congrats Dave & to him & the team. Did i meet him when i was there??? Jim
jim westwang
SHERIDAN, wy USA - Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 22:39:55 (MST)
Not to proud there are ya Dave ;-))........that's no easy job. Congrats to your son-in-law.........
USA - Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 16:45:12 (MST)
Congratulations to the Olathe, CO Pirates... 22-21 over Erie, CO in overtime for 2A Colorado State championship! Olathe Coach Ryan Corn is my son-in-law...
Dave Powers
USA - Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 15:44:35 (MST)
Ms Hanson,I can show you about 3000 such letters with the same pitch.Pure Scam,Spam,we might be Vietnam Veterans,But we are not Fools.Try selling that to your friends.
jim <dustoff>
shiloh, IL USA - Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 11:52:44 (MST)
Dearest One, Based on your profile, the trust and God's divine guidance that I have this great opportunity linking up to you, though we have not meet before but I believe that one have to risk in confiding his secret to succeed sometimes in life. My name is Evelyn Hanson,a 19 years old undergraduate. I am only daughter of chief/Mrs Roberts Hanson a major cocoa exporter cum politician. I am native of Lorma in western part of Liberia, Africa. I was born out of tragic late. my mother died from cancer when I was only 4 years old, my father nurtured me with great care and love before he met his own untimely death on the way coming back from business trip from overseas, on his arrival to the airport his driver went to drove him back home on the way they have a fatal car accident which killed his driver at spot while my father spent 3 painful days at hospital before dying. My uncle seized all my father's companies and properties because of our traditional believe that I'm a woman. I was left with nothing and dropped out of school because of financial difficulties and my uncle's wicked attitude. My father told me a deep secret on his sick bed which I want to share with you in a full confidentiality. He deposited a huge sum of $7million Dollars usd) in one of reputable security company in Abidjan Cote D' Ivoire because of political instability in our country Liberia without the knowledge of my uncle. Presently I'm in Cote D' Ivoire since the civil war broke out in Liberia as a refugee in one of missionary home while my uncle flew to the London with his children. Although I have contacted the security company they confirmed the lodgement. Dearest One i want you to do for me is to step forward as my foreign partner to the security company so that the money will be retrieve, I have all the necessary information to back you up. I will sincerely give you 15% out of the money, 5% for any expenses incurred during the transaction and the rest will be used for any investment preferred by you in your country. I am pleading to you with the name of Almighty God to help me out of this problem. Coincidentally Cote D' Ivoire is now having its own political unrest too, I waiting to hear from you soonest Thanks, Your Sincerely Ms Evelyn Hanson.
evelynhanson. <>
ok, ok ok - Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 09:40:46 (MST)
Alvis,Hang in there and it will get easyer by the day.Try walking around the block.Your taste buds will return and you will enjoy your food more,that is why I suggested walking.just to maintain your weight,because you will start to gain really fast.
jim <dustoff>
IL USA - Friday, November 28, 2008 at 22:10:27 (MST)
been 25 days now without a smoke..grrrrr..
USA - Friday, November 28, 2008 at 19:11:41 (MST)
Fred, I knew that you guys pulled guard duty around lane, but I also know that while Larry was there that the ROKS were stationed in the mountain ridge west of Lane and on occasions some of the guys have told me that they could hear and see them in fire fights up there........Fred, I know a guy who drove truck and once he went to NY city and was almost truck jacked at a stop light. needless to say that was the last time he drove over the road. drive a dump truck locally now. you be careful out there Fred.............All turkeyed out here. Hope all of you had a great thanksgiving. I am thankful for all of you.............always a brother..........
USA - Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 19:00:19 (MST)
yes Fred, i did celebrate some there. today both kids are home, we have a good dinner. I am thankful for family,all of you, & our troops that are doing for us right now>>>> Respects>> Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 17:50:53 (MST)
was in Queens and the Bronx yesterday..remind me to quit if the tell me to go into there again.Thats no place for a 53 foot trailer and dont even think about taking a wrong turn...dont ask me how I know..twice.. Happy thankgiving flight..I know I spent one of them with Smitty..but cant remember it..laughing, thats no surprise if you knew Smitty back then.
USA - Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 14:24:21 (MST)
Mark,the ROKs didnt pull guard duty around Lane,we did. As far a columns of smoke go..the onl ones I saw close to Lane were from the Pop-o-san,burning...well,let just say one didnt want to get in the smoke. Most I saw were when we were on CAs,one in particular that Kim remembers cause he flew it also ( Woodward did too I think),it looked like hell on earth..literly. Was the largest CA I was on.The gunnies were laying down a huge amount of fire power.I think that wa the one were 50cals were recocheting back up into the flights of slicks.
USA - Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 14:20:18 (MST)
Happy Thanks giving from all of the 509 team to all of you.
Simon Johnson <>
Mellor, 509 County UK - Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 13:31:42 (MST)
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!! Am back home in Colorado Springs for the week, but have to go back to California for another 6 months of projects! Gonna have snow today!! Yahooooo! Bill & Kat
Bill Wolf
USA - Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 12:04:22 (MST)
Hi Don! Flight, Debbie & I wish you all a great Thanksgiving....."Gobble 'til ya wobble!"
USA - Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 09:14:03 (MST)
Happy Thanksgiving Day to ALL of you the 129th family.I miss you all
Don McCort
Music City, USA - Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 07:48:47 (MST)
Jim, I think it helps to talk about it now as I dreamed my wife and I were in Vietnam for some reason. Mark, the ROKs were on one side only at Lane. I pulled guard duty in a tower one night with another guy and we watched the ARVINs in a fire fight about five miles East of the tower. The Firefly missions I went on were also very close to Lane in the valley closer to the ARVIN Base at the tip of the mountains towards Phu Cat which by than was also ARVIN. Everyone have a great turkey day..
Ken Strong Jr.
Lafayette, IN USA - Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at 18:01:48 (MST)
happy bird day to all. i will be missing for a while, computer crashed badly.
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at 05:09:20 (MST)
Liz and I wanted to wish all our 129th Family a safe Thanksgiving. Don't get much time for the computer. Had to delay my retirement. And, as I sit here Autozone calls and tell me to come early. Like now. Judith will put a check in the mail for the Christmas fund. Always A Brother~!!
Collierville, TN USA - Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 11:50:55 (MST)
Mark, that cholesterol problem is from eating all those great cookies at Kokomo!!!!
USA - Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 08:49:25 (MST)
all have a nice thanksgiving and don't eat up the turkey all in one setting. don't forget to leave some turky for turky sandwiches for the next few days.yummmmmmmmmmm wink 3/69-10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 07:52:08 (MST)
Where is our dear friend Art???? Art, get back here. We miss you. Dust Off....Dr. Doolittle? Very cool. Mark, keep us posted, meanwhile we all pray for you and our other friends and brothers who are having physical difficuties. Lastly, I am thankful for knowing all of you..thankful for your letting me into your wonderful brotherhood and sisterhood. That is what I will be thinking about this L-Gently
USA - Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 07:20:23 (MST)
Thanks to everyone that has sent me names and sites with the names. as soon as I get my "new" list done I will post it for everyone to see and maybe that will jog a memory cell. I am at 37 names so I am 3 short.I will post the names to a web page so I don't clutter this page up. Thanks again. Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Monday, November 24, 2008 at 23:00:02 (MST)
I was on my way home the other day. takin' the back roads again. It has always dawned on me when I see off in the distance a plum of smoke raising up. Probably some farmer burning stuff. But it always makes me think of the battles you were in and how you probably saw plums of smoke off in the distance also. I try to judge what distance it is away from me and then think about how you may have felt when you saw one, then realized that they weren't all that far away. Were there times at Lane when you you could see smoke from rounds that either you guys fired or the fast movers dropped near Lane. Guess my question is, just how close does anybody ever recall the enemy getting to Lane? I know that the ROKS held a tight perimeter around Lane but such as Gale told me once that they told him to "Fix Bayonets" during TET 68. That's pretty close/ Just wondering?........Take care all. All have a great Thanksgiving. One of the things I am most thankful for is YOU, and all that you have done for my family. Healing being a very big thing that you have brought. THANKS and God Bless all of you and your loved ones...............always a brother...........
USA - Monday, November 24, 2008 at 21:30:32 (MST)
Hey all. Been doing some docterin'. Bad cholesterol is high, got some calcium build up in one of the attires that feed the heart and getting a rotor rooter job dome in Dec. I feel all right, just been havin' some buddies of mine feelin' fine one day, next day goin' under the knife to get something fixed. I figure I will do some preventive maintenance before I drop. Why wait, Right? Been doing some travelin' lately. Was in Indy again last Friday to be with the grand kids again. Had a blast with them. did a lil' shoppin'. It has been a tradition of me and the 2 grandson's to search out manikins in stores that have the removable hands and arms and take them off and do the old "Hey shake my hand" bit. Then put them back on the dummies on the wrong hand and stuff. Hey we like to make our own entertainment.;-))))...........
USA - Monday, November 24, 2008 at 21:22:48 (MST)
Ken,I am with you.For years I surpressed even the thought of talking about Vietnam.Just in the past 3 yrs,I have been to 4 unit reunions both Korean and Vietnam.Went to Kokomo 2 times attended 129th reunion,planing to go to kokomo as many times as poss.Just being accepted by the Lane Units has caused me to open-up,I am now searching for more of my combat friends.I have become even more closer to my half brother.My promiss,if I win the bracelet raffle,I will donate it to next years raffle.Everybody have a good Thanksgiveing.
jim <dustoff>
shiloh, IL USA - Monday, November 24, 2008 at 14:16:29 (MST)
Alvis,in 1962-63 I was in Vientien,Laos,working with the famous Dr Thomas Dolittle the Missionary who treated the laosion people.Best 8 months I can remember serving,most satifying.I can remember stealing pennicillin from as many military bases as poss for the doctor.Then I went to the Language school and Germany untill 1967.
jim <Dustoff>
IL USA - Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 18:12:58 (MST)
Fred guess those are the reasons I spent so much of my life not even saying I was in the service. Had worked in a few companys where I would just set and lissen thinking what a load of crap. It seem the guys I knew who were in Nam were the ones that never talked about it. Now after meeting you guys again it is like I can open up because we all share the 129th & Lane. Hay everyone, have a great Thanksgiving!
Ken Strong Jr.
Lafayette, IN USA - Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 17:55:22 (MST)
why it never ends,I just dont know. Fella here was talking to another ears perk up when he says he was in Vietnamin 63 and then did another tour in 67,jut in time for Tet. I ask where he was.Course he didnt know cause he was "special ops seals" and spent his time in Loas and Cambodia. He goes on to say he was a "shooter" (sniper). I ask where he was baed out of.."across the bay from Siagon" he says," where all the river boats were parked."Hmmm", I say,"Siagon was on a river,not the ocean." Didnt matter,he goes on to say he never wore a uniform,the just wore black and didnt have any patches or ID.Me thinks he knew just enough to fool someone that didnt know better.Why people have to steal honor from Nam Vets,I just dont know.Its sad.
USA - Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 13:58:11 (MST)
Don, I had all of the names from your list in 2004 when I was painting all of those rocks that I brought to Indy with me. Unfortunately my computer crapped out last year and I no longer have the list either. I'll check around the desk and see if I printed out a hard copy or not.... Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 06:48:23 (MST)
Evening all, hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. I guess I will be deep frying a turkey again this year. I've been doing them for about 20 years now. I love it that way and I guess the rest of the family does too or I wouldn't still be doing them. BTW I need a little help. I had a virus that trashed my computer and ALL files I was working on. including my new 129th web site. so unfortunately all I have now are the names that are on my site now instead of the 40 that I was working on. so is there anyone out there that has all 40 names of the 129th MIA/KIA's ? if you do please send the list to me at hogleg244 at thanks in advance. Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Friday, November 21, 2008 at 22:42:52 (MST)
Sounds like this "no smoking" thing is catching on.......hint, hint! Can anyone guess who I'm thinking of? I won't mention any names, but,SHE lives in Wisconsin, HER first initial is G and SHE is one of the SWEETEST persons that I know!
USA - Friday, November 21, 2008 at 15:48:49 (MST)
I'll tell you right here also, Wink:>)))))))))))) You don't scare me ya old cop! Plus, Gale and Kal will protect me(sigh). I'd ask Fred to help, but let's allow him get normal after this cigarette thing he's got going one. The date of the drawings for the raffel items has been changed to Monday the 15th (per the cop's suggestion). L-Gently
USA - Friday, November 21, 2008 at 13:54:36 (MST)
Wink, I'll tell ya right here......Go to hell!!! heehhehheh
USA - Friday, November 21, 2008 at 08:43:26 (MST)
gently i think it might me a good idea to extend the raffle drawing till maybe the middle of. dec. just a thought. have a new e-mail addy- just in case someone wants to tell me to go to hell heeeeeeeeeeee hope all are doing well an all have a good thanks giving. wink 3/69-10/70
lake wales , fl USA - Friday, November 21, 2008 at 08:41:08 (MST)
Fred, it's been 34 years for me... made myself sick eating lemon drops for 2 weeks! I was doing a pack of Kools AND a pack of Marlboros every day. You can do it, man... hang in there, and good job!
Dave Powers
USA - Friday, November 21, 2008 at 08:18:33 (MST)
Hey Fred, Thats Grrrrr8!!!! You have made it thru the worse 2 weeks and things should only get easier from here on.. We got 10" on the ground last night and it looks pretty out there but I am not feeling up to moving it around yet.. Got to gas up the snowblower now.. Don't have to go anywhere today anyway. Lucky the wife gor grocerys yesterday.. Take care all and here is wishing you all a GREAT Thanksgiving!!! L8r.. Kal...>>>
Kal 67/68
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Friday, November 21, 2008 at 07:47:20 (MST)
Alvis,Hang in there,it will get easyer as you go along.I smoked for 52 yrs and have been kicking myown butt for not quiting 50yrsago.You know that if you are off the cigs for 6 months.Your lungs start to clear-up and you will be able to run the 100yrd dash again.
jim <Dustoff>
shiloh, IL USA - Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 21:52:56 (MST)
Good for you Alvis...........Gently, will be send some ticket money your way before the dead line.............always a brother...........
USA - Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 21:17:44 (MST)
been 18 days now since I have had a smoke....been 40 years or so since I went that long.grrrrrrr.
USA - Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 17:37:22 (MST)
Made of durable tent-like material...dah. L-G
USA - Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 10:06:56 (MST)
NEW RAFFEL ITEMS!!! I just received from our dear friends in England several key chains and helicopter pins. The keychains(6 inches long)madfe of very durable have the huey on them with a precious little 129th patch. The helicopter pins appear to have the 129th colors on the tail rotor, but I'm not sure, they could be England's any event, not just your regular helicopter pin. A big "Thanks" our England brothers!!!!! See you in Kokomo 2009!!! What these new and wondferful items mean is that when you send your checks to me, please note how many tickets you want in which "hat" for the raffle drawing: we now have 4 hats. For those of you who have sent in money already, let me know if you want in on either of the new items at REMEMBER, THE RAFFEL IS OVER AT 4 pm(cst) ON 12/ can't win if you don't play:>)) Love-Gently
USA - Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 10:05:43 (MST)
Checks for the raffel should be made out to "129th AHC," Dusty:>))) and mailed to me: Judith Singer, 2228 N. 115th Street, Wauwatosa WI 53226. I know most of you can afford $5 to get in on the raffel to win a bracelet, and I know most of you don't have one....that's why we did it this way. I'm doing my best to make sure you have this opportunity, but I can only take you as far as the water...I can't make you drink. You only have until 12/ let's get on it. And you know I know who you are:>))) L-Gently
USA - Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 14:52:00 (MST)
Mr. & Mrs. Debates, was very sorry to hear of the layoff of all those miners up there. Im sure a lot are your friends. Seems like things just keep getting worse.i tried to e mail you direct but it came back. If they get a fund going or something,please let me know>>>>>respects>>>>> Jim W.
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 21:11:44 (MST)
Dustoff Lady,put me down for 10 tickets,send me address for the check,and who to make the ck out to.Doesn't make a dif which one to me.
Jim <Dustoff>
shiloh, IL USA - Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 18:12:37 (MST)
Hope everyone is well. Just before the election I recieved in the mail a DVD called "Obsession: Radical Islams War on the West" or something similar. It was very interesting and eye opening. Just for interest I suggest all of you Google it and read some of the articles and I believe that you can watch the film. May or may not be real, but a lot of people are concerned. Hey, Dave, I will dig up my soon to be buried guns to Antelope hunt with you and the Rickster!
Dennis Faucher <>
Bradford, Pa USA - Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 13:44:04 (MST)
Ron Paye slept at our house and had dinner with us last Thursday.....he looks good and is still funny as hell. I can't believe he short-sheeted my bed! Tickets for our bracelets are selling slowly, remember 12/1 at 4PM is when I stop the selling: we have 2 bracelets, one size 8 1/2 and one slightly smaller. Tickets are only $5 each and that's pretty @!#$@#!^@# cheap for a rotor tail Bracelet. Smitty thank you for the generous're always there. L-Gently
USA - Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 10:38:52 (MST)
Well snapper, if I still drank beer I would have snorted it out my nose on that one. 9.5 on the joke scale!
Puna, HI USA - Monday, November 17, 2008 at 22:18:33 (MST)
Hey Animal, I've heard of the " Colon Oscopy Band" However I'm not sure you want to SCOPE them out!!
Lake Norman, NC USA - Monday, November 17, 2008 at 20:50:08 (MST)
I just ordered William's book............
USA - Monday, November 17, 2008 at 20:02:27 (MST)
That would be Heilman
USA - Monday, November 17, 2008 at 19:55:19 (MST)
I see that William Hielman is in our CONTACTS list. From Texas
USA - Monday, November 17, 2008 at 19:54:42 (MST)
Animal, Nope never heard of him round these parts. but then again, we be in the cornfields out here. What city is he from?........good to see your post Animal.......anybody know the guy Simon is talking about?........always a brother.......
USA - Monday, November 17, 2008 at 19:52:47 (MST)
Hey, any of you Ohio boys ever heard of the "Colin John Band"? He just moved here from Ohio and I might check them out.
Puna, HI USA - Monday, November 17, 2008 at 15:39:59 (MST)
Hello from England. Long time since I've posted anything but a book published in May of this year has been brought to my attention that talks about the 129th so thought I'd bring it to your attention. It's called 'A Pilot's Tale - Flying Helicopters In Vietnam ' and written by William Heilman, he apparently flew with the 129th in 1967 and he talks about supporting the 101st Airborne and then switching over, while he was there, to supporting the Koreans. This is a link to the book on Amazon Do you already know about it and does anyone remember him? Thought you would be interested. If you do already know about this book then forgive my ramblings. Bye for now Simon.
Simon Johnson <>
Mellor, 509 county UK - Monday, November 17, 2008 at 11:09:33 (MST)
Of the 2,709,918 Americans who served in Vietnam in Vietnam, less than 850,000 are estimated to be alive today, with the youngest Nam Vetís age to be approximate 54 years old.
jim <dustoff>
shiloh, IL USA - Monday, November 17, 2008 at 05:54:30 (MST)
Gael, the site is
Jim <dustoff>
shiloh, IL USA - Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 21:43:49 (MST)
Paul, what was that site with the pics of the 498th at Lane?
USA - Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 13:14:07 (MST)
Does anyone know were I might find a SPH4 flight helment and a chickenplate I am trying to make up a display Savid Redmon Cobra Chief
David Redmon <>
San Antonio, Texas USA - Friday, November 14, 2008 at 21:39:35 (MST)
Coldwater just lost 31-21 to Kettering Alter. 25 game win steak broken. Coldwater lead 21-10 going into 3rd quarter. Had no ponits or 1st downs the 3rd quarter. Alter did all the scoring the rest of the game. Last year Coldwater beat this same team 59-58 in triple overtime. Highschool football is still the best entertainment for the price you pay. Sure beats paying the high price to watch the spoided brats of the NFL. ........Hey Bruno, thanks for the update on Bernie.........raing in Ohio. That'sa good thing. Makes the arrow heads grow..............always a brother...........
USA - Friday, November 14, 2008 at 19:58:08 (MST)
Mark, Bernie's retired from Hill AFB. He takes it "easy" now . He's doing fine. I spoke with him last week. He was "marching" in the veterans day parade. "Now" he like to march. He didn't back then-LOL :-),:-). I dont believe he has access to a computer. But, we still call each other now & then. Be carefull out there fellahs. "Clear left" bulldawg 426 out.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Friday, November 14, 2008 at 09:32:03 (MST)
At our son-in-law's garage right now. Our putter screen at home took a dump so will be down for a day or two. Gale, good seein' ya yesterday. Take care all..........a;ways a brother........
USA - Friday, November 14, 2008 at 06:15:33 (MST)
Howdy Flight... Hope everyone is well. Haven't posted in a while either (see Dennis Faucher's post). Had a great time with Dennis on the hunt for wapiti! He saw more elk in that one day than I saw all season. I wonder if Vi and Johnny got a bull. That's one incredible old man to be able to hike that 10,000 ft. hill like he did. I hope I can do that at his age. Hope to do the antelope hunt next year with Rebel and you! Better enjoy hunting while it's still legal to own a gun, eh?
Dave Powers
USA - Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 16:31:30 (MST)
Fred That's Cool. Hope the STudents @ the School know that a B-24's nose has the School name.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx USA - Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 09:43:03 (MST)
Gale, in Indy right now, will see you tomorrow at Cracker Barrel. Anybody else coming that you know? Fred Skaggs, I didn't know that about Coldwater. That's pretty cool. They sure are playing well. Dennis, Bruno and Howard good to see your post. Was thinking that we hadn't heard from you guys in a spell. Havn't heard from Bernie in a spell either.............I thank God everyday that I know all of you guys.......always a brother..........
USA - Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 18:46:43 (MST) have the Canton McKinley Bulldogs and the Massillon Tigers, high school football game.....before the "rust belt" era....Those were the "big school" teams to beat in Ohio........BTW......Coldwater is ranked 15th in the nation, for High School football teams....that`s ranking "all" matter what division they are in.
Fred Skaggs
Somewhere In , NJ USA - Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 15:30:24 (MST)
Good morning Hissers & Pissers. Just "Checking the Mail". Hey fellah's-----check out some cool WWII nose art on B-24 Liberators. For Ohio vets, there's one called the Massillion Tiger. Go to 467th BG- B24 nose art: or try Let's be carefull out there. Bulldawg 426 Out>
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 09:54:46 (MST)
Ray, great to read your post and keep us informed on your health. I go in on Friday to get another injection on my backfrom the VA. They had sent me to an outside Neuro Surgon but now they have me seeing one at the VA later this month. Like you and others I am still waiting for answers or help. Everyone take care and still planning on Indy in morning as long as my trip today doesn't do me in.
Ken Strong Jr.
Lafayette, IN USA - Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 09:13:28 (MST)
RAY <>
MD USA - Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 07:40:45 (MST)
FYI: Hello Gently I was the A/C (Aircraft Commander) on 19 Feb. 1971. Paul Nolen was wounded on board aircraft # 66-16171. The Crew Chief was Tony Vega, Paul Nolen was filling in for Gary Mount the Door Gunner. We were working for the Arvins. The mission was hunter/killer, we were snoopy low, High ship A/C was Cpt. Schmiedt , the gunships were from the 361st ,the FAC was from Phu Cat. We had equipment on board that detected concentrations of people or animals. We had contact and popped smoke,and all hell broke loose. We were hit with small arms fire,a RPG hit the gun mount on Nolen's side.The shrapnel peppered Paul from head to toe. I found the aircraft on a google scearch 66-16171. Will you up date the information for us? Roger Lange( Love to all-Gently
USA - Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 06:44:16 (MST)
Everyone, have a good Veterans Day . My wife is out of surgery & fine, best thing i could ask for. Prayers & Salutes to our troops & all of you>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 12:39:18 (MST)
Just saying hi to all the friends of the 129th. Have not heard from you Dave Powers, hope all is right with you and the family. Vega, miss hearing from you. Have a good day for all the members of the Armed forces and the great members of the 129th. See all again sometime, somewhere. Howard
Howard 'Shorty' Boling 'Mini Oink' <>
bellingham, WA USA - Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 11:57:53 (MST)
I am going to make my best effort to get to Indy on Thursday morning. Hope everyone is having a good Vets Day as I have put my flags out this morning. Also welcome home Don!!
Ken Strong Jr. 72-73
Lafayette, IN USA - Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 10:08:29 (MST)
Don, I would like to welcome you home and to this site. We're glad you found us! Flight, I hope you all have a great Veterans Day! Gale
USA - Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 08:53:03 (MST)
Mark, The truck is loaded. Will see you between 9:30-10:00 at Cracker Barrel on west 38th & I-465(the NW corner of the intersection), depending on traffic. I've e-mailed the rest.....y'all come now!
Gale 67-68
USA - Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 08:50:33 (MST)
Have not been on the site in some time. Wanted to wish everyone from the 129th good health and a Happy Veterans Day. Hold your heads high for stepping forward for your country. I was in Montrose Colorado October 15-22 visiting with Dave Powers. Was great to see him after 36 yrs. Dave has a great family and a good life. It was nice to see him and meet Darlynn and their family. Dave has six great good looking grand kids. Lots of love in that house. Dave took me snagging for Salmon and we hunted elk in Beaver Park for four days. No luck on getting a bull elk, but it was beautiful country and a great trip. I did have six cow elk come within 30 yds, what a site. Greg Henkel would like to hear from you sometime. Enjoy the warmth of the islands getting colder than you know what in Pa. Has snowed twice already.
Dennis Faucher <>
Bradford, Pa USA - Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 07:29:01 (MST)
WELCOME HOME DON and Back to the 129th. You should be able to meet up with ole' buds round here somewhere. I know a local round these parts (Ohio) that was with the 196th. His name is Bud Shanelaven. Not sure of the spelling of the last name but that's how it sounds. Does that ring a bell?............always a brother..........
USA - Monday, November 10, 2008 at 20:07:13 (MST)
Gale, that works for me. Load the truck up. I'll be alone to. Kenny? you comin? Alvis? Anybody know how to get a hold of Rainer? See ya Thursday Gale. I'll call Ron Paye, see what he is doing that day................always a brother............
USA - Monday, November 10, 2008 at 20:04:16 (MST)
Welcome Home and to the site Don!!.. I and a few others of us were there at the same time you were. I flew with the second platoon and left for home in Oct of 68. One of the best ways you will find to get back into the swing of things here is to attend one of the reunions or get-togethers, like Kokomo, that come up each year. We have evolved into quite a "familey" here and are always looking for new, lost siblings. I hope you find what you are looking for here and just yell if we can be of any help.. Take care.. C U L8r.. Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Monday, November 10, 2008 at 15:37:30 (MST)
James Ellis <>
Newport, NC USA - Monday, November 10, 2008 at 13:59:41 (MST)
Mark & whoever, How 'bout meeting at the Cracker Barrel on west 38th & I-465 at 9:30 or 10:00 am for breakfast on Thursday the 13th. If that's ok, I'll get the stuff loaded in my truck before it starts raining. I'll be travelin' alone. Gale
Gale 67-68
USA - Monday, November 10, 2008 at 11:10:48 (MST)
I just happend to find this website. Anyone out there who was in the 129th during July 67 to about Feb 68. Also, anyone who was in the 196th, Chinook company during January to July 67. I transfered from the 196th to the 129th in Flight Operations. Thanks.
Don Willard <>
Topeka, Kansas USA - Monday, November 10, 2008 at 10:40:22 (MST)
I'm in!
USA - Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 09:59:04 (MST)
Hey Kenny, Gale, Ron, Alvis, Rainer or anybody near the INDY AO. I will be staying over night at the grandson's house this coming Wednesday night. Then have to get them off to school Thursday. Will have time to meet after that if that works out for any of you guys. Last one gets on the bus at 8:30. Wanna do a Cracker Barrel?
USA - Sunday, November 09, 2008 at 07:44:53 (MST)
Evenin' Bite n'Strikers! Just want to wish you & yours a happy and healthy upcoming Veteran's Day. Do something great for yourselves! By the way, The USS Intrepid is back at dock in NYC. It's been completely restored, including all of the Acft. that flew off her deck since WWII. Last time I was there it had a SR71 and a UH1-C HEAVY on board, along with some NAVY stuff,of Clear Left, God Bless the USA.
Leonard Adams aka "Fire' <>
USA - Saturday, November 08, 2008 at 20:24:04 (MST)
First, Mark & Gale - what date are you guys looking at for INDY? I am still having a lot of trouble getting around but would like to see ya all. I also know that politics can be a sore subject but always hope we all can share opinions without getting so upset. Looking back I have seen before that an election can give us a lot of fear & worry for the future. So knowing that I also know we do need to pray that Obama makes a good President. After I posted on the 4th I found myself defending him here over crap that isn't true concerning him. My issues from the past were because of President Carter cuting the military budget so much that by the end of his time we couldn't deal with Iran. We may all be shocked if he does make things better around the world. Lets all hope! & Pray! I didn't get a chance to vote that year he won because the military didn't get ballets from Indiana. Now that is something that sure should not have happened again this year.
Ken Strong Jr.
Lafayette, IN USA - Saturday, November 08, 2008 at 11:30:26 (MST)
getting a little cold up north, it was 80 degrees it down here.heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee wink 3/69- 10/70
lakewales, fl USA - Saturday, November 08, 2008 at 08:10:54 (MST)
Wow...Coldwater 35.....Dayton Oakwood 7............Columbus DeSales 31.....Columbus Marion-Franklin 23......
Fred Skaggs
Somewhere, NJ USA - Friday, November 07, 2008 at 20:26:36 (MST)
Thanks Greg, a little elegance goes a long way, and thanks to eveyone who is praying for President-elect was a generational election as much as anything else.....That`s all I gotta say Mark.......Ohter than I hope Coldwater wins tonight and my friends son`s team Columbus Marion-Franklin beats Columbus St.Francis DeSales tonight
Fred Skaggs
Somewhere In, NJ USA - Friday, November 07, 2008 at 20:20:38 (MST)
I haven't been on for awhile and would like to wish everyone well!! I'd also like to remind everyone what Mark pointed out earlier about political posts. They don't really have a place in this healing, meeting and greeting forum. We fought for the American right to disagree, but there are better places to do it than here. Thanks to everyone that voted. I wasn't old enough when I went to Vietnam, but haven't missed an election since. I especially like local campaigns, where I feel my voice is louder. So, my friends; Be well, get some exercise if you can, and have a wonderful Veterans day. Aloha, Greg Henkel
Puna, HI USA - Friday, November 07, 2008 at 18:45:33 (MST)
Rag head? Really're a bigger person than that. L-j
USA - Friday, November 07, 2008 at 13:13:11 (MST)
I think he doesnt give a crap about veterans. He sat on the VA comittee in congress,,,anyone think of how much it improved the last couple of years? me either. I think he is a silver tounged, con man. Course I could be wrong, we will see. I fear for our foreign relations. Will China take back Tiwan? Russia put in missles in Venuzala? we will see.
USA - Friday, November 07, 2008 at 10:57:14 (MST)
Mark, I doubt that Debbie will be with me because of her work schedule, but, that doesn't mean that Dee can't be with you. As a matter of fact, I would just as soon have Dee drive the truck and meet me somewhere.....and leave you at home!Yuk,YUk,Yuk Heehehee! Just kiddin' ole buddy. Are you planning on being in Indy anytime soon? Gale
USA - Friday, November 07, 2008 at 07:25:53 (MST)
I also pray for our new president.I hate to think that America may have elected a liveing,breathing,walkiung Target for all the nuts in the tree.I would not wish that on anyone.
jim <Dustoff>
shiloh, IL USA - Friday, November 07, 2008 at 06:49:57 (MST)
I pray for our new president-elect, just as I would have prayed for the other guy if he'd have won. He has his work cut out for him, and I hope he picks good advisors, and listens to them. We can only give him a chance. And please, still respect the office even if you don't like the man.
Pembroke, Ga USA - Friday, November 07, 2008 at 04:19:24 (MST)
The rag head raized $650 mill. had a lot of rag head backing him the gas we put in are tank I might not be liked much BUT IF THAT RAG HEAD WAS IN THE OF NOWARE & HE WAS DIEANING FOR WATER IGIVE HIM SOME MEK THINER & A ZIPPO HE BURN LIKE $itso glad to know you guy my last time here.
USA - Thursday, November 06, 2008 at 19:58:07 (MST)
Gale....when are we suppose to meet in INDY?
USA - Thursday, November 06, 2008 at 18:56:34 (MST)
Hey guys, just wondering if you have heard on the radio a commercial for Ford. Some have the turn signals talking to the driver. One has the wiper blades and there is one that has the drivers wallet talking to him about how he (the wallet) is stuffed a lot more then usual. driver tells him it;s because he is saving gas by going to the Dealer for repairs. Well, to me the voice of the wallet sure sounds like Paul of the dust off at Lane the cookie man from Kokomo. Anybody else heard it? If you do tell me what you think....
USA - Thursday, November 06, 2008 at 18:56:09 (MST)
Hi all, many here know how I felt concerning the election but have also been a big one on voting for every election. In this case I hope I am wrong and hope for the best for the Country & the new President. My biggest concern is always with the guys in the military now. The rest of us can deal with what ever changes here. All take care!
Ken Strong Jr.
Lafayette, IN USA - Thursday, November 06, 2008 at 13:23:26 (MST)
thanks gently, will have check in the mail today, heeeee. as far as the election goes don't make snap judgement. although i did not for the man i will give him time before i make any judgement on himi don't think he's the the right man for the job but time will tell all. by waiting one might not have to east crow. get my drift. wink 3/69- 10/70
lakewales, fl USA - Thursday, November 06, 2008 at 08:36:28 (MST)
I just saw that former 129th CO Ronald H. Merritt posted on the 509 web site guestbook. Check it out.
USA - Wednesday, November 05, 2008 at 20:31:00 (MST)
Great thanks to the Debates' for that contribution & ill be sending a ck shortly Judith, my wife is goin in for surg the 10th so a little hyper here right now. Election went the way it was set up by our constitution. I said a Prayer for Pres Elect Obama & our Country this morning>>> God Bless America>>> Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Wednesday, November 05, 2008 at 14:28:29 (MST)
Checks for the bracelets/raffle should be written out to the "129th AHC." Let's start buying! I can't wait to sign all those checks..sigh. L-Gently
USA - Wednesday, November 05, 2008 at 14:13:50 (MST)
Hi Flight well hang on to your a$$ taxes throw the roof & I say he wii not put his hand on the BIBLE & him & wife dont like our GRATE FLAG that all VET faught for & gave there life to make this COUNTRY so proud & he going to drag it down.
USA - Wednesday, November 05, 2008 at 08:10:54 (MST)
Welcome back Wink. Missed ya brother.............
USA - Tuesday, November 04, 2008 at 17:09:46 (MST)
afternoon flight, just got back on line an thought i'd check in. read some of the past posting, sound like you all had a good time at kokomo. gently good idea about rotorblade braclet. do i write a check in your name for the cost of the tickets or, will its been a while since i've been on line. so i've forgotten all know about that.but anyway things are finally turning in my favor.about time. sounds like some of you are sill having problems with the v.a. do your self a favor and contact your congreeical rep. for help. talk to you all later. wink 3/69- 10/70
lake wales, fl USA - Tuesday, November 04, 2008 at 13:41:39 (MST)
The two rotor bracelets being raffled off are sizes, 8.5" when the clasp is on and the other about 8". Please designate whcih one you are purchasing tickets for on your check to me. 100% of all the proceeds go to the Christmas fund. Thank you Ron Debates for the bracelets...and Jamie for working it out with me. The bidding goes on until 12/1. L-G
USA - Tuesday, November 04, 2008 at 09:15:19 (MST)
Same here Ken.. I only had to wait a half hout too.. Got there at 9:55 and out at 10:30, not bad.. Now all we do is sit back and wait to see who is going to shaft us next..Ha.. C Ya.. Kal...>>>
Kal 67/68
USA - Tuesday, November 04, 2008 at 08:51:29 (MST)
Well have been out an voted this morning. I know that everyone here can agree on one thing no matter who wins. THANK GOD it is almost over!
Ken Strong Jr.
Lafayette, IN USA - Tuesday, November 04, 2008 at 07:48:41 (MST)
Fred, Ross Homan has a younger brother Adam that is a senior this year here at Coldwater. Probably just as good as Ross. He has verbally committed to Ohio State. St. Henry went 6-4 this year.They were mathematically eliminated. But out of the MAC (Midwest Athletic Conference), Marion Local and Delphos St. John's are still in............always a brother
USA - Sunday, November 02, 2008 at 21:22:19 (MST)
A fine unit to wear the number "129th". As soon as I get a chance, I'm gonna kep tryin those GPS coordiantes for Lane. Wish I could tie into the National Defense Grid where they have all the good pictures.
Larry Kwiatkowski
Simi Valley, Ca USA - Sunday, November 02, 2008 at 16:53:11 (MST)
just got home from Laramie, nice vs with daughter, her 188 person western thunder marching band performed magnificantly as usual & the score oh the score Wy Cowboys 35 SD state Aztecs 10 . We finally got over some of the mistake making & won a game although we are like 3rd from bottom in nation. Quite a shakeup weekend with tex tech & tex & all. Has anyone heard of or from Shadow???? Got to get ready to vote>>>> respects to all Smitty
jim westwang 71 -72
sheridan, wy USA - Sunday, November 02, 2008 at 16:15:15 (MST)
Fred Skaggs, this could be the year for you to show up at a reunion!!!! That's all I'm gonna say.
Gale 67-68
USA - Sunday, November 02, 2008 at 15:46:52 (MST)
Mark, do they have anymore Homan`s on that Coldwater team?......Ross is going to be playing on Sundays someday.....Really a great linbacker.....I was thinking there was a younger brother also on OSU roster, but they might be "red-shirting" him. That young freshman quarterback for OSU is not as good as I thought he would be, he looks awkward when throwing the ball.... Is St. Henry any good this year? Good friend of mine in Columbus, his son has signed to play for Iowa next year. OSU wanted him to "walk on", but Iowa would give him a full ride. My buddy said, " Ames, Iowa.... he can`t get into too much trouble there, so he`ll be studying, instead of chasing girls in High Street bars".
Fred Skaggs
Somewhere In, NJ USA - Sunday, November 02, 2008 at 12:39:24 (MST)
Our oldest grandson was on the winning team for the 5th grade North/South Borders Wars Championship All Star football team of INDY. Pretty dang proud of him. He played line backer and takle on defense and guard and takle on offense. Grandpa is reliving his younger days watching him play!!!! :-))))...Coldwater is and has been #1 in the state for Div.IV of Ohio. 11 and 0 this year. Won the first game in tourney here Friday night 42 to zip..........
USA - Sunday, November 02, 2008 at 07:20:29 (MST)
Fred, Sayerville is Jon Bon Jovi`s hometown.......they play the hell out Bon Jovi here in Jersey. To the point of, I`m sick of Bon Jovi. I work with a lady , who`s husband is a fireman on the Sayerville Fire Department.
Fred Skaggs
Somewhere In, NJ USA - Sunday, November 02, 2008 at 06:30:08 (MST)
Dang Fred, Left your number at home.Was just up in NY city and did the drive around on 287 caue I also had a pickup in Sayerville NJ, down by Perth Amboy.Was thinking bout you buddy.
USA - Saturday, November 01, 2008 at 18:52:55 (MDT)
Christina, Virtual Wall Note Four men of the 129th Assault Helicopter Company died when their UH-1D (tail number 66-00986) hit overhead power lines and crashed into the Saigon river while flying a night mission in bad weather. The incident is recorded in "Wings for the Valiant", page 163. 1LT Hampden Cutts Judson, Jr., pilot WO1 Reginald George Morse, pilot SP4 Timothy Joseph Lynah, gunner SP4 Kenneth Wayne Wells, crew chief
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N.C. USA - Saturday, November 01, 2008 at 18:14:19 (MDT)
Gale, He was actually on his second tour when his helicopter went down on 03/05/1967. I am just looking for anyone who may know anything about him. Thank you
Christina <>
USA - Saturday, November 01, 2008 at 07:27:00 (MDT)