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2013 Mail Call
Dec 24 - Dear AC-119 Gunship Brothers and Families,
Dec 10 - A note from the webmaster...I look back over our Mail Call activity for this year and I'm troubled. Too many of us are now passing from this world, having health problems or experiencing other life trials. I'm reminded that he time between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be a frantic one, and I for one have been guilty of getting caught up in my own problems and activities that I sometimes lose sight of what is happening to my brothers and their families.
The hustle and bustle in stores, nasty traffic, and numerous doctor appointments can make for a holiday headache that many of us would like to avoid.
It's always important to slow down and remember that this is, in fact, a special season of giving. It's more than presents under the tree. It's more than making cookies, cakes, and other delectable treats — although that's certainly fun! For me anyway...I like to eat.
Sometimes the real spirit of giving just might be a giving one of our brothers a simple phone call, or an email to a longtime friend or ground crew or air crew mate just to say hi and let them know you're thinking of them. This alone can be an emotional and spiritual uplift that is often hard to put in words... but the feeling is oh so wonderful. And wouldn't it be nice to look in our Mail Call and read some good news for a change!
As a gunship group we have a special and strong bond. Often times our Mail Call is a hopeful sign that the spirit of giving, either in prayer or positive thought is alive and well amongst us.
During this Christmas season, Hanukah season, or Holiday season, whatever you want to call it.... (or anytime of the year), If you know of any AC-119 gunship brother, their family member (or as my priest will say in Mass...are their others?) who need our good thoughts and/or prayers... the Mail Call is a place for us to do it. All you need to do is let an Association officer know and they can pass it on. Just look at the names listed in the Mail Call entries below and you'll have, what I think, is just a sample of what I'm talking about. We know there are more. Keep them all in your thoughts and prayers... this season and always.
Being a Catholic kid, who was born in Ireland, I take the liberty of presenting, to all of you, the gift of an Irish Christmas blessing:
"May you be blessed
YITB (Yours in the Brotherhood)
Nov 13 - Please keep our fellow gunship brother Phil Wheatley and his wife Lourie in your hearts and prayers. He is going through some very trying times, healthwise.
Oct 15 - Let's all say a prayer for Bob Hamorsky's wife Cindy, they were on vacation when Cindy felt a lump and she made an appointment at the Doctors office for when they got home.... they found out it was cancer. She will be starting radiation soon. Bob is going out of his mind and he needs our prayers and thoughts to be with him!
Oct 13 - Shadows Lose a fellow warrior - On Thursday,10 October, we lost a dear friend and fellow warrior Don Fraker.
Don is now with the lord. He was a devout Christian and a gentle warrior.
Oct 12 - Another Stinger brother leaves us. The AC-119 Association lost a great friend and brother with the passing of Al Nash. Al's wife, Wilhelmina Nash, wanted us to know that the funeral ceremony for Al will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on November 7, 2013 at 15:00 hours. Contact Wayne Laessig if you need additional information. Hopefully some of us can attend. Al will be sorely missed and our thoughts and prayers go out to Wilhelmina and the family.
Oct 12 - Association member Bill Petrie informed us his wife Karen was diagnosed with Cancer. She underwent a radical hysterectomy and will start radiation treatments in a few weeks. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Oct 12 - Vern Hansen's wife Becky informed us that Vern had surgery Friday to remove another malignant tumor from his bladder. A biopsy will also be taken on the lining of the bladder. Prayers will be appreciated.
Oct 10 - Stinger brother Mike Davis tells us that his wife Cathie's cancer is back and she started her chemo In just the past few days... Let's all please keep her and Mike in our thoughts prayers.
Received from Shirley Bartlett - Sept. 18, 2013 - Frank had an angiogram to his brain this am and was flat on his back for two hours afterward. Is now home and resting from the sedation they gave him. Please let the group know. As of now we still plan to go to San Antonio if he doesn't have any complications from the angio-seal they put in his groin. God willing he won't. Please keep Frank and Shirley in your thoughts and prayers. we hope to see him healthy enough to be at the Reunion in San Antonio.
September 12, 2013 - Al Heuss needs thoughts and prayers. Al will not make it to the San Antonio reunion due to a medical problem that needs immediate attention. We wish Al a speedy recovery.
June 6, 2013 - MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY" a 71st SOS HERO NEEDS YOUR HELP!!
June 6, 2013 - Reunion coordinator Jerry Hester notes he talked to Paul Campbell and his wife a couple months ago. Paul has been bed ridden and in a wheelchair. Also, he doesn't drive anymore.
June 6, 2013 - We have received word that gunship brother Vern Hansen just underwent his second bladder cancer surgery. The update is, so far, he is doing fine. They removed a large tumor last week and had to remove several smaller ones during the second surgery. In his surgeon’s words “he was a challenge.” At one point Dr. Santecroce thought he would have to remove his bladder, but this proved to be unnecessary. He is expected home in a few days.
June 6, 2013 -Gunship brother Paul R. Stumbaugh, Jr., 74, Minot, ND, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 2, 2013, at his home in Minot.
March 7, 2013 - Looking for Information on my Grandfather
I am looking for anyone who might know how and why my grandfather Mahlon “Dale” Henness received his DFC. Looking for anyone that may also have pictures with him in them or know what his roll in the 17th SOS Shadows was. Please let me know anything you may know. Trying to learn as much as possible about his role in the USAF.
Feb 17, 2013 - Follow up on Bruce Abbott's note about heart issues.
You need to apply as soon as you can. It took 2 years to get my claim approved. I have always had a hard time dealing with the VA Department and have found that I have better success working with the New York Veterans Department. I have an individual who has helped me at every turn of this long process. He has all the forms and knows which ones need to be filed. They also will hand carry the forms to the VA office in Buffalo. They know what needs to be done when the VA says they don't have enough information or asks for the same information you have already sent. I would check out your state Veterans Department before I would try and deal with the VA. I recieve excellent care at the VA hospital in Buffalo but have never had much luck with dealing with the VA paperwork. It took 1 year to get my Diabetes claim approved and that is as simple a claim as you can have. 3 years total is a long time to wait especially if you need the money or access to medical care. Bettom line is get a Veterans Service Officer (VSO) from the American Legion,Disabled American Veterans, or another organization to file your claims.
Mike Traynor, 18th SOS, Association member
Feb 17, 2013 - Ischemic Heart Disease
Bruce Abbott, Association member
Feb 11, 2013 - Donation in the name of Walker Cullop
The AC-119 Gunship Association has made a donation in Dale's name to the family's local Hospice. If you would like to make a Hospice donation in Dale's name, please send it to:
Dale's family appreciates your support
Your Association Crew
Feb 6, 2013 - Sad News on Walker Cullop
We are saddened to hear of the passing of our brother...Walker "Dale" Cullop. Dale's daughter Pam sent the group the following message:
Pam Satterfield and family
Feb 2, 2013 - 2013 Reunion coordinator, Jerry Hester Stricken. We received word that this year's reunion coordinator, Jerry Hester, suffered a series of mini heart attacks. We understand he is undergoing tests and we hope to have more information on him soon. Keep Jerry, and his wife Ellen, in your thoughts and prayers, as we pray for his speedy recovery. We'll update as we receive word.
Your Association Crew
Update on Dale Cullop - Feb 2, 2013 - We received another note from Dale's daughter Pam:
A couple of our members have sent Dale an email via Pam. We know he would love words of encouragement from more of his friends. Dale was a Stinger IO/FE in 1972 at NKP & DaNang. So....If YOU knew Dale in any capacity, send his daughter an email with words of encouragement, memories about your time flying together, or getting together at our gunship reunions, or just to say hi I'm thinking of you.
You can send Dale an email through Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Association Crew
Walker "Dale" Cullop needs our thoughts and prayers - February 1, 2013 - We have just received this message from the Cullop family:
"I am Walker Cullop's daughter Pam. I wanted to let the association and his friends from the reunions know that dad has cancer and has taken a turn for the worse. He is bedridden and can no
Dale is a loyal member (Life Member #11) of the AC-119 Gunship Association and a faithful reunion attendee. Dale's presence is one of the bright spots of our reunions. He is well liked by all and is one of our favorite members. Please keep Dale, daughter Pam, and the family in your thoughts & prayers.
We will post any updates as we receive them.
Your Association Crew
AC-119 Gunship Association