|The AC-119 Gunship Association Reunion
VI at Ft. Walton Beach is history. As always, it was an outstanding
event thanks to the huge efforts by Gus Sininger and Norm Evans.
The weather was ideal and the camraderie among fellow gunshippers
was as strong as ever.
Jack Bastin, Owen 'Dale' Stickles, and Bernie
Front Row, L to R: Phil
Wheatley, Larry Middleton, LeRoy Frahm, Jack Bastin, Earl Wall,
and Jim Alvis.
Back Row, L to R: Ronald Warner, Mailen Thomas,
Owen Stickles, and Bernie Westendorf. Bob Eckstein and Tom Jump
arrived too late to be included in the photograph. (Robert
Mauri and Nancy Ray and Jack Bastin
Carol Bastin, Dixie Wall, Earl Wall, and
LeRoy and Rose Frahm, Larry and Bonnie Middleton
Lourie and Phil Wheatley, LeRoy and Rose
Memorial service at Hurlburt Air Park
Association President Wayne Laessig
conducts the memorial service. Note the new 71st flag on the right.
Jim Terry (L) poses with survivors at memorial service.
Bill Petrie (L) and Gus Sininger (R) unveil the newly dedicated AC-119K
Members remember our POW/MIA brothers.
Gus Sininger and Bill Petrie are recognized for their outstanding efforts
success of the AC-119 gunship Association for the past five years.
Brigadier General Henry C. (Heinie) Aderholt
was the honored guest speaker at the banquet.
The highly decorated General served a distinguished military career from WW II
He described his experiences and provided a very interesting appraisal of the
Earl Wall won the auction for special challenge coin #71.
|The AC-119 Gunship Association had
challenge Coins struck for every reunion attendee. The 39mm (1.5")
diameter coins recognize the three Special Operations Squadrons.
A limited number of silver highlighted and numbered coins were
auctioned at the Saturday evening banquet. The auction was very
successful, and will be repeated at the 2006 reunion at Albuquerque,