The Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association, also known as River Rats, got their start at Korat on 22 and 23 May 1967 when the 388th TFW hosted the first "tactics conference", which was to become the organization we know today. The festivities included two parades complete with elephants, samlors, the Korat Provincial School Band, and the 13th Air Force Band. Many of the 34th TFS members were involved in the planning and execution of this entire event. Distinguished USAF representatives from throughout Southeast Asia literally received the "red carpet" treatment upon their arrival for the first celebration of an event honoring the men who were carrying the air war to North Vietnam. Among those attending were Colonel Robin Olds, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing Commander; Colonel Daniel "Chappie" James, 8th TFW DO; Brigadier General William D. Dunham, 7th AF DO; and wing commanders from the other tactical fighter wings in Thailand.