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Private Guestbook beginning 20 Jun 2006
Adding a message to this guestbook requires a password, and it is available by emailing bj@191ahc.org   The old guestbook is huge but is still available  here.  It was just too big to browse, so it was time to make a new start.

Drop me an email for your password, and let's get this guestbook back up and running.  Like we said before, "Boomerangs Always Come Back."

Best to all and see you in Branson!


Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at 20:15:58 (CDT)


Thanks Bill for getting our guest book back in our hands. To all Boomerangs and Bounty Hunters, please consider attending our reunion in Branson. We want all of you to participate in the review of the 191st AHC Association that was requested by the attendees of the Tulsa reunion. And, most of all enjoy the old and new friendships of all Boomerangs and Bounty Hunters. Bud Patnode, Boomerang 6/President 191st AHC Assoc.
Bud Patnode <bpatnode32@msn.com>
Sandy, UT USA - Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at 12:05:26 (CDT)
If you are planning to mail input to John Falcon for the 191st Manuscript project, his mailing address has changed: John Falcon Insurance Services Inc. 5151 Flynn Parkway, Ste 101 Corpus Christi, Texas 78411
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Friday, June 23, 2006 at 18:01:08 (CDT)
Thanks to Bill for finding a way to open the guestbook again. The link is reconnected!
Dave Norton <nortond@cox.net>
Park City, KS USA - Sunday, June 25, 2006 at 15:30:06 (CDT)
Harrell, Just wanted to let you know that when you guys are playing golf on Friday of the reunion in Branson, the wives may not have enough time to spend ALL your money. There are now FOUR malls, counting the new one on the landing in Old Branson. There is also a new Trolley service that will drop them off and pick them up. "Service with a Smile". There are also shows and small shops within walking distance of the hotel. We are thinking about planning a group trip to the Military Museum. Not only is there a discount for a group but it is well worth every penny. It's also on the new Trolley route. Fran Fran Fran
Fran Davis <JDsFran@aol.com>
Marissa, IL USA - Monday, July 03, 2006 at 22:24:20 (CDT)
BILL THIS IS ONE OF YOUR BEST IDEAS YET,WE CAN GET OUR CORAHSPONDANCE WITH OUT THE ITERFEARENCE OF ALL THOSE ADDVERTISEMENTS AND STILL KEEP IN TOUTCH,THANKS AGAIN FOR A STROKE OF GENOUS AND CONTINUING TO KEEP US ALL TOGETHER.SPERKING OF THAT THE REUNION IS COMING RIGHT UP,MAKE YOUR PLANS SOON BUT COME JOIN US YOU WONT REGRET IT,--SGT WALL'S I HAVENT HEARD FROM YOU
skip waugh <robertawaugh@yahoo.com>
roy, UT USA - Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 09:24:21 (CDT)
Hi Guys, I have been approached by a serious collector of unit patches from Vietnam. He is interested in purchasing a "made in Vietnam" Bounty Hunter patch to go along with the Boomerang and Wingnut patches he already has. Though he was just a kid while we were in Vietnam, he has been collecting AHC patches for twenty years. If you have an original Bounty Hunter patch that you are willing to part with, drop me a line and I will provide his email and phone number. -- Bill
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 16:55:48 (CDT)
Hey All, Am signed up and looking forward to Branson.....Lot of names there but a few still missing !!! You know who you are !! Peace to all and safe travels....Roger B.
Roger Barkley <rvbarkley@fuse.net>
Moscow, Ohio USA - Wednesday, August 02, 2006 at 18:41:40 (CDT)
Message from Fred Tinker --- Regret that I won't be at the reunion this year. You have no idea how I've been looking forward to it since the last one and am very disappointed about it. Haven't felt this bad since I had to tell Mr. Sandrock that there were no Bible study classes available at Bearcat so long ago. Roger, Rocky, Mr Stitt, Mr. Williams please think of me as you listen to "Danny Boy" and be assured that my thoughts are with you as well. Recent by-pass surgery (x4) is the reason. I'm doing well, though. Maybe if I had not been forced/ordered to learn to drink, smoke and other things those years ago (you know who you are) I'd be in better shape today. Best wishes to all, as ever. Fred Tinker.
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Tuesday, August 08, 2006 at 21:48:48 (CDT)
Would like to say Hi to all..I was in country April 69 to June 70.Started at Dong Tam Flight Ops,to Can Tho Ops.
Terry W. Lund <2ter4u@aol.com>
Valley Springs, Ca USA - Sunday, August 20, 2006 at 12:28:58 (CDT)
Another 191st Reunion has come and gone, and sorry we are that it has passed.

For those that were there, it was an auto-magic success, and the light and honor of the 191st shines through time.  We that attended extend our thanks to JD and Fran Davis for all their hard work to make this thing happen.

We missed a lot of Friends that had attended previous reunions, and we found some new FNG's that came home to this family.  It is not the war.  It is not the suffering.  It is not the tick of a clock that brought us here, but merely the thing we seek most, family.  These reunions are the spring that heals, and all are welcome.

If you missed this one, your invitation to the next one stands here. 

We missed you this time, but we know one simple thing:

Boomerangs Always Come Back

 

Picture Courtesy of Harold Stitt

Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 20:50:55 (CDT)


Once again I tip my hat to Bill & Irene Janes and J.D. & Fran Davis for makeing this reunion such a success!! It was really nice to see some old familiar faces and to meet new friends. I would like to encorage everyone to find a buddy like we discussed in the business meeting and get them to the next reunion. Thank you all for your support and the kind words regarding my time at the podium. Laurel and I were greatly humbled. Thank you again
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Monday, September 11, 2006 at 13:34:21 (CDT)
I'd like to thank Terri Beckham for that wonderful DVD that was made for the members of the 191st. As it did last time, it brought a tear to my eye. Thank you Terri and I"m sorry you couldn't make it this year. You were certainly missed. Just know that you are part of our family and I hope that we get to see you at our next reunion. Thanks again for all you do.
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Monday, September 11, 2006 at 13:53:54 (CDT)
Hi Folks -- There has been some discussion regarding whether the 191st wants to have the next reunion in 2007 rather than waiting until 2008. As a result, I am taking a straw poll for those unit members who would like to have their opinion heard by the board. Just drop me an email with the subject "2007 Reunion", and a simple Yes or No will do, but if you would like to include your comments, by all means include them as well. -- Thanks, Bill
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at 17:59:50 (CDT)
First off let's start off for a nice going to JD & Fran. To all you for for the hard work in keeping us going. After talking with John Falcon and trying to meet his quest for more info, I came accross an under answered question. Does anyone recall Cocran? First Name and what fate realy happen to him. I would like to add his name to the losses since Nam list. Anyone if info please send it to me and of course Bill Janes so that may happen. One other name that should be added is WILLIAM WESSMAN, we served togeather in the maintenance Platoon and he passed away in 1992 from Cancer. He was from Kelso, Washington and passed away in Yakima. I was present at his passing along with his two brothers Jack & Dewayne.
Arturo Almaraz <aalmaraz@hot.rr.com>
Killeen, Texas USA - Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 19:31:51 (CDT)
First off let's start off for a nice going to JD & Fran. To all you for for the hard work in keeping us going. After talking with John Falcon and trying to meet his quest for more info, I came accross an under answered question. Does anyone recall Cocran? First Name and what fate realy happen to him. I would like to add his name to the losses since Nam list. Anyone if info please send it to me and of course Bill Janes so that may happen. One other name that should be added is WILLIAM WESSMAN, we served togeather in the maintenance Platoon and he passed away in 1992 from Cancer. He was from Kelso, Washington and passed away in Yakima. I was present at his passing along with his two brothers Jack & Dewayne.
Arturo Almaraz <aalmaraz@hot.rr.com>
Killeen, Texas USA - Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 19:31:57 (CDT)
Correction Cochran is the spelling.
Arturo Almaraz <aalmaraz@hot.rr.com>
Killeen, Texas USA - Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 19:34:08 (CDT)
Consider joining the 191st AHC Organization.  Membership Information is at: http://www.191ahc.org/association.htm
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Friday, October 27, 2006 at 22:06:21 (CDT)
I just recently changed my email address, my new address is bjcromwell@verizon.net
Bruce Cromwell <bjcromwell@verizon.net>
Celina, OH USA - Sunday, October 29, 2006 at 20:01:45 (CST)
IM SORRY I MISSED WHAT SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD TIME AT THE REUNION, WAS MOVING IN AUG AND THE MY WIFE FELL AND WE HAD TO SKIP THIS TIME MY NEW EMAIL IS rufusjr@windstream.net.  Thank you -  Andy Burney
ANDY BURNEY <rufusjr@windstream.net>
SANFORD, N.C. USA - Monday, October 30, 2006 at 08:33:32 (CST)
pictures march 2 69 and others
andy burney <rufusjr@windstream.net>
sanford, nc USA - Monday, October 30, 2006 at 08:52:35 (CST)


Does anyone remember Jerry Merrick? I worked with him @ Ft. Hood with Lockheed-Martin, last time I saw him was 1994? He said that he had deployed with the unit?
Art Almaraz <aalmaraz@hot.rr.com>
Killeen, Texas USA - Wednesday, November 01, 2006 at 19:29:27 (CST)
I am going to include a link that was forwarded to me by Jack Tiesing.  It is a little video entitled "A Pittance of Time" by Terry Kelly. While the film is Canadian, this video conveys truth in a powerful way, and universally.  Click on the Graphic to enjoy and be sure to have your speakers on..


Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Thursday, November 09, 2006 at 19:02:21 (CST)


Jack and Bill, thanks to both of you for that video. it was very touching and brought tears to my eyes. Wouldn't it be nice to never again have to create veterans!!
Bill Flores <b_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Friday, November 10, 2006 at 12:28:22 (CST)
I am thankful to come to the home our beloved Bill Janes has provided us with, to take reprieve, respite, and to find comfort amongst family. This is the home of a band of brothers with an allegiance so strong not many could ever comprehend what was lived, sacrificed and shared. You brothers have honor and valor of such immense proportion it is not of this world, it comes from somewhere far beyond, a place only your lost brother’s souls know. As a daughter of one of your lost brothers, I have discovered profound, long awaited comfort and understanding in this home. “They are the Gold Star children, war’s innocent victims, and their pain shimmers across the years pure and undimmed. They pass through life with an empty room in their hearts where their father was supposed to live and laugh and love. All their lives they listen for the footsteps that will never fall and long to know what might have been.” We Were Soldiers Once…and Young (page 337) I have listened and dreamt relentlessly for those footsteps to come. I cried, prayed, screamed and searched for them. The footsteps never came, but in my search I stumbled upon the home of the 191AHC. I knocked upon the door and there was a family inside, waiting with open arms to embrace me. I was your brother’s daughter and that was all I needed to be…just me. You could not create the footsteps of my father returning to me, but you have blessed my heart with so many gifts...gifts of smiles, kind words, shared stories, hand holds, hugs, shoulders to lean on, emails, dances, meals, poems, pictures, paintings, go-cart rides, CD’s, DVD’s, songs, gems, jokes, patches, prayers, books, love, laughter, tears, friendships, guidance, your families and oh so much more! I thank you for your service to our country, for your sacrifice. I thank you for your remeberance of my father. I thank each and every one of you for the gifts you have shared with me. All these gifts, all these pieces of you, help heal the hole in me. I thank you! Enjoy this Veterans Day and know you are loved and appreciated. With love, respect and gratitude, Diana
Diana Kidd Foran <Dianaforan@sbcglobal.net>
Lake Forest, IL USA - Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 00:40:07 (CST)
I'VE READ THE BOOK JOHN FALCON IS PUTTING TOGETHER. I,TS LIKE OPENING A TIME CAPSUL OF HEROIC EVENTS ONLY WE HAVE ANY KNOWLEGE OF. ALL OF US WANT TO BE REMEMBERED, WHAT BETTER WAY, JUST WRITE ONE STORY TO BE SHARED IN A BOOK ABOUT THE 191st.YOUR PART IS IMPORTANT, YOUR MEMORY IS DEAR, BUT ONLY IF YOU WRITE IT DOWN. DO IT TODAY, TIME IS RUNNING OUT. BE INCLUDED IN THE GREATEST STORY OF OUR LIVES. SHARE YOUR MEMORIES TODAY! YOUR BROTHER----SKIP WAUGH
SKIP WAUGH <robertawaugh@yahoo.com>
ROY, UT USA - Monday, November 20, 2006 at 09:39:14 (CST)
Happy Thanksgiving to all my commrades in arms. May you eat to much and enjoy the joy of your family.
Art Almaraz <aalmaraz@hot.rr.com>
Killeen, Texas USA - Wednesday, November 22, 2006 at 18:27:17 (CST)
From Paul Zawicki:

Recited by John Wayne.  It'll bring a tear to your eye.

http://sagebrushpatriot.com:80/america.htm


Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 01:28:14 (CST)


From Father Ken:

Peace and All Blessings,

KRS+

 

Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Tuesday, November 29, 2006 at 01:06:14 (CST)


Hello all Boomrangs, Bountyhunters, and Wingnuts. I served with some of you during 67-68 as a maintenance superviser and 2nd (White)Flight Platoon Sergeant in Bearcat. 1SG Croley and Major Patnode were the unit top leaders. In 1975, I last saw CSM Croley in Ft Rucker where he worked as a civilian. Colonel Patnode stopped by my office at Ft Rucker Post HQ for some quick admin work I believe. It was great seeing them. I just now found this super website. It would be great to here from some of you. Barney,Floyd Davis, Wally and others. God Bless!! Leo
Leo Cruz <leo.s.cruz2@boeing.com>
Houston, TX USA - Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 08:57:44 (CST)
Whenever anyone asks me to relate some of my experiences in Viet Nam I simply reply that I had it better than some and worse than others. One thing I always comment on is the good times (we have a way of creating them) and the comraderie that comes out of an otherwise miserable part of our lives. I believe I fooled myself into thinking I was not carrying to much of a mental "load" with me when I returned to the world as we knew it. That thought was with me until I re- connected with the 191st and Tulsa. I cannot xpress the emotion(s) that took plece during the ceremonies there to be followed, once again, in Branson. I know all of you feel what I'm saying and , after reviewing Diana (Kidd) Forans letter of 11 Nov again this AM and getting that "old feeling" I felt I had to air it out. If this seems like an old guy rambling, so be it! Good health & happiness to all of you and your families during this holiday season and the years to follow. It's an honor to be part of this brotherhood. Kevin
Kevin Kenney <popsk2003@yahoo.com>
USA - Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 07:17:26 (CST)
I would like to wish every Boomerang and Bounty Hunter a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Joyous Holidays. As we find more of our brothers and their families and they establish contact with us through our wonderful website, we are indeed fortunate. Thanks to Bill Janes. Please support Stan Cherrie’s efforts for each of us to find a brother and get him to the next reunion in 2008. Finding brothers and families of departed brothers is a great gift any time of the year. You are the finest group I have had the privilege to know. You have enriched my life in many ways. Peace be with you. Bud Patnode, Boomerang 6 May-Nov 67, President, 191st AHC Association
Bud Patnode <bpatnode32@msn.com>
Cottonwood Heights, Utah USA - Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 14:50:23 (CST)
News from Ed McKee -- Hi Everyone, At 11:31 a.m. today Shannon and John became the proud parents of a brand new baby boy. Shannon and the baby are both doing fine. Anyway, here are Colton McKee Seidel’s vital statistics: 6 pounds and 10 ounces; 19.5 inches and strawberry blond hair.
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Friday, January 05, 2007 at 16:44:11 (CST)

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Here is a sneak peek at Ed McKee's new Grandson, Colton, and Ed's daughter Shannon - Picture courtesy of John Seidel, proud Dad:

Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Saturday, January 06, 2007 at 23:35:04 (CST)


In case you haven't noticed, I suggested to Bill to start a Now/Then page so we could post pics of when we were in the 191st and pics of what we look like now. So post the pics!!!
Bruce Cromwell <bjcromwell@verizon.net>
celina, oh USA - Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 18:26:58 (CST)
Ran across this website by accident last night, Was up reading,laughing & crying all night. It fell like coming home again. Thanks to Bill and everyone for all your hard work to put this together. If any of you remember me, drop me a line. Larry
Larry D. Floyd <ldthedd@yahoo.com>
Poteau, Ok USA - Monday, February 05, 2007 at 20:54:36 (CST)




Here's some news from ABC -- Good stuff -- Click on the Picture to watch the video:


Welcome Home

 Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 02:56:26 (CST)


My name is James D. West. To some I was known as Don and others as Jim. I served at Bearcat from May 1967 until May of 1968. I went over with the unit from Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. I don't remember many people by name but I can invision so many. If you served during this time I would truly like to communicate with you. I worked with the 606th Transportation team for awhile and then I was crew chief on the Wing Nut with Lt. Shannon as the pilot. If any of you know any whereabouts or how to contact Shannon I would certainly appreciate locating him. Please contact me any of you from the 606th or the 191st. I just today found this site and am so appreciative of the hard work and dedication from all that have had a part in comprising and keeping it updated. As always may God Bless and Keep You. Regards, Jim West
James D. West <westj_jwest@yahoo.com>
Lake City, Fl USA - Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at 15:46:34 (CDT)

In that our 2008 reunion could be scheduled anytime between the summer and fall of 2008, it is time to hear from those who might be interested in hosting our next reunion.

Article II, Section 1 of our bylaws states “ any person or group desiring to host a reunion shall submit a request to the Board of Directors in writing through the President at least one year prior to the next General Membership meeting, setting forth in detail the proposed plans for the entertainment of the reunion which it wishes to host”.

Please submit requests no later than June 30, 2007.   Let us hear your ideas.

Bud Patnode
President
The 191st AHC Association

Email submissions to bj@191ahc.org, or snail mail them to:

The 191st AHC Association
PMB-213
2736-B Towne Centre Drive
Mesquite, TX  75150


Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Tuesday, April 03, 2007 at 19:39:59 (CDT)
My name is Shawn Robinson and I am looking for someone who might know my Dad. His name was John Allen Robinson and he served in the Army.  I have his military records and they tell me he served with the 191st Assault Helicopter Company in 1971.   If you could point me in the right direction I would be grateful thank you -- Shawn
Shawn Robinson <gemini@neo.rr.com>
Mesquite, TX USA - Wednesday, April 04, 2007 at 03:25:32 (CDT)
Do you have any info or pictures of UH-1C (maybe then a B) 66-15107 that was with your unit 67-68? -- Hugh Mills LTC ret USA Darkhorse Scouts 69/72 Charliehorse Guns 71
Hugh Mills <HMills16@aol.com>
Mesquite, TX USA - Wednesday, May 02, 2007 at 23:07:43 (CDT)
TO ALL WHO SERVED AND THOSE THAT WAITED AND TO THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR ALL. WE THANK YOU AND KEEP YOU IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. Virginia and Harold Stitt
Virginia and Harold Stitt <hstitt@comcast.net>
Huntsville, PA USA - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 17:08:04 (CDT)
Hi Bill and to all my brothers of the 191st all these hot muggy days in North Carolina makes me think of those days at Bear Cat and Dong Tam just wanted to say hello and to let the guys that I spent an important part of my life with that you are always in my thoughts. I still can hear BOB HEINMILLER telling me ;SLICKS ARE FOR KIDS;
ANDY BURNEY <rufusjr@windstream.net>
SANFORD, NC USA - Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 21:38:48 (CDT)
Just wanted to say great job to Bruce Cromwell for that 191st Video. It appeared to be a labor of love. For those who haven"t seen it, go to the pictures page. Thanks Bruce.
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Friday, July 27, 2007 at 11:56:44 (CDT)
Hi Folks

I just received the following from Diana (Kidd) Foran:

"I thought you might want to know and share with the members that our very own Kevin Kenny has been asked to sing the National Anthem for the Boston Red Sox.  The game is at Fenway Park, Red Sox vs Devil Rays this Tuesday August 14."

The game is at 7 PM eastern time, and I am scrambling to see if I can get it.  If you can, please record it and let me know.

Bill

Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Monday, August 13, 2007 at 00:24:13 (CDT)


Bill/Diana: Thanks for the "plug". Performed last night and it was truely an honor just doing the National Anthem. Adding Fenway to the mix was great. Sorry there was no TV coverage but, should I recieve a DVD from the Red Sox, I'll let you know. Thanks again & best to all the 191st family. Kevin
Kevin Kenney <popsk2003@yahoo.com>
USA - Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 06:24:04 (CDT)
Here is a picture of Kevin Kenney singing the National Anthem at Fenway.  Hopefully, I will soon have a video to post as well.


Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 16:15:28 (CDT)


Congratulations Kevin. I Can only imagine how moving it was for you and everyone in attendance. I have your "Danny Boy" on my i-pod and whenever it comes up I usually have to pause and go into "remembrance" mode. Thanks so much for sharing your gifts. Roger
Roger Barkley <rvbarkley@fuse.net>
USA - Monday, August 20, 2007 at 06:05:40 (CDT)
Nice web site, like going back in time, remember some things like it was yesterday, was in maintenance and one of the flight platoons, dont remember if it was 1st or 2nd flight. will check in from time to time. Mike
michael lashley <michaelblashley@bellsouth.net>
TurnersStation, KY USA - Monday, September 17, 2007 at 13:04:00 (CDT)
Kevin Kenney sings the National Anthem at Fenway Park, August 14, 2007.  Boston Red Sox vs. the Devil Rays

OR

Click on this picture for video provided by the Boston Red Sox


This video is presented with permission from the Boston Red Sox


Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 20:27:26 (CDT)


I just listened to Kevin singing the National Anthem and I have only one word for that performance, MAGNIFICENT!!! Kevin, you not only do your family proud, but the 191st as well. God bless you and yours.
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Monday, September 24, 2007 at 12:17:33 (CDT)
Best of wishes to all my fellow 191 ahc brothers;but especially a very heart felt greeting goes out to the brother, that participated in the mission we flew on this date {SEPT. 30 1968 in A. O of BEN TRE. BILL I know you and Larry Miller surely remember .How about any others who remember that day, I thank God for all the pilots and crews that left BEAR CAT on an early sunday morning, to go on what might have been the most devastating missions we ever flew, while I was CHIEF on 66-835 SUNSHINE SUPERMAN,a name on the door when I got my ship. I also can;t help but have since of sadness when I remember that was the day we lost a brother GLENN LAWFIELD,again thank you to all the crews that helped us get back home that day. God truely was looking down on us that day.
ANDY BURNEY <rufusjr@windstream.net>
sanford, nc USA -
Hi Andy, Yup, I remember 30 September 1968. It is astonishing to me that it happened thirty-nine years ago. You, Me, Larry, and all that flew that day remember it. We remember Glenn Lawfield this September 30th. and we honor him with the respect of friends that care.
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA -
I just noticed that the 08 Reunion will be at Louisville,Ky! Count me in!
Bruce Cromwell <bjcromwell@verizon.net>
Celina, oh USA -
Hi folks. The website was down for a while early this morning undergoing some repairs. Sorry for the inconvenience -- Bill
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Wednesday, October 03, 2007 at 09:38:03 (CDT)
Hi Bill, Just finnished watching the A L playoffs,and could helpgo back and play the National Anthem being performed by one of our very own BOOMERANGS, we see a lot of sporting events over a time, but I don,t believe that any version ever sung played, in any fashion can come close to the anthem by KEVIN KENNEY.It is so heartliftin to not only hear The Anthem sung with such feelin but, even more to actually see the same feeling in the face and smile of the person sining it.but most of all it can make anyone hearing it feel it also, It may sound a little bit cornny to some, but if anybody needs to feel a good touch of COLD CHILLS,just click on the video and hang on its GREAT!!!
ANDY BURNEY <rufusjr@windstream.net>
sanford, nc USA - Sunday, October 07, 2007 at 22:51:42 (CDT)
I received two emails today about "The Man in the Doorway" by Michael Ryerson.  The emails included a recitation of the poem, by the author.  Happy to say, Michael has given permission to publish his work on our website.  It is remarkable work from one of our Vietnam Brothers.  It is on the main page under Poems, or click here:   http://www.191ahc.org/ryerson.htm

Thanks to Dave Schwartz, and Bill Flores for bringing this great work to my attention.
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Thursday, October 11, 2007 at 00:09:10 (CDT)


Hi Guys sorry I hadn't written, but had two surgeries in Sept and I guess I don't heal like I use too. Good thing is that I can't go back to work unitl Jan 08. Hope you have a great time over the holiday season. Art
Arturo Almaraz <aalmaraz@hot.rr.com>
Killeen, Tx USA - Wednesday, November 07, 2007 at 13:49:25 (CST)
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Joyous Holidays to all Boomerangs and Bounty Hunters and their families. Thanks to Bill Janes for maintaining this web site. Hope to see many of you at the 2008 reunion. Peace be with you. Bud Patnode, Boomerang 6 May-Nov 67, President, 191st AHC Association
Bud Patnode <bpatnode32@msn.com>
Cottonwood Heights, Utah USA - Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 13:33:14 (CST)
Address Change for the 191st Association:

The Mailing address I had previously published is going to change because the mailbox storefront where I had the mailbox is closing.  The NEW address is:

191st AHC Association (or Bill Janes)
3330 N. Galloway Avenue
#304-90
Mesquite, TX 75150

I will be updating the address across the website, but wanted to post a note here. Best to all, Bill

Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 01:48:43 (CST)


Greetings. I am John Kennedy. I served at Soc Trang, 66-67 in the 336th AHC and the 121st AHC. The biannual Delta aviation units' reunion is going to happen 6-8 June at Fort Rucker. I have been connected with the previous reunions in 2002, 2004, and 2006 as, among several other tasks, the name badge maker. Our usual means to announce the reunions has been the 162nd AHC web site but it is unavailable this year. If you will help spread the word, please email me at kennedyj101@mdhsi.com or call 706-327-4112 for detailed info. Thank you, John
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 01:41:30 (CST)
While I think the version of the National Anthem by Kevin Kenney is one of the best I have heard, there is a ground swell of approval for the Cactus Cuties.   Give this link a look, and remember all that is right with America.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKCVS57j284&feature=email


Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Friday, March 07, 2008 at 01:27:15 (CST)


I just received an email from John Kuzma. He is a Nephew of John Petric who was my CO and killed on 3-2-69 along with 5 other Men. He asked me if I had any pictures of John, which I don't. I'm sure some of you have some pics of John and if you do , could you please email them to me and I will forward them on to his Nephew. Thanks in advance. Hope to see you at the Reunion this Sept in Louisville. Bruce Cromwell email address is bjcromwell@verizon.net
Bruce Cromwell <bjcromwell@verizon.net>
Celina, oh USA - Friday, March 07, 2008 at 23:15:08 (CST)
Bill: I appreciate your vote and those who have commented previously. It really comes down to the feeling that one, no matter who, is singing The Anthem from the heart & not just another song to perform. When it's performed wher you don't feel like turning it off, as so many do today, then whomever the performer is, has my blessings. I know all of you, the 191st family, know what I'm saying. Looking to see you all soon. Kevin
Kevin Kenney <popsk2003@yahoo.com>
Arlington, MA USA - Friday, March 14, 2008 at 06:34:35 (CDT)
Any Watch Repairman among the group? I have a SEIKO self winding watch purchased in counrty 1968 vitange, model 7009-876A I won it a VHCMA reunion. Hate to throw it away, local repair says not worth fixing, I give it to a repairman. Let me know I'll ship or bring to our reunion.
Arturo Almaraz <aalmaraz@hot.rr.com>
Killeen, Tx USA - Sunday, April 06, 2008 at 11:17:56 (CDT)
ALL 191st VETS ARE WELCOME TO RIDE WITH THE COMBAT VETRANS OF AMARICA MOTORCYCLE CLUB (VFW POST 1503 DALE CITY, VA.) TO THE WALL TO PAY RESPECT TO OUR FALLEN HEROS OF ALL WARS THIS MEMORAL DAY IN MAY. PLEASE JOIN US IF YOU CAN, IT WILL BE AN HONER TO HAVE THE 191st IN ATTENANCE WITH US.CONTACT ME FOR MORE INFO. JWHITE9402@AOL.COM
JIM WHITE (MOUSE) <jwhite9402@aol.com>
STAFFORD, VA USA - Sunday, April 06, 2008 at 15:18:56 (CDT)
I got this poem in email from a Vietnam Vet.  It is powerful in a quiet way, and I think it is worth reading:

I REMEMBER

I remember a war oh so far away
As if it was just yesterday

 I remember the times and places
But not the names or the faces

I remember when you ate a meal
How it made you feel

 I remember working at night
To avoid the fright

I remember the EVAC hospital being as active as a pair of bee hives
And the loss of so many lives

 I remember the company clown who took his life
Because another man took his wife

 I remember the incoming mortars and rockets
And the men who had pictures in little lockets

 I remember when we moved, at the airfield for seven days I was stuck
With nowhere to sleep but under the truck

 I remember the very young girl that I had to kill
And I always will

I remember the days and days of rain
But can remember nothing that will ease the pain

 I remember the drinking to forget
And wish now that drinking would make me forget

 I remember hearing the freedom birds as they came and went every day
And on the day my turn came, feeling as though I was running away

 I remember all the men I left there, that I considered to be friends of mine
And hoping they would be fine

 I remember the good times and the bad
And that over there was the last breath many a man had

 I remember going and looking into the gates of HELL
And hoping everything will be well

 I remember how I was before I went there
But to be like that again there is no prayer

 I remember, I remember, I remember
But how I wish I could forget what I remember

 

 Larry R. Southerland,  Copyright 2000, All Rights Reserved


 


Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 11:11:15 (CDT)


Wow!! That is really quite a poem Bill. Thanks for sharing.
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 12:34:25 (CDT)
Hi Folks,

I received an email regarding UH-1H 68-16104.  This H model was assigned to the 191st from 09/69 - 10/70, so if you were at Can Tho you may remember it.  It is now a member of Army Aviation Heritage Foundation in Ozark, AL, and is still flying. http://www.armyav.org/aahf_intro.htm   Glenn Knight from AAFH was wondering if anybody remembered flying or crewing this ship, and if there were any pictures of it from 'Nam.   If you have any, send them along and I will pass them on to Glenn. Here is a pic of 104 today:

 

 


Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 14:23:57 (CDT)


Hello everyone, Does anyone know if any members are in Alaska? I'l be in Alaska this summer flying a State of Alaska Fire Fighting contract. We start in Tok in May and then move around the state. I'll be flying a blue and silver UH1N (AKA Bell 212). If your in Ft. Greeely, Fairbanks or central Alaska this summer give me a call...435-632-0573...warning Cell service is spotty up there. Ken Carlton Bounty Hunter 36 and Green Delta707...Dong Tam 3-69 to 9-69 then Can Tho til 3-70
Ken Carlton <rimrock@infowest.com>
St. George, UT USA - Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 16:42:43 (CDT)
Dear Frienda: i refer you to a shrt note, in the guestbook, dtd 15 Dec 05 from Jimmy Smothermon. I knew Jim from OCS in 64 and lost all contact with him until my retirement papers arrived some 15+ yrs ago with a retirement officer(civ) signature block signed by Jimmy Smothermon. I made an immediate phone call to Ft. ben & discovered it was my old friend. Since then I have tried to convince Jinny to join us at the reunion(s) & continued to do so through e-mails etc. Jims e-mails to me stopped after the first of this year so I recently sent him a "Jim. where are you?" ltr. His wife wrote back this week-end & asked me to contact(call) her. Bottom line is that Jimmy passed away last Christmas day from complications (head injury) of a fall. So, my friends, I ask you to remember another good man, soldier & patriot in your prayers. His wife says she doen't handle the computer to well but if you feelike it you can try jsmo109@aol.com (Mary Ann), Thanks Kevin
Kevin Kenney <popsk2003@yqhoo.com>
USA - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 07:14:56 (CDT)
Sorry Folks: That last entry of Jims e-mail should be: jsmo1009@aol.com KK
Kevin Kenney <popsk2003@yahoo.com>
USA - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 07:19:06 (CDT)
Bernard Harvey brought to my attention that the phone number for the Galt House was incorrect on the registration forms for the reunion. It has been fixed now, and the correct Galt House number is 800-843-4258. Thanks Bernard!
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 16:13:14 (CDT)

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Important Reunion News!    I have just received an update from the Galt House in Louisville which makes it mighty important to get your hotel reservations by the deadline (August 3, 2008).  Our contact at the Galt House advises:

"Hi Guys,

Well I am getting ready to head out of town in 45 minutes but, I wanted to touch base with you.  They announced last night that the American Idol auditions will be held in Louisville….guess what weekend is the final round.  You guessed it Sept. 4-8.  With thousands of want to be it is very important that your members know that they need to make their reservations before the cut off date (1 month prior).  I can pretty much guarantee you that there will be no rooms available if they wait too long.  Right now 11 people have made their reservations, I sent Bill the list earlier this week."

What this means is that if you don't get your hotel reservation in by the deadline, the unused rooms that we have blocked out will revert back to the hotel inventory, and they can rent them to somebody else.  It also means that after the deadline, there will not be a room available in a hundred mile radius of Louisville, KY during our reunion.

We want to see you at the reunion, and we don't want to see anybody disappointed.

Please click on the Reunion Page to see all the details for registration.

Best,
Bill

Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 22:26:14 (CDT)


Hey guys. Just made my reservations for the reunion. I am setting up a golf outing for Friday, Sep 5. Hotel is sending info on local courses and I will make tee times. I need a number for golf. Email and let me know if you are interested. Looking forward to seeing everyone again.
Harrell Guidry <kgid@gt.rr.com>
Groves, Tx USA - Wednesday, July 02, 2008 at 10:07:52 (CDT)
Hi Everybody, I got this link in email from a High School Buddy named Gary. He served in Vietnam too, and sends this along.   Click here to watch the video.


Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 23:54:27 (CDT)


Hi folks. I need current mailing addresses (snail mail) for two unit members: Larry Sands amd Dick Calton. Thanks in Advance, Bill
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Monday, July 14, 2008 at 22:31:09 (CDT)
Hi Folks, The deadline for hotel reservations at the reunion and for our own registration process is coming near. If you know a unit member that isn't on our morning report, email them or give them a call. You can also email me if we need to send information to them snail mail. ---- Bill
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 23:29:19 (CDT)
Yesterday my Brother and I went to the Dayton Air Show to take a Huey ride. I wanted to ride in 104 that was assigned to our unit at Can Tho because it was there the same time that I was assigned there Sept 69. I told the lady that we wanted to fly in 104 as there was 3 Hueys going up. She said that she didn't know which one we would be in. I said you don't understand, that Huey was assigned to my unit when I was there and that is the one that I want to fly in! So she thought she had it set up, but while we were in line, they added another Huey and screwed up the rotation and to make a long story short, I had to fly in another one. Needless to say, I wasn't very happy! My Brother and I rode together in the crew chief side (left rear) and it was like being in a time capsule. I could have flown all day and my Brother really liked it too! I did get some videos and some pics that I will be bringing to the Reunion. See you in September!
Bruce Cromwell <bjcromwell@verizon.net>
Celina, oh USA - Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 20:59:20 (CDT)
Do any of the guys remember the 18th of August 1968? I am Dennis Haskew (new email) dhaskew@comcast.net and I was in White Flight. We left with 10 Slicks and a heavy fireteam and returned with 3 slicks. It was quite a day.
Dennis Haskew <dhaskew@comcast.net>
USA - Monday, August 18, 2008 at 20:51:31 (CDT)
A big hello to all my 191 brothers,Tbest and only way I know to start is to just THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANKS A LOT.For those of you who were in LOUISVILLE, and those who unfortunately were not, it was truely one of the best times of my life, I learned many things , and like all of us I was reminded of many things that marked a very big time in all our lives, Some things I recalled made me laugh and some made me cry, probably more inside, than out but made me feel very proud to be with people that felt the same way and understood. To the guys in the marathon session of bull late saturday night , and you know who you are it was great, I can,t remember when I laughed so hard in my life, I know my one line country wits were hard to catch and every time I see Bill Janes look at Bill Florie and say ,WHAT DID HE JUST SAY??. I smile. Thank Jack you did a great job as host , and JUST LIKE THE FARMER ,YOU ARE OUTSTANDING IN YOUR FIELD, i really feel when, when I had someone tell me that when you come to your first reunion, you won,t miss another, hope I don,t again thank you to to all of my friends who helped recall the past, and seeing my BROTHERS at last.
andy burney <rufusjr@windstream.net>
sanford, nc USA - Monday, September 08, 2008 at 11:41:06 (CDT)
I am a Vietnam veteran and author, currently editing the memoirs of Australian Army pilot Lieutenant Glen Duus, who was in VN 1967-68, and on his days off from our flying would fly with the Bounty Huntersor Boomerangs. Glen died of cancer earlier this year and we are looking at publishing his unfinished memoirs. Some of the people he flew with, in his log book were: WOs Miller, Hawkins, Gordon and Werner, Major Schumacher, Lt Lindmark, CWO R. Holford. There might have been others he did not list in his logbook. Therefore, this is to ask if you will place this message on your noticeboard in hope that anyone who knew Glen and might wish to contribute a recollection or perhaps a photo of his time with you guys in 1967-68, we will be happy to receive them. Best wishes from another veteran - three tours in youthful stupidity! Regards Lex McAulay
Lex McAulay <sales@banner-books.com.au>
Australia - Monday, September 08, 2008 at 19:02:55 (CDT)
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I attended my first reunion in Louisville, but all I can say is Awesome! My Wife was not excited about going, but the women made her feel right at home as soon as we got there. I ask her when it was all over her thoughts and she said that she was "Pleasantly Surprised"! So a big thanks goes out to all the women attending and taking Janet under their wing. To Jack, I don't know how it could have been any better! The rooms were very nice and the meals were all excellent! The Riverboat was alot of fun. I've been on the one in Nashville and I thought this was much better. And then there is all the stories, some that I knew and some that I never knew. Like Andy Burney being responsible for the Peace Sign on the active. And that shouldn't suprise me as crazy as he was. Of course then theres the time he stole a Honda Super 90 from an ARVN and brought it back on a Huey to Dong Tam. I rode it a few times myself. We all owe alot to Bill Janes for all his work on this website and everything that he does!! To Jack Lammers and his wife and Harold Stitt and his wife, Bill Flores and his wife, Tom Rathge, Country and his wife, Gordon Hahn,and Kevin Kenney who chokes me up every time he sings and many others that I met, a big Thank You for the good times we had in Louisville! Then there was the Memorial Service Sunday morning for all our fallen Brothers. I think I could safely say that there wasn't a dry eye in the room! Now I know why people say that once you go to a Reunion you will go back. I know that Janet and I will be back!Looking forward to seeing everybody in 2 years.
Bruyce Cromwell <bjcromwell@verizon.net>
Celina, oh USA - Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 17:22:14 (CDT)
What can I say. This was a wonderful reunion. laurel says it was one of the best in her memory, and she has been to every one since we atended our first in Lousiville back in 1999. I agree with Bruce, that the hotel was great and the food was fantasitc. Thank you Jack Tiesing! My only regret was that some of the attendees from past reunions were unable to make it. Jimmy Wienmiller, Billy Sawls, John Falcon, you were greatly missed!! I know other priorities pervailed but I really hope you guys can make the next one. Again, Thank you Jack Tiesing. That painting was absolutley beautiful and you created a family heirloom. That is something that I can never thank you enough for. Thank you thank you, thank you!!! A huge thanks and a big round of applause goes out to Bill Janes. Witout him, none of this would have ever have happend once, never mind as many times as it has. Because of him many of us have found lost brothers that we have wondered about for years. We have met new brothers that were there before us and after us that helped us understand what happened in the 191st before and after our time. Again Bill Janes, THANK YOU!! As presented at our last reunion, I encourage each of us to find a unit member that doesn't know about the web sight and our reunions and try to get them to the next one. Until then, may God bless you and yours. Bill Flores.
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Friday, September 12, 2008 at 14:16:45 (CDT)
Hi Guys,

Before the reunion I got an email from John Brennan, who is compiling a list of aircraft names, and nose/door art.  John was with the 114th AHC at Vinh Long.

I had intended to ask the guys at the reunion to help fill in the gaps in this chart, but alas I couldn't find the spreadsheet on my laptop that I took to the reunion.  John is looking for names, tail numbers, and especially photos.

Still, John is doing some valuable research, and you can reach him at johnmailman@yahoo.com , so if you can help fill in the blanks, let John know.  If you would rather, send the info to me, and I will forward it on...  Thanks - Bill

Here is the list he has already compiled:

Nickname Aircraft Serial # Source Photog/Info Donor Pic/Info Date Crew Nose Art Artist Art/NN Location
Ace Of Sades UH-1D 66-00821 191 AHC guest book Art Almarez 67-68 Art Almarez DG   pilot door
Baby Huey UH-1H   191 website/Roger Barkley Bob Walker/Roger Barkley 67-68 Bob Walker CE Richard Weske pilit doors
Bad Ass UH-1C 65-15186 191 website/Bill Fryant email Bob Chenoweth collection/Gordon Gosch/B.Fryant 1971 Ross Amajo CE,Jerry Schafer DG,Bill Fryant AC   nose
Batship UH-1H   191 AHC guest book/Roger Barkley email Don Sandrock/Roger Barkley 67-69 Don Sandrock AC Richard Weske CE Richard Weske pilot door
Big Brother UH-1C 66-15156 191 website/Bill Flores/D.Powers email Bill Flores/Dave Powers 1969 Bill Flores CE, David Schwartz AC   nose
Cong Stomper UH-1H   HAWK mag cover April 1968 HAWK magazine 1968     pilot door
Faye's Love UH-1H   Dunstan VN Choppers pg 74   1968     pilot door
Little Joe UH-1C   191 website Skip Waugh       nose
Mela UH-1H   HAWK mag Apr 69 pg 14 HAWK magazine 1969     pilot door
Mother Goose UH-1C 66-15076 191 website/Stan Cherrie email Harold Stitt 67-68 Stan Cherrie AC   pilot door
My Cha Cha UH-1H   Alan Maw email Alan Maw 68-69 Alan Maw CE   pilot door
Para-Dice UH-1H   HAWK mag Apr 69 pg 16/J.Honl email HAWK magazine/Jim Honl 68-69     pilot door
Short, Don't Shoot Me UH-1D 66-00818 Bill Flores email Bill Flores 68-69 Bill Flores CE   belly underside
Sun Shine Superman UH-1D 66-00835 191 AHC guest bk/David James email Andy Burney/David James 1968-69 Andy Burney CE David James AC   pilot door
Super Ship UH-1H   191 website/Roger Barkley email Roger Barkley/H.Stitt/R.Barkley 67-68 Roger Barkley CE, Gordon Hahn CE Harold Stitt AC Richard Weske nose/pilot door
Theo UH-1H   191 website Roger Stinnett       pilot door
Voyager (The) UH-1C   191 website Skip Waugh   Skip Waugh CE   cargo door


Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Friday, September 12, 2008 at 22:43:08 (CDT)


Hi Guys, I received this in email. Ken is trying to help a former 191st member.  If you can remember anything that helps please contact Ken.   Thanks -- Bill Janes

My name is Ken Gibbins and I'm assisting an Earl Davis with his VA claim for benefits.  He served 18 months in RVN and had a tour of duty with the 191st, but his memory is sketchy.  He believes that he went down in an aircraft July/1970 in the Delta/IV Corp, but is having trouble with the details of tail number, pilot, etc.  Can you direct me to a source that will aide this quest for information to get his claim on track.  It seems that his military paperwork was not complete since his DD214 was amended to add a single award of the Air Medal and I know that 18 months as a crewchief would support more than a single award.  Please give me any assistance that you can to help with this claim.

Thanx, Ken Gibbens


Ken Gibbens <KMJKSTG@aol.com>
USA - Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 18:38:33 (CDT)


Well I got lucky this time. Minimal damage. Towns around me were basically wiped out. Look at pics of Galveston, Crystal Beach and Gilchrist Tx. A 20' wall of water can do horrible things.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 07:25:35 (CDT)
Hi Guys, I received an email from Alexander Kaufbusch. He served with the 3/60 9th Division '68-'69. He reports that he got wounded in a hot LZ, and a gunship landed, and the Crewchief scooped up all 6'3" of him and put him aboard the aircraft. He goes on to say that he was delivered to the Colleton, which I guess is a Navy vessel. He wants to thank the ones that saved him, so if you know anything about this action please contact Alexander at riverrat6869@msn.com
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Thursday, October 02, 2008 at 20:48:05 (CDT)
Was Service Plt.Sgt from Oct.69-Feb.1970, any of you guy's out there remember me give me a shout,would be glad to hear from you.
Charles P. Taylor <ctaylor52@msn.com>
Colorado Springs, co. USA - Monday, October 20, 2008 at 15:54:37 (CDT)
Bill: Want you & the rest of the troops know that I'll be moving to Venice Fl the 1st of Dec. PLEASE, any of you warriors that come my way, do stop by & I won't let you go to bed hungry if I have to keep you up all night. Kevin 886 South Moon Dr. Venice Fl (617) 710-7707
Kevin Kenney <popsk2003@yahoo.com>
Arlington, Ma USA - Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 06:19:33 (CDT)
Kevin, when you get the good fishing holes lined up, give me a call. Always wanted to bass fish in Fla.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 20:29:14 (CDT)
I have had an inquiry concerning Ron Cohen who served with the 191st as a door gunner in 1969. The person asking would prefer that I not publish their email address, so if you knew Ron Cohen, email me and I will put you in touch. -- Thanks
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Sunday, November 02, 2008 at 11:35:16 (CST)
On Veterans Day I will always remember the six Hero's that gave their all on March 2 1969 Major John Petric, 1st Lt Carl Radke, 1st Lt Dennis Coker, Spec 5 Robert Heinmiller, Spec 4 Carl Douglas, and Spec 4 George Lovellette. I think of them often. On this day we remember all Veterans. The motto of the Vietnam Veterans of America is " Never again shall one generation of Veterans abandon another"
Ralph D McKie <marine@citlink.net>
Golden Valley, Arizona USA - Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 21:07:22 (CST)
Hi all, Just a quick note to wish all a Happy Thanksgiving and to remember the many things that we're thankful for....not the least of which is being a small part of the Boomerang/Bounty Hunter clan. At the last reunion Maj. Patnode encouraged us to be active on the message board...sorry I've been a little slow. Getting the password is easy...Bill's sent it to me lot's of times :-) Peace to all ... Roger
Roger Barkley <rvbarkley@fuse.net>
USA - Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 08:26:55 (CST)
As Roger points out, getting the password is easy. Just drop me an email. Sorry I had to resort to putting a password on the guestbook, but we had too many guests putting SPAM here. Best to all and Happy Holidays. - Bill
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Friday, November 28, 2008 at 00:12:17 (CST)
At our reunion, somebody had mentioned that they had read a book about the Vietnam war and that they mentioned the 191st several times and in particular a certain battle and one of our pilots recalls being in that battle. Can anybody tell me who this pilot was and also the name of the book? I know that the pilot was at the reunion because he was telling me about it.
Bruce Cromwell <bjcromwell@verizon.net>
Celina, Oh USA - Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 07:34:30 (CST)
If you have an HP Laserjet 2300 printer, I have a brand new HP 10A toner cartridge that I can't use. It's a hundred dollar plus cartridge, and it's free to a good home if you pay the shipping - Bill
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 16:47:53 (CST)
Bruce, the name of the book is "Steel My Soldiers Hearts", (a book that chronicles the movements of elements of the 9th Infantry Div. that he commanded). by Col. David Hackworth (now deceased). The pilot mentioned was Capt. Ken Carlton. Hope this helps. A merry Christmas season to all.
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Monday, December 01, 2008 at 13:17:46 (CST)
If anybody is interested in getting the book "Steel my soldiers hearts", they have several listed on Ebay. Either paperback or hardback. I just got a like new hardback for under $9 shipped!
Bruce Cromwell <bjcromwell@verizon.net>
Celina, Oh USA - Tuesday, December 02, 2008 at 18:46:37 (CST)
Laurel and I wish to say Merry Christmas (yes Merry Christmas, not Happy Holidays) to all of our 191st family. Trust me you are family. My frist reunion was in 1999 in Louisville KY. and it felt like I had found a family member that had been missing for thirty years. I have now found that family member and I intend to never loose them again. Again, Merry Christmas and God bless you and yours. With love and respect, Bill and Laurel Flores.
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, ca USA - Friday, December 12, 2008 at 13:13:27 (CST)
I just finished reading the above mentioned book written by Col. David Hackworth. This is a must read for our unit members and specially anybody that was there in Jan. to May of 1969. Finally, are unit gets alot of credit in a book! Ken Carlton and the 191st Boomerangs and Bounty Hunters are mentioned quite a few times. And to read how Hack turns this combat unit around and makes them a Hardcore unit is just outstanding! Here is wishing all our members a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
Bruce Cromwell <bjcromwell@verizon.net>
Celina, Oh USA - Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 08:20:30 (CST)
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Joyous Holidays to all Boomerangs, Bounty Hunters, and their families. We salute Bill Janes for providing this web site. Thank you for the privilege of serving with you. Peace be with you. Bud Patnode, Boomerang 6 May-Nov 67.
Bud Patnode <bpatnode32@msn.com>
Cottonwood Heights, UT USA - Friday, December 19, 2008 at 12:40:50 (CST)
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Joyous Holidays to all Boomerangs, Bounty Hunters, and their families. We salute Bill Janes for providing this web site. Thank you for the privilege of serving with you. Peace be with you. Bud Patnode, Boomerang 6 May-Nov 67.
Bud Patnode <bpatnode32@msn.com>
Cottonwood Heights, UT USA - Friday, December 19, 2008 at 13:44:09 (CST)
The year was 1967,we were lying on our backs,partly because we were to drunk to stand out on the run way at Bear cat spelling Happy New Year in the sky with straight traycers,I was told later that the MPs started to come get us and thought better,Stan and Stack hurried out and got us out of there,Its not as drmatic now but Merry Cristmas and Happy New Year anyway.
Skip Waugh (Bounty Hunter)
USA - Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 14:45:04 (CST)
Geez Skip, seems like I always miss out on the fun. Dennis Stits and I were in Bangkok New Years eve raising a little hell of our own. Merry Christmas to all my brothers here. Hope for a safe and prosperous New Year for everyone. Harrell
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 06:55:14 (CST)
Merry Christmas from Bill and Irene. May your new year bring nothing but joy.
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 21:29:50 (CST)
I just finished reading STEEL MY SOLDIERS HEARTS. If anyone would like to read this book I would be happy to send it to you. The 191st Boomerangs and Bounty Hunters is mentioned often. Being A cerw cheif I didn't know what went on after we dropped the grunts off. WOW - I'm sure glad the 191st played such a large part in the operations. Gordon Hahn GBHAHN@AOL.COM
Gordon Hahn <GBHAHN@AOL.COM>
San Jose, Ca USA - Saturday, February 07, 2009 at 12:25:57 (CST)
I received the following email from John A. Petric Jr. == It's hard to believe that it has been forty years this March 2 that the 191 AHC lost such fine men in service to their country. My family & I will be placing a wreath at the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on March 2, 2009 at 12:15 pm. EST. to commemorate the loss of 1st. Lt. Dennis S. Coker, 1st. Lt. Carl L. Radtke, Sp5 Robert L. Heinmiller, Sp4 Carl S. Douglas, Sp4 George Lovellette and my father, Maj. John A. Petric. All members of the 191 AHC are welcome to attend. Thank you and thanks to all of the men for your service to our country.
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 00:33:45 (CST)
To all my brothers of the 191st, tonight is a night ,that marks a date and time in or lives that many of us will always remember, We as BOOMERANG and BOUNTY HUNTERS had always experienced the tragedy and reality of the VIET NAM war from an area of operation far and remote from our perimeter and the sand pile we all called home for a while, but a dark night on march 2 1969, made us all very aware of the horror, grief sadness and fear beyond belief, when in a brief instant we went from doing whatever we were engaged in at the time, to a mass movement of soldiers , running with all our being to a bunker that so many of us F.O.G,S.only laughed at as it was being built ,thanks to CPT.FALCON for the best daMN BUNKER.We all sat around in the dark not much joking laughing just everyone almost in a reverence, we didn,t really know what was happening but from the rocket blast we knew it was bad.Our worst fears were realized that nite and like all of you that experieced that I will always remember our brothers we lost, and know that on that night our lives were forever changed ANDY BURNEY
andy burney <rufusjr@windstream.net>
sanford , nc USA - Monday, March 02, 2009 at 01:59:39 (CST)
I recently came across this quote and thought I would pass it on to my Brothers. A VETERAN - WHETHER ON ACTIVE DUTY, HONORABLY DISCHARGED, RETIRED OR IN THE RESERVES - IS SOMEONE WHO AT ONE POINT IN THEIR LIFE, WROTE A BLANK CHECK MADE PAYABLE TO "THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA", FOR AN AMOUNT OF "UP TO, AND INCLUDING THEIR LIFE. THAT IS HONOR , AND THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY WHO NO LONGER UNDERSTAND THAT FACT. That pretty much says it all!!!
Bruce Cromwell <bjcromwell@verizon.net>
Celina, Oh USA - Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 15:53:50 (CDT)
The guest book seems to be a little slow so thought I would just add a little something. Hope all are having a great year so far....the year soon will be half over. Time gets by pretty fast, hard to believe VN was so many years ago. Next to my family, having served in the 191st is one of my greater sources of pride. Looking forward to our next reunion and seeing everyone again. Peace, Roger
Roger Barkley <rvbarkley@fuse.net>
Moscow, Oh USA - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 07:19:36 (CDT)
I agree that the chat on the website has been slow. Maybe that is because we are old and a simple typed message is just too much. But, we are the same kid soldiers that made the 191st great. We have reunion to look forward to in 2010. We have a lot to look forward to, so don't forget it. Be well my friends - Bill
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 02:19:00 (CDT)
Hello Boomerangs and Bounty Hunters. My wife and I just attended our first Field Artillery Officer Candidate School class reunion at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. This was the 25th one they have had, and I just found out about them this year! We had an UNBELIEVABLY FANTASTIC TIME!!! So, if you were an Artillery Officer who graduated from FAOCS at Fort Sill, OK you owe it to yourself to check out the website at www.faocsalumni.org We aren't getting any younger you know! The info for the 2010 reunion isn't there yet, but there is a multitude of info there about Field Artillery OCS past reunions. Be sure to check out the Fort Sill OCS Photo Project website at www.ftsillocsphotoproject.com. Your class picture and your class roster could already be there! Joe K Roberts - FAOCS Class 509-68 We are really looking forward to the 191AHC reunion next year too. We are "empty nesters" now. Our baby boy is in the Marines and our 20 year old is in the Army. We are still working full time but shouldn't have any trouble getting vacation time any more. I hope to see ALL of the 191st veterans and wives at our next reunion. If you have never attended one NOW IS THE TIME! We have a GREAT bunch of folks. Start planning NOW!!!
Joe K Roberts <jkroberts1@yahoo.com>
Bidwell, OH USA - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 10:01:47 (CDT)
To my heroes~ I sincerely thank you for your service, sacrifice and rememberance of my father. Your bravery, courage and honor are beyond all measure. I am so proud and thankful to call you my family. I miss you more then words can say. I wish we were all together today. Oh how I could use all those wonderful gifts that you give to me... the hugs, shoulders to lean and cry on, jokes, stories, hand holds, maybe a go-cart ride and a couple of good stiff drinks would all be greatly appreciated. Sadly, I don't have you all here so I ask that you remember me in your prayers and if you could you find a way to send me some of that bravery, courage and honor I would greatly appreciate that too. With my love and respect, Diana
Diana Foran <Dianaforan@sbcglobal.net>
Lake Forest, IL USA - Monday, May 25, 2009 at 16:09:24 (CDT)
uhoh...I am testing to see if this entry goes thru. I wrote an entry earlier and it hasn't appeared yet?
Diana Foran <dianaforan@sbcglobal.net>
Lake Forest, IL USA - Monday, May 25, 2009 at 16:47:29 (CDT)
Diana needs a hug today, and all I am asking is that you send her one in email. All the email has to say is here is a hug from the 191st. Thanx, Bill
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 02:27:13 (CDT)
Hi to all. Back on line after the usuall job changes. I have some information that may be of interest to those of us who have reached the advanced age of ____ (fill in the blank!). Last fall I received a letter from the VA indicating that my diabetes type II may have a service related cause. If this has been mentioned before, skip the next. I got an appointment at my local VA clinic for a "rating" exam. The Dr. was also a vet and seemed quite understanding, although stating that he was not the one who gave the disability rating, just the recomendation. To make a long story short the VA (after a couple of months) sent me notification that I had been awarded a 50% disability rating based on 20% X 2, for neuropathy (loss of feeling) in both feet and 10% for controlled type II diabetes. This resulted in a monthly payment of $845. This came out of the blue for me! I had been treated at the local VA clinic for diabetes for probably 10 years without knowing on the service related connection. The Dr. who examined me asked why I had waited so long! If I had only known! Since I mentioned to him that I also suffered from pretty severe tinitus, he reccomended I be examined for that also - which I did - another exam with the same Dr. and another "award" of 10%. In another letter from the VA they gave me the 10% but explained that they would not be raising the disability rating from the original 50% for reasons that were pretty arcane to me. Anyone else have this experience? Anyway, thanks to Bill J for keeping the flame alive. I remember the guys in powertrain maintenance who used to hang together - Phelps, "Trip", Carlos Ramirez, "Hippy", Frenchy,. I've got quite a few photos from Bear Cat as well as Dong Tam, if I can figure out how to scan them into my computer. Some from the POL fire at Bear Cat (comeplete with the fire engine we called "barbarqued one"), guard duty on the berm, etc. Will reply to any and all. Thanks, mike morrison mike morrison
Mike Morrison <mikeyisis@hotmail.com>
Fryeburg, ME USA - Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 13:56:47 (CDT)
Happy 4th of July to everybody!! Here in my hometown, they have "Freedom Days" put on by the VFW, American Legion, Moose and Eagles. This is all at the Lake and last night my Wife and I went up to see what was going on and they had several military units including a LST landing craft. Thats the first one I had ever seen in person. They also had jeeps, personnel carriers, deuce and a half , a 5 ton truck and a 3/4 ton truck. Today around noon they have a UH-1 flying in. They aren't giving rides but will be able to check it out and bring back alot of memories. On Saturday night they have a huge fireworks display. The real kicker to this whole event is Sunday night, they are bringing in Lee Greenwood to perform!! It don't get much better than this!
Bruce Cromwell <bjcromwell@verizon.net>
Celina, Ohio USA - Saturday, July 04, 2009 at 06:29:03 (CDT)
Saturday, I talked to a pilot from Huey 369 from Indiana. This ship was an actual Dust Off from Vietnam and the pilot was a Dust Off pilot from around the DMZ. Then tonight we went to the Lee Greenwood concert. He puts on one heck of a show. For Lee's last song, he sang "God Bless the USA" and as he started to sing 369 which was in the background lifted off and I got a huge lump in my throat. Then he flew a pattern and come in from the back and did a low level fly by. Thats when I lost it and cried like a baby! Then my Wife gave me a big hug! The sound of that Huey with those blades whooping just really got to me! I have to say that was the best 4th of July I have ever had!! I'm so proud to be an American and Veteran and am proud of all our Brothers in all units of the military! Can't wait to see all you guys at the next Reunion!
Bruce Cromwell <bjcromwell@verizon.net>
Celina, Ohio USA - Sunday, July 05, 2009 at 21:00:18 (CDT)
A note to Mike Morrisson and my other borthers about the VA and diabetis, make sure that your Agent Orange registered, it helps with the claims. If you have a operation that is service connected disability you can apply for temp 100% and they'll pay for 1 yr of disability at that rate. You can always apply for an increase in rating, my last got me 100% and now the SSI said the same, so I guess I'm retired. Hope to see all of you at the next reunion. Art
Art Almaraz <aalmaraz@hot.rr.com>
Texas, TX USA - Friday, July 17, 2009 at 17:42:13 (CDT)
Our next reunion is scheduled for September 2010. Members are reminded that those interested in hosting the reunion should notify the President at least one year in advance. Our bylaws state in Article II, Section 1 “Any person or group desiring to host a reunion shall submit a request to the Board of Directors in writing through the President at least one year prior to the next General Membership meeting, setting forth in detail the proposed plans for the entertainment of the reunion which it wishes to host.” As of August 11, 2009, I have received one well researched request. Should any other member or group desire to host the 2010 reunion please let me know your intentions no later than September 1, 2009 so proper consideration can be made of all proposals. Bud Patnode, 191st AHC Association President
Bud Patnode <bpatnode32@msn.com>
Cottonwood Heights, UT USA - Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 16:52:22 (CDT)
HI folks been a while since i wrote but i had a very enteresting experience today , and i thought you as fellow aviation brothers might appreciate it to , today at our little town airport i saw a B-17 FLYING FORTRESS, aplane i had only read about and watched on tv and movies like 12 oclock high, it was a 1945 boeing b 17 IT NEVER SAW COMBAT IN WW 2 but it was named the liberty bell they were giving rides at 400 dollars a pop and taking up 7 passegers at a time didn't find out about until sunday morning , but goning out to the airport walking up to it looking inside and watching it take of and land was really an experience in its selfbut the sight that m,oved me the most and made me think of my dad in WW 2 and so many more was seeing old vets from that era walking around and looking it over some of the people were veteran crew members and pilots of that same kind of aircraft i was able to hear stories by veteransthat really lived it, and it made me think is this how old 191st members will be when we are 87 to 90 years old , and looking at a uh1d or uh1c i hope we all can see that one day got pictures will send on later just wanted share that with all of you and say thaks to all of you again for memories of experiences that only brothers in combat could share may GOD all of you and keep you til we can share and make more memories again ANDY BURNEY
andy burney <rufusjr@windstream.net>
SANFORD, N.C. USA - Monday, August 17, 2009 at 00:35:25 (CDT)
My son is presently @ Ft. Rucker in Phase I of flight school ... no more solo pilots, no more confined spaces, no more colored hats... airconditioned Bell Jet Rangers. Guess out with fun in with comfort.
John Fickett <jtfickett@aol.com>
Savannah, GA USA - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 08:17:20 (CDT)

In case you guys have missed it,the 2010 Reunion will be in Las Vegas in early September! Can't wait to see all the guys again!
Bruce Cromwe;; <bjcromwell@verizon.net>
Celina, oh USA - Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 18:15:25 (CDT)
I have found my brothers ... once again It Was at the request of my DR. to look up this sight Tnerapy They say .. Everyone Ive ever known...knows of your fame, courage bravery and humanity Thank you for letting me be a small part of such a great thing ....I have lead my life with the goodness Honesty bravery I learned while i was with you guys ..and boy has it got me in some deep doo doo ... ha ha ha Any and all please write me any pictures would be great lost mine in a house fire Mr clogston I still remember my first ride with you got so sick WHAT a piolet I havent had a chance to read all so if you want to write please do so
greg Wilson <whipno9@yahoo.com >
palm beach gardens, fl USA - Thursday, November 05, 2009 at 21:18:20 (CST)
Just a note to say hi to all. White Flight 68-69.
Dennis E. Haskew <dhaskew@comcast.net>
Macclenny, FL USA - Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 10:42:11 (CST)
Thanks to Dehart ,Samperi, Stokes, Yank , For there calls If any more out there please write me or any that crewed with me ... 70 june to 71 june ? night hawk Bounty Hunter or the Infnt ships need info lettere thanks to all ... bless all
greg wilson <whipno9@yahoo.com>
palm beach gardens, florida USA - Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 10:24:49 (CST)
Hi Guys. I'm trying to remember the story of how the Bounty Hunters were authorized to wear the red handkerchiefs, and who, when, and why it was authorized. Can anyone help me out?
Joe Roberts <jkroberts1@yahoo.com>
Bidwell, OH USA - Tuesday, December 08, 2009 at 06:01:20 (CST)
Just want to let you guys know that a former “Boomerang” CWO Robert W. Kund lost his battle with cancer on 15 Dec 09. I was a co-worker and friend of his at the General Services Administration where he worked for 38 years. I’m also a Vietnam Vet, if Bob was the normal caliber of the individual in the 191st Avn ,it would have been an honor to flown a CA with your unit. The man was a true professional at what ever he did. Walter “Doc” Roberts Formerly of D Company, 1st Bn. 7th Cav, 1st Air Cav. Div.
Walter "Doc" Roberts <robertw1@rcn.com>
Stafford, VA USA - Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 10:03:50 (CST)
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my brothers. See you in Vegas.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Thursday, December 24, 2009 at 20:13:19 (CST)
I wish all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. God Bless
Dennis Haskew <dhaskew@comcast.net>
Macclenny, Fl USA - Friday, December 25, 2009 at 16:36:27 (CST)
happy new year boomaranges bounty hunters
greg wilson <whipno9@yahoo.com>
USA - Monday, January 11, 2010 at 18:48:34 (CST)
I would like to invite all of my fellow 191AHC vets to Facebook. It is really great. Here is a prayer I found there. I think it fits. A PILOTS PRAYER "God, grant me the eyes of an eagle, • the judgment of an owl, • the quickness of a hummingbird, • the reflexes of a cat, • the radar of a cave bat, • the heart of a bull, • And the balls of a Vietnam helicopter pilot." I hope to see all of you at the reunion this year.
Joe Roberts <jkroberts1@yahoo.com>
Ohio USA - Saturday, February 06, 2010 at 21:25:42 (CST)
I am looking for Steve Lohman nick name Okie, I also know Bruce Cromwell,He has a picture of me on his video in Cantho. I would like to find SGT Glen Stover. Thanks for this web site it is great. Brought back a lot of memories.
Bruce R McKay <brucermckay@hotmail.com>
Manhattan, MT USA - Friday, February 19, 2010 at 22:03:37 (CST)
I am looking for Steve Lohman nick name Okie, I also know Bruce Cromwell, He has a picture of me on his video in Cantho. I would like to find SGT Glen Stover. Thanks for this web site it is great. Brought back a lot of memories.
Bruce R McKay <brucermckay@hotmail.com>
Manhattan, MT USA - Friday, February 19, 2010 at 22:04:07 (CST)
I will be at this 2010 reunion in September, but I will be staying in my RV and a nearby RV camp. I have not yet picked out an RV camp, so if there is anyone else that is staying in an RV, maybe we can all stay at the same spot. Let me know - OK
Dick Calton <DickCalton@yahoo.com>
Boulevard, Calif. USA - Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 19:58:29 (CST)
Hi Guys. I received a request from Faye Reynolds, widow of Clark Eugene Reynolds, Jr. Clark served with the 191st at Can Tho, and passed away 4/22/2005. Faye like to hear from unit members who served with Clark. Faye's email address is texastwin827@yahoo.com
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Friday, March 12, 2010 at 11:04:42 (CST)
Just found 191 AHC Web page , really good Job ... I was in Bounty Hunters Sept.68-Mar 29, 1969 ..Door gunner in Gunships .. I was amazed at as soon as I seen some of the Names , that it all came back to me just like so many of you I am sure... I was sad to see that the six guys from our 191st were KIA on that hit March 2,1969... I only knew of Ron that was injured and hoped he made it until I found his name on the WALL .... All six were great MEN ... As the saying goes " All gave Some and Some Gave ALL..... Hope to see you in Vegas for the Reunion..
Paul Messina <srpaul@hotmail.com>
Baltimore, md USA - Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 10:49:44 (CDT)
Paul MEssina here , with the 191st Bounty Hunters from Aug.68- Mar 69... The web site I just found last week , it takes me right back to Bear Cat ....some of the names I had forgot , but when I seen them again it also came back. one thing that bothers me I have looked through most of the photos and did not see any of Me ? , if some of you guys remember , I had to fly home on emergency leave , due to my Mothers Cancer Illness , this was in Dec.68 ... I came back until march 28,68 .. yea I was their Mar.2,68... Me and Ron L. already had our Freedom Bird ticket to go home March 28,68 and were to be on the same flight.. you know when the Ops center got hit , we all went over their and the Medics had Ron L and he had lost most of his leg I believe , but because the Medics were right their I always hoped he made it.....I found out on a visit to "The Wall" in D.C when I found Ron L name on the Wall.. I did not know of the other 5 including our CO were KIA. Over 42 years and that really hurt after all these years. PS: If any one has a photo of my mug , please post.. Due to the feeling , sadness from the viewing of the 191st AHC Web site ... I am going to have to take a break. I am sure you guys understand later , paul a messina
Paul Messina <srpaul@hotmail.com>
Baltimore, md USA - Friday, March 26, 2010 at 15:25:42 (CDT)
Paul MEssina here , with the 191st Bounty Hunters from Aug.68- Mar 69... The web site I just found last week , it takes me right back to Bear Cat ....some of the names I had forgot , but when I seen them again it also came back. one thing that bothers me I have looked through most of the photos and did not see any of Me ? , if some of you guys remember , I had to fly home on emergency leave , due to my Mothers Cancer Illness , this was in Dec.68 ... I came back until march 28,69 .. yea I was their Mar.2,68... Me and Ron L. already had our Freedom Bird ticket to go home March 28,68 and were to be on the same flight.. you know when the Ops center got hit , we all went over their and the Medics had Ron L and he had lost most of his leg I believe , but because the Medics were right their I always hoped he made it.....I found out on a visit to "The Wall" in D.C when I found Ron L name on the Wall.. I did not know of the other 5 including our CO were KIA. Over 42 years and that really hurt after all these years. PS: If any one has a photo of my mug , please post.. Due to the feeling , sadness from the viewing of the 191st AHC Web site ... I am going to have to take a break. I am sure you guys understand later , paul a messina
Paul Messina <srpaul@hotmail.com>
Baltimore, md USA - Friday, March 26, 2010 at 15:27:03 (CDT)
Easter Sunday, 1970. My fireteam was scrambled to cover a couple of LOH-6's that had been shot down. When we got there everyone had been evacuated already. The tailbooms, skids, and rotor blades had all been broken off. They looked like two giant Easter eggs laying there. This is a TRUE story! So help me! Does anyone else remember this??? HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!
Joe Roberts <jkroberts1@yahoo.com>
Ohio USA - Sunday, April 04, 2010 at 10:37:00 (CDT)
While I was in Vietnam, I was engaged to my wife. During the year that I was over there (Oct '67-Oct '68), I sent 109 letters to her. The reason I know this is because she kept every one of them. These past few weeks I've been going through each letter. I'm in the process of making a journal of my tour for my family. From each letter I delete the "mushy" stuff and glean what I can from the other information that's in the letter. It's been quite a trip down memory lane! In going through the letters, I did discover that I was quite evasive about some of the things that were occurring in my life at that time, but there is still enough info to make it a nice journal. For the past few months I've noticed that there hasn't been many entries on our guestbook page, so that's one of the reasons I'm doing this entry. The following excerpt is from my letter dated June 16, 1968. It should make those Boomerangs and Bounty Hunters from that period take pride in our effort: "Our unit isn't flying today. I don't know what is going on but I do know that we have been told that the 191st has flown more during the past three months than any other assault helicopter company in Vietnam during that time. During the months of March '68, April '68, and May '68, the 191st has flown over 10,000 hours." It makes me proud! I hope everyone has a safe summer. Terry Wilund (Boomerang 28 / March'68-Oct'68)
Terry Wilund <twilund@charter.net>
St. Louis, MO USA - Saturday, May 01, 2010 at 23:05:42 (CDT)
I found a couple of pictures today and I would like to know how to get them in a posting. I have the Boomerangs in Boomerang formation and The "The Best Damn Bunker in Dong Tam" sign. Can anybody help?
Dennis E. Haskew <dhaskew@comcast.net>
Macclenny, FL USA - Sunday, May 02, 2010 at 17:50:04 (CDT)
Terry I was a White Flight gunner. August 18, 1968 was a real B****. I know you remember it.
Dennis E. Haskew <dhaskew@comcast.net>
Macclenny, FL USA - Sunday, May 02, 2010 at 17:55:57 (CDT)
Hello Brothers! I would like to pass on some info that some of you might not know about. About 5 years ago I talked to my County Service Rep about my hearing loss that I felt was caused by working on the Huey's without hearing protection. Back then I guess we didn't know any better. After taking a hearing test, I was rated at a 20% disability,10% for ringing in the ears and 10% for loss of hearing. This gives me a $243 check each month tax free! They told me at that time if I wanted hearing aids that they would get them for me. At that time, I already had a set that were "in the ear" aids and I hated them. Well about a month ago I decided to take them up on there offer. So I made an appointment and when I went,I had to go thru some paperwork and get registered with the VA. Since I was in Vietnam and on the ground, they told me that I needed an Agent Orange Physical. I had no clue what that was all about. Well what it amounts to is blood work, urine sample,Ekg and chest xrays. Then in a couple of weeks I go back for a full blown physical. Then they put you on an Agent Orange Registry. They have recently added some more diseases that if you have, will get you a disability rating. Diabetes 2 and prostate cancer and some other cancers are the main ones that I can remember. They advised me to have a PSA test and digital exam every year to check for prostate cancer. Now on to my hearing aids. As long as you are a veteran you are eligible for hearing aids from what I have been told. You do not have to prove that the hearing loss was service connected. The hearing aids are free unless you make over $100,000 and then only a small fee from what I've been told. Also free batteries and in 4 years you are eligible for a new set of hearing aids. I hope that some of this info has helped you out and I would strongly recommend talking to your County Service Rep and he can get you the info you need to follow thru with all this info. Thanks for your time, Bruce
Bruce Cromwell <bjcromwell@verizon.net>
Celina, Ohio USA - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 18:31:02 (CDT)
I am starting my survey a little early. Anyone interested in playing golf in Vegas please contact me. I will find a course and set up a tee time Friday morning. They have some really nice courses there. I will try and find one that doesn't cost an arm and a leg to play.
Harrell Guidry <kgid@gt.rr.com>
Groves, Tx USA - Monday, May 17, 2010 at 09:17:55 (CDT)
A bit of warning for old people (like me!):


Time seems to be slipping by a little faster than it used to, and the
191st Reunion will be here before you know it, and you will be asking yourself "why didn't I send in my registration?"

That problem can be resolved right before your very eyes and it only takes one click of your mouse...  Visit the Reunion page by clicking here

See you in Vegas


Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, Tx USA - Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 00:51:31 (CDT)


 
WORDS OF WISDOM An old prospector shuffled into the town of El Indio, Texas leading an old tired mule. The old man headed straight for the only saloon in town, to clear his parched throat. He walked up to the saloon and tied his old mule to the hitch rail. As he stood there, brushing some of the dust from his face and clothes, a young gunslinger stepped out of the saloon with a gun in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other. The young gunslinger looked at the old man and laughed, saying, "Hey old man, have you ever danced?" The old man looked up and said, "No, I never did dance, never really wanted to." A crowd had gathered as the gunslinger grinned and said, "Well, you old fool, you're gonna' dance now," and started shooting at the old man's feet. The old prospector, not wanting to get a toe blown off, started hopping around like a flea on a hot skillet. Everybody was laughing, fit to be tied. When his last bullet had been fired, the young gunslinger, still laughing, holstered his gun and turned around to go back into the saloon. The old man turned to his pack mule, pulled out a double-barreled shotgun, and cocked both hammers. The loud clicks carried clearly through the desert air. The crowd stopped laughing immediately. The young gunslinger heard the sounds too, and he turned around very slowly. The silence was almost deafening. The crowd watched as the young gunman stared at the old timer and the large gaping holes of those twin barrels. The barrels of the shotgun never wavered in the old man's hands, as he quietly said, "Son, have you ever kissed a mule's ass?" The gunslinger swallowed hard and said, "No sir..... but... I've always wanted to." There are a few lessons for us all here: • Never be arrogant. • Don't waste ammunition. • Whiskey makes you think you're smarter than you are. • Don't mess with old men, they didn't get old by being stupid. More Words of Wisdom If you haven't sent in your reunion registration do it now! We have less than 100 days til the reunion, and even less than that to register. Bill has made it easy to do. Do it now so your friends can see that you are going and they can signup too. I had a dadblasted stroke last week and I'm still gonna be there, so get cracken!
Joe Roberts <jkroberts1@yahoo.com>
Ohio USA - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 14:45:10 (CDT)
Hey, 191st has a facebook page. Please drop by.
Dennis E. Haskew <dhaskew@comcast.net>
Macclenny, FL USA - Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 10:14:44 (CDT)
Greetings Boomerangs, Bounty Hunters and Green Deltas: Please forgive me for staying away so long, I have been gainfully employed writing your book and attempting to make a living out of this zero based economy. Times are hard when jumping meat comes back into fashion. It had been a while since I had eaten wild duck, rabbit and deer - - and liked em. Of course my better half claims it's healthy - - I think its just a way of eliminating that good ol prime beef that goes down so easy. Diet food, my foot! It's just plain tough to get old. About your book: We are 2/3s of the way finished - - now have 250+ book pages in print - - expect to roll out final draft by year's end. Many thanks to the many of you who contributed material - - and a serious nudge for all who intend to add you name but haven't. All who served with the 191st in RVN earned a place in our story. Your next of kin and other friends and relatives also deserve to see you as part of this manuscript. Please get your material in soon - - the cut-off is not far away. With the information I already have we are headed for a 350+ page book. My daily prayer to the writing Gods is that I produce a story worthy of your performance - - you were magnificant. At risk of sounding biased, I think you'll like what you read. Writing this story has been a remarkable journey for me and I feel privileged that you allowed me the honor. May God bless all of you and may God bless our association. I can be reached at (home) 361-993-2067 (office) 361-993-6905 or toll free at 888-478-0888 (cell) 361-548-1795 - - email: (office) jfalcon@teamsmed.com (home)f_falcon@sbcglobal.net. Warmest regards John Falcon
John Falcon <jfalcon@teamsmed.com>
Corpus Christi, Texas USA - Wednesday, June 02, 2010 at 21:53:29 (CDT)
Hey Guys.  August 4th, 2010 is the Deadline for registering for the 2010 reunion.

Do it NOW!!!!


 


Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 16:41:40 (CDT)


Sure hope someone (other than me) from 1971-1972 makes it this year. Anyway, I set the event up on FaceBook at http://www.facebook.com/?sk=events#!/event.php?eid=126517747388447 Had a good time in Louisville, hope to in Vegas. Se y'all there!
Ron Colson <RonColson@gmail.com>
Tallahassee, FL USA - Friday, June 18, 2010 at 22:37:05 (CDT)
Sure hope someone (other than me) from 1971-1972 makes it this year. Anyway, I set the event up on FaceBook at http://www.facebook.com/?sk=events#!/event.php?eid=126517747388447 Had a good time in Louisville, hope to in Vegas. See y'all there!
Ron Colson <RonColson@gmail.com>
Tallahassee, FL USA - Friday, June 18, 2010 at 22:37:24 (CDT)
I had a phone call from a man to thin to cast a shadoe(Bill Janes)as always I came away from our confersation walking on cloud 9.He told me were going to have a good turnout to the reunion this year but the sad part is were not reaching everyone,and as he pointed out nun of us are getting any younger.I cherish my relaysionship with the 191st famly and look forward to seeing and hearing the storys of all who served,bring a story with you,John wants to include everyone in his book,but above all please come.Harreled will be having a tee time for us golfers soon I hope,anyway dont put off meeting with the brother hood,dont make us come lookin fer you.See you in Vegas
Skip Waugh <robertawaugh@yaho.com>
roy, ut USA - Sunday, July 04, 2010 at 09:19:17 (CDT)
Guys, the best deal I have been able to come up with so far is at the Angel Park Course. 64.00 green fee, cart and range balls. Quite a few courses are closed at that time for overseeding. I need a head count by the first week in August for tee times. I want to play around 8:30 AM.
Harrell Guidry <kgid@gt.rr.com>
Groves, Tx USA - Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 16:46:45 (CDT)
We have as of today a whole new record for reunion attendance - 40 unit members. If you are not on that list already, you need to sign up. This, as they say in California, is gonna be the BIG ONE. So put down the remote, and the pizza, and sign up pronto. See you there, Bill
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Sunday, July 11, 2010 at 01:54:30 (CDT)
Looking for individualized "names" that were painted on in-country Army copters 1962-73. I'm closing in on the 2,800 "name" count so far collected, documented and cataloged. Book is to be published and readied for Spring 2011. Hundreds of never-before-published pics and "name" database will be contained in a 2-vol set. Contributions and input welcomed. Respectfully yours, John Brennan, former SP5, 114 AHC, 1970-71, Vinh Long AAF, Mekong Delta
John Brennan <johnmailman@yahoo.com>
USA - Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 16:17:29 (CDT)
I regret to inform that Bob Stack has passed away. He was registered for the 2010 reunion, and was on vacation in Alaska. He died of an apparent heart attack on July 19, 2010. I spoke to his brother, Bill Stack, and conveyed the combined condolences of the 191st.
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 17:26:12 (CDT)
Roadrunner RV Park in Las Vegas is available for the reunion, but they DO NOT take reservations but it is a large park and they are on a first-come basis. The rate is $20 per day or $16 per day for a 3-day minimum. I will try and check in on the afternoon of September 2nd.
Dick Calton <DickCalton@yahoo.com>
Boulevard, CA USA - Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 20:40:45 (CDT)
I hsve 3 tee times booked at Angel Park Palms course for Friday morning. 8:04, 8:12, 8:20. We have 2 groups now. Still looking for another four golfers. Contact me here or in Vegas Thursday if you want to play. Also have a couple of openings for Thursday. 7:32.
Harrell Guidry <kgid@gt.rr.com>
Groves, Tx USA - Thursday, August 05, 2010 at 05:49:32 (CDT)
Headed out early Monday morning for the drive to Vegas. Will arrive Wed afternoon. Looking forward to seeing everyone again.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 06:58:02 (CDT)
I hope all of you boomerangs and bounty hunters ,have a wonderful time at the reunion , looks like it will be great by the size of the guest list, thought I could make it but life has away of getting in the way, may God bless all of you as you travel , and keep you all safe have a good time , hope to see you all another time good luck. Andy Burney
Andy Burney <rufusjr@windstream.net>
sanford, nc USA - Monday, August 30, 2010 at 15:40:25 (CDT)
What an exciting event is happening this week and week end. Tomorrow there are going to be more Boomerangs, Bounty Hunters, Green Deltas and Wingnuts in the air than there has been in the last 38 years or so! That's counting all the 191st people who are still flying in many aviation jobs across the great USA and around the world, plus all of us who will be descending on Las Vegas in record numbers. I hope that all of us will take the time to reflect on what a great challenge as well as accomplishment we experienced in what had to be one of the best organizations in any military anywhere. I don't know how I was blessed to be allowed to be part of it, but I am eternally greatful that I was. Travel safely, I hope to see everyone there!
Joe Roberts
Ohio USA - Wednesday, September 01, 2010 at 18:08:58 (CDT)
Another GREAT reunion has come and gone.I hope everyone had a great time like I did. I'm already looking forward to the 2012 reunion. If all of us spend some time finding our 191st friends and give them a heads up about the reunion we could have 100+ or even 200+ at our next reunion! Wouldn't that be fantastic? I challenge each of us to find FIVE 191st friends who have never been to a reunion and invite them to go. We don't even need the details of the next reunion yet. Just the fact that we will have one is enough of a start! Let's crank up and make this mission!!!
Joe Roberts <jkroberts1@yahoo.com>
Ohio USA - Tuesday, September 07, 2010 at 22:13:02 (CDT)
Dennis the reunion was worth its weight in gold,express our love to your wife for holding you together and for that toutching talk Bud was truly lucky to have had a crew chief like you,poor Stan use to ask me the same question every morning,is she ready to fly chief,I'd answere ,she flew yesterday didnt she--SIR.We learn more and more about each other as time goes on,those 8milemeter movies Larry Sands took of our beatch landing and me able to jump and click my heels sure brought back memories,and the storys Floyd told of our shooting contests coming home after a long mission.I Also learned not to get upity with Harrell and Pat golfing because the boomerangs always come back.I also got some quality time with Bud Patanod and learned of his great respect for his family,of which we were included,without him sticking his neck out a mile an telling that general we would be a good outfit if he only gave us a chance,and then having to stake his carreer to lead us into history. better quit befor I get meloncollie,THANKS FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS
Skip Waugh <robertawaugh@yahoo.com>
Roy, UT USA - Tuesday, September 07, 2010 at 22:25:11 (CDT)
Dennis, I can't put it anybetter than Skip did. Thanks again to you and Tracie for an unforgetable weekend. They just keep getting better.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Wednesday, September 08, 2010 at 07:25:13 (CDT)
Dennis, this truly was a memorable reunion, and none of it would have been possible without all the hard work by you Tracie and your crew. Laurel and I can not thank you enough for all you have done, You have created a memory that in our minds will last forever! I have discovered, that attending these reunions has been very thereputic for me. I love the fact that not only do I get to see my old friends, my brothers, but I always manage to make new ones. This was a beautiful venue and I know it was not easy to put this togeather, but like the trooper you are, you hung in there and accomplished your mission. As the title of Bob Hope's theme song states, "Thanks for the memories"! Respectfully, Bill Flores.
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Wednesday, September 08, 2010 at 12:45:38 (CDT)
I just wanted to say thank you, a thousand times, to Terri Beckham for that beautiful gift of song she delivered to us at our memorial service. God has truly given her gift and I am so glad that she decided to share it with us. She made me cry. Thank you Terri, from the bottom of my heart and God bless you and yours. Bill Flores.
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Wednesday, September 08, 2010 at 13:01:56 (CDT)
Hi Guys - I got this message from Alan Maw.  He had registered for the 2010 reunion, but the reality of a second knee replacement surgery kept him away.

He sent me the following about being wounded, and that he never received a purple heart.  Here is what he said:

Sometime back between May and Jul 1968 in a hot landing zone I was hit in the left arm by shrapnel... I was flown to the hospital in Saigon, they took x-rays, could find an entry wound and exit wound... they treated it, wrapped it and 2 hrs later we were back in the air and re-joined the group on the mission.

I have NO clue who the pilot was but I don't think it was my regular one.... I think I was crewing another ship that day..

But at 20 yrs old I didn't think or was worried about getting any paperwork from the hospital, I guess I figured it would find it's way back to our base camp and into my medical records. Never happened...

If anyone can remember and write it up... I will apply for the Purple Heart that I never got... I guess it has taken me 40 yrs to realize it would be nice to have at this point.

Thanks in advance for your help.  If you remember this action and can help, please do.  You can email Alan at amaw@tampabay.rr.com

Best to all,
Bill

Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Thursday, September 09, 2010 at 21:53:31 (CDT)


The Denver Post displayed 141 photos commemorating the 35th anniversary of the "Fall of Saigon." It is an interesting pictorial history of "the war." I'm going to post the website address here and, hopefully, it will link you to the photos. http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2010/04/30/captured-a-look-back-at-the-vietnam-war-on-the-35th-anniversary-of-the-fall-of-saigon-2/1781
Terry Wilund <twilund@charter.net>
St. Louis, MO USA - Thursday, September 09, 2010 at 23:37:58 (CDT)
It is my pleasure and my honor to contribute ANYTHING to the 191st. What a gift to me that you all not only invite me to the reunions but let me participate. I feel as if there are a dozen of Tommy's friends ready to step in on his behalf should I or my family ever need them. My family and I love you -- truly love you -- for loving Tommy.
Terri Beckham <traebeck@gmail.com>
Springfield, Tn USA - Thursday, September 09, 2010 at 23:44:25 (CDT)
The excitement of the reunion may be cooling off now, but I encourage each of us to do our best to remember the guys we worked with and do our best to find them and keep in touch with them and encourage them to come to our reunions. They just won't know the thrill we experience at our reunions and long after they are over. Since I came home from Vegas I have found 51 names of 191st guys that I will try to contact in the next 30 days. Trust me, I WILL find most of them. I just counted how many 191st friends I have on facebook. Would you believe 81? Yep, 81. And a few more pending. So you see, if I can do that many, think about how many you guys with smarts can do! We should be able to find at least half of the guys we served with. Yes, many are deceased by now, so we add them to our DAT list-died after tour- right here on our website where we still honor them for their service. Those of us who are still breathing should be invited to our reunions. Keep in contact with one another. We shared alot together, let's still keep sharing. If you are reading this and you haven't heard from me lately send me an email or get on Facebook and send me a friend request. And yes, put a guest book entry on here so we know you are alive and still remembering days gone by. I truly do appreciate every one of you who served in our great unit. Thankyou.
Joe Roberts <jkroberts1@yahoo.com>
OH USA - Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 19:30:17 (CDT)
Hello to all my Brothers! Looks like you all had a great time at the Reunion. I have seen some pics from Facebook and hopefully you guys will upload some more on the 191st website. I have found out some more useful info to pass on to all Veterans. If you have Verizon wireless for your cell phone carrier, you can get a 15% discount on your bill as long as you don't have one of their unlimited plans. All you need to do is give them a copy of your DD214. I just did this yesterday. Also I've been told that you can get 10% of at Lowe's and Home Depot. I don't know any more info on these 2 stores but a guy told me that they ask him if he was a Veteran and he got $40 off a water heater. Also there is a website I found Military.com that you can join for free and they have a list of more discounts. Most of us Veterans don't know about this and I just want to get the word out to help you guys save some money! Let me know how it works out for you! Thanks,Bruce
Bruce Cromwell <crmwell@gmail.com>
Celina, oh USA - Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 14:09:01 (CDT)
What a reunion. Just got back to Australia 2 days ago after tripping around after Las Vegas doing the tourist bit. What a blast, caught up with 3 guys I hadn't seen for 41 years. Lots of emotions. Bill, great to see you mate and I still reckon you were the best damn pilot in Dong Tam. Thanks to all attendees for making Sue and I welcome. Love you all. Stan Allen
Stan Allen <stansue.allen@optusnet.com.au>
Fairfield, NSW AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA - Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 01:55:47 (CDT)
Anyone here from the Atlanta Ga area? I will be there from Thur night for about a week. Looking for someone to play a little golf while wife visits with her folks.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 07:33:36 (CDT)
My Dad was 4F in WWII because as a teen on the farm he accidentally shot himself in the foot. Still, he went to work at North American Aviation and made P-51 fighters right here in Texas. The P-51 was the first fighter that could escort the bombers all the way to Berlin. Maybe the best thing he ever told me about the P-51 was that he was glad he didn't have to fly the first one. My Dad died at 1:30 in the morning on September 26. I am nobody, but he was somebody.
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Monday, September 27, 2010 at 00:54:11 (CDT)
Bill, Laurel and I are so sorry for your loss. I never had the honor of meeting your father, but you and I have spoken about him a few times. You should be proud of the fact that even though he wasn't able to fight the battles overseas, he fought the bigger battle here at home building those fighter planes that protected the bomber air crews on their missions. My father was one of those air crewmen and if he were alive today, I'm sure he would shake your fathers hand with honor and gratitude and offer a heartfelt thank you! Please accept the condolences from Laurel and I to your family. You are in our prayers, and God bless you and yours. Respectfully Bill Flores
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Monday, September 27, 2010 at 12:55:33 (CDT)
Bill I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your DAD, there are not any words, that can ease or soften the sadness and hurt you must feel just be thankful for all the years you had to share with him, and all the memories you can cherish, but please know that , your father would really be proud to hear the story of of his son , that happened a September day in a place called Ben Tre, RVN, September 30 1968, Bill I can write this tonight, and you were able to share all those years with your DAD because , of your bravery and courage , somebody who did his job and did it well. thank you Bill , Andy.
Andy Burney <rufusjr@windstream.net>
sanford, nc USA - Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 01:30:25 (CDT)
Thanks Andy, We both remember September 30, 1968 when we started out in the morning flying, and had to hitchhike home. Missed you at the reunion. -- Bill
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 18:26:01 (CDT)
Hi Guys, If you have any photos from the 2010 reunion, please send them along. So far, I don't even have the group picture to publish. If you can help, thanks, and Happy Holidays -- Bill
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 21:31:58 (CST)
That is unusual that you don't have any pics Bill. We normally have a couple of slide shows by now. Leaving early AM for my annual hunting trip. I hope everyone here has a great Thanksgiving.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 18:36:11 (CST)
If you have not been to the 191st Facebook page, you need to check it out. Some of us have added some pics that I sure will bring back some memories!
Bruce Cromwell <crmwell@gmail.com>
Celina, ohio USA - Monday, November 29, 2010 at 20:47:03 (CST)
I didn't get to the reunion this year but I have hopes of getting to the next one. I want to wish all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I moved up from Florida this past summer, bought a 1500 Vulcan and have put thousands of miles on it. Great here at pigeon Forge. If anyone gets to the area give me a call. Boomerang 68-69
Dennis E. Haskew <dhaskew@comcast.net>
Sevierville, TN USA - Friday, December 03, 2010 at 23:01:55 (CST)
Hi Guys. I hope everyone is looking forward to our next reunion in 2012. I know that seems like a long way off but it will be here before we know it. We need to work on finding our friends from back then and tell them that we will have the reunion. Get out your military records and write down a list of 191st guys from there,or just write down the names of the guys you remember. Work on finding them over the next year. Contact them and get caught up, and invite them to the reunion. Tell them about this website. If you don't have a clue how to find them email me and I will teach you. If you are on Facebook send me a message. During this past week I have located 12 guys and contacted them. If I can do it ANYONE can do it! If you don't have the time or ability to do it email me your list of names and I will do my best to locate them. One of the guys I called had flown MANY missions with me. We had a lot to share. It was really great to talk with him after all these years! You can be experiencing that same great feeling!
Joe Roberts <jkroberts1@yahoo.com>
OH USA - Sunday, December 05, 2010 at 13:24:19 (CST)
It was such a suprise to get a phone call from Joe Roberts. We were in country at the same time, but did not know each other. Joe said he remembers flying with the Green Delta and I remember a Bounty Hunter flying with me, so I guess we flew together once. I am also getting many friends on facebook. It is good to see so many people that I spent a year with are still around. I hope to see everyone at the next reunion.
Robert Gavette <h2sr01@peoplepc.com>
Spokane, WA USA - Monday, December 13, 2010 at 09:16:47 (CST)
To all my brothers of the 191st AHC, I wish all of you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. We all can remember a time when the Holiday Season was a little less than ideal and all we had where memories of home and each other. Those of us that survived those times can reflect, remember and be thankful for the time that was given us by the Lord himself. During this time let us not forget our fallen brothers and their families. Again, Merry Christmas and God bless each and every one of you. Bill Flores
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Monday, December 20, 2010 at 12:36:39 (CST)
Well said Bill! Thanks! Merry Christmas EVERYBODY! I hope to see you at our 2012 reunion. :D
Joe K Roberts <jkroberts1@yahoo.com>
Bidwell, Ohio USA - Friday, December 24, 2010 at 13:03:48 (CST)
Gentlmen, as posted on the 191st AHC facebook page (in case you didn't know), the 191st AHC has an association that if you haven't joined I encourage you too do so. The dues are reasonable and are based on age. These monies are used to fund various activities in which we may choose too partake. The big activity of course is the reuinon. The dues we pay go a long way to offset some the costs incurred for this function. Please contact me for any information regarding becoming a member. Thanks, Bill Flores
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal .net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 18:05:26 (CST)
Warm greetings to all who remember me. I think of our time together more frequently now than in the past. May God Bless those of us who have passed. I am doing well living and still working in China for the past 4 years. If you are ever in Shanghai, please call me at 86 138 1745 8774 or write to me at blifsey@olsen-assoc.com. All the best to you! Cheers, Bob Lifsey Bounty Hunter 36 Jan 1969 to Jan 1970
Bob Lifsey <blifsey@olsen-assoc.com>
Shanghai, China - Friday, January 14, 2011 at 05:43:42 (CST)
Out of the blue I got an email from one of our old comrades, anyone remember Richard (Rick) Biggs. Well he is the one next to troy in pic # 35. He lives in Calif and just missed our reunion in Vegas. Furthermore his step brother Harry (Bud) Blalock lives in Vegas. Both served with us in 68, they came to us from the 101st Airborne. You can contact Rick at biggsps@gmail.com. They both hope to see us at the next reunion, I told to join hope they do. Bill please update the photo if you would, still need the name of the fellow standing next to me. Hope everyone is are doing fine in this New Year, it was great seeing you all again. Art
Art Almaraz <aalmaraz@hot.rr.com>
Killeen, TX USA - Friday, January 14, 2011 at 12:35:34 (CST)
Have some good photos from the 2010 ReUnion in Vegas , need some assist on uploading to site .
Paul Messina <srpaul@hotmail.com>
Grantsville, md USA - Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 14:17:46 (CST)
Let us not forget today, March 2 1969 when we lost 6 Brothers at Dong Tam when a rocket took out the 191st Operations office. I will never forget that tragic night!!
Bruce Cromwell <crmwell@gmail.com>
Celina, Oh USA - Wednesday, March 02, 2011 at 06:25:39 (CST)
I too was there and I too will not forget. Rest in peace to all of our fallen brothers.
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Wednesday, March 02, 2011 at 12:37:21 (CST)

On April 2, 2011 Skip Waugh and Rich Fleming made a special presentation to Bud Patnode at his home on behalf of the 191st.
Bud received a certificate of appreciation, a bracelet made of WWII pilot wings, and our gratitude

Please enjoy the tribute to Bud Patnode.
Simply click on this link
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 22:01:17 (CDT)


Thank all of you for the wonderful surprise on April 2, 2011. I am humbled by the recognition from the Boomerangs and Bounty Hunters who have been my privilege to serve with in VN and in our Association. You provided me the most rewarding service of my career. I experienced the most confidence and satisfaction while being Boomerang 6. Then, years later, I have had the privilege of meeting at our reunions, many brothers with whom I would have been proud to serve. A great positive attitude made the unit what is was and continued to be throughout its life. With that attitude, all the things that needed to be done were relatively easy. Elaine, my wife, kept the secret perfectly. I was working in my office when the doorbell rang. What a wonderful surprise to see Skip and Rich along with Skip’s family standing on the porch, complete with their Bounty Hunter scarfs. Skip did an outstanding job of reading the certificate of appreciation, explaining why they were here and presenting the bracelet. Rich added his gracious comments, the gals fired away with the cameras, and I tried to maintain my composure with not much success. I am an extremely fortunate man. Next to my own family, my total association with the 191st AHC family has been the most satisfying experience of my life. Thank you for this recognition. Respectfully, Bud Patnode, Boomerang 6
Bud Patnode <bpatnode32@msn.com>
Cottonwood Heights, UT USA - Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 15:22:35 (CDT)

It seems as though the website entries are getting a little sparse, so, this is for the guys that were in RVN during the "May Offensive of 1968". I had a couple of entries in my journal about that period of time: "May 4, 1968 - We’ve been hard-pressed for pilots lately so I’ve been flying every day since I returned from Vung Tau. I’ve flown so much in the last thirty days that I had to go get a medical clearance from the flight surgeon to continue flying these next few days." "May 8, 1968 - I flew until 7:30pm, so it was about 8:30pm by the time I finished eating and showering. Saigon is erupting in fighting and violence today. This afternoon we had to take troops into the city and land them next to a bridge that, from the air, looks like a Y so this operation is called “Battle of the Y Bridge.” The whole city of Saigon seemed to be on fire. I got a picture of it while we were flying over today but at night it really looked spectacular because the flashes from the guns and tracers could be seen flying all over the city. I’ve needed a haircut for the last three weeks but the one day I had off, the Vietnamese barbers didn’t show up because of the accelerated VC activity in the area. (I flew 6.0 hours today.)" A photo of the Y bridge is in MORE PICTURES (picture set 54).
Terry Wilund <twilund@charter.net>
St. Louis, MO USA - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 10:42:17 (CDT)
Hi Guys. I am still recovering nicely from my stroke. I've been back to work a little over 3 months now. I've slowed down in my search for fellow 191AHC guys, but still determined to get as many as possible to our reunion next year. Please make sure your CORRECT email address is on this site. Also. think about 3 or 4 of the guys you worked with in Vietnam and find them and encourage them to come to our next reunion, where-ever it will be! If you need help learning how to find people contact me. Let's make our next reunion the BIGGEST and the BEST possible. You plan on being there too!
Joe Roberts <jkroberts1@yahoo.com>
Ohio USA - Sunday, May 08, 2011 at 09:39:49 (CDT)
My apologies go to Dennis and Tracie Stits. Dennis sent me 2010 reunion pics a long time ago, and I fumbled the ball. Here are the pictures with a dose of Cole Porter songs to boot. I figure a little zip won't hurt.  Go to the home page to see the movie, or click here.
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 03:57:42 (CDT)
Bill, even the professionals fumble the ball once in awhile. You've recovered nicely, GOOD JOB! Thanks! I really appreciate everything you do for us. Thanks to Dennis and Tracie too. What a great reunion it was. I'm really looking forward to our next one too. I hope all the 191st guys and gals are planning on being there. Joe
Joe Roberts <jkroberts1@yahoo.com>
Ohio USA - Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 06:25:28 (CDT)
Gentelmen, just a note (I left one on the facebook page as well), to remind those of you who wish to sponser a reunion that the time to submit your proposals is getting near. We need to have your proposals in by September of this year in order for the board to make its decision and to allow enough time for the selected person to get things set up, (settting these things up takes a lot of time). So if you're interested in sponsering the next reunion please consider getting your proposals in as soon as possible. You can contact me at the e-mail address listed below. On another subject, our membership drive for the 191st AHC Association is an ongiong process, and honestly it's not looking very good. The dues are $20.00 per year and go a long way to offset the cost of putting the reunion together. Things such as the rental of the meeting rooms, the banquet room for our dinner, the hospitality room, beverages etc. etc. you get the picture. So please if you really enjoy our time together join. If you need any information or have any comments, please contact me at bill_flores@sbcglobal.net. Thanks to all, Bill Flores, President, 191st AHC Association.
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca. USA - Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 12:31:36 (CDT)
A man named John Brennan has published a book that is a list of Helicopter names of Helicopters that were in Vietnam. Here is a list of the 191st aircraft published in his book. Ace of Spades, Baby Huey, Bad Ass, Bat Ship, Mother Goose, Big Brother, Cong Stomper (aka,Captin America), Cathy's Clown (aka Land lover), Faye's Love, Hanger Queen, Iron Butterfly, Kitten, Little Joe, Maltese Cross, Mela, Mia Cha Cha, Michele 1, Para-Dice, Purple Haze Experience, Quicksilver, Sat Cong, Sunshine Superman, Supership, Theo, Voyager. There are also photos of a few aircraft through out the book, and I was fortunate enough to have my aircraft (818, Yellow Flight, with "Short don't shoot me" painted on the bottom) published in this edition. It is my understanding that this is book one of a two book pair. The second book will be one of pictures of a lot of the aircraft that served in Vietnam. I also posted this on the facebook page of the 191st. Thought you guys might be interested. Bill Flores
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 14:56:25 (CDT)
Guys, I forgot to let you know that the book is available and can be obtained at www.hellgatepress.com. My bad, sorry about that. Bill Flores.
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca. USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 16:40:58 (CDT)
Just a short note to wish my fellow brothers and their families a safe and happey 4th of July.
Arturo Almaraz <aalmaraz@hot.rr.com>
Killeen, TX USA - Monday, July 04, 2011 at 18:07:43 (CDT)
For those of us that were flying with the 191st during mid-1968, here's a compilation of events that occurred during the 34 day period from August 4, '68 to September 6, '68. I took the following info from my "journal." August 4, 1968 – A 191st aircraft was shot down by enemy ground fire; aircraft crashed and was destroyed; three crewmembers injured. August 5, 1968 – During a night combat assault mission, one of the 191st UH-1C “gunships” had an engine failure. The crew executed a forced landing; no injuries or damage. August 9, 1968 – A 191st aircraft crashed while on a maintenance flight; two crewmembers hospitalized with broken bones, third crewmember received bruises. August 12, 1968 – After the last mission of the day, while in a formation flight returning to Bearcat from Dong Tam, a 191st UH-1D “slick” (#66-00820) had an engine failure. The aircraft crashed and burned near the village of Rach Kien; killed in the crash were crewmembers CPT Arnold Luke, WO1 Terry Jens, SP5 Gerald Wilson, and SP4 Arturo Montion. Also killed in the crash were six members of the 9th Inf. Div. who were aboard the aircraft. August 24, 1968 – A 191st UH-1C “gunship” received enemy ground fire that struck the engine causing the aircraft to crash. There were no injuries. August 25, 1968 – While doing a “running take-off” from an artillery fire support base, a 191st UH-1C “gunship” crashed during the take-off “run”; there were no injuries. September 3, 1968 – While on a combat support mission, a 191st UH-1C “gunship” was shot down; it crashed near the village of Rach Kien. Killed in the crash were crewmembers CPT John Burch, WO1 Ronald Cederlund, and SGT Paul Frazier. September 6, 1968 – At the 191st parking ramp at Bearcat, while one of the company’s UH-1D “slicks” was picking up to a hover to lead the ten ship formation flight for take-off, it experienced a tailrotor failure causing it to roll over on its side. There were no injuries to the crew.
Terry Wilund (Boomerang 28 / Mar68-Oct68) <twilund@charter.net>
St. Louis, MO USA - Friday, July 29, 2011 at 12:23:29 (CDT)
Gentelmen, the deadline for submitting your proposals for the next reunion is fast approaching (Sept.30). If you are interested in hosting the reunion, please get your proposals finished and submitted by that date. The decision by the board will be posted shortly thereafter. Thank you, Bill Flores, President, 191st AHC Association
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 16:03:38 (CDT)
I am looking for, or anyone in contact with, Offie L Macks Jr., Richard McClain, Darryl Burkhardt, and the crewchief/gunner who flew with myself, Mr. Tolbert, and Darrell Stevens on June 29, 1970, my last flight, when we got our chin bubble and windshield shot out.
Joe Roberts <jkroberts1@yahoo.com>
Bidwell, Ohio USA - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 11:43:17 (CDT)
Gentlemen, the vote is in! After much discussion by the board, the 2012 reunion host was awarded to Andy Kalicak in Orlando Florida. Dates and details to follow. Now is the time to start looking for long lost brothers and encourage them to attend. The more the merrier!!
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 13:08:24 (CDT)
The vote is in! We're going to Disney World!!! What a great place to have our next reunion!!! Let's ALL find-a-friend (or two) who has never been to a 191st AHC reunion to have fun with at the next reunion. START NOW! Don't wait until summertime. We all need to save our dollars for something BIG like this. It'll be a great vacation we'll never regret! Come join us!
Joe K Roberts <jkroberts1@yahoo.com>
Ohio USA - Friday, October 28, 2011 at 14:24:58 (CDT)

Former 191st AHC Commanding Officer (Oct 67 - Oct 68), Carlvin Griggs and former second lift platoon pilot (Mar 68- Oct 68), Terry Wilund at the quarterly meeting of the South Missouri chapter of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association in Branson, MO, on November 5, 2011.  

 


The Reunion News page is now posted, and is available from the main page. Hope to see you all in Orlando.
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 17:28:08 (CST)
As this Thanksgiving nears let's bow our heads in silence and give thanks for all we have and share with our friends and family. Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Arturo Almaraz <aalmaraz@hot.rr.com>
Kill, USA - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 10:15:30 (CST)
As this Thanksgiving nears let's bow our heads in silence and give thanks for all we have and share with our friends and family. Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Arturo Almaraz <aalmaraz@hot.rr.com>
Killeen, TX USA - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 10:16:01 (CST)
To all my brothers of the 191st AHC, may this Thanksgiving bring you laughter, love and a hearty appetite to share with family and friends. Those of you on the road, please be careful and be safe. God bless you and yours, and God bless the USA. Bill Flores, President 191st AHC Accociation
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 13:08:34 (CST)
MERRY CHRISTMAS my brothers Happy Holidays, may you end this year in good cheer and be bountiful in the coming years ahead of us.
Arturo Almaraz <aalmaraz@hot.rr.com>
Killeen, TX USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 16:30:04 (CST)
I have had a request from John Falcon for some information to help close out the project for the 191st publication. If you can help with these questions you can email the information to me. 1) Col. Paski was the 12th Aviation Brigade commander. Does anyone remember his full name. 2) Apparently a Bounty Hunter rocket got loose in Vinh Long. Does anyone remember the details? Thanks - Bill
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, Tx USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 20:27:23 (CST)
To all who served in the 191st AHC and there families, may you have a very merry Christmas, and a happy New Year. Thinking back all those many years ago, we survived prospered, and truly have a lot to be grateful for. as for me, one of the things that I am most grateful for (outside of God, Family and Country) is the fact that in 1999 I went to my first 191st AHC reunion and was reunited with a family That I had never forgotten. Not only did I get to see old friends, but as a bonus,I got to make new ones.
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 10:53:35 (CST)
Allow me to finish, (I hit the enter button by accident). So to all of you, enjoy this time with your loved ones and if you are traveling please be safe. With a heartfelt sincerity, Laurel and I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and sane New Year. Bill Flores, President, 191st AHC Association
Bill Flores <bil_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 11:05:28 (CST)
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
Bilol Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, CA USA - Friday, December 30, 2011 at 11:42:36 (CST)
Greetings to all; I served with the191 from mar.70 to nov.70. Flew with the 1st platoon boomerangs and bountyhuters on night missions and troop insertions. I was surprized to see my picture in the can tho yearbook.Reading all the e-mails has brought back some good memories; such as the reworked tipperillos. Hope to see all at the reunion here in fl. this year. God bless.
david i. freeman <davidinginnie@gmail.com>
apopka, fl. USA - Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 07:49:20 (CST)
Greetings to all; I served with the191 from mar.70 to nov.70. Flew with the 1st platoon boomerangs and bountyhuters on night missions and troop insertions. I was surprized to see my picture in the can tho yearbook.Reading all the e-mails has brought back some good memories; such as the reworked tipperillos. Hope to see all at the reunion here in fl. this year. God bless.
david i. freeman <davidinginnie@gmail.com>
apopka, fl. USA - Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 07:53:57 (CST)
Hear yee, hear yee, hear yee! The reunion information has been posted on the home page! see you all in Orlando!
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Friday, February 17, 2012 at 13:19:04 (CST)
It may be early but we need to think about the golf game Friday at the reunion. Lets try and get as many as we can this year. It is always a lot of fun and I am sure Andy will set us up on a nice golf course.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 06:38:33 (CST)
I was in the 191st from April 12,1970 to January 7,1971. Worked in Maintenance on the flight line. I saw a post from someone asking if they remember the staff sergeant who was blown up on the flight line. I remember. I was down a couple revetments on the other side. I saw a dog run buy me with his arm. He was unloading the ammo from the chopper, pulled a box of grenades off. One fell out and the pin was some how pulled. Then Major Norton got the company together and accused us of sabotage. Yeah I remember.
Kurt Rundel <Kaptainkurt@directv.net>
Metamora, MI USA - Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 08:23:02 (CST)
Let us have a moment of silence for our 6 Brothers that were killed 43 years ago last night as a rocket hit the Operations Office. I can remember it like it was yesterday!
Bruce Cromwell <brucecromwell@hotmail.com>
Celina, Oh USA - Friday, March 02, 2012 at 06:43:49 (CST)
The 13th Delta Combat Aviation Battalion will be holding the next Mekong Delta Reunion May 18 - 20, 2012 at Fort Rucker, Alabama

Their website is

http://13thdeltacombataviationbattalion.shutterfly.com/#%26emid%3dsite_weeklydigest%26cid%3dSHARE3SXXXX

Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 15:29:20 (CDT)


191st AHC 2012 Reunion in Orlando, FL (Disney World)
13 September 2012 through 16 September 2012

Hotel Registration Deadline is 1 August 2012

Make your plans to attend now!!

Click here for Details on the REUNION PAGE

 

Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Friday, May 18, 2012 at 18:34:25 (CDT)


John Brennan has been working on a book about Vietnam Helicopter Nose Art for years now, and the book has now gone to press.

Email News from John:

You may pre-order (and receive a 33% discount) from Amazon or Barnes & Noble the September 1st, 2012 release of John Brennan's latest publication: "Vietnam War Helicopter Art: U.S. Army Rotor Aircraft". It is a 8.5 x 11 inch, 208 page book, containing 300 color nose art photos from Stackpole Books. Contains several 191 AHC images: "Baby Huey", "Maltese Cross", "Mother Goose", "Para-Dice", "Richard Weske", and "Supership".   All the best, John Brennan PS Look for a book release advertisement in VIETNAM magazine this coming August


Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Friday, May 25, 2012 at 15:22:37 (CDT)


Attention!! Attention! Gentelmen, we are only twenty-five days away from the deadline of August 1st to sign up for the reunion in Orlando. So far we only have twenty-one people signed up. Here's the deal, if we cannot fill (or come close to filling) the block of rooms we have asked for, then, we will loose some of the perks that were negotiated into the contract, such as the meeting room, the hospitality room, the discounted room rate and much much more. It's not that we will loose them, it's that the association will have to pay the difference between the regular rates and the negotiated discounted rates. That difference can be very formidable. We need to get as may people signed up as soon as possible in order to take advantage of these discounts. This reunion is for all of us to get together to see old friends, to meet new ones, and to reminisce about our days of old. Let's all get signed up and make this reunion the biggest and best yet!!! Thanks guys, Bill Flores, President, 191st AHC Association
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Friday, July 06, 2012 at 17:36:35 (CDT)
Hey guys, great job!! Since my last posting of July 6th, we have have had five more regiastrations for the reunion!! WE are on a roll, let's keep it going!! If you still have not registered, please note that there are only twenty days until our registration deadline of August 1st. We need to get a great push to register as many as possible for the reunion by then. Thanks again, Bill Flores, 191st AHC association.
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 16:31:33 (CDT)
O.K. guys, we're down to the last 14 days!! So far we have 30 slots filled. We're only half way to the 60 we need to fill the block of rooms we reserved. So please if you have not registered, do so a.s.a.p.! This is the final push to get these rooms occupied. Please look to the link above for registration forms and additional information regarding the reunion. I know we can get close to 100% occupancy if we just get started. Thanks, and I hope to see a huge gathering of 191st warriors in Orlando! Bill FLores, President 191st AHC Association
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Monday, July 16, 2012 at 12:30:01 (CDT)
Ok sports fans, it's time to fish or cut bait. Everybody who ever served in the 191st AHC should have attending a reunion at the very top of their bucket list. It is time to check this one off of your list and do it now. Anybody remember a guy named Bob Stack? He signed up to come to his first reunion and a heart attack took his life shortly there after. Please don't let something like this happen to you. You must attend at least one reunion before the grim reaper comes calling. We're not getting any younger and besides, you'll be very glad you did. Harold Stitt
Harold Stitt
Huntsville, AL USA - Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 14:44:15 (CDT)
Hotel reservations made. WIll arrive Wednesday. Still looking for a few more golfers.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 18:44:43 (CDT)
Gentelmen, we're down to the last twelve days before the deadline of August 1st to register for the reunion. We have thirty-two members listed and one confirmed that is not on the list. That puts only about half way to to our goal of sixty rooms that were set aside for this reunion. Again, let me state that if we do not fill (or come close to filling) the number of rooms contracted for, then the association will have to pay the difference between the discounted rate and the regular room rates. This is also true for the banquet room, hospitality room etc., etc.. So, you can see this could get expensive! So please, if you are planning to attend get your registrations in a.s.a.p.. Let's really make a grand effort to find and sign as many members as possible and make this the grandest reunion ever!! Thanks guys. Bill Flores etc. etc..
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 14:06:01 (CDT)
Today and tomorrow, that's it. This is the final push! Please let's get registerea. Thanks, Bill.
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Monday, July 23, 2012 at 16:24:05 (CDT)
Yes, I blew it!! Yesterday I wrote that we only had two days left to register for Orlando and save the discounted room rates and other items that were worked into the contract at the hotel. Well, thinking next week was this week, I got ahead of myself and put out the wrong information. We actually have until next Tuesday! My Bad! Anyway the plea still stands, if you're planning to attend, please do so soon, time is running out. Thanks, guys, Bill Flores.
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 12:57:10 (CDT)
Now that the reunion is near at hand and after reading all those interesting topics of Bear Cat, I was wondering if anyone had a picture of my old 3/4 ton truck "TJ Taxi"? Since Roger Barclay kindly informed me that it got burned up I would like to see it one more time. So If you have a picture please bring it to the reunion or at least posted on the site. Thanks see you all in Orlando.
Arturo Almaraz <aalmaraz@hot.rr.com>
Killeen, TX USA - Monday, July 30, 2012 at 11:40:28 (CDT)
Just returned from Post Office where I was assured my mailing with reunion registration would arrive in Mesquite by 3:00 pm on 31st. My procrastination added $18.95 to the postal coffers. "The check is in the mail."
Tom Rathge <fourwagons@gmail.com>
DEFIANCE, OHIO USA - Monday, July 30, 2012 at 15:24:34 (CDT)
50!! That's right, 50 is the number we have for the reunion!! Great job guys, I'm really looking forward to seeing and being with all. See you in Orlando!!!
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Tuesday, August 07, 2012 at 12:11:47 (CDT)
Gentelmen, please note that there are only five days left to get your ballots postmarked in order for them to count for this terms election of our association officials. The postmark deadline is August 25, 2012. Thanks, Bill Flores.
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Monday, August 20, 2012 at 12:19:44 (CDT)
Does anyone have a 191st AHC Boomerang patch that I can Purchase
Ralph McKie <marine@citlink.net>
Golden Valley, Az USA - Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 20:32:55 (CDT)
I am trying to get in touch with Gary Yoder I think that was his name. He was in the Unit Supply with me.
Ralph McKie <marine@citlink.net>
Golden Valley, Az USA - Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 20:51:54 (CDT)
Thanks to Andy Kalicak for a great reunion. It was great seeing everyone again. Lots of visiting and commo. Even though we did get rained out playing golf. Thanks to Roger Barkley for all the good golf balls he picked up after everyone left the course during the rain.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 18:43:12 (CDT)
The reunion in Florida was outstanding!! Laurel and I had such a good time seeing old friends and making new ones. I can't say enough about Andy and his family, what a great host family!! Sorry if you missed it, hope to see you at the next one.
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia, Ca USA - Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 13:14:51 (CDT)
Andy through your corordinated efort and Jans grace I cant think of anything to say except Roberta an I enjoyed this reunion emensly.Maybe It was the proxcimity to Disney World that made It so magical,what ever the case our reunion was a huge success thanks to you and your family, thanks from the bottom of our hearts and God bless Skip&Roberta
Skip Waugh <robertawaugh@yahoo.com>
Roy, UT USA - Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 13:15:12 (CDT)
If you have pictures from the 2012 reunion, please send them along. If you missed the reunion, plan on the next one.
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Monday, October 01, 2012 at 01:47:13 (CDT)
HI guys, Just wanted to thank all of you who signed the Autograph book passed around the last reunion by Irene Janes. It was very thoughtful of her and of the guys who signed it. Thanks for the wishes you sent and hopefully I may get to another one one day. Love to you all. Stan (the Limey) Allen
Stan Allen <stansue.allen@optusnet.com.au>
Sydney, NSW Australia - Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 16:39:22 (CDT)
Virginia and I have returned home from attending my dad's funeral in PA and helping my mother get her affairs in order. I would like to sincerely thank the 191st AHC membership for the flowers and many cards offering condolence during this period. Thank You, Harold and Virginia Stitt.
Harold Stitt <hstitt@comcast.net>
Huntsville, AL USA - Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 15:18:57 (CST)
Wanting to wish all my brothers a great veterans day an if you havent experanced a parade in your honor get out an try it,the response from greatfull people lined up on the road side will over whelm you.Im greatfull to have served with such a heroic band of brothers,God bless all of you
skip waugh <robertawaugh@yahoo.com>
roy, ut USA - Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 21:27:40 (CST)
Happy Veterans day to all my brothers. It has been a pleasure knowing and serving with you guys. See you at the next reunion wherever it may be.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 08:08:59 (CST)
As yet another Thanksgiving day approachs I give thanks for having close friends and comrades as your selfs. May this Holiday be spent in being thankfull for family, friends and comardes, yet not forgetting those passed comrades and their families. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Arturo Almaraz <aalmaraz@hot.rr.com>
Killeen, TX USA - Monday, November 19, 2012 at 12:31:52 (CST)
I am really sorry I found our website right at the time the reunion was going on. I would like to have attended. Will try to catch the next one The 1/91 was a highlight in my army career I served from February to July 1970, as 1st sgt I flews with the bountyhunters and the Lift platoon. we had an outstanding company commander and a great company. it was a real privilege for me to have served with the boomerangs
Donald Bearden <donpatrv@me.com>
Bakersfield, Ca USA - Sunday, December 09, 2012 at 22:01:33 (CST)
I am really sorry I found our website right at the time the reunion was going on. I would like to have attended. Will try to catch the next one The 1/91 was a highlight in my army career I served from February to July 1970, as 1st sgt I flews with the bountyhunters and the Lift platoon. we had an outstanding company commander and a great company. it was a real privilege for me to have served with the boomerangs
Donald Bearden <donpatrv@me.com>
Bakersfield, Ca USA - Sunday, December 09, 2012 at 22:02:54 (CST)
To all my brothers of the 191st AHC. I wish you a very Merry Christmas. So many years ago we were without our families and only had each other, so enjoy your families now and remember our brothers who didn't make it home. God bless you and yours.
Bill Flores <bill_flores@sbcglobal.net>
Visalia , Ca USA - Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 14:11:35 (CST)
Seems lately no has posted to this page, but being of the old school and not trusting Facebook, I'll send this along. I wish you all my fellow comrades the best until our end of times, for we'll never forgot those we have lost there and since. One note I've received some information on Lawrence A. Cochran and waiting for military records to further verify the information before I ask to be posted on our site. Until we meet again my best to you and your families.
Arturo Almaraz <aalmaraz@hot.rr.com>
Killeen, TX USA - Monday, May 27, 2013 at 10:32:40 (CDT)
Seems lately no one has posted to this page, but being of the old school and not trusting Facebook, I'll send this along. I wish you all my fellow comrades the best until our end of times, for we'll never forgot those we have lost there and since. One note I've received some information on Lawrence A. Cochran and waiting for military records to further verify the information before I ask to be posted on our site. Until we meet again my best to you and your families.
Arturo Almaraz <aalmaraz@hot.rr.com>
Killeen, TX USA - Monday, May 27, 2013 at 10:33:25 (CDT)
Gentlemen, I recently had one of those computer disasters that claims your entire life's cyberspace soul! So in the interest of trying to put it back together, I had to open a new e-mail account. Please note that my new e-mail is billflorees@gmail.com thanks, Bill.
Bill Flores <billflorees@gmail.com>
Visalia, Ca USA - Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 13:17:54 (CDT)
Thanks, Art, for bringing the guestbook back to life. Today, June 5th, almost passed without me remembering four good Boomerangs that were lost 45 years ago on this day. I'm going to post a small excerpt from my journal to observe their sacrifice. "June 5, 1968 - Today was a day I wish I could erase. We had an aircraft shot down; it crashed and burned killing all four of the crew. It really hurts when the people you fly with get it. Some real fine guys were killed today. (Tejano, Turone, Akers, and Vines.)" WO1 Ricardo Robert Tejano – Aircraft Commander (Panel 60W—Line 22) WO1 Norman Michael Turone – Co-pilot (Panel 60W—Line 23) SP5 Richard Larry Vines – Crewchief (Panel 60W—Line 22) SP4 Dennis Owen Akers – Door Gunner (Panel 60W—Line 14)
Terry Wilund <twilund@charter.net>
St. Louis, MO USA - Thursday, June 06, 2013 at 21:20:31 (CDT)
Fellow 191st members I have three request in obtaining some information. First: Does anyone know the name of the individual that committed suicide in the latrene at Bearcat. Second: Who was piloting the Wing Nut during the TET offensive 1968 on the day a downed aircraft had to be destroyed by door gunners firing rounds into the fuel cell and causing the aircraft to be destroyed in flames. Third; Does anyone know the whereabouts of enlisted man Carl Hunter?
James D West <westj_jwest@yahoo.com>
Lake City, Fl USA - Sunday, June 09, 2013 at 20:39:02 (CDT)
He worked as a cook and was depressed, worked in the maintenance platoon and had shared a few beers with him, believe his last name was Rodriquez. If I recall correctly used an M-16 under the chin in the Vietnamese latrine. I remember that day we lost that crew. Weren't they shoot down by on mortar on approach? No clue who was flying Wing Nut.
Arturo Almara <aalmaraz@hot.rr.com>
Killeen, TX USA - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 11:46:21 (CDT)
Got my messages confused sorry about that. Don't remember a Carl Hunter or who was flying Wing Nut. Don't you just hate old age!!!
Arturo Almaraz
Killeen, tx USA - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 15:16:04 (CDT)
Please note that my email address has changed. The old address (bj@191ahc.org) no longer works. The new one is bj@191ahc.org. Thanks -- Bill
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 23:01:02 (CDT)
We are in the timeframe that we need to be starting the planning for our 2014 reunion next year. If anybody is even thinking about hosting the 2014 reunion, please let Bill Janes or me know ASAP. Proposal for hosting our bi-annual reunions are due in one year in advance of the actual reunion. Please let us know if you are even considering doing this for 2014. Thank you, Harold Stitt, President 191 AHC Orgnization. hstitt@comcast.net
Harold Stitt
Huntsville, AL USA - Wednesday, August 07, 2013 at 22:29:50 (CDT)
Just found put that Major Erwin Schmidt passed away On 9-11-2013.He was the Commander of the 191st from 2 March till 2 Sept of 1969. This info comes from his son Bob.
Bruce Cromwell
Celina, Oh USA - Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 22:00:19 (CDT)
Services for LTC Erwin "Dutch" Schmidt will be held on Friday, 9/27/2013. His obituary is online at
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/elpasotimes/obituary.aspx?n=erwin-schmidt&pid=167129226&fhid=7166#fbLoggedOut
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 21:32:39 (CDT)
Registration information for the 2014 Reunion in Salt Lake City has been added to the 191st Home Page. Looking forward to a great turnout -- Bill
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 18:33:14 (CST)
Hi Guys the other day I got an email from Jerry Mitch b941@localnet.com said he had served with the unit and rotated out just before I got there in Sept 1967. Does any anyone recall him? He doesn't say anything about himself other than he wanted to know if I was in the 191 AHC in Bear Cat. Now he wants my address, I didn't give it to him since he didn't reveal anything about himself. Let me know what you think or even if you know him. Send it to my email address.
Arturo Almaraz <aalmaraz@hot.rr.com>
Killeen, TX USA - Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11:38:36 (CST)
Does any know who owns the 191st logos? I was looking to get a belt buckle with all four and crew member wings and was told the logos were copyrighted and I would need written permission to use them, that is what Montana silver smiths told me.
Robert Gavette <h2sr06@gmail.com>
SPOKANE, WA USA - Friday, April 11, 2014 at 17:35:10 (CDT)
Can anyone tell me the pilot that flew Martha Raye into Bearcat in September 1967.
James West <westj_jwest@yahoo.com>
Lake City, FL USA - Friday, May 02, 2014 at 20:36:21 (CDT)
Hi guys well I got another email from Jerry Mitch and this time with some photos of him in Bear Cat, so I guess he was one of crew. I will send the photos to Bill and see once they are posted if he looks familiar to anyone. I invited him to our website and told him of our upcoming reunion. See you there. Art
Arturo Almaraz <aalmaraz@hot.rr.com>
Killeen, TX USA - Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 12:04:51 (CDT)

Make your plans, and come to Salt Lake City for the Best Reunion Yet!
See Ya There...


Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Sunday, June 08, 2014 at 22:57:16 (CDT)


All you golfers, we need to get a head count for golf on Friday at the reunion. Have to make enough tee times. See you there.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Monday, June 30, 2014 at 07:16:46 (CDT)
We need everybody that knows for sure that they are coming to the reunion to make it known by signing up now. Also, whether or not you are coming, which you should, I need your ballots mailed back ASAP. A week from today my wife will be undergoing an all day surgery at UAB in Birmingham to hopefully remove the cancer that exists in her duodenum. I will out of pocket for a couple of weeks and really need you to send your ballots. Thanks, Harold Stitt
Harold Stitt <hstitt@comcast.net>
Huntsville, AL USA - Friday, July 11, 2014 at 10:44:43 (CDT)
Looking forward to this reunion.
Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Thursday, August 07, 2014 at 16:31:31 (CDT)
Thanks to Bud we have 4 tee times starting 7:30 Friday morning for an enjoyable day of golf and fun. See you guys in a couple of weeks.
Harrell Guidry
Groves, Tx USA - Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 18:35:05 (CDT)
Those who attended the reunion in Tulsa will remember Terri Beckham and her family for their musical contributions.  Terri is the niece of Tommy Sandefur who was lost in Vietnam.
Her son Clark performed with the family in Tulsa, and continues his singing career today on FOX TV's "American Idol."  Clark, we are rooting for ya...

Click HERE for a preview

Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 16:22:57 (CST)


Hi Brothers, Does any one have or know where I can obtain Boomerang patches or stickers
Dom DiMambro <domsradiant@yahoo.com>
N. Billerica, Ma. USA - Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 06:21:37 (CST)
I was wondering if anyone has Boomerang stickers or patches available for sale
Dom DiMambro <domsradiant@yahoo.com>
N.Billerica, Ma USA - Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 12:25:07 (CST)
While trying to research an answer for Dom DiMambro request for unit patches and stickers I cam across this web site (http://www.zazzle.com/ahc+gifts) which displayed T-Shirts and other items with our log on them. If your interested in the purchase of these items, here maybe the solution to your quest. Have a great year brothers.
Arturo Almaraz <aalmaraz@hot.rr.com>
Killeen, TX USA - Monday, February 16, 2015 at 11:03:13 (CST)
191AHC Boomerang and Bounty Hunter patches are available online. Send me an email for the website info.
Joe K Roberts <jkroberts1@yahoo.com>
Bidwell, OH USA - Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 15:17:27 (CDT)
I am looking for anyone that might have known a friend of mine who was killed. His name was Thomas Neil Grose he died out right in a crash in So.Vietnam on Feb 25th 1969 shot down in the Kein Hoa province he was in light horse D troop 3/5 Cav 9th inF Div. We were best friends he went over ahead of me.I was in Can Tho 69-70 He was from Helena Mt. Not far from where I live.Anyone who may have any information or knew him please contact me.
Bruce R. McKay <brucermckay@hotmail.com>
Belgrade, MT USA - Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 15:25:58 (CDT)
I joined the 191st at Ft Bragg in November of 1966 went to Bear Cat until November of 1967 and transferred to the 3/5th Cav. I was the Intel Sgt for the 191st
Dewey Fambry <wolf380@swbell.net>
The Colony, Texas USA - Friday, May 08, 2015 at 13:20:04 (CDT)
As I reflect on those of the 191st that gave their lives for the freedom that we enjoy in this country and all the others that made the ultimate sacrifice may God be especially close to those families as they too reflect and suffer their losses. May God Bless each of you and your families.
James Donald West <westj_jwest@yahoo.com>
Lake City, Florida USA - Monday, May 25, 2015 at 16:53:10 (CDT)
I met Bill Ponder, 191st 67/68, last week. He lives a block away from my home. He came over to the 191st from the 101st Airborne. He started as a door gunner but worked into a OJT 67N2P. He would like to hear from anyone who remembers him. He would like info on a guy "Tag". Bill was wounded 3x and has a Silver Star. He is not online so I will pass on any info. Ralph Bramlett, Lake Havasu
Ralph Bramlett <ralphwbramlett@msn.com>
lake havasu city, Arizona USA - Monday, June 15, 2015 at 15:05:55 (CDT)
I'm looking for any of my friends that I served with in Can Tho, 191st, 1970. Kurt Rundell, if you read this, shoot me an email.Also, Collins, Norman and others.
Curtis Stephenson <curtisks123@hotmail.com>
Lafayette, LA USA - Saturday, August 01, 2015 at 20:35:11 (CDT)
All past and present members of the 191st AHC I am sorry to announce the passing of Jack Tiesing. Jack was very instrumental in the organizing and hosting of several early reunions. He was responsible for planting some of those seeds that have grown into what are reunions are today. For those you having trouble remembering who Jack is, for starters he is the big guy that assured that the tail rotor made it to all past reunions. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Jack may you forever RIP. Harold Stitt, President 191st AHC Association.
Harold Stitt <hstitt@comcast.net>
Huntsville, AL USA - Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 18:23:17 (CST)
 

In Memory of
Jack Edward Tiesing, Sr.
1946 - 2015

 

Obituary

 
Virginia and I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. We would like to also thank you for the many prayers, cards and well wishes that you have sent her way. We have moved her home two days ago and she is under Hospice care. Honestly the out look here is grim. All that we can try and do is keep her as comfortable as we can. I don't believe that she will be with us too much longer. Cancer sucks. Harold Stitt
Harold Stitt <hstitt17@gmail .com>
Huntsville, Al USA - Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 17:07:27 (CST)

Sadly, Virginia Stitt lost her two year battle with cancer on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, passing away at home surrounded by her loving family. We offer our deepest sympathy, and regret it's not enough.
Click Here to read her Obituary

Bill Janes <bj@191ahc.org>
Mesquite, TX USA - Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 04:36:31 (CST)


 


Best Wishes to All, see you in Las Vegas
John Fickett <jtfickett@aol.com>
Savannah, Ga USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 15:40:49 (CDT)

 

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