Flew West 2022Slow hand salute to these brave warriors
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- 3 Oct 22: Eldon R. Sonny Haynes, Covey 262, Flew west on Sunday 9 Oct 22. Sonny flew OV-10s for the 20th TASS. He was 78, a resident of Heber Springs Arkansa and a life member. His obituary can be read at https://www.heberspringsfuneralhome.com/obituary/EldonSonny-HaynesJr
- 03 Sep 22: Robert Wiltuck, Col (Ret.) Covey 180/280 and Helix 41 took his last flight on 22 Jan 2022. Bob flew O-2s for the 20th TASS He starting his year long tour in Nov 1967. He was a life member of the FAC Association. Slow hand salute to this brave warrior. His obituary can be read at https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/beacononlinenews/name/robert-wiltuck-obituary?id=32386063
- 15 Aug 2022: Gregory C."Beefy" Lachon, Rustic Alpha, Sundog Alpha went west on 09 Aug 22. Beefy was a radio operator from Aug 1971 until Dec 1971. He was injured during an attack on Nui Ba Den and had to be medevacked. His obituary can be read at https://pollockrandall.com/obituaries/16123
- 03 Aug 2022: LTC (Ret.) Gerald P. Schwalb, Red Marker 02, flew west on 18 Jul 2022. Jerry flew O-2s for the 19th & 22nd TASSes during 1969-70. Slow hand salute for this brave warrior. His obituary can be read at https://obits.theadvocate.com/us/obituaries/theadvocate/name/gerald-schwalb-obituary?id=36016488
- 01 Aug 22: MG Joseph V. Potter, Sidewinder16, Covey 06, Jade 06, flew west on 17 Jun 2022. He flew O-1s, O-2s and OV10s for the 19th and 20th TASS during three tours. He was a life member. Obituary Erratum: Originally the date of passing was posted in error.
My Uncle Joe passed away this afternoon. He was an amazing person. A grandpa, father, brother, husband, uncle, cousin, and friend. Three tours of Vietnam, multiple awards of valor…was a part of the joint task force that took down Noriega…in charge of the Air Force Institute…was part of the command near the DMZ in Korea…served three tours at the Air Force Academy. He grew up in Oklahoma and in San Diego. He became a black belt in Judo. He attended San Diego State and was a part of the Air Force ROTC program. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy was the keynote speaker at SDSU graduation and he was able to shake his hand a few months before his assassination. He was a Forward Air Control pilot where he would conduct numerous flights over the enemy, call in strikes, engage the enemy at low flying levels, and spot our troops. He was a master parachutist. After retirement from the Air Force, he became Commandant of Cadets at Norwich University in Vermont. He later retired to his home in Colorado Springs, overlooking the Air Force Academy. He lived ten years in Hawaii where I lived with him. He was a constant mentor, loving uncle, and second father figure to me. I have so many loving memories, laughter, and joy of my Uncle Joseph Potter…. He rests in peace, joyous he joins his brother, Mike, my brother Billy Joe, and his parents in Heaven. Hats off to my uncle. Will be missed.
Jim Doyle, Bomber 32
- 16 Jun 2022: James David Caven, Covey 569/96 and Nail 51flew west on 18 Feb 2022. J D flew OV-10s or the 20th and 23 TASS. He was the Legal Advisor and a life member of the Association. His Memorial can be read at https://everloved.com/life-of/james-caven/
- 16 Jun 2022: I just received word today that Sergeant Larry Richard Reynolds took his final flight west on May 11, 2022 and was interned in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery yesterday June 14, 2022.Larry and I served with 19 TASS at Bien Hoa Air Base circa 1966-67. Larry was our squadron Quality Control Inspector and also a solid mentor to this wet behind the ears Crew Chief. He was a no-nonsense NCO and 100% dedicated to our mission. He earned the respect of all who knew and worked with him. Sergeant Reynolds inspected our aircraft (O-1’s) after 100 hour maintenance. I followed him many times during his inspection; he was very strict and always looking for the minutest discrepancy. I believe his time as a flight engineer and being on flying status contributed to his keen eye. I learned a lot from Larry and became a better Crew Chief under his guidance.
Slow Hand Salute to a dedicated Airman.
Crew Chief Bob Green
Larry's Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/globegazette/name/larry-reynolds-obituary?id=34899496
- 19 May 22: Donald R. Moody, Butterfly 22, Raven 70 flew his last mission on 19 April 2022. Don flew O-1 and U-17. He was a life member of the FAC Association. His obituary can be read at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/fort-worth-tx/donald-moody-10718945?fbclid=IwAR03-8Bg4uTg7luf-D4G9ZhPzQUj2oO5UAganTlk10tIQCQ7q6GNJNsJpIE
- 12 Mar 2022: John (Jay) Cappel, Jade 05, Flew west on 06 Mar 2022. Jay was an O-1 Bird Dog driver for the 19th TASS. He was a life member of the FAC Association. His obituary is contained in a email from Joe Sowa to Brad Wright.
Kaew (Gail) Cappel, Jay's wife, called me March 9th to inform me that Jay had passed away March 6th, 2022, while in Hospice care in Las Vegas, NV where they had lived for many years after he retired from the USAF.Here are my thoughts, after a phone conversation with Gail:
· John (Jay) Cappel
· Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather
· Forward Air Controller (O-1 Bird Dog, Vietnam, 1967-68)
· Passed away in Hospice Care, Las Vegas, NV
· March 6th, 2022, after a long battle with Cancer.
· Jay requested cremation with no services or ceremony.
· I knew him as a man of exceptional competence, courage and deep faith in God;
Self-effacing to a fault; family man, loving and caring despite his years of pain stemming from injuries he received while being shot down September 7, 1967, during a night mission to relieve an Australian position under attack by the Viet Cong.
That story is told in "CLEARED HOT Book Two" pages 122-128.
It took 40 years to get told, but we cornered him at the Colorado Springs Reunion where Kip Taylor and I implored him to hand write just a page or so to get his incredible story told. He delivered a few weeks later in time for us to add our part in the story and pass it by the Aussies who performed the rather heroic rescue after daylight the morning after the crash.
Over the years since, he quietly had the PURPLE HEART medal and ribbon from that action framed and mounted, prominently, in his living room.
Rest peacefully in the Lord, Jay.
Slow, reverend hand salute
- 27 Feb 22: Lt Col Lyle E. Delfosse, Birddog 62 flew west at 1100 on 04 Oct 2018. He flew O-1s for the 20th TASS out of DaNang. Lyle was highly decorated career officer and a life member of the Forward Air Controllers Association. His complete obituary can be read at https://www.mccullyfuneral.com/obituary/Lyle-Delfosse
- 22 Feb 22: Lt Col Eugene Alfaro, Nail 227 and Candlestick flew west on Christmas Eve 2021. Gene flew O-2s and OV-10s for the 23rd TASS. Gene was a life member of the FAC Association. His obituary can be read at https://obituaries.tridentsociety.com/obituaries/san-diego-ca/eugene-alfaro-10503359 Slow hand salute to this brave warrior.