Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base
Personnel Contact Page
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added 4/11/00, Last updated
UPDATE - on January 17, 2014 my
wife and I completed the sale of our Maine home and we are now
settling into our California home to be nearer our grand
children. Until we get established and organized in California
anticipate delays with homepage updates
and my replies to your emails. With this move the only valid
email for webmaster Larry
Westin is firstname.lastname@example.org - several
areas on my Batcat pages continue to show our previous Maine address and
phone number. I'm in the process of correcting those areas to show
my new contact information, which is Larry Westin, 21721 Verde St.,
Tehachapi, California 93561, phone (661) 823-4707.
Paul Albrecht email@example.com - Added
Return to the
Paul Albrecht did two tours at Korat.
Assigned to Batcat 553 OMS. Jan69-Mar70
and Mar71-Jan72. Aircraft Maintenance
Phase Docks. Now living in Shelby Twp.,Mich.
Dick Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org -
RMT (in-flight tech) first wave, crew 4
Arrived at Korat AFB Nov 67 with the 553 Recon Sq.
1111 Danbury Dr.
Mansfield Tx, 76063
Cell phone (817) 907-2842
Benjamin L. Andrus email@example.com -
Ben Andrus was a co-pilot, and then an
aircraft commander with the 554th. Andrus
was at Korat from April 1970 till January 1971.
Richard P. (Dick) Arnold firstname.lastname@example.org -
554th Aircraft Commander, flew 60 missions with the first crew 29
Then Chief of Maintenance QC from Dec 67 to Dec 68
Retired as Major from AF in July 72, then to the FAA as Senior
Executive Product Team leader for GPS and Navigation systems
Retired from the FAA after 41 years federal service on Dec 31, 1996
After FAA I served on the AF Scientific Advisory Board for 3 years
and the civilian AF GPS Requirements Review Board for 5 years
Opened a photography and consulting business in York, ME for 6 years
Consulted with several corporations for a few years after retirement
Quit all that when I turned 70. I am now eighty
Lanny "Augie" Auberg LABunky@aol.com - Added 07/17/08.
Sgt. USAF, Korat from nov 1967 until June 1968, crew 10
Living in Surprise AZ in the winter and
Marshfield WI in the summer
Cell phone (623) 210-4434
Jake Awalt email@example.com
- Added 08/06/06, updated 07/27/13.
553rd EMS, Crypto shop, supervisor was TSgt. Hays from Big
Arrived Otis AFB April 1967, Departed Otis for Korat Oct. 21,
Departed Korat Oct. 1968 to Bangkok, then on to Hill AFB, Utah
months before discharge.
3113 Buckthorn Lane
Argyle, Texas 76226 (outside of Denton,Texas)
Home Phone (940) 387-0271
Mobile Phone (361) 652-0271
Dave Baird firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 10/17/08.
554RS Aug 68- Feb 69 Crew 38 (Maj Rip Fox AC) Co-pilot
Feb 69- Aug 69, Det 1 at NKP flying the YQU-22A
Returned to Thailand many times as a United Air Lines DC-10
Korat was usually our alternate for Bangkok
Now retired and living in Eastern Oregon
Dick Baker email@example.com -
Added 4/11/00, Updated
Bud Barbee firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 12/27/08.
I arrived in Thailand in November 1969, flew 71 missions
as A/C, was Wing Executive Officer May 70-Nov 70.
1215 Main Rd. #231
Tiverton, RI 02878
Jim Barcus - Added 11/08/01, updated 11/23/08.
Aircraft engine mechanic in the 553rd OMS
beginning in April 1967. Participated
with "Dune Moon Force 4" at Eglin AFB.
departed Otis for Korat in Oct. 1967, and
stayed until Oct. 1968. Returned TDY to
Korat March 1969 to June 1969.
Follow Up - Jim Barcus passed
away on January 26, 2005 at Mercy
Hospital, Canton, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Jenny
and daughter Jennifer Ambs who now reside in Lexington, KY.
Jennifer is interesting in hearing from anyone who knew her
Paul Barry email@example.com - Added 06/28/02,
553rd FMS Feb 1970-Feb 1971
625 Maple St.
Elko, Nevada 89801
Jim Bartholomew - Added 4/11/00, updated 01/27/10.
Combat Information Monitor, 554RS, May 69-May70.
Follow Up - Jim Bartholomew
passed away 02/04.
Erwin (Erv) Becker firstname.lastname@example.org - added
554th, Crew 28, May 69 - May 70
Currently resides in Wetumpka, AL
Don Benedict email@example.com -
Stationed at Otis AFB Jul67-Nov67, and Korat RTAFB
553rd Organizational Maintenance Squadron (OMS), Flight
Now living Canisteo, NY 14823
James Bertram Jimmiereb@comcast.net - Added
USAFÂ Ret'd Aircraft Commander, Crew 8
553rd,Â Jul 68-Jun 69
140 Tierra Encantada
Corrales NM, 87048
Peter Birren firstname.lastname@example.org -
553rd EMS aircraft radio repairman - specialized in the
Arrived in Korat September 1968 via Shaw, Otis and Lackland
Departed for home October 1969
Living in Elk Grove IL, married to the same woman since
self-employed graphic designer since '75,
flying hang gliders since '77
Earned the National Aeronautics Safety Award in 2006
Jim Bishop email@example.com - Added
CIM, at Korat from about Sept. 67
(part of the first wave) until about
Aug. or Sept 1968. Was part of Major
Macafee's squad in the 553rd. After Korat
was stationed at McCoy AFB, Florida, and spent
his last 2 years in the service there.
Lonnie Blankenship firstname.lastname@example.org
- added 04/11/00, updated
554th Recon Sq as a CIM from May 1969 through April 1970
Ralph Blankenship email@example.com -
Arrived Otis AFB 4/67, left Korat 9/69
240 Missions as a CIM with the 553rd RCS starting out
with "Swatec's Sooper Snoopers."
Larry Blaylock firstname.lastname@example.org -
Capt. Larry D. Blaylock USAF/RETIRED
202 Legend Dale
San Antonio, TX 78258.
Gerald Boisen Gboisen@aol.com - Added 01/19/11.
Assigned to 553rd on Crew 7 from Oct '67-'69.
Retired from Air Force '93.
Live in Port Richey, FL
Ron Bogota ThaiVet69@comcast.net - Added
Crew bus driver 388th Trans Sq assigned to haul
BATCAT flight crews from the 554 th Sq Sept 68-69.
Peter Bono email@example.com - Added
I was at Korat from 11/67 to 10/68 assigned to the 554th
as a CIM. I am now living in E.Northport, (L.I.) N.Y.
Timothy Bopp firstname.lastname@example.org -
552nd Reconnisance Wing at Mclellan AFB, then assigned
and worked the 553rd FMS at Korat RTAFB from Oct 68 to Sept
Did a short assignment to Udorn when the Korat runway was
Then assigned with the 338th FIS until May 1970 when I was
honorably discharged from active service. Still working,
currently reside in Gilbert, Arizona.
TSgt. Bill Borror BWB67@aol.com - Added 08/01/04.
Crew #1, RMT 553rd, Jan 1969 to Jan 1970.
Flew 105 missions, 1222hrs.
11410 Lima Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78213
Jim Bost email@example.com - added
At Korat August 1968 to August 1969.
Navigator, flew with Major Dan Creager's crew.
James W. Bourdeau firstname.lastname@example.org - Added
I was in the 554th Squardon. I was an instructor and Stand
type. Comm Tech on Crew 29 (Major "Hap" Arnold's
After flying 2 + years on the E3A as an inflight technician
Tinker AFB, I retired M/SGT USAF.
David Boyd email@example.com -
added 10/26/08, updated
1013 E. 17 Street N.
Newton, IA 50208
Warren Breedlove firstname.lastname@example.org -
Son of Wareen Breedlove Sr., who was ACICO on crew 40
Warren would like to hear from anyone who knew his father
contact via email, or telephone at:
Work - (214) 670-3768
Home - (972) 420-9766
Dan Brimmer Batcat38@gmail.com - added
554 Reconnaissance Squadron, Crew 37, 1967 to 1969.
Currently living in Suwanee, GA
Dave Brown Jr. email@example.com - Added 09/27/09.
Son of Dave Brown Sr., who was A/C on the second crew 4
Dave would like to hear from anyone who was on his crew
or knew his father at Korat.
Dave Brown Sr. passed away August 21, 2009
Roger Brown firstname.lastname@example.org -
2276 Canyonville Drive
Henderson, NV 89044
Rick (Rollo) Broyer Broyerfam@aol.com - Added 11/11/03,
Served with the 554th Recon Squardon 12/68 to 12/69.
I served on crew 40 until about July 1969, then worked
in Base Ops until my return to the States in December.
Was then stationed at Tyndall AFB, Panama City, FL
Until discharged. Went to Cal State Northridge,
worked at the VA for 10 years, then a large Southern California HMO
Retired in 2011, I now live in a small Central California,
Sierra Mountain Community of Oakhurst.
Bob Bulen email@example.com
- Added 11/18/05.
Batcat from April 1967 to April 1969.
Kelly H. Burke firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 02/02/05.
Served with the 553rd Wing from November 1968, to
November 1969. First served in the 553rd Recon Squadron
and later in the 554th Recon Squadron as an aircraft
commander, instructor pilot, and flight examiner. Part of
my tour spent in Bangkok as 7/13th Air Force liaison
officer to MACTHAI, the U.S. Embassy and the RTAF.
Retired as Lieutenant General
(Webmaster note - I believe Lieutenant
achieved the highest USAF rank of any Batcat! His
official USAF biography is available on the main
Mike Burroughs email@example.com -
Added 06/01/01, Updated
Assigned to the 554RS from Jul 68 to Jul 69
Served as CICO on Crew 32
15110 Kamary Lane
San Antonio TX 78247-5424
Chuck Butt firstname.lastname@example.org -
23656 Stonyriver Place
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Home phone: (239) 949-1928
Cell phone: (239) 565-8649
John W. Card email@example.com -
553rd from late 1969 to mid 1970 on Lt. Co. Aldrich's
"Fat Cat" Crew 23-3 as a Flight Engineer
Robert Casella Popacass@aol.com - Added 10/23/05.
Parachute rigger with the 553rd FMS and also the 388th
Mike Cassidy firstname.lastname@example.org - added
CICO on the first Crew 29. At Korat Nov 67-Nov 68
Spent 29 years in the AF and retired as an 0-6 in 1995
Ron Castle email@example.com - Added
Crew member with the third crew 28, from January 1970 to February
P.O. Box 421074
Del Rio, Texas 78842
Jonathan J. Christian firstname.lastname@example.org - Added
I was a CIM on crew 26 and others
554th Sq from Oct 67 to Apr 69
JONATHAN J. CHRISTIAN, SMSgt, USAFR 302 OSF/DOO
P.O. Box 241
Cripple Creek, CO 80813
Charlotte Holder Clinger email@example.com
- Added 02/14/09.
553rd DCOI - Intelligence,
(Webmaster note - 2nd Lieutenant
now Col. USAF ret. Charlotte Clinger, was the first
WAF (Women in the Air Force) assigned to Batcat. See
opening Batcat page for her article.)
Robin Collord firstname.lastname@example.org -
Initial Cadre of 553rd Flight Crews in March 1967
After retirement, American Airlines Check Airman
Instructor in the MD-11 and B777
Live on a small Ranch North of Ft. Worth, Texas
and a citrus grove in the Rio Grande Valley. Come visit!
Lionel Dave Coon email@example.com -
Initially assigned to crew 26-2, Almonds Nuts
Transferred to the detachment 1 at NKP the second
half of my tour to fly the QU-22, then reassigned
to Eglin AFB as an instructor with the 424 TAST unitl
the Pave Eagle project was terminated
now live in Portland, Oregon, and am retired
Thomas Connelly firstname.lastname@example.org -
Flew on crew #11, Barnie's Bandits (Jan 68-Sep 68)
Rtn to Otis as RO on EC-121H. Other flight assignments
include: 1 SOS-Kadena AB, Japan and 8 TDCS-Tinker AFB, OK
Retired Nov 82 (MSgt). Pastor in the 11th Episcopal
of the AME Church, now live at
Leesburg, FL 34748
Ron Cox email@example.com - Added 01/13/10.
OIC of the 553rd EMS Communications Shop in 1969
John D. Crowson firstname.lastname@example.org - added
AF17738576, Sgt. 1967-1968 Korat,
553rd Reconnaissance Squadron and Wing,
Green Bay Packer Backer Ice Bowl 1967-68
1200 18th St. E #42
Hastings, MN 55033
Rich Custer RCus@aol.com
- Added 05/11/02.
553rd Recon Sq, first crew 9
Flew 84 missions fall 67-Aug 68
Now lives in Houston Texas
Dennis Daniels email@example.com -
Assigned to the 554th RS Otis AFB September 1967 as CIM
Deployed to Korat RTAFB in November 67 - September 68
CIM crew 10
Charles Dannheiser firstname.lastname@example.org - added
I was at Korat from October 1967 to
October 1968 as a co-pilot on Maj. Joe Reed's
crew in the 553 Recon SQ. I am now living in
Dave Degregorio email@example.com -
Added 10/22/00, updated
I was orderly room/ops/admin/exec and commander's
clerk from 9/69 to 9/70 in the 554th Recon Sq.
My buddies, like Meek and Francis J. Gaudin Jr,
decided to call me "Big L", as in "EL
Ron DeGroff firstname.lastname@example.org
or email@example.com - Added 04/11/00, updated 04/26/11.
3204 Piero Avenue
Toledo, OH 43615-1344
Lance DeLaruelle firstname.lastname@example.org -
added 09/27/03, updated
Radio Operator July 68 - July 69
Crew #7, Major Clark was the Aircraft Commander,
other crewmembers, Kittrell, Jack ?, EWO: Capt Mac
2675 Kittbuck Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
Stephen Deni email@example.com
- Added 05/02/02.
Korat Aug. 1968 to March 1970
Now MSgt. Pennsyvalnia ANG
Willow Grove ARS, Pa. 19090
Paul W Desrosiers firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 08/15/00.
Paul was a CIM on Crew 33 from April 69 to April 70 554RCS.
84 Concord St.
Fall River Mass. 02723
Rick Dietly email@example.com
- Added 09/11/12.
553 OMS, Korat [First Wave] Nov 67-Dec 68, worked flight line
grave shift; launch, recovery and aircraft maintenance.
Went to Madrid, Spain after Korat for four years then to
Dyess AFB Tx. with a year in Iceland then back to Dyess.
Retired Mar. 1983 and stayed in Abilene, TX
Steve Dmytriw firstname.lastname@example.org -
Batcat pilot with the 553rd January 1970 to December 1970
Was "allowed" to come back as Disco pilot with College
552nd, TDY 1971 and 1972; Took the first Batcat Connie back to
boneyard as copilot with Jon Preus December 1970. Blew a
going into Wake Island attended the Wake Island Christmas
while waiting for parts from the states.
100 Quietwood Dr.
Vacaville, CA 95688
Charles Dochenetz email@example.com -
E-4 Sgt. at Korat 1967 to 1968
553rd FMS AGE shop
2 years at Mcguire AFB after leaving Korat
Retired Ford Research, NVH (Sound & Vibration) 2007
Ron Donley - Added 03/08/09, - updated 08/25/11.
Otis AFB 551 FMS engine shop flight line and
phase docks from Nov 1966 - August of 1968
Korat RTAFB with the 553 FMS engine
shop working the flight line
Follow Up - Ron Donley passed
Mike Doran RMDoran@aol.com - Added 10/21/12, updated 08/22/13.
Former Aircraft Radio Repairman (Keesler/Otis/Korat)
879 Peach Leaf Drive
Dayton, OH 45458
David Dotson firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 08/29/06.
CIM Nov 67 to Jun 69, 553rd Reconaissance Squadron
Crew #10 "Flings Ferrets." Retired from the USAF 1 Jul
Presently resides in Indianapolis
George "Bull" Durham email@example.com -
added 06/11/05, updated
Navigator on crew 34
Joe Eno firstname.lastname@example.org -
CIM Jan 69 to Sept 69 with crew 11
737 Carquinez Way
Martinez, Calif. 94553-1508
Dave Finkel DaveF555@aol.com - Added 01/18/03.
Combat Information Monitor, ACICO
Oct70 - Dec71
Richard "Rich" Fiske email@example.com - Added 09/27/12.
CIM-G, AACT, Cockpit operator, etc at TFA
Now living in Massachusetts
John Flood firstname.lastname@example.org - Added
Korat RTAFB from May 69 - Oct 69 as a CIM
Bernard Flory Claude_A_Flory@dom.com -
553rd Aircraft commander at Korat RTAFB 1968 - 1969
Contact through his son Claude, now living in Connecticut
Ray Franks Raymond.email@example.com -
added 09/09/06, updated
CICO crew 15, 553rd Recon Squadron, August 13, 1968 - September
Aircraft Commanders Maj. Fred Fullington and Lt. Col. Anton
Currently Lt. Col. South Carolina State Guard,
Commander Military History Detachment.
I gave up my Infantry Battalion August 15, 2005, Retired July 01,
Came into the South Carolina Guard after 9/11
William T. French firstname.lastname@example.org -
Served on Crew 5 (2), Nov. 1968 to Nov. 1969
William T. French, Ltc. Retd.
8349 Chason Rd. E.
Jacksonville, FLÂ 32244
Monty Freshwater, MAJ(Ret), USA email@example.com -
Served in Korat with 553rd Recon Sq from Sep 68-Sep 69
Co-pilot (1LT) on crew with Lt Col Bullinger as A/C (not sure of
Later during my tour flew YQU-22A at NKP
Follow on assignment was flying KC-135 at Barksdale AFB
Later served on active duty with Army as veterinarian, retiring
Would welcome hearing news/information from former crew
LeRoy "Roy" Fretschl firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 10/08/09,
Original first wave Batcat
408 Finson Road
St. Albans, ME 04971-7311
Bob Friedman email@example.com - added
ACICO, Crew 10, 553rd Recon Sq, Oct 69 - Jul 70. Retired
PO Box 300459
Arlington, TX 76007
Lynn Gates firstname.lastname@example.org - added
CIM, Crew 9, 553rd Recon Sq, Jul 69 - Sept 70.
100 Missions, 1149 Combat Hours.
1909 Sandhurst Dr.
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Gary Gaudioso email@example.com - Added 01/13/10.
553rd Recon Sq., served at Korat from 11/68 to 9/69
CIM, flew with Crew #10
Currently live in Hopewell Jct., New York
Josh Gavin Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org - Added
I was assigned to the 553rd from the 551st
in early 1967. Was deployed to Korat in the
fall of '67 (I think October), returned to
Travis AFB for discharge in Sept. of '68.
I attained the rank of Sgt. (E-4).
I was in the Field Maintenance Squadron Electric shop.
510 Emory Court
Tallahassee, Fl 32310
Home phone (850) 575-9550
Work phone (850) 414-7136
James F. Geimer email@example.com - Added 02/23/11.
SMSgt, retired, 553 EMS Radio Shop, Dec 1968 - Dec 1969
NCOIC 388TFW Radio Shop, Jan 1973 - Jan 1974. Same
but a different room. Retired from Castle AFB Nov 1978,
still living in Atwater, California
Gregory Gibson firstname.lastname@example.org
- added 08/01/00, updated
Greg (HOOT) Gibson, Oct 69 to Sept 70, was
on crew 40 as a CIM. I was in the 554 Recon Sq.
Home phone (702) 683-0517
Tim Gomez email@example.com - Added 04/29/05.
554th OMS crew chief at Korat. During Gomez's USAF
career he was assigned to all USAF Connie units: 551st AEW&C
the 552nd AEW&C wing, the 966th Squadron and 553rd Recon
Later cross trained as a flight engineer on Connies. Now working
Lockheed at Marietta, Georgia as a flight engineer on the
Joe Gonzales firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 4/11/00,
I live in Clinton, Utah. I was at Korat from Sep 68 to July
I was in the 554th. I was a radio tech. on Crew 26.
Ron Grayson Rgraysone@aol.com - Added 08/01/05.
Crew Chiefed on 499 with Bill Clontz for 17 of the 23
at Korat, then ran engines, worked for maintenance support.
Larry Graves email@example.com -
Part of the original wing members at Otis early March 1967.
Deployed to Korat in Sept. 1967.
Bill Grosick firstname.lastname@example.org -
Started with the 553rd at Otis in April 67
Korat the first of Nov. 67 until the end of Oct. 68
I worked in the AGE shop, 553rd FMS
Burt Gunn email@example.com - Added 07/31/09.
Crew 1 from July 69 to May 70
Address Oct to May
12681 Ironwood Dr
Yuma, AZ 85367
Addres May to Oct
420 Stringham Rd
Rockford, WA 99030
Robert Gurley - Added 02/16/12,
553rd EMS 68-69, worked the Phase Dock and flight
line for the Com/Nav shop. At Charleston before coming
to Korat. (437 CEMS, C-141A and C-124)
Arley Hamilton Arley@arleysplace.com - added
Worked in the COMM shop from Dec. 67 to Dec. 68, I was the
last of the original COMM shop people to rotate to Korat.
PO Box 81317
Mobile, AL 36689
Don Hamilton firstname.lastname@example.org -
Maurice Hammack email@example.com -
Korat, Oct '67 to Oct '68
Don Haren firstname.lastname@example.org - added
Radio Operator on crew 28 from July 1968 to July 1969
Capt. Thompson aircraft commander
Now retired and living in Hawaii
Bob Harper email@example.com -
Added 6/8/00, updated
Assigned to Crew 38 11/67 to 11/68
8119 Belmont Drive
Alma, AR 72921
William E. "Gene" Heflin firstname.lastname@example.org -
553rd Recon Squadron, at Korat 10/68 to 10/69
Radio operator and CIM on crew 5, 96 missions
AC Lt. Col. Warren G. Williams
27 Chimney View Lane
Springfield, Illinois 62707-9306
Bill Herridge email@example.com
- Added 04/17/04.
553rd EMS Nav Aids Shop, at Korat from Oct 68 to Nov 69.
Now living in Gatesville, Texas.
Mark Hoffmann firstname.lastname@example.org
- added 3/21/04, updated
553rd OMS Nov 68 to Nov 69, Assitant Crew Chief
Came from McClellan AFB, California
Finished service at Grissom AFB, Indiana
Now living in New Berlin, Wisconsin, working
as Powertrain Engineer at Harley-Davidson
Bill Holbrook email@example.com
- added 04/11/00, updated 10/25/12.
I was assigned to the 553rd in May of 67. PCS'd to Otis and
there when the first connie arrived. I was assigned as aircrew
474 as en route maintenance in Nov 67 when the unit deployed
Korat. There I was assigned to the 553rd instrument shop
was part of the EMS sqdn.
18440 N. 43rd Dr
Glendale, AZ 85308
Charlie Hollis firstname.lastname@example.org
- Added 09/13/09, updated 01/30/12.
CIM on the first crew 28, I was part of Dune
Moon at Eglin and came back to Otis as a R/O
Eugene C. Horecka - added 08/01/00,
Eugene C. Horecka (lil beaver) Msgt Ret. Flight Engineer
at Korat from11/68 to 10/69. 553rd on the
crew. "If you care enough to send the very best."
Returned to Norton as a C-141 flight engineer.
Lt. Col. William Ritter was my A/C.
Follow Up - Eugene C. Horecka
passed away 2011.
Ron Huff email@example.com -
Korat RTAFB, September 1968-August 1969
CICO on Crew 16 "Creager's Crowd" and then
flew with A/C Kelly Burke when Dan Left
Co-pilot Pete Giroux, Nav Jim Bost, 107 Combat missions
1121 hours, 3 TDYs to TFA at NKP
Retired from USAF in June 1994 as Colonel
6713 Olympia Hills Rd
Fort worth, TX 76132
William L. Huffman firstname.lastname@example.org -
TSgt. William L. Huffman, CIM 1971-1972
Retired, living in Rohnert Park, CA
Would like to hear from members of flying crew
James L. Humphrey email@example.com -
554 Recon Sq. Apr 69 - Apr 70 as a CIM, flew 89 missions, I was a Sgt.
3 Air Medals, completed a BA and 3 Masters Degrees, retired from the Air Force
31 Dec 93 as a Major. 2 assignments with Air Force Reserve Officer Training
Corps (AFROTC). My officer career was spent as an Acquisition Manager,
I worked acquisition of Guided Weapons, Range Sensors and Testing Equipment
and Weather Equipment. At retirement my position was outsourced to Science
Applications International Corporation (SAIC), I was hired back into it where
I worked until Jul 2007 when I retired.
Donald J. Hunt DJ@DJHunt.us - Added 12/30/00,
Sgt Donald J. Hunt, AF12761794, CIM
554rd Reconnaissance Squadron April 1969 - April 1970
150 Pratt Road
Fitchburg, MA 01420
We were the "Buzzard Bay Bastards"
Bob James firstname.lastname@example.org -
Msgt USAF Retired.
Flight Engineer C-141; EC-121R; EC-135N and E-4 a/b
1896 Sonoma Ranch Blvd.
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Mick Jameson email@example.com
- Added 02/10/05.
554 Recon Squadron Crew 33 co-pilot, August 1968 through May
Upgraded to aircraft commander in 554 Recon Squadron (forgot crew
Departed the end of July 1969.
Mike Jankowski MJANKOWSKI@Q.COM - added 07/07/03,
Assigned to Batcat when the unit was formed at Otis AFB
Deployed to Korat in Oct 1967 on C-141.
Clyde Jelinek firstname.lastname@example.org -
Added 01/20/07, updated 02/23/12.
ACICO on crew 5 in the 553rd squadron August 1969.
to August 1970. Flew 102 Missions.
Cliff Jensen cliff_Jensen@1stwave553rdreconwing.com
- Added 12/08/03, updated
CIM on 1st crew 39, Major Arch Heckler AC
Best friends on the crew were Nick Brayer,
Jim Satterwaite, Rick Weiner, and John Mink.
Now living in Las Vegas, working at Sam's Town.
Andrew D. Jones AAMJo@aol.com
- Added 03/04/13.
Assigned to Batcat when the unit was formed at Otis AFB
Deployed to Korat in Oct 1967 on C-141
Assigned to 553rd FMS (Mechanical Accessories)
Retired and living in Massachusetts
James H. "Jim" or "Jorgy" Jorgensen
553d Recon Sq from Jan 69 until Sep 69, Crew # 4, Brown's
As SSgt served as a CIM and an ACICO. Accepted a Personnel
Officer appointment in the US Army, spent last 7 1/2 in the
Graduated from Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames, IA in
while serving an assignment at AFROTC Det 250, ISU. Retired at
years in 1985 as CW2, USA, and returned to Ames, IA in
4207 Westbrook Drive
Ames, IA 50014-3472
George Kamburoff email@example.com -
I was a tech in the 553d Electronics Maintenance Squadron,
Assigned March, 1967,
arrived Otis AFB, May, 1967,
deployed to Korat 11/67,
returned to US 11/68
533 Westover Lane
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Bill Keaveney firstname.lastname@example.org -
Helped form the original 553rd at Otis AFB, deployed with the
3 aircraft from McClellan AFB, and became NCOIC of the
and autopilot shop 553rd EMS. Returned for a second tour in 1969
same position in the 553rd EMS, where I coached the EMS softball
to the base championship! Returned to the U.S., stationed at
where I retired in 1971. Would be pleased to hear from other EMS
Robert Keeyes email@example.com -
I was assigned to 553 FMS Prop Shop at
1695 Arnheim Ct.
El Cajon, CA 92021
Wayne Kemp (SSgt) firstname.lastname@example.org -
RMT assigned to Col. LeTang's crew, 1/69 to 10/69
2507 Oakrill Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
Dan Kilburn email@example.com - Added 03/02/01.
Dan Kilburn was CICO on Major Don Arth's
crew from Dec 67 to Dec 68. Retired Lt Col,
now living in Punta Gorda, FL.
Gary Kindle firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 07/30/12.
1st wave Batcat that was a Cim on Crew 31
now retired and living in Lakeland, FL
Douglas Kimbrough email@example.com -
I was with the 553rd in the comm shop and
worked on both the lovely "A" able and
baker row's, better known as the flight line.
Time in Korat was Nov. 69 thru Nov. 70.
970 Steeplechase Road
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Stephen Klinicki Stephen.Klinicki@mci.com -
Kirk Kohn firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 10/04/05.
CIM in the 554th May 1969 to September 1970
flew mostly with crew 37, Lt. Col. Norman and Maj. Yee
Also worked in scheduling
12950 N. Beck Rd.
Plymouth, MI 48170
Dennis Koth email@example.com - Added 11/11/13.
553rd FMS engine shop 1968-69
Ken Krueger - Added 09/06/09, updated 08/13/13.
553rd OMS, Sarted at Otis the latter part of 1967 going
to McClellan in Nov. 1967 Then to Korat in Dec 1967.
Ran the 780 equipment section most of the time. Currently
retired living in a small northern California town of
1810 2nd Ave
Sutter, CA 95982
Follow Up - Ken Krueger passed
Joe Krussel firstname.lastname@example.org - added
554th from Feb 69 to Feb 70, Co-Pilot on crew 38 with Lt. Col.
and later Lt. Col. Bud Barbee, I was a 1st Lt. at the time.
St. Louis, MO 63109
Greg Krzyzak email@example.com -
Added 3/2/01, updated
Assigned to 551st FMS, Otis AFB, MA from
Aug 1966 to Nov 1968. Was then PCS'd to
Korat, 553 FMS, Nov 1968 to Feb 1971 (had
two voluntary extensions). I worked as an
Aircraft Air Conditioning & Pressurization
Mechanic, also known as Heat, Vent, &
Refrigeration (HVR). Looking to make contact
with other co-workers.
518 Bowstring Dr.
Clifton, CO 81520-7983
John D. LaBonte Sr. - Added
Sgt. 553rd FMS, Korat RTAFB Nov. 1969 to Oct. 1970,
1801 East Warlow Drive, SPC 6,
Gillette, Wyoming 82716
Follow Up - John D. LaBonte Sr.
passed away 12/11/11.
Larry H. Lancaster firstname.lastname@example.org - Added
Trained at Otis to take over maintenance from Radiation,
Korat from November 1968, 553rd EMS
Rural carrier with the US Postal Service
Living in Somerset, KY
Bob Langenhan email@example.com -
553 OMS, Korat Oct 67-Nov68, worked flight line
grave shift; launch, recovery and aircraft maintenance.
Returned to Otis AFB Dec 68-Feb 70 as crew chief on H model
San Rafael, CA
Bob Langevin Rlang7613@aol.com - Added 02/02/05.
Assigned to the 553rd as a CIM 1970-1971. During this
period the wing was deactivated and one squadron became
part of the 388th TFW. Never assigned to a specific crew as
crewmembers switched often. Retired as a TSgt., now
living in Watertown, CT
Dale Lautenbach firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 02/02/08.
Original Batcat at Otis, instructed for a coupole months
first deployment. Arrived TSN airbase at the start of
made a hasty departure and arrived Korat January 68 and
January 69. First crew 11-Barnies Bandits.
Lionel (Chuck) Lavoie email@example.com - added 04/11/00,
554 Recon Sq., Flight Engineer, Korat RTAFB,
Apr 1970 - Dec 1970
2614 Southern Oaks Dr.
Cantonment, FL 32533-3820
Gerald W. "BUTCH" Lazaroff firstname.lastname@example.org
- Added 08/22/09.
Joined the 553 Recon Sq in June 1967
CICO on Maj. Graham Flings' Crew #1
Flew 107 missions, 1500+ combat hours
Now retired living in San Antonio, TX
Home phone (210) 481-0920
Thomas Leatherwood email@example.com -
Added 08/08/08, updated 01/17/12.
961stAEW Otis from Sep 1967 to Jun 1969
Assigned to 553rd Sq/ Crew 10
June 1969 to May 1970 - Left 1 mo early to ferry #500 to Boneyard
Flew C141s out of Travis for next 2 yrs.
Retired MSgt 1982
Worked for Rockwell International as QA Field Rep on B-1B
Currently live in Sturgis, SD
Emmett F. Lennon Charl1eman@cs.com - added 05/28/07.
Aug 68 - Dec. 1969 served in Korat
8752 Derby Ct.
Dan LeSage firstname.lastname@example.org - Added
Camer with A/C #437 in September 1967, left in March 1969
113 Combat Missions, 1300+ Combat Hours with crews 33-1 and
Retired as Master Sergeant 1992, now a recruiter for TIMCO
Bob Levy Blevy42@aol.com - added 06/27/04,
Oct. 67 to Oct. 69, First aircrew from the 553rd to reach 100
before returning he flew more than 200 missions.
Now lives in Minneapolis, MN
Jim Lewis Aintnothing53@aol.com -
At Korat Oct. 1967 to Nov. 1968.
Now lives in Columbus, Ohio
John W. Linaburg - Added 02/23/11, updated 04/22/11.
553rd EMS - worked in the Radio Shop 1967-69
Retired from Norton AFB, CA June 1975
John W. Linaburg
1901 East Heather Avenue
Gilbert AZ 85234
(Webmaster note - TSgt. John Linaburg
was the first
Batcat to earn the Purple Heart for wounds received
from the enemy in combat. Deatils on Batcat
Follow Up - John Linaburg
passed away 03/09/11.
Robert (Bob) Look email@example.com - Added 09/09/05.
Otis AFB Apr 67 to Oct 67
Korat AB Oct 67 to Sept 68
Helped set up and operate the temporary command
post while waitting for the headquarters building to be
Retired from Vance AFB, Ok Sept 78.
Korat Oct. 1967 to Nov. 1968.
PO Box 99
Ringwood, OK 73768
Bill Love W.P.LOVE@sbcglobal.net -
added 04/11/00, Added
266 Jamie Jack Drive
Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Ken Lowe firstname.lastname@example.org -
RMT, crew member in the lead Connie of the second group
of EC-121R's to leave Otis for Korat
Bob MacFarland Bmacf1120@aol.com - Added 09/0622/09.
Part of the first wave to go to Korat, I was a CIM
on crew 34 of the 554th Recon. Squadron from 1967-1968.
PO Box 127
East Dixfield, ME 04227
Phone: (207) 645-4078
Lee J. Magers, Col. USAF Ret. email@example.com -
Added 5/27/03, updated
A/C of Crew 29 from June 1968 until June 1969.
15169 Legend Oaks Ct.
Ft. Mill, SC 29707
Bob Malone firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 11/11/00,
Bob Malone, Sgt., was a RMT on the first crew 31, Hendley's
under Major (at the time) George Hendley. I arrived
in Nov 67 in the third wave of the initial deployment
to Korat from Otis. I departed in Nov '68 after
logging 1300 hrs of flight in the EC-121R's.
2210 High Pointe Dr.
Corinth, TX 76210
Mike Mannheimer email@example.com
- Added 08/01/11.
50 Spruce Drive
Boydton VA 23917
Home phone 252-257-9964
cell phone 703-581-4380
Assistant Wing CICO
June 69-Jul 70
Robert Mansfield firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 04/11/00.
Was part of the original Batcat members I came to Otis
in May of 67 from the 4410 Tac training wing at
Hurlbet Field in Fla. Was in the second wave of
people that went to Korat in Oct. of 67.
Daniel C. Marquez - Added 1/02/02, updated 08/14/11.
CIM/ACICO on crew 39 (Maj Arch Heckler, AC)
Nov 68, original group that started at Otis AFB. MA in Jul
Reassigned to 4753rd Air Defense Sqd Dec 68 as CIM instructor
Dec 69. Reassigned back to inflight refueling
Ellsworth AFB, SD and March AFB, CA. Retired as MSgt. Oct 78 from
Live in Torrington, WY
Follow Up - Daniel Marquez
passed away 08/13/11.
Mark Mason email@example.com -
553 OMS from October 1967 through October 1968
John S. (Bat) Masterson firstname.lastname@example.org
- Added 5/14/00, updated
CICO 554th Squadron June 1970 to January 1971.
410 Crescent Court
Lebanon, OH 45036-1610
Stan M. McClellan, JR email@example.com -
Flew 2 Tours at Korat RTAFB, Sept 69-Sept 70 and Dec
Post Military-Aviator in General Aviation as Freight/Corp
Flying for major corporations, mostly in the Southwest
Currently Flying as line Capt with Omni Air Transport
also flies Hawkers' "800XP" based out of Tulsa,
Lee (Leroy) McCraw firstname.lastname@example.org - added
CIM Crew 36
Richard Dean McCreary Dadre.D.McCreary@ice.dhs.gov -
Connie pilot, at Korat Dec. 1969 to June 1970, 554th Recon Squadron
email is for Dadre Dean McCreary, daughter of Richard
Dadre would like to hear from anyone who knew
Jim McCune - Added 03/02/01,
554 RS EW Crew 27
October 69 - August 70
Colonel USAF Retired
112 Woodridge Drive
Wetumpka, AL 36092
Follow Up - Jim McCune passed
away on December 19, 2012
Marvis V. "Mac" McDow - Added 11/29/12.
M/Sgt USAF, Arrived Otis AFB 4/67, left Korat 8/68
Worked in SAC ECM prior to this assignment, Retired 7-69.
Follow Up - Mac McDow passed
away on November 9, 2011
He is survived by his wife, Sandra McDow who would like to hear
from anyone who knew Mac while he was at Korat. Sandra can be reached at:
2037 Manorview Cir. NW
Salem, OR 97304
Tom McKinny email@example.com - added
Tom McKinny worked in the hydraulic shop,
Korat Sept. 1968 - Sept. 1969
1932 Sterling St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
David A. McLellan firstname.lastname@example.org -
1966-1968 - 551 OMS/FMS, Otis AFB, MA
1968-1969 - 9th SOS, Nha Trang AB, Vietnam
1969 - 551 FMS, Otis AFB, MA
1969-1972 552 FMS, McClellan AFB, CA/Kwangju AB, Korea
1972-1974 - 552 OMS/FMS, Korat RTAFB, Thailand
Current residence: Shalimar, FL
Michael Meehan email@example.com
& firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 01/01/12,
A1C Michael Meehan, CIM on second Crew 27
1145 Sutton Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45230
Phone work (800) 543-2884
Phone home (513) 231-9117
Phone cell (513) 477-8958
Larry Meeks email@example.com -
553rd EMS Nav Aids Shop Oct. 67 to Nov. 68
Part of the second wave from Otis AFB October 1967
Phillip W. Miller Phillip.Miller@bakerhughes.com -
553rd FMS Airframe Repairman, arrived at Otis AFB, April of 1967
TDY Eglin AFB, Hurlbet Field June and July 1967
Korat RTAFB, October 1967 through September 1968
Looking for the men with whom I served in Thailand
The other men in the Airframe shop were:
Sergeants - Lowery, Redd, Pate and Gillman
Airmen - James Robinson, Gary Bo, Jim Wentz, Robert Goode
Mobile phone (337) 322-4949
Percy D. Mills PMILLS@eufaula.rr.com - Added
1100 Whispering Pines Dr.
Eufaula, AL 36027-4877
John Montecalvo Sr. firstname.lastname@example.org -
Batcat on crew 8, 553RS from August 69 - August 70
also worked in the orderly room with a Dario Duchek, 702
and TSgt Tenant, First Sergeant
Greg Moore email@example.com -
553rd Recon Sqn, 17 Feb 69 - 27 Dec 69
Previously served with 964th AEW&C, 552nd AC&W
"College Eye" Crew #16, 13 Sep 67 - 24 Jan 68
Larry G. Moore Llmoore1624@aol.com -
Sgt. USAF, In-flight Tech, Korat Nov 1967 to June 1968
553rd, Crew10 - "Flings Farrets," 109 Missions
2220 Desert Circle
Las Cruces, N.M. 88001
Brent Morris firstname.lastname@example.org -
at Korat from late 69 to late 70, 553rd OMS
Crew Chief on C-121G 54-4056
Phillip Mullis PMullis@dycominc.com -
First wave Batcat, trained at Otis AFB on EC-121 1967.
Arrived Korat October 1967. Assigned to Prop Shop.
Served in Korat until October 1968 then to Bien Thui,
Vietnam until October 1969, Discharged as Staff Sgt.
Would love to hear from some of the guys in the prop
shop and engine shop during this same period.
Joe Murphy email@example.com
- Added 06/17/07.
Korat Nov 1968 - April 1969.
Task Force Alpha at NKP from June 69 to June 70
Home phone (850) 581-4884
Richard S. Napolitano Dicknapo@aol.com - Added 06/06/06.
Marshall H. Nash firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 11/11/03.
I was a flight engineer with the 553rd Recon. Squadron
during the second wave. The other flight engineer
was Norman Nash from Otis AFB, MA. I now live in the
San Diego area community of Lakeside, CA.
Richard (Dick) Neal email@example.com - Added 04/29/12.
I was a navigator on Rickerson's crew in the 554th squadron
navigator on second aircraft to land at Korat about Oct 19, 1967
Because I had flown Tanker missions previously in early '67
I had the earliest DEROS, return Aug 1968. Next assignement
Kadena, Okinawa, then Mather AFB,CA, Patrick AFB, FL, and Norton AFB, CA
Retired '79 as a Lt Col and worked for Hughes Aircraft Co for 20 years.
7322 Starboard St.
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Vincent F. Nicosia firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 09/13/09.
553rd Recon Squadron, Jan 1971 - Dec 1971
Co-pilot with several different aircraft commanders,
LtCol Robinson, LtCol Howarth and Capt Bob Soule
Retired as Lt. Colonel
Thomas (Tom) O'Brien email@example.com
- added 04/01/03, updated
Assigned to 554th Recon Sq., Crew 40 (Capt. Larry Thompson
was A/C at the time.) Answerwed mostly to: "OB" or
Tour was August 1968 to August 1969
Jim O'Byrne firstname.lastname@example.org -
Jim's father was CMSgt. Warren E. "Obie"
O'Byrne, ACICO on the
first crew 10. Warren O'Bryne passed away in 1983 from
Jim would like to hear from those who knew his father.
Bob Odom email@example.com -
at Korat September 1968 to September 1969, worked
on the computers and tape recorders on the 121's
Bill Ormond firstname.lastname@example.org - Added
CICO from Sept. 67 to Sept. 68. Flew with Major Gatchel's
Now living in Annapolis, MD
Dan Orosz email@example.com - Added 10/13/02.
Radio Maintenance Technician on first crew 39,
Nov. 67 to Nov. 68
Edwin Pacheco - added 09/27/03, updated 09/06/09.
21 Melody Lane
Hillsboro, NH 03244
Follow Up - Ed Pacheco passed
Bob Parmenter firstname.lastname@example.org -
Split my time between homes in Maple Valley, WA,
and Las Vegas, NV
Gerald (Jerry) Parshall email@example.com - Added
Otis and Korat 1967-1968, A/C first crew 33 in 554th Recon
553rd RW (Major) Operations Officer and Squadron Commander 554th
Squadron (QU-22B's), at Nakhon Phanom 1971-1972 (Lt.
Retired as Colonel in January 1978
John Peel Jdpeel1970@wmconnect.com -
Instructor EMT from May 1970 to Dec. 31, 1970
Went to Davis Monthan after leaving Korat, saw
the Connies broken up
Jerry Peppenger firstname.lastname@example.org -
Added 4/11/00, updated
Technical instructor for A/C radio at Kessler AFB when
volunterred for Batcat. RMT on crew 7, arrived Korat
Nov 1968, completed 92 missions. Commissioned in 1979,
retired as Captain in 1989
now resides at
8846 Kailua Pl
Tom Pera email@example.com
- Added 09/06/09, updated
Original crew 40 - Electronic Technician
Malcomb Rice and I were techs together on crew 40
Arrived at Korat on my 21st birthday Nov 6, 1967
and departed Nov 6, 1968.
9221 La Serena Dr
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Phone: (916) 961-1875
RussPerry@creighton.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org and
email@example.com - Added
one of the first five replacement CICOs in the Wing.
dubbed ourselves "The Filthy Five" while we were
training at Otis
in the Spring of 1968. Korat from July 1968 to July 1969. I
96 combat missions. Currently Director of Pastoral Care at
University Medical Center in Omaha. I live in Papillion, Nebraska
retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Col in 1990.
David Pipher firstname.lastname@example.org - Added
I was a Sgt. in the 553 Rec. Sqd. at Korat RTAFB from
1968 to September, 1969. I served as a RMT on Crew 14.
I currently am employed by Lockheed Martin Federal Systems
Owego, NY. working on a Navy advanced helo system
(LAMPS). Oddly enough the LAMPS system uses sonobouys for
detection. Our group is the prime contractor for helo and
Gene Ponce Gsp.email@example.com - added
Korat RTAFB January 23, 70 - November 18, 70
Ubon RTAFB January 8, 1971 - January 21, 1972
EC-121R Propeller & R-3350 Engine Sections,
Engine Build-up & Mobile Engine Test Cell, 553rd FMS
Retired (Civilian & AF Reserves) & moved to
from Sacramento, California, on December 2000
Phra Samut Chedi, Samut Prakan, Thailand (20 mi. South of
close to the Gulf of Siam Inlet to the Chao Phraya River.
Elmer Pool firstname.lastname@example.org - added
Aircraft commander second crew 2
Arrived at Korat Oct. 10, 1969, logged 698 combat hours in
Also duty with Wing Command TOC Command Post, after
Korat duty with SAC, retired 1973 at Bergstrom AFB.
1002 East Applegate Drive
Austin, TX 78753-3906
Jon D. Pries Jongobbler@aol.com - Added 08/29/07.
612 Harman Rd.
Trout Run, PA 17771-8667
Terry Priestap Tjpriestap@aol.com - Added 06/25/13.
554th CIM June 9th 1969 - May 22nd 1970
AC Capt. Geoghan, 1st Oficer Lt. Kelly
Now living in Austin, Texas
Robert S. (Bob) Pruiksma email@example.com - Added
The 552nd OMS was my first duty station after tech school.
I was there from Jan 69 to Oct 69. I then went to Korat
with the 553rd OMS from Oct 69 to Jul of 70.
130 Victor Lane
Fayetteville, GA 30214.
Home phone (770) 460-8338
Cell phone (404) 788-3049
John Putnam firstname.lastname@example.org -
Added 03/16/08, updated
I was with the 553rd Recon Sqdn from Jan '69 to Sep
CIM with crew 8 and crew 9. Also worked AEW radar repair
on the H models at Otis with the 551st EMS from Dec '66 to
I extended my Air Force career 1 month to get the Korat
assignment but ended up with an early out as things wound
I have been working with Seagate Technology for the past 28
152 3rd Street
Excelsior, MN 55331
Bernie Rattay email@example.com -
stationed at Korat August 1968 - August 1969
Housed in the 553rd Recon Barracks on the second floor
with the air crews. My duties were Life Support and
Gilford G. Raymer firstname.lastname@example.org -
Crew Number Unknown
RMT, Later it was changet to ET (Electronic Tech)
Arrived Korat January 1970 Departed December 1970
Assigned to 2nd Airforce. Assigned to AFOSI for remainder
of USAF Career, Retired MSgt 1980
Various Positions with General Motors Corp(Corvette
Retired Genersl Motors 1992
Municipal Court Judge 1996-2000
Taught School 2000-2008
Orville T. "Ted" Red email@example.com - Added 02/06/05.
Part of the first crew to leave Otis AFB, MA, for Korat Oct. 13,
67, became crew 1
Paul R. Redd firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 05/23/12.
Field Maintenance Squadron Airframe repair
Phone (229) 292-7356
John Reichenbach email@example.com
- Added 11/16/10.
CIM serving on the 2nd Crew 4, "Brown's
Nov. 68 through Oct. 69. My wife, Maryann, and I
currently live and plan to retire in Copperopolis, CA.
Best friends with Bill Klein who served in 553 EMS at
the same time. If anyone has contact info for Bill Klein
please contact me.
Harold Renninger firstname.lastname@example.org - Added
04/11/00, updated 02/12/14.
I was a ACICO with L/Col Aldrige's crew from June 69
untill May 70.
Rick (Richard) Reynolds Rickreynolds@ntin.net -
Served Sept 68 to Oct 69. I was a wing intel briefing
first four months, served as CICO for crew 9 the balance of
my tour under Major Red Daley.
I live in North Texas.
Ed Richey email@example.com - Added
I was a CIM at Korat from Oct. 1967 to late September 1968.
Flew on Major Leffers crew, Leffers' Lepers, crew 14.
Now lives in Lakewood, Colorado.
Les (Robbie) Robbins firstname.lastname@example.org - Added
Flew as CIM/ACICO and RO, 554th RS, Crew 16, 25, 40
(same crew, but crew numbers were changed/realigned),
Sep 68-Mar 69, and RO/IRO Crew 39, Mar 69-Apr 69, then
returned to Crew 40 as CIM/ACICO from the day before
Crew 39's crash until Jul 69. I was previously a
College Eye RO (964th AEW&C Sq, Maj Ted Lang's
from Aug 67 to Feb 68.
6002 Winterhaven Dr
Windcrest, TX 78239
John Roberts (Sgt) email@example.com -
553rd OMS Oct. 1968 to Oct. 1969
Asst crew chief aircraft #474 (Booby Lou II)
Crew Chief aircraft #500
Went TDY to Utapao during runway repairs
Helped recover both aircraft crash sites
Now live in Windham, CT
James (Robbie) Robinson - added 06/11/05, updated 09/08/11.
Handler for the 553rd Reconniassance Wing mascot
Follow Up - James (Robbie)
Robinson passed away 07/10/11.
William "Robby" Robinson
EWO on first crew 33. Flew 50% of the time with
Jerry Parshall and his crew, the remainder of my
101 missions with other crews. Retired Lt. Col.
2554 Etiwanda Dr.
Beavercreek, OH 45434
Phone (937) 426-9744
Darrel Rook - added 08/01/07, updated 12/27/08.
Assigned to the 553rd in the fall of 1967 as CIM
Korat in November 67, Crew 2 with AC, Capt. Johnson
Extended and stayed until June 1969
Returned to Otis for a few months, then Sacramento, McClellan
Remained as an instructor in the 553rd until discharged in April
Retired from IBM Corporation and live in Marietta, Georgia
Follow Up - Darrel Rook
passed away 10/29/08.
Josh Alfred Fernandez firstname.lastname@example.org
is the son of Batcat Darrel Rook, and would like to
hear from anyone who knew his stepfather.
Thomas Root email@example.com -
Korat, Thialand in 1968-1969 as CIM
Now living in Porter, Texas, about 25 miles
north of Houston. My wife and I have a
small buisness escorting oversize loads
throughout the lower 48 states
Phone (281) 217-6316.
Evan (Roxy) Roxburgh firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 03/18/06.
Sgt. AF 11799156
554th Reconnaissance Squadron April 1969 to February 1970
108 Culloden Road
Stamford, CT 06902
I was a Buzzard Bay Bastard.
Mike Rubin email@example.com - Added 07/14/13.
Fairchild enroute to Otis, TDY both to Dune Moon at Eglin & Panama for the
testing Summer 1967, Korat in 1st wave, originally on crew #37, later crew #40
of the 554th. Did back to back tours completing 148 combat missions and over 1500
hundred hours. Returned to Korat in Sept 71, attending PJSS enroute as part of the 553
which was now part of the 388th TFW. Flew a couple of missions in Sept. Oct & Nov of 71,
they were phasing us out & they put the names of the guys left in a hat & I was one of
the lucky ones to fly the last combat mission of the Batcats. It was Dec. 71, then to McCoy as
part of the 966th & later Det 2 of he 552, then went to 1st SOS at Kadena AB, Japan,
went to Tinker AFB and was in the 8th TDCS & from there to Macdill AFB in JCSE and
then back to Tinker where I retired from AWACS as MSGT after over 26 years. Believe that
I am the only one that was in the 551, 552, 553, 554 of the 553 & the 553 of the 388th
6322 Marlberry Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
phone (407) 351-7018
Gary Russell firstname.lastname@example.org - added
assigned to the 553rd FMS Airframe Repair Shop
(sheet metal shop) Nov.1969 to Jan 1971. I was
transferred to 388th FMS when the 553rd deactivated.
910 Highlands Dr
Spokane, Mo 65754
Samual H. Russell (Sam) USAF Ret'd email@example.com -
Copilot on Maj. Olivers Crew 41, and Aircraft Commander,
Crew 29 (2nd)(Russells Recky Rogues). Korat Jan 69 to Jan
Retired and live on a tree farm in central Louisiana,
about 10 miles North of Alexandria/Pineville, LA (Old England
Phone (318) 640-8619
Steven K. Rust firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 01/15/01,
10989 Spring Mountain Drive
Farmington, AR 72730
I was in the 553rd Sq. from Sept 68-69
Started as as co-pilot on Maj. Elmer Poole's crew # 2
Later in the tour I was upgraded to Aircraft Commander
Manny Sanchez Jr. email@example.com -
Security Police squadron at Korat 1968
Jose Santana - Added 06/13/04, updated 12/01/10.
CIM and RO for Crew 12, arrived Korat 9/68, departed 1969
Flew 76 missions, designed the Crew 12 patch (Ritter's
and built the 6ft model ED-121R in balsa and plywood that was
in the Flight Operations Office. Retired as MSgt. in 1975.
Honored to fly the AF Early Warning at McClellan 1962-1964, McCoy
Otis 1968, Korat 1968-1969.
Follow Up - Jose Santana passed
David Sasiela firstname.lastname@example.org -
CICO on Crew 8 (Bertram's Bengals)
September 1968 to August 1969
Now retired and living in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Jim Satterwhite email@example.com
- Added 06/06/00, updated 12/15/13.
Deployed with the 553th from Otis AFB in Nov 67. I was
assigned to the 554 RS as a CIM from 11/67 - 11/68. I flew
with Maj. Arch Heckler. I returned to Otis and was assigend
to the 4753 ADS where I was a CIM Insturctor. I continued
flying as an Airborne Radio Operator until my retirement in
1990. I currently live in Roanoke, VA.
Ed Schieve firstname.lastname@example.org
- Added 10/17/10, updated 04/22/12.
Began tour with the 553rd EMS at Otis AFB, MA
TDY tour at Eglin AFB during the summer of 1967
At Korat RTAFB, Thailand, November 67 to November 69
Douglas Schmidt "Schmitty" email@example.com -
Added 06/11/05, updated 11/03/12.
Korat Nov 67 - Nov 68, flew 103 missions with Swatec's Sooper
Retired from U.S. Airways 2005
2355 Rosegarden Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Bill Schmieding firstname.lastname@example.org -
554th crew 26 CIM
August 67-May 69 at Korat RTAFB
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Rich Schoeppner RicSchppnr@aol.com - Added 06/21/04.
I was assigned to the sheetmetal shop 1969-1970
Frank Seruga email@example.com
- Added 12/02/11.
CIM July '70-Jun '71
Foster City, CA
Ray Sestak firstname.lastname@example.org
- Added 04/11/00.
I was assigned to the 553rd, Crew 9 during 1970.
96 SR 143
Westerlo, NY 12193
Dave L. Shipton - Added
MSgt. retired, 554th Recon Squadron, October 1970, crew 22
Flight Engineer, went to 553 Recon Squadron when the wing
in December 1970. Assigned to Major Marcus M. Wilson's crew,
to Major Kenneth W. Rehg's crew. Additional duty as First
squadron commander Lt. Col. Walter M. Givens. Previously at Korat
May 1966 to April 1967 as a F-105 crew chief in the 388th TFW.
wife Marianne, they own a Medical Services and
Medical Practice and
Management Company. They now reside at:
175 Old Fredonia Road
Mercer, PA 16137
Home (724) 662-4449
Work (724) 662-7879
Follow Up - Dave Shipton passed
Danny Shull DSleacres1@verizon.net -
added 06/09/08, updated
Served as a Batcat from APR 67 to APR 69.
Bob Bulen and I were the third and fourth enlisted
to fly 100 combat missions after Tom Hicks and Bob Levy.
I was part of Lefferts' Lepers crew 14.
I volunteered for an extra 6 month tour one day before
free leave was allowed for combat crews in Thailand.
P. O. Box 38
Coquille, OR 97423
Philip Sidney email@example.com -
USAF MSGT retired. TSGT Reciprocating Engine Technician 553rd FMS
Spent 1 1/2 yrs with Batcats, 6 mos at Otis AFB with TDY to Eglin AFB
Put on flying status and was crew member ferrying 3 aircraft to Korat
Worked Flightline Engine Maintenance for 4 months than acquired Engine
Mobil Test Stand and operated it for rest of tour
Currently FAA A&P with IA, Chief Mechanic USAF Academy Aero Club
Jack Sikora firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 8/05/00,
CICO 553rd crew 2, October 1967 to September 1968.
Now a college professor in Connecticut.
Co-Author of the Batcats book with Larry Westin
James "Jim" Siler email@example.com - Added 08/13/06,
Assigned to 553rd July, 1967. Deployed to Korat Nov. 1967 through
Was a SSgt. in the instrument shop, 553rd EMS. Played on the
champion softball team. Now retired from Hicksville, Ohio high school
having taught 33 years and coached Baseball, Basketball and Football.
Umpired High School and College Baseball for 47 years and still at it.
Charles D. Silverstein SilvC@aim.com - Added 6/27/00,
Chuck was assigned to the 551st FMS Electric Shop in late June
'63 and transferred to
the 553rd FMS Batcat Electric Shop in Feb. '67 during the
Was Aircraft Electrician during two evaluation flights to Panama.
Was one of two
Aircraft Electricians during first flight of nine Connies to
depart Otis AFB for Korat
in October '67. Now living in Leonia, NJ.
William "Bill" Simon Q10991@yahoo.com -
CIM and Jumpmaster Crew 34, '68-'69
Stan Simpson firstname.lastname@example.org -
Korat from May 1969 to May 1970 in the FMS prop shop
retired at Cannon AFB in Jan 1991 as the Supply Squadron 1st Sgt
3229 Sheldon St.
Clovis, NM 88101
phone (575) 760-0187
James D. Skaggs (TSgt. Ret.) - Added 12/07/09,
I was a member of the Batcat Ritter's Critter's
I spent two more tours flying with the 552nd as a
Flight Engineer Instructor
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048
(913) 682-5359 (home)
Follow Up - Jim Skaggs passed
Joe Slattery email@example.com -
Served with the 553rd 9/69 to 9/70, 95 combat missions as
on crew 15, known as Barwicks Buzzards.
5568 State Route 8
Chestertown, New York 12817
Lee Smallsreed firstname.lastname@example.org -
Flew with the 553rd Sep 69 to Sep 70
Dave Smith email@example.com
- Added 3/03/02, updated
Dave was a CIM with the 554th,
part of the second crew #29.
657 Treeside Dr
Stow, OH 44224
David Smith firstname.lastname@example.org -
added 08/19/07, updated
Sgt David Smith
crew 8 Jan 69 to Jan 70.
Douglass W. Smith email@example.com -
Aircraft commander in the 553rd January 1969 to January
Replaced then Lt. Col. Kelly Burke in mid 1969 on TDY basis
7/13th AF Liaison Officer to MACTHAI, the RTAF and the U.S.
Embassy until return to CONUS. After tours in the Canal
OSD-Pentagon, and as USAF Attache to Chile, retired in
Completed 24 years with aerospace companies and retired
Boeing in 2001. Now reside at:
44 Audubon Lane,
Flagler Beach FL 32136
Jerry J. (JJ) Smith - added 09/12/04, updated 06/24/09.
Lt. Col., USAF, Retired
554 RCS, Crew 34
October 1967 - October 1968
Follow Up - J. J. Smith passed
Mulford H. ("Hank") Smith HankSm703@aol.com - Added 03/22/09.
In first group arriving at Otis in Feb / March 1967
CIM on Crew 40-1 flying 71 combat missions
Returned to Otis AFB fall of 1968, and was a
Radio Operator on EC-121-H models until January 1970
Returned to college. Employed by the FDIC, Washington, DC
from 1972 until retirement 2001. Would enjoy hearing from
fellow crew members and other Batcats.
Reside in Culpeper, VA with wife and 4 dogs.
Randy Spencer - Added 4/11/00, Updated 12/01/08.
Korat from July 1969 to July 1970
Crew 26, "Almonds Nuts"
CIM upgraded to ACICO
Follow Up - Randy Spencer
passed away 11/19/08.
Roy J. Spencer, Jr firstname.lastname@example.org -
Copilot with Major Chamberlain's crew
Aircraft #3 during the initial deployment in October 1967
John M. Squires JMSAUSTIN@aol.com
- Added 06/25/12.
CICO at Korat October 1969 - July 1970
1411 Bay Hill Dr
Austin, TX 78746
Andy Staunton email@example.com
- Added 12/30/09.
Korat November 1967 - October 1968
flew 85 missions with Major Gatchel's crew
Now lives in connecticut
Thomas P. Stear firstname.lastname@example.org -
553rd RS CIM on Crew 02-2 (Maj. Elmer Pool AC)
Korat, Thailand Nov. 1968 to Oct. 1969
Retired and Living at
14748 Spyglass St.
Orlando, FL 32826
Home phone (407) 282-4750
Cell phone (407) 451-7007
John Stein email@example.com -
553rd EMS - worked in the Radio Shop 1967-68
1206 Lost Nation Rd.
Dixon, IL 61021
Thomas F. "Steve" Stevens Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org -
Pilot at Korat April 69 to April 70
Home: Amory, MS
Robert E. Stirnitzke, Lt. Col. Retired email@example.com
- Added 10/26/03, Updated
EWO on crew 8 July 1968 to July 1969,
11622 Lenher Schwerin Trail
Tucson, Arizona 85749
Gordon Tatro firstname.lastname@example.org - Added
With the 551th OMS 1968-1969, then with the
553rd OMS at Korat 1969-1970.
Retired from USAF as MSgt. after 23 years.
PO Box 123
Leeds, MA 01053
Work phone (413) 584-4040 extension 2205
Alvin Teel email@example.com - Added 01/01/10.
CIM with Crew 29 from May 69 to Oct 70
completed 76 combat missions, more than 800 combat hours
Tom Thomison firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 01/17/12,
Korat from Oct 67 to June 69. Assigned to the
command post along with flying on different crews
On duty in the CP when we lost the first aircraft
and when the Navy's WV2 was shot down by the North Koreans
Retired in 1986 and now work for the USDA Forest Service
Troy Tigner - no email - Added
Flight Engineer 1967 - 1968
3938 Row 20 NE
Soap Lake, WA 98851
Cornelius "Neal" Tilghman - no email -
Navigator, third crew 7, 1969-1970
Would enjoy hearing from other Batcats
please contact at:
11 Kings Hwy
Ted Tower email@example.com - Added 07/07/05,
I was 553rd OMS Korat,RTAFB in 1967-68,with a short TDY to
returned to Korat in 1969 for a two month TDY.
2291 Spring Valley Dr.
Dripping Springs, Texas 78620
Herbert "CT" Townsend firstname.lastname@example.org -
Added 03/21/10, updated 06/27/12.
A radio operator assigned to Otis AFB in April 1967 training as a
first wave to Korat RTAFB in Oct 67. Oct 1968 returned to Otis
as an airborne radio Operator on the radar Connies. Sent to
RTAFB in Nov 1969 to 7abccc as a radio operator on
83 Sentry Way
Merrimack, NH 03054
Vinny Trovato - added 11/14/07, updated 01/03/09.
I was with the advanced party that left Otis AFB October 67
for Korat, assigned to the 553 FMS as an recip engine
Was stationed at Korat until October 68.
Now living in Virginia Beach after relocating from NY
Follow Up - Vinny Trovato
passed away 12/23/08.
Walter Troy email@example.com - Added
I was stationed with the 553rd Recon Wing, 554th Squadron,
Crew 32. At Korat from about Sep 68 through Sep 69
975 Banks Lane
Newport News, VA 23608
Ron Turman firstname.lastname@example.org - added
Flew on second crew 2 with Elmer Pool,
Steve Rust, Jack Sikora. From 68-69.
1025 N Gary Pl.
Tulsa, Okla 74110
Kenneth M. Tyler - Added 11/17/13.
Flight engineer with the 554th Recon Squadron
April 1970 to December 1970
Follow Up - Kenneth M.
Tyler passed away February 2002
He is survived by his son Jeff Tyler who would like
to hear from anyone who knew his father email@example.com
John E. Urban firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 05/14/07.
CIM and ACICO Crew 5, 1969-1970
16943 W. Villagio Dr.
Gerald Van Boxtel email@example.com - Added
Flight engineer on crew 29 Oct 1968 - Oct 1969,
Crew name was "Leo's Lings," aircraft
was Lt. Col. Leopold J. Magers
Francis "Frank" Ventimiglia Venting@bellsouth.net -
553 Recon Squadron, Crew 8 RMT, Aug 1969 to Jun 1970
1621 SW 23rd Avenue
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33312 4008
Eddie J. Vickers Snapper35@aol.com - added
06/27/00, updated 03/10/12.
Was ACICO/Standardization & Evaluation, 554th Recon
Sqdn from Aug 69 to July 70. Assigned to crew #31, known as
"Steens Studs," Major Steen was our Acft
Retired MSgt. (Am survivor of 6 Sep 69 crash at Korat)
Flew 101 missions
Eddie & Erin Vickers
26816 Shoregrass Drive
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
Greg Vincent firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 02/16/09.
553rd EMS 1970, cryptography shop
Bob Walker email@example.com
- Added 06/13/04.
553rd May 1970, 554th RS, Crew 33, 553rd RS Dec. 1970 when
wing was deactivated and the 553rd became part of the 388th
Flew 93 missions, retired Feb. 1973.
Now living at
16802 Fort Oswego
San Antonio, TX 78247
Michael W. Walker firstname.lastname@example.org -
Added 08/08/01, Updated
CIM - Combat Information Monitor, Rank E-4
553rd Recon Squadron - 1970
Flew on 75 missions.
100 Ramsey Dr
Pell City, Al 35125
Tom Walker email@example.com - Added 04/17/04.
Instrument repair with the 553rd, transferred to the 388th when
553rd was disbanded, last qualified C-121 instrument man at
5845 Houston Lane
Crestview, Florida 32539
Dale Waller firstname.lastname@example.org -
Added 01/01/01, updated 08/22/12.
I arrived at Otis from Keesler in early
summmer 1967, then rotated to Korat in
October. Was on crew 21, I think. Flew
with Major Gatchell as AC, a fine man;
also on Lt Col Green's crew. Completed
97 missions. Went from Korat to Taipei
Air Station, then to Grand Forks, ND.
4134 Marshfield Dr,
Evansville, IN 47711
My wife is Stephanie,
Charles W. Walter email@example.com - Added
Lt. Col. Retired Charles "Chuck" Walter, originally on
crew 38 with
A/C Lt. Col. Homer Stewart; then Stan-Eval navigator on crew
"Steens Studs," with A/C Major Steen in 1970 until May
At Korat May 69 - May 70.
3201 Storrington Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32309
James F. Weatherspoon NO email, postal or phone
contact only - Added
CIM at Korat 1967-1968
1203 Moscow Ave
Hickman, KY 2050
Phone (270) 236-7918
Cell (270) 627-6101
Dave Wechsler firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 01/14/07.
CIM and Jumpmaster for Crew # 37 with the 554 RS
Lt Col Reardon ( I Believe ) was the AC
Flew with Col Heller in training at Otisb
Korat and U-Tapao from 10/68-10/69
Now living in Las Vegas, NV
Ken Weeks Ken.Weeks@state.or.us -
Ken a was buck Sgt. and served 15 months
with a duty extension going over to Korat
around spring 1969 returning early fall
1970. Assigned in the 553rd squadron. Ken
initially flew with an aircraft commander
named Max who wore a great reddish
mustache, and he recalls a Nav named
French who was cool.
Richard Weiner email@example.com - added
Korat Nov 67 thru Jun 69, crew 39 with A/C Arch Heckler and
Emerson Heller. Was pulled from the fateful April 25, 1969
flight just before takeoff to help with an I/G inspection.
Currently living in Sequoia National Forest, CA.
William (Pete) Werner firstname.lastname@example.org -
Assigned to crew 40, 554th Reconaissance Squadron
Crewmember survivor onboard the Sept. 6, 1969 crash
Larry Westin email@example.com - Added
Assigned to Major Oliver's crew 41, 554th RS, at Korat
from Nov 68 to Sept 69. Recently moved back to California
to be nearer our grand children.
21721 Verde St.
Tehachapi, California 93561
Co-Author of the Batcats book with Jack Sikora
Rick Whelan firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 01/21/13.
CICO on Major Flory's crew 1968
414 Alford Lake Road
Hope, ME 04847
Stu Whipple email@example.com - Added 08/6/03.
Sgt. C. Stuart Whipple
Crew 7 "Ahner's Pride," April 1969 to May
CIM, Squadron Operations and Wing Intelligence
No permanent address - - full time RV'er working
Seasonally as a Ranger at National Parks
Athal Williams Athalwms@aol.com - Added 08/15/05.
CIM, NCOCI of the 553 Sq. Ops, then ACICO
After Batcat became a KC-135E Boom Operator,
Retired after 24 years in the USAF
After the USAF became a Customs Inspector,
retiring as a Senior Inspector
J. Grover Wilson Grover.Wilson@morgankeegan.com
- Added 09/25/05.
553rd Crew 7 Co-Pilot, 69-70 Korat RTAFB,
retired USAF Reserves LTC
Robert Winegar Fortyukon@wmconnect.com -
Part of first crew to Korat from Otis. Flight engineer
Retired with 21 yrs. in '69. Prior to 553rd, was flight
engineer on B-29, KC-97, and C-141, at Bergstrom, Lake
Selfridge, Vandenberg, and Charleston.
Now living in SC
Phone: (803) 732-3842
John Wright firstname.lastname@example.org - Added 05/07/09.
Crew 27-2, Dec.68 thru Sept.69
Phone # 360-432-3106
Cell # 360-481-6343
Mike Wright WRIGHT3160@aol.com - Added 03/17/02.
554 Batcat CREW #36
Mike Yates email@example.com
- Added 4/11/00, updated
I was at Korat May 1969 to May 1970 and was a CIM in the
Robert Young RYOUNG754@aol.com - Added 03/30/02.
553rd OMS at Korat from Nov. 68 - Nov. 69
33 Lee St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028-3132
William R. Zaleski firstname.lastname@example.org
- Added 06/13/04.
553rd from Jan 1969 - Nov 1969, CIM and member of crew 39
with Emerson Heller. Taken off flight status three days before
accident for wrist surgery. Currently avionics technician and
1 Holly South
Scotia, NY 12302
Home to Larry and Sue's