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The EC-47 Memorial Plaza paver supplier, Leave Your Mark in Phoenix, Oregon, advises that they're purchasing a brand new engraving machine and have every intention of fulfilling all open orders ASAP...which will probably be sometime in February/March 2022. The plaza dedication ceremony date remains very much up in the air. We're still hoping for Vietnam Veterans Day, 2022, but with the Covid resurgence, we're back in the guessing game. As always, stay tuned. You'll know as soon as we know.

Meanwhile, Tom's been busy in other areas. The image below is of a patch that we're looking to place on caps. The patch is approximately 4 long by 3 inches high. The border colors in the scan turned out a shade different (mostly lighter) than the real deal, but it'll look good on your noggin' once the details are worked out.
 


Veterans Outreach Continues

Continuing our Commemorative Partner alliance with the 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration, the American Legion, and the Heritage Chapter, FTVA, a “joint operations’” 4th of July motorcade crisscrossed San Angelo to present pins and In Memory Of “yard signs” to local veterans and surviving spouses. Click here for details and some great pix. 
 

Joseph Lee Galloway, 1941-2021 

All Vietnam Veterans lost a true friend and advocate with the passing of Joe Galloway on August 18. Joe was more than a war correspondent, although in that award-winning role he covered the Vietnam War the way Ernie Pyle covered World War II.

His account of the epic 1965 battle in the Ia Drang Valley, so vividly described in the best-selling We Were Soldiers Once ... And Young, will stand as one of the best portrayals of infantrymen in combat ever written. We’ll miss him. R.I.P., Joe.

 

Updated 25 August 2021

 

Flashback to July 2021 news. . .

As we celebrate the 245th anniversary of the signing of our nation's Declaration of Independence, we'd like to share with our website visitors some recent activities honoring veterans in the San Angelo area.
 

This happy crew is standing behind the "in memory of" yard sign honoring EC-47 Bravo Maintenance technician MSgt “Pat” Potter. FTVA Heritage Chapter prez J.J. Graham is at the right end of the lineup. EC-47 History Site co-manager Tom Nurre is 3rd from right. USAF Dogger (Vietnamese linguist) Larry Miller is 4th from the left. As part of our ongoing Commemorative Partner Program recognizing Vietnam veterans and their surviving spouses, several other "yard sign" gatherings took place over the Memorial Day weekend. Several of these honored veterans and spouses from as far back as WWII.

Click HERE to view pix of all the activities. More of these ceremonies are in the works for the 4th of July holiday.

 

  


We also enjoy hosting those veterans who visit to Goodfellow AFB to view the static display aircraft, the yet-to-be dedicated EC-47 Memorial Plaza, and the 
ARDF History Exhibit inside the Norma Brown building. Robert Washburn, a former 6994th Security Squadron “203” (Vietnamese linguist) dropped by recently. Hundreds of EC-47 backenders passed through the Goodfellow schoolhouse, but Bob’s experience was a little different than most. He ended up spending an entire summer at the base — and met his wife along the way. Read the whole story HERE.

Left: Bob and Marilyn Washburn in front of the ARDF display inside the 17th Wing HQ Building.
Right: 17th Wing historian Mark Howell presents Bob's certificate, flanked by Michael Looney (L) and Walt Koenig (R).

  

Memorial Plaza Dedication Update

Unfortunately, we don't have much to update. As noted in our CQ eMail of 7 June, the Leave Your Mark company is experiencing difficulty in rebuilding from the disastrous fire that destroyed their entire operation. Likewise, we have no word on when GAFB can be expected to return to "normal" operations, although we'd certainly expect that to happen by March, 2022. As always, stay tuned. 

Site updated 02 Jul 2021