548th and 67th Reconnaissance Association


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Unkown (ret), Jack Tubert, 548 RTG Chief Clerk in the orderly room, passed away on September 6, 2020, he lived in Maricopa, Arizona.

John William Turbert Jr. 

May 27, 1949 - 6 September 2020

John William Tubert, Jr. Passed away September 6, 2020 at Chandler Regional Medical Center due to complications of Agent Orange and Parkinson’s Disease.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John W. Tubert and Rose Martha French Tubert.

He is survived by his bride of 48 years, Maureen Tubert; His 3 children, Kelly Tubert, Shannon Tubert McLaurin (Husband Scott McLaurin), Patrick Tubert (Significant other Carol Kawsarani); His 6 grandchildren, Analysa (Husband Wade), Jordan, Kylie, Brandon, Colin and Dylan; His 2 great grandchildren, Mirajane and Ari Klabis. He is also survived his brothers, Mark and Robert Tubert and sisters, Jody Tubert, Marcia Mulcahy, Lisa MacDonald and Tracey Tubert.

He was a 1968 graduate of Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester, Mass. After graduation he entered the Air Force where he was a credit to the uniform he wore for over 21 years. He served around the country and world.

He was stationed in Washington, D.C., Vietnam, Las Vegas on the USAF Thunderbird Team, Hawaii and later as an Air Force Recruiter in Ohio and Massachusetts.

After retirement he served as Human Resource Director with Sheraton and Stanford Hotels.

Due to Covid 19, memorial services will be private at this time. Personal memories may be shared on Legacy.com. Memorial contributions can be made to Michael J Fox Parkinson’s Foundation.

 I just found out that Jack Tubert, 548RTG chief clerk passed away on six September from Parkinson’s disease and agent orange.  RIP Jack

    Howard Melching:  I was HQ Sq Commander in 1978 when Jack was there I am sad to hear of his passing.

MSgt Robert Norris, 548 RTG, passed away on September 4,2020 in a hospital near his home in Washington, Indiana.

Robert J. Norris age 81, of Washington passed away Friday, September 4, 2020 at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville.

Robert was born May 3, 1939 in Washington to Joseph A. and Myrtle (Craney) Norris. Robert was a retired Master Sargent in the U.S. Air Force where he served his county for 24 years. He also ran Washington City Utilities and worked at Kimball Furniture in Jasper. Robert was a member of Washington American Legion, VFW and Knights of Columbus. He loved hunting and woodworking.

He is survived by his wife Rita (Ross) Norris who he married on October 6, 1962; two sons Robert (Amy) Norris II of Fort Branch and Brian Norris of Mesa, AZ; two daughters Joycelyne (Roger) Abney of Fort Myers, FL and Kathleen (Ken) Ramoz of Brentwood, CA; brother Gordon Norris of Washington; two sisters Patty Turnbaugh of Evansville and Shirley Capehart of Washington; nine grandchildren Jordan Stamper, Brandon Stamper, Christen Stamper, Lauren Stamper, Ashley Crail, Isabella Ramoz, Cortney Norris, Sydney Norris and Whitney Norris and one great-grandchild Kayslie Smith.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents Jospeh Norris and Mrytle Fields; step-father Bob Fields; brother Glen Norris and granddaughter Alicia Stamper.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Ed Lee Mortuary North Chapel. Funeral services will be Friday, September 11, 2020 at 11:00 am at Ed Lee Mortuary North Chapel with Yvonne Evans officiating. Military Graveside Rites will follow at St. Peter Cemetery given by Washington American Legion and VFW.

Memorial donations can be given to Wounded Warriors Project PO Box 758516 Topeka, KA 66675. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.edleemortuary.com. All arrangements were entrusted to Ed Lee Mortuary.

Randy Johnson:   Bob was a great guy.  I worked with him at Lowry.

Pete Durnell.  So sad to hear.  I knew and worked with Bob for some time.  He was a great person to work with.  RIP,Bob.

TSgt (ret) David Martin, 548 RTG, Research and Analysis and Operations, September 1976 - October 1979 and June 1982 - November 1985, passed away on February 18, 2020 in Mango, Florida.

    TSgt Dave Martin           Dave and Moon enjoying retirement

Will add obituary when published.

BG (ret) Jim Grant:  More sad news.  I am especially sorry for your personal loss.
Benjamin Gomes:  I am sad. The Hawaii Circle grows smaller.
Stephen Martz: One great guy. Was at my wedding in Korea, Sept 1980, he and his wife made my wife’s transition from Korea a lot smoother than it could have been. Condolences to his family.
William Germer:   God rest your Soul, Dave. I love you, Brother. Thanks for being such a good Friend.   Bill.
Randy Johnson:  Rest In Peace old friend. May God bless and keep your family. You’ll be missed.
David Tressler:  Dave Martin you will be missed my friend! Your family is in our prayers!
Steven Clark: Good man...we would talk when I was in the library...setting up the msg boards...
Steven E. Brightbill:  Remembering him. . .I worked with him for a brief period. Condolences to his family and friends.
Steven Clark:  Good man...we would talk when I was in the library...setting up the msg boards...
Jeffrey D. Shaffer:  I remember him. Thank you for your service.....

Les Mahoney:  Wow, very sad--he was my first supervisor in the USAF.

MG (ret) Ronald Makarian,
548 RTG Commander, passed away on 
October 12, 2019 in Fresno, California.

Ronald Henry Markarian

June 27, 1931 – October 12, 2019

Major General Ronald H. Markarian was born June 27, 1931 in Fresno, CA and grew up on the Markarian Fig Garden homesite, fig orchard and packing company founded by his great-grandfather, Melkon Markarian and grandparents, Henry and Armenuhue Patigian Markarian. Ronald's father, Theodore Everett Markarian, ran the business after their passing at a very young age before he was able to graduate from Fresno High School. Markarian Fig Gardens was located on Blackstone, bordered by Shields, Fresno St. and Dakota. Melkon was born and raised in Armenia but moved to the US and became a US citizen in 1865. He returned to Armenia and later moved to Fresno in 1881 with his family and thereafter Ronald's Grandfather, Henry, established Markarian Fig Gardens in 1902. They were the pioneers of the fig industry in California. The land on which the farming and packing operated was taken by the State of California by eminent domain in the 1950's for the purpose of building a new Fresno State College campus. The State later decided to build the college in its present location on Shaw and the CENTER. The family mansion was located where Sears now stands.

It was on this property where General Markarian was raised that he had an inspiration to become a General in the military. During his early teens he formed a battalion of his "soldiers" comprised of his friends and the farmworker's children. With money earned by him and his sister Patty for picking figs for their father, his army was supplied with tents, gun belts, fake training rifles, canteens, carts, helmets etc. His army was well equipt and they would go on BIVWAC in their tents in the fig orchard and prepare "General Markarian's" breakfast, raise a flag, and play the bugle in the morning. This love of the military continued throughout his life until the day he passed, and his dream of becoming a two-star general was fulfilled with his appointment by Governor Deukmejian to the position of Commander of the Army National Guard's State Reserves. He had already retired from the United States Air Force as a full Colonel where he flew 116 combat missions over Vietnam in B-47 and B-52 Bombers while on active duty. General Markarian was educated in local Fresno schools, but chose to attend Clovis High School because of their California Cadet Corps program, graduating in 1949. He went on to graduate from Fresno State College in 1952, and soon after began his active duty career in the US Air Force, later attending George Washington University where he earned a Master's in Public Administration in 1964. General Markarian attended countless other military schools and courses over his military lifetime.

General Markarian was appointed by the President of the United States as the California State Director of the Selective Service System in 1987 and served in that appointment for many years. He also held the position of Chairman of the Fresno County Republican Party for 4-years. He was a 33-Degree Mason and the past National President of the Sojourners. General Markarian was appointed to the California Veteran's Board by Governor Pete Wilson and worked tirelessly to bring the Veterans Home to Fresno. His federal military awards included (2) Legion of Merit awards, Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Ribbon, Air Medal (5 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Joint Services Command, Air Force Commendation Medal, Selective, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star, Selective Service Distinguished Service Medal, and the Selective Service Exceptional Service Award. General Markarian's California commendations included the Order of California, Medal of Merit, Combat Readiness Medal, Distinguished Infantry Association Medal with device, and countless other awards. General Markarian was a patriot and a friend to many in his life of service to others. He always shared credit for his many successes which is the mark of a great leader.

The general was preceded in death by his father, Theodore who passed in 1963; his mother, Rose Tateosian Markarian in 2010; his daughter Cynthia Ann Hancock Luna in 2009; and his wife Benny Louise Harley Markarian in 2015. He is survived by his children Pamela Susan Milam (husband Bill) of San Destin, FL; Sandra Louise Fujioka of Temecula, CA; Ronald Monte Markarian (wife Francesca) of Dublin, OH; Grandchildren Shawn Renee Fujioka of Temucula, and Drew, Justin and Alyssa Markarian of Dublin, OH; sister Patricia Markarian Gorrell (husband Lyman); nieces Wendy Gorrell Reenders, Shelly Pine Friedman, and Lisa Melo; and numerous cousins from the Markarian, Arakelian, Chituni, Enoch, Zartarian and Samuelian families. He was also related through his maternal grandmother, Baidzar Samuelian Tateosian Zartarian, to deceased local Armenian artist Varaz Samuelian who designed and built the David of Sassoon Bronze Statue located at the Fresno Courthouse Park.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 10:00 am at Fresno Veterans Memorial Auditorium 2425 Fresno Street Fresno, CA 93721.

Burial to follow at Ararat Cemetery, 1925 West Belmont Avenue, Fresno CA 93728.

Donations in memory of Ronald Markarian may be made to the MG RONALD H. MARKARIAN CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, PO BOX 69, WASHOUGAL, WA 98671 (a tax deductible 501c3 corporation).

Ben Gomes:  It was an extreme Honor to serve with you RIP
Glee Shae Baker:  
RIP, Sir.
Jeff Shaffer:  
 I remember him well at the 548th...he presented me with my CM. Clear skies General....
Jim Grant:  
Time marches on for all of us. Ron lived a good life…

MSgt (ret) Richard Mundinger, 548 RTG Exploitation and Training, passed away on September 22, 2019 in Hamburg, Iowa, after a long battle with brain cancer.

                              Richard Louis Mundinger

            JUNE 11, 1951 ~ SEPTEMBER 22, 2019 (AGE 68)

Richard L. Mundinger, age 68 of Hamburg, IA passed away on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at his home.

Richard was born on June 11, 1951 in East St. Louis, IL; the son of Millard H. and Marian M. Dotzauer.  He attended school and graduated from Columbia High School in Columbia, IL with the Class of 1969.  He later attended college at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL.  

Richard entered the United States Air Force on August 28, 1973 and proudly served his country for 24 years and 3 days.  He was honorably discharged at Offutt Air Force Base on August 31, 1997.   While in the Air Force, Rich was an Imagery Interpreter Craftsman.  Rich was assigned to the 548th Exploitation and Training Divisions, 1986-1992.

He was united in marriage to Pamela Helen Lotz on April 8, 2012 in Fremont County, IA.

Richard is survived by his wife, Pam Mundinger of Hamburg, IA; mom Marian Rey of Columbia, IL; children:  Tania Prince of Ireland, Jennifer Cook of Ft. Dodge, IA, Noelle Marchant-Hughes of Pleasantville, IA, Brian Halder and wife Andrea of Nebr. City, NE and Mia Schrader and husband Josh of Knoxville, IA; nine grandchildren; sister Laurel Kelly and husband Kevin of Germany; other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Millard Mundinger and his step-father, Arland Rey.

A Graveside Funeral Service will be held on Monday, September 30 at 1:30 p.m. at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO will complete Military Honors by the United States Air Force Funeral Honors Detail.

No public services will be held in Hamburg.

Condolences may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com.

Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg, IA is in charge of arrangements

I appreciate the obituary you sent for Rich. He was in hospitals for almost 4 months and then came home with Hospice for about a week before he passed. He was so glad to be home. I will miss him so much and I am sure all his friends will as well. Take care, Pam Mundinger

Tania Prince (Daughter)  Rip Rich Mundinger  I'm grateful to have had such a kind and fun father and think fondly of the memories we had together. It was a long struggle and I'm happy you were able to spend the final days in a loving environment surrounded by the people closest to you. You will be missed.                         

Greg Olson   Thanks so much for sharing these pictures with us.  I worked with your dad as well when we were at the 497th RTG in Germany.  We reconnected many years later via Facebook.  So sorry for your loss.           

William Gremer Your Dad, Rich, was a great professional, and a Friend of mine. I was proud to have served in the Air Force with him. May God bless Rich, and your family.

Fred Wiles  RIP Rich Mundinger

Jim Paine  So sorry to hear, I was stationed with Rich twice in our careers, all around guy, will be missed.

Stephen Martz So sorry to hear this. He was an extremely talented PI and an all around great guy.

Karla Gorrell Keeping his family and friends in prayer for comfort and peace ....life is fragile and the seasons of our life seem to go faster and faster

William Germer Was stationed with Rich a couple of times. A real professional, and a good friend. This is terrible news. Rest In Peace my old comrade.

Ken Parman Rich was in my class at Lowry.... Sorry for your loss... He will be missed

Fred Hoover Very sad news. First served with Rich at Offutt, then as fellow instructors at Lowry; we were at Hickam together too. He was a good person and will be missed. My heart goes out to his family. 

Steve F. LaFata Regrets to both family and friends, Rich was a good man, talented, and caring.

Mark Olsen So sorry to hear this sad news. But thankful our paths crossed in Hawaii at the 548th/PACAF. Sincerest condolences to the family.

Benjamin Gomes My prayers and love to family.  My Heart is heavy our AF family grows smaller each year.

Rosie Bryant Very sorry to hear. I learned a lot from Rich. My condolences to the family.

Phil Oliva Oh my god Rich is gone! God bless him and his family

Rita Jane Spruill Unruh I'm so very sorry to hear this... he was a great man to work with... my condolences to the family

Teresa Sanchez I'm so very sorry to hear this. My thoughts & prayers are with his family.

Dale Hutchinson Oh no...I am stunned. He was my very first sponsor in the Air Force at the 497th way 

Becky Meyer Archer Oh no!! He was one of my instructors at PI tech school at Lowry AFB, CO. Great memories. Thoughts and prayers for his family

Connie Calvin So sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort for you and all your family.

Marianne Chisholm Sad news. Nice guy! So sorry for the family.

James Davis Rich was a great wing man at Lowery AFB and a heck of an instructor. We had many a great time
 together and I'll never forget him. R.I.P Rich and you'll never be forgotten!

Marcus Schmokel I thought a lot of Rich. He was great instructor and really did a lot to make a stressful time in a young Airman's a lot more relaxed. RIP and best wishes to the family.

Martha Mackey North I’m so sorry!!! Prayer sent to you and all his loved ones. God sure got a good one! He was an awesome and patient man who taught me a lot.

Randy Johnson Very sad news. Thank you for letting us know. He was so young.

Bruce Stephen Bailey Very hard to know he has passed....As most here know him from training school....he left a indelible mark on us all....Prayers for your entire family

Jeff Kuntzelman My condolences to the family. Nothing but fond memories of Rich. RIP Rich

Mike Maggiano Condolences to the family. Rich and I go all the way back to tech school. R.I.P. my friend.

Kenneth Krotzer Sorry to hear this. Sending my condolences. He and I were instructors together he will be missed. I will be prayers for his family

Neal Rosner I am truly saddened to hear of Rich’s passing. We were fellow instructors at Lowry and have many fond memories of him. He will surely be missed by all those who were honored to know him.

Sean Gallagher Sad news! Rich was a true colleague, accomplished instructor and a truly great guy ! Worked with him at DIA and at Lowry ! RIP Rich.

Robert Shaw This is very sad news. Rich was a wonderful friend, who shared a weakness for MG Sports cars. Peace until we meet again

Pat Murray  Rich was one of my first Bossed in Omaha and we worked together for a short time in HI.  GOOD GUY!!!   RIP, Rich!!!!

Les Mahoney  Rich was a good guy.

Jim Sertich  Sadly, we lose another one of the truly good guys in our extended group of friends. RIP Rich. Blessings to your family

Mike Gross  Godspeed, My Brother in Arms.  Will always remember the "good food" and fellowship with you, Rich and family...the many 4th of July picnics at Bellows and serving at the many 548th fundraisers.  May our Father, be enriched by your presence in Heaven, Brother!  

Lucian "Taco" Vela, 548th DOE, about 1989 - ?, passed away on July 25, 2019 in Corpus Christi, Texas

                                          Taco With wife Mel, daughter Chyenne, and Son Brock

Luciano "Taco" Vela, 49, passed away on July 25, 2019. He was born on July 17, 1970 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Richard Vela and Herminia Guerrero. He graduated from Miller High School and served in the Air Force from 1989 to 2001.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents Anita & Camilo Vela and Jesusa Gonzales & Eliseo Guerrero Sr., and his father Richard C. Vela Sr.

He is survived by his wife Melony Vela, son Brock Vela, daughter Chyenne Vela, mother Herminia Heil, step father Martin Heil, Sr., brother Richard Vela, sisters MaryAnn Jennings and Valerie Vela, and brother Martin Heil.

Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., Monday, July 29, 2019 at Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Chapel, 5921 Yorktown Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78414 with a Funeral Service to follow at 7:00 p.m.

Burial will be held at a later date at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery, 9974 I-37, Corpus Christi, TX, 78410.

Eric Mathewson:  Ah man... dude could'nt stay awake at work but was wide awake when he got back to the barracks. Great guy would go to the north shore and bogey board with him. Anyone know what happened?
Ken Parman:  
Way too young! Very sad news indeed. Taco worked for me in the late '80s at the 548th in DOE. I'm pretty sure it was his first assignment out of Tech school. Ran into him a few times down at SOUTHCOM over the last 10-15 years or so when he came through as a contractor. Very appropriate photo because he loved to fish. Good guy! 
Brett Schoepflin: Taco taught me to scuba dive...great guy!
Todd Wise:  I cannot believe this news! We lived in the barracks together on Hickam. We used to hit the beaches together regularly. Very sad day.
Amanda Park:  What a shock! He will be missed. 
Sean Gallagher: I’m shocked and stunned ! Had the opportunity to work with Taco many times from the late 90’s until I retired in 17. A really great guy ! He will be sorely missed ! RIP Taco.
Lance Brown:  Hell and hell! not at all good with this news. seems a lot of us are dropping.  I know of no one that will have a negative thing to say about Taco. what took him?
Donna Hecktor:  Prayers for his family

WO (ret) John P. McConnell, 548 RTG INOE, mid-1970's, passed away on June 18, 2019 in Reno, Nevada.  No obituary found.

WO John P McConnel (April 22 1947 - 18 June 2019), with his wife Young-Ai, daughter Mi-Young, and Son Sean

                                    John and Young-Ai                      John and his furry friend

John Pecarina wrote:  John was an Army E-3 fresh from Vietnam when he arrived at the 497th in 1968.  I was assigned as his trainer, also an E-3; a couple years later, John was an E-6 Team NCOIC.  I was on his team, an E-4.  Gave us plenty to talk about. 

When I arrived at the Honolulu Airport in 1975, John met me at the plane and announced he was my sponsor. Now, Army wasn’t normally selected to sponsor an Air Force NCO and family, but somehow, John wangled his way into the position.  I don’t recall how much longer John was in the 548th (INOE), nor do I remember when he was selected for Warrant Officer, but eventually he left us for Korea. 

 I think he came back to the 548th around 1979 to brief us on a big project they had there, to deconflict Korean targets,  There were a lot of duplicates in those days.

Picture of John McConnell provided by John Pecarina:

May he rest in peace
Joseph Murphy:   Worked with him while I was at the 548th. Sorry to hear, he was a good guy!!
Kirk Darling:  Sad about that. John gave me good advice and counsel.
Sean Gallagher:  Very sad news indeed. John was a great guy. Any info on arrangements ?
Ken Sharkey: If I remember correctly; we went to the advanced PI course at Offutt in '82. RIP
Martha Mackey North:  Prayers to all of his loved ones. Huge loss.
Ronald Young:  CONDOLENCES
Gary Gohn
:  Sorry to hear. Rest in Peace

Thomas Kenney, 548 RTG Carto,  SSgt, 1969-1972, passed away on May 4, 2019 in Mililani, Hawaii.

      May 11, 1944 - May 4, 2019

Thomas Hideki Imaizumi Kenney, 74, of Mililani, passed peacefully with his loving family around him. He is survived by his wife, Ginny, their son Thomas (and partner Lori), daughters Joli and Nicole (and husband Tommy), and grandchildren Joshua, Kristen, and Andy. He had a wonderful and full life accomplishing all his dreams. May 11, 1944 - May 4, 2019. Private services were held. Arrangements Provided By: Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary LLC 

Details of Tom's fascinating life provided by his wife Ginny:

Tom was born in Tokyo Japan in 1944 to Japanese parents, his given name was Hideki Imaizumi.  His father was a chemical engineer and was a member of a long established "samurai" family, he died of tuberculosis in 1944.  Tom's mother, Yuri Kono, married an American, James Thomas Kenney, in 1953 and they came to Hawaii in June 1957.  His father became the Chief Historian for PACAF and died in 1974.  

Neither he or his mother spoke English when they got to Hawaii, where he entered 7th grade, there were no translators then, but he quickly made friends who helped him out, and they remained friends for life.  In January 1962 Tom became a U.S. citizen, along with his mother.  He graduated from Kailua High School and then the University of Hawaii in 1968 majoring in history and cartography.  He married his wife Ginny on February 10, 1964 and entered the Air Force about two weeks later.  His first assignment was the 2nd Reconnaissance Technical Squadron at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana as a cartographer.  Tom came to the 548th in June 1969 to work in the Carto Division, and separated from the Air Force in 1972 as a SSgt to pursue a civilian career here in Hawaii and Alaska.  

For his civilian career, he had planned on working for the Highway Department in New York or Washington, but by then having a two year old son and with English as his second language, he chose to stay in Hawaii, where he first worked for Duty Free Stores selling high end items to mostly Japanese tourists.  He then became a buyer, traveling to Europe to buy items.  He was promoted to manager of three shops at the Anchorage Airport from 1978-1985.
Returning to Hawaii, he worked in retail management, until he got a job with Etro, a Japanese company out of Milan, Italy, and he opened a store at Ala Moana Center and then opened a second store in Waikiki, in 2000, the company ended its Hawaii operation.  He then went into real estate, working for Caldwell Banker Commercial doing leasing and investment sales, including the Waikiki Trade Center in 2014.  He also worked part time for TSA at the Honolulu Airport International Terminal for six years and was a guide on the USS Missouri.  He finally retired in 2014, hoping to travel the country he loved, but in April 2015, after a 21 day stay in the hospital, he was told he had multiple myeloma.  He went to Seattle and received a stem cell transplant, the disease was gone for four mouths, only to return.

Tom and his wife Ginny had three children, a boy and two girls.  His son Thomas is a HPD Sergeant of 22 years, Joli, a Complex School Psychologist, and Nicole the Deputy Museum Director at the Oregon Historical Society Museum in Portland. 

Tom passed away on 14 May 2019 after a two year fight with multiple myeloma.  He said he had a wonderful life and his only wish was to make it to their 50th wedding anniversary, he had been married 51 years and three months when he passed away.   (Information provided by his wife Ginny)

Brigadier General (Ret) Jim Grant:  More sad news...                                       

Brian Bauer:  I remember Tom very well may God bless him
Mark Jessop:  One of my very best Recce friends. We stayed in touch all   these years.
Martha Mackey North:  Prayers to all of his loved ones. 
John Giamalis: 
Tom and I served with the 2nd RTS at Barksdale AFB.  I never served with the 548th.  I can say that Tom was an excellent airman and he and I  became good friends.  We stayed in touch and this friendship remained strong  through the almost 50 years since our discharge from the AF.  We saw each       other again at a reunion at BAFB in 2006.  Tom was a good NCO and a good      friend to me and others who served and stayed in touch with him.

Richard Lacey, 67 RTS, June 1965 - May 1966, A2C, and 548 RTS/RTG, May 1966 - October 1968, Sgt, Air Targets Material, 22150,  passed away on April 4, 2019 in New London, Connecticut

                                                                                  June 23, 1946 - April 4, 2019

               Photo 11 February 1967

Waterford - Richard Lacey, 72 of Waterford, died April 4, 2019 at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London. He was born in New London June 23, 1946, son of the late Stafford and Louise (Brogan) Lacey. 

He graduated from St. Mary's, Saint Bernard High School, and later in life, Mitchell College, Three Rivers Community College, and Charter Oak State College. After high school, he enlisted in the Air Force, serving as a sergeant with the Fifth Air Force PAC in Asia, and in the United States with the Eighth Air Force SAC. After his service, he worked as a steamfitter and master plumber in the region, having apprenticed under his grandfather, Harry Lacey. 

He is survived by his brother, Kent Lacey and his wife, Lisette Grunwell of Old Lyme; brother, Dennis Lacey of New London; son, Christopher Lacey and his wife, Ali (Abrahamson) Lacey of Norwich; son, Thomas Lacey and his fiancée, Erin Shattuck of Union, N.Y.; daughter, Crystal Torraco of Manchester; daughter, Mary (Beth) Lacey of Waterford; three grandchildren, Jack, Matthew, and Megan Lacey of Norwich; and cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Stafford H. Lacey Jr. of Westerly, R.I.; and sister, Louise (Lacey) McGarry of Old Lyme. 

Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at East Neck Cemetery, Niles Hill Rd., Waterford. 
Published in The Day on Apr. 7, 2019

Raymond Walter Ingold
, 548 RTS and 67 RTS Korea, October 1954 - December 1955, passed away on November 13, 2018 in Muskego, Wisconsin.

          Marge and Ray at 2016 Reunion in Las Vegas

Ray Ingold 22 November 1932 - 13 November 2018  

Ray Ingold left this earth to go to his savior on November 13th, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marguerite (Hanlon) Ingold; daughters, Erin and Maureen Ingold; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Jason) Farnsworth, Scott (Jessica) Herbert, Ryan (Emily) Herbert, and Claudette Ingold; and great-grandchildren, Olivia and Lucy Farnsworth, and Caroline Herbert; his sister, Delphine Harmon; and other family and friends. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Lydia (Neiderhauser) Ingold; and brother Eugene Ingold. 

Ray was a US Airforce veteran of the Korean War. He graduated from MSOE in 1960 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He was the Salutatorian of his class and went on to work at Delco electronics NASA Space program as a design engineer. He was always proud that a part of him “went to the moon”. When the space program finished here in Milwaukee, he transitioned to the biomedical field at GE Medicals systems where he spent 30 years as a design engineer in the dental X-ray field followed by CT and MRI. He was also the owner of Ray’s TV’s and later Ray’s Outboard Motors. Ray wore many “hats” in his life.

After his retirement, he joined his wife’s business: Ingold Marketing Assistance, as office manager and partner. He learned to ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles at 12 years old and rode well into his 80’s. He restored his pride and joy, a 75-year-old Harley WWII bike and led off the Muskego Days parade several times.

The Honor Flight of May 2017 was a high point in his life but he also enjoyed influencing young people in Muskego with his conservative values. He received a commendation and plaque from the Wisconsin State Senate for his lifetime achievements of which he was very proud. He was a proud usher for St. Paul’s Church in Muskego for the last 20 years.

Visitation will be held at the Max A. Sass and Sons Funeral Home - Westwood Chapel on Monday, November 19, 2018 from 4 - 7 PM the family will share eulogies of Ray at 7 PM. A Funeral Service will take place at St. Paul Lutheran Church (S66w14325 Janesville Rd, Muskego, WI 53150) on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 9 AM. Burial with Full Military Honors will take place at Southern Wisconsin Veteran Memorial Cemetery privately for family. Donations can be made to St. Paul’s Church of Muskego or The Honor Flight.

Col (ret) Bryon Lee Schatzley
, 548 RTS Yokota AB, PI Officer, June 1948 - September 1951, 548 RTG Deputy Commander, July 1967- January 1969 and Commander, January 1969 - July 1970, passed away on October 26, 2018 in Beavercreek, Ohio.


Col Schatzley at the 2010 Reunion in Dayton                                Carol Graff and husband Bryon Shatzley

SCHATZLEY, Byron Lee, Col. (USAF Retired) Age 98 of Beavercreek, Ohio, passed away October 26, 2018. He was born on May 29, 1920 in West Milton, Ohio. A memorial service will be held at 12 Noon on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Temple Israel, 130 Riverside Drive, Dayton. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.  Gluckler Funeral Home handling arrangements. 


Colonel (Ret) Byron Lee Schatzley was born on May 29. 1920 in West Milton, Ohio and entered military service in June 1941.  He received his bombardier's wings and upon completion of aviation cadet training he was commissioned a 2Lt in March 1943.

During World War II, Colonel Schatzley served as a B-26 crewmember assigned to the 558th Bombardment Squadron, 387th Bombardment Group, in England and flew 40 combat missions over Europe.  For a mission flown against Prurn Germany he received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his performance as lead bombardier.  He had a total of 2,500 flight hours.

Upon return from Europe, Col Schatzley was assigned to the Photographic Laboratory at Wright Field, Ohio.  In 1946 he attended a six month aerial photographic officer course at Lowry AFB, Colorado, followed by a short tour with the 509th Bomb Group at Roswell, New Mexico.

In September 1947 he entered Air Force Intelligence School at Lowry again.   Upon graduation, in June 1948 he was assigned to the 548th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan.  In September 1951 he returned to Lowry as a photo interpretation instructor at the Air Force Intelligence School.

From 1953 to 1956, he served as Chief of the Photo Interpretation Section of the Reconnaissance Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB.  In 1956, he transferred his entire section to the Intelligence Laboratory, Rome Air Development Center, New York, which was later redesigned as the Reconnaissance Interpretation Branch,  HQ Air Research and Development Command.  While stationed in New York, Colonel Schatzley earned his bachelor's degree in social science from Syracuse University under the Bootstrap program.

In September 1959 he attended the University of Indiana in Bloomington under a program of the Air Force Institute of Technology and was awarded a master's degree in business administration. 

In September 1960, Colonel Schatzley was assigned to Aeronautical Chart and Information Center (ACIC) at St. Louis, Missouri.  He left there in June 1963 for the Policy and Programs Group, Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, HQ USAF, where he become chief of the Policy and Programs Branch, then chief of the Reconnaissance Branch, then chief of the Reconnaissance Division.

Colonel Schatzley was assigned to Hawaii in July 1967 as Deputy Commander of the 548th Reconnaissance Group, and in January 1969 he replaced Colonel Storm Rhode as Commander.

On July 30, 1970, he became Commander of the Aeronautical Chart and Information Center (ACIC) in St. Louis, Missouri.  He retired from the Air Force after 30 years of commissioned service on July 31, 1972 as the Director, Defense Mapping Agency Aerospace Center, St. Louis.

Colonel Shatzley has published research papers on photo interpretation and reconnaissance.  He also holds a patent for an Oblique Aerial Photographic Plotting Template.

His first wife, Cora, passed away on 5 May 1979 at the Wright-Patterson AFB Hospital.  On 16 April 1982 he married Carol Graff.  Cora and Byron have two daughters, Jill and Linda.

His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit w/1OLC, Bronze Star, Air Medal w/7OLC, Air Force Commendation Medal, and numerous other decoration for a total of 20.   On July 13, 2010, he received Frances highest decoration for merit for military and civilians, the Knight of the Legion of Honor Medal.

From the ACIC Orientor, July 31, 1970.

Story of B-26 mission Germany and diary entries:  Byron_Lee_Schatzley_B-26_WW-II_Germany.doc
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Video of Col Schatzley talking about his WW-II service at:    


An additional recording of Col Schatzley speaking at the dedication of the 548th/67th bench in June 2008 on the 548th History page.

Sad news. Prayers to his family.  Denver Cook.

 Thank you for passing this on. I remember him well.  Mark Jessop.

He has a treasure of intelligence memorabilia that Larry Benson and I will help his wife sort through to insure it passes through the Office of the AF Historian.  Cecil Brown

We have lost a great member of our association and the second Commander of the 548 RTG, he will be missed by all the knew him.  Bill Forsyth

LtCol (ret) Steve Alber, 548 RTG Deputy Commander for Operations, June 1985 -

 June 1991, passed away on April 4, 2019 in Kaneohe, Hawaii.

Obituary for Steven Colt Alber

Steve, 72, died April 4, 2018 at Pohai Nani Care Center from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was born March 22, 1946 in San Francisco to Ruth and George Alber. His father, a career Air Force Officer, flew P-38’s during WWII. Steve spent his childhood in Japan, various parts of the US, and in Europe. His life-long love of airplanes, military history and all things aeronautical began at an early age.

Steve earned a BA in Far Eastern and Russian Studies from the University of Washington in 1968; and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the USAF at the same time. While on Active Duty, he earned a Master’s in Russian Studies from George Washington University, a Masters in Business from the U. of N. Colorado and a BA in Computer Science from Roosevelt University.

Steve spent his 23-year Air Force career as an Intelligence Officer. He served in Vietnam; was stationed in Alamogordo, NM, Colorado Springs, Washington, D.C, and briefly in Geneva while assigned to work on the Salt II Agreement. He earned his pilot’s license while in New Mexico. Steve retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel in 1991. His last assignment was as Deputy Commander of the 548th Reconnaissance Technical Group at Hickam Air Force Base. Steve married his wife, Linn, in 1988.

Steve had a 15-year second career as an Energy Planner for the State of Hawaii. He managed “The Hawaii Energy Strategy” project, published in 2000. During part of this time he taught Business courses at Hawaii Pacific University. After he retired in 2007, Steve spent many hours volunteering at the Pacific Aviation Museum, where he was a Founding Member. He amassed a large aviation and military history library, focusing on WWII.

Steve enjoyed skiing, running, hiking, sailing and doing projects around the house – especially those requiring multiple trips to the hardware store. He liked travelling, going to the opera and to Symphony concerts with Linn. Steve excelled at making model airplanes and train layouts. He continued to use this talent by creating a series of “boy” themed Christmas trees with moving parts that he donated to the Honolulu Academy of Art’s annual fundraiser. They were a huge success!

Steve was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2000. He maintained his avid interest in aviation and military history, his sense of humor and his gentle, kind disposition, throughout his long struggle. He put up a good fight.

Steve is survived by his wife of 30 years, Linn, his sister Leslie (Gene Medina), brother Bruce (Lynette); five nephews and three grand-nieces; Linn’s sister Jane Redmond, husband Jim; and their children Andrea WIlburn (Jim), Neil (Chloe), Leah and two grand-nephews.

Private services. Donations may be made to the Pacific Aviation Museum.

His wife Linn sent the following:

"Steve passed away at Pohai Nani Care Center in Kaneohe where he had been since September 2013.  I was with him.  As you know, he was a real fighter but Parkinson's Disease along with everything else that was happening to him was too much for his body. He turned 72nd on March 22.  Our 30th anniversary was March 26.  Steve went under Hospice Care on March 28, and died around 6:00 P.M. April 4th.   I am relieved that he is no longer suffering or trapped in his unresponsive body.

The 548th was very special to Steve and I know he would want me to share his passing with the group.  Herb (Boasso) wrote that he would talk about him at the reunion."

Linn told me in a separate email they are planning for a private service at a future date and his obituary has not yet been published.  In his retirement Steve dedicated himself to the Pacific Aviation Museum where he was a founding member, docent and volunteer.  Steve was one of the finest officers I knew in my Air Force career and was a staunch supporter of our association, he will be deeply missed.  We plan to honor his memory with a donation to the museum from the association.  

Linn added:  Please direct anyone who asks about sending donations in Steve's memory to: 

Pacific Aviation Museum,
319 Lexington Boulevard,
Honolulu, Hawaii 96818-5004  
Att'n : Carol Greene.  

Please ask them to indicate the donation is: In Memory of Lt. Col. Steven C. Alber, USAF, Ret.  Donations will go to the Museum's Endowment Fund.   

Steve at 2010 Reunion in Dayton

LtCol Alber promoting Barbara Arnold

Jim Grant    Steve's courage and determination to continue to contribute and be productive despite the progressive diminution of his physical capabilities demonstrate what an exceptional man he always was. In the years we shared together at Hickam, he was always on  the short list of people I wanted to discuss tough problems with. I had great respect for his superb professionalism, intelligence, and integrity. His strength of character and sterling example always had a positive impact on me - never more so than in his final years. I send my best wishes and sincere condolences to Linn and other family members.

Ronald Young 
548 RTG (1985-1988)  So sorry to hear this news.  My sincere condolences to the family.

Stephen Glass   Sad to read. He was such a nice and kind person and leader. 

Dick O'Neil   Great guy. Sad to hear the news. Can you please send me info on how to make a donation to his museum. I would like to do that.  

Andy Laning    Sad to hear this.   May God bless.  

Janice Cannon    Thank you for sharing this news. I wish his family peace. 

Tim Houghton  I had a chance to talk with Steve and Linn over the last six months as we have a friend at Pohai Nani.  It is good to know he is no longer suffering.. 

 Mike Carey   Steve was a wonderful boss and a great person. I met him for lunch the first day I was in Hawaii, and would like to think he was a friend and not just a boss for my time at the 548th, and was privileged to be at his wedding to Linn. If you are speaking to Linn, pleas pass on my condolences. 

Kevin Wooton    Chris Stafford (who is a neighbor here in Boerne, TX) and I were commiserating and mourning.  Much of what passed for both our careers was developed under Steve’s tutelage.   

Mary Johnson    I am so sorry to hear of Steve's passing he had a tremendous impact on me and my career. When you get the info on where to send museum donations, please let me know.  

Thomas McFadden   Yes, I remember him. He seemed like a quiet, gentle type man. But never a negative word spoken about him. Our prayers go out to his family and friends????

William Germer   Sad news.

Lee Hester   Sorry to hear; and that he had such a tough few years......remember him well.

Fred Hoover   We lost a good man. He will be missed.

Maureen DeNunzio    So sad. Thoughts and prayers for his family. Thank you for letting us know.

Mark DeNunzio    Very sad...he was a great mentor and friend to me. Prayers to his family

Peter Escalante    At a loss for words. Kind, decent, and honorable. It was a pleasure to have him as my superior. Whenever I think of the 548th and PACOPS, he is one of the people who I first think of. Until we meet again.

Joe Weller   A very nice man and excellent Officer, kind thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. 

Patricia Miller   Very sad, may he Rest In Peace.

Joseph Murphy   SAD!

Robert Ardizzoni   Sad news indeed. Prayers for his family.

Bradley Bartter   Sad news indeed, I truly enjoyed all the time working with him.

Morgan Birge II   God Bless!

Col (ret) Thomas Eastler, USAF Reservist, active duty assigned multiple times to the Research and Analysis Branch, underground facilities project, passed away on August 30, 2018 in Farmington, Maine.

        Thomas Eastler

               October 10, 1944 - August 30, 2018

FARMINGTON  - How I might sum up the life of my Father, Thomas Eastler, 73, of Farmington, Maine, in a reasonably sized written document is nearly impossible. He passed away on August 30, 2018, at his home. It should include his humble beginnings in Waltham, MA, and his impressive pedigree, from Brown University to Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D. in Geology in 1971. It should describe his incredibly successful career in the military, which spanned Active Duty service for the USAF during the Vietnam War, and both Desert Storm and Desert Shield; he retired at the rank of Colonel in 1996 after 30 years and 30 days of service (most of that spent in the Active Reserve).
It should include his love of teaching, retiring from the University of Maine in Farmington in 2015 after spending 41 years as a Professor of Geology. Teaching was his passion, and he was able to combine that with his love of sports becoming influential in the development of youth racewalking for USA Track & Field in Maine and throughout the U.S.
It would be incomplete if it didn't include his "free time" activities, which included farming on his beloved 140 acre farm, privately consulting for the Department of Defense for several decades, sitting on 3 Gubernatorial appointed Boards for the State of Maine, writing dozens of publications and books, and serving the Town of Farmington for over 40 years (most recently, the 29 years he spent on the Planning Board).
I would be remiss not to mention some of the awards he accumulated over the years, which include the Legion of Merit, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Fellow of the Geological Society of America, among many others.
None of this, however, adequately sums up the man that Tom was and what legacy he has left behind. Tom lived with a purpose for life that he felt was bigger than living simply for oneself. His work ethic was unparalleled, leaving no job unfinished. He felt responsible for his fellow man, consistently doing for others at the expense of himself. **He lived at least 5 more lifetimes as measured by the amount of deeds accomplished while others were sleeping; while his family often saw this as a sacrifice to his personal being, it was probably more accurate to view this as part of his drive to live his life with great intention. He lived his whole life with curiosity, never losing his drive to learn. He took immense pride in not only the accomplishments of his family, but also of those he taught and coached over the years; he never felt that he was personally responsible for anyone's success, but simply viewed his effort with each person as an encouragement to help them find the power and greatness within themselves.
Tom is survived by his beloved wife, his high school sweetheart, Susan Sinclair Eastler; his sister, Kathy Eastler Maher of Bainbridge Island, WA; his children, Lauren Farkash and her husband, Ron, Gretchen Fishman and her husband, Jayme, and Kevin Eastler and his wife, Sara. He leaves his greatest legacies, his grandchildren, Emma, Abby, and Nathan Farkash; Lily, Shayna, and Evan Fishman; Savannah and William Eastler. In addition to his sister-in-law, Sharon Sinclair Williams and her husband, Robert, and numerous nieces and nephews, he will be missed by many whom he touched along the circle of his life.
~ Humbly written by his daughter, Gretchen, whose strong voice and persistent manner (gifts from my Father) was quieted ever so slightly in this writing. Words could never do justice to the life of this amazing man.
In his memory, two scholarships have been established in his name. Donations to the Thomas E. Eastler Geology Scholarship may be sent to the University of Maine at Farmington, Ferro Alumni Center, 242 Main St., Farmington, ME 04938. Donations to the Thomas Eastler Youth Fund for the USA Racewalking Foundation can be made at www.usaracewalking.org.
There will be a public Celebration of Life for Tom on Sunday, September 30, at 1 p.m. and the University of Maine at Farmington (please check the UMF calendar for specific location, www.umf.maine.edu) followed by a gathering at Sunny View Farm, 300 Mosher Hill Road, Farmington, Maine. Rocks for his memorial cairn are welcome.
Arrangements are assisted by Wiles Remembrance Center - Adams-McFarlane Chapel, 137 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington. Memories and condolences may be shared on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.

Steve Brightbill  All of us who worked on that particular special project enjoyed working with him. In addition to his expertise, he was an interesting character. We had him over for dinner one time and it was fun getting his perspective on a number of things that you would probably only get from someone who lived in Maine. BTW, I occasionally look at that place on Google Maps to see what's happening. As expected, not much to see.  Steve added: Right after I got the news from LTC Desjardins, I looked up his obit and read the one by his daughter Gretchen. I texted her and added my comments and remembrances, and she replied shortly after with her thanks and appreciation. He was an interesting person, and I wished he could have stuck around a little while longer. He was the right person at the right time to lend his expertise to what was a one-of-a-kind target back then. He made significant contributions in a number of fields and I'm glad I knew him.
Philip Desjardins 
 He sure made an impact on our lives.
Bill Forsyth  Tom was a wealth of knowledge and one of the most pleasant individual to work with.  He was the author of '
Military Use of Underground Terrain'

 e sure made an impact on our lives. 

CMSgt (ret) Loomis Robertson, 548 RTS Photo Lab, Yokota AB, Japan, early

 1950's, passed away on July 11, 2017 in Oxford, Mississippi. 

                            8 July 1933 - 11 Jul 2017

                                                                                 Robbie and Betty

Mr. Loomis L. Robertson, 87, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, MS. 

Mr. Robertson was born in Ellard, MS. He was a member of the Oxford Church of Christ, and he served 27 years in the U.S. Air Force. He loved outside activities such as hunting, fishing, and golfing. However, his favorite things were family gatherings, traveling, and spoiling his wife. 

Visitation will be held Friday, July 14, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Coleman Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. also at Coleman Funeral Home. Interment will be at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Oxford. Bro. Lendy Barlett will officiate. 

He is survived by his wife, Betty Robertson of Oxford; two sons, Edward (Monika) Robertson of Webster, NY, and Ronald (Diane) Robertson of Oxford; one daughter, Rhonda Robertson Stewart of Oxford; three granddaughters, Christine Robertson of Webster, and Sarah Stewart and Jessica Stewart, both of Boise, ID; and two grandsons, William Robertson of Webster, and Gary Stote of Oxford.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nellie Collums Parker; his step-father, Berry Collums; and his cousin Billy D. Walls.

In honor of Mr. Robertson's service to our country, the flag of the United States Air Force will be flown at Coleman Funeral Home. 

Memorials and donations may be made in honor of Mr. Robertson to Oxford Church of Christ; P.O. Box 1500, Oxford, MS 38655.

Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
(Note:  Age appears to be wrong in obituary, two sources found for the 1933 birth year)


Loomis (Robbie) was a great man and one of the last of us who still exist from the the old aerial photo reconnaissance days. He was one of the best.

Robbie, as a youngster, worked for me in the 548th RTS at the beginning of the Korean War at Yokota AB, Japan when all hell broke loose in the reconnaissance intelligence area. Processing of imagery was day and night with no sleep, inadequate equipment, and shortage of personnel. Robbie survived and became an outstanding technician and leader in the photo reconnaissance field.

Over the years, Robbie and I continued to work in defense of our great country both in the military and civilian life until retirement. We worked together on various top secret U-2 and SR-71 projects overseas and in the USA, assisting USA and Allies with their defense programs. We may have been stationed in different countries, but we always crossed paths and worked together in establishing the technical ramifications and training of personnel for different photo reconnaissance programs, especially the U-2 and SR-71 imaging platforms, which eventually became subordinate to the spy satellite programs , in which I was heavily involved for many years.

Robbie's last intelligence connection was with Kodak's  Federal Department of Defense program known as Bridgehead where he worked for a number of years as a civilian. As a manager/engineer with CIA, on a technical visit to Kodak, I once met Robbie demonstrating a sophisticated high resolution imagery processor.

There was only one 'Robbie' Robertson whose friendship endured for about 70 years. He was a professional, a leader, and always displayed a positive attitude, even during the most distressful circumstances.

Our condolences to Betty, his wife, who gave Robbie a lot of support for 61 years. God bless you Betty, and your family. May Robbie rest in peace which he well deserves.

Jim Grimm  11 Jun 2019

Robbie was my mentor. He was the man at the top of our field. Robbie knew more about SR_71 and U-2 operations than any man in the field. Robbie has a wonderful family and Jeanne and I always felt welcome with them. I could go on forever but we have lost a man that the hole can never be filled. He was my best buddy and I'll never ever forget him. RIP my friend.  Phil Gerg - July 12, 2017

I had the privilege of working with Loomis, while a member of the 4080th SW. Then S/SGT Robertson was a great example for us younger airman. What I remember best is what a truly decent man he was.God speed Robbie. Gene Stoddard, Schenectady, NY.

Gene Stoddard - August 09, 2017

MSgt (ret) Joshua Calvin548 RTG Training Division, 1987 - 1991, passed away on May 18, 2017 in Austin Texas.

September 28, 1957 - May 18, 2017

        Connie and Josh at Dayton Reunion 2010 

                                        Connie and Josh 548th Christmas Party 1990-ish

The following was posted by Connie on Josh's Caring Bridge Page on 6  June 2017:

We held a private celebration of Josh's life last night, with the help of those amazingly generous and gifted friends and family who’ve been with us throughout this journey. Tony emceed the evening, providing pastoral insights as well as perfectly timed comic relief. Laura, Ted, JR, Janet, and Derek performed a beautiful, contemporary version of “It Is Well With My Soul” and “Dixie, I’m Comin’” – a song written by Josh’s blue grass musician brother Jim, who also died from lung cancer 11 years ago.

Charlotte created a presentation of pictures and videos of her father throughout his life that we will post to his Facebook page and Caring Bridge in a day or so. Peter (Josh’s oldest brother) and his family drove in from Dallas, through a torrential thunderstorm that threatened to spoil our event. But God showed up in His divine way and provided the absolutely gorgeous sunset you see in the photo. 

Everyone who attended represent the various seasons in Josh’s life: family who knew him as a child; sons who knew him as a young father; friends we knew from Hawaii when we renewed our vows at our 10th wedding anniversary; friends who worked with Josh; friends who played music with Josh at church; and friends who started out as clients of Austin Cloud First, the business Josh and I started in 2015.

After Josh was diagnosed, I met three amazing women in my community (Jenn, Carolyn
, and Jade) who are part of a local halau – a traditional Hawaiian hula troupe, led by Kumu Jenn. They performed two love songs – Pua Mana and Ke Aloha - and so many people told me afterwards how moved they were by the grace and beauty of the dance. 

Did I mention the sunset? It’s worth mentioning again if only to explain that right around 4:30 pm – just when commuter traffic is starting to thicken – there was a torrential downpour and flash flooding. Some of our guests were unable to come because of it. All week long the weather prognosticators said our event would be soaked and a visible sunset was likely a wisp of a dream. What actually happened is one of those divinely orchestrated circumstance and timing events where the rain moved out of the way and the remaining clouds provided just the right amount of contrast that resulted in a brilliant sunset. It was a perfect gift from a perfect Father that added to a perfect celebration of Josh’s life.

Tony talked about the fruit of the Spirit 1 Corinthians 13:4-7... "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

These were attributes that Josh aspired to and believed in. Phill spoke of his father’s character and how much Josh loved the people in the room. I spoke of our relationship and about how important community was in these last months and the impact their friendship, encouragement, and help had. I shared Josh’s last journal entry from April 14, 2017. He wrote:

“Gratitude, humility. I am taken back by these. The friends, family who have reached out and are giving, offering rides, yard work, food, prayer, an ear. It does change your view of things.

Talking with [friends] yesterday, day before. Know[ing] they really care along with the rest of the group + friends + family. Life is different and today is more of a blessing than I realize. 

God, I am in Your hands.”

It was a perfect evening, and Josh is now “perfected”.

Josh's Celebration Sunset from Connie

Thanks very much for sharing that story and I offer my most sincere condolences to you, his family members, and friends. I remember him as a great Air Force gentleman who I'm very 
proud to have served with.
Most of my family members are gone now too  but once the Good Lord brought my Dear Mother back to life after she had passed during open heart surgery, and she told me of what she could recall of that experience during the 3 or 4 minutes her heart stopped altogether.
Some of that story was identical to other real life situations that I have read over the years since she passed four years later and has really deepened my heart in love and faith in God above and has given me great strength.
I think one of the best and most rewarding books I've ever read was a book named "Proof of Heaven' by Dr. Eben Alexander about 5 or 6 years ago, for me it was very rewarding in knowing good people that who was created on earth and we had the honor to share some of it with like  Josh, is in a far better place now.

Warmest Regards, 
Art Riles

SSgt Dave Gustafson, 548 RTG Exploitation, October 1968 to Early 1972, passed away on January 5, 2017 in Clovis, California.

David H. Gustafson, age 69, of Clovis, CA, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017, after an extended illness. David was born in Los Angeles, CA, to Gustaf and Henrietta Gustafson. He was raised in Palmdale, CA, and graduated from Palmdale High School. After graduation, he continued on to the United States Air Force where he served for four years. When he was 27, he joined the Fresno County Sheriff's Department where he served for over 25 years, retiring in 2002 as Captain. David had a passion for photography that began in high school. During his time as a Sheriff's Deputy, he volunteered as a legal advisor for multiple children's programs. In retirement, he was involved in local elementary schools, helping to provide enriched education experiences for kids. He also cared deeply for families of fallen officers, doing what he could to ensure that they were supported. During their 20 year time together, David and Carol were active in their community and were known for their loving spirit and generosity. David is survived by his loving wife Carol; his daughter Gretta; his sister, Marit Does; his first wife Betty; his nieces and nephews; and the rest of his family and friends. The family wishes to thank the church and staff of Campus Bible Church; DaVita Herndon Dialysis; Fresno County Sheriff Department; Sheriff, Margaret Mims; Assistant Sheriff, Tom Gatti; and Clovis Police Department Chaplain, Hank Barr. A Funeral Service will be held at Campus Bible Church, 4710 N. Maple, Fresno, CA, on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.

Mark Jessop Gus was a good man. He was the photographer when my late wife Doreen and I were married at the base chapel at Hickam in 1971.

Dennis Whittaker:  Gus was a good friend of ours at the 548th and in fact, he was the photographer at our wedding on the base in May of 1970. So sorry to hear about his passing.

Jim Wells:  I went through Tech School with Dave from April to September 1968.  After leave we went to Hickam in early October 1968. I took an early out to go back to school in December 1971. Gus stayed in for the two or three months he had left on his enlistment and was discharged in early 1972.   Gus and I roomed together for approximately two and a half years.  The other change I would like to see is Dave's rank. We were very competitive in seeking Staff Sgt, Dave beating me by one month in sewing on his fourth stripe.  That would have been around February 1971 for him.  This was very sad news for those of us that served with Gus. 

SMSgt (ret) Max R. RodgersPI 548 RTS and 67 RTS, 1964 - 1967, passed away on May 18, 2017 in Boonville, New York.

March 8, 1941 - May 18, 2017

      Max R. Rodgers, USAF, SMSgt. Retired, 76, of 2449 St. Rt. 69, passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Sunset Nursing Home in Boonville where he had been a patient since May 12, 2017. 

 He was born on March 8, 1941, in West Salem, Illinois, the son of Loren F. and Amy S. Knachmuhs Rodgers.  Max was a graduate of Wilmington High School in Wilmington, IL, Class of 1959.  He went on to attended many different colleges all over the world. 

      On November 2, 1968, Max was united in marriage to Joyce J. Rambow in Green Garden Church in Manhattan, IL.  They moved to Camden in 1985 after living in Nevada, California, Hawaii, and Virginia. 

      Max proudly served his country for twenty-one and a half years as a member of the United States Air Force, retiring on November 30, 1981, with a rank of Sr. Master Sgt.  Max received several medals and decorations throughout his career including the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Military Education Ribbon, the Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with Four Oak Leaf Cluster, the Vietnam Service Medal with Four Bronze Service Stars, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal with Five Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters. 

      He later worked for Dolphin Technologies in Oneida, and previously worked for Knowledge System Concepts in Rome. 

      Max was a skilled woodworker and talented musician who enjoyed old time Appalachian Mountain music.  He was a history enthusiast and participated in Revolutionary War reenactments.  He was a voracious reader. 

      He was a former member of the Westernville American Legion Post 1846.   

      Surviving besides his loving wife, Joyce; are one brother, Herman L. “Buck” (Judy) Rodgers, of Wilmington, IL; a sister-in-law, Delia “Sis” Rodgers, of Wisconsin; and several nieces and nephews.  Max was predeceased by two brothers, D. Gene (Elaine) Rodgers, and John D. Rodgers. 

      Funeral services will be held on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at 4:00 PM at the LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc., where the Rev. Gary Van Riper will officiate.  Interment with Military Honors will take place in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Albion, Edwards Co., IL, on May 31, 2017.  Family and friends are invited and may call on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the funeral home, 109 Main St., Camden.

From: Larry Odell

Growing old has many problems, one of which is seeing so many of one’s colleagues and friends leave the scene. I knew Max Rodgers well those many years ago while I was in the Air Force and later with SAIC. Good man and a hard worker. He will be missed by all.


Gil Taylor

Max worked at the 67th and 548th from 1964 to 1967. Then supported F111 testing in Vietnam and Thailand during 1968. Followed by Radar Prediction and Bomb Scoring work at Nellis & Misawa until 1971. Finally served as a Senior PI Chief and Carto Supervisor at March, Hickam & Langley until 1981. 

Larry Odell, Col, USAF, Retired

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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 Susan Beidler:  Thoughts and prayers go out to Connie and family. Have fond memories of reunions and knowing Vern.

Dick Curley:  Vern and I were stationed together in Japan for a couple years. Always found him to be a dedicated photo interpreter and outstanding NCO.

Alton Matherne:  Vern was my first boss when I arrived at 67RTS in Japan in 1968 fresh from Tech School. His enthusiasm, concern and superb PI abilities helped me along to become good at the job. His attitude was one of a friend rather than a boss and we shared many laughs along the years at Yokota and in Vietnam where we both ended up on the next assignment. I was invited to visit Vern & Connie several times and we enjoyed a bit of Louisiana Cajun cooking which I was rubbish at but there was always good times and a warm family welcome which I very much enjoyed. My sincere condolences to Connie and the family. Vern was a treasure and I am sure will be sadly missed. Remember the joy of sharing your life with him and relish in that memory, he was a very special man!

Cecil Brown:  Vern was the best and carried me on his shoulders. He was by-named requested to our office at the pentagon and in true fashion carried the ball for us and established an AF PI unit at bldg 213. As a result the unit shined and high government ranks was achieved by many of our troops. One thing I could not shake was the "Capt Flapp" name he and Monroe adapted from the Lt Flapp cartoon character from Beatle Bailey comic character. Love you Vern Akers!!  

Gary Taylor:  I'm so sorry to hear of Vern's passing. He was an excellent example of an NCO. I worked with him, indirectly, at the 548th at Hickam. Vern was always very sensible, thoughtful and encouraging. He loved his work and appreciated all those he came in contact with. He was one of the few positive, calming individuals we could relate with at the 548th. When changes were announced that were unsettling, he had a way of calming everyone in his surroundings. A very great colleague. He will be missed. I hope to attend the ceremony at Arlington, unfortunately I can't come to the funeral. My thoughts and prayers are with Vern's family. God Bless you all as you remember Vern.

Art Gomes:  Vern: Thanks for your many years of service with DIA. I can't help but remember the number of times your analysis on the Middle Est countries you worked made a significant contribution to the analytical questions we were trying to respond to in a very timely manner. 

Bill Forsyth:  I was stationed with Vern in both Japan and Hawaii, he was a good friend and outstanding PI.  

Norman Lee:  First met Vern in 1965 at 67RTS in Japan, again in Vietnam, and later in the DC area. Last saw him at the NGA Alumni luncheon May 2015. He was a true friend and will be missed.  

God bless you and your family. Once again, thanks so very much.

Steve LaFata:  Thoughts and prayers for the family...Vern was a great guy and I agree...one heck of a PI.

Elton Stokes:  Vern was inspiring! He was an exceptional intel analyst and a manager that I was proud to serve with. But best of all he was my very close friend. RIP buddy. You'll always be alive in my heart. Aloha.

Mark Jessop:  
A fine man.

Jim Spencer:  Vern was so much to so many. We spent a few hours dragging plastic lures through the ocean. Too many to recount but so wonderful to recall in one's mind. These photos were taken on the first Ahi Tournament ---

James Davis:  I am so sad to hear of Vern's passing. Worked with him at the CTS (former 15th AF Recce Tech) at March AFB, CA 1975-1976. He had a great sense of humor and was a great P.I. His comical emails kept everyone in stitches. He will be sorely missed.

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,
01/71 - 03/75 and 11/76 - 01/81, PACom Air Defense Analysis Facility, 12/83 - 12/86,
passed away on January 11, 2016 in Fort Washington, Maryland.

Ed and Yon Sun

Col Vandenberg reenlisting Ed in March 1975

Edward Owen Nelson,Jr

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!

Our family would like to extend thanks to Ed's brother in law, Billy Pierce, his wife Yon Hwa, and their family for their instrumental help. We appreciate Ed's work friends (SAIC and American Systems), his military buddies, and other friends and family that kept in touch and visited him during these 8 months. Great appreciation is extended to Dr. Yang and the staff at Johns Hopkins for their incredible care and expertise. Edward's friends and ministers at One Mind Church gave him strong support. Ed just became a deacon when he was diagnosed. He was very proud of this achievement. 

Ed was a 20 year veteran of the Air Force reaching the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. While in the Air Force, he earned two college degrees. He served in many ways in keeping our country safe. He worked on technologies that helped to keep soldiers safe in the middle east. Ed had strong ideas about government and society. He was never one to accept the status quo. He was a proud and involved American. He believed in hard work and because of his service, Ed will be interned at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined.

Edward's service will take place this Saturday, 5:00 PM at One Mind Presbyterian Church of Washington. All are welcome to join us in a celebration and remembrance of his life. The date of the Arlington burial can be found at this web site at a later date. Please sign the online guest book located below.

George P. Kalas Funeral Home P.A. 
2973 Solomons Island Rd
Edgewater, MD 21037 

Randy Johnson Posted on Ed's Facebook page:   It was a great service. Ed would have been proud. It was a great honor to see retired Major Don Waddell and other 548RTG members. Ed left this world a much better place. Aloha Ed.

Billy Jack Pierce posted on Ed's Facebook page: 
 Ed's memorial service will be this Saturday 16 January 2016 at 5 p.m. At the church he and Yon Sun attended. One Mind Presbyterian Church, 13430 Millwood Drive Woodbridge, VA. 22191 His funeral will take place later once we arrange the details through Arlington National Cemetery, this will take some time due to ANCs process and scheduling. Once I have that arranged the details will be posted here also. For all Ed's friends and associates, please pass this information to all who may want to attend the memorial service.

Billy Jack Pierce posted on Facebook:  I have sad news to report. Ed Nelson passed away today at 6 p.m. He fought long and hard but the cancer took him, he went peaceful. Yon Sun had spent most of the day with him, had given him a haircut and departed like all the previous day's, with a kiss and "I'll see you tomorrow ". Ed's friend Randy Johnson stopped by to deliver a milkshake and visit, noticed Ed's breathing was not normal, alerted the staff, they contacted an ambulance but Ed passed before they arrived. As details are worked out I will provide updates on funeral arrangements. We lost a true patriot, a hero, a great husband, brother, uncle, friend and my brother in law.....a great American!  

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.


My great friend, a mentor, a leader in a sea of confusion is gone. This was my beloved brother Edward Nelson. This man continued to post, encourage in a battle we all face....life, and the door forward.

No one knows the pain of death better than the Master and His servant. The question is who do we serve, and which of two doors do we reach for. Who is our Master, and is ours a life well lived? Ed's was. 

My dear friend Edwardo as I affectionately, teased him was not a overbearing, slighted or readily angered man. Ed was a man of principal, a man who expected to lead with purpose, heart, and charity. A soft spoken leader served, not wallowing in intrigue but, following the example of the Master in the fellowship of mankind.

Few lead by deeds, their talk is cheap and their value base is shallow....Not Ed. Although we cannot fully know the heart of a man, Christ the Master can. Our deeds, are our the banner that defines us in this life and the next.

Yes folks it does matter who we serve and Ed claimed "the path" of life.

My friend had eyes, ears and feet of action. I think he answered the simple question placed before all of us.....do we serve self, or Him? Specifically, the first to taste and overcome death.

Thank you God for the gift of Ed, he was a symbol of strenght in a world gone mad. If we can reflect at all on what made this person special...Ed, your servant, tried to reflect the Master.

Welcome home Ed, may we walk the path that joins to you.

Brett Pierce  My uncle, a veteran, and the kindest person I knew has died from cancer. Rest in peace, Uncle Ed. I will miss you and I will never forget everything you've done for me, Sean, and the whole family. You were always there for us and would always support us no matter what. I can not be more thankful to have had someone as great as you in my life. I really wish you didn't have to be taken from us so soon, but at least now I know the pain is gone and you're in a better place. I love you, Uncle Ed.

Rick Breedlove  Please keep us informed and tell Yon Sun we are morning the loss of Ed and keeping her in our prayers.

Paul Armstrong  Ed, RIP my friend.

Tony Paik   RIP... You will be missed Edward Nelson! Cancer Sucks!

MSgt (ret) Michael Hall, 548 RTG Map Library, INOI, INOD, and I&W, June 1976 - June 1978, passed away on September 27, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

             Michael Hall                                   Michael and Virginia Hall at 2012 Reunion

Virginia Hall Wrote:  It is with deep sadness that I write to inform you that Michael D. Hall of the 548th RTG had passed away peacefully this morning after an accidental finding to a brief illness.  A true patriot, he was indeed very proud to have served with the 548th group members. 

Memorial services will be held at:
Location:  Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Date:  Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Time: 1:20 p.m.
Address:  1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City, NV 89005

Following the service, a reception will be held at:
8625 Stone Harbor Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89145

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Disabled American Veterans

Virginia Hall

Bill & Sue Willard:  Sad News, indeed. Our condolences to the families.

Clinton Rogers:  Truly sad news.  

Maureen DeNunzio:  Sad. Thoughts and prayers for his family.

Gary Gohn:   Sad. Prayers too all that new and loved him.

Patricia Miller:  Sad news indeed. Prayers for his family and all who knew and loved him.

Rosie Bryant:  We served at the same time there in Hangar D. My condolences to the friends and family left behind.

David Blakley:  My condolences to Virginia and family.  I didn't know Mike as I got to the 548th in Sep 1982.  Praying/wishing peace and great memories for Virginia and his family/friends.

John Pecarina:  Sad; I went to Tech school with Mike, later served with him at the 548th

Jim Grant:  Very sad news. 

Bill Forsyth:  
Michael was a great guy  and friend and I was so happy to see both of you at the reunions.  My prayers go out to you at this time of grief, we can be grateful that he did not suffer through a long illness as so many have. 

Robert "Bob" Straw, SrA, 548 RTG Exploitation, 1974 - 1978, passed away on July 3, 2015 in Clinton, Missouri.

Robert "Bob" Rush Straw

Born: June 14, 1953
Died: July 03, 2015

 U.S. VeteranRobert "Bob" R. Straw, of Clinton, MO, passed away, Friday July 3, 2015 at St. Luke's Hospice House, Kansas City, Missouri. A memorial service will be held 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at the Clinton Elks Lodge. The family will receive friends from 5:00-6:30 P.M. prior to the service. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the HRB Staff Scholarship Endowment or ASC Hope Lodge and may be left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences can be left online at www.vansant-millsfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home of Clinton, Missouri.

Robert Rush (Bob) Straw was born June 14, 1953, the younger son of William Rush Straw and Helen Louise Tuter Straw, at the naval facility in Norfolk, Virginia. However, he was raised in Clinton by his paternal aunt Elizabeth Straw Hay and Olaf Hay, who lived across the street from the old high school.

Bob sang with both the Clinton High School choir and his church choir, where he had been a member since childhood. He remained close to the directors, Don Coleman and Mike Murphy for many years. Bob’s love of music continued throughout his life as he taught himself to play several Jimmy Buffet’s songs on his uncle’s mandolin.

He enrolled at Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) that fall and studied vocal Music for a year. In his one season of soccer, he was known for breaking the ankle of the Crown Prince Liberia during a game. It was at OBU where he met his future wife, Iris Dianne (Dee) Walker from Santa Fe, New Mexico, who was also studying vocal music and piano.

He was married and entered the U. S. Air Force in 1972 and was stationed in El Paso, Denver, Omaha, and Honolulu. Both of his children were born at military hospitals: Jennifer Ruth Colorado and Robert Rush, Jr. (BJ) in Hawaii. The family moved to Clinton in 1978.

Bob as well as both children graduated from Clinton High School. Bob completed his Bachelor’s degree from Central Missouri State University and was only one class short of his Master’s. He was proud to have been a teaching assistant for the late Professor Davila.

Bob retired form the United States Postal Service in 2005. In his early years, he worked in law enforcement in Henry County and the surrounding area. After retirement, he often substituted in local school districts.

Bob also enjoyed reading, watching old movies, deer hunting, target practicing and playing cards at the old Elk’s Lodge. He held many officer positions within the Clinton Elk’s Lodge and was on the Missouri Americanism Committee for many years.

Bob enjoyed working with Boy Scouts. He spent many summers attending and working at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation. In addition to many years on staff at Rotary Camp for special needs Scouts.

Bob’s boyhood Scouting began in Troop 430 and ended as an adult with the position of Scout Master in the same troop. He was an Eagle Scout, a Sachem in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, and a Vigil Member of the Order of the Arrow. December 7, 1989, he and two friends, John Glenn and the late Kevin Frederick founded Troop 2, which was sponsored by the Clinton Elk’s and lasted over 20 years. As an adult he earned numerous District and Council awards for his work with the Boy Scouts.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, William Rush & Helen Louise, Olaf & Elizabeth Hay, multiple aunts, uncles, and cousins, his brother Barney, 3 beloved cocker spaniels PJ, Goliath, and Data.

Bob is survived by his wife Dee and devoted dog Dax of the home, his daughter Jennifer, son & daughter-in-law BJ and Erin, a brother & sister-in-law Bill and Rita Darlene, and many nieces, nephews and their children.

John Pecarina Robert (Bob) Straw passed this morning.  Bob was a teammate during the late 1970s, in the 548th RTG Exploitation Center. He was 62.
Patrick O'Connor  Bob was a good friend from the 548th RTG many years ago. Dee my prayers are with you and your family

Mike "Guido" Guidara, SrA, 548 RTG Exploitation, 1982-1985, passed away on June 12, 2015 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Obituary for Michael D. Guidara

Michael David F. Guidara  Loving husband, father, grandfather, son, Air Force Veteran, and friend

 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.

Kevin Culli Wow - another classmate and fellow PI has passed. I'm sorry to hear this. Mike was a nice guy. RIP, bud... 

Mark Mizner  I could not believe it when I read about Mike Guidara.  He was a great guy to be around as many of the 548th Alumni are.  Always to be fun around especially at the RECCE Socials.

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.

SMSgt (ret) Robert "Bob" Ventura, IDHS Computer Center and PACAF/INY Staff, 1969 - 1972, passed away on November 8, 2013 in Mililani, Hawaii.

Bob and his wife Letizia at the 2012 548th Reunion Banquet.

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:

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.

Joe Ford

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.

Fred 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.

Obituary: Zilm, Scott Alan

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

CMSgt (ret) Tom Haga,
548 RTG Photo Lab, January 1980 - July 1991, passed away on October 10, 2012 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. 

Col Grant and Chief Haga using backup communications 

Thomas Haga

October 19, 1937 - October 10, 2012

Thomas “Tom” L. Haga 

Thomas Lars Haga was born Oct. 19, 1937, in Valley City, N.D., the son of Lars and Eleanore (Eide) Haga. 
He was raised and educated in Valley City and graduated from high school there in 1955. He enlisted in the U. S. Air Force and served in several places in the continental United States as well as in Hawaii. He also served in locations overseas including France and England and two tours of duty in Vietnam. After 30 years, he retired from the Air Force as a Chief Master Sergeant. 
Tom was a life member of the Valley City Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of the Grand Forks Disabled American Veterans Andy Nomland Chapter #2, the American Legion and the Eagles. 
Survivors include his son, Michael (Carolyn) Thomas Haga, Lenexa, Kansas; daughter, Lorri Anne Savoie, Grand Forks; brother, Charles “Chuck” Haga, Grand Forks; sister, Carolyn Hunt, Grand Forks, and grandchildren, Molly Lynn Haga, Kylie Dawn Haga and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Marie Haga. 

Tom is preceded in death by his daughter, Lynn Marie Haga, his parents and a brother, Gerald Haga. 

Funeral Services will be 2:00 PM Monday, October 15, 2012 in Amundson Funeral Home of Grand Forks, ND. 

Visitation will be for the hour before the service in the funeral home. 
Buiral will be in Memorial Park Cemetery of Grand Forks. 


Chief was an outstanding Senior NCO and a friend to all who knew him.  Bill Forsyth

I attended the service for Tom, the flowers were special, KUDOS to the 548th Association.  I’ll miss Tom—Lynn Wilhelm

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.

Jim Grant
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


Jimmy Leon Rogers

Jimmy Leon Rogers
October 25, 1942 - September 23, 2012

Jimmy Leon Rogers, 69, of Texas passed away from this life on Sunday, September 23, 2012. He was born October 25, 1942 in Pecos, TX to Leon Claud and Helen Marie (Williams) Routon. Jimmy retired from the United States Air Force. He was a computer systems analyst.

Those left to cherish his memory are his mother, Helen Marie Jones; two sons, David Alan Rogers of Clackamas, OR and Dale Wade Rogers and wife Larisa of Flagler, CO; one sister, Joy Harrison of Phoenix, AZ; two grandchildren, Amanda and Jordan Rogers; and one great grandchild, Mio Ridder. 

Jimmy was preceded in death by his father. 

At Jimmy's request, no formal services are scheduled.

I have scheduled for my Fathers remains to be interred at the National Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) columbarium on Tuesday April 16th at 10:30AM. Military honors are requested. Dale and I will be traveling to Oahu and plan to be on the island from the 14th through the 20th. No formal or religious services are scheduled. Family and Friends are invited to attend. Individual statements in remembrance/honor of him will be welcomed.

Best Regards
Dave Rogers




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.

Dear Bill,
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.'

Thanks Gordon

Paul Albert FitzGerald

Birth: Nov. 1, 1919   Boston Ward 7,
Suffolk, Massachusetts
Death: Feb. 14, 2012   Berkeley, Alameda, California


Paul and Cleo are buried together, they share the headstone.

Family links:
Cleo Persis Fitzgerald (1918 - 1997)
Golden Gate National Cemetery
San Bruno
San Mateo County
California, USA
Plot: Section CE Site 206-A



    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.
Doug Schlappi

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.

Former Photo Interpreter,
Sam Walker, F.P.I.

I was very sorry to hear of Col. FitsGerald's passing. He was the commander of the 548 for the later part of my time at Hickam (out in late July '73). He was a good man. I'll always remember when the first POW's landed at the Hickam MAC terminal in the wee hours of the morning. Col. F. let it be known that any non-essential personnel on duty or those not actively working a mission, were to be allowed to go to the MAC terminal to witness and greet the returning soldiers. It is an event that I will always remember from my time at the 548th. May he rest in peace.

Jay Johnson

Col (ret) Duane E. Vandenberg
, 548 RTG Commander,
June 1973 - June 1977, passed away on December 22, 2011 in
Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Colonel Vandenberg at the 2010 548th Reunion

Duane E. Vandenberg
Duane Evert Vandenberg, 81, of Hot Springs, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at National Park Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 12, 1930, in Scottsbluff, Neb., to Nielson Evert and Pearl Wayman Vandenberg. He was reared in Houston, Texas, and graduated from John H. Reagan High School in 1948, lettering and excelling in JROTC. He is a 1952 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he served in the Corps of Cadets and the prestigious Ross Volunteers – the Texas Governor’s Honor Guard. In his senior year, he married his high school sweetheart, Peggy Joyce Ward. 

Following graduation, he was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. During his career, he was stationed in Texas, Georgia, Alabama, California, Japan, Missouri, Arkansas, Hawaii, Virginia, Germany and Florida. He retired as a senior colonel after 31 years of service. In the course of his career, he served in the Vietnam War as a navigator on RF-4C reconnaissance aircraft. He was awarded one of his two Distinguished Flying Crosses during a sortie, when his aircraft was hit by a surface-to-air missile, piercing a wing and destroying flight controls. Despite the damage to the aircraft, he was able to complete the mission and return the crew safely to base. Later in his career, he served as Chief of Air Force Intelligence at Central Command at MacDill AFB, Florida. 

He retired to Arkansas in 1989 to be close to his family. He was active in Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow, the Air Force Association, the VFW, Toastmasters, the Former Students Association of Texas A&M, the Lions Club, Sons of the American Revolution, the Mayflower Society, and the Holland Society of New York. He and his wife, Peggy, enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends, especially those at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. 

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Peggy; daughter, Linda Kay White, and her husband, Newton, of Hot Springs; daughter, Rene’ Starr, and her husband, Joe, of Little Rock; a son, Dr. David Duane Vandenberg, of Hot Springs; and a son, CDR James Nielson Vandenberg, of Arlington, Va., and Little Rock, and his wife, Diane S. Vandenberg. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Emily Chase White (predeceased), John Gabriel Starr, Matthew Cooper White, Matthew Killian Vandenberg, Kathryn Grace Starr, and Emelie Adeline Vandenberg. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Merle (Buck) Ward and his wife, Lynda, of Conroe, Texas; sister-in-law, Julia Ward, of Rolla, Mo.; and four nephews, James (Skip) Ward, of Houston, Texas, Larry Ward, of Wexford, Pa., Bill Ward, of Tulsa, Okla., Major David Ward, of Fort Riley, Kan. 

A memorial service will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 228 Spring St., Hot Springs, on Wednesday at 11 a.m., officiated by the Rev. CB Baker. A U.S. Air Force fly-over will be held around noon over Hot Springs to mark Col. Vandenberg’s service and devotion to his country. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1117, Hot Springs, AR 71902 or your favorite charity. 
The Sentinel-Record - Published: 12/25/2011

Maj (ret) Donald C. Huntley Jr.Capt 548 RTG, HQ SQ Commander, passed away on 17 November 2010 in Vero Beach, Florida.
  12 February 1952 - 17 November 2010

Major (ret) Donald C. Huntley Jr. at Military Ball in 2010 with ROTC cadets Darion Jackson and Brittney Casalina (Photo courtesy of In Loving Memory Of Major Donald C Huntley Jr. Facebook page, Brittney Casalina)

Capt Huntley with his Pittsburg Steeler hat and cigarette,  Penny Gray and Ildrid Bates in background, unknown date (Photo provided by Bobby Gray on 548 RTG Facebook page)

HUNTLEY DONALD C., JR., MAJOR Age 58, died unexpectedly in his home in Vero Beach, FL on Wednesday, November 17, 2010. Son of Donald G. Huntley, Sr. and Macaria Lee Huntley. Survived by his brothers Richard E. Huntley and David M. Huntley. Father of Donald C. Huntley III, Mark Huntley and stepdaughter Sara Schmitt. Donald grew up in the Overbrook section of Pittsburgh and graduated from Carrick High School in 1969. He received an undergraduate degree from Alderson Broaddus College, a masters degree in International Relations from the University of Southern Mississippi and a masters degree in Public Administration from the Oklahoma State University. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1978 and retired after 20 years of service with the rank of Major after receiving numerous metals and citations. Major Huntley previously served as an ROTC Instructor at Johnstown Votec High School in Johnstown, PA and most recently served as an ROTC Instructor at Vero Beach High School. Friends will be received at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, INC., (412) 881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Rd., Brentwood 15227, Monday and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Prayer on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Winifred Church at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to "Major Donald C. Huntley, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund," scholarships will be made available to graduation Air Force JROTC cadets. Checks should be made to "VBHS" with "Major Huntley" on the memo line. Checks can be mailed to Vero Beach High School, 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960.      Pittsburg Post-Gazette

The Major is buried at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, PA

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!!! 
Don Marshall
- marshalld001@gmail.com

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! 
Steve Krywany

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. 
Andy Nieto

This is very sad to hear.
Janice Cannon

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 

STACKHOUSE, Arthur David, 62, of Xenia, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, March 29, 2010 at The Hospice of Dayton. He is preceded in death by his parents, Nelson and Monta Stackhouse. 
Art is survived by his wife of 43 years, Reneé; their three children: David, Nathan (wife, Gudmunda) and Lisa (husband, Chris) Niemiec; four grandchildren; his sister Nelsene Rathburn and brother Allen. 
Art was a 1965 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School at the former Ohio Soldier’s and Sailor’s Orphan’s Home in Xenia, Ohio, where he participated in Junior ROTC, attended Buckeye Boys State and was senior class president. He served in the United States Air Force from 1968-1972. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Wright State University in 1980.
Known as Xenia’s ‘Marathon Man,’ he ran an average of over one hundred miles per month for nearly a decade while completing seven marathons. His commitment to family, quick wit and willingness to share the Gospel will be remembered by all who knew him. Well done, good and faithful servant. You fought the good fight, finished the course and kept the faith.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, April 3, 2010 at Newcomer Funeral Home, 3380 Dayton-Xenia Road. Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 2, 2010 at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at Massie Creek Cemetery, Cedarville, Ohio. 
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Hospice of Dayton or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. To send a special message to the family, please visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/artstackhouse.
Xenia Daily Gazette, Xenia, Ohio, USA - 30 Mar 2010

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. 
Sandy Epperson


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 
Uintah County
Utah, USA

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.

Delbert L. Gaylord548 RTG,  circa 1968, SSgt, Air Targets Material Compilation, passed away on January 16, 2010, in Hyannis, Massachusetts.                                         18 July 1941 - 16 January 2010                                      Photo before his death
                   Photo 11 February 1967                                                 He loved to dance

HYANNIS — Delbert L. Gaylord died peacefully Jan. 16, 2010, at Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis, after a brief illness.

HYANNIS — Delbert L. Gaylord died peacefully Jan. 16, 2010, at Cape Cod Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Worcester where he attended school and served for many years in the Air Force, Delbert worked for many years at Worcester City Hall and Worcester Vocational Tech, and lastly at Sears in Hyannis.

Delbert had a tremendous love for his family and friends. He was an avid lover of books and a Red Sox fan.

Delbert is predeceased by Marjorie L. (Gaylord) Hampton and stepfather Haywood A. Hampton. He is survived by a brother, Robert E. Gaylord of Hyannis; sisters-in-law Helen M. Gaylord and Elizabeth James of Hyannis; nephews Robert E. Jr. and Scott A. Gaylord of Hyannis; a niece, Nellie Lynne (Gaylord) McDowell of Hyannis; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at the Calvary Baptist Church, 25 Lincoln Road, Hyannis. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the same location. Burial is private. A memorial service will be held in Worcester at a later date.

Doane, Beal & Ames

LtCol (ret) Thomas E. Angle, 548 RTG Deputy Commander for Support, passed away on December 31, 2009 from cancer in Papillion, Nebraska. 
Angle, Thomas E.
Age 57
Preceded in death by parents, William and J. Patricia Angle. He was beloved husband and father to wife, Jennie and daughter, Patricia.
SERVICES Tues., 11am at First Christian Church, 6630 Dodge St. Interment Cedar Dale Cemetery following luncheon. VISITATION Mon., 6-8pm at the 72nd Street Chapel. Memorials to First Heritage Fund at First Christian Church or American Cancer Society . JOHN A. GENTLEMAN MORTUARIES
1010 North 72nd St., 391-1664
Published in Omaha World-Herald from January 1 to January 4, 2010

SMSgt (ret) William "Willie" Flavin, 548 RTG Library, passed away on
November 7, 2009 in The Villages, Florida

Col Benson, with his Diet Pepsi and cigarette,
                     talking to Willie Flavin
         August 24, 1946 - November 7, 2009

William Flavin 

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

Saint Catherine of Siena Church Cemetery
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA

Maj (ret) Hunter "Butch" Harris III, 548 RTG HQ Squadron Commander, passed away on June 25, 2009 in Angeles City, Phillippines.
                  Maj Butch Harris is buried beside his dad at Punchbowl Cemetery
                                        June 9, 1942 - June 25, 2009

Major Hunter "Butch" Harris III, 67, formerly of Hawai'i, died June 25, 2009. A Punahou class of 1960 graduate; retired from the U.S. Air Force. Survived by son, Antonio; cousins. Service held at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
Honolulu Advertiser

SCPO (ret) Bobby Kent "BK" Hubbard, 548 RTG Research and Analysis Division, passed away on March 28, 2009 in Pattaya, Thailand.

                           April 27, 1937 - March 28, 2009

      VFW Post 9876, Pattaya, Thailand

May 12, 2010, Joe Weller provided the following information on BK's passing:  Just found out that SCPO Bobby K. Hubbard passed away on March 28, 2009.  When I at the RTG in 76-79 he was running the Daily Briefing team (we were actually part of IPAC but didn’t go to Camp HM Smith till summer of 1979) that included Capt Jeff Floyd, Ron Muell, Dean Johnson, me and Joe House.  This msg was on a Navy site:  I just found out today the very sad news of ISCS Bobby K. Hubbard's passing on 28 March 2009, of a massive heart attack in Pattaya BeachThailand. He was the very first SCPO that I worked for when I was on the USS Midway from 1980-1982. A true "Old School" CPO. He was a legend in the Intelligence Community and an even bigger legend (at times) in the liberty community...LOL He was a true leader and mentor. He retired from the Navy in 1986 after a 30 year career and was working as a civilian at Yokota AFB in Japan the last time I saw him in 1990. He eventually retired from that job and was living inAngeles City, P.I. and affiliated with the local VFW there. He then moved to Thailand where he was affiliated with the local VFW in Pattaya Beach. I was one of the many Intelligence Specialists to be "B.K. Hubbard Trained" and turned out the better for it. I will add that it was a lot of fun becoming "B.K. Hubbard Trained" while on liberty throughout SE Asia... LOL RIP Hub you will be missed.
Sad news, BK was a piece of work and I know we drove him nuts, Joe

Donald R. GumpSgt 548 RTG, passed away on November 22, 2008 in Efland, North Carolina.

Charles "Chip" StewartTSgt, 548 RTG Photo Lab, 1987-1991 (aprox), passed away on August 22, 2008 in Hemet, California.

Chip and his daughter Erin

Charles Edward (Chip) Stewart went home to his heavenly Father on August 22, 2008. Chip will be sorely missed but we'll rejoice with him later. He was born at Cherry Point, N.C. on Feb. 6, 1959. He graduated from Orange, CA High School, where he was active in the drama dept. and sang with a barbershop quartet. He met his beautiful wife to be while there. They married at Chapman College Chapel, Sept. 1979. He served his country for 14 years in the U.S. Air Force, part of the time in Germany. He and his wife Janet had their daughter Erin Kelsy while there. Their son Dillon was born in March at Vandenberg Air Force Base, he's 16 years old. after leaving the Air Force, he worked for Jungle Rags as an artist and a designer of children's clothing. He worked for Mattel Toy Co. as an artist and a designer of toys. He also was employed by Screenlife Video Game Company of Seattle, WA, as an Artist and Game Designer. Survivors are his wife, Janet Carlson Stewart; daughter, Erin and husband Andy Carlson; his son Dillon; mother and father, Georgia and Olney Stewart; brothers, James of Santa Ana, and Andrew of Lancaster; 3 aunts and 1 uncle in Arkansas, aunt and uncle in Sun City, AZ, and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, John. During the time he lived in Hemet, he and Janet were active in scouting with a troop at Winchester. A memorial will be held at 711 Bahama Dr., in Hemet, at 2PM, Saturday, September 6th.  Published in Press-Enterprise on Sept. 4, 2008

Connie Calvin:  I remember a fellow photo lab airman named Charles “Chip" Stewart who designed the t-shirts for two of our 548th RTG relay races.  I ran across an obituary that may be him, but I haven't confirmed that this is indeed Chip Stewart.  
I remember really enjoying talking with him...he was so very talented, creative and funny. I’m glad to know he got to do more with his art and hope it brought him joy.  (Note:  Bill Forsyth was able to locate his daughter Erin and confirmed this was the right Chip Stewart.)

 CMSgt (ret) Paul J. Kehoe
, 548 RTG Exploitation, passed away on March 4, 2007 in Pinellas Park, Florida.  No Obituary could be found for him.

November 5, 1934 - March 4, 2007

Benson "Ben" HardyCaptain (Although inurnment says SSGT) , who served in the 548 RTS from 1950 - 1951, passed away on May 9, 2006, in Santee, California.
November 22, 1920 - May 9, 2006

From back cover of book

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.

Jerry Lewis, SSgt
548 RTG Exploitation and Special Projects, passed away on April 17, 2006 in Lorain, Ohio. 

           Jerry Lewis has  two headstones, he was in the Air Force for 11 years

Jerry Lewis
Published: Thursday, April 20, 2006
Morning Journal

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
Elmwood Cemetery
Lorain County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Section 15
 Maintained by: Kathy G
Originally Created by: LindaB
Record added: Jan 13, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64156079

Maj (ret) Orren Wilson, 548 RTG Coordination and Training Section, passed away on March 18, 2006 in Yorktown, Virginia.

Major Wilson talking to Amber Arnold
           at a Recce Social 1985

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

ANNE MARIE PENTAL, 65, of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Manahawkin, STAFFORD, New Jersey
Published in the Asbury Park Press 09/13/05
ANNE MARIE PENTAL, 65, of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Manahawkin, STAFFORD, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005 at home. Born in Trenton, Mrs. Pental resided most of her life in Hawaii. She was an Air Force historian, employed by the Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force at Hickam Air Force Base, headquarters of the Pacific Air Forces in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her job took her around the world, regularly to Korea and Japan, as well as to the South Pole, New Zealand and Australia. She was co-author of "In Defense of Freedom Pacific Air Forces' Golden Legacy 1947-1997." She was a graduate of Cathedral High School Class of 1957, and received her bachelor's degree from Thomas Edison College, and her master's degree from the University of the Pacific in California. She was a member of the Holy Family Parish in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was a lector, eucharistic minister and a religious educator. She was president of the Business and Professional Womans Association of Honolulu, a longtime member of the Cathedral Choir, and a CampFire leader.

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

CMSgt (ret) Loren Paul Post, 548 RTG Research and Analysis Division passed away on July 21, 2005 in Mary Esther, Florida.  No obituary was found for him.

Loren Post manning the 548th
booth at the Hickam Youth Festival
November 26, 1944 - July 21, 2005

Maj (ret) B. Sue Hauser, 548 RTG Admin/Exec Officer, passed away on
July 10, 2005 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

December 7, 1937 - July 10, 2005

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.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on November 27, 2002

Maj (ret) Dr. Sanders Sue Anne Laubenthal, 548 RTG 1987 - 1990, Chief, Plans and Production Division, passed away on May 15, 2002 in Washington, D.C.
Sanders Anne Laubenthal
1968 University of Alabama year book

Dr. Sanders Anne Laubenthal, native resident, exemplary author and poetess of Mobile, Alabama, born on December 25, 1943 died at a local hospital in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at age 58.
Dr. Laubenthal graduated from Springhill College Summa cum Laude in 1965 and went on to attain her Doctorate at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She served as assistant professor of English at Troy State University, Troy, Alabama from which she entered into a career with the United States Air Force which spanned 20 years.
>From 1974 to 1976, Major Laubenthal worked as an Education and Training Officer, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. From 1976 to 1977 Major Laubenthal served as Deputy Chief of History, Thirteenth Air Force (13th AF) Clark Air Base, Philippines. From 1977 to 1980, she served as Assistant, then Associate Professor of Humanities, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and Institute Historian, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
>From 1981 to 1984 she served as Chief Research Management 544th Strategic Intelligence Wing (544 SIW), Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. From 1984 to 1986 Major Laubenthal served as Assistant Dean for External Relations Defense Intelligence College (DIA), Bolling Air Force Base, District of Columbia..
From 1987 to 1990, she served as Chief, Intelligence Production Management Division, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) and Chief, Plans and Programs Division, for the 548th Reconnaissance Technical Group (548 RTG), Hickman Air Force Base, Hawaii.
Major Laubenthal served as Officer for Scheduled Defense Intelligence Production, Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), Bolling Air Force Base, District of Columbia, fro 1990 to 1993, after which time she retired.
Most recently, Ms. Laubenthal worked for Resource Consultants International, Inc. a worldwide provider of integrated solutions, supporting governmental agencies, based in Vienna, Virginia.
From 1994 to 1997 she edited A'Bhratach ("The Banner"), a monthly newsletter of the Mid-East Region of Clan Donald USA, Inc., through which she attracted outside membership, drew on resources for her books, and celebrated her Scottish ancestry.  She is survived by many family members and friends.

She is buried next to her parents in The Catholic Cemetery, Mobile, Alabama.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sanders Anne Laubenthal (December 25, 1943 – May 15, 2002) was an American poet, novelist, historian and textbook writer. Much of her work concerns Mobile, Alabama, of which she was a native. She also wrote about the history of unrecorded areas of Scotland. She is best known, however, for one major work, the Arthurian fantasy Excalibur, first published in the celebrated Ballantine Adult Fantasy series in August 1973 and reprinted a number of times since.

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.

MSgt (ret) Terry D Antkowiak, 548 RTG Supply, passed away on 
August 27, 2000 in O'Fallon, Illinois.  Unable to locate an obituary for him.
6 April 1950 - August 27, 2000

Birth:  Apr. 6, 1950, USA
Death:  Aug. 27, 2000
St. Clair County
Illinois, USA


MSgt, US Air Force
Persian Gulf
O'Fallon City Cemetery
St. Clair County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Jim Krahulec
Record added: Apr 17, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 108653950

MSgt (ret) Howard J. Dick,
548 RTG, passed away on February 13, 2000 in Moreno Valley, California.  No obituary found. Born September 20, 1935, Oneill Holt, Nebraska, entered Air Force January 11, 1954.

MSgt (ret) Jack Arnold, 548 RTG Exploitation, passed away on March 31, 1999 in Evansville, Indiana.
TSgt Jack Arnold being re-enlisted by the late Col Vandenberg in 
September 1974

                                                             February 4, 1936 - March 31, 1999
Arnold Family:
Jack, Marie, Jackie Jr & Rebecca

Birth:  Feb. 4, 1936
Vanderburgh County
Indiana, USA
Death:  Mar. 31, 1999
Vanderburgh County
Indiana, USA

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

MSgt (ret) Obiediah Warthen, Jr., 548 RTG, Air Target Materials Admin (702x0), circa 1968, passed away on February 22, 1998 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  No Obituary found.  "Obie" was born at Warthen, Georgia on December 9, 1946 and married the former Janis Adele Welch in July 1977 while stationed at Vandenburg AFB, California.  He is buried at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery, Warthen, Washington County, Georgia.

SMSgt Jay Michael Rebouche, 548 RTG Research and Analysis Division, passed away on Februay 2, 1996 in Molesworth, Cambridgeshire, England.

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
Dallas County
Texas, USA
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).

        Col Clark E. Davison
April 4 1918 - February 9, 1994

The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, California

Clark E Davison

Birth: Apr. 4, 1918
Death: Feb. 9, 1994

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Sec: 60, Site: 2161

Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Mar 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49226551

MSgt (ret) Eugene V. "Andy" Andrenacci,
548 RTG Special Security Office (SSO), passed away on January 1, 1994 in Penn Valley, California.

               November 11, 1934 - 1 January 1994

MSgt (ret) Richard W. "Dick" Kingsley, 548 RTG Exploitation, passed away on September 24, 1993 in Greenville, Tennesee.
December 16, 1944 - September 24, 1993

TSgt (ret) Marc P. Bernier, 548 RTG Operations, passed away on
August 22, 1993 in Hampton, Virginia.

   Marc as a two striper

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.

Family links:
Maurice Germain Bernier (1931 - 1998)

Persian Gulf
TSgt U.S. Air Force

Saint Ignatius Cemetery
York County
Maine, USA
Plot: St Joseph Rt

Maintained by:
David Bernier

Col (ret) Barre E. Smuck, Commander 548 RTG, passed away on
March 20, 1993 in Elizabethtown,
Pennsylvania.  No obituary or bio found.


Col Smuck 548th Officer Group Photo 1978
        July 14, 1933 - March 20, 1994

Rotary Club of Elizabethtown Pennsylvania


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 Jr., 548 RTG Precision Photo Maintenance, passed away on April 19, 1993 in Honolulu Hawaii.

The Daily Times, Salisbury, Maryland          The Honolulu Advertiser, April 26, 1993
                 April 23, 1993

Charles Blanton provided the following information on Sept 27, 2013:   
 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.

Capt Richard H. Fisher Jr., 548 RTG and 67 RTS, passed away on
August 29, 1992, in San Bernardino, California.

                                                April 13, 1940 - August 29, 1992

  Capt Richard Fisher 1973 Photo     Fumiko and Capt Richard Fisher at 67th Dining In

                             Richard and Fumiko in Hawaii 1966

MSgt Philip R. Pountain, 548 RTG Research and Analysis, was killed when his vehicle was hit by a drunk driver on January 16, 1982 in Sumter, South Carolina.  He is buried in South Glens Falls, New York.

     TSgt Phil Pountain NCO of the 3rd Quarter 1975
                   11 May 1944 - 16 January 1982

James F Fitzgerald, Capt 548 RTG Research and Analysis Division, was killed on May 18, 1980 by the eruption of Mount Saint Helens in Washington.

Akron Beacon Journal, June 6, 1980
                                   Jim's Blue Datsun                              Trixie Anders constructed this 
                                                                                                          monument to her friend Jim Fitzgerald
                                                                                                           in 1995, at  Spud Mountain site where                                                                                                                                     he was killed in the Mount St. Helens                                                                                                              blast.

Jim attended the University of Akron; graduating in 1970, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force through the AFROTC program. Jim earned a B.S. in geology, went on to get his M.S. from University of Idaho, and was working on his Ph.D. in Vulcanology at the time of his death. At the of his death he was engaged in field work for his doctoral dissertation as a graduate student at the University of Idaho.

Every weekend from late March until the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980, Pullman resident Barry Johnston watched the volcano with his then-wife, Trixie Anders, a Washington State University doctoral student in geology.

On May 16, 1980, Johnston and Anders camped out on Spud Mountain with their friend Jim Fitzgerald, another geology student. The couple opted to stay at a motel in Toutle, Wash., the next night, while Fitzgerald again camped on the mountain.

The next morning, after stopping for breakfast, the pair arrived at the Spud Mountain turnoff to see Mount St. Helens erupting. After taking a couple photos, they hightailed it down mountain roads, chased by a cloud of volcanic debris and escaping with their lives. James Fitzgerald's body was later recovered from his blue Datsun.

In 1995, Trixie Anders constructed a monument to her friend Jim Fitzgerald at the Spud Mountain site where he was killed in the Mt St. Helens blast. 
Mount Saint Helens Memorial Grove 
Skamania County
Washington, USA

TSgt (ret) Gerald L "Gerry" Munroe, 548 RTG Exploitation and Edit, passed away on January 16, 1975 in Seattle, Washington.

Gerry at his retirement party in September 1974
            with the late Col Vandenberg
         March 21, 1940 - January 16, 1975

No information on:

SMSgt (ret) Joe Brown, 548 RTG Exploitation
(Too common of a name, if anyone has any information, please send)

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