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

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    March 31, 2007 - 08:55 PM
    Bill King (c130epropman@aol.com)

    Was in country from Dec 67 thru Nov 68. Prop Tech with the 15th SOS, then later with the 14th FMS.I'm planning on attending the upcoming reunion in the Oct time frame.

    March 22, 2007 - 04:28 AM
    Dennis Brooker (urushira@nedshack.com)

    I was at McDermott from June 69 to June of 70. Spent most of my time on the perimeter at the gate that bordered pie slice and VC village or up at the dump or in the tower behind the chinese kitchen. Will never forget the aroma . Never wore a real uniform, always had heelless cowboy boots, tiger shirt and ausie hat, and if i carried a rifle it was my M1 Garand. Guess i'm proud of having been the one watching out for you guys while you rested and had fun. Thanks for keeping my butt alive.

    March 18, 2007 - 11:46 AM
    Karl Bossi (karlo1956@comcast.net)

    In the summer of 1968 I volunteered to head up the USAF EOD team in Nha Trang and was there from Oct 68 to Oct 69. I met and worked with a lot of great guys and my experiences are well documented in my memoir, Just Call Me Moose! The 256 page book with photos has received all 5-Stars on Amazon and has other positive reviews from book critics across the country. Go to http://www.gondolapress.com for details.

    March 15, 2007 - 12:12 PM
    Jim Curtsinger (curtsing2@aol.com)

    Was at Nha Trang 01 1968 to 07 1969 14th Transportation Sqdn. I was one of several drivers to pickup crewmembers in early mornings to bring to base also drove busses, wreckers, tractors trailers on a number of convoys to Cam Rahn Bay and other locations. I retired from the Air Force 22 years.

    March 11, 2007 - 03:31 PM
    R. Glenn

    I also remember that night.
    I was at Robins AFB, when it turned into the 4137th Strategic Wing.
    A couple of years later, I got my orders, and was on my way to the 388th Tactical Wing, Korat Royal Thai AFB in Thailand. When I got to Tan Son Nhut, they diverted me to Nha Trang for a couple of days, to pick some high pressure hose nozzles. I tried to get out early, but no flights. On my second night, Nha Trang came under fire and hit a C-130 during take off. We all felt terrible cause we couldn't do anything but wait, and listen on the dispatch radio. When they said you got the nose gear down, everyone started to cheer! But then the room went silent when some guy to my left said, that's cool, but without the prop reverser's, it can't make it. Well you did. I even heard you land. Once you stopped and no fire, there was no need to send the fire trucks out. Glad to hear from you, and now I finally got to know your names.

    March 10, 2007 - 06:36 PM
    Walt Waters

    Great Mother of God!!!
    It is you. What do you mean you were denied the SS? I read the recommendation JJ wrote, and saw him give it to the Unit Commander. By the way, JJ was not a Captain in The Air Force, he was a civilian, and his real named John McCord. If downed, a Captain would become a POW, a civilian would be a spy. John was killed in a private airplane crash in 1982, Billy rotated back to the US, and when my duty was over, I went back to Australia.You tell those guys that turned you down for the SS, that read the Commendation, and saw him give it to the Wing Commander.It still takes my breath away, when I think about you tearing a hole in the sheet metal, then dangling outside, while I'm holding a rope tied around you ankle, while I'm thinking you're one crazy MF, but you saved all our lives.You were the subject of many a conversations, including by the Commander. You were an icon over there.Did you get my email last night? My server in messing up, but that's a regular down here.
    I'll keep trying.

    March 10, 2007 - 10:50 AM
    Steve Brodsky(ponderer@charter.net)

    To: Walt.

    The plane didn't have a S.N.
    It was a "Black Bird".

    Why the 20 question's?


    March 09, 2007 - 07:31 PM
    Walt Waters (w.w@headlong.org)

    Steve, If you claim who you are, what was the Tail No. of the C-130?

    March 08, 2007 - 10:35 PM
    Steve Brodsky (ponderer@charter.net)

    My Email is Ponderer@charter.net

    March 08, 2007 - 10:35 PM
    Steve Brodsky (ponderer@charter.net)

    Does anyone remember back in'68,the C-130, while carrying paratroopers, received intense ground fire? The plane lost two engines, and the nose gear wouldn't go down. I was the one that cut the hole in the fuselage to pound the gear down.
    No surprise. it never made it in to my Military Records. I was put in for a Silver Star, but that too never made it. Thanks.

    February 19, 2007 - 12:04 PM
    George Magowan 14th SPS K9 1966-1967

    George Magowan 14th SPS K9 1966-1967.

    February 17, 2007 - 06:19 PM
    Donald J Luke (oerm2133@aol.com)

    Arrived at Nha Trang Nov 1968 to sign into the 4th SOS. After a bunch of shots, some orientation meetings and a few weeks of training, was sent to the Da Nang AB FOL for the 4th SOS with 5 AC-47 acft. Was maintenance / crew chief on one of the acft until I left in Nov 1969. Made occassional trips to Nha Trang with my aircraft for periodic maintenance. While going through tech school for acft maint, a bunch of reserve or Air Guard guys were going through too. Standing joke was us regular guys were headed to Southeast Asia after school and they were headed home. Shortly after arriving in SEA, saw those same guys who were activated and came over with the AC-119s of the 71st SOS.

    February 12, 2007 - 03:30 PM
    George Martin (enat13@comcast.net)

    14th SPS K-9

    February 09, 2007 - 11:02 AM
    Dave Madril (dcmadril@msn.com)

    Sadly I will be out of the country on the date of the next reunion. I would like to attend one but my schedule is always out of sync as I have family in Europe and I visit at least once a year. Please keep me in the loop and I have recently relocated from Montana. My new address is 478 Sundown Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81504 and ph # is (970) 523-5971. In looking at the patches on the webpage I noted that only 2 patches had the AC for Air Commando. I was there during the change and remember the furor over the name SOW over Air Commando Wing.

    December 08, 2006 - 07:43 PM
    David Madril (dcmadril@msn.com)

    I have recently re-located from Bozeman, Montana to Grand Junction, CO. I would like to know what the latest book of the organization is dated. I've kept all the ones I previously received, but want to remain current.

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