The United States Air
The party suit information and images were originally with the
images of the personnel assigned to the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing.
That page first created 07/03/99 as part of the crew picture page, moved
to a separate page 07/30/14,
Last updated 08/29/14.
Party Suits at Korat RTAFB
Some individuals had dress or party suits made while at
Korat. Korat city had several quality tailor shops.
sent me the first image of a party suit. Then
George and Carla
Ritter contacted me with several more
images. So I've added this page
to illustrate some of the party suits. While these suits
are similar, you find a lot of individual preferences in these
Some individuals had dress flight
suits such as the one shown here provided by Paul Hasz. This
suit shows many of the Batcat patches all on one flight
suit. These were sometimes referred to as "party
10/15/05, color, about 114K.
Charlotte Holder Clinger shown here in 2002 when she donated her
Suit to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
(UNC-G) Women Veterans Historical Project. There is a link to the
UNC-G online Files on the main opening Batcat homepage. My thanks
to Charlotte Holder
Clinger for this image. Added 04/19/09, color, about 196K.
George Ritter and his
wife Carla, have
collected vietnam era party suits and patches for a long time.
They sent me the following images of Batcat party suits. This is
an image of Don
Ewing's yellow party suit wile at Korat with College Eye,
and here is a Close up of
Don Ewing's yellow party suit showing the patch details,
next is a Don
Ewing's red party suit wile at Korat with Batcat, and
here is a Close up of
Don Ewing's red party suit showing the patch details,
next is the red
Batcat party suit of Ray Franks, and here is a Close up of
Ray Franks' red party suit showing the patch details,
these images show Dan
Kilburn's red Batcat party suit, and here is a Close up of
Dan Kilburn's red party suit showing the patch details,
and shown here is the last of the extensive collection of Batcat
party suits, Major
Appling's grey party, and here is a Close up of
Major Appling's grey party suit showing the patch
details. As you can see from these entries George and Carla
Ritter have a large collection of Vietnam era party suits. And
what you see here are only those which are connected with Batcat.
If you have Vietnam era party suits or patches you may want to
sell or trade, or maybe you just have questions about a suit or
patch you own, please contact George or Carla Ritter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Added 12/26/05, all images
are color, and range in size from bout 40K to 80K.
Russ Perry provided this image of some
Suits worn in the officers club. My thanks
to Russ Perry for this
image. Added 08/29/14, color, about 201K.
Here are some views of
Lt. Col. Chuck Eklab's
Party Suit - this is a close up of his embroidered name. Korat city had
several tailor shops capable of making party suits. This image shows the
tailor store label in Korat city. Tailor shops also created custom made shirts, slacks,
suits etc. Here is an
overview image of Lt. Col. Chuck Eklab's party suit. Color images, 145, 144K and 378K
in size respectively. My thanks to
to Jesse on eBay for letting me
know he had this party available for auction.
Here are views of
Tauzel's Party Suit - front view. Here is an image of the
back side of
Major Bill Tauzel's Party Suit. This party suit displays wing patches for
both the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, and the 553rd Reconnaissance wing. The plaque
on the left displays the emblem of the 388th TFW. Color images, 176 and 138K
in size respectively. I don't know if Major Tauzel was assigned to the 388th TFW
or the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing. My thanks to
to Steve Kirby for these images. If
you can provide more information about Major Tauzel please let me know.
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