This is from one of my Tan Son
Nhut Association Members, Harlan
Joe-TSN - NOV 28,
of USAF uniforms
My name is Joe
Thompson. Some time ago I was
referred to you by Harlan Hatfield.
Harlan and I are members of the Tan
Son Nhut Association and he told me
of your organization at one of our
I would like to
donate to the museum my USAF dress
blues, fatigues & other article from
my time in the USAF. It is of note
that I also wore while assigned to
the 9th Field Maintenance SQ (FMS)
at Beale AFB back early 70’s. Some
of the fatigues still have the fuel
spots on them from the notorious
fuel leaks of the SR-71. I was a
fuel system repairman at the time. I
will pay for the shipping to your
location. I do not want to throw
these away as I wore them with much
honor during a time when many others
said "hell no I won’t go" !
I have attached
several photos for your review.
Should you need more information
please do not hesitate to call me.
Thank you for your
service and Welcome Home !
I would be honored
to add your uniforms to the Museums
displays. If possible, could you
send a couple of photos of you when
you were with the SR-71 program, on
flightline or ones that you like of
yourself in uniform? I would like it
if you could write on the front of
the photos: To Dann, when you served
and with the SR-71 and dates and
sign them so I can display with them
with the uniforms. That way, it is a
personnel tribute to your service !
Thank you again!
Dann thank you I am
humbled ! I will start to work on
this tomorrow. I served at Beale,
Tan Son Nhut AFB and was discharged
at McGuire AFB NJ in 1973….After I
was discharged from the USAF I
joined the Pennsylvania Army
National Guard where I served as an
Infantry NCO up to E-7 than later
earned a commissioned. I eventually
retired after 33 years as a Major
(O-4) with the Army reserves.
However during that time I was also
called up for Panama and Haiti. It
was a good ride! Still miss it!
Once again Thank You
!!! Also thank you for your service
and what you do.
Thank You Joe
Awesome career !
Could you also send a photo of you
as an Officer. Truly a unique career
that you had ! Thank You again.
WELCOME HOME !
Dann, here are a
couple of photos from 1971 at Tan
Son Nhut AFB with our shop mascot as
an E-4 (age 20) and my last official
photo for personnel records as an
O-4 at age 48. Photos of me around
the SR-71 will be difficult…in the
early 70’s we could not go near the
flight line with a camera.
I have done many
stupid things in my life ….staying
in uniform for 33 years is not one
of them. It is paying me back for my
service to this country.
All the best to you !
Click here to see more of Joe's TSN
Museum Supporters and Awesome
Volunteers, Jack Odom, Don Schrader,
and Larry Houk with Dann in the
Nelson brought his his USN album,
photo at boot camp and his Navy
uniform with in country
stitching, (Has ships arch from the
He did 3 Viet Nam cruises on the
USS Ranger during his service from
brought in his photo album from his
Korean War service in 1952 when he
was a bomb loader at K-1 and K-9 Air
Bases in Korea.
Lt. Col. (Ret)
Wilbur Tracy with photo of himself
in uniform he signed. He flew 33
missions in a B17 bomber from Italy
in World War II.
Was so good to see
you and so happy your Museum has
grown so much.
Rudy & Chris Reyes
Rudy was here 31 years ago for the
opening of the Museum ceremonies.
He is pointing to his display which
is in same place in the first
building of the Museum that was put
up 31 years ago! He was with the
Riverine Forces in the Delta of Viet
Garrett Tugigle from the Beale
Airmans Attic shop on Beale Air
Force Base donated Viet Nam and
Cold War Air Force uniforms,
boots, and Officers hat in box
Holtz (Beale AFB) and Floyd
Jones with paperwork to pick
up the remaining SR-71 "Start
Cart" from the old 9th Recon
Wing SR-71 program that was
donated to the Museum by Beale.
Hmong Attendees at
Museum Board Members after receiving
resolutions from the Hmong
Community. Dann, Mary, Jake, Tony,
Mike, and Don
Otis Croy, WW II B-24 bomber crew
member brought in his deceased
brothers flag and photo to remember
and honor his brother.
Photo of Larry Reichert with a
81 mm mortar shell canister and
a recovered Civil War Burnside
cavalry carbine that his Dad had
found in a burned building that
he brought in for the Museum.
brought in a World War I trench
art ship made from spent shell
casings in 1918. It was made by
a relative named Frank Brooke, a
private in the Army in France
during World War I.
Photo is of Mrs.
Twyla Johnson and her daughter,
Brenda Neumann holding a photo of
her husband James Albert Johnson who
was a Marine in World War II who
fought on Iwo Jima. They brought in
and signed the photo in his memory.
Col. Vic Adamson (US Army - Ret)
signing his uniform and hat from
Mark Johnson (Viet Nam Vet) and his
wife with a World War II radio and
manual they donated.
From left to right
Dale, Jonathan, Nolan (brothers)
and Gail Madsen by the F.W.
Andreason display you showed us
Thank you very much for the tour
and for doing such a great job
of the display of my
uniform, equipment and history.
It was truly rewarding to see
how you have dealt with all of
the donated items.
Vic Davis brought
in a 1943 World War II Certificate
for being a Civilian Observer.
Awarded by the Army Air Corps with
miniature wings for watching our
shores for enemy aircraft.