This websites design and its free hosting service has been donated to our Association by website developer David C. Dalton, son of Donald W. Meador, an EC-47 pilot with the 362nd at Pleiku in 1968-69. We thank Dave, and as well his wife Christine (who did a lot work on improving the quality of our photos), for the tremendous amount of quality work they have given this effort. This totally 'unsolicited' gift, to remember his father's and our service in Vietnam, will be forever remembered and enjoyed by our members, and as well, it will be a resource for non-member military and the general public to see and perhaps better understand through our personal memories, the events we were so close to those many years ago.
We have been given the means and opportunity to share with each other and many others via this new website the memories of our youth during the war. Those without such experiences cannot relate to the strong bond we have with our fellow members, most of whom we had never met other than at a reunion. Whether our length of service was short or spanned a couple of decades, whether our rank was enlisted or officer, whether we were an 18 to 21-year-old kid or an old man of 25 to 50 or more, whether our jobs were mundane or dangerous, we were and remain BROTHERS, to this day and beyond.
As you discover our new website you will find some omissions and errors, as the amount of data that has been newly found, reformatted from the old website or otherwise obtained has been massive. The structure that Dave has provided should make it possible to correct, update and add information as it's needed. Should you find errors or have other 'more accurate' data that could contribute to the story of your, or other units at Pleiku, please attempt to document the information as completely as possible to facilitate inclusion on the site. This is an effort that will continue to evolve and improve only with accurate and constructive inputs from you, the members. As the Webmaster, I ask that you please hold any requests for additions, corrections or changes until September as I will need some quiet-time to become familiar with the methods needed to maintain the site. THANKS!
New website Features: Hint – READ, HEED and UNDERSTAND any instructions on the pages 'prior' to making any entries or changes.
We welcome your visiting our website and hope that by doing so you may better understand the experiences and brotherhood of our members that served at and around Pleiku Air Base in the "Highlands" of II Corp, Vietnam, South East Asia. It is little different than that experienced by those that served in Korea, WWII and all other previous wars, and as well, today's conflicts wherever our troops are deployed. The politics . . . . different, the weapons . . . . different, the experience . . . . different, but yet, all so much the same.
To the many Army and Marine veterans whose units surrounded Pleiku Air Base and often provided needed protection for our base throughout the years, and for whom we in-turn provided combat air support during their ground operations; if you have no formal unit reunions or gatherings, we welcome your membership should you wish to join us. Brothers-in-Arms, all.
Regards, and enjoy your new website -
I am the newly arrived (and first) historian assigned to the 633rd Air Base Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. At present our resources are extremely limited and as such I am seeking as much data on the 633rd Combat Support Group/Pleiku AB/633rd Special Operation Wing as possible to expand our official archival holdings, begin relaying the history of the Wing to its current Airmen and promote its heritage. I also hope we may partner in some future endeavors as our missions largely coincide.
Thank you for your time,
Ryan S. Collins, DAFC,
Ryan.collins14 [at] us.as.mil
120 Burrell Loop Rd. Bldg 68, Room 202
JB Langley-Eustis, VA 23665