08-09-20

I note that Walt Gallagher passed away in June.  Ron Nelson assigned me as Walt's co-pilot for our first
flight in Vietnam. It wa that time we went out over the South China Sea IFR to a holding pattern, did a
controlled letdown without radio contact to the beach by DongHa, then threaded our way out west toward
LZ Stud (later Vandy) and then points west. As Ron Nelson told it the 26th Marine were in trouble and had
not had support for days and were astounded when we showed.  Wheels was scared shitless and I was to
dumb to understand what was going on. But all was well. He told me the story at the re-union in Pensacola
and was his usual self. I loved the story Terry Take told about meeting him in Orlando when Wheels was
Sheriff and Terry had Reagan on Marine One.  The horse and helicopter married up and they look at
each other and Wow.  May his "wheels" keep rolling (I assume he got that name from having been a Motor
T officer before flying.) I had tried unsuccessfully to get Wheels to come to the re-union in San Diego and
to Ron Nelson's memorial. I guess from what I understand he had recently lost his wife and was probably
sick himself.  

We all seem to be getting older. I dunno know guys - we ever gonna do it again? MY trip to Vietnam was
amazing in case some of you didn't know about it. Stay healthy.

Dave Taylor



08-09-20

Walt was a character.  I remember him well.  As Dave noted, I ran into Walt in Florida on a Presidential
lift.  He stayed in law enforcement after leaving the Marine Corps.

Terry Dake



08-09-20

Wheels was quite the fellow.  I was his co-pilot when we picked up a conex box that turned out to be
miss-rigged near Hue City from an Army unit.  Enroute to our destination it started to spin widely and we
changed speed and even flew out of balanced flight to try to get the external load to calm down.  We
figured it would be best to try to get to a safe area and to put the load down.  We were close to the mouth
of the Cua Viet river and were attempting to put the cargo on the beach.  On our approach to the beach
over the water the load left us due to the broken rigging.  We later found out that load was actually a
TPQ-10 radar unit that controlled bomber aircraft heading, airspeed and altitude to perform very precise
bombing under adverse weather situations. The investigation of the incident was run by a BGen as the
cost of the TPQ-10 was very high.  We survived that investigation but were scared shitless.  May Wheels
Rest in Peace.  Semper Fidelis,

Jim Pelkey
08-09-20

I note that Walt Gallagher passed away in June.  Ron Nelson assigned me as Walt's
co-pilot for our first flight in Vietnam. It wa that time we went out over the South China Sea
IFR to a holding pattern, did a controlled letdown without radio contact to the beach by
DongHa, then threaded our way out west toward LZ Stud (later Vandy) and then points west.
As Ron Nelson told it the 26th Marine were in trouble and had not had support for days and
were astounded when we showed.  Wheels was scared shitless and I was to dumb to
understand what was going on. But all was well. He told me the story at the re-union in
Pensacola and was his usual self. I loved the story Terry Take told about meeting him in
Orlando when Wheels was Sheriff and Terry had Reagan on Marine One.  The horse and
helicopter married up and they look at each other and Wow.  May his "wheels" keep rolling (I
assume he got that name from having been a Motor T officer before flying.) I had tried
unsuccessfully to get Wheels to come to the re-union in San Diego and to Ron Nelson's
memorial. I guess from what I understand he had recently lost his wife and was probably
sick himself.  

We all seem to be getting older. I dunno know guys - we ever gonna do it again? MY trip to
Vietnam was amazing in case some of you didn't know about it. Stay healthy.

Dave Taylor

08-09-20

Walt was a character.  I remember him well.  As Dave noted, I ran into Walt in Florida on a
Presidential lift.  He stayed in law enforcement after leaving the Marine Corps.

Terry Dake

08-09-20

Wheels was quite the fellow.  I was his co-pilot when we picked up a conex box that turned
out to be miss-rigged near Hue City from an Army unit.  Enroute to our destination it started
to spin widely and we changed speed and even flew out of balanced flight to try to get the
external load to calm down.  We figured it would be best to try to get to a safe area and to put
the load down.  We were close to the mouth of the Cua Viet river and were attempting to put
the cargo on the beach.  On our approach to the beach over the water the load left us due to
the broken rigging.  We later found out that load was actually a TPQ-10 radar unit that
controlled bomber aircraft heading, airspeed and altitude to perform very precise bombing
under adverse weather situations. The investigation of the incident was run by a BGen as
the cost of the TPQ-10 was very high.  We survived that investigation but were scared
shitless.  May Wheels Rest in Peace.  Semper Fidelis,

JimPelkey
08-09-20

I note that Walt Gallagher passed away in June.  Ron Nelson assigned me as Walt's
co-pilot for our first flight in Vietnam. It wa that time we went out over the South China Sea
IFR to a holding pattern, did a controlled letdown without radio contact to the beach by
DongHa, then threaded our way out west toward LZ Stud (later Vandy) and then points west.
As Ron Nelson told it the 26th Marine were in trouble and had not had support for days and
were astounded when we showed.  Wheels was scared shitless and I was to dumb to
understand what was going on. But all was well. He told me the story at the re-union in
Pensacola and was his usual self. I loved the story Terry Take told about meeting him in
Orlando when Wheels was Sheriff and Terry had Reagan on Marine One.  The horse and
helicopter married up and they look at each other and Wow.  May his "wheels" keep rolling (I
assume he got that name from having been a Motor T officer before flying.) I had tried
unsuccessfully to get Wheels to come to the re-union in San Diego and to Ron Nelson's
memorial. I guess from what I understand he had recently lost his wife and was probably
sick himself.  

We all seem to be getting older. I dunno know guys - we ever gonna do it again? MY trip to
Vietnam was amazing in case some of you didn't know about it. Stay healthy.

Dave Taylor

08-09-20

Walt was a character.  I remember him well.  As Dave noted, I ran into Walt in Florida on a
Presidential lift.  He stayed in law enforcement after leaving the Marine Corps.

Terry Dake

08-09-20

Wheels was quite the fellow.  I was his co-pilot when we picked up a conex box that turned
out to be miss-rigged near Hue City from an Army unit.  Enroute to our destination it started
to spin widely and we changed speed and even flew out of balanced flight to try to get the
external load to calm down.  We figured it would be best to try to get to a safe area and to put
the load down.  We were close to the mouth of the Cua Viet river and were attempting to put
the cargo on the beach.  On our approach to the beach over the water the load left us due to
the broken rigging.  We later found out that load was actually a TPQ-10 radar unit that
controlled bomber aircraft heading, airspeed and altitude to perform very precise bombing
under adverse weather situations. The investigation of the incident was run by a BGen as
the cost of the TPQ-10 was very high.  We survived that investigation but were scared
shitless.  May Wheels Rest in Peace.  Semper Fidelis,

JimPelkey
Remembering Walt Gallagher