"Aces of The Eighth" by Jack Fellows

CAPTs Curtis Robinson & Theodore Harduvel

Capt. S. Curtis “Bullet” Robinson of the 80th TFS was killed in an F-16 crash on July 6, 1982. According to F-16.net, the aircraft was 80-0490 of 80 TFS, F-16A Block 10C, that went down near Chongju. Paul Huff, MSgt, USAF, wrote in 2003, “Capt Curtis “Bullet” Robinson was flying F-16A S/N 80-0490 where he crashed into a mountain side…

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LTGEN Carlos “Tote” Talbott

Cliff Birchmann sent me this from the Air Force Times 22 Oct 2012 edition: “Tex, perhaps you saw this article in the AFT. But, perhaps you did not know that Lt Gen Talbott was the DO for the 8th Tac Fighter Wing at Itazuke during 1960-1961. He flew with the 80th while there. It might be worth an article in…

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Colonel Walt Soboslay

Received an email from Korean War LTM Jerry Minton today: Sorry to tell you that (Col) Walt Soboslay died early last year. We served together in “A” Flt of the 80th in Korea in 1952. Jerry Sad news. Jerry. CAVU and tailwinds, Walt!

B/Gen Thomas Wood

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Delbert “Badger” Smith

Delbert (Del) F. Smith, age 85, passed away March 31, 2017, after a brief illness, with his family at his side. Del was born on December 17, 1931, in Sondheimer, Louisiana to Dalton and Bessie Smith. He married the love of his life, Joan Rambo, in 1957 and they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Del served with distinction in…

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Captain A. L. “Robby” Roberts

Ardice Lamar Roberts August 16, 1923 – February 5, 2017 Ardice Lamar (Robby) Roberts, 93, a loving father, grandfather, uncle and WWII veteran, passed away on February 5, 2017. Robby was born on August 16, 1923 in Crocketville, SC and was a long-time resident of Tampa. During his service in the Army Air Corp, our Dad flew P-38 Lightning fighter…

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Colonel Charles Watry (updated 3-2-17)

Received this today: On 3/1/2017 8:25 AM, Watry, Andrew (LNG-SFR) wrote: A note to tell you guys that Charles A. Watry died on Monday February 27, 2017, age 93. Andrew Watry (son) If I remember our history correctly, the 80th was in Yokota Japan and was due to be deactivated, but was moved to Kunsan under the 3rd Wing (which…

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A/1C Joseph D. Clark

Dear Tex, Nogas, & Lude, My father, Joseph D. Clark, served with the Headhunters in Korea as an F80 ordnance loader – I believe he was with the 36th squadron (three red stripes on the tail). He worked on F80s early in the conflict, graduating to the big stuff (loading nukes onto B47s) when he returned stateside. Going through old…

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Major James Ure

I received this note from Kathleen Ure, dated January 31, 2017. Jim was a LTM and Korean War vet. Godspeed, Sir.: To The Headhunters, I regret being so slow to inform you of the passing of my husband, Maj. James F. Ure on 12 April 2016. He very much enjoyed his association with your great group and liked to participate…

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Robert “Bob” Hull

On 1/16/2017 3:29 PM, jhull08293@roadrunner.com wrote: To: 80th Fighter Squadron Headhunters I wanted to inform you that my Father, Major Robert A. Hull, passed away in September 2015. A link to his obituary is attached from the Cortez Journal (Cortez, Colorado). Based on the material that I have, it looks like he was stationed in Japan in 1949-1950 and flew…

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Carl Branstad Has Flown West

I received this in the mail today from Carl’s wife, Lorraine.  Carl was one of our WWII members.  According to my numbers (which are probably not accurate) we are down to 43 WWII Members plus 21 WWII Widows.  Sad news as another generation passes on. June 7, 2016 To Whom It May Concern, I am very sorry to inform you…

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Major Adrian “Ace” Acebedo

I received a note from Ace’s daughter, Patti telling us that Ace flew West in August, 2015. You can read it here: Major Adrian_Ace_Acebedo RIP