Lou, I just burnt another copy and tried to play it on Susans PC. Did the same thing you said. Wait a bit, when Susan gets home, she will figure it out.hehehe.Roger that on the Tiger Patch.
USA - Friday, August 31, 2007 at 20:22:37 (MDT)
Fred, got your package today, again thanks for the patches, cd wont play on any of my computers or dvd set, computer keeps saying unable to find shortcut to film, please let me know how much to send you, if not for you maybe for Phil. I would also like a tiger div patch. My deepest regets to Phil.
Dover, De USA - Friday, August 31, 2007 at 18:16:45 (MDT)
Veterans day,in Nov.,will be the 25th anniv. of the wall. I was there for the 1st one/dedacation/parade. Thinking about making this one.Anyone else thinking of going? Sure doesnt seem like 25 years since it was built.
USA - Friday, August 31, 2007 at 16:37:19 (MDT)
Phil, my heart goes out to you, i lost my parents 14 yrs ago & 12 yrs ago & its not easy. I remember i used to call my Mom when i had some sort of problem & even if i didn't mention it, when the call was over, i felt better. She knew me better than anyone>>> I am very,very sorry for your loss>>>> Jim
Jim Westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Friday, August 31, 2007 at 13:49:15 (MDT)
Alvis, I know that as a group that would be very thoughtful. My heart goes out to Phil as well. Also to anyone that has not looked at the footage from Korea this is much better. It took a long time to watch from their site. Gently you already have my vote to send something.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Friday, August 31, 2007 at 11:32:05 (MDT)
Phils mother passed over last night (Thursday).Thats all the sad details I have at the moment. Gently, when we get more info, if its ok with the guys,we should send flowers from the 129th ahc.
USA - Friday, August 31, 2007 at 06:01:40 (MDT)
129th AHC "Bulldog" w/ ROK Troops in Vietnam http://youtube.com/watch?v=KpMAzKEvRPU
Jay Park <ourkids@naver.com>
Seoul, ROK - Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 02:00:46 (MDT)
last chance..I am E-mailing Jae sunday asking for patches. Please post if you want one. So far I have Robbie,and Kal,and the remaining 509 crew members. Will make more CDs this weekend too.
USA - Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 16:03:54 (MDT)
Dave!!!! What are you doing down there-Vacation?
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 13:30:44 (MDT)
16 days till kokomo. cookies are on order gale.
paul mcgrath
lasalle, Illinios USA - Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 13:19:09 (MDT)
Hola, Dave. Hope all is well down there. Summer is coming to a close, all the out of stater's are closing up their camps, and heading back home. This is the best time of year, no crowds :>))
USA - Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 18:19:06 (MDT)
Fred, where did everybody go? No one has posted so guess I will write about my problems. I went to see my doctor yesterday at the VA as I was supposed to get another injection in my back this morning. I guess about two hours after my appt with the Pain Clinic they decided they wanted me off the Morphine first, but never told me. This was all planned to go to the Reunion. I will be there even if I have to crawl this year. GOOD NEWS, I will be able to drink booze by than.. You all take care..
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 12:20:10 (MDT)
went over for a short vist with Ron Paye today. Had to tie weights to his legs..he is still flying high from his vist..lol. Phil has a hobby/collection of old motorcycles..he restores them. Ron said something about being on a Honda then about how fast it was..
USA - Monday, August 27, 2007 at 17:35:38 (MDT)
Hola from Pereida, Colombia!
USA - Sunday, August 26, 2007 at 22:18:37 (MDT)
RE posted from helivets today. The older guys from the previous nets might remember that we have a UH-1H on static display on our Post property along with a tank. WELL.... we were vandalized, and they smashed out both Greenhouse windows and the right cargo door window. If anyone would have a manual with the part numbers for said windows I would greatly appreciate it. Better still, if anyone would know where or how to get replacements that would be outstanding!!! So far, no arrests on the vandalism. (they better hope the police finds them and not me). Thanks in advance. Take care. DMN Dan Swank 737 Pole Rd. Ringtown, Pa. 17967 (570)-889-3398 An Khe RVN -5/31/70 CE-Buzzard 283 Tuy Hoa RVN -11/?/70-6/17/71 CE-DeMoN 055 VHCMA# 01782
USA - Sunday, August 26, 2007 at 19:00:05 (MDT)
Flying into LZ Heaven,on short final, the dust swriled up in that u-shaped,circlular fashion,and was sucked back down through the rotor wash,to start its journey again.The grass alongside the active bent and fluttered,like waves coming into shore,but backwards. The tower had given us a straight on approach and we saw other aircraft off in the distance,approaching for their final.The line shack looked as if most crews were still there,and here came the 1/4 ton to give us a lift, tired and red eyed,we were grateful.At the line shack,the old horse trough was full of ice,water and beer,the old guys throwing the newbies in,an exceptance ceremony filled with laughter.There stood old friends and new friends,all trusted and closer than brothers.Someone had taken the guns to the armory for us,a task signaling the end of a long,long day. The day was comming to a close,reds and purples streaking the skies,the edges of clouds high lighted in pinks and blues.Music played in the background,one of the favorites,CCR's "run through the jungle". Old friends in the shack,more arriving by the minute.Some we hadnt seen in years and years.With a smile on our face,we remembered their names and the times we shared.Family started arriving,welcoming us home,with big warm hugs and smiles that lit the room.The tiredness in our bones lifted,our shoulders lifted without the burden of time pressing down on them.Futher up the hill,a brightness took away shadows and was warm to the soul to look at.With the whine of L-13 engines shutting down from new arrivals,the wopping of the blades slowly fadeing, and the ever present company dog yapping in greeting,we walked up the hill. What was behind us,slowly fading and sounds growing fainter,didnt seem to have the importance of what lay ahead, in the warm light.Feeling dirty and gritty from the flight,I wanted to turn towards the showers first. A hand gently laid on my shoulder,a voice saying it will be alright.Into the light I journeyed.I felt safe, warm,welcomed. Someone sat at the desk, someone I knew but didnt. Command Sargt. St.Peter read his name tag, as he smiled at me. "The "CO" is waiting for you son, make your report".
USA - Sunday, August 26, 2007 at 18:47:55 (MDT)
Melody,,good to see you post.
USA - Sunday, August 26, 2007 at 18:06:00 (MDT)
Just dropping by to say hello. Hope everyone is doing well. My grandparents are doing fairly well. Ready for fall here.
Melody Pershall
Amarillo, tx USA - Sunday, August 26, 2007 at 16:38:47 (MDT)
Simon, Great video. What a pleasure to see 509 in the air!!! Only problem I see is it has those silly 1st Platoon markings!!! Should have the nice white 2nd Platoon markings!!! lol (just kidding guys!). Bill
Bill Wolf <VHCMAPresident@aol.com>
USA - Sunday, August 26, 2007 at 12:45:07 (MDT)
Thanks for posting it Simon.Neil sure has a grin on his face
USA - Sunday, August 26, 2007 at 06:00:24 (MDT)
Morning flight. Just uploaded another video to Youtube. Think you might enjoy this one LOL. Won't say any more otherwise it will spoil it for you. Type in as usual huey 509 and it will bring up all the videos along with the new one or use this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaXu5Y5SkYU I'll not quote what Mr Paye had to say when he saw it, I know this is a family site. As before it has been a pleasure having Ron here in the UK, he did you guys proud. You were all in our thoughts,as you always are, but especially when talking to the public and when flying or watching 509 fly. Take care. From all in the UK
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
Mellor, Lancashire UK - Sunday, August 26, 2007 at 02:46:18 (MDT)
Nothing yet alvis, proably on monday
Lou Rags1
Dover, De USA - Saturday, August 25, 2007 at 22:36:52 (MDT)
Lou, the postman been good to you yet?
USA - Saturday, August 25, 2007 at 21:50:43 (MDT)
Ray, since the Colts won the Super Bowl,all tickets to home games have been sold out.You cant even get a ticket to a preseason game. Tickets can be had through scalpers. I ,for one, will not go that route.Your best chance to see the Colts,is at an away game.As far as I know,there is not a Colts measuem.If you do decide that you have to see a Colts home game, you are more than welcome to stay here in my home.
USA - Saturday, August 25, 2007 at 19:59:33 (MDT)
how are yoall doing.just thought i say hi.good talking to rick rob art and alex.bill did you get the check and cd yet, oh if any of you knoew how i can get 3 colts tickets at a fair price let me know i want to 5ake my oldes grand son i know there hard to get and triple in price, well i still gt lots of test do get done take care alvis is there acolt musium up there he can seee or would it not be worth it thanks.a brother always ray
md USA - Saturday, August 25, 2007 at 17:41:14 (MDT)
Of the pics Dianne downloaded to the yahoo site,is one of those the Tiger Wagon?
USA - Friday, August 24, 2007 at 18:20:07 (MDT)
USA - Friday, August 24, 2007 at 16:13:57 (MDT)
Ken, that's right...as long as we are fairly close. I know that Kal, Mark and myself liked the 429W spot a lot. Hey Mark, will you have any trouble getting our new sign to Kokomo? Paul and Kal, you guys surviving the storms up your way? Paul, don't forget them cookies!!!! Hopefully I won't have to cancel out on Kokomo. Debbie's Dad isn't doing very well and is going downhill pretty fast, so, we're just kinda playing it by ear. Hey Alvis, it's like a carshow over here on Hiway 63. I can sit on my Shed porch and watch the rods going to Evansville for the "Frog Follies" today....then watch them all going back North on Sunday. It's worth the trip to the "Frog Follies" if anyone ever thinks 'bout going. Gale
Gale 67-68
Clinton, In US of A - Friday, August 24, 2007 at 11:01:20 (MDT)
Good morning flight, I did manage to look at the ROK film too and it seem that all the helmets were SPH-5s which were the old ones to me. I managed to get issued the SPH-4 but remember there were still a lot of guys wearing the old ones. I got my spot at Kokomo last year because of those new spots, but Doug told me that most of them were already taken up, maybe that was the East end because it was packed. I don't care now if everyone has a spot close together this year. See you all soon.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Friday, August 24, 2007 at 10:10:34 (MDT)
Good points Kal. I also noticed a white flight helmet on one of the crewchiefs.
USA - Friday, August 24, 2007 at 09:29:01 (MDT)
I just relooked at the film and it appears that it was at or near the transision time from Ds to Hs as about 1/4 way in some of the ships in the PZ have nose mounted ADF antennas and one of them even has a HF antenna on the tailboom. There are a good number of the ships with no numbers on their doors too. The ones with the "bullseye" on the tailboom were pretty much in the same group, so it must have been a multi outfit CA. The fella flying AC, left seat, near the end was a W-1 as it looks like a W-1 bar on his hat on the instrument panel/winshield cover. Its pretty hard to get a lot of info from the pictures but fun and interesting to try.
Kal 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
USA - Friday, August 24, 2007 at 08:43:15 (MDT)
I agree, it cant be late,for one reason,there are no "up-turned" exhaust elbows.That happened in 72.
USA - Friday, August 24, 2007 at 07:05:47 (MDT)
Alvis, I went over the ROK film three or four times but could not place or remember what time frame in was from.-------I can tell you that I mounted Mini Guns (retrofitted) on my slick in 71-72 (still have the broken pinky from getting caught in feeder de-linker after jam in hot LZ) and we also mounted one mini on 915 on the gunners side. We tried the Quad 50 set up but it beat the sh---- out of the ship. If that was the mission I was on we were still under fire while extracting soldiers.--- Still could not place the other markings though.-------If we can improve the film quality to digital we may be able to get more info and isolate a tail #. ----------snoopy--593
Gary Woodward
Memphis, USA - Friday, August 24, 2007 at 06:14:10 (MDT)
Alvis, I'd love a CD. Please send one and include your return addy. I'll make some more of those stickers for you......Greg Henkel, RR2 Box 6260, Pahoa, HI 96778.....I'm having trouble getting the pictures on the yahoo site to download. Will try again. Hope y'all are doing great, Greg
Puna, HI USA - Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 22:41:54 (MDT)
Hey ALEX.......hows the copy of the long version of the trip to England comeing along?..........always a brother........
USA - Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 21:20:25 (MDT)
Mark, I think we should go Brown trout fishing at Neils. We will let the salmon be.Man,his place just sticks in my mind.
USA - Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 20:39:51 (MDT)
I would like to discuss a few points on that ROK film. There are clear marking of 129th on the doors. On a few of the birds, there seems to be what looks like a white circle towards the end of the tailboom,just before the "wings". In my mind, that looks like the marking on the ROK Hueys I saw. Did we ever have a combined CA with ROK hueys? If not,whos marking are those? I dont believe its the 61st, "Lucky Stars". The one ,129th bird that shows up alot, has a mini gun mounted..and I think its a slick.It has the full "ammo belt feed" contraption thingy. Whose ship was that? Twerent no slicks like that when I was there with the 129th.50 cals,yes, every other assorted gun and armemnent under the sun,yes,but dont remember a mini in a slick.(ok, maybe it wasnt a slick but cant see gunnies taking on passengers....gunnies..hows your read.? The wounded or dead guy the ROKs put on the ship,on the gunners side.The gunner didnt lift a finger to help,I wonder about that.There are a few reasons besides incomming fire suppression, like hovering very close to trees to pick the guy up.Cant tell,but it is noticeable.Looked to be a new or different door on the gun ship that was working out..anyone remember that from their bird? Just trying to put a time frame on this thing.Also,the ROKs were all carring M-16s and think I saw a M-60,,but did I see a "BAR" when they were walking thru the jungle?
USA - Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 20:31:05 (MDT)
Mark, I will get with you on the CD. I will do that also with the rest of you guys.Hang tight.I have two list going..one for the CD and one for patches.When it comes time to mail..I will again need postal addys.Quick thinking me..when you guys sent me your addys, I put them straight on the envolope..and didnt make a copy..duh..lol.
USA - Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 20:05:40 (MDT)
Well!!!!....where and the heck have I been?????..........sure lots of chatter goin' on in here. Great to see. Lou Rags.Good to see your posts. How are you doing?........Fred, if you can some how send me a copy of that Movie from the ROK's I sure will get it on the web site. What year is it from? Do they know?.........Vickie, So good to hear the news about you and the Stickman. As you said, take it slow babe. Forgiveness and truth can only bare good fruit. Ron Paye, you lucky dog you!!!!....I am still jealous whether you scored with the ghost of Lytham Hall or not!!!!!. Thanks for representing the 129th over there. Your a Great person buddy......Diane, Good to see your post also......Wink, we did get some rain here but not like up north. Saw a photo of Findley in the paper tonight. Place is a mess. Small college town.........the day we got rain we also got some wind. Blew a pretty big branch off one of our trees to the east of the cabin. You know how I am with sticks in the yard. Been hackin' at it with a axe for two days. Don't like to use a chain saw. Good exercise. Besides that, got some good walkin' stick material out of it. Which reminds me. Kim L. s..still working on your brother. Sorry it is taking so long. I think I am being a lil' particular with it. But that's my compulsiveness oozing' outta me. Hey Susan E.???...where you been?????...tell me what section of post you want deleted and I will tell the web master..... Jim Ellis, and the others that have checked in, I will be getting your info off to the webmaster very soon........sorry I am so slow with everything. Been working hard on the "Wood Pile" gettin' her ready for winter......C.P.?????..........you still checking us out from the library????..............love to all..........always a brother.........thanks for being out there....................
USA - Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 19:40:12 (MDT)
Ron Paye...I do NOT what to hear that you did NOT sneak across the strip of forest,across from Neils place, and do a little fishing in the beautiful,small,white water river/stream that dances,sings and gurgles its way down the mountian.
USA - Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 15:17:07 (MDT)
Ahh, Brad, I have already spoken with your father. Something about "weaning Bradly away from the beer and to the single malt". Chuckle..your continueing the crewchief tradition in a most fine manner.
USA - Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 15:09:59 (MDT)
Hi Fred and all you guys. Had a great time at the airshow with 509 and what an honour and great experience it was to fly as crew chief with Ron at the controls!!! In a 129th bird with a 129th pilot what can i say WOW! I treid to keep the in line as best i could Fred im sure i wont of done it as well as you crew chiefs out there, wish i could though. Anyway just a quick one from england. Hope all is well in the US of A. Take care all Brad
Bradley Johnson
Mellor, Lancs UK - Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 12:08:13 (MDT)
Diane, thanks "a lot" for the pic's . Keep'm coming.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 10:08:29 (MDT)
Thanks Diane. Ron Paye most likely can ID those two in the Cobra pic.I cant say I flew with Claude, but gosh,his face sure looks familar.
USA - Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 09:06:49 (MDT)
Ken, The site where we ate at is 329W(with the engineers), the site where the flag was is 429W and the site they gave me this year is 637W (where ever that might be). I think Ron has 429W, but, not sure 'bout that. If Ron has it, I'd like to park there like I did last year. Like Kal says, that was all new parking behind us, altho' there was a big motorhome parked back there. Things may be different this year. I figure I'd just use 637W as an overflow spot if we need it. I'll be there on Thursday PM. Later, Gale
USA - Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 08:06:09 (MDT)
Hello all: I posted some pics last night on Yahoo. Lane 71-72. I have some more that I intend to post soon. Diane
Diane (Strother) <df78759@aol.com>
Austin, USA - Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 07:56:36 (MDT)
hey mark you out there?i saw the news yesterday an the city of findlay was totally flooded i know the city is north of you, but with all that rain in the aera just wanted to make sure you two are alright. wink 3/69-10/70
win k
lake wales, fl USA - Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 06:57:58 (MDT)
Ken, no, the area behind the slot where the 129th flag was at last year was new, expansion area and used mainly as parking area. Its really no problem as there is plenty of parking out there and I'd bet there will probably still be lots of room.. I'll see ya in about a month.. Take care.. Later.. Kal...>>>
Kal 67/68
USA - Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 19:40:56 (MDT)
Thank-you Fred, I would like a Tiger Patch, Anyone out there have a Snowsnake Patch, I seemed to have lost the last one I had
Lou Rags
Dover, De USA - Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 17:58:41 (MDT)
Raining now, i know its flooding back there but its helping put out the fires here. Hope & Pray all are ok. I just esconced my Daughter at UW so we are empty nesters after 26 yrs married. Seems strange. Ron Paye ( Sir), i have seen before the way you have given to others & am glad its coming back, God does that(no one deserves it more). I Gave Phil a jug of single malt at Orlando so i know y'all can put that stuff away. Enjoy yourselves. Welcome to the new faces (arrivals at the site) May it shine on you as it has me. Fred A. win the Powerball there ought to be something a little more substantial for your old CE or i will tell the Army you smoked Marijauna in Vietnam. I of course remain forever pure>>> Respects to all>> Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 17:26:39 (MDT)
Ken, I believe Ron Paye and another fellow usually rent that site.
USA - Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 17:03:20 (MDT)
Kal, did you have that spot paid for last year? I know I spent a few months getting it reserved. Anyway my camper is not that big and I am not sure about those spots but sure if I got to the side there would still be room for you. Plans are to go on Wednesday to set up as these other guys want me there early to spend some time with them. I was also hoping to get in the back before the rest of you show up. Who has the 429 spot, Gale, Ron or Mark??
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 16:12:54 (MDT)
Ron, you know to call me if you have any trouble getting picked up on this end.
USA - Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 13:16:06 (MDT)
Hey Fred... Put me down for one of the patches as I still need one for the other bike jacket, thanks.. Ron Paye, boy, sounds like quite the trip. Does that slick know the difference between a Cobra jockey and a slick driver? Quite a difference in the layout.. Sounds like a dream vacation.. Have fun.. I will be looking forward to hear all the stories at Kokomo. Hey Ken Strong.. You mentioned getting the spot at Kokomo that was right behind the spot where you saw the 129th flag, is that true? I parked and slept in my van there last year. Just trying to get a handle on the layout for this year. Later.. Kokomo is only a month away.. C U L8r... Kal...>>>
Kal 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 13:03:26 (MDT)
Fred, I would like one of those tiger patches. Also would like one of those cd's if it's not too much trouble. Ray, good talking to you yesterday. I hope the dr's can figure out what's wrong with you before too long. Always thinking about you brother. Ron Paye I can't believe the experience you're having in England. Wish I was ridding with you.... Rob
Rochester , NY USA - Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 11:54:43 (MDT)
Good evening flight, Just returned from Phils office. Spent the day helping out with projects. The nice part of that is the cute little gal I got to sit next to all day and bother. Got to drive on the wrong side of the street a few times. Interesting to say the least. The last two days I played the tourist. Had a great time both days. The food has been outstanding. Will have to go on a diet when I return home. Tomorrow Neil and I will be going up to Neil's home. Him and his dad will show me around their area. Return on Friday. The hard part of the next two days is we will have to take the Huey. We were going to drive and Phil said to take the Huey. Is that neat or what???? Then Saturday I will catch a morning flight and wing my way home. As Fred and Mark know this is an awesome trip. Everyone here sure goes out of their way to make one feel at home. I hate to see the trip winding down, but I guess the sooner I go home, the sooner I can return. If not for my daughter and grandson it would not be deficult to decide to move out here. I have thought about you guys every day. Wishing you could be out here and be a part of this unbeleavible experence. I hope some day to be able to pass on to all of you some of the feelings and treasures I have been lucky enough to have been given. Love and Brotherhood. Ron
Ron Paye
Wesham, England - Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 11:48:21 (MDT)
Whew, thanks for the heads up Ken. Lou, its in the mail.
USA - Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 11:36:21 (MDT)
Alvis, Please put me down for a Tiger Dpv. patch. It is the only one I don't have. Thanks!
jeff sauers
USA - Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 10:26:14 (MDT)
Alvis, check your date because next Friday is the 31st. I got my day mixed up one time and showed up a day early. Just claimed to be an idiot and they got a doctor to see me even though they didn't have appt that day. They are so much better than they were 20 years ago in Indy. Will be in touch about that. Always a brother.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 08:45:08 (MDT)
Ken, when the thingy pops up,click on it and the film will start. Nothing else, stop by and we will make a CD for you. I have to go to the VA the 30th (a friday).
USA - Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 07:40:08 (MDT)
Alvis, I am always glad that you do spend so much time working for us on line. I wanted to ask again about the film from Korea. I went to the URL that you had on hear but just got text, where is the 129th film on their site again?
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 05:24:26 (MDT)
Gary glad to see your getting used to everyone here. I got the chance to talk to Dale Wysocki on the phone last night for a couple hours. It is still great to hear someone talk about things and the memories come right back. He also has a lot of pictures and hope he can get them scanned & sent to Mark for the gallery. So hope he will join us on the Flight Log soon when he is ready.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 05:20:09 (MDT)
Good morning to all.-------Alvis--Thanks for the patch and decal.----Bill---Recieved book,thanks.-- Reviewed the video on line,10-4 on effects.--------Gently--sorry,still no pics found but still looking--may travel to Ft Benning area to visit mother next week. Will see if she still has some in storage.-------Many thanks to Jae for info on flight.---Thanks to all for news and misc. updates. Hope to hear from even more in the future.--I try to check postings daily even if I don't respond.----------------Alvis-talked with David yesterday,he said hello from Key West.--------Best to all---snoopy out.
Gary Woodward
Memphis, USA - Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 04:28:19 (MDT)
Jeeze, I gotta get off this computer and get a life.
USA - Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 22:11:57 (MDT)
Recieved an Email from Jae about the Kokomo reunion.He has offered to send more Tiger patches.I hope the 14 I sent out were recieved. How many more do we need? Speak up guys and I will start a new list. Yes,I will mail some too.Powerball here is 245 million. Cross your fingers for me. If I win..anyone that wants to come to the next VHCMA reunion..its on me.
USA - Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 22:07:22 (MDT)
Thats good news Vickey..hopes and prayers that things get better and better..
USA - Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 19:37:21 (MDT)
Got it Lou.Will mail in the morn,with luck,you will have by saturday.
USA - Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 19:32:21 (MDT)
Thanks alvis, I would like that very much, please let me know the cost. You can send it to the following adress, Louis Ragonese 19 Baltusrol Court, Dover De 19904-2301
Lou Rags
Dover, De USA - Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 18:16:09 (MDT)
That reminds me..hey LT. Lackey,,,Larry did you get the patch I sent you? You doing ok health wise? havent seen you post since then.
USA - Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 16:40:15 (MDT)
Lou R...I have downloaded the CD and it worked! ( I'm kinda a computer idiot).I have tested your copy.It plays on my "windows player", have no idea if that makes a difference.Anyway,it plays on either of my PC, CD, slots thingies. Lou, I have one extra of each...129th patch and window decal..would you like me to include these with the CD? one other thing..I need a postal addy for you. Will drop in the mail tomorrow or as soon as I get an addy.
USA - Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 16:36:04 (MDT)
Ron , Thanks Bro. I say words to explain how proud you've made me & the rest of the 129th feel. Thanks to Neil also. Man O Man. I almost feel the rush I would have felt If I would have been in that left seat. Thanks again. Dawg 426 is Otta here.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx USA - Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 15:18:39 (MDT)
Fred, Jim and I had hit a very big bump in the road, and broke up for about three months... We recently began talking again, and I was asking you guys to pray for me(in a round-a-bout way). I had decided to 'fight for my man'... so to speak... I'm happy to report. Either prayers or the gods smiling on me worked... 'Cause we are back together, although moving slowly.... So hell yeah, Gale... finally some real good news.... And Mark, I'll never, say never, again.... ;)
USA - Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 15:17:27 (MDT)
Welcome Home to all of you...Great website. I served in Viet Nam from Aug 1965 to Sept 1966. I was with HQ 1st log Command at Tan Son Nhut. I enlisted with Hampden C Judson (Denny) or 1st Lt. Judson in 1964 from St. Paul Mn. He and I went to high school together and basic together. He was with the 129th from Nov. 1966 till he was killed on 3/5 /67. He was the pilot on a night mission to Saigon and hit wires on his way in. If any one knew Denny or anything about the incident, I would appreciate the info...Thank you Jim Novak
Jim Novak <jnovak0816@aol.com>
wheaton, il USA - Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 13:19:57 (MDT)
,MD USA - Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 11:18:02 (MDT)
fred if you are willing to take the time to make copies i think that would be the way to go.but i think there should be a charge for the cd. the dic to make the cd has to cost something an it should not come out of your packet. i know i would want three copies and i think a $5 charge for each cd is fair, and what every is left from the cost of the cd an mailing should go to the x-mas fund. thats my thought. wink 3/69-10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 07:44:23 (MDT)
Fred... I was able to watch the vidio by just going to their site. I have DSL here and it did take a little while to download but worked OK here. I do remember the pain of downloading a big file on dial-up and "feel for ya"... The vidio must have been after my time as there wasn't any ship around us with the markings on it that I saw on that one in the vidio... Later.. Kal...>>>
Kal 67/68
USA - Monday, August 20, 2007 at 23:34:09 (MDT)
Lou, I just checked my E-mails and Jae says he is willing to send the file to anyone that wants it.I still plan to do the CD thing anyway,just in case something happens to my PC.I really dont want to lose this film. I would be happy to send you a copy when I make mine.(assume that I can make it).Hey,whats it cost to send a CD? 38 cents? forget about it,chuckle. Will "post" when I make it. By the way, did you copy and paste the addy ,then view the film? I am trying hard to make out tail numbers,but no sucess yet.
USA - Monday, August 20, 2007 at 21:54:45 (MDT)
Alvis, I think its a good idea to burn them onto a Cd, I would like one. Just let me know the cost and I'll be more than happy to sent you a check
Lou Rags
Dover, De USA - Monday, August 20, 2007 at 21:40:20 (MDT)
Folks, Jae sent me the "file" of the movie.I just downloaded it. The file is huge,at 88.8MB.I have the sortta fast internet and it took me 1 1/2 hours to download it.(19kb/sec download speed) Trying to figure out the best way to do this.I can send the file to anyone that wants it,but it will tie up both our computers, or yours anyway and just might be a pain in the neck.Who knows.I am willing to try that if you want.. On the other hand,it might be best to put it on a CD and simply mail the CDs to anyone that wants one. Gimme some feed back here.
USA - Monday, August 20, 2007 at 21:32:42 (MDT)
USA - Monday, August 20, 2007 at 07:43:50 (MDT)
Attention Flight. The ROKs need a bit of help. They have an exclusive "movie" (8mm?) they have been keeping to themselves, and its great! Its a complete CA.Start to finish,LZ to PZ. Its a 129th CA. Even shows B model gunnies flying nect to the slicks, opening up with rockets,and the insuing impacts.YOU may be in this film! Your bird MAY be in this film.Lots of shots of crewchiefs,gunners,pilots,129th birds.ect. Its the real thing boys, just like you remember.Now, the ROKs need our help in indentifing folks in the birds,which birds,where this took place and perhaps when. Its the Tiger Div. and i believe there is even a Tiger (ROK) bird in the film. Good LUck,hope you see yourself. """" MARK"""" this really does need to be added to the 129th archives here.
USA - Monday, August 20, 2007 at 07:42:55 (MDT)
Great Story Ron..you know we are green with envy here..lol.
USA - Monday, August 20, 2007 at 07:31:28 (MDT)
Good morning Flight, What a weekend!!! Had a super flight out to the airshow. Phil ia a great copilot. All I had to wory about was flying. What a great pleasure that was. Again it came back like it was yesterday. Total flight time was about an hour over the beautiful green English countryside. Arived at the airfield and was greeted by Simon who had arived earlier in his WW2 jeep. Got the bird beddown and then pitched a 12x12 tent for the guys. We were joined by the gals, and Neil and his dad and when we were organized we set off to "The Windmill" a pub in the nearby town. Had a few cool ones and a really great meal. The gals left for their hotel and the guys went back to the tent. What can I say. It was one of them "ya just had to be there." Boys will be boys, and we reverted back to the "boy in all." Broke out the lawn chairs, single malt and let fly. No one was safe. There were gatherings around the airfield and I am proud to say we were the last to bring in the lawn chairs. It did not end there. You know how goofie guys can get. Well throw in some great single malt, rubber gloves and I will let your imagination take it from there. The next day I awoke to rain pattering on the tent. Got out of the fart sack and had a cup of tea while Simon made breakfast and a good job he did. The weather improved but not enough, so a lot of the aircraft could not make it in. Had a good turnout and people kept asking where the "huey" was. Because of the rain we could not get it near the tent so they could only see the tail. Regulations only allow one person in the chopper at these airshows. Bruno! Neil is the Chief Pilot of the 509 and would be doing the flying. I told him your request and he said he would be honored and would do the first two passes in their memory. He did our fallen brothers proud. He flew past the croud and at the end of the runway did a great cyclic climb, at about 20knots he did a pedal turn that from our position looked more like a wingover and came flying back in front of the croud. Reversed the manover and buzzed the croud again. He then did a great show for the croud. When he ended his flight we were able to ground handle the 509 next to the fence where the croud could get real close. Throughtout the day it was really great to stand next to the huey and answer questions. The croud was really impresed and the 509 really brought them over. I had to do several interviews with radio and TV. Was even interviewed by a magazine from Singapore (sp) That evening we lucked out. Due to so many aircraft not being able to make it to the show there were extra rooms at the hotel. We were asked if we wanted them. With the great time we had at the tent the night before it was a very deficult decision, but better judgement prevailed. The thought of a bed, shower, and the kings seat in the morning won out and we adjurned to the hotel. ((((It is now time to go have some more fun))) More to follow. Love and brotherhood. Ron
Ron Paye
Wesham, UK - Monday, August 20, 2007 at 06:02:10 (MDT)
Good evening Flight, I just got an e-mail from Dale Wysocki who got stuck with an FNG, me for learning the ropes in First Flight so long ago. He is one of the people that I was wanting to hear from and said he came across the site through VHCMA site. I am hoping to talk to him soon and hope he joins in. These days it is a rush for me to hear a name from the past. Still in hopes that in ten years from now we can find all our missing brothers. It just goes with many thanks to Mark for all he has done this past decade. I wish when I first talked to him ten years ago that I hadn't lost touch. Now I am so greatful to have found such a great group of guys!
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 20:21:41 (MDT)
oh, I posted them on the yahoo site. I was just sent an Email from yahoo. Seems they are doing something next month about the all pictures on yahoo sites.I gotta go in there and change some things so we dont loose them.
USA - Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 19:25:32 (MDT)
Simon just sent me 4 pictures from the airshow in the UK this weekend.Pics are of our own Ron Paye,Phil,Simon,Bradly, and Niel.None of you have met Neil, but he also flies the 509 and is a combat helicopter pilot with the UK Armed Forces( and a good guy).Neil is so crazy,he has one and a two partial, jet fighters in his back yard.
USA - Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 19:23:32 (MDT)
Vicky, I think I missed something,somwhere,sometime.Huh?
USA - Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 16:02:12 (MDT)
This is John Brennan of the 114th Avn Co Assn. I'm collecting VN era "nicknames" that in-country Army copter crews painted on their aircraft. Future book by aviation publisher is in the making. Have cataloged over 1,000 names to date. I expect that number to exceed 2,000 when complete. Please pass the word. Would very much like to include as many 129 AHC names as possible. Nose art & nickname photos will constitute majority of book. Database of all known personalized "nicknames" will be included. Have earmarked the Army Aviation Museum as post-production recipient for "nickname" database research. From out of the shadows and into the light it's our turn to be recognized. Sincerely, John Brennan, former SP5, 114 AHC, Flight Operations Coordinator, Vinh Long AAF, Mekong Delta, 1970-71
john brennan <johnmailman@yahoo.com>
san lorenzo, ca USA - Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 14:15:02 (MDT)
Another wise man once said 'anything worth having is worth fighting for'.... actually a wise woman says it..... ME!! Not there yet.... But I am regrouping for the fight of my life.... All the pray-ers, start wearing out some knees for me.... I think I'm in for a little skirmish, cause an enemy has (literally) moved in on territory previously claimed.... but, I've gotten a little encouragement... and I'm not willing to give up now...And someone is temporarily computer-less... So maybe I can get away with asking you guys for deep good thoughts for my success before he knows what's hit him.... I really, truly, deeply love the man with all of my broken heart.
USA - Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 14:10:49 (MDT)
Been busy the last week or so but been on to read updates, must admit I am a little jealous of Ron over in England. It must feel like being in heaven to put his hands on the stick again. Ron make sure you bring a lot of pictures to Kokomo and it is good to hear your having a great time.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 12:08:46 (MDT)
Vicky, another wise man (not as wise as Mark of course) said "walksoft and carry a big stick........man." Hhehhehee. Good news coming we hope!?
Gale 67-68
Clinton, In US of A - Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 10:28:35 (MDT)
funny fact I did not know. U.S. Armed Forces Radio Network had banned "We Have To Get Out of This Place", by the Animals.Radio Hanio played it often.
USA - Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 10:20:35 (MDT)
A wise young man (Mark Jackson) once told me.... never say never... I'm only saying, detente has been reached, and the warring parties are at least speaking....
Vickey Burnsed
Pembroke, GA USA - Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 09:25:05 (MDT)
for our new guys..vienam era music..http://chu65nang67.us/nam/vietnam.html
USA - Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 09:22:34 (MDT)
Hi GuY it nice to take a old car or truck & put it back like it was I have a 1957 International golden Jubble custom pickup 50th anniversary. I had it on the road then pulled it down got $1500 in the motor & got about two or three years & it will be back on the road. I got a 1957 International low boy industrial tractor with a 42" Woods belley mower & went all throw it & got a nother deck & got it for $75.00 & sold one pice for $50.00 & I got $1500.00 in parts & it cut grass as good as a lawn tractor & I took it to a tractor show & a guy look at it & told me how much would you take for it & I told him you havent got that money three time he sead then it hit him you dont want to sell it no.
Arthur E Foster <tigerwagon@msn.com>
Hogansville, GA. USA - Saturday, August 18, 2007 at 19:07:29 (MDT)
ok, Ford lovers. As we know,the mid-60s Ford AC Cobra was perhaps the fastest car ever built untill recent times.It could go from 0 to 100 and back to 0,in about 12 or 13 seconds. Not many were built and todays prices, for those cars, are worth (usually) over a hundred grand. Enter the "kit car". Now these kits cars,some of which are even faster than the orginials,start at about 30 or 40 grand, for a well used,lower powered one.These things are still extremly fast.chuckle, now I present two videos of folks that now have one and DO NOT know how to handle what they have. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNLpZdDz-1k ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpLqCxa4ee0
USA - Saturday, August 18, 2007 at 16:33:19 (MDT)
oh, that issues doesnt cover "synthetic oils".They are good enough as is,especially with the new "roller cam motors".
USA - Saturday, August 18, 2007 at 16:07:49 (MDT)
TINS..This is for those of you that have old cars..pre-converter cars.I have been involved in a discussion with a group of folks that know this subject. crankcase motor oil.It seems that with the advent of catalitic converters, the "old oil" we were using wasnt good enough.Due to some oxygenation issues with the additives versus the converter,they changed the additives formula to better suit the "new" engines.Bla,bla,bla,.Short of the story is..use diesel c-4 grade crankcase oil in your old cars.It contains all,or more, of the additives the old engines need to function properly especially under cold start/not warmed up yet,conditions.I guess it contains lots more zincs,detergents,phospates,ect.
USA - Saturday, August 18, 2007 at 16:05:00 (MDT)
Ron: Sounds like another great adventure across the skies of England. I know this must bring alot of emotions back. I know when I went to the St. Louis air show . the American Heritage foundation was there. The ones whom gave the huey rides at LZ Atlanta VHCMA reunion. I got the opportunity to help on the flight line and also got to fly a few times. Couldn't get enough. I know you ,Phil and the rest of his group will do a great job performing in the air show. Looking forward to your post. Hope all the 129yh Family have a cool and safe weekend. Always A Brother!!
Collierville, TN. USA - Saturday, August 18, 2007 at 07:15:15 (MDT)
As you may know, Bradly is at the same age that we were,when we were over "there". Besides being one hecl of a nice,well mannered,soft spoken young man...he has a seceret.Parked in "his" garage (actually its Simons house) is one of those minis ,that have gotten so popular here.BUT..his is one of the real ones from back in the 60s(?). He is getting ready to race it on the English racing circuit,a road racing type of contest. Working full time building aircraft,then spending time working,washing,polishing 509, he "relaxes" by building his race car. Best of luck to him.
USA - Friday, August 17, 2007 at 12:41:34 (MDT)
Keep them in line Bradly. You the man.
USA - Friday, August 17, 2007 at 12:33:28 (MDT)
Ron left is clear!!!!
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Friday, August 17, 2007 at 08:46:10 (MDT)
Safe and clear skies, Ron!!!
Bill Wolf
USA - Friday, August 17, 2007 at 08:12:51 (MDT)
Flight, "The 509" is shined up and ready to go. We will take off shortly. I will get to fly. Phil will be co-pilot, and Bradley is our crewchief. 15 minutes to Blackpool for go juice then an hour flight to the airshow. Will be thinking about you all.Love and Brotherhood.Ron
Ron Paye
USA - Friday, August 17, 2007 at 06:11:03 (MDT)
Am mucho jealous, Ron!!! Have fun and be safe! Give Phil and gang a big salute! Bill
Bill Wolf <VHCMAPresident@aol.com>
USA - Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 12:47:06 (MDT)
Hey Gang, Greetings from across the pond. Weather here is cool, windy and cloudy. To windy to fly last night. Jo prepared a great meal and we had a few cold ones with dinner. Then Phil and I did our best to keep the single malt people in business for a while. Got to watch a video about deep sea diving that gave me a greater appreciation for what Phil does. Went to bed about 6:00PM Indy time and thanks to the scotch had no trouble getting a great nights sleep. I am now at Phils new business location. It is a great improvement over his old location. Very interesting to see first hand all he is involved with. Fred! You are partially right in your last post. Right hair colour, wrong lady. I am sitting next to Becky as I type this. My bad luck she is still married. Also one of the sweetest gals in the world. Got a call from Simon. Dinner is at his place tonight. He has arranged for the local radio station in York to call me in the morning and do a short interview about the airshow. It's going to be live so I will have to try and keep the four letter words to a minimum. I guess the BBC will be at the show to do an interview with me. If they keep showing up to talk to me I will have to ask them to give me an ID and press pass. The plan for tomorrow is to wash the 509 in the morning then Phil and I will fly to the airshow. About one hour flight. The show is Saturday and Sunday. We (the guys will be camping out) the gals will be at a hotel. No camp fire allowed but we will fire up the grill and help out the poor people at the single malt factory. Got to do all we can to keep them in business. Bruno! We will be doing an eight minute flight demo each day of the airshow. I will pass your suggestion on to Neil and if it is with in the parameters of the show I'm sure he would be honoured to do it. Will sign off for now and turn my attention to the pretty little blond next to me. Love and Brotherhood to all. Ron
Ron Paye
Wesham, UK - Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 09:00:45 (MDT)
There you go,Talking about my relatives again.-----You know Woodward is an old English name meaning (ward of the woods). One of the seven houses of Woodward--mine from Warwickshire I believe.-------------------Gently, there may still be some pics in the attic or barn but it's too hot to get in there this week. Will check later. I had some with Tom on flight line and one or two others if I can locate. Will advise. Also still looking for others from An Khe Pass and Destroyer I made a emergency landing on in 72.-------time for work, check in later.
Gary Woodward
Memphis, USA - Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 05:45:02 (MDT)
Mark, you know pilots. Ron didnt go there for the "509".You remember the "beautiful young lady ghost" that was supposed to haunt Letham Hall? I think Ron went over to hit on her.
USA - Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 05:09:24 (MDT)
WOW!!!!!........Mr. Paye is in England?.........I'm jealous!!!!!!!!!!!
USA - Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 19:27:18 (MDT)
Now Ron, dont be walking down to that hotel for a few coldones..lol.I hope the weather holds for you the entire time your there.Have a great time buddy.Simon, send me some pics.
USA - Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 10:03:44 (MDT)
Ron. "Buzz" the field for our departed brothers. Once past the field, Bank either a hard left or right & get the famous "WOP WOP" sound. Thanks
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx USA - Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 09:37:04 (MDT)
Greetings from across "The Pond". I arived at 10:00am and was met by Phil and Simon. Thank god there was no camera this time. Had a few cups of tea. Took a short nap, than a shower. Now I am waiting for Phil and Jo to get home from work. Phil said if the weather is good we may take the 509 out for a short spin. HOW COOL IS THAT! Come home from work and take your huey for a ride? Gives a new meaning to "wind in your hair".Then I guess we will have to go to the pub for a few cool ones. Damn! Life is ruff. Its great being with these guys again. We will most likly talk about you all like "red headed step sons". Love and Brotherhood
Ron Paye
Preston, , UK - Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 09:20:33 (MDT)
Flight: Made contact with George Bessehe he was in the gun platoon 69-70. He doesn't have a computer but, can be contacted at 1-508-678-0057. he was looking for 129th members such as George Perry and a Thomas Fordtaran. I told him I would post his info for him.. A slow Hand salute for Randy. Mark send me your address and I will send the dvd that Phil and Simon original sent me for the reunion. I couldn't find someone to burn the disc. Hope everyone has a cool day. Regular temps about 106 and heat index from 110-115 by this afternoon. Feels like Nam from 40 plus years ago. I could handle the heat better back then. Always A Brother!!
Collierville , TN. USA - Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 07:24:57 (MDT)
Slow hand salute to Randy
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 06:57:21 (MDT)
Slow salute to Randy!
Bill Wolf <VHCMAPresident@aol.com>
USA - Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 17:43:29 (MDT)
Some of you may have know Randy kellog, better known as Rasty, from the reunions. I knew him first thru "helivets". Friday,the VA doc put him in the VA hospitial.Rasty bitched cause "nothing happens over the weekend in there". Friday,they gave Rasty 10 days to live, cancer. He died last night. RIP.There went a man. See you in fiddlers green Rasty. salute.
USA - Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 14:11:19 (MDT)
Thought that you might be interested in this. _The Wall: 25th Anniversary Parade_ (http://www.vva.org/25thEvent/event_info.htm) or: _http://www.vva.org/25thEvent/event_info.htm_ (http://www.vva.org/25thEvent/event_info.htm)
USA - Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 13:34:32 (MDT)
New E-Mail Address:..............henkel_greg@yahoo.com...............
Puna, HI USA - Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 12:08:26 (MDT)
Animal keep your running shoes handy! Prayers are going out for you and Susan.
USA - Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 10:36:14 (MDT)
all my pics with the 129th would have been taken between Aug. of 1971 and very late Dec. of 1971. I am not sure excatly when I was shipped down to 60th.I know I was flying with Dennis and Gabby, xmas day of 71,with the 129th.
USA - Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 09:47:20 (MDT)
Phil's mom and Animal are in our prayers. Gary, saw the photos! Thank you:>)) Do you have any of Tom Shaw? He was a friend:>) of mine. Bill, Mr. President...any word on the location of next years' re-union? Kim...you write happy:>)) makes me smile. Sue and Jim....8/25 at the Highground: 1PM ceremony, followed by a "picnic" with the Familis of the Fallen from WI...please join Joe and I. Ron Paye is in England again?! Sigh. God Bless. Love-Gently
USA - Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 09:38:31 (MDT)
Gary: four-roger on the cold one. Alvis I was checking out your Pic of the "Pass". Man the side of the mountains are all Blasted. Was Bernie & I in that nasty place. Approximately, when did you take the Pic?
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 09:17:55 (MDT)
I was just on the phone with Rebel Smith, listening to him tell of his close encounter with a 7-foot alligator, and then reading about Animal dodging pyroclastic flows... kinda makes my story about sweating in 87-degree weather at 7000-feet yesterday anticlimactic.
USA - Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 08:34:21 (MDT)
Flight, I'm back on line. What a mess. My hard drive seems to have shorted out and it cost me about $150 to get goin' again. Welcome home to the FNG's....
Gale 67-68
Clinton, In US of A - Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 07:56:37 (MDT)
Animal,didnt you change E-mail addys? Send me your new one so i can up-date my addy book.One of these days I will get down to where lurch lives and see if he is still around.
USA - Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 06:07:33 (MDT)
It's been awhile so I thought I'd check in. I've been way too busy, but know from past experience that's better than being too "not" busy. Cool to hear all the commo and people finding the site! Welcome Gary! I was in the first platoon from 7/71-2/72, and had the honor of flying with Smitty and Dave Powers and possibly Alvis. I'm kinda running on adrenaline right now. Lava is flowing in a new direction a few miles from my house, A hurricane is due in the area tommorow, and a half hour ago a strong earthquake shook the whoop de do out of us and broke some glass in the house. If this wasn't paradise I swear I'd move. Wow. I'll keep you posted, Aloha, Greg
Puna, HI USA - Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 00:43:24 (MDT)
"509" will be in an airshow this weekend. Our own MR. Paye(71/72) will be aboard her. Hope they get lots of pics. Hope Ron gets to fly her again too.Br cool if he is the one flying her into the show.
USA - Monday, August 13, 2007 at 22:13:21 (MDT)
Phil Connolly's Mom is in the hospitial. She was doing very poorly but is somewhat stable now. Those who pray,please say one for her. She is stable enough that the hospitial is talking about sending her home friday..she has been in there for a bit now. Thank you.
USA - Monday, August 13, 2007 at 22:10:35 (MDT)
Bruno---we'll have a cold one and shed a few first chance.--So much is a blurr and time stood still.------I can say we developed an "ATTITUDE" and had to take it out at every oppertunity--(you know --just to get the point across)--They made us realize we were not invincible after all and that pi---sed us off.---Had a lot of radio problems calling for instructions for some reason too.
Gary Woodward
USA - Monday, August 13, 2007 at 17:57:21 (MDT)
Both my Bronze Stars and Soldier Medal was awarded to me in Germany.....I got my Air Medals in Nam with orders and a real Air Medal and a "paper medal" with my name on it. and had orders for my "crewmember wings" within 90 days of getting to the 129th.......And I`m a grunt....05B20....radio operator AIT at Ft. Gordon......On my DD214 my mos is 67A1F.....SGT. Meeks was real good about stuff like that.
Fred Skaggs
Somewhere In, Jersey USA - Monday, August 13, 2007 at 16:18:45 (MDT)
Gary, finally got in there. I must have been messing up. Great Pics Dude. An Khe pass after 426 - Man o Man the pass looks barren. It got blasted huh. Like I said.We need to get together @ one of the Re-unions so you can get me up-to-date on what happen after 4/27/71.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, August 13, 2007 at 13:52:20 (MDT)
Any credit for any work being done here belongs to Mark Jackson, in my opinion. Thank you for the well wishes.
USA - Monday, August 13, 2007 at 10:15:32 (MDT)
Don't even think about it yung-un.------And YES thanks to all including my persistant sibling for all support and a new home.
Gary Woodward
USA - Monday, August 13, 2007 at 09:43:16 (MDT)
I am the FNG !!!!!!!!! Ha...You people are really great,I'm PROUD to say Gary W. is my big brother,thanks so much for the welcome he has received,I just left the yahoo site and saw his pictures,some I've never seen before,I might have some of Gary to share with ya,,, 400 miles is a safe distance is'nt it?Happy Birthday Fred,thanks for the mail you sent me, The home you have here is Awsum,I'll pass it along to others to enjoy,the flight log is the best,I hope you don't mind my nose from time to time.Fred,Ken,Sanchez your doing good stuff here,THANKS again.Gary is the best a little brother could ask for,,,,luv ya big un.. For God And Country....U.S. Army 1983-1987...15D/Z3/20 "Strike Deep"..Lance Missle
Russell Woodward <grinnenbig@yahoo.com>
Cedartown, Ga USA - Monday, August 13, 2007 at 08:16:45 (MDT)
copy and paste the addy. That should do it.
USA - Monday, August 13, 2007 at 08:12:26 (MDT)
Good Morning Flight. Gary/Alvis,I've already got a Yahoo E-Mail account. But, for some reason, I can't access the Yahoo site. Any suggestions other than keep trying?
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, August 13, 2007 at 07:58:24 (MDT)
The Medal site was interesting to look at because it kind of sounds like it was whatever a commander wanted to do with Air Medals. I got an ARCOM in the 129th and the 2nd one for the deployment of the 121st Avn Co after being in that same unit for almost seven years. Take care Flight!
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Monday, August 13, 2007 at 07:31:00 (MDT)
with all the talk about the air medal going on, I thought I would check it out. I found this site: http://www.americal.org/awards/achv-svc.htm#AirMedal you can either copy and paste this or click on my name below to go to the site. it doesn't give the # of hours per award but it does give the requirements. Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Sunday, August 12, 2007 at 23:20:05 (MDT)
ALEX...no, I never got my flight records. They might be in my main file, but I don't know for sure where that is. Bite and Strike! Max
Sgt Twiggy (MAX) <katzdad@verizon.net>
OR USA - Sunday, August 12, 2007 at 16:09:32 (MDT)
Alvis---any pictures I post can be moved here if wanted.---------I'll try and put a few in once a week but most were confiscated as " not suitable" when I came back to the states.---They took the whole batch regardless.--All I had left were some I sent home.
Gary Woodward
USA - Sunday, August 12, 2007 at 09:26:34 (MDT)
36 years ago today,found me in a guard tower,in Cham Ron Bay.I had been in country about three weeks or so.I had yet to be assigned a unit.We worked in rotating shifts,same crap everyday and night.This night would find me in yet another guard tower,overlooking the South China Sea.Thats how I spent my 21st birthday.
USA - Sunday, August 12, 2007 at 08:34:52 (MDT)
This yahoo site allows us to post pictures.Its not meant as a como area, but,can be used as such in an emergency.It isnt meant to replace.This IS our home here.Perhaps it can best be discribes as earrings on a beautiful woman.lol.(this site being the woman.) Gary, Mark can have pics posted here as well.
USA - Sunday, August 12, 2007 at 08:27:57 (MDT)
USA - Sunday, August 12, 2007 at 08:19:16 (MDT)
Bruno---go to Yahoo.com-------You can sign up at no charge for an account.---go to Yahoo groups under search and enter 129thahc. The address is Http://Groups.yahoo.com/group/129thahc------------If that does not work just search yahoo groups and you should locate 129th assault helicopter company.------You will have to join the group to have access for editing and putting names on some of the items loaded.---------
Gary Woodward
Memphis, USA - Sunday, August 12, 2007 at 05:48:18 (MDT)
Alvis hang in there for the test. I only got about half the stuff they sent me down before running the the bathroom. I was awake till they caused my belly to look like the guy in alien, can't remember a thing after that but did have several buzzed spots in front. A nurse said the next time I went down that it was rare. But I think that is one of the most important test to get. Now I have to change my diet again, but better doing that. Anyone else out there that hasn't, get your doctor to set you up. Take care brothers.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Saturday, August 11, 2007 at 21:00:52 (MDT)
Well Fred... I was on their web site and they don't give out much info. Their address is 58 Quan Su Street in Ha Noi, VN so that part is currect as far as what they say.. I tuned in but was not able to hear anything on that frequency. I could detect a carrier and will have to try to listen at other times of the day. Conditions vary hour to hour and day to day so hearing them will take some checking back. I think I saw where they broadcast in English 12 to 14 hours a day. If I come up with something I will let you know. After this long though I'd bet the station has been rebuilt or upgraded. Radio has changed a lot since the 60/70s even though the basic principals are the same. Take care - C U L8r.. Kal...>>>
Kal 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
USA - Saturday, August 11, 2007 at 20:36:11 (MDT)
KAL, please check this out and tell us if its true..."our lives. Today the "Voice of Vietnam" still broadcasts from the same old ramshackle building at 58 Quan Su Street in central Hanoi. The equipment too has survived the war years and generation of patient repair. Only the announcers are new. A new staff of Hanoi Hannahs in their early twenties can be heard on Radio Hanoi's English service today. From 1600 hours Hanoi time until 2:00am, "Voice of Vietnam" can be picked up around the world on 12035 KHZ on the 25 meter band "
USA - Saturday, August 11, 2007 at 18:34:22 (MDT)
Guess it didnt go thru. Well like I was saying. SP/4 Yarbrough was also put in with the rest of the wounded. When we saw each other ,we were astonished to see each other, we smiled, greeted each other ,firmly shook hands. Then the medical personnel took him somewhere in the plane for the flight bhack to the world. Gary I'm not been able to get to the yahoo pictures. Tell me how brother. Keep the mail coming. We need to make the next re-union dude.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Saturday, August 11, 2007 at 14:31:01 (MDT)
Gary: From what a gather Ole "Stretch McKinney" went to Germany after the Nam. Idon't Know the specifics but I understand he got Killed in a Jeep accident some w2her over there. He was a good man. Remember Ole"Shakey Pete" . I heard he also got killed in a car accident somewhere in tyhe Seattle,WA. You see SP/4 Yarbrough right above ya in the "annual"? Well when I was put on the C-141
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Saturday, August 11, 2007 at 14:24:32 (MDT)
Gary W., you remember the first football team Haraway High had? Their first track team? I was on both.The track team almost finished last in the district,perhaps they did,but won some races.The football team,which I played end..didnt win one game the entire year. hehehe. But we had fun,not counting the games of course.Come to think of it, didnt have much fun either.
USA - Saturday, August 11, 2007 at 14:00:53 (MDT)
Bruno-------If you mean the Extremely good looking one,That would be me.-------------Changed a little since then.----Still good looking though---------Have you been on the 129th Yahoo Group site yet?-------I will try and put a few more pics in this weekend.--------What about McKenny?
Gary Woodward
memphis, USA - Saturday, August 11, 2007 at 10:47:22 (MDT)
Gary, good morning. Just "checking in" & copying the mail. Brother Alvis We're "getting up there" & with time They need to "open up the trap door & take a look see" to make sure everythin in the basement is OK. If'in there is something movin' around in there they can catch it in time. That goes for the rest of the Flight. Don't Procrastinate!!!!! Gary, I went to the 129th "picture book". Bro is that you on the last page between SP/4 Morgan (I believe he was from Georgia) & SP/4 McKinney (God Rest his soul). Anyway What about those Pics. I'm anxious to take a look see.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Saturday, August 11, 2007 at 09:41:58 (MDT)
Alvis, I still laugh at the rport I got after having mine done. The doctor said he got a great look at my entire colon, and it looked good!....reading the story of the disciplne taken over the Pat Tilman farce, CYA is still alive and well..... so sad
USA - Saturday, August 11, 2007 at 07:43:11 (MDT)
That had NOT happened in 71. Had to be 72.
USA - Saturday, August 11, 2007 at 07:28:08 (MDT)
Alvis---It's ALL about you bro.---I can loan you a spare garden hose for test if need.----------Bruno--10-4 on Thurmond--I could be wrong but I remember a shoulder bandage as well.---Checked map site also.---------------------------Had contact with any others???------------------------Quiz for the day: 71-72---Rescue of supposed last 10 Phillipino POW around border--------we went in 3 Hrs early expecting "issues"
Gary Woodward
Memphis, USA - Saturday, August 11, 2007 at 07:19:49 (MDT)
Hey, does anyone want to take my place at the end of this month? I have to go to VA and get the old, camera up the butt" thingy. Just like guard duty..I will pay someone 10 bucks to take my place.Heck, I will even spit shine your shoes for pre-surgery inspection.
USA - Friday, August 10, 2007 at 14:28:15 (MDT)
Rays map room.... http://www.rjsmith.com/topo_map.html#khamduc
USA - Friday, August 10, 2007 at 13:59:09 (MDT)
Gary, check out "Ray's Map Room". It's got maps of the ole A/O - Lane,An Khe,etc. check it out. Later. Dawg 426 is Otta here.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Friday, August 10, 2007 at 12:49:24 (MDT)
Gary & the rest of "Hisser & Pissers". Thurmond, huh. He used glasses & carried a machete ? He got hit. He took a round on his thigh-right on the machete & took a lot of shrapnel into his thigh? Or so the word was. Is he the one?
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx USA - Friday, August 10, 2007 at 09:07:57 (MDT)
25th annual Kokomo reunion info...dates/hotels/directions... http://www.hcvvo.org/reunion.htm
USA - Friday, August 10, 2007 at 05:11:19 (MDT)
Hi at the reunion Mat Casey sead it so get to him. Art
Arthur E Foster <tigerwagon@msn.com>
Hogansville, GA. USA - Thursday, August 09, 2007 at 19:02:06 (MDT)
Bruno, I joined the 129th Yahoo site so anyone can put names on pictures loaded.--------I also have trouble putting "real" names on brothers we were with daily.----------Haven't heard anything from Thurmond (may have been clled "Big Orange") either since Ankhe---last saw him while trying to keep an ROK soldier alive outside med center somewhere out there.-----I later learned the ROK did not make it but Thurmond was in shock but looked ok when I spoke to him.
Gary Woodward
Memphis, USA - Thursday, August 09, 2007 at 16:08:40 (MDT)
Bill, last I heard, we werent.I think that doesnt start to cover anyone till about 1976 or so.
USA - Thursday, August 09, 2007 at 15:19:22 (MDT)
Bill, that is something I never heard of, but sounds interesting. Flight if anyone has the list of Hotels / Motels in Kokomo for September would you please post them. Larry Stokes was saying he might make it but didn't want to stay in my little camper. If no one does I will try to get a hold of the guy there for that info and post it. September is coming up here soon and will be getting the camper ready to got again. Hope to see more you you brothers there this year.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Thursday, August 09, 2007 at 11:15:03 (MDT)
Gary, GRRREAT!!!! Can't wait & take a "look see". I had forgotten what Smitty's puss used to look like until I saw a pic in the 129th book. Let me know if'in your going to post in/on the 129th Gallery or another site.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Thursday, August 09, 2007 at 10:53:44 (MDT)
Hey Gang, have a question! Did someone say that we were eligible to apply for the air combat assault badge??? If so, what do we have to do? Thanks! Bill Wolf
Bill Wolf <VHCMAPresident@aol.com>
USA - Thursday, August 09, 2007 at 08:17:33 (MDT)
Max: Did get copies of your flight records. No one told me to get copies and don't have any idea where to look for them. I was told after 7 years they were destoryed. I didn't have any in mt 201 file from St. Louis.
USA - Thursday, August 09, 2007 at 07:53:21 (MDT)
Fred: That's a roger about Ron Paye. The only thing I hate was he couldn't get the surprise he wanted to do. Someone beat him to the punch. Well have a couple days off to enjoy this 100 plus temps. Gary was good to meet you. Gary stopped by Autozone on his way home. Well, has anybody heard from Ray Gagner I will have to call him today. Always A Brother!!
Collierville, Tn. USA - Thursday, August 09, 2007 at 07:50:03 (MDT)
Flight...RE AIR MEDALS. Another way to get one was to have one awarded for some special action. My Crew Chief Don Cline and I both got one with a 'V' device (for 'valor') along with a nice written citation for something we did during a hot LRRP extraction one night. During my tour, one air medal was issued for 50 regular hours of flight, or 25 hours of combat flight. RE M-60s. When we were still at Dong ba Thin, in '66-'67, we used to test fire our guns by flying out to the swimming beach on the east side of Cam Rhan Bay (South China Sea), and shooting at sharks, which were always cruising up into the shallow water. One time we were near where the airmen from the base were swimming, and a bunch of them waved us down and asked why we were shooting so close to them. We told them that there was a particularly big shark there and we were trying to kill it. Pretty damned quick, all the airmen were on the beach. And those sharks were pretty hard to kill. The ones that cruised into the shallows had dark backs (sunburn?), and one monster had white scars all over his back from being shot so many times. We never did kill that one. Of course, water slows bullets down very quickly, so one had to be right on the surface for us to get him good. "...clear left/clear right/clear front and rear..." Max
Max Whittington <katzdad@verizon.net>
Beaverton, OR USA - Wednesday, August 08, 2007 at 22:38:22 (MDT)
Hi Flight I learnto take a m60 brake a 60 down the 60 guy sead foster see this 60 I will give you one day to learn how to brake itdown & put it back & then you by your self will go to the berm & fire & I sead how coming with me hell no one that 60 will blow up in your face & nobuty want to become you dont know your A$$ from a hole in the ground bbout a 60 so I got it broke down in about 3 hr. & back up & set to test fire it & I heard some grunts some one get a body bag this fng going to kill him self & one sead better he does it now than when we are out there & do some one in that short & one other guy sead it bad just bean a fng but a cook does he know what end is the businessendof that 60I hope so i went out there sat down loaded it pulled the triger & cut a tree in half it was about 6" round went back in foster that was good I am going to put with the 60 halling ammo & you learn all about the 60 becaust one day you be the 60guy. there is three jobs you dont want is a doc or a rto or a 60 guy short lived job. There is one thing I did the first time out got in contack & PISTED MY PANTS & the guy next to me ha Foster did it he wet to his feet & they told me you just might make it home & they were a bunch of good guy I was with. well the wife up in bed sick & having a lot of trouble with her sugger it get down to 50 a lot but when Scooter her it dus pretty good we love that little guy he 15 month ha guy give me a brake on some of spelling OK Art
Arthur E Foster <tigerwagon@msn.com>
Hogansville, GA> USA - Wednesday, August 08, 2007 at 19:47:27 (MDT)
The 'Iron Butterfly' is still flying. It was in Maine for quite a while with the Maine Air National Guard before it was sold to a guy in Florida, who contacted several of us ( Rick England in particular) about the birds history. ... I did AIT at Ft. Useless, like Alvis, we sat around and tore a 60 apart,put it back together, listened to an old chief who told us the things were junk and would jam at the drop of a hat, then put aboard a slick and flew around for a while shooting at trees and the James River fleet. Every time the thing jammed, the pilot would sigh, land, let the chief clear the damned thing, and up we'd go again! I think we made forty or more landings while four of us played shoot em up.
USA - Wednesday, August 08, 2007 at 14:59:04 (MDT)
Just heard from someone I know/flew with,during my stint with the ghostriders. He is sending me a disc of 8mm films taken over a years time while we were there. He say he thinks I am in it.That would be cool.
USA - Wednesday, August 08, 2007 at 14:56:27 (MDT)
Bruno----starting to get a few pics loaded on the yahoo site ------by the time I'm done you may even see your smiling face.----------------------snoopy----593---1st Flt-----
Gary Woodward
Memphis, USA - Wednesday, August 08, 2007 at 14:32:56 (MDT)
for you new guys. You know about the '509' in England, but there is another bird of ours flying. This site was contacted awhile back,asking for info on it.I forget the particulars, but its in South Africa being flown by those tours guys..the ones that advertise..fly on a huey and go on a real simulated combat assault. You can find them on you tube.
USA - Wednesday, August 08, 2007 at 11:19:14 (MDT)
Beard! Retro man, get that thing fixed and get back here! Very interesting commo you guys....love it. L-Gently
USA - Wednesday, August 08, 2007 at 09:59:59 (MDT)
Good morning Flight, well this is what I remember being told way back when. For an air medal was either 25 Combat Assault Missions or 25 hours of direct Combat Support. I never really thought about the wings so much at Lane but thought it was right after getting on Flight Status. That wouldn't take long anyway when flying ten to twelve hours a day. The other thing I remember was the morning after getting to the 129th several of us FNG's had a meeting with Major Jones I think??? One question asked was had anyone smoked Pot? I was the only one to put my hand up. So turned right around and flew back to Siagon for Drug Counselor School which stayed with me for the next ten years. When I got back to Lane the CO's next question was do I want to fly? So my OJT was as a door gunner bouncing from one ship to another until 351 came out of the hanger. Getting memory back but confused was the one that Mr Hendrix was shot down on and the CE & Gunner went home from a 51 Cal going through the aircraft hitting them both. While on that aircraft my AC was the Plt Leader Capt Furgeson until getting the CAG Commanders bird, Than shooting at Sp4 Marion on the Flight Line. I didn't know I was already sick when that happened but by the time the treaty was signed I was in 3rd Field Hospital with up to a 106 temp and the nurses taking me in the shower about every two hours. Last big thing was the morning it was all supposed to be over at 8 AM and all hell broke loose for maybe an hour before that. I don't know if it was just rockets or motars thrown in. It just seemed like they were getting rid of anything they could fire at us. I guess nothing was really that close to the hospital because they mainly were hitting the airfield, still some would make the ground shake. It all was over and the next thing I knew I was leaving country on a C141 evac on my back. Those were some great old times, weren't they?
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Wednesday, August 08, 2007 at 09:13:55 (MDT)
Gary, a "BIG" hello.Long time ago is right - 35 years. Sorry bro but I need to put a "face".
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Wednesday, August 08, 2007 at 08:17:16 (MDT)
I'm Sandy, Gale's sister. He asked to let you all know that he is having computer problems but he hopes to be back on here in a few weeks.
USA - Wednesday, August 08, 2007 at 08:08:16 (MDT)
I did gunnery at Ft. Rucker also. Weather grounded our single "hands on" flight, so we got our aerial gunnery training in a tower... a little different that trying to do it listening to the "whop-whop" of rotor blades, and while doing 3 dimensional manuevering! Thirty days later I was at Lane pulling guard duty in a tower, the first duty of newbies. Guess the tower time at Rucker paid off, eh?
Dave P.
USA - Wednesday, August 08, 2007 at 07:32:04 (MDT)
I'm not sure how many different procedures they went thru with awards but the document given me at the time stated 853 combat Hrs for 2nd through 34th citation and listed the standard air time separately. ---------------------------------------Grunts Always had my respect for what they had to go through. The last thing I ever wanted was to trade places with them.----------Had enough in my family to know where not to put in for. ----One advantage of being an Army Brat-------------------------Hello to Sanchez---Long Time.
Gary Woodward
Memphis, USA - Wednesday, August 08, 2007 at 07:25:09 (MDT)
At Rucker,in "AIT",we were put on flight status ,I believe.I think door gunner school for us was 5 days..of which consisted sitting at a table,with a partner,learning how to disassemble and reassemble an M-60,then ONE flight over a target area, geting to fire once.As Kim said..The training they gave us was just enough to get us,or our crew,killed. I didnt find out just how little I knew till I arrived in unit.Thank God for crew chiefs. When I finaly got to be a crew chief,I never forgot how little I knew when still a cherry boy.Seems thee were two kinds of people there..ones that gave FNGs a very hard time,and those that were kind to them. Quick, scuff your boots, so you dont look so damned new.
USA - Wednesday, August 08, 2007 at 04:39:34 (MDT)
Hi I had air medel befor I got my wing & I had to earn the wing because I was A grunt & when I got in the 68th top tigers they told me that because I did not go to school for chopper & there one thing that look good when I was a grunt was a chopper coming in to get us out after 14 day out there with the same clouse & you would smell like you were dead & you only got 5 gal of water to wash up with & if there were pastery pig there you would not giu if you were out in the open yoy did not care you just wanted to get 14 days of jungle dirt & stink off youI have jungle rot ware you dont like to have it & the only thing that help is gold bond exter strong pouder every day & that how come I wanted to fly & I tell you it not safer in the air or being a grunt but a shower every night was a lot better than two in thirty day O one other thing ring worms you could get them from head to foot & you look like a chane link fence I know I had them & leachers they would get on you every time you go acrous a river or set in a patty at night & I did not say all this because a grunt has it harder than every one that was over there we all had it hard & it will be with us for the rest of are lives & every time I see a service person I tell them thank for what they are doing for us in harm way & I hope you can read this. Art
Arthur E Foster <tigerwagon@msn.com>
Hogansville, GA. USA - Tuesday, August 07, 2007 at 20:38:46 (MDT)
In 68 you got 1 air metal per 50 hours. I flew 1152 hours and recieved 23 air medals. Sure there were a lot more ash and trash hours than combat assault hours but still they didn't seem to seperate them, at least for me they didn't. L8r.. Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
St. Joseph, MI USA - Tuesday, August 07, 2007 at 20:14:47 (MDT)
850 combat Hrs will get you 34 ---------big prize stateside in front of a signal batallion with no Vets-------Yay!----They didn't even know what an Air Medal was.
Gary Woodward
Memphis, USA - Tuesday, August 07, 2007 at 18:23:29 (MDT)
Marble??? I'm not sure. crs strikes again :>))
USA - Tuesday, August 07, 2007 at 18:14:43 (MDT)
I thought the crew members wings came with getting on flight status??? Air medals came in two groups, 25 combat hours, 50 non combat...... I seem to recall that Tom Pederson flew one of the TOW equiped gunships, he showed us plenty of photos while at the Louisville reunion ..... I totally flipped out when I came back from TDY in Dec.71, and saw all those AH-1's in our revetments. That got me sent south again :>)) The 120th was good duty, mike models, delta flying...... a friend of mine from AIT, Kenny Barber, got hisself a medal for helping save a radio relay team on marble mountain while I was there. AIT, I thought the gunnery part was woefully inadequate, little did I know just how unprepared I was going to be when the shooting started!!
USA - Tuesday, August 07, 2007 at 18:12:57 (MDT)
Hi it take 25 combat H for flight wings & 25 to get a air medel.
Arthur E Foster <tigerwatigerwatigerwe>
Hogansville, GA. USA - Tuesday, August 07, 2007 at 17:56:46 (MDT)
Does ayone remember how many flying hours it took to get a air crew members badge and air medel? I can't recall how many hours it took.
Don McCort
USA - Tuesday, August 07, 2007 at 17:26:01 (MDT)
Evening Flight. Thanks Fred and Bill your packages have arrived safely. As I type I'm watching your video Bill, some good material which will be a great asset when putting our next video together. Brings back some great memories of the re-union and the way we were taken into the fold. We will get some pictures of the ROK patches with 509 when we are at the Air Show at Elvington in Yorkshire on the 18 and 19th of this month. We'll put the patches on our flying suits, so when we fly so do the ROK's once again. Just returned from a weekend at RAF Woodvale showing 509 off to the public. Phil, Bradley and myself were talking solidly for around nine hours on the Saturday and Sunday to the crowds that came to the show. Everyone was absolutely fascinated by the history of the machine and the utmost respect for what you guys had to do. Many, in fact 99%, who came to see us over the weekend couldn't believe that Phil had flown 509 in on the Friday evening. As a result on the Sunday many stayed, some came back especially, to see 509 lift, do a couple of passes before heading off in to the sunset. Talking of which it is now way past my bedtime, the rest of the house is in darkness. So it's goodnight from me. Stay safe. From all of us in the UK
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
Mellor, 509 County UK - Tuesday, August 07, 2007 at 16:12:05 (MDT)
Fred; you are welcome,i thought it was my duty to let jae know that you weren't selling them on ebay. flight; for general info we just bought a house and the snail mail addy is changing to paul mcgrath brown 737 gooding st. lasalle il 61301. see ya in kokomo
paul mcgrath
oglesby, Illinios USA - Tuesday, August 07, 2007 at 10:52:27 (MDT)
When I saw them Bruno,was on their first flight in country,going up country. I guess everything was still "secrete". They had no marking on the ship nor on themselves.Supposedly there were between 2 nad 4 ships total.Awhile back I got in contact with one of those guys...I think it was with the 188th ahc/ghostriders up in Plei Keu. (however you spell that darn place)
USA - Tuesday, August 07, 2007 at 10:51:16 (MDT)
As I recall,I arrive the last week of Dec '71. All the "guns" were AH-1's. I don't recall any C models left. Not until good ole Eastertide.Supposedly the "word" was the Charlie models (with the Tow Missile) had come to Lane from Germany.Man O Man They nice & shiny. no dull paint job. They had all the Nice decals. There was one ship right in front of the "engine shop" by the hanger. There was the CE or the Gunner leaning against the R/H side with his new shiny flt suit.He had a terrible expression- like he didn't like being in the Nam. I wonder why.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Tuesday, August 07, 2007 at 10:22:43 (MDT)
Well Flight, I for one am really enjoying the info and feedback from everyone. I went through AIT @ Rucker with a couple military guys from Iran (How The World Changes). Anyway they were getting "M" models which I didn't know they ever went to Nam because they were designed to work at high altitude. Of coarse at school they also acted like the old gunships were a thing of the past being replaced by the AH-1s. Flight by the way, yes I am getting back a lot of good memories now even though you can't tell them to people who were not there because they would think we are really nuts, LOL
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Tuesday, August 07, 2007 at 04:13:38 (MDT)
The big difference between the C and M models was the engine. Bell managed to up the horsepower from 1100 to 1300. We just kept on throwing on ammo to make use of the extra power, though on most days we could hover and take off without dragging across the runway. The first use of guided missles on a huey was a french system, followed by the tow.
USA - Monday, August 06, 2007 at 18:18:19 (MDT)
Hello all you Bite and Strikers!! Welcome Home and welcome aboard to all the new fellows and glad to see you found us. Really good to see all the como here. Gently, you were the one harpin about me maybe not making Kokomo and now you aren't...??? Busisness is busisness and you need to re-schedule it. Kokomo, as good as it is, wouldn't be the same without you!!.. I must say that if it was between Kokomo and the VHCMA reunion, I'd prefer to see you at the VHCMA, so I better not complain....That pretty much sums up the thoughts from this end for now. I hope everyone is doing well and must add that keep your well wishes in there for Ray as he is seeing his doctors today and tomorrow.. We are hoping for good news. Take care all C U in Kokomo... Later..... Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Monday, August 06, 2007 at 17:08:33 (MDT)
The gun platoon started to get UH1m's in June of 71 from the 57th AHC then they started to sent htem home and replaced them with AH1G's whem I left in Jan 72 there might have 2 or 4 M models left
Don McCort
USA - Monday, August 06, 2007 at 16:18:36 (MDT)
Alvis, Roger on the C model guns. Some of them were @ Lane with the tow missles. The ARVNS were getting tanks in the Peliku/Kontum area during Eastertide late March & early April of '72. sorry I can't help after that.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx USA - Monday, August 06, 2007 at 15:28:56 (MDT)
Ken, Gary, many times what someone post in here will "jog" a forgotten memory. Mind you, not all of those will be bad ones either.Smitty,and a few others, have joged mine once or twice...(((Gently))), your most welcome dear-heart.If nothing else, you that recieved patches, can do like Paul did,go into the ROK site and say thanks to Jae.(thanks Paul)
USA - Monday, August 06, 2007 at 15:23:19 (MDT)
Alvis, Well at least I know now I wasn't loosing my mind. I did remember the crew was not military or at least they didn't have on uniforms plus had a number of tanks painted on the side behind the pilots door. I still wonder if I can get back all my memories but so many more are returning. Take care flight!
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Monday, August 06, 2007 at 14:30:24 (MDT)
Gary...Welcome Home. You belong here. Very cool that you took that first difficult step:>) but you did..and now you're with family. Folks, I try to read/post as much as i can, but it's not like days of old. Working with the Families of the Fallen has Joe and I very very busy...and makes us alittle less fun than we used to be. But then, like today, I read one of Fred's entries and a smile comes to my face..I love you Freddie boy. I love all of you....my boys:>) I love your wives, etc also..my sisters. Geez...that sounds sappy. Kokomo is next month and for those of you looking for that "particular" patch or pin, you can probably get it there or have one of your bothers look for it for you. But...you should go!!!! Ain't nothin' better than sittin' around with the 129ers and their partners all day long and into the night..surrounded by the smell of wood burning and laughter. Joe and I can't make it this year due to a business "thing." Bummed. Very bummed! But next year...count on it! Bill, I got another load of checks..save some of those 129er books for new guys, like Gary. Freddie...thank you...in memory of Tom Shaw..thank you:>). Anyone in touch with Tom Shanahan? That guy! What a life he has now. Sigh. Sue and Jim H, we'll be up at the Highground the 25th for the dedication of the Legacy Stones(Ron Paye may join us)if you can, please consider joing us there. Lastly, if an Exec was a partner to a 129er or any Veteran and they knew of the $#$#@^*( being dealt them, i would hope they would stand tall in their defense. They stood tall in ours. With a hug-Gently
USA - Monday, August 06, 2007 at 14:00:29 (MDT)
Oh ya, one last item. If you haven't seen the surprise reunion video from Orlando, go to: http://www.wolfcms.com/surprise.html. Your best bet is to download it and then watch it as it is a large file! If you try to watch over the internet, give it lots of time to load into the buffer! Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Monday, August 06, 2007 at 13:31:16 (MDT)
Hey Flight, just mailed out the latest batch of books. Brian Rinehart, got your request about 2 hours too late - will send it out next Monday. For the rest of you, nows the time to order any more - once they're gone - they're gone!!! I still have about 45 left. If you want to order them, send me an email with your address and number of books. Then, at your convenience, send a check with your donation of $30 per book to me at 6433 Summer Grace Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80923. Make the checks out to "129th AHC" (not to me). Am off to California for teaching tomorrow and will be back on Wednesday evening. Take care all! Bill
Bill Wolf <VHCMAPresident@aol.com>
USA - Monday, August 06, 2007 at 13:29:27 (MDT)
Alex,as you should know by now,there will be an up comming story about Ron.Give it a few weeks.
USA - Monday, August 06, 2007 at 09:59:58 (MDT)
Ken, while I was in country (71/72), the NVA aquired shoulder held,heat seeking, missiles.They were knocking us out of the skies with those things,which we had no defence for,except playing "dodge ball"(my words).The Armys answer to that,was the up-turned exhaust exit,putting the hot exhaust gass flow into the rotor wash stream. While stationed with the 60th ahc(ghostriders)(between tuy hoa and nha trang),we had a strange looking ship(huey)land(feb. of 72).No marking,weapons systems covered,armed guard stationed at the nose of the ship. He wouldnt answer questions as to what was under the covers,where they were from or where they were going,or who they were with.They ate lunch,refueled,and left.Later,we read in "Stars and Stripes" that these birds had a new system of "wire guided missiles",called TOW.They had flown uo into the highlands and blown up NVA tanks during the 72 TET offensive.They kicked ass.
USA - Monday, August 06, 2007 at 09:57:00 (MDT)
Well I hope everyone is staying cool!!!! Temps are getting above a 100 here. But, at the Memphis airport it's cooler. They must be in an airconditioned room when the take the temp! HA! Mark hope to have you a copy of the disc in the mail on thursday. need for you to email me you new address for snail mail. Hope everyone is doing ok. Alot of commo. Taled to Ron Paye a few days ago. I figured he forgived me by now for pulling the Orlando surprise on everyone. I wished we could have done earlier in the week. Phil, Simon and their wives were just 10minutes away in another hotel. some our 129th probalby walked right each other while seeing the sights of orlando. Well, hope everyone has a Great Day. Always A Brother!!
Collierville , Tn. USA - Monday, August 06, 2007 at 09:10:03 (MDT)
Thanks guys for clearing some of that up for me. I got there in Aug 72 but didn't remember any UH-1 Gunships being there. I think they were all the new AH-1G Cobra two seaters. Also most all the slicks had what they called the shit house mod on them which caused the exhaust to go straight up in the rotor wash. Again last of all was a UH-1C that was there which came back with the TOW missles. Memory is bad now so can't remember when and why. Just remember going over and looking at it one time, guess that would be a Ron Paye question.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Monday, August 06, 2007 at 08:20:42 (MDT)
Both types of gun ships were present when I was there.I left the 129th in dec 71 or jan of 72. Lim Lavoie flew on "C" models I think, or was that B models? To early for me to think.
USA - Monday, August 06, 2007 at 07:26:26 (MDT)
Ken,It was around Dec 71 and Feb 72 that we retrofitted my ship with Mini Guns on both doors and one in the gunners door of 915 because we wanted more firepower on deck. --The Cobras were great but a little extra made me feel better at ground zero.
Gary Woodward
memphis, USA - Monday, August 06, 2007 at 04:07:13 (MDT)
Flight there has been some great things on here this past week with Gary joining us. Sounds like the 509 video is making it's way around the world too. I have a triva question for someone that was there when they retired the UH-1B Gunships and replaced them with the AH-Gs in the 129th? I have never really heard that info but it must have been like 1971?? Hay guys be safe out there.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Sunday, August 05, 2007 at 20:07:23 (MDT)
Hi everybody. I'm usually at least a day late & several dollars short so I don't know if this link was posted before. It's a video of our guys when the went to the U.K. to fly 509. If ya haven't seen it ya really should. Never did I ever think I'see one of our old birds in the air again. Seing the nose insignia gave me chills. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m7YRFxTO2o&mode=related&search= Stay safe everyone.
Larry Kwiatkowski
Simi Valley, CA USA - Sunday, August 05, 2007 at 15:57:12 (MDT)
USA - Sunday, August 05, 2007 at 14:51:00 (MDT)
Fred A., i get no search results for that addy>>>>>>> Jim
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Sunday, August 05, 2007 at 12:34:06 (MDT)
Ok Fred--got a few loaded--had to take digital pictures of my laptop to get JEPEG. Have to load one at a time so this will take a while.---------Some can have names added if anyone knows them ----------still have quite a few to go------found one in AN KHE-426 area------not much to see was coming in fast.--Not yet loaded-- Still cant find 473 picture after crash (it's here somewhere)but from checking the logs 593 was my replacement---Stephens was gunner sometimes.--Catch of the day used over 300 rounds to stop.
Gary Woodward
Memphis, USA - Sunday, August 05, 2007 at 10:47:06 (MDT)
boy did i ever screw that up. but you all get the jest. wink 3/69- 10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Sunday, August 05, 2007 at 09:01:13 (MDT)
morming flight, for pins an thing i use d and g enterprises the owner david grieger is a veitnam veti've taked to a # of times on the phone. great guy.he'll send you a catolog just give a call @ 334-749-9222 or log onto his site. dandgenterprises.com. wink 3/69- 10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Sunday, August 05, 2007 at 08:58:55 (MDT)
Don, thanks for the kind words. It was not only a labor of love, but an honor. The next batch of books goes out tomorrow (monday). PLEASE, take pity on my garage and order books!!!! I still have about 40 left. They are a $30 donation each and come with a video CD. All profits go to the 129th AHC Christmas Fund. If you want one, send me an email asap and I'll ship them out. You can send the check when convenient. Make it out to "129th AHC" (not to me) and send to 6433 Summer Grace St, Colorado Springs, CO 80923. They are a great record of our service and one our children and relatives and friend would enjoy! Love you guys (and our ladies)! Bill
Bill Wolf <VHCMAPresident@aol.com>
USA - Sunday, August 05, 2007 at 08:42:27 (MDT)
Fred -- would not load----wrong format--have to convert-----------Did find old card for Alex and a few clippings.----one frontal crew shot with Tiger ship in batch when I was FNG ---- still trying to find pics of 426 and 753-------found about 30 misc so far. Have one of 094.
Gary Woodward
Memphis, USA - Sunday, August 05, 2007 at 05:14:04 (MDT)
Gary W.....the pics didnt load...Dave Powers, good to talk to you on the phone.
USA - Sunday, August 05, 2007 at 05:01:12 (MDT)
BILL WOLF, ....... YOU ARE "DA MAN". THE BOOK IS AWESOME, YOU HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB!!! in fact I will give you an A+ (at least). I have been reading mine since I got it Friday, (well I did take breaks to wipe the tears away or to clear the lump in my throat, or just take time to let my sides quit hurting from the laughter.) trust me guys if you want one you better do it now, or you will miss out on a great history book. I tried to go to the web site listed below for the 1st AVN pin and I couldn't get there from here. so I did a search and found another site. http://militarybest.com/arlappinpag7.html 5 rows down in the middle. $4.25 plus they have a lot more stuff. Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Saturday, August 04, 2007 at 23:58:44 (MDT)
oh,if any of you do have pics with the ROKs,I am sure Jae would enjoy seeing them. There are a few pics of 129th birds on his site.
USA - Saturday, August 04, 2007 at 21:34:42 (MDT)
Jim,I think he wants a few pics of us wearing the Tiger patches. Maybe he wants to make sure I am not selling these on E-bay..lol.http://www.vietvet.co.kr/us/us.htm
USA - Saturday, August 04, 2007 at 21:32:51 (MDT)
Fred A. , what kind of pics jae want, the old stuff, or reunions????. I lost the addy for his site. Will you put it up for me? thanks, Jim
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Saturday, August 04, 2007 at 20:26:40 (MDT)
Oppps other stuff sorry L.L.
USA - Saturday, August 04, 2007 at 19:56:48 (MDT)
Max Try WWW.WARBADGES.COM they have all types of hat pins and othes stuff 129th pins also.
Don McCort
USA - Saturday, August 04, 2007 at 19:55:33 (MDT)
MARK...sent you an email regarding updates on my contact information...please advise if you got it. Also, I ordered four books, and check will be in the mail in about an hour. FLIGHT...Does anyone know where I can find a small 1st Air Brigade hat pin? Also, a Bite and Strike patch? I saw 'We Were Soldiers' last night, for the first time. WOW! Couple of questions about it though: weren't the grunts (1st Air Cav) still using M-14s at that time? I was there from 'Sept 65-March '67 (extended 6 months), and we were still using them when I left...M-15s were just being distributed. ALSO, I found it pretty odd that the pilot 'Snake' was flying slicks most of the time, but showed up in a gunship to 'save the day,' later in the film. At least they got the uniforms right...cammies weren't issued until after I left. As indicated above, I have a new email address. Some of you who have stayed in touch might have had emails to me bounce back. Nice to see a FNG...hope you find good support here. RE...last day in Vietnam. Funny thing happened for the SECOND time in my tour. Lt. Tom Wallace (who I'm still trying to locate) flew me to Cam Rahn, to catch my flight home. When we landed, a jeep came streaking out to pick up the 'VIP,' and were very surprised to see it was just a lowly Buck Sgt...lol. Same thing happened earlier, when Lt. Wallace flew me over to my original RVN unit—a hawk missle unit at Cam Rahn, for a visit—the battalion commander and several big-wigs rushed down to the landing pad to pick up the VIP, who they must have thought was Westmoreland from the way they rushed down. They did at least let me ride back up the hill in the jeep... Sorry for the rambling, but I've become quite the urban hermit, and rareley have contact with anyone, anymore. Feel's good to be here. "...clear left/clear right/clear front and rear..." Max (aka...'Sgt. Twiggy')
Max Whittington <katzdad@verizon.net>
Beaverton, OR USA - Saturday, August 04, 2007 at 19:01:29 (MDT)
Gary, got that. You were leaving the same month I got to the 129th and your name rings a bell. There were a lot of stories about people who just left. It seems like Tompkins was the old guy in first Flt, or at least the fan repairman. Other names I remember at the moment were Lee, Norman, Larry Stokes, Mr Hendrix (AKA Leadass), Lt Lackey, Capt Furgason, Lt Pederson and LT Jeanse.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Saturday, August 04, 2007 at 12:56:13 (MDT)
Paul, the site number where the flag was at last year was 429 West. I am hoping that is got reserved by Ron Paye because I spent months getting the site behind it, 629W. I am hoping to meet a lot more brothers there this year because I was way over to the East as far as I could get.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Saturday, August 04, 2007 at 12:46:10 (MDT)
Here you loud and clear Gary. They put up with a lot from us bless their hearts.
Larry Lackey
Warner Robins, GA USA - Saturday, August 04, 2007 at 12:15:05 (MDT)
OOPS------sorry Fred -------Last message was meant for KEN STRONG
Gary Woodward
Memphis, USA - Saturday, August 04, 2007 at 11:13:39 (MDT)
Fred,-I left country in late Aug 72-------A lot of us spent time around LZ Krystal,English,and Orange. If you are refering to the "attempted" recovery of some F-4 pilots that went down. (that we couldn't get to because the ground fire was too intense),Perhaps we even flew together.----Seems I had a bad habbit of signing off on a 25 hr extention to keep flying pretty often.----made no difference to me if it was gunner or crewchief as long as I went out.----------When I do the quiz, mabey you will relate to parts.
Gary Woodward
Memphis, USA - Saturday, August 04, 2007 at 10:36:52 (MDT)
alvis-not sure on 509 but have not yet found all pictures. ----most are obviously pretty old and worn----hope to find a batch i think still exsist somewhere around here.----may have to try and reproduce with digital camera to upload.-----------------------Larry, 10-4 on the first wife but found another in 78 and conned her into life sentence with me. It takes a special woman to tolerate some of us. 30th in Feb 08.
Gary Woodward
memphis, Tn USA - Saturday, August 04, 2007 at 10:17:54 (MDT)
GEE Fred I'll have to think about that for a while----------UH OK ! I'll have to check the gas in the moped to see if I have enough gas to pick up.-----Thanks
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Saturday, August 04, 2007 at 10:07:52 (MDT)
Gary I'm guessing from your comment that you're not married now. When I returned from wonderful 'vacation' in RVN with 129th, first wife told me she wanted a divorce cause I'd changed--as Fred says "DUH" no sh** GI. Now could we not change after a year there??? I remarried and have a wonderful wife who has put up with my BS for 32 years this November so some things happen for the best. Anyways, point I want to stress is a gutter contractor saw VHCMA decals on my SUV and after writing up proposal also gave me a vets 10% discount. Saved me about $700 bucks on that project so always ask any business if they give vets a discount--many do at least in the SE/SW part of our country. Money saved is money saved. You all take care.
Larry Lackey
Warner Robins, GA USA - Saturday, August 04, 2007 at 10:04:21 (MDT)
Gary, in your collection of pictures, do you have a picture of bird 509?
USA - Saturday, August 04, 2007 at 10:00:54 (MDT)
Gary, I may have an extra 129th patch and decal.Interested? (free)
USA - Saturday, August 04, 2007 at 09:35:41 (MDT)
Thanks to all for the understanding and support-------Will try and find time to work on the pictures and "quiz" this weekend.--------Have a weeks worth of call reports to catch up on for the company I work for---Was not able to do them daily last week--Must have been somewhere else.---------------------Thanks Larry,You are right,without mine?????-----------Alex--about 5 to 8 years ago someone stopped in a 4x4 shop I owned and noticed the Viet Vet tags. They gave me a card (YOURS) with the 129th logo. Not sure if we talked or exchanged breif e-mail. (it would have been from Adventure4X4.com at the time). You may also have noticed some nut in the past trying to catch up with you if you are the same one with a 129th tag or bumper sticker around here.-------Gotta go outside and talk to the deer and bunnies for coffee now,been working on these damn reports for 4 hours and took a break to check the site. --------Will check in later.----PS Alex Cell=351-0586.-------snoopy---
Gary Woodward <gwoodward@dealerservicesint.com>
USA - Saturday, August 04, 2007 at 06:45:52 (MDT)
I do it was a universal plane it got a blowout on landind & had to wait for a nother plane to bring one in with them & so we got to load up & we took off then the pilot told us we would be to Japan we got a flat tire it blew out on take off so we went to japan & landed ok then we waited for a nother tire then we took off & headed for Alaska well got there ok & got back in the air & headed for Tacoma wa & we were geting set to land but the pilot sed we got a problem the nose gear is not all the way down & I sead that nice three time in nam with out geting kiled & now this plane going do me in & then the pilot told us this going to be a hard landing so we got are head down one hand are head & the other one on are A$$ & hope for the best well after that landing I think they junk that plane or used it for parts for other plane & I was going home to get Married Art
Arthur E Foster <tammy127@yahoo.com>
Hogansville, GA. USA - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 20:33:59 (MDT)
Fred; thanks much. i got the patch today, will try to sew it on the side of my dustoff hat. thanks much. hoping to see you at kokomo for at least a couple snorts of turkey. does anyone know the site number at kokomo?
paul mcgrath
oglesby, il USA - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 19:51:23 (MDT)
Lou, we are saving you a place buddy.Good to see you post again.
USA - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 19:34:51 (MDT)
Fella's,remember your last day, your very last day, in Vietnam? My rememberance starts off with the bus ride out to the airport.You remember that bus..steel webbing over he windows so Victor Charles couldnt toss in a parting gift. Yelling out the windows,in not so nice langauge, for other road travlers,espically those on mopeds,to please refain from getting to close to "our" bus. Then the lines.All those pumped up,happy GIs,including us. Line up for tickets,have your orders out.Line up for the drug dogs.Then,at last,those beautiful words we have been waiting a year to hear..line up for boarding.Standing in line,we just knew there was going to be a morter attack or an engine failure..something to strand us for ONE more day.And the line..we kept hoping there were indeed enough seats..or at least for us.Everyone is buckled in, pilots light the fires,the plane moves just a tiny bit, and cheering thuout the cabin. Plane reaches the active,breaks,run up the engines,rolling down the active for take off. Just as the plane clears the ground,another cheer,from everyone this time. Looking out the windows,we scan for anti-aircraft fire while X-aircraft crewmen(which is us) are thinking..altitude,get some altitude,NOW.Watching the countryside pass by,it finally hits home.going home.Those poor stwardess,God bless their souls,happy for us,but yet ran ragged.Real round eyes.whoo hoo.
USA - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 19:12:46 (MDT)
holy cow...has anyone tried to change a head light bulb in one of those "new" bugs? Its daughters car..not sure about this one.Its unbelievable!
USA - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 18:40:36 (MDT)
Fred S. She retired.
USA - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 17:45:53 (MDT)
Got the books today, Bill. It is great and worth all the anticipation. I told Jim to give me a kiss when I got home because I figure he'll be busy reading & looking at the book and won't remember I'm here. We're hoping the reunion will be somewhere we can get to next year. Jim will have his book in hand for signatures. Thanks again. Sue H.
Jim & Sue H.
USA - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 17:41:29 (MDT)
Hi flight, Mark just saw the pictures of the cabin on yahoo, great place. Really sorry I could'nt make either reunions, Just don't have the energy to make long trips, some days I need help just to get out of bed. got bills book and it was great to see pictures our us young, when I look at the pics of the reunions, it hurts that I have'nt been able to meet with many of you and talk about the 129th. really hoping to make next years reunion
Lou Rags
Dover, De USA - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 14:31:55 (MDT)
You're welcome Fred. I was a little concerned you were going to tell everyone that memory was the second thing to go but stopped yourself in time!! Actually you have Susan and we have our wifes, girlfriends, and/or sweethearts to tell us anything they think we may have forgotten. Isn't life great!!!
Larry Lackey
W, GA USA - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 14:30:40 (MDT)
Thank you Larry. gary,I write for my own "therepy", sometimes even sober.In stressful times.or when I feel a bit depressed, for some reason,writting helps "get it out".The guys in here are wonderful enough,kind enough,understanding enough,to put up with me.Thanks guys..your a great bunch.(and the ladies too)
USA - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 12:29:23 (MDT)
Gary--good to hear from you yesterday. Our conversation was short only because your wife showed up at the car and I see you still know where to place your attention!! Try to keep reading the website but ignore the "pondering" and enjoy Fred Alvis's "musing". Most of us can relate to Fred's musings cause he does post some pretty good ones! As Ken and others will tell you, you're not the only one who didn't deal well with RVN. Remember it was just a bump in the road and go on with your life. Give your wife a big hug and remind yourself that behind every good man is a wonderful woman pushing us for all she's worth. Ain't it great!! :)))
Larry Lackey
Warner Robins, GA USA - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 11:38:43 (MDT)
Smitty,Jae just wants a few pics sent to his ROK site.Hoping to do so from the Kokomo reunion,but if anyone else wants to send him pics,thats cool to.As far as cost from this end..there arent any. I recieved them for free. Was my pleasure to share with my/our brothers.Jae, if your reading this, thanks again.
USA - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 11:35:49 (MDT)
Gary: I live in Collierville, TN. 487-0374 is my cell number. I am doing a year long program for PTSD at the VA on jefferson. Hope, everyone is doing ok!! Been working 50-60 hours the last few weeks.
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 11:29:35 (MDT)
Fred A. Got the patch bud Thanks it will look great but no mention of cost. Thats like you. Fred S. if a 129th bros wife was in corporate,they might help Fred out????>>> respects to all >>> smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 10:58:45 (MDT)
Gary, the things you are now experiencing are common to us all.It passes quickly.This site will soon turn into a place you will want to vist often.Wait till you make your first reunion..talk about emotions..whew.Its all part of the healing process.You will also find that you are more comfortable with these men than you have been in years.The path your now on in well marked by the tears of those that proceeded you,and me.peace brother.
USA - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 09:45:00 (MDT)
Gary, the Dennis you mentioned is a Dentist in Penn.He used to come in here quite often,but hasnt in a while.Others may remember our conversation( mine and Dennis) about the bird we almost crashed in ,and then a chinook dorped her into the S. China Sea when being slung loaded back to Lane. Its when Gabby lost his wings.Gary, you remember that happening? Also, fell free to post whatever pics you want in the yahoo site, thats what its for. Lowes just surprised me..I was under the impression that sick days would be paid out upon discharge..wrong..they got me for about 50 hours sick time accured.grrr
USA - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 09:38:48 (MDT)
Fred Alvis, yup... got the patch yesterday! Outstanding, thanks! Looking it over sure brings back tmemories, particularly of "Jon" our RTO, standby at Tiger Town trying to sleep while the Howitzers were firng all night, and also of Tiger Wagon. Also made me think of Kim-Chee (Ha!). How's the job search going?
Dave P.
USA - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 09:11:57 (MDT)
Alvis, got the patch - thanks!!!!! The next batch of 129th books goes out on Monday. If you want one, send me email with your address asap. Bill
Bill Wolf <VHCMAPresident@aol.com>
USA - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 08:30:15 (MDT)
Gary I hope you can continue to work on being a part of the new 129th as everyone supports each other. My support for the year is now knowing I am not the only one who can't sleep at night. Still it really helped to talk or find someone else who shared the same nightmares from LZ English that I have had for years. I do feel much better these days. Dennis my year book became a bed for mice about ten years ago, but I will get in touch with you. Take care Flight!
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 07:38:00 (MDT)
Good morning to all brothers out there. I am still not sure what to make of this "new" event in life and the wife has informed me this morning that for the first time in quite a while I spent the nite thrashing and sweating while talking to ghosts of my past. (and yes,they certified me PVSD a long time ago) Talked to Larry for about 30 seconds yesterday and doubt if I made a lot of sense. Tried to send an e-mail to Dennis Faucher last nite and found the address invalid. Have decided to give the wife some money tomorrow and send her to the casino and leave me alone to sort things out. I may do a "memory Quiz" letter on some of the fog to spark confirmation and/or corrections of some specific days or issues.(I realize some answers will never be found) I will try to scan and post some pictures to yahoo site for ID. If there are any objections to this leave a response in the log and I will leave things where they have been for a long time. Regardless of the response,I know I will always keep a spot in my heart for all. 'snoopy'
Gary Woodward <gwoodward@dealerservicesint.com>
USA - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 07:12:05 (MDT)
Ken, I was there during the time you were there however in Sept 72 when I came back from R+R, got moved into the Orderly Room See pictures in year book if you still have it. As things started to wind down, my tour was cut short and I was sent back to my old unit in the states. Funny thing was that when I got to the states my unit was so over on my PMOS(16c20)and the fact that I was promoted enroute to E-5, I was assigned to the Supply Room as NCOIC.Stayed there till Aug 74 when Missile Site shut down. However, I have somthing to pass on to All. Last November the Head of the VA was encouraging all veterans to wear thier medals and ribbons on Veterans day. Whereas I have the standard size ribbons for everything I earned, I don,t have the actual medal or it's miniture(miniture can be worn on civilian clothes). Long Story short, the article included a web site, http//veteranmedals.army.mil At this web addy you can view and download a form to request issue of all of your earned awards. I did this got and answer in January of this year, it detailed all of the awards I was entitled to and the estimated ship date. Well last week a box arrived in the mail. In the box was boxed sets of each award/medal I was authorized including Marksmanship badges and another set of wings. The only one they do not issue it the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/palm as it was a foreign award. Any questions or to just talk email dpfirstathotmail.com or8636024043 Dennis class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau <dpfirst50athotmail.com>
Haines City, FL USA - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 06:59:36 (MDT)
Mark: I am having a copy burned for you. the computer guy has been tied up on some projects. Liz is in Chi-town but, will get ithe copy early next week. Alot of commo. but, have to hurry to Memphis to the VA for PTSD. Always A Brother!!
USA - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 06:49:28 (MDT)
i love you baby
john <josee_fee@hotmail.com>
london, england - Friday, August 03, 2007 at 04:09:10 (MDT)
something I wrote earlier today,I hope it speakes to some of you... The sound of thunder filled the dark night.Opening his sleep filled eyes,all his senses were tuned to that sound,echoing thru the hootch.Seconds,he had learned,was all he had to determine if it was ,indeed thunder.Waiting for a repeat of the sound,hoping their wouldnt be,his body was a steel spring,waiting to be unleashed.He didnt hear others running thru their doors,no sirens,no gunshots,no shouts... Four seconds passed ,then he again shut his weary eyes.Greatful for a warm,safe bed, he tried to ease back into wonderful sleep.Morning would come soon,all to soon... He lay alone,as he had for almost a year now.Sleep evaded his efforts,again,as it had many nights.Usually he thought about his lady,or his family,laying there in that dark night.Its been so long since he has felt the loving touch from his mother,from his lady, or that great big bear hug from his dad.He missed the quiet times and cool breezes under that favorite tree,he climbed on as a kid.He drifted back off to sleep,a smile on his face.He couldnt wait to go home soon... Morning came early,as it did in most Army units. Most days ,dawn found men doing their morning chores,eating breakfest,shooting the breeze with their friends,laughing over nothing,it seemed.The rising sun,usually found everyone already hard at work,deep into their day... His day was flying gunner on a helicopter.This day wasnt a good day to be flying,as clouds from last nights storm front still hadnt cleared the area.Today would be his last day on earth.
USA - Thursday, August 02, 2007 at 22:29:14 (MDT)
Dave, good to see you post also. Did you get your patch?
USA - Thursday, August 02, 2007 at 22:14:16 (MDT)
Freddy, good to see you post buddy. You are entirely correct about thestock holders.Thats one of the reasons this country has turned so greedy.We see it eveywhere.Its to our shame.
USA - Thursday, August 02, 2007 at 22:12:44 (MDT)
Hay Lt Lackey, I agree I would like to see more things on here but as I get to know the people that write, it helps me keep up. I really missed not being able to go to Orlando where I could have talked to you. Still besides the pilots I have been on the phone with there is just Larry Stokes who was a CE in 1st Flt. I really wish there were a lot more from 72 & 73 on this site because there were so many changes in the 129th over the years. I like hearing from guys who say the way it was in the 60s, but want more too.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Thursday, August 02, 2007 at 17:41:02 (MDT)
Don`t be so hard on Lowes ya all, a 129th Brother`s wife might be a Division VP or President or Corporate Executive of Lowes....you just never know......
Fred Skaggs
Somewhere In, NJ USA - Thursday, August 02, 2007 at 17:36:12 (MDT)
Howdy Flight! Bill Wolf, it was cool to see Susan Oliver's picture in the book with Matt Casey et.al. Too bad Lumpy Branum wasn't in there, eh Kim? I never took a camera over to the big hangar that day, or we may have had one! Prayers going out to the people of Minneapolis... I lived there 1960-1964.
Dave P.
USA - Thursday, August 02, 2007 at 15:46:08 (MDT)
Hello Bulldog 593 aka 'snoopy'. Good to hear from you and welcome back brother!!
Larry Lackey
Warner Robins, GA USA - Thursday, August 02, 2007 at 14:23:56 (MDT)
Fred, get over to Home Depot....they want to hire Veterans. $%%$**_(+_+ greedy @#!$#@&^) mothers! If I has one of their cards, like Smitty i would cut it up and let them know why. BTW-I'm in Milwaukee...L-Gently
USA - Thursday, August 02, 2007 at 13:59:56 (MDT)
Fred Alvis....isn`t Gently in Milwaukee.......or did she move to Minneapolis/St.Paul?......Man, I`m sorry to hear about the job at Lowes.... Home Depot does the same thing....lay-off senior people and hire cheaper labor. BUT.."profit margin" is the bottom line for stockholders. The days of working 20 or 30 years for one job.....that`s over......Unless you work federal, state, or city job.......which you don`t make the big money......but retirement and other benefits are the best.
Fred Skaggs
Somewhere In, NJ USA - Thursday, August 02, 2007 at 13:42:35 (MDT)
anytime ,Ray my friend, anytime. Hope you feel better buddy.
USA - Thursday, August 02, 2007 at 13:18:38 (MDT)
Alvis frist i want to thank you for the pach. it will mean a lot to me. just an up dade whats going on with me, i had a cat scan done again. my spleen has gotten bigger. the last time me and my dr talkehe said if next one comes back biger it will have to come out. also my propaste got biger, i see my spleen dr monday propaste dr next day. i typed in goole surch wowall say it comes from a bad blood dsorder and other desises whis had spell check sorry but none are good. i asked him if it coud be from agent orange he said yes but as to lok at spleen frist, i always hurt me ,oh well i let you know i hope you all got the pic of the lady singer up close. iam sending bill the cd i had done at ritz to have.other then the bad head acke acke and spleen growing iaam ok. and to think i dont even water the spleen ha ha, take care my brothers and sisters.a brother always ray
Ray <stilwating@aol.com>
MD USA - Thursday, August 02, 2007 at 12:38:32 (MDT)
anyone heard from Gently yet?
USA - Thursday, August 02, 2007 at 10:42:25 (MDT)
lol, thanks Larry.Hey Larry,G,Woodword ,the FNG here,may have flown with you.He was there when we were.
USA - Thursday, August 02, 2007 at 10:41:34 (MDT)
Bill--call me. I sent you an email with contact info. Thanks.
Larry Lackey
Warner Robins, GA USA - Thursday, August 02, 2007 at 10:19:16 (MDT)
Fred--got the Tiger Patch in yesterdays mail. Thanks a bunch. And keep up the "crap" you're writting cause I like it!!!
Larry Lackey
WR, GA USA - Thursday, August 02, 2007 at 10:17:55 (MDT)
BOOK ALERT: For those who ordered books over the last week, they should go out in the mail on Monday. I still have about 40 left, so if anyone else wants copies, send me an email with address and I'll get them out to you. Bill
Bill Wolf <VHCMAPresident@aol.com>
USA - Thursday, August 02, 2007 at 08:37:36 (MDT)
Kim Gald to hear your doing good and at peace as well as in LOVE. RetirementI don't know if I will know what that means.Louisville yes I remember had a good time at the reunion,have you had and contact with DOC, I have some photos for him, but could get any calls back.?Any way I'am happy for you Don
Don McCort <donmccort@comcast.net>
Nashville, TN USA - Wednesday, August 01, 2007 at 20:11:55 (MDT)
just sent an Email off to Joe and gently,asking if they are ok. A major bridge has collasped in Minnap,into the Miss. river.Tuesday, 8:30 PM
USA - Wednesday, August 01, 2007 at 18:31:56 (MDT)
Not a problem Mark... I'm waiting patiently. I'm in new digs, with plenty of walking trails. The stick will be put to good use. Don, I'm doing well, in love, happy, at peace with most things non political. I'm really looking forward to these next few years, and beyond. It seems funny that I should be planning for retirement! How many of us have said that there was 'NO WAY I'm even going to live to collect any social security'!!! Gary W. welcome home brother
USA - Wednesday, August 01, 2007 at 18:10:54 (MDT)
Ghost of our memories,ghost from the past.Ghost of friends laughter and tears, heard only on the winds.Haunted memories,some good,some bad.We arrived alone and departed alone,but with friendship and camaraderie still warm in our hearts.Time didnt cool the friendships, as it has the hurt and pain.A band of Eagles gather here,warriors of the sky.We rejoice in renewed friendships,as well as meeting those who came before or after us.This band of eagles,we eagles,celebrate life and friendships.We honor our past,and those that died,by being here.There is no shame here,no blame,we are brothers,a family.We open our arms to each other,as we do our hearts.We give and recieve comfort here,or perhaps just a smile when a smile is needed most. WE enjoy each others company,for we have walked the same path,flew the same skies,and know the courage it took.Museing and laughter have a place here,with this band of eagles. Course I could be full of crap too.
USA - Wednesday, August 01, 2007 at 17:47:56 (MDT)
Welcome home G. Woodward...bout time you showed up. Take off your shoes and sit a spell.Regulars in here that you may remember are Larry L.,Smitty (jim westwang),Kim L.,Animal,Shadow,Dave P.,Bernie,Ken, and forget who else..oh,Dennis .Camaraderie (a sprit of friendly good-fellowship) is to be found in here in heaps and bunches.
USA - Wednesday, August 01, 2007 at 17:20:36 (MDT)
Hi ya Larry. Hey, I sent you a Tiger patch monday..you should be getting it in tomorrows mail.
USA - Wednesday, August 01, 2007 at 17:12:41 (MDT)
Hello Larry. "snoopy" Bulldog 593
Gary Woodward <gwoodward@dealerservicesint.com>
Memphis, Tn USA - Wednesday, August 01, 2007 at 17:12:37 (MDT)
Seems like a lot of people need to review Purpose page for this website cause I don't see much relating to interest of overall 129th members. Have we forgotten what this website is for???
Larry Lackey
Warner Robins, GA USA - Wednesday, August 01, 2007 at 15:52:50 (MDT)
Mark......I played softball for Cummins Diesel Engines, back in the early 70`s......Wes Harris played on that team with me....He was M.L.(Mike) Harris`s brother......Mike was a wide reciever for Cincy "Bunggles" back then......
Fred Skaggs
Somewhere In, NJ USA - Wednesday, August 01, 2007 at 15:44:48 (MDT)
Did they have gas before the engine? First motors were steam. Correct? Actually I believe the Chine invented a way to make something that is similar to an engine run by water and it's contact with buckets in a form of a wheel
USA - Wednesday, August 01, 2007 at 07:26:57 (MDT)
AHHHHH Don....as a matter of fact I have had ponderin's about the engine and transportation in general. Picture this. For many years as my stint as a mechanic for my dad I probably overhauled thousands of engines. Mostly Cummins. From valve cover, to where the rubber meets the road. But as I would sit on the wheel up in the frame it used to cross my mind many times as I would stick my hand inside the cylinder as my buddy would be pounding the piston up from the bottom. I would ponder very hard about how many times that piston would go up and down in a minute (RPM,s) usually around 3000, or 3200. I would follow the course of the up and down motion through the rod, into the crank, where it would turn into circular motion and all the way through the tranny ,into the u joints, down the drive line , into the rear end and out the wheel lug bolts and through the rim and into the tires and then where the rubber meets the road. basically, "up and down motion" is turned into "circular motion" Man that blows my mind!!!!!!!!...........I actually wrote this part of a song about it but never finished it. Goes like this...........I'M UP ON THE FRAME AGAIN.........FIXIN' THIS CUMMINS.......UP ON THE FRAME AGAIN, TRYIN' TO MAKE IT GO........I JUST WANNA GET OUT OF HERE, AND GO HOME TO MY LOVED ONES....THE CLOCK UP ON THE FRAME GOES OH SO SLOW.........I'M UP ON THE FRAME WRENCHIN' BOLTS AND NUTS AND SKINNIN' KNUCKLES........WISH I HAD A BUCK FOR EVERY CUT I HAD.................ALWAYS A BROTHER............
USA - Wednesday, August 01, 2007 at 07:22:50 (MDT)
Kim, sorry that your walkin' stick is taking so long, but I am working on it brother......hope you understand. I havn't forgotten about it!!!.again am sorry.
USA - Wednesday, August 01, 2007 at 07:06:49 (MDT)
Bill W, strange ride indeed brother..........Hey Lou Rags?? You out there brother. Been on my mind lately.
USA - Wednesday, August 01, 2007 at 07:05:01 (MDT)
Been BC with Gary Woodward. Invited him in and gave him the site addy.Like alot of us, he may not be ready yet. Hope he is. Aint nothing like a welcome home from your brothers.
USA - Wednesday, August 01, 2007 at 06:41:59 (MDT)