NOTAMS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
22: Wanted: Contact Info for a FAC who worked a
two-day SAR starting 28 Dec 1969. Click here
to see details Wanted 220616
16 Jun 22: Sgt Larry R.
Reynolds, Quality Control Officer for the 19th TASS
took his final flight on 11 May 2022. He was rated and
a member of the FAC Association. He served at Bien Hoa
1966-67. Details Obituary.
31 May 22: THE RUSTIC NEWSLETTER JUNE 1ST EDITIO
to read it.
22: Lt Col Donald R. Moody, Butterfly 22,
Raven 70 flew his last mission on 19 April
2022. Don flew O-1 and U-17. He was a life
member of the FAC Association. Details and
12 Mar 22: John (Jay) Chappel Jade 05 flew West
on 06 March 2022. Jay flew O-1s for the 19th TASS
67-68. He was a life member of the FAC
Association. Details and Obituary
27 Feb 22: Lt
Col Lyle E. Delfosse,
Bird dog 62
flew west at 1100 on 04 Oct 2018. He flew O-1s for
the 20th TASS out of DaNang. Details and Obituary
22 Feb 22: Lt
Col Eugene Alfaro, Nail 227 and Candlestick flew
west on Christmas Eve 2021. He flew OV-10s and O2s
for the 23rd TASS. Details and Obituary
21 Feb 22: IT
IS ON! REUNION 2022 IS SET! 17-21 OCT. Click
here for Details
The January 2022 Newsletter is out! Click
here to read it.
05 Jan 22:
Darrel R. Dunlop, Bilk 34 slipped
surly the bonds of earth on 05 Dec 2021. Darrel flew O-2s for the 20th TASS in 1966-67 out
of Bien Thuy. Details
05 Jan 22:
Wallace "Wally" Judge, Nail 73, went west on 14
Dec 2017. Wally flew O-2s for the 23rd
TASS. Details and
05 Jan 22: John
M. "Mike" Morris, Sundog
04, flew west on 16 April 2020. Mike flew O-2s
for the 21st TASS. Details and Obituary
Dec 21 Col
James C. Gibler, Helix 21 flew west at 26 Dec 2021 at
2030 CST. He flew O-2's for 20th TASS. He proved
his mettle time and again; most notably for his actions during
the evacuation of Kham Duc, 12 May 1968, he was awarded the
Silver Star. He lead by example; he was my boss; and I
would have followed him anywhere. A very slow and
tearful hand salute to good man and a brave warrior. A
life member of the Association. Details and Obituary
20 Dec 21: Glenn L. Timm,
"Headhunter", flew west on 15 Dec 2021. Glenn flew
O-1s as a Headhunter FAC. He was a life member of the
association. Obituary and Details
27 Nov 21: B/Gen Noah Edward "Ed" Loy, Cider 22, flew
west on 29 Dec 2020. Ed flew one of his two tours out of
Pleiku while attached to the 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry
Division in 1967. Obituary and Details
24 Oct 21:Joseph W. "Jay" Barnes, Jake 26, flew
west. Jay flew O-2 for the 20 TASS out of Tam Ky from Jan
70 - Nov 70. Details
7 Oct 21:
Wanted: Son wants information about his father, Wally
Judge, Nail 73. Dad flew O-2 out of NKP in
1969. If you can help please see
details on Wanted-211007
29 Sep 21:Wesley E. Groves, Covey
598, flew west
on 26 Sep 21. Wes flew O-2s for 20th TASS from Aug 70 -
Aug 71. Obituary and Detail
04 Sep 21: Maj. Leo F. Kimminau
Sr, Gombey 17, flew west 3 Apr 2021. Leo flew O-1s
out of NKP for the 19th TASS from Jan to Dec 66.
Obituary and Details.
4 Sep 21: Topographic Maps (the
ones we used) with clickable index. Thanks to the
University of Texas and Gary Willis, who found it, this link
has been added to our Links to Others Page under the
heading "More Vietnam Material" click on "US Army Topographic
Maps" or click
28 Aug 21: Maj Alan Zaiser,
Walt 31, flew
west on 21 Jul 2021. During his tour 1967 - 68, Alan
flew the O-1, O-2A, and OV-10s for the 21st TASS. Obituary and
27 Aug 21: Rustics Reunion Cancelled ! Details
18 Aug 21: Col
Richard M (Rick) Atchison, Nail229, flew his last
mission 4 Aug 2021. Rick flew OV-10s for the 23rd TASS
from Feb 70-May 72 out of NKP. He was a Life member. Details
12 Aug 21: David M. (Mike) Lyons, Nail 88 flew west
on 9 Aug 2021. Mike flew O-2 and OV-10 for the 23
TASS. Funeral service, Aug 23rd at St Peter Catholic
Church in Monument, CO. Details
29 Jul 21:The July FAC Association Newsletter is out!
To read it, click here https://www.fac-assoc.org/newsletter/Jul2021.pdf
Jul 21: Donald Allen Spooner, Red Maker 07, Allen 14,
flew west on 23 July 2021. Don flew O-1 for the 19th
TASS from July 68 until Jun 69. Don was a life member. Details
12 Jul 21: Gordon Alvin Isachsen, Covey 247, took his final
flight on 14 Jun 2021. Gordy flew two tours as a FAC, Arp
70-71 and Nov 72 - Sep 73. He flew O-2s for the 20 TASS
out of DaNang and Ubon. Details and Obituary
10 Jul 21: Lawrence
Reed, a Covey FAC
has flown west. Larry flew O-1 for the 20 TASS. Details
10 Jul 21: James
A. Crookston II, Bilk 02, 23, flew west on
19 Jun 2021. He flew O-1s and O-2s for the 20 TASS.
He was a life member of the Association. Details
10 Jul 21:
Col Terry A. Markle, a Nail FAC flew west on
19 Jul 2020. Terry flew OV-10s for the 23 TASS. Details
16 Jun 21:Wanted: Daughter
about her father, Tim Caruthers. He was
a Nail FAC flying O-2s out of NKP from November 70-71.
For details and contact information please click here, Wanted-210616
Jun 21: Col John
Kelly Giles, Red Marker 02, Flew west on 29 July
2019. John flew O-1s for the 19th TASS. Details
12 May 21: Nupaul, Keeper of the Nail Hole, flew
west this afternoon at 1444. Slow hand salute for him.
11 May 21: A
daughter wants information about her father, Capt.
Donald Luna, Nail 33, Ubon, 23 TASS 68-69.
Please click here, Wanted-210511
04 May 21: Dennis Wayne
Oxelgren aka OX, Snoopy 50 flew west this weekend.
He was an O-2 driver in the Psy Ops mission for the 22 TASS. Details
28 Apr 21: Impressive OV-10 flying model. A Tribute
to the Assies, Kiwis and 19th TASS.
Click here it see it
and say G'Day
25 Apr 21: Updated Bylaws, PDF Copy
13 Apr 21: Lt
Col John E. York USAF (Ret), Bomber 44, Jake 04
flew west 11 Apr 21. Details
08 APR 21: REGISTRATION FOR COVID-19 SHOT
APPOINTMENTS AT THE VA. Details
06 Apr 21: THE JAKE FACS ARE PLANNING A REUNION! WE
ARE INVITED! THIS FALL, DAYTON. Details
20 Mar 21: BRONCO FEST XIII INVITATION! WE ARE ALL INVITED! 10-14 Nov 2021, Fort Worth, TX Details
11 Feb 21: Col Harley E. Lawrence Jr. USAF
(Ret), Bird Dog 83, Cricket, Gombey 06, flew west on
Sunday 31 Jan 21. Harley flew O-1s for the 20th and 23dr
TASS. Details w/picture
04 Feb 21: Lt Col (Ret.) Gary D. Pointer, Nail 43, flew
west on 15 Sep 2020 in Jonesburg MO. Gary flew OV-10s from
May 70 - Apr 71 for the 23rd TASS out of Plieku. Details and picture
02 Feb 21: Capt Thomas G. Bonser, Gombey and Nail took
his last flight on 26 January 21. Tom flew O-1s in the
early days of the war in Southeast Asia for the 23 TASS in
02 Feb 21: Who is it?
Who was the fellow FAC in the
January 2021 Newsletter and which one was he? Answer
01 Feb 21: Col Roger B. Nash USAF (Ret.), Nail 23 took
his last flight on 21 Jan 2021. As a FAC Roger flew OV-10s
out of Nakon Phanom AB Thailand for the 23rd TASS. Details and obituary
31 Jan 21: CMSgt Ronald J.
Dandeneau, Rustic Foxtrot, flew west on 28 Sep 2018 flew
OV-10s for the 19th TASS. Details and obituary
22 Jan 21:Wanted :
Information and/or pictures of Captain Glenn R. Cook.
Glenn went missing on 21 Oct 1969. He flew O-2s for
the 21st TASS;his call sign was "Cutie." A special
memorial is being planned; the sponsors would like to use
shared pictures or remembrances. Please click on
and reference Wanted-210122
16 Jan 21: Lt Col Wayne L. Wood, USAF (Ret),
Rustic 06, flew west on 24
May 2019. Wayne flew OV-10s for the 19th TASS out of
Bien Hoa and Ubon RTAB from Sep 71 - 72. Details
05 Jan 21:The January 2021 Newsletter is out! To
read it, click
23 Dec 20: Maj. Richard M. "Dick" Roberds, Sleepytime
01, Rustic 21, flew west on 11 Sep 2020. He flew 0-2A FACs at Bien Hoa AB. Details
23 Dec 20: Pierre M. Ligonde, Rustic Juliet and Sundog 21
took his last flight on 6 May 2020. Pierre flew O-2As and
OV-10s for the 19th TASS from August 70- Nov71. Details
23 Dec 20:Lt Col. Lawrence H. Shaevitz, Red Marker 24,
flew west on 9 Oct 2017. Larry flew O-2As for the 19th
TASS from Oct 69 until Aug 70.
23 Dec 20: Col. Donald T. Glenn, Red Marker 01,
took his last flight on 25 Jan 2020. Don flew O-1s as a
FAC for the 19th TASS out of Saigon from Jan - Dec 1968. Obituary Details
11 Dec 20: Wanted: FACs that operated out of Ban Me Thuot or
supported Bu Prang or Duc Lap Special Forces Camps Oct/Nov
69. Sgt. Dan Swiger, a radio operator,
is looking to talk toFACs that operated out of Ban Me Thuot area
around that Oct/Nov 69 time frame. Details (Wanted 201211)
10 Dec 20: Donald R. "Don" Davie, Col. (Retired), Nail
218 and Sundog 101 took his last flight 1 Dec 20. Don flew
O-2 and OV10s for the 23rd TASS from May 70-71. He was a
08 Dec 20: Terry O. Bernardt, Col (Retired), Covey 551
& 58 flew west 23 Nov 2020. Terry flew OV-10s out of
DaNang and Plieku, from Nov 70 - 71. Obituary and Details
26 Nov 20: Norbert A. Hala, Covey 582 & 482, flew
west on 6 Nov 2020. Norbert flew O-2s for the 20th TASS
out of Plieku and Kontum from Nov 67 to Nov 68. Obituary
23 Nov 20: The FACNET has moved! Our
New home is FACNET@groups.io Details
15 Nov 20: Richard R. "Dick" Johnson Maj (Retired),
Nile 01, flew west 26 Oct 2018 (just discovered). Dick flew O-2
for the 19TASS Mar 69 - Jan 70. Obituary and Details.
13 Nov 20: Clark C. Hoffman, Nail 31, flew west on
Saturday 07 Nov 2020. Clark flew OV-10s out of NKP, Jun 69
- Apr 70. Obituary and Details
02 Nov 20:FACNET to move from Yahoo groups!
light of the complete shutdown of yahoogroups on December
17, 2020, I have been ordered by the FAC Association to move
FACNET from yahoogroups to groups.io.
01 Nov /20: Rodriguez, Luis M. "Mike," Col. (Retired)
Red Marker 17 flew O-1 for 19TASS. Mike flew
west on 22 Oct 2020. Details
31 Oct 20: Heckman, Robert A. "Bob" Col.
(Retired) Covey Tango flew west on 08 Oct 2020. He flew
for 20TASS out of DaNang Jul 70-71. Details
16 Oct 20: Wanted: Information on O-2B, tail number USAF
67-21446. Did you fly it? The new owner would very
much like to talk to someone who flew it in South East
Asia. For the rest of the story and pictures click (Wanted-201016)
10 Sep 20: Vanek, Gerald L "Peach" Lt Col.(retired) flew
west on 02 Aug 2020. He was a Rash FAC for the 21TASS in
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