De Venuta, Martin, SSgt

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Current Service Status
USAF Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
70250-Administrative Specialist
Current/Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 70250, 8th Air Force
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
70230-Apprentice Administrative Specialist
Service Years
1966 - 1970
Official/Unofficial US Air Force Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Staff Sergeant

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal US Air Force Honorable Discharge (Old Style) Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration Vietnam 50th Anniversary

 Military Association Memberships
Post 8063, Lamorinda PostVietnam Veterans of Diablo ValleyB-52 Stratofortress AssociationUTAPAO Alumni Association
Tan Son Nhut AssociationAir Force Together We ServedTroop Carrier/Tactical Airlift AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
AF120AFSA 1320
  2000, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 8063, Lamorinda Post (Life Member) (Lafayette, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2006, Vietnam Veterans of Diablo Valley1
  2008, B-52 Stratofortress Association [Verified]
  2008, UTAPAO Alumni Association [Verified]
  2008, Tan Son Nhut Association [Verified]
  2008, Air Force Together We Served [Verified]
  2014, Troop Carrier/Tactical Airlift Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, Air Force Association (AFA), AF120 (Member) (San Francisco, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2015, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA), AFSA 1320 (Life Member) (Travis AFB, California) - Chap. Page

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  1967-1968, 70230, 834th Air Division/834th Air Division Detachment 1

Airman 2nd Class
From Month/Year
December / 1967
To Month/Year
January / 1968
834th Air Division Detachment 1 Unit Page
Airman 2nd Class
70230-Apprentice Administrative Specialist
Tan Son Nhut Airbase
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
 834th Air Division/834th Air Division Detachment 1 Details

834th Air Division/834th Air Division Detachment 1
HQ/ Command Element
Parent Unit
834th Air Division
Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Jun 22, 2016
Memories For This Unit

Best Moment
One night I missed the last bus (after midnight) pick-up outside the Airman's Club to go back to my off-base billet (Tate Hall). I was sitting on the curb and pondering where I would sleep that night. These 3 Air Force guys come walking buy and all of a sudden I thought I recognized one of the voices as these guys were talking. They were a short distance away so I got up to run after them and blurted out a name. This guy turns around and sees me and yells out my brother's name. We were pleasantly surprised. This guy was my neighbor growing up in Newark, NJ. His name is Jack Satterthwaite. I had not seen Jack in over 5 years as my family moved. I never new Jack had also enlisted in the A.F. This moment sure makes me wonder what the odds were of running into a person you know halfway around the world. That night, we went to his barracks on base at TSN and had a few more drinks. Since his roommate was working the night shift, he offered me his buddy's bed to sleep on. I lucked out and caught the bus back to Tate Hall in the morning in time to change from my civies back to my uniform.

Worst Moment
I think that not keeping in touch with Jack after meeting him at TSN was a big mistake. I finally found him about a few years back through the VA Cemeteries website since he had a Veterans headstone place at his gravesite by his family. He had died back in New Jersey almost 10 years earlier. It would have been great to get together with him to talk about that night we met at TSN.


Chain of Command
I am grateful for the leadership (NCOIC) I had at TSN - TSgt David E. Woody.

Other Memories
While on TDY at TSN, I ate a hamburger almost every night at the USO since I didn't have a regular meal pass for eating on-base. The USO was a great place to relax and those hamburgers were unbelievable. Our office for Det. 1, 834th Air Div. (formerly known as Operation Lima Alpha Bravo [OLAB], 315th Air Division, was on the flight line at Tan Son Nhut. It was not a cheerful sight seeing those aluminum caskets lined up on the tarmac waiting for shipment back to the U.S. It's a memory that I will never forget. You can't imagine the personal emotion I feel for those guys who lost their lives in Vietnam. The first couple times that I visited the Vietnam Memorial Wall in D.C. I got very emotional and cried as I thought back to those two short TDY's I served at TSN - how lucky I was to be alive versus those guys who did not come home alive.

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23 Members Also There at Same Time
834th Air Division Detachment 1

Veblen, Chris, Sgt, (1968-1972) 702 70250 Sergeant
Owen, Kenneth, Sgt, (1966-1970) 647 64750 Sergeant
Barrett, Dave, SMSgt, (1957-1980) 271 27190 Senior Master Sergeant
Perez, Pedro, SSgt, (1965-1974) 751 75170 Staff Sergeant
Richter, Ben, SA, (1966-1999) 325 32550 Sergeant
[Name Withheld], (1966-1991) 271 27150 Airman 2nd Class
Hinckley, Charles Albon, Lt Col, (1942-1968) Lieutenant Colonel
Stricklin, Gene, Sgt, (1966-1970) 00 Sergeant
Keel, Mahlon, Sgt, (1965-1969) Airman 1st Class
Clark, Ronald, Sgt, (1965-1969) Airman 2nd Class
Kinney, Timothy, MSgt, (1965-1991) Airman 2nd Class
834th Air Division

Hayes, Robert Wayne, Maj, (1957-1969) 153 1535B Major
Humme, Carel, Lt Col, (1948-1978) 141 1411 Major
Montgomery, Noah, CMSgt, (1952-1981) 991 99107 Chief Master Sergeant
Hamilton, Jack, SSgt, (1966-1970) 271 27150 Staff Sergeant
Sparks, Larry, SSgt, (1966-1970) 271 27150 Staff Sergeant
Miller, Thomas, Sgt, (1965-1969) 293 29350 Sergeant
Moore, Thomas, MSgt, (1964-1984) 274 27430 Airman 1st Class
Moore, Thomas, MSgt, (1964-1984) 687 68750 Airman 1st Class
Billings, William, SSgt, (1966-1970) Sergeant
Codding, Ray Edwin, Lt Col, (1942-1968) Lieutenant Colonel
Wolf, Durwyn Lee, SSgt, (1964-1970) Staff Sergeant
834th Air Division Detachment 2

Greenough, Donald, Sgt, (1964-1968) 421 42151B Sergeant
Newsome, Thurman, Sgt, (1965-1969) 421 42151B Sergeant

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