Operation Homecoming, 2020
Operation Homecoming, as we all know, was the repatriation of U.S. prisoners of war after the 1973 ceasefire. We don’t mean to imply that our efforts here are in any way connected with that momentous effort. But borrowing the term does signify an effort to welcome back those folks associated with the EC-47 “back in the day” who have dropped off the radar over the past ten years or so.
We extracted several hundred addresses from the legacy website then fired off a mass email in hopes of reestablishing contact. Given that much of the info is two decades old that's a long shot. Many of those individuals are now RTB for good. Others haven’t been heard from in years. But we’re encouraged by the response thus far. Be sure to check out Doug Mitchell's 1 April post, about two-thirds of the way down the page—now that's the kind of stuff we like to see!
The search feature in the upper right of any page on the website can be used to look for a name or any other set of words, but we decided to combine the 50 or so individual web pages of J.C's "EC-47 Crewmembers, Front End and Back End” into one pdf file. That content is itself historically significant, representing as it does the thoughts of the “pioneer” contributors when they first discovered the site back around 1999. It's a farily hefty file, but it's now all in one place and easily searched. Once the files opens, just click on the three verticle dots in the extreme upper right corner of the page, select "Find..." and enter your search term.Other than collapsing paragraph breaks for the sake of space reduction, with very few exceptions the verbiage appears “as posted.” Obviously many of the email addresses and phone numbers will no longer be valid, but unless the information is known to be outdated it's been retained.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 scare has given us all time to reflect — and maybe look for something to do inside the hootch until this thing blows over. Which brings us back to J.C.’s original website. When health issues forced J.C. to give up the site in 2014, we preserved as much of it as possible. Unfortunately, though, much content has been lost. Due to technical limitations many photos, some of real historical significance, had to be reduced to “byte size” that greatly diminished their clarity. Whether you’re a frequent visitor or just returning after a long hiatus, why not use this hunker-down time to sort through those scrapbooks and shoeboxes full of “stuff” from your SEA tour? If you posted something back then, take a look at the link above or scan the legacy site and think about updating your entry or rescanning some of those old pix to a higher resolution. The current site has virtually unlimited capacity. If you want to leave a shout-out just enter your thoughts in the Guestbook, in the comment box below, or drop us a note.
As always, the legacy website can be views in its entirety by clicking here.
Memorial Plaza Dedication
As previously reported, all the events scheduled for 27-29 March have been postponed indefinitely. Goodfellow AFB, like most of the rest of the country, has severely limited access and activity. We expect that as soon as those restrictions are eased, construction of the plaza will proceed. We’ll post details as soon as we have them.
IMPORTANT UPDATE !
31 March 2020
We’ve just discovered that the website Purchase app’s for the 4x8 and 8x8 pavers have been inoperative for at least the last 7-10 days.
Both of these apps on www.vietnam50thcpp.com/pavers have been fixed and are fully functional. If you attempted to purchase a paver or pavers and were unsuccessful, please try again. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.
Postponement of the dedication ceremony will not impact the placement of pavers already on order. We’ve already received many of the engraved plaques, photos of which will be posted shortly. There are plenty of spots left!
We’re striving to make the Memorial Plaza dedication a truly memorable homecoming for all our EC-47 veterans. Stay tuned for new dates and details as they become available. Again, feel free to leave your thoughts or questions below or reach out to us at http://ec47.com/contact.
Stay well out there!