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Name:  James Gropper   (97th Artillery Group, Alpha Battery)              Dec 31, 2009
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Comments:  There is not enough thank you's and words to say to the people in uniform that are supporting our "Country's Freedom."  God bless you all and everyone be here next year.

"Happy New Year!

Jim Gropper

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Name:  Terry Longpre,  (377th Supply Squadron (SEA Mobile EOD)           Dec 25, 2009
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Comments:  I would like to wish all my Tan Son Nhut Association "Brothers and Sisters" a safe and joyous New Years.

Terry

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Duncan, Angela, Virginia, Daughter of Robbie Robertson (New Member, two years)
2.  Grimaud, Lowell A., California, Det 1, 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Flightline Maintenance Officer (Renewal of his membership)
3.  Modgling, Arthur M., Jr., Texas, 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron and Scatback Aircraft Chief/PE Inspection Supervisor (Renewal of his membership)
4.  Potter, Josseph D., Massachusetts, 12th ACS (Ranch Hands (Renewal of his membership)

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Name:  Cary Louderback,  (8th Aerial Port Line Loading, Mobility Ops & OLAY, Can Tho)           Dec 25, 2009
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Comments:  "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" to all of you old Vets and to all now serving our country.

Cary and Tina

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Name:  Johnnie Jernigan,  (460th AEMS (Navigation Shop)                Dec 25, 2009
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Comments:  All Veterans, Brothers, Sisters, Family, and Friends,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all Happy Holidays, a "Merry Christmas, and a Blessed New Year."  No matter what your beliefs are, this time of year is the time to be thankful for and reflect upon our life, our health, our family, our friends, all those things that really matters our lives.  We have much to be thankful for.

Vets, remember how it was to be away from home and loved ones during the Holidays.  I am sure we all can remember the some details but thankfully time has erased the lonely feelings we had.  And our family and friends back home experienced similar feelings for us during our tour.  I bring this up to say, let's remember the ones who are serving today and are away from home.  They are experiencing the same feelings we did 40 odd years ago.

Let us keep them in our prayers that they may return home to their loved ones safely and soon.

God Bless All and God Bless America,

Johnnie and Sharon Jernigan

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Name:  Hillery Davis                     Dec 22, 2009
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Comments:  Welcome Home Brothers and Sisters.

I was assigned to 7th AF Administration.  Part of my duties included augmenting to Protocol handling the monthly boon doggy of folks coming in (sic) IG inspection teams.  Also had the job of updating the big wall directory for 7/13 AF's.  I went over as a A1C and made SSgt while there.  I lived in the compound that the base Chapel was located.  You problely lived in the two story barracks down near the new BX and Base Theater.

When I first got there the BX and Finance and Base Theater was in the same compound as 7th AF.  I was lucky to leave a few days before the Tet offensive started Jan 1968.  But lost a lot of friends during the attacks.

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Name:  Mel Thompson                     Dec 22, 2009
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Comments:  I ran across this article at URL:   http://www.opednews.com/populum/link.php?id=102543  about Agent Orange and the leathel legacy that it's left behind.

I thought you might want to share it with the Tan Son Nhut Association members, and hopefully we can get this info out to as many Viet vets as possible thru word of mouth, the internet, etc.

Mel Thompson
USAF, Sgt
Munitions Maint. Sqdn.

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Name:  Thomas Moyer                     Dec 22, 2009
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Comments:  Dear Sir, I need help in finding airmen who worked in the precision photo processing lab in Jan and Feb 1968.

I was an instructor who was sent TDY to teach and advaced processor.   The veterans administration has no records of my being on the ground in Viet Nam.  Or if there is any records, maybe you could direct me to them.

Thank you for any help.

Take care and God bless.

Former Staff Sargeant, Thomas H. Moyer

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Name:  Tan Son Nhut Association                     Dec 21, 2009
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Comments:  Something for you to post on the guestbook page of the Tan Son Nhut Association.

Go to this web page, pick out a card and send it with your name, town, state, and any comments (they provide the comments or you can send your own comments).

It is self explanatory.  They will send it to an overseas soldier.

I have been sending a card a day for a few weeks, it is a good way to let the current generation of those doing what we did 40 years ago know that they are remembered and appreciated during this Christmas Season.

"Merry Christmas," to my Tan Son Nhut Association brothers and sisters.

Please go to URL:   http://www.letssaythanks.com/Home1280.html

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Name:  James Gropper   (97th Artillery Group, Alpha Battery)              Dec 21, 2009
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Comments:  Hello, I want to wish every one that wore a uniform or currently wearing a uniform for this country, "A very, very, Merry Christmas."

Hope that you get every thing you want for Christmas and that you have very "Happy and above all a safe, New Year."

If you party, have a driver that does not or call a taxi.

"God Bless every one!"  I hope everyone is here next year

Jim Gropper

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Name:  Randy "Ramps" Stutler  (377th Air Police Squadron)                Dec 21, 2009
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Comments:  It's strange to see others filling the boots that we once wore.  I couldn't be more proud of these fine young men and women!  "Merry Christmas to all!"

FILL THE BOOTS

Can you hear the sound of distant drums?
Can you smell the acrid smoke of war?
Seeing the horror through a soldier's eyes?
Can you fill the boots they wore?
Can you lay aside your dreams for others
For their lives and freedom to secure?
And lifting high flags of our Fathers
Can you fill the boots they wore?

Can you stand your post in battle
As many brave souls have done before
And never once forsake your Brothers
Can you fill the boots they wore?

Can you look yourself in the eye
And know you've done so as you swore
When taking up the Warrior's mantle
Can you fill the boots they wore?

We don't seek esteem from others
For our just honor and no more
We stand strong a Band of Brothers
With those who fill the boots we wore.

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Randy "Ramps" Stutler 12/11/09
377th Air Police Squadron
Tan Son Nhut, 1965 - 1966
SFC, US Army (ret)

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Name:  Thomas W. McDonnell  (33rd USAF Dispensary)                Dec 21, 2009
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Comments:  To all of my, "Vietnam Brothers and Sisters."

A very, "Merry and Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year."

Tom Mc Donnell
Tan Son Nhut 1964 and 1965
Binh Thuy and Vung Tau 1967 and 1968

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Name:  Gary Fields  (377th Civil Engineer Squadron)                Dec 21, 2009
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Comments:  May the Joys of Christmas stay with you all year long.

Hunger and need, as well as kindness and compassion, have no season

Gary

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Name:  Charles Penley,  (377th Security Police Squadron)                Dec 21, 2009
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Comments:  On Dec 18, 2009 a 10" snowfall left my hometown in shambles.  Many trees were knocked down and 80,000 people lost their electricity.

I was one of those 80,000 and my electricity was off for four days.  Therefore, no access to my computer system.

I stayed with a friend at that time.

I am catching up on all my emails and posting to this bulletin board.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Charles Penley

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Name:  Wayne Salisbury                      Dec 18, 2009
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LCpl Tanner Cook

My life-long friend, Karl Deilke, and I played cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians and, of course, played soldiers while growing up in Fargo, ND.  We had cap guns and each of us had an old broom stick for a horse.   We'd run up and down the streets, dodging in and out of the many alleys, always looking for a tactical advantage over other boys that were similarly equipped.

We attended the same elementary, middle and high schools.  Upon graduation we went our separate ways, me in the Air Force and Karl to college.  Karl has often said that he would have gone with me in the Air Force, but his mother would not permit it.

Many years later Karl’s grandson, Tanner Cook, joined the Marine Corp.  Karl now has a grandson that has a real uniform and rifle and is being trained as a warrior.  This is one of Karl’s proudest moments.

Fresh out of basic and infantry training, his grandson is now Lance Corporal Tanner Cook.  This early promotion, ahead of his peers, was because of his leadership ability and grit.  Grit is important when you’re a Marine.

Although it is not time-certain, all new Marines know Afghanistan is on the horizon.  He wants to go.  A Marine with true grit wants to go where the action is.

I know I can speak for all members of the Tan Son Nhut Association in wishing God’s speed and blessing for this special Marine.

Our thoughts and prayers follow him.

Wayne Salisbury
USAF, MSgt (Ret)
Tan Son Nhut Association
President Emeritus

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Treadway, Fred G., Florida, 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron (Renewal of his membership)

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Name:  Hillery O. Davis                      Dec 16, 2009
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Comments:  I was trying to sign in to the Tan Son Nhut Guestbook.  I guess I have to sign up to the Association.

Thanks for any information.  Found this web site by accident.

I was stationed at Tan Son Nhut Jan 1967 to Jan 1968.

Hillery O. Davis
MSgt, USAF (Retired)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Georgieff, Louis, Texas, 8th Aerial Port Squadron (New Member, signed up for five years)

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Name:  Steven Adkins                      Dec 14, 2009
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Comments:  Hello, I found some TDY papers of my father's from his time in Viet Nam and by his name was "1876th Comm Sq".  This was in April - May 1968.  I searched the web and found that the 1876th was at Tan Son Nhut.

Perhaps you could tell me if there is any way to find out what the 1876 Comm Sq did?  I never talked to my father much about Vietnam and I always wondered what it was he did there.  (He died twenty years ago and we never really broached the subject; regrettably ... )

My father was Lt. John "JB" Adkins.

Anyway, I hope this email isn't an unwelcome intrusion.   Thanks for any info you can give me.

Sincerely,

Steven Adkins

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Steven M. Adkins
lieu dit Fondemenge
82600 Aucamville
France

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  I will send you a long email in a few minutes.

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Name:  Ed Michels                       Dec 14, 2009
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Comments:  Gentlemen; "Welcome Home!"

My name is Ed Michels and was with the 110th Trans. Co. Depot from September 1967 thru April 1969 then HHC AMMC until I was discharged back in the world May 25, 1969.

I have been in contact with a few members of the two company's and we are interested in putting the history down on paper.  Even "Old Tent City B"

We would like to hear from anyone who might have anything to offer, maybe even TET 1968 or Mini TET 1968.

It might be easier for you to contact me thru my e-mail above.

Ed Michels

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  I will send you two emails in a few minutes.

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Name:  Charles Penley,  (377th Security Police Squadron)                Dec 13, 2009
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Comments:  Dec 11, 2009, at sundown, Happy Hanukkah, to all our "Brothers and Sisters" of the Jewish faith!

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.   Kinsey, Jerry C., Tennessee, 377th Supply Squadron, Fuel Distribution Operator (Renewal)
2.  Wimer, Jack W., South Dakota, 7th Air Force, Command Center (Blue Chip) (Renewal)

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Name:  Tony Tidwell  (460th Field Maintenance Shop (AGE Shop)              Dec 08, 2009
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Comments:  It is again the time of the year that we celebrate the birth of Lord Jesus Christ.  For those of us able to read this, he has been gracious.  To so many that have passed on, let us hope he has been just as gracious.

Here's wishing everyone:  Merry Christmas!

Please keep in mind all our brothers and sisters who will not be with their loved ones at this most holy of holidays.

Regards,

Tony Tidwell

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Coats, Robert S., California, 12th Tatical Reconnaissance Squadron (Renewal)
2.  Wiltsey, Carl R., Texas, 1876th Communications Squadron (Renewal)

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Name:  Kerry Nivens,  (377th Supply Squadron, POL)                Dec 07, 2009
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Comments:  It is 2 AM, December 5, 2009.  I am sitting in my sister in law's home watching my wife, sister in law and mother in law say goodbye to their husband and father.

He is survived by his wife, 2 daughters, 1 son, 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren

He was a veteran of WWll, D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge.  He was not a hero with a lots of medals and ribbons, but like all of our WWll Vets he is one of my heroes.  These men and women, as far as I am concerned, set the banner for all of us that have served our country.

He never talked about his service tour of duty much until he became a member of the 4th Infantry organization in Birmingham, AL.  Over the years he would tell some of the stories that he had held inside of him for many years.

He and I would talk some about our experiences and he shared something with me that he had and probably did not share with his family.  He was a good man and a good father and a good husband.  I am proud to say that I knew this man for the past 42 years.   As a father-in-law he was very good to me and my family.

Good bye, ole soldier, RIP, your tour of duty is done, go home and know that served your country and family with the highest of honors.  They do not have a medal or ribbons for your service to your family, but know that our tears today are honoring you in the highest manner that we can.

You will be loved and greatly miss by all or us.

Kerry Nivens
377th Supply (POL) Bladder Birds

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  Kerry, to you and your Family, Friends and Loved Ones the Tan Son Nhut Association would like to express our condolences on the passing of your "Father-In-Law."

I am late in posting this late, as I was out of town.

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Name:  Terry Longpre  (377th Supply Squadron (SEA Mobile EOD)                 Dec 07, 2009
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Comments:  My wife Sue and I would like to wish every member of the Tan Son Nhut Association family and their families and friends a very Merry Christmas and a joyous and safe New Year’s.

Please keep those who are currently deployed overseas this Christmas season in your hearts and prayers, we were there once a long time ago ourselves.

Also remember “It’s not about the war, it’s about the warriors.”

God bless America and those who serve in uniform.

Thanks,

Terry Longpre

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Name:  Jerry Norville  (Medical Service Corps, Advisor to VNAF)Medical Service Corps, Advisor to VNAF              Dec 07, 2009
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Comments: &nsb;I am assisting Colonel Phung Van Chieu, in locating Colonel George Budway, who was replaced by Colonel Peebles, as the Base Commander, Tan Son Nhut.

If you have information on Colonel Budway, please share it with me.  If you do not, please put this email up on the TSNA View Message web page to enquire whether anyone has information on Col Budway.

Thanks,

Jerry

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Name:  Janice Jones                        Dec 07, 2009
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Comments:

Today is December 7, 2009!

It is the 68th Anniversary of the "Attack On Pearl Harbor."

I want to thank the men and women of that time as well as the men and women of today's military for their service to our country, in time of need.

Sincerely,

Jancie Jones

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Arentz, Eric G., Nevada, 377th Security Police Squadron (Renewal to Life Member)
2.  Bennett, James A., Florida, U.S. Army Mortuary (Renewal)
3.  Gropper, James Georgia, 97th Artillery Group, Alpha Battery (Renewal)
4.  Mayfield, John F., Wisconsin, 13th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron (Renewal and a donation)
5.  Reveaux, Mark Connecticut, 377th Supply Squadron  (Renewal)

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Name:  Billy Lowe,  (1876th Communications Squadron)                Dec 04, 2009
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Comments:  Dear Sisters and Brothers of TSNA,

I have a few pictures of the USO show in 1972 at Tan Son Nhut theatre featuring Miss America 1972 and some of the State Misses.  I can't remember when this took place.

Furthermore, I have failed to come up with any "googled" site that has any information about this event.

During this coming year I plan to submit some of those pictures and the story I remember about it.

If you have something to contribute, please do so. My address is listed above.

Thank you and God bless you and yours as we come into a new year and decade.

TSNA Chaplain Billy T. Lowe
TSN 1971 - 1972

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  Miss America for 1972, was MS Laurel Schaefer, Bexley, Ohio.  Her biography can be found at URL:    http://www.missamerica.org/our-miss-americas/1970/1972.aspx
She was on a USO Tour from May 14, 1972 - May 28, 1972.

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Name:  Dave Koopman,  (460th Field Maintenance Squadron)                Dec 04, 2009
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Comments:

Pearl Harbor survivor to address gathering in St. Paul
By PAUL WALSH, Star Tribune

A Pearl Harbor survivor from Mille Lacs County will talk about his role on that historic and infamous day during an observance in St. Paul next week on the 68th anniversary of the attack.

Ed Wentzlaff, 92, of Milaca, is scheduled to make brief remarks Monday morning during a Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony at the Veterans Service Building in St. Paul.

The event will include a rifle salute, brief remarks by Wentzlaff, of the USS Arizona, and refreshments.

Wentzlaff was one of 335 men who survived the sinking of the Arizona.  More than 1,100 others onboard were killed.  His three-year enlistment was scheduled to end the next day, and he had plans on leaving the Navy and opening a resort in Wisconsin, he said in an interview published online by the Minnesota American Legion and Auxiliary.  Minnesota holds a historic place in the history of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.

Naval reservists, largely from St. Paul, were aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Ward and were patrolling near the entrance to Pearl Harbor that morning.  They encountered a Japanese midget submarine, attacked and sank it.   These were the first American shots of World War II.  A few hours later, the Japanese attacked the Pacific Fleet from the air.

The USS Ward's No. 3 gun, which fired the shot, sits on the State Capitol grounds near the Veterans Service Building.

David E. Koopman
TSNA Life Member

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Name:  Harlan Hatfield   (460th AEMS, PMEL)                  Dec 04 2009
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The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.


The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.


The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.


Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child!


"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts…


To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said, "Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night.
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.


No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.


I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.”
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
“I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.


I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."


"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."


Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

Author Unknown:

Harlan N. Hatfield
Class of 1967

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Name:  Jim Wilson,                        Dec 03, 2009
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Comments:  I was assigned to the 377th Air Police Squadron from April 1967 to April 1968.

I worked "A Flight," Law Enforcement until I was reassigned duty as Chaufer and Body Guard for General W. Momyer in Nov 1967.

Initially, when I arrived I was an A1C which was later changed to Sgt.

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Name:  Norman Dubay                        Dec 03, 2009
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Comments:  Hello Tan Son Nhut Association, My name is Norm Dubay and I'm doing research on the RB-57E Patricia Lynn aircraft that were at Tan Son Nhut from 1963 to 1971.

I'm looking for personal that were with the 33rd TRW and the 460th TRW, DET 1 that were involved with these planes.

If you would kindly post a message on your website, I would appreciate it.

If anyone would like to contact me please have them do so using this e-mail address.

Regards,

Norm Dubay

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Name:  George Croft  (AAFES Exchange Manager)                  Dec 02, 2009
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Comments:   A salute to our military!

Please watch ALL of it!

Truly heartwarming and touching .....

Be sure to keep an eye out around the 2 min,30 sec mark for the Marine in Dress Blues as he stoops down and extends his hand to greet the little girl!

Please go to URL:   http://media.causes.com/576542?p_id=92681239

Thanks,

George Croft

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Name:  Larry Fry  (Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON)                  Dec 01, 2009
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Comments:  The Tan Son Nhut Association newsletter "Revetments," for December 2009, has been posted at URL:    http://members.cox.net/72452/revetments/dec2009.pdf

Larry E. Fry
VP, TSNA
Editor, Revetments

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Name:  Bob Laymon  (377th CAMS, Scatback T-39, Crew Chief)               Dec 01, 2009
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Comments:  For those interested in next year’s TSNA 2010 Reunion in San Antonio, you can get a ‘preview’ of SAT on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Wednesday morning, 2 December 2009.

Please go to URL:    http://sanantonio.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/stories/2009/11/30/daily12.html  with host/weatherman Sam Champion.

Please go to URL:   http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/sam-champion-biography/story?id=2343718

“Good Morning America” airs from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Central Standard Time on the ABC network.  Check your local listing for viewing in your time zone.

Bob Laymon

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Name:  Charles Penley,  (377th Security Police Squadron)                Oct 31, 2009
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Comments:  The Tan Son Nhut Association, Photograph of the Month for December 2009 has just now been posted.  Please go to URL:    http://www.tsna.org/photo/index.html

Hope that you enjoy them.

Plaque Penley

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Asbjornson, Ray, Wisconsin, 232nd Signal Company, 39th Signal Battalion, MACV (Renewal)

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Name:  Paul Allard  (460th AEMS)                  Nov 30, 2009
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Comments:  Hello to my Tan Son Nhut brothers and sisters,

My name is Paul Allard.  I was stationed at Tan Son Nhut AB from October 1967 to May 1969, assigned to the 460th AEMS, where I worked on FM, VHF and UHF radio transceivers and aircraft intercom systems.

I have been thinking of those days a lot recently.  They were the seminal years of my life.

Today is my 65th birthday so I’m giving myself a birthday present ... membership in the TSN Association.

For the last 3 or 4 years I’ve been enjoying reading accounts of others who served over there, and now its time for me to identify.

Altogether, I spent more than four years in Vietnam during the war years, and two more after 1975.  I have visited Vietnam several times since it re-opened its doors to the world.

During this time, I enjoyed teaching for one year at An Giang University, in the city of Long Xuyen.

People, including Vietnam veterans, ask me, “How can you give aid to our former enemies?”  I reply that the people that I help in South Vietnam are our former allies, not enemies.  I teach Business English to university students and government officials in South Vietnam, stressing the advantages of the free market system in today’s economy.

I am hopeful that what we could not do with our military, we can do with our economic philosophy.

I would like to hear from any of my buddies from TSN, especially from those who served with me at the 460th AEMS.

Joe King, Raymond White, are you out there?

Paul Allard

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  Paul, from the members of the The Tan Son Nhut Association, we would like to say, "Happy Birthday."  Thank you for becoming a member and hope that you share your memories, photographs and history of your time at Tan Son Nhut.

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Name:  Charles Gray  (377th Security Police Squadron)               Nov 28, 2009
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Comments:  I would like to email with someone who has been back to Saigon, Vietnam in the last several years.

Thanks,

Charles Gray

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Name:  Bob Laymon  (377th CAMS, Scatback T-39, Crew Chief)               Nov 27, 2009
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Comments:  Today is the day after Thanksgiving, and here in San Antonio, TX we celebrate with a Holiday River Parade, with festively lit barges and a Holiday Lighting Ceremony along our beautiful River Walk.

Although the TSNA 2010 Reunion will be earlier in the fall next year (7-10 October 2010) I wanted all to see what the River Walk looks like all lit-up with 122,000 holiday lights at this time of family and cheer!

Christmas 1

Christmas 2

Bob Laymon

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Name:  Kerry Nivens,  (377th Supply Squadron, POL)                Nov 26, 2009
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Comments:  Wishing everyone and their families Happy Thanksgiving.  To the families of all of our brothers and sister that gave it all, "God bless everyone of you and yours."

Kerry Nivens
377th Supply (POL) Bladder Birds

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Name:  Terry Longpre  (377th Supply Squadron (SEA Mobile EOD)                 Nov 26, 2009
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Comments:  I would like to wish everyone a "Happy Thanksgiving"

Please pray for our troops deployed overseas as well as stationed in the United States.

God bless America and those who serve in uniform.

Terry Longpre

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Name:  James Gropper   (97th Artillery Group, Alpha Battery)              Nov 25, 2009
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Comments:  Thanks to all the brothers and sisters and for what a lot of you had to endure.

To all of you, a very "Happy Thanksgiving" and have a safe one.

To all of those that are not with us anymore God Bless You!

From all of us, we will not forget you.  You are still with us!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Jim Gropper

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Name:  Janice Jones                       Nov 25, 2009
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Comments:  November 26, 2009 gives us another opportunity to say "Thank You" to each of our loved ones and to every brother and sister who fought for the freedoms that each of us is blessed to be able to share.

Freedom wasn't free yesterday.  It isn't free today.  It will not be free tomorrow.

Each freedom we own has been fought for and won.

So, thank you very much!

You all will be included in my holiday prayer.

Please pass the pumpkin pie.

Thank you!

Love,

Janice Jones

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Name:  Harlan Hatfield   (460th AEMS, PMEL)               Nov 25 2009
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Comments:  A Message of Thanks from Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund!  Please go to URL:   http://www.vvmf.org/thanksgiving09/

Harlan N. Hatfield
Class of 1967

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Name:  Tony Tidwell  (460th Field Maintenance Shop (AGE Shop)              Nov 25, 2009
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Comments:  With all the terrible things that are going on around this world, it may seem that there is little to be thankful for, come tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day.

Yet, there are thousands of reasons for us all to be greatful.  They are called Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardmen, and Airmen.

Tomorrow, when we dine with our loved ones to celebrate this National holiday, please keep in mind, those who are not with their families and/or loved ones.

Think about what it would mean if those Brothers and Sisters were not crouched behind a well in Afghanistan, or hold up on one of the bases in Iraq, or perhaps keeping the peace around the world.

To all of those we owe a great, "Thank You for a job well done!"

We all know what it means to be away from our homes and loved ones on those special days.  We all have been there and done that.

Please recognize their sacrifices as many recognized our sacrifices back in the day.

Please add a few words to your prayers to ask our wonderful Lord to watch over and keep them all safe, and to let them return home to a thankful nation.

Here's wishing you all a very happy and wonderful Thanksgiving.

Tony Tidwell

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Name:  Johnnie Jernigan,  (460th AEMS (Navigation Shop)                Nov 24, 2009
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Comments:   Tan Son Nhut Association,

Amazon.com is having a "Black Friday" sale and Rescue of Bat 21 (new large 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.7 inch paperback) is going from $11.94 plus $3.99 shipping to $31.25 plus shipping.  They do not currently have hardbacks in stock.   http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0440613949/ref=sr_1_olp_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1259015201&sr=8-1&condition=new

Borders has a hardback version for $32.95 with free shipping and a paperback for $19 with $3.97 shipping:
 http://www.borders.com/online/store/SearchResults?keyword=The+Rescue+of+Bat+21&type=1&simple=1

Barnes & Noble has both hardback and paperback:   http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/results.asp?WRD=The+Rescue+of+Bat+21&box=The%20Rescue%20of%20Bat%2021&pos=-1

Many other on-line book stores has the book. Check out Random House for their links:   http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780440613947&view=oonline

Johnnie Jernigan

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Name:  Tom Rosinski,  (7th Air Force Plans, Administrative NCOIC)              Nov 24, 2009
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Comments:  To all members of the Tan Son Nhut Association, wishing you all a "Happy and Safe Thanksgiving."

Let's all remember our servicemen everywhere risking their lives to keep this "GREAT COUNTRY Free."

WELCOME HOME!

Tom Rosinski
USAF, Ret

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Name:  Johnnie Jernigan,  (460th AEMS (Navigation Shop)                Nov 22, 2009
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Comments:  Please check out the BX/PX page at URL:   http://www.tsna.org/tsnapxbx/index.html

At the top of the page, we now have two "Laser-cut" TSNA Logo items for sale.  They are very similar to the examples we had at the reunion which many members indicated they liked them.

These are very nice and will make great Christmas gifts.

The price includes the shipping and handling (that's why the cost is higher).

Also, if you have any suggestions of items for the BX/PX please let me know.  I will research and see if it has potential.

Johnnie Jernigan

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Name:  George Plunkett,  (1961st Communications Group)                Nov 20, 2009
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Comments:  To All TSNA Members:  We just booked our round trip flights via Delta.  The cost was only $325.40 per person for the most direct route from Columbia Metropolitan Airport, SC. to Atlanta, GA. to San Antonio, TX.  If you plan on attending our best reunion ever, please book your flight now while the fares are relatively low.

SEE YOU IN SAN ANTONIO !!!

George Plunkett

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Name:  Larry Fry  (Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON) and Bob Laymon (377th CAMS, Scatback T-39, Crew Chief)         Nov 16, 2009
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Comments:  Two pages have been added to the Special Edition – all pictures relating to the mini-symposium’s about Tet and mini-Tet.

Eight additional photographs have been added to the November 2009 Special issue of Revetments, on the Tan Son Nhut Association web site.

To see the eight photographs please return to URL:   http://members.cox.net/72452/revetments/nov2009special.pdf

Because of the pictures, the .pdf is a large file and will take time to download.

The added pictures are courtesy of Bob Laymon, TSNA Director of History.

Larry E. Fry
VP, TSNA
Editor, Revetments

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Name:  George Plunkett,  (1961st Communications Group)                Nov 17, 2009
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Comments:

Fellow Members:

As we enter the holiday season, please remember our brave brothers and sisters whom we have put in harms's way.  Let's give them the support that we never received.

If you go to this web site,  http://www.letssaythanks.com you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq.   You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services.  The entire process is quick, easy and free.

Happy Holidays,

Thanks,

George Plunkett

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Cox, Floyd W., Minnesota, 21st TASS, USAF (Renewal for five years)
2.  Gaynor, Michael J., Illinosis, Det 11, 1131st Special Activities Squadron (Directorate of Operations MACV HQ) (Renewal)
3.  Lynch, Edgar, Illinosis, 232nd Signal Company, 39th Signal Battalion, MACV (Renewal)

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Name:  Gary Redlinski  (US Army Mortuary, Graves Registration ID Specialist )             Nov 16, 2009
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Comments:  Tan Son Nhut Association 2009 Reunion, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, photographs from Rich Carvell 2009 photographs and Gary Redlinski 2009 photographs.

Rich Carvell photographs is at URL:    http://picasaweb.google.com/TSNApictures/RichCarvell2009?authkey=Gv1sRgCNHz3cmb-ImGfw&feat=directlink

Gary Redlinski photographs is at URL:    http://picasaweb.google.com/TSNApictures/GaryRedlinski2009?authkey=Gv1sRgCKWntNekmYXAPg&feat=directlink

If you want to add your photographs from the reunion, contact Gary Redlinski at the email address above.

Thanks,

Gary Redlinski

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Name:  Jim Stewart,                        Nov 16, 2009
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Comments:

For Your Information:

The Alabama War Dogs Memorial Foundation and Memorial is in desperate need of your help.  The Alabama War Dogs Memorial is short of funds, and at least $30,000.00 is needed by December 1st, 2009, or Clark Memorials, the company who built and installed the memorial is threatening to not only take legal action, but possibly take back the Alabama War Dogs Memorial, remove it from it's current site at the USS Alabama Memorial Park, melt down the bronze of all the plaques, statues, and re-use the marble used to create the memorial.

Of course, I realize that in todays financial world with unemployment running nationwide from 10 to 18%, people losing their jobs, and each and every one of us uncertain as to our financial future, that it's hard for any of us to give any money to any charitable organizations, memorials, or worthy causes.  Clearly, all of us in our great nation are just having a hard enough time holding on to our own jobs, keeping our families together, and taking care of our own houses, and budgets.

But, if you can please spread the word to everyone you know in the War Dog Community, the Police K9 communities, Federal K9 communities, animal organizations, and anyone else you can think of, it would be appreciated.  If we can get the word out and each and everyone of us can give $5 or $10 dollars each, it would go along way to ensuring that the Alabama War Dogs Memorial can be completely paid for, and out of danger.

Also, anyone that you can forward my email to in the news and or newsmaker community, newspapers, tv networks, etc., to get the story out about the Alabama War Dogs Memorial, it would be appreciated.

I want to let all of you know that I am no longer officially part of the Board of Directors, nor have anything officially to do with the Alabama War Dogs Memorial Foundation, as I had decided at the beginning of the year to stop all personal volunteer committments since my last eight years have been spent as part of the National War Dog Memorial and the Alabama War Dogs Memorial foundations, and plainly, I needed time off to give my family and job the dedication that had been lacking in the last eight years.

If you have any questions, please contact the Alabama War Dogs Memorial Foundation through John O'Malley at   or donate to the Alabama War Dogs Memorial through their website at:   http://www.awdm.org

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Name:  Larry Fry  (Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON)                 Nov 16, 2009
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Comments:  Welcome Home, fellow Vietnam veterans.

The November 2009 Special issue of Revetments is now available on the Tan Son Nhut Association web site.

It all pertains to the 2009 Reunion in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

You can get to it directly using the following link:    http://members.cox.net/72452/revetments/nov2009special.pdf

Larry E. Fry
VP, TSNA
Editor, Revetments

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Name:  Harold Boone  (460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing)                Nov 16, 2009
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Comments:

Golden Corral Restaurant, November 16, 2009

Good Morning Tan Son Nhut Association, I looked at the Golden Corral's web site at URL:    http://www.goldencorral.com/military/  and found:

Military Appreciation Monday
Free "Thank You" Dinner
Monday, Nov. 16, 2009
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Golden Corral's 9th annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on Monday, November 16, 2009, from 5 to 9 pm in all Golden Corral restaurants nationwide.

The free dinner meal is a special "thank you tribute" to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to join us for Golden Corral's Military Appreciation Monday dinner.

To date, Golden Corral restaurants have provided over 2.2 million free meals and contributed over $3.3 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization.

Thanks.

Harold

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Name:  Jim Butler                       Nov 09, 2009
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Comments:  Columbus, Ohio celebrated Veteran’s Day on November 6, 2009.  They do it a few days before the 11th every year.  All the government offices are open and it permits the employees to attend the events on their lunch hour.

I attended the parade, (wearing my Tan Son Nhut hat which received several positive comments).

The parade was great!  180 some odd marching units.  Flags flying, marching bands, floats, streets lined with people, children applauding, veterans saluting as each unit passed.  It was quite a moving event.  A sense of pride was evident in the men and women marching and in the veterans looking on.

It caused me to reflect on some moments of pride in my three year stint in the Army.  Marching out on the parade field at the completion of Basic Training, graduation from Signal School at Fort Gordon.  Various times a sargeant or officer issued a compliment on a job “well done.”  But, most of all, I remembered a moment in Saigon.  It was towards the end of my tour, early 1963.  For a reason I cannot recollect, I was in Saigon in uniform, by myself.  There was not another American within blocks.  Not sure where it came from, but all of a sudden, a yellow school bus, filled with American children raced by.  As it passed, one young boy leaned out the window and yelled “Hey GI” !

In that moment, I came to the full realization that I was recognized by others as a “GI,” an American soldier, in a foreign land.

I felt the same pride at the parade.  My service permitted me to stand with all these men and women, both active duty and veterans who by their actions have demonstrated their belief and shared the values of an American Serviceman.

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Name:  Bob Laymon  (377th CAMS, Scatback T-39, Crew Chief)  and             Nov 14, 2009
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Comments:

Vets face memories, former enemies in Vietnam:    http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/6412840/

Shown in the far right of the story photo is my BFF Bobby Thrower, Tan Son Nhut Association Life-member and former T-39 "Scatback" crew chief / flight mech, June 1971 - 1972.  Prior to his Vietnam assignment, Bobby served as a T-39 Sabreliner crew chief flying with Lt. Gen. LeRoy J. Manor during the work-up planning for the famous Son Tay POW camp raid.

While visiting northern Vietnam, Bobby performed important field research in the Son Tay AOR, with a focus on identifying the "secondary school" where Apple-1 chopper erroneously landed during the POW camp raid.  Please visit URL:    http://www.psywarrior.com/sontay.html

Bob Laymon

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Name:  Bob Laymon  (377th CAMS, Scatback T-39, Crew Chief)  and  Charles Penley  (377th Security Police Squadron)    Nov 14, 2009
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Comments:  We would like for everyone to go to the updated TSNA Reunion 2010 web page at URL:   http://www.tsna.org/reunion/index.html   and look at the new graphics and read the up to date information.  As we add new information, we will then let you know.

If you are thinking of attending this reunion, then please let Charles Penley know and he will add your name to the growing list.

We are anticipating a very large number of people to attend this reunion.

Bob Laymon and Charles Penley

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Butler, David J., Ohio, 232nd Signal Co., 39th Signal BN., US Army (Renewal for five years)
2.  Henry, W. C. "Chuck", Washington, 377th Security Police Squadron (Renewal and a donation)
3.  Kimball, Lester T., Kansas, 6994th Security Squadron (Renewal for five years)
4.  Peterson, Loren G., Iowa, 79th Ordance Detachment, Security Platoon (Renewal)
5.  Schluter, Boyd Jr., Massachusetts, 7th AF Tactical Air Control Center (Renewal)
6.  Watson, Kenneth A., Washington, 460th Field Maintenance Squadron (Renewal)

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Name:  Terry Moore,  (460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing)               Nov 13, 2009
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Comments:   Hi.  I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the Tan Son Nhut Association conference last month in Tennessee.

It was well organized and provided useful information.

Everyone was so friendly.  It was good to talk to fellow veterans.  My daughter also made the trip and was made to feel welcome.

Thanks for the effort!

Terry Moore
Slidell, LA

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Name:  Jim Dugan,  (178th Replacement Company, 90th Replacement Battalion, Camp Alpha)          Nov 13, 2009
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Comments:   I just want to thank those who represented the Tan Son Nhut Association at the "Wreath Ceremony," at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Veterans Day.  Year after year they show their dedication and commitment to our brothers and sisters who have fallen and they represent all of us who can't be there ourselves.

Their service still goes on.

I salute all of you!

Jim Dugan
178th Repl. Co., 90th Repl. Bn.
US Army Vietnam - Camp Alpha
TSNA Life Member

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Name:  Tom Rosinski,  (7th Air Force Plans, Administrative NCOIC)              Nov 12, 2009
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Comments:  Just got a look at the photos from Veterans Day Memorial they are heart warming.  Glad the TSNA had representation at the wall.

There are so many GREAT comments on the website referencing Veterans Day.  Glad that there are so many proud Vietnam Vets out there.  I join them in saying I am proud to have served in the AF and in Vietnam.

I too wish the best to our troops now fighting on two fronts.  Lets all back our troops and pray for their safety and safe return to the USA.

Welcome Home!

Tom Rosinski, 1 proud member of the TSNA.

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Name:  Walt D'Ambrosio  (460th Avionics Maintenance Squadron)                Nov 12, 2009
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Comments:  Happy belated, "Veterans Day."

Just looking at the View Message web page and noticed the quote posted by Ted Dodge.  Here is the citation for the quote:

John Stuart Mill
English economist & philosopher (1806 - 1873)

Welcome home, brothers!

Walt D'Ambrosio

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Name:  Dale Bryan  (Detachment 2, 30th Weather Squadron)               Nov 12, 2009
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Comments:  Photograph of the Month web page:

We have just now put up four new photographs on this web page.

It shows some of the Veteran's Day activity at the Vietnam Memorial Wall, at URL:   http://www.tsna.org/photo/index.html  

It was a pleasure to have the following TSNA Members attending and presenting our annual wreath, TSNA President Bob Gales, Secretary Dale Bryan, Treasurer Carol Bessette, John Bessette and Gary Redlinski.Plaque Bryan

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Name:  Michael R. Mitchell  (12th RITS)                 Nov 11, 2009
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Comments:  I have worn a POW - MIA bracelet for many years and was recently asked if I wore it to remember.  I told the person that I didn't need to wear it to remember, I wear it as a sign of respect for all those who did not have the privilege of coming home as I did.

I am proud to be a "Vietnam Vet," now as well as the day I landed "back in the world."  Those times were tough in the late 1960's but I was tougher having served with so many fine men and women at Tan Son Nhut and lived through TET 1968.

On this day, I honor all those who have given so much to ensure that freedom would be granted to all, even those who would try to dishonor us and what we stood for at the time.  I was a very young 19 year old when I landed "in-country" in April 1967 and a very old 21 year old when I left, wartime will do that to some.  But I learned a great deal while growing up there and will always remember those who did not have the chance to grow any older.

May we never forget the past because that is where we learn about the future, what is important and what is not.  Our lives are shaped by our past and those who have given their all to make sure that others have a future.

God bless our troops serving now, in the future, and those who have served to protect this great country.  We are all brothers and sisters no matter what uniform we wear because we believe in freedom and the right to choose our own path in life.

Michael R. Mitchell
12th RITS

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Name:  Michael R. Mitchell  (12th RITS)                 Nov 11, 2009
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Comments:

Michael R. Mitchell
12th RITS, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, RVN
1967 - 1968

Just signing the book.

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Name:  Ted Dodge  (377th Supply Squadron)                 Nov 10, 2009
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Comments:  Here is a quotation for Veterans Day.  I have seen it before but I don't know who to attribute this to so I will just say Author Unknown.

"War is an ugly thing.  But it is not the ugliest of things.  The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling that thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.  A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing he cares about more than his own personal safety ... that man is a miserable creature, who has no chance of being free unless he is made and kept so by the actions of better men than himself."

Freedom indeed is not free.  When we returned from Vietnam the vocal unpatriotic minority were truly "miserable creatures."  November 11th is Veterans Day and we are now given the respect we earned some 40 years ago.   "Welcome home fellow Veterans have a great Veterans Day."  Wear those hats or shirts that proclaim to the world that you are Veterans and wear your Ribbons or Medals.  Stand tall and walk proud, we have earned it.

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Name:  Tony Tidwell  (460th Field Maintenance Shop (AGE Shop)              Nov 10, 2009
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Comments:  Time again to honor our fellow "Veterans."  Time to say, "Thank you," to our younger brothers and sisters who are wearing those precious uniforms on foreign soil today.

Let it be our great Lord's will that they all return unscathed.

Let's all keep in mind that freedom is by no means "Free."  Let us keep in mind those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Please keep in mind those who were killed or injured on Ft. Hood.  Many of them had already served in one or both of the world's hot spots, Iraq and Afganistan.

As shameful as it is that they lost their lives on their home soil, it is even more shameful that one of their own committed that act.

Please keep in our minds and prayers the families and loved ones of those departed.

To all who have worn the uniform of this great nation, "Thanks for your service".

Tony Tidwell

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Name:  Terry Longpre  (377th Supply Squadron (SEA Mobile EOD)                 Nov 10, 2009
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Comments:  Good morning to all of my fellow Tan Son Nhut Association members,

I would like to say I will be honoring Veterans and their special day by participating in our local Veterans Day Parade.

This parade will be special due to the fact the Parade Grand Marshall is the Director of the new Sarasota National Cemetery, as well as being a friend of mine.  Sandy Beckley, will be retiring after 39 years of service with the Veterans Administration and to thousands upon thousands of Veterans and their families in their time of need.

Also in the last five weeks I have had the opportunity of participating in escorting three Vietnam Traveling Memorial Walls on my motorcycle.

With each escort one could feel the healing process taking place.  This last escort the Vietnam Veterans placed their hands on the trailer carrying the Wall and we each spoke the name(s) of someone we knew who was on the hallowed sections.

I would like to say thank you and Welcome Home to each and every Tan Son Nhut Association member as well as all veterans.

God bless America and those who serve in uniform.

Terry Longpre

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Siedlarewicz, John, New Jersey, 232nd Signal Company, 39th Signal Battalion, MACV (Renewal for five years)
2.  Sinclair, Leonard A., Colorado, Navy Pilot P2V-7  (Renewal)

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Name:  Harold Boone  (460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing)                Nov 09, 2009
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Comments:  Hello My Friends,

My church celebrated Veterans Day yesterday by recognizing all the veterans.  The church was adorned with red, white, and blue alter flowers and we were asked to wear our medals, ribbons, clothing, etc.

I proudly wore my Vietnam combat boots and ribbons.  Recognition was extended first to those who had served in time of war and then to all other veterans.

When Vietnam Veterans were asked to stand, I stood and wished all of you could have stood with me as the applause was sweet to the ear.

Harold Boone

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Name:  Jim Butler                       Nov 09, 2009
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Comments:  Columbus, Ohio celebrated Veteran’s Day on November 6, 2009.  They do it a few days before the 11th every year.  All the government offices are open and it permits the employees to attend the events on their lunch hour.

I attended the parade, (wearing my Tan Son Nhut hat which received several positive comments).

The parade was great!  180 some odd marching units.  Flags flying, marching bands, floats, streets lined with people, children applauding, veterans saluting as each unit passed.  It was quite a moving event.  A sense of pride was evident in the men and women marching and in the veterans looking on.

It caused me to reflect on some moments of pride in my three year stint in the Army.  Marching out on the parade field at the completion of Basic Training, graduation from Signal School at Fort Gordon.  Various times a sargeant or officer issued a compliment on a job “well done.”  But, most of all, I remembered a moment in Saigon.  It was towards the end of my tour, early 1963.  For a reason I cannot recollect, I was in Saigon in uniform, by myself.  There was not another American within blocks.  Not sure where it came from, but all of a sudden, a yellow school bus, filled with American children raced by.  As it passed, one young boy leaned out the window and yelled “Hey GI” !

In that moment, I came to the full realization that I was recognized by others as a “GI,” an American soldier, in a foreign land.

I felt the same pride at the parade.  My service permitted me to stand with all these men and women, both active duty and veterans who by their actions have demonstrated their belief and shared the values of an American Serviceman.

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Name:  Harold Boone  (460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing)                Nov 09, 2009
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Comments:

Applebee's Restaurant, November 11, 2009

Good Morning Tan Son Nhut Association, I looked at the Applebee's web site at URL:    http://www.applebees.com/vetsDay/default.aspx  and found that on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2009 they will give a "Free Dinner" (Five Dinner's to choose from) to any veteran who shows that they are a Valid Veteran and Active Duty Identification to Obtain Free Entree:

1.  U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card
2.  U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card
3.  Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
4.  Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW)
5.  Photograph in uniform
6.  Wearing uniform

Golden Corral Restaurant, November 16, 2009

Good Morning Tan Son Nhut Association, I looked at the Golden Corral's web site at URL:    http://www.goldencorral.com/military/  and found:

Military Appreciation Monday
Free "Thank You" Dinner
Monday, Nov. 16, 2009
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Golden Corral's 9th annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on Monday, November 16, 2009, from 5 to 9 pm in all Golden Corral restaurants nationwide.

The free dinner meal is a special "thank you tribute" to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to join us for Golden Corral's Military Appreciation Monday dinner.

To date, Golden Corral restaurants have provided over 2.2 million free meals and contributed over $3.3 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization.

Thanks.

Harold

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Name:  Janice Jones                       Nov 09, 2009
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Comments:  Once again, Brothers and Sisters, we have been given the opportunity to say all honor to and remember the "Brothers and Sisters" who gave their all for us.

As long as there is a single person who walks this path on earth, "They" shall be alive and carried in our hearts and in our memories.

Each surviving "Warrior," shall also be given our honor and thanks for the sacrifices they made for us.

We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts and "Bless You All," for the "Freedom" in which we now walk.

Welcome Home!

Thank You!

You did good!

Salute!

Janice Jones

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Gooden, Duane E., Tennessee, 360th Tactical Electronic Warfare  (Renewal for five years and a donation)
2.  Gottlieb, Milton H., New Jersey, 377th Security Police Squadron (New Member)
3.  Witmer, George D., Pennsylvania, 6250th Transportation Squadron, 33rd TAC Group - Refueler Mechanic  (Renewal)
4.  Wurtzinger, George J., Ilinosis, 509th RRCUV (Army Security Agency) (New Member)

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Name:  Harlan Hatfield   (460th AEMS, PMEL)               Nov 07 2009
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Comments:  Reunion 2009 by Harlan Hatfield

First of all let me give a big congratulation to the people who were responsible for putting the reunion together.  It was outstanding and I won’t even blame them for the rain, since it had followed me all the way from Amarillo Texas where it was freezing.  But enough on that.

This was my second Tan Son Nhut Association Reunion, the first being in Dayton Ohio two years ago.  Last year I had to pass it up as I had my 50th high school class reunion.

It was exciting to see how many first time attendee's there were.  I think the one in 2007 there was about four including me.  It shows how the association is growing.

It was great chatting with guys who had been there, especially during Tet.  I guess I was very lucky having arrived at Tan Son Nhut on January 28, 1967, missing the December 1966 attack.  Then leaving on January 25, 1968, so I missed all the action of TET.  Well all except the battle of Tudo Street.  (Grin)

The presentations made on Tet and Mini Tet were very informative and I realized how lucky I was to have left early since they seemed to like our 1200 area to infiltrate.  I do remember that perimeter road being just behind out "Latrine" within an easy stones throw from the French Cemetery.

But I believe the best part of the reunion was getting to meet Lt. Michael N. Thornton, Medal of Honor Recipient.  He is one of many hero's who stand out for their actions.

I’m looking forward to the reunion next year in San Antonio, Texas, where I started my Air Force career sometime last century.

Till next time.

Welcome Home!

Harlan N. Hatfield
Class of 1967

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Name:  Bob Laymon  (377th CAMS, Scatback T-39, Crew Chief)                Nov 05, 2009
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Comments:  It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of USAF, Lt Col John A. Adams, Sr., Base Operations, 377th ABG/DO (C-47 Pilot) who died on Wednesday, November 4, 2009, Norcross, Georgia.

The work that your father and you performed in researching and publishing “The Noise Never Dies:  Tan Son Nhut 1970 - 1971” (Published 2003 by Intaglio Press) has brought back memories of that place and time in our collective history.

Many historical facts are revealed that we did not know prior to your collaborative research, particularly the endless hours you performed searching the National Archive in Washington D.C. and the Air Force Historical Research Agency archives, Maxwell AFB, AL.

We sadly remove his name from the Tan Son Nhut Association, Members web page and place his name with "Honor" on the Tan Son Nhut Association, Memorial web page.

Bob Laymon

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Name:  L. Lee Parmeter                      Nov 04, 2009
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Comments:  I was never assigned to Tan Son Nhut but I traveled through there so many times I thought I was, so I am not eligible to join you very fine web site.

In my latest book, "War Stories and Little White Lies," I have several chapters that talks about it; Hanger 19 SOG, the VNAF officers club and Saigon (Tudo Street) and more.

Once I was given a tour of what they called Old Hotel California but it was really an old French fort  ... It was situated on the edge of the base and was home to several Army troops and an RVAN detachment.  I thought I was in an old Gary Cooper movie of the foreign legion.  Do you remember it?

I want to make mention of it my book before it goes to publication in a few weeks.  Do you have any history of the old fort.  It looks like it was built before 1900 because the walls are so thick.   Please let me know, if not, I won't mention it.

Thanks for any help.

L. Lee Parmeter
Author:   http://starpublishllc.com/id52.html
Msgt USAF (1ST Sgt) (Retired 1978)
Vietnam class of 64/65 and 72/73

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  L. Lee Parmeter, you are elgible to join the Tan Son Nhut Association.  On our letterhead it reads, "All Included - None Excluded."  I will send you a private email in a few minutes

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Name:  Tony Tidwell  (460th Field Maintenance Shop (AGE Shop)              Nov 04, 2009
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Comments:  I have waited a while to make this post.

When I returned home I was so hyped up about meeting all the guys/gals at the reunion, not to mention the rush I was still undergoing from having met Lt. Thornton, I knew that I would sound all giddy and hero stricken.

Well, time certainly calmed me down, but not that much.  I have been telling anyone that would listen about that bunch of lovely Veterans and their spouses, and of course the story of Thornton's mission.

To get to the point.  I want to offer my personal thanks to you, George Plunkett, Larry Fry, Johnny Jernigan, Bob Laymon, and all the rest who made that reunion such a wonderful event.

I take personal pleasure in saying that those three days will for ever be a part of my life.  Those memories just seem to keep resinating in my mind.

Seeing you and those others on that Thursday evening, what a wonderful feeling.

For more than thirty years I questioned my right to proclaim "I am a Vietnam Vet."  No more.  After spending that time with others who had walked the same trail and had many of the same memories, I can honestly say, without reservation of any kind, "I am proud to be a Vietnam Veteran," not that I wasn't already.

My brothers, and the one sister, who lived that year and in some cases, more than a year, on that distant soil, will always be a part of my "spiritial family."

There were so many great stories told those nights, I dare not question our rights as Veterans to claim that honor.

If it is the will of our wonderful Lord, we will be together next year to "chew the fat" some more.  Hopefully, all will be healthy and able to make the trip to San Antonio.

After leaving the Mainstay on Sunday morning, I drove down to Cade's Cove.  No need to tell you how beautiful that place is.  My only regret is that I was not prepared to take more pictures.  Without getting giddy here, I think that part of this great country is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful areas one could ever hope to see.

The night before, there had been a light snow on the tops of some of the higher mountains and made a picture post card setting.   Could not have asked for a better morning.

I am so proud to belong to an organization such as the Tan Son Nhut Association.

The love sharing was just simply heart wrenching.  Every one there was so kind.  Would have been wonderful if more had been able to be there, but life has a lot of twists and turns, so we can be thankful for those who were there.

Charles, I wish that you and I could have had more time to chat, but your attention was at a premium.

Now, I am beginning to ramble, so I will end this post with that wonderful greeting, "WELCOME HOME".

Later my Brother.

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Name:  Anne Coleman                      Nov 03, 2009
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Comments:  Remembering all of you on Veterans Day, Nov 11, 2009.

Thank you for your service!

Anne Cohagan-Coleman

PS, just a heads up ... we are in the beginning stages of creating an F-100 museum in Dallas.  Anyone interested?

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Name:  Dale Baker   (Det 1, 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Scatback T-39 )            Nov 03, 2009
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Comments:  Hi, You may want to check out this site:   http://home.comcast.net/~singingman7/TNOTW.htm

Dale Baker
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Name:  Gary Edwards   (377th Civil Engineer Squadron, Fuel System Maintenance)            Nov 03, 2009
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Comments:  The Tan Son Nhut Association, 2010 CD and "Free Gift" you sent me are great.

I hope to make it to the next reunion
Gary

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Name:  Larry Fry  (Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON)                 Nov 02, 2009
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Comments:  Welcome Home, fellow Vietnam veterans.

The November issue of Revetments is now available on the Tan Son Nhut Association web site.

You can get to it directly using the following link:   http://members.cox.net/72452/revetments/nov2009.pdf

Larry E. Fry
VP, TSNA
Editor, Revetments

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Name:  Jim Dunn   (460th Field Maintenance Squadron, Crash Recovery)            Nov 02, 2009
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Comments:  I have recently received my copy of the TSNA 2010 CD that I had ordered complete with "free gift," it is a great package, thank you very much for all of the hard work.  I think that I can sum it up with one word, "Excellent."  I sure like browsing through the different sections like listing of unit decorations, useful documents, Maps of Tan Son Nhut and all the pictorials to name a few.  Thank you much for including my pictures and providing the captions, there is one caption that I must question, "handsome?"

I am very sorry that I missed the reunion this year from all the pictures it looks like a great time as usual.  I had to make a choice as the times were conflicting with another reunion that I wanted to make, the Air Commando Association reunion in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Hurlburt Field.  It was the 38th annual reunion and the 65th Anniversary of the Air Commandos.  In attendance were the remaining members of the 1st Air Commando Group (1 ACG) and one of the original organizers General (Col) John R. Alison the other Col who organized the goup was Philip G. Cochran.  This was a self-reliant composite fighting force furnishing air support for the British "Chindits" in 1944 China-Burma-India theater against the Japanese.  They gave birth to "USAF Special Operations" alive still today.  I was not in the Air Commandos at Tan Son Nhut, however I believe that there was 2 Squadrons there, I was in Special Op's at Hurlburt and Panama.  Featured speaker for the Reunion Banquet was Gen Norton A. Schwartz, Chief of Staff of the US Air Force also in attendance was Jimmy Doolittles Co-pilot, Col Richard Cole.

While at the ACA reunion, I received word of a reunion that is comming up 17-22 May 2010, that several of our members would be intrested in, C-123's in Southeast Asia Reunion, held in Hampton, VA.  As the flier says, " If you were in the US Air Force, Vietnamese Air Force, or Air America and a C-123 Aircrew Member, Mechanic or Support Personal, this is your reunion."  For information go to URL:   http://www.c123sinsea.org   or call Sue Rice 1-417-876-6723.

Thanks again for all the countless hours you guys spend for our association, our time is the most precious thing that we have.

Jim Dunn
460 FMS (Crash Recovery)
1966& nbsp;- 1967

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Name:  Patrick Deery,  (Office of Special Investigations DO-50)          Nov 01, 2009
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Comments:  From January 1969 to November 1971?
Patrick Deery

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Name:  Charles Penley,  (377th Security Police Squadron)                Oct 31, 2009
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Comments:  The Tan Son Nhut Association, Photograph of the Month for November 2009 has just now been posted.  Please go to URL:    http://www.tsna.org/photo/index.html

It is the most photographs ever put on the Photograph of the Month web page.

Hope that you enjoy them.

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Name:  Rich Carvell,  (12th Reconnaissance Intelligence Technical Squadron (Photo Lab OIC)            Oct 30, 2009
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Comments:  I have posted 17 photographs of the TSNA MIA Ceremony from Pigeon Forge, along with Johnnie Jernigan's script. It can be accessed at this link:
 http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2092164&id=70306781&l=204f6c2132

Hope that you enjoy them.

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Poulin, Louis F., Florida, US Army, 34th General Support Group (AM&S), HQ Company, Personnel Staff NCO (New Member)

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Name:  Ted Dodge  (377th Supply Squadron)                 Oct 29, 2009
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Comments:  Charles and Larry, It was great meeting both of you 2 weeks ago at the reunion and making many other new friends.  I don't know if you remember but I mentioned to you an idea for an article for Revetments and you asked me to send you the information so here it is.  I am sending this to both of you Charles and Larry and you can decide which of you will use it either online or in Revetments, or you may not want to use it at all, I hope it can help, if it only helps one person I would be thrilled.

First I would like to mention that Lt. Mike Thornton, Larry, Charles and your sister Janice, and many other new friends that I met at the reunion are as friendly and kind, and nice as anyone I have met for years.  Johnnie Jernigan and George Plunket and the list goes on, I could give several names of people that made the reunion, a memorable and enjoyable experience.  This was my first reunion but certainly won't be my last.

The suggested article for Revetments is short and concerns the many people I see writing this web site asking for some way to prove to the Veterans Administration that they were in Vietnam.  I see this quite often, someone asking for anyone that was stationed at Tan Son Nhut that may remember being stationed with them in 1966 in the 460th Field Maintenance Squadron, or whatever year with whatever outfit.

The same thing happened to me, I filed a claim with the Veterans Administration and they sent me a letter saying that they needed proof that I was in Vietnam.   So I sent the Veterans Administration a copy of a letter I had saved from the Commander of the 377th Combat Support Group.  It had my name and a date and it was on The 377th Combat Support Group letterhead and signed by Colonel Frank E. Marek.  I also sent a copy of a letter sent to my wife as I returned from Vietnam thanking her for her sacrifice and my service and extending best wishes.  This seemed to be a form letter probably sent to all or most families of those who served under the subsequent Commander of The 377th Combat Support Group, it was signed by Colonel Warren C. Shipp.  That letter too was dated and had my name and was on official letterhead.

If you have no letters or communications dated with your name and letterhead showing your outfit in Vietnam, you may have received a citation with any medals you received in Vietnam, I also sent the Veterans Administration a copy of a citation that I had received.  Two more suggestions, and I saved the best for last, to prove that you were in Vietnam.  Your honorable discharge DD Form 214 has, in block #24, - Medals and Ribbons Awarded or Authorized.  On my DD Form 214 the medals that indicated that I had served in Vietnam were abbreviated RVCM which is Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and VSM which is Vietnam Service Medal.  Everyone that served in Vietnam should have those medals either abbreviated or spelled out in block #24 of your DD Form 214, the Veterans Administration will surely recognize a document from The Department of Defense.  The last thing I sent the Veterans Administration was a copy of NA Form 13059 from the National Personnel records center.   This is a Military Personnel Records form and it too will show that you are entitled to the Vietnam Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.  You can contact The National Personnel Records Center online at  http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/

They will send you a copy of whatever records you need.

As I said, I sent the Veterans Administration copies of all of the above and they approved my claim, I think the DD Form 214 would have been enough by itself but something worked.  I hope this can help anyone that needs some kind of proof that they served in Vietnam, good luck and best wishes to all of my Vietnam Veteran Brothers and Sisters -- and "Welcome Home."

Sincerely,

Ted Dodge
377th Supply Squadron
1969 - 1970

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Name:  Jim Dugan,  (178th Replacement Company, 90th Replacement Battalion, Camp Alpha)          Oct 28, 2009
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Comments:  Thank our member photographers for posting the pictures from the reunion.

They were all great and very welcomed to see.

Jim Dugan
178th Repl. Co., 90th Repl. Bn.
US Army Vietnam - Camp Alpha
TSNA Life Member

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Name:  Craig Campen,  (12th Reconnaissance Intelligence Technical Squadron, Photo Interpreter)                Oct 28, 2009
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Comments:  I have put up twenty five of my photographs of Lackland AFB, TX from 2007, on the internet at URL:
 http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/creativeapps/slideShow/Main.jsp?token=965241354115:1078335872

Hope that you enjoy them.

Craig Campen

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Name:  Johnnie Jernigan,  (460th AEMS (Navigation Shop)                Oct 28, 2009
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Comments:  Check out eVetRecs:  Request Copies of Veterans Military Personnel Records

Click here:    http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html

This web site will allow veterans and next of kin of former veterans to access military records including on line copies of the DD 214 forms.

Please pass it on to other veterans.

Johnnie Jernigan

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Christian, Paul "Chris, Tennessee, Det 1, 57th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (New Member, Five Year Member)
2.  Hoffman, Bruce L, Tennessee, 377th Security Police Squadron (New Member)
3.  Tripp, Hanford, South Carolina, US Army, 210th Aviation BN and 10th Finance Company (New Member)

We have twelve new members since the TSNA 2009 Reunion.

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Name:  Lou Poulin                       Oct 28, 2009
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Comments:  I was assigned to the 34th General Suppport Group (AM&S) at Tan Son Nhut in Saigon, from 1966 - 1967, as the PSNCO to the CO.

In the Group we had 7 Battalions which were:   
1st Trans BN
5th Trans BN
14th Trans BN
15th Trans BN
58th Trans BN
520th Trans BN
765th Trans BN

All those BN's were under USARV.  Each BN had 4 companies that were located thoughout Vietnam and supported units throughout the country, such as the 1st Cav, 82d ABN and we even had a Ship (USS Corpus Christi, a floating aircraft maintenance facility with the 1st Trans Bn (Seaborne) with 130 crewmembers aboard ship.

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Name:  Janice Jones                       Oct 28, 2009
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Comments:  Brothers and Sisters,

We have had time to arrive at home and to relive all of the memories of our TSNA family reunion in Pigeon Forge.  Thanks to each and every one of you, it was a great success.

It felt so good to see all of the members, especially the new attendee's.  You know, all of the first timers.

It was a wonderful banquet and our guest speaker, Lt. Mike Thornton -  Medal of Honor Recipient - was unforgettable.

Thank you all very much for all that each of you contributed to make this 2009 reunion the best.

P.S. Sorry about the traffic and all of the liquid sunshine.

Salute!

Janice Jones

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Name:  Harlan Hatfield   (460th AEMS, PMEL)               Oct 28, 2009
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Comments:  Thank you Tan Son Nhut Association for the great reunion.

I'm a bit late and just now am catching up on my e-mail and net surfing.

It was great visiting with everyone, most of whom I did not know before, a couple which I did.  Like so many have said, it's a "Big Family."  In fact our whole trip was great even if there was a lot of rain and wind, and lots of miles to drive.

And what an honor to meet Mike Thorton, Medal of Honor Recipient.

Till next time.

Welcome Home!

Harlan N. Hatfield

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Name:  Charles Penley,                       Oct 28, 2009
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Comments:  Gary Redlinski has put his Tan Son Nhut Association 2009 Reunion Photographs up on the internet at URL:
 http://picasaweb.google.com/TSNApictures/GaryRedlinski2009?authkey=Gv1sRgCKWntNekmYXAPg&feat=directlink#   There are 51 beautiful photographs there.

There is a button on the top left of the web page that says "Slideshow."  Click that button and watch the slide show.

Your friend,

Plaque Penley

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Name:  Charles Penley,                       Oct 28, 2009
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Comments:  Sue Ellen Parker has put her Tan Son Nhut Association 2009 Reunion Photographs up on the internet at URL:
 http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/creativeapps/slideShow/Main.jsp?token=393978900310%3A1108289045  There are 218 beautiful photographs there.

Your friend,

Plaque Penley

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Name:  Charles Penley,                       Oct 27, 2009
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Comments:  Please check out the USAF Official photos of the 4 Dec 1966 Sapper Attack at Tan Son Nhut Air Base.

Photos by the 600th Photo Squadron.

Submitted by Joe McNeil, on the Vietnam Security Police Association web page at URL:    http://www.vspa.com/aspprotect/tsn-joe-mcneil-4-dec-1966.asp

Your friend,

Plaque Penley

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Cain, Michael E., Minnesota, 377th Security Police Squadron (New Member)
2 .  Csordas, Andrew E., Georgia, Special COMSEC Support Detachment (New Member, Five Year Member)
3 .  Dubendorf, Richard I., Newfoundland, 1964th Communications Group (New Member, Five Year Member)
4 .  Gates, Larry W., Colorado, 377th Security Police Squadron (New Member, Five Year Member)
5.  Hazelwood, Don J., Florida, 2nd ADVON, Air Division Intelligence  (New Member)
6.  Johnston, Owen P., Jr., Virginia, 7th RRU/Army Security Agency (Renewal)
7.  Lynch, Terrance R., Ohio, 377th Security Police Squadron (New Member)
8.  Reiter, Adele "Dee" Corbett, South Carolina, 21st Casualty Staging Flight (New Member, Five Year Member)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Bittner, Merlin Minnesota, Det 5, 6922nd Security Wing (Renewal)
2 .  Greethead, Phillip, Australia, Australian Army (Renewal and a donation)
3 .  Norville, Jerry L., Virginia, Medical Service Corps, Advisor to VNAF (Renewal and a donation)
4 .  Sommerfeldt, Gerald W., Wisconsin, 377th Security Police Squadron (Renewal)
5.  Thompson, Joe E., Pennsylvania, 377th CAMS Squadron (Renewal and a donation)
6 .  Yardbourgh, Ray, Alabama, 377th CAM Squadron (Renewal)

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Name:  Charles Penley  (377th Security Police Squadron)                Oct 25, 2009
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Comments:

Dean Gard Update!

I just now received a telephone call from Dean Gard and he wanted me to let the Tan Son Nhut Association know that he is now out of the hospital in Knoxville, TN and back home in Boubonnais, IL.

His strength is good and strong and he has more energy now than prior to going to the TSNA 2009 Reunion.

Charles Penley

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Name:  Chris Prewett                       Oct 24, 2009
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Comments:  My father is John W. Prewett, U. S. Navy 1950 - 1954, U. S. Air Foce 1954 - 1974.

I am looking for any information that someone may have about my father.  He was there at Tan Son Nhut Airbase anywhere from 1974 on, worked "Sat Comm."

If anyone has any stories or information that they would like to share with me that would be great.

Thank you in advance and thank you all for serving.

Chris Prewett

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Name:  Gary Fields  (377th Civil Engineer Squadron)                Oct 24, 2009
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Comments:  Thanks to all who made the Reunion a success.

And thanks to all who made this "Newbie" feel like I have known you all my life.

Looking forward to San Antonio, TX!

Thanks,

Gary Fields

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Name:  Harold Boone  (460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing)                Oct 23, 2009
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Applebee's Restaurant, November 11, 2009

Good Morning Tan Son Nhut Association, I looked at the Applebee's web site at URL:    http://www.applebees.com/vetsDay/default.aspx  and found that on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2009 they will give a "Free Dinner" (Five Dinner's to choose from) to any veteran who shows that they are a Valid Veteran and Active Duty Identification to Obtain Free Entree:

1.  U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card
2.  U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card
3.  Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
4.  Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW)
5.  Photograph in uniform
6.  Wearing uniform

Golden Corral Restaurant, November 16, 2009 Good Morning Tan Son Nhut Association, I looked at the Golden Corral's web site at URL:    http://www.goldencorral.com/military/  and found:

Military Appreciation Monday
Free "Thank You" Dinner
Monday, Nov. 16, 2009
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Golden Corral's 9th annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on Monday, November 16, 2009, from 5 to 9 pm in all Golden Corral restaurants nationwide.

The free dinner meal is a special "thank you tribute" to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to join us for Golden Corral's Military Appreciation Monday dinner.

To date, Golden Corral restaurants have provided over 2.2 million free meals and contributed over $3.3 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization.

Thanks.

Harold

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Name:  Jim Gropper  (97th Artillery Group, Alpha Battery)                Oct 22, 2009
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Comments:  Tan Son Nhut Association, this reunion this past week was my first Vietnam Veteran Association meeting I have ever attended.

It was a ball. &Nbsp;You are are all beautiful people beyond a family.

I enjoyed every minute although I had some family problems while there.

Other than that, I give the reunion a "big thumbs up."

My grandson attended the reunion with me and did not know what to say when Micheal Thorton, Medal Of Honor Receipient placed his arm around his neck in friendship.

My grandson goes to the middle east about the first week of December 2009.

I was proud to meet all of you!

Hope I can do it again soon.

Thanks to all of you!

Sincerely,

Jim Gropper

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Name:  Gary Redlinski  (US Army Mortuary, Graves Registration ID Specialist )                Oct 22, 2009
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Comments:  I just saw that another MOH recipient , KELLER, LEONARD B. died on the 18th.  (Now there are only 94 living).  I found this on Mike Thornton's web page.    http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/3326/keller-leonard-b.php

Thanks,

Gary Redlinski

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Name:  Rich Carvell  (12th Reconnaissance Intelligence Technical Squadron)                Oct 22, 2009
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Comments:  Here are links to Pigeon Forge, TN local media stories about the TSNA Reunion at Pigeon Forge in case members are interested:

 http://www.seviercountynews.com/?p=9585

 http://issuu.com/themountainpress/docs/10162009-mp_friday

 http://issuu.com/themountainpress/docs/10192009-mp_monday

Rich Carvell
Tan Son Nhut
June 1070-1971

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Name:  Carol Bessette,  (7th Air Force Headquarters, Intelligence)                Oct 21, 2009
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Comments:  Good Afternoon Tan Son Nhut Association, one of our TSNA Members Mike Cain majored in "Theater" while in college.  He has made a 1:24 short video and named it, "The Demise of Mr Snow" and posted it on You Tube at URL:     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDb8VIdq6VI

It's clever -- and I don't think I know anyone else who put anything like this on You Tube.

Carol Bessette

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Name:  Charles Penley,  (377th Security Police Squadron)                Oct 21, 2009
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Comments:  Good Morning Tan Son Nhut Association!

We want to acknowledge that there were many members who attended the 2009 Reunion in Pigeon Forge, TN., for the first time.  Their names are as follows and we apologize in advance if we missed any names:

On the registeration forms they indicated they were first time attendee's:

1.    Eric Arentz
2.    Jimmy Avera
3.    Emory Baston
4.    Gary Brock
5.    Michael Cain
6.    Bob Chaffee
7.    Andy Csordas
8.    Don Dawkins
9.    Ted Dodge
10.   Gary Fields
11.  James Gropper
12.  Bruce Hoffman
13.  Fred Jernigan
14.  Hector Leyva
15.  Kerry Nivens
16.  Michael Ozman
17.  Tim Plemmons
18.  Ronald Shultz
19.  Anthony Tidwell

I believe these people were first time attendee's also but did not indicate anything on the registration form:

1.   Glen Fruendt
2.   Donald Howard
3.   Jerry Kinsey
4.   Bobby McCasland
5.   Sturart Moore
6.   Gary Munoz

If you were a first time attendee and not listed above, then email me and I will add your name.

If this was not your first time attending and your name is listed, then let me know and I will remove your name.

Your friend,

Charles Penley

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Name:  Johnnie Jernigan,  (460th AEMS (Navigation Shop)                Oct 21, 2009
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Comments:  Good Morning Tan Son Nhut Association, Information about Agent Orange, possible health problems, and related VA benefits, please go to the Department of Veterans Affairs web page at URL:    http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/

October 13, 2009 Secretary Shinseki decided to establish service-connection for Vietnam Veterans with B cell leukemias, such as hairy cell leukemia; Parkinson’s disease; and ischemic heart disease.  This is based on an independent study by the Institute of Medicine showing an association with exposure to Agent Orange.  Vietnam Veterans with these diseases may be eligible for disability compensation and health care benefits.

Johnnie Jernigan

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Name:  Kerry Nivens,  (377th Supply Squadron, POL)                Oct 20, 2009
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Comments:   This was my first reunion and it was far more than I could imagine.    I would like to thank everyone that help put it together.    The warm welcome by our fellow brothers was just great.

It is my hope that I will be able to attend the 2010 in San Antonio.    I am certainly going to talk to some of my TSN friends that I have kept in touch with an suggest that they join our organization.

If I can do anything to help the organization please do not hesitate to contact me.

Again thanks again for a great time and for all of your hard work.

WELCOME HOME EVERYONE!

Kerry Nivens

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Name:  Charles Penley,                       Oct 20, 2009
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Comments:  This message is being posted with permission from Dean Gard

One of the Tan Son Nhut Association members by the name of Dean Gard arrived for the TSNA 2009 Reunion on Oct 14, 2009 and by midnight he was very sick.

He had driven down from the Chicago, IL area and that took him approximately fourteen hours of driving.  Around midnight he got very sick and has been in the hospital in Knoxville, TN ever since.

Tomorrow, they will transport him to the VA Hospital, in Murfreesboro, TN for any further testing.  He is alert and feeling normal.

I told him that the TSNA has refunded his $260.00 and that I confirmed his regular mailing address and will mail it to his home address tomorrow.

We also told him that San Antonion, TX is the destination for the 2010 Reunion and he said that he will definately be there.

His voice was strong.  I asked him if he felt weak or strong and he told me "STRONG."

Dean and Debbie have my phone number with instructions to call me collect.  The hospital is allowing Debbie to stay in the other bed in his room.  Will let you know more as the information is made known to me.

Your friend,

Charles Penley

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Name:  Charles Penley,                       Oct 20, 2009
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Comments:  I want to take this opportunity to "Thank" everyone who was involved in making the Tan Son Nhut Association 2009 Reunion happen.

I also want to "Thank" everyone who attended the reunion, especially all the firt time attendee's.  It was great to meet each and everyone one of you.  To be able to shake your hands and share our banquet dinner with you all.

To me it seems as though it was a "Family Reunion."

If you had a good time, it is because of each of you!

I know that when I attended my first reunion four years ago in Gettysburg, PA., I was amazed and definately knew then that it would not be the last reunion for me.

There are several individuals that I want to show my personal appreciation, for all the hard work that they put into the reunion:

1.  George and Trish Plunkett
2.  Larry and Lois Fry
3.  Johnnie and Sharon Jernigan
4.  Don and Sue Ellen Parker
5.  Carol and John Bessette
6.  Bob Laymon
7.  Dale and Judith Bryan
8.  Bob Gales
9.  Richard and Sue Carvell

Your friend,

Charles Penley

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Name:  Charles Penley,                       Oct 20, 2009
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Comments:  I am looking for two particular type photographs from the Tan Son Nhut Association 2009 Reunion in Pigeon Forge, TN:

1.  Bearden High School, Full Navy JROTC Program Color Guard:

Seaman BRUZZESE, Branden
Petty Officer 1st Class SHELTON, Thomas
Petty Officer 2nd Class SUCRE, Valerie
Seaman DeBORD, Paul

2.  Smokey Mountain Laua spread.

I would very much like to use them on the TSNA Photograph of the Month for November 2009.

Your friend,

Charles Penley

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Name:  Harold Boone  (460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing)                Oct 20, 2009
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Comments:  Good Morning Tan Son Nhut Association, I looked at the Applebee's web site at URL:    http://www.applebees.com/vetsDay/default.aspx  and found that on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2009 they will give a "Free Dinner" (Five Dinner's to choose from) to any veteran who shows that they are a Valid Veteran and Active Duty Identification to Obtain Free Entree:

1.  U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card
2.  U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card
3.  Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
4.  Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW)
5.  Photograph in uniform
6.  Wearing uniform

Thanks.

Harold

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Name:  George Wurtzinger  (509th RRCUV)                Oct 19, 2009
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Comments:  I want to thank you for your efforts in assembling and maintaining this website.

I was stationed with the 509th RRCUV at Davis Station.  Unfortunately, I don’t recall the sector but I believe it was Foxtrot because the ARVN Airborne school was across the road from our compound.

The Tet Offensive occurred during my first CQ (Charge of Quarters – I don’t know how much jargon translates from Army to Air Force).

Our 1st Sgt was a short-timer.  He kept coming to the Orderly Room to tell me we were going to be hit.  The first time, I took him seriously.  But, he returned a number of times to change the time of the attack, based on intelligence reports.  After a while, I concluded he was tense because he was anxious to get back to the world.

Intelligence changed the time for the attack one time too many and the offensive began at the prior time reported.  All the trouble in the world seemed to break loose.  I stepped outside the Orderly Room to see what was happening and as I looked toward the flight line area, I saw a civilian charter taking off.  Tracers followed the tail of the plane.  I suspect I wasn’t the only one praying for its safety.

That experience has left a permanent mark in my memories.  We believed that short-timers paid their dues and were entitled to safe passage when their tour ended.  Of course, we knew some didn’t make it out of country safely.  But, this was an experience we personally observed.

When the light of the tracers finally ended, we knew God must have co-piloted that plane from Harm’s way.  At first we applauded.  Then, the reality of the moment hit and we realized we were under attack.

Since we were Army Security Agency, we weren’t expected to have infantry assignments.  We were issued M-14’s and no ammunition for them.   The arms sergeant had been drinking and wasn’t able to find the key for the ammo shed.  He thought he would just shoot the lock off – before being subdued by others.

Someone gained access and for the first time, ammo was distributed to us.

Nevertheless, it was the start of reality for many of us.  I had only been in-country for 3 months, 3 months of enemy inactivity.

Before you beat up on me and the Army too badly, let me say I had the good fortune to be assigned to duty at Clark and Tan Son Nhut Air Bases for over 2 years of my service.  The Air Force treated us really well!

At Clark, our commanding officer felt we, as tenants, should stand alerts when the Air Force did.  Apparently, he didn’t realize the alerts were for flight line personnel.  As we skirmished around the antenna fields with our weapons, Air Force personnel were “required” to laugh at the soldiers.

Tan Son Nhut didn’t give us much access to anyone outside of our unit.

You may be interested to know that there is a Davis Station (home of the 509th RRCUV) on Youtube.  It was made available to Vietnamese officials after the U.S. left.  They felt it wasn’t up to their standards.  That didn’t set well with me.

Even though Davis Station lacked a lot of amenities, it was “home” for us.  And, I think most of us are defensive of our homes whether or not they are the biggest or the best.  Every time I walked through our compound, I realized how fortunate we were to have roofs over our heads.  And, the rest of my company finally realized that too during mortar and rocket attacks when we had TDY in the bunkers.

I ramble on sometimes so if you are still reading, thank you also for that courtesy.

George Wurtzinger

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  George, I was in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War but switched over to the US Army and retired from that service in 1992.

All the various service men and women are at home with the Tan Son Nhut Association.

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Name:  Raul Rodriquez  (377th Transportation Company)                Oct 19, 2009
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Comments:  Hello Charles, I was wondering, since I was part of the Augmentee's for the 377th Security Police Squadron, at Tan Son Nhut.

Would I be eligible for the Vietnam Gallantry Cross?  I was there from April 1969 to April 1970.

I was with the 377th Transportation Company.

Also do you have any unclassified reports on the attacks on Tan Son Nhut on May 12,1969 and June 29,1969?

Any information will be great.

Thanks!

Raul Rodriguez

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  Raul Rodriquez, the following information is located at the Pentagon web page at URL:

 http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/Awards/VIETNAM%20GALLANTRY%20CROSS1.html

Criteria:

a.  U.S. Military units were individually cited for award of the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) Gallantry Cross; however, the Vietnamese Government issued the award to all units subordinate to Military Assistance Command (MACV) during the period 8 February 1962 and 28 March 1973 and to U.S. Army Vietnam and its subordinate units for the period 20 July 1965 to 28 March 1973.  This permits all personnel who served in Vietnam to wear the RVN Gallantry Cross unit citation.

b.  The medal was awarded by the Vietnam Government to military personnel who have accomplished deeds of valor or displayed heroic conduct while fighting the enemy and have been cited individually at the regiment, brigade, division, corps, or armed forces level.

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Name:  Russell Burden  (ASAF, 1st Mob)                   Oct 19, 2009
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Comments:  Just thought I would sign your guest book.  I served in the ASAF 1st Mob at Tan Son Nhut in 1961 with the MRC-92 Van (Hi-Ball).  We brought in the initial sideband communications van with Clark in the Philippines.

When we first arrived, we lived in the Majestic Hotel in Saigon.  Before we left we lived in tent city on the base, interesting duty.

Regards,

Russell Burden

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Name:  Larry Fry  (Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON)                   Oct 19, 2009
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Comments:  At the breakfast yesterday morning, we ate with Don and Sheila Howard.  When we realized they were staying over until today, we talked about eating with them last evening, which we did, and enjoyed.

This morning, Lois saw them as they were leaving when she was returning from her walk.  A little later, as I was starting to pack our car, Sheila gets out of their car and hands me a copy of The Mountain Press, with a HUGE picture and article right on the front page!  They took the time to bring a copy back here to us.

Way to go Rich, for contacting the local newspaper reporter!

Welcome Home!

Larry E. Fry
VP, TSNA
Editor, Revetments

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Name:  Dale Bryan,  Detachment 2, 30th Weather Squadron (May 1967 - May 1968)             Oct 19, 2009
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All,

The link below will take you to an electronic copy of today's Pigeon Forge, Tennessee newspaper, "The Mountain Press:"    http://mountainpress.uber.matchbin.net/pages/e_edition  On page one they wrote a wonderful article about the TSNA 2009 Reunion.

Dale

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Name:  Johnnie Jernigan,  (460th AEMS (Navigation Shop)                Oct 19, 2009
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All,

Thanks for a wonderful reunion and thanks to all who attended.  Sharon and I had a great time meeting old friends from previous reunions and making new friends who attended their first reunion at Pigeon Forge.  As all who have attended any TSNA reunion have found out, you may show up as a "Stranger:' but within minutes, you are friends with all you meet.  Something about having so much in common (Been There, Done That, Got the same Ribbons).

I would like to thank all those who worked so hard setting it up and keeping it going.  George and Trish Plunkett, you did good.  I know all about the "leg work" involved in setting a reunion up.  Lois and Larry Fry, thanks for the wonderful snacks in the Hospitality Suite.  They were great.  Charles Penley and Bob Laymon, thanks for a great presentations on Tet/Mini-Tet.  The presentations on PTSD by Jo Anna Plunkett and Spooky Gunships by John Bessette were very informative and interesting.  Jo Anna, thanks for all your hard work helping the Vets who suffer from PTSD.  Janice Jones, what can I say.  You make everyone feel like your brother/sister.  It really helps make the reunion a "Friendly" gathering.   And if I have forgotten anyone (and I know I have -- Sorry, Senior Moment), Thanks!

As you all know, I handled the BX.  The sales were really good ( better that most other Reunion sales).   I would like to thank all who purchased items and would like to especially thank those who said "Keep the Change".  You can bet TSNA will put the money to good use.  Also, if you happened to have ordered items at the reunion and do not get them soon, please let me know and I will check on them.  I hope my records were correct.

To those who couldn't make this Reunion, you missed a great reunion.   Start planning now so you can make the next one!  It will be in San Antonio Texas next fall.

Thanks and Welcome Home!

Johnnie Jernigan

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Tan Son Nhut Association
Scatback Personnel
2009 Reunion
October 15 - October 18, 2009

Military and Civilian Employee's that were assigned to, or came thru Tan Son Nhut, Air Base, Republic of Vietnam 1959 - 1975

 * Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is the destination
 * Dollywood Theme Park
 * Ripleys Aquarium Of The Smokies
 * Music Theaters
 * Restaurants
 * Shopping Outlets
 * Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 *  Guest speaker:

LT Mike Thornton, U.S. Navy, SEAL Advisor, (Ret,) Recipient – Medal of Honor

Thornton

Thornton's Citations is at URL:
 http://www.specialoperations.com/MOH/thornton.html


Mini-symposiums, will be publicized as plans are finalized

 Meet your Veteran Brothers and Sisters



 Point of Contact TSNA:
 George Plunkett
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 Point of Contact Scatback:
 Bob Laymon
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Registration and Check-in:  Identify yourself with the TSNA - Scatback 2009 Reunion, to get this special room rate.

You do not have to be a member to attend.

MainStay Suites Hotel
410 Pine Mountain Road
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee  37863

Toll Free:  1-888-428-8350
Fax:  1-865-428-5217

Room Rate:  $ 102.00 per night, plus tax

Check-in Thursday, Oct 15, 2009, no earlier than 1:00 p.m.

Hospitality suite and reunion registration desk opens at 1:00 p.m.

TSNA 2009 reunion cost will be $130.00 per person, the same as last year.

This cost covers the expense of the hospitality suite, Saturday night banquet dinner, Sunday morning buffet breakfast and travel expenses for our honored guests.

 Breakfast:  Free Deluxe Continental.

 Banquet Dinner will be:

 A Smoky Mountain Luau  Tropical Fruits with a Pina Colada Dip, Fresh Tossed Greens with Condiments and Honey-Lime Dressing.

Features a Slow Roasted Whole Hog, Baked Tilapia with a Ginger/Soy Glaze, and Sweet & Sour Pineapple Grilled Chicken Breast.

Served with Boiled Red Potatoes, Vegetable Medley and Key Lime Pie for Dessert.

 A Refreshing Tropical Fruit Punch is served along with Tea and Coffee.

 We'll See You There!


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Name:  Charles Penley,                       Oct 11, 2009
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Comments:  Tan Son Nhut Association past reunions were held at the following locations:

1.   Evansville, IN Jul 1993
2.   Evansville, IN Jul 15-17, 1994
3.   Hampton, VA Oct 8 - 12, 1997
4.   San Antonio, TX Jun 15 - 18, 2000
5.   Crystal City, VA (Wash. D.C.) Apr 2002
6.   Fredericksburg, VA Apr 24 - 25, 2003 (Cancelled)
7.   Bourbonnais, IL Jul 21 - 25, 2004
8.   Gettysburg, PA Sep 2 - 4, 2005
9.   Dayton, OH May 3 - 6, 2007
10.  St Louis, MO , Jul 31 - Aug 3, 2008
11.  Pigeon Forge, TN Oct 15 - 18, 2009

Be thinking of where you want to hold our next reunion location and let any of the TSNA Officers and Board of Directors know of your desire.

Your friend,

Charles Penley

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Name:  Charles Penley,                       Oct 10, 2009
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Comments:  Please go to URL:   http://www.weatherforyou.com/weather/tennessee/pigeon+forge.html  to see the weather forecast for the TSNA 2009 Reunion, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

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Charles Penley

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Franke, William C., Florida, 6250th Air Police (Renewed for five years)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Serratore, Anthony J., Illinois, 120th Attack Helicopter Company (Razorbacks) US Army (Renewal)

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Name:  George Plunkett,  (1961st Communications Group)                Oct 08, 2009
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Comments:  Travelers suggestion:  Anyone coming to the reunion on I-75 will find less traffic if they get off just below Knoxville and go to Maryville and take US-321 to Pigeon Forge.

The road through Sevierville can be a big traffic jam as soon as you get off of I-40.

Thanks,

George Plunkett

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Maloney, Elmer, Colorado, 7th Air Force (Renewal and a donation to the Legacy Fund)

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Name:  George Plunkett,  (1961st Communications Group)                Oct 07, 2009
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Comments:

 Banquet Dinner will be:

A Smoky Mountain Luau Tropical Fruits with a Pina Colada Dip, Fresh Tossed Greens with Condiments and Honey-Lime Dressing.

Features a Slow Roasted Whole Hog, Baked Tilapia with a Ginger/Soy Glaze, and Sweet & Sour Pineapple Grilled Chicken Breast.

Served with Boiled Red Potatoes, Vegetable Medley and Key Lime Pie for Dessert.

A Refreshing Tropical Fruit Punch is served along with Tea and Coffee.

Thanks,

George Plunkett

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Gray, Joan I., Texas, 21st Casualty Staging Unit (Renewal and a donation to the Legacy Fund)

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Name:  Charles Penley,                       Oct 06, 2009
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Comments:  A flowery Hawaiian shirt is definately in order for the Smokey Mountain Luau at the TSNA 2009 Reunion Banquet.

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Burdick, Robert W., Wisconsin, 33rd Tactical Reconnaissance Sq. (Renewal for 5 years and a donation)
2 .  Grayson, Bill, Maryland, Det. 5, 6922nd Security Wing (USAFSS) (Renewal)
3 .  Inojos, William J., Kansas, 377th Transportation Squadron, Special purpose vehicle repairman  (Renewal)
4 .  Kutan, Edward, Ohio, 460th Field Maintenance Squadron, Heavy Maintenance on RF-4C and Crash Recovery (Renewal to Life Member)
5 .  Wurster, Stephen J., Florida, US Army Mortuary (Renewal)

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Name:  Charles Penley,                       Oct 04, 2009
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Comments:  The Vietnam Security Police Association has put up on the internet the Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Heavy Weapons photographs at URL:
 http://www.vspa.com/aspprotect/tsn-heavy-wpns-p1.htm  Please go there and check the photographs out.

Your friend,

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Name:  Charles Penley,                       Oct 03, 2009
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Comments:  I am trying to locate some photographs of fallen Security Policemen who were assigned to Tan Son Nhut Air Base, 377th Security Police Squadron.

Their names are:

Charles Edward Bestmann 28 Nov 1968
Charles David Gabriel 06 Jan 1967
Ronald Irvin McDonald 14 Apr `970
George Henry Pacio 21 Dec 1970
John Robert Piner 11 Mar 1970
Steve Porovich 21 Apr 1972

If you have a photograph of any of these men, then please share them with me for a project I am doing.

Your friend,

Charles Penley

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Davenport, Joseph E., 1964th Communications Group (Renewal)
2 .  Hagler, John M., Kansas, Armed Forces Courier Station (Renewal)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Blades, John G., Maryland, 377th Security Police Squadron (Renewal for five years)
2 .  DeMore, Edward J., 23 Years as a Security Policeman, North Carolina (New Member for five years)
3 .  DeTuccio, Mike R., Connecticut, 377th Air Police Squadron (Renewal)
4 .  Rosinski, Thomas, South Carolina, 7th Air Force Plans, Administrative NCOIC (Renewal and a Donation)

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Name:  Larry Fry  (Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON)                   Oct 01, 2009
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Comments:  The October, 2009 Issue of Revetments is now available on the Tan Son Nhut Association’s website by using this link:    http://members.cox.net/72452/revetments/oct2009.pdf

Welcome Home!

Larry E. Fry
VP, TSNA
Editor, Revetments

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Name:  Richard Dubendorf,                       Sep 26, 2009
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Comments:  I was stationed at Tan Son Nhut for approximately six months in 1963 after volunteering for a "special assignment" while stationed at the 1962nd Communications Group Kadena AFB Okinawa.

My rank at the time was A1C, I was with the Crypto Systems Maintenance Tech and my initial assignment was to go to DaNang but; while awaiting my orders/flight to DaNang, some eagle eyed personnel type saw that I had been trained on IBM data and key punch equipment.

That got my initial orders red lined and I was re-assigned to TSN in the Crypto Maintenance Section.

Our maintenance van was attached to the communications vans parked under a hangar a couple of blocks away from the base motor pool.

Us Crypto types were all housed together in the old tent area in tent #69, which was adjacent to the RVN ammo building.

Our NCOIC was SSGT Hall.

I departed TSN December 1963 during "Operations Santa Clause".

It has been good finding this site.

Regards,

Richard Dubendorf (A1C 30650C/D)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Allard, Paul A., Florida, 460th Armament and Electronic Maintenance Squadron, Avionics Maintenance & Repair  (New Member)
2 .  Bryan, Dale F., Virginia, Detachment 2, 30th Weather Squadron (Renewal)

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Name:  Johnnie Jernigan,  (460th AEMS (Navigation Shop)                Sep 24, 2009
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Comments:  I received my TSNA Pigeon Forge Reunion golf shirt from Cafepress today and I must say it is very nice.  The golf shirt is a very high quality cotton shirt by Anvil Knitwear.  The colors are very bright and clear.  I will be proud to wear it at the Reunion and for day to day use.

You still have time to get yours.  Order directly from Cafepress at URL:    http://www.cafepress.com/gardiaphotos/2711301  by clicking on the TSNA 2009 Reunion logo.

Many other items are available and all profits go to TSNA thanks to Gary Redlinski.

Thanks,

Johnnie Jernigan

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Name:  Pamela C. Huey                       Sep 22, 2009
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Comments:  I was at a convention with a friend by the name of Kerry Nivens who is a life member of the Tan Son Nhut Association.

He told me you were coming to Pigeon Forge, TN in October and I checked out your website and it said you were attending musical shows.  I would love for your wonderful group to see our variety show - the Smith Family Dinner Theater.  We have won Best Show for 4 years voted by the locals!!  We have music for everyone and the most delicious southern buffet.

We would like to be a part of your trip.  We would love to entertain you.  Our show has Country, Gospel, Bluegrass, Comedy, Best Impressions you have heard, audience participation and a tribute to the Andy Griffith Show.  Please go to URL:    http://smithfamilytheater.com/  Listen to a sampling of some of our music there.

Thank you!

Pamela C. Huey

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Name:  Charles Penley                       Sep 20, 2009
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Comments:  I am looking for any photographs showing the 100-P Alley area just outside the Tan Son Nhut Main Gate.

I need it for the mini-symposium "Attack On Tan Son Nhut, May 6, 1968."

If you have some photographs of it, I would really like to obtain a copy of them.

Thanks,

Charles Penley

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Name:  Sue Ellen Parker,                      Sep 18, 2009
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Comments:  On Facebook I have started a page called "Our Beloved Veterans."  My goal is to have as many pictures of veterans as possible (with their name, branch of service, approx. years of service and locations of the pictures) by Veterans' Day.

It just dawned on me that we have access to hundreds of veterans!

They could email pictures in uniform or civilian clothing to me at the email address above or they can bring them to the reunion at which time I will take a picture of the original.

Thanks for your help.

See you at Pigeon Forge!

Sue Ellen

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Name:  Armand "Jack" Molleur,  (619th TSC)                  Sep 18, 2009
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Comments:  I was in the Delta during the earlier years, first TDY from the 5th TAC Control Group in the PI to set up "Paddy" Control, later to become DET 8 619th TSC.

Then PCS'd back to Ca Mau for a year, then PCS directly to Tan Son Nhut and the 619th TSC for another year before returning to the USA.

Armand "Jack" Molleur

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Tannery, Skip, Texas, 19th Air Commando Squadron (Renewal)

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1 .  Moore, Terry G., Louisiana, 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing (New Member)

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Name:  Tim Butz,  (12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron)                Sep 15, 2009
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Comments:  I had a great time at the 2008 reunion, but unfortunately I will not be able to make it this year.

I had a stroke in July and I am still recovering from it.

If anyone is thinking that they could wait for the 2010 reunion, let me be an example of why you should go this year.  Nobody knows where or when that “fickle finger of fate” will hit you.

Take care and have fun at the reunion.

Best wishes to all I met last year.

Timothy Butz

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Name:  George Plunkett,  (1961st Communications Group)                Sep 15, 2009
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Comments:  Fellow Members:

The MainStay Suites are booked up for Thursday, Oct 15.  Some rooms are still available for Oct 16 and Oct 17.

They recommend two Best Western hotels close by as alternatives.  Please call 1-800-232-5656 or 1-800-422-3232.

Eagles Ridge Resort, an all log cabin resort, is also within one mile or so.  They have promised special low rates for our members and guests.  Please call 1-800-807-4343 to contact them.

Thanks,

George Plunkett

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Name:  Charles Penley                       Sep 15, 2009
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Comments:  We have been told today, that the hotel that we have booked for the TSNA 2009 Reunion, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is filling up 100% on certain days of our scheduled time frame of Oct 15 - Oct 18, 2009.   If you plan on going and have not made reservations yet, then you need to do so in the next few days.

Thanks,

Charles Penley

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Name:  Donald W. Roberts,  (615th Field Training Det., 33rd)               Sep 15, 2009
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Comments:  I am MSgt (Ret) Donald W. Roberts and I am looking for anyone who was with the 615th Field Training Detachment 33rd, Tan Son Nhut, from Oct 1967 to March 1968, who taught the C-119.

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Name:  Jim Dugan,  (178th Replacement Company, 90th Replacement Battalion, Camp Alpha)          Sep 15, 2009
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Comments:  For those who are following the story of the connection between Agent Orange exposure and Parkinson's Disease and ischemic heart disease, if you check out the press release on the Vietnam Veterans of America site at URL:   http://vva.org/PressReleases/2009/pr09-028.html/  you will find that the connection has been acknowledged by the government of New Zealand, but no word yet on what will happen from our government.

Let's hope.

Jim Dugan
178th Repl. Co., 90th Repl. Bn.
US Army Vietnam - Camp Alpha
TSNA Life Member

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Name:  Hubert M. Reed                       Sep 14, 2009
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Comments:   Hi.  I am Hubert Reed and I was stationed in the 377th Supply Squadron.

I lived in the 1200-Area, barracks 1270.  It was two barracks down from the chow hall next to the radar dome.

I am looking for proof that I was there.  Someone from personnel played with the records.  They said I was not there.

I had cancer and the doctors said it was from Agent Orange.  The Veterans Administration will not cover me.  They say that I was not there but the US Air Force gave me the ribbons.

I am looking for these men:

1.  SSgt Raymond T. (Tickler) Newman.   You ate too much cheese and ended up in the hospital.
2.  SSgt Kennedy (from Mass.)  He was there for 54 straight months and lived with a Vietnamese family in downtown Saigon, Vietnam.   He kept adopting kids and sending them home to his wife.
3.  Sgt Terrance Hill from Youngstown, Oh.

If you can help, please contact me at the above email address.

Hubert M. Reed
USAF (Ret)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Leyva, Hector, Texas, 834 Air Div. 374 TAW, Specific Duties - C-130E Instructor Loadmaster (New Member)

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Name:  Charles Penley                       Sep 12, 2009
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Comments:  Those of you who are going to the reunion, as you know, are going to have a great time visiting with old friends and making some new ones.

Thanks,

Charles Penley

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Dodge, Ted R., Indiana, 377th Supply Squadron (Renewal and a Donation)
2 .  Flickinger, Donald W., South Carolina, 6250th Combat Support Group, 377th Supply Squadron (Renewal to Life Member)

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Name:  Janice Jones                       Sep 11, 2009
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Comments:  To all of our military family, firefighters, police officers, medical personnel and all citizens.

Today is another anniversary when America displayed her best at her worst time.   We will never forget and will every day keep our Beloved America in our prayers.

Salute!

Janice Jones

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Name:  Thomas E. Allen,  (Armed Forces Courier Service, US Army)               Sep 10, 2009
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Comments:   I was a member of the Armed Forces Courier Service stationed on Tan Son Nhut for 6 months and 6 months at Cam Ranh Bay.

The TSN courier station was located next to the Bomb Disposal Unit and near Air Vietnam hangars.    We delivered Top Secret documents throughout the Republic and surrounding countries.

We were an Army station (1 of 57 stations in the world) and delivered the "Paris Peace Talk" information to Paris.

I flew daily missions with the Navy and Air Force.    With the Navy, I flew out of Market Time on the Jolly Greens and the fixed wing flights with the Air Force were on C-130’s.

I remain in contact with two fellow officers, Joe Babb of Dallas, and Chuck Stauffer of Philly.    Please feel free to contact me with any questions or if seeking information.

To all veterans, thanks for serving and to Navy and Air Force pilots and crewmen, thanks for the safe rides.

1LT Tom Allen
Tulsa, OK.

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Name:  Jim Dugan,  (178th Replacement Company, 90th Replacement Battalion, Camp Alpha)          Sep 10, 2009
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Comments:  Comments on Jim Gropper's post.  I have been following this matter with interest since it was announced in July.  The opinion from everything I had read is that the Veterans Administration will possibly add Parkinson's Disease to its list of presumptive ailments caused by Agent Orange, but pass on heart disease.  Vietnam Veterans of America is urging them to reconsider hypertension also, but the feeling is that there are more veterans who are suffering from hypertension and heart disease and the flood of claims would cause a sudden influx of claims that would be impossible for the VA to handle or pay compensation on.  It is all about money and maintaining budgets.

Parkinson's Disease is a problem, but there are not many veterans who are suffering from that ailment as of yet, so the VA will probably recognize the Agent Orange connection.

As far as how long Agent Orange many linger in the soil of Vietnam, it is anybody's guess.  I have heard that it could linger for a hundred years or more, and anyone who breathes the dust is affected as those were who were sprayed during the war.

If you visit Vietnam on a return trip, you may be exposing yourself all over again.  No one can say with any certainty.

Agent Orange exposure is a peculiar thing.  When it enters the body, it attacks the weakest parts first.  That is why some have had no affect at all, while others now have various cancers, heart problems, diabetes, and who knows what will be next.

Some years ago, I went into sudden heart failure.  Seven years after, I suffered a stroke.  At the time, the nurse for my cardiologist, who had a sister who served as a nurse in Vietnam told me, "Be careful, because you're a walking time bomb as far as you health in concerned."  I'll never forget her words.

Jim Dugan
178th Repl. Co., 90th Repl. Bn.
US Army Vietnam - Camp Alpha
TSNA Life Member

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Name:  Jim Gropper  (97th Artillery Group, Alpha Battery)                Sep 09, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  A 14 member committee from the Institute of Medicine, has reported that Vietnam Veterans who have developed "Parkinsons Disease" and "Ischemic Heart Disease" was probably caused by contact wth "Agent Orange" in one way or another.

I know that Tan Son Nhut Air Base was sprayed at one time.  How long does the Agent Orange stay in the soil and can it be breathed from the dust later on?

Has any one seen this on the military report the Veterans Administration is trying to get this into the VA program with the other known diseases and the goverment to pay for it?

Thought I would let you know.

Sincerely,

Jim Gropper

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Tan Son Nhut Association 2010 CD Tan Son Nhut Association 2010 CD

  • On sale, Sep 01, 2009   (They will be mailed beginning Oct 19, 2009)
  • Numerous individual's contributed photographs and documents
  • Over 1,500 photographs and graphics
  • 99% of the photographs are new with the exception of several aerial photographs
  • TSNA receives 100% of all monies.
  • This CD sells for $17.00  (S&H is included in that price.)
  • There is a "FREE Gift" with each CD sold.  The "Free Gift" is worth almost as much at the 2010 CD
  • It will make an excellent Christmas gift to your children and spouse.
Order by sending check or money order to:

Tan Son Nhut Association
Attn:  Johnnie Jernigan
956 Donham Drive
Beavercreek, OH  45434

"Click here to print out a PX/BX Order Form"

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Fields, Gary R., Missouri, 377th Civil Engineer Squadron (New Member)

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Name:  Charles Penley  (377th Security Police Squadron)                 Sep 08, 2009
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Comments:  Joetta Depaepe, please go to the following US Government web site.  It is the National Personnel Records Center at URL:    http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/

Follow the instruction there and ask for your fathers Official Military Personnel File known as the "201 File."

Your friend,

Plaque Penley

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Name:  Joetta Depaepe                       Sep 08, 2009
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Comments:  Sir, i am trying to find out when and where my dad was from 1969-1972.

All i know is he was in Saigon Feb11, 1971, and came to the US for a 17week training course for"Riverin Boats" and survial course.

He went back to Vietnam Sep 24, 1971 with 7th Fleet,Detachment Charlie.

My dad's name is J. J. Buterbaugh, Adr2 U.S.Navy (Ret).  If any one knew him, please contact me at the above email address.

Thank you,

His daughter Joetta

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Name:  Carol Collins                       Sep 06, 2009
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Comments:  I have just been browsing your website, and I think it is wonderful.  My brother, James Tooley, was stationed at Camp Gaylor, at Tan Son Nhut in 1966, not sure exactly when he was transferred there from Long Binh (Camp Gerry).  He was killed Dec. 19, 1966 by accidental electrocution while erecting a telegraph pole.  A very kind Vietnam veteran has been helping me try to locate anyone who may have known Jim or spent time with him in Vietnam, or if you remember hearing about the accident.  I just want to fill in the gaps and learn as much as I can about his experiences, both good and bad.  I have about a half dozen pictures, but they are all of Camp Gerry.

His unit info is:

James Edward Tooley

580th Signal Company, 69th Signal Battalion, 160th Signal Group, 1st Signal Brigade
580th Sig Co, 69th Sig Bn, 160 Sig Grp, 1st Sig Bde
580th Sig Co 69/160/1
580th Sig Co 69/160
580th Sig Co 69/1

My friend told me if I put all this information, I would be more likely to get a hit.

Thank you,

Carol Collins

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Name:  Joseph Kricho  (1876th Communications Squadron, Base Switchboard)                 Sep 05, 2009
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Comments:  I too have a vague recollection of the layout of Tan Son Nhut.

I have looked at various maps and aerial photographs but can still not pinpoint such areas as the 1876th Comm Sq hootches in the 800-Area?

The VNAF Officer’s Club (many memorable nights.)  If I remember correctly, the VNAF Officers Club was to the right as you came through the main gate.

I worked at the Base Switchboard immediately adjacent (to the right) of 7th AF HQ and can still visualize the walk I made daily to get there and back.

If anyone can shed any light on this I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks,

Joe Kricho

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  I will send you a lengthy email in a few minutes with some of the answers.

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Cox, Robert F., Michigan, Office of Special Investigations (New Member and a Donation)
2 .  Reynolds, Gary K., Illinois, 600th Photo Squadron (Renewal for five years)
3 .  Rollins, Thomas E., Georgia, HQ 1964th Communications Group, Flight Line Communications (New Member and a Life Member)

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Name:  Charles Penley  (377th Security Police Squadron)                 Sep 05, 2009
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Comments:  To all the men and women who are going to attend the TSNA 2009 Reunion, Pigeon Forge, TN.

If you have an item that you would like to donate to the "Silent Auction" then please bring it to the reunion.  All money from the "Silent Auction" goes to the Tan Son Nhut Association.

Your friend and brother,

Charles Penley

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Name:  Gary R. Fields  (377th Civil Engineer Squadron)                Sep 04, 2009
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Comments:  I have sent in an application for membership after doing some browsing on the web.

I was with the 377th Civil Engineer Squadron, Feb 1969 - Feb 1970, as a Sgt E-4.

Re-entered AF Reserve in Mar 1981 and retired as CMSgt in 2006 (442d CES /Whiteman AFB, MO)

I am a Life member of VFW and Vietnam Veterans of America

Gary R Fields
CMSgt, USAFR (RET)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Blades, Larry E., Maryland, 377th Security Police Squadron (Renewal)
2 .  Coup, William A., South Carolina, 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing (Renewal)
3 .  Tkachuk, Nicholas F., Indiana, Det 1, 5th Communication Squadron, Div PACAF, Cryptographer (Renewal for five years)
4 .  Wetzel, John R., Pennsylvania, 633rd Security Police Squadron (Renewal)

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Name:  Mike Dubala                        Sep 03, 2009
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Comments:  My name is Mike Dubala and my Dad, Robert J. Dubala “Dubie” as he was called, was in the Air Force and he was stationed at Tan Son Nhut Air Base from 1970-1971.

He was in charge of rewiring a couple of buildings on base (he was in Communications).  For this he received his M/SGT and a Bronze Star.

If anyone remembers my dad please contact me.  He passed away on 14 June 2008 (Flag Day).

My brother and I both served in the Marines.  I went in 1972, right after they were pulling troops out.

Mike Dubala

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Name:  Eric Arentz, Sr.  (377th Security Police Squadron)                   Sep 02, 2009
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Comments:  Ladies and Gentlemen, Evening!

I just finished reading Larry's latest issue of Revetments.  I happened to think of something that may be of interest to many of the attendees at the upcoming reunion.  I am a member of DAV Chapter #1 here in Reno.  One of our regular/recent donors are a group of the flight stewards on the Freedom Flights!  I have met a couple and would give anything to know how we might coordinate their flight schedules with many of the vets that benefitted from their great service.

Talked with one of them about watching the Freedom Flights pull up to the edge of the ramp at DaNang and columns of GIs would march out of the jungle, across the ramp and up the boarding ladder, into the aircraft & go HOME!!  Many were dirty and armed, etc..

I would be there, refueling our EC-121 as part of our missions over the gulf; as I related in the story in May Revetments!!

Our chapter meets in a week or so and I will get more info on the group, if you wish.

Later,

Eric G. Arentz, Sr.

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Name:  Larry Fry  (Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON)                   Sep 01, 2009
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Comments:  “Jerry Connett:  Please contact the TSNA website with your updated contact information.

The email notice about the September Revetments being available came back as undeliverable; and a subsequent phone call to you wound up “number has changed, or disconnected”, etc.”

Thanks.

Larry E. Fry
VP, TSNA
Editor, Revetments

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Name:  Larry Fry  (Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON)                   Sep 01, 2009
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Comments:  Welcome to September – only a month and a half until the 2009 TSNA Reunion.  Are you going to join us?

In the meantime, please use the following link to go to the September issue of Revetments:    http://members.cox.net/72452/revetments/mainpage.html

And please send in your stories, anecdotes, thoughts – anything.  I need them!!

Larry E. Fry
VP, TSNA
Editor, Revetments

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Name:  David C. Johnson  (377th Security Police Squadron)                 Sep 01, 2009
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Comments:  My name is TSgt David C Johnson, USAF, Retired and I served with the  377th Security Police Squadron from Jan 5, 1972 to Jan 6, 1973.

I can't remember what flight  I was in but I lived in the 1300-Area next to the BX and  across from Camp Alpha until after a rocket attack in April.  After  that time the squadrons were inter- mixed throughout all the barrack  areas.  I ended up in the 1200-Area, near the dining hall and the  Mexican Reataurant and the wonder building.  The wonder building was an  open aluminum quansit hut where we had a musical festival.  It was  called "Namstock, 3 days of war and music".

There was a patch similar  to the Woodstock patch (which was the dove perched on a guitar neck)  however ours was a hawk perched on the barrel  of a M-16 rifle.

I was only an  A1C when I arrived but was promoted to Sergeant.  I had been pulling  gate duty and patrols (victor callsigns including Victor-4 which took  chow and drinks to the posts.

I was also assigned duties at 7th Air  Force Headquarters.  The worse duty I pulled was security at the clinic  watching a ward of substance abusers that shipped home 40 troops every  morning and refilled the 40 beds every evening with troops trucked in  from TC Hill at Long Bien.

I no longer have any pictures or mementos from my time there.  After a  bitter divorce, my ex's family destroyed everything rather than give  it back to me.

I have conversed with some brothers in arms via Classmates.com.   They  advised of a Tan Son Nhut Association and a 377th SPS veterans  association.

I would appreciate information in becoming part if these  associations.

Thank you,

TSgt David C. Johnson

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Tan Son Nhut Association 2010 CD Tan Son Nhut Association 2010 CD

  • On sale, Sep 01, 2009
  • Numerous individual's contributed photographs and documents
  • Over 1,500 photographs and graphics
  • 99% of the photographs are new with the exception of several aerial photographs
  • TSNA receives 100% of all monies.
  • This CD sells for $17.00  (S&H is included in that price.)
  • There is a "FREE Gift" with each CD sold.  The "Free Gift" is worth almost as much at the 2010 CD
  • It will make an excellent Christmas gift to your children and spouse.
Order by sending check or money order to:

Tan Son Nhut Association
Attn:  Johnnie Jernigan
956 Donham Drive
Beavercreek, OH  45434

"Click here to print out a PX/BX Order Form"

"NOTE:  This CD is for computers only"
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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Crane, Alfred C., Jr., Virginia, 13th Recon Tech Squadron (6470th RITS) (Renewal)

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Name:  Charles Penley  (377th Security Police Squadron)                 Aug 27, 2009
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Comments:  Two things that I would like to let you know about:

1.  George Plunkett has put up the Tan Son Nhut Association, Reunion web page the Pigeon Forge, TN., "Funtime Trolley" route information at URL:   http://www.tsna.org/reunion/index.html 
2.  In the current edition of the Vietnam Magazine, October 2009, there is a story about Mini-TET in Saigon, Vietnam, which started on May 6, 1968.

Your friend and brother,

Charles Penley

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Name:  George Plunkett,  (1961st Communications Group)                Aug 27, 2009
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Comments:  Ground Transportation Contacts from McGhee Tyson Airport to Pigeon Forge, TN., Tan Son Nhut Association 2009 Reunion:

Ground Transportation, Taxi or Limo

A1/Cloud 865-414-4371
A-Plus Taxi 865-970-0016
A&B Ground Transportation 865-389-0312
B-Line Transportation 865-659-4341
Benchmark Taxi 865-310-7047
Connections Taxi 865-980-3384 or 888-841-8294
Discount Taxi 865-755-5143
Expressway Taxi 865-696-2743
Fenway Taxi 865-414-8283
Gold Cab 865-919-0001
International Taxi 865-607-8732
Odyssey Airport Taxi 865-973-6212 or 865-384-5129
Overland Taxi 865-970-4545
Selig Taxi & Limo 865-389-0466
Smoky Mountain Taxi 865-458-6292
or 865-258-9979
Tennessee Taxi Service 865-919-0728

Car Rental

Alamo 1-800-327-9633
Avis 1-800-331-1212
Budget 1-800-527-0700
Enterprise 1-800-RENT-A-CAR
Hertz 1-800-654-3131
National 1-800-227-7368
Thrifty 1-800-367-2277

Other transportation

Off-Property Van and Limo Services Affairs of Styley 865-454-4059
Chariots of Hire 865-522-8108
Executive Sedan & Limo 865-671-2509
Gentry Trailways 1-888-816-2796
Knoxville Tours 1-800-251-2027
Mays Bus Line 865-947-6977
Premier Transportation 1-877-337-0279
Rocky Top 865-970-3474
Twin Lakes Limo 1-800-505-9420

George Plunkett

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Name:  Bill Grayson                      Aug 27, 2009
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Comments:  A writing associate of mine, Trish Schiesser, has a new book just out, "These Guys: Cold War Stories by Cold War Warriors."

It's a big book with 227 first-person reminiscences by 81 veterans.   While the book's central theme is USAF Cold War SIGINT, a great many other military subjects are also covered.  You need to be aware of this book.

Best regards,

Bill

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Finnin, William P., Jr., Washington, DC, 6922nd Security Wing, Radio Intercept (New Member)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Bucholz, Bernard W., Illinois, 1876th Communications Squadron, Comm Center Specialist, 7th AF HQ Comm Center (Renewal)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Doolittle, William O., South Carolina, 6994th Security Squadron (Renewal)

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Name:  David Atwood                      Aug 19, 2009
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Comments:  Hello.  My name is David R. Atwood and I am writing in hopes that you can provide me with some much needed information or at least point me in the correct direction.

Back in February 1968 (sometime between 10th and 20th), I flew into Tan Son Nhut on a commercial airline.  The plane sustained damage on landing.  It hit some craters on the runway that damaged 3 tires.   This was during the "TET Offensive" and we were in Tan Son Nhut for 12 - 18 hours during the repairs.

I am in need of some information confirming my stay in Tan Son Nhut during this time.  It is crucial for my Veterans' Benefits.  I was hoping that you could lead me in the correct direction to obtaining the maintenance records for the repairs or airline itinerary that can confirm that a commercial airline landed in Tan Son Nhut during this time period.

Any assistance that you could provide will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

David Atwood

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Name:  Randy "Ramps" Stutler  (377th Security Police Squadron)                 Aug 18, 2009
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Comments:  Hey Guys...,

My name is Randy "Ramps" Stutler (the ramps is from the stinky weed I love to eat here in WV).  I am a Life Member of the TSNA and several other Veteran's Organizations.  I was a member of the 6250th Air Police and 377th Air Police Squadron at Tan Son Nhut AB, RVN in 1965 - 1966.

I just came back from a "Mini-Reunion" of Vietnam Security Policemen in Roanoke, VA, 14 - 16 August 2009.  There were eight Security Policemen, five of those brought their lovely wives, and our own Charles Penley brought his Sister.

I have traded emails and photos with Charles Penley over the years, but I never got to meet him in person.  What a great pleasure it was to finally meet my Friend I had never met.  Charles and I were the only Security Police at the reunion who had served at TSN.  He and I talked at length about how much things had changed at TSN in the short year that separated our tours.  I am so happy I got to meet Charles in person.

I will be attending four Vietnam-related reunions this year (I can't make the 101st Airborne reunion).  Next year I hope to make it to the TSNA and 377th Security Police Reunions.  The "Mini-Reunions" give us a chance to get together with our old friends, and make new ones, in a regional setting that does not require the expense of airfare, etc..  I recommend everyone think about having a get together with their old friends in the times between the major reunions.  We're not getting any younger.

Your TSN Friend,

"Ramps"

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Figart, Glenn D., Ohio, 460th AEMS (Renewal)
2 .  Smith, Ronald J. Sr., 460th Field Maintenance Squadron (New Member)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Burson, Garry, Louisiana, 765th Transportation Battalion, US Army (New Member)
2 .  Jordan, Josseph J., Colorado, 360th Tactical Electronic Warfare (Renewal)
3 .  Lee, John P., Louisiana, Scatback Operations (Renewal)
4 .  Stine, Raymond C., Pennsylvania, 377th CAMS, Parachute/Life Support Group (Renewal)

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Name:  Charles Penley  (377th Security Police Squadron)                 Aug 10, 2009
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Comments:  As of today, it will be sixty-five (65) days until the Tan Son Nhut Association 2009 Reunion, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

For those of you who have never attended one of our reunions it is mostly informal and a meeting of friends both old and new.  Actually, we are like a small family.

When I attended my first reunion I asked questions about what to wear for banquet night.  I was told to wear what I wanted to and I did just that.  I wore blue jeans and a pull over shirt.

There were a handful of men who wore coat and ties.  There was no one in any type of uniform except for one man.   This man could still fit into his starched fatigues and many people wanted their photograph made with him.  He brought back such good memories and friendship.

Ladies wore whatever they wanted to also.   A dress or slacks and blouse was just fine.

Sue Ellen Parker reminded me to mention that many of us brought items, as several of us did last year, for a "Chinese Auction" to help offset the cost of the hospitality room or any additional expenses.  That she needed to get on the ball and get something made to donate.

Also, last year we had a "Fifty-Fifty Split."  What that is, we sell tickets for $ 1.00 each and we put the tickets in a large container.  On the last day we had sold a total of $323.00 in tickets and Tom Rosinski, (7th Air Force Plans, Administrative NCOIC) was the winner and received $161.50 and the other $161.50 went into the TSNA coffers.

A small television was given away.

I would ask that if you can attend, then please do so, there are no stranges at our banquets, only "Family."

Please fill out the registeration form and make you reservations at the Main Stay Hotel while we still have rooms reserved for our TSNA Members.

None of us are getting any younger and I want to meet you there.

Your friend and brother,

Charles Penley

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Sheppard, Donald, Ohio, 460th AEMS (Upgraded his TSNA Membership to a five year renewal and a Donation)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1 .  Bacon, John W., Tennessee, 460th Field Maintenance Squadron (Renewal)
2 .  Tidwell, Tony K., Texas, 460th Field Maintenance Shop (AGE Shop) (Renewal)

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Name:  Dave Koopman,  (460th Field Maintenance Squadron)                Aug 06, 2009
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Comments:  On occasion I receive an email from classmates.com listing Tan Son Nhut veterans who have posted their names and pictures.

I noticed Norman Whitlow, a Tan Son Nhut Association member who has emailed me in the past, had his picture on the classmates.com web site.  I was curious about if I had ever met him before so I decided to look him up on the TSNA online membership page.  He didn't have his time of Vietnam service displayed.

There are many of our TSNA members who don't have their time of Vietnam service or their unit displayed.  Some haven't even listed their email address so you can contact them.

Please remind our members that one of the benefits of TSNA membership is reuniting our lost comrades in arms.

David E. Koopman
TSNA Life Member

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Bowens, James W., Michigan, 377th Supply Squadron (Renewal)
2.  Colding, Roy G., Colorado, 460th TRW, Aerial Camera Shop (Renewal)

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Name:  Walter M. Suggs,                       Aug 05, 2009
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Comments:  Hi there, I'm Walter M. Suggs and I passed through Tan Son Nhut on November 3, 1972.

I remember signing the "Welcome Book" in the terminal.  Can this be tracked?

I arrived on the freedom bird from NKP, Thailand.

If there are any records to reflect this I would appreciate an e-mail.

I need this information to reflect that I was in Vietnam at this time.

Thanks,

Walter M. Suggs

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Name:  Dave Koopman,  (460th Field Maintenance Squadron)                Aug 05, 2009
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Comments:  I was going through some of the letters I sent home from Vietnam and came across this interesting bit of information.

I made as an Air Force Sergeant in Vietnam with two years in the service $294 a month including combat pay in February of 1968.  Not a lot of money to risk your life for, was it?

David E. Koopman
TSNA Life Member

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Name:  Larry Fry  (Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON)                   Aug 03, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  The August 2009 issue of the Tan Son Nhut Association newsletter, REVETMENTS is now available on the TSNA website, using the following link:    http://members.cox.net/72452/revetments/mainpage.html

Welcome Home!

Larry E. Fry
VP, TSNA
Editor Revetments

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Name:  Steve Jenkins,                      Aug 03, 2009
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Comments:  I served in Vietnam from 1961 - 1962 at Tan Son Nhut and also in Nha Trang.

I have a great story I would like to share with the readers.

I was there in Saigon during a coup attempt using US aircraft and I watched as they bombed to presidential palace in Saigon on Feb 27, 1962.

Let me know how.

Steve Jenkins

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association, Editor of the newsletter "Revetments is:  


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Tan Son Nhut Association
Scatback Personnel
2009 Reunion
October 15 - October 18, 2009

Military and Civilian Employee's that were assigned to, or came thru Tan Son Nhut, Air Base, Republic of Vietnam 1959 - 1975

 * Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is the destination
 * Dollywood Theme Park
 * Ripleys Aquarium Of The Smokies
 * Music Theaters
 * Restaurants
 * Shopping Outlets
 * Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 *  Guest speaker:

LT Mike Thornton, U.S. Navy, SEAL Advisor, (Ret,) Recipient – Medal of Honor

Thornton

Thornton's Citations is at URL:
 http://www.specialoperations.com/MOH/thornton.html


Mini-symposiums, will be publicized as plans are finalized

 Meet your Veteran Brothers and Sisters



 Point of Contact TSNA:
 George Plunkett
 Email:  

 Point of Contact Scatback:
 Bob Laymon
 Email:  
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Registration and Check-in:  Identify yourself with the TSNA - Scatback 2009 Reunion, to get this special room rate.

You do not have to be a member to attend.

MainStay Suites Hotel
410 Pine Mountain Road
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee  37863

Toll Free:  1-888-428-8350
Fax:  1-865-428-5217

Room Rate:  $ 102.00 per night, plus tax

Check-in Thursday, Oct 15, 2009, 3:00 p.m.

TSNA 2009 reunion cost will be $130.00 per person, the same as last year.

This cost covers the expense of the hospitality suite, Saturday night banquet dinner, Sunday morning buffet breakfast and travel expenses for our honored guests.

 Breakfast:  Free Deluxe Continental.

 Banquet Dinner will be:

 A Smoky Mountain Luau  Tropical Fruits with a Pina Colada Dip, Fresh Tossed Greens with Condiments and Honey-Lime Dressing.

Feaures a Slow Roasted Whole Hog, Baked Tilapia with a Ginger/Soy Glaze, and Sweet & Sour Pineapple Grilled Chicken Breast.

Served with Boiled Red Potatoes, Vegetable Medley and Key Lime Pie for Dessert.

 A Refreshing Tropical Fruit Punch is served along with Tea and Coffee.

 We'll See You There!


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Name:  Tom DiGuglielmo,  (1876th Communications Squadron)               Jul 29, 2009
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Comments:  Hey Charlie ... Welcome home!

While I was at Tan Son Nhut in 1971, I received a telegram from the Red Cross that my wife gave birth to a little girl today!  Six weeks later I took R & R and flew World Airways back to Oakland to see them.

It's only been 38 years!  Were did it all go?

Anyway thought I'd share with you,

Tom DiGuglielmo
1876th Communications Squadron

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Birchfield, Clifford A., Louisiana, 377th Combat Support Group, Group Budget Officer (New Member)
2.  Lowe, Billy T., North Carolina, 1876th Communications Squadron (Renewal and a Donation)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Hildreth, Thomas, Vermont, 1876th Communications Sq., Tech Control (Renewal)

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Name:  Thomas Tessier,                      Jul 21, 2009
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Comments:  I’ll be leaving for Saigon on August 6, 2009 and returning August 18, 2009.  I am traveling alone but hope to meet a hometown buddy and Army Viet Vet who is on a post retirement special project for his former employer, IBM.

I plan to visit Saigon, Tan Son Nhut, Bien Hoa, Cu Chi, Hue, Da Lat, and Hanoi if time and circumstances.

If anyone has any contacts in Saigon that I can rely on for emergencies or to meet for lunch or dinner to pick their brain for travel info, please contact me.

Tom Tessier, former SSGT, 377thSPS Alpha sector and Tango sector Charlie flight.  Service at TSN from Oct 1967 to Aug 1970, 5 tours of duty.  Served on Tango 10, whick was a Rocket Tower, for 1 year and almost 18 months on Tango #1, the large water tank in the Vietnamese Ranger compound north of the 1300 barracks.

I along with many others on the 3 rocket spotting towers were responsible for notifying Central Security Control (CSC) to initiate the base warning sirens to warn of incoming/possible incoming rounds.  I apologize belatedly for the false alarms and some missed sightings.

Please contact me via email if you knew me or wish to communicate.

Thomas Tessier

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Name:  George Plunkett,  (1961st Communications Group)                Jul 21, 2009
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Comments:  

A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased veterans.

General Program Requirements

This benefit may not be requested for a living veteran.

The veteran must have received an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions.

Certain National Guard and reserve members may also qualify.

Commissioned Officers of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are considered to be active duty members and veterans, once discharged.

Eligible recipients (those who may receive a Presidential Memorial Certificate) include the deceased veteran’s next of kin and loved ones.

Requests for this benefit may only be submitted by an eligible recipient.  An eligible recipient is the next of kin, a relative or a friend, or someone authorized to act on behalf of such relative or friend.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information

For more information about the Presidential Memorial Certificate program, please visit our web site at:   http://www.cem.va.gov/CEM/pmc.asp

When requesting a PMC, there is no form or format to use.  A simple written request will suffice.

Eligible recipients or their authorized agent may request a PMC using any one (1) of the three (3) methods listed below.  Please only use one method.

You may:

Visit any VA regional office and speak with a representative.
Send a request by fax to 1-202-565-8054; or by mail to:
Presidential Memorial Certificates (41A1C)
Department of Veterans Affairs
5109 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-3903
Use the “Contact the VA” web link (on the bottom of the page) at  http://www.cem.va.gov/pmc.htm  All written or faxed requests must include a copy of the veterans’ death certificate and a copy of the veterans’ honorable discharge.  Please do not provide original documents, as they cannot be returned.

Managing Agency
National Cemetery Administration (NCA)
 http://www.cem.va.gov

Many thanks,

George Plunkett

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Name:  Ray Castro,                      Jul 20, 2009
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Comments:  My father, Robert R. Castro, MSgt (Ret) was stationed at Tan Son Nhut, 1967 - 1968.  He worked in the Petroleum Oil and Lubricants (POL).

This was his 2nd tour, his 1st was Tuy Hoa in 1965 - 1966?

Signed 2nd son-favorite child,

Ray Castro

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Name:  Mel Thompson,  (377th Munitions Maintenance Squadron (Bomb Dump)              Jul 19, 2009
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Comments:  I put boots on the ground at Tan Son Nhut 43 years ago today, July 16th,1966!

Absolutly mind boggling, where did all those years go?  The older we get, the faster the years seem to go by.

Charles could you put me in touch with William E. Donnelly?  He wrote "My Time at TSN" in the July issue of "Revetments".

Thanks,

Mel Thompson

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Lettau, Ulrich H. (Rick), Missouri, Civil Engineer Squadron, Red Horse , Engineer Officer and USAF Advisory Group (New Member)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Knight, David L., Montana, 460th Avionics Maintenance Squadron (Renewal)

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Name:  Jonas Racheff,  (MACV Headquarters)                  Jul 16, 2009
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Comments:  I was stationed at the MAVC Headquaters at Tan Son Nhut, after it opened in 1967.  I am searching for someone who whitnessed a grenade attack on the open air cafe/bar where the ARVN troops liked to gather across from the main entrance to the airbase.  Probably sometime after Aug 1967.

Thank you,

Jonas Racheff

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Beyette, Peter F., New York, 6922nd Security Wing, Det 5 (Renewal)
2.  Scott, Robert A., Virginia, Unit Supply Officer and Finance Officer  (Renewal and a Donation)

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Name:  Nicholas F. Tkachuk,  (Team 5, Det 1, 5th Comm Sq, 315th Air Div, Combat Cargo)             Jul 14, 2009
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Comments:  My name is Nicholas F. Tkachuk.  I am trying to locate A2C Robert Duran, who served with me at Tan Son Nhut in Nov and Dec 1962.

We were on Team #5, Det 1, 5th Comm Sq, 315th Air Division (Combat Cargo) .  I know that he lived in California.

I know his AF serial number but will not list it here.

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Kolodziej, Edward T., Massachusetts, Oceanographic Air Survey Unit, US Navy  (Renewal and a Donation)
2.  Skea, Richard B., Washington, 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing (Renewal and a Donation)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Lyons, David L., Ohio, 255th Signal Det., 56th Trans. Co., 765th Trans. BN., US Army (Renewal)

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Name:  George Plunkett,  (1961st Communications Group)                Jul 12, 2009
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Comments:  Are you interested in finding out what Ship or Unit awards and campaign medals your ship/unit received?

Please go to URL:    http://www.usshorne.net/horne/images/ribbons/opnavnote1650.pdf

First click on 'List of Awards and Abbreviations' to see what each abreviation signifies, then ...

(click on Encl (3) for Ships
click on Encl (4 )or Units - and follow the instructions explicitly)

Please be advised that this is a pdf file and might take a bit longer to download depending on the speed of your computer.  It is a large file.

Many of you have asked me for this information.

Many thanks,

George Plunkett

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Name:  Wayne Krueger,  (Contractor at MACV, DAO)                Jul 12, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  Nice site, I wish I had found it earlier.  I worked as a civilian contractor at the old MACV, then DAO site from 1973 - 1975.

I was employed by ITT/FEC.

Am I eligible to join this assiocation?

Thanks,

Wayne Krueger

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  Wayne, you are elgible to join the Tan Son Nhut Association.  I will send you a private email.

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Name:  Tom Rosinski,  (7th Air Force Plans, Administrative NCOIC)              Jul 12, 2009
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Comments:  Just got time to look through the July Revetments and found A1C Brogdon's poem very interesting and reminded me of days some 41 years ago.  He mentioned the rocket hit on the old BX.   Well that became the offices of Hq 7AF Plans after they fixed the hole.  Where the rocket hit was the offices of Col Bottonly, Director of 7AF Plans.  The building was in renovation at the time of the 68 TET Offensive.

As he stated in his poem the TET Offensive put a slow down on things at Tan Son Nhut.  I have a photo of the old BX and my work place for about 9 months at TSN.

Good job on the poem.  Enjoyed it.

Thanks for including it in the Revetments.

Tom Rosinski

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Anisko, Robert G., Pennsylvania, 6220th Air Police Squdron (Renewal)
2.  Brown, Charles V., Maryland, HQ 7th Air Force (Renewal and a Donation)
3.  Brown, Randall W., Indiana, OL1508 Postal and Courier (Renewal and a Donation)
4.  Dick, Richard Charles, Nevada, 377th Combat Support Group (USUT) (New Member)
5.  Hickman, Michael B., Virginia, U.S. Army Mortuary (Renewal)
6.  Kahlmorgan, Robert G., Indiana, Mail Room (Renewal)
7.  Linnemann, Robert B., Maryland, 8th Aerial Port (Traffic Analysis) (Renewal)
8.  McClellan, Thomas W., New York, 460th AMS (Renewal and a Donation)
9.  Remington, Randall J., New Jersey, 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, NCOIC (Renewal)
10.  Rose, David F., Washington, 377th Security Police Squadron (Renewal)
11.  Stein, Frederick A., Minnesota, 12th and 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Sq. (Renewal)
12.  Temple, Robin J., New York, 460th Field Maintenance Sq. (Renewal for five years and a Donation)
13.  Zohn, Esward W., Pennsylvania, 19th Air Command Squadron, (Renewal)

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Name:  Larry Fry  (Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON)                   Jul 08, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  The July issue of the Tan Son Nhut Association newsletter, REVETMENTS is now available on the TSNA website, using the following link:    http://members.cox.net/72452/revetments/mainpage.html

Welcome Home!

Larry E. Fry
VP, TSNA
Editor Revetments

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Name:  Walt D'Ambrosio  (460th Avionics Maintenance Squadron)                Jul 08, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  

Vietnam Veterans
Welcome Home Ceremony


Fort Campbell, Kentucky
1400 Hours, 16 August 2009

MG Jeffrey J. Schloesser, CG 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) has announced a Welcome Home Ceremony for Vietnam Veterans during the Week of the Eagle at Fort Campbell Kentucky on Sunday 16 August 2009.

Vietnam Veterans from ALL units, branches and services are invited to participate in this very special opportunity.  Vietnam Veterans will have the rare privilege of receiving the same welcome home that every member of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) receives when they return from the war on terrorism.

To participate, everyone is to enter Fort Campbell, KY at Gate 7 on Sunday 16 August 2009 and assemble in casual patriotic attire no later than 1400 Hours CST (2:00 PM) at the Freedom Fighter Gymnasium near the 4th BCT (506th Currahee) headquarters.

Buses at the Freedom Fighter Gymnasium will transport everyone to and from Hangar 3.  At Hangar 3, family and friends will assemble inside while the Vietnam Veterans form and dress right dress outside the hangar.

The grand moment will be when the hangar doors open to the sound of patriotic music, banners, cheers and tears.  The Vietnam Veterans will be greeted by our new Commanding General, MG John F Campbell (former Commander 1st Bde 82nd Abn Div), families, friends and other patriots.  What a memorable moment!  I am a veteran of the Vietnam War and it touches me deeply to know that our Commanding General has made this special effort to include the Vietnam Veteran in the same honors given to our active duty Soldiers.

After the Hangar 3 ceremony, buses will return everyone to the Freedom Fighter Gymnasium (air-conditioned) and a sit down free Bar-B-Q meal for the Vietnam Veteran and one guest.  The Golden Rule Smokehouse Restaurant is donating the meals.

To confirm (1) how many will attend the ceremony (2) to reserve a meal for yourself and one guest, (3) your branch of service and (4) handicap needs, please call the Hopkinsville-Christian County Chamber of Commerce at (270) 885-9096 or email akrohn@hopkinsvillechamber.com NLT 9 August 2009.  Also, please show your appreciation to the Golden Rule Smokehouse Restaurant  http://www.goldenrulebbq.com/stores.php for their generosity to the Vietnam Veterans.  The website listing the Week of the Eagle activities is  http://www.fortcampbellmwr.com/woe/

While at the WOE, be sure to visit the 101st Airborne Division Association office at 32 Screaming Eagle Blvd near Gate 4

So, plan your trip, confirm your attendance, come to Fort Campbell, visit the 101st Airborne Division Association office and celebrate the Week of the Eagle with other veterans and members of our active duty Screaming Eagle family.

Joe R Alexander, President
101st Airborne Division Association

Mary Brenner
Membership
101st Airborne Division Association
PO Box 929
Fort Campbell, KY 42223
(931) 431-0199 ext 35
Fax (931) 431-0195
assocmemberinfo@comcast.net

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Tan Son Nhut Association
Scatback Personnel
2009 Reunion
October 15 - October 18, 2009

Military and Civilian Employee's that were assigned to, or came thru Tan Son Nhut, Air Base, Republic of Vietnam 1959 - 1975

 * Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is the destination
 * Dollywood Theme Park
 * Ripleys Aquarium Of The Smokies
 * Music Theaters
 * Restaurants
 * Shopping Outlets
 * Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 *  Guest speaker:

LT Mike Thornton, U.S. Navy, SEAL Advisor, (Ret,) Recipient – Medal of Honor

Thornton

Thornton's Citations is at URL:
 http://www.specialoperations.com/MOH/thornton.html


Mini-symposiums, will be publicized as plans are finalized

 Meet your Veteran Brothers and Sisters



 Point of Contact TSNA:
 George Plunkett
 Email:  

 Point of Contact Scatback:
 Bob Laymon
 Email:  
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Registration and Check-in:  Identify yourself with the TSNA - Scatback 2009 Reunion, to get this special room rate.

You do not have to be a member to attend.

MainStay Suites Hotel
410 Pine Mountain Road
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee  37863

Toll Free:  1-888-428-8350
Fax:  1-865-428-5217

Room Rate:  $ 102.00 per night, plus tax

Check-in Thursday, Oct 15, 2009, 3:00 p.m.

TSNA 2009 reunion cost will be $130.00 per person, the same as last year.

This cost covers the expense of the hospitality suite, Saturday night banquet dinner, Sunday morning buffet breakfast and travel expenses for our honored guests.

 Breakfast:  Free Deluxe Continental.

 Banquet Dinner will be:

 A Smoky Mountain Luau  Tropical Fruits with a Pina Colada Dip, Fresh Tossed Greens with Condiments and Honey-Lime Dressing.

Feaures a Slow Roasted Whole Hog, Baked Tilapia with a Ginger/Soy Glaze, and Sweet & Sour Pineapple Grilled Chicken Breast.

Served with Boiled Red Potatoes, Vegetable Medley and Key Lime Pie for Dessert.

 A Refreshing Tropical Fruit Punch is served along with Tea and Coffee.

 We'll See You There!


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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Chaffee, Bob A., Florida, Base Chaplain (Renewal)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Marino, Joseph F., Connecticut, 12th Reconnissance Intelligence Technical Squadron (New Member)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Donnelly, William E., New Jersey, 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing (A&E) (New Member)

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Name:  Ronald Smith  (460th Field Maintenance Squadron)                Jun 22, 2009
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Comments:  My name is Ronald Smith. I'm looking for anyone that was stationed at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Feb 1970 to Feb 1971, who worked in the 460th Field Maintenance Squadron, sheetmetal shop.

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Name:  George Plunkett,  (1961st Communications Group)                Jun 24, 2009
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Comments:  Fellow Members:

We have reserved 50 rooms at the MainStay Suites for this year's reunion.  Our POC there reports that less than 20 rooms have been reserved as of today for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  If you plan on attending what we think will be an outstanding event this year, PLEASE make your reservations at the MainStay Suites AND mail me your Reunion Registration Form as soon as possible.

Many thanks,

George Plunkett

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  As of midnight tonight, the Tan Son Nhut Association Members have 111 days till the TSNA 2009 Reunion in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Gatlinburg, Tennessee are only two miles apart and both cities are tourist attractions year round.

I also recommend that now is the time to make your reservations at the MainStay Suites and to mail George Plunkett your reunion registration form.

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Donnelly, Lawrence G., New Jersey, 460th Field Maintenance Squadron (Renewal)
2.  Duval, Richard , Massachusetts, 460th Field Maintenance Squadron (Renewal)
3.  Sanders, David W. Sr., California, 377th Civil Engineer Squadron (Renewal and Donations)

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Name:  Gary Trobeck  (377th Security Police Squadron)                Jun 22, 2009
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Comments:  Charles;

Haven’t talked to you in sometime, hope all is well with you.  I just wanted to touch base with you on "The Last Flight of Shadow 78."

I remember this evening very well.  I was the “C Flight” guard on duty with the AC-119’s that tragic night.  Lt. Lubbers and I attended basic together at Lackland.  He was my Squad Leader.  After basic, he went to OCS and I became a Security Policeman.  One of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet.

I was talking to a couple of the ground crew and they looked up and saw Lt. Lubbers walking their way.   One said, “We better get busy, here comes Lt. Lubbers.”  I said would that happen to be Thomas Lubbers and they acknowledged yes it is.

I then hollered out a nickname that was attached to him by our Drill Instructor in basic training and heard this laugh and he came back with “that has to be Trobeck.”

This is the first we had seen each other since basic.  We became good friends in basic and found out we only lived about an hour apart.  We made plans to get together the next day to chat and catch up over a beer or two.  You know the rest of the story.

Hope things are well with you.  39 years later and it is as fresh as yesterday.  I try to visit the Guest Book at least once a week to keep up and see what is going on.

Have a great day and God Bless!

Gary L. Trobeck

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  On the night of April 28, 1970, Lt. Thomas L. Lubbers, pilot of "Shadow 78" and five other crewmembers on his aircraft died as a result of a crash.

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Name:  Ronald Smith                       Jun 20, 2009
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Comments:  Gee man, thats it !!!!

It is exactly the way that I remembered the wreckage scene and all.  I remember the dead pilots bodies but could figure how many.  This certainly can be the help needed for my PTDS claim.

I will research a little bit on the author and give it a shot to the VA.

I definitely want to thank you brother Penley.

Why didn't the military records record this and put in our folders?

I guess all of us Viet Nam vets are going through the same thing in having to do our own search for records to back up our claims.

Thank You once again and may God bless you and your family,



Ronald Smith

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Name:  Charles Penley  (377th Security Police Squadron)                 Jun 19, 2009
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Comments:  Ronald Smith, a possible answer to your question about a downed aircraft in the early months of 1970 is at URL:    http://www.ac-119gunships.com/stories/story10.htm

If it is the aircraft you are seeking the webpage is full of names, dates and what happened.

Your friend,

Charles Penley

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Name:  Ronald Smith                       Jun 19, 2009
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Comments:  Hello! my name is Ronald J. Smith and I was stationed at Tan Son Nhut Airbase from Feb 1970 to Feb 1971.

I am having a hard time with the VA Administration over my claim for PTSD.

I worked in the sheetmetal shop and need to hear from anybody that was there at that time.

The main incident was when a detail of us Air Force personel was sent on a scret detail to retrieve a downed aircraft at a crash site not far from Tan Son Nhut during the early months of 1970.

I can be reached at the email address above or phone:  (913) 299-3667

VA file# 29 656 552

Thank you,

Ronald Smith

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Name:  Gene Hyden                       Jun 19, 2009
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Comments:  Hi TSN Brother!

My apologies for not responding quickly, to thank you for the maps!  I was out of town for a few days and didn't pick up my mail for a few days after I returned.   The maps are a TREMENDOUS help with out history project!  The main value is in their dates; they show what was there THEN, and when matched up with wikimapia Vietnam - Dong Nam Bo Ho Chi Minh City they make a significant 40-year comparison.

Ya gotta believe in "werendipity" ... In searching TSN websites, we've found "other" things of interest; for example, on your site, we noted a few Hq 7AF Intell guys, and in the process of contacting them we found that one (Gil Estrada) had been in OUR detachment in Korea ... and he lives in Biloxi, about 75 miles from me!  As if that wasn't enough, we learned that he had grown up in New Orleans, gone to college here, and only moved to Biloxi in 1981.

We plan to hook up in a few weeks.

So ... thanks on many levels ... Thanks for the maps (!!), and thanks for the Tan Son Nhut Association and thanks for the website!  "Ya done good!"

Gene Hyden

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Fitzpatrick, Thomas H., Florida, 8th Aerial Port (Renewal)

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Name:  Jim Gropper  (97th Artillery Group, Alpha Battery)                Jun 16, 2009
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Comments:  Just found another old Tan Son Nhut man.

Anybody that was there around 1963 ore 1964 remember a Bobby Dixon?  Don't know what unit he was in, except he was Air Force (CMSgt Ret).

Thought I would find out if any of his old friends are still about.  He might like to renew old friendships.

I am going to see if I can get him to join the TSNA.

Sincerely,

Jim Gropper

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Frank, William, Wisconsin, 460th Field Maintenance Squadron (New Member)
2.  Longpre, Terence, Florida, 377th Supply Squadron (SEA Mobile EOD) (Renewal)
3.  Moyer, Philip M., California, 7th Air Force Headquarters, (Awards and Decorations) (Renewal)

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Name:  Michael Lynn,                      Jun 14, 2009
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Comments:  Hi:  I do not know if anyone will get this, but I had a question.

My father served in both Viet Nam and the PI's in 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965.  He passed away from Agent Orange Lymphoma 10 years ago.  My mother has also passed on.

My family and I have wondered where my dad might have served in Viet Nam.  We know that he used to drive a motorcycle and check on cut lines .. among other things.

I remember going to the 1961st Building and seeing the teletype machines working in the PI's.  We lived on Clark Airbase for 2 1/2 years.  Loved it there.

My dad was a Staff Sargent named Alfred Lynn.

Thanks for any help you could be.

Michael Lynn

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  Michael, please go to the US Government web page at URL:      http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/

It is the National Personnel Records Center, located in St Louis, MO.  That is where all the USAF Records are archived.

Click on the Military Personnel Records and it will take you to another web page and then it will explain how you can obtain your fathers 201 File.  The 201 File will give all the bases that your father was stationed at.

Plaque Penley

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Cary, Earl C., Missouri, 33rd ABRON  (Renewal and upgraded to Life Membership)
2.  Schultz, Gene, Wisconsin, Detachment 1, 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Scatback (Renewal)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association is sad to inform you of the passing of one of our Tan Son Nhut Association Members, John W. Heitzman, 1876th Communications Squadron, May 15, 2009.

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Rumfelt, William, Texas, 377th Civil Engineer Squadron (Renewal for five years)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Akins, Charles G., Ohio, 377th Security Police Squadron (Renewal)
2.  Starke, Richard A., North Dakota, 12th Reconnaissance Intelligence Technical Squadron (Renewal and a Donation)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association is sad to inform you of the passing of one of our Tan Son Nhut Association Members, CMSgt Hugh S. Ames, HQ 7th Air Force, NCOIC Plans, Jun 2009.

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Tan Son Nhut Association
Scatback Personnel
2009 Reunion
October 15 - October 18, 2009

Military and Civilian Employee's that were assigned to, or came thru Tan Son Nhut, Air Base, Republic of Vietnam 1959 - 1975

 * Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is the destination
 * Dollywood Theme Park
 * Ripleys Aquarium Of The Smokies
 * Music Theaters
 * Restaurants
 * Shopping Outlets
 * Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 *  Guest speaker:

LT Mike Thornton, U.S. Navy, SEAL Advisor, (Ret,) Recipient – Medal of Honor

Thornton

Thornton's Citations is at URL:
 http://www.specialoperations.com/MOH/thornton.html


Mini-symposiums, will be publicized as plans are finalized

 Meet your Veteran Brothers and Sisters



 Point of Contact TSNA:
 George Plunkett
 Email:  

 Point of Contact Scatback:
 Bob Laymon
 Email:  
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Registration and Check-in:  Identify yourself with the TSNA - Scatback 2009 Reunion, to get this special room rate.

You do not have to be a member to attend.

MainStay Suites Hotel
410 Pine Mountain Road
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee  37863

Toll Free:  1-888-428-8350
Fax:  1-865-428-5217

Room Rate:  $ 102.00 per night, plus tax

Check-in Thursday, Oct 15, 2009, 3:00 p.m.

TSNA 2009 reunion cost will be $130.00 per person, the same as last year.

This cost covers the expense of the hospitality suite, Saturday night banquet dinner, Sunday morning buffet breakfast and travel expenses for our honored guests.

 Breakfast:  Free Deluxe Continental.

 Banquet Dinner will be:

 A Smoky Mountain Luau  Tropical Fruits with a Pina Colada Dip, Fresh Tossed Greens with Condiments and Honey-Lime Dressing.

Feaures a Slow Roasted Whole Hog, Baked Tilapia with a Ginger/Soy Glaze, and Sweet & Sour Pineapple Grilled Chicken Breast.

Served with Boiled Red Potatoes, Vegetable Medley and Key Lime Pie for Dessert.

 A Refreshing Tropical Fruit Punch is served along with Tea and Coffee.

 We'll See You There!


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Name:  Dave Koopman,  (460th Field Maintenance Squadron)                Jun 06, 2009
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Comments:   Minnesota Honors Vietnam Era Veterans

Join the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs and the Minnesota Veterans community on June 13, 2009 at the State Capitol grounds as Minnesota Honors Vietnam Era Veterans, an event to celebrate, remember and honor all Veterans who served during the Vietnam era.   http://www.mnhonorsvietnamvets.org/index.htm

David E. Koopman
TSNA Life Member

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Name:  Janice Jones                       June 06, 2009
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Comments:

Today is the 65th Anniversary of D-Day.  Please reflect on the meaning of this day.

"Thank you for your service to our country."

Sincerely,

Janice Jones

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Name:  Pete Burgett,                 Jun 05, 2009
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Comments:  Tan Son Nhut Association Members,

My name is Peter Burgett and my Fathers'name is David Mathew Burgett and I want to know if anyone, anywhere, has any info on him as a friend or fellow combatant.  He was a door gunner and and had some great stories to tell.  I know he had a sign that said "THIS PAD BELONGS TO THE PAPA GATER".  I will find out what unit he was in when I get a chance.  He is a man that does not need sympathy or charity, he only needs to be recognized for his duty in Vietnam.I was in the Corps and proud of my service to my country but it was nothing compared to what my Father and the rest you went through.  No one gave you a cheer when you got home.  You were called horrible names.  Only those who were there know what happened.  He has Lou Gehrig's disease and does not have much time.  I only wish I had found this web site earlier.

Please email me any info you can.

Thank you,

Pete Burgett

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Name:  Julian R. Mitchell,                 Jun 05, 2009
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Comments:  To All At the Tan Son Nhut Association (TSNA),

I would like to say that you have an outstanding website.  Keep up the good work.

As with many South East Asia (SEA) Veterans I am involved with attempting to prove my Agent Orange Connection to the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  I hope that you and the membership will support me in this endeavor.  I would like to contact a few of the folks that have written to TSNA and ask for supporting information concerning the billeting area for transiting personnel going on R & R.  This may help to establish that I had feet on the ground in the Republic of South Viet Nam (RSVN).

I was there twice.  I was inbound to Tan Son Nhut Air Base (TSN) from Thailand in the third week of November and outbound to Royal Thai Air Force Base Don Muang in the fourth week of November 1969.  I was stationed at RTAFB Korat Thailand flying as a Combat Information Monitor (CIM) on EC-121R Constellation (3 Tailed Connies) aircraft.  I was a three striper at the time.   It's been virtually impossible contacting any of the aircrew that I flew with.  I still have the aircrew photo and name list but, I am not having much luck.  I would greatly appreciate support from you and the membership where possible.

Respectfully from a Fellow Veteran,

Julian R. Mitchell
USAF Retired

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Name:  Roger Beaty,  (377th Security Police Squadron)               Jun 05, 2009
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Comments:   June 6, 2009 is the 65th anniversary of D-Day and the landings at Normandy

US European Command Public Affairs:  Follow our D-Day 65th Anniversary stories, photos and videos on our web site at  http://www.eucom.mil/dday65

On twitter:

US EUCOM:   http://twitter.com/US_EUCOM - Director of Public Affairs, US European Command

Lt Col Jeff Robinson:   http://twitter.com/jeffrobinson - Chief of Social Media, U.S. European Command Public Affairs

US EUCOM PA: John Tomassi -  http://twitter.com/paojohn Stuttgart, GE

David Druckenmiller, Atlanta Film Producer:   http://twitter.com/druckenmiller David is at the Normandy Commemoration with Col Frank Naughton, USA (Retired) who jumped into Normandy on June 6, 1944 as Lt Naughton, 82nd Airborne Division, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment

I'm on twitter at:   http://twitter.com/kentbeatty

Sincerely,

Roger "Kent" Beaty

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Entress, Garry W., Texas, 377th Supply Squadron (Registered Equipment Management Section) (Renewal)

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Name:  Mike Gaynor,  (Det 11, 1131st Special Activities Squadron)               Jun 02, 2009
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Comments:  Hi Gene,

I was with Det 11, 1131st Special Activities Squadron at Tan Son Nhut 1972 - 1973.  I don't know if our units crossed paths or not.

If my memory serves me, the VNAF Officers Club was just inside the fence between the Main Gate and heading toward the civilian terminal.  I kind of remember a cemetery, or something that reminded me of one nearby.  I also remember animals, like cows, grazing there.

We did our classified burn behind the BX and between the 1100 & 1200 areas.  I think the VNAF Comm Center was in there too.  There were some incinerators back in there somewhere.  That was a hot and dirty job.  The ash would stick to the sweat, and you would sweat like crazy from the sun and heat from the fire.  There was no shade and no place to get anything to drink.

I remember a story about the base commander driving his car around on the base perimeter one night with his headlights off.  As the legend went, his car was crushed by a Security Police armored vehicle.  When he got out of his wrecked staff car, he started chewing out some young first-termer.  An angry Chief MSgt supposedly stepped in, told the commander he was in violation of security by being on the perimeter.  The Chief added that if he didn't leave quietly, he would be arrested or shot, whichever he preferred.  Now I'm pretty sure that this story was either just a legend or an embellished version of events, but it sure made the rounds and it's definitely still funny.

I hope this info helps. Let me know.

Mike Gaynor

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Name:  Larry Fry  (Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON)                   May 01, 2009
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Comments:  The June issue of the Tan Son Nhut Association newsletter, REVETMENTS is now available on the TSNA website, using the following link:    http://members.cox.net/72452/revetments/mainpage.html

Welcome Home!

Larry E. Fry
VP, TSNA
Editor Revetments

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Name:  Gene Hyden,                      May 31, 2009
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Comments:  I've been a recent visitor to the TSNA site, and found your TET 68 Base Map ... what a terrific aid for our research!

I believe I asked you previously about expanding the map to cover the entire base, but since then we've done a lot more research, and are even considering the task of expanding the map ourselves.  As you said, that would be a monumental task!  However ... I thought I'd ask you if you have ANY further map coverage, especially to the NORTH & EAST of your published map.

There ARE other maps of the TSN/Saigon area on-line, but the major drawback to them is the lack of a key; they have buildings numbered, but not identified!  (In particular, there is "Tan Son Nhut Graphic Map" at  http://www.qsl.net/wb0ydi/maptsn.html  and "Saigon Facilities Map" at  http://vietnamresearch.com/history/bases/t_saig1.gif  (through at least ...saig8).

We are familiar with the Deja Vu Vietnam series on YouTube, and the 6994th Security Squadron website, as well as scattered other sites that describe parts of TSN during the war.  We are planning to submit our "generic" info on TSN to the TSNA when it's complete, skipping (of course) anything regarding our operations (we were Det 6, 6499th Special Activities Group, later re-named Det 6, 1021st USAF Field Activities Squadron).  Not to be confused (as it was "in the day") with the 6994th Security Squadron (a USAFSS unit).  The confusion spread because the 6994th was located INSIDE the 7AF complex, & we were immediately ACROSS THE STREET from it!

Other questions we've been wrestling with:

1.  Where was the VNAF Base Commander's office (Base Hq)?  (I was at TSN when the USAF "Base Commander" got his rear end chewed royally by the VNAF BASE COMMANDER, for issuing a memo with the "Base Commander" signature block -- he was told in no uncertain terms that HE (the VNAF Colonel) was the "real" Base Commander!

2,  Also, where was the VNAF Officers Club?  Most famous/infamous for the "Snake Pit" ("lounge"), where many an FNG was introduced to the local bar customs, but also for a truly memorable Chinese resturant.  I remember it was down the street past the 8th Aerial Port, but I can't find a logical spot for it on Google Earth or other sources.

3.  Where was the incinerator, where classified documents were destroyed?   I went out there a few times, but I have no idea of where it was.  Kinda beyond the boonies, as I recall.

4.  Do you have details of the locations of base permiter defense?

Sorry, I kinda "unloaded" on you!  We are compiling an all-encompassing history of our units throughout the Far East, from its inception during the Korean War ... units in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines,Thailand, and Vietnam, plus its eventual headquarters in Hawaii!

We plan to end our search in 1976, after the end of the Vietnam Adventure.

Your help will be greatly appreciated!

Gene Hyden (in New Orleans)
TSN 1970 - 1971

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Name:  Richard "Dick" Willis,                      May 30, 2009
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Comments:  I married the widow of an E-6 U.S. Navy man, CTR1 Walter Ray Woods Jr. (Woody).  He was killed when the plane he was in (C2A) out of Cubi Point, PI exploded enroute to Tan Son Nhut on December 12, 1971.

I am trying to find out anything I can from anyone who was there in Tan Son Nhut who may have information about the disaster.

I am trying to get his name and the others who lost their lives that day on the Vietnam Memorial Wall here in Washington, D.C.

Since the plane went down outside the imaginary lines drawn in the waters around Vietnam, I need information from anyone on what the mission of the Cryptologic Technicians (CTs) was that day.

I know they did not just fly to Tan Son Nhut for a mail delivery or flight hours.

There were a total of ten men on that plane.  Pilot, Co-pilot, two crewmen and 6 CT's.

I am sure the four men who were not CTs probably were bringing something to Tan Son Nhut other than the CTs but I believe they (the CTs) were on there way there to catch another aircraft for further transfer to the USS Enterprise which had just been turned around and headed to the Indian Ocean.

I need to know if anyone attending this October event knows the missing piece(es) to the puzzle.

I know that's where they were going but I can not prove it yet.  I have been working on this for about 3 years and am running into a brick wall.

If you could please bring this up at the meeting to see if anyone has useful information, I would greatly appreciate it.

Woody has grown daughters now that I adopted and he has 4 beautiful grandkids.  I want to have his name on the wall because I know it belongs there along with the rest of the men who perished that day.   If anyone knows anything they can call me at (301) 424-5635 or send the E-mail above.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Dick

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Doster, William G., Connecticut, 377th Security Police Squadron (New Member)

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Name:  Melissa Klinzing,                      May 26, 2009
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Comments:  I just discovered your website, because I’ve been searching the web for any information on the Thomas Klinzing we found listed on the Vietnam Memorial.  Our last name is so unusual that I never expected to find it on the Wall.  My mom and I had no idea who that person was, but both stood there and broke out in tears.  I’d love to send a word of thanks to the family and see if we’re related.   Is there any way to get in touch with them?  Their posting was from December 2002.

Thanks for any help you can offer.  The website is quite moving.

Melissa Klinzing

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association has Thomas Lee Klinzing listed on the Memorial web page.  I will send you a detailed email in a few minutes.

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Baston, Emory L., Georgia, 1876th Communications Squadron (New Member)
2.  Howell, Don P., Texas, 377th Security Police Squadron (Renewal)
3.  Love, Terry M., Kansas, 1st Signal Brigade (USA), Aviation Section (Renewal and a Donation)

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Name:  Henry "Hank" Weinzier,                     May 25, 2009
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Comments:  To all those who served, past and present, I salute you!

Hank Weinzierl
377th Security Police Squadron
June 1969 - June 1970.

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Name:  Tom Rosinski,  (7th Air Force Plans, Administrative NCOIC)              May 25, 2009
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Comments:  To all out there who served, thank you for helping to keep this GREAT COUNTRY free!

Aren't we lucky to have the TSNA web site where we can communicate with our military friends and supports of the TSNA.

Hope every one has a happy and safe Memorial Day.

A special thanks to Janice for her Memo of Appreciation.  What a nice gesture on her part.

Also thanks for the reminder on the coming Reunion.   Hope to see you all there.

Welcome Home!

Tom Rosinski

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Name:  Terry Longpre  (377th Supply Squadron (SEA Mobile EOD)                 May 24, 2009
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Comments:

Memorial Day
May 25, 2009


Memorial Day is fast approaching.  For most folks it’s the official start of summer, for others it’s a day to go shopping for great deals.  What does Memorial Day represent to me personally?

It is the day in which we commemorate those who have served and died in the military.

Last year at this time, as you may remember I, along with some close friends and others who we didn’t even know made a 1,200 mile motorcycle run from Bradenton to Daytona and up to Washington DC to participate in “Rolling Thunder”.

If your not familiar with Rolling Thunder it was started back in 1988 when Artie Muller and Ray Manzo, got their families and friends (2,500) together and rode to Washington, right up to the Capitol steps to demonstrate their disapproval of how the government was handling America’s Missing in Action, Prisoners of War and the recovery of remains of those lost in battle.

The message to the government was simple, “located and bring back the MIA’s and the remains of the KIA’s (Killed In Action) to be respectfully honored and buried properly.

The name “Rolling Thunder” came from the noise that the 2,500 original motorcycles made when the engines were revved up in front of the Capitol.  The noise was similar to that made by the sustained bombing campaign called “Operation Rolling Thunder” which occurred in Vietnam from 1965 through 1968.

Last year the number of bikes that participated numbered somewhere between 350,000 and 400,000.  There is no way to actually figure the percentage of Vietnam veterans who participated, but it was very high.   A lot of those who were not Vietnam vets were children, grandchildren and friends of veterans.

So as you celebrate Memorial Day, remember to go by a local cemetery and say a prayer for those that have "given their all" for this great country.  As a matter of fact, thank everyone who has been in the military, past and present.

Last years ride was something that I will never be able to repeat.  For those of us who participated, it was our Welcome Home Parade.  The experience was an emotional rollercoaster ride which we experienced and I still feel to this day, as I will the rest of my life.

It was the start of a long overdue healing process and the continuation of my first trip to the Wall years ago with Sue and Travis.

For those who were “in country” and may not have been to the Wall, GO.  It is an experience that you will never forget they rest of your life.

For those of you who have a flag pole in your yard, don't forget to fly your American Flag at half staff on Memorial Day (May 25th) from sunrise to noon.  Memorial Day is only one of four days authorized by the government throughout the year as a day to fly the American Flag at half staff.

I would like to end with this statement, “God bless America and God bless those in uniform".

Terry

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Name:  Chuck Howell  (377th Security Police Squadron)                  May 24, 2009
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Comments:  It was great reading the bulletin board and the history associated with the Tet attacks.  My name is Charles Howell stationed at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, July 1970 thru June 1971.

I would like to hear from any old “war” buddies.

Sincerely,

Chuck Howell

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Name:  Mike DeTuccio  (377th Air Police Squadron)                 May 24, 2009
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Comments:  All you VETS, and ACTIVE DUTY folks out there, I salute each and everyone of you.  Have a great Memorial weekend."

Sincerely,

Mike DeTuccio

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Name:  Janice Jones                       May 24, 2009
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Comments:

Hello Everyone,

To all the military men and women, this is the Memorial Day weekend and I want to say "Thank you for your service to our country."

Sincerely,

Janice Jones

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Name:  Harlan Hatfield   (460th AEMS (PMEL)               May 22, 2009
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Comments:  HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!!!     I want to pass on these words that were sent to me.

All, As I sit here, I'm trying to think of the words that appropriately convey my feelings to all my veteran buddies; Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, regular and reserves.   We've seen the elephant/tiger/varmint, we well know and understand the cost of freedom.  I've received a few messages, but none express the fullness of my feelings toward each of you.  Please accept my best heartfelt wishes to you all.  As small as my black little heart is, my love for all of you is larger than the universe as seen by the Hubble.  You know who you are - and so does Homeland Security.

Happy Memorial day to all of you, my brothers.  My life has been better for knowing each of you.  Thank you for standing up for our great nation, for millions world wide who you will never know who you are or what you have given them, for all those who will never appreciate the price you have paid for them, and for me and my family.  I know you would all do it again, as would I.  It's in our DNA as Americans.  Have a good weekend, don't burn the bones.  When you hit your knees tonight remember all our brothers who walk post, as we once did, tonight and will continue to do so every night.

May the Lord our God bless and keep all of you and yours, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Amen.

Harlan N. Hatfield

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Name:  John Mayfield  (13th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron)                May 20, 2009
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Comments:  I was just online last night looking at all the membership to see how many were from Wisconsin.  Then to see if there were any from 13th RTS who may have been there during my time frame from July 1964 to July 1965.

Fate has a funny way of presenting itself.  Today I decided to go and have my car washed.  When I arrived there were two cars in front of me.  As I sat there waiting my turn I noticed the truck in front of me had a Tan Son Nhut sticker in the rear window.  I jumped out of my car and ran up to introduce myself.  What are the chances of this person being in line at the same time as me be an association member.

I believe there are only about 10 of us from Wisconsin.  I have tonight sent him an e-mail.

The moral of this story is to get your sticker and wear it proudly as the person in front or back of you may be a Vietnam Vet.

It is my time of the year to go to the cemetery more often to visit with our Vets who are gone.

God has chosen us as Veterans to pass on the word.   I love this association and am proud to be a Vietnam Vet and part of the Tan Son Nhut association.

John F. Mayfield
Ret (USAF)

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Name:  Bob Laymon  (377th CAMS, Scatback T-39, Crew Chief)                May 19, 2009
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Comments:   Air Force Times
Lowe’s, Home Depot offer military deals

By Karen Jowers - Staff writer
Tuesday May 19, 2009

The nation’s two largest home improvement stores, Lowe’s and Home Depot, are again offering a 10-percent military discount for Memorial Day, starting Thursday.

Active-duty personnel, National Guard and reserve members, retirees, honorably discharged veterans and immediate family members of all those groups are eligible.  Customers who request the discount should show a valid military ID card or other proof of service.

The stores differ in their offers:

*  Lowe’s discount is offered from Thursday through May 25 on purchases up to $5,000.  That means the maximum discount will be $500.  The offer is good for in-store purchases only and it does not apply to online sales, previous sales, purchase of services or gift cards.

*  The Home Depot’s discount is offered in stores from Thursday through May 27 on purchases up to $2,000, for a $200 maximum discount.

Sincerely,

Bob Laymon

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Name:  Jim Dugan,  (178th Replacement Company, 90th Replacement Battalion, Camp Alpha)          May 19, 2009
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Comments:  This goes double to what Ted Dodge said.

I wear something everyday that proclaims my status as a Vietnam Veteran.  It may be a hat, a T-shirt, a belt buckle, or my Vietnam Veteran ring.

Maybe it's because we have reached the age when we all want to remember those days in the past, or maybe it's veteran pride in service.  Whatever it may be for each of us as individuals, we should never let the memory of that life experience fade away.

On Memorial Day, I will do what I do every year.  I will put on my ribbons and Vietnam unit designations, and join my VFW post in the observance of the day.   I hope that all who can will do the same.

We fought a fight there, and we fought a battle for acceptance when we came home.

It's something we have earned the right to do.

Jim Dugan
178th Repl. Co., 90th Repl. Bn.
US Army Vietnam - Camp Alpha
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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Bounds, Michael J., Mississippi, 178th Replacement Company, U.S. Army (Renewal)
2.  Bowen, John G., Florida, 834th Air Division, Headquarters Unit, Illustrator (Renewal)
3.  Earnest Tom A., Texas, 377th Combat Support Group (Renewal)
4.  Moll, Kenneth, Virginia, Det. I, 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing (Renewal)
5.  Price, John J., South Carolina, 377th Security Police Squadron (Renewal)
6.  Reed, James L., California, 7th AF Flt Ops, Scatback T-39 Instructor (Renewal for two years)
7.  Robeson, Robert F., Texas, Scatback T-39 Crew Chief, Flight Mechanic (Renewal)
8.  Seifert, Arnold A., Wisconsin, 377th Civil Engineering Sq. (Renewal)

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Name:  Ted Dodge  (377th Supply Squadron)                 May 17, 2009
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Comments:  Memorial Day is one week away.

Just as member, Terry Longpre reminded us all less than 2 weeks ago, I would again remind everyone with a flag pole - fly the flag on Memorial Day, and as he mentioned, fly them at half staff from sunrise to noon.

If you have military medals or ribbons proclaiming your status as a Vietnam Veteran, Memorial Day is a good day to wear them.  If you have hats, jackets, shirts, or any clothing proclaiming your status as a Vietnam Veteran why not wear that too?

Stand tall, walk proud, I know I will.  Let's let the world know we are proud to be Vietnam Veterans.

Sincerely,

Ted Dodge

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Name:  George Daigneault  (460th Field Maintenance Squadron)               May 17, 2009
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Comments:  Hi!  This is a link to a short video from local TV station.  I would like to share it with you and my fellow vets.

It's about a 4th grade elementry teacher Elaine Smith at Greenbush Elementry school in West Warwick R.I.

She has two sons in the Marines, serving in a war zone.  She teaches the kids how to fold the flag the right way and the meaning of the flag.

Go to:     http://www.projo.com/video/news-index.html?nvid=361800&shu=1  I hope you can see the video.  I wish all schools would teach this at an early age.

Best regards,

George Daigneault

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Name:  Craig Campen  (12th Reconnaissance Intelligence Technical Squadron, Photo Interpreter )          May 17, 2009
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Comments:  Newt Heisley (designer of the POW flag) died in Colorado Springs on Thursday (May 14, 2009).

Newspaper article at:    http://www.gazette.com/articles/flag-54230-heisley-newt.html

Best regards,

Craig

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Name:  Bob McHenry  (Det 6, 6th Aerial Port Squadron)                May 13, 2009
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Comments:  Hello, In Sep 1971 - 1972, I was assigned to Det 6, 6th Aerial Port Squadron at U-Tapao, Thailand.

I returned from an emergency leave in about July 1972 and immediately boarded a C-130 to Tan Son Nhut, VOCO (Verbal Orders of the Commanding Officer).

Since I was in Aerial Port Squadron, I got on/off without going through terminals.  Stayed with APS folks in their barracks for a week while coordinating some TDY/PCS orders on about 20 people reassigned from Vietnam to Thailand.

I cannot prove I was there unless I can find the person I stayed with in the barracks while his roommate was on leave.   He would probably remember me as some funny things occurred in the week.

I live in Enon, Ohio!

Seeking advice on finding someone in 8th APS.

Bob McHenry

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Salters, Alton M., Sr., South Carolina, 377th Security Police Squadron, December 1967 – December 1968 (New Member)

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Name:  Walt D'Ambrosio  (460th Avionics Maintenance Squadron)                May 11, 2009
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Comments:  Jerry, I just read your posting to the TSNA guest book.

Not sure if your condition is casued by agent orange exposure or not.  Check out the information on the VA pages at URL:     http://www1.va.gov/agentorange/

And if you aren't using the VA for the treatment of this issue, you might want to look into it.  Contact a VFW or American Legion Service Officer.  They can help you through the process.

And welcome home brother.

Walt D'Ambrosio

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  COHAGAN-COLEMAN, Anne, Texas, Daughter of Paul N. Cohagan, LT Col USAF (RET), 481st Tactical Fighter Squadron December 1962 – March 1963 and June 1964 – November 1965.  (New Member and a Life Member)

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Name:  Jerry White  (616th MASS (Supply Squadron)                May 09, 2009
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Comments:  I was in the 616th MASS(Supply SQ) at Tan Son Nhut from Aug 1967 to Aug 1968.  Col Ernest E. Triplett was the Commander.  Have you heard from anyone else from the same unit?

I loaded numerous barrels on aircraft,during that time as part of my job.  Yes,I was there during Tet 31 Jan 1968.

Served with last name Barger and others.

I am a new entry for the guest book.

I would like to know how extensive was the agent orange spray done on Tan Son Nhut?

I have had 7 Basal Cell Carcinoma taken off,while in service and out of service-total, at various times and Dermatologists keep blaming them all on the sun exposure as a kid, etc., BULL.  I've worn a hat the vast majority of my life, never even liked the beach.

According to my research, Basa Cell cancers can be caused by the sun OR Dioxins.

Can you tell me if anyone else in the 616th MASS or on the Base during this time has or is having these problems now?

Anyone check in that was in the same unit to the Tan Son Nhut Association Web Page?

Jerry White
TSgt, Retired

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  Jerry, please go to the following web page to see a chart of where Agent Orange was sprayed and how much was sprayed:    http://www.gmasw.com/ao_amts1.htm

Now you've got to remember that this was known and authorized sprays.

In two different quarters, the 377th Security Police Squadron, mentions in their historical records that chemicals could not be obtained thru normal procedures and had to revert to the bootleg method.

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Name:  Jim Gropper  (97th Artillery Group, Alpha Battery)                May 08, 2009
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Comments:  To answer Terry's question.

At my VFW post and also the city, we honor those who came before and those not with us any more.

Then we have a great dinner and tip a few to those that are in, God's domain.

The foods better than my cooking and yes I have a flag pole and my flag will be at half mast that day.

Let us all remember and "God Bless" the guys that are carrying on as are replacements.

Sincerely,

Jim Gropper

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Thompson, Melvin A., Alabama, 377th Munitions Maintenance Squadron, Bomb Dump (New Member)

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Name:  Joseph Foster  (19th Air Commando Squadron)                May 07, 2009
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Comments:  For:  19th Air Commando Squadron Veterans

As a USAF Major I flew the C-123B "Provider" with the 19th Air Commando Squadron from July 1966 to June 1967.

I lived in a Vietnamese house in Saigon with two other pilots Dick Kovack and Dave Robinette.

Both are deceased from Agent Orange complications.

My wife and I took a cruise in 2000 from Hong Kong to Singapore stopping in North Vietnam and many South Vietnamese coastal cities including Saigon.

I know of two 19th ACS pilots, John Cawood in Colorado Springs and Dick Nagle (Air Force Cross) in Virginia.

I definitely would like to learn of others who served with the 19th ACS in 1966-1967.

Best Wishes,

Joe Foster

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Name:  Terry Longpre  (377th Supply Squadron (SEA Mobile EOD)                 May 07, 2009
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Memorial Day
May 25, 2009


Memorial Day is fast approaching.  For most folks it’s the official start of summer, for others it’s a day to go shopping for great deals.  What does Memorial Day represent to me personally?

It is the day in which we commemorate those who have served and died in the military.

Last year at this time, as you may remember I, along with some close friends and others who we didn’t even know made a 1,200 mile motorcycle run from Bradenton to Daytona and up to Washington DC to participate in “Rolling Thunder”.

If your not familiar with Rolling Thunder it was started back in 1988 when Artie Muller and Ray Manzo, got their families and friends (2,500) together and rode to Washington, right up to the Capitol steps to demonstrate their disapproval of how the government was handling America’s Missing in Action, Prisoners of War and the recovery of remains of those lost in battle.

The message to the government was simple, “located and bring back the MIA’s and the remains of the KIA’s (Killed In Action) to be respectfully honored and buried properly.

The name “Rolling Thunder” came from the noise that the 2,500 original motorcycles made when the engines were revved up in front of the Capitol.  The noise was similar to that made by the sustained bombing campaign called “Operation Rolling Thunder” which occurred in Vietnam from 1965 through 1968.

Last year the number of bikes that participated numbered somewhere between 350,000 and 400,000.  There is no way to actually figure the percentage of Vietnam veterans who participated, but it was very high.   A lot of those who were not Vietnam vets were children, grandchildren and friends of veterans.

So as you celebrate Memorial Day, remember to go by a local cemetery and say a prayer for those that have "given their all" for this great country.  As a matter of fact, thank everyone who has been in the military, past and present.

Last years ride was something that I will never be able to repeat.  For those of us who participated, it was our Welcome Home Parade.  The experience was an emotional rollercoaster ride which we experienced and I still feel to this day, as I will the rest of my life.

It was the start of a long overdue healing process and the continuation of my first trip to the Wall years ago with Sue and Travis.

For those who were “in country” and may not have been to the Wall, GO.  It is an experience that you will never forget they rest of your life.

For those of you who have a flag pole in your yard, don't forget to fly your American Flag at half staff on Memorial Day (May 25th) from sunrise to noon.  Memorial Day is only one of four days authorized by the government throughout the year as a day to fly the American Flag at half staff.

I would like to end with this statement, “God bless America and God bless those in uniform".

Terry

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Name:  Michael Spylios  (377th Security Police Squadron)                May 07, 2009
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Comments:  I am new at this and would like to sign the guest book.

My name is Michael J. Spylios.  I was stationed at Tan Son Nhut from June 9, 1971 until June 9, 1972 and served proudly with the 377th Security Police Squadron.

I visit the Tan Son Nhut Association site from time to time to reminisce, and have only been aware of it since around 2005.  It is a heart warming site.

Thank you for allowing me to share my sentiments.

In Remembrance, There is Peace .........

Warmest Regards,

Michael

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Name:  Bob Laymon  (377th CAMS, Scatback T-39, Crew Chief)                May 07, 2009
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Comments:  It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of former Scatback squadron commander, Colonel Delmore L. "Del" Fessenden, 85, who died on Thursday, February 26, 2009.

Then-Lt Col "Del" Fessenden was a T-39 I.P., Ops Officer, then Commander of Det. 1, 460th TRW, Tan Son Nhut AB, RVN {a.k.a. Scatback} 1970 - 1971.

Obituary:     http://frenchmortuary.lifefiles.com/registryMain.php?i_memorialid=1235778065&override=1225377791&PHPSESSID=4142c62b74ad0869f4cc4506354cb423

Condolences:  Mrs. Sharon Fessenden, Albuquerque, NM
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Sincerely,

Bob Laymon

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Name:  Dale Borland  (377th Security Police Squadron)                May 06, 2009
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Comments:  Happy anniversary to all who were at Tan Son Nhut 41 years ago today, May 6th 1968.

Happy trails,

Dale (doc) Borland
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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Cervantes, James, Massachusetts, 360th Tactical Electronic Warfare (Renewal)
2.  Messer, Lowell B., Alabama, 6250th Combat Support Group (Renewal)
3.  Monahan, Gary F., Florida, 58th and 110th Transportation Co., MACV, US Army  (Renewal to five years and a Donation)
4.  Williams, Steven, Virginia, 8th Aerial Port Squadron (New Member)

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Name:  Lowell Grimaud                      May 04, 2009
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Comments:  Love your newsletter, "Revetments."

We just had the anniversay of the "Fall of Saigon."

Let me ask you a question.  Do you remember the C-130 that took a hit while on the Compass Rose during Tet?

Also, when the Chapel got hit, I understand that we lost some guys who were using it as a shelter???

Does anyone know how many guys ended up dead on the streets of Saigon trying to get into the base or other American facilities?

I lived off base, but was moved just prior to TET 1968

I did a couple of runs from my Operations building, down into Saigon to the BOQs to pickup guys and stuff???

Lowell

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  Lowell, I will send you an email in a few minutes.

Can any of the Tan Son Nhut Association Members answer any of Lowell's questions.

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Name:  Johnnie Jernigan,  (460th AEMS (Navigation Shop)                May 04, 2009
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Comments:  The Tan Son Nhut Association, Base Exchange has added two new items for sell.  Please go to URL:    http://www.tsna.org/tsnapxbx/index.html  The two new items have been placed at the top of the page.

Your Friend,

Johnnie Jernigan

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Name:  Anne Cohagan-Coleman                      May 03, 2009
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Comments:  Lt. Col. Paul N. Cohagan USAF retired, passed away November 11, 2005.  He served in Vietnam from 1965 to 1966 with the 481st Tactical Fighter Squadron at Tan Son Nhut.

Although he is no longer around I'd like to have him recognized and as his daughter, I thank each and every one of you for your service.

Just a note.  I'd been sent a video of a ceremony at the Vietnam Wall in DC where they were placing wreaths along the wall and the organization names were being called.  I didn't know there was a Tan Son Nhut Association and wanted to be sure to add Dad's info to the roster.  I just returned from the Super Sabre Society reunion in Vegas and will never forget those guys.

God speed and many thanks,

Anne Cohagan-Coleman

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to say "Thank You" for your father's service to our country in times of need.  I will send you an email in a few minutes.

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Name:  Larry Fry  (Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON)                   May 01, 2009
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Comments:   “ATTN:  TSNA Members with “Yahoo” addresses:  The mass mailing about the latest issue of Revetments that is sent out to ALL TSNA members who have internet addresses was sent out at 10:06 AM today.

After 7 hours, Yahoo has sent me a message that says efforts to get it delivered have failed, and it timed out.

We strive to get the word out that a new issue is available, but Yahoo addresses are becoming a problem.  34 of our members have Yahoo.”

Thanks.

Larry E. Fry
VP, TSNA
Editor

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Warrington, James M., Virginia, Chaplain, 377th Combat Support Group (Renewal)

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Name:  Larry Fry  (Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON)                   May 01, 2009
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Comments:  The May 2009 edition of Revetments, the Tan Son Nhut Association newsletter, is now available on the TSNA website by using this link:    http://members.cox.net/72452/revetments/mainpage.html

Larry E. Fry
VP, TSNA
Editor Revetments

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Speer, James R., Pennsylvania, 377th Security Police Squadron (Renewal)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association is sad to inform you of the passing of one of our Tan Son Nhut Association Members, Robert B. Atkin, 6994th Security Squadron, Feb 06, 2009.

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Name:  Thomas Leto,  (552nd Transportation)                 Apr 27, 2009
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Comments:  I was with 552nd Transportation, located next to Tan Son Nhut Air Base.  Has there ever been any contact from anyone in my unit?  I was their 1966 - 1967.

I was in the US Army,

Thomas Leto

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Name:  Andy Csordas,  (SCSD Detachment, Hotel-3 Heliport)                Apr 26, 2009
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Comments:  I just happened across the association while surfing recovering from knee surgury.  I served (US Army) at the SCSD detachment within the H-3 heliport next to Camp Alpha during 1970.

I am interested in the organization and the reunion.

Andy Csordas,
SP5, US Army

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Name:  Ronald Smith,  (19th Air Commando Squadron)                Apr 26, 2009
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Comments:  I am Ronald Smith.  I was in the 19th Air Commando Squadron in 1966 - 1967.

I have looked for sites to find things on the 19th ACS with no luck.  Tonight I found someone on your site who was there the same time I was.  I hope to make contact with him.  This type of site can help with the healing.

Sincerely,

Ronald Smith

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Flores, Gilberto, California, 315th Air Commando Group (Renewal)

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Name:  Tom DiGuglielmo,  (1876th Communications Squadron)                Apr 24, 2009
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Comments:  I finished reading Revetments as I always do and I remembered how I felt when I returned from Nam.

I had to catch a flight out of Oakland to SanDiego to see my wife and brand new daughter.  I was in uniform in the airport and I was treated worse than a leaper!  When I arrived at San Diego my wifes family was waiting at the airport for me and again I was treated terribly.  And I guess from that point on I only delt with family and the friends I worked with being as they were military also.

And I look back now since I'm fast approaching old age, that I have no contact with anyone I grew up with.

Never went to the reunions, stayed close with friends from the service and some of the air traffic controllers I worked with as a civilian since most of them were Viet Nam era vets.

I see the guys returning from Iraq and I am so proud of them and hope they relieze what a huge difference there is for them.

I believe we are a reminder of a bad time for this country and they would love to see us just disapear.

Sorry to ramble but as I read the postings from other members I start to remember myself and somethings we bury so deep when they come to the surface there is a lot of pain.

Anyway, keep up the good work, we are listening!!

Your Brother,

Tom DiGuglielmo
1876th Comm Sq
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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  Tom, let me say to you and all the members of the Tan Son Nhut Association, " Welcome Home!!! "  I believe that all Vietnam Veterans should heart that from time to time.

Thank you for you serving your country and helping preserve, "our Freedom and our way of life."

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Name:  George Plunkett,  (1961st Communications Group)                Apr 24, 2009
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Comments:  In the early days of WW II the Marine raiders attacked Makin Island and left behind 19 dead Marines after asking the islanders to make sure that they received a proper burial.

In 1999 the remains were discovered.

This is a touching tribute.

Semper Fidelis.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6f_FvZpm3g

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Waxman, Robert M., Indiana, 460th Armament and Electronic Maintenance Squadron, Aircraft Radio Maintenance (New Member)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Rumberg, Morton M., California, 377th Combat Support Group, TACC (Renewal)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Fairbank, Ronald D., New York, 33rd CAMRON, 2nd Air Division (Renewal)

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Name:  Ernie Mitchell  (505th Tactical Control Group)                 Apr 17, 2009
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Comments:  I was in the 505th Tactical Control Group.  Our barracks was right next to your chow hall --- in fact we shared the chow hall with the 377th.  I was in country from Sep 1967 to Apr 1969.

I remember Christmas of 1968 when our maintenance people put florescent bulbs on the side of the raydome in the shape of a star and a Christmas tree.

Every 7 seconds, then the radar would sweep by the bulbs the radiation would cause them to light up.  I also seem to remember Charlie getting irate about that and sending in a few rounds.

Sorry, I don't have any pictures.

I was the mess check at the chow hall during one of the worst days of Tet ---- the day one of our people was killed on the radar tower.

I was the only one in the chow hall that was armed when a hell of a fire fight broke out out back behind the chow hall.  The ARVN pulled up with an automatic weapon and things got really weird.  We were told there was enemy in the compound but it may have been a case of nerves.

You boys of the 377th Security Police took a well deserved place in the history books during Tet.  I still carry the names of the boys of the 0-51 Bunker, in my wallet.  Had it not been for the 377th SPS holding the line (against all odds) long enough for the 25th Infantry to come in with armor Tan Son Nhut would have been lost.

"Thank You" and "Welcome Home"

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Name:  Charles Penley  (377th Security Police Squadron)                 Apr 16, 2009
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Comments:

Hello Everyone,

My good friend, Don Poss has posted one of the greatest stories that I have ever read.

The story is at URL:    http://www.vspa.com/aspprotect/catch-the-wind-don-poss-2009.asp

It can be read within a few minutes and the story will tug at your heart and your emotional strings.

Your friend,

Charles Penley

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Name:  Mel Thompson  (377th Munitions Maintenance Squadron)                 Apr 16, 2009
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Comments:  Hello to all you Tan Son Nhut'ers out there.  It's been almost 42 years since I have communicated with anyone from TSN!

I accidently came across this website yesterday looking for a veterans biker website that I ran across in the local newspaper obits ... Odd how fate has a way of redirecting our lives, like it's the natural order of things and sooner or later, it's going to catch up with you.   I would have been on here ten years ago had I known of it back then.

My name is Melvin (Mel) A,Thompson, I was a Sgt/E4 assigned to the 377th Munitions Mainenance Squadron, (July 1966 - July 1967) and my duty section was the TSN bomb dump.  Since most, it seems, of the vets on this website were with the 377th Security Squadron, my outfit had a lot in common with these guys due to the fact that they guarded our enclosed compound 24/7.  They were everywhere, at the main gate to the ammo dump, patroled on foot, in jeeps, with K-9"s, and in towers.  Needless to say I, and the rest of my outfit, felt very safe and secure with this man/ firepower around, plus we had enough ammo to start/finish another war (if the politians back home would have let us).

I have been reading the postings and looking at pictures for hours, and am blown away by the flood of memories that have crept back into my conciousness.  Many of the names and faces have faded into obscurity, but the events are as vivid as if they occured yesterday.  As I read these postings, especially the ones from my tour time period, a lot of it is in reference to the Dec 4-5, 1966 Attack On Tan Son Nhut.

I was in my barracks that night, to the right of the main gate behind the hospital/mortuary compound (my hutch was the first one as you entered the baracks compound, it was the smallest one (10 man), the other 20 or so barracks were 100 plus man buildings).  I was awakened when the rockets were landing and the loudspeakers were ordering all non combat or without arms personel into the bomb shelters.  I can still smell that dank, mildew laced, urine soaked sandbag shelter (drunks would use these shelters looking for a convenient place to relieve themselves, and since TSN was attacked only 3 times in its history, that was about all they were used for over the years).

It wasn't until daylight that we were allowed to leave the shelters and go to our duty sections, as by then it was deemed the attack was over and we could resume our everyday activities, but to stay alert.  I had my own truck (Dodge, Power Wagon) at my disposal and immediatly about 6 of us headed out to the bomb dump.  Going around the flightline on the perimiter road we could see the smoke and damage that had occured, as we got closer to the dump the security activity was increasing with guards and K-9 units patroling the perimiter fence.  We saw 2 dead VC sappers in a ditch near the entrance to our compound and 2 or 3 more dead inside the compound, as these had tried to blow our napalm and bomb revetments.

Later that day a time bomb was found on a TNT conex container that was out in the middle of the compound, luckily the bomb was a homemade device which used a wrist watch for the timer and it had just stop working, had it gone off it would have made one hell of a hole in the ground.  As we drove up to the dump entrance we were informed that one of the guards who was assigned this post on a routine basis had killed one of the sappers and had been seriously injured in the firefight.

I have often thought about him, since I knew him and we had talked several times a day for the past six months going in and out of the compound, even took him on occassion to the mess hall for lunch.  A couple of days after the attack we heard he was at the Army hospital downtown Saigon and paid him a visit, a couple of days later I heard he had been sent to a hospital in Japan and I never heard anything more about him.  Since I have long ago forgotten his name, and there were 15 injured 377th security guards, he was the one wounded at the bomb dump gate entrance, would anybody know his name and whereabouts?

And lastly, the only other vivid memory I have of that attack was when I drove down to MACV headquarters the next day to see the 15 or so VC sappers lain out on stretchers covered with ponchos.  Some had their faces visible and I heard a couple of GI's standing around, comment that a few of the dead VC were formally barbers at the base barber shop.  It was a strange war, where one day this guy is giving you a shave and a haircut and the next day he is lobbing rockets at you!

Hoping all my TSN buds are doing well, if any of you run across this and remember me, please give me an e mail heads up, love to hear from you.  And, it's a great feeling to be back in the TSN fold, reading all these postings I can see that there is a great sense of love and caring for one another and I am honored to be a part of it!

Thank you sincerely,

Mel Thompson

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Name:  Bob Laymon   (377th CAMS, Scatback T-39, Crew Chief)                Apr 15, 2009
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Comments:   Here is a URL to an outstanding video of both Mike Thornton and Tom Norris, both are Medal of Honor holders:
 http://www.pritzkermilitarylibrary.org/events/2006-11-09-michaelThorntonThomasNorris.jsp.

Click on the black & white Pritzker Military Library video screen 4to activate the high-speed streaming video. Click the expansion box o on the bottom-right side of the task bar, to view the video in full-screen.

TSNA members will find this to be a valuable preview of both our 2009 and 2010 reunion key-note speakers.

Plaque Laymon

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Name:  Mike Dunn,                       Apr 14, 2009
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Comments:  I’m helping out a VSO ( Karen O, Vietnam Veterans of America) working on proof of a stressor for a serviceman’s disability claim.

You helped me out once before and I ask for your help again.

The US Army man that I am trying to help, arrived at Tan Son Nhut on a charter flight, on his way to Thailand the night the terminal was hit (I am assuming Jan 31, 1968).

He was with a medic, and he and another medic, both worked assisting the wounded at the Tan Son Nhut Terminal.

Questions to any who can help me in assisting this former US Army man.

Question:  Can anyone confirm that the terminal itself was hit by a rocket or mortar?

We know that the Control Tower was hit but was the terminal hit?

If you have a photograph of the damage to the terminal, that would be of great assistance.

The US Army man states that several US Servicemen died at the terminal during this attack.

Mike Dunne

FROM THE WEB MASTER:

1.  I have sent Mike Dunne two photographs of the Control Tower showing the damage done to it by a rocket or mortar.

2.  I have sent Mike Dunne twenty four names of men who died on Tan Son Nhut and eliminated thirteen names as they were identified as being KIA at the O-51 Bunker and nearby area.

Question:  Do you know of any names of US Servicemen who died at the Tan Son Nhut Terminal?

Plaque Penley

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Carmichael, Floyd E., Michigan, 377th Combat Support Group, Field Maintenance Squadron (Renewal)
2.  Estrada, Gilbert J., Mississippi, 7th AF Directorate of Operational Intelligence (Renewal and a Donation)

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Name:  George Plunkett,  (1961st Communications Group)                Apr 14, 2009
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Comments:  Members:  We have added an optional bus tour for the 2009 Reunion.  For those members who have already mailed their registration form and fees, please mail another form and appropriate payment.

Reminder:

If you would like to arrive early for the reunion and play golf in the Pigeon Forge area, please email me with your name and phone number.  Tee time reservations are not accepted more than 30 days in advance.  I will contact Eagles Landing Golf Course on Sept 14 and give them a list of interested participants.

Here is an internet link to the golf course at URL:    http://www.seviervilletn.org/DepartmentPages/Golf.htm  And don't forget - the MainStay Suites will honor our special Reunion rate for three days before AND three days after the Reunion - so come on down!

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Name:  Bob Laymon   (377th CAMS, Scatback T-39, Crew Chief)                Apr 09, 2009
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Comments:  Ceremony to recognize vets not eligible for Vietnam Wall inclusion

4/9/2009  - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- One-hundred twenty-three American heroes from the Vietnam War era will be honored posthumously this month during the annual In Memory Day ceremony, according to Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

In Memory Day was created to pay tribute to the men and women who died prematurely from noncombat injuries and emotional suffering caused directly by the Vietnam War, but who are not eligible to have their names inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

A list of the honorees and their hometowns is available at:    http://www.vvmf.org/index.cfm?SectionID=774.

The 11th annual In Memory Day ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. April 20 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial here.  Nearly 1,000 family members, friends and fellow veterans are expected to visit the nation's capital to participate in this year's event, sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

"In Memory Day allows The Wall to do what it does best:  provide a healing environment for family members and friends," Mr. Scruggs said.   "It also allows all of us to pay tribute to these brave Americans who served and sacrificed for their country."

Among the speakers at this year's ceremony will be Richard Schneider, executive director for government affairs for the Non Commissioned Officers Association of the USA, the sponsor of the event.   Navy veteran Chuck Price of Austin, Colo., will perform "The Unsung Heroes," a song about honoring and remembering Vietnam veterans.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial bears the names of 58,260 men and women who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces in the Vietnam War.

"The Department of Defense developed specific parameters that allow only the names of servicemembers who died of wounds suffered in combat zones to be added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial," Mr. Scruggs said.  "The In Memory program recognizes those men and women who have died prematurely as a result of the Vietnam War, but who do not meet the criteria.  Many of their deaths are a result of Agent Orange exposure and emotional wounds that never healed."

During the ceremony, family members will read aloud their loved ones' names in chronological order by date of death.  Following the ceremony, participants will lay tributes at the base of The Wall corresponding to the honorees' dates of service in Vietnam, so that these Vietnam veterans come to rest near those comrades with whom they served.  With the addition of this year's honorees, more than 1,800 people will be honored in the In Memory Honor Roll.

Established in 1979, the nonprofit Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is authorized by Congress to build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  Since then, the memorial fund has evolved into an international nongovernmental organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of The Wall, promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War.

Its initiatives include educational programs, a traveling Wall replica that honors veterans and a humanitarian and land mine-removal program in Vietnam.  The fund also is building The Education Center at The Wall, an underground educational facility near the memorial.

Plaque Laymon

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Name:  Tom Rosinski,  (7th Air Force Plans, Administrative NCOIC)              Apr 08, 2009
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Comments:  Thanks for putting the sites on that Marvin Thurman referenced.

Being at Tan Son Nhut during that time frame, I was not aware of the damaged shown in the photos.  Very interesting stuff.

I am a constant visitor to the site as I keep learning more and more about TSN, that I was not aware of.

Keep up the good work.

Tom Rosinski

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Driesbach, Rich, Alabama, 12th Reconnaissance Intelligence Technical Squadron (Air Intelligence Officer) (Renewal and a Donation)
2.  Harper, Henry L., Florida, 377th Transportation, 8th Aerial Port Squadron (Renewal)
3.  Martin, Floyd M., Washington, 6250th Combat Support Group, 377th Supply Squadron (New Member)
4.  Mosher, Craig H., Massachusetts, 377th Supply Squadron (Renewal and a Donation)

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Name:  Charles Penley,  (377th Security Police Squadron)         Apr 05, 2009
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Comments:  Thanks to Marvin Thurman's email message below I was able to look at the rest of the Military-Intelligence web pages and located two more web pages that I recommend to all the members of the Tan Son Nhut Association.

Please go to URL:

 http://military-intelligence.wikispaces.com/Rocket+Attack+on+Ton+Son+Nhut+Air+Base

 http://military-intelligence.wikispaces.com/1st+MIBARS+HHC

Your friend,

Charles Penley

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Name:  Marvin Thurman,  (377th Combat Support Group, CBPO, Machine Room, 1967 - 1968)         Apr 05, 2009
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Comments:   I noticed a couple of posts from CBPO troops (or friends of CBPO Troops).

I ran across an aerial picture of the CBPO along with the Chow Hall and Barracks and BX along with the Snack bar at URL:
 http://military-intelligence.wikispaces.com/file/view/Tan_Son_Nhut_Air_Base_part_2.jpg   it looks like it is in the late 1960s.

Anyhow if any TSN 732’s from that era are still breathing –  I hope you enjoy.

Marvin Thurman
US Air Force
MSgt, Ret

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  Marvin, thank you for the location of that photograph, I had not seen it before.

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Name:  Robert Berger,  (377th Civil Engineer Squadron)              Apr 02, 2009
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Comments:  I was with the 377th Civil Engineer Squadron.

Robert H. Berger, R.S., M.S., M.P.H.
CAPT, USPHS
Senior, Environmental Health Officer

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Name:  Tony Tidwell,  (460th Field Maintenance Shop (AGE Shop)              Apr 02, 2009
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Comments:  I have just recently discovered other web-sites for other organizations such as the TSNA.  I had no idea at the time I was on TSN, that so much of the war was over for so many.   I'm not speaking of our deceased brothers/sisters.  I am talking about the number of US troops that had been shipped back to the US (or other assignments).

I guess because we (meaning the USAF troops that I worked with) were not combat troops, we were not given the kinds of information that let us know how the war was going.

NOTE:  I realize that after all these years, I (or anyone else) can remember every day over there.

I guess since I was taken off the flight line (because of a hearing loss), I wasn't able to catch all the scuttlebutt that flowed between the troops.  It wasn't until the last few months of my tour that I volunteered for Security Police augmentee duty.  I went through a few days of training, but was never called upon (much to my disappointment).

To the point. I have seen many names show up of USAF personnel that arrived in 1970 or later, at locations such as Tuy Hoa.  It listed their time frame from 1970 until closure.  Does anyone know when Tuy Hoa was actually closed.  I have seen several mentions by our TSNA buddy "George (Kahuna) Bontya of his duty there.

No matter where they served, or when, all are part of our lives for evermore.  We must never allow time to displace our love and respect for our fellow "brothers/sisters in arms".

Regards,

Tony Tidwell

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Name:  Jim Dugan,  (178th Replacement Company, 90th Replacement Battalion, Camp Alpha)          Apr 02, 2009
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Comments:  Something that the Tan Son Nhut Association members might want to know about.  Air America: Upholding the Airmen’s Bond:  Veterans Today - News for U.S. Military Veterans Jobs, VA Benefits, Home Loans.

Please go to URL:    http://www.veteranstoday.com/article5662.html

Jim Dugan
178th Repl. Co., 90th Repl. Bn.
US Army Vietnam - Camp Alpha
Life Member

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Name:  George Starks  (CPBO, Airman Assignments)                  02, 2009
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Comments:  To TSgt Shaw, I served in CBPO, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, 1970 -1971.  Airman Assignments Section.  Same time you did.  Worked Airman Manning.

Carl Weems worked Officer Assignments.  Carried typewriters down to in-processing building every morning - former morgue block from CBPO hangar.

Worked with Weems, 'Pete' Petralli, Marquez, Clyde, Conley Broome, Winters, Vince Calebro.

I believe Admin guy was Joe Wheatley.

Finally sent Lineberry home.

Write back.

George Starks
Ret, MSgt

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Name:  Cary Louderback  (8th Aerial Port Squadron)                   Mar 31, 2009
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Comments:  I just read the article titled "Back to the future- leaving Tan Son Nhut", by Ron Boydston, in the April, 2009 issue of "Revetments".

Thank you, Ron !

Man, what a job you did in writing that !

I hope every old Vet out there gets a chance to read it.  They'll "feel it" just like I did!

Thank you again.

PS:  I posted info on our Mobility website about your article at:    http://www.8thmob.org

Cary Louderback

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Name:  Michael Butera  (79th Ordinance)                   Mar 31, 2009
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Comments:  I served in the Army from 1967 - 1968, at the 79th Ordinance Unit on Perimeter Road.

I would like to ask if there are members or memberships available to my type?

Spec 4, Michael L. Butera

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  Michael, I will write you an email.

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Name:  Larry Fry  (Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON)                   Mar 31, 2009
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Comments:  “In the April 2009 Revetments, page 8, under New Members, the middle initial for Arthur Mackey, Jr. should be “L”, not “I”.”

Larry E. Fry
VP, TSNA
Editor Revetments

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Name:  George Bontya  (377th Civil Engineer Squadron)                   Mar 31, 2009
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Comments:  While I was at one of our reunions, I met some guys that were stationed at Tuy Hoa Air Base and we exchanged information and "War Stories".

I just want to pass along for those that were stationed at Tuy Hoa AB during their tour, or just passed through, information that our 2009 reunion is going to be held in Myrtle Beach, SC from September 10th thru September 13th.

For more information please visit our web site:    http://www.tuy-hoa.org

Thank You,

George A. Bontya
377th Civil Engineer Squadron
Tan Son Nhut

31st Civil Engineer Squadron
Tuy Hoa

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Name:  George Bontya  (377th Civil Engineer Squadron)                   Mar 31, 2009
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Comments:  On weekends I made several trips to Udorn, Thailand and stayed at the Paradise Hotel, along with several crews from bases around Vietnam.

I am looking for any pictures of the Paradise Hotel taken around 1970 - 1971.

If anybody can help, please e-mail me.

George Bontya
377th. CES, TSN

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Name:  Larry Fry  (Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON)                   Mar 31, 2009
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Comments:  The April 2009 edition of Revetments, the Tan Son Nhut Association newsletter, is now available on the TSNA website by using this link:    http://members.cox.net/72452/revetments/mainpage.html

Larry E. Fry
VP, TSNA
Editor Revetments

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Beaty, Roger K., Georgia, 377th Security Police Squadron (Renewal)
2.  Bell, Thomas H., Ohio, 377th Security Police Squadron (Renewal)
3.  Geisler, Edmond H., California, 460th Field Maintenance Squadron (Engine Shop 1) (Renewal and a Donation)
4.  Ives, Michael M., Nevada, 460th Field Maintenance Sq, 460th TAC Recon Wing  (Renewal)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Waer, Jack, Arizona, U.S. Army, 3rd Radio Research Unit, Davis Station  (New Member)

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Name:  Terry Longpre,  (377th Supply Squadron, SEA Mobile EOD)           Mar 30, 2009
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Comments:

WELCOME HOME!!!

Today is Vietnam Veterans Day!

March 30, of every year is, "WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS DAY"!!

For all who served!  Welcome home and thank you for service!!!

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Name:  Jim Dugan,  (178th Replacement Company, 90th Replacement Battalion, Camp Alpha)          Mar 29, 2009
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Comments:  All Members,

March 30th is Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day or, as it is commonly called, Vietnam Veterans Day.

Every Vietnam Veteran should wear their Vietnam Service Ribbon, or some semblance of it, that day to show your service. You earned it!

Jim Dugan
178th Repl. Co., 90th Repl. Bn.
US Army Vietnam - Camp Alpha
Life Member

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Name:  Art Zambile,                       Mar 28, 2009
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Comments:  If I remember correctly it was on this date, March 28, 1973, the last of the "combat troops in Vietnam" left country by way of several C-130 aircraft.

Art Zambile
Chief (Ret) USAF
1964 Communication Group
Tan Son Nhut AB Vietnam

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Name:  Ken Hassebroek,                       Mar 27, 2009
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Comments:  I am attempting to write a small book about my life and experiences in the Navy and Vietnam.

I was an Aircraft Electrician third class and was a flight crew member on Blue Eagle's C-121 BuNo 128444, 131641 which were flying out of Tan Son Nhut during the period of time I was in country.

On a daily basis we picked up broadcast tapes for our nightly broadcast missions at what I believe to be a BEQ in the downtown Saigon area.  It was a multi-story building with a heavily guarded sand bag guard post at either end.  I cannot remember the name.   I think it was close to MACV 1 and AFVN.

I would appreciate any help on a name.  I have a picture of it in my mind but cannot remember the name.

A picture would be even better.

Thanks,

Ken Hassebroek

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Name:  George Plunkett,  (1961st Communications Group)                Mar 26, 2009
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Comments:  The video was made by a 15 year old girl, Lizzie Palmer. It is a tribute to today's veterans. at URL:    http://www.youtube.com/v/ervaMPt4Ha0&autoplay=1

Thanks,

George Plunkett
Director of Membership Development
TSN 1962-63-64-66-67

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Name:  William M. Sykes, Jr.                      Mar 24, 2009
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Comments:   I was at Tan Son Nhut Air Base from Mar 1967 - Sep 1967.  I met most of the auto mechanics in the motor pool.

One was from Dayton, OH, near the race track.  He fixed my truck that had broken down.  They all had been buddies at Mactan AFB.

Another was a pilot for a C-130, his name is Maj Ballentine.  There was an African-American bus driver from Kansas City, MO.

The only medic at Tan Son Nhut from Corpus Christy, TX.  He also worked in the Airmen's Club.  I worked for him as a stock boy and I would like to contact him.

His buddy at Mactan AFB, was a medic also and A1C Davis, another medic at Mactan AFB in the Phillipines.

There was an A1C Tyron Bichard stationed at TAn Son Nhut Air Base as a mechanic.   His home was near Raleigh, NC., Duram, NC in 1961-1962. TSN had two air policemen that guarded the dump in Saigon, one air policeman was African-American, who had a beard as he had skin problems and could not shave.  He was from New York City.

I saw T. Richardson on my second trip in Saigon, Vietnam. I would also like to reach him.

Sincerely,

William Sykes

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Alm, Eric W., Indiana, HHC, 69th Signal BN (Renewal)
2.  Mower, Roland D., 7th Air Force Flt Ops, Scatback T-39  (Renewal and a Donation)
3.  Oszman, Michael J., Texas, U. S. Army  (New Member)

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Name:  Jeff Keller  (3rd Field Hospital, 44th Medical Bde)               Mar 22, 2009
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Comments:  I was an army corpsman stationed in Tan Son Nhut in 1967, Third Firld Hospital, as a member of the 44th Medical Brigade.

I initially worked in the Emergency Room taking care of incoming casulties before moving to the intensive care and post op wards.

It was tough duty right out of Fort Sam Houston, TX., seeing what condition our troops were in as they arrived, but nothing like what they had experienced firsthand in the field, dealing with Charlie.

After seven months, I was transferred to Phouc Vinh,Vietnam, to a "MUST" unit hospital, before coming home on emergencty leave in August of 1967.  My father had brain surgery for Parkinsons disease.

I applied for a compassionate reassignment and spent the remainder of my tour of duthy at Valley Forge Hospital, near Philly.

Jeff Keller

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Case, Gordon A., Florida, 509th Radio Research Group, Davis Station (New Member)
2.  Mackey, Arthur L., Jr., Florida, 716th MP BN, Co. C (New Member)

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Name:  Louis Poulin                       Mar 22, 2009
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Comments:  My name is Louis F. Poulin.  I am rtired US Army, Sergeant First Class E7, and served with the 34th General Support Group (Aircraft Maintenance & Supply stationed on Tan Son Nhut Airbase, from April 1966 to May 1967.  My job was the Personnel Staff NCO to the CG.  

Our unit was basically aviation and had over 5 Battalions with units stretched throughout Vietnam.  We also had a ship (the Corpus Chistie, owned and maintained by the US Navy with a large contingent of Army personnel who were retrograding airmy aircraft (mainly helicopters) back into service or shipping them back to Corpus Christie, Texas for repair.

This ship was originally stationed in Cam Ranh Bay but later moved to Vung Tau and satellited on the 1st Cav Div (Air Assault).

Capt Roy Leggett was my adjutant and Capt Olmstead was CO of Hq Co.  A very good friend of mine, who received a battlefield commission I lost contact with.  He was then SSG Roy Hand, and last known as Capt Roy Hand who later commanded the same Hq Co of the 34th Gen Spt Gp (AM&S).

Been looking for them but have had no luck.

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Name:  Dave Scoggins                       Mar 21, 2009
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Comments:  I was TDY to Tan Son Nhut twice.  Once from Mactan AB, PI while working on C-130B Aircraft.  Spent 90 days at TSN.  Our barrack was just behind the hospital and we had to cross "stink river" to get to the mess hall.  Didn't eat there very much.

Worked nights mostly on "Rebel Ramp" which was on the Base Ops side of the (1) runway.   Same place the AC-119's were parked when I was TDY from Nha Trang in 1969.

In 1966 most of the 160's requiring heavy maintenance were parked over by the bomb dump.  Didn't work there long.

I remember the rice bugs flocking to the Lite-All's though.

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Name:  Rev Larry E. Teboe   (19th Air Commando Squadron)                Mar 21, 2009
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Comments:  Could you inquire if anyone knew or has information about Lt. Col. Merle D. Turner?  He was the 19th Air Commando Squadron Commander from April 1967 to September 1967.

He and the entire crew was killed in a C-123K plane crash in Sept 1967.

I was an aircraft mechanic at Tan Son Nhut with the 19th ACS from Nov 1966 - 1967.

God bless and thanks for your help.

Sincerely In Christ,

Rev. Larry E. Teboe, D. MN.
MSGT USAF (Ret)

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Name:  Jack Waer   (3rd Radio Research Unit)                Mar 20, 2009
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Comments:  I was stationed at Tan Son Nhut from Nov 1963 - Nov 1965, at the 3rd RRU which was Davis Station.  It was an Army Security Agency cover name in-country.

It was later called the 509th RRFS/
RRU = Radio Research Unit
RRFS = Radio Research Field Station.

My job was Communications Analyst and Linguist.  There are alot of TSN Davis Staion Alumni out here.

Check out our web site at URL:    http://www.oldspooksandspies.org/

Post a message about the TSNA on our guest book.

Jack "CJ" Waer

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association has been going to your above web pages since December 1999.

It was Walter Chisholm who gave permission to use two of his photographs for the very first Tan Son Nhut Association, Photograph of the Month.

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Name:  John J. Pienta   (460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing)                  Mar 18, 2009
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Comments:  I would like to add my name to the Tan Son Nhut Guest book.

I served with the USAF at TSN from Sept 1969 thru Sept 1970, assigned to 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Avionics (auto-pilot and Instruments) as shop supervisor.

Sincerely,

Tsgt John J. Pienta
USAF, Ret

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Name:  George A. Bontya   (377th Civil Engineer's Squadron, Sign Shop)             Mar 18, 2009
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Comments:  Thanks Harlan for the information about this nasty chemical.

One of my MOS was FMS and we used to use those chemicals to clean C-141's after they were stripped and sent to the wash rack.  We had all those chemicals in the flight line shop, especially MEK (Keytone).

I can remember one day at McGuire AFB, the fumes overcame me while inspecting the flaps on the T-tail of a C-141 and I fell off.  Good thing I had a safety harness to break an 84 feet fall!  This may have been how bungee jumping got its start (hahaha).

Anyway, thanks for sharing the info.

George A. Bontya
377th CES
1970 - 1971

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Clark, David, New Hampshire, 460th Field Maintenance Squadron, Sheet Metal Shop (Renewal and a Donation)
2.  Layman, Lester C., Jr., Texas, 360th Tactical Reconnaissance Sq. (Renewal and a Donation)

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Name:  James Myers   (823rd Red Horse)                  Mar 15, 2009
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Comments:  Sir you don't have the 823rd Red Horse mentioned.

I was stationed at Tan Son Nhut from Jul 1968 to Jul 1969.  I helped build the hospital, chapel, and the test pad for jet engines.  We were in a compound on the South end of base.  Lived in barracks up past the 377th CES, up by flightline.

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  Lengthy email was sent to James Myers.

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Name:  Harlan Hatfield   (460th AEMS (PMEL)               Mar 14, 2009
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Comments:  Here's a link to a site which might be of interest to some of our members, those who happened to use Trichloroethylene (TCE) in their jobs.

It was a very good cleaning solvent for metal so it was used widely, therefore many of our members may have been subjected to its hazards.

Please go to URL:    http://www.salem-news.com/articles/february222009/tce_vets_2-22-09.php

Welcome Home,

Harlan N. Hatfield

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Bontya, George A., South Carolina, 377th Civil Engineer's Squadron (Sign Shop) (Renewal)
2.  Eckhoff, James, Illinois, 8th Aerial Port Sq. (Renewal)
3.  Mitchell, Michael R., California, 12th Reconnaissance Intelligence Technical Squadron  (Renewal)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Butz, Tim, Nebraska, 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron (Renewal and a Donation)
2.  Kraemer, John R., Minnesota, 460th Avionics Maintenance Squadron (Renewal)
3.  Nieves, Louis A., New York, 377th Supply Squadron (Clothing Issue) (Renewal)
4.  Passi, Henry R., Maryland, 7th Air Force Flt Ops, Scatback, T-39 Instructor  (Renewal)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Jarboe, Robert D., Maryland, 6220th USAF Disp. and 33d USAF Disp. (Renewal and a Donation)
2.  McDonnell, Thomas W., Colorado, 33rd USAF Dispensary  (Renewal)

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Name:  Michael Sirrine   (US Army, 507th Transportation Group)               Mar 05, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  An update on the "Message from Mike" printed in the March 2009 REVETMENTS:  In my last message, I reported on my pursuit of benefits from the Veterans Administration and the fact that the VA now agrees, that if you were boots-on-the-ground in Vietnam, you had exposure to Agent Orange, and diabetes and prostate cancer are both accepted as service connected.   Depending upon severity, both together can generate a 50% disability or more, which also means you can get full medical care, too.

I encouraged everyone who was in Vietnam to go talk to a Veteran’s Service Officer (VSO), especially if you have diabetes or prostate cancer.  You may be eligible for some benefits and not even know it.  (If you haven’t been tested for either, you should, and it is easy.  They say that every man will get prostate cancer if you live long enough.)

UPDATE:  Just today I received my “decision” from the VA.  I was granted disability for the prostate cancer (I had surgery 12-5-08, and the prognosis is good!), diabetes, and tinnitus, which I didn’t even ask for.  Payments are retroactive to date of application (7-28-08), and I am expecting a check for around $16,000 this month, and am on 100% disability ($2,769/month for the prostate cancer surgery) through June.  As of July 1, I will go to 70% disability and get $1,324/month.

Your VSO will help you with the paperwork, and the extra income and peace-of-mind will be well worth it.  Do it, and spread the word!

I am no expert, but drop me a line at my above email address if you have questions or want to talk about the good old days at Tan Son Nhut and in Saigon.

MIKE:

Michael W. Sirrine, SPC-5
3rd Region District Traffic Office
ATCO/ACA/TMA/MACV
507th Transportation Group
TSN 67-68

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Name:  Dale Borland   (377th Security Police Squadron)               Mar 05, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  I recieved my challenge coin yesterday, thanks for the prompt service, the coin is a beauty and I'll carry it with me.

It sure brings back some pleasant, some funny, and some not so pleasant memories.

I remember once having to pull KP and found out how much fun could be spread around by throwing scoops of mashed potatoes into the big exhaust fan in the back of the kitchen.   It sure spread around outside especially if anyone was malingering around out there.

Thanks again for the coin.

HAPPY TRAILS,

Dale

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Name:  Jim Dunn   (460th Field Maintenance Squadron, Crash Recovery)            Mar 03, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  The Star Spangeled Banner as you never heard it.

Please go to URL:    http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=21689194

Jim Dunn
460 FMS (Crash Recovery)
1966 - 1967

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Name:  Bob Laymon   (377th CAMS, Scatback T-39, Crew Chief)                Mar 03, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  3 March 1931:  The Star-Spangled Banner, originally the Defense of Fort McHenry, is adopted as the American national anthem.  It's stirring words were written by Francis Scott Key.

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Name:  Larry Fry  (Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON)                   Mar 02, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  This morning I sent out a message to all email users that the March issue of Revetments was available.  I have been receiving messages every hour since then from Yahoo that the message was not getting through and they would keep trying.  Now after 7 hours, it has timed out.

This has not happened this way before.  Approximately 36 of you have Yahoo addresses, so I hope you see this and take a look at the latest issue.  We’ll see what happens when we send out the next issue.

Larry E. Fry
VP, TSNA
Editor Revetments

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The Tan Son Nhut Association is going to place a "Yearbook" on the 2009 CD.  We have photographs of the below named individuals.

If you do not see your name below and want to have your photo in the yearbook, then please send a scanned photograph to Charles Penley at Email:  

Cut off date is June 30, 2009.
adams
agan
akins
almalifatano
anisko
baez
baker
bell
blackmon
blades
block
bontya
boone
borders
box
boyer
brown
brown, D
bryan
burke
butz
byrnes
campen
carlson
carper
carter
carvell
cary
celaya
chung
clark
coar
colombo
conaway
cook
coup
crandall
creamer
croft
cronauer
cutler
dambrosio
davenport
dearinger
detuccio
dodge
doe
doolittle
dowdell
dugan
dunn
edwards, G
ellis
figart
gropper
fitch
fritts
fry
gales
garcia
gard
goodman
gould
grant, D
gray
gray, J
grayson
greethead
gropper
hatfield
hays
hegele
henry
herren
hildreth
hopper
houck
howard
jernigan
jerome
johnston
jones
justice
kahler
kane
kaplan
keller
kessel
kiepke
kinnaird
koopman
law
laymon
leroux
levitow
longpre
lowe
lyons
maloney
marlowe
martino
mcdonnell
mckinnon
mears
merz
metcalf
mickle
miller
modgling
monsees
montag
morris
mower
need
neill
norville
novosel
odell
odle
oravec
parker
passi
patton
peebles
peele
pelto
penley
perelman
phung
pittelkau
plonski
plunkett
pope
porter
potter
pratt
ramey
reckner
redlinski
reed
robertson
rednecker
roegner
rosinski
salisbury
santaw
sheppard
simpson
smith
sommerfeldt
sparks
stein
stewart
stribling
stutler
tannery
tessier
tidwell
treadway
walker
warrington
wimer
winchester
ybarbo





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Name:  Roger (Kent) Beaty  (377th Air Police Squadron)                   Mar 02, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  In the Jan Revetments, Bill Stribling wrote about the Bob Dylan Song - Not Dark Yet.

You can listen to it here:    http://blip.fm/profile/kentbeatty/blip/4358678

Shadows are fallin' and I've been here all day
It's too hot to sleep and time is runnin' away
Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I've still got the scars that the sun didn't heal
There's not even room enough to be anywhere
It's not dark yet but it's gettin' there.

Well, my sense of humanity has gone down the drain
Behind every beautiful thing there's been some kind of pain

I've been down on the bottom of the world full of lies
I ain't lookin' for nothin' in anyone's eyes
Sometimes my burden is more than I can bear
It's not dark yet but it's gettin' there.

I know it looks like I'm movin' but I'm standin' still
Every nerve in my body is so naked and numb
I can't even remember what it was I came here to get away from
Don't even hear the murmur of a prayer
It's not dark yet but it's gettin' there.

I agree with Bill. This is one of the songs that define the Vietnam experience.

On a more positive note:

USAF 5th Generation Aircraft - Air Dominance - Video -    http://vimeo.com/3437045

Roger (Kent) Beaty
LTC, USAFR (Retired)

TSN, 377th SPS, 1970
7AF Elite Guard

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Tan Son Nhut Association
Scatback Personnel
2009 Reunion
October 15 - October 18, 2009

Military and Civilian Employee's that were assigned to, or came thru Tan Son Nhut, Air Base, Republic of Vietnam 1959 - 1975

 * Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is the destination
 * Dollywood Theme Park
 * Ripleys Aquarium Of The Smokies
 * Music Theaters
 * Restaurants
 * Shopping Outlets
 * Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 *  Guest speaker:

LT Mike Thornton, U.S. Navy, SEAL Advisor, (Ret,) Recipient – Medal of Honor

Thornton

Thornton's Citations is at URL:
 http://www.specialoperations.com/MOH/thornton.html


Mini-symposiums, will be publicized as plans are finalized

 Meet your Veteran Brothers and Sisters



 Point of Contact TSNA:
 George Plunkett
 Email:  

 Point of Contact Scatback:
 Bob Laymon
 Email:  
October 2009 Calendar
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Registration and Check-in:  Identify yourself with the TSNA - Scatback 2009 Reunion, to get this special room rate.

You do not have to be a member to attend.

MainStay Suites Hotel
410 Pine Mountain Road
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee  37863

Toll Free:  1-888-428-8350
Fax:  1-865-428-5217

Room Rate:  $ 102.00 per night, plus tax

Check-in Thursday, Oct 15, 2009, 3:00 p.m.

TSNA 2009 reunion cost will be $130.00 per person, the same as last year.

This cost covers the expense of the hospitality suite, Saturday night banquet dinner, Sunday morning buffet breakfast and travel expenses for our honored guests.

 Breakfast:  Free Deluxe Continental.

 Banquet Dinner will be:

 A Smoky Mountain Luau  Tropical Fruits with a Pina Colada Dip, Fresh Tossed Greens with Condiments and Honey-Lime Dressing.

Feaures a Slow Roasted Whole Hog, Baked Tilapia with a Ginger/Soy Glaze, and Sweet & Sour Pineapple Grilled Chicken Breast.

Served with Boiled Red Potatoes, Vegetable Medley and Key Lime Pie for Dessert.

 A Refreshing Tropical Fruit Punch is served along with Tea and Coffee.

 We'll See You There!


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Name:  Larry Fry  (Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON)                   Mar 02, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  The March issue of the Tan Son Nhut Association newsletter “Revetments” is now available on the TSNA website:    http://members.cox.net/72452/revetments/mainpage.html

This issue contains up to date information on the 2009 Tan Son Nhut Association Reunion to be held in October.

There is also an update on new items in our BX/PX, as well as some interesting stories.

Thank you for being a member of this great organization.

Larry E. Fry
VP, TSNA
Editor Revetments

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Name:  George Plunkett,  (1961st Communications Group)                Mar 01, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  This is a great bunch of photos.  FYI - the Doolittle Raiders originally trained here in Columbia, SC.  They have held two past reunions here and will be back here on April 17 and 18, 2009 for their next reunion - their 67th reunion.

Please get the information at URL:    http://www.celebratefreedomfoundation.org/doolittleraiders.htm

Thanks,

George Plunkett
Director of Membership Development
TSN 1962-63-64-66-67

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  George, the uncle that I am named after, "Charles H. Penley," served aboard the US Aircraft Carrier, USS Hornet, as a signalman, stationed up in the crows nest.

It was from that ship that the "Doolittle Raider's," flew their B-25's from "Hornet's" deck and attacked Japan.

In the movie, "Tora, Tora, Tora," they have mixed real combat scenes of the USS Hornet being attacked, into the movie and the plane that came almost straight down from the air is the one that killed my uncle.

For the first several days, the sailors aboard the USS Hornet, did not know the mission of the "Raiders."  But once at sea, the sailor's were informed.  The sailor's willing gave up their bunk beds to the aviators and treated them well.  Knowing that many of the "Raiders," would not make it back home.

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Byrnes, Dennis, Pennsylvania, 69th Sig BN, USA (Renewal)
2.  Borland, Dale R., North Carolina, 377th Security Police Squadron (New Member)
3.  McCoy, Peter F., Massachusetts, ASA / 3rd RRU (Renewal and a Donation)
4.  Reese, David B., Arizona, 1876th Communications Squadron (Renewal)
5.  White, Robert A., Mississippi, 8th Aerial Port Squadron (New Member)

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Name:  George Plunkett,  (1961st Communications Group)                Feb 25, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  Bob Laymon received word recently from Tom Norris - Medal of Honor, that Norris would not be able to attend this year's TSNA 2009 reunion.  Norris was just notified that he, Goldie Hawn, Connie Chung, Carl Bernstein, Ben Stein {and other notables   http://blairalumni.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=43&Itemid=79  are going to be inducted into their Montgomery Blair High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame, in Maryland  http://blairalumni.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=226&Itemid=78  and  http://blairalumni.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=242&Itemid=1  on the same night as our TSNA banquet.

Tom promised that he WOULD attend next year's 2010 TSNA reunion as our guest speaker, and to please check with him before we picked a 2010 date, to ensure his calendar availability.   Coincidentally, Darrel Whitcomb also has a conflict this year, as he wants to attend his RAVEN FAC reunion in San Antonio, TX {same weekend as TSNA}.

Not to worry - I suggested to Bob Laymon that we find another Medal of Honor recipient … and he did!!!

Mike Thornton, then-Petty Officer (Engineman) 2nd Class (now-Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, retired).  Mike received the Medal of Honor for rescuing WIA Tom Norris and is available to be our 2009 guest speaker in Pigeon Forge.

Mike just called Bob {after getting a call-for-help from Norris} and said he will waive his usual speaking fee because Tom Norris asked him to substitute for him at Pigeon Forge, as a favor {…not the first time that Mike has gotten Tom out of a ‘jam’!}.

Thornton, the first person in more than a century to be the recipient of the Medal of Honor for saving the life of another Medal of Honor recipient.  Mike Thornton - "Not Without My Lieutenant!"

Note:  Mike Thornton’s 2009 TSNA keynote speech is timely … exactly two-weeks prior to the 37th anniversary date of his MOH action in Vietnam {on 31 October 1972}.

FYI:  We’ve asked Tom Norris to record an introduction DVD for the 2009 Pigeon Forge Reunion banquet, where Tom {on the banquet projector screen} will explain in first-person to our audience the circumstances why he had to miss 2009 {high school Hall of Fame} and to assure our members he will speak at the 2010 TSNA banquet.  Norris will then set-up the military situation for his SEAL Team reconnaissance mission near the DMZ on 31 October 1972 … followed by a very personal introduction of the Petty Officer who saved his life on that memorable Halloween day.

Here is a great link to an interview with both Norris and Thornton:    http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/tho0int-1  {advance through all 9 story page links at the bottom}.

Thanks,

George Plunkett
Director of Membership Development
TSN 1962-63-64-66-67

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Tan Son Nhut Association
Scatback Personnel
2009 Reunion
October 15 - October 18, 2009

Military and Civilian Employee's that were assigned to, or came thru Tan Son Nhut, Air Base, Republic of Vietnam 1959 - 1975

 * Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is the destination
 * Dollywood Theme Park
 * Ripleys Aquarium Of The Smokies
 * Music Theaters
 * Restaurants
 * Shopping Outlets
 * Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 *  Guest speaker:

LT Mike Thornton, U.S. Navy, SEAL Advisor, (Ret,) Recipient – Medal of Honor

Thornton

Thornton's Citations is at URL:
 http://www.specialoperations.com/MOH/thornton.html


Mini-symposiums, will be publicized as plans are finalized

 Meet your Veteran Brothers and Sisters



 Point of Contact TSNA:
 George Plunkett
 Email:  

 Point of Contact Scatback:
 Bob Laymon
 Email:  
October 2009 Calendar
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
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Registration and Check-in:  Identify yourself with the TSNA - Scatback 2009 Reunion, to get this special room rate.

You do not have to be a member to attend.

MainStay Suites Hotel
410 Pine Mountain Road
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee  37863

Toll Free:  1-888-428-8350
Fax:  1-865-428-5217

Room Rate:  $ 102.00 per night, plus tax

Check-in Thursday, Oct 15, 2009, 3:00 p.m.

TSNA 2009 reunion cost will be $130.00 per person, the same as last year.

This cost covers the expense of the hospitality suite, Saturday night banquet dinner, Sunday morning buffet breakfast and travel expenses for our honored guests.

 Breakfast:  Free Deluxe Continental.

 Banquet Dinner will be:

 A Smoky Mountain Luau  Tropical Fruits with a Pina Colada Dip, Fresh Tossed Greens with Condiments and Honey-Lime Dressing.

Feaures a Slow Roasted Whole Hog, Baked Tilapia with a Ginger/Soy Glaze, and Sweet & Sour Pineapple Grilled Chicken Breast.

Served with Boiled Red Potatoes, Vegetable Medley and Key Lime Pie for Dessert.

 A Refreshing Tropical Fruit Punch is served along with Tea and Coffee.

 We'll See You There!


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Name:  George Plunkett,  (1961st Communications Group)                Feb 25, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  "Fellow Members and friends:  The TSNA Board of Directors is committed to holding annual reunions and keeping fees at the lowest cost possible.  We are mindful that many members are retired and living on fixed incomes.  Therefore, the 2009 reunion cost will be $130.00 per person, the same as last year.  This cost covers the expense of the hospitality suite, Saturday night banquet dinner, Sunday morning buffet breakfast and travel expenses for our honored guests.

George Plunkett
Director of Membership DevelopmentTSN 1962-63-64-66-67

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Ellis, Normal D., South Dakota, 8th Aerial Port Squadron (Renewal)
2.  Louderback, Cary D., Indiana, 8th Aerial Port Squadron (Renewal)

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Name:  Bob Laymon   (377th CAMS, Scatback T-39, Crew Chief)                Feb 22, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  Keith William Nolan's obit is located at URL:    http://www.legacy.com/stltoday/DeathNotices.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=124508044

You can sign his register at URL:    http://www.legacy.com/stltoday/GB/GuestbookView.aspx?PersonId=124508044

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Name:  Larry Fry and Charles Penley,  (Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON) and (377th Security Police Squdron)                Feb 22, 2009
Email:  

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Comments:  The Tan Son Nhut Association is in the process of doing two things pertaining to our various unit patches.

1.  Larry Fry is going to make a Tan Son Nhut Organizational Banner for the upcoming TSNA 2009 Reunion.

2.  Charles Penley is going to place on the TSNA 2009 CD, the scanned images of our various patches that were worn on our sleeve proudly, while serving at Tan Son Nhut Air Base.

See a sample of what we are speaking of at URL:    http://www.tsna.org/patches/index.html

If you have a patch and want it to be shown on the banner or on the CD, then scan it and email it to Charles Penley.  If you can not scan it, mail it to Penely and I will scan it. I will then send the scans to Larry Fry.

Your friend,

Charles Penley

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Name:  Charles Penley,  (377th Security Police Squdron)                Feb 22, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  The passing of Keith William Nolan, came as a shock to me today.  I have known Keith since I purchased twenty of his books, "The Battle For Saigon, TET 1968."

Then came March 2, 2001 when he emailed me for the first time.  Keith was going to write another book about the "Mini-TET Offensive 1968, which took place on May 6, 1968."  It was going to be called, "House To House, Playing the Enemy's Game in Saigon."

Keith wanted to know if I knew anyone who could assist him with eyewitness accounts.

I gave him the names of quite a few Tan Son Nhut Association members.  Those members are mentioned in the index of his book.

I did not know of his illness and his death will affect alot of Vietnam Veterans.

May his memory be with us for the rest of our lives.

Rest in Peace.  (Silent Prayer.)

Your friend,

Charles Penley

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Name:  Jim Dugan,  (178th Replacement Company, 90th Replacement Battalion, Camp Alpha)          Feb 22, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  It is disturbing news to learn of the passing of Keith Nolan.  He was a young historian who devoted his short life to the study of the Vietnam War.  I'm certain that any member who has read any of his books is equally distressed at the news.

He wrote of an incident in his book, "Into Cambodia," that I remember first-hand.  It was the return of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment from Cambodia in late May or early June, 1970.  They paraded their APC's and trucks past the main gate of Tan Son Nhut to show MACV of their victory before returning to their base camp at Black Horse.

On the day they did it, I was on the balcony of a building just outside the main gate.  It was quite a sight.  The street shook with the roar of their trucks and APC's.  I can remember the blowing of horns and shouts of victory as they passed waving captured Viet-Cong flags.  Over the years I had all but forgotten the incident until I read the account in Mr. Nolan's book.  At the time it happened, I had no idea what it was all about.  But after reading about it, I could put the time and the incident into place.

Keith Nolan's books could do that for many of us.

The Vietnam veteran community will miss him.



Jim Dugan
178th Repl. Co., 90th Repl. Bn.
US Army Vietnam - Camp Alpha
Life Member

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Name:  Dave Koopman,  (460th Field Maintenance Squadron)                Feb 22, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  According to Wikipedia the free Encyclopedia at URL:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_W._Nolan

Keith William Nolan succumbed to cancer on 19 February, 2009 at his home near St. Charles.

Mr. Nolan is the author of many authentic Vietnam war books.

 *  House to House:  Playing the Enemy's Game in Saigon
 *  Ripcord: Screaming Eagles Under Siege, Vietnam 1970
 *  Battle for Saigon: Tet 1968
 *  Sappers In The Wire (Texas A&M University Military History Series)
 *  A Hundred Miles of Bad Road (Dwight Birdwell, coauthor)
 *  The Magnificent Bastards: The Joint Army-Marine Defense of Dong Ha, 1968
 *  Operation Buffalo: USMC Fight for the DMZ
 *  Into Cambodia, 1970: Spring Campaign, Summer Offensive
 *  Into Laos: The Story of Dewey Canyon Ii/Lam Son 719, Vietnam 1971
 *  Death Valley: The Summer Offensive, I Corps, August 1969
 *  Battle for Hue: Tet 1968

David E. Koopman
TSNA Life Member

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Hello Everyone, Feb 22, 2009

In addition to what Dave Koopman found out, Keith William Nolan lived in Blackwell, MO and it is a suburb of St Charles, MO.

I called the telephone number that I have for Keith and it has been disconnected.

Your friend,

Charles Penley

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Name:  Jimmy Gallagher  (460th AEMS, NCOIC Doppler Section)                   Feb 21, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  I was the NCOIC of the Doppler Section in the 460th AEMS from Dec 1967 to Dec 1968.  Would like to hear from any warriors that were there during that time frame.

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Name:  Larry Fry  (Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON)                   Feb 21, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  This came in recently from our member Hugh Ames  (HQ 7th Air Force, CMSgt, NCOIC Plans).

It appears to be something we should mention on the web site - and as one of the links on the Links tab.

Please check out URL:    https://www.nationalresourcedirectory.org/nrd/public/DisplayPage.do?parentFolderId=6006

Thanks Hugh!



Larry E. Fry
VP, TSNA
Editor, Revetments

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Name:  Bob Laymon   (377th CAMS, Scatback T-39, Crew Chief)                Feb 21, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  Please post the following URLs on our TSNA Guest Web page, for all of our Patriots to view and enjoy the spontaneous actions of Rick Monday:

 http://www.danzfamily.com/videos/blogvideos/Rick-Monday-Saves-the-American-Flag.wmv

 http://www.danzfamily.com/archives/2006/04/rick_monday_sav.php

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Name:  Tony Plonski,  (460th AEMS)                    Feb 20, 2009
Email:  

Comments:  I've not yet signed up for this years reunion, but I will.

At the reunion in St Louis, MO., myself, Glenn Figart, and Joe Sutch attended.

Please note that until that reunion, we had not seen each other since 1968.  We worked the Flight Control Shop, 460th AEMS, on the second shift.  We had a great crew crew back then.  Have not found everyone as yet.

With the reunion coming up in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, I encourage everyone out there to do their searches, make the calls and reconnect with old friends.

You may get a lot of "misses" but the "hit's" are worth the effort.

Best regards.

Tony Plonski

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  As of today, we have a total of sixty-nine (69) people who have indicated they are going to the Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Reunion.  Of those ten have already paid their registrations dues.  We are a little less than eight months till the next Reunion.

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Name:  Stan Morris,  (377th Security Police Squadron)                Feb 18, 2009
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Comments:  I got a very nice hand written letter and TSNA card in the mail this week from Janice Jones and I'd like to pass on to this lady a thank you for her efforts.

I got a nice feeling from head to toe when I opened it and it reminded me that there are still those precious people who remember us and show that they care.

Wish we could attend the upcoming reunion, but we are still a couple of years away from making long trips.

Stan Morris
377th SPS
1967 - 1968
Vietnam Security Police Association
Tan Son Nhut Association
Veteran of Foreign Wars
Disabled American Veteran

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Name:  George Plunkett,  (1961st Communications Group)                Feb 18, 2009
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Comments:  Dear Mr. Plunkett:

I am writing to you from the US Consulate in HCMC (formerly Saigon), Vietnam.  I inadvertently ran across your website for Tan Son Nhat veterans while doing some research for an exhibit we are organizing at the consulate.

I am hoping that you would help me get out the word to your membership that we are seeking historic memorabilia to document the American presence in Saigon from the earliest time (first consul came here in 1907) to the present.

If any of your members have any materials or photos that they would like to donate, that would be wonderful.  I understand you will have reunion later this year.  If you could be so kind as to make an announcement regarding our project, I would be most grateful.

Many thanks,

Angela Dickey
Deputy Consul General
U.S. Consulate Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
dickeyar@state.gov
ardickey@aol.com

George Plunkett
Director of Membership Development
TSN 1962-63-64-66-67

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Name:  Cary Louderback,  (8th Aerial Port Squadron)                Feb 17, 2009
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Comments:  New member Dennis Lander ... Your name rings a bell!

Does my name do the same for you?  How about Chuck McClellan?  Talk to me.  Talk to Chuck.  We have memories to revive!!!!  Line Loading!  Mobility!

This is gonna be GREAT!!

WELCOME HOME, BROTHER!!!!

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Name:  Dr. Larry E. Teboe,  (19th Air Commando Squadron)                Feb 17, 2009
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Comments:  Just came across your web site.  I was with the 19th Air Commando Squadron from 2 Nov 1966 to 3 Nov 1967 as a aircraft mechanic on C-123's.

I was there when we modified the C-123 B to the C-123K.

It is good to finally find some who were assigned to the same unit.

God bless,

Dr. Larry E. Teboe
Msgt USAF (Ret)

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Acai, Stephen, North Carolina, U.S. Army, Tan Son Nhut Mortuary (Renewal to Life Member and a Donation)
2.  Lander, Dennis, California, 8th Aerial Port Squadron, Line Loading/Mobilities (New Member)

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Name:  Johnnie Jernigan,  (460th AEMS (Navigation Shop)                Feb 16, 2009
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Comments:  Gary Redlinski has designed/identified lots of stuff with the TSNA logo on it.  See the web site at URL:    http://www.artsnow.com/TSNA

Gary donates 100% of the money brought in, to the Tan Son Nhut Association.

Your Friend,

Johnnie Jernigan

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Name:  Charles Penley,  (377th Security Police Squdron)                Feb 14, 2009
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Comments:  Being as the TSNA 2009 Reunion is being held at the Main Stay Suites, Pigeon Forge, TN., I thought it would be nice if you viewed their 3:08 video at URL:    http://www.mainstaypigeonforge.com/mainstay_movie.html  On that web page click on the movie reel.

Your friend,

Charles Penley

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Hatfield, Harlan N., California, 460th AEMS (PMEL) (Renewal to Life Member)

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Name:  Amanda Thayer,                        Feb 13, 2009
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Comments:  My name is Amanda Thayer and I was hoping you could help me locate someone that was stationed at Tan Son Nhut and also Yokata Air Base during the late 1960's.

I'm looking for information on my father-in-law, Sgt Gerald Luois Thayer.

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Love, Garland W., Arizona, 377th USAF Dispensary, Medical Service Superintendent  (Renewal)
2.  Bracken, Frank Jr. Nebraska, 377th Security Police Squadron (New Member and a Donation)

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Name:  Mike Moore,                        Feb 10, 2009
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Comments:  My name is Michael Moore, I am the son of SSGT. Abraham Lincoln Moore USAF.  My father passed away on Oct. 11 1969, at Tan Son Nhut.  From what I have been told there where others on the plane also.  Can you tell me if the names I seen on your site, that passed away the same day, where in his flight crew.  I was also told there where 2 young men that did not die in the crash, is this true (I hope so)?  If you have any information, it would be nice to find it out.

Also I ride (motorcycle) for The C.A.V., The Canadian Army Veteran Motorcycle Unit.  I ride as a supporter, not a vet(because of a diablity).  I wear my fathers two crest's on my vest, from his time in the service.  I wear them with pride.   I would like to know if there is a crest for the 17th Special Operations Squadron, if so do you know where I can get one?  Also I would consider it a honor if you and the Association would let me wear one of your crest on my vest, to honor those who served and passed away at Tan Son Nhut Air Base.  If this is possable can you tell me how much it would cost to have one sent to:

Mike Moore
P.O. Box 507
Spaniard's Bay
N.L. Canada
A0A 3X0.

Yes we moved back to Newfoundland Canada when dad died.  Mom was from here.

Next summer not this one I am planning a ride to the Black Wall and my dad's grave.  It will be my frist time seeing the wall,and 1st time seeing his grave since he was laid to rest.

Thank you for any and all help you can give.

Michael Moore

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Name:  Charles Penley,  (377th Security Police Squdron)                Feb 08, 2009
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Comments:  We have always said that the Tan Son Nhut Association is like a family.

One of our members, Ken Winchester is having a very tough time with the health of his wife, Mary Dean.   She is in the hospital and very ill and a decision will have to be made soon, by him and his son and family.

Please add Mary Dean Winchester to your special prayers.

If you want to contact Ken Winchester, then go to the TSNA Members web page and click on his email address.

Your friend,

Charles Penley

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Name:  Bob Laymon   (377th CAMS, Scatback T-39, Crew Chief)                Feb 08, 2009
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Comments:  Please go to the TSNA Reunion page at URL:   http://www.tsna.org/reunion/index.html

There you will see a map showing Knoxville, TN and Pigeon Forge, TN.  If you use Interstate-40 in your drive to the TSNA 2009 Reuion, Pigeon Forge, TN., it will help you tremendously.

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  DiGuglielmo, Thomas J., Pennsylvania, 1876th Communications Squadron, Air Traffic Control  (New Member)
2.  Griffin, John C., Washington, 460th TRW, 12th TRS (RF-4C Weapon System Officer)  (Renewal)
3.  Tkachuk, Nicholas F., Indiana, Det 1, 5th Communication Squadron, Div PACAF, Cryptographer  (Renewal)

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Name:  Edward Kutan  (460th Field Maintenance Squadron, Heavy Maintenance on RF-4C and Crash Recovery)        Feb 07, 2009
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Comments:  Thank you again for allowing me the priviledge to belong to this great association.

As they say "War is Hell" but the memories of that war are a lot worse when they are bottled up inside of you.  I am thankful that I found Tan Son Nhut Assocition and was able to talk to others in the same position and be able to remember again(good and bad).

How many Brothers and Sisters are still out there the way I was?  They need our help to let them know that what they did was right.  They need to talk to someone that was there and experienced the same thing as we did when we came home.

I am there for them if they want to talk.  They need to find someone to help them break out of their shell like this association did for me.

They need to know that no matter what they heard from the citizens here at home that what they did was right.  They were in a far away land defending this great country of ours.

I am proud that I could serve my country and am not ashamed because of it.  They need to feel the same way.

To them I say "WELCOME HOME!" And Thank You.

Edward Kutan
TSN 1967 -  1968

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Name:  Edward Kutan  (460th Field Maintenance Squadron, Heavy Maintenance on RF-4C and Crash Recovery)        Feb 07, 2009
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Comments:  Brothers and Sisters, I find it important that I have to mention that we need to remember those that paid the ultimate sacrifice serving their country.  We need to remember those brave souls that were wounded, or paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives serving this great country of ours.

They will not be forgotten.  They will be in my heart forever.

Even though the citizens did not appreciate what was done in Nam, we know that what we were called to do was right.  We were called by our country to defend her shores.  That I did proudly right or wrong.

Thousands of Brothers were wounded or lost their lives in Nam.  What they did was not in vain.  They were defending this great country of ours.   It is vital that we remember them for their sacrifices.  They will not be forgotten.

To all you Vietnam Vets, "Thank You for your service."

What you did was not in vain.   WELCOME HOME!

Edward Kutan
TSN 1967 - 1968

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  Ed, what you have written above was from your heart.  All the Tan Son Nhut Association Members and non-members think as you do.

Welcome Home, Everyone!

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Name:  Jim Gropper,  (97th Artillery Group, Alpha Battery (June 1965 - July 1966)          Feb 07, 2009
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Comments:  Kutan is right about the snubs from the citizens, when we came back.

Anyway, when you go to the reunion, try and get an extra day and drive over the pass To the Cherokee Nation and see the hills and the flowers that grow along the roadway and maybe hike some of the trails, on top of the pass.

Don't forget Cades Cove and the wildlife.

Lots to see!

Well, I have to go get another bud and raise a toast to all that didn't come back

Jim Gropper

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Burks, Charles E., Sr., Texas, 33rd Air Base Squadron, 6250th Combat Support Squadron, 377th Supply Squadron (BEMO)  (Renewal to Life Member)
2.  Maranville, James I., Iowa, 360th Tactical Electronic Warfare  (Renewal and a Donation)
3.  Martin, Johnny A., North Carolina, 377th Security Police Squadron  (Renewal)
4.  Miller, James L., Kentucky, 377th Security Police Squadron  (Renewal and a Donation)
5.  O'Dell, Edward C., Texas, 377th Supply Squadron  (Renewal)
6.  Wayman, Ronald A. Arizona, 460th Field Maintenance Sq. (Hydraulic Shop)   (Renewal)

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Name:  Jim Dugan,  (178th Replacement Company, 90th Replacement Battalion, Camp Alpha)          Feb 06, 2009
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Comments:  I came across this on the internet some time ago, saved it, and forgot I had it.  I don't remember where I found it, and I don't know who wrote it, but I want to pass it on.

I read last week, that 2.7 million Americans physically served with boots on the ground in Vietnam.  Of that number, less than a million of us survive almost 35 years after the war ended.  How accurate those figures are, I don't know for certain, but they match up to a report by the VFW a few years ago which, in turn, was based on uncertain VA figures.

Truthfully, I don't think anyone really knows with certainty how many of us survive.  Agent Orange, suicide, run in with legal authorities, and death by natural causes have greatly reduced our numbers.

I'm sure we all served in Vietnam with someone who also served in World War II and Korea.  Their military values were passed down to us first hand.  We all know the World War II generation is rapidly passing from the scene.  Korean War veterans are closely behind.

Vietnam veterans are now the largest group of all war veterans in the country.  Perhaps that is the reason for this thank you piece now.  Returning war veterans have always had a hard row to hoe.  When the war is raging, the soldier is everyone's hero.  When it ends, the veterans become its forgotten orphan children.

As Vietnam veterans, I don't think we ever felt like anyone's hero; we were denied that feeling, but I think we all know how it feels to be an orphan.

We have heard a new generation say the words:  "Welcome Home!," and, if they were around in the 60's and early 70's, we may thank them, but wonder at the sincerity of the greeting.   We should always be proud of the fact we are Vietnam Veterans!

Jim Dugan
178th Repl. Co., 90th Repl. Bn.
US Army Vietnam - Camp Alpha
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Name:  Bob Laymon   (377th CAMS, Scatback T-39, Crew Chief)                Feb 05, 2009
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Comments:  Please check out the You-tube video – which should remind all of us of the importance of airpower to our nation, at URL:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFw1PgZfOg4

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Ramey, David, Ohio, 377th Security Police Squadron  (Renewal)
2.  Markson, James, New York, 377th Security Police Squadron  (Renewal)

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Name:  Tom DiGuglielmo  (1876th Communications Squadron)                 Feb 05, 2009
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Comments:  I'm Tom DiGuglielmo and I was with the 1876th Communications Squadron, Feb 1971 to Dec 1971.

Over the Christmas holiday I was notified my brother Thomas (TJ) W. Johnson had passed away the early part of 2008.  When his brother got the Christmas card I sent TJ, he figured I must have been a good friend of his.  Truth is we went through Air Traffic Control school at Keesler, then we were both sent to Sheppard and he was best man at my wedding.

He tried to take my orders to Nam but found out he was going 1 month after me!  We worked together at Saigon Approach Control and spent many nights downtown Saigon.

Over the next almost 40 years we hooked up when we had a chance, but we always stayed in touch.  He was one of the few people I could talk to about those days in country and life in general, since we had shared so many of the same paths.

If any one remembers TJ, say a prayer, he has to be in a better place.

Thanks,

Tom Di

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Name:  Larry Fry  (Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON)                   Feb 02, 2009
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Comments:  The February issue of the Tan Son Nhut Association newsletter “Revetments” is now available on the TSNA website:    http://members.cox.net/72452/revetments/mainpage.html

This issue contains up to date information on the 2009 Tan Son Nhut Association Reunion to be held in October.

There is also an update on new items in our BX/PX, as well as some interesting stories.

Thank you for being a member of this great organization.

Larry E. Fry
VP, TSNA
Editor, Revetments

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Name:  Dave Koopman,  (460th Field Maintenance Squadron)                Feb 02, 2009
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Comments:  I mentioned once that I have seen Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky and his wife close up while stationed at Tan Son Nhut Air Base.  Today I was surfing the internet and found an interesting article about Nguyen Cao Ky.  I learned he has a daughter named Nguyen Cao Ky Duyen and that she has a web page.

Biography:

Ky Duyen was born in Saigon Capital, [South Vietnam], and was just shy of 10 years old during the "Fall of Saigon" in 1975 when her family left for the United States.  Her parents were anti-communist and worried that they would be persecuted by the North Vietnamese authorities after it succeeded in taking over South Vietnam.  Her father, Nguyen Cao Ky, is a former South Vietnamese prime minister, vice president, and air-force general.  He has since made peace with the new regime in his former homeland.

Ky Duyen is an attorney that currently works as a Master of Ceremonies for Thuy Nga's Paris By Night videos and lives in Orange County, California.  She was married to Trinh Hoi, a fellow Vietnamese-American attorney and a concert promoter.

Dec. 2, 2008, Ky Duyen and Trinh Hoi announced their plan to end the marriage.  Ky Duyen broke the news in her website, at URL:

Click on the URL:   http://kyduyenhouse.com/

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Name:  Hugh Groves                        Feb 01, 2009
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Comments:  I read your request on the Tan Son Nhut Association, View Message web page and was interested in the early dates of 1961 and 1962, "Tent City" photographs you inquired about.

My name is Hugh Groves and my father, Capt. Fergus Coleman Groves, (USAF - KIA Feb 1962) was one of the initial C-123 Ranchand pilots training/flying out of TSN Air Base, in late 1961 and early 1962.

I am interested in speaking with anyone who may have been at TSN and met or knew my father during that time, as well as getting any photos of him or any of the airmen(or aircraft) on the flight line.

I have spoken to Larry Fry and am very grateful to him for photographs and information he was able to give me.

If you knew my father or not and have any insight or memories of TSN Air Base durying these early dates and would be willing to share them with me, I would greatly apperciate it.

My contact information is:

Hugh Groves
4991 N Echo Summit Pl
Star,Idaho 83669
Ph: (208) 867-4571cell (208) 286-0803

Regards,

Hugh Groves

P.S. Say Hello to Larry if you speak to him.

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Name:  Hugh Penn                        Feb 01, 2009
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Comments:  My name is Hugh Penn and I was stationed at Pleiku Air Base in Feb 1969 - Jan 1970.

I had a friend at Tan Son Nhut.  His name is (I might butcher the last name) Jefferson Douglas Chooawateawa (Chooch a wa tee wa) Souix Indian.  I knew him at Craig Air Force Base, Selma, AL and when he was stationed at TSN.

I visited with him twice there and he was a civil engineer, as an E-4.  Does anyone remember him?  He would have been there approximately Feb - March 1969 thru 1970.  I have been trying to track him for years.

Also trying to track Roger Hurley from Kansas City, MO.  He worked in the machine room of the base personel office (CBPO).  He was stationed at Tan Son Nhut, maybe in 1968 after the TET Offensive, I beleive.  He later transfered to Pleiku.  He spent a lot of time in the far east and was at Okinawa before Vietnam.

Can anyone help please, contact me at the above email address.

Thanks and I'm enjoying reading your web site.

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Name:  Edward Kutan  (460th Field Maintenance Squadron, Heavy Maintenance on RF-4C and Crash Recovery)        Feb 01, 2009
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Comments:  To the Officers and Members of TSNA,

Thank you for all of your help since I joined this great association.  I am thankful that I found your website and joined.

As we all know coming home from Nam to demonstrations was not like what happened to past wars.  No parades or whatever.  Who needs that fanfare?  I came home proud that I had served this great country of ours no matter what.

What I (we) did not get was any welcome home from the citizens that we fought to protect.  That hurt!

After all these years I finally heard two words that made my day.  It made me feel wanted and appreciated.  Those words were WELCOME HOME!  Thank you for that.

To all brothers and sisters that served in Vietnam I need to thank you for serving this great country of ours.  You did the right thing appreciated or not.

I need to pray for those brave souls that gave their lives in defense of this great country of ours.  They will not be forgotten.  They will be in my heart forever.

WELCOME HOME!

Edward Kutan
TSN 1967 - 1968

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  Ed, on behalf of the TSNA we "Thank You," for your above letter.  "Welcome Home," to you also.

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Name:  Edward Kutan  (460th Field Maintenance Squadron, Heavy Maintenance on RF-4C and Crash Recovery)        Jan 31, 2009
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Comments:  I am writing this on this special day in the history of Tan Son Nhut to show my appreciation for what sacrifices were made by those involved in defending TSN during the attack.   They need to be remembered now and always for the job they did that day.

Thank you is not enough.  I will pray for them and especially want to remember the four brave souls who paid the ultimate sacrifice that day.  I was saddened to learn that they had lost their lives.

I learned of the attack when I got home.  I was on the Freedom Bird when the attack happened.  God spared me that day.

All who served in Vietnam also need to be thanked and remembered for serving their country in a faraway land.

WELCOME HOME Brothers!

Edward Kutan

TSN 1967-1968

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Krier, Keith W., Ohio, 460th Field Maintenance Squadron, Aircraft Battery Shop  (New Member and a Life Member)

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Name:  Bob Laymon   (377th CAMS, Scatback T-39, Crew Chief)                Jan 30, 2009
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Comments:  31 January 2009, is the 41st anniversary date of, "The Battle for Tan Son Nhut - Tet 1968.

Below is a link to the Vietnam Center, Texas Tech University with a panel discussion about the base, the enemy's Tet attack plans and heroic defense by members of the USAF, US Army and allied ARVN - VNAF.

Although there were some technical problems with the A.V. presentation equipment, the briefing is both powerful and historically accurate.

The Battle for Tan Son Nhut - Tet 1968

"Orientation tour of Tan Son Nhut Air Base"

Bob Laymon, CMSgt, USAF (retired)
Director (Pro Tem) - Tan Son Nhut Association

"The Vietcong and PAVN Historical Perspective on The Battle for Tan Son Nhut"

Merle Pribbenow, CIA Operations Officer (Ret.)
CIA - Saigon Station

"Combined US/RVN Defense of Tan Son Nhut"

Bernie DeNisio, Col, USAF (Ret.)
377th SPS, Weapons Systems Security Operations Officer, TSN flightline

It is at URL:     http://www.virtual.vietnam.ttu.edu/cgi-bin/starfetch.exe?d83XKvE3CRGtqy7U4SUCydMb9EwxVBWUvVymLWYUHb8AHgDuTzIaKOe56@go8h3jehGkeQKUADwjWXmVl3GHO5uKt39WXS55wQgyGLpW8cV5vJiTgOvMGw/999vi2477-high.wmv

It is 1 hour and 26 minutes in length.

PowerPoint slides & PDF Version of Talk is at URL:    http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/pages/symposium2008.php

Scroll-down about 1/4 of the way to:  3:30 PM Session 4b:  The Battle for Tan Son Nhut - Tet 1968 [Redwood]

Moderator:  James Willbanks, PhD, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth

Double-click on:  Power Point; PDF version of Talk is at URL:    http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/pages/symposium2008.php

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Betts, Chobby A., California, 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Aerospace Sensor Repair Technician   (New Member)
2.  Hodges, Charles E. Jr., Tennessee, 8th Aerial Port Squadron  (New Member)

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Name:  Janice Jones,                        Jan 30, 2009
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Comments:  People, people, people.  Get ready.  There are some big days coming.

It all starts on October 15, 2009 and ends on October 18, 2009.  It is called the Tan Son Nhut Association 2009 Reunion (Family Reunion) and everyone is invited.

The family is getting together at a beautiful hotel in God's backyard.  It is a terrifically wonderful backyard to come visit, play in, spend money and take zillions of photographs.

It is a tourist paradise in which there are hundreds of things to see and experience and just enjoy.

From one day break to another, you can fill the time in any way that would please you.  So, check it out.  Starting on Oct. 15-18, Pigeon Forge, TN is the place to be.

Come and make this the best TSNA family reunion ever!

See ya there,

Janice Jones

P.S. Questions may be sent to the Webmaster.  He is the Man with the answers.

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Name:  Keith Krier,                        Jan 28, 2009
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Comments:  Served in the 460th Field Maintenance Squadron, Tan Son Nhut from December 1968 - May 1969.  Got reassigned to Lockbourne AFB, Ohio.  Worked in the aircraft battery shop.

Shared a hooch with Larry Donley and was lucky to have best friend, Robin Temple there with me.

We’d love to hear from anyone I served with.

Keith Krier

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Name:  Charles Penley,  (377th Security Police Squdron)                Jan 26, 2009
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Comments:  I have just now scanned a five (5) page document that should interest quite a few personnel who was on Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Dec 19, 1969.

It is titled:  Combat Operations After Action Report (RCS: PAF-Y1), dated 12 Jan 1970.

It is the Security Police report on the "Attack On Tan Son Nhut," in which four enemy rockets impacted on Tan Son Nhut in the main contonement area.

Page 5, has a map and shows approximately where those rockets landed.

Email me if you would like the .pdf document and I will email it back to you.

Your friend,

Charles Penley

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Name:  Johnnie Jernigan,  (460th AEMS (Navigation Shop)                Jan 25, 2009
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Comments:  Twelve new items have been added to the PX/BX web page at URL:    http://www.tsna.org/tsnapxbx/index.html  Please stop by and see if there is something there for you.

Your Friend,

Johnnie Jernigan

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Avera, Jimmy, Tennessee, 1876th Communications Squadron  (New Member and a Life Member)

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Name:  Johnnie Jernigan,  (460th AEMS (Navigation Shop)                Jan 23, 2009
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Comments:  I just now visited the Monthly Web Page and saw the tribute to the men who lost their lives in the O-51 Bunker.  I have tears in my eyes and can't seem to stop crying because of their sacrifice that night.

I feel very strongly that they (and all the other Security Police including you and my cousin Fred Jernigan, all the augmentees, and the Army troop involved with TET 1968 at Tan Son Nhut) saved my life that night.

I was asleep in the 1200-Area when it all went down.

I am forever grateful and can not ever express my gratitude for those brave souls that did their duty that night.

As we draw closer to the anniversary of TET 1968, I will say a prayer for all who were involved at TSN and throughout Vietnam during that battle.

Thanks Charles for high-lighting this for me.

Your Friend,

Johnnie Jernigan

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Dawkins, Don, Tennessee, 460th Armament and Electronics Maintenance Squadron  (New Member and a Life Member)
2.  Rodriguez, Raul C., Texas, 377th Transportation Squadron  (New Member)

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Name:  Cary Louderback  (8th Aerial Port Squadron)                 Jan 23, 2009
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Comments:  I was with 8th Aerial Port Squadron, at Tan Son Nhut, Aug 1971 to Aug 1972.

First 5 - 6 months, I worked Line Loading (I was an Air Freight Spec, AFSC 60551).

In early 1972, I was chosen to go into the MOBILITY Section.

My question is simple ... Anyone that peruses this website ..... Do you have any knowledge of that Mobility Section?

In the past 34+ years, I've found no one that ever even heard of us, except on the Mobility website.

Actually, another possible question .... if you ever heard or knew of Mobility, do you know anyone that was in the unit?

Thanks in advance, cause I know I'm gonna get some response(s).

Thanks Brothers,

Cary Louderback

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Name:  Janice Jones                        Jan 22, 2009
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Comments:  Here we are again, Brothers and Sisters, on the edge of the 41st Anniversary of the TET Offensive, Tan Son Nhut.  We remember those who gave their all for Vietnam and for our Country.  God Bless them!

We also remember those brave "Men" who fought the good fight and kept Tan Son Nhut safe and still under the umbrella of freedom.  All of them were injured in some way whether it was physically, mentally or emotionally.  The Tan Son Nhut Defenders deserve our thanks and our deep appreciation for a job "extremely well done."

We salute you - Tan Son Nhut!!!

Forever,

Janice Jones

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Name:  Jimmy Avera                        Jan 22, 2009
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Comments:  Hello brother,

I just sent in my "Lifetime Membership," to the Tan Son Nhut Association and also ordered some things from Johnnie.  He told me about the reunion coming up in October in Pigeon Forge.

I saw a picture of you in the Revetments.  Maybe we'll meet up at the big get together.

Thanks for allo of your help and once again, "Welcome Home".

Jimmy Avera

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  Jimmy, we will definately meet at the reunion in Pigeon Forge, TN and share a cup of coffee and speak of things from long ago.

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Name:  Charles Penley  (377th Air Police Squadron)                Jan 21, 2009
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Comments:  Someone asked me awhile back if I knew anything about a mine being set off at Tan Son Nhut's Main Gate, 1966.

I did not know the answer at the time.  I now know the answer and passing it on here.

It came from the (Summary of USMACV Summary, News Events .pdf and it states:

Jan 07, 1966, Monday, A claymore mine explodes at Tan Son Nhut gate (entrance to Saigon Airport), killing two persons and injuring 12."

If you need that .pdf I will email it to you.

Thank you,

Charles Penley

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Name:  Charles Penley  (377th Air Police Squadron)                Jan 21, 2009
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Comments:  Larry Fry and I are looking for some 1961 - 1962 photographs of Tan Son Nhut's "Tent City" out near the runway.  If you have any photographs, will you share them with us.

Thank you,

Charles Penley

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Allen, Thomas S., 8th Aerial Port Squadron  (Renewal)
2.  Mancuso, Paul, New York, 460th Field Maintenance Squadron  (New Member)

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Name:  Rich Carvell  (12th Reconnaissance Intelligence Technical Squadron)                Jan 20, 2009
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Comments:  The peaceful transfer of power in our government has taken place.  It's what veterans fought and died for.  What a wonderful day across our great nation.

God bless America.

Rich Carvell
Tan Son Nhut
June 1070-1971

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Name:  George Plunkett,  (1961st Communications Group)                Jan 19, 2009
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Comments:  "TSNA Golfers:

If you would like to arrive early for the reunion and play golf in the Pigeon Forge area, please email me with your name and phone number.  Tee time reservations are not accepted more than 30 days in advance.  I will contact Eagles Landing Golf Course on Sept 14 and give them a list of interested participants.

Here is an internet link to the golf course at URL:   http://www.seviervilletn.org/DepartmentPages/Golf.htm  And don't forget -  the MainStay Suites will honor our special Reunion rate for three days before AND three days after the Reunion - so come on down!

George Plunkett
Director of Membership DevelopmentTSN 1962-63-64-66-67

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Name:  Jim Gropper,  (97th Artillery Group, Alpha Battery (June 1965 - July 1966)          Jan 18, 2009
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Comments:  Wasn't there just one runway at Tan Son NHut in 1965 and1966?

I don't remember.  All the maps I can find of TSN show two runways.

Can any one jog my memory about that.

The sead in 1966, where moving us out off TSN, so they could build another runway?  So they moved us out to Hock Mon, Charlies supply and training area, located in the old "Rubber Plantation," next to our tack sight.  That's when my favorite song became, "Please Mister Custer," (a little humor.)

Any way, every one keep warm and dry

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  Jim, in your time frame at Tan Son Nhut, there was only one runway.  Around Sep 1967 the second run way was opened.

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Name:  Don Dawkins,                        Jan 18, 2009
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Comments:  I can only imagine how many emails you receive and hope you will reply to this one.

I just recently discovered the Tan Son Nhut Assocition website and spent hours looking and ended up getting lost on a couple of things.

1.  I am mailing a Life Membership Application w/check tomorrow.
2.  Somewhere, I thought on the BX page, I saw a CD with a detailed map of TSN as the cover and now I cannot find it.  Somewhere else I read that you may offer a detail map for sale. I have a "sketch" printed out from somewhere but just shows a lot of K-9 sectors and a couple of gates.  CAN YOU HELP?
3.  Also found some messages somewhere on the site that had a person I wish to contact but now I cannot even get back to the messages.  I saw the headers marked with a "pencil" graphic, can you help with this one?
4.  In my hours of roaming the website I saw an entry by Dave Koopman about a Combat Action Medal.  Where may I obtain info on eligibility?

Thanks for any help and I hope to be able to take better notes on the location of info on this wonderfully rich source of comrades and information.

FROM THE WEB MASTER:  I will email you in a few minutes with some help.

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Name:  Sue Kofoid                        Jan 17, 2009
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Comments:  I came across your website the other night when looking for a way to prove my husband's service at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Saigon, Vietnam in 1966 and decided to contact your organization.

My husband, Allan D. Kofoid was with the 552nd Electronic Maint. Sq., McClelland AFB, Sacramento, CA in April 1966 when he was sent TDY to Taiwan to the 6212th Spt. Sq.  From there he rotated to Tan Son Nhut and back to Taiwan Air Base every 7-11 days, working on the electronics of the EC-121D involved with the "Big Eye Task Force."   The Operations Officer for the Big Eye Task Force was Major Kenneth Figeroid.

His military personnel file does not show his rotations to Tan Son Nhut so the VA is denying him benefits for having contracted prostate cancer from Agent Orange in Vietnam.  So far I have not been able to locate pay records, duty rosters, morning reports or anything that would identify his service in Vietnam.

Your website doesn't really tell me what your organization consists of but I'm wondering if any of your members know of a source I could contact for the information needed.  I'm in contact with the Air Force Historical Agency or Society at Maxwell AFB, AL but so far they have not been able to supply me with what is needed.

If your Association could help, it surely would be appreciated.  I can be reached at home, at 1-501-345-8882.  My email address is listed above.

Hopefully,

Sue Kofoid

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Elderton, William J., Washington, 377th USAF Hospital  (Renewal)
2.  Juarez, Roberto, Texas, 619th Tactical Control Squadron, 505th Control Group  (Renewal to Life Membership)

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Name:  Bob Laymon   377th CAMS, Scatback T-39, Crew Chief                Jan 15, 2009
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Comments:   The Tan Son Nhut Association is pleased to announce our guests-of-honor for the 2009 Reunion in Pigeon Forge, TN:

1st Lieutenant Thomas R. Norris, USNR (Ret.)
Recipient – Medal of Honor

Colonel Darrel D. Whitcomb, USAFR (Ret.)
Author – The Rescue of BAT 21

LT Norris and Col Whitcomb will keynote our Saturday evening, October 17th banquet with a PowerPoint presentation on the search & rescue effort to recover aviators shot down just south of the DMZ in Vietnam during 1972. During the briefing, both Norris & Whitcomb will emphasize the supporting roles of units and personnel assigned to Tan Son Nhut AB and co-located HQ USMACV.

Col Whitcomb will open with a situation-briefing of events surrounding the North Vietnamese Army "Eastertide Invasion" of Military Region I during the spring of 1972, and the subsequent shoot down of EB-66C s.n. 54-0466, with sole-survivor Lt Col Iceal "Gene" Hambleton, call sign BAT 21 Bravo, beginning Hambleton’s legendary escape & evasion from enemy forces on 2 April 1972 {and lasting 11 1/2 days}. The following day, 1st Lt Mark N. Clark, call sign NAIL 38 Bravo was shot down in his OV-10A {2 km southeast of BAT 21B} and evaded capture over the next eight days. After numerous rescue attempts, and losses of SAR aircraft and life, Gen Creighton Abrams, COMUSMACV ordered no more helicopter rescue attempts.

LT Norris will then step forward, recounting how he and RVN sea commando Petty Officer Nguyen Van Kiet infiltrated behind North Vietnamese lines, twice over a period of two days to rescue Lt Clark, then Lt Col Hambleton from their E&E positions, while they were surrounded by 30,000 invading NVA troops, supported by heavy NVA armor, AAA, SA-2 & SA-7 SAMs, and long-range 130mm artillery.

Please see additional biographical on the two men at URL:   http://www.tsna.org/reunion/index.html

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Adams, John A., Georgia, TSN Base Ops, 377th ABG/DO (C-47 Pilot)  (Renewal)
2.  Boydston, Ronald L., Washington, 525th Combat Evaluation Group, Military Intelligence Unit  (Renewal)
3.  Brown, Edward, Georgia, 377th Combat Support Group (Main BX)  (Renewal)
4.  Harris, Melvin E. , Oklahoma, Det 1500, USAF Postal and Courier Service  (Renewal)
5.  Newberry, Robert D., Michigan, 178th Replacement Co., 90th Replacement BN  (Renewal)
6.  Shea, Michael, Pennsylvania, 1876th Communications Squadron   (Renewal)
7.  Sirrine, Michael W., Oregon, US Army, 507th Transportation Goup  (Renewal)

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Name:  Dolores Coyle                        Jan 12, 2009
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Comments:  My Uncle, Lt. Edward M. Coyle, was assigned to Tan Son Nhut Air Base in 1965 and again from 1966 - 1968 with the 7th Air Force.  I am wondering if there is anyone there that knows him or has pictures, or can identify people in pictures that I have.

My Uncle passed away July 21st, 2008.  We all miss him terribly.

Thank you for your time,

Dolores Coyle

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Name:  Cary Louderback  (8th Aerial Port Squadron)                 Jan 12, 2009
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Comments:  Located and spoke with retired Colonel Bob Vitolo over the weekend.  He says that he sold the CHICOM rifle, along with a lot of other collectables, back in 1986 or 1987, following a divorce.

So much for that.  It's 100% my bad, shouldn't have sold it in the first place.

Thanks,

Cary

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Morris, Stanley W., Nevada, 377th Security Police Squadron   (Renewal to Life Member)
2.  Stiffler, David, New York, US Army, 178th Replacement Company  (Renewal)

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Name:  Cary Louderback  (8th Aerial Port Squadron)                 Jan 06, 2009
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Comments:  Back in the early 1980's, I made the mistake of selling a "CHICOM" rifle that I'd brought home ... legally, registered, etc.

I sold it to a USAF Captain, Robert (Bob) Vittolo, who was working at the General Electric Plant rep Office (AFPRO) out of WPAFB, in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Capt Bob said if I ever wanted it back, no problem.

I've been searching, off and on, for him for many years.  I want the rifle back to pass down to my son.

Anybody ever hear of this guy?

Any leads at all VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!

Thanks,

Cary Louderback

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Name:  Larry Fry  (Detachment 8, 2nd ADVON)                   Jan 03, 2009
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Comments:  Happy New Year 2009!

The January issue of the Tan Son Nhut Association newsletter “Revetments” is now available on the TSNA website:    http://members.cox.net/72452/revetments/mainpage.html

Thank you for being a member of this great organization.
Larry E. Fry
VP, TSNA
Editor, Revetments

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  The Tan Son Nhut Association would like to take this time to share our latest Member information:

1.  Bardsley, Jeffrey P., Washington, 13th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron  (New Member)
2.  Stinson, Timothy, Massachusetts, 377th Combat Support Group, 7th Air Force, Combat News Editor  (New Member)
3.  Tripi, Robert C., Massachusetts, 460th AMS (Airborne Nav)  (Renewal)

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Name:  Edward Kutan                       Jan 01, 2009
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Comments:  First of all I would like to wish everyone in the Tan Son Nhut Association and the 377th Security Police Squadron, a Healthy and Happy New Year.

I saw the Picture of the Month on the TSNA website.  I was saddened yet appreciative of what the four fallen brothers did for their country.  They paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  For that I am extremely grateful.

Lastly, I would like to order the Attacks on Tan Son Nhut DVD.

Please let me know how I may do so.

Thank you,

Edward Kutan(TSN1967-1968)

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Name:  George Plunkett,  (1961st Communications Group)                Jan 01, 2009
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Comments:  Its Official!!!  The 2009 Tan Son Nhut Association Reunion will be held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, at the MainStay Suites    http://www.mainstaypigeonforge.com

Beginning on Thursday, October 15 and ending on Sunday, October 18.  To obtain the special rate, reservations must be made by calling toll free 1-888-428-8350.  Mention "Tan Son Nhut Association 2009 Reunion" to get the special rate.

The rate is $102.00 per night, plus tax.  This rate will also be offered for up to 3 days prior and 3 days after the reunion dates for those planning to come early and/or stay later.  A total of 129 guest rooms are available and we expect a large turnout, so please make your reservations early.  MainStay Suites feature 1 or 2 beds, kitchens, a sofa and iron/ironing board.

Reservations made with a credit card will not be charged to your account until you actually check in to the hotel.

Some of the amenities offered are a business center, cable/satellite TV, elevators, exercise room, free continental breakfast, free high speed internet, indoor and outdoor heated pools, guest laundry and a free newspaper (Monday thru Friday).  No pets are allowed.

Guest speakers:

, Lieutenant Thomas R. Norris, USNR (Ret.)
Recipient – Medal of Honor

Colonel Darrel D. Whitcomb, USAFR (Ret.)
Author – The Rescue of BAT 21

Mini-symposiums, and registration costs will be publicized as plans are finalized.

George Plunkett
Director of Membership Development
1st Mobile and 1961st Communications Groups
TSN 1962-63-64-66-67

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Tan Son Nhut Association
Scatback Personnel
2009 Reunion
October 15 - October 18, 2009

Military and Civilian Employee's that were assigned to, or came thru Tan Son Nhut, Air Base, Republic of Vietnam 1959 - 1975

 * Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is the destination city for the Reunion

 *  Guest speakers:

Lieutenant Thomas R. Norris, USNR (Ret.)
Recipient – Medal of Honor

Colonel Darrel D. Whitcomb, USAFR (Ret.)
Author – The Rescue of BAT 21

Mini-symposiums, and registration costs will be publicized as plans are finalized


 Meet your Veteran Brothers and Sisters



 Point of Contact TSNA:
 George Plunkett
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 Point of Contact Scatback:
 Bob Laymon
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Registration and Check-in:  You must identify yourself as a member of TSNA attending the reunion, to get this special room rate.

MainStay Suites Hotel
410 Pine Mountain Road
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee  37863

Toll Free:  1-888-428-8350
Fax:  1-865-428-5217

Room Rate:  $ 102.00 per night, plus tax

Check-in Thursday, Oct 15, 2009, 3:00 p.m.


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Name:  Charles Penley,  (377th Security Police Squadron)               Jan 01, 2009
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Comments:  January 01, 2009 has just arrived.  2008 had alot of good things and not so good things happen to us all.  The Tan Son Nhut Association Members getting involved with many aspects of our collective endeavors, was the main reason for our good times.

Your friend,

Charles Penley

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FROM THE WEB MASTER:  As you can see this is an updated version of the Tan Son Nhut Association web page.  It's your forum to voice, things that are on your mind?   What are your thoughts about Tan Son Nhut or Vietnam?  What would you like to discuss in this forum?  What do you want to share with the members of this association?   Please remember that we are a family friendly web site and keep it fairly clean.

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