Bill,I just sent you a check for a 129th history book,forgot to say where to send it!!
Just use my return address.I met some of the guys at Kokomo last year.Hope to see you
in St.Louis,in june.
dustoff, IL USA - Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 18:28:11 (MST)
Hi every one well things did not work out like I wish they had so ST Louis is out this year I got a room & that mean one more for some one but one thing to say things could be worst. take care Art
USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 19:23:27 (MST)
Gale, we are hoping to be there. I signed that week for Prime Time annual leave. We'll have to see how the $$'s go. Stickman retired this past summer, so the income is pretty fixed, there...
USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 15:37:40 (MST)
Welcome back, Alex - this getting old is not for the feint of heart!!! Had a CAT scan to check the nerve that works the right side of the diaphram (found out it was paralized) and fortunately no growths!! Just means I'm working pretty much on one lung - which wouldn't be so bad if I didn't live at 6,500 feet!!! lol. Simon, I talked with Ron Paye last night and we ARE working on trying to get 509 the clearance to land at the Wall in November. We'll be asking the rest of you (the 129th'ers) for support and assistance. It'll truly be an exercise in buracracy! Well, off to the races! Bill
Bill Wolf <VHCMAPresident@aol.com
USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 08:17:53 (MST)
OOOps cell phone #360-430-2437
Cobra 096 <firstname.lastname@example.org
Clatskanie, OR USA - Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 22:36:50 (MST)
Kim - Don give me a call
Cobra 096 <email@example.com
Clatskanie, or USA - Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 22:34:39 (MST)
Good evening from the UK. Can't believe it is a year since we had the privelige and the honour of entertaining and surprising Fred, Ron and Mark during their visit to see 509. Looking back, boy did we lead them a merry dance! And then to be able to do the same on your home soil, sweet. Just kidding..... Great to meet up with so many more of you in Orlando. What a year it has been just unbelievable. From all the 509 crew look after yourselves.
Simon Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org
Mellor, 509 County UK - Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 15:44:12 (MST)
Flight: Sorry to been AWOL for a while. But, between work and the VA. and civilian Doctors. Time has gone by so fast. Seems like the older you get. The more patching the doctors have to do. But, hope to be in good shape by St. Louis. All take care. Always a Brother!! Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 09:24:41 (MST)
Thanks Vickey! Are we gonna see you guys in St Louis??
USA - Monday, January 28, 2008 at 14:05:10 (MST)
Gale, Stickman's e-mail is, email@example.com
USA - Monday, January 28, 2008 at 10:23:29 (MST)
For ALTON PAGE, please contact me, i have reservations but cannot e-mail you as it keeps coming back. Hope you are well. contact congressmen, it helped me. Do You know how cold it is in Wyoming??? Cold enough the other day someone saw a Lawyer with his hands in his own pockets>>>>>> Respects to all>> Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wyoming USA - Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 15:03:24 (MST)
do you know why they bury lawyers 20 feet deep? cause deep down they are good people.
lasalle, il USA - Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 11:32:37 (MST)
Hello all you Bite and Strikers!!.. Well the reservations are made. $69 per day for non-smoking, 2 bed room. I didn't inquire as to how many more were still available but she didn't sound like there was any kind of a shortage. I just followed the directions listed on the VHCMA page and all went well. Now, are there going to be any other bike riders making the trip, and if so do you want to meet up and ride in together? I am planning on riding and will be getting onto I-70 at about the 41 mile exit for the ride West. Any company would be great.. I also have a 2 bed room and have room to share (50/50). Post or email me if interested. Think SPRING and St. Louis.. Love and Brotherhood.. Kal 67/68
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu (at) email dot com
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 10:17:59 (MST)
Hope all are doing well. Sorry I've been "silent" for a while, but traveling/work, dealing with kids, and house issues. But, its Sunday morning, Kat's taking a shower, and coffee is brewing so thought I'd check in. Bought a new motorhome, so hopefully Kat & I can make some of the 129th reunions this year!! My son Billy is with his brother at Northridge, CA in the ROTC program now. He's still looking for a job to help pay his tuition and rent!! (remember those days?!). Hey Ken, $175 an hour for an attorney these days is cheap! Those sharks usually charge $250!! Whats black and brown and looks good on an attorney???? A Doberman! I hope you all are making your reservations for the VHCMA reunion in June at St Louis!! You all threw me into the fire as President last time, so let's make a good showing this year!!! I still have some "Bite & Strike" books available and will bring them with me to St Louis. If you want copies before then, they are $35 each which covers the book, packaging, postage, and cdrom (pictures)(all profits go to the 129th Christmas Fund). Just email me for copies. Well, coffee should be ready!! Take care! Always a Brother, Bill
Bill Wolf <VHCMAPresident@aol.com
USA - Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 09:22:15 (MST)
morning flight, i don,t know how many of you are V.V.A. members but i just got my copy of the bi- monthly magizine from the V.V.A. and low and behold there is and article about 509 an picture that goes along with it. the pic has mark,alvis,ron and the crew from englang in it. great article.if that dosen't draw some of the 129th members out than i don't know would.congrads to us all.
wink 3/69- 10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 09:18:58 (MST)
Hi well luck still the same I drop the cell phone in the $hiter last night & it cost me $50 dollars to get another one it be here Tuesday & I could fall in a bed of roses & come out smelling like S it but there one thing I hope it dont get worst I think some one is putting a load & see if I will give up but they in for a surprise NO WAY GOD is on my side & all I got to say is thank you GOD for being there for me. Well RAY going to have that stone taken out Monday let all pray for him it bother him a lot about having it dun. Art
USA - Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 19:14:15 (MST)
Always good to see when Alvis gets back home. For me it is just trying to keep the computers running around here and dealing with legal filings. If I keep having to go to court I might even know what I am doing but the way our court system works the little guy doesn't stand a chance. Now I am trying to figure out what exempt property is & isn't if anyone knows? I can't believe an Attorney can charge $175 an hour with a straight face. Wow I thought I had made it when I got $20. Still glad to see some good chatter this week and enjoy the pile of emails I have gotten too. Still trying to get through them all tonight. You all take care!
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 19:07:50 (MST)
Alvis,Paul, Seems like Jae,Likes to show off the dustoff cap.Glad he likes it.
IL USA - Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 18:53:24 (MST)
see you guys in about a month.please take care and God Bless.
USA - Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 05:08:51 (MST)
Gale, indeed I have,including the "509" crew wearing them as well.
USA - Friday, January 25, 2008 at 14:24:26 (MST)
Alvis, have you sent him the photos of Kokomo with the "tiger " patches on? Gale
USA - Friday, January 25, 2008 at 08:23:20 (MST)
Sure Paul,no problem buddy.Once you arrive at this site,click on "free board". http://cafe3.ktdom.com/vietvet/us/us.htm
USA - Friday, January 25, 2008 at 04:54:09 (MST)
fred; could you post korean site addy for jim, not sure if he has it. paul
lasalle, il USA - Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 18:34:36 (MST)
Paul and "Dustoff Jim" (forgive me,I am terrible at remembering names).If you go to the ROK site,look under posting 821.There, you will find pictures of folks climbing (walking) up one of Korea's most holyest mountians.There are two good pictures of Jae,wearing the Dust Off cap you gave me at Kokomo..chuckle,or one of the ones you sent me afterwards.Jae wants to express his happiness and apprication in the gift(hat) you so kindly presented him. me too.Thanks guys. Its great too think our bands of friendship reach so far..from England to Korea to here and back to England and Korea.
USA - Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 17:15:54 (MST)
Headed to Southern Chile in the morning... gotta get out of the deep freeze!
USA - Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 15:37:00 (MST)
Need some updated e-mail addys. Alex, Stickman and Darwin Schmiedt.Thanks, Gale
USA - Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 11:44:09 (MST)
Alvis----that's what you call a "near miss"--I decided to stay over in Nashville one more nite before going to Knoxville--only had icy slush there---cleared Knoxville yesterday with no problems even though I stayed in Powell on north side where it was closed the day before and got room 60 miles north of Chattanooga last nite to avoid problems.-----the phone numbers I listed are both cell and on 99% of the time--I rarely answer the home phone-(make all leave message first to ID).----------------------snoopy out----
memphis, USA - Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 04:31:17 (MST)
Push come to shove in June.1 or 2 of the single guys attending the Reunion can bunk at
my house.I only live 35 minutes from the Plaza Hotel in St.Louis.
ILL USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 20:03:44 (MST)
Gary, i was in Knoxville for two nights,two days ago. They had an ice storm just in time for morning rush hour..between 7 and 9 AM, over two hundred car wrecks.The even had to close down I-40/I-81 in three different places at one time.
USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 17:43:51 (MST)
Blame it on Phil and Simon...I have been bitten with the traveling bug. A year ago it was England,this year Susan and I have decided to go to Austraila for two weeks. I am trying to get her home for Christmas. Heck, her folks are are in their late 80s or early 90s. We all know what a trip home now will mean later on. I wish the best for all of you. Am still trying to capture phone numbers from the members here. So far I have no luck what so ever in catching anyone home. ( hmm, maybe I hould think about that,,lol)
USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 17:39:01 (MST)
Note:---Current best rate available on rooms with double beds for 3 nites at the Crown Plaza are (total w/tax est.)$380.72-------------------There are still a few single bed Non Smoking rooms at the "VHC" special rate noted.---------------------------------
I booked two rooms since they were running low even at that price.--Just in case some one else does not get a booking. --------If so call me and we will work it out. 901-481-8802 or 901-351-0586.--------I reserved both and can cancel the second one if need.
Gary Woodward <firstname.lastname@example.org
Memphis, TN USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 17:29:39 (MST)
Sorry I missed you too brother. Of all days....Wednesday is my "coffee day" with my friends. Good to see that you got back home ok. Gale
USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 15:29:49 (MST)
Alvis -- Damn. Sorry I missed your call brother. I'm glad you got a "load" out. Be careful out there. "Clear left" Dawg 426 out.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 13:10:09 (MST)
I wish I had look into this a lot of year ago I am a member of the American legion I got to see what they give to VETS & thanks Harrell but it not to late for me to do something the legion has a meeting thursday night & I will go I am going to let all the vet I know about this & Brother need to help other Brothers at ALL TIMES. A if there is some one that has one computer & want to have two on line that has a linksys or another brand as long as it a G type this one will work with it & it wireless I send it to you & it FREE OK O I got every thing that go with it I will always try to help a VET if I can & I got a ext er fix it utilities 7 if some one wants it. well got to go take care Art
USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 08:38:09 (MST)
In reference to Arts comment about funeral expenses, VFW members can prearrange services through Dignity. All members can get a 10% discount and get exactly what you want. Wife and I have already taken care of this including head stone. Directors can't take advantage of grieving love ones and sell them things they don't need. The total cost for mine was $7,700. Wives of VFW members are also included and they furnish the flag for you also. After all this is something we are all going to need one day, and we might as well save a few bucks if we can. Hope to make it to St Louis, but this years is my unit reunion in Louisville so I don't know.
Rick, hope you get a good partner in the Dutch Covert classic.
Groves, Tx USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 06:05:57 (MST)
Alvis-----ALL Days are open---Please remember you are welcome anytime--Logic is simple----what we have, we share-----have not been out on new years since 1978---Bad crash on the Harley that year changed the "party" attitude......Also--as long as it has not just rained or is raining when you come through--55 Acres is plenty of room for a Rig to park.---have a couple of trailers on the lot now.----------------NO MORE EXCUSES-----------------------Currently in Knoxville and going to Chattanooga tonite--then back to Memphis Friday.----Call anytime as I am in town 1-2 weeks a month.----in between I can be anywhere from Virginia to Miami---My territory is S.E. USA------still checking cabs and back doors as I run the hi-ways.
Memphis, Tn USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 04:27:19 (MST)
well folks,been gone since xmas. Have hit 26 states.Gale, sorry I missed you when I stopped by your house..but did get a hug from that good looking wife of yours..hehee.Bruno,was in laredo this week..called you saterday at 10 in the morn..no answer. Spent new years day in memphis..didnt call anyone( gary and alex) figured you guys had your own thing going that day so stayed quiet. I called the number for Lurch as I was passing thru Ft.Branch Ind. That number is no longer good..some kid answered and said he doesnt live there and "dont know who he is". Yes,I continue to write "129th, ahc, nam, on the back doors and have taped a 129th patch onto the wing window of the drivers door. Susan has made "rez" for St louis also. No "smoking rooms" left already. More later,its 1230 at night and i am a bit tired. Oh, gently..did a drive completely around lake michigan,,spent the night in Milwukee..need your number.
USA - Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 22:40:22 (MST)
Hi every one that wright this house is just a stick of wood Glenda in me ware she will be to GOD call me home my life is to teach Scooter what I know I shore could have ben a lot better with him here I am looking at some houses to rent to I can get my credit back up higher & get another house of my. Well went to the grave yard & they had some cross on them they light up at night & go of when the sun come up so I put one on Glenda grave they cost $20 dollars they are solar it better than a candle they burn out the cross will last for 2 years then new battery & got to pay for head stone & marker tomorrow $ 1.833 dollars. you nead to get thing in order for that day it not cheap to put you in the ground. the adds on tv telling you $6.000 dollars it was around 1.200 dollars & it going up that for shore a valt about 900 dollars digging the hole that can run up to 600 to 900 I got one thing to say I gig a hole for that much it take a back hole about 15 th min & we dig them over in Nam for about nothing that what the army paid us to back then so look into it ok I said to much going to take these med & try to sleep all night have not don that cence 1967. art
USA - Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 21:08:27 (MST)
Mark, now is a good time to refinance, if possible. Trick is, deal with local banks or even better, the credit union. Watch for the little traps with the banks, will they sell the mortgage? stay away from variable rates, a higher fixed rate is better, you can always pay off ahead of time and lower the interest is possible. Alot of people got into trouble by letting their eyes get the best of them. Buying into the real estate sales people's selling games of increased equity, teaser rates, hinting at the possibility of refinancing with the equity covering any increased principle........ There are plenty of people to blame, politicians, bankers, lawyers, all promising some utopia in an ever increasing real estate market, and easy payments! ART, screw em! A house is nothing, home is where ever you sit! They can't take away your memories.
USA - Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 17:35:56 (MST)
GOT A MONEY QUESTION???................when it comes to this stuff I am "STUPID" other then the fact I know I have to make a payment every month for this cabin. Question is........with the shake up with the economy and the "RATE CUTS" that are going on (3/4% today), is it a good time to refinance a mortgage loan and how do you find and figure that out????....anybody with any knowledge about this????.........always a brother........Like I said, I just don't undewrstand it all........
USA - Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 07:30:58 (MST)
Art, that really sucks! I had to go to court a couple weeks ago and learned that you can not take the word of anyone you talk to. My dad worked his whole life as a contractor without ever writing a contract. Back than your word met something. Now it is just to easy for someone to get a file to read, but just stamp it disapproved. Was told that by someone from Sociel Security. Banks are all the same way now as the couple that bought our house got it for $49,000 less than what we owed. When we got my settlement from my accident I tried to work something out to keep the house but they forclosed on us anyway. So my heart goes out to you for dealing with your loss and now this. Art please keep on fighting for what you have coming because in my case I am to the point of saying screw the rest. I think the legal system only is for the ones that have money, so there is no justice. Doctors and Banks are also on the top of my shit list with attorney's. SO at are age & health, what are they going to do to us? I hope by this spring things will look greener for you and the rest of us as Mark said. My brother-in-law was supposed to have been dead ten years ago & lost his wife four years ago. He is still drinking his moonshine and going to the bar having a good old time. He has one more son who is a senior this year & trying to ship him off to the Army. So no matter what happens I feel life is good after finding the 129th again. My life in between Nam & now was the hard part so now it is just you guys and my grand kids to worry about. You all take care & I think my case of Merca is getting better, very slowly.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 07:29:27 (MST)
Hey Art, You hang in the brother. Easy for me to say man. You are in my prayers. I guess the thing to ask is, "How would Glenda want ya to feel"?.......I don't know..........sounds like a ruff time for ya brother.........Breaks my heart man...........I dont know , I just don't know..................why is it the ones that need help the most our the ones that get it the least. Just the way the world order is now a days...............better times are a commin'. That's a fact.
USA - Monday, January 21, 2008 at 20:28:22 (MST)
Hi wellI got the hole nine yards riped out from under meI was told that I get a va loan gave me how much my paments would be well they cant do it so I got to move out I cant make $2000 every mounth & if you are going to try to get a home loan do not get it with countrywide home loans they got people working there that dont care & dont check thing out befor they tell you & I am going to let the va home loan people know what they did to me & they owe me $360.00 & dont know when I will get it back so let every one you know how they work they in with bank Americar I might not make it to LZ ST LOUIS just like to let it go Losing GLENDA & now the house is just to much there so much of her in this house it just to much to handel at one time I have lost the will to live there no thing to hang in there for take care Art
USA - Monday, January 21, 2008 at 18:16:08 (MST)
Hey "GW". Not much going on Gary. Man Dec 11,1971 - right around that time Joe Flores (T.I. @ the 129th) & myself were "standing down" @ Camp Evans. We were in transit to Camh Ranh bay. I know for sure we spent X-mas @ Tuy Hoa AFB. Joe & me got to Lane right after X-Mas '71. Joe lives in Port Isabel,TX. Right on South Padre Island. I went down to visit Joe on a couple of times. I went to visit him some time back but he had moved. I don't know where he's at now.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, January 21, 2008 at 13:46:30 (MST)
Hi All----Dennis--good talking with you again the other day----Wayne---still no commo from you since we talked--tell the wife to let you on the computer once in a while!!-------Bruno!--what's up-------Alvis---was looking for something this weekend and found an old cassette tape from Lane just when they were changing to Cobra models etc. We sang a few songs and talked a lot of sh!!!!!t.---I had just gotten the recorder and found some tapes so I was making my first to send home.----------At one point we were discussing getting leave at the same time (7&7)---not sure if we got it or not as I had only 57 days before your flight time and needed 60.----------------------Never Know what you may find!!--The date was December 11th 1971 per the tape---we were on gaurd duty bitchin about being bored.
Memphis, Tn USA - Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 09:07:03 (MST)
Robbie, Yes I remember Usrey. His email address is but I'm not sure that is up to date. Farmer out in Ill. I do recall taking to himon the phone once but dont see his number anywhere. I'll try and track him down.............love to all..........always a brother
USA - Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 07:45:48 (MST)
Tom, I was with the unit in 69/70 and I know John Usrey was in maintenance then. I met him again at one of the reunions but I'm not sure if he monitors the flight log. I never see him post here. Mark Jackson might have an email or phone # for him. Mark, do you remember Usrey? he was at the Indy reunion.
Rochester, NY USA - Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 06:45:15 (MST)
Looking for any one who might remember Jim Purvis 1970 time frame 129th AHC. He is looking for Captain York, Maintenance officer. I have been in contact with Jim and would like to contact any one that might remember him.
Tom Frankenfield <email@example.com
Clermont, FL USA - Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 17:49:31 (MST)
I had one of the "new helmets" and that was 1970.....Bill Pecknold gave me his, he was going home....and gave it to me. It had a better "mic system" than the old one. But I remember some pilots and CCs, wanting to know how I got it.
NJ USA - Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 13:35:30 (MST)
The Air Force was useing the SPH-4 Helmets for 10yrs before the Army got them.I traded
Case's of Lobsters and Steaks to the AirForce for the Helmets for the Crews of all our
Dustoff.498 Air ambulance co.1968.We had so many we were useing them to trade for Plywood,
and small air conditioners for the troops.
Shiloh, ILL USA - Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 08:57:11 (MST)
By 72 there were more SPH-4 helments which I got. I've been off for a while with Merca so have not been feeling too well. Went to the VA today and they said they have me on the right stuff. As far as memberships, my dad got upset with the VFW when I was a kid after paying dues for years. Mostly because they had more non vets going in than the ones who were in the War. Back than the Legion seemed to treat WW2 vets the same as us. My beef with the Legion now is that they charge Vets more than afiliated members. DAV I just got a life membership to. I just wanted to go somewhere that has veterans & not want to be types. I think we all hid from these places for most of our lives till now. Flight be safe.
Ken Strong Jr. 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Friday, January 18, 2008 at 19:16:57 (MST)
Hi you got that wright on hearing aids I had a doc at the VA ask me how come I wasnt wearing ears plugs when I was in the 68 top tiger down south you get shot if you has but the VA told me that my hearing lost was not from my job I had over there not as a grunt & not on slicks. & if Glenda was still with me I fight to get every thing I could for service hearing cancer skin & more so Glenda would get some money if I died before she did now it not Worth beating my head on a wall I cant get no more money I at 100% TP I just want them to leave me alone. I am getting a VA loan to keep my house & a lower rate from 8% to 6% & it a lot & I hope my daughter will take the house when I go to Glenda & we be together again we had 36 years & Glenda is as good looking when she went home as the first day I laid my eye on her & I told her all the time. I am going to try to come to LZ ST Louis it all depend how I feel. well take care every one Art
USA - Friday, January 18, 2008 at 19:03:36 (MST)
The SPH5 was the the helmet prior to the SPH4. It did not have the bulging ear cups, integral nape strap or any worthwhile sound protection. I know most of us were still wearing them in 1970 but I do recall getting a SPH4 sometime before I derosed in 4/71. The SPH5 is the reason so many of us are wearing hearing aides now. Oh well just turn up the volume! Snapper 70-71
USA - Friday, January 18, 2008 at 18:08:35 (MST)
Guys, the WW, 2 vets are about gone & as far as the VFW, Legion, DAV etc. they are for us & now its up to us & the Iraqi vets & all others to carry the ball. Been my experience that
1. they all have a Bar & 2. Too much business is hashed out while under the influence. Its easy to cut something down but wait till its gone. Does anyone know what a sph5 Helmet is???? scroll back. For those of you stocking bread & milk, 15 degrees here wind chill -7 6" new snow blowing & drifting & a bunch more on the way. sign at border says "welcome to big wonderful wyoming". >>> respects to all>> smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wy USA - Friday, January 18, 2008 at 15:35:34 (MST)
Have you guys seen that Susan Eidson has posted some rosters from 1969 on the YAHOO page. They have Larry's name and her brother Brad Racey's name on it. And some of the others that come in here..........later..........always a brother.........
USA - Friday, January 18, 2008 at 08:47:41 (MST)
Mark, that's a terrible way to talk 'bout mum. We all know that Wink is nutty...and you are pretty nutty ......and yeh, me too I guess! Heheheehe I bet that your Mum was the only one at LZ Markymark that wasn't!! I hope she does well and gets out of there soon. Wink, I had a few bad experiences with the Legion & VFW also. I've paid my dues all these years, but, have never been active. They weren't too happy to include us back in the day.
USA - Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 21:48:27 (MST)
Hi to you grompy old men then I think that what we get old for & it makes are GRAND CHILDERN LAFT & it fun doing it & there is all kinds of guy that wish they were nam vet & I got one thing to tell them are you crazey or you a little luce in the head because all us nam vet have got it there we just got a problem with what we did for are country & we are proud VET & I would not change what I did OK Art
USA - Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 18:38:54 (MST)
Let's start with, Fred Alvis where are U. Call or text me @ 863-602-4043. My grand kids call me Granpa Crackberry ever since I got this Blackberry and can keep up with them w/text messages. As 4 Service Organizations, the only 1 I trust is the DAV which I have been a life member of since 1979. I haven't left the state since Thanksgiving and I am getting to used to sleeping @ home every night. Please drive safe and watch the weather,
Haines City, FL USA - Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 18:01:57 (MST)
Wink....I`ve had "my days" with the VFW, American Legion......When a friend of mine, Glenn Vincent, he`s from Lakeland,Florida and a 173rd Airborne alumni, tried to join in 1976....We had "long hair" and was told......" We don`t sell dope here in the VFW"......All we wanted was "cheap beer". In 1992, Glenn and I, met a "post commander"......He told us, he was a "Nam Vet".......We found out later, "the post commander" hadn`t graduated from High School, until June, 1975......
Springfield, NJ USA - Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 16:50:24 (MST)
Ahhhhhh.........so great to see all the talk in here.......Sorry I aint been back at cha for a spell. Things just keep hapnin' round here. As you know, got my brother off to AZ the other week but now on Monday morning mum fell and has been in the hospital since. All seems to be ok, but a bad bump on the head. It didn't knock any sense into her though cause she is still as nutty as she was when some of you met her last summer. She will be in the hospital till Friday then over to the same nursing home that my brother was in, for 2 weeks. We think. She hates the idea of a nursing home. She thinks its for "NUTS" only. WELL!!!!!!!...;-))))). Just playing it one day at a time. Take care all of you. I know I aint in here as much as I used to be, but everytime I come here everyday, my eyes well up with tears of how you are together again. That warms my heart more then you know..............Love ya all.................always a brother
USA - Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 09:38:01 (MST)
morning flight, yes it's unfortinate that the VFW and THE AMERICAN LRIGION are slowly fading away but from my expearance i had with both org. in the early 70's, when living in NEW YORK, i figured back then ,that one day this would happen by no fault of there own.
In 71 or 2 after leaving the service i applied for membership with both orgs. in short, both orgs. turned me down for membership. WHY? , because they did not consitor me a combat veteran. and that went for koren vets as well. their opinion was that the goverment classified the koren an veitnam war POLICE ACTIONS,that we where not directly involed in the fighting, we were on lookers, just there to keep peace. little did they know. i swore that day that i would never join these orgs.. if i was not good enough than, what makes me think i'm good enough now. i know that policies have changed , and that these orgs. are mainly koren and veit nam vets and only because the ww2 vet are deing off they now need us, and like i said before if i'm no good than than i'm no good now.it just goes along with the rest of the country during that time in our history.
i know i'm wronge in why thinking but for these orgs. have been off my radar for years. and would not join them for any reason.
wink 3/69- 10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 09:27:16 (MST)
I am not sure how many of you know that there is a history of the 129thAHC in print. If you contact Bill Wilf he has some left. They are $35.00 including shipping. The book is over 300 pages and has the history taken from the unit historians and other sources.
Can any of you help me find a 2nd pattern jungle fatigue shirt med reg. This is the on with epeletts and no buttons shoeing. It seems that during the klast 40 years and three marrages I have lost mine , still have the pants and boots. I am also looking for a SPH5 helment and chicken plate. any help yould be appreciated.
Bite and strikeor Hiss and Piss
David Redmon <firstname.lastname@example.org
San Antonio, Texas USA - Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 07:47:04 (MST)
Jeff, it's the same up here in Maine. There's a school of thought that the weather guessers are financed by the grocery stores. Big storm coming, stock up on bread and milk! It's amazing how they start hawking storms four or five days in advance, like a foot of snow is some big thing....... Freddie, thre are a few 'veterans' buried in the state cemetary in Augusta! Melody, how're you doing? How's your grandfather doing?
USA - Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 17:32:15 (MST)
Fred, Sorry you are angry. Maybe this will make you smile. North Carolina is "bracing" for the first "major" storm of the winter. You guessed it. Maybe an inch of snow and an inch or so of sleet. And here I sit with a pocket full of nickels and NO BREAD OR MILK in site. For those of you who have never lived in the south this may not make any sense but I know it will for those of us that do and have. Take care!!
USA - Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 17:11:55 (MST)
The reason I posted this....I know Larry Hannum....I`ve drink a few beers with Larry. He`s great guy to hang out with....funny, charming, all-around good guy.
BUT....Larry is being a " little careless" with the truth....He`s not a Nam Vet......he was never in the Air-Force.......How do I know?
He`s my wife`s uncle...........This type of stuff makes me angry.....
Springfield, NJ USA - Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 15:47:01 (MST)
Veteran Larry Hannum had the bar to himself on a recent afternoon. Hannum misses the crowds that use to gather at the post.
FOREST, Ohio -- He was the only customer in the club Thursday, this Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War.
It was just after 4 p.m., and Larry Hannum nursed a bottle of Budweiser. A game show played on the big-screen television, but the sound was turned down. Hannum made a little small talk with the bartender, but mostly he just sat in the swiveling bar chair and relaxed.
The McVitty Memorial VFW Post 1182 in this Hardin County village was supposed to have closed two weeks ago. In a move increasingly common for veterans organizations across the state, trustees had voted to shutter the hall.
Long gone were the days of packed Friday night fish fries, pancake breakfasts and dances with live bands. The VFW's glory days had passed.
Membership was down to 103 (the old veterans are dying, and new ones aren't joining), meetings often had no quorum, and the bar was hemorrhaging money.
But members of the women's auxiliary volunteered to work free and keep the canteen open four nights a week. So with $83.07 in the post's bank account, they took over a week ago. They have their eye on recruiting new members. They've planned a corn hole tournament, a Valentine's Day dance and suppers every Friday night. They want to buy a dart board and maybe even take the Red Sovine CD off the jukebox.
The post is worth saving, they say.
"We need to get people out of the mindset that a VFW is a place where old men go to sit and drink," said Teresa Howard, auxiliary president. "We need to change with the times and start having activities that will bring in younger people and their families."
Last year in Ohio, five VFW posts closed. Two more have done so this year. Others are on the brink of disaster. VFW Post 870 in Richwood in Union County laid off its paid staff and gave up its gaming license, which allowed it to use instant tear-away tickets and drawings to raise money for charity.
Volunteers man the bar now, and everyone hopes the canteen can stay afloat, said post commander Gail DeGood-Guy, a 24-year Air Force veteran. But even if the hall itself cannot be saved, she said, the mission of the VFW will go on.
Veterans organizations are hurting everywhere, national officials say, but Ohio has been hit particularly hard because of the smoking ban. Veterans clubs sought an exemption but lost the fight.
"It's been a train wreck for us," said Robert Funk Jr., adjutant quartermaster for the Ohio VFW. "The old guys are the ones who smoke, and they are the ones who came in and gambled and spent money. Now, not only have we lost so many members just because they're dying, the ones who are left aren't coming in anymore."
AMVETS and American Legion officials echoed his sentiments.
Vets groups are looking for new blood. Across the country, posts are adding day-care centers and Internet cafes and hosting karaoke nights, self-improvement classes and talent contests.
The AMVETS' focus is on training. About half of the 140 posts in Ohio host career centers where sessions on job resumes and employment searches are offered. That doesn't really help raise money, but it brings in new faces, said George Ondick, executive director of AMVETS Ohio.
Young membership is important to be able to continue veterans activities such as parade detail and funeral duty. And, officials say, more members equal more money for charities.
Sprinkled among sale fliers on a bulletin board at the McVitty Post in Forest are many thank-yous that remind the members of that charity work. There's the card from the high-school girl who received a $500 scholarship and the thank-you note from the food pantry director. Others acknowledge contributions to the local volunteer fire department and library.
That charity work is important, but it is only part of what a VFW post is about, Hannum said. He comes in a few times a week, mostly just to socialize. He never stays very long, and he misses the days when the place was packed.
He agrees the clubs must change with the times and said he would even help go out and recruit young veterans if asked. It's important, he said, because at its core, the VFW is about serving those who have served their country.
For more than 30 years he's found it comforting to have a place to go where he can look around at familiar faces, faces that look back at him and, without ever mentioning a war, let him know they understand where he's been.
He's not worried that these veterans halls will fall by the wayside. In fact, he's sure they won't. Might come a day, he says, that today's generation of war veterans will need such an inviting place, too.
Springfield, NJ USA - Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 15:45:34 (MST)
HI ALL----------ON THE PHONE WITH DENNIS FAUCHER AND CHECKING UP ON YOU GUYS
memphis, USA - Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 18:42:17 (MST)
I am expecting some more pictures from James' girlfriend soon. I'd like to pick out a good one for the gallery. It's too bad I couldn't have gotten one before the book was published...
USA - Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 17:02:51 (MST)
Dave, put the picture on the Gallery dude.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 12:36:34 (MST)
I did too, lookin fwd to seeing you all again.>>>>>>>Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wy USA - Monday, January 14, 2008 at 13:11:32 (MST)
I made reservations for the hotel at LZ St Louis today.............c'mon June!!
USA - Monday, January 14, 2008 at 12:54:10 (MST)
Ray, that's great. I'm glad that someone finally helped you get what you deserve. Is it retroactive at all?
Rochester, NY USA - Monday, January 14, 2008 at 12:38:44 (MST)
hello flight and all my brothers and sisters. good news i finily got my P&T sat, last week i called my congressmman lasy vet lady told er all i get is letters from the va saying looking into it. she said she cgeck. well she did. and i got it. i think we have a grate congeese man .now i just got to see what to do file ,tom will help. .all you others stay on your congress man i wish yo all well.love you all a brother always,oh it all so says no more ewvulation is need,take care a brother always ray
see you all in st louis ray
MD USA - Monday, January 14, 2008 at 07:57:42 (MST)
Dave that sounds great as we all know that memories fail us. I know that there are so many more pictures that need to be added here to the site gallery. Flight please all take care and be safe.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Sunday, January 13, 2008 at 18:42:48 (MST)
Howdy Flight! Yesterday I received a photo of myself and James Michael Young (KIA 6-26-71) from his high school sweetheart. My goodness, it was quite an experience seeing his face again after 36 years... and me sitting beside him. Before this, I could only picture him in my mind and think of his crazy laugh.
USA - Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 21:09:19 (MST)
Hello All! Well, I leave tomorrow with my son Bill to drive to Los Angeles where he'll join his brother in college and the Army ROTC program. Many of you met him at San Antonio. He was in the Marines, but had hearing problems and was discharged. But the Army is willing to take him! Go figure!! So, now I'll probalby have two Officers in the family! lol I'll be in California until Jan 23rd and then back to beautiful Colorado! Will catch you all on the road! Bill
Bill Wolf <VHCMAPresident@aol.com
USA - Friday, January 11, 2008 at 09:43:42 (MST)
Hi every one Alvis you come to Atlanta I live south clouse to 85 call me like to talk & have some coffie my cell is 706-594-3983 & if you come that way let me know. Art
USA - Friday, January 11, 2008 at 09:01:15 (MST)
HELLO TO ALL JUST CHECKING IN HOPE THAT ALL IS WELL GETTING READY FOR THE NARCAR SEASON
Rick Stevenson <email@example.com
suthside, Al USA - Wednesday, January 09, 2008 at 11:42:59 (MST)
Good morning to all----been working with clients in the Nashville,Chattanooga,Atlanta areas this week and will travel from Stone Mtn Ga back to Goodlettsville and Johnson City today then to Ky and back to Atlanta and Memphis Friday.----Will fly to Clearwater Saturday and return home Monday AM.---------------as of now my schedule for trade shows should leave me open for the reunion as planned in 08..------------------------------------Been e-mailing with Dennis Faucher and tracked down G. Wayne Hagg---another we flew with----Dennis has made first contact with him in Louisiana and confirmed my info was correct-------WELCOME HOME WAYNE!!!!!---------------Fred---I'm still checking trucks as I go, keeping an eye out for any 129th signs etc.----Pay attention if you see a black Crown Vic---it's not smokey if the passenger window displays a 129 patch.----------------In the future when I am running alone I will try to call on others while in thier area--I know I have been close to a few this trip but have my AC on board this time.----------------snoopy out----
Gary Woodward <firstname.lastname@example.org
Memphis, Tn USA - Wednesday, January 09, 2008 at 04:56:07 (MST)
Hi every one the va would do somthing when we are no more nam vet & I hope guy 7 girls in the middle east get the same we are geting & you know they WILL & the gov. will tell them it wont be the same BULL SSSS & if the good DOC the va got they wont last much longer we are a dianing breed of men ont the kids we were over there are life were taken from us there & could not live a normal life when we got thrown back here you be all wright just pick up ware you left off like it never hapen that whot they told me & after the 5 time I try to kill my self I told them is this normel to do I dont think so & the va thing I know whot wrong with you & your wife marrage problem . well I hope you can make out whot I have sead speeling not my best. so we got to help each other out & hope no more do it. Art
USA - Tuesday, January 08, 2008 at 20:38:36 (MST)
OHIO STATE.....WTF....I don`t have the answer....They can`t seem to beat a SEC team...warm weather teams. Maybe play the BCS Championship in friggin Chicago....in January. SEC is just a better conference, than the Big Ten....Well....there`s always the New England Pats bandwagon......I`m always been a Celtics and Red Sox fan......Kim.....I figured I wouldn`t start getting "cranked-up" until after the February 5th primaries....
Springfield, NJ USA - Tuesday, January 08, 2008 at 18:24:01 (MST)
i agree kim it's about time to tell them to put up or SHUT UP
paul mcgrath <idapaulatyahoodotcom
lasalle, il USA - Tuesday, January 08, 2008 at 17:19:33 (MST)
THE OHIO STATE???? I get extremely frustrated with the talking gasbags...they can put in their little earmarks for whatever pet project strikes their fancy, but can't manage to provide for vets?????? I think we make the mistake of being too polite with these folks when they come pandering for votes..when they come slithering in to the VFW, Amvets, Legion...they should hear a consistent message. Somethinhg along the line of: either deliver on VA funding, or get ready to get kicked out of office! THe hardest thing about veteran suicide is dealing with the embarrassment of admitting there is such a thing. The papers use little euphamisms, like, died unexpectedly; single car accident..........
USA - Tuesday, January 08, 2008 at 15:20:18 (MST)
Hello to all my brothers and sisters Words are hae hard for me but i pray that all of you mdde it threw the severe weaather yesterday and what you may have too day.my thoughts are with you.May our creator be your side.love you all,a brother alll ways ray
MD USA - Tuesday, January 08, 2008 at 08:14:41 (MST)
Kim, always glad to hear what you think even if we all but heads. Rep. Buyer is I am sure tired of my letters but still write him each time I hear something going on. Like a guy that came back and checked himself into the VA for help and having the MPs pick him up. We are the ones that need to remind them of what happens to many of the combat veterans coming home. Who would ever know how many of our brothers came back from Nam & wrapped themselves around a tree. I have known a couple and it was put down as an accident or drugs. Hope we can clean up the act a bit better for the FNGs coming home to fight a war in their minds.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Monday, January 07, 2008 at 14:53:50 (MST)
Sad readings today.....we won't forget those who have Fallen..they live as long as we live. **** 4 WI suicides that we know of after returning from Iraq or Afghanistan, and 6-7 auto/motorcycle casulities while home on leave(drinking is probably part of it). We all know why....and yes Jim, you're right...Vet to Vet is what works. Non-combat counselors don't have a clue just medicate, medicate, medicate. Art, sounds like you had fun with the Scoot:>)) Happy to hear it. Jim and Sue....get to St. Louis this summer! Ray, I'm sure Bill or Alex will tell us when we can fill out the apps for St. Louis...sorry I missed your call. Wonderful news that you and Gail will be going again this year! Joe and i will be there also:>) Love to all-Gently
USA - Monday, January 07, 2008 at 07:37:13 (MST)
Hi Brother it sad to see a vet pass on but he in a better place than we are we will be all to gether one day & for are gov they could care less whot happen to US & the va they are all ways a doller short & a day late I had got to know a guy in Birmingham Ale were going to a nut meating three time a week & I got to know him pritty good we talk a lot his x wife was driving him up a wall she got hook up with a lawer 7 told him that he does not think it wright that her husbon should pay for your kids scooling this vet could not work he told me Art i cant take her no more I am going to put a gun to my head I told him she not worth it you got some boy to live for they love you & I had to go into the hospital for two weeks & when I got back he dun it wright in the va it pist me off I like to had found her & told her what a bitch she was & here coms the va they put a guard at the door when you came in to check for gun or things that might do harm A DOLLER SHORT & ADAY LATE. Well just to end with a good thing I had Scooter for the hole week end he had the hole house to play in & he got me up at 12 nidnight & wanted to play well go to & at 3 am he conk out I wish I had half his get up & go but he so much funn I just dont seem to get to wiped out I going to hang in there as long as I can for him. O hope every one has a good 08 Art
USA - Sunday, January 06, 2008 at 20:30:19 (MST)
Thanks for the encouragement. I've spoken with Mike Michaud, our congressman, about this. Unfortunately, he's not a combat vet. Tyler Curtis shouldn't have died this way.....For the life of me, I can't understand why neither the armed forces OR the federal government have addressed this. I know that most politicians only care about something if they can parlay it into votes, and there are not enough veterans who are politically active enough to make them give more than lip service to veteran's needs.
USA - Sunday, January 06, 2008 at 19:33:00 (MST)
Jim, I totally agree with you about one vet to another. For those of us who stayed in for a long time after Nam we had others with like experiences to talk with and relate to. After going to work for VA I always had problems with non combat experienced counselors etc. While the medical answer my be appropriate to them it was most likely not the best solution. There's my 2 cents worth! Everyone take care. Snapper 70-71
Lake Norman, NC USA - Sunday, January 06, 2008 at 16:38:36 (MST)
Kim, i'm very sorry to hear about that young man. A more true statement was never made about the re-adjustment needed. While working 20 yrs in psych at the VA, I saw many of these & it tore my guts out, some were in counseling & some not. I Hope Snapper will back me up on this but i still believe the best work is done one vet to another in a group. My Dad said they talked a lot on the Queen Elizabeth returning from New Guinea after WW2. I think something must be put in place & NOW. I will write to my congressman concerning this. Slow Salute to Him & Slow Salute to Lt. Brague>>> respects>>> Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Sunday, January 06, 2008 at 12:02:48 (MST)
A SLOW HAND SALUTE TO IST. LT. EDWIN S. BRAGUE KILLED IN ACTION 1-7-67 SOUTH VIETNAM,PILOT WITH 129TH AHC--GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN. GOD BLESS US ALL WHO SERVED WITH HONOR AND LOVE OF OUR COUNTRY--SUBMITTED BY HIS FIRST COUSIN GY/SGT.F. W. BRAGUE USMC.VIETNAM 1966-67 68-69--SEMPER FI.
FOSTER W. BRAGUE <email@example.com
PLAINS, PA. USA - Sunday, January 06, 2008 at 01:09:21 (MST)
Hope 08 brings peace to all who wish it. Art, my condolences on your loss, along with all others who lost loved one's in 07.
I haven't posted in quite a while, I probably would have stirred another controversy if I had before now. We lost a young man in november, a two tour Iraqi veteran. He committed suicide, just couldn't stand to live with what he did over there, lost faith, lost hope, lost any desire to live. Our wonderful ( nothing is too good for our vets )va system had him on a waiting list for counselling...... It woke me up to the realization that we've managed to create another generation of us, minus the spit and accusations. When is the military going to wake up to the need to create some type of tranistion (training?) before releasing combat soldiers to civilian life?
USA - Saturday, January 05, 2008 at 16:18:19 (MST)
slow hand salute from here as well. does someone know when Dave Fesmire was there??>> Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Saturday, January 05, 2008 at 15:55:29 (MST)
Slow hand salute rendered....wish I could've met you Fezz.
USA - Saturday, January 05, 2008 at 14:47:31 (MST)
A slow hand salute to Fezz - rest in peach Brother!
USA - Saturday, January 05, 2008 at 10:50:47 (MST)
HELLO to all of you. One of your Brothers went to Fiddlers Green on Nov 20th 2007.
Someone here said something about him and would update later. However I did not see any other postings. Memorial services are for DAVE (FEZZ) FESMIRE, on Jan 12th 2008 at the Lucerne Fire Dept. CA. at 1100 hrs.
He taught me a lot during my Paramedic training and was a special guy to everbody.
I will miss him, FEZZ, clear right! J-MAN
Paramedic Jesse Sebrell <firstname.lastname@example.org
rocklin, ca USA - Saturday, January 05, 2008 at 02:15:56 (MST)
Art: Hang in there Brother!! It's tough losing someone so close to your heart. Remember the good times you and Glennda had together. She left an everlasting impression on all of whom attended the Orlano reunion. And, remember were all here for you!! Gerald your son is in our thoughts and prayers. Remember I'm s phone call away and a few hours drive if you need to have someone too talk to. Truman it will be great to see you once again. It's only been about 42 years. Joe Nolich is going to be there also. Any hopefully many more coming out of the closet to find us. Will on my way to the VA. PTSD and then to the eye specialist. Have 5% vision out of my left eye. I will go to a civilan doctor to have a lens replaced. Take care my Brothers and Sisters. Always A Brother!!
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, January 04, 2008 at 05:58:44 (MST)
Happy New Year to all, from all in the UK.
Simon Johnson <email@example.com
Mellor, 509 County UK - Thursday, January 03, 2008 at 11:27:29 (MST)
new years eve in veitnam was a time for reflections and hope for me. looking back on the past year and saying , why an how did i make it this far when so many of us didn't. was i lucky, was it not my time or was i in the right place at the right time.or was it the wrong place, or was it i just didn't care.i don't know and guess, will never know.but new years eve was the time for reflection. new years eve was also the time for hope. knowing that this year ,sometime yoiur time will be up and you will be going home. a short timer they called it.with my short timers calander in hand i would mark off the days spent. and looked at the days left.sometimes i would coluor a few days ahead hoping i would get to my day. but at last it did no good .as time got short my hope would grow but really didn't want to talk about it or think it.with each day falling by the way side the hope would biuld to a point where one could not contain it any longer an you would yell out SHORT, it would be like a change reaction you would another an another until the hole company area was yelling out SHORT, at lest it seemed like it. and of course it would end one yell out SHORTER, that would bring you back down to earth and i would say to myself, yes there is someone else shorter than i and i would just have to wait my turn.but you knew that one day you would be the one yelling SHOTER.that was the HOPE i got from NEW YEARS EVE in veitnam.
AND HOPE IN MY HEART I WISH ALL A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR
wink 3/69- 10/70 form 010 with love
lake wales, fl USA - Thursday, January 03, 2008 at 10:27:10 (MST)
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! Gerald, we will keep your son in our prayers! My son Bill, whom some of you met in San Antonio, leaves the 12th for Northridge to start Sr. ROTC (his brother is in his 2nd year there). Oh gawd - TWO officers in the family!!! I'll be saluting all year long!!! Hope all of you have a most wonderful year and can't wait to see you all in St Louis! Bill
USA - Thursday, January 03, 2008 at 09:41:24 (MST)
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!
USA - Thursday, January 03, 2008 at 09:39:29 (MST)
Watch the DOG & eat up the guy in Hawaii it was the first time I watch foot ball scence 1960 I plaid fool ball in junner high it seem I just could not get into eany thing after nam I got 4 tv in the house but cant get into tv after Glenda went HOME to be with GOD this house is big & some time I just like to go to her grave & lay down & not waik up but if I want to see Glenda again I got to hang in there I know there other that lost love one it the hardest thing to live with are lost love one I tell my self you make it because you have there love in you to keep you going to you see them again O plus I got SCOOTER to. well take care Art
USA - Wednesday, January 02, 2008 at 21:11:43 (MST)
Hello to everyone this new year and wishing all our guys could come home soon. My youngest son just had his second son the 30th. He did his time in the Army and he regretted being stuck when half his unit deployed. I know my father was proud of me when I went to the 129th to fight in another war. So here we are now praying for all our guys safe return home. Just for the record I am starting to feel that the military is still treating some of them poorly when it comes to PTSD. Besides finding our brothers from the unit I hope that we can give support to those who may have the nightmares for which we had no answers. I hope that 2008 will be a good year for the 129th members!!
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Wednesday, January 02, 2008 at 19:28:24 (MST)
New Years Greetings to all 129th Bite & Striker's out there.
This morning I watched my son Tim leave for a tour in Iraq. He will be the third generation of Morgan men to be in a combat zone.
My father in '44 made a very long trip to Europe by ship. In late '65 I made an endless journey from Alabama into Saigon inside the belly of a C-130 airplane. Today Tim (Sgt. USAF)left on board a commmercial airliner - at least that will be the case for part of the trip and at some point his small unit will change to a military plane - destination North of Baghdad. I have very mixed feelings about this and all we can do is wish all those troops over there well.
gm/129th - '65 & '66
USA - Wednesday, January 02, 2008 at 10:35:38 (MST)
Hello Everyone hope everybody had a Great beginning to start 2008. I hope I don,t blind before i get to see the sugar bowel,Alex hate you had to work,Autozone did a great job with the independance bowel.My grandDaughter is a JR.at MS> state she said they had a great time in Memphis.I assume the reunion will be the 3rd week of June My Wife & I are looking forward to it.I,m off to work tomorrow still got,a pay the bills.
Bauer if your still out there Hollow.Always take a good back lead, watch the tracers & never miss. God Bless All My Brothers & their families.
Plasms 23: TRuman
truman mills <firstname.lastname@example.org
moss point, ms. USA - Tuesday, January 01, 2008 at 18:39:53 (MST)
Home from Kansas. Back in the cabin.......Bill, don't feel bad.........it is dang near blizzard conditions back here in Ohio. On and off all the way home. That's what I like about the heartland. 1 Mile it may be sunny, next mile it may be a blizzard. I love it. Got the fire going in the cabin. Guess we all can't be like Susan out in Phoenix where it never gets cold. Huh Sister Sue? I know you will read this;-))).........always a brother.......God Bless you all................Mark and Dee
USA - Tuesday, January 01, 2008 at 17:31:08 (MST)
Hey Flight! Well, I just took my son Jim and his fiance to the airport to go back to their college (CalStateNorthridge) where he is becoming an Army Officer. He is trying to get his brother Bill into the program! Oh Gawd! Two officers in the family!!!!! I hope that all of you have a most wonderful and prosperous 2008 (can you believe it!). It's 22 degrees here in Colorado Springs, but Kat and I are nice and warm knowing what a wonderful brotherhood we share!! Love you all! Bill & Kat
USA - Tuesday, January 01, 2008 at 15:48:39 (MST)
Paul, we don't "allow" it, you earned it. Besides that ..................you are the "cookie bearer" for Kokomo !!!! ;o))))))) Happy New Year to all the 129th family and I hope 2008 is great for everyone! Alex, speaking of finding more 129ther's, does anyone have any suggestions for finding more brothers, such as,newspapers,TV etc? If we could pay for just one nationwide ad or use the VFW & Legion magazines....or both.....I dunno. We need to bring more attention to our existence....any ideas?
USA - Tuesday, January 01, 2008 at 10:47:16 (MST)
just checking in to wish everybody a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.you guys are a real special group of people and i am glad that you allow me to be a small part of it. thanks paul
lasalle, il USA - Tuesday, January 01, 2008 at 08:19:33 (MST)
Happy New Year to all, Hope that everyone is safe and well. Rick
Rick Stevenson <Truckcopter@aol.com
Southside, Al USA - Tuesday, January 01, 2008 at 07:52:54 (MST)
Hope everyone had s safe New years. Looking forward to 2008 and a better year for the 129th. Hope to find new Brothers to join our Happy Family. well heading off to work. Autozone doesn't close for holidays. Always A brother!!
Collierville , TN USA - Tuesday, January 01, 2008 at 06:59:32 (MST)