Today Saab successfully completed the first flight of the GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft in Linköping, Sweden.
LCDR James Patrick Morrow, Jr., (Jim), age 77, of Gulf Breeze, Florida, died peacefully on July 6, 2016. Jim was born in Madison, Florida on August 22, 1938, to James P. and Ina Gornto Morrow. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1957 and was an honor graduate from Parris Island. He served in the Marines from 1957-1960. He then attended and received a Bachelor of Arts from Valdosta State University in 1963 and entered the flight-training program at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. Upon completion, he received his commission as an officer in the United States Navy and began piloting E-2A Hawkeyes off aircraft carriers in combat during the Vietnam War. In 1970, he resigned from the United States Navy with a rank of Lieutenant Commander and moved to Birmingham, Alabama with his family. He later completed his military career in the Army National Guard. In 1996, Jim moved back to Pensacola, where he happily spent the rest of his life. Jim is survived by his three sons, James Patrick Morrow, III (Michele) of Birmingham, AL; Louis Moore Morrow (Erin) of
Nashville, TN; and Matthew Cooper Morrow (Sally) of Memphis, TN; as well as seven grandchildren, who he adored, Brooks Julian Morrow, William Moore Morrow, Mary Catherine Morrow, Louis Miles Morrow, Lucy Wren Morrow, James Patrick Morrow, IV and Emma Cooper Morrow. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James P. and Ina Gornto Morrow, and his sisters, Ina Claire Morrow Allers, Marilyn Westmoreland Mears and Patricia Morrow Thompson.
Robert Tasler, 77, of Marshalltown IA, left on his final flight early in the morning of Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the Iowa Veterans Home. He was born on July 31, 1938 in Marshalltown; he was the oldest child born to Ernest and Edith (Pegg) Tasler. He attended school in Liscomb, Conrad, Taylor #4, (a one-room schoolhouse), Green Mountain, Liberty Township Consolidated Schools, and graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1956. Three days following graduation, he entered the Navy's Great Lakes Boot Camp.
Robert had a colorful military history including: Norman, OK, Class C School; Norfolk, VA, Radar School; Glynco, GA, Airborne CIC School, Barbers Point, HI, with VW-14 developing the initial Cold War barrier; in Guam for VW-3 training for two years; flew weather missions (into typhoons); radar coverage for the 7th Fleet in the Pacific; and flew as an ACW3 in the EC-121 (Willy Victor). This tour was completed in July of 1959. Bob attend Marshalltown
Junior College for two years before transferring to NW Missouri State University in Maryville, completing his business degree and graduating in 1963.
LCDR Francis A. Conery, III, died peacefully in his sleep on 20 April 2016 at his home in Manchester, NH. The son of Frank A. Conery and Ethel McGee Conery, Frank entered the U.S. Naval Academy from his hometown of Worcester, MA, after graduating from St. John's High School in Worcester.
Following graduation with the Class of 1958 as a member of 13th Company, he reported to NAS Pensacola, FL, and earned his Naval Aviator Wings in March 1960. He then reported for a four-year tour with VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, HI, with several deployments to Japan and other Pacific Islands. A tour as an instructor pilot at VP-31 was interrupted by the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and he was transferred to NAS Corpus Christi where he completed another two years as an instructor pilot at VT-28. During that time, he became fully carrier qualified. He left VT-28 in December 1967 to join USS Bon Homme Richard at Yankee Station in the Gulf. Orders to the E-2B Hawkeye RAG were followed by a tour with VAW-114, deployed aboard USS Kitty Hawk and another three cruises to the Gulf. from there he went to the US Naval Station, Brooklyn, NY, and then to Manchester, NH, as Commanding Officer of the Armed Forces Examining and Entrance Station, supporting New Hampshire, Vermont and part of Massachusetts. Frank faithfully served his country as a Naval Officer for twenty years and considered flying E-2s to be
the most exciting and satisfying flying that he did.
As a civilian, he had jobs in production management and then computer analysis at Polaroid. After 15 years he again retired.
In retirement, Frank and wife Marion enjoyed many of their golden years traveling in their motor home. Frank was an original member of the USNA Recreational Vehicle Chapter and for years served as its webmaster.
First and last, Frank was a family man. He leaves his wife of 57 years, Marion Devine Conery; their five children, Kathleen Conery (Jeff Hoodock); Frank A. Conery (Brenda); Deborah
Conery (Manny Content); Caroline Conery; and Maureen Conery. Frank had four grandchildren, Jonathan, Kelsey, Frank and Christopher; and five great-grandchildren, Alyson, Brianna, Aniyah, Jovhan, and Ellijah. He is also survived by his two brothers, Robert and Michael. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank II and Ethel (McGee) Conery, as well his younger brother Danny.
Frank was interred on 19 August 2016 at the Naval Academy Columbarium.
CDR Burtis “Burt” P. Fike, USN (Ret), died in Fort Myers FL of heart failure on January 10, 2016. He was born to Frank and Binnie (Austin) Fike in Hughes Springs, TX, on September 16, 1941, raised in Denison TX, and graduated from the University of North Texas. His military career spanned 22 years of active duty service as a Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy. His duty stations included California, Hawaii, Rhode Island and Texas. Commander Fike retired from the Navy in 1985.
Left to cherish Burt’s memory are his wife Susan M., and step-daughters Anna Buckley, Fort Myers FL, and Laura Rumbley, Boston MA; sisters, Myra Weger, Colbert OK, and Mickey Pruitt, San Diego CA; sister-in-law Beverly Fike, Corpus Christi, TX, and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife Billie Sue; son, Patrick; and brothers Gene Eldridge Fike and Austin Fike.
November 15, 2015 at the Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home in Charlotte Hall, MD. Billy was born on February 18, 1925 in Colorado Springs, CO to the late Howard DeHart and Eula Bishop.
Billy is predeceased by his beloved wife of 71 years, Roberta DeHart and sons, Ronald DeHart and Howard DeHart. He is survived by his daughter, Jeanette Tull and her husband, Sandy; son Keith DeHart; brother, Louis Pulis; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Billy served 32 years in the U.S. Navy and retired in 1974 as a Commander. He cruised as XO with VAW-11 DET A from 9/15/64 - 11/23/65 in USS MIDWAY. First VAW-113 XO to CDR J.R. Eckstien, assumed command February 1968 and turned over to CDR J.H. Shaw in February 1969.
He was a member of the Dahlgren United Methodist Church. Billy enjoyed spending time with his family, playing on his computer and working in his yard.
Capt. Raymond E. Chamberlain, Jr., of Viera, Florida, passed away peacefully at the William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay, FL, on May 6, 2015. He was born in Detroit, MI on July 9, 1924 and was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Patricia, and son Richard. He is survived by his sons Michael and his wife Susan of Bonita Springs, FL; Peter and his wife Sandra of Longwood, FL; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was a graduate of the US Naval Academy and a retired US Navy Captain with 24 years of active duty. His ashes are interred at the US Naval Academy Columbarium.
CDR Kent Randolph Clark, USN (Retired) passed away on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 in Montgomery, OH. He was born in Barbourville, KY on April 7, 1937 the son of the late Buford T. and Eleanor (Owens) Clark. Beloved husband of Mary Susan (Munger) Clark. Dear Father of Elizabeth (Eric) Sandberg and Anne (Thomas) Pugh and devoted grandfather of Sara and Benjamin Sandberg and Grayson and Reese Pugh. Loving brother to Thomas C. Clark and the late Lynne Logan and a devoted uncle to his nieces and nephew. He has many dear cousins.
He graduated from the US Naval Academy and retired after twenty years of service as a Navy carrier pilot, spending two tours in Vietnam, and later as an Aeronautical Engineering Duty Officer. He moved to Cincinnati in 1984 to work for General Electric Aircraft Engine Division. After retirement he enjoyed working and spending time at his family farm outside of Barbourville, KY.
CDR Bryan C. Rudy, USN (Ret) passed away Monday, July 21, 2014, in Lubbock TX. He was born Dec. 10, 1928, in Echo, MN, to Theoren and Verneda Rudy. They moved to St Paul, MN, where he graduated from high school and the University of Minnesota. He joined the Navy and earned his Navy Wings in 1950. He had his first combat tour to Korea as a Fighter Pilot aboard the USS Leyte. Brian later made a combat tour to Vietnam aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard, as well as two more as Air Boss on the USS Oriskany. All told he flew 21 different aircraft, accumulating 4800 flight hours and 450 carrier landings. CDR Rudy was also the first Commanding Officer of RVAW-110. He was awarded the Bronze Star, three Air Medals, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat and others. He retired on July 31, 1970, as Commander, USN, and went directly into law school at the University of Texas. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in December 1972. He practiced law with Terry Weeks and Mark Levborg in Austin, TX, until he was appointed Juvenile Court Judge and Assoc. District Court Judge in 1979, where he served until retirement in 1991. He is survived by children, grandchildren, and numerous other loving family members.
Richard Laurence Moffitt was born at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene OR on November 6, 1930 to parents Laurence and Mildred Moffitt. He attended elementary school in Springfield and Eugene and graduated from Grants Pass High School. Dick graduated from Oregon State in June 1952 and married Rose Marie Beckley the following September. During the Korean War, he served as a Naval Officer on the minesweeper USS Toucan (AM-367). After the armistice, he entered flight training and Pensacola, FL. He earned his pilot wings and served for several years aboard the USS Yorktown (CVA-10). After his active duty military service, he attend dental school at Oregon Health and Science University, but was recalled to active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He graduated from OHSU in 1963 and practiced dentistry in Springfield from 1964 to 1997. During this time, he served in the Naval Reserve as a pilot and later retired as a Commander in the Dental Corps. In later years, he suffered from Alzheimer’s disease yet continued an active life. He died at RiverBend Palliative Care unit on May 22, 2013 following surgery for a broken hip. He is survived by his wife, a brother Robert, sons David and Robert, daughters Paula and Alice, six grandchildren and one great-grandson. His love of outdoor activities started with his father taking Dick and his brother Bob hiking and climbing. He rode a bicycle as a paper boy and continued riding the rest of his life. After retiring, he pursued his lifelong dream of sailing the world.