South East Asia

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Map of Viet Nam

Map showing the Principal U.S. Air Bases in South East Asia during the Vietnam war.

Airman Koopman - USAF 1966 - 1970
Viet Nam Veteran


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I was promoted in 1968 from Airman First Class E-3 to Sergeant E-4, because the Air Force in 1967 had restored the NCO status lost to E-4 in 1952 when new titles were adopted. NCO status was revoked again for E-4 in 1991 when the grade became Senior Airman.

Phantom II

A Phantom II rolls in on a target in the wooded hills of Viet Nam.


The Spook!


Sgt. Koopman Phantom Phixer


Sgt. Koopman Phantom Phixer

460th TRW460th TRW

I was assigned to the 460th TRW - FMS (Tactical Reconnaissance Wing - Field Maintenance Squadron) at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon Viet Nam. During my tour I helped maintain the GE J79 jet engines on RF-4C Phantom II Air Craft and I analyzed engine oil in the S.O.A.P. lab to predict engine wear.

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MACV PatchMACV Patch

Through out 1968 Tan Son Nhut Air Base was attacked with Rockets, Mortars, and by Viet Cong Soldiers. Click on the Republic of Viet Nam flag above to read the related After Action Reports.

Memories of Viet Nam.

1968 Reconnaissance Photo of Tan Son Nhut Air Base.

Hanoi Jane.

Air Force Humor.

Air Force Intelligence?

God and Country?

Arrange the Blocks Game.

God, Country, Moms apple pie, Glory, and Medals; this is what old men tell young men they are fighting for. When I came home some of my friends thought I'd gone off to school. When I told them I'd been in Viet Nam some called me a baby killer. I never received so much as a welcome home. So to all my brother and sister Vietnam veterans out there I say:


Shadow Box

Viet Nam Service Medal

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Life Member TSNA
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If you followed the Link here from the - Tan Son Nhut Association Web Page - you may have wondered what my motive was for setting up this Web Page. This Vietnam Page is part of my Ham Radio Hobby Page and is an addition to my Autobiography. I felt I owed a debt to those I served with on Tan Son Nhut Air Base to tell the story of what life was like for us "Rear Echelon Military Forces." Unlike previous wars; in Viet Nam you were always behind enemy lines.

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