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Well getting heat ready for winter. Think it's going to be bad. But, our brothers in the North are catching a early rough winter already. Not, much of a snow person anymore, Robbie is really catching it up in New York. Hope is well for everyone. Knee doing well and can get around a lot better. Might have to have to right knee redone. Srill having problems after 8 years. Always A Brother!!!
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Hello fellow Bite & Strikers.. Made it to AZ, no problems.. Got the computer up and running and ran into a malware thing called decrypt which totaled things out for a while. Got things going again and it has been a long path back to some semblence of normalcy.. Still not there... Had a visit from Dan and Marie Hertline that was totally enjoyable. They were here for 3 nights and left for Las Vegas Wednesday morning. They had been to a 192nd AHC rerunion in San Deiago B4 heading over this way. We had both been in the 192nd when it formed up at Ft Riley, Kansat in '67. I was shuffeled up to the 129th upon arrival in country and Dan about midway through his tour. That pretty well sums things up for now. The WX here has been great and I hear I am missing some snow and cold back home. Glad we got out when we did. Take care brothers... L8r.. Kal...>>>
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Oakland, VA USA - Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 14:58:20 (MST)
Happy Veterans days to all my 129th brothers and to my son Jim (Army) Bill III (Marines) and Randy (Air Force)and to my dad (Coast Guard WW2), Grandfather (Navy WW2) and Kat's dad (Navy WW2). A slow hand salute to all of our fallen.
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Colorado Springs, USA - Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 12:57:19 (MST)
Happy Vet's Day, Brothers. Thanks to Jim Crigler, who passed on the excellent video from Wisconsin PBS on Tom Shaw. Good recent footage of several of our guys... here's the link. http://wilife.tumblr.com/ Scroll down to “Huey Crew” on the right side and click on video. Do it on a big screen computer if possible.
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winterhaven, fl USA - Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 08:41:06 (MST)
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Hoschton, Ga USA - Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 08:32:01 (MST)
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morning flight, ken got your check but i'll have to send it back because you two different figures on chech. Mat I'm getting 40% for my back but that's because I had two back spums while over there put me down a week for each. I was lucky it was put in my records. all I can say is give it a try,who knows. what I wood do is talk to a service rep at the dav, vfw. etc to get an idea on how to word your claim. good luck. wink 3/69=10/70
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winterhaven, fl USA - Monday, November 10, 2014 at 08:26:28 (MST)
I did get rated a zero % when I first got out in 1983 which was raised in 2005 for back pain. Think it is around 30% now. Mainly the change is due to my disk falling apart in my spine which shows up in an X-Ray. Everyone out there it is really a pain in the butt to try and prove things 40 plus years later. The 129th didn't have the greatest record keeping and like in my case I was treated in Nha Trang once while the aircraft was still running on the pad I think. Anyway I stayed in and spent some time trying to get things fixed when I came home without any luck. Things like the VA telling Mike Johnson he was never there were easy to fix. Than you have to wonder how they mess it up that much!!
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Candler, FL USA - Sunday, November 09, 2014 at 12:59:01 (MST)
I did get rated a zero % when I first got out in 1983 which was raised in 2005 for back pain. Think it is around 30% now. Mainly the change is due to my disk falling apart in my spine which shows up in an X-Ray. Everyone out there it is really a pain in the butt to try and prove things 40 plus years later. The 129th didn't have the greatest record keeping and like in my case I was treated in Nha Trang once while the aircraft was still running on the pad I think. Anyway I stayed in and spent some time trying to get things fixed when I came home without any luck. Things like the VA telling Mike Johnson he was never there were easy to fix. Than you have to wonder how they mess it up that much!!
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Eads, Tn USA - Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 09:07:06 (MDT)
Alex... Great news!!!.. Glad to hear it.. Get well soon.. L8r...
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Fred sorry I missed you. Can't drive yet. Got out of surgery about 5pm. Just checked the flight log. One day we will connect. If you come around 385 I am 2 minutes from the Forrest Hill and West Tennessee Veteran Cemetery. Bone tumor was negative. Start rehab Monday.
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USA - Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 11:43:27 (MDT)
no joke Wink.. she likes the beard better.. shorter tho.
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USA - Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 11:36:20 (MDT)
morning flight, hey alvis it was mentioned about sue not liking what she see without your bread, a joke of course, but my thought being that at the next reunion etc. you are going to have to wear a name tag because none of us know you without a bread, heeeeeeeeeee. but anyway let sue know that you two are in my thoughts.wink 3/69-10/70
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winterhaven, fl USA - Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 09:19:21 (MDT)
Thanks Alex, wink and Paul. Its nice to know there ae still those who know what friendship is,
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USA - Monday, October 13, 2014 at 17:29:32 (MDT)
Got this email the other day. Can anybody help this guy? /////////////////////////////////////// Have you heard from or know the whereabouts of Lt Bob Becker, he was there 70/71. I was XO of the 61st Assault Helicopter Company based with you guys. Went to flight school with him and would like to know if he is still around. Thanks,  Bill Kemp  Lucky Star 5 . Bkemp@nelbro.com
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USA - Monday, October 13, 2014 at 17:09:25 (MDT)
Wink:thanks for the tip on the omeprazole,saw my pcp and got some and no more acid spewing out my nose in the middle of the night.thanks again.
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lasalle, Illinois USA - Monday, October 13, 2014 at 14:45:44 (MDT)
Fred you let Susan know the 129th Family is in this with her. Me and Wink have our head shaved. But, this Family Loves Our Aussie. You both our in our thoughts and prayers. Always A Brother!!'
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Be careful Fred, she might not like what you look like under there.
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Groves, Texas USA - Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 13:56:38 (MDT)
started growing my beard at 6;00 AM, Jan 17th,1974. have trimmed it many, many times. Its a few weeks early, but Chemo is hitting Susan hard, losing her hair now, almost bald. I have now shaved and a burr cut to support her.
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Mark, it's understandable. But sooner the better.
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USA - Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 21:58:06 (MDT)
Changes will be made after the first of the year to prevent this from happening. That's the earliest I can get a geek to work on it......sorry bout that
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USA - Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 17:42:31 (MDT)
Wow how many email addresses does this jerk have? The point of having an open site is to allow new people to find us. Meanwhile I would like to go postal on this guy. Otherwise hope everyone is having a good day, supposed to be 90 here so am waiting for winter.
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Thanks Alvis..
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USA - Friday, October 10, 2014 at 19:43:33 (MDT)
John, best of luck with the health
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USA - Friday, October 10, 2014 at 16:42:48 (MDT)
Wink, I'm holding my own. My right leg and foot is about 1/4 numb with diabetes. I pray that I won't loose my foot anytime soon but I'm not sure. If I do, I do but hope I don't. I tried that Golf thing but I sold my Golf Clubs to a friend and quit. As for Smith A,G,B,and etc; it's all spam and don't let him get to you. If you noticed that they all have Oakland, VA as there town & state. Each email address the name changes from SmithA@Gmail to SmithG@Gmail... Have a nice day Wink.
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USA - Friday, October 10, 2014 at 11:16:19 (MDT)
don't know what i did cutting myself off. but anyway, how are you doing, better I hope from a few months ago. hope something can be done about mr. viagar. he's beinging to be a pain in the ass. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winterhaven, fl USA - Friday, October 10, 2014 at 09:14:14 (MDT)
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Candler, FL USA - Wednesday, October 08, 2014 at 07:25:45 (MDT)
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Empty and no response to the Christmas fund...come on fellas! L-G
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USA - Monday, October 06, 2014 at 17:46:35 (MDT)
Man, it's empty in here...
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USA - Monday, October 06, 2014 at 16:41:23 (MDT)
Alvis, The video that I was in was Kokomo 2011. I've seen the others too.
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USA - Thursday, October 02, 2014 at 22:10:03 (MDT)
Sure glad you all had such a good time. Wish I could have been there but it wasn't to be. On another note, the following was posted o the 129th Face Book page from one of our ROK friends. The General passed away last year. There are pictures of him there that I cannot ad here. Jae Kwon I'm sure that anyone knows or recognizes him. Chae Myung-shin (Nov. 27,1926 - Nov. 25, 2013) General and Commending Officer of ROK Forces in Vietnam He was graduated ROK Military Academy and served Korean War. He had founder of Korean anti-guerrilla tactical warfare. After Korean War, he served as All ROK Forces Chief Commanding Officer in Vietnam War as well as he was commending officer of Tiger Division. ROKFV; ROK Forces in Vietnam was located the area as same as MACV in Saigon. He used to stay in Saigon but he regulary visited Tiger Divison HQ. It is possible to see or meet him with 129th A.H.C. Unfortunately, he passed away last year. His Will was to stay with his ROK Forces Vietnam War Veterans and his comrade in arms, especially Enlisted men. ROK DoD respected his Will and made his tomb at the tomb of Enlisted men in K.I.A Vietnam War. You can visit his tomb in National Cemetery in Seoul Korea when you visit Korea someday.
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Simi Valley, CA USA - Thursday, October 02, 2014 at 00:36:07 (MDT)
hell John you led off the film clip .Sorry so late in responding. just aint home enough and cant check e mails unless at a operating center. .. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfcfGdEhBSc... and here is the yahoo picture site for the 129th ..https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/129thahc/info?yguid=254837105 ...not sure who filmed, but TED Busiker geta the credit on u-tube. Not sure where mine went, similar to Teds, but Teds probably better.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 at 16:15:15 (MDT)
Hi wanted to thank all for remembering my brother stephen desantis,if anyone has photos that he is in i would love to see them,thank you all and god bless you all thanks joan
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waterbury, ct USA - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 at 10:46:12 (MDT)
Guess we have to look at new ideas to block or delete idiot post. Not even sure how they get on here. Well back to my Ark Prep, LOL..
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Oakland, VA USA - Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 17:06:34 (MDT)
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USA - Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 07:49:51 (MDT)
Thanks to Brenda,Larry and Rick for all their help at Kokomo. THANK YOU
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Oakland, VA USA - Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 02:31:44 (MDT)
Alvis, email me with the links to where you posted the Kokomo photo's and Video's. I looked everywhere...
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USA - Friday, September 26, 2014 at 03:20:54 (MDT)
Well, now that Kokomo and the June re-union are under our belts, it's time to think about our Christmas raffle to increase our Christmas fund. The fund has helped many and we want to help as many as we can. So....start thinking about what you want to make, donate, create(like the delicious cookies that were auctioned off one year, the painting by our favorite Aussie, the bracelet, the rotor bracelets:>), or perhaps you have a 129th item that you would now like to see another 129er own. I'll start it in mid November so email me info on your "Stuff" and then I'll forward it on to the webpage, or post here and also email me...but very important to email me (Gentlyjs@yahoo.com). If you want to bid on an item and want to keep a secret...it has been proven that we can keep such secrets:>)..you just have to let me know ahead of time. You'll have to check the webpage daily for the bids, you don't want to lose out on some of this great stuff...all donated with love for you soldiers, our 129ers! L-G
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USA - Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 20:43:29 (MDT)
Mark, you also forgot Jerry Heckathorn
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USA - Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 17:06:13 (MDT)
Oh think Mark missed Pete Rhome somehow.
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Candler, FL USA - Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 14:33:39 (MDT)
As Mark said we had a good turn out but missed a few like "Wrong Way" who found a hole to step in. We have already had new guys promise to come next year so lets keep our fingers crossed. Wish Stokes had made it too but thanks for getting our main site. Please if you have not made it think about next September.
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Candler, FL USA - Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 14:32:07 (MDT)
Alvis, Thanks for the link for the photo's and video's. Let Susan know that she is in our thoughts and prayers.
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USA - Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 22:11:45 (MDT)
I too am going to make some changes to the yahoo site. Think i am going to make it a members only site.. Dont need the casting of spells or hooking up with some gal nor porn.
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USA - Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 21:52:43 (MDT)
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USA - Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 16:56:29 (MDT)
Fred let Susan that she is our thoughts and prayers and you also. She is lucky to you. You have there through the good and bad. Plus, driving throughout the USA. Your good man. But, the 129th has others whom been right there for their wives. I'm proud to know most of you 129th Brothers. And, also the wives whom been there for 129th Brothers through their illness. I say we are lucky to a 129th family Like we do. Always A Brother!!'
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TN USA - Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 14:12:18 (MDT)
Fred we all missed you and Sue at Kokomo but she was in our hearts and hope you guys can be there next year.
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Candler, FL USA - Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 13:32:29 (MDT)
To bring all my 129th & 498th brothers up to date now that my feet are back on the ground. For those who were there on Saturday while Mark, Paul & I were in the Mess Tent, no blood was shed. Please understand that we just needing time to talk about a few issues which means holding each other accountable. We will be looking into some things with the site & upgrades, I will still take care of the campsites, and Paul has the kitchen sink. That said we still want all to be welcome as we get bigger. We will try to get things done and posted on this site as we find some new answers. It was Great to see all that made it to Kokomo.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 13:29:42 (MDT)
John, there are several short clips on U-Tube taken by myself and cant remember the other guy...most of it was the guys introducing themselves and their years tour. Also lots 0f pics on the yahoo site I set up for folks to post pics.Susan started chemo (again) yesterday for the third time. She colored her hair trying for pink b4 the hair loss occurs again. Next month is cancer awareness month.When hairloss starts, I told he I will shave my beard..had it since the 70s. No one knows what I look like without it. Maybe I can go steal chickens and no one will know its me.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 20:23:43 (MDT)
Any one got pictures taken at Kokomo other then the ones posted as of Sunday. I would like to see all picture taken. Your Brother in Arms, John
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USA - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 13:13:44 (MDT)
Well made from Kokomo early sunday morning. It was great seeing everyone there and spending time with Rainer and Dee Bauer. Had 17mph winds out the west but the Huey ride was also great. Never get tired to fly on these old birds. In all was a great time in Kokomo. Don't know who all rented a big bus. but,for the price and all the comforts great thinking. Also,Mark set a memorial for our KIA'S. On saturday a one in million meeting happened. Young man's uncle was the last kia of the 129th shows up. And, a first timer 129th Brother from 1972 tour was also there sorry I can't recall his name. And,he knew his uncle and he answerd the young man questions about his uncle. Thats why these mini reunions are so important because you never know what will happen. Always A Brother!!!
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TN USA - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 10:32:55 (MDT)
morning flight, got home 7a.m. Monday morning. great time. thanks to little john, rick,we ate very well, we are getting spoiled. little john an art, forgot last name, were are our nfg. we had art going about what we do to nfg. hope to see art in future.>>>>> alivs don't know what to say about sue other than she to good of a person to be going through all this. I've never understood why good people like sue go through so much SHIT. my thoughts an prayor are with you two. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 09:40:05 (MDT)
home 5pm safe, anyone missing a coat? found one on golf cart nice coat,
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USA - Monday, September 22, 2014 at 17:49:42 (MDT)
Great seeing everyone again. Didn't hit any rain till about 40 miles from home. It did open up big time then though. Had a great time.. L8r...Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom - '68
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Monday, September 22, 2014 at 15:43:45 (MDT)
Home.........best Kokomo yet..............more later...........
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USA - Monday, September 22, 2014 at 11:05:23 (MDT)
The cookie lady and I had a good visit with all on Saturday,thanks
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lasalle, Illinois USA - Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 19:15:15 (MDT)
Fred Alvis, go to the archives on top of this page and go to the year you want.
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USA - Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 10:33:55 (MDT)
Mark, pleas email me instructions on finding back post.I want to look at post made by me concerning her Breast cancer 12 years ago.
alvis
USA - Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 19:23:35 (MDT)
Just updated the info on #65-9915 on the Lane AHP FaceBook page. We had it listed as scrapped on Jan 16th 2003 when the FAA registration (N-4134W) was cancelled. Here if you want to view the list of the (60+)survivors: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LaneAHP/
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USA - Friday, September 19, 2014 at 15:53:48 (MDT)
Dennis,good morning my friend.I am still in "AWE". I can't say thanks enough to Jim Crigler,Ron Paye & all the Folks from the "Huey 369" organization for allowing us to get back in the door gunner wells & honor Tom Shaw.It felt "Great" :-)) on the left & right turns & the "Low Leveling". The sound of the T53 cranking & the smell of the JP-4. Bernie & I seen each other for the 1st time in over 42 years. They have a "Great" veterans museum in Sheboygan-very well kept.Met Tom widow,Tom's brothers Kevin & Dave. All of this happen part because of the 129th site. Like Jim said,This wasn't on my Bucket List.But,I am glad it happened. Ya'all have a great time in Kokomo & please be safe. Later, Bull Dog 426 is OTTA Here.
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Laredo, TX USA - Friday, September 19, 2014 at 08:10:04 (MDT)
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USA - Friday, September 19, 2014 at 05:34:58 (MDT)
Bruno, I'll check the Army Aircrew site. By the way that was so cool that you and Bernie went up and flew the tribute to Tom with Jimmy and Ron. I wish I could have been there. Must have been very emotional. I'll bet the Shaw family enjoyed that beyond belief. I watched the New clip. Jimmy does a great job talking about it all.
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USA - Friday, September 19, 2014 at 04:03:47 (MDT)
Susan has wanted a 2 door RAV 4 for years and years. They stopped making them in 2000.(all now are 4 doors). HAS to be an automatic,just has to be with whats comming down the road. Looking to buy her one as a surprise. If anyone knows a decent one for sale. please send me the info. I have cash in hand. no rust please.thnks.
alvis
USA - Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 18:51:37 (MDT)
susan update. they think its lung cancer returned..thats the good news.returned breast cancer cells would have been terminal,no treatment. They hope they can shrink the lung cancer tumors/lymp nodes, then they can radiate. if they cant, terminal. They dont think they can get rid of all the cancer cells, at some point, if all is well this time, they will return and she will have to go thru this again. At some point done the road, they wont shrink. lets hope it isnt this time. She starts chemo treatment this monday, the 22nd. She says she is going to dye her hair pink this time b4 it all falls out again. Medicine is still in the dark ages as far as cancer treatments are concerned.
alvis
USA - Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 18:43:43 (MDT)
Leaving tonight heading for Rainer's then Kokomo. Will stop tonight and resume the trip in the morning. From the postings there will be a few people I haven't met before and looking forward to all the the 129th Fanily. always A Brother!!
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TH USA - Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 13:10:58 (MDT)
I will be at Kokomo on Friday morning..........
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USA - Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 09:30:13 (MDT)
Praying you have good weather in Kokomo! Drive safely everyone and enjoy the campfires at night. Share, hug, and be thankful. L-G
Gently
USA - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 21:07:31 (MDT)
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USA - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 13:32:07 (MDT)
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USA - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 13:24:37 (MDT)
Dennis ,according to the "Army Air Crew" web;it says that David was KIA approx 1.5K SSE of the village of Binh Khe. I look on Ray's Map Room & there are some mountain/hills SSe of Binh Khe. Check it out>
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Laredo, Tx USA - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 09:01:41 (MDT)
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on the road, USA - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 08:44:36 (MDT)
Dennis and Bruno, well, actually all of ya, but you twos commo of the recent is awesome to see and read. Its that kind of stuff that makes this site what it is. Dennis,glad you got to talk to Stryker. Aint that neat?...........pullin pitch for Kokomo Thursday night. Cant get there any sooner this year. See ya then..........keep the camp fire going......always a brother.................
Mark
USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 19:16:17 (MDT)
Rick Bill and I are here looking forward to more fun.come one come all.
frenchie @ kokomo
USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 15:25:58 (MDT)
I called WO Tom Stryker last night. We talked for about an hour. He didn't realized that 915 had returned to RVN. Apparently he crashed it pretty good. Hell of a nice guy. He was involved with spraying Agent Orange and because of that he and his wife decide to not have children. Some of his friends had already had children with defects from that shit. Sad, it took that joy away from them. It was really great to talk with him and share our common bond with 915.
Dennis Faucher <drfaucher@verizon.net>
USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 15:21:10 (MDT)
Bruno, I can't remember the exact name of the Valley. We were between 3rd Bn and the Pass. There was a ridge just south of a line from 3rd Bn and the pass, that ran E-W with an outpost on the East. The ridge was like a saddle with a peak at each end. At noon we were down on the road eating and watching fast movers on that ridge while we ate. You would have thought that they blew the shit out of that area. We went in single ship and 915 was lead. No other ships went in. They put them in on the outpost on the east and the hiked over. Not sure about the guys I dropped off. Bruno: Google "65-09915", You will see on the 4th listing Crash of 426. It has things about both of our crews, written by someone in I think from maintenance. There is pic from news paper of Bernie.
Dennis Faucher <drfaucher@verizon.net>
USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 10:18:03 (MDT)
Dennis,was that somewhere around the Vin Thanh valley or Bin khe area>
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 09:43:04 (MDT)
Dennis Faucher: I recall the event. 915 I believe was in front of the maintenance hanger was not there when you brought 915 in. I thought that something had gone wrong with the engine.I was walking up to the hangar I saw one of the pilots on the left side,looking in, of the cargo cabin, turned around & looked my way with a look on his face that I still remember.I asked someone what had happened.He responded that "Stamper got killed".
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 09:38:33 (MDT)
In Kokomo, I will be there in spirit since I can't make it. I hope everyone enjoys themselves and takes plenty of photo's. John Sartor
John Sartor <johnsartor@yahoo.com>
Oceanside, CA USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 07:32:57 (MDT)
OK Wink has made it to my place so we will be leaving in the morning. Bringing Joey and a tent which I told Mark they can sleep together. Supposed to hold seven people but not sure how, still will have it up on Wed.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Monday, September 15, 2014 at 22:51:00 (MDT)
Good job guys. That is interesting. Glad to here that Stryker is a real combat vet. 915 has definitely seen plenty of combat. Bruno, we were shot up 14 April 72, thirteen days before your crash at the pass. We were on a ridge about 1-1 1/2 miles east of of the pass. Just after noon. I think I am going to contact Stryker and talk. He is one of us.
Dennis Faucher <drfaucher@verizon.net>
Bradford, Pa. USA - Monday, September 15, 2014 at 14:18:37 (MDT)
Little John, I grew up in Lewisburg just down Rte. 15. Do yoiu get your fresh veggies etc from the prison farm? Just kidding of course. Snapper 70-71
Jeff Sauers
USA - Monday, September 15, 2014 at 13:21:42 (MDT)
I am getting a late start to KOKOMO. There is plenty of space for tents, no problem. Anything that you could bring would be of help. See you there. THANKS Paul Boggs Pulling pitch
Paul Boggs
USA - Monday, September 15, 2014 at 09:08:02 (MDT)
Will be heading to Kokomo with Wed night arrival . Have tent will travel. Any space left? Bringing beer, rum ,coke. Can bring a&l sorts of vegetables, organic eggs, bacon. What would be appreciated or needed. Little John 70-71
Rick Benedict
Allenwood, Pa USA - Monday, September 15, 2014 at 08:37:30 (MDT)
Dennis Faucher: Rumors here & rumors there,he said,he sad that.Where was it that 915 got shot up?
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, September 15, 2014 at 08:01:33 (MDT)
Did a little research on 65-09915. WO1 Tom Stryker crashed the aircraft on 27 Jan 1970 near An Loc after engine failure while serving with C/227 Avn Bn, 1st Cav. It must have been repaired/rebuilt and finally ended up in 129th in May 1971. Regards, Snapper
Jeff Sauers
USA - Monday, September 15, 2014 at 05:51:30 (MDT)
Doing a little "net surfing" I found an article from BDN Maine that quotes Tom Stryker saying he crashed 65-09915 at An Loc on 20 Jan 1970. Our web site says it arrived in 129th in May 1971. It was probably rebuilt an then reassigned to 129th. Regards to all!
Jeff Sauers
Lake Norman, NC USA - Monday, September 15, 2014 at 05:46:11 (MDT)
It has been some time since I last posted. Alex good luck with your MRI and surgery. My Marine son Alex will be going out to Montrose for a visit and elk hunt with Dave Powers. Can't wait to see him and his family. I have a couple of mysteries to solve, and need d129th help. I have been having internet connection problems so I am going to do two separate listing so I don't waste time getting them out to you guys. The first involves 65-09915. A few years ago, Gary Woodward told me that it was located at the Cole Transportation Museum in Bangor, Maine. Recently one of my patients went on vacation up there and in passing I told her about 915 supposedly being there. Well, she actually went by and took pics and sent them to me. They had a guy by the name of Tom Stryker as having been a pilot of 915. I told her the full # and she actually checked with the museum manager that it was in fact our aircraft and that Stryker was down as the pilot. Now he may have flown 915 at some point before my tour possibly on one of Alex's 3 tours or back state side, but the last crew in RVN was Bob Guffey, David Stamper, Rick Heath and myself. Hopefully, he flew it at some point, but I have had 42 years of guilt and responsibility in the David's death and feel he should be listed. I have contacted the Museum myself and given this site. I told him he can find the aircraft listing and its last flight date as 4/72 and plenty of you know of David and of April 14, 1972. If any of you know who Stryker is let me know.
Dennis Faucher <drfaucher@verizon.net>
Bradford, PA USA - Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 13:36:13 (MDT)
Has been some time since I have logged on. Alex, good luck with your surgery. Will say a prayer for you. Will be In Montrose with Dave Powers in 5 weeks for our visit and elk hunt. My Marine son Alex will be going for his second trip. I have a two mysteries to solve. Here is the first. A few years ago Gary Woodward told me that 915 was located at a Museum in Maine called the Cole Transportation Museum. Recently one of my patients was going up there for vacation and I told her in passing that there was suppose to be a helicopter that I had flow on its last RVN mission. She actually went by the museum. I gave her the full # as 65-09915, which she confirmed. They had a guy named Tom Stryker as a pilot, which he may have been earlier in the 129th, or back in the states. But, Bob Guffey and I were the last pilots and David Stamper and Rick Heath were the final crew. Was Stryker in the 129th maybe earlier, possibly with Alex on one of his tours. I have contacted the museum and told the contact person about this site. I said that he could confirm the aircraft on our list of Hueys and the history of David Stamper and our flight on April 14, 1972. In doing all of this I GOOGLED "Huey 65-09915"., which is the other mystery. On the 4th listing the heading is "Crash of 426", which is Strother, Shaw, Hernandez and Sanchez. It is like a manuscript or book with news articles. It said that on the day that David died we were Chock 3, which is wrong We were Flt lead. That is really not important, just fact. The guy who wrote this was apparently there and involved in hooking 915 up to the Ch-47 and apparently carrying Dave to the Dustoff. My question is does anyone know who wrote this book or manuscript. I would like to see the whole thing. Any info that can help solve these two things is appreciated. Always a brother DLF.
Dennis Faucher <drfaucher@verizon.net>
Bradford, PA USA - Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 12:56:46 (MDT)
Hey safe travels to everyone. I also unable to make kokomo this year. I will be thinking of all just listen for the flute.
stickman
pembroke, gap USA - Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 12:42:36 (MDT)
Well the mri didn't do me any justice. In a few weeks I will have orthoscopic surgery on the left knee also, have a bone tumor on the bone which they will check to either try to remove or biopsy when they get in there.I got them to shot the leg up to kill the pain so far it doing a ok job. But, on the good side I will make it to Rainer's friday and Kokomo on Saturday. Then early sunday heading home so Liz can fly out for job. The drive is worth seeing everyone. Joe and Kristy can't make this year also. I guess were at that age when we start falling a part. Fred let us know how our little Aussie is doing. She is one in a million and has fought some tuff battles. She is a fighter and a wonderfull person. Were all pulling for her. You both are in our thoughts and prayers. Wrongway you both takecare of yourselves there is always another day. And, finally and important A Slow Hand Salute for our Fallen Brothers of 45 year ago. They are always with us. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 15:32:45 (MDT)
Here's wishing well and safe journey to all going to Kokomo. Miss Direction (Kathy) had her cast taken off yesterday and is now in a boot and starting to walk again. On Labor day I broke my right ankle. Kathy had a plate and 3 screws installed to fix her Left ankle. Not to be outdone they put a 5 inch plate with 6 short screws in my fibia and 2 what looks like deck screws into my tibia. So----we won't be making the trip to Kokomo this year and it really bums both of us out. With luck I will be put in a cast an Monday the 15th as have just a splint on now. All of our love to everyone. Wes
wrong way wes
USA - Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 11:54:25 (MDT)
A slow hand salute to our brothers of 45 years ago who died. Will aways be itched in my mind of that night.
John Sartor
USA - Friday, September 12, 2014 at 09:41:41 (MDT)
hello flight, slow hand salute to the men of 257. here is the url for my web page that is for the men we lost from the 129th. http://donald_6.tripod.com/129thmiakia1.htm I think it is the most complete list there is ........... if anyone knows of any one that is not on my list please let me know. thanks, Don Miller
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 19:03:10 (MDT)
morning flight, remember the day very well. slow hand solute. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven , fl USA - Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 08:38:19 (MDT)
45 years ago today the "257" hit the mountain. SLOW HAND SALUTE to Steven De Santis, Richard Sawran, Steven Hargrave, and Larry Jackson.............always a brother.....
Mark
USA - Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 08:35:07 (MDT)
Wow, Simon... that's a whole lot of poppies! Thanks for sharing. On SP4 Matteson, that was the first time I remember seeing his name anywhere, associated with the 129th. I knew he had probably not been forgotten.
Dave Powers
USA - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 15:08:24 (MDT)
Afternoon to you from the UK. We had a busy weekend in Northern Ireland displaying both 509 and the Loach. As with previous years we had the honour of doing the 'poppy' drop at the end of the commemoration service held to close the two day air show. Rob was flying with me in the back with two large plastic rubbish bins in the back full of the poppy petals. Follow the link to see an excellent photo of the drop in progress, https://www.flickr.com/photos/16701453@N08/15184740761/sizes/l and here is a video of it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvfBehkjT4o (We have SP4 Lynn Matteson on our list of KIA/MIA on the doors of 509). Hope you all have a good get together at Kokomo. Our thoughts to Sue/Fred, Alex and those under the weather at the moment, hope you get sorted soon.
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
Mellor, 509 County UK - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 09:14:03 (MDT)
Howdy Flight. I was surfing a little this afternoon, and I apparently came onto what I believe is a previously unknown (to me) KIA of the 129th. I went to the "Memory" page, and his name is not there. Maybe somebody here remembers him. Here is the data from Virtual Wall: Lynn Michael Matteson ON THE WALL: Panel W37 Line 76 PERSONAL DATA: Home of Record Hawthorne, CA Date of birth: 10/26/1949 This page Copyright© 1997-2013 www.VirtualWall.org MILITARY DATA: Service: Army of the United States Grade at loss: E4 Rank/Rate: Specialist Four ID No: 18844438 MOS/RATING: 67N20: UH-1 Helicopter Repairer Length Service: 01 Unit: 129TH AHC, 268TH AVN BN, 17TH AVN GROUP, 1ST AVIATION BDE, USARV CASUALTY DATA: Start Tour: 04/03/1968 Casualty Date: 12/09/1968 Age at Loss: 19 (based on date declared dead) Location: Binh Dinh Province, South Vietnam Remains: Body recovered Casualty Type: Non-hostile, died of illness or injury Casualty Reason: Ground casualty Casualty Detail: Burns
Dave Powers
USA - Tuesday, September 09, 2014 at 15:53:34 (MDT)
Here's the extended forcast (for what it's worth) for Kokomo. From Sept 15th thru 21st: the average high is 70-75 degrees. The average low is 47-53 degrees. There's a 10% chance of rain except for Thur night, which is a 60% chance. I'll try to keep you updated. Bring your "longjohns"...............I'm having back trouble again, so, I'm not sure if I can make it. If so, probably for a night or two. We'll see.................
Gale
USA - Tuesday, September 09, 2014 at 09:06:13 (MDT)
morning flight, hey whats the weather going to be like next week at kokomo. should I bring scuba gear or boat. heeeeeeeeeeee wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Tuesday, September 09, 2014 at 08:32:14 (MDT)
Gee Fred and Susan,let us k ow how it goes and will be praying for you both........
Mark
USA - Sunday, September 07, 2014 at 18:07:35 (MDT)
morning flight, fred doesn't it ever stop.let sue know that I'm thinking of her. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Sunday, September 07, 2014 at 09:32:37 (MDT)
Fred will be thinking about you guys as I know she has been through hell already. Again we all love both of you guys and it is hard knowing how much Cancer has taken from our brothers.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Saturday, September 06, 2014 at 19:33:46 (MDT)
Fred I would hope Susan would get break. She was a lot of encouragement to me when I was going through my prostrate biopsys. She is in our thought and prayer.
Alex Fernwalt. 901-487-0374
TN USA - Saturday, September 06, 2014 at 17:54:13 (MDT)
Alex.. Hope they find the cause and get you fixed up soon.. Fred.. What a bummer!!!.. I hope the have caught it soon and can get it fixed right away!!.. My thought and prayers are with wou... Take care...
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu@email.com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Saturday, September 06, 2014 at 15:52:54 (MDT)
going to doc Fridaywith Susan and Susan gets a biopsy to find out what type of Cancer has newly arrived in her system. This shit is getting old. she has been fighting one type or another for 12 years now. All deadly. We get to find out what new part they get to chop off.
alvis
USA - Saturday, September 06, 2014 at 13:45:54 (MDT)
Wink the little nijia has mercy on uncle Al. The doctor drained fluid from around my knee. He has me scheduled for a MRI next Thursday and will let know on Friday the results. Always A Brother !!!
Alex. Fernwalt
TN USA - Friday, September 05, 2014 at 11:47:34 (MDT)
Alex get better soon
Rick England
USA - Friday, September 05, 2014 at 07:43:19 (MDT)
morning flight, hey alex, are you telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth about your leg. I think the little guy kicked you in the leg while wrestling around an you are afraid to tell us how the little guy took you down. heeeeeeeeeeee. all kidding aside hope its nothing serious . wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Friday, September 05, 2014 at 07:34:26 (MDT)
If I any luck I should know it would be bad. Two weeks to Kokomo and injured my left leg. Can't walk at the moment. Going to the ortho clinic tomorrow and hope I just pulled muscle . But, serve pain from the knee. I got to get some relief so I can make Kokomo . Always A Brother. !!!
Alex Fernwalt
TN USA - Thursday, September 04, 2014 at 20:47:17 (MDT)
Thanks Ken.........always a brother.....
Mark
USA - Wednesday, September 03, 2014 at 20:47:18 (MDT)
Along with Mark I want folks to be happy instead of taking things so hard. It is not up to anyone to say who is welcome or not. No one or no years are not part of the family. Sorry that if I don't always post second hand info myself as I stay very confused. I also admit that sometimes I wonder why I am talking to different people about things going on instead of them talking to each other. My point lost is that getting two guys together in the middle of nowhere after years is a great feeling. Try to stay positive as many times things just happen.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Tuesday, September 02, 2014 at 19:03:27 (MDT)
Thanks Alex. All I'm saying is, what part of take it up with those involved , not in here, don't we understand?,........pretty simple........
Mark
USA - Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 18:55:59 (MDT)
Mark I guess I was trying to say same thing. This site is for everyone . Let us all keeping everything positive. These reunions are have good times. This site is for us to reunite with each other. Also, get the memory of 129th Brothers gave it all. Also , our Brother Whom left us since Vietnam . We have welcome Family and Friends looking for our Brothers whom knew their loved ones . Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt
TN USA - Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 17:49:52 (MDT)
Well crap that didn't all post. Just take it up with the parties Involved. That's what I was trying to say
mark
USA - Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 16:49:39 (MDT)
singleing these people out, you Fred brought their names up. And furthermore , àint no Ody at this house sitting back while other brothers get hurt or left out. Again I'm just saying take up your issues with the ones that are involved. I exspecailly don't like being called a hypocrite. Nobody is able to kick anybody off this site, even me. But one may choose on their own accord to make the mistake of leaving and refusing themselves the benefits of the site. It is, what one makes it to be. I all this with no anger towards anyone. I am just saying these problems need to be discussed among the parties involved. That's all. ..........
mark
USA - Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 16:46:32 (MDT)
Alvis: look everyone has issues with a person whom is hardly ever post on this Site . I can't fix the attitude of certain people. You and Gently must let it go . Everyone is part of the 129th Family . Don't let one person ruin the time you spend with us. Life is getting to short. I will drive from Collierville TN . To Kokomo for a few hours on Saturday just to The 129 th Family , We welcome everyone this site . I realize feeling we're hurt but be a bigger person and don't let those feelings keep you from our 129 th Family . Always a Brother!!'
Alex Fernwalt 901/487-0374
T N USA - Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 08:08:34 (MDT)
well, lets see. I reread the front page and cant see where it says "look the other way while someone is told they "arnt welcome"espically when they ARE a Nam vet and DID serve at Lane. People all poo pooed Paul when he ask about that instead of asking why he was told that at Kokomo. No one wants to look at the GeneraL unless its to kiss up.Decent people do NOT stand by and let brothers get hurt. Brotherhood? some folks need to look up the meaning. Same goes for healing.Paul AND Gently both have been dished, no one but me seems to notice and object. Anyone look up the word Hypocrite? jeeze. The main reason I am not going to kokomo is because I have heart test the wensday b4 that..cant get off that much time and for 0ne other reason. That's how I see it. Now, you gonna kick me off this page too, I mean, hell, I served with the 129th too, but guess that don't mean crap anymore.
alvis
USA - Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 07:06:37 (MDT)
Thanks so much Alex - can't wait to get to Komoko - Larry Davis says he has a copy machine and is bringing it with him, Thanks again Jack Newton
jack newton <sirizknewton@windstream.net>
hartley, ia USA - Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 18:43:09 (MDT)
Dog gonnit, and I mean dog gonnit.........if any of you have some beef with others on this web site TAKE IT UP WITH THAT PERSON. Don't air out your dirty laundry in here. Geeee wizzzzz...............READ "THE PURPOSE" of this site on the front page. Thanks.........
Mark
USA - Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 17:54:05 (MDT)
J.w. Good to see you post. Yes the time has pasted us by. You joined us in 1966. Will see you in Kokomo next year. Will be 50 years that the 129th became an operational unit . Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt. 901-487-0374
TNJ.W. USA - Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 14:14:33 (MDT)
Good luck on the pigs at the fair JW
Rick England
USA - Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 07:04:40 (MDT)
I left 129th and Viet Nam 47 years ago on July 25th. Today I retired from Weyerhaeuser and look to make more reunions. Next year I plan to make it to Kokomo. I can't this year due my best sows will be farrowing pigs for the springs shows.
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N.C. USA - Friday, August 29, 2014 at 18:50:28 (MDT)
Jack I already got you copies of the platoon patches. Hopefully Frenchie will bring the book with him . Al Bennett of the 117 th gave me the book. Always A Brother!!
Alex. Fernwalt. 901-487-0374 <afernwal@ comcast.net>
TN USA - Friday, August 29, 2014 at 18:14:23 (MDT)
Jack Newton my phone number is 217-440-6870 I would like you to call me please. Larry Davis
Larry Davis <cobraspock@yahoo.com>
Quincy , IL USA - Friday, August 29, 2014 at 15:51:37 (MDT)
a few of us were there in 72..google 509..they are looking for anyone that flew on her.
alvis
USA - Friday, August 29, 2014 at 14:53:03 (MDT)
any you folks with the 129th AHC 1972? I Was there, left, put it out of mind, 42 years later, I would like to know how my brothers in arms have fared over the years.
Michael Rice <mrice@eurecat.com>
USA - Friday, August 29, 2014 at 13:58:19 (MDT)
1 - thanks Alex - I'll be there who has a copy machine? 2 - Larry Davis - You want me to call you - you left no phone number and you are not on the contact list
jack newton <sirizknewton@windstream>
hartley, ia USA - Friday, August 29, 2014 at 11:57:50 (MDT)
to bad it wasn't posted here before hand so some one else might be able to attend.. my truck actually drives. So does gentlys car.Another good job of sharing info. That's whats being talked about, not the service.Tom deserves to be honered.Hell, I may have flown with him, I cant remember but I WAS there AT the time they were.
alvis
USA - Friday, August 29, 2014 at 08:39:29 (MDT)
Should arrive early Thursday afternoon, bringing another couple with us this time. No matter how much it has been denigrated here on this page, the Jim, Bruno, Bernie, and Shaw family honor flight at Sheboygan, was a very moving event. Tom Shaw's wife, at the time, brother, and other members of the Shaw family, and the two crewmembers that survived the crash Bruno Sanchez, and Bernie Hernandez, served as crew chief and gunner, and Jim Crigler, Tom Shaws roommate was co-pilot. Jim also escorted Tom's body back. Great flight.
Ted Buisker <tedbuisker@gmail.com>
Davis, IL. USA - Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 21:01:54 (MDT)
I'm sorry .Thanks Alvis.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX - Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 08:35:58 (MDT)
morning flight, yea gale i'll be bring 3 cases of bud an 3 cases of pepsi to start. is there anything else I can bring. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 08:17:44 (MDT)
Bruno, she wasn't referring to you ,nor Bernie.I believe she was referring to the general.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 21:07:29 (MDT)
Gently, No accolades, just to honor Lt Tom Shaw & his family.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX 78046 - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 08:45:19 (MDT)
Wink sounds good to me. Guess I spent about three hours on my phone last night than went to bed racking on old memories. Really messed me up talking about 1972 and than 1983. By than my unit was lacking in pilots from Nam but guessed most stayed away from flying BlackHawks.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 07:32:32 (MDT)
Wink, if you are bringing beer....you're welcome. Besides that, you are always stirring up something! lol
gale
USA - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 12:54:44 (MDT)
Frenchie could you bring my book with the 129th patches in it. I think it the 117th and the 129th in it. Jack Newton wants to see it. Pack it with all your meds. That way you won't forget it. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
TN USA - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 12:53:29 (MDT)
ken i'll pick you up around 10 a.m. on the 16th. wink
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 08:52:18 (MDT)
morning flight, thanks jhon for the birthday wishes. who would figure, making it passed 40. see you all in kokomo,if im welcomed after stirring that hornets nest about the wed site. wink 3/69=10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 08:47:09 (MDT)
Ken we have a camper trailer we rented for my spot. Its coming on Monday or tues.???
Rick England
USA - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 06:20:58 (MDT)
Greetings to all. Need some help with a web site I can't remember. My son is looking for a patch from his USAF unit he was in back in early 90s. What is the web site that has all the patches? Thanks and ya'll have a great time at Kokomo. Snapper 70-71.
Jeff Sauers
USA - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 04:00:30 (MDT)
Hi Everyone, Hoping that this link for the TV coverage comes thru for you: http://www.wbay.com/story/26358253/2014/08/24/helicopter-ride-honors-fallen-fond-du-lac-soldier If it does not work just copy and past into your browser. The Honor flight was pretty awesome thanks to Ron Paye 129th Guns and Huey 369 folks. Also because Bruno and Bernie took the time to be there as well. The Shaw family really appreciated it. I will be at Kokomo on Friday 19th and Saturday Morning 20th. Looking forward to seeing some old friends. Jim Crigler
Jim Crigler <jimc@mrwinona.com>
Winona, MN USA - Monday, August 25, 2014 at 15:30:58 (MDT)
Happy Birthday Wink....
John Sartor
USA - Monday, August 25, 2014 at 15:23:04 (MDT)
Thanks Rick.. Gail, heard Mark is bringing a tent but if we use the space you guys have Paul still has another big tent that several could sleep in like old times. Might need cots and sleeping bags but would beat sleeping in a vehicle. Still trying to figure out what to do with Joey as he left mine in CO when he came back here.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Monday, August 25, 2014 at 09:06:17 (MDT)
Ken Tommy Joe and Frank Will be there also
Rick England
USA - Monday, August 25, 2014 at 05:40:44 (MDT)
Just a few words to say hello to all my 129th brothers. seems like just yesterday but it has been over 42 years. some memory's are good some not so good. but will always thank the Lord for the friends I served with in the 129th. God Bless!
donnie purvis <donnie1_purvis@yahoo.com>
Lexngton, nc USA - Monday, August 25, 2014 at 03:34:06 (MDT)
Will here Friday morning and go to Rainer's
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@ comcast. net>
TN USA - Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 13:46:01 (MDT)
Gale, talked to Paul today and we are trying to get an idea of who we need a place to sleep. So one thing is having a bigger tent means some could sleep in there. Wrong Way & Larry Davis are still coming. Jack Newton has a spot next to Larry and Ron Paye got another place. Frenchie, Rick , Bill, etc are supposed to be there. Have not talked to Ted yet after they came down here this winter. Like I said Paul & I are trying to get a better idea and we will or are planning to talk again next weekend. I also have "Wink" & "Stick" on my list.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 12:01:21 (MDT)
Fred please back up a minute as we don't even know how many folks were with the unit or who all is in touch with folks. We still have people show up at Kokomo out of the blue that may not have been anywhere before. Like meeting a guy at Pete's wedding that I had not heard of in all these years gone by, so maybe he will show up now. As with last time I didn't know anything about what is going on in WI even though I am trying to stay in touch with guys like Tom's brother or Jim Crigler who is on my short list to call. I am setting here in Florida now wanting to get with guys in Tampa & Gainsville for crying out load. Still just like going to Indy before when I do I find myself going to the VA at the last minute instead of planning things. Lets just try to get to Kokomo as we are family!
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 11:51:44 (MDT)
Paul & others, are we gonna try to have some sort of headcount for Kokomo? It might be nice to have an idea........
Gale
USA - Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 10:58:53 (MDT)
Paul....not sure,but,I doubt it. I'll be lucky to get there myself this year and I don't how early I'll get there. You reckon anyone's tired of Taco Soup......I'll probably make a batch of that again.
Gale
USA - Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 10:55:06 (MDT)
GALE---Are you bringing the Shasta camper and the old Ford to KOKOMO?--PAUL
Paul Boggs
USA - Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 09:26:24 (MDT)
Does that surprise you Gently? There are three of us now that wont go to kokomo.
alvis
USA - Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 05:48:46 (MDT)
32nd Annual Kokomo Vietnam Veterans Reunion Date & Time: September 18-21, 2014 Location: Howard County Vietnam Organization, 8313 E. 400 S., Greentown, IN 46936 Information: 765-628-0297 or email to sveterans@aol.com On site camping available but, goes fast; several motels located in Kokomo,IN are available and the reunion offers free shuttle service to the motels.
Gale
USA - Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 19:20:00 (MDT)
Will be great to see ya Lee..............
Mark
USA - Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 17:33:15 (MDT)
Trust not try
Mark
USA - Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 17:32:23 (MDT)
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Mark
USA - Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 17:31:51 (MDT)
Hey Mr. John Marcus,I never did try a guy with 2 first names. Go cast a spell on yourself
Mark
USA - Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 17:31:17 (MDT)
46 years ago today, Jim Snyder and I were released from Lane Army Airfield by capt. Marshall XO. Hope to see everyone at Kokomo. Clear lt. C.E. Wood
lee Wood <cwood741@gmail.com>
USA - Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 08:42:14 (MDT)
I'll be at Kokomo, but, I'm not yet sure what day.
Gale 67-68
USA - Friday, August 22, 2014 at 13:53:19 (MDT)
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USA - Friday, August 22, 2014 at 00:19:57 (MDT)
Bernie and Bruno,you guys should try and make Kokomo.......always a brother.....
Mark
USA - Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 21:39:03 (MDT)
Wrong date...same sentiment. L-G
Gently
USA - Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 17:36:55 (MDT)
Bruno and Bernie, I just found out that you are going to be in WI this weekend for a tribute to Tom Shaw. I already have plans for the weekend and won't be able to touch base with you. So sorry, but I had I known earlier I would certainly have been there. Guess some people don't want to share this info, wanting to make accolades for themselves rather than sharing in the honoring one of our Fallen. That's between them and God now. Some others from WI I'm sure would have made the event also. Just a little upset. L-G
Gently
USA - Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 14:29:44 (MDT)
After talking to Bill it looks like Whitie (sp?)is going to bring a camper, he's going to come up Monday and needs to use Bill's spot. If that works out. Looks like the shed will be in full operation. Bill Rick and, I are coming in Tuesday. thinking of things to bring, lift off its coming soon. Frenchie.
Frenchie
USA - Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 09:54:58 (MDT)
morning flight,not to worry alex, this is my look for quit some time.mark that tent that brought up with two years ago should I bring it up tyhis year. see you all in kokomo wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 08:56:03 (MDT)
Yeah, Kokomo!!!!!!!!.........hey gang,had Pete Rhome call me the other night and ask me to ask you guys that if any of you may have been at Kokomo the other year when he was there with his now deceased wife, Brianna. He does not have any photos of both of them together. Lots of just her because he was taking the photo. if you could can you check your albums and see if any of you guys have any photos of them together. Pete will be at Kokomo so if you have some bring them with you.........love to all.....
Mark
USA - Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 20:22:52 (MDT)
Kokomo is getting close . Will be glad to see everyone. Hope for a good group. Barry don't let your hair grow out. I just have to remember to wear a hat when the sun is out . Burns to easy up there . All have a great day. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt
TN USA - Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 14:43:19 (MDT)
Kokomo recap for anyone who may want to show up. Sponsored by Howard County Vietnam Veterans Organization, at Veterans Park, 8 miles east of highway US 31, Kokomo Indiana on State Road 26! Open to the public. Main days are the 18th - 21st of Sept but we get there early for those who want to camp out. Rick, French said he was going to call Bill for me.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 08:58:45 (MDT)
Ken Bill talked to Whitey on the phone ck with him. Flight if you get a chance look at my FB. Exciting day yesterday.
Rick England
USA - Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 08:16:34 (MDT)
Guess that bridge was a pilot thing because I was along for the ride one time and never knew about the crash till a few years ago on here. Anyway getting ready for Kokomo with a few questions about who will need spots to stay? Bill French is checking on Whity's status. Also Paul Boggs has the new tents which could also allow people to sleep in them instead of their vehicles this year. I always hate the idea of planning but here I go again. Does anyone else need a place out there to camp?
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 10:51:43 (MDT)
Thank you John! You know how Family always cares. L-G
Gently
USA - Monday, August 18, 2014 at 19:50:12 (MDT)
Alex, yes it was real bad judgement. I had my pilot ask if we where gutsy enough to fly under a bridge... As crew chef, I said No Way and we didn't. But I replied to ROGER CRANDELL'S request from Gentry asking about his cousins death on a/c 371. You know that accident was the talk within the company. I arrived just 2 weeks after the accident. I had the chance to fly over the bridge a few times and spotted the remains of the accident. I remembered the day the crew chef on 371 came back. I heard he didn't want to fly anymore. Something about him being scared of another accident. May god be with him..
John Sartor <johnsartor@yahoo.com>
Oceanside, CA USA - Monday, August 18, 2014 at 10:00:09 (MDT)
John I read the report also. The other aircraft Pilot warned about trying to fly under the bridge. It sounds like bad judgement. 1967 at Fort Carson a gunner with us in 1965-1966 Roger Steele was the only one to die when the pilot decided to fly under the power lines. The aircraft caught the power lines. It crashed and rolled to the right side crushing Roger whom died a few days later from his injuries. I think in both accidents it was bad judgement .Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt
TN USA - Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 06:56:11 (MDT)
After reading the accident report about Aircraft 371. It seems that the pilot wanted to fly under a bridge. While attempting the flight, the aircraft hit the bridge and the pilot and gunner died. The Crew Chief later came back to the 129th.
John Sartor
USA - Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 10:45:49 (MDT)
I don't get here often, too busy, thought I was retired, looking forward to seeing everyone at Kokomo. Will be spending a lot of time helping with the hueys.
Ted Buisker <tedbuisker@gmail.com>
Davis, il USA - Friday, August 15, 2014 at 11:35:21 (MDT)
Got this email today: Judith, I noticed your name on John Benders Memorial web page. I would like to ask if you about John Bender and Larry Stoner. Larry is my Cousin. He and John died in a helicopter crash in Vietnam in 1969. Do you know any of the details concerning the crash? Thanks, Roger Crandell New Mexico, 505-500-5447
Gently
USA - Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 16:50:38 (MDT)
My Brother lives on Oahu and they missed it all. Hit just the big island of Hilo. Always a Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt < afernwal@comcast.com>
TN USA - Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 14:33:53 (MDT)
Looking @ yesterdays new reels about the storms & flooding out east-the flooding was worst than the storms that hit Hawaii.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 10:03:13 (MDT)
HI have missed getting the Christmas tree cards & my new address is 333 costly rd. lagrange GA. 30241.
Art
USA - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 10:28:03 (MDT)
HI the 129th was my third time in nam & I like to come here to see what going on & I don't say much for I put my mouth in gear be for my head & I pushing 70 now. I just like to say this the GOD put two out standing LADIES in my life he took Glenda home with him & then put Sandra in my life. I HOPE THIS PLACE GO ON EVEN AFTER WE ARE WITH GOD & thank MARK.
Art
USA - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 10:06:18 (MDT)
Animal, the storms can't be as bad (or as fun) as Phan Rang...
Dave Powers
USA - Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 13:24:52 (MDT)
Jack: Frenchie has the book that all the patches in.I found one sheet with our patches But, no 3rd flight platoon. The 1st flight platoon had 2 patches the oval yellow with the black slick the other was snoopy sitting on the top of a red dog house which had seven bulletholes wearing red scarf dark blue helmet holding a black machine gun. 2nd platoon had 2 patches and the gun platoon also had two patches both had the cobra but, the first one has Falstaf centered on the bottom of the patch. Then 3 company patches 1 129th avaition company the dog looked more like a wolf then the 2 129th assualt bite and strike . I don't know what was all in the book Frenchie has. There was also a square patch that had a bulldog with a hat and a 129th avn. co. commo section. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Monday, August 11, 2014 at 10:48:11 (MDT)
Hey Alex (and you OLD timers) from 1966 era - reading history of 129 - on 11 Dec 1966 the 129 established a 3rd flight platoon called "The Third Herd". Do any of you have a pocket patch or can draw a diagram with the 3rd Herd on it? What became of the 3rd Platoon? Also noticed that the 1st flt pltn has two pocket patches. One triangle shape with "Lou" on bottom. Is that from when 129 was at Lane? The other 1st pltn patch is egg shape with "High Sky Rider" Am assuming that is from when 129 was under the 10th Avn Bn soon after arriving in RVN because the 10th was "Soldiers of the Sky" Vietnam Vagavons). Also is the 2nd Pltn patch with "Bud the Stud" from when 129 was at Lane or from time it was under the 10th? Would love to hear the stories of how the names Lou & Bud came to be on the flight pltn patches. Anybody out there have a patch with 433rd Med Det (it was asgn to 268 when 129 went under their command)or 296th Signal? I'm positive 296 was incorporated into the Service Pltn when 394th was swallowed up by 129. 296 Sig & 433 Med were atached to 129 stateside along with 394th Trans and came over to RVN with the 129th. Also anyone out there by chance have a 10th Avn Bn "Soldiers of the Sky" Patch, a 12 Avn Group "Black Jack" patch, a 268th Cmbt Avn "Black Lighting" patch, a 17th Avn Group ""Freedoms Eagles" patch. Trying to get one of each so I can get the Patch/Pin guy to make some up. I have one for 394th Trans because I was in it. I also have one of "Snow Snake" the maint recovery bird Any help- - - - Thanks Jack Newton
jack Newton <sirizknewton@windstream.net>
Hartley, IA USA - Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 12:10:44 (MDT)
Glad to see all the commo. And can't wait to see everyone in Kokomo. Be invited to stay with my long time friend and 129th Brother Rainer and wonderful wife Dee. Rainer is taking his son to Peru to fly on the Huey's this weekend. This fall will mark 49 years ago that we joined the 129 th Avation Company in Vietnam. See everyone in about 6 weeks. Always A Brother !!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Saturday, August 09, 2014 at 07:13:33 (MDT)
MARK; just scrolled down, the page and I want to thankyou for keeping this site, and thank everyone who has helped me out in the last year-n-half.as this is my first computer, and did not know anything, about, how to get to other page's,like lane field , etc. and with that said its helped me a lot with my ptsd, and my a.o. condition. looks like I will meet some of you a last at kokomo this year. no m.c. crashes this year ! proud as hell to have served with the 129th, I have stickers ,and patches, that I ordered from the uk, that I will be giving out, first come as long as they last ! always a brother .
kenneth swanson <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
knappa, USA - Friday, August 08, 2014 at 22:54:19 (MDT)
I will check in on the shipping Mark
Rick England
USA - Friday, August 08, 2014 at 06:08:46 (MDT)
Hey Greg (Animal), hope you are hunkered down out there in the Pacific. Looks like ya got a few breezes headed your way. Take care and let us know you are safe. Always a brother...........Mark
Mark Jackson
USA - Thursday, August 07, 2014 at 12:11:46 (MDT)
Hey rick I'll take those stretchers . I don't know can you UPS th to me. I'll pY the shipping.
Mark
USA - Wednesday, August 06, 2014 at 21:31:28 (MDT)
It looking for Kokomo leave Friday 19th and leave early on Sunday Morning coming back .Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt
TN USA - Wednesday, August 06, 2014 at 19:26:48 (MDT)
morning flight, wes cant you two stay out of trouble dam heeeeeeeeeeeee. my best to Kathy an a fast recovery. you two still going to kokomo, hope so. as usually I'll bring three cases of beer up with me to kokomo do you guys want bud or yingling,spelling not right, but you guys know what I mean. ken i'll get in touch with you in earily sept. about when i'll pick you up. see you all at kokomo. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Tuesday, August 05, 2014 at 08:25:04 (MDT)
Doc and Kathy, my prayers are going out for you... sheesh, that sounds painful!!! Speedy recovery.
Dave Powers
USA - Monday, August 04, 2014 at 16:39:03 (MDT)
Wes, my best wishes to Kathy.. That sounds like a pretty bad break and I hope she fully recovers soon.. Sounds like it could be a long recovery.. Take care Brother.. L8r.. Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu@email.com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Monday, August 04, 2014 at 16:27:44 (MDT)
Wes hope Kathy gets well soon. Lisa Mark is the one who takes care of our site but honestly you are now Our Sister along with the other wives of guys no matter when we were there. Today I know that we all care for each other and the families. The idea to take time to remember those we lost during your wedding did bring tears to a few eyes in the house. Still like the extended families like Mark or Kevin Shaw who lost brothers. This is a place to heal the pain, find piece and care about each other. Sorry that we have already had so many lost in the past few years.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Monday, August 04, 2014 at 13:08:33 (MDT)
Mark I have 1 or 2 stretchers for carrying wia or kias. They need material and they are the folding kind we used in the ships. I was wondering how to get them to you if you want them? I am fling to kokomo. What do you think?
Rick England
USA - Monday, August 04, 2014 at 08:17:33 (MDT)
Hi gang. Still read but don't post often. Kathy had a fall off of a retaining wall. She broke both bones of her left leg just above the ankle. On the 30th of July the surgeon placed 3 screws and a plate in the bones. She is doing well. On August 13 they will be putting on the cast.
Wes Griffith <Bullet2013@outlook.com>
Clatskanie, OR USA - Sunday, August 03, 2014 at 11:19:47 (MDT)
Sorry Gale, I won't be able to make it to Kokomo, Ind this year. Each year I find it harder to get around and I don't think I will ever get to come back to Kokomo. Now if a get together happens in/or around Southern California then possibility of me making that...
John C Sartor Sr
USA - Saturday, August 02, 2014 at 19:38:06 (MDT)
Don't get yourself upset John....nobody's going anywhere! This site is the 129th AHC (and associates) family site and it will be here for a long time to come. We fuss a little and we've had some pretty bad flare-ups, but, we're all brothers and it gets back to "normal"! How's Kokomo looking for you John?
Gale
USA - Saturday, August 02, 2014 at 11:23:07 (MDT)
I'm sorry for blowing off steam like an Old Man but, It upset me when one person said to dismantle the web site and another talking about going to Facebook. As one that knew Larry I don't think he would turn his back on his brothers.
John Sartor
USA - Saturday, August 02, 2014 at 07:27:49 (MDT)
What the hell is going on? I'm not leaving this web site.. This site was made for Larry and to get his company, 129th AHC to reunite. I'm with you Mark.
John Sartor
USA - Friday, August 01, 2014 at 10:52:23 (MDT)
Alex....I have to admit that I am still bawling over here after reading your post. Pete and I have been at the ranch since the wedding we were scrolling down and reading the new posts. I came across yours and couldn't finish reading it due to getting so choked up. It took me about 15 minutes to be able to clear my eyes and finish reading it. Thank you so much for considering me a sister, and also calling me Mrs. Nolen...it was the most special post that I have ever read. When we got home from the ranch, the photographer had sent a copy of the memorial service. My e-mail address is lisaknolen@icloud.com. I am making copies of the memorial service for anyone that would like one, but I am also trying to find out if there is a way that I can post it directly to the 129th webpage.
Lisa Nolen <lisaknolen@icloud.com>
San Angelo, Tx USA - Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 21:51:51 (MDT)
Alex, yes I did get the info and thanks. I've written it down to take with me.
Gale
USA - Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 21:35:19 (MDT)
To Mark Jackson or Ken Strong, How, (or who from), do I get permission to put the video from the 129th Memorial that we held in Monroe, La on the 129th Home page? The memorial was so moving that Pete and I want to share the video of it with everyone that would like to watch it. I will also be making copies of it, but if we could put it out where everyone has access to it, it would sure be a blessing to us and, more importantly, to the Brothers of the 129th.
Lisa Nolen <lisaknolen@icloud.com>
San Angelo, Tx USA - Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 21:15:55 (MDT)
Amen, Brothers Alex, Mark and Gary! Enjoy the new home, Gary... I'm personally in the middle of a bathroom tile project! Not a new home, but it will "seem" new;)
Dave Powers
USA - Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 14:48:59 (MDT)
Gary glad you got the house for the wife and yourself. Long live the Home of 129 th. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt
TN USA - Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10:23:54 (MDT)
Hello fellow Bite & Strikers... I too feel that this is the only true home of the 129th. I don't post much but do check the posts at least once a day. I am not a big fan of FB even though I do have an account there. I was getting so much stuff from them about Lane that didn't interest me that I have stopped them from sending me their email announcements. I must say though, "to each his own" and "do your own thing". I also want to thank Mark for hosting this site and bringing us all together. I know it has been a very important part of my life. Take care Brothers.. L8r.. Kal - '68
Kal Bergstrom
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 17:00:49 (MDT)
morning flight, oops looks like I stured a hornet nest. mark that's just what I intended. I would never want to see this site closed down, but sometimes it seem like it, for example all the pictures from the reunion, kokomo,etc are posted on facebook an no longer posted on our site, I miss that.some will say ,well go to face book if you want to see the pictures. in my case I have a hard time navigating face book, and most times I can not get to the face book site which frustrate me to a point where im ready to put my fist through a wall, so I don't bother going on face book. mark I posted what I posted to see what kind of response I would get,an got the response I was hopping for. sorry if I upseat anyone wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 09:36:31 (MDT)
I don't want to see 129th site go. It help when Mark first put on and also helped me with getting my Disability using the history and ships. This is home. Flight be careful out there
Rick England
USA - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 05:50:39 (MDT)
Guess there are folks out there. I try to check this site as much as I can thanks to Mark. Still feel it should be the main place to go for what is going on with the unit and I don't think we are missing folks on the other sites. I even try to check in on the Military.com 129th page but again I am connected to every unit I served with on there. Anyway I was just stirring the pot to see if anyone was paying attention.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 19:19:07 (MDT)
---Just my 2 cents ---I'll keep checking here even though I rarely post ----faceplate got to be a pain so I dropped them ----I'm not concerned with all my daily life details being saved forever to float around the internet. I know who my 129th brothers are--All of you. ---PS --for the gossip column ---After my time in the hospital I decided to finally buy the wife a new house while I still could. Closing escrow Thursday ---email etc still the same---Later, snoopy 71-72
Gary Woodward
Eads, Tn USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 17:21:35 (MDT)
Wink..... if the site is no longer needed why are you posting in here. As Bruno said, Read the true reason why this site was started. I'll always be here.......always a brother.....
Mark
USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 13:16:03 (MDT)
This site will NEVER EVER, NEVER be dismantled!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love to all..............always a brother..................
Mark
USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 13:10:47 (MDT)
Please read "Purpose" and you'll know what this site is for. I believe that some "unintentionally" may strayed from this web site. This is the site that I used to located Bernie and the rest. So guys, don't forget what this site is for.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 09:24:38 (MDT)
Guess I'm just an old "technophobe"... I know I miss a lot of pictures some have posted, as well as some chatter, but I just don't think everyone needs to know everything I'm doing all the time ;). Nor do I always need to know what everyone else is up to. Some have remarked that "Facebooking" can even be an unhealthy thing (heh, heh)!
Dave Powers
Montrose, CO USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 07:47:48 (MDT)
Gale did you see my post about places to see and do in Nashville.
Alex Fernwalt
TN USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 06:36:21 (MDT)
Yes Dave you never know what might creep up from the past from Facebook or My Life. My sister told me it's good for keeping up with family and friends. Most of the picture of me on her page she got off the internet. That's scarery . These were 129 th reunion pictures someone posted on the internet . I'm not knocking these sites. But, if put 129th AHC on Google or Yahoo it has choices and one of those is Home Of The 129thAHC then you find this site . We're all in our 60-70's now. All the Facebook sites could a comment that says The main site can be reached at WWW. Home of The 129th AHC these way we can keep new Brothers informed. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt
TN USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 06:32:40 (MDT)
I still check this site every day!
Gale
USA - Monday, July 28, 2014 at 19:24:05 (MDT)
Howdy Flight! I have been offering up pretty stiff resistance to Defacebook, and am winning so far. Like you said, Alex I have family who are on it, but I just can't bring myself to jump into it for several reasons. It's a surprise when someone comes up to you and tells you something they've learned about you on Facebook, especially when I've never been on it! Kinda creeps me out (heh, heh). I guess that leaves me right here. I don't post all the time, but read a lot to try to keep up.
Dave Powers
USA - Monday, July 28, 2014 at 15:57:48 (MDT)
Well for one This is the only 129th site. If people are looking for the 129th. They find this site. I for one isn't interested in Facebook and some these other sites. It might be easier to post pictures. But,how much of your personal information you or facebook putting out there. It boils down to alot of personal 129th sites. If a person from 1966 finds a facebook 129th it may belong to someone from 1972. That person doesnt know anyone from that era. He wouldn't know anyone in the pictures No personnel rostes etc. so he will try another site or give up. Don't get me wrong I have family members on Facebook. But, it brought pictures of the reunion I attended went my sister put my name in. the big surprise for me when my sister found my kindengarden picture on line. What I'm getting at is how many new 129th people have we found on Facebook. On this site it's for 1965 through 72 or 73 when the 129th left Vietnam. Were all 129th. My first tour it very hard finding the Brothers unless you stayed in touch after Vietnam. But, I have been here since Mark got the site up and running. We used to go to Bunker Hill Chat line on the VHFCN website. But,I will continue check in until I can't type any longer or meet the higher power. If it wasn't for this web page most of us wouldn't have made the connections of our Brothers we served with. The gallery with the faces of our Brothers that have passed away since our tours. And, the Families and Friends hoping to find someone that served with their Father,Brother or maybe an Uncle. Yes, this is our beginning. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt
TN USA - Monday, July 28, 2014 at 15:45:12 (MDT)
This site will always be the CENTRAL Hub for all of the other sites. Yes you can do additional things on the Facebook sites. We will always need this central meeting place. Dennis Class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Monday, July 28, 2014 at 13:43:56 (MDT)
morning flight. ken, I don't think a roll call will do any good. ever since facebook appeared , less an less of us have been posting on our site. its like when our huey was replaced by the blackhawks, the hueys were no longer needed by the army. and that's what has happen to our wed site. just about everyone is now posting on facebook rather then our site. I tkink its time to dismantle the site. just like the huey and Blackhawk, the wed site is no longer needed.ITS A SHAME. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Monday, July 28, 2014 at 09:01:57 (MDT)
OK it must be Summer Time! Do we need a roll call on here or what? Love you all as I get ready for another hot day here in Florida taking care of our critters. I woke up dreaming about Hueys in a bone yard. I remember when our last one left Ft Benning thinking I may never fly on one again. The Blackhawk was just not the same! Now we have our guys flying again and touching our past. I never thought I would see a 129th guy get married in one for sure. Now lets get ready for Kokomo!
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Monday, July 28, 2014 at 07:47:58 (MDT)
Almost a week has gone by since the wedding of Pete and Lisa. It was a wedding like no other. Saturday started out with a very touching salute and mermorial to our fallen Brothers of the 129th Wink and Mark were two of the speakers. Then,Pete and Lisa boarded Huey 369 along with Pete Rhome and a few others and Ron Paye and Raymond Colles at the controls it was a 10 minute flight. Then back in the Shriner's hall and Pete and Lisa exchanged the vows to each other. Also, rides for anyone whom wanted to go. Wink and me with a little boy between us. He was a little nervous but, came through it like a real trooper. Then, John needed a few more for the next flight. So, here Wink and myself go again. But, to keep us straight John got Ken to sit between us. Ron Paye at the controls you guessed it. He forgot there were others besides these 3 old 129th crewcief and gunners. And, aways we went on a real ride. Thought I was 19 again. It was a honor to attend this special occasion that Pete and Lisa put together. A lot thought,planning work went to pull off this special day. Now we have another member to the 129th Family Welcome Lisa Nolen. Now it time to be looking forward to Kokomo.Ken,Paul Rick have been working hard to get lots for the 129th. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
TN USA - Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 12:45:34 (MDT)
Made it home after the most awesome weekend in a long time. Pete and Lisa thanks for sharing with us ole crewchiefs my heart is overflowing with joy. Thank you. Stickman always got a tune for my brothers and sisters you call I play. Love you all
James A. Oliver
pembroke, ga USA - Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 20:50:22 (MDT)
Thanks Lisa, "Stickman" left on his way home. Heard back from Kokomo that Ron Paye lost site 438W and they gave him 418W. Also please guys start posting more on here if only to let us know you are still alive. Yes we have other sites on line but so many don't use them and as I found out over the weekend some don't check in for months at a time. None of us can bitch that no one let us know something if you never get on here. Love to All my Brothers.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 10:42:30 (MDT)
So enjoyed having you there Ken, and all the brothers from the 129th. Everyone was so wonderful, and I sure enjoyed Stickman's flute music! You looked just fine Ken...just so pleased that y'all came to share our day with Pete and I, as well as the memorial.
Lisa Nolen <Lisaknolen@icloud.com>
San Angelo, Tx USA - Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 10:22:00 (MDT)
Lisa I am still coming in from your wedding trying to get my feet back on the ground. Thank You so much for letting us old 129th guys be there for you special day and making it special for those we lost in the Unit. I know you & your Brides Maids worked very hard to pull this off for everyone who made it. Guess I should have gotten in line for a shave & haircut, LOL..
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 08:04:07 (MDT)
Pete and I would like to thank all of the 129th brothers that attended the memorial service Saturday morning. IWe would like to extend a special thanks to Reverend Joe Connors and the 4 speakers, Wink, Tom Robertson, Jim Stone (Stony), and Mark Jackson for presiding over, and speaking in remembrance of our fallen. When it ended and the DJ played taps, there was not a dry eye in the building. We asked Sapper, (Claude Norman), to video the event for future viewing We hope to make multiple copies, and get them to Mark before Kokomo. Thanks once again for being there for our special day!!!
Lisa and Pete Nolen <Lisaknolen@icloud.com>
San Angelo, Tx USA - Monday, July 21, 2014 at 13:03:36 (MDT)
afternoon flight, made it home after dropping off ken and stickman at 4 in the morning, wow what a wedding yee who couldn't make it missed a great wedding, but you all were in our thoughts wishing you could of made it. see you all in kokomo. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Monday, July 21, 2014 at 12:10:51 (MDT)
Home from the wedding. What an awesome day and a privilege to be a part of. I didn't stay long enough for a Huey ride. Had a 3:30 flight out. Caught all connecting flights and walked in the door round midnight. ......live to all.......always a brother ............
Mark
USA - Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 15:01:21 (MDT)
The 129th was well represented at Pete's wedding. Prior to the wedding there was a Memorial service for our KIA 'S. Mark and Wink was a few of the speakers. 369 Huey was flown in. 129 th Ron Paye and Paul Boggs along with the 369 Family. Pete Nolan and the Bride and some Of the wedding party was taken on a 10 minute flight. Over all everyone had great time . Also there was rides on. 369. Our Rom Paye at the controls. He gave me and Wink and Ken a real ride low high everything in between felt like I was 19 again. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt. 901-487-0374
TN USA - Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 07:51:22 (MDT)
Heading out at 6am for Pete 's wedding. Should get to Monroe around noon. But ,a lot of rain pushing through the area. Hope Ron and the group don't run into the storms. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 18:09:47 (MDT)
Pullin' pitch at 0620 in the morning for Petes wedding. Be in Monroe round 1200. See ya!!!!.........always a brother.................
Mark
USA - Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 14:23:34 (MDT)
"Stickman" made it to my place this AM, So just waiting to have Wink pick us up Thursday.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 13:44:44 (MDT)
"Stickman" made it to my place this AM, So just waiting to have Wink pick us up Thursday.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 13:44:29 (MDT)
Thanks for the info Paul. I'm staying at the Hilton Garden Inn exit 113. See you all Friday. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt
TN USA - Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 10:04:16 (MDT)
Alex and those coming to Pete's wedding---Everything will be at the Barack Shriners Temple Field (6620 Frontage Rd). The main motel is the Days Inn (5650 Frontage Rd). These are located at exit 120 of Interstate 20. When you get off the interstate, look for the Sam's Club. They are on that road. AND the airport is right across the interstate. For more info refer to Mark's posting of April 10,2014. See you there. Paul
Paul Boggs
USA - Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 07:08:15 (MDT)
Mark I will my 129th flag. Where are we all meeting once we get there? I will be staying at the Hilton Garden Inn exit 113. Will leave at 6 Friday morning. Should make it in about 1pm. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt. 901-487-0374
TN USA - Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 05:17:41 (MDT)
Oh, so it is you that took my seat in the 369 Paul ;-)). I ask Jonny if I could cop a ride down and he said she was full already. I'll be flying in on a fix winged Friday morning. See ya then............always a brother..........................Mark
Mark
USA - Monday, July 14, 2014 at 18:26:49 (MDT)
Paul will be looking forward to seeing you and Ron . Didn't know the flight route came anywhere near Memphis Tn. Had my old flight helmet handy. Still might throw in the back of the truck. Always a Brother!!!
Alex Frrnwalt. 901-487-0374
TN USA - Monday, July 14, 2014 at 18:25:52 (MDT)
Alex Ron Paye and myself are flying down with American Huey 369. We will be there Friday afternoon. Paul
Paul Boggs
USA - Monday, July 14, 2014 at 16:18:58 (MDT)
Gale you can probably find something Downtown. Two good places to eat are Loveless Cafe and Monell's at the Manor. Things to do The Hermitage,Belle Meade Plantation,Belmont Mansion and Dinner and Lunch cruises on the General Jackson on the Cumberlandriver. Hope this will give you some input. Paul are you flying or driving down to Pete's wedding? Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt. 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
TN USA - Monday, July 14, 2014 at 11:51:04 (MDT)
HI gut a truck it 07 chevy silverado crewcab & when you driving it it switch from 8 cylinder then switches to four cylinder & let you know miles you get out of a gal. of gas & it was a one owner owner
Art
USA - Monday, July 14, 2014 at 08:23:30 (MDT)
Ken our group will be there
Rick England
USA - Monday, July 14, 2014 at 05:21:35 (MDT)
Debbie's family is having a reunion in Nashville Tn in October...........any suggestions for activities in the area? I'm not a big country music fan, but, most probably are...............
Gale
USA - Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 15:50:49 (MDT)
Hi all, had a busy phone day after talking to Larry Davis, Lee Hendrix & Paul Boggs yesterday my phone was dead. The limits of Cell Phones when you talk for a couple hours. Any who, hope I got a fire in the mind of Mr. Hendrx about next week. Also everyone we have things getting set up for Kokomo and please remember we have a lot of campsites to fill up but guess mostly Paul & I need to know who is coming. Larry may want to switch sides with Jack Newton. Most likely will put Wrongway Wes & Kathy in my spot. Will see Ron next week but gotta check with Jim Crigler, are you coming?
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 08:03:32 (MDT)
Alvis.......was that you? I heard the truck honkin', but, I didn't see it. Always a brother!
Gale
USA - Friday, July 11, 2014 at 15:11:05 (MDT)
Sounds like we are going to have a good group at Pete"s wedding. Will be good to see everyone . Wink talked to Pete and the dress code is casual. I should be there between 1 &. 2. Friday afternoon. And leave out Saturday afternoon heading home. Liz flies out to the west coast for her job. Always A Brother!!!
Alex. Fernwalt. 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville , TN USA - Friday, July 11, 2014 at 08:16:17 (MDT)
Rick, Wes and myself will have quiet generators at Kokomo. Last year the powers to be at Kokomo were a bit nasty about generators. They were enforcing the quiet time - midnight to 6am. WE will have to play it by ear. At Pete's wedding we will talk about the plans for Kokomo. Looking forward to next week. Paul
Paul Boggs
USA - Friday, July 11, 2014 at 06:44:50 (MDT)
Ken do you if thier will be a generator at Kokomo?
Rick England
USA - Friday, July 11, 2014 at 06:25:05 (MDT)
Yes Wink is picking up us poor old vets along the road to Pete's Wedding. "Stickman" was wanting to go too so adding him at the last minute. He will come to my place down here first next week.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 16:15:23 (MDT)
Ken Wink told me that he was picking you up on thursday. So, I will get there friday afternoon.See you both. It's causal dress code for the wedding. Take Care. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
TN USA - Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 10:11:21 (MDT)
Alright Jack
Rick England
USA - Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 05:33:29 (MDT)
1st off a Kokomo Update that Jack Newton has gotten campsite #624W which is next to Larry Davis in 623W. Now building Our second locations with 3 more together. I am going to try and call Wink again today. For anyone else out there I hate his message cuz I start talking for a minute before I remember how it goes, LOL.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Wednesday, July 09, 2014 at 08:08:09 (MDT)
Who all is trying to make Pete's wedding July 19th. I know Wink is going . Always A Brother !!!
Alex Fernwalt. 901-487-0374 <afernwal @ comcast . Net>
TN USA - Tuesday, July 08, 2014 at 09:07:20 (MDT)
Glad you and Janet made it home alright. Sounds like a good trip.
Rick England
USA - Tuesday, July 08, 2014 at 05:11:16 (MDT)
Thanks Alex no problems, made it back home in one piece. 9 states one ocean one bay15 lakes and 38 rivers and a a oyster house. Done and done. Had a wonderful time looking forward to Kokomo.shootlow there riding Shetland Pones.
Frenchie
USA - Saturday, July 05, 2014 at 11:36:22 (MDT)
What the hell are you on here telling us about spell casters for? I think you would be better off getting on Twitter or some shit like that to let your weirdo friends know about casting spells and how you can tell a good one from a bad one....... Thanks for visiting our site.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, July 05, 2014 at 07:07:27 (MDT)
name is russell i will like us to share tips on how to identify a real spell caster cos alot of people have fallen victim of scam as i have come across lots of comments lately (i was a victim too) and from experience and what i know i decide to open this thread, only fake spell casters ask for the followings: COURIER CHARGES: no matter where you are in the world, no matter the distance and continent a real spell caster will cast a spell effectively without you seeing it or the spell caster getting it to you to use it so long as he has the names or pix..the spell will work itself.. STRAIGHT: no excuses for failure, if money was needed in the first place for courier he should have say so, so one can know how prepared he is..i did rather pay $2000 at once to get my result rather than paying $200 for excuses to get more money..its not bad paying for items but the end result might be an excuse THREAT: if you get fed up of sending money after money, they begin to threaten one with death and madness.. NIGERIA; about 80% of them are nigerians not saying they dont have real spell casters cos they are spiritually gifted in africa but the impersonation is too much, the fake are more than the real.. i fell a victim of scam twice to a certain dr wodu and dr isaka they but ripped me to shred before i realised almost $3700 was gone until i came across dr igodo who told me how to know a fake spell caster, he helped me get my ex back without failure or excuse in 5 days..we are back and happy now for about a month..his e-mail is greatigodospelltemple@gmail.com.. lets beware of scammers and share experience, suggestion and solutions..thanks
russell smith <jobighwre@yahoo.com>
usa, usa USA - Friday, July 04, 2014 at 22:47:27 (MDT)
Mark was good to hear won the tail rotor blade. Hope other from the 129th won some of the items at the raffle. Everyone have a safe 4th. Don't like the fireworks can't understand why!!LOL. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
TN USA - Friday, July 04, 2014 at 10:28:14 (MDT)
I hope everyone a safe and happy 4rth of july, I am going to the vfw picnic today .always a brother. see you all at kokomo !
kenneth swanson <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
USA - Friday, July 04, 2014 at 02:17:06 (MDT)
Wink need your cell number.My other phone had a accident and lossed all contacts. Starteing over from scratch. Yea Don't who came with the location of next years reunion. Pulled up thing to do and found Casinos. I can go to the casino a hour from here and get free rooms,dinners and money to play with. Just need a full tank of gas.Was disappointed in the hotel this year. Didn't have enough people working anyware in the hotel. It wasn't a customer service place. But, meeting new people from the 129th was worth the drive. The nephew enjoyed it because he was at the pool everyday.When Liz upgraded our room with her Hilton Honor status it was a check out at 10am Saturday. Forgot see had to be back to work on Monday. Hope everyone has a safe 4th. Gary are still going to the pilots reunion in Louisville? Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
TN USA - Wednesday, July 02, 2014 at 10:00:13 (MDT)
looks like everyone had a good time at the reunion this year----------I've been a bit "tied up" whit other things this year but thought I would stop in and say hello Take care all ---gary
Gary Woodward
Memphis, Tn USA - Wednesday, July 02, 2014 at 08:53:42 (MDT)
morning flight,thanks dennis for info looks like another reunion I wont make. to far to drive an I wont fly. and yes dennis that knot the hat off my head, heeeeeeeeeeeeee. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven , fl USA - Wednesday, July 02, 2014 at 08:41:57 (MDT)
Wink hold on to your hat. Can you say Albuquerque New Mexico. Buff said.
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Tuesday, July 01, 2014 at 20:45:43 (MDT)
evening flight, sorry I didn't make the reunion missed being there. hope I will meet some of the people from the reunion at petes wedding an kokomo. looking forward to them. by the way where is next years reunion being held. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Tuesday, July 01, 2014 at 16:51:14 (MDT)
evening flight, sorry I missed the reunion wanted to go but things happen, but will be at petes wedding an kokomo. hoping to meet some of the new people that showed up for the reunion at petes wedding and kokomo. by the way where is the next reunion. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Tuesday, July 01, 2014 at 16:44:25 (MDT)
Glad to hear that things went sort of well for the reunion as Larry Stokes called me Saturday night before leaving. Sorry to have missed it but glad that more of the 1972 group did show up. Just emailed the guys in Kokomo about Jack Newton and a camp site so will contact everyone as soon as they get back to me. Take care Brothers and what is the latest on Pete's Wedding? How many of the guys who served with him or others are going?
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Tuesday, July 01, 2014 at 11:08:03 (MDT)
Mark good to see you and Dee made it home OK. Weather was rough. Forgot that Liz had us checking out Saturday morning . Traveling with Caleb it's a 2day trip. But, we had a great time and was go seeing the old group but, also the new guys. Frenchie some folks didn't have hot water for a few days. But, Friday night was a disaster. Went to the wine and cheese but, nothing there. Then they closed the restaurant because not enough people to work. And , was told it took for ever to get something to drink or eat. But, Dennis text me and said the dinner was good and they didn't run out of food. Looking forward to Kokomo next. Great seeing everyone. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt. 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
TN USA - Tuesday, July 01, 2014 at 09:09:16 (MDT)
better the broiler than your car engine.
alvis
USA - Monday, June 30, 2014 at 18:01:41 (MDT)
AUSTIN today, it's all about the music tonight. Got a free night in San Antonio the boiler blew up, no hot water. Also no showers.
frenchie
USA - Monday, June 30, 2014 at 16:50:18 (MDT)
left Waco, be in Topeka in the morn, home in 12 days.
alvis
USA - Monday, June 30, 2014 at 15:37:23 (MDT)
Dee and I home safer and sound. As always, awesome gathering with the 129th..........love to all............................always a brother...........................................
Mark
USA - Monday, June 30, 2014 at 14:58:50 (MDT)
Well Had to leave San Antonio Saturday Morning. Liz had to back to work today. Stopped inTexarkana. The weather bug on my phone showed severe weather for Arkansas and Tenneesse. Good thing we stopped. Leaving yesterday morning. We started seeing the flooding. The more east we went the worst it got. When we got to Memphis many places were under water. We live on the outskirts Of shelby county. We got almost 7 inches saturday night through sunday morning. Lucky sun was shining when we got home. Enjoyed all the new members of the 129th. And the regulars also. Now to focus on Kokomo. Hope everyone made home safe. I need to build a current email or phone data to inform the 129th of info on all the 129th reunions during the year. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
TN USA - Monday, June 30, 2014 at 10:04:56 (MDT)
Just got back from San Antonio... My first reunion in 42 years...... Why did I wait so long? Met some really great people who served with the 129th before my time. And finally met Mark Jackson. He"s the reason many of us has hooked back up since we've came home 40+ years ago. Anyaway, thanks again Mark. I hope Lee Hendrix, my wife and I will make it up to Kokomo this next reunion.
Ferrell Montana Norman <funstable@hotmail.com>
Arlington, Texas USA - Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 19:07:44 (MDT)
sitting in Dallas, Waco tomorrow, home in two weeks
alvis
USA - Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 12:18:35 (MDT)
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Christy Thompson <dumgaspells@live.com>
USA - Friday, June 27, 2014 at 16:19:52 (MDT)
LZ San Antonio is in full swinger. Don't have a count yet but , a good group here. Pete Nolan and his Bride to be along with Pete Rhome pulled last night. Many from the gun platoon also. And, a few this morning. Will try and get a roll called later today. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Friday, June 27, 2014 at 09:52:45 (MDT)
James Michael Young 129th AHC, 2nd Platoon, KIA 6-26-1971, rest in peace Brother.
Dave Powers
USA - Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11:41:18 (MDT)
Hi I got back with Hughes net that att dsl is slow the hughes satellite dish looks like my dish tv dish the first one it was big. & no more waiting for u tube stop & going.
Art
USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 17:05:30 (MDT)
Here in San Antonio so far Stokes and England here. We have our room for the 129th enough room for about 30 people. The weather well plenty of rain. Closed down the interstate this morning because they were flooded. But, sunshine for a while. Stopped in Austin and seen Clifford Dalrymple he was with us in 65/66. Was good seeing him. Will post later. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt. 901-487-0374
TN USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 14:22:27 (MDT)
Art, address for UK is < www.huey.co.uk > they have patches and stickers for sale.
Mark Jackson
USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 13:30:17 (MDT)
Settin in Dayton airport waiting on a plane to DC then to San Antonio. Get in late . See those at LZ SA in the morning. ......
Mark Jackson
USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 13:26:25 (MDT)
HI BROTHER I am going to try the UK. address. MY new email address is ArthurFosterswamprat@ Hotmail.com I went & got cell phone with att paid for phone & hot spot then we got a bill for 11hundred dollars called back to att told me I did not owe that called back to get it in writing that girl O yes you due 11hundred & the next day we got up no phone at all & so when the bill came again wrote on it return to sender & if they think they get there money back they have a better chance of selling a snowball to a eskimo standing in 3 feet of snow.
Art
USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 10:50:01 (MDT)
Sitting in Cam Ranh Vietnam as I am Writing this. Never remembered it being this hot before., but I guess it was. Vietnam sure has changed, a lot more cars and motor scotters, and seems like everyone has a cell phone. Four star hotels, million dollar houses in Saigon. I'm heading to Qui Nhon in a couple days try and keep you up to date on things in Qui Nhon.
Larry Dyer <larry_dyer47@yahoo.com>
Largo, Fl USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 03:21:05 (MDT)
ART; this is my correct e-mail address, sorry bout that !
kenneth swanson <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
astoria, ore USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 01:40:24 (MDT)
art; I just rememberd, I got the 129th co. patch, and decal from the uk.....go to the 129th ahc. uk. and you will find it. I think mark Jackson got me hooked up with them about a year ago, I dont know how far one can scroll down, but if it go"s down a year your info. will be there. hope all this will help you out , always a brother...68-69
kenneth swanson
ore. USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 01:08:42 (MDT)
ART;i got mine at medals of America, 1-800-308-0849...........or go to www.medalsof America.com, they have everything ,t-shirts, pins, patches, flight wings, hats , all first ave. etc. always a brother, 68-69.......
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@ centurylin.net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 00:09:51 (MDT)
you take care of yourself Art.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 06:54:20 (MDT)
Hi how can get a 129th window decals my 07 gmc truck total loss got out ok wife bang up a little now looking for a truck now. got to have a new pace maker put in me. getting old is hell
Art
USA - Monday, June 23, 2014 at 17:25:47 (MDT)
HB Matt! L-G
Gently
USA - Monday, June 23, 2014 at 15:35:55 (MDT)
Alvis, Supposedly they have fired ,approximately, 15 of so of the Big Shots.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@ stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, June 23, 2014 at 08:42:51 (MDT)
anyone ever get fired over the VA scandal?
alvis
USA - Monday, June 23, 2014 at 06:15:56 (MDT)
In New Orleans for a few days. Lightning, thunder and soccer, half time USA- 0 Portugal- 1, come on USA. Lightning go away.
freNCh
USA - Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 17:01:24 (MDT)
In New Orleans for a few days. Lightning, thunder and soccer, half time USA- 0 Portugal- 1, come on USA. Lightning go away.
freNCh
USA - Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 17:01:24 (MDT)
In New Orleans for a few days. Lightning, thunder and soccer, half time USA- 0 Portugal- 1, come on USA. Lightning go away.
freNCh
USA - Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 17:01:21 (MDT)
In Dallas and heading to to Huston later. Will hit San Antonio Tues. or Weds. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt. 901-487-0374
TNT USA - Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 06:30:01 (MDT)
Not sure which. See you at Kokomo???? Happy Birthday across the pond to Phil! L-G
Gently
USA - Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 23:20:09 (MDT)
which web site? the 509?
alvis
USA - Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 13:58:49 (MDT)
From Vicki Mueller: Can you also send me the website again for Huey? I want to reach out to Paul and the young man from England (I am heading there next month for my step daughters graduation and thought I would see if I could touch base with him). Happy summer!Vicki
Gently
USA - Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 12:17:16 (MDT)
San Antonio is just around the corner. We be awesome seeing all that will be there. Hey , By the way, anybody heard from Joe Nicolich latly?...............always a brother,
Mark
USA - Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 19:15:42 (MDT)
best of luck to/for your mom. Bless her heart, its a tough time she is having
alvis
USA - Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 18:43:07 (MDT)
Alvis-That's right. Just when the side effects are subsiding, it's time for another treatment. Mom is to get four treatments. She has had two.Two more to go.So she is halfway there. We're glad too. It's quite a decision. But it has to be done.After she is done with the Kemo, she is going for some radiation treatment. Thank god for Social security benefits.The cost WHEW. Well Fred,my friend, keep that diesel humming LOL>
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 07:58:29 (MDT)
Bruno, the Chemo last 3 to 4 days, the person starts to feel better..just in time for another treatment.Susan had to make a huge decision wheather she wanted to go theu it a second time with Lung cancer.. thank goodness she decided to.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 19:59:25 (MDT)
Happy Birthday Rick England! Always the life of the party:>) L-G
Gently
USA - Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 09:11:26 (MDT)
Happy Birthday Smitty-we miss you! L-G
gently
USA - Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 00:18:40 (MDT)
P.S. I's stay from Bill millers BBQ- It's the "fast food" cafeteria style stuff.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, June 16, 2014 at 13:08:17 (MDT)
Thanks guys. It's that damn shot for the white blood cells that has all the bad side effects-no energy,bad aches/pains in the bones/nasty headaches. The effects last about three to four days. Barbecue huh, try Rudys. Try the Texas Land & Cattle-your looking somewhere around $17 plus.Depending on what you order.I believe they've got some decent sea food-shrimp cocktails etc.There is also Papadeauxs. I believe thats how you spell the damn thing. I get all the mexican food I want down here. I really don't get to go San Antone. But, I go for the Steak resturants. There should be some good fajita places.Mi Tierra resturant & Mario's should have them. There should be some good country & western clubs. So get the blue jeans & the "Pointy Toed" Noconas ready for some good ole belly rubbin' LOL. there are also some of the Old Spanish missons sight seeing stuff. But again-Long Sleeves for the guys & long sleeve blouses for the gals during the daytime hours. Dont forget some sunglasses & sun block stuff. Have fun guys
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, June 16, 2014 at 08:12:48 (MDT)
Just got a spam about DVD players using the Flight Log 129th as a back drop. I did not open it.
William Knebusch <knebusch@ att.net>
Keller, Tx USA - Monday, June 16, 2014 at 05:17:38 (MDT)
Gale, you were right by the house and didn't stop?
alvis
USA - Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 14:31:49 (MDT)
The VHCMA dinner is sold out. Cinda has a waiting list. Must call Cinda at the VHCMA office if you want on the list. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt. 901-487-0374
Tn USA - Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 10:12:26 (MDT)
Dang Bruno, hate to hear that about your Mom. Chemo really sucks.
alvis
USA - Friday, June 13, 2014 at 17:29:52 (MDT)
Bruno you and your Family our in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. We wish the best for your Mom. We will miss you in San Antonio. But, Mom comes first. Cherish the time you have with her. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt. 901-497-0374
Tn USA - Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 07:58:15 (MDT)
Bruno hope the best for your Mom. Is there a good barbeque around?
Rick England
USA - Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 07:37:28 (MDT)
That's OK Bruno, you take care of mom. My prayers for comfort for her I am sending upward.
Mark
USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 22:26:09 (MDT)
Mark, I can't make it.Mom just had Lymph cancer surgery. she's going thru the "Kemo" right now. The doctor is giving her some type of Shots after the Kemo so it will not affect her white blood cells. That's the one giving her all the nasty side effects - no appetite,all kind of nasty body aches & pains, no energy etc., etc.So I'm watching over her. Me & my wife had started to make plans to attend- but, no cigar.Sorry to hear about Gary Woodward- just take it easy & get better. There shou8ld be some nice " live" country music clubs in San Antone - just ask the cab drivers or look in the yellow pages for anyone wanting to do a little " two-step" .You'all have a ice-cold long neck. Bull Dawg 426 out:-)))!!!
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 08:56:33 (MDT)
Bruno, are you coming to San Antonio?
Mark
USA - Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 18:19:33 (MDT)
Just for your information: For those going to the reunion in San Antonio the best Chicken Fried steak in San Antonio is at "Good Time Charlies" resturant.Also for mexican food try "Mi Tierra" resturant.That located in the market square near the downtown area.Be sure to bring your sun screen,sun glasses,long sleeve shirts for the dudes & long sleeve blouses for the gals.Its being forecasted that it's going to be in the 105 to 108 degrees by the end of this week.So be prepared.Also try the "Hall of Horns" museum-it's an old style saloon with all kinds of antlers up on the wall.It's like the Long Branch saloon in the Gunsmoke tv series.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, Tx USA - Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 09:42:24 (MDT)
Alex ph is 409-626-1480
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Monday, June 09, 2014 at 10:47:54 (MDT)
I meant Harrell. Alot going on forgive me.
Alex
USA - Monday, June 09, 2014 at 10:20:41 (MDT)
Harrell Not Harold. Will have watch my typing. Take Care
Alex
USA - Monday, June 09, 2014 at 10:19:00 (MDT)
Harold don't know for sure which way were coming. I know we will be in Houston Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Liz has some Freightliner dealerships see has to vist. send me your phone number and I can let you know. Always Brother!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
TN USA - Monday, June 09, 2014 at 10:14:54 (MDT)
My wife and I will be there in San Antonio. This will be my 1st reunion.
Ferrell Montana Norman <funstable@hotmail.com>
Arlington, Texas USA - Sunday, June 08, 2014 at 22:24:32 (MDT)
Anyone coming down IH 10 through Beaumont headed to SA and want to stop for a cup of coffee give me a little notice anda call. If interested I will send ph number.
Harrell Guidry (cue)
Groves, Tx USA - Sunday, June 08, 2014 at 15:27:37 (MDT)
Hi All. Guess we are all falling apart already. Talked to Mike Johnson a couple days ago and he is still in and out of the hospital. Also my Brother In Law now has lung cancer so just thinking he was in Nam in 68 and really our ages are starting to get close together. Just hoping we hang in there Brothers.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Sunday, June 08, 2014 at 09:34:59 (MDT)
Gary (Snoopy) Woodward went thru lung cancer and is recovering ,last I heard Its been about a month. Don Millers wife is having a bit of trouble as well.Never said anything cause I was told in a private talk with each of them. Headed for the extreme north of Michigan..way up in darn near the middle of Lake Superior. Wish I had my fishing pole with me.
alvis
USA - Sunday, June 08, 2014 at 06:19:48 (MDT)
Claudia and I will be there
Rick England
USA - Sunday, June 08, 2014 at 04:19:22 (MDT)
Dee and I will be there.............just thinking..........havnt heard from Gary Woodward in a spell.....................
Mark
USA - Saturday, June 07, 2014 at 09:05:48 (MDT)
Dennis as far as I know 12 for the dinner and 14 that I'm aware of. Don't know the walk ins like last time. Always A Brother !!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
TN USA - Saturday, June 07, 2014 at 08:10:03 (MDT)
VHCMA San Antonio reunion is just 20 days away. So who is going to be there with me. Hopefully there will be a bunch of us. Also I still have room for a roommate at the main hotel if anyone needs to share cost Dennis Class of 72 Always a Brother
Dennis Fuerstenau <dpfirst50@yahoo.com>
Roseville, CA USA - Friday, June 06, 2014 at 21:40:37 (MDT)
Does anybody know Bob Mace's contact info? The phone number on the contact page is disconnected. A friend of his, who served with him in the gulf war was trying to contact him.
Kim LaVoie <khlavoie at yahoo. etc>
USA - Wednesday, June 04, 2014 at 19:13:50 (MDT)
Be at peace now David. L-G
Gently
USA - Wednesday, June 04, 2014 at 18:50:26 (MDT)
Mark, sorry to hear about David passing. It was a great thing he did creating this web site.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 at 13:12:49 (MDT)
Thanks Ken for handling the campsites
Rick England
USA - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 at 05:17:08 (MDT)
Anyone wanting to send Phil Connolly a Birthday Card his address is Wesham House Farm Fleetwood Road Wesham, Preston England PH4 3 HD Phuil will turn 60 on the 21st of June. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
TN USA - Monday, June 02, 2014 at 09:23:11 (MDT)
Good to hear from you Stickman! See you in Kokomo............
Gale
USA - Monday, June 02, 2014 at 07:12:28 (MDT)
Stickman checking. I can read the log now and many post sometimes. Condolences to all the families who have lostoved ones. My birthday just happen to b the day Gary Mount passed but I was able to enjoy a great reu ion with him n reno. Hope e everyone has a great reunion c u in kokomo. Take a stick for a walk.
James A. Oliver
Pembroke, ga USA - Sunday, June 01, 2014 at 20:06:35 (MDT)
Stickman checking. I can read the log now and many post sometimes. Condolences to all the families who have lostoved ones. My birthday just happen to b the day Gary Mount passed but I was able to enjoy a great reu ion with him n reno. Hope e everyone has a great reunion c u in kokomo. Take a stick for a walk.
James A. Oliver
Pembroke, ga USA - Sunday, June 01, 2014 at 20:06:04 (MDT)
Gale Happy Birthday and I am jealous just turning 60 this month when you can out run me. PS: Should be getting your Kokomo paperwork that I mailed except will need to take Paul Boggs to post office. He is getting copies for all the campsites as well.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Sunday, June 01, 2014 at 12:17:13 (MDT)
Alvis, you're thinking of Johnny Maestro that died a few years ago. He was the lead singer in the "Brooklyn Bridge."
Gale
USA - Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 06:29:37 (MDT)
People are going after the wrong guy. The VA has been screwed up for years and years. The fingers should be pointed at congress. They are running away like cockroaches exposed to a bright light.
alvis
USA - Friday, May 30, 2014 at 20:01:06 (MDT)
head up to Wisconsin
alvis
USA - Friday, May 30, 2014 at 19:58:45 (MDT)
I thought Les was dead. David,,thank you for the work to help us old guys out..I salute you as well.
alvis
USA - Friday, May 30, 2014 at 19:58:12 (MDT)
Gale I thought Les would maybe check the 129th site. I was trying to see his mos on the roster. Looked like a pol mos. Well maybe one day he will log on. But, glad that you have been in contact with him. I won't try and contact him any longer. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Tn USA - Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 14:16:28 (MDT)
Alex, I've been in contact with Les Cauchi for the past few years. I send him info on the reunions, but, he's not showed yet.
Gale
USA - Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 09:00:24 (MDT)
Slow Hand Salute to David. Mark it is truly a sad day for the 129th Family. I remember email David a few times about different things about the site. And, I know how much you depended on him. He did a great job. He won"t be forgotten. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
Tn USA - Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 08:01:43 (MDT)
Hey guys good to see you all, on here. I have a bit bad news ,sad news actually. You know this wonderful site that we all get on and talk to each other and find old friends make new friends , look at pictures that you guys get transported back in time with. Well 14 years ago this site was put together by a young man , David Stienbrunner is his name and he really worked hard on it and he took a personal view of wanting to get it done right and in a way that would honor you guys and honor the fallen heroes of the 129th. David was 32 years old this year married had two sons and yesterday I attended his funeral and with a sad heart I am telling you guys this. As you can tell by how wonderful this site is how hard you worked on it but early last week David took his life he had some issues they say , was bipolar and he just struggled with some things. Last week he put a gun to his head pulled the trigger and ended it all. He left behind as I said his wife and two sons. I was just thinking about him last week and wondered if he ever got on the website to see how big is it had grown. I knew that he knew it had grown because in the beginning I am the one and send him all your email addresses and and information about you guys and he would put it on for me. I feel bad that I didn't contact him then but, I guess thats way things go I guess well that's about all I can say about that right now dont do no good to talk about it. He is the one that helped us make it all happen. From just a web site to honor Larry's unit and now it consist of 2 annual reunions, memories, laughing, joking , healing, putting together crews that hadn't talked or seen each other since Vietnam, well dang it , he helped start it all. I used to think that he just up and quit on us but actually he just wanted me to take the ropes and run with it. He helped so many of us with or "THINGS" about Vietnam I just wish I could if been of some help to him...........if you pray, say one for his family as the move into the transistion of life with out him..............SLOW HAND SALUTE TO DAVID!......always a brother.....
Mark Jackson
USA - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 19:48:49 (MDT)
Late Birthday wishes Gale. And, many more to Come. Glenn Pearmain will be 69 om June 1st. Then I will be 68 on Friday June 13th and Phil Connley will turn 60 on June 21st. I guess were getting a little age to us. I spent my 20th and 21st Birthdays in Vietnam. Gale you probably remember Les Cauchi he was the guy that was with the Del Satins and later and still preforming with the Brooklyn Bridge. I had my sister leave a message on the facebook page. But, haven't heard anything back. Les was drafted and was with the 129th in 67. Les is 71 now. Well,hope everyone is in good health and spirits. Got a email from Don Ulery that he would be stopping in at San Antonio. Don was there in 65 also. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 07:54:18 (MDT)
George, that was a tuff job winding them rubber bands up to get those choppers up! lol
Gale
USA - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 18:31:34 (MDT)
Gale where you in the first Vietnam war when the 129 flew rubber ban powered aircraft? Smile buddy we're all getting older you just got a head start on some of us & hopefully the rest of us will do the seventies too
George B
USA - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 18:09:00 (MDT)
Thanks for all the Birthday wishes. Robbie, you were right on target.....today is my birthday! 72 years old today guys....probably one of the oldest 129th'er in our group.
Gale
USA - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 16:03:21 (MDT)
Sorry, I meant to say I hope "you're safe". I hate when I don't get that right.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 15:26:18 (MDT)
Happy belated birthday Gale. I hope I get to be as old as you some day. Rick England, I hope your safe out there. Not going to be much of Arizona left that hasn't burned.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 15:24:47 (MDT)
Gale happy birthday, hope you're having a good one. We toast you from here in the UK. Simon, Nina, Brad, Phil and Jo and the rest of the crew.
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
Mellor, 509 County UK - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 16:36:50 (MDT)
Happy Birthday Gale ! Hope you have many more..
John Sartor
USA - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 10:48:05 (MDT)
maybe I should drive over to Gales house..I bet he has beer. HB Gale buddy
alvis
USA - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 09:42:12 (MDT)
Happy Birthday Gale. I'll have a few with you today with you.
Rick England
USA - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 05:46:10 (MDT)
Happy Birthday to a very special guy...Gale Beard! L-G
Gently
USA - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 00:22:45 (MDT)
I remember Capt Murhy,he was a Lt when I first gunned for him than he got the regular promoction to Capt,he was the next slick to land R O K soilders in when the ship that had just got shot down & we lost the crew & all the landed R O Ks that scared the hell out of me & pissed me off we didn't go in to help out Murphy & I had a private sit down after that. It was private but I have to admit he was right. I was scared & pissed & that is not a good measure to think with.He was a regular guy 7I enjoyed talking with him & know he was good under the pressures of hot missions.It saddens me to learn of his passing I salute Capt Murhy
George B
USA - Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 18:34:54 (MDT)
we will never foreget the fallen,and wounded, may they rest in peace , until we meet again, a slow hand salute!
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
USA - Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 17:24:39 (MDT)
We remember. L-G
gently
USA - Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 15:48:29 (MDT)
Everyone have a safe Memorial DAY. Most people don't know what Memorial is about. It's a shame. My parents made sure at a young age for us to know the meaning and history of Memorial Day. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 08:26:19 (MDT)
On this weekend, I want to give a prayer and a SLOW HAND SALUTE to our fallen brothers. May GOD continue to be with them in Heaven and Bless them.
John Sartor
USA - Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 06:59:54 (MDT)
Flight be careful out there this weekend
Rick England
USA - Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 06:56:07 (MDT)
Slow hand Salute to Mr.Murphy,a Slick driver from our Company of heroes. Thank You Brother for your Service and Sacrifice for our Nation. R.I.P. clear left.Respectfully,Lenny A.
Lenny Adams <rtrwingnut@yahoo.com>
USA - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 17:36:01 (MDT)
Alex, I am a definite. Also, I can use a roommate for cost share. I have a room for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Dennis Class of 72.
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville , CA USA - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 16:58:23 (MDT)
Talk to Tom of the VHCMA all rooms are full at the primary hotel. They do have another hotel for the overflow. Last time in San Antonio were used half the rooms in the overflow hotel. Need to get a head count on how many are coming so we can get a room with enough seating. Also, if going to the dinner read the instruction on my earlier post. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 16:30:40 (MDT)
Talk to Tom of the VHCMA all rooms are full at the primary hotel. They do have another hotel for the overflow. Last time in San Antonio were used half the rooms in the overflow hotel. Need to get a head count on how many are coming so we can get a room with enough seating. Also, if going to the dinner read the instruction on my earlier post. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 16:30:26 (MDT)
A show hand salute to Robert Murphy, we are going to miss you. RIP
John Sartor
USA - Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 11:30:44 (MDT)
OK I did get an email from Mike at Kokomo saying our paperwork is done. They cashed the checks a few weeks ago except for Jack Newton who we have to hope can get fixed up the middle of June close by. They said they would mail paperwork back soon so if he does it right I will scan forms & mail them to the rest of you.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 09:33:37 (MDT)
The world will miss us when were all gone.
will french
USA - Friday, May 16, 2014 at 20:56:51 (MDT)
Slow Hand Salute to Robert. May he rest in peace with the rtest of his 129th Brothers. Always A Brother~!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
TN USA - Friday, May 16, 2014 at 08:46:17 (MDT)
RIP Robert. L-G
Gently
USA - Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 19:19:51 (MDT)
Yeah Fred, I heard you and saw a blue tractor pulling an orange trailer! I figured it was you again. LOL
Gale
USA - Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 06:19:15 (MDT)
yes Gale, that was me again today.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 23:43:59 (MDT)
Brothers, have not seen this post on here, sorry if I missed it but a slow hand salute for Robert Murphy who passed on April 6th. Was a pilot with the 129th 69-70. Slick pilot. Read his obituary in the latest volume of the VHPA aviator. My condolences to Gary Mounts family. The Cobra's had the Ghost and the Bulldogs had the Phantom. Looking forward to Kokomo. Cobra Little John 70- 71
Rick Benedict <stij@windstream.net>
Allenwood, Pa USA - Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 16:53:24 (MDT)
How come Alex gets all the dinner chicks..OOOPPPs, that's chEcks.Man, you guys had me going there for a minute.
alvis
USA - Monday, May 12, 2014 at 18:41:49 (MDT)
Alex, have I sent you dinner checks????
Mark
USA - Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 11:13:35 (MDT)
Alex, have I sent you dinner checks????
Mark
USA - Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 11:13:34 (MDT)
Robert thats correct send dinner checks made out to the VHCMA then complete registration and put see Alex where dinner is. so you will have one check for registration and a seperate for the dinner sent to me. Then I will give Cinda all the checks for the dinner and get tables asigned for the 129th. Just like last year. Always A Brother!!! Information is on previous post.
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
Collierville, TN USA - Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 08:57:40 (MDT)
Gale, yep, that was me.By the time I saw folks out in the yard it was to late to pull the rig over.my loss.
alvis
USA - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 19:35:03 (MDT)
Alex, did you say we send the dinner check to you 2 X $43 for the San Antonio Sat night.
Robert Lee <leerobert@nc.rr.com>
Raleigh, NC USA - Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 16:04:56 (MDT)
Alvis, was that you that went by honking today? If it was, you should've stopped for minute!
Gale
USA - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 17:28:00 (MDT)
Happy Birthday Simon and many more to come. Well missed with the flowers. But, you can sign the guest book by going to ( Obit for Gary L. Mount Lubbock Tx. ) it's will be the legacy obit. Hope many will leave a message on the guest book. Always A Brother!!! Everyone whom is planning on San Antonio reunion. Please email me so I will know what size room we will need. Also, if going to the dinner. Where it states dinner just write see Alex. Send me the check but, make it out to the VHCMA for the dinner only!!! to Alex Fernwalt 9315 S. Fairmont Circle Collierville TN. 38017. Then the rest of the regitration form to the address for the VHCMA. Any questions call me or leave a call back and I will return your call. Or email.
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN. USA - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 09:55:47 (MDT)
Funeral for Gary was yesterday. It breaks my heart that we didn't get flowers there in time. Please send me such info via my personal email, not Facebook, nor the 129th page. I never want this to happen again. Gary and your Family, please know we had the best of intentions. You will be missed so much. L-G
Gently
USA - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 14:53:19 (MDT)
Happy Birthday Simon!!!!! L-G
Gently
USA - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 14:44:52 (MDT)
Just posted on the guest book for Gary mount. I just typed obit gary l. mount lubbock TX. and it pulled up his obit.
Alex
TN USA - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 11:29:56 (MDT)
Dennis I know Rick England,Mark and Dee Jackson and Myself and Liz hopefully. I am going to go through the contact pages a try calling some of the guys. Always A Brother!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 11:13:05 (MDT)
So, who is going to the Reunion with me in San Antonio. Dennis Fuerstenau, class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville , CA USA - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 09:28:47 (MDT)
If that Addy doesn't work, just type in" Gary Mount Lubbock Texas " .
alvis
USA - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 06:24:37 (MDT)
What an amazing family you guys are!!!!!!!!........always a brother..........
Mark
USA - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 20:14:19 (MDT)
This is Gary's Obit. gently, it has the info you seek. Slow hand salute http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lubbockonline/obituary.aspx?n=gary-lynn-mount&pid=170912159
alvis
USA - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 19:44:33 (MDT)
I don't have the funeral info to send Gary flowers. L-J
gently
USA - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 19:10:41 (MDT)
I am sorry for the lost of Gary Mount to his family.
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N. C. USA - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 17:54:10 (MDT)
A slow hand salute for Gary. My condolences to his family and friends. His posts will be missed here.
Kal Bergstrom - '68
USA - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 11:07:05 (MDT)
Slow Hand Salute to Gary Mount.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 08:39:45 (MDT)
I shared a hooch with Gary and a room with him at the reunion in Reno, the words of his son has touched me deeply. I would be honored to have a son that spoke so eloquently of of my time with him and us as he has..... Thank You Shane...you have honored us all, as has you dad...... God be with you, and yours... Matt Casey
Matt Casey
USA - Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 22:58:41 (MDT)
Brothers, My father Gary L. Mount has passed away on Friday may 2nd in the early morning hour. He wanted me to let all of you know he loved you and his company, his passion for the 129th was unmeasurable. He was so proud of all of you. All the brave men who flew with my dad have been incredible for their remorse. Our appreciation for his love of the 129th is unmovable, and you all will part of our memory of him. I regret to have not spoke on here before today to allow more time for you guys. This all has just been so fast pased for me, and I still can't believe "The Phantom" is no longer here. I thought my dad to be a superman and never wanted to have this happen so suddenly. My father was such a unique man. Strong minded and strong hearted. His will was a force so strong. He was such a wonderful father to me, and I loved him so much. I am truly without the right words to comfort our loss. It all is just the language of the heart. That is where he lived. In his heart. And the people he cared for are aware of his gentle ways and caring spirit. Quiet and silent the man in the door is always watching over us. Protecting and keeping us safe. The Phantom will live forever. I love you dad. -Shane Mount and the Mount family Any arrangement may be sent to his girlfriend -margarita Carrasco 2009 48th st. Lubbock Texas 79412 And/or his son -Gary Shane Mount 609 south Louisiana st. Amarillo Texas 79106
Gary Shane Mount <Sae711@live.com>
Amarillo, Tx USA - Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 14:29:03 (MDT)
Since learning of Gary Mounts death this morning my thoughts have been flooded with his memories. We served together in the !st Flt.Plt in 1970 and shared the same hootch. He was my friend, we were soldiers once and young.
Larry Ruff <ruffruff@bellsouth.net>
Birmingham, AL United States - Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 13:18:29 (MDT)
Slow hand salute to Gary Mount. I know he will be missed.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 11:43:11 (MDT)
Wild be interested
paul
lasalle, Illinois USA - Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 11:36:01 (MDT)
Its with a very sad heart that I think of the passing of Gary Mount. I was lucky to have served a lot of my time in country with Gary as my gunner often. We got a chance to do some catching up when we met 40 years Later in Reno. He was fun to be around and speaking of around he was often hard to find when certain things needed to be done around the flight line .... thus came his call sign of Phantom. See you on the other side my brother....Clear Left...Casey
Matt Casey
Hemet, CA USA - Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 09:57:07 (MDT)
coming home from work/where I park the semi, I pass by Speedway.Its where they run the Indianapolis 500 race. Its at the end of the this month. May is a big time for the place, something is going on there all month for the racers and fans. In two years will be the 100 year of running the race. If I am still alive, anyone want to get together for a kind of reunion and attend the race? Bet if a bunch of us went, we could get reduced prices on tickets and maybe even treated decent. The race track is 5 to 7 miles from my home. Bring a grandkid or two.
alvis
USA - Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 05:57:19 (MDT)
just got home for the sunday off. News about Gary really sucks.See you at Fiddlers Green my friend... Halfway down the trail to Hell, In a shady meadow green Are the Souls of all dead troopers camped, Near a good old-time canteen. And this eternal resting place Is known as Fiddlers' Green. Marching past, straight through to Hell The Infantry are seen. Accompanied by the Engineers, Artillery and Marines, For none but the shades of Cavalrymen Dismount at Fiddlers' Green. Though some go curving down the trail To seek a warmer scene. No trooper ever gets to Hell Ere he's emptied his canteen. And so rides back to drink again With friends at Fiddlers' Green. And so when man and horse go down Beneath a saber keen, Or in a roaring charge of fierce melee You stop a bullet clean, And the hostiles come to get your scalp, Just empty your canteen, And put your pistol to your head And go to Fiddlers' Green.
alvis
USA - Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 15:45:15 (MDT)
GARY MOUNT; NEVER GOT TO MEET YOU IN PERSON ,BUT GOT TO KNOW YOU TRU THIS SITE , MAY YOU REST IN PEACE BROTHER, WE WILL BE ALL TOGETHER SOON MY FRIEND , I SALUTE YOU ! CLEAR RIGHT/LEFT PEACE OUT.
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ORE. USA - Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 14:51:49 (MDT)
Slow hand Salute to one of my favorite Gunners. I remember many long conversations with "Tex",aka "Phantom". He is in a better place. God Bless his Family through this time of loss. Thank you Gary for your service to our Nation. I am deeply sorry that I never got down to Lubbok for that visit as I promised, but I'll see you again in the clouds some day. Your friend, you'll always be in my heart. Thanx for the memories. "Fire"
Lenny Adams <rtrwingnut@yahoo.com>
USA - Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 14:11:49 (MDT)
Gently, can you send flowers to Gary's funeral? The addresses is on the 129th FB page.
Mark Jackson
USA - Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 13:56:48 (MDT)
Guess I had sort of a sleepless night after hearing that Gary had passed away. So have to echo Alex in Our loss. I keep going back to a bond we share from a unit so long ago. Maybe even thinking that these guys are getting us a room upstairs when we can have our best reunion.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 12:13:21 (MDT)
A Slow Hand Salute to Gary Mount. May you now rest in peace with God.
John Sartor <johnsartor@yahoo.com>
USA - Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 09:34:14 (MDT)
Slow Hand salute to Gary Mount. We are going fast. The VA projection is less than 500 thousand left Vietnam Vets whom had boots on ground by 2015. 2.8 million from beginning to end of the vietnam war that actually served in country. But,slowing taking a toll on us. Thats why its nice to have these 129th reunions and Kokomo. With these losses of our Brothers I try promote all these get togethers for the 129th. Having at least having an opportunity to once again to see the Brothers that served next to you in the 129th. I will be trying to make all reunions and Pete's wedding this year. I put a little each month. That way I have the funds. Next year is a very big year for the 129th. For us early ones the 50th aniversary of the 129th arrvial in Vietnam. We were MACV up until Dec.5th when we became operational. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 09:25:43 (MDT)
morning flight, a sad, sad day for the 129th the loss of another brother r.i.p. gray. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 08:17:39 (MDT)
Rest in peace Gary. Slow hand salute!
Bill Wolf
USA - Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 07:59:36 (MDT)
Joe Johnson Gary and I played Texas hold em and had coffee in the mornings together. It was his first reunion he said it helped him. He will be missed. slow hand salute
Rick England
USA - Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 06:50:56 (MDT)
I'm so sad to hear about Gary Mount passing away. R.I.P Sir.
Kevin Dutton
Manchester, UK - Friday, May 02, 2014 at 17:17:51 (MDT)
Slow hand Salute to a lost brother. Gary Mount (Phatom) passed way today. I have stong memories of Gary and will miss him Dennis Class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Friday, May 02, 2014 at 13:42:23 (MDT)
OK taking a break with it raining today. Have been so far behind on so much lately but did get to see my new doctor at the VA. Hope he stays a little longer than the last two. Well I am hoping to get around to my phone call weekend again. It does sound like Pete's wedding maybe the big deal of the year for the 129th. Will try to get an idea of who is doing what this Summer.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Friday, May 02, 2014 at 09:18:00 (MDT)
morning flight, not going to reunion this year. was to go to my youngest daughters graduation but told by ex that she dosen't want me their.long story so I won't go into it, but going to pete's wedding and kokomo. see you all then. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fk USA - Friday, May 02, 2014 at 09:06:10 (MDT)
Mark, I will be going to Pete's wedding but will be flying in. Looking forward to the happy occasion.
Jerry H. 71-72
Pa USA - Thursday, May 01, 2014 at 22:53:16 (MDT)
***good to see some posts in remembrance of April brothers lost. Looks like Gary Mount went in the same day I was getting out of ICU----Today is my first day back at work after 25 days and around a computer to catch up Good to see posts from Bernie and Bruno as well....Take Care all*****Snoopy 71-72 **
Gary Woodward
memphis, Tn USA - Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 09:42:28 (MDT)
Hello Alex. It's been awhile since I've talked to you. Thank you for the post. I hope you are doing well my Brother. One of these days I hope to see you again and yes my kids are doing well and have gown with families of there own. I have plenty of grandkids to keep me going. You take care, always a Brother.
Bernie Hernandez <57bhernandez@gmail.com>
Roy, UT USA - Monday, April 28, 2014 at 11:12:31 (MDT)
Just throwing this out there. Is there anyone going to San Antonio who may need a room mate.. Dennis Class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau <dpfirst50atyahoo.com>
Roseville, CA USA - Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 20:20:38 (MDT)
Dennis, plz contact me: Gentlyjs@yahoo.com. L-G
Gently
USA - Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 19:38:43 (MDT)
P.S. Lets not forget SP/4 David Stamper KIA appx 10/14 days before the 426 crash.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 10:59:31 (MDT)
1st LT Tom Shaw, WO Claude Strothers & the two ROKs, I'll never forget you guys. Bernie & I will never forget. I've located the pictures of the crash taken that day & sent copies to Bernie. I believe they were taken by Peter Arnett, who was an Associated Press corespondent, covering the war. Like Bernie said "PEACE".........
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 10:48:44 (MDT)
Bernie good to see you post. I imagine your children has really grown since Liz and I last seen them. The hurt never goes away. I still thing the men we lost on 10/7/66. They were our first crew. Even though you and Bruno survived the crash. By sharing the lost with your 129th Family. We remember their loss along with all our 129th Brothers.but always remember we are here for you and all our 129th Family. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast. Net>
TN USA - Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 08:15:25 (MDT)
It's been a while since I last posted, but I have a good excuse. Tax season is now over and so is my volunteer position with AARP Tax Aideuntil next year. So now I am down to just volunteering 2 days a week at the Community Center. As for San Antonio, the want and desire to go is strong, but being on a fixed income severely limits what I can do from month to month. So the jury is still out. It things change I will post an update Later Dennis, Class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau <dpfirst50atyahoo.com>
Roseville, CA USA - Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 23:55:57 (MDT)
Tom, Claude, Bruno, What can I say but I always have the memory of our crash. It never goes away, still hurts. Peace.
Bernie Hernandez <57bhernandez@gmail.com>
Roy, UT USA - Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:29:14 (MDT)
Thinking of Tom and Claude. L-G
Gently
USA - Friday, April 25, 2014 at 18:40:19 (MDT)
A lot going on for the 129th this year. San Antonio Which I will handle the dinner seating like last year. On the registration form where it says dinner write see Alex. Then make the dinner check out to the VHCMA and send it to me. Alex Fernwalt 9315 S. Fairmont Circle Collierville, TN. 38017. If don't have a registration form you can download from the VHCMA.org website. this is our 16th 129th reunion. Gale if you have Alverado's email so I can contact them about the reunion. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
TN USA - Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10:35:14 (MDT)
I would like to go, but the family has something scheduled already. congrats to Pete and His wife.
Rick England
USA - Friday, April 25, 2014 at 06:09:39 (MDT)
Auuu come on Fred ;~() Hey Robert Lee, good to see your post. Yeah 129th will be in San Antonio. You planning on coming? Get Leland and Robert to come also. Will be an honor to meet them. JUne is just around te corner. HEY is anybody making the trip to Pete Baron Nolen's wedding? I 'm going just dont know if I want to drive or ride the scooter. Take care of yourself Alex and all..........see ya soon.........always a brother.........Mark
Mark
USA - Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 20:03:53 (MDT)
Robert Lee the reunion is in San Antonio TX June 25th thru 28th. you can print off the registration form from the VHCMA website. Alvis I'm not worried about the psa. the VA reacts to fast. I go to a real doctor to have the test done. I have had 2 negative biopsys done already. Take Care Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
TN USA - Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:40:22 (MDT)
Will the 129th be at San Antonio in June? I found my gunner Robert Carrizales, also a WIA,in Mesquite, TX and Lee Hendrix, the copilot, he is in Dallas. I'm trying to set up a meeting with them.
Robert Lee <leerobert@nc.rr.com>
Raleigh, North Carolina USA - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 20:05:56 (MDT)
home for the night.. just returned from Maine, Lewiston, still ice on the ponds there. Headed to Chicago in the morn. Alex, PSA does not mean you have cancer..tho high reading means they need to check it out. Darn VA doc of mine doesn't even have me do the PSA unless I raise cane (CAIN), in which I DO. Hope for the best for you buddy. Very sorry to hear about Gary, he seems to be a good fellow. MARK, we know you love us, but I still aint kissing you.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 15:55:24 (MDT)
Had blood work done again. Prostate readings jumped. So, waiting to hear back now. It's hurry up and wait. Had 2 biopsys done already and both came back negative. The nurse at the VA called for blood pressure readings also, reading on the sugar and neurophy. The VA doubled The Doses. Something new. save a trip to the VA and sit forever. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
TN USA - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 11:46:00 (MDT)
Good morning 129th. Sorry to hear about Gary Mount. He is in our thoughts and prayers. Ken my sister pulled up one of the 129th Facebook sites and she told me some of the names. I only recognize a few names. My question is there a way to also to let them know of this page also. For us whom are not on Facebook have the opportunity to meet them. Also, to let them know about all the 129 th reunions we have. Would appreciate it. Fred Alvis if run this way. And on 385 I'm at the Forrest Hill / West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery exit. Hope everyone has a great day. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
TN USA - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 07:29:35 (MDT)
Prayers for dear Gary. L-G
Gently
USA - Monday, April 21, 2014 at 19:10:50 (MDT)
Gary Mount (Tex) Called me from the hospital. He was is in the ICU from Apr. 9 now he is in recovery section. he was in with ammonia a several weeks back, got out and went back in again, now his heart is at 20% efficiency,and has breathing and other problems. When he is stabilized he will be going to assisted living at a VA facility near by. He can't post on the 129th site with his smart phone,but he posts on facebook, so post to him on facebook. Gary called me Easter morning and asked me to post for him. We flew together alot on 261 and 171. Rocky
Roger Lange <rgrlng@yahoo.com>
Concord, Ca USA - Monday, April 21, 2014 at 18:27:32 (MDT)
Ken who was your ce?
Rick England
USA - Monday, April 21, 2014 at 08:07:36 (MDT)
Ken who was your crew chief? Was it Bill Whelan?
Rick England
USA - Monday, April 21, 2014 at 07:29:25 (MDT)
ALVIS; I NOW HAVE WHAT I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR, A GOOD FACE BOOK OF LANE. SORRY FOR MAKEING YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE GO UP, I JUST NEEDED SOME HELP, AND GOT IT. I WILL STAY CLEAR OF YOUR PAGE YOU SET UP, EXCEPT TOO LOOK. ALWAYS A BROTHER !SEE YA AT KOKOMO IN SEPT.
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ore USA - Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 03:23:11 (MDT)
RON WADSWORTH; THANKYOU SO MUCH FOR GETTING ME ON THE Lane AHP.An Son RVN ,FACEBOOK, THAT DID IT ,SAW SOME PEOPLE I KNOW, I AM SO GRATEFUL TO YOU . IT HAS IT ALL, NO MORE NEED FOR ME TO GO FURTHER, TRYING TO DO SOMETHING THAT IS ALREADY DONE FOR ME! ALWAYS A BROTHER.
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ore. USA - Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 02:02:43 (MDT)
Thank Mark for all you dun on this site.
art
USA - Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 15:42:03 (MDT)
Gale..you will like this.. Ford Announces Special Edition 50th Anniversary Mustang—Only 1,964 To Be Made special mustang build by ford.. Mustang to commemorate the pony car’s 50th anniversary. Only 1,964 of the GT fastbacks will be made—a reference to the Ford Mustang‘s first public appearance in 1964. The limited-edition car will come loaded with every single option available, including an upgraded performance package. Using the Mustang GT’s 5.0L Coyote V8, it will churn out at least 420 horsepower and come with your choice of manual or automatic transmission and Wimbledon White or Kona Blue paint (the transmission and paint are the only options available. more here..http://www.onallcylinders.com/2014/04/16/ford-announces-special-edition-50th-anniversary-mustang-1964-made/
alvis
USA - Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 08:05:01 (MDT)
Mark, this caught my eye, thought you might like a browse...http://powernationtv.com/episode/EP2014-08/old-skool-flatty-part-1-how-to-hot-rod-a-ford-flathead
alvis
USA - Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 07:06:04 (MDT)
MARK; THE FACE PAGE HAS A PAINTING OF A HOT LZ WITH THE CREWCHIEF FIREING HIS 60;I WOULD LIKE TOO SEE THE OTHER TWO, MAYBE I WILL SETTLE DOWN, AND RELAX OVER THIS QUEST OF MINE ,NOW MAYBE I WILL FIND WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR. THANYOU MARK, YOU THE MAN ALWAYS A BROTHER, THANKYOU FOR THIS PAGE TOO, AND THE OTHER THREE.
KENNETH SWANSON
USA - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 23:20:47 (MDT)
MARK ; I HAVE ONE THAT I HAVE ON MY BAR AND ITS SAYS FACEBOOK 129 ASSAULT HELICOPTER CO... I POSTED SOME PICTURES OF ME ON THAT ONE,THANKS, WE TALKED MANY YEARS AGO AND YOU GOT ME A TOPICAL MAP OF OUR AREA. NORTH OF QUI NHON.
KENNETH SWANSON
USA - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 19:46:58 (MDT)
Kenneth Swanson, I have 3 different 129th FaceBook pages on my computer. Which one are you talking about?................mark
Mark
USA - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 18:20:14 (MDT)
ALVIS ,SORRY FOR SPELLING YOUR NAME WRONG, NOT ON PURPOSE,I SURE YOU THAT !
KENNETH SWANSON
USA - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 18:18:57 (MDT)
AVIS ; THANKYOU FOR THE INFO. IT IS VERY HELPFUL IN MY QUEST FOR MY MISSION,ALWAYS A BROTHER. 68-69
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
USA - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 18:15:59 (MDT)
oh ken, contact Don Miller, he has a great site of the 129th also. You may want to ask him for some of his pics. He has tried hard to picture most of our kia's so they will have face to go with the name.Don has put a lot of good work into it.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 17:46:32 (MDT)
ken, do what ever you want. The yahoo is a backup only and for the ease of posting pics. lots of folks don't do facebook..I didn't for a long time, to much info. I hope you are successful in your endevors. Anything that helps 129th guys find there way here to this site is a good thing. Copy and post what you want from the yahoo site..your buds and experts cant mess it up anyway.have fun.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 17:43:02 (MDT)
AVIS ; DIG INTO YOUR SOUL,AND GET OVER IT. AND WE SHOULD HONER THE DEAD AS WELL! SEE YOU AT KOKOMO BRO.
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
USA - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 15:21:39 (MDT)
yes, you are correct Kenneth, fuck the guys that have died or posted on yahoo.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 06:56:36 (MDT)
AVIS; I RESPECT THAT YOU DID A YAHOO PAGE ON THE 129th AHC, BUT WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO YOU ,AND DONT GET THIS WRONG, I GOT A GROUP TOGETHER ,THAT KNOW THERE COMPUTER STUFF AND WE ARE GOING TO MAKE THE 129th AHC PROUD BY POSTING EVERYTHING WE CAN GET ON THE BITE AND STRIKE,AND POST IT ON OUR FACEBOOK! I URGE EVERYONE THAT WANTS AND HAVE PICTURES TO POST THEM ON THAT PAGE . WE ARE A PROUD GROUP, AND IT SHOULD BE SEEN BY ALL. ALWAYS A BROTHER.
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ORE. USA - Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 19:44:28 (MDT)
It's look like a busy summerthis year the VHCMA REUNION PETE'S WEDDING and PHIL CONNLEY turning 60 on June21st then Kokomo what a summer this is going to be. Would like to make them all. But, with no help with our 5 year old nephew it's going to be a task to make some of them. Still need to get a count for San Antonio. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 15:44:14 (MDT)
I was "putterin' around in my computer and asked about Dewey Canyon II. I didn't mention the 129th. However it showed some Cobra gunships with the Shark teeth. Does anyone know if the 129th worked in Dewey Canyon II?
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 11:13:25 (MDT)
I could have sworn that I entered this note last night, but I don't see it there today...anyway, here is another attempt at it: Mark, Just wanted to express my appreciation for posting Pete's (Baron) and my wedding announcement on the website! Thank you for the great write-up. We are hoping that most (if not all) of the remaining 129th can attend. I know that I met quite a few of you at Kokomo last year, and I am looking forward to seeing you again. I am also looking forward to meeting the ones that were not there. This is an event that you won't want to miss. We plan to honor the great, brave men of the 129th that did not return, and then celebrate the love that Pete and I have for each other. In the tradition of Texas (even though we are getting married in Louisiana), I extend to each and everyone of you a "Y'all Come!" Lisa (Sparkles) Smith...soon to be Nolen.
Lisa Smith <slisa@sbcglobal.net>
San Angelo, Tx USA - Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 07:43:38 (MDT)
june, Chicago, airport/monee,Il., 1/2 mile shootout, no speed limits, its like a drag race, race any car against car of your choice, no motorcycles,helmet required, 2 day event....if my vette is finished, .,I might take a run up there.also held in texas, Detroit,and Nav. http://www.wannagofast.com/chicago.php
alvis
USA - Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 07:10:50 (MDT)
Kenneth, the Yahoo site is a back up site I set up. It isn't intended to replace or interfear with any other site. I see no problem with copy and pasteing from Yahoo EXCEPT, it continues to be used as a back up site. Ig Google goes down..then pics are all lost and a few have posted words on there that are now dead.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 05:22:56 (MDT)
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN; THANKYOU FOR FIXING THE 129th FACEBOOK, IT IS ALOT BETTER, AND I AM GOING TO DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO POST PICTURES ON THIS PAGE OF THE BITE AND STRIKERS ! NEED YOU TO HELP IN THIS, IF YOU WANT TOO, CANT DO IT ALL BY MYSELF. NEED TO GET THE PICS. FROM THE YAHOO SITE ,AND TRANSFER THEM TO OUR= I SAID OUR FACEBOOK. NOT EVERYONE WILL FIND US ON THE YAHOO PAGE, BUT FIND US EASY ON THE 129th FACEBOOK. ITS FOR THE OUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS, AND SO ON. THEY ARE NOW ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT MY SERVICE AS A DOORGUNNER,CREWCHIEF, ETC. SO LET THEM GO TO A PAGE WITH PICTURES. THEN EXPLAIN WHAT WE DID IN VIETNAM, THANKS FOR ANY HELP 68-69 ALWAYS A BROTHER !
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE. USA - Monday, April 14, 2014 at 23:21:54 (MDT)
Mark, Just wanted to express my appreciation for posting Pete's (Baron) and my wedding announcement on the website! Thank you for the great write-up. We are hoping that most (if not all) of the remaining 129th can attend. I know that I met quite a few of you at Kokomo last year, and I am looking forward to seeing you again. I am also looking forward to meeting the ones that were not there. This is an event that you won't want to miss. We plan to honor the great, brave men of the 129th that did not return, and then celebrate the love that Pete and I have for each other. In the tradition of Texas (even though we are getting married in Louisiana), I extend to each and everyone of you a "Y'all Come!" Lisa (Sparkles) Smith...soon to be Nolen
Lisa Smith <slisa@sbcglobal.net>
San Angelo, Tx USA - Monday, April 14, 2014 at 22:35:50 (MDT)
am home. have just a few thjings to do to the Vette to make it spring ready,,yep, supposed to stinking snow tomorrow and was 70 today..arghhh. cant believe my luck with the weather. The Aussie gal has let me stick around for eleven years and said she just might let me stick around for a few more. Man, time goes fast. Seems like I was just over at gales house meeting Deb for the first time.
alvis
USA - Monday, April 14, 2014 at 18:50:56 (MDT)
Yes Kal Vic's was agent orange related. Bit, you know how the govt. works. I went to town hall meeting on agent orange. Most of us won't see anything in a way of compensation. But. Our spouse can file a claim. But, it must state on the death certificate ( death could have been caused by agent orange ) It all in the wording by the doctor. Hope everyone is doing OK. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt. 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
TN USA - Monday, April 14, 2014 at 14:41:43 (MDT)
Bill that was good u tube. check it out flight.
Rick England
USA - Monday, April 14, 2014 at 07:43:34 (MDT)
1. WELCOME HOME 2. just thought your members might like to know that one of your old aircraft UH-1 C/M 66 00643 is PRESENTLY LOCATED near Columbia, SC on McEntire AGB. a picture of 643 is posted on Facebook page called "Huey UH-1 ( Vietnam )" COWBOY 21
DENNIS DuPUIS (Cowboy 21) <dupuisdp@hotmail.com>
N. Augusta, South Carolina USA - Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 19:58:15 (MDT)
Well finally got my cumputer back working. It took long enough and tired of using my IPHONE. We have full custody of our 5year old nephew. He is a handful. Liz travels alot now so it's me and him. Hope everyone is doing well. Looking forward to all the get togethers this year. Not getting any younger. Went to the VA and the blood work showed all kinds of stuff from psa 7.74 to going from 500 to 1000 for typeII and other things that didn't make sense. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
TN USA - Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 09:55:34 (MDT)
Hey guys, a production company is putting together a series about Vietnam vets. Its due to come out in 2015. Here is a link to the trailer. Hope all are well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-CTKFzWjjw&sns=em
Bill Wolf
USA - Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 09:28:47 (MDT)
Hello Bite & Strikers!!!... Alex, sorry to hear of your friends passing. Was it Vietnam related? That is what is taking a lot of us out... Mark, thanks for this great site that has brought so many of together again. I do very little on FB as I value my privacy too much. Even though I am on it, I very closely watch what I post there and limit it a lot as to whom and what.. But, I must say, to each his own.. I will be on the road back to Michigan on Tuesday after having another great winter here in Mesa, AZ. It has been getting pretty warm here, having had 1 100 degree day and many 90+ days lately. I have been seeing that it is warming up a little and the snow is gone back home but it will take a bit of getting used to to handle those 45, 50 and some 60 degree days again. I have been feeling the urge to get on the bike again and hope Mother Nature co-operates. So, with love, respect, and brotherhood, have a great Easter weekend. C U L8r.. Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu at email period com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 17:24:31 (MDT)
Slow hand salute for Vic. May God be with him.
John Sartor
USA - Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 08:57:33 (MDT)
Mark, I will always be with you on this website. Those that knew Larry will be united with you.
John Sartor
USA - Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 08:55:54 (MDT)
Alex sorry to hear that news but going along with that. This is why I guess we are like family. Have only known Pete from being with you guys here. He is an easy guy to love and call a Brother for those who have not the chance to meet him yet. Many of us felt the pain when he lost his wife and I know are now very happy knowing he has found someone. Lets hope there is a good turn out for the wedding as I know I would love to be there.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 08:23:00 (MDT)
Slow hand salute
Mark
USA - Friday, April 11, 2014 at 21:10:01 (MDT)
A Slow Hand Salute to Vic Canfora whom passed away a few days ago. I grew up with Vic. Vic a Marine Medic served in Vietnam. He will be missed. But not Forgotten. Always A Brother!!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Friday, April 11, 2014 at 07:31:07 (MDT)
That sounds good
Rick England
USA - Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 09:20:41 (MDT)
HEAR YE, HEAR YE, HEAR YE....TO ALL 129THERS AND LOVED ONES.......ANNOUNCIING THE UPCOMING MARRIAGE OF OUR BROTHER, PETE (THE BARON) NOLEN, TO LISA (SPARKLES) SMITH. THOSE THAT ATTENDED KOKOMO LAST YEAR WILL RECALL HER. THE WEDDING IS PLANNED FOR JULY 19TH, 2014 AT 11:00 AM AT THE BARAK SHRINER'S TEMPLE IN MONROE, LOUISIANA. PETE HAS BEEN MAKING PLANS, AND HAS ASKED ME IF I WOULD ALERT ALL OF YOU ABOUT A FEW THINGS. HE HAS MADE ARRANGEMENTS WITH JOHNNY WALKER TO HAVE ONE OF THE HUEYS, AT THE WEDDING, WHICH MANY OF YOU HAVE FLOWN IN AT KOKOMO. THE GOVERNMENT HAS RULES THAT THE BIRDS CAN NOT ATTEND PERSONAL GATHERINGS "FOR HIRE" SUCH AS THIS, SO PETE HAS ASKED ME TO ANNOUNCE THE 129TH AHC "MEMORIAL" WHICH WILL BE AT 10:00 AM WITH THE WEDDING TO FOLLOW AT 11:00 AM, AND LUNCH AT 12:00 NOON. HE WOULD LIKE ANY, IF NOT ALL, TO ATTEND. PETE HAS 15 ROOMS ALREADY BLOCKED OFF AND PAID FOR IN FULL (FROM PETE AND LISA TO YOU) FOR THE ONES THAT WOULD NOT ATTEND DUE TO A HOTEL EXPENSE. THE HOTEL IS DAYS INN, MONROE, LA. ROOMS ARE BLOCKED FOR JULY 18TH AND 19TH. THE NEXT CLOSEST HOTEL IS BEST WESTERN. HE ALSO STATED TO TELL YOU HE DIDNT WANT ANYBODY NOT TO COME DUE TO FINANCIAL REASONS. HE SAID THAT IF SOMEONE HAS ENOUGH MONEY FOR HIMSELF TO ATTEND, BUT WANTS TO BRING HIS WIFE, PETE WOULD HELP OUT. HE ALSO SAID THAT IF YOU NEED THE GAS MONEY, OR IF THERE IS ANY OTHER REASON THAT WOULD KEEP ANYBODY FROM ATTENDING HE WOULD HELP OUT (OF COURSE WITHIN REASON) - MEANING HE WOULD FRONT YOU THE FINANCING. THOSE THAT KNOW THE BARON, KNOWS THAT HE NOT ONLY WANTS THEIR WEDDING TO BE SPECIAL, AND ATTENDED BY HIS BROTHERS; HE ALSO WANTS TO HAVE A SPECIAL, MEANINGFUL MEMORIAL FOR THE 129TH GUYS THAT NEVER MADE IT HOME. FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT NEED ONE OF THE 15 ROOMS DUE TO FINANCIAL REASONS PLEASE LET HIS BRIDE, LISA, KNOW AT slisa@sbcglobal.net. ALSO, FOR THOSE ATTENDING (EVEN IF YOU DON'T NEED ONE OF THE ROOMS), PLEASE RSVP LISA AT THE E-MAIL ADDRESS ABOVE, AND IN THE SUBJECT LINE PUT "RSVP WEDDING". IF ANYONE NEEDS TO GET MORE INFO FROM PETE CONTACT HIM AT < petenolen@cox.net > or call him at 1-337-873-7383.
Mark
USA - Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 06:19:07 (MDT)
hello flight, it's been a few days since I've been here to read what is going on. Mark, just to add a little remark (no pun intended) this site has been a lifesaver for me and I know it has been for many of us, granted we may not get here as much as we used to, and post even less, but that doesn't mean I think of you all any less. once a day at least is the norm for me. I think like many of us here, the time I spent with the 129th overseas was the best time I had in my life ..... AND ALSO THE WORST. I have only made it to 2 reunions so far but I felt MUCH better after attending because I was with my "family" again. and you are right ...... you can pick your friends but not your family. well if I could have picked my family I couldn't have picked a better one than the 129th. I hope to see everyone soon. I WILL make another reunion. later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Wednesday, April 09, 2014 at 21:48:30 (MDT)
Still using my IPhone. I will trying to make Kokomo in Sept. But, will be in San Antiono in June I will be collecting for the dinner so we can sit together. Hope everyone has a great day. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Wednesday, April 09, 2014 at 13:09:56 (MDT)
Kokomo? Me? :>)) You bet!!!!! Anyone need financial help getting there, let me know. I'm your Den Mother and banker:>)) All financial help is kept confidential. This also applies to help getting to the re-union. We're not getting any younger. L-G
gently
USA - Tuesday, April 08, 2014 at 19:19:22 (MDT)
It's been said that you can pick your friends, but you can't pick your family... I guess we're stuck with each other!
Dave
USA - Monday, April 07, 2014 at 15:38:37 (MDT)
Some days I get so busy I don't get around to checking anything on a computer. Still about everyday I do think of our unit or those who we have lost in these past few years. Hard to say that I wish I had more time to talk to all you guys more often, no clicks but just Brothers. Main thing is there is no one in charge of anything in this group really. By the way that makes us special compared to some units where guys have to pay just to get to their units site. So Alex, Gently, Mark, Paul Boggs and myself just do a few things to make it better. Ron has his own things going on too but wish we could still do more.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Monday, April 07, 2014 at 10:07:21 (MDT)
Gently are coming to Kokomo?
Rick England
USA - Monday, April 07, 2014 at 08:16:11 (MDT)
I'll always be here....it's Family for me. L-G
Gently
USA - Sunday, April 06, 2014 at 19:36:39 (MDT)
just traveling thru town. Been cruzing up in Vermont and New Hampshire. Beautiful up there. Don't think its Gods country, but might be very near the entrance.Happy Anniv. Gale and Debbie.
alvis
USA - Saturday, April 05, 2014 at 06:10:52 (MDT)
Thanks Mark!! I know understand how important this site means to me. Without it I wouldn't have been reunited with men I served with in the 129th and all the Brothers from all years The friends and Family members looking for information about there loved ones whom didn't make it home. I stayed low key about Vietnam. But, with the support of my 129th Family has helped me through a lot of tuff times. This is The Home Of The 129 th. Always A Brother!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
Tn USA - Friday, April 04, 2014 at 12:36:54 (MDT)
Alex my brother, no apology necessary. All is well my friend. By the way, it was 1997 when I started to do research as to how to set up this page. Lots of water under the bridge since then huh. From just me and Larry, to this wonderful family that we have now. I have another post concerning a 129th Memorial/Wedding Gathering that will take place this July that I will make a separate post.................always a brother.....
Mark
USA - Friday, April 04, 2014 at 11:52:31 (MDT)
Mark your right I was wrong in my post. I will always feel this is the 129th home. This sight has brought so many 129th Brothers home to us also Friends and Family members. I do have a Yahoo account where we have pictures on. But, I always come here. I guess I was afraid the Facebook would take away from this sight. I can't remember exactly when your started the 129th web page. I remember Charlie Rains telling me to contact you about the 129th. I remember you said you just getting started. I want to apologize to all whom view this web page. Most don't know what Mark and this sight ( Home Of The 129th ) means to me. Finding so many of the Brothers that I served with in my two with the 129tj. At least a months Go through the reunion pictures. Seeing our Brothers whom have died. But, the good memorie we had together. Yes this web page a lot to me. So, I hope all well except my apology for my letting my feelings to get the best of me. Now as of yesterday the court awarded permanent custody of 5 year nephew. Will have a little 129th person at the reunion in SanAntonio and maybe Kokomo which I am planning on this fall. Always A Brother!!! Be glad to get my computer back. Hard seeing the letters on the IPhone.
Alex Fernwalt
Tn USA - Friday, April 04, 2014 at 10:08:00 (MDT)
Ill be here too.
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, April 04, 2014 at 09:42:17 (MDT)
Alex, have to disagree with you that the 129th page has had a good run and that it is time to move on. I choose to stay and will forever because I know there will be others looking for somebody here and it will be me if I have to greet them alone. I do thank you for all the help that you have done over the years to help build this site into what it is. .......always. Brother, mark
Mark
USA - Thursday, April 03, 2014 at 20:58:29 (MDT)
Gentlemen of the 129 AHC, The "PIECE IS AT HAND" photo by Don Seiler is a slam dunk candidate for VOL 3 of my VN War Helicopter Art book series coming out in 2015. However, Don informed me that the original Poloroid print no longer exists and the remaining images are of such low resolution that it is unpublishable. I'm thinking that another alternate source for a suitable print would be the pilot/crew members from December 1972 who may have themselves taken a photograph of this ballsy nose art. Any help would be most welcomed. Thank you, John Brennan, former SP5, 114 AHC, 1970-71, Vinh Long AAF, Mekong Delta
John Brennan <johnmailman@yahoo.com>
CA USA - Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at 13:31:33 (MDT)
Mark, Gayle, Ken - I love you guys Just because and yes Alvis (monkey my ass that little bastard thought he was a gorilla)you are here most specifically.
wrong way <Bullet2013@outlook.com>
Oregon, Or Or - Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at 03:02:33 (MDT)
ALEX; I GUESS YOU SAID IT ALL, SORRY I WAS SO LATE TO GET A COMPUTER ,A LITTLE OVER A YEAR NOW. OR I WOULD HAVE GOT MORE INVOLED WITH THE 129th FACEBOOK, BUT I WILL SEE WHOEVER IS AT KOKOMO THIS YEAR, THAT SHOULD BE FUN, I ALREADY KNOW WESS GRIFF. HE DONT LIVE THAT FAR FROM ME , AND HAS BEEN TO MY HOUSE. WELL I TRIED! ALWAYS A BROTHER.
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
USA - Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at 01:36:26 (MDT)
Thanks John
Georg B
USA - Monday, March 31, 2014 at 17:19:48 (MDT)
George B- Here is the phone number for the Hilton @ the airport in San Antonio, TX 800 246-8357. Note: there is more then one Hilton in San Antonio, TX.
John Sartor
USA - Monday, March 31, 2014 at 17:06:27 (MDT)
any body out there got the 800 number for the Hilton in San An I need to call them & ain't got it amymore or the VHCA mag took it up thanks to anyone that post it for me
George B
USA - Monday, March 31, 2014 at 16:17:57 (MDT)
One thing is a lot of 129th doesn't do Facebook. I have gotten a lot of negative feedback over the years. But, I had to see myself. And, was shocked at the information that appeared without me giving the information to begin with. But, to each his own. But, it is just a very few whom post anymore. If you look a lot of people isn't present anymore. As I been told that it's just clicks anymore instead of trying to find our Brothers we served with. It was a good run with Mark's sight here. But, now is time to move on. My efforts for the last 14 years with the reunion was a positive thing for me. I was able to meet Brothers of the 129th from the beginning when I was there to those whom served at the end. This will always be the 129th sight. Take care. And, to those whom log on here and don't post. You have missed a lot. Alex
Alex Fernwalt
USA - Monday, March 31, 2014 at 09:29:55 (MDT)
TOO YOU GUYS OF THE 129th IS THERE A WAY TOO PUT THE PICTURES, I FOUND VIA YAHOO, ON OUR FACE BOOK PAGE? I DONT HAVE THE SKILLS TO DO IT OR I WOULD HAVE YESTERDAY. I WANT THIS FACE BOOK FOR ALL OF US TO SHARE WITH OUR GRANDKIDS AND OTHER PEOPLE, I TALKED SO MUCH ABOUT THE 129th AHC. IT WOULD BE NICE TO SHOW THEM WITH A CLICK!ALWAYS A BROTHER ! LOOKING AHEAD TO THE FUTURE WHEN WE ARE NO LONGER CAN TELL ABOUT THE 129th. LETS DO IT! BITE AND STRIKE FOREVER!
KENNETH SWANSON
USA - Monday, March 31, 2014 at 01:37:24 (MDT)
I'm going to CANCELL my room at the San An reunion if anyone needs one cause I won't be going I will call them tomorrow
George B
USA - Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 16:02:05 (MDT)
ALVIS; I THINK I FOUND IT, A ROW OF PIC"S FOUR WIDE IN A LONG COLUME. IS THAT IT ?
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
USA - Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 01:43:29 (MDT)
ALVIS, I MUST BE A ?, I WENT TO YAHOO, AND TRIED TO FIND SOME SORT OF PICTURES OF THE 129th, AT LANE AND FAILD TOO FIND ANYTHING. OF WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR. IS THERE ANOTHER WAY? YOU CAN E-MAIL ME INSTRUTIONS HOW TO DO IT . I DID FIND SOME STUFF ,BUT NO PICTURES. ALWAYS A BROTHER.
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE. USA - Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 01:21:56 (MDT)
National Viet Nam Veterans Day, today. I love you all. L-G
gently
USA - Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 15:22:23 (MDT)
I will try to attend the reunion in San Antone, been having issues with my heart and lungs..will be seeing a cardiologist the 10th. should know more then. I usually try to read the flightlog every day as my housekeeping.I inut when I can..here or facebook 129th and the Lane page on FB, We are all getting old. important we communicate with one another..Clear right, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 12:43:04 (MDT)
the yahoo site is a back up for this one and is also a site where we can store our easy to load photos.
alvis
USA - Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 03:54:31 (MDT)
George good to hear your finally getting your wife and stepdaughter over here. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Friday, March 28, 2014 at 23:08:38 (MDT)
Alex I posted that I got a room in San Ant but more that likey as I think about it chances are I won't be going with the added expense of bringing my wife & step daughter stateside & the building of my new 26 X 48 foot garage it might be a strench seems we have more of us attending the east coast reunions so must likely that will be the next one I go to with my new family in toe this time.BUT Brother Mark if your a having a MINIE inberween let me know
George B
USA - Friday, March 28, 2014 at 17:09:56 (MDT)
Glad to see few posting on this site. Not much activity anymore . First was Yahoo and now Face Book. To a lot of Brothers this is the 129th website. The politics and fighting among ourshelfves keep many away from here, We're losing our communication with The 129th Family. As far as the reunion one person has responded . Which tells me that most are not going. Mark provided this site to bring the 129th together. A lot of people don't get on Facebook might be a tool to find and lead 129th personnel to the original 129th web page. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwat 901-487-0374
TN USA - Friday, March 28, 2014 at 08:08:47 (MDT)
I WAS JUST AT THE 498th FACEBOOK, IT WAS VERY GOOD, DO WE HAVE ANYTHING LIKE THAT? THE FACEBOOK I HAVE WITH THE 129th IS SMALL ,NOT MUCH THERE. THINKEN THERE MUST BE A ANOTHER ONE OUT THERE.HELP ME BROTHERS! FOREVER A 129ther , BEST AHC. SEE YOU ALL IN KOKOMO, DO I NEED TO BE CAREFUL OF THE GENERAL? TEEEEHEEEE !!!!! CLEAR RIGHT-LEFT.
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Friday, March 28, 2014 at 00:01:01 (MDT)
well, next time at kokomo. when general RON calls a formation, I will ignore him, just like last time.You folks can walk around like your on eggs,but there was NO excuse for Ron to treat paul that way. That's my 2 ceants worth. if the thinks that of PAUL, he thinks that of mark, Gently and a few others there. I was in Bradford, PA yesterday, which happens to be home of one of our pilots, who is a Dentist now.We flew together on xmas of 71, with Mr,. Gibson (gabby).
alvis
USA - Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 20:35:10 (MDT)
Hey George, wanta swap your flight line? I've got some prop wash I'll trade!
John Sartor
USA - Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 09:28:35 (MDT)
No thanks George...
John Sartor
USA - Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 09:26:35 (MDT)
John I got a few yards of that flight line if you wanna buy some
George B
USA - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 17:05:20 (MDT)
Robbie, Let Ray know that we are praying for him to get well. As for the prop wash thing, it wasn't me. But I did use the Flight Line trick on my gunners.
John Sartor
USA - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 10:40:02 (MDT)
Robbie thanks for the update on Ray as I was wondering how he has been doing. Not heard anything from them in a while. I am just having a bad computer day as getting a message that my XP Computer will no longer be updated along w/Office 2003. Wow I still use Office 97 with most of my other stuff. So add that to my email problems. Anyway still trying to keep up as I have talked to Larry Davis, Paul Boggs & Stickman over the past few days. Need to make a lot more calls soon too.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 14:39:33 (MDT)
Hello Flight. I haven't posted in here since December. That's a lot to catch up on. Let me say I'm sorry for the troubles that some might have had and I'm happy for the good things that have happened. John Sartor, someone tried to pull that prop wash joke on me when I first got there. Don't remember who the perpetrator was but I was wise to it and told him I would do that as soon as I got some flight line for someone else. George, I am not planning on going to go to the reunion this year. If you find someone to room with, take some ear plugs with you to give to them. Ha ha. When I have a bad day and say something that I shouldn't, I always feel bad inside and will go back and apologize to that person. I find that they appreciate it and it makes me feel better also. Not that anyone in here has anything to apologize for. Don't want to start anything. I spoke to Ray Gagner a couple of days ago and he is not planning on going to the Reunion either. He has a hernia to be taken care of and a few other health problems. He sounded good though. He wanted me to say hi to everyone for him because he doesn't get on the flight log as often as I do. nuff said... bye
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 06:59:50 (MDT)
I want to thank everyone for their encouragement,it really does mean a lot.after sitting and thinking about it it is entirely possible I took it the wrong way.it could have been any of a half dozen scenarios.or maybe I had a big green weinie up my Ass that day,they can make you irritable.thanks again.see Ya at kokomo.
Paul McGrath brown
lasalle, il USA - Friday, March 21, 2014 at 13:33:48 (MDT)
Just a reminder about the Lane AHP page on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/groups/LaneAHP/ It's for anyone who served at Lane, no matter what they did & what unit. Also anyone who served with Lane units at other bases & anyone with an interest in Lane or the units that were there. Currently 91 people have joined. In other news: Managed to get Larry K into a hangar at the local airport yesterday & within a mere moment he had his ass planted in a B model that belongs to the local college. Pics were posted on FaceBook.
RickG
USA - Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 22:19:21 (MDT)
good evening flight, after re reading my last post and reading the other posts I think I owe all of you and especially Ron an appology. Ron .... I really didn't mean to call you a butthead that was not my intention. yes at my first reunion in phoenix you made a comment that cut pretty deep. but it was NOT because you were a butthead but in that instance you were acting like one .... after I thought about what you had said to me, I realized "hey he must be having a bad day" we all have them and that is alright. that is what being human and also being a family is. it does not always go as smooth as glass. so please accept my appology. I hope to make another reunion and maybe even a Kokomo I really have enjoyed meeting everyone, new and old friends. Later, Don
Don Miller
AZ USA - Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 20:24:59 (MDT)
So anyway along this same subject with new guys who are related. A bunch of us have family who have served in these past couple wars with some serving several tours. As I just talk to the guys who I was with and others we have Blackhawk Pilots, mechanics, CEs, etc. I have a nephew who has four tours dealing with roadside bombs, one who was blown up and another that is a drone pilot. Somewhere along the line I am sure that Mr Hendrex Son and Pauls may serve in the same unit. Crap one cool thing I did was meet a guy whose Dad was with mine in 1930 during the Banana Wars. Along with this subject Ron Paye and I talked about it being nice if we could get something for Iraq & Afgan Vets. OK, win or loose these Wars are just about done and I really hope to see us have more of them be able to come and enjoy the campfire & moonshine with us. Last it is not that I ever wanted the 498th guys to move on. I did want them to find enough guys someday soon so they could do their own thing. I just was looking a my pictures of DustOff Jim a couple days ago, I continue to miss him just as I would any of you guys that I have met & we have now lost.
Ken Strong
Candler, FL USA - Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 08:40:39 (MDT)
Been busy the past few days until I get a call last night asking me what is going on here? Really folks again thanks to Mark we all have a place to get together. Paul was part of the Kokomo group when I found you guys with just about everything parked in one site (429W). The transition of breaking off from the Engineers and growing as a group has been a big deal over the past few years. 1st when we hit about 50 folks showing up it was great and the number of people from the 498th has also increased. Again I spent over 12 years in the Army and got out as an E6 so rate doesn't mean crap these days. Just like I have said in the past I wanted Kokomo to be a place anyone would feel a part of the 129th to begin with. If we find guys who were cooks or worked in POL, no matter thier MOS or race I wanted like Mark a place we all could share.
Ken Strong 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 08:25:03 (MDT)
Just reading through the comments,havent been to Kokomo for various reasons.Hope to make it someday,I truly hope. I can tell you that this site has been a God send to me and corresponding with everyone, especially the ones we I served with , WE ARE UNIQUE. WE ARE A BAND OF BROTHERS..FOREVER. The older I get the more I realize that we are in our twilight years.We are all getting old..and will need each other even more as our health deteoriates. I Thank God ALMIGHTY, that I found this website started by Mark to honor his brother, Larry..I can only hope and pray I will see him on the other side,I know Larry will know. I DONT HAVE TO EXPLAIN TO HIM OR ANYONE ON HERE JUST WHAT THIS SITE REALLY MEANS.. CLEAR RIGHT, TEX 70-71...
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 04:24:43 (MDT)
mark; well said!
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 18:35:05 (MDT)
Upon trying to catch up and noticing something brewing and after reading all the comments I will say this;......Paul , as you can see by the reaction to all this from 129th'ers and others that have met you, and not met you, that the feeling is unanimous that you "ARE" "WILL BE" "ALWAYS HAVE BEEN" and "WILL REMAIN" a HUGH part of the Kokomo gathering of comrades from all units, of all wars, of all time. Nobody is allowed to drop out, unless they drop dead. See ya at Kokomo brothers.............Guys, have I told ya that I loved ya lately?.................always a brother...............Mark
Mark
USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 11:28:20 (MDT)
Good morning Flight, and especially you Paul. I am sorry to hear about your last Kokomo trip. That is the last thing I would expect to happen, and that would hurt my feelings to the bone. I missed last year at Kokomo, but have been to quite a few. And I'm sure that there is an explanation. Maybe like me (I can't hear anymore) Ron only heard half the conversation. Or maybe there was a little too much "Jack" involved. But I'm sure Ron does not care what unit you were in. Sometimes he goes into his "SDI" mode. But that's just for show. Ron Cares. The main thing for me when I go to Kokomo is that everyone there was in Vietnam. I can have a special conversation with them that I can't have with someone that was not there. Who cares what unit they were in. We all had very different tours, but yet we all have a bond that will live forever. If I were you I would put all of this out of my mind, and forget it. The nice thing about Kokomo is there are no officers. We are all equal. Who knows how many reunions we have left. And I'm sure all my 129th brothers feel the same.
Bill Whelan
USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 10:02:44 (MDT)
Just a word to the wise,hotels in the kokomo area are very scarce already.so if you want a hotel make reservations soon.
Paul McGrath brown
lasalle, il USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 09:45:50 (MDT)
Don sorry to hear about the wife. Lost 95% of my phone contacts. But,she is in our thoughts and prayers. Paul I'm shocked to hear whom made the remarks. I guess you don't how people are at times. Paul and everyone else whom land at our LZ here. If they stay here long enough the become part of this Family. We're in our final years. And, they going by to fast. Let all of us cherish the friendship we have made. I see more positive post from my 129 th Family. Paul and everyone whom I met here. It's been a true Honor to have served and the brothers I have met here. This is my 49th year is my first tour with the 129th. Yea we're getting old. Let's be the 129th Family that Larry and the rest of our fallen Brothers would want us to be. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt
TN USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 07:11:15 (MDT)
Good morning flight, I don't get here as often as I would like and post even less but I do read once in a while. Thanks Alex, she is not doing very well at all she is almost totally bedridden. doesn't get out of bed except for Dr. appointments and very few other things. and as for you Paul ........ if you don't belong in here ...... then the rest of us don't either. this is a site built by a person that was not an actual member of the 129th BUT .... Mark has done more than ANYONE to bring us together and help us heal our wounds. Mark and his family paid the higest price possible to the 129th. Larry and I were friends in fact I was in his hooch BSing just a few hours before his last flight. I still miss that crazy guy. as for you belonging with/to the 129th let me ask you a couple questions. 1st. Do you have an interest in the 129thahc? 2nd. do you have friends in the 129th. 3rd. do you like being around the guys and gals that are here? 4th. does it make you feel better to be around good people that enjoy your company and your friendship? I could go on but I will stop with those 4 ....... NOW if you can say YES to any one of these questions .......... THEN YOU ARE A BROTHER AND BELONG HERE. there is always at least one butthead in each family (yes I said family)and the 129th is no different. I don't think you and I have met but I promise that if/when we do meet I will shake your hand, give you a hug, and tell you welcome. just as I do with the REST of the people that BELONG here. sorry about writing a book here but I had a run in with the same person my first reunion too. I just figured out real fast that he was our token butthead and left it at that. you will always find people that think they are better than you. big deal ..... that is THEIR problem. anyway sorry about the "book" I have written here. and just as a reminder to you Paul ............ welcome to the finest "family" in the world. you will ALWAYS be MY brother. Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 09:49:24 (MDT)
The "war" ended in 1975... why can't the (in)fighting also stop. The further away we get (in years) from Vietnam, the closer we need to pull together. All this fighting and hurting are non-issues, and need to end. To paraphrase Phil Keaggy, "We need to stop the hate, because it's getting late..."
Dave Powers
USA - Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 09:01:32 (MDT)
Thank you Fred,Gale,Alex,and John for the reassurance that I have some redeeming social value.also a very large thank you to mark for making the site happen for all of us.
paul
lasalle, il USA - Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 07:46:11 (MDT)
I think maybe he needs to be evaluated to see if he is mentally competent to be flying that dust off bird
paul <idapaul@Yahoo.com>
lasalle, Illinois USA - Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 07:35:09 (MDT)
Paul, you & I discussed this briefly right after Kokomo last year. I didn't realize that it bothered(s) you that much. I think I can speak for the majority of the 129th in saying that you, Ida & the 498th are welcome at our site for as long as you want. Except for your occasional lousy jokes :o), you've been an asset to our reunions. As far as I'm concerned no one is in charge of the 129th family.......at LZ Kokomo or anywhere else. There's some of us locals that try to keep things organized, but, there is no rank & file. I believe that we should always be grateful to Mark Jackson & Larry(RIP) for every gathering of the 129 AHC and the healing & brotherhood that's transpired from them. Paul, I hope that you will reconsider, but, of course the choice is yours. Always a brother, Gale 67-68
Gale Beard 67-68
Clinton, In USA - Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 07:12:42 (MDT)
oh. does it mean the 509 crew also? What about Dustoff and the ROKs? Consider the source. Now you know why I just show up and spend a little time there visting with friends.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 07:11:38 (MDT)
Wish I would have been there at that time. Your not the only one he has insulted. I suppose that remark of his includes Mark and Gently.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 06:55:57 (MDT)
The bite and strike book has a new home with a 129other who wishes to remain anonymous.
paul
lasalle, il USA - Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 04:19:34 (MDT)
The offer of the bite and strike book still stands.somebody send me an address.
Paul McGrath brown
lasalle, il USA - Monday, March 17, 2014 at 22:50:35 (MDT)
This really bugs me and has for 6 months now,so I will expound on the situation.last year at kokomo I finally got out there after having some family scheduling get in the way the 2 years previous.I had a good time catching up with those I hadn't seen for a while.on Friday I ran into Ron paye and started to tell him about my son being a Blackhawk mechanic and the wife's promotion to va certifying official for the college she works at.he just said who cares and walked away.the next day Saturday everybody was milling around waiting for the usual presentation.when I got to the engineer area I stood off to the side and Ron paye launched into an explanation about how he and Steve were the ones who started it and how busy he was.(Ok cool)next thing I know he is yelling "this is for the 129th only."I asked if he meant me and he indicated yes and yelled it again.at that point I just went to my truck and went back to my hotel.I wanted to knock him on his Prima Donna ass.I believe that if my place in the group has been cancelled then I am at least owed an explanation(privately).
Paul McGrath brown
lasalle, il USA - Monday, March 17, 2014 at 22:44:29 (MDT)
Paul this is your place . I don't know what ass would tell you different. A lot of people visit this web site. And they become part of the 129th Family. We're grown men and respect one another. I want you to know your always welcome here. Don Miller good seeing you post. How is the wife doing? Alvis hwy 57 is Poplar Ave here in Collierville. It's about 5 minutes from the house. Call you do have my cell number don't you. Still using my cell phone. I'm always free. Always A Brother!!'
Alex Fernwslt
Tn USA - Monday, March 17, 2014 at 19:41:19 (MDT)
Correction: You can't leave your brothers...
John Sartor
USA - Monday, March 17, 2014 at 18:15:42 (MDT)
Correction: You can't leave your brothers...
John Sartor
USA - Monday, March 17, 2014 at 18:14:39 (MDT)
Paul Brown; You are our Brother in arms. In Nam, we had your back and you had our back. You can't your brothers...
John Sartor
USA - Monday, March 17, 2014 at 18:13:12 (MDT)
paul, ignore the one mouth and listen to the many that say you belong with us and we respect what you di over "yonder". besides that, I don't have anyone to drink coffee with up your way besides you.
alvis
USA - Monday, March 17, 2014 at 08:56:08 (MDT)
sure you do Paul. Your one of us now.
alvis
USA - Monday, March 17, 2014 at 05:33:12 (MDT)
This is a very good site Fred,I'm profoundly glad Mark set it up for you guys.I no longer belong here,was not the va or the govt.just one of my so called brothers
paul brown <idapaul@Yahoo.com>
lasalle, Illinois USA - Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 20:40:30 (MDT)
Paul, you reckon this site should be a porn site?.. as so many of us have been screwed by VA and our government.
alvis
USA - Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 20:12:49 (MDT)
Anybody that doesn't have one ,I have a bite and strike book that I no longer want. Send me an email with your snail mail address.I know there were a couple of people that couldn't afford one at the time.Send me your snail mail.I will post here who gets it
paul brown <idapaul@Yahoo.com>
lasalle, Illinois USA - Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 19:20:04 (MDT)
NOLAN; CORRECTION -POLYCICEMIA !
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner @ centurylink.net>
USA - Friday, March 14, 2014 at 17:46:52 (MDT)
NOLAN; YES WE,I SPRAYED A.O. FROM LANE IN 68-69, DID IT A FEW TIMES AND IT IS PART OF MY DISABILITY , I HAVE A LIFE TREATENING BLOOD DISORDER CALLED POLYCICEIA, AND BREAK OUT IN RED RASHES ALL OVER MY BODY, IT COMES AND GO"S, THE V.A. GIVES ME A CREAM TO PUT ON IT AND IT IS GONE IN A FEW APPLACATIONS, AND SHOWS UP SOMEWHER ELSE ON MY BODY ,HAVE HAD THIS FROM DAY ONE ! HAVE HAD THIS FOR 46 YRS.AND I HAVE A LUNG CONDITION TOO. HOPE THIS INFO IS SOME HELP,THANK GOD MY KIDS HAVE NO SYMPTOMS OF THIS,NOR THERE KIDS. GOOD LUCK ,CLAIMS ARE AT SNAIL PACE RIGHT NOW AND FOR THE NEAR FUTURE,BECAUSE OF THE OVERLOAD FROM THE MIDDLE EAST VETS. LONG LIVE THE 129th AHC !
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@ centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE. USA - Friday, March 14, 2014 at 17:42:46 (MDT)
Alex, I will be in Collerville, on road 57, Friday, tomorrow.
alvis
USA - Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 19:29:33 (MDT)
Hello flight, just thought I would write a little note to say howdy. today is Mar 13 1970 all over again......... it sure has been a long time since I set foot back in the states. but then again it feels just like it was yesterday, but with a LOT more pops and creaks in the old bones. on this date I always have a shot to the guys that didn't make it home. well the Dr. put that to a stop for a while .......... my meds won't allow me to drink any booze or even beer at all right now ..... so I pass the glass to someone else this year to give our guys a toast. although I may have a glass of apple juice. (do you think my meds will know if I let the juice sit out till it gains a little "strength") LOL I hope everyone is and has had a great year so far. Later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 11:01:13 (MDT)
Gale, Thanks for letting me know and will change your status on the form to life.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 07:44:20 (MDT)
Ken, yes I got mine. I'm lifetime member now.
Gale
USA - Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 21:54:27 (MDT)
Did you name your helicopter in Vietnam? I'm collecting Army helicopter names for VOL 2 of "U.S. Army Helicopter Names In Vietnam" to be published in 2015. Search your in-country photo/slide collections for personalized copter nose art & names. Search your memory & memoirs or query a buddy for his. Thank you gentlemen. John Brennan, former SP5, 114 AHC, 1970-71, Vinh Long AAF, johnmailman@yahoo.com
John Brennan <johnmailman@yahoo.com>
CA USA - Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 20:32:53 (MDT)
Rick did get your check. I need to get room booked. Still using my cell phone. Got a new laptop .but have to get the security on it. Need to see if I can get my computer fix San Amtonio should be a good one. I will be accepting checks for the dinner up to June 20th. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt
TN USA - Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 11:10:24 (MDT)
Robbie I made resvertion for the reunion at S A Tex but its 50-50% if I go as I might be back in Vietnam with my family or here with my wife & daughter or here alone so its like a 1 in 3 chance I will be going to it solo what are your plans, if ya go & I go solo you wnna split the room like our last trip?
George B
USA - Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 09:53:01 (MDT)
Nolan wish we all had more info for AO except knowing it was all over Lane. Also Kokomo stuff is getting there but reminder to all those who I am dealing with Sites. Checks will not be cashed until processed so remember they are out there. Also talked to Jack Newton and Ski @ Howard County. Jack needed to still do his membership which hope will be done in the next few days. As a new guy they won't process his request until after June 15th but will check to make sure he is a member. Gale, you did get yours renewed I hope already. Everything is being sent together by this coming Monday. For now I am using kens7776 at gmail dot com for email. That goes straight to my phone. Please don't use the address for junk right now!
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 08:56:19 (MDT)
Did you get my check? Thanks for doing this. Be careful out there
Rick England
USA - Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 06:30:53 (MDT)
My brother Steve Hargrave was a door gunner with you guys in 1969 and was killed Sept. 10th 69. During a discussion with one of your members he indicated that Steve worked spraying Agent Orange for awhile in addition to your normal flights. I was wondering if you guys have any indication of others in your outfit that have had problems directly related to exposure to Agent Orange? I asked this because I have been in contact with his daughter, which he never met, and she asked me about the Agent Orange issue. I also served in Vietnam before Steve went and I know I have several problems directly related to exposure. Thanks, Nolan Hargrave
Nolan Hargrave <nolan1947@gmail.com>
Centennial, CO USA - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 20:12:27 (MDT)
Pete Abplanalp ("Apple") was flying a paramedic team to a drunk driving accident one night west of Denver when they hit a wire. He was killed along with the entire medic crew. He had a successful civil engineering practice as well. My very first mission on a Huey was with Mr. Abplanalp, a VN pilot, and Carl Brader.
Dave Powers
USA - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 17:00:55 (MDT)
Alex, Dee and I will be there. Save us a seat at the 129th table
Mark
USA - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 15:44:47 (MDT)
Computer crashed so have to use my IPhone . I do have text phone number 901-487-0374 Anyone going to San Antonio I will be handling the dinner tickets. I had posted the info on a earlier posting. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt
USA - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 14:48:31 (MDT)
Computer crashed big time . I can be text on my phone 901-487-0374 until I get the computer fixed or another one. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt
TN USA - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 14:36:59 (MDT)
aint going to Laredo.
alvis
USA - Monday, March 10, 2014 at 21:09:39 (MDT)
Took Sue to the airport Wensday for a flight to Australia. She is going to be back in two weeks. Went for a vist with her family.. her Mom is 93 years old. Headed for Laredo, Texas Monday evening or Tuesday morn.
alvis
USA - Saturday, March 08, 2014 at 16:56:51 (MST)
dang, why am I getting a hankering for CCR music? I put a spell on you baby..
alvis
USA - Saturday, March 08, 2014 at 16:53:32 (MST)
Britney...............I ain't gonna take none of your foolin' around I ain't gonna take none of your puttin' me down I put a spell on you because you're mine, alright
Gale
USA - Saturday, March 08, 2014 at 05:32:55 (MST)
CW4 Pete Abplanalp was killed when the Bell 407 he was flying had a wire strike. December 1997.
Jeff
USA - Saturday, March 08, 2014 at 05:11:10 (MST)
put a spell on your self, and stay the hell off our website..have some respect.
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, March 07, 2014 at 20:55:35 (MST)
I sent the pilot I was with on 373, the report I got from the National Archives, and also talked to him the A/c and crew chief are still alive as far as I know, the peter pilot I talked to and sent the info to said he talked to the A/c a few years back..I have also talked to Mike Blough and sent him pictures and directed him towards this website. I found out that Peter Alpanap has passed away one of our pilots during our time there several years ago, also..continuing tying up the loose ends of my tour at Lane..Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, March 07, 2014 at 20:53:32 (MST)
Britney, you forgot to mention he came back after you got the boob job.
Alvis
USA - Friday, March 07, 2014 at 18:02:35 (MST)
Alex, you could not have made it. I-44 was a parking lot as was I-55. No way you could have made it, all lanes were blocked by trucks abd cars sitting, some for more than 24 hours.
alvis
USA - Friday, March 07, 2014 at 11:42:15 (MST)
Alvis should of called I would have drove over to West Memphis. I was in the 1st flight platoon until 3days before Thanksgiving 1966. Don't recall the gunner the guy was asking about but his name should be on the 1966 personnel roster that we have in the gallery. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt
TN USA - Friday, March 07, 2014 at 11:03:04 (MST)
hey maybe this guy can put a spell on me so im not bothered with my P.T.S.D., wont that be a kick. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Friday, March 07, 2014 at 08:28:06 (MST)
Brittiny, you forgot to mention he came back after you hit the lottery.
alvis
USA - Friday, March 07, 2014 at 06:12:25 (MST)
I was married for 7years to my husband and all of a sudden, another woman came into the picture he started hating me and he was abusive. but i still loved him with all my heart and wanted him at all cost then he filed for divorce my whole life was turning apart and i didn’t know what to do he moved out of the house and abandoned the kids so someone told me about trying spiritual means to get my husband back and introduced me to a spell caster so i decided to try it reluctantly. although i didn’t believe in all those things then when he did the special prayers and spell, after 2days, my husband came back and was pleading he had realized his mistakes I just couldn’t believe it, anyway we are back together now and we are happy in case anyone needs this man, here is his email address dumgaspells@live.com. His spells is for a better life. Email address: dumgaspells@live.com
Britney Robert <dumgaspells@live.com>
Colorado, Denver USA - Friday, March 07, 2014 at 03:34:04 (MST)
home for two days, one gone already. Well, Alex and Snoopy, was stuck down in W. Memphis due to all that darn ice. When I snuck out of our operating center, headed north on I-55, the backed up traffic was 75 miles long. Those folks had been sitting, some for over 24 hours, out there in the cold, some by now, out of gas. I couldn't believe it.. 75 mile back up. Was clear to the Missouri line and past, up to mile marker 14. wow.
alvis
USA - Thursday, March 06, 2014 at 18:50:00 (MST)
WOWEE......for a spell the 129th site has been dormant as far as looking for guys and stuff and all of a sudden it is alive again. This place lives and breaths for those searching. How awesome is that. What a wonderful place you guys have made of this Home. It warms my heart....God Bless you all................always a brother...............Mark
Mark
USA - Tuesday, March 04, 2014 at 15:46:36 (MST)
ATTENTION########...........also got this. Can anybody help out......... On Mar 2, 2014, at 2:52 PM, "Jim Novak" wrote: Looking for info On Lt.Judson 129th. Denny and I went to highschool together, enlisted together went to basic together and I was with his wife and parents at Arlington. I'm looking for his wife and son also. Thanks for your help. Jim Novak I left Viet Nam in October of 1966. I think he got there in Dec. or January. Novak Financial Group Inc. A Safe Port in the Financial Storm Click here to see the storm: www.usdebtclock.org 1755 S Naperville Road Ste.100 Wheaton,Il 60189 Jim Novak President 630.510.3260
Mark
USA - Tuesday, March 04, 2014 at 15:43:30 (MST)
ATTENTION#######............GOT THIS EMAIL FROM A BROTHER OF A 129ther.....can anybody help out???? On Mar 3, 2014, at 10:34 PM, "WILLIAM" wrote: Hi Mark, My brother served with the 129th Aviation Company from December 17, 1965 to December 15, 1966. His name is Gary Jack Kier, his service number is RA19644616. He was a door gunner and was an E5. I am trying to find out anything I can about Gary's service while he was in Viet Nam. So far, about all I have been able to find out is that he was awarded the Air Medal and up to the 4th Oak Leaf Cluster. I would really like to know more. Gary has passed away from cancer but he really didn't like to say much about what he experienced while over in Viet Nam. If nothing else, I would like to find out what battles he took part in and just maybe I'll be able to find some historical information in books or something. Anything you can help me with would be very much appreciated. I can be reached at crouse9717@msn.com. Thank you for taking the time to consider my interest. Best Regards, Bill
Mark
USA - Tuesday, March 04, 2014 at 15:39:39 (MST)
Roger Lange, was the A/C, A VNAF Pilot was peter pilot. Tony Vega, was the crew chief, and I was gunner. that morning, we came into Lane around noon and were told to standby. Richard Laughlin confirmed that part. Why, I WAS REPLACED, I guess I will never know,Mike has had the same guilt feelings as me because we were replaced by Paul, Mike, well, Ill let him tell you that himself, when he comes onboard..Ive come to peace with all of this but for some odd reason more pieces of that day, Feb. 19th. according to Roger, keeps surfacing..I have talked to almost everyone involved with this mission but the crewchief and door gunner on the high ship , who went to rescue the crew of Roger, Tony and Paul. I still don't who they were.. possibly that will come to light..who knows..Thank God for this website.. Clear right, always. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, March 03, 2014 at 22:20:01 (MST)
I talked to Michael Blough who was in 1st.platoon, and was in my hootch. I directed him to this website. From what he was telling me tonight that he and Pilot Alpanap, were originally scheduled for the Snoopy Low that Roger Lange, me and Tony Vega, went out on the morning of the 19th. of February 1971..43 years ago..For whatever reason he and pilot Alpanap were replaced by us..I don't know who his Bloughs gunner was, Mike did tell me the same exact story about Nolen falling in a tub of water that night before the mission same as Art Foster did awhile back..seems like this story never seems to end. keep finding out stuff that happened the night before Paul went out on the Snoopy and was hit by shrapnel from a rpg . Some things he remembers about that, I do also.. weird.. clear right, Tex 70-71...always..
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, March 03, 2014 at 22:05:49 (MST)
Just wanted to let everyone that I have been dealing with Kokomo stuff, I now have everything I need. Well just still need to fix my email with aol today and ask if Jack Newton got a one year or life membership with Howard County. Anyway I am staying in most of the day working on getting things together and will update everyone when mailed.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Monday, March 03, 2014 at 09:45:58 (MST)
Sorry Matt, I went on www.warbadge.com and they don't have the 129th AHC Hat Pins. They have everything else but Hat Pins. Thanks for your help.
John Sartor
USA - Sunday, March 02, 2014 at 09:45:17 (MST)
Regarding the hat pins, there is a guy that comes to a lot of the reunions and has patches big and small as well as hat pins with the 129th logo, the hat pin size one also fits into one of his belt buckles. I am fairly certain that you can look him up on the internet under "War Badges". He lives in Australia. Oh and window stickers for your ride, I know because I have them all......Tails Clear Left....Snell made it home as far as I remember.
Matt Casey
USA - Saturday, March 01, 2014 at 17:13:52 (MST)
Thanks Jeff- I looked at the photo you told me about. I knew a person by the last name of "Nolan". I went through Ft Rucker's Helicopter Repair School with him. As I was leaving the company, I guess about two weeks before I left. I saw him at the 129th Company area. He said he was assigned to the 129th. He said his last unit was on the Delta area of Saigon. Not sure but I think he said the unit was 114 AHC ? Anyway, the Noland in the photo was not the Noland I remembered.
John Sartor
USA - Saturday, March 01, 2014 at 16:01:15 (MST)
Gary, thanks for the address. Have you or anyone heard from Jae? I haven't heard from him in about 2 weeks.
George B
USA - Saturday, March 01, 2014 at 07:52:26 (MST)
Gary, thanks for the address. Have you or anyone heard from Jae? I haven't heard from him in about 2 weeks.
George B
USA - Saturday, March 01, 2014 at 07:52:26 (MST)
John I had those made up it is very expensive. I don't have any left other than the ones I have. It cost me about 700 and that was about 8 years ago.
Rick England
USA - Saturday, March 01, 2014 at 05:56:44 (MST)
John S. Go to the Links tab on this site and click on Virtual Wall. Go to last name index click "N" and scroll down and click SP5 Paul Mickle Nolen. There is a picture on Paul's tribute page. He was a good guy. He was killed just a few days before Cups, Crash L. , North W. and I left country. Cups story about him pretty much sums it up.
Jeff
Lake Norman, NC USA - Saturday, March 01, 2014 at 05:21:46 (MST)
Gary M, thank you, sir! I passed your info along to Mike this morning. I was out all day and couldn't thank you earlier, but he sounded very excited to speak with you. I hope he had a chance to call you today. Warmest regards, John
John Schnieders
Decatur, NI USA - Friday, February 28, 2014 at 20:29:37 (MST)
Rick England, what is the website for the person that you got the 129th Hat Pins from?
John Sartor <JohnSartor@yahoo.com>
USA - Friday, February 28, 2014 at 18:15:54 (MST)
Can you all check and see if you can find a photo of Sp/5 Paul Nolen? If anyone has a photo can you email me a copy?
John Sartor <johnsartor@yahoo.com>
USA - Friday, February 28, 2014 at 11:21:02 (MST)
George B, The mailing address is Jae-sung Chung ** 6th Fl Dongsan Bldg. *** 287-6 Jangan2-Dong, Dongdaemun-Gu ***Seoul 130-838 South Korea ****Gary W---
Gary Woodward <garywdsi@yahoo.com>
Memphis, USA - Friday, February 28, 2014 at 05:50:55 (MST)
I know Michael Blough, he was in my hootch.The Person that was hit with the RPG, was not Schnell. I knew him also..Terry Snell. Have Michael Blough call me , he should remember me..Im ON THE CONTACTS LIST..
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, February 28, 2014 at 03:25:27 (MST)
Hi, all. I'm hoping you can help with this. Trying to identify someone for Mike Blough, a friend of mine at church who was a SP5 in the 129th Bulldogs in Nam. The other person was also an SP5 called Schnell and he was killed maybe sometime in mid 70 or 71. They were doing 'snoopy low' recon missions with an infra red scanner on a UH1H Huey when he was hit in the stomach with shrapnel from an rpg. I don't think anyone else died on that particular mission. He flew on it in place of my friend, and it has really started to haunt him over the last few months. He'd like to contact Schnell's relatives but knew very little about him and his memory of that time is getting hazy after all these years. Does anyone remember him, or know of any good sources for info for finding who he was and possible relatives? Thanks, and thank you all for your service! John
John Schnieders <runnerjohn67@yahoo.com>
Decatur, IN USA - Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 21:16:02 (MST)
Thanks Alex. Ck Is in the mail. Be careful out there
Rick England
USA - Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 04:28:52 (MST)
Kenny, stuff is in the mail. Was great talking to you the other nite.......always a brother...........
Mark
USA - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 19:34:35 (MST)
Temps: Montrose, CO 55; Ketchikan, AK 43; Bradford, PA 10.
Dave Powers
USA - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 15:37:28 (MST)
Bill yes I did & Thanks to all. Waiting on one thing from Mark & will be sending stuff to Kokomo. It does look like we are going to try to get another spot but have to wait till after the middle of June. Had been busy outside for the past week but getting cold & rainy today. Only about 63 degrees right now. Sorry had to add that for those up North.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 14:00:07 (MST)
Rick my address is 9315 S. Fairmont Circle Collierville Tn. 38017. Remember to make checks to the VHCMA. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, Tennessee USA - Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:30:23 (MST)
Ken, did you get my check?
Bill Whelan
USA - Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 09:20:51 (MST)
Alex I still need a address for you to send ck.
Rick England
USA - Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 04:13:53 (MST)
Alvis My thoughs are the VHCMA in 2016 for having a couple of the ROK Tigers comeing over as guest. Have you heard from Jae, I haven't heard from him in about a week. I would like to get his regular mailing address cause I want to reg him as a associet member so he can get the news letter and maybe understand more. I also asked him if he lives near my sisters-in-laws (2)that live in Korea but haven't heard from him.
George B
USA - Monday, February 24, 2014 at 15:29:38 (MST)
If you haven't seen this helicopter montage set to AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeALQfS7PGo Enjoy.
Been There
USA - Monday, February 24, 2014 at 09:03:46 (MST)
I agree with Winks reasoning. Thinking about even more, don't you think it would be an easier time if they went to the VHCMA reunion instead of the Kokomo?
alvis
USA - Monday, February 24, 2014 at 05:54:15 (MST)
morning flight,i have read all the posting about our brothers from korea, I for one would love to see them at the reunion an would help in any way I could but this something big to take on is something that would take a lot of time to put together.as you all know the rooms go fast for the reunions, so not knowing how many rooms we need,what do you do reserve 5 rooms, 10 rooms, what if two show up,who pays for the extra rooms. yes one has up until three days before the reunion to cancel but by doing that how many of the members that cant attend because there are no more rooms.and of course who will put the rooms reservation on their card.for something like this takes time to get together,at lest a year. this would be the time to start planning for next year.there are to many IFS to do something so short to the reunion. just a few thoughts. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 10:57:47 (MST)
the site addy for the reunion at kokomom is... http://www.hcvvo.org/
alvis
USA - Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 01:43:19 (MST)
Just a few thoughts about San Antonio. Since I live on a very restrictive fixed income I have to plan carefully. It takes a year to plan a vacation. This year I have a graduation in FL the end of May. Even if it means driving the car and also use it as a hotel, I will do my best. As I just paid my dues to VHCMA for the year, it made me think about the plan to have ROK attend the reunion. They may have to join VHCMA as associate members. I should have asked Tom about that when I was talking I the phone with him last week. Later, Dennis class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau <dpfirst50atyahoo.com>
Roseville , CA USA - Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 20:23:00 (MST)
i saw on the flight log brothers were talking about a reunioon in kokomo,In was wondering if there was one. i new to this web site. great to hear so many brothers from the Unit "72"
Charles W janecek <Charlesjanecek@mail.com>
Independence, Missouri USA - Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 11:14:42 (MST)
Yeh that's a great idea to see what it will cost to bring those ROK vets to the reunion, let me know when and where and who and Ill be glad to donate to the fund..to bring them here.261, has special meaning to me I was the crew chief on it before I left Lane to come home to the states..anything I can do to help with restoring it let me know.. Recently, I was able to look up and find the peter pilot on 373, that we crashed on. back in 93, I sent off to the National Archives for a report on it and got a complete report plus pictures, its on the 129th, page of facebook.I talked to him last night, had a nice talk. IM still tying up loose ends, seems like.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 10:51:57 (MST)
Rick I'm just getting a check for the price of the dinner. No paper work. the registration form will be mailed to the VHCMA. And, on the registration form where it says dinner just write see Alex. I will give all the dinner checks to Cinda. and, will pick the tables for the 129th. Last year we were next to dance floor and in the middle. That way we don't have to wait to long for food. George maybe you can check on some of the flights and hotels. But, so far I have seen a lot of commo about any of this . Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, Tennessee USA - Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 10:51:16 (MST)
Apparently I was having directional issues when I posted last night. The photo of #261 fueling at QuiNhon shows the RIGHT side :)
RickG
USA - Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 10:04:24 (MST)
Alex do we send the forms to you? Can I get you8r addy?
Rick England
USA - Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 07:09:14 (MST)
Almost forgot: The guy is requesting more photos of #261. So far all we have is the one of it hot fueling at QuiNhon showing the left side. Can't tell if it had the bulldog on the nose from that angle.
RickG
USA - Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 00:56:57 (MST)
Here we are just a few hours after my previous post about #261 & the guy who owns it is going to pull it out of the storage hangar & "restore this girl back to original". So there we go, #261 is going to fly again as a 129th bird. The owner is just about the best guy in the business for the job. Same guy who restored #509 for the UK guys. Gary Mount is going to be insufferable for a few days LOL!
RickG
USA - Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 00:54:00 (MST)
Alex, I realize it would take some reserce and if you will allow me so lee way my thoughts are for 2016 so there is plenty of time to plan but that is up against we are getting older My thoughts are we try to pay for flight tickets & their room. Maybe its not a good idea so far there's no feed back should it just be jeterson
George B
USA - Friday, February 21, 2014 at 18:04:10 (MST)
George has anyone figures the cost? If they get here whom will pick them up and what about hotel rooms and other expenses. It would be nice to have these Vets. But, think someone need to do a research on everything. You are asking them to come as a guest. Which someone need to do some home work. Find how would be coming and the cost to the 129th once they get here. But, seriously a lot of planning needs to go into this. are You talking Kokomo? Also some of our Brothers of the 129th are fixed incomes. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
Collierville , TN USA - Friday, February 21, 2014 at 16:22:35 (MST)
Looks like we may have a restoration candidate. 68-16261 went to the Singapore AF & is now back in the US. We know who owns it & where it is ... and it's for sale :) http://www.129th.net/helicopters/68-16261.html There's a photo of it on the Lane AHP facebook page of it being fueled at Qui Nhon when flow by Mark Cullison.
RickG
USA - Friday, February 21, 2014 at 13:32:42 (MST)
Alex thanks for the reply. Can you ask Gently to call me, I think it would be great to see a few of the Tiger guys while we are healthy how about you or is there enough interst? I figure if a bunch of guys donated 10 or 20 maybe we could raise enough. I pay $1200 to go round trip to HCM city (Saigon) & I think it is a lot cheaper round trip to Soul to one of our reunion sites. Plus maybe if we are short our Korea contact will understand & find a way to make up the difference
George B
USA - Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:20:47 (MST)
George: Liz stay on the road and is gone min. 4 days a week. Have to train and visit all Frightliner dealerships and conventions. And I take care of our 5 year old nephew. I'm Mr. Mom that's what all the mom's call me at the PRE-K school. I'm collecting for the VHCMA Dinner like last year. Gently has done a great job handling the money for the 129th she has an account for the 129th. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
Collierville , TN USA - Friday, February 21, 2014 at 07:49:28 (MST)
Alex I been E ing Jae about trying to raise money to help a few ROK Tiger veterans come over for a reunion and we are wondering if Liz would handle the collecting. He says he can arrange the rewarding and or decideing who should receive the tickets. I think Liz is handleing the funs that help out the guys that can't afford to come so if she can also handle this it would be great to have some come over. I told him I'd donate the first $100 It would be great to hear first hand how the ROK is treating their Vietnam vets & just be with them again.I'd do it but trust me I ain't to good at collecting & keeping records
George B
USA - Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 14:41:21 (MST)
Happy Birthday Bill Whelan! L-G
Gently
USA - Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 18:34:05 (MST)
George "Ditto" my friend.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:30:09 (MST)
The annual 129th AHC/ VHCMA reunion on June 25-28 2014. registeration forms is on the VHCMA website. For the dinner we will do like last year, Make the checks payable to the VHCMA but mail them to me. And on the registration form where it say dinner just put SEE Alex!!! This way we will be seated together. It worked out good last year. See Everyone in San Antonio TX. Planning on Kokomo this year also. One thing VA gives us free health. But, I found out that they don't always know what their talking about. If the VA Doctor tells me something then I find a civilian doctor. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
Collierville , TN USA - Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:29:36 (MST)
morning flight, john hang in there, its got to get better.
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 08:39:11 (MST)
I went to the VA Hospital today and had some tests run. I found out that I'll never be able to fly to Kokomo due to my blood, nor bus, or long car ride. Even on thinners I still get blood clots. While at the VA Hospital I spoke to 3 doctors and that's what I was told. They did find another 2 blood clots, one in each leg.
John Sartor
USA - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 17:27:23 (MST)
Bruno, I have no idea what is on any web sites but remember it is their country so why would they allow a statue of a old enemy to be on their soil? Their government is increasing their desire to become friends with us but still desplays our abanded & simi self destroyed planes tanks & all types of other equipment like they won it from us but again I try to look the other way cause its their country now. Of course the R.O.K.'s deserve a statue on that pass but reality is the site has a artest imagine on it.Another thing that keeps me going back is knowing that for the most part Vietnamese people are just like us we all just want to be happy in life and the difference is not in the people the difference is the government I think ours is better than thiers and they for the most part do not like thiers (and pretty much still hate the north) but to tell you the truth some times I don't like ours either so again like us if the government doesn't bother me I'm happy & they feel the same if their government leaves them alone they are happy. That was alittle on the long side, well smoken gets me talken
George B
USA - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 14:56:47 (MST)
The ROK's have/had a picture of the marker on their web page to commemorate the battle.I wonder the the Vietnamese government has "messed" with the marker or not.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 08:31:02 (MST)
Still working on last years issues. I have all but given up on my AOL email address which I got back in 1995. Not sure what the deal is unless they want money from me as I can't get past the talking machine. Also have given up on the VA for glasses as they have me on a waiting list till May just to think about an appointment. Now they say there are too many Snow Bird Vets coming to Florida.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 07:55:47 (MST)
Alvis thanks I just E Jae. I was back to see the old Ane Khu pass in 2012, the NVA painted over the fisrt Cav patch that was on a huge rovk with their new flag & irracted a statue with 3 NVA soldiers
George B
USA - Monday, February 17, 2014 at 17:42:30 (MST)
Ok George, I left a message on their site. Did I ever tell you guys that The ROKs built a marker at the top of the An Khe Pass?.
alvis
USA - Monday, February 17, 2014 at 06:33:46 (MST)
http://www.rokfv.com/
alvis
USA - Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 18:35:40 (MST)
Alvis could you ask Jae-Sung to E me my E is rdster1930@yahoo.com
George B
USA - Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 17:29:48 (MST)
The response from Jae, the web master of the ROK web site... Jae-sung Chung 2014/02/13 10:36:58 [Reply] modify delete Wow! what a wonderful invitation this is Alvis!! for which I thank so much. I wish as many as ROK veterans could join the exciting gathering together. We will do our best.
alvis
USA - Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 06:28:41 (MST)
Just in case you ever wondered..the main factory for Campbell Soup AND V-8 juice, is in Napolean, Ohio, which is about 100 miles straight north of Mark. Yes, it does snow a bit in Buffalo,Ny, in the winter.Just gald ,for once, I wasn't down south,wow.
alvis
USA - Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 06:20:27 (MST)
Ken I contacted Bill an asked him contact you.
Rick England
USA - Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 06:15:33 (MST)
KEN STRONG; JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH PAUL B. AND EVERYTHING LOOKS OK FOR ME AT KOKOMO, HE SAID HE WILL TALK TO YOU THIS WEEKEND.ALWAYS A BROTHER, SEE YOU ALL THERE!
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@ centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 21:50:55 (MST)
Again Ken Swanson if you can make it along with Wes that is great. We have managed to slip folks in and tents are much easier. No money needed right now from you guys. The only person I have not really heard from yet is Bill Whelan and what is going on with Whity this year. Frenchie do you talk to him? Rick has taken care of his site and need be thanks and will hold that extra for a possible tent upgrade. Talked to Larry Stokes yesterday and I am supposed to call Paul Boggs back this weekend about ideas.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 07:32:16 (MST)
KEN STRONG, I HAVE WESS G. PHONE NO. SHOULD I CALL HIM? I PLAN ON DRIVING MY TRUCK ,AND SET UP TENT IN BACK, I NEED A E-MAIL FOR ALL THE INFO, AND WHO TO SEND CHECKS TOO. I SENT CHECK LAST YEAR ,BUT GOT INTO M.C. CRASH, SO I DONANTED IT TO SOME ONE ELSE. I THINK SOMEONE MIGHT REMEMBER THAT. ALWAYS A BROTHER & AND A 129ther FOREVER.
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner @ centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 01:06:45 (MST)
Ken I was going to send space rental $$$ l am alive and can send $$$ if we can inch our way closer to the stage. Let me know.
Frenchie <frenchie745@comcast.net>
USA - Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 18:54:56 (MST)
Fred Alvis-That Storm is going up the Atlantic coast up to New England !!!!!!! Get outta of there ASAP. It is in the Atlanta area later today. So get your Rump otta there buddy.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 09:05:17 (MST)
Ken use the other ck for to Kokomo
Rick England
USA - Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 07:53:05 (MST)
Ken Swanson are you in contact with Wes G.? Please let me know what you are bringing as we either need to fit into spots we have or try to get new ones after the middle of June. Got two checks from Rick England?? Also along with Gale, Mark what about an upgrade on your tent? Paul Boggs was checking out some used stuff plus more tie downs like he had made before. Agree that we need a little more planning before September.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 06:53:05 (MST)
headed to Maine, then to Ft. Madison Iowa.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 17:24:41 (MST)
Sorry JW..JP was a retired NY state trooper I knew..George, I agree. I don't think any guest would have a great time if they couldn't speak English and no one spoke Korean..to bad we lost Dustoff..
alvis
USA - Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 17:23:39 (MST)
Fred J.W. is correct the only reunions Don Miller has made was Phoenix. yea! miss Shadow and Smitty. Always A Brother!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, Tennessee USA - Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 10:27:11 (MST)
Avis its not a insult to offer help in anyway to a friend yes some might be doing well & maybe interested or not in a reunion and so might a ROK Tiger not be doing well & want to come and that is why some of us would like to help. It would be alittle work but if they can arrange for a VISA it would be easy. Maybe they have something like a VFW like we do or a Korevet as we have the AMVETS
George B
USA - Monday, February 10, 2014 at 17:23:32 (MST)
Fred, That picture was taken at Phoenix Reunion. I met Don and Jack there. Smitty wrecked his bike on his way back home.
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N. C. USA - Monday, February 10, 2014 at 15:22:18 (MST)
It was at Phoenix that picture was taken. Frist time I met Don and Jack. Smithy wrecked his bike on his way home.
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N. C. USA - Monday, February 10, 2014 at 15:01:58 (MST)
That would be a nice gesture,but will have to handle it gracefully.as far as helping out our Korean ROK Brothers. I plan on being there in San Antone, hopefully. its a piece from Lubbock, drove through there many, many times going to Lubbock and Amarillo, to visit my brother and son , when I lived in Corpus Christi. We shall see. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:09:51 (MST)
Alvis, that wouldn't have been Indy 'cause Smitty was with us then and I pretty sure that Shadow was too. Anyway, we're just thinking amongst ourselves that we could help out if it was needed That would be a nice gesture whether or not they accept it...........or possibly, they might not even be interested. I dunno.
Gale
USA - Monday, February 10, 2014 at 07:12:40 (MST)
I put a picture on their message board, from the Indianapolis Reunion(I think), that contains two of our "passed" members. It was thoughtless of me. The picture has, standing, left to right, Don Miller.,Jack, Bill Wolf,Matt Casey, Fred Alvis. Sitting, left to right, Alton Page AKA Shadow, Alex Fernwalt,Jim Westwang AKA Smitty, and J.P.
alvis
USA - Monday, February 10, 2014 at 06:35:28 (MST)
Keep in mind, some of those guys have done well for themselves, as have some of ours. Korea isn't a third world country anymore with half the folks holding a cup out for spare change. To think that is an insult to them. To make an offer as such, one must be very,very careful and diplomatic.
alvis
USA - Monday, February 10, 2014 at 06:25:26 (MST)
Just a thought but I was wondering if there is a way to funnal money into help pay for our R.O.K Tiger friends afford to come to the June reunion?By the way I think my wife will be state side & with me in San Ant in june so ya all need brush up on your Vietnamese George B
George B
USA - Sunday, February 09, 2014 at 17:20:49 (MST)
Just a thought but was wondering if there is a way to funnel some money to our ROK brothers to help them pay for the trip to a reunion, they sure helped us so I would like to help out. My wife & step daughter should be state side for the June reunion so you all need brush up on your Vietnamese
George B
USA - Sunday, February 09, 2014 at 14:37:49 (MST)
Greetings Flight, that would be way cool to have ROK soldiers at the reunion. I plan on being there also. Peace brothers.
Bernie Hernandez <57bhernandez@gmail.com>
Roy, UT USA - Sunday, February 09, 2014 at 14:06:01 (MST)
Will be at the VHCMA in June. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt. 901-487-0374
Tn USA - Sunday, February 09, 2014 at 14:00:11 (MST)
going back out tomorrow morn
alvis
USA - Sunday, February 09, 2014 at 13:03:29 (MST)
Alvis....?
Gale
USA - Sunday, February 09, 2014 at 11:33:25 (MST)
posted invitation, now you guys need to do as well. I kinda screwed up the deal.
alvis
USA - Sunday, February 09, 2014 at 10:50:16 (MST)
Who is going to the VHCMA REUNION in San Antonio in June, this year.?Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, February 09, 2014 at 10:39:34 (MST)
the ROK site is as follows. Once you get there, click on "free Bulletin". Last word I had was that Jae was in Germany. All are invited to go in and say hello to those guys, remember ,they did help keep our butts out of crap, espically Anson/Lane base. Many, like us, are retired now and many do a lot of traveling. Have seen many,many pics of their trips back to Nam and the sites in Korea. I feel strongly they would love to attend a REUNION over here. On that site is a version of the "Battle for An Khe Pass" where we lost a ship and pilots Shaw and Struthers..Bernie and Bruno were the GIB on that tragic flight. http://www.rokfv.com/eng/contents/sub0101.php
alvis
USA - Sunday, February 09, 2014 at 10:36:45 (MST)
Fred Alvis or anyone, is there any chance we could get (or help get) a couple Korean friends that send us the patches over here in Sept.....just a thought. I would agree to taking some out of our 129th fund for that. Suggestions.................
Gale
USA - Sunday, February 09, 2014 at 10:04:12 (MST)
Speaking of Kokomo.....the dates are Sept. 18, 19, 20 or come earlier in the week if you want. Ken Strong, I hope you & Joey will be there....Larry & Brenda..... Wes & Kathy ....Joe & Kristy Nicolich and anyone else that had any health problems. Mark, did we decide on another tent or will we go with that one again. If we need a donation for some sturdier equipment...count me in! Always a brother, Gale
Gale
USA - Sunday, February 09, 2014 at 09:58:32 (MST)
Ken Swanson, at this time, all you will have to do is decide where you plan on staying. If you have an SUV, hopefully we can work you in....that's Ken Strongs dept). Otherwise , just show up and pay $10 at the gate for a wristband. We'll give you instructions/directions later where our spot is located. Bring your bedroll and you may be asked to chip in a little $$ for food. Gale
Gale
USA - Sunday, February 09, 2014 at 08:20:33 (MST)
I WANT TO JOIN THE -HCVVO- AND SEND MY $ 30.00 AND DO EVERYTHING I NEED TO DO FOR KOKOMO. PLEASE E-MAIL ME THE INFO. ALWAYS A BROTHER. 68-69
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner @ centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Sunday, February 09, 2014 at 02:15:40 (MST)
Got and email from the 509 group. Does anyone know a Jack Hustler supposed to have been with the 129th. I never heard of him. But, some guy is looking for him. Always a Brother!! Lost all my phone contacts. If you can send your cell number to me either by text or email I would appreciate it.
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN. USA - Saturday, February 08, 2014 at 11:56:11 (MST)
Ditto on what Gale said. They just started to take checks the 1st of the month but will wait and send in all forms and checks at one time.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Saturday, February 08, 2014 at 10:39:32 (MST)
Happy Birthday Ray Granger. Hope you have many more.
alvis
USA - Saturday, February 08, 2014 at 09:13:53 (MST)
KenI forgot to make the ck out to howard county. I will send another ck. sorry
Rick England
USA - Saturday, February 08, 2014 at 05:31:52 (MST)
Mark, send a check to Ken, but, made out to HCVVO along with your site number. I always pay for 3 nights($30.00)and some times they waive the extra nights at the gate. Ken will send all the checks to them and they will send you a form showing the site number and your paid reservation. If you are a member of HCVVO, you send "them" the dues now.
Gale
USA - Friday, February 07, 2014 at 06:23:40 (MST)
Ken, have you sent me the paper work yet?
Mark
USA - Thursday, February 06, 2014 at 16:17:54 (MST)
I can get on here now. Ken, reservation money is in the mail(snail mail) lol
Gale
USA - Thursday, February 06, 2014 at 15:22:18 (MST)
Mark, no not yet. Gail just sent me a note saying he is not able to post on here and my email is also messed up @ AOL. Might have been hacked!
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Thursday, February 06, 2014 at 12:18:56 (MST)
I will send the check today Ken.
Rick England
USA - Thursday, February 06, 2014 at 05:21:16 (MST)
Hey Ken, refresh my mind. Did I send you money yet?................
Mark
USA - Wednesday, February 05, 2014 at 18:25:27 (MST)
Rick was talking to Frenchie yesterday but we still need to do one thing, can he send you the money and you send me a check to Howard County. That way they know you are still alive and kicking under the idea that some spots had people who were dead for a few years. I know it is crazy but guess that is why they won't let one person pay for all the spots. Guess a couple groups were keeping some alive for quite a few years before other people bitched. The swap with Ron Paye and Larry Stokes was a trip needing death certificates, etc. before they would do it.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Wednesday, February 05, 2014 at 10:47:04 (MST)
KEN FREnchie is goung to pay for my lot this year. I don't want to lose it let me know if Frenchie calls you
Rick England
USA - Wednesday, February 05, 2014 at 05:51:57 (MST)
Sorry had another busy week. So far Paul Boggs & Larry Davis have sent me checks for there spots. Ted Buisker said it would be faster so he drove down from IL with his. Also was busy with Stickman here for the week followed by my Nephew on the weekend. Just made E-5 so he is happy. Spent the past couple 80 degree days working on the deck. So Mark, Gale, Rick & Bill? Larry Stokes I need to talk to but again. My new address here is, 10551 SE 114th Ave, Ocala, FL 34472. Anyone else wanting to bring it to me just let me know. Ted & Sue brought the cold air with them.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Tuesday, February 04, 2014 at 08:52:36 (MST)
Alvis, be careful up in the Poconos.
Bruno E sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Tuesday, February 04, 2014 at 07:48:48 (MST)
that's great news Art, now if that will only happen to Susan. Sitting in Carlise,PA. Snowing like the dickens out there..headed up into the mountians near Scranton.
alvis
USA - Monday, February 03, 2014 at 06:43:59 (MST)
HI well I told you Sandra would be on OXG. for now on & that the doc told us well she went back to her doc for a breathing test & something happen GOD HAS TUCH HER NO MORE OXG> tanks just her thing for c o p d at night.
Art
USA - Saturday, February 01, 2014 at 16:18:12 (MST)
.........Ill have to check on that Fred, but thanks for telling me about the Vid....................
Mark
USA - Friday, January 31, 2014 at 20:05:44 (MST)
Fred, I see that the 1st link at the bottom of the first page doesent work. I forget what video that is but the Inside Out BBC video that was dome about our trip works. It is the last one ( bottom one) of the 3 vids that show up when you click the "509".
Mark
USA - Friday, January 31, 2014 at 19:39:22 (MST)
Thanks wink. I am aware of mid America..they are about 3 hours west of here. In no hurry. Theres a joke with vette guys about a "corvette tax" when buying parts. Say the word vette, and all of a sudden the price increases.
alvis
USA - Friday, January 31, 2014 at 17:53:35 (MST)
Mark, are you aware the 509 link/video doesn't work,exist?
alvis
USA - Friday, January 31, 2014 at 17:51:11 (MST)
morning flight, hey fred not sure you are aware of mid America motorworks. they have any vet part that you need or want.their # is 800-500-1500 or mamotorworks.com wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Friday, January 31, 2014 at 09:28:31 (MST)
Kal, you should see Gales backyard..he HAS been busy. Going back out today, first going to find out why I haven't been sent south of I-70 but once since xmas.Been sent to Mass a bunch,Vermont,Conn,NY,RI,WI,MI,MN,Iowa,Il,Ohio,PA, you get the picture. With my timeoff, been to darn cold to go outside to work on the vette. Been to cold in the garage to finish that engine and the stuff I have for the vortec heads..new springs and roller rockers.
alvis
USA - Friday, January 31, 2014 at 06:50:59 (MST)
Gee Gale, it looks like they have been busy building a lot of new stuff at Lane sense the last time I checked it out, and that wasn't all that long ago. Must be they hadn't updated the pictures in a while. This batch doesn't seem to be a clear as the last ones. Take care brothers.. L8r... Oh ya, 79 degrees down here in Mesa right now...>>>
Kal Bergstrom '68 <n8auu@email.com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 13:01:52 (MST)
Jim Ellis, if someone left you a message you should go to the top of the page, to the right of your name. There should be 3 images...click on the middle one & see if it's there. Hope this helps.
Gale
USA - Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 11:05:14 (MST)
James, I was there in 2010. I went out to Lane, but, it is now a Vietnam Army Post and they wouldn't let me in or near it. You can get a pretty good view now on Google Earth. I recall a Sgt Ellish that was there when I was in 67-68. He's the one that could scrounge up any part that we needed.
Gale 67-68
USA - Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 09:37:05 (MST)
James Ellis, here are the UTM coordinates (Google Earth)for the 129th hootches: 13°48'12.92"N, 109° 5'46.90"E. Good image, too!
Dave Powers
USA - Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 16:13:56 (MST)
What ever happen to lane airfield after we left Vietnam ? I don't see any thing on Google earth to even get in the right area. It sure has changed a lot form 67/68 when I was their. I was on the facebook page this morning and I missed a chat because I was looking at the pictures and it came up to the lower right and small and I missed it. I wish all of you good health and a long life.
james ellis <drellis101@hotmail.com>
Newport, NC USA - Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 15:00:49 (MST)
morning flight, thanks fred for the good laugh this morning.//// alex hope you have decided to come to fl. with liz next month, if not i'll have to have Kristina get on your case, and you don't want that,heeeee. after the meeting about AO let us know about what you learned if anything. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 08:43:54 (MST)
so cold here I saw a lawyer with his hand in his own pocket
alvis
USA - Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 21:04:15 (MST)
It's c old everywhere Wink. Liz left before the sleet and ice in New Orleans. She ran in snow on her way down last Thurs. 60 degrees one day and the next sday your freezing your butt off. Had a dusting of snow. But the wind is the killer. Plan on making Kokomo. But, have to see if nephew is going back to parents. The 5 year old doesn't understand why his soon to be 68 year old uncle can't keep up with him. Going to Town Hall meeting on agent orange. The VVA is sponsoring it. They are having the right VA people there to explain benefits that may be available for Vietnam veterans and dependents. Plus claim assistance. About time someone get on the stick. Always A Brother!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, Tennessee USA - Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 10:42:46 (MST)
morning flight, yea mark, its been very quiet lately.the artic cold must be keeping everybody busy trying to keep warm. even here in florida ,in the 13 years that I've been here a cold spell lasts for a day or two then its back in the 70's. this year the cold wheather is hanging around longer, but i'll take this wheather over the northern states./// made my motel reservations for kokomo, i'll be there but I won't be able to attend san Antonio. my youngest daughter,in new York, is graduating from high school that week. I must be there. I'm not the only one that's disappointed about not going, mike ryan &Kristina are more disappointed than I am.they really enjoyed themselves at DC. mike really got into it, just as ryan&kristina. but there always next year and I guess I,ll have all four of them going. keep warm all wink 3/69-10/70
wink
wintewr haven, fl USA - Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 08:19:11 (MST)
WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!
Mark
USA - Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 06:18:43 (MST)
GALE; THANKYOU FOR SHOWING ME NEW SITES ON THE 129th. THE ONLY BAD THING IS THAT THE LAST TWO NIGHTS ,I STARTED GETTING FLASHBACKS AGAIN. BUT BEEN THERE BEFORE.
KEN SWANSON
ORE USA - Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 09:46:58 (MST)
Does anyone remeber a guy from Alaska I think we called "skeymo" I think he was a crew chief on the slicks. If so anyone in touch with him?
George B
USA - Friday, January 24, 2014 at 08:38:48 (MST)
Ken Swanson...........http://groups.yahoo.com/group/129thahc/
Gale
USA - Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 21:31:01 (MST)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/129thahc/
Gale
USA - Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 15:25:51 (MST)
AVIS; HOW DO I GET TO THE YAHOO SITE?
SWANSON <doorgunner @ centurylink.net>
ORE USA - Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 13:07:19 (MST)
not everyone goes to facebook but no problems going to yahoo site.
alvis
USA - Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 08:23:40 (MST)
I POSTED SOME PICS. ON THE 129th FACEBOOK, FROM 68" MAYBE IF SOME OF YOU WHO WERE THERE THEN. MIGHT REMEMBER ME! CHECK OUT PHOTOES, ALWAYS A BROTHER.
KEN SWANSON <doorgunner @ centurylink.net>
ORE. USA - Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 22:15:38 (MST)
Just wanting to pop in and post address. My new address here is, 10551 SE 114th Ave, Ocala, FL 34472. Still trying to get on the ball here. Started with breaking my glasses and then messing with the VA. The Eye folks said I needed to see my main doctor first so when I checked, found out she left the end of December. Had an apt for the 24th so said I guess it means that isn't any good. OK they asked if I had got a letter, guess the Post Office still doesn't know where I am because lost two doctors last year. The VA keeps saying they sent letters????
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 08:59:15 (MST)
Gale, drove by your house yesterday, laid on the air horn with three shorty blast. Left out of Gary Indiana in the middle of a blizzard. Headed up Mich. way, back into the snow.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 04:57:56 (MST)
Ooops, sorry bout that Gale. Really I'm am. ....Cobra Little John. If you are camping on site there will be room at Kokomo and no paper work needed. Just $10.00 entry fee into the AO. if staying in Kokomo hotels best get crackin on a room. They fill up fast. Will be good to see you again and to meet the others. Kokomo is always a blast........always a brother....................
Mark
USA - Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 16:03:52 (MST)
Hi Guys, Will be coming to Kokomo this year with M Tindall ( Cobra Cardinal), hopefully Chet Simmons is coming from Cal. Fred Brown, you coming? Get the forms here or on the website? Hang in there Billy. Cobra Littlejohn
Rick Benedict <stij@windstream.net>
Allenwood, Pa USA - Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 09:31:55 (MST)
Gee...Thanks Mark! Don't send it "snail mail" 'cause it might get lost.....I get no respect. How about...lick it, stick it and kiss it goodbye...I just can't get any respect. Hell, I went to a massage parlor the other day and it was self service.....I tell ya, I get no respect! Yuk, yuk, yuk....................
Gale
USA - Monday, January 20, 2014 at 22:00:23 (MST)
Doc,Yeah you could send them to me snail mail but it would be better if you can find some one to help you scan them and then send them to me via email. That way you don't risk them getting lost in the mail. How ever would be fine though. My address is mark jackson.... 5029 St. Anthony Rd. celina Ohio 45822. Would be great to see ya at Kokomo ..........always a brother.....
Mark Jackson
USA - Monday, January 20, 2014 at 20:32:53 (MST)
GARY THANKS FOR THE ONFO ON THE 129th FACE BOOK , LIKED THE VIDIEOS AND PIC"S. NOW I NEED TO POST MY PICTURES, I HAVE SOME GOOD ONE"S, NO BODY HAS SEEN. ALWAYS A BROTHER!
SWANSON <doorgunner @ centurylink.net>
ORE. USA - Monday, January 20, 2014 at 10:15:17 (MST)
Alvis, Ohio has a lot of GTO's.Mine is going a little slow. :-((((.I've got the engine assembled with some nice Edelbrock high compression heads,cam shaft,intake. A TH 400 tranny.But some of the parts are on "back order" & are holding up the shop people.There were some super nice GTO's on a Barrett-Jackson show the other day. I had to replace my package tray. Man I had to search all over the place. It took a while & a lot of phone calls but I finally found one in Oklahoma. Sometime, its going good.Then we hit a snag.Anyway be safe out there with all the rad rage idiots out there.Keep that diesel hummin'.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, January 20, 2014 at 09:58:10 (MST)
For those of you that have contacted me via email I really appreciate it, Bill Whelan & Richard England. It touches my heart to know that you guys remember my father. I have few pictures. I would like to share what I have. I will be sending what I have digitally to Bill Whelan.
Angelo Chiriaco <achiriaco@gmail.com>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 20:23:34 (MST)
howdy folks,I havent been reading the log in awile,angelo chiriaco,if you read this, yes alot us remember Jerry! he was a great guy.Your dad and I came home on the same flight,I think 3 or4 of us came back at the same time,and we stayed at his folka house. I try to send an email later----bill frenchi frank rick we all knew him!!!
tommie
USA - Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:55:04 (MST)
howdy folks,I havent been reading the log in awile,angelo chiriaco,if you read this, yes alot us remember Jerry! he was a great guy.Your dad and I came home on the same flight,I think 3 or4 of us came back at the same time,and we stayed at his folka house. I try to send an email later----bill frenchi frank rick we all knew him!!!
tommie
USA - Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:54:24 (MST)
Wink, http://www.hcvvo.org/............Sept 18-20,2014......be there or be square!
Gale
USA - Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:18:30 (MST)
morning flight, what are the dates in sept. for kokomo. missed last but not this year.///// dr bill it sounds like you have a taught road ahead of you, keep the ship steady just like you did went flying together in the cobra platoon , we all have your back. wink 3/69-10/70 with love from 010
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 09:05:09 (MST)
Bruneo..been seeing some 66 or 67 GTO stuff on craigslist. Saw a tri power manifold for cheap, thought about your car.ALSO SAW ONE WITH CARBS..Don't think anyone has that much money. Mark, found a site for flatheads..with ARBUN HEADS,
alvis
USA - Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 07:44:06 (MST)
to post pics,or view pics.we have this web site on Yahoo.You don't have to join or be a member to view pics or post a note. You ,of course, are welcome to join.We made this site to make it easy to post pics... http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/129thahc/conversations/messages
alvis
USA - Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 07:40:02 (MST)
Dr. Bill and others about Kokomo. It cost $10 at the gate and so far we manage to find enough places to park on our sites if you are staying in a vehicle. Sorry I am about the same with my meds these days except I spend my good time working with my wife's goats. They are her pets, I just take care of them, LOL.. Still have plenty of time for the ones to get me checks for our Camp Sites. We only had to have memberships for that group of folks. Everyone else just show up put if you need a room please start getting them lined up for September. They go fast enough and already have had folks staying near Indy which is a drive. Other thought if you are retired is the guest house at Grissom AFB. The only thing is the ID getting into the place.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 10:53:48 (MST)
Hey Mark or Tex or whoever sees this Its dr.bill again because I forgot to ask something. I I have to goto the VA every week and often tweo times aevr week and I kinow this time I am going to be in psychothesrapy for a long time but if I can make it to kokomo I would really like to doothat and I was just wondring how that works and if there would be a some sotof place where I could just pitch a puptent or maybe justr set myself up in the back of my SUV because it is big asnd I would have plenty of room so Ican somebody tell me about that and tell me about koomoko. soory I just had some lunch and some daytimes mecidine so I am heasded downshsill preety fast so I will check bsacck later tonight before I tajking more meds again. thanksyou guys and ilove everyone very m,uch.drbill
dr.bill
USA - Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 09:32:09 (MST)
Hey Mark, I was just thinking, which isn't easy right now. I only have a couple hrs I the late morning between when my night meds wear off and I take daytime meds when I am relatively lucent and then again for a couple hrs in the evening after the daytime meds wear off and I take the nighttime meds again, so I am presently in one of my fairly clears heads. anyway I have been seeing some talk on here about wanting Lane pictures. Unfortunately almost all my stuff, documents and medals and citations and those kinds of things were ruined in a flood in my folks' basement not long after I came back from Nam. but I know I do have some pictures somewhere around here that are pretty good. I am really bad with computer stuff and can barely find my way around the internet. I don't do facebook and that sort of stuff, but if I find the pictures and mail them to you would you them here on this site and on facebook? I just don't know how to do that stuff. I know I have them somewhere. right at this second for some reason I am recalling a pic of Vinson who was a CE or gunner in my gunship platoon remember what he was but somehow I an recall his name and the pic is of him standing down at our gunship revetments holding a 2.75 inch rocket with a 10 pound warhead. and I know I have other pics like some of my crash in tail #732 so if I find them I will send them to you. I just would definitely want them returned to me. just let me know and I will try to find them okay. Love everybody! DrBill
DrBill
USA - Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 09:13:24 (MST)
Gently, not unless you want to join HCVVO. All you need is the $10.00 gate fee.
Gale
USA - Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 21:07:34 (MST)
Shall I send Gale a check for the Kokomo membership? Lots of new guys on the page...hope they join us this year! Love-Gently
gently
USA - Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 17:04:19 (MST)
Rick is correct there are some great pictures of Lane especially when it was being built on Facebook / Lane AHP. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 09:16:04 (MST)
I was able to find Leland B. Miller, through the VHPA, he was the co pilot the day we went down on the beach,Northeast of LZ English in 70, his hand got messed up pretty bad, alwys wondered what happened to him, anyone know him? He was active in the VHPA , up until 2009, haven't been able to contact him by phone so far, VHPA, said no e mail addy, will keep trying..Tex 5/70- 3/71.
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 09:12:30 (MST)
Just a reminder about the FaceBook Lane AHP group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LaneAHP/ And as it's ALL units that served at Lane all sorts of photos are coming out of hiding. It covers the 129th AHC, 61st AHC 174th AHC, 498th DustOff, 180th ASHC, 161st AB, 196th ASHC, 7/17th Air Cav, 237th Med Det, 394th Maint Det, 922nd Signal Det, 616th Transportation Det, 193rd Med Det, 364th Aviation Support Detachment (Tower Control) 296th Sig/avionics Det, 433rd Med Det, 176th AHC, 134th AHC etc. Come on over.
RickG
USA - Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 21:32:47 (MST)
FRENCHIE; I WAS AT LANE THE SAME TIME YOU WERE THERE,BUT CANT RECALL YOU. I STARTED OUT CREWING FOR S/5 MURPHY AN TAIL # 420 ,IS THERE ANYTHING THAT MIGHT HELP MY MEMERORY OF YOU. I KNOW EVERYONE HAD THERE CLICKS, BUT WE WERE SUCH A CLOSE KNITE GROUP, FOR THE LIFE OF ME I JUST DONT REMEMBER! MAYBE WHEN I GET TO THE REUNION THIS YEAR WILL DO IT. THE GUNNNERS & CREWCHIEFS I DO REMEMBER I CANT FIND. GOING TO FOLLOW UP ON WHAT GARY SAID ,AND GO THERE,AND FIND THE FLIGHT ROOSTER. MIGHT HELP! ALWAYS A BROTHER 68-69
SWANSON <doorgunner @ centurylink.net>
ORE USA - Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 05:11:19 (MST)
Alvis , you've made this far. And so far so good.......Just be patient. That nice Corvette is waiting my friend.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:24:30 (MST)
headed back out, two days just flies by. Two more years and I can retire.. hope I make it that long.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 06:26:50 (MST)
Thanks, Alex.
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:13:11 (MST)
Just wanted to start a heads up that for the guys who help us get our sites for Kokomo. Well it is that time again. The forms are on the HCVVO site but I end up retyping them before sending them in. So all I really need are the checks to Howard County dated no sooner than Feb 1st. The min is three nights or $30 or more if you are staying all week. My new address here is, 10551 SE 114th Ave, Ocala, FL 34472. I will start getting the forms filled out and making contacts with you guys. As always Gale needs to send an extra check for his membership. Guess it is one way to stay alive.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Monday, January 13, 2014 at 08:13:38 (MST)
Gary Mount I don't of any records of whom were in the different flight platoons. Flight records aren't even kept. If you didn't get copies when you left your shit out of luck. I found that out. I don't what operational reports would hold. All ever got was the personnel rosters. But, to find more of the 129th. If everyone would go online to St. Louis archives and order your complete 201 file. There is a lot info for finding the brothers of the 129th. St. Louis also has personnel rosters also. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 16:44:10 (MST)
Kal Bergstrom, I got your post on Facebook. I was in the cobra platoon and then later in the slicks. This was 67 to Aug 1968. I don't think I meet you but read your name on this site. We are still brothers in arms. Thanks for the contact. SP5 Ellis James C
james ellis <drellis101@hotmail.com>
newport, nc USA - Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 11:36:40 (MST)
Gary, I was in 1st flight 68-69.
frenchie
savannah, USA - Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 08:52:59 (MST)
Man, its been a heck of a drive this winter so far. Ice storms, snow storms, blizzards ,minus 30 degree temps..jeeze. See a lot of "slicks on sticks" in all kinda places.
alvis
USA - Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 04:20:51 (MST)
My Father, SP4 Jerry Chiriaco, served as a door gunner in 1968 (He is on the roster posted active duty 4/67 and 4/69) I was wondering if anyone remembered serving with him? Please contact me via email: achiriaco@gmail.com
Angelo Chiriaco <achiriaco@gmail.com>
Los Angeles, Ca USA - Friday, January 10, 2014 at 19:11:57 (MST)
Was wondering to how to find some people I served with in the 1st. Platoon. ??
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, January 10, 2014 at 18:43:15 (MST)
Bill, Well I know she learned her lesson. I told her only God got her thru this one as I had seen better ABG on "dead people" Thanks a lot for you support. You hang in there a let the therapy do it's job! anytime you want to chat let me know. Best New Year wishes to all.
Snapper
USA - Friday, January 10, 2014 at 06:05:00 (MST)
wow snapper I'm truly sorry and been through it all with both my folks. She was realy into acidosis and you are very fortunate to catch it there. As you know 95 is double the norm high end value for CO2 (35-45) and plain water has a pH of 7. Its very lucky you knew what was going on because someone less knowledgeable probably would not have got her to the ER on time. Youre in my prayers bro.
dr.bill
USA - Thursday, January 09, 2014 at 19:58:37 (MST)
Bill, My Mom and Norm are not a related issue. She was not medication compliant for about 8 days best I can figure. No BP meds or as she says "water pill"( Metoprolol and Triamterene). Went in to acute CHF and respiratory failure with bilateral pleural effusions. I have been an RN since 1992 so understood what was going on. As an MD you will love this: on initial ABG in ER her CO2 was 95 and Ph of 7. Was pretty close. They gave huge amount of Lasix IV and a BiPAP. She is now in rehab to get strength back and then she has decided it is assisted living time. As you can see my plate is full with this. That is main reason I am behind in most everything. Hoping to soon get caught up.
Snapper
USA - Thursday, January 09, 2014 at 16:44:32 (MST)
Hey Snapper, I have been thinking about what you said regarding having to get back to Norm and also saying you are having some issues with your mom. and maybe im putting 2 and 2 together without being on track but I was thinking the 2 things were possibly related- that possibly your mom is having some kind of dental problems and that was why you needed to get back to Norm to ask about a dental issue. Anyway I have been a physician for 33 years and although I practiced orthopedic-neurology if I can help you in any way with that just email me okay no problem bro. doktrbil@comcast.net love everybody!
drbill
USA - Thursday, January 09, 2014 at 16:13:06 (MST)
yeah snapper I have been with Norm back and forth with e-mailsa cuple times in the past few few weeks. he's such a great guy one of my fellow gunpilots I truly respected a lot but he has a serious case of CRS caus he cant even remember much about me and I flew with him for about 8 months til he got medeivaced out and lost his leg. thanks again for the wayne polster thing. love everybody dr.bill
dr.bill
USA - Thursday, January 09, 2014 at 10:37:40 (MST)
Just thinking about our ally-support choppers. When I was there in 1971, 1st platoon had Bulldog 600: "Tiger Wagon", which hauled around the ROK CO... (I gunned for Art Foster), and then there was "Chicken Wagon" (forgot the tail number), a 2nd platoon bird that carried the ARVN boss.
.Dave
USA - Thursday, January 09, 2014 at 10:23:49 (MST)
Bill, Glad to help. I feel fortunate to be able to remember some of this stuff considering sometimes I can't remember why I just opened a kitchen cupboard door. BTW, I had a long e-mail from Norm Katz last month. I need to get back to him. Have had some issues with my 87 year old Mom so have not had much time. He sounded good and has had a very interesting past 40 years. Norm if you read this a return e-mail will be coming your way.
Snapper
USA - Thursday, January 09, 2014 at 05:32:27 (MST)
hey skip its dr.bill aka cobra knight anyway I sort of recall there is a website thatis dedicated exclusively to loach drivers and crews because I am pretty sure that's where I found info about my rucker roommate who was shotdown and sadly KIA. the webste showed aircraft tails numbers and dates and aircraft that went down and crews and all so if you just surf around on the net you will maybe find it okay and a I am only semi lucent about 3 or 4 hours a day between when my nighttime meds wear off a little bit and before I usually take daytime meds btutif I can rember I will search for it too and let you no if I do any good okay. love youubother. dr.bill
dr.bill
USA - Wednesday, January 08, 2014 at 21:57:49 (MST)
Damn Snapper how do you remember all that crap. My brain is a wasteland. You hit the nail right on the hhead. That's it. Wayne Polster. "Steel Trap Snapper" does it again! thank for coming through for me so quickly aand thanks for the good wishes. this cognitive processing therapy is tough on the emotions and the meds this goround are wicked so I really appreciate so much knowing you guys got my six. Thanks again jeff. love evryboddy.
dr.bill
USA - Wednesday, January 08, 2014 at 21:45:16 (MST)
Skip......WELCOME HOME and THANKS for your service. hopefully someone here can recall what you are talking about. Stick around and comment as much as ya like.........always a brother.....................
Mark
USA - Wednesday, January 08, 2014 at 21:26:40 (MST)
Slow hand salute to the 2 Navy personal that lost their lives in the chopper crash in the Atlantic.....................
Mark
USA - Wednesday, January 08, 2014 at 21:23:39 (MST)
I was a CE for a slick in the 129th. I was transfered in Dec 71 from Phu Loi. I arrived in Jan 72. I left An Son in July of 72. I don't remember any of the pilots or gunners. I crewed a slick that supported the colonel who advised the local ARVN CO. Two days before I rotated to the states, we extracted a downed crew of an OH-6 outside Camp Crystal. Any help in recalling the events from those who served at this tine would be appreciated. Skip
skip brownlee <skipbrownlee@aol.com>
USA - Wednesday, January 08, 2014 at 20:45:56 (MST)
Bill Gambrill, I think who you are talking about is Wayne Polster, AKA Pineapple. According to VHPA directory an RLO named Kenneth Paulson served in 129th but had to be late 71 as he graduated flt school with class 71-28 which would have been around August or September 71. I remember Pineapple's first name was Wayne and VHPA has a Wayne Polster, Flight school class 69-28(my sister class) which sounds about right for Pineapple. I was class 69-27 and we were in Nam pretty much the same time. 69-27 and 69-28 had a bunch of guys get a 6 month or so CONUS assignment out of flt school before going to Nam so it makes sense that Wayne was there during time frame you are talking about. VHPA lists his address as: Wayne M. Polster, PO Box 322, Springfield ,VA 22150 Hope this is what you were looking for. Hang Tough! Jeff "Snapper" Sauers, 70-71
Jeff Sauers
Lake Norman, NC USA - Wednesday, January 08, 2014 at 18:53:40 (MST)
Slow hand salute to Lt. Brague....................
Mark Jackson
USA - Wednesday, January 08, 2014 at 17:52:25 (MST)
Hey Dr. Bill, you take it easy brother and we are here for you. Can anybody answer Dr. Bill's question? .......always a brother................
mark
USA - Wednesday, January 08, 2014 at 17:51:29 (MST)
I see some folks askings abot how toget a dd214 and it is easy. go online to nprc which is the national personnel records center and you can do it right there. you just have to make suure you print out the certfitication page and you have to ssign it and send it in to them but your request whatever you want right there online but then you have to send in the form with your signature to them by mail. and I did it and I got my 214 in ony 13 days from the night I went online to request it. love to all my bros in 129th. Im sooory for my typpping because they are kepting me pretty drugged up still.dr.bill
dr.bill
USA - Wednesday, January 08, 2014 at 13:54:54 (MST)
Hi everybody Dr. Bill again. Havent been on for a while since came apart back in Nov. going thru a new round of psychotherapy some kind of enew therpy for ptsd so im just kind of getting back together except the medications really strong and fell really drugged much of the time but I just wanted to wish eveybidy a happy nnew year and I hopeam hoping somebody can answer a questions for me because they have me writing about sstuff again anf I cant remember some things foor the va. so does anbody rermember pineapples (captain Paulsen)real first name. he was the guns plattooon xo when the platoon leader was capt. pete Massman in 70-71. thank you an I love everybody. dr.bill
Dr.Bill
USA - Wednesday, January 08, 2014 at 13:40:20 (MST)
Dennis Faucher tells me northern PA is in the negative numbers as well! We're currently enjoying a "balmy" 24 above. Man!
Dave Powers
Montrose, CO USA - Tuesday, January 07, 2014 at 21:28:37 (MST)
Yesterday wind chill here in Ohio was -40 temp was -15. Right now temp is 8 wind chill -8. Oh did i mention we also got 10" of snow Sunday and Monday. I love it!!!!
Mark
USA - Tuesday, January 07, 2014 at 20:09:33 (MST)
Checked about an hour ago: Atlanta was 25 above, and Ketchikan, Alaska was 39. Where's Al Gore when you need him?
Dave Powers
Montrose, CO USA - Tuesday, January 07, 2014 at 16:46:45 (MST)
Slow hand salute to Lt. Edward S. Brague.Rest in peace, brother.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, January 07, 2014 at 09:10:01 (MST)
HI well it went to 6 deg. & I know it is colder in other stats than here & we lost are heat some time last night
Art
USA - Tuesday, January 07, 2014 at 09:03:57 (MST)
THANKYOU FOR REPLYING TO MY QUESTION, ABOUT AIR MEDALS. AS MY 1049-TRANSFER TOOK SO LONG TO GO TRU,FROM PLIEKU, I JUST FLEW SIX MONTHS WITH THE 129th- SO 13 AIR MEDALS SEEMS RIGHT. OUT OF MY SIX YRS. IN THE ARMY, THAT SIX MONTHS WAS BY FAR THE BEST UNIT I WAS EVER IN! I FLEW EVERY DAY,EXCEPT IF I WAS ON STANDBY, AND THAT WAS MAYBE TWICE,FLIRT WITH THE HOOTCH GIRL,BUT MY HEART WAS IN THE WAR BIRD.#-420,I WOULD GO UP AND SIT ON THE CHURCH STEPS AND THINK, ABOUT THIS AND THAT,LOOKED AT THE UNFINSHED SWIMMING POOL. DID THEY EVER GET IT UP AND RUNNING? ALWAYS A BROTHER=CLEAR BOTH SIDES! 68-69
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylinl.net>
ORE. USA - Tuesday, January 07, 2014 at 01:35:09 (MST)
SLOW HAND SALUTE TO 1st LT. EDWIN S. BRAGUE,JR. PILOT 129th AHC KILLED IN ACTION ON 1-7-67 SOUTH VIETNAM. SUBMITTED BY FIRST COUSIN FOSTER W. BRAGUE, USMC, VIETNAM VETERAN 1966-69
FOSTER W. BRAGUE,USMC <serreno451@verison.net>
PLAINS, PA USA - Monday, January 06, 2014 at 19:46:49 (MST)
Happy Birthday, Larry Stokes
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N. C. USA - Monday, January 06, 2014 at 18:15:53 (MST)
Bill it was 55 here in the Boston Ma-Prov R.I. area but tomorrow they say we are headed south with temps around 15, so far its been a wild ride in "14"
George B
USA - Monday, January 06, 2014 at 17:09:56 (MST)
Well it's 15 below zero today in Chicago. Wind chill 42 below..... Keeps you moving...
Bill Whelan <info@theprintingworks.net>
USA - Monday, January 06, 2014 at 09:20:36 (MST)
I went to the Vet Center here with my DD214, and got updated 214, and medals. several years ago. they are good about that..Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, January 05, 2014 at 07:57:19 (MST)
Congratulations, Don Miller. Had 994 hours of flight time, Air Medal with 17 and V. clear right, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, January 05, 2014 at 07:52:45 (MST)
Don Miller, Congrat's to you.
John Sartor
USA - Sunday, January 05, 2014 at 07:29:03 (MST)
Art: call your local DAV office, most town halls & city halls have a veterans rep. so you can go there & request a copy of your DD 214 also ask them to get you a copy of your DD 215 which is the last updated info on your discharge
George B
USA - Saturday, January 04, 2014 at 16:55:53 (MST)
hi how can you get your 214 copy.
Art
USA - Saturday, January 04, 2014 at 10:09:04 (MST)
good morning flight, I've been catching up on the chatter, a lot of good things happening to the 129th crew. glad to hear that ..... I hope everyone had a great time new years eve but what I hope most is that everyone has a great 2014. 2013 ended really great for me, as of 14:13 dec 31 I am now a Great Grandfather. 5 lbs 14 oz boy. mother and son doing great. it sure is strange to have a baby in this house again ........... it's been a long time. my best to all, have a great year. later, Don
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Saturday, January 04, 2014 at 09:13:42 (MST)
In '68 when I derosed I ended up with 1152 hours of "combat" time and got a total of 23 Air Metals. I have heard a couple variations of how they were awarded and don't know what the actual rule is/was, combat assault time, support time, resupply, misc.... Anyway, here is wishing all you Bite and Strikers, and associates, a very Happy New Year!! From sunny, warm Arizona, Love and Brotherhood.. Kal "68
Kal Bergstrom
USA - Saturday, January 04, 2014 at 08:56:17 (MST)
Ken, There were variations in the Air Medal awards over the years but yours is likely the same as mine...1 medal awarded for every 25 hours of combat flight..........mine was 856 hours so I was given 34 total. .....Regular A&S (ass n trash) supply and transport hours were calculated separately. ***Snoopy 71-72 1st Flight Platoon **
Gary Woodward
Memphis, USA - Saturday, January 04, 2014 at 07:41:23 (MST)
-on my air medal,it says 1st tru 13, does that mean I have 13 air medals or what?with a v, I know what that means.
SWANSON,KENNETH
ore USA - Saturday, January 04, 2014 at 06:11:36 (MST)
HEY DAVE ANYBODY READY FOR ICE FOOTBALL?
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ore. USA - Saturday, January 04, 2014 at 06:02:05 (MST)
Happy NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE. May it be a blessed one. Texas Tech won the Holiday Bowl, were 17 point underdogs, against a great Arizona St. team, looking forward to next year.Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, January 03, 2014 at 16:01:41 (MST)
Anyone for ice fishing?
Dave
USA - Friday, January 03, 2014 at 14:49:16 (MST)
Same same as the VN Campaign medal.
Dave Powers
USA - Friday, January 03, 2014 at 14:47:17 (MST)
John, nope. It was like the VN Gallantry Cross: had to buy my own.
Dave Powers
USA - Friday, January 03, 2014 at 14:38:14 (MST)
Robbie & Bill, were any of you asked to go get some Flight Line or Prop Wash? Just asking. As for myself, I gunned for 1 flight then took over as Crew Chief. I didn't have the sad opportunity to go get any.. :)
John Sartor
USA - Friday, January 03, 2014 at 08:03:37 (MST)
Mark don't use any of that "PROP WASH" to wash the FORD, I heard it will wash off the paint
George B
USA - Friday, January 03, 2014 at 05:35:52 (MST)
Mark don't use any of the prop wash on the Ford I heard it will take the paint off
George B
USA - Friday, January 03, 2014 at 04:42:11 (MST)
Well, I could you about 50 ft of Flight Line to tie to my sky hook to keep my bowling average up.
Mark
USA - Thursday, January 02, 2014 at 19:05:08 (MST)
Dave Powers, did you have to go and get some? I heard that Rotor Wash was quite expensive and the Army quit handing it out.
John Sartor
USA - Thursday, January 02, 2014 at 16:01:48 (MST)
morning flight, happy new year to all. its been one hell of a year for some and fairly good for others, heres hoping that 2014 is a good year for all. never thought I'd be around this long. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winterhaven, fl USA - Wednesday, January 01, 2014 at 09:17:42 (MST)
HAPPY NEW YEAR AGAIN, FOR THE ONES WHO CANT FIRE THER GUNS, I TOOK CARE OF US ABOUT 45.MIN. AGO WITH MY AR,-AK. I LIVE IN THE COUNTRY SO EVERYBODY WAS SHOOTING,SO I DID IT FOR THE 129thers THAT CANT !,IAM FEELING PRETTY GOOD NOW SENCE MY M.C. CRASH IN MARCH, THE 31st. WILL MAKE IT TO THE REUNION THIS YEAR! ALWAYS A BROTHER.REVENTMENT TWO!
KENNETH SWANSON
USA - Wednesday, January 01, 2014 at 01:51:17 (MST)
have a great year, I am still looking for the floater greasegun!
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
USA - Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 23:43:04 (MST)
A blessed new year to all.........always a brother......
Mark
USA - Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 22:15:16 (MST)
Another 129th survivor just surfaced. 68-16574 is doing ag spraying with J&R Flying Services in Alicia, Arkansas. Shares a hangar with #68-16383 which served in the 71 AHC (Rattlers) 11/69-4/71 and #70-15707, served with 2 Bde HHC, 5/71-1/72, then with H Troop 16 Cav from 8/72-3/73. Pics posted on the 129th & Lane AHP Facebook pages.
RickG
USA - Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 22:00:20 (MST)
Oops, Gus you beat me to it!
Dav
USA - Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 16:43:10 (MST)
John, how about a gallon of rotor wash, or a left handed crescent wrench? Happy New Year, all!
Dave Powers
Montrose, CO USA - Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 16:42:10 (MST)
Started out the day at 28 below zero and it is now all the way up to 11 below. Making ice. Rotor wash, landing light beam but my favorite trick for the new CE who was lazy enough to ask me for part numbers was to give them the FSN for a UH-1B. I figured worst case is we would end up with a extra one. Never check maybe that is how I ended up with 949. Not new but fresh rebuild. Wish everyone all the best in the new year.
Gus
Grand Rapids, MN USA - Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 15:36:09 (MST)
We just want to wish our 129th family a Happy and safe New Year! Hope to get to see some of you this year!!
Bill & Kat Wolf
Colorado Springs, CO USA - Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 09:19:03 (MST)
George, it was 17 degrees when I got up this morning and snowy. It's not supposed to get above 10 degrees on Friday. So I've got the wood stove cranked up and it's nice and warm in here. Come on over for a beer. Heh heh. Oh and by the way I had a bad year being a Giants fan. Had to change the channel a couple of times. Did a lot of swearing at my TV. Don't think the Patriots will be in the Super bowl though.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 08:37:29 (MST)
For those who crewed on a helicopter. Do you remember asking a newbie gunner to go up to the supply room and ask for 30' of flight line? Just how many did? I remember asking 2 that came to gun on my chopper and seen them heading towards the supply room. I just can't remember their names. Anyway, Have a Very Special New Year to all.
John Sartor
USA - Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 07:21:59 (MST)
Intersting conversations going on at the moment. Good to hear you reminising. We've been battered by gale force winds and far too much rain recently. Have sorted out the little 'ol MB jeep for our annual 'New Years Day Run'. Phil C joining us as weather not conducive for flying. As we approach the new year let me take this opportunity to wish you all a happy new year and a prosperous 2014. Speak next year. Bye for now from the 509 crew.
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
Mellor, 509 County UK - Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 05:55:47 (MST)
Ho Ho Ho its cold here even though I live south of Boston (45 miles) & soon our beloveing Patriots will be winning the SUPER BOWL yet again By the way Robbie how's your weather sense we whooped your bills yesterday, bet its cold in upstate! P.S. By the way another BOSTON team won the WORLD Series what ever happened to that other new York team called the --- ---- Yankees ok ok its our turn this year but I do wish you all a happy New Year! My wife sent me a Happy Christmas - Happy New Year card I love the way she changes words like Happy Christmas enstead of Merry By the way it took "21" days to get here
George B
USA - Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 05:16:24 (MST)
Hi evryboody I just wanted to come onto the floatlog and wisch evreybosy a happy holiadays and hope we all have agoood new year. I haventnot been on for a while since I kind alosing it in the beegenning of noveber and I preeety much flipped outr againm and ey haveme on heavy drugs and I took my nighttime meds nott to long aago and iam whacked ot and having a hardytime typing his but I jusyt wanted to tell all of your happiy hooplidays and that's I love youall. dr.billk
Dr. Bill Gambrill
USA - Monday, December 30, 2013 at 20:27:57 (MST)
Happy New Year to you all! May 2014 be your best yet! We got a late Christmas present yesterday, with our 10th grandchild's birth... little Gracie and parents are all doing well! The floating grease gun... now that's funny!
Dave Powers
USA - Monday, December 30, 2013 at 09:03:38 (MST)
HEY DON; I LEFT THE 129th JUST ABOUT A MONTH BEFORE YOU GOT THERE. BY THE WAY I HAD A M-14 ,CO. ISSUE. AND OFCOURSE THE .45, I CREWED ON TAIL # 420----DO YOU REMEMBER SP/5 MURHPY OR SP/5 SWANDER? TRYING FOR YEARS TO FIND THEM ! BOTH WERE MY MENTORS WHEN I GOT TO LANE, AND WAS A GUNNER FOR BOTH GUYS UNTILL I BECAME A CREW CHIEF. HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR, ALWAYS A BROTHER , A 129ther FOREVER. PS THEY WERE STILL THERE WHEN I ZEROED OUT BACK TO THE WORLD.
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE. USA - Monday, December 30, 2013 at 01:36:30 (MST)
hello all, been a long time since I have been in here. I hope everyone has a happy and great new year. I got to the 129th mid March 69 and was issued an M-14 then about half way thru my tour they took that away and gave me an M-16, I hated that Matty Matell toy gun ....... but I have since learned to love the darn thing I own a very nice AR-15. the other "stuff" I had over there was a 1911, a 1950 model Madsen 9 mm, an M-2 carbine that I converted from M-1 in the machine shop. but my favorite extra was a Thompson .45 (it was actually a Browning manufacture but there were very few differences) I carried that with me when I had to drive to Qui Nhon and carried an ammo can full of 20round mags for it. I thought it was kind of neat that I had my own jeep and only I had the key to the lock. after our yellow tug broke we took 2 jeeps and made 1 good one out of them and I was assigned as permanent ground handling. it was a pretty good job actually. well so much for all that. Guys & Gals be safe and have a great 2014.
Don Miller
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 21:46:22 (MST)
Hi & have a happy new year. When I was a grunt I had went into a bunker & found a dead gook with a thompson with a vest to hold 5or6 20 round clips when you hit something with it tore it up & when I went to the 68th top tiger I gave it to how ever wanted it. Some time I go up to Atlanta race way in back is the guy that restore fix wing & choppers they don't care it does me good when I start getting down it help a lot it good to sit in the crew chief hole close my eye an like it in the air. there one thing I think ginger is getting ready to die she wont eat I think back when me & Glenda got her Glenda was so down so we took a ride so she could look at her but she did not want a dog & we were were & they had 5 other dog all the same kind & ginger was pick on one stop the next one would start on her & she jump up in Glenda lap & lick her on the nose & then I knew she was coming home with us that she was full grown in 2002 I it here time & we got magie take care all of you & HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Art
USA - Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 19:03:00 (MST)
Hello 129th veterans, May each day brings for all of you 129th friends joys and new hopes!! Happy New Year!
Jae-sung Chung <jsc418@empal.com>
Seoul, Korea - Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 07:40:26 (MST)
The Grease gun floated around the first platoon, Casey had one. I had a M-2 carbine,along with everyone else's , that was confiscated after the two nuts decided to throw grenades off the top of the NCO Club one night,it was cherry got , another one , and later a M-79. Had our issued 16s on board and always carried a extra barrel and ammo in a wooden ammo box under the seat with cans of peachs and pound cake, apricots, and boned turkey or whatever.Clear right, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 06:40:20 (MST)
Kennth, we got a lot of those extra barrels from that trucking co on the other side of the valley form tradeing the rear trigger gismos. In 69 I had a M 16 I selpth on top of my matters it septh under it, 19 rounds in the magazine none in the chamber & the bolt slid forward. I think all flight crews had M 16 at the time with the guys that didn't fly still had M 14
George B
USA - Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 04:49:59 (MST)
I REMEMBER THAT GREESEGUN, IT FLOATED AROUND ALOT AND I THINK EVERYONE FIRED IT THAT WANTED TOO. BUT AS FAR AS M-16"S- IN 68-69 WE WERE ISSUED THE M-14 AND KEPT THEM IN OUR WALL LOCKERS.I ALSO HAD A AK-47,FLEW WITH IT ,HANGING NEXT TO MY SMOKE GERNADES,AND TWO SPARE BARRELS FOR MY M-60,AND UNDER MY SEAT I HAD A WOOD CASE OF M-60 AMMO.ALWAYS A BROTHER,CLEAR BOTH SIDES.
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE. USA - Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 01:19:37 (MST)
Ted B: 1st Lt Jones used a .45 "grease gun" when he would fly on 426.He would fire it out the R/H side once in a while. However, the "hot" expanded ammo would be bouncing off Bernie's helmet. there no way to say if'in it was the same one you had/used.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 10:57:18 (MST)
While in Vietnam (69-70), I owned a .38 with 2"barrel, .38 with 4"barrel, .45 , & M-2 carbine. I also carried 1 case of ammo for each in the cargo stall in the helicopter. Having to wait for the Supply room to open to get my M-16 during RED ALARTS, I just ran down to my aircraft and got what I needed. The Aircraft was 664.
John Sartor
USA - Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 10:56:10 (MST)
I remember an old grease gun floating around the 129th in '71. Don't remember who owned it, though. Fun to shoot it, though! About mid way thru '71 they confiscated all of our "Unauthorized" weapons, including a sweet AK I had. Guess they thought we weren't responsible enough keep them in the hootches!
Dave
USA - Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 10:42:57 (MST)
On the subject of handguns issued to pilots, I was issued a .45 in Oct.67, later found an M-3 grease gun as an extra weapon. Glad I never needed them. Loved that M-3, would walk a coffee can from the mess hall at 100yds. Don't know who got it when I got medevaced out.
TedBuiskerN.IL. <tedbuisker@gmail.com>
Davis, IL. USA - Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 08:44:11 (MST)
JEFF; THANKS FOR THE INFO ON THE .38 VS THE .45 WHAT YOU SAID MAKES SENCE TO ME AS I READ YOUR POST.ITS FUNNY THAT I DID NOT ASK SOMEONE AT THE TIME. AS I WAS AN OJT GUNNER AND NEVER WENT TO FLIGHT SCHOOL. ON MY FIRST DAY OF FLIGHT,SECONED DAY WITH THE 129th MY CREW CHIEF ALMOST HAD A BREKDOWN AND STARTING SCREMING AT ME! WITH HIS HANDS UP IN THE AIR ,FACE TURNING RED, BUT I WAS A QUICK LEARN. WE BECAME GOOD FRIENDS- AND WHEN HE WENT ON R&R ,HE TOLD THE FLIGHT SGT. THAT I WAS READY TO BE HIS FILL IN AS CREW CHEIF,AND AFTER THAT I WAS ON MY WAY FOR PROMOTION AND TOOK OVER OTHER BIRDS,WHEN NEEDED.ALWAYS A BROTHER,BITE AND STRIKER FOREVER!
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE. USA - Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 00:28:42 (MST)
ahhh, get to spend one more night home. Susan is sick as a dog, cold gets to her chest,,off to the hosp. we go. Doc says he will admit her if it goes there. Gale, I have the parts, just need time and weather to install. Pulled, then Rebuilt the tranny and have stuck it back in. Bought a 2000 RPM stall speed conveter. Keep hoping I get to come by your place but routing just hasn't come thru..same with Paul.
alvis
USA - Friday, December 27, 2013 at 19:52:13 (MST)
Alvis, I bet you are glad that you kept that Vette now. Do you think you'll have it on the road this coming summer? Maybe you can drive it to Kokomo......if it's not muddy like last year!
Gale
USA - Friday, December 27, 2013 at 07:02:56 (MST)
sigh, going back out this morn. George, that big ice storm/power outage miss you? Hope so. Lately, when I come out of the house, they like to send me up mass., Lincoln, or St. Paul way. hope this time I go toward Mimphis or S. Carlonia or Atlanta. lol. To cold here to work on the vette this past 5 days tho I did get my headers , plus beehive springs for the vortec heads I put on it. Next is roller rockers and a special TPI manifold from Scroggins/Dickey that mates the vortec to the TPI unit sitting on top of the manifold.If that thing doesn't run at least 160 mph and turn mid 13s, I'm gonna get rid of it.
alvis
USA - Friday, December 27, 2013 at 06:27:35 (MST)
Kenneth, The .38 was issued to pilots of all services with the thinking that, in a crash sequence, injuries could occur that would not allow for the use of both arms/hands. Since the .45 requires one to move the slide back with one hand while holding the weapon with the other the .45 was not a good idea. The .38 could be used with only one hand even if the hammer had to be pulled back with the thumb. This may be total BS but it is what I was told in flight school. I tend to believe it since when I was a CW4 on the VII Corps staff as the Aviation Maintenance Officer there was one .38 in the HQ arms room and it was assigned to me. Now, as far as I know, all pilots carry the 9mm like everyone else. Go figure. Happy Holidays to all! Snapper 70-71
Jeff Sauers
Garden City Beach , SC USA - Friday, December 27, 2013 at 04:59:29 (MST)
HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GREAT XMAS,AND LOOKING FOR A BETTER NEW YEAR! I WAS WITH 129th FROM 68-69 AT LANE. I HAVE A QUESTION, WHEN I WAS THERE, CREWMEN LIKE MYSELF WERE ISSUED THE 1911 45"S AND THE OFFICERS GOT 38-SPL"S WHY WAS THAT? THE 1911 WAS MORE POWERFUL,OVER THE 38-SPL. AND WE WERE ALSO GIVEN BELT-N-SHOULDER HOLSTERS, AND THE PILOTS JUST HAD SHOULDER.IF SOMEONE CAN ANSWER THIS , I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW. ALWAYS A BROTHER! CLEAR RIGHR&LEFT.
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE. USA - Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 22:19:50 (MST)
New people that just started posting I wonder if you can help a couple of guys that where with the 129 we been trying to find Tom Fortraine that was there in that mix of years. I believe he was from Texas & I think he talked like it might be in the Houston area. If ya have any info about him or ideas could you please post it.
George
USA - Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 17:19:54 (MST)
Hi! Guys, glad to here there are a lot of us guys out here from the Unit.Have a Good Holidays where ever you all are at.
Charles W Janecek <charlesjanecek@mail.com>
Independence, Mo USA - Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 13:25:10 (MST)
The 7th Inf Div? Weren't they a WWII Grunt unit that stayed in Germany after the War ended & stayed there for the longest of time?Late '71 (Sept/Oct/)the 9th INF DIV had gotten re-activated & were the main unit @ FT Lewis.There was a Green Beret unit stationed somewhere on post.I was on south Fort with D Trp 3rd Sqdn 5th Air Cav. I wonder what happened to the 9th????
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:52:13 (MST)
Merry merry to all of you! Miss you...but I WILL see you in 2014! :>)) Oh, Santa stayed at my place last night...sorry about the gifts. L-G
Gently
USA - Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 19:05:25 (MST)
HI yes Christmas in nam was not the place to be I was there for 3 Christmas after the first one it was just a day for me some girls can mess up your head after 4 years with one she pull the rug out from you. But it got better in 1971 when I was writing to Glenda I had something to come home to got home aug 16 of 71 married aug 28 71 then Glenda died I could not even cry nam harden me that hard then went for some time & Sandra came into my life it like I was lifted up out of dumpwe had her kids & grand kid & then my two & I think every thing going to work out good for me & hope it does for all of you.
Art
USA - Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 17:52:56 (MST)
December 25 1969,Christmas Lane Army Airfield. I remember that day, weather was fair, not much going on but it was a day I mostly spent thinking about Shannely,his aircraft was still hanging in my head, "Missing" little more than 2 weeks & that MIA wouldn't leave my head, 4 guys, not 3 not one found yet.Two years in country & I never thought MIA it was always go home dead or alive but never even thought the words MIA or POW now 4 of us had parents or wifes or someone with only a government notice about MIA for Christmas The very best I can say about that day was I kept telling myself it was just another day & try to get MIA out of my head About 10 years ago I talked to Mike's sister Veronica, her mon was still alive & was thrilled one of her son's Vietnam friends remember him, I explained to his sister we never forget our lost friends. Her mon died shortly after that, father died much earlier. Verronica remembered sending Mikes goody box back after we sent it back to his parents she just readdressed it to The Gun Paltoon, 129 Assuslt Helicopter CO, APO San Franseco I think it laid on Mike's bed a few days. I sure hope those guys are doing OK.When they ID their remains they buried them in one casket as there was only bones in Arlington Nat Cem I think I still have her address but its been several years sense I talked to her
George B
USA - Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 13:41:31 (MST)
Kat and I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
Bill & Kat Wolf
Colorado Springs, CO USA - Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 11:48:56 (MST)
morning flight, George I guess we are all on edge this year. I know for me xmas is a hard time for me, why I don't know,maybe because xmas In nam was special. but anyway gald to hear your wife and your daughter are finally making it home but one thing you don't want any advice from me about women or marriage not with my track record. I guess the only thing I can say is make sure you make her part of your life an not just a figure on the wall. good luck. merry xmas to all. wink 3/69-10/79
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 10:08:06 (MST)
Thanks to all and have a Merry Christmas! I received a Menard's gift card, so, I think I'll put up new florescent lighting in my garage.
Gale
USA - Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 09:18:28 (MST)
merry xmas and hope all have their kids homes and not in harms way like we were.Good health to all.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 06:12:29 (MST)
Wink,, just kidding, hay you make it all the way through cop school didn't ya, than spent your working correar chanceing bad guys, hick I spent my working years pulling trailors around now its time to laugh it off. Sorry for me, Wink you'd be the only one in that line, a couple of by buddies have told me I'm living their lives,single, money, several antique cars, nice house, great dog & been healthy so far but hay now I went & got married & to tell you the truth that scraces me alittle & I can't find a learners book on this marry stuff & only got a few months till Huynh & Tram get here. Robbie I knew you were listing I bet Don McCord is there too! This april-may I am going to build a 9 car garage to ease the married thing so I can still live some quality single life with Clyde Barrow (my golden R) figure I will have it climate controlled for my confort. Asian woman are like western woman or at least most woman, "Not into working on cars"Another thing I been doing to help is every time I go back to visit my Vietnamese family is I bring back plenty of silorners for the wifes & daughters in my development in a way to suck up for all the help I think I will need & advice on this married thing when my wife & daughter are here so far the husbands & sons understand why I favor the girl half of their families.
George B
USA - Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 05:22:06 (MST)
I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Also I would ask you remember all those that are not with there families this Christmas that are protect us from harms way.
Larry Dyer <larry_dyer47@yahoo.com>
LARGO, FL USA - Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 03:03:50 (MST)
Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Also let us not forget those that are away from there families this Christmas and protecting us from harms way.
Larry Dyer <larry_dyer47@yahoo.com>
LARGO, FL USA - Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 02:48:59 (MST)
Bruno, the 7th Division is the main stay at JBLM(Ft Lewis) Dennis class of 72.
Dennis FUERSTENAU
Roseville, CA USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 22:31:54 (MST)
Merry Christmas, and Blessing for you and your loved ones!
Mark
USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 20:01:10 (MST)
HI I was just thinking one day we flew mp up & down the road checking if they were speeding between hospital & 129th & they dr. I wish every one a MARRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR
Art
USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 17:23:29 (MST)
Merry Christmas flight and Happy New Year!!!!!
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N.C. USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 17:18:07 (MST)
Hay Merry Christmas Everyone of you old goats!! I am still saying that to all the 129th Family as I feel we all are regardless of when or what we did there. Crap maybe if I could remember the Mess Hall I would have something to bitch about but just know I was 130lbs when I got there and a 145 when I came home. Seems I would be much more upset when I couldn't get a roll of toilet paper because we were out flying. Again thanks for the C-Rats which gave us everything we needed to get by. Really just started out Sad this morning thinking about the loss of DustOff Jim this year. We are all Brothers who shared a small part of land in Vietnam. At this time in my life I would hug anyone that was there & tell them I love them. As always have to thank "Mark" for that too because I was never a hugger till we spent a whole week hugging Larry Davis @ Kokomo. Sorry Larry but it was so much fun just walking along telling guys that Mark Jackson said to give you a hug. George want to hug you too and would love to meet your new wife.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:39:58 (MST)
merry christmas to all. from paul(498th) and ida(cookie lady)
paul mcgrath
USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:27:48 (MST)
wishing all a very merry and safe christmas and happiest of new years.
lenny m 71/72
USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:08:16 (MST)
Well Ho Ho Ho Glad to see everyone in the Christmas spirit. Christmas Holidays are always a hard time. My Christmas in 1969 at Lane was my first Christmas not at home. I thought it would be the worst, and it would have been if I was alone. But my friends and brothers at the 129th made that Christmas special. We were all together. We kept our spirits up. Since that year many Christmas's have passed. Some I can remember, most blend together and are forgotten. But the Christmas of 69 is still special,and I remember it every year. Thanks to all you guys for being there. Maybe that's why we are still here. Maybe we can make someone's Christmas special. One they can remember. To all you guys from the 129th. (Class of 68) or any year you were there. Whatever you did. Have a safe and Merry Christmas. Be HEALTHY, WEALTHY, and WISE ....
Bill Whelan <info@theprintingworks.net>
IL USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 10:53:34 (MST)
Frist, thanks Gale & Debby next Merry Christmas to All and a Happy new year. now on to the cooks, I was there in 65-67 when we were moving every other week it seemed. We were mostly eating C rations but I can remember on the times the cooks made it out to us they tried there hardest to provide food for us. I remember one cook who made donuts and always had a big pot of coffee for the flight crews in the morning he also brought sandwiches out to the flight line when we were waiting on the weather to take off on a CA, please don't talk bad about the cooks to me. Enough said, Rainer Bauer
Rainer Bauer <bauerrv1@gmail.com>
USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 10:28:52 (MST)
it was tomorrow in 1971, xmas day, we lost the ship and some butthead NVA forgot it was xmas peace treaty. Hope he has a nice one this year anyway.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 10:27:26 (MST)
George, santa is very important. Merry xams to all..Gently, thanks for all you have done for us and your support. I am sure you made the good girls list..but betting you wanted to be on the bad girls list,lol.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 10:23:48 (MST)
Gale, I forgot thank you for the cool ornaments you and Debbie so thoughtfully send each year... I look forward to it! Thank you, Mark for giving us this website, and the ability to renew our brotherhood and friendships... would not have been possible otherwise. Great to visit again with many we've not seen in 40+ years! Garys Mount and Woodward, Fred Alvis, Larry Davis, Wes Griffith, Kim LaVoie, Dennis Faucher, Rebel, and those who've passed on: Jim Westwang, Fred Skaggs, and others. Matt Casey, I'm still burning from the bacon! Merry Christmas to you all! Blessings...
Dave Powers
Montrose, CO USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 10:04:35 (MST)
Merry Christmas to all of you, my brothers and God bless you all as we reflect on all of our blessings.
Dave
USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 09:51:57 (MST)
George it was a joke, I have no idea whats wrong with you, this gutter snipping has to stop. I truly feel sorry for you. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 08:58:14 (MST)
I found the only way to block George out was to wear ear plugs, but if you're reading what he's writing then you haven't got a chance. Just kidding George, you know I love you brother. Gale thanks a lot for another great Christmas ornament. I've got them all attached to a large bootlace with safety pins and hang that in the archway. Everybody stay calm and have a nice Christmas.....
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 08:52:31 (MST)
DOES HIS NOSE GET BIG FRED? OOOOOOOOO
Rick England
USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 08:18:33 (MST)
is that why Rudolf has a red nose?
alvis
USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 07:15:47 (MST)
Merry Christmas to all and be safe. Harrell looking forward mto the golf.
Rick England
USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 06:40:37 (MST)
Merry Christmas from the 191st to the 129th. Hope to see you guys in San Antonio in June. Bringing a ringer for the golf tourney. My 16 year old granddaughter.
Harrell Guidry (cue)
Groves, Tx USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 06:39:04 (MST)
W1ink you should have finished high school, some where between 10 & 11 grade they told us boys only need to cum once to make a baby.. Maybe the punch line should be he was impotent?
George B
USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 06:23:54 (MST)
Wink, see there....that's exactly what I mean. Sitting around a campfire face to face with you, that joke would have been funny instead of being pretty lame on here! Heeheheehehee
Gale
USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 21:29:17 (MST)
---Best holiday wishes to all regardless !!
Gary Woodward
Memphis, USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 20:36:35 (MST)
What Gale said.....................
Mark
USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 19:26:59 (MST)
evening flight,got a xmas joke for you all,, how come santa clause has no children ,think hard i'll give you all a little time to ponder the answer ok time is up. how come santa clause has no children because he only comes once a year. get it heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. merry xmas all. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 17:52:36 (MST)
To the 129th Family have a Wonderful Christmas and a safe New years. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 16:27:59 (MST)
To my 129th Brothers, Sisters, Mothers, Dads, and Uncles & Aunts... Have a Very Merry Christmas and a better New Year !
John Sartor
USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 15:50:32 (MST)
Flight, Y'all take a deep breath now and hold it for 10 seconds.......exhale. I know you guys all realize that trying to talk to each other on here is not quite the same as talking face to face. We miss the tone of voice, facial expressions and hand gestures..........iffen' you know what I mean. I understand that we are all venting in some way, but, let's just try to stay civil with each other..........we are all in this together! Thanks again Mark for this site. Always a brother, Gale
Gale Beard 67-68
USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 15:47:46 (MST)
Larry I made a type O I did NOT mean $ between " Hours $ Never" I meant to say & FIXED & NEVER
George B
USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 13:40:09 (MST)
Larry, thank you. I do not have a hair up but _ss. Its just that the cooks we had in 69 - 70 were dam near crap now if you came a different year yes you guys ran a different mess hall but NO one will convince me & many guys that where there when I was that the mess hall was ok.Now maybe the guys that where in camp ALL day got chow but most flight crews rarely got to eat there, now maybe that came with the job but dam it those C rations sured got tirering. Supply, maintance, POL (fuel) maintance/motorpool those guys are fine & lucky to have mess hall type hours but not the us guys that manned the aircraft as our work hours are very ilrregluar & the mess hall's hours were fixed $ NEVER seemed to work for us & so that is why my pissed off starts so maybe you understand my drift.By the way I hope ya ALL have a OUTSTANDING holiday season
George B
USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 13:09:57 (MST)
My visit year I was with the 444 transportation Co they where on the other side of the valley from us (the Tigers where in the middle, (inside) & I git those guys to trade us for those M60 dual trigger things for the ones we used in the guns the Bulldogs (slicks) use the rear type & always had extra in a friendly swap for us
George B
USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:42:22 (MST)
George, I stand corrected. The major Tet offensive was 1968.
Larry Dyer <larry_dyer47@yahoo.com>
Largo, FL USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:40:56 (MST)
Lenny (Fire & Familey) I have a few of younger vets that where in one or two of these wars we are in now in my groups, great guys. I don't understand the middle east names for their cities or regions so we rarely talk about that type of their areas of duty but I did tell some of them how Vietnam was, the water falls, bannan tries, rubber plantions and the for ever rice paddles and even a lot of the people that you never forget & that was exactly what made me go back it even has me thinking/plznning the next trip back as I board each plane home. Most and I can say almost ALL say they would never go back & its like a waste land with people you just can not understand unbelieveable. I just wish we all could live John Lennon song "Imagine" "nothing to fight for".
George B
USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:34:29 (MST)
George if you payed attention to what I wrote you would have noticed I said just before I arrived. You seem to have a chip on your shoulder for some reason. By the way my wife is Vietnamese also, and I got my hair cut by a Vietnamese woman this morning. Both agreed 1967. Incidentally I have been back to Vietnam 5 times in the last 20 years all during the Tet New Year, including this year with my Vietnamses wife Ngan. P.S. my name is not Gary.
Larry Dyer <larry_dyer47@yahoo.com>
Largo, FL USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:28:24 (MST)
Merry Christmas to my brothers," Fire " and " Tripper". I wonder how " Bucky" and Huey" , Hap and Draughter, Blair, Kitchens, Markham,Lulei, Leggins are doing this Christmas.? among all the others. Glad I got to know you, all of you." Phantom".
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:03:57 (MST)
To all my brothers and sisters out there, even you Gary, really though I`m thankful to have served with you all, given names to a few, I wish you all the best Christmas and hope you have a great New Year........ Heard that getting old is like cooking bacon in the nude, you know its going to hurt,... you just don`t know where... Tails Clear Left...all of 70..
Matt Casey
Hemet, CA USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:03:54 (MST)
Mornin'Bite&Strikerz". Haven't visited this site in a while..My PC was recently hacked,password changed,couldn't access my account until my son Lenny was able to repair the damage from Hawaii. I want to wish all of you&yours a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year. I think back when we were "Across The Pond,in the Land of the Little People". Awaiting the letters and "Care Packages"from "Back in the World" My brother George (recently passed),had made certain that I had a bottle of"Cheer" to celebrate my 19th birthday with! The bottle of Johnny Walker broke in shipment,but the other contents: cookies and brownies absorbed some of the delicious nectar! My oldest son Lenny-Paul served in the USAR and did a tour in Iraq. He received numerous Care Packages from home and even from the school where I work. The 8th grade class "Adopted" him and members in his Combat Engineer unit as "Their Soldiers"...When he returned,he visited the class and enjoyed a pizza party in his honor. Lenny doesn't discuss much about what he saw or did in that Sandbox. He knows that I can relate. My other son Danny is a Capt. in the USAF. He is an Intel officer working with JSOG in Afghanistan as we speak. I pray PSALM 91,which is the Our Aviators'Psalm every day for him,and the men under his command. Captn. Dan and flight are receiving every and anything they need from home. Both of my sons,my nephew,and other friends and relatives having served,or are now serving tell me the same thing: There is a huge disconnect between the military and the civilian population. It's almost like THEY are at War still, but that America isn't. They're only concern is that we" Don't do to them,what was done to US"..that their sacrifices go unnoticed or forgotten. Please don't read this wrong brothers. There still remain many loyal,patriotic Americans out there,but as I often tell people..If you've committed One American to fight a War,you've committed a Nation! Ours is not to reason why...Just pray for our Nation. On a lighter note, I managed to get a piece of my tail rotor drivechain back. I wore it as a bracelet for a while,holding it together with a small piece of safety wire,until it pulled out most of the hair on my left wrist. I do not have a "motorsickle"(Tripper) to compare the chain to, but it's kinda like a dull chainsaw chain. Forgive me if I rambled on this post. Love talkin'to all of y'all. I have some vacation days and finally some time for myself..after the "Honey-do-this"list is completed to the other "Honey's" satisfaction! Be safe out there. Do somethig good for yourselves..you deserve it. Respectfully, Lenny aka "Fire" & Family. ClearLeft.
Lenny Adams <rtrwingnut@yahoo.com>
USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:00:58 (MST)
Completely understand, George.
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 10:50:33 (MST)
Wow stay away for a couple days and come back to a lot of reading. Really sorry we had Year Books now but no not really. Really things were hot & cold over there from month to month. I doubt it matters to those who were wounded when it happen, the same for those who were killed. The one thing that never mattered to me was what someones job was in the 129th. Sorry guess I don't care if you were a Pilot or a cook. I knew guys in Maintenance were out sometime working on my aircraft when I was in bed. Even the guys in POL were there when we needed them in the dark. There were times that my radios didn't work or other crap was falling apart. The guys who drove back & forth on shitty roads to get us fuel, parts, etc. To some it up I would say I didn't have it that bad there. No can't remember the Mess Hall but do remember taking cold showers only when we got a chance. We were there to fly and for the Pilots & us in the back we couldn't do it without those who never left Lane.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 10:42:57 (MST)
Dennis "Good Job & Thanks" for attending & representing us vets.My last duty was @ Ft. Lewis. The 9th Inf Div was stationed there. Which unit is stationed @ Ft Lewis?
Brujo E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 10:35:29 (MST)
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE & ALL. PLEASE BE SAFE.:-)))))
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 10:22:37 (MST)
First core was more commonly called "I" core if that makes it easier for you larry but I am sure you can look it up on the internet
George B
USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 09:37:17 (MST)
larry I got a VERY EASY question for you,South Vietnam was broken into four (4) cores, (first core, second core, third core & forth core,) what core was the 129 (Lane Army Air Field in?
George B
USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 09:16:40 (MST)
Lary that last message was for you
GEORGE B
USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 09:07:32 (MST)
Gary TET is never in March itst between Jan 27 & Feb 5 or 10 so both your year & month are south of it, my source is my wife she is Vietnamese (born Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, Oct 17,1973
George B
USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 09:06:29 (MST)
Gary Mount, I just don't appreciate people that try to B S me & expect me to believe them. I lost a lot of friends in the 25 months my APO was San Francisco for me Vietnam address. I spent a yearish driving a truck from Quin Nhon to Plieku with a M14 for company not the heathltion companion plus not the easiest thing to move around & shot back at what ever was trying to shoot at me so I decided to extend with a change of duty to be a door gunner where my main duty was to shoot so instead of mainly having a steering wheel in my hand when Charlie was trying to kill me I already had a weapon in my hand to shoot back. So that is my story & I am STICKING to it. EVERY M.O.S. was needed & I am dam proid of every guy that did theirs to their best abilty but for those that try to B S me I will go the distance for my friends that didn't make it & are not here to take there earn credit as the B Sers are trying to. One a-hole a few years ago made a huge mistake and told me he didn't go in the service but he tried both the Marines than the ARMY,he wanted to go to Vietnam,after I told him to get away from me he said he went to college got himself a Bach Degree & was teaching school,he missed a few days of school due to my phsyciclly explaining to him I knewn hw was full of _hit. He made a VERY huge mistake cause their was a Air Force Vet their when the cops showed up & the senior cop was a Marine Vietnam Vet that was at Khe Sanh when the NVA tried to over run it so it was wrote up as he swong first & so self defense.Now for those that don't remember let me refresh your memory of the old draft & just about everyone from 18 year old up that didn't go college went ARMY or Marine so this A hole wanted to go in but they wouldn't let with "B S" plus a liberal arts major at that. CRAP. I bet a lot of us feel the same way but well maybe a lot just keep it to themselves that is fine with me I am not that way. Hay wink how is your buddy mitt rommey, he is out of work so maybe you can nominate him for governor of fla
George B
USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 09:00:38 (MST)
George hate to disagree with you, but the big Tet offensive was in 1967, just before I arrived in March of 67.
Larry Dyer <larry_dyer47@yahoo.com>
LARGO, FL USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 08:35:30 (MST)
Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy and Prosperous New Years.
Larry Dyer <larry_dyer47@yahoo.com>
Largo, FL USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 08:31:04 (MST)
morning flight, just wanted to say merry xmas , happy holidays
wink
winter haven , fl USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 08:25:09 (MST)
Alvis, that is what I mean about people that are full of "CRAP" the NVA&VC big orfenve was in the TET of 68 I would have been in that guys face big time we were court off balance & lost a lot of guys; I landed at Cam Ron Jan 28, 1968, didn't get in the fight but remember all the action going on around me was not a welcomeing party. Vietnam has TET every year (this year it is Jan 30) but for the GI that was in country TET is mainly the year 68
George B
USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 08:22:55 (MST)
I just found out that on 19 Dec 1946 Ho Chi Minh started the Indochina war aka Vietanmm War when he began concerted attacks against the French forces in Indochina
alvis
USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 05:15:59 (MST)
Hey Darwin: About the tail rotor chains, they looks VERY similar to motorcycle cam chains. I have some Kawasaki cam chains & I can't see any difference between those & tail rotor chains.You should be able to grind & push out the pins in the chain you have to cut it to length & then use what are called Soft Links from a motorcycle store to join them back together at the desired length. Drop by your local Kawasaki dealer with a tail rotor chain & ask to compare. Hope that helps :)
RickG
USA - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 00:02:11 (MST)
Yes, there is Fred Alvis. It is out on frankford and the Brownfield Highway here in Lubbock ,been here since 1929.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 19:32:11 (MST)
hey Gary, is there a Scroggins/Dickey chevy dealership near you?
alvis
USA - Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 18:51:15 (MST)
George, you sure stirred up plenty of feelings, most activity, Ive seen on here in a while. ha ha. maybe that's a good thing..Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 17:34:44 (MST)
Hey Guys I was able to obtain a tail rotor chain and need to know who knows how to make bracelets. The chain is about 3 feet long so don't know how many one will make. Anyway I will donate one for the fund for those who need help to get to a reunion. Any info will be much appreciated. Merry Christmas everyone!!!
darwin schmiedt <flame16@santel.net>
woonsocket, sd USA - Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 17:33:25 (MST)
was standing in line at a truck stop Friday. Fella behind me, standing there with his wife, ask when I was there. ( I had on my Nam Vet hat) Told him 71/72. I then ask him when he was there. He said "I was there for TET of 67". Was my turn to pay then so I didn't get a chance to respond..TET was in 68 and 72 tho in 72 they took more country but little was heard of it cause the ground pounders had gone home and it was mostly ARVINs that got KIA.. and helicopter type folks.
alvis
USA - Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 15:03:58 (MST)
George clam down. You made your point. Point is 1965/1966 we didn't have hooches or showers. Most of the time we were TDY supporting different units. I left Dong Ba Thin Jan.1966 and never seen it again. Living conditions was a 3 man hex tent if you were where most of the unit was. Like I said, before Lane was like a R&R place because of the living conditions. a lot about Lane I can't remember. the Church a mess hall I do remember the showers on the second tier and the Hooches. And, as what people did. It took everyone working as a team to complete the missions. I knew Brothers that filled in flying but, never got credit for. What I trying to say is that we was in a huge pile of SHIT!!! trying to keep our heads above the pile. Hell, it was a war. At any given time. They could have mortored Lane or try to over run the place. You never knew when you could be in arms way. Were all Brothers here. were here to be a Family of men whom at spent 1 year or more years together in Vietnam. And to remember our Brothers that gave it all and those whom pasted after tours. Yes!! being part of an air crew was more dangerous then some jobs. but, We chose to perform that job. But, everyone still has something in the back of their mind about Vietnam. It affects us all in different ways. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:41:25 (MST)
morning flight, gale got your xmas card and of course the art work that accompanied the card,nice an thanks.i look forward each year for them.>>>>> a little advice from someone who spent time in a stress unit.one thing that the treatment cordinators stressed was to identify with your fellow vet not compare, an believe me once I got that into my head I felt better about myself.case in point,their was an air force vet who never made Vietnam in my stress unit. after basic he spent his entire time in ft.lewis wouldn't you say as I did, what is he doing in the stress unit, well as I found out later he unloaded body bags for better part of his tour.so than I began to identify with fellow vets,an yes there are vets out their who make up stories whether they were cooks, clerks,or what ever their mos'es was has to deal with their own demons,so George, for your own sake heed my advice,believe me you'll better off. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 09:40:14 (MST)
EVERYONE YOU MEET IS FIGHTING A BATTLE YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT.....BE KIND
paul mcgrath
USA - Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 09:07:54 (MST)
Ive gone to group meetings over the years at the V.A., and one thing I found out is that there is a vast difference in us as crew members on a helicopter than of a grunt or any other occupation. When you start talking about going out on flare missions, lightning bugs, Snoopy Lows, high and low ships, my ship, being a gunner or crew chief,clearing the tail rotor, etc. etc. etc. they have no idea what your talking about, the others in the group. What was nice about going to the VHCMA, out in Reno-Sparks, was I could go to any table , day or night and those old pilots or crew chiefs,or gunners at those tables understood, you did not have to explain every little detail to them about a story or your experinces or whatever. There were pilots, crew chiefs, gunners from all different years and companys that were there from the early 60s, until the end of the Vietnam War.It helped me tremendously. I can also understand about not talking about experinces on here also. Ive come across that also. Not everyone is the same, each one of us deal with being at Lane in different ways, some of experienced more than others.Some of us have a more difficult time dealing with it, than others., that's all. This site is for healing and expressing your thoughts and experinces. it has been for me at least.There is no where else to go where you will be understood , hopefully. Clear right, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 07:58:51 (MST)
Mark I ain't saying anything bad about the guys that got to the 129 after us earlier guys I am just saying I do not buy all the hero stuff none of that over bravo crap, if you were a cook good for you but always having chaw for early or late flight crews NEVER happen when I was there OK all you guys that received such chow raise your hands, all you guys that flew with cooks for gunners well you too raise your hands, all you guys that did your job in the mess halls stand up cause you guys that DID your job well that is great we appreciate it but to guys that did crap well I will stand up & raise my hand cause I remember. The guys that came after us most likely flew & worked harder than us cause replacements where not comeing in like they were before
George B
Mass USA - Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 07:38:10 (MST)
The V.A. is going to build a 200,000 sq.ft. clinic here on the campus of Texas Tech, it will be near the University Medical Center, of Texas Tech. It is much needed in this area, we have a 50,000 Sq. ft. clinic on the south part of town and it is overwhelmed with Vets, great news, wont be ready until 2016. All of suffered in one way or another over there and have our own cross to bear, Im no different than anyone else, some have more to bear than others. Nobody knows you better than yourself, I have come to find out.Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 07:22:13 (MST)
Just returned from WA where I attended the Committment Ceremony at Mt Tahoma National Cemetary in Kent,WA. On the way up I stopped at JBLM(Ft Lewis) as I wanted to go to the Military issue store to buy the miniatures of my medals. I took a copy of my DD214 with me just I case I needed to prove what medals I was authorized. The E8 in charge of the facility asked me if I was going to wear my Dress Green(which don't fit) or Civilian clothes. I went to my car and got the black coat I was going to wear. One of the clerks took my coat to the back and returned about 10 minutes later all 6 of my medals(the full size version) and a pair of wings had been mounted and pinned on. When it was rung up at the cash register, I asked for the total as I got out my bankcard. The answer was you earned them, you have already paid for them. At the Committment ceremony all of us veterans were thanked for our service, then asked to stand at the side of the family and to render proper salutes on command. Although the service was only about 20 mins, it included a bugler and 21gun salute. My point is we should never speak badly of any Veteran regardless of what ranch they were or what their job title was. Also be proud or your service and wear your medals to military functions. If you don't have yours or need replacement you can apply online on the Army personnel site. Always a brother Class of 72 and proud of it and Retired
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 22:26:36 (MST)
Hey George, chill out with the bad cook talk. If ya got a problem with that kind of stuff tell it to your shrink or blow off about it in your PTSD group please. I'm not demeaning the your mourning of the loss of any of your comrades in here , but unless you were an eyewitness to the fact, to personally blame someone or a specific group is out of line in here. Please refrain from doing so. Thanks in advance...................
Mark
USA - Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 20:26:25 (MST)
George, I was there is 71 and 72.You didn't have any rougher time than anybody else. Many of us lost friends.Oh, Smitty (Jim Westwang) and Shadow were there then as well.I guess the An Khe pass crash happened cause everyone was so full of that fine dinning and got sleepy. Your way out of line calling latter guys weak.
alvis
USA - Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 19:15:24 (MST)
another good place for gun people is the springfield armory,also there is a museum in worcester that is full of medievel armor. i was born in gardner up by fort devins
paul mcgrath
USA - Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 18:38:07 (MST)
Art that park in Riverside is gone now but the the carosel is still running in the summer, actually I bring one of my cars their several Saturday nights to a car show. Lincold Park also closed a long time ago but that carasel is in fall river now, it is apporanting at a place called Battleship Cove which has the USS Massachustts, SS Lionfish, USS J P Kenndy, a Russian potrole/gunboat, it also has a C Model Huey and a few PT boats like Press Kenndy drove in WWII it a great collection of things & cerant comparments have things from the different wars & or theaters of different wars. I think you can fined it on line. By the way did I say that is ANOTHER GREAT thing about Mass. By the way that park is Riverside was called "Creasant Park" Rocky point in Warwick RI closed over 25 years ago too
George B
Mass, USA - Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 18:09:54 (MST)
Art that park in Riverside is gone now but the the carosel is still running in the summer, actually I bring one of my cars their several Saturday nights to a car show. Lincold Park also closed a long time ago but that carasel is in fall river now, it is apporanting at a place called Battleship Cove which has the USS Massachustts, SS Lionfish, USS J P Kenndy, a Russian potrole/gunboat, it also has a C Model Huey and a few PT boats like Press Kenndy drove in WWII it a great collection of things & cerant comparments have things from the different wars & or theaters of different wars. I think you can fined it on line. By the way did I say that is ANOTHER GREAT thing about Mass
George B
Mass, USA - Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 18:07:54 (MST)
Hi George then you might know were riverside is south of providence did you ever go to the park there & we were call us riverside clam diggers there was a park called Lincoln park is it still there. My first wife loved it up there but she in a better place know.
Art
USA - Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 17:09:04 (MST)
Art, South Dartmounth is about 12 miles east of me,its changed a lot in the past 30 years it got yuppie like if you know what I mean, lots of doctors & lawyer type. My town of Somerset is almost yuppieice we are 10 miles east of Prov R.I.
George B
Mass USA - Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 16:44:00 (MST)
HI I grew up in Rhode Island & every state is a proud to be from I leaved in Mass to it was called south Dartmouth & know in GA. love that southing cooking. I think about my DAD when I spent 2 weeks with him I was 18 it was something I did not have time with growing up my mom & dad did not live with us he came to see us & I had a good time when he was there & when I was with him for that 2 weeks I felt like a young boy he show me a lot of thing & I help rock up a well on the lot he got. The day it came to go home I would have not left I will have that time with me to I die & I will see him again.
Art
USA - Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 15:21:05 (MST)
Paul I forgot to ask ya, why are you ashame to say you are from Mass. Personally I am VERY proud to tell people I am from MASS so I will cover for you if anyone give you any crap. Mass has some of the VERY BEST schools, Harvard itself gradeuated 3 or more plus we have Boston College, Tuffs, M.I.T., U Mass. We also have some very good VA hostitals & services,a beautiful ocean on our east side (Atlantic) and many of us like me get right in guys faces when they self bragg about bull S (crap) war stories no matter what state (or MOS they had)they are from even our own state. Besides Paul, Mass is NOT crying BACKRUPTH
George B
Mass USA - Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 13:27:04 (MST)
Paul I forgot to ask ya, why are you ashamed to be from Mass, the state is in good shape, we aren't crying bankrupt,we have a great collection of VA hospitals,a great ocean a our east side (Atlantic) good schools (Harvard,3 presidents or more gradeuated from) Boston College, Tuffs, U Mass.Plus some of the nest vets in the country.
George B
Mass USA - Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 13:15:38 (MST)
Paul its called "STOLEN valor" so when a cook braggs about all he did I know the ones of 69-70 & tell them those guys were A holes & did crap!!! Thank our LORD for the C rations.I never said I was a great gunner but I did what was expected of me mostly nothing more but never less & never tell stories I can't prove.
Georg B
USA - Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:52:22 (MST)
A real brother walks with you when the rest of the world walks over you. i guess some people have an inflated sense of self importance.ya know i spent 4-5 months working at lane in the motorpool altho my pmos was 94b20(cook)in all that time i didn't even know there was a mess hall. i ate c's or something out of the 498th em club.or something that came from home. i remember getting a loaf of cranberry orange nut bread that had been a month getting there. i cut the mold off and ate it anyway,never did anything taste so good.george you need to let the cook thing go,you make me ashamed to say that i am from massachusets also.
paul mcgrath
USA - Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:22:49 (MST)
George, I had just walked away from the Armory when Kevin Lynch was killed. Im very sorry about the loss of your friend. I remember the hootch maids giggling about it and I cussed them out. I don't remember any one flying other than qualified flight crews , either. We lost George Hain down on the flightline , Ron Ingemuson and G eorge were good friends, Ron was a crew chief in 2nd, flight and my gunner, Larry George also was a good friend of George also. Robert Shuptrine was killed at the pool, so sad that they didn't and never will know all the Christmas we have known and especially Paul Nolen. MY Thoughts are with them especially this time of year. I flew a lot and generally kept to myself, always been that way. I had good friends over there and was friendly to everyone.Like I said before this time of year is hard for me. and I know Im not the only one..Tex 70-71
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 10:30:09 (MST)
I just think the guys that took our places in 71-72 where in a different 129. Of us that where there in 69-70 & earlier we fought a war,we took NO year book picture,we never had the so called "year books" & NO way in hell did any cook fly as a gunner!Now the guys that were given the choice of ARMY or Jail 99plus precent of them did one GREAT job. Today I know many of them & they are grateful to have been given that choice! By the way could one of you guys that was with the 129 when Kevin Lynch was killed by the "SO CALLED " accidently was killed by a wenpon dischargeing. My bets is it was a cook playing soldier with a live loaded 16 with one in the chamber , safty off & cocked & the yarho didn't know which end of the barrow the bullet came out. Kevin was a friend of mine, he was the company check, one of his duties was to write the letters for the C.O. to sign to be sent home to our lost friends parents.I called Kevin's Dad (Bud) & he told me the crap story of the so called accindent, I let it go & didn't tell him my thoughts but for to A HOLE that shot Kevin let me just say rothing in hell would be to good for . I do understand Nixon was grearing down replacements but I wonder how in hell people had time for this so called fine dineing & year book pictures & writeing year books you people had to have been in a different VIETNAM!I wonder did your mess hall have fine linen, table cloths & flowers on each table?
George B
USA - Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 08:50:41 (MST)
A lot of young men went into the service and had a choice of either going to jail or going in the Army,I had 17 unpaid traffic tickets when I went in, my Dad and the recruiter cleared it up while I was waiting at the induction center in Amarillo, had to get a waiver to join. I knew several others just like me, and talking several years ago to a guy from the neighborhood that got into trouble, his Dad tried to get him in the ARMY but wasn't successful, David told me that he wish he had gone in because being in jail you learn a lot about being a criminal, he spent most of his life in jail. Always wondered what he would have done if they had let him in the Army. Going in the Army changed my life in so many ways. God Knows what I would had turned out other wise. I don't know about you guys only a few but this time of year is hard for me. I have so, so, many memorys of my time there at Lane and remember so much. I try and not think too much about that time and try to be positive about it all, that's all you can do. I guess. Ive ran across so many people because of this website and on facebook also, talked to a great many and found out a hell of a lot. I remember the ones we lost and a moment of prayer for them also............................................................................................................... Tex 70-71..
Gary M ount
USA - Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 08:10:33 (MST)
About the criminals going into the service, I grew up and still live in a rural Ohio area and back in the day when you would get into to trouble with the law, and mind you, trouble round here back then was just a few brushes with the custodian of the local bastille such as fighting , drinking, car wreck or something small like that. When ya went in front of the judge his sentence was more then not, jail or enlist in the service. Now I have seen most of the ones that that happened to and in the long run it made the person change for the good. But then again that is here where we all came from a corn field and grew up with scruples. Not that any of you didn't. I'm just saying that is the way it happened round these parts...........funny how things turn out huh?. Well, I will take this time to wish all of you and your loved ones a Blessed and Very Marry Christmas and a grand New year. As I watch the posting that has gone on over the years in here my heart is filled with warmth and at times my eyes have been filled with tears. We have seen lots and lots of good things happen in here and supported each other, mourned the loss of loved ones and fellow brothers in Arms. I Pray for those daily. We have seen guys come to this LOG BOOK with 0% from the VA and reach 100% when all is done. We have seen and witnessed personally guys that crewed, piloted, and gunned on the same ship on the same mission. You guys each carry a piece of a puzzle, and at times when you have had the opportunity to come together either at reunions or in here you get with one another and some of your pieces fit together. I love that when it happens. I have said it before in here, keep talking guys because you are saying the things that Larry would be saying to me. You are the voice of those that didn't make it back. Moment of silence for them.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... I know that you say that it has been me that has brought you guys together and I except those accolades, but ultimately it you guys that started this place 40 and so years ago and I thank you for that......................God Bless you and Thanks................... I will end with what the official crash investigation says what was the last radio contact with the crew of the "257"............................................... "257" turning inbound to the beacon and climbing to 6,000ft...................... .......................always a brother.................
Mark
USA - Friday, December 20, 2013 at 20:50:02 (MST)
you got it right Bruno. i'm quite sure there was some fragging from these individuals also. I saw first hand how they got drugs on the base camps and dealt with locals like daily hires and hootch maids. most sgts. and up would not bother with them because of the revenge factor. I was told before I went to nam about this problem and was advised to just turn my head and ignore it. I did until I couldn't find my truck on certain occasions because it was taken without permission. I learned real quick to forget it cause no-one was going to do anything about it. just had to grin and bear it. later buddy.
lenny m 71/72
USA - Friday, December 20, 2013 at 16:08:54 (MST)
Lenny, Thanks.I had heard of guys that had been released from jail/prison & joined the had joined the military.It looks like the army wound up with most of them, if not all.The Navy,Air Force & U.S.M.C. did not take people with a police record. And yeah, I seen them going around & not saluting, no haircuts, their uniform/fatigues looked like they just got them out of the trash, their wall locker & foot lockers looked like a pig sty always looking to get out of doing their duty. Then "Sarge" would get on their case & wonder in amazement why were they being screwed with?????
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:14:53 (MST)
Ken, I know it's harder for some......but, live each day like it may be your last. Always a brother, Gale
Gale
USA - Friday, December 20, 2013 at 08:20:35 (MST)
Thank you Gale and Debbie for the cards. Guess I am too poor to buy stamps but still want to wish everyone a Wonderful Holiday. Ted I still don't know how you guys do all you get done too. At least I am getting my motor started everyday but get too little done. That and my to call list gets longer each day as well. Those like Wink are just hard to get a hold of when they play golf so much. Larry Stokes is on the top of my list along with a few who I have not talked to in over six months. As always a Thanks to Mark who has made it possible for those long phone calls. Wow in just a short few weeks I will be thinking about Campsites at Kokomo. Is time really flying by so fast these days?
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Friday, December 20, 2013 at 08:10:00 (MST)
Thank you Gale and Debbie. Have a safe holiday
Rick England
USA - Friday, December 20, 2013 at 05:59:46 (MST)
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califonia, USA - Friday, December 20, 2013 at 05:46:37 (MST)
thanks gale and debbie
paul mcgrath
USA - Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 17:44:40 (MST)
hi Dave I got a international 1957 cub lowboy industrial with a 42 inch mower deck & to go with it A international 1957 golden jubilee custom pickup it a 50th anniversary there were less than 3.000 built. I like to go to tractor show & watch the R F D tv.
Art
USA - Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 08:53:16 (MST)
home for the night. I remember the mess hall for two different reasons. The first is when I spotted Snoopy ( Gary Woodward) sitting at another table. I ask him if he had a brother named david and if he did, I went to school(high?) with him. The second time was when we found a cilivan fixed wing crash site of top of Quin Hon Mountian. One guy had his guts ripped out and we had spaghetti that night..took two bites and keep seeing that guy in my mind..only time I couldn't eat. Hope to be back the 22nd.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 14:48:12 (MST)
I don't get here as often as I should, too much going on in my life right now. WAAAY too many projects and responsibilities. Need to simplify, but I seem to just dig myself deeper into things that take my time. Starting a new SAL unit at my Legion Post, doing an Allis Chalmers tractor feature show at Freeport next year takes planning starting now. Trying to stay involved with American Huey 369 as a possible core-member. Trying to find time to restore a couple antique tractors too. Major abdominal surgery scheduled for Jan 9th should give me some time during recuperation to see more of ya'll on here. Plus maintaining a small farm doesn't leave me much time to get on here. Well, time to wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year.
TedBuiskerN.IL. <tedbuisker@gmail.com>
Davis, IL. USA - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 10:27:17 (MST)
BRUNO project 100,000 is when the president said we were losing too many of our elite men in combat and many young lads couldn't serve due to misdemeaners and bag records etc. The government decided to give these men a new chance to redeem themselves by serving in the armed forces. Many were released from jails and such and joined the sevice. that is when discipline died in the military!! Big cities cleared out their jails ad took a tax burden off the citizens. do you recall troops not saluting officers in base camps? refusing to get haircuts? many were drug addicted, they did them a favor by snding them to nam. many didn't want to deros nam. this occured in 67. later brother
lenny m. 71/72
USA - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 09:48:34 (MST)
Marc Cullenson, a pilot when I was there posted a picture on face book, on the new Lane Army Heliport page, of 261, that was my ship, I had the privilidge of being a crew chief on before I left Lane in March of 71, Mike Higdon wrote me a letter, after I came home and was at Fort Ord, at the time, telling me that 261, was involved in a accident on a CA, with the ROKs, in the Soui Cau Valley, yesterday, Marc posted posted a picture of it at Lane on the page, after it was recovered. I could not remember if I had 361 or 362, may have had, anywys with out the internet and this site that Mark started , a lot of unanswered questions would have remained unanswered. period. I now have a lot of pictures of crew chiefs and door gunners and pilots that I was with in the 129th. and have talked to several at the VHCMA, and on the phone and e mails other wise never would have.. My Dad served in WWII, he never got the chance to ever talk to his buddys he served with , ever. I know he would have loved to. There were some good ARVNS, usually Kit Carsons and the Black Cats, Rangers. the other ones were not that great, remember having to kick some out too. didn't have a problem doing it either.. we didn't have time to be a sitting duck as we were bad enough as it was. Never, ever , had a problem with the ROKS, THEY HAD THEIR SHIT TOGETHER.. I remember the good times and the closeness, never have ever felt that way before, or since. We had each others backs all the time , we didn't always get along but when we were on that slick we had to be, every one had to do their job and have their shit together or you were refused to be flown with. and ended up selling cokes in maintenance or whatever.Thanks again,Mark, for starting this website for your brother, Larry. I know he would be proud. I do rememeber a cook getting the shit kicked out of him , and we were pissed, because he was a damn good cook. I just know what I experienced , as far as chow when I was there, already said my piece on it.. Clear right, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 08:53:38 (MST)
I know I have been down the road before as I still can't remember the Mess Hall. I do know I was not good about taking those pills either which might be why I ended up so sick. Still after 12 years in the Army I always knew that flight crews & Mess Halls were not on the same page. Guess I was fine eating C-Rats because I never missed it in Nam. I was even happy outside there for just getting paid to buy my own meals, even in Korea. I was always an ass so when we got a new 1SG in Korea who took away my Sep Rats I simply went to the NCO area one night to help myself to a steak. Also the Officer's Club had I think an E-6 who went to a School in Paris. The guy sure could cook. So even as an E-5 I helped him out sometimes for free food at night. Crap for those of you that remember KP Duty you should really respect the cooks. I always flew because I wanted to so took it as getting by on what we could get our hands on. Yes even grabbing a few things when we were hauling food to guys in the field. Really you have to look at the good times and reasons we did the crazy things we did? My gunner, PFC Hudson was about the only guy I knew who didn't want to be in 1st Flt but he wrecked the COs jeep. Hay everyone, Merry Christmas! Yes that sucked in Nam too...
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 08:32:48 (MST)
Hey Lenny, 24th Inf Div huh. My uncle was with the 24th in WWII-New Guinea,Biak & Leyte in the Phillipines.He went in on the 3rd wave.I don't know which infantry regiment,company etc.The 24th was & is a bad ass front line grunt unit. I believe they're somewhere in Georgia. Lenny,I had heard of project 100,000. But, what was it about????????
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 07:58:18 (MST)
in 1956 i joined the army. i was 15 years old. that was 25 may 56. I went on active duty to fort knox kentucky. my mos was 111.10 inf. after several years I volunteered with my buddy for messhall duty. we were ojt cooks so to speak. I had a ninth grade education. I sure wish I COPULD HAVE DONE BETTER BUT ECONOMIC CONDITIONS WOULDN'T LET THAT HAPPEN. infeb 59 I went to berlin germany. came home in sept 61. spent 2 years in ft belvoir va. then back to germany for 32 mos. in 24th inf div. came home on 1 july 66. back to belvoir. most of my ncos were ww2 and korean war vets. they taught me how to be a man and how to treat my troops. in viet nam I was 31 years old. most officers identified with men of their age group. I was an e-7. I still don't know how to cope with that crap. i had several situations that occured where jr officers took the side of younger troopers. it was ok by me. i tried to council my men to the best of my ability about the dangers of drug use in viet nam. if anyone recalls LBJ's program project 100'000 .they know what i'm talking about. I could talk about this subject for ever. I just can't get it out of my mind. and rteally whats the use, it's all over.
lenny m. 71/72
USA - Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 21:28:29 (MST)
Hi what I seed maid me think how come of all the bad things that happen over there & not the good things that happen like having some cold beer with brothers. I think of one thing Paul Nolen it was funney one knight he was up drinking at the nco club then he came down the steeps an there was one of the hooch maid big tub with water in it well Paul fell in it & called out I am droning help me he got up & was soaked from head to foot but he was all wright past out cold asked him when we got back that knight how he was ok. I will not bring up about things that find falt with other brothers THAT FOR SHORE
Art
USA - Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 16:47:51 (MST)
AHHHHHHHHH.....the brotherhood..........that's what I like to see.. ;-)))))
Mark
USA - Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 15:10:58 (MST)
iwhen I was at arty-hill in pleiku, I couldn't believe how many troops were messed up on that junk. try to get a skag freak to do a job, no way. they would just disappear into a bunker or hootch and that was bad news to try and find them. If an officer got caught on a piss test, he was on his way home real fast. When an e.m. got caught he was put in detox for 10 or 12 days and was put back on duty the next day. I'm sure most of you recall the hard times we all had getting any type of supplies needed after we started turning over our bases and equipment to the arvn's. on occasion rvn's would come around asking to buy fans, air conditioners or any thing of value. it was one helluva aexperience over there. Im not complaining. I volunteered to go. didn't want to miss out on the chance to do my part. In a way I dont regret it. Ifound out first hand about the war.I also met some great brothers and warriors.
lenny m 71/72
USA - Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 13:47:07 (MST)
Wow, lots of posts lately! I'd like to post my "two cents worth". First - Mark, like some have posted, I can't thank you enough for all you've done in bring us 129th'ers together. Next, as far as ARVN's..I have to say they weren't cowards (from my limited experiences), but they sure weren't the quality of the Koreans. I remember one time when we were taking ARVN's into a hot LZ. Of course we don't touch down for fear of booby traps. This one ARVN just would not get out of the ship. I finally grabbed his back pack and tossed him out. When he landed, he aimed his M16 at me...I aimed my M60 and him - don't bring a knife to a gun fight! I really don't remember much about eating at the mess hall. However, when I made Spec5, I started eating at the NCO club as often as possible. I remember eating a steak there when a Chinook crashed within sight. It was on a test flight with several guys on board for a ride. We had to go out the next morning for recovery. I remember a few times when we were to fly a C&C mission for Koreans. We got invited to eat in their officer's mess - eggs, rice, meat, and of course kimshi. I liked trading a case of CRats for a case of Korean rations. I hope we don't disparage our support guys in the mess hall or maintenance. We were ALL a team. Finally, I hope all of my Brothers have a wonderful, happy, and safe Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Hope to see some of you next year. Best Wishes, Bill (& my lovely wife Kat)!
Bill Wolf
Colorado Springs, Co USA - Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:20:23 (MST)
Prior to being @ Lane, I was @ Camp Evans.For the most part Camp Evans was very secure.It was the base camp for the 3rd Bde for 101st ABN. A lot of Grunt units/a lot of even B's. But it was very "UN"accomodating. Not complaing. When I first arrived at the company, the mess hall was a tent because the "other" mess hall had gotten a direct hit by a mortar. All the cooks were Scag freaks-do you get the picture about the meals served. When Joe Flores & I got to the 129th, the mess hall was a 3 1/2 to 4 star place compared to the one at Evans. I don't recall powdered eggs,but, if I did get them they were a hell of a lot better than the eggs @ Evans.the 129th mess served "cold" lemonade,tea,sodas.And on occasions they even served the cold ice cream cups.The mess hall was kept clean-silver ware,plates etc..Yes there may have been some meals were not to stateside standards,but they were hot & recently made & the coffee was good. I can't speak for the 129th mess haul in other times prior to me stationed there, but it was still pretty good compared to the one at Evans.While I was in transit from Camp Evans to the 129th, I spent some time @ the transit barracks in Tuy Hoa. I ate at the mess hall there. It was OK.But, for some reason or other I still like the mess hall @ the 129th better.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, Tx USA - Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 09:26:51 (MST)
I went into the mess hall at lane. All I got was powder eggs & SOS. The cooks could and did screw up a bad thing. I never went back. If I ate anything it was Banana's while out in the boonies. Once in a while, what ever Korean we were transporting they would invite our crew to kimchy. I didn't eat kimchy but there were other things to eat. At Night after getting back to lane, I'd take care of my crew chief duties then run over to the EM Club for Dinner (Sandwiches)and beer. I really don't remember the mess hall to much.
John Sartor
USA - Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 07:08:33 (MST)
Dave, don't remember if I had anything to eat or not, just know I never took another Malaria pill. ever.it was bad. ha ha. I don't think I ever got to eat at those places, or sea food of any kind. just what we had in the mess hall, got back late many times, and left early too. I didn't leave the flight line until those guns were clean, and helped my crew chief, and sometimes another crew chief. sometimes we would get back to Lane early enough to eat chow, or we would have time to eat breakfast, but many times ate Cs that I always had under my bunk or go to a buddy that had some. Always had Cs in my ammo Box under my seat, peaches and pound cake and apricots and whatever .. that is just how it was. Well said, Alex. Thank God for this website. it has helped me and a lot of others to reconnect. I recently came across Ron Inguemunson, on face book, he sent me a couple of pictures that were pictures of a crew chief I flew with in the 129th. and my doorgunner..
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 05:34:25 (MST)
Gary Mount, I understood that you never swallowed the malaria "horse pill" without eating anything... the results could be catastrophic at altitude.
Dave Powers
USA - Monday, December 16, 2013 at 16:36:46 (MST)
Mark, we're all forever in your debt... a heartfelt "thank you"! If the Sunday steaks I ate over there were water buffalo, I must not have been too particular! Of course if you're 18-19 you can pretty much eat any/every thing in sight... and not gain a pound. I was always jealous of you guys who made the trip to the orphanage near Bong Son going after the excellent seafood. Never had the right opportunity to go myself. I felt the same about Tuy Hoa as you did about coming to Lane, Alex! When I was in transit to Lane from Cam Rhan, the accommodations became progressively "Spartan". Didn't see that kind luxury again until Phan Rang!
Dave Powers
USA - Monday, December 16, 2013 at 16:10:40 (MST)
PURPOSE ....I mean..............I never said I could spell ;-)
Mark
USA - Monday, December 16, 2013 at 14:36:15 (MST)
Those words are on the Front page of this website and have been there since conception under PUREPOSE. Just thought they needed to be repeated here as of lately. I love you all..............always a brother.................
Mark
USA - Monday, December 16, 2013 at 14:32:30 (MST)
Don't remember to much about the mess hall at Lane. Spent a lot of time on guard duty or the flight line or find something cold to drink. On my first tour with the 129th seen a mess tent at Dong Ba Thin at Christmas 65. Jan.1st 1966 a lot of us stayed tdy to different units and c-rations most of the time. At Tuy Hoa we had a small GP tent that the cook had. He couldn't cook an egg sunnyside up. But, when your hungry you will eat whatever he had. If we got lucky and got to Tuy Hoa we would get some shrimp or king crab and if lucky sometime water buffalo steaks(Real chewy).Big difference in living from 65/66 tour. First Got, to Lane in 67 thought I was at a r&r center. Hoochs and nice shower as long as the water was warm. Always A Brother~!!!Mark you have done a great job with this site. If it wasn't for your dedication to your Brother Larry. The 129th wouldn't have a home for all of us to come home to. Brought a lot of together. And, thank you for being for the 129th Family. I'm also thing of KIA's and the Brothers we have lost over the years since this site has been here. At, least we had the opportunity to Welcome Home these Brothers. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Monday, December 16, 2013 at 13:23:03 (MST)
Well said, Mark Jackson. Ive testified before on here what this site has meant to me, personally. Everyone did their part, and we could not have exsisted or been able to complete missions without support from everyone.Im sure Lenny did a good job over there, I do know what went down when I was there from May of 70 until March of 71. I remember missing a lot of meals, don't know whos fault it was and don't care, either all I know is that I was damn hungry. I never took another malaria pill after having to take a crap at 1,500 feet. when I was Newbie. I remember having to damn near beg for new nomex and gloves. Our 60s were worn the hell out and had to go to the Cobras and get parts, and barrels and springs. and towards the last of my tour had to steal them.because the damn government wouldn't let us have parts not even for our birds. because the congress decided to cut funding. There was a several engine failures because the damn sobs wore worn the hell out. so we would throw a damn rag in them to blow the engines up. fact..!!! I APPRECIATE YOU MARK AND ALL MY BROTHERS. God Bless. Tex 70-71
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, December 16, 2013 at 11:17:19 (MST)
I echo your sentiment, Brother Gale! I was never turned down for a meal late. It was always my own fault for missing breakfast, though (a late night before, generally). When I got to Cam Rhan, my first Nam meal was around midnight after a day of processing in. I stabbed a piece of bread in the mess hall and lurking beneath it was a rather large cockroach! One of my fondest memories of the 129th mess hall was the little sign that said, "Have you had your (malaria) pill today?" I liked the Sunday steaks we got...
Dave Powers
USA - Monday, December 16, 2013 at 10:50:22 (MST)
Good words Mark. When I see Viet Vet and Lane Field, I instantly think "Brother!" I could care less if you were a pilot, crewchief, gunner, motor pool, supply ,maintenance, orderly room or cook.......................WELCOME HOME BROTHER!
Gale Beard 67-68
USA - Monday, December 16, 2013 at 09:18:44 (MST)
very well said mark. wink3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Monday, December 16, 2013 at 08:46:09 (MST)
HELL........I DON'T KNOW WHAT "MY" PURPOSE FOR THIS PAGE IS....ALL I KNOW IS THIS........LATE ONE NIGHT, IN 1997.....MY BROTHER LARRY, FROM BEYOND, CRACKED ME UPSIDE THE HEAD AND SAID.."STOP FORGETTING ABOUT ME SO MUCH"......AND HE ALSO SAID, HE HAD SOME MEN THAT HE KNEW, THAT WERE THINKING AND LOOKING FOR OTHERS THAT THEY SERVED WITH IN THE 129TH. I TYPED IN THE WORDS "VIET VET" ON OUR COMPUTER, AND A SNOW FLAKE FELL THAT HAS NOW TURNED INTO A BLIZZARD OF EMOTIONS, MEETINGS, REUNIONS, TEARS AND HEALING. A LONG TIME AGO, YOU MEN, WROTE THE HISTORY FOR THE 129TH WITH BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS, AND LIFE. I HAVE DONE LITTLE TO COMPARE TO THAT. I HAVE ONLY UNCOVERED, AND INSERTED SOME INFO THAT I FOUND IN DC ABOUT THE 129TH. IF NOT FOR THE JOB WELL DONE BY ALL OF YOU, NONE OF THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLE. THIS IS A PLACE OF FREEDOM, FOR SOME GAVE ALL TO MAKE IT THAT WAY. THIS IS A PLACE OF FRIENDSHIP, FOR THOSE THAT FIND COMRADES FROM LONG AGO. THIS IS A PLACE TO HEAL, FOR MANY STILL HAVE WOUNDS. THIS IS A PLACE THAT IS SACRED, FOR THE "FALLING HERO'S" ARE AMONG US. THIS IS A PLACE CALLED HOME, WELCOME HOME. THIS PLACE IS YOURS, MEN OF THE 129TH TILL MY LAST BREATH. THIS PLACE BELONGS TO THE KIA OF THE 129TH. A BROTHER OF A BROTHER, RELATED TO THE COST OF FREEDOM, MARK
Mark
USA - Monday, December 16, 2013 at 07:13:57 (MST)
Donny purvis, I hear you brother. on numerous occasions flight crews would come to me and ask for some chow. I never turned anyone down. i knew what i had on hand and i'd give them something. some body up above in chain of command should have set something up for this type situation. at night at lane you didn't want to walk around looking for your men because dudes woukd be getting high and you never knew what may happen. often in may/ june 72 like midnight or later i was ordered to make x amount of box lunches and provide juice and coffee. we had two house boys that would help us in mess hall. donny you were there then, hope you remember.
lenny m 71/72
USA - Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 19:53:28 (MST)
hi art, I had the runs in nam also. every monday after that pill, i'd get the runs but hell, we all had them. I had more than one occasion where locals tried to get food from my messhall. I did give some nuns from the leper colony rations that we didn't use.I would get forced issue items that we had no use for. we had two buildings full of that crap. most of it was all outdated. the outfit that supplied our rations would substitute the meats that were called for and give us that damn water buffalo beef. we couldn't do anything about it. I wish i could give you guys filet mignon every day but that was wishful thinking.
lenny m 71/72
USA - Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 19:35:02 (MST)
Well I was a cook when I went to nam & a lot of food went out of the big red one to the black marked I see it & when I was cooking the mess sgt. told me I could only take what he wanted the first I did it & the grunts wanted more so the next time the hell with him I was only should have took two flats of egg I took 6 flats & a 5 gal. pot & plenty of water with & when I was haled back to base comp not a egg came back with me & the sgt had my but nailed to the wall he told me you like to feed them like that you going to be one the last thing I told don't you give me a reason.
Art
USA - Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 17:53:36 (MST)
Hi Lenny my only problem with the Mess hall was the hours, most the time I did not get to eat at the mess hall because of early take offs and late returns. If it was not for C,s, most flight crews would have starved. As a crew chief, my job did not end when the pilots left the aircraft. So by the time I fixed all the problems found on the post flight and closed up the aircraft the mess was closed. I have no doubts you and your staff did a great job, the times I did get to eat in the mess hall the food was good. And as for the Vietnamese soldiers, I remember one time we were doing a CA and I said something about how they were the worse bacause, you had to push them off the aircraft. A Vietnamese officer looked at me and said you get to go home in a year, we have to do this for the rest of our lives that's why we are not in a hurry To get die. There were a lot of great Vietnamese Soldiers, do you think maybe they called us cowers because we left before the job was done? Donnie CE 682 Aug 1970-July 1971
donnie purvis <donnie1_purvis>
Lexington, Nc USA - Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 13:52:48 (MST)
Following up from my post about the Lane AHP group on Faebook I'm trying to find all the units assigned there. So far I have:129th AHC, 61st AHC 174th AHC, 498th DustOff, 180th ASHC, 161st AB, 196th ASHC, 7/17th Air Cav, 237th Med Det, 395th Maint Det, 922nd Signal Det, 616th Transportation Det, 193rd Med Det, 364th Aviation Support Detachment (Tower Control) If you cam think of any others let me know, thanks.
RickG
USA - Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 13:08:18 (MST)
Every unmit in nam had a c.o. 1st. sgt.,mess officer and we had a whole lot of officers that ate in my mess hall. Surely if conditions existed as you say, someone would have brought it up to someone with authority to correct that situation. I was assigned to the messhall at tuy hoa on my first in country assignment. I had over 60 cooks. I don't know where they were, but they were supposedm to be my men. they hadn't had a mess sgt for 2 months. you wouldn't believe the mess I was stuck with. it took one helluva lot of work but i got it squared away. whoever ran your mess hall on your tour is who you should have a problem with. we did ou very best with what we had to work with at the time. we all had problems at that time frame in viet-nam.
lenny m. 71/72
USA - Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 12:06:26 (MST)
George I hope you didn't take my posting the wrong way. I posted as a friend.oh weren't we there the same time. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven , fl USA - Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 10:28:17 (MST)
wink you & I had different mess halls, my mess hall had one (1) maybe two (2) decent cooks the rest felt that steering powered eggs was to much for them to do
George B
USA - Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 10:22:14 (MST)
morning flight, hey George you can blame all for one bad apple, if that was the norm than as a gunner I should hate all crewchief. case in point, I was assigned on stand by, we were called out on a night mission. we got to our location an started on a gun run. on our 2nd run something caught my eye with the crewchief. as we were zeroing on our target the crewchief had his 60ty pointing out everywhere but the target.when we got back to lane and the pilots left the ship, I asked the crewchief what his problem was, he told me just before the asap call he had dropped acid and was tripping out. I'm not going into what I told him or what I would do if I ever heard of him doing that again.so by your posting I should hate crewchiefs wrong like I said you blame all for one bad apple. I know were you are coming from but these people have to live their lies an them selves. as a company we all had our job to do an every guy was important to the company, we had one of the best outfits if not the best in nam an that's because we all worked together. enough said. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 09:58:49 (MST)
HI I went in the mess hall one time had the shits all day & bean a x grunt C were a lot better & the only thing that T me off were that the they would get all the new C & we got 1945 & they got the new sixty were the one we had were worn out. I work on my uncle fishing boat it was a 62 foot long & all steel & after I went home from nam took a trip to ware I work on that fishing boat.The GOV gave the people that help out of nam & they put out all the over fishing out of work in Rhode Island.
Art
USA - Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 09:00:59 (MST)
lenny back in 69-70 some of your cook buddies like to sell our chow on the black market & naturally it was to early for their sorry asses to get up & open the mess hall when we had early flight missions and lets net forget how ( again "some" ) some of them use to sneak down to the flight line and ask about some of our missions went & the holes in our aircraft, in general & try to get details about the guys we lost then go up to their hoochs to write war letters home to mommie, THAT IS WHAT I GOT AGAINST cooks. lenny do yopu really have a clue want it is like to see a friend's a fellow crew members blood on your air crafts deck or hear on of the ships are MIA (that's MISSING IN ACTION) than have a dam cook try to drill you about missions that is why I have ZERO use for cooks & loved those rations I & most of the flight crews kept a couple of cases of rations under our bunks. Let me add one (1) more insult to engerey, those S O B's NEVER kept to mess hall up when we had late missions either
George B
USA - Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 06:08:13 (MST)
I don't really know what george has against cooks and I don't really care, but several of my cooks were serving as door gunners and re-arm crews because of man-power shortages. I sure needed help in the messhall at that time but they were there and they spent their time in nam. We all did. This isn't the place for this type of nit-picking. I busted my butt to accomplish my mission, and I resent other people putting down my men.
lenny m. 71-72
USA - Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 17:46:11 (MST)
maybe thats why i'm not welcome at kokomo anymore,cause i was supposed to be one of those low down cooks.
paul
USA - Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 16:19:32 (MST)
Clam down George. I don't think Steve was talking about all south Vietnamese. Some did turn on our troops when the shit got tough. But, we know all the Vietnamese weren't like that.it was war. And, people try to survive the only way they know. And, Some not all Vietnamese soldiers did turn on our Brothers when it got to hot for them. As a 129th Brother just clam down . Always A Brother!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 14:15:41 (MST)
steve webber, my father in law was in the South Vietnamese Air Force & he was NO coward, his feiends where in the South Vietnamese Army & fought to the best of this ability, training & equiptment but like our forces where also lied to, misled and mainly forgotten. I do believe our ROC aliens where the best fighters in the war but I will never say the ARVNS weren't good. Personally I'd rather have one of them along side me than one of our cooks or even westmoreland
George B
USA - Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 09:34:46 (MST)
Just to add to Bill Jeans story about "closing down" the 129th AHC at Lane AHP. I flew one of the last Cobras down to Siagon to be shipped back to the US. Good thing because I don't think those cowardley South Vietanamese troops would have used them for any good!! Anyway it was a good flight. Flew past Nah Trang where we used to get Lobster dinners at Fraggots(sic) for $3. Also had some great times on the beach there. Can't remember whether I flew down with Ron Paye (alias the "Horse Marine"). Never forget him bitching about when he was on his "first tour" in Vietnam he could get "laid" in exchange for a bar of soap!!! Memories don't change but with time they because hazy. I think somebody sang that in a song. Steve Webber
Steve Webber <Steve79tfs@aol.com>
Cumming, Ga USA - Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 06:29:53 (MST)
Created a Facebook page for all units that were at Lane AHP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/687680101253353/
RickG
USA - Friday, December 13, 2013 at 12:40:45 (MST)
Merry Christmas, Flight! Interesting, the people you meet in daily life. I ran into a guy yesterday who crewed a Chinook in the delta in 1970. Did his first tour as a grunt with 1st Cav, then volunteered for helicopters. Another friend I visited in the hospital last night was a grunt in '69... I told him I crewed a Huey, and his face lit up! He told me "thanks", and how they always looked forward to the choppers coming in because we always carried food, clothes, mail, etc. or were coming to pull them out.
Dave Powers
Montrose, CO USA - Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 14:05:51 (MST)
Mark I don't if the 501-c has a renewal date or not. when I worked at Autozone if the 501-c was from out of state I had to get a signed copy to enter into our non-tax base and keep on file. Sad thing it was just for that store. Autozone stores weren't linked together. I remember when Fred applied for the 501-c .Always A Brother!!! Hey Alvis 385 Bill Morris parkway hwy is complete from 240 south over to 40 now. saves a lot of time trying to go north on 40 now.
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10:55:53 (MST)
Hey Fred A. what ever happened to the 501-3c you got in INDY? did that run out. Reason for asking am wanting to try and set one up over here in Ohio for the 129th and looking to maybe get something for the group. Can you update on that please? if it ran out, that's ok. Ill just get one here. Think Im going to check on it anyways.....take care all...
Mark
USA - Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 16:24:13 (MST)
Yep, John the Red Raiders will be at the Holiday Bowl on December 30,2013. playing against the Arizona State Sun Devils, should be a great game..Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 20:22:27 (MST)
Hey Gary, I see that San Diego has your Texas Tech & Arizona coming to our bowl game.
John Sartor
USA - Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 19:30:09 (MST)
Alex, arrived at W.memphis around 10 at night, just as the freezing rain started. At six the next morn I started to leave but couldn't..the roads were shut down.Between Memphis and "lamperts", I saw so many big trucks off the road and on their sides it was simply amazing. Headed to Boston this morning..three drop load going to three different Home Depots.Hope to be home by xmas.
Alvis
USA - Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 04:33:20 (MST)
Ats ok John, you take care of yourself and listen to the Mrs. Where would we be without them. Alvis, drive safe brother. Just got little snow here in Ohio. Yep, Coldwater Back to back state champs in DIV 5 football this weekend.....pretty exciting for this little town........stay safe everybody and sooner or later we will hook up some where.........always a brother..............
Mark
USA - Monday, December 09, 2013 at 20:18:06 (MST)
Alvis wished you would have called when you hit Memphis. I know been within a few mile at Nike before. we came out in good shape during the two ice storms that came through. Only problem was 385 coming from Memphis. A lot of overpasses and bridges were iced over Friday night and got rain the rest of the time. Now across the river in Ark. 40 and 55 was bad. Well the weather is just cold. Always A Brother!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Monday, December 09, 2013 at 14:13:23 (MST)
home for the nite. Ken, got caught in the storm that hit St. paul..35 below zero..set to Arkanas, just in time for the ice storm, then Memphis in the ice storm.. yesterday I saw more big trucks on their side than I have the entire year. Upside down cars and pick ups..heck of a storm so far.
alvis
USA - Monday, December 09, 2013 at 08:24:12 (MST)
Sorry but have to say it is another day in the 80s here. John I am sorry to hear that but seems we are all just trying to stay alive. Told my wife I will be glad to see the end of 2013 already in hopes things are better next year. I have just about talked to everyone, or most that didn't make Kokomo. Seems like a lot of bad luck going on. "Wink" seems to be the only one who came out ahead with the doctors. Mainly just wanted to say Mike Johnson is having a very hard time after loosing his kidney function. Just again hope that we do better next time and that the Sun stays out. Guess we missed a lot of mud in September.
Ken Strong Jr
Candler, FL USA - Sunday, December 08, 2013 at 12:37:14 (MST)
Great to see the posts on here, looking forward to making it to San Antonio next year in June, for the VHMCA, had a great time out in Reno-Sparks in 2012, been very cold here and icy, but warming up now, a lot of area football games were postponed due to the weather, be playing Monday, local small towns around Lubbock, New Deal especially. ,still has a shot a 2A, Should find out where Texas Tech will be playing in a bowl game this year, looks like the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, had a somewhat disappointing season with 5 straight losses, 7 AND 5, but not bad considering new coachs, and true freshmen quarterbacks, and injured , thin defense. Hoping next year will be better..Have a great day, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, December 08, 2013 at 10:05:16 (MST)
Mark, It looks like I can't make it another year to Kokomo, Ind. The wife says she almost lost me in 2011 and doesn't want me die do to blood clots. I've talked to her and talked to her but she doesn't want me to chance it. I'll try again in 2015. Now if something comes up in Los Angeles, Anaheim, or San Diego and I can drive I'll be there.
John Sartor
USA - Sunday, December 08, 2013 at 06:41:14 (MST)
Mark hope Coldwater kicks Massillon's butt. They use to run rough shot over a lot of teams. Back in the early 60's. When I played high school football at Barberton,Ohio we played Canton Timken. But, can't remember how we did against Massillon. Ron just take it easy and follow the Doc's instructions. Bill Wolf go to see you posting. I missed being at Kokomo. Always a good time. San Antonio in June next year. Hope everyone is doing OK with this weather. We were lucky yesterday. Mostly rain but, then the ice fell. But, could have been worst. Were due for a second round of ice tonight. Noticed a few trees cut back from the power lines today. Everyone and your families have a safe weekend. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
USA - Saturday, December 07, 2013 at 19:02:23 (MST)
I mean Jamie, take care of Ron...........sorry bout that..............
Mark
USA - Friday, December 06, 2013 at 20:49:00 (MST)
Bill, we miss having you and Kat there too. I am sure you guys will make another one someday. Little snow here in Ohio. Was expecting more. The town of Coldwater is pretty empty tonight. Most are over in Massillon Ohio where Coldwater plays for a back to back State title in Football tomorrow. We have been in the state final the last 5 years , winning 2 of them. Marie Stein, another team from our league but different Division plays also for the title. Pretty hard nose league round these parts. Google the MAC Ohio High school league and see the record. Hey, hope all had a great Thanksgiving. John Sartor, thanks for the card. Hope things are going better for you. Jamie D. Take care of yourself brother..................always a brother...................
Mark
USA - Friday, December 06, 2013 at 20:48:24 (MST)
Ron DeBates, glad the heart surgery went well. Rest my Brother and get well. Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Thursday, December 05, 2013 at 08:49:16 (MST)
Hi guys! Was watching the video from 2011 Kokomo and realizing how much I missed you all!! Have to make the journey next year with Kat. Hope you all are well and had a great Thanksgiving!! Always a Brother, Bill
Bill Wolfl
Colorado Springs, Co USA - Sunday, December 01, 2013 at 10:46:53 (MST)
Hi guys, I'm building a new website for Ken Eward. He is restoring two Huey helicopters. If you have a spare minute, please take a look. http://vhplww.weebly.com/ Thank you.
Kevin Dutton <huey-fan-club@hotmail.co.uk>
Manchester, UK - Sunday, December 01, 2013 at 09:58:01 (MST)
Hmm, and all this time I thought Liz Taylor had passed away.
Dave
USA - Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 11:15:12 (MST)
TO ALL THE BROTHERS OUT THERE ,HAVE A HAPPY POST THANKSGIVEING DAY---AND THE DUCKS ORE. -VS-THE ORE. BEAVERS COMEING UP THIS PM.-CIVIL WAR GAME! ALWAYS A BROTHER,AND MAY ALL HAVE A GREAT XMAS SEASON! CLEAR RIGHT.
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ORE USA - Friday, November 29, 2013 at 15:40:47 (MST)
Well, we lost 41 to 16, but it wasn't from lack of effort. just outplayed by a better team with better athletes, Tech ended up 7-5, not bad for a first year coach and 2 true freshmen quarterbacks. will be going to a bowl game and with this new coaching staff its only going to get better.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, November 29, 2013 at 09:04:20 (MST)
Gary "TEX" Mount: I was rooting to TT myself.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Friday, November 29, 2013 at 08:43:40 (MST)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING :-)))) & be safe.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 10:27:51 (MST)
Safe & Happy Thanksgiving Holiday,and Happy Hanukkah as well. Both of my sons are overseas serving our nation. America Bless God!
Lenny"fire"Adams <rtrwingnut@yahoo.com>
USA - Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 07:57:31 (MST)
Cant hardly wait until my Texas Tech Red Raiders play Texas in Austin tonight at 6:30 on Fox Sports Net 1, should be a great game, always is.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 06:43:40 (MST)
Hope all my 129th. brothers and sisters have a wonderful Thanksgiving and our brothers in England and South Korea. OUR 39 Fallen brothers will always be remembered by all of us . Thank God for this website and May God bless every one of you. A very special prayer to all our Brothers in Arms serving throughout the world ,who are not able to be with their familys and loved ones. Clear right , always. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 18:59:19 (MST)
Hope all the 129th Family has a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. let's take a moment of prayer for our KIA's and our Brothers we lost in last years past. Also, pray for our 129th Family members whom are down with illnesses. 48 years ago myself, R. Bauer and G. Pearmain and G. Morgan and many others were on C-130 heading to Vietnam. Thank You Mark for gift of this web site so, we of the 129th can once again see and comunicate with our Brothers of Vietnam. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 18:47:22 (MST)
HAPPY TURKEY DAY!!!!!!
paul mcgrath
USA - Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 18:36:04 (MST)
Thanks Simon and all the 509 crew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mark
USA - Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 18:12:01 (MST)
To my 129th Family.....God Bless you all and have a grand Thanksgiving tomorrow. As I do every night I will add you in my Thanksgiving Prayer at the table tomorrow with our family here in Ohio...........Have I told you all that I loved you lately??.....always a brother..............................
Mark
USA - Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 18:09:52 (MST)
May your Thanksgiving include a moment of thankfulness for each other. Through this website and many of you, I was able to put some closure to a question regarding one of you who was lost in Vietnam, Tom Shaw. I know that holds true for some of you needing closure and/or help also. Now...I call all of you friend...and am thankful for knowing you. We always have such a great time when we're together! Thank you for allowing me to be your "Den Mother" over the past 12 years. I will continue to do whatever you need me to do to get everyone to a re-union or Kokomo. I am thankful for each and every one of you. May you have a peaceful Thanksgiving. L-G
Gently
USA - Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 17:02:11 (MST)
Happy Thanksgiving to you all for tomorrow. We think of you guys often but especially at these times of family gatherings. All the very best to you and your families from the 509 family. Simon, Nina, Bradley, Phil, Jo, Neil, Rob, Dick, Becky, Joanne, Mark, Judith and Stuart.
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
Mellor, 509 county UK - Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 13:44:10 (MST)
What is this ?????? DEAR ABBY?
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 09:30:43 (MST)
Is that England pretending to be Elizebeth again....
Bill Whelan
USA - Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 08:32:16 (MST)
art, first before you do anything harch, find out the reason the irs states you owe them and then if you in fact owe them the money, than you can request a payment plan. so its not as bad as you think. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 17:02:38 (MST)
Hi I went to the mail box & got a letter from the I R S it seed I owe them $14,190.00 I owe them. I gees I wont get but $ 2 or 3 hundred va then the same from SS Well I am at the end of the rope. I was thinking I was in good shape. I sead I could fall in a pile of roses & come out smelling like $h!t & I do.
Art
USA - Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 14:34:55 (MST)
Thanks for disrespecting our website, Elizabeth.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 11:11:02 (MST)
Elizabeth, it brings tears to my eyes!
Gale
USA - Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 11:03:05 (MST)
My name is Elizabeth Taylor from UK. I never believed in love spells or magic until i met this spell caster once when i went to Africa in may this year on a business summit. I meant a man who’s name is PROF. DUMGA (dumgaspells@live.com) he is really powerful and could help cast spells to bring back one’s gone, lost, misbehaving lover and magic money spell or spell for a good job or luck spell .I’m now happy & a living testimony cos the man i had wanted to marry left me 3 weeks before our wedding and my life was upside down cos our relationship has been on for 4years. I really loved him, but his family was against us and he had no good paying job. So when i met this spell caster, i told PROF. DUMGA what happened and explained the situation of things to him. At first i was undecided, skeptical and doubtful, but i just gave it a try. And in 8 days when i returned to UK, my boyfriend (now husband) called me by himself and came to me apologizing that everything had been settled with his mom and family and he got a new job interview so we should get married. I didn’t believe it cos the spell caster only asked for my name and my boyfriends name and all i wanted him to do. Well we are happily married now and we are expecting our little kid, and my husband also got the new job and our lives became much better. His email is dumgaspells@live.com
Elizabeth <dumgaspells@live.com>
London, England UK - Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 10:33:52 (MST)
Lenny Adams, thanks for the names! I now remember Ms. Oliver, but didn't know about Mr. Merrill... nice to know that as well. Alemaster, I too received a "present" (a nice photo) from Larry and Brenda Davis! My grandson covets that photo for his room. Nice job, guys!
Dave Powers
USA - Monday, November 25, 2013 at 14:34:57 (MST)
I was watching Texas Country reporter today, its been around since 72, Bob Phillips goes around the State of Texas finding unique towns and people and places. Today he was in Mason, Texas , a old frontier town and where there is a old fort there, Ive been through numerous times, its about a 6 hour drive from here in Lubbock, in the hill country, and about a 2 hour drive or so from San Antonio, Northwest. In 1970, a British film maker made a film about 3 Mason natives , that had come back from Vietnam, it was shown in the UK, with some success and largely ignored here, last March, the extended version of these 3 men, one had passed away since 70, was shown in a theatre in Mason, "WE WENT TO WAR", where these 2 men are shown and their thoughts again. there are no war scenes in it just honest answers from these men . The trailer is online,if you want to se e that. thought ID SHARE THAT WITH YOU GUYS.. it is colder than a dogs ass here today, sleet and snow about 3 in. worse North of here . Believe its headed Northeast towards The Eastern part of the nation. have a great day, and clear right, always. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 11:29:32 (MST)
Wow neuropathy seems to be a tricky one. I tired for years to get SS Disabilty and than the VA got around to saying I have neuropathy from the neck down to my toes. At this point the VA locked me in at 80% P&T plus put my wife on ChampVA. They will not count the neuropathy for Service Connected. That is even though I had a rating on my spine when I got out of the Army in 83. I do have a Medicare Advantage Plan but my agent says I am locked into it because of changes to the Healthcare Bill. I still get a deal on a rebate but they say new folks can't get the same one????
Ken Strong Jr
Candler, FL USA - Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 09:49:55 (MST)
Jim H- Try again with VA. I was turned down a few years ago and now I qualified with 50% disability. I have type 2 diabetes do to Agent Orange in Vietnam. I've got another claim in at the VA for Pulmonary Vascular Disease, hoping that it will give me 100% disability. As for supplement health insurance: I don't know of any.
John Sartor
USA - Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 16:24:56 (MST)
Jim Hydinger I use Mutual Of Omaha. It cost about 120.00 a month. I pay a 140.00 detuctible and nothing after that. No copays etc. But, I went with their better plan. And, Jim can get a rating for the for neuropathy through the VA. I got 10% for each foot. But, only if you have Type II. But, I didn't get any disability because I was 20% Type II Get A VA handbook and it list everything now relating to Agent Orange. it's seems like now the Vietnam Vets are being pushed to the rear. Have any questions email me. Be more glad to try and help. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
TN USA - Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 13:21:00 (MST)
Cobra Knight, Good to hear your presence. Sorry for your tribulations. Cardinal will be back from Mumbi for Dec. Want some personal support, we're not far away. Know where you are coming from. LJ
Rick Benedict <stij@windstream,net>
Allenwood, Pa USA - Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 12:56:21 (MST)
HI Mark I got a email you might want to see.
Art
USA - Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 10:59:32 (MST)
Jim & I were wondering if anyone can help us. He said there has been discussion about supplemental insurance. He is retired now. Any suggestions on good insurance? Also, have any of you been approved for disability due to neuropathy? His feet are so bad, but VA turned him down years ago. Thanks for any help. Happy Thanksgiving! Sue H.
Jim Hydinger <country5@wi-net.com>
USA - Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 09:38:31 (MST)
We were that, Fire. I will always remember the kindness that was shown to me when I got to the 1st. Slick Platoon, in May of 70, you and Ruff and Casey and Bennett and others. WE were close. I was lucky to have had Leggins as my first crewchief , that was on his third tour there.I have been exteremely blessed to have found this website. I never got the privilidge to fly around movie stars like you guys., BUT, we were privilidged to fly around the bravest men I ever knew , many, many times and save many lives in the process. God Bless you all. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, November 22, 2013 at 15:24:45 (MST)
Evenin'129th Bros..Hey "Tex",It wasn't Luck,but Good Looks! We were some handsome Bite&Strikers.except for 1stSgt.Duddey& a few other lifers there.He Ha..To Lenny M.: I've forgotten many names and faces as well. I DEROSED in 70, so I doubt that I knew Mr.B. Would be awesome to meet ALL of the Crews and Maint/Support,Supply Personel who served At LAH. Again,I am extremely Proud to have served with all of you. Thanx,God Bless you& yours. Lenny.
Lenny"fire"Adams <rtrwingnut@yahoo.com>
USA - Friday, November 22, 2013 at 14:55:57 (MST)
Hello to all 129th'er's...........J.W. I am so sorry for your loss. Such a young age to be taken when you think of how long we have lived. I lost a brother when he was 28. Really don't want to go into that though. We never forget, but the pain does ease as time passes.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Friday, November 22, 2013 at 11:55:45 (MST)
I love all of you!!!! We received a nice thank you note from Dear Dust-offs' sister Vicki...certainly miss him. L-G
Gently
USA - Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 21:46:39 (MST)
Fire, you and Tripper always had all the luck. LOL.!!! Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 18:53:30 (MST)
lenny adams, I don't remember many names but its been a lotta years brother. do you recall eddie barry. I often wonder how he's doing? Wish I could make a reunion but I have too many health issues. Great to hear from you brother.
lenny m 71-72
USA - Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 16:56:16 (MST)
lenny adams, I don't remember many names but its been a lotta years brother. do you recall eddie barry. I often wonder how he's doing? Wish I could make a reunion but I have too many health issues. Great to hear from you brother.
lenny m 71-72
USA - Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 16:56:15 (MST)
Evenin'129th Brothers. Just want to start off with my sincere condolences to J.W.Wilson on the passing of your loved one. I went to my cousin's funeral a few weeks ago. It's never easy. To Dave Powers: I was Crewchief on BullDog 135 with Matt "Tripper" Casey on a VIP mission in 70. I had to clean out my bird,and put on a clean set of nomex expecting to fly some Big Wigs or Brass around. We were delighted to learn the I.D.s of our passengers when we arrived at Quinhon: Actress Susan Oliver,and I didn't recognize him at first: Gary Merril. We flew them out to a few FSB's,shook a few hands,snapped a few Poloroids.autographs,then headed back south to the safety of Quinhon. I do recall vividly that Mr.Merril appeared to be terrified the entire flight. Susan...(I fell in Love),sat next to me,in my well on the return flight. She asked if I would let her fire my 60. AC said nix. Anyway, I still have both of their autographs,the photos of that day are in our 129th book as proof,and Casey will never let go of the fact that she kissed me as she left! Didn't wash my lips for a few days. Gary was on the T V series "12o'clock High,as well as a lot of SciFi,Cop movies. Susan was in several movies,"Peyton Place",and a Alien Princess on a few Star Trek episodes. They painted her Green for that. She was also a accomplished Fixedwing (sorry Rotorheads),Pilot. Great reading your posts guys. Reguards Lenny. Clear Left...p.s...Lenny M. do I know you?
Lenny Adams <rtrwingnut@yahoo.com>
USA - Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 16:08:50 (MST)
HI I will make shore the next time I will have the title in my hand be for he get the money but this one going to get it good.
Art
USA - Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 11:11:43 (MST)
My Christmas just came early today as I received a "CARE Package" from Larry Davis. 129th Tee shirt with our 129th AHC logo on the back and COBRA logo on the front along with COBRA and "You Call, We Kill" stickers. Just way too cool! Thanks Larry, Alemaster
Alemaster <vicpgilliland@myway.com>
Louisville, KY USA - Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 10:30:15 (MST)
Art, I had the "opposite", problem with an odd twist. Sold my dad-in-law's old Chevy 1-ton pickup. Told the guy who bought it that we wanted the 5th wheel hitch out of it, which he agreed to get to us. He gave us the cash, but so far hasn't delivered the hitch, which he said he'd take out and drop off to us. Bottom line, he's paid us, but we still have the title... guess we'll just hang on to it until he shows up! Poor guy is working in ND, and only makes it back to CO once every couple of months.
Dave Powers
USA - Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 08:32:47 (MST)
You go get em Art. Ya sure had your share of problems man. But glad you still Post here. Hope to see ya at a reunion again sometime Art. Lenny M......that's what I'm talking about brother. Glad this AO has been good for you. Ya know I love you guys don't ya all!!!!!!.......always a brother........PS. How bout me Gently:-(
Mark
USA - Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 20:00:18 (MST)
HI talk about some one trying to stick it tome I got Sandra a blazer & have not got the title for it went to Lagrange tag to find out about the title & so the girl check to see if had ben put in here name they told me that no paper work has dun on it got the guy name on the title was in & it was not the dealer the lady asked him if he had the title seed yes told me I could come & pick it up & when I got there he did not have it. I look at him & you know some thing you are a a$$ hole you a$$ is in deep you know what . I got with BBB state license sos.ga.gov & my attorneys witch he a judge. I DONT THINK HE DIG HIM SELF OUT OF THIS HOLE>.
Art
USA - Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 19:06:48 (MST)
Love you Gale:>) G
gently
USA - Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 17:54:15 (MST)
Been away for a few days again and miss so much here. Back on daily pain meds from the VA and seeing improvements as I can get around better. Sunday we went to Daytona but after seeing an old guys Vietnam Hat get blown away I picked it up and ended up talking to the guy for over an hour. Guess we never really know who we are talking to anymore except the guy said he was in Special Forces his last tour. Lots of things to talk about but when I went through a few names he hit on one CSM in SF exactly. Guess the thing was that as we talked he said he wished he had gone to Canada but by the end thanked me and said our talk helped him feel his life was worth it. Just another 70 year old Vet saying he has lost everyone in his life but goes and sets on the Beach. Guess I had a really good day just hearing him talk about nightmares, showing me his scares, etc. Guess we take people with a grain of salt as we let them just talk.
Ken Strong Jr
Candler, FL USA - Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 17:35:31 (MST)
HI here a new one he want the statue of liability taken down & THEN WHAT NEXT.
Art
USA - Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 14:44:03 (MST)
mark, you are a godsend for starting this website. I dont post vry often but I check in daily. makes me feel good and remember when I was younger. i'm loaded down with medical problems now so I don't go anywhere except for med appointments. This brings back some good and some bad memories from nam. it just makes me feel good about vietnam brothers who were there and experienced the same things at the same time. I met so many phonies before that claimed they were viet nam vets and turned out to be liars that for a long time I didn't bring it up again. now I can believe the stories and remarks from real vets.
lenny m, 71-72
USA - Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 13:22:54 (MST)
morning flight, jw sorry to read of your loss, my thoughts an prayers are with you. \\\\ john congrads on your 50% award from the va. just keep pluging \\\\ hope everyone is ok up north. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 08:33:40 (MST)
So sorry JW. Thinking of your loss, it must be tough on you and your extended family.
Frenchie
USA - Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 07:16:55 (MST)
JW, Sorry for your loss. Sending prayers your way. Always a brother-
John Sartor
USA - Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 06:26:34 (MST)
I contacted the Dr for a "re-unite spell" to be cast on Gently...............let's see if she shows up at Kokomo next year! ;o) JW,so sorry to hear of your family's loss and our thoughts are with you. Thank you Mark, always a brother......Gale
Gale 67-68
USA - Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 06:00:29 (MST)
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JOYCE <latifer22@gmail.com>
LA, ALAMABA USA - Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 05:46:04 (MST)
JW...I'm so sorry. Prayers your way! L-G
gently
USA - Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 00:07:48 (MST)
Right on Mark !!!!
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, November 18, 2013 at 23:45:59 (MST)
Mark, you have that right, but even more..... We are a family.
John Sartor
USA - Monday, November 18, 2013 at 19:40:35 (MST)
All OK here in Ohio. Just some tree tops down. Got pretty windy. It sure is great to see and read how this site has turned into what it has, what ever that is. It's a Home, a LZ, a Rest Spot, A Concealing Group, a Safe Haven, A Meet and Greet, a Fox Hole, it's warm, comforting, peaceful........I had no idea what it would be, I just wanted to remember Larry. You guys have turned it into what it is today.THANKS!!!!!!!......always a brother........
Mark
USA - Monday, November 18, 2013 at 18:12:42 (MST)
Has anyone had trouble with VA getting medical attention? Everyone here in my area states it's the best. I finally got my disability from the VA. At this time it's 50% but I put in for another claim for PVD. Pulmonary Vascular disease on my right leg. I was told by the VA Doctor that if I claimed this with medical proof, I would get 100%. Well I did it... I'm doing ok with 50% but just call me greedy! Thanks Wink for your advice about starting out with one claim and as they get approved turn in another. As for any of our 129th family that may have gone through the tornados our prayers are with you.
John Sartor
USA - Monday, November 18, 2013 at 16:32:16 (MST)
Sorry to hear about your loss of your son-in -law, J.W. Wilson. hope everyone is ok after that outbreak of tornadoes. In just a few days, it will be the 50th. anniversary of Kennedy Assassination, , I remember very well where I was at when we heard the news, in our homeroom at Junior High, 8th. grade, Im sure everyone else does too. clear right, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, November 18, 2013 at 15:26:15 (MST)
First of all JW, prayers go out for you and the family... may God grant His peace. Just got an e-mail from Darrell Ramos (Class of '70) about Martha Raye in Vietnam. Funny, I can remember Matt Casey's name, but I can't recall the actress he and some 129'ers flew around Vietnam. Does anyone else remember her name?
Dave Powers
USA - Monday, November 18, 2013 at 13:16:05 (MST)
J.W. Your Family are in our thoughts and Prayers through your loss of a Loved one. Always A Brothers!!! Alex and Liz
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Monday, November 18, 2013 at 13:14:22 (MST)
JW.. My sincere condolences on your loss. Sounds like he was a young man in the prime of life.. Shame.. On the weather. Quite a few trees down around the area. High winds, maybe a tornado, lots of rain. It has just moved out of the area heading east. Had a foot of snow last Monday but it is all gone now as it was 62 yesterday and cooling off out there now. Take care Brothers... L8r... Kal '68...>>>
Kal Bergstrom
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 19:09:11 (MST)
It has been a bad week for my family. We lost a son-in-law last Sunday night who was only 35 years old.
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N. C. USA - Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 17:33:49 (MST)
I hope everyone in No Illinois is ok......bad storms. Went just north of me, so, I got very little damage. Still tornado warning out tho!
Gale
USA - Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 13:17:11 (MST)
I am reading that alot of my fellow 129thers are having a hard time getting Healthcare. I quess that I am really fortunate to be on Medicare w/Tricare4Life and 100% VA Medical. I have pulled back from the VA and only use them for medications that have a copay with Tricare.So basically I just pay my medicare premium and nothing more. I have found that if you are not retired but on Medicare that AARP has the best priced supplement plans. As for my daily life I have been spending my days doing Volunteer work for the City of Roseville, and as a Volunteer Usher for performances at The Harris Center for the Performing Arts. It's time I put some culture in my life, plus I stay out of trouble. Here's hoping one and all get their Healthcare needs taken care of. Dennis Class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 12:11:12 (MST)
Thanks, Wink, ILL try it.
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 14:22:58 (MST)
morning flight, I know a lot of us have problems fall asleep and staying asleep, including me.i was told about melatonin. its a natural sleep aide, no drug of any kind,which is what I like. I take 5mg before going to bed, about an hour before or if I forget to take it before, i'll take it before I hop into bed.either way I fall off to sleep within 15 minutes and sleep the night through. I find that i'm not tossing and turning as much and most morning I wake up feeling that I had a good nights sleep. you can get the melatonin at any supermarket or pharmacy. just thought I would pass this on. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 08:09:28 (MST)
That is what I have Alex, Mutual of Omaha also. no problems with it.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 03:50:33 (MST)
Mutual of Omaha is I have used for the past year and will continue to stay with. I pay 359.00 every 3 months. I will pay 140.00 deductible and nothing else after I meet my deductible. I go about once a month to prostate doctor. And four times a year to my heart and blood pressure doctor. They all come with a lot of lab work etc. haven't paid a dime also no co-pay. But, don't and outside drugs. But, I get 99% of the VA. The reason I got Mutual was my cousin has had it for years and he has heart problems And he has been in out of the hospital. A lot of supplements out their. Just have to do your home work. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Friday, November 15, 2013 at 21:06:23 (MST)
Lenny, do you have any experience with Coventry? Thats the one I switch to in Jan. Just wondering what they are like.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Friday, November 15, 2013 at 18:57:27 (MST)
HI I know some people there insurance is more know & it covers less. champ va will not pay nothing that Sandra had dun to here back. I will pay the rest.
Art
USA - Friday, November 15, 2013 at 18:09:05 (MST)
HI we got a Aetna agent coming to tell us all about it. they be here Monday.
Art
USA - Friday, November 15, 2013 at 15:14:38 (MST)
the insurance that I have is coventry, I believe it is Aetna insurance company. I have 100pct. service connected dis-ability. I figure if the va becomes overwhelmed with the troops coming home, I have a back up plan to turn to. it takes a good while to get appointmets now. I'm just trying to find out if I made a good choice. later brothers
lenny m.
USA - Friday, November 15, 2013 at 13:48:00 (MST)
HI for you that are looking for health insurance DONT GET HUMANA they put you in a hole you pay it to you pay to you get out of the hole . Know get this Sandra is still in the hole an the last day of December & still in the HOLE WE looking for a new one.
Art
USA - Friday, November 15, 2013 at 09:52:22 (MST)
I have gone to group meetings and like Snapper said, it was run by someone that never went to Vietnam , there were several Vets there from Vietnam and one Korean Vet, they had been going to this group for years and knew each other very well, it was a clique, more or less and didn't really talk about PTSD a lot if any only how to get disability, the other one I went to was pretty much the same years ago, when my ex wife toldme that I needed to go see this man at the V.A. ,her friend she was working with at the time , husband was exhibiting the same f... up behavior I was, so I went to him ,mind you this was in 84, when PTSD, or battle fatigue, shell shock as it was known then was first come to light, Danny was a Vietnam Vet and did help me a lot, but he sent to see a shrink who put me on drugs and they really screwed me up worse than I WAS ALREADY. Also, it was difficult enough at the time to get to appointments and to that group as I had to work being self employed at the time, I ended up getting divorced and my son really paid the price as he was neglected and his two half sisters. I continued on and off going to the V.A for help when I could and if I had not worked by myself , primarily for years ,I would had not made it.. IT was only when I finally was able to retire from my job and find this website that I finally got some frigginn answers, and started healing. its been a long f.... king road, believe me, strictly because no one back then understood or cared, getting dumped out in the Civilian world you bet your ass, that's exactly what happened and IM SEEING THAT NOW WITH THE RETURNING VETS. Some of us handled stuff differently than others some just repressed it,some never ever talk about it to no one and still don't.Ive talked to them over the phone. Like the lady shrink at the V.A said, our young minds were not meant to wrap around what we saw , and heard and smelled at times.. We came from a basically clean society and were dumped into a shithole and had to survive one way or another, and we changed because if you didn't you didn't survive.I know I DID TO COMPLETE THOSE MISSIONS.. then we were dumped back into the world and all those people back then that saw us as monsters and all that crap that went with it, during that time span. I thank God, I found this website and have been able to communicate and find answers to questions that bothered me for years. Clear right, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
Lubbock, TX USA - Friday, November 15, 2013 at 07:42:47 (MST)
Brothers All, Have been reading all the PTSD postings. I fully believe Alex is correct in that ONLY someone who has "walked the walk" can fully grasp what this is all about. As a RN working for the VA I noticed a couple of things: 1. The "lifers" seemed to have less PTSD issues than non-lifers. Why, and this is my opinion, is that the lifer continued to be around fellow vets dealing with the same issues. As Gary says it didn't matter what combat patch they were wearing they understood what you were talking about. As one who was a lifer, I fully believe this is the main, and possibly, only reason I have been able to deal with it. 2. For the non lifer, who was so gratefully dumped back on the street and quite readily forgotten by the military it is a different story. Working at the VA I noticed the best therapy was for them to be around other vets and just talk. The VA's idea was to, as Alex says, have a class with some 20 or 30 something with a masters or PHD running it who had not a clue what combat is all about. Didn't work, doesn't work and won't work! Here in Mooresville, NC we have a place called Richard's Coffee Shop. It was started by former CW2 and gunship pilot Richard Warren, Mustang 53. He started an organization called Welcome Home Veterans (goggle it). On Thursday mornings its free coffee for all vets and believe me it is the best therapy session around. WW2 thru Iraq and Afghanistan guys show up. Once again, as Gary says, doesn't matter what patch or for that matter what war. Richard passed away a few years ago but the organization continues on run by volunteers. The program has been so successful that before he passed away Rich was awarded the Order of The Long Leaf Pine which is the highest civilian award given by the state of North Carolina. I guess what I am trying to say is find a place like that with fellow vets. If you can't find one start one. It only takes two people to be a group. Sorry for the long post but I hope it helps. By the way, when I was with the VA I tried a few times to get into one of the PTSD counseling positions but was told I was not qualified as I only had a BSN and not a psych degree. Go figure. God Bless all of you!!! Snapper 70-71
Jeff Sauers <lknjeffATroadrunner.com>
Lake Norman, NC USA - Friday, November 15, 2013 at 03:55:45 (MST)
When I went to the reunion out in Reno -Sparks, I got to talk to a lot of folks I served with , and had not seen in 41 years or more, also, it didn't matter what time of day or night it was ,I COULD GO TO ANY TABLE, and sit down and know exactly what they were saying and how they felt with fellow crewmembers , pilots crewchiefs, gunners from any year that they were there, IST CAV , WHATEVER.. I didn't have to go into great detail explaining what wnt happened because they understood, IM NOT VERY GOOD AT EXPLAINING THINGS AS IT IS.. IF you have a chance by all means go to the REUNIONS. IT REALLY HELPS.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 18:46:56 (MST)
Very well said, Alex.. Ive gone to counseling, and group meetings, you name it, but the 129th. family has helped me more than anything. IF You have any kind of stress in your life, that does seem to make the PTSD worse for whatever reason. Ive come to find out that being a helicopter crew man is different than other MOSs, in that matter there is a different stress levels , a different lingo that nobody but us understands.Thats what ive come to really understand if I talk to someone especially in the 129th. that was at lane and you say for instance we were on a mission near Phu Cat with the Roks in the Kim Son Valley out of Lz Pony, you know what IM TALKING ABOUT OR WE were on a Snoopy Low Mission with a high ship and Cobra escorts or Gators or Demons or flew up to English through the short pass , you and you only understand. You see what I mean.. Anyways, PTSD IS ALWAYS THERE. IT GOES IN CYCLES. Clear right always my brothers, Tex the Phantom 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 18:23:28 (MST)
Dr. Bill, or any-one else that may know, I have advantra medicare insurance coverage. is this a good plan or b.s. I was just informed that my monthly coverage would go up to 48.00 monthly. sure would appreciate any help on this. thank you brothers.
lenny m.
USA - Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 14:05:28 (MST)
As usual doing things late. Hope all of you had a good veterans Day and also remembered all our fallen Brothers both during and after our tours. Dr. Bill PTSD is something that pops up any time and any place. Alot of things can bring it to the present. And, a lot of us suffer with PTSD. But, we have each other to reach out to. And, that we can related to the problems presented by PTSD. Only cure is to be 6ft. under. But, with Brothers out there whom can related to PTSD they can help clam the problems. I have been to see so many people that have no clue whats going through our minds at the VA Hospital. Every time they think they can make a difference. I get a letter to attend class which will make feel better. And at the end I tell that I get better support from my Vietnam Brothers whom were there. But, Wink and the rest know PTSD is always there but, remember your 129th Family and Vietnam Brothers are always here for you and your Family. Our Family's are always there. They might not understand why. But, there there. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 12:04:38 (MST)
keep focused on those goals art,for both of you
paul mcgrath
USA - Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 17:59:39 (MST)
HI Well the doc put it in here back to day no more back pain but being cut on & it should be over that pain & 6 weeks she can do all most every thing & now we will work on her losing some pounds & have here back fix wright.
Art
USA - Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 17:15:26 (MST)
KCBD has helped sponsor and has done documentarys on what is called " Honor Flight" , where WWII VETS ARE FLOWN TO WASHINGTON, D.C. TO SEE THE WWII MONUMENT AND OTHER MONUMENTS .. FREE OF CHARGE.. LUBBOCK, Texas does a lot for its vets and so does Texas Tech, which has a wonderful, if not the very best Vietnam Museum.. Clear right, Always, Tex 70-71..
GARY MOUNT
USA - Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 09:43:41 (MST)
We are always here for you, Dr. Bill, and believe me I do understand havigone through the same things,with PTSD, Texas Tech has honored the past few years the WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT AND THIS YEAR THE LONE SURVIVOR, Texas Tech football players got to wear special uniforms, although they lost this yeqar against a good Bill Snyder Kansas State football team , they never gave up after falling behind. We have a young coach, Kliff Kingsbury and two true freshmen quarterbacks this year. Kliff was a record setting quarterback here and came back here to coach, the city is excited about the direction this program is going. Also, for the past 2 years, our local TV STATION KCBD,
Gary Mount < >
Lubbock, TX USA - Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 09:36:48 (MST)
Hello my brothers, my beautiful brothers. I just had to come back on for a second to see the Monday comments and Wishes for Veteran's Day. First of all, thank you guys for your good wishes and prayers. I know it was just a coincidence, but I finally came completely apart at the seams on Monday and totally unraveled again. Nothing to do with Veteran's Day. I knew it was coming, and should've done something sooner. Those of you with really bad PTSD know what I'm talking about. You can just feel it creeping up on you and know the hammer is gonna fall at some point soon. And it whacked me hard Monday afternoon. Luckily, I've got my support system in place and will already be starting intense psychotherapy on Thursday. I know I'm gonna be okay. You are all in my daily thoughts and prayers. I love you all so very much. DB
Dr. Bill
USA - Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 22:07:41 (MST)
Hoping all are having a fabstastic Veterans Day.........always a brother..........
Mark
USA - Monday, November 11, 2013 at 17:57:44 (MST)
have a good vets day and hope for peace for ourselves and all veterans
paul mcgrath
USA - Monday, November 11, 2013 at 16:28:56 (MST)
Happy Veterans day to all my brothers. I'll toast a"33" to all of you tonight. God bless.
Norm Katz (Cobra Falstaff 70-71) <choppernorm@gmail.com>
Chandler, AZ USA - Monday, November 11, 2013 at 16:14:54 (MST)
Thank you all for serving....thank you all for returning home. Like Bruno, I will also sadly remember our Veterans who do not survive war, or did not survive upon returning home. God Bless you. L-G
Gently
USA - Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:42:49 (MST)
Have a good Veterans Day, my brothers.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:17:58 (MST)
Today is Veterans Day/Memorial day. I will be remembering Tom Shaw & Claude Strother. I wouldn't be celebrating.
Bruno E. Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, November 11, 2013 at 07:33:38 (MST)
THANKYOU TO ALL THE VETERANS WHO SERVED IN VIET NAM,MOSTLY THANKS FOR THE 129thers, WHERE I FELT AT HOME,WITH SUCH A CLOSE NIT BUNCH OF HERO"S .AS A NEWBE I WAS TREATED THE SAME AS THE OTHER CREWMAN. MAYBE BECOUSE I WAS ALREADY A WAR VET WHEN I WAS SENT TO LANE. FROM UP NORTH, AT PLIEKU CITY,IF YOU WANT TO CALL IT A CITY? I AM GOING TO A CERAMONY IN A FEW HOURS, AND WILL PRAY FOR THE ONES WHO DID NOT COME HOME,THE WAY WE DID.AND PRAY FOR THE ONES WHO MADE IT TRU HELL WITH ME AND ALL THE OTHER YEARS,------ALWAYS A BROTHER,AND A BITE AND STRIKER, PEACE OUT!
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA , ORE. USA - Monday, November 11, 2013 at 06:37:17 (MST)
Happy Veteran's Day to all of us Veterans, and remembering all of those who we celebrate this day for.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Monday, November 11, 2013 at 06:10:07 (MST)
Have a safe&happy Veteran's Day,all of my "Bite and Strikers" I am proud to have served with you all! Do something good for yourselves today. God Bless you and yours! Clear Left.
Lenny Adams <rtrwingnut@yahoo.com>
USA - Monday, November 11, 2013 at 06:00:14 (MST)
Dr. Bill. Do take a break, hang tuff and we'll be here when you get back. Am lifting up prayers for you and Debbie. Take care brother.............always a brother............Mark
Mark
USA - Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 22:16:11 (MST)
Same here, Bill.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 09:44:48 (MST)
dr. bill sorry I sturred up all your emotion. didn't mean to do that. wink 3/69-10/70 from 010 with love
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 09:04:54 (MST)
Yo Tex, man I wish I had seen that game, but my Nitany Lions were on at the same time. Love my Penn State, but they got outplayed by Pitt. Tex, your game must have been a bummer for you, too! Kansas really hammered Tech 46-27 or something like that. Returning to the LZ Blackhawk thing, I'm almost positive the #949 crash happened there. That's what's in my mind anyway, although my head is pretty messed up lately, so there's an excellent possibility I could be wrong. Anyway, I think I'm gonna have to go QSY Guard, and go off-the-air and stay away for a few days. Because my PTSD has been so exacerbated since the beginning of summer, I think I just needed to feel connected to you guys because you're the only one's who truly understand why so many of us are so F---ed up in the head. Unfortunately, all the talking about stuff and remembering things sent me totally over the edge yesterday afternoon. Had a crying jag for hours and hours and just couldn't stop. Got Debbie all upset and I just can't make things any worse for her than they already are due to her cancer. Pretty sure thinking about "Shakey Pete" yesterday was what finally did me in and pushed me off the cliff. So I'm gonna take a break for a while and get my head screwed back on right. I'm starting to lose it again right now just thinking about how much I love all you guys s much. God bless us all. Dr. Bill.
Dr. Bill
USA - Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 08:26:50 (MST)
Dr.Bill and Wink, that wasn't it, that I was talking about earlier .. I was with Lenny that day,we staged out of Blackhawk, and went out aways, remember it very well because a bunch of yard kids where there as we were getting ready to go out, a slick from another company was shot down by A/A. ALSO, today before the Texas Tech VS. Kansas State Game here in Lubbock, Texas at our JONES STADIUM , there were 405 purple heart VETS honored BEFORE THE START OF THE GAME. THERE WAS ALSO A MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER. ,ALSO.. it was the Lone Survivor game and Tech had special uniforms on. IT was something to see , for the last 3 years Tech has honored vets, last 2 years was the W
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, November 09, 2013 at 18:21:17 (MST)
Dr.Bill and Wink, that wasn't it, that I was talking about earlier .. I was with Lenny that day,we staged out of Blackhawk, and went out aways, remember it very well because a bunch of yard kids where there as we were getting ready to go out, a slick from another company was shot down by A/A. ALSO, today before the Texas Tech VS. Kansas State Game here in Lubbock, Texas at our JONES STADIUM , there were 405 purple heart VETS honored BEFORE THE START OF THE GAME. THERE WAS ALSO A MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER. ,ALSO.. it was the Lone Survivor game and Tech had special uniforms on. IT was something to see , for the last 3 years Tech has honored vets, last 2 years was the W
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, November 09, 2013 at 18:21:17 (MST)
Like I said some of us went through different ways of dealing with what we saw, heard and experienced. There are so many memorys for me, as I sit here , they come flooding back. What I do remember are the endless hours in the air going back and forth to the LZs until they became a blur.I recall the good times also and the commadrie,the closeness. never had that again. anywhere. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount < >
USA - Saturday, November 09, 2013 at 18:08:50 (MST)
dr. bill when 949 went down weren't they coming off a fire base?. if so I remember that because I was assigned to middleton as his door gunner but he wanted to take out shacky pete out to give him some training, since he was a newbe . shacky broke his arm during the crash.of course that was the second crash in two or three days which I again was assigned as gunner for middleton but again middleton want to take out shacky pete for training. I would have to say that someone was looking out for me. w2ink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Saturday, November 09, 2013 at 17:48:19 (MST)
Gary, About that CA to search for the A/A gun and the LZ Blackhawk thing: You said you thought it was in May or June '70. We lost one of our B-model gunships at LZ Blackhawk on 1 June 1970 and it was on a CA with the 4th Inf. Div. Robbie Robinson was AC and Benjamin Alvarez as the co-pilot, Middleton was the CE and Barker was the door gunner. They had an engine fire on takeoff, lost power and settled hard into the perimeter wire. One injury, but I cant remember who. It was Aircraft tail # 63-12949 and was a total loss. As for the water buffalo, those of us in Cobra platoon must have killed hundreds and hundreds of them. It was always one that were suspected to be VC/NVA work animals. Pretty much a standing order that we were supposed to kill them whenever we saw them and suspected they were being used by the enemy. That's why I was on those several missions to kill the elephants. Like I said, they are such magnificent creatures and it really messed with my head to have to kill them. Back then, the water buffalo didn't bother me so much for some reason, but it does now. I have to tell a quick story. One day we were out with a fire team and were sent out specifically to wipe out a herd of buffalos. I was flying with Little John. We hit one of the water buffalos and there was a huge secondary that sent up a ball of flame like 50 ft. in the air. At the time, we started laughing so much we were all over the sky. We joked back and forth that the water buffalo must have been full of gas, like it must have had to have the world's biggest fart or something. In actuality, it was probably carrying so ordinance of some kind that we off when we hit it with fire. We knew it was a secondary because the explosion was a lot bigger than the normal explosion of a ten pound rocket. Everybody have a great day. Love you all my brothers! Dr. Bill
Dr. Bill
USA - Saturday, November 09, 2013 at 13:44:25 (MST)
AARP has that United heath care. They offered a part D for 15 a month. Dummy me jumped on it. They have a 2000 dollar per year deductible. which I wasn't aware of at the time. I get 90% of my meds through the VA. But, if I go to reg. doctor and get a prescription I thought I would get a discount wrong again. All my outside meds. less than 200 dollars out of pocket. You have to look and read to see what your getting. My medicare supplement I use mutual of omaha. Beside the monthly payment of about 119.00 a month I pay the first 140.00 and nothing after that. No copays nothing. But, they will out source the Part D if you want. DR. Bill is giving you good advice. So many plans and most of them suck.You have to really do your home work. Always A Brother!! If you can your meds. through the VA. it's free
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Saturday, November 09, 2013 at 11:40:46 (MST)
Gary I am still glad we got to talk at Reno as much as we did. I was surprised that you guys still had so much guilt over things we couldn't control. At least over the past few years my nightmares are no longer so crazy as I have tried to remember things instead of hiding them away. Now I have less about Nam and more about the other PTSD in my life. To make it short I can see many things now that would have messed with others minds who never served in combat. The 34th Med Bn and 498th went to clean up in Jonestown where at the time they gave the guys ARCOMs which I thought was a bit much. Still that was when we still didn't have PTSD and I know several of them were a little nuts when they got back. Still my dreams about rotting bodies pretty much insures that those men & woman must still have dreams about there trip. That leaves me wondering if any of them are getting help now from the VA.
Ken Strong Jr
Candler, FL USA - Saturday, November 09, 2013 at 10:04:47 (MST)
Bill & Paul guess this is something everyone of us needs to know about. Made my 1st trip to Del Webb to see about plans with my Stepson Joe. After I posted the other day my agent called me at home to say he couldn't or didn't want to explain my insurance. Joey has AARP for his Part D and a bunch of people there had their insurance dumped so he was selling a new plan. The numbers were all the same as the changes to the one I have except the cost is much higher. Joe would save money because he never had an Advantage Plan but it would cost me more. What my agent didn't want to tell me in front of the others is that as log as I keep what I have it is about $90 a month cheaper because I have been on it for three years. Still if I make any changes even with the same Company I would pay a new rate. No wonder us old folks are confused? As for PTSD and animals just know at 18 when they said if it moves, kill it. Most of my bad dreams are from up around English in 72. Water Buffelo were the main target but by the time I got there I don't think much was left alive. Funny now looking at photos people had from before from LZ English compared to what is left in my mind.
Ken Strong Jr
Candler, FL USA - Saturday, November 09, 2013 at 09:50:43 (MST)
Anyone remember or was there at the time a slick was shot down near LZ BLACKHAWK,. or out aways from it supposedly it was a 51, and it crashed in a river, and burned up with the crew, We went on a CA to find that 51, which really wasn't a 51 more like a 50, all Im going to say about it , we picked up troops and inserted them out of Blackhawk, thinking it was MAY OR june of 70. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, November 09, 2013 at 09:06:15 (MST)
I remember having to kill a elephant, Bill. I remember a lot, also, Awhile back I scared the crap out of my girlfriend when I had a bad dream, I have them every once in a while not as much as I used to , the ones I HAVE NOW IS WEIRD,Iam between being awake and asleep, in the twilight zone, IM stil dreaming in my mind but wide awake or my eyes are open anyways. NOT a good feeling, I think some of us experienced more tham others and each one of us handled it differently, over there and after we got home, only when we finally are away from the daily struggles of trying to make a living does all those repressed memorys come flooding back. I still remember stuff from time to time that I had forgot about. Once when we were on a CA, and I was a gunner then, we went in hot close to a village, we picked up some villagers afterwards, one was a small girl, she had been shot in the leg and the leg was just dangling from the knee, never forget that, we were lead ship going in and the only one that went hot. The elephants were out aways from ANKHE seems like , we were told to kill them all. there were some water buffalos with them also. I still cant look at a elephant and not think about it, or that day.. what we didnt kill the Cobras or whoever else was covering us, did.. Clear right, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, November 09, 2013 at 08:58:56 (MST)
YO KEN! Here's what I know. First of all Humana Advantage blows! They have been found guilty of doing the following: denying claims for services their plans say they'll cover and which they are bound by law to allow and reimburse; over-charging for procedures and copays and coinsurances; it has been found that Humana has shown a consistent pattern of operating outside the law and also that they routinely fail to follow and adhere to federal regulations, particularly with regard to a patient's legal right to appeal their case, ask for a claim to be reviewed and re-adjudicated. Humana is horrible. And not only that, you can find similar plans with similar or even better coverage for a lot less money, depending upon where you live. I just had one of my past patients, who is now a friend, tell me he found a medicare supplement plan that has much better coverage than the Humana plan he had, and the monthly cost is less than half what Humana had been charging he and his wife. And if you are an AARP member, don't just blindly believe you are getting a good deal on anything endorsed by AARP just because they say so, like insurance and supplementals, reduced travel costs, cheap hotel rooms, air fares and rental cars and that sort of stuff. That's just not the case with regard to many, many things. And the car insurance plans endorsed by AARP. I just switched to Progressive and the auto ins. premium on our Explorer and Mustang was less than half what I had been paying, and my homeowners ins went from $2,328/yr down to $1,272. Anyway, your best bet is to spend the time to research plans and check out costs yourself on the internet. It will definitely be worth your time. The auto ins. premium on my 2011 Explorer is now only $89/mo and just $128 on the 2012 Mustang. So by spending some time on the internet and checking things out for myself, between the car ins and homeowners I'm saving almost $3,900 a year. S definitely do some internet research for your insurance. And if you find a good plan or two, then I recommend you google up one or more of the special groups/agencies who monitor such stuff and keep an eye on how well the insurance companies adhere to what they promise their subscribers and how well they follow laws and regulations. And some also report on patient satisfaction and so forth. Just know that Humana is over-priced, more expensive than many or most similar plans from what I am told. Basically, Humana SUCKS! I will try to remember to call my friend tomorrow and get you the name of the company and name of the plan my friend told me about. Then you can see if it is offered in your state, okay? I would imagine it's probably offered in FLA due to the number of retirees down there. Hopefully, I will remember. My PTSD has really acted up for the past several months for some reason and I get confused and can't seem to remember squat most days. And Saturday is all about watching college football for me. Ever since going to college at Embry-Riddle in Daytona to finish my B.S. deg. after the war, I have loved my GATORS and other Fla college teams. I root for them just as much as I do Notre Dame and Penn State. Went to Iowa for my medical training so I pull for the Iowa teams, too! And then on Sunday it's all about my EAGLES! and NASCAR! So anyway, if my head isn't screwed on right tomorrow, I may forget, and if so then just call me, okay? I'm in the far western suburbs of Phila, right on the PA-DE state line, actually much closer to Wilmington, DE than Philly. 610-299-3278. Usually, I don't answer calls unless the caller is in my cell phone address book and they come up on my caller I.D. And anybody out there with PTSD knows all about having bad days. You just don't wanna talk to anybody or deal with anything. But if you leave me a voice mail I promise I will call you back. TTYL Ken, and stay strong! (no pun intended) Sorry I went on and on and talked too much. It's 1:12 a.m. here now, and I took one of my meds a little while ago. I usually freak out the worst at night when it's close to bedtime because I'm afraid to go to sleep because I know I'm gonna have nightmares that'll freak me out even more. Did any of you guys have to fly any of the missions when we were ordered to kill elephants? I had to fly a few of them and have some really rotten dreams about that sh-t. It was some really ugly stuff, especially cause I love animals so much. What a F-ed up war! Love to all my 129th Bros. Dr. Bill
Dr. Bill Gambrill (Cobra Knight '70)
USA - Friday, November 08, 2013 at 23:20:07 (MST)
it is my understanding that medicare advantage is being discontinued. it is already not available in many counties in illinois.recently took a class on medicare and medicaid and that was what they told us
paul mcgrath
USA - Friday, November 08, 2013 at 17:55:17 (MST)
Fred sorry to hear about your Mom and hope the best for Dr Bill's wife. So many things going on here these days. PTSD has clearly got no cure for what is in our minds. At least these days mine jumps around a lot but always has to do with the military. Still after so many years of seeing so much it makes sense. A life's worth of nightmares & memories. Meanwhile my doctor at the VA has put me back on Pain Meds. She is not making me repeat all the crap I went through before so happy with that. That brings me to my second question. Does anyone understand what is going on with Medicare Advantage? Now that I was thinking about going outside the VA my agent is telling me not to change plans because new ones or changes would cost me a lot more.
Ken Strong Jr
Candler, FL USA - Friday, November 08, 2013 at 09:21:15 (MST)
This is a P.S. to Bill & Kat Wolf. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for my Debbie. When I was returning my message to thank everyone for their good wishes for Debbie, somehow I missed you and Kat in my line-up of folks to thank. So thank you both very much. Debbie has a PET scan appointment next week which they do every 3 months to check on the cancer and see how the chemo is doing. So please keep my Debbie in your thoughts. God Bless everyone! BITE AND STRIKE BABY!!! Dr. Bill
Dr. Bill Gambrill (Cobra Knight '70)
USA - Friday, November 08, 2013 at 07:15:24 (MST)
Good morning Fred. I'm very sorry to hear your mom passed. So sorry for your loss, brother. I lost my mom in 2009, the day before her 93rd birthday. She was still very healthy and active for her age all the way to the end. She just had a major stroke that morning as was gone in two minutes. I was lucky to have her for all the years. Anyway, brother, I'm really sorry for your loss. Losing our mom is a huge thing and tough to deal with. Just keep your chin up and concentrate on the good stuff and good memories. And always know she's always still with you. Every once and a while I think I see my mom. It's always out of the corner of my eye, like I think something is there and I quickly turn my head to see. By then there's nothing there, but something causes me to know it was her, just showing up for a second to check me out and make sure I'm okay. Sometimes, I don't see anything, but just get a very strong sense that she's right there with me. So just keep your eyes and senses tuned in and I'll bet the same thing will happen for you. Our loved ones watch out for us from the other side. BELIEVE IT! You and your family and all my 129th brothers are in my prayers. Love you, brother. Dr. Bill
Dr. Bill Gambrill (Cobra Knight '70)
USA - Friday, November 08, 2013 at 07:02:45 (MST)
Fred sorry to hear of the passing of your MOM. I'm glad that you had the opportunity to see her before her passing. You and your family our in our thoughts and prayer. I know it tough on our favorite Aussie to be tied down with the oxygen machine. Just let her know we are thinking of her. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Thursday, November 07, 2013 at 11:44:44 (MST)
Fred, so sorry for your loss.
Bill & Kat Wolf
USA - Thursday, November 07, 2013 at 08:25:31 (MST)
Alvis, so sorry to hear about your Mom. I'm glad you got to see her.
Gale
USA - Wednesday, November 06, 2013 at 18:33:59 (MST)
So sortie to of your moms passing, the love for ones mother is strong. Lost mine in 1997 still think of her often. I was in the air National Guard in Ga. Our unit moved from Savannah to Dobbins ARB in 1996. They found out I was Crazy in 2001. It took them 28 years to figure that out. They could have asked almost anyone
Frenchie <Frenchie745@comcast.net>
Savannah, Ga USA - Wednesday, November 06, 2013 at 09:58:02 (MST)
FRED====I AM VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, I LOST MY MOM ,NOT TO LONG AGO, I KNOW WHAT YOUR GOING TRU. ITS HARD! ALWAYS A BROTHER--A FLY OVER IS IN ORDER!
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Tuesday, November 05, 2013 at 22:29:39 (MST)
Geeezzz Fred. Sorry to hear bout your mom. I recall my moms passing and it was like a light went out in the house. Least ya got to spend some time with her Fred. Take care brother. In your travels stop over and have lunch with us sometime man.
Mark
USA - Tuesday, November 05, 2013 at 19:25:46 (MST)
Sorry for the loss of your mother, Fred.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, November 05, 2013 at 12:03:07 (MST)
Hi Fred my email is tigerwagon@att.net
Art
USA - Tuesday, November 05, 2013 at 07:49:37 (MST)
Ahhh Fred. I'm so sorry babe. Words just don't do it do they. Give that little Aussie a big hug for me. What's her weight now? I know she's working out...such stamina! L-J
Gently
USA - Monday, November 04, 2013 at 22:09:31 (MST)
Art, have tried to e-mail you but always comes back.
alvis
USA - Monday, November 04, 2013 at 18:15:08 (MST)
Hi Fred the same thing happen to me one of my sister call me & told me mom is bad off so me & Glenda flew up there & when we got to the air port she told me that mom is like nothing wrong & so we staid a week up there come home & about a week & pasted away.
Art
USA - Monday, November 04, 2013 at 17:32:59 (MST)
Fred, my sincere condolences on your loss. It was good that you got to spend some time together. Take care Brother..
Kal Bergstrom
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Monday, November 04, 2013 at 16:48:14 (MST)
Fred, I am sorry for your loss of your Mother.
J. W. Wilson
USA - Monday, November 04, 2013 at 15:47:53 (MST)
Fred;sorry to hear about your mom but at least you got to see her. call me some time or stop on your way by
paul mcgrath
USA - Monday, November 04, 2013 at 05:10:43 (MST)
Sad to read about Jims passing. The world was a better place with him in it. Got lucky and was sent down florida way last week, I had been asking to go there to say goodbye to my mom. Got to say bye two days before she died. Susan continues to be tied to the oxygen machine, she has another cat scan soon.
alvis
USA - Saturday, November 02, 2013 at 19:48:17 (MDT)
I'm sure the VA Hospitals vary a lot from place to place and state to state. The one here in Wilm.,DE is pretty good, lotta good people. My youngest daughter Linda went into the Navy right after high school. They made her an offer she couldn't refuse. She served on the USS Ronald Reagan, the super carrier. Was on 3 cruises, twice to the Gulf and war zone. She was a safety and fire officer on the hanger deck one cruise, and a flight deck safety officer & aircraft mover/handler on another. She was injured in an on-board accident, also has some hearing loss from working on the hanger and flight deck, and during a stay back in San Diego was attacked downtown, attempted rape & took a real beating. She's a tough little cookie though and was able to fight off her attacker and was even able to identify him and help the police catch him. He's doing 25 yrs! Anyway, she got 50% disability for PTSD, 20% for hearing and 20% for injury and it calculated to 70% I believe she gets. It took a while to all get settled & done, but they've treated her well too. Her shrink is awesome! She freaked when the first check came for $23K with all the retroactive payment. Anyway, the VA here is a pretty good place. And VA benefits for school are a whole lot better since we were in. They paid for her college and she was also getting something like $1,100 a month for living expenses. She finished her degree in Bus. Law last Aug and also got her paralegal degree/certification at the same time. Has a really great job now at a big law office. And NO COLLEGE LOANS! Going broke helping our other daughters pay their insane college loans. Really proud of my baby girl! Love to all my brothers! Dr. Bill
Dr. Bill Gambrill
USA - Saturday, November 02, 2013 at 15:07:21 (MDT)
Talking about PTSD.I have been to so many meeting at the VA. They think there is a cure for it. I agreed they is only one way to rid us from PTSD when we DIE!! They didn't know what to say. I tell them until they can walk in our boots, seen what we seen, and did what we had to do. Then, they don't what we went through. They try to blame on our family growing up. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Saturday, November 02, 2013 at 11:29:02 (MDT)
Know what you mean, Bill, had to retire back in 07, pretty much for the same reasons,some days, I do ok, some not. getting on this website 5 years ago ,helped me a lot, was able to contact some folks to clear up a lot of questions I had, regarding a incident , was able to find out a lot about that day, some questions still remain about that day, but sure as hell found out a lot wouldn't have ever known otherwise,I try and pray everyday, it helps ,and read from the good book as much as I can ,Ive come a long ways, in the past few years, Ive come to peace with a lot and some notm, still haunted by some of those experinces over there, as we all are, Im sure.. I was very blessed to have found the 129th. website, go to the reunion a couple years ago out in Sparks,and be able to communicate with pilots and crew memebers I was with over there.. at Lane.. Clear Right, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, November 02, 2013 at 10:52:07 (MDT)
I just had to come back on again for a minute this morning. I don't know who of my brothers are catholic, and it doesn't matter anyway. I kept my religion and beliefs t myself over there and the chapel services at Lane were interdenom so we all sort of did I guess. Anyway, I've been having really bad trouble with PTSD the past few years, worse than ever...so bad I had to stop practicing. That's why my ofc # is shut down. Working so close to peoples' spinal cords and brain stems I was afraid I was going to kill or paralyze somebody. I have days when I'm almost totally dysfunctional. They say its gotten so much worse again because I'm so stressed out about Debbie's cancer. Anyway, not asking for tears and I'm not trying to preach either, But what I wanted to say was that I try to start each day with a prayer called "The Chaplet of Saint Michael", then say my rosary. It really and truly helps me and I know it would help anyone. I know saying the Hail Mary's of the Chaplet would be very foreign to a non-Catholic, but really, it doesn't matter. The Holy Mother listens to anyone who calls upon her grace. And so do all the Angels and Saints. Google up The Chaplet of St. Michael. It's really a wonderful 20 minute prayer that can get you off to a better day. God Bless all my brothers! Bite and Strike Forever! Dr. Bill
Dr. Bill Gambrill
USA - Saturday, November 02, 2013 at 06:42:55 (MDT)
Art, it's Dr. Bill. Just wanted to tell you I said my rosary this morning for Sandra. Best, best wishes and prayers always. Love all my brothers. God be with all of you. ALWAYS! Dr. Bill
Dr. Bill Gambrill
USA - Saturday, November 02, 2013 at 05:55:03 (MDT)
Dr. Bill..........Jack Alexander (Cobra Bishop), used to live up in Cleveland Ohio. Flew The METRO LIFE FLIGHT helicopter out of there. Flew down here to Coldwater Ohio a couple of times. When we owned a bar in town here he and his wife came threw on the way to a race he was in. As I recall he road raced a Corvette. Had it hauled in a trailer behind his truck. Try this info on Jack Jack Alexander cptjac@msn.com 966 Beechwood Drive Medina, Ohio 44256-1608 (330) 725-5089 Home (216) 778-3572 Office Cobra Bishop 1970 Rick Benedict lives over in Pennsylvania and was at the 129th gathering this June in DC and has attended others at times. Rick's call sign was "Cobra Little John" Take care all..................always a brother...............
Mark
USA - Friday, November 01, 2013 at 20:10:35 (MDT)
My mistake it must have been 073.It's been so many years the mind isn't as sharp. Always A Brother!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
TN USA - Friday, November 01, 2013 at 18:58:08 (MDT)
Yo Jack (Newtom), I was reading yur message from Sept 29. Are you still looking for names of 129th officers? If so, here's a few. They were some of my fellow gunship pilots in the Cobra platoon. Sadly, I have lost touch with folks, so I have no current address info and such, but here's the names. My gunship platoon leader was Cpt. Pete Massman (Cobra Duke); CW2 Michael Tindall (Cobra Cardinal), CW2 Richard "Rick" Benedict (Having a brain fart about his call sign. Don't believe I can't remember that), CW2 Benjamin Alvarez (Cobra Knave), Jackie D. Alexander (Cobra Bishop), CW3 Norman Katz (Cobra Falstaff), Cpt. Paulsen (Can't recall his first name cause he was from Hawaii and we all just called him Pineapple)I'll keep working my brain Jack, at least what's left of it. I knew a few of the Slick pilots, but all I recall are nicknames and call signs.
Dr. Bill Gambrill
USA - Friday, November 01, 2013 at 18:55:58 (MDT)
Yo Alex, Tex and Mark! Thanks for the prayers and good wishes for my wife Debbie. She's such a trooper. I know I couldn't have gone thru all she has since 2007. Breast cancer, then metastasis to her bones in the spine, pelvis and hips/femurs, then to her liver and now her lung too. Continuous chemo for six years now. Debbie's a fighter and never, EVER complains. She's amazing! So anyway, Art, we may not be talking about the same 007. It was a 1964 B-model, ser.# 64-14007. Records show it came into the unit in Feb 70 and left in Jan 71. We got rid of it because we had some newer C-Models come in. I am almost certain 007, along with 096 and another ship went to the Navy. After they left the 129th I believe they were being used to escort and provide air cover for Navy gunboats down south somewhere. One more thing: Anybody heard from Jackie D. Alexander (Cobra Bishop)? Jackie and I had a short-shaft failure in one of the old B-Models, tail #732, and the turbine spun-up and blew. We crashed real hard in the Sui Cau cause there wasn't anywhere good to put it down. Tore it up into several pieces and it was totaled. It wasn't until I was back in the states for over 2 yrs it was discovered I fractured two bones in my spine, one in my neck and a compression fracture in my lower back. They didn't check me out very well at the 67th Evac. Pretty F-ed up. Love everybody!!! Dr. Bill/Cobra Knight
Dr. Bill Gambrill
USA - Friday, November 01, 2013 at 18:16:51 (MDT)
007 DIDN'T KNOW THE 129TH KEPT IT THAT LONG. I THINK WE GOT IN THE FALL OF 66 AND i KNOW IT WAS THERE MY SECOND TOUR. BUT, WITH THE COBRA COMING INTO THE AIR UNITS A LOT OF THE B MODELS WOULD BEEN RETIRED TO GUARD OR RESERVE UNITS. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT ALL OUR 129TH FAMILIES FIGHTING CANCER AND OTHER MEDICAL PROBLEMS. BUT,WERE HERE FOR THOSE NEED SUPPORT. ALWAYS A BROTHER!!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville , TN USA - Friday, November 01, 2013 at 12:06:37 (MDT)
Well the big day nov 13 no more watching Sandra hurt & for 6 weeks she does nothing at all& I want to thank all of you.
Art
USA - Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 16:23:22 (MDT)
Gently; thanks for sending the flowers for jims services. it was very small and lasted 15-20 minutes. thanks again
paul mcgrath
USA - Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 15:37:19 (MDT)
Hey gang, sorry I've been away a lot. Miss talking to you all. Things are good and Kat & I are enjoying retirement (no more traveling and hotel rooms alone!). Getting ready for Halloween tonite and hoping our snow starts soon. BTW, if you still want a book, you can order it from the 509 website...its now in full color!! Proceeds help the 509 stay airborne. Hope you are all doing well. Dr. Bill, sorry to hear about your wife, our prayers are with both of you! Bill & Kat Wolf
Bill Wolf <sndgowolf@aol.com>
Colorado Springs, CO USA - Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:36:39 (MDT)
I remember Griffith getting shot in the ass., and 007, Bill. Tex..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 08:31:31 (MDT)
Yo, Dr. Bill Gambrill, sorry to hear about your wife having cancer, will pray for her, I didn't get around the Cobra crews, much,would talk to Tom Fontrane and Pineapple some, and a couple of others, from time to time while they passed through when I was on the flightline. even though its been 42 years since I left Lane a lot of memorys come to mind. and a lot are fading too. I do remember that incident and some talking about it, it does mess with your head, a lot of it does, and some incidents more than others, Clear right, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 08:27:21 (MDT)
Art Your wife is in our thought and prayers. Were here for support. Fred How is our Aussie doing? She was there for me with encouragement when I was going through my two prostate biopsy I had. Still go every 3 weeks for test. Hope everyone else in the 129th Family are doing OK. Also, Welcome Home Dr. Bill. Your with Family again. 48 years ago the 129th aviation co.landed in Vietnam. And Nov. 1965 We flew from Maxwell AFB Alabama to Vietnam. Rough sitting in jump seats. Some of us ended up in the 129th at Dong Ba Tin. Then, Dec. 5th 1965 we became a operational unit. But, were flying before as Military advisers or MACV. Never thought I would be looking back from so long ago. Hope to make a 50 year reunion in 2 more years with a lot of our 129th Family. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
Collierville , TN USA - Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 08:20:32 (MDT)
Have a safe trip Debbie and Gale. Art, will lift some prayers up for your wife. Dr. Bill, great to see your post. Griff is still around, They had to miss the Kokomo gathering this year. I will see if I have his number. If not, I know somebody does from in here......WELCOME HOME....and THANKS for your service.......always a brother.........
Mark
USA - Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 21:32:09 (MDT)
YO! Charlie Brown! Gary Mount! Nice to hear. Sorry I haven't been back on for a few days to check for a response. My wife has cancer and things are kinda tough from day to day. Yeah, now I remember, it was Capt Evans, our Cobra's platoon leader when I first arrived. I know you recall that incident because it really shook us up. I was actually flying as Pineapple's peter pilot on that mission. We were dead eyes trail ship. Anyway, my head is still FUBAR from that. Pineapple's name was (Capt Paulsen, who was a 1st Lt. at that time.) Anyway, thanks for the info. How you guys doing? I was in contact with Griff for a while, but like me, he's really screwed up too. My last computer crashed last year and I lost his info. Do you remember Griff (Griffith) one of our fabulous crew chiefs. His most famous B-Model was tail #007. Sme people recall Griff because he got shot in the ass that one day, right in his butt cheek! That was ugly. The e-mail on my new computer is screwing up so it's no use giving you my Comcast email at the moment. Am I allowed to post my cell number on here? If so, I would love to talk to you CB. Remember the Christmas card you did with the M-16 stuck in the ground and a steel pot on top? I still have that man! Love all you guys! Dr. Bill Gambrill (Doc G.) (Cobra Knight 1970-71 129th Cobras)
Dr. Bill Gambrill <doktrbil@comcast.net>
USA - Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 19:53:05 (MDT)
Sandra goes to the brain & spine center at nine am morning.
Art
USA - Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 19:01:42 (MDT)
Flight, I'll be off here for a while. Deb & I are flying to L.A. to visit with our new Grand-daughter for a few days. Always a brother, Gale
Gale
USA - Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 09:17:20 (MDT)
So many things going on here lately. I regret not making enough phone calls mostly to see how folks are doing. I did see my VA doctor who is putting back on better pain meds which I hope can get me moving again. Also after reading my turn down for surgery she does think it is time for me to seek help outside the VA. At least another opinion as it sounds like all the bones in my spine are crap. Hope that trying this again will help.
Ken Strong Jr
Candler, FL USA - Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 13:37:03 (MDT)
kevin;i meant jims daughter not sister
paul mcgrath
USA - Monday, October 28, 2013 at 19:40:31 (MDT)
TO WHO THAT IS 100% DISABLED, THERE IS INSURANCE FOR SPOUSES CALLED CHAMP VA. IT REALLY HELPS OUT ALOT,I SEND MY REGARDS TO THE DUSTOFF ,FAMILY FOR THERE LOST ---HE HELPED ME OUT ALOT WHEN I FIRST GOT ON THIS SITE,ALWAYS A BROTHER, CLEAR RIGHT. AND A FLY OVER FOR OUR FALLEN 129thers.AND SUPORTERS-RIP BROTHER.
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Monday, October 28, 2013 at 11:17:27 (MDT)
Kevin; i will be seeing jims sister at the services and will direct her to your site.thank you paul mcgrath 498th dustoff 1970
paul mcgrath
USA - Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 18:05:50 (MDT)
I have dedicated a page on my website to James Van Horn. Link on "Homepage".
Kevin Dutton
UK - Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 15:07:04 (MDT)
I'm so sorry to read about "Dustoff" Jim. He was a friend to me, sending me gifts and e-mails. I SALUTE YOU SIR.
Kevin Dutton
Manchester, UK - Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 12:56:53 (MDT)
Wild Billy Gambrill!... I have the answer.. Ray Evans...and I have more. Please contact me at FJBuffalo at Yahoo.com The number I found online for your office (under your given name) was outdated. I still live where your sister went to college.
C.B. <FJBuffalo@yahoo.com>
USA - Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 14:42:04 (MDT)
Forgot about you, wink , sorry, Wolf and Wes were also there and Snapper,maybe some others, I just did my job on the right side, I was lucky to had great pilots and a couple of great crewchiefs, Lulei and Leggins, only flew with a one pilot that I DIDNT LIKE MUCH, and a crewchief, he almost caused us all to lose our lives on September 10, 70, He was shipped out also after that, and the crewchief too, that was a very bad day, I had a premonition about that day,on the flightline, told them I didn't want to fly with them to the platoon leader, NCO, HE had to threaten me with a article 15, so, I went, only time, I ever refused a mission, volunteered for several, never refused but that once. after Captain Hall, left we got Brinkman didn't care too much for him either he was relieved of his platoon leaders dutys also. I remember a couple of guys on the guns, they changed , the longer they were in the guns. CLEAR RIGHT, TEX 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 10:37:07 (MDT)
morning flight,bill cant remember his name either but Im sure one of us knows his real name,heeeee. dead eye was what stuck with us all. didn't like flying with much,just glad I sat on right side of chopper so I couldn't see what he was doing. the best thing that happen to the platoon was shipping him out. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Friday, October 25, 2013 at 07:53:06 (MDT)
I remember you, Dr. Bill Gambrill, and Pineapple and Tom Fontraine and Robert Shuptrine from the Cobras and a couple of others gunners. I do recall that incident ,hearing about it , don't remember that Captain, just thought I would respond to you, not many of us left during that time frame, Casey was there during that time and some others, I have contact with from time to time, Lenny Adams and Larry Ruff, and Roger Lange.. Clear right, TEX 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, October 25, 2013 at 07:39:38 (MDT)
I remember you, Dr. Bill Gambrill, and Pineapple and Robert Shuptrine, that was electrocuted at the pool , and Tom Fontraine, and a another gunner, don't recall his name now. CLEAR RIGHT, TEX 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, October 25, 2013 at 07:31:06 (MDT)
I was there during that time your commenting about, I was on Slicks in the 1st.platoon as a Gunner, then, remember hearing about that incident where that village got hit, but don't remember who the Captain was. Just thought ,I would respond, not many of us left during that time frame in August of 70.. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, October 25, 2013 at 07:26:24 (MDT)
Does anyone remember the name of the captain who was the gunship platoon leader in August 1970? I just can't recall his name because I was a newb then, so new I hadn't even met everyone yet. He was involved in an incident in the free-fire zone southeast of Phu Cat AB in which friendly children were accidentally fired upon and killed. He was removed from flight duty and sent out of the 129th within 24 hrs. His call sign was King Cobra, but everybody called him "dead eye" due to another incident in which he apparently shot out his own chin bubble in a B-model gunship with his .38 revolver. Thank you and GOD BLESS all my brothers!
Dr. Bill Gambrill (Cobra Knight 70-71)
USA - Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 21:04:05 (MDT)
Red flowered graveside wreath ordered for Jim from the 129th AHC brothers and sisters. The service is Tuesday the 29th..how I wish I could be there for him. He touched all of us. L-G
Gently
USA - Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 10:32:08 (MDT)
I just put a few more photos of Kokomo 2013 on the 129th photo site....as did Mark.
Gale
USA - Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 09:01:56 (MDT)
Mark, I new that story also and I have the small Cobra made out of peuter that he passed out one year....he was always passing out something. I'm so proud that he came wandering in to our campsite. Mark, I was having trouble with my PC at the time and that's all the Kokomo 2013 photos that came up...I'll try to get some more on there.
Gale
USA - Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 06:36:43 (MDT)
Hey 129th. Stupid me. I just realized I had not put any photos of Kokomo 2013 up in the 129th Yahoo Page. Sorry bout that. I see Gale has a few but I am in the process right now loading some to there. Check it out later..............sorry guys and gals............
Mark
USA - Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 20:40:09 (MDT)
Thank you to all for your kind messages. My father was so proud of belonging to your group and I had just recently purchased some Dustoff tshirts so that he can wear them in the nursing home. Your stories of my father show me a side of him that I will never forget and forever cherish. God bless you all and thank you for being such a big part of my father's life. Vicki
Vicki Mueller <vickimmueller@hotmail.com>
Shiloh, IL USA - Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 19:58:32 (MDT)
Yeah, he told me that too Gently. Thanks for telling it. That was a very sad story for him to tell. I have a little Ivory Bull Dog that Jim gave me the last time we were at Kokomo together. I used to keep it in the shed out back I have since moved it in here next to me. Ya always knew when Jim was around by the sound of his voice. That makes me smile and weep at the same time now that I said that. See ya on the other side Dust Off Jim. Slow Hand Salute!!!!.......................
Mark
USA - Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 19:50:36 (MDT)
From Jim's daughter: "Flowers may be sent to Kassly mortuary, 9900 Street Clair avenue, Fairview Heights, Il 62208. Phone 618-398-1122. Flowers need to be at Kassly by Monday, October 29th. My father did not want a funeral service so we are having a military honor ceremony at the gravesite on Tuesday at 1000 am at Jefferson barracks. Kassly will take flower arrangements to the gravesite." From me: I'll take care of the flowers, but incase you want to send Cards to Vicki(Mueller), Jim's daughter, I'm sending the address. Some of you may know of Jim's story about meeting his son in Vietnam. Jim didn't know his son was there. One day upon hearing a cry for help after a battle, Jim went to sit with the solder. It was his son, who then died in his arms. He didn't want me to share that story... now I can...in his honor. L-G
Gently
USA - Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 19:39:17 (MDT)
Hi Well every time you turn around the 129th. getting smaller & I have lost a lot of brothers from my first time over there .the big red one & the 68th top tigers plus the 129th to. Some knight I lay there to one tow three in the thinking about Glenda & you find a new LADY to fill you with love but the first one come back in your head.
Art
USA - Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 15:45:32 (MDT)
sitting in a mcdonalds south of indy. i will be going to what ever they have for services when i find out when they are.jim said no funeral but his daughter wants to do military honors. she is working with the va(ok).he was a genuinely nice man.i propose we make it a habit to call our brothers from kokomo. ya never know
paul mcgrath
USA - Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:39:46 (MDT)
Still setting in about the loss of our dear friend DustOff. Really just thinking about the memories of him over the past few years but for the past few days have just thought about memories. The amount of stuff in Jim's mind will be lost to history. The trip to Grissom last year was the most time we spent together. Funny that hearing that he was gone has made me think so much about my Dad. In a way he could have been a lot of Our Father. I also wanted to let everyone know that my stepson Joey is also sad after getting to spend time with him at Kokomo. He was a big part of our group!
Ken Strong Jr
Candler, FL USA - Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 09:25:18 (MDT)
morning flight, nice thought paul,jim will be missed.wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 07:51:06 (MDT)
Chocolate Chip Cookies......Paul, Thank your wife again for baking the cookies that you brought to Kokomo. Ummm good
Paul Boggs
USA - Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 07:35:10 (MDT)
thanks for sharing that mr boggs.a phone call doesn't take much effort and can mean alot to the person you are calling.
paul mcgrath
USA - Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 06:22:00 (MDT)
Let me share with the flight log one of the things that happened at Kokomo this past year. When Paul McGrath arrived, he was asked about Dustoff Jim. After answering many questions, Paul said that he would try to call him. The contact was made. Paul talked with Jim for a while and then he passed the cell phone from hand to hand with each one of us there being able to say HI and wish Dustoff Jim well. Next year I will put up the 498th banner in Dustoff Jim's honor. Rest in peace.....
Paul Boggs
USA - Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 02:42:33 (MDT)
john; yes that was him
paul mcgrath
USA - Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 17:21:26 (MDT)
I'm not to familiar with Jim (Dustoff). Was he at the 2011 Kokomo gathering? Was he the one that drove the cart around? May our bother rest in peace! One hand salute for Jim.
John Sartor
USA - Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 15:29:25 (MDT)
I emailed her yesterday...waiting for reply Paul. L-G
gently
USA - Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 14:59:24 (MDT)
Slow Hand Salute To Dustoff (Jim). Remember the times at Kokokmo even though a few trip were for a few hours but it was worth seeing Dustoff and the rest of the 129th family. Not good news to start the day. We will be missed by the 129th Family. I guess our time is starting to catch up on us. I Don't want to miss any more reunions. never know when something like this catches up with one of us. Always A Brother!!!
Alex 901-487-0374
Collierville, TN USA - Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 10:30:20 (MDT)
just found out the good email addy is vickimmueller at hotmail
paul mcgrath
USA - Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 08:32:40 (MDT)
Will do Paul. L-G
gently
USA - Monday, October 21, 2013 at 21:30:18 (MDT)
gently;if you find out the info i would appreciate it if you could let me know.i am in the process of driving from nc. to il. i tried to email vicki mueller and it gets kicked back. if the funeral is soon i would drive to st louis before i go home thanks paul
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Monday, October 21, 2013 at 19:32:54 (MDT)
I will send flowers from the 129th to Jim for his service. Anyone got the info? L-G
Gently
USA - Monday, October 21, 2013 at 14:12:18 (MDT)
Gee, sorry to hear about Jim, Dust-off.. A good man.. RIP...
Kal Bergstrom
USA - Monday, October 21, 2013 at 13:38:59 (MDT)
I remember so many things about being in the 129th, so clearly, one was being able to talk to officers , one on one,when I got the chance, Captains, Majors, Colonels even a General once. alwys remember going to a Colonels firebase , who was so very nice at Thanksgiving at his LZ , by Phu Cat, never forget the kindness he showed us. As soon as I opened my mouth to speak ,he laughed and said you must be from Texas.. Clear right, always, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:49:44 (MDT)
Rest in peace ,JIM.
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:42:09 (MDT)
HI How about wife on champ va. to I hope not.
Art
USA - Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:36:18 (MDT)
With all the challenges we must face getting older there is another hurtle of understanding and responding to all the VA/ insurance problems. I realize how lucky I am. Two insurances and a Registered Nurse ( Janet ) on standby 24/7. She knows all the (GOOD) doctors in Savannah.  A great support system and the love of a wonderfully understanding woman. John it is my impression that what one doesn't pay the other will pick up the slack.    Ken Medicare is a wonderful thing. It is my primary Insurance I wish they would let some more  of my other insurances pay. APWU Tri-care for life, Medicare,and I guess you can count the VA too.  When something is wrong with me all my Doc stay on the problem tell ti's solved because they know one of my insurances will pay off. So sad to hear of Dust off's passing. I know anyone the spent the time to know him, Loved him.  Alvis would love to  have lunch or dinner or for that matter  breakfast with you if you have any time on the way on HY 95, it's not that far from the house. Glad you and  all of Susans oxygen equipment made it back in one piece. We're all the leaves turning? Getting long winded, wishing all my brothers a long and happy Life you deserve it. Thanks for the memory's. Frenchie. 
Frenchie
sav, ga USA - Monday, October 21, 2013 at 09:46:13 (MDT)
Dust off Jim's daughters email address is mailto:vickimmueller(at)hotmail.com if anyone wants to contact her about arrangements for Jim.
Mark
USA - Monday, October 21, 2013 at 09:08:27 (MDT)
Jim will be missed. See you at fiddlers green w/Kimchee. Flight be careful out there
Rick England
USA - Monday, October 21, 2013 at 07:52:05 (MDT)
anybody got details on the funeral???
aul mcgrath
USA - Monday, October 21, 2013 at 06:04:40 (MDT)
Sad News..... Just got the word that Jim Van Horn , ( Dust Off Jim ) our brother from the 498th Dust Off has passed on to Fiddlers Green. God rest his soul. Jim was a very kind man and will be missed.......................always a brother...........
Mark
USA - Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 22:20:29 (MDT)
we are covered under the National Health Care Laws as veterans. We do not need to buy other insurance for ourselves. However, if you are married or have a life partner, they are not covered under VA. I have to keep my "work" health insurance to cover Susan. Once I retire (if ever), then Medicade or ""care will take over when I reach 66.
alvis
USA - Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 06:52:56 (MDT)
John except for what is going on with the guys in our unit I am not sure the deal with the VA right now. Sort of like one of my CEs that crashed in 1983 while on a Blackhawk in Germany. He had always gotten new special shoes from the VA until just over a year ago in CA. Than he saw a new doctor who was like what do you expect the VA to do? Sort of left feeling like it was his fault for being in the back when they hit the ground in piece time. I am not even sure what is going on with my new doctor or her nurse as I am still waiting to hear back. So guess everyone kick in with any ideas of what the deal is. My Nephew was blown up almost two years ago now and they were going to dump him into the VA until I talked to a retired Col. He is still assigned to Ft Knox till they finish with his operations. Heaven knows if they had discharged him from Walter Reed.
Ken Strong Jr
Candler, FL USA - Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 13:00:21 (MDT)
HI What happen was good in was not a shouting it was one of those big blow up slide just went flat kids fell 20 feet & there was 17 in all got put in the hospital have not heard no more.
Art
USA - Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 07:55:49 (MDT)
I've been out of the hospital for about 24 days and I'm trying to get another appointment to go back in for another operation. This last time was to fix my right leg the P.V.D., now it's time for the Defibrillator in my chest because of a weak heart muscle. My heart muscle is working at 35% of its full capacity. I finally got on at the VA Clinic and they are telling me not to lose my Civil. Insurance. In the Handbook that was given to me by them it shows that VA is a lot better then the Insurance company that I have now. Why are they telling me this? Should I be aware of VA??? Please let me know.
John Sartor
USA - Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 07:43:38 (MDT)
Will do Art
Mark
USA - Friday, October 18, 2013 at 20:02:02 (MDT)
Just found out 7 kids were sent to hospital 3 were air lifted to children hospital the 4 were taken to the hospital here. What going on with hurting kid PLEAS PRAY FOR ALL OF THEM.
Art
USA - Friday, October 18, 2013 at 12:57:26 (MDT)
headed to west palm beach this morning hope to stop and spend a bit of time with my mom. Getting the last of the tomatos out of the garden this week, 33 forecast for next Thursday, brr weather is upon us.
alvis
USA - Friday, October 18, 2013 at 06:40:00 (MDT)
Ken, my reg doc at VA quit ,maybe ,two years ago. haven't had a check up, x-ray, nothing since. Its like going to an interview now, really just a waste of time.
alvis
USA - Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 15:25:53 (MDT)
They gave me a Cortizone shot in my back when it got hurt a few months back. Really starting to wonder about the VA this year after my Primary care doctor quit and I have only seen the new one once the 1st of August. Just wrote to tell her I still have six pain pills left of the 30 she gave me than. Really like the "My Health Vet" site but wondering when I see that my email was read and I am not hearing back. I don't know if they are trying to figure out why I have still not even got an appt. yet or what? Dennis really thinking of going under Medicare after the 1st of the year. Also now that I am in Florida I am finding that Indiana gave me more tax breaks or the lady I talked to was an idiot? To all my Brothers we know what that is like!
Ken Strong Jr
Candler, FL USA - Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 14:33:24 (MDT)
Hi just got back from the doc. & as of know it set to go & the date he let us know so we are hanging in for the day.
Art
USA - Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 14:06:31 (MDT)
had any chocolate chip cookies lately???
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 10:19:46 (MDT)
Hi it look like the va could care less about us VET. Hope to find out something about Wife back today .
Art
USA - Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 09:59:34 (MDT)
Ken, just a quick update . The Orthopedic Dr that I saw let me know that it wasn't surgery time yet. He pumped my hip full of Cortizone, took the time to show me the reason for all of the pain.. When I go back on 10/31 we are going to discuss alternative pain meds(cannabis). I cannot take codeine based drugs any longer. I am glad I went the nonVA way, cuz I would still be waiting. Still in pain but a little easier to deal with. I'll keep yu in the loop
Dennis FUERSTENAU
Roseville, CA USA - Monday, October 14, 2013 at 20:14:12 (MDT)
Fred I know you are right but just got done sending my VA Doctor another email about getting apt with a surgeon, well now just with the Pain Clinic. Not sure how to get back on Morphine down here but my wife is on my ass to do something. Last time in Indy I had to go in every 30 days to pee in a cup so they knew I wasn't selling them. Still think it sucks that a few people make it so hard to get anything for pain. Meanwhile CBS news is talking like that is all the VA is doing. That might explain why I had a doctor ready to operate on my back just to have another one say no to the cost. What a great system we have as my Nephew is still trying to get his face fixed.
Ken Strong Jr
Candler, FL USA - Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 20:09:30 (MDT)
oh, while I was down visting mom.. m y uncle showed me something I had never even heard of, but fit right into place. He knows an older woman whos husband did two tours..in some small outfit out in the bush. He passed some time ago. She wanted to sell Greg this item he had brough back from Nam..mostly cause she likes him and knows he is a Nam vet and x pow. When he brought it out to show me, it looked like a small cigar box made from very old wood. he opened it up..it is a radio repair kit, a VC or NVA one, from 1969..and its complete. Has a bunch of different sized old radio tubes in it, sorta like the old TV ones we had as kids.Twas very cool to see.
alvis
USA - Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 15:03:37 (MDT)
BACK. Ken, aint no use argueing with VA..its simply a stone wall.Saw a bear and two of her yearling near Cades Cove yesterday (which was closed).Had to pack all of Susans oxygen equipment ..whew.
alvis
USA - Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 14:38:29 (MDT)
TO WHOME IT MAY CINCERN; I READ IN THE PAPER THAT IF THINGS DONT GET SETTLED IN DC,BY THE 17th OF THIS MONTH THERE WILL NOT BE ANY VA DISABILITY CHECKS MAILED OUT,OR DEPOSITED ON THE FIRST OF NEXT MONTH,JUST SO EVERBODY KNOWS AHEAD OF TIME,SO SAVE UP NOW! I AM ON TV DINNER MODE UNTILL FURTHER NOTICE.ALWAYS A BROTHER.TAKE CARE.
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 22:58:22 (MDT)
Fred really just fired up the same old stuff with my back. My wife is bitching at me for not raising more hell with the VA but have been down this road. I would wait for months to see a doctor in Indy just to have a new one each time I went in. The best was going in for one procedure where both guys didn't speak very good English and were both from different places. Now I wonder why my Dad never went there but just fought with them over money when he would get a new leg. He always had a way by writing and asking where he could get one for what they paid him. Ending with I will go there next time but they would just send him a check. So here I am, my old doctor guit and saw a new one on the 1st of August. Now have been waiting for over a week on her to explain why I still have not gotten an appt. at Gainsville? May take Dennis's route after the first of the year and go through Medicare.
Ken Strong Jr
Candler, FL USA - Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 08:45:45 (MDT)
Fred A. enjoy the Smokey Mountains. Nice this time of year. Let Susan know were always thinking of Her. She was a great support when I was going through a lot of my stuff. She one wonderful person. Got a call today from a 129th Brother 65-66 Carl Joiner. Carl was Shot in the neck and air lifted out. Was great to hear from him after 48 years. Always A Brother!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
Collierville , TN USA - Friday, October 11, 2013 at 17:11:42 (MDT)
headed to the smokey mountians at first light. Family reunion.. Mom was supposed to be there but she has gotten to weak to travel.Visted with her last week for two days, hope to see her again
alvis
USA - Friday, October 11, 2013 at 02:00:25 (MDT)
I give the thumbs up to Gently, Mark, Paul, Those who rent the spaces at Kokomo,and last but not least, those who post here. Also a thumbs up to our Korean and UK friends.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at 04:36:16 (MDT)
just what the hell have they done Ken?
alvis
USA - Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 20:20:12 (MDT)
Just posted 15 photos of 67-17147 on the 129th FaceBook page taken yesterday in Fresno, Ca.
RickG
USA - Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 00:49:33 (MDT)
Okay all of my fellow Bite and Strikers. My years of the Military and RVN added to 25 years of OTR Trucking have caught with me. I have always had a small form of lower back pain from hard landings , but now my left hip has gone from mild throbbing to Holy Cr p give me something for the pain. The VA will accept that I have Degenerative Disk and Joint Disease, but won't rate it as Service Connected. Plus trying to get an appointment with VA Orthopedic Clinic is like I stand a better chance of being struck by Lightning. I went to my Primary care I have with Medicare on Monday, had X-rays the same day. The results came back Tuesday and he made me an appt with an Orthopedic Surgeon for this coming Tuesday. I was amazed at how fast he pushed it thru and his answer was I have the Gold Card for health care. Here in CA they refer to Medicare and Tricare for life as the gold card. I'm not sure what the results will be when I see the Ortho Dr. But I'm thinking he made suggest surgery the fix the hip and replace the the damaged disks between L3-S1. Wish me luck
DENNIS FUERSTENAU
Roseville , CA USA - Saturday, October 05, 2013 at 15:08:05 (MDT)
Just wanted to add that is another thing about Kokomo. The Huey guys there along with Ron Paye have done so much to bring us back to those days. Funny how some of us say there is no way I am getting into another Huey. Even Larry Stokes had a grin on his face after we went flying even if he said all the way there he wasn't going to get on the bird. Would love to get back on with Lee Hendrix & Ron at the controls. Just as I hope that when they get the B Model flying that the guys could fly with Pete Nolan again.
Ken Strong Jr
Candler, FL USA - Saturday, October 05, 2013 at 12:13:43 (MDT)
Alex, Wow! Right side is where everything started for me nine years ago. I started with no pain at all but just fell one day at work when my Rt leg gave out. Than it went sort of num for a couple years with tingle needle pain, than the burning. That ended up going all the way to my Rt. shoulder and arm. Now it is hitting my left leg the same way. The VA did EMG nerve studies in 2006 showing that I do have a problem. Just had an MRI that shows issues at L3,4 & 5. In short my back and neck are just falling apart while the VA says that none of it is military related keeping me at 80% P&T. Again it has been two months just waiting to get another apt. to see a doctor. As I say so much for crashing helicopters and jumping out of airplanes. Now I just see how stupid I was when I was younger while still never would I change a thing. Had a CSM tell me I had to jump or else. Even today I wish I could jump again like touching the controls of a Huey. No better feelings.
Ken Strong Jr
Candler, FL USA - Saturday, October 05, 2013 at 12:06:46 (MDT)
Ken: I see you were talking your legs. I have been getting severe pain from my ankles to my knees. It comes and goes. But, got to the point where I can't walk to far with stopping a lot. Civilian Doctor got me a handicap card to hang on my mirror. I have my good days. a lot of times can't sleep because of the pain. Also, the muscle from my neck and including my right shoulder. Have consent pain if I try to look right. Nobody has come up with a solution yet. A few thought it was a stiff neck. But, it been like that for 3 months. Don't have faith anymore in the medical treatment from the VA. Seems like everything is happening on my right side. But, I feel lucky compared to some of our other Brothers and Sisters of the 129th Family. Always A Brother!!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374
Collierville , TN USA - Saturday, October 05, 2013 at 09:12:57 (MDT)
SORRY DONT KNOW HOW THAT HAPPEND?
K SWANSON
USA - Friday, October 04, 2013 at 00:02:19 (MDT)
ALEX====THANKYOU I WILL TRY WHAT YOU SAID,MAYBE I WILL GET LUCKY!
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE. USA - Thursday, October 03, 2013 at 23:59:52 (MDT)
ALEX====THANKYOU I WILL TRY WHAT YOU SAID,MAYBE I WILL GET LUCKY!
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE. USA - Thursday, October 03, 2013 at 23:59:51 (MDT)
I'll be in San Antonio, TX during the VHCMA gathering this next June, 2014 between the 18th and 22nd of the month. All three helicopter books will be available at a deep discount: "U.S. Army Helicopter Names In Vietnam", "Vietnam War Helicopter Art" and "Vietnam War Helicopter Art, Vol 2". Also, I'll share what info I have on surviving VN War Army helicopters (approx 1,000) that are presently on display in public museums, military bases and memorial parks across the 50 states. I've compiled a database list which you can view and luckily can help identify your old in-country bird. Hope to see you there.
John Brennan <johnmailman@yahoo.com>
San Lorenzo, CA USA - Thursday, October 03, 2013 at 16:18:08 (MDT)
dustoff's room telephone 618 722 fifty-three fifty-one. he will be happy to hear from all.after supper is proabably best.central time
paul mcgrath
USA - Thursday, October 03, 2013 at 13:07:41 (MDT)
Just a note to let everyone know I am alive and kicking, just not as well as I would like to be. Have been waiting for an appt. with the VA for two months now. May end up going back to the Pain Clinic if things don't get better. Knew that both legs would start acting up but not ready for it yet either. So hope Dust Off is doing OK as it seemed like we were all doing better a year ago.
Ken Strong Jr
Candler, FL USA - Thursday, October 03, 2013 at 08:49:10 (MDT)
Any word on Dust-Off? Funny funny Gale! L-G
Gently
USA - Wednesday, October 02, 2013 at 18:25:52 (MDT)
Ken I got some personnel rosters here that I am still going through. Larry lackey donated some money and took the balance to get the research done for the rosters. what I received was a lot of paper which you couldn't read. St.Louis has people that will research for a fee. Don't do that. bad experience and a waste of a lot of money. What I suggest is go online to NPRC WEB St. Louis .mo You can order personnel rosters. Do Feb. 68 and Feb.69 that way you should get most of the people there. If you try and get to much they will get you a number to call. These people charge. Right now the website is shut down. And, a different note. Get a complete 201 file. This will have a lot of information on orders that can help find brothers you served with. Always A Brother!!
Alex Fernwalt 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, Tennessee USA - Wednesday, October 02, 2013 at 11:45:07 (MDT)
ALEX; SOMEHOW I MISSED THE ROSTER OR THE E.M. IN THE 129th.,LOOKING FOR 68-69,WHERE DO I GO TO FIND IT?ALWAYS A BROTHER,CLEAR RIGHT.
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Wednesday, October 02, 2013 at 00:20:40 (MDT)
John it's good to hear some positive news. wish you the best on your recovery. Sounds like the annual reunion in the corn fields was good. Missed seeing everyone. But, been a rough year on a lot of us. Getting older isn't helping either. But, 2014 should be a better year for some of us. VHCMA Reunion in San Antiono the 3rd week of June and Kokokmo in Sept. Well take care. Always A Brother!
Alex 901-487-0374
Collierville, TN USA - Tuesday, October 01, 2013 at 12:48:51 (MDT)
morning flight, well some good news from the family,good to hear john. sound like all had a good time in kokomo and a good showing. just wish I could of been there to welcome our new brothers into the fold. next year. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Tuesday, October 01, 2013 at 08:16:30 (MDT)
John, that's good news buddy. Hope to see you at Kokomo next year.
Gale
USA - Monday, September 30, 2013 at 17:19:04 (MDT)
To my 129th AHC Brothers. I got out of the Hospital on Saturday afternoon. I'm doing much better after the operation and should be on full recovery in 2 months. I thank each and every one of you for your prayers. John Sartor
John Sartor
USA - Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 22:40:04 (MDT)
Does anyone out there have a list of officers in the 129th?? Alex Fernwalt attached a roster of enlisted personnel to the log but I haven't seen any officers or warrants names. So all you guys check all your old orders from WW Vietnam and see if we can come up with a list of them.Sure would like to invite them to the reunions also. Thanks
Jack Newton <sirizknewton@windstream.net>
Primghar, IA USA - Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 06:19:43 (MDT)
Paul Boggs: Can't thank you enough for helping me out this year at the reunion in Kokomo. Betty and I are still talking of the great time we had. Can't find your e mail address on the contact list. Would like to talk to you reference Bill Whelan's camping spot. You did a great job and thank you for all you did for all of us. PS you are going to have to give Mark lessons on how to set up a camp (Ha Ha Ha)
jack newton <sirizknewton@windstream.net>
Primghar, IA USA - Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 06:12:25 (MDT)
Gently who???.................oh yeh,I think I remember her..............
Gale
USA - Friday, September 27, 2013 at 07:04:00 (MDT)
I'm glad you are all home safely and had a great time. I'll see you there in 2014 and maybe at the re-union. Missed not seeing all of you! L-Gently
Gently
USA - Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 22:30:02 (MDT)
Just checking in to let everyone no what a great time I had. Just spent a couple days with my sis in oh and im in ky visiting with family. a little mud and rain didn't stop the fun. take care love youy all and look fwd to our next gathering.
jim stickman oliver
pembroke, ga USA - Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 18:32:18 (MDT)
HI well got wife a car it a 2004 blazer for $3.900. She getting her thing put in her back in the next week or two. The doc told us if she lost 75 or 100 pounds they would fix her back wright so we went on a diet. she cant have one know it would kill her I could not louse a nother wife it would be the end of me this body could not take it.
art
USA - Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 16:10:19 (MDT)
TO MY FELLOW 129ther"s MY MOM PASSED A FEW YEARS AGO,AND I GOT ALIOT OF THINGS, I WENT TRU SOME BOXES YHIS PAST WEEKEND,AND FOUND A BOX FULL OF ALL MY LETTERS I SENT HER FROM V.N.!WOW WHAT A RUSH. THERE IT WAS LETTERS FROM 1-68-1-69 ALL IN THE ENVELOPES MARKED FREE POSTAGE,BROUGHT ALOT OF MEMORIES BACK.(GOT A TEAR OR TWO) AFTER READING A YEAR OF LETTERS, OVER HALF FROM THE 129th,CANT HARDLY SAY I WAS SURPRISED,OF ALL THE SORTIES I FLEW, AND I DOCEMENTED ALOT OF THEM. HOT LZ"S TO EXTRACTIONS, AND PULLING OUT WOUNDED TO THE 82nd EVAC. IT PUT ME IN A STRANGE STATE OF MIND,LIKE I WAS STILL THERE.WITH THE FUN-N-GORE. QUITE EMOTIONAL I MUST SAY,BUT GLAD MY MOTHER KEPT THEM, TO PASS ON TO MY KIDS,GRANDKIDS,WHOEVER ONE WHO CARES ABOUT MY WAR THAT I SHARED WITH YOU MY BROTHERS.THOUGHT THIS MIGHT BE INTERESTING TO YOU GUYS GOT DATES AND TIMES,ON SOME OF THE BIGGEST OPERATIONS DURING MY TIME AT LANE,AND PLIEKU.WAS THERE FIRST.THANKYOU FOR SERVING WITH ME. IN THE BIG ASSULTS,MY NOT HAVE MADE IT HOME WITHOUT YOU FELLOW AIRMEN,ALWAYS A BROTHER! SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR NOW THAT I HEALED UP FROM MY M.C. CRASH. I AM DOING GOOD. EVEN MY BACK HAS MADE A REMARKABLE RECOVERY;CLEAR RIGHT.
KENNETH SWANSON <DOORGUNNER@CENTURYLINL.NET>
ASTORIA, ORE. USA - Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 02:47:54 (MDT)
Paul Boggs called last night to report that everything went well. Well except for the rain which sounded like my first trip there so we have had many dry years. Still sounds like you all had a pretty good turn out of new folks and hope the next few years are dry again.
Ken Strong Jr
Candler, FL USA - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 08:45:09 (MDT)
Hey Billy, I know you are having a great time at Mark's place, but if you can find some time could you please send me a copy of the photo of me from your book? Sure would appreaciate it. Betty Boop says your wife is really a fun person and she had a great time meeting her and chatting with her. Love ya both.
jack newton <sirizknewton@windstream.net>
primghar, Ia USA - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 07:44:14 (MDT)
Betty Boop and I made it home around 3:00 PM Monday afternoon. It was our first time and we loved every minute of it. Really had a great time and meeting all you guys was something that words will never express. It was really hard to hug all you folks and say goodbye. Can't wait till next year. Love all you guys - the one and only - Sir Izk Newton Bye the way please correct my e mail address - it is sirizknewton@windstream.net. God bless each and everyone of you.
jack Newton <sirizknewton@windstream.net>
Primghar, Ia USA - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 07:33:33 (MDT)
Paul,good thing then that I left in time huh? I bet it was a distraction.maybe the birds flying overand the folks waving down at everyone.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 04:44:41 (MDT)
my appologies to all for the horrible bagna calda sat afternoon
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Monday, September 23, 2013 at 19:01:28 (MDT)
Made it home safe and sound and as always had a great time.
larry stokes <rudedog.20067@yahoo.com>
Kinston, NC USA - Monday, September 23, 2013 at 16:33:03 (MDT)
Brothers, Got back home from Kokomo late last night. What a great event. Good to see all that were there! And special thanks to Ron Paye for the stick time! 40 years and I can still fly...and Land!! Jim Crigler
Jim Crigler <jimc@mrwinona.com>
Winona, MN USA - Monday, September 23, 2013 at 10:19:57 (MDT)
Home from Kokomo. Billy and Kerry will be staying with us for a couple> Best dang Kokomo ever. Will post more later and put pics of 129th Yahoo site and Facebook.........Thanks brothers and sisters for the love........always a brother................
Mark
USA - Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 17:50:36 (MDT)
Lee, I made it home OK. Thanks again for all the help. Paul
Paul Boggs
USA - Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 15:37:49 (MDT)
Made it home ok. Still thinking about the last few days. Luv you guys!
Gale
USA - Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 14:49:48 (MDT)
Home from the friendship and fun. Stickman is on the way to his Sister's house. See you all next year or maybe Knob Creek?
Twig <Ithaycu@gmail.com>
Huber Heights, OH USA - Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 14:21:18 (MDT)
Home from the friendship and fun. Stickman is on the way to his Sister's house. See you all next year or maybe Knob Creek?
Twig <Ithaycu@gmail.com>
Huber Heights, OH USA - Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 14:20:12 (MDT)
home safe and sound
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 11:07:44 (MDT)
everyone is kicked back and having a pleasant time. The mud is back of the site where the cars park.. that dirt road is shut down for today. Two Hueys flying around again. Took up 6 pizzas, not sure if enough folks there to eat it all. Paul, as usual, is cooking up his special dishes.
alvis
USA - Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 14:19:10 (MDT)
hope that everyone having a great time at Kokomo, perhaps next year. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 12:43:17 (MDT)
Really missing this year in Kokomo. Larry Stokes called me yesterday, sounds like a small but great crowd. Seeing some great Full Moon photos on Facebook, but what is with the mud?
Ken Strong Jr
Candler, FL USA - Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 09:50:19 (MDT)
Well I hope everyone has a good time in Kokomo. Tell Ron Paye hate to miss the huey rides. Hopefully will be there next year. always had a good time. Always A Brother!!
Alex 901-487-0374
Collierville , TN USA - Friday, September 20, 2013 at 10:48:52 (MDT)
will be there fri afternoon, will be staying in tipton. see ya tomorrow
paul mcgrath
USA - Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 14:32:41 (MDT)
BEARS????? I didn't know there were bears in Florida.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 08:40:52 (MDT)
Bruno, the mosquitos are the worse I have seen in a long time. We change the water everyday but still need a better control, just hoping for cold soon down here. Also got to get a new gate for the front fence, wow people steal anything down here. Guess some other folks lived here with a little girl but were scared off by the bears who use the drive as a short cut. Wait what the heck were we thinking??? Hope things are going well in Kokomo, will call there soon.
Ken Strong Jr. 72-73
Candler, FL USA - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 11:32:06 (MDT)
Larry Brown!!!!!!!where are you???????????????
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 11:12:14 (MDT)
Ken Strong: If'in your out by the swamp, watch out for the mosquitos. They'll bite your goats & the goats may become sick. The goats might also drink water that may contain the " wiggler stage" of the mosquitos & get your goats sick. Be careful with the gators. if the goats go drink water by the waters edge. Later dawg 426.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 09:55:11 (MDT)
Thanks Wink and Dennis it is only about 15 miles from Summerfield to Candler, Florida. They wanted to raise our rent next month by $300 because of all the goats. So now we are in the swamp.
Ken Strong
Candler, FL USA - Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 14:42:14 (MDT)
Ken, I'm confused, where did you and the goat farm move to? To all I have been reading, but have been quite busy with my volunteer Work for the City of Roseville. I am now working in 2 locations, 1. the Community Center and 2. The admin dept for the Fire Dept. When I'm not doing volunteer work,I am helping Seniors understand Smartphones and Tablets. I had hoped to buy a house this year, but being on a fixed income killed those hopes. However, i just keep moving on. Dennis Class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 09:56:45 (MDT)
morning flight, ken my cell # is 863-370-0633.yea my hip is coming along still not 100% but getting there. started back playing golf a few ago.haven't missed a step but still have too be careful.wish I could make kokomo going to miss being their, but there is always next year. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 09:11:54 (MDT)
Wow this year has really been a drag for me and am really feeling bad this week. Toady was the last day on the rent for our old house down here. A 30 day move ended last night with the last load out. My stepson Joey has really worked his butt off while I can't. He is also pretty upset that we are not getting up there too but this seems to be an off year for the 129th. I am hoping we are all doing better next year and will work on us keeping all our camp sites plus thanking Paul for picking up my slack. Now that Larry Davis is having issues too it seems like Ron Paye is right about us all hitting our peak. I hope him and Wink are feeling better, still need Wink's phone number. Also remember when Kokomo was just one site and a hand full of folks. I am glad that Jim Crigler should be making it and hope that everyone has a great time. Hope next year we can get the numbers back up again. Love you all, my brothers of the 129th & 498th Med.
Ken Strong Jr
Candler, FL USA - Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 08:59:56 (MDT)
Sue and I should be arriving Wednesday PM with a pull behind pop up camper. Our spot is 430W. We plan on helping American Huey 369 most of the time we are there. Don't get a chance to check in here often, just too busy. Bad thing about retirement....NO DAYS OFF
Theodore Buisker <tedbuisker@gmail.com>
Davis, IL USA - Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 07:37:41 (MDT)
Mark, are you drivin' the old Ford to Kokomo? Looks like the weather may be a little warmer than the previous forcast that I put on here.
Gale
USA - Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 21:40:21 (MDT)
Was up that way last week but not able to stay. I'll miss all and I'll be thinking of everyone. Next year will be there if hell doesn't freeze over and the creek don't rise. I'll be there next year.
Frenchie
Ga USA - Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 11:28:30 (MDT)
Trying to catch up on all the Commo. Funny how we can remember so much about Vietnam. Always about our KIA's. The times pass by so fast. But, certain dates and times and people are frozen our our memories. Nov.22 will 48 years that some of were assigned to the 129th Aviation Co. which later we become the 129th AHC. It's been a bitter sweet ride through life. Having reunions with all the Brothers that I served with in Vietnam. And all of the 129th Brothers that followed me with their journey with the 129th. A tragedy with 257 and the love of a Brother!! has brought so many of together. With this 129th site to honor Larry Jackson and all our KIA Brother that we loss. As I looked through the reunion pictures. I look at our Brothers whom have passed in the last few years. Our brothers are slowly leaving us. I encourage all our Brothers to try to make these reunions. It could be our last. You never know when our time is up and we join all our 129th brothers whom our waiting for us. Vietnam brotherhood is strong. We always Remember and Never forget!! Always A Brother!!! And , Say a prayer for all our 129th Brothers and Sisters whom are fighting all these illness.
Alex 901-487-0374
Collierville , TN USA - Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 09:09:53 (MDT)
I'm in a Burger King in North Central Michigan reading the 129th log. Jack Newton can use Bill's camp site. I am still planning on arriving at Kokomo Monday. Has anyone heard from Whitey? Is he coming this year and did he pay for a camp site? We will be able to fill any empty camp sites. Bob Miller is probably coming and Lee wood is coming. Looking forward to seeing anyone who can make it to Kokomo. Paul Boggs
Paul Boggs
USA - Friday, September 13, 2013 at 19:31:16 (MDT)
I'm in a Burger King in North Central Michigan reading the 129th log. Jack Newton can use Bill's camp site. I am still planning on arriving at Kokomo Monday. Has anyone heard from Whitey? Is he coming this year and did he pay for a camp site? We will be able to fill any empty camp sites. Bob Miller is probably coming and Lee wood is coming. Looking forward to seeing anyone who can make it to Kokomo. Paul Boggs
Paul Boggs
USA - Friday, September 13, 2013 at 19:30:45 (MDT)
I can park my camper on one of the spots. I have a 26th ENG guy parking on my spot.
Ron Paye <rp34cg comcast.net>
Indy, IN USA - Friday, September 13, 2013 at 07:11:09 (MDT)
Rick's site is 628W next to mine and we figured Jim Crigler can park his camper on it. The other is 723 West across from Larry Davis. We really need to find someone to stay on that one which is Bill's. Meanwhile Gale I am still moving but the Post Office is driving me nuts. The utility companies show we live in Candler while that PO says we are in Ocala. Just called Duke today and they were getting ready to cut our power off because it was due. They were all about this is our 911 address but still they mailed a bill last month & the phone company did on the 4th. I really hate moving when I am still using a cain again.
Ken Strong Jr
Candler, FL USA - Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 13:39:55 (MDT)
Bill, would you know the site numbers by any chance
Gale
USA - Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 13:32:19 (MDT)
I have a camp sight and Rick England has a camp site, we both can't make it this year. If someone needs a camp site they are both open to use.....
Bill Whelan
USA - Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 13:15:55 (MDT)
Gently, that's what you said before the DC reunion ;o). Larry, sorry to hear about that....take care of yourself. We'll miss all of you that can't make it to Kokomo. Jerry Heckathorn can't make it either. Ken won't be there..............I hope we don't lose any spots for next year.
Gale
USA - Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 08:03:19 (MDT)
Don,t know if me and Brenda are going to make Kokomo this year just got out of the hospital ,had a heart attack and got the fourth stint put in . Hope every one has a great time in Kokomo this year Larry Davis
Larry Davis <cobraspock@yahoo.com>
QUINCY, Illinois USA - Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 14:50:26 (MDT)
44 YEARS AGO TODAY IN SOUTH VIETNAM&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17257 The Army purchased this helicopter 0268 Total flight hours at this point: 00000576 Date: 09/12/1969 Incident number: 690912261ACD Accident case number: 690912261 Total loss or fatality Accident Unit: 129 AHC The station for this helicopter was An Son in South Vietnam Number killed in accident = 8 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 5 costing 455945 Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. ) Loss to Inventory Crew Members: AC CW2 DESANTIS STEPHEN ANTHONY KIA P WO1 SAWRAN RICHARD ARTHUR KIA CE SP4 JACKSON LAWRENCE DAVID KIA G PFC HARGRAVE STEPHAN LEE KIA Passengers: X1 HE KY, , PX, KIA; X1 HUAN KK, , PX, KIA; X1 SUK KH, , PX, KIA; , PAX, A Accident Summary: ON THE NIGHT OF 12 SEP 69, CRID DECLARED A TAC-E AND AT APPROXIMATELY 2130 HOURS AIRCRAFT WAS LAUNCHED FROM LANE AHP. THE CREW WAS NOT ADVISED OF THE WEATHER BY EITHER THE OPERATIONS OFFICER OF THE 129TH AHC OR LANE TOWER. THE MISSION OF THE CREW WAS TO EXTRACT ONE RALLIER FROM THE 11TH CO CAV REGT AND FLY THE RALLIER TO ROK HOSPITAL. ENROUTE THE CREW WAS TO PICK UP PERSONNEL FROM THE CRID TOC, WHICH THEY DID AND THE CREW THEN REQUESTED AND RECEIVED PERMISSION TO FLY THROUGH THE PASS NORTHWEST OF LANE AHP. THE AIRCRAFT ARRIVED AT THE 11TH COMPANY AT APPROXIMATELY 2155 HOURS AND DEPARTED AT 2205 HOURS. THE CREW CONTACTED PHU CAT APPROACH CONTROL AND NOTIFIED THEM THAT THE AIRCRAFT HAD GONE INTO IFR CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED A RADAR VECTOR TO VFR CONDITIONS. THE PILOT REPORTED HIS ALTITUDE WAS 5,000 FEET AND REQUESTED A PRIORITY RADAR VECTOR FOR A GCA INTO PHY CAT AFB. THE PILOT REPORTED HIS POSITION AS OVER THE CHA RANG VALLEY OFF THE 170 RADIAL FROM PHU CAT AFB. PHU CAT APPROACH CONTROL COULD NOT MAKE A POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION BUT HAD A SUSPECTED RADAR TARGET SEVEN MILES ON THE 170 RADIAL. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER REPORTED HE WAS ENCOUNTERING SEVERE TURBULENCE. AT 2212 HOURS PHU CAT CONTROL INSTRUCTED THE AC TO TURN INBOUND TO THE BEACON AND CLIMB TO 6000 FEET. THE PILOT ROGERED THE CONTROLLER'S INSTRUCTION. THIS WAS THE LAST COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE AIRCRAFT AND THE GROUND. AFTER RADIO CONTACT WAS LOST, THE DUST OFF AND GUNSHIPS WERE LAUNCHED, HOWEVER, THE WEATHER CONDITIONS DID NOT PERMIT THE SEARCH AIRCRAFT TO ARRIVE AT THE SCENE UNTIL 0030 HOURS. THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED ON THE SIDE OF A MOUNTAIN AT 1990 FEET AND 125 FEET FROM THE CREST OF THE MOUNTAIN. THE WRECKAGE SUGGESTS THAT THE AIRCRAFT WAS IN A SLIGHTLY NOSE HIGH ATTITUDE AND WAS IN A SHALLOW RIGHT HAND TURN. THE AIRCRAFT'S LEFT SKID CONTACTED THE GROUND AND THERE WAS A BLADE STRIKE ON THE LEFT SIDE. THE RIGHT SKID HIT NEXT AND THE AIRCRAFT WAS PITCHED FORWARD AND UP THE HILL WHERE THE TRANSMISSION AND THE MAIN WRECKAGE REMAINED. THE ENGINE WAS TOSSED FURTHER UP THE HILL AND THE TAIL BOOM SEPARATED FROM THE FUSELAGE AND CAME TO REST 75 FEET NORTH OF THE ENGINE. THE AIRCRAFT APPEARED TO HAVE BURNED DUE TO IMPACT. This record was last updated on 09/20/1998 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The following is crew member information for this incident: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: X1 K. K. Huan Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 09/12/1969 while performing the duty of Passenger. Service: Unknown service. Service: Unknown service. Short Summary: Hit mountain top IFR at night while getting radar help from Phy Cat AFB. Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17257 Country: South Vietnam Primary cause: A/C Accident Location: Binh Dinh Province II Corps. Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes This record was last updated on 10/24/1997 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: X1 K. Y. He Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 09/12/1969 while performing the duty of Passenger. Service: Unknown service. Service: Unknown service. Short Summary: Hit mountain top IFR at night while getting radar help from Phy Cat AFB. Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17257 Country: South Vietnam Primary cause: A/C Accident Location: Binh Dinh Province II Corps. Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes This record was last updated on 10/24/1997 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: X1 K. H. Suk Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 09/12/1969 while performing the duty of Passenger. Service: Unknown service. Service: Unknown service. Short Summary: Hit mountain top IFR at night while getting radar help from Phy Cat AFB. Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17257 Country: South Vietnam Primary cause: A/C Accident Location: Binh Dinh Province II Corps. Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes This record was last updated on 10/24/1997 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: SP4 Lawrence David Jackson (posthumously promoted) Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 09/12/1969 while performing the duty of Crew Chief. Age at death: 21.0 Date of Birth: 09/11/1948 Home City: Coldwater, OH Service: component of the U.S. Army. Unit: 129 AHC Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade Service: U.S. Army. The Wall location: 18W-075 Short Summary: Hit mountain top IFR at night while getting radar help from Phy Cat AFB. Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17257 SSN: 300382357 Country: South Vietnam MOS: 67N2F = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer Primary cause: A/C Accident Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea Compliment cause: fire or burns Vehicle involved: helicopter Position in vehicle: crew chief Started Tour: 12/19/1968 "Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew Length of service: 01 Location: Binh Dinh Province II Corps. Reason: aircraft lost or crashed Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes married male U.S. citizen Race: Caucasian Relgion: Lutheran (Missouri Synod) The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident. Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel This record was last updated on 10/24/1997 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: PFC Stephan Lee Hargrave Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 09/12/1969 while performing the duty of Gunner. Age at death: 18.9 Date of Birth: 10/29/1950 Home City: Decatur, IL Service: regular component of the U.S. Army. Unit: 129 AHC Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade Service: U.S. Army. The Wall location: 18W-075 Short Summary: Hit mountain top IFR at night while getting radar help from Phy Cat AFB. Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17257 SSN: 358424645 Country: South Vietnam MOS: 67N20 = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer Primary cause: A/C Accident Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea Compliment cause: fire or burns Vehicle involved: helicopter Position in vehicle: door gunner Started Tour: 04/07/1969 "Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew Length of service: 01 Location: Binh Dinh Province II Corps. Reason: aircraft lost or crashed Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes single male U.S. citizen Race: Caucasian Relgion: Protestant - no denominational preference The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident. Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel This record was last updated on 10/24/1997 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: CW2 Stephen Anthony De Santis Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 09/12/1969 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander. Age at death: 23.2 Date of Birth: 07/07/1946 Home City: Waterbury, CT Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army. Unit: 129 AHC Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade Flight class: 68-505/68-3 Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army. The Wall location: 18W-074 Short Summary: Hit mountain top IFR at night while getting radar help from Phy Cat AFB. Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17257 SSN: 045360757 Service number: W3160733 Country: South Vietnam MOS: 671C = Aircraft Repair Technician, Rotary Wing Rated Primary cause: A/C Accident Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea Compliment cause: fire or burns Vehicle involved: helicopter Position in vehicle: aircraft commander Started Tour: 10/21/1968 "Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew Length of service: 02 Location: Binh Dinh Province II Corps. Reason: aircraft lost or crashed Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes married male U.S. citizen Race: Caucasian Relgion: Baptist - other groups The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident. Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer This record was last updated on 10/24/1997 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: WO1 Richard Arthur Sawran Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 09/12/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot. Age at death: 21.5 Date of Birth: 03/10/1948 Home City: Washington, NJ Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army. Unit: 129 AHC Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade Flight class: 68-23/68-41 Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army. The Wall location: 18W-076 Short Summary: Hit mountain top IFR at night while getting radar help from Phy Cat AFB. Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17257 SSN: 143382651 Service number: W3162627 Country: South Vietnam MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot Primary cause: A/C Accident Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea Compliment cause: fire or burns Vehicle involved: helicopter Position in vehicle: pilot Started Tour: 03/06/1969 "Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot Location: Binh Dinh Province II Corps. Reason: aircraft lost or crashed Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes single male U.S. citizen Race: Caucasian Relgion: Roman Catholic The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident. Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer This record was last updated on 10/24/1997 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Mark
USA - Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 09:02:59 (MDT)
Art, Susan had one of those do-hickys placed in her back... has done wonders for her, she can walk without pain most times. Headed for Detroit today.. is great to be thru the hometown for refueling just as I run out of hours to run. DUSTOFF.. best of luck, your in our prayers buddy.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 06:19:54 (MDT)
I'd love to make Kokomo but .... I have to attend a few things here in WI that weekend. I plan on the re-union. Will miss all of you. Sucks! L-G
gently
USA - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 21:27:49 (MDT)
Will be thinking about everyone at Kokomo and wish I was able to attend but I need to get better first. Love you all and hope to see you all next year!
Jim <Dust off>
Il USA - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 18:18:36 (MDT)
Hi well the wife getting a thing like a pace maker for her back .The doc tried a on the out side & no more pain.
Art
USA - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 16:43:13 (MDT)
almost had a senior moment and showed up at kokomo a week early. see ya next week not this week
paul mcgrath
USA - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 11:24:34 (MDT)
gently; his new phone number is 618 722 5351. they changed his room and that changed his number
paul mcgrath
USA - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 09:54:43 (MDT)
Flight, the extended forcast for Kokomo Indiana looks great. Next week: High 70's during the day & low 50's at night, no rain....so far!
Gale
USA - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 09:31:06 (MDT)
Still not sure when I'll be at Kokomo. Gently, are you going to make it? Alvis, sorry to hear about your Mom....my sis is improving, but, is still in rehab in Terre Haute.
Gale
USA - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 07:17:36 (MDT)
Thanks Paul. Gently, I hate to hear it as well. He is a darn good guy. Received word yesterday that my mom has 10 months or less.. , cancer has spread. Gales, hows your sis? Headed off to Kentucky in a few, play nice folks.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 06:06:49 (MDT)
Many prayers for Dust-off. I've tried calling him to no avail...breaks my heart. L-G
gently
USA - Monday, September 09, 2013 at 22:04:00 (MDT)
jim is still kicking,they are moving him to hospice this week.they will keep him comfy as there is nothing they can do. inoperable and can't tolerate radiation.i'd like to bust him out and bring him up but its not possible.
paul mcgrath
USA - Monday, September 09, 2013 at 21:05:42 (MDT)
made it a point to go thru Kokomo today on the way back from Kalamazoo. They are not finished with the BY Pass construction yet. So, from the west and north.. or the south, there is about two miles of chocked down road. No problem from the east. I did NOT have time to swing by the camp grounds. Someone else.. ,maybe Gale, can update you guys on the expected area weather. I don't get home, off the road, till the 19th or 20th. Anyone heard how Jim is doing? Gently, I just didn't have time to stop to vist. $2,500 fine(Federal) if I get caught on the telephone, plus get fired. I still do it, but have to be very careful.KAL. I saw a really bad wreck at exit 30, near your place..head on ,.on the interstate, couple of deaths, cars torn up big time.
alvis
USA - Monday, September 09, 2013 at 19:53:08 (MDT)
Sounds like a plan....Kokomo is coming together!!
Gale
USA - Monday, September 09, 2013 at 13:45:22 (MDT)
Miss Direction and I will be at the big K. We may be later than usual cause the dodge is in the truck hospital. If we have to, depending on when we get the truck back we will make it a straight through and will pick up Larry the hugger on the way. Love all of you. Wes
wrong way <bullet2013@outlook.com>
USA - Monday, September 09, 2013 at 00:02:16 (MDT)
Planning on Fri.and Sat.at Kokomo
Lee Wood
USA - Sunday, September 08, 2013 at 12:21:35 (MDT)
mark; only me ida is busy
paul mcgrath
lasalle, USA - Saturday, September 07, 2013 at 07:32:12 (MDT)
I may get to drop by, trying to get time off then. Susan cant go, her lungs cant handle the smoke and dust.
alvis
USA - Saturday, September 07, 2013 at 06:49:00 (MDT)
Paul and Ida, will be good to see you both. How is the boy doing???????
Mark
USA - Friday, September 06, 2013 at 20:11:10 (MDT)
Billy Perri and his wife Kelly from Utah, one of Larry's friends from Nam will be at Kokomo. They were there 2 years ago. Some of you may remember them. I'll be there Tuesday.........ALEX, yeah that movie is called "Touch Back" It w32as filmed over in Indiana but they do use the name Coldwater Ohio for it's good football seasons that we have had and 2 state titles. But the story line is not about anybody from Coldwater. Just used the name...............always a brother........see ya soon...............
Mark
USA - Friday, September 06, 2013 at 20:10:30 (MDT)
will be there friday afternoon till sunday morning
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Friday, September 06, 2013 at 18:28:51 (MDT)
Mark: Was checking the TV stations and came across a movie about a small town of country boys playing for a football championship. What caught my eye was there name was Coldwater. As the Movie progressed it was Coldwater high school playing for the state championship against a northern ohio. powerhouse. In the end Coldwater won. For get the title of the movie since I came in on the tail end of the movie. Well I hope everyone is on the mended. At times I feel like I'm making progess. Then, some other problems pop up. Always A Brother!!!
Alex 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, Tennessee USA - Thursday, September 05, 2013 at 10:47:40 (MDT)
Wow.....we're up to 3 for Kokomo. Gently, I dunno!?
Gale
USA - Thursday, September 05, 2013 at 07:42:56 (MDT)
Are we still getting sales money for the fund from the Bite and Strike Book? L-G
Gently
USA - Tuesday, September 03, 2013 at 19:58:31 (MDT)
Paul, I can do that!
Gale
USA - Monday, September 02, 2013 at 20:35:58 (MDT)
Paul will be there, that's 3. Gale are going to bring some of your taco soup?
Paul Boggs
USA - Monday, September 02, 2013 at 18:06:26 (MDT)
Ill be there,thats 2
Mark
USA - Monday, September 02, 2013 at 14:45:01 (MDT)
Flight, Just about time for a "head count" for LZ Kokomo. I'll be there...that's one!
Gale
USA - Monday, September 02, 2013 at 14:32:31 (MDT)
Rick, regarding your August 14th offer of the SURVIVING aircraft list of former 129th ships: please include me as an interested party, that is something I'd like to follow for all the Army choppers in VN. Hopefully someday I'd like to publish a list where they are today so us vets can know which birds are where. getting the tail numbers is the big challenge I've learned.
John Brennan <johnmailman@yahoo.com>
San Lorenzo, CA USA - Sunday, September 01, 2013 at 13:15:10 (MDT)
Looks like I am not able to make it this year. Also in the middle of a move down here and will be sort of cut off by this weekend. I did get a new Sprint Cell Phone. it still has an Indiana number starting with 765 area code. Then 543 ending in 5153. OK the way I wrote that is odd but it seems if you put numbers together they can farm them out. Anyway we are supposed to keep the same home number but it will take a few days to get it up and running next week. To all my 129th Brothers take care and have a good day.
Ken Strong Jr
Candler, FL USA - Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 11:38:31 (MDT)
FRED;i was up by international falls last week. had a good week with one of the guys from ptsd group.i haven't heard anything from dustoff. gently gave me his daughters number but it might be wrong. i tried his room number at the hospital but no answer for a couple of weeks.might show up at kokomo for fri and saturday nite. won't get out of hines till noon on friday.
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Monday, August 26, 2013 at 12:54:05 (MDT)
John that stills bites but even though Kokomo about did you in before it was so good seeing you. Hope by next year we all have our medical issues fixed. It has been almost a month for me waiting to get a VA apt & who knows how long the wait will be. Crap still having problems after my last procedure in January. Good when they say they didn't find anything wrong but not when it doesn't heal up.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Monday, August 26, 2013 at 09:02:52 (MDT)
Gently, was up Cudahy way twice, by the airport, Monomone falls where Sliver Springs turns into Lovers lane.Went from there to above Madison, then up to the twin cities. Had a 100 mile run up the Miss. River shore line, ,outstanding, gonna have to take SSue up that way. Anyone heard from Jim? Hows his Lung Cancer?
alvis
USA - Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 21:10:19 (MDT)
Lee: 45 years ago left the 129th on April 13th 1968. Est from Fort Louis. And, headed to Dayton Ohio. Jim Hardy who lived on Salem ave. in Dayton to me to come to Dayton and we would party. That we did for 3 days. I forget the clubs we hit. Diamond Club I think. But. was all over the city hitting the clubs. I found a number for a James Hardy on Salem Ave about 5 or 6 years ago. But, a young guy told me no Vietnam vets. lived there. Still looking for him. Hope all have a safe trip to Kokomo. always A Brother!!!
Alex 901-487-0374
Collierville , TN USA - Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 14:23:40 (MDT)
Hi Brothers,It was 45 years ago today that my tour ended in Nam and I returned home to Dayton. Will be at Kokomo on Friday morning Hope to see a good turn out. Clear to left. Lee 67-68
Lee Wood
USA - Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 10:31:03 (MDT)
Jim Don't have your email to send the pictures from the Wall. I was an Honor to be with you at the Wall. It's never easy But, with another Vietnam Brother is comforting. just got back from a four day trip with Liz and nephew Caleb.spent a few days in Dallas and Irving Tx. spent two days with Caleb in the Irving mall. Well Liz worked. I got my work out and then some. Then to Shreveport La. And, home at last. Head home to Ohio next weekend for a few days. Been burning up the highways since retirement. Always A Brother!!!
Alex 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, Tennessee USA - Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 10:26:04 (MDT)
Best of luck to you John. We'll be lookin' forward to seeing you next year! Always a brother..Gale
Gale
USA - Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 08:10:33 (MDT)
With all of the non-goers to Kokomo, Please all me to that list too! When Kokomo comes I will be in the hospital have more surgery. Right leg, the blood flow has slowed down due to a blockage in the main artery at the waist just above the right leg. To keep the leg, I need another by-pass...
John Sartor
USA - Friday, August 23, 2013 at 17:25:55 (MDT)
Hey everyone just checking in to let everyone no that i am still kicking n shouting. will b at kokomo and will probably b out to the site on mon. I would also like to thank Alex and Liz for takin care of me at the wall. It was nice to meet the new folks at DC we r family so please attend a reunion if possible. you will not b sorry. love u all. stickman
Jim Stickman Oliver
pembroke, ga USA - Friday, August 23, 2013 at 10:30:54 (MDT)
Mark, While I know how to do this, while not difficult, it is a process too detailed to explain on flight log. Go to www.ehow.com and search " How to convert grid coordinates to longitude and latitude" . It will explain it step by step. All you will need is your map, a pencil and, if your map is a military size sheet, a yard stick or long ruler. Hope this helps. Jeff
Snapper
USA - Friday, August 23, 2013 at 07:00:24 (MDT)
I HAVE A TOPICAL MAP OF THAT AREA,IF ANYONE WANTS IT . I WILL SEND IT TO THEM, I CANT MAKE HEADS OR TAILS OUT OF IT, I THINK MARK SENT IT TO ME MANY YRS. AGO. THANKYOU MY BROTHERS,THIS LOG IS THE BEST THING FOR MY PTSD/A.O. PROBLEMS.129ther FOREVER.
KENNETH E. SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
Astoria, USA - Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 23:46:29 (MDT)
I MUST BE HAVEING A BRAIN FAUT, I CANT FIND THE VIDEO EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT! PLEASE IN DETAIL HOW TO LOCATE IT.ALWAYS A BROTHER CLEAR BOTH SIDES.
KENNETH E. SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
A, USA - Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 23:36:14 (MDT)
Anybody know how to convert a military Grid cord to degrees? I am trying to find the spot the "257" hit on Google earth. I have two sets of numbers. BR 891269 and BR917267. Both of these should be about 2 miles west of Lane.........always a brother............
Mark
USA - Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 20:54:12 (MDT)
anybody know how to convert a Military Grid Cord to degrees? I am looking for the spot that the "257" hit on Google Maps and have 2 sets of numbers. one is BR 917267 and the other is BR 891269. both of these should be approximately 2 miles west of Lane. always a brother...................
Mark
USA - Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 20:51:22 (MDT)
The video that Rick Goddard was talking about on a earlier post from Al Sena from the Ghostriders, 189th. on our 129th. facebook page shows our ships coming into Pleiku for the Cambodia Campaign in May of 1970, preety historical really. I got to the 129th on May 3,1970 or so.Didnt go into Cambodia but was there when they came back to Lane and did a high overhead over Lane, alwys remember that evening when our guys came back , WE ALL WENT DOWN TO THE FLIGHTLINE .. AND HELPED... AL Sena did his second tour with the 170th. out of Kontum and may have been there when some of the guys I was with that had came from the 170th. Buccaneers and Playboys.. Vega and Carlos and Shorty Bolling.. and Higdon.? anyways its worth watching. good Job by Al Sena..CLEAR RIGHT, TEX 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 23:03:36 (MDT)
Donnie Purvis; it's good that you call Bill Shileto. He was "one hell of a driver".
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 08:02:29 (MDT)
Rick G... I enjoyed Al Sena's video. Really hit the mark on what it meant to crew.
Dave Powers
USA - Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 15:43:07 (MDT)
Hi Flight Talked to Bill Shellitto, told him you guys was speaking evil of him lol. How when he had his hydraulic shoot out you guys said the last you saw of him he was running through the LZ saying Chu hoy I surrender lol. Only kidding told him how you guys were praising him on being able to fly the aircraft back to Phu Cat Airbase. We had some great pilots and crews. We flew missions into areas that helicopters were not designed to go. Hover holes, sides of mountains, and any other area our mission required. I'll tell you guys a war story lol. My last Duty station in in Germany, I had to fly up to Ramstein Airbase. So I go over to our aviation detachment and jump on board a Uh1, the AC was a W3 and the Peter Pilot was a W2. I was a W2 and I took along with me my maintenance NCOS, we were about an hour into e flight when the CE said the AC wants to speak with you. So I put on the extra head set, the AC said don't you think we're to low. It was winter so they had the cargo doors closed, I looked out and said, "when I flew as a crew chief on UH1's in Vietnam this would have been nose bleed altitude", then I turned so he could see the 1st Ave patch. .
Donnie Purvis <donnie.purvis@us.army mil>
Linwood, Nc USA - Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 13:49:42 (MDT)
Outstanding video from a guy with the 189th & you guys are in it at the 6.25 mark. Pics taken last week of April 1970 at Camp Holloway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ON75nV6UgQA
RickG
USA - Monday, August 19, 2013 at 21:35:40 (MDT)
Flight: Sounds like a a small group at Kokomo. Hopefully everyone is mending their bodys ok!!! I have taken a few of these weekend trips and it wears my out. leaving on Friday mornings and leaving on Saturday Night coming back. Had a lot of plans to go to these little reunions. It's hard enough chasing after him here. wish he was a little older I could bring him with me. I told when get 5 years old I'm going to take him on a Huey ride. Hope everyone can get well. Always A Brother!!
Alex 901-487-0374
Collierville , Tn USA - Monday, August 19, 2013 at 08:23:37 (MDT)
10/4 ON THAT MARK, IREALLY WAS LOOKING TO MAKE IT THIS YEAR,ISAVED UP $$$ TO BE THERE, AND THEN CAME THE M.C. CRASH, STILL UNABLE TO RIDE.EVERONE HAVE A GREAT TIME SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR.
KENNETH E. SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
Astoria, USA - Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 23:45:48 (MDT)
We'll just have to keep the camp fire warm till next year then Gale. Everybody rest.recoupe and get well. Will miss those that cant make it but just get healthy for next year.......love to all................always a brother.................
Mark
USA - Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 20:50:54 (MDT)
Dang, we'll missin' a bunch of you guys at Kokomo! I hope everyone gets well.........
Gale
USA - Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 10:26:13 (MDT)
rick, where is 427, is she on your list?
tommie
USA - Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 09:53:34 (MDT)
opps left out NOT in my last posting, my doctor doesn't want me to make the trip. wink
wink
winter haven , fl USA - Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 09:42:07 (MDT)
opps left out NOT
wink
winter haven , fl USA - Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 09:40:31 (MDT)
opps left out NOT
wink
winter haven , fl USA - Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 09:40:13 (MDT)
morning flight, an update on my hip, I,m walking around pretty good now, still have my cane by my side but that's just in case. even as good as i'm doing my doctor want me to make the trip to kokomo this year because the ride would not do my hip good. so that leaves me out on kokomo this year. I have reservation at motel 6 from the 18th to the 22nd if anyone needs the room let me know.i'll give it a week before I cancel. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 09:37:41 (MDT)
ok, guess I'll have to update the list again: 67-17420 is one of the 2 129th birds with Homeland Security. N194BP. There's a photo of it here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/6886197098/ It appears to be based in Arizona, possibly Tucson.
RickG
USA - Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 00:05:12 (MDT)
Anybody want to swimming ? Man it's getting where I need web feet to get around. Can't even mow the lawn. Yay..Hi all hiss & pissers. Just went in for a  sinus operation. Alvis   Hope Susan is OK she is a real treat. Ken I know you are going  crazy not being healthy is the pits. Alex the passion for vets is a thing I think we all messed, these days it makes me proud to be an American Vet. It's always been a shitty job.  Thank our all volunteer service's for what they do. The way that have to fight in all that crap amazes me. More than I could do I think. We have the 3rd Infantry Division.  Maj. Gen. Joseph Dickman, the division commander, issued his famous order in French, "Nous resterons la" ("We're staying there!"). The rest of the division moved into position along the Marne, and on July 15, took the brunt of what was to be the last German offensive of the war, the famous "Peace Storm." This feat of arms, in which they stood their ground like a rock at the Marne in WW 2, was called by Gen. John "Blackjack" Pershing "...one of the most brilliant pages in the annals of military history" and earned the 3rd Infantry Division it's nickname: "The Marne Division". A little history. Also have here The elite Rangers at Hunter Hunter Army Airfield features a runway that is 11,375 feet long and an aircraft parking area that is more than 350 acres. The runway and apron, combined with the 72,000 sq feet Arrival/Departure Facility and nearby railhead, allow the 3rd Infantry Division from nearby Fort Stewart to efficiently deploy Soldiers and cargo worldwide. Also where I was before, after and still. Hope every one lives their life in happiness. God bless America and the 129AHC. Frenchie
Frenchie
USA - Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 10:44:54 (MDT)
Frenchie, Is all that water coming to your house? I hope you have a boat or a good drainage system. I agree with Gently. Ken and Susan get well.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 06:28:55 (MDT)
THANKYOU RICK, BUT WITCH ONE IS # TAIL 420, ISEE ALOT OF EXTRA # ON WHAT YOU SENT ME.NOW THAT I AM HEALING UP AT A GOOD PACE NOW,I WOULD TRAVEL TO SEE THAT BIRD AGAIN I THINK ABOUT MY DUTY AT LANE EVERY DAY. WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO STAY THER LONGERI TRIED TO EXTEND ,BUT MY NEW ORDERS HAD BEEN CUT.ANYWAY THE FIRST SHIRT THOUGHT I WAS A HIPPY. BECOUSE OF FOO MAN CHOO---MUSTASCH. ALWAYS A BROTHER.ALL CLEAR.
KENNETH E. SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
Astoria, ORE USA - Friday, August 16, 2013 at 23:39:41 (MDT)
Talked with a crew chief from the 196th tonight at a county fair. He said that he would stop by our camp sites at Kokomo and say hi.
Paul Boggs
USA - Friday, August 16, 2013 at 21:24:00 (MDT)
Don't know if you've been there: http://www.armyaircrews.com/huey_nam_72-73.html L-G
gently
USA - Friday, August 16, 2013 at 05:31:50 (MDT)
use my spot I will be next year
Rick England
USA - Friday, August 16, 2013 at 04:44:16 (MDT)
Kenneth: I sent you a copy of the list :)
RickG
USA - Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 22:33:14 (MDT)
Ken and Susan..in our prayers! L-J
Gently
USA - Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 19:30:27 (MDT)
RICK G.; SORRY FOR THE WRONG INFO. ON THE REMAINING BIRDS! ALWAYS A BROTHER AND 129ther CLEAR RIGHT.
KENNETH E. SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
A, USA - Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 17:00:57 (MDT)
I plan on being at Kokomo......don't know what day yet.
Gale
USA - Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 13:31:55 (MDT)
OK guys my medical status is still up in the air too so letting Paul deal with the small stuff. Rick & Bill does this mean your spots are open? We could let Jim take Rick England's spot. WrongWay & Larry Davis are still planning on being there. So does anyone else need a spot to park? I am trying to save my back right now if I can stand the drive up. Again my area code here is 352 and number is 245 w/9991 but please leave a message. Sometimes I can't get to a phone fast enough.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 13:07:03 (MDT)
Rick, I travel all over the country, so yes, I would love a list of the 129th birds.
alvis
USA - Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 06:24:51 (MDT)
Not going to Kokomo either, to much going on with my trips back & forth to Vietnam
George B
USA - Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 04:30:52 (MDT)
I've updated the surviving 129th Huey list (a couple didn't survive very long after leaving the 129th & stayed in Vietnam). I had a cluster brain fart & ended up updating the list 3 or 4 times today. I now know what happened to almost all the birds that ended up at Davis-Monthan in Tucson. I see Kenneth mentioned he thought there were just 5 left flying. It's a lot more than that, 25 at least appear to be flying, plus some are in storage, 15 in museums & memorial parks etc, altho they just about all appear in other unit colors. There are over 70 on the list. The guys upgrading one in Argentina to Huey II status are going to put a 129th decal on it when it's done (did I mention that before?). Might try to get the guys operating the one in Fresno, Ca & the one in Tulare, Ca to do the same (both Ag sprayers). If anyone wants a copy of the list, just ask :)
RickG
USA - Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 21:04:15 (MDT)
Not going to be at Kokomo.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 12:22:22 (MDT)
depends on how Susan is doing. They just drained 750 milliliters of fluid crap out of her chest/lung linning.. lets keep our fingers crossed its just an infection.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 07:17:12 (MDT)
YES, Paul Boggs will be at Kokomo this year. Lets hear from everyone whether you can or can't make it to KOKOMO this year. This will give us an idea of who will be coming. If you need a place to pitch a tent or park a small camper, give me a call @ 574-276-1666.
Paul Boggs <paboggs7@comcast.net>
Niles, MI USA - Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 19:51:19 (MDT)
Jim, will be great to see ya there. Hey Lou Rags. You coming. You mentioned in DC that you might be.
Mark
USA - Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 18:58:59 (MDT)
Wow Kokomo gonna be sparse this year. Gonna be lonely. Take care all you guys not being abale to make it this year and please come next year. Hey Paul Boggs??? You gonne be there???? I know Billy Perry is coming in from Utah. He flew with Larry and was at Kokomo 23 years ago.......Love to all. Gently, you coming?????,,,,always a brother....
Mark
USA - Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 17:15:40 (MDT)
I WILL be at Kokomo this year and looking forward to seeing all who can make it. Jim Crigler
Jim Crigler <jimc@mrwinona.com>
Winona, MN USA - Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 13:29:58 (MDT)
I can't make Kokomo this year either.
Bill Whelan
IL USA - Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 11:46:51 (MDT)
Whooooaaaaa.....what's going on here ????
Gale
USA - Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 10:48:24 (MDT)
I'm also out this year.
Frenchie
Sugertown, USA - Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 09:14:25 (MDT)
not sure if I will do Kokomo either this year.
alvis
USA - Monday, August 12, 2013 at 19:48:17 (MDT)
not making kokomo this year--nrxt year 4 sure!
tommie---j
USA - Monday, August 12, 2013 at 16:22:50 (MDT)
does anyone remember DOES ANYONE REMEMBER SP/5 EDDIE BARRY, he was crew chief in 72 at lane. i think he may have been major jones crew chief. sure would apreciate any word on him. he was good guy. lenny m.
lenny m.
USA - Monday, August 12, 2013 at 14:56:13 (MDT)
Rick England!!!! Alex!!!! No!!! You must go to Kokomo!!! L-G
Gently
USA - Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:48:18 (MDT)
Fred Alvis Happy Birthday 8-12-13 also my younger brother whom is 66 today. He is moving back to Hawaii in a few days. All take care Always A Brother!!! your Harold we got to do what we have to. At least we know he's safe and sound and have food and a good home for now.
Alex 901-487-0374
USA - Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:40:16 (MDT)
Took my brother to the American Huey 396 gathering Sunday. Met Ted Buisker and Ron Paye, had a great time. Put my brother on a Huey for the first time, he loved it, but still glad he went Navy instead the Army. Everyone should go to one of these gathering if they get a chance.
Rainer Bauer <bauerrv1@gmail.com>
USA - Monday, August 12, 2013 at 09:34:21 (MDT)
Rick.................what?
Gale
USA - Monday, August 12, 2013 at 07:35:24 (MDT)
I also am not going to Kokomo this year
Rick England
USA - Monday, August 12, 2013 at 06:34:10 (MDT)
Paul, was up near going thu you, but was on wat home and didn't want to stop at the FlyingJ cause was short on time. Spent 27 hours, yes 27 hours, getting loaded at potatoe chip factory north of you..should have taken less than an hour.
alvis
USA - Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 21:47:39 (MDT)
thanks folks. Don't clap, just send money. Gently.. you know where Lovers lane and Silver Springs meet? Had a load going very near there and did a drop in Cudahy, darn near at the airport.They ever going to finish the road construction south of Mil.?
alvis
USA - Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 21:44:58 (MDT)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRED
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 20:29:00 (MDT)
Happy Birthday on Monday Fred Alvis!!! L-G
gently
USA - Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 20:19:12 (MDT)
Alex I know how you feel. Have had 2 granddaughters for a year and a half living with us. A life style changing event. But we have to do what we have to do. Back in my day parents took care of kids, not grandparent. Mine are 16-13. Easier to look after but a lot more expensive.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 17:33:50 (MDT)
Won't be making it to Kokomo this year. I've got a full time job taking care of our 4 year old nephew Caleb. He will be living with Liz and I for a while. Had to lose weight. I found it. Would like to bottle all his energy. Spent all day in the swelting heat yesterday. Had a area soldier killed in action about three weeks ago. And some church group was planning on protesting at his funeral. The word was sent out to different m/c organizations and vet organizations. Over 600 biker and vets showed up. Some traveling from all over the midsouth states. Not counting all the soldiers and big brass. But, the sgt. got his honors and burial with no protesters. Never got involved before. But, feel good about it. Always A Brother!!!
Alex 901-487-0374
Collierville, TN USA - Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 14:40:14 (MDT)
IT HAPPENS TO ME TOO!
KENNETH E. SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
ASTORIA, USA - Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 18:20:02 (MDT)
Happens to me too Gale...thought it was because I was a senior:>)) L-J
gently
USA - Friday, August 09, 2013 at 21:37:24 (MDT)
Pre-sale orders are now being taken by the author of VIETNAM WAR HELICOPTER ART, VOL 2 (Stackpole Books). The book is set for release on February 1st, 2014. Signed copies are available by check or PayPal for $24 which includes free shipping. PayPal however requires $1.00 additional fee. Also available for sale are U.S. ARMY HELICOPTER NAMES IN VIETNAM ($28.00) and VIETNAM WAR HELICOPTER ART, VOL 1 ($25.00). Orders by check are to be made payable to: John Brennan @ 17355 Via Annette, San Lorenzo, CA 94580. Thank you, John Brennan, former SP5, 114th AHC, 1970-71, Vinh Long AAF, Mekong Delta
John Brennan <johnmailman@yahoo.com>
San Lorenzo, CA USA - Friday, August 09, 2013 at 10:23:09 (MDT)
gale, mine does the same thing. I usually wait a day and then check it.
robbie
rochester, ny USA - Friday, August 09, 2013 at 07:29:41 (MDT)
Heehehehee....now they show up. Better late than never.
Gale
USA - Thursday, August 08, 2013 at 08:33:26 (MDT)
Test test test..................I added a couple of things on here about Kokomo and they never showed up. Where do these things go? I think we are over due for a new format for our flight log.
Gale
USA - Thursday, August 08, 2013 at 08:32:19 (MDT)
31st Annual Vietnam Veterans Reunion September 19, 20, 21, 22 http://www.hcvvo.org/
Gale
USA - Thursday, August 08, 2013 at 07:54:10 (MDT)
Jack Newton and others....copy & paste to get Kokomo motels; http://www.booking.com/city/us/kokomo.en.html?aid=353582&label=msn-Hj4*kQLUb0vKASj1IYPSWw-2345534707&utm_campaign=Motels&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=bing&utm_term=kokomo%20motels
Gale
USA - Thursday, August 08, 2013 at 07:49:50 (MDT)
Hi Terry How are you? Last time I saw you was when you and Mike came down and we went to the beach. Hope all these years have been good to you. Donnie
Donnie Purvis <donnie.purvis@us.army.mil>
Linwood, Nc USA - Wednesday, August 07, 2013 at 05:47:55 (MDT)
HEY KAL; I KNOW ITS BEEN ALONG TIME, BUT DO YOU REMEMBER SP/5 MURPHY,HE WAS MY FIRST CREW CHIEF, BEFORE IT CAME MY TIME TO CREW,I ZEROED OUT ABOUT AMOUNTH LATER MIDDLE JAN 69 ALWAYS A BRO.CLEAR LEFT/RIGHT. AS YOU KNOW PILOTS ROTATED BIRDS EVERY DAY, BUT MADE FRIENDS WITH ALOT OF THE CWO"S PO"D THE MAJOR OFF! TEEEEHEEEE?
KENNETH E. SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
ASTORIA, USA - Tuesday, August 06, 2013 at 22:13:14 (MDT)
Got this email today: I have a bracelet with Spec. 5 Michael Shanley dated 12-2-69 and wondered if he had any surviving family that would like to have it. Can you help me? Below is my contact information. J. Thompson ezgoin@alaska.net
Gently
USA - Tuesday, August 06, 2013 at 20:10:05 (MDT)
Dah...senior moment. L-G
Gently
USA - Tuesday, August 06, 2013 at 20:01:17 (MDT)
Let me Know if you need financial help to get to Kokomo. It's all confidential. L-G
Gently
USA - Tuesday, August 06, 2013 at 20:00:34 (MDT)
Remember: if you need cash to get to Kokomo, just let me know. It's all confidential. L-G
gently
USA - Tuesday, August 06, 2013 at 19:58:20 (MDT)
Ken Swanson.. Hi Bro.. Glad to hear you are on the mend from that MC crash!!.. I just got home from our Tuesday evening ice-cream ride and am happy that it went well.. Been riding since '62... I flew in the second platoon and a lot of the tail numbers seem to ring a bell but when I checked my flight records they don't have the aircraft info in them. So I can't say just which AC I had flown. I probably flew all of the second platoon ships that were there up till I left in mid Oct of '68. Take care, always a brother... L8r....
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu@email.com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Tuesday, August 06, 2013 at 19:57:30 (MDT)
TO KAL BERGSTROM;WHAT HECK BRO IN OCT- 68 I WAS GIVEN THE BIRD TAIL #420 AND ONE OF THE BIRD FINDERS ON THIS LOG MAILED BACK AND SAID SHE IS STILL IN SEVICE HERE IN THE U.S.IT IS WORKING HOMELAND SECURITY. SURE WOULD LIKE ONE MORE FLY OVER.I THINK THERE JUST FIVE LEFT THAT ARE STILL FLYING.SORRY I HAVENT GOT BACK TO YOU SOONER, BUT I GOT INTO A NEAR DEATH M.C. CRASH. BEEN DOWN SENCE MARTH 30TH, DOINING ALOT BETTER AT LEAST NOW I CAN WALK WIYHOUT HELP.THANKS FOR BRINGING THAT BIRD TO LANE. ONE FINE BIRD.ALWAYS A BRO. CLEAR RIGHT.
KENNETH E. SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Tuesday, August 06, 2013 at 19:27:03 (MDT)
Jack & everyone else. Kokomo sites are pretty much locked in. Rick England, 628W w/ mine, 629W which connects to our main site, Larry Stokes, 429W, next Gale Beard, 630W which connects to Ted Buisker, 430W. Than we have down to the West, Larry Davis, 623W & Bill Whelan in 723W across the road. Last two are Mark Jackson, 631W & Paul Boggs, 632W. Ron Paye was supposed to get his spot along w/Whitey I hope. Last part of this notice is that Paul Boggs will be there on Monday to figure out where folks go. So Jack we will try to fit you in.
Kenneth Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Tuesday, August 06, 2013 at 18:00:10 (MDT)
Jack & everyone else. Kokomo sites are pretty much locked in. Rick England, 628W w/ mine, 629W which connects to our main site, Larry Stokes, 429W, next Gale Beard, 630W which connects to Ted Buisker, 430W. Than we have down to the West, Larry Davis, 623W & Bill Whelan in 723W across the road. Last two are Mark Jackson, 631W & Paul Boggs, 632W. Ron Paye was supposed to get his spot along w/Whitey I hope. Last part of this notice is that Paul Boggs will be there on Monday to figure out where folks go. So Jack we will try to fit you in.
Kenneth Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Tuesday, August 06, 2013 at 17:59:39 (MDT)
John since you have a claim and it's taking to long go see the patient advocate. they can speed things up as far as getting a c&p hearing for you. On my way back from Pittsburg sunday. stop to gas up in ohio and the guy in front of me fueling his bike had V Vet on his license. He noticed the huey plate on the front of my explorer. We talked and turned out was in the rolling thunder chapter from cleveland area. He knew pete rhone of the 129th. he told me that pete's wife was the final days of cancer. Last time i seeing pete was in kokomo about 4or5 years ago. I wanted to pass it along. to the 129th family. i don't know who was close to him or still stayed in contact with him. Always A Brother!!!
Alex 901-487-0374
Collierville, TN USA - Tuesday, August 06, 2013 at 09:46:11 (MDT)
SCROLL DOWN A LITTLE, YOU WILL SEE A POST BY ALEX, AND HIS PHONE NO. THATS WHO CAN GET YOU ON THE RITE DIRECTOIN, HE IS PART OF THE COMMITIE, ON THE REUNION,ALWAYWS A BROTHER(CLEAR RIGHT) HAVE A GOOD TIME BRO.
KENNETH E. SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
ASTORIA, USA - Monday, August 05, 2013 at 20:24:53 (MDT)
ASK ALEX.JUST SCROLL DOWN A LITTLE, AND YOU WILL SEE HIS PHONE NO. NEAR HIS NAME. THATS THE GUY YOU NEED TO GET IN TOUCH WITH,ALWAYS A BROTHER(CLEAR RIGHT)
KENNETH E. SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
ASTORIA, USA - Monday, August 05, 2013 at 19:20:00 (MDT)
dates and procedures for Kokomo do I go to Kokomo campground home page and print their form and mail it? my first time to attend - don't know how to go about it.
iack newton <sirizknewton@winstream.net>
primghar, ia USA - Sunday, August 04, 2013 at 22:56:00 (MDT)
UPDATE:I AM NOW WALKING WITHOUT ASSISTANCE, FROM MY M.C. ACCIDENT ON 3/30/13 I AM DOING QUITE WELL NOW ,A LITTLE BACK PAIN IS ALL.GONNA GET MY M.C. OUT OF THE COLLISION SHOP IN A COUPLE WEEKS ,THE V.A. RITE ON ABOUT MY RECOVERY TIME/SIX MONTHS.WISH THIS HAD NOT HAPPEND/I REALLY MISSED OUT ON THE REUNION, IF ANBOBY COULD SEND A FEW PHOTO"S MY WAY, THEN I WILL SEE WHAT I MISSED OUT ON,ALWAYS A BROTHER,(CLEAR RIGHT)
KENNETH E. SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Sunday, August 04, 2013 at 18:05:10 (MDT)
Thanks for all of you that put in there reply to my question. It has been a big help. My claim has lasted 1 1/2 years now and I was told that I should have a reply from VA sometime this month. They claim that they want to close my file and get to another. So thanks my brothers
John Sartor
USA - Friday, August 02, 2013 at 13:54:13 (MDT)
morning flight, harrell is right.but when one put a claim in with v.a.don't put in all your claims in all at once, for example,if you are going to claim e.d.,tinnitus an as in johns case, diabetes an neuropathy don't file a claim with all four.if you do that, it give the v.a. an excuse to delay your claim as long as possible. so as in johns case I would flie a claim for diabetes an because the neuropathy are related I would file for both and after your approval than file for the next one. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Friday, August 02, 2013 at 10:12:08 (MDT)
Before the An Khe saddle CA. Bill Shilito & 1st Lt Jones,Bernie Hernandez & myself were on 426. On board was an Air Force NCO & a large radio.We were taking it to Phu Cat AFB.Enroute we had a hydralic failure. Idon't reacll which of the pilots said "OH SHIT" we have a hydralic failure.The A.F. nco asked what happpened.I informed him of the malfunction. The nco held on for dear life. Bill was the AC & Jones was the Peter Pete. Bill did a great job landing 426.As soon as we stopped, the NCO expeditiously left. The AF people weren't to happy -the active run way was shut down. Showwalter & some other guys showed up & made the repairs. It looks like Bill had pretty good experience on the running landings @ Phu Cat AFB.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX - Friday, August 02, 2013 at 09:47:36 (MDT)
Terry Brown? Was that you that used to sing Well the moon shined brightly of the tips ........We are the ------------- quartet.Are you gonna get some? You bet!!!!!!! Is that you nest to PFC Jonson & PFC Hill in the yearbook???
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Friday, August 02, 2013 at 09:31:36 (MDT)
Terry Brown & Ken Strong: I need your E-mail addy to send you a pic of the crew chief. Might be that you can recall the name. Anyone else out there that was on that CA in " the saddle"?
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Friday, August 02, 2013 at 08:28:21 (MDT)
Don't forget to file for neuropathy of the legs and arms caused by diabetes. That is also worth 10% each. File for anything you can. All the can say is no.
Harrell Guidry (Cue)
Groves, Tx USA - Friday, August 02, 2013 at 05:03:19 (MDT)
if you are on oral meds compensation is 20%. if just diet and excersize it is 10%. 40% requires insulin,oral meds, and regulation of activitys to avoid hypoglycemic episodes. very few get 40%.if you have been taking oral meds for a while tell doc they have affected your sex life and you can't maintain an erection and you will get SMC-K= 99 dollars a month for loss of use.
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Thursday, August 01, 2013 at 19:42:08 (MDT)
I've got a question to ask: I've applied for VA Disability in re:Diabetes. I've been told by VA that I will be getting benefits from them. What are the benefits? VA won't say.
John Sartor <johnsartor@yahoo.com>
USA - Thursday, August 01, 2013 at 16:50:57 (MDT)
South maybe the name Jim Crigler was looking for. When was the running landing in 72? Did meet my new doctor today but my back is not getting any better. I do need to get my crap in Order quickly.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, August 01, 2013 at 13:50:56 (MDT)
I was on aircraft that did no hydaulic landing at phu kat 1972. Pilot was Shillito, gunner South I was crew chief. Horrible LZ!!!!!!! After rough landing we called lane for hydro servo and supply lines and fluid, than flew back to pass for more!!!!!!!!!! AC ######697 Assault called off too hot.
Terry Brown
Fargo, nd USA - Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 15:55:58 (MDT)
Does anyone out there remember flying or have any pictures/stories of 691 (64-13691)? At American Huey 369, (Grissom AFB), our non-profit organization is restoring her and we would like to contact anyone with some connection to her. She served in the 129th from 2/68 thru 4/68. Feel free to contact me at gveno36@comcast.net or 810 599 9999.
Glen Veno <gveno36@comcast.net>
Peru, IN USA - Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 12:16:47 (MDT)
thanks Don. Seems like we accept us getting older and breaking down, but not the ladies in our lives. Most of us have lost our moms, now its our generation. Susan has had two different cancers, forgot how many operations, Your lady has been fighting health problems, Judth/Gently has been bedridden because of her back, Gary Woodwards/Snoopy wife Susan ,has had a liver transplant. The list goes on and on. We have fought our battles but are helpless before our ladies health issues and that breaks our hearts. Going back out this morning, time off this time was outstanding. play nice.
Alvis
USA - Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 06:19:12 (MDT)
Fred, sorry to hear that Susan has to be on O2 but she is still here with you. Take good care of her bro, she is a keeper for sure. Donna has had about 3 surgeries since we have been to a reunion (the last one in Phoenix) she is either in bed or a wheelchair for the most part. After her last surgery she was not able to walk except for about 6 steps before she has to sit and rest. It is getting pretty rough on her at this point. So we are taking it one day at a time. Take care everyone. Later, Don
Donald Miller
AZ USA - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 19:39:55 (MDT)
Alvis: Yeah buddy.It is hot in south Texas.All the lakes,reservoirs etc are at low levels. Water conservation/water restrictions are in.Don't get caught water the lawn when you're not suppose to. Spoke to Jim Crigler. Guys, he was on CA @ An Khe pass.And it was a nasty one. There was a "saddle" -room for only one slick at a time. I was not in that one. the NVA were waiting for the slicks.It was a "HOT" one.The hydralics were shot out in his ship & he had a "Hard" impact. He& the other pilot were able to fly the slick out & did a running landing @ Phu Cat AFB. how the hell they were able to fly that slick out? Like I've said before,we had some of the best skilled pilots.They could "drive". Over the years he's had back problems. According to a private physician, he's got a compressed disc.According to Jim there is no documentation of the hard landing. So if any of you guys were on that CA & remember, help out Jim with some documentation. The VA can't help because there is no record of incident.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, July 29, 2013 at 08:58:39 (MDT)
Well got the computer up and running again. Hope your feeling better Wink. Heading to Pittsburg Pa. for my cousin's 50th wedding annivesrary this weekend coming up of Aug.3rd. Might try and stop in Clinton Ohio at the Vietnam Wall. There is 2 from the 129th on the wall. Marks Brother Larry and Capt. Harry Whetzel. It's a beautiful Memorial. Time seems to go by to fast. Well take My Brothers. Always A Brother!!!!
Alex 901-487-0374
Collierville, TN USA - Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 11:06:33 (MDT)
ahh, home for next three days. Lots of racing going on here this week. Brickyard 400,today.. to crowded for me. Did go watch the midgets and sprint cars last night. Seems like Susan is going to have to be on Oxygen the rest of her life. Bruno, to darn hot down there..when the weather forcasters say.."it will be in the 100s for the next few days with lots of sunshine"..jeeze. Air conditioner don't fail me now. Twinkies are back, took 43,000 pounds of donut sugar to the factory in Columbus,Georgia (the one on Victory drive).That town sure has changed.
alvis
USA - Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 08:34:58 (MDT)
morning flight,checked out of life care Friday and glad to be home. the only thing I miss is one is waited on hand and foot and of course the nurses. but as they say all good things must come to an end, now its all up to me. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 08:20:32 (MDT)
Hello Jim, read your post this morning and also Bruno called me about your message. If you would like to get a hold of me my cell number is 801-645-9581. I live in Roy, Utah. I would like to hear from you, so call me. Peace out. Bernie Hernandez.
Bernie Hernandez <57bhernandez@gmail.com>
Roy, Utah USA - Friday, July 26, 2013 at 11:20:55 (MDT)
Jim, both of them post on this site...you'll hear from them. Guys, Dust-Off's sister called me today. I'll call her tomorrow and get an update, but like Paul said...call him. Wink and Ken, geez you guys...and the rest of you.. Fix it up and get up! Kokomo is just around the corner!!! Frenchie and team??? Hotel rooms? Won't be the same: must be an age thing:>)). Cool to see some of you "following " me on Face book:>)) Miss you all--see you soon:>) L-G
Gently
USA - Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 21:35:55 (MDT)
Looking for Bernie Hernandez and Bruno Sanchez shot down with Tom Shaw and Claude Strothers. Can anyone provide contact info like current phone or email? I will be at Kokomo this year. Jim
Jim Crigler <jimc@mrwinona.com>
Winona, MN USA - Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 15:14:13 (MDT)
morning flight, well almost two weeks in rehab and i'm chaseing the nurses around. only kidding around. but I am getting around very well on my own.i think by the weekend i'll be using a cain instead of the walker.my thereapist tells me that they might let me go home this weekend because I've done so well but even if they offer to let me go home i'm going to stay for the third week just to strethen up my leg and hip. being alone at home I think that's the right move, beside I want to be able to make kokomo this year. thanks for all the well wishes. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 05:35:51 (MDT)
Frenchie, aren't you guys gonna have the winnabago this year? You and Rick, Bill and Tommie??
Mark
USA - Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 14:17:50 (MDT)
If anyone gets a E-Mail from me. our a message on facebook fro a Hoang Thi Tran Tram it is a virus or a scam do not click on the E-Mail or send money to this person.
Larry Dyer
USA - Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 08:54:55 (MDT)
If anyone gets a E-Mail from me. our a message on facebook fro a Hoang Thi Tran Tram it is a virus or a scam do not click on the E-Mail or send me to this person.
Larry Dyer
USA - Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 08:54:11 (MDT)
Having problems with comcast the Internet and email. They don't have Americans working to correct the problems. Have had this problem since July 11th. Call everyday but like talking to the walls. I'm using my I phone and hope this works. Always A Brother!!!
Alex. 901-487-0374
USA - Monday, July 22, 2013 at 14:43:53 (MDT)
Having some rounls getting a room for Kokomo. Any help?
Frenchie
USA - Monday, July 22, 2013 at 13:21:56 (MDT)
dustoff jim is in a nursing home for a while. if anybody could call him he would appreciate it i'm sure. here is the phone number for his room 618 722 5357. they did a needle biopsy and ended up collapsing his lung. please get this number to gently. thanks paul
paul mcgrath
la salle, il USA - Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 12:36:45 (MDT)
Wink I know the Golf course is calling your name. Hope you'll be playing soon. Watch those physical terrorist...
Frenchie
USA - Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 10:28:21 (MDT)
Wink, good luck with your therapy and hope you're walking on your own soon.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 06:00:32 (MDT)
morning flight,well a full week in rehab,not walking without a walker yet but i'm working up to that.got to go time for therapy .wink 3/6910/70
wink
winter haven , fl USA - Friday, July 19, 2013 at 07:00:20 (MDT)
He has his own JW and he's always rubbing on it! Hhehehee
Gale
USA - Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 07:55:37 (MDT)
Wink, Do you want me to send my healing stone to you?
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N. C. USA - Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 20:42:57 (MDT)
Wink, I can't imagine that!?
Gale
USA - Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 17:28:15 (MDT)
morning flight,therapy is going great, my dr saya by the time I leave here,3 weeks, i'llbe walking out with the assist of a cain only.i can believe that, they do work one hard here. well I've been slapped twice an given two phone #'s heeeeeeeeeeeeeee , and i'm keepin laughing. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 09:55:31 (MDT)
Yeah Wink and Ken. Take care of yourselves. Thurmand was having some heart issues in DC. Hope he is getting better. Hey Lou Rags, Was really great meeting you and your son Tom. What did ya think of your first reunion? Hope to see you at Kokomo............always a brother
Mark
USA - Monday, July 15, 2013 at 20:40:48 (MDT)
morning flight,well operation went good.its been 5 day since the hip replacement, starting to get around with walker of courses its a slow go. the pain was not as bad as I thought but I thinks that I,m a sisk puppy anyway. that's it for now , therapy. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Monday, July 15, 2013 at 08:16:58 (MDT)
Get better Ken....Kokomo is just 'round the corner!
Gale
USA - Monday, July 15, 2013 at 07:09:33 (MDT)
Had been off line for two weeks after a slight accident. Now waiting to see a new VA doctor soon I hope. Anyway wishing all the best as I have not talked to many folks either. Paul Thurmond did call to say he had to have surgery on his heart after DC. Hope Wink is doing OK as I am back to limping around myself again.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 15:51:25 (MDT)
that's right. Robbie, my bad..
Gary Mount < >
USA - Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 06:20:32 (MDT)
Sorry I haint been in here for awhile gang. have had company in and out last couple of weeks. Been a busy summer. Looking forward to Kokomo for some rest with you all. I miss you guys bad. Love to all.................always a brother......
Mark
USA - Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 08:44:35 (MDT)
Gary, 257 crew also lost their lives in September of 69... Good luck Wink. If they give you a stainless hip, see if they'll put a grease fitting on the side so you can lubricate it. heh heh
Robbie
Rochester, ny USA - Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 06:52:59 (MDT)
September was a bad month seems like Simmons got shot on September 7, 1970, we crashed on the 10th. and that roadblock tragedy the 8th..
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:10:01 (MDT)
great to see your post, Dustoff. my thoughts and prayers are with you.,my friend. Wink good luck and hope all goes well for you on the hip replacement..thanks for the info, Alvis. My buddy recently posted me a picture of me and Bill Bennett and Mr. Thompson and Mc Haffey , pilots on my wall, I sent it to him and asked that he take good care of it, in June of 1970, he sure as hell did. the shipwe are in front of is 351, Popasan, that was Nolens and Bennetts ship, me and Bill would go out if Paul was off for a day or so, Bill and I listened to Country and Western Music and were good friends.. 351 became Tiger Wagon Later.. George,Ive done all I can to find Tom.. dead end.. Clear right, always.. Tex 70-71...
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:06:55 (MDT)
Dust-off. You are in my prayers...I'll call you this weekend. Be strong. Dan Hertlain, you be strong also. L-G
Gently
USA - Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 22:07:10 (MDT)
any luck finding Tom Fortrain
George B
USA - Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 16:30:05 (MDT)
frenchi, who loves ya? got to call ya soon!!!
tommie j
USA - Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 12:08:14 (MDT)
Hope everything is OK Wink
Rainer Bauer
USA - Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 09:29:56 (MDT)
Wink, good luck buddy!
Gale
USA - Tuesday, July 09, 2013 at 15:04:22 (MDT)
Good Luck Wink!
George B
USA - Tuesday, July 09, 2013 at 10:13:04 (MDT)
Hope everything goes well Wink.. I thought you would want to recoup more for the Golf than anything else, and a month without it is a long time.. HaHa. Jim, hope you get yourself built-up fast for whatever they will be doing to you. Hope all goes well there too.. Best wishes to all..
Kal Bergstrom
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Tuesday, July 09, 2013 at 09:18:01 (MDT)
morning flight, well this time tomorrow i'll be wheeled into a operating room for a hip replacement. three days in hospital an 3 weeks in rehab to learn how to walk again heeeee. i'll have my lap top with me, so i'll post on how well I've done. wish me luck. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Tuesday, July 09, 2013 at 07:45:38 (MDT)
ahhh, been home for two days. Headed out in an hour for Laredo, Texas. Should be there by Thursday. Hey, gimmie a break, Feds limit my driving to 10.5 hours a day.Will be looking for a certain GTO.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, July 09, 2013 at 05:10:49 (MDT)
15 photos taken this week of #743 have been posted on Facebook by the Argentine Army guy who currently works on it. Some of the pics are blurry & the hangar was kinda dark, but he said he;s going to post better pics. It's undergoing upgrade to Huey II. Not sure exactly what that entails, but the photo he posted of the parts needed about 2 weeks ago was quite impressive. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10152024982313012&type=1
RickG
USA - Monday, July 08, 2013 at 13:36:05 (MDT)
Passenger was John Chancy. 124 holes in the truck.
Frenchie
USA - Sunday, July 07, 2013 at 22:38:49 (MDT)
Gary, Sept.,8th,1968, Spec.4 John William Thorp was shot in the back of the head while trying to run a Korean roadblock. He and a passenger had gone to Phu Cat Airforce base to obtain a few 'unauthorized requisitioned" parts. Not wanting to get caught, they ran the roadblock. Source is from Bill Wolfs great work on the book named "Bite & Strike".
alvis
USA - Sunday, July 07, 2013 at 07:39:32 (MDT)
Dust off Jim is still around - trying to get stronger so that he can get his cancer treatment.
Jim Van Horn <Jimu006@yahoo.com>
Belleville, Il USA - Saturday, July 06, 2013 at 11:44:07 (MDT)
tried looking him up on the Mormon geneaology..George. nothing..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, July 06, 2013 at 11:39:47 (MDT)
Has there been any progress on locateing Tom Fortrain?
George B
USA - Saturday, July 06, 2013 at 07:21:16 (MDT)
Thank you, Jae Sung and Simon. for wishing us a happy 4TH. ... clear right always. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, July 05, 2013 at 20:14:09 (MDT)
Tiger Div,brothers of the 129 I just think it is just great that our comrades from South Korea remember our nations birthday on the 4th & wish us a good 4th. They were the best to work with I plan on going to visit my 2 sister-in-laws in South Korea in 2-3 years & I hope maybe to meet some of them so if any of the Tiger people read this PLEASE let me know so hopefully we can once again meet
George B
USA - Friday, July 05, 2013 at 12:15:07 (MDT)
another favor to ask, Gary Lance OF THE 498TH. posted on the page Vietnam vets Reflections that he wanted to know the name of one of our guys, that they, the 498th. tried to save from dying that was shot in the neck . ,while trying to run a Korean roadblock.in 68-69.
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, July 05, 2013 at 11:03:03 (MDT)
George you have the right ssn# for tom wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Friday, July 05, 2013 at 08:45:48 (MDT)
YOO BABY & A VERY HAPPY 4th of JULY to all I just been doing some SEARCHEST Celeelabrateing, Clyde ( my hairey 4 legged roommate)( hot sunny & temp 95+&) I had to do 2 parades, one in Quincy & one in Duxsbury (near Plymount) Got home 10 hours later beer on ice lit a good one "Let the Celebration CONTINUE"
George B
USA - Thursday, July 04, 2013 at 16:50:08 (MDT)
YOO BABY & A VERY HAPPY 4th of JULY to all I just been doing some SEARCHEST Celeelabrateing, Clyde ( my hairey 4 legged roommate)( hot sunny & temp 95+&) I had to do 2 parades, one in Quincy & one in Duxsbury (near Plymount) Got home 10 hours later beer on ice lit a good one "Let the Celebration CONTINUE"
George B
USA - Thursday, July 04, 2013 at 16:49:36 (MDT)
YOO BABY & A VERY HAPPY 4th of JULY to all I just been doing some SEARCHEST Celeelabrateing, Clyde ( my hairey 4 legged roommate)( hot sunny & temp 95+&) I had to do 2 parades, one in Quincy & one in Duxsbury (near Plymount) Got home 10 hours later beer on ice lit a good one "Let the Celebration CONTINUE"
George B
USA - Thursday, July 04, 2013 at 16:49:13 (MDT)
Wink I gave that SSN number to the girl at the 800# for the VCMA and she said she did a search & it showed as a wrong SSN# maybe I sent her a wrong # By the way was it your 129 Company rooster I got the number from, maybe I copied it wrong, was the whole number I posted the correct number on that rooster
George B
USA - Thursday, July 04, 2013 at 16:31:50 (MDT)
if you do find Tom, please give Simmons a call. Tom saved his life.Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, July 04, 2013 at 13:09:21 (MDT)
I just posted links to 4 129th birds that are in US museums on the FaceBook page. Including 4 photos of Cobra #442 in South Plainview NJ where it is stuck on a pole.
RickG
USA - Thursday, July 04, 2013 at 12:01:08 (MDT)
morning flight, happy 4th to all and as rick would say " be safe out there" kat George has tom last name an ssn number correct/460/. I have a document/award of the commendation medal/ which has his correct spelling of his last name an ssn.it also has 18 others from the 129th as well. alex if you want I'LL SEND IT OFF TO YOU. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Thursday, July 04, 2013 at 08:58:54 (MDT)
Happy 4th of July guys, might have to treat myself to a burger tonight and chilled Bud. Have good one. Simon and the rest of the 509 gang, including Brad who is downunder in Oz at present working.
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
Mellor, 509 County UK - Thursday, July 04, 2013 at 07:36:33 (MDT)
Kat, Please give Thom my Email RDSTER1930@yahoo.com @ my home phone 508 67 80057 also I flew as his gunner on 069 late 69-early 70
George B
USA - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 at 18:26:55 (MDT)
Congratulations! On July 4th the United States will commemorate her 237th anniversary of Independence. The United States declared independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. On the occasion of the historical event, I would like to wish the United States and her entire citizens everlasting prosperity and happiness. God bless America and her strong blood ally , the Republic of Korea. Jae-sung Chung Webmaster www.rokfv.com
Jae-sung Chung <jsc418@empal.com>
Seoul, South Korea - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 at 18:23:28 (MDT)
Alex...send your email address, please. Bill wants to contact him first in case he doesn't want his info posted. Also, that's protocol...
Kat Wolf
USA - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 at 17:44:49 (MDT)
Thomas G Fortran is the last correct spelling & middle inlish I had for him I have a SSN number 460-74-8821 but I think I copied one number wrong but not sure it might be 410 or 400 anyway that is the last info I was able to find on him & that came from a 129 company rooster someone had at the 2008 reunion in St Lou any & everyone having or finding any info PLEASE KEEP ME & the flight log posted. My home phone # is 5086780057. George B
George B
USA - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 at 14:12:12 (MDT)
Kat If you have a phone number for this guy Thomas text it to me and I will call and find out. Always A Brother!!!
Alex 901-487-0374
USA - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 at 13:13:14 (MDT)
Hi Gary...are you sure about Tom's last name? I can't find a Tom or Thomas Fortraine but I did find a Thomas Gray Fordtran, II, born in 1947 in Texas. Could this be the man you're looking for?
Kat Wolf
USA - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 at 11:23:17 (MDT)
Gary,I'll have my wife Kat do some research to find Tom Fortraine. She is a professional Genealogist. Will let you know. Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 at 09:11:29 (MDT)
George, same here, I talked to Tom from time to time ,he was from Houston,Texas as I recall, I have tried everything I know to no avail..ALSO .. DONT KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO..DEAD END... yep, it has been hot and now its cooler.. here in Lubbock. enjoying it to the max.. ha ha.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, July 02, 2013 at 23:54:08 (MDT)
If anyone has the full serial # of any of the missing birds, we may be able to track them down. :)
RickG
USA - Tuesday, July 02, 2013 at 13:25:34 (MDT)
Alvis, it was 109 this past Saturday.West Texas - Midland,Lubbock,Amarillo was "cooking hot".It must be so. The layer in our atmosphere are not able to keep the the sun's ultra violets rays out.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Tuesday, July 02, 2013 at 08:34:25 (MDT)
Alvis is right.This past Saturday was 109 in Laredo.Up around Lubbock/Amarillo was even higher.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Tuesday, July 02, 2013 at 07:54:41 (MDT)
home for the night. Man, Texas was hot. There are a bunch of birds not on that list. The one I was on ,lost xmas of 71, isn't listed either.
alvis
USA - Monday, July 01, 2013 at 19:29:18 (MDT)
I think there could be a few missing birds from the list that you guys have. Cobra #049, #509 in the UK & #532. The list goes up to 1971, but there were new birds after that, #509 is a '72.
RickG
USA - Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 22:55:42 (MDT)
Gary I been looking for Tom Fortraine for years, no luck but I seem to remember him being from Texas, maybe the Houston area. He was my crew chief for awhile on 069 back in the first of 70, I seem to remember his family had tons on money & might be in oil.I tried one of those people find things on the internet but all they came back with is some guy in that area with a rap sheet on some guy that was convicted of things with children & it just didn't seem like the Fortraine I flew with. If you have better luck or a better lead let me know George B
George B
USA - Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 14:01:36 (MDT)
Talked with Chet Simmons, the crew chief that saved his life name is Tom Fontrane. the Cobra they were on was 049, that is not on our helicopter page? George Bessette knew him and I did also he was from Houston, Texas ... tried trying to find him to no avail.. anyone know how there may be a better way, to find him.??Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 12:45:38 (MDT)
Mark, I got the pictures today. Thanks Brother.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 11:58:00 (MDT)
morning flight,got a call from alex he received a call from wo chet simmons looking for the crewchief of 049, he was with us 69 & 70 he was shot twice on a mission on 9/07/70. if you know who crewed 049 post on site or call alex. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 09:43:15 (MDT)
Sounds like you all had a great time at the reunion....was thinking about you all that weekend and wishing we could have made the journey. We'll definitely try to make the reunion next year in San Antonio. Always a Brother.
Bill Wolf
Colorado Springs, CO USA - Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 08:26:30 (MDT)
Glad we had a good turn out in DC even if I missed it. Sorry but have been a little upset & stressed. Also had my meds adjusted to try and get back on track. Still July is not going to be much better. Good News is that my Nephew is coming home to Hunter early with the 3rd ID. Guess they are getting back on Sunday so my Wife's sister is going to pick him up. So for those who know we have Joey, my Grand Daughter Kayla plus her boy friend staying here. IE, why I am seeing my Shrink once a week.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 07:02:34 (MDT)
Rick G; Thanks, I saw a couple mounted on pedestals at Gowan Field in Boise, but they looked like they were set up for right seat PIC. I am thinking ours were set up for left seat PIC as I remember. Is that right?
Dan Jarvis
Boise, ID USA - Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 04:21:48 (MDT)
Nothing matching 532 (at least not yet). I did find out (just yesterday) there is an issue with C/M models being allowed to fly in the US owing to something with the hydraulic system (single Vs dual system). Some guy is apparently trying to get one sorted for flying & it looks like he will have to convert it into a B model.
RickG
USA - Friday, June 28, 2013 at 20:40:42 (MDT)
Rick G, My name is Dan Javis 129th Anson 71-72. Do you have any information on a UH-1M tail number ends with 532. This is the ship I was crew chief on. Thanks, Dan
Dan J
Boise, ID USA - Friday, June 28, 2013 at 16:21:06 (MDT)
Bill: I'll send the guy in Argentina a message about pics of 277. It was sold to Argentina "for spares" but it seems they put it to better use in training. I related news, I looked through the survivors list I compiled again. It shows FIFTEEN 129th birds in US museums & parks etc & the 2 flyers with foreign museums (509 in the UK & 009 in South Africa). I'll have to take a stab at seeing how many total are still flying.
RickG
USA - Friday, June 28, 2013 at 16:02:56 (MDT)
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE, Bruno , and others... Clear right, always.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
Lubbock, TX USA - Friday, June 28, 2013 at 10:06:19 (MDT)
Rick, I read your post. 277 was my ship. I painted "Windy City" on the front. I left March 69. I sure would like some pictures if you can get some...It was a good helicopter. Thanks, Bill
Bill Whelan <info@theprintingworks.net>
Bensenville, USA - Friday, June 28, 2013 at 09:54:01 (MDT)
Looking forward to San Antone, right in my backyard. will be hot in June but not as bad in jULY AND AUGUST.really looking forward to this one.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, June 28, 2013 at 09:41:58 (MDT)
129'ers.If'n the reunion for next year is going to be held in San Antone,TX next year, may I suggest it be held in late April/May. The temperatures in the months of May,June,July,August & September are in the high ,high 90's.Even the 100's.So be ready for the heat.I recommend long sleeve shirts for the guys & long sleeve blouse.There is a Sea World amusement park,Zoo,a Botanical park, The old Lone Star beer Brewery-There is an old style saloon(with the "Hall of Horns"),the river walk and of course The Alamo, for you golfers,there are some golf courses, a lot of Mexican Resturants,The Texas Land & Cattle Resturant -good Char-broiled steaks. "Mi Tierra" mexican resturant in the "Market Square" near the down town area. I'm 150 miles from San Antonio so I just might make it. There is a lot of Mariachi music plus some good ole country. Later.Bulldog 426 is clear left.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Friday, June 28, 2013 at 09:19:47 (MDT)
Helicopters better than jets (language warning) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu_leZE76VE&feature=player_embedded#at=34
larry kwiatkowski <chrger66@aol.com>
simi valley, CA USA - Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 22:13:01 (MDT)
Someone left their photo books in the 129th room. Tom Frankenfield found them and has them. If they belong to you please call me or contact or Tom.
Alex. 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
USA - Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 19:51:05 (MDT)
Photos of LZ WashDC 2013 on our photo site. Last page, last entry.
Gale
USA - Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 08:40:21 (MDT)
Sorry guys, I'm not in the Philippine's, but, I will take any $$$$$$ you got laying around. Strange....that is not my E-mail addy!
Gale
USA - Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 13:48:02 (MDT)
I got one too from Gale. Luckily it went into my junkmail box.. Made it home from D.C. just fine. Long drive but no problems. Sure was good seeing everyone again. Had a good time. Only thing wrong with DC is unless you are on a commercial tour there isn't anywhere to park for long enough to see much. I had this problem when I was there once before and see it hasn't changed any. Take care Brothers... C U L8r.... Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom
USA - Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 12:09:02 (MDT)
I got the same e mail from Gale Beard and Judith also. you need to change your password..your hacked..
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 10:20:37 (MDT)
PS...do NOT respond back to them if you get this email.
Bill Wolf
USA - Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 10:03:14 (MDT)
Hey guys, got a fraudulent email from "Burdman" that says: Hello It has being a horrible experience for me here in Manila,Philippine ,during my vacation i was brutalized by some thugs around the hotel vicinity were i lodged who beat me up and collected all my money,credit card including my cell phone and other important documents i took along.But to the glory of God i still have my passport and my life spared. i have been to the police and embassy but they are not helping issues i was ask to come back in the next 3 days,right now i am in a local library mailing you for financial assistant. My flight leaves soon and i am having a problem settling my hotel bills,please i need you to help me with (1,700.00 USD) to foot my bills and board a plane back to the state because right now i am stranded and you are my only hope to get out of this mess.When i get back to the states i will refund you every dime that you've spent if possible with interest...Write me back so i can tell you how to get the money to my present location. Gale. This is obviously a scam...beware. Bill Wolf
Bill Wolf
USA - Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 10:02:27 (MDT)
was leaving DuBois, Pa. yesterday morn, a large black bear walked out in front of me.. almost hit it. The thing loped across the road.. faster than I can run. Looked hungry to me.. danged if I was going to stop to take a pic. Things like that make driving worth it.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 20:11:40 (MDT)
George, I had heard the cost had gone up, but dang, their just greedy. Trouble is, even after they arrive, you still have to go down to immigration at the one year mark and hand them some more money. .and if memory serves me right, if they want to work, more money for a green card. Susan and her daughter Tiffany have had theirs for 10 years now..i think it cost us a $100 each, at that time. George, I am sure you remember Susan, you,Susan and Gently went up the arch together in St. Louis. I was chicken.Dont fall into the "get a lawyer" trap.. it just takes time and money. I really don't think a congress person can help, but you never know. I looked at the pics and looked like all were having a great time.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 16:44:49 (MDT)
Anyone with DC pics want to also upload them to the FaceBook page? I don't "do yahoo" :)
RickG
USA - Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 16:40:03 (MDT)
Avis so far I am into this for $7,000 for lawyer fees (My wife $3500 & step daughter $3500) plus homeland security fees of $940. I thought about having them go to mexico but I do NOT trust ANYTHING in mexico so I am into it for the legal way
George B
USA - Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 15:41:22 (MDT)
Welcome home to all who made the reunion! The Moving Wall is coming here July 3-8.
Dave Powers
Montrose, CO USA - Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 13:36:15 (MDT)
George, another solution to getting the wife here isjust fly her into Mexico. Let her cross and she will be granted amnesty, welfare food stamps, social security and medicade all at no cost. Or it seems to work these days. On the down side she would need to learn spanish before she goes to Walmart. Just in jest but it might work.
Cue
Groves, Tx USA - Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 12:32:45 (MDT)
Mark, thanks for posting all the photos. So wish I could have been there. Looks like everyone enjoyed themselves!!!! Always a Brother, Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 08:38:36 (MDT)
George, it took over two years and over two grand to get Susan over here from Australia.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 07:08:28 (MDT)
Matt Casey, they spelled my name wrong.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 07:05:51 (MDT)
Put 100 photos of 129th at DC on the Yahoo site. Check them out.........
Mark
USA - Monday, June 24, 2013 at 20:01:24 (MDT)
I decided to start a letter writeing campagne to my senators & federal reps & even John Kerry seeking help to get my wife & step daughter state side many of you recommend I do this. I want very much for them to be here to attend next years reunion, I just wonder what the wifes will be thinking of seeing her in one of those traditional Vietnamese dresses
George B
USA - Monday, June 24, 2013 at 18:00:26 (MDT)
Liz & I let at 04:30 am Sunday morning. after stopping in Tazewell TN. and picking up the sister-in-law and nephew and taking them to Liz's Mom in Corinth,Miss. we finally got home at 10 pm. Great Reunion. My 4th time and it don't get easier. But, was glad to help Jim Oliver find David Stamper on the Wall. Will get the pictures to you. Email me your address. Also helped a few others find the names they were looking for. I found out on my first to the Wall. It's a little easier when you have other Vietnam Brothers with you. I was glad to help as we honored our fall Brothers. Dinner was good and I would Like to thank everyone whom sent in the checks for the dinner. It was nice to seat close together instead scattered everywhere. For those whom couldn't make it. Want to thank Ken Strong and Ken Swanson whom was in a motorcycle accident. They both donated dinner and bus tickets for those whom didn't have any. I thank you both. As Mark stated San Antonio Tx. next year. So, start putting a little money back each month. And, Find a 129th Brother that you have been in contact with and get them to join us. And, join the VHCMA 25.00 a year. Membership dues is what keeps this organization going. It's non-profit. Non of the Board Members get any kind of payment. Well, all take!!! Aways A Brother!!!
Alex 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Monday, June 24, 2013 at 15:29:42 (MDT)
morning flight. made it home safe an sound, got home this morning about 2:30 this morning.mike really enjoyed himself we got him hooked, although the free beer might have something to do with it, heeeeeeeeee. had a great time but that goes without saying,miss you guys already,next stop kokomo. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Monday, June 24, 2013 at 09:31:34 (MDT)
Jack and Betty "Boop" Newton were in DC too.
Mark
USA - Monday, June 24, 2013 at 09:28:16 (MDT)
Yeah but Robbie, you stole my auction and raffle tickets. OK , will send them to you. ROSTER for gathering in WASHINGTON DC####Gale and Debbie Beard####Robert and Carolyn Lee####Barry Winkler With his daughter and son, Kristina and Michael####George Bessette####Robbie Robinson####Kal and Shirley Burgstrom####Jim "Stickman" Oliver####Frenchie and Janet French####Rick Benedict####Alex and Liz Fernwalt####Mark and Dee Jackson####Dave Nagel####Joe and Olga Alvarado####Darrell Thurmond####Norman and wife( cant recall name) Donzanti####Jose and wife(cant recall name)Santiago####Larry and Janice, and stepson, Stokes####J.W.Wilson####Rainer and Deanna Bauer####Lou Ragonese and his son Tom####Ray and Gail Gagner. 20 129th'ers, 30 all together.If I left anybody out it is because name is not on sign in sheet......Man, what a great time. Trip to the WALL was extra special. Next years reunion is in San Antonio. Be there or be square ;~))Downloading photos now. Will be on 129th Yahoo site sometime today or tonight. YES Gook, Hopefully the video of your slick moves on the dance floor also:~)))))................What can I say guys. Being at the WALL with you is like being in a dream. Thanks for a one of the most special moments of my life. Robbie, and being there with you, what can I say brother? Truly, truly and once in a lifetime experience. Thank you brother. Ray and Gail, thanks for the WALL tickets............Have I told you guys that I loved you all today?..................always a brother..............
Mark
USA - Monday, June 24, 2013 at 09:07:57 (MDT)
Mark, in case you don't have it. 6460 Salmon Creek Rd. Williamson, NY 14589.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Monday, June 24, 2013 at 06:02:30 (MDT)
Debbie & I got home about 7 pm .....safe & sound. Talk later.
Gale
USA - Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 22:51:01 (MDT)
Great time at the Reunion except where Mark stole my pictures!!!!Just kidding. I must have put them in your bag thinking it was mine. Yes, that would be nice if you could send them to me or just bring them over if you want. George the earplugs did the trick. Thanks again for the giant advils.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 18:38:53 (MDT)
Robbie, your pics were in our bag wen we got home. Want me to send them to you?
Mark
USA - Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 17:49:43 (MDT)
Home safe and sound. Will post DC roster in here and photos on 129th yahoo site tomorrow. Great time!!!!
Mark and Dee
USA - Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 17:48:35 (MDT)
I just made it home. Had a great time
J. W. Wilson
Kinston N. C., USA - Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 14:49:25 (MDT)
Robbie hope ya & everyone got home save, I stopped in Conn to catch some Z's & got home at 9:00A.M (Sunday) Sorry both the snoreind Robbie but I seem to take my sleeping seriousieslee. Sure had a great time & really appreciate you all asking about my Vietnamese wife that gave me the energy to send off a couple letters to my senators & state/federal reps, hope to bring her & my adopted daughter to San Antone next year. Sure love you all. One more thing if any of you have a idea on how I can speed up getting her state side PLEASE let me know ALL HELP is REALLY WELCOME! George B
George B
USA - Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 09:44:42 (MDT)
BREAKING NEWS THIS WEEK----American Huey 369 now has an ex 129th Huey--691. 691 served the 129th in early 68. For more info and a picture go to the American Huey 369 Facebook page.
Paul Boggs <paboggs7@comcast.net>
Niles , MI USA - Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 21:18:35 (MDT)
Well 8 bus loads to Wall. Some of our Brothers it was a first time event. Hope it was easier with the 129th in full force. Wished more coluld have joined us. Always A Brother!!!
Alex. 901-487-0374
Tom USA - Friday, June 21, 2013 at 22:17:36 (MDT)
hope to see a lot of pictures from this reunion. guys..Clear right, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 12:33:34 (MDT)
Well, the aerospace trip was geat. Tons of planes sitting and hanging from the ceiling etc. We were there for 2 hours looking and I snapped a bunch of pictures to look at when I get home. Having a bit of trouble sleeping. My room mate George starts snoring as soon as he goes to sleep and doesn't stop until he gets up. Well I just got a msg that i'm going to be logged off. Bye
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 07:20:27 (MDT)
In regards to the next post from me. For those of you who don't know who Rick is, he is a good friend who has been researching the hell out of where all our old Hueys ended up. He's found about 50 of them. In fact, he has done so much legwork for us I made him an honorary 129th crew member on the 129th Facebook page. The Background of this is, we have been tossing around the idea of possibly resurrecting one of our old birds for restoration. If you reply, here is okk but it would be much faster and/or easier if you reply on the 129th group on Face Book or email me direct. :)
larry kwiatkowski <chrger66@aol.com>
simi valley, CA USA - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 18:28:21 (MDT)
I've been kinda hangin' with Rick regarding getting our meat hooks on an old 129th bird. I think I've already semi volunteered to maybe drive wherever it is a bring it back. Louisiana, Florida, don't know yet and probably at my own expense.. In fact, there may be one or two very close. The problem as I see it is this. Everything depends on how much interest there is amongst the 129thers about restoring one of our old birds. This is not a project I am willing to take up with just Rick and myself. So, in summation, in order for this to get past the talking stage, we need to know how many are actually willing to help out in some way. Money, labor, both, ya know? Any how, I am listening.
larry kwiatkowski <chrger66@aol.com>
simi valley, CA USA - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 18:22:25 (MDT)
Is anyone going to the VHPA reunion in San Francisco at the end of the month?
larry kwiatkowski <chrger66@aol.com>
simi valley, CA USA - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 17:20:48 (MDT)
Pillin' pitch right now 4:41 pm Wednesday.Stopin" half way. Be there tomorrow round noon..see ya then..always a brother...................
Mark and Dee
USA - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 14:41:59 (MDT)
I forgot to tell Wink.... an umbrella is something you didn't have during the monsoons in 69/70.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 07:49:13 (MDT)
Mark, I don't need an umbrella now it's not raining. When are you and Dee coming in? Me and Kal and George are going to go to an aerospace museum later. Not the big one at the smithsonian but one around here somewhere. I don't suppose they have any huey's that will fly us over there. Be careful driving, there's a lot of old farts on the road going the same direction you are.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 07:47:55 (MDT)
morning flight, its now 1:30 am be leaving to pick up Kristina from work.be on the road about 3am, should be in DC about 3 or 4pm.ryan cant make it , he started new job last week but mike will arrive late Thursday night. be great to see all. BY THE WAY WHATS AN UMBRELLA. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 23:38:32 (MDT)
Robbie, buy and umbrella ;~))))
Mark
USA - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 19:26:21 (MDT)
Well, here I am in Washington. I drove down in the rain. Got here about 12pm and registered. My room wasn't ready, So I sat around for awhile. Went out to the car and got wet cuz it's still raining. They got the room ready so I went out to get my luggage and got wet cuz it's still raining. Had a beer and talked with the Stickman and George Bessette. Got a BLT to eat cuz I was hungry. bought a hat and a bumper sticker at the merchandise room. Went out to the car to get my camera. I had the case but the camera was in the car. Got wet cuz it's still raining. Hope all of you are doing well... Rob
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 14:20:47 (MDT)
Looking forward to seeing everyone. Wondering how much love will be at the Wall. Missing a good time I think. See ya there.
Frenchie
USA - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 09:43:04 (MDT)
Ken Strong: Sorry about the E-Mail. I did make a mistake. I accidently omitted some of the E-mail address. It should be OK now.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 08:51:51 (MDT)
Hey guys, Sp6 Jack Newton the TI 67,68,69 & 70 will be at the reunion in DC. Will arrive on Thurs. Hope to see all of you - As Mark says, Love ya brothers.
Jack Newton <sirizknewton@windstream.net>
Primghar, IA USA - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 08:31:23 (MDT)
Leaving in the morning.....................
Gale
USA - Monday, June 17, 2013 at 21:25:06 (MDT)
Dee and I will be the Thursday...............
Mark
USA - Monday, June 17, 2013 at 20:36:42 (MDT)
One day and a wake up.
Frenchie
USA - Monday, June 17, 2013 at 20:21:02 (MDT)
Baron (aka Pete Nolan) told me he can't make the reunion. I will be leaveing for Virg in a couple of hours hope to be at the hotel by 11:00 am tuesday
George B
USA - Monday, June 17, 2013 at 16:42:17 (MDT)
Here at the hotel in va. Stickman is the only one here. Liz has customers she has to see. So, we got here a few days early. It was cheaper to drive than fly out of Memphis. These people up here don't know how to drive. Heard from Jim that Ken and Paul won't be coming. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
USA - Monday, June 17, 2013 at 14:54:15 (MDT)
(Brace yerselves guys,......) Update on #073 B model, Just got a message that in part reads: "I paid Ben Seal at Southern Helicopters a visit today and talked about that UH-1 he had. He said he bought it with the intentions of turning his running one into a Super-B model but never had the time. He said he would definitely consider donating it, in fact he had extra cowling a and an engine for it" Local Huey guy with a 501c3 is willing to do the deal so the owner gets his tax write-off or however that works. If the deal is a go then all we have to figure out is how to get it from Sunshine, Louisiana to Lancaster ca. I guess you guys will have big grins at the reunion. :)
RickG
USA - Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 18:55:36 (MDT)
Brothers, have a great time at the reunion and safe travel. Will be thinking of you all!
Bill Wolf
USA - Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 08:45:18 (MDT)
Robbie if you call me from the road my cell will be 5084158873. I should be around Baltimore early Tuesday (around 8:30)
George B
USA - Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 18:21:31 (MDT)
George, I will probably be leaving early tuesday morning. My cel # is ++585-967-1890++.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 09:48:35 (MDT)
Kenneth Swanson,... Hey, was 420 a 2nd platoon ship? That tail number rings a bell with me. I looked it up on the "helicopters" page and it may well have been the ship I picked up in Saigon and brought up to Lane. If it was a 2nd platoon ship, I probably flew it a number of times in '68. I derosed in Oct of 68. Take care... L8r.. Kal...>>> Hey, pulling pitch for DC tomorrow morning.. Looking foreword to seeing everyone there...
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu@outlook.com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 08:49:07 (MDT)
GARY MOUNT; THOUGHT YOU HAD THE WRONG CREWMAN,I WAS AT LANE FROM MID 68-EARLY 69 .TAIL # 420,ALWAYS A BROTHER/CLEAR RIGHT.
KENNETH E. SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
ASTORIA, USA - Friday, June 14, 2013 at 20:53:21 (MDT)
Kenneth my apologys, sir. I meant Barry Swanson..
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, June 14, 2013 at 11:17:14 (MDT)
,GARY MOUNT, STILL PRETTY MESSED UP FROM MY M.C. ACCIDENT , MOVING REAL SLOW AT THE VA YEASTERDAY , THEY HAD TO PUT ME IN THE WHEEL CHAIR, FOR AWHILE, THE PAIN WAS TO MUCH FOR ME TO EVEN STAND UP, AFTER I WAS THERE A COUPLE OF HOURS . YOU KNOW HOW IT IS. HURRY UP AND WAITE. LEFT THE HOUSE AT TEN AM/HOME AT SEVEN THIRTY PM. BUT GOT SOME ANSEWERS.ABOUT THOASE PICS? IS IT POSSIPEL TO E-MAIL THEM TO ME? IM CONFEWESED THANKS BRO. CLEAR RIGHT
KENNETH E. SWANSOND <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 21:57:24 (MDT)
Robbie, I will be leaveing my house at 9:30 P.M. Monday so if you are on the road about or after me you can reach me on my cell #5084158873 what time will you be on the road & what is your cell number? Happy B Day Alex,50 again? Don Mc any chance we will C Ya at the reunion even for a day?
George B
USA - Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 16:59:07 (MDT)
Happy birthday Alex
Rainer Bauer
Indy, USA - Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 14:50:04 (MDT)
had 362 before I left, had a skull and crossbones painted on it and on my brass catcher. the phantom. Clear right. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 11:46:20 (MDT)
Ken I rather be broke without a credit card. Then broke with one. Seems like the money gets on those card to fast. Gas is cheap in this part of TN. But, I know it 's going to jump when I leave this area. But, it's cheaper than flying out of Memphis. I usually fill up after I'm down to half a tank. It's almost a 14 hour drive from here. Leave saturday and drive half way. Hope everyone has a good weekend. Will try and find a way to post on the 129th in D.C. Always A Brother!!!
Alex 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 09:48:57 (MDT)
Bruno I just am trying to send you an email about Trumbo. Wysocki was in 1st flt as a CE and later in 72 worked in the Line Shack. He trained me after the last time he was shot down with WO Lee Hendrix. Code name Magnet Ass! after getting shot down again in Sept 72. So as the FNG I got to fly with him & Capt Fergason. Alex, Thurmond has his paperwork but is listed as just P. for Paul. Have not talked to Lee yet. Still trying to come up with a little more money so I can leave in the morning. Being Poor without credit cards sucks.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 09:04:11 (MDT)
Bruno I just am trying to send you an email about Trumbo. Wysocki was in 1st flt as a CE and later in 72 worked in the Line Shack. He trained me after the last time he was shot down with WO Lee Hendrix. Code name Magnet Ass! after getting shot down again in Sept 72. So as the FNG I got to fly with him & Capt Fergason. Alex, Thurmond has his paperwork but is listed as just P. for Paul. Have not talked to Lee yet. Still trying to come up with a little more money so I can leave in the morning. Being Poor without credit cards sucks.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 09:03:23 (MDT)
Kenneth Swanson,glad you are doing better. I saw your picture of the T.o.w. ships , and posted them , found out that they were deployed to Pleiku and destroyed 24 t-54 tanks, talked to one of the pilots that was on one ,that got two t-54s at Ben Het. they were flown into Lane with Hughes air pilots ,I found out the pictures you took were at Lane when they came in and shut down in the gun pit.I find this very intersting because at that time they were new and were modified B model Hueys. I was in a ground mounted T.O.W. SQUAD . for 8 years in the Texas Army National Gaurd. the tow was a awesome weapon. we started out with it mounted on the back of a jeep, then a modified APC, then a improved tow and finally the bradley.the tow team was out of fort ord tdy.. clear right. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 08:21:58 (MDT)
my birthday is in april???????
Rick England
USA - Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 04:49:12 (MDT)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL, BE COOL AND STAY AWAY OF BAD KARMA/CLEAR RIGHT
KENNETH E. SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 22:18:29 (MDT)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DUSTOFF.
paul mcgrath
USA - Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 17:34:47 (MDT)
heres wishing you a very happy birthday Alex and hope you enjoy many more. lenny m
lenny m.
USA - Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 12:27:52 (MDT)
Happy Birthday, Alex! I turned 61 last Thursday myself.
Dave
USA - Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:13:49 (MDT)
Well June is the month for Birthdays. So, Happy Birthday to all my 129th Brothers. Will turn 67 tomorrow. Glad it's on thursday this year. Hate when it falls on friday 13th. But, that a year away. By this time next week we should have a good group of 129th in D.C. Always A Brother!!!
Alex 901-487-0374
Collierville, TN USA - Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:40:19 (MDT)
Oh yeah, no shooting the flares either unless necessary.
Dave Powers
USA - Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 08:59:33 (MDT)
Happy Birthday Rick England and C.P.. L-G
gently
USA - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 16:27:02 (MDT)
Liz and I will be heading towards D.C. on saturday morning. We'll stop in Tazwell TN. and see Liz's Dad. Leave Sunday heasding to the hotel. Liz has 3 working days. This way she doesn't use all her vacation time. I will have the dinner tickets for everyone whom sent in the money. Everyone driving like us. Please becarefull. It was cheaper for us to drive than to fly. Always A Brother !!!
Alex 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 10:01:47 (MDT)
OK, it's Tex, Lenny, Kenny and me on guard duty while the rest are in the field. Hands off the clacker boxes, unless you need them. Kenny, hope you're healing up quickly! Astoria, eh? I have a brother who lives in Coos Bay.
Dave Powers
USA - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 08:39:41 (MDT)
Kenny, glad to hear of your recovery from bike wreck. I thought I had a long drive to my VA. I do about 120 miles round trip. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do. i just found out I have an aortal aneurism. now every six months I have to get a C T scan. got to go friday for heart echo-gram. I'm glad the va covers it all. take care brothers,,,, lenny m.
lenny m.
USA - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 08:26:13 (MDT)
MY UPDATE/I HAVE BEEN OFF THE LOG FOR A COUPLE MONTHS NOW, TRYING TO HEAL UP FROM MY NEAR DEATH ,M.C. CRASH I"M GLAD TO REPORT THAT I"M NOW WALKING SHORT DISTANCE"S WITHOUT MY WALKER,AND HAVE BEEN CLEARD TO DRIVE MY TRUCK/CAR ITS BEEN A LONG ROAD,BUT I"M 129th TOUGF GOING TO THE VA ON WED. FOR A THREE D IMAGEING TO CHECK MY PRPGRESS,AND ALLINMENT. THATS A TWO HUNDERD MILE ROUND TRIP.FIRST TIME BEHIND THE WHEEL SENCE MARTH 30th THAT SHOULD BE INTERESTING!CLEAR RIGHT MY BROTHERS
KENNETH E. SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Monday, June 10, 2013 at 22:24:10 (MDT)
Im hre too, guys... lol.. Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, June 10, 2013 at 16:31:03 (MDT)
Lenny, guess it's just you and me, buddy! Is this the reunion week? I haven't kept up on what's happening. Mark, Al Griffin's name sounds familiar. Like the guy said, he may have been a maintenance guy, possibly a floor supervisor. I wonder if some of you guys out there remember him, and/or if his photo is in one of the yearbooks? I'll dig out my 1972 book and see if he's listed. Sadly, the captions on the photos were just general goofiness, and rarely gave the guys' names.
Dave Powers
USA - Monday, June 10, 2013 at 14:43:42 (MDT)
I have't seen any new posts since last thursday.is the web sight down?
lenny m.
USA - Monday, June 10, 2013 at 13:46:27 (MDT)
Larry Get a state rep. involed and see the patient advoacte at the Hospital thats what there for. Always A Brother!!@!
Alex 901-487-0374
USA - Thursday, June 06, 2013 at 07:33:25 (MDT)
Hey Rick , would be great to see you in DC. Good to see your post.
Mark
USA - Wednesday, June 05, 2013 at 19:41:33 (MDT)
Little John, it's great to know somebody besides me remembers that! Do you have any photos you could share? Love to see your helmet as well. I remember Jay Hillen (Shakey Pete) being the CE... is that true? Seems he had a helmet with the stars and stripes, too. Man, 42 years ago is a long time. Was sure sad to hear of his death... good guy.
Dave Powers
USA - Wednesday, June 05, 2013 at 16:58:31 (MDT)
Dave Powers. Captain America was my bird for the short duration it was painted. Our armament nco Fred Brown did the paint job. I still have my helmet which was painted the same way. Some asshole from battalion ( I think) said we had to undo the paint scheme as it was not to regs. Might see you guys in DC on tues or wed. Cobra Little John 70/71
Rick Benedict <stij@windstream.net>
Allenwood, Pa USA - Wednesday, June 05, 2013 at 11:53:04 (MDT)
Thanks Alex. I notice no where in that book is it mentioned that they will strip you of your benefits the 1st chnace they get.
larry kwiatkowski <chrger66@aol.com>
Simi Valley, ca USA - Wednesday, June 05, 2013 at 09:47:58 (MDT)
Kenny Strong-update: I gave Trumbo's name to Bernie. He called me around 10pm CST. He said he checked the Nevada DMV, the local phone book & facebook. No cigar on Lt Trumbo. Bernie is going to check @ a couple of other places.
bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez 3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Wednesday, June 05, 2013 at 09:02:54 (MDT)
Hey Flight......... Got this email today. Can anybody help out here???? Mark, I am the director of the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum in Casper, WY. We have items from a veteran of your outfit, the 129th Aviation Company, about whom we know very little. His name was SGT Al Griffin. I suspect he was in Vietnam with the 129th around 1969-1971. I suspect he was ground crew since his uniform does not have Air Crew Wings. Are you familiar with him? Could you pass his name around? Any info would help us figure out and preserve his story. Nice website by the way. Thank you, -- John Goss Director Wyoming Veterans' Memorial Museum Wyoming Military Department State of Wyoming 3740 Jourgensen Ave. Casper, WY 82604 307-472-1857 Office 307-237-5071 Fax 307-251-1654 Cell Email: john.goss@wyo.gov E-Mail to and from me, in connection with the transaction of public business, is subject to the Wyoming Public Records Act and may be disclosed to third parties.
Mark
USA - Tuesday, June 04, 2013 at 20:00:59 (MDT)
oops hit the wrong number...dang wheres my glasses....lol
Matt
USA - Tuesday, June 04, 2013 at 14:22:27 (MDT)
Was at the VA today, road my bike so I had my jacket with a 128th patch on it. A guy come up to me and says, I was in the 129th too. His name was Gary Pickel....from 67 time period. I gave him the web address and told him to look us up...If you reading this Gary...fell free to go to the contacts page and look up my phone...So I can tell you more...Small world ...take care my brothers..wish I could make the reunion...Maybe next year...Tail Clear Left
Matt Casey
Hemet, CA USA - Tuesday, June 04, 2013 at 14:21:13 (MDT)
Larry, Im very sorry to hear that.years ago, when I was being shit on by the v.a. and the dav, I went to see my congress man , it got settled besides losing my files 5 times in 3 years and other screwups , corpus christi preety much sucked. I have heart problems now also.Ive come to find out each V.A District has their rules and each state also. dealing with the V.a is difficult but you need to keep trying, my brother, go see your state and U.s. rep. it helped me. Tex 70-71 clear right.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, June 04, 2013 at 13:12:19 (MDT)
I just talked to Dust-Off..he sounds Ok but we know he is not. He goes in for testing on the 11th to see what kind of lung cancer he has...then back on the 17th for the results. Please keep him in your prayers, and if you want to call him, please do. Paul McGrath or I can give you his phone number. You don't have to talk long...just a few minutes would mean a lot. L-G
gently
USA - Tuesday, June 04, 2013 at 12:14:52 (MDT)
Kenny Strong: PS There are a couple of pictures of of who is believe is Lt Richard Trumbo in the 1972 yearbook.There is a picture of Bill Shileto & what looks like Lt Trumbo with the caption" I gave your money to someone else". the yearbook doesn't have the pages numbered.There's another of Lt Tom Shaw,the captain, & Lt Trumbo with the caption "one for the road".If you just flip ove3r to the next page, there's another pic of Lt Tom Shaw & Lt Trumbo with the caption "Isn't she sweet". Is that or is it not Lt Trumbo?
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.com.>
Laredo , TX USA - Tuesday, June 04, 2013 at 10:21:44 (MDT)
Kenny Strong:You just might be right about Lt. Richard Trumbo. His name just kept running around my head off & on. So I'll be calling Bernie later on. It's 11:10 AM CST. Vegas is in MST. He was probably just went to bed early this morning. Wysocki,What did he do? I can't remember his face. Help me our,Kenny. Where did he work? Where was he from?etc.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.com.>
Laredo, TX USA - Tuesday, June 04, 2013 at 10:00:38 (MDT)
Larry Federal Benefits for Veterans hand book states.Veterans exposed to AO and other herbicdes. Page 31 paragraph #3 cancers Lung Cancer, non-hodgkin's lymphoma. These are just a few listed in the handbook. You can them at the VA Hospital or Clinic. I hope this will be some help for you. Every state is different when it comes to claims. let me know if i can help in any way. To the rest of the 129th Family will all whom will be in D.C. Always A Brother!!!
Alex 901-487-0374 <afernwal@comcsat.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Tuesday, June 04, 2013 at 09:56:35 (MDT)
Well, the other shoe has dropped. Some of you know, got lung and lymph node cancer, AO related 2 years ago. Had part of a lung removed. Got awarded 100% compensation, 100% each for lung and lymph. Got a letter last week from the VA telling me they are going to strip it away from me down to 0%. I am so pissed right now I can hardly see straight. Said the 100% for the lymph was a mistake. I can't even talk about this I am so upset.
larry kwiatkowski <chrger66@aol.com>
simi valley, CA USA - Monday, June 03, 2013 at 21:24:00 (MDT)
Thanks guys. I'll let Bernie know. I think Bernie is asking about the pilot with the thick mustache that used to drive slick 626 - Shakey's bird. I'll pass those names over to Bernie. Clear left- 426 out.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.com.>
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, June 03, 2013 at 19:39:09 (MDT)
I think Rodney Beebe lives in Vegas in a Hotel.
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N.C. USA - Monday, June 03, 2013 at 11:19:29 (MDT)
Possibility of restored 129th Huey flying in the US? I have a friend who is not only a former Huey guy, but also a Flight Standards Inspector for the FAA....... & he has a 501c3 & is connected with 2 air museums. The 501c3 makes him eligible for *free stuff* from the US Govt. I was talking with him on Saturday & the one that looks favorable would be the H model (recently retired?) with Monroe County Sheriffs Dept in Key West Fl. Other possibilities are the one in storage at Rucker & the 2 with Dept Homeland Security (all H's). So the first question is: Any of you guys near Key West? There are other 129th birds that are available, but they are privately owned & will cost $$$$. The cheapest of those appears to be the B model in Louisiana that needs blades & an engine (at a minimum). Word there is they turned down an offer of $35k, but the offer "was close". There's also a B model for sale in Montana.
Rick G
USA - Monday, June 03, 2013 at 11:05:14 (MDT)
Bruno I know that Lt Richard Trumbo & SP5 Dale Wysocki live in Vegas.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Monday, June 03, 2013 at 10:48:36 (MDT)
Alex two weeks left. I will try to call Paul & Robert about those forms. That left a question as to if the Buses are handicap enabled? Also is there anyone who is at the last minute wanting to go? Please post if you might want to show up as I think Paul Boggs may have a room but not going. Also may have folks who have extra beds who could share cost.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Summerfield, FL USA - Monday, June 03, 2013 at 10:46:29 (MDT)
ATTN 129er:Who/what is the name of the ex 129er who lives in Las Vegas? Bernie Hernandez is in Vegas as i write this & wants to hook up with him.But, he doesn't remember his name.Can anyone Help?
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Sunday, June 02, 2013 at 16:32:21 (MDT)
Email from Cinda looking for the registration forms. Thats the one with the bus ride to the Wall and other things on them. Thats the one I told everyone to put my name where it said dinner. Ken Swanson,Robert Lee, Paul Thurman. If any of you know these people please call them and let them know to send the registration. Thanks Always A Brother!!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Sunday, June 02, 2013 at 08:53:16 (MDT)
Gotcha George....the 18th around noon. Not exactly sure what time I'll get there but on the 18th also.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, June 01, 2013 at 15:23:10 (MDT)
Debbie & I will be there Tuesday afternoon.
Gale
USA - Saturday, June 01, 2013 at 09:01:20 (MDT)
Thanks Alex,as you know I already sent my checs for both the reunion & the dinner I also have my room but I just forgot the week, Hay Robbie I will be there June 18 hopefully around noon
George B
USA - Friday, May 31, 2013 at 18:05:38 (MDT)
Reunion June 19th thru 23rd. But, some will arrive anywhere from the 16th on. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, May 31, 2013 at 16:31:35 (MDT)
Stupid question of the century but I think I am still stuffering from jet lag so could you all remind me of the date of our reunion, I don't want to be a week early or late
George B
USA - Friday, May 31, 2013 at 15:21:10 (MDT)
I have a picture of the back of Mike's head next to Curt Hall, although I can still picture his face. I took it while we were riding in the back of a 129th "Mutt Jeep" on the way to Tuy Hoa. We were detailed to accompany a convoy, and had a lot of ammo and guns in the back of that jeep.
Dave Powers
USA - Friday, May 31, 2013 at 11:18:14 (MDT)
"Shakey Pete" ( the second) crewed slick 626. He had roman numerals VI-II-VI painted on the nose.He is in the 1972 yearbook- a picture of him (on top) with the caption "wait till they test fly this one,hee hee." HE did have the shakes. Kind of young to have Parkinson. There is a second picture of Shakey Pete & the pilot/driver of 626.They're holing the battery access door. 626 was in the hanger for maintenance. The roman numerals 626 had just gotten painted. Strange you lived/workes with these guys-I cant remember their names.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Friday, May 31, 2013 at 09:47:38 (MDT)
I also remember Mike "Stretch" McKinney. Seems that Kim LaVoie told me that Mike was killed in Germany in a jeep accident?
Dave Powers
USA - Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 20:51:55 (MDT)
Donnie, Jay "Shakey Pete" Hillen was a CE in guns (the "Captain America" bird), class of 70-71... according to Wes "Doc" Griffith, Jay was the one killed in WA. I heard Smitty talk about the other "Shakey"... I think they were two different guys. If anyone has a photo of that bird, I'd love to see it again. Stars and stripes on the nose chunker.
Dave Powers
USA - Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 20:48:23 (MDT)
Hi Alvis Not sure which shakey your talking about but if it was the CE/DG, thing guy that shook all the time, I was told he was killed in a car crash in washington st about 8 years ago. it might be on the archives of the 129th. Do you remember Mike Mckinney? he was killed in germany in a vehical crash back in the late 70's. Donnie
donnie purvis <donnie.purvis@us.army.mil>
linwood, nc usa - Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 14:28:28 (MDT)
God rest the souls of all our 39 men ...we lost..Now, that IM OLD.. I think back and wonder just how the hell,any of us crewmembers made it out alive and one in one. piece.God bless one and all. clear right, always.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 11:54:04 (MDT)
Getting geared up for the reunion which is only a few weeks away. Everyone whom sent me the dinner checks. See me when you get to the hotel and I will give you your tickects. If you ever get close to Clinton Ohio. They have a Memorial for the men and Woman killed in Vietnam from the state of Ohio. We have two men on that Wall. Larry Jackson and Capt. Whetzel. It's rates up there with the Wall in D.C. See you all soon. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 06:59:18 (MDT)
leaving out early morn for Pittson, Pa. (Scranton). See you boys in about two weeks. Good luck to all and have fun at the reunion.
alvis,
USA - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 20:15:26 (MDT)
I have ask this b4...anyone, anyone, know what happened or the whereabouts of mr. Gibson (Gabby)? he lost a bird I was on, xmas day of 71. Crew chief was sent home a bit early, I was transferred to 60th AHC down Nin Hoa way (near Nha Trang, on the headquarters of the Whitehorse div.) and Gabby got his wing taken away. Smitty ,(Jim Westwang)(RIP),and I used to party alot and he would drop by to play spades with us.. usually Shakey would be the 4th..like to know what happened to him as well. Bird ended up in the S. China sea after being dropped from a shithook. Supposedly he was from near Washing DC area.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 20:13:20 (MDT)
SP5 GILLIAM ROBERT WENDELL CE 661007 UH-1B 64-13932 SP4 NEAL JOHNNY LEONARD G 661007 UH-1B 64-13932 WO1 CHAMBERLAIN ROBERT F P 661007 UH-1B 64-13932 CPT WHETZEL HARRY THOMAS P 661007 UH-1B 64-13932 1LT BRAGUE EDWIN STEVEN JR P 670107 SP4 LYNAH TIMOTHY JOSEPH G 670305 UH-1D 66-00986 SP4 WELLS KENNETH WAYNE CE 670305 UH-1D 66-00986 1LT JUDSON HAMPDEN CUTTS JR P 670305 UH-1D 66-00986 WO1 MORSE REGINALD GEORGE P 670305 UH-1D 66-00986 SP4 WALKER MICHAEL DWAYNE G 670423 UH-1D 64-13525 WO1 WELLS EDWARD WILLIAM P 670423 UH-1D 64-13525 SSG GEORGE JAMES EDWARD JR PX 680208 UH-1D 64-13894 SP4 BENDOR JOHN LEE G 690311 UH-1H 68-15371 WO1 STONER LARRY LEE P 690311 UH-1H 68-15371 SSG BROOKS JOHN HENRY RALPH CE 690513 UH-1H 67-17399 SP4 GOONAN PAUL EDWARD JR PX 690513 UH-1H 67-17399 WO1 STOWE JEFFREY CHARLES P 690513 UH-1H 67-17399 WO1 WITMER KENNETH EUGENE P 690513 UH-1H 67-17399 PFC HARGRAVE STEPHAN LEE G 690912 UH-1H 67-17257 SP4 JACKSON LAWRENCE DAVID CE 690912 UH-1H 67-17257 CW2 DESANTIS STEPHEN ANTHONY AC 690912 UH-1H 67-17257 WO1 SAWRAN RICHARD ARTHUR P 690912 UH-1H 67-17257 SSG SANDERLIN WILLIAM DALE CE 691202 UH-1B 64-13959 SFC SHANLEY MICHAEL HENRY JR G 691202 UH-1B 64-13959 CW3 DUNLAP WILLIAM CHARLES P 691202 UH-1B 64-13959 CW3 VANDEN EYKEL MARTIN D II P 691202 UH-1B 64-13959 1LT SHAW THOMAS FRANCIS P 720427 UH-1H 68-15426 WO1 STROTHER CLAUD PAUL P 720427 UH-1H 68-15426 CPT BILLINGSLY LEE WAYNE P 720722 AH-1G 66-15304 WO1 NOWAKOWSKI GLENN EDWARD AC 720722 AH-1G 66-15304 SP5 RACEY BRADFORD AHC UH-1B SPC4 YOUNG JAMES MICHAEL G 710626 UH-1H info SP4 STAMPER DAVID info SP5 NOLEN PAUL M.
Dave Powers
USA - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 17:21:48 (MDT)
le not forget our last loss of a brother..RIP in peace Fred Scaggs
alvis
USA - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 08:10:14 (MDT)
For sure the one that gave all were remembered yesterday here in Ohio. Art, Lenny, and Shorty, Good to see your post. DC here we come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.............always a brother...................
Mark
USA - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 20:01:45 (MDT)
HI every one wish I could have went to the wall just to look for names like NOLEN & E R l FRAY I still got the ribben & flag that I got that was for NOLEN fron 07 & picture of FRAY I would not be here for the two of them. the va got me a new power chare & alift for the truck. well the va people jump on me for going to Fast after they get throw jumping on me &tell me to go slow the speer range go from 1to fourtheturn & atart walking away I punch FOUR & hall ASS& they tell me to slow down & I throw them a BIRD & it got me out ofDUMPS.
Art
USA - Monday, May 27, 2013 at 19:23:29 (MDT)
as this day, memorial day,comes to a end it's was a day of sadness and sorrow with the memory of our brothers we lost in Vietnam and our brothers we have lost in recent years.but it is also a day that not only brings sadness but also joy to ones heart knowing that ones life could never be complete without knowing our lost brothers. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Monday, May 27, 2013 at 17:12:04 (MDT)
Hello and hope all remember our fallen heros that made it possible for all to enjoy this and many other days like this by giving their life. I know 20 or more people on the Wall and I tip my hat to them and all that give it their all. It has been a hard 2013 for me as I lost my Mother in Jan and my stepfather is just hanging on day by day. He served in World War two. It is because of the lives that soldiers give so that others can carry on. Thank you I will remember all that gave their all Hello to Dave and Vega and all the 129th and 170th and last but not least B Troop 7 17 Air Cav and all the other soldiers past and present.
Shorty <hbretired9@gmail.com>
Bellingham, WA USA - Monday, May 27, 2013 at 10:45:26 (MDT)
George B will be looking forward to seeing your pictures in DC. Three weeks and counting. Setting around by myself today so have plenty of time to think about all my Brothers from the 129th & 498th. Also to reflect on those who have family off fighting yet today.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Summerfield, FL USA - Monday, May 27, 2013 at 10:29:30 (MDT)
Heading to the west Tennesse vetearns Cemetery to Honor our Brothers And Sisters whom our not with us to day. Will stop by Charlie Rains grave and say hello from the 129th. Was supposed to be in Clinton Ohio for their Memorial Day. Also Barberton, Ohio But, could't make it. Also, had to pass up the 101st 1/327 reunion in Cookville Tenn. June 18th thru June23. The 129th supposed them in 65/66. These were the Brothers we flew in and out of some hot LZ's. Take Care my Brothers and Sisters and have a safe Memorial Day. Always A Brother!!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN. USA - Monday, May 27, 2013 at 09:13:33 (MDT)
Thanking all of you brothers of the 129th AHC for your service to our Nation. Have a safe Memorial Day with family and friends. Enjoy your Freedom & Liberties that all gave some & some gave All to preserve. The Fallen Heros will Always be Honored. AMERICA BLESS GOD!
Leonard "Fire" Adams <rtrwingnut@yahoo.com>
USA - Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 16:40:30 (MDT)
had a talk with dustoff yesterday,he doesn't get on computer much anymore.on oxygen 24/7,they don't know a whole lot yet but are ruling out surgery. if any body wants it i will give you his phone number. just call my cell phone 815 343 6709,if i don't pick up give me a couple of minutes and i will call right back. he's by him self this weekend as his daughter is away on family buisness,so i'm sure he would like to hear from anyone
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 17:54:40 (MDT)
Well, sorry to hear of all the illness of the family members and our Brothers. All are our in thoughts and prayers. Just got back from a road trip with Liz. It, covered Ky., Ohio and Indiana. Liz had to visit quite a few truck dealers. Passing through Idy. Did get a chance to visit with Rainer and Dee. It was nice to get around friends. Will arrive on Tues. Always A Brother!!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 11:03:48 (MDT)
To all my fallen comrades from the 129th Asslt. Helo. Co., and all you gave the ultimate sacrafice, rest in peace.
Bill Wolf
USA - Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 07:50:56 (MDT)
I will be thinking of all you guys on monday---thanks for the memorys
tommie
USA - Friday, May 24, 2013 at 20:04:40 (MDT)
jim, is it non small cell? Gale, you know our home is always open to you and Deb.. no reason to drive back and forth. BTW Susan's lung cancer wasn't from smoking...there are two kinds of lung cancer, small cell and non-small cell.. one of those is smoking related,but not both. I can hear the Indy cars from here, racing around.. Think I make the Indy 500 race this year.
alvis
USA - Friday, May 24, 2013 at 19:44:30 (MDT)
Feeling the pain of all the 129ther's as we all grow older. My sister(that some of you met at LZ Indy)is back in the hospital. She's been in Indy Methodist in critical care for 4 weeks. As you know, she previously had part of a lung removed and continued her heavy smoking until it came to this........she's 68 with lung disease and on a ventilator. I don't mean to judge anyone, but,................well I won't. I just don't understand it since I have never smoked. Always a brother, Gale
Gale
USA - Friday, May 24, 2013 at 09:39:08 (MDT)
Jim, can they do anything with it or has it progressed to far? There are some darn good cancer centers around. Damn, I hated reading that Jim. Susan had to go back yesterday to her Doc., something just isn't right with the remaining part of her right lung.
alvis
USA - Friday, May 24, 2013 at 06:18:16 (MDT)
Just got back from my 3rd trip to our beloved South Vietnam on this trip Huynh (my Vietnamese wife)and I visited Da Nang, Hue An, Hue & Khe Sanh and everything was GREAT except Khe Sanh which sucked so bad we only stayed one. 21 days and it only cost me $1600 went swimming in the south China sea stayed at good friendy hotels & drank great Tiger BEER (Hay Frenchie remember TIGER BEER) I'll bring some pictures to the reunion. For the guys that remember the night in Dec 69 that we lost Mike Shannie and the crew went MIA, we can visit their grave in Arlington National Cemetery, they were buried there together with their names on one stone after they found the crash site in Jan of 89. Bye the way does anyone now where Robert macnomadder is buried I but Piss on his grave on my bucket list for his crappie job of secretry of defense while we where fighting his war so he could make more money George be 69-70
George B
USA - Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 14:03:08 (MDT)
Jim I am so sorry to hear that news as you have been close to all of us here. The 129th & 498th are like family and in many cases I spend most of my time dealing with you guys. Funny again that so many that I never served with have become our Brothers today. That is why when one is sick we all feel the pain.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 09:23:31 (MDT)
Robbie, sorry to hear about your sister.
Mark
USA - Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 09:15:04 (MDT)
Gee.. Sorry to hear that Jim!!!.. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I sure hope they can do something for you!!.. I know, as I am filing for VA benefits now, that here are a number of cancers and the like on the list, so it a known thing and hopefully they have a handle on it and hopefully a fix for it. Will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.. Always a brother... Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom
USA - Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 09:14:57 (MDT)
Gosh Dustoff, will be prayer for you man............ge wizzz...........
Mark
USA - Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 09:10:15 (MDT)
now you need to trot your little butt to your vso and file for it. will call you sometime soon
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 00:50:34 (MDT)
It is Official as of today.Ol Dustoff has Lung Cancer.I knew it waS comming.Just did not know when.My only regreat was that I did not return to America many yrs ago.That would have given me many yrs of association with many troops both 129th ahc/dustoff.I have enjoyed my many friends both male and female.May you all enjoy good Health and fewllowship.godbless all
jim <dustoff>
ill USA - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 21:20:49 (MDT)
morning flight, gale I'll be coming in late afternoon on wed.. ryan an Kristina be with me and Michael will be coming Thursday. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 08:45:55 (MDT)
Gale, we will be coming in on Wednesday.........really excited about this one.......see ya soon gang................always a brother...............
Mark
USA - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 07:44:25 (MDT)
The plan is to stop by and pick up Stickman on the way to get there on Monday also. So leaving home on Sunday for GA..
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 18:53:09 (MDT)
We are arriving Tuesday, We plan to go to the Iwo Jima Monument Tuesday evening to see the Marine Corp Silent Drill team preform if the sequestration didn't cut that too.
Rainer Bauer
USA - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 15:01:17 (MDT)
Gale, we are arriving on Monday too.. We wanted to get there a little early so we could do a little touring of the Capital. We were there a long time ago and there is so much to see we didn't have time to get it all in. C U there, and a lot more of us too...
Kal Bergstrom
USA - Monday, May 20, 2013 at 18:32:27 (MDT)
Flight, when is everyone arriving at DC? I reserved Monday, but, I can cancel if nobody will be there. Mark....Kal ?
Gale
USA - Monday, May 20, 2013 at 11:45:29 (MDT)
FYI: Agent Orange continues to be an issue. While the VA Secretary recently added three medical conditions that can be presumptively linked to exposure to Agent Orange, B cell leukemia such as hairy cell leukemia; Parkinson’s disease; and ischemic heart disease), we are still unable to get Blue Water Naval Veterans under the presumptively exposed category. Camp Lejeune Veterans have to be aware of the time periods when the water at that military facility was contaminated. They need to contact their respective CVSOs for this and all Veteran-­‐related issues. Recent legislation has acknowledged the toxins in the water. L-G
Gently
USA - Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 14:30:33 (MDT)
I hope everyone going to D.C.,has a wonderful time, perhaps for me next time,or on my own.I had a wonderful time out in Reno/Sparks last year. I hope to make next years reunion. I know going to the Wall wont be easy. clear right, always. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:13:14 (MDT)
Wink you have a good point as the group gets bigger. Still wish more people would show up as some can't make it. Still for me it will be a lifetime event & check off on my bucket list. Even if I am not connected to the wall like many here are I have put off going. Lately I have been just trying to get history straight starting in April of 1972. Again back than no one could keep up with everything.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Summerfield, FL USA - Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 09:51:17 (MDT)
morning flight,gee no posting in 6 days whats up with that? like me there is not much to post about, or is it next months visit to the wall weighs heavy on our minds, I know it does with me.wondering how I will react but being with the 129th family it makes it easier to handle. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 08:36:17 (MDT)
Gale you have to be care on the tail rotor chain. The old style is the one everyone wants. And, not the new style thats like a bicycle chain. Always A Brother!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Monday, May 13, 2013 at 14:54:51 (MDT)
Donnie ; Thanks buddy :-)
bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx USA - Monday, May 13, 2013 at 08:12:02 (MDT)
In the Terre Haute Indiana paper....for sale: Huey helicopter tail rotor chain bracelet,$250.00. I have a phone number........Too rich for my blood.
Gale
USA - Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 17:48:25 (MDT)
Hi Guy's, The Huey Fan Club is now on facebook. Link on my website. http://hueyfanclubuk.weebly.com/index.html
Kevin
UK - Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 06:12:58 (MDT)
Tomorrow May 11th is the last day for the dinner checks. I you send your check out tomorrow call and let me know. 901-487-0374. I will be giving the checks to Cinda on Weds. Haven't heard if the VHCMA has gotten a 5th bus yet. They will be 220 people from the start going to the wall. Don't know if each bus will be making a second trip as yet. It's going to be a larger reunion. With all the different units. were at 5 weeks and counting down. Always A Brother!! Everyone whom sent their checks to me will be seated all together. See you all in DC.
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, May 10, 2013 at 14:56:25 (MDT)
Hi Bruno Bill lives in hickhory nc, he's on face book just received a reply from him. Said he will contact the bite and strike very soon. Donnie
Donnie purvis <donnie.purvis@us.army.mil>
Linwood, Nc USA - Friday, May 10, 2013 at 13:02:08 (MDT)
Donnie Purvis: Where.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, Tx USA - Friday, May 10, 2013 at 09:49:27 (MDT)
Think i'vI located bill shillito if not he could be his twin .
Donnie Purvis <donnie.purvis@us.army.mil>
Linwood, NC USA - Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 16:48:07 (MDT)
Talked to Cinda about the dinner tickets and told her that I have a cut off Saturday May 11th. If you are sending a check for the dinner. You can call me at 901-487-0374 and let me know it's on the way. After Saturday it where ever you find a seat. Also, found out that Tom had to get a fourth bus. Due to so many want to go to the wall. Tom is working on getting a fifth bus. I told Cinda I was going to get all the 129th together at bus #3 or 4 so, I can get all of us on the same bus. We are going to have to be organized. I think the way we are doing the dinner. Will work out good. Always A Brother!!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Wednesday, May 08, 2013 at 10:27:25 (MDT)
Well Saturday the 11th is the dead line for the dinner. I will turn in our people whom have sent their checks to me. We have about 5 weeks to the reunion. Looking forward to seeing everyone. Always A Brother!! JW got your check!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 12:39:32 (MDT)
morning flight, Donnie when you go to your V.A. appointment tomorrow make your first stop to the records dept. with your with your medical reports from your drs and have them logged in.so as they can put the finding in your records file. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 08:38:20 (MDT)
Hi Flt The VA called me Friday, My Drs. appointment is tomorrow, only took a year and a half, Have all my paper work in order from my neourologis, medical Dr, and my eye doctor all say I have double vision (whats new) casued by my stroke. Also loss of movement in my left eye, yet I fell blessed compared to what some of you have gone through and are going through. I know you would gladly trade with me. Hope all is well and God Bless you each and everyone. could you have guessed some 41 years ago that we would still be in contact with each other today. Great site Mark thanks for all you have done. Clear Up Left Donnie
Donnie R. Purvis <donnie.purvis@us.army.mil>
Linwood, NC USA - Monday, May 06, 2013 at 12:59:14 (MDT)
Prior to joining the 129th, I served with A Co 158th Avn Bn 101st ABN @ Camp Evans. I was a member of the " Ghostriders" from appx late may early June '71 to the 101st standown in mid December 1971.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, May 06, 2013 at 09:31:05 (MDT)
Responding to a post from David Powers to Rich Goddard posted on March 20, 2013 regarding ship 67-17635. You mentioned a crew casualty, Thomas E. Hacker, he was my big brother. He crewed this ship for 1st Platoon, A Company 158th, 101st at Fort Carson CO, was on the jeep carrier Kula Gulf escorting all the ships from Stockton to DaNang and was the first casualty for the 158th; retaking Veghel, operation Massachusetts Striker. We have never heard that he was hit by a 50 cal round. Speaking with one of the maintenance guys, 3 rounds hit the ship, 2 striking the transmission case the other. . . but were always called small arms. The remaining crew members were unaware until another ship got their attention via radio, "Chalk 5 check your crew!" repeat, repeat, repeat. I in no way have any experience with combat or gunshot wounds but due to the location of his wound and that we were able to see him I truly doubt he was hit with a 50 cal. I am not sure how someone decided it was a 50 cal. I also am greatly interested in knowing what happened to this ship. And what was the Model number?
Rick Hacker <fritzhacker@yahoo.com>
USA - Sunday, May 05, 2013 at 22:36:25 (MDT)
snow in may--cant get anything done,what a mess!!!
tom
USA - Sunday, May 05, 2013 at 18:22:13 (MDT)
Gale, is it as wet there as it is here? Cant do anything when I get home, raining every time. Happy birthday Simon.
alvis
USA - Sunday, May 05, 2013 at 17:52:41 (MDT)
Flight, If you have never been to a VHCMA reunion, I understand....it's confusing, you are not sure what to pay, etc. This thing all boils down to; if you are going to be there for the dinner/dance on Saturday night, you will more than likely want to sit with the rest of the 129th. What Alex is trying to do is collect all the money ahead of time so we will have a group of tables all together,otherwise, you may end up quite a distance from us. Those of you who have been before remember how confusing it got trying to sit with the group. Make a check out to the VHCMA for $38.00 per person for the DINNER/DANCE ONLY and mail it to Alex whose address is posted in here. Any questions about anything....put it on here.
Gale
USA - Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 16:45:30 (MDT)
Got you covered JW. Be glad to see you. Always A Brother!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 16:42:25 (MDT)
Alex, Check put in mail today.
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N. C. USA - Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 11:17:08 (MDT)
Robert E. Lee recieved your check today. Time is running out for the dinner checks. After May 11th if you want to go to the dinner you will get a seat. It might night be close to the 129th tables that I will have. So, let's not wait to the last minute. were trying to organize the 129th. So, were together at the dinner and trip to the wall. Always A Brother!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 10:36:03 (MDT)
Alex it looks like things are coming together for DC. Know Robert Lee called for info to send you a check. For everyone else we are running down to the wire so please get going. Paul & Robert were both WIA and really looking forward to seeing Robert Lee. Like so many other things in the 129th I am not sure if I ever spoke to him there. Still remembered what he looked like when they told me I would get his bird, (351). Now know he had just painted it which explains why she looked so pretty.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 09:56:15 (MDT)
Thanks, Donnie... this will help! As the next step I guess I'll try to get the evaluation.
Dave Powers
USA - Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 08:06:52 (MDT)
Hi Dave The Va system is designed to provide health care to vetrians with service connected disabilities. Your first step should be to establish if your problems are services connected. and seeing taht you were in vietnam I would recommed you contact the Va for agent orange evaulation. I can tell you already you have been exposed to agent orange. then see if any of your problems are listed on the agent orange connected disabilities. Not knowing your medical history I can not directly state they are service connected. the best place to start is: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/. this webesite will has a complete listing of disabilities connect with agent orange. Hope I have been of help and good luck. Clear Up Left Donnie Purvis CE Bulldog 682 Sep 71 - Jul 72
Donnie Purvis <donnie.purvis@us.army.mil>
Linwood, NC USA - Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 13:28:40 (MDT)
I see a lot of chatter about VA health care... maybe one of you could give me a "Reader's Digest" synopsis, or point me in the right direction. I've never looked into the VA health care system and just have some basic questions: can I get into see a doctor, and what does it cost? I haven't been to a doctor in years, and now am discovering that since my old doctor retired I can't find one that will take me! Any help is appreciated...
Dave Powers
USA - Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 11:44:01 (MDT)
thanks Jim, received a letter last week that they were requesting an appointment but as of yet now news. Clear up left. Donnie
Donnie Purvis <donnie.purvis@us.army.mil>
linwood, nc USA - Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 11:15:23 (MDT)
Well here it the last day of the month. Tomorrow May 1st so, we have 11 days to get your dinner checks to me. after that you will sit to whatever is open. Getting response from the NC. people. So, far I have these people. Jim Oliver,Paul Thurmond,Kal,larry Stokes.Barry,Ken Strong,George Bessette,Ray Gagner,Rainer,Robbie,Gale,Frenchie,Ken Swanson and Mark.This is a one time opportunity to have the 129th at the Wall together. I have a few more brothers whom called and said the checks on the way. Always A Brother!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:07:21 (MDT)
Alex,Donnie,If you have any medical Information that would help your case with the VA.You should make an appointment with a VA doctor and pass it to them direct.That national internet site is not worth sht where info is passed between the Civ.dr and the VA Dr.You will wait another year or two for a reply.Any va doctor in the system has a lot of pull. Best of Luck!
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Monday, April 29, 2013 at 21:10:27 (MDT)
Donnie I will agree they some loonys at the VA. The VA Doctor told me my sugar was too high. They ran test and said I was borderline. When to regular Doctor and he did the same test going back 6 weeks. Two days later the nurse called and told me I had Type II. So. on my next visit to my primary Doc. I asked him if I could my TypeII meds from the VA. He said yes and put in the prescriptions in to the VA data base. I had a C&P for Ptsd and the noticed that I was TypeII. And gave me 20% since I was in Vietnam. Keep after them. On the reunion dinner had Robert Lee from NC. called me and he has his dinner check on the way. Remember I' m stopping on May 11th. So, let's get on the stick. Gale and I have posted my address scrool down the log to send the dinner check only. And make out to the VHCMA. Looking for a good turn out of the 129th. This, will probably the only time we will visit our fallen Brothers as a unit at the Vietnam Wall. Always A Brother!! If you know a 129th Brother who does come to our log. Call them and see if they would join us remembering our fall Brothers!!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN. USA - Monday, April 29, 2013 at 13:16:53 (MDT)
Hi Flight Hope everyone is well, went to the VA and was seen by the worst PA, I walled in and the first question was what make you think you are a diabetic, I said I have a neorologest with 40 years of practice and a enterconologist with 25 years telling me I'm a diabetic. She then said well I dont think your a diabtic your blood sugar has not been over 300. I asked her if she had seen the ADA and VA blood sugar requirements for a diabetic. she then asked if I had any other problems, I told her my feet burn and sting, she said that it was not my feet, I said excuse me she said its in your head you just think your feed burn. as I was leaving she asked me if this was about agent orange I said yes she then looked at me and said your a diabetic. I asked as I left if the had a mental patient lose cause this lady is crazy. It has now been a year and a have since I filled my claim and they have approved 40% on my diabeties but took the 20% I orginally had away. I am still waiting on them to rule on my stroke which was caused by my diabeties and high blood pressure. so I understand what some of you are going through and keep you in my prayers. Donnie Purvis CE Bulldog 682 Sept 1971 to July 1972
Donnie Purvis <donnie.purvis@us.army.mil>
Linwood, NC USA - Monday, April 29, 2013 at 12:16:41 (MDT)
sorry for the loss of your friend. Gale.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 09:17:48 (MDT)
Sorry for your loss Gale. Slow hand salute to Larry Big Daddy..............Bruno and Bernie and JW also praying for Peace and Comfort your way. Fred A. Dang man, you will have to give me a call next time you are in this AO. If ya got time we can do a quick lunch or something. I guess I gotta try and figure out how to archive the FLIGHT LOG to see if it will speed things up for you...............Did anybody see that Bell Helicopter sponsors number 29 for Nascar. Kevin Harvick drives it. What ever happened to that Stevenson 129th that was on a pit crew that used to check in once in a while. I think the Bell Helicopter is close to winning the race tonight................love to all. Gale...Tale care brother....all is well man!....................always a brother.......
Mark
USA - Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 20:58:12 (MDT)
no mark, just this site. Gale, sorry buddy,wishing you and Deb the best. When you guys go to DC, you may also want to take in the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. Home for the day. mark, went by Jackson Trucks yesterday.
alvis
USA - Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 20:24:00 (MDT)
Gale sorry to hear about the death of your friend. It's tough to lose a friend like that. I had the same with Charlie Rains. You always remember the times you spent together. Slow Hand Salute to Larry ( Big Daddy ) Always A Brother!!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 15:56:02 (MDT)
Thanks Guys and I'm sorry.....that was "Jack" talkin'..................
Gale
USA - Friday, April 26, 2013 at 23:22:26 (MDT)
On 23 April 1967 a UH-1D (tail number 64-13525) of the 129th AHC struck trees while lifting off from a confined area. The aircraft crashed and burned, killing four of the eight men aboard: 129th AHC crewmen: WO1 Edward William Wells, pilot, died WO1 H. D. Sauer, pilot, survived SP4 W. D. James, crew chief, survived SP4 Michael D. Walker, gunner, died of injuries 10 May 67 Passengers from C Company, 2/327th Infantry: 1st Sgt Raymond E. Benson, died SSgt J. Plummer, survived Sp4 W. E. Hutchins, survived PFC Frederick C. Schmidt, died Mike I think of you a lot. Gale , I am sorry about your friend Big Daddy. Stickman, I enjoyed our talk yesterday.
J. W. Wilson
kinston, N. C. USA - Friday, April 26, 2013 at 21:11:20 (MDT)
On 23 April 1967 a UH-1D (tail number 64-13525) of the 129th AHC struck trees while lifting off from a confined area. The aircraft crashed and burned, killing four of the eight men aboard: 129th AHC crewmen: WO1 Edward William Wells, pilot, died WO1 H. D. Sauer, pilot, survived SP4 W. D. James, crew chief, survived SP4 Michael D. Walker, gunner, died of injuries 10 May 67 Mike, I think of you alot. I am sorry Gale for the lost of your friend Big Daddy. Passengers from C Company, 2/327th Infantry: 1st Sgt Raymond E. Benson, died SSgt J. Plummer, survived Sp4 W. E. Hutchins, survived PFC Frederick C. Schmidt, died
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N. C. USA - Friday, April 26, 2013 at 21:06:17 (MDT)
slow hand salute to larry!!!
tom
USA - Friday, April 26, 2013 at 19:35:58 (MDT)
I'm sorry my brothers, but, I'm Hurtin!!!
Gale
USA - Friday, April 26, 2013 at 17:36:21 (MDT)
C'mon guys....... my Buddy just died! gimmie a break!....Please read before you post!!!!
Gale
USA - Friday, April 26, 2013 at 17:26:45 (MDT)
Greets Flight, I have found that when I try to log on useing Google Chrome it acts like the site is a virus. However , I have no problem when useing Explorer. For all going to the Reunion, I will be there in spirit, but not in body. I shall try for next year Dennis Class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau <d1st2no (at) live.com>
Roseville, CA USA - Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:17:29 (MDT)
Even though on this side it's the 26th, because of the international date line , it's the 27th in Nam. Today in Nam, Bulldog 426 went down on the western end on the An Khe Pass. Lt Thomas Shaw WO Claude Strothers, 41 years ago I remember you two guys. I dont know the names of the two ROK's, But I also remember them. I know that Bernie also remembers them. They are the true heroes. I'm just very lucky & fortuitous.They would be in their sixties, getting on to retirement, social security, planning trips or just plain ole just fartin' around. Rest In Peace Guys.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.com.>
Laredo, Tx USA - Friday, April 26, 2013 at 07:46:01 (MDT)
Slow hand salute to my buddy Larry "Big Daddy" Luce. Vietnam Veteran died Tuesday morning. I'll hook up with ya again at Fiddlers Green Big Daddy!!!!!
Gale
USA - Friday, April 26, 2013 at 06:56:05 (MDT)
Man, all this talk about DC is seeking me up. It will be a humbling experience for me to go to the WALL with all of you. Lets make sure that we can be where the buses to the WALL will be at the same time. Alex. What day is that? Fred A. Not sure why your puter would tell you what it does when trying to get in here. Does it do it for every site you go to? If so then I assume it's on your side of the line. The only other thing I can think of is the FLIGHT LOG BOOK has not been archived in quite some time. Which I think would free up some space in here and then each time we check in we wont have to load the entire page. I don't know, but that makes sense in a sort to me. My web master baled on me and so I have been trying to keep the site updated by myself and a computer geek I am not, if you know what I mean. I will have to see if I can figure that out. Alex, thank you very much for handling the Dinner Money and Gale for all your post about the gathering. Hey Kal, you coming to DC?.............Have I told you guys that I loved you yet today????.....................................always a brother...............
Mark
USA - Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 20:28:01 (MDT)
Good news John. I have lost 15 pound in the last few weeks. Watch what I eat and excerise.Just, have put your mind to it. Always A Brother!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 16:19:12 (MDT)
I want to say thank you for your thoughts and prayers. I went into the hospital yesterday for the Congestive Heart procedure. The Doctor found NO blockage in the heart, so no stints or by-pass. I'll take my medication and exercise. THANK AGAIN my Brothers- John Sartor
John Sartor
USA - Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 14:28:49 (MDT)
Flight, If you have never been to a VHCMA reunion, I understand....it's confusing, you are not sure what to pay, etc. This thing all boils down to; if you are going to be there for the dinner/dance on Saturday night, you will more than likely want to sit with the rest of the 129th. What Alex is trying to do is collect all the money ahead of time so we will have a group of tables all together,otherwise, you may end up quite a distance from us. Those of you who have been before remember how confusing it got trying to sit with the group. Make a check out to the VHCMA for $38.00 per person for the DINNER/DANCE ONLY and mail it to Alex whose address is posted in here. Any questions about anything....put it on here.
Gale
USA - Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 11:18:29 (MDT)
Gale appreciate you posting the info for the dinner at the reunion. Just got a dinner check from (71-72) Paul Thurmond in Van WV. also talking to (66-67) Willard Thompson also in WV. never been to a reunion. I'm extending the deadline for the dinner untill May 11th. We have 16 whom sent there checks. After the deadline if your going to the dinner. It's whatever seats are left. Going to the Wall. What we have to do is get everyone together so we can get on the same bus. Tom has 3 buses and one standby. It's 15.00 per person for the VHCMA. I checked for bus for the 129th cost 1100.00 it is cheaper going with the VHCMA since they get a discount on the buses do to the amount of people going to the Wall. This is going to be a big one. Alot of the guys have never been to the Wall. So, whatever time the buses leave the 129th needs to be together so we can get on the same bus. Once in D.C. I will let all the 129th know where we need to be for the buses. Always A Brother!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 10:57:30 (MDT)
I will be handling the dinner tickets for the 129th. The deadline will be april 30th. THE CHECKS SHOULD BE MADE OUT TO THE VHCMA AND NOT TO ME . THE AMOUNT IS 38.00 PER PERSON. SEND CHECKS TO ALEX FERNWALT 9315 S. FAIRMONT CIRCLE COLLIERVILLE TN.38017.THE Flight, if you are going to the 2013 reunion at D.C. snd want to sit with the rest of the 129th AHC brothers & sisters at the Saturday night dinner.......send in your money (for the dinner only)to Alex NOW!!!!!!!!!! REGISTRATION FORM WILL BE IN THE NEXT NEWSLETTER. SHOULD BE MAILED IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. IF YOU SEND ME THE CHECK FOR DINNER. ON THE REGISTRATION FORM MAKE NOTE TO SEE ALEX.DO NOT SEND MONEY FOR THE DINNER. THE VHCMA WILL KNOW WHEN I GIVE THE CHECKS TO CINDA. SHE WILL FILL AS MANY TABLES TOGETHER FOR THE 129TH. IF SOMEONE IS NOT A MEMBER. I THINK WE CAN PRINT THE REGISTRATION OF THE VHCMA WEB SITE. TOM HAS 3 BUSSES FOR THE WALL AND A EXTRA ONE IN RESERVE. EACH BUS HOLDS 55 PEOPLE. WE NEED TO GET A COUNT FROM 129TH TO HOW MANY ARE GOING TO THE WALL. BUT, DON'T SEND ME MONEY FOR THE BUS. DO IT ON THE REGISTRATION FORM. ANY QUESTIONS EMAIL ME OR CALL MY CELL 901-487-0374.
Gale
USA - Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 20:49:55 (MDT)
Come on guys, there's got to be more than 13 going to the dinner Saturday night.....................let's get the money in to Alex NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gale
USA - Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 17:30:49 (MDT)
I will be handling the dinner tickets for the 129th. The deadline will be april 30th. THE CHECKS SHOULD BE MADE OUT TO THE VHCMA AND NOT TO ME . THE AMOUNT IS 38.00 PER PERSON. SEND CHECKS TO ALEX FERNWALT 9315 S. FAIRMONT CIRCLE COLLIERVILLE TN.38017.THE Come on guys, we all want to sit together at the dinner Saturday night!!!!!!!!!!!!! REGISTRATION FORM WILL BE IN THE NEXT NEWSLETTER. SHOULD BE MAILED IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. IF YOU SEND ME THE CHECK FOR DINNER. ON THE REGISTRATION FORM MAKE NOTE TO SEE ALEX.DO NOT SEND MONEY FOR THE DINNER. THE VHCMA WILL KNOW WHEN I GIVE THE CHECKS TO CINDA. SHE WILL FILL AS MANY TABLES TOGETHER FOR THE 129TH. IF SOMEONE IS NOT A MEMBER. I THINK WE CAN PRINT THE REGISTRATION OF THE VHCMA WEB SITE. TOM HAS 3 BUSSES FOR THE WALL AND A EXTRA ONE IN RESERVE. EACH BUS HOLDS 55 PEOPLE. WE NEED TO GET A COUNT FROM 129TH TO HOW MANY ARE GOING TO THE WALL. BUT, DON'T SEND ME MONEY FOR THE BUS. DO IT ON THE REGISTRATION FORM. ANY QUESTIONS EMAIL ME OR CALL MY CELL 901-487-0374.
Gale
USA - Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 17:28:17 (MDT)
Just want to say hello to everyone. I was in Anson from 7/71 to 2/72. I have been working as a mechanic on B-205A++ and UH-1H++ for the last five years on fire contracts and such. These are called "Super Hueys" and they will lift more that a Bell 212 or 412. I love them dearly! They all have their own personality but what they all have in common is reliability. They do love jet fuel though. Take care brothers!
Dan Jarvis <firefly1989@yahoo.com>
Boise, Id USA - Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 17:18:48 (MDT)
Just want to check in and say I Love all you guys. Had to change e-mail address cause got hacked. new addy is bullet2013@outlook.com. This new addy is miss directions (Kathy) idea.
wrong way <bullet2013@outlook.com>
USA - Monday, April 22, 2013 at 21:34:59 (MDT)
Well time is running short. April is almost gone. I will hold off until May 11th for anyone whom wants to go to the dinner. As of today 13 people have sent their checks. Kal said his is the mail. I don't how far the buses drop off is to the Wall. J.W. I don't know but, sometimes the Hotels have a wheelchair around. Would have told call and check. If anybody has any questions email. Alvis sorry to hear that you and that wonderful wife won't be present in D.C. you both will be missed. Always A Brother!!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Monday, April 22, 2013 at 10:28:46 (MDT)
morning flight, hey fred ,glad to read that sue is doing well. give her my best and sorry to read that you two won't make it to DC, your going to be missed. well you all will get to meet # 2 son, mike will be coming to the reunion along with kristina an ryan. # 2 daughter, caitlin can't make it, she has finals all week.but i'm not sure if ryan will be there ,he's thinking about joining the army earlier than exspected.but we'll see what happens.and than after the DC trip i'm going in for a hip replacement, i'll be going for the replacement july 10 an rehab for 3 weeks. no golf for a few months , oh boy, but it should be worth it. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Monday, April 22, 2013 at 08:48:28 (MDT)
continue to have a lot of trouble getting in here..pc says "long running scritp" ,what ever that is. Who ever ask about the distance to the Wall..its maybe , maybe, 100 yards off the street. Susan continues to recover. Docs say it will be another 9 months before she can breath normal again. Walking across the room for her is like us running a hundred yard dash. Schnieder keeps running me up and down the east coast.Have used up all vacation time already..had to take it to take care of Susan. So no DC for me/us unless work runs me thru there.
alvis
USA - Monday, April 22, 2013 at 05:22:18 (MDT)
Mark, yes got the info, "Thank You". I posted it on my other website LZ Vietnam, but both sites are linked. Click on my name below (in blue). George B, I built a ramp, to jump the Atlantic, but on my test jump, my tire picked up a splinter from the ramp......next time I will build it from plastic.
Kevin
UK - Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 08:28:54 (MDT)
Mark,Today I went to"burger King" and the young lady at the window ask me if I wanted a =129=After a few minutes of shock.I asked her please give me 2 ea 129th Sandwiches to go. Not bad,really not bad,you are going to have to order one.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 23:15:17 (MDT)
Man Kevin, you sure have done a lot with your Huey Fan page. Looks real good. Never saw a 129th patch like that before though. ................Jim will miss you at the reunion. Hey Rags, did ya get the info I sent you????..........Love to all and counting down to DC...........always a brother............
Mark
USA - Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 20:20:48 (MDT)
Thanks Kal! L-G
gently
USA - Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 19:05:02 (MDT)
Flight, I hope eveyone got there money in to Alex for the dinner!
Gale
USA - Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 16:52:12 (MDT)
Kevin, "bicycle"?really I think a row boat would be a more useful mode of transportation to cross our North Atlantic Ocean & I suggest you pack a lunch should you decide to try it and maybe some warm tea. Only kidding Kev its my dry humor kicking in! Just wish the entire 129 family could come to this reunion
George B
USA - Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 10:05:17 (MDT)
George B. Sorry to say, I will not be at the reunion . I live in Manchester UK, and have just noticed my bicycle tire is flat...Sorry! But there's a photo of my patch on my website. Link attached, just click on the 129th tab, and scroll down the page.
Kevin
UK - Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 07:04:59 (MDT)
Does any one know how far the walk will be from where bus will be parked to Viet Nam Memorial?
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N. C. USA - Friday, April 19, 2013 at 16:00:57 (MDT)
Jim my address is 9 Butternut Road, Somerset, Ma 02726 Jim if you could send me a color paper copy Jim I sure would appreciate it Thanks
George B
USA - Friday, April 19, 2013 at 14:33:43 (MDT)
George,Sorry but due to my Medical Condition I will not be able to go to the Reunion this year.Send me your address and I will try to send it to you if I can find it.Had a leak in my house and had to move things around to keep them from getting wet.Will see if I can find it!
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Friday, April 19, 2013 at 11:47:15 (MDT)
Jim & Kiven could you guys bring those platoon patches to the HCMA Reunion this June I'd like to copy them for a project I am working on
George B
USA - Friday, April 19, 2013 at 05:51:04 (MDT)
Kiven,I also have an Ace Cards 129th AHC patch that I got in Kokomo at one of our reunions.If my memory is any good there was someone that had that patch on a Motorcycle Vest.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 20:47:16 (MDT)
Hi Guy's, I managed to get hold of a patch, it's one I have never seen before, 2 weeks searching on the internet, and I have not found one like it. It could be a fake/copy, even if that's so, it still seems to be rare. It's a Ace of Spades card, complete with a green helicopter, and the words 129th Aslt Hel co, bite and strike. 4.5 inches x 3.5 inches. It only cost me £3.60 or $5.50 USD. You can view it here http://hueyfanclubuk.weebly.com/129th-ahc.html bottom of the page.
Kevin <huey-fan-club@hotmail.co.uk>
USA - Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 10:29:50 (MDT)
Ken and Dust-off...you are in my prayers. Ken, your pelvis is going to take along time to heal....doing your PT is the key. Dust-off,let us fly you to Kokomo this year! L-G
gently
USA - Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 21:31:16 (MDT)
Road my bike to meet up with Larry Kwiatkowski, although he didn't know that I would be there. One of his friends reached out and extended the invitation, was great to see the look on Larry's face when he spotted the 129th and 1st platoon patches..
Matt Casey
Hemet, USA - Monday, April 15, 2013 at 12:17:59 (MDT)
thanks again,Casey, we need to put up more memorials, perhaps we wont be forgotten after all. today me and my Dad,, entered the Army on the same exact day, Dad on April 15,1942, me on April 15, 1969, 27 years apart, now that Im a old fart,it wasnt that many years apart. My older brother also served In Vietnam in 67-68, but didnt enlist on the same day that me and Dad did,he joined on September 14, 1965, was a MP, and escorted several convoys up through the Ankhe Pass. and Many Yang. was stationed at Nha Trang.. hehad a close friend that was at Ban Me Thout, as a doctor and lab specialist that had a bounty on his head.Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, April 15, 2013 at 11:56:56 (MDT)
Matt that looks really nice and again want to thank you here for doing that. It does make me feel very Proud after all these years knowing that the 129th will be remembered as well.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Summerfield, FL USA - Monday, April 15, 2013 at 09:23:12 (MDT)
I had promised a few here that I would get their names on the West Coast wall at the Patton Museum. It was started to honor all those who served during the Nam years. Any way they let me know that they had completed the plaque I had ordered, and were about to install it onto the wall. I road out and took some pictures. They are on the facebook and Yahoo 129th sites. I could only afford just so many names, but I look at it as a start. Others can and should be ordered...Contact me if you have any questions......Tail Clear Left.....Always a Brother....Matt Casey
Matt Casey
Hemet, CA USA - Monday, April 15, 2013 at 08:59:38 (MDT)
Robbie call me soon I will be going back to Vietnam soon & we need to exchange info on the reunion
George B
USA - Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 15:29:50 (MDT)
Slow hand salute to Paul Nolen, who passed away from wounds incurred during a Snoopy Low Mission ,on this date, 1971, in the 67th.Evac Quinhon...Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 05:48:41 (MDT)
Wink tell him to join the Navy Seabees that way he will have a bunch of regular Marines around him & not national guard or army reserves you know FULL time miatary not part timers. Low & behold but even those guys are pretty much full time now that's what they tell us at each send off &return parades
George B
USA - Friday, April 12, 2013 at 11:57:09 (MDT)
morning flight,gees kenneth flash back on top of the injuries you subtians from the accient. you let the staff know about the flash back and that it could happen again. that way the staffknows what you are going through so they know how to prepare for the next time,hopefully no more, your going through enough....... well ryan informed a few months ago that he was thinking about joining the army after sept., well i guess it might be sooner than later. he called the other telling me he was fired from his job the other day so hes looking into which way to go. at the age of 27 its a rough age to jion but i think it would do him good.hes told me he wants to be a combat engineer, i'm not thrilled with that idea but i guess if i had told my folks that i weas a door gunner on copters they would fell the same way. i guess the apple didnt fall to far from from the tree. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Friday, April 12, 2013 at 08:36:38 (MDT)
THANYOU ALL, FOR THE GET WELLS, I HAD A COUPLE BIG TIME FLASHBACKS WHILE IN /ICU/ DUREING MY SLEEP, WHEN I HEARD SOME GUY SCREAMING OUT IN PAIN. IT WAS SO REAL. THAT I TRIED TO GET OUT OF MY BED WHITCH I WAS TETHERD TO;TO SAVE THE GUY AND PULL HIM TO SAFTY FROM THE VC, THEN I"D AWAKE IN SWEAT, AND TEARS ROLLING OF MY CHECK"S NURSEING STAFF HAD NO IDEA WHAT JUST HAD HAPPEND.EVEN AFTER I TRIED TO EXPLAIN, BEEN QUITE AWHILE SENCE I HAD ONE OR MORE OF THOASE! BROTHERS FOREEVER. CLEAR RIGHT.
KENNETH E. SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
ASTORIA, USA - Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 15:56:58 (MDT)
Wow Kenneth S.....That is terrible. Take care of yourself and let the healing take place. Then come and heal with us on a later date................always a brother...........
Mark
USA - Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 15:04:57 (MDT)
Dustoff Jim, thinking and praying for you and Kenneth and others with health problems.. God be with all of you,always.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 21:13:26 (MDT)
JOHN;i've been 100% for congestive heart failure for a few years now, it does curtail things somewhat,but it isn't a death sentence. i'm headed for syracuse next week to pick up the kids truck from ft drum and drive it back to illinois.ya can't do it all but ya still can do it. if you let it kick your ass it will.
paul mcgrath
la salle, il USA - Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 14:20:04 (MDT)
TO,DUSTOFF JIM,ALEX,RICK,AND THE OTHER 129ERS WHO I HAVE MET OVER THIS PAGE; ON SAT. MARCH 30TH I GOT INTO A MAJOR MOTOR CYCLE ACCIDENT,IJUST GOT HOME(WITH SOME NURSEING CARE) ON MONDAY . I CRUSHED MY PELVES AND HAD TO SCREW ME TOGETHER, WITH TITANIUM PLATE I:M ABLE TO WALK WITH A WALKER,AND HAVE A WHEEL CHAIR IF I VENTURE OUT SIDE .DRS. WILL HAVE ME ON PHISICAL THEARPY FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS,NO KOKOMO FOR ME THIS YEAR, ALEX PLEASE GIVE MY DINNER TICKET TO SOMEONE,OK.THIS LOG ENTERY IS JUST KILLING ME FOR THE PAIN IM IN , MIGHT HAVE TO TAKE A OXY. IN A FEW , BEFORE THE MY NURSE GETS HERE FO HER HOUR OF PAIN THERAPY CLEAR RIGHT.
KENNETH E. SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 12:00:51 (MDT)
John was that when Phil and the gang came over from England. That, was a fast trip for me. But,were here for you. I have fighting this typeII stuff. More on the left side of my body. I can sit and my left foot and ankel swells up the size of a softball. I'm doing my best to keep from becoming a TypeI. But, my sugar runs high. Well have a Doctors appointment. Aways A Brother!!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 10:18:27 (MDT)
John very sorry to hear this but it meant a lot to get to meet you our Brother. Guess none of us ever thought this would be the way we ended up back in the day. Still we all need to be thinking about our list as none of us know crap about the future. In the mean time we will be thinking about you and all those who are having so many things to deal with out there.
Ken Strong Jr.
Summerfield, FL USA - Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 08:04:00 (MDT)
John,I am haveing a hard time breathing also and they found a large mass on my rt.Lung.Many years of smokeing finally showed its ugly head.I will keep you in my prayers.I trully think that on my death bed.I will still want to go to Kokomo to be with my friends at the reunion.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 07:59:54 (MDT)
in my prayers,John..
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 21:52:15 (MDT)
In my prayers John. L-G
gently
USA - Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 21:10:10 (MDT)
Thanks Alex and Mark for your thoughts and prayers. I've been going down hill since Kokomo,Ind 2011.
John Sartor <johnsartor@yahoo.com>
Oceanside, CA USA - Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 16:55:15 (MDT)
Hey John, thinking about you and praying. Take friend of Larry's . Friend of mine!!!!...
Ma rk
USA - Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 13:29:06 (MDT)
John your in our thoughts and prayers. I have all ready started checking of on my bucket list. If any of you stay in contact of guys that served in the 129th. Get in touch with these guys and let know about the D.C. reunion. This is a once in a lifetime that the 129th will be at the WALL as a unit. We are getting up with age and have alot of health issues. I think it the time to reach out to these 129th Brothers and bring them home. I have tried to find as many as I could. And, keep trying to find these guys of my orders. Always A Brother!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 09:03:28 (MDT)
Just a note to let you know what's been going on with me. I developed a hard time breathing among other things. I went to a cardio specialist yesterday. I had an Echo Cardiogram done and I was told that I do have all signs of Congestive Heart Failure. I will be going in for more tests next Monday & Wednesday (15th & 17th). These tests will confirm 100% if I have it or not. But things do look like I have it. I think it's time I start a Bucket List and start working on that...
John Sartor <johnsartor@yahoo.com>
Oceanside, CA USA - Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 08:49:54 (MDT)
Remember to let me know if you need financial help going to the re-union. As I mentioned earlier, a special 129er gave a wonderful donation for just that. L-Gently
gently
USA - Monday, April 08, 2013 at 13:39:12 (MDT)
Wink got your other check for the dinner. Liz and I are looking forward to seeing the kids. Well, I guess there young adults now. Rainer is bring his grandson. I hope everyone whom wants to go to the Saturday night dinner gets ther checks to me. and, if you need registration forms email me and I will send them to you. Always A Brother!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Cillierville, TN USA - Monday, April 08, 2013 at 10:16:35 (MDT)
ART; you need to fill out form sf 180 and send it to st louis.the form is available on line just do a search for sf-180,it has instructions and the address on it. or your service officer can do it for you. you have to be specific about what you want. for example" please send me a copy of both dd-214 and dd-215,also my complete medical records, and any medals to which i am entitled". send to st louis and wait about 6 months
paul mcgrath
la salle, il USA - Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 21:30:45 (MDT)
Art if you want to see everything issued to you get a copy of your DD 215, the 214 was issued first but the 215 has stuff on it that was not up dated by the time you got out so when all your paper work of service court up the 215 has it
George B
USA - Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 06:06:26 (MDT)
Hi my grandson is six years old he asking me what I dun in the army I want to get all my 214 & all the the rest & metals for him how do I Art
Art
USA - Friday, April 05, 2013 at 17:33:05 (MDT)
Wink I already have two guns on flight on the length of the truck body over the rear wheels, I will bring a picture of it to the reunion. Kevin thanks for the advice your dad gave & I been thinking about having a sign-air brush painter doing the patches but if I can get decals it will be cheaper but if I have too I will get it painted.I'd sure like to drive it to KoKomoe but at a top speed of 45 I'm not convinced it would be a good idea so that is a iffie idea so far
George B
USA - Friday, April 05, 2013 at 12:54:33 (MDT)
George. My Dad say's that most local sign writers, can and will be able to scan and print decals for your Ford. Names, have you seen the names on the doors of "Huey 509"? How about white letters on glass ???
Kevin
USA - Friday, April 05, 2013 at 11:18:13 (MDT)
morning flight, george on one side put 2 gunships going on gun runs, one forward and one aft of the wheel. and on the other side paint a flight of slicks fling into a landing zone. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Friday, April 05, 2013 at 09:38:20 (MDT)
I meant to say, that Ralph Santiago was on 949, that night on December 2,69, and was on that mission with the our other Cobra gunship, the night that 959, was lost. my bad..
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, April 05, 2013 at 09:36:45 (MDT)
The decals are for the doors on my 1930 Model A Ford huckster, I had the sides painted similar to the scences Mark & Pete Nolan have painted on their motor cycles and have our 129 bulldog patch & our cobra & the First Aviation but need the first & second platoon patch-decal & also the U.S. army Vietnam patch-decal. On the back doors I am going to have our Wall painted with a lone veteran touching it and under it 'all gave some,some gave all" On the other door I want painted our flag crossed with the SOUTH Vietnamese flag & the words "America, home of the free because of the brave" I am a little stuck on what to put in the small panels just forward & aft of the rear wheels.I been thinking of putting all the names of the friends in our 129 that didn't make it home but the place fitting them their respect (My way of thinking) would be on the hood and right now I personally don't think I can drive with them up front so I decide to delay that till a unknown time at this point.I know Pete has them on rear of his bike but I just ain't ready
George B
USA - Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 17:52:08 (MDT)
Decals, if there for a model, you can buy decal paper, and print them on your home inkjet printer. You can find it on ebay, or at hobby stores.
Kevin
USA - Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 14:32:30 (MDT)
same with Ralph Santiago, you were with 959, when it got lost.wow..that is interesting. and sad..God rest their souls..clear right, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 09:29:42 (MDT)
Same here, Rags..TEX 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 09:26:19 (MDT)
GeorgeB: Any decal shop can make them if you have a patch or artwork to copy. This might help: http://hueyfanclubuk.weebly.com/129th-ahc.html
RickG
USA - Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at 23:45:38 (MDT)
Does anyone know where I can get decals of the 2nd & 3th paltoons patches
George B
USA - Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at 15:56:15 (MDT)
Hey Rags, good to see your post. Info on the reunion can be seen at this address ( http://www.vhcma.org/vhcma.html )..........hope to see you there.....always a brother......
Mark
USA - Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at 14:10:14 (MDT)
hello flt, haven't been on for awhile, just got released from hosp after getting 4 pts of blood for my cll, looks like I better make the DC reunion this yr. I live in Delaware so theres no problem for me to get there. Let me know the dates and times and which hotel its at. Snowsnake1 clear.
Louis R Ragonese <lourags1@aol.com>
Dover, de USA - Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at 08:56:27 (MDT)
OK going along with Alex as the end of April is coming up soon and so is June. Same as when I talk about Kokomo with folks. I know planning ahead is a pain but still hoping for a big turn out this year in DC. So far I have a lot more people saying they want to come but want to remind everyone they need to get things locked in. I know not everyone goes to the dinner but it is still worth being with all of us at the same tables. It would also be well worth it to have more than one together instead of across the room. Still hoping to shake the woodwork for those who have never been or not been for a while so we can be at the wall together.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at 07:29:54 (MDT)
Ralph, you sure anyone will admit to beinging your gunner! HiHa HiHa! C ya in June. I'll be the guy still running
George B
USA - Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at 07:26:07 (MDT)
Looking to seee if anybody remembers a guy named Jose anaya. He was my gunner on 67949 the night of 12/2/1969 when we lost our trail ship over the mountains outside Lz english.
Ralph santiago
USA - Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 22:11:20 (MDT)
Well, I m not at all surprided by the non recognition of Vietnam Veterans Appreciation day, here or anywhere else, although the Texas Legislature did recognize it, must have for got to tell anyone here or anywhere else.? used to it lol.. by now.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, April 01, 2013 at 10:41:39 (MDT)
Yeppirs, the duder in North Korea is defintely insane. ,Ken. One thing, I have found out during my life is you cant reason with insane folks. ha.. Hoping and praying for our brothers in South Korea. have and always will have the highest respect for them.,plus their c or k? rations were pretty darn good with a ice cold beer.Clear right, always, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, April 01, 2013 at 10:37:57 (MDT)
Well here it is another month has flown by. I hope we will get a better response to the D.C. reunion. At, the present we have 12 people for the dinner. I will collect the money for the dinner only. When I turn it I will have eveyone whom sent for the dinner sitting close together. Take Care. Always A Brother!!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Monday, April 01, 2013 at 10:02:40 (MDT)
As someone else that has looked across into North Korea I still feel sorry for those who live there. The only way is to have one free Korea but as long as they brainwash and punish those in the North it can not happen. We all hope that the leaders there would see what is going on around them and join the rest of the world. Instead they stay the coarse of playing the fear card. So people here & in South Korea must always remember what it is about and why we are there. We sometimes can not talk with insane people. The North may not be insane but in many ways we allow them to act this way.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Monday, April 01, 2013 at 07:43:16 (MDT)
Wish a very happy Easter to all Veterans.Have a good one.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 19:56:57 (MDT)
Gary, nothin' mentioned around here!!
Gale
USA - Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 15:28:21 (MDT)
Happy Easter Flight, may your "peeps" be with you. Dennis Class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau <d1st2no(at)live.com>
Roseville, CA USA - Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 10:47:15 (MDT)
I try not to mention politics, dont know if this is or not, I noticed here in good old Lubbock,Texas, where Vietnam Veterans Appreciation days, March 29th.and 30th. were not even mentioned on the news here, perhaps, they are not aware of it.?? I went on all 4 local Tv station websites, no mention,whatsoever of it, Vietnam Vets day. I also recently ran across some very interesting taped conversations released from the Johnson Library where Johnson and others discuss Vietnam and also in 68, Johnson talks about Nixon inteference with peace talks with the North. fyi.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 10:15:35 (MDT)
made a mistake on email for natgeo its feedback@natgeotv.com not natgeoty wink
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 10:03:49 (MDT)
morning flight again, but this is on serious note in april natgeo will start up a new promgraming called the 80s in this program will highlight people and things that happen in the eighties that it made it great. one person they intended to highlight is non other than jane fonda. i know how some feel that what she has done was in the past and left there and thats fine.but to highlight her ,a trader, and to make out to more than she is ,is to much. so i've already sent natgeo an email voicing my concerns an disapproval of having the trader highlighted and if anyone else would like to do the same you can email natgeo @ FEEDBACK@NATGEOTY.com.. enough said wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 08:58:05 (MDT)
morning flight, i'm not sure what that the north korean laeder has in mind,whether its just flexing is muscles or he is serious. can't read his mind . but what i will say if this continues its time to to step on him like you would do to a roach because if you don't it will multiply. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 08:05:01 (MDT)
Jim I agree ONE bomb save tons of money, time & all U.S. lives & even a lot of the enemies lives. One nuke we win -they lose or if they prefer they can say it the other way they lose-we win but either way its OVER! Plus we no longer need that armistrise thing! Where the hell is GENERAL MacAruther now that we need him!!
George B
USA - Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 06:14:29 (MDT)
JAE Sung,I am a Korean Vet/Vietnam Vet.I was in Korea 1951-52 and was crazy enough to stick around for Vietnam also.I still have many friends in Korea,Japan,Taiwan RC,HongKong.They say!Nuke the little Bastard and get it over with.The North has been rattleing their power and defying the UN for too many years.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 17:52:44 (MDT)
Hopefully, this situation in Korea, will eventually settle down,this young leader, just being boisterous. and wanting attention, they have been doing this for severl years now ,making threats. Seems like sending in the B-2s , the U.S. is sending a message. like my old drill Sgt. always said, always expect the unexpected, in this case with this unpredictable nut. I think the Chinese will be telling him to STFU, soon.. like George has said. too much money involved, with trade.. WE shall see. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 07:24:15 (MDT)
Jae-sung Chung, I for one highly approve aiding our ROK comrades and if our government would let me reinlist I would in a heart beat to fight those northern aHoles personally I think that 28 year old punk will get assassinated by a Chinesse spy cause China does not want trouble with their US tradeing and already said they will NOT aid north Korea.Even Vietnam is trying to warm up to us so if that punk wants trouble & a united Korea he will get his wish, a united Korea but it will not be a commie Korea it will be a free Korea & Soul will be the capital
George B
USA - Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 06:32:06 (MDT)
Appreciate US veterans’ opinion Hello, my friends of the 129th AHC, I hope every one of you is well and in good health. As you guys are well aware of the recent situation on Korean peninsula, North Korean Communist regime is building up threats against ROK and the United States every second. In these days the United States is sternly warning North Korea of their heightened rhetoric along with the bombing exercise of the B-52 and the B-2 bombers in our territorial air. It is obvious that If they provoke, they will unavoidably face with horrible consequences. We are resolutely determined to strike back the enemy of course jointly with our strongest alliance, the United States. In case of enemy’s provocation, regardless of local or all-out warfare, we have to give’ em hell. Regarding recent unstable situation on Korean peninsula, I as one of the Vietnam War veterans, would like to hear insights from our US comrades. I am sure that you gentlemen’s insights, thoughts and warm regards will highly inspire ROK veterans with great confidence. Thank you so much.
Jae-sung Chung <jsc418@empal.com>
Seoul, South Korea - Friday, March 29, 2013 at 23:54:25 (MDT)
great news,Jim.!!!!have fun spending it, you deserved it.TEX. 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, March 29, 2013 at 20:20:08 (MDT)
jim , congrats buddy, it's just a damn shame you had to wait so long to get it, I hope you have a good time spending it.
lenny m usa
USA - Friday, March 29, 2013 at 11:12:51 (MDT)
told ya all you had to do was be patient. yahoo
paul mcgrath
la salle, il USA - Friday, March 29, 2013 at 09:18:57 (MDT)
morning flight, great news jim , congrads..no george no girl friend or wife, just a girl friend of my daughter. dont think a girl friend is in my future let alone a wife. haven't had much luck in that dept. in the past. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Friday, March 29, 2013 at 08:06:47 (MDT)
Jim, great news brother!
Gale
USA - Friday, March 29, 2013 at 05:19:57 (MDT)
BELEIVE WHEN YOU GET THAT RETRO PAY, IT WAS WORTH THE TIME. YOU NOW CAN GET SSD, IF YOUR NOT ALREADY GETTING IT.I GOT A HUGE AMMOUNT WHEN I GOT MY BACK PAY. CONGRATS BRO. CLEAR RIGHT.
KENNETH E. SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
ORE. USA - Friday, March 29, 2013 at 01:53:54 (MDT)
Horay!I was just Awarded 100% from VA retroactive 2010.It has been a long haul and a lot of paper work.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 22:55:12 (MDT)
Kenneth: I started at this place: http://www.warbirdregistry.org/heloregistry/hueyregistry.html They have a few dozen listed so I wasn't expecting much, but it turned up 3 which was a surprise. I crossreffed the serial #'s with the helicopter list here at the 129th.net. Then the boss at NWHelicopters in Olympia suggested I try this place:http://www.landings.com/evird.acgi$pass*193800885!_h-www.landings.com/_landings/pages/search/search_nnr-serial.html That turned up quite a few. Next stop was here: http://www.airport-data.com/search/search2.html?field=model&search=Search&code=Bell+UH-1H Then I hit the FAA database here: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/AcftRef_Results.aspx?Mfrtxt=BELL&Modeltxt=UH-1&PageNo=1 Then I found this link to ALL military serials numbers going back to the 1920's: http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html That's the one I'm working through right now. I've posted up to 1967 on the 129th Facebook page as the format over there makes for easier reading. Even found a 129th Cobra supposedly in storage in NY. The only issue I see on the horizon so far is that this website lists up to 1971, but I know #509 is a '72 model so the later ones are going to be missing unless someone has a list of all the '70-'72 birds?
RickG
USA - Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 21:13:31 (MDT)
thanks again,Rick. you are a GODSEND.... Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 20:29:40 (MDT)
OOOPPPPSSS I MENT BIRDS.
KENNETH E. SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
USA - Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 20:02:25 (MDT)
TO RICK G. YOU ARE AMASEING/ HOW DO YOU FIND ALL THAT INFO. ON OUR REMAINING BIDS?
KENNETH E. SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
ASTORIA, ORE. USA - Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 19:59:38 (MDT)
Friday & Saturday is September 20 & 21, 2013. I'm not sure yet how early I'll be there.
Gale
USA - Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 16:26:20 (MDT)
Friday & Saturday is September 20 & 21, 2013. I'm not sure yet how early I'll be there.
Gale
USA - Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 16:26:19 (MDT)
Kokomo dates please. L-Gently
gently
USA - Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 15:23:02 (MDT)
Brace yourselves, I hit paydirt. I thought this one deserved it's own post. I'm turning up a lot of 129th birds around the planet (Portugal, NZ, Australia, Norway, Singapore, Brazil, Columbia, UK etc). One of them is 66-01009 which is now in Capetown, South Africa..... & here is the video of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3OVvQV7VN8
RickG
USA - Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 14:40:47 (MDT)
1964: 64-13497 (c/n 4204) converted to UH-1H. To civil registry as N497SD (no longer assigned) 64-13643 (c/n 4340) (previously listed) on display at Georgia Veterans State Park. It served in Viet Nam with the 114th AV COM as both a transport and medivac, from Viet Nam it went to Germany, in 1974 it was converted to UH1H. They have it displayed as a D model and members from the 114th AV Com have installed a memorial listing all servicemen from the 114th killed in Viet Nam. 64-13691 (c/n 4398) became N382CJ Feb 1994. Registration N382CJ cancelled Jun 19,2008 as scrapped. 64-13731 (c/n 4438) (previously listed) on display at Carolinas Aviation Museum, Charlotte, NC. 64-13747 (c/n 4454) registered N308AS Sep 18, 2008. (N# comes back as a 727) 64-13861 (c/n 4568) damaged by small arms fire Nov 15, 1966, SEA, repaired. To civilian registry as N205TA. To ZK-HYG Apr 2001 64-13896 (c/n 4603) converted to UH-1H. To AMARC as XA0359 Oct 6, 1988 64-13914 (c/n 1038) noted 2002 at Miracle of America Museum and Pioneer Village, Polson, MT fitted with boom from UH-1A 58-3019 64-13925 (c/n 1049) to MASDC as XA0078 Sep 14, 1975 64-13932 (c/n 1056, 129th AHC) shot down by automatic weapons fire in SVN Oct 7, 1966 64-13957 (c/n 1081) to MASDC as XA0251 Apr 12, 1977. To Singapore AF Sep 13, 1978 64-13959 (c/n 1083, 129th AHC) crashed into a mountain in Vietnam Dec 2, 1969. 4 KIA. 64-13970 (c/n 1094) (previously listed) to MASDC as XA0172 May 20, 1976. To civil registry as N87923, later N600MA 64-13976 (c/n 1100) to MASDC as XA0241 Dec 1, 1976. To USAF registry as HF0139 Sep 5, 1979 64-14003 (c/n 1127) to MASDC as XA0208 Jul 14, 1976. To South Korea in 1977 64-14005 (c/n 1129) at Patton Museum, Fort Knox, KY 64-14010 (c/n 1134) to MASDC as XA0187 Jun 16, 1975. FMS to South Korea Jun 9, 1977 64-14046 (c/n 1170) to civil registry as N92376 (no longer assigned) with State of Georgia Dept of Transport 64-14065 (c/n 1189) under restoration at Whittier Aviation Museum, March Field, CA (This museum became Wings & Rotors Museum) 64-14073 (c/n 1197) to MASDC as XA0083 Nov 19, 1975. 64-14096 (c/n 1220) to MASDC as XA0194 Jun 22, 1976. To South Korea Jun 10, 1977
RickG
USA - Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 13:16:09 (MDT)
Hay Wink "maybe one more for dinner" oh tell oh tell girlfriend or new WIFE?
George B
USA - Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:13:10 (MDT)
morning flight, alex i might have one more for the dinner, i'll know in a few days and let you know. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 08:12:44 (MDT)
Dave: I looked here for your bird, it's not listed: http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html Although it says "USAF Serials", it also lists US Army Serials. It's not all the serials as I found 129th birds that are still around & aren't listed there at all, in fact one has a serial # that according to that site was in a block of numbers that wasn't even issued.
RickG
USA - Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 22:16:18 (MDT)
Hey Rick G., my old slick (67-17635) probably wound up at the bottom of the South China Sea just off the coast of Saigon in April 1975! I wonder if anyone's kept a record of those?
Dave Powers
USA - Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 13:28:00 (MDT)
Is someone keeping notes on all the whereabouts of the slicks location?
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.rr.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 11:46:12 (MDT)
Sounds like a great accounting of many Hues,But what happened to all those Hueys that were shot down and distoried before before 1969.Is there an accounting of them and the troops killed.Some of them I still see in my dreams.Remembering the Kids that crewed them!Still wet behind the ears.God Bless them ALL.
jim <dustoff>
ILL USA - Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 10:53:00 (MDT)
Five more: 65-10074, Russell Illinois. (P) 65-9915, Colt Family Transport Museum, Bangor Maine, photo of main page: (http://www.colemuseum.org/) 66-0791, Davenport Iowa (P) 67-17531/PR-COE Brazilian Federal Police. Brazil. 67-19491. (P) (P): photo at http://www.airport-data.com/search/search2.html?field=model&search=Search&code=Bell+UH-1H
RickG
USA - Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 18:32:40 (MDT)
Thanks Alex
George B
USA - Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 17:12:25 (MDT)
George recieved your check today. Were up to 11 on the dinner so far. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 15:25:31 (MDT)
261 and 451, sound familiar to me, also..
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 08:04:56 (MDT)
Found 6717431 at textron The Ironbutterfly Flight be careful out there
Rick England
USA - Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 04:49:40 (MDT)
Plus the one Robbie mentioned, so 27.... ttp://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/66-16265
Rick G
USA - Monday, March 25, 2013 at 17:31:41 (MDT)
Here's the list of 26 survivors: 62-04592/N1386L OR. 63-12905/N5448 FL. 64-13497/N3147M, Dyncorp Inc. Ft Worth TX. 64-13643, Georgia Veterans Memorial Park, Cordele GA. 64-13747/N380AS, Bell Aero Services, Ft Worth TX. 64-13970/N600MA (MT), for sale. 64-14073/N204GP. Dryden MI. 64-17497/N3147M, Dyncorp Inc, Ft Worth TX. 65-15212. Camp Robinson, LittleRock ARK 66-0712/N3126U, US Customs, Perry-Warsaw Airport NY. 66-01023/N2055V, Dyncorp Inc, Ft Worth TX. 66-00632 Monroe City, MI. 66-15655/N4085L, Bethel AK. 66-16171. 66-16643/N9152T, Monroe County Sheriffs Dept, Key West FL. 66-16741, Van Mills Kinson NC. 66-17399. 67-17147/N72297,Fresno CA. 67-17358/N7221V, Springville CA. 67-17420/N194BP, Dept Homeland Security. 67-17487/N428QB, Bell Aero Services, Ft Worth TX. 68-15451/N662AC, Lakeside AZ. 68-16261/N443YB, NorthWest Helicopters, Olympia, WA. 68-16526/N72469, Dept Homeland Security. 68-16574/M574PD, Alicia ARK. 72-21509/G-UH1H, UK.
Rick G <ZRX1100@antelecom.net>
USA - Monday, March 25, 2013 at 17:25:53 (MDT)
George haven't recieved the check yet !! 9 people so far.
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Monday, March 25, 2013 at 15:28:20 (MDT)
Rick Goddard, thanks so much for what you have done, finding our birds. still amazes me that that many have survived., especially 265 and 171.. Clear right, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, March 25, 2013 at 09:10:35 (MDT)
Alex I mailed you my check for the dinner last week let me know when you get it. I also sent the check for the reunion to Tenn
George B
USA - Monday, March 25, 2013 at 06:19:48 (MDT)
THAKS AGAIN RICK,JUST CHECKED THE FLIGHT,AND GOT THE NEW INFO.YOU REALLY KNOW YOUR STUFF ON FINDING 129th HUEY"S , I SEE OTHERS ARE NOW ASKING FOR HELP. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK,I REALLY THANKYOU IN A BIG WAY.CLEAR RIGHT
KENNETH E. SWANSONd <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Monday, March 25, 2013 at 00:37:18 (MDT)
SITTING in Atlanta, picked up this load in cold Bangor Maine two days ago, .TRUBO,,WASNT HIS nic festus ?Smitty told me he met him in eithrt Denver or Sat Lake..and I think it was salt lake.Smitty said it was a few years ago and I think he said festus was doing construction.I know one of our birds is at the bottom of the South China Sea, dropped there by a hook,xmas day of 1971, or within a day or two after..cant remember tail number, perhaps Dennis up in PA. CAN, HE WAS THE PETER Pilot and gabby was the pilot.IF I new the tail numbers..i would play the pic 3she was god to us, went inverted,then flipped right side up, NVA ripped off a clip at us from less than a 100 feet and no hits that we could find after landing.slung her up...thats when she decided to die.Will miss Shadow and Smitty, flew with them both and ...yes, hats where it gets tasted.sorry about typing errors..using trucks computer..a no-no T
ALVIS
USA - Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 13:55:11 (MDT)
Lot of commo about these old aircraft. I'm glad to some of you can still the tail numbers. Wished I could remember mine. Don't have any pictures of when I was crewing in the 1st flight platoon. I can remember alot of the missions we flew. But, thats about all. Now about the reunion in D.C. everyone whom plans attending and is going to the dinner Iam collecting the checks for the dinner so the 129th will have tables next to each other. If you have made room reservation. You need to asap. rooms are going fast. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 09:36:41 (MDT)
Rick G. the ship that I crewed most of my time in the 129th was bulldog 265. I inherited this ship from Larry Jackson when he moved over to 257. It is now refurbished and living in Helena Montana. If you click on this link you will find a picture and info concerning this ship. 6616265........http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/66-16265.html
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 07:13:04 (MDT)
Paul: Paul Megarf, thanks I will delete
George B
USA - Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 19:17:46 (MDT)
George; john sartor is a 129th er. i'm getting them from him also just delete
paul mcgrath
USA - Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 18:50:47 (MDT)
Scratch the last comment about 420 being at Davis Monthan, it was actually based out of El Paso Tx: http://flightaware.com/resources/registration/N194BP
Rick G <ZRX1100@antelecom.net>
USA - Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 18:25:40 (MDT)
Kenneth: I'm not sure where 420 is actually based now, It was at Davis Monthan AFB when it was with the Border Patrol. I'm wondering if it's still actually there as it seems all DHS registrations come back to DC, but I don't think DHS would have all their birds in DC, they have to be all over the place?
Rick Goddard <ZRX1100@antelecom.net>
USA - Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 18:21:58 (MDT)
Anyone out there know anything about a John Sartor with a email address Klaus @rate.com I keep getting email from whoever that is and wonder if it is a virus cause it has 129 AHC for the re:
Geoge B
USA - Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 17:03:01 (MDT)
Question for you guys researching aircraft: Do you have any idea what happened to 66-01097? Her last known was 71st Aviation Co. in Germany. I did not fly her in Nam as she was gone when I was there however, I know where she was in September of 1972 as I crashed the crap out of her at Giessen AAF in Germany when she was assigned to D Troop 3/7 Cav. 90 degree gear box separation at a high, pretty much max power hover. Ran out of ideas on that one! Managed to keep the main rotor blades for hitting the ground(luck?) but she really was pretty much bent up every where else. Snapper 70-71
jeff sauers
USA - Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 11:38:39 (MDT)
Wink, man...that was low! Keep 'em above the belt. hehhehe
Gale
USA - Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 08:40:54 (MDT)
morning flight, gee the dr,s actualy found you have a heart frenchie heeeeeeeeeee good luck. well maybe you can keep from losing it, you know how you are, cameras, watches etc.heeeeeeeeeeeeee wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 08:11:47 (MDT)
thanks rick, it feels good that my old girl made it , not olny from viet nam , but still flying, i:ll bring pics of her and me to kokomo, ==== I just cant get over the news of this. I want to go get on it and fly off just one more time, I bet every one of us feels the same. and you know what this just could happen.68-69 clear right bro.
KENNETH E. SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
ASTORIA, ore USA - Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 02:07:37 (MDT)
Kenneth E Swanson: UH-1H 67-17420 is currently N194BP. It was registered to the Border Patrol in Arizona, but is now registered in DC with Homeland Security. Photo of it here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/6886197098/ There are more pics on the web is you search via the N#. 68-16526 is also with Dept Homeland Security as N72469, pics of that on the web via the N# also. Running total of surviving 129th birds is currently 23. So far I've found 2 129th birds currently for sale: 64-16970/N600MA in Montana (supposedly flying) & 64-14073/N204GP in Loiusiana (needs parts/assembly) There are pics of both on the web via N#'s N204GP: http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/photo/000130601.html
Rick Goddard <ZRX1100@antelecom.net>
USA - Friday, March 22, 2013 at 23:01:54 (MDT)
Take care Frenchie. L-G
gently
USA - Friday, March 22, 2013 at 19:03:07 (MDT)
Sirius radio I didn't renew this year seems they are getting pricie so if they send me a better deal than regular I will get it again but not till than
George B
USA - Friday, March 22, 2013 at 16:06:02 (MDT)
frenchie. I had that procedure done and it fixed me right up. wish you nothing but the best of luck buddie. later brother lenny m. usa
lenny m
USA - Friday, March 22, 2013 at 13:25:44 (MDT)
Good luck frenchie.... Maybe if they leave the wire in you'll be able to get Sirius Radio hehhehe
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Friday, March 22, 2013 at 13:23:30 (MDT)
Well O Well, seams my heart is beating to a different drummer. Now I'm fluttering... Sounds a little sissified for me. Will be going into my leg and up to my heart and zap one of the outlaw triggers with Radio Frequency. Man the things they can do now. Wish me luck.
Frenchie
USA - Friday, March 22, 2013 at 12:25:29 (MDT)
Hi Rick Goddard, UH 1H 66 16741 is the one that Van Mills has on display near Kinston,N. C.
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N. C. USA - Friday, March 22, 2013 at 11:07:13 (MDT)
TO ALL, CAN ANYBODY TELL ME WHAT HAPPEND UH-IH TAIL # 420?
KENNETH E. SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Friday, March 22, 2013 at 02:31:53 (MDT)
Stickman, good to see your post...hope all is well with you and yours.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 13:26:24 (MDT)
Remember to let me know if you need financial help getting to the re-union. Please don't make not having money a reason to not go..we can fix that. Love-Gently
Gently
USA - Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 13:06:17 (MDT)
Stickman got your check for the dinner. about 12 weeks to the reunion. Got my news letter and registration from the VHCMA. Need to get them filled out and sent in. Remember I am collecting for the dinner $38.00 per person. So, everyone whom is attending let's get on the move April 30th is deadline . I will then met with Cinda a get our tables for the 129th. Always A Brother!!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 12:30:59 (MDT)
Dave Powers, I definitely remember, 635, Bucky, and Draughter had her, while I was there,and Buffy and another guy had her after that that had transferred in from another company tht had stood down, cant recall their names, or Buckys real name, I had 042, then 231, before I left, also me and Lulei had 265 after 843, was given to the ARVNS, I was told, 231, also leaked hydraulic fluid, me and Larry George, tried to fix her, she got red Xed ,a couple of times, also. she was lost in the Soui Cau ,I was told by Mike Higdon, not long after,I left, he wrote to me when they sent me to Fort ORD, I for whatever reason, was sent to Fort Ord, everyone else was sent to Fort Hood?? got a couple of letters from him there, Larry Brewster was sent there with some others, as I recall. Tex 70-71
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 11:22:46 (MDT)
Dave Powers: The first one you mention hasn't shown up on anything I've looked at so far, & neither does the one in Monroe County. The first ones I found were through the database at landings.com, then I started checking the FAA database (still working through that one). I also have this one to trawl though which list a lot of Hueys not in the US:http://www.airport-data.com/search/search2.html?field=model&search=Search&code=Bell+UH-1H The running total found so far including 66-00632 is 23. At least 2 B models are for sale, one in Montana (64-13970) that sounds like it's a flier, guy told me today it just got new paint & another in Louisana(64-14073) that needs parts & assembly. 2 more were being used by the Border Patrol (pics on Facebook) that are now flying for the DHS. JW Wilson also mentioned one a few posts down (in N.C.?) & I haven't found that listed anywhere yet. RickG.
Rick Goddard <ZRX1100@antelecom.net>
USA - Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 21:25:35 (MDT)
Well Kevin...sounds lilke you fit in here pretty well. Everyone's a character:>)) Kokomo will be a great time! L-G
gently
USA - Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 19:06:03 (MDT)
Rick Goddard, I've done a little looking around for my helicopter 67-17635, and haven't any information beyond 1972. Would appreciate hearing anything you find out. I did discover that a previous crew chief on her named Thomas Ewald Hacker was killed in it (took a .50 cal round) on March 12, 1969 while serving with A Company, 158th AHB, 101st ABN. He was their unit’s first KIA. Our 129th site says this aircraft did, in fact have a previous history with that unit. There is a memorial in Monroe County, Michigan that has A/C 66-00632 on display (one of our Mike models). Also, A/C 68-15214 has an interesting, and sad history. She was involved in a crash on 17 May 1988 while on duty with the California NG, and written off as a total loss. Don't know anything of crew. Then apparently a tail rotor box (the 90) was salvaged from her, and installed in another Huey on helilogging duty in Alaska. The box failed and the chopper crashed, killing the pilot. She was my first crewing job... we routinely flew her Red-x'd, mostly from contaminated hydraulic fluid, and a leak in the rotor head. The tailboom had a perpetual hydraulic fluid "sheen" on her. We'd empty and refill the reservoirs and fly her again the next day. Apparently, we were unable to get the parts to fix her and needed her too badly to ground her???
Dave Powers
USA - Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 17:00:16 (MDT)
Stickman checking in. Im doing great looking forward to dc. Wess that sounds like a tasty trade maby if you throw in a stick we got a deal. Will miss you guys but you never no just one wrong turn. I have a room with king size bed n have been trying to trade so that i can share expenses. I will see ya in Jun take care all. Take a stick for a walk luv u guys n gals
Jim stickman Oliver
pembroke, ga USA - Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 11:55:10 (MDT)
Kevin, would be great to meet you but maybe we can still make it to the UK. Back to working on my contact list again. Wish email addresses stayed the same as I keep loosing folks. Just Paul Thurmond back on to call list. Also anyone that is trying to call me I just have a home phone now here. Please leave a message if we don't answer because I can't keep up with numbers on the Caller ID these days. The area code here is 352 than 245 plus 9991. Just so you all know if you type in your phone number together it becomes part of the World if you look it up, even pulls from this site.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 11:23:50 (MDT)
Gently, thanks for the offer, just got in from school, going to pack my suitcase...see you at Kokomo. P.S, I'm willing to downgrade from 1st class to Business class, if that helps the funding. Only joking........just popped in to say hello.
Kevin
UK - Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 10:51:11 (MDT)
amen gray
wink <fl>
winter haven, fl USA - Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 08:33:02 (MDT)
Just want to say, thanks to Rick Goddard for what you are doing,my friend. Im up early, had to get up to take some meds for my neck and shoulders,I managed to reinjure a couple of weeks ago while helping my son on his grandmas house in Amarillo, that needed a lot of work, that she left him, IT amazes me the birds that survived, especially 509, that our British friends rebuilt, Rick says he has found 16 so far, 171, the ship that Nolen and Tony and Roger went down survived, now that is amazing. truly.. what are the odds of that.? they have to be astronomical. meant to be, no doubt. there continues to be less and less of us, I hope that we have left a legacy, personallly, I think our story of what we did has really never been told, the amount of lives we saved, and the dangers of what we did and what we accomplished can not be underestimated by any terms. We had a job to do, day after day, hour by hour, a lot of 18n to 20 hour days,,that I can personally recall,usually me and several others, Larry Ruff, comes to mind as being the last ones up that hill. unlike some others , our time at Lane was never ever getting away from it, every time, a bird cranked up down on the flightline, we heard it, we knew someone was going out again, in the middle of the night, in all kinds of weather and conditions.into harms way, not knowing if they would come back or not. Hovering into triple canopy jungles, into tight Lzs, stumps all around and underneath, being a huge target everytime, where one slip up and you were going down into it, to be injured or killed, maimed, burned up, whatever.. I would do it all over again, even now, because of the closeness we had as as crews, Clear right , always, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 05:38:22 (MDT)
Hi Don McCord, A friend was riding me around today and we went by your old bird. Did not get out of truck today because it was raining some and did not want to test my leg on wet grass. Take care, J. W.
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N. C. USA - Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 16:19:10 (MDT)
Hi guys, I'm afriend of Larry Kwiatkowski. Not sure if you all read the FaceBook 129th page, but I've been searching for surviving 129th birds & so far have found 9 of them. Gary Mount mentioned the one in Wisconsin & I already knew about the one in the UK. The ones I've found so far are: 67-17420 Currently flying with DHS, formerly Border Patrol:http://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwoodbarry/7053532925/ 67-17487 (currently back with Bell in Ft Worth) 64-13497 66-17399 64-14073 (Located in Sunshine LA & actually for sale, some assembly & parts required) 66-01023 64-17497 64-13747 65-15212 64-13643 & the one Gary mentioned is 66-16171. I found a HUGE database which I'm working my way through & cross-refing with the list on this site.
RickG <ZRX1100@antelecom.net>
Lancaster, Ca USA - Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 14:25:20 (MDT)
Yah, you tell them Alves we French have feelings.
French
USA - Monday, March 18, 2013 at 20:59:22 (MDT)
Guys, please remember we can help you get to the re-union or Kokomo. That's what the Christmas fund is for, solet me know if you need financial help. It's imperative that you see your buddies. Love-Gently
Gently
USA - Monday, March 18, 2013 at 18:25:33 (MDT)
Dave Woods: Alton ( Shadow ) Page passed a away afew years back. Then, Jim ( Smitty ) Westwang also passed away after Shadow. Shadow and Jim was regulars at the reunions. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Monday, March 18, 2013 at 15:48:45 (MDT)
HEY WES GRIF. WHAT GOAT EXPREIANCE, I MUST HAVE BEEN RIPPED,WHEN YOU ST0PPED BY?
KENNETH E. SWANSONDD <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Monday, March 18, 2013 at 13:49:09 (MDT)
Well here I am again, guess I am behind as always but everyone should have the forms for Kokomo by now from me. Also my check has cleared the bank too. Had a good day when my Cuz stopped by yesterday and found out one was only a few miles from Lane in 1968. Wes will miss you and Kathy in DC but still counting on Kokomo along with everyone else. Again starting with a bunch of folks wanting to come and will adjust camping spots as we get close. As always we can adjust vehicles and trailers for more people. I know we could spend a lot of time debating the War here but doubt it gains us much now. I was able to learn a lot when I studied Vietnamese at Ft Hood before going. The guys I dealt with from the Army, AF and from Vietnam really gave us a great history lesson on the mistakes. Honestly none of that did me any good while in the 129th as it was just another school in my records. I did manage to slip away to Siagon to visit the ARVN guys and meet the families. Later in SF I knew guys who were there in the 50s too, it was a mistake that we tried to make the French happy after the War. Still no matter what I read now I will always be Proud of what we tried to do.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Summerfield, FL USA - Monday, March 18, 2013 at 10:56:01 (MDT)
Dave Wood; Bill Shilleto used to Drive Bulldog 426 off N on. He signed on a while back, I called Bill , he lived somewhere in North Carolina. I've have not seen any post from Bill since then. I believe he may have relocated. I don't know where. I can't say for the other folks you are inquiring about. I hope Bill is OK & doing well. I welcome you to the 129th website & log in and post. Even if it's just to say Hello. Bulldog 426 is otta here. Clear Left!!!!
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, March 18, 2013 at 10:49:48 (MDT)
Can anyone provide an update of where Bill Shilleto, Trumbo, Shadow (Page), Mike Miles, and Lurch are these days? Dave Wood (Bull Dog 33)
David Wood <dpwood66@hotmail.com>
Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates - Monday, March 18, 2013 at 08:54:18 (MDT)
Guys...please please let me know if you need financial help going to the re-union or Kokomo. Those we help are kept confidential...I am the only one who knows. I got a call this AM from a 129er who is going to make a donation for such activity..bless his heart...so please don't hesitate to contact me. He does not want his name given..so I will honor that. It's important and healthy that you meet up with your bothers, we can make that happen. Contact me: gentlyjs@yahoo.com L-G
gently
USA - Monday, March 18, 2013 at 08:31:29 (MDT)
sitting in Allentown,Pa.MANG YANG PASS..I read somewhere in the last year or so, the Vietnam goverenment dug up the heroic french fighters,who were buried standing up facing France, and returned them to France,who accepted them with full military honors.Thats as it should be.As far as the french go..you guys have it wrong..they BEAT the germans in WW1.They won at the cost of almost an entire generation of galent French young men.When ww2 rolled around, was it worth the cost of the next generation of young men?What they did was quietly walk into the woods and mountians, then kicked Nazi butt.Lord knows how many American fliers lives they saved AND helped them back to our lines.Wanna go back futher? The French supported the colonest before, and after the American revoltion, with money,upplies and arms..that without,things woudhave been much worse ,of course they were at war with England at the time,,which pulled off men and resources from comming here to fight against us.Guess who they again supported in the war of 1812? When we fought England again.They may,or may not, be many things, but they are not chicken, nor cowards.I lived in the French Alps and got to know the people. They love France as much as any of us do America and if it came down to it, they would again pick up weapons to defend her.I am not for France, nor against her..but she has dne alot for us that has been forgotten.Oh, just came from New York City..that building theyn are building to replace the twin towers is awsome,,its way up there and the Statue of Liberty is smiling up at it.
alvis
USA - Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 15:48:27 (MDT)
OK this is my idea of war; let's say we get into one for a real reason, or let's use our war. Dead damage & $ cost. We lose 58,000, $ cost? ($ I can not imagine)Now the cost of the other guy,400,000 military, 70,000 civileans and let,\s say 30,000 misillause and again enless $. Now we fought that war for 12 years.Now think of if we'd cut the war to half the bad guys dieing,none of us and it only cost us (the tax payer, yes it is what uses a huge piece of our income tax we pay) You tell the bad guy the most he can hope for is to live,if he agrees to our terms of stopping what is psses me of or at a certain time I am going to fire 1 nuke rocket at his ass. Now the cost of 1 rocket is WAY less than a 12 year war and us lose no 1. Everyone has to realize people die in wars so figure any war is going to cost so you try for the least amount of causleties, save lives, save money and not waste a lot of years
George B
USA - Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 14:11:47 (MDT)
Ive read up a lot about how we came involved in Vietnam after WWII, Uncle Ho,was our ALLY,During WWII, it is simply amazing our involvement there,if you take the time to read upon it,from WWII,until 65,when we really got involved. Dont want to go into Politics,out of respect for Mark,it is what it is. What is done is done,just glad I was able to serve with such a great bunch of guys. Have a great day..Clear right,Always.Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 10:59:53 (MDT)
The United States was basically paying for the French war in Indochina. While we did not provide any direct assistance in the fight we did, through the European Recovery Plan portion of the post WWII Marshall Plan, provide the French with dollars for reconstruction of the French economy which in turn they used to pay for the war instead of domestic projects. It is really too bad the US did not learn from the outcome of the French war. If they had we would have no need for The Wall and 58000 plus young GIs would not be listed there. And here we are again with 12 years in Afghanistan. Go figure. The parallels associated with these three conflicts is amazing. This is the end of my history lesson. Everyone take care. Snapper 70-71
Snapper
USA - Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 10:40:40 (MDT)
I remember the Many Yang well,and all those French Graves on the hill,Im thinking that we flew over it,the first day,I ever flew and that was with Juicer, Captain Snider, and my first crewchief, Larry Leggins, being a old West Texas Boy, where trees are sparce, and nothing but farmland and cattle ranchs, where you can see for miles,I could not get over how green everything was flying up tht way,did not realize just how damn huge those trees were until we shut down at a Lz,near the Ankhe Pass.going past the Many Yang towards Pleiku was Lz Black Hawk. Yep,the whole involvement by the French and us was a huge, CF, if you know what I mean. the French had the sense to get the hell out.and stay out..my opinion of course. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 09:33:59 (MDT)
Sorry my first post had the wrong info about the Korea thing. I should have reaad all the info before I posted.
Snapper
USA - Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 08:08:22 (MDT)
Mang Yang Pass. On 23 June 1954 the French forces, when attempting to pull back to Pleiku from An Khe were ambushed in the pass by Viet Minh forces. The resulting week long battle resulted in French losses of 500 dead, 600 wounded and 800 captured. In a continuation of this battle the French Korea regiment was ordered to open the road (QL 19) from Pleiku to Ban Me Thout. Of the 800 or so strong regiment only 147 made it to Ban Me Thout. When I first read about this I thought the French were using Koreans but it was really a French UN regiment from the Korean War. It is ironic that shortly after these horrific losses the French signed an armistice on 1 August leading to their departure from Indochina making room for us. Nice of them don't you think?
Snapper
USA - Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 08:05:57 (MDT)
seems the French always need bailing out, if it wasn,t for us & the English they'd be doing the GOOSE STEP as ealy as 1914 & again in 1940
George B
USA - Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 07:51:44 (MDT)
Mang Yang Pass. Some facts about the pass: The battle of Mang Yang pass 23 June 1954 resulted in French Forces sustaining 500 dead, 600 wounded and 800 captured in a weeks fighting there. It is interesting to note that the battles in the area for the next couple of weeks were fought by French Colonial forces that included the, now get this, the 1st and 2nd KOREA battalions. Their mission was to open the road from Pleiku to Ban Me Thout. They sustained losses of well over 50 percent and closer to 75 percent as well. Kind of interesting that Korean battalions were there during the French war as well.
Snapper
USA - Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 07:21:03 (MDT)
does anyone remember the name of that second pass
George B
USA - Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 17:08:10 (MDT)
Dan J the pass is still there I went up it last year (Feb 12) and it is just as long and steep which really had me hopeing the huge & heavy truck in front of our car didn't stap its drive shaft & roll back into us also on the way down hopeing our brakes won't fail. Also the other pass is still there I use to call it Band Yang Pass. the only difference is now they are 2 way highways like our secondary roads but as you can imagine a huge improvement other what it was like back in 68-70
George B
USA - Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 10:01:03 (MDT)
Wes, 'iffen you go the "wrong way" you might end up in DC afterall! Hehhehee
Gale
USA - Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 07:02:23 (MDT)
1. Fred and susie-Kathy and I send our hopes and love and if I could find a monkey that would talk to me I am sure they would do the same. Talked to Ken Swanson about 3 weeks ago. He had forgotten that him and I had met about 10/12 years ago and I even spent some time with him at his house. Must admit I was beyond the legal limit at the time. He seems to be serious about attending Kokomo this year. Hope so. Ken, you would love it here based on your goat experiences. Kathy and I just put up with elk in the back yard and we have not found a way to make them pets yet. Beautiful animals. Regret to say that we will ot be going to DC. Instead we are planning to go see another brother that reads but does not post. We will have company from a couple from the other side of the Mississippi. Depends on the stage of his medical treatment. Love you all and just want to say to Stickman - trade you 3 nutria for an alligator tail.
Wes Griffith <griff90880@msn.com>
USA - Friday, March 15, 2013 at 22:34:26 (MDT)
Hello Gary M. and thanks for the advice George B. One thing I would like to do is drive up into Anke pass and take a look around. I remember seeing the French mass grave site up there when flying over. Chuck had a 51 caliber set up there also. I spent 15 months in China teaching at a flight school a few years back, and I know about some of the things you were talking about needing while traveling.
Daniel Jarvis <firefly1989@yahoo.com>
BOISE, ID - Idaho USA - Friday, March 15, 2013 at 19:58:45 (MDT)
Talked to Tom of the VHCMA. If you need a room with two beds. The Quota for the VHCMA price rooms are full till Thursday. Due to heavy turn out the rooms are going fast. Tom is trying to get another hotel for the overflow of people. Being in D.C. alot of guys has never been to the wall. George if you and Robbie are going to share a room. You might see if the hotel will let you have a roller bed. Will swap rooms with for one with two beds. you get lucky and someone cancelled. MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS QUICKLY YOU HAVE 24 OR 48 HOURS BEFORE ARRIVAL TO CANCEL. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, March 15, 2013 at 15:07:02 (MDT)
Saturday Dinner Dance (ONLY) is $38.00 per person. Make a check out to VHCMA and mail it to Alex. On the registration form,in the Dinner Dance space,write Alex. GALE USA - Monday, March 11, 2013 at 13:57:14 (MDT)
Gale
USA - Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 18:36:59 (MDT)
Alex How Much is the DINNER????????
George B
USA - Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 18:14:42 (MDT)
HEY TEX ,THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES, I FORGOT ABOUT THE HIGH FLIGHTS OVER LANE, I DID A FEW OF THEM, BUT FOR THE LIFE OF ME I CANT REMEMBER WAY WE DID IT , SEEMS TO ME IT WAS AFTER SOMTHING BIG, WE ALSO PUT SMOKE ON EACH SKIDE AND PULLED THE PINS/VIA WIRE. BUT WHY? I GUESS IM LOSEING IT.CLEAR RIGHT.
KENNETH E. SWANSOND <doorgunner@centurylink,net>
ASTORIA, ORE. USA - Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 16:29:51 (MDT)
Just talk to the hotel and everything is booked up till thursday. So, need to get your reservations made soon. Tom is look at another hotel for the overflow. Alot of guys that have been to the Wall. I handle the dinner checks and seating. But, we need to shake a leg and get reservations in. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 15:35:52 (MDT)
Correction, May 5, 1970, on the flight physical.
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 11:07:21 (MDT)
March, 13th. 71, last day to fly, was upat Uplift took some fire in the tail boom on my side, left side, barely missed me, too short for that, lacked 6 hours getting a 1,000 hours, never flew again, to short, FOR THAT CRAP. left Lane the 24th. of MARCH, 1971. I went to go see Nolen at the 67th. Evac, before I got on a c-130 to Camranh Bay, didnt know he passed away from the wounds he incurred on February 19, 71, while on that Snoopy Low. until 5m years ago,coming across this website right around the time he passed away,April 14, 71. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 11:02:59 (MDT)
Fred Alvis, great to see you posting again, brother,new plugs and a change of oil on the ol computer ,eh?? ha ha. March 13, was the last day I flew according to my flight records, my old flight physical says I took it in Quinhon at the 67th. Evac on May 3,1970, couple of days ago, May 11, 1970, was the Lubbock Tornado, while I was a newby, with Larry Leggins and Juicer as pilot most of the time then, took me 2 weeks to find out if my family was still alive here, my brother who was a cop for 35 years, was less than a quarter of a mile from it as it passed in front of him , throwing Airstream trailers like they were toys, it busted out all his windows on his patrol car, while he was on the floor board praying. it passed within less than a mile from my Dad and mom, my ex-wife just got in the newspaper building when it hit coming from home from a late supper. Always remember the day I left here on April 25, 1970, from the old Lubbock Airport it was cold as a sob, sleet, snow and dirt blowing , shook hands with my brother and Dad, hugged mom and kissed my new wife goodbye before getting on the plane tom Fort Lewis. must had got to Lane around the 1st.of May,??? got to Camranh Bay, then Nha Trang, then Phu Heip, flew to Quinhon on a Demon Ship, 134th. with 2 othe r guys, one went to the 2nd. platton, I went to first, Ruff, Lenny, Casey made me feel right at home and Hap. Wont ever for get it. Put me with Larry Leggins a 3 tour vet ,old grunt, from the 4th. as was Mavramatis and Paul Nolen. Larry showed me the ropes, of being a doorgunner, always remember the guys coming back from Cambodia, that evening, did a high over head over Lane, that I wont forget either. Clea right, always, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 10:53:15 (MDT)
just looked at facebook and ranier bauer can be added to that group
paul mcgrath
USA - Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 07:17:29 (MDT)
been getting spam from people on facebook that put up a privacy notice. apparently you have been hacked.gently,sue alvis,gale
paul mcgrath
USA - Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 07:12:20 (MDT)
dont know why, but when I enter the site, a pop up appears saying "long running script"...and that locks me out. Did it again just now but messed with it and here I be. Last day home. Picked up 41 thousand pounds of seed corn at the Philly water front for the load that brought me back thru home. Going to Iowa. Trouble is..it was grown in South America. Man, cant we grow seed corn here or does all our corn go to wal mart and in the making of fuel?Jarvis..there is a yahoo site that many of us have posted pictures on, perhaps you are in the background of one or will recongize someone. Gale..winters about over,daffidils blooming up to about 30 miles south of the Indy/ky. state line. Tulips and daffidils popping up in my yard.
alvis
USA - Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 07:03:12 (MDT)
OK Fred, Good job. You must of changed the oil and filter on the computer.;~) Glad you are able to get in. OK Don M. You better TCB there...................
Mark
USA - Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 21:21:48 (MDT)
Mark, George and Gale The wife is going to have her knee replaced in May? so I'll need to be around to help I think KoKomo is in the works though and a Marky marks?
Don McCort
USA - Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 20:25:47 (MDT)
Alvis, welcome back in here! Did you adjust the points in you modem to get goin' again?
Gale
USA - Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 18:51:15 (MDT)
Jeeeezzzze...if computers had a carb abd spark plugs, fixing things sure would be easier. Thank you to all that trie to help out this old guy get back in here. Mark..musta used old E-Mail addys for you..or i am in your junk mail under ghoastrider...message from son is great, been trying to get in touch with him.Returned from Susans doc (post op) today..she is recovering slowly but steadly..he said in another two months she should be almost be able to breath normal.Mom hasnt much luck with chemo..good to be back in here..oh , Jarvis..I am from july of 71 till jan 72 (sent to 60th ahc then), but there are a handful of guys in our time frame 3 pilots that i can think of off hand (if you remember Shadow, he passed this last year)crews are more,,Smitty passed last year too , if you remember him..Shaky was killed in a jeep wreck years ago..and others, cant remember.. CRS
alvis
USA - Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 18:34:25 (MDT)
Dave Powers, let me know that you get ahold of Fred A. please..........
Mark
USA - Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 17:42:18 (MDT)
Don MIller, Friend of Larry's and friend of mine, I raise my Protien Drink and toast with you brother. I am so glad you made it home and we have been able to meet face to face. Your eyes have seen Larry over there and in them I could see him also. I love you and all others here........God Bless you all................WELCOME HOME................always a brother.....looking so forward to DC and Kokomo............I love gathering with you guys..............
Mark
USA - Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 17:41:25 (MDT)
Dave Powers....Please assure Fred Alvis that in no way has he been barred from posting. I wouldnt know how to do such a thing in the first place and I wouldnt do it to anybody anyways unless we had a hacker of some kind in here. Then I would have to learn how to do it anyways. Soooooo.Fred.........I dont know why you are not able to post in here. It must be a problem on your end. Please do not feel that you are being kicked out. I havent seen any reason to do such a thing to anybody. Dave emailed me and said that I havnt responded to any of your emails. I have not gotten any emails from you. Arte you useing these addresses ( fourfour44atMSN.com ) or (fourfourathometowncable.net)? They are still working here because we recieve mail on them all the time. Hummmm......I wonder whats going on?????..........anyways. Dave, if you have contact with Fred pleasde reassure him of my message here that he is good here and all is well...............always a brother......
Mark
USA - Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 17:33:51 (MDT)
Don, my glass is up......CLINK! Always a brother..................
Gale
USA - Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 16:18:08 (MDT)
here we go again ............. march 13 1970 was a very long (45 hours) day. but the best day of my life. I made it home again. I will be having a toast to the guys that didn't get to have what I had that day. smiling faces at the airport as I got off the plane. it has been a long hard road since then but at least I was here to make that trip. I want to thank everyone that I served with in the 129th you all helped make it possible for me to make it back home. and especially to the ones that paid the ultimate price. your friendship will never be forgotten. also to the ones I have met since coming home at reunions and such. thank you for helping me to get thru all the emotions that have crept up on me. so to all that have served either in the 129th or have served us all since we all got home (and that is for all you wonderful ladies out there that have helped us to remain somewhat sane) I will raise my second glass to all of you. NOTE: after re reading this it sounds like I am saying a final goodbye to everyone. nothing could be further from the truth. I just kind of get this way on march 13th. my love to all my brothers and sisters. Later, Don
Don Miller <hogleg244@yahoo.com>
Valley Farms, AZ USA - Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 15:48:32 (MDT)
Thanks for calling Don. George and I have talked and will be sharing a room at reunion.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 15:32:09 (MDT)
Daniel Jarvis, you were there after I left, welcome home, brother. Clar right always. Tex 70-71.
Gary L. Mount
lubbock, tx USA - Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:17:47 (MDT)
Danniel J, another thing Dan is buy yourself a Vietnam guide book, I did before I went the first time & it was a great help. Sense my first trip I talked to people on the planes over that were so uninformed it puzzled me one guy thought he could use his credit cards and only brought a couple hundred in cash and when he showed me the bills I told him only about half of if was usualable so he needed to go to the U.S. Embassey in Saigon H.C.M.City) district 1 & try to get usuable money maybe via western union. another guy had a "Vietnam Veteran had on, HELLO wake UP its now the other guys country and there are many many NVA walking around, they are freiendly now but maybe its best not remind them we fought against their fathers Looking at their G.I.'s walking around almost reminds me of us as we were when we where all in uniforms.Another thing you can do is pick yourself up a good guide book. The trip in May I will be going to Da Nang, Marble Mountain, Khe Sanh,Hue & An Hoc and of course Tay Nien and the Black Virgen Mountain area which is where my wife &her (our) familey is from. Dan when where you with the 129, I was with them from Feb 69-april 70. If you or anyone else needs or whats help about going back you can call me my # is 5086780057 and the best times to call is after 7:00 P.M. est.
George B
USA - Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 10:00:34 (MDT)
Daniel J I been back to the front gate of Lane, its out side the hamlet of On Son while in the area I spent time in Quin Nhon the city is great I also swam in the South China sea at our old Red Beach but couldn't exactly find where the U.S. part was it is really changed. I also went to An Khe and Pleiku.By the way the air port in Quin Nhon is a shopping area so you will need to fly from Saigon ( Ho Chi Mien City) to Phu Cat (cost about $100. U.S.) that is about a half hour car ride to Quin Nhon. I go back alot now My next trip is this may and than I think I will be going back in Oct or Nov. If you or anyone are serious about going back do NOT take one of those expenseive tour things. I can arrange a guide for you for $10 a day & arrange to take you anywhere you what to go. A few things you need to know is credit cards are usless there, I use cash and ur money needs to be NEW bills, they will not exchange old, torn are dirty U.S. money a personal guide is a huge money saver as Frenchie,also bring short pants with button or velco flaps over pockets, good sandels and if you can find the type you can slip in & out of they or better cause you will have to take them off to go in peoples houses.Also not to be personal but carry tiolet paper they Vietnamese clean them selves with water and if you aren,t use to it well it can be a unpleasant experence. I really advice anyone thinking of going to GO while you have your health cause it is no a handicap friendly place but other than that it is on of the most beautifullest counties I have been and the people there are so nice I married one. I adise anyone going to go for at least 2 weeks or 3 my plane ticket ususally is from $1075-$1150 round trip and I never spend more than $75 a day while there and that is for hotels ($22 night-3 star) food silvernears, beer car rides and now I been there so many times I use the buses.
George B
USA - Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 07:34:04 (MDT)
This is a test on behalf of Fred Alvis... he's having trouble posting!
Dave
USA - Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 07:32:12 (MDT)
Mark, talked to "Stickman" tonight he has his room set up for DC in June. Also the VHCMA has updated the site and has the form on line for the reunion also. Remember if you are going that Alex is collecting checks for the dinner.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 20:32:26 (MDT)
Dan welcome as there are a bunch of folks from around than. I got there in August 72 but several from when you were there and will add you to my email list as I need to send out that info again. Also got all the paperwork back from Kokomo today, got all the forms scanned and will put them back in the mail tomorrow. Reminder Kokomo, IN is Sept 19th - 22nd.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 20:21:22 (MDT)
Thank you Mark, I have some good memories of that time. I plan to go back to Vietnam maybe as early as next year. I went on Google Earth and found the place where the base was, maybe I will go there. Good health and happiness to you and yours! Dan
Daniel Jarvis <firefly1989@yahoo.com>
BOISE, ID - Idaho USA - Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 19:49:59 (MDT)
Daniel, WELCOME HOME and back to the 129th. THANKS for your service brother. I know that we have personal from you time period that check in here once in a while so do stick around or come back and ask again.....................always a brother.............
Mark
USA - Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 15:43:09 (MDT)
Just wondering if anybody was in Anson between September 71 and February 72. I was crewchief on UH-1M tail number 532.
Daniel Jarvis <firefly1989@yahoo.com>
BOISE, ID - Idaho USA - Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 14:03:15 (MDT)
Don sorry you won,t be at the reunion, this will be a good one so hopeing you will change your mine. Think on it Don, Virg-D.C. is a good bike ride from where you are liveing now. I,m waiting to here from Robbie now on the room
George B
USA - Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 06:36:55 (MDT)
Hey Stickman, yeah out there??? Are you coming to DC?????
Mark
USA - Monday, March 11, 2013 at 19:31:35 (MDT)
Hey Don, where ya been and why aint ya going to the reunion????
Mark
USA - Monday, March 11, 2013 at 19:15:11 (MDT)
sorry about that ROBBIE
dumbbie
USA - Monday, March 11, 2013 at 19:09:36 (MDT)
sorry about that ROBBIE
dumbbie
USA - Monday, March 11, 2013 at 19:08:42 (MDT)
sorry about that ROBBIE
dumbbie
USA - Monday, March 11, 2013 at 19:06:54 (MDT)
sorry about that ROBBIE
dumbbie
USA - Monday, March 11, 2013 at 19:06:23 (MDT)
Hey George I'am not going to the reuion so Pobbie can share with you
Don McCort
USA - Monday, March 11, 2013 at 19:03:45 (MDT)
Oh Yeah right there Robbie;~))...OK Alex...............
Mark
USA - Monday, March 11, 2013 at 17:29:21 (MDT)
hi I went out to day & stop to get some gas so I pulled in & then was a truck behind me & the wind was blowing hard & gusting even higher & I look up & a 1/4 4x8 sheet of plywood out of his bed over his cab & at me was about a 2 feet from my head & when it hit the front of the beed it riped it loos from the side & if it was clouser it took my head off at the speed it was going
Art
USA - Monday, March 11, 2013 at 17:26:13 (MDT)
Mark your check made here today. Came pony express from Celina or maybe been the snow you all was getting. Gale appricate the note about the registration on the VHCMA.org web site. Trying to get hold of a pilot Donnie Gates sept.66 to sept.67 He posted on the 509 site. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Monday, March 11, 2013 at 16:51:51 (MDT)
Heck JW, you'll be kickin' your heals June!
Gale
USA - Monday, March 11, 2013 at 16:50:26 (MDT)
Hi, I used my walker to get out of house and walked around the yard today. I am healing slow and I may not be able to go to reunion.If you have not been to a reunion I encourge you to attend. You will find the joy of brothship, peace and healing. Take care, J.W. Wilson
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N. C. USA - Monday, March 11, 2013 at 15:52:18 (MDT)
Saturday Dinner Dance (ONLY) is $38.00 per person. Make a check out to VHCMA and mail it to Alex. On the registration form,in the Dinner Dance space,write Alex.
GALE
USA - Monday, March 11, 2013 at 13:57:14 (MDT)
http://www.vhcma.org/regist.html
Gale
USA - Monday, March 11, 2013 at 13:49:54 (MDT)
http://www.vhcma.org/reunion.html
Gale
USA - Monday, March 11, 2013 at 13:48:12 (MDT)
Alex, I haven,t recieved any forms about the reunion or The dinner so should I just mail it to you & your address you posted? Also I forgot how much to make the check out for
George B
USA - Monday, March 11, 2013 at 13:12:04 (MDT)
Just like a rubber ball...bouncy bouncy! HHehehee
Gale
USA - Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 12:59:25 (MDT)
morning flight, robbie your funny, got a good laugh out of it,mark your check is problemly still bouncing its way to alex, so give it a few more bounces, heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 10:24:28 (MDT)
Ken Strong, beleive me, going to Reno did more good for me than anything the V.a. or anyone could ever do, talking to you, and the kindness and concern for me ,wont ever be forgotten, being able to see Roger, and Casey, was priceless, to finally get to see them in person, priceless, after all those years, being around others from the 129th. also helped tremendously. Thanks to this website and Mark, Ive been able to fill in the holes, perhaps not all, but close, like I said, it comes in cycles, it will always be.GladI was there as a Bulldog, wouldnt change it for the world, a true sense of belonging and doing the best I could and proud of the people I was with, a closeness that will always be there.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 10:14:07 (MDT)
Know what you mean, Ken.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 10:02:54 (MDT)
I am looking for someone to share a room with at the reunion. Anyone thinking the same, either post here or call me at315-904-4258. Mark, we didn't get your last check. please send another one and make it out to Robbie Robinson. Heh Heh.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 07:07:31 (MDT)
I just recieved my new VNHCM phone book with all the members address & phone numbers and had a idea could some one make up a 129th phone book? Anyone else like the idea? Alex I'll send you a check this week, anything happening a the bus idea?
George B
USA - Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 07:04:15 (MDT)
Alex, No check from Dee and I for dinner??? Hum sent it earlier this week.......
Mark
USA - Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 19:58:19 (MST)
Forgot: Anyone whom don't belong to the VHCMA. I can email you a registration form. The VHCMA emailed me the form. Also, hotel is filling up fast. And, their looking at another hotel for the overflow. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 18:23:44 (MST)
Have recieved checks for the reunion dinner from:Barry Winkler,Ken Swanson,Frenchie,Gale Beard,Robbie Robinson,Ken Strong and Rainer Bauer. All whom plan on going to the dinner get your checks to me by April 30th. Were going to get the 129th seated together at tables next to each other. Make Checks out to VHCMA and send them to: Alex Fernwalt 9315 S. Fairmont Circle Collierville,TN. 38017. On the registration form where it says dinner Write See Alex. Any questions email me or my cell is 901-487-0374. Always A Brother!!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 17:54:12 (MST)
MR. PHANTOM, I HAVE EVERY THING THAT YOU WROTE ABOUT I HAVE BEEN 100%+ FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS NOW. EVEN IN 68, WHILE WE WRE DUEING THE SPRAYING, WHEN I ASKED ABOUT THE BURNING AND OTHER THINGS YOU MENTION, THE FLIGHT SGT. AND OTHERS LIED, THEYED SAY NOT TO WORRY ,JUST WASH IT OFF ETC. FIRST GOT 50% IN 1981=====100% IN 1992 THANKS FOR THE INFO. I AM STILL VERY PROUD TO HAVE SERVED WITH THE BITE AND STRIKE AT LANE.
KEN <DOORGUNNER@CENTURYLINK.NET>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 15:20:32 (MST)
I recall our 1st.platoon bird, in particular 68-15373, being used to spray AO, while I was there in June and july and august of 70, on the Ankhe Pass, we would use a firetruck to wash the bird down after wards, it would eat off the paint of the tail boom. we would cloths to clean the crap off and it would burn my skin on my hands or wherever it touched later on ,had red splotchs on my neck and scalp, and other places, there is a picture in the gallery of one of our birds, Ken with the spray rig on it. I sent off to the National Archives several years ago requesting spray patterns in our Ao, there is , they said they quit in 70, which is lie, big time, there is spry patterns on our area, on the AO, WEBSITE,..... ALL OVER THE VALLEYS, WE went into, I have health problems also, many of the Ptsd symptoms are similiar to the AO SYMPTOMS, mentally. anxiety, rage, concentration, etc. check it out,that whole place is a chemical hazardous waster dump, its in the water and food still over there, one big crap hole that was made. not counting the misery of life it has taken. Also my brother nerve gas ws used there also we were almost issued antropine when we we went into the Soui Cau , kim Son Valleys WEST OF PHUCT, lITTLE KNOWN FACT. Clear right, always. "The Phantom.""
Gary Mount
USA - Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 11:13:46 (MST)
HEY DUSTOFF JIM, PREETY SWEET JOP I ONLY GOT OVER THERE A FEW TIMES TO PICK UP THE BRASS, SO THEY COULD COMMAND THE WAR FROM SOME MOUNTAIN,OK WITH US SAFE AND DOWN TIME , LIKE ALL DAY, BUT YOUR TIME AT THE TIGER BASE, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE======FUN IN THE SUN. ALWAYS A BRO.
KEN SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE. USA - Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 01:36:29 (MST)
Ken,Every Saturday evening the ROK Tiger Div.Commander and the Col.at the ROK Hospital would send a staff car to pick me up and take me to ROK Compound to make Martinis for them.I got to rub shoulders with the ROK Nurses and aids.Heaven on Earth in Vietnam.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Friday, March 08, 2013 at 22:29:15 (MST)
HEY KAL, ITS FUNNY HOW TIME WORKS ON ONES MIND, YOUR OK BRO. I BET WE HAD BEERS TOGETHER,WHILE WE WHERE AT LANE. I WOULD GO SIT UP BY THE CHURCH ,HAVE A BEER EVERY NOW N THEN. JUST SIT THERE AND LOOK OVER ROK VALLY. ALWAYS A BRO.
KEN SWANSON <DOORGUNNER@CENTURYLINK.NET>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 23:22:50 (MST)
Ken Swanson, no, I don't recall many names other than a few of the other pilots I flew with. I didn't even remember Alex Fernwalt, who was my POL NCO. 45 years have taken there toll of my memory cells. My DEROS was October of '68. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and Emphysema which haven't made life a lot of fun either. I am still kickin but at times think that throwing the big switch wouldn't be all that bad... As long as I can still enjoy my hobbies and family I will hang in there... Take care.. C U L8r... Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom
USA - Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 22:20:01 (MST)
Alex? Did you get Dee and I's dinner check for the VHCMA?..............
Mark
USA - Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 19:39:42 (MST)
Hey pops (Fred). Sorry to hear about Susan. Hope all will heal. Lost contact info. Hope grandmother is o.k. Think of you two often. Call if you want. (Scott).(912-631-1343).Ask for me.
scott alvis
savannah, USA - Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 15:38:02 (MST)
THANKS KAL, IF YOU SCROLL THE LOG YOU WILL SEE I HAVE BEEN , BEING TREATED FOR A A.O. BLOOD DESESE FOR THE LAST 15 YRS.I THINK I GOT IT FROM LANE WHILE FLYING A.O. SORTIES./ DID YOU KNOW SP/5 MURPHY OR SP/5 SWANDER, OREVEN ME SP/4 SWANSON===68-69?
KEN SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 12:58:10 (MST)
I do recall while shutdown at a command post south of the Phucat mtns. in 68, a flight of 7 C-123s flying north up the valley in the middle of the mountains, spraying AO. I recall getting some small drops of the stuff on us as we watched... L8r... Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu@email.com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 12:08:37 (MST)
Kenneth Swanson.. I flew a couple AO missions out of Lane and they were both at outposts in the Miami Beach area. I don't recall any problems with the stuff getting into the cabin while spraying. I flew with the 2nd platoon in '68. I hope this info is what you are looking for. Take care Brother.. Hope to see you in DC in June.. Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom <n8auu@email.com>
Saint Joseph, MI USA - Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 11:59:33 (MST)
hey gang, I should have been more specific on my questions. the korea bamboo house was about 500 yards from our main gate. a 2 and half made a run to it about every 2 hours. the girls were checked out by our medics supposedly? I just can't recall if it was at pleiku or lane? while I was at pleiku they put the ville on limits from noon til about six p.m. daily. I just can't recall which base it was at. later brothers. lenny m.
lenny m.
USA - Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 07:05:07 (MST)
here's another one-- http://www.warbirdregistry.org/heloregistry/huey-6615212.html
larry kwiatkowski <chrger66@aol.com>
simi valley, California USA - Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 22:00:20 (MST)
Here's one of our birds---- http://www.warbirdregistry.org/heloregistry/huey-6413643.html
larry kwiatkowski <chrger66@aol.com>
simi valley, California USA - Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 21:59:15 (MST)
LENNY= IT WAS AT ANSON YOUR TALKING ABOUT. I SPENT SOME GOOD TIMES OVER THE BRIDGE AND UP THE CREEK TO THE VILL.DON:T NEED TO GET INTO DETAIL;YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN!CLEAR RIGHT.
KENNETH SWANSON <DOORGUNNER@CENTURYLINK.NET>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 19:54:09 (MST)
thanks kenny, I was at pleiku late 71 and early 72. the koreans ran a steam and cream either at arty hill or an son. it was about 500 yards from main gate. I just for the life of me cant recall which base. no big deal, just trying to remember. thank you again lenny m..
lenny m.
USA - Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 19:23:16 (MST)
I SPENT AFEW MONTHS AT PLEIKU. ARTIL. MT. WAS ABOUT FIVE MILES FROM CAMP ENARI, I WAS REALLY CLOSE TO ART. MT. IN HUGE FIRE FIGHT WHEN THE VC PENETRADED THE FIRE BASE.IT LASTED DAYS I WAS SCARED BIG TIME.IT WAS HELL, EARLY 68,AFTER THAT ACOUPLE MONTHS LATER I WENT TO LANE, WHERE LIFE GOT BETTER. THERE WAS ALSO A AIR FORCE BASE BETWEEN THE TWO, WHERE IF YOU WERE LUCKY ONE COULD CALL HOME/VIA THE MARS STATION. HOPE THIS HELPS YOU LENNY M.
KENNETH SWANSON <DOORGUNNER@CENTURYLINK.NET>
ASTORIA, ORE. USA - Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 19:00:13 (MST)
brothers in arms, got a couple of questons cause I can't remember caca. first off, there was a bamboo house steam and cream, was it at artillery hill pleiku or at lane? also. was artillery hill and camp eneri the same place? it's been over forty years and my brain doesn't work too good anymore. would sure appreciate any help. later brothers lenny m.
lenny m.
USA - Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 17:56:27 (MST)
Started yesterday with 24 goats, sold one and ended the day with 24 goats. Had them all out and my wife and I looked over to try to figure out who was hanging out with our baby girl. She dropped one without us paying attention so now have 12 babies. Just my comment on the VA w/PTSD & AO. It seems that every area has there own way of doing things which makes it harder for all of us to deal with them. In both these cases I still figure I am the lucky one as I lived my life pretty much OK till the past few years. Also being the baby of the group I guess it is just now catching up to me as well. Getting the run around has been the biggest problem in my case because when trying to find out why my nerves are failing the doctors try to blame everything else. At least talking to others here has shown that many have these same problems in our legs, feet & arms. Meanwhile others like Mike Johnson just fell apart over the past few years so who knows why? As for the mental part I am still pushing people to go to Reunions because for me it has been the biggest help. To start out with finding that someone else may have the same nightmare as you do helps. The biggest has been being able to talk to the rest of the crews and hear the other side of the story. Back than Rank did play a big part of our problems & I just now understand that it went on in the front of the aircraft too. So for me to set down with Lt Larry Lackey and talk about things that happened really has helped more than anything that the VA can do. Even at Reno the subjects were at times painful to some there it is better to be with those who were there. Again I was so happy that Gary made it and hope it helps him as I know now I have a Nephew dealing with the same thing. Still hoping to get those guys to come to Kokomo this year too because I feel that being with us may help them not suffer the way we did. Well just thinking too much this morning I guess. Still know the greatest feelings I have had in the past few years has been putting my arms around guys I served with in the 129th.
Ken Strong Jr.
Summerfield, FL USA - Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 09:04:11 (MST)
Kenneth,Every time we went on a mission.Our arms,hands,neck and face would burn with AO and we would have tro wash our selfs after evey mission.Many of the troops we picked up was soaked with the stuff.I feel for the wounded troops that had AO in the open wounds.They are the one that are haveing the hardest times.I am bad but they are worst.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Tuesday, March 05, 2013 at 20:18:59 (MST)
Hint for Kokomo.....look out for black and white:>)) Gary----take it ez babe. Frenchie and J.W, and John....how are you 3 doing? L-G
gently
USA - Tuesday, March 05, 2013 at 15:25:29 (MST)
DOSE ANYONE REMEMBER SPRAYING A.O. SORTIES FROM LANE IN 68.I GOT THAT GRAP ALL OOVER ME, WHILE WIPPING THE RESADUE OFF THE TAIL BOOM.IF YOU SPRAYED OR NOT, YOU SHOULD GET ON THE A.O. REGESTER.IT CAUSES ALOT OF ILLNESS.
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Tuesday, March 05, 2013 at 14:31:16 (MST)
Thanks for the responses guys. Will be going to see the Doc this Friday, hopefully can avoid the conversation we had last time out concerning my experinces when I got home, took me years to find out I was not alone, but the damage had already been done in my personal life ,cost me dearly. I hang in there its a daily struggle plus the medical issues we are and Iam having now.Like my son said recently, Gee Dad, you were just a kid, fresh out of High school, were sent over there ,with no idea really knowing what was going on there, sent back and expected to be normal again.,like nothing ever happened. he he.Again thanks for the responses,it helps. Clear right, always.... Phantom 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, March 05, 2013 at 06:19:20 (MST)
TO THE PHANTOM, I KNOW WHAT YTOUR SAYING, I GOT THE SAME THING, PLUS A A.O. BLOOD DISESE. HAVE TO GIVE A UNIT OF BLOOD EVERY MOUNTH/ SUCKS! HANG IN THERE BRO. CLEAR RIGHT
KENNETH SWANSON <DOORGUNNER@CENTURYLINK.NET>
ASTORIA, ORE. USA - Monday, March 04, 2013 at 18:55:08 (MST)
HEY PHANTOM, I KNOW WHAT TOUR TALKING ABOUT , SAME THING WITH ME-----CLEAR RIGHT BRO.
KENNETH SWANSON <DOORGUNNER@CENTURYLINK.NET>
ASTORIA, ORE. USA - Monday, March 04, 2013 at 18:28:44 (MST)
Ken Strong and Robbie recieved your checks for the reunion dinner. I will turn them in at the end of April. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Monday, March 04, 2013 at 11:11:45 (MST)
I guess each one of us have our own experinces during that time when we got back home from being over there ,I know Im not alone with my feelings, some handled stuff better than others and experinced different events. for the most part I do well, one thing Ive learned over the years is that this goes in cycles, nightmares, rage, depression, anxiety, what ever. I dont handle stress very well, most of us dont. my patience for it is very low, he he. Yeh,I know that Tripper, er Casey, thanks. Im doing better now. Clear right, always. "The Phantom " "TEX"
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, March 04, 2013 at 09:52:05 (MST)
Gently, who will be with you at Kokomo this year? Let's see.....will it be "your twin sister", "a female military officer", "a doctor" or maybe your "fairy god mother"!? Hey, we're game for anything as long as you show up!!!! Hheehehe
Gale
USA - Monday, March 04, 2013 at 09:10:01 (MST)
Put me on your list Dust-off. I and a "guest" will be at Kokomo...probably not re-union. Anyone need financial help to get to either let me know: gentlyjs@yahoo.com. L-G
Gently
USA - Sunday, March 03, 2013 at 21:02:29 (MST)
Just wanted to post a note from the Goat Farmer as still standing with 11 babies which has kept me busy. Sorry to say it is also keeping me behind on everything a bit too. Just again wanted to remind folks about the DC Reunion in June and Kokomo in September. I know I am getting old and forget things but please put a big note up on your wall some place. I still have not gotten all the calls done that I want to but am repeating some with those who still have not locked in a room, etc. So please get that done 1st, than send a check to Alex for the Dinner. We will deal with the other stuff later but kind of hope that with the meal tickets that Alex might get an idea about the bus trip. Sounds like the 117th is ahead of us again and would be nice if the 129th could show up with more folks this year.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Sunday, March 03, 2013 at 12:23:06 (MST)
You can always talk to me there Phantom, oh I mean Gary.
Matt Casey
USA - Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 19:01:29 (MST)
Gently,I have already started and am about half way.I have been told they want to make a movie out of it.Starts in 1942-1997.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 12:55:10 (MST)
Dust-off...you should write a book. L-G
Gently
USA - Friday, March 01, 2013 at 19:34:25 (MST)
That's a Roger!
Gale
USA - Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 16:20:41 (MST)
Gale got your reunion dinner check. Remember on the registration form just put Alex. That way Cinda will know I have your dinner money. Always A Brother!!!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 06:35:04 (MST)
THANKYOU DENNIS' MY PATCH"S ARE ON THE WAY/VIA UK
KEN SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 13:12:41 (MST)
Gary,1972,retired from Army in Japan.My wife and daughter and I,got on a plane to go to America to live.In the Airport in LAX a lady ran up to me and spit on my uniform.She then called me a babby killer.The Lax Security had to get my wife off the Bitch.We went to a Hotel close to LAX for the night.The Next Day we got on a plane going kack to Japan just in time to stop transprtation from shipping my furniture to the USA. I tryed to get a job with the DOD or any American contractor in the Far East.But Dod refused to hire me even that I had Veterans Preferance because I was sick and that was the reason I was shipped out of Vietnam early.I had 5 more Months left in Country.The Military had sent me to Language school for Chinese and Japanese.I worked for many different companys trying to make enough money to send my Daughter to School on a military base.Schooling for Kids of Retirees was a space available paying bases $15,000 US dollars a year grades 1-12.I tryed very hard to stay away from English speaking people/TV,Radio,Newspapers.When I was home I banned all english TV,Radio programs.I spoke only Japanses with my Daughter and wife for many years.After my wife passed away I was going to stay in Japan untill my Daughter came back and packed everything and shipped it to Illinois.She put me on a plane back to the USA in 1997.I had almost forgoten how to speak the English language.If you do not use a language you will loose it.My mind keeps going back to Japan and China.I miss all the travel in Japan and China,Korea.I really missed all the good friendship with Veterans that understand what happend with troops under the Bridges.I really enjoy my time and associations with 129th AHC/Dustoff.Have a great day.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 11:14:36 (MST)
Ken Swannson the web site is http://warbadges.com or http://www.huey.co.uk/hueyshop Always a brother Dennis Class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau <d1st2no(at)live.co>
USA - Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 11:08:59 (MST)
I WENT TO THE PLACE"S SOME TOLD ME TO GO,TOO FIND/BUY A FEW (3) bite and strike patche"s no luck. can anybody help me!
KRNNRTH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, OREI USA - Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 10:16:12 (MST)
Talk about weird weather here in Texas,it was 74,on Sunday, then it came a Blizzard, that night after midnight, I-27 was closed from Lubbock to Amarillo, and I-40 shut down in Amarillo both ways,many roads still shut down, winds were 50 plus,what a mess, got around 3 to 5 here in Lubbock,visibility was 0 at times, 19 inchs in Amarillo where my son and grandkids live. the last few months at Lane were the worst for me, all the guys that I was originally with went home, Lenny, Mav, Casey, Ruff, we flew a lot up near the Tri -Border during that time, several near misses from Rocket attacks at Kontum and Dak To, this is the time that Nolen got shot with the Rpg,got another appointment with the Doc, next Friday at the V.A, NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING HIM AGAIN,REALLY.I think this time,Ill just stick to answering his questions standard form, ha ha.these young dudes dont know or understand how we were treated after we got home, maybe to some its not a big deal, well it was to me, it sucked. If I had not been able to work by myself for years, I would be living under a bridge or in the back of a junk car in a wrecking yard somwwhere, I wonder just howmany of our 129th. brothers ended up that way??? I know from talking to some they wont talk about it,I was fortunate to talk to some of them and get them to open up about it,I know i kept all that to myself, I just thank God,I had great parents that did try to understand,I drank my problems away for many years, and kept crap to myself. HAVE A GREAT DAY, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 08:12:49 (MST)
Stay strong J.W. L-G
Gently
USA - Monday, February 25, 2013 at 18:30:01 (MST)
So true, Fred, so very true.
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 18:33:21 (MST)
Thanks everyone for their kind wishes and prayers in Susans behalf.
alvis
USA - Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 09:34:15 (MST)
gary, basic 4 things I ran into upon returning in july of 72..(1)fear of us "crazy nam vets",. (2),it was the popular thing to do (hateing us), jealousy from the old timmers( WW2 guys saying we didnt see shit and that it wasnt a real war).(3),Drug crazed "baby killers)(thank you LT. Calley, Capt. Mendina),.(4) heck I forget number 4. You know, the libral media didnt help either..every time there was some sort of incident..if they guy was a Nam Vet, they ALWAYS mentioned it. Was a very lonely period for us back then..came home alone, no one unders stood and no one to turn to. Many of us could only befriend other Nam vets, no matter the time period or which service. Only my Mom and dad made me feel welcome back.
alvis
USA - Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 09:33:01 (MST)
Fred Alvis, glad that your Susan is back home, Rick, good to see your post, hope to see you once again. Still continue seeing Dr. at V.A. , last time out got upset when he asked me about what went down when I got home, that interview was cut short, ha ha. Told him back in those days wasnt any help, more or less . wont go into that, I told him ,he was too young to know what went down during that time, that it basically sucked. ha ha. Clear right always, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 08:55:51 (MST)
Fred glad to hear Susan is Home.Rick good to see you Post it's been a while. Sorry to hear that you and the mrs. will miss the reunion. Frenchie recieved your check for the reunion dinner. your the first. Hope to see more send their dinner checks in. the info is in a earlier post. But, will post all the information again in a few days. Starting a new PTSD on march first. It's a new project vets from all wars. We have 4 non-combat guys with PTSD. I guess the thought of not knowing when a attack. would come. I guess I will find out in the next 12 weeks. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 09:47:58 (MST)
I am glad Sue is home. Rake it easy.
Rick England
USA - Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 04:22:48 (MST)
brought my girl home.
alvis
USA - Friday, February 22, 2013 at 11:33:37 (MST)
J.W. good to hear from you. Probably be April before I can get a knee replacement. Alvis hope susan can make it home. She will heal better at home. Everyone else have a good day. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, February 22, 2013 at 10:13:51 (MST)
Rick, I thought you guys were gonna be there!........BUMMER!!!!!
Gale
USA - Friday, February 22, 2013 at 09:17:54 (MST)
Brother Mark, just went through the 72 yearbook. yu hit it right on the head. I looked for that book as best i could. all I had to do was ask? sure want to thank you buddy. lenny m. usa
lenny m
USA - Friday, February 22, 2013 at 08:57:53 (MST)
Claudia and I are not going to the reunion this year. Flight be careful out there
Rick England
USA - Friday, February 22, 2013 at 05:15:12 (MST)
OK Fred, sorry bout that. Hope all goes well and Susan can come home tomorrow.
Mark
USA - Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 19:57:54 (MST)
THANKS MARK, I FOUND WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR. WE LOW LEVELD THE BOB HOPE SHOW AT PHU CAT AIR BASE DUREING XMAS TIME.OUR PILOTS GOT SOME FLAK FOR THAT STUNT. WE THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY, JUST HOW WE WERE IN THE 129th. IN 68.
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE. USA - Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 19:40:42 (MST)
you need a pass word for yahoo, not for the 129th yahoo site,,I left that part off on purpose so anyone can view, or for that matter, post. We hope Sue comes home tomrrow. Good news JW..hope all goes well for you.
alvis
USA - Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 17:25:16 (MST)
Kenneth Swanson....some history of the 129th for 68 is under the HISTORY link on the front page of this site. As far as the history for 69, National Archives had none in DC when I inquired 13 years ago. There may be some for 69 under Jack Newtons log in the HISTORY section , or maybe somebody from the time slot can fill you in on somethiung that you might want to know. I know some of the stories of that 69 time just because of what some of the guys have told me about Larry and the crash of the "257"...............always a brother...........
Mark
USA - Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 15:55:29 (MST)
Hey Lenny M..........try this to see the year books of 71-72 and lots of other pictures of the 129th..... you'll have to go to this address < http://groups.yahoo.com/group/129thahc/ >.......and then make up an username and password of what ever your choice. Recall them because you'll need them to get back into the page. I believe you have to say you want to be a member of the group also. I think the 71-72 book are on the 3rd page in the photos section. Hope that helps. Let us know if you can get to them...............always a brother..........
Mark
USA - Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 15:50:26 (MST)
WElcome home and back to the 129th J.W......good to hear all is coming around. Fred A. How is Susan doing? ................
Mark
USA - Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 15:43:26 (MST)
I AM ALSO LOOKING FOR THE YRARS TRU MID 68 TO END OF 69.HOW DO I GET THOASE RECORDS ? COULD US THE HELP! THANK YOU.
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE. USA - Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 15:30:17 (MST)
cn anyone tell me how to get to the 1971& 1972 yearbooks of 129th? thanks.
lenny m
USA - Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 15:06:50 (MST)
Hi my brothers and sisters of 129th. I just made it home from hospital. It will take serval months for my broken leg to mend. 25 days in hospital and rehab has beeen tough. Take care , J. W.
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N. C. USA - Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 14:35:03 (MST)
Good Afternoon Flight: Good news about Susan. She is still in our thoughts and prayers. Just got through talking to Miller Thompson 129th 66/67 crewchief he lives in West Virginia. Going to try and make the D.C. reunion. also, got an email from Al Bennett of the 117th he has 71 guys signed up for the reunion. I told him we don't have a count yet. hope everyone has a good day. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 15:34:32 (MST)
Great news Fred Alvis about Susan, hope all continues to go well for yall. On to another subject, ran into my old Vet Counselor, hadnt seen him in over 20yers, he is retired now. When I first starting to the V.A.. P.T.S.D. was brand new at that time, he helped me quite a bit, went to some group sessions, only drawback at that time was the meds for it, I could not work taking them, so had to stop taking them also making the appts were not easy ,either. I did however learn a lot from him and still recall some very good advice. I made it,Iam a survivor, Clea right always, Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 11:46:35 (MST)
thanks Robbie....just returned from this evening vist..getting stronger and is getting alot more sassy.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 17:34:48 (MST)
Me thinks Robbie more like Good Love.................
Mark
USA - Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 16:20:20 (MST)
Alright Fred.......at least a little bit of good luck huh?
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 13:41:01 (MST)
Well guys, your prayers and good thought/well wishes are working. Between the time i recieved that e-mail from Susan this morning and the time I arrived at the hospital..someone had changed their mind and decided she is progress ok..shrug..seems like waht ever was passing down thru the drain hose in her chest, cleared up (mostly). Thanks again guy, fred.
alvis
USA - Monday, February 18, 2013 at 17:46:23 (MST)
Dang, sorry to hear that Fred.
Mark
USA - Monday, February 18, 2013 at 11:14:27 (MST)
Fred sorry to hear this today. Will be hoping and praying for good news soon from you as we all will be thinking about Susan.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Monday, February 18, 2013 at 09:57:33 (MST)
Sorry to hear that Fred.....hang in there buddy!
Gale
USA - Monday, February 18, 2013 at 08:11:44 (MST)
shit, they gotta open her back up for a bit of repair work.
alvis
USA - Monday, February 18, 2013 at 06:40:31 (MST)
Guess there are too many Ken S. from the 129th, LOL.. Well hope everyone is getting that Alex is going to handle to dinner as I am going back through my list. Been off for a few days as the Goat Farmer has taken over with having four babies last week and more on the way. Being an old Vietnam Vet sucks as first my Nerves are all shot so getting around is bad enough, than add that Winter got to Florida. First having babies in the rain, now getting down to freezing last night. A quick Kokomo update. Ski is doing the Sites and he is in Florida too so they will be mailing everything to him. I will be talking to him soon but just remember that the checks will take a while to clear as he get the paperwork.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 10:43:03 (MST)
Art,Did you know that your Veterans Preferance for working with the us Gov,or any US company in America or overseas is not worth Jack S--t.You might also have your Thyroid Checked about haveing to stop and rest evry 4-to 6 hrs.Maybe you also have Sever Contispation.I think that most of the guys at Kokomo remember that every 4-6hrs I have to go rest in my jeep because I suffer with sever Fatigue also.And have had it for the past 40 some yrs since 1969.No real cure.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 21:06:47 (MST)
thanks for your support. I am surprised evry day by the amount of recovery..she was on her feet today for about a minute..and she is well enough to start chewing my butt again,lol.
alvis
USA - Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 18:06:01 (MST)
Fred A...... keeping a good thought for susan.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 14:23:13 (MST)
Fred: Hope Susan Makes a speedy recovery. Art take good care of the wife. tell the doctor to do a blood test that, goes back 6 weeks for diabetes. If you got diabetes is will show up. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 07:42:28 (MST)
Alvis, hope every thing turns out OK. Got to get that girl out of the hospital, sick people live there...
Frenchie
USA - Friday, February 15, 2013 at 23:26:17 (MST)
wife doing a bit better..can talk now and sit up in bed (with help)still in lots of intense pain.hopefully tomorrow i can get her to eat.hasnt even ask about comming home yet. should be in there another 6 days.
alvis
USA - Friday, February 15, 2013 at 20:08:00 (MST)
Art, best of luck for BOTH of you..hope for your quick recovery.
alvis
USA - Friday, February 15, 2013 at 20:04:22 (MST)
Hi well got the wife out of the hospitel & she got to have OXygen all the time. well I have got to be check for type 2 die I get so tired got to lay down & & pass out cold & I will sleep for 2 hr. to 4hr.at a time & this crap geting old dont get it.
Art
USA - Friday, February 15, 2013 at 18:29:02 (MST)
Somtime you feel like a nud sometimes you don't. Who Loves y'all ,,,, Me
Frenchie
USA - Friday, February 15, 2013 at 16:51:36 (MST)
OOOPS THOUGHT MY FIRST LOG IN DIDNT TAKE, CAN"T SLEEP ! BRAIN DEAD?
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIAORE, ORE USA - Friday, February 15, 2013 at 06:54:53 (MST)
II WANT TO THANKYOU ALL THAT HELPED ME FIND MEMBERS OF THE 129th IN MY AREA.I FEEL THE SAME BROTHERHOOD NOW, AS I DID THEN!I HOPE YOU YOUR VISIT TO THE ICU GOES OK. GODSPEED TO YOUR SON THAT IS GOING TO THE FAREAST WITH THE MT. DIV. MY SON WAS IN THE FIRST GULF WAR. HE MADE IT OUT SOME WHAT OK.
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Friday, February 15, 2013 at 06:02:00 (MST)
I WANT TO THANKYOU, EVERYONE FOR HELPING ME TO MAKE CONTACTS IN MY AREA THAT WAS IN THE 129th , it shows me the true brotherhood and bond that we had then and now, god speed to your son , that is going to the war. in the far east. my son was in the first gulf war.
KENNTH SWANSON <doorgunner@cen turylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Friday, February 15, 2013 at 05:33:36 (MST)
I knew that was coming from somewhere Mark!heehehe
Gale
USA - Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 21:27:57 (MST)
Lenny...Frenchies pretty nuddy too ha,ha,ha,ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mark
USA - Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 20:58:54 (MST)
Ken s;don't know if you know but there is a 129ther from 70-71 that lives in astoria name is john wes grifith, addy and phone are in contacts.Frenchie;wish i could have cardio version,but mine comes and goes on its own. have to spend some time in ICU soon and they are going to try to chemically retime my heart.should be a new adventure.DUSTOFF JIM;make some reservations for me and you at kokomo. we'll get there one way or other. i don't have time as my desk is full of reservations for alaska.the kid is leaving first of april for afghanistan with 10th mountain division
paul mcgrath
la salle, il USA - Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 20:00:50 (MST)
frenchie, I meant BUDDY. sorry pal. lenny m.
lenny m.
USA - Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 15:53:25 (MST)
Frenchie, heres hoping your procedure lasts a long time and you have a great load off your mind. I've been down that road before. wishing you all the best nuddy, lenny m.
lenny m. usa
USA - Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 15:50:11 (MST)
Fred hopes everything comes up good for Susan. You both are in our thoughts and prayers. OK!! I will be handling the dinner tickets for the 129th. The deadline will be april 30th. THE CHECKS SHOULD BE MADE OUT TO THE VHCMA AND NOT TO ME . THE AMOUNT IS 38.00 PER PERSON. SEND CHECKS TO ALEX FERNWALT 9315 S. FAIRMONT CIRCLE COLLIERVILLE TN.38017.THE REGISTRATION FORM WILL BE IN THE NEXT NEWSLETTER. SHOULD BE MAILED IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. IF YOU SEND ME THE CHECK FOR DINNER. ON THE REGISTRATION FORM MAKE NOTE TO SEE ALEX.DO NOT SEND MONEY FOR THE DINNER. THE VHCMA WILL KNOW WHEN I GIVE THE CHECKS TO CINDA. SHE WILL FILL AS MANY TABLES TOGETHER FOR THE 129TH. IF SOMEONE IS NOT A MEMBER. I THINK WE CAN PRINT THE REGISTRATION OF THE VHCMA WEB SITE. TOM HAS 3 BUSSES FOR THE WALL AND A EXTRA ONE IN RESERVE. EACH BUS HOLDS 55 PEOPLE. WE NEED TO GET A COUNT FROM 129TH TO HOW MANY ARE GOING TO THE WALL. BUT, DON'T SEND ME MONEY FOR THE BUS. DO IT ON THE REGISTRATION FORM. ANY QUESTIONS EMAIL ME OR CALL MY CELL 901-487-0374.
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 15:03:30 (MST)
she is doing ok, lots of pain,
alvis
USA - Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 12:56:37 (MST)
Augie Bailey. Please send me a Xerox copy of the newspaper clipping on 426. I have one from Diane,Claude's widow.I used to have another clipping from a San Francisco newspaper that was given to me by a fellow soldier when is was @ D Trp 3rd Sqn 5th Cav 9th Inf Div @ Ft Lewis,WA. That clipping had an article title something like "Killer Choppers". It did have a picture of 426 when it was still verticle-the tree next to the fuselage. Unfortunely over the years I've misplaced it. Let me know partner if you can send one.
Bruno E Sanchez <bsanchez3@stx.com.>
Laredo, TX USA - Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 11:26:33 (MST)
Jumped started my heart back to Sinus rhythm.  Much better.  Hope it stays there. Thanks everyone for there good wishes and kind words. 
Frenchie
USA - Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 09:03:00 (MST)
new folks...pic posted by the 129th guys..anyone can post here, pics or message. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/129thahc/..there is also a ROK page, but cant load it from this hospital PC.
alvis
USA - Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 08:55:34 (MST)
THANKS PAUL B. FOR THE INFO.
KENNETH SWANS0N <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 00:20:35 (MST)
I have been trying to get my ducks in order so I could attend the DC Reunion.No luck!I really need to look forward to Kokomo and finding Transportation or a driver.I am still fighting the VA,What ever happened about the tent for Mark for Kokomo?Did we just give up?
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 21:44:50 (MST)
Thanks for your help guys. I'll let you know when I finish the project so you guys can check it out if you wish.
Brian Keeney
USA - Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 21:31:01 (MST)
Let me know if anyone needs money for the re-union. Don't be shy....this is an important gathering for all of you. Allow us to help...if you need help. L-Gently
Gently
USA - Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 19:30:50 (MST)
You can get patches from http://www.warbadges.com/catalog/ this is the Vendor who is at the Reunions No, I will not Be at Reunion, I am spending some alone time with my oldest Daughter Dennis, Class 0f 72
Dennis Fuerstenau
Roseville, CA USA - Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 17:50:08 (MST)
Ken S. there are a few sites listing patches, Vietnam sfuff But if your going to the Reuion this year thier are always ventors that sell 129 Bulldog & Corbra patches & decalsGeorge B
George B
USA - Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 15:31:51 (MST)
I:M LOOKING FOR A FEW BITE AND STRIKE CO. PATCHE"S TO BUY. CAN SOMEONE HELP ME OUT?
KENNETH SWANSON <DOORGUNNER@CENTURYLINK.NET>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 14:40:18 (MST)
Alex count me in for both the dinner & bus tour to the WALL you can call me if need be at 508 67 80057 best times is after 6:00 PM
George B
USA - Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 13:12:14 (MST)
AROUND THE 1st OF OCT. 68- TO THE END JAN. 69 / I DID 2 TOURS OVER THERE. FROM KEN. A SIX YEAR GUY! CRAZY
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylik.net>
ASTORIA, ORE USA - Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 15:53:40 (MST)
First Welcome to the 129th Brian. Now to the bussiness at hand. The saturday night dinner for the reunion is $38.00 each. Now!!! Either Ken Strong or Myself will collect the checks for the dinner. Ken: Tom said he could help you. But, email me or call me @901-487-0374 to let me know whether you want to do this. Checks need to be turned to Cinda by april 15th. So, by tommorrow will know who you will send the checks to. The Bus to the wall holds 55 people. If the 129th doesn't have 55. The empty seats will be used for other VHCMA people. But, what the 129th decides to do. We will need to have a deadline for commitment for everyone whom plans on attending. If anyone has questions you have my email or phone number. I have been President twice and knows the time and the cost to put these reunions on. And, how important to know how many will be attending the reunion. Always A Brother!!! The Checks should be made out to the VHCMA. When we decide whom will collect for the dinner!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 15:45:35 (MST)
Kennth ken, when were you with the 129?
George B
USA - Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 15:36:07 (MST)
HELLO I WOULD LIKE INFO. ON THE 129th REUNION AT KOKOMO IND. I NEED TO GO! NEVER BEEN TO ONE. I REALLY NEED TO DO THIS, NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER. IT WOULD BE MY HIGHLITE OF THE YEAR. CAN CALL ME AT (503)458-6612
KENNETH SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
Astoria, ORE. USA - Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 14:49:26 (MST)
Welcome Brian..I know the guys will help you. Glad to see you made it here:>)) JW-take care. L-G
Gently
USA - Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 14:49:20 (MST)
For some reason I cant get A whole of you Rob I cant call bud on the phone it says wrong # or disconected .I hate computers lol.
Ray Gagner <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
USA - Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:49:42 (MST)
Hello I trted to call Budd .I called hin once @ 1 513 863 3422. Now cant get him Rob do you know is # The # I have is 1512 863 34223 But dont work now I even tryed to call you But cant get threw .If you get Budds # can you give it to me..Take care
Ray Gagner <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
USA - Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:40:24 (MST)
Brian, sent you some info. Hope it helps. Bill Wolf
Bill Wolf
USA - Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:21:36 (MST)
Hello everyone. I'm Brian, the high school student searching for any information on Captain Lee Wayne Billingsly. I'm sorry I haven't gotten on here sooner in that I had some trouble finding this awesome site. If you have anything that could help me memorialize Mr. Billingsly, it would be greatly appreciated if you posted it here in that I will be checking this site frequently. I understand he was a helicopter pilot in Binh Dinh but don't know much more about how he served during his deployment, his death, or any photos. Thanks so much for your help!!
Brian Keeney <Bkeeney1201@gmail.com>
USA - Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 09:12:52 (MST)
Kenneth Swanson, WELCOME HOME, I , just like you will always treasure my time with the 129th., was there from May 3,1970-March of 71, the Army was cutting our tours at that time to wind down the war,I have vivid memorys for the most part of my time there at Lane,if you can please go to the reunions,Ken Swanson or anyone else, you wont regret it.brother. I still keep in contact with Casey, and Rocky, Fire, and Manny,have talked with others, Vega, Darwin, and Larry Ruff, ,Simmons, Larry,and Cups,and Nolens brothers.Thank God for this site,it has closed a lot of loose ends for me and brought closure. I recall as I have said before on here about a rescue mission for P.O.W.s while I was there, in May or June of 70, working out of English, into the Anlao Valley, Nothwest of English, the 61st. ran one in early 71, close to the Crowsfoot, West of Phu Cat,its on the 61st. website .,if your interested, Operation Bright Light, near the waterfall thwre was a P.O.W. Camp, lots of good pictures also of m our AO, ON THE 61ST.also,if your interested. hope everyone has a great day, Clear right always, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 09:06:52 (MST)
Kenneth Swanson.............WELCOME HOME!
Gale 67-68
USA - Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 07:46:05 (MST)
Called Ray and talked with him for awhile. He says he has abdominal pains and headaches. The V.A. is trying to figure out why. Other than that he seemed fine. Hope everyone else is doing ok.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 07:31:47 (MST)
Welcome Home, KENNETH E SWANSON,This Year would be a great time for you to meet many 129 ahc Troops from Lane Field in September there is a Vietnam Veterans Reunion held in Kokomo Indiana that most of the unit attends.In June is the VHCMA(vietnam Helecopter Crew members Associstion)meeting in Wash.DC.Get on your Hog and visit with you buddys.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 07:19:04 (MST)
Hello all I been looking for Robbie And Art If you get this call me ,Or E mail your Phone # My # is 1 410 836 3319 .Also IS cc out there I love to talk to you..Its been Awhile...We be in D.C in june .When dose the form come out
Ray Gagner <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
Street .M.D, USA - Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 06:52:36 (MST)
Hello everyone. Art I been trying to get A hold of you ..My # is 1 410 836 3319 .Also looking for Robbie Hope to hear from you.
Ray Gagner <gagnerray@yahoo.com>
USA - Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 06:41:06 (MST)
I WAS A DOORGUNNER AT LANE FIELD (ANSON) FROM OCT 68 TO JAN 69 WOULD HAVE GOT THERE SOONER , BUT MY TRANSFER TOOK ALONG TIME TOO GO TRU.THE 129th BULLDOGS WAS THE BEST UNIT I EVER SERVED! DUREING MY SIX YEAR CARRIER, IN THE ARMY.AT LANE I WAS SP/4 SWANSON, MY CREWCHIEF SP/5 MURPHY WAS STILL THERE WHEN I ZERO"ED OUT BACK TO THE WORLD. I WOULD LIKE TO HERE FROM SOME OF THE GUY"S THAT WAS THERE AROUND THAT TIME. I"M NOW 65 YEARS OLD AND FIND MYSELF WONDERING ABOUT YOU WHO WAS AT 129th.I"M LOOKING FOR A FEW BITE AND STRIKE CO. PATCH"ES TOO PUT ON MY M.C. LEATHER"S THANKYOU MY FELLOW VET"S IT WAS A HONER TO SERVE , WITH YOU. AND SUPPORT THE ROK"S AND OTHERS.
KENNETH E SWANSON <doorgunner@centurylink.net>
ASTORIA, ORE. USA - Monday, February 11, 2013 at 22:06:23 (MST)
Ted Gustafson,the # you want is 541-430-3593= George Clark---has anyone ever heard of a vc or nva pow camp? If so, where?
tommie
USA - Monday, February 11, 2013 at 19:41:00 (MST)
Hi no I wish I could Sandra back could not that trip. She got a disk in her back pushing on her spine cord. she in pain all the time. got to go to the doc. friday & hope to find out some thing.
Art
USA - Monday, February 11, 2013 at 13:04:18 (MST)
Just watched retired SSG Clinton ROmesha receive the Medal of Honor for coordinating the repelling of over 300 Taliban by 50 US soldiers. God bless him and a sharp salute.
Bill Wolf
USA - Monday, February 11, 2013 at 12:13:10 (MST)
Hey Art, you gonna be in DC. been a few years since we saw ya brother
Mark
USA - Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 19:53:19 (MST)
Hi I found out that 20.000 I had when Glenda was living with bell south well when Att got bell south att told meI got none
Art
USA - Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 16:34:18 (MST)
The Capt. Billingsly that was in the 129th during my time had not flown with the Cobra Platoon as of my DEROS of 25May71. Wes Griffith was there for some time past that date, and may know when of if Billingsly flew gunships.
C.B.
USA - Saturday, February 09, 2013 at 16:48:32 (MST)
Bruno says it best....let us never forget those who Fell in Vietnam. Please contact his teacher if you have anything. I've given our young masn this web address, but he may be too shy or too young to get on it. Thank you to all who have mentioned helping him..please do. L-J
Gently
USA - Saturday, February 09, 2013 at 12:18:18 (MST)
I've got my hotel and flight Reversations for DC made. Has there been any decision on a bus and any thing on the banquet seating yet.
Rainer Bauer
USA - Saturday, February 09, 2013 at 10:27:09 (MST)
Just a few notes concerning VA Benefits. If you have recently been awarded a Disability Award, you are eligible for D-VGLI (Disabled Veterans Group Life Insurance). For myself and probably many of my brothers who have been denied Life Insurance this is good information. As I had recently rated with additional disabilities, I submitted an application for the least expensive cost for $10,000. 2 days ago I got a my policy back and I was surprised and confused. the policy I received was for a much higher cost policy. I called the VA Insurance Center, they told me that since I was under 65 and totally disabled, I was eligible for Waiver of Premium, so they converted my Policy to a fully paid Whole Life policy which earns cash dividends. Yeah Me! On the down side, for the last few weeks I have been having trouble catching my breath, so Monday, I am having an Cardiac Cath to see what's up with my ticker. I'm hoping that it does not require cracking my chest again for a repair job. Thanks for reading, Dennis Class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau <d1st2no(at)live.com>
Roseville, CA USA - Saturday, February 09, 2013 at 09:39:36 (MST)
Hey Dave Powers, were you there when Pete Nolan, AKA "BARON" was there? If so I dont think the Baron reads this to often but I can get a hold of him. Maybe he would know something about Cpt. Billingsly.
Mark
USA - Friday, February 08, 2013 at 19:45:38 (MST)
If I'm not mistaken, Cpt. Billingsley flew snakes... not sure about hogs. I think that information exists somewhere on the site, or maybe in Bill Wolf's book (picture too?) recalling his death.
Dave Powers
USA - Friday, February 08, 2013 at 17:06:21 (MST)
129'ers!!!!!Let get the Cobra drivers who were familiar with Capt Billingsby to help out Bill Keeney. Capt Billingsby CE where are you? This is one way that we keep the names alive & not forgotten. Any of the Slick drivers who are out there & can contribute can help keep Capt Billingsby's name alive.So lets make those calls. Bulldog 426 out>
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Friday, February 08, 2013 at 11:35:34 (MST)
Dang Bill Wolf, been a long time since you and I have seen each other. Sorry to hear you guys wont be in DC. Bummer man. Glad you got to meet Nolan. I am looking forward to meeting him in Kokomo. I sent him all the info and some photos of Stephen that I have collected over the years. In his tapes home from Nam, Billy Perri, one of Larry's friends from the engine shop, talks about Hargrave had a young daughter when he was killed and said he would share the info with her. Wondering if he ever did.........gonna miss you Bill, Take care brother..................love to all.....always a brother..........
Mark
USA - Thursday, February 07, 2013 at 21:20:55 (MST)
Gentlemen of the 129th Assn: My publisher, Stackpole Books, has authorized a follow-up to "VN War Helicopter Art" (2012) with VOL 2 added to the title and a set release date in early 2014. Now is not the time to be silent or to be late. Who knows, maybe our nose art images will convince Ken Burns to revise any pre-conceived assumptions about us in his upcoming 2016 VN War documentary. Images of in-country helicopter artwork are therefore solicited for consideration. My email is johnmailman@yahoo.com and my mailing address is John Brennan, 17355 Via Annette, San Lorenzo, CA 94580. Meet & greet me in Washington DC this June, I'll be a vendor signing my helicopter "Names" & "Art" books.
John Brennan <johnmailman@yahoo.com>
San Lorenzo, CA USA - Thursday, February 07, 2013 at 19:27:56 (MST)
Gently, I was there concurrently with Cpt. Billingsley but only remember his face... didn't know him, but was saddened to learn of his death several years later. He was a Cobra pilot as I recall. I also read "The Things They Carried"... written as fiction by a Vietnam vet. Pretty far out there at times!
Dave Powers
USA - Thursday, February 07, 2013 at 19:07:36 (MST)
I hope someone responds to this young man's teacher. L-G Dear MS. Singer, My name is Brian Keeney and I am a junior at Westlake High School in Austin, TX. My English class is reading The Things They Carried, a book based on the Vietnam War, and is now memorializing soldiers whose names are on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. We are commemorating lost soldiers and I received Captain Lee Wayne Billingsley's name. Through my research I found your name on www.virtualwall.org. I was wondering if you would be willing to share your memories, experiences, or photos you have with Captain Billingsley that I can include in my memorial to make my tribute more personal. If you have know some other sources I could use, such as comrades or family members, I would greatly appreciate you letting me know of them. If you would like to see similar projects to the one I'm working on and where my memorial will eventually be posted, please visit http://www4.eanesisd.net/~Vietnam/. Also, please feel free to contact my teacher, Rebecca Stucky, at rstucky@eanesisd.net. Thank you very much for your time, Brian Keeney
Gently
USA - Thursday, February 07, 2013 at 14:50:19 (MST)
Hey guys, hope everyone is off to a good New Year!!! Had lunch yesterday with Nolan Hargraves (Stephens brother) and his son Dean. It was great to meet him and talk about his brother. I know he's looking to getting to Kokomo (sp?). Kat and I are enjoying retirement and doing volunteer work. Unfortunately we won't be making the VNHCMA reunion this year as Kat is attending a week long seminar on genealogy and I promised a year ago to take her. Love and miss all of you! Bill
Bill Wolf
USA - Thursday, February 07, 2013 at 10:13:04 (MST)
Hope everyone is doing well. Alvis, always looking when I see your company truck. One day I will run up on you somewhere. I had to go with Ravens because of Ray Lewis last game. But, both teams played good game. Thought It might have to go into overtime. Ist super bowl game I have seen in the last 15 years. Always was working on sundays. Looking forward to D.C. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, February 07, 2013 at 10:02:55 (MST)
George, on Superbowl Sunday, was a good game, yep,I was confused, however, the beer was cold and tasty.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, February 06, 2013 at 14:24:43 (MST)
anyone that is on facebook, please do NOT mention Susan's health issues..we are trying to keep it from her mom till its over.Susan goes under the knife the 14th..
alvis
USA - Wednesday, February 06, 2013 at 14:23:22 (MST)
Alex, thanks for clearing that up for everyone. Wilson, hope you get better soon as I keep missing you and sure hope you guys make it to DC.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Wednesday, February 06, 2013 at 09:28:35 (MST)
J W Wilson... Sorry to hear about you fall.. I hope you heal fast and hope to see you in DC... Susan Alvis, I sure hope the treatments are doing good for you too and you are feeling better... Take care all... C U in DC..... Getting old and wearing out is no fun..L8r....Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom
USA - Wednesday, February 06, 2013 at 09:18:01 (MST)
Alvis that most be one hell of a T V you have cause on everyone elses T V the Ravens won & the 9er's lost
George B
USA - Wednesday, February 06, 2013 at 06:43:20 (MST)
george, the 9ers won it all...was great game
alvis
USA - Tuesday, February 05, 2013 at 19:50:14 (MST)
Hay lighten up on the Pats, some of us rather be a Patriot than a dolpin! But than again I also like the 9er's but they stalled this year too?
George B
USA - Tuesday, February 05, 2013 at 18:11:55 (MST)
Update on J.W. He is on the rehab floor of our hospital. He will get more extensive physical therapy there. He may be there up to 2 wks, depending on how well he does. He is in good spirits, and hopefully he will be able to attend the reunion in June. Just have to wait and see. Keep him in your prayers.
J.W. Wilson
USA - Monday, February 04, 2013 at 19:22:41 (MST)
Ken: The VHCMA has two types of memberships. 1st crewmembers (crewchief, gunner and pilots) 2nd is for non crew status which is a associate. The difference only is an associate member can't vote in the election of officers. If you were maintance,pol,cook. as long as you were in the 129th. When you want an membership your unit is the 129th. Hope this helps. Always a Brother!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Monday, February 04, 2013 at 15:25:16 (MST)
your cold alvis the pats can't help it if they are not good enough to get into the super bowl or get to play, and win heeeeeeeeeeeeeee lol wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Monday, February 04, 2013 at 08:36:51 (MST)
what do you call 35 millionairs sitting around watching the Super Bowl on TV? The New England Pats.
alvis
USA - Monday, February 04, 2013 at 06:43:37 (MST)
Just had 4 Apache's fly right over the house in formation. I could hear them coming a ways away but didn't hear that familiar huey sound but could tell there was more than one. They fly down Rt. 104 for ground reference about 200/250 ft high.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Sunday, February 03, 2013 at 11:01:47 (MST)
Alex, thanks for info as I know some of us already made res. for Monday of that week but helps that you are clearing it up as we still have a bunch of folks to get in contact with. Exception question for this year, before they were asking about crew members, what about the guys in Maintenance, etc? Do they just need to send a note or something saying they want to go for the 129th and pay dues this time around or how can they handle that? Last of all I have all the checks for Kokomo so will be sending that packet in on Monday to Howard County. So we have that in the works for Sept.
Ken Strong jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 09:44:37 (MST)
Tommie, I tried to call George Clark but the cell number I have for him is no longer in service. Or so they say. If you have a working # send it to me cobra949ceAtgmaildotcom
Ted "Gus" Gustafson <cobra949ceATgmaildotcom>
USA - Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 08:39:37 (MST)
Tom called me last night about the confusion over ther room prices. So many are blocked for each day. The major dated of arrival are on weds. thru the rest of the week. Now if your going in early and the block of rooms are full. Your need to call Cinda and she will increase the amount of rooms at the VHCMA Rate. I hope this will help everyone making early reservations. I have posted my email if any problems and cell number is 901-487-0374. As of now there is 3 buses for thw Wall. I don't have the time schedule yet. But, will try get with Tom or Cinda to get that information. I want this to be smooth for the 129th and the VHCMA. I have medical appointments for the rest this month. And, a new ptsd group. That the VA is starting. But, Any concerns about the reunion I will be more and glad to the answers. I am going to Al Bennett of the 117th to see how is group are the dinner. So, i give the right information to our group. I want this to be the largest and the best reunion for the 129th. And, no matter what you did in the 129th. I want you there. We were all a TEAM!!! Found orders where I had order to reassigned to the 48th AHC. But, I ended stay with the 129th. Always A Brother!!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
collierville, tn USA - Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 08:36:23 (MST)
Harrell good to hear from you. Nice cue. I don't know if I am playing golf this year?? How the catfishing???
Rick England
USA - Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 05:58:33 (MST)
Ken I have been a membe of the VHCMA since back in the 90s. Haven't been to a reunion since 05 but maybe make this one. I always enjoy the golf tourneys. I was with the 191st ahc in 67-68, but I have a lot of friends in the 129th. Thats why I keep up with this page.
Harrell Guidry (cue)
Groves, Tx USA - Friday, February 01, 2013 at 17:47:29 (MST)
Alex are you out there? When my wife talked to the hotel at DC they said that the rooms would open it in blocks so if you call one time there may not be any but a day later there would be. Can you check with Tom and make sure this is true as I am still trying to get folks to go this year and want to answer Gently's question and know what I am talking about. Also please find out the best way to work dinner before we start sending in forms to VHCMA as I know they want to know how many are paying but if we can get our seating done in advance. Guess they would still have ten per table but we need to know that but also we will fill things up soon. Will be on the phone again this weekend so at some point can give you a list.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Friday, February 01, 2013 at 09:48:55 (MST)
Harrell, sorry to hear that but also seems a lot of us are falling apart. I am not a Pilot but do know a lot of guys who keep that membership so they can keep up on guys they went to school with and have found guys from the 129th because of the VHPA. Sorry but I am still pushing the VHCMA just because it gives us all the cahnce to get together from the unit and our past. Now that I am going I always keep hoping to run into other folks that I was with in my time in the Army. Problem is that we are old, fat and gray now so it is harder to know who is who. Maybe we should do like a HS Reunion and have a picture of ourselves when we were younger.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Friday, February 01, 2013 at 09:40:39 (MST)
Hey guys. Have any of you crew members received an invitation lately to join the VHPA? I got one yesterday and am wondering whats going on. Ialso suffer from afib. Hits me every few months for a few hours. Had an ablation in 2004 that lasted a year. Keep the blood thin and its just nuisance for a while.
Harrell Guidry (cue)
Groves, Tx USA - Friday, February 01, 2013 at 05:25:37 (MST)
Geez you guys..let's stay healthy! I checked on rooms for the re-union...our rated rooms are all gone. L-Gently
Gently
USA - Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 17:46:56 (MST)
the average temp for the 6 weeks on my last trip back (Nov8-Dec23) was 95 with zero rain & so on my first stop on the way home was Toykeo it felt like I was in a ice box even though I never went out of the air terminal. My wife will not be able to come stateside for anywhere from 5-12 months, that is how long it takes to process all the paper work. When I was there this last time we spent some time in Saigon, Dalat Tay Ninh and Black Mountain. Of course Huynh lives just outside Tay Ninh so we visited with her familey alot My next trip will be for only 2 weeks and most of that one will be in the Da Nang area. My advice to anyone that is even remotely thinking of going is DO IT & do it soon cause we are getting older fast now & if the day comes that you have trouble walking you won't be able to get around over there, it is NOT handiecap friendly if you get what I mean. But if you do want to go let me know & I can arrange for one of my new familey members to get you anywhere you want to go & go with you to comunicate with the peopleso you won't over pay for anything,money exchanga, eatable foods & reasonable hotels (not $105 a nigh but clean places for about $23)Believe me haveing a native Vietnamese glide is a HUGE plus
George B
USA - Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 15:35:16 (MST)
dan, I was catherised on both sides of groin area. this process took 6 and half hours. I had to lay on my back all this time. It was no picnic with a bad back to begin with. I'm with you dan. I reccomend it over no action at all. my trips to va in pittsburgh run around 100 miles round trip. when I was on coumadin, had to go every 8 or so days to check my clot factor time. I was very happy to be over that routine. later buddy
lenny m
USA - Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 11:18:56 (MST)
headed off to Nashville ,this snowy morrning.
avlis
USA - Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 06:30:10 (MST)
hope for quick healing for you JW.
alvis
USA - Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 06:29:25 (MST)
Sorry to hear about your leg, J.W., Congratulations, George, know what you mean Fred. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
Lubbock, Tx USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 20:28:39 (MST)
Just to let all of you know, J.W. fell at work Monday morning and broke his femur bone just below his right hip. Had a steel rod put in during surgery yesterday. Probably will take several months before he completely recovers. Keep us in your prayers.
J.W. Wilson
USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 20:02:49 (MST)
Oh, sorry, forget to say..George, congrats on the marriage, thats gotta be one heck of a nice honymoon..sure beats winter here.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 18:31:45 (MST)
home for the night..last day off was day after xmas.Will be home next week..We go vist the surgeon.. find out about the knife. You peope going to DC..dont forget your Congressman is there and if you go vist him..you get a tour of the capital building.I doubt if we will be there..to damn structured for my taste...course, no one has ask or gives a crap anyway.Still wanna take Sue to yellowstone..that might be a good vacation this year.Been riding around thinking...havent seem Smitty or Shadow mentioned in forever. I guess when we get buried, we get buried only with our name. Still have the bottle of whiskey Smitty bought at St, Louis..continue to save it for any of our group at Kokomo.Ragu is made in Owensboro Kentucky..Hooters hot sauce in St. Martin, La. ( FROM PEPPERS imported from Costa Rice).Your power Aid is made by Coca cola down Baton Rouge way. Good to go to American factories instead of wharehouses full of Chinese goods. Was in Dallas when they got that snow//over 100 car wrecks that moring for rush hour.New York city/ Philly/ DC/Chicago and baltimore still suck to drive a 65 foor truck in.Got the freezing rain in Cleveland and snow, of course, in Buffalo.Been doing bout 3000 miles a week since xmas..ready for a break.Play nice.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 18:28:05 (MST)
Lenny, darn shame about the meds causing health problems. It seems that it is all to often the case that the side effects are worse than the prolems they are fixing. Glad the Ablation worked for you. Did they go through the groin with a catheter to BBQ your heart? Mine has worked well. If anyone else has to go through with an Ablation, don't worry about it. Sometimes they can't find the fault and may do it a second time, but it all comes out for the better.
Dan Hertlein
USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 13:30:41 (MST)
I suffered with a-fib for nearly ten years. I had an accident in the coal mine in 1985. pretty severe back injury. the docs had me on percpcets and darvocet. I had 5 cardioversions done, "shocking the heart back in rhythm". nothing lasted more than 6 or 8 months. on one occasion I was at va hospital in pittsburgh. Doc did an EKG and sure enough I was in A-fib. I told the doc that in 15 to 30 minutes it would straighten out again. He asked me to wait so he could check it out, which I did.Two weeks later I got a call from VA telling me that they detected a nerve in top of my heart that was malfunctioning. Also inform,ed they could fix it. I said hell yes.set up appoinment and they performed a ablation of my heart. They erasd the nerve with laser. I haven't had a problem in 8 or so years now. Icome to find out that all the darvocet i had taken in like ten years probably caused my troubles. It was so bad they took it of the market. I had no chance to sue because of limitations.
lenny m.
USA - Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 12:35:06 (MST)
Hi all, I am not sure how that works for the rooms because my wife did all the talking but she was told that they were getting them open in blocks for the VHCMA through May so if you call there may not be any one day but a new bunch the next. That also means that the ones they have may have the King Bed or two beds, smoking or not. Still all were supposed to be $91 a night with a total of $99.19 with tax. Dennis I knew he used your book so sorry that it didn't get back together right. I also didn't ask how many he had made because there might be others that want a copy later. Have talked to Robert Lee and Wysocki so far, both say they will try to get their wives to come to DC. Still making calls. Wrong Way & Kathy will most likely fly in from Or. Also Ron Paye & the 369 will be in Vegas for a show on March 5th - 7th but will be ther a few days before in North Vegas so Dale will try to see them there.
Ken Strong Jr.
Summerfield, FL USA - Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:11:30 (MST)
take it easy frenchie,i been having a-fib for a couple years now. it goes away and comes back a couple days later.don't let them give you amiodarone,it worked well till it gave me pancreatitus. lucky it was caught in time.make sure you read up on your meds.
paul mcgrath
USA - Monday, January 28, 2013 at 20:06:47 (MST)
Take care of yourself there Frenchie.....................
Mark
USA - Monday, January 28, 2013 at 18:17:58 (MST)
You take care now does that mean your pressure is up be careful
Rick England
USA - Monday, January 28, 2013 at 07:00:24 (MST)
Frenchie when did yoou put in for?
Rick England
USA - Monday, January 28, 2013 at 05:22:58 (MST)
Just got out of the hospital, some sort of creeping crud.  Heart is staying in A fib blood pressure is going out of sight, stroke walking. Still going back for tests. Heat, lung,  head, can't blame the doc's they have to push the pills.  Made my reservations for  Janet & I DC VHCMA. The Helton only has rooms for the$99.00 price from the 19 th to the 23rd, go early stay late  at $235 a night. Fore warned is fore armed.  See everyone there. 
Frenchie
USA - Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 14:28:22 (MST)
Hey Ken, The book that Larry Stokes used was mine. They may have done a good job of copying it, but they did a crappy job of putting mine back together. Now every time I open it the pages fall out. Also, please note I will not be coming to DC this June, it's the same time my daughter is taking me on a cruise. Plus one time to the wall was more than enough for me Dennis Class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau <d1st2no@live.com>
Roseville, Ca USA - Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 11:56:22 (MST)
George congratulations to you and your new bride. Have fun over there.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 11:06:43 (MST)
George B: If'in you do make it to Khe Sanh, you might go up QL1 North of Hue & south of Quang Tri was Camp Evans. It's was right off QL1.If I recall there was a village just past the main gate called Phong Dien. Like I was saying;if'in ya do make it & don't forget , say a big Hello fer me. Thanks.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx - Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:53:31 (MST)
Things are looking good as Jan & I have our rooms lined up for the 17th - 23rd also plus Kayla is wanting to come to this one. Still plenty of time on Kokomo but have gotten most of the checks back plus Larry Stokes sent me a copy of the 1972 129th book. They did a really good job of coping it.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 09:27:16 (MST)
i forgot count me in for dinner an my four kids also. nolan welcome brother, and welcome to our 129th family. wink
wink
fl USA - Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 09:12:09 (MST)
morning flight, i two have made my reservation for dc.count me in on the bus and hopefully my four kids. i know ryan an kristine will there with me michael an caitlin are up in the air for now, but hopefully will be there. george con grads on your marriage and have a good trip. looking forward to meeting the wife. see you all in DC wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 09:07:02 (MST)
I just made flight plans to go back to our beloved Vietnam. this well be my third trip in 18 months. this time I am only going for 2 weeks. My Vietnamese wife & I are going to play glide for a marine buddy of mine that wants to go back to Da Nang, Hue, Khe Sanh and An Hoc and Marble Mountain. Come to find out my wife's father was stationed at the same place my friend was stationed when he was in the South Vietnames Air force how is that for a thist of luck? My wife lives in Tay Ninh Province so besides those places (and a couple days in Saigon) we will visit her area & Black Mountain again I cann't say it enough these people are really nice its their government that sucks but they are stuck with it now
George B
USA - Friday, January 25, 2013 at 19:36:46 (MST)
I just booked a room in DC for the 17th thru the 23rd of June. I hope to be able to use the extra time to "roam" around DC and visit some of the interesting places as there are a lot of them. Add me and the wife to the bus trip to the wall also. I also am planning on attending the Saturday night dinner and will send a check or whatever is required for group seating. As I recall, we signed up for the dinner on our initial registrating and verified seating upon arrival registration, and was wondering if that has changed now? I hope to be seeing lots of us 129thers and 498thers there. Always a Brother. Love and fellowship.. C U L8r... Kal...>>>
Kal Bergstrom '68 <n8auu (at) email dot com>
St Joseph, MI USA - Friday, January 25, 2013 at 10:51:21 (MST)
Ken, I think I read that the hotel has a shuttle for a 3 mile radius, 'iffen that's any help to ya! Gale
Gale
USA - Friday, January 25, 2013 at 07:21:35 (MST)
Thanks Mark, I have most of them or know what is going on except for Ron & Bill but will call them. Also anyone who has Google Earth check out the Hilton at Dullas. Just South of it about a mile is where they have the one Space Shuttle along with a bunch of other aircraft. Just need to find out what other transportation they have from Dullas to DC. I know Reagon has the subway but don't think I have flown into the other airport.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 22:12:11 (MST)
Kenny S...... Kokomo Check is in the mail..........
Mark
USA - Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 19:33:34 (MST)
Hey!!! Mark & Robbie the VA said I didn't have a problem this time. They did say in the new 90 day PTSD program. I will have a different outlook on life. 90 days I think they are the ones with a problem now!!! Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville , TN USA - Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 15:55:37 (MST)
Well my prostate biopsy came back negative. Which was a relief. But, have to go every three months for check ups. Psa still rising and the Doctor doesn't have a clue to the cause. Looking forward to the reunion in D.C. and planning on Kokomo in september. Hope everyone is staying warm. Can't wait til next week our temps in the 60's. Glad I'm not home in ohio. 14 for highs and 0 for lows. Not my type of weather. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 08:57:59 (MST)
John.........just sent Nolan an email with some info and numbers to call me if any questions. Hope things start to turn for the better for you brother am keeping you in our prayers.......................always a brother..............
Mark
USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 20:18:07 (MST)
Ken, Mark, & Paul; can you guys get with Nolan Hargrave and let him know about Kokomo, Ind. Times and dates with location. He told me that he is going to try to make it this September. Let him know about getting a motel room reserved early in the year. All I can remember is that it is at an RV Park east of Kokomo.
John Sartor
USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 18:54:39 (MST)
Yeah yeah Robbie that's right. We all know that "Alex has problems" ba hahahaha:~))))
Mark
USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 17:37:07 (MST)
Alex, I think they will end up telling you that "you got problems" Hee hee hee.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 10:58:30 (MST)
Well back from the VA. They are going to put me through a 12 weeks of 90 min. consuling. Something new the VA is doing. Also, go to the vet center until the group starts in march. Hope all is well with everyone. Looking forward to June. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 09:40:05 (MST)
Nolan, welcome home, Tex 70-71.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 08:55:04 (MST)
Oh yeah Nolan, that is and would be a dream come true for me to meet up with you. It would be a piece of the puzzle put in place for both of us! Please try and make it to either Kokomo or in June we will be meeting up in conjunction with the VHCMA in DC. Details for that can be found at www. VHCMA . Check on both gatherings, both are great. Good to see you post Nolan!!!! Was wondering if you ever got to show Stephen's daughter all the info I sent you about her dad?
Mark
USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 07:55:57 (MST)
Nolan.In kokomo you might even get to rub shoulders with the 498th Dustoff,neighbor at Lane in Vietnam.We also welcome you Home.See you in KOKOMO.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 12:46:52 (MST)
Nolan as you found this site you need to know that because of that crash it is here. Mark Jackson's brother was also killed on that aircraft so the best one to come to is in Sept at Kokomo, IN. It is for Vietnam Vets where as many as 75K may show up for the weekend from all branches and units. It is also where I found the 129th again when driving by and seeing the flag. We would all be happy to see you make it and know that Mark would give you a big hug as every year we remember those who were lost.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 08:47:55 (MST)
John Sartor, sorry to hear about your leg.
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 05:45:39 (MST)
My brother Stephan Hargrave was KIA with the 129th in Sept. 69 and I was wondering when and where your next reunion will be. Being a Vietnam Vet myself, I think it would be nice way to meet those who knew him. Thanks Nolan
Nolan Hargrave <nolan@pkgconsulting.com>
Centennial, CO USA - Monday, January 21, 2013 at 20:06:35 (MST)
I want to say thanks to my brothers and sisters of the 129th AHC that I got to meet in Kokomo, Ind when I was there. Thou I was in a lot of pain in my right leg, everyone made me feel like I was at home. Again I say thanks.
John Sartor
Oceanside, CA USA - Monday, January 21, 2013 at 19:49:55 (MST)
JOHN;sorry to hear about your leg,glad we took you for a ride around the grounds.JIM;we may have a vehicle for kokomo,the kid is deploying to afghanistan in the spring.ALL;this year at kokomo i am going to bring bagna calda.it is a dipping gravy with garlic ,butter,heavy cream and anchovies.dip bread and veggies and fruit. this was Gales idea. ida and i will be in alaska at the time of DC.
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Monday, January 21, 2013 at 12:06:20 (MST)
John I am sorry to hear that you are still having all these problems but was so glad you were able to make it before so I could meet you. Gale, if you don't need to make any changes on the form, just send a check. Already noted that some just change email addresses on theirs so far. Jim, before Paul always did so much for food that I we were never worried about the 498th and the sites. That and so far you guys were not camping out so it was another reason not to feel like you all needed to. Still hoping that you will find more folks from your unit in the future. Last of all never sure if they are telling us the truth but last night Jan called to reserve a room in DC. They told her they were filling up fast so we reserved ours. The number is (703) 478-2900. The site address is VHCMA.org and they have a link to the Hilton plus pictures, maps, etc. Looks like a really nice place.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Monday, January 21, 2013 at 09:36:52 (MST)
Just an up date to my brothers and sisters of the 129th AHC, I must say that I won't be able to make the trip to Kokomo, Ind this year. As many of you know that I had three blood cots in my right leg that was taken care of by the Doctor. Well last March I had another blood cot and that too was taken care of along with an alsurated right foot. I was told by my Doctor that I have one blood vessel in my right foot that if I closes up that there is nothing that can be done except remove the right foot. So, long plane flights is out. I'm still hobbling around showing slight improvement.
John Sartor <johnsartor@yahoo.com>
Oceanside, CA USA - Monday, January 21, 2013 at 06:10:19 (MST)
I will not be going to Washington,D.c.,in June. amd probably not to Kokomo either, this year,just want you to know. Hope everyone has a great time. Really enjoyed going to Reno-Sparks. maybe next year, for anyone that sees this that has not been, sggest personally that you do go if you have not in the past,it helped me a lot to go last june. Clear right, Tex 70-71...
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, January 21, 2013 at 04:06:19 (MST)
You will be there Jim!
Gale
USA - Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 21:42:06 (MST)
Ken.I think it only fair that the 498 should share with some of the sites at Kokomo?Let me know how much our share is and I will send you a check.I know that we are a bastard unit but lately we have been growing with our neighbors the 129th AHC.I may not make it this yr.But still want to keep our relationship current.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 18:02:43 (MST)
Ken, I've already paid my dues. Do you want the resevation forms back to you? Gale
Gale
USA - Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 09:47:20 (MST)
George what we have at Kokomo is a bunch of us that try to camp there every year and hold as much area as we can. They have 981 campsites but getting one is like pulling teeth so we have managed to get one group together and others close by to it. So far we always still have had left over room for those who might show up wanting to stay in tents out there. Every year I worry we won't have enough space but always have a few no shows. Also motels are hard to get but many like Wink stay there so if you want to go you could do either.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 08:43:03 (MST)
HI I would like to go to the WALL one more time but there no way Sandra would make a long ride like that she got the same thing that Glenda had it was the thing to go throw for 4years but I am stay with here & iwish it was me .Sandra a good lady & wife I was lucky to find here like I had
Art
USA - Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 19:56:32 (MST)
Ken what is the deal with KoKomoe, you mention you got a check what all do we have to pay for I never been there
George B
USA - Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 18:38:52 (MST)
Mark and Flight: I will check with Tom on the bus situation. But,on the Dinner we will have to have one person to collect the dinner money, this person will need the name and how many to each party. Then, we can send the list and money to Cinda. Then when we send in our registration form don't include dinner money. Write on the form whom ever is collecting the dinner money. Will find out wedsday evening the results of my prostate biopsy. Have to get my upper teeth removed because of an infection. Then a knee replacement. Hope nothing else comes up. Should have fun with PTSD consuler. They must not have anything to do. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN. USA - Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 10:01:37 (MST)
27th Annual Reunion, June 19th - 23rd, 2013. At the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport. INfo is posted on the site an quoted at $99.19 w/tax per night. Just talked to "Stickman" last night so now guess we just need to start getting a hold of folks about getting things figured out now. Got Rick's check for Kokomo and waiting for the rest. Talked to Larry, Larry, Paul & Ted already.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 09:38:18 (MST)
Sounds good Alex but will we ever get and accuate count? What if we only have 40, does that mean no bus then? Not sure when I'll be arriving yet so not sure what to do about the dinner table cituation. Will have better plans made by next week and see if there is some way I can help coordinate some of this stuff with the help of others. I think it will have to be a combined effort but it can all be done. Windy as all get out here in Ohio and cold too....................love to all, always a brother.............
Mark
USA - Friday, January 18, 2013 at 19:10:07 (MST)
Alex count me in for both the BUS & the DINNER when you get the $ amount post it & address I'll send ya a check
George B
USA - Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 16:12:42 (MST)
Mark: Cinda or Tom can get a bus for us. But, we would need 48 people for the bus. And, what they would do is get a extra bus for us at their rate. And if we want to do the dinner tables. We need everyone whom plans to go to the dinner. We need one person to collect the money and, again we contact Cinda or Tom and let them know whom has sent their money in. Then, we can get a group of tables together. Always A Brother!!!
Alex <afernwal@comcast.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 09:50:24 (MST)
Mark........Debbie & I are in!!
Gale
USA - Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 16:01:28 (MST)
So have we decided on the bus to the WALL thingy for DC in June? Alex would it be best to have that gal you talked about get us one?...........................
Mark
USA - Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 14:08:53 (MST)
Larry Just kept plugging away. Haven't heard of the VA taking anything away once you get it. Seems all you can do is fight a little harder and don't give up. Don't know how much time any of us have anymore. Will find out next week the results of my second prostate biopsy. I wish the best. Been a while since the Phoenix reunion U were at. Was having my first biopsy during the Reno reunion. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN. USA - Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 13:52:59 (MST)
Celebration time a new year!! Decided to have a little desert after dinner.as I was finishing my Daughter and her husband and family was at my door.First words spoken as Mother-in-law entered the door was GOOD GOD (who FARTED/)I just ate a pint of Korean Kimchi.INLAWS left house while my daughter was laughing.She asked me if I had any more left?I told her she should try to catch her in laws.I gave her a Pint bottle in a bag to go.I thought that my son-in law was going to turn into a chicken the way he was cackling on the way out.I am going to make another Batch for Kokomo.I do not think that I should take it to DC.They may kick us all out of the Hotel.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 19:27:01 (MST)
good to see your posts,Rick and Larry. Im doing good... clear right,Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 14:05:37 (MST)
Hi everybody. Well, I'm still alive. The AO cancer hasn't put me down yet. Had a real good time in Reno. Yeah, I know. I don't show up here often enough lie I should and tha puts me so far behind in what's happening I don't think I can ever catch up. I had to go to a P & C evaluation for my lung and lymph node cancer. I hope the VA isn't going to cut my benefits. They said it's supposed to be maybe temporary because I have a chance of improvement. Is that a fact? Gonna give me my lung back? Time will tell. I want to put up a link her for Huey 509. The one in England. Enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=8m7YRFxTO2o&feature=endscreen
larry kwiatkowski <chrger66@aol.com>
simi valley, CA - California USA - Monday, January 14, 2013 at 17:19:10 (MST)
Claudia and I are going to dc
Rick England
USA - Monday, January 14, 2013 at 09:18:30 (MST)
Rick: Good to se you post. And, glad to see you in D.c. Paul and Ken. Here in Tenn. the VA in Nashville reviews all claims. I didn't put a claim in for typeII. They seen in my records that I was typeII. They awarded me 20%. my ptsd was 40% but, after a review they raised it to 50%. On neuropathy as given 10% for each foot. They have me at 70% right now. The VA has added 11 more illnesses from typeII. It seems each state has their own ideas how the award these claims. I was sent a letter from the claims in Nashville stated if I served in vietnam I probably had contact with agent orange. Get a book from the VA. It will tell you what illnesses you can claim. I spent 5 years going to ptsd group. I got a letter the other day. Stateing I must go through ptsd counseling. Ain't nothing change. The should have given us couseling when we came home. Spent 2 seperate tours with the 129th. And, some of the stuff we seen and done. It isn't going a way. Like I tell them is. Until walk in our boots and seen what we seen. Then they well never understand. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Monday, January 14, 2013 at 08:12:52 (MST)
Alex you Claudia and I are going to D.C. Flight be careful out there
Rick England
USA - Monday, January 14, 2013 at 07:09:57 (MST)
‎129th AHC & 498th Med Notice: got the forms to everyone in the mail today for our campsites @ Kokomo for Sept 14 - 21st. This will be the 31st Annual HC Vietnam Vets Reunion. Sorry I was running a little late on getting this done but we have plenty of time yet. Gale I sent you a form for your Membership as well. Paul I just read yesterday that the VA has hit an all time high for back log in claims. The AO stuff is like the first thing they say now I guess even if you don't ask. Guess that was why when they told me about my Neuropathy the 1st thing out of the Head of the Depts mouth was "A couple thousand things could cause this but AO is not one of them".
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 09:28:39 (MST)
Alex; wish i could find a doc like that. my doc that i had that diagnosed me with db2 swore that it wasn't from AO
paul mcgrath
USA - Friday, January 11, 2013 at 17:10:06 (MST)
Ken: I will be in D.C. if I'm breathing. Don't think you haven't done a good job. Everyone had a good time in Reno. It takes a little work on getting everyone on the same page. Which is a job in it's self. But, we have time to organize. My biopsy wasn't done by the V.A. Had one of the best in this part of the country. He was an army doctor ta boot. Was supposed to go to Nam. But, at the last minute sent his mash unit to Fort Benning. That kepts a special eye on me. Know about agent orange illnesses. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, January 11, 2013 at 16:43:11 (MST)
Ken: I will be in D.C. if I'm breathing. Don't think you haven't done a good job. Everyone had a good time in Reno. It takes a little work on getting everyone on the same page. Which is a job in it's self. But, we have time to organize. My biopsy wasn't done by the V.A. Had one of the best in this part of the country. He was an army doctor ta boot. Was supposed to go to Nam. But, at the last minute sent his mash unit to Fort Benning. That kepts a special eye on me. Know about agent orange illnesses. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, January 11, 2013 at 16:41:55 (MST)
Alex, thanks, and guess we hurry up and wait. They said I might know something on mine today but have no appt with anyone at the VA. Will have to get with you on the 117th but really hoping you will be there as I guess I am not doing a very good job. Still overall I must say that Reno went very well for us that made it I think. Overall I hope everyone had a great time even if the place was loaded with one arm bandits. So that & the size of coffee cups were my only real bitch. Who knew that coffee would cost more than beer.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Friday, January 11, 2013 at 10:01:58 (MST)
Ken: Yes we need to plan better. The way the tables are set up. You can get a table because you have your ticket. But, thats you at that table. They have to see the dinner ticket to assign a person to a table. Unless we do like the 117th. Then, we will be assigned to a table with open seats. Had my second prostate biopsy yesterday. Will get the results 4:00pm on the 23rd. Psa still climbing. But, have a postive outlook on the situation. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, January 11, 2013 at 08:18:32 (MST)
Alex, I did get to Reno on Monday and thought we had things sorted out as we were like the first ones and picked two tables for the 129th. They even noted it on the forms & the stupid thing was when I set there I did reserve anyone because I didn't know the details, just had folks come back. Oh well they said they had someone who didn't know what was going on who mixed things up. So guess we need to again have better planning on our part before we get there. PS: had my biopsy done Tuesday & waiting to hear back but the good thing is the two places were full of fluid. My Right arm is still kind of useless but promise to get busy as soon as I can.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 07:40:28 (MST)
Another year and it seems like everyone weathered the Holidays and is looking forward to that great get together in KOKOMO this year,let us not forget the VHCMA reunion in June?Last yr was not really kind to me!But looking forward to that meeting of the minds with all the troops.I pray that I can find a way to get to Kokomo again this year.Seems like I only live for my year to year meetings with all the 129th and 498 troops!With every email I get informed of another Vietnam Troop that has passed away.Just think,someday we will all meet in heaven and have one great big reunion.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 17:17:13 (MST)
Just went to a web site www.recordsofwar.com/vietnam, showed the year books for 1972 but was not complete. The year book for late 72 was only 50 pages, should be 72 . The year book for early 72 was 23 pages should be 69 pages. If anyone wants a copy let me know and I will email it to you.
donnie purvis <donnie.purvis@us.army.mil>
USA - Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 16:07:05 (MST)
Mark I guess I misunderstood something you were saying & thought you said you might seel the Ford
George B
USA - Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 15:41:23 (MST)
Ted gustafson, George Clark would like you to call him. lost your #
tommie
USA - Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 10:57:26 (MST)
Fellow 129'ers. Lets see if we can help Victoria Kennedy. Anyone with information out there? Let her know.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx USA - Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 10:31:50 (MST)
Ouch Dee!!!!! I hope you are done with them also.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 07:25:15 (MST)
Gale and George....No way am I selling the "Shoebox" dont know where George got such an idea......hope all is well with all.......... Dee just had some more kidney stones taken out today in Lima. Last time was only 3 mo nths ago so we are hoping we are done with them. They are no fun......................always a brother................
Mark
USA - Monday, January 07, 2013 at 15:11:14 (MST)
Mark, what's these "rumors" about you selling your flathead slabside Ford?
Gale
USA - Monday, January 07, 2013 at 08:39:44 (MST)
Tim Boerman, welcome home. youn are with your brothers now. Tex 70-71. d/g and later on c/e..
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, January 07, 2013 at 07:29:22 (MST)
Ken: The problem with the table seating is whom signs in first. So, it people come in late or forget sign up. Then, they get whatever seats or open. The 117th has one peason collecting the dinner money. Then, the contact Tom or Cinda to let them know how many and whom will be attending. This way they all are seated together. Now about Wlaker. Max sent me some pictures and walker is one or two of them. I don't if he was there when I left in Nov.66 I didn't return to the 129th after he was killed. I haven't heard from Max in years. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 17:00:32 (MST)
Victoria, You can go to the Virtual Wall site either by alphabet or company unit. He was a medic that came to 129th in late 65 or eary 66. he flew door gunner some with Don Cline and Max. He extended for 6 months He went home for 30 days and came back to 129th. He then flew door gunner until the crash. Mike' s daughter has posted on Virtual Wall about Mike.
J. W. Wilson
Kinston, N.C. USA - Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 16:20:01 (MST)
Victoria:try to post as much info you have about your uncle, things like the year or years he was with the 129th, his position on the aircdaftr, his rank, maybe you can give a number of the hilicopter he flewn on most and did he fly on a slick (H model huey) or a gun ship (B model huey) All this will help you get feed back faster. Good luck George B, March 69-April 70
George B
USA - Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 13:02:09 (MST)
Alex, The last couple years were kind of a mess with the tables for the 129th and hope somehow Tom could make that better this time. 1st off I had a big push for Reno to try to get people to come but just like Kokomo I never know what is going on till we get there. As a public area, Alex can you be the one who we all forward the names and info to? I have been working on guys I have contact with from 1971 through 1973 but don't even know all of them. Still trying to get as many this year as we can. Also can we get the guys who were not Crew Members on the list somehow? If this was a big 129th Reunion can the VHCMA handle extra people from our unit? I don't live that far away from Tom if I needed to meet with him about anything but I am waiting to deal with a couple of my own medical issues this next week.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Summerfield, FL USA - Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 08:12:40 (MST)
morning flight hope everyones holiday was a good one. dennis whats this about google and norton calling our site a threat, a threat to who? or are you busting chops. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 08:33:06 (MST)
Max Whittington flew with Mike Walker, Max has info on contact page. I also knew Mike Walker, call me at 252-523-1384. J. W. Wilson
J. W. Wilson
kinston, N.C. USA - Friday, January 04, 2013 at 17:20:42 (MST)
Hello, My name is Victoria and I am writing to inquire if you served with Specialist Michael Walker in the 129TH AHC, 10TH AVN BN, 17TH AVN GRP, 1 AVN BDE during the Vietnam war. I am his niece and am doing some family research in order to put together a family album for my father, his youngest and only surviving brother. I was wondering if by chance you may have known him and if you had any pictures of him. I know this is a lot to ask and I really appreciate you taking the time to read this email. I hope to hear from you soon! Happy New Year, Victoria Kennedy
Victoria Kennedy <vixie783@hotmail.com>
Bangor, Maine USA - Friday, January 04, 2013 at 15:30:59 (MST)
Gale: If we get enough people to fill a bus. Tom could get us one cheaper. Reason he'll have at least 2 or 3 buses on order for the wall. The more buses the cheaper the prices. We might also consider trying to get all the 129th dinner tables together. But, on either project we will need to know in advance who are coming. Always a Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, Tn. USA - Friday, January 04, 2013 at 14:37:13 (MST)
Don M call me I miss placed your number
George B
USA - Friday, January 04, 2013 at 13:50:38 (MST)
Mark but my name on the list for the bus if you do 1 or 2. ALSO keep me in mine if ya sell the ford
George B
USA - Friday, January 04, 2013 at 13:49:21 (MST)
Tim Boerman, Welcome .
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Friday, January 04, 2013 at 10:33:05 (MST)
Tim, welcome home and don't be a stranger on here. What years were you at Lane? I started out Crewing and later went to Maintenance in '68. We hope you can make our June reunion. Gale
Gale 67-68
USA - Friday, January 04, 2013 at 08:55:41 (MST)
Flight, I've been trying to make our resevations for June at the Hilton. Mark, I'm with you on having a bus reserved for the 129th to go to the Wall together....maybe on Friday!? We plan on getting there on the 16th (Sunday) and spending the week so we can see a lot more things. I was at the wall about 20 or so years ago and I'm ready to go back. Always a brother, Gale
Gale 67-68
USA - Friday, January 04, 2013 at 08:51:59 (MST)
Alex, yes that guy.. I have been trying to get him to come to a reunion too. He spends a lot of time playing music for Civil War stuff and they are pretty good. Have a web site someplace and is on FB. Like I said there are a lot of folks out there that we need to get going soon while we still can. More guys retired last year but we lost so many too. So DC in June is really important.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Friday, January 04, 2013 at 08:12:53 (MST)
Ever wonder how to track the status of your VA Compensation Claim? Go to http://www.ebenefits.va.gov Register and the you will access to claim information, VA letters, Payment history and many other government or military info portals. I used it while my latest C & P claim was being processed. By doing that I was able to find out status, and if they needed more info long before the request ever came by Snail mail. I applied for 3 different Service connected Complications in August and I have rec'd ratings on 2 of them. Also, and I can't stress this enough. get your AGENT ORANGE evaluation, don't put it off any longer. Always a Brother Dennis Class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau <d1st2no(@)live.com>
Roseville, CA USA - Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 19:11:17 (MST)
Tim, I always thanked maintance crews that worked my aircraft for thier expertise and dedication. All the crews new that with out you guys we would never get off the ground. But too be truthful, there were those times I wished that you guys could have take a little longer getting my aircraft out of maintance. I need some down time. But new that you guys worked your butts off to keep us flying. Happy New Year Donnie
donnie purvis <donnie.purvis@us.army.mil>
Linwood, Nc USA - Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 17:59:16 (MST)
Ken: Keith Letson 129th 71-72 I think. Lives in Corinth,Mississippi. Always A Brother!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 16:09:30 (MST)
Ken: Are you talking about Keith letson. He lives in Corinth, Mississippi? Met him once. He stopped at the Autozone I worked at. Always A Brother!
Alex
USA - Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 16:07:06 (MST)
Fred Alvis: Liz just called to tell me that she spent 3hour at your Brother's job. She was making calls at the frieghtliner dealer in Birmingham Alabama. She said he had plenty of good stories about you. All good. Small world. Alex
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 15:59:47 (MST)
Tim, Happy New Year and wish more would post as well. Do you remember a guy named Letson? Also where did you work? I really do talk to a few guys that say or know what is posted on here but never write anything themselves, even Pilots. Wish again that more folks would write us now & than so we know how ya all are doing. Did find out that Mike Johnson, 71-72, 1st Flt has lost function in his kidneys. Also has diabeties, sorry about spelling. Now has joined the long line of folks trying to get help from the VA.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 15:58:26 (MST)
Mark I think I heard you mention you might sell the Ford, if you do let me know, I'd like to add a Flathead to my collection. I'm still looking for a 30-31 Phanton & a 33 4 door sedan or limo Buick but a flathead would be nice to have.
George B
USA - Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 13:38:24 (MST)
Happy New year to all that served in the 129th! If you recognize my name, It would be great to hear from you.
tim boerman <dsoapm@gmail.com>
julian , Ca USA - Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 19:22:29 (MST)
APR-SEP 72 . Would like to see more comments from us that stayed on the ground. Nothing flew without maintenance.Cooks, motor pool etc. We were ALL there!
tim boerman <dsoapm@gmail.com>
Julian , ca USA - Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 19:10:24 (MST)
AO the gift that keeps on giving. LOL
paul mcgrath
la salle, il USA - Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 18:13:28 (MST)
the biggest reason to get it all service connected is that if you die from a service connected illness or injury,your wife can get DIC(dependants indemnity compensation)for the rest of her life or until she remarries(amounts to around 1200 a month).some states,illinois being one,will also give her a bonus amount.i am 100% for heart,70% for ptsd,40% for DB2,10% each leg for neuropathy plus smc K for ed and smc S for house bound. will be filing soon for neuropathy for both hands as i can no longer feel the heartbeat to take my own pulse.that will be secondary to DB2.the ed can come from the DB2 meds or can also come from antidepressants taken for ptsd.
paul mcgrath
la salle, il USA - Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 17:58:35 (MST)
New New Year!!!!!:-) Be safe. I had just arrived @ Lane (two maybe three days). it was Dec 31st 1971. I didn't know anyone. So new years eve I went to sleep early-no celebrating. The whole company was celebrating in one way or another.a whole lot of drinking going on. At midnight I was awakened by a whole lot of shootin' going on. I thought that we were being attacked.I my heart was thumping & I had the crap scared out me. It was just the guys celebrating & welcoming in the new year.I remember the "hung over faces the next day- what a bunch of sad faces- just like the t-shirt face "shit happens". So today I'll be going back & forth to Lane.Again be safe everyone>
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx USA - Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10:33:21 (MST)
Hey Paul,Lenny, and everybody else. I just got my K award for ED(split the back pay with my wife). Turns out that is was caused by my medications that I need to take for Diabetes, Colesteral, and High Blood Pressure. Also and this is important! Even if you are currently rated @ 100%, you need to have each different Problem documented as Service connected. The reason is that if you die of a non service connected problem, the VA only pays $300 and a flag. If it from a Service connected problem, the VA pays $2000. I am rated 100% for my heart disease,0% for Diabetes,0% for hearing loss, 0% for degenerative Disc Disease, and my K award for ED. My point being is just because the doctor says that you have something that may be Service Connected, it's not Official until you apply thru C & P.
Dennis Fuerstenau <d1st2no(@)live.com>
Roseville, CA USA - Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10:03:15 (MST)
Slow hand salute to all our 129th. brothers that have passed this year, and to Larry Jackson. I truly hope that 2013 is a very good year for everyone. May God Bless all. by the way the Cowboys and Romo suck big time..lol... Tex 70-71...
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, December 31, 2012 at 09:30:48 (MST)
Hoping my 129th Family has a safe New Years. Jan. 10 have my second prostate biopsey. Hope this negative like the first one 5 months ago. then I will go for a knee replacement. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Monday, December 31, 2012 at 09:17:51 (MST)
Happy New Year, and the best of luck for 2013. Jim, the the people here care about you, and you are loved.
Kevin
UK - Monday, December 31, 2012 at 03:40:46 (MST)
Over the years I have noticed that this place has been helpful for those with medical issues and dealings with the VA. I feel proud of the fact that the 129th page has been of some help for many in this manner. Blessins in the the New Year to all of you. SLOW HAND SALUTE to LARRY......................always a brother................
Mark
USA - Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 20:57:16 (MST)
Jim, dont say such a thing brother................
Mark
USA - Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 20:54:03 (MST)
Now is the time to wish everyone a Happy New Years and many more to come.Va just gave me an additional 20% which gives me total 90%.I have VA people calling VA stupid with henhouse ways.I think that they are all on their knees praying that I will just go away and they will be off the hook.CRSC is serious about my after life,they just do not give a dung.The only people that do not have to accept a VA doctors Dianosis and Treatment for anything Medical,Mental,or Orthopedic.Sometimes I feel like ending it all.Everybody have a great New Years.
jim <dustoff>
shiloh, ill USA - Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 20:33:38 (MST)
Hope everyone has a happy New Year. Do Not Forget To Be Happy.
Frenchie
USA - Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 20:21:41 (MST)
Peace and good health in 2013 to all, especially those who are hurting. Gary and Paul, checks rec'd. Love to all-Gently
gently
USA - Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 17:50:50 (MST)
Paul, thank you for that info buddy. amazing what you can learn on-line. I.ll definately check into several of those issues. I do believe I qualify for a couple, thanks again brother.
lenny m
USA - Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 14:46:09 (MST)
Art, sorry to her about Larry Brewster, he was a character,seems like we are really starting to lose out brothers now at a alarming rate, Ken, take care and sending prayers your way,buddy. hope that everyone has a Happy New Year. Paul, the couple that were selling them are gone now from the mall, but you can order them online ,or could. gad it got there. !!! Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 11:41:21 (MST)
Art thanks for posting about Larry. Another loss as it becomes harder to keep track this year. As I spend more time this year myself at the VA, even Christmas Eve at the Gainsville ER I have to wonder. "Stickman" seems to have ESP calling to ask how I am doing. Mike Johnson appears to be having his kidneys failing but the last time I talked to him he was in the hospital a few weeks back & just got his voice mail last time. So anyway my wife is flying to Indiana in the morning because we didn't make it for Christmas. I will try to get the forms mailed to everyone by the end of this week for Kokomo. Just to update my Right Arm has been pretty much useless for a month with something on the gland in the armpit. Going in on the 8th to get a biopsy done just because they can't seem to get it to get smaller. Still praying that 2013 is a better year for us as I want to see more of you in DC in June.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 09:18:56 (MST)
Lenny; that is a pretty common misconception.100% is not the top of the ladder,yuo can get SMC(special monthly compensation). i get smc K for ed(99 dollars)and smc S for home bound(312 dollars). there are many others.ferric oxide is used to treat skin problems but ruins clothes there is smc for that. you can get smc for depends(diapers) if you have an incontinence problem. just throwing that out there.
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 05:25:56 (MST)
hi every one well we lost a nother brother Larry Brewster 12/27/12 breaving problem he had smoked to much & lungs problem bad .
Art
USA - Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 18:07:46 (MST)
thank you alex, I've been checking it out on line and from other sources and i'm much more at ease now. too many things of a medical nature has happened to me in the last few years. I thought maybe they found out something new. I'm already 100 pct. svc. connected soI couldn't get anything else. again, thank you brother. and have a happy new year.
lenny m.
USA - Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 17:34:58 (MST)
Lenny: Agent Orange!! Veterans exposed to agent orange. A veteran who served in vietnam between jan.9th 1962 and may 7, 1975 is presumed to have been exposed to agent orange and other herbicides used in support of military operations. type 2 is one of 14 illnesses. Go to your VA clinic and get a hand book. It will answer alot of your questions. But, get a service officer to help with your claim. 11 more illnesses have been added to agent orange. Dennis F. has pictures of choppers spraying. Spent my second Christmas in 67 at Lane. Big party at the fire station. Same for new years. Thought Lane was an R&R when I first got there. Big difference from 65. Always A Brother!
Alex
Collierville, TN. USA - Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 13:42:08 (MST)
Gary; huey arrived this morning.nice looking replica. do you by chance know if blackhawks are available? would be interested in one for my son as he works on them.thanks and happy new year to all.
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 12:08:38 (MST)
Happy new year my brothers, my new years resolution is to check back here a lot more often....Tails Clear Left.....Casey
Matt Casey
Hemet, CA USA - Friday, December 28, 2012 at 09:01:59 (MST)
thanks gary,check is in the mail to gently. just heard from my son in ft drum ny.the snow is up to his ass already.quite a switch from ft hood,but he's liking it.
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 10:28:50 (MST)
sent your Huey to you yestrday,Paul, should be there in 2 or 3 days. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 09:28:51 (MST)
C.B. thank you for that info. when you are informed of this kind of news, it works on your mind and ones mind really starts to wonder. I do feel a little more at ease. thank you again brother.
lenny m.
USA - Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 08:46:16 (MST)
Lenny M : Type II diabetes is one of the presumed illnesses associated with agent orange. If you have it and you were in-country, the VA presumes it was caused by agent orange and will award compensation automatically when you file. In reality agent orange may have nothing to do with the presumed illnesses, but the VA accepts the responsibility since agent orange could have been the cause. There is usually no way to determine the exact causes of an illness.
C.B.
USA - Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 00:20:57 (MST)
Trust that all had a Merry Christmas and wishing all of you a blessed and prosperous New Year. God bless you all from the Jackson family.
Mark
USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 21:26:08 (MST)
brothers, I Need some answers and I hope I can get them here.about one year ago I was diagnosed with type 11 diabetes. my award states it is chemically connected. my question is, is it from exposure to agent orange or assumed to be caused by agent orange?I cant get any questions answered by va so I thought maybe some of you guys are knowledgable on this subject. 3 local deaths of our comrades in arms died recently and all stated it was due to agent orange exposure. hope I haven't droned on unnecessasarialy. would appreciate any info on this subject. thanks kidly brothers lenny m 71/72
lenny m.
USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 20:59:35 (MST)
Evening Flight, Yes I'm still, Been gone and unable to read any posts since Google Chrome browser and Norton 360 kept calling the 129th site a threat and would shut down my computer and started running a virus scan. I have now updated to Windows 8 and a new computer. Hope one and all had a great Christmas. I have been busy since my return from Reno with Community Projects, Prepping for my Annual Tax preparers exam. And Many many visits to the VA Medical system. It seems like the C & P Exam doctors are best friends. However, as of today it was not wasted effort. I requested to add Secondary disabilities to my 100% for Heart Disease. I submitted requests Diabetes type II, ED, and Degenerative disk disease. The Diabetes and ED have been approved to include a K award back dated to the start of my Diabetes Diagnosis(waiting on the letter with the exact start date).It seems the medsI takeforDiabetes, Colesterol, and High blood pressure were contributing factors for the ED. MY wife says she gets half of the K award back pay. With regard to the Degenerative Disk Disease in my lower back, there is more research to be done. You may be wondering how I know the results of my claim before I get the Award letter, the answer is easy, I have been Tracking my Claim on line at ebenefits.va.gov Once you register you can find out all different information regarding you personal VA Benefits. I guess now will be as good of time as ever to let one and all know that I won't be going to DC in June as my daughter has booked a Mexico cruise for the same week and weekend. Always a brother Dennis Class of 72
Dennis Fuerstenau <d1st2no(at)live.com>
Roseville, CA USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 20:22:06 (MST)
Thanks,Gale..
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 17:47:36 (MST)
Gary, no need to apologize for puttin your feelings on here Brother!
Gale
USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 07:25:24 (MST)
Sorry, guys about sharing that Christmas with you.Like I said all were good after that one. One thing I found out after going to Reno-Sparks and mostly listening to others there at the reunion at different tables, we pretty much all shared the same expernces, over there and coming home and what we had to go through after that. Thank God,I went there. Love you,my brothers, hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with their familys. Peace on Earth and Good will towards man, God be with you this coming year, brothers.. always, Clear right, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 02:59:38 (MST)
in 70 i spent a few houres in officer club & in 68 was out in the bush.
art
USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 17:08:08 (MST)
Had a hell of a New Years party,though, got drunk as a skunk, got into a fight and had fun. !!!!!woweee!!!!yeehawwww.!!!! Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 14:43:36 (MST)
We had a very crappy Christmas in 70, went up to English and picked up dead soldiers,2 of them, in body bags that leaked body fluids,wont ever forget that smell,either , the mess hall was closed when we got back also , ate C rations, it sucked, so every Christmas since then had to be better than that one.ha ha.. Clear right, Tex 70-71.. Merry Christmas..
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 14:41:12 (MST)
MERRY CHRISTMAS/HAPPY NEW YEAR. AT THIS TIME 41 YEARS AGES AGO I GOT TO GUARD THE PERIMETER ON THE 61ST SIDE, AND ALSO FOR NEW YEARS. I COULD HEAR CHRISTMAS CAROLES FROM THE HOOTCHES AND NEW YEARS EVE TRACERS GOING OUT FROM PHU TAI PERIMETER. I CAN STILL SEE IT ALL. LOVE YOU ALL. ADIOS FLIGHT.
Bernie Hernandez <pamela_h09@yahoo.com>
Roy, Utah USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 14:39:05 (MST)
anyone that spent christmas 71 at tuyhoa i probably met casually. i was the mess sgt there. wasn't too long after that we transfered everything from there to pleiku. artillery hill. hope everyone had a merry christmas. lenny m.
lenny m.
USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 13:57:31 (MST)
Gus, I was there with you at Lane 45 years ago.......don't know iffen we partied together, but, I know that I partied with someone......probably Warner, Whigham, Czuba, White, Alvarado & May in our hootch! I think Warner made himself a "big" batch of Screwdrivers using Orange pop and also had a "big" hangover! I love all you guys.... Debbie & I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!!
Gale 67-68
USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 11:50:49 (MST)
45 years since my first Christmas at Lane (Two in a row). Want to wish all my 129th and ROK brothers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May God bless each and every one of you.
Ted (Gus)Gustafson <ted.gustafsonATgmail.com>
Grand Rapids, MN USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 10:51:54 (MST)
Just wanted to say it again, Merry Christmas Everyone and as Mark would say, Love you guys..
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Summerfield, FL USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 10:45:08 (MST)
merry christmas everyone!!!
tommie
USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 08:43:47 (MST)
Merry Christmas,Simon Johnson .MAY God Bless you for all you have done.Have a very Happy New YEAR. May God Bless everyone.and to all a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New YEAR. gARY..
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, December 24, 2012 at 19:52:25 (MST)
Merry Christmas to one and all. Hope you have a good one and a prosperous new year from all of us in the UK. We will raise our glasses to you and thank you for your friendship. Simon, Nina, Brad et al.
Simon Johnson <simon_johnson@talktalk.net>
NR Blackburn, 509 County UK - Monday, December 24, 2012 at 16:39:41 (MST)
There is a Dentist up Bradford, Pa. way. Christmas eve 1971, we were stationed TDY down Tuey Hoa way, supporting MAC V/lurp types. We stayed with the Airforce Pilots/crews and since it was xmas eve..party time. The Airfircr types sent us into the village(via our ship) to pick up a load of Hookers, and bring them back to the party. great party..the airforce types were drinking beer out of skulls..me, I settled for a mug.Drank alot of beer, smoked alot of herb, didnt touch the enterainment ladies. The next day, xmas day, we flew, taking beer and mail out in the country side to the MAC V folks. Helicopter got into trouble, we fell a jillion feet, pulling out seconds before we crashed..then some joyless NVA who hadnt heard about the xmas truce, ripped off a clip of AK 47 rounds at us. Come to think of it, maybe that wAs his xmas present to us..some hot lead. Never forget the xmas eve day nit the xmas day. merry xmas, still glad to be home.
alvis
USA - Monday, December 24, 2012 at 16:08:45 (MST)
Well it's been 47 years ago since spending my first Christmas and New Years at Dong Ba Thin. Monsoon season at that. Did alot of guard duty. Our great Christmas dinner turned out to be all dhydrated food. Add water and poof looked like dog food. Ended up eating c-rations. Beans and winnies. We also got a movie that evening. Turned out to be a training flim about v.d. Found out later some of the guys got to go see Bob Hope at Cam Rhan bay. Between both my tours with the 129th never got to see Bob Hope. Well my 129th Family have a good Christmas. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Monday, December 24, 2012 at 14:33:24 (MST)
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL 129THers!!!!
Larry Lackey <larrylackey@bellsouth.net>
Warner Robins, GA USA - Monday, December 24, 2012 at 10:35:43 (MST)
Forty - one years ago, Sp/5 Joe Flores & myself were in-transit @ Tuy Hoa. We were enroute to Lane.We spent christmas in Tuy Hoa. Talk about being & feeling lonesome. Two maybe three days later we arrived @ Lane, right before New years.So this time of years I reminisce back to being in the transit barracks at Tuy Hoa & making the last leg of the trip to Lane. I'm glad & very fortunate to have forty one more chrismas & new years under me.So when I pop the cork of the Johnny Walker Black label this evening I'll be remembering You all. Merry Christmas members of the 129th. Have a safe one with your loved ones some you won't feel that sad and Lonely.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, TX USA - Monday, December 24, 2012 at 09:12:07 (MST)
I want to wish a very Merry Christmas, and a very Happy New Year to everyone in the 129th.Especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Larry Dyer <larry_dyer47@yahoo.com>
USA - Monday, December 24, 2012 at 02:13:12 (MST)
Paul Mc Grath, will be sending you the Huey, the 26th.of December, been out of town ,in Amarillo visiting my son and grandsons the past few days,Want to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY 129TH.BROTHERS AND KOREAN Rok TIGER DIVISION BROTHERS ALSO. Clear right ,Gary "Tex" "The Phantom" Mount
Gary Mount
USA - Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 23:50:53 (MST)
WANT TO WISH EVERYONE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEARS TO ALL THE BROTHERS OF 129TH AHC AND DUSTOFF,JAE AND TIGER DIVISION KOREAN VETERANS.
Jim <Dustoff>
ILL USA - Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 19:10:26 (MST)
Merry Christmas! To all my 129th friends, and their families. Also to our troops around the world, without them and Veterans, there would be no Christmas.
Kevin Dutton
UK - Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 12:19:07 (MST)
Merry Christmas too all. Members of the 129th I have the year books from 1972 on disk if anyone wants a copy.. Sgt Elmer Belanger sent his copies too me and has ok me too give it too anyone that wants a copy. There are two books with lots of memories. Merry Chriistmas 129th. A special thanks too Sgt Elmer Belanger 129th door gunner 1972. Donnie
Donnie purvis <Hdonnie.purvis@us.army.mil>
Linwood, NC USA - Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 13:50:40 (MST)
Liz and I would like to wish the 129th Family a Merry Christmas and a safe New Years. Time passes by fast now. We have lost some of our 129th Family in the resent years. Let's take a moment to remember our 129th Family who are no longer with us. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 07:49:53 (MST)
Dear 129th AHC brothers-in-arms, The time has slipped by and the year of 2012 is about to tell us "Good bye". At the close of another year, with the deepest thanks for your continued patronage and participation in 2012, I would like to gratefully pause to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Sincerely, Jae-sung Chung Webmaster Proud ROK Forces of Vietnam (www.rokfv.com)
Jae-sung Chung <jsc418@empal.com>
ROK - Friday, December 21, 2012 at 23:19:44 (MST)
going back out, hope to be home xmas day. Merry xmas to our UK friends and to all here.
alvis
USA - Friday, December 21, 2012 at 06:33:54 (MST)
Gary: my addy is paul mcgrath brown 737 gooding st la salle il 61301. Gently i will send out check today
paul mcgrath
USA - Friday, December 21, 2012 at 05:52:48 (MST)
Merry Christmas to my 129ers! See you in 2013! L-G
Gently
USA - Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 18:57:41 (MST)
anyone ever hear from Mc Carthy, he was one of the pilots that I flew with in 70-71. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 08:51:00 (MST)
Paul Mc Grath, I need your address ,so I can send you your Huey, my address is in the contacts on this website,it is correct and so is the phone no. Gently, the money for the quilt is on the way. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
Lubbock, TX USA - Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 07:59:44 (MST)
Does anyone remember Bill Taylor (wild Bill) Guns mid 68 to 69?
Joe Johnson
USA - Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 06:57:39 (MST)
Paul, Gary will be sending you the Huey in the near future. My addy is: 8353 Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa WI 53213. Gary won the quilt:>)) Congrats and thank you both! Not good participation this year...we collected $175 minus the postage. It might help someone alittle to get to a re-union or Kokomo...but let's do better next year. A big thank you to Jamie and Gary for their donations. Gary, Jamie will need your address. L-G
Gently
USA - Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 18:04:21 (MST)
ANY BODY KNOW WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE AUCTION???????
paul mcgrath
la salle, il USA - Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 15:40:35 (MST)
I haven't been on for some time now, but I read everyday. I want to wish each and every member a merry christmas and very happy new year. so sorry to hear of our recent losses and illnesses, I will pray for all for healing and less pain. brothers' the 129th is in my thoughts every day. later brothers lenny m. usa
lenny m usa
USA - Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 19:41:20 (MST)
Just info about Kokomo 2013. Talked to Paul Boggs the other day as he called to let me know the form was on line. I have been working on it but I am going to do it different this year for everyone that needs to send checks for February 1st. I will make out and mail everyone your form with everything filled in except the payment amounts / number of days so all you have to do is send them back to me. I will try to get that done as soon as possible but also going to Indiana next week for a few days. Other wise everyone Have a Merry Christmas & thank you Gale for the card.
Ken Strong Jr 72-73
Summerfield, FL USA - Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 07:26:06 (MST)
It's been a few months since I posted last. So much has happened, ie; Fred Skaggs. I didn't know him but I would like to say my prayers. It's hard to think that 43 yrs ago we were young and thinking about life after Vietnam. Here we are now and wondering if we will make it to next year. I would like to say, "I love each and everyone and may God Bless."
John Sartor <johnsartor@yahoo.com>
Oceanside, CA USA - Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 04:13:01 (MST)
Gale; i just realized i didn't thank you and debbie for the ornament. adding 498th was a nice touch also thanks. i had hoped to make dc this year but ida and i will be in alaska.gonna spend 2 weeks riding the alaska state ferry. will be at kokomo tho
paul mcgrath
USA - Monday, December 17, 2012 at 18:32:14 (MST)
Losing Fred hit me like a ton of bricks, remember him and Ron Debates and Ingumussen, and Jeff, definitely remember you,Hobie. God Bless you,Mark, for what you have done. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Monday, December 17, 2012 at 12:16:22 (MST)
Sorry for the late post. No excuse, I don’t frequent the site as much as I should. Snapper told me of Fred Skaggs passing; such a blow. So, we have lost another member of this gallant crew. The inevitable of which we all face strikes once again, this time way too soon. I remember that Fred was a good man and we flew together many times in Vietnam. I can close my eyes and still see mission sheets with our names listed under crewmembers…it is sad to think of him gone. His professionalism and expertise were representative of the men of the 129th and I am proud to say that I served with the very best. I wish his family a peaceful transition and warm Holiday remembrances of an extraordinary American. Jim “Hobie” Jobe
James Jobe <pavelowrider@msn.com>
Woods Cross, UT USA - Monday, December 17, 2012 at 11:04:44 (MST)
I need to really get in here and apoligize for not posting so often. being sorta the God Father of this place. I am really sorry. I do read everyday and well sometimes , as lots of you, just find it hard to say something sometimes. I'm sorry for that. Bernie and Donnie and Jim and gale and Paul and Gary and all the others that keep this page alive with words I really,really do thank you guys for doing so. JUst keep a stiff upper lip and your heads down low and keep taking the call. The 129th has been, if not the best thing that has every happened to me. To think I just wanted to put somethinbg up to remember Larry and have it turn into this. In the beginning my family had only 5 photos of Larry from Vietnam and now after finding so many of you guys that knew him over there and had photos of him in your own scrapbooks I now have a scrap book full of photos of him from Vietnam. It is and always will be one of the best gifts that I could of ever received at anytime of the year to have all of you as my brothers. To all of you and all your loved ones Dee and I want to wish you a Blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year. God Bless you all.........................always a brother
Mark
USA - Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 19:46:37 (MST)
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR FLIGHT. IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I'VE POSTED A MESSAGE. DONNIE I TALKED TO BILL BACK IN 1998 OR 1999 AND THAT WAS THE LAST TIME. I'D SURE LIKE TO HEAR FROM HIM, HOPE YOUR DOING FINE. BRUNO MY BRO.I'LL BE CALLING YOU SOON. PEACE OUT FLIGHT.
Bernie Hernandez <pamela_h09@yahoo.com>
Roy, UT USA - Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 18:19:55 (MST)
gently; looks like i will be needing your home address. my email is idapaul at yahoo
paul mcgrath
la salle, il USA - Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 10:44:46 (MST)
morning flight,i just wanted to wish everybody a merry xmas and happy new year to all.......mark if you will be soooo kind as to make a change to my e-mail addy in the contact list. its now hotmail.com. changed from verizon.net. the change saved me $100 a month from verizon to a different carrier.hopefully this will my last change. thanks wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 08:53:47 (MST)
Gently, I just emailed you a photo of the quilt top. Again, because we are in AZ and the quilt is in Montana, I am hopeful to have it sent to the lucky bidder sometime in January. Thanks to everyone else who is getting on board with raising a few bucks for the fund. God Bless you all.
Jamie DeBates
Polson, MT USA - Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 08:28:57 (MST)
A gentle reminder that the bidding in the auction for our Christmas Fund ends at 12 midnight Monday. To date: $75 for Gary Mounts' Huey; $100 for the homemade quilt created by Jamie DeBates in honor of Fred Skaggs. L-G
Gently
USA - Friday, December 14, 2012 at 17:20:04 (MST)
Donnie Purvis; A long time ago Bill Shilleto did sign in the 129th webb site. But only that one time. I was able to call hime at his home 20. but, as usual, my timing was off - it was dinner time and they were having dinner.I talked with Bill just a little so he could get back to dinner. Bill Shilletto & Lt Jones flew quite few mission withe Bernie & myself on "426".Remember Cobra 54? the Hog Snake that had the engine failure & did that great auto rotation? Well, it was Bill & Lt Jomes on Bulldog 426 that picked them up. we were real close by cause we were able to see 54's auto rotation. Bill shihlleto talked him down. I cant remember 54's AC's name, But he landed the snake just as if had power.Well I've said a lot Later.
Bruno E Sanchez
Laredo, Tx USA - Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:51:41 (MST)
A gentle reminder that Monday midnight is the closing time for bids on our items for the Christmas Fund: Paul: $75-Huey donated by Gary Mount. Gary: $100-Jamie DeBates homemade quilt in honor of Fred Skaggs. Submit your bids on this website or to me at: gentlyjs@yahoo.com. Alex, you are in my prayers as you go through all of this. And our dear Aussie Sister, may you have some days of comfort! L-G
Gently
USA - Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:12:50 (MST)
Hey Whitey, good to hear from you. Merry Christmas to you and your family!!
Gale
USA - Friday, December 14, 2012 at 09:30:30 (MST)
Hello to every body with the 129th. I don't get to get on line mutch, but i have a smart phone so i can check my mail. God bless you all and thank you for the great memories. I'm looking forward to next years reunion. Merychristmas & a happynew year. Love you all. ( Whighty)
Clarence Barrows--( Whighty) <doorgunner1968@yahoo.com>
Mt. Upton, NY USA - Friday, December 14, 2012 at 08:38:28 (MST)
Well just received news from the doctor's nurse. Have to go for another biopsy on the postate. In may it was 4.6 and now up to 6.8. So, I encourage all my Brother's to get their's checked. Agent Orange was all over us. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, December 14, 2012 at 08:16:45 (MST)
Hi I movie it time we we did this & stop giving in to them. the movie is LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE & take a stand for CHRISHED BELIEFS>
Art
USA - Friday, December 14, 2012 at 06:29:23 (MST)
http://videohardcoreporn.com
ken <kenhirai@kenhirai.com>
USA - Friday, December 14, 2012 at 04:02:02 (MST)
George back in Nam. Did you get married to your guide yet? I remember you telling us you had plans. DaLat was the r&r for some of the high brass. Enjoyed your pictures at Marks. The pictures didn't look like anything I saw. It's 20th century Vietnam. Was station in Vung tau for a few months. Nice!! It's the only place in the delta worth seeing. Have a great time. Hope everyone else has a great day. Always A Brother!!! Stat preparing for the LZ D.C. in June!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 12:05:35 (MST)
Sorry George I didn't mean to insult you by saying you lived in NJ. Glad you're still out there though. Have a good time over there. I know you enjoy the sights.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:13:37 (MST)
Robbie, I am still in Tay Ninh Vietnam won't be stsateside till Dec 23. By the way Robbie I DO NOT live in new jersey I live in M A S S U S E T T E S, Somerset in 45 miles southeast of Boston Ma & at the base of Cape Cod and only 20 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. Also for those wondering it is still HOTTER than hell in Vietnam right now it is about 9,000 degrees, well really about 95 with about 100% huminty. This trip I spent 5 days in Da Lat it was way nicer than the Quin Nhon-Plieku area I went to last Jan-Feb. Next year I want to see the Mekon Delta area, anybody want to join me?
George B
Somerset,, Ma USA - Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 19:27:11 (MST)
Hey,sure is quiet as far as the Christmas Auction.??
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 14:36:12 (MST)
Hasanyone heard from William Shilletto (bill) not sure if I spelled the last name correctly It has been a long time since he posted.
donnie purvis <donnie.purvis@us.army.mil>
Linwood, NC USA - Monday, December 10, 2012 at 16:15:19 (MST)
Hasanyone heard from William skillet to (bill) not sure if I spelled the last name correctly It has been a long time since he posted.
donnie purvis <donnie.purvis@us.army.mil>
Linwood, NC USA - Monday, December 10, 2012 at 16:14:30 (MST)
OH, PS: Phil, Simmon, Brad & never forget our friend Kevin in the UK. You guys and your families are important to us too. Just was talking to a friend of mine who had made a trip over there and he talks all the time about how folks there do so much to keep history alive for all Wars. He missed the 509 but I told him that if they go back to make sure to track you all down and see what you have done for our guys.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Monday, December 10, 2012 at 09:18:38 (MST)
Mark I so agree with you as I talked to Mike Johnson, 1972 yesterday who is in the hospital with his kidneys failing. Just get a hold of the guy and now this. Still Mark I know how you must have felt all these years because I am still feeling something in my heart from getting Larry K. & Gary Mount to show up in Reno plus seeing the turn out we did have this time. It has been less than a month sense my wife & I were setting at a KFC seeing that John was killed in a plane crash. I know when I left Lane I never expected to see any of these guys again but today everyone in the 129th seems like part of my family no matter when they were there.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Monday, December 10, 2012 at 09:12:04 (MST)
Thanks Mark......couldn't think of anyone better to represent the 129th for us!! Also, it took a big heart & a big man.....;o)
Gale
USA - Monday, December 10, 2012 at 06:48:34 (MST)
Received some good news in the mail Saturday. I am going to get a 1.7% increase in my Social Security next year. It is only going to cost me $20 a month. Thats right, after the raise I will receive less money than before. Maybe my idea of a raise has been wrong. I thought that after a raise one was supposed to get MORE money. I guess that is not the last of good things to come.
Harrell Guidry (cue)
Groves, Tx USA - Monday, December 10, 2012 at 05:17:47 (MST)
Went to Columbus Saturday for Freddy Boy Skaggs's funeral. Saw His wife kim and Fred Brown of the 129th talked awhile about Fred to all. Fred had a 21 gun salute. I was early for the viewing on Saturday so I was able to spend some 1 on 1 time at Fred's side. I gave him a slow hand salute from all the 129th. It was an honor to represent all of you at this time. Take care all............tomorrow I will list a few other thgings that never got bid on in the last Christmas auction. I know there are a pair of flight gloves upstairs that Rick England contributed and a few other things. Will list them tomorrow. Thanks Gently for starting up this years auction...............listen gang. Going to the send off for Freddy only just reminded me that we all need to try and make a reunion. Or, all the rest of them. I know for years some have said, yeah, yeah, I'll have to make time and do that. Time ran out for Freddy Boy and the clock is still ticking and I know that there are more out there that need to experience the healing that goes on at these gatherings. Maybe some cant make the disignated ones that we have been having so maybe you can just have a regional one such as the leftcoasters or something. Like the LZ Markie Marks have really been a good thing for those that have come and I'm sure it would be a cool thing for who ever had a Mini LZ gathering any where. Just make the time to gather........................always a brother.....................,
Mark
USA - Sunday, December 09, 2012 at 19:39:08 (MST)
Sorry but I have not been on again with things going on down here in my life. Never a big deal but a gland problem this time which after seeing the doctor is not getting worse but isn't getting better either. Have been trying to catch up on phone calls but now notice not having a cell phone. Without wanting to show mine to the world, the area code here is 352. The next part is 245 and the last four are 9991 which is the home phone number. I did loose some numbers that were only on my cell when it quit but if any one needs to call please leave me a message as I will call back. Last time it took a while because we were in Indiana and we will be going again on the 24thm for a week or so.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Friday, December 07, 2012 at 08:43:58 (MST)
I will bid 100.00 dollars on the quilt ,Jamie made, I have A P-38,also.. and a B-25,if anyone is interested. Clear right, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Friday, December 07, 2012 at 08:40:29 (MST)
My mistake Robbie:>))) Sorry Freddie...just concerned:>) Call me on your way back or to Green Bay..maybe we can have a meal together. I want an update on our Aussie girl. Also, I asked Gale to get flowers for Fred's funeral..I suggested those that are put on a stand: Tall and upright just like the Army. I'll pay him back out of our Fund if Mark hasn't taken care of it already. Gary, thanks for the heli!!! Paul, you are the high bidder so far! Anyone for the handmade quilt created by Jamie DeBates? A great gift for those toasty evenings....or for a wall hanging:>) L-G
Gently
USA - Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 19:20:42 (MST)
Oh...I asked Gale to get flowers for Fred and I'll reimburse him from the Christmas account...I suggested the type that hang on stands from you guys: Upright and at attention just like in the Army:>)) L-G
Gently
USA - Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 19:10:38 (MST)
My mistake Robbie! Sorry dear Fred...you know I love you! heli up for the auction. Thanks G. L-G
Gently
USA - Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 19:07:05 (MST)
just to get things started 75.00 for the huey.would love to get hold of a p-38 lightning
paul mcgrath
lasalle, il USA - Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 15:43:08 (MST)
The wooden Huey slick complete with crewchief and doorgunner and the B-17 and P-40 are still in their original boxs and are packed with Vietnam newspapers,I bought them 2 years ago for the auction,I have never opened them, the couple selling them at the South Plains Mall here in Lubbock, she was a older lady and was a refuge from Hanoi, he was a PBY Pilot during WWII, flying in Southeast Asia, when he was only 19, quite a character, we had a nice long talk. I can obtain a Chinook if anyone is interested,as they are back this year. Didnt see any B model gunships however just the AH-1Gs... Clear right.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 08:26:57 (MST)
Left a note for Freds family and him on the funeral website.I have a wooden Huey made that was made in Vietnam and a B-17 and a P-40 also that I will put up for auction Gently..
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 19:10:22 (MST)
I have a wooden huey slick made in Vietnam ,Iam willing to put up for auction and P-40, and a B-17... Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 18:54:18 (MST)
Gently, I was thinking Fred was talking about getting his truck loaded. Maybe I took it the wrong way?
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 13:10:57 (MST)
Love the new card dear Gale and DEbbie!!!! You amze me every year! Went to view Freds' Obituary...he's now playing jazz and dancing among our 129ers in Heaven. Jamie, my email is Gentlyjs@yahoo.com. GANG...Jamie has made a quilt in honor of Fred that she wants to bid off for our Christmas Fund. Anyone else have something to donate? Let me know. All biding will stop on Dec 17th..and starts now! Thank you Jamie...what a treasure you are to us! Alvis...a loaded spouse is not a good caretaker! Now, sober it up and be there for Susan...I'm here for you! I love you and worry about both of you while you go through this crap..don't make me visit you! :>)) New phone number for you: 414-988-6225. L-G
Gently
USA - Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 12:14:05 (MST)
I have left comments on both guest books on line. Which are in the newspaper and the funeral home web sites. I encourage everyone to leave a message for the family. I know will be there representing the 129th. Don't know of anyone else. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 10:02:31 (MST)
Mark would you sign my name to Fred guest book tried to get on Kim link and would not let me thanks no hug me Davis
Larry A. Davis <cobraspock@yahoo.com>
Quincy, IL. USA - Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 07:26:14 (MST)
Gale & Debby, many thanks for the xmas card,enjoy getting it, merry xmas to all!!!
tommie
USA - Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 19:03:47 (MST)
Fred Skaggs obituary is on www.schoedinger.com with his photo and guest book.
Kim Skaggs <ac459429@earthlink.net>
USA - Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 17:36:16 (MST)
Im thinking that Fred was also in on the rescue of a Korean ,small out post to keep them from drowning, on the other side of the mountain from Lane from drowning. We had to almost hover through the short pass on the way back as it was socking back in .. we didnt get any medals for it that Im aware of.. wont ever forget it. Tex 70-71...
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 11:54:46 (MST)
Gale and Debby, thanks for the ornament..Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 11:09:15 (MST)
loaded (again) very late last night, spent the night at home. Ask to be sent thru Cloumbus on the 8th, they "said" they would try. Leaving out now, problem is..I dont have a numbe to call for someone to pick me up at our "yard" in Obetz Ohio (south east columbus). Cant take the truck to a furnal home.
alvis
USA - Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 03:44:01 (MST)
FYI: there is a date error in Fred Skaggs' obituary. The service is on Saturday the 8th....the paper printed the 9th. It is being corrected and republished in the paper. NORTH WITCHER (hope the spelling is correct)please contact me regarding Fred Scaggs. If anyone on this site knows how to contact him please contact me.
Fred Brown / C.B. 129th Cobras 1970-1971 < >
USA - Monday, December 03, 2012 at 16:58:07 (MST)
Gale appreciate the christmas ornament, will look good with the rest you made thanks. Dave the obit for Shaggs is correct. It's in the Columbus Dispatch newspaper or www.schoedinger.com one of them pulls up the obit and you can post in the guest book. Always A Brother!!!
Alex
Collierville , TN USA - Monday, December 03, 2012 at 14:44:34 (MST)
Gale and Debbie, thanks for the ornament. It joins all of the others you've sent. Hope you have safe and merry Christmas.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Monday, December 03, 2012 at 14:08:13 (MST)
Gale and Debbie, thanks for the cool ornament! It will look great on the tree! Is the link for the Skaggs obituary correct? I'm not finding him on the site.
Dave Powers
USA - Monday, December 03, 2012 at 12:48:36 (MST)
Fred B - sent you an email this morning. We moved this summer so it changed. Mark - can we get that fixed? rnjdebates@yahoo is the new one. Judith - Jamie sent you a private FB message this morning.
Ron DeBates
Polson, MT USA - Monday, December 03, 2012 at 08:24:24 (MST)
headed out in an hour. Hopefully will make it home for xmas. Going to ask Green Bay if they will route me thru Columbus this weekend...but who knows, they like to give static like.."we are not a travel agency".
alvis
USA - Monday, December 03, 2012 at 05:18:21 (MST)
Leaving out in a few. Should be home for xmas...maybe.
alvis
USA - Monday, December 03, 2012 at 04:37:45 (MST)
Fred B. and Gale, I did recieve your messages reguarding flowers from the 129th for Freddy Boy. I will take care of it. Fred Brown, thanks for all that you have done and will be doing for our fallen brother. God Bless you brother. It is the sign of a servants heart.............always a brother...................Mark
Mark
USA - Sunday, December 02, 2012 at 17:01:31 (MST)
My sincere condolences to Fred's family,from mine. Knowing all too well that it is a difficult time now. May the Lord give you peace and comfort. Fred..you're clear Up! God Bless you..
Leonard Adams <
rtrwingnut@yahoo.com>
USA - Sunday, December 02, 2012 at 13:29:06 (MST)
MARK JACKSON: I sent you an email regarding Fred Skaggs. Please let me know if you received it. Thanks
Fred Brown / C.B. 129th Cobras 1970-1971 <FJBuffalo@yahoo.com>
USA - Sunday, December 02, 2012 at 11:12:01 (MST)
RON DEBATES...Tried to email you from the 'contacts' address...it failed.I'd like to talk with you a bit about Fred Skaggs as I write a eulogy for him. Please email me so we can arrange a phone conversation. Fred, being part of your flight crew, uniquely positions you to comment about him. And please do it soon. Anyone else that knew Fred, please do the same. Thank you
Fred Brown / C.B. 129th Cobras 1970-1971 <FJBuffalo@yahoo.com>
USA - Sunday, December 02, 2012 at 11:03:33 (MST)
Just wanted to pass on a link, http://hueyfanclubuk.weebly.com/509-hangar-visit-2.html with photos of Huey"509" today. She took to the sky, during a public open day at the hangar. Phil, Neil, Simon and all the crew did the 129th proud. The film of Mark, Alvis and Ron's visit to the UK, was played, and well liked by everyone. Yes, even, "stiff upper lip brits" can get a tear in their eyes.
Kevin Dutton
UK - Saturday, December 01, 2012 at 14:25:40 (MST)
I never had the honour of meeting Fred, but would still like to pay my respect. R.I.P Sir.
Kevin Dutton <huey-fan-club@hotmail.co.uk>
UK - Saturday, December 01, 2012 at 14:14:31 (MST)
Slow Hand Salute to a Brother. Fred see you on the other side.
Gus
USA - Friday, November 30, 2012 at 21:01:00 (MST)
Fred Isaac Skaggs Obituary Guest Book Be the first to share your memories or express your condolences in the Guest Book for Fred Isaac Skaggs. ViewSign SKAGGS Fred Isaac Skaggs, 60, died November 28, 2012 with Kim, his wife of 29 years, by his side in Annandale, NJ. He was born December 7, 1951 in Paintsville, KY to Ford Skaggs and Nancy Reedy. Fred is preceded in death by his father Ford Skaggs. He is survived by his mother, Nancy Reedy; and brothers, Duane (Patty) and Charles Porath. He spent his early years in Kentucky before moving to Columbus, Ohio. He attended North High School and the University of Southern Colorado at Pueblo. Fred served in Vietnam as a door gunner with the 129th Assault Helicopter Company. Of the various medals Fred earned, he was most proud of receiving the US Army Soldiers Medal which is awarded for heroism by voluntary risk of life not involving conflict with an enemy. During a typhoon, Fred was one of 16 volunteers to fly a rescue mission that resulted in saving the lives of 800 Vietnamese civilians from drowning. Since its inception in 1926, only 18,520 Soldiers Medals have been awarded. He worked many years for the City of Columbus division of Parks and Recreation before moving to Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He also lived in Raleigh, North Carolina and Summit, New Jersey before moving to Annandale, NJ. He worked at Fellowship Village in Bernardsville, NJ as a maintenance technician before his stroke in December 2011. His passion was music and he custom recorded thousands of CDs ranging from jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, to rock. He was known as a good dancer and appeared on the weekly Dance Party show during his youth. Family will receive friends on Friday, December 7, 2012 from 4-7 p.m. at SCHOEDINGER WORTHINGTON CHAPEL, 6699 North High Street, Worthington, OH 43085. Family will also receive friends at the funeral home from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2012 followed by a funeral service at 3 p.m. Military honors and a reception will follow the service. Visit www.schoedinger.com to extend a condolence or share a memory. . Published in The Columbus Dispatch from December 2 to December 6, 2012
Gale
USA - Friday, November 30, 2012 at 19:54:00 (MST)
Fred Brown, Kim La Voir may know the unit Freddy was in. Not sure if that the correct spelling for Kim's last name.
Mark
USA - Friday, November 30, 2012 at 17:41:54 (MST)
Obit can be found by google Columbus Dispatch and clicking on obits. They are listed in alphas order. If I was smart enough I would cut and paste. Will see if Mae can do it.
Jeff
USA - Friday, November 30, 2012 at 17:38:40 (MST)
Fred, I don't believe that he flew with anyone before 129th. I think he told me he was assigned somewhere, but only a few weeks, as an O5B, radio operator. Wish I could remember more.
Jeff
USA - Friday, November 30, 2012 at 16:58:03 (MST)
Fred where can we find Skaggs obituary? Tried ohio and new jersey. No luck finding anything.I know Ohio has a guest book to sign on when you pull up the obituary. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, November 30, 2012 at 15:52:50 (MST)
Fred Skaggs flew with another company before he came to the 129th. Does anyone know which outfit it was?
Fred Brown / C.B. 129th Cobras 1970-1971 <FJBuffalo@yahoo.com>
USA - Friday, November 30, 2012 at 13:18:47 (MST)
Thanks for the info, Fred Brown.
GARY MOUNT
USA - Friday, November 30, 2012 at 10:42:11 (MST)
Slow Hand Salute to our Brother Freddie. Always A Brother!!
Alex
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, November 30, 2012 at 08:36:29 (MST)
Kim has arranged a most honorable and classy send off for Fred. The pallbearers, honor guard and military rites personnel are in place. Here is Fred Skaggs' memorial service: Friday December 7th = Viewing from 4 – 7 pm Saturday December 8th = Viewing from 2 – 3 pm, service from 3 – 4 pm, with reception following. Schoedinger Funeral Worthington Chapel 6699 North High Street Worthington, OH 43085 Telephone: (614) 848 6699 Condolences may be posted on Fred's facebook page or sent to Kim Skaggs at ac459429@earthlink.net *************************************************************************************** I have the honor of having been asked to deliver a eulogy for Fred.....and I'd like some help on this from those who knew Fred, and in particular those who flew with him. Please email me directly with information or a personal story you feel defined Fred. I will do my best to represent for the 129th in Fred's honor. One last thought here. Fred was one stylish, high steppin', whirlwind of social interaction kind of guy. He'd love to be surrounded by flowers to make his statement at his main event..... Aside from individual's that may send flowers, might we tap the '129th Christmas Fund' to send a proper "129th" flora statement for Fred??
Fred Brown / C.B. 129th Cobras 1970-1971 <FJBuffalo@yahoo.com>
USA - Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 19:46:42 (MST)
So sorry to learn of Fred passing. Kim and Fred'family are in my prays. Fred and I had a lot of fun on the Tarhells United site.
J. W. Wilson
USA - Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 19:00:18 (MST)
out little buddy kevin , from England, sent me this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmdmj9rNNKE
alvis
USA - Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 18:21:26 (MST)
Wink, you are so right,I barely recall Fred,or Jeff Sauers, Ron DeBates, and others from 2nd. plattoon. I do recall members from 1st. Platoon more vividly and pilots and co pilots. Wish I had known about this site earlier than when I did in 08.No Doubt I ran across a lot of 2nd.platoon members at Lane.Was able to corrospond with Fred on here talking about going into the Soui Cau Mr. Jobe somehow landing that ship after the Cs canisters went off and Top Dudley, had for got his name until Fred Brought it up. and being close by when George Hain was killed. Some things stand out more than others, as my memory begins to fade, thanks Mark... for all you have done.. Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount
USA - Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 09:55:56 (MST)
Rest in peace Fred. We'll miss you.
Robbie
Rochester, NY USA - Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 09:48:58 (MST)
i'll be heading up to freds funeral wed. anyone in my area wants to go i'll pick them up, ken. let me know. also i can get rooms at the columbus defence supply center for $40 a day,splite two ways $20. of course it depends on the location of funeral home. the supply is right outside the columbus airport. wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 09:40:27 (MST)
morning flight, it's sad to read a loss of another brother. i didn't know fred very well but we servesed at lane at the same time frame as well as others.its hard to remember others from each flight platoon but what i do remember is the short timers parties we had for our crew members going home.we all wished them well but never thought that we would ever meet again in the future and i think thats the norm but because of mark and the wed site we beat the odds on that.i'm sure our paths crossed at lane but after 40 years or so the mind begins to fade but we did meet again at one of the reunions of crouse i couldn't remember fred but he sure remember me, why i don't know but i'm gale i had a chance to talk to fred that night after many years. rest in peace fred . wink 3/69-10/70
wink
winter haven, fl USA - Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 08:22:16 (MST)
My vacation ends Sunday..no telling where I will be the 7th and 8th. It to close to my going back out to take time off..and I wanted to help Freddy. My heart goes out ot his wife, Kim...Had many plans for vacation..put headers on the vette..which i have in the garage(the headers),pull the tranny to replace a front pump seal, paint the house which we put up for sale yesterday, install ne Mcpherson struts on daughters VW..which I am doing now..darn things are rusted together, been doing it forr 3 days now..shoulda spent the 650 bucks to have a shop do it. A respectful salute to our brother Freddy.
alvis
USA - Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 08:11:44 (MST)
Was just reading the news about Fred on Facebook and had or was talking to Paul Boggs the other day about him. Hope that there are enough who can make it from the unit to lay him to rest as his wife wanted. Wish I had gotten to meet him but at least was able to talk and spend time fighting on line. He was one that no matter what would continue to be a freind and will always regret not getting to meet him face to face at a Reunion.
Ken Strong Jr
Summerfield, FL USA - Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 08:04:07 (MST)
Damn.
alvis
USA - Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 23:55:46 (MST)
So sorry Kim, I never got to meet Fred in person, but, we talked several times on the phone. I tried to get the 2012 Christmas card/ornament to him in time..................... Gale 67-68
Gale
USA - Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 21:56:49 (MST)
So sad Fred was treasure.
Frenchie
USA - Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 21:36:10 (MST)
My prayers go out to Fred"s wife,Kim.
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 20:48:20 (MST)
yep,it sucks.. this one really hits home since I was there at the time that Fred was there and Ron and Jeff.thank you for posting Fred Brown, will be sending flowers and a card, as soon as you post it. thanks..
Gary Mount
USA - Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 20:46:32 (MST)
Freddie, may you rest in peace. I agree with Ron DeBates. Kim , you are in our prayers and I have given Fred Brown a message to pass to you. He has my numbers if you need anything. Jeff
Jeff Sauers
USA - Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 20:36:12 (MST)
See ya on the other side Freddy Boy. I will be making the trip to Columbus for the funeral. Please keep us posted Fred B. Dang................
Mark
USA - Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 20:12:05 (MST)
RIP Fred... Sending condolences to Kim. Fred was my gunner and I'm proud to call him my friend. This just sucks.
Ron DeBates
Polson, MT USA - Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 20:00:08 (MST)
Fred Skaggs passed peacefully this morning at about 5AM. I made it to Fred and Kim's place Tuesday evening about 7PM. Kim and I sat with Fred and told one another stories about Fred until 1AM. His services, a viewing the evening of Friday December 7 and funeral on Saturday December 8, will be held in Columbus, Ohio.. As Kim firms up specifics of times and funeral home address, I will post them....probably tomorrow.
Fred Brown / C.B. 129th Cobras 1970-1971 <FJBuffalo@yahoo.com>
USA - Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 19:37:18 (MST)
Just got a message from Kim LaVoie, that Fred Skaggs has passed away today. REST IN PEACE FREDDY.. BE SEEING YOU AGAIN AT LANE... CLEAR RIGHT, Tex 70-71..
Gary Mount<