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Udorn Memorial

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R 'n' R

Sound of AFTN Radio
air  checks # 1
air checks #2

Air checks #3

F A Q s

Foto Albums  

AFTN Network Newscast - Bob Theriault - March 29, 1969  [Click here to soundpage]

AFTN Satellites (What They Looked like)

Camp Kanchanaburi
  (click here)  [10/3/18]
  Phitsanulok   (click here)  [10/7/18]
Camp Cloudy (Phu Khieo) (click here)  [10/8/18]
Ko Kha
(click here)  [10/15/18]
  Sakon Nakon (click here)  [10/15/18]
Mukdahan (click here) [10/22/18]
Ramasun (click here) [ 11/3/18]
Chiang Mai (click here) [11/6/18]
Site Warin (click here) [11/18/18]
Phu Mu
(click here) [11/19/18]
Nam Phong (click here) [12/12/18]
Green Hill (Click here) [10/21/19]

AFTN 1971 Korat Alumni Reunion, Oct 2019

Korat 1971 Alumni Reunion, October, 2019

AFTN Broadcaster Photo Albums

Dave Hart  1973-74 NKP  [located here] (added 12/7/19 )

Chuck Stewart  1969  Ubon [coming]

Dave Sacher  1975  Korat  [located here] (added 2/16/19 )

Duane Mercier  1975 Udorn   [located here][added 2/919]

Henry Pitts - 1972-73  Korat   [located here][added 2/9/19]

Dick Storck - R n R - Phi Mai pix 1969 [located here][added 1/28/19]

Dick Storck - R n R - Khao Yai National Park 1969 [located here][added 1/13/19]

Joe Hutchens  1971 NKP Pix [located here] [added 1/13/19]

Ed Waldrup 1969 Udorn pix (Part 1)  [located here] [added 1/1/19]

Ed Waldrup  Udorn 1969(Part 2) [located here] [added 1/4/19]


AFTN Korat 1971 staff at  Denver Reunion

(click here)  [added 10/7/18]

Ron Smith Photo Album   - U-Tapao 1970-71
(click here)  [added 11/22/18]

Jerry Reed Photo Album # 2 - AFTN Takhli  1969
(click here)  [added 10/30/18]

Links to Rememberences of 9 men killed at AFTN Ud
(click here)  [added 10/30/18]

Map of Communication & Signal Links in Thailand (1964 - 1976)
(click here)  [ added 10/22/18]

AFTN New Years Eve Countdown - Dec 31, 1973

Jon Morgan - AFTN then and now


Produced & Narrated by then PFC Jon Morgan (then & now) [added 9/23/18]

[click here to AFTN sound page]


Pat Minoughan - AFTN Takhli and today


Pat Minoughan articles in Mekong Mail Express  [added 9/10/18] 

(click here)

AFTN Udorn Crash Pix from Jim Davey [added 8/24/18] 

(click here)

Korat RTAFB Aerial Pix from Steve Hock  [added 8/1/18] 

(click here)

Jessie Brooks (aka Jay Lewis)  AFTN Korat  1972   ON THE AIR  

(click here)  [added 5/20/18] 

Ralph Gebes - AFTN U-Tapao     April 1973  ON THE AIR  
  (click here)  [added 4/28/18]

Rick Kot, Von Blunt, Robert Baughn   ON THE AIR  

AFTN U-Tapao Jan1970  (click here)  [added 3/27/18]

Doc Ball - In Memoriam - 2016 - TLB

Steve Sills - 'The Disk Jockey & the Girls'

published in Mekong Express Mail, September, 2016 (click here)

Steve Sills - AFTN alumni

[added 3/10/18]

Tom McDonald sports career ends [added 3/8/18]

(Click here)

Tom McDonald at retirement

Rick Delaney  AFTN NKP 1972   ON THE AIR  

(click here)  [added 2/21/18]

Joe Moore   AFTN U-Tapao   1972  Photo Album (click here)  [added 2/13/18]

Darrell McCabe   AFTN Crash Photos 1970 (click here) [ added 1/18/2018]

NKP Radio - Dutch Treat & the AFTN Good Guys (1969)

(Click here) [air checks] (added 1/18/2018)

SETV-AFTN Reunion Video 2009  (added 1/15/2018)

This was a reunion of radio and TV broadcasters from the Armed Forces Thailand Network and Sheppard Educational TV organized by Dick Storck and held in Wichita Falls, TX in October 2009. Many of them hadn't seen each other for 40 years. Video shot and edited by Jim Cissell--7 years in the making!

click below to watch the video put together by Jim Cissell

jim cissell video

Korat part timers from 1970 added to personnel rosters : SP5 William Goodwin, A1C Robert Nash, A1C Stanley Clayton
added 9/11/17

 My father, Major James Reid Lapp, the former Network Chief in Korat in 1974 and later the Commander of FEN in Japan, passed this morning shortly after midnight in Gloucester, VA. I suppose that there might be a "Remembrance" website of some sort, but I figured that you would have better insight to this than I. from James "Randy" Lapp  [1-26-15]

Pre AFTN- Good Morning Ubon - 1965-1966    added 12/26/15   click here for link

Rob with Lona

Rob Neyhard with Lola Falana - Bob Hope Christmas Show 1970

George Smith Utapao 75-76

George Smith  at Utapao 1975-76

"Music for Your Head"

Lee Harris & Roger Williams

Lee Harris and Roger Williams - 1970

more pics click here

History of Sheppard ETV  from Dave Redman

click here

Henry Pitts  Pics   Korat Engineer 72-73  Click here


Bob Hope Christmas Show, Dec 22, 1966, Udorn RTAFB, Thailand

From Phil Dermody (circled above) , more Udorn pics here

Barry Landau Pics

AFTN  Ubon  1969-1970


Barry's Pics are located here

Philip Dermody pics located here

AFTN Udorn, 1967

Phil Dermody images

(back row: Sgt. Philip Dermody, SSgt Gary York, Sgt Gerald Ruffin, AIC Keith E. Hill)

(fron row: TSgt Joe Lendory, SSgt Donald Natale, SSgt Charles Balmos,)

in the chair:  TSgt Richard E. Berry - Station Manager l966-67


Dave and Kai Ramsey

outside Udon Thani, April, 2010

Click here for Dave's Photo Album  


Wally Snell remembers  4/10/70:         (photo of Wally's unit @ Udorn)

Perhaps, I can recount what and how I remember the day the F-4 crashed (on us, I hesitate to suppose, rather than just on them).  I’ve never talked much about it, didn’t know how , I guess.

I was enjoying one of my rare days off, sitting in the barracks near the door, writing a letter I never finished. I was startled by the sound of what I first thought was two mortar rounds being fired. I found out later it was two Martin-Baker ejection seats.  Like an idiot, I rushed outside to see an F-4 flying upside down just over the roofs. Then smoke and debris flying from the buildings two rows over from me and then came a grinding roar that seemed to go on  a very long time.  Then heat and smoke and people yelling and running past me away from the crash. I just stood there. Something horrible and final struck me. How could this be happening? One of the rescue guys I knew ran past and then stopped wide eyed, staring back at the smoke and flames.

 I walked over to ask if he knew what had happened, and to my surprise he asked me first.  He couldn't remember anything that had just happened.  He said he was over by the pool, the last he remembered, and then he was here.. didn't even remember running. I guess I never saw anyone so scared.  “You were over there?” Then I asked if he was OK, and he looked himself over and said “Yeah, sure.”

We went back closer to the fire and asked anybody we could find if we could help.  One of the officers told us there's nothing anybody can do, just stay out of the way.  We found out about the men inside about an hour or so later, but nobody knew how many for days.  “How could something like that happen?  An F-4 right through the double doors of the studio? What was God thinking?”  I asked.

For all these years, I’ve been remembering that there were twelve casualties.  It’s some relief to know there were nine.  I remember a couple of our junior officers were missing for a while, but they turned up downtown.  One of our house-girls never came back, she was so upset.  Our commander and several others just lost their gear and quarters. Honestly, in the face of the horror we were all grateful that no one else was killed in the other buildings..  no small miracle!  Anyway, time and again, I’ve thought about those guys who brought us radio and TV and made all our lives easier. Before I finally gave it up, I used to drink a New Year’s toast every year to them and to all the other friends we lost – I didn’t know what else I could do beyond a prayer of thanks.

I had heard it described as an accident.. no, in my book, it was all combat. There’s no “accidents” when young men go in harm’s way for their country.  They gave their all, and I salute them with love and respect and heartfelt gratitude.  Thank you, thank you, for what you have done to honor these men. I’m so glad someone could do something so special.

Wally Snell, former MAJOR, USAFR

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