Covey 251





William P. Applegate,
Nail 59 flew West

Rae Clyde Hodges, Covey 524, flew West






This site is dedicated to personnel who supported and flew the Forward Air Controller mission, during the war in Southeast Asia and those who are interested in the mission.  It serves as a rallying point and a depository for their stories and their history.  They represent several countries, different branches of the service, a variety of aircraft, and range in rank from the lowest to the highest.  It was a chancy mission, many gave all, yet the job satisfaction was through the overhead.  We welcome all those interested in the mission and the experiences of the Forward Air Controllers; come join us. 

One More Roll

"We toast our hearty comrades,

now fallen from the sky,

Were gently caught by

God’s own hand

to reign with him on high.

To dwell among the soaring

clouds they knew so well before,

From Victory Roll to Tailchase

at heaven’s very door.

Now, as we fly among them

there, we sadly hear their plea,

Take care, my friend,

Watch your Six…

And do one more roll for me."


                                                                                               Commander Gerald L. "Jerry" Coffee

This site was last revised:
  • 01/11/2020: William P. Applegate, Nail 59, Spike 59 flew West.  See UPDATES
  • 12/29/2019: Rae Clyde Hodges, Covey 524, flew West 23 Sep 2018. UPDATES
  • 12/22/2019: Jon McMurtry, Nail66, Flew West 13 Dec 2019. UPDATES
  • 12/14/2019: New Article on the Old Geezer's Page!  Slow Hand Salute to the subjects of the article from our Australian brothers, "Indelibly Etched In My Mind 50 Years On"

  • 12/07/2019: Bill Marlin, Red Marker 04, has flown West. UPDATES         
  • 11/30/2019:  Plea for help for a Cambodian woman to find her roots.  See UPDATES
  • 11/21/2019Bill Caruthers, Rustic 34, took his last flight on Monday evening, 20 Nov 2019. See UPDATES.

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