Memorial Poem (click here)
The following USAAF Airmen lost their lives in the Pacific theatre during WWll while serving under the 317th Troop Carrier Group.
Maj. Joseph C. Ford, Lt. Arthur W. Betts, Lt. Eugene D. Bleiler, Lt. Robert H. Cameron, Lt. Stanley D. Campbell, Lt. Clyde J. Chewning, Lt. Henry C. Ellis, Lt. Leonard R. Foster, Lt. Robert J. Kiebler, Lt. Melvin L. Kinney, Lt. William R. Kinzie, Lt. Robert L. Kirkman, Lt. Frank E. Koski, Lt. Arthur H. Maki, Lt. Franklin P. Miller, Lt. David W. St. Jean, Lt. Leonard E. Walker, F/O Robert P. Hutson, S/Sgt. Deloren T. Allen, S/Sgt. Ben A. Korzinski, S/Sgt. Olen R. Porter, S/Sgt. Lawrence E. Turille, S/Sgt. Frank A. Wise, Sgt. Michael E. Anderchak, Sgt. John J. Buderek, Sgt. Keith K. Keown, Sgt. Erwin C. Kieke Jr., Cpl. Carlos I. Aguirre, Cpl. Thomas Cammincotta, Cpl. George E. Cunningham, Cpl. Carl A. Drain, Cpl. J. H. Farrar, Cpl. Everett A. Forslin, Cpl. Dewey Goldsmith, Cpl. Charles I. Griffin, Cpl. Sidney Israel, Cpl. Jerome R. Kelley, Cpl. Patsy D. Roviello, Cpl. Harry N. Smith, Pfc. John A. Bitson, PFC. Ashley T. Johnson
Robert C. Von Luehrte, Donald J. Leemon, Herbert F. Heinig
The following Airmen perished in the crash of their C-119C (50-127) on 10 Feb 1953 while attempting a GCA landing in a snow squall at Bitberg AB, Germany. They were assigned to the 39th TCS of the 317th Troop Carrier Wing at Rhein Main AB , Germany.
Louis D. Rassi, William J. Patton, James A. Latta Jr.
George B. Weibel Jr., Gerald D. Anderson
Ross N. Richards
A former 40th
TCS pilot at Rein-Main and Neubiberg was killed
in the crash of a C-119F just after take off from Sewart AFB, TN.
The crash took place shortly after his return from Germany and assignment to the 316th TCW in 1954.
Frank N. Fulton
former 40th TCS pilot was killed in the crash of a 464th TCW C-119G when
an engine failed on take off from Pope AFB, NC in 1954.
Leslie D. Forguson a former 40th TCS pilot , Jay B. Border a former 39th TCS pilot
These airmen were
killed in the crash of a 316th TCW C-119F during a flight
through a thunderstorm in Georgia in 1954
Elmer Fawcett, Charles Tillou,
Robert W. Hancock, Frank M. Braun, David McGrath
Robert L. Conway, Edward J. Vianco, William J. Wilson
Gayle J. O'Grady, James S. Douglass, Stanley C. Hardin, Harold E. Kazee,
Huey Green, Theodore Shedelbower, Stanley E. Royster, Vincent Stantucci,
Alfred J. Knight, James Waples, Lee Taylor
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Sabol, John W. Stuart, Jr., Douglass G. White, Frank J. Leonard, Thomas
P. Revell, Fred D. Fisher,
Jack Hake, Ervin M. Miller, L. Roy Laslow, Richard E. Boyd, Thomas J. Neal, James O. Phillips
Russell D. Jackson (TDY from 463rd CAMS, Sewart AFB, TN)
The following 317TAW Airmen were killed when their Lockbourne based C-130A (56-0515) crashed during an assault take-off from Bitburg, Germany on 12 Dec. 1965
James R. Pecchia, Paul J. Pedranti, Frank A. Gallina, Charles W. McJunkins, Victor Maffucci
Henry M. Drew served with the 317th at
Evreux Air Base France. He was killed later while still serving in the Air Force
when the C-130E (64-0536) he was a passenger on crashed in to a mountain after
Taipei, Taiwan Oct. 2, 1970
The following 317TAW Airmen were killed when their Pope AFB based C-130E (68-10936) crashed near Charleston SC after a lightning strike ignited fuel vapors in the main fuel tank on Nov. 30, 1978
Samuel P. Eskew, Mark D. Greer, Daniel K. Morris, Robert H. Canton, Burnie C. Finch ll, Robert H. Van Winkle
Gary C. Bardo
Albert G. Dunse
John B. Keiser III
Timothy J. Matar
The following Airmen perished in the crash of C-130E (64-0501). The aircraft was assigned to the 317TAW at Pope AFB and crashed in Blewett Falls Lake, NC on 28 April 1992 while conducting Special Operations Low Level (SOLL) training:
Thomas E. Rowe, Michael E. Jones, John G. Urbansky, Gregg F. Johnston,
Stephen F. Sablone, Michael S. Carpenter, Shelton M. Clark
Mark W. Reynolds (Australian Exchange Officer)
Terry Rehm,39th TCS, Flight Engineer killed in the crash of a C-130B that struck a mountain in Hue Phu Bai on 8 Oct 1967
Sam Deichelmann shot down over Bien Hoa, South Vietnam 06 September 1968 MIA
Robert (Bob) Ireland shot down over Ho Chi Minh Trail 21 April 1970, listed MIA, Remains found 11 Sept 1978
(Bob was a former flight engineer with 41st TCS. He was shot down in a AC130A gunship 54-1625.)
Arthur Grasser died in helicopter crash Gia Dinh, South Vietnam 6 Aug 1969
Ralph J. Lund shot down over Bao Loc South Vietnam 6 Sept 1968
Al Fellows shot down over Ho Chi Minh Trail flying an O-1as, 1968
Tom Mitchell shot down during Blind Bat Mission near Xepon (Tchepone), Laos, 1968
Maj. William L. Brooks shot down over Ho Chi Minh Trail flying an AC-130 Gunship 22 April 1970
William A. Jones III a former 40th TCS pilot was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroic action in Vietnam.
information regarding his award visit: http://www.mishalov.com/Jones.html
here for details.
He was killed in the crash of a private plane in 1969. He was assigned to Andrews AFB at the time of his death.
Herbert Waldman, Col.USAF,Ret . Died Jan. 4, 2006 at age 86, his burial was at Arlington National Cemetery. He was a World War Two C-47 pilot and the first Commander of the 41st Troop Carrier Squadron. He took command of the 41st at age 23 when it was first formed in Feb. of 1942 at Duncan Field, TX.. and continued as Squadron Commander when the 41st was sent to New Guinea in Jan. 1943. Promoted to Major in Sept. 1943 he was assigned to 317th Troop Carrier Group Headquarters. He served 30 years in the Air Force, a number of them were spent at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Tech. Sgt. Joey D. Link, 29, of the 39th Airlift Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas
TSgt. Link died of natural causes at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany on Aug. 5, 2007
The C-130 Hercules flight engineer was assigned to the 39th Airlift Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, Texas
He was deployed to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing based at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, at the time of his death.
317th Veterans Group Officers
Boleck - 2 March 2000
Headed search committee, served as reunion chairman.
From it's earliest beginnings George helped mold and shape the 317th VG.
Nancy Frazier- March 3, 2019
wife of 317th veteran Bob Frazier
Nancy had served on our search committee.
During the early day's of the 317th Veterans Group
she was instrumental in locating many of our members
Donna Register - December 26, 2018
wife of 317th Veteran Jimmie Register
Donna served as our newsletter publisher for many years.
March 19, 1937- Oct.8, 2005 Age 68
Seattle, WA -Reunion Chairman
Don's wife "V" Satterthwaite passed away in 2012
Both were loyal members of the 317thVG, and will be missed by all.
March 6, 2012
Renowned sculpturer who created the Veterans Memorial at Evreux Air Base
March 20, 2019
Eliane Montouchet worked at the JAG office at Evreux Air Base from the day it opened until the day it closed.
She was actively involved at every Evreux reunion.
Entries for 2019 are in bold type
James H. Aderhold
Vincent J. Krobath
Earl Laird, Jr.
Charles H. Persing
Frederick L. Thompson
George W. Towle
Alphonso J. Verbout
Jack C. Voelker
George H. Wasgatt
Albert L. Wick
Gerald L. Wiley
Ernest E. Wilhelm
Stanley Wilkinson, Jr.
Robert A. Williams
William A. Williams
Charles L. Wilson
James Lee Winter
James E. Wolf
Clyde W. Wooddell
John R. Wright
Ernest O. Yeske