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FROM Don Raatz, former LLTV Operator in the 16th SOS at Korat from 1975-75 and current President of the Koh Tang / Mayaguez Veterans Organization. (see kohtang.com)
Our 43rd anniversary reunion will be held May 13-17, 2018 at:
Ramada Plaza Beach Resort
1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy, SE
Fort Walton Beach, Flordia 32548
All participants in the rescue of the SS Mayaguez and its crew are welcome to join us for a look back at the operation by
those who were involved. All details are provided on the kohtang.com website.
ASSOCIATION MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING PLEASE VOTE BELOW
REGISTRATION FOR THE 2018 SPECTRE REUNION IS COMING SOON
Remember to email all documents for the reunion to email@example.com (not .com)
AWESOME 2018 Design TBD
No web orders until after the reunion is completed.
2017 Spectre Spotlight COMING SOON
(Check out the 2016 Reunion Summary Below:
2016 Reunion Spotlight
LATEST BOARD MEETING MINUTES
MORE SAD NEWS:
Got word 1/25/2018 that Robert Swain (Spectre Gunner, Thailand 1973-74) passed away last night. RIP brother! More details when we get them.
Spectre Sensor Operator, Buddy Sexton has headed to the final Spectre Reunion. RIP Brother: RIP: Buddy Sexton 11/10/43 -1/16/18 he is being cremated and then laid to rest in Barrancas Navy cemetery in P cola. His daughter is going to try to have something for him at the American legion in FWB his old hang out. More details as we get them...
Pat Carpenter arrangements: Link to Obit: http://www.daviswatkins.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1985886
A celebration of his life will be held at the VFW in Fort Walton Beach (213 Carol Ave NW) on Saturday, July 15th from 5pm-8pm. Please come as you are and enjoy some time socializing and telling stories about Pat. Interment will be at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, FL on Monday, July 17th at 11:30.Bill Allen wrote last night: Silent Gun again. On 7/11/2017, Pat Carpenter gave up the battle with Cancer and joined his other brothers in Valhalla. Family is gathering and more to follow.
With heavy heart I have to inform you that CMS (Ret) Don Boudreaux passed away 7/10/2017 in his sleep. Jack Hollyfield passed this on to all of us: In Loving Memory of Don Boudreaux
It my sad task to inform you all that Don Boudreaux passed away in his sleep late last.night. He went peacefully without any pain. I will let you all know as soon as possible about the burial arrangements as soon as they are finalized I hope to be escorting Don back to FWB and to his finalresting place at Barancas. " Safe the Guns"
Also: Jimmy Graczyk slipped the bonds of this existence on 6/5/2017. "Jimmy G." was always the ultimate professional Spectre Lead Gunner with a smile ALWAYS on his face. Jim was a super guy and mentor to so many young Spectres. More information to follow when it is available.
Please pass this along to other Spectres on your mailing list.
Pass this along to all the Specter's you have in your contact's list. Those of you that want to go out to sea with Jimmy, please make reservations early. The rest of us landlubbers, plan on being at the dock at 1300 hrs for a time to remember our friend as he shoves off.
Jimmy Graczyk’s final service: It’s been a while and due to TS Cindy we have been on a bit of a hold but Jimmy's sister and Capt Jim Westbrook with the New Florida Girl and American Spirit Charter Fishing Boats says we will be doing Jimmy Graczyk's send off on:
DATE: WEDNESDAY JULY 19, 2017
TIME: 2-6 PM (AFTERNOON BOAT CHARTER)
PLACE: GROUPER HOLE SOUTH OF DESTIN
FOR RESERVATIONS (or further information)CALL: 850-837-1293
BE THERE AT 1:00 PM 116 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL
CAPT JIM WESTBROOK IS OFFERING A SPECIAL FOR MILITARY, IT IS $40.00
THIS IS ALSO THE LAST DAY FOR RED SNAPPER FISHING.
Check out DATELINE ON NBC Website. Title
is "Secrets in the Smoky Mountains"This
is the story of the former AC-130H SPECTRE gunner that along with his
wife, murdered her ex husband. You may see PJ
Cook and Bill Walter in some short segments as well...."Don't
watch it Alone"!!http://www.nbc.com/dateline/video/secrets-in-the-smoky-mountains/3458281
Also the NBC Film Crew Filmed this segment on our "AC-130 World":
Spectre Gunship Rings
Now Available to order
SAD NEWS: Another Spectre has passed...John T. Peters
March 12, 1949 - January 18, 2017 Newport, Michigan | Age 67 Burial was at St. Charles Cemetery
8109 Swan Creek Rd.Newport, MI 48162. John T. Peters, age 67, of Newport, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the University of Michigan Hospital, after a 1 month stay in their Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit surrounded by his family. Upon his death, he became a tissue and bone donor through the Gift of Life. Born in Monroe, John was the son of Kenneth and Helen (Fix) Peters. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from February 4, 1969 until February 3, 1975, serving 2 tours of duty during the Vietnam War stationed in Thailand. John was decorated with the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal and the Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters. He recently attended the 50th reunion of the Air Force Spectre Division. John married the love of his life, Linda Miller, on November 4, 1978 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kalamazoo, a wedding that will never be forgotten. John worked for Chrysler for over 41 years, retiring in 2008 from the Trenton Engine Plant. He was a faithful member of St. Charles Catholic Church and the NRA. John was an avid U of M Football fan and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golf.
John leaves to cherish his memory, Linda, his wife of the past 38 years; children: Patrick J. Peters of China Township and Erin L. (Ryan) Johnson of Monroe; siblings: Barbara Larrow of Monroe, Catherine (Tom) Ballard of Chesaning and Charles (Sharan) Peters of Monroe. Sadly, he was preceded in death by his parents.
Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in honor of John are asked to consider St. Charles, Changing Lives Together, or St. Charles Catholic Church. The family would like to express their sincere "Thank You" to the staff of the U of M Cardiovascular ICU for the excellent care given to John.
A SPECTRE LEGEND IS GONE> ALL GUNS SAFE AND CLEAR
is with sadness that we have to announce that MSgt James "Gunner Jack"
Jackson has taken his Finial Flight on 21 September 2016. WINCHESTER -
ALL GUNS SAFE & CLEAR.....
Rest In Peace Gunner Jack, see you at the Grand Reunion in the Halls of