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34th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thud Era

Korat RTAFB, Thailand - May 1966 to May 1969

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123 - Gene Beresik

Paul B. Jansen:

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


122 - Dana Cromack

Michael Freeman:

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.

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


121 - 34th crew chief on F105s and F4Es

Joe Schminkey:

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 & 469th. Thank you, Sgt. Joe Schminkey.

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


120 - Korat service

Joe Julich:
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 - Weapons Loader

Delbert Johnson:

Drove weapons dispatch line truck for 34th and 13th squadrons. Aug 66-Aug 67. Retired 1981.Taught JROTC until 2002.

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


117 - Korat Service

Richard Conley:

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


116 - Hello

Tom Ferrell:

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


115 - Ryan's Raider Ben Pollard, gone west

David Piontek:

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


113 - Squadron Painter

SSgt Mike Jarosz: cc acft 61-0220,

What I really meant was I was the squadron nose artist/painter.

Mike, Thank you for your service and some nice art work. Take care, Jack


112 - Crew Chief 67 / 68

Paul Witek:

I realize that many great guys served at Korat but I will admit that working on the F105 was the best experience I ever had. I started with the Thunderchief at Nellis AFB. I have worked on many types of aircraft but the Thunderchief was the best in my eyes. I was lucky enough to have crewed JJ 555. Thanks for the page it is great to bring back memories after all these years.

Paul, Thank you for your service. It was a great aircraft. Take care, Jack

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