Troop News, Events and Recently Received Information.
There might even be some
Squadron News here too from time to time.
This will be
a temporary repository
for more recent items of interest pertaining to the Troop and stuff
that I really haven't found a place for yet on the Website .
your news items to the Troop webmaster at:
warwagon14 at gmail dot com
Long Knife 26, John Sorensen installed as
new President of VHPA
Old Buddy and long time friend of the Troop, Tony Spletstoser had open
heart surgury last year. The chest wound hasn't healed and he now has
infection in the bone. Tony will be back at Atlanta VA hosp for more
Please let him know he is in our
thoughts and prayers : firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim King and Tony at the 2010 Reunion
Posted 10 Jan 2011
Jim Sulfridge checked in
I just had to tell someone today a lady thanked me for serving after 39
I just was shocked to say the least.
Posted August 30, 2010
It is my sad duty to inform the
Troop of the passing of Jim Nestor.
Jim was War Wagon 11 during 1968.
He died on August 20, 2010
may extend sympathies to his Wife, Janet, via email at:
jnjnestor at aol.com
Troop Alaska Cruise News
Click here for a link to the
Doughboy Steve Kurtz has
checked in with a current photo
You can contact Steve at: dustydog49 at q.com
This in from Doughboy Joe
Paonessa (Yeah Joe, we consider you a Doughboy)
"Some of us are talking about an
Alaska Cruise next Summer (2011). Maybe June, July or August.
We are getting ideas for time and cost.
If you want to be informed of
developements, send me an email and I will include you on the mailing
I will also forward your preferences
to the group.
We'll do what the majority agrees
"This is not a Dance Cruise but we
will certainly find time to dance. Anyone that is interested may go.
Tell your friends."
at: joepaonessa at hotmail.com
Phone: three three zero - 882- four 196
As this cruise begins to get organized, I will install a link to
a "Cruise Page".
27 July 2010
Tony Spletestoser Celebrates 83 Years Young!
Many of you may remember Tony from around the flight line in Vietnam or
perhaps one of the many Troop Reunions he and his Sons have attended.
Greetings from the Geezer. (83 as of 07-02-10) I'm still
recovering from my birthday trip to NAS Pensacola.
My son Nick, the Chaplain, Captain US Army, took me to see my
used-to-be airplane. (F4U-1D Corsair)
It now resides at the Naval Air Museum at Pensacola. The museum
staff treated me royally.
Of course they were happy to receive the original Navy Airframe and
Engine Log books from the time I had it through the time the US Navy
My deal was, "let me sit in my Bird one more
Since the Bu Navy numbers in my Log books matched the Corsair's Tail
number, they were tickled sheetless.
As you can see, this photo was taken in May 1966.
It was a lot harder to climb
into the cockpit this time
than I last remember. They had to find a TALL ladder for me, but
It was going to happen even if they had to get a forklift. Ha-ha!
The aircraft had been repainted
to represent the
aircraft once used for a WWII War Bond photo Op for
Pappy Boyington of
the famous VMF 214, Black sheep Squadron.
On the left is my old friend,
Pat Ross, former CWO and Cobra Jock with D trp 3/5th Air Cavalry at
Dong Tam and Vinh Long, RVN '69-'70.
Between Pat and I are my sons Nick and L'Tony, then the Geezer---me,
Then Nick's wife, Deana, and Baby Jo.
This is a view of my Corsair
from above. What a
The NAS Pensacola Naval
Air Museum has a huge collection of Naval Aircraft dating from the time
of the Wright Brothers until present time.
It can be a one or two day
visit. Admission is by donation, $5 bucks per adults would be about
Bill King "crashed" the Loach. He's OK. The car isn't so OK. Contact
him for details.