CWO William A.
- 1920 - 2004
CWO William A.
1616th Support Sqdn
ADDISON, A/1C Anthony T.
Arroyo Grande, CA
at Moulins 1955 to closing In 1957.
Note from James "Tennessee" Alberson: Guess I need to tell you Anthony
Addison has passed. I sure thought the world of him. We visited
offen during the years. Named my son after him.
AVVAMPATO II, Charles Joseph - February 16, 1921 - May 2008
Charles was a devout husband of 65 years
and a loving father. He was born in Greensburg, PA on February 16, 1921.
He joined the Civil Service in 1942 and married Mary Salinger on June
26, 1943, in Steelton. In 1954, when NATO was formed, he relocated to
Europe with his family and settled in Chatearoux, France where they
remained until 1968. Retiring as Chief of the NATO Supply Center at La
Martinerie AFB, he brought his family to settle in San Diego, where he
became an agent for Art Leitch Realtors until retiring in 1995. He was
an active member of the Moose Lodge and the Knights of Columbus at St.
Therese Parish. Charles leaves behind his wife, Mary, and nine of his 10
children, John Charles, Philip, Mary Jo, Richard, Ann Louise, Robert,
Charles, Joseph, Alice, and George, 10 grandchildren, and eight
Air Base Group - HQ
@ Chas - 1953-57
- Passed away 1987
@ Chas - 1954-56
Entry from son: Francois Bay, Nice, France - My dad, Dick
Bay from Seattle who passed away in 1987, was stationed in Châteauroux from
1954 to 1956 and worked at La Martinerie. I would be glad to hear from
anyone who knew him while he was stationed there.
- Passed away November 2, 2008
Words from Bonnie (Chad '61), his daughter, "His
mind and body are finally at peace."
@ Chas - 1958
Info from dependent, Pat who was was
Born at Châs Jan 15 1958.
November 14, 1943-July 3, 2008
7322nd ABG (Fire Crash
@ Chas 1962-65
Warner Robins, GA
Robert N. Bemis of Perry died July 3 2008. He was the son of the late Norman C.
and Ann (Flinn) Bemis and was born in Stamford, Connecticut November 14, 1943.
He attended school in East Providence, RI and college at Southern Illinois
University at Carbondale, IL.
Mr. Bemis retired from civil service at Robins AFB in 2004 as the first Director
of Services for the Air Force Reserve Command. He was responsible for home-base
and deployed feeding, lodging, mortuary affairs, morale, welfare and recreation
programs and reserve staffing of the Air Force Mortuary at Dover Air Force
Base. He personally managed 200 Air Force Reservists at the mortuary processing
remains from the terrorist aircraft crash into the Pentagon on September 11,
2001, and following other incidents, such as the Unadilla, GA crash of a Florida
National Guard plane.
Mr. Bemis was also retired from the Air Force. While serving in Vietnam, he was
credited with rescuing five crew members from a crashed helicopter during
munitions explosions and extensive fire conditions. When serving as Fire Chief
at Grand Forks Air Force Base he was responsible for fire protection for the
very large base, the surrounding civilian community and 150 missile sites
scattered over the northeastern quarter of North Dakota. At 26, he was
identified as the youngest fire chief in the Air Force. From 1976 to 1979 he
was assigned as General Manager and Deputy to the Base Commander at a large,
full service military resort in the Philippines.
He had more than 42 years of total service to the Air Force and received
numerous military and civilian awards and decorations. He was a past president
of the International Military Community Executives Association (IMCEA) and was
honored by the Armed Forces Recreation Society as recipient of their Executive
Fellow Award. He also served in France, Great Britain, Korea, and at several
locations in the US including three major command headquarters. He was a member
of the Air Force Association, the National Rifle Association, NARFE, IMCEA and
the American Legion, and a life member of the Air Force Sergeants Association.
Mr. Bemis is survived by his wife, Cynthia Bemis, of Hawkinsville and their
three children. He was the proud father of JoAnne Bemis of Hawkinsville, Karen
Bemis, Boston, MA, and Stephen A. Bemis of Perry, and uncle of Diane Austin of
Warwick RI, Norman E. Bemis of Honolulu, HI, Sheri Bemis of Oxford, MA and
Stephen R. Bemis of Chepachet RI.. He was predeceased by his parents and
Mr. Bemis’ remains will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. The family
will schedule a memorial service at a date to be determined. Memorial donations
may be made to Georgia Sheriffs Youth Homes, PO Box 1000, Stockbridge, GA
[jpnote: Bob was a frequent contributor
of photos and donations to the website since 2002. He was my email buddy and I miss
his uplifting emails and I admired this true American Hero. Following are
some of Bob's comments in the guestbook:]
2/25/2002 Was in Fire Dept/Crash Rescue. Last visited Châteauroux and Joe from Maine in 71. Good
to learn that Annette (and Bill?) [just Annette] is keeping it going.
2-8-07 I found
another box of pictures from my time at
Châteauroux. As I go through them, I’ll
scan and send some that may be of interest.
[jpnote: Bob sent some great
Pics - click to view.]
Bemis sent this photo and commented "Rex was quite a character and was well
known by most of the people on the base. He had a habit of stealing flight
lunches if the owners would set them down on the flightline. He rode the
shuttle bus between Déols and the Firemen’s dorm at La Martinere and claimed the
rear seat, whether or not it was occupied. I understand that when the base
closed, Rex moved to one of the bases in Germany."
6-9-07 Interesting catch-up phone conversation with Bob.
He had just returned from his daughter's graduation from Yale.
Congrats! are definitely in order for the daughter and for her parents
in her accomplishment.
6-21-08 I went to Langley AFB, VA to get assignment to Vietnam - a
couple of months later an extension would have been ennough. Stayed
until retirement as E-8 at 29 years. Spent last 8 years as a club
manager. Took GS=12 HQ club job when I retired. Spent last 14 years as
GM-14 Director of Services for AF Reserve. Took disability retirement in
2004. Younger daughter graduated from Yale in 2007 and is working in
Boston. Youngest son has been enjoying himself but ready for school.
Older daughter is disabled and lives with her mother.
Searching: Former Friends such as Larry Crossland, Dave Lindstrom,
Eddie Brumble and Dan Long
BENTON, Lawrence Floyd "L.F." 92, died Sunday, May 25, 2008
Services at Mason Funeral Home. Burial will be in Long Mountain Cemetery in Mason County.
Mr. Benton was born Sept. 12,
1915, in Fort McKavett to Nettie Myrtle McKenna Benton and William Floyd Benton.
He graduated from Menard High School in 1932 and enlisted in the Army Air Force
On June 27, 1943, Lawrence
married Edna Earle Johnson in the Menard Methodist Church. Their children were
born in some of the many places Lawrence was stationed: Tanya Leigh in Sherman,
Lawrence Floyd Jr. "Larry" in Wichita Falls, Myrtle Bob in Chateauroux, France,
and Edna Elaine in Amarillo.
Lawrence retired from the Air
Force in Amarillo in 1962 as a senior master sergeant. After that, he worked
another 17 years for the Bureau of Mines before finally retiring in 1981.
While in Amarillo, he was a
member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Lawrence and Edna Earle moved to
Mason in June of 1982 to be close to both of their families.
Survivors include his wife; three
daughters, Tanya Lamoreaux of Mason, Myrtle Bob Keefe and husband Thomas of
North Hollywood and Elaine Stewart and husband Tim of Fredericksburg; four
grandchildren, Victor Lamoreaux of Mason, Austin and Kate Stewart of
Fredericksburg and Mason Keefe of North Hollywood; a brother, Jim Bob Benton and
wife LaVerne of Menard; and three sisters, Peggy Decker of Bertram and Norma
Murray and Joan Crowell and husband Mickey, all of Menard.
Information from the "Amarillo Globe-News," May 28,
@ Chas - 1958-60
06/30/2001 (Guestbook Entry of Wife Daniele) Montgomery,
AL My husband, Phil, was stationed in Châteauroux "La Martinerie" from 1958
until 1960. I am French from Châteauroux. We were married in 1961. He is now
deceased, I would love to know if somebody remembers him, or me for that
matter. Hope to hear from someone.
Lt. Col. Boyd
- U.S. Air
Force retired, passed away Jan. 16, 2000
graduation from Indiana University in Indiana, Pa., in 1941, Lt. Col. Boyd
enlisted in the Army Air Corps and received his commission and wings. His
first tour of duty was in Australia, where he flew missions into New Guinea in
1942 and 1943. From 1946 to 1949, then Capt. Boyd was stationed in Nuremberg
and Munich, Germany. During that time he flew in the Berlin Airlift. Following
stateside duty he then again served for three years in Châteauroux, France.
[Info from the Net.]
@ Chas - 1955-57
ATC 1992 AACS at Deols 1954-1956. He sang in the male chorus led by Dave
Seifert. Neil died 12/4/05. (Info from widow, Betty, who was steno at
Military Personnel, Engineering, Finance Dept.
Douglas Wayne @ Chas 62-63
No more info available
Sr Major Commander USAF - 866th EAB
Raymond Bunton, Jr. Major Bunton's son, signed the guestbook and pointed out his
dad's letter as the commanding officer from the
866th Engineer Aviation Batallion Book
CARTER, William "Footsie"
1992 AACS Comm Sqdn
Radio Relay Sqdn
@ Chas: 1963-1965
Huntington Long Island, NY
10/30/2002 I was assigned to
the 2058th Radio Relay Sqdn (The microwave tower was a landmark.) We were
consolidated into the 1992nd Communications Sqdn and ultimately shipped up
to Weisbaden (Lindsey Air Station). I played football on Fred Russell's Team
and was with the team that wore those leather helmets. (Cost was an issue.) I
remember when Butch died in a car accident and we never could replace him. I
still have a photo of that Sqdnuad with Bill Gillard the halfback.
9-17-07 Sorry to inform you -
but my husband, William J Carter (who was in the US Air Force) passed away in
2005 at the age of 60. Sincerely, Monique Carter
CASTILLE, R. Pete - 7373rd Hospital Sqdn
- Passed away September 17, 2007
Chas: March 1952- December
Baton Rouge, LA
5-14-06 Would like to hear
from anyone in this outfit in the above timeframe.
10-6-06 Pete is interested
in attending the CHAS 2007 Reunion.
9-19-07 [jpnote: I received
the following email from Pete's sister just before I left for Chateauroux]:
I am R. P. Castille's sister, Deborah. I have sad news to pass on. R.P.
passed away on Monday, September 17th after a courageous battle with cancer. We
are preparing for his funeral wake tonight in Baton Rouge and his funeral
service tomorrow. I know he will be sad to miss replying and sending his
thoughts for the occasion. [She's referring to the
Greetings to Joe book.] I have been asked to do a eulogy for him and in the process
of going through some of his photographs, I came across many of him from his
time in the Air Force. I could see that that period of time represented some
of the most memorable days of his life. He was a Francophile extraordinaire. I'm sure if he were alive today, he would have been on a plane to France at
this very moment.
Wife, Jeannine Letrou Collins
Entry by daughter,
Martine Rose - also served USAF DC 1992-2000
I am writing as the
daughter of USAF serviceman Robert A. Collin . Two of my brothers
were born there (Chateauroux) as my Dad met and married our Mom who was working at the PX at
the time. Both of them are deceased, but I would love to add his name to your
website. I am pretty sure he worked in the mess. Her name was Jeannine
Letrou Collins. Look magazine even did a story about their romance. I have
copies which I would be glad to scan and send to your webmaster. Please let
me know if you would like copies. It may take me some time to gather them up
but I think your website is great. Martine Rose - also served USAF DC 1992-2000
COULAM, M/Sgt Chester
Pierce - U.S. Air Force
retired, Passed away early 1980 (Unknown Sqdn)
COULAM, Ellen Bell
- wife of Chester and mother of Leslie
Lorenzo (Larry) 583rd USAF Band - Passed away October 2007
Lorenzo (Larry) Cortez grew up picking fruit and
vegetables in his native Texas, and when he was not working or attending school,
he learned to play the trumpet. The longtime Minnesota resident, and
leader of the Azteca Mariachi Band, died of heart disease on Monday in
Roseville. He was 73.
Cortez enlisted in the Air Force in the mid-1950s and
played for the 583rd Air Force Band in France, said his wife, Audrey, of Mounds
View. Paul Anderson, of Sun City West, Ariz., an Air Force band mate, said
they served as goodwill ambassadors in Europe, playing in several countries.
They played in a parade down Paris' Champs-Elysees.
"Larry was a darn good trumpet player," said Anderson,
a South Dakota native. "He had a beautiful tone."
Some of Cortez's family had moved to the Twin Cities,
so he joined them after leaving the Air Force in the late 1950s.
He worked a variety of jobs over the years: at a
nursing home, a stint as a cabbie, ! a job counselor for the state of Minnesota
and a turn with the federal government, helping migrant workers in Minnesota,
said his wife.
All the while, he played music.
Some holiday seasons, his band provided the music for
"La Posada," Teatro del Pueblo's annual holiday play, at the Ordway Center and
From the 1970s to the 1990s, Cortez led the band at
weddings and celebrations. They even played an event at the Minneapolis
Institute of Arts.
Kico Rangel, of St. Paul, who sometimes played with
Cortez, said the band leader played in dance bands and some clubs during the
1960s, but devoted most of his local musical career to traditional Mexican
"He had his own style, his own tone," said Rangel. "He
was just a good all-round player."
In addition to his wife, Cortez is survived by his
sisters Lupe Lopez of St. Paul and Oralia Diaz of South St. Paul; brothers Joe
of Inver Grove Heights, Oliver of St. Paul, Mark of St. Paul and T! ino of St.
CRITZER, Randy - 1992nd AACS
Passed away 8-16-09
maybe a couple of guys I worked with might see the pages..No luck yet tho..I was
TDY from Toul and worked in the control tower..I enjoyed the few months I was at
Maurice Folliot and Karl Robb - Worked in the Control Tower with them for about
4 months. Was wondering if they had passed this way. I recall Daileys Dailies
quite well. Hi guys if you see this. Email me.
2-5-09 JP emailed Randy with a
possible link to Maurice Folliot.
8-28-09 Entry from Rebecca
Randy passed away on 8/16 from complications during recovery after hip surgery.
I loved him so very much and miss him... But I was able to hold him as he passed
and know that he loved me too. He loved his life as an Air Traffic Controller
and I enjoyed hearing all his stories; never tiring of hearing them over and
over. His eyes would sparkle blue every time he would
speak of flying or antics he had done as a Controller.
He was a good man and I know that God had a special reason for taking him so
(Fred's brother with whom he served at Chateauroux)
@ Chas: 53-56 - 1992nd AACS Sqdn &
@ Chas: 63-66 - Telephone Office - Communications
Passed away 2007
3134th Stock Control
(Entry from son, Keith - Reading, PA)
my name and came across this website and my dad's name. I became interested
in finding out some info about his time in the military. Anybody with any
info to give me would be appreciated. I am searching for info on
my dad's years overseas and where he served. Thank you.
Daniel A. Downing Jr. 1936- 2010
@ Chas: 1961-64
Daniel A. Downing Jr., Air
Force Veteran, 73, of Ludlow, was called Peacefully Home on January 6,
2010. He was born in Tarry-town, NY, to the late Daniel & Edith (Stein)
Downing and graduated Cum Laude from Dowling College, NY. After the Air
Force he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an air
traffic control specialist working in many airports around New England
and New York until he became the Regional Manager for the New England
Region covering all airports from Southern New Hampshire, Massachusetts
& Connecticut. Upon his retirement, he began a new career- joining the
Ludlow Police Department as a Dispatcher & 911 Call taker for nine
years, retiring in 2005. Golf was his lifelong passion beginning as a
youth and finishing with his last round in September when his score was
76. He participated in the Massachusetts Senior Olympic Games for golf
winning 5 gold medals and one silver. He was a lifelong member and past
president of Ludlow Country Club, recently enjoying the last few years
golfing at Westover Golf Course where he had many an enjoyable round
with friends. Daniel was the beloved husband of 30 years to Kim (McClannahan)
Downing; a loving father to Stacey M. Downing, of East Winsor, CT, and
Diane Downing Peterson, of NY; a dear to brother to John "Jack" Downing,
of NY, Kathy Yasinsac, also of NY, and Marguerite Botto, of NJ; a
cherished grandfather to Ryan Peterson; and also leaves many other
extended family members and dear friends.
(Dusty Rhoads sent this
information which he got from Dan's wife.)
M/sgt Otto Melvin - Passed away 1992
@ Chas: 1952-55
Unknown Sqdn -
Flightline @ Déols
Info by daughter, Julie
Marie Dykstra -
Born at Chas
EDWARDS, S/Sgt John E. Edwards also
known as Jack Edwards
@ Chas: 1965
11-30-08 Guestbook entry
from T. Mousseau/Edwards
My father has since passed in 1979. Every year I dedicate a memorial
Christmas tree with pictures. One picture kept falling off the tree; a very old
one and on the back info regarding his Sqdn! Please feel free to email me of
memories of this wonderful man.
ESKELSON, David George
7373rd Supply - Aircraft Refuelers (POL)
@ Chad 1954-
HELP! This is Dave's Son (JD) in search of "any" info,
buddies, etc. from my Dad's France tour at CHAD... he got there in 1954 and he
spent 2yrs 7mos 8 days there per his
DD Form 214. My Father passed away 26 APR 2008, so I'm trying to correct
USAF records. Any info will be greatly appreciated. I will reply to all
- Passed away 1985
@ Chas: 56-58 7322nd Air Police
Entry by daughter, Carla
My stepfather was a S/Sgt stationed at La Martinerie from 56-58. He
was with the Air Police, but I don't know his Sqdn name. He passed away in
1985, but I have fond memories of the base and living there, even though I
didn't at the time. We lived on the economy and there were no indoor toilets or
heat, and my mom had to wash clothes by hand. We first lived in a small town Chateuamellient and a dr. and his wife befriended us, the Toulons. I would love
to get in touch with them. They had two children, Michele and Jewel.
3130th Air Base Group
@ Chas: 1958-61
Maybe this is beside the Air Police Building
@ Chas: 1953-54
3130th ABG - HQ
8-29-09 I am the son of Charles Fletcher stationed
in 1953 & 1954. My father has passed on. I, Jack Fletcher, was born on the
base in 1954. I visited for the first time August 2009 and was provided a tour.
I would like to know more about what Squadron my dad was in. My brother
James was also born there in 1953. My mother's nick name was Micky. I remember
all their stories about the dance hall at the base. They were married and
retuned to the US in 1954/55.
FLETCHER, Clarence M/Sgt (Ret)
Passed Away January 2004
@ Chas: 1959-62 & 1964-66
M/sgt Clarence Fletcher (10-8-66) Thanks, Steve, for
the photo of your dad.
FORMAN, Brigadier General Robert D. - Passed Away June
@ Chas beginning September 29, 1961
General Forman was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1911. He attended Southwestern University, Memphis, Tenn., for two years and studied law at the University of Memphis for the following two years.
In 1938 he joined the Army Air Corps reserve, earned his pilot's wings and was commissioned a second lieutenant in September of 1939, going on active duty in September 1940. The general trained flying cadets and instructed advanced pilots at Kelly Field, Texas. In 1943 he became a member of the Air Transport Command, the forerunner of the Military Air Transport Service.
Flying a B-24 from China to the Philippines in 1949 General Forman made the first flight of the war to establish a direct link between Chinese and American Forces. On his first flight he carried secret documents from General Chennault to General MacArthur. In 1945 he was the chief pilot for the India-China Division of the Air Transport Command. The general was personally commended by General Tunner, former MATS commander, for his performance this job. With the advent of the Berlin Blockade, he was sent to Germany to direct operations for the combined British and American forces during the Berlin Airlift. For his performance he was awarded the Legion of Merit "for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service ..." Subsequently he commanded a troop carrier group in Europe, but when the Korean War started he was sent to direct operations for the Combat Cargo Command in the Far East. During the winter of 1950, General Forman was responsible for evacuating wounded Marines from the Chosan Reservoir in Korea. Flying C-47s, his unit successfully airlifted 4,600 casualties in five days. The general was himself trapped with the Marines for five days while the wounded were being evacuated. He received the Silver Star, a cluster to his Legion of Merit; and two clusters to his Distinguished Flying Cross for achievements during the Korean conf1ict. Later he became deputy director of operations for MATS, commanded an air transport; group at Dover, Del., and in 1956 went to Evreux-Fauville, France, where he was base and wing commander.
In September 1958, he was made commander of the 1611th Air Transport Wing,
McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. Leaving McGuire, he assumed command of the 1602d
Air Transport Wing at Châteauroux, France, Sept. 29, 1961. General Forman is a
command pilot with more than 9,200 hours in the air and more than 24 years of
military service. (Current as of April 1962)
[This info from Military Bios Website]
[Note from Carl Peters '66 - "General Forman was
my favorite. His wife gave me a buck tip at the commissary."]
FRAINIE, S/sgt Charles "Charlie" - Passed Away
In Memoriam: Charles
Charles A. Frainie, a
writer and World War II veteran, died of congestive heart failure
Saturday at his home in Hixson, Tenn. He was 81.
Born and raised in
Baltimore County's Rodgers Forge neighborhood, Mr. Frainie graduated
from Loyola High School in 1943.
He enlisted in the Army
Air Forces and served as a tail-gunner on a B-24 bomber. In 1944, his
plane was shot down over Germany. He escaped to England with the help
of French underground forces, said his son Mike Frainie of
After the war, Mr.
Frainie worked at various posts around the world for the Air Force.
During the Vietnam War, he wrote for Stars and Stripes, befriending
fellow journalist Dan Rather, according to his son.
wrote for the base newspaper
and Stars and Stripes. His son, Michael, was born at Chas. Mike follows in
his dad's footsteps. He is a freelance sports writer for the Baltimore
Donald W. -
Passed Away 1997
@ Chas 1963-66
Sqdn: ?? - Electronic Maintenance
12/30/2002 Son's Entry:
My name is John Granlund. My Dad was a USAF vet who
passed away in 1997. I don't know much about him and have even less in the
way of photos. I do know he was an electronic maintenance type and since
his death I've come into possession of many of his personal military
papers. I can navigate my way around much of that easily seeing I am a now
retired US Navy Chief Warrant Officer. I'm mostly interested in locating
any old comrades for photos of him and possibly my family. His name was
Donald William Granlund, I think that he may have been an Airman First
Class or S/Sgt, sometime between 1963-66. His wife's name was Lidia and
she was Italian. Any assistance would be welcomed!
12/17/2006 - [jpnote: I had left
John a voice mail some time back - He returned my call and supplied more
details about his father. I hope someone from Chas' 1992nd knew his
dad and would share some memories of him.]
GRIFFIN, Major John J.
Passed Away 1996
3130th Transportation Sqdn
@ Chas: 1956-1958
(Daughter Eileen Griffin Boyd's Guestbook Entry)
My father, Major John J. Griffin, was stationed at Châteauroux
from January 1956 until Sept 1958. My dad was in the Transportation
Sqdn. We lived in base housing and I attended the base elementary
school for third, fourth and fifth grade. He had a long Air Force career and after his retirement, went to work
for NASA as Chief of Transportation, in Washington, DC. My father died in
1996 at the age of 76.
GUNN, Howard -
I think Howard was in 7373rd USAF Hospital Sqdn
[jpnote: Howard was the choir director of the Protestant Church
Services at La Martinerie during the late 50's & early 60's. He played the
organ beautifully and upon his return to the States (San Antonio, TX) he
continued his musical career. He was the Music Director at Lovera Baptist
Church in San Antonio. Howard
and his wife, Marianne, were friends with JP's family until his death sometime in
the late 70's or 80's. Howard was Bob Carpenter's (7373rd Hospital
Sqdn) roommate at La Martinerie.
recalls that Howard was known as Deano at the time.)
was also Clarence Farber's roommate. My mother
and I sang in the choir at the Base Chapel Protestant services with Bob.
We practiced in the cafeteria at Touvent (410).
Howard returned to the
states to my hometown, San Antonio, TX, and remained friends with my mother and
attended the same church. He married a lady named Marianne.
Unfortunately, they have both passed away several years ago. I still have
several books of sheet music that belonged to Howard. We also sang in a
French choir with Howard which was located in downtown Châteauroux.
Howard Gunn - Howard was Clarence Farber's barracks roommate
John V. TSgt, USAF
- Passed away November 19, 2006
@ Chas: Jan 53 thru Jun 56
73rd Air Depot & Headquarters CAMAE
6-10-05 [jpnote: John first wrote to the website]: I worked in the AG's office for
Sgt Thomas, as a memo operator, then for Sgt Dubbs in the base
Searching: Anyone that worked in the AGs office and finance
office as most of my buddies worked there-Johnson, Scholl, Kreiger
[jpnote: 10-2-06 - John had planned on attending the Chas 2007
10-2-06 Please add to your list for reunion John V
Hahn, TSgt, USAF, Jan 53 thru June 56. 73 Air Depot Wing and later
Hqs Sqdn CAMAE
12-9-06 I just viewed your e-mail to John. I am sorry to tell you
that John died suddenly on November 19, 2006. Jean Hahn
12-11-06 Thank you, Jenelle. John had wonderful memories of his
time there. He took me there in 1978 when we spent three weeks
touring France, England and Ireland. It is beautiful country, but
must have been very muddy during the rainy season when they lived
3130th Transportation Sqdn
@ Chas 63-67
7-29-08 Daughter Kathleen Hall
signed the guestbook on behalf of her dad, Kenneth Odell Hall. She is
James Phillip Paulin 62-66; Smokey & Donna Davis (daughter, Marsha) 63-67 &
Charles & Nancy Ways 63-67
We lived in Touvent and then in "Quontown"
I am also trying to locate a French woman from Touvent who was a housekeeper for
several families in Touvent during this time. I only
have her first name...Paulette....
My father, Staff Sgt. Kenneth Odell Hall
worked in the motor pool, I also believe he was a Drill Sergeant. He was a
championship golfer and played golf with many officers, as I recall. Daddy
passed away 18 years ago.
I look forward to hearing from anyone who may know any of these folks.
HANKINS, Clifford R. "Bud"
@ Chas: 1951-53
7300th Materiel Control Group (Mutual Defense Assistance Program)
The Class A uniform consisted of a set
of fatigues, a t-shirt & muddy brogans. Work was the name of
the game and the blues were only for off base and those who had
administrative jobs. For 15 months we were located in tents
(Tent City) and we played a game of hot & cold canvas.
Finally the barracks became available.
HANNEMA, Alvin J.
Materiel Control Group (Mutual Defense Assistance Program)
So. New Holland, MI
My brother, Al Hannema, passed away February 5, 2009
one day after
his 79th birthday.
Today, I was finally able to get into his AOL. I noticed this e-mail and thought I could get the message out to
some of his AF buddies in this manner.
Bud Hankins sent this photo.
HARRIS, Kenneth Arnold
Kenneth Arnold Harris passed away unexpectedly at
David Grant Hospital, Travis Air Force Base, on Friday, Jan. 23, 2004 at the age
Born on Aug. 8, 1923 in Gaffney, South Carolina, to
Raleigh and Laura Harris, he was raised in Chesnee, South Carolina, where he
graduated from high school in 1941.
Kenneth served his country in the Army during World
War II. He participated in Europe, seeing action D-Day and later serving in the
Following the war, Kenneth attended Clemson
University, after which he joined the United States Air Force, eventually
serving in Europe and Vietnam. He retired at Travis Air Force Base in 1966 where
he took a civil service position in 1967 and later retired in 1986 in Fairfield.
[This excerpt of his
Obituary from the
"Winters Express," Thursday, February 5, 2004.)
Harris, Kathryn Childress,
wife of Kenneth Arnold Harris passed away on August 16, 2005
after a short battle with lung cancer. She was 86 years old.
excerpt of her
Obituary from the
Winters (CA) Express, Thursday, August 25, 2005]
Phil - Passed away 1995
7373rd USAF Hospital Sqdn
@ Chas: 1963-66
Upon return to the States, the Harris' settled in
2-12-07 [jpnote: I received an email from Jon Harris, who wrote:
"I am the son of Phil Harris and would like to get in touch with Jimmy
Frieden who played in the band in Châteauroux with each other. Can you
help in any way?" Jon had left his phone number so I called and we
began an interesting conversation. Jon is too young to have been
at Châteauroux, but he patched a three-way with his mom, Anne-Marie, and we
had a memorable conversation. Sad to say, her husband, Phil, passed
away in 1995. She and Phil
married at Chas and their son, Steven Philip was
at Chas. Jon and Steven's sister, Benedicte are sending photos. I gave Jon
and his mother Jim Frieden's email address.]
Major General - Commander AMFEA
Retired July 31, 1963. Passed away Aug. 15, 1991
[jpnote: Excerpt from Air Force
Links] "In July 1956 General Hefley left Sacramento for his
assignment as commander, Air Materiel Force, European Area. General Hefley
moved his headquarters
from its original location at Wiesbaden, Germany, to Châteauroux France,
May 15, 1958.
As the AMC commander's representative in Europe, General Hefley managed
the conversion and transition of an expensive and cumbersome depot system
into a streamlined and flexible system for supporting U.S. Air Force and
allied units in the European-African-Middle East area. During his tour,
three major depots and five minor depots were closed out, command
personnel strength was reduced from 24,000 to less than 6,000 people, and
operating costs were cut by $35 million a year.
In place of an expensive and relatively-inefficient overseas depot system,
General Hefley instituted a decentralized and more flexible logistics
structure. This system, which places overseas air combat units on direct
supply support, from the U.S. and which handles their aircraft maintenance
needs through European contractors was the result of a three-year long
program to revitalize the obsolete logistics network which existed in the
European-African-Middle East theater.
On Aug. 15, 1960, General Hefley was transferred to Headquarters Air
Materiel Command, Dayton, Ohio."
(Thank you, Tom Blake (Chad Student), for this photo)
Jim A/1C and wife
HAWKINS, Janine Artaud
- widow of A/1C Jim (listed
I was the secretary for the 1616th Support Sqdndn, (Traffic) Col Fahringer (1957) then for Capt. Fred, and major Troy, at Déols. Lt. Miller is in the background.
In 1961, I married in the USA, A/1C Jim Hawkins, who worked until Feb 1960 at a refueling station, small shack
by the 1616th. [Janine & Jim's son was
friend Liliane whose father ran the U.S. gas station on the way to La Martinerie was working also for the 1616th and later on at Traffic
Control. We both live in El Paso, TX now and would love to hear from
old friends either French or American. We have very fond memories of
the ol" Chad!!!!!!
HERRERA, Ernesto Jr.
1961 to 1966
1602 Air Transport Wing
My name is Liliane P. Herrera (nee Diez).
husband, Ernesto Jr., was stationed at CHAS in the 1602nd ATW . I worked as a secretary at the
1602 from 1960 to 1963. I then transferred to Communication and worked as an
Air Traffic Spec. until our reassignment.
My husband and I got married in Vatan in 1964. We left France for
NM in 1966.
Ernesto passed away in Oct. 2003. He was a Real Estate
from 1985 (when he retired as a CMsgt) to his death.
I live in El Paso TX not far from my old friend
Janine Artaud-Hawkins. Ernesto was an A1C and a S/Sgt during his Châteauroux Tour.
He retired in El Paso, TX, his hometown.
Madril (7373rd Hospital Sqdn) looking at old photos with Ernesto Herrera, Jr.
(1602nd ATW) & Colonel Hildebrand at the 1998 Vets Return in Châteauroux
[Thanks Lilane Herrera for identifying the Colonel in the photo.]
HERRES, General Robert T.
Herres was vice chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.
1963 - June 1964, assistant chief, later chief, Flight Training Branch,
7322nd Air Base Wing,
Châteauroux Air Station, France.
7300th Materiel Control Group &
73rd Air Depot
@ Chas 51-53
Passed away 6-3-91
- Excerpts of General Hicks' bio from Air Force Link Biographies:
In March 1951, General Hicks was appointed commanding general of the
7300th Materiel Control Group (Mutual Defense Assistance Program) at
Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and the following month was transferred
with the group to the U.S. Air Force in Europe for station at Châteauroux,
In September 1951, he was named commander of the 73rd Air Depot Wing, also
at Châteauroux, with additional duty as commander of the 7300th Materiel
Control group. He was relieved of his additional duty in October 1952.
General Hicks retired July 31, 1953, and was recalled to active duty Aug.
1, 1953, in the same position. He became assistant chief of staff for
Materiel at U.S. Air Forces in Europe headquarters in November 1953.
He is rated a command pilot, combat observer and technical observer
& Mrs. Hicks at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Base Theatre - 1952.
[Bud Hankins sent the photos.]
HICKS, T/Sgt Lloyd Jackson & wife,
Miriam E. Hicks - He passed away December 1964 &
she passed away January 2001
HITCHCOCK, William A. C/Msgt
@ Chas 2/62 - 2/65
7322nd Air Police
I just was informed that Pete Hoogerzeil of Seekonk, Ma., passed away
on 4/19/07. Pete was with the 7322nd Air Police Sqdndn. from 2/62 to
2/65. I went through tech school with Pete and we both arrived and
left Chas on the same day! A good friend. Peace brother!
HOUGH, Col. Luther Walker
"Bud" - 3130th Air Base Group - Silk Purse Control
of Saratoga, CA passed away
June 12, 2000. He was born in 1920 in Honolulu.
11-26-05 jpnote: I
visited Nancy Sullivan ('66 Chad Student) at her home in San Antonio. She gave me
photos and Châteauroux souvenirs to scan and post to the website(s).
One of the souvenir items was a clipped article from I suppose the
Base Newspaper from 1964. The article was about the High
School Honor students. On the back of this same clipping was
an article about Col. Hough and his velvet paintings. I could
barely make out his name since the clipping is torn. I did a
little search and found his son, Chip, who was a junior high student
at Chad. Chip and his wife, Jonne, live about 50 miles south
of my house. I spoke with Jonne and we determined that Col.
Hough was indeed Chip's dad. His mother lives in California
and she has the collection of paintings referred to in the article.
article from the
Sabre Blade -
April 8, 1966
was written by
S/Sgt Chuck Frainie (see his obituary above)
IVES, Lt Col Lloyd
granddaughter Karen Young Fancher '67.
I went to first grade on the base in Châteauroux and was delighted to be able to see pictures of where I was! My grandfather-Lt Col Lloyd Ives- was stationed there under General Roby and we have many fond memories of that time.
Anyone know Mary Aster Dunkin or the Vucovich's? My grandfather (who
I lived with) served with General Roby at Châteauroux in 1954 and 55.
JACKSON, Paul Passed Away
& Wife, Jeannette Luneau Jackson Passed Away 2007
@ Chas: 1954-67
3130th Air Installation / AIO
7373rd USAF Hospital
Civilian Employee - Billeting
8-30-07 Guestbook Entry: Hi, My
name is Paul Jackson. I worked at la Martinerie approximately 13
years from 1954 to 1967. I married the love of my life and was married for 50
years until she passed away last year. I went back on vacation a few times to my
home in Boston, but I made my life in the Berry were I have lived a
wonderful life. I will try to attend this reunion
- and he did!
jpnote: I met this nice gentleman at the Berrichone dinner at
the Chas 2007 Return.
Alain Lecour was a young boy delivering the Stars & Stripes
newspaper in the neighborhood of Touvent when he met Paul Jackson.
It is Alain who wrote about Paul's passing. Yves Bardet (La Nouvelle
Republique) also wrote and sent some items regarding Paul.
Paul Jackson's Page
courtesy I. Batch
@ Chas: 1955-56
Field Maintenance Group
1-11-06 - Entry by daughter, Gayle Ann -
I am not sure about the Sqdn, as I am the daughter of Gary Ladoceour,
now deceased, who served in the Air Force, and it was he who was stationed
there. Thank you for putting this site together. I have really enjoyed it.
Not searching for anyone in particular. I just wanted to sign the guest book on behalf of my
[jpnote: Mother, Dorothy, listed daughter, Connie Dawn, as
Born @ Chas]
1-06 Entry from wife,
Dorothy: We lived at Arthon, outside
Châteauroux. Gary worked with the 7373rd Maintenance Group in Déols. He was an
airborne radio operator. They were flying supplies all over Europe if I
LAQUA, Bill - Pharmacy Technician - 7373rd Hospital
LAVINDER, John -
passed away March 10
In 1945, John was
drafted into the U.S. Army. In 1950, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was
stationed for three years in Châteauroux, France. He earned his master's
degree from Columbia University in New York and compiled a distinguished
31-year teaching career in the Puyallup School District. [Info from Central
Aldris Lee - Passed Away 1965
LUNDSTROM, Douglas E.
866th EAB - U.S. Army
@ Chas: 1954-55
St. Louis, MO
Friend of Jack Harnett & Jake Hawley
1-12-07 from Jack Harnett It is with sad regrets that I must
inform you of the death of Douglas Lundstrom, who passed this past Sept. '06.
Doug boarded the USN Maurice Rose and traveled to Châteauroux with Jake, Joe and
myself and returned to the USA by air in late Aug of 1955 with Jake and I and
some of the other 866 Vets. Doug's bride, Carol (Carolyn), called me last eve
and informed me of Doug's death. Doug leaves his wife, three sons and their
respective families. Carol indicated that neither she nor Doug were computer
literate and therefore did not use the e-mail, but she did enjoy talking on the
telephone. Some of you may remember back in 2004 when Jake Hawley met and spent
the better of a week trying to locate those of the 866th EAB., we were unable to
locate Doug, however the angel of the 866th, Jenelle Peterson,was later able to
find Doug and passed his address along to Jake and me.
7322nd Materiel Sqdn
Coach - 1964
Doyle: On May 1,
2003, Juan "Marty" Martinez of La Coste, Texas passed away at age 76. I received
the call from his wife. Apparently he was in his yard and may have been stung by a bee or some insect and had a reaction. Full military services were held at Ft. Sam Houston in
San Antonio, Texas and a church service was held on May 5, 2003
in his hometown of La Coste, Texas, a suburb of San Antonio.
Marty was at Chas from '61 to '65 and was an NCO. His wife Violette is a
former french national who was from Châteauroux and met Marty while she was
working as a telephone operator at La Martinerie. They have two grown children.
His son, John, is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and is on active duty as a
C-130 pilot, recently assigned to the European Theatre.
We all remember Marty as a real stand up guy who backed down from nobody.
As a veteran of three wars, he retired with a disability as a result of being
injured in Vietnam while with the Special Forces. He cannot be replaced for he
was my father figure and perhaps yours as well. Our baseball trips with him and
others were nothing but the best of times.
When Bill Boatman, Jim Ledbetter, Evo Mini and I were with him in '01,
Marty was dealing with failing health but was too proud to let it bother him.
That time with him was special then and we all knew it. You see, we were now
grown men giving hugs, and expressing love and respect to those who made a
difference. Thank God we made that trip to visit him then. Rest in peace
SMS David O. Passed away: August 1991 in Tampa, FL - age 62.
@ Chas at least 1956
Entry by son, Martin, who was
Born at Chas.
Father transferred to MacDill in Tampa in 1961; retired in
T/Sgt Joseph D. - See
1616th Support Sqdn (formerly 4th Aerial Port)
Entry from son, Joseph Jr.:
My father was a Loadmaster on the
C124's and stationed at Chateauroux from 1961 to 1963, which put me in 4th and 5th
grade at the elementary school. We had lived in base housing apartments right
near the school, and later were living in a trailer nearer to the base. We
moved in February 1963 after the death of my brother.
[jpnote: Lee Bryant wrote his memories of Chateauroux in June 2004 and sent them to me to
post. At that time, he recalled someone he worked with who had a french name he didn't
recall. When T/Sgt Meaux's son, Joseph Jr., signed the guestbook, Lee
recalled that it was his father he has remembered these 40+ years.]
MESSER, William C.
MESSER, WILLIAM C., 78, died January 1, 2010 after a long battle of
physical illness. He was the son of Cecil and Peggy Messer of Ohio. He served
in the U.S. Air Force for over 16 years. Bill was a master mechanic who owned
and operated German Engine Rebuilders in Orlando for many years before
retiring. He enjoyed building radio controlled airplanes and flying them in
Deland with his friends. He started with small replicas and ended up with some
planes that seemed as big as real ones. He will be missed. Bill is preceded in
death by his wife, Joan N. Messer of 40 years. He is survived by his sisters,
JoAnn (Bill) Roselot and Mary (Milt) Pandorf of Cincinnati. In addition he is
survived by daughter Leslie Messer of St. Cloud; and son Steve Messer of
Winter Park; Stepsons Scott (Sharyn) Hutchinson of Tuscawilla and Craig
Hutchinson of Naples; grandsons Brent and Alex
Hutchinson of Naples; grandaughter Sarah Messer of Naples, grandson Sammy
Messer of Phoenix; and great-grandson Avery Messer of Naples. Visitation will
be held at Cary Hand Cox Parker Funeral Home.
MYERS, M/Sgt. John
Entry from son, Danny Myers. Terrific web site. I am the dependent son of
M/Sgt John Myers (wife Anne--French) who was assigned to Châteauroux from
'55-58. Although a youngster back then, still have fond memories of that
tour....we lived on the economy, I went to French Pre-school, etc. Was
commissioned in the Air Force in '74 and retired as a LT COL in 2002...now a DoD
Civillian still working for the Air force at Wright-Patterson AFB. My father
passed away in '86--my mother is now 86 and living in Columbus, Ohio. Enjoyed
Richard T. - 44th Stat Services Sqdn - Dick passed away June 7, 2003
@ Chas: 57-60
3130th Air Base Group - Supply
9-30-09 Note from Sheila Orr:
husband was Paul Orr and he retired in 1978 as CMS USAF. We lived in 4 different
places in Chateauroux and Ardent (spelling) before our son was born and then
moved to 410. We made life long friends there and had a wonderful 3 years. One
of our life long friends are JB and Marie Giles. My husband passed away in 2005.
PETERSON, T/Sgt Dale A.
@ CHAS 1958-1960
3130th AB Gp (AMC)
This is my dad....Jenelle
My dad began his 30-year
career in the military in the Army/Air Corps when he was 17 years old.
He was a T.I. at Lackland AFB, TX two or three times during his
service. Perhaps he was your T.I. since many g.i.'s went to
Chateauroux from Lackland. He was also stationed at Kelly
AFB; Bossier/Shreveport, LA; Amarillo, TX; Minot, ND; somewhere in AZ.
He retired August 1, 1968 to live in Houston and San Antonio, TX. He
passed away in 1995.
PITTMAN, Major General Don D. - Retired
Oct. 1, 1978 Passed Away Sep. 11, 2001
In August 1960 he was a distinguished graduate of the
Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. He then was
transferred to Châteauroux Air Base, France, where he served as NATO project
officer for the Fiat G-91, and in July 1961 he became chief of safety for Air
Materiel Forces, European Area, at Châteauroux [Info from Air Force Link]
POLSTON, T/sgt Donald L. - Passed Away February 1, 2007
@ CHAS 1951-53
7373rd Air Installation Sqdn
Entry from Don's wife, Sue Polston: 3-13-07
I met Donald many years after his tour in Châteauroux,
but know the story very well and a lot of the people he was
stationed with; especially "Tent City" and the building of the
"Airman's Club" and Joe from Maine.
Rev. Homer Sparks:
My best friend was
T/Sgt Don Polston, who
was in charge of the work order section. He was responsible for issuing
all work orders pertaining to construction and other activities on the
base. Don & I remained friends (over fifty years) until his death a couple
months ago. Don took me under his wings and imparted to me much valuable
information pertaining to the Air Force.
POROWSKI, Isadore T. (Ret. Major) & Agnes -
4440th Fighter Sqdn (TACT)
4440th Fighter Sqdn (TACT)
@ Chas 62-66
of Jackie ('66), Roxanne, Sandy & Wayne who was
born at Chas
General George E. -
November 12, 1979
Charles F. Burley, Base Commander - 1961 and
General George E. Price - Commander AMFEA - 1961
Col Burley IS NOT DECEASED - This photo was taken in
PURSLEY, Michael 1960 -
Michael Pursley, age 39, of Dorcas, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 23,
2000. Michael was born on Dec. 2, 1960, in Deols, France, and
had been a resident of Okaloosa County, Fla., for most of his life. He
is survived by his wife, Pamela McCallum Pursley; daughters, Amy and Kacee
Pursley; parents, Douglas and Mary Pursley, all of Dorcas; brothers, Staff
Sgt. Sam Pursley, U.S. Air Force, of Robbins Air Force Base, Ga., Joseph
Pursley of Dorcas, Larry Pursley of Crestview, and John William Hyett of
Texas; sister, Mary K. Rice of Crestview; and numerous cousins, nieces and
nephews. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday,
Feb. 28, from the chapel of Brackney Funeral Service with the Rev. David Van
Zandt officiating. Burial will follow in Dorcas Cemetery.
ROBERTSON, Kenneth "Robby"
- Passed away July 3, 2006 : 1956-58
3131st Maintenance Group
1-25-06 Talk about
memories. I worked off duty in the Q-town Movie, Still in contact
with one of my best friends from that era (Jim Meeks).
Kenneth's long-time buddy, Jim Meeks, made this sad
Major General Pearl Harvey
- Passed away April 13, 1994
"Don't wait until your pants are down to your ankles
before you call for help."
[jpnote - Excerpt from Air Force Link
Biographies] In January 1950, Colonel Robey was called to Washington as special assistant to
the UCS/Development (Guided Missiles) at Headquarters U.S. Air Force. Then,
having earned his first star as brigadier general during December 1950,
General Robey became assistant for production in the Directorate of Guided
Missiles, Office of the Secretary of Defense in May 1951. From there he was
appointed as chief, Military Air Advisory Group, London, England, during the
period August 1953 to July 1954 when he was selected for his logistical
experience and ability to take command of the Central Air Materiel Area in
Châteauroux, France, the principal organization of the Air Materiel Forces,
European Area. From there he assumed command of the Ogden Air Materiel Area,
Hill Air Force Base Utah, where he soon received his second star as major
general, U.S. Air Force. General Robey is a command pilot and is current in
most conventional aircraft.
Col USAF John F. - Unknown Sqdn
My father passed away in 1992. If any of his fellow
officers or enlisted men remember him, please feel free to send me any pictures
or memories that you would like to share with me. My father at times was a tough
old bird, but he cared a lot for his men and his friends that he never would let
on. I do not think he ever met someone or worked for or with someone that he did
not truly like. Thank you Eric L. Rodzankas
ROHR, Bill -
7322 MATS (silk purse) Passed away 6-5-05
@ Chas: 1963-1965
7322nd Materiel Sqdn (Transient Alert)
I lived at 302 Georgia Place in Brassioux for
the years listed.
ROZANSKI, Joseph W.
(Unknown Sqdn) Passed Away 1998
SACCONE, Colonel (Ret.) Joseph D. (1929-2004)
31st Weather Sqdn -
died Monday morning, 28 June, at his home in Walpole, Massachusetts. Colonel Saccone was born in Boston on 5 October 1929. He earned a Bachelor of Arts
degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Boston College in 1951. He received a
direct commission in the Air Force Reserve while instructing at the Airborne
Radar Maintenance Officers Course at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, in
1952, and was called to active duty Jan. 2, 1953. Based on his education in math
and sciences, the Air Force sent him to The Pennsylvania State University where
he received a BS in Meteorology and began his distinguished career as an
operational meteorologist. He served as an Air Force weather officer and
on weather Sqdn operations staffs at Châteauroux Air Base, France, 1954-1957
and more... [Info from NWAS.] See complete info at
CMSgt Paul W. - 20 Nov 1932 – 25 Aug
Posted by son, MSgt Daniel
My father recently passed away after 3 years of failing health. He leaves behind his wife of 54 years
Beverly Jo (Mitchell) Sanborn, four sons, a daughter and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
My father (then PFC Sanborn)
was assigned to the 7373d Air Installation Sqdn from 1951-54. While stationed at CHAS, he met and married my mother whose father was stationed
there as well.
My father went on to complete 27 plus years in the Air Force and retired from Kirtland AFB in 1978. During his career he moved
through all sections of the Civil Engineering field, served time as the First Sergeant for the 1606th CES at Kirtland AFB, NM and
ultimately became the Senior Enlisted Advisor (now known as the Command Chief) for the 1606th Air Base Wing. Upon retirement from the USAF, he relocated to Dover, AR where he worked for Epperson Construction for an additional 19 years.
It is hoped that some of those who were stationed with him there will see this and know that he has departed this mortal plain and watches over all of us from on high.
SAVAGE, Alfred (Al)
@ Chas: 1958-62
7373rd Supply Sqdn
4-15-02 & 6-22-02
I ran the movies at the base theater for 2 years [from 58-61]. i had a gold and
white 1957 dodge, totaled it in issidom. it sat at the base gate on a trailer
for several months. if you were there you will remember that. i hung out at the
airmans club [and drank at Joe From Maine]. only name i can remember is, a/1c don lawson and hank estrada.
Ed - Passed away December 2006
1992 AACS Comm
@ Chas: 1955 to 1958
11-02-03 Was a
tape ape (tape relay) at the communications center at Déols then on the base
itself. Would love to hear from fellow Sqdnd members. Also would like any
photos of both Déols, the main base and of the town of Châteauroux. Will
never forget old Pop Feton who ran Rosies Bar in town. Never took any
pictures and all this old man has is a fading memory of a proud time serving
my country in the USAF. Was recalled to active duty again in 1963 and sent
to Kessler AFB to get some smarts...Finally got out in 1968 after nearly 13
years service...Hope I hear from you guys...
9-12-07 JP received the following news from Ed's
friend, Rich Shilling: "....on
a sales trip to Oregon, I stopped by Ed's place of business. When I
called, the phone had been disconnected and when I drove there, the
business had been closed and the building was for rent. I spoke to
the owner of the business next door and he confirmed my fear. Ed
passed away in December, 2006. RIP With sadness, Richard
T/sgt Grady Passed away 1983
1952 - 1955r
6-17-09 Entry from
I am the oldest son of TSgt
Grady Shelton. He retired from the AF in 1964 and passed away in 1983. Our
family has maintained contact with the Goza family, the Blacks, the Siscos,
and the Hickersons. My mother, Vera Shelton, is still alive and living in
SINGLETON, USAF Captain
Clarence H. Civil Engineer. Clarence "Buck" passed away in 1974 after only
18 years of marriage to:
Marie-Louise, 78, 8-15-31 - 3-10-10,
a 40 year resident
of Albuquerque, passed away Wednesday, March 10, 2010 after a brave battle
with cancer. Colette was born in La Brodiere, Creuse, France in 1931. She
attended her Catholic church and lived mostly in Aigurande s/r Bouzanne,
Indre, France, one mile away from La Brodiere. She grew up there with her
wonderful brothers, Andre and Maurice Gay. In 1955, Colette worked as a
secretary and interpreter at the USAF base of La Martinerie, Chateauroux,
France where she met her beloved husband, USAF Captain Clarence H.
Singleton who was a civil engineer. Clarence "Buck" passed away in 1974
after only 18 years of marriage. Colette retired in 1993 as a federal
employee where she worked for the US Army Recruiting Command as a
statistical awards clerk. Colette was a hard working and devoted mother
and grandmother. Colette enjoyed daily walks with her beagles, classical
music, swimming and her garden. She leaves behind her children, Richard L.
Singleton, Anne Marie Wilson, and Dennis C. Singleton; her grandchildren,
Daniel N. Seitz, Rebekah L. Seitz, Erick L. Wilson, Hannah J. Singleton,
and Chantel A. Singleton; son-in-law, Rick L. Wilson; daughter-in-law,
Graziella T. Singleton; and her large extended family in Houston and
France. The children of Colette want to express their love for their
mother who worked so hard after their father passed away to raise three
successful children. Mom will be forever missed and cherished. There will
be a memorial service Monday, March 15, 2010, 10:00 a.m. at French
Mortuary, Lomas Chapel. Please visit our online guestbook for Colette at
RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas
Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
SILBERMAN, Wally MD -
[jpnote: Dr Gene Levitz
told me Dr. Silberman passed away in approximately 2004 or 2005.]
7373rd Hospital Sqdn
@ Chas: 1959-63
Practiced at La Martinerie USAF Hospital with Dr
Edward H. Slagle who has also passed away.
[note from Dave Madril] I visited Drs.
Robinson, Levitz, and Silberman in San Jose, CA. Dr. Silberman's
former wife was at the 1998 CHAS Reunion.]
- Info from long-time friend and Chateauroux Roommate
7322nd Air Base Wing Sqdn
@ Chas: 1963-66
John Adams Sinclair, 65, died April 22, 2009 at
the Hyder Family Hospice House in Dover, NH after a courageous battle
with cancer. He was born October 2, 1943 in Boston, MA., son of
the late Alexander S. and Helen (Anufrom) Sinclair. John grew up
in Newton, MA. and was a graduate of Newton South High School. He then
enlisted into the United States Air Force and served overseas in France
during the Vietnam Era. When he returned home, he enrolled into the
University of Massachusetts-Amherst where he received his Bachelor of
Arts degree in Psychology. In their senior year during 1969, John and
Sandra Wickson got married. They settled in Southboro, MA for 5 years,
and moved to Grafton, MA to begin raising their young family. In 1984
they moved into Brentwood, NH, where John enjoyed many days building his
gardens and tinkering with his HO Model Train Set.
Mr. Sinclair retired from Harvey Industries and worked formerly for the
Thompson Center Arms Co. in Rochester, NH.
John's family and grandchildren were the most important things in his
life, and he cherished all the time he spent with them.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sandra Sinclair of Brentwood, NH, 1
son and his spouse, Scott Sinclair and Michael Pierce of San Francisco,
CA., 1 daughter and her spouse, Meredith and Bill Yingling of Deerfield,
NH, 3 grandchildren, Will, Kira, and Alyse, a brother and his spouse,
Alexander "Buddy" and Pat Sinclair of Randolph, MA., a sister, Janice
Frechette of Natick, MA., a sister, Roberta Lombardi of Amherst, MA., a
sister, Chris Clifford of Northbridge, MA., a brother and his spouse,
Bill and Marybeth Sinclair of Indianapolis, Indiana, a sister and her
spouse, Laurie and Mark Phillips of DE, and many other loved family
members, including, Bruno Vasil and John Clifford. John was pre
deceased by one brother, Don Sinclair.
Burial with military honor will be in the Brentwood Cemetery, Brentwood,
NH. To sign an online guest book, please visit
SLAGLE, Edward H. MD -
[jpnote: Dr Gene Levitz
told me Dr. Slagle passed away October 15, 2006.]
7373rd Hospital Sqdn
@ Chas: 1959-63
Dr. Slagle practiced Psychiatry in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School Of
Medicine (1958) with an MD and had been in the profession for 49 years.
Practiced at La Martinerie USAF Hospital with Dr
who has also passed away.
SMITH, Aghee W. -
10-9-1919 - 12-10-98
From the Lawrence County, AR "The Times Dispatch Online" website: Paul "Bix"
Smith, 70, of Jonesboro, died Feb. 28, 2009, at his home. Born July 15, 1938, in
Blytheville, he was an artist, musician and art professor. He lived his early
life in Imboden and attended grade school at Sloan-Hendrix until his family
moved to Pierceton, Ind., when he was 12 years old. A 1956 graduate of Pierceton
High School, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1965. After his
service, he earned a bachelor's degree from the Herron School of Art and Design
at Indiana University. He worked as a writer, photographer and photo editor for
the Indianapolis Star for 11 years. He returned to Arkansas in 1973 and worked
as the art director for KAIT-TV in Jonesboro. He later earned a Master of Fine
Arts from the University of Memphis and was a professor of art at Arkansas State
University's Newell campus for several years. His professional art included
painting, sketches, graphic design and photography. His artwork has been
displayed regionally and in other areas he has lived. As a musician, he played
guitar and bass guitar for a variety of groups in Indianapolis, Chicago,
California, Jonesboro and
He also acted in community theater productions.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmanuel Smith and Jewell
Campbell Smith Moore. Survivors include a son, Sam Brown, Nappanee, Ind.;
two sisters, Shirley Eye and husband Pete, Lenexa, Kan., and Debbie Soucy and
husband Yves, Memphis; and a brother, Stanley Smith, Austin, Texas.
3130th Air Base Group
@ Chas: 1961-1965
- 44th Stat Services Sqdn
@ Chas: 1951-1955
11/14/2001 Chad was nothing but a mud hole in 53-55. We worked hard and played
hard. We did a good job under difficult circumstances. Our veterans are proud of
08/28/2002 I was there
before paving, mess halls, or enlisted mens' club.  Would like to hear from the same
group of guys.
We have a son in the Marine Corps who will be going to Kuwait soon. Wish I
Nathan Cook & Richard "Smitty" Smith - Photo taken
Searching: I.D. Hunt
[FOUND]; George Pawlak, Silla Tomasi, Jake Jacobs, Red Weska, Lester Bottoroff,
Al Rugani [FOUND], Harold Weinbender, Bill Remblake, Nate Cook, George Jackson.
[jpnote: June 2006 - Isaac Hunt, Smitty's buddy, wrote
to tell me that Smitty passed away in 2004. I was personally saddened to
hear this news since Smitty and I had been emailing since 2001.]
Douglas Brekke (6-00)
Ernest Jeanmard (5-13-01)
" The Bomb" Neafsey
Richard T. Olmstead (6-7-03)
Richard Smith (4-04)
SOUTHARD, Ray E.
- Passed away March 2004
STANDIFORD, Ray A. - Passed
STEINMAN, Gerald -
1616th Support Sqdn - MATS - 4th Aerial Port
Passed away November 25, 2007
Steinman, Gerald H.,
66, of Millis where he has
been a resident since
1974, died Sunday,
November 25th, 2007 at the
Center in Natick after a
long battle with cancer.
Born May 2nd, 1941 in
Syracuse, New York, he was
the son of the late Harold
C. and Catherine (Farmer)
Steinman. He was educated
at the Weedsport Central
High School in Weedsport,
Most recently employed by
the West Roxbury Home
Depot Store for several
years, Gerald had been
self employed most of his
life. By his good name and
word of mouth, Jerry
maintained a successful
business for almost thirty
A U.S. Air Force Veteran,
he was known to be
knowledgeable on all sorts
of aircraft, he would
often identify an aircraft
overhead by sound alone.
While in the Air Force he
was privileged to work on
Air Force One during the
His love was his wife and
family, and his passions
were airplanes, flying,
boating and being a
He leaves his wife of 42
years, Bettyann (Hotaling)
Steinman, 5 children,
Sharon G. Kennedy and her
husband John of Knoxville,
TN, Steven M. Steinman and
his wife Valerie of
Canisteo, NY, Teri L. Ruda
and her finance’ Kevin
Rousseau of Millis,
Jeffrey D. Steinman and
his wife Carolyn of
Cumberland, ME and Gerald
F. Steinman and his wife
Annemarie of Cherry
Valley, MA, 12
grandchildren and 4 great
A Mass of Christian Burial
will be celebrated
Thursday, November 29th at
10:00 AM at St. Thomas the
Apostle Church, 82
Exchange Street, Millis.
Burial, with military
honors, will follow at the
VA National Cemetery,
STORTI, William & Toni
SWANSON, Ronald D. & wife, Barbara
7373rd AIO Sqdn
8-7-07 My name is Catherine and I was
Born @ Chas
and was just wondering if anyone remembered my Father Ronald Swanson.
@ Chas: 1951-53
From Kalamazoo, MI
Art Ungier & Dan Thran outside the 7300th MDAP
Barracks, circa 1952 from Bud Hankins
TOMPKINS, Ralph E.
"T-Bird" - Passed away June 5, 2005
7322nd MATS (@ Déols)
- More Photos
[jpnote: Ralph and I talked on the phone frequently; he didn't have a
computer, but wanted to reconnect with his youth at Châteauroux and he enjoyed
reminiscing about "those days." I didn't know him personally at Chas, but
our mutual love for France made for a nice telephone friendship. He
mailed me many photos from his time at CHAS and they are placed throughout the
website. Ralph had a service related injury which eventually took his
8-12-07 John Doyle (7322nd
Air Police Sqdn) sadly
reported that Tommy
passed away in Atlanta on a business trip sometime in
late '01 or early '02. He was a good buddy of Ray Haberman and
7322nd Air Police Sqdn
UNGIER, Arthur B.
- Passed away - August 2005 -
Bud Hankins provided this info.
@ Chas: 1951-53
7300th Materiel Control Group (Mutual Defense Assistance Program)
Drummond Island, MI
& Dan Thran outside the 7300th MDAP Barracks,
circa 1952 from Bud Hankins
Thomas & wife, Nancy Lee Taylor Watson
@ Chas: 1961 - 1964
Daughter, Susan, thinks her dad was in personnel.
4-28-07 The Watson's were stationed at
Châteauroux from 1961-64. Captain Watson passed away in
the '80's and his wife, Nancy Lee, passed away in 2002.
They are survived by their children who were students at Touvent
Elementary and a daughter, Susan, who was
Born at CHAS.
- Passed away November 2006
@ Chas: 1954 - 1955
866th Engineer Aviation Battalion
Hilton Head, SC