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34th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thud Era

Korat RTAFB, Thailand - May 1966 to May 1969

Guys: Last name starting with S through Z

    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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    John Schell
    Joseph S. Sechler
    Joe Sechler
    Joe Sechler
    Joe Sechler
    Joe finished his 100 missions in September 1968 and is the last name on the 34th scarf.
    Joe Sechler
    E-mail address: f105driver@gmail.com
    Anatole "Tony" Semenov - Deceased
    Tony Semenov
    Carl McKenzie and Tony Semenov by the squadron sign.
    Tony, a long time resident of Ft. Walton Beach, passed away Saturday, December 6, 2003, while on a diving vacation in Mexico.
    Dorwyn D. "Dee" Shaver - Deceased
    We don't have a picture of Dee.
    11 May 1969: Lt Col Dorwyn D. Shaver died in an automobile accident in Las Vegas NV.
    Jacob C. "Jake" Shuler
    Jake Shuler

    Jacob "Jake" Shuler in late 1967.

    Jake Shuler
    Jake Shuler
    Jake Shuler
    Jake arrived in late September 1967 and flew 48 combat missions including 46 counters before accepting an assignment to the Command & Control Division of 7th AF Headquarters in February 1968. Since Jake's brother was scheduled to begin flying F-4's with the 558th TFS at Cam Rhan Bay in March 1968, this reassignment was to honor his parents' preference to avoid having both sons flying combat at the same time.
    E-mail: jake_usaf64d@yahoo.com

    Current address:
    214 Hive Road,
    Glenville, NC 28736
    William P. Shunney - Deceased
    We don't have a vintage picture of Bill, but he is shown in the early 1968 squadron picture.
    He completed 100 missions in September 1968.

    William Shunney died August 18, 2016, at age 86.

    Ken Singer
    Ken Singer

    Post mission brief by Gary Catren, Davy Weaver, Bill Eagle, and Ken Singer.

    Ken Singer

    Getting a few more rays.

    Doctor Ken was our flight surgeon.

    E-mail: ksinger@oregon.uoregon.edu

    Current location: Oregon
    Dewey Lee Smith - Deceased
    Devey Smith

    Dewey Smith in early 1967.

    Dewey was shot down on 2 June 1967 near Kep and spent the rest of the conflict as a POW. More details are on the POW Network.

    Dewey is also honored on Veteran Tributes.
    March 2010 update: "I am Captain Jonathan Smith, one of Colonel D. L. Smith's sons. He and my mother still live in Louisville, KY and are doing fine. Some additional background on my father in reference to service awards awards: Two Silver Stars, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, Bronze Star with V, two Purple Hearts, along with numerous other citations and service medals."
    Devey Smith
    Dewey Smith died February 9, 2015, at age 85.
    Frank M. Smith - Deceased
    Frank Smith
    Frank Smith already has a bunch of counters; check the marks on his hat.
    Frank was a graduate of the USMA, Class of 1958.

    He retired in 1984 as a Colonel and passed away in November 2009 at New Iberia, LA.
    Robert W. Smith - Deceased
    Robert Smith

    LtCol Robert W. Smith, 34th TFS Commander, early 1968.

    Robert Smith

    Bob in the center celebrates completing 100 missions with Don Hodge and Sam Armstrong.

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    Bob was awarded the Air Force Cross for a mission on November 19, 1967.
    Read his citation on the History page.

    Be sure to read Bob's autobiography; it has lots of people you know.
    Plus, there is a nice write-up on the Veteran's Tribute web site and on The Military Times Hall of Valor.
    Robert W. Smith died on August 19, 2010.
    Jack L. Spearman
    Jack Spearman
    Jack Spearman and John Whaley.

    Jack is also in the May 1967 squadron picture.
    John T. Stadler - Deceased
    We don't have a vintage picture of John.

    He completed 100 missions in February 1967.
    LtCol John T Stadler died on June 4, 1977, when F-105F, #63-8315, caught fire near Nicklesville, GA. The front seat pilot ejected and was rescued, however, something went wrong with the rear seat ejection and J T was killed.
    Ronald D. Stafford - Deceased
    We don't have a vintage picture of Ron.
    He was killed in action on November 20, 1972 in F-111A 67-0092.
    James L. Stewart - Deceased
    We don't have a vintage picture of James.
    His official biography is on the Air Force web site.
    Brigadier General (Retired) James L. Stewart died on January 9, 2008, at the age of 84.
    Robert Allan Stewart - Deceased
    Robert arrived in April 1967 with the Ryan's Raiders.

    We don't have a vintage picture of Robert.
    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.
    Jack R. Stresing - Deceased
    Jack Stressing
    Jack Stressing

    Jack with his 100 mission pineapple tells the wing commander Colonel Chairsell how it went.

    Jack Stressing
    Jack completed 100 missions in October 1966.
    Stressing grave marker
    Dwight E. Sullivan
    We don't have a vintage picture of Dwight, however, he is shown in pictures 5 & 6 on the Pictures Page.
    There was a nice story about Dwight in the March 2017 issue of Sun Life. Here is a pdf version.
    Dwight E. Sullivan was shot down on October 17, 1967, near Dap Cau Bridge and spent the remainder of the conflict as a POW.

    More details are on the POW Network. His biography is also on the Veterans Tribute site.
    John Bernard Sullivan III - Deceased
    John Sullivan
    The only picture we have of John is from his POW/MIA sheet.
    He was shot down on 21 June 1966 and later declared killed in action.

    More details are on the POW network.
    John W. "Jack" Swanson - Deceased
    Jack Swanson
    Tony Gardecki, Carl McKenzie, and Jack Swanson enjoy a Mexican dinner prepared by Carl. April 1967.
    Capt. John (Jack) W. Swanson was killed in action on 15 June 67 while flying F-105 #61-0213 near Dong Khe.
    A bit more detail is provided on the POW Network.
    Barry G. Swarts
    Barry Swarts
    This was late 1968 or early 1969.

    (Photo courtesy of Paul Fredericksen.)
    Edward L. Sykes
    We don't have a vintage picture of Ed, but he is shown in the March 1969 squadron picture.

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    James L. Taylor - Deceased
    We don't have a vintage picture of Jim, but he is shown in the October 1967 squadron picture.

    Major (Retired) James L. Taylor died on January 19, 1985.

    Mervin M. Taylor - Deceased
    Then Lt/Col Mervin Taylor completed his 100 missions in September 1967.
    He retired as a Brigadier General; official biography.
    Merv Taylor died on August 10, 2010.
    Homer T. Terry
    Homer Terry

    Blue Flight: Ray Jauregui, Don Austin, Jack Youngblood, Dewey Smith, and Homer Terry.

    Homer Terry

    Homer Terry with a typical load of 500 pound bombs (October 1966-April 1967).

    E-mail: homer.terry@numail.org

    Current address:
    326 Hunterian Place,
    Newnan, GA 30265
    Kenneth D. Thaete - Deceased
    Ken Thaete
    On 1 September 1968, while TDY to the 34th, flying 60-0512, he was shot down and was rescued.

    Kenneth D. Thaete passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016

    Chet Thatcher
    We don't have a vintage picture of Chet.
    William A. "Bill" Thomas - Deceased
    Bill Thomas

    William A. Thomas was one of few to complete 200 missions.

    Bill Thomas

    Bill must have gone to SVN during an R&R; notice the 34th patch.

    Bill Thomas

    Another picture from the SVN jaunt.

    Bill Thomas

    Bill in his "normal office".

    Bill was killed in an F-105 accident at Kadena AB, Okinawa, on April 24, 1972.
    Rainford "Ray" Tiffin - Deceased
    Ray Tiffin
    1stLt. Rainford M. Tiffin was killed in action on 21 July 66, while flying F-105 #62-4227 about 10 miles north of Yen Bai.
    Konrad W. Trautman
    Konrad 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 Konrad.
    While flying with a sister squadron Konrad was shot down on October 5, 1967, and captured. He was released on March 14, 1973. Read more on the POW Network.
    Konrad is also honored by Veteran Tributes and the Military Times Hall of Valor.

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    Rich Venturi
    We don't have a vintage picture of Rich.

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    Gordon M. Walcott - Deceased
    We don't have a vintage picture of Gordon.
    He completed 100 missions in September 1966.
    "Gordy" Walcott died March 8, 2016 in Austin, Texas. He is interred in Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.
    David B. Waldrop
    Dave Waldrop

    Dave in mid-1967.

    Dave Waldrop

    Dave describes his successful MiG encounter with his crew chief, SSgt James W. Henderson.
    He downed 2 MiG 17's.

    Dave Waldrop

    Bob Smith fills the 100 mission pineapple.

    Dave Waldrop

    Dave Waldrop gets the 100 mission hose.
    For a video of Dave's celebration click here.

    Dave Waldrop

    George Clausen awards David the "Blue Max".

    Dave Waldrop

    More Champagne!

    Dave Waldrop

    Dave after the pool dunking; December 1967.

    Dave Waldrop

    The Mig Killer.

    Tom T. Walker
    Tom 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 Tom.
    Francis "Frank" P. Walsh - Deceased
    Frank arrived in May 1967 with the Ryan's Raiders and was assigned to the 34th TFS for a short period.
    Frank Walsh

    Frank died on October 19, 2003. His obituary is included in the F-105 history.

    John H. Wambough Jr.
    John Wambough
    John Wambough
    Current address:
    3 Garriers Post Road,
    Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

    Phone: (850) 315-4662
    Ralph D. Watkins
    John Wambough
    The only picture we have is of Ralph in the 35th TFS prior to the Korat assignment.
    Captain Ralph D. Watkins finished his 100 missions in November 1966.
    David E. Weaver - Deceased
    David Weaver

    Davy Weaver standing by the 34th TFS sign.

    David Weaver

    Gary Catren, Davy Weaver, Bill Eagle, and Ken Singer talk things over.

    David Weaver died on July 5, 2010.
    John R. Whaley - Deceased
    John Whaley

    Jack Spearman and John Whaley.

    John Whaley

    Wing Commander Colonel Chairsell congratulates John after mission #100. Note the name of his aircraft, "25 Ton Canary".

    John Whaley
    John died on December 22, 2012, at the age of 81.
    Wayne N. Whatley - Deceased
    Wayne Whatley

    Wayne Whatley, 1966.

    Air Fofce Cross
    Wayne was awarded the Air Force Cross for a mission on June 30, 1966. Read his citation on the History page.

    There is a nice write-up about Wayne on the Veteran's Tribute web site.
    Wayne Whatley died on September 19, 2007, and was buried at the BG William C. Doyle Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown, New Jersey.
    Dick White
    We don't have a vintage picture of Dick.
    Joe Widhalm
    We don't have a vintage picture of Joe, but he is shown in the March 1969 Squadron picture.
    Email address: jomarwid@msn.com

    Phone: 719 576-4123
    Current address:
    4965 Farthing Dr,
    Colorado Springs, CO 80906-5956
    Harold D. Wilson
    Harold 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 Harold.
    James Wright
    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.

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    Jackie R. Youngblood - Deceased
    Jack Youngblood

    After number 100 with the DO, Colonel Scrappy Johnson; July 1967.

    Jack Youngblood

    Jack with the O Club in the background.

    Jackie Ray Youngblood, 76, died on 12 July 2007.

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    Duane H. Zieg
    Duane Zieg

    Duane Zieg completes 100 missions and receives the traditional pineapple.

    Duane Zieg
    E-mail: dzthud67@verizon.net

    Current address:
    7219 Adrienne Glen Ave.,
    Springfield, VA 22152
    Donald B. Zimmerman - Deceased
    We don't have a vintage picture of Don, but he is shown in the October 1967 squadron picture..
    Don was a maintenance officer and flew check flights. He last flew the F-105 on 1 June 1968 and had 540.6 hours in the plane.
    Lt Col (Retired) Donald B. Zimmerman died on June 2, 1992.
    Robert John Zukowski - Deceased
    Robert Zukowski

    This is the only picture of Robert we have.

    He was killed in action on February 11, 1969 (POW network).

    In Remembrance Of Those Who Served!