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William F. Due Jr wrote on November 13, 2021:
Recently I visited my local grocery store. I stopped in the dog food aisle and spoke to a very charming lady whom I had seen there once before. Her name was Nancy. She told me that her father had served in the Misty FACS, and that he was shot down and never found. His name was Colonel Lawrence William Whitford. I don't know if his last name is Lawrence or Whitford, but those in the unit would recognize who he is. Whereas I never heard of the Misty FACS I flew over the Ho Chi MInh trail on numerous occasions. In my humble opinion the TET offensive should never have occurred. There was credible intelligence of regular North Vietnamese units moving down the trail. I am sure there will never be an investigation why American troops weren't told of this movement. William Due former member of the 1st Radio Research Company (Aviation), 224th Aviation Bn, 509th Radio Research Group.
David Karle wrote on February 16, 2021:
Can someone reach out to me? I am graduate candidate in military history from Norwich University and writing a thesis focused on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. I have translated all of the post-war NVA documents and memoirs and have an accurate map of the trail as well as it's order of battle and would love to bounce some questions off some Misty pilots. Dave Karle -
clutch wrote on February 4, 2021:
I was an air traffic controller in Pleiku 69-70. Have photo of f-100d, emergency landing. early 1970. Trying to read nose art. Believe aircraft is 56-2924. Will send photo to whom ever can help. thanks clutch
Ray Cargill wrote on November 8, 2020:
I reported to Phi Cat Nov 68. Engine mechanic. With all the f 100s at the cat. We always gave special attention to the F models as we knew they were going north on longer missions. I am honered to have provided ground support for misty and all the other brave fliers from the cat.
Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent wrote on July 8, 2020:
Hello there - I am a British writer and journalist and in 2013 I wrote a book about tracing the remains of the Ho Chi Minh Trail through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. During my journey, I spent time in Laos with George Buchowski and Roger van Dyken, looking for stories relating to the Kid on the Karst. I was very sad to hear that George passed away in October, he was a lovely man. I am doing a story for BBC Radio 4 about George, the legacy of the war in Laos, and the impact of Agent Orange on George and other veterans (and local people). I'd love to contact someone at Misty to find out the latest stats about veterans who have become ill, or passed away, as a result of exposure to Agent Orange. I wonder if someone could be kind enough to drop me a mail at antsbk AT gmail DOT come. Many thanks and best wishes, Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent
Neal Wellons wrote on March 11, 2020:
I was an intelligence NCO with Misty in 1969 until the move to Phan Rang. I kept up the AAA status map and did general duties including picking up soft drinks and beer for debriefing and (rarely) riding crews to the flight line when the admin guys were unavailable. The back seater used a Pentax 35mm with a 200mm lens. I would use one from time to time to take photos on base. I am now a camera collector and would like to replicate one for my collection. Does anyone remember what was used? They were Ashi Pentax or Honeywall, may have been a Spotmatic. Don't remember paying attention to the lens brand at all. Thanks to all. Neal
Admin Reply by: echenberg
Great to hear from you. I will forward your message to all Misty's.
Andrew M Hanna wrote on February 15, 2020:
My father (Keith Hanna) was rescued from the disappearing river on July 14 1968. His F-105 had been shot down by ground fire and he landed on the edge of a steep karst and broke his leg. First Jolly had to leave because of ground fire and he spent the night to be rescued the next day after a tremendous effort. I know that P.K. Robinson was a Misty for the rescue. He talked about it in both the Misty book and the story of the Misty visit to visit NVN. I can tell from his recollections that he was proud of the mission and I would like to thank him. I also have a recording dad made from the hospital afterward where he described his adventure. I would love to share that with P.K. (or this group) as it is a great story that I think many would enjoy. You can contact me at andrew.m.***** (replace the stars with my last name) Thanks, Andy Hanna
Admin Reply by: echenberg
Thank you for your note. It has been shared with the PK and all Misty
Chuck Huber wrote on September 18, 2019:
I had the privilege of working for Chuck Turner (Misty 9) doing Weapons Testing at Texas Instruments (Defense Systems Electronics Group) / Raytheon until his retirement in ~2001 or so. He was a great supervisor and mentor. I didn't know of his Misty status until after he had retired. Also had the privilege to meet Col. "Bud" Day on one of his last days in his office in Fort Walton Beach - I sort of stalked him (in a good way) to meet the man, and get a picture. He was a gracious host. I enjoy the website - top notch.
Jim Loomis, LCDR, USCG (ret) wrote on February 7, 2019:
Does anyone know who Misty 41 was on Scotch 03 rescue on 1-2 JUL 1968? Was it Dick Rutan by any chance? 41 was the first aircraft on scene who established voice contact with the survivor. I'm thinking the account I have might be wrong and it was Misty 40 not 41.
David C. McTavish wrote on July 15, 2018:
I was part of the enlisted ranks as a weapons mechanic in the USAF starting out at Bien Hoa, in 10/66 then traveling to Tuy Hoa 11/66. The end of 1/67, I with several support personnel flew up to on a C-47 to DaNang for about a week while two F-100F's, with crew, flew there also. It was an easy week for the three weapons mechanics as we only had to maintain the 20MM guns , with no bomb loading. To this day I believe that this week was spent for pre-Misty testing. I have the orders which has the names of all members, including the officers. I was in the 308th TFS from day one and never assigned to an MMS. Spent six months TDY on Guam , then a year at UbonRTAFB, then on to college.
Charles D. wrote on July 15, 2018:
Misty 118, Colonel Jerry Hallman, has gone West. I said goodbye to Jerry and Bonnie on 30 June, when Jerry shook my hand and pronounced that he was waiting for the last game of his grandson's tournament, which ended on 8 July 2018, the same day that Jerry closed his eyes for the last time. There will be a celebration of life at the Maximo Presbyterian Church, 3200 58th St. South, St. Petersburg, FL, at 1400. I will be there in uniform, but I believe that Jerry would love to be looking down and see a Misty or two there also. He will be interred in Arlington.
Ken Campbell wrote on July 1, 2018:
I was a jet engine mechanic at Tuy Hoa from 69'-70' with the 31st FMS. It was my honor to help keep the "sleds" flying. Thank you and God Bless all the brave pilots who flew into harms way!
Todd Thompson wrote on June 17, 2018:
George Cranston Misty 129 lives 3 houses away from me in Jacksonville Floirda
Rich Calma wrote on April 16, 2018:
Just stumbled on this site looking for info on Col.Kilgus. I enjoyed the story of the Mig pilots because on 22 June 66 Van Bay and his squadron mates jumped a flight of F-8 Crusaders from VF-211 off the USS Hancock. The F-8's were flying RESCAP over a downed RF-8. One of the F-8's was flown by my uncle Lt jg Phil Vampatella. He had been damaged by AAA and headed out to refuel when the others were jumped by Van Bay. He returned to the battle to see Van Bay shoot his CO Cole Black down (he became a POW) Phil rolled in on Van Bay (of course at the time he didn't know who he was going after), when another Mig passed below him. Phil decided to go after that one, but when he checked "six" there was another rolling in on him. He went to burner and headed for the trees to "scrape him off". The Mig followed, shooting, until it gave up. Phil turned and nailed him with an Aim-9 and, after refueling from an A-4 tanker ( and having only enough fuel for one pass) landed back aboard the Hancock.
Joe Sechler wrote on March 12, 2018:
Sometime around 15 Jul 68, my squadron mate, Tony Germann, and I had the terrific opportunity to go to Phu Cat and fly a couple of back seat Misty missions. I remember flying with Misty 44, Lanny Lancaster, but don't recall the other Misty. What I do vividly recall is the large amount of AAA goof balls Lanny managed to bring up to us on one of the missions; a real show off. Damned near got us shot down :)). Regardless, it was a fun time flying with great pilots, meeting all the guys and learning how Misty FACs operated after having many of my missions in RP 1 marked by them. Later on in 1976-77 while serving a remote tour at AF Korea Hqtrs in Seoul, I had the real pleasure of working with Misty 100, Gib Ahl. Had a lot of fun briefing all of the generals, American and Korean. Hope Lanny and Gib are doing well. Meanwhile, I, too, want to congratulate your organization for maintaining this web site, if for no other reason than for the children and grandchildren. My squadron is equally fortunate to have one of our guys maintain our web site which helps immensely to encourage family members to attend our reunions and to provide them much sought after history of their loved ones. Well Done, Misty. Joe Sechler, Thud Pilot, 34th TFS, Korat.
Kipp Kippenhan wrote on January 11, 2018:
I flew with Glen a bunch. I think we were the ones who put in the first Misty air strike. He was a terrific pilot and a great guy.
William B Jones wrote on January 6, 2018:
Thanks to all who work to keep this site updated, and to preserve and celebrate the "Misty Story". My father was Glenn Jones, Misty 3. I have had the privilege of meeting many Misty pilots during my childhood, and even up through my young adult life. Looking back, as I am now the same age as my father was when he passed, it makes me smile to realize that to us, his family, he was just "Dad"...Throughout my young life, my parents attended many Misty Reunions, but I never understood what that meant; I only remember how "sacred" that get-together seemed to be to them. Dad carried himself like any average working stiff (such as myself), so it wasn't until after his death that I came to understand that he was a War Hero, and a "Stud". One particular memory I have that enlightened me regarding the importance of the Misty Brotherhood in my Dad's life was when my family and I went to visit my folks in Arrowhead Springs, California in the early nineties. Well, P.K.Robinson, and his lovely wife Rita showed up for a visit while we were there, and I got to sit in on my first (and last) "Misty War Stories" debriefing. I have not, before or since, seen my father so animated during a discussion, and P.K. seemed pretty wound up as well....That was the first time I truly understood who my father really was, and I'm grateful for that experience. WBJ
Becky Robbins-Penniman wrote on October 16, 2017:
My dad is Richard "Dick" Robbins, Misty 142. Recently, I found out about the Honor Flight program, and applied for my dad; we are going next week, with me as his "Guardian." In emailing my friends and parishioners (I'm an Episcopal priest) about it, this is what I wrote: "I'll be out of the office on October 24th on a day trip to Washington DC with my dad and 79 other Veterans and their Guardians to visit a number of memorials. This is not my usual Tuesday! Why am going? Background: My dad served in the Navy, went to the Naval Academy, and then went into the Air Force to become a pilot. I grew up as an Air Force brat. The thing is, that was "normal" for me, and I just saw my dad as . . . my dad. He went off to work every day (albeit sometimes for weeks at a stretch) and came home and did dad things, some of which I appreciated more than others. I loved it when he'd get on the floor and play with us; I wasn't so glad when he yelled at me to clean my room. Normal dad stuff. My dad had two tours in Vietnam as a fighter pilot. I really didn't give it much thought at the time because everyone I knew had a dad going off to war. The second tour was different, though. He'd be gone a long time, about a year. Also, the mood in the country about that war got pretty ugly, and after he got home after the second tour, it was kind of a rule in our family that we didn't talk about the war. And so, we haven't, for, what, 50 years? We picked up and built new civilian lives. "But I knew Dad was proud of his nearly 30 years of service in the Navy and Air Force. When I got to Dunedin [Florida, where I live], I found out about the Honor Flight. This all-volunteer program takes men like my dad who served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam to Washington DC for a whole day, escorting them to the various memorials and profusely thanking them for their service. I asked Dad if I could apply for him to go on an Honor Flight, and he agreed. Since then, I've found out a lot more about my dad's service, and this old hippie has come to realize that my dad is actually a hero. In that second tour, he served in a highly dangerous recon program that had a very high rate of risk. Obviously, he was one of the lucky ones. "Things happened quickly after I applied for the Honor Flight - he is going on October 24th, and I'm going with him as his "Guardian. I still pray daily for the world to find ways to resolve conflict without violence. Until that Day of the Lord, I am more and more thankful for people like my father who answered the call to serve." As an update for this site, my parents are both living near Fort Myers, FL. Their health is so-so, but not too bad for folks in their late 80s. Thank you to those who keep this web site going.
Charlene Rathbun wrote on September 25, 2017:
I am the program chair of the Baldwin County Chapter of MOAA (Military Officers Association of America) in Fairhope, AL. I am trying to locate Charlie Summers to invite him to speak at one of our General Membership meeting in 2018. The problem is, I can’t find any contact information. If you have something, please forward it to me at this email address. Thank you. Charlene Rathbun
Kevin Bryan wrote on June 25, 2017:
I just want to commend the group of exceptional people who take their time and effort to keep this site up. My father Col. Robert "Bullet" Bryan, Misty 77 never spoke much of his time at Phu Cat. The stories and first person articles of these men and what they accomplished is beyond comprehension for most people and I applaud each and everyone one of them. While every article adds to my understanding about just what type of person my dad was and the dangers he faced, moreover it strengthens my life's view that he was my greatest hero and inspiration. Besides, what kid wouldn't want a fighter pilot for a dad. To all of those Misty pilots still with us and those that aren't you are the definition of patriotism in this great land.