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Date Posted: 08:44:06 01/02/05 SunPST
Author: LEE FICARRA
Author Host/IP: 216.190.12.198
Subject: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS)

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

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[> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- Ken Smerecki, 09:15:06 01/06/05 ThuPST (12.153.240.74)

>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
I was station at Pleiku from 3-68 to 3-69 handled a dog name duke. He was later sent to phan rang.

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[> [> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- Frank Durgan, 19:14:40 07/15/05 FriPDT (205.188.116.203)

I was stationed at Pleiku from Oct 67 to Dec 68. I was transfered from Phan Rang in Oct to Pleiku. My canine partner at first was Dixie A663 (great dog) then I picked up a partner in Japan named Imp 33M8, 105 lbs of pure hell. After 38 years I still have dreams of that tiem I spent with a couple of great teammates..Welcome home handler

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[> [> [> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- Gregory W. Graham, 08:49:29 01/10/08 ThuPST (206.82.113.153)

>I was stationed at Pleiku from Oct 67 to Oct 68. I was
>transfered from Elmendord AFB, Alaska to the Publication Distribution Office Pleiku AFB. I remember the canine guard dog Dixie a large German Sheppard who got along with GI's and disliked Vietnamese. The first time I met Dixie was coming off Guard Mount as an Augmetee with the Base Defense Force. As I was pulling myself into the back of the ton and a half by the rope accros the uprights on the back she came up and put her nose into my crotch which scared the stuff out of me. Everyone there got a good laugh at my expense.

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[> [> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- John Wetzel, 02:48:13 02/06/06 MonPST (209.240.205.62)


>>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
>I was station at Pleiku from 3-68 to 3-69 handled a
>dog name duke. He was later sent to phan rang.
I too was at Pleiku and was in K9 I handled King 14X6, and served with Duksta from Mass. and Ken Smerecki. Who handled Peny? and who was the hndler we called the general? JohnWetzel

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[> [> [> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- Herb Bright, 11:32:15 12/18/09 FriPST (24.214.66.12)

>I was a K-9 Handler at Pleiku AB from 03/68 to 03/69. I handled Bullet 050X. I remember SSgt William G. (Bill) King was Kilo Lima during most of of my tour along with several others. Heck I think Duksta was even the guy who drove the "ole" duce and half around at night if I'm not mistaken. I have some pictures of some of the guys if that would help you any. Just let me know. I played on the K-9 softball team and have pictures of alot of the guys who also played. Yee Haw, early morning games and beer and tomato juice...What a combination
>>>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
>>I was station at Pleiku from 3-68 to 3-69 handled a
>>dog name duke. He was later sent to phan rang.
>I too was at Pleiku and was in K9 I handled King 14X6,
>and served with Duksta from Mass. and Ken Smerecki.
>Who handled Peny? and who was the hndler we called the
>general? JohnWetzel

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[> [> [> [> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- jim connelly (answer), 19:17:55 11/08/12 ThuPST (98.154.174.164)

thegeneral was a dude named mc connell>>I was a K-9 Handler at Pleiku AB from 03/68 to 03/69.
> I handled Bullet 050X. I remember SSgt William G.
>(Bill) King was Kilo Lima during most of of my tour
>along with several others. Heck I think Duksta was
>even the guy who drove the "ole" duce and half around
>at night if I'm not mistaken. I have some pictures of
>some of the guys if that would help you any. Just let
>me know. I played on the K-9 softball team and have
>pictures of alot of the guys who also played. Yee Haw,
>early morning games and beer and tomato juice...What a
>combination
>>>>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
>>>I was station at Pleiku from 3-68 to 3-69 handled a
>>>dog name duke. He was later sent to phan rang.
>>I too was at Pleiku and was in K9 I handled King 14X6,
>>and served with Duksta from Mass. and Ken Smerecki.
>>Who handled Peny? and who was the hndler we called the
>>general? JohnWetzel

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[> [> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254t Kernh SPS) -- Bill, 10:46:18 08/10/10 TuePDT (174.103.123.114)

>>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
>I was station at Pleiku from 3-68 to 3-69 handled a
>dog name duke. He was later sent to phan rang.

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[> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- Ken Smerecki, 09:39:57 01/06/05 ThuPST (12.153.240.74)

> I was stationed at Pleiku 3-68 to 3-69.Handled a dog named duke. He was later sent to phan rang. Welcome home.

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[> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- Bill Mitchell, 14:19:51 10/07/05 FriPDT (152.163.100.197)

I was a handler at Pleiku AB from 9/69 to 5/70 when we started the turn-over. I first handled Inca, then she was shipped to Cam Rahn Bay and I was given Fritz when his handler went home. Some time later Fritz had a heart attack one night while out on post and was given 1 week of rest! During that time I handled Kaiser, which was 125 pounds. Now that was an experience to say the least. I think often of those times and have wondered what happened to everyone. I am pleased to find this site and hope to hear from some buddies.

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[> [> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- Bill Mitchell, 20:59:13 11/11/15 WedPST (108.230.138.122)

>I was a handler at Pleiku AB from 9/69 to 5/70 when we
>started the turn-over. I first handled Inca, then she
>was shipped to Cam Rahn Bay and I was given Fritz when
>his handler went home. Some time later Fritz had a
>heart attack one night while out on post and was given
>1 week of rest! During that time I handled Kaiser,
>which was 125 pounds. Now that was an experience to
>say the least. I think often of those times and have
>wondered what happened to everyone. I am pleased to
>find this site and hope to hear from some buddies.

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[> [> [> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- ZTommy, 00:45:19 01/27/17 FriPST (68.52.238.253)

>>I was a handler at Pleiku AB from 9/69 to 5/70 when we
>>started the turn-over. I first handled Inca, then she
>>was shipped to Cam Rahn Bay and I was given Fritz when
>>his handler went home. Some time later Fritz had a
>>heart attack one night while out on post and was given
>>1 week of rest! During that time I handled Kaiser,
>>which was 125 pounds. Now that was an experience to
>>say the least. I think often of those times and have
>>wondered what happened to everyone. I am pleased to
>>find this site and hope to hear from some buddies.

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[> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- Jeff Kurtz, 10:45:32 12/30/06 SatPST (70.156.54.199)

I was in Nam as a dog handler from 4/8/70 thru 4/7/71. I was at Pleiku until around 7/70 when about 4 of us were transferred to Cam Ranh Bay. When I first got to Pleiku, I had a dog named Rebel. Best "trick" dog I've ever seen, but he was very old, and couldn't really walk a post all night. Another guy was going back to the world, and asked if I'd consider taking his dog, Nicky, when he left. He knew I'd treat his dog right, and liked the way I handled. I just stumbled across this forum today. Amazing. At one time, I was good friends with Bruce Kinnaird and Bill Mitchell. Often wondered what became of them. I'm going to try to contact them as well. Sorry I don't know the guy you're looking for, but I'm glad I found this...

>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

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[> [> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- Bill McGee, 16:13:52 05/19/08 MonPDT (72.198.41.165)

>I remember all of those dogs that you mentioned. I was the kennel master there from 7'69 to 7-70. We had a great group of handlers and dogs. I was in Nam as a dog handler from 4/8/70 thru 4/7/71.
> I was at Pleiku until around 7/70 when about 4 of us
>were transferred to Cam Ranh Bay. When I first got to
>Pleiku, I had a dog named Rebel. Best "trick" dog
>I've ever seen, but he was very old, and couldn't
>really walk a post all night. Another guy was going
>back to the world, and asked if I'd consider taking
>his dog, Nicky, when he left. He knew I'd treat his
>dog right, and liked the way I handled. I just
>stumbled across this forum today. Amazing. At one
>time, I was good friends with Bruce Kinnaird and Bill
>Mitchell. Often wondered what became of them. I'm
>going to try to contact them as well. Sorry I don't
>know the guy you're looking for, but I'm glad I found
>this...
>
>>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

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[> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- Patrick Moran, 12:32:45 03/23/07 FriPDT (128.231.88.7)

I was a handler at Pleiku from May 67-68. My dogs name was Mike. Is there anyone out there who may know what happened to him?
>

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[> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- Sgt Richard "Rick" Schlosser 633 SPS K-9, 18:20:40 08/14/07 TuePDT (71.252.189.149)

>I was a dog handler at Pleiku for March of 69 to March of 70 and I handle Rebel 327F. He was the dog the the handler before me I think his name was Delouger had taught him a bunck of tricks. He was kind of a mix with some collie in him but a great dog. I still think about some of the guys I hung out with a wonder where they are and even if there are still alive. I would like to hear from you guys, Sikes, Voss, Dam anyone.

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[> [> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- jim connelly (welcome home), 13:07:21 08/11/13 SunPDT (98.154.174.164)

rebel's handler was larry DeLoach, the best dog handler i ever saw in 'Nam. Sadly he was killed in a car accident in Florida a couple of years after getting home>>I was a dog handler at Pleiku for March of 69 to
>March of 70 and I handle Rebel 327F. He was the dog
>the the handler before me I think his name was
>Delouger had taught him a bunck of tricks. He was kind
>of a mix with some collie in him but a great dog. I
>still think about some of the guys I hung out with a
>wonder where they are and even if there are still
>alive. I would like to hear from you guys, Sikes,
>Voss, Dam anyone.

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[> [> [> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- M, 17:41:44 10/08/16 SatPDT (65.128.50.51)

>rebel's handler was larry DeLoach, the best dog
>handler i ever saw in 'Nam. Sadly he was killed in a
>car accident in Florida a couple of years after
>getting home>>I was a dog handler at Pleiku for March
>of 69 to
>>March of 70 and I handle Rebel 327F. He was the dog
>>the the handler before me I think his name was
>>Delouger had taught him a bunck of tricks. He was kind
>>of a mix with some collie in him but a great dog. I
>>still think about some of the guys I hung out with a
>>wonder where they are and even if there are still
>>alive. I would like to hear from you guys, Sikes,
>>Voss, Dam anyone.

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[> [> [> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- Mar Arguello (Content,), 17:52:36 10/08/16 SatPDT (65.128.50.51)

So you knew Sikes, we hung out together (by accident) on same days off. I remember a brother - Washington and Spracklin (dark hair wore glasses). I arrived there when the 633rd became 6254th Air Base Squadron. Offical USAF history doesn't include 6254th, for supporting Operation Tame the West,May 1970 as the staging area for Cambodia Incursion.

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[> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- Ronald T Carlton, 16:56:52 01/17/08 ThuPST (71.118.65.39)

>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

Hi Lee, I handled Rex 766E in 67. Stationed with the 633rd at Pleiku. Hope you can make it to the War Dog Remembrance in February. Saw your pictures of Rex. They brought back a whole lot of memmories. Would like to hear from you sometime!

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[> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- Randy Buckler, 09:08:48 01/27/10 WedPST (66.188.60.81)

>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
I was Pleiku Ab from 6/69 thru 6/70. I was a medic and did several "sweeps" with security police, also patrolled perimeter at night with QRT and with sgt. D. Dimmick, tried finding some of the guys lately but unable to find anyone>

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[> [> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- Tom Weeks, 14:40:22 02/02/12 ThuPST (24.18.252.46)

I, was an SP at Pleiku from 12/69-1/71. For quite a while, I worked on SSgt Dimick's LE flight (Phantom), generally as Desk Sgt. I also drove the M-113 as part of his QRT. If you were hanging around with "Dynamite D." we probably met. The medic I most remember from that time was named "Griego" I believe; though there was naother medic we used to hang with whose name I don't recall. I went with Griego to provide security on a medcap visit to one of the 'Yard villages out by the big lake North of the base. I also have some pictures of SSgt. Dimick & others during a medcap mission to Hamlet 7 where we gave shots to kids.

Our great project with the medics was skin a python that had been killed on the perimeter (the meat went to the VNAF QCs for dinner). We used hypodermic needles to tack down the python skin on plywood to dry it out. I think Dimick wanted to make it into a belt. I don't recall if the skin dried properly, or what became of it.

We also relied on the medics to ID a 6' long green pit viper that SSgt Bannister beat to death with a steel rod in the Central Security Control (CSC) one morning.

It was a stunner to see SSgt. Dimick's name on your posting. I haven't had any contact with those I served with, but wonder about them often. Thanks for sharing your story.

I also recall K-9 Dobie and his handler (named Randy, possbly "Randy Tate," I think). Dobie was being retrained from an attack dog to a command dog at the time. The VNAF owned the perimeter, so Randy & Dobie patrolled the USAF Cantonment Area. We were the 6254th ABG by then. As part of the process (or maybe just to mess with us)Randy used to sic sic on us (on leash), then call him out and have us approach and pet Dobie. After a while, I felt pretty comfortable around Dobie. One night on the LE Desk, Randy & Dobie stopped by during their patrol. I reached down to scratch Dobie's ears and he came at me like gangbusters! Thank God for Randy's quick reflexes. The next think I knew, Dobies snarling jaws were about a millimeter from my hand and Randy had his thumb in one of Dobie's ears and middle finger in the other, holding him back for all he was worth. A quick finger count confirmed no harm done. But we did set Dobie back a week in Command Dog School!

Welcome Home All!

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[> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- Rick Schlosser, 17:46:46 10/02/10 SatPDT (173.74.159.182)

>I was a dog handler PLEIKU March 69 to March 70. I worked Rebel a really good dog. His tatoo was 327F. I was one of the few that had a drivers license and would sometime drive the Deuce and half to pick up the guys from post in the morning.

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[> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- Louis Tyler (Sad for having to leave my friends.), 09:40:43 03/26/13 TuePDT (38.108.47.101)

I was a K-9 Handler at Pleiku first ,then i shipped out to PHU CAT,for the rest of my year tour. I worked Selig(marijuana dog) Great Dog. And at night Pinto another Great Dog. 1970-1971

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[> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- George Delph, 15:57:51 10/03/13 ThuPDT (65.17.188.187)

I was in the k-9 section from may 68-july 68. I spent the rest of my tour on c flight security. My short tour with a dog had me handling Duke. Duke was originally and army scout dog, which our kennel master won in a card game. Patrick Moran and I were friends, in fact I am looking at a picture of he and I, taken in front of the sign at the pleiku airmans club. Would love to hear from any and all of you.

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[> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- Delbert Slusher (Wondering What Happened to my old friends), 10:01:11 03/05/14 WedPST (174.101.80.53)

>I was with The 6254th Security Police Squadron from April 1970 until was tranferred to Da Nang Air Base In September 1970

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[> [> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- Mark (Arguello), 16:25:21 07/18/17 TuePDT (24.9.0.209)

>>I was with The 6254th Security Police Squadron from
>March 1970 until I DEROS'D In >September 1970. Member of Tiger Flight, reassigned from CRB, March 1970.

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[> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- Steve Thorpe, 15:49:17 08/07/14 ThuPDT (66.238.68.169)

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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[> Re: PLEIKU AFB K-9 (633d, 6254th SPS) -- Joseph A. Britton (Happy), 06:22:39 10/05/16 WedPDT (209.189.130.115)

>I was stationed at Pleiku AB from January 1972 to March 1972 when they deactivated the base. I worked the night flight and our Motto was "We provide your tomorrows". I remember Ronald Copper, Petry, TSgt Royal, a guy whose nick name was the Greek, and a guy named Rucker. (All Cops). I showed the movies in the Chow hall in the afternoons after working a Mid Shift. I also remeber that the Chall Hall had an all White Duce and a half, and a MSgt in charge of the Chow Hall Whom we all called (Mop) Big guy African American guy. Ronald Copper spoke fluent Viet Namese There was also a Buck Sgt named Thomas, he and I got to Pleiku at the same time and he sort of mentored me about Viet Nam since it was his second tour. The last time I heard from Ronald Copper he was stationed at Mather AFB, CA. When he made TSgt. I last saw Petry in Honolulu, Hi, he was working at Kunia Tunnel. If you guys are still out there would love to hear from you. Be safe!

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