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34th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thud Era

Korat RTAFB, Thailand - May 1966 to May 1969

Guys: Last name starting with G through K

    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 most pictures for larger images.)

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    Coy W. Gammage
    Coy Gammage
    Coy Gammage after finishing his 100 missions in March 1967.
    E-mail: gammage03@gmail.com

    Current address:
    101 Hazel Ave.,
    Delanco, New Jersey
    James P. Gauley - Deceased
    James Gauley
    James Gauley

    Survival school at Fairchild AFB, WA.

    James Paul Gauley was killed in action on January 10, 1967 (see the Honor Roll Page).

    More details are on the POW Network page.
    Anthony F. "Tony" Germann
    Tony Germann
    Tony completes his 100 missions. (Courtesy of John Murphy)
    Tony Germann

    And now the story of how it was.

    Tony Germann

    The traditional 100 mission parade to the club.

    Tony Germann

    Tony rings the bell along with Harry Matthews.

    Tony Germann

    Clancey Langford, Tony Garmann, & Tom Platt celebrate.

    Tony Germann

    Checking the equipment after a "successful" refueling.

    Roderick G. Giffin - Deceased
    Rod Giffin

    Flight commander; 1967.

    Rod Giffin

    Rod died 12 August 1995.

    Billy R. Givens - Deceased
    Billy Givens
    Billy Givens died in an F-105 landing accident at Korat on 25 April 1968.

    He was 39 years old and on mission #98.

    Basically he ran out of fuel and crashed just short of the runway.
    Isaac M. "Ike" Glass
    We don't have a vintage picture of Isaac.
    Douglas G. Glime
    We don't have a vintage picture of Doug.
    Ivor K. Goodrich - Deceased
    Ivor Goodrich
    Ivor Goodrich

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

    Ivor Goodrich died May 24, 2005 at age 72 (obituary).
    Philip A. Goodwin
    Philip Goodwin
    Phil Goodwin finishes his 100 missions in February 1967.
    David H. Groark
    We don't have a vintage photo of David yet.
    Dave gave an interesting interview for Veteran Tales on YouTube.
    5572 Canada Court,
    Rockwall, TX 75032

    E-mail: dg105@charter.net
    Stanley S. Gunnersen
    We don't have a vintage picture of Stan.
    He completed 100 missions in September 1966.

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    Carl L. Hamby - Deceased
    Carl Hamby

    Carl in the 35th TFS prior to the Korat assignment.

    Carl Hamby

    Photo courtesy (?) of Tom Curtis.

    Captain Carl L. Hamby completed his 100 missions in September 1966.
    Carl passed away March 6, 2015, 11 days before his 83rd birthday. (Obituary)
    George W. Hamlin IV
    We don't have a vintage picture of George.
    Current address:
    47 Gibson St,
    Canandaigua, NY 14424-1309

    Phone: 585 394-2651
    Donald J. Hankins - Deceased
    Don Hankins
    Squadron Commander LtCol Joe Austin presents the 100 mission pineapple to Don Hankins; March 1967.
    Don died in Biloxi, MS, on May 25, 2008, at the age of 72 after a valiant battle with cancer.
    David S. Hartman Jr.
    We don't have a vintage picture of Dave yet except for the March 1969 squadron picture.
    Current address:
    4554 Highway 308,
    Napoleonville, LA 70390
    Phone: 985-369-2429
    Email: dhart2429@aol.coms
    John E. "Ed" Hartman
    We don't have a vintage picture of Ed Hartman.
    E-mail address: edkay@ec.rr.com
    Wayne D. Hauth - Deceased
    Wayne Hauth
    Wayne Hauth with his 100 mission pineapple; August 1966.

    Wayne died on July 15, 1979, at age 46.

    James E. Hayes
    We don't have a vintage picture of James.
    He completed 100 missions in October 1966.
    Donald Lester Heiliger - Deceased
    Don Heiliger
    Don arrived in April 1967 with the Ryan's Raiders.

    He was shot down May 15 and captured (POW Network account).
    Donald is also honored by Veteran Tributes.
    The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center conducted an Oral History Interview in 1999.
    Don Heiliger died on March 23, 2016.
    Floyd E. Heinzig - Deceased
    We don't have a vintage picture of Floyd, but he is shown in the October 1967 squadron picture.
    He completed 100 missions in December 1967.
    Colonel (Retired) Floyd E. Heinzig died on March 7, 2009.
    Howard F. "Red Dog" Hendricks
    Howard Hendricks
    Squadron Commander LtCol. "Red Dog" Hendricks, September 1966.
    Donald D. Henry - Deceased
    Don Henry

    Don ready to go in 1967.

    Don is the author of "Thunderchief, The Right Stuff and how fighter pilots get it."

    Don died on June 16, 2017, from a head injury.

    Richard M. "Dick" Heyman Jr.
    Dick Heyman
    Squadron commander LtCol Dick Heyman enjoys his 100 mission pineapple while the next squadron commander, Joe Austin, looks on.

    Dick flew another tour in Thuds out of Takhli in 1968-69.
    E-mail: dickheyman.fighterpilot@gmail.com

    Current address:
    380 Magnolia Dr,
    Creswell, OR 97426
    Kenneth M. Hiltz - Deceased
    We don't have a vintage picture of Ken M. Hiltz (1967-68).
    Ken died on August 13, 2013, at age 88. His obituary is included in the F-105 history.
    Donald W. Hodge Deceased
    Don Hodge
    Don on the left celebrates completing 100 missions in April 1968, along with Bob Smith & Sam Armstrong.

    He is also shown in the early 1968 squadron picture.
    Donald Hodge died on July 14, 2015.
    Ronald A. Hoffmeyer - Deceased
    We don't have a vintage picture of Ron, but he is shown in the March 1969 squadron picture.

    Ron died on December 12, 2009.

    Manford Holly - Deceased
    We don't have a vintage picture of Manford.

    He died on July 21, 1996.

    Lawrence G. "Larry" Hoppe
    We don't have a vintage picture of Larry Hoppe (July 1967-December 1967), but he is shown in the October 1967 squadron picture.
    E-mail address: LHoppe1123@aol.com

    Current address:
    5315 Reic Court,
    Oklahoma City, OK 73135

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    David D. Igelman
    We don't have a vintage picture of David (August 1967-May 1968), but he is shown in the early 1968 squadron picture.
    Current address:
    1668 Magnolia Court SW,
    Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

    E-mail: derigel@atmc.net
    Roger D. Ingvalson - Deceased
    Roger Dean Ingvalson was shot down on May 28, 1968, and captured.

    More information is available on the Honor Roll page.
    Roger is pictured in the early 1968 squadron picture.
    Roger is honored on Veteran Tributes.
    Roger Ingvalson died in Chattanooga, TN, on December 24, 2011, at age 83. Obituary in pdf format.
    Charles E. "Chuck" Irwin
    Chuck Irwin

    Chuck Irwin has the duty (January 1967-August 1967).

    Current address:
    733 E Peralta Way,
    Fresno, CA 93704-2118

    E-mail: chuck_jane@sbcglobal.net
    Melvin L. Irwin - Deceased
    Melvin Irwin

    Mel Irwin receives his plaque in August 1968.

    He is also shown in the early 1968 squadron picture.

    Mel died on December 16, 2015, at age 81.

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    Raymond F. Jauregui
    Ray Jauregui
    Ray Jauregui at left with the rest of Blue Flight. L to R, Don Austin, Jack Youngblood, Dewey Smith, & Homer Terry.
    E-mail: rayjaur@comcast.net

    Current address:
    2568 Springville Way,
    Henderson, NV 89052
    Howard C. "Scrappy" Johnson
    Scrappy Johnson

    Photo from his book: "Scrappy, Memoir of a U.S. Fighter Pilot in Korea and Vietnam."

    Scrappy Johnson

    Scrappy at right with Jack Youngblood.

    Scrappy was the 388th TFW Director of Operations from October 1966 to October 1967.
    Robert W. "Bob" Johnson
    Bob Johnson
    Bob Johnson in 1967.
    Earl Johnston - Deceased
    We don't have a vintage picture of Earl, but he is shown in the May 1967 squadron picture.
    He completed his 100 missions in July 1967.
    Earl Johnston died June 29, 2010, in Cottonwood, AZ, at age 85.
    Eddward L. Jones - Deceased
    Eddward Jones

    October 1965 on a TDY to Korat.

    Eddward Jones

    He completed 100 missions in November 1966.

    Eddward Jones

    Roscoe joins the celebration.

    Eddward Jones

    The crew chief gets a reward.

    Eddward Jones

    Edd receives the Air Medal from Major General Jay T. Robbins.

    Eddward died of cancer on July 3, 1987.
    Edward C. Jones - Deceased
    Ed Jones

    Ed Jones with the 100 mission pineapple delivered by a friend.

    Ed Jones

    With the squadron scarf after completing 100 missions in March 1967.

    Ed died on August 6, 2013.

    Robert H. "Bob" Jones
    We don't have a vintage picture of Robert, but here is a biography.
    He completed 100 missions in August 1966.

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    Harold "Pappy" Kahler - Deceased
    Pappy Kahler
    After leaving the 34th Pappy was later shot down over Northern Laos on 14 June 1969.

    More details are on the POW Network.
    Phillip J. Kelley
    We don't have a vintage picture of Phil.
    William W. "Bill" Kennedy - Deceased
    Bill Kennedy

    Bill Kennedy standing by the squadron truck in mid-1967.

    Bill Kennedy

    Jim McClelland and Bill Kennedy waiting for a ride.

    Bill Kennedy

    Bill dismounts. Leslie Elliott in the rear cockpit was the senior cameraman for the Air Force film, "There is a Way". He filmed all the flying scenes from the back of an F model. The National Museum of the Air Force also features the movie and has a page about the beginning of the term.

    Bill died in November 1986 in Dallas, Texas.
    William J. "Jim" King
    Jim King
    Jim is also shown in the squadron picture of October 1967.

    His tour was cut short in December 1967 due to a medical condition.
    Lawrence (Larry) R. Klinestiver - Deceased
    Larry Klinestyiver
    The only vintage picture we have of Larry is the October 1967 squadron photo.
    Lawrence Klinestiver died on 5-May-1991.
    Robert J. Klingensmith, Jr. - Deceased
    Robert Klingensmith
    Joe Sechler receiving the regular commission oath from squadron commander LtCol Robert Klingensmith in August 1968 (Picture courtesy of Joe Sechler).
    Bob died on September 26, 2007.
    Thurston F. "Snapper" Knapp
    Snapper Knapp

    Crew Chief SSgt W. Orcutt sends Snapper off on a mission.

    Snapper Knapp

    Snapper finishes his tour in April 1969 and is congratulated by Colonel Allen K. McDonald, the Wing Commander.

    William W. Koelm
    We don't have a vintage picture of Bill.
    He was a Ryan's Raider from Kadena and was in the 34th the last week of May 1967.
    Paul F. Koeltzow
    Paul Koeltzow

    We won't even try to assign a caption to this shot of Paul in mid-1967.

    Air Force Cross
    Paul was awarded the Air Force Cross for a mission on August 12, 1967. Read his citation on the History page.
    Clarence J. "Dutch" Kough, Jr.
    We don't have a vintage picture of "Dutch".

    He flew missions from January 1967 until getting shot down and rescued on June 4, 1967.

    In Remembrance Of Those Who Served!