Category Archives: In Memory Of

Memorial Day Rememberances

The ACA would like to give the following members one last slow final salute. Each Memorial Day the ACA attends a ceremony here in the Florida Panhandle. We did not receive word about one this year due to the Covid-19 health crisis, but we still want to honor our members and their service to this…
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Lt Col Charles S. Kuczaj 1935 – 2020

We would like to celebrate the life of Lt. Colonel Charles S. Kuczaj, USAF, 84, of Golden, CO, who passed away peacefully in Delaware, OH, on April 8, 2020. Charles was born on October 28, 1935 in Union City, Pennsylvania to Stanley and Katherine Rapacz Kuczaj and was the youngest of 12 children. He graduated…
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Douglas S. Blair 1932 – 2020

Douglas “Doug” S. Blair, 87 of Niceville, FL passed away peacefully in his sleep and went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 14, 2020. He was born in Carbondale, PA on November 22, 1932 during the depression era. Doug proudly served 29 years in the United States Air Force which included the…
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William A Studer 1939-2019

Retired USAF Major General William Allen Studer died of pulmonary fibrosis on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at his home in Tampa, FL. He was 79. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Donna Bray Miskowski Studer; son, Scott (Elizabeth) Studer; daughter, Shannon Studer (Marty) Martinez; two sisters, Sharon Studer (Bruce) Jewell, and…
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SMSgt Ron Kellerman Deceased 29 March 2020

With great sadness, we inform our fellow Air Commandos about the recent death of our Special Tactics/SOWT Friend, Teammate, Mentor, Leader and true BROTHER: Ron Kellerman- RHK. RHK was killed on 29 March 2020 at his home on Roatan island in Honduras - Details are still being compiled. Ron was a key leader in SOWT…
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Richard E. Neel Sr. 1936 – 2020

Richard E. Neel Sr., 83, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2020 at his home in Poland, Indiana. He was born September, 9, 1936 in McLeansboro, IL to Cecil and Stella (Gregory) Neel.  Richard was a retired United States Military Veteran having served thirty years in the United States Air Force and United States Army. Richard…
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Terry “Ace” Shepherd 1927 – 2017

Terry "Ace" Shepherd, age 89 passed away Monday, July 24, 2017, in Fort Walton Beach, FL. He was born in 1927 in Hineston, Louisiana. Ace retired from the US Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant after 28 years of service. After retiring from the military he went to work for the Mary Esther Post…
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James A. Humphrey, 1935 – 2020

James A. Humphrey, 84, died peacefully at his home February 3, 2020. He was born August 2nd, 1935 in Little River, SC and was raised at Epworth Orphanage in Columbia, SC where he attended Dreher High School. Jim enlisted in the US Air Force in 1953 and served for 21 years. He became an Air…
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Walter J. Boyne, Col, USAF (Ret) 1929-2020

Colonel Walter J. Boyne, USAF (Ret), an internationally recognized author and aviation historian, flew his final mission out of Silver Spring, MD on January 9. 2020. He was 90 years old and kept his quick wit and loving nature to the end. He is survived by his much loved and devoted wife Terezia “Teri” Boyne.…
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John D Partain, Col, USAF (Ret) 1959-2019

Col John D. Partain Col JD Partain (USAF) passed away at home with his family by his side on September 20th. He was 59 years old. John is survived by his wife Claire Partain, children David Partain and Rosie Partain and sister Lisa Partain Hampton. He was predeceased by his parents Lt Gen Edward A…
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