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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

Bill “Easy” Reiter

Got a heads up from Driver Mac McNeese and found this article on the Ratnet.  I had the pleasure of having Easy in my pit many times.  Great guy. Great Fighter WSO!   ST. PETERS, Mo. – A 68-year-old man died in an area hospital after he was rear-ended in a crash Wednesday morning. According to a release from the…

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Jeff Dishart

Back in February I posted a short blurb on Jeff Dishart concerning his fight with his MSA disease. I was notified by Captain Sean “Notch” Foote that Jeff flew West on 13 June 2015. I received an email from his brother, Steve skdishart@me.com about a possible wake to be held 8 Aug 2015 in Pittsburgh. I will try to attend…

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Colonel John William Rushfeldt

  Colonel John William Rushfeldt August 2, 1931 to January 8, 2015 Colonel (USAF Ret) John William Rushfeldt, age 83, passed away peacefully at his home in San Antonio TX after a six year multiple myeloma illness. He was a devoted and loving Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-grandfather. He was born in Degroat Township, North Dakota, a direct…

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