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  • Admin - Saturday 29 December 2018 17:09
    Hey guys lets get it together. I had A/C 65 out there and if I remember right Sgt Perez and the corrosion guys did a lot of the painting. I know he did most of my A/C because mine was the only one with the girlon the opposite side. As I also remember most of the crew chiefs myself, Gottlob, Crusty Kahler and the others each gave input as to what they wanted on the side. I had the playboy bunny on mine and I believe each bird a had something on the bottom as well. The batman signal, lightning bolt, and the finger. But it was all cool and good times were had during those times. Like the wave on the shitters. -Submitted by: Dave Hansen [dhansen@camber.com] 2008-11-11
  • Admin - Saturday 29 December 2018 17:09
    Jeff Gottlob may have a mild memory slip on this subject. Jeff did request the kickin chicken from what I recall, and he personally requested from me the painting of Texas, which I drafted up in one of the tents, he made a minor correction, and I painted it on the nose. But the girl on his A/C began with me. She was my idea and design, but I did not paint her alone. I painted the head, chest and torso. I was having trouble with the hair and someone (not sure who yet, need to check my journal) jumped in and helped with that, the arm and the backside of the girl. I do not recall Gottlob doing any of the actual painting. I kept a daily jornal during Desert Shield/Storm and have the names of the paint crew, McCarthy was the ancoic and Dusty Hawkins was the ncoic of the paint crew. Myself and Dusty would do all the planning and how to shape the camo schemes (we put about 5 faces on A/C 51). You can read what I wrote back in March 2007 at www.bleedingonion.com. I wrote it from memory at the time. Since then, I have my journal from storage and will be updating what I wrote and include two more photos that I have in my album. The girl on A/C 70 came first, then that lead into the other pictures. Jeff Gottlob gets full credit for the idea of the rooster and the state of Texas. But the girl was my idea, she was based on my girlfriend (at the time) Trish Lycett and I still have pictures of Trish to prove the painted girl was based on her. From what I remember of Jeff Gottlob, he was a very cool, very funny guy. It has been 17 years since that painting was done so, I can understand a little slip of the memory. And Gottlob has a right to be proud of the paintings on his A/C 70. There are a small handful of Marines that are also proud of the paintings on A/C 70 as well as A/C 63, A/C 51 and the rest. Semper Fi Craig Hodel -Submitted by: Craig Hodel [craig.bruce@cox.net] 2007-05-31
  • Admin - Saturday 29 December 2018 17:09
    well to gnysgt gott. no harm intended, to craig yes, i think we all have a bit of memory loss being so long ago, however lets not forget that sgt perez was head of corrosion control and was the one who got the navy ach medal for this, who started all this is not really important but what is is that all of 466 helped in one way or the other once it got started, i have original pics but not the negatives, i remember giving them to somebody just not who,i remember taking most of the pics that are floating around on line but not all of them, you can reach me at semperfi466@comcast.net or through togetherweserved.com if you are not already on this site i think you should check it out, i -Submitted by: john mccarthy [semperfi466@comcast.net] 2007-06-03
  • Admin - Saturday 29 December 2018 17:09
    I would never claim fame to painting all 7 of our birds - but, the naked beauty on the sponson, the state of texas on the nose, and foghorn leghorn on the e-bay of my bird, A/C 70, THE KICKIN' CHICKEN were all my artistic ideas, and will claim fame to those specific items....i also have personal photos of the work in progress, and ordered a handmade replica straight from the PI with this paint scheme. Not trying to take credit away from anyone for being part of this piece of war-art......semper fi, mac. -Submitted by: jeff gottlob [jgottlob@vietvets.org] 2006-12-29
  • Admin - Saturday 29 December 2018 17:09
    I remember the Kickin Chicken paint job well. The picture does not show the entire paint job, but just those predominant areas that tended to catch ones eye and fantacies! C-Ya -Submitted by: JamNJerry Moots [hmootsjr@aolc.om] 2006-06-08
  • Admin - Saturday 29 December 2018 17:09
    sgt gottlob did assist but was not responsible for the entire paint job on this or the other 7 a/c i know because i was there and was the ancoic of the project, i also took these exact pictures and have more at hom to prove it , give credit where credit is due. john mccarthy [cpl usmc] -Submitted by: john mccarthy [semperfi466@comcast.net] 2006-08-03