Category Archives: In Memory Of

Col Robert Howard Karre, USAF (Ret)

Robert “Bob” Karre was born on August 16, 1938 in Horace (Greeley County), Nebraska to Howard Gailard Karre and Gladys Snell Karre and “flew west” from this life on February 13, 2021 at the age of 82 years and 6 months. Bob grew up in north central Nebraska as the first of five children. He…
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Wendell “Mac” McAdams

Wendell Warren (Mac) McAdams passed away peacefully on February 10, 2021 surrounded by his wife of 25 years and children. Mac was born in Lebanon, New Hampshire on May 21, 1943 to Harold and Ida McAdams. He was a resident of New Hampshire until he joined the military. After serving in the Air Force for…
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In Memory of Our Fallen Comrades

We are very sadden by the loss of our great comrades and friends, may they rest in peace. Melvin BryantSierra BurgessLucien Byron Jr.Kit Carson noneDon CooperRobert Gentry Richard K ‘Dick’ KnowlesSamuel MesselRichard RingAndrew WardenckiMichael Welch This list reflects members who have passed since the publication of our last membership E-newsletter in May of 2021. If…
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Col Lucien Byron Jr 1928-2021

On July 6 , 2021, Colonel (Ret) Lucien passed away peacefully with his wife Dorothy by his side. He was born on October 19, 1928 in Tampa Florida to Lucien and Myrtle Byron.  He graduated from Florida Military Academy and then attended The Citadel in Charleston South Carolina and the University of Florida. In 1949, he…
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Col Richard K. Knowles 1940 – 2021

Richard K. Knowles, Colonel, USAF Retired, went to be with the Lord on the morning of April 8, 2021. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Doreen Carter Knowles; one daughter, Karen Kai Lee Knowles Pappas (Michael) of Richmond, VA; two sons, Richard Carter Knowles of Wilmington, NC and Kenneth Davis Knowles (Kathy)…
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Samuel A. Messel

September 22, 1940 - July 07, 2021 Samuel Anthony Messel, 80, husband of Charlotte Kathryn Perret Messel, died Wednesday, July 7, 2021. Born September 22, 1940 in Vincennes, Indiana, Mr. Messel was a son of the late Jess Lorenzo Messel and Ida Elizabeth Hatton Messel. He honorably served his country in the US Air Force…
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Remembering Joyce Harrington

Update: Joyce Harrington's memorial service has been scheduled for August 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Davis Watkins Funeral Home in Ft Walton Bch, FL https://www.daviswatkins.com/ Ms. Joyce Harrington was truly one of the most dedicated volunteers of the Air Commando Association. With over 12 years logged as the Commando Store Manager, volunteering at countless…
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James D. ‘Kit’ Carson Lt Col, USAF (Ret)

February 3, 1932 – April 27, 2021 Born in New Dover, Ohio to Esther and Don Carson. Graduated High School in Bellefontaine, OH and The Ohio State University. He was an Eagle Scout and a Shriner. He was also a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and while there operated a photography studio. In…
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James ‘Jim’ Gary

James 'Jim' Gary, 87, passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2020, at Creekside Villas in Waynesville, North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Peggy, who passed away in 2016. He is survived by his sons, James Russell Gary of Telico Plains, TN and Jeffrey Thomas Gary (wife, Shelda),…
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In Memory of Our Fellow Air Commandos

We are very sadden by the loss of our great comrades and friends, may they rest in peace. David Booher Leonard A. Butler Michael C. Counts Donald Craig Allen Eakle James F. Egbert Sr. Gene Eller Brian S. Forder James 'Jim' Gary Alfred S. Gummerson Harold Hitt Charles Holden George Jennings Joseph Kerr Jerome Klingaman…
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