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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
7:48 PM on February 10, 2016 

Paul..


Thank You for the visit to the guestbook and your information.  Good to hear this information. Seems things changed very fast with the duties of this site. Was the comm instalation there before the radar or after?

From the info gathered todate. It would appear the comm was put up after the Radar. Then how would the radar talk with central.  Another  Lt who signed the guest book some time ago. One of the very first.  A john Harrington. He is located on page 3 of the guest book.

Maybe you know or served with him. Just an FYI.  He is also a member of the TLC brotherhood. Had a great report on a visit back to this location. Thanks for the info on the patch. I couldnt read the logo over the gate intrance. Now i know the words.

Please get back anytime.  would like to hear your stories.



Reply Jim Buchmann
7:29 PM on February 10, 2016 

Paul Hauser says...

I was an Air Force 1st Lt from the 621st TAC at Clark assigned to Detachment 8 at Phitsanulok in Sept 1966. We built the radar site, operated the radar and trained Thai Officers as fellow Weapons Controllers. We were the first U.S. troops in Phitsanulok since WWII. My secondary duty was that of Site Security Officer. I remember the King Cobras in the fields adjacent to our housing and all the times we had to walk in water to our Comand and Control Center during the monsoon season. Our 621st Tactical Control Squadron motto and patch read, "Pro Observatio Positva"  (For Positive Control.)

Reply Paul Hauser
12:27 PM on February 2, 2016 

I was an Air Force 1st Lt from the 621st TAC at Clark assigned to Detachment 8 at Phitsanulok in Sept 1966. We built the radar site, operated the radar and trained Thai Officers as fellow Weapons Controllers. We were the first U.S. troops in Phitsanulok since WWII. My secondary duty was that of Site Security Officer. I remember the King Cobras in the fields adjacent to our housing and all the times we had to walk in water to our Comand and Control Center during the monsoon season. Our 621st Tactical Control Squadron motto and patch read, "Pro Observatio Positva"  (For Positive Control.)

Reply Jim Buchmann
2:19 AM on July 4, 2015 

To Everybody.

Have a great 4th of July America.

 Shall we never forget.

Reply jim buchmann
6:29 PM on June 1, 2015 

Rick.

I will watch for the mail. Nothing as of this message.

Reply Rick Coogle
6:57 AM on May 30, 2015 

Jim,

    Please allow this gmail account through your spam filter.

Rick

Reply jim buchmann
1:43 AM on May 30, 2015 

Rick.

When the flight got into Travis. I got a pep talk to re-up.

$10,000 for another 6 years. I decided it was time to go out

in the public field. Got processed out right there at travis then flew on commercial to chicago area then a bus home.

I almost took a job with ATT in Iowa on there microwave long lines. At the time ATT handled the government com systems. Much the same as we were doing.

The thought of being out in the Iowa flat lands in the middle of no place seemed maybe worse than what we already did.

Tried to get a job with United Airlines from my flying backround. They had the pick from all the Heavy  Air Force guys coming out.

Worked for commonwealth Edison Chicago area system.

There for about 8 1/2 years  Nuclear Power Plant Control and Monitoring Systems.

Then finished up with a Global Medical company

35 years or so later on.

Fiels service Eng,  Nuclear Medicine, CT, MRI.

Instalation and Repair..

Would be nice to catch up on lost time.

More later.

some things i would not want posted for everybody to see,.

Send to me direct

buckysj@hotmail.com

JIM.


 

Reply Rick Coogle
1:47 PM on May 29, 2015 

Jim,

  Good to hear from you.  I ran across this site the other day when I searched for pictures of Jones Park at Korat to show my son.  He's a computer and eletrical engineer and understands such things.

  I remember the last few days at Korat well, as well as the trip home.  Where did you go after you got back?  Most of us went to Fort Huachuca and got out there.  I then went back to Thailand working for Federal Electric - Phu Mu, Udorn and Ramasun - for 18 months or so.  Craig Joley was going back as well, but his employer gave him a big raise to stay.  He and I have stayed on touch over the years. 

Enough for now!

Rick

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.