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TSNA Bulb
Graphic courtesy of:

Charles Penley
377th Security Police Squadron
Sentry Dog Section
October 1967 - July 1969

In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday.

The original national celebration of Decoration Day took place on 30 May 1868.

When Memorial Day became a federal holiday, it was given the floating date of the last Monday in May.

Three men
Graphic courtesy of:

Jerry Walden
19th Air Commando Squadron
1967 - 1969

This was the 19th Air Commando HQ on our last day there, which was later Special Ops.

The photo is from February 1969, and shows three Commando Crew Chief SSgts. going home.

L-R: SSgt Joe Diffee, SSgt Dory Apgar, SSgt Jerry Walden

Tower
Graphic courtesy of:  Jerry Walden

Terminal building, first week of TET Offensive, January 31, 1968

Flight Line Maint
Graphic courtesy of:  Jerry Walden

19th Air Commandos Flight Line Maintenance HQ 1968/1969

Crew Chief Lounge
Graphic courtesy of:  Jerry Walden

19th Air Commandos Crew Chiefís lounge, 1968/1969.

Our coffee was our secret weapon.

Storage Bldg
Graphic courtesy of:  Jerry Walden

19th Air Commandos 780 equipment storage building, 1968/1969.

Troop drop, cargo drop, and other stuff for our birds.

Boarding Pass
Graphic courtesy of:  Bill Clark

Here is my boarding pass to come home for good.

Vietnam rainy
Graphic courtesy of:

Richard Carvell
12th Reconnaissance Intelligence Technical Squadron (Photo Lab OIC)
June 1970 - June 1971

South Vietnamís rainy season is during the months of May through September.

I arrived 1 June 1970 in the second month of the rainy season, and I was going to leave at the end of the first month of the southern monsoon.

There's a chance of rain at any time of the year in what was then South Vietnam, but on the whole, it tends to rain for an hour or two towards the end of the afternoon during the rainy season, so you really could not let it put you off if you had to go somewhere.

Walking in the rain just became something one did.

Flag and Tags
Graphic courtesy of:  Daniel Schmittzehe

Statue
Graphic courtesy of:  Dennis Nussbaum

Veterans' Statue in downtown Saigon.

Dog Tag
Graphic courtesy of:

Charles Penley
377th Security Police Squadron
Sentry Dog Section
October 1967 - July 1969

Here is most of my dog tag, without the serial number.

TSNA Bulb
Graphic courtesy of:

Charles Penley
377th Security Police Squadron
Sentry Dog Section
October 1967 - July 1969

Mother's Day is May 08, 2016.



May 17, 1967




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