The Vietnam War Years of

Korat Royal Thai Air Base

The Vietnam War Years of

Korat Royal Thai Air Base

This info via Col. Bill Koch and from Otto Uebel via the YahooGroup. The excerpt is from Otto's email to Bill about Roscoe (2004):

To: Colonel William C. Koch USAF (Retired)
A few weeks ago I visited Korat RTAFB. Having read your comments about Roscoe walking through fresh concrete, I checked the walkway outside the KABOOM. Sure enough, there were paw prints in the concrete at the far right of the walkway, if you were facing the buiding. I did not, however, look for Roscoe's name etched in 'stone' since I forgot that part of the story. 
Since no other dogs had the freedopm to wander around that area, I think the paw prints had to be Roscoe's.
Thank you for writing about Korat RTAFB's famed mascot and for saving his paw prints for the ages.


Otto Uebel
MSG, Us Army (Retired)
Roscoe cooling it near the mailbox. (photos courtesy of Jim Traywick)

While a member of 388th Hospital Group in 1971, I talked to the base veterinarian who had just been ordered by the base commander to eliminate all dogs on base including Roscoe. The vet told me that in doing this he would incur the anger of every fighter jock on the base and his own physical health could be in jeopardy. However he did follow his orders, and asked me to witness the following: He laced some hamburger meat with enough lethal drugs to kill several large dogs, and gave it to Roscoe out on a field. Roscoe ate it all and left the area. Roscoe was not seen the rest of that day. Nor was he seen the next day. But on the third day Roscoe reappeared at KABOOM a little wobbly on his legs. It was like watching the return of the dead--the second resurrection. The base vet had followed his orders, but it seems that Roscoe was meant to remain on the base, which he did until his death in 1975. No other attempt was made to remove Roscoe. Indeed the vet said he would not do it again even if ordered. This euthenasia order was the most insane order that I could imagine to demoralize the troops, right up there with taking away the Aussie type hats which was ordered about the same time.
(Name withheld by request)

A nap during a tough day can't be beat! (photo courtesy of Chan Worley)

Roscoe used to bum rides. He would stand in the middle of the street. Cars would stop and open the door and Roscoe would get in for a free ride. I have seen him riding in the staff car with the Wing Commander many times. He knew he owned the air base.
--Bob "Rocky" Wall, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.)

Roscoe made multiple round trips daily between the KABOOM and Fort Apache. I would often see him in the parking lots of those places, waiting for guys in green goatskins to get into a vehicle, knowing they were most probably headed for his destination. (Even if that wasn't the case, the driver would always make a detour to drop Roscoe at his stop!) Sometimes you would see him wait for a time, pace impatiently, then decide to "hoof it" because no riding opportunity developed, and take off trotting down the road.

-- Terry Guyton

Bicycles were used by almost everyone on the base. Cyclists were a common sight, and Roscoe paid no attention to Americans on bikes. But let him catch sight of a Thai on a bike and he would give chase, nipping at their feet and barking. And the poor victim knew better than to kick out at Roscoe in defense!

-- Terry Guyton

Too hot to walk, Roscoe bums a ride. (photo courtesy of Chan Worley)

Hey! Why isn't my table ready?
(photo courtesy of Bill Koch)

I was at Korat in the 34th TFS from 30 May 74 to approximately 30 May 75 (after the war). Roscoe was kind of old and fat when I arrived at Korat. He used to sleep under the pool table at the O'club. Also, once he slept in the Wing Commander's chair in the main briefing room. The Wing Commander, Col. Russell I believe, moved over and sat in the next chair. He said, " I know when I am out ranked."

-- Bob "Rocky" Wall Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.)

Stretch and roll!!! (photo courtesy of Bill Koch)

The club officer tried to have him thrown out of the club. There was a lot of hell raised over that. So the squadron paid his club dues and Roscoe had his own club card from then on.

-- Bob "Rocky" Wall Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.)

Another thing I recall is seeing pictures of Roscoe and his "teelok", a stray bitch that wandered around the base, posted at various places on the base with text in English and Thai saying "do not shoot this dog" - a warning to the cops that he and his girl were under the protection of the commander.

-- Terry Guyton

Dog about Base!!! (photo courtesy of Homer Terry)

Roscoe had a teelock too. Her name was "Pave Dog". She was a black Labrador and about two years old. She could run rings around Roscoe. I don't think anyone ever saw the two ever getting it on together though. At his age Roscoe cared more about the kitchen at the O'club and stayed close by. Pave Dog on the other hand was a bar fly. She stayed mainly at the CTF, short for Crew Training Facility. Guys would give her beer and she would really get plastered. I have seen her too drunk to walk on several occasions.

-- Bob "Rocky" Wall - Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.)

Roscoe with his patches.
(photo courtesy of Bane Lyle)

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"I arrived at KRTAFB in May of 68 as a member of the 44TFS.  Some time that summer or fall Admiral U S Grant Sharp, PACOM Commander, came through Korat on a farewell tour as he was retiring.  All of us who were available assembled in Richter Hall and the admiral gave some kind of talk.  The room was crowded and many of us including me sat on the floor to hear the great mans words.  I don’t remember a thing he said but I remember Roscoe like it was yesterday.  He took up a position IN one of the front row seats and then proceeded to sleep through the admirals talk.  I was a mere captain but we had several colonels in the room.  Nobody bothered Roscoe.  I knew right then that Roscoe outranked me and was not to be trifled with.  I used to have some stills with Roscoe in them but alas I lost them during a move. "


Jim Logan, a WW EWO from May 68 – May 69 (Received August 29, 2009)

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I was the 34tfs flight surgeon from September 1966-August 1977, and Roscoe was an integral part of the base.  Early in 1967 there was an IG inspection, and one of the write-ups was that there was a dog in the officer's mess; dogs were not allowed on base, and the IG indicated that the dog must go.  Col William Chairsell was the wing commander at the time and flew with the 34th.  After the IG left, he told me, "Roscoe is a lot more important to the mission of this base than the IG.  Roscoe stays!  Keep him out of sight when they come back, Doc."  So when the IG came back for a follow-up, we put Rosco in the medical infirmary, sedated him to sleep, and kept him there until the IG inspection team was gone.  True story.

Ken Singer  - July 14, 2010

The following is a portion of an email from Jerry Gossett, a fellow 462 who was at Korat 71-72 and again in '73:

I may even have one of the best Roscoe photos out there. One of the waitresses at the NCO club annex (we called it the Nit Noy club) knew the dog very well and posed with Roscoe on the sidewalk out side of the club. Her name was Suppamaut Seelow. She came from Camp Friendship, where she was a waitress, shortly after I arrived there in '71. She was one of the nicest, prettiest, smartest, most articulate people I ever knew. I was absolutely gaga over her. She was the only Thai that could pronounce an 'r' sound and spoke excellent english. She was a Morman convert who loved anything american. I would love to know what happened to her. She knew all about Roscoe's story, and it was clear to
me that Roscoe knew her as well. A couple of years before I got there, Suppamaut was badly injured in an accident where her leg was crushed. She was very well liked by the officers and was flown in the commanders plane to a hospital to get her leg repaired. If you look closely at the Roscoe photo, you will be able to see that one of her legs is slightly
different." ... 
Jerry Gossett - July 2010