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Julian P Esposito from Levittown wrote on January 12, 2021 at 9:05 am
Pat Schroeder has informed us that her husband, Marv Schroeder (Hahn 63-66) passed away the 12th of November. Marv, a great friend, attended our Denver reunion sharing recollections from his days at Hahn !
Admin Reply by: Russ Reston
His name has been added to the Honor Roll.
Anthony (Tony) Aluknavich from Conroe wrote on December 19, 2020 at 12:40 pm
Roger (Moose), were you on Site IV as a launch crew member between 1965 and 1966? I was there and was teamed up with Joe Eddins as launch crew techs. Your name is familiar.
Roger (Moose) Lamothe Hahn-1962-1966. from Greenville, NC wrote on December 15, 2020 at 8:50 pm
Roger (Moose) Lamothe Hahn-1962-1966. I haven't been on this page for a few years, but was wondering if the Roster of Personnel who worked on the "Birds" was still being maintained. If so, how is it accessed? Thanks.
Admin Reply by: Russ Reston
We don't maintain a list of everyone that worked with Matador / Mace missiles, but we do actively maintain a list of TAC Missileers members. It can be found at
Robert 'Bob' Cornell wrote on December 3, 2020 at 7:05 am
Hey Richard Hannaford, I recognize many of your names from Kadina and the the 873rd. I was roommates with Bill O'Hare while in Kadina. Crazy guy. I think Capt. Helms was on our basketball team. Spent '61 to '63 on the island.
Sincerely Bob Cornell,
ps remember the Pizza place just outside gate 1 in Koza city on BC.
Richard Hannaford from Hampton, New Hampshire wrote on November 21, 2020 at 2:10 pm
Did it again misspelled Chuck’s last name should have been Reustle hit r on my I pad . Did poor proof read. Sorry Chuck if you see theses entries.
Richard Hannaford from Hampton, New Hampshire wrote on November 21, 2020 at 2:04 pm
In entry yesterday had Chuck Rreustle last name incorrect . Sorry. He had very successful career, probley made SSGT in four, five years. Took me 6 years. Got out after enlistment ended. 10 years in and might have stayed but reassigned 1969 from Bitburg to Barksdale on Houndog missile with B52. Was assigned to work Houndog black boxes instead of working in hanger on Houndog or flight line with Houndog on the 52. But few years later went California and worked for Lockheed. Total 14 years six months and worked number aircraft as Flight Line Electronic tech. Six years flight test on F117 and later 6 months on YF22 until it went to Edwards on fly off against the YF23 from. Northrop
Richard Hannaford from Hampton wrote on November 20, 2020 at 11:33 pm
Reading thru guestbook recognized number names, Bill Horn on crew with him , Capt Helms and Sgt Walters Okinawa Dec 61 - March 63 Site 1, Jeff Schiff and Ron Boe on crew live launch of “Fink 7 Mace B 17 July 1963 and I think William (Bill) O Hare Mech 4- power man on Capt Helms and Sgt Walters crew Site 1 Dec 61 March 63. Also Chuck Russell who I believed said or did something when a visiting VIP , General, don,t remember if AF or Army walked in front of a theolite in the launch bay Just a little bit of humor.
Ed Nangle from Manheim, Pa wrote on November 13, 2020 at 12:01 pm
Hi Max and Russ, it was interesting to read George Mindling's written article this past week. Being the first Senior Airman, Nuclear Weapons Mechanical Specialist assigned to Flight A which deployed with the Mace TM-76A in July 1959 to Sembach Germany, I was really impressed with all the assistance to relocate the bird to Vicennes, Ind. museum.

Great article, kudos to George and all others who gave assistance. This is the only way we can preserve the history of the Tactical Missile Program which gave much support to the Cold War and prevented thermonuclear war and obliteration of our culture.

If you ever need my assistance with info about Sembach or the entire Mace TM-76A initial stages I will be glad to help. I also was named the Nuclear Weapons Member of the Standardization Review Crew when in Sembach 1959-1960.

Thanks , Ed
Frank Roales from Vincennes IN wrote on September 27, 2020 at 12:56 pm
Just a note to any who are interested. I stoped to see the MM-1 Terracruzer that they have at the FWD museum in Clintonville WI. I had forgot how big these things were even if I did spend 1960 and 1961 working on them at Orlando AFB, if you are in the area check it out.
James Dutcher (Dutch) from Pleasanton wrote on August 19, 2020 at 4:39 pm
I'm sorry to report my good friend Robert L. Genovese, passed away November 14, 2019. Bob, known by many as Geno, was stationed at Sembach , 38th Tactical Missile Wing, from 1961 to 1965 and worked in Finance. He also served in Vietnam and was medically retired after contracting Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie (Nickweiler), who he met and married while at Sembach. To learn more about Geno and his life after Sembach go to
Eric Pellegrino from Canton NY wrote on August 11, 2020 at 2:19 pm
Who was the Sembach base commander in 1965? Last name Payne?
Admin Reply by: Russ Reston
Sembach AB Base Commander - Col. Roswell W. Ard - 1964 to Sept. 25, 1966. See Click here...

For 38th TMW Commanders - Click here...
Guy Vanderman from Deatsville wrote on June 1, 2020 at 9:52 pm
Harry Anderson. Saw your post. I was assigned to GSC same time you were in GEMS. Drop me an email at when you get a change and I'll dig out some old files to refresh my memory on shop personnel.
John Wood from Punta Gorda, FL wrote on May 31, 2020 at 12:35 pm
Going through some old files I came across the name of someone I lost track of.
Does anyone know or remember Don Franklin? We trained on the same launch crew in Orlando in 1961 but he didn't ship out to Kadena with us. I was under the impression that he would arrive with the next group but he never did.
I would appreciate any information you might have.
John Wood
Richard W Serfass from Hainesport wrote on April 25, 2020 at 4:06 pm
Arrived at Kadena Air Base assigned to the 498TMG in January 1965 with the Mace B. (the Mace A was in Bitberg Germany, where I really wanted to go!!) Stayed 18 months leaving June 1966. I was a young second lieutenant as the Launch Control Officer on a 7 man crew.. My training out of OTS was at Lowry AFB and Orlando AFB. How was that for training sites.
Lived in a Quonset Hut with two fellow officers, Dave Parker and Chuck Prince. Came across this site looking for a model of the Mace Missile to hang in my room along site the Minuteman Missile, which was my next assignment.
I need it quick before I leave this earth and then I can leave it to my daughters who will probably throw it away.
I have a few pictures to post. How do you do that?
Admin Reply by: Russ Reston
Hi Richard, If you have photos that you'd like added to the website, send them to me -

Regards, Russ Reston

ps - The Revell Mace Model is currently available on Amazon and eBay. Here's the Amazon URL.
Mike Mulligan from Pahrump NV wrote on April 8, 2020 at 5:25 am
498 MMS Okinawa Kadina 1962 1965
Harry F.Anderson, Jr. from Zellwood, Fl and Whittier, NC wrote on January 25, 2020 at 3:03 pm
Assigned to 498th MMS from 9/1961 to 6/1965. I was assigned to the GEMS Shop,responsile for setting up the test modules and checking out the guidance system boxes. Some of those working for me were Armand Roux, Richard Sully, Jim Jackson,Terry Acree. After checking out the boxes, we sent them to the GSC Section, withDon Moody in charge. Some oh the people working out there were Henry P. La Montagne, Gil Lomax Mac McKay,George Bennet. They would install the black boxes into the nose cone and assembled the missile. Flight Controls, run by Pete Samples would do their thing and then to the silos. Floyd Clark was also one of group that was there. We all trained at Lowery AFB, then went to Orlando AFB and on to Okinawa as a group. Most staled on until 65 or 66 before before returning to the states. These were some of the best times in my USAF Career. I went to McCoy AFB Fla as a radar tech with the 966th AEW&C until I retired in 1973. Would enjoy hearing from anyone having like memories
Admin Reply by: Russ Reston
Pls check 6/1/2020 entry by Guy Vanderman.
Fanita Maxwell from Houston wrote on January 2, 2020 at 7:29 pm
It is with great sadness that I inform you my father, MSgt. Norris J. Maxwell (Bitburg Steinborn '57-'60) passed away on December 21, 2019.  The Denver, Colorado reunion we attended together was one of his fondest memories. Services to be held at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Houston, Texas on Friday January 10th, 2020. Family & Friends Gathering will be from 1100- 1215, Military service will start promptly at 1230.
Admin Reply by: Russ Reston
My condolences. His name has been added to the website Honor Roll.
Edward T Nangle, Jr from Manheim wrote on December 1, 2019 at 9:18 am
Thanks to our new President Guy for his article about his early days in the "MACE" family. Much of what he relates to was a later version of my experiences before deploying. Although I was Nuclear Weapons Specialist on the early TM-76A Mace 1956-1962 assigned to Sembach AFB Germany my basic training , and Missile school in Denver was similar.

Ronald Baertsch from Brookville, Ohio wrote on November 20, 2019 at 9:16 am
I went to school on the TM76-A at Lowry during 1958-1959. I worked on the TM61C Matador at the 310th TMS at Osan during 1959-1960. Also at the 71st TMS in Bitburg during 1960-1962. Would like to here from anyone that served at these locations at the same times. Ron Baertsch
Larry Emerson from Wichita wrote on November 6, 2019 at 9:33 pm
Found this on internet tonight. Chuck was at Bitburg for at least two tours once with Matadore (?) or Mace A(?) and with Mace B - Job Control.

Charles Rondall Sisson
Copperhill, Tennessee
Aug 18, 1936 – Aug 30, 2019
Atkins Funeral Home - Blue Ridge - Blue Ridge Obituary
Charles was born on August 18, 1936 and passed away on Friday, August 30, 2019. Mr. Sisson retired from the United States Air Force after nearly twenty-three years. A private interment followed at the Sisson Family Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Air Force Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Blue Ridge, 907 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 or The Gideons International.
Admin Reply by: Russ Reston
I've added his name to the Honor Roll.
Julian (Zito) Esposito from Levittown wrote on October 9, 2019 at 8:38 am
Thank you Carolyn & Max for the terrific 2019 reunion pictures on our site. Great memories of our Tac Missileer friends preserved forever !
Guy Vanderman from Deatsville wrote on September 19, 2019 at 6:50 pm
I was honored to volunteer to be the president of the association for the next period. Hats off to Max and Jerry for all they do. I had a great time at the reunion, the fourth one I have attended. I don't (didn't) know too many of you as I was not married and only 18 when I went on the Mace B. Did not socialize too much other than with my fellow Guidance techs, none of which are part of the association as far as I can notice. I will try and capture my thoughts on the Mace and what it did for me in later entries. Suffice it to say it got me started off on the right foot for a 35 year Air Force career.
Julian (Zito) Esposito from Levittown wrote on September 18, 2019 at 10:21 am
Happy Birthday U.S.A.F
Congratulations to Max Butler and all Tac Missileers on another terrific reunion!
Bill Rinker from Highlands Ranch, CO wrote on September 12, 2019 at 2:33 pm
My TM71A career began at Lowry during 1961-62 where I met and married my present wife. Then on to Orlando 1962 and Hahn 1962-66. I spent my entire time in Germany as a Maintenance Mech 1 (TM76A ATRAN guidance) at Hahn Site IV (Wuscheim). We lived a few miles from Site IV in a little village named Reckershausen. The town folks took us right in and we became part of their community (no one spoke English so we learned German)! We wouldn’t trade these experiences for the world! Left USAF in 1966 and went to work for Telco companies as a datecomm/telcomm engineer for 39 years. Retired in 2005. We sure have a lot of great memories of the folks we met in the USAF!
Ann Fairchild from The Mariners' Museum wrote on September 11, 2019 at 9:37 pm
I hope you enjoyed your tour at the Mariners' Museum today, as I certainly enjoyed being one of the Navigators. To the guys asking about the steering wheel on the Miss Belle Isle, the 1923 Chris-Craft Runabout, we were both right. One stick was the throttle, and the other was the spark adjustment.
Admin Reply by: Russ Reston
We had a great visit to the museum. Thanks for the hospitality!!!