I visited your site and found it very interesting.
I really am not looking for any credit, but would like to see the 1st DASF included in your history on the site. My name is Harold Goldman. I was a three striper (A1C) back then.
Another name you can try to track down is Robert Emery. He probably retired a Chief. He was the first guy in PACAF to demonstrate that retraction system where you send up a big balloon on a line and a C-130 catch it and bring you in the aircraft. That demo was done at Yokota I think in mid 1965. He also was one of the oldest to make it thru jump school.
I was assigned to the 1st and 2nd DASF when they were first being organized at Yokota AB, Japan back in 1964 or early 1965. Major Doughtery was the strawman and really put things on the right track for the seven DASF's in PACAF.
When the 2nd and 4th DASF were transferred to Osan, Korea, I was kept at Yokota and transferred to the 1st DASF. That was in late 1964 or early 1965. I went TDY to Vietnam, Nha Trang, DASC Alpha in late 1965. Was there when the Playboy Club got hit. You should know Tom Brandon (spelling might be wrong). He got out of the military and worked in Vietnam as a civilian.
When Vietnam slowed down, they transferred the 19 TASS from Vietnam to Osan AB South Korea and they adsorbed the 2 and 4 DASF's. They established a DASC up north at Camp Casey, I believe or it could have been Camp Howze & Called it "The Rubber Duck" and use to do a duck walk on and off base. This drove the Army people crazy ! ! ! LOL.
Then they established the 603rd and KTACS and put everything under the 5th TAC Control Wing at Osan AB South Korea.
If you can track down a CMSgt Burkhart or CMSgt LeRoy Sheppard, they were at the beginning of DASF in PACAF and were responsible for keeping the history of the DASF's. Both were assigned to the 1st DASF
Another name you can try to track down is Robert Emery. He probably retired as Chief. He was the first guy in PACAF to demonstrate that retraction system where you send up a big balloon on a line and a C-130 catch it and bring you in the aircraft. That demo was done at Yokota I think in mid 1965. He also was one of the oldest to make it thru jump school.
Hey when you were in Vietnam did you ever hear the name Casebeer? He was a ROMAD from the 1 DASF that was held in Vietnam for about a year under investigation, but finally released from the investigation and received the Silver Star.
(No I did not, but was assigned to the Korean Tiger Division near Binh Khe. The RoK Cav Regiment at Camp Thunderbolt near Ahn Khe Pass on QL-19 . Robin)
It was a mixed up story, LOL. I will be checking your site. If you find out anything let me know. You have a good site. Enjoyed visiting it. Well, take care.
A1/c Harold Goldman
Yeah, you are right about the 2 DASF going to Osan. I don't remember Gronski. I believe one of the guys who went over there was Franklin. There are a lot of names I remember in this email.
Ole Golly, almost forgot about him. He was a big guy from New York. He was a ham radio operator. He had a station set up in the barracks and use to hook up with MARS.
Lamm was the NCOIC of Radio Ops Section and John Rich was the wannabe in charge. The Intel Sgt was TSgt Snow. Ed Janus, Johnson, Hall, I remember all of them. Hall made SSgt just before going to Vietnam. I was supposed to go to Korea with the 2 DASF, but they held me in Japan and then transferred me to the 1 DASF. I was in Admin working with SSgt Holley and the Supply Sgt Ratliff.
Oh the Vehicle Maint guy was Anderson. I am getting some of the names mixed up. The 19TASS took over the area and equipment of the DASF and I was there from 73 to 76 (I think those dates are right). Thanks for Tom's email address I will try to contact him.
Saw the update information. Looks good. All the patches were the same for the
1, 3, 5, and 6 DASF. Emery and Burkhart designed the patch and all the DASF's brought it except the 2, 4, and 7 DASF. The 7 DASF was our Headquarters as far as DASF tasking / training was concerned.