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Date Posted: Sun, October 23 2005, 0:35:45
Author: Don Poss
Author Host/IP: ca-hemet-terayon1l-32.ontrca.adelphia.net /
Subject: Re: Old Friend from Cannon AFB and Danang
In reply to: Donald Jones 's message, "Old Friend from Cannon AFB and Danang" on Mon, October 03 2005, 20:38:58

Hello, Don:

I have wondered for many years whatever happened to Gary Knutson. We were both from Long Beach, CA, and I only talked with him once after we rotated home in 1966. I am in regular touch with Gary Eberbach (K9), whom I introduced to his wife of 40 years! (only time I ever played match-maker)

I would love a copy of the 832d's yearbook, but would more than settle for a copy of the Air Police section! I would also really like to see the Da Nang photos you have, and if you can burn it all on a CD/DVD, that would be great.

Several of our Da Nang K9 handlers are members of the Vietnam Security Police Association, Inc. (USAF), which is the other web page I have ran for ten years now. Check out the Da Nang AB section at http://www.vspa.com .

Here's a list of some names you will recognize, written by Al Watts (VSPA member) who brought the first US K9 to Vietnam -- which few people realized were USAF (today, all services send their K9 members to Lackland AFB for K9 training):

"Vietnam, 366th Security Police Squadron, Da Nang AB - Original 13 K-9 Handlers!"

"Verbal orders of the commander, 1 Oct 65, Operation "TOP DOG 45"

My name is Al Watts, I was with the first sentry dog unit at DaNang in 1965. I came over with "TOP DOG 45" in 1965. I built the first kennels at DaNang and had to give up my dog which was named Blackie, to Don Poss. Later a TSgt Sorrells came in as Kennel Master. Da Nang K-9 expanded to 48 dog handlers. LTC Phillips was my Commander also. He was a fine officer. I left in '66, but still have fond memories of the k-9 section at DaNang. Later, Al Watts, TSgt (ret)

Sentry Dog Handlers assigned to 6252 APS SO A-25, Jan 1966:

A1C Watts, ALFORD W., Blackie (129x), VSPA member: Al forgot more than I ever knew about dogs. Brought the dogs over to Da Nang, and set up the outfit.

A2C BAKER, TOMMY J., VSPA member: I spoke with him about a month ago on the phone!


A2C EBERBACH, GARY F., Bucky, VSPA member: Came to my house at DEROS. Introduced him to Rita. Married now 40 years.

A2C LEE, ROBERT A., Shep, VSPA member.
A2C NORWICH, PHILIP Lucky - Deceased in Jan 1999 from an extended illness.
A2C PARSONS, RICHARD JR.,VSPA member: Photos to post of him soon.
A2C POSS, DONALD L., Blackie (129x) VSPA member: Probably the nicest guy in K-9, and the one I gave Blackie to."

The above are the handlers that took over after the orginals handlers delivered their dogs to Vietnam and left.

Don Poss,
Webmaster, War Stories

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