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Sad News: We were notified that MSgt James C. Wilburn Sr. 20yr career Flight Engineer who was an FE in Spectre in 1971. Jim passed away on January 9, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Oranong and 4 children from a previous marriage. Memorial services were held in Lafayette, LA.
Just heard that our good buddy Sammy Rodriquez passed away Wednesday morning 10/24/2018. Sammy was a great Spectre AC-130 Aerial Gunner and so much fun to have around! What a loss to our community! Thank you Chico Daleccio for letting us know. Visitation for Sammy "Zorro" Rodriquez is THIS Saturday, Oct 27 @ 1500 at Davis-Watkins Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Rd NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547. the Davis-Watkins Funeral Home is located in the strip mall where Emerald Coast Funeral Home used to be. A little over 3/4 of a mile from Eglin Parkway. RIP Sammy!!!
Dear Sirs, I wanted to ensure The Spectre organization was made aware of the passing of my Father, Lt. Colonel Sidney M. Marcus on 6 August, 2018 in his home town of Mobile, Alabama. Dad was an AC-130 Gunship pilot with the 16th Special Operations Squadron, Ubon Royal Thai Air Base 1970-1971. Please advise your incredible organization of this news and share his obituary that I have attached to this email. Please invite any member of Spectre to call me anytime at all as Dad so loved his organization and his "Herky Bird" for more than 50 years. God Speed to you all! Joel MarcusMajor,(SA) USAFRetiredContact Info:(352)-email@example.com S.E 23rd AvenueOcala, FL 34480
Another Sad News...
Rose Bivens (wife of Dennis Bivens) passed away Saturday Aug 4, 2018 after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. Rose was always a wonderful friend of Spectre and always shared her warm smile and friendship to all Spectres at the annual reunions and events. She will be dearly missed by all!
Dennis "Denny" wanted to pass along this message: "
I lost my best friend today and my heart is aching. Writing this is as hard as anything I have ever done. Rose was my soul mate, my lover, my sidekick. Together we raised 2 great kids, who in turn gave us 7 perfect grandkids. It has been a journey, right to the end, that I will never forget. Her love kept me strong and together we made it through not only the happy times, but the rough times too. She will always be in my thoughts as I look forward to the day we walk together again.
I love you Rose!"
Please send your condolences to Denny at his email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/dennis.bivens.79.
Rose Bivens: (nee Grush), fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, August 4, 2018. Best friend and loving wife of Dennis Bivens of 47 years; devoted mother of Matthew (Valerie) Bivens and Lisa (Mat) Eilerts; loving “mawmaw” of Noah, Aidan, Connor, Aaron, Bella, Addi and Ashtyn. She was preceded in death by her twin brother Ray. She is a dear sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great-aunt, cousin and friend to many.
Services: Funeral from KUTIS AFFTON Chapel, 10151 Gravois Rd., Friday, August 10th, 10:30 for 11 a.m. Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, St. Louis. Interment J.B. National Cemetery. Visitation Thursday from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations appreciated to Youth In Need
The Website Menu is having issues and we are working on a fix for the menu. Also, our Web Hosting company was forced to remove all of their provided web applications that we (and all the thousands of their customers) that we used for years such as "Buddy List" Spectre Forum, "In Search Of" and others we used due to security. We are in search now of other applications to replace the ones we had. Sorry for any inconvenience but rather than chance identity theft, this was a needed response. You will find the links on our menu are not operational until we find safe, suitable substitutes.
Ron Lorusso was the 16 SOS NCOIC of Life Support int he Early 80s and a member of the Spectre Association that regullarly attended our reunion and will be missed. Ron was a true Spectre!
Ronald Patrick Lorusso, age 70, of Shalimar, FL, entered into Heaven on June 8, 2018. He was born on May 13, 1948 in Washington, D.C. Ron retired as a Master Sergeant after 24 dedicated years of service in the United States Air Force. He was known for his gardening skills, his kindness and his genuine caring ways helping anyone in need. Ron enjoyed making people laugh and seeing people happy. He loved living life, his loving wife and, most of all, his family. Ron is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carolyn Lorusso of Shalimar, FL; sons, Ronald (Caroline) Lorusso, II of Melbourne, FL, and Christopher (Andrea) Lorusso of Fort Walton Beach, FL; daughter, Kelly (David) Torres of Shalimar, FL; mother, Harriet Lorusso of Fort Walton Beach, FL; and grandchildren, Jekhari Lorusso, Jalissa Lorusso, Emma Torres and Finn Torres; and many extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Giacomo Lorusso; sister, Pamela Fraizer; and granddaughter, Gianna Lorusso.Funeral services will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1 Meigs Drive, Shalimar, FL 32579, on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. with Rev. Ray Angerman officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial with full military honors will follow at Beal Memorial Cemetery.
CMSgt (Ret) Don Auger passed away Friday April 6, 2018. CMSgt Don Auger was NCOIC of the 16 SOS Spectre Sensor section in the late 1970s. Donald R. "Don" Auger, age 79, of Shalimar, FL, passed away Friday, April 6, 2018. He was born November 1, 1938 in New Bedford, MA to the late Bartholomew Auger and Lauretta Auger.
Don retired from the United States Air Force with 24 years of service. Don has left many friends that respected and loved him, he never met a stranger. He had a big heart and loved his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Maria; sons and daughters; three sisters, Dot, Therese and Claire. Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed and viewed online atwww.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com
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":