Mark, she put her pics in your album. I had a hard time finding them too......easy to do, tho.
USA - Monday, June 30, 2008 at 21:51:16 (MDT)
Hey Vickey, I dont see the pictures you posted babe.
USA - Monday, June 30, 2008 at 21:15:29 (MDT)
Hey guys 66-01009 was with the 129th and did this ((((( Purchase date,1266) in 129th (68,02) Beginning hours with 129th (880) Finnished in 129th (68,04) finished hour with 129th (1065) Total hours in 129th (185)..that aint much .Is it? But at least she is still flying and is one of yours. Cool!!!!.......always a brother........
USA - Monday, June 30, 2008 at 21:10:31 (MDT)
I've also posted reunion pics at the Yahoo site....
Pembroke, USA - Monday, June 30, 2008 at 16:52:14 (MDT)
Dang Gently, exactly what were you and Joe smoking to get you lost and wandering all over the country for four days??? ;)
Pembroke, USA - Monday, June 30, 2008 at 16:51:38 (MDT)
HI every one well a nother nam vet went home GOD taking care of him he was in nam in 66 &67 big red one a swamp rat like I was he left a wife that all I know.
USA - Monday, June 30, 2008 at 14:57:41 (MDT)
For anyone wanting the information on golf carts at Kokomo, the contact is Diane @ Golf Cart Central Inc. Phone number is 765-963-6912 or the email address is and that maybe a better way just to check. They will be contacting people who already asked for carts this year in a couple weeks.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Monday, June 30, 2008 at 14:29:20 (MDT)
Good Morning all, we are currently operating A UH-1H Tail # 66-01009 just want to know if any of you remember her and have any pic's?
Raymond <>
Cape Town, South Africa - Monday, June 30, 2008 at 08:01:29 (MDT)
Real funny Gale ;-)))).......I didnt notice the lil' sign you put under the photo of Dee and I on the balcony until I looked at it again.How did you know that I had 3 balls? he,he,he,he......and how come gently only wispered that in Rainer ear? was this ever a great reunion this year!!!!!!!!!!!!!.............I wanted to mention this the other night but, Ladies ( or sweeties )as Gale called them in the photo of his. I want to personally thank all of you gals for letting your guys come to the reunions and for putting up with and helping in all you do to make them/us all feel like we are one big family. With out your blessings the reunion would not carry the wieght that it does. God Bless you and Thanks.
USA - Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 20:17:41 (MDT)
HI thank GALE I going to look.
USA - Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 19:34:28 (MDT)
USA - Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 18:43:23 (MDT)
HI every one how do get to see the photo on yahoo.
USA - Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 16:03:52 (MDT)
I posted some reunion photos on there also.
USA - Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 11:58:24 (MDT)
I just posted my 88 photos of the St. Louis gig of the 129th on the YAHOO page. Check them out and enjoy.
USA - Friday, June 27, 2008 at 22:37:02 (MDT)
Sooth, Lois ;-)))) and I are with ya there man.Good thing we do have "THE" higher power. If I had to depend on myself, I would be in real trouble. I know my track record brother......Let me know how the Pilots reunion goes and be sure to tell all of the 129th guys that I say WELCOME HOME!......thanks for sending those photos again. Did you get the ones I sent? Also tell the pilots, if they don't all ready, to stop into the FLIGHT LOG once in a while. Ride safe brother........always a brother.............
USA - Friday, June 27, 2008 at 20:44:59 (MDT)
No wonder Wink was so quite at the auction. Not once did I hear him say. OOH, OOH, OOH, I don't have it!!!!...........;-))))........and no crummy teeth or ones that light up! Wink, did they change your meds on you???? ;-))))
USA - Friday, June 27, 2008 at 20:37:59 (MDT)
Bill in my last post ,Should, should be shown.............Mark
USA - Friday, June 27, 2008 at 20:35:43 (MDT)
Bil, dont fotget to send me a copy of the long version of the trip to England like you should at the 2007 reuion in Orlando. OK?...........
USA - Friday, June 27, 2008 at 20:34:03 (MDT)
Hey Bill, have a safe trip. As far as the "no" entertainment, which I didnt hear whys about it till after wards, well I thought that that was the way the dinner night was suppose to go. I commented to a couple of people that night that I think the way you guys set it up was the best way yet. To hold the auction first then just let everbody mingle and talk and I said that I thought the way you did it was great. Not knowing that they DJ was a no show. If you ask me the way it worked out was perfect and maybe you can make a suggestion to the leaders that at least I liked it that way.You could save the VHCMA some money by not haveing entertainment and just letting it go like it did this year. What does anybody else think about that? It gave everybody a chance to get together with their unit and say their goodbyes and stuff or just do what evver they wanted to...........always a brother............
USA - Friday, June 27, 2008 at 20:31:34 (MDT)
HI every one & thank ALVIS I got on it & like it A lot to see & I might find JIMMY he int.from KOREAN & english.
USA - Friday, June 27, 2008 at 19:43:52 (MDT)
first load was up to,beat Jently there.Shot down to Shreveport La,now in Dallas Tx.ART..
USA - Friday, June 27, 2008 at 18:06:25 (MDT)
Well, Kat & I leave St Louis tomorrow morning and head back to Colorado Springs. We've been doing some family research here. Had a great thunderstorm today and knocked out the power in our area. After an exhausting investigation into the entertainment for the Saturday Dinner, I, a 27-year veteran cop, have uncovered the truth. Apparently we hired last years entertainment for a repeat performance. However, our entertainer was hijacked at the back door by Wink. Hotel staff recalls a goofy toothed, dazed eyed old man running off with our entertainer shouting, "She's, I mean wait, it's MINE!". I know all of you would have loved the encore performance, but life is cruel. Okay...the truth is there was to be a professional DJ who simply didn't show. As a Board member, I will try to ensure that it doesn't happen again...the DJ not showing up I mean...not Wink hijacking his true love! Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Friday, June 27, 2008 at 17:28:41 (MDT)
STAN, I myself was with the 101st @ camp Evans w/A co 158th Avn-Ghostriders. I was with the division when it stood down in December pf '72. I was reassigned to the 129th. I'm sorry to say I don't recall your relative. It's been over 30 years ago. Can anyone out there help? Stan keep in touch. Something will pop up sooner or later.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Friday, June 27, 2008 at 10:29:03 (MDT)
Well riding south on hwy. 55 from St. Louis. I spotted a formation about 2 miles ahead. It finally hit me. There were 3 Pilots riding the Bikes ahead. They stopped at the Siketon Mo. exit, It had to be Ray and Pete. Glad to see everyone made it home. The hardest part of the reunion is going home. If anyone has down load pictures of the reunion. I would appreciate if you send me some via email. Forgot to get my camara. Judith!! sounds like you and Joe was trying to go around the world!! HA! HA! Glad your Home. Always A Brother!!
Alex <>
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, June 27, 2008 at 10:02:46 (MDT)
Mark, the sticker on your bike is a reminder that we are guided by a higher power, I am glad that you and Lois made it home. (i know it's D) Had a wonderful time in St Louis, see you soon my brother, Sooth
Raymond Colles <>
Sulligent, AL USA - Friday, June 27, 2008 at 07:50:09 (MDT)
HI it get loney this time at night I look on EBAY see if there somthing there or some other place take care.
USA - Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 22:56:19 (MDT)
Robbie.....I have written back to that Bob guy 5 times now with no responce. Told him the last time that I suppose that finding the 129th again may have been a shocker to him and to take his time. I hope I hear from him again though. I wonder if he has a photos of Larry in his scrapbook like some of you guys did that I have never seen. Ya know what I mean. We took real good care of your doorgunner out in St.Louis. I yhink Ray and Gail both enjoyed themselves. I just love the heck out of Ray. good man he is..............always a brother..........
USA - Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 20:38:08 (MDT)
Hello, Thanks for your service to our country. I'm Vietnam Veteran myself. I was with the 101st Airborne, ' 71 to '72, Camp Eagle. My uncle was with the 129th ' 72 to '73. His name was Moses Brock, he drove a supply truck, and volunteered as a door gunner. Has anyone heared of him. Thanks, Stan
Stan Brock <>
Corbin, KY USA - Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 19:31:30 (MDT)
For those going to Kokomo we have plenty of room with five sites. Questions about go carts, I have the number if I can just find it on my desk. All take care!
Ken Strong Jr.
Lafayette, IN USA - Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 18:21:13 (MDT)
Hi just looked at the camer chip put it in the printer got some pkoto of last year reunoin that Glenda & me took the battery went dead when it showed up to sing some look good some no I am going to put them in my computer.Alvis Mark & his wife Alex & his wife Ray & his wife & some other if you like to see them let me know ok.
USA - Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 17:25:56 (MDT)
Fred S. that's a good question. My bet is no... Why do you ask? Have you got something you haven't told us?........ Mark, I looked at Bill Wolf's pictures and I do remember seeing that Schekstaul (sp) guy around the company area. Most of us guys that flew were up and gone at dawn and often not back until dark. If we did get back durning the day we had to take care of the ship. Post flight, fixing any broken safety wire, etc. So lots of times we were seeing people in the company area when it was dark.
Rochester, NY USA - Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 15:21:58 (MDT)
HI every one what the email to get the ROK sight.
USA - Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 10:54:06 (MDT)
e-mail address correction - forgot an 8
doc <>
USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 23:44:17 (MDT)
Born In The USA. Thanks CP.
doc <>
Clatskanie, or USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 23:41:54 (MDT)
Good evening Flight, NEWS ABOUT KOKOMO! I just got the info to get sites for us. I am getting two more sites for a total of four all together and there is still one more left next to us. This is about the last chance to get one more so if anyone is interested please email me. It is still $20 for Fri & Sat nights to camp. The last thing is I got an EMG done on my foot today, just said the nerves are a mess but no idea from what or why.
Ken Strong Jr. <ken7776 at>
Lafayette, IN USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 19:58:22 (MDT)
I look in the VA benefits book they would get it to they were 18 18 the wife would get some to if she staied singel & when you go to the va get a federal benefits book
USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 16:05:03 (MDT)
Look here just a wife and I was to have a our age. If I was to die before that child reach`s 18 years old( which is likely). Would my child be eligble to collect my VA they were in 1970`s , when I got out of service.......Does anybody know?
Fred Skaggs
Somewhere In, NJ USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 15:07:55 (MDT)
Glad everyone had a good time at the reunion and all made it home safe. Ray, I sent yu an email letting you know that the picture you sent of me and the Judge is actually you and the Judge....Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 14:13:10 (MDT)
Well, it's the 25th and Joe and I finally got home. Joe went out to have a smoke prior to boarding our one hour flight home and missed the flight. I had the airlines let me out of the plane and went looking for Joe...couldn't find him. So, I'm meandering all over the #$%%$* place and finally several hours later, I tried to get another flight----hoping Joe had done the same thing. Unfortunately for me, I found out that all flights to Milwaukee were full until Monday afternoon. Meanwhile Joe did catch a flight and called me from Dallas while in a lay-over. He also had to wait until Monday for a flight-so we both slept in the airports Sunday night. On Monday I caught my flight, which ended up having mechanical problems so I sat on the tarmack for 8 hours. We finally took off and were detoured to Minneapolis, where there was suppose to be a crew ready to fly us on to our next got crew until Tuesday morning...which actually became Tuesday evening-the red eye at 12AM. Meanwhile Joe was having problems of his own. He got bumped twice in Dallas. The next available flight at 8PM Monday night was an 10 hour round-a-bout flight to Milwaukee.....which he took. Believe it or not, he got bumped again in Tennesse. Next flight 1AM Wednesday morning. So, we're both home now..tired ..but home. I will write about the wonderful, wonderful re-union once I've caught up with myself. Love you all----you are family. love-Gently
USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 10:04:25 (MDT)
Flight; glad to hear everybody had a good time at the reunion. i talked to jim earlier in the week and he said you guys really made him fell welcome. (i knew you would) sorry i couldn't be there but am looking forward to kokomo. see ya all there. paul
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 20:37:09 (MDT)
PS: the show is "Fight or Die"
Bill Wolf
USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 18:26:39 (MDT)
PROUD DAD ALERT: Last year, my son and his ROTC Unit from CalStateNorthridge and other Univesities were used as "actors" on a story about LZ XRAY (Lt. Col. Hal Moore). It is going to air on the Discovery Channel on Thursday, June 26th at 10pm (Didn't say what time zone). My son Jim plays Sp4 Galen Bungum from the "lost platoon". You can see the trailer at: Discovery is actually considering making this into a series! Kat and I are still on the road till June 30th. I"m hoping that one of you can record it for me!! Again, what a trip seeing all of you at the reunion. Always a Brother & Sister: Kat & Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 18:21:21 (MDT)
Hey guys. especialy the new guys that have "just" recently emailed me wanting to be added to the CONTACTS list. I have some how deleted my all my mail and need you to msend me another mail with your info. I am very sorry about that.
USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 17:30:10 (MDT)
HI FLIGHT just got home from the VA. they told me that all they can do is give me more med like 300 a day to 900 a day so I wont need much gas for the truck I will flying about cloude level & will get there faster than supper man & in the after they wont half nead to do eany thing when they put me in the ground I will crash & dig my hole & stick a marker on it & plus to more med & I will have a hangover every day & not evern snif a beer. Had a good time help with the missing of better half but got Scooter 7 that my number ONE thing in my HART & he keep me wanting to end it all becaust he need some one to show him how to do thing bozo cant he need some one to show him how to wipe his A$$. Thank to you all you been there to help when there no one to help & again THANK TOMY BROTHER 7 SISTER GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 16:57:20 (MDT)
Alvis, as aperson who is now 10 yrs since I came off of disabilty, I learned the rules of the game pretty quickly. I was just notified that I have re earned the required 40 quarters needed to be eligilible to file. Now is is the good part, if I die before my X wife she gets first dibs on my benefits before my current wife does. When I applied for disability in 95 all I had to do was take my doctor info to the interview and 5 months later received a ltr telling me when my payments would start and howmuch I would get each month. I now plan to start receiving payment 4 yrs from my next birthday, unless I need to return to Disabilty before then. I have a open case file due to my Cardiac Classification. And yes, spouses can draw your SS benifits, but catch is you must be deceased. Moost of these facts are on their website. Good luck, time to go make my milk delivery now. Dennis
Dennis Fuerstenau
HC, FL USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 15:43:24 (MDT)
Made it home safe, had a gr8 time, had a fight with the airlines & almost got in jail, another story. Fred, you can take off your hat but you cant stop being a veteran (your old CE says so cause you are in my heart). thanks for the nice pics i have 94 in my camera. as soon as i fig out a way to send them. Still recuprating & i dont drink>>>> Respects to all>>>>>>>>Smitty>>> Mark I love you
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 15:34:14 (MDT)
Well, I don't know about everyone having a good time, but I know that Dakota did.... Ya'll remember the tall boy who was pulling the raffle tickets from the box? Well, he and Dakota struck up a friendship on an elevator ride upstairs. They are communicating on their Myspace pages....
Pembroke, Ga USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 13:16:44 (MDT)
I was stationed in Ft Eustis,VA for about 3 yr. I didn't know they had a flight school their. My MOS was 54E Chemical Staff Spec. They put me in a truck outfit to start with and I got myself transfered to the Chemical school on post. From their I went to Fort Knox and stayed a year and from their to Vietnam where I was transferred to the 129th and put in the Gun platoon to start with and later wound up in the slicks as a gunner. I really didn't get to meet alot of the people. I wasn't really told anything about what duties I had or even what platoon I was in. All I knew was the crewcheif that told me when we had a flight and I did do alot of flying. I hope that all had a good time at the reunion and got home safely. God bless all
James Ellis <>
Newport, NC USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 10:08:58 (MDT)
HI what is this veterans advantage card is it a good thing or a rip off could some one let me know.
USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 08:46:34 (MDT)
Hi Alvis We had not ssop around for a lawer & that how cone it took so long dont get the first one check them all out to find the best one. I have one problem when e maling I know what I want to say but get my finger cant keep up with my head & leave thing out O there one more of a bunch my tung.
USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 08:39:18 (MDT)
Alvis, Art is right that it is what they do to everyone and most just give up. Also you are not the only one that is upset with things here and that is why I write my Congressmen about every month to point out me feelings. Two of the things he has already done something about. I get so mad I almost see red some days, but I won't give up and let them win either.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 07:04:36 (MDT)
WE made it back to MS Gulf Coast. Enjoyed meeting most everyone.Seeing my 66 brothers was just awsome. What you hold most firmly & consistently in your mind you become. So keep your thoughts focused on moving toward the desirable,enjoyable & fulfilling things. God bless Truman & faith
Truman <>
Moss Point, MS USA - Monday, June 23, 2008 at 21:03:11 (MDT)
HI Flight Alvis get a Doc he can help & she might get it sonner& a attrney & I hate to say it it took Glenda 4 years but look on the bright side of it she got it & Susan will get it to & it could be a lot faster& brother what you are doing is just what they want I know I have to go down that road to & put that HAT BACK ON YOU AER THE BEST & I wont let you forget what you are if I half to call your house every day & say HI NAM VET & be proud to be one because you are ONE & it was so good to see you & every one.
USA - Monday, June 23, 2008 at 20:12:22 (MDT)
in their office today, I took off my "vietnam Veteran" hat,and said,"I will never wear this again". It still laying on the back seat of Susans car.I plan on leaving it there. Thi crap continues,I plan on no longer being a Veteran, much less a Vietnam Veteran.You folks just dont realize the depths of my anger towards our goverenment at this time.
USA - Monday, June 23, 2008 at 18:50:38 (MDT)
Fred, Been there and done that. When I couldn't work I couldn't draw unemployment. Than SSDI said I couldn't do my 50K a year job but I could work someplace making at least $836 a month, not sure were that amount comes from or what it meant. I took that back to the unemployment office and showed them so they signed me up. Than I went through the time drawing $390 a week until it was gone. I did apply for a bunch of jobs sending out my Resume' for what my degree is in. Didn't even have to talk to anybody as I got nothing back except two places telling me no thanks. Now at 26 months waiting for a hearing in Indy.
Ken Strong Jr.
Lafayette, IN USA - Monday, June 23, 2008 at 18:35:01 (MDT)
Alvis, for the unemployment, you need to explain her situation to an attorney. A good attorney will usually tear them up at the hearing. Of course, that's only temporary. As for disability SS, she needs a Dr in her corner to write a letter to them. The "less than 10 years" might nip that. I dunno....good luck. Gale
USA - Monday, June 23, 2008 at 18:34:22 (MDT)
rolling acros the desert the other day,looking at the life that lives there.One catus,arms spread to the heavens,was dead.She seemed to have given her all to the birthing of many children,as time passed.She now ,in her last selfless act,was giving herself back to the desert. Other catus,were intertwined,looking like new lovers,out on the desert floor.Roadrunners,darting off the road,at the sound of my truck,latter returning,looking for that tasty diner,laying on the desert floor.Fling desert life,such as it was,was splattered across my windshield.Snakes sunning themelves on the blacktop,havalienes (wild pigs) munching away,unconcerned with the passing traffic,and rooting away for another goodie only they appreciate. Other catus,hole in their bodies from being pecked for homes,sheltering untold generations of new winged life. No people,no homes nor fences,just land,unfolding,guarded by towering blue or purple mountians,streaching off into the hazy horizen.No grass,no trees,no shade,no water.A wild but deadly quiet,life spread thinly thru the sage thickets,finding sparse shade in the heat of the day.Rolling along,70 foot long,80 thousand pounds,just a tiny speck in the landscape,swirling up dust,a bit of shade passing through at 60 miles an hour.Its a lonely landscape,a hard one.I passed by Chochiese's stronghold,a towering mountian,mostly rock and dry,dry earth.How a man,a people,a nation,survived in this place says a lot for courage,strenght,determanation. My hat is off to those early peoples,strong willed as they surley must have been.
USA - Monday, June 23, 2008 at 18:29:11 (MDT)
well,jut returned from Social security office,to try and get Susan a claim. Nothing doing,he ha onl worked and paid into it for 51/2 years.She cant claim on me cause I dont have a claim open. Thats fine.."she can never work again",I tell them," So give her back the money she has paid in." "Write your congressman", I was told.She cant work,cant get unemployment,cant get disability,( it took 4 months to find this out)but aint America great.In that office,I removed my " Vietnam Veteran" hat,and said," I will NEVER wear this again"!Piss'es me off it does.Not asking for a free ride,have paid the dues,walked the walk,doesnt matter.Oh,they did a that in 7 years,I can go on SS,then Susan can claim.Like I want to go on SS in 7years...not if I can still drive a truck...screw this goverenment.In a survey,of all the first world countries and how they treat their Veterans,Americka came in last..I uppoe that goe for its people too. orry if I have offended person in here,but thats how I feel and it my opinion.
USA - Monday, June 23, 2008 at 14:19:06 (MDT)
Hello flight well we mads it home ok.hope all of you made it home safe to. gail is taking me to the DR. today i have a tree opp. for a camera go down the throte on july 15th also a blood DR for low blood on the 11th. well there iam also going to talk to her about my legs getting num and back oain and the head ackes and get something for the pain i owe a lot to some who helped me thanks. i be back take care a brother ray oh had a grate threre and meeting new people be safe
Ray <>
MD USA - Monday, June 23, 2008 at 10:08:44 (MDT)
Vickey,Dakota and myself have arrived safely home. Thank you to all the great brothers and sisters for the best reunion ever. Will post more later, thanks. Jim
Jim"Stickman"Oliver <>
Pembroke , ga USA - Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 21:03:39 (MDT)
Flight, Mark and Dee home safe. Dodged rainstorms a couple of times but had a great ride. Raymond's blessing of our bike came into affect. Thanks Sooth. Will comment on the absolutly great and wonderful gathering we had.......always a brother and sister......Mark and Dee
USA - Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 20:27:25 (MDT)
Well the (10th) 129th reunion is over. It was our largest to date. We had about 5 new 129th Brothers whom, we welcomed home. I apprciate everyone whom had the opportunity to make St. Louis. For those of you whom couldn't make. There is next year. Start saving those pennies for RENO. Hope all had a safe trip home? Always a Brother!!!
Collierville, TN USA - Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 20:13:55 (MDT)
Captain Hook, welcome home brother. Richard, do you remember Gary Villamaino? He was in the 394th May 67-May 68 and I'm in contact with him. He lives in Mass. Gale
USA - Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 19:26:07 (MDT)
Flight, Debbie & I made it home about 5 pm...just now getting on here. I agree, might have been the best reunion yet.......not that any are bad. I think there was close to 30 actual 129th members that signed in, plus their families. Next year is "LZ RENO",so, start making your plans. Always a brother, Gale
Gale Beard 67-68
Clinton, In US of A - Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 19:22:09 (MDT)
Hey Gang, it was so awesome to see so many of the 129th at the reunion. I'm sorry I didn't get to spend more time with you in the room, but had to put time in doing reunion duties. Jim from Dustoff - it was great to have you join us!! To all of you who were there for the first time, I know you had a good time. Kal and Pete - thanks to the pilots who always join us - we were a team!!! To everyone, thank you for the privilage of being the VHCMA president this past year and for being my brothers and sisters. The 2009 will be at the Atlantas Hotel in Reno (my birthplace). Kat & I have stayed there before and it is VERY nice. I know it's a bit "west", but please make the effort to be there. Kat and I are still in St Louis but leaving tomorrow to let her do some genealogy work in Illinois and a few other locations. I'll get some video information out shortly. Again, loved seeing all of you!!! Always a Brother: Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 19:19:55 (MDT)
Mark,I have 6 Tiger Patches left. Hey gus , dont forget to E-mail Susan those few pics we talked about.Was great to meet all the folks I hadnt met before. George,gently,Joe,was a great time going to the ARCH with you guys.The only thing wider than the Missisippi, was our smiles.
USA - Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 16:28:01 (MDT)
we made it home safe and sound.
USA - Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 16:12:02 (MDT)
Hey!! Another great VHCMA reunion under the belt.. I think this one was one of the best even and was very well planed and exicuted!.. Just got in and unloaded the bike. I did run into a few rain drops but not enough to worry about as I did a little dodging and picking of best routes which worked out well as it did look like some major storms around me at times but luckily they seemed to be moving out of the way just in time.. Had a great time and think most of the others did too, and it was great seeing so many newbees there too. Welcome!!.. C U L8r... Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 15:06:00 (MDT)
Pray everybody had a safe trip home today.I had a nice time hanging out with everyone. Hope to see all again next year,and as many as possible at Kokomo,IN in Sept.this year.
Jim (dustoff)
Shuloh, IL USA - Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 08:49:42 (MDT)
How did you dislocate your knee. I new a brother that a rocket fired in the revetment and went between his legs and messed up his right knee. I never saw him again. Don't know what happen to him after that
James Ellis <>
Newport, NC USA - Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 08:26:16 (MDT)
Calling all Brothers, I'm in seach of anyone I served with in the 394th-129th during the period between April1,1967 - December,1967. I was assigned to the 394th as a Machanic-Crewchief from first week in April to 10,dec.67. I was medi-vac'ed out on the 10th from Lang. Dislocated my right knee and was casted and sent back to the states. Never got do say good bye to some of my buddies. If your out there "Please" get back to me it would mean a lot. The V.A. is messing with my records and I need some help. Besides working on the flight line days, I used to bar tend at the NCO club evenings. I remember Boyd Yates the only full name I remember and Smitty and the line chief SP/6 Green. If you were there and remember me, Please again e-mail me as soon as possible. Thanks in advance. A Brother Always. Richard (Chard)
Richard Jenkerson <>
Manchester, N.H. USA - Friday, June 20, 2008 at 07:54:18 (MDT)
Mark, it was real good talking to you yesterday. Hope you and everyone else has a safe trip out there. Sorry I couldn't be there but my vacation is very limited. Take good care of that door gunner of mine... Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 16:58:28 (MDT)
leaving in a couple of minutes.quick,someone ice down the beer.
USA - Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 10:42:11 (MDT)
HI is every one on the road well take it eazy.
USA - Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 21:08:03 (MDT)
Dee and I will be pullin' out this Thursday for St. Louis. Every body be careful out there. Gonna miss the ones that aint going this year. It would really be cool sometime to get everybody together at one/ Maybe someday.........take care.................always a brother..............
USA - Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 20:40:22 (MDT)
Welcome home John Hook, glad to see as many members find us along with the families of those who are no longer with us. Flight I talked to Lt. Larry Lackey the other night and he was very disappointed not to be able to make it. I keep hoping that we all will get to feeling better by next year as I would like to get there and see the guys I flew with too. All have a great time this week and hope the river isn't too high!!
Ken Strong Jr. 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 13:15:25 (MDT)
Captain Hook.... Stickman says welcome home.... Stickman,Dakota, and I are heading out for St. Louis this morning.... Can't wait to see everyone....
USA - Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 04:47:45 (MDT)
sitting at home for the night. Have one more load to deliver (Harrisburg PA),then home thursday morn.Leaving Thursday afternoon for St. Louis. (hopefully)
USA - Monday, June 16, 2008 at 19:59:15 (MDT)
welcome home Capt Hook, glad you found your way here.As stated before, many of our members are at the reunion and out of touch with this page.
USA - Monday, June 16, 2008 at 19:56:29 (MDT)
Rhonda, there are several different sections to the book.The first is the hitor of our unit. The second is a listing of ALL our KIAs and a short message,or story,on how,when and why they died.Third is pictures,generaly day to day or the usual horseplay/poiseing. The next section is stories written by some of the guys,as they remembered it. We refer it as "TINS". (dont ask).Next is a few "then and now" pics.The end chapter is about Phil and the wonderfully restored "509,Miss Jo" bird.
USA - Monday, June 16, 2008 at 19:51:02 (MDT)
Rhonda,there is a picture of Michael Walker, on page 72,where he is listed,along with our other KIAs.Its the one of him standing by the nose of his aircraft,with his arms crossed.
USA - Monday, June 16, 2008 at 19:38:04 (MDT)
Hi Rhonda Jordan... welcome to the 129th web site. No one's minding the store, as several are off to the reunion in St. Louis. I believe there are a few books left, but only Bill Wolf knows how many. It is a history of our unit that Bill put together. You might be able to find a photo of Michael Walker in it. I don't have access to my copy, but I'll forward your note and eddress to him (he's at the reunion too). Thanks for checking in, and for your father's service.
Dave Powers
USA - Monday, June 16, 2008 at 14:51:46 (MDT)
Hi All - Sorry its has taken me so long to get here! Flew with the 129th out of Lane Oct 69-70 and then was based at Hunter Army Airfield. Still flying rotor&fixed wing all these years. Spent 20 years in Indonesia then a few in Mali, Africa and the last few in Afghanistan based out of Kabul flying King Air 200's. It was great looking at all the pictures. Got to dig out mine on slides and get them into digital and will send them out for all of you to see. Can only fly 4 more years to 65 then guess I will have to settle down ! Great to be a part of the 129th again, in my heart I never left!
John Hook (Capt Hook) <>
Nampa, Idaho USA - Monday, June 16, 2008 at 14:35:52 (MDT)
What is the bite and strike books about and do they have any pictures of Michael Walker in them.
Rhonda Jordan, Michael Walkers daughter <>
USA - Monday, June 16, 2008 at 10:26:33 (MDT)
hello flight me and gail will be there sometime wend, cant wait to meet you all every one have a safe trip take care ray and gail
Ray <>
md USA - Monday, June 16, 2008 at 08:32:55 (MDT)
James, guess this is a good place to start. I spent an hour looking at your site last night and it very well set up. Now just need money as we all do but well keep looking for something I can get. Flight have a safe trip.
Ken Strong Jr.
Lafayette, IN USA - Monday, June 16, 2008 at 06:27:04 (MDT)
Heading out for LZ St Louie by way of Hannibal, Mo. I hope I can get across "Ole Miss" at Hannibal. Anybody in the area? Everyone drive safely and we'll see you Wed.
USA - Monday, June 16, 2008 at 06:24:40 (MDT) this is where you go on the computer for the 215
Rick England
USA - Sunday, June 15, 2008 at 08:33:10 (MDT)
You guys that need wings and orders send for the dd 215. You can get this form through the va admin. or on the computer. Also check with your service officer. Flight be careful out there
Rick England
USA - Sunday, June 15, 2008 at 07:25:44 (MDT)
Sat in Huntsville Texas last to two Hueys on flatbeds.The ships are headed for Ft. Polk,,for TARGET PRATICE..jeeze..drivers said the picked them up in Templar Texas.yes, I have the tail numbers and a few pictures.Headed to indiana in a day or two.
USA - Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 12:56:44 (MDT)
Are their any brothers out their that are good with computers and marketing. I would appreciate anyone looking at my web site. I have had this site about 3 years now and I have a high ranking but I just can't seem to get people to shop. I am in the top 3 for the word Webshopper. It would be nice to get this thing running and help with the retirment. My health is so now I can't do phyical things like I use to. Can't walk across the street without hurting. I wish all the best of health and may God bless each and everyone of you.
James Ellis <>
Newport, NC USA - Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 12:03:35 (MDT)
On the VA records. What does the 201 file have in it? I have some files now
James Ellis <>
Newport, NC USA - Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 11:52:02 (MDT)
I wish all that is going to the reunion a safe trip. Maybe one of these days I will be able to go. I would really like to meet some of the brothers of the 129th. I use to do alot of travel for schools. I am in the electronics field now and have been for 30 years. Getting ready to retire if I can. Seems like they up the age every year in order to get full benifits and I will trun 65 this july 1.
James Ellis <>
Newport, NC USA - Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 11:45:36 (MDT)
We're Off! Kat and I will be pulling out of the driveway here in Colorado Springs in about an hour headed towards the reunion. Gonna stop and visit friends along the way. Will see you all there! Please drive safe and keep an eye on the weather - especially those riding the bikes!! Always a Brother - Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 07:52:10 (MDT)
Iam going to see if the one in LAGrange is & the one in Hogansville GA. I got a 20 ft flag pole & I fly one every day & when it get a little torn I get a new one & the same go for OLD GLORY.
USA - Friday, June 13, 2008 at 21:19:55 (MDT)
The USPS in Coldwater has been flying the POW/MIA flag ever since the WALL came to town back in 2000. Vicky, will be grand to see you and the Stickman next week........Linda Great news about Tommy there sister...........always a brother...........
Mark Jackson
Celina, Ohio United States - Friday, June 13, 2008 at 19:15:29 (MDT)
Vicky, very good my young postal worker. You make old postal retiree very very proud! :o)See you guys soon........
USA - Friday, June 13, 2008 at 15:41:21 (MDT)
Hi guys, just a reminder that tomorrow is Flag day, and one of the six days each year that the USPS is required to fly the POW-MIA flag.... Go by your local Post Office and raise hell if they aren't flying it..... Stickman's Gal
Pembroke, GA USA - Friday, June 13, 2008 at 09:38:00 (MDT)
You're right Smitty - it was you! lol. Its been an honor to have been the VHCMA President this year, although I have to admit that Tom does all the work!! Kat and I will be leaving tomorrow morning driving to St. Louis. We're stopping to visit some friends along the way. As mentioned earlier, I'll bring "Bite & Strike" books to the reunion if you want to buy any ($25 each and all goes to the Xmas fund). Will also have the items that Phil sent from across the pond - T-shirts, decals, peuter helicopter desk weights, etc. I'll also bring my LCD projector and laptop if anyone wants to bring digital photos to show! PLEASE, everyone drive safely and stay on top of the weather. Kat & I will see you there!!!
Bill Wolf
USA - Friday, June 13, 2008 at 08:52:10 (MDT)
Linda, Tom was my roommate from May 72 until he went home. I will contact your email.
Dennis L. Faucher <>
Bradford, Pa USA - Friday, June 13, 2008 at 07:49:32 (MDT)
USA - Friday, June 13, 2008 at 06:18:29 (MDT)
I am looking for anyone who knew my brother, Thomas A. Leitz, when he was with the 129th Aslt. Hel. I am particularly interested in photos and personal info you may have during the period 1970-74. Thanks
Linda Fasolilli <>
USA - Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 12:35:54 (MDT)
hello to every one,it's been a long time since i made a post.but i been not to good legs get num feel feek. i went to my neroligist today wanted ansewers. wow did i get them he went back looked at my blook recorcords even to his said iam bad shap i been going down hill since 2005 the graft droped like a rock to the bottom of chart, dont know how he missed it,but said he will stay with me he gave me a copy of all the paper work.said give this to the hemilotiht ( blood dr. )he is also about my glns in my neck. what a day. i go to the blood dr july 11th i may need abone marel done,well thats why i havent been on i cant lift much get tired but i be in st louis i cant wait to see you all i hoe all of you who live in where the bad storms hit maded out ok well take my brothers and sisters love you all a brother always ray
ray <>
md USA - Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 11:07:59 (MDT)
I hope you get what I saying
USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 22:10:09 (MDT)
HI Flight I wish I could help I hear how hard it is for you GUY & it not wright as a grunt I got it pretty eazy but becoming a door gunner or a Crewchief you got in it to & to me they should not giv you the run around you put your LIFE on line every time you went out charley like to bring a slick down & you were in the heat of the battle when you came out to bring ammo & a lot of time you would take out wounded I know I watch you come in when I was on the ground just knowing it we did not get it GUY like me would have come home in a box & I thank you every time you came in to help & it was the best sight you could ever see when you were in trouble & that how come I became ti be on a slick O it the same to me in the air or on the ground you had a chance you might not come home in a box. YOU ARE THE BEST BUNCH OF BROTHER A GUY COULD HAVE Art
USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 20:58:31 (MDT)
1st, I was in the Army long enough to understand how the MOS worked. If your remember the gunner was a 67A1F, or the shit at the bottom of the list where the F should for flight status. So you than had 67N10, 20, 30 & 40 set by Rank. So any of those would not mean Combat Duty in Vietnam by themselves without the "F" at the end. The very first orders I got in the 129th was for Flight Status as a 67N2F. One copy to the flight records, CO & to Finance. Guys, anyone that is trying to back up claims, did through your records yourself at the VA for anything showing your time in Nam. Than get a hold of the guys that were there while you were for orders or letters to back you up. PS, for my time in the 129th it showed me as a 67N20, UH-1 Helicopter Repairman. That doesn't show I did anything but work in the hanger. The medals were my proof. Last of all, Kal, we want to go up there again and if so I will let you know in Advance..
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 19:55:49 (MDT)
Flight, don't forget to bring your 129th books to LZ St Louie for more signatures!
USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 18:00:13 (MDT)
CP,Jean,Smitty, Rick,Joe,Ron,Gently & Alex.......HAPPY BIRTHDAY Brothers & Sisters!!!! must be "baby boomer" time! See some of you on Wed. Gale
USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 17:56:02 (MDT)
Happy Birthday to all & if ya wanna give me a present "pray for airplane mechanics" I fly out a 6am the next morning. Fred, hang in there, make sure she is seen by a dr. that the SS admin approves. If she can get SSDI, would be good. Bill Wolf, i could swear it was me that threw you down like "a cheap date" & you have been good for us!!!! thanks>>Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wyoming USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 13:43:37 (MDT)
Good Afternoon Flight: Well, back from getting more mir's done on my feet and ankles. Hope to hear something by Friday 13th. A great Day for some good news? also my 62nd Birthday. I guess we need a huge party for all the Birthday Brothers and Sisters of the 129th!! Alot of talk about the VA. And Records. You can either email me. Or, if you are attending the reunion. I will be glad help put you on the right track. You also, need to send a request in to St. Louis for a complete 201 file. When comes to flight records!! unless you got copies before leaving Vietnam. Your only hope. Is some of the crew you flew got theirs. My biggest help was a letter written by C.P Bloomfield. It explain the purpose of the crewchief. On the 214 our mos was 67n20 a helicopter repairmen. The VA doen't understand that a 67n20 was a crewchief. In the last few years I have tried to educate these folks. Plus, the folks at the VA whom decides claims filed. Have never seen combat and most has never been the military. As I said we need to educate the VA. But, don't get confused. The hospital is a completely different part of the VA. See all attending the reunion next Week. Always A Brother!!
Alex <>
Collierville, Tn USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 11:31:09 (MDT)
HI Flight HAPPY BIRTHDAY EVERY ONE it just a week to go.
USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 08:19:28 (MDT)
Happy Birthday today C.P.!!!!!!! His wife, Jean, will celebrating hers on the 14th. Smitty and Rick England celebrate together on the 17th:>)) Joe's was the 5th and Ron Paye and I celebrated ours yesterday. What a wonderful group of dual personalities to belong to:>))) Happy birthday dear friends. L-Gently
USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 08:06:36 (MDT)
James, I would bet the VA doesn't have a pay record one on you or me.. I think that you should be able to get a running yearly income record from the Social Security adm. as I seem to remember seeing one on me when I was about to retire. As I recall it may have even been a few years before I retired that they sent me a summery and asked me to check it for errors... So, thats where I would try first off.. Good luck.. Kal...C ya....>>>
Kal 67/68
USA - Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 19:52:57 (MDT)
James, I would bet the VA doesn't have a pay record one on you or me.. I think that you should be able to get a running yearly income record from the Social Security adm. as I seem to remember seeing one on me when I was about to retire. As I recall it may have even been a few years before I retired that they sent me a summery and asked me to check it for errors... So, thats where I would try first off.. Good luck.. Kal...C ya....>>>
Kal 67/68
USA - Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 19:52:56 (MDT)
Does anyone know who I have to contact to get a copy of my pay records?
James Ellis <>
Newport, NC USA - Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 19:36:07 (MDT)
Hi Gale... No, I am suppose to meet up with Ron and ride out with him. It will be great to be seeing you and the crew next week.. Take care C U L8r.. Kal...>>>
Kal 67/68
USA - Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 13:43:53 (MDT)
Kal, you riding down by yourself?
USA - Monday, June 09, 2008 at 21:47:24 (MDT)
Hey Ken Strong.. Indiana Dunes is only 35 miles from me so let me know next time you are going there and I will make the trip, as that is a great excuse for a motorcycle ride!!.. Sorry to see you won't be in St Louie!!.. You will be missed!!.. 9 days and I will be on the road.. C Ya.. Kal...>>>
Kal 67/68
USA - Monday, June 09, 2008 at 17:54:02 (MDT)
HI Alvis & Susan I will pray for you it help I know it help me Susan take care.
USA - Monday, June 09, 2008 at 17:50:41 (MDT)
Jumping in with the same old info.. Call Social Security this morning, Hearing time in Indy is now up to 27 months. Alvis, When they turned me down the first time I took the letter to the unemployment office. So even though I had a letter from a doctor saying I shouldn't work, SSI said I could so got the Unemployement til it ran out. DOC, not everything needs to be on the DD214, if you can get pay info showing Flight Pay or anyone here that might have you on a set of orders for any medals. Last of all, your local VA Reg Office should have your medical records and you can go look at them for anything to do with flying in Nam. Last of all if you got guys on here that were with you, have them write letters to the VA stating what they knew about your position there with thier SSN's on the letters. They can than verify who they are against what you are telling them. Main thing regaurdless of your MOS is to show you were not setting around in the rear somewhere which is what I had to prove to them to get my rating. Hope this helps you guys. Fred tell your wife I understand about the feet as I told my doctor that even Morphine doesn't stop the burning & pain while trying to walk. All bros take care!!
Ken Strong Jr.
Lafayette, IN USA - Monday, June 09, 2008 at 16:28:32 (MDT)
well guys,I am out of the loop,so for patches and things,go to Bill.I just am not home often,and long enough...The goverenment crap strikes again..Susan had to quit work..her feet just got to bad to stand for long periods.Soo..we apply for unemployment while she searches for a "sit down" job. Waiting 9 weeks..get a letter that says neither she,nor her work, is to blame for her leaving the job..HOWEVER,they judge her so bad that he cannot work at all so is NOT qualified to recieve unemploment.So now,we have to go jump thru the hoops at social security,waiting from 3 months to 9 months...just to find out if they will give it to her. Damn,she should have come over as an illegal.Sometimes I question just why I support this goverenment.They screw everbody.
USA - Monday, June 09, 2008 at 15:16:29 (MDT)
HEY GANG! Hope all of you in the flood areas are surviving!! Our prayers are with all of you. NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND! Unfortunately, our brothers (and sisters) from 509 will not be able to make the reunion. BUT...they sent us a video greeting which I'll play at the reunion. Phil also sent us a number of items (T-shirts, peuter desk weight 129th choppers, decals, etc) that we will be selling at the reunion and using the proceeds to buy all the 129th'ers a drink to toast our friends across the pond! Thanks, Phil!! As you all know Frenchie threw me down like a cheap date at the last election. As the VHCMA President, I thought it would be a lot of work. But Tom, the Executive Director, really does the work and has done a great job again this year - we are very fortunate to have him! After the reunion, MY NEW EMAIL will be: So please change your address books so I don't lose ya!! I fly out to Calif. tomorrow to teach for the week and then head out on Saturday for the reunion (visiting some friends on the way). I'll bring copies of the "Bite & Strike" books ($25) to the reunion - not many left! See you all there! Always a Brother! Bill & Kat
Bill Wolf <>
USA - Monday, June 09, 2008 at 13:36:52 (MDT)
hi ya Gale. News just nephew (the only one I have),is in heavy discussion over a contract with the Seattle Marieners baseball team. Seems they want to pick him up.
USA - Monday, June 09, 2008 at 12:38:45 (MDT)
Alvis, you're missing all the rain back here in Indiana! Have another storm warning out right now. Have a safe trip home & we'll see you & Susan in St Louie.
Clinton, In USA - Monday, June 09, 2008 at 12:31:40 (MDT)
waving hello from LA (again)
USA - Monday, June 09, 2008 at 10:50:46 (MDT)
Alvis, James here, I went throught the same thing. What I did was use the history of the 129th. I coppied all the missions and such and turned it in to my VA officer and he sent everything in for me. Other wise they will claim they never got it. After a couple of months they sent me the papers to see a head doctor. He must tell them you have it. It has taken me 18mo to get this far. I hope this will help. Also you want to get all the records you can. Health,History and any others. I have been trying to get my pay records but no luck so far. Hang in their and keep trying and don't give up. Best of Luck
James Ellis <>
Newport, NC USA - Monday, June 09, 2008 at 06:39:07 (MDT)
God, i been gone a week to MT to see family & a lot has happened Lou , will pray for you 2., Mark & the rest, i knew there was some sort of storm but had no comp access, sorry to hear about the damage but glad no one hurt or killed. Anything i can do let me know. I have the same records probs as e1 else.>> See ya in St louis>> btw my pard changed his train sched so will be there for the whole thing, I hope>>> JUD, awaiting our traditional dance>>>> respects >> Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wyoming USA - Sunday, June 08, 2008 at 21:05:02 (MDT)
While I was grounded I worked in the Orderly rm as Awards and Decorations clerk. The backlog on air medals was about 6 months so we did multiple awards @ one time. Even did about 100 ARCOMS. As for wings the AR stated you could be on flight status and not earn "Wings" . The Aviation Badge as it's known by now was only awarded by completion of Aviation (67xxx) schools. Sorry I wish I had a better answer. Won't make it 2 St Louis as I will be in CA for birth of grandbaby.
Dennis Fuerstenau <Dpfirst50at hotmail>
Haines city, FL USA - Sunday, June 08, 2008 at 16:41:13 (MDT)
Doc, I don't know if this will help, but..... My flight records are DA form 759. Flight physical was on Medical Examination form standard form 88. Assignment form was DIWAA. I have a local order titled 'CERTIFICATE, which says I completed weapons training, signed by our Operations Officer,along with a local order whuich affirms that a bunch of us were placed on flight status. Good luck
USA - Sunday, June 08, 2008 at 12:10:28 (MDT)
Alvis---the damn DD214 tells basically nothing, which I'm finding out in my struggle with the beloved VA over my PTSD claim. They feel my 2 tours during 68-70, the very height of the war, was an extended tropical vacation. Almost nothing of my awards or exploits is mentioned on it and they base their decisions on the damn thing. I have complete address where you can write for your records---leave message on Flt. log for Bill Whelan, my buddy, and I will post to Log for you. H. DOC Geeve crew chief, 21st RAC ship #665 Chu Lai
Doc Geeve
Franklin Park, IL USA - Sunday, June 08, 2008 at 09:58:15 (MDT)
Kal, we just went to the Dunes State Park here in Indiana. We got back last night & like Gale my cabin was surrounded by a lake. The water was still pretty high as the Sun went down so we are ready to dry out. All take care..
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Saturday, June 07, 2008 at 20:49:34 (MDT)
Mark, sounds like a close call. The flood waters don't bother us here,although,my little shed is almost surrounded. Feather creek is out and has Clinton divided, lots of limbs down, etc! Hope everyone is safe....
USA - Saturday, June 07, 2008 at 07:01:42 (MDT)
Was in INDY today for the grand kids ball games. That storm Gale, made the one grand kid's game get canceled around 7:00. Then we ate out and Dee and I took off on the bike for home. The front had gone through already and we rode right behind the storm all the way home. By the time we pulled in the drive the storm had just passed through our AO about 1/2 hour a head of us. Got home and took a flashlight out into the woods. Big Shaggy Bark Hickory next to the house just grazed the west side of the house but wiped out that lil' shelter house just next to the porch on the west side of the cabin. Close call. Branches all over the forest though. Thank God that's all that happened and that Dee and I did not run into the storm on the way home. Lou, Larry and Wink. Gonna miss seeing you guys. and meeting you Lou..................always a brother........
USA - Friday, June 06, 2008 at 22:29:11 (MDT)
Hey Ken, where are you at on Lake Michigan?? I live about 2 miles from the lake and could try looking you up if you are not too far away.. Hope your having fun.. C Ya.. Kal...>>>
Kal 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Friday, June 06, 2008 at 20:11:32 (MDT)
Gonna miss you Larry.Lou,was looking forward to metting you. Setting in Laredo Texas.Been running between here and Dallas.Was running between Los Angeles and San Francisco.Going back to LA in the morn. I dont have my flight records either.DD-214 sas I have a (one) air medal.Says nothing about being a crew chief,or a door gunner.Cant prove I flew more than 15 hours,except thru those here I flew with.
USA - Friday, June 06, 2008 at 17:49:02 (MDT)
I wanted to say again I was really feeling down about not getting to make it to St Louis but really would have liked to see Larry & Tom also. We did just try something where I laid down with a neck brace & pillow while we went to Lake Michigan the past couple days. It really helped with less pain than driving into town. Also been setting in my cabin getting sea sick. The storm that just came through had it rocking in the wind. Last of all two sites are paid for for the Kokomo Reunion, 429 & 629 West. Still trying to get two more so we have four altogether. All take care!!
Ken Strong Jr. 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Friday, June 06, 2008 at 17:29:26 (MDT)
I see a lot of limbs down & my American flag is wadded up on the roof...I'll have to retrieve that!
USA - Friday, June 06, 2008 at 16:46:07 (MDT)
I'm ok .....lot's of sirens out there tho!
USA - Friday, June 06, 2008 at 16:43:15 (MDT)
Winks not gonna make it either? Bummer! Anyway, I'm sitting here bombed and there's a tornado warning...sirens went off and everything.....who cares! War is hell! Comin' your way Mark! I'm outta here...........................
USA - Friday, June 06, 2008 at 16:24:22 (MDT)
Lou, our prayers, like wings are with you... Isaiah 40:31.
Dave Powers
USA - Friday, June 06, 2008 at 07:23:16 (MDT)
Lou: You and your wife are in our thoughts and prayers. There will always be another reunion somewhere. Family is always first. You, Larry Lacky and Tom Pedersen will be missed. Also, Wink called me stating he couldn't make the reunion also. Well, this will be the 10th aniverary of the 129th reunion. The 1st was in 1998 with Glenn Pearmain and myself in Irving Texas. Since then we have grown. I thank Mark Jackson for his help. He has helped me to fill a vision of uniting men of the 129th once again. As, we get older. We start to come out of the closet. And, whom can understand the feelings of Vietnam better. 129th Brothers we served with. The 129th has truly becme a family to all of us. We have shared in the good and the worst times. But, were always there for each other. Always A Brother!!
Collierville, TN. USA - Friday, June 06, 2008 at 06:53:35 (MDT)
Lou, Kat and my prayers are with you and your better half! Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Thursday, June 05, 2008 at 13:42:35 (MDT)
I live in south west GA just off 85 it a about two hr. from there.
USA - Tuesday, June 03, 2008 at 22:19:46 (MDT)
HI LOU I pray for your better half & glad to know she be OK.
USA - Tuesday, June 03, 2008 at 21:52:36 (MDT)
Hey Stickman, will be great to see you and vicky there............ Lou, as been stated before. Take care of your wife. We will run into you sooner or later brother. Good to see your post. How have you been?.............Larry, will miss seeing you brother.........
USA - Tuesday, June 03, 2008 at 20:45:41 (MDT)
Stickman here, Larry take care of yourself will miss seeing your smiling face. Hey Art, you live anywhere near Cartersville Ga? I am going to be in the area for a few days next week. I am getting excited about the reunion. Take care all.
Jim Oliver <>
Pembroke, GA USA - Tuesday, June 03, 2008 at 20:37:53 (MDT)
Larry, it won't be the same without you this year. Lou, get her healthy again and we'll see you next year.
USA - Tuesday, June 03, 2008 at 17:51:35 (MDT)
Lou, I hope your wife has a quick and complete recovery. Aloha, Greg Henkel
Puna, HI USA - Tuesday, June 03, 2008 at 17:38:47 (MDT)
Hi flight, have'nt posted for some time. Been feeling ill for awhile, was planning on attending the reunion this year with my wife, but as we all know fate steps in and throws us a curve ball. My wife was rushed to the hospital with servere stomach pains, turns out she had a blocked bowel and needed emergency surgery, and if that was'nt bad enough she developed sepsis, and was in ICU on a restpirator for 2 weeks. She finally woke up last week, and the doctors said she'll be ok now. She will need alot of rest and PT to get her strenght back. Hope to make it next year
Lou Rags1
Dover, De USA - Tuesday, June 03, 2008 at 15:34:38 (MDT)
Anyone need financial help getting to the re-union? Let me know. And dear CP...will we see you and Jean there? Please. Smitty.....always have to dance with you:>) L-Gently
USA - Tuesday, June 03, 2008 at 14:57:21 (MDT)
James, keep in mind that "other" GI's were doing our paper work. Unfortunately, some were not as proficient as they should have been. These folks forgot that the "FTA" attitude was only hurting other GI's. On my DD-214 where there is a re-enlistment code it was enter to "see the comments" section. On the comments section it references the re-enlistment code : "EM is released on Temporary Records and soldiers affidavits." My flight records show me flying only for 25 hrs. I was also recommended for the Good Conduct Medal. Needles to say I've never received it. These things mean a lot to me. I ( the man upstairs also knows) where I was & what I did & didn't do. Somewhere there has got to be records. I would say that if you got "Flight Pay" there has got to be Orders for Flight pay. That is one document that you need to seek. Hopefully you can get that remedied. I know that "my" wings mean alot to me. Man I've said a mouthful. I'm Otta here. Clear left. Dawg 426 out.
bruno E Sanchez
Laredo,, TX USA - Tuesday, June 03, 2008 at 09:56:58 (MDT)
Oh how things can change. I won't be able to attend reunion cause of a recent severe reaction to one of the meds docs wanted to add. Sometimes they need to quit with results they have. You all have a great reunion. Hope to see you all sometime in future. Tom Pedersen is recovering although he pushed returning to work to early and has had to adjust his thinking to current recovery level.
Larry W Lackey <>
Warner Robins , GA USA - Tuesday, June 03, 2008 at 08:44:36 (MDT)
James, Come to the reunion and just maybe you will run into somebody who remembers you. What have you got to loose?Anybody who knows you can give you a letter to submit to the records section and the VA.We will not hold it against you!!!!Welcome Home.
Shiloh, IL USA - Monday, June 02, 2008 at 20:08:10 (MDT)
James you might try this...You can seek info by filling out “standard form 180”, which is a “Request Pertaining to Military Records” and sending it to National Personnel Records Center, 9700 Page Ave., St. Louis, MO 63132-5100……This is where our records are kept……..Both personnel records and Health records…..Hope this helps……..A Brother Always….Matt Casey
Matt Casey <>
Hemet, CA USA - Monday, June 02, 2008 at 18:47:10 (MDT)
Can anyone tell me why I was never issued any wings for being a gunner in the 129th. I have been asked this by the VA. After all the years that have gone by I have to prove everything and their are very little records that I can get to. I served as a gunner and logged alot of flight time. Sometimes I think the VA thought we were suppose to record everything we did. I can remember all the missions as if it were yesterday but not the dates or time I did them. I know it has been along time and the people I flew with arn't on this site. And after all these years I don't remember names. I know we all have our own problems to dead with and from what I have read some have alot of medical problems to deal with. I do wish all of my brothers well and only goods news for you all.
James Ellis <>
Newport, NC USA - Monday, June 02, 2008 at 14:51:28 (MDT)
Here is an update on James Michael Young from the Virtual Wall.
Dave Powers
USA - Monday, June 02, 2008 at 13:53:33 (MDT)
Bill, i am doing everything in my power, believe me. This is a friend of 40+ years, We joined together & ironically my first tour i ended up about 5 miles from him & we were able to spend time in VN together. I have been working at getting him there for years.>>>>> Respects>>>>> Smitty> gettin closer
jim westwang 71 72
Sheridan, wy USA - Monday, June 02, 2008 at 10:20:40 (MDT)
back to Fontana Ca.( LA). Susan and I took the latter tour a well.Getting a good look at this state.spentthe night up by San Francisco.Looking forward to the time off and viting with friends in St. Louis.
USA - Sunday, June 01, 2008 at 16:43:39 (MDT)
Jim, really try to get Mike to attend the whole event. I remember when Mark talked me into attending my first reunion. I was really apprehensive and even told Kat a week before the reunion that I didn't think I wanted to go. But, as we all found out, the reunions are fantastic, healing, great laughs, tears, and brotherhood. I have talked with many members and this is an almost universal feeling. We all know Mike will never want to miss another one. Got a phone call from Phil in England yesterday. He is sending me a box of 129th / 509 items to auction at our room or sell. He then wants us to take the money and have a drink on Phil, Simon, and crew. Sounds like a plan!! I head out to California tomorrow for a week of work, then back here for 3 days, then back out to California for a few more days teaching. Then Kat and I are leaving on the 14th to drive to the reunion (making a few stops on the way). Can't wait to see you all there and have another fabulous reunion!! Always a Brother!!! Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Sunday, June 01, 2008 at 14:55:55 (MDT)
I took the later one as well, reunion gettin close, Judith i want my dance if its ok with Joe?? JW mike has decided to take the train, he may not be there till Sat?? I am trying to talk him out of it & coming t the whole thing, i think he is scared of 1st reunion. Like that. SHADOW, are you still able to come & how are you. e mail me please>>> respects to all >> Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wyoming USA - Sunday, June 01, 2008 at 13:57:16 (MDT)