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i was an airframe repairman f-100s at phu cat ab with 37th fms from sept.67 to june 68.enjoyed keeping those birds flying,a lot of work sometimes but it was worth every minute.thanks to all the Misty pilots,welcome brothers!
Just read "Bury Us Upside Down" and relived my former Nail FAC experience at Ubon. Wonderful story and reminds me so much of our experience over Laos. At that time served as USAF Air Intelligence SSGT, then as LT in USNR. We also constructed a similar INTELL shop at the base. Thank you for sharing your stories.
Misty 3 , Col.Glenn A.Jones, USAF (ret) was my father. He retired after 21 years from a distinguished Air Force career (Bird Colonel at age 34!) and signed on with Campus Crusade For Christ as Bill Bright’s Chief Of Staff. Prior to his Misty tour, he was an O-1 Slow FAC Pilot where he was exposed to Agent Orange that led to his early death at 54. He was an amazing man and father, and I miss him every day.
I am so proud of those that gave all hoping they would make it home but understood that they may not. My father was a British engineer and was first on the beach to remove entrenchments so the landing crafts would not encounter the obstacles. He survived, but he always cried for the men with him that didn't. My heart always feels the hurt that all good soldiers feel feel with the loss of a fellow soldier. My heart hurts for both the fallen and the survivors of our engagements in all our conflicts though out time. God Bless to those that gave all and those that did.
I just wanted to provide information to update one of the member's profiles. I attended University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) in the early 1990s as an Aerospace Engineering student. At the time, I had a professor named Roger Winblade, who is in your directory as passing away in 2008. I just wanted you to know he was a professor of Aerospace Engineering at UMCP and I learned a lot from that man. I recall his real life lessons about flying the F-100 in combat in Vietnam and also his later experiences with the astronauts supporting their mission when he worked for NASA. Roger was a great man, and one of the truly old-school fighter pilots of that era. He really brough the theory of aerospace engineering to life with his practical lessons about flying and testing real aircraft. What a great guy, I was so sorry to see that he passed, but such is the life of these old guys that smoked and drank and literally lived life on the edge of their ejection seats. A generation lost and along with them the greatness that was America. Please remember Roger Winblade, he did his part in so many ways. A
I am grateful to have known Col. Day and his family. I found a very moving piece of music which reminded me of the Day family which I wish to share here. I am grateful for all of the Mistys and their families. www.arrangerspublishingcompany.com/apc_media_player/playerwindow.php?item=C302
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.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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
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
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 email@example.com (replace the stars with my last name) Thanks, Andy Hanna
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
George Cranston Misty 129 lives 3 houses away from me in Jacksonville Floirda
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.