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If she was in during the 50's she was a SPAR. Primarily they did office work of one type or another. Now women in the CG do everything their male counterparts do.
For some more interesting stuff on the CG search for Coast Guard Warriors - Part of the mix.
And search youtube for CGC Bertholf and there is a three part segment on the ship (one of the CG's newest) on drug ops off central and So. America.
And you may as well look up Douglas Munro. MoH was awarded posthumously during WW II when he gave his lfe to save Marines.
My great niece, my brother's granddaughter, was just sworn into the Coast Guard. 4th generation, 6th family member to serve.
I've seen that pic before. Marines and Coasties have always gotten along.
I was at Nam Phong, Thailand (MCAS Rose Garden) 72-73 (USMC). My DD-214 has my Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Cambodia not Thailand even though our base was in Thailand. We were a classified Marine Base there (along with a small detachment of the Army 46th Special Forces Company). there was some Air Force and Navy personnel there as well. Most of the Marines at this base had orginally came from Da Nang, South Vietnam. I have the VNS and RVCM as well. When Bob Hope did his shows at Thi bases he was not kidding when he would say I understand all you guys are trying to get sent back to Vietnam. Thailand was not as friendly and easy to be at as some people think. Vietnam was not the only conflict area in IndoChina.This message has been edited. Last edited by: 28553788,
I had never heard of Nam Phong but, after an online search, I see that it was about 50 miles south of Udorn and became very "busy" in mid-1972 with the arrival of Task Force Delta, the Marine Corps air groups and supporting units. I left Udorn the last week of May 1970 so, by May of 1972, I was stationed in New Mexico (where I was discharged in October). For information on Nam Phong I visited the Thailand-Laos-Cambodia Brotherhood website.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Lajitas9,
I did temporary duty (TDY) at the Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base in 1965/66. My permanent base was Kadena AB, Okinawa where I was apart of the 18th Field Maintenace Squadron (Repair and Reclamation). I relieved a fellow airman who also in Thailand whom I believe his first name was Oscar, but I'm not sure of that. We worked out of make shift jet aircraft tire shop near the flight line and since I had F-101B/F experience I was used on occassion as ground crew member (43151C). If anyone served either in the 18th Field Maintenace Squadron or in Udorn, Thailand in Oct 65-Feb 66 I would like to hear from you. While there I befriended fellow airmen who worked in the Photo Lab (trailer) who was tdy from Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina (Wash, Murray, Doc). Sa wa dee.
My father was at Takli and his brother, my uncle, was at U Tapao, crew chief on SR-71's. Both, along with another brother, were career Air Force. My other uncle, the third brother, was an Air Force fireman at Cam Ranh Bay. I met him there while recovering from malaria.
I saw the Bob Hope Christmas Show at U Tapao AFB in 1971. I was stationed at Camp Samae San just outside of Sattahip and not far from U Tapao, 1970-71. Best assignement I had in the Army.
I would like to see the Photo you have of the Udorn USCG Monitor site. However Photobucket is asking for a password.
I don't have a photo of the USCG Monitor site. All I have are pictures of the patches of the three sites in Thailand (Udorn, Lampang and Sattahip) and the two sites in Vietnam (Tan My, just south of the DMZ and Con Son, on an island off the coast of the Mekong Delta). The Monitor site at Udorn was on the far side of the base in a restricted area. I caught a glimpse of the tower once, but that's about it.
I just checked Photobucket and the pictures were not there. I don't know why that link is shown. I suppose I "intended" to upload the pictures but never did. Anyway, I created a new PUBLIC folder with the patch photos.
*Commandant Thad Allen was stationed at Lampang.
USCG LORAN patchesThis message has been edited. Last edited by: Lajitas9,
I recall a LZ on top of a mountain in I Corps; I think it was called LZ Eagle or maybe Baldy. Anyway, it was small area cut into the mountain with a sheer drop of thousands of feet. It scared the heck out of my pilots and us door gunners to even land there.
I asked the guys what they did there and they said the monitored the Viet Cong moving across the plain below. The VC shot at them but the range was out of reach to be effective. I wondered where they used the restroom and they said they squatted near the edge! That really shook me up. I can't imagine getting that close to take a leak or a dump.
I'm not certain, but I recall some of the guys were Air Force members.
I recently had my claim for Agent Orange exposure which has led to my suffering Diabetes type 2, hypertension, peripheral neuropathy in both lower legs and feet, and a skin pigmentation. Reason for denial: No proof that I ever served in Udorn, Thailand as my DD 214 only states SEA; VSM on it. If you saw the 1965 Bob Hope Christmas show with Jerry Colona on the flight line you were there. My VSO says if I can contact someone who knew that I was there, submit this proof. Anyone serving with RF-101C during Oct. 1965 thru Feb. 1966 TDY from Okinawa or Seymour-Johnson please contact me. I live within 30 minutes form the new St. Louis records center.
I realise that I'm responding to a post made in 09, and that this thread has been dead for over 2 years... also that I'm saying something likely everyone already knows. But in case, I'll say it. People are under the impression that the war was confined to Vietnam because by the Status of Arms Agreement, the US was not permitted to have troops in Thailand. I know there were instances of troops there for temp duties being issued french gear with no insignia, tags removed, the works... as if this would disguise them as non-Americans.
Well, you have resurrected this "dead thread". Are you employed by DoD? Your use of the term "Status of Arms Agreement" seems to indicate a familiarity with military/diplomatic interaction.
Anyway, welcome to the site.
Thanks for the welcome. Despite my skill for resurrecting those things that have moved beyond their sell-by date, I am not employed by DoD.
I spent some time with the Bureau, where I learned, in excruciating detail, the intimacies that can be found behind a desk. But being qualified by Bureau in Louisiana in 2005 left me taking part in the goings on in New Orleans. There weren't as many desk jobs down there.
These days I'm an academic. But not of the 'weasel who's never done anything' variety.
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