The 519th Transportation Association, Thailand

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For those who are new to The 519th Transportation Association, Thailand, we offer a sincere "WELCOME HOME".

Look around our website and you'll find that there are many advantages to becoming a member of our online veterans group:
What we do:
  • Inform and educate on the importance of our service in Thailand during the Vietnam Conflict.
  • Locate and connect lost buddies / friends and make new ones.
  • Collect stories, articles, documents and publish them online.
  • Provide artifacts, official and unofficial items and documents to the United States Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Since 2002 host reunions every 2 years, next one is June 26 - 29 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Joining is easy, simply send an email  to [jjwilsonjr (at) yahoo (dot) com] with your: Name, Current Hometown, Unit(s) and Dates in Thailand, include your email address & contact phone number.

Again, thanks for dropping by.
Questions? Truckmaster (Joe) (719) 310-3558

What is a Veteran?

Much has been said and written about what or who is a "Veteran". I'd like to take the word "Veteran" down to what I feel is its basic ingredient.

A Veteran is someone who has answered the call to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States of America by taking the following oath:

I, (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.[1]

Veterans come from all walks of life,

They can be found in every corner of the globe.

Most are US citizens, many become US citizens,

Some die before that process is completed,

Many are still waiting to come home,

They are POW's or MIA's,

We call them "Brother"

Those who die for our brothers in the service of our country we call "Heroes".

Those who serve are called Veterans.

All Veterans are Patriots.

Not all Patriots are Veterans.

Star Spangled Banner audio file

Whether you were drafted or volunteered, you're a Veteran.

I first took that oath at the Armed Forces Entrance and Examining Station in Boise, Idaho on September 13, 1967 and repeated that oath five times before retiring from active military service on December 31, 1990. I did not then, nor do I now take that oath lightly.

Joseph J. Wilson, Jr.
Sergeant First Class, United States Army (Retired)
(27 May 2009)