Fallen Eagle – Bob Thomas

Sadly,  Charlie Phippin notified us that Bob Thomas passed away around 10PM, 24 Dec 2019 after a long illness.  No further information is available at this time.  RIP Bob.


Ailing Crewmember – L.C. Cooley

It’s been reported that L.C. Cooley was recovering from a severe case of pneumonia, but has now been hospitalized at Vanderbuilt University Hospital with failing kidneys.  If you would like to send him a card or contact him:

L.C. Cooley

170 Foxfire Road

Paris, TN  38242

thecooleez (at) yahoo.com


Ailing Crewmember – Duane Larkin

Shirley & Bob Hull report that Duane Larkin, Pleiku /68 and Thailand/70 has been
diagnosed with Parkinsons and placed in a home for disabled in San Antonio. Duane is unable to  walk and has difficulty speaking.  He only understands little of what is said to him.  Cards and visitors welcome.

Autumn Leaves of Westover Hills
Duane Larkin
10107 Military Drive West
Room 146
San Antonio, Texas 78251


Passed Spouse – Joy Phippin

We regret to inform you that Joy Phippin, wife of Charlie Phippin passed away on 26 April 2019 after a long illness and battle with cancer.  Joy attended many of our reunions and we will miss her dearly.  RIP Joyce.


AAFES purchases on-line for Vets

Military Exchange (PX, BX, NAVEX) shopping  benefits were traditionally limited to active duty, retired military and a few Federal Health officials.

Last year the Army/Air Force Exchange System (AAFES) expanded the eligibility, for on-line shopping only,  to include any US military veteran with an honorable discharge from the service.

These benefits include tax-free purchases and free shipping for most purchases over $49.99.

Signing up for these benefits is relatively easy.

Go to the AAFES on-line site at: http://www.shopmyexchange.com/  or www.aafes.com.

When the home page is displayed click on “My Account” and scroll down to “Create New Account” then click on it and follow  the instructions for filling out your application.


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.