Sp5 Dan Drobnick, USA
Many more photos of the Saigon Main Station are shown under--
Stephen C. Ashley SP4, USA Admin, Saigon 1972-73
Ronald C. Bartlett SP4, USA TV Director, Saigon 1969-70
James "Sweetback" Brigham SP5, USA Disk Jockey, Saigon 1972-73
Preston Cluff SSG, USA Saigon 1967-71
Brett Cornwell SP4, USA Cameraman, Saigon 1972
Kenneth E. "Ken" Couch PH1, USA Photographer, Saigon 1972-73
Dick Ellis SP5, USA Newsman, Saigon 1967-68
Thomas W. "Tom" Firchow SP5, USA Broadcast Engineer, Saigon 1968-69
Rick Fredericksen Cpl, USMC Newsman, Saigon 1969-70
Ron Hesketh SP5, USA Saigon 1964-65
Michael "Mike" Kumm Sgt, USAF Saigon 1972-73
Calvin M. "Cal" LaMartiniere TSgt, USAF News Director, Saigon 1966-67
David Lavender SP5, USA Saigon 1967
Burton "Burt" Lehman SP4, USA TV Technician, Saigon 1968-69
Bob Mays SP4, USA Radio/TV News & Sports, Saigon 1970-71
John T . Mikesch SP5, USA TV Director, Saigon 1966-68
Randall J. Moody CPT, USA Network News OIC, Saigon 1968-69
Bob Nelson SFC, USA Newsroom, 1965-66 & NCOIC, Broadcast Operations, Saigon 1972
Craig Prosser SP5, USA Newsman, Saigon 1963-64
Carlton M. "Mick" Smith PO2, USN Announcer, Saigon 190-71
William E. "Bill" Sutphin MGySgt, USMC Network NCOIC, Saigon 1966-67
James E. "Gene" Wentz LCDR, USN Deputy Network OIC & Network News OIC, Saigon 1969-70
Steve Wiltsie 1LT, USA Home video of Quang Tri, Da Nang and Saigon 1970-71
Taken during the taping of the Bob Hope show at July on December 25, 1971.
SFC Jean LeRoy, USA, is on the left; CPT Bob ?? , USA, is looking at the camera; Capt Terry Mayer, USAF;
Unknown, MAJ , USA; and another unknown on the right.
AFVN Main (Key) Station, Saigon
Most likely the AFVN Saigon Station's News Desk
[Photo posted on Facebook by Tim Abney in April 2016.]
Sp4 Joseph M. Huser, USA in 1972
AFVN On Air Studio Saigon 1972. Don't know if I was doing Orient Express or Dawn Buster.
Could have been Underground 2 hours of album Rock n the FM automation... lifers hated it. Joe Huser
A1C (later SSgt) Hugh Morgan, USAF
[Photo received from Rick Fredericksen]
Go to Rick Fredericksen's Photos & Stories for the two of them in later years.
CPL Tom Sinkovitz, USMC, on his own.
It looks like SP5 Bob Lawrence, USA, is telling CPL Tom Sinkovitz, USMC, to "look or go that-a-way."
When North Vietnamese troops marched into the capital on 30 April 1975, it marked the most crushing defeat in US military history. Four decades after he reported on these events for the Guardian, Martin Woollacott reflects upon what it meant for the future of both nations.
[Received from Rick Fredericksen]
The rebuilt Vietnamese TV Station next door to the AFVN Saigon Station.
Mai Pham Truc
Did a show on FM with PO2 Mike (Mick?) Smith in 1971 and
was a Music Show DJ in 1972-73.
Jim Burnside, SP5, USA, at Christmas, 1967
An article from BROADCAST ENGINEERING for February 1970.
Found and posted on FaceBook by Doug Jennings on January 5th, 2015.
[Note: This article refers to the Gates Automated Control System as both "The Monster" and as "PFC Gates." From what I have read,
in Saigon it was usually called "The Monster" but in Da Nang it was likely referred to as "PFC Gates." Jim White, Webmaster.]
[Received from Ron Turner in June 2017.]
This is an interesting PDF which first shows the area as it looked in 1950.and then
The next shot is the compound from the air (Photo from James Wentz) and then
a series of Google Earth graphics between 2004 and 2015.
The best way to keep track of the AFVN Tower is to look for its shadow. The 2009 (page 6) graphic appears to show two towers.
The original AFVN Tower plus a second one with a larger base (i.e., taller) towards the back of (or even outside the original)
the compound. By 2013 the original AFVN Tower appears to be gone.
[Complied and submitted by Mike McNally, August & November 2015]