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34th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thud Era

Korat RTAFB, Thailand - May 1966 to May 1969

Guys: Last name starting with A through F

    These are some of the men that were members of the 34th TFS during the Thud era. Click on a name to see a picture from that era and a current address if we have it. Howard Plunkett has compiled F-105 histories on most of the people and these can be accessed via a link under the name.

    (Click any picture for a larger image.)

    A

    Darrell J. Ahrens
    Darrell Ahrens
    Darrell Ahrens
    He's also in the squadron picture from early 1968.

    E-mail: dahrens7@cox.net
    Address: 281 S. Bandera Circle, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
    Phone: (623) 935-9041
    Anthony Charles "Tony" Andrews
    Tony Andrews
    Tony is honored on Veteran Tributes and also on our Honor Roll page.

    Current address:
    10611 N Fleetwood Ct.,
    Spokane, WA 99208-9465

    Phone: 509 467-2500

    Email: thuddriver3@msn.com
    Spence M. "Sam" Armstrong
    William "Augie" Augsburger
    Augie Augsburger

    "Augie" Augsburger enjoying his pineapple after completing 100 missions.

    Augie Augsburger
    Augie and his wife Phyllis donated a plaque honoring the 34th TFS to the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

    Current address: 2026 W Camelot Dr, Nampa, ID 83651

    E-mail: wilmaug@yahoo.com
    Donald S. Aunapu
    We don't have a vintage picture of Don.

    Email address: daunapu@comcast.net
    Current address: 419 Live Oak Ct NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122-1405

    Phone: 505 856-2206
    Donald O. Austin
    Don Austin
    Don Austin

    Don Austin's ready for anything!

    Don Austin

    Don finishes his 100 and Squadron Commander Major George Clausen presents him with the pineapple.

    Don Austin

    Another shot of Don Austin with his 100 mission pineapple and George Clausen watching; July 13, 1967.

    Don Austin

    Don got to fly his own Mr. Blackbird for #100.

    Don Austin
    Current address: 5307 Canyon View Dr., Castle Rock, CO 80104
    Joseph C. Austin - Deceased
    Jor Austin

    Joe Austin in December 1966 with the 13 TFS Wild Weasels.

    Jor Austin

    Joe Austin hands 100 mission pineapple to Don Hankins. March 1967.

    34th Squadron Commander LtCol Joe Austin was killed in action on 19 March 1967.

    The POW Network has a few more details.

    B

    Earl F. Bancroft - Deceased
    We don't have a vintage picture of Earl.
    Earl Bancroft, born 20 April 1929, died in Houston, Texas, during April 1981.
    Almer L. "Buddy" Barner Jr. - Deceased
    Buddy Barner

    Colonel Flynn briefing Major Almer L. "Buddy" Barner, Jr.

    Buddy Barner

    Buddy Barner completes his 100 in March 1968.

    Almer "Buddy" Barner Jr. died April 22, 2008.
    Jim Barr
    We don't have a vintage picture of Jim, but he is shown in the early 1968 squadron picture.
    Seymour R. "Sam" Bass - Deceased
    We don't have a vintage picture of Sam, but he is shown in the early 1968 squadron picture.
    Sam died on May 14, 1968, in a mid-air collision over Thailand.
    James R. Bassett
    James arrived in May 1967 with the Ryan's Raiders and was assigned to the 34th TFS for a short period.
    We don't have a vintage picture of James.
    Oral L. Bell
    We don't have a vintage picture of O. L. (April 1968 - April 1969).
    Current address: 6610 Montclair Lane, Madison, WI 53711

    Email: obl@aol.com
    Eugene Paul Beresik - Deceased
    Eugene Beresol
    Eugene Beresol
    Gene Beresik was killed in action on May 31, 1968.

    Some details of the mission are listed on the Western Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial page.
    William W. Berkman
    We don't have a vintage picture of William.
    Douglas A. Beyer
    Doug Beyer

    Doug shortly after arrival in August 1967.

    Doug Beyer

    100 missions complete on March 13, 1968.

    Current address:
    605 Rolling Green Dr,
    Lakeway, TX 78734

    E-mail: lcdab@sbcglobal.net
    Charles E. Bishop
    We don't have a vintage picture of Charles.
    He retired as a Brigadier General and his official Air Force bio is here.
    Neil F. Blake
    Neil arrived in May 1967 with the Ryan's Raiders and was assigned to the 34th TFS for a short period.
    We don't have a vintage picture of Neil.
    William M. Blakeslee - Deceased
    We don't have a vintage picture of Bill, but he is shown in two of the squadron pictures: October 1967 & Sometime in 1968.
    He completed his 100 missions in March 1968.
    William Blakeslee died January 6, 2003, in Bellevue, NE at age 74.
    Kenneth T. Blank - Deceased
    Ken Blank

    Kenneth Blank's claim to fame came on August 18, 1966, when he shot down a MiG-17.
    In this picture he has just completed his 100th mission.

    Ken Blank

    Ken in the 35th TFS just prior to deploying to Korat.

    Kenneth Blank died in an F-111 accident on 18 January 1972.
    Lawrence L. "Larry" Bogemann
    Larry Bogemann
    Larry finished his 100 missions in September 1968 and is shown (left) with Ben Fuhrman (center) and Ivor Goodrich (right).
    E-mail: lbogemann@earthlink.net

    Current address:
    2528 Lindair Drive,
    Springfield, OH 45502
    George A. Bogert
    We don't have a vintage picture of George.

    Email address: bogert8@hotmail.com
    Aquilla Friend Britt - Deceased
    Aquilla Britt
    Aquilla arrived in April 1967 with the Ryan's Raiders and was assigned to the 34th TFS for a short period.
    Major Britt was killed on October 25, 1967, when he was directed to land in bad weather at Tan Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam, and his F-105 collided with a C-123 Provider that was on the active runway.
    Colonel Burdett, 388th TFW Commander, wrote a letter to the Britt family: copy here.

    He is honored by Veteran Tributes and the Military Times Hall of Valor.

    There is also recognition on the Virtual Wall.
    Jack Brooks
    We don't have a vintage picture of Jack.
    Glen Francis Bullock - Deceased
    Glen Bulloock

    1stLt. Glen F. "Buzz" Bullock

    Glen F. Bullock died in an F-105 accident on 10 October 1966.

    A nice tribute to Buzz is on the Virtual Wall.
    David Burney
    David arrived in April 1967 with the Ryan's Raiders and was assigned to the 34th TFS for a short period.

    We don't have a vintage picture of David.

    C

    Leo F. Callahan
    Leo Callahan

    Al Fick, Dick Heyman, and Leo Callahan all complete their 100 missions on the same flight.

    Leo's Current address:
    353 Agecroft Ct,
    Hampton, VA 23669

    E-mail: thudplt@cox.net
    Robert T. "Soupy" Campbell - Deceased
    We don't have a vintage picture of Soupy.
    He died on March 30, 2014, at the age of 86.
    David J. Carroll - Deceased
    We don't have a vintage picture of David.
    David died on August 24, 2003, He was buried in the Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery, Oceanside California. He was born 15 February 1930.
    David C. Carter
    David Carter

    David Carter wasn't always this serious;.

    David Carter

    Or maybe he really was!

    Current address:
    69 Runway LN,
    Temple, TX 76504

    E-mail: dcarter1984@centurylink.net
    Gary G. Catren
    Gary Catren

    Gary Catren finally took a hit on his last mission; February 1967.

    Gary Catren

    Gary shares his 100 mission pineapple; wingman Dick Heyman at left.

    Current address:
    8305 East Sandstone Dr,
    Tucson, AZ 85750

    E-mail: garycatren@comcast.net
    William S. Chairsell - Deceased
    William Chairsell

    388th Tactical Fighter Wing Commander Colonel William Chairsell prior to his promotion.

    William Chairsell

    388th Wing Commander BG Chairsell and 34th Operations Officer LtCol Carl McKenzie at the bar after both completed their 100 missions.

    William Chairsell died on November 27, 1994.

    His biography is on the Air Force web site.
    Nevin G. Christensen

    We don't have a vintage picture of Nevin.

    He completed 100 missions in June 1968.

    Peter Bugbee Christianson - Deceased
    We don't have a picture of Peter, but he is shown in the March 1969 squadron picture.
    Major Christianson was shot down on 3 April 1969 near the Plain of Jars while flying #62-4269. He was killed in action.
    George G. Clausen
    George Clausen

    Bobby Martin and George Clausen heading out for a flight; mid-1967.

    George Clausen

    George Clausen awards the Blue Max to Dave Waldrop.

    Current address:
    24207-D Lomitas Dr.,
    Woodlake, CA 93286

    E-mail: georgec278@ATT.net
    Vincent Colasuonno - Deceased
    Vincent Colasuanno

    Doug Roysdon, Tony Germann and Vince Colasuanno after helping Joe Sechler into and out of the pool.

    Major Vincent Colasuonno came to the 34th June 16, 1968.

    He was transferred to the 333rd TFS at Takhli where he was killed in action February 12, 1969.
    Gary R. Confer
    Gary Confer

    Gary looks good in his party suit.

    On his 8th mission Gary took a hit and had to land at Udorn.

    Check pictures #39 & #40 on the Planes page.

    Email address: gconfer@frontier.com
    Sheldon Cooper - Deceased
    Sheldon Cooper
    We don't have a vintage picture of Sheldon with the F-105, but here he is by his previous ride, the F-100.

    He is also shown in the March 1969 squadron picture.
    Sheldon died on March 25, 2014 (Obituary).
    We only have a short F-105 history, but it is linked below.
    Robert M. Crane
    Robert Crane
    Robert Crane
    Robert Crane
    Robert Crane
    Robert Crane
    Robert Crane
    Robert Crane

    The prized ride after 100 missions.

    Robert Crane

    Bob goes into the pool with help - R to L Bob Smith, Vern Ellis, Ken Mays.

    Bob completed his 100 missions in January 1968.
    Dana B. Cromack - Deceased
    Dana Cromack
    Dana Cromack
    Dana Cromack
    He completed 100 missions in December 1966.
    Dana Cromack died on January 20, 1990, at the age of 57.
    Jackie Crouch
    We don't have a vintage picture of Jackie, but he is shown in a 100 mission swimming pool scene on the Pictures Page (picture #24).
    Thomas H. Curtis
    Thomas Curtis

    Tom is proud of his 100 missions.

    Thomas Curtis
    Thomas Curtis

    Colonel Chairsell congratulates Tom upon completion of his 100 missions in October 1966.

    D

    James E. Daniel Jr. - Deceased
    We don't have a vintage picture of James, but he is shown in the October 1967 squadron group picture.
    James died on January 15, 1995 at the age of 75.
    Jim Daniels
    We don't have a vintage picture of Jim.
    He flew in 1969.
    Hugh W. Davis
    Hugh Davis

    Hugh completed 100 missions on January 16, 1968.

    Hugh Davis

    Nailing his name plate to the wing 100 mission board.

    Current address:
    1169 Bordeaux Drive,
    Fort Collins, CO 80526

    Email: hwdavisret@comcast.net
    David C. Dickson Jr. - Deceased
    We don't have a vintage picture of David, however he is shown in the October 1967 squadron picture.
    David completed his 100 missions in March 1968.
    He died of a massive heart attack (actually in the hospital doorway) on 13 July 1994.
    David Thomas Dinan - Deceased
    David Dinan
    David was killed in action on March 17, 1969.

    He is honored on the Honor Roll page.
    Nicholas (Nick) J. Donelson
    Nick Donelson

    Nick Donelson by the squadron sign, 1967.

    Nick Donelson

    Nick Donelson completes his 100 missions and awards the crew chief, 1967.

    Nick Donelson

    By the hootch.

    Air Force Cross
    Nick was awarded the Air Force Cross for a mission on August 23, 1967. Read his citation on the History page.
    There is also a nice biography on Veteran Tributes and recognition on The Military Hall of Valor.
    Paul P. Douglas, Jr. - Deceased
    We don't have a vintage picture of Colonel Douglas who was the 388th TFW commander and assigned to the 34th TFS for flying.
    General Douglas is honored on Veteran Tributes.
    Brigadier General Paul P. Douglas, Jr. died Thursday, 26 December 2002 in Killeen, TX.
    Arkansas Traveler

    The Hill AFB Museum fact sheet describes this aircraft.

    Rex L. Dull - Deceased
    Rex Dull

    Rex ready for action in 1966.

    Rex Dull
    Rex Dull
    Rex Dull
    Rex Dull died of a massive heart attack on August 16, 2017, at age 79.
    Gary G. Durkee - Deceased
    Gary Durkee

    Monty Pharmer, with the scarf, and Gary Durkee after finishing their 100 missions.

    Gary Durkee

    Gary receives his plaque in August 1968.

    Gary Durkee died from lung cancer on 1 October 1993.
    Ralph E. Durnbaugh
    We don't have a vintage picture of Ralph (April 1968 - April 1969).
    Current address:
    120 Turkey Run,
    Meadowlakes, TX 78654

    E-mail: imathudpilot@gmail.com
    Arthur Duston
    We don't have a vintage picture of Arthur.
    Rufus Dye Jr. - Deceased
    Rufus Dye
    Rufus Dye

    Rufus completed his 100 missions in July 1968 and received the customary dunking.

    Rufus Dye

    And he's happy to buy drinks after finishing.

    A story about Rufus and his Purple Heart in World War II (pdf version).

    Another story with Rufus and the P-51.
    Rufus Dye died on August 3, 2015, at the age of 92.

    E

    William C. "Bill" Eagle - Deceased
    Bill Eagle

    Bill Eagle and Rod Giffin on R&R in Japan; early 1967.

    Bill Eagle died on July 13, 2015.

    Robert Malcom Elliot - Deceased
    The only vintage picture we have of Bob is the October 1967 squadron photo.
    Robert was shot down on February 14, 1968. More details are on the Honor Roll Page.

    There is also a nice write-up on the Arlington National Cemetery website.
    Billy J. Ellis - Deceased
    We don't have a vintage picture of Billy, but his biography is on The Official Air Force web site.
    Billy Joe Ellis died on March 12, 2013, at the age of 84.
    Vernon D. Ellis
    Vern Ellis

    Vern completed his 100 missions in February 1968.

    Vern Ellis
    Vern Ellis

    Now for a trip to the O Club for a real celebration!

    He is also shown in the October 1967 squadron picture.
    Al Esser
    Al arrived in May 1967 with the Ryan's Raiders and was assigned to the 34th TFS for a short period.
    We don't have a vintage picture of Al.
    Olin K. (Ken) Everett
    Ken Everett


    "A" flight in early 1968. L to R: Dave Igelman, Rog Ingvalson, Ken Everett, Monty Pharmer & Gary Durkee.

    Ken Everett

    Ken having a cool one.

    Another vintage picture we have of Ken is this group shot from early 1968.

    Email: okeverett@earthlink.net

    F

    Clyde L. Falls Jr. - Deceased
    Clyde Falls

    In a party suit.

    Clyde Falls

    Last mission over.

    Clyde Falls

    Glad that's done.

    Clyde Falls

    The 100 mission pineapple.

    Clyde Falls

    Is that battle damage?

    Clyde Falls

    After the traditional dunking.

    Clyde Falls

    Drinks are on me!

    Clyde Falls

    Here's the way it went...

    The pictures above and a few more can be viewed on Dropbox in higher resolution.
    Clyde is also pictured on the October 1967 squadron picture.
    After his Korat tour Clyde was assigned to the F-106 at McChord AFB, Washington, and was killed in an aircraft crash on April 22, 1969.
    Clyde finished his 100 missions in March 1968.
    Alan J. Fick
    Alan Fick
    Al Fick, Dick Heyman, and Leo Callahan all finish their 100 missions on the same flight. March 1967.
    Alan Fick
    Alan Fick
    E-mail: altows@aol.com

    Current address:
    5150 Picket Dr,
    Colorado Springs, CO 80918
    Richard P. "Dick" Fitzgerald - Deceased
    Dick Fitzgerald
    Dick Fitzgerald with his 100 mission pineapple. August 1966.

    Dick died August 22, 1993.

    John P. Flynn - Deceased
    John Flynn

    Colonel Flynn briefing Major "Buddy" Barner.

    Colonel Flynn was the 388th TFW Vice Commander and attached to the 34th. He flew several missions before being shot down on October 27, 1967, and captured (see the Honor Roll).
    Air Force Cross

    Colonel Flynn was awarded the Air Force Cross for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from 27 October 1967 to 10 November 1967.

    Read the citation on the History Page.

    He's also shown in the October 1967 squadron picture.
    General Flynn is honored on Veteran Tributes.
    Lieutenant General Flynn retired 30 September 1978 and died at age 74 of Alzheimer's disease on 5 March 1997 in San Antonio, Texas.
    David W. Forgan - Deceased
    David Forgan
    David was in the 34th TFS as a Ryan's Raiders pilot and is shown here in the back seat with Nick Donelson.
    David's biography is on The Official Air Force web site.

    General Forgan's wife, Shirley, has written a good book on her life with Dave: "Earning My Wings. Adventures of an Air Force Wife".
    David died July 26, 2013 at age 79. Obituary.
    Clarence Edward Fox
    Ed Fox
    Ed Fox on R&R in Bangkok, 1966.
    Donald F. Fryauf - Deceased
    We don't have a vintage photo of Don (January 1967-August 1967), but he is shown in the May 1967 squadron picture.
    Donald Frank Fryauf, 83, died on November 21, 2011, near his home in Davenport, Florida.
    Benjamin J. Fuhrman
    Ben Fuhrman

    Ben finished his 100 missions in September 1968 and is shown (center) with Larry Bogemann and Ivor Goodrich.

    Ben Fuhrman

    It is time for drinks at the bar to celebrate the completion of 100 missions.

    Current address:
    3757 Paseo Del Sol,
    Mesa, AZ 85207

    Email: benandjanelle@hotmail.com

    Phone: 480-654-0041

    In Remembrance Of Those Who Served!