Tag Archives: Vietnam

In the Land of the Brown Bars

In early November 1971  I,  an older captain who had been non rated for nearly four years,  arrived at Mather Air Force Base, outside Sacramento, California, for undergraduate Navigator Training (UNT).    I settled in the BOQ (bachelor officer quarters) … Continue reading

Posted in American History, Mather AFB, Navigator, Navigator Training | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Thank you for your Service

“Thank you for your service.” It’s a comment I hear with some frequency these days. When I served from 1966-1989, no one ever said that to me. In fact most of us who served in the Vietnam era were never … Continue reading

Posted in Air Force, American History, Veterans, World War Ii | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Racing Back to Vietnam – A Good Read

There are few books that have really captured the world of the F4  backseater or GIB (Guy in Back)  in combat. For Dr. John Pendergrass flying in the F-4 Phantom II in combat during the Vietnam War changed his life … Continue reading

Posted in American History, Combat, F-4 Phantom II, F4 emergency, F4 Phantom II, Vietnam War | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Letters from the War – Thailand 8

The following excerpts are from  letters that were written to my wife and others during the Vietnam War, while I was stationed in Thailand. Because of the nature of the events, the letters seldom told the entire story to loved … Continue reading

Posted in 13 TFS, American History, Cambodia bombing 1973, Combat, F4 PhantomII, Fighter Aircraft, Fighter pilot lingo, Fighter pilot slang, U Dorn RTAFB, Vietnam War | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Two Bracelets

In 1973,  more than 40 years ago the last combat missions of the Vietnam war were flown. In one of those strange twists of fate, I who had come late to the war, flew the last fighter combat mission.   … Continue reading

Posted in Air Force, American History, F-4 Phantom II, Veterans, Vietnam War | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Last Flight of the Vietnam War

August 15, 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of  the end of air combat missions during the Vietnam War. While, the January 1973 Paris Peace Accords ostensibly ended  military operations in North and South Vietnam, in Cambodia there was no peace … Continue reading

Posted in American History, Cambodia bombing 1973, Combat, F-4 Phantom II, Family History, Genealogy, Hobart College, Norvell Family History, Social History, Thailand, Vietnam War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments