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34th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thud Era

Korat RTAFB, Thailand - May 1966 to May 1969

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135 - Scott Nierste

Scott Nierste:

Greetings to all who read this. My name is Scott. I'm the proud son of retired Major Robin K. Nierste. He was an original member of the 34TFS.
In addition to requesting the honor of submitting some vintage photos and a story regarding the famous scarf, I would like to ask for your assistance regarding my dad's birthday. He is turning ninety on March 10 and I'm trying to find anyone and everyone who might be able to send him a greeting. He lives in Kissimmee, Florida with my mother and we'll be having a surprise family reunion that week.
I'm hoping I can get some old "thud studs" who may have flown with or knew him. My dad is unaware I'm contacting you so I'm hoping I could possibly speak with someone with contact numbers or who might facilitate a surprise greeting or message of some kind. He would get a big kick out of this, and as his son, so would I.
Any assistance you could give would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much, Scott Nierste

134 - Sam Armstrong

Spence (Sam) Armstrong:

It's been years since I checked in. Reviewing the guest book tonight I am impressed how many maintenance guys posted and how you welcomed their input. We should never forget that it was a team effort. Thanks again for doing this. For all of us it was a significant part of our individual history for those of us who survived the 100 missions but also for the families of those brothers who did not. WWII had a"Greatest Generation" which our whole country acknowledges. But in a micro sense there was the Thud generation of which unheralded we salute.
Sam Armstrong

133 - Dan Belcher

Dan Belcher:

Saw the movie "Thud Pilots" on Amazon Prime. Loved it so much I played the part of Roscoe for my wife. Dogs are amazing animals! FYI, my Dad was a WWII "Hump Pilot" and spent years in the USAF Reserve after the war. He retired as a Lt. Col. As for my self, I got my private pilot license in 1977 any enjoyed flying with my Dad. Now a days, I'm retired and enjoy scale modeling. I have a BIG 1/32 scale F-105D that I'll be tackling soon. I'll have to put it in 34 TFS markings for sure.

132 - Matt Johnston

Matt Johnston:

Thank you so much Rams for the wonderful reunion. We were deeply humbled and honored to take part. As always you are more then welcome anytime at our fighter bar "Roscoe's" (Fighter ops, bldg 5, Hill AFB, UT). We will proudly display our Thud heritage and will continually update the Ram Thud Era Memorial Journal you presented us.

Geezus Cavazos, the Ram DO takes over the squadron this Friday, 17 May 2019. His email is

Respectfully, Scout, Ram-1

131 - Matt Johnston

Matt Johnston:

Thanks Rams! We'll see you at Wright Patterson AFB next week! We are bringing out two F-35s, four pilots, and three maintainers. McConnell AFB is providing us tankers on Wednesday and Friday to get us there and back. Appreciate everyone who reached out with history and a visit by "Jonesy" Jones last week to share stories in Roscoe's. We are humbled to be part of this event.

Schwarma! Respectfully, Scout, Ram-1

130 - Pat Adamy

Pat Adamy:

I got to Korat September 19, 1969, on the flight line until we moved to Takhli Air Base. Would like to meet some of the NCOs that i worked for plus line chief & other airman.

Pat Adamy here in Columbus, Nebraska. 402-276-1879

129 - Mike Parr

Mike Parr:

I was at Korat from September 1967 to October 1968. Assigned to the 34th and lived in the barracks, but worked at 388th Wing Headquarters as an intel specialist setting up and marking targets.

128 - Matt Johnston

Matt Johnston:

Hello fellow Rams, thank you for all your service and sacrifices. I'm proud to wear the Ram patch! Open invitation to visit Roscoe's bar in the 34th and we'll get a tour of the squadron and the F-35 for your family. Bring a picture we can hang on the wall please! We are trying to get as much Ram history on the walls as possible but we need your help.

127 - Aircraft 279

Michael James:

I remember aircraft 279 in that a Captain ( can't remember his name ) was going on his 100th mission and I painted a black tiger with yellow stripes and it carried a 100 mission badge around its neck. Well the plane crashed in 1975. I was wondering if the pilot made it and if the first pilot is still around.

124 - Father's Day

David C. Dickson:

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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