Koh Tang Mayaguez Vets Organization Guest Book

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741) Michael Martinez 
Rialto California 92376
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Tuesday 18:56 Host: Send E-mail

First of all I would like to personally thank both Fred Morris and David Fowler for their Generosity and Friendship since finding this web site.. I was a Crew Member on board the USS Coral Sea CVA-43. I was assigned to the Aviation Fuel Maintenance Team (V-4 div), and was on the Flight Deck during the time of the Mayaquez Recovery Incident. I know the recovery of the Mayaquez was the mission but I remember the 53's landing on the flight deck with wounded Brothers and assisting,as needed with transportation to the elevators where they were taken down to the Hanger Deck for treatment. I remember gladly, giving up our bunks to you, my brothers who were brought aboard that day... Soon after, all hell broke loose and we launched Alfa Strikes. I remember being so ampt up, so many things going on, bombs rolling off the elevators and being loaded onto every aircraft that could fly.. I am Proud to have been a part of the mission. Proud of each and every one of you who were there with us, Boots on, in the Air and on the Seas. BROTHERS, WE DID GOOD THAT DAY!!!!!!! I will never forget this time and I will Never Forget my BROTHERS who made the Ultimate Sacrafice for their Country..NEVER FORGET!!!!!!! Thank you for letting me vent.......
740) Robert Lueck 
La Crosse WI
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I was aboard the USS Coral Sea. I was in G division. We built 500 and 1000 lb. bombs for almost 72 hours straight. I was also the one who played taps on the ship for the fallen 41 who lost their lives in combat.
739) Clark Hale 
Noble, Ok
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Thursday, June 18, 2015 08:02 Host: Send E-mail

The return mission to Koh Tang on May 15, 2015, for the 40th Anniversary was a success, mostly due to the enormous planning on the part of John Muller. On May 15th, I spoke at the morning flag raising on the Embassy grounds. I had six other brothers in front of me, John Lucas, Don Raatz, Larry Barnett, Fred Morris, Gale Rogers, Scott Standfast, Gale's wife, Debbie, Scott's wife, Phyllis, and my dear wife, Teresa. If I had faltered during my speech, any one of them would have taken the podium. Thanks to them, they kept their emotions together, which in turn, helped me. We were there to remember our fallen brothers. We honored them.
738) Patrick J. Imhof 
Pensacola, FL
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Monday, June 8, 2015 13:44 Host: Send E-mail

Just caught part of the Military History Program on TV. Started searching and found your site.
I'm PJ Imhof AMS1 USN (Ret.).
I'm looking for pictures for the four H-53's that landed on the USS CORAL SEA during the MAYAGUEZ Incident.
I am the person that repaired the #1 Engine fuel line on JG 43, by installing a piece of thick rubber hose and 4 automotive hose clamps.

While awaiting for the hose, I checked the other H-53's. The vCrew Chief of the second Helo to land called me over to look at a collar surrounding the Main Transmission Output Shaft, which had a hole from a round passing through. I downed that Helo and the other two H-53's were OK.

On The USS CORAL SEA, I was the Quality Assurance Rep. attached to HC-1 Det. 3.

I received a Letter of Commendation from my OinC, CDR Habich, which stemmed from USAF GEN. Paul K. Carlton.
Even though I was not in country, I would have liked to attend some of your Reunions.
In the 1980's I worked with one of the USAF Officers that was on one of the Helo's. His name is Mark Nelson. I would appreciate any leads in finding him.
737) Robert VanderMolen 
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Monday, May 25, 2015 06:11 Host: Send E-mail

Greetin's brothers who served in 2/9's during ops and 81's plt & Al Bailey.
Had Buck over for the 40 yrs show and James Draper really did nice nice job for all of us at GR Ford Museum. Outstanding.
Semper-Fi Gentlemen
Fast Harleys and hot Women are still in mass even these days.
736) Bob Sheldon 
Niles, OH
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Friday, May 15, 2015 21:37 Host: Send E-mail

Hard to believe it has been 40 years.
I raise a glass to all of my fallen brothers.
Semper Fi
735) Ron Lunceford 
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Friday, May 15, 2015 15:19 Host: Send E-mail

Regards and much respect to the Mayaguez/Koh Tang vets, on this, the 40th anniversary of the action.

R.D. Lunceford
Former-SGT, USMC
81mm Mortars
2nd Bn. 9th Mar.
Camp Schwab, Okinawa
734) James W. Draper 
Grand Rapids, MI
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Friday, May 15, 2015 07:09 Host: Send E-mail

Today we mark the 40th Anniversary of the Mayaguez Incident and the Battle of Kohtang. The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum will commemorate the occasion in several ways. Today (May 15, 2015) we offer free admission to all Mayaguez vets. We have on exhibit in our museum lobby a special display to commemorate this anniversary. Another display can be found at our library in Ann Arbor, MI. A new website dedicated to the Mayaguez Incident will launch in July. Thank you all for your service and your sacrifice.
733) Daniel Spahn 
Cedar Rapids, IA
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Friday, May 15, 2015 06:35 Host: Send E-mail

Today is the day the book was closed and the last 41 were chosen. Always remembered! May they "Rest in Peace" and their families know they are not forgotten!
732) Dan Hoffman 
Columbia, SC
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Thursday, May 14, 2015 19:20 Host: Send E-mail

Right now I am on a six way conference call with my brothers. Dave Fowler in Ala. Al Bailey in MD, Doc Poore in Fla, me in SC, George Wagers in Ariz and Terry Brooks in Oregon. Amazing we can share our feelings now and from forty years ago. Love my brothers Semper Fi.
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