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  1. Capt. Shoupe was my AC in the 779th at Pope. After I left the crew, he and our engineer, Don Sweet, went into the Sky Hook program: Retired US Air Force Major Marvin Eugene “Gene†Shoupe, 80, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at the VA Medical Center. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 4th, from 7 - 9pm at Jernigan Warren Funeral Home in Fayetteville, NC. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 11 o’clock am in Jernigan Warren Chapel with Rev. Dean Kennedy, Rev. Clarence Privette, and Chaplain Smith officiating. The burial will follow at LaFayette Memorial Park on Ramsey Street with military honors. He is survived by his wife, Gloria C. Shoupe of the home; daughter, Rosemarie Haynes and husband Kenneth, of Mill Spring, NC; son, Charles “Chuck†Shoupe and wife Melissa, of Harrisburg, NC; 4 grandchildren, Lisa Marie Haynes, Carson Shoupe, Erica Shoupe, and Sarah Shoupe; and a sister-in-law, Mary Cardwell of Richmond, Va. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
  2. The blanket orders won't be much help because they covered the entire Western Pacific. No, TDYs are not on personnel records except for credit for days in SEA (which includes Thailand). The only record is travel vouchers, which are in pay records. However, the official history of the USAF tactical airlift mission is proof that personnel from Naha, Clark, Mactan, Tachikawa and CCK operated in South Vietnam. A far as Agent Orange goes, there really is no "test" or "evaluation" for it. There is some kind of Agent Orange registry. For Agent Orange benefits, the veteran has to be diagnosed with one of the illnesse that are attributed to it. Go to www.va.gov to find out which ones they are. Prostate cancer and Type II diabetes are two. Any veteran can apply for VA medical treatment but there are income and other considerations that can prevent acceptance except for service-connected disabilities.
  3. It may have been at Naha but I doubt if it was in the 41st unless it was transferred in later. All of the double 0 airplanes went to PACAF. Most of them wer ein the 815th but there were a couple at Naha.
  4. I don't know where he got "black and brown." They were all painted two shades of green and tan with gray bellies. The only black was on the radome and the prop spinners.
  5. Interesting - I didn't realize the wing and 50th were at CCK that early. The 345th was still at Naha when I got there in February 1966 and the 776th was at Tachikawa.
  6. I forgot to make a post on here when Charlie West passed away a few weeks ago. He was one of the old-timers at Pope, going back to the C-123 days when he was part of MULE TRAIN. He was a North Carolina native and had retired in Fayetteville.
  7. The registration packets which include a registration form and a membership form as well as information are now on the TCTAA web site at www.troopcarrier.org/convention.html. The convention starts on October 17 and runs through October 21. We'll be going up to Marietta to Lockheed on Friday, the 19. Total cost is $160.00 for members, $120.00 for spouses and $185.00 for non-members, which includes breakfast Thursday-Sunday and lunch Thursday and Saturday as well as the reception on Thursday evening and the banquet on Saturday. Non-members have the option of joining and paying the member rate (the cost is still the same.) We're looking forward to a great event!
  8. Bennie was more famous in airlift then in special ops. He was in the 21st at Naha and a squadron commander at Pope before he got into the Black Birds.
  9. It most likely WASN'T an AC-130. After the initial trial, the prototype AC-130A moved to Ubon, Thailand for work on the Ho Chi Minh Trail as a truck-killer and the production models ere all assigned to Ubon. As it was, six were shot down and several were shot up but managed to get on the ground. Considering that there was only one squadron, that's a pretty high casualty rate. AC-130s worked over An Loc in 1972 but by that time the Aussies had left, as had most of the US ground troops, and they were supporting South Vietnamese, as were the airdrop crews. The AC-47s left the USAF in 1969 and AC-119s were used over South Vietnam after that. All transport aircraft are highly vulnerable in areas of medium to high intensity ground fire - and if there are fighters around, it's Katy-bar-the-door.
  10. When Lockheed first came out with the C-130H, the only USAF versions were HC-130Hs. They sold a lot of them overseas before the USAF started buying them in a modified version, including an APU that could be run inflight. (By the way, I wish people would understand that an APU can be any kind of supplemental power system. A lot of people are confused because Lockheed referred to the gas turbine compressors on the As, Bs, Es and original Hs as GTCs. Heck, any jet engine with a compressor is a GTC.)
  11. If you have McAfee and get a "risky site" message if you go to www.sammcgowan.com, ignore it. McAfee Site Advisor has a reputation for misidentfying sites as "risky" and for taking a long time to rectify problems. I had gotten messages before but not in a long time, but today I sent out a BCC Email to several people on my Email list from sam@sammcgowan.com and the next time I went to my home page, I got the message. I then did some research on the Net and learned that there have been a lot of completes about Site Advisor.
  12. I have done some work on the list of airlift/C-130 related books I have had on the Internet for some time at www.sammcgowan.com/books.html. If possible, I've added a link to a particular book on Amazon so you can easily order them. Incidentally, I've found a few that I wasn't aware of before. I'll be adding new books as I learn about them. If anyone knows of any I've not listed, please drop me an Email at sam@sammcgowan.com and I'll add it.
  13. Col. Crane will be buried in Arlington sometime in April.
  14. I'm working on getting them in book stores in areas where there are a lot of C-130/airlift folks. You can always have your local book store order them but the fastest way to get them is to order online or direct from me. Sorry, I have not set up to take credit cards - it's a lot of hassle and involves fees. I will take checks or money orders.
  15. Both books are now in print and are available from online book sellers such as Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. If you want signed copies, order direct from me at Sam McGowan, 3727 Hill Family Lane, Missouri City, TX 77459. I'm trying to keep copies on hand but allow a couple of weeks in case I have to restock. TRASH HAULERS is $28.95 and ANYTHING, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE is $31.95, including shipping. Or, I am offering both books for $56.00. Make it $75.00 and get a copy of my Vietnam C-130 flare mission novel THE CAVE. Full details of each book and links to their pages on Amazon and the publisher's pages are off of my home page - www.sammcgowan.com. They will eventually be available electronically, but will have to be ordered direct from the publisher as I understand it. However, they will work on Kindle, etc.
  16. One of the airlift airplanes was an E-model from Sewart lost on a special operation over North Vietnam.
  17. The answer is No. By the time the AC-130s were deployed to Ubon, LBJ had ceased offensive actions against North Vietnam and they did not resume until 1972. We operated over North Vietnam in LAMPLIGHTER missions in C-130A flareships but that ceased in late 1966 or early 1967 due to the proliferation of antiaircraft in the Route Package One and Two areas where we had been flying. C-130s can't survive in a high threat environment. Get a copy of my new C-130 book. It has a list of all C-130s lost in Southeast Asia, including gunships and rescue (there were two lost on the ground at Tuy Hoa). As it was, the gunships took heavy losses over Laos.Six gunships were lost - which is 50% casualties considering there are 12 airplanes in a squadron. FYI, 62 C-130s were lost in Southeast Asia. 52 of those were airlift, six were gunships, two were rescue and two were USMC. Two of the airlift airplanes were C-130E-(1)s, one on the ground and one flew into a mountain on the Lao/North Vietnam border.
  18. They started snaring satellites with C-119s way back in the early 1960s. The mission then passed to JC-130s.
  19. Trash Haulers is now in print and available from various book sellers. Anything, Anywhere, Anytime will be available within the next few weeks. If anyone wants an autographed copy, I am offering them for $28.95 for Trash Haulers and $31.95 for Anything, Anywhere, Anytime. If you want both, send me a check or money order for $56.00. Make it for $75.00 and I'll throw in a copy of The Cave, my C-130 flare mission novel. My address is Sam McGowan, 3727 Hill Family Lane, Missouri City, TX 77459. Trash Haulers is a revision of my previous C-130 book, with quite a bit of new material. Anything, Anywhere, Anytime is a history of the troop carrier mission and the tactical airlift mission that followed it from World War II through the end of the Vietnam War - it's a must read for anyone interested in airlift history. There has never been a book published that covers the airlift mission in its entirety. The Cave is a novel I wrote several years ago based on my experiences exploring caves in Kentucky and flying the flare mission over Laos in 1966. Details are on the net - go to www.sammcgowan.com/author.html for links to descriptions of all three books. I am expecting a shipment of the C-130 books any day now and will have some left over after I fill the orders I already have.
  20. It must be a problem with your McAfee. When I click on the link, it goes to the site with no warnings. I use Trend Micro. I use to get warnings when I'd go to my own sites with McAfee but don't get them anymore. It's probably because McAfee doesn't recognize the domain.
  21. Not really. For something to be historical, it has to have made history. Credible Sport was a failed design and has no historical significance. As far as his "where would we be," where were we already long before the SOCOM and AFSOC were created? The Air Force has had a rapid response capability for a long time. That's why the C-130 was developed in the first place. Does this guy think air traffic control was pioneered in Haiti? I remember a time when Tan Son Nhut was the busiest airport in the world, with more takeoffs and landings than Chicago O'Hare. The XB-70 led to the B-1. The Credible Sport airplane didn't lead to anything. It's a curiosity and that is all. If someone wants to display it, truck it down to Hurlburt.
  22. Yes, the Army, Marine Corps and Navy all had khaki uniforms in World War II. They were long sleeve and were worn with ties. Watch some of the military films from the period and you'll see them. There was an olive drab fatigue uniform and olive drab coveralls. The Class A Army uniform was brown. Officers wore tan slacks called "pinks."
  23. It wouldn't surprise me at all. The US had civilians from a number of different agencies in Laos.
  24. I'm not sure that shirt had a designation since it wasn't issued. If I remember correctly, you could get them at clothing sales or in the BX. Never heard a name for it. They were still authorized when I got out in 1975.
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