Hey all, just doin' a lil' hangin' at a nieces house for a spell. New Years eve party. Will be headed back to Ohio in the morn. Not gonna stay here to long. Don't want that JD to triger anything. Don't worry, I'm OK around it now. Stay safe and have a great time what ever you do tonight. I a thinnin' that 2008 is gonna be the best year for the 129th yet. We love you all, thanks for being out there, and as I say that my mind reflects on the past years of all of us becomeing a bigger and stronger family through a tear in my eye. God Bless you all..........HAPPY NEW YEAR........always a brother and sister........Mark and dee
USA - Monday, December 31, 2007 at 18:59:22 (MST)
HAPPY NEW YEAR. Have a "safe"one.Don't drink too much. Enjoy it. Dawg 426 is OTTA HERE.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, December 31, 2007 at 10:41:08 (MST)
A BIG HELLO from Kansas. Got here Friday night. Had Christmas with dee's sisiter yesterday and doing so bummin' round today. lots of snow here yet. The grandkids went sleddin' this morning then we all went tom church. Want to wish all of you a safe, blessed newyears night and day and all the abondent living the LORD has waiting for all of you in 2008. God Bless you all and see ya in St. Louis. Be careful out there...........alwayas a brother
USA - Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 12:01:06 (MST)
Hi gang. Talked to Ray on Instant Messenger yesterday and am happy to say that things are sounding a lot better for him, at least he is feeling a lot better. He still has a lot more things that need fixing but at least it sounds like the train is back on track. Now, not too long ago there were a number of us that were using the "instant messenger" and it was working pretty well for near "real time" conversations. It looks like Ray and I are the only ones still doing it and I believe Ray is quite happy with the results of it. If we can do it I'd have to say most of us can do it too, and Ray, along with myself, would sure like to see and hear the rest of you on with us. It isn't hard at all, all you need is to download "Windows Instant Messenger" and install it. Of course, a DSL or Cable - high speed internet connection is needed, but ATT and othere have that available for under $15 a month. So, lets get some more of us checking out the wonders available on this internet that has brought us together in the first place. Well, enough of that except, if I can be of any help, just give me a bump.. Happy New Year to everyone!! Hope to be talking to you soon.. Think Saint Louis in 08... Love and Brotherhood.. Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, Mich USA - Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 09:10:45 (MST)
Ray, glad to hear you are doing better. I know the VA is slow and like they said they are not insurance, but a benifit. I have some bills back from June that they are just now paying on. I know I don't agree with a $841 bill just for an ER room. I got so upset with the hospital on the phone, my wife got on and told them I was nuts and not to call. They haven't so far. If I could only get these crokes they call lawyers to go away. The main thing is to get care you need and to hell with the rest. All be safe on New Years Eve!
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 13:38:46 (MST)
hello to allo my brothers and sisters, well iam walkin a mile a day now i feel good,but i can stand up up long on my own long with out falling back /we got the flight fair to go to st louis. working on a loan for rest. not sure how that will go. the va has paid nothing.i called the pataint rep every day no calls back/ i come to realize they just cont care,mean while the bills come in. we are no going to pay them.so that may stop the loan we see.we want to get there on thue leave sun dont care if we miss the dinner dance.just you all i let you know what hapens ok i see no app tp fill out or hotel when will that be out so we can make rev i need a wheel chair i dont think they alow scothers on the plane. i best go we do all we can to be there.its in our creators hands now a brother always ray love you all
Ray <stilwating@aol.com>
MD USA - Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 08:23:13 (MST)
2008! Damn! :>))) Peace on Earth and with all of you, my 129th Family. L-Gently
USA - Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 12:48:11 (MST)
Hope all of you had a great Christmas!! My son James and his fiance arrive in an hour if the snow eases up a bit. It will be nice to have him home for the New Years Eve!! Ray, was great to talk with you last night!! You sound much better. Keep your spirits up, play the flute and meditate, and know that all the 129th family is praying for you! I hope everyone has the 08 Reunion marked on their calendar for St Louis!!! Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 09:26:27 (MST)
Hi every one had a good Chrismas Scooter was here & Tammy I even let her worst half in I took Tammy & Scooter shoping Chrismas eve for some new clouse & I got Scooter a toy tractor a RED one not green & Tammy ask me whot I was getting brad how about a movie she sead ok I know just the one JACK THE RIPPER fit him good just could find one I know it not wright hating some one that bad but he brought it on him self so I told Tammy I would not say a nother thing bad about him I just dont want to see him again & that will be to soon you that got snow better you than me I had my fill of it when I was groing up in Rhode Island but I like to takeScooter up there & see whot he think about snow. yes the SS office does not know where my SS check for DEC is they told me they got to look for whare it went to well they sead I was dead so I dont say what could happen now but I wont they tell the VA & I wont get a check from there eather I am glad I dont have my head ware they got there head at. it seem if I fell in a bed of ROSSES I smell like ?hit that for shore & heck with the spelling check Art HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERY ONE
USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 17:54:59 (MST)
Ray, it was good talking to you today. It sounds like you're getting better even though you had a sour stomach while on the phone. I'm really glad for you and Gail.
Rochester, NY USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 14:16:08 (MST)
Fred, yes we did drink out of human skulls. I try not to keep it out of the fuzzy range....probly belongs there. We had a wild party with the AF forward Air controllers and several ladies from town. The next day we learned that a UH-1 does not fly upside down so well.
Dennis Faucher <dennis_faucher@hotmail.com>
USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 12:05:19 (MST)
Godmorning 129th Family!! Hope everyone had a safe Christmas and will have a safe New Years. Have a few more days off before going back to work to finish off 2007. WE have lost alot of Brothers and family members this year. but, on the same token Ray's health and Others of the 129th family are improving. Also, our surprise with Phil and Simon and their wives in Orlando. Heres hoping 2008 will be alot better year and focus on getting as many 129th Brothers and sisters to St. Louis. Every year we increase in size. We are not getting any younger. So, it's important together. You never know when our last flight is coming. I ain't much on mircles. But, when Charlie Rains gave me Mark Jackson's phone number years ago. I never expected to find and meet so mant of my 129th Brothers. Thats why it's so important to me to get you and your family to these reunions. Always A Brother!!
Collierville, TN. USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 08:08:46 (MST)
hello to all my brothers and sisters.frist i am doing much better. i started my walking again. a bit more each day. also each day. also started doing my flute. now i must thant youfor the wonderful plack i recived. it beaiful. it will remain in the family forever,its a treasure.gently and the the dona you are both gems. i thank you from my heart.. our christmass was grate the kids had a grate time. they hug every gift with a smile and the smile was was wort it. when they left they said this was the best christmass hey ever had,they got many gits from kevins prants to. all on there list' i love giving it sooths my heart.rob i got the pic i call you soon ok love you my brother/gale how are you doing alivs .take it easey on the rd lts of nts on it pete you do the same not to sure if we be in st loius yet time. art i call you to.i cant belive how good i feel.i keep walking more and more.kal i see you on msn/ hope you had a grate christmass.may your new year be good to you all.agai i will all trausure the plack i thank you all so much a proud brother of the 129th ray i love you all stay safe
Ray <stilwating@aol.com>
MD USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 07:53:43 (MST)
Mele Kalikimaka, Hauoli Makahiki Hou ! Imua Ke Koa ! (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Go Warriors!) Hey Smitty, We hoisted a few together in Country, but I also enjoyed a pleasant, sober Christmas. Aloha, Greg
Puna, HI USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 00:11:07 (MST)
smitty...love ya man.
USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at 20:07:21 (MST)
outa here first thing in the morn. A very good new year to all,and best of health. See you in three weeks or so.
USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at 20:06:42 (MST)
I Spent Christmas day of 71 at Lane Starting early with the best part of a 5th of Seagrams & it went downhill from there don't remember much of that day. However today I am sober, shoveled some snow, nice & white here, Family around, both kids home & safe & about to enjoy Dinner with them all & so my Cup is Full. Thoughts & prayers to all those lost there & since & am sure God is caring well for them. Wishing You all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year>>>>>> Smitty
jim westwang71-72
Sheridan, Wy. USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at 16:12:14 (MST)
To all the 129th families from Wisconsin, Merry Christmas. The sun is out after 9" of snow falling over the weekend. May 2008 be a great year for everyone. Hope everyone stays healthy in the future or gets the help needed to get back on their feet. Jim
Jim Hydinger
USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at 12:36:44 (MST)
Merry Christmas to all of you and your families... God's blessings also in 2008!
Dave P.
USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at 11:35:49 (MST)
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF OUR 129TH FAMILY!!! It's snowing here in Colorado Springs and family and friends are headed this way for dinner this afternoon!!! Kat and I want to wish all of you the happiest of days and may God bless you all! Bill & Kat
Bill Wolf
USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at 09:51:15 (MST)
USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at 08:07:46 (MST)
Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year. I wish all a better Year and a Happier Future. Love All Of Ya
James Ellis <drellis101@hotmail.com>
Morehead, NC USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at 07:42:16 (MST)
Gary,will do. Keep in mind, I have no route.My next load can go anywhere in the lower 48.I do try and stop in Memphis when going thru that area. A hot meal,fuel, and a succured place to rest goes a long way for "one stop"..and It gives me a chance to turn in my log book as well as my "bills of laden". We do alot of hauling out of South Haven and into the Sears DC. in Olive Branch.The good thing about the Sears run in that I pick up kinda close to Marks place in Ohio, or pass close to there on my way out of state. Merry xmas all.OH, i continue to write " 129th AHC Nam" on the back doors in the dirt.So far, no response.I have also "taped" our 129th patch to the driver "wing window" (you remember those dont you?)of my truck.
USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at 06:34:42 (MST)
It's not snowing in the pines but christmas has arrived just the same. Merry christmas to all. Stay safe, keep warm and enjoy the season. stickman
Jim Oliver
Pembroke, Ga USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at 06:12:41 (MST)
Good Morning and Merry Christmas to All---------------------------------Fred Alvis--now that you have confirmed you are in the area on a regular basis, Note:!!!!----If you are within a 100 mile radius between today and the 2nd of January while I AM OFF FROM WORK---I will be VERY disapointed if you do not yell at me---even if you are just stopping to fuel up or take a lunch break or rest stop---Call and I will see where Alex is also to try and meet for a few.------------No More excuses!-(you know what your route is and have a good idea of scheduled arrival times for such things)901-351-0586 cell.---------------------------------------Best to All
Gary Woodward <garywdsi@yahoo.com>
Memphis, Tn USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at 04:24:30 (MST)
Just stopped by for the first time in a long time to say, Merry Christmas to all. May it be Merry and Bright for you and yours and may your New Year be Happy, Healthy and full of all things Good. Tom
Tom Shanahan <Shanahan00@AOL.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Monday, December 24, 2007 at 21:57:09 (MST)
Just turned midnight here in the UK so it is Christmas day for us. Just want to wish you all a very merry christmas. Simon, Nina and Bradley.
SimonJohnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
Mellor, 509 County UK - Monday, December 24, 2007 at 17:11:12 (MST)
xmas of 71 wasnt spent at lane for me.Gabby,Dennis and mself were on TDY to Tuy Hoa. We partied with a bunch of Air Force pilots and wing wipers. If I recall correctly,they were drinking beer from human skulls made into beer mugs. Dennis will have to back me on that one...for some reason,that night remains sorta fuzzy..lol.
USA - Monday, December 24, 2007 at 15:06:44 (MST)
Well Flight, I just want to say Merry Christmas to all the 129th.family. I spent my 1969 Christmas at Lane. It wasn't a lot of fun, but somehow I took my mind off of it. I think it was the people I was with. Somehow we all made the best of a bad situation. Well things must be better now, none of us have a flar mission tonight! So I want to wish everyone the best of Hollidays, stay safe, if your are drinking stay off the roads. I hope to see everyone in good health in June. Bill
Bill Whelan
USA - Monday, December 24, 2007 at 11:15:52 (MST)
Hi every one when I was there in 68 as a grunt I would get a care box from home & it had fizziest in it & they shore make the water taste a lot better I like to go back to nam & see or AO it would be good to fly there & around the places we went but still got my dreams & thoughts of that place there were a lot of GOOD ONE I am going to get a lamp for my supper 8 movies film & look at them will try to get them put on dvd some of you might like to see that place from the air well MARRY CHRISMAS to you all Art
USA - Monday, December 24, 2007 at 09:56:58 (MST)
Wanted to wish a Merry Christmas to all my brothers here and hopes that 2008 will be even a better year for us all.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Monday, December 24, 2007 at 07:07:50 (MST)
Flight, Debbie & I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and I hope that Santa is good to each & every one of you! My Vietnam Christmas was in 1967 at An Son. As I recall most of us hid our feelings with booze or "somethin'" if we weren't working. Beer was my crutch as we all had the same thoughts going thru our minds...........................of home. A few guys opening packages from family, a couple guys talking privately in a corner, another guy passed out from drinking orange Kool-aid & Vodka, some going to the EM Club or the mess hall. It was a pretty solemn day as guys laid on their bunks thinking of home. I pray that you all are with family today and if not, you still have the 129th family......call any of us......call me. I feel so fortunate to belong to this family I look forward to meeting some newbies at LZ St Louis. Thanks Mark & thanks to Alex for all that you've done! With love & brotherhood, Gale Beard
Gale 67-68 <burdman129(at)sbcglobal.net>
Clinton, In US of A - Monday, December 24, 2007 at 06:59:45 (MST)
Gary,Saterday I was in Olive Branch Ms. for a few hours,then west memphis AR. over night. Our opperating center there is off Airport road in W. memphis.Been to memphis so much now I dont even use a map anymore..
USA - Monday, December 24, 2007 at 06:35:02 (MST)
Alex---10-4 0n the cell number--if I dont answer--leave a message and I will call asap------Fred----West Memphis running I-40 route is tooooooo close not to call--I'm only about 7 minutes from exit 25 on I-40 from home and less than 5 minutes from the Sommerville/Germantown Rd exit off I-40 from work when in town---------------------------------------Cell---901-351-0586---is good anywhere in US and Canada.------------after Mid January I will be on the road between Ky,Tn,Ga,and Fla, till second week of Feb. But until then I will be in the Memphis area.
Gary Woodward
memphis, USA - Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 20:14:09 (MST)
Hi flight, Merry Christmas everyone. Yesterday I drove down interstate 85 and found a Viet Nam Memorial at the South bound Rest Stop near mile marker 100 in North Carolina with the names of all killed in Viet Nam from North Carolina on bricks in the wall. Fred Avis give me a call when you travel thru Eastern North Carolina 252 523 1384. Take Care
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N.C USA - Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 15:15:32 (MST)
just got home. Dennis, thank you brother.Hopefully, between yours and Smittys,it will do the trick. merry xmas folks,
USA - Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 13:25:22 (MST)
Have just caught up with the flight log and I am really glad Ray is doing better. Hang in there brother. It is the time of the year to reflect on the past. And thank God for our blessings. All of our family have changed in the last 45 years. We have hopefully learn from our mistakes and mellowed a lot. Gave enough praise. Lived enough of a rich life. Loved enough. Had enough peace. Gave enough in brotherhood. Forgave enough. And in my world. Had just enough of to much. Thank all of you for you support, caring, and fellowship. Have a blessed Holidays See ya in the funny papers. Clear…..Frenchie 68-69
Bill French
Sav, - Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 09:52:18 (MST)
Fred Alvis was good talking to you yesterday. Hope you had a safe trip home from West Memphis, Arkansas. Gary Woodard your card you gave me had your cell phone number. Is that the correct one for your personal use? I need to have it so, when Fred comes through we all might be able to meet some where. Truman good to see you post.It seems like yesterday that for some of us we were getting ready for the 129th's first christmas in Vietnam 1965. And I was there for Christmas 1967 also. I hope we can get the word out early about the ST. Louis reunion. Joe Nolich and Glenn Pearmain said they would be there. I am trying to find and get as many of the 65-66 group there. A few have heard me state. That when I rejioned the 129th in 67 at Lane field. It was like being in a r&R center. Compared to our time of 1965 & 1966. But, the 129th left it's mark in Vietnam and the gunts we supported. At the VA Hostial Friday I Welcomed Home a Vet from the 101ST. He started traring up when he found out that I served with 129th in 65-66. One of our slicks evaced him from a hot lz. He has been confined to wheelchair since 66. He told me that at the 101st reunion this year he was going to tell his Brothers that he met someone from the 129th. The 129th orignally came from Ft. campbell with the 101st in 1965. Small World out there. Have A Safe Christmas. Always A Brother!!
Collierville, TN USA - Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 08:34:54 (MST)
MERRY CHRISTMAS! Hard to believe another year is almost at an end. Amazing how they go so much faster as we get older! It has been such a joy to know all of you for all you do to help out each other. A special thanks to Gently for all you do sweetie - you're a jewel! And, of course, to Mark - the 129th Shepard!! And a shout across the "pond" to our brothers Phil and Simon who help keep our legacy going with the 509! I hope each of you have a wonderful Christmas and a joyous New Year. I'm so looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the 08 reunion in St Louis!!! Love you all, Bill & Kat
Bill Wolf <VHCMAPresident@aol.com>
USA - Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 08:04:04 (MST)
Hello to all "family" out there and Best Wishes to each of you this year.----2007 has been a year of mixed emotions for myself and many others as noted in the logs since my Li'll Bro found you for me.------Wink--well said!-----Art---the system has not changed much over the years--I had to go to QuinOn once to call home and verify the letter sent to my mother was in error in 71 and was told again in 2001 that I was deceased in 71 when appplying for a loan.---(decided I must be a cat and have 7 more to go)--I wish I had Framed those now--good idea.---------I have also realized that we have been given more time to experience many other issues in life (both good and bad) and it's good to still be here with all of you.----------------------------Got a GREAT!!! plaque the other day and have placed it in the center of my "history" wall here for constant reflection.----worth much more than given--thank you.----------------------------I hope that I will have the Honor of meeting many more of you at the next reunion and beyond.---Alvis,Bruno,Dennis F., Alex, Larry, Ron-----great talking with you this year.----Dave P, Bill S.,Animinal,Jim W.,Gently---and more--hope to talk to each of you in the future.-------------------Those of you still with us---Take Care and God Bless-----Those who have passed--rest now and allow us to keep and honor the memory of you.-------------------------------snoopy out
Gary Woodward <garywdsi@yahoo.com>
Memphis, Tn USA - Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 07:37:53 (MST)
Howdy all, been a while since I've posted or even had a chance to read the log. between court (I'm on the good side of the room) Christmas, DR's, etc. it's been fun around here. just wanted to say MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone. Ray really glad to hear you are doing better, hang in there bro. also I wanted to post this site http://donald_6.tripod.com/niteb4xmas.htm I post it every year because I enjoyed it so much when I was in the 129th. take care luv y'all. Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 22:02:44 (MST)
Hello EVERYONE; I wish All my 129th brothers a merry Christmas & happy new year.Sometimes we get caught up in what to buy giving & receving we forget the real meaning of Christmas so just take a moment to reflect this is the time of Jesus Christ birth. I had a great time in D.C. for the 25th anniversy of the wall thousands on thousands of vets there.Met one 129th guy John Grace he was there in 69-70.For you guys that are having problems with different health issues I,ll be praying for you & as i have a few of my own pray for my.May you all have Gods richest blessing. Take plenty of back lead & don,t miss A brother always TRuman
truman mills <trumil54@bellsouth.net>
moss point, ms. USA - Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 21:44:43 (MST)
Me again a short one now you know the reason you cant get SERVICE CONECTED
USA - Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 18:37:11 (MST)
Hi every one have a MARRY CHRISMAS well got a letter from social security today it was sent to Glenda our office has recently learned of the death of MR Arthur E Foster we are very sorry SSSSSSSSSS it go on now I am going to walk into that office Monday the first &tell them I thought I get out of my tin box & come in & see you people & tell them I look pretty good for a dead guy don't I & wish them a MARRY CHRISMAS & tell them I am going to go clime back in my TIM BOX & rest in PEACE because you people have got your HEAD STUCK WARE THE SUN NEVER SHINE & i WILL BE A LOT BETTER OFF THERE THANYOU ARE HERE TAKING CARE OF ARE OLDER PEOPLE & THERE ss checks. i AM GOING TO FRAM THIS LETTER & HANG IT IN MY LIVING ROOM & HAVE IT SENT TO THE SS OFFICE WHEN i DO KICK THE BUCKET & IT WILL BE IN MY WILL TO SEND IT TO THEM I just love these GOV worker dont you.
USA - Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 18:30:22 (MST)
Want to wish all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
USA - Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 16:43:17 (MST)
CHRISTMAS, we all spent at least one christmas in veitnam, for some ,more. our thoughts where of home, family, xmas dinner turkey and the thought of who was going to get the wish bone.we all longed for home and family an wondering why we where in veitnam when we should be home with family and friends. with christmas eve here, with a few beers under our belt, we lay our heads to our pillows and prayed that this was all a dream an we woke,in the morning, christmas morning,we would look around finding ourselves in our bed at home and thinking, oh what a nightmare. but alass it wasn"t a dream. now almost forty years later i look back on though days and think, that was one of the best christmas ever,because what i didn't realize was that i was with family. so too my family i say MERRY CHRISTMAS too all. wink3/69-10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 09:23:07 (MST)
Rick, sounds like you have some good projects goin' on there. You must have made Claudia pretty mad to get a "honey do "list like that! I wish I was closer so I could help ya. :o)))) Gale
USA - Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 07:17:04 (MST)
Merry Christmas flight and be careful out there. I've been wroking on the house painting, block wall for the back yard, and building a large garage. again be careful out there
Rick England
USA - Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 06:00:20 (MST)
whats "PC SHIT" ?????? Jim
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wyoming USA - Friday, December 21, 2007 at 23:14:46 (MST)
Yeh, Merry Christmas Fred..........I always liked your style!!! :o)
USA - Friday, December 21, 2007 at 18:57:10 (MST)
BTW........screw this "PC shit".....MERRY CHRISTMAS.......EVERYONE!!!!!!
Fred Skaggs
Springfield, NJ USA - Friday, December 21, 2007 at 15:58:54 (MST)
BTW........screw this "PC shit".....MERRY CHRISTMAS.......EVERYONE!!!!!!
Fred Skaggs
Springfield, NJ USA - Friday, December 21, 2007 at 15:58:49 (MST)
Westward bound and down tommorrow.....Sweet Home Ohio....I`ll be in Uncle Harry`s "after hours" place Saturday night.....Gale, there are all kinds of "do wop" going on in NYC, in the subways, out on the corner in Greenwich Village.......Dion is playing the blues in nightclubs......Gale, come on over to Jersey....we`ll go into "The City" and have a ball. The young kids "that ain`t tryin to RAP".....they are harmonizing on the corner. It`s really kinda neat. And they are always having "oldies shows".....everything comes "full circle"....These kids are diggin "grandpa`s" music.....our music
Fred Skaggs
Springfield, NJ USA - Friday, December 21, 2007 at 15:55:00 (MST)
Flight, I've left information with a contact of Les Cauchi ( of Johnny Maestro/The Brooklyn Bridge) about the LZ St Louis reunion. It seems that Les was drafted in 1966, left the band (which was probably the "The Crests" or the "Del Satins" at that time) and served with the 129th in 67. His name is listed in the 67 roster. Does anyone remember serving with him or happen to know him from the East coast area? Sounds like The Brooklyn Bridge is still active in the NJ area and Les is still a singer with them. Gale
Clinton, In USA - Friday, December 21, 2007 at 12:29:06 (MST)
Ray, glad to hear you are some better, keep it goin pard. Mark, also glad to hear your brother is hangin in there & wish you peace & Love ya (gotcha). That deal took a lot of courage man. They took me off Avandia about 3 months ago because it causes heart problems,we had had my blood sugar at a human level, well it went way the hell up over the last 3 mos & now they are are finally going to start me on something else but not Insulin yet. Both Kids are home from College for break & its nice to have all the family here. I have gotten cards from several people & have them on the Tree with all 6 of Gales' ornaments & it looks like a 129th Christmas Tree & is very Pretty. (Judith), the check is in the mail hun, suppose you have heard that before lol. Me & my family want to wish you all Health & Peace & as Great a Holidays as you can have. One of the Guys posted a bit ago that we have all been living (Gravy) time for over 35 yrs. I havn't got a kick about anything & nothing could be more true. Jesus is the Reason for the Season. God Bless Everyone>>>> Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, Wy USA - Friday, December 21, 2007 at 12:27:17 (MST)
Max Whittington, do you have a new address? Your card came back to me.......... Ray, good luck Buddy. We hope to hear you playing your flute in St Louis!!!!!!
Gale 67-68
USA - Friday, December 21, 2007 at 09:00:06 (MST)
Kal! Yeah! I knew they would be loved and appreciated...and delivered in time for Christmas. Thank you dear donor:>)) Thank you! Mark, we're keeping your brother in our prayers....go to KS and kick back for awhile. Fred, hope you get home for Christmas! To the rest of our 129th Family-please find some Peace today and in the new year. You have family here, so you are never alone. We can be called or emailed any time. For those of you who have lost someone dear in the past year, our hearts go out to you especially now during this season of celebration. I'll be around over the holidays, call me if you need to: 414-607-0527. God Bless and pray for Peace in the World. Merry Christmas-Gently
USA - Friday, December 21, 2007 at 07:56:27 (MST)
Hello 129th family........Long time no been here. Read every day but time is not on my side right now. Ray, all that sounds wonderful. I am glad you are felling much better. What a year for the 129th heh. Ups and downs but we endure. My brother is improving everyday. Thanks for your prayers. We now have him is a local Nursing Home to continue with OT and nutrition. Should be able to get out of there the 1st of the year and then he talks as if he is headed out west where his daughter lives. He wanted to stay with Mum but I advised him that would not be a good idea. They would drive each other nuttier and possibly strangle each other in a day. More like an hour. In between Christmas and the new Year we will be headed to Olatha KS to spend time with Dee's sister and her family for the holidays..Ya know, with a flight to England and one to Hong Kong this year, I just might be ready for the BIG ONE to the Mountain over in Vietnam near Lane where parts of the "257" still lay. Last I heard from Phil in England is that he was in Singapore for a spell on business and then he and Jo were head for Florida to hop a boat for a Caribbean cruise. Don't know if the are back home or not yet. What a guy. If ya wanna see some photos and info on his company, The SUBMARINE MANUFACTURING & PRODUCTS LTD. go to < www.smp-ltd.co.uk >. Pretty cool place and they do lots of stuff. But ya know, being one that has spent some time with him, and those of you who met them in Orlando, he couldn't be more of a down to earth , good ole' boy. What a brother to be in the 129th family. I have made contact with the web master and will have some new addresses up that have been sent my way and changes in the CONTACTS section..RICK ENGLAND??? you out there brother????.............take care all and have a safe and Blessed Holidays..............always a brother..................
USA - Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 21:00:05 (MST)
MD USA - Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 16:40:07 (MST)
Merry Christmas to all you Bite & Strikers!!.. The UPS man just stopprd by and delivered my 129th wall plaque. WOW!! What a job.. This thing is really nice and the work required to do such a job must have beem emence. It appears to be lazer cut and the intracacy is fantastic!.. Thank You for the fine work! It will be displayed with pride and pleasure. Here is wishing everyone here a very Merry Christmas along with hopes for a Happy New Year. Many thanks to you Gently for administering the fund raising and managing all of the things involved with the Christmas Fund. Love and brotherhod.. Kal, 67/68..>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 16:07:23 (MST)
Thanks Gently. I would like to do something though. Maybe a bracelet or something. I make different things now, I weave jumprings. If there is any thing I can do let me know. Praying for Ray.
Melody Pershall
Amarillo, Tx USA - Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 19:09:43 (MST)
Friends, the bidding is over. Kal, Smitty, Ray G, and Gary W., and one surprise person are the winners. We'll get them mailed out ASAP, guys. Love you all and thank you for helping us to raise these necessary funds. I know you'll love them...and a very special thank you to the 129er who gave them to us to use as a fund raiser....what a guy! L-G
USA - Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 13:54:53 (MST)
Robbie.....thank you! See you in St. Louis! L-Gently
USA - Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 13:37:00 (MST)
Gently, Ray's address is **1218 Trappe Road**Street,Md..21154..I sure hope gets to feeling better It's been quite a while for him and Gail.
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 12:55:27 (MST)
FRED ALVIS. I sent the letter you requested yesterday. Hope that everyone in the 129th family has a healthy and happy Christmas. Just remember that all of us are working on at least 35 of what I can gravy years. Years that we could have missed out on. God Bless.
Dennis Faucher <dennis_faucher@hotmail.com>
Bradford, Pa USA - Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 10:42:09 (MST)
Damn! He sounded so good on Sunday! Keep Ray and Gail in your prayers. ***I need their address, anyone have it?*** L-Gently
USA - Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 09:06:31 (MST)
flight: Fred Alvis was good hearing from you on Sunday. Me and Gary Woodard live east of Memphis. Rt 385 which is off of 240 by-pass. Well Ray is failing is stress test. He has one tomorrow weds. If he fails again. he will have to go the hospital for another heart catherizaion to see whats going on with him. I try and stay in touch a few times a week. It's a very trying time for him and Gail. I feel if he stays with civilian doctors he will do better. Hope everyone is having a good week. Always A Brother!!
Collierville , TN. USA - Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 08:49:56 (MST)
Simmon, thank you for the info. Her family seems to be order or none of them have an e-mail address. Now I can check my recorder to see if it can record both in hopes they have a DVD player of some sort. Even though her memory only last a few minutes she was quite excited at the idea of being able to send them a message. We hope we can get it to work. Thank you for all the great work you guys have done for us and wish you a Merry Christmas & New Year.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 06:44:09 (MST)
Gotta get that Huey here for Memorial Day at the Wall..let's not hold back on moving forward:>)) Now, we can toast:>))) Mel, don't worry about the donation...take care of Gramps. My mother gave up her license also, and it's bummed her out since..nothing we can do about it except listen to the anger/mumbling/frustration with an understanding heart, which I know you do. What you need dear friend is a trip to our re-union in June...it rejuvenates and put meaning back to our sometime beaten and battered memories...it reminds us to appreciate what we DO have...each other...after all these years. We'll raffle one of your beautiful bracelets off there:>))) NOON TOMORROW!!!!!! Last remninder..L-Gently
USA - Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 06:39:54 (MST)
First off to you all seasons greetings and all that from the UK. Finally getting sorted for the holidays over here. There will always be that last minute present buying. Same every year but we never learn, it's not as though we don't know it's coming!! To answer your question Ken there are still issues with DVD's though most computers should be able to play them. As for a DVD machine it needs to be an 'all regions' machine as opposed to Region 1, Region 2 etc....if it is region specific then a region 1 dvd won't play on a region 2 machine and vice versa. But as the name implies 'all region' machines are fine. Good to see Ray is getting the help he needs. Gently good to see you're ok with the help of your nursing assistant Joe. 509 tucked up in the hangar for the winter. Best place for her with the weather we've been having recently. Take care and have a good Christmas, we'll thinking of you as we raise our glasses. Simon, Nina and Bradley.
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
Mellor, 509 County UK - Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 06:12:51 (MST)
Been a long time since i've been here. Things at home have been a little rough. My grandpa failed a driving test so he lost his license. I have been the main target of his anger with that but I can handle it. I just wish it didn't have to be so humiliating for him. I know it HAD to happen but alas its still painful to watch. He has also been remembering the "old" days allot more. Esp the WWII days. Nightmares and such.____I would like to donate a little bit but not sure of where to send it too. If there are any newer people on the site I am looking for infor on my Uncle Olen Wayne Garrett. Thanks!
Melody P
Amarillo, TX USA - Monday, December 17, 2007 at 21:31:57 (MST)
Good evening Flight, I wanted to change the subject a bit by bringing up Kokomo 1st. They have changed the rules again and I e-mailed Ron about it and waiting to hear back. If we can get four sites together is it good for everyone. Second quick question to anyone that is up on England. Does a DVD made here work in a DVD player over there? Our English lady got mail from Denon EX32 8DL England, from her family there. I wanted to tape her here and make a DVD to send to her family. I knew there were a lot of issues back in the 80s with VHS tapes, so not sure now. To close again I hope that everyone who needs help is getting the best care possible. I had to make 3 trips to the VA last week for test, now have to wait till March for my next appt. Somehow that seems a little bit too long to me. To all my brothers, take care.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73 <ken7776 At aol.com>
Lafayette, IN USA - Monday, December 17, 2007 at 16:32:34 (MST)
Dan Fogelberg lived in Pagosa Springs east of Durango, Colorado. He was a unique talent.
Dave Powers
USA - Monday, December 17, 2007 at 11:06:44 (MST)
"HAPPY HOLIDAYS" Glad to hear that Ray's doing better. Gary, Check Out Ray's Map Room, Click on "1st Battalion 69th Armor" then "click"on Photo Collection. Scroll down to ROK FSB. If'in I'm not mistaken that's a pic of the ROK firebase on the western end of the pass sometime in '68 or '69. Notice it's all green around - no problems .Yet. Be carefull out there. Enjoy the holidays. DAWG 426
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, December 17, 2007 at 09:01:51 (MST)
Bidding on the plaques ends at noon Wednesday......don;t be sorry you didin't bid on one. Donations are only trickling in....but we'll make do with what we have. A big thank you to the brothers who donated! Again, please don't feel bad if you can't donate.....your thought of wanting to do such is enough:>)) Kal, got your note:>)) Retro Man....I'll be at Kokomo with bells on!!!! No one will have to take care of me..you won't even be able to catch me! After the medical care i received from Joe.....I'm ready to let lose! He still thinks he an E5. LOL!!! Ray goes in for his stress test again today but it will be done with an injection, not the treadmill thing. We love you-Gently and Joe
USA - Monday, December 17, 2007 at 07:28:42 (MST)
Dan Fogelberg dead of prostate cancer at 56..........I had the pleasure of meeting Dan in 1977. I spent almost a whole evening with him before I realized, who he was. One of the most modest guys I ever met. Dan had gone to college with my friend Pat, and stopped in to visit with Pat. I thought he was just one of the "old gang" from Peoria,Ill.........I bought all of his albums the next day.......What a voice.
Fred Skaggs
Springfield, NJ USA - Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 20:06:26 (MST)
Great news about Ray!! Gently, if you are all "toughened up", does that mean Kal & I don't have to babysit you at Kokomo anymore? :o) That doesn't surprise me about Joe, but, I can sympathize with him!! I hope your recovery goes well and you get used to getting on this site a little more often!! Debbie was afraid that she needed knee surgery a couple months ago, but, the Doc gave her an injection that worked wonders. Gale
USA - Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 11:07:45 (MST)
Sat. 12/15/07 Just got off the phone with Ray. He sounded very good and was in good spirits. He will retake his stress test on Monday and by all indications he will pass it with flying colors. The replacement stint looks like it was just what he needed and his communication has also improved greatly. Joe has been like Nurse Krachet to me. Tough as Nails and unrelenting in my knee recovery physical therapy. However my knee recovery is well ahaed of schedule. Perhaps his Drill Sergant style of care has forced me to toughen-up. I am not sure how he is going to explain his two black eyes to his employess on Monday, but I am sure he will say that they are old War injuries that just reappear sometime. Our very, very best to you all. You are all in our daily thoughts and Prayers. With Peace & Love, Gently and Joe.
Gently & Joe <gentlyjs@yahoo.com >
Wauwatosa, WI USA - Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 09:32:58 (MST)
Hi I just talk to Ray wife they were giving him a nitro pill he real week the stress test dun him in it was to much he going to take one tomorrow so just pray for Ray & his family OK Art
USA - Friday, December 14, 2007 at 18:51:15 (MST)
Flight: Just talked to Ray. He failed the stress test. He stated they will give him another. A good possiblitiy he will be transfered to another hospital for futher test. Robbie appreciate you posting the phone number. even though I will be working all week-end I hope you all have a good week-end and keep ray & gail in your prays. Always A Brother!! Gently good to hear your knee surgery went well.
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, December 14, 2007 at 15:08:57 (MST)
Mark trying to get info. on when the reunion is inJune of 08? former sp4 129th dec 65 through 66 Don ulery jr
don ulery jr <don@westernrubber.com>
stockton, ca USA - Friday, December 14, 2007 at 12:35:22 (MST)
I just got off the phone with Ray and he said they've got him on morphine every 5 hours for his pain and they are going to do a stress test on him. If they can't determine anything from that they are going to put a camera up his artery in his leg and look. He said he would enjoy hearing from others.... 443-643-2641...........Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Friday, December 14, 2007 at 12:18:18 (MST)
Hi All!! I am back home after my stay at the Tampa VA Hosp. The pacemaker replacement went well. The inpatient care I recieved was top notch, Hosp food olny rates a 5 of 10. the surgeons took time to dicuss the procedure with me, each of the OR nurses introduced themselves to me and made me feel comfortable. Of course I was glad to go home cuz I missed my bed, hosp beds are not comfy. However , I do know that not all hospitals are the same,if there is a problem there are people to talk to.To all let's all get better and be home for the Holidays Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau
Haines City, FL USA - Friday, December 14, 2007 at 10:35:38 (MST)
Damn! What are we going to do about Ray! It's always something....heart breaking. And dear Gail..bless her heart for being at his side all these years. ***** Kal, got you bid on the 129th plaque, it's the highest and looks good. Thank you:>))****Alex, got your phone message. Sorry we missed the call. All is well at our home, thank you for asking:>). Love to all----oh, one more thng: Go Packers:>)) he he. L-Gently
USA - Friday, December 14, 2007 at 08:32:46 (MST)
Flight: Talked to Ray Gagner earlier today. Stated he was still having chest pain. I just recieved a call from Ray a few minutes ago. He had called 911 to pick him up and take him to the hospital. I guess we will have to wait until someone hears from him or his daughter Chris post here on the log. Always A Brother!!
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 16:34:03 (MST)
Judith, I've still got "some" left LOL.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 14:37:53 (MST)
Dennis, wishing you the best and fast healing. Bruno, will you be without Gall now:>))) Jim and Art, hang in there. The Christmnas Fund is asking for donations! And I have 5 of the 129th helicopter wooden wall plaques -I have 3 bids. They are very very nice...and donated to us by a 129er who, per usual, wants to remain unknown. Nice gift for the fellas ladies. Email me at Gentlyjs@yahoo.com with a bid. The bidding is over the 19th so i can get them mailed. Fred, get your sleep...don't be truckin' on Coffee and smokes. Love always-Gently
USA - Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 08:36:11 (MST)
You remember this one Gale Beard............................. You may have heard of jalopies, You heard the noise they make, Let me introduce you to my Rocket '88. Yes it's great, just won't wait, Everybody likes my Rocket '88. Gals will ride in style, Movin' all along. V-8 motor and this modern design, My convertible top and the gals don't mind Sportin' with me, ridin' all around town for joy. Blow your horn, Rocket, blow your horn Step in my Rocket and-don't be late, We're pullin' out about a half-past-eight. Goin' on the corner and havin' some fun, Takin' my Rocket on a long, hot run. Ooh, goin' out, Oozin' and cruisin' and havin' fun Now that you've ridden in my Rocket '88, I'll be around every night about eight. You know it's great, don't be late, Everybody likes my Rocket '88. Gals will ride in style, Movin' all along.
Fred Skaggs
USA - Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 15:22:48 (MST)
In 1991, after a great deal of debate, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized this as the first Rock and Roll song ever recorded. Turner was in jail at the time for cocaine possession, so his daughter accepted the award. This is about a car. The Oldsmobile "Rocket 88" just came out and was the fastest car on the road at the time. It was advertised as having a V-8 "Rocket" engine. This was produced by Sam Phillips, who formed Sun Records in 1954. Phillips discovered Elvis in 1955. Jackie Brenston, who was a member of Ike Turner's Rhythm Kings, sang lead. The single was credited to "Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats" because Phillips wanted to release a different record credited to Turner. This was a #1 R&B hit. There were no rock charts at the time. Turner and his band were playing black clubs in the American South when B.B. King set up a recording session for them in Memphis with Phillips. They wrote most of this on the way to the session. On the drive to the session, their amplifier fell out of the car and broke the woofer. Turner shoved paper in it at the studio to cover the problem, which ended up providing a more distinct sound. Brenston was credited with writing this, although he admitted he stole the idea from a 1947 song called "Cadillac Boogie." General Motors gave Brenston a Rocket 88 to thank him for the publicity this generated for the car. Brenston did not handle success well. He quickly spent the money he made from this, became an alcoholic, went broke, and died in 1979. Turner played piano on this. It was a huge influence on Little Richard, who used the piano intro on his 1958 hit, "Good Golly Miss Molly." There were other songs recorded before this that could be considered Rock and Roll, but this was unique in that it appealed to a white audience. Turner recorded a new version of this in 2000.
Fred Skaggs
USA - Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 15:20:27 (MST)
Dave Powers....Kim and I are great. She`s working out in Seattle this week. If she keeps working in the midwest and west coast.....no point of staying here in Jersey. We`ll move back home to Ohio.....
Fred Skaggs
Springfield, NJ USA - Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 15:16:21 (MST)
Geez.....Ike Turner, 76, died today, he wasn`t much of a man, when it came to women. But before he met Tina......Ike could lay down a groove......Rocket 88.....
Fred Skaggs
Springfield, NJ USA - Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 15:10:40 (MST)
Gary W. Thanks You for the phone call :-))). Be good & be careful out there. Dawg 426 OUT
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 08:42:16 (MST)
Kris, thanks for posting about your Dad. I am glad someone finally figured out what was wrong with him. Kal, I felt the same way as you. I kept saying to Ray I couldn't believe that they couldn't find out what was wrong with him. They were jerking him around for at least a year and probably more.
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 15:52:13 (MST)
Gale and Deb... thanks for the nice card! Fred A. if you're in Western Colorado call me. Howard Boling, I'll try to call soon. Kim and Fred S. how are you guys? Animal, Dennis F. thanks for the prayers.
Dave Powers
USA - Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 14:30:41 (MST)
Howdy Flight... BIG night in London last night with Led Zeppelin... head and shoulders above the rest! Some great video on You Tube. Thanks for all the kind words and prayers for Nikki. Prognosis is good. Went and visited David Maverick Powers in Kansas last week after a week in school in Las Vegas (Autodesk University). Grandchildren: your reward for not killing your children! Merry Christmas to you all!
Dave Powers
USA - Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 14:26:09 (MST)
I know the feeling you are having. I go once a month for canceling. I was really bitter for alot of years and I still am to a point. If you have family you should concert on your relationship with them and let the love for them pour out from your heart. That has been my only saviuor. The man I work for has me living in Hell and He don't care about anybody but himself. I still haven't gotten the VA to do anything for me yet. I have to prove everything I did while in the service. I know as we get older we loose the buddies and friends we have. For some it is a releif for they are in a better place and are finly at rest with themselves. So day we will all be together again in a more peaceful place. I would like to wish everyone of my brothers and sisters in arms a Happy Holiday season and plaese take care and return after the hoildays. We all still need one another. God Bless all. James Ellis
James Ellis <drellis101@hotmail.com>
Morehead, NC USA - Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 12:02:22 (MST)
Art, I wanted to say I can understand your anger and how it seems that medications only go so far. I saw my shrink just over a week ago because I was under so much stress I couldn't think or see straight. For so many years after Nam I just didn't feel anything but the good part is there was no anger. Sense 9/11 my PTSD and anger has gotten so bad. It is mostly directed at the system that would let people with cancer about strave or die before getting help. As many things as I have wrong I see so many others who suffer worse. I am surprised that the doctors & lawyers haven't drove more of us nuts. So Art I do understand how hard it is, but please hang in there along with the rest of my brothers here.
Ken Strong Jr.
Lafayette, IN USA - Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 09:39:39 (MST)
Since I may not make it back thru here by xmas,I want to wish to all a great holiday season,a merry xmas,and a wonderful new year. Of the many,many "thank yous" I should express, Both Phil Connolly and Simon Johnson, with their familys and crew, have touched me personaly with kindness,gentleness,and friendship.Thank you Phil and Simon.The rest of you hanger rats aint done so bad either...thanks guys ( and gals).A big hug to you all. Merry Xmas.
USA - Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 06:55:29 (MST)
leave in the morn for Morgantown W. VA., then Woodbury NJ,then into Queens NY.Should be finished with those by thursdy morn.Dont know where after that.
USA - Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 06:42:26 (MST)
Flight: I see chris has posted about Ray. Talked to him last night. He told me he would be relased about 3 pm eastern time. He seems to be doing alot better. Told him to follow the doctor's instructions and to stay away from the VA doctors. If like here most are in training, so they are guessing alot of times. I told Ray he needs to get out o the house. sitting there all day. Anybody would get depressed. Well, on my way to the Zone for another 10 plus day. Always A brother!! Fred A. my cell is 901-487-0374
Collierville, TN USA - Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 05:21:18 (MST)
Great to hear about Ray !!!!!! thanks no wonder i couldn't get him. Hang in there buddy. As far as the college ball goes, i can see the points of all, just expressing feelings. Wyoming had a great start & a real bad last half so no Bowl. The 1st game we beat the VA Cavaliers 23-3 & some other good teams but TCU, BYU, & Utah were tough & they will Play tough. So i'm just going to watch them all & see how they do >>>>>>Respects Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Monday, December 10, 2007 at 18:55:03 (MST)
hey all! ray is doing well. they shipped him to another hospital and they did an angioplasty. there was a blockage above the old stint they put in a few years ago. they also put in another stint. he is doing well and is do back at home sometime tomorrow. thank you for your prayers and concerns....
kris <clue4blue@hotmail.com>
nottingham, md USA - Monday, December 10, 2007 at 18:12:25 (MST)
Being an avid Hawaii Warrior football fan, I'm really excited to see them go undefeated and land a berth in the Sugar Bowl. I understand reservations about them playing for a championship; Their schedule is just too weak. Having said this, It's hard to get good teams to play them. Michigan state paid $250,000 to get out of playing them this year. Teams don't like to travel thousands of miles to play, even though all Hawaii's road games entail at least 2500 miles travel for them. They've beaten everyone they've faced, and I predict one more win against a great Georgia team. If you're a fan of football, don't miss this game. Hawaii doesn't know how to win without putting on a nail biter. "Imua Ke Koa", Greg
Puna, HI USA - Monday, December 10, 2007 at 17:54:48 (MST)
Smitty......You know how to make Michigan cookies?......"Put`em in a "bowl" and beat`em"......You know how to get a Ohio State University graduate off your porch?....Pay him or her for the pizza......Seriously Smitty, as long as you have the Pac-10 and Big 10, there will NEVER be a play-off. Now you might get a "top 4" play-off, No.1 plays No.4 in a bowl, and No.2 plays No. 3 and the winner`s play for the NCAA Championship.....The "one plus" type play-off........Pac 10 and Big 10 hate the BSC stuff. Now as far as Ohio State......damn right they should be playing for NCAA Championship and this year they WILL beat LSU......BTW.... U of Florida`s head coach is from Ohio......All that great southern football, comes from a "population shift" from the Union labor rust belt factories, to "new south" work force. All those southern folk , who came north to work in the factories. Their kids grew up and went to college.....they moved back south for "white collar" jobs.. And now their kids are growing up in the south and staying there for college. Who wants to play football in the north in November and December. Plus I don`t like going 50 days between a football game( Bowl games)......that`s a whole new season almost....Play the BCS in friggin early December. That cost Ohio State last year.
Fred Skaggs
Springfield, NJ USA - Monday, December 10, 2007 at 16:04:49 (MST)
Fred A. Buddy, I just had the gall bladder surery & been out of it. I was "copying the mail" & just saw your post that you had a load to Laredo. If'in you do get down here you cal reach me on the following land line between 7a to 7p CST 956-753-6449.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, December 10, 2007 at 13:10:53 (MST)
Barry, i just tried to call ray at that number & it just rang about 30 x, any new news or was he out ?? Dennis, Hope your re-fit goes well. I'll ck the site later & try that # again later too but dont want to get too late as he is back east yes??? Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Monday, December 10, 2007 at 13:03:57 (MST)
Fred A. >>> Jim Westwang 869 Airport RD. , Sheridan, Wyoming 82801>>> Jim
jim westwang
sheridan, wy USA - Monday, December 10, 2007 at 10:52:45 (MST)
Gale, Thanks for the card, to all, headed to the hospital for a few days for the pacemaker recharge and rewire. taking my laptop with me so I can keep up on the news. Later Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau
Haines City, FL USA - Monday, December 10, 2007 at 09:14:14 (MST)
Retro Man! Love the shed on the back...so warm and welcoming:>)) God bless you and Deb. Art, hang in there.....be in the moment, go step by step. *** I don't think anyone mentioned that our Sue (of Jim and Sue here in WI with m) has now been told she is cancer free! I beautiful bright spot among our concerns for our other family members. Amen.*** I'll call Ray tonight....@#!^%%$*^% VA! *** Fred, when in Milwaukee you had better stop in!!!! ***3 bids on the plaques....come on! They're great! The bidding closes on the 19th..remember! And here's my address for donations to the Christmas Fund: Judith Singer, 2228 N. 115th Street, Wauwatosa WI 53226. You have been so generous in the past...I'm hoping the spirit moves you this year. For those of you who cannot afford to send anything...don't worry about it:>)) Getting your meds, food etc., is more important, we know that. And please do not for one second feel ashamed about it....that's not what this brothetrhood is about. I know some of you send money you cannot afford to part with....please don't do it this year! When I open those envelopes with 5 or 10 dollars in them it breaks my heart for I know you really need it yourself(And I KNOW who you are!). So please, not this year. We have other 129ers who give and give because they can afford to. I know they'll be there for us again this year. L-Gently
USA - Monday, December 10, 2007 at 07:11:27 (MST)
Gale, I will be gone Wensday morn.Dont know when I will make it back here. Have been warned I may not even make it home xmas day.
USA - Monday, December 10, 2007 at 06:00:10 (MST)
thanks Gale. Alex and Smitty..please post mailing addys,not e-mail addys.
USA - Monday, December 10, 2007 at 05:58:25 (MST)
Just 2-3" of snow here & should have a white Christmas. Daughter coming from Laramie in 4 days with minimal Driving Experience. Fred , here is e mail westwang@bresnan.net . Let me say this about football, appalachian state beat the Michigan Wolverines which proves " on any give day". The 1x beaten Buckeyes & 1x Beaten LSU will have a great "National Chamionship". The Undeafeated Hawaii Rainbow warriors were thrown a bone ( the Sugar bowl). They should be playing for the title & on top of that Colt Brennan should have had the Heisman.The BCS system is a sham & a black eye on the NCAA, There must be a playoff system.>>>>>> respects to all>>> Smitty
jim westwang 71-72 <westwang@bresnan.net>
sheridan, wy USA - Sunday, December 09, 2007 at 20:42:59 (MST)
Hi I was burning I AM SORRY about last night but that my LITTLE GIRL & GRANDSON they all I got & if I did it he might not never see me again & my daughter you see him I bring him to you & the med are working in again & brad will never step in this house again Tammy knows it. I talk to Gale to night & they think he a stench I hope that wright that could be his chest pain I asked GOD to touch RAY & Gale going to let me know how he make out. Guy I could have went out in just shorts today O how the SNOW. I got a card & I know what the guy were talking about a Christmas trimming Thank I will be glad when I got some more. Art
USA - Sunday, December 09, 2007 at 20:27:22 (MST)
Art: Thanks for the kind words. Here's hoping 2008 will be a better year. Alvis I'm including my email. You should have it. Because you are sending me eails. DA! I need some info!! Is there any documents that staes the 129th sprayed the agent orange? Or does any body have any information when we had ships that sprayed the stuff? If so, I would like all the info I can get. Gary was good to see you. Glad the dream job came through. Hope, some of you have been able to call Ray. I'm glad that he is being seen by civilan doctors. I believe they will help Ray more than the VA. Always A Brother!!
Alex <alfernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Sunday, December 09, 2007 at 18:56:44 (MST)
Also, wanted to add.. I talked to Ray, on instant messenger, the day before he was admitted to the hospital and am amazed at how the VA had been giving him the runaround.. It had taken for him to have real bad chest pains and it sounds like a bad heart condition for someone to come to the conclusion that he has major problems and needs to be admitted and further tests done. He has been trying to tell them for a long time and lets hope it gets looked into now. I just hope that he and Gail have been documenting all the crap that they have put him thru so as to have something to base a case on if it comes to that.. I hear of malpractice and from what I have heard on this on it is a classic case.. Take care all.. B Cn Ya.. Kal...>>>
Kal 67/68
USA - Sunday, December 09, 2007 at 16:53:48 (MST)
Hey Gale.. Nice job!!..Thanks again.. Alex, sorry to learn of your loss.. Makes for a tough holiday season. Here is wishing everyone the best of the Holidays and a happy, prosperous New Year. Kal...67/68..
Kal Bergstrom 67/68
USA - Sunday, December 09, 2007 at 16:43:55 (MST)
Bill, Darwin Schmiedt and I don't appreciate the terms "snail mail" or "goin' postal". Couldn't you have referred to it as pony express or sumthin? LOL. Actually, I don't what you call it as long as you keep using it and buying those stamps. :o)) Darwin, have you retired yet? Gale Beard US Postal Service Retired 1969-2000
USA - Sunday, December 09, 2007 at 13:04:43 (MST)
Hey Flight, well, am in Bakersfield, California till Wednesday, then back home (Colorado Springs) for the holidays and some much needed rest. Thanks for the info on Ray - lets keep him in our prayers. For those that ordered books, I sent them all out via the snail mail last Monday. Because they go via "Media Mail" it takes a little longer than regular mail. Gently, you should be receiving two more checks for books. Mark - sent you the 4 you requested. Talk to you all again soon! Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Sunday, December 09, 2007 at 10:38:52 (MST)
Alvis, great to have you back for a while. Ron mentioned "us locals" getting together for the holidays. Are you gonna be around? How 'bout it Mark, Rainer..........? 510 E 2nd St, Clinton In 47842. Hey Flight, thanks for all the nice response to the Christmas ornaments......I'm glad that you all enjoy them. Always a brother, Gale
Gale 67-68
USA - Sunday, December 09, 2007 at 09:37:28 (MST)
Smitty, Gale, Alex, please post your mailing addys.
USA - Sunday, December 09, 2007 at 06:25:52 (MST)
Hi Alex 2008 will be a better year some night I get down & just want to go & lay down beside Glenda & go to sleep & be with Glenda I have held a lot of hurt in & it taking a big tole on me it help when I go to church & when Scooter come over but I might not see Scooter again I lost it with my daughter to day she has two bad tire on the front of her car so I went out & change the two from the front & found that the belt was showing on them & that not the worst thing her left front lug were not even finger tight the lug holes were out of round her & scooter coud have got kiled O the right rear one lug was tight I want to kill him befor he hurts eather of them he just dont give a shit about Tammy & Josh my med dont help like they were I got more hate in me for him than I ever had over in nam I wish youcoud read the letter Glenda wrote to Tammy just one thing Tammy you have hurt me so bad I wish I was not born litting him youse Joush as a bargen chip so me & your dad can see Joush & there a lot more Glenda sead. well take care art
USA - Saturday, December 08, 2007 at 20:49:54 (MST)
back till early wensday morn. 1st day off since thanksgiving.Mark,was just outside Coldwater today.Alex and Gary,shot thru I-40,wanted to stop.but no tele numbers. Kal,was just up in yout neck of the woods ( coldwater mi and gand rapids),again,no numbers.Fred Scaggs,was your place too..Picked up a load 1 mile from the GW bridge. Brun0..I go to laredo, was suppose to go tonight but need sometime off.Been beating the bushes up in Iowa too.Just camefrom Mississippi to Lima ohio,brrr , ou guys sta warmup there. I need a new PC, thisone has a ver poor keyboard,as you can tell.JIM W.,I am going to ask if we have any loads going yourway, want to see you again.
USA - Saturday, December 08, 2007 at 18:28:10 (MST)
Wink thanks for updating everyone on Ray. Alex just gave me the phone number to his room a couple of hours ago and I was going to post it for everyone. Alex said he has been really depressed and needs all the support we can give him right now. Gently, Gale and Debbie, Jim and Sue and the rest of our 129th family, Thank You All from the bottom of my heart for the prayers that were sent our way over the last couple of weeks. Gently you are correct it has been a tough year and I am so ready for 2008! Art I hope you have felt our prayers at this difficult time. Glenda is in a much better place than we are. Our love and hugs to each of you. God Bless, Liz Fernwalt. PS Gale and Debbie we received our card yesterday and as always I was wondering what wonderful tree ornament you would come up with this year. It is wonderful. Thank you.
Alex Fernwalt
Collierville, TN USA - Saturday, December 08, 2007 at 16:06:55 (MST)
UPDAYE ON RAY, he was taken to a local hospital yesterday for the heart pains he has. he left message on my phone, he tells me he is going to be transferred to another hospital that specializes in heart problem but for now he is resting comfortly. give ray a call. the # he gave me to his room is 1-443-643-2622. i'll call later, so everyone give him a call. MERRY XMAS to all. gale an debbie got your xmas card. great orniment. i put them on my sliding glass doors. i have almost enough to frame out a xmas tree.great xmas tree an the best part, it can be seen 24/7 365 a year.again merry xmas an happy holidays to all wink 3/69-10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Saturday, December 08, 2007 at 09:09:31 (MST)
Flight: Ray Gagner called me today. He was having chest pains. The doctor had him call 911. As the last message. They will be keeping Ray in the hospital for futher test. Will try and keep everyone informed. Gale and Debbie thanks for the Christmas card and ornatment. Have all on the tree.Hope all have a safe weekend. I will be working straight through thursday before I get a day off. Always A Brother!!!!
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, December 07, 2007 at 19:44:08 (MST)
Art, Ray, Jim, and all others---hope today finds you feeling better----------Allways remember Pearl and happy birthday Fred---------------------Bruno--alls well here--hope to see you and Dennis as well as ALL!! others in St Louis next year---------------best to all.
Gary Woodward
memphis, USA - Friday, December 07, 2007 at 17:14:55 (MST)
I always remember Pearl Harbor Day,....it`s my brithday.....57 years old today
Fred Skaggs
Springfield, NJ USA - Friday, December 07, 2007 at 16:26:51 (MST)
Ray and Art....we're all praying for you 2 to pull through...hang in there. We ewnat to see you in St. Louis next june. Art, bring the dog:>))) Had a wonderful talk with C.P. and Jean last night...what wonderful people. Did you know that C.P. did 3 tours in Nam? Geez....he's as bad as Ron Paye! LOL!! Got another bid on the 129th plaques:$100. Remember i have 4-5 so the highest bidders will get them, meaning yuou can all still bid on them and get one. Bids to date are: $65, $75, $100. And don';t forget to send in your Christmas Fund Donation if you can. L-g
USA - Friday, December 07, 2007 at 13:25:53 (MST)
Gale thanks to you and debbie for the card and ornament. having 5 cats makes it impossible to put up a tree but we are lining one of the doors with cards and ornaments
paul mcgrath
lasalle, Illinios USA - Friday, December 07, 2007 at 13:19:45 (MST)
Gale & Debbie, wishing you well & thanks for the card, just put 6 of them on the tree, beginning to have quite a collection. Ray, Hang in there man, my physical stuff has become some worse lately & i know how it can get a person down. Shadow, please post something & say you're ok. I have been busy although have to do it small steps at a time. Kids coming home again from college soon. Hope this finds most all well & good Holidays to all. Remember Christ is the reason for the season & his Grace can surpass all>>>> Love & Respects>>>Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wy USA - Friday, December 07, 2007 at 12:15:53 (MST)
Gale, Jim and I received your Christmas card yesterday. Thanks. Jim has every card since 2003 on his refridgerator.... Merry Christmas to all....
USA - Friday, December 07, 2007 at 10:12:40 (MST)
"Remember Pearl Harbor" Gary W & Dennis F hope you'all are doing fine- & the rest of the fightin'129th.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Friday, December 07, 2007 at 09:34:17 (MST)
hi to all well i went to my ore op. dr said my akg was not the best top part not good n legs get num i thought i was ok,but now whendo any thing i get bad back in chest (the middelle of of it to the left at times my left arm will go nun whewn i lie down now i got to have a tress tet asp they are faxing my dr to set up.i cant have the stone done he also said it needs to be done before it damages my kidney. and hey i thought i was getting better, just one thing thee painj in chest a while when do things so lie down in time it goses away just dont know.sick of dr. gently did you get my bib. take care a brother always ray love ya all
ray <stilwating@aol.com>
md USA - Friday, December 07, 2007 at 06:03:49 (MST)
Ray, good to see you post and I hope you start to feel better one of these days. Gale, got your Christmas card and it was great as usual. I especially liked the picture of your shed on the back. Hope everyone has a great christmas and new year...Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Thursday, December 06, 2007 at 14:08:38 (MST)
MD USA - Thursday, December 06, 2007 at 06:12:42 (MST)
Hi every one it bean a hard year for all of us & that goes for the sister to but GOD will help us to make it I go over to the grave & talk to Glenda & tell what going on & when I leave I say I will see you one day it hard but I know I will make it well just want to wish every one a MARY CHRISTMASS O Scooter he getting into every thing & I let him how he help to don't get to see him as much but when I can be shore I can handle it I will see him more told my daughter I going to take him to tractor show with me he love to ride on the one I got it a 1957 IH cub low boy & when he old enough to drive he have a 1957 IH truck to drive to school & he going to college & be some one like his Mother the VA going to foot the bill to put me in the ground & all my life inc. going to him cant see putting a lot of money in a box that now one will see but one time Scooter can use it better than I can in the ground I wont be there I will be with Glenda in a better place & we will all meat again like old time. so take care Art
USA - Wednesday, December 05, 2007 at 20:02:56 (MST)
Hope everyone is having a good day? Fred S. how is Ohio State going to do? Talked to Ray Gagner today. he had a bunch of teeth pulled. He told me he stays depressed alot. he told me the VA told him not to drive. Which I think is a bunch of ____!!! If any of you have a few minutes ad his phone number. Please give him a call. It don't take long for depression to take over. Always A Brother!!
Collierville, TN USA - Wednesday, December 05, 2007 at 15:46:04 (MST)
I haven't checked the 129th log since Veteran's Day. Dear brother Art..I'm so very sorry to hear of your great loss.Our prayers are with you.May our Lord give you & yours the peace that passes all understanding. He wipes away every tear,and gives us strength to go on. God Bless,and thanks to all of you Bite & Strikers for your encouragement & kindness to ones in their time of need. What a wonderful Crew! Respectfully, Lenny.
Lenny Adams <rtrwingnut@yahoo.com>
USA - Tuesday, December 04, 2007 at 18:56:04 (MST)
Bidding update on the beautiful wood 129th helicopter wall plaque. $75 for one plaque $65 for another Ladies!!!! A very nice gift idea...and I can keep a secret! L-Gently
USA - Tuesday, December 04, 2007 at 08:25:40 (MST)
WOW....Coldwater was down 21-7 against Youngstown Mooney going into the 4th quarter.....then they scored 21 points in the 4th to win 28 -27 in the Division IV state title. That had to be a great game.....2 State Championships in 3 years.....amazing Mark.......
Fred Skaggs
Springfield, NJ USA - Monday, December 03, 2007 at 17:11:56 (MST)
The bids are coming in for the 129th Wall Plaque! I have several so we'll let them all go at the price of the highest bidder, 2nd, etc. Right now the highest bid is $75. Remember...all the funds raised go to getting some of you who need help getting to the re-union in June, to the re-union. We also use the money throughout the year to confidentailly help any of you who are in need of some financial help. You can also, should you desire and are able to, start sending your donations to the Christmas Fund now. I am the only one who knows who donates and who doesn't and how much is given. If you can give...do. If you can't, well perhaps it would be our honor to help you. I do not share the donated amounts with anyone, so please do not be embarrased if you can't give.... It's only between you and I. Donations can be sent to me: Judith Singer(Gently) 2228 N. 115th Street Wauwatosa WI 53226 and made out to "the 129th" The 129th wall plaque is very cool!!! You would all be proud to have it hanging in your home. So let's get that bidding going for crying out loud! L-Gently
USA - Monday, December 03, 2007 at 12:52:15 (MST)
Greetings All!!! Fred A. where in the states are you??? I am keeping my trucking travels limited to the State of Florida,until after my hospital stay. Speaking of which, on 11/17 I was stuck in traffic in the Atlanta area when strange sensation came over me. Here I am middle lane and can't go any where. I placed a call to VA triage in Florida, descibed the problem, they were able to determine that it was my pacemaker doing a reset, and no I wasn't having a heartattack, cuz it is physically impossible for someone with a pacemaker to have thier heart stop beating. Long story short, continued on my way to Tennessee made my store deliveries returned to Atlanta got dispatch home. The next day at the VA Clinic it was determined that one of my pacer leads had malfunctioned causing the reset. I am Currently scheduled to enter VA Hosp in Tampa on 12/11 have pacemaker #6 inserted and have the wiring brought up to code(slight joke). Will be back home on 12/13 and then take a week off, then back in my truck. But never fear, I won't miss a word of the "129th Chatter" as I never leave home without my Laptop and Aircard. "Happy Holidays to All" Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau <dpfirst50@hotmail.com>
Haines City, FL USA - Monday, December 03, 2007 at 09:40:38 (MST)
JOE WILSON.......SEND ME A E-MAIL.....AT ac459429@eathlink.net, I need to talk to you. It`s about THU.....I`m having some problems
Fred Skaggs <ac459429@earthlink.net>
Springfield, NJ USA - Monday, December 03, 2007 at 05:08:39 (MST)
Well, I'm back from Ohio. Flew up on thursday. Northwest airlines gave me good deal on a ticket , since I was going home for my sister's memorial. My wonderful wife Liz did all the work from flights to car rentals etc. I appreciate all the thoughts and prayers. Life is short and we need to make time to enjoy our Family and Friends. I have been blessed with a wonderful Family. My 129th Family which is always there for all of us through the good and sad times. And the VHCMA Family. Looking forward to ST. Louis. Looking forward to seeing everyone again. Always A Brother!!
Collierville, TN USA - Sunday, December 02, 2007 at 18:35:24 (MST)
Sue & I are putting up our Christmas tree today and among our many ornaments all of which have special meaning are the ornaments that Gale and Debbie sent us from the 129th. It brings back memories of Christmas of 1966 which was spent in Kontum. Bill Jamison and I shared a small hex tent at the time. Bill was a crew chief who crewed the old man's ship at the time. I talked to Paul Harder a couple years ago. He has kept in contact with Bill who I think is from Fresno CA. Paul was the crew chief for Lt Brague when he was killed in the Kontum area. Paul now lives in central Minnesota. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and happy holiday. We really appreciate Gale and Debbie thinking of us.
Jim Hydinger
USA - Sunday, December 02, 2007 at 16:30:27 (MST)
Hi every one from me have a VERRY MARY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR I will have one with all the things that me & GLENDA dun in the past 36 years I would not trade them for all the money in the world & at LZ Orlando Glenda love it to met all of you & was proud of what we had dun over there. so take care Art
USA - Sunday, December 02, 2007 at 10:52:46 (MST)
To all of the 129th Family, This year is all most over,and for all of our Brothers and to all of those that we helped from 1965 to 1973 I would like you to know that all of the brothers and Sisters wives and husbends that have goen to a better place and have started the gardens for us, we have served this Country well,and now that we have the time to help one another so that we can get through this life togeather so that we can be as one BIG Family once more. I Pray that as we come close to Christmas that we all remember our Savior and Redeemer even Jeses Christ our older Brother,and how He gave us a 2nd chance, I know that I do not right verry often but I do read the log on a regular bases and don't quiet know how to fit in here, like Alex and some of the others that served togeather in 65-66 it matter not as we all know that we had a comman goal. I hope that I get the chance to get to St Lewis this next year and see all of you, Kristy and I are in a town called Nauvoo IL. about 3 hrs. N. from St Lewis, if any one is up this way drop an E-Mail to us we would love to see you. Alex Liz and Art know we love you, and to the Bite & Strike Family Have a Great Christmas and Dec. to. Joe and Kristy (CatMan) 745 OUT.
Joe Nicolich <joeandkristy@citlink.net>
Nauvoo, IL USA - Saturday, December 01, 2007 at 15:07:25 (MST)
Just getting in here to read the log for the 1st time in awhile. Art and Alex, I'm sorry for your loss. Alex It was nice talking to you on the phone You made my day. Ray, I hope you're hanging in there. Also as Ken Strong said, who cares if you spell things right or not when posting. It's the fact that you got on here and connected with friends. I keep telling my Brother... Quit sending me all those jokes you think I'll like, and send me a message that says "Hi I'm fine how are you?" Mark, I'm glad you've got your Brother back in more than one way...Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, December 01, 2007 at 08:22:37 (MST)