Gale. Name a date and I'll see if it's OK with Dee. The ladies are invited too, Right?.........
USA - Friday, October 31, 2008 at 21:16:35 (MDT)
Hi Christina, according to the 129th rosters, your uncle was there...I believe 6-67 to 6-68. I was there at that time, but,the name dosen't ring a bell. Maybe someone on here remembers him. Mark, how 'bout you & me setting a date (and a place)somewhere in Indy and the rest can follow suit? A Cracker Barrel would be nice.......maybe on West 38th....unless you prefer something or somewhere else? The Vets Day at Golden Corral isn't until the week after Vets Day and they would be awfully busy, plus, I think it said the hours would be 6-9pm for the free meal. Gale
Gale 67-68
USA - Friday, October 31, 2008 at 17:38:34 (MDT)
CHRISTMAS RAFFLE 2008-2 rotor chain bracelets Donated by those darn DeBates:>) The man's will be approximately 8.5" when the clasp is on. The ladies will be about 8". This year, to make it possible for everyone to win, I'll be selling tickets for $5 a piece. You send me the money and I will put a ticket(s) in our "special" bucket for you... I know you all trust me. Then on December 1st I will draw the lucky ticket and announce it on this site. My address: Judith Singer, 2228 N. 115th Street, Wauwatosa, WI 53226. Let me know if anyone else(S. Alvis??) has something to raffle. Frenchy? Let's go...start now! :>)) L-J
USA - Friday, October 31, 2008 at 10:19:46 (MDT)
I just wanted to say Hi My Unle was Timothy Joseph Lynah one of the casualties and I came across this page looking for information on him. Which unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a lot out there.
Christina <>
Ashburnham, MA USA - Friday, October 31, 2008 at 05:40:40 (MDT)
Ya Mark, I think it was the 196th.. Messed that one up.. Got the degrees right though.. Ha.. L8r.. Kal...>>>
Kal 67/68
USA - Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 19:58:38 (MDT)
Hi flight how come they can read a number plate on a car they just dont want us to see it to clear but that the gov. for you. I have voted early & not for a rag head that does not car for OLD GLORY if he cant he does not need to run this country some might like the way I theank but cant make every one happy ALOT OF GOOD VET GAVE THERE LIFE FOR THAT FLAG MY GRAND FOTHER WW1 MY FOTHER WW2 & ALL MY UNCELS & A LOT OF FRENDS.had the little guy wed. & to day gess how geting him a bike the out law sead they cant I told you so one day wish they had & befor I die I going to lit bozo one good one.
USA - Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 19:25:04 (MDT)
well, Hard for me to say anyways Kal. I was never there , yet! Was there more then one Hook company there Kal? As I have found out in my research that there was one there that was the 196th. The "Flippers" The guy who bought the Chrysler franchis from dad's place was at Lane with them.
USA - Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 19:18:45 (MDT)
Gale that sound good for me and I go to the VA on the 12th. Which Golden Coral would you be talking about? lad to hear updates about Lane today. All take care..
Ken Strong Jr.
Lafayette, IN USA - Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 16:56:08 (MDT)
Mark,.. It is funny that after looking at the Google Earth pictures of the northwest area of Lane earlier today and seeing what appeared to me to look like tank/heavy equipment tracks all over the landscape that the fellow that has been there said that it has been used as a armor training base. There doesn't look like any signs of aircraft type parking reventments there now and I really can't recall if there were any in that area back in 68. The area in the pictures on Google look like the area where the Hook company was located, 198th, if I recall correctly.. It would seem to me that the church and some other big things in the area should be able to be seen even though the details in the pictures is pretty washed out, and if the aircraft maintainance hanger was still standing that it ought to be standing out.. Oh well.. Maybe we will be able to tell more if they ever get better pictures of the area. As far as the readouts on the locations goes, there are several ways that they read and mark maps, D,M,S and D,M and 1/100ths of mins. ect. and then there is D, M, S and tenth/hundredths of seconds.. It is all in the interpretation and selection of which is chosen on the display. I think that even Google Earth gives you a choice for displaying it as you prefer. However, we all are pretty close considering the quality of the displays we have to go with... L8r.. Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
USA - Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 14:06:49 (MDT)
USA - Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 13:30:46 (MDT)
Mark,Alvis,Ron,Rainer,Ken.......anyone want to try to meet around Indy at Golden Corral on Vets Day (Nov 11th)? That way Mark can get his camping gear back...'iffen he drives a truck. By the way Mark, your "jumpseat chair" has been lost in the shuffle. I guess you'll have to make another one!!!! Gale
Clinton, In USA - Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 12:21:40 (MDT)
Hey guys, just got this email. Anybody recall this. Could of been the "257" Trying to find the crew that flew my dust off Feb 28th 1969 from FSB Oran mortar round went off port side of bird as I got on. All I remember was a bulldog painted on the slick. I believe they flew me to 2nd surgical hospital. Well even if a personal than isn't possible I want to say thanks to all the crews from one grateful grunt. E4 retired Leland Moulton 1st Infantry Division 1st 28th black Lions. Thanks, Lee -C6ACC * Phone: 860.226.8188 Network 8-572-8188 Fax: 860.226.7362
USA - Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 18:39:22 (MDT)
Larry. sorry Here is the East mark 109 degrees 05' 44.62, not 106. ya dig?
USA - Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 18:36:07 (MDT)
That East mark should read 44.62, not 44062
USA - Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 18:34:23 (MDT)
Larry, on my Google earth I have Lane at 13 Degrees 48'44.62 North and 106 degrees 05' 44062 East. That is by the numbers that you get at the LH bottom of the Google earth site. Let me know if you see it. As far as I can see, the most part of Lane is not in focus. The only part that is appears to be just the Northeast section where you can see what appears to be reventments or buildings or something. I have a map of the AO that I have scanned that shows Lane and then put in on the Google map and had to stretch it, twist it, pull it, and turn it and you can come pretty close to making it all out. I will try and see if I can send you that scan via email and you can see if you can put it on Google. Not sure if you can...............good to see you post...............always a brother
USA - Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 18:33:18 (MDT)
Larry.. Do a search of "this page" and look for "hotel". There are a number of them..OR.. Scroll back to the July 6 2008 area and you will find it there.. Take care, C U L8r.. Kal..>>>
Kal 67/68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
USA - Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 18:24:52 (MDT)
I know I've seen them somewhere but try as I might, I can't find 'em now. Does anyone know the GPS coordinates for Lane? I wanna google earth them and look at the ol' place now.
Larry Kwiatkowski
Simi Valley, ca USA - Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 10:46:11 (MDT)
Hello Flight, just stopping by to say that my brother LTC Ron Merritt (ret'd.) is planning to get up there to the Wall ceremony at Mineral Wells, Texas, and he says they asked him to say a few words also. I know some of you were asking about him, so if you're heading over that way for the ceremony he would love to hear from you. RESPECT! Always a step-sister, Heidi
Heidi Merritt <>
New York, NY USA - Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 08:57:52 (MDT)
Fred Skaggs
Somewhere In, NJ USA - Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 15:57:10 (MDT)
Fred S. Is your e-mail still the same as you had in NC? Let me know.
USA - Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 11:35:23 (MDT)
Smitty the economy is still pretty good here in New Jersey. The only one`s out of work are "Wall Street"people. Last year my wife and I move our investments into bonds and certificates....low yield, but safe. The "old wealth" is doing OK, but these young types who bought the 5 million dollar homes are starting to sweat. And they don`t have the survival skills. Me.... working for a "non-profit" church organization is recession proof. And being a maintenance man, you fix things instead of buying new. We do have to buy new hot water heaters when they go, that`s about the only thing we are buying. My wife works for a Swedish company and they don`t belong to the EU, so their economy is holding up. I wanted to go back to Ohio this year and retire for good, but we figured we better ride this out here in Jersey. You guys are all mechanically inclined and will be the ones who will get worst before it gets better. Tell ya what, Iraq has a friggin 78 billion surplus......we need get some of that money back. And pray that China don`t "call in the markers" on that 500 billion we owe them. We indirectly fought China in we owe them friggin money........SORRY Mark, it ain`t political, I`m friggin bummed out with the situation. It`s like oweing money to a loan shark or dope dealer.....kind of stuff that will get you killed.
Fred Skaggs
Somewhere In, NJ USA - Friday, October 24, 2008 at 18:12:54 (MDT)
sounds like for the time being, i am fairly lucky, both kids doing well in college>>> Economic situation has us all scared & angry> God bless the troops & all of you out there>> Shadow, would like to hear from you>>>>> Smitty
jim westwang
sheridan, wy USA - Friday, October 24, 2008 at 14:06:38 (MDT)
Kids to day......many more of them are moving home because of the economy and lack of jobs. Yes, some are lazy. Just focus on the grandkids and feel blessed that you have some. Screw the rest of them. L-G
USA - Friday, October 24, 2008 at 13:51:34 (MDT)
Art, Bro I understand even not having as many problems as you have going on. Now that my wife & I are raising two 13 year old grandkids and seeing that parents in their thirties don't have it together anymore. We stay broke & she is still handing out money to her son's. I do believe in giving someone a helping hand when they are down but today too many are just lazy. I still get mad at her youngest son's ex-wife because she got a guy about five years younger than her and had two more kids. He is worthless and stays in her HUD home free while not giving her money. I know you must feel like shooting your son-in-law as I do with this guy. She is still close to the family but my wife keeps telling her to get a job and kick him to the crub. I know before my health went to crap I just worked my butt off but was too busy to get mad. Now I have to deal with anger for the past five years living with consent pain and fighting every system out there. It has left me not trusting Attorney's & Doctors as they screw me around. My wife's brother in Florida lost his wife several years ago and still has her side of the bed just as she left it. So with his cancer he still feels like he has to keep fighting to take care of his son's. The youngest was thirteen when his mom died and is just starting college this fall. Bub has just finished a deal where both of his son's will have a house when he is gone. So Art you keep going too because it sounds like your work here on earth is far from over too. I know my grandson's give me a reason to keep going till I am a hundred!!
Ken Strong Jr.
Lafayette, IN USA - Friday, October 24, 2008 at 07:10:49 (MDT)
hi back from the dead from having the rocks when you got them the pain is so bad you wish you were dead I hope now more in your 60th they could give you stroke my pace maker was working over time & I would not wish them on no one & some tell me how do you live in that big house buy your self & I tell them Glenda part of this house I am never by my self & Josh every tuesday & wenday & GOD & at time somthing hapen here & then I theank she leting me know she still here put flowers on here grave every month they told me that will ware off & you wont do it eany more that was * mounth ago they just dont know how much I LOVE HER she change my life in feb of 71 had now one did not care if I came home at all then that first letter had a reason to live GOD had thing lined up for me & Glenda & JOSH he 2 now & smart little guy he like to help me in my shop he grav a screwdriver & start to find a place to stick it well he found a place in the intake of my troy bilt whar the carb go & he dont forget it every thing he learn he does not forget it well Tammy out laws sead they going to get him a bike I got one thing I wont do is hold my breth on it like every thing they going to get for him if they ever went & did it I drop dead & here BOZO other husben went in her pursh & took her last 5 dollars & never told her got in the store got some stuf reack for the 5 not there she look at me & felt like crying & I told her I never went in your mother pockbook in less I asked her first but that how he is he dont care about eany one him & him only & I told Tammy one day he wish he had cared for Tammy & Josh he wont have eany thing to do with him & if the cell phone rings he say paw paw I pick him up at the day care & he stop what he doing & say paw paw & runs for me I got to stop bothering you with this he my life & keep me going take care BROTHER & SISTER Art
USA - Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 23:04:11 (MDT)
Art,Hang in there.Most people do not know that 80% of everybody over 60 is starting to have stones or they have a full blown set already. Nasty Pain!! Do everything they tell you.I am sure the flight will keep you in their prayers goodbuddy.
jim <Dustoff>
shiloh, IL USA - Monday, October 20, 2008 at 14:38:34 (MDT)
ouch, of luck with those thing.
USA - Monday, October 20, 2008 at 06:27:59 (MDT)
Hi flight I got some stones in me & I could rip the john wright off the flore with one hand this is the first time & the kind I got xray dont pick then up these thing like to kill me you can bite throw your lip & wont even feal you doing it & the doc wants me to keep all I can get in this filter thing & bring them to the va so they can send them off to run test on & got to ware a rag I blead some I think I going to go in to the va to it all out of me O I have blister in my mouth a bunch & he sead from the kind of stones you got I bean frank with you a 357 woul be quicker than thies thing .
USA - Sunday, October 19, 2008 at 21:33:54 (MDT)
Have a friend selling his 66 and 63 corvettes. both are coupes,manuals,small blocks.I have seen his 53 vette that he sold last year was a sweety. Jut thought I would throw this out in here, one never knows.
USA - Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 18:11:16 (MDT)
The Golden Corral will once again offer a free meal to GIs and X GIs.November 17th,5 to 9 pm.
USA - Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 06:09:02 (MDT)
Fred, you got that right! I really got into Motown when I was at Mother Rucker, hangin' out at the EM club. I recall all the live bands playing all the songs from the Four Tops, Contours, Miracles, etc. Then in Nam with the Supremes and Otis Redding.............oh the memories.
Gale 6768
USA - Friday, October 17, 2008 at 21:41:28 (MDT)
Not much going on here, started a Coping with Pain Group at the VA this week. It was another interesting angle on the system by hearing others talk about their own situations with the VA & Social Security. The lady who heads the group has been with the VA for over twenty years and said the Social Security Office here seems to have it in for Vets. My computer is about all back together and my memory is still shot. In Kokomo Mark was playing old music. Can remember the songs but can't remember the groups. Did connect with the Four Tops today so maybe I am just getting old. All take care!
Ken Strong Jr.
Lafayette, IN USA - Friday, October 17, 2008 at 20:23:37 (MDT)
It may not mean much to most here, but Levi Stubbs of The Four Tops died today.....They played "The Tops" all day today on WCBS in NYC today......Such a part of the "soundtrack of my youth" and Nam.......Gale Beard,I KNOW you had to love the Four Tops.......When they played "I Can`t Help Myself" today, so many good memories came back to me. Plus in Nam, you couldn`t go through a day, that you didn`t hear a Four Tops song.
Fred Skaggs
Somewhere In, NJ USA - Friday, October 17, 2008 at 17:43:54 (MDT)
Robby, I finally recieved my newsletter from VHMCA.Yep,thats one of the birds.Will try and get in touch with them.Thanks for the heads up.
USA - Friday, October 17, 2008 at 07:05:42 (MDT)
I also have Avast and it seems to work good for me.
Rochester, NY USA - Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 16:52:16 (MDT)
Sunday the Wall was in Princeton WI, organized by our own Sam Hennessey. Joe was invited to speak so we went. We met up with Sam and Shari and some of our Families of the Fallen after Joe spoke and then we were invited by Sam to his VFW. :>))))) What fun was had! Sam had presented a wreath from the 129th at the Wall and we took pictures of the four of us with it. He will be putting them on the web soon. They also may make Reno. What a day! It was so wonderful to see them again, and then to see the wreath with "129 AHC" and a small helicopter on it in front of the Wall .... very special. What a day! L-Gently
USA - Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 08:36:19 (MDT)
That's good to hear guys. I've had the same problems lately and I can't afford to put out $50 a year on this stuff! Thanks for the info on Avast. Gale
Clinton, In USA - Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 17:45:20 (MDT)
I have used AVAST for some time now a few years and it does a good job. I have a bussiness PC that I was using norton on and I have to reload it at least 2 times a month and with all the software I have it would take 2 days to reload it. But since I got AVAST I haven't had any more problems.
James Ellis <>
Newport, NC USA - Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 08:46:15 (MDT)
Just wanted to let you know that our computer tech who cleaned up our many viruses loaded the antivirus program Avast on ours. You can go to and it is free. All you have to do is register the program once a year. It updated every night and loads any patches needed. Once we figured out we had big problems, we didn't turn it on again until we took it in. Thankfully we're fine now. Jim
USA - Sunday, October 12, 2008 at 21:25:39 (MDT)
HI I did not get it I have a virus program called calook at this one
USA - Sunday, October 12, 2008 at 21:14:38 (MDT)
Jim, same thing here and always wonder where it came from. I am still installing software on my computer as I just hit the start over button. I am not sure what software is the best either because the first thing they do is attack the antivirus programs. I think most of us would just like to get our hands on the people that do this crap to mess up peoples lives. I was able to grab the important stuff off before it went nuts. Hope no one else gets the bug..
Ken Strong Jr.
Lafayette, IN USA - Sunday, October 12, 2008 at 20:54:42 (MDT)
Just an update. Our McAfee didn't work right, and viruses had attacked our computer. If it says "Monster Virus is attacking your computer", you already are infected. The first indication we had that we were in trouble was when it said to "download Virus Protection Pro 2009" (which we didn't do). Fortunately, we caught it in time and took it to someone who could clean it up. We're in Hudson visiting our daughter and 11 week old grandson, but when we get home, I'll post the antivirus that our guy said is one of the best virus protection as far as he's concerned, and it's free. We're good to go again. Jim
Jim H
USA - Sunday, October 12, 2008 at 08:44:24 (MDT)
Just delivered to Galveston Texas, to Del Monte,on Dock 15. The place look like a war zone.Boats are still sitting in the median of Interstate 45,and strung out along it lenght close to town.Rubble is still on every single street,parts of walls of buliding blown in and/or just hanging,blue tarps on roof tops everywhere,cars smashed together,broken light and telephone poles,some broken by boats,which are still sitting next to them in lots and parking areas.I was very impresed with the amount of destruction still visable.
USA - Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 11:09:44 (MDT)
A few days ago I got this message when trying to get on here too, but wasn't the site, it was a bug on my computer which killed the internet and my PC. So am installing programs and trying to put it all back together. I think that now we are all holding our breath concerning money for next year in Reno. This is one my wife wanted to go to but had hoped to had got SSID by now. Fred & Sue, talked to the Social Security Office Monday and got the hole five out of the last eight years story. Not sure where I stand but it seems the longer they drag it out, the worse it is for the individual. Fred they said when it is all over I could still apply for SSI which is almost nothing, Ha Ha. Everyone take care.
Ken Strong Jr.
Lafayette, IN USA - Friday, October 10, 2008 at 12:58:25 (MDT)
MD USA - Friday, October 10, 2008 at 08:56:49 (MDT)
hello to all my brothers and sisters. i know i havent posted in a long time but a friend needs help wants to go to reno dont know any on i asking if he can e par of the 129 group he is scared to aroynd people and i know the 129TH is a family he plans to ask to come to you.ok gently how you doing and every elese i dont talk much whats wrong with m. but i got many problem but i can take it i hope no one mined the joke about the rake rick yours came back.i still voices but its gails.. oh when i opened the joke aboutthe rake it i did know what it was my grand son was in back of me i wont go any father if u want to know more e mail me dont want to bore you all. i hate to miss this reioun but we have to go to gail sisters house in sand de go kal i be looking for you mark i tryed puting as a cont im messager like kal has where u talk and se well went on enough take care hope to hear from some of you rick send me your e mail ok i still got well i got to get ready to go to th DRs be safe ray
RAY <>
MD USA - Friday, October 10, 2008 at 08:55:13 (MDT)
Will check it out Fred A........euuuuuuuuuu.......
USA - Tuesday, October 07, 2008 at 18:57:45 (MDT)
Mark, on the 509 site,there is a picture of Neil Airy (Mr. September)in the "new events" part.Neil and his mercy flighr people made a calender to try and raise bucks.Its a nude calender,hahaha.Oh,he is wearing his helmet and seat belt.You gotta check it out Mark.
USA - Tuesday, October 07, 2008 at 18:27:29 (MDT)
Got my VHCMA (international) today. Fred A, I saw that you were in the 60th for awhile. Did you know any of those brothers that went to Emporia, Kansas to see one of the ships they flew. It is in a static display at their Veteran's Memorial Park. The article said they were there in 72. Still spliting wood in NY...Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, October 07, 2008 at 16:14:35 (MDT)
Gently: Like your idea about a raffle!! Go Girl!! Robbie those grand kids are growing fast. Hard to believe the youngest is 2 already. Well decided to work a while longer. 401 is getting smaller. But, I am in for the haul. It's got to get better. we made it through a tour of vietnam. And some of us more than one. But, there isn't a day goes by that I don't remember the Brothers that didn't come home. We were in our teens and twenties then. and 50's and 60's now. It's been a wild ride in the last 10 years of reunions. Meeting so many of you that served in the 129th. And, the Family and friends whom became part of my Family. One day there won't be any of us left. And, the 129th will be just a part of history of the Vietnam war. Always A Brother!! Gently keep us updated on 2010 and hopefully 509. Would like to hitch a ride on 509 into the stadium.
Collierville, TN USA - Tuesday, October 07, 2008 at 10:27:47 (MDT)
Never hold my hand again??? Stubbie??? I got your stubbie!!! I get no respect........heehehee
USA - Tuesday, October 07, 2008 at 07:46:49 (MDT)
Gently, I like your idea...Well, I actually like both of your ideas. About the raffle tickets and not holding Gale's hand. Probably all gnarly now. Smitty I loved your comment about Gale at the end. I was laughing out loud. Alex, the grand kids are doing great and making me feel old most of the time. They're 11,10,9 and 2.
Rochester, NY USA - Monday, October 06, 2008 at 11:47:06 (MDT) virus on my compt....maybe your message was referring to the people you were communicating with....LOL!!!!! Gale....I may never hold your hand again...ick! :>)) Kim, allow me to give your money back to you: what was the amount my friend? Ron, it would be my honor to auction the bracelet off at Christmas, I have one concern though: in our auctions many of our friends and brothers are left out of the bidding for financial reasons so I would like to propse that we sell raffle tickets. That way even the purchase of just one ticket allows for the possibility of winning the bracelet. Could I have feedback on this idea from all of you. It might be how we want to do all of our beautiful items this year. Your 2 cents please... L-Gently
USA - Monday, October 06, 2008 at 09:35:34 (MDT)
Ron & Jamie you both are in our thoughts and prayers. Were all here for you and your family. Jim haven't had no problems getting to the 129th site. Of, course comcast has had their problems from time to time. Gale glad to hear the hand is doing better. Robbie good to see you post. How are the grand kids? Liz has a covention in Reno in a few weeks. She is going to check out the hotel etc. Hope the economy picks up by then. Fred S. you need to share some of your stock advice. We could use some good info. Hope Ohio state keeps on a winning track. Need to make a trip before long to Ohio to see Mom. Got me a 2008 Ford Explorer. Take Care!! Always A Brother!!
Collierville, TN USA - Monday, October 06, 2008 at 07:28:18 (MDT)
Ron & Jamie, good to hear from you. Sorry to hear what has been happening but glad about the remission. I thought you 2 didnt like me much. I left a message at your door the last time on a rock. i have been by several x going back & forth to Kalispell but no vehicle there. I know you were very upset by what your company did. If you want to e mail me , please do. I would give a goodly amt for 3" of tail rotor chain. So all let me know. Hope everyone is well. I thought about when i took a pic of Gale when he was proposing to Deb & wondered if she called him "Stubbie" back then LOL. God bless you all>>> respects>>>> Smitty
jim westwang 71-72
sheridan, wy USA - Sunday, October 05, 2008 at 19:41:53 (MDT)
Ron,I was 2/3 the way home and it hit me.You were Flyong a Dustoff Huey around Kokomo Stark Naked.The only one that was dressed was Paul McGrath.If you send me your mailing address.I will send you a Dustoff cap,then you can feel at home in the sky.
jim <>
shiloh, IL USA - Sunday, October 05, 2008 at 16:27:10 (MDT)
Jim Hydinger, to answer your question, I have not had problems like you say you're having when getting into the 129th site. I am using windows Vista. Hey Gale, about that finger that you cut. Was that your picking finger? Did it slow you down much..Heh..heh..heh....Rob
Rochester, NY USA - Sunday, October 05, 2008 at 07:53:17 (MDT)
Ron DeBates.......Brother my prayers are with you and Jamie, I`ll give you a phone call later on today. Kim LaVoie, Fred Brown and I were talking about you the other day, wondering where you were had been. Looks like I`ll be calling you at some point today also. I`m in Columbus,Ohio for a funeral of a cousin who died with "colon cancer" Friday morning, he was just 65 years old and a Nam Vet......I`m at my brother`s house in Ohio........POLITICS......I think the last 8 years, speaks for itself.....Thankfully my wife Kim, understood the stockmarket and moved all our investments into safer low yield stuff, but we didn`t take a "hit" like some folks did......Thank God, we didn`t move SS into the stockmarket.
Fred Skaggs
Somewhere In, NJ USA - Sunday, October 05, 2008 at 07:05:05 (MDT)
Ron & Jamie, I'm sorry to hear that you guys are having trouble with your health. Our prayers go out to you both. Get healthy and we'll see you guys at a reunion! Gale & Debbie Flight, my hand is doing better....healed up, but, still sore. Looking at my hands; have you ever thought about where your hands have been? I watch the HGTV show "If Walls Could Talk" ,but,just think...."If Hands Could Talk." My hands have cleaned bricks,carried hod,worked on greasy old cars,worked on helicopters, held & fired guns, lifted quite a few beers (and still lifting),operated a whole lot of machinery, been in fights, made love, pumped gas, wiped my a**, explored the female body, shook hands, give the "finger", shaved my face, patted backs, picked my nose, rendered a salute......where does it end? I've had an index finger on my right hand smashed on the end, my thumb on my left hand almost cut off and now my pointing finger damaged. Help me out here's amazing what these things have been through! Yeah, I've had a few what!? Humor me!!! Gale 67-68
USA - Saturday, October 04, 2008 at 15:55:33 (MDT)
Ron, First I am very pleased to hear that Jamie is doing so well. God Bless you both. It is a wonderful thing that you would want to do, what you want to with the tail rotor chain. I have seen them go for as high as 5 to 6 hundred dallors on ebay before. I am sure that Gently is reading this too so she will be the one to set up the Christmas fund.But if you have any questions fill free to contact me. 5029 ST. ANTHONY RD.CELINA , OHIO 45822, OR CALL ANYTIME at HOME 419-678-4697....CELL 419-733-3154/ This goes for anybody. Even if ya just wanna talk. Again Ron and Jamie You have servent's hearts. Excextly what the Lord is looking for. God Bless you........Ron....You and Jamie's names were brought up at the Kokomo gig. Just wondering about you guys. Glad that you chimed in...........
USA - Saturday, October 04, 2008 at 09:57:27 (MDT)
Morning Flight! We will continue to intend to use these as a fundraiser for the 129th, funds to be used wherever best decided. Jamie bought a couple bracelets a few years ago and loves them. In light of everything we've been through this past summer, and her second chance at life, we want to help every one we can. Anyone who chooses not to participate - just like gambling - we are not offended and it's their personal choice. We know this can work and will talk to you Mark directly about getting this project going. Have a great weekend all. Ron
Ron DeBates
Big Timber, MT USA - Saturday, October 04, 2008 at 08:30:19 (MDT)
Kim, I have not shafted you
USA - Friday, October 03, 2008 at 18:11:59 (MDT)
Frankly speaking, Ron, I got shafted on an item I bought during the Christmas auction a couple years ago. It won't happen again. Please don't take this as me saying you would do the same. I do believe your heart is in the right place. Sue Alvis, the picture you drew is still hanging on my wall. I'll always treasure it.
USA - Friday, October 03, 2008 at 17:23:01 (MDT)
We are having problems with Antivirus 2009 Pro that keeps popping up on our computer. Now Windows is saying that the 129th site contains malicious spyware. Has anyone else had problems? Jim
Jim Hydinger
USA - Friday, October 03, 2008 at 17:02:29 (MDT)
Hello Flight! Been quite a while since I've posted but monitor all the time. Hope this finds everyone well. It's been a long summer - Jamie was diagnosed in June with Leukemia. She hit remission in 37 days and is looking forward to finishing daily chemo around November 1st. This strain has a 93% cure rate so our prayers are certainly being answered. We should be healed in ready to meet up with you in Reno in 2009. I would hope some would stop through here on their way to the reunion. We live spitting distance from I-90. For all those coming East to West - stop for a cold one! Smitty knows where it's at - bring him along!! Was looking at the reunion photos in the newsletter and see they had a tail rotor bracelet. I still have the one from 495 that went down with me in it. I have that chain - it's 18 in long. What can we get for it for a fundraiser?? Might get someone to the reunion that couldn't otherwise go. Let me know!! Stay healthy. Ron
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Big Timber, MT USA - Friday, October 03, 2008 at 12:29:58 (MDT)
I would like to take this time to tell each and everyone of you that I thank you for not bringing politics into this room. Lord knows that there would be plenty to talk about. Again, THANKS to ALL of you for respecting our brothers that don't have the privlage to speak any more. I am sure that they do hear, and see, every word that is said in here. God Bless you all.............God Bless America...........always a brother...........
USA - Thursday, October 02, 2008 at 19:53:44 (MDT)
Bill, the book should be sent to Pat Rash, Sister of Don Kline, at 204 S. Second Avenue, Maiden NC, 28650, from dear Ray Foley. L-G
USA - Thursday, October 02, 2008 at 07:02:53 (MDT)
:>))) Everyone made it back:>) How I wish we has been with you. Next year...promise. Did Debi go, Gale? Knowing you I'm sure that injured finger was simply a hang embellish so much all the time..LOL! We really missed being there..."Dustoff" year. If we had known ahead of time that Ron was going to be flying, we could have sent some cash so that all of the 129ers could have flown...tell us next time Mr. Paye. And just for that, Joe and I won't join you at your mini..not that you really care! he he. Wolf, will get you the addy ASAP so you can send the book out. out there? May 21st of 2010 were planning a BIG "Welcome Home Vietnam Vets" at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Yes, that is where the Packers play football. So pencil in the date and I'll keep you updated on it..rooms will be scarce, just so you know. 30-40 thousand bikes, parade, maybe Simon's huey(which he can then take to the "Wall" for Memorial Day) fly over of T-28's(Planes we used in Laos when we weren't there) and more. We have a meeting Oct 11th when we will brain storm so if you have any ideas you want me to bring up. This event will be bigger than try to make it. you've got me on this end ready to make this special for you:>))) so use me. And it will be a documentary about you. Get excited! With a hug to all-Gently
USA - Wednesday, October 01, 2008 at 12:39:25 (MDT)
Goodmorning Flight: Hope everyone is doing OK!! Well, was an emotional day last friday. Gary met me in Marion Ark. From there we proceeded to Mark Tree Ark. with 4 buses of 1st Cav. and about 100 bikes along with the patriot guard. The overpasses were filled with school children of all ages waving American flags. Once, we arrived at LZ Mark Tree we lead a parade through town. Pepole lined the streets to honor the Vietnam Vets. It was the ( Parade that We Never got when we came Home!! ) But, Gary and I finally got that experience. Some of the Cav. were at LZ X Ray in 1965. It was a great experience. Just wished all of you could have been with us. Always A Brother!!
Collierville, TN USA - Wednesday, October 01, 2008 at 07:17:19 (MDT)