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Old 03-15-2009, 02:50 PM
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Thumbs up Udorn, Thailand Veterans Reunion

I don't know if there are any Udorn, Thailand vets on this forum. I deployed to Udorn in 1961. When we got there, we found an abandoned WWII concrete airstrip. A couple of months later, we had built a strong backed tent city and were providing ground support and security for an Air America helicopter squadron flying missions for the Laotian government (the Laos border was about 25-miles north of us).

Udorn became a major Air Force base during the Vietnam war.

There is a reunion of Udorn vets this July 23-26 in Novi, MI. Most Udorn vets are Air Force, but there are some Marine and Army vets too. Guest speaker is Col.(ret) Roger Holtzapple who was the platoon leader of the Marine grunts that helped provided security in 1961 (we Combat Engineers had an assigned place on the perimeter too).

Thought I'd pass the word. I'm considering a road trip to Novi from Boston for the reunion.

- LarSim


July 23, 24, 25, 26 -2009
Sheraton Detroit Novi -$89 per night

USN, USCG, Civil Air
Transport and Air

Rekindle memories and events of Udorn!

Enjoy Day trip Caesars Windsor Casino, Canada, local Thai Restaurant, American Legion and VFW and cookout.

GUEST SPEAKER – Col. Roger Holtzapple, Udorn 1961


Sheraton Detroit Website

Attendees have until June 18th to get the $89 rate @ the hotel. Any one making reservations with the hotel can do
so on the hotel web site or call (248) 349-4000 or toll free (1-866) 837-4180 when making reservations identify

Rick has until mid April to cancel the hotel contract without penalty. If he does not receive enough interest by that
time he will cancel all reservations and plans for the reunion.
For additional details contact Host, Rick O’Hare:

Tel. (248) 349-7036 Email
514 Langfield
Northville, Michigan 48167



This will be a very informal get together. Uniform of the day will be shorts & T shirts. Northville/Novi
Michigan is about 25 miles west of Detroit & the hotel is about 20 minutes north of Detroit Metro airport.


July 23rd Arrive at hotel lobby 1600 hrs for a social gathering. About 1700 hrs convoy to the
Northville Senior Community Center where USMC, Col. Roger Holtzapple will be guest
speaker. Col. Holtzapple led a platoon of Marines to Udorn from Camp Schwab, Okinawa
to provide security at the base and in street patrols downtown Udon Thani. A video of
Udorn will be presented on a big screen TV showcasing the memorable years at Udorn
including those initial days. Dinner will be served at a local Thai restaurant nearby and
afterward drinks at the American Legion across the street.

July 24th Attendees who have confirmed the bus trip to Casino Windsor in nearby Canada will
meet in hotel lobby at 0830 hrs to prepare for departure. The casino trip is $30 per
person with $15 back at casino. The return to the hotel is scheduled for 1500 hrs. ANY
1800 hrs we will meet in the hotel lobby to convoy to Rocky’s of Northville for dinner.
Afterward we will travel about 15 min. to our local VFW hall for another social gathering.

July 25th Meet in hotel lobby about 1400 hrs to convoy to Rick O’Hare’s home for a cook out about
5 minutes from the hotel.

July 26th Meet in hotel restaurant for breakfast and say goodbye.

HOST Rick O'Hare (USMC)

514 Langfield
Northville, Mi 48167-1148
TX (248) 349-7036


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Join for free and enjoy the fun
remembering Udorn.
USMC Combat Engineer

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Old 03-16-2009, 01:27 PM
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Talking Udorn, 1961

Udorn base camp in 1961, we had the tent immediately adjacent to the tree (Shade!)

- LarSim
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