In Memoriam







Over the years there have been many personalities who have made an impact on the troop carrier/tactical airlift world and who have now passed on. Some are remembered because of their contribution, some because they were characters and some because they were both. The purpose of the "In Memoriam" page is give special honor to those we remember and to give those who loved and respected them an opportunity to memorialize them with a financial contribution to the Troop Carrier/Tactical Airlift Association in their honor.

Col. William D. Coleman

Stan Davis

Lt. Col. Bobby Gassiott

MSgt Chris Lane Gray

Col. Charles W. Howe

Frank Little

Major Warren L. "Huey" Long

Colonel William H. Ramsey

Lt. Col. Robert William Ruffin

TSgt. Charles L. Shaub

Major Dennis Ybarra


Gary Pate - Loadmaster killed on flare mission on May 22, 1968, honored by Tom Stalvey

Larry Todd - Loadmaster killed at A Loi on April 26, 1968, honored by Tom Stalvey

Maj. Howard Seaboldt, pilot at Clark and Pope. Passed away 2004. Honored by Sam McGowan

Maj. Marvin E. "Gene" Shoupe, pilot at Pope. Passed away May 2012. Honored by Sam McGowan - Obituary

Lt. Col. Robert D. Bartunek, pilot at Dyess and Naha. Honored by Sam McGowan - Memorial Video

MSgt Chris L. Gray, loadmaster at CCK and Dyess. Passed away June 30, 2012. Honored by Sam McGowan - Obituary.

1LT Donald C. Smith, TSGT William H. Crisp, CAPT Terry F. Katterhenry, A1C Willie Mitchell Jr., and 1LT David J. Wax, killed in C-130 crash at Tuy Hoa. Honored by Al Enos.

Combat veterans from Little Rock AFB.  Honored by Rock Chapter, Professional Loadmaster Association.

All Flight Engineers, Flight Mechanics and Crew Chiefs who died in combat.  Honored by Ora Conlon.

All Loadmasters who died in combat.  Honored by the Professional Loadmaster Association (PLA).

Lt Col Jay D. Gerding.  Honored by son Steve Gerding (USA Retired) and daughter Linda Murray.

The following lists show aircrew members who have died in C-130s, C-123s and C-7s.

C-130 Casualty List - compiled by USAF veteran Bob Daley - it includes all known losses through 2006.

C-123 SEA Losses - Courtesy of C-123s in SEA

C-7A Caribous Losses - Courtesy of C-7 Caribou Assoc.


C-130B Crew from 463rd TAW killed at A Loi during Operation Delaware (Note - while the crew was from the 29th TAS, the crew pilots had gone DNIF and two other pilots were flying with them.)

C-130E Crew from 345th Troop Carrier Squadron, 314th Troop Carrier Wing were killed in crash at Tuy Hoa, RVN on Dec 20, 1965. 




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