Bill, well put my friend.Truer words never spoken.
USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 21:12:23 (MDT)
Well Flight, today is my anniversary. 40 years ago today I had to report to downtown Chicago for my first day in the army. We took a train and finally got to Fort Lenerdwood MO. Two months of fun there and I went to Alabama,lovely Fort Rucker.Two and a half months there and it was on to the 129th. I guess I got there at a good time. They were settled in at Lane for a while. Met a great bunch of guys there (England-Frenchie)many more. Some are with us some are not. Was an only child all my life. So having such a relationship with the guys I was with is like a second family.Finding so many guys before me and after me in the 129th. And having such a tite relationship forty years later is special. In that repect things are getting better. It was a strange ride over there.It's still a strange ride. Funny how fast the time went.
Bill Whelan <>
Elk Grove Village, il USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 18:17:07 (MDT)
Well, recieved a BC from Woodward. Seems to be the guy I knew from high school and the 129th. I was friends with his brother,knew his sister as well and knew him some. At the messhall at Lane, I saw this guy that looked familar.Passing close by,I checked out his nametag.Then spoke to him. One can certianly tell that they are brothers.Last time I saw him was a day or two before being transfered to the ghostriders.Small world.
USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 17:47:41 (MDT)
Kim going ok eye sight is better went back to work 2001 How has life been treating you?
Don McCort
USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 17:15:25 (MDT)
One use for gasoline was dry cleaning :>)) How's life treating you Don? Last time I saw you was at Louisville, I was leaving just as you showed up.
USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 16:59:18 (MDT)
OH ya what was gasoline used for before the engine??
USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 16:26:42 (MDT)
Mark have you ever PONDERED the gasoline engine. I belive the gas came first but how did they know it would work ??? just thinking I mean PONDERING
Don McCort
USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 16:22:47 (MDT)
stupid fat fingers cant hit the right keys...Woodward. There was a David and a Gary and cant remember sis's name.
USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 15:44:39 (MDT)
If this is the Woodard I knew over there, I also went to highschool with his brother and sister.That was in Columbus georgia, Hardaway High School.
USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 15:42:16 (MDT)
Hi guy it wont hapen again it just the PTSD from nam when I was a grunt I have a hard time with things like that if some one screw up it coud be there last time Art
Arthur E Foster <>
Hogansville, GA. USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 15:16:48 (MDT)
Mark, first off are you using a modem? If so maybe the file is too big, so let me know and I will add it to the pictures and mail it to you on a CD. I don't know so much about nose art before I got there, but I think those doors survived a lot as I know they shifted from bird to bird. I only remember like one Bulldog, than Granny plus maybe some Playboy ones. Like talking to Larry on Sunday, we seem to have figured out the 50 Cal on Ruthless 6 went to Chicken Wagon after I got that bird. Only fired a hundred rounds before saying it was junk.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 15:11:27 (MDT)
Tell your brother he is welcome aboard from one that less than a year ago couldn't remember anybodies name. From that moment on in Kokomo I have found many, or a few that I knew. From that have spent many ours on the phone talking till the batteries went dead. Tell him it is good to get with these wonderful people and be proud that he served with the 129th.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 15:00:56 (MDT)
Im trying to help my hero reconnect with his buddies from over there..He is Gary Woodward...aka Snoopy...129th 70-72.I just found the site.I m sure he would like to from you guys.Any help would be super.He s only now starting to embrace his service.He is my big brother and a Great guy.I m a vet also. God bless you all THANKS
Russell Woodward <>
Cedartown, Ga. USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 13:05:06 (MDT)
Oh yeah, you are absolutly correct Fred. 3 ROKS did go down with the "257" from Tiger Strip. Sorry brother.....................take care all................always a brother...........
` - Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 08:57:16 (MDT)
ok, all patches are gone.This has been kinda fun.
USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 08:51:14 (MDT)
Actually Mark, I meant the patches on the shoulders of those inside the bird.Sorry, I sometimes dont explaine myself well and know that I sometimes think a bit "off-key" chuckle.
USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 05:23:15 (MDT)
HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!.....there ya go Don ;-) Your pondering' is improvin' man.........good deal.he,he,he,he,........Alvis, I must correct you brother but the "257" did not have the Tiger patch on it. That is a 2nd platoon "Bulldog" on the nose. Unless it was else where. Not that I know of. Anyways. Let the patch go to first one to get address to you gets the patch. Thanks anyways.......Love to all.......always a brother
USA - Monday, July 30, 2007 at 20:10:42 (MDT)
Mark would that be a AIR HORN???
Don McCort
USA - Monday, July 30, 2007 at 16:23:46 (MDT)
chuckling, Jim, thats funny. I have just sent an E-mail to the following with a request for complete postal addy.Some I have and cant find,others and simply cant discover without clicking here and there and here get the picture.Kal,Ray,Paul,Gently,Gale. I think I am going to have one left first offer goes to Mark.This patch was on the bird that Larry went down on,as well as the 129th patch.Its only fair to offer it to Mark first, in my opinion.Arghhhhhhhh, the thought has just hit me....sorry guys,I should have sent these to gently for the xmas fund auction. Oh well,the deal is done,chuckle,perhaps next time.
USA - Monday, July 30, 2007 at 16:09:03 (MDT)
The "129th Surprise in Orlando" video that Bill talks about is on the bottom of the front page of the 129th now..............always a brother.........
USA - Monday, July 30, 2007 at 12:17:57 (MDT)
Fred, that singer at Orlando had Botox injections older than we are---- LMAO>>> Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Monday, July 30, 2007 at 12:07:04 (MDT)
Ok, mailing out patches(now) to 5 folks I have a good addy on. Smitty W.,Kim L.,Bill W.,Larry L.,Dave P...,be back in a few to say what Postal addys I need.
USA - Monday, July 30, 2007 at 11:17:32 (MDT)
Arthur,...If I may and in all due respect for you and your feelings, I would like to comment on your post of "Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 21:35:54 (MDT)" First of all, I am not singling you out, or your feelings about the matter you posted about. I have hesitated to make a comment and prayed what to say and if I should say anything at all. While walking in the woods this morning the Spirit guided me to say this;.... In the past I have ask that there would be no post that may invite a political discussion of some kind in here. Not to say that your post would of, but it could of. All though some of your feelings may very well be true and some of us may agree with them. We have found that such discussion has led to somewhat sorta kinda like hostile communications between some. Again I say, this not about your feelings or your political views. It is about keeping your blessed and honorable site of the 129th as it is stated as to what it stands for in the "PURPOSE" section on the front page of the site......It is my desire that none of these words I have spoken has upset you, or has made you harbor any ill feelings towards me or the site That surly is not my intentions. If I have offended you or anybody else with these words, I ask for your forgiveness and ask that you still love me as you did before.I am not trying to make you change any views you may have on any subject, I just want this site to remain a place for healing and rekindling old, and starting new ones. Does that make any sense to all of you? I am not that fluent with words but hope that this is acceptable......with Love and Praise and Blessings from my King, Arthur and All..........I love you man.....please Arthur, take this with the love that it is written in......always a brother....................
USA - Monday, July 30, 2007 at 09:38:29 (MDT)
Mornin' Flight.BILL WOLF, you and Kat are the coolest. That "SURPRISE" video is awesome man. Great job. BTW, Alex, has Liz dubbed a copy of the "Long Version" vid of the trip across the pound yet?..........if Liz is to busy, send it to me and I will dub some and then send your copy back to you. CARL BRADER, good to see your post. Glad to know that lots still read. KEN STRONG, I could not open the "Patch" photo you sent me. Was good to talk to you the other day. DON McCORT..was also great talking to you too. Thanks for the info you had. I sent it over to our lil' sis Susan Eidson this morning.Oh, and Don, since you were so inspired by my "pondering" around the campfire here, I had another one this weekend. A friend that is a pilot of a small fixed wing flew over the woodpile the other day and I knew it was him. He tipped his wings to say hello. It came to my mind at the time that "planes should have horns" for such an occasion. Don't you all agree??? Alvis, hang tough guy. I know that you will and you will work things out job wise..........take care all.............God Bless............always a brother........
USA - Monday, July 30, 2007 at 07:23:58 (MDT)
Fred; Do you want my snail mail addy or are you gonna be at kokomo? sorry to hear about your job but everything works out for the best. we just have to learn to recognize it when it comes around
paul mcgrath
oglesby, il USA - Sunday, July 29, 2007 at 18:26:55 (MDT)
That's great Bill.......I'll get you some pics out. Gale
USA - Sunday, July 29, 2007 at 17:48:49 (MDT)
Thanks for the reminder..I have loaded Rays two pics of the singer in Orlando on the yahoo web site.Thanks Ray.Other folks had loaded a few pics as well.Feel free to load your own, on that site.chuckle,remember guys,its a family site...
USA - Sunday, July 29, 2007 at 14:18:05 (MDT)
lol, very cool.
USA - Sunday, July 29, 2007 at 14:09:10 (MDT)
VIDEO TIME!! I've put together s short video of the surprise visit of Phil Connolly and Simon Johnson. You can download it from this website:
Bill Wolf
USA - Sunday, July 29, 2007 at 13:17:44 (MDT)
Alvis, I had found out yesterday that I did not have your e-mail address. Still got it and sent you the file I worked on of the decal. It was to the ghostrider1 at the yahoo address. Please let me know if you got it and the one I just sent. I will also send you one I have been working on from the Ghostrider's shortly. Flight take care!
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Sunday, July 29, 2007 at 10:07:16 (MDT)
HEY FLIGHT: I'm trying to put together a video of the Orlando reunion. If you have digital photos that you'd like to share, please send them to me on a cd (6433 Summer Grace St., Colorado Springs, CO 80923). When the video is done I'll make copies available to all. Bill
Bill Wolf <>
USA - Sunday, July 29, 2007 at 09:57:53 (MDT)
Ok guys,all 15 patches are spoken for, as of this mornings E-mail. Sorry to say, no-one gets two.Again,I thank you for your understanding.This kinda got me betwen a rock and a hard place,chuckle,as it all started with Kal and myself wanting two patches each.The response has surprised me,in a good way tho.Three are going to England for the 509 crew,so the Tigers can fly again. Its a great honor for them,as it is/was for us.Again,thanks for your understanding.I have been in contact with Jae (even an incomming E-mail today) and he states "more are avialable if needed". He really is a good guy.He is awaiting pics.I think the ROKs are very pleased of our interest in them.Take care guys.
USA - Sunday, July 29, 2007 at 07:58:17 (MDT)
HI EVERY ONE I am tired of them WET BACKS they get every thing they want & when they go to the hospital they have nothing to pay there bill & the FIRST THING THEY SAY TO ME HAVE YOU GOT INSURANCE & what we went throw they could car less & in GA. there a $hit load of them & they get paid under the table & force people like ALVIS out of work & other. I went in a store to get a few thing & got to self check out & the screen ENGLISH or spa$shit so I just scan my stuf & befor I even get one scand you need to pick English or that off the wal 4hit & then the girl comes over & tell me that I needto pick the laguage & I tell her whot COUNTRY is this & I was A little pist so I left what I had got & left it there & she told me you cant do that & i told her just watch me & so I am NOT GOING TO PRESS TO PICK A LANGUAGE & I IN MY COUNTRY & IF THEY DONT LIKE IT TUF $HIT GUY that have a hard time geting there FAMILY what they need. ART & I hope the spelling is wright
Arthur E Foster <>
Hogansville, GA. USA - Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 21:35:54 (MDT)
Alvis, I would like one of the Tiger Div Patches too. I am also done with my rework of the decal you gave me at Marks and when I went to e-mail you that I found I don't have your e-mail address. Please e-mail me, ken7776 at so I will have yours. I talked to Larry Stokes for a couple hrs today and a quick call to Mark. I also see an address for Simon so I will send it to him and see if we can use that for other things not taking away from our older patches from the 129th. Have a good day, if anyone wants that file please email me.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 18:40:46 (MDT)
Alvis i take a pach if you have enough, also can you send me your e mail adress the one i have heeps comming back i waant to make sure all get get a look at the lady. i also pray sue gets the medical ins she needs . to all my brothers i wish you well. it was grate seeing rick here , any one is welcome here , we are not far from the wall in dc just let us know we may have to take the train for parking is bad, a brother always ray gently take care
ray <>
md USA - Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 17:39:15 (MDT)
Good evening from the UK. ROK patches sound good Fred. We can certainly get some pictures of it and 509, it would be the least we could do and a pleasure. Been quite busy recently and a busy week coming up. Quite a few shows over the last few weeks with one or two spectators wanting to give 509 kiss!! Interesting flight down to Cosford with the doors open. A little damp and chilly to say the least not to mention a low level flight for part of it due to the cloud base. Coming north in the sunshine later in the day with the doors open was much more pleasant. I've posted a few photos on to the Yahoo site of the re-union and some taken at the shows. Plenty of rain over here but fortunately no flooding in Lancashire, though further south they have taken a beating. Take care, Simon, Nina and Bradley
Simon Johnson <>
Mellor, 509 County UK - Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 17:30:41 (MDT)
The patches were sent to me ,for free,to distribute amongst ourselves and the 509 crew. Cost? Jae ask for some pics of us wearing them, for the Tiger ROK web site.Some of you have ask for two patches.You must understand that due to the increased request, some of you may only recieve one.I feel thats just.Sorry.I am sure you understand.Next week, I will mail these out.No cost. I will work on the hat issue,open to suggestions. If I find myself needing your postal addy,I will ask here or email.Thanks for your understanding guys.
USA - Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 16:46:03 (MDT)
I called George Bassette last night and wellcomed him home and to the 129th family He was with guns 69-70 informed him about this web sight Thans once again Mark GB ddon McCort
Nash., TN USA - Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 16:44:03 (MDT)
Hey flihgt I call
Don McCort
Nash., TN USA - Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 16:34:03 (MDT)
Alvis, I'll take one also if there's enough and I'll proudly wear it to Kokomo. Gale
USA - Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 16:13:09 (MDT)
Alvis, I'd like a Tiger patch if any left. Let me know how much. Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 15:09:41 (MDT)
On the waiting list I have ..Kal,Smitty,Dave P.,Ray,Paul,Gently and last but not least,a pilot I flew with and respect,Larry L.I plan on sending a patch,or two,over to the crew of the 509 (Bradly,you hear me). I hope in return, they will take a picture of the 509, with the Tiger patch in good view. Best I can figure is a picture or two at Kokomo with some of us wearing the patch. Any advice on the hats? Mine is in England, in a place of honor.
USA - Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 12:54:04 (MDT)
Ok guys, Tiger Patches arrived today (late afternoon saterday). In return for these patches, Jae ask this...Ah,heck,will just type the entire letter( any mis-spelling is mine)....I am very pleased that I am finally able to ship the patches our 129th AHC comrades wanted to have.Please note i have enclosed 16 patches in total(15 of Tiger & 1 White Horse).(new paragraph) On behalf of the entire ROK Vietnam War veterans,I earnestly hope that our US friends will enjoy wearing the meaningful emblems for long.(new paragraph) In addition,if possible,I would appreciate it very much if you could send me some photo of the 129th bird members taken wearing the ROK units symbloic patch some time later. I'll be futher happy if I can get a couple of cap that carries 129th AHC logo.At any time please do not hesitate to ask more should there are more veterans who wish to collect. Sincerely yours, Jae.
USA - Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 12:45:51 (MDT)
New addy looks good by your name Bill.
USA - Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 12:33:05 (MDT)
HEY FLIGHT: This is somewhat of a "Last Call" for 129th books!! I am shipping 44 to Phil Connolly shortly and will have about 60 left over. As much as I'd like to keep them stored in my garage (NOT!) I'd like to see if anyone out there wants to order more copies. I doubt that we will reprint the book due to cost and demand, so please, if you want more copies, let me know. They are $30 each. If you want some, send me an email with your mailing address and I'll send the copies out to you quickly. I'll also reply with where to send the check. Remember, all profits go to the 129th Christmas Fund. Bill Wolf
Bill Wolf <>
USA - Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 12:13:17 (MDT)
yes Smitty, there is something you can do. Stay healthy cause I want to see your butt at the next reunion.Well, maybe not yout butt but you know what I mean.
USA - Friday, July 27, 2007 at 12:08:10 (MDT)
Notice in the July/August 2007 Vietnam Veterans of America Magazine. Listing as follows: Anybody from Gun Plt., 129th Assult Helicopter Co., 1st AU Bde. 1969-70, it would be great to hear from you and share memories. George Bessette 9 Butternut Rd. Somerset, MA 02726 Tele:(508)678-0057 GB, Joe Campbell
Joe Campbell <>
Wauwatosa, WI USA - Friday, July 27, 2007 at 11:11:43 (MDT)
Fred, i am very sorry to hear about that. Consequently, i called Lowes & told them i was cutting up my Lowes credit card & would no longer enter their stores until they have changed such practices. A suggestion would be to try at the VA in engineering, maint. or the like. You have vets preference. Anything i can do??? Love ya both>>>> Jim
jim westwang
Sheridan, wyoming USA - Friday, July 27, 2007 at 10:41:03 (MDT)
Thanks guys.Susan is getting health insurance thru where she works next month. Its not as good as I had, but it beats a sharp stick in the eye.
USA - Friday, July 27, 2007 at 10:20:37 (MDT)
Mr. Alvis, Many states have a gaurenteed health care insurance plan (private insurance guarenteed by the state). You may want to check out www.NASCHIP.ORG and see if Indiana offers something that may be helpful to you. I don't know what Indiana offers however I had occassion to check out Illinois program and it was a pretty good one. Good luck! Carl Brader '71
Carl Brader <harletdogs/at/>
Addison, il USA - Friday, July 27, 2007 at 08:23:19 (MDT)
Alvis, Sugestion for you: go to your employment office & ask to speak with the "LVER/Local Veterans Employment Rep. Inquire if Lowes is a MLE/Mandatory Listing Employer/Federal Contractor These are Employer that recieve federal monies (not ncessarily the one you were employed at). If it is that Lowes "is" you can file a grievance/complaint against them. The "LVER" should be able to "guide" you thru some of the process. Of course It is a slow process. Be patient & try not to blow your top. Sometimes this is easier said than done.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 14:49:30 (MDT)
simple economics. We are in a simi drought. I worked in outside power equipment. Sales are down.At $16.53 an hour,plus bennies, they replaced me and 5 others with "seasonal,part time" help,making just over $8.00 an hour,with no bennies. I dont mind the layoff,and can even understand it.What really pisses me off is that Susan has 3 more years of cancer drug therepy...and I just lost my health benefits.Aint America great. I still have VA , but Susan has been thrown to the wolves.( no relation to Bill)
USA - Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at 20:44:59 (MDT)
Alvis, what happen? I'm sure that you'll find something better.....................
USA - Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at 17:51:22 (MDT)
Got a nice letter from "Snake" Crandall. He really enjoyed the book and says hi to all! Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at 17:19:53 (MDT)
Gently, my mouth was open in awe - much as it would be witnessing a traffic accident!! lol. Hey, for all who are waiting for books, they should go out this weekend. I've been buried in a rush-rush project and am just finishing up. Thanks for your patience. By the way, if anyone has ideas for the VHCMA organization, please send them to me at: Thanks! Bill
Bill Wolf <>
USA - Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at 17:19:13 (MDT)
Lowes and I have had a parting of the ways.I no longer wotk for them.
USA - Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at 08:19:07 (MDT)
EWE!!! Ray's pictures of that "Woman" were frightening....and all you guys were just learing at "her." The laughs'on you....!!!! ROTF!!! Especially our sweet Bill Wolfe who had his mouth open the whole time "she" was on stage...I know I sat right next to him. LOL!!! Happy BD Don...many more your way:>)) I deposited our checks from the book slaes and now I'm going to sue all of you for my damaged writing hand. I heard from Tom Shanahan today.....he is living a blessed newly married life in Pasadena....and happier than anyone I know. And the next re-union is where? L-Gently
USA - Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 14:13:21 (MDT)
All I can say about that is, I wish I had a better way with words. Alvis you always have the wit to go with whatever you write. I just wanted to say I enjoy reading anything everyone post reguardless of spelling. Love you guys..
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 11:17:44 (MDT)
Dang Don,sweet Miss Donna isnt having any kind of good health luck.I hope this year starts to be problem free for her...she deserves it.
USA - Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 06:42:07 (MDT)
ahh, but the little red hen was wise to the economics.After her wheat fields and one bakery were established,she started selling to all the farms and even the city folks.She charged the highest cost of all the breads,all the while polluting the farm where it all first started.Her bread was so in demand she couldnt make it fast enough,so she again raised prices. The pig,goose and duck, cried out,build another stove Hen,then you can make twice as much bread.Walking into the bank,the little red hen simply smiled,and ask why?
USA - Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 04:44:23 (MDT)
I got this in the mail today ... thought it was pretty "funny" thought you might like it too /// Once upon a time, on a farm in Texas, there was a little red hen who scratched about the barnyard until she uncovered quite a few grains of wheat. She called all of her neighbors together and said, "If we plant this wheat, we shall have bread to eat. Who will help me plant it?" "Not I," said the cow. "Not I," said the duck. "Not I," said the pig. "Not I," said the goose. "Then I will do it by myself," said the little red hen. And so she did. The wheat grew very tall and ripened into golden grain. "Who will help me reap my wheat?" asked the little red hen. "Not I," said the duck. "Out of my classification," said the pig. "I'd lose my seniority," said the cow. "I'd lose my unemployment compensation," said the goose. "Then I will do it by myself," said the little red hen, and so she did. At last it came time to bake the bread. "Who will help me bake the bread! ?" asked the little red hen. "That would be overtime for me," said the cow. "I'd lose my welfare benefits," said the duck. "I'm a dropout and never learned how," said the pig. "If I'm to be the only helper, that's discrimination," said the goose. "Then I will do it by myself," said the little red hen. She baked five loaves and held them up for all of her neighbors to see. They wanted some and, in fact, demanded a share. But the little red hen said, "No, I shall eat all five loaves." "Excess profits!" cried the cow. (N. Pelosi) "Capitalist leech!" screamed the duck. (H. Reid) "I demand equal rights!" yelled the goose. (J. Jackson) The pig just grunted in disdain. (A. Sharpton) And they all painted "Unfair!" picket signs and marched around and around the little red hen, shouting obscenities. Then a government agent came, he said to the little red hen, "You must not be so greedy." "But I earned the bread," said the little red hen. "Exactly," said the agent. "That is what makes our free enterprise system so wonderful. Anyone in the barnyard can earn as much as he wants. But under our modern government regulations, the productive workers must divide the fruits of their labor with those who are lazy and idle." And they all lived happily ever after, including the little red hen, who smiled and clucked, "I am grateful, for now I truly understand." But her neighbors became quite disappointed in her. She never again baked bread because she joined the "party" and got her bread free. It was now imported bread and brought through the border from Mexico. And all the "Administration" smiled. "Fairness" had been established. Individual initiative had died, but nobody noticed; perhaps no one cared... as long as there was free bread that "the rich" were paying for. Bill Clinton is getting $12 million for his memoirs. Hilary got $8 million for hers. That's $20 million for memories from two people, who for eight years repeatedly testified under oath that they couldn't remember anything. IS THIS A GREAT COUNTRY, OR WHAT?
Don Miller
USA - Monday, July 23, 2007 at 22:56:18 (MDT)
thanks everyone, Donna is doing better I just got her out of the hospital again. this time it wasn't "bad" she had a touch of Pnumonia. she is down so much that that is a concern. she is in bed around 18 - 20 hours a day. her legs swell badly if she is up and on then very much. I don't know what can be done about it but we sure are hopeing to find out. ........... SOON. Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Monday, July 23, 2007 at 22:53:21 (MDT)
USA - Monday, July 23, 2007 at 19:37:15 (MDT)
HI I think if you tie a PORK CHOP around ????? neck & the DOG would not even play with it.
Arthur E Foster <>
Hogansville, Ga USA - Monday, July 23, 2007 at 19:33:37 (MDT)
Gale: How about posting the 129th yahoo site again. Thanks!!
USA - Monday, July 23, 2007 at 17:52:45 (MDT)
Happy Birthday Don!!! And many more in the future. Oh!! past the 25 year mark at the Zone. Hope to be working on the final flight this year. Gale, hope you still have your eye sight? Thats, what you call a sight for sore eyes!!
USA - Monday, July 23, 2007 at 17:45:21 (MDT)
Thanks Ray.....I think! My oh My Oh My Oh My!!!! Maybe we could get he/she to come to Kokomo HeHeehhEeheE. I'll post the pic of our Orlando "entertainment" on the Yahoo site.My Oh My Oh My Oh My..........................................................
USA - Monday, July 23, 2007 at 17:07:33 (MDT)
Happy Birthday, Don!!!!
Bill Wolf
USA - Monday, July 23, 2007 at 09:20:43 (MDT)
Don, Happy Birthday buddy!! Hope you and Donna can make the next reunion. Gale
USA - Monday, July 23, 2007 at 08:18:10 (MDT)
Don,happy birthday and good to see you post. Hows the Misses? Ok flight, I recoeved an e-mail from Jae this morning,saying he has posted the Tiger patches and they should be here in about a week.
USA - Monday, July 23, 2007 at 06:38:52 (MDT)
Well happy birthday Don. I still think any Vet at this age who isn't a mess is lucky. Like this morning with the Morphine and sleeping pills I didn't get any sleep. I think back after 12 years in the Army they were treating me like crap over my profile so I got about and did what my commander told me to and applied for VA Disability. Than it has been a whole life battle from 83 to get anything even with my Army medical records. I spent the next two years sending for accident reports, etc. because my records were not clear as to how I got the injuries. Than I got to the point they said OK, your a mess and sent me to collage. I was also told that most of the things were something that can't be fixed, so learn to live with the pain. Right now I am still more upset with Social Security than the VA because I started for a 100% at the same time and the VA came through last November while these guys are telling me maybe sometime next year. I started working when I was sixteen and only didn't work while in school. I guess the problem many of us had was working hard for a living while a bunch of people out side the country moved here and got our money and the other half here just got on welfare. My opinion is meant as a non political comment because the whole country is a mess with giving so much away and now saying they can't afford to keep paying benifits. Like right now I know a couple of woman getting more in food stamps, child support and aide than my one son makes a month with a wife and one kid. Well maybe I am up all night in part to because I went and talked to them last night and went over their bills after he told me the other day he can't hardly afford to put gas in his car to get to work. Well I am at least happy that people that are heads of oil companies can afford to get two lobsters for lunch these days but I feel they are milking everyone in our country dry. Here in good old Indiana they are handing out property tax bills that are twice as much as last year. Oh wait that is because of fuel cost too as we are told. Right now I wish I was back over at Mark's talking to some of you by the campfire, that was the best time I have had lately. For those of you fighting for benifits, please don't ever give up or try to lump all those people as heard at Mark's in one group. The VA & a VA hospital are two different groups. and those people are in either one. You can fight for PTSD and get the VA to agree you have a claim. I have found out that has to be done first to even be sent to a C&P exam. Than if you go in and get a dead beat doctor or someone who can care less you maybe screwed. If so turn right around and start fighting for another exam. This is the same with anything you feel was caused in the service. Flight I hope one day soon we can all read a post that has nothing to do with the VA but also I hope we can find more of the 129th missing members and know the answers to give them in the future. Take care guys, sorry if this was too long.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Monday, July 23, 2007 at 03:24:11 (MDT)
evening all, well I made it to 58 today. looks like I may have to go fight with the VA some more (gee this is fun) oh well. hope everyone had a great day too. later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Monday, July 23, 2007 at 00:03:40 (MDT)
gale and kal and one any who wants a pic a send me youe e mail adress i send you some.rick england was here for 2 days it was grate to see him. rob wink and art was grate talking to you well its 9:15 got to go.take care love you all. i had a real hard time when i got home sunday ,i cryed ,had to talk to wink,then the next sunday i had to call my va colncer at home we talked for 15 mins he helped me alot, then had an appt tue, i also got him a 129th book he realy liked it i best golove you all abrother always ray
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md USA - Sunday, July 22, 2007 at 19:22:35 (MDT)
Gale you don't want to see the picture Ray sent of the singer at the reunion. It, should be against the law to send something like that over the internet. Ray got a close up. And, do I mean close-up. sent me a email and I shot the picture to you. But, I want a signed relase form. Ha! Hope everyone has a great weekend. Just got home from work. Fred A. I emailed Robbie to let him know that wasn't me me in the photo with th Koreans. The guy did't have a six-pack or was bow-legged. Ha! Always A Brother!!!
USA - Sunday, July 22, 2007 at 18:53:23 (MDT)
I believe that Alex said there is nice Viet Vet Memorial in St Louis also. That would be great...and only a 3 hour drive for me! I'm sure we could round up some 129ther's from that area........John Dillman for one , if he's not shipped out.
USA - Sunday, July 22, 2007 at 14:46:28 (MDT)
Alvis, the pics from Ray don't show up on the yahoo site...what gives? I'm dying to see that sexy singer again!!!!!!Hooooah!
USA - Sunday, July 22, 2007 at 14:42:32 (MDT)
thanks Bill. Hmmm,wonder if they would give a bunch of us a cut-rate deal for a Cardinals baseball game.6 flags is there as well as a great "Plains Indian" measeum under the arch.
USA - Sunday, July 22, 2007 at 12:48:46 (MDT)
Fred, et al, Tom from VHCMA says St Louis is looking like the lead location, but that is still tenative. When I hear more, I'll post it here asap! Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Sunday, July 22, 2007 at 10:30:13 (MDT)
great thought mark, have cal at the conrols . what you think cal. i think just to get even with mark we ought to take mark with us heeeeeeeeeeee. it was a great weekend , and i hope its not the last. wink 3/69-10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Sunday, July 22, 2007 at 09:08:29 (MDT)
Ken,I have 2 decals sitting in front of me...nest time your in town,let me know an you may certianly have one. The Pommies, Phil and Simon (aussie word for English)may very well have made the patch you now have in your hand.
USA - Sunday, July 22, 2007 at 06:09:52 (MDT)
Alvis, Thanks so much for the 129th decal. I scanned it as soon as we got home and I have been working on the file ever sense. It is a slow process returning the colors to solid but it has so much more detail. If it comes out the way I hope I may need to ask the England guys if we can use my copy as I want to see what it would cost to have some guys I used while working to turn it into a decal or magnet. Flight all take care and if possible try to make it to Kokomo in Sept.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Saturday, July 21, 2007 at 20:04:21 (MDT)
where is the next vhcma reunion going to be Bill?
USA - Saturday, July 21, 2007 at 16:27:52 (MDT)
Bill good job sending Gen moore a book. He also has one of our pins. It sounds like it was a good time at the mini at your house Mark. Sorry I missed it. I am at Ray's house and we are having a good time. I was at my fathers house in Pa. and rented a car to see Ray and Gale. We are having crabs here oooooooh good. flight be careful out there. Clear left. My new email is
Rick England
USA - Saturday, July 21, 2007 at 12:55:05 (MDT)
Hey Gang: I sent a copy of our book to General Hal Moore a few weeks ago. Got a nice letter from him yesterday. He really enjoyed reading the stories and poems. He's been layed up a bit with some recent back surgery that was the result of a huey crash he was in back in 1976 (he included a picture of the ship - it was a mess!). He said to say hello to all the 129th'ers! Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Saturday, July 21, 2007 at 09:36:31 (MDT)
thanks gale. i needed that. wink 3/69-10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Friday, July 20, 2007 at 19:42:23 (MDT)
ok alvis,put down the beer,put your hands in the air, walk slowly away from the computer.This is the "happy police", go be depressed somewhere else.
USA - Friday, July 20, 2007 at 19:21:09 (MDT)
In a land far away,and long ago,there was an eagles nest. Small,as eagle nest go, but very fierce eagles lived there.Early each morning,the eagles would spread their wings and soar on the winds.Sometimes they would soar as if to reach the sun,other times,the trees would caress their wings. The young birds were hungry,they would circle their prey,swooping down to bite and striketheir prey.Other days,they were just content, to float on the winds,as free as the clouds.There were days when the eagles lost feathers,they were mourned,but others grew back quickly.When feathers were lost,the birds didnt soar quiet so high, or so proudly. The eagles were the lords of the forest and the plains.They feared nothing and had the respectof all who lived in that far away land,so long ago.Then the day came, the day it was decided to leave the nest behind.All the eagles had to depart.Brother eagles had to seek their own way,into new lands,into new times. The nest lay broken,empty,far behind.Yet,on the winds,one still might hear an eagles cry.There was no more,a band of eagles.Each had to seek his own way. They were lonley.The respect they knew,was no more.No longer lords of the forest and plains,yet they still sought to soar.Many didnt.Many chose to eat the ferminted grapes,or the poisen berrys,lest they remember days of yore.Some chose to hide,to look like other birds,never speaking of blue skies and fair winds.Some remained eagles,but the nest was gone.After the nest was gone,new ones walked the forest and the plains.They didnt know,nor care, about the eagles nest or the birds that lived there.It was the same where ever the eagles went.The eagles got old,lost the edge to their sharp beaks and talons.Their feathers,which once glistened in the sun,were now old and grey.Stooped shoulders,hard of hearing,and eyes not as sharp as they once were. The young looked and didnt see,the eagles that once soared the winds of war. Nor could they look beneath the feathers,and still see an eagles beating heart, a warriors heart.Empty nest and broken egg shells are all that remain,of that land,far away and long ago.The eagles no longer soar,but walk the land now,still with a warriors beating heart.
USA - Friday, July 20, 2007 at 18:57:53 (MDT)
Wink, I have a lot of that "gray matter" too......and I don't mean hair! All I know is "things aren't the same without you around" !!!!! Always a brother, Gale
USA - Friday, July 20, 2007 at 18:43:15 (MDT)
gently whats your e mail address and need yours gale to ok thanks ray
ray <>
md USA - Friday, July 20, 2007 at 16:02:31 (MDT)
Hi Flight! Many of you who attended the Orland reunion remember us asking Phil and Simon about the British saying "Bob's your uncle". It basically means "your set" "things are good". But I was asking them about the origin. Thought some might like the answer: It's a catch phrase dating back to 1887, when British Prime Minister Robert Cecil (a.k.a. Lord Salisbury) decided to appoint a certain Arthur Balfour to the prestigious and sensitive post of Chief Secretary for Ireland. Not lost on the British public was the fact that Lord Salisbury just happened to be better known to Arthur Balfour as "Uncle Bob." In the resulting furor over what was seen as an act of blatant nepotism, "Bob's your uncle" became a popular sarcastic comment applied to any situation where the outcome was preordained by favoritism. As the scandal faded in public memory, the phrase lost its edge and became just a synonym for "no problem." Hope you are all well - can't wait to see you all again soon! Bill Wolf
Bill Wolf
USA - Friday, July 20, 2007 at 09:58:57 (MDT)
well mark, you an dee out did yoursevles this time. what a great home an location. i can tell you all that there was a lot healing going on that weekend. i'm truly gald i went. it was a 1000 miles to mark an dees home from mine but if i had to travel 2000 i would of,. i only wish my gray matter was up to par, just don't remember mush, names , places time sent with others. i'm just amazed by some of you guys remember so much of that time. i some time wonder if i even spent any time their.i know i was there because so many of you remember me, that i thank you all for that, i only wish i could remember as well as you all. but anyway enough said. i think it was friday, i could'nt fall asleep so i got to go down stairs an found mark in the living room watching tv. mark had said that he wished larry was here with us, which i agreed but a thought came to me that if larry made it home like the rest of we would not be together like we are's like i say there is a reason for everything that happens in this world good or bad don't know where most of us would be today without the web site but i know for me that if not for our web site my process in healing would not gone as well as it has, and for that i thank you mark an to have open your hearts an home to us all enough said, thanks mark. brother always wink 3/69- 10'70
lake wales, fl USA - Friday, July 20, 2007 at 09:01:40 (MDT)
I sent Joe a e-mail to the address on the contact page. Thanks for the heads up. Hope this finds both of you well. Don't get on the site much as you know. We are doing well, new puppies and have not had time to work on the tail rotor project. Been real busy at the radio shop. The county is putting in a new 800 Mhz digital trunked radio system so my part time job is more like full time. I like the work or I would not be doing it. You can pass my e-mail address on to Joe if you e-mail him. I hope his address is good on the contact list. On 7/19/07, Gale Beard wrote: I am looking for a contact for Ted Gustufson? I am leary to ask why he is no longer listed. We use to fly alot together it would be nice to see him again. Does any one have any info on him? Joe Johnson USA - Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 22:14:54 (MDT) Ted, this was posted by Joe on the 129th site today. Gale
Gale 67-68
USA - Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 21:45:30 (MDT)
Ok guys.I exchanges several e-mails with jae today,the last of which was sending him my mail box addy. So,we wait.Welcome home Jo.
USA - Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 17:50:37 (MDT)
Hi Joe and welcome home!!.. Try Gus at " wpillc (at) yahoo dot com ". He is on "Ham Radio" and we talk occasionally. That should work... Take care... C Ya.. Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 06:45:10 (MDT)
I am looking for a contact for Ted Gustufson? I am leary to ask why he is no longer listed. We use to fly alot together it would be nice to see him again. Does any one have any info on him?
Joe Johnson
USA - Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 22:14:54 (MDT)
Gale posted a few here....
USA - Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 20:36:35 (MDT)
Gale, what's the sddress for those fphotos you posted?..........was walkin' round the yard tonight. man it's quiet. Sure was a fun great to see you all.......I sent photos of the Orlando gig and some of LZ MarkeyMark to the webmaster. Hope to see some up soon.............Susan? all OK out your way?
USA - Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 20:17:09 (MDT)
guys, Gale posted a few pics on the yahoo site. Kal,and others...I just replied to JAE (ROK site)today and ask for the patches you guys requested.I ask him if there was anything we could do for him,for this kindness.AM awaiting a reply from him.I ask for a few extra,for the English clan of the 129th as well.I soon will be posting a few pics in the 129th Yahoo site as well. take care all.
USA - Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 19:38:42 (MDT)
Is everyone seeing my pictures alright? Let me know!
USA - Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 18:03:35 (MDT) ATTORNEYS FOR VETERANS" LEGISLATION TAKES EFFECT TODAY -- The "Choice of Representation Act" becomes law. Veterans may now use attorneys in the VA claims process after filing the first Notice of Disagreement.
USA - Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 05:58:20 (MDT)
Bill, I received my copy of the book in todays mail. Looking at it brought back memories of sitting in the 129th room in Orlando.... Meeting all you guys.... I'm humbled by all you did.... Thanks for a glimpse into your brotherhood. And now, I'm off to read some more of the stories (especially Frenchie's... you write well, man... and I love to read a great tale...)
Vickey Burnsed
Pembroke, GA USA - Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 19:09:32 (MDT)
Mark & Dee, thank you so much again for a wonderful time. I am sorry for the delay but by the time we got back I just pulled in and didn't unhook the truck from the camper till this morning. I had been looking forward to this trip for so many months that I would have been near death and still been there. Still Jan, Brandon & I had a great time seeing everyone that made it. Now I just need to keep moving and get to Kokomo hoping that more show up this year. Everyone please take care.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 11:46:19 (MDT)
It was great to visit with all the 129 brothers and sisters. Mark and Dee thanks for finding a place for us to rest. It was wall to wall comfort for everyone! Your home is absolutely beatitful. It was great for Lee to be able to relax for 1 day (he was out doing just a small job Sunday afternoon.) So much for all the retirement talk. Gale, in Dayton there is a Packard Car Museum just full of old cars.
Carolyn Wood <>
dayton, oh USA - Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 09:15:54 (MDT)
Gently, we missed you & Joe at LZ Markymark !!! I hope you don't have to miss Kokomo. Gale
USA - Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 08:35:33 (MDT)
CP!!!! You were at Mark's??? Will i ever get to meet you? Bummer!! Did you get a 129 poster :>))) LOl! Gale, going to your pictures right now....scary:>0 Sounds like it was a great time once again!!! So where will it be next year???? Penn? Joe and I might not make Kokomo....we may have to go to San Francisco. I'll keep you all posted. Smitty, what are the odds of running into Joe Johnson?!!! cool! BTW: I'm going to use about $20 of the Christmas fund for a "129th/Judith Singer" stamp to use on the back of the checks we receive rather than personally signing them: sometimes there's just too many(like those I'm getting from Bill W.) and it takes way too long. I hope no one objects...if you do the responsibility can certainly be turned over to you:>)) Everyone(Kal!!)....think Kokomo!!!!!! It's relaxing, fun, sacred...and very very memorable. L-Gently
USA - Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 08:31:48 (MDT)
Alvis, so that's where you were talking about?...DUH! Hey Alvis, lots of rain coming your way...iffen you haven't already got it. Couple of storms came thru this AM. I hope some of it got up around Marks place! Thanks for the website for the cars. Gale
USA - Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 08:02:45 (MDT)
there you go Gale.All the cars arnt listed,nor any prices...
USA - Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 03:28:11 (MDT)
Mark & Dee Thanks for openning your home to me and others it was a short but sweet visit nice to see you and Dee,Gale,Wink,Kal,Leeand his wife also Pete and his wife and to meet Sue and of coure Alvis. Thanks again P.S. Alvis my wifes brail read don't even think about it. I must be doing something wrong. Love ya all
Don McCort
USA - Monday, July 16, 2007 at 20:07:14 (MDT)
Flight, I put some photos from LZ Markymark on this site in with my Mini album......... added some photos of cars from my trip home. Mark, how come you never mentioned that "classic" car lot in St Henry? The sign says that there's about 25 cars inside the bldg too. Pretty neat!!!
USA - Monday, July 16, 2007 at 18:01:51 (MDT)
Oh, and don't foget to get your "UNKERS".........................always a brother..........
USA - Monday, July 16, 2007 at 13:03:47 (MDT)
NO KIDDING GANG!!!!!!!!!!!!....LZ MarkeyMark was a special time for Dee and I. Full of emotions, hugs, laughter, lies, truths, prayers, flag burning ceremony, campfires, stars, coyotes howlin' ( Wait, that was Dee's students ):-).hillybilly golf balls in the trees, Lane Army Heliport hanger, Bon Song GCA, and, and, I believe, and correct me if I'm wrong, but at one time, just for a fleeting moment, I could of sworn I saw a "Full Moon", and Ron Paye wasn't even here. I'll have to check my camera. tee hee, tee hee!!! Any of you guys no whether or not you were the victims of that????.BaaaaaHaaaaaaa.....I'll have the picture posted later!!!!!!!!!!! Those in attendance were Wink, C.P., Gale, Ken and Janet Strong and their grandson Brandon , Lee and Carolyn Wood, Don McCort, Pete and JoAnn Rhome, Fred Alvis, (hey Fred Skaggs, thought you were coming), our new Lil' sister Susan Eidson( Brad Racey sister) and Peeg (the now spoiled brat) Pomeranian, and Jerry and Deb Lear (Brown Water River patrol up at Chu Lia friend of mine).................Some number similarities here at LZ markeyMark. Did you know that lil' sis Susan's b/day is 129 and that Brad Raceys b/day is 4/15 same as mine, and that Jerry Lear said he read a peom by Matt Casey from the 129th book and that he said hit the nail on the head for him called it's cryin' Time and that it was on page 257. And it just might be very possible that the Cowboy that drove some of us to the Dirty Drummer bar at in Phoenix back in 03 could be a friends of Lil' sis Susan's husband. That investigation is on going. And that Lil' Sis Susan's real name is "NO". And that Barry wants to get in a rocket and blasted off out into space to try and reach the end of it all. (think we should use the Christmas fund for that one next year) , he,he,he,he....kiddin' Barry..OH, and did I mention that we were glad to see Kal, even though he is a pilot. Gotcha kal, Kiddin' man.....Love brother.......Hey, maybe you might want to AC that Rocket barry wants to ride in. Can't ya just see that gang?!!!!!!!!:-)))).......Kal, if you do, we don't want you to take all the way out, just far enough that we can only, just barely hear his laughter!!!!!...hey, did I tell all of you that I loved you.........remember all, don't ever wish you were a right handed hub CAP the left side of a car. Could get wind up your rear!!!!!!!!!!!always a brother and sister.......thanks to all for brightening up our home..............Mark and Dee
USA - Monday, July 16, 2007 at 12:47:06 (MDT)
Flight, Alvis is correct on the Kokomo dates. Ron Paye has a spot reserved (not sure what number) and I also have one reserved ( #637W ) I'll have my 16' Shasta camper on one of them and we should have plenty of room. I'll post more later. Kal, glad you made it home ok. You spoke for everyone in your post. CP, great seeing you again, but, wish you could've stayed longer. You left before signing my 129th book.....Grrrrrrrr. Mark & Dee, thanks again for opening your home to us....and what a beautiful home it is! Later, Gale
Gale 67-68
USA - Monday, July 16, 2007 at 07:33:53 (MDT)
Dates for Kokom are Sept. 13,14,15,16. Thats a Thursday thru Sunday.
USA - Monday, July 16, 2007 at 03:35:21 (MDT)
WOWOW!!! Setting here contemplating on just how to express the wonders that I had this fabulous weekend at the Jackson woodpile bunkhouse/campgrounds. It just keeps getting better each time that I attend one of these reunions, be it one of the biggies or one of our more personal minnies. The love and brotherhood I experience at these make me marvel at how lucky I was to have been "derose shuffeled" up to the 129th and how 40 years later have the oppertunity to relive the past with such a great "familey"!!. You folks that didn't get to it were missed and talked about!!!. Yes, guys like Shanahan, Smitty, Ellish, Pedersen, Robbie, Stickman Alex...and the list goes on...OH..and Gently!!!!..What a fabulous campout we had and just sitting around the 20 foot firepit shooting bulls was great!!..The Jackson hospitality was out of this world too, as usual!!.. Makes me sit back and wonder how I can be so lucky as I count my blessings... It certainly was great seeing all of you again and makes me look foreward to Kokomo even more.. Take care all.. Love and Brotherhood... Till next time..C Ya.. Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, Mich USA - Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 22:30:51 (MDT)
Package has arrived! lol, thats what Susan ask me to post...thanks Susan and Mark,hats hanging back where it lives.
USA - Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 17:35:11 (MDT)
Made it home from Marks. Took the long & slow route thru the small towns of Ohio & Indiana... like St Henry, Ft recovery, Modoc, Mechanicsburg, Fortville, Morton, Bellmore and Montezuma to name a few. How beautiful these States are. It's almost like traveling back in time.............I love it, "Retroman"
Gale 67-68
USA - Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 17:14:47 (MDT)
Spoke with Ron Paye this afternoon, on the telephone. He is doing well and very busy in his new roofing business..(which is why he didnt show in LZ Pop A Top 2).He does plan to be in Kokomo.Ron stated that he is going over to England next month to catch an airshow or two( I am sooo envious).Hope he takes pics.
USA - Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 16:06:30 (MDT)
Spelling has always been a skill I have somewhat lacked. I do care, but not enough to take the time to look something up. Heck,I would spend all my time looking up words instead of trying to get my message across...which is THE important thing anyway.Posting in here is important to many of us. I should hate to see the time come when someone doesn't post simply because of spelling errors or embarrassment. It's just not that important in my opinion. Posting in here is. Sure, some post are a bit more difficult to read than others, but for me, reading them is a labor of human warmth and compassion for my 129th brothers, maybe even a labor of love, albiet, a small one. I do have spell check, and cant use it half the time cause my spelling is so bad. Its a PIA. Cannot we overlook a few grammical short comming in the higher interest of continuing input from our brothers? Yes, I know,half the time I dont capitolize and thats ok with me. Without exception, every single person that posts in here that I have met,a good hearted,kind ,unselfish,senitive folks.
USA - Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 15:54:34 (MDT)
I served with some of the best guys in nam. I wasn't easy for anyone to endure the saddness of war. I lost some of my friends but I think alot made it back. But the ones that made it home still have to live with the horror. We all tried to think of it as a job and be responsible for each other but after a few years it prays on your mind of all the killing and lost that we suffer. I was hard for years until I had a breakdown and then I was able to talk with my wife about it. I have sence been able to be a real father to my children and granchildren. I wish that all will be able to find piece with themselves and do the same as I have. Life will easier to handle if you can. I wish all the best in life. I was a gunner in the 129th lt helicopter Co in 1967-1968. SP/5 James C Ellis.
James C Ellis <>
Newport, NC USA - Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 11:56:06 (MDT)
Yo Fred Got your hat. Susan is going to drop it off at your house today when she heaeds for Indy. If not at home she will put it in the mail box. Click,click.......always a brother.......What a weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!have I told you all that I love you today???....
USA - Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 11:08:49 (MDT)
Too bad we can't have a spell checker added to the website so people can check spelling on their post before hitting submit button. Could we get that feature added?? Sure help our members. Larry
Warner Robins, GA USA - Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 10:46:19 (MDT)
Just checking in read figth log each day, racing season going great, Hope the best for every one, Off to the track here in Chicago, We are on thr pole with the National Gurad today Each weekm at the bush race we have the men back from the war in for the race in the state that we race If you have a special soilder that you wrould like to ge vip at a race let me know more later
Rick Stevenson <>
southside, Al USA - Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 09:28:13 (MDT)
Rules for Catch 22,Summer Driving. Dont drive a marginial working radiator Work car (read that "piece of crap"(POS)).Dont wait till late morning to drive,when afternoon temps are fast approching.Dont take the interstate,when the speed limit is 70,most people are going 80 and you,in your POS,are going 55.Even at 55,say for example, the radiator is getting "10 units" of heat in,but only cooling "9 units".Thats with the defroster on and the heat/fan on high. Dont pull overon the interstate, to cool the engine,anywhere around where a State Trooper is already pulled over,espically somewhere within his view ,in front of him.(huh?,whats those pretty blue lights,real close, in my mirror?).Dont take the next exit,miles from anywhere, to find a back road,so to drive slowly to keep engine cool, cause it adds an extra 30 miles,in the middle of hot afternoon tempts,thus making a poor choice,even worse.Do drive at the edge of the road,while motioning traffic behind you to pass..even the guy in the spandex, on the bycicle.Dont stare at the heat gauge to long,the traffic light ,fast approaching( or in this case,slowly approaching) cause it might have turned red ,while your imagining a drop on the heat gague needle.Do have good brakes.Makes sure ALL your windows roll down,ALL the way.Dont leave a chocklate candy bar on the dash,for ANY lenght of time.Dont count the corn plants,in the fields and you roll by..there might be another red light.. or some guy in spandex,on another bycicle,wanting to pass.Dont go to Marks old house,thinking you can find his new house from there..dont ask the mailman standing there either...he eyes you like you are caseing the place.I had a great time,no kidding...those reunions are getting very special.CP..I am very sorry I missed you.Great to meet new brothers and sisters,and the family members of our fallen.Phil and Simon, was great talking to you guys on the phone.Hopefully, I will ahve a new radiator in place,for
USA - Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 08:53:14 (MDT)
Back. Mark, Thinking I left my hat in your Dinning room. Very,very, nice place you have there.
USA - Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 08:07:12 (MDT)
Alex, tried forwarding a message to your new email that I sent out to the old one last week and it came back undeliverable. I copied it off of your post here of a few days ago. !!!! I added the exclamation marks so the weirdo's couldn't pick it up... Fred A, you made me nostalgic for flying with your post. I loved every minute that I was flying except when those little people were shootin at me. When we crashed Bulldog 465 in june of 69, It was right about the time that we were training Koreans to fly helicopters. The next day or two after that I pulled a mission to resupply the Matterhorn with one of the Koreans as PP. It was a bit windy up there as usual, and lets just say he was doing a bad job of it. I got so nervous that day that I went to the dr. and asked to be taken off of flight status. He said he would do that for a week. Well, that week felt like a month to me, and I couldn't wait until it was over so I could go back to flying. I didn't realize how much I loved doing it until I did that. Never had a problem with being nervous the rest of my tour. Thanks for reminding me Fred...Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Friday, July 13, 2007 at 15:13:05 (MDT)
Flying along,cool breeze blowing thru the open doors,rythmic beat of the blades,shadows racing across the landscape. Guns down, no passengers,plenty of JP-4, no lights,all gagues in the green. Radios tuned to FM, good music playing, "good" pilots,even had a letter from home yesterday and a care package from Mom. Gouda cheese, cookies,the local home newspaper wrapped around everthing for protection.There is goning to be a company party tonight,which means free cold beer and steaks.Been flying lots of hours,but nothing beats this. Empty aircraft,beautilful scenery, last job done,headed home. No stress today. No asshole majors,no combat assaults,no aircraft missing,no demands,ship fresh out of a 100 hour so post flight should be a breeze, and pilots and a gunner that will help if need be. Monsoons just over,everything is greener,if thats possible. Kids rounding up water buffalo below us, some guy on a Honda, motoring down the highway,followed by one of those funny Lambretta buses. Tired, but a good tired...and they ask us why we want to fly?
USA - Friday, July 13, 2007 at 14:47:20 (MDT)
As a 1st timer at LZ Orlando... I have to say to anyone out there who's never gone, for whatever reason....You should go to a reunion... Even if you 'don't do things like that'... Even if it's a little difficult to get there... Even if you usually feel a little awkward around people when you meet them for the first time..... no matter... just go to one.... You will feel loved, welcomed, and one of the family (even an outsider like me...) Even this much after the fact... thinking about you guys and gals warms my heart, and uplifts my spirit.
Vickey Burnsed <>
Pembroke, GA USA - Friday, July 13, 2007 at 10:35:13 (MDT)
Flight, heading east to "LZ MarkyMark". Plan on stopping for a short while at Portland Indiana for their Cushman Motor Scooter weekend fleamarket. Anyone have any Cushmans or parts out there? Will be at Marks by 4:00....Always a brother, Gale
Gale 67-68
USA - Friday, July 13, 2007 at 08:38:12 (MDT)
Goodmorning Flight: Well sounds like LZ Mark is starting off on the right foot. It ain't no reunion without Wink!! Liz and and I spent time with Wink and his family in Orlando. He has a great family. We have watch his kids grow up. Well, on the way to the VA for PTSD session. Every Friday for a year. Well still feeling the affects from LZ Orlando. Seeing our 129th Family. And, the 1st timers. And,of course my parnter in crime Phil Connley and his group. Was an emotion week. And Missed Charlie Rains also!!! Bill, Wolf will get with you on the By-laws of the VHCMA. Fills good to have and another member oh the 129th on the Board this year. Hello to all our 129th Family!! Always A Brother!! Alex
Alex <>
USA - Friday, July 13, 2007 at 07:13:49 (MDT)
Flight, just wanted to say that Mark & his lovely wife are great host as they have made us feel so welcome here. I am still hoping to meet many more before Sunday. Also, Joe that sounds really good as mine C&P was 3 1/2 hours and everyone said if it takes that long your making an impression. Mine was aproved about three weeks after the exam. All take care.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 21:18:54 (MDT)
Hey Lenny Fire.......God has richly blessed me. I have all of you guys. As I have said before, you guys are the voice of my brother when you speak. The stories I hear out of your mouths and the ones he would be telling me.Thanks and God Bless you and yours also. We must meet someday.........always a brother........
USA - Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 21:07:35 (MDT)
Carolyn and Lee, will be good to see you two again.......Mark
USA - Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 21:05:16 (MDT)
Hey Joe Johnson......good to see your post. Oh by the way. Was Smitty in a wheel chair yet. That ole' gimper;-))))))........Love ya Smitty......Gotcha first brother;-)))))))))
USA - Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 21:04:34 (MDT)
Bill Wolf.....again, thanks for the wonderful work on the book. If you need help with breaking even man, you let me know. Ya hear me?......and also thanks again to Bill Whalen. Oh Bill Wolf, did you get me e-mail about dubbing me a CD/DVD of the long version of the England trip that Simon sent you that you played at Orlando? Could you do that for me? The ones that they gave out at the reunion will not play in our computer or our TV. can you do that for me brother........Love to all.........
USA - Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 21:02:07 (MDT)
Joe, thats great news.........good to see your post. has anybody heard from Rags lately????.Rags, you out there??.........Mark
USA - Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 20:57:58 (MDT)
REPORT from LZ MarkeyMark;..........have some insertions already in the LZ. Wink drove up from Florida and got in about 2:00. Susan Edson, Brad Racey sister flew in from Phoenix to Indy and drove over today. Those two have rooms in Wapak for the night, but I'm pretty sure that they will be bunking here at the cabin for the rest of the weekend. Ken Strong and his wife Janet and their grandson Brandon also showed up and are in their camper out in the woods. Thanks to Dee we had sausage, spuds, corn on the cob and fruit for supper. Thanks Dee. What a woman!!!!.........all is well and am waiting for more insertions the next few days. Those traveling here be careful. I'm as excited as a lil' speckled puppy underneath a red wagon. Sat around the camp fire for a lil' bit and then time to hit the rack........Love to you all.............always a brother and sister...Mark and Dee.
USA - Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 20:55:50 (MDT)
Evenin'Bite n'Strikerz..Just can't thank you enough Mr.Bill for the 2 copies of 129th history. Oh, I can't begin to describe how I feel as I'm still slowly taking in what it was like for US, so long ago. I attempted to play the CD in my home system which didn't happen. I put it on @ my school,up on a "smartboard" screen..Totally mindblowing. It's once again,a huge healing tool for me. I feel just that much closer to you all, my Brothers of the 129th. Lets keep this goin. May God richly bless all of you,& yours,Respectfully Lenny.. P.S.can't wait to show my 2 sons "OUR STORY" in photos&words.
Lenny"Fire"Adams <>
USA - Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 20:19:33 (MDT)
Hey Flight - All books that have been ordered have been mailed out as of today!! I still have about 100 copies. So please, if you want more, let me know soon via email ( I talked (via email) with Joe Galloway (We Were Soldiers) and am sending him a copy as well as General Moore and Snake Crandall. We're still "in the hole" as far as the book production costs, so please order more!!!!! Bill
Bill Wolf <>
USA - Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 15:51:19 (MDT)
Good morning flight well yesterday I finally made it through my comp and pen PTSD visit in Bettendorf Iowa it took about 3 hrs. very complete I hope that it is all over now and hope that all of the guys from Nam and all over the country can get the just compensation, the lady was verry nice and said that there a lot of vets from Nam are starting to come fourth we need to let all of out guys know that some one is trying to help. Have a greet week end. 745 clear on the right OUT
Joe Nicolich <>
USA - Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 10:25:47 (MDT)
Hi Alex, I tried very hard to talk Lee into going to Olando, but he really was pressed to finish up a few jobs. Turns out it was a good thing we didn't make plans to attend. Lee had to have emergency surgery for appendicitis on Wed. June 20. He did great, no complications and is back to work. Sorry we will not see you and Liz this weekend. Carolyn
Carolyn Wood <CWood86700@aol>
Dayton , OH USA - Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 09:51:17 (MDT)
Coralyn and Lee, Got your message. Will be good to see you. Looks like we are gonna have a few attend at LZ MarkeyMark. I like that Gale......JOE, good to hear from you. Cool how you met up with Smitty....well, I just be sittin' on the stoop, or stump, depending if I'm in the woods or on the front porch waiting for anybody to show up. The 129th colors are already up.......God Bless all....take care...........always a brother.......
USA - Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 07:23:41 (MDT)
Joe good to see you post. hope you all have a safe trip on that harley. Wishing everyone whom attends a great time at Mark's. Carolyn and lee wanted you all to know that we missed you in Orlando. Robbie how is those grand children doing? Well, supposed to be off today. but, have a honey to do list. My new email is Always A Brother!!
Alex <>
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 06:36:17 (MDT)
Joe, congratulations......that's cool! Hope you can make it to Marks, but, I imagine that's a long ride on your Harley. Gale
Gale 67-68
USA - Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 21:46:53 (MDT)
Hello Gale Hope all is will with you. I am doing great, having a good time showing my new Burmese wife what some of the US looks like on a Harley. we have no plans or scheduals we are just drifting around following the good weather and nice sights. I don't know if I can make it to the miney at Marks; But maybe? Will just have to see how the cards fall.Joe
Joe Johnson <>
Chaing Mai , Thailand - Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 18:35:53 (MDT)
Joe & Smitty, that's a great story!!! How are you Joe? Haven't seen ya for a few years. Carolyn, will be good to see you & Lee at "LZ Markymark" on Saturday.
Gale 67-68
USA - Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 18:01:37 (MDT)
Hi everyone. Just want to let you know that Lee and I are planning to be at Marks on Sat. Looking forward to seeing everybody. Carolyn
Carolyn Wood <>
Dayton, Oh USA - Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 17:35:50 (MDT)
thanks Ken but need my on ride,lol, to independent.Its only 2 or 2/12 hours from the west side of Indy.Good to hear from Smitty and Joe..
USA - Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 04:02:48 (MDT)
My wife & i came to Deadwood SD to play a little poker & the next thing you know, i was sitting right next to Joe Johnson. He has come up from California on a Harley after flying from Thailand. Played a while , talked some & now ill let him on here. Greetings to all this is agreat plase and such a surprise to meet up with Jim !!!what a small world it is. So what is up with this reunion, and how long will it last? take care Joe& Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wyoming USA - Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 23:46:49 (MDT)
Alvis, hay do you think you could make it to my place in Lafayette early Thursday morning? If so you could ride with us to Mark's. If you look on a map we take 65 North to the 52 exit in Lebanon, it is the last exit. Than NW to 28 West (Left Turn), than to 100 East and turn Right (North) for about 2.2 miles and we are on the right. Our home phone is 765-538-2273 & my cell is 765-490-5618 so call if you think that would work better for you, it is about an hour from the VA hospital.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 20:37:00 (MDT)
Goodevening Flight: Sorry that I've been AWOL for a while. But, back working 50 to 60 hour weeks at Autozone. I have been checking in with Ray to see how he's doing. He seems to be doing much better than he was. Hope everyone has a great time at Marks!! Wished I could make it. But, was to close to Orlando. But, i will be trying for Kokomo. clear Left!! Always A Brother!!
USA - Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 18:33:49 (MDT)
cant see me replacing the RAD. and making it too marks. Sooo, defroster on,high heat on, roll down the windows and reason being,I just blew my play money( Susna isnt happy but she cant say anything cause its my play money) on a 350,4 bolt small block chevy. The reson I wanted it is beacuse it has 1965 corvete double hump heads (194 valves) and an Elderbrock single plane,tourquer II mainfold.Heck,that 250 bucks worth of stuff just there..used.In a letter home from Vietnam in 72,I said that I might buy a veete when I get home.Never bought that vette..but I do have an engine for one now,or will have when i get it how i want it.
USA - Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 17:13:50 (MDT)
Hey Fred.. I didn't make it into the picture either but don't feel bad as I forgot all about it and was napping.. If I was coming thru Indy on my way to Mark's place, I would pick you up. Hope you get the radiator fixed as you will be expected. I just talked to Ray on Messenger and he is having a few problems with thoughts on VN being activated at the reunion. With us just talking, seemed to help quite a bit. I hope to be on the road for Mark's Woodshed on Friday shortly after noon. I have Jury Duty starting Monday the 16th at 8AM and need to check the sched on Friday. So, U al take care and I will B Cn U soon....Kal 67/68....>>>
Kal 67/68
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 12:40:43 (MDT)
Howard, thanks for visiting the 129th brother. Franklin Park,il huh. I in Chicago @ Halstead & Addison then moved a little west to 1634 W Grace by Addison & Ashland. Take Care & again thanks for "checking" in to the 129th.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 12:24:11 (MDT)
I still feel bad that Alex and Liz didnt get into the reunion group pic.That must not happen again for any of us at future reunions. Whats a few minutes.
USA - Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 10:42:58 (MDT)
Alex? How you doing?
USA - Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 10:38:07 (MDT) car has to have the radiator replaced. For me to drive to Marks, I will have to have the defrostor on high, all the way. we will see.
USA - Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 10:37:03 (MDT)
Thanks Wink for the info. If Mapquest is correct it should take us to Mark's OK and we are looking forward to meeting many more members this week. This is the main thing I have been looking forward to sence Kokomo. Flight be safe out there today.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 08:52:04 (MDT)
morning flight, yes mark sue racey will be their. her flight will coming into indy. wed.. she is taking a room in indy. and than driving over. i'll also be their thursday, i'm driving up........... ken yes there are going to be a lot the wives there, so do bring your wife. it would not be right for her to stay home. see all thursday wink 3/69- 10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 08:13:32 (MDT)
Hey, guys, I'm a crew chief with the 21st RAC "BLACK ACES", 2nd Plt. based in ChuLai, I Corps 68-70. Lost #665 and Lt. Steve Shortall to NVA AA 12 Feb.69 at LZ West--never have gotten over it. So glad you all made it home. I'm a friend of that gigantic doofus, Bill Whelan. Iraq looks like just as big a mess as Nam, maybe bigger. Hope the guys get treated better than we were when we came home!!! Best of luck to all. SP/5 Howard (DOC) Geeve
Howard (DOC) Geeve <>
Franklin Park, IL. USA - Monday, July 09, 2007 at 13:29:18 (MDT)
As far as the mini here at the cabin this weekend, I have no clue how many are comming. But 100 would work and so would 1. Anyone who comes is welcome with open arms. I do know that I talked to Bud Rainey last week, he may show up for a day and also Pete Rhome may be here for a spell. Looking forward to having anyone. Oh, also Brad Racey sister is suppose to be here........Love to you all and be careful......always a brother......
USA - Monday, July 09, 2007 at 07:25:34 (MDT)
Don't forget your "mini skirts"....hhehheheeheh
USA - Monday, July 09, 2007 at 06:50:40 (MDT)
as luck will have it,I am off that weekend. hmmmm, would like to see Marks new place.
USA - Monday, July 09, 2007 at 04:52:36 (MDT)
Alvis, Mark posted back on June 12th that it will be the 12th through the 15th. I am planning on leaving on Thursday early enough to set up my camper before dark. I'm hoping for a good turn out at Mark's too and my wife is planning on going but kind of wondered how many women would be there. So even though I am left with a bunch of Black & Blue marks I will be there. Take care everyone.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Sunday, July 08, 2007 at 21:21:39 (MDT)
Robbie, I think there are at least two GIs in that pic.
USA - Sunday, July 08, 2007 at 16:44:21 (MDT)
Fred, I sent the picture on to Alex to see if it was him or not....Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Sunday, July 08, 2007 at 07:44:39 (MDT)
Fred A, after looking at that picture from Jae, I think it looks like Alex Fernwalt. The guy is pretty muscular looking, and I know Alex was looking fit back then.... Just my opinion.... Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Sunday, July 08, 2007 at 07:37:27 (MDT)
is it this comming weekend?
USA - Sunday, July 08, 2007 at 05:55:04 (MDT)
We are planning to leave for Mark's before noon on Thursday and MapQuest says it will take 3 1/2 hours. Mark I am coming with a camper, so can you update us on the best time to get to your place? Hope to see a lot of you there..
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Saturday, July 07, 2007 at 21:32:58 (MDT)
sorry Robbie. Its under "free board", then the como adressed to Bill W. and myself.
USA - Saturday, July 07, 2007 at 17:19:05 (MDT)
Fred, where am I going to look at this picture frme Jae? I went to the ROK site and looked at pictures under his name, but didn't see any of a ship in a river. Rob.
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, July 07, 2007 at 11:08:31 (MDT)
Hey Mark, any idea how many is gonna show up at the "mini"? I'll probably be there sometime on Friday. Ken, when are you leaving for Ohio?
Gale 67-68
USA - Saturday, July 07, 2007 at 10:04:07 (MDT)
fred; can't say anything about names but that kinda looks like the place we used to take the 498th birds to wash out the blood and gore.there were always a bunch of vietnamese kids that did a numba one job. seems like it was near anson and there was a bridge in the area
paul mcgrath
oglesby, il USA - Friday, July 06, 2007 at 18:00:50 (MDT)
Ken, I dont doubt it, from what I remember of Kokomo, your a big feller.
USA - Friday, July 06, 2007 at 14:31:28 (MDT)
Good morning Flight and thank you very much for your comments about the VA. This was the first time I have been so disappointed in my treatment seeing they had all my medical info and didn't seem to care. I wish I could remember how & why I ended up there but they told me I attacted a police officer. My wife said that never happened unless I did when I got to the VA. I also didn't know that the Hospitals here have closed the mental health units. Just know the para medics gave me the standard shot they give vets with PTSD and my mind shut down. My wife told me that I broke one set of restraints while bending the 1/2" steel plates they were attached to while my blood pressure was near stroke level. Anyway thanks for your support.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Friday, July 06, 2007 at 07:29:11 (MDT)
Mr. Jae Chung was sent a picture by a ROK. Its of a "D" or"H" model,sitting in the river (looks like its going to be washed) with many ROKs standing around and ONE G.I., on the left hand side.He invites us to come see and identify the American. Is it you? its under the posting Mr Wolf and Alvis. Robbie,take a look.
USA - Friday, July 06, 2007 at 03:37:02 (MDT)
"free board" gets you into the "como" page .Then there is the photo page,ect..
USA - Thursday, July 05, 2007 at 16:17:57 (MDT)
USA - Thursday, July 05, 2007 at 16:14:57 (MDT)
Hey Flight - got an email from Stephen DeSantis' sister Jayne requesting a book. Am sending her a copy. I invited her to log on here. I know you will give her a warm welcome! Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Thursday, July 05, 2007 at 11:16:35 (MDT)
Hey Alvis, What's that URL for the Tiger Division Home Page? Thanks, Always a Brother Bill Heilman, 66-67
Bill Heilman <>
Hooks, TX United States - Thursday, July 05, 2007 at 09:42:31 (MDT)
Hi flight Well Ken The VA in Atlanta like that I had went to the locked ward then have two male nurse & a female with a she would we can do it eazy way or the hard way but fore shore you are geting it you would drop like a rock in a couple of hart beats & in about a day or two you waik up & this happen to me my wife came to take me home & I told her this stay was a short one only a week & she told me you been here for six month & the reason was that it was my 5th time to end it all they had to pump me out & you can get that down when you have flash back & jump up at knight wet from head to foot when you pick up a brother ho has step on a 105 round & carry out what left of him you can smell what death smeel like & for 12 day you have that on you now you know & I live with that & dont know when it will be a bad knight or day some people will never know what we all went throw over there they tell you that you got to forget that stuff & I just think to my self I wish they just put one day over there some of them I teel them that they are talking throw there but hole because there mouth know better when I did work in 82 I would do sand blasting in GA. power plant in a boilet I start & it would be dark & I get out & it was dark. the best thing I like to do was go hunting I would get in my tree stand & it would be dark & I would come out at dark I was in a place that was safe for me sone time I would just sit there 7 not do a thing one year I only got one deer & went every day & it was my safe place to be. I hope you can reed this I know some of the spelling is bad you know what you are wrighting but some does not sounds wright. & hope every one had a good 4th O there one thing that keep me going & that SCOOTER he love to get in the water he 14 month now well take care A brother Art
Arthur E Foster <>
Hogansville, GA USA - Wednesday, July 04, 2007 at 22:41:13 (MDT)
Well hope all my Brothers and Sisters of the 129th family had a safe July 4th. Worked all day. Last night someone started shooting fireworks. I came unglued. Don't like sudden loud noises. Good to see Gerald and Joe post. Just wished they could have been in Orlando to see Ray Foley. It's been a bitter sweet last month. Charlie Rains passing away and seeing Rainer and Ray Foley along with my 129th Family. Plus our extended family Phil and Simon and their wives. Life is getting short for alot of Vietnam Vets. We here today and gone tomorrow. I encourage all whom read this log. The next time a 129th reunion comes up. Try to make it. Over the years I have had the opportunity to meet alot of you. It's been an experience I cherish. And, it's been and honor to serve beside you in Vietnam. Always A Brother!!!!
USA - Wednesday, July 04, 2007 at 19:22:25 (MDT)
Joe - best wishes guy on your recovery from your by-pass surgery - thats got to be tough. And that PTSD thing is going to work out for your best too! I've had several friends - correction - we've all got friends who have been there. My best to you.
Gerald - '66
USA - Wednesday, July 04, 2007 at 19:20:51 (MDT)
Tonight's 'News Hour" on PBS showed in silence 20!! more of our dead. Most were a current generation of Army. Over the past week there was one night of 16 - another of 12 -or whatever - and so on and on! I cry every time over this situation as the names and faces are shown. And just like in our day 40 years ago the average American goes right along with the ordinary business of living - with no sacrifice at all! Gerald -'66.
USA - Wednesday, July 04, 2007 at 18:17:52 (MDT)
Happy 4th to all the 129th it wase sad that my wife and I could not make to Florada this year. I go to Bettendolf IA on the 11th of this month to talk with a shrink for my PTSD I hope they dont lock me up, there will be hell to pay, It has been 41 years since I was with the 129th Alex and I were one of the first ones there and had a lot of things to forget I hope that some day we all can put this all behind us and have a life like we deserve and want to have, A lot of us have had more then one wife it took me three times to get right and now have one lady how knows where I am comming fiom. we are the walking, wounded I think that it would have been better that I hade been hit with something to show for it then comming back like we did. Our fallen will be rembered for ever, please forgive my spelling I a dubel bypass no this old heart about 10 weeks and still recovering, have a great day to all. A Brother for ever. Bulldog 745 ( catman ) clear on the right out.
Joe Nicolich <>
Nauvoo, IL USA - Wednesday, July 04, 2007 at 13:44:58 (MDT)
Hey Hey.. Happy 4th of July to everyone!!... Ken Strong, boy it sure is disapointing to read that that kind of stuff if going on right under out noses! It makes you wonder just what you can do about it but I'd bet that wouldn't get very far either.. If in fact you really did attack a police officer it would be interesting to see the report and know how you got out of that one.. Sounds a bit suspicious to me, like a way to justify the misstreatment that you recieved. More like the louder you squack, the harder they hit you.. Anyway.. U all have a great holiday and take care.. C U L8r... Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <n8auu(at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Wednesday, July 04, 2007 at 12:46:43 (MDT)
Ken, somrthing like that just happened to a friend of mine,from a poetry site.He was locked down in the physc ward in Shariden Wyo, VA hosp. They can keep you for 3 or four days,with no rights, what so ever.If they deem you a danger to yourself,or others, they can keep you even longer.
USA - Wednesday, July 04, 2007 at 11:56:25 (MDT)
Hey Flight: If you took photos or video at the Orlando reunion and can share them with me, I am making a video of the reunion. If its just a few, you can email them to me (up to about 12mb per email) or mail them to me on cd (6433 Summer Grace St, Colorado Springs, CO 80923). I'm going to start working on the video on Thursday of next week (the 12th) so if you can get them to me by then it will be appreciated. When done, I'll make copies available to who ever wants them. Bill
Bill Wolf <>
USA - Wednesday, July 04, 2007 at 11:05:19 (MDT)
Ken,am so glad you enjoyed the book! Yes, there were MANY more photos (over 1,000) but just had to limit it due to publishing costs. Alvis, thanks for the feedback - those Tiger guys were great soldiers. To all of you - have a great 4th of July!!!
Bill Wolf
USA - Wednesday, July 04, 2007 at 08:50:44 (MDT)
Happy 4th Flight, I got home from a short stay at the VA Hospital late yesturday afternoon to find my book was in the mail. Bill thank you so much for your work and I only hope now there will be a second addition in a couple years with more from the time I was there. I know there are still so many pictures out there and stories from our guys that need to be told. I just finished watching the CD with some tears in my eyes thinking of how young we all were. At the moment I have a neck brace on and in a wheelchair, but now I have to get moving again to go to Mark's. We had a misunderstanding here on Friday as my shots were wearing off and my wife called 911. They woke me up in the middle of a nightmare and than shot me full of drugs when they found out I suffer from PTSD. Folks that is not a good thing as they took me straight to the nut house at the VA in Indy where I was so confused as to why I was even there. I just know that I woke up with bruses from head to toe being told I had attacked a police officer. That never happened and I was for the first time upset about how I was treated by the VA Staff. For those of you still trying to get rated for PTSD, they still treat you like a drunk or drug abuser. There was a black retired lady from the Golf War who stood up for me and the way I was treated. I am sorry to vent on this Great Day, but still feel that so many don't understand or show compassion for the Vets needing treatment. Or as she told them, they wouldn't have a job at the VA if not for us. I know this is not a normal subject here but I was in a room with a Korean War Vet because someone called to say he stayed at home and drank too much. He was one of the most strong willed guys that I have ever talked to and sure was not crazy. His only point was that he had a place to live and paid his bills. SO What Business was it of anyone if he drank too much? Like the guy told me he had his own demands to deal with and his drug of choice was in a beer can. He had been up there for three weeks and they were saying he might have to go to a nursing home. Guys I guess this time I saw the guys point of view. I am not sure if Adult Protective Services or the VA should have the right to treat us that way. I had a medical problem here at home but recall someone saying I didn't have medical insurance and anyway they couldn't treat someone at the hospital with PTSD. They dropped me off at the VA to be locked up without any rights or medical treatment till late Monday afternoon. The first day I asked for help getting up and into a wheelchair. It was like a nightmare because he helped me up with the chair across the room. Than let go of me and said to walk to it, instead I just fell to the floor. They got me back into bed by bashing my head around even more with a nurse telling me I deserved what I was getting after attacking a Policeman. That treatment went on all weekend but managed to get a neck brace on Sunday. When I did get to talk to the head shrink with my wife on Monday afternoon I got x-rays taken to make sure all my nuts and bolts in my neck were still in place. This is the second time I was on this ward, the first time really did lock in the PTSD. So in Indy all you have to do is tell a doctor he is stupid and you get a one way trip upstairs. I think I know why so many guys are afraid to seek treatment because it seems that is where you end up. This time I was the very medications they gave me that got me right back up there. They did tell me to make me feel better that it would help get to P&T for PTSD. I just need to make sure it never happens again to me. Also my wife talked to them many times over the weekend trying to explane my medical problems and they asured her I was being well taken care of. My oldest son came to visit me and noticed the cuts and bruses all over my arms, but I was afraid to tell him anything with the staff setting there. So has anyone ever had something like this happen to them at any other VA hospital? Take care guys.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Wednesday, July 04, 2007 at 07:34:55 (MDT)
Bill Wolf.....there are two answers to your posting on the Tiger web site.This is one... Hello, Mr. Bill Wolf, I am pleased to find your posting with compliments on Tiger Division troops. During my duty as an infantryman 1966-1969 under the ROK Tiger Division, I was frequently airlifted by the US choppers for the various operation commitment. I take this opportunity to sincerely thank US helicopter pilots and crews as well for their brave acts and courageous skills shown in the Vietnam War. A regrettable memory I experienced during the O-Jakyo operation conducted by the Tiger Division in 1967 is that one day we were airlifted and about to land at a point where enemies started firing against us, and due to the VC's shooting the chopper was unable to completely land at the ground surface. At that time US chopper crews hurriedly forced us to jump out even at the height of approximately 2 meters high by kicking our back. When I jumped out with total weight of more than 100kg including my individual gears, I was slightly stuck by a bamboo spear. However, I had to bear it under such a critical situation. I have never forgotten courageous US comrades for decades since that time. I am now residing in Saigon. It is my sincere hope that I might be able to share a couple of coffee with you should you be in Saigon in the future. Thanks again. With regards, Han Ho-sung A Tiger Division veteran, Saigon
USA - Tuesday, July 03, 2007 at 17:34:45 (MDT)
MD USA - Tuesday, July 03, 2007 at 17:21:41 (MDT)
fred; i would also lik a tiger div patch if possible. let me know cost or i can send a donation. thanks, paul
paul mcgrath
oglesby, il USA - Tuesday, July 03, 2007 at 16:59:04 (MDT)
Fred, if there is an extra patch i would like on in memory of the 2 ROK's who died with Tom and Claud. Alex! Liz!! You're joining us at Kokomo!!!!! Too Cool! L-Gently
USA - Tuesday, July 03, 2007 at 13:17:22 (MDT)
Wishing all of you a safe and happy 4th of July. A sharp salute to all who have served and are currently serving (including Cadet James Wolf, US Army)!!! Bill & Kat
Bill Wolf
USA - Tuesday, July 03, 2007 at 12:27:39 (MDT)
Fred--I'll take 2 of each. I flew mostly for Tiger Division but worked for the other as well on 2 missions. ROK folks were great to fly for. Let me know cost and I'll post to you ASAP. Larry
Larry Lackey <>
Warner Robins, GA USA - Tuesday, July 03, 2007 at 09:02:37 (MDT)
Hey Fred..Great.. I want you to be sure and let him know that we definately intend on paying for these too. If nothing else a donation to help them manage their website whould be forthcoming, at least from me. Also, did you inquire about the availability of the small , 1" - 1 1/2" or so, pins like the 129th pins we have? Thanks a lot!!.. C Ya.. Kal, 67/68...>>>
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Tuesday, July 03, 2007 at 04:00:54 (MDT)
Fred,would love to have 2 Tiger Div patches. Let me know the cost & i will tighten you up>>>>>> A Good 4th & respects to all>>>>> Smitty
jim westwang 71/72
sheridan, wy USA - Monday, July 02, 2007 at 23:39:45 (MDT)
just thinking.......Simon and Nina's son, Bradly, is a great collector of military objects. Believe me, I have seen part of his collection,which includes WORKING radios from WW2 bombers, a Thompson sub machine gun, a very nice 303, and much more. He has a wall full of old WW2 uniforms,medals,and shelves full of war booksand a 129th AHC cap.(so has his dad,Simon). I am thinking this fine young man just might be the right person to aquire a Tiger and White Horse ROK Div. patch.It would be the only set in the UK!
USA - Monday, July 02, 2007 at 22:58:21 (MDT)
ok,Kal wants two Tigers.others?
USA - Monday, July 02, 2007 at 22:41:15 (MDT)
Kal, this is the response I recieved from the Tiger web site, when asking about patches for you. ( is this a great bunch of guys or what?) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jae-sung Chung: Great to hear from you again. No problem. I'll be more than happy to send you patches that the 129th AHC comrades want to have. Alvis, could you please let me know approximate number of patches(Tiger & White Horse) you might be needing for distributing to those who really wants to collect? I have, personally,time to time, sent these patches to the US Vietnam War veterans for years at their request. It is a drop in the bucket for us to provide our blood bonded brothers in arms with such tiny souvenirs. As soon as I get response from you, I will in no time ship to you. Thanks. -[07/03-11:01]-
USA - Monday, July 02, 2007 at 22:37:31 (MDT)
DUH....i forgot to post the addy.jeeze,,,
USA - Monday, July 02, 2007 at 10:43:12 (MDT)
Author, and to the other guys that have "newly" found us.Author, as I told you at the reunion, i would post the addy for the Tiger Div,english speaking side,web site.Its worth a vist,many pictures and stories from our combined operations,but from their eyes.Remember, English isnt their language, so some of the reading isnt as easy as it is in here.These guys are very proud of their history,and justly so. Whenever I go in there and post, I am very polite and extremely respectful. That has worked for me. No one likes getting bashed and sometimes, we didnt treat them with the respect they deserved...KAL.. I just posted a request for a trade for two of their patches,as you ask me to, may take a few days to recieve an answer.
USA - Monday, July 02, 2007 at 10:41:54 (MDT)
Bill good morning. Check "is" in the mail.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, July 02, 2007 at 08:28:03 (MDT)
Thanks buddy........sorry I missed you.
USA - Sunday, July 01, 2007 at 18:14:42 (MDT)
its now inside in the garage Gale.
USA - Sunday, July 01, 2007 at 13:57:33 (MDT)
Susan should be, I have to work 7:30 till 3:30.
USA - Sunday, July 01, 2007 at 04:14:27 (MDT)