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"I was in UPT-56U from April 1956 to August 1957 at which time I received the silver wings of a USAF Pilot. We were the first all-jet class, flying the T-33 aircraft from day one. Prior to our class student pilots began in the T-28 and then transitioned into the T-33. I still have our "Class Book" containing the photos of all students and instructor pilots associated with Class 56-U. Here is a poem I wrote to honor our fallen heros.
Final Roll Call
By: Carroll R. Michaud
Did you hear the sad news today?
Another veteran warrior has passed away.
Called by the Supreme Commander over all.
Today he has made his final roll call.
Come fellow vets; let us reverently bow and pray
For our valiant comrade, who has fallen this day.
We’ll drape his casket with a banner of beautiful hues,
Those glorious American colors: red, white and blue.
That star spangled banner he gallantly fought to defend,
Unyielding and undaunted, he fought to win.
He fought bravely and he passed the battle test.
Now the Supreme Commander grants him, “eternal rest”.
With dignity and honor, we’ll commit his body to the ground,
The bugler will sound “Taps” and we’ll fire the volley rounds.
The final military honors we’ll render somberly and ever so sadly;
“Old Glory” we’ll solemnly precisely fold and reverently give to his family.
Each Memorial Day we will recall our fallen comrade names,
And attest that their selfless sacrifices were not in vain;
For this lasting legacy they gave to all generations;
“It’s honorable to respect our flag and to defend our great nation.”
So close ranks aging warriors, for our ranks are thinning.
We must keep on fighting and keep on winning.
With pride and honor we’ll march and stand tall,
And we’ll proudly - proudly - salute “Old Glory”
‘til we too make our final roll call.
A free gift to our great Veterans. Share it with a Vet. E-mail: PePops@hotmail.com Copyrighted. Not for commercial use.
"I was in the military police from 1971-1975 i was on the same flight as david womack he alway sang song while we were on patrole. webb was a special place my wife managed the pizza hut in town i remember being on the southgate and seeing a bobcat in this old car. that was cool. what happin to david? "
"My father was wtih the class 71-05 if there is any on who might remember him please email me. His name was Bill Nipper and retired from Williams AFB as Major Johhny Bill Nipper. My name is Scott Nipper and would love to hear from anybody that was at Webb AFB at this time."
"I graduated from BSHS in 1971. My father S/MSGT Roland J Heun retired from Webb in 1971. He served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He is buried in Kerrvile, Texas next to his son-in-law David Womack who also was stationed at Webb as a Security Police. My brother-in-law Lavoin Keith Allison got his wings at Webb. He retired as a Lt. Colonel of the AF and earlier this year he retired as a Capitan of American Airlines. He and my sister Nita live outside of San Antonio. I married Dennis Mason in 1972 and he too was a Security Police at Webb. My father and mother (Bonnie) were avid bowlers. They started bowling while stationed at Toul Rossiers in France. Please let me know if any of us are remembered. Webb was a special base to all my family and I am so proud to see that unselfish people have worked so hard to keep it's spirit alive. I remember the Rorick family who had the pet bobcat. I went to school with CeCe Cofee, our fathers worked together and my parents bowled with the Perez's and I hung out with their son Frankie. We lived off base outside the gate by housing. We lived in the house that sat behind the 7-11 across from the elementary school. We had a horse and she liked giving rides. I remember spending the summer at the pool, sitting just outside the base in an MG convertable while the jets took off and reaching up trying to touch them. I loved watching the kids turning in fouled baseballs in exchange for a free popcicle. I loved going to the movies on base and how we stood while the National Anthem played. I miss that and I miss the raising and lowering of the flags and how pedestrians and vehicles stopped to show respect. I think Webb will always be one of my favorite places and I honor and give thanks to all the men and women who serve the US military past and present...off we go into the wild blue yonder...."
" I got stationed at Webb AFB right out of tech school (Sheppard AFB) Sept. 1968. Got assigned to OMS and worked on T-38`s at hanger T-75 (PE Docks) I took a short re-up in 1970 and left Webb Nov. 1970.
I went to OTIS AFB (Cape Cod Mass) worked on the F 101 Voodoo and the B-57 Canberra for one year then went to South East Asia and worked on the F-4 Phantom for 14 months. From there I got stationed at England AFB. Lousiana and worked on the A-7 D and A-37 until I got discharged in Oct 74..
I loved the time spent at Webb AFB and Big Spring Texas. Very good memories, and good buddies"
"I was at Web AFB1973 untill 1976. I was a enlisted aircraft Tech on the flightline. I also worked at the Dynalectron T-38 modification facility on the west side of the base. I discharged slightly before the base closed. I have often wonderded what happened to the many coworkers that I knew during my years in Big Spring. I would like to see the area again and tour the former facility."
"I enjoyed looking at some of your pictures. The connection with me and the base is simple, I was born in Big Spring. I dont know anything about the town or the base but being curious I wanted to learn a little more. Thanks for the information as I catch up on my real hometown. I will stop by when I come look around town."
"This site is amazing. I am humbled by the many young men and women who enjoyed the time spent in
my hometown. And, thanks go out to all of you who made Big Spring, Texas a better place with all
your different cultures. Not only were you pilots....you wore many hats....actors, civic leaders, Historians, et.al..
All of you enhanced our town. Each and everyone of you who served our Wonderful Country......I thank-you from
the bottom of my heart. All the pilots and all the USAF men and women, I tip my hat to you!!!!! And, I curtsy, too.
Never give up looking for dear friends. I recently found the first man I dated. He's been married 40 yrs. to
the same woman. They have children and grandchildren. He was certainly a "Keeper", and , I let him slip
right through my hands. Thank-you, all for easing my pain by reading your kind, tender memories of
Big Spring, Texas. Graduated Big Spring High School 1968. Living in California, now, Mom of 2, Granny of 5.
"I arrived at Webb in the summer of 66, assigned to the Instrument Shop. PCS'd in feb 68 to CCK. Enjoyed my tour there and hope to be able to return and see the town and maybe some old friends. I still work on T-38's at Edwards AFB"
" I was assigned to Webb as a flight instructor in 1954, after completion of my tour in Korea. I felt like I was going from the frying pan into the fire, I wanted no part of instructing or the T-28. How degrading for one of the great fighter pilots (I thought) of the USAF. WELL---did I ever learn---I loved Webb, Big Spring the, T-28 and everything else! I made many friends and have, for a long time, considered that assignment as the most enjoyable time of my life. Jobob Jamar, Roger Grassel and I lived at 1511 Kentucky Way and always had an open door and a refer. full of beer. I would like to hear from anyone who was there Nov. '54 to Jan'57. "
"Webb was a part of my life from the time I was in the 1st grade in school. That's when my Dad went to work there, right after it opened, in 1952. He was the head meat cutter at the commissary then, later he moved over to the motor pool where he drove taxis, buses, and sometime gave driver's tests. His name was Henry Stewart, and he passed away in 1979. I have an uncle, Jack Stepp, that was an airman, then later, civil service, also a cousin by marriage, R.J. Butterfield who was, likewise first an airman, then civil service. An ex brother-in-law, Jerry Davis, who was an airman, he and my sister divorced, then he passed away a few years later, at a young age. I , myself worked at the base for 7 years, (69 to 76) for AAFES,(at the cafeteria, in any capacity, but mainly accounting clerk. For a while, I even ran the Mobile Unit at night), I also worked at the Service station, and the Prairie Pantry as an accounting clerk. I really miss working there, I've never worked anywhere that I liked better. I made a lot of friends there. "
"This is an update of an earlier e-mail I posted at this site on 1-3-2008. This relates to bombardiers who graduated from Big Spring Bombardier school on October 23, 1943, in Class 43-15. Or their families. I am helping a bombardier graduate of that class find his class photo, which he lost long ago. The photo was taken by a civilian photographer with a studio in Big Spring. The photo is unique in that it was a large group, and there was a soldier with a dog at one end, and as the camera panned, that soldier with the dog ran to the other end and was photographed twice, once at either end. Since my earlier e-mail I learned that the photographer probably would have been from the Bradshaw studio in Big Spring, and that some of their photos ended up at the Heritage Museum and Hangar25 Museum. But neither museum has this photo. Perhaps someone knows the whereabouts of other Bradshaw photos, or has a copy of this photo. If anyone knows of it, I would appreciate hearing from you. To honor this bombardier for his service, I would very much like to restore to him a copy of his class photo. I want to pay for any copying and postage of course. Thank you.
Barbara O'Brien Home: 636-287-3813 Cell: 314-591-1982"
"Hello, I was a member of pilot training class 63H in 1962-1963. I married Rosalie DeVaney from Coahoma (just east of Big Spring), Texas and we are looking forward to the reuion in 2009. If anyone remembers 63H or wants to contact me, drop me an Email. It is nice to have the museum to keep the history and story of Webb AFB going. Thank you, Mike Babler"
"My wife and I arrived in Big Spring in September of 1971 as I had been assigned to UPT Class 73-03. We thoroughly enjoyed Big Spring and flight school wasn't to bad either. I went on to fly C-123s and C-141s and retired from the WA Air National Guard in 1998. Serveral years ago we stopped by to visit Big Spring, find our old house and see what had become of the city and the base. The folks at Hangar 25 showed us a great time and brought us up to speed on what had happened since we left. Our visit toBig Spring was both fun and emotional. Any of you 73-03ers out there feel free to contact me anytime."