CHAS Memoriam

Châteauroux Air Station
Deols -  Châteauroux, France

CAMAE 1951-1967

Updated:  April 20, 2011


ADAMEK, CWO William A. - 1920 - 2004 See CWO William A. Adamek
1616th  Support Sqdn

ADDISON, A/1C Anthony T.
Arroyo Grande, CA

11/07/2003    I was at  Moulins 1955 to closing In 1957.

9-4-09  Note from James "Tennessee" Alberson:  Guess I need to tell you Anthony Addison has passed.  I sure thought the world of him.  We visited offen during the years.  Named my son after him.

 AVVAMPATO II, Charles Joseph -  February 16, 1921 - May 2008

Charles was a devout husband of 65 years and a loving father. He was born in Greensburg, PA on February 16, 1921. He joined the Civil Service in 1942 and married Mary Salinger on June 26, 1943, in Steelton. In 1954, when NATO was formed, he relocated to Europe with his family and settled in Chatearoux, France where they remained until 1968. Retiring as Chief of the NATO Supply Center at La Martinerie AFB, he brought his family to settle in San Diego, where he became an agent for Art Leitch Realtors until retiring in 1995. He was an active member of the Moose Lodge and the Knights of Columbus at St. Therese Parish. Charles leaves behind his wife, Mary, and nine of his 10 children, John Charles, Philip, Mary Jo, Richard, Ann Louise, Robert, Charles, Joseph, Alice, and George, 10 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Air Base Group - HQ
@ Chas - 1953-57

BAY, Dick - Passed away 1987
Unknown Sqdn
@ Chas - 1954-56

Entry from son: Francois Bay, Nice, France - My dad, Dick Bay from Seattle who passed away in 1987, was stationed in Châteauroux from 1954 to 1956 and worked at La Martinerie.  I would be glad to hear from anyone who knew him while he was stationed there. 

BECH, Neill - Passed away November 2, 2008
Unknown Sqdn

Words from Bonnie (Chad '61), his daughter, "His mind and body are finally at peace."


BELCHER, Clarence
Unknown Sqdn

@ Chas - 1958

5-12-06 Info from dependent, Pat who was was Born at Châs Jan 15 1958. 

BEMIS, Bob  - November 14, 1943-July 3, 2008
7322nd ABG  (Fire Crash Rescue)
@ Chas 1962-65
Warner Robins, GA

Robert N. Bemis of Perry died July 3 2008.  He was the son of the late Norman C. and Ann (Flinn) Bemis and was born in Stamford, Connecticut November 14, 1943.  He attended school in East Providence, RI and college at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, IL.


Mr. Bemis retired from civil service at Robins AFB in 2004 as the first Director of Services for the Air Force Reserve Command.  He was responsible for home-base and deployed feeding, lodging, mortuary affairs, morale, welfare and recreation programs and reserve staffing of the Air Force Mortuary at Dover Air Force Base.  He personally managed 200 Air Force Reservists at the mortuary processing remains from the terrorist aircraft crash into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and following other incidents, such as the Unadilla, GA crash of a Florida National Guard plane.


Mr. Bemis was also retired from the Air Force. While serving in Vietnam, he was credited with rescuing five crew members from a crashed helicopter during munitions explosions and extensive fire conditions.  When serving as Fire Chief at Grand Forks Air Force Base he was responsible for fire protection for the very large base, the surrounding civilian community and 150 missile sites scattered over the northeastern quarter of North Dakota.  At 26, he was identified as the youngest fire chief in the Air Force.  From 1976 to 1979 he was assigned as General Manager and Deputy to the Base Commander at a large, full service military resort in the Philippines.


He had more than 42 years of total service to the Air Force and received numerous military and civilian awards and decorations.  He was a past president of the International Military Community Executives Association (IMCEA) and was honored by the Armed Forces Recreation Society as recipient of their Executive Fellow Award.  He also served in France, Great Britain, Korea, and at several locations in the US including three major command headquarters.  He was a member of the Air Force Association, the National Rifle Association, NARFE, IMCEA and the American Legion, and a life member of the Air Force Sergeants Association.


Mr. Bemis is survived by his wife, Cynthia Bemis, of Hawkinsville and their three children.  He was the proud father of JoAnne Bemis of Hawkinsville, Karen Bemis, Boston, MA, and Stephen A. Bemis of Perry, and uncle of Diane Austin of Warwick RI, Norman E. Bemis of Honolulu, HI, Sheri Bemis of Oxford, MA and Stephen R. Bemis of Chepachet RI..  He was predeceased by his parents and brother.


Mr. Bemis’ remains will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.  The family will schedule a memorial service at a date to be determined.  Memorial donations may be made to Georgia Sheriffs Youth Homes, PO Box 1000, Stockbridge, GA 30281-9878.


[jpnote:  Bob was a frequent contributor of photos and donations to the website since 2002.  He was my email buddy and I miss his uplifting emails and I admired this true American Hero.  Following are some of Bob's comments in the guestbook:]

2/25/2002   Was in Fire Dept/Crash Rescue. Last visited Châteauroux and Joe from Maine in 71. Good to learn that Annette (and Bill?) [just Annette] is keeping it going.

2-8-07  I found another box of pictures from my time at Châteauroux.  As I go through them, I’ll scan and send some that may be of interest.

[jpnote:  Bob sent some great Base Pics - click to view.]


Bob Bemis sent this photo and commented "Rex was quite a character and was well known by most of the people on the base.  He had a habit of stealing flight lunches if the owners would set them down on the flightline.  He rode the shuttle bus between Déols and the Firemen’s dorm at La Martinere and claimed the rear seat, whether or not it was occupied.  I understand that when the base closed, Rex moved to one of the bases in Germany."


6-9-07  Interesting catch-up phone conversation with Bob.  He had just returned from his daughter's graduation from Yale.  Congrats! are definitely in order for the daughter and for her parents in her accomplishment.

6-21-08  I went to Langley AFB, VA to get assignment to Vietnam - a couple of months later an extension would have been ennough. Stayed until retirement as E-8 at 29 years. Spent last 8 years as a club manager. Took GS=12 HQ club job when I retired. Spent last 14 years as GM-14 Director of Services for AF Reserve. Took disability retirement in 2004. Younger daughter graduated from Yale in 2007 and is working in Boston. Youngest son has been enjoying himself but ready for school. Older daughter is disabled and lives with her mother.

Searching:  Former Friends such as Larry Crossland, Dave Lindstrom, Eddie Brumble and Dan Long

BENTON, Lawrence Floyd "L.F." 92, died Sunday, May 25, 2008

Services at Mason Funeral Home. Burial will be in Long Mountain Cemetery in Mason County.

Mr. Benton was born Sept. 12, 1915, in Fort McKavett to Nettie Myrtle McKenna Benton and William Floyd Benton. He graduated from Menard High School in 1932 and enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1941.

On June 27, 1943, Lawrence married Edna Earle Johnson in the Menard Methodist Church. Their children were born in some of the many places Lawrence was stationed: Tanya Leigh in Sherman, Lawrence Floyd Jr. "Larry" in Wichita Falls, Myrtle Bob in Chateauroux, France, and Edna Elaine in Amarillo.

Lawrence retired from the Air Force in Amarillo in 1962 as a senior master sergeant. After that, he worked another 17 years for the Bureau of Mines before finally retiring in 1981.

While in Amarillo, he was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Lawrence and Edna Earle moved to Mason in June of 1982 to be close to both of their families.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Tanya Lamoreaux of Mason, Myrtle Bob Keefe and husband Thomas of North Hollywood and Elaine Stewart and husband Tim of Fredericksburg; four grandchildren, Victor Lamoreaux of Mason, Austin and Kate Stewart of Fredericksburg and Mason Keefe of North Hollywood; a brother, Jim Bob Benton and wife LaVerne of Menard; and three sisters, Peggy Decker of Bertram and Norma Murray and Joan Crowell and husband Mickey, all of Menard.

Information from the "Amarillo Globe-News," May 28, 2008

BEREZO, Phillip 
Unknown Sqdn

@ Chas - 1958-60

06/30/2001  (Guestbook Entry of Wife Daniele) Montgomery, AL My husband, Phil, was stationed in Châteauroux "La Martinerie" from 1958 until 1960. I am French from Châteauroux. We were married in 1961. He is now deceased, I would love to know if somebody remembers him, or me for that matter. Hope to hear from someone.   

 Lt. Col. Boyd -  U.S. Air Force retired, passed away Jan. 16, 2000
Unknown Sqdn

Following graduation from Indiana University in Indiana, Pa., in 1941, Lt. Col. Boyd enlisted in the Army Air Corps and received his commission and wings. His first tour of duty was in Australia, where he flew missions into New Guinea in 1942 and 1943. From 1946 to 1949, then Capt. Boyd was stationed in Nuremberg and Munich, Germany. During that time he flew in the Berlin Airlift. Following stateside duty he then again served for three years in Châteauroux, France.  [Info from the Net.]

1992nd AACS

@ Chas - 1955-57

8-12-09  ATC 1992 AACS at Deols 1954-1956. He sang in the male chorus led by Dave Seifert. Neil died 12/4/05. (Info from widow, Betty, who was steno at Military Personnel, Engineering, Finance Dept.


BRUCE, Douglas Wayne @ Chas 62-63

No more info available

 Raymond Bunton, Sr Major Commander USAF - 866th EAB

8-5-08  Raymond Bunton, Jr. Major Bunton's son, signed the guestbook and pointed out his dad's letter as the commanding officer from the 866th Engineer Aviation Batallion Book  Raymond, Jr's

CARTER, William "Footsie" 
1992 AACS Comm Sqdn
2058th-7th Radio Relay Sqdn
@ Chas:  1963-1965
Huntington Long Island, NY

10/30/2002   I was assigned to the 2058th Radio Relay Sqdn (The microwave tower was a landmark.) We were consolidated into the 1992nd Communications Sqdn and ultimately shipped up to Weisbaden (Lindsey Air Station). I played football on Fred Russell's Team and was with the team that wore those leather helmets. (Cost was an issue.) I remember when Butch died in a car accident and we never could replace him. I still have a photo of that Sqdnuad with Bill Gillard the halfback.

9-17-07 Sorry to inform you - but my husband, William J Carter (who was in the US Air Force) passed away in 2005 at the age of 60. Sincerely, Monique Carter

CASTILLE, R. Pete - 7373rd Hospital Sqdn - Passed away September 17, 2007
@ Chas: March 1952- December
Baton Rouge, LA

5-14-06   Would like to hear from anyone in this outfit in the above timeframe.

10-6-06  Pete is interested in attending the CHAS 2007 Reunion.

9-19-07  [jpnote:  I received the following email from Pete's sister just before I left for Chateauroux]: I am R. P. Castille's sister, Deborah. I have sad news to pass on.  R.P. passed away on Monday, September 17th after a courageous battle with cancer. We are preparing for his funeral wake tonight in Baton Rouge and his funeral service tomorrow. I know he will be sad to miss replying and sending his thoughts for the occasion.  [She's referring to the Greetings to Joe book.]  I have been asked to do a eulogy for him and in the process of going through some of his photographs, I came across many of him from his time in the Air Force. I could see that that period of time represented some of the most memorable days of his life. He was a Francophile extraordinaire.  I'm sure if he were alive today, he would have been on a plane to France at this very moment.

COLLINS, Robert A.  & Wife, Jeannine Letrou Collins
@ Chas:  1951-1954

Entry by daughter, Martine Rose - also served USAF DC 1992-2000  I am writing as the daughter of USAF serviceman Robert A. Collin .  Two of my brothers were born there (Chateauroux) as my Dad met and married our Mom who was working at the PX at the time.  Both of them are deceased, but I would love to add his name to your website.  I am pretty sure he worked in the mess.  Her name was Jeannine Letrou Collins.  Look magazine even did a story about their romance.  I have copies which I would be glad to scan and send to your webmaster.  Please let me know if you  would like copies.  It may take me some time to gather them up but I think your website is great. Martine Rose - also served USAF DC 1992-2000

COULAM, M/Sgt Chester Pierce - U.S. Air Force retired, Passed away early 1980  (Unknown Sqdn)



COULAM, Ellen Bell - wife of Chester and mother of Leslie

CORTEZ, Lorenzo (Larry) 583rd USAF Band - Passed away October 2007

Lorenzo (Larry) Cortez grew up picking fruit and vegetables in his native Texas, and when he was not working or attending school, he learned to play the trumpet.  The longtime Minnesota resident, and leader of the Azteca Mariachi Band, died of heart disease on Monday in Roseville.  He was 73.

Cortez enlisted in the Air Force in the mid-1950s and played for the 583rd Air Force Band in France, said his wife, Audrey, of Mounds View.  Paul Anderson, of Sun City West, Ariz., an Air Force band mate, said they served as goodwill ambassadors in Europe, playing in several countries. They played in a parade down Paris' Champs-Elysees.

"Larry was a darn good trumpet player," said Anderson, a South Dakota native. "He had a beautiful tone."

Some of Cortez's family had moved to the Twin Cities, so he joined them after leaving the Air Force in the late 1950s.

He worked a variety of jobs over the years: at a nursing home, a stint as a cabbie, ! a job counselor for the state of Minnesota and a turn with the federal government, helping migrant workers in Minnesota, said his wife.

All the while, he played music.

Some holiday seasons, his band provided the music for "La Posada," Teatro del Pueblo's annual holiday play, at the Ordway Center and elsewhere.

From the 1970s to the 1990s, Cortez led the band at weddings and celebrations. They even played an event at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Kico Rangel, of St. Paul, who sometimes played with Cortez, said the band leader played in dance bands and some clubs during the 1960s, but devoted most of his local musical career to traditional Mexican music.

"He had his own style, his own tone," said Rangel. "He was just a good all-round player."

In addition to his wife, Cortez is survived by his sisters Lupe Lopez of St. Paul and Oralia Diaz of South St. Paul; brothers Joe of Inver Grove Heights, Oliver of St. Paul, Mark of St. Paul and T! ino of St. Paul.


CRITZER, Randy - 1992nd AACS  Passed away 8-16-09

Thought maybe a couple of guys I worked with might see the pages..No luck yet tho..I was TDY from Toul and worked in the control tower..I enjoyed the few months I was at Chas.

Searching for Maurice Folliot and Karl Robb - Worked in the Control Tower with them for about 4 months. Was wondering if they had passed this way. I recall Daileys Dailies quite well. Hi guys if you see this. Email me.

2-5-09  JP emailed Randy with a possible link to Maurice Folliot.

8-28-09  Entry from Rebecca Snider-Critzer:    Randy passed away on 8/16 from complications during recovery after hip surgery.     I loved him so very much and miss him... But I was able to hold him as he passed and know that he loved me too.  He loved his life as an Air Traffic Controller and I enjoyed hearing all his stories; never tiring of hearing them over and over.     His eyes would sparkle blue every time he would speak of flying or antics he had done as a Controller.     He was a good man and I know that God had a special reason for taking him so soon.  

CURTISS, Floyd - (Fred's brother with whom he served at Chateauroux)
@ Chas: 53-56 - 1992nd AACS Sqdn &
@ Chas:  63-66 - Telephone Office - Communications

DOLENIAK, Art     Passed away 2007
3134th Stock Control

2-26-06 (Entry from son, Keith - Reading, PA)    I googled my name and came across this website and my dad's name. I became interested in finding out some info about his time in the military. Anybody with any info to give me would be appreciated.   I am searching for info on my dad's years overseas and where he served.  Thank you.

Daniel A. Downing Jr. 1936- 2010
@ Chas:  19
1992nd AACS
Ludlow, Ma.

Daniel A. Downing Jr., Air Force Veteran, 73, of Ludlow, was called Peacefully Home on January 6, 2010. He was born in Tarry-town, NY, to the late Daniel & Edith (Stein) Downing and graduated Cum Laude from Dowling College, NY. After the Air Force he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an air traffic control specialist working in many airports around New England and New York until he became the Regional Manager for the New England Region covering all airports from Southern New Hampshire, Massachusetts & Connecticut. Upon his retirement, he began a new career- joining the Ludlow Police Department as a Dispatcher & 911 Call taker for nine years, retiring in 2005. Golf was his lifelong passion beginning as a youth and finishing with his last round in September when his score was 76. He participated in the Massachusetts Senior Olympic Games for golf winning 5 gold medals and one silver. He was a lifelong member and past president of Ludlow Country Club, recently enjoying the last few years golfing at Westover Golf Course where he had many an enjoyable round with friends. Daniel was the beloved husband of 30 years to Kim (McClannahan) Downing; a loving father to Stacey M. Downing, of East Winsor, CT, and Diane Downing Peterson, of NY; a dear to brother to John "Jack" Downing, of NY, Kathy Yasinsac, also of NY, and Marguerite Botto, of NJ; a cherished grandfather to Ryan Peterson; and also leaves many other extended family members and dear friends.

(Dusty Rhoads sent this information which he got from Dan's wife.)

DYKSTRA, M/sgt Otto Melvin - Passed away 1992
@ Chas:  1952-55
Unknown Sqdn -
Flightline @ Déols

Info by daughter, Julie Marie Dykstra - Born at Chas    

EDWARDS, S/Sgt  John E. Edwards also known as Jack Edwards
@ Chas:  1965
7322nd CAMS
Morrisonville, NY

11-30-08  Guestbook entry from T. Mousseau/Edwards    My father has since passed in 1979.  Every year I dedicate a memorial Christmas tree with pictures. One picture kept falling off the tree; a very old one and on the back info regarding his Sqdn! Please feel free to email me of memories of this wonderful man.

ESKELSON, David George 
7373rd Supply  - Aircraft Refuelers (POL) 

@ Chad 1954- 56

4-30-09 HELP! This is Dave's Son (JD) in search of "any" info, buddies, etc. from my Dad's France tour at CHAD... he got there in 1954 and he spent 2yrs 7mos 8 days there per his DD Form 214. My Father passed away 26 APR 2008, so I'm trying to correct his USAF records. Any info will be greatly appreciated. I will reply to all emails! Thanks...


EXLINE,  S/Sgt - Passed away 1985
@ Chas: 56-58 7322nd Air Police
Louisville, KY
11/02/2001 Entry by daughter, Carla      My stepfather was a S/Sgt stationed at La Martinerie from 56-58. He was with the Air Police, but I don't know his Sqdn name. He passed away in 1985, but I have fond memories of the base and living there, even though I didn't at the time. We lived on the economy and there were no indoor toilets or heat, and my mom had to wash clothes by hand. We first lived in a small town Chateuamellient and a dr. and his wife befriended us, the Toulons. I would love to get in touch with them. They had two children, Michele and Jewel.

FOSTER, Ralph 
3130th Air Base Group
@ Chas:  1958-61
Birmingham, AL


Maybe this is beside the Air Police Building

FLETCHER, Charles     See Chas Memoriam
@ Chas:  1953-54
3130th ABG - HQ
Naugatuck, CT

 8-29-09  I am the son of Charles Fletcher stationed in 1953 & 1954. My father has passed on. I, Jack Fletcher,  was born on the base in 1954. I visited for the first time August 2009 and was provided a tour.  I would like to know more about what Squadron my dad was in.  My brother James was also born there in 1953. My mother's nick name was Micky. I remember all their stories about the dance hall at the base. They were married and retuned to the US in 1954/55.

FLETCHER, Clarence M/Sgt (Ret)  Passed Away January 2004
@ Chas: 1959-62 & 1964-66

M/sgt Clarence Fletcher (10-8-66) Thanks, Steve, for the photo of your dad.

FORMAN, Brigadier General Robert D. - Passed Away June 19, 1971
Commander -
1602nd Air Transport Wing
@ Chas beginning September 29, 1961

General Forman was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1911. He attended Southwestern University, Memphis, Tenn., for two years and studied law at the University of Memphis for the following two years.  In 1938 he joined the Army Air Corps reserve, earned his pilot's wings and was commissioned a second lieutenant in September of 1939, going on active duty in September 1940. The general trained flying cadets and instructed advanced pilots at Kelly Field, Texas. In 1943 he became a member of the Air Transport Command, the forerunner of the Military Air Transport Service.

Flying a B-24 from China to the Philippines in 1949 General Forman made the first flight of the war to establish a direct link between Chinese and American Forces. On his first flight he carried secret documents from General Chennault to General MacArthur. In 1945 he was the chief pilot for the India-China Division of the Air Transport Command. The general was personally commended by General Tunner, former MATS commander, for his performance this job. With the advent of the Berlin Blockade, he was sent to Germany to direct operations for the combined British and American forces during the Berlin Airlift. For his performance he was awarded the Legion of Merit "for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service ..." Subsequently he commanded a troop carrier group in Europe, but when the Korean War started he was sent to direct operations for the Combat Cargo Command in the Far East. During the winter of 1950, General Forman was responsible for evacuating wounded Marines from the Chosan Reservoir in Korea. Flying C-47s, his unit successfully airlifted 4,600 casualties in five days. The general was himself trapped with the Marines for five days while the wounded were being evacuated. He received the Silver Star, a cluster to his Legion of Merit; and two clusters to his Distinguished Flying Cross for achievements during the Korean conf1ict. Later he became deputy director of operations for MATS, commanded an air transport; group at Dover, Del., and in 1956 went to Evreux-Fauville, France, where he was base and wing commander.

In September 1958, he was made commander of the 1611th Air Transport Wing, McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. Leaving McGuire, he assumed command of the 1602d Air Transport Wing at Châteauroux, France, Sept. 29, 1961. General Forman is a command pilot with more than 9,200 hours in the air and more than 24 years of military service. (Current as of April 1962)   [This info from Military Bios Website]

[Note from Carl Peters '66 - "General Forman was my favorite. His wife gave me a buck tip at the commissary."]

FRAINIE, S/sgt Charles "Charlie" - Passed Away March 17, 2007

In Memoriam: Charles Frainie

From the Baltimore Sun:

    Charles A. Frainie, a writer and World War II veteran, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at his home in Hixson, Tenn. He was 81.

    Born and raised in Baltimore County's Rodgers Forge neighborhood, Mr. Frainie graduated from Loyola High School in 1943.

    He enlisted in the Army Air Forces and served as a tail-gunner on a B-24 bomber. In 1944, his plane was shot down over Germany. He escaped to England with the help of French underground forces, said his son Mike Frainie of Reisterstown.

    After the war, Mr. Frainie worked at various posts around the world for the Air Force. During the Vietnam War, he wrote for Stars and Stripes, befriending fellow journalist Dan Rather, according to his son.

Sgt. Frainie wrote for the base newspaper and Stars and Stripes. His son, Michael, was born at Chas.  Mike follows in his dad's footsteps.  He is a freelance sports writer for the Baltimore Sun.

GRANLUND, Donald  W. - Passed Away 1997
@ Chas 1963-66 
Sqdn:  ?? - Electronic Maintenance 

12/30/2002 Son's Entry:  My name is John Granlund. My Dad was a USAF vet who passed away in 1997. I don't know much about him and have even less in the way of photos. I do know he was an electronic maintenance type and since his death I've come into possession of many of his personal military papers. I can navigate my way around much of that easily seeing I am a now retired US Navy Chief Warrant Officer. I'm mostly interested in locating any old comrades for photos of him and possibly my family. His name was Donald William Granlund, I think that he may have been an Airman First Class or S/Sgt, sometime between 1963-66. His wife's name was Lidia and she was Italian.  Any assistance would be welcomed!

12/17/2006 - [jpnote:  I had left John a voice mail some time back - He returned my call and supplied more details about his father.  I hope someone from Chas' 1992nd knew his dad and would share some memories of him.]

GRIFFIN, Major John J.   Passed Away 1996
3130th Transportation Sqdn
@ Chas:  1956-1958
Fredericksburg, VA 

10/23/2002   (Daughter Eileen Griffin Boyd's Guestbook Entry) 

My father, Major John J. Griffin, was stationed at Châteauroux from January 1956 until Sept 1958. My dad was in the Transportation Sqdn.  We lived in base housing and I attended the base elementary school for third, fourth and fifth grade. He had a long Air Force career and after his retirement, went to work for NASA as Chief of Transportation, in Washington, DC. My father died in 1996 at the age of 76.

GUNN, Howard  - I think Howard was in 7373rd USAF Hospital Sqdn

[jpnote:   Howard was the choir director of the Protestant Church Services at La Martinerie during the late 50's & early 60's.  He played the organ beautifully and upon his return to the States (San Antonio, TX) he continued his musical career.  He was the Music Director at Lovera Baptist Church in San Antonio.  Howard and his wife, Marianne, were friends with JP's family until his death sometime in the late 70's or 80's.  Howard was Bob Carpenter's (7373rd Hospital Sqdn) roommate at La Martinerie.  (Bob recalls that Howard was known as Deano at the time.)    He was also Clarence Farber's roommate.   My mother and I sang in the choir at the Base Chapel Protestant services with Bob.  We practiced in the cafeteria at Touvent (410). 

Howard returned to the states to my hometown, San Antonio, TX, and remained friends with my mother and attended the same church.  He married a lady named Marianne.  Unfortunately, they have both passed away several years ago.  I still have several books of sheet music that belonged to Howard.  We also sang in a French choir with Howard which was located in downtown Châteauroux. 


Howard Gunn - Howard was Clarence Farber's barracks roommate


HAHN, John V.   TSgt, USAF  - Passed away November 19, 2006
@ Chas:  Jan 53 thru Jun 56
73rd Air Depot &  Headquarters CAMAE
Marlboro, MD 

6-10-05  [jpnote:  John first wrote to the website]:   I worked in the AG's office for Sgt Thomas, as a memo operator, then for Sgt Dubbs in the base locator.  Searching:  Anyone that worked in the AGs office and finance office as most of my buddies worked there-Johnson, Scholl, Kreiger etc.

[jpnote:  10-2-06 - John had planned on attending the Chas 2007 reunion. ]

10-2-06 Please add to your list for reunion John V Hahn, TSgt, USAF, Jan 53 thru June 56. 73 Air Depot Wing and later Hqs Sqdn CAMAE
12-9-06 I just viewed your e-mail to John. I am sorry to tell you that John died suddenly on November 19, 2006. Jean Hahn
12-11-06 Thank you, Jenelle. John had wonderful memories of his time there. He took me there in 1978 when we spent three weeks touring France, England and Ireland. It is beautiful country, but must have been very muddy during the rainy season when they lived in tents!

HALL, Kenneth Odell
3130th Transportation Sqdn

@ Chas 63-67 

7-29-08  Daughter Kathleen Hall signed the guestbook on behalf of her dad, Kenneth Odell Hall.  She is searching:  Airman James Phillip Paulin 62-66; Smokey & Donna Davis (daughter, Marsha) 63-67 & Charles & Nancy Ways 63-67

We lived in Touvent and then in "Quontown" I am also trying to locate a French woman from Touvent who was a housekeeper for several families in Touvent during this time. I only
have her first name...Paulette....
My father, Staff Sgt. Kenneth Odell Hall
worked in the motor pool, I also believe he was a Drill Sergeant. He was a championship golfer and played golf with many officers, as I recall. Daddy passed away 18 years ago.

I look forward to hearing from anyone who may know any of these folks.

HANKINS, Clifford R. "Bud"    1930-2008 
@ Chas:  1951-53
7300th Materiel Control Group (Mutual Defense Assistance Program)
Binghamton, NY

The Class A uniform consisted of a set of fatigues, a t-shirt & muddy brogans.  Work was the name of the game and the blues were only for off base and those who had administrative jobs.  For 15 months we were located in tents (Tent City) and we played a game of hot & cold canvas.  Finally the barracks became available. 

7300th Materiel Control Group (Mutual Defense Assistance Program)
So. New Holland, MI

My brother, Al Hannema, passed away February 5, 2009 one day after his 79th birthday. Today, I was finally able to get into his AOL.   I noticed this e-mail and thought I could get the message out to some of his AF buddies in this manner.   Phil Hannema

  Bud Hankins sent this photo.



HARRIS, Kenneth Arnold

Kenneth Arnold Harris passed away unexpectedly at David Grant Hospital, Travis Air Force Base, on Friday, Jan. 23, 2004 at the age of 80.

Born on Aug. 8, 1923 in Gaffney, South Carolina, to Raleigh and Laura Harris, he was raised in Chesnee, South Carolina, where he graduated from high school in 1941.

Kenneth served his country in the Army during World War II. He participated in Europe, seeing action D-Day and later serving in the Pacific Theater.

Following the war, Kenneth attended Clemson University, after which he joined the United States Air Force, eventually serving in Europe and Vietnam. He retired at Travis Air Force Base in 1966 where he took a civil service position in 1967 and later retired in 1986 in Fairfield.  [This excerpt of his Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, February 5, 2004.)

 Harris, Kathryn Childress, wife of Kenneth Arnold Harris passed away on August 16, 2005 after a short battle with lung cancer. She was 86 years old.   [This excerpt of her Obituary from the Winters (CA) Express, Thursday, August 25, 2005]

HARRIS, Phil  - Passed away 1995
7373rd  USAF Hospital  Sqdn
@ Chas:  1963-66
Upon return to the States, the Harris' settled in Syracuse, NY

2-12-07 [jpnote:  I received an email from Jon Harris, who wrote:  "I am the son of Phil Harris and would like to get in touch with Jimmy Frieden who played in the band in Châteauroux with each other. Can you help in any way?"  Jon had left his phone number so I called and we began an interesting conversation.  Jon is too young to have been at Châteauroux, but he patched a three-way with his mom, Anne-Marie, and we had a memorable conversation.  Sad to say, her husband, Phil, passed away in 1995.  She and Phil married at Chas and their son, Steven Philip was Born at Chas.  Jon and Steven's sister, Benedicte are sending photos.  I gave Jon and his mother Jim Frieden's email address.]

HEFLEY, William T., Major General - Commander AMFEA

Retired July 31, 1963. Passed away Aug. 15, 1991

[jpnote:  Excerpt from Air Force Links] "In July 1956 General Hefley left Sacramento for his assignment as commander, Air Materiel Force, European Area. General Hefley moved his headquarters from its original location at Wiesbaden, Germany, to Châteauroux France, May 15, 1958.

As the AMC commander's representative in Europe, General Hefley managed the conversion and transition of an expensive and cumbersome depot system into a streamlined and flexible system for supporting U.S. Air Force and allied units in the European-African-Middle East area. During his tour, three major depots and five minor depots were closed out, command personnel strength was reduced from 24,000 to less than 6,000 people, and operating costs were cut by $35 million a year.

In place of an expensive and relatively-inefficient overseas depot system, General Hefley instituted a decentralized and more flexible logistics structure. This system, which places overseas air combat units on direct supply support, from the U.S. and which handles their aircraft maintenance needs through European contractors was the result of a three-year long program to revitalize the obsolete logistics network which existed in the European-African-Middle East theater.

On Aug. 15, 1960, General Hefley was transferred to Headquarters Air Materiel Command, Dayton, Ohio."
(Thank you, Tom Blake (Chad Student), for this photo)

HAWKINS, Jim A/1C and wife

HAWKINS, Janine Artaud - widow of A/1C Jim (listed above)    Sabre Supporter

I was the secretary for the 1616th Support Sqdndn, (Traffic) Col Fahringer (1957) then for Capt. Fred, and major Troy, at Déols. Lt. Miller is in the background. In 1961, I married in the USA, A/1C Jim Hawkins, who worked until Feb 1960 at a refueling station, small shack by the 1616th. [Janine & Jim's son was Born at Chas.]

My best friend Liliane whose father ran the U.S. gas station on the way to La Martinerie was working also for the 1616th and later on at Traffic Control. We both live in El Paso, TX now and would love to hear from old friends either French or American. We have very fond memories of the ol" Chad!!!!!!




HERRERA, Ernesto Jr. 
@ Chas: 1961 to 1966
1602 Air Transport Wing

My name is Liliane P. Herrera (nee Diez).   My husband, Ernesto Jr., was stationed at CHAS in the 1602nd ATW .  I worked as a secretary at the 1602 from 1960 to 1963.   I then transferred to Communication and worked as an Air Traffic Spec. until our reassignment. My husband and I got married in Vatan in 1964. We left France for Holloman AFB NM in 1966. 

Ernesto passed away in Oct. 2003. He was a Real Estate broker from 1985 (when he retired as a CMsgt) to his death. I live in El Paso TX not far from my old friend Janine Artaud-Hawkins.  Ernesto was an A1C and a S/Sgt during his Châteauroux Tour.  He retired in El Paso, TX, his hometown.

Dave Madril (7373rd Hospital Sqdn) looking at old photos with Ernesto Herrera, Jr. (1602nd ATW) &  Colonel Hildebrand at the 1998 Vets Return in Châteauroux  [Thanks Lilane Herrera for identifying the Colonel in the photo.]


HERRES, General Robert T. -General  Herres was vice chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.

June 1963 - June 1964, assistant chief, later chief, Flight Training Branch, 7322nd Air Base Wing, Châteauroux Air Station, France.


HICKS, Major Gen. Joseph H.   7300th Materiel Control Group & 73rd Air Depot
@ Chas 51-53
Retired 4-30-54
Passed away 6-3-91

jpnote - Excerpts of General Hicks' bio from Air Force Link Biographies:  In March 1951, General Hicks was appointed commanding general of the 7300th Materiel Control Group (Mutual Defense Assistance Program) at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and the following month was transferred with the group to the U.S. Air Force in Europe for station at Châteauroux, France.

In September 1951, he was named commander of the 73rd Air Depot Wing, also at Châteauroux, with additional duty as commander of the 7300th Materiel Control group. He was relieved of his additional duty in October 1952.

General Hicks retired July 31, 1953, and was recalled to active duty Aug. 1, 1953, in the same position. He became assistant chief of staff for Materiel at U.S. Air Forces in Europe headquarters in November 1953.

He is rated a command pilot, combat observer and technical observer


General & Mrs. Hicks at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Base Theatre - 1952.  [Bud Hankins sent the photos.]







HICKS, T/Sgt Lloyd Jackson  &  wife,  Miriam E. Hicks - He passed away December 1964 & she passed away January 2001

HITCHCOCK, William A. C/Msgt

@ Chas 2/62 - 2/65
7322nd Air Police

I just was informed that Pete Hoogerzeil of Seekonk, Ma., passed away on 4/19/07. Pete was with the 7322nd Air Police Sqdndn. from 2/62 to 2/65. I went through tech school with Pete and we both arrived and left Chas on the same day! A good friend. Peace brother! John Doyle

HOUGH, Col. Luther Walker "Bud"  - 3130th Air Base Group - Silk Purse Control Group
of Saratoga, CA passed away June 12, 2000. He was born in 1920 in Honolulu.

11-26-05 jpnote:  I visited Nancy Sullivan ('66 Chad Student) at her home in San Antonio. She gave me several photos and Châteauroux souvenirs to scan and post to the website(s).  One of the souvenir items was a clipped article from I suppose the Base Newspaper from 1964.  The article was about the High School Honor students.  On the back of this same clipping was an article about Col. Hough and his velvet paintings.  I could barely make out his name since the clipping is torn.  I did a little search and found his son, Chip, who was a junior high student at Chad.  Chip and his wife, Jonne, live about 50 miles south of my house.  I spoke with Jonne and we determined that Col. Hough was indeed Chip's dad.  His mother lives in California and she has the collection of paintings referred to in the article. 

jpnote:  This article from the Sabre Blade  - April 8, 1966 was written by S/Sgt Chuck Frainie (see his obituary above)

IVES,  Lt Col Lloyd
7322nd Air Base Group 
@Chas:  1954-55
Bedford, NH

5/4/01:  Comments from granddaughter Karen Young Fancher  '67.  I went to first grade on the base in Châteauroux and was delighted to be able to see pictures of where I was! My grandfather-Lt Col Lloyd Ives- was stationed there under General Roby and we have many fond memories of that time. Anyone know Mary Aster Dunkin or the Vucovich's?   My grandfather (who I lived with) served with General Roby at Châteauroux in 1954 and 55.

JACKSON, Paul Passed Away August 2008
& Wife, Jeannette Luneau Jackson Passed Away 2007
@ Chas:  1954-67
3130th Air Installation / AIO
7373rd USAF Hospital Sqdn
Civilian Employee - Billeting

8-30-07 Guestbook Entry:  Hi, My name is Paul Jackson.   I worked at la Martinerie approximately 13 years from 1954 to 1967. I married the love of my life and was married for 50 years until she passed away last year. I went back on vacation a few times to my home in Boston, but  I made my life in the Berry were I have lived a wonderful life. I will try to attend this reunion [Chas 2007] - and he did!  

jpnote: I met this nice gentleman at the Berrichone dinner at the Chas 2007 Return.  Alain Lecour was a young boy delivering the Stars & Stripes newspaper in the neighborhood of Touvent when he met Paul Jackson.  It is Alain who wrote about Paul's passing.  Yves Bardet (La Nouvelle Republique) also wrote and sent some items regarding Paul.

See  Paul Jackson's Page

 Photo courtesy I. Batch

LADOCOEUR, Gary J.     
@ Chas:  1955-56
7373rd Field Maintenance 

1-11-06 - Entry by daughter, Gayle Ann - I am not sure about the Sqdn, as I am the daughter of Gary Ladoceour, now deceased, who served in the Air Force, and it was he who was stationed there. Thank you for putting this site together. I have really enjoyed it.  Not searching for anyone in particular. I just wanted to sign the guest book on behalf of my father. 

 [jpnote:  Mother, Dorothy, listed daughter, Connie Dawn, as Born @ Chas]

1-06 Entry from wife, Dorothy:  We lived at Arthon, outside Châteauroux.   Gary worked with the 7373rd Maintenance Group in Déols.  He was an airborne radio operator.  They were flying supplies all over Europe if I remember correctly.

LAQUA, Bill - Pharmacy Technician - 7373rd Hospital

LAVINDER, John - passed away March 10

In 1945, John was drafted into the U.S. Army. In 1950, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed for three years in Châteauroux, France. He earned his master's degree from Columbia University in New York and compiled a distinguished 31-year teaching career in the Puyallup School District. [Info from Central Washington University

LOCKETT, Aldris Lee - Passed Away 1965

LUNDSTROM, Douglas E. 
866th EAB - U.S. Army
@ Chas: 1954-55
St. Louis, MO

Friend of Jack Harnett & Jake Hawley

1-12-07 from Jack Harnett It is with sad regrets that I must inform you of the death of Douglas Lundstrom, who passed this past Sept. '06. Doug boarded the USN Maurice Rose and traveled to Châteauroux with Jake, Joe and myself and returned to the USA by air in late Aug of 1955 with Jake and I and some of the other 866 Vets. Doug's bride, Carol (Carolyn), called me last eve and informed me of Doug's death. Doug leaves his wife, three sons and their respective families. Carol indicated that neither she nor Doug were computer literate and therefore did not use the e-mail, but she did enjoy talking on the telephone. Some of you may remember back in 2004 when Jake Hawley met and spent the better of a week trying to locate those of the 866th EAB., we were unable to locate Doug, however the angel of the 866th, Jenelle Peterson,was later able to find Doug and passed his address along to Jake and me.

MARTINEZ, Marty - 1927-2003
7322nd Materiel Sqdn
@ Chas 61-65
Sabre Baseball Team Coach - 1964

      When Bill Boatman, Jim Ledbetter, Evo Mini and I were with him in '01, Marty was dealing with failing health but was too proud to let it bother him. That time with him was special then and we all knew it. You see, we were now grown men giving hugs, and expressing love and respect to those who made a difference.  Thank God we made that trip to visit him then. Rest in peace Marty......John Doyle 

Eulogy from John Doyle:  On May 1, 2003, Juan "Marty" Martinez of La Coste, Texas passed away at age 76.  I received the call from his wife. Apparently he was in his yard and may have been stung by a bee or some insect and had a reaction. Full military services were held at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas and a church service was held on  May 5, 2003 in his hometown of La Coste, Texas, a suburb of San Antonio.

 Marty was at Chas from '61 to '65 and was an NCO. His wife Violette is a former french national who was from Châteauroux and met Marty while she was working as a telephone operator at La Martinerie. They have two grown children. His son, John, is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and is on active duty as a C-130 pilot, recently assigned to the European Theatre.

     We all remember Marty as a real stand up guy who backed down from nobody. As a veteran of three wars, he retired with a disability as a result of being injured in Vietnam while with the Special Forces.  He cannot be replaced for he was my father figure and perhaps yours as well. Our baseball trips with him and others were nothing but the best of times.

MCNALLY, SMS David O.   Passed away:  August 1991 in Tampa, FL - age 62.
@ Chas at least 1956


2-4-09    Entry by son, Martin, who was Born at Chas Father transferred to MacDill in Tampa in 1961; retired in 1969.

MEAUX, T/Sgt Joseph D.  - See
1616th Support Sqdn (formerly 4th Aerial Port)
@ Chas:  1961-63

8-31-07  Entry from son, Joseph Jr.:    My father was a Loadmaster on the C124's and stationed at Chateauroux from 1961 to 1963, which put me in 4th and 5th grade at the elementary school.  We had lived in base housing apartments right near the school, and later were living in a trailer nearer to the base.  We moved in February 1963 after the death of my brother. 

[jpnote:  Lee Bryant wrote his memories of Chateauroux in June 2004 and sent them to me to post.  At that time, he recalled someone he worked with who had a french name he didn't recall.  When T/Sgt Meaux's son, Joseph Jr., signed the guestbook, Lee recalled that  it was his father he has remembered these 40+ years.]

MESSER, William C.

MESSER, WILLIAM C., 78, died January 1, 2010 after a long battle of physical illness. He was the son of Cecil and Peggy Messer of Ohio. He served in the U.S. Air Force for over 16 years. Bill was a master mechanic who owned and operated German Engine Rebuilders in Orlando for many years before retiring. He enjoyed building radio controlled airplanes and flying them in Deland with his friends. He started with small replicas and ended up with some planes that seemed as big as real ones. He will be missed. Bill is preceded in death by his wife, Joan N. Messer of 40 years. He is survived by his sisters, JoAnn (Bill) Roselot and Mary (Milt) Pandorf of Cincinnati. In addition he is survived by daughter Leslie Messer of St. Cloud; and son Steve Messer of Winter Park; Stepsons Scott (Sharyn) Hutchinson of Tuscawilla and Craig (Becky) Hutchinson of Naples; grandsons Brent and Alex
Hutchinson of Naples; grandaughter Sarah Messer of Naples, grandson Sammy Messer of Phoenix; and great-grandson Avery Messer of Naples. Visitation will be held at Cary Hand Cox Parker Funeral Home.

See Chas Marriages

MYERS, M/Sgt. John
Unknown Sqdn
@Chas 1955-58

10-19-05  Entry from son, Danny Myers.  Terrific web site. I am the dependent son of M/Sgt John Myers (wife Anne--French) who was assigned to Châteauroux from '55-58. Although a youngster back then, still have fond memories of that tour....we lived on the economy, I went to French Pre-school, etc. Was commissioned in the Air Force in '74 and retired as a LT COL in a DoD Civillian still working for the Air force at Wright-Patterson AFB. My father passed away in '86--my mother is now 86 and living in Columbus, Ohio. Enjoyed the site.  

OLMSTEAD, Richard T. - 44th Stat Services Sqdn - Dick passed away June 7, 2003

ORR, Paul 
@ Chas: 57
3130th Air Base Group - Supply
Lewisburg, TN

9-30-09  Note from Sheila Orr:  My husband was Paul Orr and he retired in 1978 as CMS USAF. We lived in 4 different places in Chateauroux and Ardent (spelling) before our son was born and then moved to 410. We made life long friends there and had a wonderful 3 years. One of our life long friends are JB and Marie Giles. My husband passed away in 2005.

@ CHAS 1958-1960
3130th AB Gp (AMC)

This is my dad....Jenelle

My dad began his 30-year career in the military in the  Army/Air Corps when he was 17 years old.   He was a T.I. at Lackland AFB, TX  two or three times during his service.  Perhaps he was your T.I. since many g.i.'s went to Chateauroux from Lackland.  He was also stationed at Kelly AFB;  Bossier/Shreveport, LA; Amarillo, TX; Minot, ND; somewhere in AZ.  He retired August 1, 1968 to live in Houston and San Antonio, TX.  He passed away in 1995.



PITTMAN, Major General Don D.  - Retired Oct. 1, 1978   Passed Away Sep. 11, 2001

In August 1960 he was a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. He then was transferred to Châteauroux Air Base, France, where he served as NATO project officer for the Fiat G-91, and in July 1961 he became chief of safety for Air Materiel Forces, European Area, at Châteauroux  [Info from Air Force Link]

POLSTON, T/sgt Donald L. - Passed Away February 1, 2007
@ CHAS  1951-53

7373rd Air Installation Sqdn

Entry from Don's wife, Sue Polston:  3-13-07 I met Donald many years after his tour in Châteauroux, but know the story very well and a lot of the people he was stationed with; especially "Tent City" and the building of the "Airman's Club" and Joe from Maine.

Memory from Rev. Homer Sparks My best friend was T/Sgt Don Polston, who was in charge of the work order section.  He was responsible for issuing all work orders pertaining to construction and other activities on the base.  Don & I remained friends (over fifty years) until his death a couple months ago.  Don took me under his wings and imparted to me much valuable information pertaining to the Air Force.

POROWSKI, Isadore T. (Ret. Major) & Agnes - 4440th Fighter Sqdn (TACT)
4440th Fighter Sqdn (TACT)
@ Chas 62-66

Parents of Jackie ('66), Roxanne, Sandy & Wayne who was born at Chas


Col Burley IS NOT DECEASED - This photo was taken in Chateauroux

PRICE, General George E. -  Passed Away November 12, 1979 

Colonel Charles F. Burley, Base Commander - 1961 and
General George E. Price - Commander AMFEA - 1961


PURSLEY, Michael 1960 - 2000

Michael Pursley, age 39, of Dorcas, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000.   Michael was born on Dec. 2, 1960, in Deols, France, and had been a resident of Okaloosa County, Fla., for most of his life.  He is survived by his wife, Pamela McCallum Pursley; daughters, Amy and Kacee Pursley; parents, Douglas and Mary Pursley, all of Dorcas; brothers, Staff Sgt. Sam Pursley, U.S. Air Force, of Robbins Air Force Base, Ga., Joseph Pursley of Dorcas, Larry Pursley of Crestview, and John William Hyett of Texas; sister, Mary K. Rice of Crestview; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.   Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, from the chapel of Brackney Funeral Service with the Rev. David Van Zandt officiating. Burial will follow in Dorcas Cemetery. 

ROBERTSON, Kenneth "Robby"  - Passed away July 3, 2006
@ Chas
:  1956-58
3131st Maintenance Group
Yucaipa, CA

1-25-06  Talk about memories. I worked off duty in the Q-town Movie,  Still in contact with one of my best friends from that era (Jim Meeks). 

12-2-06  [jpnote:  Kenneth's long-time  buddy, Jim Meeks, made  this sad announcement.]

ROBEY, Major General Pearl Harvey - Passed away  April 13, 1994
"Don't wait until your pants are down to your ankles before you call for help."  

[jpnote - Excerpt from Air Force Link Biographies] In January 1950, Colonel Robey was called to Washington as special assistant to the UCS/Development (Guided Missiles) at Headquarters U.S. Air Force. Then, having earned his first star as brigadier general during December 1950, General Robey became assistant for production in the Directorate of Guided Missiles, Office of the Secretary of Defense in May 1951. From there he was appointed as chief, Military Air Advisory Group, London, England, during the period August 1953 to July 1954 when he was selected for his logistical experience and ability to take command of the Central Air Materiel Area in Châteauroux, France, the principal organization of the Air Materiel Forces, European Area. From there he assumed command of the Ogden Air Materiel Area, Hill Air Force Base Utah, where he soon received his second star as major general, U.S. Air Force. General Robey is a command pilot and is current in most conventional aircraft.

Rodzankas,  Lt. Col USAF John F. - Unknown Sqdn 

My father passed away in 1992. If any of his fellow officers or enlisted men remember him, please feel free to send me any pictures or memories that you would like to share with me. My father at times was a tough old bird, but he cared a lot for his men and his friends that he never would let on. I do not think he ever met someone or worked for or with someone that he did not truly like. Thank you Eric L. Rodzankas

 ROHR, Bill - 7322 MATS  (silk purse)  Passed away 6-5-05
@ Chas:  1963-1965
7322nd Materiel Sqdn (Transient Alert)

Burkeville, VA

I lived at 302 Georgia Place in Brassioux for the years listed.

ROZANSKI, Joseph W. (Unknown Sqdn) Passed Away 1998

SACCONE,  Colonel (Ret.) Joseph D.  (1929-2004)  31st Weather Sqdn -  died Monday morning, 28 June, at his home in Walpole, Massachusetts. Colonel Saccone was born in Boston on 5 October 1929. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Boston College in 1951. He received a direct commission in the Air Force Reserve while instructing at the Airborne Radar Maintenance Officers Course at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, in 1952, and was called to active duty Jan. 2, 1953. Based on his education in math and sciences, the Air Force sent him to The Pennsylvania State University where he received a BS in Meteorology and began his distinguished career as an operational meteorologist.  He served as an Air Force weather officer and on weather Sqdn operations staffs at Châteauroux Air Base, France, 1954-1957 and more... [Info from NWAS.]  See complete info at

SANBORN, CMSgt Paul W. - 20 Nov 1932 – 25 Aug 2007

Posted by son, MSgt Daniel Sanborn, USAF

My father recently passed away after 3 years of failing health.  He leaves behind his wife of 54 years Beverly Jo (Mitchell) Sanborn, four sons, a daughter and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

My father (then PFC Sanborn) was assigned to the 7373d Air Installation Sqdn from 1951-54.  While stationed at CHAS, he met and married my mother whose father was stationed there as well.

My father went on to complete 27 plus years in the Air Force and retired from Kirtland AFB in 1978.  During his career he moved through all sections of the Civil Engineering field, served time as the First Sergeant for the 1606th CES at Kirtland AFB, NM and ultimately became the Senior Enlisted Advisor (now known as the Command Chief) for the 1606th Air Base Wing.  Upon retirement from the USAF, he relocated to Dover, AR where he worked for Epperson Construction for an additional 19 years.

It is hoped that some of those who were stationed with him there will see this and know that he has departed this mortal plain and watches over all of us from on high.  

SAVAGE, Alfred (Al)  
@ Chas: 1958-62
7373rd Supply Sqdn
Goldsboro, NC

4-15-02 & 6-22-02  I ran the movies at the base theater for 2 years [from 58-61].   i had a gold and white 1957 dodge, totaled it in issidom. it sat at the base gate on a trailer for several months. if you were there you will remember that. i hung out at the airmans club [and drank at Joe From Maine]. only name i can remember is, a/1c don lawson and hank estrada.

SEGURA, Ed  -  Passed away December 2006
1992 AACS Comm
@ Chas: 1955 to 1958

11-02-03  Was a tape ape (tape relay) at the communications center at Déols then on the base itself. Would love to hear from fellow Sqdnd members. Also would like any photos of both Déols, the main base and of the town of Châteauroux. Will never forget old Pop Feton who ran Rosies Bar in town. Never took any pictures and all this old man has is a fading memory of a proud time serving my country in the USAF. Was recalled to active duty again in 1963 and sent to Kessler AFB to get some smarts...Finally got out in 1968 after nearly 13 years service...Hope I hear from you guys...

9-12-07  JP received the following news from Ed's friend, Rich Shilling:   "....on a sales trip to Oregon, I stopped by Ed's place of business.  When I called, the phone had been disconnected and  when I drove there, the business had been closed and the building was for rent.  I spoke to the owner of the business next door and he confirmed my fear.  Ed passed away in December, 2006.  RIP  With sadness, Richard Shilling"

SHELTON, T/sgt Grady  Passed away 1983
1952 - 1955r @ Moulins
Middleburg, FL

6-17-09  Entry from son, Tony  I am the oldest son of TSgt Grady Shelton. He retired from the AF in 1964 and passed away in 1983. Our family has maintained contact with the Goza family, the Blacks, the Siscos, and the Hickersons. My mother, Vera Shelton, is still alive and living in Columbus, MS.

SINGLETON, USAF Captain Clarence H. Civil Engineer. Clarence "Buck" passed away in 1974 after only 18 years of marriage to:

SINGLETON -- Colette Marie-Louise, 78, 8-15-31 - 3-10-10,  a 40 year resident of Albuquerque, passed away Wednesday, March 10, 2010 after a brave battle with cancer. Colette was born in La Brodiere, Creuse, France in 1931. She attended her Catholic church and lived mostly in Aigurande s/r Bouzanne, Indre, France, one mile away from La Brodiere. She grew up there with her wonderful brothers, Andre and Maurice Gay. In 1955, Colette worked as a secretary and interpreter at the USAF base of La Martinerie, Chateauroux, France where she met her beloved husband, USAF Captain Clarence H. Singleton who was a civil engineer. Clarence "Buck" passed away in 1974 after only 18 years of marriage. Colette retired in 1993 as a federal employee where she worked for the US Army Recruiting Command as a statistical awards clerk. Colette was a hard working and devoted mother and grandmother. Colette enjoyed daily walks with her beagles, classical music, swimming and her garden. She leaves behind her children, Richard L. Singleton, Anne Marie Wilson, and Dennis C. Singleton; her grandchildren, Daniel N. Seitz, Rebekah L. Seitz, Erick L. Wilson, Hannah J. Singleton, and Chantel A. Singleton; son-in-law, Rick L. Wilson; daughter-in-law, Graziella T. Singleton; and her large extended family in Houston and France. The children of Colette want to express their love for their mother who worked so hard after their father passed away to raise three successful children. Mom will be forever missed and cherished. There will be a memorial service Monday, March 15, 2010, 10:00 a.m. at French Mortuary, Lomas Chapel. Please visit our online guestbook for Colette at French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500

SILBERMAN, Wally MD - [jpnote:  Dr Gene Levitz told me Dr. Silberman passed away in approximately 2004 or 2005.]
7373rd Hospital Sqdn
@ Chas: 195

Practiced at La Martinerie USAF Hospital with Dr Edward H. Slagle who has also passed away.

[note from Dave Madril]  I visited Drs. Robinson, Levitz, and Silberman in San Jose, CA.   Dr. Silberman's former wife was  at the 1998 CHAS Reunion.]

SINCLAIR, John "Jack" - Info from long-time friend and Chateauroux Roommate
7322nd Air Base Wing Sqdn

@ Chas: 19

John Adams Sinclair  Dateline-Brentwood, NH

John Adams Sinclair, 65, died April 22, 2009 at the Hyder Family Hospice House in Dover, NH after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born October 2, 1943 in Boston, MA., son of the late Alexander S. and Helen (Anufrom) Sinclair.  John grew up in Newton, MA. and was a graduate of Newton South High School. He then enlisted into the United States Air Force and served overseas in France during the Vietnam Era. When he returned home, he enrolled into the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. In their senior year during 1969, John and Sandra Wickson got married. They settled in Southboro, MA for 5 years, and moved to Grafton, MA to begin raising their young family. In 1984 they moved into Brentwood, NH, where John enjoyed many days building his gardens and tinkering with his HO Model Train Set.
Mr. Sinclair retired from Harvey Industries and worked formerly for the Thompson Center Arms Co. in Rochester, NH.
John's family and grandchildren were the most important things in his life, and he cherished all the time he spent with them.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sandra Sinclair of Brentwood, NH, 1 son and his spouse, Scott Sinclair and Michael Pierce of San Francisco, CA., 1 daughter and her spouse, Meredith and Bill Yingling of Deerfield, NH, 3 grandchildren, Will, Kira, and Alyse, a brother and his spouse, Alexander "Buddy" and Pat Sinclair of Randolph, MA., a sister, Janice Frechette of Natick, MA., a sister, Roberta Lombardi of Amherst, MA., a sister, Chris Clifford of Northbridge, MA., a brother and his spouse, Bill and Marybeth Sinclair of Indianapolis, Indiana, a sister and her spouse, Laurie and Mark Phillips of DE, and many other loved family members, including, Bruno Vasil and John Clifford.  John was pre deceased by one brother, Don Sinclair.

Burial with military honor will be in the Brentwood Cemetery, Brentwood, NH.  To sign an online guest book, please visit 

SLAGLE, Edward H. MD - [jpnote:  Dr Gene Levitz told me Dr. Slagle passed away October 15, 2006.]
7373rd Hospital Sqdn
@ Chas: 1959-63

Dr. Slagle practiced Psychiatry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine (1958) with an MD and had been in the profession for 49 years.

Practiced at La Martinerie USAF Hospital with Dr Wally Silberman  who has also passed away.

SMITH, Aghee W. -  10-9-1919 - 12-10-98

SMITH, Paul "Bix" 
3130th Air Base Group
@ Chas:  1961-196
5 ??
Jonesboro, AR

From the Lawrence County, AR "The Times Dispatch Online" website:  Paul "Bix" Smith, 70, of Jonesboro, died Feb. 28, 2009, at his home. Born July 15, 1938, in Blytheville, he was an artist, musician and art professor. He lived his early life in Imboden and attended grade school at Sloan-Hendrix until his family moved to Pierceton, Ind., when he was 12 years old. A 1956 graduate of Pierceton High School, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1965. After his service, he earned a bachelor's degree from the Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University. He worked as a writer, photographer and photo editor for the Indianapolis Star for 11 years. He returned to Arkansas in 1973 and worked as the art director for KAIT-TV in Jonesboro. He later earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Memphis and was a professor of art at Arkansas State University's Newell campus for several years. His professional art included painting, sketches, graphic design and photography. His artwork has been displayed regionally and in other areas he has lived. As a musician, he played guitar and bass guitar for a variety of groups in Indianapolis, Chicago, California, Jonesboro and Chateauroux, France. He also acted in community theater productions.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmanuel Smith and Jewell Campbell Smith Moore.  Survivors include a son, Sam Brown, Nappanee, Ind.; two sisters, Shirley Eye and husband Pete, Lenexa, Kan., and Debbie Soucy and husband Yves, Memphis; and a brother, Stanley Smith, Austin, Texas.

SMITH, Richard " Smitty" - 44th Stat Services Sqdn
@ Chas: 1951-1955
Roswell, GA

See Smitty's Memories

11/14/2001 Chad was nothing but a mud hole in 53-55. We worked hard and played hard. We did a good job under difficult circumstances. Our veterans are proud of our service.

08/28/2002 I was there before paving, mess halls, or enlisted mens' club.   Would like to hear from the same group of guys.   We have a son in the Marine Corps who will be going to Kuwait soon. Wish I could go.

Nathan Cook & Richard "Smitty" Smith - Photo taken December 2000






Searching: I.D. Hunt [FOUND]; George Pawlak, Silla Tomasi, Jake Jacobs, Red Weska, Lester Bottoroff, Al Rugani [FOUND], Harold Weinbender, Bill Remblake, Nate Cook, George Jackson. 
[jpnote:  June 2006 - Isaac Hunt, Smitty's buddy, wrote to tell me that Smitty passed away in 2004.  I was personally saddened to hear this news since Smitty and I had been emailing since 2001.]

Douglas Brekke (6-00)
Wendell Cormey
William Counts
Ronald Huelin
Ernest Jeanmard (5-13-01)
Tom " The Bomb" Neafsey
Richard T. Olmstead (6-7-03)
Joe Potter
Richard Smith (4-04)
Sam Winthrow

SOUTHARD, Ray E. - Passed away March 2004

STANDIFORD, Ray A. - Passed away 1992 

STEINMAN, Gerald - 1616th Support Sqdn - MATS - 4th Aerial Port

Passed away November 25, 2007

Steinman, Gerald H., 66, of Millis where he has been a resident since 1974, died Sunday, November 25th, 2007 at the MetroWest Medical Center in Natick after a long battle with cancer.

Born May 2nd, 1941 in Syracuse, New York, he was the son of the late Harold C. and Catherine (Farmer) Steinman. He was educated at the Weedsport Central High School in Weedsport, New York.
Most recently employed by the West Roxbury Home Depot Store for several years, Gerald had been self employed most of his life. By his good name and word of mouth, Jerry maintained a successful business for almost thirty years.

A U.S. Air Force Veteran, he was known to be knowledgeable on all sorts of aircraft, he would often identify an aircraft overhead by sound alone. While in the Air Force he was privileged to work on Air Force One during the Kennedy Administration.

His love was his wife and family, and his passions were airplanes, flying, boating and being a handyman.

He leaves his wife of 42 years, Bettyann (Hotaling) Steinman, 5 children, Sharon G. Kennedy and her husband John of Knoxville, TN, Steven M. Steinman and his wife Valerie of Canisteo, NY, Teri L. Ruda and her finance’ Kevin Rousseau of Millis, Jeffrey D. Steinman and his wife Carolyn of Cumberland, ME and Gerald F. Steinman and his wife Annemarie of Cherry Valley, MA, 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, November 29th at 10:00 AM at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 82 Exchange Street, Millis. Burial, with military honors, will follow at the VA National Cemetery, Bourne, MA.

STORTI, William & Toni


SWANSON, Ronald D.  & wife, Barbara
7373rd AIO Sqdn

@ Chas:  1952-1954
Munster, IN

8-7-07  My name is Catherine and I was Born @ Chas in 1953  and was just wondering if anyone remembered my Father Ronald Swanson.  

@ Chas:  1951-53

From Kalamazoo, MI


Art Ungier & Dan Thran outside the 7300th MDAP Barracks, circa 1952 from Bud Hankins


TOMPKINS, Ralph E. "T-Bird" - Passed away June 5, 2005
 7322nd MATS (@ Déols)  - More Photos T'Bird's Scrapbook

[jpnote:  Ralph and I talked on the phone frequently; he didn't have a computer, but wanted to reconnect with his youth at Châteauroux and he enjoyed reminiscing about "those days."  I didn't know him personally at Chas, but our mutual love for France made for a nice telephone friendship.   He mailed me many photos from his time at CHAS and they are placed throughout the website.  Ralph had a service related injury which eventually took his life.]


TURNER, Tommy - 7322nd Air Police Sqdn

 8-12-07  John Doyle (7322nd Air Police Sqdn) sadly reported that Tommy  passed away in Atlanta on a business trip sometime in late '01 or early '02. He was a good buddy of Ray Haberman and Doug Scherff.





UNGIER, Arthur B.  - Passed away - August 2005 - Bud Hankins provided this info.
@ Chas:  1951-53
7300th Materiel Control Group (Mutual Defense Assistance Program)
Drummond Island, MI

  Art & Dan Thran outside the 7300th MDAP Barracks, circa 1952 from Bud Hankins


WATSON, William Thomas & wife, Nancy Lee Taylor Watson
@ Chas:  1961 - 1964

Daughter, Susan, thinks her dad was in personnel.

4-28-07  The Watson's were stationed at Châteauroux from 1961-64.  Captain Watson passed away in the '80's and his wife, Nancy Lee, passed away in 2002.  They are survived by their children who were students at Touvent Elementary and a daughter, Susan, who was Born at CHAS.

WEBB, Darrell  - Passed away November 2006
@ Chas:  1954 - 1955
 866th Engineer Aviation Battalion
Hilton Head, SC

11-27-06  Jack Harnett sent me an email that he had received word from Jake Hawley that Mst/Sgt ((Retd) passed away and was buried on November 16, 2006, the day before Jake had called and talked with Darrell's wife Annette.   After getting out of the service in Sept. 1953, going back to school for a while, he reenlisted and retired as a Master Sgt.  Darrell's wife, Annette,  was a nurse and stopped work for this last past year to care for Darrell.   

WELLS, James E. T/Sgt
12th Air Postal
@ Chas:  1961-1963 
 Baltimore, Maryland

Entry by son, Greg  08/19/2002   My father was Tsgt James E. Wells. I do not remember what he did or where he worked, all I can remember was that he was in administration.  We lived off base in apartments that were near the Dependent Elementary School (Touvent). We also lived in a trailer on the base (Quontown).   [Info from Yves Bardet}  Sgt Wells, worked in Bldg 712, at Déols Airport; lived in Bldg I, Apt 316, Touvent.; ext: 4686. This phone number was for the Aerial Mail Terminal, Detachment 3, 12th Air Postal Sqdn.After we left France we were stationed at Cannon Air Force Base and Lochborne. My father retired in 1967. Sadly, I must report that he passed away in 1987. 

WITHERINGTON, Msgt. Bill  -  Passed away 1998 -
 3131st Field Maintenance

5-12-06 Info from daughter, Sheila  - [Not sure of Sqdn]  I know he was an aircraft hydraulics specialist and worked on the planes that flew recognizance flights from La Matinerie.  Dad often brought home single GI's who loved a home-cooked meal. (provided by mom, Sue, shown below). We lived at 317 Texas Drive in Brassioux.  





WILLIAMS, Dan -  passed away the last week of August 2006 - He was 88
Father of Tommy '60, Dana '61 & Steve '62 Retired Civil Service - Technical Assistance Branch under Colonel Kronkite

San Antonio, TX

Photos taken September 1, 2002 

[jpnote:  A small group of Châteauroux friends met in San Antonio in 2002.  We visited Dan at his assisted living home.  He shared memories of Châteauroux and showed his collection of photos of him and his motorcycle - see above.  I think Dan told me he is 84 years old (2002).  We had a fun time visiting.  In 2005 - Dan broke his hip and was recuperating in a nursing home. ]

ZORICHAK, Sr Joseph Samuel
7373rd Hospital Sqdn

2-7-09  Entry from daughter, Cynthia, who was Born at Chas My dad Joseph Samuel Zorichak Sr.  was in the 7373rd Hospital Sqdn - Lab Technician.   Our father (brother Joseph Samuel, Jr. Born at Chas) was the Lab Technician when Col. Nagle was the Hospital Commander.