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Nha Trang AB - Nha Trang City - Camp McDermott - 5th Special Forces

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    1/20/2008 - 12:21PM
    John Brooks (Jbdpi@aol.com)

    I was with Det. 1, 14 APS, Nha Trang, fron Aug 1969 thru Aug 1970. Since I was Aerial Port, if you came or left on a C7, C123 or C130 I probably met you and would love to hear from you. It seems we went our ways without doing what we really needed to do... stay in touch! Let's do it now. Hope to hear from you soon...John Brooks, SSGT, USAF (then)

    11/30/2007 - 9:09PM
    Jerry Barnhill (amberb@sccoast.net)

    14th SPS Nha Thrang AB Vietnam July 1968- July 1969. Nickname "Barnie Fie." TDY " Hon Tre Island,"

    11/29/2007 - 11:54PM
    Sam Cook (army@sjcook.com)

    Served in Signal Co., 5th SFGA at Nha Trang from Aug66-Feb68... was there for Tet. Traveled a lot as Roving Radio Repair, north from NHT. SP/5 Leg REMF 32C20. Would be great to hear from others in SigCo. My site is http://sjcook.com/army. Thanks.

    11/21/2007 - 5:03 AM
    Steve Brodsky (ponderer@charter.net)

    Served in the 14th FMS Electric Shop from 67-68. Would like to hear from anyone from the shop at that time.

    October 1, 2007 - 10:21 PM
    Bill Comrey (BillComrey@comcast.net)

    I was an Aircraft Repair Parts Supply SGT with the 21st Signal Group Aviation Detachment at the NW quadrant of the Nha Trang Airbase (near 5th Special Forces). I was in Pleiku in 1968, and Nha Trang from Jan69 to Aug69. Does anyone know where the USAF chemical batch plant was located? I'm doing fine but some of our vets are not so well. Please visit our website at www.21signal.org Best regards and Welcome Home men ... Bill Comrey of Harrisburg, PA

    September 05, 2007 - 02:05 AM
    Ray Watkins (cidgseeker@yahoo.com)

    I served in the CIDG Comptroller and Finance Office of the 5th Special Forces in Nha Trang from 1-68 to 8-69. If you served there also please contact me. Have located 60+ others who were there and we would like to hear from you.

    September 04, 2007 - 04:30 PM
    Dave Wilson (meguntersr@verizon.net)

    2 corp mike force - Vietnam 1967-1968. Would like to hear from anyone that served with me.

    September 02, 2007 - 09:39 PM
    William Frank (cars@discover-net.net)

    Nha Trang was about the best duty in 'Nam. Was assigned to the 14 FMS AGE shop from Jan 67 to Sep 69. Got shipped to Phu Cat, extended and got back to Nha Trang in the MC-130 and C-123K Blackbird AGE shop. Was there from Apr 70 to Feb 71. Would like to find some of the AGE people in the shops. Retired Jun 84

    August 30, 2007 - 05:49 PM
    Dolan Bonner (vegasray123@yahoo.com)

    Was a corrosion control specialist( washed aircraft) at Nha Trang from Aug68- Aug69. We ran the wash rack, inspected for corrosion, minor touch-up paint jobs.

    August 17, 2007 - 10:43 PM
    Stan Walkowski (Stan.walkowski@cox.net)

    Spent Jan 69 through Oct 69 as a AGE (Ground Power) mechanic at Nha Trang before the AF sent me to Phu Cat to finish up my tour. Enjoyed Nha Trang, hated Phu Cat. Turned 21 in Vietman. Any better way? Drank a lot of beer with my best friend Mike Powell both on base and at most (if not all) of the downtown bars. Stayed in the AF for 12 years until getting a civil service job with AF Audit Agency. Retired from Civil Service in 2003 with 37 years combined federal service. Question - Does anyone out there have any photos of the AGE Shop or the Ranch Hand building and tanks? Mine were lost.

    July 27, 2007 - 12:43 PM
    Glenn Klaner (gklaner@comcast.net)

    9th Air Commando Squadron, Nha Trang April 1967/April 1968. O2B/C-47.

    June 21, 2007 - 04:47 PM
    Thomas Laroe (adelinatom@aol.com)

    forgot to mention in my last message. If anyone wants a signed personal autographed copy of the book " DEROS NEVER" it is $17.50 and I pay the shipping. I have only 600 books left at my house so if you want one. Just mail a check or money order made out to Thomas LaRoe to:
    Thomas LaRoe
    1430 Cordova Dr
    Hemet Ca. 92543

    June 21, 2007 - 04:25 PM
    Thomas Laroe (adelinatom@aol.com)

    I was stationed at Nha Trang 5-65 to 5-66. I first started out working on the C-123 Greybirds on the east side of the base near the fuel dump. I worked with them till our O-1Es came in and then I went out in the field with the pilot and plane. I first went to Da Nang and then to Hue at the Citadel. I ended up at Dong Ha 8 miles from the DMZ. I have written a book called DEROS NEVER about a FAC Pilot and his back seater. You can find it on amazon.com and Barnes&Nobel.com search under DEROS NEVER and it will come up. I also flew in the back seat on several missions both Birddog and Hounddog. In and out of country.
    A/1c Thomas LaRoe

    June 02, 2007 - 03:33 PM
    David Kiersznowski (dkiersznowski@earthlink.net)

    In the 6253 CAMRON/14FMS prop shop from Jan 66 thru May 66. Was W/14FMS @ Phan Rang in 1971 when 14 SOW deactivated. Some folks in the shop were Chief Cassel, MSGT Bessie* & Enoch W. Daniels*, SSgt John Kelly* from Philly PA, Uhlema Anderson*, Chauncy Murch, Jim Harmon*, A1C Doling, Richard Stevens, A2C Huelon Crews, A3C Farr. The best incident happened one day when an A1E pilot was cranking the engine and a stack fire started. He jumped out of the cockpit and ran towards our shop. CMSGT Waters or Walters the propulsion branch chief yelled in a commanding voice, "get back in and keep cranking". The pilot did and the engine came to life...one engine and possibly airframe saved from major work or destruction. NCOs stayed in villas downtown, we younge troups stayed in the newly constructed concrete baracks which backed up to south edge of the base. Our shop was wood frame with screening all around covered with a tent. The mail room was between the shops and the barricks. I only got to go on one TDY to Bien Hoa to do an engine change on a U10 bullshit bomber. The engine man's first name was Ed and a young troop like me. After that was completed we hitched a ride on a CH3C and stopped at Song Be to collect another engine that was previously changed. At Nha Trang all maintenance was done outdoors as we had no hangars. Across the runway the VNAF had hangars as did those special C-123s which were flown by non-american's but had some american maintainers. Once as I was dropping off my fatigues at the laundry shop the young lady looked at my name and asked if I was Soviet, she had not seen the last 5 letters in my name. As I streteched out the name tape I said "no, Polish" we both had a good laugh. In May SSGT Murch, Stevens and me were transferred to DaNang to help maintain O1Es stationed there.
    *probably in propshop @ Otis AFB, MA

    May 28, 2007 - 05:27 PM
    S Brodsky (ponderer@charter.net)

    To all the vets that served to protect our country's principles, and those that gave their lives, no minute was too long... no life will ever be forgotten...God bless you all.

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