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The items, descriptions and
opinions on this site are an attempt to reduce to writing my
thoughts on the places Lois and I have visited since retiring. Some
of the descriptions were taken as excerpts from research so as
to give the viewer some pertinent facts about whatever region or
town we visited and make it more interesting.
Left are photos of me standing atop of the
Arc de Triomphe
in Paris France circa 1964 with the Eifel Tower in the
background and then actually on the Eifel Tower railings.
I was much "prettier" then
I traveled to Paris from Evreux France, a U.S. Air Force
base) located in France. The base is no longer there but,
on a recent trip back to France I had an opportunity to visit
the area where the base once was. It brought back a lot of
great memories. I traveled throughout all of Europe
(excluding countries behind the iron curtain), the Middle
East and Africa from this location. From Oslo to Adana
(Incerlik) Turkey, to Bombay India and Kabul Afghanistan, to Rhodesia and Cape Town, to the Ivory Coast
and the whole of the United Kingdom, I saw it all
was a real trip. To my 19 year old eyes it represented the
most exotic, exciting place I had ever been. And Vietnam
was the most terrifying place I had ever been...
photo (Left) was taken
on the flight line circa 1964 - 1965 at
Tan Son Nhut,
Base, Saigon, Republic of Vietnam
and some of the types of air-drops we participated in.
This photo is depicting a Low Attitude Parachute Extraction
System (LAPES) air-drop. Click on the C-130 button (below) then type
in "C-130 LAPES"
and see the
video on HOW DANGEROUS
this type of drop could be.
Click on the C-130
We performed many of these type
drops when it was too dangerous to actually land or there was a
firefight in progress. We used another airdrop technique called
a ground proximity extraction system.
GPES is conducted from an
Altitude: 0 to 20 feet.
This system is designed so that ground equipment hooks the cargo
as the plane flies by and yanks it out of the cargo compartment.
resembles the hook-and-cable System employed in carrier
landings, with the aircraft literally flying out from around the
cargo. A single system can bring in 2500 to 12,500 pounds per
pass. This was a "Hairy" and very scary airdrop technique.
We took a lot of ground fire when performing this very dangerous
airdrop method. For some airdrop "bloopers" Click on the button
(below) for more information.
In Vietnam, I had seen
and done much, and it has affected me my entire life. On a recent
trip to Asia, I had the occasion to return to Saigon, Nha Trang,and Da
Nang Vietnam (but more about that later).
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It should be noted
that I was only 23 years old when I finally left
Vietnam in 1966, and I felt like an "old man"...pessimistic and
suspicious about everything, and everybody.
Memories of combat are still,
to this day, very vivid
and are forever etched into my mind. It's very hard to reconcile the
tragedies, and terrible things my young eyes witnessed.
made migration back into civilian life a very difficult
But, on the positive
side, all the hours of traveling back and forth over the long 31
months I was in, out, and around Vietnam, I was fortunate to visit Hawaii, Guam,
Midway Island, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, New
Zealand, Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and many other
exotic places. Lessons learned were applied and used
to my advantage over my entire career and definitely shaded and
colored my management style and skill-sets.
This past May, we
spent 40 days trekking 11 Asian countries and many different cities. ALL those
many places with the lone
exception of Vietnam have dramatically changed
over the last 40 years, and the changes have been
nothing more than a miracle of biblical proportions.
photo, out of all the iconic places I've traveled, the Eiffel
Ben, the Tower Bridge, the Pyramids, the Blue Mosque, ect. pretty much tell you
about the city and country visited but the Opera House in Sydney
Harbor is a classic so I chose it for my home page. And
yeah, that's me kissing a dolphin. There
are lot's of photos of all these places and much more contained in this
website and there will be more as we continue our travels around
That brings me to the fourth
photo which is Lois, the captain and me holding a live stingray, and behind it is
me cuddling with a real live tiger. As you can see we've played with
stingrays, tigers, dolphins and elephants. We've also had some
interesting experiences with Tasmanian Devils, giraffes, koala bears, and even water buffaloes and