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8th, 14th, & 15th Aerial Port Squadrons,
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And Our Brothers Who Have Left Us Since

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Lt. Colonel Archer W. Baird

14th Aerial Port Squadron Commander
August 1966 -

           Courtesy of Kim Jacobson, Find a Grave Contributor
and magnoliasandpeaches.com

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and magnoliasandpeaches.com

Newbern Cemetery, Hale County, Alabama
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Lt. Col. Archer W. Baird
Retired Air Force

Birth: September 4, 1915 

Death:  January 18, 2013

Colonel Archer Morton Baird, family patriarch, southern gentleman, friend and patriot passed away peacefully on Friday, January 18, 2013 at his home in San Antonio, Texas. At the age of 97, after a lifetime filled with adventure and discovery, challenges and achievement, Arch has reunited with his beloved wife, Nan Pollard Baird.

Arch was born on September 4, 1915 in Columbus, Georgia to Morton Williams Baird and Archer Whittlesey Baird, the eldest of five children, and grew up in the beautiful rolling hills of Georgia and Alabama. Arch laughingly recalled driving these hills in a Model T. Ford, whose engine was much more powerful in reverse; particularly steep hills had to be scaled driving backwards.

After high school, he enrolled in Georgia Tech and worked in Atlanta and Chattanooga. In 1941, just before America’s entry into the Second World War, Arch volunteered for the Army Air Corps and commenced training at Craig Field in Selma, Alabama. While at Craig, he met Nan Pollard, the beautiful younger sister of a high school classmate and after a brief, whirlwind romance they married in Birmingham, Alabama. Shortly thereafter, he left for England to join the 351st Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force stationed at Polebrook RAB in East Anglia. Arch was part of the first group of B-17s that flew non-stop across the Atlantic to the English bomber bases.

On his first day at Polebrook, Arch witnessed a midair collision of two B-17s that took lives of all the men on board, including the squadron’s lead bombardier. Arch was chosen to replace that lost squadron bombardier and he spent the next year leading bombing runs over Germany, Belgium, Norway and France. Along the way, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal and flew with Clark Gable while Gable was at Polebrook making a War Department movie about the 8th Air Force. According to Arch, Gable was a good guy, a regular guy, one who was not afraid to go into battle and to do his duty. Throughout his time at war, a photo of his wife, Nan hung over his cot, a reminder of why he was fighting and what he had to look forward to after his safe return.

After a year of flying combat missions, Arch returned to the States and resumed civilian life for several years until the outbreak of the Korean War, when he rejoined the Air Force where he remained for the rest of his career. Over the next three decades, Arch and his family moved from base to base, including two tours in Japan in the 1950s. During his last combat tour in Viet Nam, Arch commanded the 14th Aerial Port Squadron, recognized by the U.S. Air Force as its best such unit in the world.

After retiring from his successful military career, Arch moved back to Greensboro, Alabama and restored a 150-year old home, formerly the residence of his great Uncle John Turpin, a one-armed Civil War Veteran. Many years earlier, when Arch was a little boy, he had often walked to his Uncle John’s house to sit and listen to Turpin’s riveting stories of the war. Those tales of danger, heroism and survival sparked Arch’s lifelong passion for history and learning.

Arch and Nan jokingly named their restored home “Back Acre”, a reference both to the large back yard and the massive effort undertaken to restore this historical residence. Back Acre became the family gathering place for their children and grandchildren. They cultivated a large garden filled with beautiful flowers and tasty vegetables. Their tomatoes, sweet corn, butter beans and roses were legendary. Between entertaining, gardening and spending time with their family, Arch and Nan loved to travel, discover new places and meet interesting people. Their love of adventures was infectious and was passed on to everyone in their family.

After Nan died in 1991, Arch sold Back Acre and moved to San Antonio, Texas where he spent the next 20 years attending his grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s ballet recitals, ball games and graduations. He was always the oldest person at these events but seemingly also the most energetic. Arch’s gentle wit and southern manners were always welcome at any gathering and he developed a number of close friendships with other retired veterans. Their fun loving crowd threw legendary parties where war stories and funny jokes passed among close friends who all felt lucky to have made it back alive.

Arch is survived by a large, loving and vigorous family: two children, Harriett Manclark, Mote Baird and wife, Margie Baird; six grandchildren, Caroline Decherd and husband, Dr. Michael Decherd, John Manclark and wife, Amy Manclark, Bill Baird and wife, Laura Baird, Anne Campbell and husband, Cameron Campbell, Michael Baird, Elizabeth Stoehr and husband, Joel Stoehr; ten beautiful, sweet and intelligent great-granddaughters, Cally Decherd, Josie Decherd, Lucy Decherd, Francie Decherd, Emma Manclark, Cate Manclark, Grace Manclark, Basil Baird, Marguerite Campbell and Cora Campbell; his brother, Phillip Baird; numerous nephews and nieces, great nephews and great nieces and many cousins scattered throughout the south.

Tis evening on the moorland free
The starlit wave is still
Home is the sailor from the sea
The hunter from the hill

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Porter Loring on McCullough.

JANUARY 26, 2013
11:00 A.M.

After the service in San Antonio, Arch will be taken to Greensboro, Alabama for a funeral service at the First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Afterwards, he will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife, Nan Pollard Baird.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the “Col. Archer M. Baird Scholarship in Plan II”, University of Texas at Austin, D. Gebauer Bldg. University Station G 6000, Austin, Texas 78712-0579 attn. Josh Lodolo or to Christus VNA, 4241 Woodcock Dr., Ste, A100, San Antonio, TX 78228 or to a charity of your choice.

The family is appreciative of those compassionate caregivers who made the end of his life peaceful and uplifting; Monica Alexis, Brittany Hill, Carmen Perez, Sharon Miller and Yolanda Moñtes; to those physicians, nurses and medical personnel at UTHSC who took the time to understand the true character of this man and to Christus Hospice VNA under the direction of Peggy de la Pena for the wonderful, respectful way they handled Arch’s last days. Finally, the entire Baird/Manclark/Decherd/Campbell families extend heartfelt appreciation and love to his many friends who made Arch’s life so joyful and complete.

From:  Our thanks to PORTER LORING MORTUARIES for permission to display this picture and information

Colonel L. A. Dye Jr.

                                     Courtesy of Dean Edwards

8th Aerial Port Squadron Commander
1968 - 1969

Birth:   May 17, 1922
Death:   March 9, 1999

Retired Air Force

An Commentary on Col. Dye
Dean Edwards

When I was in the Air Force, most of the officers didn't amount to very much in my opinion. So, what makes a good officer? Go back and take a closer look at Colonel Dye and then come back to this page. back Did you notice that he isn't the tallest guy there? Did you also notice that he's slowly getting bald and that he's a bit overweight? He wears glasses, so his eyesight isn't the best, and probably only Mrs. Dye would describe him as "handsome." That said, you can see that physical appearance doesn't make a good officer. Sorry, all you "John Wayne" types; you'll have to do more than that. Colonel Dye held every rank from Airman Basic to full Colonel, except for that of staff sergeant. He told us about it several times, and he seemed proud of that fact. But there are other officers who also worked their way up from the ranks. Does that mean that they were also good officers? Not at all. However, I do think that that experience may have been the beginning of the reason why Colonel Dye was a good officer. He knew what it was like to take orders as well as to give orders. Most of the officers that I had to serve under were too wrapped up in themselves to see the people under them. Not so with Colonel Dye. If you were under his command and you did your job, you could count on him to back you up 100%. If you screwed up, he was hell on wheels. Maybe a couple of examples will illustrate what I'm talking about. Dover AFB was a freight terminal, not a passenger terminal. Military personnel might possibly get a flight out on a cargo plane, but only if there was room available and the aircraft wasn't carrying any dangerous cargo. One time a certain Captain didn't quite understand that fact. He had been bumped off of several flights, and he came storming into the Traffic Control office and proceeded to give the enlisted personnel "hell" and tell us what a poor job we were doing. He ranted on and on for a good two or three minutes. Eventually he stopped yelling and demanded action. Now, you need to understand that our office was shaped like the capital letter "L." and the good Captain didn't know Colonel Dye was standing around the corner, just out of sight. At that point, Colonel Dye walked around the corner and proceeded to give the Captain all of the "action" he wanted. And, he did it right in front of the enlisted personnel and anyone else within earshot. He literally yelled at the man. In no uncertain terms he told him that if he wanted air transportation he should get his ass off of Dover AFB and down to Charleston. His parting words were a direct order to the Captain - and I quote: "Now you get the hell out of here!" The Captain saluted meekly, stammered, "Yes, Sir." and then ran out the door. Later that day, I overheard Colonel Dye tell one of his officers, "I should have court-martialed the son-of-a-bitch." Another time, several airmen complained about the quality of the food at the base dining hall. Guess who went to eat at the facility that very same day? Colonel Dye. I know, because I was just leaving the barracks to go eat when he and the first sergeant walked passed. It's a rare occasion when a full colonel walks into an enlisted men's dining hall and pays for a meal. The mess sergeant and the 1st Lieutenant, who was in charge of the facility, showed up pronto, falling all over themselves trying to see to Colonel Dye's every need. It didn't phase him one bit. He told them exactly why he was there, then he took a tray and walked down the line like everyone else. The quality of the food improved right away after his visit, but Colonel Dye continued to periodically sample the food on an unannounced basis. I guess what I'm getting at is this: Colonel Dye cared about his men as human beings. We meant more to him than just people to be ordered about. He respected us because we worked hard and were conscientious in our actions. He felt it was his obligation to support us. And, he also understood that most of the airmen wouldn't make a career of the Air Force. When our tours of duty were up, we would return to civilian life. He wanted us to appreciate learning, to be responsible for our actions, and to take pride in our work, because we would need those values every day of our lives, not just in the Air Force. He wanted us to be ready for the future.



Colonel Clayton Jeff 'Red' Johnson

8th Aerial Port Squadron Commander
1970 - 1971

Col. Clayton Jeff 'Red' Johnson
Retired Air Force

Jan. 1, 1921 Moody McLennan County, Texas, USA

Jul. 14, 1997 Tom Green County, Texas, USA

SAN ANGELO - Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Clayton Jeff "Red" Johnson, 76, father of an Abilene resident, died Monday in a local hospital after a long illness. Services were held Tuesday in Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial with military honors was in Mullins Cemetery. Mr. Johnson was born near Moody and graduated from San Angelo High School, San Angelo College and Angelo State University. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps at the outbreak of World War II and was a B-17 combat pilot for 12 years. He flew 51 bombing missions in the European Theater and later fought in Korea and Vietnam. He received the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters and Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster. He worked in military transportation for 20 years and was commander of the Military Airlift Command at Travis Air Force Base in California for three years until retiring. He married Linda Waldinger in 1981 in Ruidoso, N.M. Survivors include his wife, of San Angelo; five daughters, Linda Dressen of Abilene, Carol Eleyet Chase of San Diego, Peggy Robinson of Grapevine, Lorrie Taylor of Sutter, Calif., and Gretchen Staha of San Angelo; one son, Leo Waldinger of Godley; one brother, Cecil Johnson of San Angelo; one sister, Clydia Prosise of San Angelo; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be sent to Christmas in April, P.O. Box 3223, San Angelo 76902.
Information extracted from obituary in Abilene Reporter News,
July 18, 1997

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Colonel Charles A. Neundorf

                   Courtesy of Ken Neundorf
8th Aerial Port Squadron Commander
10 July 1972 -

                                                                  Courtesy of Kim Sorbello, Find a grave Contributor

                                                         Courtesy of Kim Sorbello, Find a grave Contributor
This is the site of the Neundorfs' burial. The square marker front, center is theirs.
Unfortunatly, Col Neundorf's grave is not specificly marked

Colonel Charles A. Neundorf

Oct. 13, 1919 - Homestead, Allegheny County
Jun. 5, 2010 - Dixon, Solano County, California, USA


Colonel Charles Alfred Neundorf, 90, of Dixon, CA died on Saturday, June 5, 2010 in Dixon.
He was born on Oct. 13, 1919, in Homestead, PA, son of the late Adolph Carl and Christine McCaffrey Neundorf.
He gave 33 years to the service of this country achieving the rank of colonel in the United States Air Force.
Surviving are a daughter Cheryl (Rocky) Crites and a son Bret Charles Neundorf; three brothers John K. Neundorf, Lake Bluff, IL, Norman A Neundorf, San Antonio, TX and Roger W. (Margaret) Neundorf, Winston Salem, NC, 5 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren.
On October 5, 1946 he married Helen Harp Neundorf who passed away March 18, 1988.
Deceased is a son Kris A, Neundorf and a sister Anna Lois Neundorf McGough.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, June 20, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Milton Carpenter Funeral Home. A funeral will follow on Monday, June 21 at 10 a.m. at Denverton Hall, Dixon fairgrounds with Deacon Bob Ikleman officiating. Burial will be at Silveyville Cemetery, Dixon, CA.
Contributions can be made to Alzheimer's Aid Society, P.O. Box 1824, Sacramento, CA 95812. Arrangements are by Milton Carpenter Funeral Home, 678-2189, www.mccunechapel.com.

Published in The Reporter on June 17, 2010

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Captain (Lt. Col.) Ray Rubel

Our OIC Of Mobility Operations 1969 - 1970

Arlington National Cemetery Section 60 Grave 10013

Served under Col. Lisec and helped make the MOB what it was.

LT. COL. RAY R., Nov. 4, 2011, of Cherry Hill, NJ. Husband of Oria Rubel. Father of Andrea Rubel, Nora (Rob Nipe) Rubel and Talia (Ken Ryan) Rubel. Grandfather of Zoe and Ruby. Relatives and friends are invited Sunday beginning 12:15 P.M. to PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc. 2001 Berlin Rd. Cherry Hill, where Funeral Services will begin promptly at 1 P.M. Jewish War Veterans Service will begin at 12:45 P.M. Interment Arlington National Cemetery to be scheduled at a later date. Shiva will be observed at the late residence. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation, Dela-ware Valley Chapter, 385 Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.

Published in Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Daily News on November 5, 2011


Msgt Douglas F. Cave Jr.

Served 1969-1970

                   Courtesy of Michael V Drachman, Find a Grave Contributor

Birth:   Nov. 18, 1934
Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia, USA
Death: Aug. 4, 2004

Our Beloved husband, father, grandfather, veteran, and friend Douglas F. Cave Jr. passed away from this life on Aug. 4, 2004 from a courageous battle with liver disease.

Born in Augusta, GA on November 18, 1934 to Douglas F. and Mary Chambers Cave Sr.

Douglas served 20 years as a loadmaster in the USAF and retired in 1976 as a Mgst in Norton AFB, CA. He served two years in Vietnam and received the following metals Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star.

All who knew Douglas loved him for his great sense of humor, his pride, his dedication and support. He was a strong man, with and incredible zest for life and a will to live. He will be missed tremendously by all.

Douglas is survived by his wife Miriam Cave; children Karen Cooley Armijo, Sandra Dieffenbacher Cave and W. Dale Cave; grandchildren Stanley and Matthew Cooley, Todd and Tori Dieffenbacher, Amanda, Douglas, Camilla and John Cave, and also Rambo his faithful companion, not a dog, but a lady!

Graveside services will be held Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Utah Veterans Memorial Park 17111 So. Camp William Rd. Where friends may call one hour prior at the Chapel at Utah Veterans Memorial Park. Funeral Directors Broomhead Funeral Home, Riverton.

Published Deseret News Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004
Note: US Air Force
Burial: Utah State Veterans Memorial Park, Bluffdale, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot: Section A Site 2577

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TSGT. Gerald Bickford

Vol. 2 No. 4 April 1971 The Vietnam Airlifter
Served 1967-72 

                                                  Courtesy of Jennifer Eastman, Find a Grave Contributor

Birth: September 01, 1946
Death:  September 02, 1985

Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Hollis Center, York County, Maine, USA

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Neil J. Clark

Birth:   Aug. 11, 1927
Death:   Aug. 1, 2005

served 1969-70+

Burial: ( None Recorded) 

Obituary Neil J. Clark Sr., 77, Bradenton, died Aug. 1, 2005, in Bradenton. He was born Aug. 11, 1927, in Indianapolis and came to Manatee County in 1991 from the Philippines.

He retired as a load master from the Air Force and was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Retired U.S. Military Philippines Association

. Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Estrellita; daughters Donna Compton and Venus, both of Indianapolis and Catherine of Las Vegas; sons Mark of Indianapolis, and Jirden and Jason, both of Bradenton; sisters Sheila Butler of Arkansas and Bulah of Detroit; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

No memorial service is planned. National Cremation Society, Sarasota, is in charge.

Published in Herald Tribune on Aug. 5, 2005


MSGT. John W. Floyd

                                                  Courtesy of Jason Cockfield , Find a Grave Contributor

Birth: November 11, 1935
South Carolina
Death:  January, 03, 1997


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Neil S. Green

Birth: October 04, 1948
Death:   May  02, 2003
Saint Helens, Columbia County, Oregon 97051



Thomas E. Mills

                                     Courtesy of Edward Rodrigues, Find a Grave Contributor

Contributed by & in Memory of Sgt Donald Archie Zasimowich, Find a Grave Contributor

Birth: March 10, 1935
Death:  April 04, 1992

Burial: Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA, Plot: 20, 966

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Haven P. Anderson

Birth:   August 18, 1937
Death:   April 22, 1993
Home of Record: 
Washington,,Nevada County, CA 95986

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Dwight D. Rhodes

Birth:   Aug 2, 1946
Death:  January 27, 2011
Tacoma, Washington
Home of Record:   McKinney, Texas


MSGT Edsel Garth Taylor

Birth:   September 30, 1935
Death: April 04, 1990

Burial:  Beaufort National Cemetery,1601 Boundary Street, Beaufort, Sc 29902
Section 62 Site 90

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Willian L. Smith

New Mexico
Death:    October 2009



MSGT. Bobby W. Griffin

Birth:   May 14, 1934
Death:   Apr. 27, 1998
Greenwood, Sussex County, DE

Burial: Bloomery Cemetery, Federalsburg, Caroline County, Maryland, USA
shares a plot with Alice E

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MSGT. Gaines Terry Lee

                                               Courtesy of mike (842), Find a Grave Contributor

Birth:   February 27, 1937
Death:   February 17, 1997

Last known residence:  Land O' Lakes, Pasco County, FL 34639.

See Wife's Obituary

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David M. Honn

Birth:  December 4, 1949
Home of Record:  Missouri
Death:  January 1998
Rantoul, Franklin County, KS 66079.



Lewis Warren "Speckie" Cox Sr.

Loadmaster, 8th Aerial Port Squadron

                                               Courtesy of Gregory Robinson, Find a Grave Contributor

                                               Courtesy of , Find a Grave Contributor

Birth: February 2, 1940
Home of Record: 
Death:  April 18, 2012

Lewis Warren "Speckie" Cox Sr., age 72, a 13-year resident of Bullhead City, Ariz., passed away at home on Wednesday April 18, 2012.

Speckie was born February 2, 1940, in Wray, Colo. He served our country for 21 years as a Loadmaster in the U.S. Air Force, and was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for meritorious service in Vietnam. He logged over 1,000 flying hours on the G5 Galaxy aircraft. After retiring from the Air Force, he became a truck driver.

Speckie was a member of the Moose, Eagles, and Elks lodges, and was a life member of the VFW and American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Austin Cox and Marjory Lavone Richard.

Speckie is survived by his wife of 24 years, Yvonne; daughter, Tammy L. Strause of Reno Nev.; son, Lewis W. (Robin) Cox Jr. of Fairfield, Calif.; brother, Raymond (Patty) Cox Jr. of Seattle, Wash.; six grandchildren, Robert Siegel, Kayla, Shelby and Trenton Strause of Reno, Nev., and Justin and Rachel Cox of Fairfield, Calif.; and many dear friends.

A celebration of Speckie's life, with full military honors, was held at VFW 10005 in Bullhead City on Sunday, April 22, 2012, officiated by Chaplain Don Small.

Graveside services, with full military honors, will be held at 12:40 p.m. on May 11, 2012, at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev.

Published in Mohave Daily News Online from May 6 to May 13, 2012
Burial:  Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 BUCHANAN BLVD. BOULDER CITY, NV 89005   SECTION A4  ROW D  SITE 120

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SSGT. Anthony R. Ogden

Courtesy of David Skiba, a Vietnam Brother
Bien Hoa, Vietnam. Det 5,
8th Aerial Port Sq.

                                               Courtesy of , Find a Grave Contributor

Birth:  June 31,1952
Death:  February. 16, 2009
Tunkhannock, PA
Died of esophageal cancer.   Anthony was the pastor of the Tunkhannock Baptist Church. See Church Story
May my Best Friend from Nam rest in peace in God's Eternal Kingdom.
Burial:  Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Agawam, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Section 6, Row M, Site 536

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