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  1. 9 hours ago, Ralph T. Bemis said:

    Just found this while messing around on computer. 

    Since I was one of the loadmasters I want to say these are four of the most wonderful guys that I'm proud to call them my "Brothers"

    Ralph Bemis. 


    Yeah, you and Charley both went straight to the hospital. They let us  in to see Charley. You was in the operating room by the time we got there.

  2. Putting chains and straps on, or taking them off,  sitting on the ramp without a pile of gear on was no big deal. When it got bad was climbing over the loads, getting the straps off flying low level, while wearing flak helmet, flak vest, survival vest,  parachute,  and the plane is rocking and rolling, down some river valley just above the water.  Getting everything set for a drop wearing all that gear was a work out. 

  3. I wish I had a nickle for every strap I ever tightened down.

    I even got three or four surplus straps to tie equipment down on my trailer.

    I do put the equipment CG just slightly forward of the tandem axle center, but no, I do not make out a Form F every time I load the trailer.

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  4. I just received and email from the family of Big John Kolvich. He passed away recently from heart relate problems. Big John was a C-130 Loadmaster at Pope AFB, CCK, and Clark. Vietnam veteran who was there for the Easter Offensive of 72 and the AnLoc Airdrops.  Big John was born in Illinois and recently passed away in Oklahoma.

    John was in 776TAS at CCK from about 1970-1973. I served with him at Pope in 69 and CCK 70-73.

    Rest In Peace, Big John Kolvitz.

  5. On 4/20/2019 at 11:38 PM, Richard Primo E-8 Retired said:

    Hey guys, my name is Richard Primo. I was a flight engineers with E-Flight from 1968 to 1970. I don't remember some of the names you guys have mentioned. I remember other engineers like McGowan, Passini, Bob Wilson, pilot Col Poston and a Stryker who live across from me on Macinato.  Stryker was a Msgt. I also remember Bill Cannon who was a flight engineer with E-Flight. He was sort of my mentor until I got my feet on the ground. I have been trying to find a list of flight engineers from that time frame and haven't had any luck. Does anyone have any ideas?

    I would appreciate any information you can provide.

    Thank. Rich



    Find an old set of blanket orders and the names will be on them.


  6. I was reading about how the Coast Guard would paint a pot leaf on the stack of the ship every time they made a pot bust. It reminded me of how some of the crew chiefs would paint little kites under the pilot's side window every time we hit one. The small fire bases had the wire right at the end of the runway. The VC could fly a kite with little nuts or nails tied on them right at approach level to try to get them sucked in an intake. They were almost impossible to see at night. Difficult to avoid even in the daytime. Don't think I have seen any pictures of a 130 with a little line of kites painted under the side window. Just something that came into my mind without really thinking about it. I am sure some of the crews from Det 1 have seen the little kites painted on the side of the planes.

  7. 9 hours ago, casey said:

    After the database failure and having to rebuild the site, the URLs for some, probably most, pages changed.  Fortunately, I was able to recover the majority of the site content which I am still working to restore.  Unfortunately, the process to restore the content is a bit complex and it is taking me longer than I would like to straighten everything up.  Sorry for the inconvenience.



    Looks like most everything is working again. It is a lot of work to keep a forum going.

    9 hours ago, casey said:




    The forum will not allow me to post the news clipping pages. You can find the news clippings from the Doc Jensen Story at :




    I can testify to the fact that every plane over An Loc came back with bullet holes. I was there.

    Saved these news clippings from the Det 1 Report. These 2 pages were on Doc Jensen story. Other news clippings I saved are at - 


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  9. The American Legion Post I belong to has a ceremony at the county Veteran's Cemetery every year on Memorial Day and Veteran's Day. On those days the names, dates, which military service, and which wars if any are read off for all veterans who were residents of this county and died since the last ceremony.  DAV, Boy Scouts, and some other organizations also have a part in the services. It ends with 21 gun salute for all the veterans who have passed away and taps. The ceremony is usually attended by at least several hundred people.

    I have crew wings and my son got crew wings. He was FE on E3 AWACs out of Tinker. He served in middle east.

  10. I have no idea what the tail number is on this aircraft. It must be one of the A models we turned over to the Vietnamese just before we left there in 1972 - 73. We were flying all E models at that time and I am not aware of any A model that was left at Khe Sanh intact. This aircraft is said to be on display at the Khe Sanh War Memorial currently. The pictures were taken by an ADV Motorcycle rider who bought a small Vietnamese motorcycle in Hanoi and rode it all the way to Saigon taking pictures along the way. He and his wife spent a month making the trip.

    Not sure if you have a record of this aircraft or what the numbers are. These pictures are fairly recent. The person taking the pictures knows nothing about tail numbers or types. He was simply taking pictures of the static displays at the Memorial.







  11. 5 minutes ago, BRlang said:

    Dang, cost you a stripe? Yep, I had a 66 Mustang that a little of a reputation at Sewart...Avoided any run in with the MPs...

    It cost me 2 stripes and a fine. I left the Malibu in Florida and got the blue Honda  when I got to CCK. Long ago when I was young I had a little bit of a wild streak. As I got older I mellowed out and found that high lift cams and shotgun pipes attract unwanted attention from the PoPo. I now ride very sensible personal transportation which does not get me in so much trouble. The black Harley is my current personal vehicle.




  12. 21 hours ago, BRlang said:

    Dang, you were a newbie. Two stripes and black boots. Looks like you were hauling my least favorite load. Max Pax....I do remember you for sure. Thanks for the pic...

    I had probably been at CCK a year when that picture was taken. Arrived at CCK with only one stripe due to a misunderstanding with the Pope AFB Security Police concerning the operation of a 64 Malibu  on base.

  13. On 10/7/2017 at 11:10 AM, BRlang said:

    Frank hung out with about 5 of us. We called it the posse.  I remember the day he didn't come home. Seems like it took forever for them to find the plane. Routine flight that had a tragic ending. Jim, I remember you. Can you post a photo of your CCK days.....I know what you mean about the TDYs. My roomie was always there as he was grounded by the OSI....



  14. Photo taken at Tan Sun Nhut shortly after the 1972 rescue and later printed in the Airlifter Newsletter. Several of those who were rescued are not in the picture because they were evaced to 3rd Field Hospital for injuries.


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