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Text in Vietnamese from stateside Vietnamese publication, but photos need no explanation.
Sender of these photos went on nearly 100 MEDCAPs during three years in-country. Helped a lot of people. Saved an old woman's scalded foot. Saved a young girl's face from insidious fungus infection. Saved a little kid's life when he was burning up from runaway fever. Not once, ever, did a member of any media come along or express any interest in doing so.





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America's Best in Vietnam
Myths and misinformation persist about Vietnam vets, and I promised myself long ago I would teach my children the truth about them.
I finally kept that promise in my book in 2011 that tells the story of many of those vets.
~ Terry L. Garlock STRENGTH & HONOR: America's Best in Vietnam.

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    Curly Musgrave - Father To Father CD

    Critics and colleagues had dubbed Curly, "....one of the best voices to come down the trail in a long, long time"...."one of the most innovative and influential singer/songwriters in Western music"....and Rusty Richards, long time member of the Sons Of The Pioneers, "....perhaps the finest Western writer since Bob Nolan." Unfortunately there will no longer be any more music from my beloved husband. Curly Jim passed away from a cancerous brain tumor on December 13, 2009, but HIS MUSIC CAN LIVE ON! This CD "Father to Father" is a compilation of all of Curly's inspirational songs. The title song "Father to Father" is a song of gratitude to our Heavenly Father and His gift of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Curly always said, "....I just held the pen and the words came as a gift from my Heavenly Father." Please enjoy this compilation CD of Curly's inspirational songs. -- Kathi Musgrave


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    My Open Statement to All Veterans...and their families

    Like you, my conduct and the conduct of my peers was and continues to this day to be slandered by politicians and the media. Sadly, they have again been joined by both the ignorant and the unpatriotic and encouraged by enemies and traitors to undermine our efforts and those of our peers, including today's marvelous young men and women to whom we have passed the torch of freedom. Military veterans are an amalgamation of unique individuals, melded together in the crucible of wars past and present and bonded by duty, honor, sacrifice, blood, and love of country. More so than through any other community, the associations and friendships formed through the military and law enforcement and firefighters and other emergency responders are lifelong, and we mourn the loss of our comrades until we rejoin them again someday in formation in Heaven. Sadly, politicians and historians do not understand, let alone share, our code of conduct and ethics. Perhaps someday they will learn if they have the courage and will to seek the truth and report it honestly and accurately. "The fate of good men who refuse to become involved in politics is to be ruled by evil men." Edmund Burke




    Links to Sites of Interest


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  • Our Vietnam Generation,...This is a video made by and for Michigan Vietnam Veterans, But I believe all of you should appreciate this....Our Vietnam Generation

  • Photography by John and Michael Mendoza,..."We pledge to do the best job possible, exercising all of our years of experience and technological knowledge"...
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  • Texas Capitol Vietnam War Monument,...Provides information on the Texas Capitol Vietnam War Monument that can only be built with private donations.
    Provides news and online donation process...
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  • Rancho Milagro,...We can make your Western adventure come to life!...Rancho Milagro

  • WinterSoldier.com, dedicated to the American veterans of the Vietnam War, who served with courage and honor...What's New
  • Michael Yon Online Magazine, considered by many as the modern day "Ernie Pyle"...
  • GED Test, GED testing has been made simple with convenient, flexible schedules from Franklin Virtual Schools.
  • Oklahoma City National Memorial and Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum
  • Russ Vaughn's Poetry Page, a "poet laureate" of the Vietnam War bringing his talents to bear on the current war in Iraq and Afghanistan...
  • Mesothelioma cancer affects 3,000 Americans annually, many of whom happen to be veterans. Mesothelioma navy cases remain the highest, and unfortunately this form of cancer is always fatal. For more information about veterans and mesothelioma, please visit the Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center and Mesothelioma. There is also a page designed for veterans. Check out Mesothelioma Symptoms. Cancer information and facts. One more source of information and help is the Mesothelioma Prognosis website. Please visit this site and request a Free Mesothelioma Information Packet.
  • CONGRESSIONAL LISTS --Senators and Representatives of the 112th Congress, FREE downloadable lists of Senators and Members of Congress -- addresses, seniority, by state, phone numbers...
  • A Year In Vietnam -- Ben H. Swett, Colonel USAF (Retired) A very delightful recap of Col Swett's year in Vietnam.
  • Thomas D. Pilsch, Assistant Dean for Students, College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology's "Vietnam War Resources" website, -- a virtual treasure trove of links and resources.
  • TY4Freedom is honored to post photos and words of every Veteran who has seen active duty, free of charge. Let Us Never Forget those who have sacrificed in so many ways. Please use their 'contact us' link to allow us to say 'thank you,' by adding you to our website.
  • Conservative Truth,...the Antidote to the Liberal News Media.
  • Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation, an organization created to better educate and inform the public about the Vietnam War, its events, its history, and the men and women who sacrificed to serve their country.
  • VAJoe -- If you're Military, you need to know Joe.
  • International War Veterans' Poetry Archives, War and its Consequences: Writings by Veterans, their Families, Friends, and Supporters.
  • CowboyPoetry.com, Cowboy Poetry at the BAR-D Ranch. Selected classic and contemporary poems, posted in observance of Veterans Day and Remembrance Day. Stay abreast of their latest news HERE.
  • The Hugs Project, Lifting the Spirits of the U.S. Military.
  • Launched on November 11, 1998, The Legacy Project is a national, all-volunteer initiative that encourages Americans to honor and remember our nation’s veterans and troops by preserving their wartime letters and e-mails...even yours.
  • I also invite you to visit The Memorial Day Writers' Project, a creative venue for veterans and those who have been touched by war.
  • I've even opened two modest blogs -- "My Promise Kept Blog spot" and "My Townhall Promise Kept Blog spot".
  • Search for veterans at American Veteran Search.
  • Move America Forward is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization committed to supporting America’s efforts to defeat terrorism and supporting the brave men and women of our Armed Forces.
  • The Korean War Project...please take a look at their latest tribute to those lost during the Korean War "Letters to the Lost".
  • Online petition - Support America Petition
  • Vets For Freedom
  • Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission

     

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    Long before his conservative manifesto Liberty and Tyranny became a #1 New York Times bestseller, Mark R. Levin's love for his country was instilled in him by his father, Jack E. Levin. At family dinners, Jack would share his bountiful knowledge of American history and, especially, the inspiration of Abraham Lincoln.

            
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    The Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center is recognized by DisabilityInfo.gov as a reliable source of information for veterans and members of the military community. The MAA Center is accredited by the Health On The Net Foundation.


          

    Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that affects military veterans who were exposed to asbestos during their time in the service. The tumor grows on the mesothelium -- the membrane surrounding the lungs. The early symptoms of mesothelioma are not specific to this disease, and even experienced doctors often miss the diagnosis. Veteran who were exposed to asbestos should mention the exposure to their doctor whenever they are being checked for problems in the chest or lungs. Malignant mesothelioma has a long latency period and often doesn't show up until decades after exposure.




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    The MesotheliomaLawyerCenter.org was created to help the millions of Americans who were exposed to asbestos, a cancer causing mineral. Many of these men and women were exposed at work or during their military service and are now suffering from asbestos related diseases, such as mesothelioma cancer, a devastating and nearly always fatal disease.

    Our website is a comprehensive asbestos disease informational resource. Additionally, we offer mesothelioma victims and their loved ones the following items, free of charge: a comprehensive Mesothelioma & Asbestos Guide; 3 must-read mesothelioma books written by medical professionals and mesothelioma survivors; veteran benefits assistance, and more.


    Mesothelioma Survivors click this link for information and assistance.


    Those who worked in the closed quarters on board ships or in shipyards have a particularly high asbestos-exposure rate. That's because the mineral has been widely used in a variety of shipbuilding products and materials. Whether you're a recently diagnosed mesothelioma patient, have been battling the disease or are a caregiver, our goal is to arm you with knowledge for the power to fight back.

    We provide information for all aspects of the disease and caregiving, from the leading medical information to real-life support for families and caregivers. We aim to provide answers and support through the challenges ahead.



    Notable Quotes

    "...just one moment, one explosion, or one bullet separates Veterans Day from Memorial Day." -- Pete Hegseth, VetsForFreedom.org

    "If we and our posterity...live always in the fear of God and shall respect His Commandments...we may have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of our country....But if we...neglect religious instruction and authority; violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity." -- Daniel Webster, addressing the New York Historical Society, 1852.

    "Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature." -- Benjamin Franklin

    "The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars to be treated and appreciated by their nation." - George Washington

    "Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure." - Abraham Lincoln

    "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana

    "I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading them or driving them out of it" -- Benjamin Franklin

    "To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers have acquired too much, in order to spare to others who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equaled industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, 'to guarantee to everyone of a free exercise of his industry, and the fruits acquired by it.'" - Thomas Jefferson

    "The utopian schemes of leveling [redistribution of wealth], and a community of goods, are as visionary and impracticable as those which vest all property in the Crown. [These ideas] are arbitrary, despotic, and, in our government, unconstitutional." --Samuel Adams

    "You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they COULD and SHOULD do for themselves." -- Reverend William J.H. Boetcker


    During my 12 month tour (actually 366 days), more than half the pilots with whom I flew my 100+ missions were Reservists, like me, and Air Guardsmen. John Kerry equated Guardsmen with draft dodgers. The majority of members of the Guard and Reserves are former Active Duty military. Chances are good that the next time you fly on a commercial airliner, the pilots will be former military and perhaps members of the National Guard or Reserves. I often wondered how many names on the Vietnam Memorial Wall are of National Guardsmen and Reservists. One hundred and forty Medal of Honor recipients were in the National Guard. Six thousand seventy-seven members of the National Guard or Reserves died in Vietnam.

    The Vietnam War Memorial was dedicated November 13, 1982, honoring 58,178 American troops who died.

    U.S. forces inflicted over a million enemy fatalities, yet politicians did not allow a victory.

    A former Communist North Vietnamese colonel, Bui Tin, called the American "peace movement" essential:

    "Every day our leadership would listen to the world news over the radio to follow the growth of the American anti-war movement.

    Visits to Hanoi by people like Jane Fonda and former Attorney General Ramsey Clark gave us confidence that we should hold on in the face of battlefield reverses."

    On October 12, 1967, during Operation Medina, Marine Sergeant George Hutchings of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Division, had a dozen men killed around him when ambushed by North Vietnamese in the Hai Lang jungle.

    Months later, after numerous battles, George was shot three times, bayoneted and left for dead.

    He survived and was later awarded the Purple Heart.

    Of the Vietnam Memorial, George Hutchings said:

    "On that wall is the name of Corporal Quinton Bice, who was hit in the chest with a rocket running a patrol in my place.

    A Christian, he had shared the Gospel with me, but I didn't understand it till he gave his life in my place."





    Military Heritage and Aviation Museum in Punta Gorda, Florida.

    The Military Heritage & Aviation Museum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that has been in existence for more than seven years. The Museum is located in Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda, Florida.

    The Museum is funded by donations and grants, and a paid executive director and administrative assistant are supported by 35 volunteers -- mostly veterans -- who work as Museum guides and help in other ways.

    The Museum currently displays more than 30,000 military artifacts from as far back as the Spanish-American War to the current conflict in Iraq. The Museum is a testament to the hundreds of thousands of men and women who have defended our freedom by putting their lives on the line through their military service.


    Exhibit of items from Vietnam Prisoner of War Captain Luis Chirichigno



    Ears, Open. Eyeballs, Click: a movie that captures life in basic training for the marines with incredible clarity.




  • The Forgotten: A film depicting the journey of a U.S. Tank Platoon in the Korean war.




  • Latest Dispatches from Iraq from Michael Yon
    ...an alternative channel for compelling stories from those now wearing boots and carrying rifles....



    Read War On The Rivers, a Swiftboat Sailor's Chronicle of the Battle for the Mekong Delta -- a factual and technically correct description that captures this part of the "dirty little war" in a magnificent way that truly tells the story of the "Swifties" -- Lt J. E. Howard, USN (ret), excerpted from Military magazine.

    Read the Rear Admiral Roy F. Hoffmann Story
    This Is Latch to learn about their decorated leader, whose career and service to his nation began during World War II and was not completed until, coming out of retirement, he organized the "Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth" during the 2004 Presidential campaign to expose John Kerry as "Unfit For Command".

    Be sure to visit The Admiral Roy F. Hoffmann Foundation The Admiral Roy F. Hoffmann Foundation was initially funded from John O’Neill’s share of the royalties from his 2004 best selling book, "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry". Mr. O’Neill was entitled to receive nearly $1 million from his co-authorship of the book. He assigned all rights and control of the royalties to endow a foundation to honor Rear Admiral Roy F. Hoffmann, USN, Ret., for his leadership of Task Force 115 in Vietnam (Market Time/Sea Lords forces which included Swift boats); and for his founding and leadership of Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth.

    The Foundation has awarded $3,169,432 in grants through June 2008; of that amount 402 awards totaling $3,117,432 have gone primarily to severely wounded warriors and their families. Grants generally range from $4,000 to $12,000 (for the most severely wounded). The average grant is more than $7,750.






    Vets For Freedom

    This is a call to action. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who believe in supporting the mission -- and defeating America's enemies. It's time the fighters in this war tell their representatives -- face to face -- that now is no time to betray the mission.




    "This poem was written in dedication to the many veterans of combat who return to peaceful places but bring the battleground home with them in the deepest recesses of their minds and spirits, to be relived in flashbacks as part of a post trauma syndrome. It was written after a vet I was working with came to a counseling session covered in road stains. He had crawled under his truck in the midst of a flashback triggered by a moist, evening wind through the palm trees."

    THE THUNDER IN THE HILLS
    by CURLY MUSGRAVE

                                           I

    THE YEAR WAS EIGHTEEN EIGHT SOMETHIN'
    THE CONFEDERACY GONE
    THE COUNTRY HAD TURNED WESTWARD
    AND HE'D COME ALONG
    WHERE RIDIN' NIGHT GUARD WAS A GOOD LIFE
    AND HE OFTEN FELT FULFILLED
    'TIL THEM THUNDERHEADS COME A' ROLLIN' IN
    ACROSS WYOMIN'S HILLS


    THEN HIS OLD BONES GET TO SHAKIN'
    AN' HIS EYES FILL UP WITH TEARS
    AS THE LIGHTNIN' FLASHES 'ROUND HIM
    THEN THE THUNDER RIPS HIS EARS
    IN THE LIGHTNIN' HE SEES CANNON
    THEN FEELS THAT SABER IN HIS CHEST
    A SOUVENIR OF SHILOH BEFORE HE COME OUT WEST


    NOW HE RIDES HIS CIRCLE TIGHTER
    SO'S TO HOLD THE CATTLE IN
    ALMOST WISHIN' HE COULD SCREAM ALOUD
    ABOVE THE THUNDEROUS DIN
    BUT THAT'S ALL SHE'D TAKE FOR THIS DUMB HERD
    TO BREAK IN WILD STAMPEDE
    YET IF IT ENDS THE NIGHTMARES MIGHT BE JUST WHAT HE NEEDS


    BUT HE STUFFS THE INCLINATION AND TAKES ANOTHER NIP
    OF THE WHISKEY SHORTY GIVE HIM -- IT SEEMS TO HELP A BIT
    TO DULL THE PAIN OF SHILO AND THE POUNDIN' RAIN'S COLD CHILLS
    BUT HE'S A' WISHIN' HE COULD DRINK AWAY
    THAT THUNDER IN THE HILLS


                                           II

    'BOUT A GENERATION LATER WILD WIND WHISTLES THROUGH THE FENCES
    AS A YOUNG COWPOKE JUST HOME FROM FRANCE
    TRIES TO HOLD ONTO HIS SENSES
    AS HE DRIVES HIS HORSE WITH BLOODIED SPUR
    A SCARRED FACE SCANS THE SKY
    TRYIN' TO OUTRUN THAT WHISTLIN' MORTAR
    THAT LEFT HIM BUT ONE EYE


    ONCE MORE THE THUNDER RUMBLES AND IT SOUNDS LIKE OL' VERDUN
    AS THE COOLIES BECOME TRENCHES AND THERE'S NOUGHT TO DO BUT RUN
    FOR THE CATTLE, LIKE FALLEN COMRADES, AGAPE WITH HOLLOW EYES
    WATCH THAT COWBOY RIDIN' LOCO
    'NEATH THE WILD WYOMIN' SKIES


    AND AGAIN HE GALLOPS INTO TOWN, BUSTS THROUGH THE BARROOM DOOR
    BARELY NOTICIN' THE OTHER VETS, MOST JUST STARIN' AT THE FLOOR
    HEADS CLUTCHED IN TREMBLIN' FINGERS SOME WISHIN' THEY'D BEEN KILLED
    AND ALL JUST TRYIN' TO DRINK AWAY THAT THUNDER IN THE HILLS


                                           III

    AND THERE'S COWPOKES WENT TO NORMANDY, QUE SON AND SAIGON
    THAT DON'T SLEEP WHEN THERE'S THUNDER
    'CAUSE OF NIGHTMARES THAT COME ON
    OH, THEY TEND THE HERD IN FOUR-BYS NOW
    BUT CURSE THE CLOUDS AND LUCK
    AND THAT THUNDER IN THE HILLS
    THAT GETS 'EM DIVIN' 'NEATH THAT TRUCK


    AND WHEN HE LEFT THAT MID-EAST STORM
    THOUGHT HE LEFT THE WAR BEHIND
    AND HOPED WITHIN WYOMIN'S HILLS
    HE'D AGAIN FIND PEACE OF MIND
    BUT WHEN THE THUNDER RUMBLES ROUND THE RIDGES ROCKS 'N RILLS
    HE HEARS A GHOST OF SHILOH 'MIDST THAT THUNDER IN THE HILLS
    BUT THE SPECTRAL WAIL DON'T SCARE HIM NONE
    WHEN THE SUN'S 'A RIDIN' HIGH AND SHININ' ON THE ROCKIES
    OR WHEN HE'S RIDIN' WITH HIS RYE


    AND SO THAT WADDIE WARRIOR WONDERS
    WITH ALL THIS BEAUTY TO BE FOUND
    WHY CAN'T WE LIVE TOGETHER
    THERE'S ENOUGH TO GO AROUND
    HE'D JUST AS SOON WE ACT LIKE KIN
    WITH ONLY TIME TO KILL
    'STEAD OF FEELIN' MAN'S FEAR AND HATRED
    EACH TIME THERE'S THUNDER IN THE HILLS


    Copyright 1995
    Curly Musgrave
    All Rights Reserved
    Curly Musgrave died December 13, 2009

    Curly Jim Musgrave

    Curly Jim Musgrave








    The Legacy Project -- Grace Under Fire


    Collin County Texas Freedom Fighters




    Trace and Charlie Daniels at Bagram

    My Niece's husband with Charlie Daniels at Bagram, Afghanistan






    VIETNAM CROSS OF GALLANTRY

    "QUOC-GIA
    LAO-TUONG"

    (VIETNAM HONORS YOU)

    "Anh-Du'ng Boi-Tinh
    Vo'i Duong-Lie'u"

    (You have earned the Legion of Honor Medal in recognition of work well done through your sacrifice and by placing yourself in Harm's Way on our behalf.)





    The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry is awarded to all military personnel of all branches who served in-country Vietnam between 1 March 1961 and 28 March 1973 and to U.S. Army Vietnam and its subordinate units for the period 20 July 1965 to 28 March 1973, regardless of DD-214 notation. The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry is the equivalent of the French Croix de Guerre.

    The Army of South Vietnam awarded the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry to both individuals and units. When awarded to individuals, it was awarded with Silver Star (the equivalent to the US Army Silver Star) or with Bronze Star (equivalent to the US Bronze Star). Department of the Army General Order for the award is DA GO 43, 1970.

    According to the Department of the Army General Order DA GO 8 1974, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm was awarded to Headquarters U. S. Military Assistance Command (MACV) and all its subordinate units during the period 8 FEB 1962 to 28 MAR 1973. All military personnel who were assigned to units serving in-country Vietnam during this period were considered assigned to MACV and its subordinate units, regardless of service or component.



    Courtesy of G.D. "Doc" Young, "Medic", May '69, Ashau Valley, 101st Airborne Division
    If you qualify for the award and would like information on how to obtain it, please click the image below.

    Contributions to this section were made by several former ARVN officers along with other members
    of our TEWS and 6994th Security Squadron family
    JC Wheeler, Kevin Critzer, Thomas Echols, Rick Kane,
    Charlie Millsap, Bill Petrie, and Terry McNeil.

    Cross


    Reunion '99
    Reunion Patch

    The Calm Before The Storm

    Baron Patch DFC Society

                                                                             This is the patch I helped design for our squadron








    Don't Fly Solo

    EC-47 Stuff --Starting point for those who enjoy the history of the EC-47
    (the plane I flew in Southeast Asia in 1972-'73).

    Bruce at Ubon, 1973

    Bruce at Ubon, Thailand, 1973
    Isaiah 40:31




    From Broomstick Mounts to Rocking Chairs

    In retrospect, I must admit, I've lived a life unique;
    sat on a Civil War vet's lap, and went to war most bleak.
    In baseball I could pitch and catch and hit a long home run;
    in football I could "take it home"; in golf made hole in one!


    I've helped to put men on the moon, flown past the speed of sound;
    I've even helped to engineer the best machines around.
    I've watched the world around me change, some changes good, some bad;
    been blessed with opportunities so very few have had.


    I didn't do the best with each, I squandered most you'd say;
    I always thought I'd have the chance to make it up some day.
    But some day never seemed to come, or maybe it went by
    while I was busy looking down instead of at the sky.


    Now, those accomplishments are dust, I'm past my peak it seems;
    I don't still have those visions of the future, just daydreams.
    I don't regret the way I've lived, I do have one request:
    When I'm too old to ride the wind, please face my rocker West.

    Copyright 2012 by Bruce Obermeyer. All rights reserved.






    Final Mission of the EC-47

    by Scott Allbee. You may order signed and numbered lithograph prints HERE.

    The last flight of the EC-47Q, tail number 43-15204, of the 361st Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron, heralds the end of an era as it prepares for landing at Ubon RTAFB, Thailand, on May 15th, 1974. This was the final U.S. Air Force combat mission for the "Grand Old Lady of the Sky," the C-47, known in this configuration as "The Electric Goon." EC-47s flew long and often unsung electronic intelligence and ARDF missions with the 360th, 361st, and 362nd Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadrons and the 6994th Security Squadron from April 15th, 1966, to May 15th, 1974.



    EC-47 Experience

    Personal Appeal:   Attention Veterans and Non-Veterans Alike.  

    Please visit the EC-47 History site and consider purchasing JC Wheeler's book,
    which chronicles the experiences we had flying the EC-47 in Southeast Asia.
    The Book includes information concerning one of the most controversial losses
    of the entire Southeast Asian War:  

    The Downing of Baron 52.

    All proceeds go to keeping his site on the web.



    "The Newest Item"

    The DVD

    "A History Denied".

    This DVD, a History Denied the EC-47 Mission in Vietnam/Southeast Asia, was just produced by me, J.C. Wheeler and reproduced commercially in January, 2008. First following introduction/credits and acknowledgments, is a very moving ( In My Opinion ) Video/Audio Memorial Dedication to the men we lost.

    This Memorial is followed by an Video Taped interview in San Antonio at the first EC-47 Reunion in 1999, with Col.David Eddy retired, giving his experience as a Navigator with the EC-47, actually the beginning of 'Project Hawkeye', the Predecessor to the RC/EC-47 Mission .

    This interview is followed by a color film, 'Combat Cougar' running 8 minutes & 15 seconds, made by the 600th Photographic Squadron at Tan Son Nhut, with the 360th TEWS and the 6994th SS showing and telling what we did and how we did it. Most of this film footage was shot inside the aircraft showing the backend equipment and telling and showing how the enemy transmitters were fixed/plotted and how the crew worked together as a team and what each of the crewmembers did. This and the second film were both shot in 1968 and have been Declassified.

    Lt. Gen. Retired James R. Clapper and former Commander 6994th SS Det. 3, speaks to the group at the first reunion in San Antonio at Reunion 1999, about his experiences and tour of duty as a young Captain and Commander of the detachment and the difficulties of a new unit on base and a brief statement of the difference in the Missions flown out of Vietnam and those flown out of Thailand later in the mission, the early 70's. Video Taped.

    Next is a shorter, better quality, better outside ground footage of the aircraft from engine start through take-off, but less mission specific than the first film running 5 minutes & 35 seconds, also in color. This film was probably shot on the same day as the first and the Crewmembers are the same.

    This is followed by a slide show using photos that I have of our Aircraft Losses and those damaged and/or destroyed on the ground from enemy attacks and ground accidents/incidents. ( with background music )

    Ending with another slide show ( also with background music ) using the photo images I have of the various patches and versions worn by our folks including one that recently sold on eBay for $480. There are a number of later versions included that were produced more recently. The EC-47 Memorial Aircraft located on Security Hill, Kelly AFB and at Goodfellow AFB and the Bronze Memorial Plaque at the Air Force Museum.

    I think you will really enjoy this DVD and bet many of you will order the second of more copies after you see it the first time. This will be a most interesting and easiest way to tell the 'Kids' and the 'Wife' what dad did during the war. This DVD has a total Run Time of 47 minutes and 30 seconds.

    ..

    $24.95 which Includes Shipping

    E-mail

    Additional copies, $22.00 each with each order shipped to the same address.

    Send Orders to:

    J.C. Wheeler
    5648 Highway 21
    Clarksville, AR 72830






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    Dedicated to the members, family, friends, and loved ones of the 360th, 361st, and 362nd Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadrons and to the members, family, friends, and loved ones of the 6994th Security Squadron and all the others who were connected with the EC-47 aircraft during the Vietnam War. The poem was written as a tribute to those we lost. This site was created as a promise kept.

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