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Date Posted: 14:51:27 08/07/03 ThuPDT
Author: WILLIAM (BILLY) CLARK
Author Host/IP: 206.208.62.141
Subject: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND

ANYONE THAT WAS STATIONED IN UDORN AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU. I AM LIVING IN MERRITT ISLAND,FLA. I WAS WITH THE FIRST SHIPMENT TO TAILAND AND OPENED THE K-9 KENNELS IN UDORN. I FLEW ON A C-141 WITH THE K-9 AND A BULL WHICH WAS A GIFT FOR THE KING OF THAILAND. IF YOU REMEMBER THIS HOW ABOUT DROPING ME A LINE.
BILLY CLARK, 575 BAKER RD.,MERRITT ISLAND,FLA 32953
PHONE 321-453-5606

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[> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- Stephen Pippenger, 00:07:01 09/26/03 FriPDT (66.244.96.168)

>ANYONE THAT WAS STATIONED IN UDORN AT THIS TIME I
>WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU. I AM LIVING IN MERRITT
>ISLAND,FLA. I WAS WITH THE FIRST SHIPMENT TO TAILAND
>AND OPENED THE K-9 KENNELS IN UDORN. I FLEW ON A
>C-141 WITH THE K-9 AND A BULL WHICH WAS A GIFT FOR THE
>KING OF THAILAND. IF YOU REMEMBER THIS HOW ABOUT
>DROPING ME A LINE.
> BILLY CLARK, 575 BAKER RD.,MERRITT ISLAND,FLA
>32953
>PHONE 321-453-5606


I was a handler during the 68-69 time. I do not remember a bull but I know the building was new and we were some of the first to use it. I remember the mad barber that would skin a dog for a hot spot. I remember that we were giving our dogs a special med on there food to see what effect it had on heart worm and other things. A couple of dogs got heart worms and had to be give the big purple pill. We also had our blood taken every other month to see if we could get anything from our dogs. This was all experimental and we volunteried.


sdp69

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[> [> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- john hutek, 16:26:39 05/26/13 SunPDT (70.194.2.159)

hello, answering your message. i was at udorn in 68 and 69 with the 432 rts precision photo recon squad. i now am a retired mailman . lived in midland mi. at that time but now live in farwell mi. have a son in clearwater fla. played little league baseball with mets mgr terry collins also played with ex major league players vern rhule larry jaster dick lange jim kern all from midland county
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[> [> [> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- Russ (432 RTS 70-71), 19:52:58 01/24/15 SatPST (73.49.45.39)

> hello, answering your message. i was at udorn in 68
>and 69 with the 432 rts precision photo recon squad.
>i now am a retired mailman . lived in midland mi. at
>that time but now live in farwell mi. have a son in
>clearwater fla. played little league baseball with
>mets mgr terry collins also played with ex major
>league players vern rhule larry jaster dick lange jim
>kern all from midland county
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[> [> [> [> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- Ronald Oldham, 07:24:24 06/20/15 SatPDT (173.78.96.72)

>> hello, answering your message. i was at udorn in 68
>>and 70 was with the 14th TRS worked in the phase docks. Then 70 to 71 went to Ubon AB worked in 8th Feild Maintenance Squadorn in the crash and recovey dock.Then in 1972 well to Takhli AB tdy for six months with Hollmam AFB, NM aircraft maintenance squadorn came back to Macdill AFB. Went Clark AB Phillippines 1972 to 1976 applied for crosstraing as an C-141 Flight Engineer got accept did all my crossing was assigned to the 18 Military Airlift Squadorn at McGutre AFB N.J. Retired in 1986 and moved to Tampa, FL because we lived down here before and loved it. Ronald Oldham 9 with the 432 rts precision photo recon squad.
>>i now am a retired mailman . lived in midland mi. at
>>that time but now live in farwell mi. have a son in
>>clearwater fla. played little league baseball with
>>mets mgr terry collins also played with ex major
>>league players vern rhule larry jaster dick lange jim
>>kern all from midland county
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[> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- Jay D. Jones, 11:52:11 09/15/04 WedPDT (64.39.214.235)

Hi Billy--I was at Udorn from 12-69 to 12-70. I worked Thor for the year that I was there.

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[> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- dennis knight, 09:28:39 06/16/05 ThuPDT (70.177.9.130)

was stationed at udorn dec 68 to dec 69. dental tech at the 432 hospital. i assisted dr spinelli and the vetanarian on a root canal filling on one of the patrol dogs. his handler brought him to the dental clinic where the vet put him out and we put him on a table and perfomed the procedure. i don't know if that had ever been done before but they said he was such a great dog that they wanted to try to save the tooth, or he'd have to be put down. the handlers said he was the biggest dog at udorn at that time. got to visit the kennels shotly after that but didn't feel welcome. those dogs weren't the least bit freindly to strangers. got to meet alot of you guys at the airmens club. i was working as bar cashier on the midnight to 0700 shift 3 or 4 nights a week. discovered your sight while trying to get info on AOin thailand. have diabetes II and several other symptoms . just filed claim with va 3 days ago. last two months at udorn i started waking up in the mornings with large swollen itchy patches all over my body. doctors didn't know what was causing it. they just gave me benedryl to make it go away when ever it happened. i had to use these downers almost every day until about a month after retuning home. never have had reoccurance.

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[> [> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- Dennis Knight, 13:17:25 06/18/05 SatPDT (70.177.9.130)

>was stationed at udorn dec 68 to dec 69. dental tech
>at the 432 hospital. i assisted dr spinelli and the
>vetanarian on a root canal filling on one of the
>patrol dogs. his handler brought him to the dental
>clinic where the vet put him out and we put him on a
>table and perfomed the procedure. i don't know if that
>had ever been done before but they said he was such a
>great dog that they wanted to try to save the tooth,
>or he'd have to be put down. the handlers said he was
>the biggest dog at udorn at that time. got to visit
>the kennels shotly after that but didn't feel welcome.
>those dogs weren't the least bit freindly to
>strangers. got to meet alot of you guys at the
>airmens club. i was working as bar cashier on the
>midnight to 0700 shift 3 or 4 nights a week.
>discovered your sight while trying to get info on AOin
>thailand. have diabetes II and several other symptoms
>. just filed claim with va 3 days ago. last two
>months at udorn i started waking up in the mornings
>with large swollen itchy patches all over my body.
>doctors didn't know what was causing it. they just
>gave me benedryl to make it go away when ever it
>happened. i had to use these downers almost every day
>until about a month after retuning home. never have
>had reoccurance.

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[> [> [> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- robert larue (I was that dog handler. Sargent was the dog), 17:21:02 08/08/07 WedPDT (66.188.58.15)

>>was stationed at udorn dec 68 to dec 69. dental tech
>>at the 432 hospital. i assisted dr spinelli and the
>>vetanarian on a root canal filling on one of the
>>patrol dogs. his handler brought him to the dental
>>clinic where the vet put him out and we put him on a
>>table and perfomed the procedure. i don't know if that
>>had ever been done before but they said he was such a
>>great dog that they wanted to try to save the tooth,
>>or he'd have to be put down. the handlers said he was
>>the biggest dog at udorn at that time. got to visit
>>the kennels shotly after that but didn't feel welcome.
>>those dogs weren't the least bit freindly to
>>strangers. got to meet alot of you guys at the
>>airmens club. i was working as bar cashier on the
>>midnight to 0700 shift 3 or 4 nights a week.
>>discovered your sight while trying to get info on AOin
>>thailand. have diabetes II and several other symptoms
>>. just filed claim with va 3 days ago. last two
>>months at udorn i started waking up in the mornings
>>with large swollen itchy patches all over my body.
>>doctors didn't know what was causing it. they just
>>gave me benedryl to make it go away when ever it
>>happened. i had to use these downers almost every day
>>until about a month after retuning home. never have
>>had reoccurance.

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[> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- Frank Wehner, 01:29:58 09/27/07 ThuPDT (207.118.98.237)

BIll I was aboard a C141 with a bull and served 68-69 at Udorn. I had Fritz 8M31 I may have been on the same plane as you?
>ANYONE THAT WAS STATIONED IN UDORN AT THIS TIME I
>WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU. I AM LIVING IN MERRITT
>ISLAND,FLA. I WAS WITH THE FIRST SHIPMENT TO TAILAND
>AND OPENED THE K-9 KENNELS IN UDORN. I FLEW ON A
>C-141 WITH THE K-9 AND A BULL WHICH WAS A GIFT FOR THE
>KING OF THAILAND. IF YOU REMEMBER THIS HOW ABOUT
>DROPING ME A LINE.
> BILLY CLARK, 575 BAKER RD.,MERRITT ISLAND,FLA
>32953
>PHONE 321-453-5606

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[> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- george polhemus, 01:46:30 03/17/08 MonPDT (68.21.33.74)

>I was stationed at Udorn from jan 68 to jan 69 with the 432nd Security Police Sq. I was the Law Enforcement Desk Sgt and Alt. Com/Plotter working Tiger Flight. Met some Handlers and talked via radio with most if not all. I remember the brass had handlers with their dogs patrolling sensitive areas like the scrap heap until we were attacked by the Sappers. Then everyone was wondering why dogs and handlers weren't patrolling the perimeter. I guess they finally realized that it was a war zone. I'm sorry but I never heard of a bull being sent to the King. Maybe after I left?

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[> [> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- Dick Weldon, 15:00:35 11/15/16 TuePST (68.116.41.189)

>>I was stationed at Udorn from aug 68 to aug 69 with
>the 432nd Supply Sq. I was in a building right next to a ramp that led to the revetments where RF/F aircraft were parked. We roamed the flight lines all the way out to where the 555th were parked retrieving EPods, etc from the Maintenance guys to send back to the States for repair. I was on Augmentee duty with the Security Police for 30 days. Anybody got a way to prove that for the VA??

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[> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- Andy Latham,Ubon, Thailand 8th SPS,K-9,1968-69 LM#191 (Yes you are right about the BULL), 19:00:01 04/01/08 TuePDT (68.95.120.43)

>ANYONE THAT WAS STATIONED IN UDORN AT THIS TIME I
>WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU. I AM LIVING IN MERRITT
>ISLAND,FLA. I WAS WITH THE FIRST SHIPMENT TO TAILAND
>AND OPENED THE K-9 KENNELS IN UDORN. I FLEW ON A
>C-141 WITH THE K-9 AND A BULL WHICH WAS A GIFT FOR THE
>KING OF THAILAND. IF YOU REMEMBER THIS HOW ABOUT
>DROPING ME A LINE.
> BILLY CLARK, 575 BAKER RD.,MERRITT ISLAND,FLA
>32953
>PHONE 321-453-5606

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[> [> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- Ernest E Debord, 10:52:25 09/22/14 MonPDT (71.54.73.111)

>>I was stationed at Udorn Feb 68 to Feb 69. I was with the 432 Munitions Maint Sq. I was a secrrity augmentee. Did my stint mostly in a guard tower at the bomb dumb. was there for the SAPER attack July 68. VA has denied my claim for dibeates. Can't recall meeting you. Wish I did. I need help proving my augmentee service.If anyome remenbers me, esp a 432SPS member, would appreciate help in the form of a buddy statement. I know my name was on training orders and also to have me report for temp duty as augmentee.

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[> [> [> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- jesse wright (Happy 432d SPS training center), 22:46:29 04/05/16 TuePDT (107.77.72.30)

>>>I was stationed at Udorn Feb 68 to Feb 69. I was
>with the 432 Munitions Maint Sq. I was a secrrity
>augmentee. Did my stint mostly in a guard tower at the
>bomb dumb. was there for the SAPER attack July 68.
>VA has denied my claim for dibeates. Can't recall
>meeting you. Wish I did. I need help proving my
>augmentee service.If anyome remenbers me, esp a 432SPS
>member, would appreciate help in the form of a buddy
>statement. I know my name was on training orders and
>also to have me report for temp duty as augmentee.

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[> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- Ken LM 80, 20:07:54 06/04/10 FriPDT (67.41.22.226)

>ANYONE THAT WAS STATIONED IN UDORN AT THIS TIME I
>WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU. I AM LIVING IN MERRITT
>ISLAND,FLA. I WAS WITH THE FIRST SHIPMENT TO TAILAND
>AND OPENED THE K-9 KENNELS IN UDORN. I FLEW ON A
>C-141 WITH THE K-9 AND A BULL WHICH WAS A GIFT FOR THE
>KING OF THAILAND. IF YOU REMEMBER THIS HOW ABOUT
>DROPING ME A LINE.
> BILLY CLARK, 575 BAKER RD.,MERRITT ISLAND,FLA
>32953
>PHONE 321-453-5606


Yep I remember the bull. We shared a plane from Kelly. Was in the first group at Ubon dog was Rinny 53X4. Later 74-75 was at Udorn as a dog Handler and Dental tech. Ken Neal

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[> [> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- MIlt Trfafton, 14:46:26 03/24/16 ThuPDT (71.82.231.155)

I remember that flight from Texas to Udorn, 18 hours, 58 dogs, a bull, and too many people in very uncomfortable jump seats. That was half a century and half a word ago. Some memories are vivid – some not so much. I have forgotten some of the names of the people we worked with. I remember Stephen Britt, and Dave Knight, and a few others, and you.

The Kennels were so new that I don’t think cement was fully dry; and the people in charge didn’t know how to use us properly. That all changed after that attack in July - then all those long nights on the perimeter. The two ammo dumps they had carved out of the jungle; one lit up like a football stadium and the other with no lights to speak of – I never did understand that unless it was some misguided attempt to hide it.

You of course remember the barracks, the house girls, that nasty shower, dinking Coors while watching Star Trek on base TV, and how about that outdoor theater with all the lizards running around on the screen? Getting Thai food, warped in a leaf and delivered on post for 1 baht – it was that, or green eggs and/or C-rats.

There is so much I have forgotten but still a lot of memories remain. Many times I wish I had stayed longer.

I hope you are doing well and your life after the Air Force was/is good. It is nice to know that some of us are still around, and some of us remember.

Milt

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[> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- Francis Tower, 14:12:28 11/28/11 MonPST (65.114.238.246)

Feb 78 – Feb. 79 Udorn RTFB
432nd TRW / Spent about 6 months downloading @ uploading film from RF4C, then volunteered as SP augmentee (AugieDoggie).
Spent time setting trip flares along the perimeter, guarding POL facility and flight line.
Once I watched a T28 take off then immediately turn around and try to land with smoke filling the cockpit. I was guarding ABCCC C-130s when the plane turned on final but headed directly towards me. He was about 50 yards from me when he stalled out and dropped straight down. I ran over to try to render help but the canopy release was twisted. An Air America chopper flew over, a crewman chopped the canopy, loaded the pilot aboard and took off to the hospital.
26 July 78. When the base was attacked on 26 July 78 I was just reporting and drawing my M16 I was tossed into a jeep and dropped off on the flight line. The next night I was posted at a perimeter guard post with a royal Thai Guard who said another guard had been killed there the night before during the attack. A few days later I worked with others trying to build a double wall around the security police building. Digging post holes in the hard soil was a thankless task.
When I arrived we were billeted in two story open bay dorms made of red teak. Mine was called the yellow submarine because ours was the only one painted, a pale banana yellow. I spent most of my leisure time at the USO, taking trips, and teaching photo development at the rec. center and occasionally drinking and bar hoping.
Francis Tower (A1C then, retired O3 now)
frantower@yahoo.com
Boulder, Colorado

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[> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- Tom Baker (Was there), 10:45:02 01/09/13 WedPST (98.212.110.255)

>ANYONE THAT WAS STATIONED IN UDORN AT THIS TIME I
>WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU. I AM LIVING IN MERRITT
>ISLAND,FLA. I WAS WITH THE FIRST SHIPMENT TO TAILAND
>AND OPENED THE K-9 KENNELS IN UDORN. I FLEW ON A
>C-141 WITH THE K-9 AND A BULL WHICH WAS A GIFT FOR THE
>KING OF THAILAND. IF YOU REMEMBER THIS HOW ABOUT
>DROPING ME A LINE.
> BILLY CLARK, 575 BAKER RD.,MERRITT ISLAND,FLA
>32953
>PHONE 321-453-5606
Was in the Army stationed at 7thRRFS Jan.68 to Jan69 the same time you mentioned. From central Ohio, but live Lincoln, Illinois now.

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[> [> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- William Nichter, 07:37:06 07/11/14 FriPDT (173.60.160.236)

Do u know where the relay center and the incinerator was located. On Udorn as I was there 1968-1969. Need that info for mynappeal

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[> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- Gary Chapman (Happy & sad), 01:58:18 07/11/13 ThuPDT (198.228.228.165)


My name is Gary Chapman, I was a K-9 Handler, Udorn Thailand 1975-76.
I handled "SINNER W-172" & "JOSH" a new green female dog. Sinner was an old sentry dog but very alert and aggressive. He gave me an alert one night turned out to be a King Cobra. Good thing I didn't release Sinner, he probably would have gotten bit. Josh was young and new and sometimes had a short attention span, but when she payed attention she was hyper and had a hell of a leap when attacking a arm wrap. It's like she wanted more face than arm. We called her "little bitch" around the kennel. When we pulled out in 1976 I left with 8 dogs that where distributed through out S.E. Asia. Josh was one of them. Sinner unfortunately got the big green needle. My eyes are welled up, still bothers me today, infact I carry a picture of him to this day in my wallet and spend most of Veterans Day thinking of him. Josh wound up in Okinawa along with me and I was hoping to take her through drug school. The kennel master assigned her to another handler. I guess she went on to be a top notch drug dog.

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[> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- Larry Worley, 23:12:17 05/23/14 FriPDT (27.55.9.176)

I was at Udorn from May or June of 1967 and was married in Dec.to a Thai who I knew for a for a 1 1/2 years .I was there when the C-141 was attack and set on fire with the flight crew fighting the fire.141 was to pick up P.O.W.s and take them to Clark A.F.B.I was at Udorn for 3 straight yrs ,so I was there when the The F-4 crashed into the A.F.T.N. building, 2 months after the crash I P.C.S.ed to Ubon.

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[> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- William Nichter, 07:17:33 06/11/14 WedPDT (75.17.245.117)

Retired and living in Lancaster Ca. For my VA claim need help in knowing where the Comm center was located as well as the incinerator used for burning classified. This info would help me a great deal. Phone 6617140041. Please help

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[> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- Calvin Perry (Good information to Help Airman with claim), 06:21:38 02/04/15 WedPST (184.47.232.39)

>ANYONE THAT WAS STATIONED IN UDORN AFB (March 1968 to March 1972) Aircraft Mechanic Charles B. Senn (several medical conditions..strokes and others)need all Buddies that served with him write a Statement to help on filing Claims. He was denied on all claims. Can anyone help me help him? He live in Smith,Alabama,310 Lee Road 299, telephone 334-298-1047.

Calvin L. Perry,706-682-1977
calbo67@gmail.com

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[> Re: TOUR OF DUTY 1968-69 UDORN THAILAND -- Skip Willaman, 09:30:32 01/03/17 TuePST (76.220.71.199)

I was at Udorn 1967-1975.
Does anyone remember the F-4C crash (lost hydraulics) in 2 October 1969? I was in the middle of it and saved 4 airmen who were in a 6-pack and hit by the F-4. They were on fire and unconcious. I was standing beside the C-130 at the time. The C-130 was also hit, but sustained only minor damage.

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