136 thoughts on “Guestbook and Forum

  1. Ernie Valfre

    Sorry, didn’t know your dad but I am sure he would be proud of all you are doing for him and fellow veterans. God bless you and Merry Christmas!

    Udorn 71 -72, Operation Linebacker 72; 432d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing

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  2. Thongsavanh Phongsavan

    Thank you for your remember me and update information
    I would love to open line communication with all old friends and co-workers in Laos and in Thailand. I was in U.S. Consulate in Udorn 1976.

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    1. George Navarro

      Not sure if this is the right place for this info but I was looking up Udorn and came across this website. I was stationed there from 1969-1970 and crewed an RF4. I just found out the they made a model of my aircraft ( no. 876) and it was called “War’s Hell Snoopy”. You can Google it to see what it looks like. I also have a photo of me standing next to it when I was 19. Just a little trivia for you.
      George

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      1. ralph mcculley

        I just bought that plane from Hobby master, im trying to figure out the two names on the side.
        looks like larry hortz and dick Baker ??

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  3. Alan Gazey

    I was in Udorn on two TDY’s and One PCS, from 1971 through 1975. I think it was the 432nd TAC wing for my PCS, just can’t remember for sure, (way to “key mao”)as a 462-bomb loader. I would very much like to reconnect with some of the guys I served with. Anyone that knew me just drop me an email.

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  4. David Howard

    Thank you for this website. Was stationed Udorn RTAFB 1968 – 1969, 432 Transportation Squad. I can’t belive it only took the government 40+ years to admit Agent Orange use in Thailand. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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    1. joe thomas

      1968 to 1969 engine mech and weapons and munitions
      trying to substantiate agent orange claim with VA
      Do you have any documentation regarding AO at Udorn?
      I know I saw it used and worked on acft with it.

      best regards
      joe thomas OKC

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      1. Melvin Goos

        I was with the 14th TRS in urdorn 67-68. I am in the middile of a claim with the VA. I to am trying to find the truth about agent orange.I have full blown parkinsons, my va rep has proof that there was AO in Udorn when we wre there. Hope to her from you.

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      2. Sandra Drewry

        I, too, am trying to substantiate agent orange claim with the VA on behalf of my husband, Harlan J. Drewry, RF4C pilot, stationed at Udorn July 18, 1968 to July 18, 1969. What I need to know or could get photos of showing the approximate location of the flight line in relation to the perimenter of the field.
        Help would greatly be appreciated…

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    2. Sandra Drewry

      My husband, Harlan Drewry, was at Udorn July 18, 1968 to July 18, 1969 as a RF4C pilot. I am trying to provide as much information or proof as possible the he came in contact with Agent Orange. Would you happen to have photos of the air field, especially the location of the planes.. He too, said it was used because you could smell it! (Hence, breathing and going into the lungs.)
      Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated.

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  5. Larry K Blankenship

    Was stationed at Udorn RTAFB June1968 to June 1969 with 20 th Special Operations Squadron. We had the HH-3E and the UH-1F Helicopters. We flew mainly re-supply to Cambodian and Laosian (sic) troops in the foward areas and in the mountians ( “Mountian Yards”) Anyone out there remember an A1C ( two striper) by the name of Blankenship???? If so, drop me an email @ larrykblankenship@gmail.com

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  6. alabamyman

    I was at Udorn, Jan. 74 to Jan 75. I worked in the 432d OMS Phase Docks. Looking for anyone there during that time frame.

    Tom Thompson

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    1. jeff wilkes

      I was at Udorn between Jan and Oct 1972. I worked in the Equipment Management Office, better known as EMO. I was assigned to the 432nd. Supply Sq.

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    2. silvnblk

      I noticed you were stationed the same time I was there.This is my first time on this site still trying to get use to everything.So many memories both good and bad.What was it that played every day and if you were outside you had to come to attention until it was over?There was an after hours place we would go to that had a swimming pool and almost every night either beer bottles were being tossed or someone was being pushed into the pool.

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      1. B. Welch

        Wasn’t that the national anthem played everyday and if you just happened to be outside of any building you had to come to attention?I also believe the Thai national anthem played.

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  7. Steve Louznsky

    So sorry about your Dad. I really hope your able to keep his sites going. Served with DET 1 56th SOW (71-72) as a RECIP ENG MECH.

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    1. Harold (ART) Rogers

      I was in Det1 56th Sow from nov. 67-nov. 68 A/C mech t-28s.
      It was good to see someone from my outfit. can’t find much info on DET 1

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        1. Wesley parsons

          Do you rember a Donald parsons he was a gun plumber if so please contact me or contact me any way. Thank you
          Wesley parsons

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      1. Wesley parsons

        My dad (Donald Parsons) was in det 1 56 acw if you can please email me. Thank you
        Wesley parsons

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      2. Wesley parsons

        My dad was there the same time , the names he remembers are Nick names hood, bull, moose, wop, a friend Named Larry any help would greatly be appreciated. Wesley parsons please email me at an71parsoms@yahoo.com

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    2. Elaine Fairbanks

      I just found this site. My late husband, Jerry Fairbanks (full-blood Chippewa Indian) was stationed at Det 1, 56 SOW 1971 to 1972. He was a Loading Team Member. Jerry had very bad diabetes, amputation, dialysis, heart disease, etc. I, too, am a disabled veteran. Do you know if AO was used in Thailand. Jerry worked on the T-28 aircraft. Thank you.

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  8. Gary Kelley

    I was stationed at Udorn from 1969-1971, Ubon from 1971-1972, and two other assignments in Thailand from 1972-1973 and 1975-1976. Joined the Air Force the same month as your Dad – January 1966.
    Most of my work in Thailand was with the Aircraft Arresting Systems on the runways. I was always assigned to the Civil Engineer Squadrons.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

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  9. Benjamin Robles Sr

    I was stationed at Udorn from March 3, 19 69 – March 4, 1970. I was attached to the Half-Moon Outfit. Our AC-47’s were parked right next to the 555 F-4 Fantoms.
    Wow!… lots of vivid memories pop in my head just writing this comment.

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    1. Bill Cutts

      Benjamin – my father was with the Half Moon group in Udorn 1967-1968. Your comment is one of the few references I’ve found to the outfit. Have you found anything else online?

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  10. James William Smith

    I was TDY May 1972 to October 1972 with the 307 TFS from Homestead AFB. I was a crew chief of the F4E . I must say it was quite a memorable time spent there.

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    1. BOB "WILLY" WILLIAMS

      307 TFS. “A” FLT. F4E 67-320 (CITY OF HOMESTEAD), 310, 289 & 285. “SMITTY” IS THAT YOU? STARTED ON 310 AS AN AIRMEN, BUT ENDED UP CREW CHIEF ON 67-289. DID’NT YOU CREW 67-285? DO YOU REMEMBER SCOTTY MACALLISTER, DRAVES, BARBARROSA & MSGT. JONES IN THE BLUE EXPIDITER TRUCK? IF THATS YOU AND YOU REMEMBER ANY OF THESE THINGS, I’D SURE LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU! WILLY

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      1. Bill Weinberg

        Hey Willy, I was at Homestead 71-72 worked with You and the guys you mentioned I was assistant to the assistant crew chief under You on 67-289 also Randy Morris was a “jeep”like me.
        Y’all were the best guys ever for an Airman to learn from.
        In ’72 when when 307th went TDY to Udorn I had to stay behind for I had orders for DaNang.
        Wound up in Udorn However as DaNang was closing. Was assigned to 432 OMS Hunter Upkeepers White Section F-4E’s My Bird was named LA Woman 72-73. Came down with Hepatits and med evaced home May 73. Then afterwards Bergstrom AFB, (Austin) Tx still in the Central Tx area
        Hope to hear from You and others. airvet71@yahoo.com

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  11. William

    Really enjoyed your website. I found it while researching some of my dad’s old assignments. He was stationed at Udorn 71-72. Unfortunately, he passed away a few years back, I’m sure he would have loved this site. His name Was Fred H. Jones, I think he was a TSgt at that time, worked on sensors(?) of some type.

    Thanks for this site and your service.

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  12. R.D. McDowell

    Photo Interpreter, 432 RTS , 71-72 & 73-74. Involved with Compass Link and other spooky stuff. Main hangout in town was Thai Inn. Memories of poo ying?

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    1. Tom Campbell

      I was also PI there in 71-72. Think I remember you but not sure. Others included Randy Craft, Tom Beamon, Oscar Tisby.

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  13. david knobloch

    Served with Det.1,56th Air Commandos,renamed special ops from08/68 to 09/69 as a 46250—-went up-country to lo8 and then to l39. Air America provided the ride.

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    1. Jim Pruett

      I was stationed at Udorn at same time, flew up North on AA, then moved to site there. Looking for others that may have been there to verify info.

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      1. Martha

        My husband was stationed at Udorn Air Force Base from 10/68 to 10/69. He had a card in his billfold with the name BIG JIM PETTIGREW Fantom Flyer Captain USAF on it. Would this be you? He worked in one of the PE shops. Do you remember him?

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      2. Martha

        My husband was stationed at Udorn RTAFB from 10/68 to 10/69. He had a card in his billfold with the name BIG JIM PETTIGREW, Fantom Flyer, Captain USAF. Could this have been you? He worked in one of the PE shops. His last name is Queen. Do you remember him?

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  14. Ken Kaelin

    Stationed at Udorn 1970 -1971 56th Spec. ops Wing. Would love to hear from others stationed there at that time. Worked in Aero Repair Shop.

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  15. Chuck Harrison

    Was at Udorn 73-74. Crew chief on F-4Ds, Blue section…13th panther pack. My aircraft was 796.
    Thanks for a great website.

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    1. RON MILLER

      I WAS AT UDORN NOV 73 -NOV 74 , ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEM REPAIR MAN , I’AM SURE I WORK ON YOUR AIR PLANE . D,E &RF. I REMENBER 0463 WITH ALL THE MIG KILLS .DID YOUR AIR PLANE HAVE ANY ?

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    2. Steve Stiyer

      Looking for buddies station at Udorn from Aug 74-75. I was a Crew Chief in Green section on F-4D aircraft.

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    3. Steve Stiyer

      Stationed at Udorn from Aug 74-75. I was a Crew Chief in Green section on F-4D aircraft.

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  16. Dave Goodard

    Was stationed at Udorn Aug 1968 to Aug 1969. I was in Avionics Maintenance Squadron . I worked on the Automatic Flight Control Systems ( Auto-Pilot ) on all of the F-4s. I also debriefed aircrews for a month. I have many slides of the base and can convert them to jpegs for uploading. Would love to hear from anyone I worked with back then.

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    1. Charlie Treat

      Was at Udorn from Sept, 68 -69, with a brief TDY at NKP. Also In avionics, F-4 recon sq. Autopilot syst. I would love to see photo’s. Remember your name but can’t put a face to it. Some other names I remember are Terry Blagg and Chuck Cruea. Can’t remember the shop chief’s name . Always called him POPEYE.

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  17. Joe Keene

    I was at Udorn October 1974-September 1975, Phase Maintenance Dock #5, servicing all (F-4) birds. Was there for the fall of Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos (the proverbial domino theory in action…), as well at the (Cambodian Khmer Rouge led…) Mayaguez Incident.

    We overflew Vietnam every day (RF-4 recon missions) up until the loss of Saigon, and then flew cover missions (F-4E & F4-D, as well as RF-4 models) for Operation Eaglepull, as the friendlies were pulled out, then participated in the last combat missions of the Vietnam war era, as we tried to retrieve the American seamen of the container ship Mayaguez. We got them back, but at the loss of ~45 GI’s from all branches. The last MIA’s of the Vietnam war era were those few that got accidentally left behind on Koh Tang Island, and the last listings on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. are those the died in the battle to recapture the Mayaguez. R.I.P. those that died in those last battles…

    I had a great time in Thailand and still maintain relationships with other GI’s & Thai’s that were there. I got rotated back about 6 weeks early when they started doing the rollbacks to clear out of the base. No mission – no GI’s.

    Sawadee kup!

    Joe

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  18. Vic Angel

    I was a 46270 at Udorn May 75-Jan.76. Served as crew chief on load training crew until we got kicked out of the country. Finnished remainder of my tour at Clark PI. Also served at DaNang Aug. 70-Sept.71 with 366th MMS and at Kunsan Korea From Feb. 73-Feb.74. Would love to hear from anyone I served with at any station.

    Thanks for the work you are doing with this website!

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  19. timothy welsh

    Your Father’s pictures from Japan bought back many memories. I too enlisted in Jan. 1966 (USAF) and went to Lowery AFB in Colorado, for munitions training. I also went to Japan and was stationed at Yokota AB. As I looked at the pictures they bought back many memories as I have a lot of the same photos. The mountains , the small cities and the wonderful people. Now I will get my pics out again and compare the exact same locations as your father visited. Thank You, Tim

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    1. Tim Grogan

      I was at Yokota in the bomb dump the same time you were there. I am trying to find some people from there. Please respond!

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  20. JERRY E LAWSON

    Hi, Guys i was @ Udorn Dec 65 to Dec 66 work on those T-28 s going up to Loas & trainers ; i:am going to try to go to the reunion in M.I.

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    1. Daniel Marvain

      Jerry,
      So far, you are the first T-28 man I have found. I was NCOIC of the T-28 Engine Shop. You should remember the shop.It was a squad tent with a wooden floor on the flight line near the Thai Hangar. I left Udorn about a week or so before Christmas of ’65. CMSGT Arezmendi was NCOIC of A/C Maintenence. Major Archibald Young was Chief Maintenence officer. He called the T-28s “the last of the fun birds”. He flew 106’s before coming to Udorn. As for excitement, we had a runaway engine on the T-28 parking ramp. It took a pick-up bed to stop it. One of the engine men had hooked the throttle up 180% out. Then we had a student pilot lose control about 50 feet from touchdown , shoved the throttle forward, rolled onto his back and bought the farm on the edge of the ramp in front of the shop.

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      1. Roy Curry (SMS-E8 Ret)

        I ran the Comm Shop (or it ran me?) from Jan67-Jun68 (432 Avionics Maint sq) and still consider that the best, most satisfying assignment I spent in 26 years. I went back to Keesler AFB to attend “9Level School) which was almost a requirement to making e-8/E9–Almost a total waste of time so I volunteered to Leave Eglin and Volunteered for the 8th TFW at Ubon 1969-70. Ubon was another story-I ,again’ was NCOIC Comm, but We were really short-handed all the time I was there. In fact when I got there the troops were working 7 days a week, had been for years I was told; So I took it upon myself (with the concurrence of most of the guys) to go to 12 hours shifts with one day a week OFF as Possible. Made the OIC awfully nervous, but we pulled it off. I worked the Flt Line (afterr I raised hell til I got a tool box) and we did well. Hope to run into Vic Bolstad, Rick Rothardt, et al on here maybe.

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    2. Rock A. Orozco

      I am a Veterans advocate trying to confirm the former USAF pilot I am assisting story that he and other pilots would wait in a tent adjacent to the west end of the runway at Udorn in March and April 1966. He said they waited for 5 minutes on alert to be scrambled. He flew F4C Phantom II Fighter/Bombers. I hope someone out there recalls the pilots being in these tents. Rock with the Hawaii Office Of Veterans Services. Thank You

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  21. ralph johnston

    Was at Udorn ’66-’67. Worked in the Military Personnel office. Lot of memories in that short year.

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    1. edavis3625 Post author

      Thanks! I would be proud to post any pictures or videos you may run across and want to share :)

      I hope you have had a chance to look through the pictures. If not, it might be a fun jog down memory lane. Many were submitted (via email) by Veterans like yourself. I always try and give credit to the photographers, and of course you would have to supply any captions (of people, places, planes, etc).

      Looking forward to whatever gems you may run across in that shed of yours ;)

      THANK YOU for your service to our country!!

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  22. Victor Fialkowski "ski"

    At Udorn Dec 72 till Jan 76, then moved on the 388 at Hill, utah…was back in 432nd at Misawa AB Japan. Then sweet retirement. In 75 was working in the FOX area when GIB sat on a LGB and fired the seeker head off…..what a day…

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  23. Jim Pruett

    Was stationed at Udorn in 67-68, commuted via AA to up country, trying to locate others who were at site in Vientiane, Laos

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    1. Mel GOOS

      I was at Udorn 67-68 crew chief on RF-4C 14TRS. I had to pull gaurd duty on occasion after my 10 houres on the flight line.

      I was at Udorn 67-68 14TRS. I had to pull gaurd duty on occasion after my 10 hours on the flight line. I am loioking for any one else who pulled gaurd over there.

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    2. Roy Curry (SMS-E8 Ret)

      Jim Pruett-I ran the comm shop 432 AMS about the same time. Had two or three guys in the shop who rotated back and forth to Texas/ victor and a couple other places in Laos–Martinez comes to mind but the others not so much.

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  24. Dick Kieselbach

    I was attached to a special weapons unit in northern Laos September / October 1970.
    Am looking for anyone that might remember such an operaton in the Ban Ban area.
    I need acknowledgement for proof we existed in support of VA claims.
    Many thanks for reading and hopefully helping me out.

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  25. Henry A.Sullivan

    Was stationed at Udorn form Nov 66 thru Nov 67. Assigned to the 20th Tac Recon Sqdrn. One of 3 clerks working with one Msgt and sqdrn cmdr @ unit hqs . Good memories of my “voodoo medicine man” pals. Would like to know how many from the 20th and the 432nd(?) developed prostate cancer related to possible AO exposure.

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    1. Tim Grogan

      I was at Udorn same time as you and am still fighting VA for benefits. I have had prostate cancer and the residuals, coronary artery disease, hearing, depression. Please email me I was munitions.

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    2. Louis Hamilton

      Was at Udorn March 68 -69. Have been trying to get a postive responds from our government for prostate cancer, no luck. I was in adminstrative safe message area and picked up daily mail nightly at end of runway. Hope to get in touch with someone who can verify that we completed this nightly. Was assigned 432 TRW as a 70250, charged of night shift. I miss time there.

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  26. Henry A.Sullivan

    Was stationed at Udorn form Nov 66 thru Nov 67. Assigned to the 20th Tac Recon Sqdrn. One of 3 clerks working with one Msgt and sqdrn cmdr @ unit hqs . Good memories of my “voodoo medicine man” pals. Would like to know how many from the 20th and the 432nd (?) developed prostate cancer related to possible AO exposure.

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    1. george rosen

      I was in the 432 A&E (com- nav) from late 66-67. Best year of my life.I got on the agent orange list with no problems years ago, from tdys to Nam. No medical problems however. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers my name.(We were all going to meet at the great V.A. hosp. in Gulfport with our brains rotted out with syph) sad to say I missed the reunion.

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    2. Tim Grogan

      I was at Udorn same time as you and am still fighting VA for benefits. I have had prostate cancer and the residuals, coronary artery disease, hearing, depression. Please email me I was munitions.

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  27. David M. Ammons

    Nice site. I was there ’73-’74. 432nd FMS Hyd. Shop. Shop motto – ( Forever Under Pressure ).

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  28. Henry A.Sullivan

    I was at Udorn from 10/66 thru 10/67 with the 20th Tac Recon Sqdrn. Was a special actions clerk working in the admin office at the end of the runway. Have fond memories of all those “voodoo medicine men” who made up most of that sqdrn.

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  29. Steve Louznsky

    Just checking back to read any new posts. This site has the most posts, of any site I’ve been on, from guys with Det 1. There must be a way of getting more people from Det 1 to hook up and share stories. I know there weren’t to many of us at one time, from what I remember (80-100, pilots included), but we’re not getting any younger. Anyone from Det 1 can contact me at: > slouzensky@hotmail.com < I'm still looking for the guys I worked and hung out with, real hard after all these years. Maybe we can get something going on facebook or something.

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  30. Bruce Fawcett

    The first of my two TDY’s to Udorn was on 10 Dec 1964. I was from Shaw AFB, SC and we joined with the 15 Tac Cotten Pickers. We introduced the first (6) at that time RF101 Voodoo’s to the base. To my knowledge these were the first Jet’s introduced in Thailand and in particular Udorn. One of the prodest times in my life was when I was on the flightline and the first 3 aircraft taxied in and motioned with an up and down motion of the air/air refuling nozel. The local thai’s were in awa of the jets as these were the first jets they had ever seen. By the way, as announced on the radio, we wern’t there! There were no combat troops in Thailand. What the heck was that AR15 doing strapped to my back and that 38 on my hip?

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  31. Philip M. Dunaway

    Assigned 333rd Air Base Squadron.
    Aircraft mechanic on T28’s entire year of 1965.
    The base facilities changed dramatically during my year there.
    Fond memories of the people I served with as well as the Thais and their culture.

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  32. Jim Cottrell

    Hello, was at Udorn, 70/71, ABCCC, NKP 71/72, 1987th Comm Sq, NKP 74/75, 56th SOW. Would like to hear from anyone. Jim

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  33. James B Butler

    Crew chief on RF 101 1965 TDY from Shaw. Flight chief 66-67 on RF 101’s,Line Chief Korat F-105 Weasels 1970-71

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  34. Dr. Ken Nolde, Major USAF(Ret.)

    I flew unto Udorn (RF-4Cs) 1966,67,68 and served a full tour Sep 1969-Sep 1970, Just curious as Udorn was a major event in my life.

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    1. Tim Grogan

      I was there same time and worked in the bomb dump and mixed napalm on the perimeter half way between the flightline and the bomb dump. I am looking for vets that remember the mixing of napalm along the perimeter road and would write a buddy letter. Please email me!

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  35. Gary Webber

    I was stationed at Udorn RTAFB in 70-71. I was very young (19) then so I don’t remember all the Squadron numbers. I was an Inertial Navigation Systems Repairman. I worked in the 432nd AMS on RF-4C’s. What a Time! What a Town! Later, I worked as an A.R.T at Selfridge ANGB for 11 Years. ( C-130 A’s) How in the hell did we get this old? Would be interesting to hear from any of the guys in my shop!!

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  36. Gary Webber

    I was stationed at Udorn RTAFB in 70-71. I was very young (20) then so I don’t remember all the Squadron numbers. I was an Inertial Navigation Systems Repairman. I worked in the 432nd AMS on RF-4C’s. What a Time! What a Town! Later, I worked as an A.R.T at Selfridge ANGB for 11 Years. ( C-130 A’s) How in the hell did we get this old? Would be interesting to hear from any of the guys in my shop!!

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  37. Gary Webber

    I was stationed at Udorn RTAFB in 70-71. I was very young (20) then so I don’t remember all the Squadron numbers. I was an Inertial Navigation and Radar Systems Repairman. I worked in the 432nd AMS on RF-4C’s. What a Time! What a Place! Later, I worked as an A.R.T at Selfridge ANGB for 11 Years. ( C-130 A’s) How in the hell did we get this old? Would be interesting to hear from any of the guys in my shop!!

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  38. Bruce Leonardo

    Was at Udorn 69-70 in the 432nd Hydraulic Shop & if I learned anything it was the cure for a hangover bad stmoach. 7Up & a pastry. Also can’t remember that bath house with the pond out front. Was a great tour…..

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  39. Bruce Leonardo

    Was at Udorn 1969-1970 & was my first ever tour in Thailand(cherry boy). Had a fantastic house girl as never even lost a sock. Dang took care of me & even let her share my locker when we filled up our cube. Never lost anything…..& found out how to cure a bad tummy for a day off (drunk) 7 Up & a pastry.. would do it again if I could

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    1. Linda Shahan

      Bruce,
      By chance did you know my husband Wayne? He was at Udorn the same time you were and also a Hydraulic troop 432 FMS. Dang was also one of his house girls. Look in pictures I posted to this group and also Udorn Research Group April/May 2013. There were pictures of house girls a couple of Wayne and also of his friend Joe Daniels. I think Wayne mostly worked night shift.
      Wayne passed away with lung cancer Dec. 2012. We were married 39 years. I have since filed a DIC claim with VA for herbicide exposure. Already one denial had case reopened this past Dec. Looking for anyone who may have known him. Please contact me either way.
      Thanks ever so much,
      Linda

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  40. Chris D

    Wow thank you so much for this website. i am laoation and my grandfather was in this war. i never really knew much about my laos roots so decided to look it up.

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  41. CHARLES V MENEFEE

    I WAS STATION AT UDORN AUG 73 THUR AUG 74, 432FNS/AGE/COMPRESSOR

    SECTION, JAMER SECTION, AND NIGHT SHIFT SERVICING.

    SPENCH MY TIME AT THE BLUE HAWAII, B-29, VFW.

    RUN AROUND WTH DENNIS REHLANDER

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    1. Steve Beineke

      Those places were right out the S. Gate on Friendship Highway. I lived out there for most of my tour (72-73) at Udorn. I spent many a evening in those hangs. I was FMS Environmental Systems. Went in-country to Korat after Udorn and then onto Clark in 1975. I suffered tremendous culture shock upon returning to the U.S.

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  42. CHUCK MENEFEE

    I WAS STATION AT UDORN FROM AUG 73 THUR AUG 74, I WAS IN
    THE 432 FMS/AGE. RUN AROUND WITH DENNIS REHLANDER A 603
    ASSIGN TO AGE. HUNG OUT AT THE B-29 BAR ACROSS AIR AMERICAN
    GATE AND THE VFW WHEN YOU DON’T WHAT ANY POO YING AROUND
    WAS A NICE ASSIGNMENT DURING MY FIRST 4 YEARS IN THE A/F/

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    1. Dra Hill

      I was station at Udorn 1972-1973. Work at 432nd transportation sq./vehicle maintenance. I did augmentee duty with security police while I was there. Did anyone else? I know the base was sprayed with herbicides on and around the perimeters. I also remember they did evening fogging of mosquitoes every night. That was a pesticide. Which can also caused problems. Does anyone remember the daily mosquito fogging?

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  43. Jeff Driskell

    I served at Udorn from nov 67 to nov 68, first in the 432 mms shop and then in the 11th TRS. I was 46250, but was assigned 46270 duties as an E4 due to shop being understaffed. Enjoyed the work and the people I served with and think of those times frequently these days.

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    1. Tim Grogan

      I was there same time and worked in the bomb dump and mixed napalm on the perimeter half way between the flightline and the bomb dump. I am looking for vets that remember the mixing of napalm along the perimeter road and would write a buddy letter. Please email me!

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  44. Bill "bean" Pinto

    stationed Udorn tani Nov74-Oct75 worked 432fms corrosion control, hung out blue hawaii other bars outside gate, downtown paradise pool, jump-in to many, to long to remember, UDORN one of the best years of my life will never forget. thanks USAF..

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  45. Mel GOOS

    I was at Udorn 67/68 14 TRS crew chief on RF-4C. I remember the last month I wes there,seems every one went home but me and my teck sergent. Then he hadto go fanily emergency. So there I was a jowley 3 stripper they made me line chief. I went from one F4 TO 5of them. I was lucky worked a group of great guys, we made every flight on time. that was a crasy 30 days, boy I was sure glad to get home.

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  46. Mel GOOS

    I was at Udorn 67/68 14 TRS crew chief on RF-4C. I remember the last month I wes there,seems every one went home but me and my teck sergent. Then he had to go family emergency. So there I was a lowley 3 stripper they made me line chief. I went from one F4 TO 5 of them. I was lucky worked a group of great guys, we made every flight on time. that was a crasy 30 days, boy I was sure glad to get home.

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    1. Orel M (Sonny) Daniels, Jr

      I was stationed at Udorn 12/67 -12/68. I was in the avionics maint squadron forward looker shop for the RF4Cs. I spent a lot of time on the flight line and debriefing the pilots

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  47. Ron Smith

    I was at Udorn from April ’75 to January ’76 when we left, that was my 3rd tour in SEA with Ubon ’68-’69 and Tahkli ’69-’70 being the 1st 2, I worked out of the Egress shop. Was with the 432nd again in ’85-’86 when we opened the wing at Misawa AB and served as the CRS Pro Super. One of the few people that didn’t go to Hill AFB when we left Thailand, I went to Luke AFB, although I finally would up at Hill working as a civilian.

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  48. Richard Short

    i was stationed in udorn thailand sept66-sept67. i worked with the 1973rd comm center. I worked at the tuoc command post. sure would like to connect with any guys that were stationed there at that time.

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    1. ron oliva

      I too was stationed at Udorn…was one of the comms maintenance guys who took care of the DSTE eqiupment installed in two 40 foot vans adjacent to the TUOC command center…I have parkinsons and as with so many others I am trying to work with the VA….I was there from Oct 1970 through Nov 1972…would love to hear more from you and any pictures or buddy statements you wish to make available….the other members of the maintenane cast included Stephen Mayfield, RObert Carter, Bobby Johns, Fred Fitzgerald….if you know any of them would like to make contact..thanks and great to see someone else suferered in those vans

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    2. Tim Grogan

      PI was there same time and worked in the bomb dump and mixed napalm on the perimeter half way between the flightline and the bomb dump. I am looking for vets that remember the mixing of napalm along the perimeter road and would write a buddy letter. Please email me! I was 46150 munitions.lease email me!

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  49. Randy Ricker

    432 MMS, F-4 weapons loading, 1972-73, Operation Linebacker II, would especially like to hear from anyone who was on base when attacked in Sept 72. I also supported Det1 EOR arming T-28s.

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  50. Bruce Leonardo

    Was at Udorn from Oct. 1969 to Sept. 1970 (unvolentarly curtailed/cheated out of 1 month). Seeing as this was my first experiance in Thailand of course it stands out. Wish some day I can return of a visit……….. The best place & also was at Ubon RTAFB 1971-1972 & 1974, also Korat 1974 to 1976.

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  51. Bobby Cantrell

    I was stationed at Udorn in 1969-1969. I was in the 556 RED HORSE Squadron as an electrical lineman and shop supervisor, Enjoyed the time there and would love to go back for a visit. When I go to google earth it is hard to navaigate. I still see the two domes nest to where the RED HORSE compound was.

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  52. SSGT Ken Webb

    TDY to Udorn July 29, 1972 to Nov 1 ,1972 307 TFS deployed from Homestead AFB. Aircraft Electrician F4 Phantom.
    Apllying For Agent Orange disability DMII, Ischemic Heart Disease. if any one else was there please contact.

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    1. BOB "WILLY" WILLIAMS

      WAS RIGHT THERE WITH YOU. F4 CREW CHIEF WITH 307 TFS. MANY MEMORIES! WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

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    2. Rom cutler

      I believe I worked with you at Homestead Air Force Base in 1972 and 73 I would enjoy hearing from you thank you

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  53. Dick Schmidt

    I was with the 556 REDHORSE at Korat 1968/69. Would like to hear from anyone who served those years in REDHORSE Sq. especially in 1968.

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  54. Steve Powell

    On a rain sweep evening in November of 1969 our C-130 touched down at Udorn after a long flight from Taiwan. Our mighty band of warriors, were ordered from Ching Chuan Kang (CCK) Air Base, Taiwan to Udorn to perform phase maintenance on 7th Airborne Command and Control Squadron’s C-130’s.
    I was assigned to the 432nd FMS Electrical Shop and for the first few months I lived in 25-man hooch. Then moved to a newly built three story barracks near the base hospital. My best friends were Gary Coleman (Gary was from Florida) and Jerry Fortenberry (I think Jerry was from Greensboro, NC).
    I remember nightly curfews, liberty passes, nickel beer at the patio bar, watching movies in the rain. . I never got use to the rice bugs and snakes. While working the night shift on the flight line I made the mistake of walking in front of a light-all, then realizing I’d walked into the path of a dozen rice flying rice bugs. I spent the next few minutes in panic trying to get them off my uniform.
    For the first six months we were in a TDY status. Our records were flow back to CCK, stamped and returned to Udorn. We become permanent party a few weeks later. Upon my status change I was immediately assigned augmentee guard duty.
    I remember the locals would sneak up to our perimeter at night and cut a section of the barbed wire; they would attach a rope at each end and drag the barbed wire onto their land. The next morning their women would run a long pole through the barbed wire and in front of our armed personnel carrier would carry the barbed wire section away. We couldn’t do anything, because the locals were on their own land.
    I remember standing guard tower duty and struggling to change the batteries in the Starlight scope. One afternoon I was ordered to guard a newly installed 81 mm mortar near the main runway, which would be used to fire flares at night. The shift changed and I wasn’t relieved. After numerous attempts to draw attention from the moving vehicles I started signaling the F-4 taxing and taking off with my flashlight. About 15 minutes later a Security Police NCOIC was chewing me out. He was shocked that the 81mm mortar was setup and that he wasn’t briefed on my station and the weapon.
    I returned to the States in October 1970. By the time I left Udorn I worked on every type of USAF aircraft on the base. It was an adventure and I was too young to realize how dangerous Udorn could be a times. I witnessed numerous aircraft crashes including the horrific April 1970 F-4 crash.

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  55. Steve Beineke

    Udorn FMS 72-73 Environmental Systems. What a time! Golden Horse Club, Another Golden club, VIP band doing 10 years After and Deep Purple. Paradise Pool, B-29 Bar (or was it B-36). Jumpin’ Club, and loving the culture of Thailand. Next was Korat 73-75 388FMS Environmental Systems, Then 3TFW FMS/CRS/AGS Clark 75-79.
    Loved each and every tour. Loved it so much spent a total of 10 years at Kadena AB, Okinawa first in 961 AWACS (4 years)and then one year later back to 18tfw/44AMU blue section for 6 years.

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  56. BOB "WILLY" WILLIAMS

    TDY UDORN JULY 72 – NOV 72 307TFS HOMESTEAD, AFB.FL. CREW CHIEF F4NTOMS.SPENT MANY A TWELVE HR. SHIFT UNDER OY-463. WAS THERE FOR THE SAPPER ATTACK AND THE “ACE” MIG KILL. INCREDIBLE MEMORIES AFTER 40 YEARS!

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  57. Terry Cross

    I was stationed at Udorn April of 70 – April of 71. Worked on the Air America Flight Line in Det1 56 Special Ops Wing. I was in A/C maintenance. Worked all over the T-28. Even flew in the copilot seat on one occasion. Special memories! Loved eating at the Thai Restaurant just inside the main gate. Got my camera film confiscated once while taking pics on the flight line. I’ve still got some good pics though!

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  58. Jerry Brothers

    I was at Det 1 56th Special Operation Wing 1969-1970. I spent 6 months up north at 20A. Looking for friends Tom and Jack.

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  59. Richard Koger

    I was an F-4E crew chief at Takhli with the 366th from September 72 to November 72. Then the 366th was moved to Udorn and I was there until September 73. I worked white section F4 E models.

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  60. Don crauswell

    7 1/72, 432 FMS Crash Transit, 24 on 24 off and some where in there 72 off mingled in. Never was sure what day it was and never got much sleep. Always covered the Scat Back (T39) out of Siagon for fueling and film xfer, with Coleman. Got diabetes 11 got a claim in on appeal now, VA just drags their feet waiting for us to die off.
    Got out after 4, but made a career out of aviation retired now in Fl.

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  61. Daniel Vallance

    Was stationed at Korat RTAFB and was on the Lead Team training new people how to load munitions on to F-105 Thunderchiefs (THUDS). Year there was 1966-1967. Also a member of the 13 th TFS Wild Weisels. Also spent a year at Danang, RVN, working in the Suu-23 Gun Pod loading and maint shop. Also Stationed in Germany from 1969-1972, Hahn, Zweibrucken, Ramstein. TDY to Zaragoza, Spain, Duchamoto, Italy. and all over Europe. Find me guys, email me at dvallance1@twcny.rr.com Thanks everyone and thanks for you service. Liberty Vallance

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  62. Wesley parsons

    My dad (Donald Parsons) was a gun plumber for det 1 56 acw he told me of the story at udorn about mounting a machine gun on a half track and took out a sniper and many more stories please email me at an71parsons@yahoo.com

    Thank you
    Wesley parsons

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  63. Carroll Garrison

    Arrived Udorn Jan. 2, 1967 20TRS. Departed @ 15 Dec. Worked flight line. Assigned 1 month duty around April working ground support equipment. Around June was put on security police duty working 1800-0600. Given a M1 with 2 clips of bullets, a hand held radio & worked in area around fence line end of base, with one week taken to ammo storage area & guarded around tank farm area also around area where crashed aircraft stored at backside of base. A F104 blew a tire on landing hit NF2 light unit onside of runway killing 1 or 2 airmen I think working on runway lights. Plane fuselage was damaged beyond repair. Went back to flight line was put in phase dock which was ok and one day F105 taxied and parked in front of docks and it has a Aim 9 middle sticking in fuselage front of right stab-wish I had photo of that. Sept. 20th disbanded so I was assigned 432FMS and worked tank farm building F4 external fuel tanks seems the aircraft blew them off as quick as we built them. I have photo of last days when 2 aircraft were nosed together with everyone in between. Was 19 so life was good with great memories.

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  64. Bert Gangolf

    23354 photo lab specialist assigned to 14 th TRS PPIF Oct 70 to Feb 71 Udorn pcs to Ton San Nhut ,RVN AB. 12th RITS Feb 71 to Oct 71 will help to substantiate exposure to agent orange . they sprayed around barricks,airmans club,chapel ,dining hall, dispensary, all perimeters to name a few. Must be consistent with VA proper forms . talk to American Legion ,VFW, DAV VA representatives to file claim and appeals.. We must stand together!! God Bless You all

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    1. Randy Herrell

      Hello Bert,
      I was a radar air traffic controller at Udorn 69-70. worked in the Rapcon located between the taxiway and runway at exit 2.
      The area where we worked was void of all vegetation and we were on the perimeter behind Air America getting to work 2 times each day.
      Would appreciate a buddy letter stating what you know about spraying.
      Thanks,
      Randy Herrell 47 Lakewood Dr Winchester, TN 37398 rfherrell@comcast.net

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  65. Bert Gangolf

    23354 photo lab specialist assigned to 14 th TRS PPIF Oct 70 to Feb 71 Udorn pcs to Ton San Nhut ,RVN AB. 12th RITS Feb 71 to Oct 71 will help to substantiate exposure to agent orange . they sprayed around barricks,airmans club,chapel ,dining hall, dispensary, all perimeters to name a few. Must be consistent with VA proper forms . talk to American Legion ,VFW, DAV representatives to file claim and appeals.. We must stand together!! God Bless You all

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    1. Randy Herrell

      Hello,
      I worked on the other side of the runway from u, Gary Kelly and Marty Lavens.
      A radar mobile air traffic controller who worked in the Rapcon located between the taxiway and runway.
      I like Gary came down with stage 4 Non Hodgins Lymphoma, chemo and I had a stem cell transplant.
      Gary and Marty are doing Buddy Letters for me, would mind doing the same?
      My email is rfherrell @comcast.net, if u would email me back would send their buddy letters to get an idea of what they said.
      Thanks, Randy

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