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2012 Mail Call
Our friend Chuck Lunsford has left our flight pattern — October 1, 2012 — A heartfelt message for all my father’s friends,
Sep 23, 2012 — Sad News about our friend Chuck Lunsford. Chuck Lunsford flew C-119s, authored books & articles about them, and was a great source for our AC-119 histories as well as a great friend of the AC-119 Gunship Association. He has been diagnosed with stage 4 liver and spine cancer. In a message from Chuck’s sister Penny she told us, “He found this out the first part of September, after going into the VA Hospital in Albuquerque for horrible back pain. As of September 21, he is in the ICU, and is expected to be with us a short period of time. I know how he loved you guys. I don't know if he had a chance to tell all of his friends.
Chuck is a dear friend of the association and corresponded with many of us. Please keep Chuck, Penny, and family in your thoughts & prayers.
If you want more information, please contact Wayne Laessig at 707-592-4492.
Attention AC-119 Gunship Association members - May 23, 2012 - On the 21st Association president, Gus Sininger, had back surgery. Gus kept it pretty quiet but word is getting out and folks have expressed concern for his well being. we are happy to report Gus's surgery went well and he is now in the recovery process and will be rehabilitating for a while. Please keep Gus in your thoughts and prayers as we keep an eye on him and wish him a speedy recovery. We'll keep you advised of any changes.
Your Association Crew
For 1971-1972 Stingers - April 29, 2012 - Merle Young (Stinger Nav) is coming to our Fort Walton Beach Reunion with his two sons. One of his sons, Darrell, contacted us with a request and we need your help.
After Merle had a stroke, his recollection of specific guys he flew with or knew has become spotty. We’re pretty sure Merle was a FLIR and pretty sure he was in one of the last classes that went over, since he graduated from Columbus training in December 1971. He was likely a Major or Lt. Col over there having retired in June 1973 as a Lt Col.
Last Flight for Robert "Bob" McNew who passed away suddenly on March 1st. Bob was Life Member #28 and one of the founding members of our AC-119 Gunship Association.
Another brother makes his last flight - April 11, 2012 - Bill Hanson has informed us we lost our gunship brother Bill Feezer to Cancer on April 9th. Bill was a Flight Engineer with the 18th SOS. Our condolences go out to Jeannette and the Feezer family. More information will be posted as we receive it.
More Sad News - March 25, 2012 - Marshall Mullins Stricken with Cancer. Marilyn Mullins informed us that her husband, Life member and Life Support Maintainer Marshall Mullins, was diagnosed on March 18th with Stage 4 prostate cancer. Marilyn stated “We’re not sure what the future will hold but for now our minds are reeling. If we can make the reunion, we most certainly will be there as he enjoys getting together with everyone so much. But we’ll have to make that decision when the time comes.”
Please keep Marshall, Marilyn and their family in your thoughts and prayers.
Sad News - March 25, 2012 - Brother Bill Feezer (18th FE and Life Member 131) has lung cancer that has spread to his brain. Bill's wife Jeanette asked Bill Hanson to pass on this info, and that his Doc said he has anywhere from 3 to 18 months. Please keep Bill, Jeanette, and family in your thoughts and prayers.
Fred Eggert Doing Well - Mar 10, 2012 - By the time we could get this posted Fred Eggert was in and out of the hospital. We're happy to report that, after a week in the hospital, Fred is now home and mending well. He had a severe case of pneumonia and a rapid heart beat and had to have his heart zapped. He had great doctors and lots of TLC from some very pretty nurses. Hell! that's enough to zap my heart.
Freds message to all his friends is "thank you for your prayers and a big heart felt thank you to the Lord who heard your prayers and answered them. Love to all my family and friends." P.S. "Dee was a real trooper."
We wish Fred a strong recovery and look forward to seeing him at the next reunion.
Your Association staff
New Family member - Feb 23, 2012 - Hello Everyone,
We just wanted to give you guys an update, we had the newest member of the family join us on February 21, 2012.
Prez needs patch Information - Feb 22, 2012 - Your association president needs to hear from anyone who knows the history behind the 18th SOS Squadron patch pictured here.
He is trying to find out who made it up, why, and what were the specifics of the logo. Your webmaster's recollection is that it was not an official patch but one made up because they didn't like the official patch and your webmaster doesn't know what the "official" patch looked like. Anyone who can help with the history of the patch should contact Gus Sininger or the webmaster.
71st Looses a Member - Donald R. Jerrels Sr, 75, of Peru, Indiana passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2012. AC-119 Life Member #229, Don served 36 years including 71st "Shadow" Flightline Supervisor at Nha Trang Vietnam; both Bakalar and Lockbourne AFBs; and Desert Shield.
Jim Alvis remembers: "I worked for Don at Bakalar and Lockbourne, and enjoyed and appreciated his leadership. He and his wife Marcia attended a few Association reunions until his health deteriorated. Don will be missed by his 71st buddies."
2012 starts on a sad note - Fred Blum, retired Col. and AC-119 Stinger Navigator, passed away Saturday, January 14th in San Antonio, TX following an injury in October during a trip to Europe. There will be a Memorial Service at the Air Force Village Two at 1330 on January 21st, and a Military Internment at Ft Sam, 1345 on January 27th. Mac MacIsaac and the association, will try to provide more info as it becomes available. If anyone thinks they’ll be able to attend the memorial Service or Military Internment, please contact Wayne Laessig at Qadvocate@sbcglobal.net and we’ll make sure Mac knows.
Another brother makes his final flight - In the early morning hours of
January 9, 2012 Retired SMSgt Frank Zemanick, 63, answered God's call to come home. Frank retired
after 25 years in the Air Force; he was Gunner on our AC-119K Stingers as
well as AC-130 Spectres. The last few years he drove a school bus for St.
Mary's School. He was a member of Knights Council 4444.
Update on Member Frank Bartlett - We received a brief update that Frank is stable and doing better. He has a severe head laceration and is black and blue. Having an aneurysm means more tests need to be done. Keep Frank and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Thank You. I just saw my grandfather Mahlon D. Henness listed on your Last Flight page and I want to say thank you. It really means a lot to me. He was always my hero and inspiration.
Member Frank Bartlett needs your prayers and thoughts - Karen Graves informs us, via Shirley Bartlett, that Frank had a bad fall 6 days ago and has a large laceration on his head. Frank is black & blue but he had no brain trauma. In doing a CT scan of his head they diagnosed a large aneurysm of the brain. So that is the main concern at this time. More tests will be done on Monday. Please keep Frank and Shirley in your prayers and thoughts and we will pass on information as we receive it.
Need Help moving C-119 to museum in Cresson, Tx - Jan 4, 2012 - There is a group in Texas, who are attempting to move a C-119 from just southwest of Fort Worth, at
the Pate Museum of Transportation to another museum. They are looking for guidance, and a few strong backs with this upcoming move.
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