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Reunion Registration  January 27th, 2010

BLUEGHOST REUNION 2010 F TROOP 8th CAVALRY VIETNAM VETERANS ASSOCIATION April 29 through May 2, 2010 WHERE: The Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive Orlando, Fla. 32819 Make your reservations by calling direct 1-800-204-7234 and request the group rate for the 8th Cavalry Association Rates: single/double $85.00 plus tax, add’l person( over 17)$20.00 The same rates are available for Wed Apr 28th and Sun night May 2ndMAKE YOUR OWN RESERVATION( NLT Mar 29, 2010) AGENDA Hospitality… [Read More
Christmas Letter 2008  April 23rd, 2009

Sat, 6 Dec 08. Single digit temp this morning in my little corner of northeast Pennsylvania. I was at the post office by 0620, waiting for the truck to arrive with all the parcels, letters, and "junk mail" of which all of you are so fond. The temp brought back memories of a P-3 Orion pre-flight in Brunswick Maine at oh dark thirty so many years back. (Paul R. You can keep those ME winters all to yourself!). It is especially this time of year that I reflect on the things I like to do… [Read More
Nashville 2009 Reunion Attendees  April 11th, 2009

We are trying to maintain a list of participants for each reunion. Corrections are welcome…. [Read More
Reunion 2009, A Family Perspective  April 10th, 2009

Our family had many invitations from several Blue Ghost members to attend this year’s reunion in Nashville. They assured us that we would be welcomed and we would have a great time. I have to admit that I thought long and hard about attending. My Mom and I discussed it. My husband and I discussed it. Is it the right thing to do…are we blurring the line between Ray’s life and ours, what should a family do? … [Read More
A few thoughts  February 26th, 2009

A few things about this site that need to be addressed…. [Read More
As 2008 Marches To the End  December 11th, 2008

Sa, 6 Dec 08. Single digit temp this morning in my little corner of northeast Pennsylvania. I was at the post office by 0620, waiting for the truck to arrive with all the parcels, letters, and ‘junk mail’ of which all of you are so fond. The temp brought back memories of a P-3 Orion pre-flight in Brunswick Maine at oh dark thirty so many years back. (Paul R. You can keep those ME winters all to yourself!). It is especially this time of year that I reflect on the things I like to do each year… [Read More
Original ‘C Troop’ of C/7/17 Air Cav Aircrew KIA  September 17th, 2008

In honor of all the Boat People who were assigned to the original C Troop of C/7/17 Cav and who then became F Troop 8th Cav on 1 Apr 68. From their arrival in Nam in Oct 67 until 1 Apr 68, the following aircrew were killed: On 9 Jan 68, in UH-1C 66-00745: CW3 James L. Phipps, CW3 Rainer S. Ramos, SSG Warren E. Newton, and SP4 Fred J. Secrist. On 7 Mar 68, in OH-6A 66-07827: PFC Ralph E. Consavage.
F Troop 8th Cav Aircrew KIA  August 12th, 2008

07 Feb 68 Staff Sergeant Lionel Butler Sr.  Start tour 1/20/1968; Incident Date 2/7/1968; Casualty Date 2/7/1968, Location, Quang Tin Province, Body Recovered, Ground casualty, Multiple fragmentation wounds.16 May 68 SGT Louis L. Bradley Jr. UH-1H 66-0073703 Jun 69 CPT Richard W. Watson OH-6A 67-1604903 Jun 69 PFC Paul W. Miller OH-6A 67-1604913 Jul 69 WO1 William T. Martin OH-6A 68-1716513 Jul 69 SFC Graham H. Howison OH-6A 68-1716513 Jul 69 SP5 Clifford… [Read More
2008 VHPA Reunion Morning Report  June 30th, 2008

Richard Crawley, Lewis Crosier, Kenneth Donahue, George Ezell, Hearld Glaze, Rick Guttery, John Hoffman, George Jones, Woodson McFarlin, Donald Quy, Terry Rippy, Gregory Ross, John Shanahan, Dwane Shirley, Robert Smith, Timothy Sprouse, Charles Walton, John Wyatt. So far!
December 2007 Posts  December 13th, 2007

From the Blue Ghosts Association PresidentAs the holiday season approaches, I think it always a good time to reflect back, not only on the past year with all of the great freedoms our country provides us, but also of the friendships we have forged over the years. Most of us “Blueghosters”  began our friendships in the less than desirable location of South Viet Nam, and knew each other for only as long as our tours had us co-located, which could have been only a couple of… [Read More
2007 Reunion Notes  April 8th, 2007

2007 Reunion Notes: We stayed at the Hotel Clarion in downtown Branson, MO., which proved to be a great place for our group as it was centrally located, and had everything we needed from a hotel. That is a great staff, good food, and a large hospitality suite. Dan and Donna Delor did a great job of selecting the hotel from all those in the running.. We had a large crowd this year, including several “new” members who we all were happy to see as well as a few members who have not… [Read More
March 2002 to Jan 2003  September 29th, 2006

March 2002 Just found site by accident. Was with Blueghost April 71 until Oct 71. Scouts and Night Hawk. Richard Keeshan March 2002 Thanks for covering our ass’s. B/3/16 Tien Phouc 69/70. Welcome Home !!!!!! David FrayneMarch 2002Hi to all, Welcome Home to all. I’m a Ft. Knox member of the Troop. Went over on the boat to Vietnam. Served as a Blue and then as a gunneron Muff Handley’s crew on a UH1C. Am in contact with Tom Parker ( best buds ) since Basic Training. We both went to… [Read More
May 2001 to March 2002  September 29th, 2006

Another page of old posts… [Read More
The Beginning- the first guestbook  September 13th, 2006

The Beginning Our very first guestbook hosted on a free site started in May 2000. We start with the first posts to the last from this book which ran until July 2003 when the pop-ups and pop-unders became too numerous to go there! May 5th 2000 at 09:53:35 AM 16, Thanks for the site. Each unit member should apply some input to this site, so our history can be viewed by all. The time I spent as your crew chief were some of the toughest times I have ever endured, but they were also some of the… [Read More
Feb 2005 to Sept 2005  September 13th, 2006

2005/2/15 21:04 Wigs are you out there? Hope to see you at the reunion, just joined Target and am training now in Austin and will probably get my own store there in Apr or May. Hope Red and White attend as well. Talked to John Harris recently. Blue– Dave Harrigan 2005/2/17 13:26 Hi, I was with Co E 123 avn right across the flight line at Ky Ha 1970 then moved to the south end of Chu Lai after the Marines left , I am looking for anyone from Co E or anyone that remembers… [Read More
Fall 2004 to Jan 30th 2005  September 13th, 2006

We have had several guestbooks through the years. The first was free and hosted off site and worked great for the first couple years. They sold advertising space and our laptop was hijacked by a malicious script placed on their site. Luckily we had saved the web pages. The next 2 guestbooks got hit hard with spam or had too many security updates to keep track but we were able to save the data. Due to the number of new members in the past few months, we feel it would be of great interest to… [Read More
2006 VHPA Reunion Morning Report  July 16th, 2006

The 2006 VHPA Reunion Morning Report lists twenty-two Blue Ghosts in attendance:

Christopher Cole, Lewis Crosier, Ronald Dobson, Robert Drury, George Ezell, Rick Guttery, George Jones, Woodson McFarlin, Daniel Nichols, William Owen, Terry Rippy, Gregory Ross, John Shanahan, John Shepardson, James Sheridan, Daniel Shifflet, Michael Smith, Robert Smith, Timothy Sprouse, Charles Walton, Robert Wiggins, and John Wyatt Jr.

Some Thoughts on Reunions  February 5th, 2006

I have to admit that I hated the Army. Being drafted less than a week after my daughter was born really racked my life. After cobra repair school, I remember standing in that small Indiana airport, Nam orders in hand, thinking; “What the hell am I doing here and what is the F*ing Army doing to me now?” I had no clue I was about to become a member of an elite organization that would change my life. I’ve always been proud to be a Blue Ghost. I used “Blue Ghost” as my “CB handle” for… [Read More
LZ Fort Mitchell  February 3rd, 2006

LZ Ft Mitchell Here are some reunion notes from this year’s annual gathering. The Drawbridge Hotel was the official “hooch” this year, just across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio. About 50 people were able to attend this year, with the first lift arriving Thursday March 31st, other trickling in as they came to their senses, realizing this was the weekend that counts, and drove or flew in. Tim Lafayette and Carl Smith, the volunteer coordinators and hosts, made a good selection with this… [Read More
Blue Ghost 101  October 20th, 2005

BlueGhosts was the callsign for F Troop 8th Cavalry. This was an air cav troop with roots all the way back to the horse cavalry in the 19th century. (Thank you Army for trading the horses for helicopters!) We worked in teams and were organized in separate platoons consisting of scouts, weapons, lift, infantry & headquarters. Scouts: This platoon flew OH-6 Cayuse helicopters (loach) at tree top level (or below) searching for signs of the enemy (intelligence gathering), doing bomb damage… [Read More
Honor thy Father  August 7th, 2005

By RICK LAVENDER The Gainesville Times In 1970, Capt. Larron David Murphy’s helicopter crashed in thick clouds and black night in South Vietnam. But only in recent years has his one child, Kim Whitworth of Gainesville, learned details about what happened and begun to comprehend the father she never knew…. [Read More
Nashville Reunion 2004  August 7th, 2005

Dear BlueGhosts, Several weeks ago, Dan and Donna DeLor asked me to write an article about the BlueGhost reunion in Nashville. My first reaction was, “Sure, no sweat; I’ll come up with something.” Well, several weeks have passed and I’ve had more than one rum and coke and the big inspiration has not happened. … [Read More




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