Takhli Royal Thai AFB 1973-74 Page One. Go here for Page Two. Photos copyright Sgt. Bert Marshall (Some photos contributed by Tim Wheeler)
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Hi! This is Bob Smith in Tonganoxie, Kansas. About 20 miles west of Kansas City. I was at Takhli from Jul 73 to Jul 74 in the SPS Squadron. I was working law enforcement and then transferred to security. Since I went to a 81 mortar school prior to going to Thailand, they put me in alternate CSC. Great Job! Air conditioned, no heat, no humidity. I used to go to the Pink Restaurant with a Gerald Grieves all of the time. The owners invited me and Gerald to their daughters wedding. It was tremendous. I saw a photo of you at a bunker. Was that the Charlie 42 machine gun bunker? If I can find them I have a bunch of photos of Takhli. I will send them to you if you would like. I typed in Pink Restaurant Takhli, Thailand and your segment came up. I remember their was a SSgt Studdard that married a Thai girl and retired in Takhli. Wonder if he is still there, or even alive? Bob
I was in Takhli from Mar '73 to Mar '74 worked in the photo recon trailers
behind the snack bar, just outside the gate onto the flightline's west side.
Favorite bar, the F4, loved the "Black Hornets" band. I remember the breaded
cutlets at The Pink restaurant, weekends at Takhli Gardens (pg 1, pic 25, was
there maybe?), monkey ball soup, rat-on-a-stick, the enterprising Thai that
pizza place in Takhli... looking thru your photos, enjoying the views and memories, appreciate that so many of us remember and kept some photos. Thanks for the memories Allan Erickson (E4, served 10/70 - 10/74)
I was part of Advon group that reopened Takhli in early 1972 so we could bring a group of fighters out of DaNang. We were the 49thTFW out of Holloman AFB, NM. Think they were either 366th Gunfighters or 499th. Eventually I think they ended up at Mountain Home, ID. It was a mess when we arrived but activated very quickly for Rolling Thunder ops. Seems like forever ago. Retired 1995. Thanks for the pics, they are good to show my children, all grown now. George Parker
I was there from May thru November of 1972 coming over
with the 366 AMS from DaNang. I was an Avionics Maintenance Officer and helped
out some with the Drug and Alcohol Office. I truly loved Thailand and always
wanted to return. I met a Thai girl who worked in the HQ squadron, or wherever
we went to get admin support and we became very good friends. She wasn't a bar
girl and my experiences with her and her family gave me a love for Thailand that
I have never lost. I am now married to a Thai women whose dad drove a truck for
the AF at Udorn. Small world...... We have a home in Hua Hin, 200km south of
Bangkok, and run a small hotel as well. I wish that I found find where
Thasana went to after the base closed. I wrote her for a couple of years, but
time and distance took its toll. I became a high school teacher and have taught
for DoDDs for the past
33 years in Germany Perhaps I will make a blog of my adventures in Vietnam and Thailand also. I have many pictures also. Thanks
for sharing the pictures and if anyone knew my girl friend Thasana maybe you can drop me a like. Tom Richards
Thanks for sharing these - they brought back many memories. I was deployed there in 1968 with the F-111 Combat Lancer Team from Nellis AFB, NV. - Larry Dean
Dear Bert Marshall, This is the daughter of a medic in the same Thai air force base that served from 1970-74. The reason why I am emailing you is because unfortunately my father has died and my family is appealing the supreme court ruling of agent orange, which we believe is the cause of his death. We have appealed nearly three time and denied. My father spontaneously had cancer in his bones, lungs and brain. Months after realizing what was wrong, we were told he only had a few months to live since the cancer had developed to stage 4 cancer, lethal. It was his words and stories that told us to go to the VA and do our research. Suddenly after five months he had died. We had already started to file paperwork to the VA before his death. My father's name is Reginald Braswell. He served at 6280 USAF hospital. Takhli RTAFB, Thailand. This is the department he was apart of, AFSC 90250. If you don't know him, but if you think you know someone who served along with him in any of those places or within the time period, please email me back. He was 54, when he died leaving two daughters ages 13 and 11. His now widowed wife, was 48. That was in 2006. I am his eldest daughter and wish very much to learn more about his time and service in Thailand. Please email me back.
I just saw your pictures on the internet......awesome......brought back a lot of memories. I was there from Sept. 73 to Aug. 74. Assigned to the 6280th SPS...air base defense Cops...lived in the Hooch area. I rode in that 706 armored vehicle...thanks for the memories. Al Kral USAF Retired, TSgt 71-91
Hey Bert Thanks for sharing the pics of Takhli. I was there Jan 73 to Feb 74 assigned to the 366 USAF Disp which was re-designated as the 6280 USAF Hospital.. I ran the on base VD clinic and did the town patrols with the Thai Public Health.. Also worked a lot of the medcap visits to the surrounding area.. I have great memories of Takhli and am actually going back to Thailand next month for a couple of weeks. Thanks again for sharing. Don Forgie
Hi Bert. Saw your pictures and Man, do they bring back memories. When I saw that hooch, I asked myself...did I really sleep in there. How time flies. I was in the CBPO from Feb 74 until we closed the place. Thanks for the memories. Robert
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