PR 26 Memorial Site - We Remember

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4:07am 04-26-2018
Steve Care
I was in the states in SERE school when my crew (24) deployed to DaNang. When I got back to Atsugi I wanted to catch up with my crew. I knew 26 was going down on Sun. so I asked if I could catch a ride. As luck would have it there was a ground det relief going to DaNang on Wed. So I caught the earlier flight instead. Needless to say I was in DaNang when 26 crashed. We had to go to the crash site to pick up electronic equipment. I was in a stupor for at least a week.
2:59am 04-26-2018
Kenneth Evans AT1

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I just found this well done Memorial web site for VQ1PR26. Thanks Connie, for helping keep the spirits and memories of this group of true patriots and fine shipmates in our minds and prayers.
I served with VQ1 from September,1968 until April,1971 as both a ground avionics tech and a flight crew radioman.
During my tour there seemed to be a shortage of radiomen for the number of 121 crews so I remember bouncing from plane to plane and crew
to crew to keep operations up to speed smoothly,therefore I don't recall
assignment to a particular crew number. I do remember spending a lot of time on PR26 however. There is more to my story to come in future e-mail.
With this one I just wanted to make initial contact.
Thanks again Connie, God bless you .

Phone: 1-850-686- 2950 Call anytime!!!
6:33am 03-27-2018
Denise Stacey Mair

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I was going through a stack of envelopes from my mother’s house last night when I came across an envelope postmarked March 24 1970. Inside was a hand-written letter to my dad telling him that his good friend and former Squadron mate Don Wilson had died in DaNang. The letter was written by Alfie Privette (?) I vaguely remember a phone call, but had never seen this letter until last night - 48 years and 9 days after it was written. I was only 8 years old at the time so don’t remember much else.

My dad was ADR1 Donald Stacey, he passed away in September 2003. Betty Stacey (my mom) is in good health, she will be 85 in April.
1:07am 03-06-2018
Steven Hogue

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I was a roommate of Scott Purdum at atsugi, Charlie Bingham, Scott and I combined our bunks and lockers and made one large room. When Scott and Charlie were on the flight I had just returned from Da Nang. He was a great kid and I miss him
9:57pm 12-26-2017
Gordon Nagle

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I was assigned to the 366th Civil Engineering Squadron 1968- 1969.
8:51pm 12-25-2017
Charlie Bingham

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I have a new email address. I can be reached at cmbingam48@mail.com phone 317 459 3869
2:56pm 11-08-2017
Alan Cady

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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
Richard Schwingle

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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
joe ortega

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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
joe ortega

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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
Bob Churetta

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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
GEORGE BLETSCH

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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
Dave Branks

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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
Bo Abernethy

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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
Sgt. Stephen Rexrode

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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.
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