue
Jim & Sue H.
USA - Monday, April 24, 2006 at 20:32:20 (MDT)
Prayers from here as well, this is my time frame & the name A. Foster rings a bell in my memory for some reason. GOD Bless you both at this time>>>>>>>>Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wy USA - Monday, April 24, 2006 at 18:07:53 (MDT)
USA - Monday, April 24, 2006 at 14:18:24 (MDT)
This was sent to me and with permission from Art and Larry I post it here############################################################################################################################################################################# Hi mark I am arthur foster A member of the 129 th is in bad health it look like he not going to make it he need help from GOD so if all the tigers just give a minuet it could help. Larry Brewster & I were on 351 & Tigerwagon to he went home. he the one got me to write to Glenda in 71 & we are still to gether now. HE in west George medical center vernon rd LaGrange GA. 30240. Thank you ART.############################################################################################################################################################################
USA - Monday, April 24, 2006 at 05:46:01 (MDT)
These names are no good in my email addresses, would you please give me an update. ROGER STRONG...........LES SPRAGUE...................RON COOPER............MIKE KIEFER............NORM KATZ...........JACK HUSTWIT.........RON INGEMUNSON......VICTOR HOY..........EMIL HOWES...........ALLAN HEWITT............SAM HENNESSEE.........JESSE HANCOCK.......DAVE HARDEE........DWIGHT HAMETT........JAMES GRANT........JOHN W. GRIFFITH.........LARRY GRAHAM...........ED GOERGE.........GERALD GILLIAM..........BRUCE GILLESPIE.............HENRY GARZA..........LARRY FLANNELL.....DENNIS FAUCHER...........RON EATON.....ELTON "BUZZ" ELKINS..........ROBERT CORDRAY.........BILLY COCKEREL.......WILLIAM FLOYD CASSADY............NICK CARTER.........ANN BUSLEE ( TOM SHAW'S WIDOW )............LARRY BULLER.........HAROLD BROWN.........JOSEPH BRAGG......................RICHARD BOLES.............LOUISE BOECKEL.....LARRY BASS........CLARENCE BARROWS.........
USA - Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 21:01:15 (MDT)
Prayers to Susan and to you Fred.
Gale & Debbie
USA - Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 19:14:51 (MDT)
Robert D. Berta / 176th AHC..................................Happy Birthday (60th) today my friend...............my Brother. Slow hand salute (crewchief died in Nam 12-13-67)......... ...........................................................................................
USA - Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 19:12:50 (MDT)
hoping to get Susan out of the hospitial tomorrow.She hasnt responded to asthma treatments very well,but has finally turned the corner.Doc says next bad one could put her in a ventolater( iron lung) or could kill her.Lets hope it gets under control.Besides,it sucks cooking for one.Just aint really worth it...the dishes and trouble to go do it.
USA - Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 19:06:51 (MDT)
slow,respectful, hand salute rendered
USA - Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 19:00:40 (MDT)
April 23, 1967, the 525 struck trees while lifting off from a confined area. Their aircraft crashed and burned. We lost WO1 Edward William Wells, pilot on this date and Sp4 Michael D. Walker, gunner and medic who died from injuries 10 May 67. Max Whittington and I lost a good friend that day.
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N.C. USA - Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 18:29:51 (MDT)
to quote Phil ,"the Huey has been caught on film again".In march,the national geographic channel ask Phil about using 509 in a story about the 72 olimpics and the folks getting killed there in germeny.Should show in sept.06
USA - Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 05:46:56 (MDT)
Good for you Harrell. Your right don't give up. Thanks Fred I tried to call but no answer. Thanks for your help he is going to send me Popeye's poems, that is what this is about. Flight be careful out there
USA - Saturday, April 22, 2006 at 09:10:05 (MDT)
Good Morning Flight: Well counting the days to the reunion. Remember June 21-25th. With the help of Mark and this website our reunion has grown every year. Mark has help me achieve my goal of bring our Brothers of the 129th together. It has been a wild ride for me and Liz over the years. Having the opportunity of meeting so many 129th Brothers and their families. It's been an honor to spend time with you and also remembering our fallen Brothers with all of you at my side. Always A Brother Alex BITE AND STRIKE!!!!
Collierville, TN USA - Saturday, April 22, 2006 at 07:47:39 (MDT)
Its good to see they did something positive..congrads harril
USA - Saturday, April 22, 2006 at 05:18:54 (MDT)
Hey guys. Was notified Wednesday the my disability has been upgraded from 70% to 100% unemployability due to coronary artery disease from complications of type II diabetes. Don't give up fighting with the VA, it just takes a little time. Have a great time at the reunion.
Groves, Tx USA - Saturday, April 22, 2006 at 05:04:03 (MDT)
Rick, sent an E-mail...i think i will be blocked but also posted in helivets so might get thru to Rick.
USA - Friday, April 21, 2006 at 19:38:19 (MDT)
XHuey715@wmconnect.com Fred A. will e-mail Rick Vogel my address 20427 Denver Hill Dr. Wittmann AZ 85361 use hei-vets as subject my e-mail isn't working. Thanks I will try and call him also. Thanks if you can do that.
USA - Friday, April 21, 2006 at 12:28:32 (MDT)
GOT THIS OF A MARINE SITE I GO TO##################################################### A Bad Day At Work... If you don't laugh out loud after you read this you are in a coma! This is even funnier when you realize it's real! Next time you have a bad day at work...think of this guy... Rob is a commercial saturation diver for Global Divers in Louisiana He performs underwater repairs on offshore drilling rigs. Below is an E-mail he sent to his sister. She then sent it to radio station 103.2 on FM dial in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, who was sponsoring a worst job experience contest. Needless to say, she won. Hi Sue, Just another note from your bottom-dwelling brother. Last week I had a bad day at the office. I know you've been feeling down lately at work, so I thought I would share my dilemma with you to make you realize it's not so bad after all. Before I can tell you what happened to me, first must bore you with a few technicalities of my job. As you know, my office lies at the bottom of the sea. I wear a suit to the office. It's a wetsuit. This time of year the water is quite cool. So what we do to keep warm is this: We have a diesel powered industrial water heater. This $20,000 piece of equipment sucks the water out of the sea. It heats it to a delightful temperature. It then pumps it down to the diver through a garden hose, which is taped to the air hose. Now this sounds like a darn good plan, and I've used it several times with no complaints. What I do, when I get to the bottom and start working, is take the hose and stuff it down the back of my wetsuit. This floods my whole suit with warm water. It's like working in a Jacuzzi. Everything was going well until all of a sudden, my butt started to itch. So, of course, I scratched it! . This only made things worse. Within a few seconds my butt started to burn. I pulled the hose out from my back, but the damage was done. In agony I realize what had happened. The hot water machine had sucked up a jellyfish and pumped it into my suit. Now, since I don't have any hair on my back, the jellyfish couldn't stick to it. However, the crack of my butt was not as fortunate. When I scratched what I thought was an itch, I was actually grinding the jellyfish into the crack of my butt. I informed the dive supervisor of my dilemma over the communicator. His instructions were unclear due to the fact that he, along with five other divers, were all laughing hysterically. Needless to say I aborted the dive. I was instructed to make three agonizing in-water decompression stops totaling thirty-five minutes before I could reach the surface to begin my chamber dry decompression. When I arrived at the surface, I was wearing nothing but my brass helmet. As I climbed out of the water, the medic, with tears of laughter running down his face, handed me a tube of cream and told me to rub it on my butt as soon as I got in the chamber. The cream put the fire out, but I couldn't poop for two days! be cause my butt was swollen shut. So, next time you're having a bad day at work, think about how much worse it would be if you had a jellyfish shoved up your butt. Now repeat to yourself, "I love my job, I love my job, I love my job!"################## ..........................
USA - Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 21:55:01 (MDT)
Would it be safe to say, "that's pretty much PTSD in a nut shell"............give me your hand brothers, I sorrow.................always a brother.........
USA - Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 21:11:29 (MDT)
Fred A.........that last writing of yours reminds me of a part of this book. ####################################################################################### ACHILLES IN VIETNAM : Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character by Scribnerby Jonathan Shay ##################### VICTORY, DEFEAT, AND THE HOVERING DEAD ######################## In victory, the meaning of the dead has rarely been a problem to the living soldiers have died "for" victory. Ancient and modern war are alike in defining the relationship between victory and the army's dead, after the fact. At the time of the deaths, victory has not yet been achieved, so the corpses' meaning hovers in the void until the lethal contest has been decided. Victory and the cut, crushed, burned, impaled, suffocated, frozen, diseased, drowned, poisoned, or blown-up corpses mutually anchor each other's meaning. Homeric participants in warfare understood a very simple relationship between civilians and the soldiers who fought to protect them: In defeat, all male civilians were massacred and all female civilians were raped and carried away into slavery. In the modern world, the meaning of the dead to the defeated is a bitter, unhealed wound, where defeat rarely means obliteration of the people and civilization. As we recently witnessed in the Persian Gulf War, defeat may not even bring the fall of the opposing government. At the level of grand strategy in Vietnam, the United States had been defeated, and yet American soldiers had won every battle. For the veterans, the unanchored dead continue to hover. They visit their surviving comrades at night like the ghost of Pátroklos, Achilles' friend, visits Achilles: ...let me pass the gates of Death. ...I wander about the wide gates and the hall of Death. Give me your hand. I sorrow. (23:88)
USA - Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 21:05:49 (MDT)
Fred A........that's a lot of Helicopters in the sky flying over that grave yrad, ain't it?......................man, that writing got to me Fred..............mark
USA - Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 20:56:35 (MDT)
Hey Fred A...............that very same story was told a long time ago (62 A.D.) by a gentleman who was in prison at the time. While he was waiting his appeal to be brought before Caesar, he wrote a letter to some friends of his that lived in a town called Colosse. It ended up in the Bible Colossians 3:5-17 (New International Version) 5.Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6.Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7.You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8.But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9.Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10.and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11.Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. 12.Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13.Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14.And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15.Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16.Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17.And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him..............AMEN to that....................always a brother...........
USA - Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 20:50:08 (MDT)
These are emails that I got back...............if you have a updated one for these people please send them to me.WE USED TO HAVE SOLID ADDRESS FOR THESE GUYS I HATE TO LOOSE CONTACT WITH ANYBODY IF YOU ARE THEM, UPDATE ME PLAESE, OR IF YOU KNOW OF THEM!!!!!!PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ROGER STRONG...........LES SPRAGUE...................RON COOPER............MIKE KIEFER............NORM KATZ...........JACK HUSTWIT.........RON INGEMUNSON......VICTOR HOY..........EMIL HOWES...........ALLAN HEWITT............SAM HENNESSEE.........JESSE HANCOCK.......DAVE HARDEE........DWIGHT HAMETT........JAMES GRANT........JOHN W. GRIFFITH.........LARRY GRAHAM...........ED GOERGE.........GERALD GILLIAM..........BRUCE GILLESPIE.............HENRY GARZA..........LARRY FLANNELL.....DENNIS FAUCHER...........RON EATON.....ELTON "BUZZ" ELKINS..........ROBERT CORDRAY.........BILLY COCKEREL.......WILLIAM FLOYD CASSADY............NICK CARTER.........ANN BUSLEE ( TOM SHAW'S WIDOW )............LARRY BULLER.........HAROLD BROWN.........JOSEPH BRAGG......................RICHARD BOLES.............LOUISE BOECKEL.....LARRY BASS........CLARENCE BARROWS.........ALWAYS A BROTHER..........MARK
USA - Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 20:10:53 (MDT)
We were flying thru the mist,a thick mist,it curled around the windshields like smoky fingers.Visability was close to zero.We couldnt land our helicopter,we were in Indian country,we had to fly it out.The pilots were watching the insturments and we were watching also,for signs of anything obstructing our flight path.The pilots were tense,talking softly over the whopping of the blades,the blades sounding loudly in the thick mist,like a train whistle on a rainy night.The gunner said he thought he saw some trees,I did also,on the mountian side.Keying in the mics,we told the pilots,"trees,at 3 and 9 o'clock".Then it felt like we passed thru a cold front.Funny thing ,that stormy day,we thought we heard voices,thru the mist.It sounded like people talking,and of all things,mothers crying. Almost like ghost,so full of saddness and grief,it made the heart heavy.Then we popped into a sunshine so bright,so clear and clean,it erased all feeling that were dark,sad,or negitive.it was like a power had come over us,up lifting us,even the blades sang in harmoney.Each of us looked around,each seeing a different view.Each of us saw a grave yard,peopled by folks we knew...there was our mothers,crying next to our red eyed dads.We circled over,doing 180s,waving and calling out to our loved ones.They couldnt hear us,perhaps it was the whopping of the blades,perhaps not.We flew in the bright sunshine,warm,basking,peaceful,full of the smells of flowers and peace.Yet,as we looked,rain clouds and sorrow covered the grave yards.How could this be,we asked over the intercom? We flew closer and closer.We saw the reason,for our names were on the tombstones. Yet,still we called out to them..we are here...we are here,looking over you.As the sun shone and the flowers proudly raised there heads to us, we circled in warm brotherhood,then saw many more helicopters off in the distance,a flight of angels,or was it helicopters?They were waving and smiling,welcoming us home.
USA - Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 19:29:18 (MDT)
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two "wolves" inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith." The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?" The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
USA - Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 18:49:53 (MDT)
Gently........see if that trampoline has a Indiana plate on it.....ALEX.........you can view the Museum at < www.museumofthesoldier.com > I invite all to visit it on line or in person. It is the New Home of the 129th artifacts and memorabilia. They also take donations. I have some photos and am trying to get them on the web site soon........always a brother...............
USA - Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 18:38:25 (MDT)
Hey...there's a trampoline in my backyard! L-Gently
USA - Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 13:22:50 (MDT)
Kim, I remember my first night back also. I got home around 4pm, spent a little time with my folks then my dad and I went over my car which had been stored. I was on the road seeing the local area less than 20 minutes when I was stopped by a crooked cop who tried to pin a hit and run on me. Only the fact that it had happened the day before I got home got me off. This happening less than 3 hours after I had got home had a very negative effect on me, one that took years to get over. I went to Campbell after leave was over and surprisingly a lot of vets also had negative instances like ours. Talking things over with fellow vets helped us all to let go. But the feeling of being betrayed or as with you dropped right into civilian life without decompressing locked a lot of feelings inside most Vietnam vets. Those of you who had or are now dealing with delayed combat stress (PTSD) know what I mean.
USA - Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 11:17:21 (MDT)
Good Afternoon Flight: Mark do you have more info about the musesum? Hope to get a chance to visit. Well the reunion is about 8 weeeks off. Will be nice to see the 129th Family again. The 129th has been growing every year. Gently don't exactly when we are going to Branson Mo. But, will be late Sept. or early Oct. they say it's nice in the fall. Liz has pulling up the to see what shows the have to offer. Rhonda Max Whittington sent a picture of Michael Walker in front of a chopper. Max flew with him I blieve. I remember seeing him on the flight line at times. In 1965/66 we all went in diffent directions. And on occasions would be togther for a while before we would leave for a few weeks to support other units. Gently what email do we want to contact you at? See you all in Phoenix Alex
Collierville, Tn. USA - Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 11:03:18 (MDT)
Ninh Hoa,60th ahc,ghostriders,CW2 Wiggins,CW2 Herman, Sp-4 Stover,PFC Becker, kia, Vung Ro Pass,2 corp,april 18th 1972.Slow ,respectful,hand salute rendered,my brothers.You are not forgotten.
USA - Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 19:28:03 (MDT)
Rhonda,as i understand it,there will be several 129thers at Broson this year. well flight,things just keep getting better and better around here.Had to admit Susan to the hospitial again this morning,real bad asthma attacks again.
USA - Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 10:47:13 (MDT)
I was just wanting to find out if anyone going to Branson knew my daddy Michael Dwayne Walker? We go to Branson several times and would like to meet anyone who knew him. Also if you remember anything about him or have any stories about him that you would share please let me know. He served in 66-67 and was wounded in April 67, died in May of 67. I greatly appreciate all your emails. Thanks for serving for my freedom. You have done a wonderful job. Rhonda Jordan
Rhonda Jordan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 10:24:59 (MDT)
I took a trip down memory lane today. I had to drop off our car at the shop to get some work done on it and needed to get out to Bill and Ambies to do some yard work. Pop always had some old clunkers out back of the shop to loan to truck drivers to get up town and eat while we worked on their trucks. They still have old clunkers back there. Sos' I hop in this 1980 Caprice Classic. BIG car. We used to call cars like that boats, or cruisers.They floated down the road. Heavy sucker. My destination was about 20 miles away. I load up the HUGE trunk with the tiller and some tools. I gets sta going and along one stretch of road the car in front of me is movin' kinda slow. This boat has a big block in it. I tromp the peddle to pass and I hear this BANG. Blew the muffler. The boat starts to roar threw the gears. Automatic wwwwwwwwwwWWWWWWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.........sounded cool. Remember when that would happen and if you was like me you left that blowed muffler on as long as you could until the cops told you that you was to loud and it was time to get it fixed. Needless to say, every chance I got I would stomp on the gas just to hear it down shift into passin' gear and then let her wined up until I had no more get up and go. I sure had fun with it. Sos' I is criusin' back this afternoon to get my car back and it's kinda hot today. I goes to roll down the window and I can't find the switch. THERE AIN'T any. It had manual windows. Can you dig it. When was the last time you cranked a window down in your car. It kinda felt good. I chuckled afterwards and tromped it!!! wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. More fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost get ta town and I notice some lite on the dash. The CHECK ENGINE SOON lite was on. Chucklin' again, as I recall, they always came on and we would just run them till they went out or put electrical tape over it!!!!!......I stomped on it again and chuckled!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.............1980 might not seem that long ago but I was only 29 years old. Had only been married for 8 years. Iran hostage crisis. Ronald Reagan was elected pres. Fed. dept was ONLY 909 million. A stamp cost .15 cents.Median Household Income (current dollars): $17,710, Pittsburgh beat the LA rams in the super bowl. John Lennon Shot and killed. Movies were;Raging Bull, Ordinary People, Coal Miner's Daughter, The Elephant Man, Tess.........................now that stuff happened a long time ago...................Oh well, I'm back now. For a minute or 2 today I was 29 again!!!!!!!!!!!....wasnt all that bad!!!!!!!!!!!!..........Love to you all...........................always a brother..............
USA - Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at 20:05:32 (MDT)
Mark, that pass you were referring to is the pass that The 257 was trying to get through when they went down. As you know they were not quite high enough to get through the pass. They were coming back through to Lane so they were on the other side of the pass from lane... Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at 11:06:51 (MDT)
"Stickman!!!!" Email me: Gentlyjs@yahoo.com. And to everyhone else....a huge dame hug! L-G
USA - Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at 08:25:27 (MDT)
This is an insert from the NEWSLETTER from the Museum of the Soldier where the 129th stuff is being put on display. Some stuff is up already. A LARGE COLLECTION OF ITEMS AND HISTORY WERE PRESENTED TO THE MUSEUM BY MARK JACKSON AND THE MEMBERS OF THE 129TH ASSAULT HELICOPTER COMPANY. MARK'S BROTHER WAS KILLED IN VIETNAM WHILE A MEMEBR OF THE 129TH. THIS IS A LARGE COLLECTION AND WILL BE ON DISPLAY SOON.
USA - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 19:15:15 (MDT)
well folks,if a trampoline flys thru your back yard,and thru your fence...its an act og GOD,no-one is responseable,except the home owner with the broken fence. figures.
USA - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 18:03:34 (MDT)
Got this email from a gentleman who knew John Bender. Please email him if you did also. Also got one from Joyce Gilliam who is wondering if our Ken Wells is the Ken Wells she is looking for. It's their highschool class reunion this summer and she would like to honor her Ken at it. Her's was from TX, ours was from Chicago....but who knows. She'll be posting on the site:>) Love you all..I miss you-Gently Coachckw@aol.com To: email@example.com Subject: Via John Bendor's Memorial on www.VirtualWall.org John and I went to Vanden High School together, and worked at the Travis A.F.B. , N.C.O. Club as bus boys. Never knew what happened to John. THANK YOU! For taking the time and posting this memorial. Charlie Wilbur Major, Infantry, Ret.
USA - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 07:12:42 (MDT)
Flight: Hope eveyone and their family had a good Easter. Worked at Autozone all day. Mark Easter 1968 was coming back to the states. I think Gale you were right behind me a few days later. Bruno sounds like we all needed to head your way with the spead your putting out. If a non-smoker needs to share a room at the reunion let me know. I'm not getting there until thurday about noon. Liz is still trying to get a flight out of Memphis for me. Liz will be traveling with her job this year. She has attended all the reunions. Won't be the same without her. Take Care and see you all soon. Always A Brother Alex Cell 901-487-0374
USA - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 05:51:05 (MDT)
Prayers for everyone of you & blessed Easter to all>>>>>>>>>>>> Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wy USA - Sunday, April 16, 2006 at 19:15:02 (MDT)
Hello everyone. Hoping that you are all fine and well. I am doing ok as is my grandparents. We have had some slight issues with range fires lately. Just a quick note incase anyone new is around. If anyone knew my uncle, Olen Wayne Garrett, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org If anyone has my old email at arnet its fixing to get axed. Wishing all of you a Happy Easter! :o)
Amarillo, TX USA - Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 22:15:00 (MDT)
weather wise,the crap hit the fan here last night.Hail,swrilling winds,tornado just up the road a piece...a trampoline (acutaly 2) blown thru my privicy fence in the back yard,snapping a 4x4 ,3- 2x4s,and a few slats.Guess i am lucky tho..next door suffered their fence knocked down by same tramps..folks all around have siding ripped off the houses,broken windshields from hail, sky lights broken, car wrecks,but all ok.Susan had to drive home thru it ,from work,,,talk aout someone scared ...cyclones and typhones aint got noting on us baby...
USA - Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 13:57:47 (MDT)
The "Matterhorn"- Man what memories. Anyway, Happy Easter :-):-)!!!The mesqute wood is chopped,The meat ( fajitas, ribs, sirloin, sausage etc) is seasoned.Beans are cooking. Dough is being prepared for the flour tortillas. Next is the hot sauce Last is the guacamole- and so is the ice cold beer. Bernie & the rest of the flight, be carefull & have a "safe" one. E'nuff Said. Dawg 426 Out.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo , Tx USA - Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 10:34:31 (MDT)
Mornin'Bite n' Strikerz! Have a Blessed Easter. The ONE who sacrificed all for all IS RISEN! Be Safe & happy. I do remember that pass,coming back from places north & west. The Matahorn was behind the hill where we dwelled. Ahh the memories. Clear Left, Lenny
Lenny Adams <email@example.com>
USA - Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 10:24:31 (MDT)
Mark,you could see lane from the "horn",heck,you could see everything.
USA - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 20:24:39 (MDT)
I'm gonna scan the map and try and put it in here and then see if you can pin point that ROK outpost for me. Be back later...................
USA - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 18:37:31 (MDT)
Fred...... there are 2 rows or ridges just west of Lane until that valley opens up to the west. That ROK firebase/outpost, was it on the first ridge, or the second? The highest mountain top on both those ridges is on the one farthest west of Lane. Question is, was the ROK outpost on the tallest one of the 2, or the tallest one closest to Lane? That make sence?..................always abrother........
USA - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 18:36:02 (MDT)
I remember a "small" pass between the big Mountians and the "toe"...thus the saying.."lane tower,lane tower, coming thru the pass for gas,over ".The materhorn was a ROK firebase/outpost,on the top of the largest mountian over looking Lane.The landing pad was the size of a postage stamp with a unbelievable dropoff, just up wind (lane side) of the pad.Crap always flew everywhere anytime we landed there and ALL on board prayed we wouldnt have an engine hiccup upon lift off.It seems that 50 foot away,after liftoff,there was PLENTY of altitude,the mountian falling away quickly.
USA - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 17:59:21 (MDT)
Mark, What I seem to remember is after take-off, and turning NNW, we would just climb and climb until we got thru the pass and then would either stay at altitude or let down to our cruise altitude....... There wasn't anything dramatic about the pass unless the ROCs had contact in the area, and then we'd go around...... I vaguely remember one of the mountains west of the pass being called the Materhorn????? After going thru the pass, we'd either turn west on highway 19 toward the An Khe Pass/Happy Valley area, or turn east toward the ice-cream plant, and further east to the ammo dump...... memories are weakening....... Hopefully as they should be....... ktf,
- Friday, April 14, 2006 at 15:39:36 (MDT)
The first setence should say " I have heard talk in here"
USA - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 14:23:50 (MDT)
I have talk in here and also in The "257" crash report that there is a pass just North of Lane that you guys would fly through instead of going all the way up and around the toe of the mountains that Lane lay next to. My question is, was that pass clear, or as to say, low enough that you could fly the same elevation all the way though it? Or did it have a few small hills in it that you would of had to change altitude occasionally? Just wondering..................always a brother.............
USA - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 14:23:06 (MDT)
When I got back, feb. 72, I was given the option of Fort Campbell, or discharge. I opted out, but went back in, unassigned, in Jan 73. That's when I went to Benning. Unassigned, got sent to 2/69th Armor. They had a bunch of M-48s and a few 60s, all junk. the ywere used to play war games with the OCS candidates. I applied to airborne/ Ranger, just to get away from them, but, that took time. We did a round of post detail, which is how I ended up driving a jeep, guarding Bill Calley. I spent a couple evenings in Cusseta, but spent a lot more time at Steffi's on Victory Drive. Steffi was an old German woman. You had to be careful with her, she was always trying to get you to buy her a drink of colored water, at 2 bucks a shot!......in hindsight, I should have gone to Campbell and decompressed, instead of going straight from flying and fighting, to civilain life. I got home and the first thing I did was run into some buddies who wanted to know where I'd been the Friday before, as I had missed a big party. my tour in Vietnam in one sentence, I missed a party. I laugh at the absurdity now, but back then???????
USA - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 07:05:49 (MDT)
.......do some of you recall "YOUR" Easter in nam?..........if so, I would like to hear about it...........probably not as prominent as Christmas or your own birthday. But what the heck, just trying to stir up commo. I recall my Easter in Boot Camp at Parris Island. My church at the time sent me a care package full of goodies. Egg, brownies, chocolate bunnies , jelly beans. Of course the DI's intercepted it. The called me in the office and proceeded to reticule me about my faith and ask me if God Loved me. At the same time they were stuffing one of everything that came in the box into my mouth. At the end the were literally stuffing jelly beans in my mouth and then had me drink a glass of hot water. Ahhhhhhhhh, bootcamp at PI................always abrother....love to all........have a good, Good Friday............
USA - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 06:14:36 (MDT)
Kal, I will get it checked out tomorrow. Kim, when I came back from Nam they put me into B company 197th Support Bn 197th infantry. The 197 was preparing to go to Viet Nam and they used the Vets for all kinds of jobs from harrastment of troops taking riot training to working at gas training center for guys going thru basic. The "Green Brets" was being filmed there. The old barracks at the first of movie was near PX at Harmony Church. There was a good little bar near by in town of Cusseta.
J. W. Wilson <kas3at portbridgedotcom>
Kinston, N.C. USA - Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 20:56:23 (MDT)
thank you Dave,,,and thats a fine pen put to words...try a little more from one of your memories.Kim, I tried for benning after Nam...made to much sense to the army,as I lived about 10 miles from there.Even asked for panama....but got Carson.
USA - Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 19:24:43 (MDT)
Some General on TV dissing rumdum...no big deal there, except, he was wearing a 197th LIB patch. memories.....Harmony Church at Benning. The 197th served as casualty units for the OCS school in the early 70's. A lot of fun harrassing the candidates.
USA - Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 18:51:14 (MDT)
Fred A... your words on that site speak for many of us. You managed to peer into all our souls and tell our stories. Thanks, Brother.
USA - Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 15:33:10 (MDT)
Hey JW... U have some major problem with your email.. If I am not on your reject list or on your accept list, something else is wrong. U should go to Hotmail.COM or Yahoo.COM and establish a free mailbox. They work fine for me and gets me away from my internet providers mail. I recieved your second email today, responded, and had it returned as B4. I will make the hotel reservations this weekend. Take care.. C U L8r.... Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, Mich USA - Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 18:40:34 (MDT)
When posted on guard duty a young butter bar was the OD and asked a private his general orders. Then asked what would you do if you were on guard duty at 2am and saw a dark figure crawling toward you? the Private answered. Sir I would help that officer to his quarters Sir....hehehehehe
USA - Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 16:33:08 (MDT)
Hi to all. Been busy working on the house. Re-did the bathroom. My house was built in 1825 and I haven't found a good right angle in it yet. So you have to measure twice and cut once and hopefully it will fit. Mark, nice talking to you a few days ago. Made my day. Ray, good to see you're having fun with that camera and taking some good pics too. My brother is hanging in there. He has been feeling good since he hasn't had any treatments, but he has good and bad days. We don't talk much about it, and when we do it brings tears to my eyes and I can't hardly talk. Any way, it's getting warmer around here, and I've had the bike out once. Sure felt good to get on it again. Fred A. nice sentences you're putting together there... Happy Anniversary to all....Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 11:25:10 (MDT)
sadly,its very difficult to read or get the gist ,as it appears in here.Tony has won numberous awards for his war poetery,including one just last month from the Aussie goverenment.You guys out there...or girls,writting helps ,even if for just a bit...try it,you can even submitt it if you like.heck,I cant write,sure cant spell,shrug,so what..give it a try.
USA - Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 08:34:25 (MDT)
the poetry site I write in is owned ,or ran,by an aussie Nam vet,a grunt.He read the poem I posted in here (it won an award) and answered it with a grunts eye view of us.here is his response in total....G'day Fred, Wow mate... a tough one to read because it's so real; your words take me back to those times and I thank you for that because I'm inspired to respond with a few words of my own... Laterite and Leaves The downdraft of the rotor blades creates hurricanes of red: that is the dust of cleared LZs that are coloured by blood shed Grass, twigs and sand and floppy hats spray through whirls of turbid air and strike madly - with abandon, faceless grunts who huddle there. Alert, they watch the chopper land; wipe tears with sweat soaked rags, and wait to load their wounded mates and the formless body bags. The rotors cut the humid air and echo o'er the greens that form the jungle canopy that is always in my dreams. Anthony W. Pahl, OAM April 12, 2006 Your poem is now included on your IWVPA index at http://iwvpa.net/alvisf/flying_h.htm. Also on the page is the Double Tap Award graphic, which is linked to the Honour Roll at http://iwvpa.net/awards/index_dta.htm where your name and the poem are listed. I've also added my poem to my IWVPA index and cross linked the two poems. I hope this is OK by you, but please let me know if you'd like any changes or corrections made. Cheers mate - Thank you! Tony
USA - Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 08:29:44 (MDT)
USA - Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 06:50:47 (MDT)
chuckling to myself here,Rick...thanks for the first smile of the day.
USA - Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 05:08:34 (MDT)
Fred this is shit faced Rick You better be prepared for the poetry READING.
USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 23:37:20 (MDT)
Welcome Home home Wayne. I wa s 394th in Jna 68
USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 23:34:02 (MDT)
Hey J.W. Wilson.. I got your email.. I replyed to it directly but you must have me blocked as it was returned. FB on rooming together at the reunion.. I need to know if you made reservations? I hope to be there Wednsday afternoon and will make reservations as soon as I hear from you. Take care.. C U L8r.... Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, Mich USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 17:29:38 (MDT)
I WAS IN THE 394TH MAINT DET ATTACHED TO THE 129TH FROM NOV 65 TO NOV 66 I WAS A SQUAD LEADER AND WE WORKED ON ALL 51 SHIPS 31 GUN SHIPS AND 20 SLICKS I FLEW AND TEST FLEW ALL 51 OF THEM IF ANY OF THE LOG BOOKS OF THAT TIME REMAINS MY INITIALS WOULD BE IN THEM WTD. MY HOME BASE WAS DONG-BA-THIN CHARLEY MOORE TOOK OVER MY SQUAD WHEN I LEFT IN NOV 1966. ONE SHIP STANDS OUT IN MY MIND WAS 012 IF THERE IS ANY OLD OLD TIMERS THAT REMENBER ME I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM THEM, WAYNE DUGGER MAY GOD BLESS
WAYNE DUGGER <WTD1944@YAHOO.COM>
POPLAR BLUFF, MO USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 16:57:43 (MDT)
just checking to see if anyone recognized my fathers name (jeff kingston ) and if anyone flew with him. 1969-1971
david giles <firstname.lastname@example.org>
milledgeville, ga USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 10:17:35 (MDT)
Hello to al you Biters and Strikers... Sorry to see that Stickman won't be at the reunion!!.. Hey J.W. Wilson... What is your email address?? I have tries the listed one in contacts, one that I had that must have worked B4 and one from Stickman and have had no luck getting to you. I was wondering if you will be needing a room mate now that Jim won't be coming? Let me know and I will make reservations. Well, the first holiday of the year will be here next week, so here is hoping everyone has a great Easter weekend.. Take care.. Later... Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, Mich USA - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 19:07:40 (MDT)
Roses are red, Khakis are tan, I can't write shit, But Alvis CAN! Greg
HI USA - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 14:03:48 (MDT)
Alvis, you da man!!!!
USA - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 10:23:32 (MDT)
roll another one , just like the other one. no wonder i can't remember,is it because of the opium or is it i just don't want to????
oglesby, il USA - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 09:57:29 (MDT)
we were flying high, then was time to work. walked down to the flight line, I saw their smirks. Buckled on my guns, checked my ammo cans. Checked my chicken plates, made sure smokes were on hand. pre-flighted the bird, time to fly high. time to cheat death, armed in the sky. Listened to the blades, listened to the bird. listened to the radios, listened to the words. Things might get hot, birds have taken fire. One bird is down, courage is required. Into the LZ we go, guns are hot. grunts are scrambling, folks are geting shot. Take out the wounded, take out the dead. wraped up corpses, like picking up lead. flying high with death, aint it a hoot. bodies wrapped in ponchos, heads,arms and boots. cant wait for the day to end, return to base. I have gotten a thirst, gonna drink a case. Friends shot down, just doing a job. flying high with death, hearts no longer throb. git me back to base, gonna smoke a ounce. let the fuckers smirk, death has pouchend. every day,death flys high, be it bullets or broken birds. they are dead and gone, I still hear their words. party hardy,for tommorow you may die, helicopter crews standing phrase. we may not see tommorow, the new suns rays. So roll another one, pop that can of beer, death waits for us, flying high or near. walk into a rotor blade, or be shot down, party hardy lads, you might fly into the ground. fly high at night, those are the perks. walk to the flight line each day, ignore their "aint got a clue" smirks.....cant post as written...words run together.
shit faced alvis
USA - Saturday, April 08, 2006 at 19:02:26 (MDT)
Gale......I'll check for that CD here also. But things are really packed away here right now yet.....if you can find it, would you make me another and send again?
USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 22:21:24 (MDT)
Mark, I was thinking that I sent you a CD for Indy 2004. Of course you've moved since then........I'll check. I talked to Joe A. a while back. He doesn't correspond much. That Real Estate business must keep him pretty busy.
USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 22:18:22 (MDT)
Hey Gale, you heard from Joe A Lately????..........
USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 20:15:08 (MDT)
Stickman!.bummer that you wont be there, but hey, we understand. Be careful with that "Flyin' Machine", and have fun............FRIDAY NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!...whats everybody up to????.....or am I the only one without a life???????????
USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 20:06:50 (MDT)
Congrats to all the newly weds. Now for some news I hate to write. I will be unable to attend the reunion this year. I look forward each year and had waited with, oh well I just cannot make it this time around. Now for some good news I passed my FAA knowledge exam today for sport pilot the only thing I need now is my check ride. Sure am having fun flying the "Freedom Bird". Take care all and KTF,,,,,,Jim
Pembroke, Ga USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 19:17:04 (MDT)
GENTLY I GUESS WE GO THERE WHEN AND IF AMY ONE ELES GOSE BUT NEED TO KNOW WHAT STAT AND WHERE LOL YES I LOVE TAKINING PIC OF THE BIRDS AND FLOWERS I BRING SOME WITH ME OK I JUST HOPE GALE AND DEBBIE DONT MINE US GOING UP TERE WITH THEM.. LOVE YA LL LET ME KNOW WHAT GOING ON. OH GENTLY THE ZOLOFT WORKS GRATE :-))) I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER IAM UP AND AROUND.TAKE CARE ALL A BROTHER ALWAYS, ROB HOW IS YOUR BROTHER, TALK SOON RAY
MD USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 15:16:09 (MDT)
Tom Shanahan....we'll be just down the street at the re-union....doesn't get any closer than that! L-Gently
USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 12:10:39 (MDT)
Alex, when are you going to Branson? Some of us want to know because we might join you and Liz to celebrate your marriage with you:>)) Ray....you are now our bird- watching flower picture taker for the 129th!! :>)))) Love to all-Gently
USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 12:08:07 (MDT)
this week,1966...Cream came out with their new album,creamfull...with that great song..."That Spoon". Cant believe it that old....and so am I.
USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 10:22:41 (MDT)
I wonder if Tom Shanahan will be comeing to the gig this year? He lives in the AZ AO.
USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 09:39:22 (MDT)
HELLO TO YOU ALL. DOOING GOOD HERE NOW, I BEEN UP OFF THE COUCH , I STILL CANT WALK FAR WITH BUT I GO AS FAR AS I CAN, I BEEN TAKING LOTS OF PICS =OD BUDS FF FLOWES AND WHEN THEY BLOON I TAKE AGAIN, GOT NICE SLOSE UPS ALSO GOT A NICE UP F A HAWK. IT FLEW AROUND ME 3 TIMES, NOW WHEN GETS THE CHANCE UPTHE ROAD 8 MILES THRERE MANY BALD EAHAL NESTS SO GO UP THERE SEE WHAT I CAN.I BEEN FEELING GOOD SINCE THEY PUT ME ON ZOLOFT 100 MG A DAY, I KNOW ITS BEEN A WHILE SINE I POSED HAPPY ANVISVERITY TO EVERY ONE, ME AND GAIL WILL BE HAVINE OUR 36 YEARS ON MAY 2.DONT KNOW HOW SHE DID IT, WELLWE CANT WAIT TO GETO PHONIX TO SEE YOU ALL AGAIN AND MEET MORE OF OUR FAMILY, ROB HOW YOU DOING AND MARK DEE GAIL AND DEBBIE WE MISS YA BUT HAVE FUN, HOOE TO SEE YA, CC HOPE O SEE YA THERE AND GENTKY SEE YOU AND JOE TO LOVE YA LAA GENTLY WHATS THIS TRIP YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT TO BRANSON SOUNDS LIKE FUN, BUT WOULD GALE AND DEBIE MIND LOL WHAT STATE IS IN WE LIKE TO TRY TO GO' WELL I WENT ON ENOUGH ALL OF YOU TAKECARE RICK AND ALAX THANKS FOR THE CALLS LOVE YA MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS A BROTHER ALWAYS, PROMO=ISE TO NEVER LET YA DOWN HERE IF I CAN HELP RAY
MD USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 08:20:27 (MDT)
morning flight. hoping everyone is doing good.... mark i have some pic's of the reunion. i'll send out the negitives to you. keep them, dont worry about sending them back.......hey ray how you doing. that e-mail you sent me the other daywould you send back to me again, i lost it before i could read it.on the subject of the cobra nose art, there should not be any problems with what we want to do. the head of our cobra faces to the left while the sheilby cabra faces to the right.=====alex hope you two miss the bullet with all that bad wheather give mommy a hug an kiss for me.heeeee. wink 3/69_10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 08:18:07 (MDT)
Well were waiting for the next round of bad weather. A week ago it it's north of here. We are lucky most of the time. It hit's the river bluffs in memphis and goes north or south. But, they are saying due east and it could mean it's going to get nasty. Well my right knee gave me a loud pop yesterday and swelled up. Well I have to get in to see the doctor as soon as possible. Rough getting older. Take Care Always A Brother Alex
USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 06:56:39 (MDT)
URGENT REQUEST!!!!........DOES ANYBODY HAVE PHOTOS OR A CD OF OUR 2004 REUNION ON IT. I NEED TO GET THEM ON THE WEB PAGE ASAP. THAT IS WHEN WE WERE IN INDY.......PLEASE CONTACT ME!!!!
USA - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 18:33:33 (MDT)
Jean & C.P.
USA - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 18:16:51 (MDT)
Jim & Sue H.
USA - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 18:12:03 (MDT)
Where is everybody????...........out cuttin' the grass????
USA - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 16:58:03 (MDT)
Mark.... I just checked and things are pretty good down to about 2500 feet. Then they get fuzzy. Really, the fuzz it there earlier than that but don't become noticeable till you get close. I would think that you ought to be able to get closer than 10,000 ft tho. I do believe that the government don't want us getting too good a picture and induces some of the "fuzz" for us. I think the nudists probably had something to do with that too..Ha.. Later.. Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, Mich USA - Wednesday, April 05, 2006 at 16:54:21 (MDT)
Mark, I can get close enough to see if there is a car in the driveway most of the time, haven't really checked the altitude. I must say tho that it seems as tho some pictures are clearer than others. I don't know if it is because of the conditions that were present when they took the pictures or not. I also know that the program must go in and look at the resolution capacity of your vidio card and sets itself up with that info. Fred A:.. There is a good "free" virius pgm available just for the downloading on the net. Get it and install it and it should clean up the mess.. Take care.... C U L8r.... Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, Mich USA - Wednesday, April 05, 2006 at 16:38:37 (MDT)
Hey Kal.......How good of a picture do you get with Google Earth? Mine gets blurry under a 10,000FT.
USA - Tuesday, April 04, 2006 at 20:39:29 (MDT)
Susan has a virus in her pc. Hopefully it wont get into my puter...but,if it does,you will know why i would be down for a few dqys.
USA - Tuesday, April 04, 2006 at 19:16:09 (MDT)
Just checking in....anyone from the WI (Jim and Sue) wanna do a rode trip to Branson for the anniversary of ALex and Liz? Busy, but always here-Gently
USA - Tuesday, April 04, 2006 at 06:56:16 (MDT)
Sorry Animal. you must be thinking of someone else. I was a 2 year guy, never went to flt school. I went over there as a CE.
Groves, Tx USA - Tuesday, April 04, 2006 at 04:29:20 (MDT)
Thanks Animal, I've been questioning myself on that for a couple days now...I'm not crazey...I'm not crazey....I'm not crazey. It's those OTHER PEOPLE I need to watch out for. I know they're watching me....just waiting..........
USA - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 18:27:18 (MDT)
Yes, I was there at the proposal & took some pics. Congrats you two. Linda & i will have our 25th in November. Glad to hear you are ok with that weather around there. No Kal, i havn't heard back from Shadow yet & if ya'll are going to overfly my house please do it when im not in the bathroom (LOL). That thing is amazing, i have it downloaded but can't get real fine resolution on it, got ot keep working with it>>>>>>>respects>>>>Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wy USA - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 18:19:03 (MDT)
Good Evening Flight: just talked to Rainer. Him and Dee are doing fine. They made it through the bad weather. We missed it but, it hit all around us. The Lord was looking after us. So much destruction and death in the counties north of us. congratulations to Harrell and Gale on your anniversary. Liz and I will have our 10th aniverary on JULY 27th. Harrell we plan on going to Branson in the fall. The have a big Vietnam thing in June there. Some Vets were telling me about it. Hope all the 129th Family are doing fine. Alex
USA - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 17:18:59 (MDT)
Congradulations to Debbie and Gale!! Sure do remember the proposal! Thats another thing that makes the reunions great. You never know what will happen next. Congrads to you also Harrell!.. Well, the reunion is coming up on us pretty fast now. I have been doing some "flying" arounf the Phoenix area, with Google Earth, and have found a couple sites that look interesting. About 1 1/3 mile ENE of the hotel is the "Downtown military heliport", that looks like it must be a NG units home. They have a dozen pads and what looks like 6 UH60s sitting on them. Go about 13 miles east from there and you will see Falcon Field. On the north edge of Falcon field, but not attached, you will see the plant where the AH64 is built. They must have 40 pads out back with a lot of birds in various stages of compleation. I have friends living in Apache Junction and have seen the AH64s fly over their place and wondered where they came from and thanks to Google Earth, I now know. If you want a cheap thrill, fly over Smittys house, in Sheridan, WY, and look at his next store neighbors roof.. Pretty Hu? By the way Smitty, you heard anything out of Shadow? Well folks, thats enough for now. I hope to see a lot of you at the reunion!!. Later...Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 16:37:54 (MDT)
Gail? You cook pork chops? I'm thinking Kokomo contribution:>)) Congrats to you and Deb! And San Anton:>)))...enjoy Harrel, you young whipper snapper(whatever that is):>)) Love to all-Gently
USA - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 15:24:42 (MDT)
Harell, Congrats!......Question, Were you once a drill seargent before going to flight school? If you're the person I'm thinking of, We called in a Phu gas drop while flying Tiger Wagon. A Chinook brought in a sling load of barrels, dropped it in some woods where some VC were holed up and we lit it up. Nasty stuff indeed! Best wishes, greg
Puna, HI USA - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 11:59:04 (MDT)
Gale and Harrell good for you guys and congratulations.
USA - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 06:39:25 (MDT)
it's just another name for napalm. it's mixed up in barrels and set off by shooting into it, or when used on a perimeter, we used to put a claymore mine behind it. Nasty stuff
USA - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 05:58:06 (MDT)
Speaking of anniversaries, wife and I will make 29 years next month. We will spend it in San Antonio doing the river walk thing since she didn't get to make the reunion last year due to her fathers illness. I will celebrate my 60th birthday at the 191st reunion in Sep in Branson. Where in the hell did the time go.
Groves, Tx USA - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 05:06:53 (MDT)
USA - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 03:25:27 (MDT)
KIM....dumb question on my part. What is phu gas?.............man are we ever getting pelted with rain and hail right now...................you hoosiers make it though this one OK? EWe always get what you had about an hour ealier.............
USA - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 21:26:51 (MDT)
regarding emotions...I'm wondering if I'm imagining the phu gas...senior moment? I know we dropped it sometime.
USA - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 20:59:44 (MDT)
Yeah, Congrats Gale and Debbie,..........Fred A........your one post about the date and time reminds of that song. "Time Passages".................Kim,emotions are good....ya know, I never stopped to think about the ROK's and how that they have the same memories as you guys. I wonder if their Va's work on PTSD also?.....I have made a few post to them in hopes to see if any recall the crash of the "257". They Lost 3 Koreans also that night.....................Gale, I like the sound of the snap of the flags in the wind too......but then I like to think about who brings the wind...........speaking of strong winds, the Greek definition of the word gentleness is, "Controlled Power".......Rainer, you and Dee doing OK over there?...............Love to all............always a brother..........
USA - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 19:48:42 (MDT)
Congrads Gale and Debbie.....dang,and we almost drove up your way today.Sounds like you guys had a great time.
USA - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 19:36:59 (MDT)
Raineer , you ok? Yesterday,a tornado tore thru the southeast part of indianapolis,where Rainer lives(close anyway).The thing traveled 17 miles,1/2 mide wide.Sirens going off now as well,another one spotted west of here..headed this way again.60/70 mph straight line winds..wheeeee...laughing,Susan is a nervious wreck....from Tornado alley,alvis.
USA - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 19:35:31 (MDT)
Flight, 2nd anniversary of my 3rd marriage tomorrow. Debbie & I have been married two years.............some of you remember when I proposed in Atlanta. I cooked dinner for Debbie today on the grill. Thick porkchops, baked tater, salad, sauteed shrimp & mushrooms and a little "vino". Wonderful lady & great meal....what more could I ask for????? Had the radio blastin'.......the 50's & 60's.......few cold brewskies.......cool!!!! Then the news came on.........two chopper pilots killed in Iraq.................man, what does this government want from us?? As usual, I end up sitting on the porch of my "shed" gazing up at my American flag & POW flag snapping in the wind.......................tears well up..................
Clinton, In US OF A - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 18:26:29 (MDT)
On Wednesday of next week, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06. That won't ever happen again.
USA - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 16:59:44 (MDT)
It's been a lot of years since I got emotional about anything I did in Vietnam. That post from the Korean webmaster did it...memories.....buying radios and tapeplayers for the ROK's who came over to Lane looking for someone to buy for them......Escorting Park Chung Hee as his entourage flew around checking on the ROK's... firing up a phu gas drop. Flying around with an interpreter, supporting some ROK's who were pinned down ( I gave him my flight helmet so I was deaf, he pointed out areas where it was safe to lay down suppresive fire). Nearly getting into a midair with a Korean FAC in the An Khe pass, the guy called in a motar barrage while we were flying convoy cover :>((......memories.......
Livermore, Me. USA - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 16:25:52 (MDT)
Dear friends in arms, As a webmaster for English part of our website, www.vietvet.co.kr , I firstly would like to offer my sincere thanks to you gentlemen, especially the friends in arms from 129th AHC for such particular attention as the members have profoundly shown by visiting our website in these days. Upon receiving messages from you, the US Vietnam War veterans, with a great gratitude I have introduced them to our Korean buddies in no time along with a translation version. As you have already seen from their replies translated, they have expressed pretty touched emotions over the unforgettable war memories hearing from the comrades served together at the bloody battle field of Vietnam. It goes without saying that each of the Korean veterans testifies that it is a clear fact that had it not been for the US Assault Helicopter Company's sacrificial supports, they would have been in no way possible to return home safely let alone their triumph of the operations conducted under the horrific conditions engaging with one of the most stickiest enemies in the world. They insist that the swift supports particularly provided by those brave soldiers of the US AHC group had always enhanced the ROKs to successfully destroy the enemies. For this reason we, the Korean veterans duly realize the vital importance of the allied nations that has been firmly maintained for more than a half century between the two countries Republic of Korea and the United States of America. Conveying Korean veterans' endless thanks for what you American friends in arms had rendered to us, we all are looking forward to further strengthened cooperations in the days to come. Respectfully yours, Jae-sung Chung Webmaster for English www.vietvet.co.kr
Jae-sung Chung <email@example.com>
Seoul, South Korea - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 09:22:13 (MDT)
Hey.At the next reunion,lets all sign something,and send it over to Phil,perhaps to be displayed with the aircraft.Maybe a group pic?any ideas?
USA - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 06:16:49 (MDT)
Flight,I have just been to Phils site.He has made a few changes,,for the better I think.They are minor and hard to spot,but adds to the whole body of work he has done.Now,this is why I am posting...Looking thru all the pictures of the 509,one thing is missing from the bird.Maybe we can help find it and send it to them (him) as a present from the 129th folks..a kind of thank you or show of support.I think it would mean alot to his team.Oh,whats missing? Its something that was purely optionial,brass catchers for his two guns.remember those canvas bags that attached to the right side of the housing? I never used one, but did see the used.Shall we start a search and a collection?
USA - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 06:14:13 (MDT)
Fred A...........duh, what was I thinkin'????...........I see that a letter I sent to the Korean ROK site and a photo has been posted there. Thanks C.P. for advising me as to how to reach them. ..............take care all...........always a brother.............
USA - Saturday, April 01, 2006 at 21:56:08 (MST)
nice so far mark,but hate to be the one tell you buddy...it will never fly without a tail-rotor.
USA - Saturday, April 01, 2006 at 20:04:44 (MST)
Jest testing this out
USA - Saturday, April 01, 2006 at 19:24:10 (MST)