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Guest Book Entries for 2018


2018 Guest Book Entries

Updated December 11, 2018

"Eagles may soar, but weasels do not get sucked into jet engines."

srpatch.gif Mon, Dec 10, 6:29pm EST, Tony Landis writes:
Butch Sheffield has passed away.

Colonel Richard "Butch" Sheffield passed away December 9, 2018. He was selected to fly the SR-71 in 1965 after first serving as a navigator in the B-47 and then the B-58. He leaves behind his wife Rose Marie, his daughters Linda Sheffield Miller and husband Rodney, and Karen Sheffield Ulrich husband Mark, and a son Rich Sheffield. He also leaves behind Granddaughters Lisa Sheffield Burroughs, Kristine Sheffield Ulrich, Susan Sheffield Miller, Emily Sheffield Beck and Caroline Sheffield Ulrich and two brothers Wilbur and Walter Ray Sheffield. He was preceded in death by his son Edwin Charles Sheffield. Funeral plans are pending.

Tony Landis
Avon, IN

srpatch.gif Fri, Dec 7, 2:01pm EST, Tony Landis writes:
Gray Sowers has passed away.

Just heard that Gray Sowers passed away a few days ago.

from  "LtCol Robert "Gray" Sowers passed away December 1, 2018.  He had a long distinguished career in the Air Force, starting with the B-47 then the B-58 and then the SR-71.  He leaves no family behind.  His wife Susie passed away before he did and they had no children.  He was a wonderful man, a brave veteran."

Tony Landis
Avon, IN

Fri, Oct 26, 2018 10:12pm CDT,
Capt Frank Doyle writes:

Greetings All.
I learned much in 2.5 years at EAFB as a Flight Test Engineer from '64 thru '67.  I participated in the solution of three "issues": "Cooling the Flight Path Accelerometer on 17953" and the "High Temp. Alarm" of "cooling air" to the "chine bays" also to the "LN2 pressure regulator issue".  Worked for/with: Col. Stevens, Maj. Hurley, Maj. Chapman, Maj. Burns and others.  Recall at least two meetings with Kelly and visiting his Skunk Works.

Best wishes to all.

Frank Doyle
Woodlands, TX

Wed, Oct 24, 2018 12:20am EDT,
E-4 George Kalnas writes:

Served entire 4 years at Beale and Kadena 9th OMS C Flt.  My trainer at Beale was Bob Clarenback, best friends while I was in were Capt Fred Ramsey, Sly Dog Slay, Ken Turos, Eddie Mann, Steve Francis.  Still in contact with Capt Ramsey.  At Beale E-8 Papy Holmes was my team leader.  Many fond memories on the rock.  I appreciate the importance of the SR-71 program now.  Still the fasted jet ever made.  Will always be proud to have served with such a great group of men.  Habu 1966-1970.
Georgie-san over and out.

George Kalnas
Gibbstown, NJ

srpatch.gif Sat, Oct 20, 6:06pm CDT, SSgt Warren Altmann writes:
David W. Johnson has passed away.

I would like to inform you that SRA David W Johnson passed away October 9th due to complications of diabetes.  David served with the 9th OMS from 1979-83 and worked SR-71 Phase as well as the flight line.  David also went TDY to Kadena AB and RAF Mildenhall.  He was a great friend and will be deeply missed.

Warren Altmann

srpatch.gif Wed, Oct 3, 6:34am EDT, Tony Landis writes:
Darryl Greenamyer has passed away.

Just heard:
It is with deep sadness that I post this heart-breaking news - Darryl Greenamyer, an aviation icon passed away yesterday.  Prayers for his wife, Gisela, his daughters and grand-children.

Tony Landis
Avon, IN

srpatch.gif Mon, Oct 1, 12:35am EDT, Dr. Jewell Huffman III writes:
Jewell Huffman, Jr. has passed away.

My father, Jewell J. Huffman, Jr., retired USAF, passed away 23 Sep 2018, age 87, in Eupora, Mississippi.  He spent his entire career assigned to SAC in the B-29, B-36, B-58 and SR-71 programs.  He was involved in the Navigational Simulator Systems, and his last duty assignment was from Mar 1970 to Sept 1972, with 9th SRW, where he retired.   He was TDY with Col. Dennis Sullivan to Kadena, Okinawa in 1971.

Jewell Huffman III
Europa, MS

srpatch.gif Sun, Sept 23, 9:48am EDT, David Allison writes:
Darrel Cobb has passed away.

LtCol Darrel Cobb passed away last week.  His funeral service will be held at 9am on Friday, October 5 in Igo, California.

Details regarding the service, and an online guest book can be found at

David Allison

srpatch.gif Sun, Sept 2, 9:37am EDT, David Allison writes:
Bill Gornik has passed away.

I just found out that CMSgt Bill Gornik, beloved leader of the Fakawe Tribe, passed away earlier this week.  His service will begin at 10am on Tuesday, September 4.

Details regarding the service, and an online guest book can be found at

David Allison

Mon, Jul 23, 2018 1:57pm CDT,
TSgt. Stanley Buechler writes:

I immensely enjoyed working as a Mission Planner for the SR-71 in the 9SRW Intel during the 1970's.

Stanley Buechler
Lawton, OK

Sun, Jul 1, 2018 10:32pm PDT,
SSgt. Michael Lowe writes:

E-mail address has changed to

Michael Lowe
Emmett, ID

Wed, Jun 13, 2018 12:52pm MDT,
Capt. Don Shipman writes:

I was a PI in the 9th RTS, 1965-1969.  At the SARPF in 1966.  TDY to Mildenhall, 1978/1979.  Was involved with SR-71/U-2 in various capacities until 2006, military and civilian.  Highly reccommend Jim Goodall's new book, SR-71 Blackbird.

Don Shipman
Littleton, CO

Tue, May 29, 2018 2:04pm PDT,
E4 MaryLynn Deal writes:

I was stationed at Beale AFB from 1982 to 1985.  9th OMS, Crew Chief, Non-Powered AGE, TEB Servicing.  It was an honor to be a part of the team.

Mary L. Pence-Mello
Santa Maria, CA

Mon, Apr 9, 2018 5:18pm EDT,
MSgt David Bail writes:

At Beale AFB from 1970 to 1974.  456th AMS ARC-50 Special Projects Shop.  Deployed and worked with 9th Comm Shop personnel in the T-Hanger at Kadena, 6 TDY's.

David Bail
Temecula, CA

Fri, Mar 23, 2018 8:58pm EDT,
Sgt Fred Ramsey writes:

I was in the 9th. O.M.S. stationed at Beale from 1967 thru 1970.  I was on the second rotation to go to OL-8 in Okinawa.  I had 5 TDYs all together to OL-8.  I picked up the nickname of "Capt. Ramsey" in tech school and it stuck throughout my time in the Air Force.
Through the years i have been able to visit 976 in Dayton, OH. several times and 958 at Warner Robbins GA, and 956 in Kalamazoo MI.  I still keep in touch with SSgt Bob Krumnow, Sgt Ron Robertson, Sgt George Kalnas, Sgt Mike "Sly Dog" Slay, SSgt John Fogle, and SSgt Larry Webster.  Today, almost 50 years later, when I mention the airplane I worked on way back then, people who know airplanes say, "Wow! You worked on that!"
The guys I worked with were great guys as were all the original crew chiefs.  Thanks U.S. Air Force, thanks Lockheed, thanks to all who turned a speed handle or ever cooked screws!  I thank God for all the great memories of those years. "Job Control 4 - Go 4 - 956 in the Blue" Click-Click.

Sgt. (Capt.) Ramsey
Norwalk, OH

Thu, Mar 22, 2018 10:13pm PDT,
E4 Mike Hardison writes:

Based at Beale in the EMR shop out of tech school 1972 until 1975 when sent to Kunsan AB.  Four TDY’s to OL Kadena.

Mike Hardison
Clinton, AR

Sun, Mar 18, 2018 5:29pm PDT,
Sgt Mark L. Duncan writes:

I was at Beale from 73-77.  I was assigned 9FMS fuel systems and like those who know spent a lot time in Okinawa.  Habu

Mark "Spanky" Duncan

Tue, Mar 13, 2018 1:36pm PDT,
CMSgt Steven L. Pennington (Ret) writes:

Was with the 9th FMS when I got back from Danang in '72-'73.  Was at OL BA Jan-Apr '73.

Steve Pennington
Edmonds, WA

srpatch.gif Fri, Feb 9, 11:38pm PST, Civ Brenda Roper writes:
Eddie Roper has passed away.

It is with great sadness that I am notifying the members of this SR-71 organization of the passing of my Father, SMSgt Eddie "Big Ed" Roper in Las Vegas, Nevada.

His service will be at 3 pm on Saturday, February 17, 2018.  The location is 925 Las Vegas Blvd., Boulder City, Nevada.

May my Dad Rest in Peace.  I want to say thank you to my Father, Uncles, Grandparents and Cousins, and all of you whom have served.  May God's Love, Peace, Light and Blessings be with you and your loved ones,

Brenda Roper

Sun, Feb 4, 2018 3:25am CST,
E3 Herbert W. Johnson writes:

Me and my sentry dog King A618 had perimeter guard duty on hangar housing first operational black bird upon arrival at Beale AFB Calif in 1965.

Herbert Johnson
Houston, TX

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