​​​    From:  Chuck Ingle 
     Date:  November 2, 2018 
Subject:   2018 Reunion 
Today I tried looking for a reunion update, to check the planning progress or see if I'd missed another one. It appears that 2018 is in a stall. Has it been dropped, and is 2019 being planned? I'm still looking to attend my first one. 
Thanks, Chuck

NOTE: 

As of November 24. 2018, I am still considering/exploring dates and places where AFVN might be able to have it's next reunion.   I'm not going to make the decision alone so please send me you input.   Also see 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jim W


​​​    From:  Jim White, Webmaster 
     Date:  October 31, 2018 
Aubject:  Adrian Cronauer 
Dear Mr. Kim,

There is no video of Adrian Cronauer because his show was on radio, not TV.   In addition, AFVN did not have a system for archiving its programs so there is very little video or audio of any kind that has survived.  What has survived is mostly from audio/video tapes taken back to the US by the some of the members of AFVN.   Video is  particularly scarce because it would have been on the old 2" videotape reels and therefore would have taken up too much space in one's baggage.   What I have been able to secure is under Video Archives and Audio Archives on our website, AFVNVETS.net.  The index will lead you to what we have on Adrian.  There is a picture of him in a Class A khaki uniform holding a rifle but I am sure it is a "posed" shot because he would have been in the olive green work uniform if he had really on duty as a guard or whatever. [ See https://www.afvnvets.net/afvn-org-sai1.html ]  The page titled "Broadcasting During the Vietnam Era." has a more modern example of Adrian giving his signature "Good Morning, Vietnam" in a videotaped panel discussion made in 2011.  [See https://www.afvnvets.us/rel-afvn-panel.html ]  There some other "GMV" examples linked to Audio Archives [SEE https://www.afvnvets.net/audio--gmv-ringtones.html ] but they are by other AFVN announcers who continues the program after Adrian had departed.

Best wishes, Jim White 

Webmaster@AFVNVets.net PS: 

My apologies for not calling, but I live in Japan and the difference in times zones make using the telephone somewhat difficult. 

 

​​​​​    From:  Brian Wickham
     Date:  December 29, 2018
Subject:  Joining Roster

​There was a William E. Blumel, E4, 32C20 Fixed Station Transmitter Repairman. He’s listed in the spreadsheet I have of Vietnam vets. That’s all the info I have.
B. Wickham

​​​​​    From:  Fred Archibald
     Date:  December 29, 2018
Subject:  Joining Roster

​Hi Jim,
OK.  Bill (William) Blumel (from Parlin NJ) was drafted exactly when I (from Hyannis, MA) was in October 1969, and we went through Ft. Dix basic together and then did the 26 week Ft. Monmouth Fixed Station Transmitter Repair (32C20) Course together. We were both sent to Cholon, then AFVN HQ in Saigon in August 1970. Then I was sent to Hon Tre Is., then Dong Ba Thin in late August 1970. Bill went to AFVN Qui Nhon in Aug. 1970, and several months later joined me in Dong Ba Thin. For much of my year SSGT Bob Anderson (production) and I (tech) were the only full-time staff at DBT AM on 900 kHz. Bill also spent time at Hon Tre. We both were promoted to SP-5 while there.
Both Bill and I were sent to the same electronic maintenance shop at Ft. Huachuca after Nam and in spring 1972 we both left the army. We stayed in touch for several years, but I haven't heard from him since. Bob Anderson is on the roster, to include the above information.  Steve Starnes sent it to me in October 2015 and, at that time, said he had been unsuccessful in searching for Bob on the web. Bob was the originator and producer of "Soul 70" in our little studio in DBT. It was sent to Saigon and broadcast from all the detachments, I think. Both SSGT Bob Anderson and Bill Blumel were great guys to work with....they made my year in RVN much easier! Bob rotated out of RVN before I did, and he wrote me in July 1971 to say he had a job with station KPRS (Kansas City, MO). I haven't heard from him since, unfortunately. I believe that this was Bob's second tour in RVN, but can't give you details of his first tour. I have no record of receiving any email from either one of them and no one else has ever mentioned them either. Your name is not on the AFVN Roster and it certainly appears that it should be.  Please send me your job(s) and location,(s) so that I may add it. This message will also go to the AFVN Yahoo Group.  It includes a rather small portion of those who were with AFVN over the years, but anyone seeing this might be able to help both of us  a little. Speaking of the AFVN Yahoo Group.   Thanks Jim for contacting me...much appreciated!
Regards,
ex SP-5 Fred Archibald (now Dr. Fred Archibald)

    From:  Allen Brown 
     Date:  October 17, 2018 
Subject:   "Good Morning VN" Ringtone Request 
I request an attached copy of Ringtone #3. I am in the Vietnam Class of 1972 (USARV in 1971-1972 with 1st CAV DIV). Thank you for preserving this history for us aging vets to enjoy and for our descendants to learn from. 
Appreciatively, 
Allen Brown MAJ, USAR (Ret.) [I was proud to be a vet before being a veteran was cool.] 
                                                                                                                Note: 
This may be a major miss on my part.  I am sure that I have sent Major Brown the Ringtone, but my message doing so nor his original message with his email address. 

Jim White, Webmaster


​​​​​    From:  Jim White
     Date:  December 29, 2018
Subject:  Joining Roster

​Dear Fred, Thanks for contacting me. W. Blumel's name is on the AFVN Roster but I know nothing about him.  If you know his branch of service, rank when he departed AFVN, job(s) and location(s), I would greatly appreciate getting that information. Bob Anderson is on the roster, to include the above information.  Steve Starnes sent it to me in October 2015 and, at that time, said he had been unsuccessful in searching for Bob on the web. I have no record of receiving any email from either one of them and no one else has ever mentioned them either. Your name is not on the AFVN Roster and it certainly appears that it should be.  Please send me your job(s) and location,(s) so that I may add it. This message will also go to the AFVN Yahoo Group.  It includes a rather small portion of those who were with AFVN over the years, but anyone seeing this might be able to help both of us  a little. Speaking of the AFVN Yahoo Group.  Are you a member?  If not, please contact Bob Morecook at RMorecook@yahoo.com and ask him to add you to our group.

Wishing you a Happy New Year,

Jim White SGM, USA (Ret'd)

​​​​​    From:  Fred S. Archibald
     Date:  December 28, 2018
Subject:  Joining Roster

​Was SP-5 at AFVN Dong Ba Thin 1970-71. Anyone heard from Bill Blumel or Bob Anderson?

​​​​​    From:  Steve Ashley 
     Date:  November 3, 2018 
Subject:   Bio 
Not sure who does the bios but I have some corrections to mine.  I joined the Army in 1971.  I did serve in Germany but not with AFRTS.  I remained on duty until 1986.  Mount Desert Island is connected to the mainland by a bridge and a causeway not three bridges.  If this could be corrected I would appreciate it.


NOTE: 

Corrections have been made.   Jim W


​​​​​    From:  Jim White
     Date:  November 23, 2018 
Subject:  Master Copy of AFVN Apollo 12 Moonwalk Coverage

Dear Katie, T

his is probably way  too late, but while working on my files I realized I hadn't done enough research to be able to give you a correct answer.  The YouTube clip you referenced below (message of November 13th), was posted by Bob Morecook who was with AFVN in 1972/73,  He was on air from AFVN before it was shut down.   I see that you probably wrote "Bob" on November 13th, but, since he used the AFVN Website address your message came to me as Webmaster.   Bob was the previous webmaster.  But I took over from him in late 2012 after his site (on Geocities.com, now no longer in existence)  "froze" when Geocities went bankrupt and, at about the same time, he lost all of his back-up files due to a computer failure, all sometime before 2012.  I never realized he had posted the Apollo 12 video which you referred to until just today.  He probably has never seen your message so I am sending this chain of messages to him in hopes that he might be able to help.  I feel, however, if he does have a copy it is equally poor--otherwise he would used the better when he put this clip on Youtube. Jim White 

Bob:  This may be too late, but hopefully Katie will contact you.  Please help her as best you can.  Jim W

The following is a selection of the contacts received by the Webmaster
October 2018 through .....

​​​​​    From:  Katie Nollan, Simthsonian Channelcom
     Date:  November 13, 2018 
Subject:  Master Copy of AFVN Apollo 12 Moonwalk Coverage

Good afternoon!  I'm working on a documentary series about the history of the Apollo space program, and we're interested in using some of this footage in our section about Apollo 12.  Would it be possible to get an HD copy of this material, or do you still have the original kinescope? Thank you!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2XNW5wfU4I


​​​​​    From:  Katie Nolan
     Date:  November 26, 2018 
Subject:  Master Copy of AFVN Apollo 12 Moonwalk Coverage

​Hi Jim and Bob, 
Thank you both so much for your help! I really appreciate it. Unfortunately, the quality on YouTube isn’t sufficient for us to use for broadcast, but we’ve found different footage that we can use in its stead. 
Thank you both again! 
Katie Nolan (she/her) | Associate Producer, Apollo 50th 
Smithsonian Channel | 1225 19th St, NW, Suite 400 | Washington, DC 20036 
Office: 202.261.1286 | Cell: 410.960.4979 | Fax: 202.261.1730

​​​​​    From:  Katie Nolan
     Date:  November 26, 2018 
Subject:  Master Copy of AFVN Apollo 12 Moonwalk Coverage

​Hi Jim and Bob, 
Thank you both so much for your help! I really appreciate it. Unfortunately, the quality on YouTube isn’t sufficient for us to use for broadcast, but we’ve found different footage that we can use in its stead. 
Thank you both again! 
Katie Nolan (she/her) | Associate Producer, Apollo 50th 
Smithsonian Channel | 1225 19th St, NW, Suite 400 | Washington, DC 20036 
Office: 202.261.1286 | Cell: 410.960.4979 | Fax: 202.261.1730

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