Sorry i messed up my e-mail address................ it is
Roger Skeeter Strong
USA - Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 23:51:57 (MDT)
WOW, it was my first was tough a couple of times but my brothers helped me. I can say that the time i spent with all of you was time i will never forget. It is one of those things ya know ? your first kiss, yor first love, your first beer, your first kid, your first chopper ride .......right up there is your first 129th reunion.......We forget sometimes how important the bonds and friendships we make in our lives can be. I was reminded of my first day at of many memories that i have thought of since i have returned. the reunion , for me, turned out to be the beginning of a healing process. I must admit there were times i did not want to see anymore pictures or hear another story. It was difficult. but i learned that all of you have been there and you were kind enough to share your stories and to not push but all of you gently help me start the healing process.................Today I went to My PTSD group session, I told all the guys about our reunion I can not tell you how proud I was to beable to tell them how close our group has become and how all of you helped me when i needed it. Mark, i love ya man. Gently, I now understand why you have the name...........stickman Thank you. Wink, my sides have not stop hurting yet for all the laughs we had. I did not set down here to write a novel. but i think i could.......This was my will not be my last. Thanks to all of you for making me feel like i was finally home......... clear left.............and watch for the wheels on the chinook. God Bless All Of You. Next year I hope someone will bring a shotgun so I will have someone to shoot skeet with. Roger SKEETER Strong
Roger Strong you can call me "skeeter' <>
Sand Springs, OK USA - Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 23:47:39 (MDT)
I have tried several times to write my expressions of the reunion. How can I put to words the emotions of meeting friends from the 129th web site for the first time, or renewing friendships with people that have made their way into your heart as family. I shall cherish my copy of Wolf's DVD! I have watched it three times already by myself. If you don't have a copy, get one! My wife and I had a wonderful time, thanks to all of you! Gently, it was great to finally meet you!
Dan Hertlein
Bonney Lake, WA USA - Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 21:56:39 (MDT)
Attention flight...use caution when viewing Bill Wolfs cd.It effects the eyes in the manner of making things blurry.Some reports of slight chest pain have been recieved.That goes away after viewing stops..something about a heartache of rememberance.Jaws may ache from smiling.Do not view this cd within sight of a mirror...seeing yourself "then/now" can bring on depression.Do not let children listen to the music..they may not go back to "urban contempary" music again,wasteing all their money spent on stinkdaddys music.Flight,I applaude Bills efforts in this cd.Its an excellent piece of work,one that should be put in the 129th archives.Do yourself a favor..view it.
USA - Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 11:26:48 (MDT)
opps,the pics I sent out indentfies Bill wolf as joe....sorry guys,was b4 coffee woke my still asleep brain.Susan had her last chemo monday morn...yippeee...She is now vegging on the couch,will be there a few days,then up and around,but sickly a few more days,then back to the way you folks saw her for a few weeks,then she gets her old self again( after one more operation and radiation).her hair is starting to come back,no more bald jokes from me.
USA - Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 10:25:14 (MDT)
Bill that was and excellent dvd I want to thank you for that. Thank you
Rick England
USA - Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 08:51:04 (MDT)
Flight: Kat and I made it home (no thanks to Delta Airlines!!!) We had a great time at the reunion. I want to personally thank all of you who made my son Bill feel welcome.He said he really enjoyed talking with all of you! Just found out yesterday that my other son who is with the 82nd Airborne will mostly likely deploy to the sandbox in August. If any of you did not get our DVD, please email me and I'll send you one asap. Kat and I are starting work on a promo video for next year's reunion - the goal is to get first timers there!! We'll keep you posted and send you a copy when done! Again, thanks for everything! Bill Wolf
Bill Wolf <>
USA - Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 08:21:04 (MDT)
Tino Mel and I made it home safe. Good to see you all. Bernnie thanks for the shirt it's been a long time since we seen you. I hope everybody got pins that is all I had. Please make donations to JUdith. Ray you did good on the flute and the memorial was a good rememberance ceremony. There are 3 others John William Thorpe, Lynn Michael Matteson, snd Robert Hiedenriech who died almost 2 years now of agent orange he had 320 % from the VA.********** Joe and Judith it was great to see you. Bill Whelan and Frenchie it was great to get together again after 37 years. see you all in Phoenix. Love you all and be careful out there.
Rick England
USA - Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 07:24:47 (MDT)
Good Morning Flight we made it back home monday night with no problems at all. Gently what can I say we finally met I'am truly honored and also please let Joe know that I will always remember him he is one hell of a good man. Alex, Liz, Jim, Stickman, Barry, its always a pleasure to see you "Thanks" for making a person feel and his family feel welcomed. Susan,Fred and Stickman I'm glad to have met you. I guess we'll see you all next year in Phoenix, whats wrong with Las Vegas? "426 has got to go to work so I will post at another time.
Bernie Hernandez <>
Ogden, Utah USA - Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 05:45:31 (MDT)
Flight: Well finally have a chance to post. A great reunion with a wonderful family. I hate to see Saturday Nights because I realize everything comes to a end. It's time to say those good-byes and get those final hugs. I have been blessed meeting so many of you at the reunions. This year we had alot of new Brothers and Sisters attending. Let again say WELCOME HOME!! It was an honor to have Fred and Susan Alvis. Susan is fighting cancer. She is a fighter. But her and fred show us what Love and deication does for a marriage. I'm sory that Tom Pedersen couldn't make it. Tom Larry Lackey has you T-Shirt. Missed Rainer and Dee also. Will put the roll call at a later date. Always a Brother Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 19:51:54 (MDT)
FLIGHT...........Mark and Dee here. Home Sweet Home. Rolled in about 2:30 today. 2,600 miles on 2 wheels. That Dee sure is a trooper. No rain and safe traffic all the way there and back. Not one wobble or missfire on the "257"II. What a wonderful, wonderful time with everybody. Lots of e-mail and updates to look at. Will write more later..........CP and Jean, Dee and I stoped in Eureka Springs Arkansas and saw the "Christ of the Ozarks". What a sight and what beautiful country down there. Rode up through Branson and then hit 44...........awesome , absolutly awesome ride......Have I told you guys that I loved you yet today? Gotcha Smitty...........;-)........always a brother.......
USA - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 19:34:38 (MDT)
STS"s & Horse racing? What's happening to our site.. Sorry, forgot to wish Tripper a mui bueno & Happy birth anniversary-type day.."Keep the shinny side up& the rubber side down" o'le friend. Are you older than your parents were at their age? Clear up & out.
L <>
USA - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 19:33:10 (MDT)
Evenin' Bite& Stikers! Long time-no write. I'm glad you had a Fun & safe /cold LZ reunion. Sorry I couldn't show. My youngest son Danny graduated from H.S. on saturday. He's been awarded a full 4year AFROTC scholarship to SUNY Potsdam. My oldest, Lenny Jr. is still serving in Navstar,Kuwait. He's most likely getting Sgt.E5 in a few months. He was also awarded the Army Achievement Medal. I'm sharing this with you-my brothers & sisters,because I know you'll appreciate the fact that we still have young Americans willing to serve our nation, as we did. Please keep our troops in prayer. We just lost a Special Ops Chinook in the AFghy mountains. It brings back some sorrow whenever I hear the loss of a flying machine with our youngsters onboard. I pray this thing would end,but "wars & rumors of wars" are unfortunately predicted throughout the history of mankind. Anyone remember that hippie poster :"what would happen if they called a war,.. and nobody came?" FAROUT MAN! Youz guys are the best. Keep up the good work. Stay safe out there! Clear Left..That's "Fire"to you Tripper!...tis' good to hear your keyboard. Surfs up?
Lenny Adams <>
USA - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 19:17:56 (MDT)
Flight, i have about 75 -80 pics from the reunion, it would be easier if i copied the file to a CD & sent it to you, if you want one, send your home address (mailing address) via e-mail & i'll work on getting one to you. Note the e-mail in this post is different from the one in contacts. Thanks all again for a great time. Smitty
jim westwang 71-72 <>
Sheridan, wy USA - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 16:49:42 (MDT)
Yup, it's me again. Sorry. Ray...Amazing Grace on the flute:>)) You were great. We all knew you were playing from your heart...and your playing touched ours. At the re-union we talked about our 129er serving in Iraq, John Dillman, and prayed for his safe return. Here is his email for those of you who may want to connect with him. Remember how good it felt to get mail from home? L-Gently
USA - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 09:23:34 (MDT)
Vic and Larry, you wanted the email address to Glenn Nowakowski's sister here in Milwaukee so here it is, and please email her. I know she wants to hear from any of you who served with Glenn: We made $700 at the re-union thanks to the beautiful bracelets made by Melody, the rotor hub that was cleaned to perfection by that great fun-loving Frenchy, and the beautiful hard carved wooden plaque of the 129th unit patch made by one of our secret angels. I've requested that another wooden plaque be made, so Alex, you might still get one:>) Bernie were the closest I've been to Tom Shaw in years. And you are a true gentleman. Thank you. I wish his wife could have met you. Perhaps next time. And Dan Hertlein, our gentle giant, our fireman..what a pleasure...I can't wait to move to Seattle:>)) and hang out with you and your friendly wife. New people this year, and more wives, Kal Bergstrom even brought his along! What a joy! We're getting so big that we have decided to have an itinerary for next year. Dan and Roger Strong both missed the group photo because we posted the sign for such to late for them to read-and for that we are very sorry, very sorry. I'm sure Gale Beard will somehow "computor" you in them though:>)) made it, as tough as it was, you made it. God Bless you my friend. Frenchy, you were "in and out" the entire weekend....I wonder what you were up to???? LOL! Perhaps a headache:>)? Next year in Phoenix...and we'll have another raffle, so if you make "things" let me know. And Susan Alvis! What a role model you are for the rest of us! Still sassy and perky! You remain in our prayers...but you're so damn strong, you should be praying for us! Smitty, we got our dance..can't have a re-unionn without our dance:>)) rock! After every re-union I feel closer to all of you, whether you are there or not. The stories shared include you as do some of the photo you are there. But remember, we are all getting older, and we don't know what a year may do to our family, so please join us in Phoenix in 2006. Don't let another opportunity to pass you by. With great love-Gently
USA - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 09:17:12 (MDT)
Sent a few pics out to some of you guys.I messed up and didnt send names,,so you have a second e-mail with just names.Thought you guys( who havent met us b4) would like faces to go with the names in here
USA - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 06:53:16 (MDT)
Flight, We made it home this afternoon.......'bout 2400 miles round trip. This year was special for me. Two of my hooch buddies and their wives were at the reunion for the first time. Wayne May (Patty) who I haven't seen in 37 years and Joe Alvarado (Olga) who I haven't seen in about 15 years................WELCOME HOME brothers!! Finally getting a few more "oldtimers" involved. I've had trouble submitting info on here for some reason, so, here it goes. Clear, Gale
Gale 67-68
USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 20:51:10 (MDT)
USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 20:41:06 (MDT)
Hello all you bite and strikers!!!... Got in at 5 PM and am a bit bushed.. 2700 miles total... Only hit one big rainstorm and that only lasted 100 miles..not bad..I did have a couple small rain squals, but they were short and welcome at the time.. It was hot out there. The reunion was Great again and I was sorry to not see a couple of people I was hoping to see.. Oh well.. As long as we all hope to live long lives and attend one of these reunions some day, I find it hard to understand what keeps some of us from these yearly get-togethers. I hope you will reconsider as you were missed!!.. I know I will spend the next year looking foreward seeing everyone in Phoenix.. Well.... enough of that.. Take care.. I am going to hit the sack... Later... Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 19:33:49 (MDT)
great reunion,made it home, drove stright throgh between cats naps. good to see you all. if i had my we would get together very three months or so. pete great seeing you there hope this is not the only year you attend.our pizza party friday night was great. it worked out well. we did not go hungry. ray an gail see you two in octoberand anyone else that would like to join us. there is plenty of room, so think about it.time to go. be safe out there. wink 3/69-10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 08:07:51 (MDT)
My firt time posting here...just a write quick word to say a HUGE thankyou to you all. Thank you to those of you who let me vent....thankyou to those who pushed me around in the wheelchair (it's the only chance they will get to push me around ;)....and to the one who added a 'certain special comfort' so I could slip out and have a quick smoke without having to go back downstairs chuckle....THANKYOU to you all. ;)for making my stay easier and making me feel so welcome.
Susan Alvis <>
USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 06:09:38 (MDT)
I wouldlike to thank everyone. We were both touched by the kindness, that went well beyond the norms,extended our way.Barry Winkler...your gentleness and forethought is without depths,you touched our hearts.The foot stool is/was a masterpiece as well as the thoughts behind it.It was great to meet some new folks.Lou...we missed you.Animal..I had some window stickers made,using your art from last year.Forgive me for not asking first,it was a last minute opportunity I took advantage "soon to be son in law" had access to a graphics machine.( the helicopter landing with 129th logo) It was great seeing the nose art in the old pics you guys brought.Tiger Wagon,here come the judge,keep on trucking,cobra as well as others. Next year is Phoenix.The following year,2007,as I understand it,will be on the south east coast.I heard several cities discussed,most between Washington DC, south to Charlestown SC.
USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 06:08:26 (MDT)
Hey flight just to let everyone know that the ole stickman made it back to ga. I would like everyone to know that i had a most wonderful reunion, I'm still just enjoying the brotherhood that was shared, thank you to all who attented. Those that were unable to attend you were ever present in the hearts and minds of those who shared your glory, told your stories and sadly missed you in our presence, in keeping this short i would just like to repeat 1st flts motto "all for one, one for all", and lastly to borrow a signature, I LOVE YOU ALL,,,Da stickman is outta here
jim oliver <jsticks "">
Sav , Ga USA - Monday, June 27, 2005 at 19:11:07 (MDT)
Joe and I made it home also. When my thoughts are collected I'll write about the re-union, right now, can't find the words. Bernie:>))) Dan:>)) Yikes! L-Gently
USA - Monday, June 27, 2005 at 16:31:02 (MDT)
Flight;made it home safe last night at midnight, am very tired, had a great time. Melody, your bracelets are beautiful-- got one for my Mrs. also the tail rotor Hub.Some suggested a drink would sit in there but you know, Jimmy Young's flag & stand sit in it perfectly right next to my computer in the " War room".Liz, Thanks for your hard work on those bead chains, they are very nice. Highlight for mr was seeing Vic Gilliland "Cobra Alemaster" who covered us on numbers of missions. Thanks all for a wonderful time >> More later>> prayers for safety of all>> smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Monday, June 27, 2005 at 11:43:27 (MDT)
RAY <>
STREET, md USA - Monday, June 27, 2005 at 08:19:36 (MDT)
looks like I FINALLY have a working computer again ( well mostly ) I like ICQ and I want to download it to this one but I would rather not start over again. since I lost all my info. I would love it if anyone out there that has me listed in their ICQ list to send me my ICQ number so I can use it when I download the new program. my e-mail address is: HOGLEG244 (AT) YAHOO.COM of course you know it is all lower case etc. thank you in advance. Later, Don
Don Miller
USA - Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 22:42:56 (MDT)
Cheated death again,we made it home.All is well.You others in the flight at L.Z. San Antonio,let us know you made it home,please.I worry about you guys.More to come later.
USA - Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 20:44:34 (MDT)
hope you all have a safe trip my thoughts and prayers..Keith 72-73
ronald letson
Ms. USA - Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 16:27:52 (MDT)
USA - Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 00:03:10 (MDT)
LZ ALAMO, USA - Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 11:40:12 (MDT)
LZ ALAMO, USA - Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 11:39:37 (MDT)
Lou, thanks for the email add. for Joe. I just might order a few of those glasses myself before he gets tired of making them. Sounds like they are having a good time in San antonio....Mark, Have a Manhattan for me.........Heheheheheheheh.....Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Friday, June 24, 2005 at 11:04:26 (MDT)
USA - Friday, June 24, 2005 at 10:14:09 (MDT)
Mark, Did you mean George Desaris as is "Dirty George" ?? If so would you please back channel me his email address. Also, John Wechs and I had a great 2 day mini at my place two weeks ago. First we've seen each other since April 1971. All have a great time at the reunion. Snapper
USA - Thursday, June 23, 2005 at 18:56:10 (MDT)
Back on 11 Jun Joe Mattinen requested graphics of the 129th Patch in order to etch a glass for a friend. Well, I sent him the graphics of the patch and asked him to make make me a couple of 'Rock Glasses' to sip my nightly quota of good Bourbon in. Well, I received them today and I was utterly impressed with the detail and depth of the etching. If all you "Hiss & Piss'ers" saw them you couldn't resist getting one or two or three. They are utterly awesome(I hate that word but appropriate)! If you are interested you can contact him at These galss are a "MUST HAVE", IMHO!!!!! They are right up there with the Pins, Patcher, Stickers, T-shirts and Hats.
"LOU" Bulldog 16 <>
USA - Thursday, June 23, 2005 at 17:26:06 (MDT)
Hi flight, Wish I could be with all of you at the reunion, but it just wasn't in the cards this year. But you can join me in my birthday celibration any time to day, I'll be tiping one for you. C.P. if your out their, I'm having the same problem with my computer, in that I write a message but it won't send. Had to use my wife's to do this.........Tails Clear Left...........Matt Casey.....tripper to you fire
Matt Casey <mcasey1947&>
Hemet, CA USA - Thursday, June 23, 2005 at 09:00:49 (MDT)
I'll try it this way,......... C.P. I got both of your E-mails but for some reason I can't send any E-mail out. I type it up and hit send and the computer locks up and will not do anything. THANK YOU for responding. the second E-mail you sent sounds like what I need. I will post this and work on my mail some more and see if I can get it fixed, THANKS AGAIN, Later, Don
Don Miller
valley farms, AZ USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 22:57:47 (MDT)
Hey Flght Dee and I and Kal are herein San Antonio. Got in round 11.00 So farAlex and Liz, Smitty, Wink, Fred and Susan, Larry Lackey, Rick E., Bernie and his wife and kids,Ray and Gail, Roger Strong,,Vic Gilliland, George DeSasans, Bil Wolf and his wie and son, Jim Oliver, .......thats all I can recall for now.It is already the best one so far. I am overwhelmed.23:00 now nd time for some sack to you all.....always a brother...............Cue is here too.
USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 22:24:13 (MDT)
Hey Flght Dee and I and Kal are herein San Antonio. Got in round 11.00 So farAlex and Liz, Smitty, Wink, Fred and Susan, Larry Lackey, Rick E., Bernie and his wife and kids,Ray and Gail, Roger Strong,,Vic Gilliland, George DeSasans, Bil Wolf and his wie and son, Jim Oliver, .......thats all I can recall for now.It is already the best one so far. I am overwhelmed.23:00 now nd time for some sack to you all.....always a brother...............Cue is here too.
USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 22:23:28 (MDT)
Animal... sounds like the voice of experience!
Dave Powers
USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 14:24:35 (MDT)
good one animal i never heard that one before. have to give it a to catch some first, that might be a problem, i'm pretty ugly
paul mcgrath
oglesby, il USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 12:13:29 (MDT)
Did you guys notice that when the Vietnam president met our president yesterday,he ( the visitor) kept looking around at the skies watching for helicopters from the 129th.He passed a law that doesnt allow bulldogs even in the country....leaving at 9.45 am for texas....all take care.
USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 04:52:10 (MDT)
Instructions for getting rid of Crabs: Go to the theatre, and spill popcorn on your lap. When the crabs go to get a drink of water, change seats.............Greg
Puna, HI USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 23:14:20 (MDT)
gas or diesel works just as good as jp4 and doesn't cause quite as much rash. just got to be careful about smoking.KIM did you ever get hold of doc?
paul mcgrath
oglesby, il USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 18:27:46 (MDT)
Rick....spank, spank. Naughty boy. You've been a very naughty boy. :>)) Gently
USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 18:25:27 (MDT)
Smitty, I went through pretty much the same thing, I never had VD, but, when things started burning, I got scared and went over the hill, and got told the same! Trouble is, I got drunk, sick, nearly died while drinking whiskey when I was a kid, I never got over gagging at the smell of it! Vodka and Rum seemed to work just as well,though......We're officially into summer up here, now, as soon as things dry out, maybe the humidity will drop a bit! Our state Junior Olympics are this weekend. I'm not officially coaching a team, just spending time with a dozen pitchers on five diffrent teams.... doing hitting, bunting, slapping, clinics. Running myself ragged, and loving it!!! LOL...AYUH, coastal Maine is a pretty bike ride in the summer :>)) As long as you don't go near route 1 on the weekend!!!!! I always like to fly over to Bar Harbor, and follow the coast back to Brunswick before turning away from the class C airspace around Portland, It's ALWAYS pretty!! Rocky, rugged...kinda like flying north of Qui Nhon. What was the name of the village up there? Duc Pho?
Livermore, Me USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 15:00:47 (MDT)
I remember bringing along the old can of Raid to the outhouse every day... the easy fix for crab lice. Worked every time it was tried. Other "home" remedies included JP-4 applied directly to the affected area. One side effect was a nasty rash. The powder the medics gave you didn't work very well, as I recall.
Dave Powers
USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 14:18:11 (MDT)
well, i don't know if you remember the Dispensary over the hill, But i Was having some burning on Urination so i went over & got in the line & there were a number of guys rolling penicillin needles between there hands to warm it up so it didn't hurt so bad. Well, at any rate the medic said my symptoms didn't sound right. Long & short of it was i had a yeast type urinary tract infection & not VD. The Flight Surgeon asked " how much beer do you drink & I said A lot" He said to take the Tetracycline & if I had to drink, Drink Whiskey. Talk about A kid in a candy store--- a direct ok from the flight Surgeon to drink Whiskey. Never did disobey that one.>>>True Story>>Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, Wy USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 13:15:47 (MDT)
Smitty, yeah I'm staying home this year. Wanted to spend a Birthday with my daughter this year 6/22 and besides, the new job would have kept me from going anyway. I'll sure miss all of you guys though. Kim, I guess you're right that if we get some VD or something we'll know where to go to find some drugs to get rid of it. Damn Spammers anyway. I hope it dry's out for you in Maine. I know you guys have gotten a lot of rain this year. I was up there in Bar Harbor in 2000 on a bike ride, and that was a nice year. Hope everyone is doing ok.... Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 11:58:38 (MDT)
Well Kim,...Nam and STD`s kinda went "hand and hand" back in the day. Remember the "the island" they would send you to, if you caught the "bad stuff".....LOL......Are you doing any ASA or USSSA Tournament`s this year? Columbus Parks and Recreation always sponsors a July tournament....... age 8 thru 12 are the Juniors, 13 thru 16 are the Intermedates and Seniors 16 thru 18..maybe 19......I use to work that every summer, about 32 hours of "double-time".......They got a "over 50" softball league here in Summit and they are running ads for players. I might break out my glove, and play some ball this summer.......a MAJOR comeback......"Have Glove, Will Travel"........
Fred Skaggs
Summit, NJ USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 06:13:44 (MDT)
Robbie, at least we know who to contact if we contract a STD!! LOL It's finally turned to summer here in Maine, it'd be nice to have a couple weeks of sun, just to dry things out a bit. It's Junior Olympic time up here, and coaching takes quie a bit of my time. Maybe one year I'll take the time off to attend a reunion again.......for now, I'll have to be satisfied reading the posts about what I've missed
Livermore, Me USA - Monday, June 20, 2005 at 20:37:04 (MDT)
Robbie, you are not coming??, i am still here but fly out wed am, the site looks like it is mostly in the hands of the drug advertisers, so i would like to say that i get you>>> VIAGRA & ALL, a lot cheaper than them. LOL>>>>smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Monday, June 20, 2005 at 17:34:32 (MDT)
Mark, good to see the post about being at CP's house. I usually ride with you guys, so it was nice to hear what the bike's are doing. So Kal's leading the flight huh. Sounds like a good ride. My ass would have been sore by now though. As soon as you leave though the spammer's attacked the log. Who else is still here that didn't go? The flight log is ours so to speak for a few days... How's everyone doing?????Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Monday, June 20, 2005 at 17:25:34 (MDT)
Mark, don't you know that Kal ain't crap without a crewchief???? I hope you have Larry on your shoulder to help...hehhehehehheh. Gale
USA - Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 18:33:30 (MDT)
Mark,& flight, good to hear you are all ok, ride safe & don't let the girls tear up Kal too bad, him & Gale have to spank me at San Antonio-->>>LMAO, Happy Fathers day 2 all>>Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 16:25:11 (MDT)
Hey Family.............Kal and Dee and I are at CP Bloomfields house now in Labanon Mo. Got here about an hour ago. Weather has been wonderful for riding. Hoohed up with Paul Mcgrath in Effingham Il. Had a good chat outside the hotel. Cp and his wife Jean have welcomed us with open arms. I expected nothing less then that having met CP before. Wonderful people. Kal still thinks that because he wears leather pants that all the girls are following him. We tell him they are just to humor him.;)))))))) Spending the night here and moving on to some place tomorrow. I don't know where we are going. Kal is the AC of this flight..................Gettin' a;; bubbly about San Antonino. I get nervous and excited every year................I love all you guys and gals. See ya soon!!!!!!!!!..........always a brother............................
USA - Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 15:53:38 (MDT)
Will see you all at the reunion this week! Am bring a surprise for our 129th people.
Bill Wolf <>
Colorado Springs, C) USA - Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 14:08:09 (MDT)
Flight: A wonderful Father's Day to you all. We are heading to the airport. San Antonio bound. Looking forward to seeing our 129th family. Always A Brother Alex
USA - Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 04:37:20 (MDT)
Susan and I will be leaving indy wensday morn,headed for texas. The f-1 cars at at indy speedway this week,the race is sunday. For you gearheads...those things turn 18,yes,18 thousand RPM.I can hear them from work
USA - Friday, June 17, 2005 at 19:29:45 (MDT)
happy birthday smitty,I never got to share one with you in vietnam...probably for the best.
USA - Friday, June 17, 2005 at 19:25:16 (MDT)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SMITTY...........Keith 72-73
USA - Friday, June 17, 2005 at 14:20:16 (MDT)
Hey Smitty and Rick E.. Happy Birthday!!.. I think we just found out who is into spanking.. Howbout it Gently??.. Well, just gettin packed up as I will be on the road bright and early in the morning.. Things are lookin good!!.. B Cin U soon... Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Friday, June 17, 2005 at 14:11:13 (MDT)
Gently, you can spank me, Gale & Kal will need to gain some weight before they try that, & bring a lunch because after i finish with them i will be Hungry. Also hate to see Debbie in a black dress so soon. LOL>>> see ya there>>> happy birthdays>>> Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Friday, June 17, 2005 at 13:57:06 (MDT)
Smitty, O'Douls is OK, but have you tried St. Pauli Girl N/A ? Good stuff! Have fun at San Antonio guys (and Ladies). I had a one month blow out there(FT. Sam) just before shipping out to II Corps. Be careful, Greg
Puna, HI USA - Friday, June 17, 2005 at 13:10:54 (MDT)
I just heard some check poiints from phoenix to San Antonio so I am buying there I will glad to buy you some beer there my brother. Gently its my birthday also do I get spanked too. hehehehehehehee Be careful out there driving and flying see you there. Clear left
Rick England
USA - Friday, June 17, 2005 at 12:38:54 (MDT)
Happy Birthday Smitty. :>)) Gale and Kal want to give you a spanking in out! G
USA - Friday, June 17, 2005 at 11:36:02 (MDT)
Ray, good talking to you yesterday. Hope everyone has a good time at the reunion. I'll be looking for the updates on the flight log when you all get back....Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Friday, June 17, 2005 at 06:21:19 (MDT)
I am flying but for those of us that don't drink, O'douls is a good substitute. If someone who is driving can bring a cooler with some I'll cover it. Will be in Wed. afternoon. Everyone be safe? riding/driving/flying or hitching >>>soon>> smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 20:06:54 (MDT)
Mark, I sent you a copy of the banner that Steve Tagg (Innkeeper 69-70) and his son made for the Reunion. It should be here next week (I hope). I'll be have it to SA on Friday. If the weather is good I'll ride my bike. Mike and I will be rooming together. I met Mike while doing the Run for the wall. I think this will be his first Reunion, as it will also be my first. You guys take it easy on us FNG's. See ya in San Antone. Baron
Pete Nolen <>
Maurice, La. USA - Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 06:32:51 (MDT)
Flight: Well as luck has it. A possible stress fracture on my left foot again. Alot of pain. But, will have to deal with it until after the reunion. We fly in to San Antonio sunday morning. Liz has a few call on her customers in San Antonio during the week. Think cool!!!! weather maybe a little warm. Can't wait to see everyone. Ray and Rainer good talking to you. Take Care!!! Alex
USA - Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 06:00:21 (MDT)
Anyone going to be in SA Tuesday night? Couldn't get into the Hilton until Wed night so I have a room downtown at the Menger. Wife was coming but her dad is having a heart proceedure in Atlanta, so she will go there. Since heart dr took me off alcohol I can be a good designated driver this time (ha). Stents I had back in Nov increased my disability to 70%. Not a bad retirement supplement. See you guys Wednesday.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 04:07:47 (MDT)
Kal, I wish I could make it. San Antonio is a little over 600 miles from me. My grandpa has been hard to handle lately. We'll be lucky if we get to Colorado at all this year, we know July is out for sure now. Thanks for wanting me there :o)
Melody Pershall
Amarillo, TX USA - Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 02:00:45 (MDT)
Evening Flight, hope everyone has a great time in Texas. can't make this one but I will make next year. I had a "fun" time with the V.A. today got some more paperwork to fill out and the guy told me to go straight to the hospital and get started on my PTSD eval. only problem is I had all my records with me but didn't have a copy of my DD 214 so I get to try again. oh well ........... what else do I have to do with my life ? LOL. just a heads up I may need some "buddy letters" so you guys that were there with me Mar 69 - Mar 70 I may be asking for help. take care and have fun. drink a cold one for me (Pepsi works fine LOL ). Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 22:49:20 (MDT)
Good evening Flight... J.W. Wilson.. Sorry to hear you won't be able to join us in San Antonio!!.. But fully understand your delema.. Most of us have had to deal with that situation and I hope it all works out OK. I hope she is doing well and adjusting without putting you thru the wringer.. I am pulling pitch early Saturday morning and will be meeting up with Mark and Dee on I-70 and headind west.. Hope to be seeing all of you that can make it. We should be pulling in Wednsday afternoon and I will be lookin for a "cold one".. Melody, it sure would be nice if you could break away for a day and "come on down"! It sure would be nice to meet you in person.. Anyone coming for the first time, all you need to do is ask someone for directions to the 129th room.. We should be pretty easy to find.. Well, you'all take care, motor easy and we'll be seeing you soon.. Kal..
Kal Bergstrom 67/68
Saint Joseph,, Mich USA - Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 16:34:30 (MDT)
hello getting ready to go my self, melody i know what you mean on hetting medicin ready i got to take 29 ills a day at times i lose track, but if i think i think or dont recall thakeng i dont take just in case i did i got as system now i use it seems to worl well tex is almost here me and gail will be there early on sunday going to meet alex , iknow we alll have a grate to time going to meet new people and see some old friends well i see you all there take care all a brother always love you all ray
USA - Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 06:48:53 (MDT)
We are going to have some good hooch. Johnny Black and Uncle Jimmy Beam 12 yrs. any requests? No sense an supporting Paris Hilton.hehehehe PS we won't forget the beer
Rick England
USA - Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 06:42:10 (MDT)
I swear I can spell...have a safe trip everyone.
USA - Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 01:45:08 (MDT)
Wow I am set for all my drug needs, atlhetes foot, yeast infection, diet pills, antibiotics. Anti seizure meds, anti-depressants even pain pills! Guys, we are set!
Amarillo, TX USA - Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 21:25:10 (MDT)
.....and Rick's the "hootch-master"!! Hheehhehehhehe
USA - Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 12:33:11 (MDT)
the heads hoooch will be set up and your all welcome. see Rick heheheheheeh be careful out there.
Rick England
USA - Monday, June 13, 2005 at 19:48:57 (MDT)
Yep. I spose so. Hi Ray.
Rochester, NY USA - Monday, June 13, 2005 at 13:35:55 (MDT)
RAY <>
md USA - Monday, June 13, 2005 at 12:53:03 (MDT)
I Just received a phone call from Don Orr's widow. She informed me that Don died in December of 2000. Don was a pilot with the 129th in 65-66, one of the original guys. Rest in Peace brother.
Tom Pedersen
Lawrenceville , Ga USA - Monday, June 13, 2005 at 12:39:31 (MDT)
Fred any time Wed. would be great,if we could get Gale to come it better be on your side of town. Let me know and we'll be there
Rainer Bauer
Indy, USA - Monday, June 13, 2005 at 11:33:40 (MDT)
happy birthday Alex,and congrats on the empty nest.
USA - Monday, June 13, 2005 at 09:59:00 (MDT)
This Letter of Apology was written by Lieutenant General Chuck Pitman, US Marine Corps, Retired: "For good and ill," the Iraqi prisoner abuse mess will remain an issue. On the one hand, right thinking Americans will abhor the stupidity of the actions while on the other hand, political glee will take control and fashion this minor event into some modern day massacre. I humbly offer my opinion here: I am sorry that the last seven times we Americans took up arms and sacrificed the blood of our youth, it was in the defense of Muslims (Bosnia, Kosovo, Gulf War 1, Kuwait, etc.). I am sorry that no such call for an apology upon the extremists came after 9/11. I am sorry that all of the murderers on 9/11 were Islamic Arabs. I am sorry that most Arabs and Muslims have to live in squalor under savage dictatorships. I am sorry that their leaders squander their wealth. I am sorry that their governments breed hate for the US in their religious schools, mosques, and government-controlled media. I am sorry that Yassar Arafat was kicked out of every Arab country and high-jacked the Palestinian "cause." I am sorry that no other Arab country will take in or offer more than a token amount of financial help to those same Palestinians. I am sorry that the USA has to step in and be the biggest financial supporter of poverty stricken Arabs while the insanely wealthy Arabs blame the USA for all their problems. I am sorry that our own left wing, our media, and our own brainwashed masses do not understand any of this (from the misleading vocal elements of our society, like radical professors, CNN and the NY TIMES). I am sorry the United Nations scammed the poor people of Iraq out of the "food for oil" money so they could get rich while the common folk suffered. I am sorry that some Arab governments pay the families of homicide bombers upon their death. I am sorry that those same bombers are brainwashed thinking they will receive 72 virgins in "paradise." I am sorry that the homicide bombers think pregnant women, babies, children, the elderly and other noncombatant civilians are legitimate targets. I am sorry that our troops die to free more Arabs from the gang rape rooms and the filling of mass graves of dissidents of their own making. I am sorry that Muslim extremists have killed more Arabs than any other group. I am sorry that foreign trained terrorists are trying to seize control of Iraq and return it to a terrorist state. I am sorry we don't drop a few dozen Daisy cutters on Fallujah. I am sorry every time terrorists hide they find a convenient "Holy Site." I am sorry they didn't apologize for driving two jets into the World Trade Center that collapsed and severely damaged Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church - one of our Holy Sites. I am sorry they didn't apologize for flight 93 and 175, the USS Cole, the embassy bombings, the murders and beheadings of Nick Berg and Daniel Pearl, etc....etc! I am sorry Michael Moore is American; he could feed a medium sized village in Africa. America will get past this latest absurdity. We will punish those responsible because that is what we do. We hang out our dirty laundry for the entire world to see. We move on. That's one of the reasons we are hated so much. We don't hide this stuff like all those Arab countries that are now demanding an apology. Deep down inside, when most Americans saw this reported in the news, we were like - so what? We lost hundreds and made fun of a few prisoners. Sure , it was wrong, sure, it dramatically hurts our cause, but until captured we were trying to kill these same prisoners. Now we're supposed to wring our hands because a few were humiliated? Our compassion is tempered with the vivid memories of our own people killed, mutilated and burnt amongst a joyous crowd of celebrating Fallujahans. If you want an apology from this American, you're going to have a long wait! You have a better chance of finding those seventy-two virgins. Chuck Pitman Lieutenant General US Marine Corps (Retired) Semper Fi,,,,,,,,,,,I just passed this along without comment,alvis
USA - Monday, June 13, 2005 at 09:55:06 (MDT)
If i had time to go to concerts...ya. Alex, C.P., Jim, Jean, Lurch, Ron...who else celebrates this month? Spill it...! TX next week..hold on there cowboy Gale. Hold on! We're on the way. Robbie...a job is a job is a job...and nothing more. Have you thought about relocating to China for more satisfaction? I'm very happy you found something...because there's nothing out there for us "older" citizens. We have 25 openings for city bus drivers here but all too often when someone (younger) is hired they flunk the random drug tests. Go figure. Love to all-Gently
USA - Monday, June 13, 2005 at 09:25:42 (MDT)
This is for Gently........Judith, I was over in NYC, Saturday and went to the Union Square area of NYC and stopped by Virgin Records store. I went to the R+B section to check out some new music. Well on their sound system, they had this "ass kicking groove" of funk music playing. So I ask who was playing on the system......They told me the "Groove Hogs", so I ask to see the CD cover.....And "low and behold" they are from Madison and Branch, WI...........Damn, they are "killer" funk music band, the best I`ve heard in a while. I bought their CD,"Blue Rhythms and White Lies"........And I`m gonna order a couple more from their web-site. Have you seen these guys LIVE?......I would bet their "live show" is really good.......
Fred Skaggs
Summit, NJ USA - Monday, June 13, 2005 at 09:02:55 (MDT)
Happy Birthday Alex!!
USA - Monday, June 13, 2005 at 08:11:57 (MDT)
Flight: Well got my son married off saturday. The rain held off for 20 mins. for thier outdoor wedding. Stickman Sorry we didn't have time to make it up. Also the weather on the coast was real windy from the Arlene. Luckly we were east of the storm. And another came up from Miami. Had to get back to Memphis to see sunshine. Work the next 6 days and fly to San Antonio. Hope we have sunshine. Well 59 today. Glad it's Monday the 13th. Happy late Birthday Judith 29 and holding I imagine!! Mark my mom is 83 and still driving. It's hard to try and tell them to quit. They think their independence is gone when they quit driving. Well take care all. And see you all in San Antonio. Always A Brother Alex
USA - Monday, June 13, 2005 at 07:31:19 (MDT)
I received a very usable piece of clipart from Paul. Thanks to the others that responded to help me out in this. If you are interested in your logo on glasses, mugs, or bottles feel free to contact me. Now that I have the artwork setup reproduction is pretty straight forward. If you would like a photograph of the project I did contact me and I can send it out. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SERVICE. Joe Mattinen Etched in Stone Esko, MN
Joe Mattinen <>
Esko, MN USA - Monday, June 13, 2005 at 06:09:17 (MDT)
Mark, come on down and break bread with us. do you good brother.
USA - Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 20:25:01 (MDT)
Rainer, Phils site says the bird arrived early in 72.
USA - Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 20:22:52 (MDT)
Raineer,I am off tuesday and wensdday.Wanna meet on your side of town ( wensday) for breakfest?perhaps you would rather meet for a lunch? Ron payne,Gale? anyone else?
USA - Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 20:21:10 (MDT)
Fred, I checked the VHPA disk and they don,t list that helicopter either.From the number the contract was let in 72 and was most likey made in 73.The VHPA disk does not list anything past 71.
Rainer Bauer
USA - Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 19:19:15 (MDT)
Question...I just looked at "helicopter" section.slick 72-21509 isnt listed.Thats phils ship over in England.Is that ship,like the one i was on that was lost, simply not listed? Is the army "gold book" on line? Why can you pick your own nose but not your friends nose?
USA - Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 20:03:48 (MDT) you get to buy the beer the next meeting.
USA - Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 19:52:29 (MDT)
I want to thank all of you the stepped up to help me .there arent many who will. I have won my appeal but thanks to all who have helped me. g marshall
USA - Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 17:24:54 (MDT)
Greetings all. I am working on a project for a friend and etching YOUR 129th "Bite and Strike" logo into glass. I am looking for a clean piece of artwork depitcing your logo. I am trying to use the patch that is on this site, but the stitching is showing up and making it difficult. If anybody has a clean (decal looking) piece of artwork please forward it to me. If it is black and white...even better! If I am able to use your art I will send you a glass with the logo for your time. Thank you in advance, and thank you for your service. Joe Mattinen Etched in Stone Sandcarving Esko, MN
Joe Mattinen <>
Esko, MN USA - Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 06:18:58 (MDT)
Happy Birthday to ALL!!!! Cut grass and been out in my shed. "Blew out my flip flop.........stepped on a pop top." Oh man! Pretty down at the moment. Listening to oldies thinkin' of Nam. I need this Texas thing, can't wait to see you all! If anyone has talked themselves out of going......Brother, change your plans. It's the best thing that will ever happen to ya!!!! Just thinkin' Dad's dead, my Mom, my Brother..... my Sister's still alive. Nobody has ever asked me how the Nam was. I have two ex-wives...............hey forget it, we've all been there..............................
Gale 67-68
USA - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 18:52:34 (MDT)
Hey JW... I wonder how they got your picture on my license???? WOW.. Hey, by the way, will I be seeing you at the reunion?? Jim, Stickman, needs a roomie.. Later
Kal Bergstrom 67/68
USA - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 18:50:22 (MDT)
mine ain't till friday 17th............Keith 72-73
Ms. USA - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 17:30:41 (MDT)
Hi flight, I receive a e-mail This is upsetting, thought I should pass it along. Check your driver's license... Now you can see anyone's Driver's License on the Internet, including your own! I just searched for mine and there it was...picture and all! Thanks Homeland Security! Privacy, where is our right to it? I definitely removed mine, I suggest you all do the same.... Go to the website and check it out. Just enter your name, City and state to see if yours is on file. After your license comes on the screen, click the box marked "Please Remove". This will remove it from public viewing, but not from law enforcement Go to this site: Click here:
J. W. Wilson
USA - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 17:22:43 (MDT)
Well, after 1 1/2 years of looking for a job, the only thing I could come up with is working at Target for $8 friggin dollars 50 cents an hour, and that's only if I work from 3:30 until noon the next day. I just hope I'm not too big a %$#damn moron to stock shelves. Mark, we're all going to be in your position soon, and some have already been there done that. Some parents end up taking it better than others that's all. Hang in there and know you've done the right thing, and isn't it nice your siblings can be so consistent with their help...Damn...Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 12:39:40 (MDT)
Well...I know it ani't my birthday. Who's birthday is it anyways?;-)
USA - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 12:00:51 (MDT)
NO,NO, GENTLY, ToDay is YOUR Birthday....... I remember very clearly from last year.... and besides, by not forgetting yours, I won't forget Jeans on the 14th, Flag Day.....
USA - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 11:28:57 (MDT)
Mark, I can't say I know how you feel completely. I do somewhat. I live with my grandparents who we know one has Alzheimer’s and we suspect my grandma has it as well. It’s frustrating and you find yourself the focus of verbal attacks when you try to help them. They see everything you do as an attack on there personal freedoms. God knows what’s up.
Melody Pershall
Amarillo, TX USA - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 10:27:03 (MDT)
It's Ron Paye's Birthday...not mine.. Silly Joe. He gets it wrong every year. Mark, it's a terrible reality when we become the parents. A party in Texas is exactly what you need! L-G
USA - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 09:18:55 (MDT)
The very best of wishes to my friend Gently on her birthday. Seems like the medal for "dust off" folks has passed its first hurdle.Now it just has to get passed one more time in legistlature,and it will be "fact". It goes back to include the years ..cant remember...somewhere like 1960, or so. They can contact V.A. to get the award upgrade when/if it gets passed and made into law.I wonder if there shouldnt be a special mark on crewmens wings to say if they had their cherries broken?Guess it would be to hard to prove now. Gale,the "good guys nationals are happening this weekend,thousand of hotrods and a huge swap meet going on.I,of course, have to work.20 bucks to get in,I think.
USA - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 06:16:59 (MDT)
To All my Brother Vets & Family, TODAY is Gently's Birthday. We surly are indeed Blessed to have her in our lives. You know that I am. We look forward to being with the 129th in San Antonio. We can Celebrate Judith's Special Day with the Family. May the Good Lord continue to Bless Gently and all of us. Amen, I Say AMEN!!! Joe
Joe Campbell <>
Milwaukee, WI USA - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 05:35:02 (MDT)
Mark & Dee, hang in there. I have a long story to share with you in Texas, really too long to post here but i can relate>> prayers go with you all>> see ya there.>> Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, Wy USA - Thursday, June 09, 2005 at 21:06:38 (MDT)
Mark, you know where we're at...... We'll check it out in a few days and see if it's something you and Dee would like........ Jean & C.P.
USA - Thursday, June 09, 2005 at 17:31:09 (MDT)
Oh we'll be in Texas allright, and even after that we aint' got no time to really be back here. Might just keep on a goin'. Where? don't matter, don't mean nutin'.
USA - Thursday, June 09, 2005 at 11:57:27 (MDT)
Mark, you & dee need a short vacation................maybe in Texas with some good friends.;o))))))
USA - Thursday, June 09, 2005 at 11:45:05 (MDT)
mark. hang in there with your mom. you are doing the right thing i remeber one time on interstate 91 in vermont my mother stopped the car to look at a rainbow, stopped dead in the left lane. the winnebago in back of us didn't see the humor in it.i was a sob and an asshole and a few other things when i took the keys on the spot. i talked to her doc and he called motor vehicle and pulled her licence. i got stuck driving but thats better than having someone that is incapable on the road. stick to your guns even tho it hurts, they really don't mean it
paul mcgrath
oglesby, il USA - Thursday, June 09, 2005 at 11:35:51 (MDT)
......I started driving Mom to work after Pop passed, but would still lite her drive around town to the store and the hairdressers. But it started to worry me how an accident only takes 1 second to happen and then how bad would we all feel if somebody got hurt whenj it could of been prevented...........thanks for the encouragement Gale. Mom is so forgetful that we go through the same ordeal of her not having her keys every day. This has only been 2 years............I stoped taking Zoloft about a month ago because I didn't like the way it made me not give a flyin' crap about anything. I couldn't even cry any more. Needless to say with this thing with mom, I'm back on it......on top of that, am strugglin' with liquor control about paper work for the transfer of the permit into Pop-A-Top's new owner's name. reminds me of you guys strugglin' with the VA. Same company, different hasn't been good on us.
USA - Thursday, June 09, 2005 at 10:01:48 (MDT)
Mark, I've been through exactly what you are going through. My Sister & I let Mom drive a little too long. Normally she would just go to the grocery and problem. One day she just kept going North.........................ALL THE WAY TO "@#&**%#@@*" CHICAGO!! North of Chicago and almost into Wisconsin. Was missing for about 48 hours and was stopped by the cops going 30mph on a major 4-lane.Had to have the car hauled back, etc. Do what you gotta do brother. Gale
USA - Thursday, June 09, 2005 at 07:35:35 (MDT)
.....Moms 90 years old, shorterm memorie is gone, took her car keys away from her the other day and since then I have been told I am not her son, go to hell, get the hell out of my house, and I never want to see you support from other sibs, mom forgets one day that I have her keys , then the next calls me and chews me out and demandes them back, and the next day all is fine until she remembers that I have the keys again........................just talking to myself............
USA - Thursday, June 09, 2005 at 06:59:04 (MDT)
Hey Melody. BRAC stands for Base Realignment and Closure. There are activities going on to keep Canon AFB. It will take a large community and congressional effort to get it removed from the BRAC list. In the past 85% of the installations selected were closed or realigned. All we can do is support our troups and hope the senators, congressmen, and govenor can persuade them that this installation is of greater value if left operating. Take care and God Bless.
Rick Jensen <>
Clovis, NM USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2005 at 23:47:19 (MDT)
It really is to bad with those idiots posting the drug links. Has any thought been giving to putting a forum on here? I looked it up a bit. I found one that would be 10 bucks a month. I'd be willing to donate money for it if its ever decided to be done...................Its been hot here. They decided to close Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, NM. Not to far from here and the city of Amarillo is trying to help them out. They put together something called BRAC(not sure what it stands for) but its fighting closing it. Amarillo went through the same thing back in the 60's so I hope they win the fight. Wish I could make it down to San Antonio. Praying you all have a safe travels and a great time.
Melody Pershall
Amarillo, TX USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2005 at 13:27:40 (MDT)
Change number 3.Sorry Gale, Susan has spent the little energy she has,home for the day now.
USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2005 at 13:08:08 (MDT)
the flight is Booked. Gale,we have a few doctor things to do around here,then coming for a short vist,if you guys dont mind.Trying to get Susan out of the house for a bit.She had chemo friday and this is the first day of pulling out of it.
USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2005 at 09:12:48 (MDT)
Errrrrr Gently, come on down!! Our doors always open..........................
USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2005 at 08:35:35 (MDT)
And we all get to sit back in the "shed" when, Gale? :>)))
USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2005 at 08:07:59 (MDT)
everything no-one wants to know has just been posted.Mark,we need something like you had done to the addys.Just talked to the hotel in texas...said we werent listed and have no rooms.After some conversation,that was pregnat with pauses to gather back my temper,they found our booking.Still have to leave the hotel on the 23rd tho.Hey griff,come on and post,lots of experience here dealing with the va. Speaking of which,I still havent heard about my claim for ptsd.
USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2005 at 07:58:48 (MDT)
I may be out of touch for a while ........... it depends on if I can keep my cool or not. I have installed 2 new hard drives in this stupid thing and it still won't work right. I put in a CD to install a program and it runs till about 96% and locks up and I have to re-boot to get it to un-lock. I go to a site and see a pic I would like and try to download it ......... it locks up. same thing if I try to copy and save a document. the only way I get here is reboot, go on-line, come straight here. this thing is driving me nuts, yeah I know it's a short drive. LOL. latest news on Donna ........ had to take her back to DR. today bit her lip while eating last night and it was still bleeding at 2:00 this afternoon. did a blood work up and her cumaden (sp) level is 8.5 ...... should be 2.0 -2.5 so almost any break in the skin will cause her to bleed for a while. we are working on getting it down with out going back to the hospital. but DR didn't rule that out yet. Alex, was great talking to you, hope everyone has a great time at the reunion. I WILL SEE YOU NEXT YEAR. I can make Phoenix with no problems. Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 22:03:17 (MDT)
i talked to doc some but i think he needs to talk to someone he knows and that can give encouragement with va.he mentioned kim a couple times. somebody call him ok
paul mcgrath
oglesby, il USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 20:41:42 (MDT)
USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 19:37:24 (MDT)
i just talked to doc on the phone. he is ok just needs someone to talk to about va catch ya all later
paul mcgrath
oglesby, il USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 19:04:07 (MDT)
USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 14:28:32 (MDT)
Mark, I was just visting the "virtual wall". I am puzzled why Larry's pic isnt posted.I have sent one in of my buddy a while back and its there. perhaps you havent been informed of this new option as of yet.
USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 11:40:56 (MDT)
gRIFF,is that a "mayday" call? You going down? over
USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 11:23:06 (MDT)
.I called 411 and got Doc's phone number and it is the same as it is in the CONTACTS section here but nobodys answers........Lets keep trying...........503-455-2633
USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 11:01:55 (MDT)
I sent DOC an e-mail also CP and tried to call the number in the CONTACTS section. Seems to me that Griff was at one of our reunions once................
USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 10:52:41 (MDT)
USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 09:31:09 (MDT)
whats up griff?
USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 09:28:24 (MDT)
USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 07:56:11 (MDT)
096 help
Doc <>
Clatskanie, OR USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 01:06:15 (MDT)
I read this article today and it made me think.....What would happen?
Fred Skaggs
Summit, NJ USA - Monday, June 06, 2005 at 16:01:18 (MDT)
If Watergate Happened Now...... With the GOP controlling Congress, there'd be no Watergate hearings........ From a distance, Watergate seems like a partisan affair. But that's because we tend to look at it nowadays through red- and blue-tinted glasses. In truth, President Nixon was forced to resign in 1974 by Republicans in Congress like Barry Goldwater, who realized from the so-called smoking-gun tape that he was a crook. This was after the Supreme Court—led by a Nixon appointee—unanimously ruled against him in the tapes case. But imagine if Nixon were president in this era. After he completed his successful second term, I'd have to write a retrospective column like this: President Nixon left office in 2005 having proved me and the other "nattering nabobs of negativism" wrong. We thought that his administration was sleazy but we were never able to nail him. Those of us who hoped it would end differently knew we were in trouble when former Nixon media adviser Roger Ailes banned the word "Watergate" from Fox News's coverage and went with the logo "Assault on the Presidency" instead. By that time, the American people figured both sides were just spinning, and a tie always goes to the incumbent.
Fred Skaggs
Summit, NJ USA - Monday, June 06, 2005 at 15:53:45 (MDT)
it passed to the north,Gale.The "rain" here wet the pavement for about 1 minute,then dry again. Yard is brown and the trees are trying to bribe the dogs.
USA - Monday, June 06, 2005 at 10:36:26 (MDT)
Mornin' flight! We survived the storms yesterday.......lot's of limbs & trees down in Clinton. How did it go over your way Mark & Alvis? Kal & Dan, I thought I felt someone talkin' about me last night. By the time I got on "messenger" you were gone. Well, Debbie & I bought us one of them "O-turn radius thingamajigs" that cuts the lawn, after our craftsman bit the dust. Actually, the deck needs repaired and it's not getting any easier crawling around on a concrete floor trying to keep it up. Anyway, got a "Toro, 46", 16 hp" what a revelation. Can cut the yard in half the time.......then sit on my "shed" porch and relax and drink a couple extra brewskies. Debbie & I fight over who's gonna cut the yard now.;o) Don, hope Donna is back on the road to recovery. You guys are in our thoughts. Newt, I think Dan's right about 1968, cause I'm about sure you were a SP/6 when I left in May 68. Later, Gale
USA - Monday, June 06, 2005 at 08:55:45 (MDT)
Jack Newton, the photo that I have posted of you was taken sometime between May and October of 1968. Great to see you post on the web site. I hope to see you again some day. Do you remember the evening that I came up to get you to do sign off on one of the aircraft that was in for unscheduled maintenance. When whe pulled up to the flight line maintenance tent there was a spray can of paint on the table in the middle of the tent and flames were shooting out of the top! I recall the wide eyes of Anderson reflecting the light as he was looking aroung the edge of the conex container that made a wall aroung the tent. I don't recall how you put the small fire out. The situation was as follows. We had been working that night in the tent and saw motion outside near the perimeter of the light shinnig from the 100 watt bare bulb hanging down in the center of the tent. It turned out to be some lage frogs comming after the insects attracted to the light. We decided to help the frogs by placing them on top of the table and watched them go to work. Then the action became to slow so we started using a spay can of paint igniting the spray and torching the bugs which fell in front of the frogs. It was entertaining to watch the frogs eat the bugs...(not much elese goes on at night for entertainment). Obviously when I came to get you, the torch lighting continued. The cap must have come off causing a steady stream of flames. I don't think anyone said to you what the heck was going on.
Dan Hertlein
Sumner, WA USA - Sunday, June 05, 2005 at 11:34:59 (MDT)
Afternoon flight. Newt, at this point the best thing you could do with the pics is take them to Walgreens or sumthin' similiar and have them put on a CD for future use. Like it was previously stated, Mark has his hands full as apparently does the webmaster. I sent Mark a CD with LZ Indy pics last year (I hope you did get it Mark?),so, until things get lined out and he can get caught up we just have to be patient. Once you meet Mark & Dee, you'll see how easy it is to be patient with them....wonderful people. Hey Newt, there's a room open at the Hilton. Call & get it, grab your wife, grab your pictures and come on down! Rainer & Dee, we'll miss you guys, but, hopefully you can drop in at Kokomo in Sept. Gale
USA - Sunday, June 05, 2005 at 11:31:11 (MDT)
Flight, i just let go of my room, get it quick, see ya all there, >>>smitty
james westwang
sheridan, wy USA - Saturday, June 04, 2005 at 13:31:51 (MDT)
Hey everybody, what a rain we had last night. Hope everyone is in good health and ready for the reunion and those that are sick may confort be with you. Alex the boss will be on vac on the 9th so i cannot leave the shop when we are up and running. However if you have the time to stop by HAAF i will be honored to show you and Liz around and get you in the simulator. We just had a major upgrade on the visual and databases. I look forward to seeing you all. My work phone# 912 354-0060, M-F 8-4 or call me at home at 653-3384. and finially for anyone still looking for a room i can share my nonsmoking room also, Take care all and see ya soon, da stickman
Jim O <>
Sav, Ga USA - Saturday, June 04, 2005 at 11:27:45 (MDT)
hey lou, i just e-mailed jim an told him to cancal his room. we'llbunk in the room i have.i read your post about your felligs not having your pic displayed on the wed site it dose take time. mark is doing this on his own, an with everything on his plate lately,it takes time,mark will get to it. just be patient,just to give you an idea of how long it sometimes my info in the contact list was just up dated a few weeks ago.i put inn my change to mark years ago. mark will get to it just remember he's got a life outside the wed site as well. an there is know ckicks in the org. otherwise i would not belong. so that said put your pride aside an get in touch with jim an take the room he has before he lets it go. we've all done what you've one time or be thier or be square, drop your shocks an get movin. heeeeeeee, see you at the reunion. wink 3/69-10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Saturday, June 04, 2005 at 08:18:12 (MDT)
Just an injection of a little humor that the aircrews among us can really appreciate: A minister was seated next to an Army pilot on a flight. After the plane was airborne, drink orders were taken. The Army pilot asked for a whiskey and soda, which the flight attendant brought and placed before him. The flight attendant then asked the minister if he would like a drink. He replied in disgust, "I'd rather be savagely groped by brazen harlots than let liquor touch my lips." The Army pilot then handed his drink back to the flight attendant and said, "Me, too. I didn't know we had a choice."
Larry Kwiatkowski (Scooter)
Simi Valley, Ca USA - Friday, June 03, 2005 at 16:07:04 (MDT)
Don, glad Donna is OK...what a close call! Lou, take the room that Wink has and go to the re-union. Tomah! I'm in Milwaukee...let's talk:>) L-Gently
USA - Friday, June 03, 2005 at 07:07:17 (MDT)
Don, saw your post so I guess your puter is working. Sorry to hear about Donna's problem with her Artery. I hope she will be alright now. Will keep a good thought for her. And Wink, sorry to hear about your smoking problem. Hope you get that all worked out.. Hehehe....>Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Friday, June 03, 2005 at 06:28:27 (MDT)
Thanks Smitty but we have a room.JAck,you send your pics to Mark however ,I am sure some on here can help you with the names( like maybe Gale.)
USA - Friday, June 03, 2005 at 05:56:17 (MDT)
Barry(Wink), you see the post from Fred Alvis, can you stay with me & give your room to them?? Jim
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 23:23:24 (MDT)
Help Guys I came across some photos of 129 and Lane field and would like to know who to send them to in order that they could be placed on the 129 flight log. I am not a computer lizard and don't know how to do much except type letters. If someone can send me their address, I will glady mail the photos to some one smarter than me so they can be put on the log if you want.If some one is intrested, please e mail me at my e mail address and I'll have them in the mail the same day. Really great going thru the ones you have already. Bye for now and remember "Keep the dirty side down"
Jack Newton <>
Tomah, WI USA - Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 22:29:07 (MDT)
been a rough week, got Donna home from the hospital monday ( a week stay this time ) she had a blood clot in the artery that supplies the right leg. (it is an artifical artery) a week ago on monday we went to have an ultrasound on it just so the DR could see what was going on with it before he saw her and it was so blocked they sent us straight to the hospital. within 20 minutes of getting to the E room she was in surgery. they did 3 angioplasties (sp) over the next 24 hours to get blood flowing to her right leg. looks like they did a great job this time. the tingling is gone and her foot is nice and pink and warm. now to see if this posts I think I finally got this puter fixed. Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 22:27:14 (MDT)
thanks smitty,but there is no way I can go for 4 days in a non-smoking room.Am trying to quit,but everyone knows how that goes.
USA - Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 21:55:26 (MDT)
Well it is definately go to be a big reunion. And the largest turn out for the 129th. Going to be nice to alot of the 129th Family once again. But, will miss those whom can't make it. Bernie it has been a few years. Will be nice to meet Bruno for the first time. And of coarse our regular Family of 129ther's. Fred glad Susan is up to the trip. Robbie, Rainner & Dee sorry that you all can't make it. Talked to Rainer yesterday. The Doctor told they have almost a year before they operate. Good news. Rainer and I go back 40 years. Along time. Would still be nice to find more of the 394th. New a few from my second tour 8/67 - 4/68. Maybe someday. Always A Brother Alex
USA - Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 19:05:09 (MDT)
as it stands now, i have a 2 queen bed, non smoking room. I can live with the smoking issue but Fred A., can you two live without it & with separate beds?? Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 10:46:24 (MDT)
oh, its a smokers,kingside bed.
USA - Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 08:46:27 (MDT)
Wink,as it stands now,we have a room but..chuckle,a bit of suffling around is required.We stay there the 22nd,must vacate to the "raintree" the 23rd,then back to the hilton for the 24th and 5th.
USA - Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 08:45:32 (MDT)
jim sounds good to me. one thing i smoke an reserved a skoming room,not that i smoke must in the room. so if my smoking doesn't bother you than will keep the room i have. let me know, an i'll call hotel and let them know. to the rest of the flight either jim or i will be giving up a room. if anyone out there needs a room let us know. hey alvis you an the misses needs a room don't you. let me or jim know. wink 3/69- 10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 07:27:25 (MDT)
Quite a stirring commentary....makes me wonder though, why are we so willing to have another generation go to war, based on lies and hyperbole? Are we so caught up in this that we can't see what it (our own experiences) has done to us? The names on the wall, the fights with the VA in order to get compensated for service connected disabilities?... I feel like I'm one of the lucky one's, managed to pretty much put it behind me, raised some pretty good kids,a bunch of grandkids, got a pasttime that isn't hazzardous to my health, managed to find a job that pays the bills........
Livermore, Me USA - Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 06:15:40 (MDT)
Very moving post Alvis, I especially appreciate the auther's mention of everyone at the wall examining their past and walking away humbled. I have never had the opportunity to visit the memorial, but it is one of the things I intend to do before I die. I wonder if Jane has ever visited the wall? She seems to have examined her past actions, and she seems to be more humble than she was 30 years ago. I won't ever forget what she did during the war, but I believe her apology to veterans is sincere, and I for one accept it.......................With Respect, Greg
Puna, HI USA - Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 01:42:28 (MDT)
welcome to the site new guys.Here,we are back to back,facing the past.Shadow..sorry to hear your not gonna make it.Liked you then,like you now.How did your birthday go gale?
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2005 at 21:57:06 (MDT)
The following was written by the man who spit tabacco juice on jane fonda Talking to a Wall Talking to some people is like talking to a wall: a shiny black wall with names carved into it. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington is a black granite wall engraved with the names of each of the 58,245 U.S. servicemen who were killed in Vietnam from October, 1957 to May, 1975. Each of the 140 granite slabs is polished to a mirror finish so that, as visitors look into the engraved names, they will see the reflection of themselves. The names of the dead are not organized by rank or alphabet. They are listed in chronological order of their deaths. Each time I have gone to The Wall. I have been struck by the quiet reverence shown by virtually every visitor. Many people are visibly shaken as they approach for the first time. Time does not exist there. The collective soul of America, scarred, bloodied, broken, bruised, is bared at The Wall. The raw nerves, the sinew, the marrow of America stands exposed in the reflection of each of us. Whether they want to or not, each visitor is forced to examine himself, his life, his accomplishments, his soul. And each walks away humbled. An aging mother searches that vast sea of names, hoping to find her lost son, yet also hoping that he is not there, that this whole thing was just a mistake and her little boy will soon come home. She scans the lines of names, hopefully, but frightened. Then, there he is. A chill goes through every nerve, every muscle, every fiber of her soul. She reaches out to her child and he reaches back to her. The act of touching his name is involuntary, as pre-ordained as the turning of the earth. So are the tears. At the base of his panel she sometimes leaves a flower, sometimes a flag, sometimes a letter to him. But always, always, she leaves a mother's tears. A middle-aged man sits on a bench a hundred yards from The Wall, studying it, staring through it. He is aware of the other people standing in front of the long black memory, but that is not what he sees. He is looking through the reflection of The Wall many miles, many years, away. He is young again and with his buddies. So many memories wash over him all at the same time that he can only look at each one fleetingly before moving on to the next. Maybe a smile about that stupid prank they pulled. The way they helped each other through the tough times. The last time he saw his buddy. He, too, will touch the name of each of his buddies, and they will reach out of The Wall to touch him yet again. He, too, will leave something at the base of The Wall; a beer, a medal, a picture. Sometimes he will be able to leave a lifetime of guilt. But always, always, a warrior's tears. Another Mom searches The Wall for the name of a man she never knew. Her children, now grown, look for their Grandfather. As they each touch his name, the kids finally start to understand why their Mom had to come here. They read the POW bracelets and wonder about the medals and lighters and smokes and letters to buddies and sons and fathers. They begin to understand about all those old guys staring into The Wall with tears in their eyes. The old guys hope the kids will never have to fully understand that there are always, always, a daughter's tears. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial lists the names of the dead, but war memorials are not built for the dead. They are built for the living. It is appropriate that the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a wall : black, stark, simple yet complex, painful yet cathartic; a wall that forces us to stop and reflect. what we see in The Wall is ourselves. Whether we see survivor's guilt, or a broken heart, or pride, we are looking at the best of America. When we talk to the memory of a son, or a Dad, or a buddy, we are speaking absolute truth. When we reach out to touch The Wall, The Wall reaches out and touches us. when we look deep into The Wall we are looking at heroes who have given everything. We are looking at the soul of America. Just as we each leave something at The Wall, The Wall leaves something with each of us. At the base of The Wall we each leave a little bit of guilt. The Wall leaves us with a reflection of ourselves, and always, always, a nation's tears. ......
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2005 at 21:51:19 (MDT)
Shadow, darn man.....we'll miss ya this year!! Newt, You're right about the Tech (cigar and all) and I remember that you did a fine job. You gained a lot of respect from us. I'll take some pics at the reunion....sorry you can't make it. Clear,Gale
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2005 at 17:13:50 (MDT)
Barry, i just heard from Shadow & he will not be able to come, if you want to share a room, we can do it. One of us needs to cancel & put the other one on, Let me know quick. Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wy USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2005 at 14:53:57 (MDT)
Hi ya Gale I would love to make the reunion but the time schedule is short for me. Haven't been on this net for over a year and just didn't see notice about the reunion until it was too late. I will try to get there, but can't promise. Yes you are right I did replace SP6 Guthering. He was always smoking a cigar and when Crew chiefs called him to look at their bird, he would always look at his watch and say "it's flyable" without even crawling on the bird. Sorry I don't remember names too good but I'm sure I would know you guys bye sight. Had a great time in the 129th and think about the unit, aircraft and personnel a lot. Will never forget. Jack Newton
Jack Newton <>
Tomah, WI USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2005 at 14:46:21 (MDT)
Hi ya Gale I would love to make the reunion but the time schedule is short for me. Haven't been on this net for over a year and just didn't see notice about the reunion until it was too late. I will try to get there, but can't promise. Yes you are right I did replace SP6 Guthering. He was always smoking a cigar and when Crew chiefs called him to look at their bird, he would always look at his watch and say "it's flyable" without even crawling on the bird. Sorry I don't remember names too good but I'm sure I would know you guys bye sight. Had a greaqt time in the 129th and think about the unit, aircraft and personnel a lot. Will never forget. Jack Newton
Jack Newton <>
Tomah, WI USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2005 at 14:44:24 (MDT)
Gale: Remember Atlanta!!! unless reservations are made somewhere large groups won't make it in together. Thought I would remind everyone that. We ended up splitting up to find a place to eat in Atlanta. I will post places to eat at the reunion. A guy from work whom families lives there and Liz has been to San Antonio on business quite afew times in the last year. Also if we have food in the 129th room the hotel has to provide it. The hotel makes their money on the food we have at the reunions. Welcome Home Newton!! We be good to see everyone in about 2 1/2 weeks. Liz and I are flying to Brunswick,GA for my son's wedding on June the 9th. Was hopint to get to Savanhna for the a day. Depends on our schedule. Always a Brother Alex
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2005 at 14:26:22 (MDT)
Gale, agree with the pizza thing ( totally). Judith, you put my name up there with a Bid??? But Gang, it was only to get the bidding started. San Anton getting closer, looking fwd to it. Shadow, i still need to hear from you>>>respects to all>>Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wy USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2005 at 11:42:50 (MDT)
Errrr Gently, most of us agreed to have our own pizza party on Friday. There's a free shuttle from the hotel to the "River walk" & Alamo. I figured if we go down as a group,(kinda like we did in Atlanta) we could find a pizza place and get back early enuff for other things. Any other suggestions are welcome. I thought that was nice in Atlanta until we found out that most of the restaurants were closed and lost some of the gang. We had to wait a long time, but, finally got to eat. Lookin' forward to it and seeing everyone. Clear, Gale
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2005 at 08:59:35 (MDT)
Olie North has nothing on you guys! Thank you for sharing your stories on Vietnam, it helps your supporters, like myself, understand alot more. Please continue to share, but only if you'll be OK after you do. None of us want you to "go back." Mark, may we have the ceremony for our fallen 129ers on Friday evening at the re-union rather than Saturday before the banquet? And is our pizza party on? Lou, have you changed your mind? We have three items to bid on: Mel's beautiful bracelets, the excellent 129th carved wooden plaque with the unit patch on it, and the precious Rotor hub(Smitty has a $75 bid in on that already). I'm sorry I can't put pictures on the web for all of you to see so that those of you not attending the re-uinon could see what these items look like and be part of the bidding. But you should trust me that they are all "perfect," especially because 129er and 129th supporters hands either made them or preparted them. So if you want in, just give me a high bid and I'll bid it for you at the re-union. I wish you were all going, everyone of you. I look forward to meeting those of you I have not met, and laughing and hugging with those I have. Loving ya-Gently
USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2005 at 06:30:01 (MDT)