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We created this guestbook for all ABCCC veterans.  Please feel free to use this guestbook to tell us about your ABCCC experiences and to locate former friends and crew mates.

Ken Witkin

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Ken Witkin---abccc_association_president@verizon.net
Fort Washington,  MD----November 26, 2007  at  21:00

Served as a Hillsboro airborne radio operator and communications team chief from July 1970 until July 1971.   Also was the 7 ACCS OJT Manager during that period.

Col Al Blake was our first Squadron Commander and when he went PCS, he was replaced by Col Wilbur Tapscott.  Lt Col Giles Willis was the Squadron Training Officer and SMSgt Jim Nesbitt was the Squadron Chief of Communications.  MSgt Bob Sisk was the Squadron NCOIC of Operations.

Col Robert Walters was the Hillsboro Orbit Commander and my DABS was Lt Col Grover Heater but I also flew with Col Branson Wood.  MSgt John Kirkendahl was the Hillsboro Orbit NCOIC and MSgt Allan Guibert was the Hillsboro NCOIC of Radio Operations.

Flew with great guys like Major Sam Miller, Major Vern Betteridge, Capt John Barrett, MSgt J.C. Carpenter, Ron Keplinger, Nels Folkdahl, Biff Trimble, Charlie Poole, Bob Cannady, Brit Pearce, John (Duke) Ellington, Ernie Haslett, John Kirkendahl, Bob Sisk and a host of others.

Worked with comm guys like Ben Sowers, Ken Sparkman, Chris Sentico, John Yacconi, Joe Askounes, Joe Williams & many, many more.

There was a certain Major Hugh Cox III who I remember very well from the 7 ACCS.   He later became Major General Hugh Cox III, Commander of NATO AWACS when I was stationed in Geilenkirchen, Germany.

I managed to fly 100 combat missions over Steel Tiger in 12 months and accumulated 1,300 flying hours in the ABCCC EC-130E.

It was a great time to be an ABCCC airborne communicator.



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Ken Witkin----abccc_association_president@verizon.net
Fort Washington,  MD----Nov 26, 2007  at  23:00

Great website Ken... I am eagerly looking forward to everything the Association will have to offer.  This should be a great place for everyone to come and learn what ABCCC was all about.  Thanks so much for doing all of this for us.

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Gene Hilsheimer---abtriplec@gmail.com
Panama City,  FL----27 Nov 07  at  12:11 PM

Just wanted to check out your new site.

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Ken Bortz---kenneth.bortz.ctr@us.af.mil
Las Vegas,  NV----11/27/2007  at  4:00 PM

YOU GUYS HAVE DONE ONE HELL OF JOB ON THIS SITE.   MY MEMBER SHIP DUES WILL BE ON THE WAY.


Jack Payne---passportjack@msn.com
CARRIZOZO,  NM----11/28/2007  at  09:38 AM  

Nice job on the web site Ken.   Hope you are taking care of yourself.

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Vaughn Drinkwater---az1drinkh2O@azwildblue.com
Tonto Basin,  AZ----12/04/2007  at  7:50 PM  

Thanks for the reunion.  I am sure everyone had a great time, and I know the next one will be much bigger and as good if not better.

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Steve Littlefield---Herkyrider@yahoo.com
Fort Lauderdale,  FL----12-8-07  at  2:00 PM  

Glad to see the Site up and running.


Hugh Harris---hharris1225@aol.com
Montgomery,  AL----12/21/07  at  15:00  

Your ABCCC Association is currently working with the Veterans Administration to provide Disability Compensation to all ABCCC veterans (aircrew & non-aircrew personnel) who are now suffering from cancer or diabetes due to exposure to Agent Orange.  It has been determined that Agent Orange might have been ingested into the ABCCC capsule and front-end airconditioning systems while our aircraft flew over Laos during the Vietnam War.  Your ABCCC Association will provide you with the appropriate US Government forms on this web site in order that you may submit these forms to the VA for compensation.  Further information will be forthcoming on this web site.

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Ken Witkin---abccc_association_president@verizon.net
Fort Washington  MD----12/21/07  at  19:41  

Greetings, I worked in the Fab Branch in Structural Maintenance from 1990-1991.  Would love to hear from the people I knew down at Keesler.  E-mail me at bkyjuggalo@hotmail.com or call me 502-614-6282

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Brian Elkins---bkyjuggalo@hotmail.com
Louisville  KY----05/01/08  at  19:33  

I was aircraft commander of C-130 ABCCC missions flying out of Udorn, Thailand during period 1969-1970.  My shift on station over Laos was between 1800 and 0600, call sign "Alleycat".  I would like to hear from guys doing same missions.

Lawrence T. Drum

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Lawrence T. Drum---ltdrumsr@bellsouth.net
Margate  FL----05/03/08  at  13:00  

I WAS A RADIO OPERATOR ON HILLSBORO IN 1970-1971

Terry M. Sergeant, MSGT USAF RET

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Terry M. Sergeant---twingeorge@yahoo.com
Albuquerque,  NM----09/07/08  at  6:42 PM  

Served on Hillsboro as Intell/Targets officer from June 1967 to May 1968.  During this time the ABCCC birds based at DaNang were damaged/destroyed in a July rocket attack.  We then operated Hillsboro from Udorn on a TDY basis for the remainder of my tour.

TET was the most memorable time.  In the first days of TET we had 1200 strike sorties in each 12 hours.  The F-100's from Bien Hoa had a loiter time of five minutes or less.  We had excellent weather throughout and lost a few in the first week and then none.

The Marine on the ground at Khe Sanh with whom we coordinated, Jazzy, needed a time check each morning at 6:30 because his Seiko did not function well with all the artillery and other concussions.

We were the last friendlies some pilots spoke to before they were released from the Hanoi Hilton in 1973.

I was privileged to participate in Homecoming in the spring of 1973 when I debriefed one of our POW's for four weeks.


Bruce W Bean, Col. USAFR Ret.

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Bruce W Bean, Col. USAFR Ret.---BWbean@Gmail.com
Stuart,  FL---11/25/08  at  10:25 AM  

LOUIS, PASSED AWAY NOVEMBER 21 AND WE HAD HIS MEMORIAL SERVICE AT THE ARMANMENT MUSEUM NEAR EGLIN AFB.  WE ARE NOW ATTEMPTING TO GET HISTORY OF THE MISSION FLOWN OUT OF UDORN THAILAND 1969-1970 AS THEY HAVE THE ENTIRE ABCCC SET UP AND WE WOULD LIKE TO DONATE FLIGHT SUIT ETC., TO THE EXHIBIT.  IF YOU HAVE ANY INFO PLEASE E-MAIL TO:  PILOTC130@AOL.COM

THANK YOU.




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LT COL Louis M Prestwood, JR USAF (Ret.)---pilotc130@aol.com
Fort Walton Beach,  FL---JAN 15, 2009  at  1800  

The 2007 Reunion was a great event.  It was great to see some of my fellow war buddies and how gracefully we have all aged.  By the way, the party suits still fit on some but the wives who wore the suits looked better that the men.  I look forward to see the old 2007 faces and hopefully, some new 2010 faces.  It was fun!  Thanks to all who attended because it brought back some pleasant memories that I had forgotten.

Ted


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Ted Ryon---viperryon@sbcglobal.net
Rancho Murieta,  CA---March 10, 2009  at  1216 Hrs  

I was with 7ACCS at Udorn RTAFB from Nov 69 to Nov 70 as a 2LT copilot, got promoted, left as a 1LT.  Flew as Cricket Pilot--70 missions.  Most of the time I was there I've forgotten over the years, but several events still stand out.

I remember the RF-4 crash that took out the TV station very well.  My roommate was sitting in his room and saw the plane go past the window (he said) and just before he heard the "pop-pop" of the ejection seats going off.  Later, the pilot told us that he was trying to nurse the plane back after receiving substantial damage because there was a new and investigational camera on-board.  I was across the base at squadron offices (I was Pubs Officer for the flight crews) and so was not anywhere near the crash site.  The firemen used all the water they could--even emptied the base swimming pool.

One night some guy pickled off a 500 pounder (this was early in my tour) just after lifting off.   Scared the bejesus out of a lot of people but did no damage.

The C-119 that was missing about 1/3 of a wing and landed successfully at Udorn is another memory.  I was taxiing out in Cricket the next morning and could not believe they'd actually managed to land that bird.

I'm sure now that I've begun I'll remember more.

That's enough for now.


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Gary Hoff---g.hoff@mchsi.com
Des Moines,  IA---8/25/09  at  1510 Hrs  

AAC/Senior Strike Controller Instructor and evaluator, Aug 1990-2000.   7th and 42nd ACCS.  Good mission, good crews and good friends.

Currently visiting Davis-Monthan (resting place for the ACCS).  Saw a squadron patch that turned my head.  It would appear that when our mission retired the squadron was willed to the Compass Call platform.  The only changes that were made to our patch was ACCS was replaced with ECS.  It was bad enough that we had to give up Keesler AFB for DM, 7th for the 42nd.  The ECS didn't have the sense, fortitude or imagination to change the patch.


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Mike (Spike) Malone---homefront175@yahoo.com
Toone,  TN---29 Jan 2010  at  1600  

Hello,

I am Lt Col Koven, the current 7 EACCS commander based at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.  The deployed JSTARS component became the 7 EACCS in 2008; before that the unit took the CONUS JSTARS unit designation and added an “E” to it, such as the 12 EACCS, 16 EACCS, 116 EACCS, and the 128 EACCS.  When the squadron became the 7 EACCS, it took the existing 116 EACCS patch design and changed it to the 7 EACCS.

Upon taking command as the squadron’s first 365-day commander, my OG/CC asked me to research the 7 EACCS’ history.  I should have remembered the 7 ACCS and its white bird patch, as it was part of the 552 ACW when I was a junior company grader.  In order to honor the unit’s past, General Wilson, the 379 ACW/CC, gave me permission to return to the historic patch.

Please let your members know that the Airmen of the 7 EACCS will soon honor our 7 ACCS/ABCCC past by wearing the historic patch.

I am attaching some information on our return to the historic patch.


7 ACCS 1970 Patch

NOTE:  Please click The Above Patch To See Slide Presentation


Very respectfully,

ALEXANDER L. KOVEN
Commander, 7 EACCS (JSTARS)---
30 Jan 2010  at  2:36 PM  

I was a Capsule maintenance troop in the 3380 AMS at Keesler about 1980-81 (Lenny Dagg was shop chief).   I was on weekend duty when word came down to download all the capsules and strip all the capsule antennas from the birds for a 'mission' we found out later was the attempted hostage rescue in Iran.

In 1981 I went over to Field Training Detachment 325 to develop field training courses for the capsule maintenance folks.  I taught those classes until mid 1987.

In July of 1987 I went to Lowry in Denver to develop avionic tech training courses for the B-1B.  I was in charge of the Comm/Nav/Defensive Avionics course until 1991.

Rick Paugh, MSgt, USAF, Retired


Rick Paugh---rpaugh74@yahoo.com
Indianapolis,  IN---2/10/10  at  12:30  

Hey Ken,

Nice site.  I began my association with the squadron in Sep 1990 as a member of the support contingent from Tinker that stood up with the genesis of the ABCCC III.  I was accompanied by then Capt Dave Tuteral and SSgt Phil Stencil.  As QOT&E was getting spun up, a certain Iraqi dictator decided to annex Kuwait.  The test turned into a blur and we arrived in theater two days prior to kick-off the "festivities" with two new capsules, three crews, a couple of top-notch support contractors from Unisys (Fred and Jim), and us three stragglers from s'Tinker.

I'll never forget the first night of DS ... we had stashed our chem gear in the aircrew life support equipment tent ... and it magically disappered when we thought we needed it most!  Turned out the LS troops found the unaccounted for bags and removed them.  Pucker factor went sky-high for a few minutes until we stumbled across the LS troops and they steered us to our gear.

That's just one of many great memories I have of my extended time associated with this great group of men and women.  (I PCS'd to Keesler to be a member of the newly formed SC shop in Oct '91 to work for Lt Col Don Ruth, and then PCS'd as a member of the SATAF and initial cadre for the squadron when they moved to D-M.

Note to Spike:  Mike, you may not know or remember, but before there was a 42nd ACCS, there was the 42nd ECS, flying EF-111A's out of RAF Upper Hayford, England.  I found that out the hard way as my flight commander at SOS was a 42nd ECS alum who was a bit perturbed that we took "his" squadron's patch and only changed the 'ECS' to 'ACCS'.

Hoping to see a few latter-day squadron members at the reunion.

Cheers!


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Dave "Driver Dave" Roberts---driverdave79@hotmail.com
Beavercreek,  OH---2/11/10  at 2255 (ET)  

Hi Guys,

I was with the 7ACCS from Dec 79 to June 94.  I took 1982 off for a short to Alaska.  I was in Alleycat the entire time.  Best job I ever had.  I went from an AAC to a Senior Strike Controller during my tour.  I was lucky enough to help out with the selection and testing of the ABCCC III capsule, worked with Dave, he was such a nerd when he got there, and many more.

I do JSTARS aircrew training now and need some material to help one of my projects.  Does anyone have soft copies of old and new buckslip and the Words Boards?  I could also use TBMCS stuff too.

J-Bo


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J-Bo Loner---jboloner@cox.net
Warner Robins,  GA---4/7/2010  at 1500 (ET)  

Thanks for the mention in your opening comments.  Good to see the names of so many old friends.  Keep me posted on the reunion.



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Vern Betteridge---betteridgevern@gmail.com
Marietta,  GA---4/27/2010  at 1512 (ET)  

Greetings,

I was a Sandy pilot out of NKP from 1971-1972.  I happen to be the webmaster of skyraider.org.  I am seeking audio tapes of SAR missions during my time at NKP.  I would appreciate contact from anyone knowing who might have SAR tapes.   Also interested in photos of the Skyraider from King bird.

Regards,

SpadGuy


Byron Hukee---spadguy@mindless.com
Salt Lake City,  UT---14 May 2010  at 10:02 PM  

Looking for details on a ground incident concerning Kenneth E. Parks, Lt Col of the 7ACC

The USAF carried it as a non-crew ground incident and he died of non-hostile wounds.

The incident was tagged as occurring in Laos 13 July 1969.

I am a former member of the Secret War in Laos who is doing research on who was part of that war.   In 1968-1969 I was the " target validation voice on the ground" at Site Texas or Capetown (in-country secret site) working primarily with MOONBEAM.

Cheers

Tom Lee

Tom Lee---targeteerl39@netscape.net
Vienna,  VA---9/25/2010  at 1230  

After a three-year battle with the ABCCC Association, the Veteran's Administration has changed their Agent Orange Policy concerning Thailand.

The VA now admits that Agent Orange was used on all Thailand US air bases during the Vietnam War.

If you are suffering from cancer or Type II Diabetes, your ailment may be due to Agent Orange exposure at Udorn or Korat RTAFB.

Please click on the following link for more information about Agent Orange use in Thailand:


http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/thailand.asp

Ken Witkin
ABCCC Association President



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Ken Witkin---abccc_association_president@verizon.net
Fort Washington,  MD---12/07/2010  at 1740Z  

Was also in ABCCC in 1971.  Worked for MSgt Sisk in Operations.  Col Tapscot was my commander.  Was an E-4 and made SSgt while in the unit.  MSgt Sisk saved my promotion to SSgt when I was running the town too hard.  Good man.

Worked for Col Blake--who was--let's say--different.  Believe he really screwed up Travis AFB.  Remember his going-away-party when one of the Captains presented him with the "Finger."

Miss the "White Rabbit."

Ended up doing 26 years and retired as a CMSgt.  Thanks to MSgt Sisk's faith in me.




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John G. Momaney---cmsgt92momaney@aol.com
Palm Springs,  CA---12-21-10   at 23:05   

During April 2011, the Veterans Administration (VA) approved its first Agent Orange claim submitted by a Thailand-based Vietnam War veteran.

This approval document is a huge victory for all of us veterans who were stationed in Thailand during the Vietnam War.

I'm providing a link to the approval document for all of you to use as a source of reference for all further Agent Orange compensation claims submitted to the VA by former Thailand-based Vietnam War veterans.   Good luck to all of you.

April 2011 VA Agent Orange Decision




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Ken Witkin---abccc_association_president@verizon.net
Fort Washington,  MD---25-04-11  at 12:35 PM   

It was great finding this site.  I was not aware of it nor of the reunion previously held.  When I arrive at Udorn in March 1970, fresh out of F-105 training, I served for two months on Lt Col Fredrickson' Moonbeam crew.  Then I put on my LtCol oak leaves that May and served as a DABS on Moonbeam for the rest of my time there, leaving in March 1971.

It was a great time being there!  I was on station the night of the Son Tuy Raid, unbeknownst to us, of course.

I note that Sgt Gene Hilsheimer has signed in to this website.  I am sure he is the Sgt. Hilsheimer who distinguished himself on our crew during his several tours at ABCCC.   Quite a guy!  Got medals from the Vietnamese and the Air Force for his work in helping rescue a Royal Laotian unit in trouble in a TIC situation.

Many stories to tell at any future reunion for sure.  Col. Fredrickson and I both retired here near Tacoma at McChord AFB, now McChord Field as part of Joint Base Lewis McChord, and continued our close friendship for many years.   Sad to say, "Col. Fred" died a few months ago and I was privileged to be at his memorial service.   We are still close friends with his widow Dottie.

My best to all former ABCCC members and thanks for the Agent Orange advice.  I am already receiving VA benefits for it as I am diabetic and just whipped lymphoma cancer three years ago and am now in remission.  Doing OK for a guy who will be 80 in a few months!




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Charles T. Wilkinson "Gus" ---scthree@aol.com
University Place ,  WA---29 Jan 2012 at 1115 hours  

My father, LtCol Henry James (USAF-Ret), served in "Cricket" from June 66 to May 67 at DaNang.

Would like to hear from anyone from that time period.

Neither one of us can seem to find anything about the ABCCC from that time period on the Internet.

If you knew my father please let me know.




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Nancy James Gossett ---gunny2ninny@yahoo.com
Villa Rica ,  GA---24 Mar 12  at  7:23pm   

So glad to see this site back up.  Thanks to Ken for a fantastic job.

I was Hillsboro 54, july 69--70.  Flew about 125 missions.  Col Travers was our boss with Major Metz as his assistant.  Great memories.




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H.J.MAC McCallion---mccallion_mac@hotmail.com
Granbury ,  TX---3-25-12 at  0900 am  

I was Nail 112 during Tet and worked with you guys for three months.   Before and after I was volunteered to be a FAC.  I was an RF-4C systems operator at Udorn, where I eventually finished my 100 missions over North Vietnam.

Just lookin to remember your callsigns.  I do know Hillsboro and Alleycat.  What were the other two?


Clark Martin---cmartin@mbi-gs.com
Yardley ,  PA---8/31/2012 at 2041  

I flew on Moobeam Aug 69-May 70.  I was on Lt Col Sherwood's crew.  I see a number of guys that I remember that have written something on this site.  I was on an earlier ABTripleC site and don't know what happened to that one.

Thanks Ken for establishing this site.





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SMSgt Robert Wright ---wright1348@yahoo.com
Vacaville ,  CA---07/03/13 at  01:06 am  

My name is Boyd Green.  I took the ABCCC through its test and evaluation, then into Viet Nam in 1965.  I havent seen anything or anybody mentioned about the ORIGINAL ABCCC.  I have pictures and news clippings during my tour.  I was selected as the first Teletype/Radio operator.  The inception was from Eglin AFB, TAC control wing.

I am interested to see if there are any other members from the Test and Evaluation through 1966.

Please feel free to contact me at:   boydgreen1@msn.com or phone:   (970)593-5643.

Regards,

Boyd Green, Tsgt, Retired USAF





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Boyd Green ---boydgreen1@msn.com
Loveland ,  CO---21. August 2013 at 19:09  

Controller 72-74 MOONBEAM orbit..Lot of GREAT guys..





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edward moore--- edsplace5@hotmail.com
Colorado Springs, CO---10/14/13 at 1810  

Served April '67-April 68 as weapons controller on Alley Cat.  Would like to join group & establish contact with other ABCCC aircrew members.  Please advise.





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Don Norris---dtn43@aol.com
Austin, TX---11/10/2013 at 9:44 PM  

Hello, Sawadee

I was capsule maintenance from Nov.'73 - Sept.'74 at Korat and Clark.

Help!   I need any documentation and/or statements that can substantiate any claim that I was exposed to Agent Orange while at Korat from Nov.'73- May '74 and I have been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and prostate problems for the past several years.

PLEASE forward any info that you can ASAP.

Thanks a bunch..



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Carlos Degroff Jr.---chryby12@charter.net
Plattsburgh, NY---July 23, 2014  at 12 Noon   

I was an Intel briefer aboard the original C-47 ABCCC squadron at Udorn from Feb to Aug 1966.  I lived in the hotel in downtown Udorn across the street from Linda's nightclub.  We flew a morning mission and then an afternoon mission the next day--then had a day off.  I was TDY from Tahkli RTAFB where my permanent station job was briefing and debriefing F-105 pilots of the 355th TFW.

I was aboard the morning mission on 29 July 1966, the day the afternoon mission was shot down by MiGs.  I was friends with all the crew that was lost that day.

I am a member of the River Rats from my days with the 355th.

I will send my membership app by mail.

Sincerely,

Joe Lillard
22650 Oro Blanco Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80917
lljoell@msn.com




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Joe Lillard---lljoell@msn.com
Colorado Springs, CO---29-July-2014 at 0900