Life in Ubon Ratchathani as a soldier during the Vietnam War

I recently received an email from a Mr John Bemiss. He had been reading through my various posts about Ubon Ratchathani at around the time of the Vietnam war (you can find all these posts grouped together here) and decided to make contact.

I am glad he did as like everyone who has provided this blog with information about old time Ubon it makes for compelling reading and viewing.

John has given me permission to share some of his photos and a little of his time in Ubon. I will let John take up the story with his own words and photo captions….

Sign you see after getting off C-130 flight from Bangkok, home for the next 12 months.

John Bemiss in front of A1E9

“My job classification was weapons mechanic (462X0) munitions loader. Prior to Ubon I was at a SAC base (B-52) in NY. I was sent TDY to train on C-130 gunship repair and had orders to work in the gun shop at Ubon.

FG 433rd squadron with pave ways loaded.

When I got to Ubon end of January 1970 the gun shop was fully manned and they assigned me to the 408th munitions maintenance squadron. I was the third crew member on a four man load crew that loaded munitions on the F-4 fighter (pictures show what we loaded). We worked the 6:00 pm – 6:00 am shift 6 days a week (sometimes 7 days). There were 4 squadrons of F-4s let me see if I can remember them 25th TFS, 497 TFS, 435 TFS, 433 TFS. My crew loaded mainly the 25th but we loaded the others when needed.

Trailer of napalm waiting to be loaded, remember the white phosphorous fuses delivered in ammon cans filled with water. Some bad stuff.

FO 515 435th returned with damage.

We lived in a 2 story cinder block barracks which were originally open bay.

Hooches to the right and enlisted quarters at the end of the road.

We used old bomb crates and plywood to make rooms for 4 guys. We had house boys that did our laundry and to this day I can remember the rice starch they put in our fatigues. Told them after a while no starch, you would sweat and your fatigues would get all sticky. I wish I could remember the house boys name – nicest guy. He would bring us fresh pineapples and we would grab a bunch of apples from the mess for him as Thais loved apples.

Trailer with 200 lb pave way bombs.

Trailer with CBU's cluster bombs waiting to be loaded.

Load of AIM 9 Missles.

Load of Mk 82s with fuse extenders.

Rice bugs were something else, we had a line supervisor who had a bungalow and girlfriend down town so during brief down time from loading he had us collecting rice bugs that were attracted to the flight line lights. Thais would roast them or pop their heads off and eat them, never had the courage to try one Night shift was the best not many supervisors around we would race the jammers (bomb loaders) on the flight line for fun. I haven’t thought about this in years.

A1E fully loaded. Awesome to watch at night when they took off.

C-130 leaving Ubon

Thai Air Force T 28, don't ever remember them doing much, buzz the flight line every now and then.

Ubon flight line

Part two with more about life in Ubon and photos of the city will follow shortly.

166 responses to “Life in Ubon Ratchathani as a soldier during the Vietnam War

  1. Great piece, John! Love the Flt line photos. F4 Radar tech Jan 69-70. Would love to post this on my blog, Ubon Tales. There is a link on this blog. Looking forward to more!! Thanks. Have you cked out FB/ Ubon Vets?

  2. Was in the 435th 7/67-7/68 and never saw napalm or A-1’s in revetments. Must be after I left.

    • Was the 435th the munitions squadron? Was there in 67 but can’t remember the squadron number. We were off base in the ammo dump.

  3. John you arrived-1/70 the same time I left. I was there 1/69-1/70 and worked the flt line. Glad to see these photos since I never took any of the flt line and find it impossible to describe what all my toys looked like. lol

    • Hello folks. I was a Crew chief on F-4s in Ubon 1969-1970. FO 976, FO 555. Any Crew chiefs out there during this time? Gerry

  4. Thanks to John Bemiss for sharing those great, old photos! Looking forward to Part 2.

  5. Hope these photos are declassified. Great stuff.

  6. If any one is interested, all of the photos I took of Ubon are located on go to military pictures password is thailand. Andrew selected a few but there are many more and for you Ubon vets you may get a kick out of them. FC we loaded a lot of napalm during the dry season and the 2 A-1s may have come shortly after the sapper attack in January 70. I think they were TDY from NKP but I may be wrong

  7. While doing a little “research” on “Rice Bugs of Thailand…”, I chanced upon this blog page for John Bemiss. I haven’t had much time lately to check for new Ubon USAF related website material, and am thinking this may be one of a few more new adds to the web. Our group was the Combat Photo Reconn Squadron, 601st Photo Flight, Detachment 3, at Ubon. my website, posted about 12 years ago, is dedicated to our group, circa mid 1968 to mid 1969. I’m always interested in updating my site, with additional photo material. See , and feel free to email me at During my year in the photo detachment, my last name was “Priebe”… Ssgt Al Priebe.

  8. Craig Mitchell

    Thank you for all the great photos and memories. I was in the 408th MMS and assembled CBUs, Paveways, 105 Howitzer shells, napalm, etc., from June ’71 – ’72.

    • Hi Craig,
      Great to have you drop by – I bet you have some stories to tell as well!

    • And I was right there along side you Craig. We sure made a lot of CBUs. Hard to find pictures of the ones we built however.

      • We flew a lot of CBU-52, 58 & 71 all used the SUU-30 dispenser.

        • Hi Gang. I was there – 1969-1970 Crew Chief F-4 D’s 435TFS “Home of The Wolf Pack”. Never got used to the taste of Water Buffalo beef or whatever that was they fed us at the mess hall. Also did my share of Apple trading :-).. Remember the good ole’ days of Thai Boxing at the NCO Club and waiting for my Crew while taking a break laying on “Fat Albert” as it hung on a wing pylon and to be delivered with kisses some where in the region..

    • Finally a name I recognize. I shipped in September 71-72. Like you I was assigned to the CBU shop and was loaned out to everybody else as needed. I have a few pictures of life in the bomb dump.

      • Craig "Mitch" Mitchell

        Bill Knee, I do indeed remember you and our time at Ubon. If you’re not already a member, I suggest you join the Facebook site Ubon Vets. The members have put hundreds of photos of the base and town there. Good to hear from you after 44 years! Craig “Mitch” Mitchell

      • Well my friend i was next door building the paveway bombs. Spent a little time in the cbu shop. I was deployed with the B-57’s. The only aircraft that could shot its on lazer and drop its payload. Got there sept 70 till sept 72.

  9. Nice pictures.
    I worked in the preload facility, 69-70. Just before I left in July ’70 I was banished to the holding area fuse shop.

    • Banished huh? SOunds like a good story there!

    • Bob Longcake transfer point preload may 68 to May 69 Looking for person to help establish A/O claim in MMS storage area

      • Good Luck Bob… I belong to the Udorn Research Group and I know many of those guys are trying to get AO claims approved. I served boots on the ground in Vietnam so my claimed got approved for my diabetes.
        Bob Maxwell
        Night Shift Line Delivery

        • I have type 2 diabetes and I have filed a claim. waiting on va, just filed July of this year. If you don’t mind me asking, what % did they (VA) compensate you? I heard they were giving 10-20%. I have nerve damage, and heart disease also.

      • bob longcake, I served at Ubon in 1973-74, and closed the ” 8thMMS as it had renamed. A lot of friction when they told us we couldn’t wear our 408th MMS hats anymore,, we wore them anyway. My reply was because I too have applied for a/o, after spending months cleaning up the gantry area. I’ve now have neauropathy, and familial tremor. And I am trying to find others who have same conditions. Anyone want to talk I am @, they have already ask me where I served in Nam, so I sent highlighted copy of orders leaving conus, and deros back to SuckMore SAC in 1974, plus an internal order making me the 408th MMS Loading Suppy Custodian.



    • Hi Don,

      Wonderful to hear from you! There certainly are many different places were some foreigners tend to gather from time to time. Some places are mentioned within my pages but all are mentioned in one way or another through other blogs/webpages in the area. Do searches on Peppers Bakery and Cafe, Spagos, Wrong Way Cafe, TC Kitchen, NJoy pub just to name a few.
      Most foreigners tend to keep to themselves out in the country side with the occasional jaunt into the big smoke for supplies but there are enough around at the places mentioned above that I am sure will keep you amused in one way or another!

    • Hi my name is Meaghan, my real Thai name is Ura.

      I am adopted from Thailand Ubon Ratchathani, in 1976 by an Australian family in Melbourne.

      I was born in the year of 1975, which now makes me 39 yrs old.

      I’m half Thai/Afro-American.

      A friend of mine showed me your blog and a Thai lady I met had mentioned there is an army base in Ubon from the war in Vietnam.
      Hence reason why I’m writing this!

      My Australian family, have mentioned that my natural father would have been a soldier, In Vietnam and that a lot of them lived in The neighbouring countries after the war finished.

      A lady called Prejuab, helped my aust family to adopt me, but on my birth certificate, there is not my Thai mothers maiden name or any name of my father, making it impossible to find her and I’m sure my father has no idea, I exist.
      Yes I’m happy and god willing, been blessed.

      Although I now have 3 children aged 17, 15 and 5 and I feel that I owe it to them to try harder to find my real parents.

      I am aware that there were a lot of mixed raced babies left in Thailand /Vietnam after the Vietnam war and know that some people may have no idea, about children they may have had, therefore I understand that I need to tread cautiously and to not have any expectations.
      If any one knows how I can start looking into this please email me or let me know.

      Kind Regards,


      • Ura1975 –

        My name is Richard Ries. I’m in Ubon now (January 8, 2016) and I believe a friend of mine here is the Prajuab who assisted in your adoption. I’ll ask her on Saturday (9th) when I see her. I also have a friend in Bangkok (Gene) who has reunited over 400 Thai citizens with their American birth parents. If you get this message, contact me at and I’ll get you connected with him .

  11. Patricia JANE Babcock

    First – Thank you for your service. Now as a member of your veteran family and a County Veterans Service Officer I know you are all aware of your exposure to Agent Orange, the diseases it causes, and which AF bases & when the VA has already acknowledged. If you served in Thailand please get to know your Veterans Service Officer who works for your county/ parish/district or talk to your local veterans service organization (they have VSO’s) about the agent orange presumptives.

    If you won’t do it for yourselves then do it for your families. It is a lot harder for us(VSO’s) to establish the hard evidence that may be neccessary for a widow’s claim if you are already dead. Not to say we haven’t done it just that it is easier and quicker when you are the one answering our questions. Find your CVSO:
    SFC (Ret) Patricia Babcock, CVSO

  12. Hello, my name is Dean Wiley and my reason for writing is to share my experience in Thailand which I truly believe led to my having Parkinson’s today.I am not complaining, but it is so very hard to swallow one’s pride and file a claim. My AFSC was Life Support Systems and home base was Korat In late January or early February of 69 our squadron, the 469th, went TDY to Ubon for approximately 6 weeks while some repairs were done on our flight line and runways. On arrival we were quartered in an encampment occupied by what I recall an Australian engineering contingent (79th …or something ?) in support of our forces. We were told the Aussies were reassigned out of the country due to an accident where some Thai civilians were killed by an incident involving the Australians.I can remember some details of the encampment like an amphitheater and a few other structures constructed of bamboo.The photos I took are long gone, so my plea to any one who might have been there and have pictures of that camp,I would sure appreciate a copy to present in my claim. The entire area was overgrown with heavy thickets of vines and brush. We had the hooches adjacent to that area which they mowed and sprayed with what I was told with Agent Orange. Close to the hooches, the area was mowed and a little further out from the camp, maybe 70 yards or so, they sprayed out of 55 gallon drums with what looked like bung hole pumps.The heat of the day (98 – 105 degrees) and breezes carried the oily stench toward the hooches and, no doubt, some of that mist blew through the hooch screen half walls while we were out on the ramp during the day. Before we returned to Korat, the foliage browned in a matter of a day or two.I developed a rash like hives on my back, stomach,arms, and legs.I went to our flight surgeon and was diagnosed with a heat rash and/or a possible allergic reaction to the weeds since I saw him earlier in the year for allergies. In time it went away and for about a year the rash would return. I used Calamine for months and it eventually went away. In trying to substantiate my claim, I went to the National Personnel records Center here in St. Louis to pull my From DD214 and any other records to fulfill the claim requirements set forth by the VA for those of us in Thailand service. My shock came when no records were found showing the TDY, no medical record of the rash treatment, and no evidence that should have existed with regard to the “boot on the ground” evidence of my time in country. I was warned by others who’ve been through this claims process that I would probably have to stand on my head to get it through but I hold no resentment and I feel in the long run, we’ll be treated fairly. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to be patient.

    p.s. If anyone remembers that abandoned Aussie camp and might have some pictures, please contact me through the proper channels. Thanks.

    • My name is Rey Duran, and I was station in Ubon RTAFB in Feb.1967 thru Feb. 1968. Yes the Aussies were still there. Sorry I have no pictures, I wish I had taken some. According with Veterans media both Korat and Ubon were sprayed with agent orange. Don’t give up, I filed a claim with the va last July and I’m still waiting. I brought up some issues to my local va clinic to have a paper trail for when the va review my claim, i’ll have some va doctor medical proof of my contact with agent orange.

  13. Good day. As an Australian airman I served two terms of duty at Ubon, Thailand. Nov. 62 to Jul 63 and Jan to Jul 67. Nothing grew there, no weeds, no plants, nothing. In a high rainfall tropical environment? We are now told that the Americans have at last admitted to spraying the base perimeter with agent Orange. Well the Royal Australian Air Force domestic area was on the Eastern perimeter of the airbase. Go figure. if you have unexplained disease, cancer, ischaemic heart disease, rashes that won’t go away or strange cancers, look at your service history. Did you serve at Ubon Thailand?

    • I served in Ubon from june 62 to may 63. I have heart disease and cancer. I would like to talk to you. Lynn Young USAF.

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  15. Great pic’s of Ubon flight line, but where are the A/C-130’s and 119’s ? I spent all my time on the A/C-130’s in 1970 .

  16. I was 408th MMS line delivery (cobra 13) 1969 – 1970. Photos are great reminders.

  17. William Goodman

    I was a weapons mechanic in the 433TFS under Wig Commander Col. Robin Olds. We really loved that guy.Was there during the big Mig raid shoot down.. Some of the missiles i loaded took down Migs. Remember Vice Wing Commander Col. Chappy James. He was a big man and we use to help him strap in the F4s I got sick and returned to states. Wanted to come back but got to Danang for the big tet offensive in 68. Did take hop to Uban for a couple days when i was stationed in Danang, Vietnam.

    • Boy there are a lot of readers that used to be based in Ubon during the war. If any of you wanted to share some more in depth experiences (PG rated) of your time in and around Ubon I would love to print them. Even better if you have photos!

      • Greetings memock. I am another Ubonian. I was stationed there 72-73 in the Air Force. I was an aircraft Hydraulic Tech there on the F4 Phantom and the C130 gunship. I have no real regrets as I volunteered to go there HOWEVER I do have some health Issue’s now that I think are directly related to my tour, one being heart disease and now I will be going thru test for Parkinson’s disease as well. I did have good times and made good friends there, I wish I could just remember their names. That is now why I am now trying to research and reconnect with some of my bud’s. I do still have many picture’s from my tour to Ubon and also some from short hops to to other bases as well as my R&R to Bangkok and Pattau beach with a few of my bud’s. I hope to hear back from you and I will try to locate and download pics of my tour. (Any other Ubonians, I would like to hear from you as well) GOD Bless you Brother.

        • Hi Fred,

          Great to hear from you. I hope you are able to locate your photos from your time in Ubon as I would be keen to share any you have, especially any of the ones you have that were taken off base and of the city and surrounds.

          I hope you are able to reconnect with some of your mates.


        • There is a Ubon group page on face book that you need to join.

          • Thank You Virgil, I have found and recently joined the Ubon site as well. I am going thru my photo’s from my tour currently and will be
            trying to get a few downloaded soon. Thanks for your response.

      • Robert Williams

        I was stationed at Ubon in aug 1971 -Aug 1972 any questions on Ubon maybe I can jug this old memory

    • I was a J4620 in the 433rd under Wing Com Col Robin Olds and Vice Com. Col. Chappy James. Was there when they killed a of the migs, we had a three day drunk. The pilots would come in the airmens club and at happy hour with 20 dollars and say drinks are on him, I was mj-1 driver. We must know each other.

    • My name Rey Duran served during Col Olds and James, 2-1967 thru 2-1968. Any or all who served in Ubon or Korat Air Bases keep in touch. With all of us pulling together we can win, this thing with agent orange and maybe can be compensate for it. I’ve lost many of my best buddies in the army because of Agent Orange with cancer, diabetes,nerve damage, heart disease. Thank God , as far as I know, I don’t have cancer but I have the other three. Again keep in touch I love to hear from you.

  18. Virgil F Flaherty

    I worked in the Avionics Autopilot shop on the AC-130’s and F4D’s from May 69 – May 70 at Ubon. We were attacked twice by VC Sappers during that time period and probed several more times.

    • Hi Virgil, are you saying that there were actual attacks on personal at the Ubon airport carried out by VC during the war?

      • Virgil Flaherty

        Very much so! It wasn’t uncommon for a VC attack to happen at one of the US installations in Thailand.

        • I need to brush up on my history! Fascinating website link – I had no idea this happened.

          • Virgil Flaherty

            For the benefit of the Ubon vets that see this, there is a Face Book group for Ubon Vets to connect with each other and share memories. It’s a closed group open only to Ubon Vets.

      • My memory is not so good anymore but I too recall during my tour of a couple attacks during 72-73, as I recall we had a zapper killed and we had a round of mortars on base trying to take out our gunships. Exactly when ?????

        • I have a friend, Mike Stanifer that also worked on F4’s in Ubon (72-73). He is having quite a few health problems which are probably related to his herbicide exposure. His memory is shot too. I would like to put you two in touch with each other, and see if you knew each other. I am trying to help him with his VA claim. Please let me know if you can.

          • Fred Bennett

            Hello Jeff S. It is good hearing from you. That name Mike Standifer sounds a little familiar to me and yes, please do put him in contact with me. I am sure we crossed paths sometime during our time there. Sorry to hear of his health issues too although not surprised. I will ALWAYS believe all of us at Ubon during the VN war time were exposed to AO, I have Diabetes, heart trouble, memory loss, tremors and I have no family members with any and I also am blessed to still have both parents alive in their late 80s with memories a lot better than my own. Go figure. lol. Take Care Brother and you stay in touch and anyone else at Ubon during 72-73 as well.

        • THe first of several attacks on Ubon took place about 30 days after I returned to the states. I left on June 20th and the attack took place in July 1969. After that one, I think the others were post-1970 from what I have read on other group sites.

    • Hi Virgil, I also was at Ubon May 69 to may 70. And I also remember attacks by suppers at the base. I was awaken by gunfire from my bungalow, and headed to base down the street. As I got to the gate, there was more 60 fire and an explosion. Base was all dark, and the AP would not let me pass.
      My afsc was Aircraft Electrician. Many more memories from there and TDYs I went on. Landed Da Nang 1968 in May, transfered Udorn Dec. 68, then extended and off to Ubon.

  19. Checking out the information of sapper attacks I noted one was missing. I was assigned to Ubon in August 1972. In October we came under a mortar attack exact date I cannot recall. The base received combat pay that month. It was determined that due to the weapon used in the attack, the entire base was in danger. Just wondering why this attack was not mentioned.

    • Hi Gary,
      Thanks for the extra information. Only reason it wash;t mentioned was because no one had mentioned it until now! Thanks for filling in the blanks.

      • I was TDY to Ubon from Lowry AFB during this time frame. On the night of the mortar attack I was Red 5 Line Delivery pulling two trailers of Sparrows & Sidewinders off the line back to the Missile Shop. I had just passed the AC-130s and turned off the taxiway at the RAMS hanger when I heard a boom, thinking I had a blowout I let off the gas but then felt the blast pressure through the back window of my MB-4 and knew immediately we were under attack and floored my tug and reported to Red Control we were under attack.

        • Hi Bob, I love the first hand reports of these mortar attacks on the base. Would love to hear more if you have the time.

          • If my memory serves me right the mortar crew was trying to hit the Spectre aircraft since they were so effective over the Ho Chi Mihn trail destroying trucks. They fired 39 rounds onto the air base that night which were well short of the AC-130s. I think it was the same night that sappers infiltrated Udorn RTAB.

    • greetings Gary;

      I recall that attack. I worked as a US Customs Liason with TMO at the Aerial Port. I happened to be on duty at the time of that attack.
      We were told to stay inside our building as the Thai Army was handling the situation. I also don’t understand why this is not noted in Ubon history.
      William Basler, Sgt, USAF
      October 1972 – 73

  20. I’m looking for people who served in the 1982nd Comm Sq at Ubon in 73/74. I need some help if anyone was there please let me know.

  21. Is any one receiving disability benefits because of Agent Orange who were in Thailand 1968 and 1969.

    • I am still dealing with the VA for problems with feet nerves

      • I have had a Regional Office Meeting on an Appeal but no word yet, VA said next year they will respond to my claim. I need Buddy letters from others that were there between Oct 1968 and Oct 1969. Buddy Letter s must include Service #, job title at Ubon Royal Air Force Base ,where your job took place and why you feel yourself and others with similar jobs on the outer perimeter could have presumptive exposure to Toxic ( tactical ) Herbices. Sign your full name as recorded by USAF.
        Is anyone willing to do this? I am willing to do this for others.
        Edward Bouquet

  22. I served boots on the ground in Vietnam so my Type II Diabetes was awarded by the VA but I belong to Udorn Research Group a yahoo group and there are many Udorn vets trying to receive AO disabilities and keep getting denied.

  23. Roy Rogers

    I remember the attack I was working on my F4 preparing it for the morning mission when you heard the mortars; it was like they were walking one exposition after another. The base alarm went off and they told us to go the flight shack. If I recall it seems this attack happen around midnight I know it was cloudy and very dark.

    • I arrived in Ubon on March 1, 1972 the day the north invaded the south once again. I was a crew chief for the 433rd. We went on 12 hours shifts right away. Several of our men went to Danang to help with quick turns during this time. There was another attack that no one has mentioned, I remember one night that there as a lot of small arms fire and several aircraft were damaged. Does any one else remember this incident? If I recall it took place after the October mortar attack.

      • I recall someone else referring to that second attack, and IIRC someone who remembers one a few months earlier as well.

        Ubon was considered (by the USAF) to be a viable target and we worked a lot to ensure the perimeter was secure, especially after dark. I worked on the electronic sensor net used (does anyone remember that?) by the SPs to detect any activity in the no-man’s land in between the two perimeter fences.

      • Dave Watts here. In Ubon I think, 69-70. I recall being hit twice. First time we were all armed and in the bunkers outside barracks. I recall the night they tried to get the gunships very well. It was at night and when the shots and explosions were going off I jumped down from the cockpit of an F4 parked outside the revetments and hunckerd down under the left wing. After crouching there for awhile I noticed I was shielding myself behind napalm that was on the aircraft. thought this is not the safest place and high tailed it out of there. I was in FMS squadron, ejection seats (egress), can’t remember the squadron number. Does anyone remember one of my guys being killed from the seat rocket exploding?

        • Hi Dave, welcome and thanks for your memories. I would love to read more about this seat rocket exploding – sounds devastating and at the same time very intriguing.

        • Dave I was at Ubon at the time and remember the Egress guy was installing the rear seat and the seat fired taking him out with it. It didn’t explode, but fired when something got hung up in the linkage/cabling causing the ejection sequence to initiate.

          • Grant Hernandez

            The Egress guy was my grandfather, Miguel A. Hernandez-Diaz. Thank you all for sharing that info. We don’t have much information about him. If anyone would be so kind as to share more with us we would appreciate it as my dad was only 4 months old. Thanks, Grant Hernandez

          • virgil Flaherty

            Grant I wish I could tell you more about your granddad but I didn’t personally know him. There is a Ubon group on facebook try contacting James Helms there and tell him that you’re looking for info on your granddad.

        • Dave , I do recall your guy being killed. I was in the phantom gun shop on the Flightline that day.

          • Grant Hernandez

            Hi, Jake please read my comment above in response to Virgil Flaherty. The Egress guy was my grandfather. Any info you have would be appreciated as we know so little about him. Thanks Grant.

        • I remember the fellow loading the seat, and it blew him out and crew chief pulled the chute and covered him. He was due to rotate in 8 days. Grounded the planes for like a week. Think about it all the time.

  24. I do remember the flares going up at night and the gunship flying over head checking out the perimeter. That sound of the C130 of the C130 flying over head stuck in my head for a long time. My squadron was at the end of the ramp towards the gate. I was with the 433rd my aircraft number 644679D It carried the laser pod.

  25. I just came across this site, and I enjoyed the photos and all of the comments.
    I was part of the 408MMS, working in the Transfer Point (Reload/Preload) and Line Delivery (Cobra7) from approx. June ’68 thru Oct ; was then transferred to Igloo White till my tour ended in May ’69.
    The 2 story cinder block barracks was brand new when I got there. the squadron had just moved from ‘Cobra Heights’ on the other side of the base. (I noticed in one post that the call signs had been changed from Cobra to Red in the early ’70s . . . Just doesn’t have the same flare.)

  26. Telecommunications Squadron, 1972-1973 I turned 19 y/o on that air base and spent any night that I wasn’t working, downtown playing trumpet with the Filipino band, “The Jugglers”. …WIsh I had 100 baht for every time we played “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is” or “Beginnings”! Work was one thing but I thoroughly enjoyed entertaining our people at the Sampan Club (I believe that was the name of the place!)


  27. Good site; great memories. Mike Finnerin here. 408th MMS from Jan ’68 through Mar ’69. AFSC 46150. Worked in the pre-load area down by the flight arrestor cables prepping ordinance, loading trailers with jammers, delivering ammo to flight line on trailers pulled by Coleman tugs (call sign usually Cobra 5). I remember living in the old hootches when I first arrived, and moving to the new cinderblock barracks later on. I remember handlebar mustaches, Water Day, the Corsair Club, the 6 foot cobras in the arm/dearm area, rice bugs (100 baht an ammo box), Tet of both 68 and 69, Singha and Kratingtong beer (they said the latter was brewed in Bangkok with embalming fluid), khao phat, my “short” calendar, and the great feeling I had when that C130 lifted off headed for Don Muang in the spring of ’69

    • mike, we were working in the transfer point at the same time, but your name doesn’t ring any bells in my feeble memory. We worked 3 shifts, but we had to be in the same barracks.
      Do you remember any names like John Butyler, Billy Checkout or Chuck Egner ?
      I spent a lot of time at the Corsair Club. Do you remember the name of the club across the street ?
      I enjoyed reading your post.
      Dave Kreyer

  28. Great site, did two years at Ubon,sept 69-70 and again June 71-72 , working in 408th mms gun services, ( 46250) also helped guys in Spectre gun shop. Remember both sappers attacks jan 70 and June 72 . There was an attack in jun 69 also and when I arrived in sept , all new guys got assigned to fence repair details. Anyone remember our duty position during attack,,on-base bomb dump , with no firearms issued, ha.
    Hope to hear more from this site, be well guys

    • Former SSGT Charlie Hockman, Just stumbled onto this website, funny what triggers our memories to look for such things. I believe that we served those two tours in the 408mms gun shop together Jake. I’m picking my old brain to remember your full name but can also recall Yarborough, and Shaw too?? Humped a lot of 20mm, Lots of memories.

      • Charlie , how the hell are you, long time brother, we did serve together ,lots of memories too! Still growing your hair long?
        Bob Yarbrough came to my wedding in ’76 , and spoke to once since then, haven’t been able to catch hold of him since, don’t know about Shaw, wouldn’t mind connecting with him. There is a site on Facebook called Ubon vets,it’s a closed site, you might want to check it out, hey , I’ll be talking to later, glad you connected.

      • Hey Charlie ,by the way, do you remember TSGT Hughie Martin from our 2nd tour, I’ve been emailing with him for about ten years, he’s also on Ubon Vets FB.

      • Hey Charlie, try contacting me at

  29. Was in Ubon 69-70.Served as a Weapons Load Crew Chief on the F4 and worked in the weapons field repair shop.

  30. Don Kohnke
    I served as an Electronics Warfare Technician from 70-71.
    The photos bring back a lot of memories. I can still smell the jet fuel on the tarmac. I can also remember the day one of the guys jumped into the front seat and inadvertently fired rockets across into the revetment.
    I was also there when the egress guy had his accident. We all got a lengthy talk about seat safety since our group would have to get in the seats to test our equipment.

    • 408th MMS Gun shop,9/69-70,,6/71-72. I knew of the crew that launched the rocket,,forget their names now

      • Did you know a Bill Beasley he had bunk in the same room (call it that) as I was in, also had a bungalow in town. Was there in Dec 69 -Dec 70. Was from Miami FL

  31. william (Bill) Ford

    Hi guys,
    My name is Bill Ford,

    I was the A1C Entry Controller at Checkpoint Charlie from June 1970 to June 1971. Does anyone remember the F4 that crashed into the bungalow at the main gate, or any of the circumstances surrounding that crash. I read years later that they missed a barrier cable on landing. Just interested in knowing the details since it missed us at the gate by only 50 to 75 feet. I have found pictures on the internet but if you have more let me know. Also I am looking for another security guard who worked with me at the gate last name Davis and looked like Paul Newman. 314-346-7106. Call me if you need any info from me about main gate activity. AGENT ORANGE SUCKS.

    • I was a weapons mechanic with the 408th MMS when that happened. I happened to be in our shop at the time, and my NCOIC had me go with him to the crash site. There were no EOD guys available, so I had to crawl underneath the F-4, and dearm the whole plane, plus remove 2 AIM-7 missles. Many memories of Ubon.

  32. 408th MMS Gun shop,,9/69-70,,6/71-72,,I remember the F4 that crashed into bungalow, some of my previous posts may have been jacob thomas or jake, I was also there for jan 70 Sapper attack, and June 72,, if you are interested check out VSPA.COM,, and check on Thailand bases

  33. I must also tell you guys anyone interested there is a Facebook page titled UBON VETS, it is a closed group, but recommend you join , a wealth of information,good luck.

  34. I too belong to the “Ubon Veterans” site and it is an excellent site. I am also looking for any vets at Ubon in 72-73 that worked on the F4 and the 130 as a aircraft HYDRAULIC mechanic. My memory is not so good anymore so names are very hard to come by.

  35. Ricardo S. Benavidez

    I worked with the Civil Engineer Sqdn. in Ubon 1968-69 and I came across this After Action Report on the Sniper Attack in Ubon ten years ago. Apparently is has been removed but I kept a PDF copy. Anybody needing this info can e-mail me and I will forward a copy.

  36. I was TDY from the 1ST MOB out of Clark from APR 62 until AUG 62. Single side band tech provided radio comm for radar site. Think we were the first USAF airmen at UBON,great place, great time! Was there when the Aussies arrived.

  37. My name is Mike Stanifer, and I too stumbled onto this site unknowingly. (just learning at 68 how this thing works). Only reason was to join Ubon vets group and happy I did. I was in Ubon 12\72-12\73. Was a crew chief on the F4D. According to my papers, was in 8OMS Section A. Worked 6pm-6am 6 and sometimes 7 days/wk. Am in the process of filing claim; ball in VA court. Like some previous comments, memory not great. Allow me to share some names I do remember. First supervisor Tsgt McKinney; other SSgt John Glover; flight line buddy called Hawk, name maybe Shaw? My roomie and I lived on base 2 nights before we were in a bungalow downtown. Just recently and sadly found out he passed 2 yrs ago at 64. A true friend Norris McIntire (Mac). Currently live in Pikeville, Tn. If anyone out there remembers me or those mentioned above please feel free to contact me. God Speed!

  38. My name is Willie Robinson I was in the 601 photo flight form 68-69. I am trying to find Carl J. Santoro NY. Leon Wynn Tenn., James L Williams Louisaina, I was also station at Vandenberg AFB. 1369 Photo. Sq. MAC

  39. 435TFS from 11/69-11/70. I flew 183 combat missions during that time. I want to thank all of you guys who served with honor. It’s not fair to single out any one specialty for special notice because each and everyone of you were an essential part of the team.

    For those of you who feel like your efforts weren’t noticed and appreciated let me assure you that they were by the guys whose job was to fly the missions.

    I salute each and every one of you who “just did the job you were trained to do”.

    • Thank you ,Ron. I no doubt worked on an A/C you flew. Airman R L Roberts/ WCS/ 1/69-1/70 Do you belong to Ubon Vets F/B group?

  40. Hello ! I wonder if there is Vietnam vets still living in Ubon Ratchatani ?
    Vets who choosed to stay here instead of going back home.

    Cindy Regards

    Mats Bengtsson

  41. Is there any one of you guys that remember if there vas an Danish guy serving in Ubon ?
    I think he was serving in the end off the war, maybe in 74 or something ?
    He’s name was Bill.

  42. ECM shop Sept. 69-70. On the night of that Sapper attack in Jan 70, I was in the maintenance hangar that housed the ECM shop. Perimeter and ramp lighting maxed and we were instructed somehow to turn the lights off in the building. I pushed the door a little to the right and got on the floor and began writing a totally scared and maybe last letter home,to my girl friend. ( She is still my wife.) Two airmen from up the line came walking and talking to the end of the revetments. I always guessed they just wanted to get close to the action. There was no attempt to,cover. For me, I was scared, kneeling there on the floor writing. Those two boys were about fifteen feet past my station when my exterior wall caught a small arms round. (That hole was still there when I left in Sept.) Tha next thing I saw was the two would be heroes belly down on the maintenance ramp, closer than close to the wall, dead silent and crawling fast fast as if their lives depended on it. Dang! That was yesterday, wasn’t it? I’m going to try to find that Facebook site someone referenced.
    I’m from Arkansas. KP is what I was called.

  43. Dennis Burkhalter

    Was stationed there 69-70 worked base supply night shift and day shift.

    • Raymond (Marty) Mason

      Hello Dennis, I was in Base Supply also from Jan 1969 to Jan 1970. Worked days for about 7 months, finished my year on a 3 PM to 7AM shift every other day. Your name is somewhat familiar to me. Do you remember Mike Benka? Bill Mahar? Got other names on the tip of my tongue but they stop there. Oh, Leon Redwine is another. My real name is Raymond but a lot of people know me as Marty. Can’t remember what I went by in Ubon.

  44. Joe Nolin, ssgt USAF 1967-1971

    408 mms 69-70 weapons loading. F-4c’s & d’s.
    Spent the night of the sapper attack of Jan 70 on the arm/dearm end of runway.
    Yellow alert, orange alert, red alert. mortar’s and trip flares popping off east & south of runway. small arms fire, US Army APC’s pull up over near Spectre parking and unleash volleys of machine gun fire, tracers arcing beautifully up over across middle of runway. all the revetment lights had dimmed, very few lights on, dark, sweaty, fear. Another burst of machine gun, [did they have night vision goggles then?] A dog runs by us, a rifle shot barks at him and he folds up on the tarmac. Another machine gun burst and impact on satchel charges on the VC sappers explode, six bodies or parts thereof were loaded up the next morning, hauled downtown to be burned on a brush pile. The sappers managed to shut down one airport that night, our’s at Ubon. I don’t know if we armed any more flights that night, the early morning wolf birds with centerline gun pod, two inboard rocket pods, two outboard fuel tanks, may have waited for day shift at 0600 hours.
    The 3 of us 46250 guys on the arm/dearm team that night and the one F-4 crewchief spent the rest of the night in the bunker, in the grass, next to the arm/dearm shack, the bunker was not sand bags, but plywood boxes filled with sand. we lay on the brown grass that was never mowed, the rashes continue for 40+ years.
    We had a phone in the shack, we called whoever, they said, “stay low, turn out the light, it’s code red, we know you are out there.”
    Upon arriving at Ubon Sept 1969, as part of the inbound process, we are issued an M-16, the guy hands you the rifle, you check the serial number, sign the form, he takes back the rifle, locks it up. One year later before departing Ubon the reverse happens, you get handed the rifle, check the serial number, give him back the weapon. Now I wonder if they had only one rifle and we all signed for the same weapon. It was locked up securely that night, I guess.
    The Phantom Phlyer had a story about this sapper attack, someone must have a copy? I do, but have not found it yet.
    Phantom’s phorever.
    Mike Weiss@Atlanta, Mike Pruitt@Arkansas, Sampson@Florida, Ciro Bua@Texas,Tsgt Davis [our flightline expediter] he may have never departed Ubon, still driving his blue six pack International crummy hustling crews to the next F-4 waiting for weapons. Respond you guys for the truth, as I know it. LOL.
    The three clubs downtown, Mustang, Fairlane, [corsair or corvair?] for some reason I thought they were all borrowed names from Ford Motor company. Edsel, Mercury, Galaxy, ? The top floor of the Ubon hotel served food all night, after a quick Samlor ride. For a few extra baht they would let us pedal them, they must have read Mark Twain.

    • Some nice memories their Joe – thanks for taking the time to share them.
      I was on the top floor of the Ubon hotel recently for a cold one while the sun went down. Still a great view from up there but not open all night anymore.

    • Virgil Flaherty

      I was at Ubon for both of the Sapper attacks working in Avionics. We definitely had more than 1 M16 on base because on another night we were alerted and told to assemble at the base theater where we were all issued M16’s but no ammo. We were told by intel. that a large group of Viet Cong had been spotted enroute to the base and that the Thai Army had been sent out to intercept them. If they weren’t successful then we would have been issued ammo for our M16’s. We were released several hours later and not given any further updates.

      • Virgil Flaherty

        I just love auto correct or whatever! – “In”, “Intel”, “Thai”, “Intercept”, “Issued”. Etc.

    • Virgil Flaherty

      It even screwed up “Thai” again.

    • Virgil Flaherty


    • Joe my memory is not what it used to be but I do remember you and Mike Pruitt. He was later stationed @ Eglin FL when I was there and we used to party on the weekends. I’ve been trying to find him over the years with no success. I remember Davis well, he had us collect rice bugs on night shift when we weren’t loading. Were you there when Bob Hope came. We were loading and had a break caught the very end of the show

      • Hi John,

        Called your office the other day, fella said he had your desk, chair & phone for a couple years, so you must have retired.
        No, didn’t see Bob Hope, was out of there by 9/13/70 back to states, Holloman cert team, then got out March 71. Found that base newspaper from Ubon [Phantom Flyer], had the sapper attack of Jan 70 in it. And other stuff of course. Send me an email and give me your idea how best to display it and other particulars. There is no doubt NOAA had to hire 3 or 4 people to replace you over there. My email is the same, but they apparently turned your workplace email off.
        Mike Pruitt was a firecracker of a guy, enjoyed him and his stories. Pruitt was from Arkansas as I recall.
        Tsgt Davis was a line expediter, had a Thai girlfriend, he had been there a few years already. Never once did I see him get excited. Rock solid, get out, check the load, ask a question or two. He might suggest something, like go and torque down the lower MK 82 on starboard TER. Or ask where is the safety pin for the centerline rack. Most the other expediter’s had a good chance of getting excited at times. Some even thought they could rush us. These are bombs man, this is napalm, that is HEI ammo, weapons loading you get to make a mistake only once. [exaggeration]
        Worked with another SSgt Ron Davis for awhile. Worked on another load crew with Mike Weiss from Atlanta, those guys seem to have disappeared.
        The rice bugs were everywhere when they showed up in season, we picked five gallon buckets on them. Took a bucket full down to the T-lock, she loved them, pretty sure she preferred them to a box of candy and flowers.
        Saw wa Dee
        Joe Nolin
        408 mms wpns loading sept 69-70

        • Joe just saw your post, I did retire about 5 years ago, should update my email I remember Mike well he was stationed at Eglin with me after Ubon great guy . Had an absolutely gorgeous wife. reading your post brings back memories remember you and all the people you mention
          Only person I connected with is Jim Bassegio who lives in SC

  45. My name is Jaime Green. My father Lee Thompson was in the 408th MMS in Ubon Thailand from Feb 13th 1967 until Feb 6th 1971. I believe he was called Tom by some. He passed away last year. My family greatly misses him. Before he passed he was financially exploited (long story). Any way all of his personal belongings have disappeared. If anyone knew my father during that time I would love to hear from you. If anyone has any photos of my father they would be cherished and greatly appreciated by my family. My email in

  46. I hate auto correct. My name is Jaime.

  47. What a great site. I was stationed at Ubon with the 408th on the 130 Gunships (still remember most of the tail numbers)and the bomb dump from Oct. 69 – Oct 70. Best friend to this day was Jimmy Dean. He played a great West Virginia guitar. I remember most of the experiences shared here during that time. Sorry but I lost most of my pictures in the divorce.

    • Edward Bouquet Weapons Mechanic Ubon Thailand 1968-1969

      Does anyone have a map of the Agent Orange Wind Drift Map and/ or the layout of the Ubon, Thailand Air Base , especially where the bomb dump is located in 1967- 1968? I am desperate for evidence to present to the Regional Board for an Agent Orange Hearing.
      I go before a Houston, TX Regional Officer Board for my A O case this Oct 11, 2016.
      I have 4 of the top disease associated with Agent Orange, Parkinsons Disease, Perperipheal Neuropathy,Ischemic Heart Disease and Type II Diabetes , mild to medium dementia and Horners Disease( none of this runs in my family. The V A has denied my claim twice already due to my job description as a weapons mechanic supervisor 46250 and in the bomb dump loading the Mers & Ters for a year. I believe I handled the raw material of A O while dis-assembling, cleaning and re-assembling the gun barrels on the C-130 Gun Ships. V A says I was not a Police /Patrol personnel endnote near to the perimeter ( bomb Dump?) therefore Agent Orange is not a factor. I need help and fast.
      If anyone has any ideas before Oct 11, please advise to Thanks to all who will reach out to me and I will do the same for you. Edward B.


  48. Really enjoyed reading all of these posts. I was with the 408th all of 1970. As a former load crew trainer on B-52s at Minot, and having gone through F-4 training at Homestead, I was assigned to the training crew at Ubon shortly after my arrival, so I’m sure I met most of you guys who were at Ubon in 1970. I spent my entire year training and evaluating. I’ll never forget that year.So many memories and great guys !! ( I don’t remember ever decertifying any crew ! ) 🙂

  49. Christina Bienvenu Dawson

    Hi all,
    My name is Christina Bienvenu Dawson, Baton Rouge, LA. I was widowed at only 35 yrs old with three young children (ages 9, 6 and 2&1/2yrs) and have been fighting VA with Brent’s AO claim for 26 years now.
    My husband, Brent Richard Dawson, died on 08/18/1990 from non-Hodgkins lymphoma (very FIRST cancer acknowledged by VA as being linked to AO exposure).
    Brent served at Ubon RTAFB as bomb loader/weapons mechanic sometime between 1970-72.
    As his unremarried surviving spouse I have NO information, photos, details of his job duties, specifically pertaining to location and perimeter/fence line.

    Brent once spoke of fellow Ubon friend named “Brown Eye” (Hahaha… go figure!).
    If ANY one on this thread knew Brent (Baton Rouge, LA) please contact me. I would love to get any info you can offer.
    Thank you for this site, thanks to ALL of you for your service and God Bless.

  50. Christina Bienvenu Dawson

    The fellow Ubon airman’s nickname was “Brown Nose” !
    Sidenote: I really want to connect via Ubon Facebook but requirements (since it’s a closed site) are that you must be a “blood relative”.
    Our three kids are all grown, young adults now and have fb accounts so that’s an option to “get in loop” but AO claim in my name… of course, if ever granted, our 3 kids would get their “much deserved” back pay… so sad that they never had a Dad while growing up…. three great kids though and ALL turned out A-OK…. (Ha! or is it AO..kay?)

    • Hi Christina, I was at three bases, Da Nang RVN, Udorn, Ubon. 1968 to 70, if you can find anyone he knew or knows him from that time, and which barracks he was in, and if near the perimeter, and have them confirm that, it might help. Also locations he worked, like where the bombs were etc.
      My email address is I’M have a time with the VA too. Best wishes.

    • Christina, go to the Ubon Vets Facebook page. Wives are welcome, and I’m not sure why it was felt that you might be unwelcome. This page has a wealth of information, photos, and perhaps even people who knew your husband. Feel free to contact me on Facebook if you have problems joining, and I’ll make sure you get in.

  51. Christina Bienvenu Dawson

    Thank you SO much for responding and for your info and suggestions.

    I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble with VA, too. It seems like almost ALL USAF -Thailand vets are having same problem with their AO claims: Proof of proximity.

    Unlike those of you who served and can now recall the area and job experience, we widows are at a loss in trying to establish this info… especially those who, like myself, did not even meet our husbands until years after they returned and never discussed the war.

    Again, thank you so much for reaching out.
    Be well.

  52. I did not know your husband or his friend. As a weapons loader (1970) we were all housed in the 2 story cinder block barracks. I remember the back of the barracks faced the perimeter fence. There was a wide strip outside the fence with no vegetation, don’t ever remember anyone mowing it. Assume it must have been sprayed ? Do remember the water supplied the barracks had a smell to it and I don’t know if anyone else had this but itched after showering (may be just me). May have a picture of the perimeter. Sorry for your lose. Skin cancer also seems to be linked to Agent Orange, unfortunately the VA does not recognize the link ( need more studies??) I have been having recurring skin cancer issues in the last year. I worked the flightline only. Did your husband work in preload area (bomb dump) which i was not familiar with?

    • Christina Bienvenu Dawson

      Thank you, thank you, John !
      The ONLY info i have about Ubon is from you guys on this thread. Am SO excited to be receiving all these replies!
      I don’t want to overtake this wonderful blog/thread with my requests, responses & replies…. not quite sure how this all works at this point.. am trying to figure out so as not to “hog” this sight with my drama..

      I pray that VA won’t take years with ‘skin cancer’ link.

      Again, all… not sure how this sight works and don’t want to occupy all space with my individual case and requests… so, will try to contact administrator about this before continuing forward.
      Bless ALL of you! You are ALL heroes in my eyes!

  53. Hi Christina – I am the admin here. I have no problems with you doing what you are doing. I do recommend you getting onto that Facebook page though as you will get 10 x the response there! All the best.

    • Looking for anyone who worked in the munitions dump that was approximately 6 miles of base in the fall of 1967.

  54. Mike Shook, SSgt, USAF

    Just stumbled across this site and stirred many memories of my tour of duty at Ubon (April 71-April 72). I was a 46250 specialist in the weapons release shop on the flight line. Worked on F4’s and helped occasionally with malfunctions on the old B57’s. In reading some the threads regarding AO, I too am now starting to experience skin cancer and first surgery is scheduled at VA hospital in a couple weeks. I also lived in cinder block barracks near the perimeter. I also recall it being somewhat of a no mans land between the barracks and perimeter fence and SP bunker. I have filed no claim at this time but after reading these many comments, filing a claim might be in the future. I have found an airman stationed at Ubon who worked on B57 has filed AO claim. Apparently at some time these aircraft were used for carrying AO canisters. By way of this site I will try to post with any updates.

    • Hi Mike Keep us posted on the VA there is a link is where I found the possible link AO and skin cancer. I tried to apply for VA benefits but was turned down as I was not in Vietnam and at the time I was empoyed. I was told I made to much to qualify. I rememmber the B-57’s didn’t fly much when I was there in 70

    • Robert E. Williams

      Mike I was there the same time as you do you remember them spraying mosquito spray at Ubon at night . I was awarded herbicide exposure while at Ubon here is my email

  55. Marvin brown,served sept.70-jul.71,support on ac130 gunships,also interested in agent orange claims,enjoyed reading your comments

  56. George Chipman
    Ubon Oct 66 to Oct 67. Col. Olds Base Commander, Humped the missiles to the A/C for Operation Bolo. Good Times. Went to Phang Rang VN next, Oct 67 to May 69.

  57. Robert E. Williams

    I was stationed at Ubon Aug 1971-Aug 1972 assigned to the 8th Security police Sq Great assignment W/B Robert E Williams Gloucester ,Ma.

  58. Michael E Courtney Nov 69. I was TDY with Blind Bat. I enjoyed the assignment, and the Type people.

  59. William L Asbridge

    I was at Ubon in 8th A&E May 67 to May 68 . William L Asbridge

  60. Michael J. Kane

    I was stationed at Ubon Apr 71 to Apr 72. Worked at the off base bomb dump. The first six months, I like off base near the Cobra Pit. A Thai Govt crane picked us up in the AM and dropped us off at night. Last 6 months I stayed in the 2 story 408th barracks. Just started looking at the history of the tour and read your stories has brought back many memories. Names of co-workers that I can remember off the top of my head are: Mick Glaze, Larry Sullivan, Bill Muncey, Carter, Fimple, and Woody.

    I have some film and pictures I need to dig out of the attic. Will try to post them this summer. I will look up the Facebook Group too.

  61. Virginia Sanchez

    My husband was stationed in Ubon from March 1963-March 1964 and has a lot of photos taken during that time. He was with special services and they actually built a nine hole golf course there, clearing out the bamboo and king cobras. Photos of that also. If you are interested in these photos please let me know and I will make arrangements to get them to you. These were originally slides that I had converted into photos and also put on a disk. My husband is not pc savy so I will have to do it for him. Thank you for the memories he enjoyed looking at your site.

  62. Virginia Sanchez

    As I read over these messages I realize my husband was very fortunate to have no physical illnesses from being stationed in Ubon. Maybe this was before the spraying? He is looking for anyone who was stationed there at that time time. Last night he located a buddy that was stationed with him but unfortunately he passed away last month. We wished we had found him sooner. Contact us at please.

  63. Virginia Sanchez

    His name is Gilbert Sanchez About the golf course, we were looking at some of the pictures of the Ubon golf and he laughed and said our golf course did not have grass greens just compressed sand.

    • Virginia Sanchez

      I can not make your email address work. Will you please email me so I will have the correct address for you? I would love to send some pictures.

  64. I was in Ubon from Feb. 1969 to Feb. 1970, worked on (auto-pilot sys.) F-4’s and C-130 gun ships, also did some rigging on F-4’s… I was a/p augmentee and had to sit out on the perimeter about five or six times during my stay there… Does anyone have a record of the augmentees during this time, as I have heart problems since I was 50 yrs. old… I have a claim into the va, and there telling me that I didn’t get near the perimeter of the base, where they used agent orange to kill the weeds on the perimeter, I know there are wrong and I would like to know if anyone has a list of the augmentees during this time period… Thanks Steve Wegher

  65. I was an avionics type when I was assigned to Ubon from 6/68 to 6/69. I am interested in obtaining pictures or maps of the base that identify the perimeter lines, the barracks location (which I believe were comprised of about five buildings in a triangular sort of layout immediately adjacent to a fence line with jungle on the other side. If anyone can provide pictures or maps I am especially interested in find one that shows the wind drift from the perimeter lines. I have one for Udorn, but cannot locate one for Ubon. Any help would be appreciated. Want to file a claim as I have kidney and likely lung cancer and want to get it on record for the benefit of my wife should anything happen so she can file for benefits. Thanks for your help. Great site…brought back a lot of memories. Good and bad.

    • Did you ever join the Ubon Closed Group FBook site and did you find a wind drift map for Ubon Royal Air Force Base? j

      • Actually, i was there for some time before finding this site. Had no luck finding anyone who worked in the Comm Shop. I have been thoroughly disgusted with efforts to get records from the military. I sent for my service record and got about eight pages (three APRs and some travel vouchers) but nothing concerning any of the information I need. I went TDY to Tan Son Nhut AB in Saigon for four months between 11/68 and 2/69 to augment labor shortages in the Comm Shop there. I had photos and stuff that would prove I was in nam, but lost it all when I divorced a few years later and my records were at my in-law’s home. Needless to say there were not returned. I found one person from the 460th AEMS in Saigon that remembered me being there but was hoping to have some additional backup when I file a claim for AO exposure

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