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166 - November 17, 2012 7:04 am

Name:

Don Schmenk

Location:

Ottawa, Ohio, USA

Comments:

I was an IP for Vietnamese pilot training at Moody, AFB, GA, Randolph AFB, TX, Keesler AFB, MS and Webb AFB, TX. I also served at Thy Hoa RVN for one year as an F-100 pilot.I was and still am an avid modeler and I thoroughly enjoyed your web site.
I would encourage any VNAF pilots who attended pilot training in the US to contact me regarding a reunion being planned at The National Museum, of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio in the month of April, 2014.

Reply: For many years of service as flight instructor at many different airbases, you must trained a lot of VNAF students. I wonder whether many of your students are still around and living in the U.S. for the reunion in 2014. I had three close friends in Saigon back then. We went through high school from 6 grade to 12 grade. After graduation, we all joined ARVN due to the inspiration of "an Officer and a Gentleman."
1Lt. Ngan Ba Cau was gone when his U-H1 chopper crashed in a battle. 1Lt, Luu Xuan Quoi (this guy graduated with me from the same class of military academy in Dalat) was listed as M.I.A when his infantry company was overrun. His family never knew what happened to him. The last friend, Lieutenant Junior Dang Quy commanded some sort of speed boat on brown water and survived the war. After 1975 he tried to escape by boat (boat people). But his family back home has never ever heard any news about his fate afterward. I think his tiny boat couldn't make it in the open sea.

Now you understand why I am wondering about the numbers of your VNAF students left over. Uh, God spared me, but in exchange for that, he turned me "an Officer and a Gentleman" into...a janitor in U.S.A in 1975. The ARVN Military Academy never taught and trained us for this damn "scenario." :0)))

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167 - September 18, 2012 11:49 am

Name:

Willy

Location:

FRANCE. Strasbourg

Comments:

Un grand merci à ce site pour perpétuer la mémoire de ces hommes qui ont traverser cette guerre et malheureusement étés oubliés !
Ils méritent que l'on se souviennent d'eux

Willy

Reply: Je me souviens encore Français. Français était ma deuxième langue étrangère il y a longtemps à l'école secondaire. La culture est ce qui reste après que l'on a oublié beaucoup de choses. C'est vrai! :0))) Je vous remercie de vos magnifique compliments sur mon VNAF guestbook

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168 - September 17, 2012 9:39 pm

Name:

Jim Mesko

Location:

Akron, Ohio

Comments:

A very interesting site. I have written several books for Squadron Signal Publications on the Vietnam War, including VNAF, Armor in Vietnam, Riverine, and Ground War in Vietnam, Volumes I and II.
During 1971-1972 I was assigned to Advisory Team 62 stationed at Tan Son Nhut Air Base/MACV Annex and taught Vietnamese military personnel English at a compound north of MACV Annex, including many VNAF enlisted men.
I am an avid modeler, and especially enjoy building VNAF aircraft. I am always looking for material related to VNAF aircraft.

Reply: I think most VNAF modelers have your book, VNAF South Vietnamese Air Force 1945-1975. The price is good and It's very convenient for references for building VNAF models. I once bought about 20 copies of your book from Squadron Signal Publications for $ 9.00 a piece and displayed them at our VNAF model exhibition. The goal is to have something regarding VNAF for visitors to buy as a souvenir at the show. We sold at $12 each. They all were gone at the end of the exhibition. :0))) Thank you for your service in Vietnam.

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169 - September 12, 2012 12:27 pm

Name:

Trong Nguyen CDR, USN

Location:

Houston TX

Comments:

Thank you for your informational website. My father is Major Nguyen Van Be VNAF. He was the commanding officer of Trung Tam Huan Luyen Khong Quan in Nha Trang. I will be sending you a picture of him and hope that you will post it here. It is the only photo we have of him while in uniform. Many of the members here will surely recognize him because if they became a pilot in the late 60's and early 70's, they would most likely met him. Keep up the good work.

Trong D. Nguyen, CDR, USN

Reply: I can post the photo of your dad on VNAF crew page, if it's not a personal portrait photo taken at some photo studio (it's good to have some real scene as background in the photo).

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170 - September 11, 2012 5:39 pm

Name:

Dekki

Location:

Sweden

Comments:

Awesome web-page!!
My uncle in the US served in South Vietnam back in 1968.
He and his fellow VietNam Vet buddy told me that, they couldn't figure out how they
won every battle, but lost the war.
I told them that Kissinger and others sold South Vietnam, just like the Western powers traded off and back-stabbed my native country Serbia on several occations through out the 20th century.

In 1943 during the height of the war in Europe. Winston Churchill decided to support the communists in Yugoslavia over The Serbian Royal Army! Just imagine.
Churchill's advisor strongly opposed such actions and pointed out, that once the Hitler's Army retreats from The Balkans, Yugoslavia will be a communist dictatorship.
Churchill's replied : so what ? are you going to live there ?
Just like the ARVN, The Serbian Royal Army of WWII has been ignored by historians and media alike
Once again : Thank for a wonderful website !

Reply: Political victims always remember history very well.

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