Arm Patches for the 432 Security Police SquadronUDORN R.T.A.F.B.

The Last Tour

Tango Row . . .at the end of the Runway. This is a good example of a Kalong too.

I received a note that the foundation in the foreground is part of a bridge that was the Main Gate in the early ‘60’s. The gate officers had a locked ammo box mounted on a post, that contained a..45 pistol. Or sometimes an unloaded rifle. The part about the gun in a box, I have confirmed via people that were “there” (Picture credit: Ron Bell)

The badge and uniform patches of the 432 Security Police Squadron

Air Base Defense. Tiger Flight, was the cool name for “night shift.”

I worked Tiger from day one till I caught one of the last Freedom Birds.

A view of Udorn Thani or Udon Thani from Tango (Tower) #65

Tango 65 stood across the street from the 6 big metal buildings and next to the “new” Armed Forces Radio Network Station. From some recent photos I’ve seen, the 6 Buildings are about the only ones still standing

View of the base also from Tango 65. The metal barracks on the right was air conditioned living areas for night shift guys. The hootches were where everybody else slept. Each squadron had it’s own bar in the common area as well. These hootches were mostly Security Police. The barricade in the street denotes the parts of the base that had been returned to Thai control. Very deserted in 1976. Towards the end the airport terminal and the metal barracks were all the U.S. controlled. Even the flag had been taken down 6 months before.

From the same Tango 65. The AFRN Station is being dismantled. Behind it is the base hospital. In the far background is the POL Area. (Petroleum Oils & Lubricants.)

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The American association with Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base lasted officially from the early 1960's thru 1976. With the end of Vietnam came the end of the American portion of Udorn. Many sites chronicle the war era. I want to show you our normal life as  "run of the mill" G.I.'s. The Vietnam war ended and we just went on following orders.  We were young, far from home and looking to see our world. And hoping to get back to The World soon. So I went "kalong" diving in my closet looking for my old picture book, and these pages were the result. Like most of us my time "in country' was short. From 1975 until the American portion closed in 1976. Making somebody go "Kalong diving" was a common humorous threat in a land where every vile thing was tossed into the

(ditch) Kalong.     Thanks for visiting