The United States Air
553rd Reconnaissance Wing
Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base
Individuals Looking For Others
Assigned to Korat RTAFB
Trying to remember who someone is or where they are now? This
page will provide for an area to try and locate lost
friends. Looking For Others area added 4/17/00,
Last updated 09/25/14.
Please see if
you can help
* * Looking For Others * *
Mark Hollingworth is looking to contact anyone who served with his
father William R. "Holly" Hollingsworth. William Hollingsworth
was an EC-121R flight engineer, at Korat during 1970, and he also served
as the senior enlisted advisor. William Hollingsworth passed away January 8, 1994.
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Mark Hollingsworth, William Hollingsworth's son, would like to hear from anyone
who served with his father. Contact Mark via email at
email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or by telephone at (870) 656-7302 - Mark Hollingsworth looking for others request
Linda Donley, wife of Batcat Ron Donley who passed away 01/23/11, would like to hear
from anyone who knew Ron Donley. Ron worked with the 553rd Field Maintenance
Squadron engine shop on the flight line and phase docks. From Sept 1968 to
August 1969 at Korat RTAFB with the 553 FMS engine shop. Ron Donley
was part of the group from the FMS squadron who was sent to Da Nang, Vietnam in
June 1969 to trouble shoot and repair the "Da Nang Glider" incident.
Would especially like to hear from others who also went to Da Nang to service the
"Da Nang Glider." Check here for details of the
"Da Nang Glider" incident. If you can help please contact Linda Donley via email at
email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. This
Linda Donley looking for others request added 11/06/14,
Jeff Tyler would like to hear from anyone who knew he father,
Kenneth M. Tyler who was a flight engineer with the 554th
Reconnaissance Squadron April 1970 to December 1970. If you
knew Ken Tyler please contact Jeff Tyler via email at email@example.com.
Dadre Dean McCreary, daughter of Batcat Richard Dean McCreary,
would like to hear from anyone who knew her father. Richard
was a Connie pilot at Korat from December 1969 to June 1970
with the 554th Reconnaissance squadron. Richard retired a Lt. Col.
If you can help please contact Dadre via email, at
My father Thomas K. "TK"
Smith was assigned to Korat between 1965-1968. His rank at the
time would be A1C or Sgt. He was assigned to USAF Security
Service. Our family was based at Kadena AFB, Okinawa, and Dad
would go to Korat / Thailand TDY at various times. My sister and
I were too young to remember much as we were in 1st or 3rd Grade
at the time. Did anyone know him? If so, can you tell me anything
about him? FYI: He stayed in the USAF for 29 years, retired a
CMSGT, I'm his son, Tom Smith retired from the USAF at 24
years (SMSgt), and his daughter Debbie retired at 21 years (LTC)
from the USAF. We are both curious to know what he did during the
Vietnam War. Any information is most appreciated. Please contact
us via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Added 08/04/11.
Dave Ortman is trying to locate anyone who knew his father Frank
Ortman. Frank Ortman was a 663rd Reconnaissance Wing pilot
between May 1968 and June 1969. If you can provide any
information about Frank Ortman, please contact his sone Dave
Ortman via email, at email@example.com. Thank
you. Added 07/04/11.
Trying to contact Bill Gronto, who worked in the 553rd Electronic
Maintenance Squadron (EMS) Navigation shop, 1967 to 1968. Please
email Richard "Dick" Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have
any information about Bill Gronto. Thank You. Added 04/27/11,
UPDATE - Anderson has made contact with
Looking for Sgt Henry (Hank) Isleib, a CIM with 553 RS. Please
email Alvin Teel at email@example.com if you can
provide any information. Added
Looking for William (Bill) Klein who was a Sgt. in the EMS radio
shop from Nov. 1968 through Oct. 1969. He was my best friend and
best man at my wedding. If anyone has info concerning Bill,
please contact me, John W. Reichenbach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you. Added
Looking for Paul E. Chanberlain, SSgt from the Recip Engine Shop
in Korat from around June 1969. He was one of the persons I went
TDY with to Danang to work on the "Danang Glider." He
was my NCOIC. If you can help please contact Ron Donley email@example.com. Thank
you. Added 03/09/09.
Looking for those who knew my father, SSgt Paul M. Flowers III,
USAF. He was a crew chief at Nakhom Phanom Royal Thai Air Force
Base during 1968 to 1969, then onto Hill AFB. He was from
Hershey, Pennsylvania. He died in 1983. Anyone who knew SSgt.
Paul Flowers please contact his son SSgt. Eric P. Flowers, USAR,
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you. Added
Looking for those who knew my father, Lt. Col. William C.
McCormick, Jr. He was a navigator with the 554th Reconnaissance
Squadron, killed on the April 25, 1969 crash at Korat. Here is an
Lt. Col. McCormick, possibly taken during the Korean War.
This is another image
taken with family. Appreciate hearing for anyone who my
father. Please contact Leslie McCormick at email@example.com. Thank you.
Looking for information on 1/Lt George Ringhoffer. He was one of
the navigators on my crew, 554th RCS, in late 1968. Had heard he
later went to pilot training and was killed in an F-4 accident
while flying out of Sembach AB, Germany. If anyone can provide
additional information please contact J.J. Smith, Lt Col, USAF,
Retired. Webmaster note J.J. Smith passed away June 23, 2009.
Added 09/12/08, updated
My name is Gunlayanee (Kanya). I am from Korat Thailand. I had
left Thailand since 1976, went back to helped mom on her visa in
1978 and never been back since. Since my father has passed away
10 years ago I had lost all contact with my 1/2 brother and
sister. The old addresses I have are no longer valid. My sisters
name is Nilawan Chunchor and my brothers name is Vilachi
Chunchor. If anyone can help Kanya locate her sister and/or
brother, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. UPDATE - Kanya has made contact with her sister and
brother, thank you for your help!!. Added 04/20/08,
Stephen Gary Johnston, a U.S. Army veteran, now
living in Northern Ireland, is searching for photographs of
pilots and aircrew. This is a hobby he started in
1990. If you can provide a photograph, preferrably
signed, you can send it to him at:
Stephen Gary Jonston
Or you can email Stephen Gary Johnston at JOHNSTONFRAMES@aol.com.
When possible these are displayed at the Warbird Museum in
Northern Ireland. Added
John Given is looking for information from anyone who knew he
father, Lt. Col. Walter M. Given III. Walter Given
was at Korat from Dec. 1970 to Dec. 1971, he was the 553rd
Reconnaissance Squadron commander during the second half of his
tour at Korat. John's father, Walter Given,
passed away in 2000, but he and his brothers would love to talk
with anyone that served with or knew his dad. If you can provide
any information please contact John Given at Tzed250@aol.com All help is
Batcat Phil Miller, 553 Field Maintenance Squadron, air frame
repair shop, an early arrival who was part of the deployment to
Eglin AFB. Please see the attached image, florida2.jpg.
Trying to identify all the individuals in this photo taken July
1967 (developed in August 67) at Eglin AFB,
Florida. Phil is in the center foreground. Others
which are known are: individual with the white shirt
on the right is identified by his last name only as Gould, blond
haired man on the stairs, center with the glasses is identiried
as "Junior", Harord Barnes, and Josh Gavin
is the man above Phil Miller. If you can provide any
information about those in the photo, please contact Phil
your help is appreciated.Added
Batcat John D. LaBonte, a Receip mechanic assigned to the 553rd
FMS November 1969 to November 1970, is looking for Sgt. Randolph
W. Heimann, also known as "Herbie." Believe
he later made TSgt. If you can provide any
information about Randolph Heimann, please contact John
LaBonte email@example.com. Added
10/19/03. UPDATE - contact has been
made, thank you for your help!! Updated 02/18/07.
Batcat Joe Gonzales, a Radio Maintenance Technician on crew 26,
at Korat from September 1968 through July 1969, is looking for
two former crew members. If you can provide any
information about William Prescott a CIM, or Ray Carlston a Radio
Operator, please contact Joe Gonzales at firstname.lastname@example.org All help is
appreciated. Added 06/25/03, updated
Please take a look at this flightcrew
photo. Although the back drop says Chani Mai, it was actually
taken at Korat. First name of the man with glasses and red hair
is Oscar. He married the gal without the hat whose name is Dien
Jai. First name of the man standing without glasses is John. John
and Oscar were flightcrew at Korat and lived off base, enjoyed
riding motorcycles. If you can help with names and/or current
locations please contact Leroy Moberley at email@example.com.
NEW INFORMATION on 01/09/01 -
thanks to input from Bob Malone and Dan Brust, it is now known
the man with the glasses is named Oscar W Kendell, AF18499082.
MORE NEW INFORMATION on
05/02/02 - from information now available, Leroy
believes that the name of the individual without glasses is John
W. Baldwin, AF10121644. If you can provide more information
please e-mail Leroy Moberley. Leroy is married to the girl in the
photo with the hat, they have been trying to find these old
friends for years. Hope you can help. Added 4/17/00, Updated 05/02/02.
Do you have any info on a good friend of mine that was a Batcat,
Donald Trollinger. He was in the 554th with me and departed back
to the states around April or May of 1970? If so, I would like to
get his address if possible. If you have any information that can
help please contact Eddie Vickers at SNAPPER35@aol.com. Added 6/7/00.
Wendy Rohde-Studebaker is searching for information about her
father, Lt. Col. Frederick H. Rohde, assigned to the 553rd
Reconnaissance Wing as 554th Recon Squadron Commander
1969-1970. Col. Rohde died in 1984.
Wendy has assembled the following information about
Lt. Col. Frederick H. Rohde
from his service record. If you can provide any additional
details please contact Wendy Rohde-Studebaker
Here is an Internet site which can help locate both present and
past members of the USAF. Check out: Charlie Jones unofficial
USAF locator at URL www.usaf-locator.com.
Larry and Sue's Homepage.