In Memorium

12 DEC 2010

Mary Phillips

Mary Phillips, widow of Col John Phillips, who died 9/30/08, also died 12/10/10. She slipped away to heaven during her nap, so peacefully. She really enjoyed her friends in the Photo Mapping group.

Moira Rawson

20 NOV 2010

Wesley Earl Ellenburg

Wesley Earl Ellenburg, age 80, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, at home.

He was born on Nov. 24, 1929, in Hanceville, Ala., and lived in Okaloosa County for the past 38 years, moving here in October 1972. He was Church of Christ by faith, retired from Harris Corp., a retired Senior Master Sergeant of the U.S. Air Force after 28 years of service, four years with the U.S. Army, and 24 years with the U.S. Air Force. Wes was an Air Force Photo Mapping Association Life Member.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Millie Ellenburg; son, Wesley Herbert Ellenburg; daughter, Pamela Joyce O'Connor (Thomas); two sisters, Mary Ruth Giles and Imogene Waters; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Brackney Funeral Service with Mr. Wesley Ellenburg officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Red Cross or Covenant Hospice.

15 NOV 2010

Ludvik 'Vik' Pfeifer

Ludvik 'Vik' Pfeifer died on 15 NOV 2010 in Cheyenne, WY. Vik served as a Geodesist and Mathematician in Data Reduction and Analysis with the 1373rd Mapping and Charting Squadron while on active duty as an officer in Photomapping. As such he made significant contributions in the field of aerial electronic surveying, particularly in the adjustment of large survey nets. In that capacity he was responsible for publishing the final reports for the new Minuteman III Terminal Area SHIRAN Survey and the Report of Results for the All-Weather Topographic Mapping System's Operational Test and Evaluation. After leaving active duty he worked in research for the National Geodetic Survey and later as a civilian geodesist with the DOD's Geodetic Survey Squadron. Throughout his working years he was a frequently published author on survey adjustments and geodetic measurement standards. After retirement from the DOD he taught Geodesy and Geography at the college level until shortly before his death.

Gordon Barnes

5 SEP 2010

Carolyn Thomas

We were notified that Carolyn Thomas, wife of Col. Marshall Thomas, of Austin, TX, passed on 5 September 2010.

Dennis Davis

9 AUG 2010

Max Trout


TROUT, Max D. (Lieutenant Colonel, Retired, USAF) 86, of South Pasadena, FL, died on Monday, August 9, 2010 at WPAFB Hospital in Fairborn, OH following an extended illness. LTCOL Trout was born on March 25, 1924 in Springfield, OH to Roger K. and Faye M. (Detrick) Trout. Enon, OH is where he grew up and graduated from Enon High School. Max began his military career in January, 1943, retiring from service in May, 1973. While serving in the Air Force, he also graduated from The Ohio State University. Max married Doris "Dot" (Roe) on January 6, 1945 in Riverside, CA. In retirement, Max and Dot traveled extensively. He enjoyed an array of activities including tennis, hunting, fishing, salmon fishing in Alaska, reciting poems to his family and he especially enjoyed cheering his OSU Buckeyes football team. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years, originally raised at Lodge 421 in Yellow Springs, OH; a member of the Scottish Rite and the Shrine. Max is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Dot; son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Katherine A. Trout of Enon, OH; son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Katherine S. Trout of Springfield, OH; son and daughter-in-law, R. Andrew and Mary Trout of Pueblo, CO. Grandchildren: Stefanie and James Patsiavos, Christopher and Megan Trout, Brandy and Jared Edens; Jean Trout, Suzanne and Aaron Anderson, Kathleen Washabaugh, Matthew Trout, Sarah Trout, Crystal Trout and Amber Trout; 13 great grandchildren: Maxwell, Stella, Evan, Angela, Nicholas, Dylan, Logan, Travis, Joshua, Jocelyn, Julie, Aaron, Tessala; one great-great grandchild, Layla; nieces Terry Sweet and Peggy Gamber and their families. A private family service was held. Arrangements made by Adkins Funeral Home, Enon, OH.


He flew Photomapping missions as a RB-50 navigator. Served as Chief of the Navigation Section at AST-4 in Alaska in the early ‘50s and as Squadron Navigator while at West Palm Beach. He was former Commander of the 1373rd Mapping and Charting Squadron. He was one of the Founding Fathers of the AFPMA. Served for many years as the Chairman of the AFPMA. Was Chairman Ex-Officio (Advisor to the Board) of the AFPMA at the time of his death.

17 JUN 2010

Jeanne Hinz

I regret to inform you that my mother, Jeanne Hinz passed away on June 17, 2010. She was preceded by her husband Dick on 9 MAR 2004. They both enjoyed their association with the AFPMA and my family wishes you all well.

Norma Herbers,

Daughter of Dick and Jeanne Hinz

16 JUN 2010



June 20, 1927 - June 16, 2010

Memorial Service

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 10:00 AM

Sunland Memorial Park, Lakeside Chapel, 15826 Del Webb Boulevard, Sun City, AZ 85351

Commital Service

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 10:45 A.M.

Sunland Memorial Park

14 JUN 2010

To all our friends and family...

We just wanted you all to know that Phil, our friend, Father and beloved husband, passed this morning around three thirty.

Our love and thanks to all of you for all the love and well wishes you have given us through this time.

Martha, Philip, and Tony Sturges

Editor: Phil was my first CH-21B crew Chief at Turner in 1960, and was very influential in getting me started in helicopter maintenance. GODSpeed, Phil.


10 JUN 2010



BRACELAND, GEORGE HAMMEN, on June 10, 2010, of The Saunders House, a long-term-care center in Wynnewood, where he had lived for three years, formerly of Drexel Hill, Pa. Beloved husband of the late Evelyn M. Braceland (nee Grabarczyk). Dear father of John G. Braceland (Linda), Pam A. Kaplan (Daniel) and Diane E. Vruegdenhil (Darrell). Loving brother of Bill Braceland and the late J. Frank Braceland and Marguerite Nussbaum. Also survived by 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Relatives and friends are invited to attend George's life celebration on Monday Evening from 6 to 8 P.M. and Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. at SPENCER T. VIDEON OF DREXEL HILL, Garrett Rd. at Shadeland Ave. , followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at 11 A.M. at St. Bernadette Church, 1053 Turner Avenue, Drexel Hill, Pa 19026. Int. Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to St. Bernadette Church.

Published in Philadelphia Enquirer

George was an Air Force Photo Mapping Association Life Member, and held the title Oldest Photomapper(Born 09/22/13)for the last six years.

 George was born in Philadelphia and finished his formal schooling at the Drexel Institute of Technology in 1938. During his school years he participated in just about every sport known to man including equestrian jumping. He also learned to fly during this period and obtained his private pilot's license. Following graduation he went to work for Braceland Brothers-the family printing business started by his father and an uncle.

 In 1942 he was drafted into the Army Air Corps and received his technical training as a Geodetic Computations Specialist. While receiving this training he rose in rank from Private to buck Sergeant in just two months. During his three and a half years in the Service, he was assigned operationally to the 7th Geodetic Control Squadron whose missions were to establish surveyed ground control for aerial photography and compile maps using the collected imagery. His most memorable deployment was a nine-month stint in Chile in 1945. There, in addition to his computational duties in Santiago, he also served as an astronomic observer at remote ground sites. Because of his skill at playing bridge, he was frequently asked to play with three Chilean General Officers and a former President of Peru. Also serving with the 7th at that time was George's brother, William, who is a member of the AFPMA. His devotion to physical fitness continued during his Service years and he won a "Most Physically Fit Soldier" competition at Tampa in 1944. George separated from the Service in 1946.

 He returned to the family business after his separation from the Army. He eventually took over the company and under his leadership it grew from a 10 person, one location business into one of 500 people at five locations throughout the U.S. He sold the business in 2002.

 At age 50, a friend introduced him to the Amateur Athletic Union's (AAU) Masters Track & Field Program. This rekindled his competitive urges and he immediately began training. His first competition was a Boston Marathon, and he continued competition in a variety of events and venues. In his 40 years in this program he had competed in Masters' events all over the world, and the multitude of awards mentioned previously have resulted. His proudest moment came when he was inducted into the USA Track & Field Masters Hall of Fame in 2001. He has a beautiful commemorative wall plaque with his bust on it hanging right above our trophy in his entry hall.

"After work," The Inquirer's Art Carey reported in 2002, "he'd run two laps around the river-drive loops, about 18 miles.

At 65, he earned a black belt in karate.

When Carey visited him for the 2002 story, he wrote that Mr. Braceland, at age 88, "dropped to the kitchen floor and did 10 push-ups - clapping his hands between reps."

In the 1970s, he joined the Malta Boat Club on Boathouse Row and in 2004 "was the indoor rowing heavyweight champion for age 90."

27 MAY 2010

George Edward Smith Sr. (1928 - 2010)

George Edward Smith passed away Thursday, May 27, 2010. He was born Jan. 3, 1928, in Jackson, Miss., to mother, Alice Paulk, and father, Edward Smith. He served in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. He graduated in 1958 from TCU with a degree in journalism. A career newspaperman, he held many positions at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, such as photographer, columnist and city editor. His hobbies were family, work, travel, music, photography and sports cars. Survivors: Wife, Bevie Smith; son, George Smith Jr. and wife, Angie Miller, of McKinney; daughter, Shelli Barker and husband, Joe; grandchildern, Brandon and Michael Barker of Bedford; and brothers, Carl Smith and wife, Betsy, of Nashville, Tenn., Sam Smith and wife, Gerri, of Dougspur, Va.

Published in Star-Telegram on June 6, 2010

Editors Note- George was a Life AFPMA and OPM member, and a longtime website contributor. Here is his Roster quote from 2003

I was with the 338th Rcn Sqd (VLR) Mapping in 1947-48 based first in Guam, where we were in the old 3rd Photo facilities, then Los Negros, Admiralty Islands, and finally Clark Field in the Philippines. We had RB-17 aircraft and managed to catch most of the garden spots, Rabaul, Guadalcanal, Port Moresby, Wewak, Lae, Finschaffen, Biak and later Labuan off Borneo. The old 338th seems to have faded into the sunset.

GODSPEED old friend

9 MAY 2010

David Dean Campbell


July 7, 1934 - May 9, 2010 - Troutdale resident, David Dean Campbell, 75, passed away Sunday, May 9, 2010, finally being reunited with his wife Marian. A funeral Mass will be held Friday, May 21, 2010 at St. Henry's Catholic Church, 346 Northwest First Street, Gresham, Oregon 97030, 503-665-9129, to be followed by a graveside service with Military Honors at Willamette National Cemetery.

David was born on July 7, 1934 in Bend, Oregon to Goldie Estella Groff and Jesse Irvin Campbell. David enlisted in the Air Force in 1953 and served as a Precision Photographic Systems Technician and was part of the 1381st Geodetic Survey (Missile) Squadron, 1370th Photo Mapping Wing. He also proudly served his country in Vietnam. His military career provided him with the opportunity to travel all over the world where he ultimately met the love of his life, Marian Irene Blake in Papua New Guinea. They had a whirlwind romance and 6 weeks later were married! They were happily married for 44 years before her death on July 3, 2007. After retiring from the Air Force in 1977, he relocated to Bend, Oregon where he worked as a Physical Plant Engineer at Central Oregon Community College. He moved to Vancouver, Washington in 1995 to be closer to his children and their families.

David enjoyed umpiring, fishing, playing cards and spending time with his beloved family. He especially loved spoiling his two grandchildren Blake and Sydney Hirschmugl.

David is survived by his two daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah and Daniel Kumle of Vancouver, WA and Lisa and Brian Hirschmugl of Troutdale, OR; and two grandchildren, Blake and Sydney Hirschmugl of Troutdale. He was an amazing husband, daddy and papa. He will be greatly missed!

"And That's That Story!"

Submitted By Lisa Hirschmugl

6 MAY 2010

Dale C. Kingsbury


Kingsbury, Dale C., Jr. (Retired Major USAF) was reunited with his beloved wife, Marilyn on May 6, 2010. Loving father of Lynn (Patty) and Alan (Sherry); loving grandpa of seven; dear great grandpa of five; dear friend and neighbor of Ann and Dave Tribout; dear brother-in-law, uncle, great uncle and friend to many. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Kidney Foundation or the American Parkinson's Disease Association. Services: Visitation at HOFFMEISTER COLONIAL Mortuary, 6464 Chippewa at Watson, on Mon. May 10, 2010 from 4-8 p.m. with American Legion service beginning at 7 p.m. Funeral service Tues. at 11:30 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full military honors. Condolences may be offered at

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on May 9, 2010

We're Gonna Miss You, Dale

Dale was a Life Member of the Air Force Photo Mapping Association, and a major contributor by attending most of the annual reunions since 1989, and as Editor of the Photomapper Newsletter for many years along with serving as AFPMA Director of Admin/Communication

26 APR 2010

Frayser C. "Boots" Holler

April 21st, 1929 - April 26th, 2010

  Frayser Carson Holler, 81 years old, of Blue Ridge, GA, passed away Monday, April 26, 2010. He was born in York County, SC, on April 21, 1929 son of Frayser Carson Holler, Sr. and Ruth Holler. He retired from the US Air Force in 1975. He was very active as a Blue Ridge Kiwanis Club member, a Shriner, an avid golfer, a ham radio operator(K5GBS "Boots")and a member of Blue Ridge United Methodist Church. Boots was also a Life Member of the Air Force Photo Mapping Association, and a member of the USAF Rotorheads Helicopter Association. Mr. Holler previously worked as a congressional aid. He enjoyed reading and horticulture, he earned a degree from the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College of GA. Surviving are his wife, Linda H. Holler, daughter, JoAnn Lawrence, daughter, Angela Holler, son, Timothy Keith Jordan, daughter, Melissa Patton, granddaughter, Brittany Jordan, grandson, Trevor Jordan, grandson, Brandon Jordan, grandson, Kade Jordan, granddaughter, Morgan Patton, granddaughter, Brook Patton, granddaughter, Sadie Patton. he was preceded in death by his father, Frayser Carson Holler, Sr.and his mother, Ruth Holler. Memorial Service will be held at the Georgia National Cemetery of Canton, Georgia on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 11:30am with the National Honor Guard presenting. Donations may be made in the memory of Mr. Holler to the North Georgia Mountain Crisis Network at P.O. Box 1249, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513. The arrangements for this service have been entrusted to the Henry Cochran Cemetery of Blue Ridge, GA. Services: 11:30AM at Georgia National Cemetery on Friday, April 30th, 2010 Cemetery: Georgia National Cemetery 2025 Mt. Carmel Church Road Canton, GA 30114


Arthur J. Thomas


Maria Myers

26 MAR 2010

Vivian Greenhalgh

Vivian was born on August 25, 1920 and passed away on Friday, March 26, 2010. Vivian was last known to be living in Wetumpka, Alabama.

I received the newsletter, The Photomapper, that was sent to my mother, Vivian Greenhalgh. (My father was Lt. Col. William Greenhalgh, who passed away in February 2004.) I am sad to notify you and your organization that my mother passed away in March of last year. She had cancer and passed away quietly and with family nearby. Her death was difficult for me but I know she is with Dad now and that helps me smile through the hurt.

I tried to contact as many of her friends using her phone memory and her address books but obviously I did not have information on all of her many acquaintances.

I know she loved her friendships with all of the people she met due to their involvement with the military. That was her life and she was so very proud of Dad's service to our country. Actually, as an "Air Force brat" I felt his service was "our" service. I know Mom felt she served every bit as much as Dad did!!

Please share this information with anyone who needs to know.

Pat (Greenhalgh) West

22 MAR 2010

Madsen, Paul G. Maj. USAF Ret

Age 83

 Preceded in death by brother Ervin. Survived by wife Rose; daughters Karen Madsen and husband Bill Shepherd, Everett, WA, Kris Naujokaitis, Omaha, Pam and husband Mike Gentile, Carlsbad, CA; sister Laura and husband Walter Ross, Omaha; 9 grandchildren Keli and husband Chad, Katie and husband Ben, Traci and husband Andy, Nicki, Becki and husband Jake, William and wife Lela, Anthony, Kate and David; 11 great grandchildren.

 Paul yearned to fly from his earliest days. He sent applications to airlines from about the age of 6, and his dream was fulfilled when he went to Air Force pilot training in 1948. Recently when he was asked about his proudest achievement, he replied, "earning my wings." 20 years of service in the Air Force was followed by 22 years of service to his fellow veterans and their families as he worked for the Veterans Administration. His love of flying and service to his country were equaled only by his love for his family-he was a beloved and loving son, grandson, nephew, brother, cousin, husband, father, uncle, grandpa and great grandpa.

 He has enriched the lives of many-his sense of humor and ability to make friends are legendary and he will be deeply missed by all who had the good fortune to know him. Family will receive friends Thursday March 25th, 5-7pm with a Time Of Remembrance at 7pm at Bellevue Memorial Chapel. MEMORIAL SERVICES Friday, March 26th, 10am at Capehart Chapel, 25th & Capehart Rd. Inurnment Ft. McPherson National Cemetery. Memorials to American Heart Association / American Stroke Association or charity of your choice.


10 MAR 2010

V. Ray Creasy

V. Ray Creasy, 68, of 1325 Apache Rd. Albany,GA, 31705, died March 10, 2010 at Palmyra Medical Centers. Ray was born and attended schools in Lynchburg, Virginia. He served in the United States Air Force and retired from Bellsouth/Lucent Technologies.Ray was a member of the 1374th Mapping and Charting Squadron, Turner AFB, GA..1960-1963.

Ray was a member of Amazing Grace Baptist Church, Jonesboro Lodge # 87, F and AM, and attended Dougherty Lodge # 591 F and AM. He was also a member of the Flint River Camping Club as well as the Air Masters Model Airplane Club of Lee County.

Preceding him in death, were his parents, John and Mildred Creasy. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Laramore Creasy of Albany, GA, his children, Mark Creasy and his wife, Julie of Sharpsburg, GA, Michael Creasy and his wife, Kelly of Dallas, GA, Dwain Weaver and his wife, Janet of Albany, GA, Rhonda Coalson and her husband Tim of Albany, GA, and Brian Sartain and his friend, Katrina Walker of Leesburg, GA, his brother, Roy Creasy and his wife, Donna of Lynchburg, VA, his grandchildren, Caroline and Garret Creasy and Olivia and Allison Creasy, Amber and Dylan Duke, Brittany and Logan Duke and Cassie and Brian Sartain and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service at Amazing Grace Baptist Church. Those desiring may make memorials to Amazing Grace Baptist Church Building Fund, 2217 Ledo Road, Albany, GA, 31707.

Mathews Funeral Home, Albany, GA

Ray was my 1374th roommate a couple of times and we deployed to AST's togather 4 times. He was a good friend, I last spoke to him via email about a month ago..HE WENT TO HOSPITAL ER FOR SHORTNESS OF BREATH AND DIED ABOUT AN HOUR OR SO LATER..STILL NOT CLEAR ON CAUSE...

Tom "Butch" Bennett, Albany, GA

Lord, keep Your arm around my shoulder and Your hand over my mouth

19 JAN 2010

Bob Bawcum

  Lt. Col. Robert W. Bawcum, US Air Force Retired, passed away peacefully during his sleep at his home in Ocean Springs. Bob was born in Sugar Tree, TN where he grew up farming near the Tennessee River. He entered the Air Force through the Cadet Corps. During the 21 years he faithfully served his country, he was a navigator, worked in the Atlas F Missile Program, and was a pilot of numerous aircraft, including the C-130 and DC-9. Bob served in the Vietnam Conflict. His love of aviation allowed him to continue to fly as a commercial airline pilot.

  Bob had been a resident of the Gulf Coast for the past 23 years. He faithfully served his Creator and Redeemer and was a member of First Baptist Church in Biloxi and the Victory Sunday School class.

  Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Maggie Bawcum; brothers, Charlie, John, Connie, Gray and Jack; sisters, Bertha Mae and Opal.

  He is survived by his wife, Alice Bradley Bawcum; daughter, Mary Alice (Doug) Fowler; son, Bobby (Nancy) Bawcum; sister, Frances (Berthal) Haggard; brothers, Hersell Bawcum, Henry (Lattie) Bawcum, Dean (Johnnie Ruth) Bawcum; grandchildren, Robert III, Bradley, Zoe, Ali, Emily and Timothy.

  Funeral Services will be Friday, January 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm at First Baptist Church of Biloxi. Friends may visit from noon until service time. A committal service will follow in Biloxi National Cemetery with full military honors.

  In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to a charity of one's choice.

  Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home, Howard Ave., Biloxi is in charge of arrangements.

17 JAN 2010

Cooledge J. Barksdale

Cooledge J. Barksdale passed away on 17 JAN 2010 in Baxley, GA. He was preceded by his wife Lilla.

14 JAN 2010

Lilla B. Barksdale

Lilla B. Barksdale, 77, died Thursday, January 14, 2010 in Toombs County, GA.

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