07/17/18

Ailing Crewmember – Ross Vizza

A member of 6994, Det 1, Rosario (Ross) Vizza, is very ill. His daughter let me know that he has aggressive lymphoma and alzheimers.
Ross did his first stint as a 292×1 with the 6922nd Security Squadron, Charlie Flight, at Clark AFB, RPI. He then went to Viet Nam where he was assigned to 6994, Det 1 at Nha Trang and later Phu Cat (1969-1970). He received four Air Medals and the DFC. Like many of us he finished up at Kelly AFB, San Antonio working at Medina.
I spoke with his family and they said it would be OK to pass this information along.
If anyone wants to send anything to the family they may send it to Bobbie Vizza,
9231 South Sacramento Ave., Evergreen Park, IL 60642.
Ross’s home email is vzz10@comcast.net.
An alternate may be his daughter’s email vizza15@yahoo.com.

.Marsby Warters

06/16/18

Ailing Crewmember – Bob Nebe

 I am writing to let the group know Bob Nebe is extremely ill.  Many Surgery’s since 2016, a very serious heart condition, quite a few extensive stays at Hines VA Hospital in Maywood, IL . He is currently recovery from his most recent surgery and on dialysis 3 times a week.  Bob was looking forward to this year’s reunion but had to cancel for obvious health reason. He is scheduled for surgery week of 6/18/2018 and is waiting for a kidney transplant.  Please advise squadron and send well wishes to Bob and his family.  nebebob@yahoo.com

Larry Tincher

06/11/18

New Book featuring Todd Melton of Baron 52

6994th Airman Featured in Upcoming Book About Wisconsin’s Missing in Action Servicemen

 

Sat, June 2 2018

MADISON, WI – “Todd was an intelligent individual who knew what he wanted to do and how to achieve his goals.” Staff Sergeant Todd Melton is still remembered today, 45 years after he went missing during the Vietnam War. Raised in Milwaukee, Todd served as a linguist during the war with the 6994th Security Squadron. His aircraft, Baron 52, went down over Laos shortly after the signing of the Paris Peace Accords officially ended the war. Todd’s story – his childhood in Wisconsin, his training, and the strange circumstances surrounding the downed aircraft – is one of 37 stories told in the upcoming book, Wisconsin’s 37: The Lives of Those Missing in Action in the Vietnam War.

Wisconsin’s 37 tells of the lives of the 37 men from Wisconsin classified as “Missing in Action” from the Vietnam War. From the Gulf of Tonkin until the Paris Peace Accords, in Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia, the men of Wisconsin experienced nearly every aspect of the Vietnam War. Their stories are as unique as the men themselves.

More than just a military book, though, Wisconsin’s 37 focuses on how these individuals lived rather than just the circumstances that led to their disappearances. Growing up in familiar places all around Wisconsin, readers will relate to their experiences and values, and perhaps appreciate their sacrifices all the more.

Heavily based on nearly 200 interviews from family, friends, and fellow servicemen, Wisconsin’s 37 gives life to the names on the Wall, and highlights the importance of remembering those we have lost.

Author Erin Miller is a 2018 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she holds a B.A. in history and an M.S. in communication sciences and disorders. It has been her honor to record these stories. John Sharpless is a history professor at the UW.

The book will be available for purchase in early June through McFarland and Company’s website and Amazon.com. All royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison and the Highground Memorial in Neillsville, Wisconsin.

06/9/18

Jim McGee News

Dear family and friends,

Thanks so much for the kind birthday wishes. They make my day all so wonderful.
A year ago, I was diagnosed with end stage renal failure – my kidneys had stopped working. In dialysis since last June, I am awaiting a kidney transplant from a deceased donor (along with 94,000 others in the U.S.) Dialysis keeps me feeling well on most days, but the long term prospects of my living the four to five years until a deceased donor can be identified diminish with each passing day.
My physicians tell me that my best chance for survival is to find a living donor as soon as possible. Several friends and relatives have stepped forward to volunteer; so far, none have been a match.
After 40 years of public service and giving, I am now asking for help with the most challenging issue of my life. If you or someone you know are willing to consider volunteering a kidney and have O positive or O negative blood type, please contact me @jdmcgee49@gamil.com or go to:

Living kidney donor program at Tampa General Hospital;
or
Georgetown University
Medstarhealth.org

 

(855) 204-6516Thanks for your continuing thoughts and prayers.

Jim

05/21/18

A Memory from Danny Russell

on 22 April 1970 Cap 53 was lost

                                  Mike Conner was lost

30 Days later on 22 May 1970 Mike Jr. was born

He Never Saw His Daddy

Danny Russell

05/5/18

Thank You from Frank Falkowski

Dear 94th Members,

On Friday the 27th of April my wife and I met with our cancer team at Roswell Cancer Center to evaluate my past 7 months of chemo and to review the latest cat scan. I was told that the results showed that I was cancer free.  Elation does not describe the feelings we shared and the experience of this challenge.

I want this unit to know how much I appreciated your emails, cards, and texts during this time.  Your prayers and the courage of Stan Long who also suffered and was taken from us with soft cell lung carcinoma has been and will always be an inspiration to my wife and I. 

We look forward to our Kentucky reunion and sharing our many blessings with you. 

Being a part of this unit is and will continue to be a very special part of my life. 

See ya in August.  Frank and Christine Falkowski.

02/20/18

Another 6994th Author

Bill Wood has written a fictional account based on his tour at Pleiku/Danang in 1969-70 entitled ‘Code Warriors – A Year In Vietnam’.  It is available on Amazon Kindle as an e-book ($2.99) or paper-back (5.99).  There will be a 2 week promotional window starting on 15 March 2018 where the e-book version will be available for $.99.

01/26/17

6994th Highway Dedication Information

6994th Memorial Highway Dedication Ceremony Information

The following is the latest information available concerning the highway dedication ceremony:

Hotel information:
Hampton Inn
51 Arnot Road
Horseheads, NY 14845
1-607-795-3333
$89/night – room with 2 queen beds
$94/night – room with 1 king bed
be sure to say you are with the 6994th to get the rate.
Reservations must be made by 15 Mar 2017 to get special rate.

Ceremony Site location:
National War Plane Museum
17 Aviation Drive
Horseheads, NY 14845
(607) 796-6597

Date: 20 April 2017
Place: National War Plane Museum, Horseheads, NY
Time: 1000 hrs

Schedule for 20 April 2017
0915 hrs: participants meet in lobby of hotel
0930 hrs: depart for ceremony
0945 hrs: arrive at ceremony site
1000 hrs: ceremony starts
1100 – 1230 hrs: tour of war plane museum including use of flight simulator
1300 hrs: luncheon consisting of
– veggie tray
– tossed salad
– roasted potatoes
– roast beef au jus
– Italian baked chicken
– cookies & brownies
– drinks – coffee, tea, lemonade, bottled water

Joe would like to meet with all participants at the hotel at 2000 hrs on 19 April to set the logistics and make sure everyone has a ride.

Cost of the lunch and museum fee is $10 per person. Joe would like the money by 1 April 2017. Joe needs a full count and payment for the lunch is due on 7 April 2017.

Joe’s address:
Joe Giammichele
122 Snake Hill Road
Horsheads, NY 14845

The Hampton Inn offers free breakfast buffet for guests. No restaurant in hotel, but several restaurants in shopping mall across road and an Outback Steakhouse a few blocks away.

Joe said the actual sign on the highway is covered with a tarp and we will not be able to take photos at the actual sign due to safety and traffic concerns, but we will be able to take photos after the ceremony at a mock up at the museum. We are currently planning to at least take a group shot with our guidon and banner with the highway sign. Joe is expecting about 50 people at the ceremony, including about 25 6994th vets plus some guests and some local officials for a total of about 50 people.

If you are considering going at the last minute, please contact Joe and let him know of your intentions so he can make sure there is enough food at lunch.

If you have any questions, please contact Joe at giammichelej@gmail.com

12/31/16

Ailing Squadron Spouse

Frank Falkowski reports that Greg Shake’s wife will be undergoing major heart surgery on 9 January 2017.  Our wishes for a successful procedure and rapid recovery!

07/13/16

Highway Dedication

Due to the hard work and dedication of Joe Giammichele, I received the following email from Speaker Carl E. Heastie of New York:

Dear Friend,

Thank you for contacting my office to express your support for legislation that pays tribute to the service of the 6994th Security Squadron has provided to our state and country. I would like to update you on this matter.    

The Assembly, along with the Senate, passed a measure to designate a portion of Interstate 86 as the 6994th Security Squadron Memorial Highway (A.9664-B). It is now up to Governor Cuomo to sign this important piece of legislation into law. Feel free to contact the governor to urge him to follow our lead.   

To my knowledge, this is the first honor of this kind for our squadron.

Thank you, Joe.