From:   Bob Morecook

     Date:   April 30, 2019

Subject:  Seeking Info on Mike Turpin

There may be a photo of Turpin on the AFVNvets page.

​Bob

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Seeking Ira Leslie "Mike" Turpin   SSG, USA   Announcer, Saigon 67-68

April  2019

    From:   Dickie Ellis 

     Date:   April 29, 2019

Subject:  Seeking Info on Mike Turpin

I never heard him mention the doctor.  The federal prison is in Butner just North of Raleigh.  I am sure they have a website and you could probably send him an email.  Let me know if I can help...

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AFVN Conversations

    From:   Rick Fredericksen

     Date:   April 29, 2019

Subject:  Seeking Info on Mike Turpin

Rick... Mike was a friend...   I put together and ran his TelePrompTer every night for the 6 o’clock news.  He went home then came back to Saigon as a civilian and was shot in a bar incident I understand.  He married a Vietnamese woman named Lilly if I recall.  Some of the other guys know more I am sure.  Dickie

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    From:   Rick Fredericksen

     Date:   April 29, 2019

Subject:  Seeking Info on Mike Turpin

We actually had teleprompters?  I've read plenty of TV newscasts in 1969, did I forget about that?


    From:   Rick Fredericksen

     Date:   April 29, 2019

Subject:  Seeking Info on Mike Turpin

Did anyone know Mike, listed as an announcer at AFVN in Saigon 1967-68?  Like to learn more about him and his death in 1972. 
Rick Fredericksen


    From:   Jim White

     Date:   April 30, 2019

Subject:  Seeking Info on Mike Turpin

Bob,

There are photos of Mike and his wife in John Mikesch's slides #39 to #43.

Jim W

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    From:   Marc Yablonka

     Date:   April 29, 2019

Subject:  Seeking Info on Mike Turpin

Dick,

Not sure if I mentioned it, but back in `93, I was on hand at Guilford College in Greensboro when the Special Forces community from Ft. Bragg, along with folks from Catholic Charities, Lutheran Family Services and the community at large welcomed 300 Montagnards, who'd been holed up in the jungles of Cambodia hiding from Hanoi's wrath leveled upon them for their Christian faith, were flown in . The UN was instrumental in guaranteeing them safe passage out and resettlement in Raleigh and Greensboro. It was quite a weekend. First time I ever imbibed in the Montagnard elixir they call "Nampee."  Whew! is the only word that comes to mind.  Stuff can knock a moose off a rancher's wall!  "Soldier of Fortune" ran the piece I wrote about the event.

Marc

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    From:   Marc Yablonka

     Date:   April 29, 2019

Subject:  Seeking Info on Mike Turpin

Ha! I've been to NC a couple of times, Dick, but I'll have to take your word for it.  Both times I was hanging around with Montagnards.  Didn't come across any rednecks! Just spec ops guys, social workers and the like.  One of the Montagnards, H'Doi Ksa, from Greensboro, got over here, went to work as a gardener, made enough to buy the boss out and now he owns the outfit and is a millionaire. Great success story. 


    From:   Marc Yablonka

     Date:   April 29, 2019

Subject:  Seeking Info on Mike Turpin

Dick, 
I once interviewed Dr. Dick Turpin, who ran the Christian group Project Concern Hospital at Lien Hiep in the Highlands during the war.  Small chance, I know, but wonder if Mike ever mentioned he had a relative by that name and occupation in-country.  Last I heard, Dr. Turpin was the prison doctor at a federal facility in NC. 
Marc

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    From:   Dickie Ellis 

     Date:   April 29, 2019

Subject:  Seeking Info on Mike Turpin

The guy in charge of the State Capitol grounds and the Governor’s mansion for years was a Yard.  Unfortunately, he passed away several years ago.  Great people and many Tar Heels have fond stories of our Vietnamese neighbors. 

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