SPOOKY AC 47 GUNSHIP REUNION

SEPTEMBER 5th-9th 2018
OMAHA, NEBRASKA

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Robert (Bob) Keller said:   November 21, 2018 6:11 pm PST
Looking for anyone that was stationed with 14th Combat Support Group at Nha Trang AB between January 1966 to June 1966. Lookng for information on C-47 that was shot down on a flare kicking mission. Please contact me at my email - bkeller63@q.com if you have any information. Thank you.

Dennis Harkins said:   November 19, 2018 11:04 am PST
I noticed Rick Ott's name on the "list of names of brothers we have located." Does anyone know what he's been doing over the years, his whereabouts or email address?

Harvey Wasseramn said:   September 15, 2018 10:40 am PST
Omaha; Wow!!! Great reunion, great time, miss you all already!!! See you in Colorado Springs!!!

Warren Bailey Jr said:   August 28, 2018 5:49 pm PST
Frank Slocum; I was a loadmaster at Bien Hoa, Oct 68 to Sep 69, and Charlie Haigh was my pilot for awhile. I would like to add Vincent Diaz, gunner, Bobby Buckles, loadmaster to the find list.

Chris Cotter said:   July 3, 2018 1:01 pm PST
And the last thing for now... Major John P. Cotter (navigator) was with the 4th Special Operations Squadron at Da Nang Air base. My email is ptiming1@yahoo.com and Major Cotter was my dad. He passed away a few years ago. Apologies if this info was repeated in other posts but I'm doing this on the computer and previous posts were on my phone... not sure they went through. If you knew my dad, I'd love to hear from you!

Bob McGarry said:   May 8, 2018 10:09 pm PST
Hugh Dean, I was a gunner who flew out of several bases (69), starting at Binh Thuy , Nha Trang, Da Nang ((Sept to Dec69), went TDY to Udorn for the full month of NOV69 then back to Da Nang Dec1. spooky1969@aol.com

Bob McGarry said:   May 8, 2018 10:00 pm PST
John Herring did you know a Spooky gunner by the name of Ski, blond hair and he would have gotten there spring 69 (April maybe). He also worked at the club. Young probably 2 striper. When I get his correct name I'll put it up.

Billy Clark said:   May 3, 2018 8:05 pm PST
Hugh Dean Stiles I was at Udorn the same time as you.Flight engineer stationed at Nha Trang.Course we returned to phan Rang on Dec 3,1969.I rotated home Dec 17,1969.I can't remember names anymore but my AC was a 1LT and copilot a 2nd LT from Bien Thuy. AC was from Florida,Wife he called the old bat.She kept us in entertainment while on standby or alert with games she sent.Copilot was the base CC 's son.Ring any bells ?

Donald Luke said:   April 14, 2018 1:07 am PST
Hugh Dean Stiles: I was at Danang from late November 1968 through early November 1969. I was aircraft maintenance on the AC-47 aircraft. I can be reached at oerm2133 (at) aol dot com

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John Herring said:   March 3, 2018 8:27 pm PST
Was at Bien Hoa from Aug 68 - Aug 69. Worked nights on the AC-47 in the 3rd SOS. Every other day I worked at the Airman's Club. Many of us in this outfit worked either at the NCO club or the Airman's Club. I would go without sleep 36 hours at a time every other day. Don't know how I managed to do that. 12 hour shifts on the flight line. Hello to all.

Hugh Dean Stiles said:   January 28, 2018 5:37 pm PST
Also was at Udorn Oct to Dec 69. Anyone who was at Da Nang or Udorn in 1969 I would like to hear from you. I live in Florida.

Hugh Dean Stiles said:   January 28, 2018 5:31 pm PST
Pilot in the 4th sos at Da Nang Mar to Dec 1969

Albert Saunders said:   January 23, 2018 8:10 pm PST
Frank, contact at Albersaunders@gmail.com l have some pictures of personnel at Bien Hoa 69 that you may be able to put names to.

Junior Skinner said:   January 22, 2018 6:44 pm PST
Frank Slocum: add Charlie to what people found or has he passed away?

frank Slocum said:   January 19, 2018 2:00 pm PST
Plz add another name, Charlie Haigh, pilot, Bien Hoa, 1968-69

Frank Slocum said:   January 18, 2018 10:45 pm PST
Can a "MIA" search list be added for names with whom we hope to make contact. For example, Lt. Col John Rowe, Bien Hoa commander 1969, pilots Dean Danos, and Joe Stewart. I'll supply others as I remember them.

Frank Slocum said:   January 18, 2018 10:30 pm PST
I remember when Jimmy Stewart and his wife Gloria visited the Bien Hoa flight line and our aircraft. He and Gloria went into the airplane, received an operational briefing, and then went forward and sat in the pilot's seat, recalling his C-47 experiences. It had to be March 1969. I'll check for pictures.

Tim Taylor said:   January 7, 2018 10:27 am PST
I'm the son of Don W. Taylor, who was a Spooky pilot in 69 out of Pleiku and Udorn (I believe). He passed away 10 years ago, but was always proudest of his time in the Spooky and the brothers he served with and lost. He retired in 95. I followed him into the service in 97 and still carry the torch here in 2018. I'm glad to have found this page and to see his name remembered on the fallen. If anyone has any pictures or information of his time there, I would love to hear about it. Cheers.

George Weeden said:   December 28, 2017 9:02 am PST
Junior, Does anyone have any pictures of the crew and Jimmy Stewart. We took Gen. Stewart and other VIP's up for a daytime flight at Bien Hoa either late 68 or early 69. I know there were several people aking photos. I didn't know who we were taking up or I would have brought my camera with that day, Thanks George 3rd SOS Bien Hoa 68-69

Junior Skinner said:   December 6, 2017 8:08 am PST
From James O'Brien Two ex-4th ACS airmen met in unusual circumstances recently. SSgt Franklin Jackson & me, SSgt James O'Brien both members of the original squadron cadre in 1965. We met at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs Co. while attending a cardiac rehabilitation program. Both of us suffer from heart disease and had previously undergone heart surgery, hence the rehabilitation. Franks daughter, Kathy accompanied her dad to the session one day and remarked on the Air Force cap I was wearing& ask if I had been in the Air Force. Yes I replied, a long time ago. Kathy mentioned her dad had also been in the Air Force and proceeded to introduce us but we did not recognize each other. The usual questions followed, what did you do, where were you stationed. Frank's answers were my own experience. Been there done that! Flight Mech, Gooney Birds, Viet Nam, Tan Son Nhut, Nha Trang, Spooky. Things then clicked we finally realized who we were. It was hand shakes & hugs, with tears and laughter(Heck in 1966, we even shared the same off-base quarters at Nha Trang.) Mind you now in our mid- eighties, getting bald, with poor sight and somewhat deaf. There we were on a mission. It's nighttime, on target, the noise, the smell, the chaos with that weird feeling you get in the pit of your stomach. We're safe, we made it once again. But this day we bantered as veterans do, about old friend, comrades and past-on-buddies. It was indeed a very poignant reunion for a couple of old commandos.

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Donald Luke said:   November 12, 2017 8:22 am PST
Dan Helmick: I was stationed at Danang from Nov 1968 through November 1968 with the Spooky gunships. Kenneth Dent and I were coworkers. I have a maintenance crew picture posted on my website that includes Ken at http://ac47-gunships.com/ac47_people.htm. I had his email address and was communicating with him a while back but lost the address. Eventually I went to night shift because I was getting tired of being woken up by the rockets at night.

Junior Skinner said:   October 13, 2017 7:26 pm PST
Dan Helmick we have a Ken Dent, if that is him let me know 706-636-5375

Dan Helmick said:   October 13, 2017 10:16 am PST
I found this website quite by accident. I was stationed at Danang from Dec.1968,to Dec 1969. Although I was with the 366 Services Squadron, I befriended a SGT. Dent after all these years that's all I can remember of his name. Any how he called me one night and said there was a Spooky on the flight line that had to be uploaded,and was wondering if I would like to help him. Of course I said yes . When we arrived the bird was sitting on the wrong end of the flight deck. I asked him how are we supposed to load that way up there. Any way he said "We'll have to taxi down to the spot where the ammo was". I said "Ok,who does that"? He said"Me" Anyway he starts the engines and proceeds to turn the thing around, when ,he says to me "You got it" I said "What do you mean I got it"? He say's" take er down to the where the ammo is stored" Little did I know that he was controlling from the pilots seat. Any way i/he took it down to the ammo and I helped him load it! I will never forget this as long as I live. Afterwords I felt kinda proud that I had somehow contributed to the War effort. After we were through loading ,I was given a "Spooky" pin. Which,I no longer have. I've been trying to locate SGT. Dent through the years but,IO can't seem to locate him. Sorry for the ;long message.

Richard Westcott said:   September 28, 2017 11:49 am PST
Just a little more information on my previous message. My dad's name was Major Lawrence P. Westcott but he often went by Pete or Peter which was his middle name. According to the two newspaper articles (one from February and one from April 1968) I could find he was for some time based at Binh Thuy in early 1968. I seem to remember him coming home for a Christmas morning surprise so my guess is that he came home for Christmas 1968 but not sure of that. He was 38 years old in 1968.

Lloyd Teitelbaum said:   September 28, 2017 7:23 am PST
Binh Thuy from April 1966 thru May 1967 as crew chief with the 4th ACS.

Richard Westcott said:   September 27, 2017 12:25 pm PST
Hi I just noticed your website. My father Lawrence P. Westcott who passed away a couple of years ago and had fought in Vietnam but didn't talk about it much. I believe he flew AC-47 missions with the 4th Air Commando Squadron in early 1968 as a navigator. I was just wondering if anybody remembered him or had any information about his service. Thanks in advance for any info. I do have a few slide images of planes, base, a party and one of the crew.

Junior Skinner said:   September 27, 2017 7:04 am PST
Jerry LeChien, I have you on our master list but have no information and that is why you were not on our web-site I will add you and if you don't mind please share your address and phone number for our Master List.

Mike Acosta said:   September 11, 2017 8:18 am PST
ANOTHER GREAT REUNION CAME AND GONE TOO FAST

Jerry LeChien said:   September 2, 2017 4:01 pm PST
I am looking around to see if I can find any records of my service with the 3rd special operations Spooky in late 68 early 69. I was in the same hooch with Levitow and Blair. That's my bunk in the top left of your picture. I flew many missions during my time with them and had a TDY to Udorn for a tour, one or two months. I volunteered for the 20th after that with E.C. Owens. He was on the flight with Levitow when he was wounded. He was wounded also. Shortly after that EZ, as we called him, was wounded again in a helecopter crash and was sent home. (EZ is on the Spooky list but not on the Hornet list and I'm on the Hornet list but not on the Spooky list:) I went to school with Bob McGarry. We were room mates for months down in Louisiana when we were going to flight school. My records don't show anything about my time with Spooky. My wife is going to check your FB page and ask to be put on the list. Somehow I am not on it. Will join the Spooky Brotherhood also if I can. Feel free to email me if anyone remembers me:) Jerry beach.gold@charter.net

Robert (Bob) Schilling, 1966-1969, said:   August 23, 2017 1:40 pm PST
Contact me anytime, or drop by for a cup of coffee, Bien Hoa. Living in Custer, SD

Jack Kindle said:   August 5, 2017 9:59 am PST
James Krouse, I've been told you haven't registered for the reunion yet. I hope that doesn't mean you aren't going to be there. I've got a few pictures in a small album of your dad. Some has Chuck Rogiers in them. He was on the plane when it went down and while I was stationed with them they did every thing together. I've been trying to locate Toni Rogiers for over 2 years but no luck . Jim if you aren't going to be there but would like the pictures i'll gladly send them to you. My email is lford005@woh.rr.com

Donald Luke said:   July 18, 2017 7:45 pm PST
Howdy Van Newville. It has been a long time since we last met. Van and I met when our family moved to Tucson, AZ and our family joined Boy Scout Troop 211. Van was an assistant Scoutmaster and later the Scoutmaster of a very active troop. During our conversations, we somehow got on the subject of Vietnam and Spooky and he told me about his father and his loss in Vietnam. Also found out that another assistant scoutmaster in the troop had served with the Marines at Danang the same time I was there but he was on the other side of the base from the Air Force side.

Van Newville said:   June 30, 2017 9:06 pm PST
To: James Krouse My dad (also Van) Was at Phu Cat and went down October 3 1967, He was extremely proud of his 28 years in the AF and especially of his time in a Spooky

DANNY REESE said:   June 28, 2017 6:23 am PST
SPOOKY BROTHERS,IF YOU OR YOU KNOW SOMEONE THAT PLANS ON COMING TO REUNION IN NASHVILLE,TN FOR THE 9 YEAR REUNION SEPT.6th TO 10th 2017. I NEED YOUR FOOD ORDER FOR THE BANQUET SATURDAY NIGHT. MY E-MAIL IS : REESEDL47@yahoo.com

Jonathan Moore said:   June 25, 2017 6:35 pm PST
Hi all, Anyone who worked as part of the 3rd ACS from 67-68 I am looking for anyone who might have known my grandfather. Raymond Schick. jmoore@fletchart.com

Donald E. Koke said:   June 23, 2017 2:36 pm PST
Hello,James Shaw,Donald Koke here,stationed at Pleiku AB Dec. 1966 through Dec. 1967.We more than likely flew a couple of missions together in that time span,Hope you can make the reunion in Sep. email:donaldkoke@gmail.com

James Shaw said:   June 19, 2017 8:40 pm PST
Junior, I still have not made a definite decision about the reunion but I am working on being there. As for my address and phone number, here they are: 65 Turner Drive, Lebanon, Ohio 45036-1025; 513-932-7003 (home), 513-850-9311 (cell).

Donald Dodd said:   June 14, 2017 8:46 am PST
I was a gunner at binh Thur from 1966-1967 manc

Junior Skinner said:   June 4, 2017 6:43 pm PST
James Shaw sure glad you found us also. We have a great time at our reunions and sure hope you can make it. Would you mind sharing your phone number and address for our master spooky list? Nobody will be call you to solicit anything.

James R. Shaw said:   June 3, 2017 6:25 pm PST
I was Flight Mechanic on Spooky in Vietnam from June 1966 until July 1967. My orders erroneously sent me to Nha Trang. At that time, Nha Trang did not have the AC-47, only flare missions with the C-47. I was used as an alternate for about a month until my orders were corrected and I was sent to Pleiku. I am happy to have found your website but was disappointed to find out that a reunion had already been held in Dayton, OH which is on 30 miles from my home. I am going to try to make this one in Nashville.

John Viar said:   May 21, 2017 11:03 pm PST
I was a nav on one of the first birds to leave Florida on November1, 1965 heading for Saigon. 12 hrs to CA. Then six flights later we landed at Tan Son Nhut on Nov. 9, 1965. Wonder if any of first crew members are still around. I'm pushing 80. John Viar, Maj, USAF(Ret)

Lloyd Teitelbaum said:   May 12, 2017 7:35 am PST
Forgot to add that I was in Binh Thuy.

Lloyd Teitelbaum said:   May 12, 2017 7:33 am PST
I was with the 4th ACS from April '66 to May '67 as a mechanic/crew chief on Spooky. Would love to hear from anyone who was there at that time.

Dennis Foggy said:   April 15, 2017 4:38 pm PST
February 22, 1969--III Corps--Trang Bom Outpost--20 clicks east of Long Binh & Binh Hoa Airbase down Highway QL1--Spooky 74 saved our butts! Never could find any information about this gunship. Any help out there???

Richard Tolfa said:   April 5, 2017 6:42 am PST
I was stationed at Binh Thuy, 4thACS from Dec 1966-Dec 1967, loadmaster. I am planning to attend the reunion in Nashville and hope to see some of the guys there. This will be my first. I retired from the AF in 1982.

BOB MCGARRY said:   April 4, 2017 8:05 pm PST
James Krouse, One of the gunners was a very good friend of mine, Billy (William) Scoville, We served together at Griffiths AFB NY before he got his new assignment to the 4th ACS. (long story can talk over a beer in Nashville if you can make it.) When I went to Cam Rahn Bay in Sept 67 we had been in touch and made plans to meet at Nha Trang for a day.or two the second week of Oct67. I went up to Nha Trang looking for him, went to the 4th operations asking to find him and at first they didn't want to tell me anything, after talking to them they finally told me that he had been shot down on the 3rd, at that time was listed as MIA but later confirmed. That was a hard day for me learning his fate while expecting to find him and have a few good days together,,, hope you can make the reunion, you are very welcomed to our group

John E. Cass said:   April 2, 2017 1:36 pm PST
April ‘68 I was on Hill 76 several miles west of Chu Lai. I was in a tower working a flash observation post. We had VC in the wire. This was the first time I witnessed Spooky. From my perspective, Spooky looked like it was at eye level. Many flares and countless tracer rounds filled the night sky. Considering the noise level in conjunction with the visual, it was a surreal experience never to be forgotten. Thanks Spooky.

Linda Hill (Sturges) said:   March 22, 2017 8:16 pm PST
My father Lt.Col Robert G. Sturges flew Spooky during the Vietnam Nam war from 1967 to 1968. Does anyone remember him? I would appreciate any information on him or his crew mates. Thank you. Linda Hill (Sturges)

Calvin Thompson said:   March 22, 2017 5:17 pm PST
I was a spooky pilot at Bein Hoa-November 67-November 68.

Raymond Caryl (Catkiller 3-2) said:   March 15, 2017 4:30 pm PST
Morning of Jan 31, 1968 I ran a Spooky bird on an island in the middle of the Thu Bon River at Hoi An, I Corps. Sector Hqs. at Hoi An was taking mortar rounds from the island. It took Spooky less than 15 minutes and everything that was standing (including palm trees) was DOWN...no more mortar rounds! Thanks Spook.

Glenn Hines said:   February 18, 2017 9:12 pm PST
Greetings, My name is Glenn Hines and I am a war historian looking into an action on 24th May 1969 just south west of Dak To. A Spooky ship flew low and pinpoint a trapped Australian advisor and his men in order to call in a emerg medivac for a wounded USSF SFC. This never eventuated and the SFC died and his body was not recovered and he is still MIA. The grid coordinates were relayed from the Spooky to the helicopter unit. The medic that was on the ground that day says these are the absolute key to finding this SFC. Anyone have any recollections of such a night. I can be contacted on vietwarht@gmail.com Thank you for your anticipated assistance. Glenn Hines

Ven Hammonds said:   February 18, 2017 9:15 am PST
Thank you Skip Echols for passing contact info! Pilot in 4th at Nha Trang, Udorn and Phan Rang Nov 68 to Nov 69. Looking forward to being with you in Nashville!

JACK P. KINDLE said:   January 6, 2017 10:44 am PST
James Krouse, hope you make it to yhe reunion in 2017. I flew with your dad but rotated back before the plane went down. I have pictures of your dad along with the squadron. The last reunion there was 4 of us there that was station with your dad.hope to see you in Nashville

Junior Skinner said:   January 5, 2017 6:37 pm PST
James it would be nice for you to be able to make the reunion. You will be welcome as our family.

James Krouse said:   January 4, 2017 4:36 pm PST
My father, also James Krouse, was assigned to 4th ACS at Phu Cat in '66 / '67. He and crew went down on a Spooky on Oct 3, 67. I would love and will try to attend the 2017 reunion.

Junior Skinner said:   December 31, 2016 6:49 pm PST
Happy New Year to each and every Spooky brother and sister. Hope to see each of you in 2017 sometime.

Joseph Hammes said:   December 10, 2016 3:42 pm PST
My father was a flight engineer on AC-47's during Vietnam.

Glenn Brymer said:   November 20, 2016 8:09 am PST
Dear Bob McGarry As I write this I have tears of pure joy running full on. My big brother Mike Brymer will always be my hero. As a young kid I listened to his stories from his first deployments to a Vietnam as a Spooky crewman. In 1969 I followed in his footsteps and joined the US Army. He was pretty pissed off about that at the time, but he understood. I will never forget how he would become so intense when talking about flying missions. He was very proud being a Spooky crewman. I salute everyone of you. Thank you for the stories and may God bless y'all. Glenn Brymer USA (Ret.)

Junior Skinner said:   October 11, 2016 4:43 am PST
Everyone please check out the Reunion Booking Information for 2017. We are going to the General Jackson Showboat and The Grand Ole Opry so if you are interested please let me know.

Bill Schneider said:   August 26, 2016 8:31 pm PST
Grateful Grunt, would like to find the pilots/ crewmen or call signs.,,who flew on 10 May 1968 at Ngok Tavak and 12 May 1968 at Kham Duc SF Camp, was Mothers Day,,, Camp was surrounded by regt from 2nd NVA Div,, Kham Duc was the last SF border camp in southern I Corps,,, Col Joe Jackson USAF earned MoH in his C-123,... God Bless all Aircrews at Kham Duc/ Ngok Tavak Bill Schneider "A" Co 1/46th Inf.. Americal Div.

Ray Wyban said:   August 22, 2016 4:36 pm PST
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DANNY L REESE said:   June 29, 2016 7:07 am PST
P.S. ALSO WE NEED TO GET MENS WINDBREAKER AND WOMENS HOODIE SIZES FOR THOSE ATTENDING REUNION, ALSO WHAT YOU WANT TO EAT AT BANQUET. FOOD ITEMS ARE : BEEF, CHICKEN,OR FISH.

DANNY L REESE said:   June 29, 2016 7:02 am PST
HEY SPOOKY BROTHERS AND SISTERS: IF YOU ARE COMING TO THE 8th REUNION AT FORT WALTON BEACH ,FL WE NEED TO YOUR NAME, YOUR FAMILIES NAME OR YOUR GUESS NAME. WE NEED TO KNOW EVERYONES NAME SO THAT IT CAN BE PUT A LIST TO GET ON THE AIRbase IF NAME NOT ON LIST YOU WON'T BEABLE TO GET ON base. HARVEY WASSERMAN AND I HAVE BEEN CALLING EVERYONE TO SEE IF YOU ARE COMING. WE MAY HAVE MISSED SOME of YOU. IN THAT CASE IF YOU LIKE TO COME GIVE US A CALL. MY PHONE# IS: 402-326-0675 MY E-MAIL IS: REESEDL47@yahoo.com. HARVEY'S PHONE # IS 860-749-9307 HIS E-MAIL IS fishing22@msn.com AT THIS REUNION WE ARE PUTTING A MEMORIAL STONE FOR THE SPOOKIES WE LOST IN VIETNAM. IT WILL HAVE THERE NAMES ON IT JUST LIKE ON THE WALL IN DC. FOR MORE INFORMATION GIVE US A CALL. REUNION IS SEPTEMBER 7th TO 11th 2016. LETS GET AS MANY SPOOKY BROTHERS THERE AS WE CAN TO HONOR OUR FALLEN BROTHERS

Roger Wallace said:   May 14, 2016 11:43 am PST
I was a Crew Chief, temporary assigned to Pleiku, 4th (AC-47), for 6-8 months in 1966, awaiting the stand up of the 362 TEWS (EC-47). Can't seem to remember any of the guys names.

BOBBY SMITH said:   May 14, 2016 8:21 am PST
my brother was on spooyy that went down in 1969 .i still remember that day. if any has any pictures of his unit i would love tosee them . my address is Bobby smith 210 phillips hollow dr. Mooresville,n.c.28115 thanks to all and thank all for your servicei

Junior Skinner said:   May 9, 2016 2:18 pm PST
This is to let everyone know that Richard Hemenway is who left the message. I was unable to change the name but this is the correction.

Richrd Hemenway said:   May 9, 2016 4:58 am PST
I was a flightline engine mechanic on the AC-47 Spooky Gunships in the 14 FMS at Nha Trang, from November 1967 to July 1969. Worked mostly night shift. Also worked on O-2Bs and other transient recip aircraft. Would be happy to hear from others who were there during that time.

Glenn Olsen said:   April 29, 2016 8:04 pm PST
I was a Airframe Repairman (Sheet metal Shop) working out of the big hanger from 7-4-67 to 7-4-68 .

MSGT Arlan E Smith, Retired said:   April 28, 2016 8:31 pm PST
I was assigned to the 4th SOS squadron at Binh Thuy Sept. 1967 - Oct. 1968. I was a Loadmaster/ Flare kicker/ Assistant gun loader. Glad to find this Web site that I have been looking for a while. My wife and I are planning on going to the 2016 reunion. Hope to see or find many of my old buddies.

Rocky Crites said:   April 18, 2016 9:54 pm PST
John Bonner linked me to this sight. THANKS, John! I went to Nha Trang in Jun '69, to Udorn "tdy" in about Sep '69. We were "forgotten" there until our planes were given away in Jun '70. I still "see and hear" it all. I will do everything I can to be at the reunion in FL!

Donald Brown said:   March 10, 2016 10:42 am PST
My half-brother was Capt. Barry L. Brown who flew AC-47's in Pleiku in 1968. His plane and another were lost in 1968. In fact, I believe my nephew, David, may have posted a few months ago. I was very young when Barry was lost - just a few years older than his sons. Although I was too young to know him, I remember vividly the impact of his loss upon our family and I still shed a tear with the playing of the taps. I don't know much about his life during his days in Vietnam. I would like to touch base with anyone who knew him as my older brothers and sister knew him better than I and would also like to know more about his experiences. My father, Barry, and two other brothers served our country and I am deeply in debt for those that have sacrificed for our country. My email is dbrown1120@hotmail.com. Thanks.

Mickey Hyder said:   February 23, 2016 6:38 pm PST
I had a cousin, Lt Col Charles Riley who was in the 4th Air Commando Squadron and flew Spooky in the 1965 time frame. Trying to find anyone who knew him. Charles (Chuck) died in 2010.

Bob Mcgarry said:   February 17, 2016 10:37 pm PST
Wayne, forgot to mention if you didn't notice, a picture of your brother in the photo section, 7 rows down

Bob McGarry said:   February 17, 2016 10:32 pm PST
Glenn Brymer,, glad to here from you,, I was a Spooky Gunner who flew with your brother Mike when I went to Binh Thuy AB early 69. Mike at that time was the gun instructor and gave me my check ride there. A great person who would always help you out. I still have my check ride orders with Mikes signature. He was very good friends with our Sq. commander Col. Dave,, (Davidson) who admired Mike and the work he did. When Col. Dave used to come down to Binh Thuy to fly missions (it was his favorite base to fly out of), he would always have your brother fly with him,, when the internet came around he was one of the guys I tried to find with no luck, he was good friends with another gunner Wayne (who re-upped), I think Wayne was from La and your brother was from the south as I remember?,, can't remember Wynes last name but have a picture,, still looking for him,, your brother liked to play craps as I remember,, Mike, Wayne,myself and another gunner Jeff richardson from NY were playing craps drinking late one night in one of the hootch trailers having a great time and the rockets started coming in,,, we stopped for a seconded, looked at each other and said shit, they're landing on the other side of the base so we kept playing and laughing and drinking,, then one came extremely close, said shit, grabbed the whiskey, dice money and went to the bunker as the rounds started coming closer and then continued our game,,, a lot of comments and laughter from the other guys who had been in the bunker for awhile,, naturally we had to pass the whisky around,, Sorry to hear your brother passed away,, your are always welcomed to our Spooky Brother Hood,, if you are on Face Book please feel free to join "Spooky Ac-47 Gunship" (closed group but you will be entered if you request),, Bob McGarry, gunner,, spooky1969@aol.com

Glenn Brymer said:   February 13, 2016 10:54 pm PST
Just wanted to say thank you for keeping my late brothers name alive, Ssgt Mike Brymer, he was very proud to have been a Spooky gunner. He was my hero and he passed way to early. God bless you all. Sincerely, Glenn Brymer USA (Ret.)

Donald Luke said:   December 21, 2015 7:16 pm PST
I was talking with a U. S. Army Vietnam Veteran at the local VA. I was wearing the Spooky hat I got from Dan Reese at the 2015 reunion and we were comparing notes. He was in the area of Danang with his unit at the same time I was at Danang. He talked about several times that Spooky came in to save their bacon with a little bit of fire from the sky. He described the sound of the guns firing. He also described some of the things they found the next morning when they went out to see what damage had been done. Said he saw a tree that had been chopped off at an angle, etc.

Jim Meehan said:   December 19, 2015 3:01 pm PST
I was with Marines being moved by AmTrac, We dismount and double time it into a French Fort. Its getting dark in Oct 1968 We are a company in strength and waiting to create a blocking force but we wait. I leave the fort with 10 Marines and take up positions with PFs. popular forces. First a parachute flare lands near by. I don't know where it came from. Then solid red lines followed by the sound of something large. Puff was near the southern end of Marble Mts. First and last time I seen this incredible weapon. I searched for this air operation and haven't seen it recorded but I was up close a personal. Thanks for the air support and your service.

Junior Skinner said:   November 24, 2015 8:08 am PST
Gary Perkins would you mind sharing you address and phone number for our Spooky Master list? I would also like your e-mail address so I can keep you informed of all the reunion activities. Thanks Brother juncherski@embarqmail.com

Gary O. Perkins said:   November 16, 2015 9:59 am PST
I was in the 3rd SOS at Nhatrang from 1/1969 to 10/1969 then transferred to Phantom Rang from 10/1969 to 1/1970. My wife and I plan to attend the 8th annual reunion. It will be our first. I may also bring Steve Deyoung and his wife. Steve and I were in Nam together at Nhatrang. We both worked with Staff Sgt. Cade, Freddie Levering, Adam Perez, Danny Rogers and others. Looking forward to seeing our brothers in arms.

Don Clifford said:   November 9, 2015 3:50 pm PST
I really enjoyed my first (2015 Reunion) in San Antonio. What a great bunch of people we have! Looking forward to the 2016 Reunion in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

Bob McGarry said:   November 6, 2015 7:20 pm PST
Nina, S/sgt Brymer was a gunner at Binh Thuy.

Bob McGarry said:   November 6, 2015 7:15 pm PST
Hi Nina, sorry to hear about your granddad. He was a great and well respected officer. I was a gunner on the AC47 "Spooky" gunships assigned to the 3rd SOS attached to FLIGHT "D" at Binh Thuy in the southern part of S Vietnam. Your granddad was our Squadron commander when I was there and flew with him several times both at Binh Thuy & Nha Trang Air bases. Your granddad was known to all of us as "COL, DAVE".. we as a group have been looking for him for a long time. We started the Spooky group having reunions 6 years ago. I'm sure you be hearing from a lot of people now that you found us. If you are on FACEBOOK please visit our group site and ask to join,, search: "AC-47 gunship", You and and family are most welcome to join. Next year we are having our reunion at FT Walton Beach, FLA and will be placing a monument, honoring all our lost fallen in VN in front of the AC-47 Gunship on display at the Hurlburt Field Air Park at the front of the base. You are most welcome to come. Please visit us on Facebook, and "stay in touch with us"

Nina said:   November 2, 2015 1:02 am PST
Hello everyone, my name is Nina. My grandfather was Lt. Col. Robert A. Davidson. He served on the 3rd SOS Spooky. Sadly he passed away in 2013. I have a bunch of his stuff and with it there is this mug made out of a 105 MM. M14. It is inscribed to him from the crew; Lt. Moon, Lt. Col. Leary, S Sgt. Burchfield, S Sgt. Crumpler, S Sgt. Brymer, and S Sgt. Jordan. I was just wondering if anyone knows how to contact any of these guys? I miss my grandpa like crazy and would love to talk to someone who knew him. Please contact me with any information erniespeaks3@verizon.net. Thank you all so very much!

Michael Coffman said:   September 11, 2015 7:29 am PST
Just got a call from Al Sproul (during the 2015 Reunion) and he was talking with Don Clifford, who was on the TDY at Udorn that I was on in 1970, C-47 MTT. Don, it was great talking with you about the good ole times at Udorn. Let's stay in touch. Al, thank you so much for giving me a call and letting me talk with Don. We had a great visit. Sorry for missing the reunion, hope to make one soon. Retiring and moving to the lake has been more work than I thought it was going to be. It is great being a part of the SPOOKY World. Michael Coffman michael.jcoffman@yahoo.com 214-724-9213

Bob McGarry said:   August 29, 2015 9:41 pm PST
Hi guys, looking forward to the reunion in San Antonio. Still looking for Sgt Claud Allen, Flight Engineer, 4th SOS, Bihn Thuy and Udorn Thailand 1969. There is a belated Air Medal with his name on it. Contact me for details. CLaud flew with John Lamb, Pilot and on one of their missions in Laos defending a Lima Site were awarded a Medal a few years back. John has been looking for him to give him his medal or his family. John said in an e-mail: Claud may have been from Louisiana. I remember seeing a DD-214 on him that he separated with Baton Rouge as an address? He left Bihn Thuy soon after we came back from Udorn in May of 69. Don't know where his assignment was but it had to be a base of multi-engine transport or aircraft requiring a flight engineer. So if you know of him or and info on finding him or family would be greatly appreciated. Please pass this on to others Bob McGarry: spooky1969@aol.com

Don Wilson said:   August 19, 2015 6:10 pm PST
Hi Guys, Stunned to find this website tonight but excited to see several old friends names.....Buzz Womack, John Luton, Dennis Harkins, etc. I was at Binh Thuy from January thru October '69. I went to Hawaii on R&R and when I returned, the squadron had closed and everyone was gone. I received orders for Thuy Hoa where I spent my last three months with the 9th SOS. Looking forward to hearing from you. Unfortunately, I can't make this reunion due to other travel plans. Best Regards.

Bb McGarry said:   July 21, 2015 6:16 pm PST
Sad to inform you all of another Spooky who is now on the flight line in the sky: Roger Gatewood,, "Scatback" former Navigator with AC-47 Spooky's at Binh Thuy passed away last month, RIP Roger and safe flight. John Lamb Pilot just informed me.

BOBBY HERRON said:   July 21, 2015 2:56 pm PST
.hi junior just wanted to give you myn phone number and address. BOBBY HERRON 3421 CENTRAL RD. GURDON, ARKANSAS 71743 870-246-7738 CELL 870 230 2782 WITH 4acs 1965/1966 all over plus udorn, ubon thai

BOBBY HERRON said:   July 21, 2015 1:30 pm PST
.hi junior just wanted to give you myn phone number and address. BOBBY HERRON 3421 CENTRAL RD. GURDON, ARKANSAS 71743 870-246-7738 CELL 870 230 2782

DANNY L REESE said:   July 15, 2015 6:56 pm PST
HEY SPOOKY BROTHERS, IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND THE 7 YEAR REUNION THIS YEAR AT SAN ANTONIO,TX. I NEED TO KNOW SO I CAN GET SHIRT SIZE AND WHAT FOOD YOU WANT TO EAT AT BANQUET. MY E-MAIL IS reesedl47@yhaoo.com MY PHONE NUMBER IS 402-326-0675. I NEED TO KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. HAVE TO KNOW BY JULY 25th 2015. THE SHIRTS WILL BE ORDERED THE FIRST OF AUGUST.

Kenneth Dent said:   July 7, 2015 4:35 pm PST
Lyle Sproul, Were you at Da Nang in 69.

BOBBY HERRON said:   June 23, 2015 5:57 pm PST
hi junior skinner i was with 4acs from 1965 thru 1966, my name is not on your list

Donald Koke said:   June 8, 2015 10:36 am PST
Hello,David Brown.I saw your posting on the Spooky website guestbook. I was stationed at Pleiku in 1968 as a gunner. Believe I flew a couple of missions with your dad,early part of 1968. Was there when 159 went down in May.Crewmembers were Lieut. Col. Harris, Major Tomchessson, Staff Sgt. Bowman and Sgt. Cradeur

David Brown said:   June 7, 2015 4:41 pm PST
Thanks Lyle for your response. I know of Colonel Leslie Harris who was the other pilot flying with my Dad but do not know the rest of the crew.

Lyle Sproul said:   June 6, 2015 6:38 pm PST
RE: Barry Brown. I arrive at Pleiku late April 68 and knew the crew on 159. alsproul@att.net

David Brown said:   June 6, 2015 5:24 am PST
My dad was Capt Barry L Brown who served as an AC47 pilot in Pleiku from Jan - May 1968. His plane and another AC47 went down on May 5th, 1968. I was very fortunate to make contact with Bernie Ducat who was a survivor in the other AC47 that crash landed that night and have learned much about that night from his account. I'm curious if there's anyone else out there who may have some information...Thanks to all of you who served!!

Stan Crowell said:   May 28, 2015 12:18 pm PST
Frank I remember COL. Blessing. I gave [loaned] him around 40 pics. of "Spooky" firing at night and he never returned them. Pappy Peirce was our line chief, Durham was our flight chief. Seams like yesterday. Welcome home my friend Stan Crowell

Frank Vallone Msgt USAF retired said:   May 22, 2015 7:34 am PST
Nha Trang 68-69 AC 47 remember Col Blessing as our commander

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