Memorial Day, now the last Monday in May, is a designated federal holiday to honor members of the military who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. With the COVID epidemic, we are reminded that many other Americans are important and deserve recognition – first responders, firemen,
Written to The Wall Street Journal May 24, 1996 I visited with three old friends recently at a park in my town. It seems like only yesterday that we were all together, but actually it had been 28 years. There was a crowd at the park that day, and it
After a bit more than a half-century, I should probably tell you how each Memorial Day, every one of you has been front and center in my heart. As a young single lieutenant, I could not believe that those of you who were married, many with children back home,
1st Annual Golf Tournament for former SSS Charter Member Bobby W. “McDuck” McClinton. Bobby ‘Headed West’ during the summer of 2018. He battled cancer for nearly a decade before his body was broken from the damage done, and God called him home. He is deeply missed by his family. The
The Super Sabre Society received the following information from Bill Fowler, son of F-100 Pilot Mel Fowler. My father, Lt Col Mel Fowler commanded several F-100 squadrons in Europe and Vietnam. His last command was the 531st TFS Ramrods at Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam, from 1966-67, where he joined the
The last F-100 left Vietnam for the U.S. Its departure ended the F-100’s combat employment which began in 1964 and produced 360,283 combat sorties with 243 aircraft losses. On 16 April 1961, six Super Sabres were deployed from Clark Air Base in the Philippines to Don Muang Royal Thai Air
With direction from the previous survey of the important factors in choosing a Reunion location, we requested members to recommend a place for the 2021 Reunion. The results are as follows: 341 members voted. Here are the results: Las Vegas – 116 Colorado Springs – 82 Phoenix – 48 Myrtle Beach
Another 4th of July is here and many of us remember that Independence is what we fought for, sometimes in the most difficult of circumstances and with great sacrifice. I just spent two wonderful days in Yellowstone National Park with my grandson, and it caused me to reflect on this
The 2019 Super Sabre Society reunion was held on 15 thru 19 May in San Antonio Texas. Home base was the Menger hotel which is a beautiful historic hotel in the Alamo Plaza area. This report is not a compilation of remarks from all attendees but just my personal opinion.
The Menger hotel has a very competent staff. From the time I dropped off my car in the covered valet area the staff was polite, efficient and quick. The lobby Check in counter was also helpful and knowledgeable.
There was a pre-conference meeting set up for us to meet with a member of every hotel department. Management, food service, front desk, garage, room service, banquet set up and others. They each outlined the service they would provide to the SSS and their contact information.
SSS member and former POW Jon Reynolds asked us to find “Al Voegelin”. Jon wanted to reach out to Al because he reached out to his parents during his 6 years as a POW. Al V’s name was easily misspelled and is actually Al Milton Voegelin Jr from Weeki Watchie
The National Air and Space Museum Wall of Honor representative has agreed to import about 600 of our most complete SSS website Biographies during the next few months. We currently have about 1000 bio’s online, and this project is expected to continue through 2019. Our SSS biographies are the most visited area of our website with hundreds of visits daily.
The SSS website membership renewal link is not currently working. Hold off on your dues payments for a few days and we’ll have it running again.
Flight Suit/Jacket Party Welcome Reception and Kick-off Chow Historic San Antonio Excursion Stinson Field Stearman PT-17 Biplane Flights(20 Flights Available!) Texas BBQ Dinner and Cowboy Roping Show at Rio Cibolo Ranch Bus tour to Fredericksburg, TX, home of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz Museum and the National Museum of the Pacific War River Walk Boat
Congratulations Tom Griffith Total ballots cast – 568 Tom Griffith 297 votes – 52.3% Les Frazier 138 votes – 24.3% Bob Herculson 133 votes – 23.4% The final numbers may change by a couple of votes when all the paper ballots have been returned but the outcome will not change.
In accordance with our organizational mission to ”preserve the history of the F-100 Super Sabre and the men who flew it,” the board has approved the proposal for a rock monument to be placed on the walk to Waxman Hall at the Fighter Weapons School at Nellis AFB, NV, “Home of the Fighter Pilot.”
Join the National Aviation Hall of Fame at the 2018 induction ceremony to be held in the breathtaking National Building Museum in Washington, DC on September 28th. On that evening we will again proudly present an event worthy of the title, “The Oscar Night of Aviation.” Surrounded by the grand columns within the facility built to provide pensions to America’s Civil War veterans, the NAHF Board of Trustees and staff are planning the most spectacular Enshrinement to date.
Ft Wayne Flying Event June 17-23 Slide Show!!
A A week-long flying the F-100 at The Fort Wayne at the Aero Center with Dean Cutshall and Super Sabre Society members. Photo credits …Cathe Johnson
Medal of Honor Recipient Bud Day Posthumously Promoted Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein posthumously promoted former prison of war and Medal of Honor recipient retired Col. Bud Day to brigadier general during a summer concert series at the Air Force Memorial on Friday evening. Goldfein used the stars he had received
Formerly called, “Decoration Day,” and established to decorate the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers, the last Monday in May is now called, “Memorial Day,” on which we honor the memory of those who have fallen during service to their country. The shopping malls will be full of sales; streets full of parades, flags, bent veterans and marching bands; hot dogs in backyards; laughing children; some fireworks; baseball games; small flags by white grave markers in Arlington and military cemeteries across the country.
For we members of the Super Sabre Society, today has a special meaning – memories of friends gone, but well-remembered. We see their faces, hear their voices and remember their laughs – our friends, our classmates, squadron mates, wingmen, commanders. We flew together in good weather and bad, over land and water, day and night. We drank together in bars from Rangoon to Racine; deployed to Europe and North Africa, South America, the Middle East, and Asia. We sat nuclear alert and fought together dodging AAA, ground fire and SAMs, and a couple even had MiG encounters. We loved tankers, Sandys, Jolly Greens and PJ’s. We ran to bunkers under rocket and mortar attack. We scrambled from alert and pulled out all stops to support our ground troops.
I had the pleasure of working for Jack VanLoan for two years as Squadron/Group Commander…he loved to visit Patrick AFB and fly our OV-10’s! I admire him for being a man of his word, click the link below to see his interview about his time as a POW with John
A new guestbook entry on the Misty website by William Jones (son of Glenn Jones, Misty #3), will remind us of how important it is to share our history with our families and the public at large. “Thanks to all who work to keep this site updated, and to preserve
The 50th Anniversary of the TET Offensive at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum
This event was managed by the Bob “Hoppy” Hopkins from start to finish: the concept, the artist, the financing, getting Udvar-Hazy approval, dinner, et al. The airplane, the lightbox, the airfoils, the now-enshrined and engraved Wall of Honor are all a fitting SSS monument to our legacies and heritage.
The Misty Pilot’s bank account was used to buy a pig-in-the-poke, just trusting the Smithsonian staff with $10,000 and a couple of concept sketches rushed into production. The museum came through and the lightbox dramatically enhances the painting!