Flew West 2020
salute for those lost in 2020
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- 07/23/2020: George P. Tynan, Cagey 02 took his last flight on 16 Jul 2020. George flew O-1s and O-2s Jan 68 thru Feb 69 for the 21st TASS out of Nha Trang. He was a life member.
Col. George Patrick Tynan (Retired USAF) passed away from natural causes on July 16, 2020 at the age of 91. As a teenager in 1944, George flew a Stearman Bi-plane for the first time…he got hooked on aviation. After High School he served in the US Marines from 1946-1948. He attended the University of Miami on the GI Bill and received a Commission in 1951 and served in the US Air Force from 1951-1980. In the Air Force he was a; Radar Operator, Navigator, Bombardier, Test Pilot, an Astronaut Candidate at NASA during the Apollo Missions, Commanded the 68th Bombardment Wing at Johnson AFB in North Carolina (B-52 aircraft), and the 416th Bombardment Wing at Griffiss AFB in New York (B-52 aircraft), Director of Operations at the Strategic Air Command, and the Deputy Inspector General at the Pentagon. He flew 468 missions in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam, and had over 17,600 hours of flying time. George claimed that he had three combat tours; two in Southeast Asia and one at the Pentagon. George was awarded the Legion of Merit (5 times), the Distinguished Flying Cross (2 times), the Bronze Star, and 18+ other Air Medals. He retired in 1980 from the Air Force and continued flying in the corporate world until 1992. During his full retirement he dedicated his time to the Model A Ford antique car hobby.
- 07/23/2020: John M. Roberson, Nail 20, Tamale 17/52 flew west on 19 May 2020. John served two tours as a FAC, May 67-68 in O-1s for the 19th TASS and Nov 73-74 OV-10 out of NKP. He was a life member.
- 07/23/2020: Frederick W. Lindahl, Speedy01, and Barky 07 passed on 27 Oct 2018. Fred flew O-2s out of Quan Tri and Hue Phu Bai for the 20th TASS.
- 06/29/2020: Just learned, David K. Burke, Col. USAF (Ret) Bomber 31 flew West on 09 Aug 2019. Dave served two tours. He flew O-1 for the 22nd TASS (68-68) and F-100 (70-71). He was a member.
As he was stepping out of his RV fell, and hit his head. He was taken to Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs and passed that same evening. He became a pilot through ROTC and had more than 27 years of active service in Vietnam, the United Kingdom, and other parts of the world. Dave also served in over 800 combat missions, over 1200 combat flying hours, and over 5,000 total flight hours in a variety of military and civilian aircraft. Dave flew F-100s with the 352nd TFS Phan Rang and was a valued member of the Super Saber Society (SSS) family. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1994 then served with the Civil Air Patrol as the Liaison Officer for Kansas and Missouri.
He was an Assistant Editor of the Super Sabre magazine The Intake from 2010-2016..A Celebration of Life Service was held Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 1 pm: The Williams Memorial Chapel, 237 Christian St, Point Lookout, MO. His obituary can be read at https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/cjonline/obituary.aspx?n=col-david-k-burke-usaf-ret&pid=193967541
- 06/29/2020: Ernest Thomas Wightman O-1 FAC for the 22nd TASS and Medical Doctor flew West on 18 Jun 2020. His obituary can be read at https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dfw/obituary.aspx?n=ernest-thomas-wightman-jr&pid=196414054
- 05/11/2020: Just learned, Major General Herbert J. Spier, Helix 42, took his last flight on 22 May 2019. He won a Silver Star, three DFCs and a Purple Heart. He was the commander of the "Chu Lai Yacht Club." Slow hand salute to true hero, a good friend and a good man. Here is a link to his obituary https://flannerbuchanan.com/obit/herbert-j-spier/.
- 04/25/2020: Just learned, Col. Robert Henry "Hank" Haden, Nail 80, took his last flight on 17 Nov 2014. For a link to his obituary click here. A belated slow hand salute for this fallen hero.
- 03/20/2020: Jon E "Wrobo" Wroblewski, Nail 58, took his last flight on 18 Mar 20 after a long stay in the hospital. Jon flew OV-10s for the 23 TASS.
Jayne sent out a note just a while ago. Jon, Nail 58ski, FAC extraordinaire, Shit Hot , He passed away last night in Colorado Springs after a long and complicated series of problems which destroyed his body. Jayne was right there with him as he slipped away. Jon was one of the Buds in the Nails late 1972 - 73, and was a Cambodia rat. He was a great guy, highly spirited, and wore the cape - you Nails will understand. He thought that he was something else at the 4-5-6 table, but we know the truth. Did anybody ever cash that check? Jon, was a great lifetime friend and I shall miss him so. I was looking forward to bringing him and Jayne to the FAC Reunion in Sept and I know that he was looking forward to it too.
No details yet on services. All is complicated by the COVID-19 reality.
Jayne can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
A slow and tearful hand salute to a dear and very special friend and fellow combat aviator..
- 03/18/2020: Wayne D. Bradley, Nail 46 and Ascot 10, took his last flight on 16 Oct 2019. Wayne flew O-2s for the 23 TASS out of NKP and Phan Rang Sep 67-68. Although Wayne passed in 2019, we just learned of his passing.
- 01/23/2020: Slow hand salute for Donald R. Brown, Nail 32, 1967-68. He flew O-1s and O-2s for the 23rd TASS out of NKP. Don took his final flight 18 February 2020.
- 01/23/2020: Robert E. "Bob" Hammond, Lt.Col. Retired, aka Shark 03, Mike 59, and Tonto 02, flew West 22 Jan 2020. Bob flew O-2s for the 25th Infantry Division out of LZ English and as a FAC out of BanMe Thout. He was a life member of our association. His obituary can be read at https://obits.nwfdailynews.com/obituaries/nwfdailynews/obituary.aspx?n=robert-hammond-bob&pid=195151904