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34th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thud Era

Korat RTAFB, Thailand - May 1966 to May 1969

Reunion 2019

The Final 34th TFS Thud Era Reunion.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the era's conclusion.

May 7 - 11, 2019 at Dayton, Ohio

Reunion Planning Group: Larry Bogeman, Vern Ellis, Steve Falls, Ken Mays, John Murphy, Harry Paddon, Al Reiter, Joe Sechler, Ed Sykes and Jake Shuler.

One of the reunion events will be a tour of the National Museum of the US Air Force where the 34th TFS Honor bench was dedicated during the 2008 Reunion.

As a preview, you may enjoy the two virtual tours that are available online. Log on to the website: http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/ - on the right side of the Home Page click on “Explore museum exhibits”, then under the box titled “PLAN YOUR VISIT”, click on “Virtual Tour”. There are two choices, “Museum Virtual Tour” and “Aircraft Cockpits”.

Draft Itinerary

    Tuesday, May 7

    Arrival & check in at:
    Holiday Inn Dayton/Fairborn I-675
    2800 Presidential Drive,
    Fairborn, OH 45324
    937 426-7800

    Wednesday, May 8

    8:00 AM – National Museum of the United States Air Force.
    12:00 PM – Lunch at Museum Cafeteria.
    5:00 PM – Return to Holiday Inn.
    6:00 PM – Dinner at Zemores Wine Cellar & Bistro.
    8:00 PM to 11:30 PM - Hospitality Room.

    Thursday, May 9

    8:30 AM – Wright “B” Flyer, Inc.
    12:00 PM – Lunch at TK Thai Kitchen.
    1:30 PM – Carillon Historical Park.
    5:00 PM – Return to Holiday Inn.
    6:00 PM – Dinner & Shopping on your own.
    8:00 PM to 11:30 PM – Hospitality Room.

    Friday, May 10

    8:00 AM – National Museum of the United States Air Force.
    12:00 PM – Lunch at Museum Cafeteria.
    5:00 PM – Return to Holiday Inn.
    6:30 PM – Our 2019 Reunion Banquet.

    Saturday, May 11

    Departure.

Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Ed Sykes' report on Dave Dinan’s burial at Arlington National Cemetery, April 25, 2018.

It was a really great and well attended event. Six former members of the 34th were there--all who knew Dave well. Myself, Bane Lyle, Al Reiter, Gary Confer, Jonesey Jones and Joe Widhelm. The body was flown into Reagan on April 24th. The escort officer was Lt Col John Dinan who is Dave’s nephew and is an AF pilot himself. The ceremony at the airport was very well done with a great deal of respect shown by the Airport and Delta Airlines.

That afternoon I received a call from the current Commander of the 34th, Lt Col "Scout” Johnston who updated me on the status of the flyby and told me the 34th is currently deployed to Asia and they would have a wake with a toast to David at the same time as Dave was scheduled to be buried--2330 hours where they were.
On the 25th the funeral was at the Old Chapel at Ft Meyer. Dave's two brothers, Charlie and John, and all of their families were present. There were also a number of his boyhood friends and fraternity brothers from MIT. The Dinan brothers had asked me to do the Eulogy which I did--it was a great honor. The walk to the burial site was very impressive with the horse drawn caisson, honor guard and large band. Following the graveside ceremony the 6 former 34th guys got together and threw a nickel on the grass and even tried to sing the chorus- -not high quality singing but was pretty emotional.

Ed will give a presentation with some pictures of this event at the reunion.

If you haven’t already done so, mark your calendars now and start your plans to attend.

In Remembrance Of Those Who Served!