CHATTANOOGA REUNION 2018

  

APOLOGIES ARE IN ORDER FOR THE LACK OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE NEWSLETTER EDITOR AND THE ALUMNI. THAT BEING SAID WE HAVE NOT BEEN SETTING AROUND ON OUR THUMBS. WE ARE HEADING TO CHATTANOOGA  IN SEPTEMBER TO CHECK OUT A FEW HOTELS AND SEE WHO CAN GIVE US THE MOST BANG FOR OUR HARD EARNED DOLLARS. A NUMBER OF US WILL BE AT THE CHATTANOOGA CHOO CHOO HOTEL (REUNION 2008) ON SEPTEMBER 10-12. WE HAVE SET UP INSPECTIONS WITH THE HOTEL REPS FROM THE CHOO, READ HOUSE AND DOWNTOWN MARRIOTT AND ALSO WILL BE MEETING WITH A CVB REP.

  

OTHER 311 ALUMNI HAVE STATED THAT THEY WILL BE MEETING US THERE AND WE EXTEND AN INVITATION TO ANY OF YOU 311 GUYS WHO ARE CLOSE TO DROP IN AND SAY HELLO. SORT OF A MINI REUNION. OUTSIDE OF THAT WE WILL BE BUMMING AROUND AND CHECKING OUT SOME THINGS THAT WE COULD PASS ON TO THE ALUMNI WHO WILL BE ATTENDING THAT WOULD BE OF INTEREST.

  

GOING BACK TO RUNION 2008, A GROUP OF US MADE THE RIVERBOAT TOUR BEFORE THE REUNION STARTED. THE AREA IS STEEPED IN CIVIL WAR HISTORY. AS A REUNION GROUP WE TOPURED THE BATTLEFIELDS AND LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN. THERE IS SO MANY THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN CHATTANOOGA THAT IT’S HARD TO CRAM IT ALL IN IN FOUR DAYS. MANY OF US GO FOR THE ENTIRE WEEK. WE PLANNERS USUALLY GO IN TWO DAYS PRIOR AND STAY ONE DAY AFTER. WE’L TRY TO GET INTO SOME DIFFERENT VENUES FOR THE TOUR LINE UP.

  

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WILL BE ATTENDING FOR THE FIRST TIME YOU ARE REALLY GOING TO ENJOY CHATTANOOGA. THE FREE ELECTRIC SHUTTLE IS THE REAL KICKER. IT’S FREE AND IT TRAVELS ALL OVER THE CITY BETWEEN 0630 AND 2300. STOPS EVERY FIVE MINUTES SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIL ANY AMOUNT OF TIME FOR A RIDE. FOR MY PART, ITS ONE OF THE CLEANEST AND FRIENDLIEST CITIES THAT I HAVE VISITED.

  

AS IN PREVIOUS REUNIONS WE’LL GET THE CONTRACTS SIGNED FROM THE HOTEL AND TOUR COMPANY BY THE END OF THE YEAR AND BE ABLE TO MAIL OUT THE REUNION PACKETS BY AT LEAST MARCH 2018. IF YOU ATTENDED REUNION 2016 IN PENSACOLA YOU WILL BE MAILED A PACKET. IF YOU DIDN’T YOU NEED ONLY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH ONE OF THE OFFICERS LISTED ON THE NEWSLETTER HEADER AND WE’LL SEE THAT YOU GET ONE.

  

WE HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS TO HAVE GOOD PLANNERS AND ASSISTANCE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE REUNIONS ARE A PLEASURABLE EXPIERIANCE NOT ONLY FOR THE ALUMNI BUT ALSO THE WIDOWS AND FAMILIES. WE ARE HONORED FOR THEIR ATTENDANCE. SEE Y’ALL IN CHATTANOOGA!!

  

 

TAPS


GENE WHETSTONE IN 2014 VIRGINIA. 1952-53, K-3 OPS


CARL CERESERO IN 2016 ILLINOIS. 1950-52, K-3, PLANE CAPTAIN

 

RON SHACKLEFORD IN 2017. CHU LAI, ELECTRICAL SHOP


JAMES M. ROBERTS IN 2017. CHU LAI, AVIONICS


JOHN (JAKE) TORRENCE IN 2017. N. CAROLINA. MARSHALL ISLANDS, CORSAIR PILOT

 

WILLIAM (MIKE) SPRINKLE IN 2017. FLORIDA. 1969-70, CHU LAI, ORDNANCE

  

 

NAMES WILL BE READ AT THE MEMORIAL SERVICE IN CHATTANOOGA 2018. ANYONE KNOWS OF A 311 ALUMNI WHO PASSED THAT WE HAVE NOT INCLUDED IN OUR MEMORIAL SERVICES LET US KNOW AND WE WILL BE GLAD TO READ HIS/HER NAME.

  

LOST IN THE MAIL

 

ANDY ANDERSON ALEDO, ILLINOIS


IRVING JOHNSON GIG HARBOR, WASHINGTON

   

NEW ALUMNI 

 

 

JOHN MCDERMOTT 5716 CHARLIE CHASE LANE, BETTENDORF, IA  52722 407-446-1925  jmac64@outlook.com, 1994-95 WEST PAC, YUMA, IWAKUNI, MAINTENANCE OFFICER


DAVID GONZALEZ 860 BRODIE LANE APT 238, AUSTIN, TX  Dm1988@msn.com, 2010-2011, PARA RIGGER


JOHN JENNINGS 220 NORTH ZAPATA HIGHWAY 11, SUITE 1119A, LAREDO, TX  78043

 John.jennings@fema.dhs.gov, 1966-67 CHU LAI, XO, OPS OFFICER

  

ADDRESS CHANGES

  

ISH RODRIQUEZ 6027 N. 17th ST., PHOENIX, AZ  85016-1807

 

JERRY GOLDBERG 6531 ROYAL MANOR CIRCLE, DEL RAY BEACH, FL  33484-2411

 

BILL MIRACLE BEAVER MEADOWS, 5130 TUSCARAWAS RD., BEAVER, PA  15009

 

STEVE KENT 20 BROOKSIDE LANE, GETTEYSBURG, PA  17325

 

R.J. SMITH 28225 BOXWOOD DRIVE, ZEPHYRHILLS, FL  33542-6613

  

EMAIL CHANGES OR CORRECTIONS

  

GEORGE PHANDER gphander46@comcast.net


JIM ECHEMENT jechement@gmail.com


STEVE KENT gburg1863@embarqmail.com


FROM LAST NEWSLETTER FAILED EMAILS POST

 

 WALLACE BUCKINGHAM, BRUCE HARTON, MATT MCFARLAND, IRVING JOHNSON, ART REGAN, BOB SIMMONS, MIKE SANTACROCE, SPEED SHEA, RICH ROSENBERG, AND JACK SMITH. IF YOU STILL ARE ON EMAIL GET IN TOUCH WITH US TO CORRECT. OTHERWISE WILL MAIL HARDCOPY NEWSLETTER.

 

 

LETTERS FROM THE TROOPS

 

STEVE KENT, GETTYSBURG, PA: “READING REUNION NEWSLETTER LAST NIGHT AND SAW SOME FAMILIAR NAMES, LT. SCAR ETC. I HAVE A BLACK AND WHITE 8 BY 10 GROUP OICTURE TAKEN IN THE REVETMENT ON THE FLIGHT LINE NOVEMBER 1970 WITH A FEMALE (HEARD SHE WAS A VISITING NURSE FROM THAILAND!)  IT WAS TAKEN BY SQUADRON PHOTOGRAPHER AND SOMEHOW I MANAGED TO GET A COPY. YOU MAY ALREADY HAVE SEEN THIS PHOTO. THE CO LTC HAGAN, XO MAJOR THOMPSON, LT. WELLS, LT. SANFORD, AND LT. SCAR PILOTS IN THE PHOTO WITH A BUNCH OF US SNUFFIES THEY ROUNDED UP FOR A PHOTO OP.  YEARS AGO I SENT COPIES OF ALL THE 311 ARTICLES I KEPT THAT WERE IN THE STARS AND STRIPES/ SEA TIGER NEWSPAPERS. ALSO, SAW WRITE UP ON LT. PLASSMEYER AND HAVE A RELATED STORY ON THE DAY HE WAS LOST.  I WAS THE ORDNANCE CREW THAT LOADED HIS AIRCRAFT BEFORE HE WENT OUT. TO THIS DAY, WHAT HAPPENED TO ME STILL HAUNTS ME. LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT MY STORY ABOUT ON THAT 11 SEPTEMBER 1970 WHEN WE LOST LT. PLASSMEYER.”

 

(EDITORS NOTE:  ANYONE WHO HAS ANY STORIES TO RELATE PLEASE SEND THE TO ME AND WE WILL PUT THEM IN THE NEWSLETTER. EVERYONE HAS STORYS TO TELL WHETHER TRUE OR STRETCHED A LITTLE. I GOT ONE …JUST A SHORT ONE…THEY USED TO SEND NAVY GUYS OFF THE SHIP TAD TO WORK WITH US AND I HEARD TELL, BUT NOT CONFIRM, THAT THESE NAVY GUYS WERE PUT ON THE OLD OUTHOUSE BURNING DETAIL WHICH THEY DID…DOUSED THE OUTHOUSE IN DIESEL AND BURNED IT DOWN…CANS STILL INSIDE. TRUE? MAYBE. BUT IT’S A GOOD STORY. IF I COULD GET MY OLD BUDDY PHANDER TO RELATE HIS TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS CONCERNING TOP SMITH AND THE PATTERSON PACKAGE CAPER…NOW THAT’S A GOOD STORY!)

 

(EDITOR’S NOTE #2:  IS THERE ANY PICTURE OR CIRCUMSTANCE THAT BOB SCAR WASN’T INVOLVED IN?)


SCOTT STRAWSER, “SORRY TO BOTHER YOU AS YOU WERE MY LAST DITCH ATTEMPT TO GET CLOSURE ON THIS ISSUE.  IT IS AMAZING THAT I CAN GET MORE INFORMATION  ON MY GREAT, GREAT, GRANDFATHER WHO FOUGHT IN THE CIVIL WAR AND CAN’T GET A DAMN THING ON DON IN VIETNAM AND YET THEY ALL WANT ACKNOWLEDGED FOR WHAT THEY DID. GOSH, HOW DO WE SHOW OUR APPRICIATION IF THE GOVERNMENT WON’T GIVE DETAILS OF THEIR BLACK OPS DURING THE WAR!! MORE IS STILL BEING HELD BACK FROM THE CLOAK OF “PLAUSABLE DENIABILITY”.  I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT EVERYONE IS OUT AS POW’S BUT, I DON’T THINK SO!

          WELL OK THEN, AND YES I CAN TAKE A GUESS AS TO WHAT HE EARNED AS MEDALS AND FILL A CASE WITH A FOLDED FLAG.  ALL THE FAMILY WANTED TO KNOW WAS HIS SERVICE RECORDS. THERE WAS SOMETHING THAT TOOK PLACE FOR AN AIRMAN TO MAKE IT TO ARLINGTON CEMETERY BECAUSE NOT EVERYONE GETS IN THERE WHEN THEY DIE!

     THE GOVERNMENT DOESN’T RECOGNIZE DON AND I CAN’T GET ANY INTEL ON HIM. WOW!! IT SHOULDN’T BE THIS HARD TO GET AND YET I’VE BEEN STONE WALLED AND DISCONNECTED MORE TIMES THAN YOU KNOW. GARY POWERS GETS MORE NEWS THAN DON AND HE WAS ACCEPTED TO NASA TO BE IN THE SPACE PROGRAM.  MY OWN AUNT CAN’T GET ANY INFORMATION AND SHE IS HIS SPOUSE! THIS ISN’T AREA 51 FOR GOD’S SAKE! EVERYONE DESERVES TO KNOW WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT DID WITH OUR BOYS AND YET STILL TO THIS DAY WE HAVE STONE WALLS THAT ARE NOT TO BE BROKEN.  LET’S INVESTIGATE GENERAL WESTMORLAND AND HIS ATROCITIES HE COMMITTED AND ALL THE OTHERS WHILE THEY LIVE A LIFE OF LUXURY IN HAWAII. THAT I KNOW FOR SURE!”

 

(EDITOR’S NOTE:  SCOTT’S UNCLE DONALD B. MESSERSCHMIDT EVIDENTLY FLEW WITH VMA-311 IN VIETNAM AND WAS KILLED IN A TRAINING FLIGHT IN 1969 IN QUANTICO. ALSO KILLED WAS HIS CO-PILOT MAJOR ANTHONY YATSKE. I HAVE NEVER RUN ACROSS THIS NAME IN OUR GROUP AND I’VE LOOKED THROUGH THE 311 HISTORY BOOK AND CAN FIND NO RECALL OF DON MESSERSCHMIDT. ANY PILOTS OR GROUND CREW REMEMBER HIS NAME OR REMEMBER SEEING HIM IN YOUR TRAVELS IN THE SIXTIES GET IN TOUCH WITH SCOTT AND RELATE WHAT YOU KNOW. HIS EMAIL IS cottstrawser@frontier.com  SOMETIMES INFO FROM ANY CONFLICT GETS BLACKED OUT FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. THAT IS WHAT IT IS. HOW MANY SORTIES DID WE FLY INTO CAMBODIA AND LAOS THAT WERE NOT RECORDED AND LOST CREWS THAT WILL NEVER BE RECOVERED BECAUSE TECHNICALLY WE WERE NOT IN THERE. CLANDESTINE AND SECRET OPS HAPPEN IN EVERY WAR.”)

 

FROM THE COMMAND CHRONOLOGY OCTOBER 1966:  DURING OCTOBER THE SQUADRON FLEW 556 SORTIES FOR 695.5 HOURS. THE BREAKDOWN OF SORTIES IS THUS: DAS/RED-BLUE BLAZERS 51; TALLY-HO/SP 53; CAS 67; TPQ 221; HE/LZP/LZC 100; AND OTHER (FAM, FERRY, ETC) 64. TWENTY TWO NON-SQADRON PILOTS FLEW 71 SORTIES AMOUNTING TO 96.9 HOURS WHICH REPRESENTED 12.7% OF TOTAL SORTIES FLOWN.

 

 JOHN JENNINGS, LAREDO TX: “I WORK FOR FEMA ATTACHED TO DEPT OF HOMELAND SECURITYAND HAVE BEEN WITH THEM FOR 14 YEARS. I TRAVELED ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND AT THE PRESENT TIME I AM AT REGION VI HEADQUARTERS IN DENTON, TEXAS. I HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED HERE FOR OVER 8 MONTHS AND HAVE A RELEASE DATE OF APRIL WHEN I WILL RETURN HOME FOR SOME TIME OFF. I LIVE IN CUERNAVACA, MEXICO WHERE I HAVE RESIDED FOR 18 YEARS. AFTER RETIRING FROM THE MARINE CORPS IN 1973 WITH THE RANK OF LTC , I ACCEPTED A MANAGEMENT POSITION WITH A FORTUNE 500 COMPANY AT THEIR WORLD HEADQUARTERS IN FLORIDA AND WAS WITH THEM FOR 15 YEARS WHEN I ELECTED TO PENSION OUT AND RETIRED IN 1989. SHORTLY AFTER MY RETIREMENT, I INTERVIEWED FOR THE CEO POSITION WITH AN INTERNATIONAL COMPANY AND WAS HIRED AS CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT AND CEO OR A COMPANY WITH ANNUAL SALES OF OVER 12 MILLION DOLLARS. I REMAINED WITH THE COMPANY FOR ABOUT FOUR YEARS WHEN I WAS FORCED TO RESIGN MY POSITION BECAUSE MY HOME WAS COMLETELY DESTROYED BY HURRICANE ANDREW IN 1992. AFTER REBUILDING MY WIFE AND I TOOK A THREE MONTH TRIP TO ASIA. I THEN ACCEPTED A POSITION WITH STATE FARM SETTLING CLAIMS AND RESIGNED WHEN MY WIFE BECAME ILL. SHE PASSED IN 2002 WHILE LIVING IN MEXICO.  AFTER WHICH I ACCEPTED THIS POSITION WITH DHS.

 

 

          YOU MAY REMEMBER MAJOR DICK SPRIER. HE AND HIS WIFE LIVE IN COLORADO AND MAJOR CARL BATT HAS PASSED AWAY TOO. THOSE ARE THE ONLY TWO OFFICERS THAT I HAPPEN TO KNOW ABOUT AFTER THEY LEFT THE CORPS. I GUESS THAT COVERS ABOUT 45 YEARS.”

  


LTC CRAIG SCHAFFNER COMMANDING VMA-311

  

    LTC CRAIG. E. SCHAFFNER GRADUATED FROM CENTRAL MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY IN 1996 WITH A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN AVIATION TECHNOLOGY AND POWER TECHNOLOGY. IN 1998 HE WAS COMISSIONED A SECOND LIEUTENANT IN THE U.S. MARINE CORPS. AFTER COMPLETION OF BASIC SCHOOL HE PROCEEDED TO NAS PENSACOLA AS A STUDENT IN THE NAVAL AIR TRAINING COMMAND WITH FOLLOW-ON FLIGHT TRAINING AT NAS WHITING FIELD AND NAS MERIDIAN. HE WAS DESIGNATED A NAVAL AVIATOR IN FEBRUARY 2001. 

     AFTER EARNING HIS WINGS, LTC SCHAFFNER WAS TRANSFERRED TO VMAT-203 AS A STUDENT IN THE AV-8B FLEET REPLACEMENT SQADRON. AT THE CONCLUSION OF AV-8B HARRIER TRAINING IN 2001, HE WAS ASSIGNED TO VMA-311.

      LTC SCHAFFNER HELD A VARIETY OF BILLETS WITHIN THE VMA-311 OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT. IN 2003 HE DEPLOYED AS A MEMBER OF THE 15th MEU AND PARTICIPATED IN OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH AND OPERATION IRAQUI FREEDOM. UPON HIS RETURN FROM DEPLOYMENT, LTC SCHAFFNER ATTENDED WEAPONS AND TACTIICS INSTRUCTORS COURSE AND SERVED AS SQUADRON WTI. IN 2005, LTC SCHAFFNER DEPLOYED AGAIN AS THE OPERATIONS OFFICER FOR DET A THE 31st MEU.

     IN 2006 LTC SCHAFFNER REPORTED TO 3BN 7th MARINES WHERE HE SERVED AS THE BATTALION ASSISTANT OPERATIONS OFFICER, BATTALION AIR OFFICER AND THE 7th MARINES RBE AIR OFFICER. IN 2007, LTC SCHAFFNER DEPLOYED TO RAMADI, IRAQ IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.

     HIS PERSONAL DECORATIONS INCLUDE THE AIR MEDAL WITH 4 STRIKE FLIGHT AWARDS, NAVY COMMENDATION WITH FOUR GOLD STARS, AND NAVY ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL, SELECTED MARINE CORPS RESERVE MEDAL AND NUMEROUS UNIT AWARDS.

  

REPRINTED FROM THE MAG-12 CHU LAI CHATTER 10 FEBRUARY 1967

 

AND THE BLACKSHEEP TOO!!

 

    IN YESTERDAY’S CHATTER A FRONT PAGE ISO RELEASE PRESENTED AN OPERATIONS SUMMARY FOR THE PERIOD 29 JAN-1 FEB 1967. THE SECOND PARAGRAPH OF THE ARTICLE INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING SENTENCE: “THE CHU LAI BASED WARPLANES FROM VMAS 121, 211 AND 311 RAINED MORE THAN 475 TONS OF EXPLOSIVES ON A VARIETY OF TARGETS DURING THE FOUR DAY PERIOD.”

      CONSPICUOUS IN ITS ABSENCE WAS MENTION OF THE GALLANT VMA-214 BLACKSHEEP, AND IF THE AUTHOR OF THE PIECE COULD MAKE ANY POSSIBLE JUSTIFICATION  FOR SINS OF OMISSION, UNWILLING IN INTENT, HE WOULD SAY THAT THE FAME OF THE 214 IS ALREADY WELL KNOWN AND IS BARELY NEEDS THE PREMIUMS OF PUBLICITY OFFERED ON THESE PAGES.

     FOR IN FACT A BLACKSHEEP TICO-TYPE LEFT WRITTEN TESTIMONY ON THE CHATTER OFFICE HATCH THAT HIS SQUADRON WAS “VERY MUCH A PART OF THE CHU LAI BASED WARPLANES”, AND THEN PROCEEDED TO RECOUNT THE BLACKSHEEP STORY DURING THOSE FOUR DAYS…”OF THE 419 SORTIES FLOWN, THE BLACKSHEEP FLEW 112 OR 25% OF THEM…28% OF THE TOTAL HOURS FLOWN OR 158 WERE BLACKSHEEP FLOWN.   

    “WE DESTROYED 64 OF THE 147 STRUCTURES DESTROYED OR 43.5% AND ALSO 64 OF THOSE 103 STRUCTURES DAMAGED FOR 62.1% OF THE TOTAL.

     25% OF THE BUNKERS DESTROYED, 100% OF THE SAMPANS DESTROYED/DAMAGED (OUT OF 2 DESTROYED AND FOUR DAMAGED FOR THAT PERIOD) AND 50% OF THE AUTOMATIC WEAPONS POSITIONS DESTROYED WERE COMPLIMENTS OF YOUR FRIENDLY BLACKSHEEP.

     IN ADDITION, WE ALSO ACCOUNTED FOR 3 KIA CONFIRMED AND 49 KBAS PROBABLE.

      THESE ARE PRETTY IMPRESSIVE FIGURES BUT COUPLED WITH THIS IS THE FACT THAT WE HAD AN AVERAGE OF ONLY 14 PLANES AVAILABLE TO WORK WITH OF WHICH OUR HARD WORKING MAINTENANCE CREWS KEPT 89% OF THEM UP GOES TO PROVE THAT VMA-214 BLACKSHEEP IS INDEED PART OF MAG-12.

     WELCOME BACK TO MAG-12 DEAR BLACKSHEEP AFTER A DAY OFF THE FRONT PAGE OF THE CHATTER….AND ALSO CONGRATULATIONS TOO!!

 

FOR YOU SCOOTER PILOTS OUT THERE 

 

SKYHAWK

 

I DON’T HAVE TWO ENGINES THAT GO BOOM BOOM,


AND MY COCKPIT DOESN’T PROVIDE MUCH ROOM.


MY WING DOESN’T FLAP UP OR DOWN


AND MY PILOTS DON’T RAISE MUCH HELL IN TOWN.

 

TEN THOUSAND FEET OF CONCRETE ISN’T REQUIRED FOR MY NEEDS


JUST LAY MY BEER CAN STRIP SOMEWHERE IN THE WEEDS.

 

FROM IT I HAUL BOMBS AND GUNS AND ROCKETS


FOR THE LEAST AMOUNT OF MONEY FROM THE TAX PAYER’S POCKETS.

 

THOUGH I’M NOT ALL-WEATHER TYPE YOU SEE

 

AS YET NOONE HAS DECIDED WHAT MY MINIMUMS SHOULD BE.

 

SO NO MATTER IF IT’S DARK OR LIGHT


I LAUNCH AND TAKE ON ANY TARGET IN SIGHT.


ALTHOUGH I DON’T CARRY TOO MANY BOMBS ON A FLIGHT


NOT MANY ARE REQUIRED WHEN YOUR AIM IS RIGHT.


SO WHETHER ITS NORTH, SOUTH OR OUT OF SIGHT

 

YOU NAME THE TARGET, WE ARE THE CONTROLLERS DELIGHT.


CAUSE WHEN THE MISSION IS OVER AND THE ORDINANCE IS SPENT

 

MY BDA IS ALWAYS THE SAME”TARGET DESTROYED, 100 PER CENT!”

 

ANONYMOUS


THINGS IN GENERAL…


THOSE OF YOU WHO WERE IN PENSACOLA LAST YEAR WERE TREATED TO A BOOK SIGNING BY JEANETTE VAUGHN WHO WROTE A BOOK CALLED “ETERNALLY AT WAR”  BIO OF CAPT. ROBERT LATHROP WHO FLEW WITH 311 IN VIETNAM. THOSE ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR SIGNED COPIES AT http://www.ageviewpress.com/ OR IF YOU GOOGLE HER NAME OR GO TO AMAZON PRESS YOU CAN TRACK IT DOWN. 



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Note: Jeanette Vaughan sent me an EMAIL ad follows:


Dear friends:

 On Saturday night, I was notified that ETERNALLY AT WAR was named a finalist in the Military Writer’s Society of America book awards.  On September 9, I will find out if it won a medal at the awards ceremony to be held during the Military Writer’s Society Conference in San Antonio, Texas.   This book was a labor of love and I am so very proud of it.  Wanted to share the news with you all.

Here is a link to the finalists:  http://www.mwsadispatches.com/2017finalists

Here is a link to the review it received:  http://www.mwsadispatches.com/reviews/2017/3/14/eternally-at-war

With love and respect for all veterans service,

Jeanette

 

 

Author of award winning FLYING SOLO, SOLO VIETNAM, and WAITING IN THE WINGS!


Watch the book trailers at:   http://www.bit.ly/OOxATD  and http://www.bit.ly/YpPz4B

Get your signed copies today from:  www.ageviewpress.com

Or order from Amazon: FLYING SOLO  http://www.amzn.to/OatIuX

                                                 SOLO VIETNAM http://amzn.to/1774ZBv

                                                 WAITING IN THE WINGS http://amzn.to/1yZnwyB

                                                 ETERNALLY AT WAR http://apple.co/2gt1cwd

I just copied this from her EMail to me and a large number of our members who gave her their addresses in Pensacola. S/your webmaster: S/Sgt.Fred Townsley USMC Ret.

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THOSE OF YOU WHO ALSO BELONG TO THE VMA-211 GROUP THERE WILL BE NO REUNION THIS YEAR. I GUESS THEY COULDN’T FIND ANYONE TO HOST IT. THEY BEEN HAVING ONE EVERY YEAR AND ATTENDANCE ISN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE. YEARS AGO WE TALKED ABOUT MERGING 311 AND 211 BUT THE GROUP NIXED IT. AS OUR FRIEND RALPHIE READ KEEPS REMINDING ME “ WE’RE GETTING LONG IN THE TOOTH”.



THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN AT DANANG IN 1970-71 I BELIEVE. NOW THAT IS A TOMCAT!!


I WAS TOLD SOME TIME AGO BY ONE OF THE CVB REPS THAT REUNIONS WERE ON THE DECLINE. UNDERSTANDABLE BEING THAT ALL THE WWII AND KOREAN ERA GROUPS ARE IN THEIR LATE 80S AND 90S. LET’S FACE IT GUYS WE ARE IN OUR 70S BUT AS LONG AS THE HEALTH HOLDS OUT WE’LL KEEP THIS ONE AFLOAT. WE’VE BEEN BLESSED BY SOME GREAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE HELPED OUT MAKING THE REUNIONS A SUCCESS. STILL, WOULD BE NICE IF A YOUNG TOMCAT SAID “SURE, I’LL TAKE THE GROUP”.  ENOUGH OF THAT.


THERE IS AN OPEN INVITATION TO ALL FORMER 311 ALUMNI TO ATTEND THE BIG MARINE CORPS BALL IN YUMA THIS NOVEMBER. GET AHOLD OF THE SQUADRON AND SET UP SOME RESERVATIONS OR WHATEVER YOU NEED TO DO. OUR OWN, CECIL AND CHRIS CHEEKA ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND AND I HAVE GIVEN THEM THE GO AHEAD TO ACT AS OUR OFFICIAL AMBASSADORS. MAYBE THEY WILL LET HIM GIVE A SPEECH AND HE CAN PLUG THE REUNION GROUP. 


OH... FORGOT ABOUT BASEBALL! MY TRIBE IS HANGING ON IN THE AL CENTRAL WINNING UGLY . PHANDER’S PHILLIES HAVE LOST SO MANY GAME THEY ARE ALREADY LOSING GAMES FOR NEXT YEAR. CHEEKA’S MARINERS ARE PUSHING FOR A WILD CARD AND RALPHIE’S BSOX ARE FIGHTING WITH THE YANKS FOR FIRST IN THE EAST AND THAT DOES IT FOR THIS DAY IN BASEBALL.


ON BEHALF OF ALL THE OFFICERS IN THE GROUP STAY WELL AND KEEP THE FAITH. 


SEMPER FIDELIS


FOR THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION


JIM GALCHICK



 

TOMCAT AIR... ON TIME... ON TARGET!