I was told that Monica live down the street from bill now in N.Y. she a good lap dog.
Arthur E Foster <tigerwagon@msn.com>
Hogansville, GA. USA - Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 15:39:01 (MDT)
Flight - Thanks to the 129th postings, I was encouraged to go back to my Veteran Service Officer for our county. I'm lucky; it is a veteran who really cares about the vet. Today I found out I was awarded a 10% disabiity for tinnitus. They tell me my hearing loss isn't from working on the hueys. Yeah, right. But I'm further ahead than I was a year ago. Thanks for sharing enough of your stories so that I'd try for it. And Gently, Sue is doing really well. She gets tired if she has a really busy day, but she'll be going back to work Monday.
Jim H.
USA - Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 14:53:41 (MDT)
Awe yes Monica.......But it seems to me, with Congressman Mark Foley's adventures, the only thing the Repubs got mad about, was the fact that Monica was a female. I guess it`s OK if you like "young male interns"....
Fred Skaggs
NJ USA - Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 05:09:47 (MDT)
Special Birthday This week we celebrate a special birthday. Monica Lewinsky turned 31. Can you believe it? It seems like only yesterday she was Crawling around the White House on her hands and knees. They grow up so fast, don't they?
USA - Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 21:33:21 (MDT)
For those who have sent me emails requesting books, please be patient. I'm on the road, but will be back home on Friday and will get to all the emails. So far there are plenty of books to meet the requests. For those who have not requested books, don't wait too long. Go to: http://www.wolfcms.com/book.html for info on how to request copies. Bill
Bill wolf
USA - Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 19:30:29 (MDT)
THE BOOKS HAVE ARRIVED!!!! If you wish to order a book, please go to the website: http://www.wolfcms.com/book.html for information. The "donation" per book is going to be $30. ALL profits are going to the 129th Christmas Fund. I know you will enjoy the book!! So, first-come-first served!!! Again, please visit the book website for information on reserving and requesting copies. Thanks again to Bill Whelan and his printing company for making this happen so smoothly!! I will be bring a supply of the books to the Orlando Reunion for purchase. If you want to reserve copies and have me take your book to the reunion to be signed, please indicate that in your email. Bill Wolf
Bill Wolf <VNHeloReunion@aol.com>
USA - Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 19:19:56 (MDT)
Goodmorning Flight: Happy Birthday Gale. Hope you had a good one. fred appreciate the email on the 509 project. hopefully it will air more often by different net worls. It will help letting our Brothers of the 129th were out here anf always looking for them. Don't have much time off from work. And, going by and see Charlie Rains on my day off. Anyone whom want to send a email to him and Joann can send the email to me and I will make sure they get them. Kal will try and get in touch with James West. If you have a phone number how about emailing it to me. Will Orlando is getting huge. Over 800 rooms have been booked. And, the registrations are pouring in. We will have a 129th room as usual. Well take care brothers and Sisters!! PS. I found the best help for my PTSD is all of you!!! Thanks for being here!!
USA - Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 08:14:07 (MDT)
Dick "Cherry" Muirhead, I must say.....You were and (still more than likely) a great pilot......When Cherry had the controls, there wasn`t much he couldn`t do with a helicopter......You could flat out fly.....Dick....
Fred Skaggs
NJ USA - Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 12:03:32 (MDT)
:>))))) Happy Birthday yesterday Gale Beard!!!! I pray you have many many many more:>)) Love you. Jim, how is Sue doing? L-Gently
USA - Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 10:56:28 (MDT)
Fred,Ron & Mark , i saw the ABC clipping & it was great, You did a wonderful job & Phil & the rest. Bill Vn work done on the books, i plan on getting one in Fla. less he needs the $ now & i will order>>>>>>> Respects to all >>> Smitty
Jim Westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wy USA - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 21:20:12 (MDT)
Bill Wolf that was a great tribute to the ones who gave all from the 129th. I just got back from placing Flags in the Susanville Cemetry for Memorial Day. A friend of mine who I work with asked me for one of the bumper stickers I made for the San Francisco VHPA Reunion. He was a Navy Riverboat Guy and he thinks that two 129th Aircraft saved his life on March 4, 1968. He told me that he was pulled out of the water by a Slick with the same Bulldog on the nose as my 129th AHC window sticker (Compliments of Matt Casey) and my Vietnam Veteran proud member of the 129th AHC bumper Sticker. If anyone out there remembers this??? he told me today that he was pulled out of the water at approximately 1300 hours, on March 4, 1968, near Vung Tao. Sounds a little out of the way for the 129th but who knows. He also told me one of the aircraft was having problems and the other one was with him to make sure he got to a safe haven. Thats all I know about his experience so again anyone out there in the n129th you was in Nam March 1968 and may have a memory of this get back at me so I can pass on the info to my friend and Vietnam Brother. Regards Bulldog Cherry Dick Muirhead. Note e mail address in in the contacts section of the 129th Web Site. and he sure would like to know if he could contact the personel
Richard h. Muirhead <dickandbarb75@frontiernet.net>
Susanville, Ca USA - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 09:50:26 (MDT)
Dont know if it made TV,but it did make the ABC world news site today.Hope its on TV tonight.Its the trip of three to England for reunion with 509. http://abcnews.go.com/WN/International/story?id=3217813
USA - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 06:02:05 (MDT)
Alvis, I found out last September that a bunch of guys get together at the site in Kokomo in June for another get together. Several from my PTSD group go to it and keep telling me to go and check it out. That is about all I know and not sure if I will take my camper or not yet, or just drive over next Saturday. My Brother In Law that lives here is having Keymo the middle of the week so not sure how he will feel. Just found out last night that the VA bumped him from 40% to 70% ?? Not sure how that worked but the VA doctors are giving him less than a 15% chance of living past six months. Three years ago I was busting his balls about going and filing with the VA and when he did he got 40%. Him and his wife would have been really hurting now if he hadn't but cancer was not in my mind. Well Flight, have a good & safe day, REMEMBERING ALL OUR BROTHERS WHO ARE NOT WITH US TODAY.
Ken Strong Jr. 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 05:43:36 (MDT)
what mini next weekend?
USA - Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 18:31:24 (MDT)
Good afternoon Flight! I've been slacking off a bit too on checking in. I talked to Larry Stokes the other night and he let me know he is no longer working. His non VA shrink decided that he couldn't do his job with PTSD and put him on medical leave. So wanted anyone to know that his e-mail address was at his work. I am hoping that he can make it to Mark's or Kokomo if gas prices don't do us in. I told him he can stay in my camper for either event. My one brother in law's cancer is really bad and I don't know if he can make it to Kokomo later so I am hoping to take him for the get together next weekend. Is anyone from the 129th going to be at this mini?
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 12:18:01 (MDT)
BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT!!! Bill Whelan is sending the books to me this week. If you wish to order a book, please go to the website: http://www.wolfcms.com/book.html for information. The "donation" per book is going to be $30. ALL profits are going to the 129th Christmas Fund. I know you will enjoy the book!! So, first-come-first served!!! Again, please visit the book website for information on reserving and requesting copies. Thanks again to Bill Whelan and his printing company for making this happen so smoothly!! I will be bring a supply of the books to the Orlando Reunion for purchase. If you want to reserve copies and have me take your book to the reunion to be signed, please indicate that in your email. Bill Wolf
Bill Wolf <VNHeloReunion@aol.com>
USA - Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 10:29:27 (MDT)
Smitty, thats great.
USA - Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 21:14:18 (MDT)
Thanks for posting the guys names Bill. SLLLLOOOOWWWW HAND SALUTE!
USA - Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 17:57:55 (MDT)
On this Memorial Weekend, we will all remember our fallen 129th Brothers who gave all. A slow hand salute: Captain Harry Thomas Whetzel October 7, 1966 Warrant Officer Robert F. Chamberlain October 7, 1966 Specialist 5th Class Robert Wendell Gilliam October 7, 1966 Specialist 4th Class Johnny Leonard Neal October 7, 1966 1st Lieutenant Edwin Steven Brague, Jr. January 7, 1967 1st Lieutenant Hampden Cutts Judson, Jr. March 5, 1967 Warrant Officer Reginald George Morse March 5, 1967 Specialist 4th Class Kenneth Wayne Wells March 5, 1967 Specialist 4th ClassTimothy Joseph Lynah March 5, 1967 Warrant Officer Edward William Wells April 23, 1967 Specialist 4th Class Michael Dwayne Walker May 10, 1967* Specialist 4th Class John William Thorp September 8, 1968 Specialist 4th Class Lynn Michael Matteson December 9, 1968 Warrant Officer Larry Lee Stoner March 11, 1969 Specialist 4th Class John Lee Bendor March 11, 1969 Warrant Officer Kenneth Eugene Witmer May 13, 1969 Warrant Officer Jeffrey Charles Stowe May 13, 1969 Corporal John Henry Ralph Brooks May 13, 1969 Specialist 4th Class Paul Edward Goonan May 13, 1969 Warrant Officer Stephen Anthony DeSantis September 12, 1969 Warrant Officer Richard Arthur Sawran September 12, 1969 Specialist 4th Class Lawrence David Jackson September 12, 1969 Private 1st Class Stephan Lee Hargrave September 12, 1969 Warrant Officer Martin Dahlberg Vanden Eykel II December 2, 1969** Warrant Officer William Charles Dunlap December 2, 1969** Specialist 5th Class William Dale Sanderlin December 2, 1969** Specialist 5th Class Michael Henry Shanley, Jr. December 2, 1969** Specialist 5th Class Bradford Greg Racey April 11, 1970 Specialist 4th Class Kevin Francis Lynch September 9, 1970 Specialist 4th Class George Anton Hain October 22, 1970 Specialist 5th Class Robert M. Shuptrine October 25, 1970 Specialist 5th Class Paul M. Nolan April 14, 1971 Specialist 4th Class James Young June 26, 1971 Staff Sergeant Charlie Thomas Tanton June 27, 1971 Specialist 4th Class David Stamper April 14, 1972 Warrant Officer Claud Paul Strother April 27, 1972 1st Lieutenant Thomas Francis Shaw April 27, 1972 Captain Lee Wayne Billingsly July 22, 1972 Warrant Officer Glenn Edward Nowakowski July 22, 1972
Bill Wolf
USA - Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 15:11:21 (MDT)
I will be very busy the next couple days as my Daughter Graduates with Honors tomorrow. #3 in class of 200. Very Proud. So I wanted to give a Respectful Slow Hand Salute to All Veterans & Especially Those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for us >>>>>Thinking Orlando>> have a good ,safe Memorial Day all>> Smitty
jim Westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wy USA - Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 11:46:34 (MDT)
Mark, yes, that is the same Doug Brown that served in the 129th. The book has a page about him. Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 07:18:19 (MDT)
Happy birthday Gale and have a great R&R... Mark, I am planning on riding down for the Mini in Ohio. I also must say that the weather will influence the decision, as I won't ride in the rain. Everyone, have a great Memorial Day weekend!!.. Ray,.. I hope you are doing well!! My thoughts and prayers are with you.. Hey Smitty, thanks for the heads-up on my taxes, how true it is!!.. Think Orlando.. Kal..>>
Kal 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 05:10:24 (MDT)
Gale, have a great time.................
USA - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 21:36:14 (MDT)
Hey gang, the American Legion Magazine this issue has a interview with a Gen. Bryan "Doug" Brown. Is that the Doug Brown of the 129th. He heads up the Special Ops Forces. 40 year career which includes Vietnam,Grenada and Desert Storm.
USA - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 21:35:44 (MDT)
Hey gang, remember that we would like to invite all to Ohio here at the cabin for a mini 129th gathering the weekend after the 4th of July. July 12,13,14,15............hope to see lots of you here. Just a time to kick er back in a nice comfortable cleared out woods, grass planted with a log cabin. I was reading the paper out on the front porch tonight and thought, gee, some guys could even sleep on the porch too. It's huge!!!...We have room in the cabin, and plenty of space in the woods for campers, tents or just sleeping bags. Who will think they will come????
USA - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 21:31:36 (MDT)
Slow respectful,hand salute, to the 59 thousand KIA in Vietnam. Welcome home to all our Nam brothers. Salute to all those that came before us.Happy hoildays,be careful out there.
USA - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 21:27:08 (MDT)
All have a grand Memorial Day. It's all about you this weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..........
USA - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 21:26:53 (MDT)
Bill Wolf, the book sound fantastic brother. Thanks to you and Bill Whelan, and actually all of you guys and gals that have lived in it and through it all. What an awesome road the 129th has traveled over the last 10 years. It's amazing and a blessing. Dennis F. sorry to hear you wont be able to make the gig in FL. Maybe next time..........always a brother......
USA - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 21:25:41 (MDT)
Happy birthday Gale. Bill,please tag one of those books for me in fla.I would like all present to sign mine as well.
USA - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 21:24:27 (MDT)
Oh, by the way fellas........on Sunday (27th) I will turn 65!! 40 years ago I landed in Nam on my birthday.................wow!! Always a brother. Gale
USA - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 20:54:38 (MDT)
Flight, I will be AWOL for a week. Leaving with some Buddies in the morning for Northern Wisconsin for a little R&R. Later, Gale
Gale 67-68
USA - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 20:49:36 (MDT)
Jim and all, I'll be taking extra books to the reunion to have people autograph (as many as possible). I should have a final cost for the book in a week (still figuring shipping). It will probably be between $25 and $30 a copy. I know that may seem a tad high, but keep in mind the book is 8 1/2 x 11 inches, 323 pages (thats a big book!), some color pages, and a cdrom and we only had 300 printed. The cost also covers postage and mailing boxes. I've added a small amount that will go to the 129th Christmas Fund that helps some of our folks out during the holiday to for about a dozen books that are going to VIP's. I'm not keeping a penny more than what I paid to have it printed, boxed, and shipped (it was a privalge and honor to put it together). Thanks to Bill Whelan who owns the print shop, the cost is going to be MUCH lower than if we had gone to another commercial printer. I know that Bill Whelan did a few things to the book to make it even greater (some color pages, laminated cover) at his own expense. I'll keep you all posted. I'm stuck in Phoenix (thanks to US Airways) but will be home for the weekend. Can't wait to see you all in Orlando!
Bill Wolf
USA - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 10:25:12 (MDT)
Flight, I have a request from a former 129th Gun Pilot. He is looking for a Crew Chief & Gunner from September 17th 1970. As the story goes he was shot in the arm and the GIB's took care of him until they got back to Evac. His name is Chet Simmons the other pilot Michael Tindall. Any help with this is appreciated. Location was just north of LZ English about mid day. The aircraft had to be left at Evac due to several hits by small arms. Tom FRankenfield Executive Director VHCMA
Tom Frankenfield <tfrankenfield@cfl.rr.com>
Clermont, FL USA - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 06:37:36 (MDT)
You guys ought to take up the Stickman on his offer to get you into the sim, if you have the time to spare on your way through the Savannah area... It's pretty awesome.
Vickey Burnsed <vburnsed@g-net.net>
USA - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 16:43:16 (MDT)
Sue Alvis glad you got the form. Jim Stickman Oliver Tom called me today to let me know that you had registered. Sue Hydinger we will work something out on the books being signed. Also, i am delivering emails to Charlie Rains and what you to know your card is among them. Thanks!
USA - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 16:35:04 (MDT)
Thanks Alex, got it. Amazing how easy it was to find when I was on the VHCMA page and not the 129th page. Duh! Sue
Sue Alvis <essanjee@hotmail.com>
USA - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 10:17:25 (MDT)
Fred and Sue go to VHCMA website. Page down to where it says return to home page. Then click on and scroll down to Runion registration. If my spelling is off. I am losing sight in my left eye. This was causes by the steriods shots I was given for knee. Will have to get another implant lens. Looking forward to Orlando.
USA - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 06:50:18 (MDT)
I'm looking on the VHCMA page.......I still can't see where to download the rego form etc for the re-union. Heeeeelp! Sue
Sue Alvis <essanjee@hotmail.com>
USA - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 04:22:39 (MDT)
Sorry to hear that Charlie Rains is not doing so well with his fight against that damn cancer. He was the first person I contacted about the VHCMA back in the early 90's. I had my 4th colonoscopy yesterday, and the dr. said everything looked good in there. I have to get one every 3 years because of my family history with colon cancer. I hope all is well with the rest of the flight. Ray, I love you brother... Hang in there. Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 17:27:20 (MDT)
When I finally release the book, those that want signatures from the reunion, let me know quantity of books. I'll get them signed and mailed out when I return. Should be able to give you all the purchasing info in about a week. Bill
Bill wolf
USA - Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 13:03:57 (MDT)
Fred A.. Go the the VHCMA site and print one out.. You should have had one in your past VHCMA newsletter. Later...Kal...>>>
Kal 67/68
USA - Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 06:00:07 (MDT)
May I make a suggestion? I know that Jim would like an autographed book, too, but it seems unfair for one person to collect them for several people. What if several "spare" copies were somewhere on a table where everyone could sign them, and then first come first serve on who got them? Jim is unable to come but I know he wants a book, Bill. In fact, we'd like 3 if the cost is not prohibitive because we're going to donate one to our local library. Only one would need to be signed. I understand if it isn't possible. Thanks. Sue H.
Jim & Sue H.
USA - Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 21:27:44 (MDT)
Alex, we didnt get a form this year for the reunion.
USA - Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 20:14:00 (MDT)
supposedly, the "Indian" is a guy named Sockalexas, who was from Skowhegan maine!! Nowadays, I can't get past major league when I think of them :>))..... Seriously, it's great to see some other teams making headlines. Softball and Baseball are in full swing up here, things are quite hectic, now that we're starting to get a little taste of spring.
USA - Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 17:41:02 (MDT)
Same here Bill, I`ll send the money, you take it to Orlando, get the guys to sign in......send it to me......Would all of the guys at the "big" reunion please sign it?.....Kim LaVoie, how about my Indians?......That`s Joe Wilson`s(J.W.) and my team, best HOME start...16-4...in their 107 year history......GO TRIBE
Fred Skaggs
NJ USA - Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 17:13:44 (MDT)
Sue Alvis, I got the package the other day. You did a fabulous job, and I'll treasure it always. mark, how are you coming with the walking stick? Bill, I won't be making the reunion.... is the any way of getting a copy signed by the guys before sending it to me? I know, I'm asking a lot, and if it's not possible??? oh, well :>)) Kim
Me USA - Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 14:31:13 (MDT)
Good morning all! Wink - we're still here!!! Am in Sacramento again this week, then Bakersfield next week and LA the next!!! The books should be sent to my house next week. Start thinking about how many you are going to want (limiting to no more than 10 per person initially). Will hopefully have a final cost here shortly and will post here and via email. Am not taking advanced orders yet. I"ll also bring a supply to the reunion in Orlando. Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 11:04:07 (MDT)
HEY, WHERE DID EVERYBODY GO ! wink 3/69- 10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 09:26:38 (MDT)
Evening Flight: An update to our post last night regarding Charlie Rains. If any of you want to send cards or emails to Charlie and JoAnne, please send them to our address and they will be delivered immediately. JoAnne called Liz and asks that all cards and emails be sent through us or to the VHCMA (Cinda will bring emails and cards to us) to be delivered to her. We live about 2 miles from them and will be stopping in every other day if not every day to see them. Thanks for the prayers and please keep them coming. Rick England we got your email and will deliver this to Charlie tomorrow. Always a brother.
Alex & Liz <afernwal@comcast.net>
USA - Monday, May 21, 2007 at 18:36:06 (MDT)
Continued Prayers for Charlie Rains & Family, He has done so much for us & continues. Fred S. Sounds like you are doing well, Great>>>>>> Smitty
Jim Westwang 71-72
Sheridan, Wy USA - Monday, May 21, 2007 at 11:11:59 (MDT)
Fred A., the compound are located in Basking Ridge, N.J., right down the road from Lyons V.A. Hospital, in Lyons,N.J., you can see the V.A. Hospital "Bell Tower" from our compound.
Fred Skaggs
NJ USA - Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 20:42:09 (MDT)
Flight: If some of you have checked the VHCMA website or Heli-Vets then you know about Charlie Rains and his long fight with cancer. He has been going through chemo since January for lung cancer and we saw him on Friday evening at which time he told us it had spread to his brain. He starts radiation tomorrow for 10 days to slow the progression of this hopefully. The outlook however it not very promising. Please keep Charlie and JoAnne and their family in your prayers and thoughts. If anyone would like to send him emails or cards, please send us an email and we will forward the information to you. It will be a hard reunion without Charlie being there, but he would want us to carry on the tradition that he has worked so many years to make a good reunion for all of us at the VHCMA. Always a brother and sister.
Alex & Liz <afernwal@comcast.net>
USA - Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 19:16:14 (MDT)
Wow,Fred S., sounds great.really great. Where is it located?
USA - Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 18:22:25 (MDT)
Fred Alvis, I`m still here, I`ve just been busy with a new job......I took a job with a church organization......Fellowship Deaconry, a well-regarded, international Christian organization that`s based in Germany. Fred, I like working jobs that are redeeming, and you help your fellow man(person). I`m in Plant Operations, of a 72 acre Christain compound. I had to get a FBI fingerprint and background check, credit check( which I thought was a bit to personal), and references .......And I passed my drug test. But they work on a "European work schedule"....35 hours a week. My benefits are almost as good as Civil Service. They have a outstanding payscale( gotta keep those unions out), so I`ve really been into my new job.......They are Germans, Swiss, Austrian, workers. We have "sisters", kinda like nuns.....but they are nurses......But being Europeans......Everybody likes to have a beer, ......we have over 60 different beers in our on-site 4 star restruant.....employees can drink after work (within reason)can`t get screwed up. We have a full 62 room state of the art hospital.....doctors, nurses.....everything in a normal hospital. We got a on-site bank, barber shop/hairdresser. But our last "independent living" stand alone home sold for 1.4 million, so these old folks are very wealthy.....The old fellow who bought it was on the Board of Directors for J.C. Penny. I have access to a three bay maintenance garage....I can work on my own car, after work if I want to. So I`ve been busy, but I`m around.......I hope when I get to the gates of Heaven, St. Peter will let me in......"Fred Skaggs, you`re welcome here, but you have to go to the "left side" of Heaven. Because Jerry Falwell don`t want you over on the "right side" of Heaven"......LOL
Fred Skaggs
NJ USA - Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 15:36:18 (MDT)
most of you that have been to a vhcma reunion know Charlie Rains and his battle with cancer.It started in his neck and thought it and been beaten. The following is a forward... I have been informed that Charlie Rains is not doing well. As most of you know, Charlie has been battling cancer for the last two years. It started in his neck and though many chemotherapy and radiation treatments he has been holding his own. I have just been asked to post the following. Charlie has asked that the Board and the membership be informed of his condition. He has recognized that the organization is very important to him and that his brothers would want to be informed of what is going on with him, as he was always wanting to be informed of his brothers well being. In November 2006, Charlie was re-diagnosed with cancer. This time in the lung. He has been through numerous chemotherapy treatments since January 2007 and it seems that the cancer has continued to grow involving the ribs. As of May, tests indicate that it has spread to the brain. He will be having radiation treatments for the next two weeks to help minimize the potential side effects related to the brain cancer. Please keep us in your prayers as he continues to fight this disease process. Joanne & Charlie Rains ----------------------------------------------------------------------
USA - Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 14:58:09 (MDT)
thanks mark for info.i no longer have c.r.s. it has taken yhe next step. c.r.a.f.t... bill don't send me mine just bring them with you to the reunion. see you all at the rreunion. wink 3/69- 10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 09:11:58 (MDT)
Wheres my buddy Freddy S.? Aint heard from you in a spell.
USA - Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 16:06:04 (MDT)
Thanks Bills,relayed to Susan. Kim, mailed yours the same time.
USA - Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 16:04:42 (MDT)
Book Info: to all who sent me photos, I do plan to return them to you. However, have been having to fly out to California (from Colorado) each Sunday, back on Friday, out on Sunday routine for last two weeks and have to do this 3 more times before reunion. So unless you have an emergency need, please be patient and I'll get them out after the reunion. Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 12:44:04 (MDT)
Fred, FYI, got the package! Going on the wall today! Bill W.
Bill Wolf
USA - Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 12:41:17 (MDT)
Wink, Susan and Bill, Info for the gig in Orlando is at the bottom of the 129th front page of the web site . Just click on the "2007 Reunion info"........see ya there........always a brother.............
USA - Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 09:17:51 (MDT)
BOOK UPDATE: Just got back into town (but leave again in morning) and received an advance copy of the book. It is GREAT!!! As soon as I get the shipment from Bill Whelan and figure out the final cost, I will post it here, send out emails, and post it on my webpage: http://www.wolfcms.com/book.html.
Bill Wolf
USA - Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 08:53:17 (MDT)
Well 4 weeks to LZ Orlando. Looking forward to another 129th reunion along with our VHCMA Brotherhood. It will be an exciting week for everyone whom attends. Alot of folks are bring the grand kids. I scoped out the hotel and it looks great. 2 miles from the attractions. And about 45 minutes to Daytona Beach. As for the 129th Brothers and Sisters whom are coming. We have some special things going. Bill wolf will have the 129th Book with him. And Hopefully we will have Fred Alvis, Ron Paye and Mark Jackson to tell about their trip to England. Bill wolf and I are wanting to do a DVD to Phil and his group to show our appreciation for all they have done in preserving 509 and the 129th history. I am excited to have a few of the first 129th Brothers there. It will a 41 year reunion for a few of us. Ray, you and grail are in our thoughts and Prayers. Always A Brother!! Oh! we have our own Gently attending this year. One remarkable woman whom does so much for VETS. See you all in Orlando.
USA - Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 08:31:46 (MDT)
the first one is Bill Wolfs site,which amoung others ,tells of vhcma and vhpa reunions.
USA - Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 08:20:41 (MDT)
http://vietnamheloreunion.com/ and there is also Kokomo ,http://www.hcvvo.org/reunion.htm
USA - Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 08:18:58 (MDT)
Hello Flight. I can't seem to find an upcoming events page,is there one? It would be nice to have a separate page to collect info on reunions and gatherings like Orlando and Kokomo. I grew up about 40 mi from Kokomo, by the way. OK, Bill where's the book? I am anxiously awaiting my copy! I am about to publish my own book which includes my tour with the 129th. Anybody who knew me then, especially those of you who crashed with me, I'd love to hear from you. That is if you're not still mad at me! None of them were my fault, I swear! Just kidding, I'd enjoy contact with everybody. It's been too long. Your Brother, Bill Heilman, wheilman@valornet.com
Bill <wheilman@valornet.com>
Hooks, TX United States - Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 05:21:33 (MDT)
Stickman good seeing you post. And glad to see you on the list for Orlando. Liz and I are looking forward to seeing you once again. Looks like a good reunion. Remember to get your registration in as early as possible. The hotel has to a number of people for the dinner and other things. Always A Brother!!
USA - Friday, May 18, 2007 at 14:24:19 (MDT)
Ray, brother take care and I hope to see you and Gail in Orlando. I have made arrangements to have the Blackhawk flight simulator scheduled for the last period of the day on 18 and 19 Jun. There will be 2 vietnam pilots as instructors to show you guys and gals some of the newer stuff our soldiers train on these days. I can also schedule to get into a couple of other trainers, the apache and avcat, which is a combined arms trainer. I just need to know if anyone heading to Fla wants to stop in Savannah, you might enjoy the side trip. Robert if you will google "Army Aviation Hertiage" it will take you to a wonderful site, where you will find their show schedule and you should be able to get that Huey ride, some of our guys took rides in Atl at the reunion. I look forward to hearing if anyone is interested in the sim, just post here so that I can get an ideal of how many might like the tour. And Gale, looks like I will be in Orlando by myself, don't drink anymore but I sure will be glad to buy you a beer. Take care da stickman is outta here.
jim "stickman" oliver
pembroke, ga USA - Friday, May 18, 2007 at 12:07:08 (MDT)
MD USA - Friday, May 18, 2007 at 08:24:25 (MDT)
mark, would you once again give the out the info on our reunion in july.i've been conversing with susan eidson, racey's sister, in the last few weeks an she wants the info on the reunion.not say she an family will go but she is thinking of going.so if you will give out the details again. besides i need the info too. wink 3/69-10/70
lake ewales, fl USA - Friday, May 18, 2007 at 08:03:47 (MDT)
Alvis thank you for bringing that site to my attention, sorry for the confusion, was not my intention.
USA - Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 13:40:08 (MDT)
Talked to Ray last night. I am hoping he can get into see a Doctor asap. I do appreciate those of you that have emailed and called him. This means alot to him. Thanks!! Well the reunion is getting closer. Have alot going on this reunion. I am trying for a few guest speakers for the 129th. Also, Hope to have fred,Ron and Mark there to give us thier experience in England and 509. I would like to share this experience with the entire VHCMA. Always A Brother!!
USA - Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 09:04:30 (MDT)
perhaps you should contact this site and have his name added.There might be a mistake and his name left off accidently. It isnt THE wall,but i was under the impression they had all the names on this site. http://www.virtualwall.org/
USA - Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 08:43:01 (MDT)
He is on the wall Bernard E Meister 2/14/70
robert meister
memphis, USA - Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 07:01:40 (MDT)
There are still lots of slicks flying around. Many forset fire-fighting outfits still fly them. Check around,you may be able to go on a maintance test flight.
USA - Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 03:25:37 (MDT)
disreguard..he must not have been a KIA. His name isnt on the wall.
USA - Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 03:22:16 (MDT)
Have you been to the virtual wall? His name might be wrong on that one as well. You can also leave a message fpr others to see.http://www.virtualwall.org/
USA - Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 03:18:29 (MDT)
Forgive me for intruding in your log but after reading I wanted to share a bit of my story. This letter was written last July. My wish is for it to show my pride I have in each of you. Subject: 334th and 189th > Good afternoon to all. > I am writing to what few contacts I have for the 334th and 189th. A > couple of years ago I wrote on a board about looking for someone who > knew my dad,CW2 Bernard E.Meister Dragon 39. Some of you I talked to > and some even gave me valuable information. Well time has a way to open > things up when you continue your personal searches. > What have I gained from this search? Well for one I know my dad did two > tours. > First tour was with the 189th and I am the proud owner of a Ghost Riders > patch. > I now know that my dad was Dragon 39 during his second tour with the 334th. > I have had two major gifts since my last contact with any of you. These > gifts include all of his medals from his service. What I was proud of > the most was his DFC with the orgional citation and orders. See only > last week did we bury Bernard Edwin Meister's mother. The day before > the burial I was given a duffel bag full of stuff. Medals, letters, high > school diploma, vast amounts of some military records, flight time > records and most of all personal photos of my dad at various ages and > times in his life. > Along this journey my mother and I mended a relationship long overdue. > she then gave me what few items she had. > Finally my cousin gave me what items he had. Hince the medal collection > was complete. > > I spent this past weekend reading letters from my dad during his last > tour. I met the man behind the pictures. I saw his depression for not > getting a direct commission, I saw him being very proud about being a > pilot both as a Cobra and Slick. I was semi able to walk with him > through his tour. Wanting cheese and Lipton soup. Loving the ac and > hating the lack thereof. > I walked through his last letter in the field where he had a chance to > go to a survival course for his last days but he decided flying was much > better than eating snakes and worms. I walked through the red cross > letters and finally through the telegrams.... Then through sympathy > cards and letters to his mother. > I am proud to be his son and am glad I have had the chance to meet him > somewhat. Some of you mentioned that you may have pictures of him or > his helicopter. Some may have pictures of the time he was there. I > would love to see some of them. But most of all I want to meet some of > the men he served with. To all members of the 334th. The information on > the web is poor for the 69 onward time period. I would like to change > this but I need your help. To the 189th I thank you for giving me the > desire to learn more and the future chance of meeting some of you. > > This last request may be bold but understand from whom it comes. I > would love to have a 334th patch from the Cobra era. This is one that > means alot to me. Also I dont know how to go about getting a set of > wings to complete his medal collection. Forgive me if this is a brazen > request but it is not intended to be as such. > > My last goals are for me to get his name correct on the wall. His middle > name is incorrect. I also want to correct records that have him listed > as a CWO and not as a CW2. I am now in the process of getting his > tombstone corrected. Lastly I want to fly in a heuy. I will never get > the chance to be in a cobra so I have to accept that. > > Well thank you for reading this lengthy discourse. Thank you all for > your help and I am proud of each and every one of you. > Robert Meister son of CW2 Bernard E. Meister Since this letter was written I have accomplished a few things. I got a full replacement set of medals and even a few not expected. I also recieved a set of wings from a fellow vet,Huey ride? I am still dreaming on that one. His tombstone in memphis is now corrected. It has been a journey the last couple of years. I have since recieved a couple more items that are dear to me. My mother gave me my Dads Saint Christophers medal that he had on when he died. My aunt also had a set of dog tags, guess what? One was my Dads and the other was my Grandfathers from WW2. Along with that I discovered in the belongings my Grandfathers ribbons and medals. The pride being his Purple Heart with the orders tucked away with it for over 60 years. I didnt mention that I am going to an important meeting in less than 30 days to convince a University to build a war memorial but thats another story I write this to say thank you each for who you are and what you did. Boys to Men and a bound of Brotherhood that I can only envy. I salute each of you. Proud son of CW2 Bernard E, Meister 334th AHC, 189th AHC, Robert Meister
Robert <rmann63@comcast,net>
memphis, USA - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 22:47:06 (MDT)
Arthur.You can wear anything ya want to the dance. Some dress up, some wear bluejeans. It's a pretty relaxed affair brother..........no sweat......will be great to see you there......Love to all...........always a brother............
USA - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 19:49:16 (MDT)
Hi Flight on the reunion dance what do you ware I hope it not a monkey sute or what some call a pencuing sute the wife wants to know Art
Arthur E Foster <tigerwagon@msn.com>
Hogansville, GA. USA - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 18:59:04 (MDT)
Hi Brother & sister I was real sick 7 a emergency doc put me in the hospital one night they had a bunch of test dun on me & did not know what was wrong so they call in a hart doc & he did not know what was wrong with me & the day I was to go home he came in & asked me to stay for one more test so I told him YES & that monday I had that test 7 he called me tuesday & told me I neded a pace maker my hart was going to hi & then it would to low & so he told me he could do it wedday if I would 7 i sead yes so wed I was there & in a few hours it was in & I was not nocked out but a locel & now I in some what good helth & wish I was 50 again but the wife not so good she get some bad chest pains so I talk to my doc nurce if he could see here & they sead he was not taken on no more & that same day his nurce called & told here that he would see her will be 59 in july & all you 129 er dont think that every buddy get the same thing when they have HART PROBLEMS they dont I know because every one in my FAMLEY has died from hart problems & it does not car what age you are my uncel was 35 when he died & i hate to go to see them in a box & i dont go that way I can rember them like there was & hate when people say that they look just like they were that a pile of you know what & spending a bunch of money on a box that just goingin the ground is a waist I told my wife just have a pine box to put me in & that all do you know how come because I am not going to be in that body no more I WILL BE SITTING IN HEAVEN WITH MY LOARD & I will ask him if I can check in to look in on my WIFE BECAUSE SHE IS THE MOUST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN IN MY LIFE & she will never change to me.
Arthur E Foster <tigerwagon@msn.com>
Hogansville, GA. USA - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 17:38:47 (MDT)
Sue, my Sue didnt have any signs either. Just pure luck AND a mamogram.They were looking for something else. Now you take care of yourself and best wishes.
USA - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 17:26:32 (MDT)
Alvis, you are absolutely right. Not doing screenings and mammograms is like playing Russian Roulette, esp. once over 50. (Gave my age away, eh?) I was fortunate to have an excellent doctor who while treating me for gall bladder, did scans and ultrasounds to make sure nothing else was going on. It was then my tumor was found. I had no symptoms. The second best thing you can do for yourself - all of us - is to be your own best advocate for your healthcare. Do not expect anyone to do it for you - we need to insist on answers. That's how I got a great doctor who gave me the "heads up" I needed. Some days it seems that there is no one out there who cares, but then when you all responded and have been so kind to me, I am reminded that there is. Thanks. Sue H.
Jim & Sue H.
USA - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 15:36:18 (MDT)
Fella's, thats two ladies out of our group, who have had cancer encounters. Please urge your wife,daughters, to check themselves.Most cancers can be beaten when detected early enough.ok,getting off my soap box now.
USA - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 06:57:43 (MDT)
Sue, That is great news to hear. Thank God for the doctors and medications they have now.
Ken Strong Jr. 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 06:22:47 (MDT)
Hey Bernie, I was googlin' the 129th tonight and came across your telling of when the 426 went down.Glad your here to write about it. You are a great American!........always a brother.........
USA - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 20:21:30 (MDT)
Sue, that is really great to hear that. You guys take care.......always a brother.......
USA - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 19:45:12 (MDT)
Thats great news Sue,simply great!
USA - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 17:25:56 (MDT)
Go figure, I finally get a chance to attend a reunion, and the rug beneath my feet is pulled away. The insane world of Trucking Management has once more struck again. I now find myself back behind the steering wheel I got away from in 2000. So, instead of attending the reunion, I will be most likely delivering foodstuffs to an Publix Market somewhere in the Southeast. I know Wink will keep me updated. Later gotta roll.
Dennis Fuerstenau
Haines City, FL USA - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 16:55:52 (MDT)
Hurrah! Good news at my doctor's appointment today. I do not have to go back to Madison again unless something else "pops" up. No radiation needed. They tell me that if one had to have a cancer, this is the one to get. Stitches were removed (thankfully) and things were very good. Because this is such a rare tumor, everyone at the doctor's office wanted to be in on the appointment. I had three doctors, one med student, the physician's assistant and an LPN. Beginning next week I will start taking a preventative medication called Gleevec which in the last 3 years has been proven to stop this particular type of tumor by stopping production of the protein on which it grows. If I would be in the 15% for which it doesn't work, then because I will be getting regular CAT scans, Dr. Mahvi will "cherry pick" them out. With luck, I should not have to have major abdominal surgery for this again. All in all Jim and I felt very good after the doctor's visit. Thank you to our 129th family for all the emails and support shown on the web site. It is much appreciated!
Jim & Sue H.
USA - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 15:56:49 (MDT)
Good evening Flight. Had gone through my records with Social Security after leaving the VA yesterday. If anyone is dealing with them, check the files yourself. I called them again today and asked what the SSI Doctors report ment by saying I alleged having hearing loss & ringing @ 27db & 5000 Hrz. She than stated my hearing is normal. They only requested records for nine months before the filing date, so where she read Carpel Tunnel is my right hand, she commented that I had not sought any treatment, etc. This was the case for about everything I listed & the shrink did the same thing but mostly pointed out that I did not see my shrink in the past six months. I don't know if they even know what PTSD is but is also alleged. So that is the TIP!! I am going back and getting copies of every record for the past 35 years. You all take care and hope this might help someone before they end up with the run a round.
Ken Strong Jr. 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 15:55:52 (MDT)
I just heard the Taliban leader killed last week; Abdullah Rullah Dadullah, has been replaced by his brother; Anna Banna Fofanna Me My Momannah...... LOL
Puna, HI USA - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 11:58:07 (MDT)
Good Morning 129th. Just Checking the mail. "CONGRATS" on your son graduating from Purdue.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 08:42:14 (MDT)
basharat ahmad <basharatjk01 @yahoo.co.in>
Srinagar, J&K iNDIA - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 05:19:42 (MDT)
Some News, my oldest son Graduated from Purdue this weekend after ten years. Happy to see the day come. ALSO, today I went to the Indy VA for an MRI & PTSD Group. On the elevator they had a nice little poster with a map of Vietnam and unit patches, mostly major ones. BUT ON THE LEFT SIDE was our unit Patch. It just had a note from the VA Library. I may have looked like a nut pointing at it and the pin on my hat. Has anyone seen this anywhere else?
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Monday, May 14, 2007 at 20:00:20 (MDT)
Thanks for asking how I'm doing. Tomorrow the stitches come out and we'll find out if further treatment is needed. Keep those fingers crossed and we'll check in when we get home. Thanks for asking! Sue H.
Jim & Sue H.
USA - Monday, May 14, 2007 at 19:01:59 (MDT)
Jim, hope you got my email about two arrows, in the Sheridan VA,on the ptsd ward. He writes very good poetry and comes across as a gentle soul.
USA - Monday, May 14, 2007 at 16:12:25 (MDT)
Rhonda congradulation on the wedding. Your Dad would have been proud.
USA - Monday, May 14, 2007 at 08:12:03 (MDT)
Welcome to the 129th!! Susan E. you have found a wonderful family. Hope you stay with us.
USA - Monday, May 14, 2007 at 08:09:40 (MDT)
Goodmorning Flight: Talked to Ray this morning. He has lost most of his voice. He is waiting for the results from the test on his throat. Also, talked to Wink. He is safe from the wild fires in Flordia. Gets some smoke in the early morning hours but, it gone by noon. The reunion is a little over a month from now. Can't wait!! Liz has MON. and Tues. planned out for me. Going to get me a scooter if my knee gives out. Ha! Last count over 500 rooms booked. Well 129th Family have a great day. Please think of Ray with either a email or a call. I know he gets lonely. Thanks!! Always A Brother!!
USA - Monday, May 14, 2007 at 08:06:40 (MDT)
well boys,I am a bit disappointed.Will keep searching and fingers crossed.
USA - Sunday, May 13, 2007 at 19:49:32 (MDT)
To wish all those involved with this site a Happy Mothers Day. Both my kids are home, God Bless You All>>>>>>Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
Sheridan, wyoming USA - Sunday, May 13, 2007 at 17:15:43 (MDT)
some good footage of P-47 fighter pilots and planes ,during WW2.worth watching..P-47 - Google Video2
USA - Sunday, May 13, 2007 at 16:09:14 (MDT)
Susan E., welcome to the site - hope you visit often. I'll be on the road for five days strarting tomorrow morning but will check in during the week. Book is still at the printer but should be finished shortly....will keep everyone posted. Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Sunday, May 13, 2007 at 14:00:54 (MDT)
Ted, Did you ever find a tail rotor? If not I have one hanging above my bar.
Rick Benedict
USA - Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 16:31:48 (MDT)
good morning 129th!! So Easter Sunday My daughter announces she is getting married. Oh how I wish daddy could be here. Anyway sorry 129th I won't be at the reunion. She is getting married July 21 and of course everyone is invited. Thanks 129th for all you have done.
Rhonda-- Mike Walkers Daughter <jordanrh1941@aol.com>
USA - Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 08:27:58 (MDT)
I'll be pulling pitch @ 5AM heading for L A. This will be my 4th Run For The Wall. My first year as a road guard, I'm not sure if that is good or bad. I plan on skipping the VHPA reunion this year and go to Orlando instead. Susan, I knew Racey ,he was a good guy, we all miss him. See Ya'll in Orlando. BARON
pete nolen <cobrabaron@cox.net>
Maurice, la USA - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 21:29:26 (MDT)
update from Simon...Evening from the UK. Spoke with Samira at ABC yesterday. she rang just as I was about to leave the office. New York Office liked the piece she had cut but had asked her to add some more and different pictures, so she phoned me asking for some more footage. I sorted some out for her last night at home and then with the help of News 24 I fed the new pictures down to her earlier this afternoon (Friday). She was then going straight back into the edit suite to re-cut her piece with the London reporter. She sounded confident that it would be shown this weekend. I would hope it does as they were keen for her to recut it asap. So unless some earth shattering news story breaks over the weekend then it stands a good chance of seeing the light of day. As Samira said in her first e-mail if it doesn't go to air then she will pop it on the two web sites, but hopefully it will get broadcast first.
USA - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 16:17:54 (MDT)
40 days till LZ Orlando. For you non-military types, thats "reunion" in Orlando Fla. Sue H., how you recovering?
USA - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 15:04:44 (MDT)
welcome Susan E. wished you had founf us this time last year. We had a big time reunion in Phoniex Az....heck, never could spell
USA - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 15:01:19 (MDT)
welcome home Al. kick off your shoes and sit a spell.
USA - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 14:57:39 (MDT)
Wink is right, I just found the 129th website yesterday and sent him an email right away. I am Bradford's sister. Hope you all don't mind if I just kick around here and explore and ask questions to get familiar.
Susan Eidson (Racey) <sdeidson@hotmail.com>
Tempe, AZ USA - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 14:35:17 (MDT)
LAKE WALES, FL USA - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 09:18:45 (MDT)
Hi everyone After leaving Nam in 66 they sent me to Ft. Carson Colorado. There was so many mechanics and only a few A/C to work on. I wound up in a tank outfit. I visited Ft. Carson 2 years ago. It doesen't look nothing like it did then. I did manage to find the house Elaine and I rented back then. Is there a site that I can send a few photo's of Nam to ?
Al Lewallen <hanger47@juno.com>
USA - Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 23:36:05 (MDT)
oh,that was copied ,in part,from an email I just recieved from Simom.
USA - Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 08:22:21 (MDT)
update on Mark,Ron and me,reunion with 509...Just received e-mail from my contact at ABC, London.. Simon, I had been away for three weeks myself, and when I returned I cut a 2min 10 sec piece with our correspondent Nick Watt for the weekend news. The piece lives in NY now but has not aired yet. If it does not air this weekend, I will put it up on one or both of our digital platforms: ABC News Now or ABC.com. Would you like me to send you a copy of the piece and if so, what format. Thank you again for your help. Samira (ABC, London) So fingers crossed guys. Hope all is well with you?
USA - Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 08:21:00 (MDT)
Good Morning 129th. Just Checking in & copying "the mail". Alvis, that was one trying moment - changing the flat. I guess the moral of the story is buy regular/normal size tires.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 07:31:55 (MDT)
Fred, that reminds me of a fortune cookie I got at the Dragon Wall restaurant the other day... "No job is so simple that it cannot be done wrong".
USA - Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 07:30:18 (MDT)
After reading all the stories about the six NJ jihadist boys I think, since they want an Army post so badly, an apt and just punishment would be to just go ahead and give them Fort Polk!!! That would teach them!!!
Lake Norman, NC USA - Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 05:57:38 (MDT)
Fred, important thing is, as you said, you can look back and laugh at the day now. Ain't that the way it always goes? I used to call that when I was turning wenches for dad " Basic mechanics, with a capital B". Stuff like, If there is something for the air hose or extension light cord to get wrapped around, it's gonna. Or, as I was setting on the tire and up on the frame of a truck and dropped a wrench, you can be sure it landed all the way on the floor and exactly in the center of the truck underneath it and had to climb down and use a extendo magnet to reach it. Take care all, we love you.........always a brother...........
USA - Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 05:35:33 (MDT)
Jeeze. Susan called me from her work yesterday evening,at my work. Seems she had a flat,needed help changing,ect. No problem right? pretty basic stuff. It gets better. Susans little sports car has low profile tires.Susan hit a pot hole,whatever, ripped a 3 inch gash in the sidewall.( stuff happens,no problem). Lug nuts are special "splined" type, found on custom wheels.Someone forgot to leave the lug nut "key",or adaptor, in the car when we bought it.grrr,cant get the wheel off.OK, drive to Wallyworld, get 2 cans of fix a flat and a "plug in the ciggerette type air pump". Seems the gash contained a hole just large enough to expell air,almost as fast as we could put it in.grrr..."ok Susan,I am off tomorrow and we will just leave the car here and i will fix tomorrow".Next day. Grab my tools,off i go.Stop by the place where we bought the car 6 months ago...you guessed it,no deal left behind. Stop by tire shop..nope, we need a lug nut to see if we have a "key".Stop by a specialty custom tire and rim place..."need a lug nut to find the correct key".Try to hammer a "just under sized" socket onto the lug nut. No deal,shape of the rim pervents it.get out hammer and punch..no deal..but back punch...replace with chisel..works great at screwing up lug nut,no deal on getting it off,or even starting to turn. starts to rain..again.Lug nuts have been put on with the impact wrench from hell.Several missed hammer blows result in swollen fingers and lumps on back of hand.It starts to lighting.and rain harder.Did i mention the constant strem of people giving helpful advice? such as " hey,weld a nut on it"( sure,going to pull a welder out of my back pocket and plug it in 2 miles away)ect. Put tools up,went to Auto Zone,looking for a type of screw/bolt extractor,but one that would fit nuts.no deal.went to NAPA..they had one..yesssss...was a one time use tool and cost 60 bucks...no way am i going to do that.Did I mention i had a Dentist Appt,fast approaching time limit? it stopped raining.Torn lug nuts,no progress,few options left.Go home,collect Susan,make desperate plan.Grab portable air tank i have,plug in my compressor to fill.Blow circuit breakers AFTER looking for hose and connectors,for what seemed like hours.fill tank,go back to car.Tell Susan to get car ready to drive when i say go. fill tire,yell go. car goes maybe 100 yards,tire flat.refill tire,yell go. same thing again.Have made it to major crossroads,longest light in town is red.hop out,fill tire just as light is turning,yell go.whew,made to "Big O Tires".Had been there hours ago,seeking lug key.They remembered us.Young guy that also works there,over hears of conversation.He walks to his tool box,bingo,has the "KEY". Manager say they will have to tourch the rim off cause of distroyed lugs.( custom rims,I dont think so). Buy TWO keys for lug nuts,grab hammer and 4 way.off they come.no problem.Jeeze, the guy could have saved me 1/2 tank of gas,hours and hours of wasted time, sore fingers and hand,if he had simply ask his macanhic.laughing to myself now..whew,what a day.Oh,it didnt rain anymore,Dentist appt was switched (their doing) to monday and ran out of smokes. hope this makes someone smile,it does me now.
USA - Wednesday, May 09, 2007 at 19:52:40 (MDT)
42 days till the reunion
USA - Wednesday, May 09, 2007 at 19:13:56 (MDT)
Thanks, Mark. Am getting the email notification about the book ready and needed to verify yours. Bill Wolf
Bill Wolf
USA - Tuesday, May 08, 2007 at 16:04:53 (MDT)
Bill Wolf and all...Email is fourfour@hometowncable.net
USA - Tuesday, May 08, 2007 at 15:16:58 (MDT)
Bill Wolf and all...Email is
USA - Tuesday, May 08, 2007 at 15:16:40 (MDT)
Mark Jackson, can you post your new email. Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Tuesday, May 08, 2007 at 10:33:05 (MDT)
Alvis, A quick comment about your post on May 2nd. That Map sight is really good and helps narrow down Lane. So how do we get Google to update the image? Everyone take care.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Tuesday, May 08, 2007 at 10:27:48 (MDT)
*** BOOK UPDATE ***: I know many of you are anxious to get a copy of the book, so wanted to update you. I got an email from Bill Whelan (129th'er) who owns the printing company where our book is being printed. He says the book should be done around the end of the week and then he will be shipping them to me. Bill indicated that he is going to laminate the cover which will make it look even better and be more durable. Even though Bill has given me a price per book which is basically his cost, I know he has done some other things with the book at his own expense. Thanks to Bill Whelan, I'm not sure this book would have made it this far without his help!! As soon as the books are ready and I have the final cost per book, I will send out emails, post the info here, and update the information page at: http://www.wolfcms.com/book.html. I'll also be bringing some to the reunion. Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Tuesday, May 08, 2007 at 10:22:21 (MDT)
I talked to Ray yestrday His voice was raspy but he wanted me to say HI to the flight. Give him a call I don't think he can talk long. If possible. Flight be careful out there
Rick England <Bulldog431@gmail.com>
USA - Tuesday, May 08, 2007 at 06:11:20 (MDT)
FOSTER W. BRAGUE <sereno45@verizon.net>
PLAINS, PA. USA - Monday, May 07, 2007 at 21:41:54 (MDT)
Many years ago,a book was written about a very far away place.The book was titled,"Hell is a very small place".The book is about a battle fought over 50 years ago.A long time ago,but this battle took place after we were all born. Some of us had already started to school.Today is the anniv. of that battle,lost by the french F.L. Hell in a very small place is used to discribe the battle for Dien Bien Phu,a small villiage in N. Vietnam.The rest is history.
USA - Monday, May 07, 2007 at 21:38:06 (MDT)
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USA - Monday, May 07, 2007 at 21:19:19 (MDT)
Sue, it is good to see your post. We are glad that all is going well. Take it easy and recoup. Albert,WELCOME HOME...........Love to all.........always a brother....
USA - Monday, May 07, 2007 at 19:39:46 (MDT)
Welcome home, Albert!!! Sue - so glad everything went well. You take it easy and get waited on for a bit!! lol Just don't sneeze!! Can't wait to see everyone in Orlando!!! Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Monday, May 07, 2007 at 09:10:53 (MDT)
Welcome Home Albert. You were there the same time as myself. Along with Rainner Bauer, Glenn Pearmain, Gerald Morgan, Ray Foley, Jim Hydinger, Larry Graham and many others whom visit the 129th site. Sue hope you have a speedy recovery. I know Jim won't have any problems catering to you. You Both take care. Miss seeing you both at the reunions. Talked to Ray. He has some surgery coming up the first week of June. Well Take care my Brothers and Sisters of the 129th and 394th. see you all in Orlando. Always A Brother!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN. USA - Monday, May 07, 2007 at 06:14:39 (MDT)
welcome home Albert
USA - Monday, May 07, 2007 at 05:56:30 (MDT)
why do we have tears when we cut the ounion
abilash babu <busyabilash@yahoo.co.in>
madurai, tamil nadu india - Monday, May 07, 2007 at 05:56:24 (MDT)
I served in the 394th trans detachment in 1965/66. The unit was in Don Ba Thin. I remember a few of the men from there. William (Bill) Shear, and Jimmey Garrison. I have a few pictures I would be glad to share with you.
Albert E. Lewallen <HANGER47@JUNO.COM>
USA - Sunday, May 06, 2007 at 21:21:58 (MDT)
Sue, great news! Sit back and relax for a while.................let Jim wait on you "for a change".:o))) Wish you guys could make Orlando!?
USA - Sunday, May 06, 2007 at 17:17:31 (MDT)
Thats great that your home Sue. Best wishes on a speedy,painless( as possible) and quick recovery.
USA - Sunday, May 06, 2007 at 16:48:27 (MDT)
It's been a long week in Madison while undergoing abdominal surgery. Recovery from that is not fun! We got home today (Sun). Glad to have that behind me. I had a rare tumor that reoccurs. The last one was 15 years ago. There is a new drug now called Gleevec which they will put me on so no further tumors grow. It works in 85% of the cases so am praying I fall in that percentage. I'm sure Susan and Alvis know all about percentages, and for the most part, I'd just as soon not hear them. Seems my luck has me in the low part! This time though the recovery involved much better pain management, so now I will sit home for a while and heal. Jim kept me posted about the phone calls and good wishes on the 129th. We both really appreciated knowing your support was there for us.
Jim & Sue H.
USA - Sunday, May 06, 2007 at 16:27:31 (MDT)
USA - Friday, May 04, 2007 at 15:23:03 (MDT)
Salute to Mr McGee!!
USA - Friday, May 04, 2007 at 07:07:59 (MDT)
USA - Friday, May 04, 2007 at 06:16:08 (MDT)
evening flight, SLOW HAND SALUTE to Elvern H. McGee WWII Paratrooper. jumped into Japan and helped liberate our guys in prison camps there, among other actions. some of his awards: Bronze star, Purple heart, Good conduct, and one I couldn't id. but it had 3 campaign stars. Elvern was born 5 Mar 1922 and died 1 May 2007. he knew me before I was old enough to know him. he will be missed. ......... Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Friday, May 04, 2007 at 00:27:21 (MDT)
Rick England <Bulldog431@gmail.com>
USA - Thursday, May 03, 2007 at 21:14:11 (MDT)
This is miy new email. Congrats Gail and Ray.
Richard England <bulldog431@gmial.com>
USA - Thursday, May 03, 2007 at 21:12:09 (MDT)
Hi FlIGHT Alvis that would be out standing to have him there for he is a REAL HERO for whot they went throw I like to shake his hand & take a picture of him & you Alvis if his picture not in the gallary it shoud be. The WIFE nock me over when she told me how would you like a new truck I told her are you trying to make me droup dead she told me no whot kind would you like I told here a CANYON four door sport blue so after we get back from Orlando we go & look at some ok YES. take care guy a BROTHER Art
Arthur E Foster <tigerwagon@msn.com>
Hogansville, GA USA - Thursday, May 03, 2007 at 10:51:10 (MDT)
Am continueing to try and talk my uncle into making the reunion in orlando with me.His name appears on the POW network.You may have seen him on some of the old xmas,pow,pics sent out by N.Vietnam. http://pownetwork.org/bios/h/h101.htm Jamie is my moms sister.
USA - Thursday, May 03, 2007 at 09:40:21 (MDT)
Hey Ray and Gail, I hope you had a great aniversary!! Mine was on the 1st, 36 years, so we aren't too far apart. I forgot all about mine till 10 minutes till midnight, when I saw the card on the table. So I was able to at least say "Happy Aniversary" on the right day, lot of good that did me...Being retired makes me forgetfull I think.. Vickey, welcome aboard!! It looks like you are the official voice for the Stickman now and we are looking foreward to meeting you in Orlando. I just hope he gets out of those ropes in time. My reservations are in and the room is booked so things are moving right along and I hope to see lots of the 129thers there. Sue, I hope your hospital stay went well and you are well on your way to recovery! Fred Alvis, I printed out a couple of the maps that you directed me to and used them with Google Earth to pinpoint the Lane "South Hotel" landing pad pretty closly. As I see it it is 13d 48min North, 109d 05min 50sec East. It looks like you can just make out what appears to be the "V" where the big "H" was located. I wish they had a little more resolution in the maps of the area. Thats it from here for now. Take care and "Think Orlando", as it is coming soon. L8r... Kal...>>> "Lane, Bulldog 901, South Hotel for departure"...>>>
Kal 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
Saint Joseph, Mich USA - Thursday, May 03, 2007 at 07:35:41 (MDT)
Have a Happy Anniversary Gail & Ray!!!!!! Vickey, it's ok with us if you tie the "Stickman" up..........just untie him before Orlando! Welcome aboard and hope to see you both in June. :o))))) Gale
Gale 67-68
USA - Wednesday, May 02, 2007 at 15:49:07 (MDT)
Kal, and Gale.. No, I haven't had the Stickman tied up... He always gets a little nervous when I break out the whips and chains and handcuffs.
Vickey <vburnsed@g-net.net>
Pembroke, Ga USA - Wednesday, May 02, 2007 at 13:43:00 (MDT)
found an interesting site with plenty of maps,some of our AO. I think its a tank outfit,but good pics and maps.Even has a few pics of Lane.http://www.rjsmith.com/topo_map.html#khamduc
USA - Wednesday, May 02, 2007 at 10:09:35 (MDT)
happy anni Ray and Gail. Sue and Jim,prayers sent.
USA - Wednesday, May 02, 2007 at 10:06:56 (MDT)
Gail & Ray - Happy Anniversary from Kat and I. We hope to see you and everyone else in Orlando!
Bill Wolf
USA - Wednesday, May 02, 2007 at 08:36:40 (MDT)
Happy Aniverary to Ray and Gail. 37yr. I think Ray told me. Starting 26th year at Autozone today. Looking forward to Orlando. About six weeks out. Always A Brother!!
USA - Wednesday, May 02, 2007 at 07:18:28 (MDT)
RAY and GAIL....HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!! Expect to be hugged in Florida!!! Jim, please tell Sue she is in our prayers, and try to keep us updated as to how she is doing. We'll see you in Kokomo this year? L-Gently
USA - Wednesday, May 02, 2007 at 06:51:18 (MDT)
Ken, and all. Kids are welcome. Heck, bring the dog too!!!!.........
USA - Tuesday, May 01, 2007 at 13:02:53 (MDT)
Mark that sounds like a winner because all I need is money for diesel and would bring my 20' trailer. Question, are there going to be kids there for planning the trip ahead? The last time my wife and I left the daughter behind it was nothing but never ending phone calls.
Ken Strong Jr
Lafayette, IN USA - Tuesday, May 01, 2007 at 12:43:11 (MDT)
Hey gang%%%%%%%for the mini here at the cabin in Ohio I have set aside the days of the 12th,13th,14th,and 15th of July. That's a Thursday, Friday, Saterday and Sunday. I think if you just "Map Quest" this address 5029 ST. ANTHONY RD. CELINA, OHIO 45822, you will be able to also find hotels in the AO for those who don't do outhouses. Remember though, there is camping available here, with electric hook ups at the cabin and room in the cabin for many. The room above the garage is huge. Just bring a bed roll or I will try and find a place to aquire some bunks. Come all the days or any of them. Hope to see lots of you here............always a brother.................
USA - Tuesday, May 01, 2007 at 11:21:49 (MDT)