Jack Anderson and Drew Pierson screwed up the report on Kunu Ri, too. I
guess wars look different from a Washington bar.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 3:38
Subject: Re: Korea War List of Aces
While essentially off topic, as I was in the NSA shop that worked the
VPAF in 1971-1972 that particular myth is pure fantasy.
"Toon" or "Tomb" was actually Dang Ngoc Ngu, a MiG-21 pilot who was KIA
on 8 July 1972 by a Talos fired from a Navy ship. Problem was that there were
a pair of VPAF pilots who did a lot of crazy stuff in that time frame, one of
whom was named Dinh Ton. The Vietnamese telegraphics for that are TOONS, and
since the name is pronounced "tone" some dummy (a)compromised it and (b) got
it wrong, and as a result (c) it was splattered all over the place by Jack
The real problem is -- what happened on 10 May 1972, and to get that
requires an FOIA with NSA like the one I have had in for 33 months. They found
the info and CAN downgrade it, but every moronic congressman that "needs to
know" bumps the FOIAs for the lowly among us like me to the end of the line.
And so I wait.
Sorry for the online sidebar -- but people have to realize you can't
believe it just because it was on a website.