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Kenneth Coe on August 1, 2016 at 7:48 AM said:

I am looking for anyone who may have known James Makin. He was a 67H20 OV-1 mechanic. Maybe crew chief.
Elvin Lee Wilkerson on July 19, 2016 at 1:16 PM said:

Does anyone remember what date and time in February 1972 the 23 mortars fell among the Cobra helos?
Jack McCabe on July 1, 2016 at 10:20 AM said:

Welcome Home Steve, glad you are here. Register as a non-Avel vet. Try to come to a reunion. You will enjoy it
Steve Beheba on June 16, 2016 at 9:54 AM said:

I was at Phu Loi Airfield from Dec. 1969 to Nov. 1970, assigned to 605th ADS.Cp9fYW
Mike Blatt Avel Central on June 9, 2016 at 6:28 AM said:

Happy Birthday Army. 241st.
Julius Kukta on June 8, 2016 at 5:09 PM said:

I was stationed at Phu Loi with Bruce Carlton from June 1966 to June 1967. A Company, 1st aviation battalion, 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One). I worked as a UH-1 mechanic for 6 months and then flew crew chief for the final 6 months of my tour. Our company (as well as B Company) was located near the entrance to the Phu Loi base. I am not familiar with AVEL either. Where were they located on the base? A Company flew Huey slicks and gunships (Rebels). B Company flew observation aircraft if my memory serves me right. This AVEL site is great.
Bruce Carlton on June 8, 2016 at 1:45 AM said:

I was stationed at Phu loi with the Big Red One from June 1966/1967. MOS 67N20. Flew as a crew chief on a UH-1D slick for six Months. Worked in the hangar prior to that. Never heard of Avel until now. We were the Bulldogs, three flight groups. Champagne Flight, UH-1D's, Commancheros UH-1D's and the Rebels UH-1C's gunships.
Roger Shiley on June 4, 2016 at 7:47 AM said:

Dennis, I think you were spraying for mosquitos. I sprayed the same stff from a Huey and it was just mosquito spray. The agent orange was "almost" always sprayed from an Air Forse C-123...and would kill all leaves in about 10-12 hours.... The main thing is that everyone needs to seek help from VA hospital. If your hospital is not giving you the right answers it may be worth a trip to another VA.
DO NOT hesitate to request help from your congressman and senator...They have staff members that work on this issue.Thank you for your service !!!!!!!!!!!!!!Roger
Dennis E. Morkert on June 1, 2016 at 7:36 PM said:

I just wanted to comment on Agent Orange. If you were ever sprayed by a foggy mist that smelled like Kerosene, it WAS Agent Orange. I was sprayed by a truck on two different occasions. At the time, we thought it was mosquito spray. It wasn't. I found out at my Comp and Pen exam.

This may have been mentioned already, but worth mentioning again. I have found that a lot of vets do not know how to file a VA claim, and some do not know what that is.

Welcome Home all,
Jerry Mahanay on May 30, 2016 at 5:57 PM said:

Went to the 2016 City of Jacksonville Memorial Day Ceremony. All I could think about was the ceremony that Avel Vietnam did in 2013 and how great that was.What an unbelievable group that we have and how proud I am of our association. Look forward to seeing everybody in Chicago.
Mike Blatt Avel Central on May 30, 2016 at 7:20 AM said:

A day for remembering those we have lost.
greg gudahl on May 12, 2016 at 11:43 AM said:

what about james riddle 'riddler' he was from somewhere around chicago.
Jerry Mahanay on May 8, 2016 at 11:25 AM said:

Really looking forward to this year's Reunion in Chicago. Would like to hear from some our Chicago Native's on the best sites to see and best eat's and how to navigate the "L" train. For all of the golfers I already have everything set at Mt. Prospect Golf Course for the Annual John Veers Martini Golf Outing. All of the information will be coming soon. Mt. Prospect went through a complete renovation last year and is in fantastic shape. The Hotel is in a great location and convenient to O'Hare Airport and the "L" train and hopefully we will have Gary Clark be the Chicago Ambassador to show everyone the sights of Chicago. nothing else Gary will lead everyone in a round of "Up in the air Junior Birdmen" I am trying to get in touch with Buddy Guy to play at the Banquet and I have asked my family physician Dr. Buster Browning to speak at the Banquet and he wants to know what he can talk about and I told him to let all of the old veterans know how to take better care of themselves. Buster is the Head Physician at the Players Championship this coming week and has been doing it for years. If you haven't signed up and registered for this years Reunion get it in gear. AVEL STRONG!!
Michael Blatt on April 28, 2016 at 12:53 PM said:

Reservations for this years reunion are all made. Make sure you ask and talk to Group Housing for your reservations.
Jerry Mahanay on March 30, 2016 at 5:59 PM said:


Good to hear from you again. Please keep in touch with us and know that we miss your Dad. You and your brothers really should think about coming to an Avel Reunion and get to meet the men that served with your Dad and understand the comradery that we all have even thought we served at different times and different areas of Vietnam. We are having our Reunion this year in Chicago and the information is on the website. Future Reunions are tentatively 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona, 2018 in New Orleans, 2019 in Washington, DC and 2020 at Joe's Nursing Home in Arlington Heights, IL. 2020 depends on the Hospitality Room at Joe's. Would love to meet you and your brother's and I know you and your brother's would really feel right at home with all of the Avel Veteran's. Again please keep in touch.

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