Monday, January 26, 2015

Military Monday: SAC Survival School, Stead Air Force Base, Reno, Nevada, August 4-14, 1952

After my father was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant after graduation from navigator training at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston, Texas, on April 11, 1952, which began his three years of active duty, he visited home in Chicago in late April and early May.  He was en route to next assignment, which was B-26 bombardment training at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, beginning May 14.

On July 11, 1952, he was assigned to Night Intruder Crew #12 as the navigator-bombardier with First Lieutenant Milton C. "Milt" Royles, pilot, and Airman Second Class William R. "Pep" Peppers, gunner.  On August 4, 1952, the crew was sent to Stead Air Force Base near Reno, Nevada, for an advanced survival training course (completed August 14), and then on to Camp Stoneman near Pittsburg, California.

At survival school, they were joined by two other Night Intruder crews:

  • #8:  Captain Calvin S. Rowe, pilot; Captain Frederick B. Elliott, navigator, and Airman Second Class Albert A. Gagne, gunner; and
  • #13:  First Lieutenant Ben F. Pace, pilot; Second Lieutenant Richard Robert "Dick" Parks (one of Dad's classmates at Ellington), navigator; and Airman Third Class Maurice E. Price, Jr., gunner.




Dad said survival school was set up for teams of ten men, so they apparently had an (unnamed) student instructor assigned to their team.  Their civilian instructor was Jack Farnsworth.

Here is Night Intruder Crew #12 at survival school, Milt, Pep, and Fred, the "Best B-26 Crew":


I have more pictures of Milt and Pep, so I will write more about them later, and I've already discussed my inability to find any information on Dick Parks.  Here is what I could find out about some of the other men pictured:

Calvin Swope Rowe, Sr., was born March 28, 1920, in Adair County, Kentucky, the only child of Kentuckians Martin Rowe and Vila Reece. The 1930 Census shows the family living at the Adair County Poor Farm, but by 1940, Martin has become the sheriff of Adair County and the family is living in Columbia.  Calvin is a clerk in the sheriff's office and is married to a woman named Maxine.   On October 16, 1942, Calvin enlisted in the Army Air Corps, and served in World War II.  In 1958, Calvin was still serving in the Air Force, and he and Maxine were living in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Calvin also served in Vietnam, and ended his service at the rank of lieutenant colonel.  On February 4, 1982, he married Alma Givens Cress in Sacramento County, California.  He died May 17, 1983, in San Bernadino County, and is buried at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.

Albert A. Gagne was born August 4, 1929, in New Hampshire, the fifth of seven children and oldest son of furniture repairman Albert J. Gagne and Rose Labbe, both born in New Hampshire of Canadian parents. The family lived in Somersworth, New Hampshire in 1930 and 1940.  By the time his Air Force service ended, on November 5, 1955, he had reached the rank of Staff Sergeant.  He married in 1955 and had at least a son and a daughter.  He died October 5, 2001, and is buried in Pine Hill Cemetery in Dover, New Hampshire.

Ben Francis Pace was born March 16, 1923, in Kentucky.  He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on June 5, 1941, and served in the Air Force until August 31, 1962, ending his career as a major.  He died May 1, 1995, in Panama City, Bay County, Florida, and is buried in Evergreen Memorial Gardens there, next to his wife Helen.

Maurice Edward Price, Jr., was born October 16, 1929, in New Jersey, the third of four children and first son of Maurice Edward Price, Sr., and Gladys Mabel Wentzell.  The family lived in Takoma Park, Maryland, in 1930, and in Washington, DC, in 1935 and 1940.  Maurice died February 18, 1955, and is buried at East View Cemetery in Salem, New Jersey.  His service separation date was supposed to be October 25, 1955, so he may have died while serving in the Air Force.  He had reached the rank of sergeant in the 308th Bomb Wing.

I was unable to find any definitive information about Frederick B. Elliott or Jack Farnsworth.


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Friday, January 2, 2015

Follow Friday: Genealogy Do-Over in 2015



This is a 13-week program designed by Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers.  The idea is to stop and take a breather from genealogical research, get organized, and then start back up in a more orderly fashion (citing sources thoroughly, for example).  The topics to be covered are relevant and timely for me.  I've felt I've gone about as far as I can with the same old resources, not to mention, so much of my and mother's research is so disorganized that I am probably repeating searches.

I'm linking to a few resources here:  Thomas' blog posts on this topic, and the resource page.  I've already decided the Facebook group is way too overwhelming and too much of a time suck.  I may go to it to get other ideas on particular topics that Thomas brings up that are of interest to me, but (as with many groups I've joined in Facebook), I need to pull it out of my news feed.  For now, I'm just following the links shown here.

I don't plan to do a whole lot differently in this blog.  I will eventually continue the series about my dad's military service that I worked on in May and November 2014.  I'll keep sharing and writing about old family photos.

The project for yesterday and today is data backup.  My file organization system, especially for photos, is really lacking.  My plan is to read the links above each week but not necessarily do everything right away.  I'd rather learn first before jumping in and possibly making an even better mess.


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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Happy New Year!


Fred Pape & Gerrie Guokas on New Year's Eve, 1953 going on 1954, Houston, Texas.
Not sure who the guy on the left is, probably a member of the Rosarian Club in Houston.



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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Surname Christmas Tree

This was the prompt from a week ago for Randy Seaver's Genea-Musings Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, but I'm only getting around to it now.  This tree-shaped word cloud was made using Tagul, and the size of the names (from both my tree and that of my husband) reflect how close the generation is (Jones is big because my husband's great-grandfather Jones also married a Jones).  Therefore, the smaller-size names are ancestors further out the trees.  Happy Holidays, everyone!




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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Thankful Thursday: Merry Christmas!

Me on Christmas Day, 1960, 7913 Cedel Drive in Houston, Texas.



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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: Christmas Eve - Wordless Wednesday

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past five years (2009 through 2013), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as in 2013.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done, I have been linking to the appropriate post from 2013 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt name, and adding a relevant photo.


The prompt for today (the last day!) is:  December 24 – Christmas Eve 


Me at Christmastime, 1960, 7913 Cedel Drive in Houston, Texas.
The table and chairs were a Christmas gift to my sister and I in 1959.


The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.


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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Blog Caroling: Emmanuel

The incomparable f o o t n o t e M a v e n invited all the Geneabloggers to go Blog Caroling!  You're supposed to post your favorite Christmas carol.  WHAT!  Favorite!  But I don't have just ONE favorite!  Ah well, that means I can participate in Blog Caroling every year, with a different favorite each year!

This year, my choice is "Emmanuel," one of my more recent favorites, written by Rhonda Kye Fleming and Janis Ian, as sung by Kathy Mattea ( who performs part of it as a round) on her Good News album.

Here are the lyrics:

Emmanuel, Emmanuel
A child is born
A child is born
Sing glory unto God on high
Joy to all the world this night
And to all people, peace
And to all people, peace

Remember Him, oh, little star
Remember Him and shine
Around the world
In every heart
On this holy night
Lead us to His light

Emmanuel, Emmanuel
A child is born
A child is born
Sing glory unto God on high
Joy to all the world this night
And to all people, peace
And to all people, peace

Remember Him, the angels sing
And do not be afraid
Into this world
Good news we bring
Love has overcome
Behold a Son

Emmanuel, Emmanuel
A child is born
A child is born
Sing glory unto God on high
Joy to all the world this night
And to all people, peace
And to all people, peace

(chorus repeats and fades out)



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Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: The Meaning of Christmas

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past five years (2009 through 2013), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as in 2013.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done, I have been linking to the appropriate post from 2013 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt name, and adding a relevant photo.


The prompt for December 23 – The Meaning of Christmas

Our Pape family's nativity scene, hand-carved pieces from West Germany, set up in 1984 at 8015 Sharpview, Houston, Texas


The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.


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Monday, December 22, 2014

Advent Calendar of Christmas (and Military Monday) Memories - Christmas Homecomings

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past five years (2009 through 2013), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as in 2013.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done, I have been linking to the appropriate post from 2013 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt name, and adding (a) relevant photo(s).

The prompt for December 22 – Christmas Homecoming

The link above goes to a grab bag prompt from earlier years where I wrote about my Dad's memories of Christmas growing up in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois.  One of those memories was at Christmas in 1951, when he was a navigator cadet at Ellington Air Force Base outside Houston. The Chicago area received tremendous snowfall that December, and getting there for Christmas was going to be a problem. He said Colonel William L. Lee, the commanding officer of the 3605th Navigator Training Wing, released some planes, and two were going to the Chicago area. Dad managed to get into O'Hare (this was back when it was being used by the Air Force and wasn't the commercial airport it is today) when all other Chicago area airports were closed.

Here are some photos taken during my Dad's visit home.  Since my grandfather, Paul Robert Pape Sr., is not in any of the photographs, I think he probably took these photos: 

Marilyn, Fred, Elizabeth, and Rosemary Pape outside 2093 W. Lunt Avenue, Chicago, Christmastime 1951

Fred Pape with his younger sisters Marilyn and  Rosemary Pape outside 2093 W. Lunt Avenue, Chicago, Christmastime 1951

Fred Pape with his mother Elizabeth Massmann Pape outside 2093 W. Lunt Avenue, Chicago, Christmastime 1951,
Rosemary Pape is off to the right

Fred Pape with the family dog, Lucky, outside 2093 W. Lunt Avenue, Chicago, Christmastime 1951


The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.


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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sentimental Sunday: Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past five years (2009 through 2013), and this year, the prompts and their sequence are the same as in 2013.  Due to some pressing needs to get some other projects done, I have been linking to the appropriate post from 2013 (which also links to older posts, when applicable) in the prompt name, and adding a relevant photo - if possible.  Today is one of those days when I'm going to add a Christmas-related photo totally unrelated to the prompt - just because it's an old photo related to my family history!


The prompt for December 21 – Christmas Wishes - linking this one to some old "grab bag" prompts - Christmas in Corpus Christi, ugly Christmas sweaters - as well as prompts for holiday happenings, sweethearts, and loved ones lost

Christmastime, 1958 - My Dietz first cousins:  Shelly, Ron, and Ruth (looking away from the camera)


The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.


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