Gen Tom Richards’ funeral has been set for 2 Oct at 11 AM at the AF Academy Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Golf Course.

Dunc Duncan has offered to act as the Raven POC. Please contact him with any questions or issues. His email is: lfduncan14@gmail.com.  Please contact Dunc for details as they become available.


Raven Down

General  Thomas C. Richards Obituary Photo

It is my sad duty to inform you that we lost General Thomas C Richards on August 9, 2020. General Richards was Raven 01 from Feb-Dec, 1968. 

He served a long and illustrious career that included US Army Infantry service in Korea, a tour as Commandant of Cadets at the US Air Force Academy, Deputy Commander in Chief of U.S. European Command in West Germany and Administrator of the FAA

. Further information can be found in his obituary at:  http://porterloring.tributes.com/obituary/show/Thomas-C.-Richards-108493088

We are honored to count him among the ranks of the Ravens. His final resting place is planned at the USAF Academy, Colorado at a later date. 

Ed Gunter

For those who haven’t heard, the 2020 Raven Reunion has been cancelled.
The majority of money given in scholarships each year is collected at the reunion. It has been suggested by someone far wiser than I that you donate the money you would have spent at the reunion to the EAPLS Scholarship Fund. Mail donations to EAPLS, 330 Brookhollow, New Braunfels, TX, 78132. Some great things can happen during a dismal year with your help!



Edgar Allen Poe Literary Society

Raven FACs



April 9, 2020

It is our distinct pleasure to announce the winners of the 2020 Distinguished Raven Scholarships. Without exception, these young men & women are truly outstanding.

1 James E Cain Memorial Scholarship ($2,500)

Arlinda Yang

Milwaukee, WI

2 Briggs J Diuguid, II Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)

Gaomomee Yang

Conover, NC

3 Daniel R Davis Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)

Theresa X Lo

Spartanburg, SC

4 Henry L Allen Memorial Scholarship ($2,000 )

Anysa R Chanthaminavong

Boise, ID

5 Richard G Elzinga Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)

Lou Vang

Minneapolis, MN

6 Gomer D Reese, III   Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)

Mai Nhia Yang

Eau Claire, WI

                                    7 James E Cross Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)

Makayla C Xiong

Rock Hill, SC

8 Joseph L Chestnut Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)

Luna Xiong

Warren, MI

9 Park G Bunker Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)

Chelsea Vang

Stockton, CA

10 Willis “Grant” Uhls Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Cheemeng Xiong

St Paul, MN

11 Charles E Engle Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Anong Xiong

Olivehurst, CA

12 Dennis E Morgan Memorial Scholarship ($500)

Sounally Chanthaminavong

Boise, ID

Ed Gunter                                                                                     Jerry “Spike” Milam

President, EAPLS (Raven FACs)                                                Scholarship Committee Chair

Ravens:  FYI, see attached flyer.  Tom Palmer will be the Raven POC for this event. Please direct any questions to him.The Gala will be no charge for Ravens, but donations would be appreciated. Donations probably appreciated even if not attending the Gala. 

Tom also says he will be in San Antonio April 2-4 for the River Rats reunion and invites all Ravens. He may also be selling “The Ravens” books.


The Hmong American Women of the Association of the United States Army

Invite you to attend a

Recognition Gala

Honoring and Recognizing Our Hmong American Women

And Remembering Their Secret War Veteran Heroes

Saturday, May 9th, 2020

4 P.M. – Midnight

Clovis Veterans Memorial District

808 Fourth Street, Clovis, CA 93612

Formal Attire | Hmong/Lao Formal Attire

Dinner ~ Entertainment ~ Dance ~ Raffle Tickets

$40 per person or $300 per table (8)



This year is the 70th anniversary of the Bird Dog. “Warbirds in Review” at Oshkosh is having a special program to recognize the BirdDogs and want 1 or 2 Ravens, another  USAF FAC and maybe a Korea BirdDog  vet.  Details like  expenses to be worked out.  OSH is 20-26 July this year. BirdDog presentations are Tue, Wed or Thur that week.

If interested, contact Ed for details as they become available.


Health for Every Veteran Study

This program was briefed at the Reunion business meeting.  It is a study sponsored by the VA that could benefit all veterans. It was checked out by Moose & he sees no downside to participation. 

We invite you to participate in a study focusing on your health behaviors and life experiences as a Veteran.

The goal of the Health for Every Veteran Study is to better understand the experiences of Veterans from all backgrounds and promote their health and well-being. We are interested in hearing the diverse voices within our communities.The study is being conducted by researchers at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. It consists of completing a confidential, web-based questionnaire every 9 months for approximately 2 years (for a total of 4 questionnaires). All research activities are completed online, with no in-person visits required. For more information, please go to https://healthforeveryvet.questionpro.com.

Merry Christmas


From Darrel Whitcomb:

I estimate the crowd at about 100 for the memorial and then about half of that for the internment and reception. All three were simple but dignified. Al spoke at the memorial, in his forthright, dignified and emotional way. Also had a former student from Briggs’ PAS tour who spoke of his professional and motivating manner.
They were warm and loving gatherings, well planned and executed, just as Briggs would have preferred.

Picture from Vinny


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