George Stephen Wilson, Raven 27
March 31, 1947 – April 7, 2022
Raven 27 from January 1971-June 1971.
Funeral Service and Interment
Monday, November 20,2023 9am
Arlington National Cemetery
Post Chapel, Fort Myer, VA
Steve’s time as a Raven was always very important to him.
Please join his family and friends on this special day.
A reception celebrating Steve will follow the interment
Crowne Plaza Crystal City
1480 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
Please RSVP to Vicki at firstname.lastname@example.org
***RAVEN DOWN***MARK DIEBOLT***RAVEN DOWN***MARK DIEBOLT***
It is with great sadness that I inform you that Mark Diebolt, Raven 20, has flown west. He passed on Saturday evening, 7 October, after suffering a severe stroke two weeks earlier. His beloved wife, Jeanie, and his son, Eric, were at his side. Jeannie and Mark had just been anointed by their priest when Mark passed.
Mark will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. Jeanie’s contact information, cell phone and email address, will be updated and released in the Family section of the new Phone Book, later today.
No further information is available at this time.
To: the Ravens
Greetings from the Distinguished Flying Cross Society (http://www.dfcsociety.org).
The DFC Society is pleased to announce its 2023 Reunion in Tucson AZ October 19 – 23. Our theme is “Vietnam War – 50 Years Later. Thank You For Your Service.”
The Reunion hotel is the Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites: https://www.marriott.com/events/start.mi?id=1660838585208&key=GRP
For information on Reunion activities: http://www.events.afr-reg.com/e/DFC2023/
It is our distinct pleasure to announce the winners of the 2023 Distinguished Raven Scholarships. Without exception, these young men & women are truly outstanding.
Donald R. Moody Memorial Scholarship ($2,500)
George S, Wilson Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)
Madaline D. Her
Frank M. Kricker Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)
Jeffery E. Thompson Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)
Savannah Kajsiab Johnson
David W, Saunders Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)
Thomas Y. Moua
Anthony P. Mahoney Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)
Ascher B. Bouskila
Max N. Hottell Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)
Nicholas L. Xiong
Samuel L Deichelmann Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)
Eau Claire, WI
Marlin L Siegwalt Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)
Charles D Ballou Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
Edward E “Hoss” McBride Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
Larry Ratts just informed me that long-time Friend of the Ravens and duty driver for many years at our reunions, Jim Kellogg, has passed away. Jim has been experiencing many health challenges over the last two years, since he passed out at our reunion in 2021. He chose not to share his health issues with anyone outside his immediate circle of friends. We will miss him. If I hear any further information, I will pass it along.
“I’d have been a better friend, but I trusted Time.” Nevermore!
This is an excellent video for anyone interested in Raven FACs’ operations in Laos. It can be found at: : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt1NJV1qU2A
Feel free to share this link.
Ravens, go to the News page to read Toby Hughes Obit. He was a long time friend of the ravens.
Raven FAC Descendant Scholarship
The Edgar Allen Poe Literary Society (EALPS), i.e., Raven Forward Air Controllers (FACs) is proud to announce the first winner of the Raven FAC Descendant Scholarship. This program was a trial approved by the membership and first awarded in 2020.
The winner, Robert Downing Abbott, is the grandson of Major Robert Louis Abbott Jr., (USAFA Class of 1964) who survived the Vietnam War, but was lost in an RF-4C training accident near Nellis AFB on May 10th 1979 during a Red Flag exercise. Robert graduated from Missouri Military Academy in 2020 where he lettered in both soccer (3 years) and lacrosse (2 years). He is now enrolled at the University of Missouri studying mechanical engineering. Inspired by stories of his grandfather, whom he never knew, Robert joined the University of Missouri AFROTC, Detachment 440, with the goal of becoming a USAF pilot.
A private Facebook page named Raven FAC’s/E.A.P.L.S has been created by Lew and Ed. Info from Ed follows:
Here is another link to the page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/601112210770318
Ravens & Friends:
Not wanting to lose the entire Raven Reunion experience this year, Lew Hatch & I have been looking at ways to keep some of it alive during this crazy, mixed up time. Thanks to Lew’s hard work & tech savvy, I believe we have a way to keep our cherished Memorial Ceremony alive.
Last week, we met in the Auger Inn (which was closed) and made several videos of our ceremony.
We will be running it on a dedicated private Face book page,<< Raven FAC’s/E.A.P.L.S >>
This is a private FB page & Lew & I will be approving all members. It will have private rooms if you want to chat/renew old friendships.
Hello, Ravens. About 25 years ago I published a photo book called OUT OF LAOS: A Story of War and Exodus, for the children of Hmong refugees. I am now working on a longer full-color version, bringing the story up to date and adding more coverage of notable Hmong, especially Lee Lue the T-28 pilot.
There’s a photo of Lee Lue that shows up in various places, including on the Ravens website. Usually the guy on the left is cropped out to just show Lee Lue, sometimes it’s both guys. But I have only seen it as a TINY digital file (under 20 kb), not much bigger than a postcard stamp. I’m trying to find either the original photograph or a much bigger and more detailed scan (5 mb or larger), so I can publish it, and so Hmong-American kids can get a better idea of one of their heroes.
Can you help? Do you know where the original photo can be found, or do you know someone who has a much bigger digital version of it?
Thanks so much,
Out of Laos book project
18 Proctor Street
Manchester MA 01938
Here’s the photo in the version with both men:
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.
Edgar Allan Poe Literary Society, Inc. Home of the RAVEN FACS A non-profit veterans organization