Notes and Letters
From time to time we get some very nice letters and notes from folks we've
had the pleasure of helping. Here are some examples of the correspondence we
From the album of Jesse C. Snyder via Dennis Cole
Hello, I saw your site and enjoyed looking through it, thanks for making it
available for others to learn and enjoy. I saw the picture of the Cox-Klemin
XA-1 and wanted to sharte with you a photo from my grandfathers picture album
from when he was stationed at France Filed Panama in the mid 1920s. This image
was in his album, a picture of the only other Cox Klemin XA-1.
This aircraft is a Cox-Kleimen XA-1 ambulance aircraft, one of only two made.
The aircraft was assigned to the 63rd Service Squadron of the 6th Composite
group at France Field, Panama. This aircraft saved many lives in the time it was
in use. It proved to be extremely valuable in emergency medical missions.
Reputedly the Cox-Klemin could land on any road or cotton patch, and its
partisans swore it could take off in a backyard. In 1926 the Army deployed one
Cox-Klemin at Kelly Field in Texas and the other at France Field in the Canal
Zone. The plane stationed in Panama served proudly until it was surveyed in
This partial e-mail passed along by Willaim G. Howard
[firstname.lastname@example.org], Eagle Dustoff 06, Commander, 50th
Medical Company (Air Amb), OIF 3 Taji, Iraq 09378. I thought you would like to
see the kind words in the e-mail below from 1-3 Attack Bn Safety Officer on his
views of the fighting 50th Med.
"On a side note, my hat goes off to all MEDEVAC personnel.
Here in the Baghdad AO, all missions for all aircraft are minimum
of two ships. MEDEVAC are the only ones who fly single ship. I
have personally witnessed MEDEVAC landing in areas where the
battle is still ongoing and transported the wounded out of the
area. Our MEDEVAC guys and gals have taken rounds through
their aircraft and some of these guys and gals have been hit by
small arms, IEDs, VBIEDs and shrapnel. I’ve seen them land
where no-one else would and where no-one else DOES. As an Attack guy, I know
I have big ones, but theirs are much bigger and I
SALUTE them! I will protect them to the utmost of my ability,
because of what they do and I know that they will be there for me if I
Hope this helps in this discussion. And to all past,
present and future MEDEVAC personnel, THANK YOU!"
CW4 Jerry W. Frye
Battalion Safety Officer
1-3 Attack/Reconnaissance Battalion
Camp Taji, Iraq
Task Force Viper Safety
Hello, I had the great honor and privilege of carrying Michael J.
Novosel and Michael J. Novosel Jr. in the May 28, 2001, Memorial Day Salute To
Veterans Parade here in Columbia, Missouri. The crowd of over 100,000 heartily
cheered and saluted both of these heroes as we passed along the parade route.
I am a U. S. Navy nuclear submarine veteran and meeting the Novosels and
learning about DUSTOFF was truly a moving experience for me. I have attached a
scanned photo for your use if you so choose. I have several other similar photos
if anyone is interested
I salute all who participated in DUSTOFF.
Paul Hobbs Columbia, Missouri
Just came across the DUST OFF website by accident, and found myself
lingering there for a very long time. Some of the members talked about the book
I wrote, entitle DUST OFF which was a paperback published by Bantam Books. This
version is no longer available. However, I have revised and expanded it. The new
title is RESCUE UNDER FIRE: The Story of Dust Off in Vietnam. There are move
photos, some in color and this new version is a hard back. It is available
www.amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Border
Books, or directly from the publisher, Schiffer Books. (www.schifferbooks.com).
The publisher has done a great job in re-publishing this, and it should be of
interest to DUST OFF members. Without question, this is the greatest group of
guys involved in the war and I am truly honored to have told their story. All
John L. Cook
My name is Bernt Kristiansen from Norway, and I have
served with UNPROFOR and IFOR in Bosnia as a medic. I've been stationed at blue
factory together with 236th and 45th air ambulance. You have a great site!
I'm impressed with the professionalism that the US air medevac units showed in
Bernt Kristiansen APC MEDEVAC Plt.
Hello DUSTOFFS !!!
I am forwarding the same message to several helicopter units that served in
The purpose of this is to establish a friendly link with those veterans
who would like to contact us and know what is happening with some HUEYS
that are still flying :
At present time we have 13 HUEYS in the Argentine Army that served in
From your units we have the following
67-17624 (years 69 to 71)
and 65-10071 (years 66 to 67)
Please check 235 and 237 MED DET for 17624
Please check 82 MED DET for 10071
They now belong to our B HEL ASAL 601 ( equivalent to AHC 601) of the ARGENTINE
ARMY AVIATION Battalion based in CAMPO de MAYO, Buenos Aires. ARGENTINA.
We are proud to have this machine with us.
VETERANS... We will never forget !
My special thanks to Gary Roush for his help!!
If someone wants to get in touch or to receive a picture of his aircraft,
please feel free to forward your letter, email or fax to :
Lavalle 695 piso 11A
fax : (5411) 4524 8140
fax : (5411) 4254 3534
I was the 4th Platoon Leader of the 45th Air Amb Co., stationed in
direct support of the 1st Inf Div at Lai Khe. Shot down five times, watched 12
copilots get shot and killed, and took a machine gun round through the belly.
Have survived to be grateful for every new sunrise. Just this past Memorial Day
visited the new Nat'l Cemetery in Phoenix, AZ. I didn't like going to Vietnam.
Really have a lot of disdain for the politicians who sent us over there; but,
every time I got someone to the hospital who needed it, I felt a sense of
personal gratification and a real sense of purpose. Looking back I won my own
"WAR" against feelings of personal inadequacy. Have had a little difficulty
dealing with guilt over surviving to come home when some of my dearest friends
didn't. What you have done helps those of us who have returned feel like we were
not forgotten. Thanks.
Nelson E. Luce
Thought I'd forward this for the DUSTOFF
Assoc. letters' page. It's from another satisfied customer. Mike Hilliard
Hello Warrant Officer Michael G. Hilliard,
I imagine this message will seem like it came out of nowhere.
My name is Ken Reid and I live in Pullman, Washington and I'm getting
ready to move to a new job in Boise. Yesterday while packing I came across some
old papers from the Phuoc Long district advisory team I was assigned to in the
summer and fall of 1969. The papers included several business cards from the
82nd Medical Detachment out of Binh Thuy and Soc Trang. You guys used to pass
them out to us when we loaded our casualties on to your helicopters, "you guys"
being your crew, and those of CW-2 Charles T. Colley and CW-2 Thomas S. Turner.
On the back of one of Colley's cards I wrote "night dustoff 27 Aug 69 7 WIA." I
remember that one in particular because it was so hard to bring the ship in
without strobes or any other illumination, and how my counterpart insisted that
the four dead RFs go out ahead of the less seriously wounded so their ghosts
wouldn't get lost in that miserable marsh.
I can't remember which Medevac
you flew for me, but because your card is so much cleaner and crisper than the
others I wonder if it wasn't the last one, early in the afternoon around
mid-December 1969. An RF had triggered a booby-trapped 105 round and was more or
less blown in half, though still alive when we flew him out. He must have died
in the air...
On the spur of the moment I decided to look on the internet to see if I
could track any of you down. I found the Dustoff site pretty quickly, but yours
was the only name I recognized. Anyway: please consider this a belated thanks
for the way you guys took care of us. You may never know how much those Viet
grunts appreciated your efforts.
Thank you so much for the quick reply , my wife's brother passed from
agent orange cancer in 92 , he never told them much about Nam , except a
little about his second tour there , he told them he was a stevedore on the
docks ? We have been looking all through the web for different things on
Vietnam , lost and found , buddy search etc. , we ran across a web that had
2.6 million Vets who were checked for orange back in the 80s , we found her
brothers name there at it was 67 N 20 , we were going through your site and
found this also under you chopper KIA list , it kinda floored the both of us
, my wife has a lot of questions now , I tried to ease her wonder by telling
her 99% of the guys in Nam ( myself included ) never wrote home and told the
truth, so now our search will go on. Thanks again , you are in my debt Bro
Michael "Mac" McBride E/17th/Cav 173rd Abn Bde Vietnam April 68- November 69
P.S, I was in 3rd platoon E/17th/Cav , we were supposed to be mounted recon
, but from Apr 68 to Feb 69 the HERD made us a recon , rescue and reaction
force , we made 147 CAs during this time , might have rode with some of your
friends, I know once if some of your friends wouldn't have risked their
lives to come in and get us------I wouldn't be here now ,along with 17 other
Bros GOD BLESS and WELCOME HOME MAC