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Udon Thani VFW

Established 08 January 1972, AFTN Memorial VFW Post 10249 in Udorn, Thailand, is named in memory of nine airmen killed on duty when a battle-damaged RF-4C Phantom aircraft crashed into the Armed Forces Thailand Network (AFTN) Udorn Radio-TV Station on 10 April 1970.

You should find all you need to know at the above link, including a more detailed description of the tragic incident that took the lives of the nine service men. Note: not all nine who died were in the plane.

The UdonMap forum has some VFW members. There is a six-page thread begun March 11, 2006, devoted to the VFW’s use for announcements and such: Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). The link for the newsletter mentioned in the inaugural post on that thread is no longer valid, so I suppose the newsletter must be no more. Or maybe a subsequent updated link is listed later on in that six-page thread.

There is a website for Veterans of Foreign Wars District 5 that displays a map of Thailand along with Cambodia, so I am concluding that those two countries compose District 5. I noticed that when the website link for Udorn_Thani is clicked, a visitor is taken to a mirror site of the one I introduced at the start of this post. My original link is udonvfw10249.org/, whereas this alternate link is vfw10249.org/. There may be no difference, apart from the two sets of emblems on the home page not morphing like they do on my original link — they are static and thus do not change in the second link.

VFW District 5 is of course part of the active (current) 26-post VFW Provisional Department of Pacific Areas.

As a June 20 (2012) post edit, here are some Udon Thani VFW-related references that may interest or entertain you:

The base also caused America to set up a Consulate in Udon (sadly closed in 1995) and a VFW (Veteran of Foreign Wars) post. The general impression given to the outside world was that Udon Thani was a regional hub with

Publish Date: 04/06/2012 23:35


Easy to tell by the way the female salutes. [Reply]. kkesoj says: March 19, 2012 at 8:04 am (UTC 0). Reply. I fought for you !! JLB US Army 1967 – 1970. Life Member, VFW post 10249. [Reply]. CailinShadowsword says:

Publish Date: 03/18/2012 19:38


Jose L. Benavides, Marietta, GA. Life Member, VFW Post 10249; US ARMY 1967 – 1970. http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/07/remember_those_who_paid_for_ou.html · Social Bookmarking · Share. Posted on: 4th of

Publish Date: 07/04/2010 5:13


RSS Feed · Subscribe to VFW Post 3452 Comments 503.882.7900 When the war ended for the US in 1972 she was a Captain charge of the “O” Club – Officer’s Club – at Udorn Air Base in Thailand. She took her collection

Publish Date: 02/03/2012 18:00


I’m a VFW member in Udon and I can only wish our post was as cordial as yours. Reality sets in when you get a knife in the back. Not literaly of course. But, not from all the members, rather a few. ralphlsasser is offline

Publish Date: 11/14/2011 23:48


Linus Kilchenman, coordinating cabinet chairman, pronounced all veterans, guest and honorees are invited to attend a luncheon in a New Philadelphia VFW Post 1445 following a program. DOVER. Alan Gazey, 60, of North Lawrence, will be keynote He served as an armament loader for a F-4 Phantom Fighter jet aircraft in Southeast Asia, with tours of avocation in DaNang, Vietnam, and Udorn, Thailand. Gazey’s residence is “A Tribute to Our Veterans.” He serves

Publish Date: 05/25/2012 3:16


U.S. Air Force Veterans who served on Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) bases at U-Tapao, Ubon, Nakhon Phanom, Udorn, Takhli, Korat, and Don Muang, near the air base perimeter anytime between February 28, 1961 and May

Publish Date: 07/30/2011 15:15


Dan Cherry, assigned to the 13TFS/432TRW, flying out of Udorn AB, Thailand, shot down a NVAF MiG-21 on April 16, 1972. The engagement was southwest of Hanoi, and has been documented in the History Channel’s “Dogfights” series (episode Dan Cherry found that same F-4D in 2004, sitting in a state of disrepair outside a VFW post in Ohio. Cherry, a retired BGeneral and MiG Killer, was able to convince the USAF to let him move the aircraft to his hometown of

Publish Date: 06/25/2011 19:35


American Legion Posts and the VFW Posts for any members who would like to stand honors for this full Military from Udorn Royal Thai AFB in their F-4D for a strike mission along the. Ho Chi Minh Trail. While attacking a

Publish Date: 01/12/2011 8:44


The selection was based on Cunningham’s military service, continued commitment to helping veterans through activities with the VFW and his academic achievement. He will be honored at a reception as part of the university’s inaugural With the target in sight, Bowthorpe successfully dropped his bomb load and somehow managed to gain altitude and make it back to crash-land at Udorn AFB in Thailand. Bowthorpe has been honored with an exhibit at the USAF

Publish Date: 11/07/2011 13:31


On the morning of April 16, 1972, in the midst of the Vietnam War, U.S. Air Force Major Daniel Cherry awoke at the Royal Thai Air Force Base in Udorn, Thailand, ate breakfast, and was briefed on his daily mission. Cherry, an F4-D Phantom After working with the local VFW and the Air Force, Cherry was able to have the plane dismantled and brought back to Aviation Heritage Park, in his hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky, for restoration. The park pays tribute to

Publish Date: 07/09/2011 10:59


I read where you wrote about the wonderful work the VFW is doing with the cleft palate children. I have heard of a similar charity advertised here in the States called the Smile Train. Is the VFW program connected with them in

Publish Date: 01/31/2011 5:05


I never joined VFW or the Legion either. My son signed … Can anyone tell me what year the VFW stated that Vietnam Vets were not Veterans of a foreign war? Comrade …. Udorn, Thailand (U.S.Army) from Sept70 til Dec’71.

Publish Date: 07/08/2009 17:49


They have the American Legions and the VFW’s. ….. I don’t belong to the local VFW and I certainly don’t need a Vietnam Veteran license plate. ….. Way to go William…sounds like you did a little time at Udorn RTAFB? Norm

Publish Date: 11/30/2009 4:58


InOctober 1966 I completed my navigator training and started RF-4C training atShaw AFB, South Carolina and Mt. Home AFB, Idaho. In June 1962 I proceededto Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, where I was permanently stationed.

Publish Date: 11/05/2008 9:32


Jr Vice Commander 2007-2008, VFW Membership Mr. Michael Weldon Saigon Vietnam Veteran (1969) Udon Thani, Thailand Korat (1966) Mr. Grady Olmstead Udorn Thailand Veteran (70-71) Nashville, TN AMVETS

Publish Date: 08/26/2008 8:49


I realize that many of the above occurrences are extremely marginal where relevance to the topic at hand is concerned, but the intent was just to make apparent how widespread the influence of “Udorn” has been to those who served there as part of the American forces during the Vietnam War era.

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I am a Canadian retiree, married to an Isaan (Thailand) lady whom I met in Udon Thani City in January 2003. We married in late May 2005. And she has been with me here in Canada since May 2006. Her two sons joined us in September 2008. Ever since that first visit to Thailand in 2003, my dream has been to somehow spend most of my retired life over there with her, but the financial reality of my retired life is not making that possible. It will take a miracle to get this dream to come true.


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