Korean War Veterans - Pacific Guardians
18th Fighter Wing Association

APRIL 2016

Updated March 2017
REUNION 2015 - FANTASTIC! The 2015 18th Fighter Wing Association Reunion held at the Doubletree Hotel Downtown San Antonio, Texas on October 22 through October 24, 2015 was attended by ninety-five (95) members and guests with a no show of six (6).  The Reunion was highlighted with the Ambassador for Peace Medal Ceremony made possible by Susan Kee and assisted by Guest Speaker, USAF Colonel Lisa M. Craig, who was accompanied by a six member Honor Guard from nearby Lackland AFB.  Thirty-three members, including widows of members, family members of deceased and family representatives of four of our MIA/KIA Members, received the Medals presented by Colonel Craig.  Many thanks to Susan Kee for making this ceremony possible, and to the others who helped make the Reunion a success. Go online to www.facebook.com/susankeewriter and view the photos taken during the Saturday evening event.  You are welcome to download and print copies of the photos.  President Tom Chapman confirmed the reunion for 2016 to be held Thursday, October 13th through Saturday, October 15th at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown San Antonio, Texas (Same location as last year).  Guests may stay three (3) days prior and three (3) days after the event for the same $115.00 rate which includes two breakfast meals each day.  Official registration forms are being created and will contain all relevant information including the menus. Finance Officer Tom Major provided the following 18 th  Fighter Wing Association financial report: The greatest expense after paying the hotel bill was $851, which was for the hospitality room.  Donations are used for administration and other expenses. Examples of other expenses include postage, paper, etc. Secretary Clarence Frownfelter requests that any change of mailing address, email address, telephone numbers or status of members be promptly reported to the Secretary by calling 317-374-1774 or email frowniec@att.net.   This will help us keep our Master Registry up-to-date. Membership Chairman Joe Tombrella:  If you would like a copy of the membership roster, email or call me and I will send a copy of the entire membership roster. My email address is joengerry@att.net and my phone number is 772 978 7854. Hostess of the Hospitality Room Judy Parker does a remarkable job at making all attendees welcome.  Thank you Judy!! Our hospitality room is such a fine gathering place to swap stories and find out more about “our” people.  We hope to see you at the next reunion. Comments from Members and Friends:  We received a contribution for the newsletter from Bob and Lois Moore. Thank you very much for the contribution. We met with Susan and Tim Kee in Mesa, AZ. on Feb 20th.  Susan had arranged a meeting with Dr. Yuri McKee.  Dr. McKee is an Ophthalmologist who went with the Joint POW/MIA accounting agency to North Korea to search for American MIA's.  The group was allowed to stay 30 days under strict supervision and limited travel to go to the Chosin Reservoir area.  They found and identified one soldier, quite an accomplishment when you consider that with all the resources available to the U.S., only a small number of remains have been brought home in 20 years.  Dr. McKee is also retired Air Force and served with the 18th fighter Wing on Okinawa.  Dr. McKee was able to give us a detailed insight as to life in North Korea and the citizens under the totalitarian rule. From a discussion with Dr. McKee we felt that he was not very complementary of the U.S. effort to recover and identify remains. Lois and I agree with Dr. Mckee.  After working on the effort for some 15 years we have found them to be almost totally incompetent considering the resources they have available.  There seems to be a lack of urgency to get things done.  They are just waiting for the families to give up or die.  In the meantime, some cushy jobs are available with lots of money to spend and prolific lip service.  Needless to say a few are dedicated but their effort is stymied by those with political power.  A sad state. We hope that the DPAA under the leadership of the new director, Michael Linnington, will be better.  The next family update meeting of the DPAA is in Seattle, WA.  Lois and I plan to attend.  We appreciate the untiring effort of Susan Kee.  She has devoted her life to thank the American people for saving her country.  She spends almost all of her time serving and thanking veterans of the Korean War. Contribution from Susan Kee. Thank you Susan. Susan Kee went and presented The Ambassador for Peace Medal to Mr. Knutsen.  He was so happy to receive the medal.  His daughter and son and a friend were there to see the presentation.  It's great to know that a F86 fighter pilot from the 18th Fighter wing lives close to me.  I will stay in touch with him.  Thank you Mr. Frownfelter for your assistance and God bless you! For more information and pictures go to www.facebook.com/susankeewriter  or see the 18 th  FWA webpage.  Comments from the Editor:  We would like to announce the creation of the 18 th  Fighter Wing Association’s website.  To view the new website, go to www.18thfwa.com.  Also, we would like to add a photo of the veteran along with their email address to the membership page.  We would like a picture of them at the time they were stationed in Korea.  If people are searching for veterans they worked with they would most likely remember how they looked then.  We all have aged a couple of years.  To send pictures, ask questions or make comments about the website contact the Webmaster John Gearheart at john.gearheart1629@gmail.com. A tribute/memorial page honoring veterans has been added to the website.  If you would like to pay tribute to a veteran, please send pictures and a biographical sketch to John Gearheart.  For an example of a tribute go to www.18thfwa.com and click on tributes. All newsletters will be posted on the new website under The Flight Line tab. In order for the Newsletter to be effective in keeping everyone informed, it is imperative that the editors receive information from officers, members, and friends on a regular basis. Obituary Notice’s:  We offer our condolences to George Banasky whose wife Bonnie passed away shortly after the 2015 reunion.  She was such a joy and will be missed by all.  We would also like to offer our condolences to the family of Col. Julian Crow who passed away in January.  He was an honorable and amazing man, full of funny and interesting stories.  We will miss you Sir. On April 1 st  Clarence Frownfelter received a letter from Bonnie LaShomb advising that her husband, an 18th Fighter Wing Association member, Eugene R. LaShomb passed away on March 3, 2016 in Lubbock, TX.   She stated that his of death was related to complication from Alzheimer’s.  Our condolences to you, and your family.
Balance Prior to the Reunion $4,932.72 Deposits including donations $7,079.30 Subtotal $12,012.02 Cost of the Reunion $7,604.23 Subtotal $4,407.79 Donations after reunion $299.21 Present balance $4,707.00

APRIL 2016

Updated December 2017
18th Fighter Wing Association
Korean War Veterans - Pacific Guardians
REUNION 2015 - FANTASTIC! The 2015 18th Fighter Wing Association Reunion held at the Doubletree Hotel Downtown San Antonio, Texas on October 22 through October 24, 2015 was attended by ninety-five (95) members and guests with a no show of six (6).  The Reunion was highlighted with the Ambassador for Peace Medal Ceremony made possible by Susan Kee and assisted by Guest Speaker, USAF Colonel Lisa M. Craig, who was accompanied by a six member Honor Guard from nearby Lackland AFB.  Thirty-three members, including widows of members, family members of deceased and family representatives of four of our MIA/KIA Members, received the Medals presented by Colonel Craig.  Many thanks to Susan Kee for making this ceremony possible, and to the others who helped make the Reunion a success. Go online to www.facebook.com/susankeewriter and view the photos taken during the Saturday evening event.  You are welcome to download and print copies of the photos.  President Tom Chapman confirmed the reunion for 2016 to be held Thursday, October 13th through Saturday, October 15th at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown San Antonio, Texas (Same location as last year).  Guests may stay three (3) days prior and three (3) days after the event for the same $115.00 rate which includes two breakfast meals each day.  Official registration forms are being created and will contain all relevant information including the menus. Finance Officer Tom Major provided the following 18 th  Fighter Wing Association financial report: The greatest expense after paying the hotel bill was $851, which was for the hospitality room. Donations are used for administration and other expenses. Examples of other expenses include postage, paper, etc. Secretary Clarence Frownfelter requests that any change of mailing address, email address, telephone numbers or status of members be promptly reported to the Secretary by calling 317-374-1774 or email frowniec@att.net.   This will help us keep our Master Registry up-to-date. Membership Chairman Joe Tombrella:  If you would like a copy of the membership roster, email or call me and I will send a copy of the entire membership roster. My email address is joengerry@att.net and my phone number is 772 978 7854. Hostess of the Hospitality Room Judy Parker does a remarkable job at making all attendees welcome.  Thank you Judy!!  Our hospitality room is such a fine gathering place to swap stories and find out more about “our” people.  We hope to see you at the next reunion. Comments from Members and Friends:  We received a contribution for the newsletter from Bob and Lois Moore.  Thank you very much for the contribution. We met with Susan and Tim Kee in Mesa, AZ. on Feb 20th.  Susan had arranged a meeting with Dr. Yuri McKee.  Dr. McKee is an Ophthalmologist who went with the Joint POW/MIA accounting agency to North Korea to search for American MIA's.  The group was allowed to stay 30 days under strict supervision and limited travel to go to the Chosin Reservoir area.  They found and identified one soldier, quite an accomplishment when you consider that with all the resources available to the U.S., only a small number of remains have been brought home in 20 years.  Dr. McKee is also retired Air Force and served with the 18th fighter Wing on Okinawa.  Dr. McKee was able to give us a detailed insight as to life in North Korea and the citizens under the totalitarian rule.  From a discussion with Dr. McKee we felt  that he was not very complementary of the U.S. effort to recover and identify remains. Lois and I agree with Dr. Mckee.  After working on the effort for some 15 years we have found them to be almost totally incompetent considering the resources they have available.  There seems to be a lack of urgency to get things done.  They are just waiting for the families to give up or die.  In the meantime, some cushy jobs are available with lots of money to spend and prolific lip service.  Needless to say a few are dedicated but their effort is stymied by those with political power.  A sad state. We hope that the DPAA under the leadership of the new director, Michael Linnington, will be better.  The next family update meeting of the DPAA is in Seattle, WA.  Lois and I plan to attend.  We appreciate the untiring effort of Susan Kee.  She has devoted her life to thank the American people for saving her country.  She spends almost all of her time serving and thanking veterans of the Korean War. Contribution from Susan Kee. Thank you Susan. Susan Kee went and presented The Ambassador for Peace Medal to Mr. Knutsen.  He was so happy to receive the medal.  His daughter and son and a friend were there to see the presentation.  It's great to know that a F86 fighter pilot from the 18th Fighter wing lives close to me.  I will stay in touch with him.  Thank you Mr. Frownfelter for your assistance and God bless you! For more information and pictures go to www.facebook.com/susankeewriter  or see the 18 th FWA webpage.  Comments from the Editor:  We would like to announce the creation of the 18 th  Fighter Wing Association’s website.  To view the new website, go to www.18thfwa.com.  Also, we would like to add a photo of the veteran along with their email address to the membership page. We would like a picture of them at the time they were stationed in Korea.  If people are searching for veterans they worked with they would most likely remember how they looked then.  We all have aged a couple of years.  To send pictures, ask questions or make comments about the website contact the Webmaster John Gearheart at john.gearheart1629@gmail.com. A tribute/memorial page honoring veterans has been added to the website.  If you would like to pay tribute to a veteran, please send pictures and a biographical sketch to John Gearheart. For an example of a tribute go to www.18thfwa.com and click on tributes. All newsletters will be posted on the new website under The Flight Line tab. In order for the Newsletter to be effective in keeping everyone informed, it is imperative that the editors receive information from officers, members, and friends on a regular basis. Obituary Notice’s:  We offer our condolences to George Banasky whose wife Bonnie passed away shortly after the 2015 reunion.  She was such a joy and will be missed by all.  We would also like to offer our condolences to the family of Col. Julian Crow who passed away in January.  He was an honorable and amazing man, full of funny and interesting stories.  We will miss you Sir. On April 1 st  Clarence Frownfelter received a letter from Bonnie LaShomb advising that her husband, an 18th Fighter Wing Association member, Eugene R. LaShomb passed away on March 3, 2016 in Lubbock, TX.   She stated that his of death was related to complication from Alzheimer’s.  Our condolences to you, and your family.
Balance Prior to the Reunion $4,932.72 Deposits including donations $7,079.30 Subtotal $12,012.02 Cost of the Reunion $7,604.23 Subtotal $4,407.79 Donations after reunion $299.21 Present balance $4,707.00