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Name:
David C Dickson (wowman_97@hotmail.com)
Date:Sun 18 Jun 2017 12:44:46 PM EDT
Subject:Father's Day
 

On this Father's Day I have been researching the bad asses like my father, David Dickson Jr, who flew the finest combat aircraft to ever take to the skies. Missing my Dad, but proud of him and all of the other men who flew the Thud.

David Dickson III

David,
Thank you for the thoughts!
Take care, Jack

 
 
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Name:
Paul B. Jansen (p.b.jansen@sbcglobal.net)
Date:Tue 25 Apr 2017 04:09:54 PM EDT
Subject:Gene Beresik
 

Hello
I'm the youngest son of Maj. Eugene P. Beresik, I was not quite 5yo when he was KIA; I was directed to this website by Joe Sechler, whom I was put in touch with by Larry Huggins. Much respect and thanks to them both.

First of all, THANK YOU for all the work put into this website - it's a labour of love and respect and it shows. Many of the names are familiar, hearing Mom speak of them over the years. I spoke at length this morning with Joe Sechler, he was flight leader of the second element with my Father on his final mission; I've never had any doubt as to the outcome and his fate but it was still nice to speak to someone who was there.

To the pilots who fought with both hands tied behind their backs...your professionalism and bravery is beyond reproach. Thank you.
To the aircrews who kept them aloft - your hard work and dedication helped them do their job - thank you.

Those of you who knew my Father, I'd love to hear any memories or stories you may have, it helps piece together the jigsaw puzzle that he is in my life.

The Beresik's (Webster, MA) never forgot their youngest son and they never forgot Mom, my brother Mike or I. If any of you knew Mom (Nora) she married an FBI agent in Las Vegas two yrs after Dad was shot down; Bill has treated her (and us) very well, they've been married 46+yrs and are both in great health. She still has many Air Force friends in Las Vegas.

If you're on Facebook, there are a few F-105 pages you might want to follow, that's how I got in touch with Larry Huggins.

Mom has a photo album from that time, many refueling pics and I think some from Korat. I'll scan and submit them.

Republic built a damn good airplane and it's a shame those in charge wouldn't allow it to be used to its full capacity.

A Grateful Son
Paul Beresik Jansen

Paul,
Thank you for the kind compliments. We're glad you find the website of interest
Take care, Jack

 
 
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Name:
Michael Freeman (Fallendeity@gmail.com)
Date:Wed 19 Apr 2017 09:03:02 PM EDT
Subject:Dana Cromack
 

Thank you for providing this archive of information. My grandfather, Dana died when I was only five and it's great that I have an access of a wealth of information about him. I barely knew the man, but even at such a young age his presence inspired respect.

Michael,
Thank you for your entry and kind words. I knew Dana and was in the class with him for F-105 check out. He was a fine man.
Take care, Jack

 
 
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Name:
Joe Schminkey (@fishermanjoe48@verizon.net)
Date:Sun 09 Apr 2017 09:29:54 PM EDT
Subject:34th crew chief on F105s and F4Es
 

I was at Korat for 22 months and was involved in the transition to F4Es,for the 34th.We were trained for the F4 in Japan in 1969.Had many friends in our squadron,if anyone remembers me,would appreciate a line through Email. I must mention there is a book named The Wrecking Crew by Jerry Scutts.All about the 34th %26 469th. Thank you,Sgt. Joe Schminkey

Joe, Thank you for your service. Wrecking Crew is an interesting book.
Take care, Jack

 
 
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Name:
Joe Julich (jhuskers88@hotmail.com)
Date:Sat 28 Jan 2017 09:38:51 AM EST
Subject:Korat service
 

I was a Radar Technician on the ASG19 Weapons Control systems. I was TDY from Yokota, Japan to Korat during the summer of 1967. I also was assigned to Korat in 1973 to 1974. Joe Julich USAF Retired

Joe, Thank you for your service.
Take care, Jack

 
 
119


Name:
Delbert Johnson (@chiefj915@gmail.com)
Date:Sat 07 Jan 2017 01:27:56 PM EST
Subject:Weapons Loader
 

Drove weapons dispatch line truck for 34th and 13th sqdns. Aug66-Aug67. Retired 1981.Taught jrotc until 2002.

Delbert,
Thank you for your service. Sure we crossed paths.
Take care, Jack

 
 
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Name:
Eldred D. Mitchell (eldred13@gmail.com)
Date:Mon 19 Dec 2016 12:18:36 PM EST
Subject:Korat Service
 

Korat 13TFS June 1966 to June 1967. Weapons Load Team.

Eldred, Thank you for your service.
Take care, Jack

 
 
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Name:
Richard Conley (rconleysr@frontiernet.net)
Date:Mon 19 Dec 2016 10:18:44 AM EST
Subject:Korat service
 

Was stationed at Korat. 68-69 worked 2nd shift in the Jet Engine shop. PW J75P19w. Would like to contact my fellow mechanics.

Richard, Thank you for your service.
Take care, Jack

 
 
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Name:
Tom Ferrell (Tomt966@gmail.com)
Date:Mon 19 Dec 2016 09:00:43 AM EST
Subject:Hello
 

Just passing through. Nice site. We had some of your birds at Andrews AFB with the 113th TFW. Loved the sound of the Thud in the overhead pattern. We then went to laser designator modded F-4D then F-16A/B/C/D. I was a crew chief on them.

Tom, Thanks for your service. The Thud sound was unique.
Take care, Jack

 
 
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Name:
David Piontek (@dpiontek@netzero.net)
Date:Wed 30 Nov 2016 04:24:10 AM EST
Subject:Ryan's Raider Ben Pollard, gone west
 

I am a fellow Veteran (1980's era F-14 RIO) and belong to several Veteran aviator groups in San Diego, which Ben also belonged to. I am sad to report that Ben passed away at his home in San Diego this past Veteran's Day, November 11, 2016. A Memorial Service is being held this coming Friday, December 2, 2016, at 10:30am at the Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church, 17010 Pomerado Rd in San Diego, CA 92128.

David,
Thank you for your service. And thanks for letting us know about the Memorial Service.
Take care, Jack

 
 


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