Guestbook Log From 2009

Name:
Bill Hysmith (Webmaster 135th AHC)

Comments

Welcome to 2009 all former EMUs and guests. May the new year smile on you. I
hope your visit here is an enjoyable one.


Name:
Tom Agness
EMail:
tsagness[at]cbrwg.com
Unit:
135th AHC
Location:
Di An
Date:
04 January 2009
Time:
06:39

Comments

I’ve been away from site for awhile but glad to be back. Tom


Name:
David Benge
EMail:
linens[at]virginbroadband.com.au
Unit:
135th AHC
Location:
Bear Cat & Dong Tam
Date:
13 January 2009
Time:
01:18

Comments

Hi All EMUs.
What an interresting year 09 is about to bring to us all.
So having said that, I have mentioned that a 09 reunion to a few of the US and
AUSTRALIAN MEMBERS of the EMUs.
So far I have suggested that the VHCMA Annual reunion in Reno NV 17th June may
be the best venue. This assembly of terrific Vietnam Veterans is always a great
gathering of men and stories.
The VHCMA Committee have always made the 135th EMUs more than welcome regardless
of rank and status. Tom Frankenfield and his VHCMA committee go the extra mile
for us. The Room rates are great, company is better.
So, I have your attention now look at the www.vhcma.org and see if you can
gather enough interrest to attend. Remember Dallas 98 and Charlotte 00.
Dusty Baber, Lloyd Ankrum, Lloyd Ballard, Mike Guard, Mike Leary, John Chea,
Geoff Carr, Mike Hickman, Tom Staadt, Fred Dunaway, Ken Seeholm, Cliff Reed,
Dave Benge to name a few have indicated that they will come.
IF you cant attend spread the word that this event is on.
See you all soon
Dave Benge
Australia.


Name:
Wm. Gary Calderon
EMail:
Gunner1948[at]netzero.net
Unit:
162nd AHC
Location:
Dong Tam
Date:
20 January 2009
Time:
20:55

Comments

Good site! I was with the Aussies in Long-Hi as ground support! Did recon
with a lot of bloody bastards! The I went with 162nd AHC in Phuc-Vin to Dong
Tam. I had a buddy KIA with the 135th Larry McPherson 1-3-69. Anybody remember
him? Would like to hear from you? I’ll be at the reunion in Reno June 09? Lost
all my pics of him and touch with his family? In country from 12-66 to 4-69 from
DMZ to the Delta. Drugs were great so was the Tang  Talk at you later.
Crash & Burn Calderon

Added February 5th, 2009 at 00:54

I’m looking for anyone who knew Larry McPherson K.I.A. 1-69 Ben Long? I was
on the boat with him to Vietnam in 67. I know he looked like a Bloody Bastard
when I knew him ?? And he was! But that’s how we became Bro’s. Drop me a line!
I’ll be in Reno in June 09. Bring pic’s if you have any of Larry. Talk at you
later.
Crash & Burn Calderon 162nd AHC. 7-68 to 4-69


Name:
John R. (Bob) Kern
EMail:
bobkern[at]ieuwifi.net
Unit:
135 AHC
Location:
Dong Tam & Di An RVN
Date:
07 February 2009
Time:
16:51

Comments

Hi, I’d like to get in touch with anyone that i served with in Dong Tam, or
Di An from Nov 70 to Nov 71 I have application paper work for the VHCMA on the
way and should be joining shortly. Feb. 7, 2009. I am John R. (BOB) Kern and can
be reached at 520 586-8928 or P.O. Box 1630 Benson , Arizona. Thanks.


Name:
Bob Walker
EMail:
walker11675[at]roadrunner.com
Unit:
135th / 191st
Location:
Vung Tau / Bearcat
Date:
16 February 2009
Time:
19:13

Comments

I was with the 135th. in Texas and Vung Tau. Joe Clancy, Paul Frazier and I
got infused to the 191st soon after arriving. I have always wondered what
happened to an electrician by the name of John Pils. Never heard from him after
we went to the Boomerangs!


Name:
George Crenshaw
EMail:
georgecrenshaw[at]ymail.com
Unit:
135th AHC
Location:
Bear Cat/Dong Tam
Date:
19 February 2009
Time:
19:38

Comments

My father was SSG George B. Crenshaw assigned to Bear Cat. He found this
website just recently and was excited to see some of his friends in pictures on
here. He is alive and very well and is looking forward to any contact from
people he served with. He was the crew chief on 708 and was injured when the
helicopter was shot down, and landed in the canal. He was very surprised to see
the pictures of the copter being salvaged. We both think this is a great site
and thank you for putting it together. I have a few pictures from the 135th that
he took and I will be sharing them with everyone very soon. In the mean time,
anyone wanting to contact my father can do so by emailing me their contact info
and I will be more then glad to give it to him. He hopes and looks forward to
hearing from people. Please send email to georgecrenshaw[at]ymail.com and I will
make sure he gets it. Thank you, George Crenshaw Jr.
 


Name:
George Crenshaw
EMail:
georgecrenshaw[at]ymail.com
Unit:
135th AHC
Location:
Bear Cat/Dong Tam
Date:
20 February 2009
Time:
15:16

Comments

Hello, I sending this email because my father is George Crenshaw. He served
with the 135th from 7/7/70 to 3/5/71. He was a crew chief and was on board of
helicopter 708 the day it was shot down and landed in the canal. He found the
website you set up and was excited to see pictures of not only the bird he was
in but of his friends as well. He dug out some pics he has of when he was in the
135th. I plan on emailing them to you asap. He is also looking forward to
hearing from some of the men he flew and served with. I am extremely proud of my
father and what he did for our country over in Vietnam and if I can help him get
in contact with some of his buddies then it would be my pleasure to help in any
way. I would like to set up for the mailing list for him that way I can relate
any information I receive for him. Any information he gives me I will be more
then happy to send on to you. He has told me about being shot down and I could
only imagine the scene that it was, but now thanks to your website I was able to
see the helicopter and know exactly how it looked. he made the comment ” I guess
that big bulls eye on the bottom wasn’t such a good idea”. From both of us we
thank you for the website and look forward to hearing from you and some of his
friends. Sincerely,
George B. Crenshaw Jr.
Smyrna, Tennessee


Name:
Cosslett W. Moore
EMail:
cwmoore[at]flextech-ind.com
Unit:
135th AHC
Location:
Di An
Date:
23 February 2009
Time:
12:00

Comments

THANK YOU FOR THE WEB SITE. I WAS WITH THE 135TH AHC FROM JULY 1971 UNTIL
FEB. 1972 AT DI AN, AND WORKED IN FLIGHT OPERATIONS.


Name:
Joe Ralph
EMail:
natashashell[at]hotmail.com
Unit:
135th AHC
Location:
Bearcat/Dong Tam
Date:
06 March 2009
Time:
16:41

Comments

G’DAY 135th AHC
Just checking in, love the feed backs. bill barlow and I live close and catchup
often. Anyone hear from Roger Cooper.
Joe Ralph


Name:
Joe Ralph
EMail:
natashashell[at]hotmail.com
Unit:
135th AHC
Location:
Bearcat/Dong Tam
Date:
13 March 2009
Time:
17:45

Comments

any ever hear from roger cooper or andy perry joe ralph


Name:
Will Gibbons
EMail:
willgibbons[at]cox.net
Unit:
135th AHC
Location:
Black Horse/Bearcat
Date:
23 March 2009
Time:
14:58

Comments

Just ol’ Hoot checking in again. Hope to see some of you next year at the
VHPA in San Diego.


Name:
LAWRENCE CASTAGNETO
EMail:
ljc75[at]hotmail.com
Unit:
162nd AHC
Location:
Cantho
Date:
25 March 2009
Time:
10:50

Comments

ANNOUNCEMENT: Need email contact for whom ever is the 135th vets association
chairperson or key person that can contact members
ANNOUNCEMENT!!!! we are starting the planning for the 5th delta Vietnam reunion
at Rucker for the spring of 2010 this reunion is sponsored by the 13th CAB vets
out of can/Soctrang and the current 1-13th Avn. regt. 1st avn. bde at Ft. Rucker
. This is a re occurring reunion every two years and has been a very successful
and enjoyable time for all, the 1-13th goes all out.. every year and so dose
Rucker we have all kinds of activities flight simulator tours uh-60 apache
chinook , big static aircraft display ,golf tournament big picnic, a dinner ,
and memorial service ,along with separate unit parties and other things THIS
REUNION IS FOR ALL!!!! 164th Group Units *** all MEKONG DELTA VETS …AVN.
INFANTRY, SIGNAL ARTY NAVY AIR FORCE dose not matter. everyone !! if you served
in the delta… please join us “this is your reunion”
CW4 Lawrence Castagneto
ljc75[at]hotmail.com or Lawrence.castagneto[at]us.army.mil
“COPPERHEAD34”
RVN 70-71 (162ndAHC)


Name:
IRV (HIPPY) WALTER
EMail:
IJWALTER[at]YAHOO.COM
Unit:
135TH AHC TAIPAN
Location:
BEAR CAT
Date:
17 April 2009
Time:
19:28

Comments

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Name:
John Brennan
EMail:
johnmailman[at]yahoo.com
Unit:
114 AHC
Location:
San Lorenzo, CA
Date:
09 June 2009
Time:
16:53

Comments

Attention: all 2009 Reunion bound VHCMA members:
Special Request: Images of in-country rotor aircraft and/or recollections of
their nomenclature are WANTED for work-in-progress book to be titled U.S. ARMY
HELICOPTER NAMES & NOSE ART IN VIETNAM.
John Brennan and Bob Chenoweth, book researchers & VHCMA members, will be
attending the Reno gathering, Thur-Sun, for the purpose of collecting data,
images and memoirs for their soon to be published book. More than anything we
would love seeing an original decorated Huey battery access door make an
appearance in Reno. THAT would be the equivalent of a casino jackpot for sure.


Name:
Richard A. Jordan
EMail:
raj-va[at]hotmail.com
Unit:
135th Assault Helicopter Co
Location:
Richmond VA
Date:
16 June 2009
Time:
10:38

Comments

Just found site thanks brings back some memories.


Name:
Rob Stroupe
EMail:
strouprrob[at]yahoo.com
Unit:
135th
Location:
Black Horse
Date:
17 June 2009
Time:
11:10

Comments

I served Sept 68 – Dec 69 in the maintenance group attached to 135th


Name:
MAJ Clarence C. Mathis, (ret)
EMail:
ccmathis[at]taylor.k12.ga.us
Unit:
Mobile Advisor Team #37
Location:
Song Mao, RVN
Date:
10 July 2009
Time:
17:43

Comments

I was a high school friend of CPT John S. Sprewell who made the ultimate
sacrifice flying guns in 1970. I was an FO and later an infantry advisor in MAT
Team #37 in Song Mao north of Phan Thiet in 1967-68. John was a good friend. I
have little doubt that he was an even better soldier and pilot.


Name:
Pete Nicholson
EMail:
pplt64[at]roadrunner.com
Unit:
135th AHC
Location:
 
Date:
16 July 2009
Time:
12:04

Comments

 


Name:
Mike Stubbs
EMail:
stubbsm[at]charter.net
Unit:
135th AHC Taipans
Location:
Dong Tam & Di An 71-72
Date:
13 August 2009
Time:
16:12

Comments

It’s been awhile since I’ve been here; I’m glad to see it’s still going. I’ve
had email from a few members, Mr. Monti, Mr. Smith, Larry Ritchie and others.
Also, I’ve been able to visit with LTC (Ret) Roger Almquist (Taipan 32 ) and his
wife at their house, and also Michael Petersen (SP4, Di An 71-72) here in
Huntsville, Alabama.


Name:
Jerry O’Connell
EMail:
jerrydebo[at]bex.net
Date:
16 August 2009
Time:
15:16

Comments

It has been awhile sense being on the site. Just a recent great experience
meeting one of my old pilots and friend Mike Foley. We have kept in contact over
30 years and went to N J to see him and his wife last week. How great it was.


Name:
Will Gibbons
EMail:
willgibbons[at]cox.net
Unit:
135th AHC
Location:
Black Horse/Bearcat
Date:
21 October 2009
Time:
22:29

Comments

Just getting over treatment for tongue cancer after 6 months. Don’t wish it
on anybody. Never smoked. But still got it.

So, I should still be able to catch up with guys at the VHPA reunion in 2010.


Name:
joe ralph
EMail:
natashashell[at]hotmail.com
Unit:
135th AHC
Location:
Bearcat
Date:
28 October 2009
Time:
16:04

Comments

g’day all 135th AHC veterans
well bill barlowe and I are still around batemans bay area Joe Ralph
135th AHC 69/70
2nd platoon / crew cheif taipans


Name:
David Benge
EMail:
linens[at]virginbroadband.com.au
Unit:
RANHFV / 135th
Location:
Bearcat & Dong Tam
Date:
01 November 2009
Time:
05:08

Comments

I like Will Gibbons am recovering from six months treatment for Tonsil cancer
and even though I never smoked MUCH managed to get it. I never wish this on my
worst enemy. The cure is hell Chemotherapy and radiation for 35 visits NO taste
buds and then the dry mouth syndrome NO teeth had them pulled out, just false
ones now. The result was also that I missed a great trip to USA and the VHCMA
Reunion at Reno.
But I am alive and coming along well but not fast enough for me. I lost 22 Kgs
(48lbs) and being through a PEG gadget into my stomach I would rather drink
Tequila Don Oulio. See you all in Atlanta in June for the VHCMA get together.
Dave Benge 69-70


 

Name:
Rance Jurevwicz, Capt., USA, Ret
EMail:
admin[at]veteranprograms.com
Date:
11 November 2009
Time:
13:57

Comments

Wonderful website. I am always amazed at the depth of information on this
website. Also, did you know that we have the updated list of ALL PRESUMPTIVE
CONDITIONS that many veterans do not know about? Veterans are encouraged to take
a look, they may be eligible for lots of benefits and not know it.

http://www.veteranprograms.com/id1070.html


Name:
Irv (Hippy) Walter
EMail:
ijwalter[at]yahoo.com
Date:
04 December 2009
Time:
17:40

Comments

Hey Bill. I just wanted to say hi and see if anyone has ever heard from Dan
Oldham or John Maher.  I talk to my old gunner Ken Seaholm. I still live in
CA.
I hope to make the next reunion if I find out when and where. Just want to let
all the Taipans and EMUS know they are in my prayers for a happy and healthy New
Year.

Irv (Hippy) Walter
[ Hippy, sorry to say Oldham died at the hands of the law
in Oklahoma and Maher died as an officer of the law in California.]


Name:
Colonel Thomas Wahlert
EMail:
thomas.wahlert[at]us.army.mil
Date:
20 December 2009
Time:
22:25

Comments

To All former members of the 135th Assault Helicopter Company –

A hearty hello from Australia. I am Colonel Tom Wahlert, an active duty US Army
Colonel who is assigned to our US Embassy in Australia as the Army Attaché.

I have recently been contacted by Mrs. Rhonda Vickers Rolevink who is a cousin
of RAN LTCDR Pat Vickers, a former member of the 135th that was killed in action
on 22 February 1968. Mrs. Rolevink is compiling a biography of Pat and is
seeking assistance from anyone who knew him and would be willing to contribute
information for the biography.

Mrs. Rolevink is looking for stories and/or personal vignettes about Pat that
she might include in her writings. She has contacted several Australians that
Pat served with, but would greatly appreciate any information from US Army
personnel that served with Pat during his short time with the 135th.

Feel free to contact me directly (wahlerttd[at]state.gov) and I can pass on your
details to Mrs. Rolevink or you can write to her directly at the following
address (unfortunately she does not maintain an email address):

Mrs. Rhonda Vickers Rolevink
18 William Street
Buderim 4556
Queensland, Australia

Thank you for your service in Vietnam and I look forward to hearing from you.

Cheers, Tom