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Date Posted: 15:49:17 08/07/14 ThuPDT
Author: Steve Thorpe
Author Host/IP: 66.238.68.169
Subject: Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS)
In reply to: LEE FICARRA 's message, "PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS)" on 08:44:06 01/02/05 SunPST

I served with the 633rd Security Police Squadron as an administrative specialist in pleiku from Sept 1967 until march 1969. When I arrived there I met two K-9 handlers I went to high school with Barry Fields whose dog was snooky and Ronnie Dean who had Duke. As I remember there were two dogs named Duke. The other Duke was referred to as crazy Duke and I think his handler was Frederick Duksta but I am not sure. When you get this old your not sure of very many things that occurred over 45 years ago. I also remember a dog named apache who got loose on post and was shot by another handler. I remember a handler name Kenneth Smerecki who along with Duksta help teach English to cadets at the Highlands Junior Military Academy in Pleiku City. I remember Staff Sergeant William King arranged a K-9 demonstration for 125 of those cadets on base. I have pictures of Duksta with some orphans at tu tam orphanage in pleiku city.

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[> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- tom vanella, 09:52:03 01/04/15 SunPST (173.72.79.242)

>I WAS A DOG HANDLER AT PLEIKU 11-68 TO 11-70 I HANDLED
>PAL M651 AND REX. IN LATE 70 WHEN THE CHANGE CAME I
>WAS SWITHCHED TO A QRT TEAM WITH SSGT. S.L. BLEVENS AS
>LEADER. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE. IS THERE A
>JIM CONAHAND OUT THERE IF SO LET'S HEAR FROM YOU

Lee i think i remember you. i was in mortars. manned mortar pit at south end of runway.k-9 guys always came up to pit at night. get back to me.

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