PR 26 Memorial Site - We Remember

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2:56pm 11-08-2017

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I was part of VQ1 from 1966 to 1969 left for college on January 23 . I almost stayed because I loved the flying as a radioman. I also wanted to stay with LCDR James Overstreet he was a very fine pilot.
8:42pm 07-07-2017

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I was with VQ-1 in 1969 and 1970, I was in Da Nang when PR26 crashed. I was out side of the hanger watching it come in when it crashed, I was to far away to be of any help it was a sad day for every one.
4:03am 07-05-2017

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I was stationed with VQ-1 from 68-72 as an AK2, supply support tech: tad to Danang, when PR26 went down. I was in maintenance crtl. when we heard that Willy Victor had gone down at the end of the runway. We also knew that a VW plane was due at the same time. so there was some confusion, as to who's plane went down. But then we got the bad news is was PR26. RIP
3:23am 07-05-2017

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Guy Denton was my neighbor in Atsugi Japan.
I was TAD to Danang, when PR26 went down, i helped in clean up. Guy survive the crash, pass away later due to his burns. He was very fine man and pinnacle player!
3:34pm 05-18-2017

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Looking for William Bletsch's sister Connie. I believe I was Bills room mate in the barracks for a very short time. Only knew him for a few short months or weeks. Hardly ever saw each other. Any questions, please e-mail me.
Bob
11:18am 03-21-2017

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connie, I really miss billy pete,i just wish I hadent wen't delayed entry a guy told me at bergstrom a.f.b. ,that they had been back from denang for two months if you had been in 702tass two months ago it was 20th tactical air support squadron denang Vietnam.my dream sheet was Germany/England/Vietnam.because I knew they wouldn't send 4 yr. enlistee to the first two choices .I wanted to go there and find out what happened to our big brother ,I would have been able to tell mom&dad&grampa the truth they lied all the time a guy at Lockheed saw me at computer staring at Vietnam web wall and it said acft. crash non hostile.we looked up his buddy- hostile ground fire no- rooky co-pilot picked up machine gun and cut his buddy in half he got to go home alright but in two pieces. tina Vietnamese told me quang nam three small villiages on top look south Vietnamese not north Vietnamese cross border from Hanoi- bad communist ho chi min no get bomed south Vietnam,you go there- you no come back you mia big village on bottom ,well you know the rest i'm looking at picture of pr-26 about to crash in my mind but found on your web site Patrick wiggins 366th tactical fighter wing dave branks squadron.found them in hobby shop trash,apparently filming documentary.george Bletsch remembering billy pete my brother my buddy love you bill/sis/henry/haroldmom/dad/grampa pete.
8:31pm 03-16-2017

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Another year has past however the hollow feeling still burns in my heart for all those lives lost in the PR-26 incident. My prayers are still with all those who passed and survived 47 years ago today. I write not for myself but for al those families who lost a loved one. I pray that God continues to watch over you all.
12:55pm 03-16-2017

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R.I.P. crew of PR-26.

I was a CTR at NCSP San Miguel, The Philippines. In November 1967 I went to low pressure school at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, then continued on NCSP Det. Bravo in Da Nang for six months of TAD. I was 19 when I got to the P.I., and turned 21 in Viet Nam.

I flew 93 missions on several EC-121Ms (PR-21, PR-22, PR-23, PR-24 and PR-25) and one EA-3B (PR-10). I don’t think PR-26 was in Da Nang during my time there, and I didn’t know any of her crew. Although I remember my time there well, I cannot recall any names. I often think of PR-21 (April 15, 1969) and PR-26.
6:29pm 03-12-2017

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Please accept my sincere gratefulness for the Navy personnel aboard the aircraft. I was in the weapons shop just a couple hundred feet from the crash and ran to the crash but the flames were so intense that we couldn't do anything for the servicemen onboard. It was a helpless feeling on our part not to be able to help our brothers. I was a Weapons Specialist in the US Air Force. I had a good friend that flew in the ECM-121 but wasn't on that one, at the time I thought he was on that flight because he had contacted earlier and told me he would be at Danang. Please accept my condolences for all the lives that gave of themselves in defense of our country that day.
10:22pm 02-09-2017

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I volunteered for TAD at Detachment BRAVO at DaNang from 2/68-6/68 as part of BIG LOOK. I was a CTA from San Miguel, Philippines. I got there just in time for the TET Offensive and did fly on the ECM-121 a few times while at Det BRAVO. My main job was being the administrative person for the Detachment while I was there. I was able to take a lot of pictures of various planes at the airbase. I'll always remember flying on the 121's.
11:43am 12-12-2016
George A.Bletsch

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Nice seeing yall ,glad to know you got to pictures of billy's plane before crash,showing it turning to the dead eng. Side if not for the 45mph wind dave told us about (the pilot would have turned to the #3,4 eng side,no crash he nearly made it anyway small dent in hgr. Dave said hell of pilot 2 ft. Of wing tip hit hgr) an airplane will not turn into dead eng. Normally .george
12:57pm 09-25-2016

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HI. My name is Terence Neville. My Dad was Thomas A Neville and was stationed in Atsugi. I'm looking for information about anything you can tell me about families living on the base. He retire CWO-5 in 1978. In 2009 he was diagnosed with Asbestosis. And for 3 long years he suffered until he passed on June 4, 2012. I was never able to picture him the way he was for those 3 years. I had a very vivid profile of him being as big as he always looked in uniform. But I'm pretty sure I visited him in his new home. It was a very immense 3 story mansion. It had marble balconies all the way up to the third floor. There were horses and other things carved out of the marble frontage. There were a lot of different sized doors and windows. And many rooms. In the horseshoe layout at both wings were different shops and musicians playing like you'd see on cruiseships. He and Mom took many cruises. Over 100! Then I was in the very elaborate Dining Hall where my family and I were sitting at a table. I was telling them Dad was here. They were laughing at me. Then Dad put his hand out. On his finger was a diamond encrusted ring. When I pulled it off his finger everyone saw the ring appear. Then I was in the back yard. There was a virtual life like movie going on. And I was walking on the battlefield where romans on chariots were at war. Not sure what movie it was. He liked Ben Hur alot though. Then I woke up with the image of him standing tall and saluting. He was my Pawtnah (partner). He was from Springfield, Mass.
12:15am 07-11-2016

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i worked in the missile shop with s sgt morneault and other guys.
i was sgt svetlecic, da nang july 71-aug 72 & takli rafb, thialand, aug 72-sept 72
where are you missile guys?

Andrew J. Svetlecic
former Sergeant
Missile Shop
366 Munitions Maintenance Squadron (366 MMS)
366 Tactical Fighter Wing, USAF
Danang, South Vietnam
From July. 1971 to Aug. 1972
Takli RAFB, Thialand
From Aug. 1972- Sept. 1972
5:07pm 06-26-2016
I was in VQ-1 from April of '69 to April of '71. I was an enlisted crewman in A-3s. and did one det south in one of the P-3s. I was in Atsugi when PR-26 crashed, but knew several of the guys on board well. Joe Saukaitis wasn't even "real" Navy, but a reservist doing his active stretch. Scott Purdom, Thurle Case, Floyd Andrus were all friends. Charlie Bingham was, too. He survived the crash.
11:44am 04-14-2016

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Hello sister, if you go to links to other sites,then first one ,366th combat support group,then on links page right collum ,index pictures of denang, then ,five from bottom -Patrick Wiggins photos -pictures of it happening. you can see six frames of our big brother Billy Pete, before he and his shipmates died and as they died. My how I love computers,Love George
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