Korean War Veterans - Pacific Guardians
18th Fighter Wing Association

MAY 2015

Beautiful San Antonio, TX will host the 18th Fighter Wing reunion on October 22-24

San Antonio is a wonderful place to visit in October. The weather is warm, the city is full of fine restaurants, museums and places to

see. The river walk is open with places to sit and people watch, take a boat ride or just stroll along the very pleasant scenery. The folks

are friendly and the city welcomes us each time we visit. Randolph AFB is close by and from time to time hosts interesting events. The

historic Alamo is near the Doubletree Hotel where we will meet.

President Tom Chapman-I take this opportunity to invite you to the 18TH Fighter Wing Reunion in San Antonio, TX. on Oct. 22 to

24th, 2015. This reunion is especially important. We are attempting to obtain Korean War medals for all of you who served in Korea

during the period June 1950 thru June 1953. If we are successful, the medal will be presented on Saturday evening October 24th by a

member of the South Korean Government. Medals will also be presented to widows and children of deceased Korean War Veterans.

There has been some discussion relative to discontinuing the 18th Fighter Wing reunion. We are aware that many of our members are of

advancing age, however we want to keep the organization strong and vibrant. To do this we need your continuing support. One of the

ways to do this is to attend our annual reunions. As of today, we do not have any plans to close down the organization.

VP Bob Garnett-it was great to see some new faces at our reunion in Montgomery. We welcomed Glen Simpson’s grandson, Justin

McWhorter, an army veteran. In addition, we welcomed Robert Stocker who was stationed at Kadena with the 18th in 1959 & 1960.

Robert completed his 24 year career with the Air National guard. He learned about the 18th FWA reunion through the VFW Magazine.

John Collins read an interesting article about 2nd Lt. Edward Geer in the KWVA Graybeard’s magazine. (See pages 68 & 69 of the Jan-

Feb 2014 issue) What caught John’s attention was a picture of one of our F-86’s on the runway at K-55 that had been “snared” by a

retaining device. Lt. Geer was stationed at K-55 with the 839th Engineer Construction Bn. and had been instrumental in installing this

device to stop disabled aircraft. John contacted Edward and invited him to our reunion which we were glad he was able to do.

The point is, you do not have to have served with the 18th to be included in our reunions. We need attendees so do your part and invite

prospects! You will be glad you made the effort.

Judy Parker, our hospitality room host, does such 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.

See you in San Antonio.

Sec. Clarence Frownfelter has made many contacts with members since our last Reunion at Maxwell AFB in an attempt to gain email

addresses to reduce costs of distributing newsletters and special announcements. We now list over 50% of the members with email

addresses and strive to obtain more. Clarence has also been busy updating the master membership files to reflect address changes, phone

numbers and, in the event of the death of a member, making the necessary changes to continue family survivor contacts. In talking with

members Clarence states that he is hearing positive remarks from veterans regarding hopes of meeting with us in San Antonio.

Completed registration forms will tell the story. We hope to see an increase in attendees in San Antonio. It presents a good time to

renew friendships and share stories about your experiences.

Finance chairman Tom Major—this is a summary of the minutes of our Montgomery meeting. The full minutes will be available in San

Antonio.

President Tom Chapman certified that a quorum was present. As 50 t0 75 percent of attendees are spouses, children, kin and direct

descendents of KIA/MIA the board of Governors made all of these voting members.

Officers were elected they are Tom Chapman, Pres. Bob Garnett, VP. Clarence Frownfelter, Sec., Tom Major, finance officer, Joe

Tombrella membership chairman. Tom Krakovsky remains as Historian. Bob Moore volunteered to create a newsletter. He will need

input. Send suggestions to Bob at moore1926@msn.com or by US mail at 4622 W. Maricopa Dr. Eagle, ID 83616.

Respectfully submitted Tom Major

Membership chairman Joe Tombrella-I have been developing ways to get increased participation of the membership. Many are not

aware of the association and are thus missing out on the camaraderie. We currently have approximately 200 members listed on the

membership roster. I am preparing a list of those members to contact with a description of what the organization does. If you know

anyone on the list, it would be great if you would ask them to attend. If you would like a copy of the list email or call me and I will

send a copy of the entire membership roster. My email-joengerry@att.net-My phone-772 978 7854.

Historian- Tom Krakovsky took photos at the Maxwell meeting and Tom and his dad, Joe, produced a CD with all the pictures. He is

prepared to show those photos at San Antonio and copies of the disc can be obtained.

Frank and Erika Bolt continue to assist in many ways as does Judy Parker with the hospitality room. Frank sent a copy of the first ever

Status report of the 18th and some information which was presented in 1994. A brief synopsis is presented:

Colorado Springs 1994- of interest-“the last we heard from the USAF concerning my brother Don’s shoot down was in1954 when he was

declared KIA. It was only when our daughter-in-law did an on line search of the name Don Bolt (we named our son after Don) did we

learn of the 18th FWA and Bud Biteman. This was about a month before the Seattle Reunion. Bud sent copies of past Status Reports to

help bring us up to date on the 18th happenings. Among which was Status Report No.5 Nov. 1994, the first-ever Status Report of the

18th FWA.

A brief excerpt follows:

The long delayed first ever gathering of the 18th FBW Korean War survivors came ever-so-slowly to sunny CO. in mid Sept.1994 and

was then too quickly gone.

Two hundred twenty five veterans of that Forgotten War including five members of Sqdn, No.2, South African Air Force…Accompanied

by 135 ,wives, two widows of deceased members and several grown children were able to briefly renew long-lost ties with many of their

ancient maturing comrades. The registration in the lobby of the Sheraton was the scene of several not-so-subdued throat lumps and

moist eyes…caused, of course by the dry mountain air. (A list of all attendees was included) Note: 2 weeks after the Seattle reunion Bud

passed away).

Sadly several members have passed away, some this year and others of which we have been notified recently. We will have the

obituaries available at the reunion. Senior MSGT. Joe Hettema , MSGT. George Halfkmeyer, Col. Ralph Lund, LTCOL Wm. Albert Juhrs,

MSGT. James Mcknight, M/GEN. Richard Freytag, and Col. James Kiser.

Updated March 2017

MAY 2015

Beautiful San Antonio, TX will host the 18th Fighter Wing reunion

on October 22-24

San Antonio is a wonderful place to visit in October. The weather is warm, the city is

full of fine restaurants, museums and places to see. The river walk is open with places

to sit and people watch, take a boat ride or just stroll along the very pleasant scenery.

The folks are friendly and the city welcomes us each time we visit. Randolph AFB is

close by and from time to time hosts interesting events. The historic Alamo is near the

Doubletree Hotel where we will meet.

President Tom Chapman-I take this opportunity to invite you to the 18TH Fighter

Wing Reunion in San Antonio, TX. on Oct. 22 to 24th, 2015. This reunion is especially

important. We are attempting to obtain Korean War medals for all of you who served

in Korea during the period June 1950 thru June 1953. If we are successful, the medal will

be presented on Saturday evening October 24th by a member of the South Korean

Government. Medals will also be presented to widows and children of deceased Korean

War Veterans.

There has been some discussion relative to discontinuing the 18th Fighter Wing

reunion. We are aware that many of our members are of advancing age, however we

want to keep the organization strong and vibrant. To do this we need your continuing

support. One of the ways to do this is to attend our annual reunions. As of today, we

do not have any plans to close down the organization.

VP Bob Garnett-it was great to see some new faces at our reunion in Montgomery. We

welcomed Glen Simpson’s grandson, Justin McWhorter, an army veteran. In addition,

we welcomed Robert Stocker who was stationed at Kadena with the 18th in 1959 &

1960. Robert completed his 24 year career with the Air National guard. He learned

about the 18th FWA reunion through the VFW Magazine.

John Collins read an interesting article about 2nd Lt. Edward Geer in the KWVA

Graybeard’s magazine. (See pages 68 & 69 of the Jan-Feb 2014 issue) What caught

John’s attention was a picture of one of our F-86’s on the runway at K-55 that had been

“snared” by a retaining device. Lt. Geer was stationed at K-55 with the 839th Engineer

Construction Bn. and had been instrumental in installing this device to stop disabled

aircraft. John contacted Edward and invited him to our reunion which we were glad he

was able to do.

The point is, you do not have to have served with the 18th to be included in our

reunions. We need attendees so do your part and invite prospects! You will be glad you

made the effort.

Judy Parker, our hospitality room host, does such 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.

See you in San Antonio.

Sec. Clarence Frownfelter has made many contacts with members since our last

Reunion at Maxwell AFB in an attempt to gain email addresses to reduce costs of

distributing newsletters and special announcements. We now list over 50% of the

members with email addresses and strive to obtain more. Clarence has also been busy

updating the master membership files to reflect address changes, phone numbers and,

in the event of the death of a member, making the necessary changes to continue family

survivor contacts. In talking with members Clarence states that he is hearing positive

remarks from veterans regarding hopes of meeting with us in San Antonio. Completed

registration forms will tell the story. We hope to see an increase in attendees in San

Antonio. It presents a good time to renew friendships and share stories about your

experiences.

Finance chairman Tom Major—this is a summary of the minutes of our Montgomery

meeting. The full minutes will be available in San Antonio.

President Tom Chapman certified that a quorum was present. As 50 t0 75 percent of

attendees are spouses, children, kin and direct descendents of KIA/MIA the board of

Governors made all of these voting members.

Officers were elected they are Tom Chapman, Pres. Bob Garnett, VP. Clarence

Frownfelter, Sec., Tom Major, finance officer, Joe Tombrella membership chairman.

Tom Krakovsky remains as Historian. Bob Moore volunteered to create a newsletter.

He will need input. Send suggestions to Bob at moore1926@msn.com or by US mail at

4622 W. Maricopa Dr. Eagle, ID 83616.

Respectfully submitted Tom Major

Membership chairman Joe Tombrella-I have been developing ways to get increased

participation of the membership. Many are not aware of the association and are thus

missing out on the camaraderie. We currently have approximately 200 members listed

on the membership roster. I am preparing a list of those members to contact with a

description of what the organization does. If you know anyone on the list, it would be

great if you would ask them to attend. If you would like a copy of the list email or call

me and I will send a copy of the entire membership roster. My email-joengerry@att.net-

My phone-772 978 7854.

Historian- Tom Krakovsky took photos at the Maxwell meeting and Tom and his dad,

Joe, produced a CD with all the pictures. He is prepared to show those photos at San

Antonio and copies of the disc can be obtained.

Frank and Erika Bolt continue to assist in many ways as does Judy Parker with the

hospitality room. Frank sent a copy of the first ever Status report of the 18th and some

information which was presented in 1994. A brief synopsis is presented:

Colorado Springs 1994- of interest-“the last we heard from the USAF concerning my

brother Don’s shoot down was in1954 when he was declared KIA. It was only when

our daughter-in-law did an on line search of the name Don Bolt (we named our son

after Don) did we learn of the 18th FWA and Bud Biteman. This was about a month

before the Seattle Reunion. Bud sent copies of past Status Reports to help bring us up

to date on the 18th happenings. Among which was Status Report No.5 Nov. 1994, the

first-ever Status Report of the 18th FWA.

A brief excerpt follows:

The long delayed first ever gathering of the 18th FBW Korean War survivors came ever-

so-slowly to sunny CO. in mid Sept.1994 and was then too quickly gone.

Two hundred twenty five veterans of that Forgotten War including five members of

Sqdn, No.2, South African Air Force…Accompanied by 135 ,wives, two widows of

deceased members and several grown children were able to briefly renew long-lost ties

with many of their ancient maturing comrades. The registration in the lobby of the

Sheraton was the scene of several not-so-subdued throat lumps and moist

eyes…caused, of course by the dry mountain air. (A list of all attendees was included)

Note: 2 weeks after the Seattle reunion Bud passed away).

Sadly several members have passed away, some this year and others of which we have

been notified recently. We will have the obituaries available at the reunion. Senior

MSGT. Joe Hettema , MSGT. George Halfkmeyer, Col. Ralph Lund, LTCOL Wm. Albert

Juhrs, MSGT. James Mcknight, M/GEN. Richard Freytag, and Col. James Kiser.

Updated December 2017
18th Fighter Wing Association
Korean War Veterans - Pacific Guardians