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.