NOTAMs (Notice to Airmen)

The purpose of the NOTAM tab is to keep you informed about the Phoray and events by easily accessing information segmented into NOTAMs.  If you're late to the brief or just checking into the squadron, you can easily see all the previous comms.  Merely click on a NOTAM link and find out the latest information about a specific topic without having to search through your email trails.

This website is for information only.  You have to register through the Armed Forces Reunion, Inc. website for the Phoray, golf, tours and to purchase Coffee Mess merchandise.  This is the AFRI link:  

www.events.afr-reg.com/e/phantomphoray

If you registered and want to add events or make a (another) donation, retrieve the registration email you received from AFRI and click on thel link "To modify this registration, click here."

The Phoray is not just for Phantom Phlyers.  It is also for Phantom Phixers, spouses, admin personnel, Phlight Surgeons, etc.  Please forward this email to all of your Phantom-related contacts.

By now you have received your complete cross country package for the weekend of 26-30 October 2022. Your Phantom Phoray Planning Phamily (PackRat Packard, Bull Pratt, MuleDog Herrin, Hammer Valentino, Soupy Campbell, Easy McDonald, Molly/Too Tall Dey and Spider Nyland) have been at this now for some time to ensure that your experience is absolutely a boola boola equivalent.

Hopefully you have thoroughly read your packet (yes, there is a test) and you are already packing the old cross country kit with plans to be present for duty in Dallas. No telling when we will have a chance to do this again, so this is a must make!! All of us have a lot more runway behind us than in front of us, and sadly, we have no idea what board we are passing or even if we are already in the over run.

We need your presence and this will be a cross country for the record books. See you at the merge.

Burner, burner, burner - head to Dallas.

God Bless & SF, Spider

Greetings Phantom Phlyers, Pherrets, Phixers, Phamily and Phriends,

 

A little update now that you have had time to review your XC Packets and ROE.  Apparently not all you have read the SPINS carefully because we have many more Pholks with room reservations than we have registered for all the events - NOT GOOD.  Tamer, Lancer, Fokker, Bull and PackRat have found time to register - please do so soonest!! Remaining slots for excursion events are limited!

 

Please also reach out to your old Phantom mates and ensure that they have received all the info so that they too can participate.  Our lists and transmissions may have missed a few and we want to reach as many as we can get.

 

This is going to be a superb event and given the passing of the Phantom (not those of us who flew her), it could be our last chance until we are executing High Flight!!

 

Zip up your speed slacks, kick the tires, light the fires and sign up soonest.

 

SF, Spider

Greetings Phantom Phlyers, Phantom Pherrets, Phantom Phixers, Phantom Phamily and Phantom Phans,

 

SPINS Update dtd 22 July 2022:

Load Plan - the Phantom Phoray Coffee Mess is now open, proceed directly to and enjoy the choice of Phantom items to adorn your body, your I love me wall and your memories for the rest of your days - essential for all on this message!  Load up early!

Foot Stomper - Once again to be sure that you read and comply with the original SPINS - you must sign up at the AFRI website to ensure event attendance and proper wheel well G accounting.  Also, sign up for your hotel room - they are going fast!  BLUF - get your kneeboard, credit card and pencil and sign up immediately so we can better support you and your event!!

Please note that there is an option to donate money in support of the Phoray if you unable to attend in person. The 4 star rated “General Fund” has in fact received its first check in the amount of $200 from the Fighting Pearl.  Thanks Pearl and congratulations on tying the knot this past weekend.

Please help us locate other Phantom Pholks that we have missed. Given most of your ages (not mine of course) this could be out last great Hoorah!!Gate, Gate, get this done ASAP!!

SF, Spider

Warning Order (this is the first email blast comm)

Thanks to a very prompt and enthusiastic response to our email survey (over 500 positive responses thus far).  We are now ready to proceed with the second iteration of the - “Greatest Mother of Them All” reunions - the “Marine F-4 Phantom Phoray 2022”.  Based on favorable contract packages, potential continuation of COVID concerns/restrictions in California and a desire for a centralized U.S. location with easy access, Dallas, Texas has been selected as the site of preference.

 

The primary goal is to bring together all participants of the Marine Corps community (aircrew, maintenance, administrative and all personnel who have supported the F-4) for recognition of their exceptional contribution to Marine Aviation History.  Speakers for this event include current and former USMC Aviation senior leadership, defense industry partners and Marine Phantom trailblazers.  Family and friends are absolutely invited.

The selected hotel is the Hyatt Regency Dallas, Texas which recently hosted the highly successful 2021 Marine Corps Aviation Association’s annual symposium.  The event dates are Wednesday, 26 October through Sunday, 30 October 2022.  Early arrivals will be Wednesday, 26 October, and checkout is Sunday, 30 October.  The room rate is $154 + taxes per night (1-2 people/room). To date we have blocked over 440 rooms and hope to grow this number even more.  We encourage each of you to forward this information to your Phantom friends.  If you plan to attend, please consider reserving your room as soon as possible so we can gauge potential additional requirements.  A room deposit is required but you can always cancel your room later and get a full refund.  A link for hotel reservation information follows.  https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/DFWRD/G-MARI

We have again contracted with Armed Forces Reunions, Inc. (AFRI) to manage the reunion planning.  The link for AFRI's registration page follows.  https://www.events.afr-reg.com/e/phantomphoray  Online registration with AFRI will require a debit/credit card payment.  Mail-in registrations can be paid via check or money order.  

 

Additionally, any help you can provide locating and contacting Phantom pholks that we’ve lost contact with is appreciated.  This will help us greatly with planning and logistics.  If you have friends who do not have email access, please print and mail the program and registration page to them.  You can order shirts, caps and other memorabilia when registering and at the onsite Coffee Mess booth.  

Donations, NEW NOTAM 8.6.2022

If you would like to make a donation to a squadron mate or family member, you can go to the AFRI website registration page and input the amount and the person to be recognized.  If it is for the golf tournament, please state as such.  The honorees will be recognized during the Phoray's events.

Corporal Don Graves, NEW NOTAM 9.7.2022

Corporal Don Graves, of the Iwo Jima D Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Division, will open the Saturday night banquet by singing the National Anthem and the Marine Corp Hymn.

Don Graves was born in Detroit, MI May 3, 1925.  Don Dropped out of school at 17 and with his parents permission entered the U.S. Marine Corps on August 17, 1942.  Initially assigned to a unit that shipped to New Zealand, Don drove a truck with a 37 MM gun mounted in the back.  Returning from that deployment, Don was put into the newly formed 5th Marine Division. 

 

After training in Hilo, Hawaii, the division was shipped out to the invasion of Iwo Jima.  Don was part of an assault squad on carried a flame thrower.  As part of D Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, Don landed by amtrac on Green Beach 1 in the third wave on February 19, 1943.  On February 23 Don was on the rim of Mr. Suribachi just a few yards from a group of Marines who were raising a large U.S. flag while Joe Rosenthal took the most iconic photograph of the Pacific war.  Don fought on Iwo Jima until the Division was relieved in late March.  Don landed with over 300 Marines in his unit and when relieved, 18 Marines were in shape to walk off the island. 

 

Don eventually became a pastor and retired after 32-years in the ministry.

Coffee Mess Update, UPDATE 9.7.2022

If you haven't placed an order for your Coffee Mess merchandise, you're late to the brief.  But... do not fret.  The Coffee Mess Officer Rhonda "Hammer" Valentino is taking one more order.  

SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 IS THE LAST ORDER CUTOFF DATE.

If you have been contacted by Rhonda "Hammer" Valentino (rhonda@rhondavalentino.com), please respond to her as soon as possible as the correct golf shirt order, quantity and color, needs to be verified now!!!!  So check you mailbox and/or spam pronto!

There are no sales after the Phoray!

There will be a VERY limited quantity of some items for sale during the reunion. 

But remember, you have to order through the AFRI website: www.events.afr-reg.com/e/phantomphoraycoffeemess

To view the merchandise being sold, click on this link View Coffee Mess Items

Golf Tournament

NOTE:  You have to register on the AFRI website and pay the fee to play in the tournament.  Here is the link:  www.events.afr-reg.com/e/phantomphoI

As of this comm, we have (49) pholks signed up for Thursday’s golf tournament.  Chuck “Siggy” Freund is heading up the ROE for the tournament.  We’re asking all the golfers to email Siggy and let him know if you already have a team, you want to put together a team, if you’re a solo player and need to be assigned a team, your level of play and whether you need clubs.  Siggy's email:  cafreund55@gmail.com

 

We are currently working with Bear Creek management to firm up the ROE.  We are planning on prizes for the longest drive (ladies and guys) and closet to the pin on several holes.  After the Phoray registration closes (September 19th), we will contact all golfers so as to finish building the pairs/teams, determine who needs clubs, discuss transportation, etc.  

 

If you want to put cash toward a prize to memorialize a squadron mate or family member, you can do that through the AFRI website.  Ensure you state your gift is for the golf tournament. 

Below is a list of the players already signed up.  Data is current as of 8.30.2022

Friday Night Events and Squadron Dinners, UPDATE 9.7.2022

MIG ALERT SOUTH!  We are getting intel that arranging a dinner for "XX" pholks in the immediate area of the Hyatt may be challenging, especially if there are last minute interlopers that want to join a group.  The committee is investigating alternatives close by that can easily be reached by Lyft/Uber or POV.  The underlying message is that if you are planning a Friday night dinner or want to attend one, please contact the squadron lead or Rick "Packrat" Packard ASAP.  

As stated previously, there is interest from some to have individual squadron suites and/or Friday night dinners. 

After canvassing several attendees and assessing their feedback, the Phoray committee learned there was not an interest in having individual squadron suites.  The general consensus was that pholks would rather congregate in the Phoray's main Ready Room so it would be easier for everyone to socialize with all attendees.

With that said, below are squadrons that are planning separate Friday night dinners.

If you want to take the lead for a squadron not listed, contact Rick "Packrat" Packard asap:  packard.rick@gmail.com

Marine Corps University, USMC History Division, UPDATE 9.7.2022

The Marine Corps University, USMC History Division will support the Phoray by sending Field Interviewers to interview (audio only, no video) those with Vietnam Phantom (related) experience.  Prospect interviewees are any Phantom phyler, phixer, base personnel, Marine and Air Force FAC-As with Vietnam time.  

​This could very well be the last chance for this many Vietnam Phantom (related) veterans to be in one location of which will more easily facilitate the interviews of Vietnam vets by the MCU History Division.  Your stories and experiences are important to document and preserve the mighty Phantom's place in aviation history! 

 

You can sign up now for an interview date/time slot at this MCU website or we will assign you one after registration closes.

Phantom Phoray 2022: Vietnam Interviews with USMC History Division (signupgenius.com)

Correction from last post:  The interviews will not be transcribed.  The audio interview will be available through the Marine Corps University, USMC History Division archives

To the best of our knowledge, the following list of Phoray attendees served in Vietnam (those in red have already been interviewed).  If you served in Vietnam and not listed below, please go ahead and sign up for an interview at the above MCU link.  Then contact Al “Walrus” Nolan (MCU interview coordinator) ASAP so we can get you on the list:  alnolan112@gmail.com

Below are example interviews (there are several hundred) that were completed in-country during the war.  These are provided by the MCU History Division, Oral History Archives.  The link below is how one requests an interview. The number in front of each listing is the recording number.  This number identifies the interview for archivists at the History Division.

You may email your request at:  history.division@usmcu.edu

The digitized catalog with all the Vietnam interviews (about 10,000+) may be found at this link:  https://www.usmcu.edu/Research/Marine-Corps-History-Division/Oral-History/

On this page is also a catalog of “Career Interviews” these are with prominent officers and the highlights of their Marine careers are discussed.  These catalogs are word searchable.  Interviews are available by contacting the History Division. 

38. Smith, Maj Keith A Movement of VMFA-531 to Vietnam, 10 Apr-15 Jun 65

40. Still, GySgt Cornelius F Experience with Defense Company, VMFA-531, Apr-Jun 65

425. Sheahan, Maj R.R. Operational capabilities of F-4B in Vietnam 1 Aug-Dec 66

1048. Millsaps, LCpl R.D. Small unit action (U) (VMFA (AW-232)), Mar 66-Apr 67

1719. McCord, 1stLt J.R. A close air support mission (VMFA-542) Feb 67

1720. McCord, 1stLt J.R. A TPQ mission (VMFA-542) Jul 67

1722. Tener, Capt F.S. A close air support mission in support of Operation SWIFT 9 Sep 67 VMFA-115)

1723. Benson, Capt S.L. A direct air support mission in support of Operation KINGFISHER  VMFA-115 Sep 67

1724. Hatton, Capt F.L. A close air support mission in support of Operation DRAGON FIRE – VMFA-115 12 Sept 67

1726. Parnell, 1stLt R.E. A close air support mission in support of Operation WHEELER VMFA-115 15 Sep 67

1727. Souza Jr., Sgt H. Duties of an aircraft engineering clerk (VMFA-323) Nov 66-Sep 67

1728. Tharp, Sgt E.E. Duties of an aircraft ordnance man (VMFA-323) Nov 66

1729. Allen, Cpl M.E. Duties of a plane captain (VMFA-323) Oct 66-Sep 67

1730. Isbell, Cpl T.F. Duties of a plane captain (VMFA-323) Dec 66-Sep 67

1731. Kirkwood, Cpl D.J. Duties of a VMFA-323 ordnance man

1732. Ausborn, Sgt D.G. Aircraft safety and survival (VMFA-323) Sep 66-Sep 67

1733. Wade, Cpl W.L. Duties as a CNI with VMFA-323 Sep 66-Sep 67

1734. Goddard, Cpl R.J. Duties of an electronics technician with VMFA-323 Nov 66-Sep 67

1735. Volk, Sgt W.F. Duties of a fire control radar technician (VMFA-323) Mar-Sep 67

1736. Shelton, Cpl F.G. Duties of a jet engine mechanic (VMFA-323) Aug-Sep 67

1737. Caughman, Cpl M.T. Duties of a hydraulic mechanic (VMFA-115) Nov 66-Sep 67

1738. Powers, LCpl J.R. Duties of a ground support equipment man (VMFA-115) Dec 66-Sep 67

1739. Hagen, Cpl L.T. Duties of a metalsmith with VMFA-115 Nov 66-Sep 67

1740. Carnes, LCpl L.D. Duties of the VMFA-115 Safety and Survival Section Dec 66-Sep 67

1741. Allen, LCpl D.L. Duties of the VMFA-115 Safety and Survival Section Dec 66-Sep 67

1742. Stewart, Sgt C.K. Duties of an aircraft armament fire control technician (VMFA-115) May-Sep 67

1743. Wilson, Cpl E.A. Small unit action in Operation LAFYETTE 28 Feb-14 Apr 67 1a, 1f, 1h

1744. Redmond, Capt T.D. Debriefing of Capt Redmond, a FAC in Operation SWIFT 4-12 Sep 67

1835. Howell, Capt J.D. Air support of Operation DRAGON FIRE (VMFA-542) 11 Sep 67

2100. Hensor, LCpl D.J. Crash of an F-4B at Da Nang AB (MABS-11, MAG-11) 20 Nov 67

2175. Riggle, PFC C.R. Crash of an F-4B (MABS-11, MAG-11) 4 Dec 67

2413. Knolle, SSgt E.R. Technical training requirements for F-4B aircraft maintenance May 67-Jan 68, VMFA-115

2424. Emery, Maj G.P. Employment of F-8E, F-4B, and A-6A aircraft in single mission: 24-28 Jan 68 in reseeding of Sing Ben Hai River (VMA(AW)-242)

2425. Pawloski, 1stLt R.A. Experienes as RIO, VMFA-323 Dec 67-Feb 68

2426. Ballard, GySgt J.H. Rocket attack on Chu Lai Air Base, problems encountered and lessons learned, 31 Jan 68

2427. Griffing, Capt D.R. An aircraft attack on a fortified village (VMFA-115) 3 Feb 68

2548. Hagaman, LtCol H.T. VMFA-323 close air support mission and the loss of an F-4B 22 Jan 68 in Khe Sanh Area

2549. Lundquist, LtCol C.R. VMF(AW)-235 CAS and DAS mission in the Khe Sanh area 15 Feb 68

Kiely, Maj D.J. VMF(AW)-235 CAS mission in Hue City 22 Feb 68

Kiely, Maj D.J. VMF(AW)-235 CAS mission in the Khe Sanh area 25 Feb 68

O'Neal, Maj B.D. TPQ and CAS missions (VMF(AW)-235) 4 Mar 68

2793. Miller Jr., Maj H.G. F-4B CAS mission in the area of Hue/Phu Bai (VMFA-323) 19 Apr 68

2799. Cox, Capt R.T. Close air support mission near Danang, RVN (VMFA-115) Apr 68

3105. Maddux, 1stLt V.R. Eyewitness report of a downed F-4 on a CAS mission 8 Jul 68

3194. Rodriguez, Sgt S. Duties of a radar technician on the F-4B Aero-A1 Weapons system 13 Dec 66-30 Aug 68

3304. Denton Jr., Capt J.P. Ejection from an F-4 Phantom jet while on a CAS mission in the Phu Bai area, 7 Sep 68 (VMFA-115)

3305. Minahan, 1stLt D.J. The VMFA-115 Civic Action Program Jul-Sep 68

3347. Black, Maj C.E.R. A wheels-up landing of and F-4B at Chu Lai,, VMFA-314 1 Nov 68

3375. Casey, GySgt M.A. Modification of the F-4B ordnance system VMFA-542

3376. Rich, Cpl D.A. Modification of the F-4B ordnance system in VMFA-542

3379. Daly, 1stLt P.E. A mission over North Vietnam by a 9 Oct 68  VMFA-334 flight section

3380. Harrah, Capt J.F. A Tally Ho Mission (VMFA-334) Oct 68

3381. Ruffner, Cpl P.W. Rocket attack on Chu Lai AB (TADS, MABS) 5 May 68

3382. Edelen, Capt K.D. A CAS Mission (VMFA-314) 10 Sep 68

3383. Yatsko, Capt A.A. Recommendations for future planning and improvement of squadron maintenance facilities (VMFA-115)

3404. Church, 1stLt J.C. An ejection from an F-4B Aircraft 7 Sep 68, VMFA-115

3428. Schanzenbach, 1stLt D.T. The crash landing of an RF-4 and subsequent rescue of the crew, VMCJ-1 17 Sep 68

3442. Sytsma, LCpl R.J. The rescue of the crew of a crashed F-4 12 May 68 (MABS-13)

3443. Huey Jr., Capt S.P. Problems encountered in VMFA-115 supply and maintenance in RVN  Jun 68-Sep 68

3444. Carroll, 1stLt P.A. Components of a fixed-wing fighter/attack operations VMFA-115, Jun 68-Oct 68

3521. Richardson, Capt B.L. Tactical stirke procedures for A-6 aircraft with F-4 escort and flak suppression in NVN, VMFA-334

3522. Cunningham, 1stLt T.J. Observations of a RIO in RVN (VMFA-542) Aug 68-Nov 68.

3693. Yorkoff, 1stLt B.K. The crash of a F-4 due to enemy fire, VMFA-542, 22 Oct 68

4154. Toth, Capt T.A. Ground support and systems supporting the RF-4, VMCJ-1, Aug 68-Mar 69

4784. Trotti, Maj J.H. F-4 operations 65-66 & 69-70