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Maintenance Supply Leader, Top Center; Virgil A. "Pete" and/or "Wally" Cox Bottom Row LtoR; (Maint.) Riney, Gary Harper, Tom Drinkwater, John Smith, Rudy Elizondo, Ron Holder, Ernie Shervey, John Eddington, and John D. Rosemeyer.
Note; FYI Virgil A. Cox was called Wally and Pete. He was one of the few authorized to wear the Combat Infantry Badge in the USAF, Roy Hubanks.
John Lebold, Terry Highland, Steve Williams, "Easy" Jack Moyer, James D. Klyce, Patrick Aguilar, and Lew Brabham - last out of Viet Nam
Last Official VN photo of CCT was taken at Utapao AB, Thailand.
Last CCT departed VN on Mar 28 1973 at 1709L. I am not aware of any designation other than the men in the picture were in-country working the airfields where the C130's were transporting the VN POW's back to Huang Fri....... John Lebold
When we left Nam 1973 and moved into Cambodia to close out our Southeast Asia tour, I was on the tarmack and said to Lew as we were loading up (who was already on tailgate of the C-130) , " Hey I'm the last Combat Controller to leave Nam. As I stepped up on the tailgate and entered the C-130 Lew jumped off the taigate and then got back on and said "Nope, I am". We laughed as that was vintage Lew. I can't think of a more appropriate individual (except for maybe Tom Monley) to be the last one to turn out the lights on many missions well done..... Pat Aguilar
“Official” maybe. “Last” no way. Too many other things happened after this picture though the war was officially over. Later, the last team at Ton Son Nhut (1975) Lew Brabham, John Lebold, J. D. Burch, and Guy T. Fagan were likely thinking they would be last but I think the Eagle Pull (embassy evacuation) guys actually got that claim...... Johnny Pantages
Of those in the picture, only John Lebold and Lew Brabham were subsequently reassigned to Clark. There were several others that made the trip from CCK to Clark. Me, Tom Fagan, Charlie Rapp, Capt Everett Robbins, J. D. Burch, Johnny Hall, Dale Huddleston, Don Craft, Pop Monley (I think) were among those moving to Clark. Pat Aguilar, EZ Jack Moyer, Steve Williams, J. D. Klyce, Terry Highland headed back to the states. ..... Johnny Pantages
It might be worth noting that the Clark team was built up rapidly about that time. The core was first formed by the CCK team from those mentioned above. Then John Koren, Bud Gonzales, Mitch Brian, Mike Lampe came in from (Udorn) Thailand. On top of that, there was a rapid influx from the States. Ed Miller, Dick West, Jim Donaldson, Bob Lanier, Maj Daniel Sherwood, Chief James Howell, Bob Brennan, Kim Allen, Mark Conlin, Harold Black, Wayne Norrad, Dan Kennedy, Marvin L. McCoy, Jerry Jones, Carl Casey, and Juan Rodriguez to name a few. ............. Johnny Pantages
We continued to travel from Clark and stage from Utapao back into Viet Nam for the final days which included the over run of Phen Nom Penn Cambodia, Close down of VN bases and airfields mostly used by OGA in VN, almost getting involved in Kotang Island for the Mayaguez incident, and several false alarms of Eagle Pull until it finally went with Bobby Lanier, Jim Donaldson, and others I can’t remember that involved................ Johnny Pantages
On the missions, we were deployed in two-man teams to control different airfields throughout VN for the C-130’s transporting the POW’s. I can’t remember all the airfields we were assigned to, but do remember that Pat Aguilar and I worked at the abandoned Tay Ninh airfield (west) for about a week. We worked out of Tan Son Nhut and would take a chopper out to the field every day and return after the sorties were completed for that day. One team was also involved with the recovery of some US POW’s either in Cambodia or Laos, can’t recall who was on that one.......... Jack Moyer
There was a good number of us working different locations during this time frame, scattered through out the country. All staged out of Thailand and RTB to Tan Son Nhut nightly. When this operation was finished and they said the war was over there was a party at the hooch and we had to make our own VC flag, somewhere there are pictures of this party. Took a while to sew the flag made out of towels....... J. D. BurchI have heard the story and the arguments of who went to so much trouble to be the last one on the A/C on this mission. I have no doubt Lew would have jumped off during run up to be able to say he was the last one out. Seen the same thing happen at two other locations in the same area a little later.... J.D.
Steve Williams, John Lebold, Johnny Hall, Kim Allen, Mike Callahan, Patrick Aguilar, James D. Burch. Mamason, Jack Moyer, Lewis Brabham, and James D. Klyce; Kim Allen and Lew Brabham holding flag, picture sent by Pat Aguilar.
“Richard "Monkey" West, Mose L. "Lee" McBeth, and I were the last three CCTer's permanently assigned to Ton Son Knut’s 8th Aerial Port CCT. I left three weeks before they did.”...... Edward G. "Eddo" Miller
Apparently as the “officially assigned” CCT departed for new PCS assignments, other CCT were already beginning to backfill with TDYs back in-country. Maybe Walter W.Willis can fill in some additional details. Ed Miller recalls that Waldo Willis was back TDY from somewhere (Maybe MacTan in the PI) and that Waldoo and T. C. Williams put Eddo's new bride, Kim, on an airplane bound for Travis..... Johnny Pantages
James Stanford, Robert McCollough, and Andre Guillet. Andre is still M.I.A. Read story in CCT, The Eye of the Storm, by Gene Adcock.