220th Reconnaissance Airplane Company
July 2003 CATCOM E-Newsletter
and all Friends
and Brothers in Arms,
in memory of those who have served
There are numerous links to internet sites with information about Independence Day and its history. Just search for those words, and you will find more than you have time to read. Some of us take this important holiday for granted, but most of us find some private moment to recognize our fortune and history that brought us to celebrate this day. Remembering requires leadership, and thanks to sites like the one below it is easy for the leader to gather information:
Harold Vail's photos of the Tet Offensive era reminds us of
the dangers involved in fixed base operations during an
unconventional war. It was also a psycholocical war, as it is today, too:
Below is a photo of our Vietnamese counterpart. According to Harold, all the airplanes were damaged or destroyed during the Tet Offensive:
Johnny Moore provided several copies of special orders, and the March CATCOM contained most of those listed in the orders. I promised to extract the remaining names the following month but couldn't get to the task; below are those names, taken from SO 224, dated 11 Dec. 1969 [social security number
omitted], all members of 220th RAC with departure [DROS]
|Name||Rank||Home of Record||DEROS/Assignment|
|Morris R. Buster||SP5||Valleso, CA||21 Dec. 1969, Ft. Lewis, WA|
|William E. Fenstemaker||SP5||Lawrence, KS||22 Dec. 1969/Ft. Benning, GA|
|Samuel L. Cooper||SP5||Sacramento, CA||23 Dec. 1969/Cumberland, PA|
|Johnny C. Moore||SP5||Beachville, AR||24 Dec. 1969/Ft. Lewis, WA|
|Michael R. Donnick||SP5||Appleton, WI||28 Dec. 1969/Ft. Lewis, WA|
A few days after posting the June newsletter, I received an email from a former Bird Dog pilot. Here is his inoput:
"A fellow Bird Dog pilot told me about your letter. The picture of WO1 Anuskewicz [page 16, June edition of CATCOM E-newsletter] appears to be that of Roger Anuskewicz who is currently flying as a Captain for United Airlines. He had been flying out of San Francisco (living in Sonoma County). He moved to the Chicago area and was flying out of O'Hare the last I heard.
I flew for the 74th RAC---part of the 145th CAB in 66-67.
Steve Dunnicliff [e-mail: CaptDunn@aol.com]"
Thanks for the information, Steve. [EdPub Note: I spoke with Roger's wife for several minutes and briefed her on our reunion plans, also gave her my phone number and e-mail address. Roger lives in Illinois and flies for United Airlines.]
Alan O'Hollaren's 212th CAB annual, published in 1971, contains these previously unpublished names (photos for all listed): Page 14: unit commander Captain David C. Sapp; First Sergeant Pedro F. Toves; first platoon leader Captain Randy F. Jones; and Captain Thomas J. Shaver the operations officer. Other unit members are as follows (including photo of page 17 below):
|CPT Stanley L. Cherrix, Section Leader||CPT Richard P. Almond, Motor Officer||CPT Larry J. Vanhorn, Supply Officer|
|CPT Norwood S. Sothoron||LT Thomas H. Aldrich||Begin p. 15, pub. June, 2003|
|LT Behrens||LT Wilcox||LT Kirk M. Knight|
|Lt Douglas H Schere||W01 Mann||LT Lewis|
|W02 Becroff||W02 O'Hollaren [Alan]||W01 Baronowski|
|W01 Ferguson||W01 Dinan||W02 Smith|
|W01 Gaunt [Jim]||W01 Cabell [Brown]||W01 Wood|
|W01 Hohmann||Begin Page 16||W01 Rodenhouse|
|W01 Ross||W01 Haygood||W01 Novetzke|
|W01 Martinez||W01 Snyder||W01 Kennedy|
|W01 Wells||W01 Mann||W01 Anuskewicz|
|W01 Garner||W01 Ferguson||W01 Dinan|
|W01 Helsel||W01 Taber||W01 Sells|
|see Photo page 17 (below)||p. 18: SP5 Burnett||SP5 Clemons|
|SP5 Buchanan||SP5 Mc Cullough||SP5 Giles|
|SP5 Wright||SP5 Hurtado||SP5 Platta|
|SP5 Jackson||SP4 Robbins||SP4 Hofmann|
|SP4 Stowe||SP4 Ma Cord||SP4 Livingston|
|SP4 Peeples||SP4 Milewski||P. 19: SP4 Vasquez|
|SP4 Hoyhem||SP4 Clarke||SP4 Jackson|
|SP4 Reece||SP4 Thompkins||SP4 Fritchig|
|SP4 Bradshaw||SP4 Allen||SP4 Briggs|
|SP4 Woodlaw||SP4 Turner||SP4 Breitweiser|
|SP4 Nikolai||SP4 Ethridge||SP4 Wettergren|
|P. 20: SP4 Ramige||SP4 Williams||SP4 Brown|
|SP4 Parker||SP4 Todd||SP4 Clobes|
|SP4 Ebeling||SP4 Mead||PFC Figueras|
|PFC Ungate||PFC Sanders||PFC Burnett|
|SP4 Foggleman||SP4 Dyall||SP4 Olivas|
|PFC Edgar||PFC Graham||PFC Thomas|
|PV2 Miranda||end of list||blank|
Photo of Page 17, 212th Annual, 1971
More to follow in later issues of CATCOM Newsletter.
We welcome Gene Hayes (Catkiller10); Dick Tobiason (Catkiller26, Dec. 66- June 67, Hue Citadel.), of Bend, Oregon; Ed Arthur; Don Medley, who flew with the 220th out of DaNang from March 1966 until Oct. 1966; and Herb Johnston, who was an army intel sergeant working for a Marine major. Herb states: "I flew back seat and debriefed pilots after recons. Our office was called the VASSAC. [Was] at Hue during Tet 68, then moved to Phu Bai . I have *mm movies of compound and people. pilots Vail, O'Conner, Davis, Corrigen and others."
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220th Reconnaissance Airplane Company REUNION
October 19, 20, 21, 2003
Where: Palace Station Hotel &Casino
2411 West Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(Reservations) 800-634-3101, or 702-367-2411 [Hotel Group ID for reference is: PCI220T]
To locate the hotel on a map, visit this site and type in the above address: Rand McNally Maps
Reunion 6 - Paul V. Brennan
Reunion 5 - John Hillman (Executive in Charge)
Reunion 4 - Jerry Bonning (Logistics) Rooms, hotel, meeting rooms, banquet
Reunion 3 - Jerry DiGrezio (Operations; notifications, etc.)
Keeper of the E-List - Bob McComiskie (send your changes and updates to Bob)
Newsletter- Donald M. Ricks
Golf One-Joe "Beans" Brett (Sundowner Yankee)
We have reserved a block of rooms under: "220th
RECONNAISSANCE AIRPLANE COMPANY" (CATKILLERS). Please state this
when you make your reservations. Cost of rooms: $69 per night, or
ask about their smaller garden rooms ($49 per night). You can make reservations
now. Contact Paul V. Brennan (Reunion 6) with questions,
suggestions, and recommendations.
From Jerry Bonning:
"As of yesterday we had 37 rooms reserved at the hotel with 64 attendees. Looks like a real good event shaping up.
We have a 50 room block with the guaranteed prices. We will start turning in any unreserved rooms at August 15 (10%) and finally at September 15. After September 15 the rooms will be at the standard hotel prices. Whether the room cost will be higher or lower outside our room block depends on how well the hotel is booked up. When we were there for the recon, the hotel was full. Time might be running out, so make your reservations, soon!"
See CATCOM Newsletter for June 2003
Charlie Finch (Catkiller 19) sent in a recent photo taken at the first meeting of these two pilots since 1969:
Getting ready for Las Vegas:
Thanks to Scott Cummings for maintaining this site at:http://www.catkillers.org
(contains a link to previously published newsletters and
Bob McComiskie's Photo Page
Do you have a comment or suggestion? How about sending a briefing on your history after Vietnam? Do you have an accomplishment you aren't embarrassed to share? How about an interesting story about one of your children? Don't like what's in the CATCOM? Want to sound off?
Positive or negative, we would like a chance to publish your input (normal filtering protections apply).
For instance, did you know that, from the beginnings of an army private, our former first commander, Jerry Ralph Curry, MG, retired, is an opera singer, among many other accomplishments (jerrycurry.com)? Why, besides the war stories there are many interesting family and accomplishment stories here among us, so let's share the good times, funny happenings, and memories. Lift up your children, your job, your hobbies, or your profession. Come on! Open up your heart! Thanks for sending it in....
As a personal non-profit venture, and as a service to the entire group, Jerry Bonning has put a lot of work into making available to us a selection of golf shirts, a nice sweat shirt, and a long sleeve denim shirt, all with some form of the Catkiller unit patch. When we meet in Las Vegas, it will be nice to have such a shirt to show off our Catkiller pride, all at a reasonable price.
To find out more and to order your R.A.C. Wear Catkiller shirt, visit the following link:
R.A.C Wear Shirts
There is no new information available concerning the Catkiller stickers; awaiting response from the graphics producer.
Gary Tragesser visited Glacier National Park last year, and here is the material proof:
What should you know about the National Do Not Call Registry? Check out this link:
Opt-out of not wanted telemarketing phone calls
|Paul V. Brennan
|Donald M. Ricks
Spring Hill, TN