The Kumm's and Nelson's had a "Mini Reunion" at the Riu Palace in Nassau, February 2018. Had a great time.

Wish you all would have been here!

[Posted on Facebook.]​

    From:  Steve Pennington

     Date:  October 17, 2015

Subject:  AFVN Article - Kumm

Mike I didn't know you were a Gunfighter.  I was there in '71-'72 also.  The 366th has a reunion every year In 2016 we will be in San Antonio.

Steve

    From:  Billy Williams

     Date:  October 20, 2015

Subject:  AFVN Article - Kumm

"Gotta Get Out Of This Place" was aired on AFVN.  I don't remember it being on cartridge but it was in the music library.
"Vietnam" by Jimmy Cliff was another anthem carted up for easy DJ access at AFVN AM Saigon in 72.
Billy

    From:  Garry Brill

     Date:  October 17, 2015

Subject:  AFVN Article - Kumm

Enjoyed the read....Thanks for sharing.

Garry B

    From:  Steve Pennington

     Date:  October 17, 2015

Subject:  AFVN Article - Kumm

Mike....  A super about about a very neat guy.

A nice photo of Mike taken in 2012 but received in 2017.​

    From:  Dick Ellis

     Date:  October 20, 2015

Subject:  AFVN Article - Kumm

I saw it when I was there from July 4th, 1967 until Sept 1968.  The large records (33 1/3) in the library even had cuts scratched out with a pocket knife of such songs as "I'm A Comin' Home Soldier"  or "I Am a Lonely Soldier" which ever one it was....and "Puff the Magic Dragon."  I also saw a stack of 8 X 10 black and whites that came from some PIO that were rubber stamped "Not in the best interest of the military."    
Dickie

Michael was a great sportscaster on TV and newsman on radio in Vietnam. I know cause I got to serve alongside him. Looking good, Michael!

[Posted on Facebook by Bob Morecook on October 17, 2015.]


Sounds like a career done well to me. Salute.
[Posted on Facebook by Steven Paul Starnes on October 17, 2015]

    From:  Billy Williams

     Date:  October 20, 2015

Subject:  AFVN Article - Kumm

Excellent article, Mike.
One curious part though.
"The disc jockey with American Forces Vietnam Network couldn’t play songs such as “Leaving on a Jet Plane” by Peter, Paul and Mary or Freda Payne’s “Band of Gold.” Those melancholy melodies were banned from the radio station for their references to lonesome feelings, sadness, separation and gloom of loves lost and left behind."
While at AFVN , my experience was very different.  I played "Band of Gold" and "Jet Plane" many times at AFVN Saigon and Da Nang in 1971-72.  Never heard about them being banned--or any melancholy melody consideration.
For DJ's convenience,  "Jet Plane" even had a slot on the control room wall cartridge racks as a top song for 1970.
Billy Williams

    From:  Ken Kalish

     Date:  October 20, 2015

Subject:  AFVN Article - Kumm

I played “The Letter” as my exit song in 1969, and “Leaving on a Jet Plane” many times.  It was a plaintive song, but not banned.  I was in Saigon from the first of May in 1968 to the last day of February in 1969.  We weren’t supposed to play “Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” but I did hear it on Go.
Ken

VIETNAM: Service with Honor: Rev. Michael Kumm, Sioux City

The Rev. Michael Kumm, a Vietnam veteran who worked for the American Forces Vietnam Network radio-television service in Saigon during the war, poses for a photo at the baptistry in the sanctuary of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Dakota Dunes, where he serves as the pastor.

[Link goes to an on-line article from the Sious City Journal.]

the slide show and then on the buttons on the right side of the photos as desired.   The photos do not change automatically.

    From:  Mike Kumm

     Date:  October 17, 2015

Subject:  AFVN Article - Kumm

The Sioux City Journal (our local newspaper) is doing an article on 50 Vietnam Veterans culminating on Veteran’s Day this year. Today, the article was about me. 

    From:  Billy Williams

     Date:  October 20, 2015

Subject:  AFVN Article - Kumm

The only song that I saw official paperwork on--stating not to play was "Bring The Boys Home."  Otherwise, the complete music library was available when I was at AFVN.
Since much of AFVN AM's programming came from AFRTS-LA, bans would be difficult to enforce without creating a lot of extra work.

    From:  Rick Fredericksen

     Date:  October 17, 2015

Subject:  AFVN Article - Kumm

Very nice Michael. I'm only 3 hours from you, in Des Moines.  Let's meet up some time.

Rick

    From:  Jean LeRoy

     Date:  October 20, 2015

Subject:  AFVN Article - Kumm

I  think there were different lists at different times, I played those and a few others that I have heard as being banned. Ruby don’t take your love to town was always on the list as far as I know. I played We gotta get outta this place every shift I ever worked in Saigon.

Slide Show
48 Photos
Mike in his "new uniform" as a Lutheran Pastor.
 Mike Kumm upon his retirement from the Air Force as a Command Chief Master Sergeant.

Michael Kumm  Sgt, USAF  Saigon  1972-73

Includes some comments about what songs were banned.

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