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Rotarian of the Month

John McKoy

John McKoy


Light Up Rotary 2014 motto


2014-2015 Officers

President: Marge Wright

President-Elect: Mary Louise Lansbarkis

Vice President: Bill McCoach

Secretary: Colette McNally

Treasurer: Don Prestin


Three Outstanding Rotary Meetings on tap for May
By Norm Noble


On Tuesday, May 26, Tom Waldron will speak about "The Raid on Son Tây." During the war in Southeast Asia, Tom flew combat missions in the CK-135 Tanker, H-3 and H-53 Helicopter. On 21 November 1970, a force of 56 US commandos led by Col. Arthur 'Bull' Simons raided the Son Tây camp to rescue the estimated 70 to 80 prisoners, supported by 29 USAF aircraft and 92 flight crew on the direct raid and a total of 105 aircraft including supporting roles.
Prior to the raid, all 65 prisoners were moved to another camp, apparently due to the proximity of the camp to a river thought likely to flood. US intelligence may have identified this the day before the raid, but the raid was sent anyway.
Three commando teams landed at the camp:
1. The first team intentionally crash landed a helicopter right in the middle of the camp to get into position as quickly as possible.
2. The second landed 400 meters away by accident, at what turned out to be a base for Russian and Chinese military advisers. The team attacked the headquarters and killed more than 100 people at the base.
3. The third team landed outside the main complex and assisted in securing the facility.
The raid succeeded completely at its technical objective of seizing control of the camp. There were no prisoners present to rescue, though. Twenty-six minutes after the first helicopter intentionally crash landed, all US commandos were recovered and flying home.
Waldron flew KC-135's for six years and then H-3 and H-53 rescue helicopters in the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and one of the USAF pilots who attempted to rescue US prisoners at Son Tây, he was awarded the Silver Star.


The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes meets for breakfast every Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. in the Oakwood Country Club Ballroom. The meetings start at 7:00 and end promptly at 8:00 a.m. Cost of breakfast is $12. To make reservations for any meeting, contact Rotarian Don Prestin at 480-802-0439.



  • Carl Nunnally requested SL Rotarians to bring in their plastic bags for the Sisters at St. Stevens.
  • Rotarians interested in hosting a family or traveling to Sweden as part of the Swedish Exchange team in August 2015 should contact Frank Wiley.
  • IMPORTANT! To access the new website go to: sunlakesrotary.org. select the “for members” link near the bottom of the left column (blue). Use the email address that we have as your record, then click on one of the forgot pass-word links. You will soon receive an email with a new system generated password. Log in and change the password to one you will remember. Members must update their own information as the need arises. For informa-tion or concerns about the website contact Dave Cramer at 480-263-9095.