Rick Ault (VMO-6 Veteran)
The commitment of the entire Bird 18 crew to restore to original an aircraft that is over 50 years old just blows my mind. You folks are just incredible. And when I look back after all of those years and the happenstance of meeting Paul Turner all of us Klondikers are humbled. Thank you for the honor you have bestowed on all of us.
Cecil J.(CJ) Smith (VMO-6 Veteran)
I join my squadron members in complimenting your extraordinary restoration effort and the memorial page honouring 'Klondikers' who gave their lives in combat for others. Thank you.
Major William Goodsell, C.O. of VMO-6, lost his life with others rescuing Marine Staff Sergeant Jimmie E. Howard and eighteen man recon team "Carnival Time" under assault by three hundred Viet Cong. Sergeant Howard was awarded the Medal of Honour: His squad, four navy crosses, thirteen Silver Stars, and I believe seventeen Purple Hearts.
Klondikers, Captain Bobby "Pappy" Galbreath, Lt. Paul Jensen, S/Sgt Jimmie Tolliver and Cpl Harry Schneider lost their lives extracting a Marine Force Recon team led by 2nd Lt. Terrance Graves. Lt. Graves was awarded the Medal of Honour.
VMO-6 also participated in classified missions for MACV-SOG supporting the Green Berets out of FOB-1 at Phu Bai, and FOB-3 at Khe Sanh.
Again, thanks for honouring us in your endeavour, and best wishes to your teams continued success.
Louis Sessinger (VMO-6 Veteran)
I was a Crew Chief/Gunner with VMO-6 at Quang Tri Combat Base in 1968. There only 6 months. Got shot up pretty bad. I believe we lunched together (Paul) in 2017 at our Memorial Day gathering near Marine Corps Base Quantico VA. I must say that the interest you and your mates have in our squadron is somewhat overwhelming, I thank you all heartedly. I hope to visit soon. I think Pete and I will do it. We might be the least unencumbered. Thank you for your friendship.
Rick Ault (VMO-6 Veteran)
You guys are doing an absolutely incredible job. Just when I feel I couldn't be more proud of my time with VMO-6 you come out, once again, with even more personal history of our humble beginnings. You folks of MAG-36 UK have done so much for us and your dedication to the Bird 18 UK project is nothing short of incredible, your attention to detail is completely unmatched. Great work!!! You fill us all with such pride. Thank you hardly seems adequate - Semper Fi.
Peter Greene (VM0-6 Veteran)
What more can I say, you guys at MAG-36 UK have been tremendous at promoting the squadron. Thank you, Klondike 4-1.
John Boden (VMO-6 Veteran)
Thank you very much for your great work. I was a pilot with VMO-6 at Ky Ha, just north of Chu Lai arriving on 6/6/66. You can learn more about VMO-6 life by in my book 'Klondikeplayboy'. Semper Fi.
Sgt Thomas 'Sundown' Leonard (Vietnam Veteran)
'ALOHA from Maui, Hawaii - THANK YOU for reconstructing the Huey and the web page - Fantastic. It was 50 years ago today, a door gunner TET & Ashau Valley. I was a 6511 Ordnanceman, came over with a squadron of OV-10 Broncos, previously at Camp Pendleton. I was flight training on the Huey's, night ops were my speciality (which paid off later).
I still LOVE those birds and would do it all over again. Best Marines I ever knew - Semper Fi.
Doing VMO-6 proud doesn't even come close to what you folks have done. You guys have done an absolutely incredible job and I know I speak for all of us, we are so proud and honored for what you have done. Absolutely amazing.
Frank Sawyer (Vietnam Veteran)
I'm not a Marine but served in the Army working on the UH-1 Huey and AH-1 Cobra in Vietnam. It makes me feel so good to know you are restoring this aircraft to its former state. Best of luck to you and everyone working on this beautiful aircraft.