tall these airmen stand
Molded of the finest clay
They pledge their honor and their code
These men in the Scarlet Red Beret
on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017
regret to inform you of the death of SMSgt Louis (NMI) Benavides
Jr. (Ret) who deceased on 11.29.17 at the age of 85 years old. The
cause of death is unknown. He is survived by his wife Maxie; children:
Sandra, Stan and Rebecca, and six grandchildren and four great
grandchildren. He lived at Round Rock, TX for many years after his
Parks Funeral took care of the funeral arrangements of Pfugerville TX
took care of the funeral on 12.07.17. He was buried at Ft Sam Houston
Cemetery the same day.
CCT assignments were: Sewart, Pope, Evereux, Forbes, Okinawa, Viet Nam
and McGuire. Noteworthy is the fact that he was the Air Force
Association Outstanding Airman of the Year for 1969. He was awarded the
Purple Heart besides many other Award and Decorations.
Rest in Peace, CT
Louis Benavides, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 at home in Round Rock, Texas, surrounded by loved ones.
was a career senior non-commissioned officer in the Air Force, a Master
Parachutist and a veteran of the Vietnam War. His decorations include
the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device and bronze oak leaf cluster, Air
medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Navy Presidential
Unit Citation, Air Force Good Conduct Medal cluster with bronze oak
leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal with bronze oak leaf
cluster, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 bronze service stars, Armed
Forces Expeditionary Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award with 3
Bronze oak leaf clusters, United States Air Force Non-Commissioned
Office Academy Graduate Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
He is survived by his wife Maxine and children Sandra, Stan and Rebecca, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
James E. Nelson; It
is with deep regret that I inform you of the untimely death of James E. Nelson,
age 83 of 13779 Legends Trails, #102, Broomfield, CO 80023 who deceased on
October 24th, 2017 of Alzheimer disease.
joined Combat Control at Sewart during 1955 with subsequent assignments to
Elmendorf, Lockbourne, Viet Nam, Littlerock, Elmendorf when he became as a
Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Wing Commander during 1974. He retired from the
Air Force in 1978 with the rank of CMSgt after 26 years of service to our great
was CCA Life Member 395 where he and his loving wife Shirley took an active
in Peace, CT
was notified last night of the death of Edward A. Habeger who deceased
on 09.25.17 in Anchorage, AK. He was a CCT'er who served on the England
AFB team, LA during the mid-1960's. His age was 74, no cause of death,
and his body was cremated. Mac has a group pic with him in it during a get together in AK.
Rest In Peace, CT
Ron Kosh noticed Roger
Huffman was missing from the CCT Memorial Site and after some follow up
and no new leads, I've come to the conclusion Roger passed away in 2011
and after not being able to confirm his death, it was never posted.
This is the posting and will remain unless Roger proves otherwise.
From Chuck Trimple; Hello, Over many years, I've used all of my resources to
locate Huffman. The best leads came from Bob Bartlett who had several leads from
a family member for Roger that have faded into dead ends. The best leads
indicated Roger was in the TX/NM area at last contact.
What I know: Only a AFSN (Maryland, Pennsylvania or Virginia); no SSA
number; Did not attend CCT School; From Frank Anthony (120797): Came from the Dover CCT to SEA;
Thought to be from the Blacksburg, VA area; His father was a university
professor. No contact information - CT
Arrived in SEA during May, 1967 - that would make his
rotation date one year later. Was involved with the debacle of Phu Phi Thi at
Roger was interviewed by Jim Morrison, a writer who is now
deceased, during 1993 who said that Roger may be contacted by his mother. Note;
no contact information - CT
I'm writing to share
Fran Coonan's plans for classmate Dan's memorial service and interment and to
invite you to attend the ceremony.
Dan's funeral service
will be at 1:30 PM on June 8,2017, at the West Point Most Holy Trinity Catholic
Chapel, followed by interment in the Columbarium at the West Point
After that, Fran will
host a reception at the Thayer Hotel.
If you plan to
attend, please email Fran directly at email@example.com or call her
at (210) 386-7706.
I deeply regret to inform
you of the untimely death of Jesse F. Powell (TSgt/Ret.) of 901 Deep Valley Dr, Suite 308 in Rolling
Hills, CA 90274 who deceased as the result of conjunctive heart failure on
January 7, 2017 at the age of 81.
A religious service was conducted at John
Fisher Church in Rancho Palos Verdes on January 21st. His body shall
Jesse was born on December
27, 1935 in Fort Ringgold, Rio Grande, Texas as the second of four children to
Luisa Rivera Powell and Addis A. Powell. As a young Marine, he was assigned to
the American Embassy in Haiti where he met his beautiful and loving wife
Monique in 1957.They were married during 1960, and have three outstanding children:
Michael, Beverly and Scott. He was a devoted grandfather to Sophia, Nicholas,
Samuel, Sarina and Christian.
He retired after 20 years of service in the
military to our great nation. He later worked for Motorola, General Electric
and TRW where he retired in 1999 as a test engineer working on satellites. In
his retirement, Jesse developed an avid interest in drawing and painting and
soon became a talented artist in his own right. We will dearly miss Jesse’s
light and love for life. More recently they have lived in France.
Prior to joining Combat
Control he served in the USMC in Korea and Japan. He then joined the USAF and
was assigned to SAC. After SAC, he volunteered for Combat Control and was
assigned to the CCT, 8th Aerial Port Squadron, RVN during 1967. Upon
returning to the U.S he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne, and then
to Norton CCT where he retired from the military.
Rest In Peace My Friend,
Clifton "Ray" Long, age 71, passed away on
Thursday afternoon, August 25, 2016. He was a resident of Greenwood.
He was born in Seymour on March 23, 1945 to his parents, the
late Clifton Beach and Sarah Bernadine (Haas) Long. Ray was a 1963 graduate of
Seymour High School and went on to attend Franklin College and IUPUI. He served
as a Combat Controller with the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.
Ray retired in 2013 as a mechanical and electrical engineer
for Automated Machinery in Cincinnati, OH. He was a member of the National
Speleological Society, Air Commando Association, Combat Control Association and
the Greenwood VFW and American Legion.
Ray enjoyed caving, hunting, fishing, gardening, riding his
wave runner and kayaking in the Tampa Bay near his winter home.
He is survived by his wife, Connie J. (Walters) Long of
Greenwood, whom he married on December 22, 2011 in Franklin. Ray is also survived
by his children, S. Nanette (Kevin) Kastner of Indianapolis and M. Alison
(Michael) Entringer of New Brunswick, Maryland; sister, Sally Beth (Steve)
Acton of Seymour; and grandchildren, Madeline and Isaac Kastner.
The Rev. Anthony Wilks will conduct a funeral service on
Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation &
Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call
from 5 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Military rites will be
conducted following the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Ray to the
Cancer Center of Schneck Medical Center, 411 W. Tipton St. Seymour, IN
It is with deep regret that I inform you if the
untimely death of Mose Leroy “Lee” McBeth SMSgt, Ret. who deceased on June 11,
2016 at the age of 72. He resided for a long while at 136 Providence Place in
Vacaville, CA 95687.
He was buried at the Sacramento Valley National
Cemetery in Dixon, CA on Jun 15, 2016 with military honors.
He graduated Combat Control School in Class 68-4 while
stationed at McGuire with subsequent assignments to Viet Nam, Pope, Dyess, Clark
He was Life Member 105 of the Combat Control
Association where he took an active supportive role.
Rest in Peace,
Sean Harvell awarded two Silver Stars....gone
Preceeded by in death, Sean's brother Andy, CCT KIA
is with deep regret that I inform you of the death by an apparent accidental drowning
of Sean R. Harvell, age 33, SSgt (medically retired) who was declared deceased
on April 26, 2016. He was living in the Long Beach area at the time of his
graduated Combat Control School in Class 02-01, and Advanced Skills Training in
Class 06. His assignments included: Pope, Hurlburt, Mildenhall and Mc Chord.
noteworthy was that he was awarded two Silver Stars for his actions against an
opposing force during 2007 in Afghanistan while assigned to the 22nd
Memorial will be held at a later date to be determined.
Family of decorated Airman Sean Harvell grieves, plans
memorial in Long Beach next month
Sean Harvell was a man of uncommon bravery and humility who
lived for his daughter despite struggling with PTSD and traumatic brain injury
received in combat, a close friend said.
The decorated Long Beach war veteran, who drownedTuesday in the waters off Alamitos
Beach near his beachfront apartment, was one of just three airmen to receive
two Silver Stars for action in combat, the military said Wednesday. Officials
with the U.S. Air Force Special Tactics division said Harvell, a 33-year-old retired combat
controller, earned two Silver Stars, a Purple Heart and multiple Bronze Stars
over several deployments. Only seven U.S. military service members overall have
received two Silver Stars since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks,
according to the Air Force.
“Sean served his nation admirably, often in the face of
insurmountable odds,” Col. Michael Flatten, 24th Special Operations Wing vice
commander, said in a statement. “He was a fierce warrior on the battlefield,
and an incredible brother to those who served alongside him. He was larger than
The Los Angeles County Coroner will conduct an autopsy to
determine an exact cause of death either today or Friday. Medical examiners
will also conduct toxicology tests to determine whether alcohol or drugs were a
factor, which can take several weeks.
Sean Harvell’s father, John Harvell lives, at Gold Star Manor, a 23-acre housing complex in
West Long Beach for families of deceased military service members, but declined
to comment Wednesday.
His mother, Jane Maher, a retired Long Beach Unified School
District teacher, could not be reached Wednesday, but posted a message to
Facebook, recounting details of her son’s death.
“It seemed he could do anything and was invincible,” she wrote.
“He was a great American hero. He served our country for many years. And he
kicked a lot of ass.”
She said she is working to arrange a funeral at Los Angeles
National Cemetery and a wake to follow at Joe Jost’s in Long Beach on May 6.
Harvell’s younger brother, Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew W.
Harvell, 26, died Aug. 6, 2011 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, when
a CH-47 Chinook helicopter he was in crashed after being hit with enemy fire
from Taliban insurgents.
The brothers attended Millikan High School in the late 1990s,
according to the school district. Andrew graduated from Millikan in 2002, but
it was not clear Wednesday whether Sean also graduated from the same school.
Harvell also has a sister, Analese Eder.
Mike Murray, one of Harvell’s close friends in recent years and
chairman of the U.S. Vets Advisory
Council in Long Beach, said his friend was a loving father to his daughter —
she was 6 or 7 years old, he said — and a humble man.
Murray first met Harvell about three years ago when then-Long
Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell asked him to get Harvell to speak at a
“I knew immediately that I was in the presence of someone
[unique],” Murray said. “It’s so difficult to try to describe who Sean was. He
was so many things.”
Physically, he said, Harvell was a large, intimidating presence,
but he was also intelligent and unassuming. He read books on varied topics and
never played up his military service.
Harvell and his daughter once met Cal State Long Beach
volleyball coach Brian Gimmillaro and the women’s team, Murray said, recalling
accompanying them on that outing. Harvell’s daughter met the players and
Harvell was asked to speak about teamwork.
When it came to his combat exploits, Harvell told Murray he
didn’t want anything mentioned of his awards or citations.
“He told me later that he didn’t want anyone to thank him for
his service,” Murray said.
As a Special Tactics combat controller, Harvell received a
variety of training: static line and military free-fall jumping, combat diving
and joint terminal attack control conducting close air support strikes during
He was medically retired after almost a decade of service,
according to the Air Force. Previous reports referred to Harvell as a staff
sergeant but he was promoted to the rank of technical sergeant prior to retirement.
After retiring, Harvell struggled with his transition into
civilian life but was taking the right steps, said Murray, who confirmed
Harvell’s diagnosis with PTSD and traumatic brain injury.
“He was doing everything he could to adjust to this
environment,” Murray said. “It was clearly more comfortable for him to be in
his [military] environment.”
Members of the Air Force’s Special Tactics community remembered
Harvell’s resolve on the battlefield and in everyday life.
“He was easy to love because of what he gave back to those he
cared about,” said retired Chief Master Sgt. John Thomas in a statement.
“Loyal, funny, fierce and courageous. He changed my life when I met him and his
passing will change it again.”
The Special Tactics community is “absolutely committed to
honoring Sean,” Flatten said.
“He was the epitome of service before self; he was the kind of
airman who would readily sacrifice himself for his brother, his teammates and
the mission. It’s a terrible loss to the Air Force and special operations
community, and we will never forget what Andy and Sean gave in service to their
Roughly 300 gather to remember Sean Harvell, decorated
veteran who drowned off Alamitos Beach
filled row after row of seats inside the chapel at Forest Lawn Memorial
Park in Long Beach as hundreds gathered to honor Sean Harvell, who drowned last week off Alamitos Beach.
33, was one of the nation’s most highly decorated veterans of the
War on Terror, but his military service was only part of what made him
an amazing person, said his friends and family who spoke at the
was buried Friday afternoon at Los Angeles National Cemetery next to
his younger brother Andrew Harvell, who was killed in action in 2011 in
Afghanistan when the helicopter he was riding in was shot down by
story after story, friends and family summed up a man who commanded
attention with his mere presence and who was a born leader, a fearsome
warrior, a fun-loving motorcycle rider, a loyal friend and a devoted
he was medically retired from the military, Sean’s life was
stable for about one year, said Sgt. Joshua Webster, who spoke at the
memorial service. But things fell apart after Andrew’s death.
fell into a bit of a journey into himself that he needed to explore
completely before he could move on,” Webster said.
During that journey, Sean Harvell worked through his pain and connected with his mother, Jane Maher.
the past year or so, he’d really come around,” Maher said. “I’m glad
that we reconnected because I lost him after Andy for a long time.”
Eventually, Sean found peace in Buddhism and in spending time with his daughter Lily, Webster said before sharing a story.
Andy’s death, Sean had this tattoo under his eye,” he said. “After
four, five years he decided he was willing to move on and he wanted to
do something memorable. Memorable for him tended to be kind of extreme.”
called Webster to his motorcycle shop, saying he wanted to get the
tattoo removed but that he was unwilling to get laser removal, so the
two of them dug around and found a Dremel tool they thought might do
spent the next hour trying to Dremel it out of his face [...] he wanted
it gone,” Webster said. “It was important for him and it was important
for me that he asked me. Instead of coming up here and talking about
Sean in a two-dimensional sense — Sean was brave and Sean was sweet — I
don’t think you can tie a nice bow around him. He was too complicated
of a guy.”
Michael Flatten, 24th Special Operations Wing vice commander, said Sean
Harvell always stood out ahead of the pack, even in the elite world of
military special forces.
Sean was finishing an arduous two-year training pipeline in Florida when they first met, Flatten said.
then it was obvious that Sean was something special,” he said.
“He would draw people to him. He had a gregarious, outgoing
personality. Everybody wanted to be around Sean.”
Harvell was the one guy who could change the course of a battle and bring everyone home, Flatten said, before recounting actions in combat in 2007 that earned him two Silver Stars.
more of Harvell’s friends shared stories, many saying he had a
unique ability to see through people and would always speak from the
had absolutely no fear in any situation,” said Steve Barrons, a
retired combat controller who was an instructor when Harvell was in
training and later his friend. “He always lived in the moment
(...) When we spoke, it was a conversation that mattered. It
wasn’t about the weather or the news. You talked to him directly
and he talked to you. He addressed what was inside you. You can’t
hide from Sean. Nobody could, and that was the key.”
Sean Harvell was born on Nov. 9, 1982 in Long Beach to his mother, Jane Maher and father, John Harvell, according to a post by Laura Herzog, founder of Honoring Our Fallen,
a Cypress-based nonprofit that assists the families of fallen military
service members. After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force where
he eventually became a combat controller.
served four deployments in Afghanistan where he earned two Silver
Stars, three Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts, Herzog said in her
post. After his third deployment Harvell moved back to Long Beach for
the birth of his daughter, Lily Jane.
leaving the Air Force, he founded a motorcycle repair company called
710 Speed Shop, before beginning work as a defense contractor, she said.
addition to his daughter, mother and father, he is survived by his
daughter’s mother, Tiffany Sidwell; sister Analese Eder; his
grandmother, Mimi; aunts, an uncle, cousins and two nephews.
lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a trust fund being set up in
Lily Jane Harvell’s name by Jane Maher and Laura Herzog. Contact
Herzog at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail a check payable to: Lily
Harvell trust care of Honoring Our Fallen, Honoring Our Fallen, 11436
Seabrook Way, Cypress, CA 90630.
Click Here to watch the funeral and graveside services........... R.I.P.
Born in rural
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, John was
the fourth of Mozella and William Johnston’s five children.
Living in rural
communities demanded physical strength and a spiritual integrity that
him throughout life. As a young man he worked a multitude of jobs to
family and in 1955 John joined the U.S. Air Force upon High School
trained as a Titan 2 ICBM communications operator and parachutist. Ever
to challenge himself, John was selected to join Air Force Combat
Forces and participated in conflicts worldwide. John became a decorated
War veteran. During
the Southeast Asia conflict John became a Shadow Warrior in
covert missions in Laos and Cambodia. His name is among those
commemorated on a
monument at Combat Controller’s Headquarters in North
Carolina. He concluded
his Air Force career as an NCO Academy Instructor at Bergstrom AFB.
Sergeant Johnston retired his accomplished and decorated 24-year
career in 1979. After
a long bout with
Parkinson’s disease, John passed away on May 16, 2015.
John was buried at Arlington
National Cemetery on November
is with the deepest regret that I inform you of the untimely death on
5, 2016 of retired CMSgt
Alvin “Chief Hud” S.
Huddleston, at age 77 of
12510 Green Darner; San Antonio, TX
is survived by his loving wife Ursula, faithful Son Tony and devoted
Combat Control Team assignments included: Hurlburt, Viet Nam, Dover,
Charleston and Howard. One
of his most notable
missions was the humanitarian mission to Jonestown, Guyana during the
suicides of 914 persons in 1978. He was a prestigious Senior Enlisted
the base Wings while stationed at Howard, Pope and Castle AFB where he
on 31 October, 1988.
funeral services will be conducted on January 22 at 1330 Fort Sam
National Cemetery located at: 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd; San Antonio, TX
(210) 820-3891. A Honor Guard has been requested for the service.
served his country for some 33 years in the U.S. Air Force. He obtained
Degree in Business at California State University. He was always
the needs of other people. He was a Life Member 041 of the Combat
Association where he took an active role.
in Peace my friend, CT
regret to inform you of the death of James “Tex” I.
Elledge (MSgt,Ret), age 81
of 220 Todd Cir; Warner Robins, GA who deceased on January 23, 2014 of
was born on May 28, 1932 in Montague, TX to the parents William and
Elledge. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife Dorothy after
years of marriage; Son: James I. Elledge, Jr; Sisters: Alice Moreland
memory will forever be treasured by his loving children: Maragret C.
(Robert) of Mansfield, TX and Donald G. Elledge (Jennie) of Riverview,
great grandchildren; brothers, William P. Elledge, Jr of Breckenbridge,
TX and John H. Elledge of Odessa, TX, and several adoring nieces and
funeral service took place at McCullough Funeral Home in Warner Robins,
January 28, 2014 with interment at Macon Memorial Park Cemetery in
graduated from the Combat Control School in Class 65-4. His military
assignments were: Warner Robins, Forbes, Viet Nam, Mildenhall and
regret to inform you of the death of Marshall
“Olie” T. Oliphant, Jr.
(TSgt/Ret) who deceased on November 29, 2015 at the age of 77 while
8500 W. Colter St. in Glendale, AZ
funeral service was conducted on December 8th at
in Sun City, AZ with interment at the National Memorial
Cemetery of Arizona
with military honors.
started his military service in the U.S. Army. His Air Force career
Keesler with subsequent Combat Control assignments at Hurlburt, Viet
Chord, Viet Nam, Charleston teams. He retired while stationed at Luke
1977 in a non-CCT assignment.
took an active role in the Combat Control Association as LM- 649 and
several CCA reunions.
in Peace, CT
Marshall Thomas Oliphant, Jr.,
77, of Glendale, Arizona passed away November 29, 2015. Visitation will
be 10-11 with funeral service at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 8, 2015,
Menke Funeral Home Chapel. Interment with military honors will follow
at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.
regret to inform you of the death of TSgt (Ret.) John R. Jones, age 86
TX who deceased on June 25, 2015 from complications of
is survived by his loving wife Nita, and devoted sons: Cole, Paul,
had prior military service with the U.S. Army and served with distinguished service
started his Combat Control career during 1963 at Sewart with
to Ft Campbell, Dyess, Viet Nam, and back to Dyess where
his outstanding military service.
was buried with military honors at the Dallas-Ft Worth National
in Peace, CT
From the CCA; CCA
Member Bernard "BT" Santos (A-90047) died from an apparent heart attack
on Dec 7, 2015.
Member Les Hall LM-743 passed on the following information:
I just learned that a guy who served in Combat Control in the '50's or
early '60's has passed away. Bernard (BT) Santos. I
he was also a pararescueman. Some old timers may remember
him. Not sure if he was a member of the CCA.
I found out from a posting on a Facebook site for retired Los Angeles
ARTC Center folks. Santos was a computer tech or operator and
also a lawyer for the FAA. Here's the post.
Some of you old timers might remember a former ZLA employee for AF and
a friend of mine for the last 40 years. Bernard "BT" Santos passed away
of an apparent heart attack on December 7th 2015. He lived in Carson
City NV. BT was retired AF Special Services and worked ZLA as a
Computer Operator on the HOST floor. He went to law school, got a law
degree and took a position in the Alaska Region as one of their
Regional Counsel in ~1977. He retired about 20 years ago.
regret to inform you of the untimely death of Bernard
“Bernie” T. Santos, age
Carson City, NV who deceased on December 7, 2015 of an apparent heart
was a long time Pararescue man prior to joining the 60th
Squadron Combat Control Team at Travis AFB, CA during the
retired from the U.S.A.F. during 1968. After his retirement from
service he was employed by the FAA.
other information will be published per his living
in Peace, CT
is with the deepest regret that I inform you of the untimely death of
Gfeller, age 71 of 2692 Highland Ave, Space 115; Highland CA 92346 who
on December 7 of cardiac arrest.
is survived by Daughter: Renae Carr of Highland, CA; Brother: Donald
Blue Springs, MO; Sons: Mike & Kriss Gfeller of Dallas, TX,
John & Ali Gfeller
of West Yellowstone, MT; Lake Gfeller of Highland, CA; Chayton
Daughter: Timber Gfeller of Blue Springs, MO; Grandsons: Wolfgang
and Gunnar; Son
in Law: David Carr and their
children Brentyn and Jon David Carr.
shall be buried with full military honors at the Riverside National
Riverside, CA at a date and time to be determined.
you Rest in Peace my Friend, CT
regret to inform you of the death of Kenneth L. Voyles of Eagleville,
passed away on Friday, September 25, 2015 at the age of 91 as a result
ailments associated with aging.
was born on March 15, 1924 in Hockerville, OK to the late William M and
Voyles. He was also
preceded in death by his wife, Bessie L. Voyles; step father Elmer L.
and Brother Floyd Junior Voyles.
include his five sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby and Cherlyn of
Harold and Shirley of Manchester, Kenneth Jr. and Teresa Voyles of
Garry and Debbie Voyles of Eagleville, David and Nyla Voyles of Sparta,
had numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
funeral service was conducted at the Woodfin Memorial Chapel and
burial at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Murfreesboro, TN on October 3rd
with full military honors
served our great nation in the military for a total of 21 years in
and Vietnam Wars. His Combat .Control assignments included several
Sewart, TN with the 2nd Aerial Port Squadron
starting in 1957, and a
subsequent three year tour of duty in Germany. He retired from the Air
he Rest in Peace, CT
It is with the deepest regret
that I inform you of the
death of Lewis “Lew” E. May, Jr. (MSgt/Ret) who
deceased of heart failure at
the age of 75 on October 18th at his home at 4271 Cove Rd; Jasper,
GA 30143. He was born on December 30, 1939 to Lewis E. Mar Sr. and wife
He is survived by his loving
wife Debra; dedicated sons,
Lewis E. May, III of Denver, CO, Martin May of Hampton, VA; devoted
Cynthia McClain of Virginia Beach, VA; Step-daughters: Amy Bishop of
Kelly Kirk of Jasper, GA, Amanda Johnson of AL, Kim Chambers of Jasper
Charles “Chuck” May of Bloomington, IN; Grandson:
Forrest Lern Kuler and eight awesome
The funeral service will be
held 3:00p.m., Thursday,
October 22, 2015 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home located at: 206
Holly St –
Jasper, GA 30143 (706) 253-7500. Interment will be at 10:30a.m. Friday,
23, 2015 at Georgia National VA Cemetery in Canton, GA located at: 1080
Dr; Canton, GA. Visitation will be from 6:00p.m. until 9p.m.on Tuesday;
9a.m.until 9:00p.m., and on Wednesday from 9a.m. until the funeral hour
Thursday at the funeral home.
Lew began his Combat Control
Team career at Sewart
AFB, TN during 1963 followed by assignments to the teams at Wiesbaden,
and Langley. He was a member of the USAFE Blue Master Parachute Team
1966 while at Wiesbaden. Upon his military retirement he was employed
FAA in Oklahoma City, OK.
Lew was one of the finest men that one will ever
and may you Rest in Peace my friend, CT
regret to inform you of the death of Richard “Dick”
N. Coyle of 6501 Avondale
Dr; Oklahoma City, OK 73116 who deceased at the age of 83 due to
was survived by his fiancée Teresa Evans; Sons: Price,
Nolan, Sean and their extended
served our great nation as a Combat Control Team officer at Sewart AFB,
was active in church life as well as professional organizations. He was
of the Combat Control Association.
Memorial Mass will be conducted at the Christ the King Catholic Church
Dorset Dr.in Oklahoma City on Wednesday October 21 at 11a.m.
lieu of flowers, donations and the like etc., please do a random act of
kindness for someone.
regret to inform you of the death of Alexander “Alex or
Mac” MacPherson who
deceased on July 29, 2015 at the age of 85 while living in Wake Forest,
is survived by his loving wife Shelia, and many family members. A
of Life was conducted at St. John’s Episcopal Church on
and internment followed this service.
Combat Control Team assignments were mainly at Hurlburt starting during
a MSgt. He was instrumental in the rescue attempts for his fellow
Controller who drowned in Panama during 1964.
joined the CIA after his military service in the U.S. Air Force, but
for parachute training in both personnel and heavy equipment airdrop
at Hurlburt. Much has been written about his exploits around the world
of which are factual.
he Rest in Peace, CT.
is with the deepest regret that I inform you of the unfortunate death
“Bones” Daniel. Jones, (SMSgt, Ret) on Wednesday,
09.23.15 at the Sacred Heart
Hospital in Pensacola FL as the result of a motorcycle accident on
at the age of 61.
was born on June 7, 1954 to Vera F. Jones and James E. Jones in
a child, his family moved many times as his father was career Air
particularly enjoyed childhood memories of Panama, CZ. After graduating
high school in Salem, OR, he followed his father’s footsteps
and joined the Air
Force during 1974. He continued his education and obtained his
degree in Social Science with a minor in Criminal Justice.
graduated Combat Control School in Class 75-3 while he was stationed at
with subsequent assignments to Howard AB, Panama Canal Zone, Pope and
Steve was a highly decorated Air Commando having served in Operation
in Panama, and Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the
and in Mogadishu, Somalia. Steve was highly regarded by his CCT
was often “hand-picked” by his leaders to do the
most daring missions because
they knew he wouldn’t fail. His last assignment was as the
Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt where he was involved in the
Internal Defense mission, teaching combat related skills to assist
aviation forces in airpower employment, sustainment and force
retired from active duty on Oct. 1, 1998, and later worked as an
the Special Tactics Training Squadron, where he taught new Special
and Pararescuemen advanced combat readiness skills.
his retirement, Steve was an active member of the Bikers Against Child
and obtained his Guardian Ad Litern certification. He enjoyed power
along the Gulf Coast, camping and a good cigar. He was Life Member 128
Celebration of Life shall be conducted at the Soundside Club at
on Saturday, 09.26.15 at 1400. He will be buried at Barrancas
National Cemetery, Pensacola, Fla., on Monday. Family and
invited close friends only. R.I.P. In
flowers, donations may be made in Steve’s name to: Wounded
P.O. Box758517, Topeka, KS 66675; Bikers Against Child Abuse, P.O. Box
Navarre, FL 32566 or the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York,
he Rest in Peace, CT
is with the deepest regret that I inform you the death of Staff
Forrest Brent Sibley, age 31, who was killed in action in Afghanistan
26, 2015. He was killed at a vehicle checkpoint at a forward operating
when two individuals wearing Afgan National Defense and Security Forces
fire on him as well as Captain Matthew D. Roland. NATO service members
fire and killed the shooters at Camp Antonik – Helmand
was currently assigned to the 21st Special
Tactics Squadron at Pope
Army Airfield, NC. He was a four-time Bronze Star recipient, once with
Valor device, and had deployed four times to sensitive locations around
world in his nearly seven years of service. He is survived by his
Memorial Service will be held on Monday, September 14 at 0900 at the
Hangar at Hurlburt Field.
will be held on Tuesday, September 15, from 1400 to 1700 at the Naval
Memorial Chapel located at 131 Moffett Rd, Bldg. 1982; Pensacola, FL
service will be held on Wednesday, September 16 at 1100 at the same
will follow the service at the Barrancas National Cemetery at 1400. A
Honor Guard has been requested. It has not been decided by the family
time what the desires are in lieu of flowers.
graduated from Niceville, FL high school. He graduated from the Combat
School in Class 09-005, and Advanced Skills Training Class 35. He was
he Rest in Peace,
regret to inform you of the untimely death of TSgt Marty B. Bettelyoun,
on August 3, 2015 as a result of a military freefall training
accident in the Eglin Florida training area. He was assigned
to the 720th
Operations Support Squadron – 24th
Special Operations Wing at
Hurlburt Field, FL.
is survived by his devoted wife Jennifer and five loving children that
from age 3 to 14 years old.
memorial service will be held on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 0900am at
Freedom Hangar at Hurlburt.
funeral service will be held on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 1:00pm at the
Coastline Calvary Chapel, 1122 Oriole Beach Road in Gulfbreeze.
graveside service will immediately follow at 3:00pm at Barrancas
located at: 1 Cemetery Road; NAS Pensacola, FL 32508.
in Peace, CT
M. Taylor Jr.
deceased of pneumonia on January 28, 2015 at the age of 82 at the
Hospice at the VA Medical Center in Salisbury, NC.
is survived by Sisters:
Pattie Mitchell, Evelyn Eller; Brother: Alton Taylor; two nephews, two
one great nephew and two great nieces.
He fulfilled his
to others by being Life Member 244 of the CCA. He
was also a member of the following
associations: Air Commando Association, Air Force Sergeants
Retired Enlisted Association, Disabled American Veterans Association,
of Foreign War Association, American Legion and the Moose Lodge.
In Peace, CT
Alcide "BULL" Benini
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1946-1947: 2nd Airborne Division
1948-1952: 82nd Airborne
1952-Jan. 1953: USA SF at Ft
1953-1970: Combat Control -
Retired July 31, 1970
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He was CCA
a kindred amongst themselves and though never spoken,
its' strength exceeds the power of any outside ideals forced upon
sacrifices made from their ranks are
great, and each loss
falls hard among those who remain. Yet they continue, knowing each time
step into the sun, the rays that penetrate their souls are the voices
their comrades leading them on to the next adventure.
but a catalyst to bring forth our memories of that
our memories are what keep that person fresh in our hearts.
a few more names to pass on to you and as your memories of that person
into your heart, you'll enjoy a smile on your face and the happiness of
a lost friend;
are one. Each a part of
They never say goodbye.
They always say, I will see you later.
They meet upon a training field. They meet upon a battlefield.
They meet in the sea and the sky. They meet back at the Team.
They meet upon the street or reunion.
Yet they never say goodbye.
They always say, I will see you later.
Even though they are a thousand miles from each other.
They are always only a thought away.
They never say goodbye.
They always say, I will see you later.
They may pass from our sight. They may pass from this world.
Yet they always see each other…….Everyday.
They have shared their sweat, their tears, their pains, their
Their love, their joy and each other.
They are one. They are brothers.
Never far away.
They never say Goodbye.
They always say, I will see you later.
By; Randy D. Schlotman