I am a Vietnam Veteran who served with the 101st Airborne Division in 1967-68 during the Tet Offensive. I worked as a Design Engineer for 33 years and hold a B.S.E.E. Degree. It is from my engineering interest and love for the game of pool that I became interested in cue repair and design. I started repairing cues in 1993 and a year later produced my first cue. I am capable of designing and building anything from "Sneaky Petes" to more elaborate cues with inlays. I prefer to build my own designs and offer cues for sale as they are completed. I build a very limited number of cues each year striving for quality rather than quantity. I build all of my cues by hand and the use of a manual pantograph. The most important aspect of building cues to me is the performance of the finished product - the "Hit" is everything. I prefer cues with a flat faced wood to wood joint and will not build a cue with a stainless steel joint. All of my woods are hand selected for the finest available. The cues you will be viewing on my site are all personal cues or cues that I have built. If you see a cue you are interested in just E-Mail me for pricing.
Battle of Phuoc Yen During End of 1968 Tet Offensive Involving 101st Airborne Infantry Paratroopers From Our 2nd Brigade and 2/501 Battalion.
A Little Vietnam History of My Tour.
LTC Richard Tallman. This was our Battalion Commander that I RTO'd for prior to the Phuoc Yen Battle. LTC Tony Heiter took over command of the Battalion after LTC Richard Tallman.
LTC Tony Heiter was the Battalion Commander for the 2/501 during the battle of Phuoc Yen. I was one of LTC Heiters RTO's. During the Battle I was RTO for Major Robert Nicholson on the front line.
Tribute To Congressional Medal Of Honor Winners From D Company 2/501 February 21, 1968.
Ron Betts (L) and Greg Whitlock (RT) both from Wood River, IL. and good friends. Photo was taken at Bien Hoa when I finished my Tour and was leaving the 101st Airborne. I had to borrow a shirt from Greg to wear because my shirt was torn and ripped up.
Fire Support Base T-Bone. LTC Tony Heiter was Battalion Commander on T-Bone when this photo was taken. Alan Golden took this photo and caught me walking out to the chopper to meet SSG John Henry. I am the guy in the T-shirt and John Henry is lighting up a cigarette standing by the door of the helicopter. Photo was taken sometime in the summer of 1968.
Colonel John H. Cushman 2nd Brigade Commander engineered the assault on Phuoc Yen.
Tim Jones (L) and Mike Dorch (RT) at Mac V Compound in Hue after TET. Dorch and I fought together at Phuoc Yen. Mike Dorch was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
I once read in the Bible to write down the things we have seen. A personal poem I wrote about Phuoc Yen.
LZ Pinkey. Photo was taken by combat photographer SP/4 Bailey. Source of the photo was from my yearbook of our tour.
Jim Bauer at DucPho Vietnam. Jim and I joined the paratroopers together. Jim served with 101st Airborne "A" company, 1/326 Combat Engineer Battalion.
Ron Betts Custom Cues
There is no greater love than to lay down your life for a friend.
After Action Report For Phuoc Yen
From Left to Right in front: R. Betts, J. Cudd, S. Brown, J. Henry, Smith, D. Williams, Miles, Pyclik. Soldier with his back to the camera on the left is D. Crissell.
Detroit Riots Pictures June 1967 Prior To Our Departure To Viet Nam. Our 2/501 Airborne Infantry Battalion was Called To Go To Detroit To Stop The Riots. Photos Were Taken At A School Where We Set Up Communications.
Photo Shows Busses We Rode To Town In And The Battalion Troops Just After Arriving. Photo supplied by John Cudd.
Any 2nd Brigade 101st Airborne Troopers from 1967-68 wanting on this site E-mail me with picture, name and comments to Rrlbetts@aol.com.
Unknown troopers from 2nd Brigade. Help us identify these guys if you can. Photo supplied by John Cudd.
Harry Flinner. Another of LTC Heiter RTO's. Harry and I were as close as brothers.
Captain John J. "Ski" Przybylski. Commander Cobra Company 2/501 Airborne Infantry.
Clifford Chester Simms
John Cudd. John was one of my closest friends in Vietnam and remains today.
Carl Brazel with Hamburger Hill in the background.
Columbus Newburn with his arms crossed, a very special friend. I can't identify the other two troopers. The photo was probably taken at Cu Chi when we first arrived in Vietnam. Photo supplied by John Cudd.
Fire Base Tommahawk. This was the last place I served with the 101st Airborne Division.
Fred Leenhouts S-3 Operations Sergeant for 2/501. Picture shows Fred after he left the 101st Airborne and went to Special Forces. I was the S-3 RTO and reported to Fred during our tour. We were both on the advanced party to Vietnam ahead of the rest of the Battalion. Fred gave me the discipline to be successful in life and I will be forever grateful.
Ron Betts S-3 RTO LZ SALLY 1968 20 years old. Sam Estrada took this picture. The Beret belonged to Sam and he asked me to put it on so he could take my picture. This photo was taken in June 1968 after the Tet Offensive was over and things were quiet. Since I was so close to Fred Leenhouts I decided to place this picture next to his.
Ron's new 2015 Harley 1200 Custom Sportster. The old war dog isn't dead yet. As long as I can throw a leg over one I will ride them.
FSB AIRBORNE Helicopter crash. Photo supplied by Carl Brazel. Carl say's the FSB took over 200 rounds of mortar fire in one night.
Personal Awards Given To Me.
.Wanted: Pictures of An Lo Bridge area around Feb. 20 & 21 1968. I fought with Delta Raiders on this date just West of the An Lo Bridge. There was an all night attack on the TOC Radio's. Looking to document this. Any Delta Raiders remember this - there was about a half dozen of you.