Thurman P. Woodfork
GUITARS, SANDBAGS, AND SAIGON TEA
Stories and poems engendered by my Air Force tours of duty in Vietnam and other places. While the poems in this book are mostly works of fiction written for and about others, the anecdotes generally reflect my own experiences as I remember them.
Within weeks of the conception and inception of the International War Veterans Poetry Archives (IWVPA) in January 2001, Woody’s poems and stories have been a singular highlight of my task as Webmaster and literary editor.
His humor, insight, talent and remarkable recall have provided me and, with little doubt, all those who have had the pleasure of reading Woody’s writings on-line, with many hours of reflection, laughter and, at times, tears. A remarkable talent – a wonderful man!
That Woody has selected some of his writings to include in this wonderful book serves to provide the exquisite feeling that only holding and reading a physical book can bring. I commend Woody’s writings and unconditionally recommend his book to all.
Anthony W. Pahl OAM
December 9, 2010
Woody spent his Air Force career as a radar repairman in places as disparate as Biloxi, Mississippi; Cut Bank, Montana; Tin City, Alaska; Rosas, Spain and Tay Ninh, Vietnam. In Vietnam, he was assigned to Detachment 7 of the 619th Tactical Control Squadron, a Forward Air Command Post located on Trai Trang Sup. Trang Sup was an Army Special Forces camp situated about fifty miles northwest of Saigon in Tay Ninh province, close to the Cambodian border.
After Vietnam, Woody remained in the Air Force for nine more years, retiring from the Air Force at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, close to his home in Washington, DC.