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Life in Ubon Ratchathani as a soldier during the Vietnam War

I tried to make a grilled cheese sandwich the other day and the well buttered bread still stuck to the pan and had to be scraped off.

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Was there in Dec 69 -Dec Was from Miami FL. Does anyone remember the F4 that crashed into the bungalow at the main gate, or any of the circumstances surrounding that crash.

I read years later that they missed a barrier cable on landing. Just interested in knowing the details since it missed us at the gate by only 50 to 75 feet. I have found pictures on the internet but if you have more let me know.

Also I am looking for another security guard who worked with me at the gate last name Davis and looked like Paul Newman. Call me if you need any info from me about main gate activity. I was a weapons mechanic with the th MMS when that happened. Many memories of Ubon. COM,, and check on Thailand bases. I must also tell you guys anyone interested there is a Facebook page titled UBON VETS, it is a closed group, but recommend you join , a wealth of information,good luck.

My memory is not so good anymore so names are very hard to come by. I worked with the Civil Engineer Sqdn. Apparently is has been removed but I kept a PDF copy. Anybody needing this info can e-mail me and I will forward a copy. Has my email not come through to you yet? Never mind — please send to memock westnet. Ricardo would you please e-mail me a copy of the report.

Thank you, vinway kataan. My name is Roy Sutton. I was a Ssgt in charge of Maintenance Training. Currently fighting the VA over AO exposure. Was assigned to Augmentee duty but VA denies my records show duty. I need any help I can get. All info is helpful. If you have not already found Facebook,,Ubon Vets, I highly recommended you look for it and join,, there are over members,, and a wealth of information on that site,, good luck and welcome.

I would like a copy of of that. My dad was their at that time Vinson. Did not talk about it. Ricardo would you please email me a copy of the report.

Single side band tech provided radio comm for radar site. Was there when the Aussies arrived. My name is Mike Stanifer, and I too stumbled onto this site unknowingly. Only reason was to join Ubon vets group and happy I did. Was a crew chief on the F4D.

Am in the process of filing claim; ball in VA court. Like some previous comments, memory not great. Allow me to share some names I do remember. My roomie and I lived on base 2 nights before we were in a bungalow downtown. Just recently and sadly found out he passed 2 yrs ago at A true friend Norris McIntire Mac.

Currently live in Pikeville, Tn. If anyone out there remembers me or those mentioned above please feel free to contact me. My name is Willie Robinson I was in the photo flight form I am trying to find Carl J. I flew combat missions during that time. I want to thank all of you guys who served with honor.

I wonder if there is Vietnam vets still living in Ubon Ratchatani? Vets who choosed to stay here instead of going back home. Is there any one of you guys that remember if there vas an Danish guy serving in Ubon?

I think he was serving in the end off the war, maybe in 74 or something? Perimeter and ramp lighting maxed and we were instructed somehow to turn the lights off in the building. I pushed the door a little to the right and got on the floor and began writing a totally scared and maybe last letter home,to my girl friend.

She is still my wife. Two airmen from up the line came walking and talking to the end of the revetments. I always guessed they just wanted to get close to the action. There was no attempt to,cover. For me, I was scared, kneeling there on the floor writing. Those two boys were about fifteen feet past my station when my exterior wall caught a small arms round.

That hole was still there when I left in Sept. Tha next thing I saw was the two would be heroes belly down on the maintenance ramp, closer than close to the wall, dead silent and crawling fast fast as if their lives depended on it.

KP is what I was called. Worked days for about 7 months, finished my year on a 3 PM to 7AM shift every other day. Your name is somewhat familiar to me. Do you remember Mike Benka? Got other names on the tip of my tongue but they stop there. Oh, Leon Redwine is another. My real name is Raymond but a lot of people know me as Marty. Yellow alert, orange alert, red alert. Another burst of machine gun, [did they have night vision goggles then? Another machine gun burst and impact on satchel charges on the VC sappers explode, six bodies or parts thereof were loaded up the next morning, hauled downtown to be burned on a brush pile.

One year later before departing Ubon the reverse happens, you get handed the rifle, check the serial number, give him back the weapon. Now I wonder if they had only one rifle and we all signed for the same weapon.

It was locked up securely that night, I guess. The Phantom Phlyer had a story about this sapper attack, someone must have a copy? I do, but have not found it yet. Respond you guys for the truth, as I know it. The three clubs downtown, Mustang, Fairlane, [corsair or corvair?

The top floor of the Ubon hotel served food all night, after a quick Samlor ride. For a few extra baht they would let us pedal them, they must have read Mark Twain. Some nice memories their Joe — thanks for taking the time to share them. I was on the top floor of the Ubon hotel recently for a cold one while the sun went down.

Still a great view from up there but not open all night anymore. I was at Ubon for both of the Sapper attacks working in Avionics. We were told by intel. We were released several hours later and not given any further updates. I just love auto correct or whatever! Joe my memory is not what it used to be but I do remember you and Mike Pruitt.

He was later stationed Eglin FL when I was there and we used to party on the weekends. Were you there when Bob Hope came. We were loading and had a break caught the very end of the show. Found that base newspaper from Ubon [Phantom Flyer], had the sapper attack of Jan 70 in it. And other stuff of course.

Send me an email and give me your idea how best to display it and other particulars. There is no doubt NOAA had to hire 3 or 4 people to replace you over there. My email is the same, but they apparently turned your workplace email off.

Mike Pruitt was a firecracker of a guy, enjoyed him and his stories. Pruitt was from Arkansas as I recall. Tsgt Davis was a line expediter, had a Thai girlfriend, he had been there a few years already.

Never once did I see him get excited. Rock solid, get out, check the load, ask a question or two. Or ask where is the safety pin for the centerline rack. Some even thought they could rush us. These are bombs man, this is napalm, that is HEI ammo, weapons loading you get to make a mistake only once. Worked on another load crew with Mike Weiss from Atlanta, those guys seem to have disappeared. The rice bugs were everywhere when they showed up in season, we picked five gallon buckets on them.

Took a bucket full down to the T-lock, she loved them, pretty sure she preferred them to a box of candy and flowers. Saw wa Dee Joe Nolin mms wpns loading sept Joe just saw your post, I did retire about 5 years ago, should update my email I remember Mike well he was stationed at Eglin with me after Ubon great guy.

Had an absolutely gorgeous wife. My name is Jaime Green. I believe he was called Tom by some. He passed away last year. My family greatly misses him. Before he passed he was financially exploited long story. Any way all of his personal belongings have disappeared. If anyone knew my father during that time I would love to hear from you.

If anyone has any photos of my father they would be cherished and greatly appreciated by my family. What a great site. I was stationed at Ubon with the th on the Gunships still remember most of the tail numbers and the bomb dump from Oct.

Best friend to this day was Jimmy Dean. He played a great West Virginia guitar. I remember most of the experiences shared here during that time. Sorry but I lost most of my pictures in the divorce. I believe I handled the raw material of A O while dis-assembling, cleaning and re-assembling the gun barrels on the C Gun Ships.

I need help and fast. If anyone has any ideas before Oct 11, please advise to ebouquet comcast. Really enjoyed reading all of these posts. I was with the th all of I spent my entire year training and evaluating. So many memories and great guys!! I would love to get any info you can offer. Also locations he worked, like where the bombs were etc.

My email address is wittyone2 yahoo. Christina, go to the Ubon Vets Facebook page. This page has a wealth of information, photos, and perhaps even people who knew your husband. Thank you, too, phipson!! So many wonderful people out there with helping hands extended! Unlike those of you who served and can now recall the area and job experience, we widows are at a loss in trying to establish this info… especially those who, like myself, did not even meet our husbands until years after they returned and never discussed the war.

I did not know your husband or his friend. As a weapons loader we were all housed in the 2 story cinder block barracks. I remember the back of the barracks faced the perimeter fence. Assume it must have been sprayed? May have a picture of the perimeter. Sorry for your lose. Skin cancer also seems to be linked to Agent Orange, unfortunately the VA does not recognize the link need more studies?? I have been having recurring skin cancer issues in the last year.

I worked the flightline only. Did your husband work in preload area bomb dump which i was not familiar with? Thank you, thank you, John! Am SO excited to be receiving all these replies! Bless ALL of you! You are ALL heroes in my eyes! Hi Christina — I am the admin here. I have no problems with you doing what you are doing. I do recommend you getting onto that Facebook page though as you will get 10 x the response there! Looking for anyone who worked in the munitions dump that was approximately 6 miles of base in the fall of Just stumbled across this site and stirred many memories of my tour of duty at Ubon April April I was a specialist in the weapons release shop on the flight line.

In reading some the threads regarding AO, I too am now starting to experience skin cancer and first surgery is scheduled at VA hospital in a couple weeks.

I also lived in cinder block barracks near the perimeter. I also recall it being somewhat of a no mans land between the barracks and perimeter fence and SP bunker.

I have filed no claim at this time but after reading these many comments, filing a claim might be in the future. I have found an airman stationed at Ubon who worked on B57 has filed AO claim. Apparently at some time these aircraft were used for carrying AO canisters. By way of this site I will try to post with any updates. I tried to apply for VA benefits but was turned down as I was not in Vietnam and at the time I was empoyed. I was told I made to much to qualify. Mike I was there the same time as you do you remember them spraying mosquito spray at Ubon at night.

George Chipman Ubon Oct 66 to Oct Michael E Courtney Nov I enjoyed the assignment, and the Type people. I was stationed at Ubon Apr 71 to Apr Worked at the off base bomb dump. The first six months, I like off base near the Cobra Pit. A Thai Govt crane picked us up in the AM and dropped us off at night.

Last 6 months I stayed in the 2 story th barracks. Just started looking at the history of the tour and read your stories has brought back many memories. Names of co-workers that I can remember off the top of my head are: I have some film and pictures I need to dig out of the attic. Will try to post them this summer. I will look up the Facebook Group too.

My husband was stationed in Ubon from March March and has a lot of photos taken during that time. He was with special services and they actually built a nine hole golf course there, clearing out the bamboo and king cobras.

Photos of that also. If you are interested in these photos please let me know and I will make arrangements to get them to you. These were originally slides that I had converted into photos and also put on a disk. My husband is not pc savy so I will have to do it for him. Thank you for the memories he enjoyed looking at your site. I would love to see the photos. So cool that he was involved with the construction of the golf course. I have played on it a few times.

Here is my review on it. As I read over these messages I realize my husband was very fortunate to have no physical illnesses from being stationed in Ubon. Maybe this was before the spraying? He is looking for anyone who was stationed there at that time time. Last night he located a buddy that was stationed with him but unfortunately he passed away last month. We wished we had found him sooner. Contact us at rosiesbak gmail. His name is Gilbert Sanchez About the golf course, we were looking at some of the pictures of the Ubon golf and he laughed and said our golf course did not have grass greens just compressed sand.

I can not make your email address work. Will you please email me so I will have the correct address for you? I would love to send some pictures. Sure — I have just sent you an email. I was in Ubon from Feb. I am interested in obtaining pictures or maps of the base that identify the perimeter lines, the barracks location which I believe were comprised of about five buildings in a triangular sort of layout immediately adjacent to a fence line with jungle on the other side. If anyone can provide pictures or maps I am especially interested in find one that shows the wind drift from the perimeter lines.

I have one for Udorn, but cannot locate one for Ubon. Any help would be appreciated. Want to file a claim as I have kidney and likely lung cancer and want to get it on record for the benefit of my wife should anything happen so she can file for benefits.

Thanks for your help. Great site…brought back a lot of memories. Actually, i was there for some time before finding this site. Had no luck finding anyone who worked in the Comm Shop.

I have been thoroughly disgusted with efforts to get records from the military. I sent for my service record and got about eight pages three APRs and some travel vouchers but nothing concerning any of the information I need.

Needless to say there were not returned. I found one person from the th AEMS in Saigon that remembered me being there but was hoping to have some additional backup when I file a claim for AO exposure.

I recall it being used extensively to clean electronics components throughout the whoke 4 years in the AF. Have several documents — studies and EPA reports — email me if you need copies.

PS out of interest — he was a flight sergeant and came into contact with AO, developed contact dermatitis but no other physical illness. The PTSD got to him in the end though.

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Life in Ubon Ratchathani as a soldier during the Vietnam War. John Bemiss in front of A1E9. FG rd squadron with pave ways loaded.

FO th returned with damage. Hooches to the right and enlisted quarters at the end of the road. Trailer with lb pave way bombs. Trailer with CBU's cluster bombs waiting to be loaded. Load of AIM 9 Missles. Load of Mk 82s with fuse extenders. Awesome to watch at night when they took off. This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged Ubon Ratchathani during the Vietnam war , Ubon Ratchathani history , ubon rtafb , Vietnam war in Ubon , weapons loading at Ubon airforce base , Wing 21 airforce base Ubon during the war.

FC Straile November 26, at 6: Larry Mcbee March 9, at Rob November 26, at 3: Gerry Draughon October 20, at 9: November 27, at 3: Thanks to John Bemiss for sharing those great, old photos!

Looking forward to Part 2. Frugal Bastard November 27, at 8: John Bemiss December 6, at 9: Al Sterling April 29, at 1: Craig Mitchell June 30, at 9: Hi Craig, Great to have you drop by — I bet you have some stories to tell as well! Jay Tyzzer April 27, at Bob Maxwell April 27, at 3: Gerry Draughon April 27, at Bill Knee May 24, at 8: Craig "Mitch" Mitchell March 5, at 8: Lanny Schronce October 9, at Bill Shaw November 28, at 5: Bob Maxwell December 11, at 3: Robert Wilke May 19, at 6: Hi Don, Wonderful to hear from you!

Hi my name is Meaghan, my real Thai name is Ura. I was born in the year of , which now makes me 39 yrs old. Richard Ries January 8, at 4: Ura — My name is Richard Ries. Dean Wiley May 7, at Jim September 19, at 6: Lynn Young April 2, at Ed Sheridan January 11, at Eddy Dickey January 18, at I was th MMS line delivery cobra 13 — Photos are great reminders.

William Goodman March 6, at 9: Fred Bennett December 20, at 7: Hi Fred, Great to hear from you. I hope you are able to reconnect with some of your mates. Virgil Flaherty December 21, at 7: Fred Bennett December 21, at Robert Williams March 1, at RayHarrison February 5, at Virgil F Flaherty June 5, at 1: Virgil Flaherty June 5, at 4: I need to brush up on my history! Fascinating website link — I had no idea this happened. Virgil Flaherty June 5, at 7: August 24, at 6: Fred Bennett August 24, at 8: Leo Heino October 28, at 6: Gary Cates July 8, at Bob Maxwell September 19, at 3: Bob Maxwell September 19, at Bill Basler October 31, at 9: Steve kulhavy July 8, at 8: James McElheney September 8, at Leo Heino October 28, at 7: Edward R Bouquet October 28, at 4: Bob Maxwell September 19, at 4: Roy Rogers December 10, at Roy Rogers I remember the attack I was working on my F4 preparing it for the morning mission when you heard the mortars; it was like they were walking one exposition after another.

Roy Rogers December 11, at 9: Gerry Draughon December 11, at Virgil Flaherty December 23, at 8: Grant Hernandez March 28, at Jake March 27, at 4: Roy Rogers December 12, at 9: Dave Kreyer December 12, at 9: Harry Hinson January 29, at The Greenlife Cookware seems really nice!

I really like the review and I think that it is absolutely worth it! I love that they are so easy to clean! I got mine for Christmas. Before even using one a spoon the perfect width of pan got stuck in the pan and after getting it out it left two spots without ceramic. The company did replace it with a note that said make sure you only cook on low to med.

So I have done all that stuff and still coating coming off. I make everything from scratch so use my pans daily. This cookware is for the kitchen that does not get a lot of use. I have my small and large fry pan for about 8 months and have 4 months with sticky food problems. I do not use metal utensils or dishwasher. Have my green life pans for about a year and have never used a medal spatula or anything that would scratch them. But my pans have scratch marks on them. Very upset with this.

Wanted to know if anyone else has had this problem. Has anybody had any problems with a funny taste coming into boiled noodles or rice? I received the complete set last month for my birthday and washed all pots and pans in hot soapy water rinsed and toweled dried by hand, since I have boiled rice, and noodles two times in the medium and large pots and my food came out tasting like it was boiled in water that came from a hose.

I know its not my water because I never had that problem with my old pots. I thought I was the only one with this issue. However, all my food tastes synthetic.

I washed the cookware before using but it still smells like chemicals and makes my food taste funny. I thought that green life pans were great until on day my food started sticking — and now I am ready for some other product.

I have been using these for about 2 years and no problem at all. The coating is still there I hand wash also myself and use the green life utensils as well. I am planning to take a pan like this for a long time!

I am fascinated by how easy they are for cleaning! I bought three frying pans at Walmart. For a while, I loved them; any food just slid right off and you only had to wipe them for the next use. However, even though I took care to touch the cook surface with plastic utensils only, the surface seems to have worn out.

I got one of these as a Christmas present and I like it very much. But I would caution anyone against trying to cook eggs in it without a little butter or oil. First thing I tried to cook in it was a couple of fried eggs and they stuck not a lot but they stuck.

Now I put a little butter in it when I cook anything and it works fine. And it is very easy to clean. Green Life skillets cook great BUT buyer beware! There is a silicone pad on the back of the handle that leads you to believe the handle can be touched while cooking and will not be hot.

I lave they way they cook, but I will get rid of them. My suggestion — buy something else!! I hate these pans! Everything stick and it was right from the start. No olive oil, lite oil, low heat, hand wash and only have the right tools. Never will buy another. I wish I would have read these reviews before I purchased them. Normal use and the frying pans are completely stained at the bottoms after having them for about 6 months. The pans are good at first but after that things stick and the coating starts to get spots i sm not impressed at all.

Please tell me whym. So strange…eggs stick every single time to mine…. It is a waste. I bought the whole set took extra care even used paper towels to wash each pan. The thing is, yes when pans are new the non stock is great but within a month eggs start sticking and I wind up with scrabbled eggs. These pans were nice the first few weeks. I will never buy them again.

My old cheap wore out non stick pans work better than these pans. The handles burn and break off. I bought a set of your ceramic frying pans the small pan is nearly unusable as everything I cook in it seems to stick and burn even on low heat ,I must say that I am very disappointed in your product Tim.

A bizarre and potentially dangerous read, class action? This was the two-pan set in brick color. Beware of new and improved.

The only thing I will use is old and tested like cast iron or stainless. This was a waste of money. Everything burned and there are scratches and chips all over the skillet. I threw the receipt out, figuring this was a decent purchase.

My sister-in-law gave me an aluminum electric skillet and I use it daily. I also bought mine at Wal-Mart. These pans work great for a while — maybe a few weeks, then food sticks like glue and they must be scrubbed to remove the stuck on food. I was very careful with mine and took very good care of them, only to be very disappointed.

It worked fine for a couple weeks. I thought I overheated it because everything started sticking so I bought another one. Just came out of my kitchen having almost thrown my frying pan in the trash! I was so impressed with the pan.. But after the first 4 or 5 washings, food began sticking worse and worse. Right now I have a pan soaking in the sink with egg crusted on it! I have to scrape it with my nails to get it off. Not worth the money! My first pan work for about 2 months, then started sticking bad and stained.

Followed directions for use. Thought it might have been a bad pan. Bought another one and the same thing, lasted about 2 months then started sticking bad and stained. After reading all these negative comments, will be taking mine back. Have NOT used it yet. Back to the old butter or Crisco the stainless steel or aluminum cookie sheet!

Lovely to look at, they work well for a while, but if you ever scorch something like asparagus, broccoli, or anything else, actually you will leave a carbonized layer on the pan, and it will never look the same. We have 5 of these pans all bought at the same time, tho from different stores and it has happened to all of them. First clue this was a BS product should have been the packaging. The chef is preparing a salad in a skillet! So, it worked like magic — for about 2 or 3 weeks.

Within 6 weeks, it lost all its anti-stick abilities, and now is worse than a regular stainless steel pan. And I baby my cookware. I never use metal utensils, and always hand-wash. Walmart should be ashamed for allowing their name associated with this far inferior piece of garbage. Folks with limited income are trusting Walmart to provide reasonably priced products with good value.

This is simply a rip-off. Worked fine first time. But once something over browns or burns they stick from then on. From other comments I have been reading it would be a waste of time trying to get warranty. I would not recommend these to anyone. I have had a few items stick to the pan but nothing that would make me take them back. If they are dishwasher safe they should not lose that feature.

If I could I would have posted photos. Very upset as theses were not cheap…. As a chef, the green life series pan and pot set was the best investment i made in my home kitchen. Its absolutely non-stick and easy to clean, only using the soft side of my sponge. My next buy will be the ceramic baking dishes. I will never go back to the other non stick products.

Thank you green life. The pan performed admiraly and did everything as advertised-the heat was distributed uniformly, there was absolutely no sticking I used a very thin pat of butter after preheating , and clean up was especially easy I used a soapy wet sponge. The omelet came out perfect — even better than the best omelet I ever made before!

I saw that many reviews said the coating failed after a few days, weeks, or months. I will monitor the pan I bought and report back to you all if there is a change in my opinion. But so far, this pan is one of the best I ever used in the past 40 years. Bought the frying pan. Shunned everything else in my kitchen. After 9 months I scorched a sauce. Now there some problems. Not big enough to make me switch pans though. And I want no part of it. Are these made with aluminum? And if so, recommend a non aluminum brand.

I am looking to trash everything and start again, aluminum free,. I bought two pans, large and smaller about six months ago. Last night I heated up vegetable oil covered the bottom of pan and in a few minutes the pan started on fire. It almost burned me and my new kitchen. I was able to get the pan outside and throw it to the ground. In all my years of cooking I have never had a kitchen fire. These pans are extremely dangerous.

I honestly can say I love these pans! We are very pleased and recommend! Horrible product, when put to the test; too bad. I bought the whole set, a bit pricey. I have no problem with sticking or cleaning as long as I cook on low or medium heat and use plastic utencils. However, it makes all my food taste funny. I washed all the cookware in hot soapy water before using but, all my food has a synthetic, chemical taste to it. Bought a Green Life set for my wife last year.

After a year of use, I have to say these are terrible. My first review was same but if you see my green life after couple month That I bought them, became trash. I am beginning to think that ALL of these non-stick pans are only good for less than 1 year and then need to be thrown out. Had high hopes for this green product. Absolutely lovely for about two months. Hand washed with organic dish soap, only used plastic utensils on them…. It scratches even with the right tools and I only have it for 7 months.

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