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34th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thud Era

Korat RTAFB, Thailand - May 1966 to May 1969

Guys: Last name starting with N through R

    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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    Alan G. Nelson
    Alan Nelson

    Al in a group picture of the 13 TFS Wild Weasels on December 29, 1966.

    Alan Nelson

    Late 1966.

    Alan Nelson

    Al is congratulated by Colonel Scrappy Johnson after completing over 100 missions; June 1967.

    Alan Nelson

    Squadron Commander LtCol Alan Nelson (at right) gets congratulated by Ops Officer Carl McKenzie upon completion of his 100 missions. LtCol Merv Taylor examines the 100 mission pineapple.

    Current address:
    485 41st Avenue,
    St Petersburg, FL 33706
    Robin K. Nierste
    Robin Nierste
    This is the only vintage picture we have of Robin.

    Left to right:
    Dr Ken Singer,
    Robin "Nasty" Nierste,
    R.R. Reed (R cubed),
    Al Fick, &
    Ed Jones.

    He completed 100 missions in November 1966.

    O

    Denis D. O'Donoghue
    Denis O'Donoghue
    Denis O'Donoghue after #100 with wing commander Colonel Chairsell on left and squadron commander LtCol "Red Dog" Hendricks; September 1966.
    Denis O'Donoghue

    By the squadron sign

    (June 1966-September 1967).

    Current address:
    7105 Oak Brook Dr.,
    Plano, TX 75025

    Donald E. (Digger) Odell
    Digger Odell
    The only vintage picture we have of Don comes from his Veterans Tribute Page.

    Digger was shot down on October 17, 1967, and captured. He was released on March 14, 1973.

    Digger talks about his shoot down in this Visionalist interview (pdf file).
    Kenneth David Oliver - Deceased
    Ken arrived in May 1967 with the Ryan's Raiders and was assigned to the 34th TFS for a short period.
    Ken Oliver

    Ken Oliver died on May 23, 2008.

    P

    Harry G. Paddon III
    Harry Paddon

    Harry Paddon with his 100 mission scarf after the final mission.

    Harry Paddon
    He is congratulated by other squadron members.
    Maybe it was so quick it was "just a blur" (June 1967-February 1968).
    Current address:
    1240 Santos Place,
    Lady Lake, FL 32159
    Harry Pawlik - Deceased
    Harry Pawlik

    February 1967

    Harry Pawlik

    Harry completes 100 missions on August 1, 1967.
    (Photo courtesy of USAF)

    Harry Pawlik

    Harry is happy to complete his 100!

    The Air Force published an article about Harry's early life: Concentration camp survivor to fighter pilot: 'Freedom a beautiful thing'.

    Harry died on August 1, 2016, at age 86.

    Lamont H. "Monty" Pharmer
    Monty Pharmer

    Monty Pharmer in 1968.

    Monty Pharmer

    Monty with the scarf and Gary Durkee finish their 100 missions.

    E-mail: billjimtom@aol.com

    Current address:
    2034 S. E. 37th Ct. Cir.,
    Ocala, FL 34471
    Jack A. Phillips
    Jack Phillips
    Jack Phillips
    Jack Phillips
    Jack Phillips
    Jack Phillips
    Jack Phillips
    Jack enjoying the 100 mission pineapple; August 1967. The mission was flown in Warlord II, #59-1760, his bird. The crew chief was SSgt Langan shown holding Jack's hat.
    Current address:
    2044 Pine Lake Trail,
    Arab, AL 35016
    Robert D. "Bob" Pielin
    Bob Pielin
    Bob Pielin with his 100 mission pineapple discusses things with Colonel Sabre Sams while 34th Squadron Commander, LtCol Red Dog Hendricks looks on.

    Bob was the first 34th member to complete 100 north in July 1966.
    Peter Potter Pitman - Deceased
    Peter arrived in April 1967 with the Ryan's Raiders.
    He was shot down on May 12, 1967, and declared missing in action (POW Network account).

    He is also listed on the Honor Roll page.
    Peter Pitman

    Peter, wife Libby, & son Matt.

    Benjamin Marksbury Pollard - Deceased
    Ben Pollard
    Ben arrived in April 1967 with the Ryan's Raiders.

    He was shot down May 15 and captured (POW Network account).
    Benjamin is also honored by Veteran Tributes.

    Ben gave an interesting oral history that covers both the Ryan's Raiders background and his experiences as a POW.

    Ben died on November 11, 2016, at age 84.

    Harvey W. Prosser
    We don't have a vintage picture of Harvey, however he is shown in the squadron picture of March 1969.
    Guy E. Pulliam - Deceased
    Guy Pulliam
    Guy served in 1969 and is also shown in the March 1969 squadron picture.

    The Guy Pulliam Leadership Award recognizes ROTC cadets who demonstrate a commitment to spiritual values and to the spiritual aspects of leadership.
    On July 31, 1973, Guy was killed in an A-7 accident near Nellis AFB.

    R

    Robert R. Reed
    Bob Reed
    From left to right: Dr Ken Singer, Robin "Nasty" Nierste, R.R. Reed (R cubed), Al Fick, & Ed Jones.
    Bob Reed

    Bob in October 1966.

    Bob Reed

    Completing 100 missions in October 1966.

    Current address:
    115 Par Court,
    Crestview, FL 32536

    E-mail: r3eeds@cox.net
    Robert D. Reese
    Robert 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 Robert.
    James B. Register
    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.
    John F. Rehm
    John Rehm
    John Rehm

    John after his pool dip with Cal Markwood.

    John arrived in May 1967 with the Ryan's Raiders and was assigned to the 34th TFS for a short period.

    He finished his 100 missions on August 3, 1967, as a member of the 13th TFS.
    Alan B. (Al) Reiter
    Al Reiter

    Al’s F-105 class picture.

    Al Reiter

    In the cockpit at Korat, May 1969..

    He is also shown in the March 1969 squadron picture.

    Al was a 34th member from December 1968 to May 1969.

    Current address:
    PO Box 307,
    Enumclaw, WA 98022

    E-Mail: asreiter@comcast.net
    Donald W. Revers - Deceased
    Don Revers
    Don Revers
    Don Revers

    Getting the 100 mission scarf.

    Don Revers

    Now the 100 mission pineapple.

    Don Revers

    Wing Commander Colonel Douglas congratulates Don.

    Don Revers

    After hosing down it's Snoopy to the club.

    Don Revers

    The traditional dunking in the swimming pool.

    Don Revers

    Let's start the 100 mission party!

    Don completed his 100 missions in January 1968 (July 1967-January 1968).
    Donald Revers died on December 23, 2012.
    John O. Rollings II
    We don't have a vintage picture of John.

    He completed 100 missions in August 1967.
    James B. Ross
    We don't have a vintage picture of James yet (October 1967-August 1968).
    Current address:
    5100 John D. Ryan Blvd, Apt 648,
    San Antonio, TX 78245
    Douglas A. Roysdon - Deceased
    Doug Roysdon
    Doug on the left with an unidentified pilot (perhaps an instructor at George AFB?).
    Doug Roysdon

    Doug on his first SEA tour.

    Doug Roysdon

    F-86 training.

    Doug completed 100 missions in October 1968.
    He died October 31, 1983.
    Alan K. Rutherford - Deceased
    Al Rutherford

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

    Captain Al Rutherford finished his 100 in October 1966.
    Alan Rutherford died on July 26, 2011.

    In Remembrance Of Those Who Served!