Good Morning! I'm hoping you may be able to help me with an unusual request. We're lookiing for the pilots, ground crew, flight dury officers, etc. who helped out with Bob Hope's USO tours for an article that we're writing. In one of Mr. Hope's books, he mentions that his tour stopped at Vinh Long in 1964. Hope writes that he and his troupe took off in a twin-engined Fairchild that was nicknamed the White Whale. The pilot was captain Kermit I Cress, the crew chief was Staff Sergeant David Van Dingenen, and the steward was Sargeant Bernie L. McCleery. Hope mentions two helicopter companies at Vinh Long: Major George E. Derrick's "Knights," and Major Thomas E. Anderson's "Outlaws." If you know of anyone who helped out with the Bob Hope USO tour, and would be willing tp speak with me, could you forward my contact information to him or her? Thank you for your help,
Rebecca Maksel, Air & Space /Smithsonian Magazine, MRC 513, P.O. Box 37012, Capital Gallery, Suite 6001, Washington, D.C. 20013-7012 Ph (202)633-6015 Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:21am EST

Hello from Effy, OL18 when I left in March 71. I posted several hundred photos I shot with my then new Pentax during my tour from March 1970 through early March 1971 on Flickr, and if you would like to view them go to: There are sets for Outlaws and Mavericks. It's growing. Much help was provided by Jim Donnelly, hundreds of scans. He is working on an Outlaw history, so I got the benefit of his expertise. Otherwise, the photos would lie in their box for another 39 years. If the link doesn't work, Google "Frank Effenberger Flickr" and it will get you there. Feel free to enter comments on my photos, names that are missing, the spelling of names and places lost its familiarity over the years. If you want to link to them, or have a feed as I add to them, you can set that up on Flickr too. It seems to have a better photo quality than some sites. Maybe they will bring back some decent memories, certainly some old(now) faces. I haven't contributed a thing before this, I decided it was about time. If you would consider posting a link to this photostream on your website, I would appreciate it. VHPA was kind enough to post a link on theirs. Thank you.
Frank Effenberger,CW5, Retired 121 Surfwood Drive, Rapid, SD 57701 Thurs, Apr 09, 2009 11:37am EST

My name is Enoch Sturgill. I was a member of the Outlaws from Apr 65 thru May 66. I crewed Outlaw 17 and Outlaw 1 during my tour with the Outlaws. Just wanted to say hello to everyone.
Enoch Sturgill USA Tues, Apr 07, 2009pm EST

I served with the Outlaws from February 1969 thru May 1970. At that time I was known by the nickname "Spanky." After just about thirty-seven years, I traveled to Vinh Long in September 2007 more or less to visit the place that had a major impact on my life. It was a good visit, even though things have changed quite a bit over the years. If anyone is interested, please get in touch and I will share some photos and provide more information.
James Reece USA Tues, Apr 07, 2009am EST

Hello, I sent my $20 membership fee in January, but do not see my name on the membership list. I am applying for disability for hearing loss due to refueling choppers. The "VA" wants proof that I belonged to a chopper outfit and I did such activity. If you have any ideas or advise I would appreciate it. Thank You!
Robert Slick USA Fri, Mar 20, 2009 @ 9:25am EST

My name is Andy Hoder. I was a doorgunner in 2nd Platoon Outlaws from January through April 1969. Do you remember a Crew Chief by the name of John Townsend? Thanks for maintaining the website. I just visited it for the first time this evening (3/17/09). After four decades had elapsed, I decided it was time to go back for a "second tour," so this past February I returned to what's left of the Vinh long Airfield. Hard to believe it's the same place. NOTHING there, except the old runway covered with weeds. Keep in touch.
Andy Hoder USA Wed, Mar 18, 2009 @ 3:27am EST

My name is David Biles. I served on Outlaw 885 from 67-69. Looking for people who served with me.
David Biles USA Fri. Jan 30 2009 @ 4:11 PM EST

Chuck, Thanks for all your hard work in getting the Guest Book up and running. Many may not realize that you have accomplished this in spite of physical and other problems. Your effort is appreciated more than you will ever know.
John Doyle, Inverness, FL USA Tues Jan 27,2009 8:20AM

My name is Rollie Hubbard. I am the webmaster for the 62nd cac. I think we have something in common or at least I hope so. I am backtracking the unit and its history I was led to you. My question to you is what is the possibility that we are the same unit. We were called the Royal Coachman and when I arrived in the unit in 1970 we were in Phu Bia then we moved up to Danang where we supported XXIV Corps. We were assigned to the 212th Avn. Bn. I am hoping that you can give up any information on this.
Rollie Hubbard, Lakeside Park, KY 41017, PH: 859-866-9270, USA Mon Jan 12 2009 3:26PM EST

I received a call from Jim Daughtery's son Roland today. His dad, your friend and Maverick AC, CW3 Jim Daughtery died on Aug 5, 1996 when he hit power lines while working for Evergreen Helicopters who was doing work for the Bureau of Land Management. Jim had been working there the year and a half since he retired from the Army. Roland can be reached at: 714-263-6195.
James Donnelly, USA Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:22PM EST

I am trying to track down the history on a UH-1 that flew in Vietnam. Here is a brief history I have on it so far: The following is Goldbook Information on tail number 69-15752. It is provoided here as as estimate of the history of this helicopter; Date 197010 Loc: Flt Opns, 5th Army, St. Louis, Date 197011-12, 175th. Avn Co, RVN, Date 197101, 611 TC DC, RVN, Date 197509 Supply Div,5th Army, Ft. Knox, Date 197510,11,12 Dir of Supply, Corpus Christy AD., It looks like it was flown by the 175th Avn Co/Attack helicopter Co in Nov and Dec 1970. I thought this was the "Outlaws" but every site I've found is always dated priot to 1970.The nose art on the helicopter reads "Fat Lady II" and features a pair of snake-eye dice. Do you have any ideas for where I might find the pilot or crew of this Huey? Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.
Mark Robbins,, Tues Dec 23, 2008 3:08PM EST

I came accross a photo the other day of Outlaw 28 which I believe was attached to the 13th Avn Bn, Headquarters. I served as float crew chief for the birds attached to Bn HQ from 10/66 to 11/67.
Richard (Rick)Wistner, LTC,USA,Ret. USA Mon. Dec 15 2008 12:11PM EST

Hello Outlaws. Does anyone have a good picture of Gunner.
Daniel M. Bustamante USA Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:43AM EST,

Hi...My name is John Dunlap and I flew with the Outlaws in Vinh Long from 1970-1971 on Outlaw 20. I have been searching for anyone from those years and woud be happy to chat with anyone. Here a few months ago while surfing this site I did come accross Tony Villaruel after 35 years of searching. This is a good web site and keep up the good work.
John Dunlap, Outlaw 20, USA Wed, Dec 10, 2008 9:57PM EST

Hello, I am an Outlaw. Where can I find tail numbers for the 175th Avn Co. I found a list for the 114th, but can't find a list for the 175th.
Daniel M. Bustamante @, USA Sat, Dec 6 2008 10:01AM EST

I am glad to read that the guestbook is back up. I am sorry that Bud Allie has passed on but glad that Chuck Wren has picked up the task of webmaster. I did enjoy the VLOA Newsletterthat was mailed to me recently. I still collect Outlaw and IV Corps history 1962-1975. I just haven't updated it in a while.
Doug Wilson,CE Maverick 35, 63-8706,,USA Sun, Oct 19 2008 10:08AM EST

I served with the Maverick's, Co A, 502 Avn Bn. from February 65 until May 65, or there abouts. I recently went through my mementos from that time and couldn't find my Maverick pin. Could you possibly tell me how I could, or if I could replace this artifact? It would mean a great deal to me. Also a friend of mine has lost his too. Ellis, Terry C. NFI; we served at the same time, both in the Mavericks. If it possible I would like to replace his too. Thank you for your time.
Tom Morrow, RA 18678488, 2505 Morrow Rd. Tishomingo, OK 73460 USA Wed 2 July 2008 8:09PM(EST)

I was with the unit from Oct67 to May68, then back to Can Tho with the 271st Innkeepers. I was a door gunner on Outlaw 25, name Ken Leiss, best friend was Ray Hensley. Gave all May 68 with the Outlaws. I still have by blue hankies forever. I will try to make the reunion this year; nice to see a bunch of old buzzards!
Ray Hensley, < USA Monday 10 March 2008 6:26PM(EST)

I was with the 148th MP Platoon on the main drag from the airbase to the city in a villa before MACV Hgt. stationed there from Oct 67 to Dec 68. There for Tet and also on base when the airfield commander got killed that main night of the Tet. Our job was to open the road to Can Tho every day, and also open the road across the river to Cai Lay (North)
F. Glenn Schaeffer, Eddystone Industrial Park, 2000 Industrial Hwy., Eddystone, PA 19022-1513 USA Tuesday 4 March 2008 3:50PM(EST)

SUBJECT: 13TH AVN BN REUNION, JUNE 2008 The 13th(Delta) Aviation Battalion reunion for all aviation units that served in the Mekong Delta will be held at Ft. Rucker 6-8 June 2008. To register, please contact Stan Gause by USPS mail at 2890 NW 29th Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33434, email at or telephone 561-882-4329. You may also register by contacting John Kennedy at 7908 Cooper Creek Rd, Columbus, GA 31909, email at, or by telephone706-327-4112. Provide your name,unit, dates and guests names. Registration fee is $50.00/ person. For registration payments in advance, please make checks payable to Stan Gause. Reunion activities include:Thursday 5 June, early bird registration at the Aviation Museum, 1230-1530; Friday, 6 June, registration at the museum, 0930-1600 hrs; after hours registration location TBA; Friday evening open time for unit meetings and socials; Saturday 7 June, late arrivals registration at the museum, 0930-1100; picnic lunch, displays and weapons simulators at Yano Hall, 1100-1400. Saturday evening,1830-?, social/cocktail hour, buffet dinner and guest speaker, location TBA; Sunday, 8 June, Memorial Service, 1000, at Rucker Memorial Park. A list of hotels in the Ft Rucker area will forwarded seperately.
Dave Eastman, Outlaw 23,-24, < Center Sandwich, NH 03227 USA - Friday 29 February 29, 2008 10:09(EST)

My name is Roger Edmondson. I was with the 175th Outlaws in 1969-1970. I live in Soddy Daisy, TN and work out of Chattanooga. I am now in Australia for my job installing a plant to clean up an old site that made Agent Orange. I guess I did not get enough of the stuff while I was in country. I was checking the web and found the Web Site for the 170th Outlaws and thought I would check it out.
Sp5 Roger Edmondson, <
Soddy Daisy, TN USA - Thursday February 28, 2008 ^:44 Am (EST)

VLOA Members: Please keep me informed of situations that should be included in the "Prayer List". Also I would appreciate being kept up to date on changes. VLOA Chaplain
John Doyle, <
Inverness, FL USA -Saturday February 23, 2008 9:11AM (EST)

Chuck, Thank you for all the time, effort, sweat, you have put into the VLOA website. I can ony imagine the aggravation you have endured. Your hard work is appreciated.
John Doyle, VLOA Chaplain <
Inverness, FL USA - Tuesday February 19, 2008 4:11PM (EST)

My brother Tom Hester was with the Outlaws in 1964-1965. He died in 2004. I have recently been curious about his tours of duty in VN and came across this and other sites. I'd be interested to hear from anyone that was close to Tom in those days.
USA - Saturday March 24, 2007 7:18 AM (PDT) LIONHEART -- OUTLAWS RULE!
Tucson, Az USA - Wednesday February 28, 2007 9:23 PM (PDT)

Served as DG~ 2nd Plt.1969-71. Capt. John Rowe (KIA) was our CO. Am unable to access adobe reader, to process membership request. ~ Gil -- Outlaws Rule!
USA - Wednesday March 17, 2007 9:19 PM (PDT)

Flew, with Capt. Rowe, Sp. Whites, Sp. Glascow; rest in peace young heros. 2nd Platoon rules. May we never forget. - G. P. 69-71 - 175th Aslt Hel Co
USA - Wednesday February 28, 2007 7:23 PM (PDT)

My name is Larry Page. I was a pilot in A/502nd briefly in August & September 1965 until WIA on 18 Sep. My contact information is attached. Please let me know if there is any further information you would like to have. Thanks
USA - Sunday December 3, 2006 7:03 PM (PDT)

Great website. I was CE for Col. Thomas E. Anderson in 68 when he was "Guardian 6". Was assigned to 114th AHC in Vinh Long when I first arrived in Nam... Thank God for Vietnam Vets........
USA - Sunday October 1, 2006 3:43 PM (PDT)

It is September 11 - are you flying Old Glory high and proud?
Bud <>
Riverside, CA USA - Monday September 11, 2006 7:34 AM (PDT)

Just Checked the weather for Pigeon Forge, looks like low 80's so, I think I'll pack my Swimmin Trunks and Walking Shorts, will also pack the Suntan Lotion (will have to put it in the checked baggage) TSA isn't going to let us pack it in our carry on stuff! TSA found that if you mix Suntan Lotion and Sun You get a Chemical Reaction, Yeap you get a nice "Tan"! Well, see you at the reunion, I'll be the one in the Flowered Swimmin Trunks! Bob Koonce
Bob Koonce <>
Tacoma, Wa USA - Saturday September 9, 2006 5:47 PM (PDT)

OK Guys its only about a week and change until our reunion at Pigeon Forge, have sent 3 boxes of goodies for the Silent Auction, and I know Six, is doing a wood carving so bring some cash and make a bid! Yeah Who ever flew Maverick 31, there might just be something of interest at the Auction. Don't forget your VLOA Membership Cards bet you don't even remember your number? Mine's #60, OK, I peaked! But at least check the old wallet and make sure you got it! See Ya at the Reunion, Bob Koonce
Bob Koonce <>
Tacoma, Wa USA - Saturday September 9, 2006 5:32 PM (PDT)

Hi George. Psychotherapist??? - I hope you don't take your patients up and apply a little dose of CIA interrogation technique to their imagined problems - although, you know that would probably introduce some reality to their lives. I think we didn't replace the cross tubes as a matter of choice. I think the front tube was a little out of spec, but never developed any cracks in stress areas. We sorta liked the nose down tail up aggressive attitude 15 displayed on the landing pad, besides, it was easier for both of us to get into the airplane.
Bud <>
Riverside, CA USA - Saturday September 9, 2006 1:36 AM (PDT)

Hi Bud, I just want you to know that I am flying every day, still instructing flight in addition to working as a Psychotherapist. I was thinking yesterday as I gave my student a forced landing which required a 180 approach and landing how we used to do it at Vinh Long. And yes occasionally we put a SMILE in the landing gear. Some things don't change much. A good instructor could prevent that. I don't remember you having to change the cross tubes on Outlaw 15. We did wear out a few skid tubes. Hope to see you soon Bud. George
George Kyle <>
Paducah, KY USA - Wednesday September 6, 2006 7:18 AM (PDT)

Hi: John Desmarais, Auburn, Ky. Aviator & friend of George Kyle
John Desmarais <>
Auburn, KY USA - Tuesday September 5, 2006 4:53 AM (PDT)

[More from George last Sunday] Al found me last night at 2200 hours and told me about the organization. I am so looking forward to seeing all of you guys again. Bud you had done a wonderful job on the guest book. I have been sitting here reading all these wonderful thoughts through the tears of memory. I will see you in September in TN. God Bless, George Kyle
George Kyle <>
Paducah, KY USA - Sunday August 27, 2006 11:00 AM (PDT)

Hello to all the ole guys. I was lost but now I have found you. See you in TN. Warmest regards and memories, George
George Kyle <>
Paducah, KY USA - Sunday August 27, 2006 11:02 AM (PDT)

As of this writing, we're on a long final approach for touchdown in Pigeon Forge for the VLOA Roundup on September 21-25. Planning is finished! We're awaiting the arrival of over 100 Outlaws, Mavericks, Roadrunners, gunners, guests and friends from all across the US. From all indications, it should be equally as great as previous reunions in Branson, San Antonio and Fort Rucker! All we need is YOU! Looking forward to seeing you all the end of September! Tom Anderson
Tom Anderson <>
Springfield, VA USA - Saturday August 26, 2006 11:27 AM (PDT)

Arr L Livingston, CW4, Outlaw 27, 1970. 2834 Addison Loop, Lake Charles, La 70607.
Arr L Livingston <>
Lake Charles, La USA - Thursday August 24, 2006 08:42 AM (PDT)

Just got back from the VHPA convention in DC. We had a number of Outlaws there, and went to the Wall despite the 96 degree temperatures. Washington is far more congested and populated with young people than I remember in my youth. Hope you all have a good time at Pigeon Forge this fall.
Dave Eastman <>
Center Sandwich, NH USA - Thursday July 6, 2006 11:10 AM (PDT)

I spoke to Paul Whitworth (Shotgun XI) on the phone recently. I dont expect him to make the reunion in Pigeon Forge. Currently I am ordering and recieving Outlaw historical information from the National Archives in College Park MD got some neat stuff I will be bringing to Pigeon Forge. I am also interested in the names of the operations we were on (Dan Chi 129 Dan Chi 135 ect.).
Doug Wilson <>
Costa Mesa, CA USA - Monday July 3, 2006 3:59 PM (PDT)

How great to hear from Bud, to know that he's back in formation again, and is planning to be in Pigeon Forge with us in a couple months. Pat and I are planning to be in Pigeon Forge next week for some coordination with the planner as well as visit Dollywood. Things are falling into place very nicely. Welcome Back, Bud ! ! !
Tom Anderson <>
Springfield, VA USA - Monday July 3, 2006 3:39 AM (PDT)

Good to hear from you again Bud. Glad to hear you plan to be with us at Pigeon Forge. Will be good to see you and many of our other Outlaw, Maverick, and Roadrunner compatriots and their families during 21 - 25 September. Happy Independence Day - Tuesday, July 4, 2006.
Tim Bisch <>
Baraboo, WI (Jun - Sep); Huntsville, AL (Sep - May) USA - Sunday July 2, 2006 8:24 PM (PDT)

We welcome back Bud Allie, our Webmaster, from sick call. He endured one long hospital stay and is enduring a prolonged recuperation process on his return home. Despite his medical set back, he has bounced back and is up and at 'em once again fine tuning the Outlaws web page. Great job Bud! Appreciate all your efforts!!!!
Al Iller <>
Berryville, AR USA - Sunday July 2, 2006 2:06 PM (PDT)

Good to have the Guest Book back up and running. Good to have our "Web manager" up and running also.
John E. Doyle <>
Inverness, FL USA - Sunday July 2, 2006 3:59 AM (PDT)

I have just posted a new, simple email method for getting Guest Book entries posted. Click on 揚lease Sign in Here?and follow the guide lines for submitting a new entry through the Site Manager.
Bud <>
Riverside, CA USA - Sunday July 2, 2006 12:36 AM (PDT)

Nice web site. Hope you all are well. I was with the Outlaws from Nov.'69 to May '70. Wish I had the memory so many of you have. I'm still flying after all these years. A couple more to go before I retire. Damn, we're getting old.......
Bill Dimond <>
New Fairfield, CT USA - Monday, June 26, 2006 at 18:40:54 (PDT)

We are up and running again! If you attempted to submit a new entry to this Guest Book in the past few months, and it never got posted, PLEASE RESUBMIT. Your entry never got transmitted for posting. The Feedback page suffered from the same flaky code generated by the host site's form mail tool. I will test these processes more frequently in the future so hopefully, this will not happen again. GSP, is this what you were referring to in that flaming email you sent me?
Bud Allie <>
Riverside, CA USA - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 01:44:29 (PDT)

Hi All, just a reminder. V.L.O.A. dues for 2006 are due in January. I'm sure that Chuck would appreciate our getting them in early. I mailed mine today.
John E. Doyle <>
Inverness, FL USA - Monday, December 5, 2005 at 01:30:39 (PDT)

Please consider putting a link to my 28th / 96th Avionics Signal Detachment Vinh Long Airfield website 1966 - 1967. I think it would complement you website. Here is a link to it. We were very much part of the Outlaws flying as Avionics repair and gunner on missions around the Mekong Delta and Tay Ninh Vietnam. Thanks Ray Mahoney - (Ray, I was unable to locate the site you requested we link to, and email was returned - sorry, Bud)
Ray Mahoney <>
Fairfax, VA USA - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at 17:53:54 (PDT)

Ditto John's Thanksgiving wish to all. I am posting John's message from Mammoth Lakes, CA. Not much snow yet this year, but we love this place all year round. I will be race training for the next 11 days. The weather man says we should start getting "off and on" light snow fall beginning Friday - sure hope he is right! Take care all.
Bud <>
Mammoth Lakes, CA USA - Thursday, November 24, 2005 at 02:42:50 (PDT)

Wishing a Blessed and safe Thanksgiving to all. God Bless.
John E. Doyle <>
Inverness, FL USA - Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at 17:24:50 (PDT)

I'm doing research to submit the Outlaws for the Ellis D. Parker award, and it is a pleasure to look over the site. Some things never change. The Outlaws seem to have always been a close knit group as they are today. As my first aviation unit out of flight school, this old timer (35) considers it a honor to wear the "Outlaw 21" call sign. I hope I have done it justice. If anyone would like any pictures from Iraq or Katrina/Rita support, please feel free to contact me. Thanks again for maintaining the foundation on which we stand. "Ride Hard"
John Burke <>
Killeen, TX USA - Sunday, November 20, 2005 at 17:29:07 (PDT)

Thanks VLOA, Our 9th ARVN Recon Co. was stationed in Sadec Province (1967-1970), but most of the time flew to battle zones from Vinh Long airfield (15 miles from our base). This Website is interesting. Best regards, Hanh Nguyen
Hanh Nguyen <>
Sacramento, CA USA - Tuesday, November 8, 2005 at 10:56:23 (PDT)

Just want to say thanks to Al & Nell for another great edition of our Newsletter.
John E. Doyle <>
Inverness, FL USA - Saturday, October 29, 2005 at 03:52:09 (PDT)

Hope to hear from some of the guys from the Outlaws. Left good old Vinh Long Nov 1970.
Color Me Bad Crew Chief Joe Wisneski <>
Little Ferry, NJ USA - Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 16:20:58 (PDT)

STOCKDALE, TX USA - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 16:49:19 (PDT)

My tour of duty was in 1965 in the 362nd Signal Company Southern Tropo Vinh Support of the Aviation Co"knights of the Air."Do you have any info. on the signal troops?
Alexander Fiore <>
Portland, Me USA - Monday, October 10, 2005 at 16:35:22 (PDT)

Just had a visit from Ross Armijo, Mavericks 70-71, Ivey Miller Outlaws 71-72 and Tony Villaruel Outlaws 71-72. We had a great time in New Mexico. Next year we will all go visit Dave Turner in Vermont. Been 34 years since we spent time together. Look forward to seeing and hearing from any and all Outlaws, Mavericks, Bushwackers and Road Runners
Roy Lynch (Whiteeagle) <>
Tijeras, NM USA - Tuesday, September 27, 2005 at 08:05:32 (PDT)

First opportunity I've had to visit this site. Saw one or two familiar names, so I decided to say "Hello". I was 2nd Plt Outlaw's from Jan to Sep '70. I was OL-25 when I "left" (RLO's couldn't stand me any longer) to go over to D Trp 3/5 Cav and Loaches. Left the Army in '71 and returned to the Air Force and completed 30+yrs Active duty in '95. I'll drop by on occasion to see what's new ..... it's an attractive site ... Congrats!! Chief Ed
Ed Gallagher <>
Xenia, OH USA - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 15:10:58 (PDT)

Great website, I served with the 346th Avn Det, at Vinh Long from 1967 until 1968, worked for the Airfield Commander, remember many great memories and some not so great. Welcome Home and God Bless. Pete
Peter Anderson <>
USA - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 13:44:16 (PDT)

To Whom it May Concern: My husband and one of your members worked together for several years and we would like to get in touch with him again to see how he is faring. Please give Byron Miksch our e-mail address and tell him we would like very much to hear from him....Thank you for your help! Kathryn Schamanski
Kathryn Schamanski <>
Puyallup, WA USA - Wednesday, September 07, 2005 at 10:17:49 (PDT)

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Patrick Theriot and Chester Voisin and their families, in the New Orleans area! We can only hope the damage is not as great as reported on the News! God Bless, Bob
Bob Koonce <>
Tacoma, Wa USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 09:44:48 (PDT)

Bud, Once again testing the new "filtering" system. Good work if it keeps the spam off the Outlaws web page. Thanks, Al
Al Iller <>
Berryville, AR USA - Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 11:28:55 (PDT)

Looks like I am getting into my new domicile without a hitch on Monday morning, August 29. A great birthday present! My phone number of (603) 323-2907 will remain the same, and is simply being transferred across town. I am still on the banks of the Bearcamp River, in a natural setting and in an old home built in 1826, but quite rennovated. Talk to me soon!
DAVE EASTMAN, OL 23,-24 <>
Tamworth, NH USA - Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 08:33:20 (PDT)

Due to some pretty ugly spam, I have re-installed the Junkeater filter. Hope it works better this time.
Bud <>
Riverside, CA USA - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 07:50:55 (PDT)

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion in New Orleans,La.
Robert J. Sharp <>
Sleepy Eye, Mn. USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 20:23:33 (PDT)

If you have had problems posting a message, please try again and email your experience to me. Thanks
Bud <>
Riverside, CA USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 08:14:21 (PDT)

Great!!! I typed in my email addy incorrectly in the last post. Still think the site looks great
Duane Truman <>
Cassville, MO USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 17:27:00 (PDT)

Looking great. Bud does a great JOB.
Duane Truman <>
Cassville, MO USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 17:24:22 (PDT)

Looking great
Duane Truman <tmroper@,>
Cassville, MO USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 17:22:17 (PDT)

Thanks John. These changes won't stop all of the ugly stuff, but hopefully, they will keep the book cleaner, especially when I leave town for the weekend, and will allow me to spend more time with new content like the QuarterMaster page. This has been a busy spring and summer, I apologize to everyone for the sparsity of new content and long delays between updates - please don't send me back to the hangar Al - I'll get your page up soon - not that I don't love you 150th guys, it's just a lot cooler at 3000 feet.
Bud <>
Riverside, CA USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 04:39:30 (PDT)

Bud, we all understand how tiresome it must have been for you trying to clean up the spam every day. Just wanted you to know that we appreciate all you have done to make our site so great.
John E. Doyle <>
Inverness, FL USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 03:48:05 (PDT)

Testing another anti-spam adjustment. Contributors must now sign an "I'm not a bad guy" statement by entering a unique code, and then the guestbook entry gets scanned by a service called So, this should limit the spam to those spammers who manually enter their stuff and are willing to sign-off even when they see their IP address being recorded by the Junkeater folks. Let's all hope these changes slow down the spammers while not inhibiting the good folks we are trying to reach. This guestbook is the most popular page on our site and, even if it continues to require lots of manual attention, we will not surrender to the bad guys - we never have, and we never will.
Bud <>
Riverside, CA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 21:23:18 (PDT)

This is the second attempt to test an anti-spam solution.
Bud <>
Riverside, CA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 01:24:09 (PDT)

Soon the VLOA Web page will be posting QM items available with prices and ordering information. Until the details roll out, VLOA will be offering for sale bronze "Outlaws" belt buckles; "Outlaws" miniture lapel/tie tack pins; "Outlaws" decals; "Maverick" decals and "Roadrunner" decals. Detailed information was recently published in the Outlaws Newsletter with photos and will soon be on the VLOA Web page. Just wanted to give all a "heads up". To All Outlaws, Mavericks and Roadrunners: Hi, wish you all good health and good luck. Hope to see many of you at New Orleans reunion 2006. Best Regards, Al
Al Iller <>
Berryville, AR USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 11:29:04 (PDT)

looking for anybody that was with 175th or 150th from 1967 to 1969
Steve Gray <>
selden, lookinny USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 17:56:36 (PDT)

Greetings from a 114AHC member 70-71
Terry Martin <>
USA - Friday, August 05, 2005 at 13:46:16 (PDT)

Nice site,Crewed 36 in 68 then went to 33 for 69, home in April 70. fun to be home. Maveric still rules.
Tom Kennedy <>
Cleveland, Oh USA - Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 15:33:31 (PDT)

175th outlaws 2plt feb 1968-sept 1969 OL 26 jefferson airplane 65-12866 67-17192 crew chief
tim hostetler <>
alliance, ohio USA - Sunday, July 10, 2005 at 14:35:50 (PDT)

Stop by this site every once in awhile, hard to believe 40 years have gone by. CW5 Bill LaChance
Bill LaChance <>
Houston, TX USA - Thursday, July 07, 2005 at 06:03:48 (PDT)

I enjoy viewing the website. I appreciate those who take the time to maintain my memories.
Jim "Chic" Cowart <>
Mobile, AL USA - Sunday, July 03, 2005 at 14:17:53 (PDT)

Outstanding!!! I had a super visit with this great web sight. Keep up the good work. I'll be seeing next year in New Orleans.
Tony Clemente <>
Palm City , Fl USA - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 16:11:30 (PDT)

I was and am PROUD to say I was with the Outlaws from 15 April 1970 until Emergency leave 3 Jan 1971. Would like to renew old friendships and make many new one. When and where is the next reunion??
1SG(r) Clifford L. Gaston Jr. <>
Dekalb, Ms USA - Monday, June 27, 2005 at 05:50:33 (PDT)

My father is David Logan, one of your brethren. My sister and I grew up never feeling any stress related to my dad's work. When he was home, he was just "Dad", and that is the best thing a father can ever do for his kids. Reading some of the stories on this site makes me realize even more how good he was at prioritizing and taking care of us.
Janet Logan Friesecke <>
Fort Lauderdale, FL USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 08:33:52 (PDT)

I worked in the avionics repair shop at Vinh Long airfield with the 175th AHC 'Outlaws from May to August 1971.
Gary Auchard <>
Leavenworth, KS USA - Monday, June 20, 2005 at 19:01:49 (PDT)

gunner on outlaw 28 67-68
elkhart, in USA - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 19:49:50 (PDT)

Such an honor to meet the Original Outlaws here at Fort Hood! I have added your website to my website :) RIDE HARD!
CW2 Lori D. Gaff <>
Fort Hood, TX USA! - Friday, May 13, 2005 at 10:41:34 (PDT)

Col. David Hackworth is dead! Check out:,,Hackworth_050505,00.html
DAVE EASTMAN, OL 23,-24 <>
Tamworth, NH USA - Saturday, May 07, 2005 at 13:16:53 (PDT)

We remember you William Mayhair
James Mayhair Sr. <>
Angleton, TX USA - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 20:49:07 (PDT)

Hey guys, I finally got on this web page. Thank you!
Fred Jacobs <>
Colorado Springs, Co USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 08:34:30 (PDT)

150th. Electrical shop,64-65..Hi guys,,Yes,,I'm still alive and kicking here in Jersey..Great seeing all the new inserts,,,Take care all..Mike
Michael Schillaci <>
Nutley, NJ USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 08:26:26 (PDT)

served in the 175th 1968-69. crewed outlaw 28
elkhart, in USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 19:51:35 (PDT)

Terrific site. A great way to keep in touch.
Charles Bouton <>
Mount Airy, MD USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 17:59:55 (PDT)

Great site. Excellent job, the gallery brings back many old memories. Thanks for your efforts and hard work. Outlaw 13, May 65 - May 66. Ended up in Outlaws because I had Mike Madigan's boots when we came over together.
Bob Lay <>
Melbourne, Florida USA - Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 19:51:02 (PDT)

I was originally assigned to this unit right out of Ft. Benning in Sept 64, but was immediately transferred to the 120th Avn Bn in Saigon. The only names I recognize in your current list of active members are Angelo spelios, and Charles Wren. Although a part of the original unit, most time was spent with the 120th. Doug Armstrong
Douglas Armstrong <>
Palm Bay, FL USA - Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 06:26:45 (PDT)

I was with 175th Outlaws from Feb 68 to Feb 69, with the 2nd Plt,and I" looking for anyone that was there then. also I'm looking for Mr McIntire my AC I beleve his first name was richard. please if anyone knows his let him of me
Daniel M. Bustamante <>
Ft Worth, Tx USA - Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at 05:47:58 (PDT)

Had many, many flights with the Mavericks & Outlaws when they furnished the Senior Advisors ship at Cal Lanh. I was an operations officer with advisory team 50. Never had a problem with any of your pilots or ships. Commendable!
John E. King, (Capt), MACV TM 50 <>
Saint Albans, WV USA - Saturday, April 16, 2005 at 21:24:12 (PDT)

Asaba Owerri <>
aba, enugu Lagos - Friday, April 15, 2005 at 09:33:37 (PDT)

I was in the 175Th in 69-70 and 6 more months in late 70 on my second tour.
Ron DeBord <>
Hixson, tn USA - Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 19:37:09 (PDT)

It was awsome to meet the old outlaws I'm part of B Troop 1-158 avn outlaws
Shane M. Durbin <>
Fort Hood , Tx USA - Friday, April 08, 2005 at 09:55:21 (PDT)

I am lookong for anybody that was an outlaws from 5/68 to 5/69. I worked in the operation departmen.My emai is
Michael Vernet <>
Boulder, CO USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2005 at 16:33:55 (PDT)

Thanks to this site I got to see two gunners I flew with in the 1st platoon 1-69 1-70. To have 3 doorgunners in the same platoon together after 35 years is a miracle. Thanks again. Smitty
Steven Smith <>
Tampa, florida USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2005 at 10:15:13 (PDT)

2nd Flight Platoon, 70-71 Great site, Outlaws Rule,still looking for others who served in the same era. Drop an E-Mail.
Roy Lynch (White Eagle) <>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Monday, April 04, 2005 at 18:05:04 (PDT)

OL 27 70-71
Lanny W. Mccormack <>
USA - Saturday, April 02, 2005 at 08:34:34 (PST)

sorry about the incomplete.
al miller <>
naples, fl USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 06:53:25 (PST)

AL MILLER your e-mail address is incomplete. We cant e-mail you.C/E Maverick 35 1966
Doug Wilson <>
Costa Mesa, CA USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 14:53:32 (PST)

i was the crew chief on outlaw 12 from may68-may69. i just read message from al miller dated mar 24, 2005. many of the names there are familiar including the biles brothers. leo wisniewski was my door gunner. any former plz cantact me. i replaced ta-ta when he left.
darrell hildt <>
glen burnie, md USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 09:48:02 (PST)

al miller < millertime10190>
naples, fl USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 18:21:31 (PST)

Again, I was with the 28th Sig Det. Have made contact with 3 buddies, that were with the 28/96. We are trying to locate Wayne Bishop,Kirby Parks, Jerry Bean, Harvey Jones, Edwin Rokicki and John Hinze. Both Det. were in the same hooch and worked together in the same shop. The above may have been in either Det. If anyone can help us locate them, please email me. All best wishes to everyone.
Ronald Alcott <>
Groton, MA USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 08:25:15 (PST)

sorry, I messed up my email on the original, it is
Anthony Law <>
Belleview, Fl USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 12:57:26 (PST)

I served with the Mavericks fro July 1967 until Aug 1968, i was the Maverick Armament Chief,also flew as gunner on all ships. I have a group picture of the Mavericks that was taken when Capt. Koening logged his 2000 hours (i think) i remember the celebration with champaign and partying. i had a list of all inthe picture but have lost it. I cannot remember very many in the picture anymore. I do remember a few of them though, unfortunately some have died since then.
Anthony Law <>
Belleview, Fl USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 12:55:28 (PST)

George Shannon Prescott <>
Franklin, NH USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 06:41:47 (PST)

Ain't it great to see the crap that comes in on this website as a reflection of how the world has turned since our tour in Vietnam??? Makes you feel great, doesn't it?? They should all go to jail, and let us be....
DAVE EASTMAN, OL 23,-24 <>
Center Sandwich, NH USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 19:23:04 (PST)

hello to all.. will try to stay in touch.. keep up the good work..
Jim Grandstaff <>
woodstock, va USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 15:38:18 (PST)

I had a chance to spend more time with my cousin this weekend and viewed more slides.His best friend was Dave Osborne of the Mavericks.And his nick name was "SMITTY"he actually didn't remember any nick name but there was a slide of him in a custom embroidered flight suit and the name tag was thst nickname.Anyone remember door gunner "SMITTY" plz e-mail me.Thanx, Ken Yelln
ken yellen <>
Otsego, Mn USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 12:02:22 (PST)

Is there a web site or information site whereby one can locate a person who used to be in the Army and I am sure retired as a field grade officer ---------- That person had signed a will and now there is some question that person could clear up for a family if he could be found-------------Ken DeLozier Outlaw 37-----1964-65
Kenneth F DeLozier <>
Trenton , KY USA - Monday, March 07, 2005 at 18:57:49 (PST)

If anyone has been kind enough to send am e-mail to us plz re send it as we encountered some problems and lost all our inbox mail. Thank You
Ken Yellen <>
Otsego, Mn USA - Monday, March 07, 2005 at 17:45:39 (PST)

Just one more note, he also just mentioned to me that one of the huey's was named "MURDER INCORPERATED" and some south vietnamese general wasn't to happy about it, but it stayed on the ship!!!!
Ken Yellen <>
Otsego, Mn USA - Monday, March 07, 2005 at 10:53:13 (PST)

This is a great site, I was 9yrs old when my cousin went to Vietnam. I watched the news every day and prayed for his safe return. That was along time ago I have been viewing some slides that he has borrowed to me and wanted to know if anyone remembers any of the following, Maverick 38 Snoopy, Outlaw 12 had some spanish written above the outlaw emblem. He said he was a gunner in 18 for awhile, poss 12 and 14 looking at the slides. He had a friend in Maverick 38 named Dave! Any info would be great!!! PLZ SEND TO NKY2004ALS@EARTHLINK.NET IN CARE OF LARRY SMITH DOOR GUNNER 1966/1967 175TH OUTLAWS
Ken Yellen <>
Otsego, Mn USA - Monday, March 07, 2005 at 10:46:55 (PST)

I was A member of the 28th Sig. Det. 1965-1966. Just found this site and and have to admit a tear dropped on my touch pad. What a wonderful job you folks have done putting this site together. Best wishes to everyone.
Ronald Alcott <>
Groton , MA USA - Saturday, March 05, 2005 at 15:00:35 (PST)

Crew chief on Outlaw 23 from Nov 67 thru July 68. Dick Mcintyre was our AC and Larry Mcarhan the door gunner. I have several color slides and are transferring them to digital for ref. I have forgotten a lot of the names.
John Townsend <>
Monticello, IN USA - Monday, February 28, 2005 at 14:32:12 (PST)

Fantastic job on this site. Your hard work is greatly appreciated.Thank you Thank you Thank you
Mike Madigan <>
Ocala, FL USA - Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 14:22:56 (PST)

Just reviewed the VLOA web site. A wonderful job, Bud.
Olen Thornton
USA - Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 05:38:27 (PST)

Danged nice site.
Jack Lane <>
USA - Monday, February 21, 2005 at 17:51:27 (PST)

LAST CALL! If you are interested in being part of a 7 day Caribbean Cruise this Fall, you must let me know of your interest by 1 March. Our next reunion is over a year and a half away. Why not get together with other Outlaws between now and then on a cruise? Last call!!!
John E. Doyle <>
Inverness, FL USA - Wednesday, February 16, 2005 at 17:19:01 (PST)

The Homcoming you never received will be held in Branson, Missouri on June 13-19,2005. Opertion Homecoming USA will be the largest reunion for Vietnam Veterans in many years. Lets see how many Outlaws we can muster for this event. Send me an e-mail if you think you can make it. Check out the web site at
Mike Haley <>
Mt Juliet, tn USA - Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at 18:55:59 (PST)

I have started a website to document the 25th Shotgun Program. I am looking for former gunners and other information. Please visit the site and sign in.
Bill <>
Farmington, Mo USA - Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 11:31:54 (PST)

I would like to hear from any Outlaws or Mavricks era 1969 1970.480-396-7569
Erick V. Ragsdale <>
Mesa, AZ USA - Tuesday, February 08, 2005 at 17:47:00 (PST)

I just wondered onto this web site,and I am wondering if anyone know of my cousin,Larry,Howard,smith from Burnsville,Minn was an Outlaw sometime in 67-68.He as a door Gunner,He and I have rcently spent some time together talking about his time there,He does not do computers much less own one,so I thought I might try to find someone who knows him or did and I could relay it to him.Thank you for this site and letting me put this in here.Ken Yellen
ken yellen <>
Otsego, Mn USA - Tuesday, February 08, 2005 at 14:15:10 (PST)

Welcome home brothers, Outlaw Eric Ragsdale and I served in the 6th Cavalry, Ft. Meade before going to Nam together. He was sent to Vinh Long and I was sent to Chu Lai in the north. I was a prop and rotor man with the 71st AHC (Rattlers/Firebirds)'69 & '70. I'm proud to be have served my with my Outlaw brother. The LORD bless you and your families. Chico
Francisco Marcano-Rodr韌uez <>
Perkasie, PA USA - Monday, February 07, 2005 at 13:07:13 (PST)

I read CINC Col. Bert L. Rice's fond comments on his exceptional tour with the A/502nd-175th as Maverick Lead during 1965 in OFFICER REVIEW, Vol. 44, Number 6. Andy Palenchar, then Major and G-3 of the Sadec 9th ARVN Inf. Div. forwarded it to me, as well worth remembering about airmobile warfare in the Delta. "I found it to be good reading, gives a layman a better insight on the use of choppers. Could not make the picture come out any cleaner." He forwarded on these nostalgic comments, after reading the article in the January, 2005 OFFICER REVIEW magazine. Bert Rice talks of the underpowered B-models, which were replaced by the superior Charlie 540 models and D-models of my 1966-67 tour. These B-models were exceptional aircraft and very valued within this story, while he describes the time of his tour as fast paced and the Bell Huey aircraft of that era taxing to both crews and helicopter warfare. The B-model Huey was very adored and valued, until more developed aircraft came along; we all got that news in flight school before we were ordered to RVN in 1966-67. Good story about sharing exciting and professional Vietnam experiences.
DAVE EASTMAN, OL 23,-24 <>
Ctr. Sandwich , NH USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2005 at 20:02:49 (PST)

Bud, you've got this web page on a fast track. Thanks for all you effort!! We need some help. Anyone out there who may have assignment orders for the Shotgun (door gunner) platoons (25th Inf Div)that were assigned anytime between 8/64 and 9/65 to the Outlaws (62d Avn Co or Co A, 502d Avn Bn), please contact me. We are attempting to account for all doorgunners assigned during that period. Thanks!
Al Iller <>
Berryville, AR USA - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 06:13:24 (PST)

Pilot: Outlaw 25, July 67-68
Glenn Kluttz <>
Concord, NC USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 15:01:43 (PST)

To all; Sorry Sue and I couldn't make the Rucker reunion. It's been a tough couple of years. Total knee replacement Jan. 2003, heart attack July 2003, broke my ankle while crossing a brook Nov. 2004 while deer hunting. Computer total failure Jan. 2005. Who knows whats next. We hope to go to New Orleans for the next gathering. Keep the faith!!! gsp
George S. Prescott <>
Franklin, NH USA - Monday, January 24, 2005 at 07:59:49 (PST)

Make sure that you check out the VHPA website...The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association has many members from the Outlaws and Mavericks. There are over 12,000 pilots in our directory...Email me for more info..or go to
Bob Smith (Robert J Smith) Maverick 3 <>
Lee's Summit , MO USA - Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 15:00:23 (PST)

Bud, Keep up the good work and you'll get promoted! Got to go, someone has to shovel the 12" of snow we got last night. Don Palmer Outlaw 23 '64-65
Don Palmer <>
Plymouth, NH USA - Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 07:25:39 (PST)

Nice site. I was Outlaw 29 1971. Thanks
Charlie "Tuna" Stirewalt <>
Fuquay-Varina, NC USA - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 12:02:41 (PST)

I just found this site thanks to Dave Eastman. I was the gunner on O.L.12 '66-'67. Bill Fry was it's AC then, John Perkins was it's CE. Nice site!
Ray Roth <>
cartersville, ga USA - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 09:34:33 (PST)

Finally found this wib site thanks to Dave Eastman who many of you know from his Book "Outlaws in Viet Nam. Dave and I were in the same flight class arriving in RVN, Ving Long (The Outlaws) in Sept (I think) 1966. I was one of his editors re; the book. I flew the Smoke Ship "Magic" on Easter Sunday befor Daily had to take over due to bullet damage to Outlaw 19. Was later shot down again near Myto(sp) and still later, 19 received a direct mortor hit on the Vinh Long tarmac. At any rate Dave Eastman and I flew throughout 66 & 67 with the Outlaws and were proud of the oportunity. Came back in 1969 with the Red Barrons and later moved into the the Hq with Colonel Gentleman Joe Starker. A million stories will live on forever.Good to see names I recognikze in/on this Web-site..Regards to all......
Michael Hershey <>
Oakland, California USA - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 02:08:16 (PST)

I leave you with one central thought, no matter what year you served with the Outlaws, A/502nd or 175th, "Once an Outlaw, always an Outlaw, but once a Knight is enough!!!" Hooray for our brief time at Vinh Long,whatever the year!
DAVE EASTMAN, OL 23,-24 <>
Center Sandwich, NH USA - Friday, January 21, 2005 at 16:37:56 (PST)

Outlaw & Maverick 1968-69
George Williams <>
Cameron, NC USA - Friday, January 21, 2005 at 04:29:16 (PST)

This is my new mailing address: 2315 Nicklaus Dr
John Reynolds <>
Oceanside, Ca USA - Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 18:24:20 (PST)

Served with the Outlaws and Mavericks 1968-1969. Thanks to all of you that served before and after me. God bless you all.Pray for our service men and women serving today.
David R. Wise <>
Burnt Cabins, PA USA - Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 09:11:10 (PST)

Great web site, just found out about it today and had to take a look. Keep up the good work. We should not rest untill we are all accounted for.
Richard Waldo outlaw 20 70-71 <>
Grand Forks, ND USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 17:57:38 (PST)

Outlaw 25 1968 - 1969
Dennis Iannazzo <>
fort Worth, TX USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 16:55:27 (PST)

SAVANNAH, GA USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 12:54:25 (PST)

Hope you don't mind me checking in on your site. It's always good to here about any of the Vinlong bunch. I was in the 175th in 1968-69. Good luck to each of you. My wife and myself will be at the VHPA reunion in San Francisco in July and hope to see as many of you as can make it. Bob Secrest
Robert Secrest <>
USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 09:50:38 (PST)

Been there,Done that, "OUTLAW 18" 67-68
Donald Kent LTC USAR RET <>
Glen Ellyn, IL USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 09:12:27 (PST)

Nice site!
William L. Fryant <>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 06:27:16 (PST)

Dec., 68 - Dec., 69 Outlaws 1st Platoon and Maverick test pilot
Joe Gossum <>
Marietta, GA USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 05:53:19 (PST)

Just logged on for the first time. Would love to stay in touch with anyone from the Mavericks circa 67-68. Happy New Year
Dick Koenig <>
Trumbull, ct USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 04:57:30 (PST)

I was there starting early June 68. Outlaw 15 (001 & 189). I'm so very glad their are so many honorable "Outlaws" out there. The last election made me think more on the subject and I don't mean "Moore, Roger." Don I.
Donald E. Isenberg <>
Charlottesville, IN USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 03:52:41 (PST)

I was Outlaw 21 during my tour in 70-71. I didn't know this site existed until I received an e-mail from Maverick 5. Keep up the good work. Jay Klein//Outlaw 21
Jay Klein
USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 02:30:15 (PST)

I didn't even know about this web site until today. GREAT JOB! Thanks for letting a 175th member infiltrate.
Jim Spiers <>
Loganville, GA USA - Monday, January 17, 2005 at 19:26:45 (PST)

Just a reminder, if you are interested in a V.L.O.A. (unauthorized) Cruise, please let me know ASAP so I can work out the details. This will be a 7 day Caribbean cruise. Se the notice in the January V.L.O.A. Newsletter.
John Doyle <>
Inverness, FL USA - Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 18:36:55 (PST)

Seeking information regarding an E6 Giacchino, doorgunner with Mavericks and was reportedly with Jack Sanford (KIA), Tim Bisch (WIA) and Mike Moritz (KIA) on June 16, 1965 when their gunship was shot down. Anyone having information about the whereabouts of this individual would be appreciated. Giacchino was a member of the "Shotgun" platoon from the 25th Inf Div (Hawaii) attached to the Outlaws. Please contact me.
Al Iller <>
Berryville, AR USA - Thursday, January 06, 2005 at 05:19:05 (PST)

Great to see you putting together website of our time in country. I was door gunnger on a D model from about 1-67 to 7-67 when I rotated back to stateside for discharge. Great site, keep it up.
John Schlesinger <>
Selma, Or USA - Friday, December 31, 2004 at 21:20:06 (PST)

Bud, You have done an outstanding job on website. The VLOA reunions just keep getting better and better! We are looking forward to the 2006 reunion in New Orleans. We wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperus New Year.
Ernie & Linda Isbell <>
Flower Mound, TX USA - Friday, December 31, 2004 at 12:40:07 (PST)

Wishing all VLOA a happy New Year! You can view the Iraq Outlaw web site by going to the 175th Maverick web: look for "CURRENT OUTLAWS" punch the button and go to Iraq. They are a GREAT bunch of men and women and understand their units leanage to the "ORIGONAL OUTLAWS"
Doug Wilson <>
Costa Mesa, CA USA - Friday, December 31, 2004 at 10:25:12 (PST)

The website looks good! I am sure it will continue to get better as we do.
Hal L. Scott <>
Graham, NC USA - Thursday, December 30, 2004 at 14:50:02 (PST)

Great improvement to the website information. Thanks.
Ernest F. Estes <>
Ozark, AL USA - Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at 18:25:22 (PST)

Hey Bud! Once again the improvements are great, the web page is really coming alive! Hope for more hits and perhaps we will be able to corral some more lost Outalws, Mavericks and Roadrunners. Al
Al Iller <>
Berryville, AR USA - Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at 17:50:19 (PST)

Door gunner on Outlaw 14 6/6/66 to 6/6/67 ,I don't see a lot of men from the time i served , I hope every body a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year and may God Bless our soliders in arms way .
Larry Parsley <>
Noblesville, IN USA - Tuesday, December 28, 2004 at 10:03:58 (PST)

Great job on web site updates. 12/27/04: -10 tonight with 15-20 winds out of the north; you've got to love NH.
Don Palmer <>
Plymouth, NH USA - Monday, December 27, 2004 at 18:01:07 (PST)

One of our fellow Outlaws, Tom Hester, passed away on December 9, 2004. Ole Thornton and I were proud to represent the Outlaws at his Arlington cemetery burial service on December 22d where we had the of meeting his wife, Jan, and family. A common request from his family, particularly his children, was that, because Tom had not talked much to them about his time in Vietnam, they knew very little about his time there. Al Iller send me one very amusing anecdote about Tom which I shared with Tom's wife Jan. But, the family would very much like to hear from any of the Outlaw family who remembers Tom and can recall any small anecdote, remembrance, combat action, barracks story, etc. from Tom's time with the Outlaws. Please send any such item to Tom's daughter Cherie at and she will share them with her family. Thanks for anything you can recall and share with the family. It will mean a great deal to them.
Tom Anderson <>
USA - Saturday, December 25, 2004 at 16:58:50 (PST)

Bud, Hooray!! Youv'e got the guest book back up and running. Know we have probaby missed a lot of hits in the interim. You are doing a great job and service for all Outlaws, Mavericks and Roadrunners with your revitalization of the web page. Am sure in the months to follow it will be a terrific site for our visitors. We are in the need of identifying and locating a lost Maverick doorgunner. An E6 Giacchino (first name, MI unknown)who reportedly was on Jack Sanford's gun ship shot down on June 16, 1965. Giacchino was undoubtably a member of one of our "Shotgun" platoons from the 25th Inf Div. Anyone who can give us any information or leads on this individual would be appreciated. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!! Al
Al Iller <>
Berryville, AR USA - Saturday, December 25, 2004 at 13:46:15 (PST)

150th Maintenance Detachment, June 1965 to June 1966. Great site, but it would be more helpful to old codgers like me who do not see so well anymore, to use the white color for your font if you are going to maintain the eagle background (which is also great!)
Colan W. (Skip) McRae Jr. <>
Lubbock, TX USA - Friday, December 24, 2004 at 07:46:51 (PST)

Glad you are back up; I have been checking in from time to time. Skipper MacRae will have the website up for the book and CD sales soon. He has been getting somewhat better healthwise. You older members stick around!!!
DAVE EASTMAN, OL 23,-24 <>
Center Sandwich, NH USA - Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 10:02:20 (PST)

Bud, Great to see all the improvements you have made to our site. Keep up the good work. John
John E. Doyle <>
Inverness, Florida USA - Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 07:57:23 (PST)

Finally got this feature fixed! I think the standard black text may be easier to read. Please look through some of the eariler entries to see what you think and weigh-in!
Bud <>
Riverside, CA USA - Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 14:25:36 (PST)

Just found this sight. You have done a great job and proud to see everyone keeping it going. I was with the OUTLAWS 1970/71. saw the Mav.'s stand down and the Cobras (BUSHWACKERS) take over in 71. matter of fact I was the First Crew Chief on Bushwacker 34. Got several hours in the front seat as we were very short on AC's. WELCOME HOME EVERYONE! BE SAFE AND BE OH SO PROUD OF WHERE YOU BEEN AND WHAT WE DONE.. Jim
Jim Stanley < DRAGNET36305@YAHOO.COM>
Dothan, Al USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 10:16:06 (PDT)

Skipper McRae has just put together an outstanding web site for sale of my book and the CD he and I constructed. Check it out!! I am most appreciative!
Ctr. Sandwich, NH USA - Monday, June 02, 2003 at 12:30:55 (PDT)

This past Memorial Day I had the pleasure to meet with my Dad, LTC (r) Billy G. Sims, COL(r) Thomas E. Anderson, COL (r) Oley Thorton, and other friends and family members to swap old war stories. We've made this a tradition to meet on Veteran's Day and Memorial Day for breakfast then visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall. My Dad, who commanded the "Top Tigers" in Vietnam and Tom Anderson go way back. It is always a pleasure and an honor for me to get together with these veterans and hear their stories...many of which I know by heart now! Be assured that there were plenty of "Outlaw" stories being told, of which you should be proud. It's always great to hear about outstanding units, such as the Outlaws! Enjoyed seeing your website. v/r John Sims
LTC John D. Sims, FA
Alexandria, VA USA - Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at 17:29:53 (PDT)

As this weekend approaches, Memorial day of 2003. We look back over the past38 years and remember the good time and some of the bad times.but still proud to have served as a member of the Outlaws, with an outstanding group of individuals.I would like to pay tribute to a good friend and Outlaw, whom has made his last flight. Billy Hampton,I had the priviledge to serve with Bill on his second tour. He was with the 205th Chinook Company at Phu Loi. I had returned to Vietnam as a field engineer for Boeing and was assigned to support the 205th. May Bill's last flight be a smooth one. and a soft landing.
Jim Kirkley <>
Palm Bay, Fl. USA - Saturday, May 24, 2003 at 08:34:28 (PDT)

I just looked at the great job you have done, I served with the 62nd in 1970 and have started a site for the unit also lets get together and share info. Thanks to Tom Anderson for his info.
Rollie Hubbard <>
Lakeside park, ky USA - Monday, March 24, 2003 at 10:35:10 (PST)

I just got my hearing compensation claim awarded. What you must do is also submit a claim for tinnitis. This ringing in the ears will get you the 10% disability and 0% for the high-frequency hearing loss as acoustic trauma. You cannot get one without the other! See a former flight surgeon, and get your flight physicals before and after Vietnam to show the difference to the VA hearing lab people. Good luck.
DAVE EASTMAN, OL 23,-24 <>
Center Sandwich, NH USA - Tuesday, March 18, 2003 at 10:06:45 (PST)

Can anyone send me a photo of Maverick 37. I have photos of all the other UH-1B Mavericks (I think).
Doug Wilson <>
Costa Mesa, CA USA - Sunday, March 09, 2003 at 14:42:37 (PST)

I was assigned to CoA 502nd I rearmed and refueled the gun ships and Slicks, what do you know a Slick refueling Slick's,we worked out of the Firehouse.If you know of me,I would be glad to here from you.I will also send other pictures. Love the web site...hello to all the Outlaws.
Bob Slick <>
Severna Park, Md USA - Wednesday, February 26, 2003 at 16:58:45 (PST)

you know i thought it was kinda neat that after i left the outlaws in march 1965, i went to ft eustis, va to chinook school and then was sent to ft benning, ga and assigned to the 11th air assualt. it soon changed to the 1st cav and we were then reassigned to the 10th aviation group ended up in the 177th avn co and trained several chinook units for duty in vietnam.
wes dunn <>
tpa, fl USA - Tuesday, February 25, 2003 at 18:03:58 (PST)

pages look good. thanks for the hard work. i sent several photo's tonight maybe you can use some. i plan to write a couple od war stories and i'll send em in when i can. wes
wesley a. dunn <>
tampa, fl USA - Sunday, February 23, 2003 at 20:38:39 (PST)

It took me a while to get this website to open, but it was well worth the trouble. Great job. I'm very proud to be a member of such an organization. Jack Lane, Roadrunners, 1964-1965
Jack Lane
Shawnee, OK USA - Sunday, February 23, 2003 at 18:13:19 (PST)

To All; I've received numerous e-mails from VLOA members inquiring how I'm doing after my total knee replacement surgery and wishing me well. To you all, I'm doing well under the circumstances. The first week was tough but I'm ending week two and things are improving. Thanks for your e-mails, it's encouraging to both Sue and I. Yes Tim, I'll do my best with the P.T.
George S. Prescott <>
Franklin, NH USA - Friday, February 14, 2003 at 14:01:26 (PST)

Just got the newsletter and to the great web site. Thanks to Travis and Steve for the great work. Hope to be able to make the 2004 reunion. Take care.
George Kokendoffer <>
Mustang, OK USA - Thursday, February 13, 2003 at 17:36:24 (PST)

This is great. I've read all you have entered and anxiously await additional information as it come in. I've book marked the site for future referal. I was with the 150th from March 65 to April 66. Again a great job. Hello out there all you Roadrunners who kept the others flying, we were truly the best!!!!
George S. Prescott <>
Franklin, NH USA - Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 11:36:40 (PST)

Great job,,I will always come here for memories, smiles,,and some tears,,,Mike
Michael Schillaci <>
Nutley, NJ USA - Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 03:43:52 (PST)

Travis,great job on the website,didn't know it was up until I got a e-mail from Tim Bisch that we had our website going,very good layout,let me know if I can help you with pictures of Vinhlong or the 150th,could do afew cartoons if needed,looking forward to the reunion at Ft.Rucker
Bob Koonce <>
Tacoma, Wa. USA - Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 20:09:53 (PST)

Travis, Great Job Jerry
Jerry Wade
USA - Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 12:13:29 (PST)

I just read "Shorty" Farley's history of the 150th's first year in country. A terrific story, tribute and well written about those who served with the "Roadrunners" and who took care of all the maintenance woes, coutesy of some hard flying by the Outlaws and Mavericks and a few lucky shots by the VC. Thanks Shorty for your continuing contributions and especially to this web page !!
Al Iller <>
Berryville, AR USA - Friday, January 10, 2003 at 11:45:34 (PST)

Travis and Steve, Thanks for your efforts. I knew you could be depended upon to do a super job as always. Dian and I are looking forward to the next reunion. Dale
Dale Sherrod <>
San Antonio, TX USA - Thursday, January 09, 2003 at 18:49:51 (PST)

Terrific website, I wiill check back often. i'm proud to have been associated with you guys. 'DECCA 6" Vinh Long Jan. - Dec. 1962
Mick Kiddall <>
Simon's Town, South Africa - Wednesday, January 08, 2003 at 11:24:53 (PST)

travis you have done a great job. outlaws still fly above the rest. thanks!!
phil horne (outlaw 11) <>
ranger, ga USA - Tuesday, January 07, 2003 at 18:43:08 (PST)

It is great to finally see the individual web site for the VLOA. I served in Vinh Long from June 1965 to June 1966, first three months with the 502nd, then the remainder of the time with the 150th. Keep The Hope Alive!
Colan W. (Skip) McRae Jr. <>
Lubbock, TX United States - Monday, January 06, 2003 at 10:28:51 (PST)

It is wonderful to be a member of such an outstanding organization and to see such hard work from dedicated people. It has been a long journey since 1965 but with this website it demonstrates the camaraderie of this organization. Thanks to Travis and Steve.
Chuck Wren < cwren>
Eatontown, NJ USA - Saturday, January 04, 2003 at 12:08:02 (PST)

My husband Jack Dunaway was with the Mavericks April 65-66 as a crew chief. He had a stroke a few years back and is unable to type, but I help him. He would love to hear from old friends. Very nice website. You can all be proud.
Kim Dunaway <>
Land O' Lakes, FL USA - Thursday, January 02, 2003 at 18:25:08 (PST)

Just today became aware of the completion of this website. A great job! HNY to all!
Olen (Ole) Thornton <>
Annandale, VA USA - Tuesday, December 31, 2002 at 18:04:12 (PST)

To the two gents I played golf with today at Fort Belvoir. Thanks for the great time and thanks for your great sacrific to our nation. I hope to see you out on the links real soon. By the way; I really enjoyed the web page.
James (Jim) A. Miller <>
Manassas, va USA - Tuesday, December 31, 2002 at 14:17:45 (PST)

To Outlaws, Mavericks and Roadrunners a Happy New Year 2003 to all and your families ! Looking forward to the 2004 reunion at Ft Rucker, AL.
Al Iller <>
Berryville, AR USA - Tuesday, December 31, 2002 at 05:19:01 (PST)

I like the effort going into this VLOA web site so far. As you know, two chapters of my book OUTLAWS IN VIETNAM covering the Battle of Easter Sunday are up on the 175thOutlaws web page. If any of you still want a copy of the book, drop a message care of the email address above. A lot of touching connections going on with this publication, especially among the kids of the Outlaws and Mavericks who outlived their parent member of this fabulous unit. Keep up the camaraderie, no matter what year you served at Vinh Long!
DAVE EASTMAN, OL 23,-24 <>
Center Sandwich, NH USA - Monday, December 30, 2002 at 11:30:26 (PST)

It was great to read the history of the unit and the Bob Hope Show story. Whoever wrote the story has some accurate facts. On Christmas Eve 1964 I was now a member of the 120th Avn Saigon and saw the impromptu show Bob Hope did on exiting his plane. We heard he had landed and expected only to catch a glimpse of him. Some of the guys caught the truck back to the barracks and were sad they missed the show especially Jill St.John.
William Hensinger < >
Wheatley Heights, NY USA - Monday, December 30, 2002 at 09:49:15 (PST)

Travis, This site is looking better every day. Linda and I really appreciate all the hard work you guys have put in on this project. I look forward to many "visitors" taking a look. Happy New Year, Ernie Isbell, Maverick 1 '64
Ernie Isbell <>
Flower Mound, TX USA - Sunday, December 29, 2002 at 18:04:23 (PST)

As the Top Sgt of the old 62nd Avn. Co,I continue to be impressed by the loyalty and comradery of my fellow members. Keep up the good work Travis and Steve. May you all have a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. Contributions for the next News Letter would be appreciated.
Ray Hall <>
Bridgeton, MO USA - Sunday, December 29, 2002 at 17:34:27 (PST)

Great site and what a priviledge to be a member of VLOA. Look forward to the next get together.
Joe Moffett <>
Dillon, SC USA - Sunday, December 29, 2002 at 15:59:59 (PST)

Great wesite!!! I was in the 150th from June 1965 until Oct. 1966. It was a great unit with a lot of good people. Regards to all. Hope to find some old friends visiting here.
Pete (Gator) Fredriksson <>
Azle, TX USA - Sunday, December 29, 2002 at 14:09:52 (PST)

Once again the Outlaws, Mavericks,and Roadrunners have came through with flying colors.My good Buddy Travis has done quite a job setting this Web site up.But what else would you expect from a member of the best Helicopter Unit that served in Southeast Asia.
Jim(Big Jim Kirkley <>
Palm Bay, Fl. USA - Sunday, December 29, 2002 at 11:04:10 (PST)

I was assigned to the 150th transportation detachment for the 502nd In October of 1965. I went home in February of 1967. I ran the component repair shop in the hangar.
Earl E. Spaulding <>
Port Charlotte, FL USA - Sunday, December 29, 2002 at 07:56:45 (PST)

This Guestbook is really going to be great getting old soldiers together. Saw a posting from "Sistrunk", seems I remember him from B-3/17 Cav days with the 11th Air Assault Div (T) the actual "original" Air Cav Troop. Travis and Steve, again thanks for your dedication and effort to make all this happen !!
Al Iller <>
Berryville, AR USA - Sunday, December 29, 2002 at 05:18:20 (PST)

Great start! Be sure to let us know how/where to submit material when you are ready. I really like the War Paint background in the Guestbook. Consider using it on the home page.
George "Bud" Allie <>
Riverside, CA USA - Saturday, December 28, 2002 at 21:45:25 (PST)

Good looking site. Hi to all Outlaws.
Steve Hopkins <>
West Covina, CA USA - Saturday, December 28, 2002 at 19:16:44 (PST)

I have enjoyed looking at the Outlaw Web Site. I was with the Outlaws,A/502d, June 1965 until September 1966 during part of that time I crewed Outlaw 6. Enjoyed the reunion in San Antonio, look forward to the next one.
Curtis (Tex) Fair <>
Azle, Tx USA - Saturday, December 28, 2002 at 18:43:11 (PST)

What a great thing to have a VLOA web-site.I am looking forward to finding more VLOA this next year and hopefully getting a 175th Maverick web-site going. Thank you Travis! Doug Wilson Maverick 35 C/E 502/175
Doug Wilson <>
Costa Mesa, CA USA - Saturday, December 28, 2002 at 16:15:02 (PST)

Nearly 40 years ago, a fantastic group of 搚oung men?came together in Vietnam. They named themselves Outlaws, Mavericks and RoadRunners. This web site finally memorializes the record of accomplishments they began during 1964-65. Thanks to all who have made this site a success! And thanks to all those now-搊ld soldiers?who participated in that hectic first year.
Tom Anderson <>
Falls Church, VA USA - Saturday, December 28, 2002 at 09:31:45 (PST)

Just an old 1st Cav soldier surfing the net! Fine website! Thanks for letting me visit!
Richard Sistrunk <>
Panama City, Fl USA - Saturday, December 28, 2002 at 08:10:38 (PST)

There was no error when God made dedicated soldiers, he just named them Outlaws, Mavericks, and Roadrunners.
Travis H. Wilson <>
Ozark, AL 36360 - Friday, December 27, 2002 at 21:49:34 (PST)

Travis and Steve: Great Job with the web page. A start on an endeavour that will be most beneficial to VLOA and all Outlaws, Mavericks and Roadrunners !!!
Al Iller <>
Berryville, AR USA - Friday, December 27, 2002 at 20:37:27 (PST)

Welcome to all Outlaws and Mavericks (and those who wished they were Mavericks. Web page is looking good. God Bless.
John E. Doyle <>
Inverness, FL USA - Friday, December 27, 2002 at 19:37:43 (PST)

I am proud to be of some small service to those of you who gave so much for us.
Steve Roper <>
Ozark, AL USA - Friday, December 27, 2002 at 12:27:34 (PST)

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