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This area contains the names of our Batcat friends and colleagues who have passed away after returning from Korat. Remembrance Area added 07/01/09, Last updated 05/24/17.

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WEBMASTER CONTACT INFO - My wife and I completed the sale of our Maine home and we are now settling into our California home to be nearer our grand children. With this move the only valid email for webmaster Larry Westin is westin@westin553.net - several areas on my Batcat pages may still show our previous Maine address and phone number. I'm in the process of correcting those areas to show my new contact information, which is Larry Westin, 21721 Verde St., Tehachapi, California 93561, phone (661) 823-4707.

The primary objective of this page is to let others know when a Batcat has died. The losses at Korat are listed in other places on the Batcat homepage, but so as to not forget, those who died while at Korat are shown here too. Recent deaths are shown here as I become aware of their passing. If you have additional names, corrections, or other information please contact Larry Westin via email at: westin@westin553.net.

Those who died while at Korat

Check here for a List of the 25 Batcats who lost their life while at Korat. Three Batcats died from non operational incidents. The 22 Batcats who were killed on operational missions have their names engraved on the Vietnam Memorial Wall, Washington, D.C. Here is a view of the Vietnam Memorial Wall section for the 18 Killed on the April 25, 1969 loss, Vietnam Memorial Wall section 26W, and in a separate area of the Vietnam Memorial Wall for the 4 Killed on the September 6, 1969 loss, Vietnam Memorial Wall section 18W. Updated 05/27/13.

The 22 Batcats killed on operational missions are recognized at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio, on the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing Plaque in the Museum Memorial Park. Updated 10/18/09.

Those who died after
returning from Korat

These are Batcats I am aware of who have passed away after returning from Korat. Full unit and date of death is shown when known. Please use the email contact at the top of this page to correct information or add names to this area.

To locate a particular individual you have 3 options. 1 - Scroll down through this page. 2 - Search this page by pressing CTL+F, enter the person's last name data and press enter. 3 - Alternately you can click on the first letter of the person's last name.

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Individuals Last name begins with letter "A"

Donald Adams, 554th RS, passed away March 1, 2012

Lyle Ahner, 553rd RS, passed away 200?

Vernie Andricks, 553rd FMS, passed away February 15, 2012

Rudolph Louis August, 553rd RS, passed away 2004

Jake Awalt, 553rd EMS, passed away March 28, 2016

Individuals Last name begins with letter "B"

Dick Baker, 554th RS, passed away May 8, 2004

John L. Banner, 553rd RW, passed away January 22, 2013

Jim Barcus, 553rd OMS, passed away January 26, 2005

John Barram, 553rd RW, passed away January 2013

James Bartholomew, 554th RS, passed away Feburary 2004

Dewitt Barwick, 553rd RS, passed away unknown date

Robert O. Beaulieu, 554th RS, passed away August 18, 2000

John Begandy, 553rd RS, passed away December 27, 2013

Charles "Chuck" H. Bell, 553rd RS, passed away unkown date

William David Bennett, 553rd RS, passed away October 11, 1971

Larry D. Blaylock, 553rd RS, passed away 2010

Dick Boston, 553rd FMS, passed away May 2016

James W. Bourdeau, 554th RS, passed away Feburary 2009

Earle Boyd, 553rd RS, passed away unknown date

Warren Kenneth Breedlove Sr., 554th RS, passed away 1981

David Brown Sr., 553rd RS, passed away August 21, 2009

Charles Leroy Buechele, 554th RS, passed away March 8, 2010

Individuals Last name begins with letter "C"

Richard Eugene "Dick" Chamberlain, 554th RS, passed away January 1, 2015

Blaine Chapman, 554th RS, passed away June 4, 2008

Delano "Jay" Cheely, 553rd FMS, passed away April 4, 2013

Donald "Chris" Christensen, 554th RS, passed away May 21, 1997

Willie J. Christian, 554th RS, passed away March 12, 2011

Bill Cody, 553rd RW, passed away April 2002

Dick Cole, 554th RS, passed away unknown date

Doug Cousineau, 553rd FMS, passed away January 13, 2014

Sharpless "Steve" Crowe III, 554th RS, passed away May 24, 2011

Larry Cummings, 553rd RW Detachment 1, passed away 200?

Richard Custer, 553rd RW, passed away April 3, 2003

Individuals Last name begins with letter "D"

Robert R. Dailey, 553rd RS, passed away August 10, 1978

Ron DeGroff, 553rd RS, passed away September 28, 2016

Richard "Dick" Francis Dermody, 554th RS, passed away August 15, 2016

Ricky Dietsch, 553rd OMS, passed away March 14, 2012

Ron Donley, 553rd FMS, passed away January 23, 2011

Ralph E. Draper, 554th RS, passed away February 6, 2001

Robert Duffy, 553rd FMS, passed away October 2014

Individuals Last name begins with letter "E"

Ford Eastman, 554th RS, passed away 1995

James L. Edwards, 554th RS, passed away January 8, 2008

Donald E. Ewing, 553rd RW, passed away January 4, 1995

Individuals Last name begins with letter "F"

Robert E. Fiebig, 554th RS, passed away May 2009

Thomas R. Forbes, 553rd RW, passed away June 13, 2013

Billy J. Fountain, 553rd EMS, passed away 2007

Eston A. "Rip" Fox, 554th RS, passed away October 1, 1990

LeRoy T. "Roy" Fretschl, 554th RS, passed away February 24, 2015

Bartholomew "Bart" Fundaro, 553rd FMS, passed away February 16, 2007

Individuals Last name begins with letter "G"

Cecil "Pappy" Gilpin, 554th RS, passed away unknown date

Walter M. Given III, 553rd RS, passed away 2000

Leonard A. "Lenny" Gladue, 554th RS, passed away 1995

Lou Green, 554th RS, passed away 2003

Gerald C. Grotz, 553rd RS, passed away July 14, 1998

Paul Joseph Gruber, 553rd RW, passed away October 30, 2015

Individuals Last name begins with letter "H"

Billy J. Hall, 553rd RS, passed away about 2000

John Harsane, 553rd FMS, passed away unknown date

Bobby Joe Hart, 554th RS, passed away June 6, 2012

Thomas F. Hart, 553rd RW, passed away May 10, 1990

Andrus "Andy" Hebert, 553rd RS, passed away July 5, 2009

Arch Heckler, 554th RS, passed away April 27, 2009

Robert H. "Bob" Helfrich, 553rd RS, passed away March 31, 2015

Dennis "Denny" Hill, 554th RS, passed away about 1976

William R. "Holly" Hollingsworth, 553rd RS, passed away January 8, 1994

Charles "Charlie" Hollis, 554th RS, passed away February 6, 2015

Eugene "Gene" Horecka, 553rd RS, passed away 2011

Lee Hagan Hundley, 553rd EMS, passed away December 16, 2011

Individuals Last name begins with letter "I"

Individuals Last name begins with letter "J"

Jack January, 553rd RW, passed away about 2006

William Ernest Johns Sr., 553rd EMS, passed away November 21, 2009

Individuals Last name begins with letter "K"

Don Keefe, 553rd RS, passed away 2008

Oscar W. Kendall the third, 553rd RS, passed away 2011

Kenneth R. Krueger, 553rd OMS, passed away April 10, 2011

Individuals Last name begins with letter "L"

John D. LaBonte Sr., 553rd FMS, passed away December 11, 2011

John Larrabee, 554th RS, passed away about 1990

Anton "Tony" Letang, 553rd RS, passed away November 5, 2002

John Walter Linaburg, 553rd AMS, passed away March 9, 2011

Licious T. Lunsford, 554th RS, passed away unknown date

Individuals Last name begins with letter "M"

Lee "Leo" J. Magers, 553rd RS, passed away November 27, 2010

Dean V. Maples, 553rd EMS, passed away July 26, 2007

John Mark, 553rd RS, passed away September 12, 2008

Daniel C. Marquez, 554th RS, passed away August 13, 2011

Richard "Dick" Massicotte, 553rd OMS, passed away November 2013

Pete "Pietro A." Mazzio, 553rd RW, passed away January 23, 2006

Michael Thomas McAvoy, 553rd RW, passed away 2004

Richard Dean McCreary, 553rd RW, passed away December 11, 2016

Jim McCune, 554th RS, passed away December 19, 2012

Marvis McDow, 553rd EMS, passed away November 9, 2011

Brian "Shakey" Mckay, 554th RS, passed away June 8, 2011

Charley Meginnes, 553rd RS, passed away September 2001

Thomas D. Moffatt, 554th RS, passed away August 21, 1973

Benjamin "Biff" Morgan, 554th RS, passed away July 6, 2000

Individuals Last name begins with letter "N"

Jack Nevin Sr., 553rd RS, passed away March 15, 2013

Cyliss Newsome, 554th RS, passed away August 2014

John Nienstedt, 553rd RS, passed away March 13, 2011

Russ Niewold, 553rd RS, passed away December 16, 2013

Ronald W. Noyes, 553rd RW, passed away November 9, 2013

Individuals Last name begins with letter "O"

Kent O'Brien, 553rd RS, passed away 1970

Warren E. "Obie" O'Byrne, 553rd RS, passed away 1983

David R. Oliver, 553rd Headquarters, passed away May 6, 2017

Frank Ortman, 553rd RW, passed away January 1987

Michael "Mike" James Gordon Osborne, 554th RS, passed away March 5, 2012

Ted Ostendorf, 553rd RW, passed away July 26, 2002

Individuals Last name begins with letter "P"

Ed Pacheco, 553rd FMS, passed away August 9, 2008

Ralph V. Parks, 554th RS, passed away May 19, 2004

Gerald H. "Jerry" Parshall, 554th RS, passed away May 5, 2014

Richard "Dick" Pasqualetti, 553rd EMS, passed away August 25, 2011

Donald L. Payton, 553rd RW, passed away February 12, 2010

Ed Penny, 553rd RS, passed away April 26, 2005

Individuals Last name begins with letter "Q"

Individuals Last name begins with letter "R"

Paul R. Redd, 553rd FMS, passed away March 30, 2015

Lloyd Reeder, 553rd RW, passed away September 6, 2006

Malcolm Rice, 554th RS, passed away November 19, 2016

Condrado "Conrad" Rico, 553rd RS, passed away September 2007

Michael "Mike" Riggs, 553rd RS, passed away May 20, 2005

Ralph W. Roberts, 553rd RW, passed away October 29, 2016

James "Robbie" Robinson, 554th RS, passed away July 10, 2011

Darrel Rook, 553rd RS, passed away November 9, 2008

Harry "Skip" H. Rumble III, 553rd EMS, passed away May 30, 2010

Individuals Last name begins with letter "S"

Thomas Edward Sandelin, 553rd RW, passed away 1987

Alton "Sandy" Sandifer, 553rd EMS, passed away unknown date

Joe Santana, 553rd RS, passed away November 19, 2010

Warren Savignano, 553rd RW, passed away 2014

Rudy Scheithauer, 554th RS, passed away September 5, 2010

Carter Shanklin, 553rd RS, passed away March 21, 2013

David L. Shipton, 553rd RS, passed away April 8, 2008

Charles D. Silverstein, 553rd FMS, passed away October 9, 2015

James D. "Jim" Skaggs, 553rd RS, passed away November 28, 2013

Robert "Bob" Slane, 553rd RW, passed away March 16, 2011

Jerry J. "JJ" Smith, 554th RS, passed away June 23, 2009

Milton L. Smith, 553rd EMS, passed away April 27, 1986

Bob Snellgrove, 553rd RS, passed away late 1980's

Glenn M. Sommers Sr., 553rd RS, passed away August 9, 1991

Randy Spencer, 553rd RS, passed away November 19, 2008

Daniel Stafford, 553rd FMS, passed away November 30, 2016

Jim Steinfeld, 553rd RW, passed away March 27, 2013

Stephen "Stew" Stewart, 553rd RW, passed away 2004

Robert Stockford, 553rd RS, passed away October 19, 2013

Individuals Last name begins with letter "T"

Jack Thompson, 553rd RW, passed away January 1976

Henry "Harry" Timmermans, 553rd RW, passed away March 13, 1989

Francis "Frank" Tomanio, 554th RS, passed away unknown date

Vinny Trovato, 553rd FMS, passed away December 23, 2008

Kenneth M. Tyler, 554th RS, passed away February 2002

Individuals Last name begins with letter "U"

Individuals Last name begins with letter "V"

Charles Van Allman, 554th RS, passed away July 7, 2011

Thomas Vansickle, 553rd OMS, passed away 2002

Raymond J. "Jim" Vaterlaus, 554th RS, passed away October 27, 2013

Individuals Last name begins with letter "W"

Bobby D. Wagnon, 554th RS, passed away 2009

James Wakefield, 553rd RW, passed away January 11, 2005

Chester "Chet" Wallack, 554th RS, passed away January 21, 2015

Richard Weiner, 554th RS, passed away November 30, 2015

Gus Weiser, 553rd RW, passed away August 15, 2013

Mike White, 553rd RW, passed away 1983

Ray "Willy" Wilcox, 554th RS, passed away October 23, 2009

Robert Winegar, 553rd RW, passed away April 4, 2014

Jack Winling, 554th RS, passed away unknown date

Chet Worthen, 553rd RW, passed away November 2007

Individuals Last name begins with letter "X"

Individuals Last name begins with letter "Y"

Individuals Last name begins with letter "Z"



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