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Pilgrims
Graphic courtesy of:

Scott Jones
TSNA Life Member

Just imagine what it would have been like to be at that very first "Thanksgiving Dinner."
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Graphic courtesy of:

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

Salute a Hero ... Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson

On September 28, 2005, Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson was providing convoy security near Camp Bucca, Iraq, when the vehicle she was riding in was hit by an improvised explosive device.  "We're only on earth for a little while, so live life to the fullest and carry a smile." -- Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson

Airman Jacobson was raised in California, but lived here in South Florida before joining the Air Force.  In Iraq, she was a security guard, surveying military perimeters from elevated guard towers.  But relatives say the 21-year-old volunteered for a more risky assignment guarding convoys, a job that would ultimately kill her.  On Wednesday she died outside the Iraqi city of Safwan when a bomb exploded near her convoy, making her the ninth Iraq casualty from Palm Beach County or the Treasure Coast.  Her death hit hard with relatives, even as they spoke with pride about her decision to leave behind the relative safety of guard towers for perilous duty on the open Iraqi roads.

"She could have stayed there, but she was trained to do convoy duty and asked to do that," said her stepmother, Alison Jacobson.  "I think it speaks to her bravery."  Airman First Class Jacobson was the first female Airman killed in the line of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.Her resting place shall be in the Garden of Eden.  Therefore, the Master of mercy will care for her under the protection of His wings for all time and bind her soul in the bond of everlasting life.  God is her inheritance and she will rest in peace and let us say Amen.

Yearbook Sample
Graphic courtesy of:

Bob Craig
21st Casualty Staging Flt and 377th USAF Dispensary, Medic
July 1968 - July 1969

I recently had a patch made remembering the 21st Casualty Staging Flight.
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Graphic courtesy of:

Thomas Rosinski
7th Air Force Plans, Administrative NCOIC
January 1968 - December 1968

A photograph of me.
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Graphic courtesy of:  Thomas Rosinski

Golf Club of Saigon.
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Graphic courtesy of:  Thomas Rosinski

My hooch.
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Graphic courtesy of:

Gerald E. Johnson
CAM Tran. Maint. Turn Transit Aircraft
August 1971 - August 1972

This is my photograph.
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Graphic courtesy of:  Gerald E. Johnson

L-R: Dominic Poretto, Gerald E. Johnson
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Graphic courtesy of:  Gerald E. Johnson

Rock CMS Yu.
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Graphic courtesy of:  Gerald E. Johnson

The "Follow Me" Dog, Bubbles. He was in Stars & Stripes. I don't remember the date.
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Graphic courtesy of:  Gerald E. Johnson

My Mama-sans on wash day.
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Graphic courtesy of:

John C. Buettner
377th Supply, 7th Air Force, NORS Control
October 1972 - March 1973

L-R: Unknown, John C. Buettner, SSGT Garza
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Graphic courtesy of:  John C. Buettner

Military driver's license and installation ID card.
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Graphic courtesy of:  John C. Buettner

The owners of these bags are "short-timers". All they have to do is get on the plane.
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Graphic courtesy of:  John C. Buettner

In 1973, Tan Son Nhut finally had a red light system.
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Graphic courtesy of:  John C. Buettner

One of the French forts located on Tan Son Nhut.
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Graphic courtesy of:  John C. Buettner

Mama-sans fishing in one of the many binjo ditches.
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Graphic courtesy of:  John C. Buettner

The sign says it all.
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Graphic courtesy of:  John C. Buettner

Boss, da plane, da plane!

This is my freedom bird back to the world.
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Graphic courtesy of:  John C. Buettner

The Vietnamese Soldiers' Monument in Saigon, Vietnam.
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Graphic courtesy of:  John C. Buettner

These are black market items, Saigon, Vietnam.
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Graphic courtesy of:

Charles Penley
Sentry Dog Section
Tan Son Nhut Air Base
Oct 1967 - Jul 1969

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