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Nulli Secundus... What an appropriate motto...
The Class of 1960 was the second class to graduate from the United States Air Force Academy.
And we are truly "second to none."  Time has passed, but we still want to stay in touch.

In Memoriam
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Derry Adamson

Norm Alexander

Dick Ames

Jim Anderson III

Noel Bailey

Steve Bishop

Val Bourque

Vic Bouquet

Fred Boutz

Jim Brown

Mike Buchen

Dave Burns

Pete Burton

Kirk Canterbury

Clyde Carmichael

James Carter

Fred Clark

Buck Congdon

Gary "Gar" Crew

Bert Croft

Louis Cropp

Bill Currier

Russ Currey

Richard Davis

Bob Davis

Jon Day

Brian Deem

Herb Eckweiler

James Fey

George Fries

Charlie Georgi

Bill Goodyear

John Gutzweiler

George Hines

Ace Holman

John "Seal" Huhn

Mike Hyde

John Jansen

Lem Johnson

Karl Jones

Gary "Krash" Karschnick

John Kelly

Dave Lachelt

Hardy LeBel

Ed Leonard

Art Lewis

Richard Lindsay

Mike Love

Tony Lovell

Mac Macartney

Willard MacFarlane

Jerry Mason

Dick Matthews

Charles "Jabo" McCain

Jim Mills

Leon "Mo" Molinelli

Eddie Morton

Bob Newson

Daniel Nowak

Jim O'Rourke

Bill Ouellette

Jim Peel

Hoyt "Oogie" Prindle

Robert Rager

Doug Rekenthaler

Jim Riley

Bob Sapp

Tom Seebode

Gary Sheets

Dick Shepard

Lloyd Shier

Don Singer

Paul Sones

Alan Sternberg

Ted Stumm

Don Thurman

Dave Uimari

Chris Warack

Don Ware

Wayne Waterhouse

Sam Waters

Reed Waugh

Jack Weaver

Dave Wiest

Randy Wood

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Upcoming Events
10 December 2016, The COS '60 Christmas Party.
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21 December 2016, COS '60 luncheon 12:30 at Falcon Club.
Contact: Wayne Kendall,
wfkandbbkkendall@msn.com

Future Events
RG Head's speaking schedule:
COS 11-18 March 2017, Wash. D.C. 7 April 2017.

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Veteran's Day memories from Ed Leonard's daughter, Tracy.

"This Veteran’s Day marks the second anniversary of the death of my father, the consummate war hero. I think of him every day, but when I think of him I see him as more than this tired cliché. I know he saw his own life as a pilgrimage, with a twist of magical realism to sustain him during hard times. Not an extravagant man, he always cherished the simple things. And in the end, it was the simplicity of an ice cream cone during a short road trip we took together that sums up my memory of him best. At the time, racked with pain, his back crumbling, he had asked me to drive him to the VA in Portland for medical care because he was deteriorating away slowly in bed at home.

It must have been an excruciatingly painful ride along that narrow highway, but when he spotted a roadside ice cream shack up ahead he made me pull over so he could go in and order a vanilla soft-serve on a wafer cone. It seemed like a nutty idea for him to climb out of the car and make his way into that store, but he didn’t want me to bring his treat back to him….he demanded that he go in and get the damn thing himself. And it took him over half an hour.

The Dalai Lama is quoted as saying, “Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.” In 1973, shortly after my dad returned, he and I flew out together to visit his parents. At some point over the Rockies our plane encountered turbulence so extreme that even the stewardesses were crossing themselves. I remember grabbing my dad and crying, but when I looked up at him he was calmly reading a magazine and nursing his drink (of course he was!). Without blinking an eye, he explained to me that planes never crash --- an ironic statement coming from a man who knew about crashing airplanes! My dad’s life seems to frequently reflect a fiercely independent determination to endure the tumult, blunt force traumas of life, on the one hand while taking the time to savor its simple pleasures on the other, like a vanilla ice cream cone at a roadside scoops shack out in the middle of nowhere.


That our drive to Portland might be our last, that he might actually be going down for the last time, was irrelevant to him. It wasn’t even the point. For the duration of the ride, and in spite of the pain, he savored his cone, misted up as he talked about his brothers in arms (the men I believe he truly loved the most) and reminisced about his childhood. He discussed the state of the Seahawks, revisited his favorite stories about his beloved nephew, Don, and looked out the window in peace and with even a bit of joyous abandon.


I feel blessed to have met some of you and blessed that my father shared stories about all of you with me. I know my dad loved every one of you so dearly. As always on Veterans Day, I will say prayers in his memory and prayers also for all of you. 
God Bless.


Much Love, Tracy Leonard"

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Kenny Fields also remembers and replies to Tracy

"Dear Tracy,

Thank you for sharing with me your personal, wonderful and elegantly worded memories of your father, Ed.  And I greatly appreciate your prayer on my behalf.

My very first meeting with Ed was when he appeared in his Sandy A-1 100 feet above the jungle canopy surrounding me in Laos...perhaps 200 feet distant from my location on the ground while surrounded by enemy troops. After quickly advising him over the radio, "You should be able to spot me now off your starboard wing", I stared in disbelief when his head turned to his left.  As countless AAA tracers shot past his plane, barely missing his canopy, I screamed, "No, off your right wing."  When his head twisted right, I waved my arm and Ed coolly replied, "I have you in sight Streetcar."  Immediately after that, a tracer round impacted Ed's engine, causing it to seize.

I still have a vivid image of that scene when we first met...with Ed in his cockpit peering down at me as if we had eye contact while bullets and tracers were soaring...and the fact that Ed made such a gallant effort on my behalf is all I need to know what kind of man he was.  I fell in love with him at that very moment.... And during my personal contact with Ed in the following years, nothing ever caused any of my love for him to fade.

My very best,

Kenny Fields, Streetcar 304"


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