Remembering a hooch mate on this Memorial Day

Tombstone at Fort Logan National Cemetery

On this Memorial Day pause and remember a few of the veterans who have preceded us.

Audie Crocker was a hooch mate in Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base for nearly a year in the late ’60s. The Thais couldn’t pronounce Audie too well so hooch mate Ben Casebolt dubbed him Max. So that’s what we all called him.

Someone before I got there had placed a three-foot diameter styrofoam peace symbol at the entrance to our slat-sided, six-man room. We didn’t seem to get inspected as often as the other rooms.

Note the inscription at the bottom of the marker. That is how Audie/Max signed off his notes and letters.




4 comments on “Remembering a hooch mate on this Memorial Day

  1. Randa Todd says:

    Thankful for all who served our country. I salute you “Max”.

  2. robertleebeers says:

    To those who have never been in combat, the term “Hooch Mate” is much the same as roommate, except there was never a room. The reinforced tent, sometimes not reinforced was called a hooch. The term has become so entrenched into military lingo that veterans assume everyone knows what they are talking about.

  3. John L. Smith says:

    To remember is the greatest tribute to a friend.

  4. Robert Berggren says:

    Reminds me of some hoochmates.

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