548th and 67th Reconnaissance Association
SMSgt (ret) Vern Akers, 67th RTS and 548th RTG, January 1970 - August 1974, Charting and Exploitation, passed away on May 13,2016 in Fort Washington, Maryland.
November 9, 1941-May 13, 2016 Vern at 2014 reunion with DNI Gen Clapper and Elton Stokes
Vern and his classic ride
Elton Stokes emailed on May 16th: Friends & Former Coworkers, It is with a heavy heart that I pass along the following information regarding our friend Vern Akers. Vern passed away at his home on last Friday, May 13. His funeral will be held Friday, May 20th, at Arehart-Echols Funeral home in La Plata, MD. Please keep Vern's wife Connie and the entire Akers family in your prayers. Connie asked that I pass the word along
Vernon Walter Akers, 74, of Fort Washington MD passed away on Friday, May 13, 2016 unexpectedly at home. He was the husband of 54 years to Mary Constance (Connie) Harris Akers.
He was born on November 9, 1941, in Covington, VA. He was the son of the late James Lucas Akers and Ruby Ethel Snead Akers.
Vernon proudly served in the US Air force for 20 years retiring at the early age of 40 as a Senior Master Sergeant. The military life took his family on a wonderful tour starting in Nebraska overseas to Japan back state side to Hawaii, California and finally retiring in the Maryland/D.C area. He served a year in Vietnam. His next chapter continued as an Intelligence Analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) until 1998. Once retired from DIA, he embraced his love for classic cars and blue grass music.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, James Christopher Akers and his wife, Lisa of Port Tobacco, MD; daughter, Brenda Christine Akers Weigle of Frederick, MD; five grandchildren, Ryan Weigle, Colin Weigle, Lauren Akers Morgan (Dennis Morgan), James Jared Akers, Morgan Akers; and one great-grandson, Cash Weigle. He is also survived by his brother, Herbert W. Akers and his wife, Karol; sister-in-law, Norma J. Akers; and multiple nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Anne Akers Boyer; and brothers, James L. Akers and Harold N. Akers.
The family will receive friends for a Viewing starting at 1:30 pm followed by a 3:00 pm Funeral Service on Friday, May 20, 2016 at the Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, 211 St. Mary’s Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646; Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences for the family may be posted at arehartechols.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Vernon's memory to Three Oaks Center, whose mission is to support veteran's and their families by providing services and support so that noone has to be homeless. Contributions can be sent to Three Oaks Center, P.O. Box 776, Lexington Park, MD 20653 or made on-line at www.ThreeOaksCenter.Org.
A $50 donation in the name of the 548th and 67th Reconnaissance Association has been made to the Three Oaks Center.
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David Mrskos: American hero. RIP
Art Beidler: Susan and I paid our respects to Vern and Connie yesterday at the funeral home in LA Plata, MD. I've known Vern since our days at the 67th RTS and again when he worked at Bldg 213 for DIA. Those of us who knew Vern and served with him will miss him and his at time wry sense of humor and dedication to his profession. Connie attested to his strength of spirit in his battle with declining health. We will all miss him.
SMSgt (ret) Edward Nelson, 548 RTG Research and Analysis, Exploitation,
August 28, 1949 - January 11, 2016
On Monday, January 11th, our brother and your friend Edward Nelson passed away. Ed was born on August 28th, 1949. He was 66 years old. He was the oldest of six children born to Edward Owen Nelson and Helen Jean Nelson (Mummery), Edward's siblings; Barbara Freeman, David J. Nelson, Donna Anderson, Elizabeth Gumerman, and Jeanne Nelson will dearly miss him. Ed has many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews that were so much a part of his life and people that he has touched in so many ways.
Ed had an eight month battle with cancer. In this short time, he showed us what tenacity is all about, how important family is, and how love can be the strongest of all virtues.
Through his battle he never gave up, and continued to contact his family and friends. Ed did like to use his computer! Edward's wife Yon Sun Nelson was so graceful and helped Ed survive with such great love. Yon Sun and Ed were married for over 30 years!
Bill Forsyth We have lost a great friend and an outstanding PI.
Patricia Miller R. I. P. Ed. You were an inspiration to me & countless others over the years. Prayers for your family.
Martha Mackey North Prayers to Yon Sun and all his loved ones! RIP.
Marianne Chisholm This is sad news. He was very kind to me when I was at the 548th. Great guy...
Kirk Darling Rest in peace, Ed. Dang.
Scott McKenna RIP
Mark Olsen A great colleague and better friend. RIP Ed.
Kevin R. Fraleigh Ed was a great guy. Will be missed.
Steven Pagel RIP. You will be missed, Ed.
John Pecarina RIP Ed
Fred Wiles Sad news. Ed was my first NCOIC when I arrived at 548RTG. We lost a good man.
William Germer So long, Ed. See you in that Great Hangar in the sky, one day.
Craig Nipper RIP Brother
Joseph Murphy Sorry to hear this news. Enjoyed working with him back in the day!
Ray Miller As a young airmen in the 80s I learned a lot from Ed, about how to be a good PI, a good NCO, and a good person. He will be truly missed. Rest In Love Mr. Nelson.
Gilbert Taylor I am so very sad to learn that. Ed Nelson was the best of the best.
Carol Jones So sorry to hear this. RIP, Ed.
Steve Martz I was so saddened to hear of Ed's passing. He was a mentor and friend back in the day. Lost touch but reconnected recently. Thoughts and prayers are with Yon Sun, his family and his many friends. Ed was definitely one of the great guys I've met in my lifetime.
Phil Oliva God Bless Ed and bless Yon Sun too. Good guy, good friend. RIP, Semper Fi brother.
Chet Fammini I remember conferring with Ed on a couple of occasions; he was a great PI. My condolences to the family and sorrow for your personal loss.
Andy Anderson I knew him well. It is sad. Can we quietly share a toast to Ed in Vegas?
Max Alexander Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored. Daniel Webster
Bill Renderknecht RIP, Ed. Yon Sun, you're in our prayers.
Charles Harding I too have had an opportunity to visit Ed twice, but it still hurt, it really hurt.
Gil Taylor Ed Nelson was the best of the best, in all regards. I first met him in 1985 when I traveled to the 548th on behalf of SAIC to assess the needs for support of the IDEX II System. Bob Calnan (RIP) and I spent two weeks talking to everyone in the organization about the mission of the 548th, the details of each operation within, the interface between components of the 548th, and everything else relative to the mission of the 548th RTG and their preparation for IDEX. Of all the many fine people with whom we spent time, Ed Nelson was shoulders above everyone, including the senior members of the staff, in terms of technical knowledge and all aspects of the mission there. I have never in my life been so impressed by a single individual. In addition to all of the above, he was a very good, loving, human being who will be missed by all who were blessed with the opportunity to know him. I am so saddened to learn of his passing. Such is life.
Born: June 14, 1953
Died: July 03, 2015
LEOMINSTER -- Michael David F. Guidara, of Council Bluff, Iowa, formerly of Leominster passed away suddenly at the age of 52.He was born in Plattsburg AFB, N.Y. on January 31, 1963, son of Frank and Lea (Chica) Guidara. He lived in Leominster until entering the U.S. Air Force in 1981. Michael graduated from Leominster High School class of 1981, and then attended the Air Force Community College. He was always an outstanding athlete and sports fan. Michael played basketball, Baseball, and football, while in the Air Force and also the Leominster Recreation leagues.Michael spent eleven years in the U.S. Air Force, before being medically retired due to injuries suffered during Desert Storm in Iraq. He then worked for 18 years for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Dept. before being injured, requiring back surgery.Michael is survived by his wife Janice Guidara of Iowa; his father Frank Guidara of Leominster; his daughter, Evonne Nelson and husband Adam, his granddaughter Felicity of Omaha; his son, Christopher Guidara of FL; brother, Robert Guidara and wife Taymy of FL; many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews, here in the U.S. and Italy.Michael is predeceased by his mother Lea (Chica) Ham and his step mother, Pearl (DiGeronimo) Guidara, who raised him in Leominster. He is also predeceased by grandparents on both sides of the family.GUIDARA -- A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 27, at 10:00 am in Saint Leo's Cemetery in Leominster. - Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on June 24, 2015
William Germer Sad news from the 544th SIW page. "A very sad note to pass along... Mike Guidara has passed away. If you knew "Guido", you are sad today as I am. He was one of the "Good Guys". He was a great PI, mentor, NCO, Sheriff's Deputy and friend. He was my friend, and I will miss him. Rest in Peace, Guido... we are all better and safer because you chose to be who you were and do what you did..."
Michael Kiser Sad, too soon, great guy!
Mike Lane RIP MIKE Mike Guidara
Bill Forsyth Rest in peace Mike, gone in the prime of life.
Robert Ackerman I refuse to like this. Prayers for all concerned.
Steven Clark yup was on 1n1x1 page last nite... shocker....good squint...friend... it hurts..
John Wickman Wow. That sucks! See you on the next pass Mike!
Christopher Biskup Sad News. Many good memories and fun times with Guido.
Benjamin Gomes I am heart broke, our friends are leaving much too soon and quick
Jim Grant Guido was a great guy and a big part of our mission success. Why do good folks die so young? Very sad...
Pete Kennelly Hey everyone, it's with great sadness that I tell you that our friend Mike Guidara passed away this morning. His daughter is updating his Facebook page with details as they become available.
Roger DeSantis Damn!!!
Jeff Simon That's just sad
Nancy Walters Very sad
Dav Drozski RIP Guido.
Mike Smith RIP
Steve Moran Very tough news.
Ellen Christensen So sad.
Kelly Tellez Godspeed Guido????
Al Bennett Jr. Not Guido???!?!?
Nancy Walters Total shock.. he was only 51
Steven Clark good squint.... dammit
Maureen DeNunzio Wow. So sad. Thanks for letting us know.
Steven Clark ouch... had the best 80's 'stache.... RIP friend
Steven Clark he was a cop... was it health or line of duty thing??
Mark Olsen Condolences to Mike's family and wide circle of friends. RIP.
Pete Kennelly From what I can tell it was a health issue with his heart.
Pete Kennelly I know Al, I was shocked when I read it. Really bumming right now.
Al Bennett Jr. Man, this a tough one..... I don't know how to make sense of this. ...
Carl Peoples That is some of the most astonishing news I've ever gotten. He was always so light-hearted and full of life. I thank GOD for having known him. Prayers for his family.
Angel M. Figueroa May he rest in eternal peace.
Steve Eiser Prayers uplifted to his family. Sad to hear of his passing...
Lnonya Mbisness RIP Guido. Man, how you were like the king of our dorm!
Wes Quast RIP Guido, I couldn't have asked for a better trainer!
Eric Muntz My condolences to Mike's family. RIP
Dan Floyd Sorry to hear that, as I recall he has a heart issue after Desert Storm. Condolences to his family.
Al Leathers RIP Mike. Salute and Godspeed to the Creator.
Charles E. "Charlie" Wilson, Sgt, 548 RTS, Yokota AB, Japan, Photo Mapping, November 1951 - February 1954, passed away on November 2, 2014 in Luthersville, Georgia.
August 30, 1932 - November 2, 2014
Charlie Wilson has gone West.
He died peacefully in his home November 2 surrounded by his wife and children. He was 82 years old.
Don't let the small dash between those two dates fool you. He accomplished a great deal between those years on this Earth. The first was marrying his wife, Martha Powell Wilson. They were married 56 years. They would later have two children, Todd and Tara.
Charlie was born in Kansas City, Kansas, to the late George and Carol Wilson. He was in the Navy Reserve but soon joined the Air Force in 1951 and served in the Korean War. Charlie began taking flying lessons in 1955 and never looked back. He was a flight instructor for the Army in Ft. Rucker, Ala., before joining Southern Airways in 1960. He was Captain and flew with Southern Airways until it became Republic Airlines and then Northwest Airlines before retiring as Captain in 1992. He was highly respected amongst his professional peers, and to this day his opinion was sought after by many when it came to airplanes.
Immediately upon retiring, he wasted no time and began attending college and received an Associates Degree in Aviation Mechanics and received his A&P and AI License, which he kept current.
Flying was not his only passion in life. He enjoyed traveling with his family. Many trips to Europe were taken over the years where he enjoyed skiing and exploring the countryside.
Charlie dedicated countless hours to little league sports in Fayette County. He was one of the founders of the Blue Devil Football little league program and coached many softball games on Kiwanis Field. He was involved in every aspect of his children's and grandchildren's lives. He never missed a football, a softball, a basketball or a soccer game. He attended many a ballet recital and band concert.
If he wasn't hunting or camping with his family, he was working on a car or airplane. He was an avid Falcon fan and was a season ticket holder for over 40 years, even attending their appearance in the Super Bowl. He also loved the Georgia Bulldogs and his Atlanta Braves.
He was involved in his church and loved attending UMM club meetings and volunteering with his friends. He was also a member of several aviation groups and actively involved in those: QB's, Antique Airplane Association, EAA, Cessna 140 Club – just to mention a few.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 56 years, Martha; his son, Todd Wilson and wife Leslie, and their two children, Nicholas 19 and Sydney 15; his daughter Tara and husband Tom Gochenour and their three sons, TJ (18), and twins Charlie and Jack (15). He has a brother, David Wilson, and his wife Carolyn (Oletha, Kansas). He had many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Newnan First United Methodist Church, 33 Greenville St., Newnan, Ga., on Saturday November 8, 2014, at 2 p.m.
Visitation and reception will be in the Parish Hall at Newnan First United Methodist Church immediately following the service from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Donations may be made to Newnan FUMC.
Mr. Charles Edward Wilson: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Newnan Times-Herald, The (GA) - Thursday, November 6, 2014
Wesley O. "Wes" Williams, TSgt, 548 RTG Photo Lab, April 1977 - April 1979,
October 1980 - October 1984 and September 1987 - September 1989, passed away on October 26, 2014 in Fishers, Indiana.
March 8, 1957 - Oct. 26, 2014
Wesley O. "Wes" Williams, 57, Fishers, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at his home following an extended illness.
He was born on March 8, 1957, in Logansport, to Ted and Marie (Wastel) Williams.
He graduated from Lapel High School in 1975 and had served in the U. S. Air Force.
Mr. Williams retired in 2006 from Excel Technical services in Fishers.
He was an active member in Alcoholics Anonymous and an active donor to the Disabled American Veterans. He was also an avid Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, and Indiana University Hoosiers fan.
He is survived by three children, Chris (wife, Yoryanela) Williams, Carmel, Valerie (husband, Chris) Monday, Indianapolis, and Stephanie Haywood, Columbus, Ind.; two grandchildren, Kaylei and Gavin Monday; his father, Ted Williams, Danville, Va.; and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother; a brother, Kevin Williams; and his son-in-law, Rodger Haywood.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at Scott E. Hersberger Funeral Home, 1010 N. Main St., Lapel, with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery, Lapel.
Steve F. LaFata: Regrets to family, friends and the Recce Tech family
Craig Nipper: RIP old friend
Col (ret) Kenneth B. Orr, 548 RTG Commander, 1977-1978, passed away on February 17, 2014 in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Colonel Ken Orr, Commander
Col Orr and his Family
Col. Kenneth B. Orr, ret.
Kenneth Beecher Orr was born in Kingfisher, OK on August 22, 1929, to Hugh M. and Lois D. Orr. He died peacefully following an extended illness in Edmond, OK on February 17, 2014, at age 84. He graduated from Kingfisher High School in 1947, where he lettered in football and basketball. He attended OU, was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, and graduated in 1952 with a BA in Business. While at OU, he met the love of his life, Janice K. Kerr, of Hooker, OK. They were married on June 6, 1953. In August of 1953 he began his active duty career in the US Air Force. His 27 years in the service included a tour of duty in Vietnam and various significant assignments. During his military career, he earned his MBA from George Washington University. He was the recipient of numerous honors and awards including Bronze Star Medal and Legion of Merit. Ken and Janice raised their 3 children in Texas, California, Kansas, Alabama, Virginia and Hawaii. Colonel Orr retired from military service in 1983 and began a second career in the Aerospace division of General Electric, retiring again a few years later. Ken was a 32nd Degree Mason and devoted member of India Shrine. His passions were golf, hunting, gardening and spending time with family and friends. Ken was involved in many leadership roles including the Election Board, President Of Twin Hills Country Club and his HOA. Also known as "Pops" to the many who loved him, he was a man of honor and integrity in every aspect of his life. He was a devoted husband and father who brought to anything in which he participated the same commitment and integrity. He was preceded in death by his parents, his younger brother Lloyd Orr, his granddaughter Stephanie Rose Wilhelmi, and his niece, Brenda Orr Mergen. Kenneth is survived by his wife of 60 years, Janice K. Orr, daughter Melissa Hoffman and husband Kurt of Monrovia, CA, son John Orr of Tucson, AZ, daughter Kendall Wilhelmi of Amissville, VA, brother and sister-in-law Don and Polly Orr of Fayetteville, NC, sister-in-law Melota Orr of Yukon, OK, grandchildren Taryn, Timothy and Mitchell Hoffman, Kelsey and Keilea Orr, and Marshall Wilhelmi, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 22 at 10 a.m. at Baggerley Funeral Home, 930 S. Broadway, Edmond, OK. Interment with Military Honors will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. A luncheon with the family will immediately follow at Baggerley Funeral Home. Kenneth was a proud American veteran. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans or Wounded Warrior Project.
Robert “Bob” Ventura passed away on November 8th. The Ventura Family is very appreciative of all of the phone calls and emails of support and condolence.
The memorial service in remembrance of Robert “Bob” Ventura will be held at MILILANI MEMORIAL PARK & MORTUARY, WAIPIO – MAUKA CHAPEL on Saturday, November 30, 2013 with receiving beginning at 5:30PM and services beginning at 6:30PM. The service is open to the public.
In lieu of flowers or monetary offerings, the Ventura family humbly requests that a donation be made in Bob’s name to:
AIR FORCE AID SOCIETY
We’ve set up an Active Memorial for SMSgt Robert “Bob” Ventura. The following link takes you directly to the donation page: https://www.afas.org/2-ways-to-give/memorial4 (Should the link not take you directly to Bob’s memorial, please go to https://www.afas.org/memorials , select SMSgt Robert “Bob” Ventura under Active Memorials, and make your donation.)
ROBERT BOB W. VENTURA Age 75, was born and raised in Wailuku, Maui. After graduation from Baldwin High School, Bob joined the Air Force where he spent a significant portion of his 22-year career in the field of Information Technology. Near the end of the Vietnam War, he was instrumental in standing up the Joint Casualty Resolution Center (now the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command) which is still in operation today. Following his retirement from active duty, Bob worked for several IT companies and eventually formed Ventura Technology in 1991 where he proudly employed over 150 military veterans throughout the years. Bob was also very dedicated to his loving family, he also enjoyed music and being outdoors. The memorial will take place at the Mililani Memorial Park and Mortuary, Mauka Chapel in Waipio on Saturday, November 30 with visitation at 5:30 PM, memorial service at 6:30 PM and remembrance to follow. In lieu of flowers, the Ventura family requests donations to the Air Force Aid Society (afas.org/memorials) in memory of SMSgt Robert “Bob” Ventura. Bob was a Vietnam veteran, a board member for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and is survived by his wife, Letizia; his children Luana (McArthur), Robert Jr., and Claudia; sister Clare and two grandchildren.
Cynthia and I had dinner with Bob and Letizia last month and we were shocked at the news (still are). Randy Johnson sent us an email a day or so after Bob's passing. Bob & I were stationed together in Vietnam some 45 years ago and have been friends since, having worked on several intelligence programs together as contractors in the years following our respective retirements from the USAF. I have since written a letter to Letizia and I plan to be at the memorial on 30 Nov. I hope that Cynthia will accompany me, but she is attending a (church related) meeting in Honolulu at this time and we have not had a chance to talk about it. Anyway, one or both of us will be there for the services.
Aloha, Gil Taylor
Bob lived right down the street from us in Ewa Beach (back in the seventies). He was a real nice guy and a good Intel NCO! I'm sorry he's no longer with us.
Thanks, Bill. Made a donation to AFAS. I did not really know Bob until the
reunion last year. Enjoyed some time with him and wished I had known him
longer. Was this an unexpected thing or had he been ill? Take care, Larry Benson
TSgt (ret) Fred H. Robinson, 548 RTG Lab, 1968-1973, passed away on August 31, 2013 in Chandler Arizona.
Harold Robinson, 81, of Chandler, AZ, beloved husband, proud father and
grandfather passed away Saturday, August 31, 2013.
He was born October 11, 1931, in Hazard, Kentucky, to John Henry and Cora Belle (Hobbs) Robinson, both of whom preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, John, Pauline, Henry, Mary, Eugene and Ellena. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Robinson of Gilbert, AZ; three daughters Charlene Baker(Bruce) of Westminster, CO, Natalie Helm (Herb) of Menifee, CA and Jannelle Robinson of Mesa, AZ; sister, Carolyn Beeler of Hazard, Kentucky and six grandchildren, Chris Redlich, Samantha Baker, Kevin Redlich, Andrew Baker, Michael Baker and David Redlich. He was looking forward to seeing his Great Grandchildren.
While attending High School in Kentucky he enjoyed playing Basketball. Fred joined the Air Force in 1951, he was stationed at Lowry AFB in Denver, CO. There he met the love of his life Margaret Miller. Throughout his military career Fred served, several tours overseas including 4 tours in Vietnam. He and Margaret enjoyed many transfers with the military and lived in Little Rock, AR, Del Rio, TX, Tucson, AZ, Marysville, CA and Hawaii. He retired from the Air Force after 22 years in 1973 and settled in Aurora, CO. Then he served our country through the Civil Service for the VA and Fitzsimmons Army Medical center until 1993. Fred and Margaret moved to Chandler, AZ in 2002.
Funeral Mass for Mr. Robinson will at Queen of Peace Catholic Church Aurora, CO, September 9th, 2013, at 10:00. Burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery at 12:00. Visitation will be from 4:00 until 6:00 pm at Horan & McConaty 11150 E. Dartmouth Avenue Aurora, CO.
MSgt (ret) Scott A. Zilm, 548 RTG INOD, 1975-1979, passed away on
November 29, 2012 in Spokane, Washington.
Scott (back row) on the first ever 548th golf trip on Kauai in 1978.
ZILM, Scott Alan (Age 63) Passed away November 29, 2012, in Spokane, Washington. Scott was born in Peoria, Illinois, November 19, 1949, to Edwin and Betty Zilm. He spent 20 years in the Air Force. After retirement he worked at Pitney-Bowes in Spokane. Scott was an avid golfer. Scott is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Pam; sons Scott Michael Zilm (Scott Kemp) of Chicago, and Paul Zilm of Spokane; granddaughter Madelyn Emma; siblings John Zilm of Springfield, Missouri and Rebecca Anderson of Pontiac, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews. An Honor Ceremony will be held on Monday, December 3, 2012, 3:00 PM at Washington State Veterans Cemetery, 21702 W. Espanola Rd., Medical Lake. Memorial contributions can be sent to Wounded Warrior Project. Community Cremation Service Spokane Valley 13127 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley, WA 99216 509-926-2020 On-line guestbook at: www.CommunityCremationService.com
May he rest in peace................ Joe Longo
October 19, 1937 - October 10, 2012Thomas “Tom” L. Haga
God Bless Chief Tom Haga. I mourn deeply at the news of his passing. He was as fine a person and leader as I have ever met. Rest in peace dear friend. You gave an extra sparkle to the lives of all who met you along the way. We'll meet again in God's good time. // Jim Grant
Tom Haga was a very special man and leader.
I had the great honor and pleasure to serve with him at the 548th Reconnaissance Technical Group in Hawaii for a number of years in the early 1980s. Tom combined a strong sense of patriotism with the ability to get the most out of everyone he met, whether or not they were above or below him in the chain of command. He kept our photo lab running at peak performance, earning high marks in every annual inspection. Equally important, he had more to do than anyone else in making the 548th a family, with his constant efforts to support social events, athletic encounters, and just plain fun.
He had time for everybody and he had a way of getting folks to see his point of view and do things his way without generating resentment or friction. Tom was not driven by ego or a need to demonstrate personal control; his actions were fed by a belief that we had one team that had to help each other do the right things the right way.
I learned a great deal from Tom, and I will be eternally grateful for his friendship and support as well as for the joy he brought to all of us with his shenanigans in Hawaii.
Rest well, dear friend. We will see you again.
Brigadier General, USAF (ret.)
Yes, a fine person he was. I went to see him last Sun/Mon. I’m glad I got to see him—Lynn Wilhelm.
Chief Haga bless you and may Gods arms warm you in his everlasting kingdom. Ben Gomes
I was saddened by news of Chief Haga passing. To this day, every time I drink a beer and eat a hot dog he and the times we shared at dog and suds comes to mind. I imagine the memories will still return but now will be accompanied with a bit of sadness. RIP Chief - you met a lot to so many. Jim Spencer
The CHIEF. None better, to sit with at a ballgame (even if the lowly Islanders) and quaff a beer or two with. OR, ride hap-hazardly about the gof course...doing the same!
We will miss you, Chief...rest in peace, and God Bless your family! Mike Gross
Knew Jimmy, he was my supervisor in the old days at the 548th and knew Tom a good man. They were the Good Guys. Daryl Whitney
RIP Chief John Kepha
Our prayers to Tom's family. Elton Stokes
Remember seeing 2 of us North Dakotans listed on the 548th membership roster, but didn't know how to research to find out who the "other" Dakotan was. Now I know. His brother, Chuck, was a writer for the local newspaper (The Herald) in Grand Forks when I was living there and coaching for 11 years. I never knew Thomas, as I was at the Recce 1970 to 73. Even though I didn't know Thomas, please give my condolences to his family, and maybe mention to Chuck that I had served where his brother eventually served. Chuck may remember me from my hockey coaching at Red River High School in Grand Forks. Jay Johnson
I worked with Chief for a lot of years. Even ran some 10K's with him and Chief Greathouse. Almost did not recoginize him with the beard. Mark Mizner
RIP Chief Robert Ackerman
Tom was a great guy. As a USAF Chief Master Sergeant he was an outstanding leader. He will be missed. Joe Ford
Chief. You will be missed. As a young airmen/nco I was extremely lucky to have served with you. You were an excellent role model. I will always remember our running days. You always inspired me with your perseverance on our Tripler hospital runs on the weekends. Our runs on the big island. Your reference to the airline to be careful with your farm fresh eggs (codeword for a suitcase full of beer). Chief I'll never be able repay your kindness you shared with me, but I will I pass it on. Nick Scohera Aka beaker
I never met a kinder man-we called him the 'gentle giant'. I will miss him and his infectious laugh! My thoughts and prayers to the family. Nancy Sather
Tom Haga was the epitome of what the Air Force Senior NCO was expected to be. He was my mentor, my friend, and the greatest influence of my military career. A true human being who will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Craig Sweet
Chief was always there for us Sergeants. Whether a helping hand at work, a beer on the golf course or a cheer from the stands at our games...he was befitting of what Top 3 meant to us then. I remember Top McGough always talking about what he'd get Chief when he retired...a gun for shooting birds in the Dakota's. I'm sure you put down quite a few, Chief, cause I know Top wasn't cheap with his monies. God Bless you, Chief. We will miss you...and anticipate, someday, seeing you again. Mike Gross
I had the privilege and honor of serving with Chief Haga at both the 544 TMS and 548th RTU, he was probably the finest NCO I ever had the privilege of serving with, and I was proud to have him as a friend. R.I.P. Chief. Jon Parmer
SMSgt (ret) Jimmy Rogers, 548 RTG Exploitation, Special Projects, Plans and Programs, February 1974 - June 1981, passed away on September 23, 2012 in Pecos, Texas.
Jimmy's promotion to MSgt April 1974, with the late Col Duane Vandenberg
Very sad. He was a great guy…. Jim Grant
Msgt Rogers was a real asset to the 548th RTG and a friend to me. Howard Melching
Jimmy will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He was one of the most brilliant analysts that I ever had to pleasure of knowing and working with.
The last time I talked to him was to make sure he was going to be attending the reunion – he told me that he was not doing well and that he would not be attending.
We spent several years working together at PACAF, the 548RTG, Planning Research Corporation on CONSTANT WATCH, the development of the KCOIC systems in Korea, and the systems support at the IPAC/JICPAC/JIOC with Martin Marietta.
He was a close friend of myself and my family and we spent many happy hours with his family as well. My children will be sad to hear the news as well. Bob Ventura
I knew Jimmy Rogers very well, but had lost track of him. He worked for me 45 year ago at the 67th RTS. He was a good man; a hard worker and fun to be around. I'm so sorry to learn of his passing. I signed the guestbook, including similar words in the text therein. Gil Taylor
April 2013 Tributes
I'll be thinking of Jimmy and all of our 548 RTG brothers and sisters who are no longer with us. God bless all of you, and your families, and thank you so much for your service to our country. Joe Weller
Jimmy was a special manager for me..There wasn't a project he couldn't support, with minimum guidance. The projects were error free. Perhaps the best part, there no static . He could do everything...I Repected his abilities and friendship.. Phil Desjardins
Please convey my apologies to Jimmy's family. I would have been glad to attend but I have commitments which I cannot get out of on that day. I have fond memories of the years that Jimmy worked for me at the 67th in the late 1960's. Gil Taylor
So sad to learn of Jimmy Roger’s passing. He was such a good guy. Pat Miller
Jimmy's interment at Punchbowl April 16th, 2013, L-R his sons Dave and Dale, Dale's wife Lori and his mother-in-law Pat, back row, Bob Ventura and his wife Letizia, taking photos, Bill Forsyth.
Capt (ret) Randy Eyler, Sgt, 548 RTG Exploitation and Special Projects, May 1974 - May 1975, when he went to OTS, passed away on May 1, 2012 in Woodbridge, Virginia.
Randy receiving Airmen of the Year from the late
Col Duane Vandenberg
Randy Christopher Eyler Sr. February 3, 1953-May 1, 2012 The world will miss you, Randy! Survivors: Amazing husband to wife Annell Bridget Finan Eyler; loving father to Joyce Catalano, Joe Catalano, Renee and Van Culver, Randy and Stacy; fun-loving grandfather to Seth, Hayden, Tori, Kenzie, Kai and forthcoming grandchild; beloved brother of Michael, Suzy and Patti; brother-in-law to Gene, Linda and Bill Finan; and dear family friends Val Rans, Joanne Hackett and Allan Baker; jokester uncle to Michael and Kelli Eyler; Lisa and David Wenerd; Geno, Sean, Josh, Julie, and Megan Finan; and their families. Adventurous child of the late Rita M. and Robert L. Eyler. Loyally served his country for over 40 years, with 24 as an officer in the USAF. World-wide explorer and beachcomber. A computer miracle worker who loved to read, enjoyed Rodney Strong Cabernet and relished sitting on the deck drinking morning coffee and sharing time and stories with his family and friends. The master investigator finally knows all!
Published in The Daily Times on May 4, 2012
Col (ret) Paul A. FitzGerald, 548 RTG Commander, passed away on February 14, 2012 in Berkeley, California. No obituary was found.
Col. FitzGerald awarding Airman of the Quarter to
Doug Schlappi sometime in 1972.
Thanks for your letter and I'm glad that the 548th has a website and a Webmaster. I can report that my father was Col Paul A FitzGerald and my family all remember Hickam very well. He passed away Feb 14, 2012 after a short illness. His bedroom walls are still decorated with plaques and poems given to him by the 548th 'Top 3.' He is interred with my mother in Golden Gate National Cemetery. After Hickam, he was stationed at Travis for 6 mos and then lived in Berkeley, CA (of all places) until last year. He was in intelligence beginning in 1963-64. He loved the 'Reccie Techs.'
Paul Albert FitzGerald
I know I've told this story before, but when my wife and I, both on active duty, arrived at Hickam in September of 1971, Colonel Fitzgerald was the Commanding Officer of the 548th. My wife worked in the motor pool, but the same shift. We lived in Makiki Heights. Shortly after Thanksgiving her shift was moved to 4:00PM to midnight. That meant we needed two cars. With an E-3 and E-4's salary, we could not afford that luxury. At the Christmas Party I approached a Brigadier General, who I believe preceded Colonel Fitzgerald as the 548th's CO, and asked if he could help me out and told him of our plight. The party was on a Friday afternoon. Monday morning my wife received orders transferring her to the 548th as one of Colonel Fitzgerald's Administrative Assistants. I bounced back and forth between the 548th and the 480th at TAC HQ, but Colonel Fitzgerald is the only CO I ever had who made a lasting impression.
Christopher Allan Knowles
Former Staff Sergeant, USAF
He was well liked.
Col Fitzgerald was the Commander of the 548th when I was in the USAF. My memories were that he was a fine and reasonable person.
|The Sentinel-Record -||Published: 12/25/2011|
My condolences go out to your Ohana (Family). As everyone joked, you were Big Don and I was Little Don. You were like my Big Brother. We met while we were both station in Korea and then you followed me to Hawaii. You were always there for me and my family. We are going to deeply miss you. We will meet again, my good friend. Aloha!!!
OMG, I can't believe it...what a shame, so sad. I looked for him on the internet around 2005 but couldn't find him. I wanted to thank him for all the positive encouragement he gave me at the start of my AF career. He believed in ppl. Capt Huntley used to come to Chem Mix to check on us all who were waiting for our security clearances prior to working in the photo lab downstairs. I was waiting darn near 6 months, so I got a chance to talk with him candidly many times. He shot from the hip, didn't play games, was tactful and chose his words carefully (at least with me) and made observations and comments that would make u think. I'm sure he's gonna be missed by us all!
I'm truly sorry to learn of his passing. Capt Huntley changed the course of my life, and I'll always be thankful for this. I was a sailor assigned to the Training department from FICPAC, and when checking in to the 548th, he told me he wouldn't sign my check-in sheet until I spoke to the base Education office about going to college, which had never crossed my mind. The Navy and AF have far differing views about the need for education. I took his direction, signed up for classes, and graduated with a bachelors degree in 1989. This enabled me to make Chief in 11 years, and allowed me to take civilian jobs I would have never been qualified for. I am forever in his debt, and always appreciated his concern for me.
This is very sad to hear.
Arthur David Stackhouse,, SSgt 548 RTG, fall 1968 - fall 1972, passed away on 29 March 2010 in Xenia, Ohio after battling Lymphoma. Awaiting further information on where he worked.
20 May 1947 - 29 March 2010
Arthur David Stackhouse
Arthur David Stackhouse was a success story, grew up in an orphanage in Xenia, Ohio and joined USAF out of the orphanage and made a name for himself. It seems he worked briefing air crew members at Hickam. Anyway, great guy and we spent time when he was really sick with lots of discussion about time at the orphanage. His son graduated from the Air Force Academy and returned there as an instructor.
Duane Hall, SSgt, Who served with the 548 RTS 1950-1951, passed away on February 28, 2010 in Vernal, Utah.
|Duane Hall was born in Vernal, Utah, on December 8, 1930 to Emmett Alfred Hall and Irene Frances Wilcoxson Hall, the third of seven children.
Duane attended school at both Central and Maeser Elementaries. Duane, his twin brother Wayne, and Holt Wardle started the wrestling program in 1946 at Uintah High School. He graduated in 1948 from Uintah High.
After graduating from high school, Duane enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served four years, two years of that time in Korea.
Upon returning from military service, he married his high school sweetheart, Merlene McNeill, on November 1, 1952. Later on April 4, 1966 they were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They have four children.
Duane and Merlene owned Duane Hall Trucking for 17 years. They had a large fleet of water trucks servicing oil companies in Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, Idaho, California, and Colorado.
Duane started the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5560 in 1989 in Vernal. He planned and designed the Veteran War Memorial on the Uintah County Building lawn. Duane, along with Bob Williams, brought the helicopter near the memorial. He served as the Commander of the VFW Post for 19 years. In September 2009, for health reasons, he resigned.
Duane loved playing his guitar with his daughter, Sharlene, and his friends. He played and sang at many community programs and funerals.
Duane is a member of the LDS Church. He held several callings. He did much good both public and private when he served as Elders Quorum President. He served on the Uintah County Care Center Board for several years. He was a member of the Vernal Roping Club when it was started in 1953. He also served on the Selective Service Board.
Duane loved the American flag and all it symbolized. He gave many flags away. He enjoyed talking to anyone who had been in the service of our country. Duane wrote and published a book on his years serving our country in the Korean War. He was passionately devoted to his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren and it was his joy to have them come around.
Duane was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Wayne & his wife Jackie, Weldon, Dennis, and Kathryn.
He is survived by his wife, Merlene Hall; and children, Clark D. (Beverly) Hall of Vernal; Stacy (Cathy) Hall of Provo; Sharlene (Sam) Howard of Vernal; and Lt. Col. Mitchell (Faye) Hall of Lake Point, Utah. He had 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by siblings Gratton (Betty) Hall, sister-in-law Margie Hall, brother-in-law Kent Jackson, Buck (Glena) Hall, Bill (Jolene) Carter, Gaytha (Maury) Morningstar, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 4, at the Vernal 6th Ward Chapel, 850 West 100 North, at 11 a.m. There will be a viewing Wednesday, March 3, in the Relief Society Room at the church from 6 to 8:00 pm and one hour prior to services in the same place.
Arrangements by Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. Compassionate services by Vernal 6th Ward Relief Society.
Rock Point Cemetery
From back cover of book
The book written by Duane and Ben Hardy:
Photographic Aerial Reconnaissance and Interpretation Korea, 1950-52, Ben Hardy and Duane Hall
From Korean War Project (KWP) member Ben Hardy this book is 124 pages with many illustrations and documents.
Hardy and Hall have put together a record of their very personal experiences while stationed
in the Far East Air Forces during the early stages of the war, with well over 100 photographic and document illustrations. Missions were flown by un-armed planes piloted by dedicated aircrew. Supported on the ground by the flight line crews and the technical staff of the photographic and operations staff.
From Ted Barker: As a former "PI" and "OPS Intel" type, this book strikes a personal chord.
THE VILLAGES — William Eugene (Bill) Flavin, 63, died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009.
Mr. Flavin was born in Kansas City, Mo., and moved to The Villages in 2005. He was retired from the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Army; was an Air Force veteran; an avid reader; enjoyed golf, computers; and had been active in various organizations.
Survivors include his sisters, Connie Ising, Kansas City, Mary Flavin, The Villages; and brother, John, Ridgefield, Conn.
Visitation will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at McGilley State Line Chapel, Kansas City, with the Rosary at 5 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Kansas City.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Operation Shoebox, 920 Camino Del Rey, The Villages, FL 32159 or to Cornerstone Hospice, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, FL 32162. McGilley State Line, Kansas City, is in charge of arrangements.
The Villages Daily Sun
Charles "Chip" Stewart, TSgt, 548 RTG Photo Lab, 1987-1991 (aprox), passed away on August 22, 2008 in Hemet, California.
Book written by Ben Hardy and Duane Hall (Died Feb 28, 2010):
Photographic Aerial Reconnaissance and Interpretation Korea, 1950-52, Ben Hardy and Duane Hall
From Korean War Project (KWP) member Ben Hardy this book is 124 pages with many illustrations and documents.
Hardy and Hall have put together a record of their very personal experiences while stationed
in the Far East Air Forces during the early stages of the war, with well over 100 photographic and document illustrations. Missions were flown by un-armed planes piloted by dedicated aircrew. Supported on the ground by the flight line crews and the technical staff of the photographic and operations staff.
From Ted Barker: As a former "PI" and "OPS Intel" type, this book strikes a personal chord.
SSGT US AIR FORCE
Published: Thursday, April 20, 2006
He was born Sept. 2, 1952, in Meridian, Mississippi.
He graduated from Admiral King High School in 1971 and was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.
He was working for the Lorain City Schools as a substitute teacher and track coach and was previously employed at Shelby in Westlake, the Lorain Ford Plant and Ford Aerospace in San Jose, Calif., where he was a senior program management engineer before moving back to Lorain.
He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Lorain and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and enjoyed reading and writing poetry.
Survivors include his wife, Ann M. Robinson-Lewis; sons James Lewis, Anthony Robinson of Union, N.J., and Christopher Lewis of Fairfax, Va.; daughters Tisha Ross of Atlanta, Ga., Sheila Robinson and Lela Carlton, both of Lorain, and Monica Church of Southfield, Mich.; his mother, Dorothy Brewer of Lorain; brothers Michael Lewis of Seattle, Wash., Randy Lewis of Elyria and Stanley Barnette of Lorain; sisters Ann Hudson of Cleveland, Michaelle Brewer and Renay Brewer, both of Lorain, Yvonne Brewer of Columbus and his twin sister, Terry Lewis of Lorain; and 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Lewis; and brother, Rickie Lewis.
Friends may call Friday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1516 E. 30th St., where services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Melvin Woodard III, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Lorain.
Arrangements by Brown-Robinson Funeral Home, Lorain
Plot: Section 15
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Originally Created by: LindaB
Record added: Jan 13, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64156079
WILSON - Ret. Major (USAF) Orren Daniel Wilson, 61, Yorktown, Va., passed away Saturday, March 18, 2006, at home. Born Dec. 26, 1944, son of the late Orren G. and Dorothy (Lendell) Wilson. Survived by wife, Paulette (Cintula) Wilson, Yorktown, Va.; son, Jeffrey S., married to Marguerite Wilson, Seaford, Va.; daughter, Lisa M. Carmosino, married to Steven, Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Andrew Forrest; Zachery Wilson; Jan, Katherine and Jeffrey Japour. Pop Pop would like his grandchildren to remember all the happy times they had together. Member of the Exchange Club of York and former member of Old Point Exchange Club. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd., where funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, the Very Rev. Paul E. Turnbull, V.F. Entombment, Grandview Mausoleum.
Mrs Anne Bazzell, 548 RTG Commander's Secretary, passed away on September 11, 2005 in Manahawkin, New Jersey.
Anne Bazzell, Outstanding Federal Employee
of The Year 1974, with the late Col Duane Vandenberg
She was the daughter of the late Thomas M. and Anne C. Jansen Ryan and the wife of the late Col. Basil Bazzell. Surviving are her husband, Raymond F. Pental Jr.; a stepson, Raymond F. Pental and his wife Karen of Lawrenceville; two stepdaughters, Gail Serrano and her husband Sam of Bristol, Pa., and Susan Gross and her husband Dr. David Gross of Moorestown; a stepdaughter-in-law, Mary Pental of Boalsburg, Pa.; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Eileen Streight of Hamilton Township, and Margaret Ryan and her husband Steven Lerner of New York City; a brother, Thomas M. Ryan and his companion Donna Schwartz of Hamilton Township; six stepgrandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the M. William Murphy Funeral Home, 1863 Hamilton Ave., Hamilton Township. The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home followed by a 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Angels Church, S. Broad Street, Trenton. Burial will be in Punch Bowl Military Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii, which is the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Donations in her memory may be made to the Atlantic Care Regional Medical Center Hospice, P.O. Box 1626, Pleasantville, NJ 08232
Major B. Sue Hauser
Major B. Sue Hauser retired USAF, born December 7, 1937, passed away July 10, 2005. Sue was a person who liked all kinds of games and sports. She especially enjoyed a good game of golf or Chinese checkers. Two sisters: Faye (Norm) Brodeur and Dorothy (G.W.) Hartlein; and nephews: Ken (Charlotte) Hartlein, Chris (Angela) Brodeur, Donald, Jerry, and Larry Hartlein survive her. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Sue's name to the charity of your choice. Published in The Gazette on July 14, 2005
SMSgt (ret) Robert John Holmes, 548 RTG Exploitation, passed away on June 18, 2004. No obituary was found for him.
TSgt Holmes, 548 RTG NCO of the
Year 1984, with Governor Ariyoshi
September 5, 1957 - June 18, 2004
TSgt (ret) Raymond F. "Ray" White Sr., 548 RTG Exploitation, 1976 - 1979, passed away on May 30th, 2004 in Winter Garden, Florida.
October 10, 1943 - 30 May 2004
WHITE, RAYMOND F., SR., Raymond F. White, Sr., 60, of Winter Garden passed away Sunday, May 30th. Born in Central Falls, RI, he moved to Central Florida in 1984. He was Catholic and worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. Mr. White was a U.S. Veteran and retired from the Air Force after 20 years. He also served in Vietnam. Survived by his son, Allen (Angela) White of Winter Garden; sisters Arlene Osbourne, New Smyrna, Alice Cloutier, MA, Christine of VA; brothers: Russell White, Kissimmee and Thomas White, CO; granddaughter, Adelynn Jane White, Winter Garden. Mr. White is preceded in death by his wife Shirley and his son Raymond White, Jr. Services will be held Thursday June 2, at 11AM in the chapel of the Dobbs Funeral Home with Pastor Bryan Stamper officiating. Friends may call on Thursday from 9:30AM until the service hour. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on June 1, 2004
John Schlimmer: I met Ray and his family at Shaw AFB in 1975 (18th TRS PPIF) and spent many weekend hours with them. They treated me like family. Ray PCSed to the 548thin ’76, and I went back to the 544th at Offutt the same year. Ray came to Offutt TDY early in ’77 for DSIATP. He hated the school and missed Hawaii and his family, but we had hours of playing cards and cribbage while it lasted. Ray also spent a weekend in my hometown of Cedar Falls, IA. When Deb and I honeymooned at the Hale Koa in December ’77, Ray and Shirley helped us with touring tips and even loaned us their car a couple times. Ray’s next assignment in ’79 brought him to Offutt, where he replaced me as a collection requirements manager for SAC/IN when I PCSed to the 497th. We returned to Offutt in ’81 on humanitarian reassignment, and our families enjoyed a lot of time together until Ray retired in ’84 as a TSgt. Ray succumbed to brain cancer, Shirley to internal cancer, both of which Agent Orange is suspected to be a factor. Ray was in the Navy in Viet Nam when he met Shirley, an Army nurse, while they were both on R&R. Two wonderful people that I’ll always consider among the best of my friends.
Edward "Ike" Killmeier, SSgt, 548 RTG Exploitation, passed away on
May 24, 2004 in Tucson, Arizona.
Edward F. (Ike) Killmeier III passed away on May 24, 2004, after a second battle with cancer. Ed was 55 and born on July 17, 1948, in Niskayuna, New York, to Edward and Elsie Killmeier. Ed lived in Middleburg, New York, until the age of 12, when his family moved to Mystic Connecticut. He attended college in Iowa and North Carolina and enlisted in the US Air Force in May 1969, and served 11 years as a Photo Enterpreter. He married the former Mary Wanserski on May 31, 1980, and settled in Phoenix, where he graduated from the Universal Technical Institute. They have two children, Carly, 21, and Eddie, 19. In November 1981, Ed started working for Technical Air Balance, and transferred to Tucson in March 1984. He purchased the Tucson branch of Technical Air Balance, which is now known as Systems Commissioning & Testing, Inc. on April 30, 1994. Ed is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, grandparents, aunts and uncles. He is survived by his devoted wife, Mary; loving children, Carly of Tempe, Eddie in the US Army, stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia; a sister, April Ludy of Vermont; an uncle, Lance of New York; an aunt, Marion Buschynski of New York; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Ed enjoyed golf, woodworking. He was respected by all who knew him personally and professionally and will be deeply missed. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in the memory of Ed be made to the American Cancer Society, Southeastern Arizona Region, 1636 N. Swan Rd., Suite 151, Tucson, AZ 85712. Visitation at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, 2004, DESERT SUNSET FUNERAL HOME, 3081 W. Orange Grove Rd. Funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements entrusted to DESERT SUNSET FUNERAL HOME, Tucson, 520-297-9007.
The Arizona Daily Star - (May/29/2004)
CMSgt (ret) David Malcolm, 548 RTG First Sergeant, passed away on August 8, 2003 in Fairmont, West Virginia. No obituary was found for him.
"First Shirt" CMSgt Dave Malcolm
February 17, 1932 - August 8, 2003
LtCol (ret) Phillip L. Bostur, 548 RTG Exploitation Division, passed away on November 23, 2002 in Round Rock, Texas.
Maj Phil Bostur Officer Group Photo 1978
(11/27/2002)Lt. Col. Phillip L. Bostur, Ret. Jun. 30, 1939 - Nov. 23, 2002 Mr. Phil was a man who was very much loved. He will be dearly missed as a husband, father, pop-pop, brother, uncle, and friend. He embraced every situation with optimism, and faced every challenge with bravery and a positive outlook. He was loving and gentle, generous and kind, forgiving and accepting. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. Services will be held at Beck Funeral Home, 15709 Ranch Road 620, at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 30, 2002. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in Phil's memory to The Sunshine Kids Foundation, Dedicated to Children with Cancer, 2814 Virginia St., Houston, Texas 77098. Arrangements under the direction of Beck Funeral Home, Round Rock/ Austin, 244-3772.
Laubenthal served the United States Air Force from the time of the Vietnam War, starting writing OJT books for trainees in comic book style to train for lower level jobs such as dining hall cooks. She served as editor of many Air Force professional journals. Having reached the rank of Major in the Air Force, she retired, but continued to do research and write many reports/articles for the military. She had just finished her last military project and received payment for another reprint for Excalibur before she died from diabetic complications. Friends describe her as a quiet lady who was loyal and always creating.
|Birth:||Apr. 6, 1950, USA|
|Death:||Aug. 27, 2000
St. Clair County
MSgt, US Air Force
O'Fallon City Cemetery
St. Clair County
Created by: Jim Krahulec
Record added: Apr 17, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 108653950
|Birth:||Feb. 4, 1936
|Death:||Mar. 31, 1999
Jack Eugene Arnold son of Raymond William Arnold & Janie B Smith he married Marie Gail Clark Arnold 08 Mar 1955 they had two children Jack Eugene Arnold 27 Jan 1956 and Rebecca Lynn Arnold 17 Nov 1957
Jack served 26 years in the Air Force, receiving the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters. After 14 years with the Postal Service he retired in 1995. Was married 44 yrs to his childhood sweetheart Marie Gail Clark, he was a loving husband, devoted father of two, grandfather of 4 and great grandfather of 5.
Poem on Frame:
Remember us with smiles and gladness
For all the happy times we can recall
For if remembering us brings only sorrow and sadness
Then don't remember us at all.
By Jack Arnold
|Birth: Jun. 13, 1954, Sacramento, California
Death: Feb. 2, 1996, Molesworth, Cambridgeshire, England
Jay Michael Rebouché was born June 13, 1954 in Sacramento, California and departed this life February 2, 1996 in England. After graduating from Carter High School in Dallas, Texas he enlisted in the Air Force, served throughout the Pacific, Washington D.C., and England. At the time of his death, Jay was assigned as a Senior Master Sergeant at the Air Force Element, Joint Analysis Center, RAF Molesworth, U.K. and was anticipating retirement this year. Sergeant Rebouché was honored as Intelligence NCO of the year by PACAF, while attached to the 6306th RTF, 6th Tactical Intelligence Group. In his military career, he took advantage of available Colleges and Universities and was awarded his Bachelors Degree from the University of Maryland. Jay had sponsored a foster daughter through World Vision International. He was active not only individually, but also as a leader in recruiting peers to participate. Jay is survived by his wife, Diane; mother, Helen; father, Alton; two brothers, Dee and Tim; sister, Leonie, and nieces and nephews, Rachel, Ryan & Kathy Rebouché, David Dykes, Tony Inchausté, and Dana and Melanie Digit.
Laurel Land Memorial Park
Plot: Section: 25 Lot: 243 Space: 4
Created by: Markos
Record added: Jun 14, 2009
TSgt (ret) Julien M. LaRochelle, 548 RTG Library and Exploitation, passed away on April 22, 1998 in Goffstown, New Hampshire.
February 19, 1935 - April 22, 1998.
TSgt (ret) Walter A. Winkleman, 67 RTG and 548 RTG Photo Lab, passed away on February 24, 1997 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
24 May, 1933 - February 24, 1997
Col (ret) Storm Charles Rhode Jr., Commander 548 RTS and 548 RTG, passed away on August 2, 1994 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Col Storm C Rhode Jr. Col Rhode with his wife Audree (1920-2012)
Sept 24, 1915 - Aug 2, 1994
General Hunter Harris Jr. (PACAF Commander) and
Col. Storm Rhode 548 RTS Commander
Col Rhode Vietnam 1965
Army Air Forces Aviation Cadet (Photo provided by Richard Rhode)
Obituary from the "News-Tribune" of Duluth, Minnesota dated 4 Aug 1994:
Storm Rhode Jr., piloted bombers during WW II
Col. Storm Charles Rhode Jr., a retired military pilot and resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C., formerly of Duluth, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 1994, in Myrtle Beach. He was 78.
He was born and raised in Duluth, graduated from Central High in 1933 and attended the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, the University of California, Sacramento, and the University of Maryland in Naples, Italy.
From 1933 to 1935, Mr. Rhode was a member of Duluth's 125th Field Artillery Minnesota National Guard. After leaving Duluth, he worked for the Minnesota and Ontario Paper Co., now known as Boise Cascade. He married his wife, Audree Beekman, in Minneapolis on January 17, 1942.
He served with the Army Air Corps during World War II and spent the next 30 years on flight status in the Air Force. He aviated mostly bombers, including the B-17 Flying Fortress, and was a member of the U.S. Eight [sic] Air Force, and was the Pathfinder Lead for 30 missions with the famed "Bloody Hundredth" Bomb Group. He served as director of intelligence from 1964 to 1965 in South Vietnam and was decorated with two Legion of Merits for his commendable performance.
Mr. Rhode retired from the Air Force in 1969 and moved to Myrtle Beach, where he organized and operated an Air Force Retiree Activities Office that was consistently rated No. 1 in the Air Force. He was appointed to the Air Force Chief of Staff's Retiree Council. He wrote for the Knight-Ridder newspaper The Sun News for 10 years. His column, "Winging It," was for the active and retiree military population.
Surviving are his wife, Audree; three sons, Col. Storm C. Rhode III of Vienna, Va., Michael Rhode of Leaburg, Ore, and Maj. Richard Rhode of Waipahu, Hawaii; four daughters, Audree Severn of Fort Benning, Ga., Barbara Stiles of San Antonio, Texas, Kelly Rhode of Akron, Ohio, and Deborah King of Columbia, S.C.; 18 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today in St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Myrtle Beach. Burial with full military honors will be at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday in Arlington National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Mercy Hospice of Horry Co., P.O. Box 1409, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578. Arrangements are by McMillan-Small Funeral Home, Myrtle Beach, Bell Brothers Funeral Home-Bell Brothers Chapel, Duluth.
Colonel Storm C. Rhode, Jr.
Colonel Rhode was born in Duluth, MN in 1915. After high school Storm worked for Kelly-Howe-Thompson Company (wholesale hardware) in Duluth. He was sent to KHT's (now Boise Cascade) warehouse by the Fort Peck Dam when it was under construction. He then went to Minneapolis and sold automobile tires, then worked for the Minnesota-Ontario Paper Company as an office boy. He wrote a monthly paper for the company, impressing his boss. He attended the Univ. of Minnesota in Minneapolis., He met his wife Audree in Minneapolis. After they married he volunteered for the Army Air Force.
He was always interested in flying and the military. During the 1930’s he took flying lessons as a civilian, and he also joined the Minnesota National Guard.
He entered the AAF as an aviation cadet at the start of WWII. He was trained as a navigator/bombardier and was selected as one of the first B-17 radar bombardiers. He went to England where he was assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group of the 8th AF. The 100th was famed for flying especially tough missions and also for its high aircraft loss and aircrew casualty rates. He was selected as one of the very few "lead" crews, which led the Group, Wing, or Division on missions over the most heavily defended parts of Europe.
He flew missions against Berlin, Munster, Hamburg, and a host of other targets deep inside Germany, and also flew on a shuttle mission where he departed England, flew across Germany and Poland, and dropped ammunition and medical supplies to the Polish Underground Army in the Warsaw uprising of 1944. His aircraft, which had sustained heavy battle damage, went on into Russia where it recovered at Poltava in the Ukraine.
He was awarded the Purple Heart, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, and numerous air medals. One of his DFC’s (for valor) was awarded when his aircraft was hit by a flak burst just outside the fuselage while on final run to the target. The explosion blew him across the bombardier’s compartment and wounded him in the hip with a three inch piece of shrapnel. Despite his wound he crawled back to the bombsight and led the entire formation to the bomb release point, successfully dropping the entire formation’s bombs on his command.
Another DFC was awarded for his leadership and bombing accuracy against the heavily overcast target of Swinemunde. On this mission he was cited for “the best radar bombing mission of the war”.
Based on his outstanding leadership, he received a combat promotion to Captain—only six weeks after he was promoted First Lieutenant.
He returned to the U.S. in 1945 and cross-trained into B-29’s in preparation for operations against Japan. The war ended before he completed this training.
From 1945-1950 he helped establish the Navigation and Radar Bombardment School at Mather AFB, CA. Here he developed the radar bombardment curriculum and instructed in B-17’s, B-25’s, and B-29’s.
From 1950-54 he was assigned to the Pentagon, where he first worked with AF Intelligence-- in this case helping establish the strategic targeting program.
From 1955-58 he was assigned to the NATO Allied Forces Southern Europe HQ in Naples, Italy, where he was the executive to the DCS/Intelligence.
From 1958-1964 he was assigned to Westover AFB, MA.
Initially, he was Director of Intelligence for the 99th Bomb Wing, and also flew missions in B-52s.
While still at Westover, he was selected to command the 8th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron (RTS), which processed and exploited products from some of the most secret and sensitive reconnaissance programs, including the U-2, SR-71, and the first satellite systems.
He was promoted Colonel at Westover, and became the Deputy Director of Intelligence for Strategic Air Command's 8th AF. He was deputy to Col Rockly Triantifellu, later head of AF Intelligence. While Col Rhode was Deputy Director of Intel, the Cuban Missile Crisis erupted, and he headed the HQ’s Intelligence battle staff --spending over a month in 8th AF’s underground command post during this critical period.
In 1964 he was assigned as Director of Intelligence for the 2nd Air Division—later expanded to 7th Air Force—at Tan Son Nhut AB in Saigon, Vietnam.
Here he found himself --with an extremely small staff—the head of all AF intelligence in Vietnam. He endured several coups as South Vietnamese generals overthrew a succession of governments. The unstable security situation caused him to keep a tommy gun in his office and an eye peeled for tanks in the courtyard outside.
As the air war escalated, he led the effort to develop targets and create a reconnaissance and targeting system, again with bare-bones manning and equipment. During this time a number of future AF intelligence leaders received their baptism of fire while working with him. These included M/Gen James Enney (then a major) and B/Gen Larry Church (also a major).
When he was reassigned in 1965, just as 2nd Air Div was upgraded to 7th AF, he was replaced by his old boss (now B/Gen) Rockly Triantifellu --and seven colonels.
In 1965, he was assigned to Hickam at the request of General Hunter Harris, CINCPACAF, who had been impressed with Col Rhode’s 8th RTS at Westover. General Harris charged him with setting up a first-class reconnaissance technical (recce tech) capability for PACAF on the scale needed to support the growing war in Southeast Asia.
He started with a small recce tech element, Det 1 of the 67th RTS out of Japan. It was located in a decrepit wooden structure on the far side of the base, well away from the HQ. The troops at the facility used to joke that if the termites in the building ever stopped holding hands, the building would fall down.
He began by requesting additional experienced personnel, photo processing equipment, light tables, and all the other equipment needed for a first-class operation, meanwhile shoring up the old building to handle the extra people and equipment.
He also scouted around the base for a better facility, and determined that the big hangar on the flight line right across the street from PACAF HQ was the best candidate. The problem was, the base commander, the flight operations personnel, and the aircraft maintenance personnel all had other ideas for the facility. It took tremendous tenacity, planning, and persuasion, but Col Rhode eventually talked all the other contenders out of the hangar. Then the real work began.
He oversaw conversion of the hangar into a multi-story facility with the communications, wet film processing, exploitation, and mapping, charting, and geodesy capabilities necessary to make the 548th into a world-class operation. He also undertook a major expansion of computer and data base capabilities to take full advantage of these emerging technologies.
The 548th RTG processed and exploited products from drones, tactical reconnaissance, U-2, SR-71, and satellite sources. It also provided target materials and maps and charts. The 548th did this under extremely tight time pressures, getting critical exploited data or processed film to warfighters and decision-makers in time to affect a battle or make a time-critical decision.
The 548th provided support for the entire theater—CINCPAC HQ, and Army, Navy, and Marine organizations—as well as national users.
Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Earl Wheeler both visited the facility at various times to see the operation and to thank the 548th personnel for their support.
A lot of future AF intelligence leaders got grounding in recce tech operations in the 548th. They included B/Gen Irv Rokke, and Col. Ford Moseley, among others.
Colonel Rhode retired in February, 1969. In addition to the aforementioned Purple Heart, DFCs, and Air Medals, he was awarded numerous other decorations. These included the French Croix de Guerre and the Polish Underground Army Cross.
After retiring from the AF, he lived in Saudi Arabia and Spain for several years, settling for good in Myrtle Beach, SC in 1972.
He died in August, 1994, nearly 79 years old. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery with Audree, his wife of 52 years.
He is survived by seven children, 18 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.
Col (ret) Clark E. Davison, Commander 548 RTG, passed away on February 9, 1994 in Rohnert Park, Sonoma, California and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The following photo and bio are from the 548th Annual History for 1970 which was provided by Samual Walker (Copy of a copy).
|Birth:||Apr. 4, 1918|
|Death:||Feb. 9, 1994|
Note: COL US AIR FORCE; WORLD WAR II; KOREA; VIETNAM
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Sec: 60, Site: 2161
Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Mar 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49226551
Birth: Dec. 21, 1960
Death: Aug. 22, 1993
Marc P. Bernier, 32, of Brians Court, a native of Sanford, Maine, died Sunday at his home of non-hodgkins lymphoma.
A son of Maurice and Theresa Roy Bernier, he attended Sanford schools and graduated from Sanford High School in 1980. In 1986, he received an associates degree in business administration from the Community College of the Air Force.
In 1980, Mr. Bernier enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in Grand Forks, ND, Kunsan Air Base in South Korea, Hickam AFB, Hawaii, the Pentagon and Langley AFB in Virginia. He was medically retired as a Technical Sergeant in May because of illness.
He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Air Force Achievement Medal.
He was a member of the Langley Air Force Base Chapel Community and he was an active supporter of the Big Brothers program in North Dakota.
Prior to his military career, he worked at Sprague Electric and Shaw's Supermarket in Sanford.
Surviving are his parents of Sanford; his wife of three years, Carrie Lamb Bernier; a son Pitou of Hampton; a sister, Rachel Bernier of Bridgton, ME; two brothers, James of Sanford, and David of Alexandria, Virginia; and his maternal grandmother, Alpaide Roy of Sanford.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 9am Friday at Holy Family Church in Sanford. Burial will be in St. Ignatius Cemetary, Sanford.
Maurice Germain Bernier (1931 - 1998)
TSgt U.S. Air Force
Saint Ignatius Cemetery
Plot: St Joseph Rt
Maintained by: David Bernier
Rotary Club of Elizabethtown Pennsylvania
CANCER RESEARCH FUND AND THE MELANOMA SYMPOSIUM
Since it was started in 1984, our Club has contributed over $44,000 to the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to establish a perpetual endowment, the income from which is used to fund Cancer Research. The endowment began as a way to provide memorial contributions in member of Paul Grubb, Jr, a Past President of the Club, who died from cancer. Later, it also became a memorial to Col. Barre Smuck, a Past President of the Club, for whom the annual Golf Tournament is named. The present market value of the invested fund exceeds $65,000. (6/30/12)Col Smuck is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Sgt. Paul R. Tingle passed away several years ago in Hawaii. I was there on vacation and called one of the two (as I recall) Paul Tingles’ in the Honolulu Phone book and his wife answered and informed me he had passed away. He had elected to remain in Hawaii at the end of his tour. Paul, along with Ted T. Stone, and I were together all the way from Lowery Tech. School (’67) to Hickam, and participated in the Precision Photo Maint. Section. We were part of the construction when we moved from the old hangar to the new building in the building of the photo labs, and placement of the continuous film processors.