192nd AHC Redux


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(SP5) Ernest "Ernie" Acosta, Jr. (Polecat Crew Chief)

Arrived in Vietnam first week of January 1968. Assigned to security platoon at Qui Nhon airfield. Spent Tet there before transferring.

Came to 192nd AHC in late April 1968. Left January 1969.
Returned to Vietnam with 134th AHC in August 1969 to June 1970.

Began flying with 192nd in late August 1968 when most of original company DEROS. Door gunner for one day before getting my own ship.

Graduated from Cal Poly with B.S. degree in Zoology. Was a California Fish and Game Warden for 28 years before retiring in June 2010. Still living in California.

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(SP5) Warren Allison (Gunner/Crew Chief - Tiger Sharks)

My ship was a uh1c, "The Hombre" 071.

Am a member of American Legion riders and Military Order Of the Purple Heart.

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(SP5) Clayton "Benny" Benson (Crew Chief - 1st Platoon)

Pfc Clayton (Benny) Benson 1st flight platoon door gunner on 356 with AC Jim Schueckler and Crew Chief Lee "Bad Bascom" Pierson. Promoted to Crew Chief on 408 with AC Mr. Wise. With the 192nd from April 1969 to April 1970.

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(SP5) Charles "Charlie" Breden (Crew Chief - 1st Platoon)

I was a SP5 in the 1st Flt Plt May 1968- May 1969 crewed Polecat 250 then Polecat 356. Bascom was my door gunner who took over as CE when I left. I'm a retired Police Officer, 23 yrs OTJ, and Live on Long Island in N.Y. I was a tent dweller my whole tour at LZ Betty. I was one of the 1st replacements to be assigned to the 192nd AHC.

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SP5 David Brennis (Maintenance Platoon)

I retired from the USAR, 6th of 158th Avn out of Painefield, WA, as a SFC. Then I retired from Metro Transit located in Seattle, WA.

I got married to Barb 42 years ago, when I came back from Nam. I have three girls and one boy.

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(CW2) Michael A. "White Rabbit" Brophy (Slicks, Instructor Pilot)

I served with the 192nd from June of 1968 to June of 1969 and primarily flew slicks as well as serving as the unit instructor pilot. Although I later retired from the military as a Captain, Medical Service Corps, United States Navy, my rank during my Viet Nam service in the Army was as a CW2. My call sign during that period was “White Rabbit.”

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(SP5) Michael R. Brown

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(CW2) Edward J. "Eddy" Chesnes (1944-2009)

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(CW2) Richard P. "Stache" Claeys (1946-1982)

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(CW2) Kevin P. Clarke (Polecat 25)

I retired from the Army Guard back in 2004 as a CW5 and I'm currently working for the US Department of Labor OSHA. I retire from my current position in December 2010.

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(WO1) Richard "Rich" Clayton (1st Flight Platoon)

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(CPT) Richard M. "Hoss" Colbert (1st Flt Plt/Tiger Shark 30)

I did a second tour in Viet Nam with the Razorback guns with the 120th AHC (Deans) from 71-72. I retired from the Army in 1989 with almost 23 years. I moved to Drexel NC where I taught High School and coached football for the next 20 years. I retired from teaching and coaching last July. My wife Dee and I love to be with family--Our daughter Jode Jynx is married and she and her husband Mike Wells teach school in Ponder Texas (just north of Dallas). They have blessed us with grandson Rhett Michael and have another boy that is due the end of October. Our son lives next door to us with his wife Yvonne and has given us 'Booger"--Christopher Noah--our nine year old grandson.
I have a nice garden and love to hunt and fish. I have had a ball looking into the past with the help of the 192nd AHC web site and am anxious to hear from more of the ole gang. God Bless. Hoss

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(SP5) Larry "Steve" Cole (Tiger Sharks)

Steve is a Senior Mamagement Analyst with the USARC G3/5/7, Force Management, Force Management Division, Requirements Branch.

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Raymond "Chuck" Cope (Company Clerk/Mail Clerk)

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(1LT) Bill Cope (Polecat 24)

"I'm hanging out here in SoCal with my wife of 35 years. No children, so we are spending my pension as fast as it comes in. I retired from the DoD as a civilian financial manager in 2004 after 32 years."

"My wife of 35 years, Barb, and I are NINKs (no income, no kids), so we are spending my pension as fast as it comes in, mostly on travel."

"I, likewise, am doing well. Married to Barb for 35 years. 32 years with the Department of Defense (Navy) as a civilian Financial Mananger. No kiddos, so we are spending my pension and savings as fast as we can. Ha, not really - not much there. We have stepped up the frequency of our travel - in our motorhome and on cruises. Life is good here in SoCal."

"Have since retired from the DoD (Navy civilian auditor/financial manager), all in San Diego, after 32 years (counting my Army time). Wife Barb (35 years of marriage bliss) and I spending my pension faster that it comes in on travel (cruises and motorhome trips). No kids from this union, so planning to have nothing left but good memories when we leave this world. Ha!"

"I retired from the DoD (Navy civilian auditor/financial manager), after 32 years (counting my Army time), all in San Diego. Wife Barb (35 years of marriage bliss) and I spending are my pension faster that it comes in on travel (cruises and motorhome trips). No kids from this union, so planning to have nothing left but good memories when we leave this world. Ha!"

"I retired from the Feds (DoD civilian - Financial Manager) a little over 5 years ago after 32 plus years. Since then, my wife of 35 years, Barb, and I have been blowing my pension as fast as it comes in with traveling and recreating (hope the Treasury doesn't run out of money anytime soon). No kids to leave anything to, so we both hope to leave this world with lots of experiences and a "0" bank account balance."

"With all my free time, I've been trying to re-connect with my Vietnam war buddies from the 192nd AHC and the 57th AHC."

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(SP5) Philip Copenhaver

"After the 192nd AHC, I was transfered to the 61st AHC near Da Nang for the remainder of my time in country and they put me in the slick platoon. After Vietnam, I reenlisted and was re-assigned from Ft. Hood, TX, to HHC 159th Aviation Regiment (a Chinook company), Ft. Campbell, KY. The only aircraft that they had were two UH-1H models. For the better part of two years they were used to train Chinook Pilots how the fly on instruments.

My next assignment was the 15th Med. Det., a dustoff detachment at Grafenwore, Germany. This was no hosipital patient transfer bus unit, we were first responders to what ever range acident you can imagine and some you can't.

I got Married in Sept. 1977, and honeymooned on the road back to the 101st Airborne Div. at Ft. Campbell, KY. I separated from the Service in April 1978.

It has been a fun ride so far. I am now retired on disability."

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(SP5) Larry L. Craft

I was with the 192nd AHC from 1968 to 1969. Transferred in from HQ, 10th CAB. I was a SP5.

First with the motor pool then with the 1st Flight Platoon as a door gunner. My call sign was Whiskey Oscar.

I'm from Texas and still live here. After coming stateside I joined the Army Reserve and spent 18 plus years, retiring as a staff sergeant, senior crew chief. You can see me listed on the other 192nd AHC web site.

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(SP5) Charles "Crazy Charlie" Crase (Crew Chief, Tigershark 531)

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(SGT) Vernon Darling

I am the original Tiger Shark Plt. Sgt. from Ft Riley to Phan Thiet. I went home July of 69.

If anyone is interested I have lots of information about the 192nd AHC in my head. Like how we became Tiger Sharks, why the white horse was on the original unit patch, etc. Hope to hear from you new guys, and maybe from some of you from my time.

Here is a little of my life after the 192 AHC, as you can see I can’t seem to get to far away from my Army connection.

I stayed in the Army and retired in 1982. I worked with the DOD Dependent Schools at Ft. Stewart, GA, for 10 years. We moved to Maine in 1994. Worked at anything I could find until 2002, when I lucked into becoming the Laboratory Operations Manager for AEWC Advanced Structures & Composites Center at the University of Maine. We are developing Ballistic Resistant panels for the Army, Off Shore Wind Energy and Composite Bridge Components.

There is more information on the Ballistic Panels at http://www.aewc.umaine.edu the group might be interested in, look in selected projects.

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(SP5) Robert "Bob" Davis (Crew Chief, Tiger Shark 070)

Went and saw Jon Freel yesterday (June 6, 2010) for the first time in 30 years.

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(SP5) John A. DeFeo (Avionics)

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(MAJ) Irwin S. "Dirk" Dierking (Commanding Officer)

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(CPT) Stephen P. Dietz (Tiger Shark)

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(SP4) John A. DiMeola (Helicopter Mechanic)

Rotated to RVN on the troop ship USNS General Nelson M. Walker. In July 1968 I transferred from the 192nd AHC to the 335th AHC at Tuy Hoa and finished my tour there.

After separation I went to work in the Telecom industry, and 42 years later I’m still there. Lucille and I are working on year 41.

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(SP4) Paul J. Duffy (HQs, Flight Ops, Door Gunner)

I am in the fishing business in Alaska, Bering Sea Crab and Halibut! My wife's name is Dahl.

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(WO1) Tom "Don't Know" Dunno (Tiger Sharks)

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(CW2) Charles Pat "Swabby" Dyer (2nd Flight Platoon)

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(SP5) Thomas R. Dyer (Data Maint. Spec./Doorgunner)

Retired as Command Sergeant Major.

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(CW2) Ted R. "Enema" Emery

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(WO1) Mickey Franklin (Polecat 15)

Roomed with Pat "Swabby" Dyer. Our Group built the wooden huts.

Any 192nd surviver coming through Nashville is
welcome to stop by.

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(SP5) Jon C. "Goat" Freel (Crew Chief - 1st Platoon 476)

1) Went back to school, BS in engineering - Humboldt State, Ca.
2) 10 Years with Hewlett Packard - Palo Alto, Ca.
3) 9 Years Lake Tahoe/Truckee Ca. area. Designing log homes, Architectural Design - Teaching skiing, Alpine & Nordic Downhill.
4) Moved back to the S.F. bay area. Still teaching Skiing on weekends. Self employed as a Residential Designer/Planner, New homes, Additions & Remodels...

I have one son (married) who teaches high school & 2 Grandsons ages 2 & 6.

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(SGT) Dan "Taco" Garcia (Door Gunner on "222")

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(SGT) Reynaldo "Rey" B. Garza (Door Gunner, SGT of POL)

Got married when I came back. My wife and I are still together after 37 years, thank God, and my two sons are gone making a life for themselves. I was a truck driver in Austin, Texas for 10 years. I am enjoying retirement in South Texas.

Glad to be with you guys again and I do communicate with Ken Printz, a member of the 192nd AHC, in Montana now and then.

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(CW2) Charles "Chad" B. Gilbert (Polecat)

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(SP5) John "Armpit" Gladden (Polecats, ran EM Club & O'Club)

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(1LT) James H. "Goody" Goodwin, Jr. (Tiger Shark 30)

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(CPT) Robert E. "Bobby" Goolsby (Tiger Shark 597)

"I had a crushed L2 vertebrae, lower jaw severed on both sides, nose cut off, ribs pulled loose from my sternum and other cuts. I was sent to a hospital in Quin Nhon for a while, then to a hospital in Okinawa where I had more surgery on my jaw. After a few weeks, I was sent to Martin Army Hospital in Fort Benning Georgia near my home in Columbus Georgia. After 4 months in various hospitals, I was discharged with a medical profile that prevented me from flying anymore so I was assigned as the S-2 of the Aviation Command at Lawson Army Airfield in Fort Benning. I requested and received a discharge from active duty on February 29, 1972. My reason for leaving the Army was to go into the retail grocery business with my father in Columbus. I have been married for 29 years and have 3 children. I continue to live in Columbus, Georgia."


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(CW2) Leland "Lee" Hale (Tiger Shark Pilot)

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(1LT) Larry Hicks

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I"ll be 3rd, Divorced 31 years, 192nd Aug/71-til end, off to 57th until Sept. 72, back to Fort Ord, CA. till Jan. 74, out to reserves for 3 years. 2 kids Son Jeff, 41, daughter Brianna, 19. Still in the World Series of Poker, I play at noon today, day 2d $66,300 in chips, wish me luck. Already eliminated over 3000 of the starting 6484 players."

"Went out about 5 hours into the third day (A/J flopped top two pair, he had a flush draw, I had about $70,000 in chips and he went all in on a flush draw and hit it to put me out). I went out about 900/had to get to 648 to get into the money. $10,000 for the experience!!!! HAHA"

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(CW2) Ronald Holbert (Slick Pilot)

From May 68 to May 69 total tent dweller.

I do know and remember Mike Brophy. Although he was the IP for the unit I schooled him on how to auto rotate, ha ha.

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(E4) Clarence Jackson (AHC HQS)

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(CPT) Ronnie D. "Stonewall" Jackson (Polecat 20)

"After we stood down the 192nd, I flew out of Saigon for a few months with some trips to Cambodia and a final attempted lift into An Loc.
I was on orders to return to country in the spring of 73 when things folded up.
I remained on active duty until 92 and now enjoy "domestic tranquility" here on my little piece of southern Kentucky."

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(1LT) Dennis "Lunchmeat" Javens (Polecat 19)

"I have a little cowboy in me and on occasion go a ride on one of those four
legged animals. I current live close to national forest and ranch land. My
wife and I are moving in August to the Central Coast area of California near
San Luis Obispo. Time to leave the big city."

"You bet and if your up our way, let us know. Ok my wife is Judy. Not sure
why she married me, but hey do not look a gift horse in the mouth. She is
from Texas. Guess flight school got to me."

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(CW2) Gregory M. "AK" Keay

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(CW2) Carl "Kim" Kimmich (Polecat 47, 2nd Platoon)

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(CPT) Dennis Klein

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(1LT) Ronald J. Kraus (Asst. Flt. Ops. Off./2nd Platoon)

Served with the 192nd AHC as Assistant Flight Operations Officer from May 1971 until October 1971, at which time I transferred to the 2nd Flight Platoon until January 1972 when the unit stood down.

Returned to CONUS with the 10th AVN BN to Fort Lewis, WA and was assigned to the 116th AHC (there was one or two other 192nd guys in our group). Our first mission was to become the Fort Lewis Instrument School. There were 250 “tactical ticket only” aviators at Fort Lewis. I took my instrument check ride on a Friday and picked up my first 2 students on Monday!!! For the first few months I was an instructor pilot….We had 4 CPTs in the PLT….then one day, one by one, they were called to the BN HQs….all got the big RIF notice. So, there I was, the senior 1LT, commander of the FLIS. We completed the training mission and reverted back to doing AHC things. The Army still had not gotten over conventional war tactics and some of the senior leadership still believed that UH1’s were “fancy 2 ½ tons” so, we actually figured out how to hide helicopters under the wonderful Washington evergreens!!! This was a great bunch of guys – we had a great time – and I’m still in touch with many of the “Hornets”. I was liking the Army then and asked to be reassigned to the 15th Combat Engineer BN, 9th INF DIV. Had to do this because back in those days one could not be an Engineer Officer and Pilot and expect to stay in the Army… I enjoyed that for awhile but it was not a fun time to be in the Army – so I asked for a release and got it in Sep 1975. After a short break I began a career working for the Army as a civilian, first as a Flight Simulator Instructor and then as an engineer in Public Works. Following that I worked as a member of the Fort Lewis Skunk Works. We were a small engineering team whose mission was to quickly adapt off the shelf civilian materials and equipment to military use. In 1985 I began a 5-year Directorate of Public Works tour in Germany followed by my return to CONUS to Picatinny Arsenal, NJ in 1990. I retired from civil service in 2001 with 31 years total service. Have to add that during my time as a civilian at Fort Lewis I was a member of the 92nd Trans Co – a CH47 Unit. I really enjoyed flying the Chinook – even went to Germany for a REFORGER back in the late 70’s. Barbara and I have two children, two son-in laws and 11 grandchildren. I expect to finish my Lancair soon. Have a Piper Archer to putt around in.

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(SP5) Roman "Hooker" Kuchar (Crew Chief - Tiger Sharks)

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(E-5) Jean Paul LaFlamme (Inspections/Ran Engine Shop)

Married thirty nine years to wife Kathlyn, two kids, three grandkids.

The last forty years worked trucks, plus welding and fabricating. I am service connected Agent Orange. Oh yeah, I ride a 1988 H.D. Soft Tail!

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(SP5) Robert B. "Bob" Lamping (Maintenance)

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(WO1) Robert G. "Armpit" Leach (Slicks)

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(1LT) Jeff Leary (Tiger Shark 35)

"Im retired from the Fed Gov. now and enjoying it all"

"We are about 27 miles from downtown Wash. DC"

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(CW2) Donald W. "Remfke" Lemke (Polecat 15)

"After I got back, I worked in a factory for a year, and then went to Parks College for aviation degrees. After school I flew for Fostaire Helicopters in Cahokia, Ill. We did the usual helicopter stuff, charters, patrols and a ride concession. I progressed to Houston to fly 6 years in the Gulf of Mexico, and then on up to Keystone Helicopters in West Chester, Pa. for charter, corporate, utility and EMS work. I left there in '99 and became chief pilot for Helicopter Transport Services in Baltimore, Md. Again, charter, utility and this time, ENG (TV news) flying. They downsized and I got out to go strictly EMS, where I am now. I fly in the Washington, D.C. area. Tough area to fly in with all the restricted areas and competition. We're strictly twin engine, single pilot VFR and IFR.

I got into showing dogs and playing golf. I spend time in the yard and in my little veggie garden. And generally, I practice being a crotchety, cynical old fart."

"By the way, I have no kids from either this or my previous marriage. Neither wife thought that they needed any more kids than the one they married, and I agree. As I tell people now, "I only fly helicopters because I haven't figured out what I want to be when I grow up." So far, I've grown out, but not up."

Update (Dec 2010): Since I last wrote about myself, I retired in September of 2009. During the past year I’ve been working with the dogs and doing little else. I’m now doing pet visits with the older dog, who is now a certified pet therapy dog. As of the first of 2011, I’m an adjunct instructor at Delaware State University teaching aviation ground schools. I may be doing flight instruction as well in the future.

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(SP5) Lester R. Linville (Crew Chief)

I got a pleasant surprise a few weeks back I received a letter
in the mail from Don Lemke. I've looked for him from time to time
over the years but with no avail. I contacted him by phone and we
had a great visit.

I stayed in the army and raised a fine family of four children
and have been blessed with ten grandchildren and an additional
add on of two church daughters who have four children between
them. I retired in 90 with my A&P and have done aviation work
all over the states. My wife passed away in Dec 06 and I have
remained single, but do have a twenty four year old girl friend.
It's all good.

I'm currently employed by Dept of the Army (AMCOM) assigned to Ft
Campbell Ky and an doing the duffle bag drag to Afghanistan this
week (5/17/2010) for six months. My primary job is assisting and training the
troops with their acft trouble shooting and training on UH-60 A,L,M
and CH-47 ME,D,F model airframes.

Looking forward to more contact with unit members.

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(1LT) Robert J. "Lobo" Lobodzinski (1942-2008)

"I was in Dallas for a meeting last week and was able to meet for lunch with Mark Lobodzinski and Sarah Jane Lobodzinski. The instant that Mark walked in the restaurant I knew it was him because of the resemblance to Lobo. We had a great visit and I learned that Lobo had been riffed after the war and then applied to stay in at his old rank before he became an officer. So he ended up being an E-6 and eventually became a warrant officer before he retired.

Lobo and Sarah Jane had been married about four years prior to Lobo’s death, although she said they had been together about 12 years. He lived in Keller, TX, but used to have a ranch in Red Oak. He always regretted moving away from his land and neighbors out there. Lobo died of a staph infection from a cortisone shot and Sarah Jane is still struggling with his death and the causes of it.

Mark is a very quiet and courteous young man and I wish we could have had more time to spend with him. He has two children, a boy and a girl, and I believe that he mentioned that he is a software engineer.

Lobo is buried at the DFW National Military Cemetery. Maureen and I visited the site and it is a very beautiful place and very well-maintained." by Scott Petty

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(CW2) Harold W. "Clacker" "Hal" Madden

"Hal moved to Brunswick from the Georgia mountains (Ellijay) about 4 years ago. He spent many years in sales. Married for 17 years, now single."

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(SP4) Mike Martinez (Polecat 222)

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(SP5) Michael Massieu (Crew Chief, 2nd Flight Platoon)

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(SP4) Curtis McLachlan (Engine Shop)

My wife Nancy and I have been the owners of McLachlan Construction & Remodeling since 1979 ( http://www.woodfitter.com/). We are a general contractor specializing in award-winning, custom Lake Tahoe homes, as well as home remodels, additions, kitchens, and bathrooms.

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(SP?) John McLeod (Door Gunner)

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(CW2) Walter Meriwether (1st Flt Plt and Tigersharks)

Retired CW5.

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(SP5) Edward Michaud (Maintenance/Door Gunner/Crew Chief)

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(CW2) Bobby W. Miller (Slick Pilot - CC)

Teaching golf and writing.

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(CW2) Dave "Pigpen" Minkler (Polecat 29)

"He is my father and I am sure he would love to hear from you. I am
living in Pendleton, Oregon where he lives. He was in the Oregon Guard with me
he joined back up and flew UH-1's here for ten years before he got out in
1995. I will definitly hook you up with him. I believe he was Polecat 29.
Thank you for hooking up with him I am sure he will enjoy talking with you.
He is an Electrician now at a local Con Agra plant in Weston Oregon." CW3 Anthony R. Minkler

"Anyway, life has been good to me. Living in Pendleton works for us. Small town, but big enough to have a few stores. If we want the excitement of the big city we go to the Tri Cities, Wa. A trip to Portland is truly an adventure.

Occaisionaly we do travel to visit one of the kids. Three Judi's(wife #2, took a while to find a good one), three mine. One in Fairbanks, Alaska, one in Everett, Wa, one in Columbia Falls, Montana. The other 3 live locally. Keeping up with Grand kids, 15 of them, is a challenge.

Work is good, but my greatest ambition is retirement. As Tony told you my trade is as an electrician. Always been good to me although the tools don't fit my hands as well as they used to. Spend most of my time sitting in meetings or flying my desk as Maintenance Supervisor/Process Control Specialist/IT Manager. When they tacked on the IT Manager part it meant that I had finally reached my true level of incompetance.

Although we added a good sized shop for me to putter in (my man cave) last year, my greatest pleasure is time at our cabin. We have a little place up the Umatilla River, about 25 miles from home, that is my escape. Hunting, fishing, photography, watching the trees grow, and spending some quality time with the family is pretty close to Paradise."

"Anyway, to continue, back in 1988 I went back in the Oregon Guard and since I only got a Tactical Instrument ticket in Flight School, the next year I had to go back to Indian Town Gap, PA to get a standard instrument ticket. We spent the first 2 weeks flying simulators. The 3rd week my stick buddy and I were given our aircraft assignment for our first real flight. Our IP told us to go on out and preflight. Couldn't believe the tail number. Yep! 68-16445 First thing I did when we got to the flight line was crawl under the nose. There it was! The patch where you took the round under the seat. She still flew pretty good. Small world isn't it."

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(CW2) Roger "Woody" Mitchell (1st Platoon - Polecat ??)

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(SP5) Phil Moomjean

"... has live in Rancho Penasquitos, CA for 24 years. Worked as a Life Flight nurse on helicopters for 14 years."

"While I was still in the Army and having also flown extractions and medevacs stateside and in VN, I could tell that this helicopter business was going to be a success in some civilian capacity back in the states. I was excited to fly! However I wasn't sure what venue it would take. I thought I'd try find some search and rescue paramedic program, but wasn't sure where.

When I returned home from VN (and having vacationed in San Diego with my family as a kid), I immediately returned to the beaches in SD, bought a VW van and proceeded to live a vagabond lifestyle. Eventually I returned to school graduating from San Diego State University in 1974. Still looking for the adventure I began searching for local paramedic programs, but at the time in SD one had to be in the fire department to be a paramedic. Since there were very few fire openings and minorities were being favored, I had little chance to get on the department. A friend of mine asked about applying to an RN program which surprised me since of course guys weren't nurses! Well, after little serious deliberation, (36 females per 2 males in the class- one male of questionable identity!)…I figured that I could accommodate those odds! Long story short, I applied and graduated from a nursing program that really far exceeds the scope of practice limits of a paramedic and began working in the emergency department at the University of California Medical Center in 1977.

As I was working in the ER our medical director was researching air medical flight programs with the intent to start one at UCSD. He knew I was a crew chief in VN and we had many long discussions about starting the Life Flight Program in SD. I loved it! In 1980 we were the 11th air medical flight program in the country out of some 350 programs today. I was on the initial flight team in SD and flew for 15 years starting as a flight nurse and ending as the program director. We started with a Bell 206 L1, (gutless in the mountains), went to an Allouette 111, (slow but more power), transitioned to a Bell 222, later the BO 105, lastly the BK 117. We had 3 aircraft bases, 3 aircraft flying and covered all of San Diego County.

During this time I was married to a nurse that I met in nursing school (!) and we have 3 wonderful children, the oldest girl (24) just married last year, middle son (22), and youngest daughter (17 and a HS Sr.).

After 15 years, the hospital decided that it was too expensive for them to run a helicopter program and (as many hospitals did at the time), they outsourced the flight program in SD. I was recruited by Critical Air Medicine to help start a follow-on program in SD, (they previously had flown only fixed wing in the US).

I flew for about 6 years with Critical Air in San Diego also starting helicopter bases in AZ and TX. As the owner began selling off the helicopter interest in the program, I returned to UCSD Medical Center where I continue today as the manager of the Thornton Emergency Department in La Jolla.

Retirement looms in the future if I can afford it!"

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(CW2) Greg "Froggie" Morrison (Polecat & Tiger Shark, 6 mos. each)

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(CW2) Clyde "Nick" Nichols Jr. (Polecat 27)

"I still live out on the farm that I dreamed of getting back to and still married to the good woman since 68, she teaches school and I farm cotton soybeans corn. Hot here at 103, but we don`t have to chop cotton anymore thanks to monsanto and roundup."

"...wife named Linda, school teacher of 32 years."

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(SP5) Dave Noble (Crew Chief, Polecat 093)

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(SP5) Jim Odom (Cook)

I was a cook with the 192nd AHC October 1967 to July 1968-stationed first at Phan Thiet and then at Tuy Hoa until July, 1968. Deployed from Ft. Riley in October 1967. Traveled to Viet Nam on Board the General Nelson M Walker Troop Carrier.

After I got out of the Army in July of 1968, I went to business college in Portland, Oregon. Worked for Pacific Motor Trucking Company in Portland for 13 years 1969 to 1982. Got a job with the Oregon Department of Transportation in 1982. Retired from ODOT in October of 2003. Moved to Rio Rico, AZ, lived there from October 2003 to August 2004. Lived in Marana, AZ from August 2004 to March, 2005. Lived in Cibolo, TX from March 2005 to March 2006. Currently living in Del Valle, TX (Austin). I've had various jobs since my retirement from ODOT in 2003. I'm currently working for Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation where I've been working since August 2006. I'm planning on retiring fully in 5 years, March of 2015.

I have been married to my wife, Twila for 33 years as of 3/5/2010. We have children and grandchildren.

   

(E-7) Ronald Parish (Plt. Sgt. 2nd Platoon & Maintenance)

I was assigned to the 192nd in Feb 69 and departed Mar 70. I had just reported there when Charlie tried to come up Gully #1 &#2. Our guys repelled them but they broke thru the 101st up by the terminal. Was an exciting welcome to the unit.

When I left Phan Thiet, I came to Rucker as an instructor in the Huey branch. I was reassigned to Korea in Dec 71 as an E7 First Sergeant of Co B, 2nd Avn Bn, 2nd Inf Div. Seven months later I was injured in a riot in Tong Du Chon resulting in a cervical fusion and med evac to CONUS. From the hospital at Ft Gordon, I was assigned as Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Georgia National Guard in Winder and Dobbins AFB. (159th & 159th Aerial Surv Co, Mohawks). After four and a half years I was sent to Ft Ord, CA to the General Support Co, 7 AVN BN, 7th Inf Div. There I was the First Sergeant and Act Command Sergeant Major. I retired in OCT 78.

I was employed with Motion Industries, a subsidiary of Genuine Parts Co, who also owns NAPA Auto Parts, SPARCO office products and several other companies. Twelve years as a route salesman and Eight years as Operations Manager (overseeing the store operation). Retired in Jan 99.

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(SP5) Earl H. "FOD" Patterson (Tiger Sharks, Aircraft Armament)

I worked with Dan Chelmo and Charles Rategan. My home base was College Pt, New York.

Moved to Alabama in 1978. Retired 6 years ago from the City of Dothan as an Electrical Lineman. I have 3 wonderful children and 5 awesome grandsons. My wife Pat (of 41 years) and I travel as much as possible, usually visiting the children/grandsons in Hawaii and NC.

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(SP5) Anthoney G. "Tony" Pepples (Crew Chief-Tiger Sharks)

Since coming back to the States I've been working for the Federals.

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(1LT) R. Scott "Scotty" Petty

"I own a specialty food store in Tulsa, Oklahoma and business has been relatively good until the start of this year. We are cutting back and trying to survive. My wife, Maureen, runs the catering operation in our business. I would love to see you sometime and drink a few ba muoi ba beers to toast Lobo's memory and the old days of RVN."

"Our lives have taken a parallel course, because Maureen and I have been married thirty five years also. We have three grown children, but I'm still working. In rare discretionary time, I enjoy restoring and running old electric trains (Lionel and American Flyer)."

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(E-5) Kenneth R. Printz (POL/Company Clerk)

My wife, Sharon, and I have been married for 30 yrs this June. I have been driving over-the-road trucks for the past 40 yrs and continue to this day, only I stay in the state now and haul cement, bulk from the mines to the redi-mix plants in Western Montana.

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Charlie "Rat" Rategan

He remembers fondly Johnny Arthur, Earl Patterson, Dan Chelo, and J.C. Penny,

Charlie has been having some medical challenges and would like to be in contact with anyone who might remember the incident where he was serving as door gunner behind the co-pilot when during an assault on VC something ripped into his right boot and foot. As his boot filled with blood, the pilot said that he would put Charlie in for a purple heart. At the time, the crew chief thought it might have been a rocket cap that hit him, so Charlie didn't pursue the Purple Heart. Now, he realizes that he should have gone for the Purple Heart.

Also, on his last day in country, his helicopter crashed. When he went to help the co-pilot out of the chopper, the weight of the co-pilot caused him to go down and he had sharp pain in his knee. He didn't file an accident report because he was on his way home, but now he is having a lot of pain in that knee.

Also, would you have a current contact information for Earl Patterson.

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(CW2) Wayne M. "Loose" Ray (2nd Platoon)

I am currently on active duty with FORSCOM's ARMS team in Atlanta. I plan to retire next year and will have a retirement bash in Elizabethtown, KY on 20 Aug 2011. Everyone will be invited and I will send more information as plans are finalized.

Since leaving the 192nd I managed some retail businesses and ended up
flying EMS in KY and WV for several years while also serving with the KY
Army National Guard. In the fall of 2001 I resigned from the National
Guard and was sworn back into the Active Army. I have been to Iraq twice
including the invasion and am currently a member of FORSCOM's ARMS team.
I will retire in the fall of 2011.

I have three children, Cody, Sarah and Heidi along with nine
grandchildren. They all live in KY where I plant to live after
retirement from active duty.

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(CW2) Eugene W. "Chip" Reaves IV (1st Platoon, Polecat 31)

Instructor pilot, Hunter, AAF 1971-1972; Police officer 1972 through 1977, Savannah, GA and Detroit, MI; Graduated University of Michigan 1979; U.S. Army 1979 through 2002 (Flight Instructor, Avn Platoon Leader, Avn Company Commander x 3, Avn Bn/Bde S-3, Installation IG; Avn Battalion Commander; 10,109 flight hours), four years island in Bocas del Toro, Panama; returned to States (MO/FL) April 2008 for uninterrupted bass fishing and golf.

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(SP4) Richard Rice (AC Armament Mechanic - Tiger Sharks)

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(SP5) Walter "Rocky" Rockenstire (Mail Clerk, Flew Some CAs)

AKA "Rocky the Flying Squirrel"

Following return to the states I was assigned to US Kirk Army Hospital Aberdeen Proving Grounds Maryland, My first night there, I had to ground guide in a helicopter on an emergency stateside medevac mission for one of the hospital physicians who had to be taken to Walter Reed. From then on I was the Aero-medical evacuation consultant to the mass disaster team. I was assigned to Ambulance section and emergency room, where I did OJT as a medical corpsman and emergency room specialist. I was separated from active duty in November 1971.

Selected for a position as an Hemodialysis Technician (artificial kidney technician) at a local hospital, and started nursing school. Graduated from nursing school and became a Registered Professional Nurse in 1975 and went back to emergency medicine. Returned to school at the Albany Medical College, and became a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, I sat for and passed both the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant National Board Examinations. Worked in Internal medicine and Surgery until taking a position at VA in Albany where I stayed for twenty five years, the last seventeen working in behavioral health. I retired in late 2008.

I still teach periodically at a local college and at the VA medical center as a volunteer. Wife Carol and I have been married for 28 years no children. I attended the reunion in St. Louis last year, will attend again.

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(CW2) James K. "Jim" Sanford (Slicks)

When I arrived in country, my initial assignment was as a pilot for the 48th AHC. The 192nd arrived in country from the US in Nov/Dec 1967, and I was transferred into the unit about mid-December. The reason, of course, was to mix combat, experienced aircraft commander pilots with the less experienced pilots of the unit.

The 192nd was assigned a forward base in Tuy Hoa, north of Nha Trang. We were immediately tasked with building new barracks and we moved into them just before Christmas '67. That didn't last long, though, because we were moved to Phan Thiet in middle to late January '68 to support the 3rd, 506th, of the 101st Airborne Division. No new barracks there! New GP Medium tents went up and this became our new home. See photos in my sortie section.

The Tet offensive began in late January and February 2nd I was wounded while attempting to mark a target for an airstrike. After a month in two different hospitals, I returned and finished out my tour as Charlie/Charlie pilot for the battalion Colonel. I DEROSed to Hunter AAF in Savannah, GA and became an instrument instructor for two months and then was Gen. George Beatty's (CO of Hunter/Ft. Stewart) pilot until leaving the Army in January 1970.

I spent the next 5 years as a corporate pilot and then transitioned into sales and have been in sales ever since. Even though semi-retired, I have my own company and continue in a sales role.

Jim Sanford, 7/17/11

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(E7) Ivan G. Scholle (Maintenance & Plt Sgt 1st Flt Plt)

"I was assigned to the 192nd in Feb 69 at Phan Thiet and departed Feb 70. Eleven days after I arrived, Phan Thiet came under a ground attack the night of Feb 22, 69. Charlie did penetrate through the area of the 101st, causing casualties of the 101st. A really busy night.

Prior to my assignment to the 192nd, 1969, I served with the 183rd Recon Airplane Co in 1967-68 and then assigned in Germany 1968 with the 3d Inf Div and had a good mechanic Bob Davis assigned to my Plt. Bob and I met again in the 192nd 1969. My pleasure to see him again; what are the odds that I meet a good troop again?

My assignment from RVN was Ft Eustis, VA 1970. From this assignment, I went back to RVN 1971 and was assigned to the 192nd which was at Phan Rang. I was in Maint until stand down at Dong Ba Thin. I had more than 6 months left in the country, so I was transferred to the 60th AHC (GHOSTRIDERS) in Ninh Hoa in support of the 9th ROK Division.

From RVN I was assigned in Germany in 1972, 1st Armd Div Avn Co that supported the Div Commander and staff. Remained in Germany until 1976, then was assigned as 1st Sgt of Hqs Co 229th AHC 101st Abn Div, Ft Campbell, KY.

Retired in Oct 1979. (Also I was stationed with the 101st from 1960-67).

Worked as yard foreman for a concrete block company, retired completely in 2001. Now I try to do what I want when I want!!!!

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(CW2) Walter "Sunshine" Shumate

I with the AC for 16353. And Mike Massieu was my crew chief. My call sign was (SUNSHINE).

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(E-5) Van L. Simpfenderfer (POL/PLL Clerk, Motorpool)


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(CW2) Dan"Blivet" Snook

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(CW2) Richard Carl "Head" Snyder (Tiger Shark 33)

After I went home in Dec of 1971, I went to work in multiple factories as a supervisor or manager. Due to a disagreement with the owner of the last company I worked for I quit his employment and am now happily retired.

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(SP5) Bert Sosa (Polecat 303)

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(SP5) Chris Spangler (Crew Chief, 2nd Platoon)

Worked in energy analysis, and construction trades for most of my life until downsized. Now retired on service connected disability.

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(SP5) Ronald Stigler

Ron went on to a 24 year career as a Senior Noncommissioned Officer and retired from the Army as a Chief Warrant Officer 3.

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(CW2) Dennis "Dribbles" Stribling

"...doing great, living on a ranch in Round Mountain, retiring from American Airlines at the end of the month."

"...lives in Texas with his wife Sue and is retiring from a career as an American Airlines pilot at the end of this month."

"Dennis and his wife, Sue, have a ranch only 75 miles up the road from Jim Williams, in Round Mountain, TX. Dennis retires as an American Airlines pilot at the end of the month."

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(SP5) Floyd Alan "Tiny" Tiner

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(CW2) William B. "Sleepy" Todd Jr.

"He is a postal carrier by the way and in good humor."

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(CW2) Raymond C. Usher (Polecat & Tiger Shark Pilot)

Retired CWO4.

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(SP4) Rob "oMo" Webb (Tricia) (Tiger Sharks)

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(1LT) Roy D. "Orson" Wells (Polecat 11)

"Roy retired recently and is quite active in the Patriot Guard Riders, a motorcycle group that provides security for veteran's families during the funeral of a fallen comrade."

"...polecat 11, and yes, I use it and am known by it here in Oklahoma, some even know me as Orson."

"Orson has retired from a successful career in accounting, insurance, and truck sales. He is very active in veteran's affairs and is a volunteer for the Patriot Guard Riders, a motorcycle group that provides security and escort service for military funerals in our area. We had a great meal at Binh Le's, a local Vietnamese restaurant, but we decided it didn't compare to the fine cuisine in Dalat! Orson and his wife, Connie, live in Bixby, Oklahoma, a suburb of Tulsa."

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(SP5) Thomas E. "Red" Wenthold (Crew Chief, 2nd Platoon)

I served in the 192nd in 70 - 71, and with the 1st CAV in 72. I was on Polecat 759 and 421.
My nickname was Red because of my red hair, of course.

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(CW2) Bruce “Weird Eli” Whitney (Tiger Shark 46)

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(1LT) Jim "Tex" Williams

"I have a construction company here in San Antonio and have had my hands full with this tough economy."

"Pam and I have been married 43 years now (we had a couple of sons before I left for Nam and added a daughter after my return, now have 6 grandkids) Everyday, I thank God for that extremely patient, amazing, beautiful woman.

"Since I returned from Nam, I have been an entrepreneur. I've had several businesses, mostly manufacturing, import/export and building. Some were good and some weren't that much fun! Over the last 15 years, I've been in the custom home and commercial building business and I like it.

I have a great family. Our 3 kids are grown and doing well. They're all married to great spouses and have produced amazing grandkids for us. We have five granddaughters and one grandson and somehow, they came into this world knowing how to take advantage of me. I 'm pretty sold on them!!

Would you believe, I am an ordained minister. I'm not a preacher, but we helped start a non-denominational church about 25 years ago which has grown to over 3,000 in attendance and Pam and I are very involved. I've done lots of weddings (fun to do) and funerals (not fun to do).

Up until a year ago I had access to a Robinson R-44 which I flew quite a bit. In addition to the building business, I was involved in a helicopter tour business. One of the coolest things I did was a fly-over at the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Ass'n. reunion parade in 2008. I had two of my sons with me and we had a great time looking down at the cheering bunch of gray haired or no haired vets. Good stuff!!"

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(SP5) Charlie Winnekens

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(CW2) Gerd "Geb" Wolf, aka "Wolfie" (Polecat 28)

"After coming home from nam, I started college, waiting for the County Police to have a selection exam so I could get on their aviation unit. I had some connections there prior to going to nam and they had promised me a job if and when I got home. Needless to say affirmative action hit at the same time and their exam and selection process was bogged down in litigation. Along came the State Police and I took their exam and got on. While at the community college, I met my wife Claudia. We will have been married 35 yrs in July. So .I get on the State Police and am on the road as a Trooper for six years when an opening in the Aviation Unit presents itself. I left the road and went to Syracuse , NY as a pilot. I was there for 19 years involved in all the neat things, rescue, medevac, criminal searches, etc and finally got moved to Albany to accept the second in command position there. I retired from the State Police about 6yrs ago and went to work part time for a friend who had a contract with the New York City Environmental Police Aviation Unit, providing them with a Bell Long Ranger. That soon moved to being almost full time. Claudia and I had three girls, who are all married now and we have 8 grand children, all under 8 yrs old."



"...have been asked by some about what and where I've been since Vietnam, so to those who I have already told my story please bear with me… I got an early drop to come home for Christmas 1971. Some of you flew me over to the DEROS Center at Cam Rahn where I was for about 2week awaiting a flight home. Once I got a flight, I was ripped off of my flight jacket by some E-6 SOB who gave me some shit about my clothing record and told me I either give him my flight jacket or I would not be on the flight leaving in 10 min. Obviously I was his size . I saw this as a minor unpleasantry and told him I hoped he got hit on the next mortar attack while I was on my way home. I was hoping to get an IP school when I got to Ft Lewis Washington and reassigned, but this was going to be the final Up Yours the Army was going to give me. When I arrived on December 23rd at Ft Lewis, they promptly told us that all of those who wanted reassignment would have to wait until after the New Year to be processed, and BOQ's would be provided , those who wanted to be cut loose from the Army and released from their obligation would be processed and released form the Army immediately..GOOD BYE ARMY. The trip home was another joke. Since I had been in the same uniform for several days, when I got to the airport to fly home , I went into one of the shops and bought some new cloths, changing in the bathroom. I took the tropical uniform I had on and put it into the trash and proceeded to the ticket counter. I had purchased my ticket from the Army base ticket agents and got a military ticket. When I got to the counter,,my E-6 friend from Nam had been reincarnated. Another several hundred dollars please for traveling out of uniform…it is now Christmas Eve. Welcome home G I . I finally make it home and knock on my parents front door at 9pm Christmas Eve…they had no idea I was coming home, since the whole process took almost 4 weeks since I left the 192nd .The joy was good enough to erase all the BS from the previous 72 hrs."


"After the holidays I enrolled in the local community college and was hoping to get onto the Local County Police Dept, who had a Bell Jet Ranger. While at the community college I met my wife Claudia who was a nursing student ."

"I had some family connections with the County Police, (my sister was married to the Commissioners' Son, also a member) and I had flown with them prior to leaving for Nam and was promised a job upon my return. Well, the big discrimination suites were going on now and the Department had to hold back on any new hirers.
The New York State Police however were having an entry exam for Women, Blacks and minorities…and a few white boys as well. but designed for minority recruitment…I took the test and went to the Academy September 6, 1972."

"Upon graduation I was sent to patrol and was a patrol Trooper for almost 6 years before an opening became available in the aviation unit. At this point Claudia and I had been married and I had two children. We packed up and moved to Syracuse NY, about 300miles away from South Hampton, NY where we lived. I was assigned as a pilot, one of three in the Syracuse office. I stayed in Syracuse for 18ears having moved up from pilot to station supervisor, with 6 pilots now in the office. I was promoted to Lt. and second in command of the unit in 1995 , and was required to move to Albany NY from Syracuse. By now all three of my girls had finshed High School and two were just getting ready to graduate from college. I finally retired from the State Police in 2003 after 30 years. When I retired the Unit had grown from 12 pilots and three aircraft to 38 pilots, 12 helicopter, two King Airs, 3 Huey II's, and 4 Cessna 206's . It was fun to see it grow. My most memorable event was 9-11-01. I was the first State Police helicopter to arrive on the scene after the NYPD helicopters obviously. It was so strange operating in that air space and seeing JFK and LGA dead calm and having F-16's buzzing me to see if I was friendly or not."

"That's another beer story…..Since I retired, I went to work part time for a friend who had a helicopter on lease to the NY CITY ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION POLICE. It wasn't long before I was involved full time again and finally had to quite because I was making too much under the table. After a while they asked me to come back, and I agreed , but this time with a salary and only 2 to three days a week…so that's where I am now. I work two to three days a week of my choosing. I manage one Bell 206L-3 with two pilots doing 98% of the flying. I provide oversight and training, flying to maintain proficiency and do some external transition training for customers. This past week I was down in Newark doing a transition ground school on a Bell 206L-4 , and will be returning next week to do the flying part. I hope to continue this as long as my medical still holds out."

"Claudia and I will celebrate our 35th Wedding Anv this July 6th and our three daughters have given us 8 grand children all under eight years old. The attached picture of the couch potatoes was taken last year."

"The Huey pictures are of my pet project to rebuild three Army surplus H models to the new Huey II standards…Cobra engines, 212/412 transmissions and drive trains ( 4 inc T/R drives, lgr and reversed T/R) ..This is the machine we should have had in Vietnam…11000lb gross wt. It can carry 12/ 250lb combat troops, full fuel and still have another 1000lbs of useful load."

"...new addition to the family..."




Now you have the whole story
Wolfie
Polecat 28

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