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Keith William Nolan succumbed to cancer on February 19, 2009 at his home near St. Charles.

Mr. Nolan is the author of many authentic Vietnam war books.

 *  House to House:  Playing the Enemy's Game in Saigon
 *  Ripcord: Screaming Eagles Under Siege, Vietnam 1970
 *  Battle for Saigon: Tet 1968
 *  Sappers In The Wire (Texas A&M University Military History Series)
 *  A Hundred Miles of Bad Road (Dwight Birdwell, coauthor)
 *  The Magnificent Bastards: The Joint Army-Marine Defense of Dong Ha, 1968
 *  Operation Buffalo: USMC Fight for the DMZ
 *  Into Cambodia, 1970: Spring Campaign, Summer Offensive
 *  Into Laos: The Story of Dewey Canyon Ii/Lam Son 719, Vietnam 1971
 *  Death Valley: The Summer Offensive, I Corps, August 1969
 *  Battle for Hue: Tet 1968

Keith William Nolan's obit is located at URL:    http://www.legacy.com/stltoday/DeathNotices.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=124508044

You can sign his register at URL:    http://www.legacy.com/stltoday/GB/GuestbookView.aspx?PersonId=124508044

Keith's register will remain online until March 24, 2009.

Many of the Tan Son Nhut Association Members had personal contact with Keith and called him friend.
Graphic courtesy of:

Charles Penley
377th Security Police Squadron
Oct 1967 - Jul 1969

Dollywood Theme Park is just one of many attactions that you can visit when you attend the Tan Son Nhut Association Reunion 2009, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

It is large enough that you will want to spend a day there.  Ride a steam locomotive.  See Dolly's original home and her original coat of many colors.

Please go to URL:   http://www.dollywood.com/      We'll See You There!
5 Graphic courtesy of:

Steve Rivers
377th Security Police Squadron
Jun 1967 - Jun 1968

L-R:  SSgt Joseph McMahon, Sgt Steve Rivers and Sgt ?????

We would like to identify the unknown Sgt.

If you know the current location of SSgt McMahon, please let Steve Rivers or Charles Penley know.
6 Graphic courtesy of:

Jim Tribbles
377th Air Police Squadron
Nov 1965 - Nov 1966

The members of TSgt Walter Jennings squadron, 377th Air Police Squadron, presented this plaque to him.

From the web master:  This plaque to me is excellent because it lists all of his men and the state that they are from.
1 Graphic courtesy of:  Carl Graves

Carl's father is Robert Ussey, who was stationed at Tan Son Nhut and worked in electronics.

Robert Ussey
460th AEMS (PMEL)
1968 - 1969

Robert once more was assigned to Vietnam, 1971-1972

Carl and his wife went back to Vietnam recently and took this photograph.

It shows the TAB VEE's (Shelters) and a guard shack.
2 Graphic courtesy of:  Carl Graves

I believe that this is a military museum on Tan Son Nhut.  It is not open for public viewing.

Possible what we are looking at is two C-130's and bottom right you can see a guard tower.

TSNA Member, Gil Simpson, currently lives in Saigon.  This is what he said about the tall building.

On Cong Hoa Blvd, on the south side of the road as you're headed out of town there is a building with a decent set-back from Cong Hoa.  I cannot remember the exact name, but it's something like "Sepact," or "Sepatk" or some stupid name.

But, what may be the most interesting characteristic of the building is that it sits on the exact site of the former TSN BX that was demolished around 2003.
3 Graphic courtesy of:  Carl Graves

It's actually the British Council (not Consul) compound on Le Duan Boulevard, in the next block past Mac Dinh Chi Street and on the opposite side from the US Consulate, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon,) Vietnam
4 Graphic courtesy of:  Carl Graves

Typical rice patties found throughout Vietnam.  This one was taken just south of Danang.
10 Graphic courtesy of:  Charles Penley

In 2007, Congress signed into law that March 25th of each year to be, "Medal of Honor Day."

377th Security Police Squadron 2009 Reunion, Tampa, Florida, Feb 5 - 8, 2009  (Photograph courtesy of Lynn Patton)

01 - David Scott
02 - Gary Bird
03 - Mike DeTuccio
04 - Dave Tolley
05 - Mel Grover
06 - Leo Murray
07 - Ed Raube
08 - Eric Arentz, Sr.
09 - Larry Gaskins
10 - Bill Price
11 - Bill Smith
12 - Mike Cain
13 - Richard Gannaway
14 - Richard Rosen
15 - Terry Lynch
16 - There is no 16
17 - Don Segraves
18 - Ray Adams
19 - Joe Richardson
20 - Jon Lauckner
21 - Bill Trimble
22 - William Mickle III
23 - Tom Villano
24 - Buddy Sexson
25 - Joe Torolski
26 - Bob Gallagher
27 - Gail Kent Myers
28 - Dave Foreman
29 - Richard Hill
30 - Ken Berry
31 - Fred Adriance
32 - Mike Howard
33 - Mike Harling
34 - Jeff Kerkhoff
35 - Jim Stewart
36 - Dave Beckley
37 - Gary Sovie
38 - Lynn Patton
39 - Tom Tessier
40 - Craig Rice


Tan Son Nhut Association
Scatback Personnel
2009 Reunion
October 15 - October 18, 2009

Military and Civilian Employee's that were assigned to, or came thru Tan Son Nhut, Air Base, Republic of Vietnam 1959 - 1975

 * Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is the destination
 * Dollywood Theme Park
 * Ripleys Aquarium Of The Smokies
 * Music Theaters
 * Restaurants
 * Shopping Outlets
 * Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 *  Guest speaker:

LT Mike Thornton, U.S. Navy, SEAL Advisor, (Ret,) Recipient Medal of Honor


Thornton's Citations is at URL:

Mini-symposiums, will be publicized as plans are finalized

 Meet your Veteran Brothers and Sisters

 Point of Contact TSNA:
 George Plunkett

 Point of Contact Scatback:
 Bob Laymon
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Registration and Check-in:  Identify yourself with the TSNA - Scatback 2009 Reunion, to get this special room rate.

You do not have to be a member to attend.

MainStay Suites Hotel
410 Pine Mountain Road
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee  37863

Toll Free:  1-888-428-8350
Fax:  1-865-428-5217

Room Rate:  $ 102.00 per night, plus tax

Check-in Thursday, Oct 15, 2009, 3:00 p.m.

TSNA 2009 reunion cost will be $130.00 per person, the same as last year.

This cost covers the expense of the hospitality suite, Saturday night banquet dinner, Sunday morning buffet breakfast and travel expenses for our honored guests.

 Breakfast:  Free Deluxe Continental.

 Banquet Dinner will be:

 A Smoky Mountain Luau  Tropical Fruits with a Pina Colada Dip, Fresh Tossed Greens with Condiments and Honey-Lime Dressing.

Feaures a Slow Roasted Whole Hog, Baked Tilapia with a Ginger/Soy Glaze, and Sweet & Sour Pineapple Grilled Chicken Breast.

Served with Boiled Red Potatoes, Vegetable Medley and Key Lime Pie for Dessert.

 A Refreshing Tropical Fruit Punch is served along with Tea and Coffee.

 We'll See You There!

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