Pepsi received the following very nice note and photos from Luna XIONG, a 2020 Scholarship Winner of $1,500.  It is rare that we hear from past winners when they graduate.  You have to love her creativity and humor with the Burger King theme on her graduate cap (mortarboard).  Pepsi obtained her permission to post the note and photos on our site. Her parents are Kor and Seng.

Pepsi also worked to get her $2,000 from The Forty and Eight (40&8).


Hello Larry,
I hope you have been well and staying healthy! Guess what? I graduated yesterday!!!! Yay! I just wanted to send you this picture to show you and whoever donated the scholarship money that I made!!! I am forever grateful for the scholarship and without it, I couldn’t have accomplished finishing Nursing School.
Luna Xiong
P.S. Do you like my grad hat? Haha, I made it Burger King theme because my mom’s first job when she came to the United States was Burger King! Also, I love Burger King and every time I got an A on an exam, I went to get Burger King!

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2024 Raven Scholarships Winners

It is our distinct pleasure to announce the winners of the 2024 Distinguished Raven Scholarships. Without exception, these young men & women are truly outstanding.

Edgar Allen Poe Literary Society
Raven FACs
April 9, 2024
It is our distinct pleasure to announce the winners of the
2024 Distinguished Raven Scholarships. Without exception, these young men & women are truly outstanding.
Mark T. Diebolt Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)
Hana Yang
Sacramento, CA

John J . Bach, III Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)
Evelina Cheng
Sacramento, CA

Daniel Richard Davis Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)
Jaelynn Xiong
Sacramento, CA


Henry L. Allen Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)
Robert Yang
Elk Grove, CA

Richard G. Elzinga Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)
Abigail Xiong
Onalaska, WI

Gomer David Reese, III Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)
Fena Phengmany
Shelbyville, TN

James E. Cross Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)
Zongshai Vivian Lo
Schofield, WI

Joseph L. Chestnut Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)
Jennifer Sia Lor
Saint Paul, MN

Park George Bunker Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)
Mai Na Lee
Sacramento, CA


Charles E. Engle Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
Christina Keoborakot
Joliet, IL

Dennis Edward Morgan Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
Malachi Sky Thao
Paris, AR

Richard H. Defer Raven Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
Sean Chue Vang
Saint Paul, MN

To: the Ravens

Greetings from the Distinguished Flying Cross Society (

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:

For information on Reunion activities:

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)

Sheng Vang

Minneapolis, MN

George S, Wilson Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)

Madaline D. Her

Sacramento, CA

Frank M. Kricker Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)

Maisee Lor

Sacramento, CA

Jeffery E. Thompson Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)

Savannah Kajsiab Johnson

Winder, GA

David W, Saunders Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)

Thomas Y. Moua

Clovis, CA

Anthony P. Mahoney Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)

Ascher B. Bouskila

McKinney, TX


Max N. Hottell Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)

Nicholas L. Xiong

Milwaukee, WI

Samuel L Deichelmann Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)

Douachee Xiong

Eau Claire, WI


 Marlin L Siegwalt Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)

Philip Her

Hydesville, CA


 Charles D Ballou Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Adisouk Nhouyvanisvong

Wayzata, MN


Edward E “Hoss” McBride Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Nadia Chanthaphuang

Provo, UT


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!


Dr. Paul Carter, a historian living in Thailand, has just published a YouTube video covering the “Steve Canyon Program” or Raven FACs.  This is Part I of what is planned to be a two part series.  Several Ravens gave interviews and participated in Paul’s research.  Part two is expected to be produced next summer after the other projects that Paul currently has underway are released.  Paul has produced two other videos that I highly recommend, one on the secret war in Laos and one on our Missing in Action in the Vietnam war.

This is an excellent video for anyone interested in Raven FACs’ operations in Laos.  It can be found at: :

Feel free to share this link.


Annual meeting minutes are on the Ravens only page now. 



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:

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,

Roger Warner

Out of Laos book project

18 Proctor Street 

Manchester MA 01938

(978) 821-8655


Here’s the photo in the version with both men:

P.S. Wrote a story about the Hmong T-28 pilots for Air & Space magazine long ago.  And a book on the Laos war. Got to know Heinie Aderholt a bit through Bill Lair. And so on.






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

Merry Christmas


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