This candle burns in memory of all veterans. You are not forgotten.
Thanks to all of our Veteran’s, we are probably the only class web site that has this much recorded information about our Veteran’s. Please keep the emails coming and if you have information on anyone you don’t see listed, please send it along.
Years of Service: 14; 1942-54 Rank: Chief Electrician in 1942 – served in Pacific Okinawa; Stinga, China
James Kingsbery US Navy, Chief Electrician. Served from January 3, 1942 to October 1945. I was stationed on the USS Louisville CA28 Heavy Cruiser. Our ship was hit by comocausi plane and many of us were injured. We took over a Japanese Fleet Destroyer for one month and saw them replace the Japanese Flag with the American Flag. Served in the Korean War at Darien Mancauria China and then joined the Reserves. I would like to pay tribute to the VFW McAllister Post located on SW 27th Avenue and 16th Street.
Frank L Wiese US Navy, Graduated Miami Edison in 1932 and worked in the Conservation Corps and was a City of Miami Fireman until WW 2 broke out. He enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1942 and obtained the rank of 1st Class Machinist Mate. He went on to serve under the US Navy in the Phillipines in search and rescue, Leyte Gulf, Hawaian Islands and in the Pacific campaign. Was discharged in 1945 with an honorable discharge. Became a master plumber in Miami and a Dade County Plumbing Inspector . He died in 1976 at the age of 60.
Raymond Wilson Elder Lt. Col USA (RET) May 7, 1917 to Aug 18, 1996
John MaGee ARMY – Private 1st Class in email@example.com
U.S.Navy Reserve – Years of Service: 5, Rank: Lt. Jg., Entered Service as Apprentice Seamor (21.00 per mo.) Disc. Lt. Jg.
Arthur W Olson
Army Second Lieutenant 1945 Comments: Information provided by Artur W. Olson’s son, Eric Olson. My dad died on June 9,1966, at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Coral Gables, FL. I have in my care, his original Edison Diploma (w/Original Cover), and the original June 10, 1936 “Commencement Exercises” program.
Edith King Zedonek
U.S Marine Corps as a gunnery instructor at Cherry Point NC during World War 2 while her husband was a Prisoner of War in Germany.
Robert H Cotter
Navy 20 yrs Wondering if there is anyone out there who graduated around 1937. My dad had his 92nd birthday last month and is doing well
Murwine W Daniels
Unknown Maj. Henry Moorman
Chester Howard Kalaus Miller
Army Air Corps: Sergeant – awarded the World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Marksman Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 98 in Coral Gables. Deceased at age 98 December 25th 2015
Herbert R Savage Sr.
Army, Colonel – drafted prior to WWII commissioned a Corps of Engr. Officer, taught mine warfare at Ft Belvoir VA. Sent to Italy and taught incoming troops, mine warfare and demolition techniques ending up returning to USA when enroute to Japan. The atomic bomb ended the war and our ship landed in USA. Returning to University of Illinois, Architectural School I met and married Emily and we had a baby boy and being 30 years old I was supposedly free from Korea. I was recalled and ended up in Japan enroute to Korea. Being an architect, I was assigned to Japan before returning to the USA.
William “Dub” Weekley
ARMY – 1940 – 1944 – was the owner of Weekley Asphalt Company. Past away at the age of 59. Married to Connie Weekley.
USAF Years of Service: 4, Rank: Tech SGT England and North Africa – Flight Engineer for Eisenhower’s Plane when it came through. While in North Africa received my draft notice, so I told my commanding office I have been drafted and I need to go home. I was sent back to the States for Officer Training School – in Virginia – they found out I was from Miami and gave me the option to get out and I took it.
Robert L. Franks
U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry died June 7, 1989 at the age of 68
Lee Marvin Hollowell
US Navy Rank: BM1C – I was in the Navy during World War 2. 72nd NCB (Seabees) held a rating of BM1C. Our unit tour of duty was Hawaii , Eniwetok, Kwajalien, Guam , Sasebo , Kyusbu , Japan The original 72nd battalion had 1900 men and the last word I had was less than 200 are still living.
Francis X. Knuck
U.S.A.F. Years of Service: 4, Rank Captain Former Dade County Judge
Harold K Parson US Navy Dive Bomber Pilot and Flight Instructor WWII served 1943 – 1946. The best man at my wedding, Al Mohr was killed in a crash while I was serving. I graduated from Stetson University in 1948. While attending Stetson University I went through hazing where I was asked where did I graduate and I said Miami Edison. The person doing the hazing was a graduate of Miami High and he got me good. We later became good friends. I have been married for 57 years to my wife Rabel M. Parson. I still have my Navy Blues, with my Wings of Gold and Service Ribbons and my uniform still fits me
1st Lt., US 9th AF WW2
1921/2003 USAF Years of Service: 30, Rank: Lt. Colonel, Born in Miami, FL, Oct. 5, 1921. After graduation attended University of Florida. 8 weeks after Pearl Harbor, eloped with my Edison High sweetheart while both of us were in college. Volunteered for AAF Pilot training in July 1942. Was called to active duty Feb 3 1943. Received Pilot’s wings on Nov. 3 1943 and assigned to B-26 Martin Marauders. Arrived in ETO July 1944. Flew 50 bombing missions by war’s end. Continued career, served in Korea, Viet Nam. Headed research flights in special equipped B-29 “Flying Laboratory” for A.F. Cambridge Research Laboratories and was later a Project Officer for major project – last Nuclear Test Series in 1962. Graduated from FSU with meteorology degree in 1956 Auspices of USAF. Headed weather organization at Cape Canaveral and A.F. Eastern Test Range. Served as Special Assistant for meteorology at Houston Mission Control for all launches of Manned Space Flight (Apollo Missions to the Moon.)
Imogene (Coosey) McKenney
US Navy (Waves) RM2/C 1942 – 1945 WWII. I joined the US Navy in September of 1942 and was in the FIRST class of WAVES to be trained as Radio Operators. After four (4) months of training at the Navy Radio School (located on the University of Wisconsin Campus), I was assigned to Radio Central, Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, FL. Three (3) years later, after the surrender of Japan, I was mustered out in September of 1945.
Clyde E. Roach
Army Air Corps Pilot World War Two Distinguished Flying, Air medal w/cluste
US Navy Years of Service: 22, Rank: CDR Became Naval Aviation Cadet in October 1942. Completed Flight Training – got my wings and commission as Ensign in September 1943. After various operational training squadrons, I was assigned to VP-28 located in Philippines. Got there the day Japan surrendered. Returned to San Diego in February 1944 with VP22. Released from Active Duty – May 1945. Stayed Active in Reserve Squadrons. Recalled Dec.1, 1952; released May 1954. Recalled October 1961; released August 1962.
U.S. Army and Airforce Rank: S/SGT Years served: 3 & ¼ 29th Air Engineer Squadron 388th Air Service Group Served in: Asiatic – Pacific Theatre Stationed at: Chanute Field, Duncan Field, Wheeler Field and Laughlin Field.
PHD US Navy Rank LT. JG served 3 years Cmdr Lst WWII Bob Butsler US Navy, Lt. JG – Served 3 years as a Naval Amphibious Commanding Officer of gun boat OCI.
Robert W. Johnson
U .S. Army Pvt.
Carlton S Lowe
US Marines – He was a Sgt. and served in the South Pacific attached to VMD 254 a recon squadron of B 24’s . Born 1 March 1921 in Key West, Fl and moved to Miami in 1929 where he resided until his death on 18 January 2010. Worked for the Miami Herald for 60 years. He entered into the Marine Corps as a Sgt. in 1942 or 1945, served over in the Pacific for the duration of World War II and returned home in December 1945. He was not in combat. Submitted by: Lorraine G. Bledsoe
US Navy, Fire Control Man/Petty Officer 3rd Class; Mailman December 1941/1947. Served in the Pacific and had trouble with Tokyo Rose, but liked her music. Served on a tanker and fueled many ships. Shot down one airplane and only lost one man during the war. I was in the Atlantic during Normandy and was in the Philippine Islands when they dropped the bomb on Japan. A fire Control Man’s duties include Ammo, and Technical Issues. Shot down 1 airplane. Only lost 1 man during the War. Atlantic – Normandy. Philippine Isle when dropped bomb on Japan.
Teacher Branch of Service: WAC Years of Service: 12 Rank:1st Lieutenant Recruiting Officer in Oklahoma City, Cleveland and Houston. Yrs. Of Service – 1942-1945.
U.S. Navy Rank: R.M. 2/C Married 50 yrs in 2003 to Jan Pharo class of 1952. Air Traffic Control Specialist – Retired. 5 children, 3 grandchildren. Currently living in Stuart. While in the Navy – Invasions of Casablanca and Sicily WWII. Naval Aircraft Program.
Rexford Pike U.S. Navy Joined Navy July ’41 Discharged November 1945. There is a WW11 Memorial about to be dedicated in Washington and a website where Veterans of that war can register. I plan to use my Beacon to see how many of the boys in my class have registered. After I complete this task, I’ll send you their names if you wish. Mwrecksfordpike@cyberstarz.com
Army – Briefly my history was a one year stint after 1942 graduation to the University o Florida at Gainesville; and then a 3 year volunteering into the Army’s 35th Infantry Division (Division Artillery). I landed on Utah Beach in Normandy about 10 or 15 days after D-day and served under General George Patton all the way across France and into Germany. We ended the war at the Elbe River some 40 miles from Berlin. I was mustered out in 1945. Additional information: Getting into the 155 MM heavy artillery probably saved my tail because we usually were back from the front a couple of miles lobbing 100 pound shells into the German lines. I estimate that I personally handled about 40,000 projectiles during those years. I just hope we got a few of those Nazis, although their corpses as we moved forward told the tale. After 1945 I returned to Gainesville, but soon transferred to Syracuse University where I graduated with an EE Degree in 1949. Went to work for the Long Island Lighting Company and got married. Children and other jobs followed. I retired in 1990 and lived happily ever since, now n Hamden Connecticut. I just thought it would be interesting to hear the bare bones of my history. I guess I could add a lot more to what I wrote below, but I am not sure that anyone would be interested. What could I add? Getting into the 155 MM heavy artillery probably saved my tail because we usually were back from the front a couple of miles, lobbing 100 pound shells into the German lines. I estimate that I personally handled about 40,000 projectiles during those years. I just hope we got a few of those Nazis, although their corpses as we moved forward, told the tale. I will make plans to come for the 70th reunion in 2011, since I graduated in 1941, just in time to get into the army. I was your typical over testosteroned teenager at Edison in my undergraduate times. But I did dance and dance and dance during the Friday afternoon dances in the patio. Used to go home soaking wet from sweat. And I played terrible flute with the orchestra, band, and marching band. Those were my dearest memories. Besides being in silent love with about 5 or 10 of my female peers. Anyway I will stay in touch, but I do not expect to know anyone who graduated with me but I will come anyway. The last time I attended an Edison reunion was for the 50th and I was somewhat disappointed. Only about 5 members of the class of 1941 showed up and I had not recalled a single one. All was not wasted, since I was able to track down an old girlfriend out in Coral Gables who elected not to attend the reunion. As a result, I have not attended any of the subsequent reunions. However I am very happy that you kept me on the mailing list and I see that the organization has continued and been strengthened by the addition of new blood. Briefly my history was a one year stint after 1941 graduation to the University of Florida at Gainesville; and then a 3 year volunteering into the Army’s 35th Infantry Division (Division Artillery). I landed on Utah Beach in Normandy about 10 or 15 days after D-day and served under General George Patton all the way across France and into Germany. We ended the war at the Elbe River some 40 miles from Berlin. I was mustered out in 1945. After 1945 I returned to Gainesville, but soon transferred to Syracuse University where I graduated with an EE degree in 1949. Went to work for the Long Island Lighting Company and got married. Children and other jobs followed. I retired in 1990 and lived happily ever since, now in Hamden Connecticut. I tell you all this because I am considering coming to the 70th reunion in 2011. I may be the only survivor of the class of 1941 but it might be fun. Not knowing whom to write to about this, I would appreciate your passing this email on to whomever would be interested in my story.
James G. Worth
USAAF, USAF 22 years of service, Major. WWII veteran. Served as Aerial Gunnery Student & Instructor, Lorado, TX. Aviation Cadet, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA, Santa Anna, CA, Hemet, CA, Taft, CA, Pilot (multi-engine 8.04.44 Pecos, TX. B-17 Kingman, AZ, B-29 Barksdale, AAB, LA. Tinian Mariannas, 3.15.46, Airline Captain, Miami FL., Professional Engineer, FL, CA, Retired Major, USAFR 1982.
PFC. Lorain Baird Died in Action, Myitkyid Burma on Aug. 1st (unknown year). Baird was a graduate of Miami Edison High School and played in the school band. After graduation in 1942, he was employed by Pan American Airways. He underwent infantry training at Camp Swift, TX.
Jack Berry Jr.
Passed Away 4-6-2001 U.S.A.F. Jack began his military career enlisting in the US Navy during WWII and he graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1950. He entered the Air Force, completed his flight training, and later flew the P-80 Shooting Star in Korea and the OV-10 Bronco as a Forward Air Controller in Vietnam, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross three times. All told, he piloted a dozen different aircraft, training other pilots and retiring as an officer after 23 years of service. He served in military and civilian capacities at the Aeronautical Systems Division, earning his MBA, and was currently working at the Air Force Research Laboratory. He was an active member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, as well as the Order of Deadalian, serving as past flight captain of the local chapter. Jack Barry died April 6, 2001 and his family requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his memory to Flight 9, Order of the Deadalians Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 33041, W-PAFB, OH, 45433.
Dr. Robert Butler
(PHD) U.S. Navy Years of Service: 3 Rank: Lieutenant JG CMDR LST WWII
US Navy Years of Service: 2, Rank: Lieutenant Killed in action – Pacific WWII
Fred Elijah Exum Jr.
Served with the U.S. ARMY WWII Year 1942-1944 With the 242nd Port Battallion Corpral Served in Sidney Australia and Lae New Guinea Injured in the served and spend 7 months in the ARMY infirmary (hospital) Discharged 1944.
Lieutenant Miami Fist Military Funeral Of War Donald H. McCullars U.S.N. March 20, 1942 – October 20, 1945. Rate-AOM 1/C. Enlisted immediately after graduation. Served on both sides of the world and on two aircraft carriers. USS RANGER and USS SHAMROCK BAY. Came back to Miami after the war ended.
Jack L Morrison Sr
U.S. Coast Guard
US Army PUT 1st Class Served in WWII in 1943 – 1945. Drew cartoons for all the PX’s in the Army.
Branch: US Navy Rank: Lt. JG – Deceased November 14, 2013 in Gainesville GA After living in Knoxville, TN for some 30 years, we have moved to Gainesville, GA to be near our two sons and a niece and their families, who all live in the Metro Atlanta area.
Norman W. Smith
Marines Years of Service: 3, Rank: Corporal Paris Island – Hilo Hi; Bugular – player taps; sang at shows; drove jeep for everyone because he did not drink! Deceased
Robert F. Abels
Navy – Boot camp at Bainbridge, MD and then assigned to Motor Torpedo Boats. War ended before we could deploy and I always wanted to fly so I passed the tests for flight training, attended U of South Carolina for two years and then to Pensacola where I got my wings flying F8F’s, fastest prop fighter in the world. I made three combat trips to Korea and two to Vietnam. I flew on and off 18 different aircraft carriers. Retired after 25 years and became a high school teacher for business, math and English for 18 year. Concurrently became an Enrolled Agent and assisted people with personal taxes for 31 years. Hi Ralph, Don’t know exactly what you’d like, but you have my sympathy as I imagine there are several thousand that were in the military and quite a few made the military a career. Good luck. Robert F. Abels was a June ’44 graduate and joined the Navy. Boot camp at Bainbridge, MD and then assigned to Motor Torpedo Boats. War ended before we could deploy and I always wanted to fly so I passed the tests for flight training., attended U. of South Carolina for two years and then to Pensacola where I got my wings flying F8F’s, fastest prop fighter in the world. Made three combat trips to Korea and two to Vietnam. Flew on and off 18 different aircraft carriers. Retired after 25 years and became a high school teacher for business, math and English for 18 years. Concurrently became an Enrolled Agent and assisted people with personal taxes for 31 years, Use whatever you would like and if you hear from Bob Bebee or Ronald Cain, give them my best. Bebee sat behind me in Home Room class and we were both going to be Navy Fighter Pilots. I never saw or heard of him until at one of the reunions about fourteen years ago. He joined the Army Air Corps which, of course became the Air Corp. That turkey claims he made full Colonel and flew (if I remember right) over 300 missions. We used to stay on target for 2 to 3 hours as we carried a lot of ordnance, whereas the jets had about ten to fifteen minutes. I did make Commander and was up for Captain but spouse’s illness made retirement mandatory. Ronald Cain was our class President and his slogan was “Cain is Able”. Think I was as famous as he was. Both of them were “Good Eggs” but they were always making up big deals. That’s it. Good luck to you and all the people assisting in the reunion
Billy Joe Ewing
30 Years Total Military Service, 21 Years Active Duty: WWII, 1944 – 1946, Pacific area, USS LST 854 Quartermaster 3C, USNR. 1948 – 1952 Navy Hurricane Weather Central, NAS Miami Aerograher’s Mate 2C, USNR. 1952 – 1967 USAF. 1952 – 1953 McDill AFB, Tampa Florida; weather analyst, A1C. 1953 – 1954, Palm Beach AFB; West Palm Beach Florida; Meteorologist A1C. 1954 – 1955, Chinhae, S. Korea and OSAN, S. Korea; Meteorologists, SSGT. 1955 – 1956, Pinecastle AFB, Orlando, Florida; meteorologists, SSGT. 1956 – 1958, Homestead AFB, Florida; Meteorologist, TSGT. 1958 – 1961, McCoy AFB, Orlando, Florida; meteorologists, TSGT. 1961 – 1963, Anderson AFB, Guam Island; Meteorologists, TSGT. 1963 – 1967, Hunter AFB, Savannah Georgia; meteorologists, TSGT. Please feel free to edit this down to what you think is appropriate for your needs. I left out schools and special assignments since this would probably make it more like a very boring laundry list. I hope to meet you at the banquet. COMMENT BY RALPH: How could you edit a career like this?
Charles A Frensdorf
USAF – Master Sergeant – 26 years – married with five children and six grandsons from two months to twenty three years. Orchid hobbyist.
Fred (Skip) Noyes
US Navy – AECS (E8) – 25 years of service. Fred (Skip) Nyes AECS USNR-TAR. We joined the Naval Reserve July 7 1956 after my sophomore year. I went on active duty in October 1958 and was stationed at the Naval Ai Station New York, initially working on FJ and later A4 aircraft. We qualified as an ASW operator and flew as an air crewman in P2V’s during the Cuban Missile Crises spending 3 months in Cuba earning the Naval Expeditionary Medal. In 1964 I was transferred to NAS Jacksonville and became a Loadmaster & Flight Engineer on C118 Transport AC, spending 3 tours in Viet Nam, Cambodia, and Laos. Transferring back to NAS New York (involuntarily) in 1967 we again flew as a Flight Engineer with 2 more tours in SE Asia earning the Viet Nam Service Medal with 4 stars. After decommissioning of NAS NY in 1969 we transferred to ASW Tactic at Warfare School, Los Alamitos CA where we taught South American Naval Air crewman both ASW Tactics and maintenance of ASW equipment. Prior to decommissioning of the ASW TAC School in 1971 we were commuting to San Diego CA where we instructed Army and CIA pilots on P2V7 Aircraft systems. In 1972 we transferred to Naval Airstation Whidbey Island WA as the Maintenance Department Chief of VS 83 flying s2E ASW Aircraft. After decommissioning (again) Vs83 we transferred the majority of our aircraft to the Forest Service in California to be used as “Borate Bombers”. In 1976 we transferred to NAS Alameda CA to Attack Squadron 801 flying A7 Corsair Twos. We left my wife and 3 children in Oak Harbor WA for 3 years and when I was selected for Master Chief E9 with transfer orders to Andrews AFB in DC we felt enough time had been served and the East Coast was not where we wanted to go. I retired July 7th 1979 with 25 years (2 years good time because of early enlistments) as a Senior Chief Petty Officer E8 and returned to Whidbey Island WA. (yes I was still married to the same woman). Ironically we had come full circle. In 1956 the fist Aircraft I had worked on at MCAS Opalocka was an F4U Corsair and we retired from a squadron flying A7E Corsair Two’s. Fdnoes000@centurytel.net
U.S. Army Air Corp. Years of Service: 3 Rank: Corporal I was born in Miami, FL. Elementary school was Morningside and then to Edison. I entered the Air Corp. as an Aviation Cadet and was stationed in Mississippi and Texas. I was employed at Pan Am Airways, a boat building Co. and Eastern Airlines. I lived in North Miami, Hialeah and retired to Spring Hill, FL.
James W. (Shorty) Brackin
US Navy, Senior Chef Yeoman: 1943-1946, 1950-1975 (28 years) James W. “Shorty” Brackin was born in Webb, AL on December 2, 1925. At an early age he moved with his family to Miami. Shorty attended Miami Edison and was in the Class of 1945; however, he left school before graduation to join the US Navy in February of 1943. He was stationed aboard the USS Grundy (APA-111), a troop transport, and was in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II and was in the Pacific when the Japanese surrendered. He was honorably discharged in 1946. Shorty married Dorothy Palmer of Lincoln, Rhode Island in 1947 and they settled in Miami. Three children were born to the family: James, Jr., Aug. 1948, Ernest K., June 1950 and Kathi A., Nov. 1959. In November of 1950, Shorty, a member of the Naval Reserve was recalled to active duty (Korean War), and was sent to the Naval Training Center, Charleston, S.C. After his tour at Charleston (1952), he had a chance to remain on active duty and serve at the Naval Reserve Training Center back in Miami. He did this and his future assignments were as follows: Naval Reserve Training Center Miami, FL 1952-1955; Naval Reserve Training Center, Birmingham, AL 1955-1958; Naval Reserve Training Center, Miami, FL 1958-1960. At this point Shorty enlisted in the regular Navy and Navy life picked up a much faster pace. He enlisted in November 1960 and his assignments were as follows: Administration School in Bainbridge, MD at the Naval Training Center, Nov. 1960 – April 1961. USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, home ported Mayport, FL. 1961 -1962. Squadron (Naval Air Station), Jacksonville, FL. Went aboard the USS Constellation, (Home ported Mayport, FL) 1962 (Caribbean Cruise). Admiral’s Writer aboard USS Wasp, South Boston, MA 1962-1963. Sailed to Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Helicopters from the Wasp made photos of the missiles on the Russian ships as they took them out of Cuba. Naval Ordinance Test Unit (Polaris Missile Program) Patrick AFB, FL 1963-1967. Admiral’s Writer, HQ US European Command, Stuttgard, Germany, 1967-1970. Squadron (RVAH-9) at US Naval Air Station, Albany, GA (Operated aboard the USS Saratoga)…Mediterranean Cruise, 1970-1971. USS Lexington, home ported US Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL. Administrator Ship’s Office, Operated Training Pilots in the Gulf of Mexico between Pensacola and Corpus Christi, TX. His family went with Shorty wherever he was transferred; if it was sea duty, we moved to the home port. Maybe it was not what you would call an easy life, but it surely was rewarding and interesting and none of us would ever want to change it. Fortunately, our three children are all college graduates. Jim, the oldest, lives in Fairfax, VA and is a computer consultant in the Washington, D.C. area; Ernest (Butch) is a Math Teacher at Alabama Southern Community College; Butch lives in Leroy, AL.; and, Kathi, the youngest, lives here in Webb, AL and is an accountant with the City of Dothan, Al. After 28 years of active duty, Shorty retired on June 1, 1975. He retired to the small farm where he was born. He farmed, raising peanuts, corn and soybeans. We had a motor home and traveled a lot. Visiting friends and relatives, and also going to Softball (Fast Pitch) Tournaments. Our oldest son, Jim, was very active in this sport, as Shorty was in his younger years. Shorty lived to see Jim inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma in 1966. We are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren: Eric, age 29, who is married and lives in Marietta, GA (he is a paramedic); Jon, age 24, who is a draftsman and surveyor, lives in Jackson, AL (They are both Butch’s sons). Jon is engaged to be married next year; James, Jr., (Jim’s son) who is a Computer Programmer in Washington, D.C.; he is also 24; Kristi, age 19, and is Kathi’s daughter, and is a 2nd year college student at Wallace Community College, Dothan, AL; and Whitney, also Kathi’s daughter, age 7, and going in the 3rd grade. To complete our family we have Butch’s wife, Betty, who is a School Librarian/Media Specialist at Leroy High School, Leroy, AL; Jim’s wife, Mary, a Receptionist with a Doctor’s Group in Fairfax, VA. Kathi’s husband, Venston Faulk, who is a homebuilder in Dothan, AL area, and Tamara Brackin, our grandson Eric’s wife, who is a nurse anesthetist. Shorty’s grandparents had moved here on this farm in 1917; our daughters and son-in-law Kathi and Venston Faulk, and their two daughters live here on the land, so five generations have already lived here and we hope that many more generations will live here. Shorty died on June 24, 1997 where he was born … he came into this world and left this world at the same place… and during his lifetime, traveled the world over.
Robert “Bob” Craig
U.S. Army Years of Service: 2 Rank: Lieutenant A.P.U. 929 “Army Postal Unit” Heavy Weapons. Okinawa and Occupation of Japan in 1945.
Manley (Sony ) Cosper
USMC LT, Army Full Colonel – I was not privileged to be in the military but have always enjoyed military history so am proud of the many Cosper cousins and uncles that did serve. My family migrated to Miami Beach in the early 1920’s so my dad and two of his 6 brothers went to school there and graduated from Miami Beach HS, then Ida M Fisher HS, named for Henry Flagler’s wife. Some of my dad’s older brothers settled there too as did a sister. They had children so 4-5 of my older cousins grew up on MB and all served in WW II. One in particular was Manley Hill (Sonny) Cosper, Jr. who graduated from MEHS since his family lived in Miami. I think he graduated in 1944 (?) and I know he had to get permission to join the Marines at 17. He went in in time to see action in the So. Pacific and when the war was over was in the contingent that went to China and tried to keep the communists from taking over. Along the way Sonny received a battlefield commission so was a Lt. when discharged in 1948. When the Korean war broke out he was a student at the U. of Miami. Left school and went back to the Marines to reenlist but they wouldn’t give him a commission, so went to see the Army recruiters who took one look at his record and took him in as a 1st Lt. Sonny then fought in Korea and after, stayed in the Army with a Regular Army commission. He later served as the military attache in Rome and while at the advanced officer schools, completed a degree in law. Sonny served in VN as a Lt. Colonel, battalion commander and afterward was due too go to Panama as one of the commanders there, but, one of his arms was paralyzed when he took the inoculations for that country. He retired (I think) as a full colonel, and moved to Raleigh, NC where his widow and children still reside. Sonny was my dad’s nephew but was raised like an orphan because his mother died in childbirth and his father never got over her death. So another of my dad’s brother’s and his wife took Sonny in and that’s how came to grow up in Miami, not MB. Sonny ran on the track team at Edison but was small in HS so didn’t play football. I was told he was extremely smart which along with his combat record, is probably why he did so well in the service. He and my dad were close and when Sony was around, he and dad talked a lot. Dad told me that he asked Sonny once how he got his battlefield commission and his reply was something like, “I was one of the few left standing when the shooting stopped”. Ralph, I won’t swear that the narrative above is 100% accurate but it is very close. As you can tell, I am very proud of my cousin who will forever be a Red Raider!Tom Cosper MEHS 1957
Robert Frederick (Bob Abe)
US Navy, 25 years of service – Abels was born 18 November 1926 in West Palm Beach, FL and attended schools through the 5th grade, then the family moved to Miami. Entered the 7th grade at Miami Edison about 1939 and graduated in June 1944. Tried to join the V-5 Program or Naval Aviation but did not get called, so enlisted in the Navy in late 1944. Attended “Boot Camp” at Bainbridge, MD and volunteered for Motor Torpedo Boats (PT Boats). While on maneuvers off Miami, FL as a petty officer, the war ended. Put in again for the V-5 Program, was accepted and attended two years at the U. of South Carolina. In October of 1947, appointed a flying midshipman at Pensacola and trained in SNJs and F8F Bearcats. Rejoined the fleet as an ensign and participated in three combat tours to Korea, the invasion at Inchon, the evacuation of the Marines at Haiphong and airstrikes throughout Korea. Made two combat tours to Vietnam, one of which I was on General Westmoreland’s Staff and briefed several generals on the capabilities of the B-52 (odd duty for a Naval Officer, but I was the Deputy of the Air Ops Div of the J-3). Last tour was the Director of the Officer Candidate School and X.O. of the Schools Command in Pensacola, Fl. Served or landed aboard 17 different aircraft carriers during my 20 years of flying. Received an MBA at U. of West Florida in 1971, moved to San Diego and became a high school English, math and business teacher for 16 years and, concurrently an enrolled agent (tax preparer) for 31 years. On 29 February 1952, met Shirley M. Larsen, a native of Elmhurst, IL, who was residing in San Diego and owned a candy store with her mother called “Shirley Mae’s Fine Candies”. We married on 31 May 1953, and now have three sons. A great Navy wife, she handled nine major moves and so was given the choice of our retirement home, which was San Diego, CA.
Army October 3, 1946 – September 26, 1951 – Rank: SH3. Served aboard the same destroyer, USS Lloyd Thomas DDE764.The destroyer had 3 twin 5″38 caliber gun mounts. Served a world cruise from March 21, 1947 to June 11, 1948 on the USS Lloyd Thomas DD764 after going to Hawaii, Sydney Australia, Hong Kong and Tsingtow, China. The destroyer then was dry docked and two of the gun mounts were taken off and a Hedgehog Mount was added and then became know as the USS Lloyd Thomas DDE764.The Hedgehog could fire 36 rounds in any type of patterns such as stars and squares Once a round hit, the other 35rounds would be set off. The destroyer was named after Lloyd Thomas who was born March 10, 1912 at Nelsonville Ohio. He entered the Navy May 6, 1938 and after completing an aviation course in Pensacola Florida was commissioned into the US Navy on December 13, 1941 and was shot down over the battle of Midway. I was in the North Atlantic when the Korean War broke out. During a fueling exercise we lost 18 men over the side in 28 degree water. We were acting as a lifeguard during the fueling exercise and picked up one sailor who was in the water for 9 minutes and his body temperature was 45.He was the only one of the 18 men who were saved. I acted as Lee helmsman during general quarters and during all exercises.
I was drafted right out of high school in April 1945 in my senior year. I was sent to Ft. McClellan for 17 weeks of combat training as a rifleman. On my 17th week of training the A bombs were dropped in Japan which ended the war. I was a very lucky person. I was then sent to Korea for one year in the occupation army. After my discharge from the army I entered the University of Miami, graduating in 1950 with a B.ED.degree. I taught in the public schools for 37 years, retiring in 1988. firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank O. Pruitt
Korean War Service With the 40th Division 1952 – 1953 Basic Training, OCS, Fort Meade, 1946 – 1947 November 1947, I was detailed to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and assigned to the Graves Registration Service. I was assigned the mission of escorting the bodies of Army officers who were killed in the European theatre who were Lieutenants, and their families had requested their bodies be returned at government expense for burial near their homes. In June of 1948, I was dispatched to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to participate in the Army’s takeover of the U.S. railroad system, which was ordered by President Harry Truman. In September of 1948, I completed my service obligation and was separated, receiving an Honorable Discharge, and went back to the University of Florida at Gainesville on the G.I. Bill, where I enrolled as a Sophomore. On June 10, 1951, I graduated from the University of Florida and three days later, was driving to Louisiana where I would report to the 842nd Tank Battalion at Camp Polk, Louisiana. I arrived in Tokyo for CBR Training at Gifu, Japan, February 1952. From there I was sent to Pusan Korea and was assigned to the 40th Infantry Division. In March of 1952 I made my first patrol into Chinese territory where we took the 3rd Platoon about 1,000 yards in front of the Hill to set up an ambush for Chinese patrols that had been coming close to our positions. On April 7, 1952, I received notice I was being transferred from “E” Company 223rd Infantry Regiment to the Tank Company of the 223rd Infantry Regiment.
William W. Weaver
US Navy: 26+ Rank: SFC US Army ETO WWII – 2 yrs. NG & Reserve – 24 yrs
Raymond J Wiese
US Navy 1945 – 1948 WW2 – when he got out of the Navy he played minor league baseball for the Chicago Sun Sox Baseball Team and some farm teams in South Florida. He passed away in 1990.
John (Buster) Allen Zeigler
Navy – MOMM2C V-6 SV USNR – served 2 years and 8 months. Joined 1943 and received Honorable Discharge. Mortar Machinist Mate Second Class – Diesel Engineer – Foreign and/or Sea Service. Naval training school Richmond, VA., entered into active service Jacksonville, FL. Foreign Service: WWII.
Walter Bruce Berry
US Marine, US Army – PFC US Marine Corps 1946 – 1947 Active Duty, 1947 – 1950 Reserves. PL US ARMY 1951 – 1953. Total Active Duty 3 Years. US ARMY 89th M.P.C.I.D Ft Jackson SC.
Coast Guard Army Years of Service: 31 Rank: Commander In during Korea, Kuwait
Curtis P Hester
US Naval Air Reserve 1951-1953 Active
Service: 1952-1955, Rank: Captain ROTC – University of FL; Judge-Advocate – 1952-1955; Practicing Lawyer – 1955-1995.
Phillip Herbert Navy – RD1 served 1948 and 1949
Navy, Rank: AOM 2nd Class, Served 1943 – 1946. NAS, Jacksonville, FL, NAS, Key West, FL, CASU 22 Quonset Point, RI, CASU24 USS Randolph, CASU23 USS Lake Champlain VF44, CASU67 USS Oriskany
USAF – I left Miami in Jan 1951, joining the Air Force for four years during the Korean War. Had a very interesting tour with SAC serving with various heavy bomber commands in Europe and Far East (98th HBW Japan). After the war returned to the states to Spokane, Washington where I met the love of my life (now married 48 years). Went to college in the mid-west on the GI Bill (supported by my wife) and after graduating had a wonderful career working for an aerospace company in Engineering for 32 years. We had two children (boy and girl) now both married. I’m now retired (since 1991) enjoying life (spent some time tutoring math, US Government and Science for perspective GED students) and some literary tutoring for those who couldn’t read). I enjoyed it but it took a lot of patience. I don’t get to Miami anymore but get down as far as Orlando to see my kid sister. Helen, the older of my sisters lives in Baltimore (Class of 51?).
USMC 2Lt. Commissioned June 1951. Called to active duty September 1951 to attend Special Officers Basic School Class at Quantico, Va. March 1952 finished school and assigned to the Training and Replacement Command Camp Pendelton, Ca. September 1952 shipped out to Korea with a replacement draft on troop ship President Polk. October 1952 in Korea assigned to Weapons Co. 3rd Bat. 1st Marine Regiment as Platoon Leader 81mm Mortar Platoon. At this job I spent 40 days on OP#2 which overlooked Panmunjon, our mission was to rescue our delegates to the cease-fire talks should they fail, fat chance! March 1953 assigned to 4.2in. Mortar Co.1st Marines as Gunnery Officer and was on line at that post when the cease-fire was signed in June 1953. October 1953 assigned to return draft and was shipped back to the U.S. via Ashcom City, Inchon and San Francisco. That was the end of my active military service.
US Army June 52 to June 54 and served in the Korean War Ft Jackson June 1952 – June 1954
James Richard Tucker
US Marines & Army 1947-1948, 1952-1954. Rank: First Lieutenant. Class of 1947.
Martel Wightman |Navy served 1944 – 1946 email@example.com
Paul G. Andes
USN-USNR Captain (Ret) 24 years of service
US Navy, E-8 – served 1948 – 1969
USAF M/Sgt – 22 years of service
USAF -JAG, 1st Lt – Warner Robbins AFB, Ga. firstname.lastname@example.org
USAF – JAG – 2nd Lt. – Lowrey AFB in Denver. Information submitted by Wilson Wright: Nick died in 2013 or 2014. Nick had a hard time getting over the fact that I drew a nice place like Denver on the edge of the Rockies and he drew a hell hole like Laredo. I went on a B-17 to Laredo once with the club officer to buy booze for the officers club and had lunch with Nick while I was there. It seemed rather hot and dirty, not near as nice as Denver.
Air Force ments: I live in North Carolina now. I am retired Military, Post office. Is there any one from the class of 1949 that is still around.
Wayne Kaiser US Army Years of Service: 2 Rank: SP2
Richard H McCormick
USAR Full Colonel, retired 1990. I served on active duty in the Infantry and Artillery both in CONUS and Germany. After graduating from veterinary school, I transferred my commission from the Artillery to the Veterinary Corps. I served about 5 years total Active Duty (both and 35 years in the Active Reserve. I also practiced veterinary medicine and surgery in Miami-Dade county for 48 years. email@example.com
Allen Milledge Robert Parker
US Army First Lieutenant 1950-1953 firstname.lastname@example.org
Army – ARH Years of Service: 2, Rank CPL, Korea, 2 Bronze Stars; UN Ribbon
Alfred Underwood Sr.
US Army, Cpl. 1953 – 1955. Served August 12, 53 – April 1954. Ft. Jackson, SC June 54 – March 55. Korea June 54 – March 55 Discharged active duty. March 1955 Tokyo Army Hospital (Annex. Patient) email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
USAF JAG – 1st Lt. – Lowry AFB in Denver April 1954 until 1957. I stayed in the AF reserves until 1960. I went in as 2nd Lt and because we were in JAG were quickly promoted to 1st Lt. I made Captain in the reserves. email@example.com
Charles C Bell
USAF Staff/Sargeant 1951-1955 after ’49 graduation, 2 years at U of Florida, 4 years USAF in Lackland AFB, Parks AFB, Calif., Pepperell AFB, Saint Johns, Nfld, Canada. Married to Rebecca in 1952 in Calif. Finished BMus degree 1958 at U of Miami, Taught in Dade County Schools till 1960, entered Masters program at FSU and served as teacher at Florida HS in Tallahassee until 1967, hired to teach a Florida Atlantic University where I was the first music teacher at the Alexander D. Henderson School.Taught Elementary Music Methods for 33 years and retired in 2000. Moved to Longmont, Colorado where I began playing softball, tennis, volleyball, skiing, golf. Continued playing trumpet in Calvary Church in Longmont, played with the Boulder Big Band.We have 4 children, 7 grand children and 4 great grand children. While at FAU I composed, recorded and marketed 3 albums of Children’s songs, served as president of Florida Elementary Music Educators from 1978- 81. My songs are now listed on teacherspayteachers.com and can be dowloaded. Wrote the FAU Alma Mater in 1980 and continued writing Praise songs. Treasurer of the Red Dale Drifters Wagon Train in Colorado. Can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 303/588-7100
Gerald Burkhart Army,
Years of Service 2 Rank Specialist, Army Audit Agency in Tokyo Japan. University of Miami MBA 54, CPA 53; Wometco Enterprises 1960-1992 Audited Supply Depots as an enlisted man doing the work of Civilian GS92, because I was a CPA when drafted. Peacetime Soldier.
US Army SGM -E9 35 years of service Earl H Jones Navy Rank: 22 Comments: I live in North Carolina now. I am retired Military, Post office. Is there any one from the class of 1949 that is still around?
Robert F. Maning USAF Al/C, Served 4 years 1951 – 1955 Joined the U.S. Air Force on March 5, 1951. Became an electronic technician and served two 3 month TDY’s in Japan. Most of my tour was at Turner Air Force Base in Albany, Georgia. Married Roberta Jean Featherstone on 11/11/52 on the Bride and Groom TV show in New York City. Honorable discharge on 2/19/55 as Al/C.
Jack L Morrison Sr Coast Guard
John Loren Tennant
U.S. Army after i received a degree in civil engineering at Ga. Tech, I was drafted into the army in January 1955 and took basic training at camp Gordon, Georgia. After basic i was assigned to the engineer school at ft Belvoir, Virginia. In august 1955 I was attached to the air force and went to Beale air force base in northern California where I made pfc in November. My best assignment was temporary duty with the military aid and advisory group in Pingtung, Taiwan in august 1956. The Chinese army was building some new runways on an old Japanese air base. We were there six months teaching them modern construction techniques. For an enlisted man maag duty is like heaven. Upon returning to the states in august I went to Ft. Ord near Monterrey, California. I made sp-3(corporal) in November 1956 and was released from active duty there in January 1957. After the required six years in the inactive reserves, I was discharged in April 1963 and my military career came to an end.
Robert D Charles
Army Sgt 1st class .1952-1959 Airind@bellsouth.net
Walter L. Elden P.E.
(Ret) Enlisted for 4 years in US Navy in May 1951, one year after the start of the Korean War, which interrupted my college education at the University of Miami, majoring in Music Education to become a conductor. Received extensive training in Aviation Electronics and Sonar. Served as an Aviation Electronics Technician, up through Petty Officer Second Class, in Anti-Submarine Development Squadron VX-1, at Boca Chica Naval Air Station, Key West, Florida. Maintained all Loran, Identification Friend or Foe (IFF), and Radar Altimiter electronics for all aircraft, including blimps, B-17, TBF, and P2V. Upon discharge, with GI Bill, obtained a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (With Honors) degree from the University of Florida in 3 years. After 40 years employed as a Systems Engineer, designing equipment, products and systems for the US Government and Military services, retired in 1997 from Harris Corporation, Melbourne, Fl. My personal WEB page is: http://home.cfl.rr.com/welden/ and my E-Mail is:
Vernon Hendrix M.D.
US Army Captain 1958 – 1960, US Army, Korean Military Advisory Group 1958 & 1959, medical doctor to 1st Corp., South Korean Army. Retired from Ob-Gyn in Atlanta in 1992. Author, six novels, the last being “Ivar, Takk Gud”, Providence House Publishers. Since 1992 has been a missionary on Norwegian freighters in the North Sea and in the Arctic Ocean. VJHPapa@gmail.com
Robert E. (Bob) Johnston
S/SGT U. S. ARMY – ARTILLERY 1952 – 1953 KOREA – PART 1 I was drafted one year and one month (March 11, 1952) after my wife & I were married in Miami on Feb. 11, 1951. Left Miami by train on March 11, 1952 to go to Ft. Jackson, SC to be “processed”. After a few days of testing and physical’s at Ft. Jackson, I was assigned to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma for Artillery Basic Training. I arrived at Ft. Sill in April, 1952. My wife at this time was living with her parents in Albany, GA. When I arrived at Ft. Sill for the 16 weeks of basic training; my wife said she was going to come out to Lawton, OK (Ft. Sill’s Town) to join me for whatever time we could have together. She arrived in Lawton on Friday night, April, 12th, two days before Easter. She checked into the only hotel in town. The next day, Saturday, I got a message to report to the Battery Orderly Room. When I got there a Capt., whose name I don’t remember, told me that my wife had called to tell him that the night before, the hotel had caught fire and she would not be in the hotel where I expected to meet her. She was placed in a “Rooming House” and I was given the address and phone number where she was. The Capt. told me to get out of there and go take care of my wife. He gave me a week-end pass and I was off. When I got to the “Rooming House” where my wife was, I found out the “Rooming House” was really the local house of “Ill Repute”. My wife, at 19, was so naive she told me that the other ladies living here have a lot of friends, but they don’t stay very long. Needless to say, we didn’t stay another night. We started looking for a place for her to stay and looked in the Sunday paper for apartments to rent. We found an ad, from a very Christian lady who rented rooms to the wives of soldiers and in our case she had a garage apartment that we rented. My wife went to work at Montgomery Wards selling tires and batteries. It was so hot (110 in the shade) and she would press her finger into the battery sealers and leave finger marks. She did so well; they wanted her to come back when I went overseas. Mary would work during the day and come out to Ft. Sill in the evening, taking the last bus back to Lawton at night. Every moment together was precious and even if we only had a few hours together, they were wonderful. We were so happy to be together and didn’t think about the immediate future. She always jokes that she was a “camp follower”. Basic training was over on July, 19th and I had a 20 day leave so we “hitched” a ride with a new Lt. from OCS from Ft. Sill to Meridian, Miss. Then from there to Albany, GA by bus. My wife’s parents were living in Albany, Ga. at the time. My parents met us in Albany and after a short visit with my wife’s parents, my Dad & Mom, Brother, my wife & I toured our relatives in Ohio, Pa, and my Dad’s present to us, a tour of New York City, finally getting back to Miami the beginning of August. I flew out to Camp Stoneman, Pittsburg, Calif. on 10th of August, to arrive on August, 11th, 1952. I flew on a “No Name Airlines” and on the same day my wife left Miami by bus to go to her parent’s home in Albany, GA… While flying from Miami to what was supposed to be Camp Stoneman, Calif., the plane’s right engine caught fire and we had to emergency land at an old WW-II airstrip outside of Tampa. About the same time we were in Tampa waiting for another plane, my wife was passing through Tampa. Of course, neither of us knew it. I finally made it to Camp Stoneman. Because of the unexpected engine fire on the first plane, I missed all my connecting flights and I had letters to explain my being late to report from everyone I could get to write one. I did report to Camp Stoneman, but was 2 days late. When I showed the letters to the NCO who processed us in, he said “we don’t even report you late until after 5 days so don’t worry about it”. END OF KOREA – PART 1 KOREA – PART 2 From Camp Stoneman, I shipped out to Japan on the “Gen. W. H. Gordon” troop ship. On the trip to the Far East, I volunteered to take care of dependents dogs that had been quarantined before shipping to Japan. That was my whole duty and I had access to the mess hall, cooks and baker because that was where the dog’s food was stored. I crossed the international date line (180th Meridian) on Sept. 3rd, 1952 and arrived in Japan the middle of September. When processing through Japan, I was selected to attend the Far East Command, Chemical, Biological & Radiological (CBR) training at Camp Drake, Japan. This course lasted two weeks and consisted of special training on CBR warfare. I graduated the 4th of October, 1952 and was shipped to Korea, arriving the 2nd week of October. After a very interesting train ride from Pusan, with bullet holes in the boxcars, I arrived at my unit in the late evening. I was told to go find a “bunk” in the 3rd gun crew’s tent and I would process the next morning. Needless to say, I was dead tired and was asleep in a micro second. Sometime later in the night I was awakened by the Crew Chief (S/Sgt Dean) and told we were being shelled and to go to the “bunker”. I didn’t know where the bunker was, it was dark, I couldn’t find my eye glasses which I put in my shoes, and finally the Sgt. guided me to the bunker where the others were huddled. One of the crew lit a cigarette and I asked for one also. That’s when I started smoking, Oct. 10, 1952. I quit Sept. 1, 1991. It was standard procedure to take the field telephone into the bunker and after a few minutes, the phone rang to announce a fire mission to shoot at those who were shooting at us. Since I was new, I was told to stay in the bunker unless someone told me different. Finally we (or rather) they knocked out the enemy’s guns or at least made them quit shooting at us and the rest of the night passed uneventfully. What a welcome to the Korean War. The next day, I was processed and became a member of Gun Crew #3. Since I was the newest man, I was assigned to the Ammo Dump. These were 155 mm Howitzers Powder Bag’s came in separate cans. You had to “cut the strings” to make the charge called for. That was my job. The powder bags had strings connecting the various charges, 1 through 7. When the fire mission commands were sent down from the fire direction center the gun crew would repeat the orders, i.e. charge 5, and I would have to cut the strings for the bags that were equivalent to charge 5. Since winter was approaching and it was really getting cold, I kept noticing that little bunker up on the hill overlooking the gun line where there was a heating stove and shelter from the cold. I was told that was where the Battery Exec, a Lt. Herbert Morse, and the Battery Assist. Exec, a Lt. Stan Willis, stayed. It was the Battery Fire Direction Center and communications center to pass fire mission commands down to the gun crews. Since that seemed like a pretty warm place to work and was out of the weather, I asked how I could learn about “fire direction” and the other things you needed to know to work there. The Battery commander finally got the word that I was interested and told me to go up and watch them when I had time. I spent almost all of my free time “watching” and finally filling in for the men who worked there when they were at “chow” or away from the Battery. When one of the Sgt’s rotated home in November, I was asked if I wanted to move to the FD Center and I jumped at the chance. It was really getting cold now and the first snow had fallen. During that winter of 1952 – 1953 we stayed pretty much in the same place and since the “war” had stabilized along the 38th parallel, it became an Artillery battle. We would shoot at the CCF’s (Chinese Communist Forces) and they would shoot at us. Since it was part of my job to record the number of rounds each gun fired and send a report to Battalion I noted that in one 24 hour period we fired 1,040 rounds and many days we fired between 400 & 600 rounds. END OF PART 2 KOREA – PART 3 finally, in the spring of 1953 the Panmounjon peace talks started to “Come Together” and things quieted down a little. In late June and the middle of July, just before the cease fire, the CCF’s mounted one last offensive to try to take favorable ground. In front of us was the 555th (Triple Nickel) Battalion of 105 Howitzers and in front of them was a ROK (Republic Of Korea) infantry unit. This was the night we fired the 1,040 rounds. The ROK Infantry were overrun and the CCF’s overran the 555th FAB in back of the ROK Infantry. The CCF were on the way up the hill to our position. The Battery Commander gave the order to move the “Tractors” that pulled the guns up to the firing line to be ready to CFMO (Cease Fire, Move Out) if the order came down. Fortunately, that order never came. We were using “Charge 1” in some cases which translated into a range of only 750 yards or just into the valley in front of us. For some reason, the CCF stopped when they captured the ROK and 555th units. That was a night I will never forget. In July, almost all the action in our sector slowed down and the Peace Talks were making headway. I kept talking to my friends at Battalion HQ and other units in our area and it seemed they were quiet also. Finally the end of July, 1953 (July 27th, at 10:00 PM) the cease fire went into effect and the fighting was over. Our Battalion moved back to Camp Indianhead and from there I rotated home. Arriving in Seattle first and then in Miami on Sept. 15th, 1953. I had been traveling for about 2 days and on the last leg of the flight to Miami, I fell asleep and when we landed in Miami, with Mary, Mom & Dad, my brothers waiting. Everyone else got off the plane and I was still asleep. The airline attendant shook me awake and asked if I wasn’t supposed to get off here in Miami. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity for my family, I ran down the airplane stairs and returned to my loved ones. I had leave from Sept. 15th to Oct. 26th when I was to report to Camp Rucker, Alabama. Of course, Mary “The Camp Follower” joined me in Enterprise, Alabama, the home of School Days peanut butter. We stayed in a motel, since by this time Mary had bought a 1952 Plymouth and drove it to Alabama, with everything we owned in the back seat. At this time I was a Staff Sgt. and could live off base if I wanted to, and I REALLY WANTED TO. We started looking for an apartment to rent. We went into a restaurant on the main street of Enterprise for breakfast one Saturday morning. The restaurant was run by a lady called Miss Bessy. We explained that we were looking for a place to rent and she told us she had a garage apartment Mary could rent. We went out to look at it and took it on the spot. Miss Bessy, it turned out, rented the apartment to Mary because Mary could drive and Miss Bessy had bought a brand new Buick with half dollars she saved from the restaurant but never learned to drive. So if Mary would drive her to see her son, to the restaurant and shopping, she could rent her garage apartment. We were together again and stayed there until I was discharged on December 10th, 1953, one day after my 23 rd birthday. After my discharge we went back to Miami and moved into another “Garage Apartment” in South Miami. I went to work for The Miami Daily News as a Circulation Territory Manager. My Dad had worked for The Miami Daily News for several years and got me the job. All this time, I was aware that the G.I. Bill had been passed and I was eligible to go to college. Mary and I thought it over and decided to “try it”. END OF PART 3 KOREA – PART 4 After my discharge we went back to Miami and moved into another “Garage Apartment” in South Miami. I went to work for The Miami Daily News as a Circulation Territory Manager. My Dad had worked for The Miami Daily News for several years and got me the job. All this time, I was aware that the G.I. Bill had been passed and I was eligible to go to college. Mary and I thought it over and decided to “try it”. The next July, 1954 I enrolled in the Pre-pharmacy course at The University of Florida, in Gainesville. Again another move. We packed up all our “Stuff” and moved into Flavet Village at the University of Florida. Since I was discharged after only 21 months of duty, I only had 42 months of college time and had to make it through a 4 year (48 months) course in 42 months. I went to the Dean of the College Of Pharmacy, Dr. Perry Foote, and showed him ‘my plan’. I would ‘audit’ several courses, where I could just take the final exam and if I passed, I got credit for the course and not have to attend the classes. The dean said “No-one has ever completed the Pharmacy Curriculum in 42 months”. I told him I had no choice and would have to ‘do the best I could’. He gave me his permission and wished me good luck. Mary started working in the circulation dept. of the Library at the University and I went to school. On June 14th, 1955 at 9:30 AM, Barbara was born in Alachua General Hospital in Gainesville, Fla. After Barbara was born, we moved again into a two bedroom apartment at Flavet III and after many long nights studying and going to class during the day, I graduated from the College Of Pharmacy with a B.S. in Pharmacy on August 10th, 1957. We moved again, this time back to Miami, into a house we had bought on the G. I. Bill. I worked in two different drug stores for the next 3 years. In July, 1960 our Squibb representative, Rupert Smith called on the store and told me he was being promoted to a Clinical Research Associate and would I like to take his sales job. I interviewed with Rease Inge for a Sales Representative job with E. R. Squibb & Sons, Inc. I was hired and started work in the North Miami, South Broward area on August 1, 1960. I continued as a Sales Representative (Detail Man), Hospital Representative and Nuclear Medicine Specialist in the Miami area for the next 12 years. Carol, our second daughter was born on January 22, 1958 and Patricia Ann, our third daughter was born on January 10, 1963. In 1972 I was offered a promotion to Nuclear Medicine Product Co-coordinator in our home office in Princeton, N.J… I accepted and we moved again from Miami to Newtown, Pa., which was right across the Delaware River from Princeton. I worked in Princeton at our home office until; you guessed it, August, 1976 when I requested a job back in the field. A territory in Central Virginia was available and I took it. We moved to Chester, VA in October, 1976. I worked as a Nuclear Medicine Technical Associate (Specialist) from August, 1976 to August, 1991 when I retired after 31 years. Our retirement benefits with Squibb are excellent and the retirement income, healthcare combined with the Federal Governments Medicare Protection protect us from the medical expenses or care needed in the older retirement years. In 1996 I was diagnosed as having Prostate Cancer and had to have major surgery to remove the Prostate Gland. I entered Johnston Willis Hospital in June, 1996 and the surgery was performed by an Urologist, Anesthesiologist, and the other personnel involved in major surgery. After two days in the hospital, I asked to be allowed to return home where the family could take care of me much better than the Hospital personnel. I came home and the recovery was uneventful. Mary worked at The Medical College of Virginia from 1977 until 1993 when she retired. During the 1970’s and 1980’s, our three daughters went to college, Barbara got two B.F.A. (Bachelor Of Fine Arts) degree’s, one in Communication Arts & Design and one in Art History, her M.A. in Art History, and is now finishing her Ph.D. in Art History at the Florida State University. Carol, our middle daughter, got her B.S. in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She recently got her teaching certificate and is now teaching in a Jacksonville elementary school. Pat got her B.S. in Pharmacy from the Medical College of Virginia. Carol & my son-in-law, Bill have two children, a daughter, Lauren who is now in her second year at the University Of Florida College Of Engineering. A son, Michael who is just starting elementary school. They are living in Jacksonville, Fla where Bill is Chief Financial Officer of Rail Link Corporation. Pat and my son-in-law, Mark have a son, Taylor who is now 12. All are doing well and enjoying the fruits of Mary’s and My STINT IN KOREA. I am convinced that if it were not for the G.I. Bill, which was a result of my Korea duty, we would not be in the position we are in today, so you see: “KOREA: THE FORGOTTEN WAR” WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN BY ME OR MY FAMILY. I hope you enjoyed our little trip down memory lane. I enjoyed writing it and I hope you enjoy reading it. Best regards, Bob Johnston former S/Sgt, 936 FAB, Korea 1952 to 1953 (The End of the War)
Morris Frank Kenedy
U.S.M.C. died June 25, 1989 at the age of 68. He fought in several South Pacific Campaigns, upon discharge he joined the Miami Police Dept., resigning to rejoin the Marines to fight in the Korean Conflict.
Fred J. Larsen
USNR Rank Lt 20
U.S.A.F. Years of Service 2, Rank SGT, Football and Baseball Official
Ben (Jamin) Strickland
US Army M/Sgt E-8. Entered the US Army October 1950, was wounded in 1951. I remained in the Army until 1977. Served in Vietnam 1969 – 1970. After the Korean War I requested to serve the rest of my service in the Hoepitah Senior Hospital Food Service Steward position. I served most of my hospital career in Germany, 20 years in which I enjoyed very much. I met a very beautiful German Lady in 1952 and was married in 1955. After my retirement from the Army I moved back to Miami in March 1977 and lived in the West Kendall area.
Army 1952–1955 Rank: Corpl. Class of 1951–was in the US Army from 1952 to 1955 was in Korea in 1952 when the fighting was going on. I was on the first troop ship that came back to New York from Korea.
USN Years of Service: 24 Rank: AQC Flew as a bombardier/navigator for 10 years. Worked for Lockheed Martin as Senior Engineer for 17 years. Retired from L. Martin while working in Korea
Jim Frank Davis
My military record: I dropped out of Edison in the 10th grade. Received my Florida High School Equivalency Diploma while stationed at NAS Master Field, Miami, as a Navy Corpsman in 1949. Went to live with my mother in Texarkana, Texas in 1950. I was called to active duty July 28, 1950, assigned to the First Marine Division and made the wave landing (Blue Beach) at Inchon, Korea. I was a collecting team corpsman, transporting wounded to aid stations. After we secured Seoul, we boarded ship and landed at Wonsan and proceeded to the Chosin Reservoir. As you may remember, 150,000 Chinese troops were engaged against our 16,000 Marines. The cold, – 20 to – 30 degree temperatures was our enemy but more of an enemy to the Chinese as they were not clothed as well (however we did have 7,000 cases of frostbite). In the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir there were 718 KIA’s, 3,500 WIA’s. This isn’t counting the 2,500 Army KIA’s on the East side of the reservoir out of 3,200 Army infantry. I read that there was an estimated 40,000 Chinese KIA’s in this single campaign. I don’t know why I’m writing so much – it isn’t what you wrote that you wanted. I wasn’t awarded any personal battle medals. However, I received two Purple Hearts, Pres. Unit Citation (with two stars), Combat Action Ribbon, Navy FMF Service Ribbon, Republic of Korea Pres. Unit Citation, UN Service Medal, and US Korean Service Medal. Hope that I have given you something to pick through. I am retired from the Navy and have been for over 50 years. I have a B Ed, (U of M), M S (FSU) Best regards, Jim Frank Davis Ralph: I am an Over the Hill member. My wife and I have been to several reunions in the ’80’s and early ’90’s. However for the past 9 years we have served as volunteers for the US Forest Service from Memorial Day to Labor Day. We are in the Lolo National Forest in western Montana in our 5th wheel trailer, and we run a visitors center in an old ranger station. It has been a great deal of fun and feels that we are giving back to our country the many blessings we have received. Sorry that we will miss the reunion this summer – when we fully retire someday. email@example.com
Enrolled for engineering studies at UM. Dropped out in 1954 to enlist in USAF. Served as Jet Aircraft Mechanic Instructor (A/1C) at Amarillo AFB, TX until Dec. 1957. Returned to UM and received B.S.M.E. August 1960. Worked for several different aerospace companies until 1977. Received M.B.A. and also started engineering consulting business in 1973. Relocated from Dallas to Cedar Park in 1999 to be nearer to our three grandsons. Joe Freidberg
U.S. Navy 419-14-32. Served active duty 1951 thru 1953. Korean War.
Navy Years of Service: ’52-’56 Rank: TE3Boot January ’52 in San Diego. USS KulaGulk VE108 in Philadelphia PA. Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico – ’53-’56.
Herman “Jerry” Harris
USAF, Lt. Col. served 1953 – 1973. Enlisted June ’53 – Aviation Cadets Dec. ’53 March ’55 Fighter Gunnery March 55 – November 55, 69 FBS Oscn. Korea December 55 – November 56. 435 TFS January 57 – June 61, George AFB, CAL. F-101 transition Shaw AFB, SC June 61 – September 61. 78 TFS RAF Woodbridge UK October 61 – July 65. 391st TFS Holloman AFB/Camron Bay, Vietnam August 65 – December 66. 434TFS George AFB, CA January 67 – June 70. 32TFS Camp New 3Amsterdam, Netherlands July 70 – June 73. Retired 1 July 73
Gordon “Bo” Lemmon
US Air Force eight years 1951-1959
Richard W Moss,
USAF March 1951 Troop Carrier Wing (reserves)
Harry V. Mowry (Bud)
USAF Major: Enlisted USAF July ’52. Received Pilot Wings and Commissioned 2nd Lt. August ’54. Four tours in Far East; Okinawa 30 months, Korea 13 months, Philippines 24 months, Viet Nam 12 months. Stationed stateside in Texas, Vermont, Ohio and Louisiana. While married in the service, we moved 25 times in 18 years. Pat and I did travel to Tokyo, Taipei and Hong Kong. She and our sons, Rick and Mike, joined me in Hawaii for a week’s R & R while stationed in Viet Nam. Ferried a DC-3 from Hawaii to Philippines. Had numerous missions to Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Tokyo, Taiwan and throughout the Far East. Was crew member on 1st B-29 into Hiroshima 1955. Flew combat support missions most of my career. Also “Flew a Desk” as Material) officer and Chief Special Services for 15 years while flying. Was a Flight Instructor and Flight Examiner in DC-3 (Gooney Bird) for last 10 years in USAF.
U.S. Army Years of Service: 2, Rank: SGT.
USAF A/3 – 4 years’ active duty and 6 years active reserves. Held rating of 5.0 served with 435th TCW and 2585 AFRTC. Main position Finance Specialists – also Military Police.
U.S. Army 1952, while at the University of Florida on a track scholarship. Served three years in the 25th Infantry division, Sargent, honorably discharged, returned to UF but transferred to UM and graduated from UM. Served in Korea, detachedduty to Thailand, etc.
Fred W. Squires
Army Corp of Engineers Staff Sgt 2 years – Active BF (Beach Friday). Korea with 25th Infantry Division. Assigned to headquarters of 65 Engr. BN. (Combat) from 1953 and division transferred to Schofield barracks, Honolulu Hawaii till 1955. Demolitions specialist for 65th engineers in the operations (S-3) section. Honorable discharge and attended college on the GI Bill. Majored in Math & Science thanks to Mrs. Wetherington and Mrs. Heil. Attended UF, Graduated UM in Civil Engineering, Masters in Structural Engineering from Univ. Southern California. Worked for NW Aviation on the Apollo project in LA, with Pan American Airways in Miami, and Martin Missile Division in Orlando, Later worked 10 years with US oil companies in Saudi Arabia. General Contractor in Florida, just retired April ’12 as a Building Inspector for the City of Coral Springs. Reside in Coconut Creek Fl. with wife Melody. Son, Chris Squires is a Civil Engineer with Kimley-Horn in Raleigh, N.C
Raymond B Welsh
Army 1953 – 1956 Corporal – After Army Service worked as Electronic instructor for RCA Service Co. Owned a bicycle shop in Pompano Beach. In 1982 became Department Manager for major bicycle supply firm in Miami from which I retired in 2004. Married the year I was discharged from the Army. We have four children, 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. firstname.lastname@example.org Jim R Worden USN 4 In the High School Yearbook, I was listed as Jim Worden, in 1951changed my name back to my Birth name of Robert James Maillard. Worden was my Step Fathers last name. Like to hear from some of the old gang!
U.S. Army 1957 – 1960 Rank: SP4
Barnett Bank Senior Vice President after 25 years. I am currently a partner in my own marketing company in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. I still have and wear my ’53 Edition “Ring”, can anyone else say that? I get questioned all the time about it, still looks great. Look forward to seeing all the Raiders in Miami in August.
Howard Burkhart Jr. U.S.A.F. E.4 – I managed to get a 2-year enlistment in the U.S.A.F.in March 1954. Spent a few months at Lackland AFB in Texas, then a few months at George AFB in Victorville, CA. Then a cruise aboard a Liberty Ship Gen. R.E. Callan which lasted about 2 weeks and spent the rest of my enlistment at Wheelus AFB in Tripoli, Libya North Africa. I busied myself as a clerk typist in the Personal Affairs Office. I was honorably discharged in March of 1956 as an A/1C (E-4).
James Daniel Frost “Danny”
Irvin L. (Irv) Gaines USCG CWO4 Served from 1952 until retirement in 1980. Joined while a senior in high school at Edison Retired 1 DEC 1980 after almost 29 years of service. Served from the North Atlantic (USCGC Escanaba) to the Philippines (USCG Loran Station Talampulan) and various units in between. Warrant specialty in the electronics field and as commanding officer of two Loran stations the last on at Carolina Beach NC. Served at various units on the East coast in the Philippines and areas of the Pacific. After retirement I became a bench jeweler and now live in Hampstead NC. Life is Good!
James J. Goodwin
Class of 1953. US Army 1957-1963. 1st Lt. After graduation from the University of Miami in 1957, I entered the Army, spent three years on active duty and three years in the reserves. I was stationed at Ft. Monmouth, NJ and Ft. Sill, Ok, then I returned to Miami and moved to North Florida, (Jacksonville) where I have lived ever since.
US Navy Petty Officer served from 14 April 1952 thru 10 April 1956. Reached the grade of Aviation Mechanic Mate, 2 class petty officer.
U.S.A.F. Graduated from Miami Edison Senior High School 1952. Attended University of Miami as an engineering student 1952-1953. Entered the USAF Aviation Cadet Program April 1954, graduated from Single Engine Jet Fighter Program July 1955 with wings and commission as a Second Lieutenant. First assignment was as an instructor pilot in T-28’s and T-33’s at Williams AFB, Arizona, Laughlin AFB, Texas and Craig AFB, AL. Married Bernice Elliott March of 1958. Promoted to Captain in 1961. Attended Squadron Officers School at Maxwell AFB, AL and USAF Flight Safety/Accident Investigation Course at University of Southern Calif. Graduated from combat crew training in the RF-101 supersonic reconnaissance fighter in 1962 and was assigned to duty as a Tactical Recon. Pilot in France for three years. Checked out in the RF-4C all weather reconnaissance fighter in 1965 and served for 14 months at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. Volunteered and was assigned as an RF-4C aircraft commander in Viet Nam in 1967/1968. Flew 425 combat hours in performance of 192 missions including 100 over North Viet Nam. Combat awards included Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, 15 Air Medals and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Upon return to the States was assigned to Air Force Systems Command at Eglin AFB, FL and conducted Category II flight test program on the YQU-22A and the QU-22 B aircraft. Was assigned to the Navy/Air Force Production Acceptance Flight Test Unit at The McDonnell Douglas Plant in St. Louis, MO. Performed flight test on all F-4 series aircraft for three years. Assigned to Air Force Systems Command Inspector General Team in 1973 as Special Projects Team Chief at Andrews AFB, MD. Graduated from Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL 1977 and was assigned to Eglin AFB, FL as Director of Safety and then performed duty as Director of Flight Test Operations for testing all conventional weapons and shapes carried on Fighter aircraft. Retired in the grade of Full Colonel May of 1980. Developed and currently owns and operates a family run business known as the Marina at Bluewater Bay on the north shore of Choctawhatchee Bay, Niceville, FL. The Marina complex encompasses 120 wet slips, 216 dry stack spaces, ships store, brokerage and new boat sales office and LJ Schooners Tiki bar and grill. Ray and I are blessed with 4 children, two of which are twins and three of which are sons that participate in the Marina endeavor. Their daughter is married and resides in Tampa, FL
John C. Krause
Class of 1954. USCMR/USCG. 6 ½ in USMCR & 26 years in USCG – CWO
Hubert B Martin Jr.
Army Capt. 6 My wife of 56 years, Jeanette Cosper Martin died Feb 28, 2010
US Army and US Air Force
Fred (Skip) Noyes
US Navy – AECS (E8) – 25 years of service. Fred (Skip) Nyes AECS USNR-TAR. We joined the Naval Reserve July 7 1956 after my sophomore year. I went on active duty in October 1958 and was stationed at the Naval Ai Station New York, initially working on FJ and later A4 aircraft. We qualified as an ASW operator and flew as an air crewman in P2V’s during the Cuban Missile Crises spending 3 months in Cuba earning the Naval Expeditionary Medal. In 1964 I was transferred to NAS Jacksonville and became a Loadmaster & Flight Engineer on C118 Transport AC, spending 3 tours in Viet Nam, Cambodia, and Laos. Transferring back to NAS New York (involuntarily) in 1967 we again flew as a Flight Engineer with 2 more tours in SE Asia earning the Viet Nam Service Medal with 4 stars. After decommissioning of NAS NY in 1969 we transferred to ASW Tactic at Warfare School, Los Alamitos CA where we taught South American Naval Air crewman both ASW Tactics and maintenance of ASW equipment. Prior to decommissioning of the ASW TAC School in 1971 we were commuting to San Diego CA where we instructed Army and CIA pilots on P2V7 Aircraft systems. In 1972 we transferred to Naval Airstaton Whidbey Island WA as the Maintenance Department Chief of VS 83 flying s2E ASW Aircraft. After decommissioning (again) Vs83 we transferred the majority of our aircraft to the Forest Service in California to be used as “Borate Bombers”. In 1976 we transferred to NAS Alameda CA to Attack Squadron 801 flying A7 Corsair Twos. We left my wife and 3 children in Oak Harbor WA for 3 years and when I was selected for Master Chief E9 with transfer orders to Andrews AFB in DC we felt enough time had been served and the East Coast was not where we wanted to go. I retired July 7th 1979 with 25 years (2 years good time because of early enlistments) as a Senior Chief Petty Officer E8 and returned to Whidbey Island WA. (yes I was still married to the same woman). Ironically we had come full circle. In 1956 the fist Aircraft I had worked on at MCAS Opalocka was an F4U Corsair and we retired from a squadron flying A7E Corsair Two’s. Fdnoes000@centurytel.et
James C. Osborn
Capt USCG (ret) 1953-1983. Edison class of ’52. I was enlisted in the CG (sonar) before going to the Coast Guard Academy (New London, CT) in ’53. Graduated as an ensign in ’57 and assigned to the CG cutter Winnebago as the gunnery officer and then 1st Lieutenant. In ’58 went to flight training and got my wings in ’60. Assigned to the now defunct CG Air Station (CGAS) Salem, MA ’60-’63 flying the Grumman Albatross off Salem Harbor. In ’63-’66 I flew the Albatross out of the now defunct CGAS Bermuda and was the asst ops officer in charge of search and rescue training. ’66 to ’70 saw me as the ops officer at CGAS Miami (at OpaLocka Airport). There I cross trained and flew a single turbine amphibious Sikorsky helo (including launch abort rescue for several of the Saturn moon rocket launches). At the end of that tour, I was the pilot for President elect Nixon and flew him to numerous locations around the Bahamas. ’70 to ’73 I was the XO at the CG VIP Unit, CGAS Washington and flew the Gulfstream I and II on world wide executive transportation trips. ’73 to ’76 I spent a tour in CG Headquarters in D.C. involved in supervising safety aspects of recreational boat construction. ’76 to ’78 I was the XO at CGAS Corpus Christi, TX. ’78 to ’81 I was the CO of CGAS Barbers Pt. Hawaii. ’81 to ’83 I was head of the CG Command Center in D.C. and briefing officer for the Commandant and Staff Admirals. I retired from the CG as a Capt (O-6) in ’83 and did a variety of jobs through to ’94: teaching, corporate flying, staff with United Way, and finished my working as an aircraft simulator instructor at NAS Corpus Christi, TX. We sold our house in TX and lived full time alternating between our cruising catamaran and a motor home. We put about 25,000 miles on our sailboat (mostly intracoastal and near coastal cruising). We sailed all around the Gulf of Mexico; the FL keys; the Bahamas and the east coast as far as Rhode Island. We sailed portions of the east coast on four different trips. We settled (for now) in the Cocoa/ Cape Canaveral area on north Merritt Island where we enjoy watching the rocket launches from our house. Our Edison classmates snickered when I did a composition on 3 stage rockets to the moon and space stations in Miss Gerry Pendleton’s English class in the spring of ’52 (silly Buck Rogers stuff!) I’ve rambled on far too long. Edit the info however you want. I’m good friends with classmate Col Ray Hinely, USAF ret. Of Niceville, FL who should be sending you info also. Regards, Jim Osborn
James (Frank) Whidden
USAF, Major 1954 – 74 20 Years served (USAF) 1954 – 1974 Aviation Cadet Class 55 – P – Hondo, Airbase and Leredo, Airforce Base. Principle Duties: Instructor Pilot in T-28, T-33, F-100 Combat Fighter / Bomber Pilot in F-100 and F-111. Assignments: Stateside – 12 years, Texas, Arizona, Alabama. Europe – 7 years, England – NATO, Vietnam – 1 year, Bien Hoa Airbase. Awards – Decorations: Command Pilot – +/- 4,300 hours (Single Engine), 10 Air Medals, 3 DFC’S, 1 Bronze Star (Valor), 1 Good Conduct Medal and various Unit Citations, Select Crew, etc. Family: Air Force Colonel Jim (son) is currently Commander of the 607th Air Intelligence Group Osan Airbase, Korea. Wife (Shirley) raised 3 sons in military environment. They are all great kids. USAF Retired
Richard A Persson
Army PFC 1963-1965
James (Frank) Whidden
Robert M Barwick
Army – 82nd Abn – Cpl 1953 – 1956 – Basic at Camp Gordan Ga – Advanced Inf Training Ft Jackson SC – Airborne Training Ft Bragg NC – Assigned to 307th Combt. Eng. Battalion, 82nd Abn. Division
T. I M.Blum Bernard Bright
Army Year of Service: 22, Rank: E-8 my first tour in the Army was a 2 year stint, 1956-1958. During that time I was in Germany as a combat engineer. Upon return to Miami I served 4 years in the Army Reserves. In 1963 I re-enlisted in the Army and spent the next 20 years serving my country. I graduated jump school in Fort Benning GA, was then assigned to Special Forces Training Group at Fort Bragg, NC. After graduating Special Forces Training I was assigned to 1st Special Forces Group in Okinawa and received a badge for scuba training. I spent two tours in Vietnam while assigned to Special Forces. My first tour in Vietnam was in II CORE with an A Team. My Second Tour was in Special Operations with I CORE. In 1968 I returned to the United States was assigned to the 10th Special Forces in Fort Devens, MA. In 1970 I returned to Vietnam for a third time to serve with Special Operations in Kontun. I spent the next 11 years serving in various assignments between the US and Europe During my 22 years in the military I was awarded a Combat Infantry Badge, as a parachutist. I was awarded Master Parachute Wings, Military Free Fall Wings, and Vietnamese and Chinese Jump Wings. I received the Bronze Star for Valor with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, and Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal, and Army Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. Received an Associate Degree in General Studies in 1980. email@example.com
Joe P D’Auria ARMY E-5 – 1954 – 1957 – Like to hear from any Raider grads and reminisce of times gone by from NW 2nd Ave. and 62nd St. As I recall the “Sun” was on the corner where everyone hung out at lunch and after school firstname.lastname@example.org
USAF, S/Sgt. Served 8 years as aircraft mechanic
James J. Goodwin
U S Army 1957-1963 Rank: 1st Lt. after graduating from the University of Miami in 1957 I entered the Army, spent three years on active (Jacksonville) where I have lived ever since. Retired from Barnett Bank as Senior Vice President after 25 years, am currently a partner in my own marketing company in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. I still have and wear my ’53 Edison “Ring”, can anyone else say that? I get questioned all the time about it, it still looks great! Look forward to seeing all the Raiders in Miami in August.
USAF: 54/58 Sgt. Instructor Hydraulic Spee School, Chanute Field. Mechanic, Langley Field, VA, mechanic – Landstuhl Germany.
Hubert B Martin Jr
Army – Rank: Capt. 6 Comments: My wife of 56 years, Jeanette Cosper Martin, died Feb. 28, 2010. email@example.com
He graduated from the Citadel, Charleston, SC in 1957. He entered the USA May ’58 and retired as a Lt. Col. July ’79. We have signed up to attend the reunion in Miami. Aug.20-22. Memomhoho@msn.com Phillip C. Noland USAFSS, Rank: SSGT 1951-1965 Comments: The above information is in the name of my brother, SSGT Phillip C. Noland USAFSS (Ret) deceased 1986. I am writing my fifth book – about Phil’s time spent in USAFSS, 1951-1965 and have been looking for information about the 2585th AFRCTC, Miami, Fl.(assigned) 11 Jul 53 22 Dec 53. I want to know what the 2585th AFRCTC stands for: what my brother may have done here. If someone could contact me at:
Clara19126@msn.com My name is TRISH SCHIESSER. Thank you for reading this and I hope to hear from someone with some information. Phil wound up a SSGT – his last post 1962-1964 at the 6901stSCG, Zweibrucken, Germany as a 20270 (Radio Intercept Analyst.) Clara19126@msn.com
Lawrence (Larry) A Palomino
Air Force A/1C 1955-1959 After graduation in ’53 went to University of Miami back then known as Underwater Basket Weaving U. for a couple of years. Found out that I was number 4 on the draft list for that month so elected to join the Air Force instead. Spent May-July at Happy Lackland in Texas. Hot “weather” duty. Then off to cold Great Lakes for Dental Tech School. Finished 2 in the class. Then went to Hot McDill SAC base for 1 and 1/2 years. From there got transferred to, you will never guess where, Goose Bay Labrador. That base is one of the few SAC Bases that did not have a fence around it. It was so far north that you could go AWOL and then get caught they promoted you and put you in charge of survival training. Zero was a warm day. My hospital barracks was less than 1 mile away from the ice covered runways. B-52 took off as expected, back then, at all the odd hours. By then I was promoted to S/Sgt and was head base dental x-ray tech. I worked with the Base Dental Surgeon then back to Columbus Oh for ultimate discharge. After that my occupations varied from Sales, machine tools and supplies (18years), to commodity gold silver copper , broker to stock broker with all the necessary licenses to qualify up to ownership of the brokerage. I also sold at one time Oil Wells and cemetery property (7 years) and finished up as a mortgage broker, (5years). Moved back to Florida. Hobby: Singing Barbershop Music fro 51 years, so far.
ARMY: 54/57 Jump School, FT. Bragg, N. Assigned To 82nd. Recon. Jan.55, Went to Ga.
Philip A Reid
William (Buz) H. Reynolds
Branch: Army Rank: 0-6 22 Comments: Long time away from MEHS. Hope to make it to a reunion one of these days. Stan Pearce also a 1953 grad is close by.
USAF – Airman 6 I was a transplant from Chicago High School and only attended Edison Senior High for my last senior semester. After graduation in 1953, I bounced around at a few jobs in Miami and entered the Army in April of 1954. I served 27 years in Army Aviation and did my thing in Phu Loi Vietnam. Retiring from the Army as a CW4. I joined Eastern Air Lines in Miami and as they started to go under, I took a job with Saudi Arabian Air Lines in Saudi. 3 ½ years later I returned to Eastern in Miami but saw that they were in their last years so I took a job with United Parcel Service Airlines. After almost 16 years with them, I retired from UPS in May of 2004 and now live in Hollywood Florida. It has been a good life, a wife of almost 50 years and two sons. Jim E Zell U.S.A.F. Master Sgt. Years: 26 + 1954-1980 I retired with the rank of Master Sgt. I served in Florida, Mississippi, Colorado, California, Washington, Mass., New York and Alaska. Started out in A.F. Intelligence (SAC) then computers (Air Defense Command) Intelligence again monitory for atomic testing (Headquarters Command). Three temporary assignments in North Africa with SAC.
John Richard Bledsoe
Class of 1955 U.S. Navy commander 32
Army: SGT 7 1/2 Years Look forward to Visiting with the Red Raiders in 2012!
John A Eastman
USAF: E4 4
John C. Krause
USMCR & USCG USMCR 6 1/2…USCG 26 Rank: CWO
William B. McCoy
ARMY, First Lt. – 1957 – 1962
Edwin Gordon McGowan
US ARMY, USAF, Years of Service: 1955-1966 and 1977-1991. US Army 1955 – 1957 – 82nd Abn. Div. 1957 – 1960 25th Inf. Div. 1960 – 1962 82nd Abn. Div. 1962 -1963 3rd Armd. Div. 1963 – 1966 13th SFG. 1977 – 1979 90th APS (H.R.F.B., FL). 1979 – 1987 315th MAW C.A.F.B., S.C. 1987 – 1991 916th AREFW S.J.A.F.B., N.C.
USMC Years of Service: 28, Rank: 1st SGT Regular 1954 1960, Active Reserve 1960 – 1967, Active 1967 – 1969, Reserve 1969 – Retired 1981.
Robert Taylor Army Engineers P.F.C. 1954/1957 1954 Basic at Camp Gordon, GA, Combat Engineer Training at Ft Leonard Wood, MO 1955/57 Engineer Supply Specialist 656th Engr. Battalion (TOPO) in Switzerland, Germany. firstname.lastname@example.org
John Loren Tennant
US Army sp-3 (corporal). After I received a degree in civil engineering at Georgia Tech, I was drafted into the army in January 1955 and took basic training at Camp Gordan, Georgia. After basic, I was assigned to the engineer school at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. In August 1955, I was attached to the Air Force and went to Beale Air Force Base in Northern California where I made PFC in November. My best assignment was temporary duty with the Military Aid and Advisory Group in Pingtung, Taiwan in August 1956. The Chinese Army was building tome new runways on an old Japanese air base. We were there six months teaching them modern construction techniques. For an enlisted man maag duty is like heaven. Upon returning to the States in August, I went to Ft. Ord, near Monterrey, California. I made SP-3 (Corporal) in November 1956 and was released from active duty there in January 1957. After the required six years in the inactive reserves, I was discharged in April 1963 and my military career came to an end.
U.S.A. E5 1955-1978 Ft Riley, Ks. Germany, and Ft. Benning, Ga. 1960-1978 Commissioned Officer Candidate School, Ft. Benning, Ga. – 2nd Lt. served in Korea, Ft. Bragg, N.C., Dominican Republic, Ft. Benning, Ga. Two tours Viet Nam, Ft. Monmouth, N.J., and Ft. Gordon, Ga. Retired 1978-Lieutenant Colonel and is living in Ks.
Army Engineers .1954/1957 -PFC. 1954 Basicat Camp Gordon, Ga. Combat Engineer Training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. 1955/57 Engineer Supply Specialist 656th Eng. Battalion (TOPO) in Schwetzingen, Germany.
Edwin L. Young
USMC, Sergeant, Years of Service: 1956 – 1959
US Navy Reserves 55-63
Robert E. Baden
USAF 1960-64 Staff Sgt E5 – Marine Reserves with 155th Howitzer Gun Battalion 1954 – 1959
USAF 1956 – 1950
US Navy Retired
John Richard Bledsoe
Branch : US Navy, Years Of Service: 32, Rank: Commander 1958-1990 Comments: 6th Fleet, Villefranche, France; US Navy Band, Washington, DC; Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla 8, Norfolk, VA. Director, US Navy Sea Chanters; Office of the Navy Chief of Information; Director, US Naval Academy Band; Executive Officer, Armed Forces School of Music; Director of Bands, Headquarters, US Atlantic Fleet.
Richard “Dick” Bow
USMC 54 – 58
U.S. Army – E-8. My first tour in the Army was a 2 year stint. 1956-1958. During that time I was in Germany as a combat engineer, Upon return to Miami, I served 4 years in the Army Reserve. In 1963 I re-enlisted in the Army and spent the next 20 years serving my country. I graduated jump school in Fort Benning, Ga, and was then assigned to Special Forces Training Group at Fort Bragg, NC. After graduating Special Forces, I was assigned to 1st Special Forces Group in Okanowa and received a badge for scuba training. I spent two tours in Vietnam while assigned to Special Forces. My first tour in Vietnam was in II CORE with an A Team. My Second Tour was in Special Operations with I CORE. In 1968, I returned to the United States was assigned to the 10th Special Forces in Fort Devens, MA. In 1970 I returned to Vietnam for a third time to serve with Special Operations in Kontun. I spent the next 11 years serving in various assignments between the US and Europe. During my 22 years in the military, I was awarded a Combat Infantry Badge, as a parachuter, I was awarded Master Parachute Wings, Military Free Fall Wings, and Vietnamese and Chinese Jump Wings. I received the Bronze Star for Valor with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal and Vietnam Cross Gallantry. Received an Associates Degree in General Studies in 1980.
Joel A. Burkes
1955 U.S.A.F. 4 & 4 Rank; Airman 2nd Class Spent 4 years in the Military Police at S.A.C. bases stateside, U.K., and Greenland.
USAF 59 – 69
Marines – I was drafted July 1957 assigned to 101 St Airborne Division duty at Ft. Campbell Kentucky following basic training at Ft. Jackson S.C. I was reassigned upon arrival at Ft. Campbell engineers Battalion C/A due to my 1 year construction electrical experience. I was sent to the 168th Battalion gyroscope to Neligen Germany (near Stuttgart Germany in March of 1957. I crossed North Atlantic on the Army troop ship U.S. Hodges. Trained at Yaegerhouse Germany for Expert Sniper talents. I was on operation Saber Hawk in 1958. We lived in tents in the open field. Returned to USA following an honorable discharge in Sept. 1959. Returned to Ft. Jackson in Oct 1959 to train recruits as firing line instructor. My highest rank was E-5 buck Sergant.
Army Reserves 6 ½ years
USAF 1963 – 1965
E dward Gough Sr.
USAF Reserves 54 – 56
James R. Groover
US Navy QM3 1956 – 1958. Army CWO2 helicopter pilot 1963 – 1967, Vietnam. DFC, Purple Heart, Air Medal w/V/13 OLC, ACM. Retired civilian helicopter pilot; mostly knocks around in an RV.
USAF 23 Years
Robert D. Hepburn Graduated 1955 Sgt. – Served in the United States Marine Corps from 1955 to 1959. Paris Island Recruit Training 1955. Camp Geiger/LeJune (advanced combat training), Jacksonville Florida, Air Wing School. NAS Pensacola Florida, El Toro California, VMCJ-3. Marine Air Base; Atzuta Japan VMJ-1 Formosa and the Philippines. Honorably discharged in 1959 Sergeant of Marines, MOS 4611 aerial photograpy
USAF Oct 4 1955 to Oct 2 1959
John B Hood
James F. Hunter, Jr.
U.S.Navy Years of Service: 8 Rank: LCDR
G raduated: 1955 Rank: Capt USAF Years Of Service: 9 Captain F-102 Fighter Interceptor, Zaragoza, Spain 1962-64, Ramstien, Germany 64-65. T-38 IP, Laredo AFB, Texas 65-69. F-102 Texas ANG, Ellington AFB, Texas 69-72. email@example.com
Kayye (Kmieciak) USN-USNR – 31 years of service, Rank 08
GARY T KILBRIDE
US NAVY E5 Years: 4 Comments: 4 years In Navy then lived in the Virgin Islands for 31 yrs. Returned to South Florida in 1991 worked for the City of Pembroke Pines for 15 years, retired for 1 month and am now working for Broward County Buildig Department @ the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.
USAF Retired 30 years of dedicated service Joe Messano USAF Daniel Novak Navy
James Walker Parks
Frank “Pete” Peterson
USAF 1955 – 1959
Dept of Army
Navy Reserves, signed up in 11th grade. In the reserves for 8 years then 5 ½ years active duty then another 3 ½ in Air Force Reserves. Total 17 years between the Navy and the Air Force.
US Navy 4 years 1956 – 1960 on aircraft carrier USS Tarawa Machinist Mate in 5th Fleet.
Peter K. Von Klock Y ears o f Service: 8 (4 ACTIVE &4 reserve) Rank: ET3 Graduated Miami Edison 1955, enlisted in U.S. Coast Guard Sept. 1955, served at USCG Air Station Elizabeth City, NC, transferred to USCG cutter Androsoggin in Miami in 1956, transferred to reserve in 1959, discharged in 1963. Rank ET3
US NAVY1955-1958 E3 US NAVY
GEORGE D LOSADA
US AIR FORCE 4 YEARS SGT. GEORGE D LOSADA GRADUATED MIAMI EDISON JUNE 1955. ENLISTED IN US AIR FORCE 1 DAY AFTER GRADUATION SERVED 4 YEARS IN AIR CRASH RESCUE. MRGD1137@AOL.COM
Ron Nussle ARMY – 2 years 1959-1962 Korea 60-61, Ft Bening 61-62 – OCS Grad 62
Frank “Pete” Peterson
USAF 1955 – 1959
James Parks (Walker)
USCG YN3 – 1956 to 1957 Stetson University USCG – 1958 worked for Caterpillar Inc. Retired 1998 – 2002 Ordained Episcopal Church
Jack E. Price
Branch of Service: United States Coast Guard Years of Service: 1955-1959 Rank: BM2
Douglas Rogers Navy Reserves/Air Force – signed up in 11th grade and was in the reserves for 8 years then 5 ½ years active duty and then another 3 ½ in Air Force Reserves. Total of 17 years between the Navy and the Air Force.
Graduated: 1955: Navy Years of Service:1959-1966 Rank: LT. I was stationed in the Pentagon, the CNO office- Radio Frequency Branch. In the active reserves 1962 to 1966 in the Naval Security Group.
Richard John Russo
U.S.A.F 4August 4, 1958 – June 26, 1962)
US Navy 4 years 1956 – 1960 on aircraft carrier USS Tarawa Machinist Mate in 5th Fleet
Joe B. Welch U S Navy 1956 to 1958 Rank: BMSN I served aboard the USS Waldron DD699 from 1956 to 1958 I also served in the active reserve two years and inactive for 4 years.
James. F. Whidden
USAF 20 years 1954-1974. Aviation Cadet class 55-P-Hondo Air Force Base. Principal duties: Instructor pilot in T-28, T-33, F-100 and combat fighter / bomber pilot in F-100 and F-111. Assignments: Stateside – 12 years, Texas, Arizona and Alabama. Europe 7 years – England –NATO and Vietnam – 1 year, Bien Hoa Air Base. Award Decorations: A. Command Pilot- 4,300 hours (single engine), B. 23 Air medals, C. 3 DFC’S, D. Bronze Star (Valor), E. 1 Good conduct meal and various unit citations, selected crew, etc… Family – A. Airforce Colonial Jim (son is currently Commanders of the607th Air Intelligence Group Osan Airbase, Korea. B. Wife (Shirley) raised 3 sons in military environment. They are all great kids. firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert F Abels
Navy – Boot camp at Bainbridge, MD and then assigned to Motor Torpedo Boats. War ended before we could deploy and I always wanted to fly so I passed the tests for flight training, attended U of South Carolina for two years and then to Pensacola where I got my wings flying F8F’s, fastest prop fighter in the world. I made three combat trips to Korea and two to Vietnam. I flew on and off 18 different aircraft carriers. Retired after 25 years and became a high school teacher for business, math and English for 18 year. Concurrently became an Enrolled Agent and assisted people with personal taxes for 31 years.
Charles e. Alexander, Jr. |
US Navy (Air Force) 1957-1963. Rank: AWC 2nd Class Air Control man. Class of 1956. I was alternately stationed in Iceland, New Foundland, and Patuxent River, MD for thirty-three months. I was in the VW-13 AEW/ACW Squadron, as senior enlisted radar operator, and we won the best air crew in the AEW/ACW competition for 3 straight quarters. Total flight time was 3000 hours. Received numerous medals & awards by US Navy.
Clinton D Ashley
US Navy, 1st Class Petty Officer – Submarine Services – Served on Polaris Missile Firing Submarine Electronics my specialty.
Charlie Coe USAF First Lieutenant 1961-1966 I served active duty with the USAF from November 1961 until May of 1966. I only served domestically, permanently stationed in Texas, Illinois and California, with TDY assignments to many other stations. Mostly, I was an Aircraft Maintenance Officer, last as Flight Line Maintenance Officer at Mather AFB. email@example.com
Alan Goldfarb USCG Years of Service: 6-8 Rank: YN2 In First Company of 6 months active duty; 8 years Reserve in USCG. Discharged as Yeoman 2nd Class.
US ARMY – SEC E-7, served 20 years
John McDonald (Mickey)
Class of 1953. USA. May 1958-July 1979. Rank Lt. Col. Graduated from the Citadel, Charleston, SC IN 1957. Entered the USA May 1958 and retired as a Lt. Col. July 1979.
US ARMY – Pvt 1958 – 1960
Arthur I Morrison
US ARMY – E-5, Served 1961 – 1963
Walter Michael Mullins
US Navy – E-8 Operations Specialist – Retired 30 June 1985 – Served on the following ships: 1958 – 1962 USS Nitro (AE23), 1966 – 1969 USS San Pablo (AGS70), 1971 – 1985) service in Vietnam. Attended Florida State for 1 1/2 years and entered Nave on March 19th. From 1959 – 1962 served in USS Nitro (AE23) Davisville RI and USS San Pable (AGS70) Philadelphia PA. 1962 – 1966 Civilian/Machinist Xerox, Webster NY. 1966 – 1969 USS Douglas Fox (DD779) Norfold VA. 1971 – 1975 USS Downes (DE1070), USS Lexington (CVT-16) Pensacola FL. 1975 – 1979 Instructor Naval Training Center Illinois. 1979 – 1982 USS Cone (DD-866) S. Carolina. 1982 – 1982 B-M Inspector S. Carolina. Retired 30 Jun 1985. Cruises: Mediterranean (3), Vietnam (1)
William (Bill) Newberry
served in the Army from October 1961-October 1963 Basic training Fort Jackson, SC Medical training Fort Sam Houston, TX Jan-Mar 1962, medical corpsman Shipped to Germany for the Berlin Crisis when the city was divided by the Berlin wall Stationed at 98th General Hospital in Neubrucke, Germany and passed test for Dental Specialist/Assistant MOS917.10 Received rank of Specialist 4 Rotated home to Miami October 1963. Belong to VFW post 7216 Bakersfield California.
USAF, Airmen 2nd – served 1956 – 1960 – I was sent to Iceland for 1 year and that was the first time I saw snow. Radar operator – Knicknamed – scope dope.
USMC – E3, Searved 6 years – At Edison active in the Band and Orchestra
Donald Q. Vining
US Air Force – Oct. 1965 – Oct 1967 Rank: Captain, USAF, Flight Surgeon. Unit – Detachment 1, 1129th Special Activities Squadron Area 51 also known as Groom Lake, north of Las Vegas in the northeast corner of the Atomic Energy Commission Test Site. It required top secret security clearance, was a joint project of the Central Intelligence Agency and US Air Force. We flew the A-12 reconnaissance aircraft, which still remains the fastest and highest flying piloted aircraft ever flown, It flew at maximum operational ceiling of 95,000 feet with a maximum speed Mach 3.35 at 85,000 feet. Multiple covert missions were flown over North Vietnam and North Korea in 1967-68 from Kadena AFB, Okinawa. The project was declassified in 1991. I was awarded the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal for this service. Web sites about this project are: roadrunnersinternationale.com and area51specialprojects.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Roger Baldwin Whitney
Class of 1956 US Navy. Retired from Navy as a Senior Chief Petty Officer, ACCS. Served at NARF Miami, NAS Willow Grove, Pa. IN 1979. I served as Control Tower Operator, Control Tower Supervisor, Ground Controlled Approach Radar Supervisor and as Leading Chief Petty Officer for the Air Operations Departments. Also served as air crewman (Radio Operator) on SP2H Submarine Hunter and C54, Cii8 transport aircraft.
Donald P. Achim
USAF YEARS of SERVICE .26 SERVED 1957 thru 1983 RETIRED, OCCUPATION Sr. Electronic Technician EMPLOYED White Sands Missile Range, N.M. RESIDENCE Alamogordo, N.M
William Earl Armistead
USMC/USAF TSgt Years: 21
Rex W Anderson
USN AE3, 3 years service
William Earl Armistead
USMC-USAF T Sgt Yeras 21
Owen E. Bailey
USN, served 9 years – Rank: MM1(SS) Served in Submarines from 1959 thru 1966. I served on the USS Quillback SS-424, and the USS Archerfish SS-311 out of Key West. I also served on the USS Sea Fox SS-402, USS Menhaden SS-396 and the USS Ronquil SS-377 all out of San Diego. Graduated Nuclear Power School and served on The USS Seadragon SSN-584 out of Pearl Harbor. Much time on Vietnam patrol and support.
John R. Becker (Jack)
Captain USAR Retired Active Duty Armor officer 1963 – 1965: Reserves through 1972. Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky Stationed at Fort Hood,Texas part of (STRAC) The Russians Are Coming hope this is info you want for Edison veterans. email@example.com
US Army – Major – As a proud member of our nations Armed Forces I chose to share my military bio. I was commissioned US Army upon graduation from U of F May 1963 and entered active service at Ft Still, OK Sept 1963. Sept 1984 I retired at Ft Lee, Va as a Major. My service included a 4 year stint in Germany, a posting to RVN with the 1st Calvary Division (Air Mobile) 65-66, an additional posting to an undisclosed location in SE Asia, with indigenous forces, 69-70 and various postings throughout the Continental US. My military awards include the Combat Infantry and Senior Parachutist Badges, Meritorious Service, Army Commendation and Bronze Star and multiple awards of the Air Medal. While serving with indigenous forces in SE Asia I was honored with the Silver Star Medal for acts of Gallantry. I am a proud American give the opportunity to serve our Flag, Constitution and American People. God Bless America! Thank you for recognizing our citizen servicemen serving by choice or draft, but for one purpose to protect and perpetuate the American families and values.
DAVID L BRUNDAGE
USCG ENGINEMAN 1st Class 8
Ralph V Comito Army – CW4 1962 – 1986 – Following graduation in 1957 I attended U of M on a music scholarship. I married Ann Marshall while still in college. Commissioned 2nd Lt in 1962, I was sent to Germany for 3 years. Our daughter Nina was born in Wurtzburg in 1963. We returned to Ft Knox KY for a two year tour. Our second daughter Alicia was born there in 1965. From 1967 – 1968 I served as the senior advisor to the 23rd Vietnamese Division Reconnaissance Company in the Central Highlands. I left active duty and moved the family to Upland CA in 1968. Both Ann and I retired from the Upland Unified School District. Over the past years I continue my military career in the California National Guard and Army Reserves, retiring in 1986. Concurrently, I continued to play professionally on woodwinds instruments and the bass along with teaching music privately. Following retirement from the school district I also spend several years teaching for the California State University system and the University of California, Riverside. We now enjoy our retirement and spend many wonderful hours with our two daughters and our five grandchildren who all live within a mile from our home.
Ted Costello (Miami Edison Class of ’57); I enlisted in the United States Air Force right out of high school with five Edison school mates on the “buddy plan”. I served for almost 21 years and retired after having a wonderful career. I served in England, Italy, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, California and Washington DC. My wife of 46 years is from England, we have two boys who are now successful business men, we all traveled together for most of my career. I was in the intelligence career field and enjoyed every minute of it. I retired in Washington and worked for a short time at the National Security Agency (NSA). I then returned to Florida where I finished my Master Degree in Marketing and was in a partnership in the Sales and Marketing field. My wife and I retired in 2000 and we now enjoy our family and traveling. firstname.lastname@example.org
Lawrence Garrett, III
US Navy, CDR 1961 – 1981 – Enlisted in the US Navy on 31 October 1961; retired November 1981. Qualified in submarines aboard USS SEAPOACHER (SS-406); participated in the Cuban Missle Crisis. Completed Navy Flight training April 1964; served in the JAG Corps until retirement in 1981. Last tour was as Associate White House Counsel to President Ronald Regan. Continued service in the Pentagon as General Counsel to Sec. Weinberger (1986-1987); Under Secretary of the Navy (1987-1989), and as Secretary of the Navy (1989-1992).
Army PFC Served with the 8th Special Forces Group stationed at Ft. Gulick, Canal Zone. Interpreter and Psychological Warfare Instructor. email@example.com
Army – I received my Army Commission as 2nd Lt Artillery Officer after completing my College ROTC program at Florida Southern College. I served in Berlin in 1961 – 1962 just as the Infamous Berlin Wall went up. (rather testy). Also weathered the Cuban Crisis. I received promotions to 1st Lt. and Capt. prior to my dismissal from active duty. I was stationed at Ft. Lewis Wash. With the 29th Field Artillery with 4th Division. When the Vietnam War started to heat up I chose to get out. I served an additional two years in an active reserve unit and two years as an inactive reservist. I appreciate you taking on this project, it is nice to know someone cares that the sacrifices our military personnel make to insure our continued freedom and way of life and not in vain.
John J. Hassekbach
U.S. NAVY MILITARY VETERAN, U.S. NAVY DUTIES IN AERIAL FLIGHT.VIET-NAM, 1964-1966. VW-1, Guam, VAH-2 Squadron, Whidbey Island, Wash. Served as crew member on A-3 Skywarror, Large Bomber and in Flight Refueling. 2 Combat deployments over Viet-Nam, 1964 USS Ranger, CVA 61, 1965, USS Coral Sea, CVA 43. The war will make you weep and wiser.
Fred Ingley III
USMC 1958 – 1964; USN 1968 – 1988 Navy LCDR (04) USMC, Jan. ’58 – Jan. ’61, Honorable release from active duty, E4 Corproral, Basic infanrty and Radio Relay Repair Technician (FM and microwave radio equipt.)attached to Comm. Elect. Maint. Bat., 5th Marine Reg., 1st Marine Div. Camp Pendleton, CA. Jan. ’61 – Jan. ’64 USMC Stand By Reserve. USN, March 1968 commissioned US Naval Reserve Intelligence Officer, retired Dec. 1988, LCDR. Duties included numerous intellligence duties along with various colateral duty assignments. Special projects included temporary recall to active duty in spring 1973 for Project Homecoming, to participate in the debriefing of US Navy personnel who had been Prisoners of War in North Viet Nam along with analysis of debriefs
LT. Commander, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy 1967-1970 67-68 Little Creek, VA General Medical Officer (pediatrician) 68-69 Hoi An, Vietnam, Physician component of the people-to-people program (MILPHAP) 69-70 Key West, FL Submarine Base, Chief Medical Officer
Navy MR2 Served on board the USS Amphion from Jan 1958 until Sept 1960.
Gerald James Lowe
Class of 1957. US Air Force 1957-1961 and 1967-1971. MSGT (E-7). I served as the USAF after graduation in 1957 and then later on active duty from 1967-1971, including two tours in Vietnam. After that I served with the active Reserve at Homestead AFB for several years. Graduated from FIU in 1975; single.
Army Sp5 4 Years in US Marine Reserves during and after high school 3 Years in US Army – 101st Airborne Division from 1959 to 1962. Stationed at Fort Campbell, KY for entire period. Got out 60 days before Division went to Viet Nam to go back to college.
USAF Served 4 years, Rank E-4 1962 Basic Training, Lackland AFB Texas; 1962-63 OJT Computer Programmer, 6570th Personnel Research Lab, Lackland AFB Texas; 1963-66 Computer Programmer, Hdq MOAMA, Brookley AFB Alabama. Honorable Discharge 1966.
US Army – Basic training at Ft. Jackson, S.C. Stationed at Ft. Belvoir, VA 537th Eng. Co. Topo Surveyors. Did time at Ft. Sill, OK., Camp Drum, N.Y. and Camp Century Greenland. Discharged Sept. 1965
Steven A. Quaglia Joined the US Navy in 1957. Assigned to the USS Saufley in Key West Florida. Spent the next 2 years in the Gulf and Caribbean. Visited Havanna Cuba in 1957 while on a training mission. Thereafter, in addition to regular patrol duties and reserve training cruises, we were assigned shorefire support for Guantonomo Bay. Enjoyed the USO Christmas show given by Bob Hope and troupe in December 1959. Started my Office carrer while in the Navy. Advanced to Yeoman Third class. Left active duty status in March of 1960. Remained in Reserve status until May 1963. Honorably Discharged firstname.lastname@example.org
Air force 1st Lt Aerospace Engineer, Gemini Manned Space Program at Patrick AFB and Cape Canaveral Florida, 3.5 Years email@example.com
Richard ‘Rick’ Swanson Jr.
2021-301 HM3 (E4) U.S COAST GUARD RESERVE (1939 – 2004) Rick joined the USCGR on Sept 23, 1959, where he underwent 13 weeks of basic training at USCG Receiving Center in Cape May, NJ. Upon completion of boot camp, Rick was assigned to USCG specialty school in Groton, CT, when he attended school for his requested specialty which was Hospital Corpsman (HM). Following his release from active duty with the rank of SN (E3), he joined the Miami reserve unit where he attended weekly reserve meetings and studied for advancement in rating to Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class (E-4). During this period, he performed his annual two week summer active duty training at various Florida locations. One was at Coast Guard Lifeboat Station, Port Canaveral, FL, where he received a commendation for helping to rescue 3 men whose boat had capsized in shark infested waters. Like most reserve components, Rick’s unit was on 24 hour standby for activation during the Cuban Missile Crises. Rick completed his eight year reserve obligation and received an Honorable Discharge on August 27, 1967.
Kenneth Earle Tompkins
1939 – 2006 US Army -Cpt, – helicopter pilot – 10 years of service. – Widow Rosemary Hutton Tompkins, class of 1957 UA Army –CPT., 10 years of service – Helicopter Pilot Widow: Rosemary Hutton Tompkins, Class of 1957 Sister: Suzanne Tompkins Currie, Class of 1955
TIMOTHY J WELLS
US ARMY SPECIALIST 4TH CLASS 1963-1969
Ronnie Wrye class of 1958 – Served in the U.S. Army for 20 years and retired as a Signal Corp Major in December 1980. firstname.lastname@example.org
Stan Smith Air force 1st Lt Aerospace Engineer, Gemini Manned Space Program at Patrick AFB and Cape Canaveral Florida, 3.5 Years
US Army 1957-1960 – Rank SP4
class of 1958 To all from the class of ’58. Please go to google and pull-up Obituary for Retired Delta Captain Sam Albert.
Lawrence (Andy) Anderson
USCG ADC E5, 23 Yeras After graduation, class of ’58, I entered the Coast Guard, married Sandra Lee Jones (class of ’58) have 3 children.She and I were boyh ban/orchestra Members Retired in 1979. Lived in Oklahoma City, relocated to Cape Coral, Fl. in 1987. Am now divorced.
U.S.N. Rank: Lt. 1962 – 1968
Lowell “Blackie” Ballas USMA Corporal Paris Island Okinawa ( 4 years ) Vietnam ( 2 months ) Discharged in 1963 Joined the City of Miami Fire Department and served for thirty-six (36) years. Retired in 1999. Chairman of the Miami Edison Over The Hill Gang
USMC E5 Years: 6
DAVID L BRUNDAGE
USCG ENGINEMAN 1st Class 8
Davie E Cunningham
US Army captain 1962-67 Served with the following units: US army Infantry School 2nd Infantry Division 7th Infantry Division(ROK) 11th Air Assault Division 1st Air Cavalry Division US Army Aviation School 1st Aviation Brigade, 121st AHC, RVN Awards and Decoarations: DFC, BSM, PH, AM w/15 OLC, ACM, DSM, RSM, KDSM, KCM(RVN), CG W/P(RVN), CG w/Star(RVN), honor medal 1st cl(RVN), unit PUC(US), Valorous Unit Award(US), Cross of Gallantry with Palm (four awards), PUC(ROK)
John: A Eastman
USAF Rank: E4 4
I was honored to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronz Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Viet Nam Service Medal with 1 Silver and 2 Bronze Service Stars, plus some others. Can I be included in the Vets program? Oh, yes, after graduating from Edison, I became a Navigator and Pilot in the Air Force retiring as a Major in 1984.
Charles A Frensdorf
U.S.A.F. Master sergeant twentysix Entered the U.S. Army Feb. 1959 and left the Air Force Feb. 1987. Most rewarding time in the military was the eight years I flew as a Flight Mechanic in Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service Married with five children and six grandsons from two months to twentythree years. Orchid hobbiest. Will tell more if someone is interested.
US Navy Stationed at Alameda California Naval Base 1959 – 1962. Rank PSN – Was an honor guard for President Kennedy. I delivered the mail to our USS Carriers when they came home to our base. With me in the picture is my solemate Jim Beno who served the US Marine Corps as a Staff Sgt from 1944 until 1948.
US Army 1963-1966. Rank: SP 5, E-5. I served in the US Army from 1963-166 After basic training at Fort Gordon, Ga. I was sent to Fort Sill, OK, where I was trained as a Fire Direction Specialist for the Little John missile system. While on duty at Schoefield Barracks, Hawaii, the whole 25th ID, including the 25th Division Artillery, was deployed to Viet Nam in 1966. Due to the fact that we were a nuclear capable unit, we were not deployed into battle and were all sent back for stateside duty. I was sent to Fort Bragg, NC to train the Special Forces students in the artillery phase of their training. Honorably discharged in 1966, rank of SP 5, E-5. Thanks for remembering the vets. God Glass!
US Navy, Electricians Mate 2nd Class 1958 – 1962. Served on the USS Howard W. Gilmore Submarine Tender. At the age of 19, was the youngest to achieve 3rd Class Petty Officer at the time. While serving on the USS Howard W. Gilmore Submarine Tender the first time the USS Nautilus was able to go under the Polar Ice Caps.
I am a 1958 graduate of Miami Edison High School. I enlisted in the US Army in July 1958 and was honorably discharged in June of 1961 with the rank of sergeant. I spent one year in Korea and one year in Japan in the Signal Corps. Please contact me if you would like any other information. Thanks, Richard McCloskey
Fred (Skip) Noyes
York, initially working on FJ and later A4 aircraft. We qualified as an ASW operator and flew as an air crewman in P2V’s during the Cuban Missile Crises spending 3 months in Cuba earning the Naval Expeditionary Medal. In 1964 I was transferred to NAS Jacksonville and became a Loadmaster & Flight Engineer on C118 Transport AC, spending 3 tours in Viet Nam, Cambodia, and Laos. Transferring back to NAS New York (involuntarily) in 1967 we again flew as a Flight Engineer with 2 more tours in SE Asia earning the Viet Nam Service Medal with 4 stars. After decommissioning of NAS NY in 1969 we transferred to ASW Tactic at Warefare School, Los Alamitos CA where we taught South American Naval Air crewman both ASW Tactics and maintenance of ASW equipment. Prior to decommissioning of the ASW TAC School in 1971 we were commuting to San Diego CA where we instructed Army and CIA pilots on P2V7 Aircraft systems. In 1972 we transferred to Naval Airstaton Whidbey Island WA as the Maintenance Department Chief of VS 83 flying S2E ASW Aircraft. After decommissioning (again) Vs83 we transferred the majority of our aircraft to the Forest Service in California to be used as “Borate Bombers”. In 1976 we transferred to NAS Alameda CA to Attack Squadron 801 flying A7 Corsair Twos. We left my wife and 3 children in Oak Harbor WA for 3 years and when I was selected for Master Chief E9 with transfer orders to Andrews AFB in DC we felt enough time had been served and the East Coast was not where we wanted to go. I retired Julyth 1979 with 25 years (2 years good time because of early enlistments) as a Senior Chief Petty Office E8 and returned to Whidbey Island WA. (yes I was still married to the same woman). Ironically we had come full circle. In 1956 the first Aircraft I had worked on at MCAS Opaloca was an F4U Corsiar and we retired from a squadron flying A7E Corsair Two’s.
US Army 1959-1962. Rank 0-1
Gerald Nead Plymale
US Navy – 30 Years of Service – Rank: RMC (Deceased 2004) Served 30 Years in the Navy, died August 2004 of 3 types of cancer – had 5 children – submitted by his wife
Ralph H Polster
U S Army Rank: PFC 1961-6
H.B. “Rob” Robinson
Army SP$ 1961 – 1964. I served in the United States Army from February 5, 1961, to January 30, 1963. Upon completion of Basic Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, my permanent Duty Assignment was with the 549th MP Company at Fort Davis, Panama Canal Zone. After leaving the Army, I continued with a career in law enforcement with the City of North Miami Police Department, and took advantage of my Veteran’s Benefits to obtain a B.S. Degree from Florida International University in Criminal Justice Administration. I was also fortunate to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. I retired from North Miami PD in 1992, with the rank of Major, to accept the position of Chief of Police in Davenport, Florida. Thereafter, from1999 to 2001, I served as Chief of Police in Bunnell, Florida. I now serve as the City Manager for the City of Davenport, Florida.
Donald Gordon Shaw
USNR – QMSN (SS) Years of service 2 + 4
John S. Wild USAF E4 I joined the Air Force in ’59 and served Active duty until May 63 specialty: Pharmacy Tech highest grade E3 stationed most of my time at Travis California, Active Reserve at Homestead Fl. from June 65 to sometime in ’72 grade E5.
US ARMY – 20 years and retired as a Signal Corp Major in December 1980.
Richard A Boyer
I would have been in the class of 1962 only I opted to join the Navy at age 17 and did not graduate. I was a product of Horace Mann Jr High going into Edison Sept 1960, My brother was a Senior at Edison and graduated either 1959 or 60. Anyway I am presently in Hagerstown, Maryland, Not sure of who my classmates were, been a long time. Moving away I lost contact with all my classmates and friends. The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care. Never wound a heart that loves you. Never give it endless pain. For wounded hearts are just like roses that never bloom again.
John A Eastman
USAF Rank: E4 4
Thomas L. Gaussiran
USAF A2C 1961 – 1963
LT. NSNR I was commissioned as an Ensign 1925, USNR in 1961 and went on active duty as a full Lieutenant and was a head and neck surgeon assigned to the Marines 1965-67. I am also the Forensic Odontologist who performed a dental identified all of the 167 victims of the Murrah Federal Building Bombing, April 19, 1995. I don’t know how much more you want, but I have taken the liberty of including a synopsis of my career. For us who only make it back every two years, it is so nice to know we still have “a home.” Best regards and thanks to all, Tommy Glass
Robert D Head Jr.
USAF – E6 (TSGT) – 20 Years – Joined AF Feb 1960, Retired 1980 (TSGT). Married 1967, 2 sons. 1980 worked for Sperry Univac as Mainframe Instructor, 1985 moved to Miami as a Customer Engineer for Sperry (now UNISYS). Went through Andrew in 1992 which blew my job away. 1993 started work on Homestead ARB as civil service worker. Became the base local Area Network Manager until 2006. Retired civil service and moved to Warner Robins Ga. Wife died of cancer 2014. Moved to Danville VA 2015. Married new wife Valentine’s day 2016.
Henry T Ledbetter
NAVY – E-5 14 years of service. Martha Scott and I were married in 1965 at First Baptist Church of Miami, next door to “Dear Old Edison High School”. Served in the military Navy ad Army for a total of 14 years. Graduated from Georgetown College in Kentucky and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. I am presently employed at the Stanton Memorial Baptist Church in Miami as minister of Music and Education. Martha is a retired public school music teacher but is presently teaching music education to home-schooled students and private piano lessons. She is also organist at Stanton and directs the preschool and children’s choirs. We have two grwn daughters and four beautiful grandchildren. All live here locally. We are looking forward to the reunion.
Robert L Jordan
U.S. Air Force E5 Currently Professor of Anatomy and hold a couple of Deanships at St George’s University, Grenada, West Indies. I live in Grenada but travel worldwide teaching and recruiting students for SGU. Attended St. Mary’s Elementary School, Edison Elem, Edison Jr High and Edison Senior High.
JOHN R LEISENRING
AIR FORCE SSGT E-5 1963-1970 Served in Newfoundland, Germany and Texas.
Ralph H Polster
U S Army PFC 1961-67
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