Hey Alvis, are you or Susan gonna be at your house tomorrow (Sunday)around "noonish"? I carried a package home from Florida for Ron Paye. We'll be passing thru Avon going to Debbie's Dads and thought it would be easier for Ron to pick it up at your house rather than driving all the way to mine. Let me know........Gale
USA - Saturday, June 30, 2007 at 19:41:32 (MDT)
OOOOPS: Make checks out to "129th AHC"
Bill Wolf
USA - Saturday, June 30, 2007 at 09:01:16 (MDT)
Darwin and all flight: If you want any more books, please send a donation of $30 per book (that includes the shipping) to me. Make checks out to "129th AHS" (not to me). Send to my address at: 129th AHC, 6433 Summer Grace Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80923. Don't wait to order more as they are going fast and am going to be shipping the left overs to Phil Connolly in England. So order now!!!! Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Saturday, June 30, 2007 at 08:18:31 (MDT)
would like to order Bill's book. Tried two of his E addys but neither worked. What do I need to do to get a copy. Sounds like a great reunion again. Has anyone heard from Cups? Darwin Schmiedt
darwin schmiedt <schmitty@santel.net>
USA - Saturday, June 30, 2007 at 08:10:01 (MDT)
Good Afternoon Flight: Well I hope all whom attended the Orlando reunion had a great time. As I mentioned before the reunion, that I had a few guest coming. I just forgot to say they were from England. I had to make sure that Ron,Fred and Mark was going to be there when I showed the dvd that was sent tome a little over a month before the reunion. I appreciate the last minute help from Bill Wolf and Wink. Thanks Brothers!! Bill wolf it will be a pleasure working with you as President of The VHCMA. I will be the Past President for the next year. Was kinda of surprised when I got nominated for president and I was the sitting President at the time. That, was a first for the VHCMA. Sorry I won't be able to make the mini at Mark's. Be I am planning for Kokomo in Sept. It was also great meeting our first time reunion 129th Brothers. Ray Foley,Larry Ruff and Ed our gun pilot from 67/68 it was great seeing all of you. Always A Brother!!
USA - Friday, June 29, 2007 at 14:03:42 (MDT)
Bill, I dropped a check for the book in the mail last night. You should get it by Monday. Do me a favor, if you would, and sign the book for me before you ship it to me. Thanks.
Vickey Burnsed
USA - Friday, June 29, 2007 at 10:00:38 (MDT)
Sounds like just about everybody has made it home. Good deal. What a grand gathering. Lenny, your son is in our prayers. hey Bill Wolf, as Simon has stated, the DVD's are not playing in my machine. Can you please make a copy of the one that you were showing of the long version of the trip to England for me? Thanks brother. When ever you get around to it. Hey Wink, heard through the grapevine that you helped our lil' buddy Ray out the other night. God Bless ya man. I spoke to him today and got a buddy letter off to him also today..take care all..............always a brother.....
USA - Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 20:17:15 (MDT)
Afternoon Flight, glad to see all have made it back, Nothing Could Be Finer Than to see a Friend For Life after 37 years, I'de travel the world for that. Thanks Larry Ruff for the extra effort to make it all happen. Maybe sometime soon we can make it happen again. Matt Casey PS A.F. please contact me
Matt Casey <mcasey1947@msn.com>
Hemet, CA USA - Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 20:04:23 (MDT)
Evenin' flight. Just quickly reading the log com. Sooo sorry I missed another great Re-U.. Had to woik don't ya know. Tripper & Larry Ruff:keep on keepin on brothers, & all of my other bros & sis'@ the 129th.. Am anxiously awaiting my copies of the "book". Thanx again all. P.s.. If you all could keep my son Danny in prayer: He just left for Ellsworth AFB for his ROTC Field Training..it means alot to him & us that he does well. God Bless you & yours, Lenny & Elke&sons
Lenny "Fire"Adams <rtrwingnut@yahoo.com>
USA - Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 19:48:34 (MDT)
We made it home safe today!! Am getting the rest of the book orders together to hopefully go out tomorrow!!! Had an awesome time at the reunion and it was so great to see all of you.
Bill Wolf
USA - Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 14:13:45 (MDT)
Well I'm heading out for farm tomorrow so want to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a happy Independence Day on the 4th! Take care, drive safely, and stay cool. Larry
Larry Lackey <larrylackey@bellsouth.net>
Warner Robins, GA USA - Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 09:09:48 (MDT)
Good morning Flight! I am glad to hear everyone made it home and had a great trip. I am waiting for my check Friday and will be stocking up my Camper for the trip to Mark's in a couple weeks. The VA Pain Clinic gave me an injection in my lower back last week and I was hoping it last till after the Mini. Other than that all my appt. are before or after. So looking forward to a short get together.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 06:36:26 (MDT)
Hello from the UK. The video footage I took walking in behind Phil during Friday evenings surprise I am copying to Bill, who was videoing from the other side of the room. He in turn is going to let me have a copy of his footage. Once I have that then it will be used for another short video which I'm sure will end up on a wider platform, as to whether that is TV in the UK/US etc or youtube I'm not sure, a decision has yet to be made. Bill, I think, said he would be doing a reunion video which would include my footage. At the moment all I can say is watch this space and as soon as I/we know what is happening to the video we will let you know. Hope that answers your question. Always a brother Simon.
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
Mellor, Lancashire UK - Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 06:18:30 (MDT)
Hey, Gale. It was great meeting a post office brother amongst the 129th gang. No, everything is pretty much FUBAR, but what the hell...... Life goes on, I guess.. Just keep plugging away one day at a time. I'm so proud to have met all you guys. Maybe that was the whole point of the last year of my life, anyway. A chance to meet so many heroes in one room! I am ordering a book from Bill, as soon as he answers my e-mail about cost of book, plus shipping. Does anyone know what Simon (or rather the BBC?) plan on doing with the filming done while they were here? Is there going to be a follow-up on the telly in England? Youtube posting??
Vickey Burnsed <vburnsed@g-net.net>
Pembroke, GA USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 18:44:47 (MDT)
MD USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 13:15:59 (MDT)
Good afternoon from the UK. We're glad everyone is back safely. We got back at 7.05am this morning (Wednesday) after flying out of Orlando last night at 6.15pm, so now trying to stay awake until later this evening. It was an excellent week and one that will go down in the annuls of time. To have managed to keep "our" little surprise as we did, made our first 129th/VHCMA re-union all the sweeter!! It was indeed a surprise you sprang on us, it must be rubbing off on you, with making us members of the 129th and I for one feel very privileged to have such an honour bestowed upon me. It was great to meet so many of you, as now you are no longer just a name on the flight log, faces now come to mind when reading the log entries. Bill, the book is excellent and well worth all the effort, it must have been very hard deciding what should go in and probably even harder deciding what not to include. Always a difficult call to make as an editor especially when you are so close to the subject matter. The end result is a superb record of the unit and will prove to be a valuable source of information and first hand accounts for many far beyond the 129th. I'm looking forward to sitting down and reading it properly. I'm sure when word gets around what 129th has done others will follow suit, realising just how important such a publication is. I gather some of the DVD's aren't playing on your machines, that is I suspect is because the players are a region specific machine rather than a multi regional one, so a European disc will not play on a US specific DVD player. However you might be lucky with your computers, if you struggle again it will be worth trying another media player other than the standard Windows Player and looking at Quick, Real One etc. If you don't succeed all is not lost as Bill has a copy on tape that he will be able to copy on to DVD that will play in your machines (sorry Bill just volunteered you for that one). Thank you for your hospitality and for making us feel so welcome. Look forward to meeting up again sometime. Always a brother... Simon and Nina.
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
Mellor, Lancashire UK - Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 10:30:06 (MDT)
Mom returned this letter to me during the Orlando Vist last week.I was a FNG. Letter From Home..time..3rd or last week, Aug.1971...History.. The Paris peace talks were continueing,I had just arrived in country a few weeks ago and was still in transent quarters...Location..Tuy Hoa, Vietnam...Dear Mom and Dad, Well,I am not in Cham Ron Bay anymore.I just shipped out to Tuy Oha (as spelled in letter).I will be here for three or four days then shipped somewhere else most likely. Anyway,I wont know till then.Please excuse the sloppy handwritting but I find some real odd places to write. The reason I wrote is to let you know not to worry if you dont hear from me for a week or so.It sure getstireing living out of a duffle bag.it sure is nice here,we have "flushing toilets",hot water and airconditioning.Its almost like state side.I even got to take two showers today! I sure am glad i am out of Cham Ron bay now.I sure did hate that place.When i get to my unit,I get paid! How about that. People around here say that a lot of people will be going home by Dec,31st. but i think that i will be here for a full year because of my MOS. Who knows? Well,its about time to hit the sack. Love,Fred.
USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 10:09:04 (MDT)
Still on the road! Spent last night in St Louis. Not sure where tonight. We get home on Thursday. I'll send out the books on friday for those who have ordered and those that i got signed at the reunion. Kat and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in Orlando and it was so great to see so many of you. As most of you know I got "volunteered" as VHCMA President (thanks to jim westrang!) Seriously, its an honor and I'll do my best. Well, time to hit the road! Bill Wolf (with ONE "f") lol
Bill Wolf
USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 07:48:37 (MDT)
On the way back home,Susan and I wandered a lazy path back thru Georgia. We stopped and roadside farmers markets and bought some "fresh from the fields" peaches,watermelons and tomatoes,to bring back home to share with some friends. Anyway, I wanted to go onto Fort Benning for a look around.After visting my Dads grave,we went towards the jump towers.Stopped for a minute and watched all the airborne recruits run anywhere and everywhere they went. Went by ifle firing ranges and watched them a bit,then wandered down to Lawson Army airfield for a look around. (took a few pics).
USA - Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 20:20:13 (MDT)
Next years reunion location is still being decided.If true to form,it should be head somewhere in the middle of the country.
USA - Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 20:09:09 (MDT)
ok, squirmed out going to work this evening. To much left to do here. I would like to touch on a few things to get all up to speed. Great job done on the book. Between the covers, lies 327 pages of great pictures,facts,storys,history and fun.Each one of our KIA's has his own story as well. Some sad reading there. A CD is also included,on the inside back cover. Lots of new faces,missed a few old ones.Great kids and wives(and grandkids).Great job Alex,you did well. The entertainment portion was hampered by a poor sound system, and that was the hotels fault. A great meal was served with very ample serving.The 129th room,as usual,served as the socal center and heart of the reunion for us.Lots of pictures and personal albums lay scattered about, from many years.Bill Wolff (congrats Bill) and Alex showed the complete and rescripted film from the trip 3 of us took over to the UK.When that ended,Ron stood to speak and in walks Phil and Simon.I think all of Orlando heard the cheers, the clapping and the blowing of, suddenly, runny noses. The "dinner dance" tickets must be purchased in advance.There are only 300 tickets.When they are gone,thats it! Phil,Jo,Simon,Nina,didnt have tickets. I dont know how it was done, but 4 tickets were found and given to our guest. Matt Casey also found himself without tickets..and again, a ticket was found.These thing were as scarce as hens teeth,,job well done guys (and Ladies). ATTENTION FLIGHT. Everyone present whispered and schemed,then approved a motion, to make Mark Jackson, Phil Connolly, and Simon Johnson official honorary members of the 129th AHC. Yes,yes,yes,its been understood, but we decided to have it put on paper. In the time we had,we guys were clueless...then the women got involved. Kat (Bills wife) got involved in the leg work,and the deed was done. In a ceromony the next evening,it was made official.A motion was then made,and approved, that the honorary word be stricken, and to be made full,100%,members. There were no nays. We now have 3 new members of our unit.Gently will also be so honored,(there wasnt enough frames)at our next reunion.We felt bad about this,but what can you do? Gently will have her own special ceromony,she is special to us in her own Judth way.So,we have 4 new members,our first lady.We couldnt think of a better way to say "thank you" for all she has done for us. Its all we have to give.Thank you, four, great people. I was kinda scarce this year.Susan and I tried to fit a family reunion(60 miles away),and unit reunion,and playing tourest, all in those few days.
USA - Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 20:03:22 (MDT)
Where will next years reunion be held?
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 18:08:18 (MDT)
WELL!!!!!!........what can I say about that reunion?....we arrived home safe about 3:00 today. Gonna go see the grand kids. Will write more later..........Love to you all and thanks for all that you do..............always a brother and sister..........
Mark and Dee
USA - Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 15:40:33 (MDT)
We're safely home also. It's so difficult to leave all of you after spending several days with you. Just waling out of our 129 room on Saturday night broke my heart. You are such a wonderful group of people. Smitty, I never did find your patch, sorry. Someone picked it up in error..I'm sure they'll contact us when they realize it. To Bill Wolf and Bill Whelen....nice job you guys! The book is beautiful and very meaningful. Rick England took home a helmut from Nam(donated and painted by our own Frenchie) and a rotor tail blade....he always does well in the raffles! More wives were there this year...always a joy! And to all the 129 first timers--aren't you glad you came! I'll see some of you in Kokom(Kal)...the rest of you I'll see next year but I'll be thinking about you every day. Alex and Liz....thank you both for doing all you have for the 129th, we are blessed to have you. You are both so thoughtful and caring. Bill and Cat....you have big shoes to fill. I'm looking forward to what you are going to do for our helicopter guys:>)) starting with a change in the banquet program:>)))next year...I hope. Miss you all-Gently
USA - Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 15:02:16 (MDT)
Susan and I have just walked in the door.Whew!.. There is a message from work, they want me to come in and work a shift. arghhhhh!!. More later, have to call work.
USA - Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 13:46:42 (MDT)
MD USA - Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 09:17:25 (MDT)
Well, another GREAT VHCMA reunion under the belt!!.. Sure was great seeing all of you again!!. 2405 miles down the road now. Took a while but am safely home and looking foreward to next year. From the posts, it looks like everyone enjoyed themselves as much as I did. It was really great to see and meet Phil, Simon and their wives, and that really made this one stand out. I only ran into a few holdups on the road and a couple of them were major looking, Buss mangled and on its side and a bigtime detour with 3 semis all crunched up and burning. So, I consider myself lucky as having made it with nothing more than a bit of a delay here and there. Thanks again to out new President, Bill Wolf, for the GREAT BOOK, and I would recomend to all that it is really something you need, and well worth the money. It also was great meeting the new attendees this year and hope they all will be with us in future years, it is always good to be able to put a face with the posts too. Well, enough for now.. Take care all.. C U L8r.. Kal 67/68...>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 08:47:19 (MDT)
WINK 3/69-10/70
LAKE WALES, FL. USA - Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 07:38:20 (MDT)
Before I forget, a special thank you to Alex and Liz for all they do year after year. We're lucky to have them doing the things they do for us. Thank you both! Liz you get better lookin every year-not sure how you do it!!!!!! Larry
Larry Lackey <larrylackey@bellsouth.net>
W, GA USA - Monday, June 25, 2007 at 17:26:14 (MDT)
Before I forget, thank you Alex and Liz for all the work they do year after year. And doesn't Liz get better looking every year. Not sure how she does it but I'll love to know cause it sure doesn't happen to me guys!! Larry
Larry Lackey <larrylackey@bellsouth.net>
Warner Robins, GA USA - Monday, June 25, 2007 at 17:22:25 (MDT)
Hoping everyone makes it home safe. Glad to hear many of you did. Terrific reunion and congrats to Bill and Kat on their new opportunity as President and First Lady--well deserved. Their book is a great deal so get yours ordered if you don't already have it in hand or the mail. To those of you not able to make the reunion, visit www.huey.co.uk website to see what a huey looks like!! Check out videos if you have a computer but remember there's more than one to view so click on arrow in middle and then play button on left side of play bar. It was terrific to see so many new faces along with the 'old' ones so take care cause we're not getting any younger. Larry Lackey
Larry Lackey <larrylackey@bellsouth.net>
Warner Robins, GA USA - Monday, June 25, 2007 at 14:23:45 (MDT)
Hi every one got home safe we had to stop & see Scooter he was so happy when he got to hold on to Glenda & me & you know that this was my first one & to see Phil & Simon & there Wives & I just think of all the one I wish I had not maid I felk like Mark MR Page & Alvis did when they look at 509 all you GUY & wives & Bill the book it bring back all the good time & Mark & Dee. The wife & I are talking about going to see the 509 & every one that put there LOVE in to that LADY of the clouds & just knowing that all the BROTHER that gave it all are still on her every time she fly. I just dont know how to put it in words for what you GUY have tuch my & Glenda HART. Art & Glenda
Arthur E Foster <tigerwagon@msn.com>
Hogansville, ga. USA - Monday, June 25, 2007 at 11:36:55 (MDT)
Rick, entertainment my "***"............what do they think we are ... a bunch of morons?? I've seen better entertainment on the Gong Show! hehheehehee! Oh well!! Vicky, it was nice meeting you & Dakota and I hope all's well. Bill, congrats and thanks again to you & Kat for a great book. Nice seeing everyone again and all the new faces that showed up.................just wonderful and I luv ya all!!!! Debbie & I left Sunday morn at 7 AM and decided to drive straight thru. Got home at 1:30 this morn. 18 1/2 hours on the road......................not bad for an "old man" huh? I'll check back to make sure everyone's getting home ok, later. Gale
Gale 67-68
Clinton, In US of A - Monday, June 25, 2007 at 08:28:11 (MDT)
Enjoyed meeting and making new friends at LZ Orlando,thanks to all who signed my book. Mark,thanks again for what you've done to heal and serve others. Matt, it was great seeing you again after so many years.I smile each time my mind "flashes back" to the precious moments we spent together. God bless each of you.
Larry Ruff <ruffruff@bellsouth.net>
Birmingham, Al USA - Monday, June 25, 2007 at 08:00:38 (MDT)
morning flight, made it home safe, had a tuff ride to get myself home, heeeeeeeeee. it was great to see everyone again. to you frist timers i hope it won't be the last.. ray called me yesterdayand wanted me to pass this on. you all know about the lost blue bag of theres, well its either in portland or. or seattle wash. they lost that little blue bag again. ray said yhey'll never use that little blue bag ever again.it was great to meet phil an simon and their wives, truly great people. hey liz , what happen to the surprise you had for me. i hope it wasn't the entertainer the night of the dinner dance. hope everyone gets home safe. wink 3/69- 10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Monday, June 25, 2007 at 07:16:04 (MDT)
All, made it home with some Jet lag. I sure had great time, lots of talking & meeting some new folks. For those of you who havn't heard, Bill Wolf is the new President of the VHCMA ( hope you dont hate me too much LOL). I do believe a great time was had by all especially When Phil Connelly & crew came all the way from England. It was Awesome. Shadow, i got you a book & everyone there signed it & Bill will be sending it to you. Just overwhelmed right now. Mark, have i told you I love you today??? Love & respects to all>>>>>> Smitty
Jim Westwang 71/72
Sheridan, Wy USA - Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 22:16:31 (MDT)
Message for Bill Wolff. Please check out internet site http://www.silverrose.info. I'm sure the guys of the 129th would like to put in for the award. Knowing full well that the personnel of the 129th were not exposed to agent orange, they might not qualify. (Har, Har, Har)Remember our spray ship? There is a picture of it in the photo gallery. Thought you could pass on the info to the guys at the reunion. Sorry I couldn't make the reunion this year, but it has something to do with the Silver Rose. God bless each and everyone of you guys and thanks again for the outstanding job on the 129th book.The one and only Jack (Sir Izk) Newton
Jack Newton <jenewton@tcaexpress.net>
Hartley, IA USA - Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 20:50:16 (MDT)
Hi Fred, hope all you guys had a great time and im sorry I couldnt make it i would not have been able to get the time off work unfortunatly. Always another time i suppose. Hope all is well across the atlantic. Take care and speak soon Brad
Bradley Johnson
the ''509'' county , United Kingdom - Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 17:19:35 (MDT)
Hello Flight! What can I say about my experience at the Reunion last night,the answer is "WOW". Although brief, it is something I shall not soon forget. Along with having the ability to match faces to names and talk with people from my past, there was having the opportunity to thank Mark for bringing us all together,topped by meeting Phil and Simon. Discussing the "509" with Phil was a great highlite as I know but have no written proof, that I flew on that bird. Ron Paye and I talked awhile, saw Larry Lackey. All I can say is now I am hooked and will now try to never miss another Reunion. Hope all make it home safely, as I must now point the Semi towards Atlanta and get the groceries to the store. P.S. the book has not left my side since last night
Dennis Fuerstenau
Haines City, FL USA - Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 11:31:03 (MDT)
I really wish I could have been there but maybe next time. So for now wish all of you a safe trip home. Take care Flight and have a good day!
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 07:47:50 (MDT)
Just wanted to let all of you wonderful people know that we made it home to Pembroke safely and uneventfully... I've got to say that all of you men and women are the most loving and affectionate group of people I've ever been introduced to. Ya'll really know how to make a person feel welcome. Mark and Dee, a special thanks to the two of you... and you know why. Ron, you too.... Kal and Shirley (mostly Shirley), thanks so much for showing Dakota a good time.. She looked for Kailey in the pool on Saturday... Everyone, be safe going home... I love you all.
Vickey Burnsed <vburnsed@g-net.net>
USA - Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 22:56:47 (MDT)
Thanks for the update :>)) I'm thinking of all of you.... enjoy the time together..... Mark, my email addy is khlavoie .. yahoro dort corm
USA - Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 18:17:39 (MDT)
you guys wont believe this...Phil and Simon(plus wives) just walked into the 129th room.
USA - Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 08:32:13 (MDT)
to all who have'nt ordered the book from bill wolf do so it's well worth it. having great time at the reunion. wink 3/69- 10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Friday, June 22, 2007 at 09:10:11 (MDT)
Checked in the 129th room, Alex has done a greaT job. Ssso far have seen Alex, Dan Hertlin and wife, Bill Wolf and wife,Stickman and friend,Gale beard and Debbie,Doc Reynolds,Larry Lackee, and Rick E, is here but havent seen him yet.Its funny, we all just about walked in the door at the same time. Great hotel and location this year. Looking forward to this afternnoon, The space shuttle is supposed to land today. Orlando is about 45 minutes from Cape Canaveral.They say you cant really see it but you can hear the sonic boom when she gets here.
USA - Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 07:11:04 (MDT)
Well the time has arrived for stickman and crew to hit the road. Should be at the LZ by 1500. Look forward to seeing everyone. CULTR Jim
Pembroke, Ga USA - Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 04:52:50 (MDT)
Made it to Tallahassee, FL - gonna bunk down for the night here and then get to Orlando around 1pm!!! See you all soon!! Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 14:31:43 (MDT)
Kat and I spent the night just outside Baton Rouge. Am heading out for another leg of the trip in a few minutes. Should get there on mid-day wednsday. See you all soon! Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 07:02:01 (MDT)
Scooter is locked and loaded. Dee and I are pullin' in an hour. All have a safe Trip. Will be in Orlando Thursday sometime. Kim L. I tried to email you but it bounced back. Do you have a different email address now?......take care all. Will be great to see you...........always a brother...........God Bless.................
USA - Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 06:40:51 (MDT)
Bill--- thank you for the books. my sons loved them. Dakota is going to start reading them soon. All Alec wanted to do was look for pictures of his grampie. Thank you for thinking of us. Great book!
kris <clue4blue@hotmail.com>
perry hall, md USA - Monday, June 18, 2007 at 21:22:33 (MDT)
CSM Charlie Rains. I have never met a nicer bloke. Charlie made me more welcome in USA than the President so to speak. My heart is out to all his next of kin and Vietnam Bretheren. Charlie will be a great loss to all of us on this planet and the man who takes his place will have big shoes to replace Charlie's. My best wishes to all and they who venture forth to Orando for the VHCMA 07 Reunion please have a beer for me and one for Charlie. Give Tom frankenfiels a beer too. He deserves it. To Charlie Rains all I can say now mate is "Lest We Forget" David Benge Royal Australian Navy SAR Diver 135AHC EMU's Bearcat & Dong Tam 1969=70
David Benge <linen@telpacific.com.au>
Adamstown Heights, NSW Australia - Monday, June 18, 2007 at 17:06:00 (MDT)
All just posted a new album on Yahoo page. Hope everyone has a good time at reunion. I'll be there next year if not back in Iraq. Have a safe trip. john.dillman@riley.army.mil DUTY FIRST John
John Dillman <jdillman@sbcglobal.net>
Liberty, MO USA - Monday, June 18, 2007 at 15:39:12 (MDT)
I would love to have you all's English teacher see your writing and spelling cause you'd all have one ear longer than the other from her jerking it!! You make it hard to read the flight log for long--see if you can't do better. And check email rules about being too lazy to capitalize beginning of sentences or typing in all caps! Do you know what all caps says about you???? Larry
Larry Lackey <larrylackey@bellsouth.net>
Warner Robins, GA USA - Monday, June 18, 2007 at 14:43:08 (MDT)
Good Afternoon. Everyone going to the Reunion,have a safe trip. Sorry I can't make. Dawg 426 is O'tta here.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, June 18, 2007 at 13:10:19 (MDT)
Hi Flight hope everyone has a good and safe trip. I wish things had worked out for me this year, but was let down by Sociel Security. I must have had some of your vibs last night. I have not had a good day pain wise till yesturday in months. So started trying to get all the things caught up while I could. Was wide awake till 10 this morning and only slept for an hour. PS, I took the patch I got from Dan & scanned it in my computer, than changed it back to solid colors. If anyone wants the file let me know..
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Monday, June 18, 2007 at 11:29:33 (MDT)
Alvis, you & Susan have a good trip. Don't forget to display the 129th patch. See you there!! Gale
USA - Monday, June 18, 2007 at 11:17:34 (MDT)
leaving from here at about 3 PM today (monday). Will overnight in Chattanooga Tenn. Route will be a lazy one..From Indy to Louisville KY.,Nashville Tenn.,Chattanooga Tenn., Atlanta Ga.,Jacksonville Fla.,Datona Beach Fla.,Cape Canaveral Fla., Melbourne Fla., Orlando Fla. whew hoo, road trip.
USA - Monday, June 18, 2007 at 11:01:51 (MDT)
flight, I went to the weather forecast for Orlando on the PC.Looks like 40% chance of rain most days or evenings.
USA - Monday, June 18, 2007 at 04:25:12 (MDT)
I am dissapointed that Shadow will not be there.Always like to see and talk to a good guy. He and Smitty both inhabit my memory, of the friendly blue skies.
USA - Monday, June 18, 2007 at 03:57:50 (MDT)
Hi Dan I like one there wont be sleep to night for me I am running at 6600 & nothing is slowing me down this is my first reunion
Arthur E Foster <tigerwagon@msn.com>
Hogansville, ga. USA - Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 23:00:02 (MDT)
See those who can make it to the Orlando gig. Wish everyone could be there! I will bring unit patches for sale or trade.
Dan Hertlein
Lake Tapps, WA USA - Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 19:46:34 (MDT)
Sorry that you can't make it Shadow!!!!
USA - Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 16:19:24 (MDT)
I have been gone a few days, Happy Fathers day all & Happy Birthday Rick England. Main thing is that Shadow will not be able to attend the reunion so if anyone wants to room with me let me know. I am flying out of Billings on Tusday so not much time but have a double reserved. If not the world will not end. Really sorry that i wont be able to see you Shadow. If you just leave the room as is, i will take care of it.>>>>>Respects to all>>> Smitty
Jim Westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 13:21:43 (MDT)
Art, be careful on the road Buddy. Lookin' forward to meeting you and your wife.
USA - Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 12:11:38 (MDT)
Hi to all I am puting my 129th poster in the rear windo it shoud be in plane sighl we are leaving in the moring about 9 going throw Columbus GA. then Macon might stop to let the Wife rest & then leav tuesday morning so take it easy.
Arthur E Foster <tigerwagon@msn.com>
Hogansville, ga. USA - Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 11:14:52 (MDT)
Reading Ken's post reminded me that I was once doing some volunteer work at a free clinic and we tracked STD tests with social security numbers. Well one came back positive and when we crossed referenced we had 7 hits with the same number and all but one turned out to be addresses at vacant lots. Imagine the suprise of the real american citizen when we contacted her. Funny thing she was not the patient.
Jeff S.
USA - Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 10:50:55 (MDT)
Well, Kat and I finish our visit in Oklahoma today and head out on the road again tomorrow morning for Orlando! Can't wait to see all of you!!!
Bill Wolf
USA - Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 10:49:14 (MDT)
Flight, speaking of the 129th patch........if you're driving, make a copy of the patch and stick in the back window. It shows up pretty good. Ask Mark, after he lost his bike in Mo. and rented a car, he passed me in northern Az when we were going to LZ Phoenix. Of course, I still got there well before him....hhehheehhehehh, right Mark? Then on the way home a guy stopped me in St Louis after he recognized the patch.
USA - Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 09:09:11 (MDT)
Hey "Dear Fred", when are you gonna make one of these reunions? Ya know, you can't hide from us forever........we'll come to your neighborhood eventually!! LOL. Anyone leaving early for LZ Orlando be careful out there and have a safe trip. We'll be leaving early Tuesday and driving down thru 'Bama. Gonna try to buy some pecans around Dothan. I'll be in a green Camry with a 129th patch in the back window, so, anyone traveling that route keep an eye out. Will be at the hotel 'bout noon on Wednesday. Can't wait to see everyone......... later.
Gale 67-68
Clinton, In US of A - Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 09:00:38 (MDT)
IRS......Shit...I`m on a "first name" relationship with them......They address my letters from them as "Dear Fred" not Mr. Skaggs......I`ve always done "side-jobs" and would try to cheat a little bit. I`m not a good gangster....they would "bust" me. I ended up having to pay-back taxes of $11,000 and some chump change........IRS is the most powereful arm of the government.....They`re better than the FBI or Secret Service......or CIA for that matter. IRS can shut your life down....they can freeze everything.
Fred Skaggs
NJ USA - Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 04:33:05 (MDT)
actually Ken,two years ago,my refund was held up just for that reason.Took about a month to straighten out.
USA - Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 03:31:45 (MDT)
Hi guy I am not let it keep me from seeing you guy I guss think the irs can get blood out of a stone. I got the dvd done & if you guy want one & I want to reed the book Bill has wrote & one for my AC Richard CRASH Laughlin & he was my first AC in the 129th first flight & we had a good company you BROTHER are the BEST there are no better SO SEE you there Art & Glenda
Arthur E Foster <tigerwagon@msn.com>
Hogansville, GA. USA - Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 16:14:02 (MDT)
Alvis & Arthur sorry about the luck but I have been there too. Arthur if that is about the IRS make them tell you what, when and why you owe those taxes. You might find out you were working in a Taco Bell in two different states at the same time and that your younger, shorter with brown skin and eyes. I love this country but we sure is stupid sometimes letting people get away with all that they do. We have changed checking account numbers a couple of times because somebody in the Canmon Islands or somewhere cashed a check with our name on it. For those that know it is a pain fixing anything and is why I don't ever want a credit card, wait my credit is that bad too. FLIGHT HAVE A GOOD DAY.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 09:44:07 (MDT)
wink, My VHPA book shows a Jim Eskildsen in flight school class 67-50/67-23. but he was in the 1st AVN 1 INF. Bull Dog 33 would have been a pilot in the 3rd Platoon. Bill Heilman
Bill Heilman <wheilman@valornet.com>
Hooks, TX United States - Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 04:56:41 (MDT)
fell off a 4ft ladder/work platform today.I plunged,ankle stayed. Severe twist/yank. On crutches.Must return monday,to Docs,make sure it aint broke.Dont know what it is with reunions, and walking,for the alvis family. Still plan on being there. Doc has final say monday.
USA - Friday, June 15, 2007 at 18:13:10 (MDT)
Smitty contact me about Orlando. Shadow
Alton Page <Apage6130*aol.com>
West Columbia, SC USA - Friday, June 15, 2007 at 13:48:09 (MDT)
good morning flight, can not believe next our reunion but glad. i know i mention a while ago if anyoneneeds or wants to stay my place i have an extra room with private bathanyone more than welcome. to something else, i subcribe to the magizine VEITNAM AND WHILE GOING THROUGH IT I CAME ACROSSED A STORY ABOUT ONE OF OUR SHIPS AN A MISSION IN 1968. THE STORY DOESN'T MENTION OUR COMPANY NAME BUT THE PICTUER OF THE CHOPPER SHOWS OUR BULLDOG ON THE DOOR AN WITHIN THE ARTICLE IT MENTIONED BULLDOG 33THE POLITS NAME IS JIM ESKIDSEN.BUT ANYWAY, GOOD STORY. WHO IS BULLDOG 33 ANYWAY? I'LL BRING MAG TO REUNION. SEE YOU ALL NEXT WEEK. WINK 3/69-10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Friday, June 15, 2007 at 08:24:52 (MDT)
good morning flight, can not believe next our reunion but glad. i know i mention a while ago if anyoneneeds or wants to stay my place i have an extra room with private bathanyone more than welcome. to something else, i subcribe to the magizine VEITNAM
lake wales, fl USA - Friday, June 15, 2007 at 08:14:21 (MDT)
Flight: Yesterday June 14th 2007 Command Sgt. Major Charlie Rains was laid to rest at the West Tenn. Veterans Cemetery with full military Honors. It was honor to be able to call him a friend and a Brother. As Executive Director for 13 years of The Vietnam Crew Members Association. Charlie always put the well being of the Membership first. Charlie was always there 24/7 for any member who needed someone to talk to. Or help with any kind of military forms or VA problems. Even in San Antonio his fight with cancer didn't slow him down. He gave it a 150% dedication to each and every member and thier famlies. I met a Doctor at the funeral. He told me how Charlie had contacted him Alabama because a Vietnam Vet there was having problems getting into the VA. He told me that Charlie guided him through all paper work and got this Vietnam Veteran the help he needed. Thats the Charlie Rains we all knew and Loved. A final slow hand salute to the Comand Sgt. Major and Our Brother!! Always A Brother!!
USA - Friday, June 15, 2007 at 06:15:49 (MDT)
Hi guy I trll you are taxes they just sent me a letter saying I owe them $ 4000 & I havent work sence 1982 Now I had it I think I like to move to Austrailia they dont put up with people that think they shoud get every thing & not pay for it & they tell the people that if they want to live here you go by are ways & if you dont like it then get out ou will put you out. I did not mined paying taxes wich they get $ 500 out of a $1000 but they want to let some get SS & not even paied a cent into it that the $hit so that might end it for me going to Orlando we just make it with my va. & SS & Glenda SS but I get some dvd maid up if youguy want them & I dont need this on top of every thing I got on me Well take care & have a good time at Orlando Art
Arthur E Foster <tigerwagon@msn.com>
Hogansville, ga. USA - Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 12:12:07 (MDT)
Update from sticks country. The wall rolled into Sav yesterday, hope to be able to make that before it leaves sun. I posted about taking some of you thru the flight simulator at HAAF. The blackhawk flight sim is scheduled for the VHCMA on 18 & 19 Jun from 4:00PM until. You can post your contact here or send me a e-mail at jsticksatg-net.net so we can get together. You can also contact me at 912 653-3384, and I look forward to maby some of you having the time to stop. I will be ariving in Orlando on the 20th. If you have time, stop and see what our flyboys train on now days. Ray I'm bringing my flute, can.t wait to play for you brother. Take care, da stickman is outta here!!!!!!Jim
j oliver
pembroke, ga USA - Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at 10:10:42 (MDT)
Mark, Simon ask me if you were going ti Orlando. I thought so...so said yes..was i correct? He said he had been trying you call you and Ron.
USA - Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 19:18:57 (MDT)
Mark; thanks for the email about the mini, unfortunately i won't be able to attend as i will be leaving for canada on that weekend for a fishing trip with boy scouts, sorry.i still read everyday but have been real busy with buying a house so don't have much time to post. i am looking forward to seeing every body at kokomo. paul(wild turkey) mcgrath
paul mcgrath
oglesby, il USA - Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 19:12:03 (MDT)
www.legacy.com/CommercialAppeal/GB/GuestbookView.aspx?PersonId=88997711 This link is for the guestbook provided by the funeral home for Charlie. The family has requested in lieu of flowers please send donations to VHCMA for Life Time Memberships, you can contact VHCMA directly regarding this at www.vhcma.org
USA - Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 19:08:43 (MDT)
Since it is definite that I am unable to attend the reunion I just wanted to say this to those driving to Orlando via I-75. As you get between Atlanta and Orlando and you come up on a Southpoint Distributing Truck. as you pass it and you just happen to notice the truck number is 0630 please give me a wave and a honk (waves must consist of more than one finger). for those of you who shop at Publix Markets, remember that Southpoint brought it there. Will be thinking of all of you at the Reunion. Always a brother Dennis Fuerstenau Class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau
Haines City, FL USA - Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 17:17:17 (MDT)
hello to all my brothers and sisters/ cant wait to see yo8u in orlando we be there a bit early. some time on monday. i be the one who talks with a sweek he he, see you there. dreive looking ford to meetingnew vets and familys . and seeing my old brothers. but when i get back got to see lots of dr but not going to thin about it. loveyou all a brother always. Ray you all be safe ORLANDO HERE WE COME ;-)
Ray <stilwating@aol.com>
MD USA - Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 16:44:05 (MDT)
Mark, still planning on being at your place and have a pin on gogle earth. Also got around to sending a check to Bill for a book this morning and can't wait to see how it turns out. I hope the rest of you will have a good time in Florida.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 15:31:53 (MDT)
Gale. I am pretty sure that there are a few of tose Pop-A-Top pens here somewhere. I'll find them and bring them..............
USA - Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 13:05:00 (MDT)
Just a reminder of the 129th Mini, or major, Depending on how many show up is then weekend of the 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th of JULY. Here are some hotel numbers of close by places, less the 10 minutes away if you do not camp here in the woods. Holiday Inn Express, Celina 419-586-4919###### West Bank Inn, Celina 419-584-3625######## Amerihost Inn, St Marys 419-394-2710 Camping is available here at the cabin also. Hope you can get a room. It will be outstanding to have you here. Let me know if you are coming. Our address is 5029 St. Anthony Rd. Celina, Ohio 45822 419-678-4697- Home 419-733-3154-Cell Call when you get in town. We'll guide you in. And we do have limited sleeping here in the cabin. 2 singles and 2 doubles. First come first served. And plenty of floor space in the cabin and ground space out in the woods. Looking forward to seeing and being with those who can make it. always a brother, God Bless,
USA - Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 13:01:46 (MDT)
See ya later Charlie!!!!.............................
USA - Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 13:00:50 (MDT)
Flight: The arrangements for Cms Charlie Rains are posted on the VHCMA.org website. It's on the home page under breaking news. VHCMA members through out the US are heading this way. Charlie touched alot of lives of the Vietnam vetearns and their Families. And, just recently was awarded the Legion Of Merit medal for service as a Command Sargeant Major. Rest In Peace My Brother!!
Collierville, TN USA - Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 07:08:55 (MDT)
Taken from the cav... fiddlers green... Half way down the trail to hell in a shady medow green Are the souls of all dead of troopers camped, Near a good old-time canteen. And this eternal resting place is known as Fiddlers green. Marching past, straight through to hell the infrantry are seen, accompanied by the Engineers, Artillary and Marines. But none but the shades of cavalrymen dismount at fiddlers green. Though some go curving down the trail to seek a warmer scene. No trooper ever gets to hell Ere he's emptied his canteen. And so rides back to drink again with friends at Fiddlers green. And so when man and horse go down beneath a saber keen, or in a roaring charge of firce melee you stop a bullet clean and the hostiles come to get your scalp, empty your canteen, and put the pistol to your head, and go to fiddlers green. author unknown
USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 23:16:38 (MDT)
you know, I was just thinking about the reunions and charlie rains. If those of you that were there in San Antonio remember,Susan couldnt walk(without alot of pain) due to severe reactions to the chemo drugs.It was thru Charlie's efforts,that a wheel chair was found for Susan.Charlie did alot of that sort of thing..very low key but meant alot to a few folks..he did his darndest for the "little guy" as well as for the "org.".I believe thats whats called an "unsung" hero. thanks charlie.
USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 22:16:45 (MDT)
R.I.P. Charley. You will be missed. Clear up to the arms of our Saviour!
Lenny <rtrwingnut@yahoo.com>
USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 13:01:45 (MDT)
Today is C.P.'s birthday. He's not on the web with us anymore....but he knows we love him. His wife Jean celebrates hers on the 14(Flag day-what an honor)Smitty and Rick England's is the 17th. Ron Paye's was yesterday:>))) It's an honor for me to know you..i call you "friends." L-Gently
USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 11:54:30 (MDT)
I'm so very saddened by our loss of Charlie. This is a loss for all of us, another leader is down. Rest in God's hands Charlie..you deserve the rest. Sadly, Gently
USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 11:48:55 (MDT)
Well, time to hit the road again! Am shoving off tomorrow morning for Oaklahoma City for a wedding and to Orlando after that! I'm mailing out about 25 books today. For those that reserved copies but wanted them to be brought to the reunion, I have them boxed. I'm also bring about 40 additional copies. If you can't make the reunion, but want copies, send me an email with your address and the number you want (they are $30 per book which includes shipping). I'll get those out on June 28th after I get back. I still have about 180 books available - so lets get them sold so we have a nice Christmas Fund available this year (and so I don't have a garage full of books!!!). You can see the book and info at: http://www.wolfcms.com/book.html. I think they are a great keepsake for family and friends. See you in Orlando. Clear left! Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 08:42:11 (MDT)
Slow respectful hand salute to Charlie Rains. You will be missed by many Charlie. Prayers to his family...Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 08:41:44 (MDT)
A Slow Hand Salute!! To A Vietnam Brother and Friend Command Sargeant Major Charlie Rains. I have spent time with Charlie over the past few weeks. Charlie will be missed by everyone whom met him. His was dedicated to to the VHCMA and to the men and thier families. Charlie was the one whom put me the right direction to find the 129th. And, the person he had me contact was Mark Jackson. Charlie told me that with Mark by my side we could find many Brothers of the 129th. I look back to 1997 and now and Charlie was right. Look how we grown. Charlie made these reunions a family orientated event. With the purpose to reunite Brothers whom fought together in Vietnam. And to remember those Brothers Whom Gave It All!! Charlie Rains has touched a lot of lives. He was there 24/7 for vetearns whom needed help or to have someone to talk to. Rest In peace my brother until we met again at the Fidlier's Green. Always A Brother!!
Alex <alfernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 05:48:59 (MDT)
He was the moving force behind so many of our goals. My life has been bested, for knowing him. Anyone that every talked to, or had dealing with, knew exactly where they were. I'm saddened beyond words. A slow, regrettable, respectful, hand salute for Charlie Rains. He was an unbelievable asset to all of us. He will be missed Sincere regrets to Jo Anne The family is in my prayers. Bill F
Bill French <frenchie745 at comcast.net>
Sugartown, Ga USA - Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 22:05:53 (MDT)
Very sorry at the loss of Charlie, Also a celebration of what he did in life. I had the pleasure of knowing him about 5 years & there was nothing he would not do for this outfit or to help someone. He was just that kind of guy. A Slow Respectful Hand Salute from me. He will be sorely missed>>>>>>>>>>> Smitty
Jim Westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wy USA - Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 18:36:55 (MDT)
Hey Mark, do you have any "Pop A Top" ballpoint pens left? If you do bring 'em to the book signing....I think it would be appropiate. I have one that I'm taking. Gale
USA - Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 17:10:59 (MDT)
Charlie Raines, slow hand salute................................and prayers to the family.
Gale 67=68
USA - Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 17:08:09 (MDT)
A slow ,respectful,hand salute for Charlie Rains. Many of you that have been to the reunions know the name but might not be able to remember the face. Charlie was a tall fellow,slim and with a gravely voice...due, I suppose, from the throat cancer treatments. He sat,at the last meeting,with the other officers of the VHCMA.He (and his wife)worked for many years, for VHMCA,and is one of the building blocks of that org. Thank you Charlie.
USA - Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 15:59:06 (MDT)
Bill, thanks for the kind words. The book was truly a labor of love. I'm mailing out another batch tomorrow (Monday). Then Kat & I are off to oaklahoma for a wedding and then to the Orlando reunion after that. If you've ordered a book and I have your mailing address, your book should be received shortly or for some, will go out tomorrow. For all others and those that I get requests for in the mail while gone yours will go out around June 28th. I will bring a whole bunch to the reunion. See you all there!!! Bill Wolf
Bill Wolf
USA - Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 13:24:25 (MDT)
Bill Wolf, Bill Whelan, and anyone else that worked on the book, great job! I received it yesterday and will finish reading everything today. The photos are a different matter, There are so many it will take a while to go over all of them. Are you all ready to do the sequel? "Bite and Strike, The Saga Continues." (Just kidding!) Again great job. Bill Wolf, I know this was a lot of effort for you. It is appreciated. Thanks, Always a Brother, Bill Heilman
Bill Heilman <wheilman@valornet.com>
Hooks, TX United States - Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 12:35:20 (MDT)
I didn't know Charlie but my I am always saddened by the loss of one of our Comrades. Best wishes to his family, our prayers will be for them that they might have peace. The data I've seen shows that the Vietnam Veterans are dying at a much earlier age then any other group of Veterans. But I'll bet you all don't need data to know that. We just have to look at our friends that have terminal cancers and various other illnesses. I know many of you, as I am, are struggling with medical issues. God Bless you all. Always a Brother, Bill Heilman
Bill Heilman <wheilman@valornet.com>
Hooks, TX United States - Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 12:22:59 (MDT)
Sue Thank You for making the posting about Charlie Rains. I am with JoAnne right now and she would like for everyone to know that the prayers and thoughts are appreciated. The arrangements are tentative right now, but looks like the visitation will be Wednesday evening and the funeral will be Thursday. I will post later if things change. God Bless. Liz
Alex & Liz Fernwalt <afernwal@comcast.net>
USA - Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 11:34:15 (MDT)
A slow hand salute to the Sergeant Major.
Bill Wolf
USA - Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 10:35:02 (MDT)
Hi Alex are prayers with you & your flamey so take care Art & Glenda
Arthur E Foster <tigerwatigerwatigerwe>
Hogansville, ga. USA - Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 10:22:22 (MDT)
Just had a call from Alex, he is at work so asked me to make this posting for him.... He wanted you all to know that Charlie passed away peacefully at home this morning.
Sue Alvis <essanjee@hotmail.com>
USA - Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 07:44:25 (MDT)
Am sitting in the airport in Phoenix on way home after another week on the road (4th week in a row)! I'll get all the books on order out on Monday (sent out about 40 before I left last Tuesday). And I'll be bring a big supply to the reunion. If you're going to the reunion, start exercising those writing hands as there are a TON of books to be signed!!!!! If want books at the reunion, you can either write me a check there or cash or just send a check when you get back home. I think after you see the book, you may want more than one!! Gently, I have a batch of checks to send to you for the 129th. I'll get that out on Monday with a note. Am really looking forward to seeing you all in Orlando!! Bill Wolf
Bill Wolf
USA - Saturday, June 09, 2007 at 13:13:45 (MDT)
Alex, please send me your e-mail addy. I must have an old one. Gale
USA - Saturday, June 09, 2007 at 07:08:40 (MDT)
Recieved a call from Simon tonight.Was good to hear from him. Simon and Phil both would like a 129th book,signed by everyone at the reunion. preferably, by their picture. Not only would this mean something to the 509, but to them personaly as well.I know that Mark,Ron and myself,feel like they are 129th family,heck,they have been comming in here for 2 years. Simon stated the welcome mat is out for ANY 129th person.He also said they would love to have some of us at an airshow over there.From personal experience,they will treat you as a part of their family.I triedto talk them into comming over for the reunion, but they have airshows to attend,with 509.Simoin said,well,maybe next year.Bill Wolf,Alex,we need to make sure their books get signed. Susan and I will be leaving Monday night for a relaxed drive down to orlando. see you there.
USA - Friday, June 08, 2007 at 19:08:22 (MDT)
Judith, wish Joe a Happy Birthday from us.......and I'll be lookin' you up!!!!
USA - Friday, June 08, 2007 at 17:41:05 (MDT)
Happy Birthday Day!! Joe!! and the rest of the 129 Family whom are having a Birthday this month. I will turn 61 on the 13th of June.
USA - Friday, June 08, 2007 at 15:58:23 (MDT)
Well I am glad to see that we will have a great turn out from the 129th Family. Visited with Charlie Rains and his wife Joann. Please keep them in your prayers. Liz and I are looking forward to seeing everyone attending. There is still time if you want to join us in Orlano. Always A Brother!!
USA - Friday, June 08, 2007 at 15:55:20 (MDT)
Judith,no I'm sorry to say. I can't make it. I know Bernie has made it to some of the reunions. I had made reservations to the San Antonio,Tx reunion. However some unexpected situation arose & I cancelled. Anyway enjoy it and please be careful out there. E'nuff Said. Dawg 426 clear left
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Friday, June 08, 2007 at 14:27:39 (MDT)
Joe and I are very excited about seeing all of you in Orlando! We'll be in on Thursday afternoon. The first person I'm going to look for is Gale Beard....he seems to think I owe him some beers, so I want to get that taken care of(ya, right). Bruno and Bernie.....are you 2 going? It would be wonderful to have you there with us. And Sticks!! And Ron Paye...oh oh! Alex, please tell Charlie that he is in our prayers, as are all of you struggling with war related illnesses. Joe turned 60 on Tuesday... how did we all grow up so fast? I talked to Ray last night...he and Gale are going to Orlando...amen. All of his medical care will be tended to when he returns. New names on the site...very cool, and welcome. Bill, will you be taking a semi to Orlando to carry all of those books in? I tried to get one on line but you don't take credit cards...got another suggestion? Should I just pay you in Orlando or wait to get a book after that? Which ever is easier for you. Love to all-everyday. Gently
USA - Friday, June 08, 2007 at 11:16:22 (MDT)
Bill, Received my 129th book in this morning mail. Thank You to you and Bill Whelan for a fantastic book.
Ernie Gschwender <ernieg3athotmail.com>
Lincoln Park, MI USA - Friday, June 08, 2007 at 07:42:50 (MDT)
Matt, thats pretty cool buddy. My Dad was also in the pacific.Those fellas had it rough. Hope to meet some 129th brothers at the reunion.Alex says the hotel is about 2 miles form Ebcot center. Looking forward to seeing you all again.
USA - Thursday, June 07, 2007 at 20:31:51 (MDT)
Evening Flight: To all making the Orlando Reunion. I have talked to Fred Alvis and Ron Paye tonight. Both will be making Orlando. On Friday night the 129th will have Ron, Fred and hopefully Mark there to give a first hand experience of their trip to England and the flight of 509. We will be making a disc to send to Phil. To show our appreciation for keeping the 129th alive in 509. See you all in Orlando. Mark are you coming to Orlando?? Gently will be go seeing you!! and the rest of our 129th Family. Always A Brother!!
USA - Thursday, June 07, 2007 at 20:15:27 (MDT)
# 1 song when you were born, mine was "Rum and Coca-Cola" by Andrews Sisters http://www.joshhosler.biz/NumberOneInHistory/SelectMonth.htm
J. W. Wilson
USA - Thursday, June 07, 2007 at 19:37:22 (MDT)
The Local Cacino is hosting the moving wall this weekend, had the honor to have the VFW Momorial Team I serve with ask to do the 21 gun salute and taps to open its stay in our area. A slow hand salute to all.
Matt Casey
Hemet, CA USA - Thursday, June 07, 2007 at 18:22:25 (MDT)
Hi guy my dad was in pacific in sub & I went in one 7 no way I could we got to thank them for what they did for us or we mightnot speaking ENGLISH.
Arthur E Foster <tigerwatigerwatigerwe>
Hogansville, ga USA - Thursday, June 07, 2007 at 17:37:44 (MDT)
Smitty, they probably chewed some of the same dirt.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Thursday, June 07, 2007 at 12:27:20 (MDT)
Bruno, interesting, my Dad was in New guinea, Buna, Papua, & a couple other places. He was in Co.F, 143rd inf. Regiment, 41st infantry division. Last Night I Watched "Saving Private Ryan" as a tribute to them. Was Hard>>>>>> Respects>>> Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Thursday, June 07, 2007 at 12:05:05 (MDT)
Hi flight well the wife got mad at me she told me what you mean by nothing to live for how a bout Josh & Tammy & me that doc worth it you beening put in jail & he need you to show him how to fix things you know his dad cant so I think that doc will go with out me & had Josh with me & Glenda tue that little guy got more smarts at time than I do & went to the VA & got a new doc for my helth problems & he sed hi & i dont want to talk to you I get out of your wife whot I nead to know so you just sit there & let us talk & my shrink sead I am going to give you some more sleep med & so between both doc I got four new one & I heard from my AC Richard call sine CRASH he doing good in his new job it still flying chooper . well see you in Orlando we leaving the 18th take care Art
Arthur E Foster <tigerwagon@msn.com>
Hogansville, ga. USA - Thursday, June 07, 2007 at 11:38:02 (MDT)
Good afternoon Flight: Well been working as usual at autozone. But in about a week I will be in Orlando. The long awaited vacation and the opportunity to to the 129th family again. Alot going on this year. Some of the 65-66 129ther's whom have never been to the reunion. The 129th Book!! And the opportunity to hear about the England trip from the 129th men whom made the trip. I have heard seconded handed that all three would make the reunion. Let's hope so. Always A Brother!!
USA - Thursday, June 07, 2007 at 10:29:11 (MDT)
Smitty, my uncle (dad's brother) served with the 24th Inf Div ,in the pacific. He did three islands; New Geuneia(spelling),Biak & Leyte - he was in the 3rd wave. He was wounded by shrapnel from a grenade. All this before his 20th birthday. Like wour dad, he said that there were about 100 men left in his company when he was wounded.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2007 at 14:02:20 (MDT)
Certainly a slow hand Salute to all those who sacrificed on this day in 1944 & following, can we say enough?? I don't think so. My Dad was in the South Pacifac the whole war 2/3 of his company never returned. We are so indebted to them & even lucky to be here>>>Respects to every vet>>>>>>>> Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wy USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2007 at 12:42:56 (MDT)
June 6th,1944 ----63 yrs ago. Least we forget
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2007 at 12:24:40 (MDT)
RAY <stilwating@aol>
md USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2007 at 09:58:30 (MDT)
Good afternoon from the UK. If you missed the piece about Mark, Fred and Ron's visit to the UK that was shown on ABC on Sunday evening the 27th May and you've not yet seen it on their web site then hopefully in the next few hours you will be able to see it on youtube. As before just search for huey 509 and now four videos will appear. Apparently World News Sunday has extremely good viewing figures and so it should have brought you guys to the fore. 509 goes to the Cosford airshow this sunday. The forecast is looking good so she will be beating the air in to submission and wooing the crowd, no doubt with a little egging on and help from the 35 on the doors. I can see your you're all entering your final countdown to the Florida re-union, from all of us here in the UK have a good one!! Bye for now.
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
Mellor, Lancashire UK - Wednesday, June 06, 2007 at 08:23:16 (MDT)
After one or two emails..this is the meat of the exchange.It doesnt say much for a KIA. I must remember that their memories are vastly different from the circumstances of my memories and what the friendship was/where based upon....."Thanks for the pics. Think I will look for that patch at some meets so I can hang it and the pic of Tom on his bunk over my desk. The last pic I have is so badly worn you cant tell who it is. Tom's parents used to live in Traverse city I don't think they are around any longer they were not in the best of health back then but I really have no idea. Tom's son Tommy Jr. looked just like Tom the last time I seen him, it has been a few years. He used to ask about his dad and we told him all we could about the type of man Tom was and many of the good times we all had. I ran into Jeanie (Tom's wife) about a year and a half ago. I stopped at a little party store in Madison Heights and she was working there but I haven't seen her there since. She was talking about moving. Tom is in Roselawn cemetery on 12 mile and Woodward in Royal Oak. anything else;se I can do don't hesitate to ask you can call or write".
USA - Monday, June 04, 2007 at 21:30:38 (MDT)
Hi flight talked to Ray & he going to Orando Glenda & me are leaving the 18th it about 7 or 8 h that if we dont stop the wife back might not take that long of a ride we will be there the next day but she put up with the pain & she would not be like this if was not for some doc that just think of MONEY & they could care less about people & when she got a shot in her back she had flouid run out & the doc told us he could not help her & the day befor he got his money but he dont know me I got a hart that only putting out halfwhot it should be so I got nothing to louse he get his I might go to hell but he be with me one day he get his that for shore. He told her that nothing but that day she went down hill & if I could get my hans on him he would not hafto turn around to look what in back of him & that no SHIT SHIT WOuld be in better shape this has bee eating at me from that day Art
Arthur E Foster <tigerwagon@msn.com>
Hogansville, GA. USA - Monday, June 04, 2007 at 21:04:53 (MDT)
P.S., go to the website: http://www.wolfcms.com/book.html for ordering information. If you can't access it, drop me an email and I'll send you the details.
Bill Wolf
USA - Monday, June 04, 2007 at 16:44:51 (MDT)
Hey Flight, I'm on the road again starting tomorrow for a week, then back here for 2 days, then off for a wedding in oaklahoma and then to the reunion. I mailed out about 40 books today. I'll get all the others I have requests for next Sun/Mon. And I'll bring a supply to the reunion. Guys and ladies, this book is a real tribute to the 129th. It is 8 1/2 x 11 inches in size, 324 pages with a fantastic laminated cover featuring the painting "God's Own Lunatics" by Joe Kline (with his kind permission)and a photo CD with over 500 pictures. I bought books for my family including sons. I still have about 209 books available. So, get your requests in now before we run out!! Plus, the more we sell, the more money for the Christmas Fund!!! See you al in Orlando! Bill Wolf
Bill Wolf <VNHeloReunion@aol.com>
USA - Monday, June 04, 2007 at 16:43:58 (MDT)
STOCKTON, CA USA - Monday, June 04, 2007 at 12:48:07 (MDT)
Fred, glad that it was friendly fire. If you can, share it with us.............RAY, you take brother......good to see your post.........GALE.......glad your home........Hey...have I told you I loved you yet today?..........Rags????...how are you doing brother????..........Pete Rhome, you gonna make it to FL or here????......Got email from Susan Edison (Brad Racey's Sister) she may attend the mini here at the cabin. Rick England??? How are you doing????........I was thinking of you because the grass in coming in!!!!....NO , not that kinda grass, we had the yard planted and it is growing. He,HE,HE,HE,......you ever hear from Stacy McCain anymore?........man I love you guys. ......take care all.............always a brother.........
USA - Monday, June 04, 2007 at 10:03:07 (MDT)
its ok,was frienfly fire and gentle at that.
USA - Monday, June 04, 2007 at 08:25:16 (MDT)
out of nowhere today,Susan,recieved an e-mail asking about one of my KIA room mates from the 60th ahc.The name/addy isnt known to either of us.I ask Susan to forward the email to me, then I answered it.This is very bothersome to me, red flairs are popping.Am very cautious about what type of incomming this is going to be.Even friendly fire can bring forth pain. This is the room mate that I have never found the family for yet.
USA - Monday, June 04, 2007 at 07:28:47 (MDT)
hello to all my brothers and sisters, i havent posted much. but i like to thank to the ones who called even if the had a hard time hearing me at times. i go to the dr university of md tomorrow to meet the dr and i guess talk about what going on. iasked people if they ever new any one who lost there voice as bad as me for barrets esothagus they said no also never heard of them doing it a hospital i go on the 6th for that. i have hard time swalowing and things get stuck in throte oh well. on friday we put the truck to have the a/c fixed. thet did a test drive cant belive someone hit my truk in the rear end bent the bumper and tail gate. gail say she feels a shimmy in the back not sure what it could be. so gping back for another guess how much. the frst gust just for the bumper and tail gate4 was 1200$i we still plan to go to orlando unless they find something with throte its a bit swolen and hurt, ten thy go back to work on the spleen. they stoped that, the dr told ail the cells down there are bad and my voice gets worse day by bay i keep ypu posted hope i didnt bore just telling all whats going on love you all take a brother always ray oh alvis that# i gave you did he help you he is good see you in orlando
Ray <stilwating@aol.com>
MD USA - Sunday, June 03, 2007 at 19:43:21 (MDT)
Flight, I made it back home in one piece. Thanks for all the birthday greetings and cards. Now I gotta get ready for LZ Orlando...will be there on Wednesday. Later................
Gale 67-68
USA - Sunday, June 03, 2007 at 14:41:08 (MDT)
I talked with Ray Gagner today. He's still hoping to make it to the reunion, but depends on his health. Keep him in your prayers! Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Sunday, June 03, 2007 at 13:04:37 (MDT)
"BITE & STRIKE!" - the Book - If you haven't ordered your book yet, or want more copies, please go to: http://www.wolfcms.com/book.html for information on ordering. I'll be bringing copies to the reunion also. As of this moment there are 225 copies left - this may be your only chance to get a copy as it is unlikely we will have another printing. Bill Wolf
Bill Wolf <VNHeloReunion@aol.com>
USA - Saturday, June 02, 2007 at 07:35:29 (MDT)
monica has changed her political affiliation to republican as the democrats left a bad taste in her mouth. ha ha ha
paul mcgrath
oglesby, il USA - Friday, June 01, 2007 at 20:10:50 (MDT)