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2023 Reunion in FWB Coming October 5-8 2023!

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SAD NEWS: We lost another Spectre Gunner. Mike McKnight has departed this earth Dec 19, 2022. He passed in Bangkok, Thailand after a lengthy ilness and is survived by his wife, Maliporn. More info when we receive it.

To all Spectre Flight Crew and Association Members

The Cinko Family would be honored if you would join us, to lay to rest, my father, Albert B. Cinko.  He flew on your “Mighty Gunship” from 1969 to 1975 in Vietnam and Thailand bringing Hell and Fury to the enemy from the GhostRiders in the Sky.  He was based out of Hurlburt Field AFB in Florida.

The Funeral Services will be on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at Barrancas Naval Air Station National Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida, beginning promptly at 11:30 a.m.  Please meet at the Olive Baptist Church, New Warrington Campus, 103 Winthrop Avenue, Pensacola NTL at promptly 11:00 a.m.  At that time The Patriot Guard will be escorting us to the Funeral Site where the Hurlburt Honor Guard will be presenting Arms.


Mike L. Cinko
Extremely proud son of a Bad Ass Spectre AC130 Aerial Gunner



Our very own William "Bill" Walter has completed publishing 2 excellent historical books on SPECTRE now available on Amazon and any Major Book Store.  Bill is also offering signed copied by contacting him via email:  billwalter105@gmail.com


Big shout out to Jerry, Mike, Fred, Dick, Duane and Norm for helping move all the inventory and other Spectre stuff from the old warehouse to the new storage facility. Took us about 3 ½ hours from start to end. Very pleased with our new location and everything fit nicely on the new storage racks. 


Renee and I went back to the storage room today and put all the inventory bins in order and rearranged the other items and boxes.


Thank you ALL… couldn’t have done this in one day by myself.


Ed Rodriguez
Spectre Association Quartermaster



“It is with great sadness, Gunship I/O, William "Bill" Patterson passed away last night 06/16/2022. Former Vietnam veteran who survived two "shoot-downs" of his AC-130 Gunship during missions over Vietnam. He fought his final battle and made the best in life that he could. Rest Bill... you earned peace now. We SALUTE you Bill... Services: Friday June 24, 2022 at Emerald Coast Funeral Home. Viewing 10am-12pm, Next Funeral will be held at the Funeral Home at 12pm. 1pm - the burial will take place at Memorial parkway cemetery (a short drive from the funeral home to the cemetery) Food or cards can be sent to the Patterson’s residents or directly to Tammy Patterson 35 Anastasia drive, Fort Walton Beach Florida, 32548 Flowers should be sent to the funeral home by this Thursday June 23 if you would like them to be displayed or layed at the burial. Emerald Coast Funeral Home Fort Walton Beach, Fl 32548.
From Bill's Daughter Sonya: "My dad, William Patterson past away Thursday night after he suffered a massive stroke on Sunday. The stroke was caused from Pancreatic cancer that had spread to the spleen, liver, and lungs which happened at a rapid speed. My dad past unexpectedly from cancer that went undetected. My dad didn’t qualify for life insurance due to exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. This has left my mom with a huge expense for his funeral. She is asking family and friends for help at this time. The money will be put towards the all funeral costs. Anything is greatly appreciated at this time and we thank you in advance for you donations." Here is the link to the GoFundMe Page to help with Funeral Expenses: https://gofund.me/b61d52e3”


Sad news this morning... we received a call that CMSgt (retired) Ray Coons passed away yesterday, April 17, 2022. RIP Ray. No further information was given on Services.


It is with a heavy heart we give a slow hand salute to Col Ron Terry "Father of the Gunships" who passed away yesterday. We will be posting memorial/funeral information as we receive it. We have shared an article from the Air Commando Journal about Col Terry's experiences with the early gunships.



THANK YOU to Jim Gary for the following info on Don's Services.
Don Richardson funeral services will be held in St. George Utah. Friday 8th for viewing and Saturday 9th for service.
If you are attending please comment below so the family can plan for a room to accommodate all in attendance.
A large turnout is expected because he was a ROTC high school teacher.
Metcalf Mortuary
300 W St George Blvd, St George 84770
Google them for obituary and viewing/burial details.
I booked a room at best western settlers point +1 (435) 986-7788.
It’s spring break right now and there’s a 2 night minimum. They had rooms available. Not many other hotels did.

Al Cinko passed away on 10/21/21 in Wichita Falls, Tx. Al had recently been moved from his home to a comfort/care facility near his home in Wichita Falls, TX. 

The tentative plan is for a memorial service to be held in Fort Walton Beach in October 2022 just prior to the annual Spectre Reunion. Internment of Al's ashes in Barrancas National Cemetery will follow the service.


William Robert Allen II February 11, 1948 ~ May 2, 2021 (age 73) VIce President Spectre Association William R. Allen, age 73, passed away suddenly on Sunday, May 2, 2021 in Fort Walton Beach, FL. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Dianne, and his two daughters, Shannon Allen and Angela King; stepson, Lawrence Cinko; three grandchildren and countless friends and colleagues. Bill served in the USMC during Vietnam and enlisted shortly thereafter in the USAF. Bill worked out of Hurlburt Field with the 16th SOS SPECTRE Squadron until his discharge. After the military, Bill primarily focused on Real Estate and his family. He enjoyed golfing and was a member of Unity of Fort Walton Beach Church. Bills charisma and unique outlook on life will forever be missed by many who knew him. A visitation will take place on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home followed by a funeral service at 11:00 A.M. Bill will be laid to rest at Barrancas National Cemetery with Military Honors at 2:00 P.M. Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed and viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of William Robert Allen II, please visit our floral store. ***************

SAD News:

CMSGT (Ret) Glenn Lemay, AC-130 Spectre Sensor Operator has passed away due to COVID Complications. No Service or Memorial word. Glenn is to be cremated. A wonderful guy, fierce Warrior, Mentor to so many and an outstanding Senior NCO. R.I.P. our friend.


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 was held Sunday, May 26th , 2020 at 1 p.m., the day before Memorial Day. There was multiple dignitaries attending and they payed special tributes to our local fallen heroes!



The Website Menu is having issues and we are working on a fix for the menu. Also, our Web Hosting company was forced to remove all of their provided web applications that we (and all the thousands of their customers) that we used for years such as "Buddy List" Spectre Forum, "In Search Of" and others we used due to security. We are in search now of other applications to replace the ones we had. Sorry for any inconvenience but rather than chance identity theft, this was a needed response. You will find the links on our menu are not operational until we find safe, suitable substitutes.


Remember to email all documents for the reunion to reunion@spectre-association.org (not .com)


(Check out the 2016 Reunion Summary Below: )

2016 Reunion Spotlight


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":

Spectre Gunship Rings
Now Available to order



Spectre Gunships in Action

 Pappy Gallagher:  Eagle Claw, Day 2



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