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2019 REUNION WAS YET ANOTHER GREAT TIME!!!
OCT 10-13 at the HOME of USAF Special Operations Ft. Walton Beach, FL
2019 Reunion T-Shirts will be available NOW in the Online Store. Sizes will be Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large and XXX-Large in the same COTTON material used in our previous 'T's.
The Veterans Memorial Park of Pensacola Board of Directors have raised funds to dedicate a memorial plaque for Spirit 03 on the Persian Gulf War Memorial.
The tribute will be held Sunday, May 26th at 1 p.m., the day before Memorial Day. There will be multiple dignitaries attending and will pay special tribute to our local fallen heroes. Everyone is invited to attend.Parking will be limited, so arrive early or be ready to walk to the Veterans Memorial Park.
MORE SAD NEWS:
James “Jim” "The Greek" George Habas, age 65, of Ashland, passed away peacefully in his sleep, Monday, October 14, 2019 at Court Manor Health Services in Ashland. He was born July 26, 1954, the son of James and Jean (Ante) Habas.
Jim was raised in Ashland and Park Falls, graduating from Park Falls High School in 1972. He enlisted into the U.S. Air Force where he was employed for over 20 years. Jim was part of the 16th S.O.S. unit that was stationed at Hurlburt Field in Florida. He was a gunner on the AC-130 gunship during the 100-hour war. He also served in the Persian Gulf War, Grenada and several other conflicts.
Jim was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church serving as Bingo caller for many years and also volunteered for community dinners and events during the holiday seasons. He was an avid sportsman who was a member of the Archery Association of Northern Wisconsin. He was also a sports fan who was often found rooting for the Packers, Badgers, Brewers and Bucks.
Jim’s favorite pastimes were archery shooting, playing cribbage in tournaments and with friends, making bird houses, four wheeling and grouse hunting. Jim also enjoyed taking many memorable trips to Las Vegas and watching the Three Stooges and Hogan’s Hero’s.
He is survived by his two children, Jerode (Meghan) Habas and Jennifer (Chris) Wilson; 5 grandchildren, Jacob, Levi and Cassidy Habas and Wyatt and Colt Wilson; father, James Habas; siblings, John (Doris) Habas, Cheryl (Steve) Parker, Jeff Habas, Jerry Habas and Donna (Paul) Below; life-long friends, Stan Gurski, Dana Gorney, Cathi Cooper, Bill Turner and Dan Brown; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother; brother, Joseph and infant nephew, Tyler.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 12 noon, Monday, October 21, 2019 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Ashland with Fr. Joseph Kumar Mayakuntla officiating. Inurnment and military services will follow the service in the St. Agnes Cemetery in Ashland.
Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at the church on Monday. A reception will be held in the church fellowship hall after the committal services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church
Arrangements are by Frost Home for Funerals of Ashland.
Another Spectre gone...Obituary for Edwin E. Dedmon
Edwin E Dedmon, 81, of Eufaula died Saturday, August 3, 2019. Ed was born March 2, 1938, in Hodgen ,Oklahoma to Carl Leland and Bernice F. Pennington Dedmon. Ed was a retired Senior Master Sergeant who served in the Air Force for 24 years. He was stationed at various bases throughout the states and served 3 tours in Vietnam. Ed's last tour in Vietnam was as an Illuminator Operator on C 130 gunships. He served his country well and was very patriotic.
Ed received numerous medals while in the Air Force which included Distinguished Flying Cross, 8 Air Medals, 2 Vietnam Service Medals and numerous others.
Ed is survived by: his wife of 45 years, Jhonnie, of the home; his daughters, Amanda Dedmon (Tulsa), Donna Sherwood (Ridgeway, Colorado), Deborah Joyce (Norton, Mass.) and his stepsons, Charles R. Eddlemon, Jr. (Midwest City) and Byron Eddlemon, (OKC). He is also survived by his grandchildren: Abbigail Dedmon (OKC) Aspen Dedmon (Norman), Karsen Milligan (Tulsa), Matthew Eddlemon (Midwest City) Kaylan Eddlemon (Midwest City), April Eddlemon (Edmond), Craig Eddlemon (Norman), Paige Eddlemon (Norman), Alexandra Torres Quinteco (Scotland), Bobby Joyce (Mass.) Rose Joyce (Mass.), and Steven Joyce (Mass.); and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, sister, Theda Metcalf and his brothers, Dwight, Dwayne and Byron Dedmon.
Ed cherished his time with family, friends and grandchildren. He loved fishing and had a great love for playing his guitar. He was a fan of both the Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
He had a great love and respect for the flight crew he flew with in Vietnam on the C130 gunships. Ed worked for Boeing and Lockheed in Saudi Arabia before returning to the States to work for Boeing at Tinker Air Force. He then moved on to work with Air Transport in Little Rock, Arkansas as a flight engineer. Ed was always sure to talk with other Vietnam veterans and always thank them for their service.
In memory of Ed, please consider a donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. There will be no services per Ed's wishes. Cremation arrangements were made with Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home & Crematory.
To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Edwin E. Dedmon please visit our Sympathy Store.
Former 16 SOS Commander Florin Wrye White, Jr., 81, of Lillian, AL, passed away with his family at his side on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.
Florin was born June 8, 1938 in Tuscaloosa, AL. A retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force, Florin served his country in the skies, on dusty airstrips on six continents, and at sea on the USS Kitty Hawk. After an enlistment as an infantryman in the Alabama Army National Guard, he went on to a long Air Force career that included gunship squadron commander, master navigator, air commando, and bushfighter. His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. In retirement, Florin enjoyed most of all spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren (when he wasn't dominating Sudoku puzzles). Florin graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in political science and put it to use as a counterinsurgency and unconventional warfare expert.
He is preceded in death by his father, Florin; mother, Sarah (née MacDonald); and brothers, William and Donald.
He is survived by his wife, Martha (née Caton); his daughter, Katheryn Maloney (Laron) of Cedartown, GA; his sons, Florin III (Traci) of Gulf Breeze, FL and Richard of Oklahoma City, OK; his grandchildren, Kalen Maloney and Larah Maloney of Cedartown, GA, Rylie and Joshua of Gulf Breeze, FL, and Christin (Jason) Mossing of Cantonment, FL; his great-grandchildren, Cali and Alex; and his devoted dog, Beau.
His disarming charisma, razor-sharp wit, and piercing blue eyes will be missed by all.
Memorial Service will be held 12:30pm Monday, October 7, 2019 at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel, 2276 Airport Blvd in Pensacola, FL, with Chaplain Ken Griffin officiating. Committal service will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, FL, with full military honors.
All present and past air commandos and special operations forces are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Col(ret) Brock Byers (Col Mike Byer's Father) passed away 5/29/2019. Mike's father was the first to commit to the Air Commando Foundation Planned Giving program....a not insignificant amount. Great Air Commando American. RIP.
Another good friend passed...Ken Petry...I served with Ken both at Myrtle Beach and Spectre:
My buddy Dan McClintock told me today (6/11/2019):
"Just to let you know that Ken Petry (sensor operator) died Yesterday. Had a tumor on his brain for quite awhile and it finally got the best of him." R.I.P. Ken.
Services for MSgt (Ret) John William McCain, Jr., 78, of Navarre, Florida passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019.
A Committal Service will be held Friday, June 7, 2019 at 11:30 pm at Barrancas National Cemetery, 1 Cemetery Road, Pensacola, Florida 32507. The Procession will leave at 11:00 am from Olive Baptist Church-Warrington Campus, 103 West Winthrop Avenue, Pensacola, Florida 32507.
The church is approximately 5 minutes from the cemetery.
Lt Col. Robert Grittner passed away April 2019. He served during the Vietnam War with the 16th SOS in Ubon, Thailand from April 1971 - Mar 1972. He was a Major at the time and was an EWO (or Black Crow). Attached is a picture of him while at Ubon as well as a picture of him taken a few years ago at a Veteran's event. His daughter, Linda Babock said "I know that many of his most proud days in the Air Force were spent as an AC-130 crew member"
Robert Grittner: November 1936 - April 2019
Col. John Gallagher has just passed this morning! "Pappy" was a true Spectre and a 16 SOS Commander that was loved by all! More info when we get it...Burial will be in Arlington. That will be 6 to 10 months out. More details will come
Fellow warriors, we lost a legendary SOF warrior, Michael J. Kemerer, on 2 April from complications involving two strokes.
The SOF community is holding a ‘Celebration of Life’ at the Hurlburt Field Chapel on 1 May at 1300L to honor Mike. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mike’s preferred charities: Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, or St Judes Children’s Hospital.
Mike’s family is hosting a reception for friends immediately following at Hurlburt’s Soundside Club from 1430-1700. Please join us as we send our brave SOF warrior off to Valhalla."
ZIERNICKI, Robert S. PHD, Col. USAF -- Died november 2, 2000 in San Jose, CA at the age of 66. Beloved husband of 41 years to Betty Ann Keenan; loving father of Lynn, Sheila and Lisa; and adored grandfather of Abigail. He served in Vietnam and retired with the Airforce. He was President and CEO of Mirage Systems in Sunnyvale, CA and was an active member of the Army Science Board. His passion was his family and his work. He was also an avid tennis player with the Decathelon Club. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at St. Nicholas Church on Wed., November 8, 2000 at 10:00am. Donations to the American Heart Association would be appreciated. For further information please phone CHAPEL OF FLOWERS (408)294-9663.
Bob was a FCO on the E/H serving at Ubon from April 1973 for a year. He and I went through training together and were friends at Ubon. James Wishart
Just verified that one of our Spectre Association Board Members and long time member of the Spectre Association, Mike Skerett passed away March 19, 2019 at Denver Colorado. Mike always had a great smile and a friend to all. Miss you buddy!
Sad News: Just got word that CMSgt (Ret) Don Beardsley 16 SOS Spectre Flight Engineer and the guy with the biggest smile on earth joined his fellow Ghostriders in the Sky this morning (Mar 30, 2019) around 0630. We love you Don and miss you already buddy!!!
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Check out DATELINE ON NBC Website. Title
is "Secrets in the Smoky Mountains"This
is the story of the former AC-130H SPECTRE gunner that along with his
wife, murdered her ex husband. You may see PJ
Cook and Bill Walter in some short segments as well...."Don't
watch it Alone"!!http://www.nbc.com/dateline/video/secrets-in-the-smoky-mountains/3458281
Also the NBC Film Crew Filmed this segment on our "AC-130 World":