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Korat 40 years ago
« on: January 02, 2010, 04:51:10 PM »
I was looking for some pictures from Korat taken of bar girls during the Vietnam war, they all had funny hair cuts then, anyway came across this site by Bob Freitag some of you might like.

Korat RTAFB is located 5 miles south of Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand (also known as Korat City). During the Vietnam War, the base served as home to many permanent and transient Air Force squadrons, as well as many other military and civilian forces. Primarily headquarters for the 3rd Helicopter Wing of the Royal Thai Air Force, the  388th Tactical Fighter Wing, and  553rd Reconnaissance Wing were chief among other commands that spent time stationed at Korat during the war. The 388th TFW was re-activated 14 March, 1966. It opened for business in April at Korat, taking over the complete assets of the  6234th TFW, which had been at Korat for a year. The 34th TFS and the 469th TFS were the mainstay squadrons for the Wing. The Republic F-105 Thunderchief was the platform of choice for the first few years, until the F4-E Phantom II aircraft arrived in Korat from the  33rd TFW, Eglin AFB, Florida in 1969. F-105G 2-seater Wild Weasel aircraft flew SAM suppression missions as their main focus for a number of years, staffed by a number of different Wings and Squadrons, such as 6010th WWS, 17th WWS, and Detachment A of the  561st TFS. Different tail codes marked these a/c over a short period of time: WW, ZB, MD, and JB. Other units and aircraft types contributed to the mission effort out of Korat, and I hope to be able to account for all of the Air Force units that were "assigned" or deployed to Korat, either directly or indirectly.  I acknowledge that the US Army also had a sizable force at Camp Friendship, and in fact provided the initial "home" for the early USAF arrivals in 1964/65. Plus the early base construction was carried out by the USA.  As time and info permits in the future, I hope to document their involvement also.

http://www.frontiernet.net/~freitag/Korat/korat-main/Korat_Mainpage.html

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Re: Korat 40 years ago
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2010, 04:55:20 PM »
Some videos.

In 1965-66 life was good on Korat Air Force Base in Korat Thailand. If you were there, these photos may bring back some memories for you. I worked the flight line, loading bombs on F105s during the Vietnam War. Watch it to the end. It will help you see the big picture.



Bar Girls were our friends while far from home. I really do mean friends. They wanted to have as much fun as we did. So what if a little money exchanged hands. Friends are supposed to help each other out, right?

Photographs taken in the town of Korat, Thailand in 1965.


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Re: Korat 40 years ago
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2010, 05:18:04 PM »
A few photos from http://koratrtafb.tripod.com/
First picture is Bob Hope in Korat, 2nd is the Interior of the Air-Conditioned NCO Club at Korat RTAFB, don't look too bad does it.

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Re: Korat 40 years ago
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2010, 10:52:21 PM »


Life on Korat AFB

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Re: Korat 40 years ago
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2010, 10:53:44 PM »
Thai Girls - Thai Bars - 40 Years ago


YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.

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Re: Korat 40 years ago
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2012, 12:07:11 PM »
Quite a few more good pictures on

http://www.bobfreitag.net/korat_web/ and

http://www.bobfreitag.net/korat_web/Erk/erk1.htm

Presumably 1967 around Yamo:


When I first saw that place in 1989 it looked just about the same, a little more crowded with market stands maybe.

Idyllic traffic jam:

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Re: Korat 40 years ago
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2012, 01:40:45 PM »
I was here stationed with the US Air Force in 1965/66. The off base pics look about right. But the onbase pics may have been taken after I left. The base was not that civilized when I was here. I have retraced where the bars used to be...but can't locate many of the sites....That was 47 years ago.
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Re: Korat 40 years ago
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2012, 03:13:26 PM »
Dennis,

Did the girls back then wear heavy whore makeup or were they more into the natural look?  Personally, I don't like a girl who wears too much make-up and judging by the pictures presented here, it looks like the woman back then were more into the natural look.

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Re: Korat 40 years ago
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2012, 05:33:26 PM »
Dennis,

Did the girls back then wear heavy whore makeup or were they more into the natural look?  Personally, I don't like a girl who wears too much make-up and judging by the pictures presented here, it looks like the woman back then were more into the natural look.

I've seen quite a few of those old bar pics. on the internet and assumed that the girls adopted the American styles of the day.

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Re: Korat 40 years ago
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2013, 03:56:28 PM »
I was first stationed at Korat RTAFB from May 70 - May 71 (and subsequently in parts or most of 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1975).

During one of my first evenings at the base I watched a movie at the Nitnoi Theater (shown in the life on Korat RTAFB video).  I think it was one of the last movie offerings there in that within a matter of days (if my memory is correct) it was torn down and replaced by a much larger theater located between the NCO Club and the Base Exchange.

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Re: Korat 40 years ago
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2013, 04:22:59 AM »
I was there briefly in 1971................ TDY with KC-135s from Grisssom AFB.  We were parked at the far end of the flightline with the c-130s and Connies.  I am looking for a photo of the structures we used for shops..... yellow tin bldgs at the end of the flightline.  If anyone could e-mail same it would be much appreciated.

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Re: Korat 40 years ago
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2013, 06:31:35 AM »
geodrake, if you Google 'usaf korat thailand' you will find a few websites of interest to you.

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Re: Korat 40 years ago
« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2014, 07:53:58 PM »
US Army Engineers at Korat, Thailand: "Camp Friendship" 1969 US Army
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