Phitsanulok TROPO Site

TROPO Facility in Phitsanulok
29th Sig GP, 442nd SIG BN (LL), 1st SIG BDE, Company A.

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To all of the US Army, USAF and Civilians who were assigned to the Phitsanulok during the Vietnam War, hope you enjoys these photos These photos were donated by Jim Buchmann, US Army, Phitsanulok 1970-71, 442nd Btn, Co A :)

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Reply Jim Buchmann
10:34 PM on May 26, 2015 

Rick !! 

Yes  I sure do remember you and the others.

What a rush- Never thought I would hear from any of you guys.

I think we talked over the order wire a few ??

and i think i made one trip back to Korat during that time other than the trip home.

When i came back to Korat for the trip home . It was several days before the trip started.

Didnt we get a big BBQ going- and since the base was mostly closed. Didnt we take board off a building to fire the BBQ. I did have a picture of you and I carring this large plank from one of the barracks.

Yes I do remember Dave, George, Joley.

I dont remember much about the flight home.we all had other things on our minds then.

It was the flight over than was the most in my mind,

Seemed almost everybody on the flight over was on the same flight home even when we were all over the place.

Remember the stops on the trip over- Wake Island,

then back the oahu, the stoped over for the night in guam.

Rick we have to talk more. I just got in and it`s late.

FYI- and Others who may want to chat more.

just give it a note about those days till i get you on the list of

good rather than junk mail.

buckysj@hotmail.com

Jim Buchmann

 

Reply Jim Buchmann
10:12 PM on May 26, 2015 

Stephen-- Thank you with the information.

You must be the Air Force MP i remember.

You must have opened the gate to the comm site many

as we came and gone.

I sort of remember you got a Shepard Dog sometime while I was there ??.  I will get back soon. It`s late and just got in.

Thanks again.

Reply Rick Coogle
1:46 PM on May 22, 2015 

Hi Jim.  Remember Me.  I was working the LRC-3s at Korat. We traveled down to Bangkok and home together in August 71,

  Some of the guys were Dave Lanham from Korat, and George Baird from Udorn,  Joley got an early out and was gone by the time you came to town on the way home.

Rick Coogle

Reply Stephen Lindsey
12:28 PM on May 22, 2015 

Yep, I was there, 1969-1970. I was an USAF Security Policeman with the 355th SPS, Takhli RTAB, but was detached to 621st TCS, Camp Dora. We subsequently turned the base over to the RTAF and I was reassigned to the nearby Comm Site until my tour ended. Not many of us there, but a great bunch of guys (Army and Air Force). Thanks to all who served.

Reply David
12:39 PM on July 27, 2014 

Hey Jim. I'll have to dig deep in the memory banks to remember names. Too bad there is no written record, and like you said there was no internet which would have changed things. I brought a girlfriend up from Bangkok after living in Phitsanulok for a little while, and we moved to our own house a few houses up from the one in your photos. I was out during evenings most of the time. I remember Leroy sitting where you said in the office. He and his wife ran a restaurant on the road into town which you may have visited since it had some american style food. In 1980 after finishing college, I visited Thailand before settling in Taiwan for awhile to teach English. I ran into Leroy at the restaurant of the Federal Hotel (he was working on an oil platform I think). We exchanged letters from time to time after that until he had a stroke and then it ended. I remember our doctor's office had jars on shelves with fetuses in them. Weird. In the compound, we lived next to a house that had 2? black guys in the air force with their girlfriends. They loaded bombs I believe. I joined them from time to time for parties and drinking. One of the guys at work had a little dog which hung around. When he left Thailand, the dog apparently got very depressed and stopped eating though everyone tried to help it. It died. There was also a guy in the compound that had 2 dogs that I think he strictly training to be defensive I guess. Aside from the movies shown outside, I remember a Thai coming by who proposed to show us some porno for a fee. A few of us went to one of the houses and we watched it on a little screen. Bad quality and grainy and kind of a joke as I recall. Also, as I recall, the outdoor movie couldn't be shown unless the projector was hooked up to an exposed pipe which provided the voltage. I'll write again.   

Reply Jim Buchmann
2:59 AM on July 12, 2014 

Hi  David. 

Thanks for getting back so soon. Thank you for mentioning the name Leroy Johnson.

Yes he was my Tech rep too. For the longest time i could not remember his name.

He had his desk to the left when you entered the site and against the outside wall.

Sorry about his passing. I didnt associate much with him off duty. One othe guy did and i cant recall his name. If you mentioned it , It would all come back.

He didnt live in our hooch area. not sure were he had his living area.

I dont remember any gynecologist. Other than breaking my foot i didnt need any medical treatment. I do remember some of the others saying something about going to see the doctor.

I was quite removed from the social life that a few had. I liked to explore and look into old things of the past. The people and the differant way of life. And many hours on my short wave radio trying to listen to something of home. When I could keep up on m y aviation backround. A cold beer would help.

Did you stay in contact with anyone from the phitts site including Leroy?

Back in those days it was hard to keep in touch.

If the internet was around then i think we would have all kept in touch.

If you remember anyother names please mention them and I may get to put more names together.

Reply Jim Buchmann
2:26 AM on July 12, 2014 

David says...

Hi Jim

Glad to hear from you too. Currently in Destin, FL for a short visit with my son who happens to be an Air Force staff sargeant stationed at Hurlburt Field. I'm afraid I can't remember names of people when I arrived at Phitsanulok or even who came later at this moment. There may have been a Sgt Gray when I was there there, I just don't recall that now. Probably that was true as I didn't start out there as an NCOIC. Do you remember Leroy Johnson, the tech rep? I knew him in Don Muang where I worked on a MRC-98 before re-upping and going to Korat (he died a few years ago). When I returned to Korat after Phits, I lived in VIP quarters for awhile (everything else was closed) before going to Ubon with a few others where we lived in housing off base for a some months. We traveled around Thailand in civilian clothing (to attract less attention) to former communication sites then under civilian contract. I really liked your stories about Phitsanulok. Do you remember the gynecologist in town we had to see for medical treatment? 

Reply David
7:28 PM on July 10, 2014 

Hi Jim

Glad to hear from you too. Currently in Destin, FL for a short visit with my son who happens to be an Air Force staff sargeant stationed at Hurlburt Field. I'm afraid I can't remember names of people when I arrived at Phitsanulok or even who came later at this moment. There may have been a Sgt Gray when I was there there, I just don't recall that now. Probably that was true as I didn't start out there as an NCOIC. Do you remember Leroy Johnson, the tech rep? I knew him in Don Muang where I worked on a MRC-98 before re-upping and going to Korat (he died a few years ago). When I returned to Korat after Phits, I lived in VIP quarters for awhile (everything else was closed) before going to Ubon with a few others where we lived in housing off base for a some months. We traveled around Thailand in civilian clothing (to attract less attention) to former communication sites then under civilian contract. I really liked your stories about Phitsanulok. Do you remember the gynecologist in town we had to see for medical treatment? 

Reply Jim Buchmann
3:25 AM on July 6, 2014 

Hi  David.

Thank You for dropping in and posting your message.

Real good to hear from another person from that time period.

To my best knowledge my tour in Phitsanulok ended around the first of Aug 1971.

I remember someone came in to replace me- but I cant recall who or the name.

There was a Sgt Gray who was the NCOIC when I left.

My counterpart`s name was Benny he had a Thai wife. We worked together most of the time. He was there when I left.  As were several others.

I always wondered what happened to them and would like to find them.

We were always on a first name basis. Last names seemed to never get into the picture.

Sounds like you then replaced Sgt Gray.  If you have any info on these other people- Please pass it to me. It would be great to hear from one of them.

When I went back to Korat to leave country. It was like a ghost town. The army was getting ready to close part of the base and turn it over to the locals.

Some of the friend I knew in korat were processing out with me.

We made a big BBQ and needed wood. We pulled some boards off the old barricks to make the fire for the BBQ.

I do have some of those pictures someplace. One of the men`s name was Jolly ?

Thats all i remember on there names. He was in the LRC-3 at Korat?.

Seems we all came over on the same flight and back out all together on the same flight.

Thank You again for stopping in. 

Reply David Gilson
5:55 PM on June 28, 2014 

Hi Jim. Not sure if we overlapped or not though you look familiar. I haven't thought much about Phitsonluke for decades and didn't keep records, so a lot of details are lost from memory. But your stories and photos help to bring it back to my attention. Best as I can recollect I went to work on the MRC-98 in the summer of 71 after being assigned to a MRC-98 at Korat for awhile. I was made NCOIC at Phitsonloke after I arrived which was a big shock as it was an E-7 slot and I had no preparation for it. I was a Spec 5. I think I left Phitsanulok around Feb-Mar 72 as the military was pulling us out of there. Sites around Thailand were getting turned over to civilian contractors. I stayed in Korat for awhile after that and ended up staying in country for a few more months.