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Charles A. Weitz - 83

Charlie passed away on Friday, October 21 in hospice at Tampa, FL. Charlie served Air America from September 1961 to September 1973.  His last station was in Udorn, Thailand. He had previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife Michiko. Charlie graduated from Duquesne University prior to becoming a Marine Rotor Wing Pilot. He is acknowledged to have saved as many as 12 US Aviators who had been shot down in Laos. After Air America, Charlie flew in Indonesia and Kazakhstan.  He retired to Tampa, FL in 2002.

The family recommends gifts and donations be make to Father Luke Bouchard's Church.  Address is; Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 486 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, MA 01876 2849.  Father B's phone contact is 978 851 7258 ext 254.  

Reported by BJ Sheffield, Bill Zeitler, Grant Walters and Steve Stevens

Greer Ann Stock - 75

Greer left this life peacefully at home in Van Nuys, CA. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Roger, son James of Avon, IN, daughter Star, of Honolulu, HI, and daughter Kathleen of Van Nuys, CA. She has two grandchildren, Nathan and Sharaya. She was predeceased by her parents and brother David Rood.

Born in Schenectady, NY to Clarence and Kay Rood. Greer studied at St. Mary's School of Nursing in Amsterdam, NY and earned her RN license in 1961. After working as a nurse for over 30 years she returned to school to become a Chemical Dependency Counselor. Her most rewarding time was seven years spent working with orphans in Thailand. A memorial service was held at Church of the Valley, 6565 Vesper Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91411, on November 25. Donations in her memory may be made to the Church of the Valley Food Pantry.

Roger Stock was an Operations Specialist based in Udorn, Thailand from June 1967 to March 1974. Greer was a Registered Nurse and was very active in the Udorn community especially with the Thai Orphans.

Ray Shourds - 85

Ray Shourds passed away on December 6th at the age of 85.  We always said that those years in the 60's in Bangkok were the best years of our lives.  After we came back, Ray went to work for Pan Am and I joined Eastern --- both going out of business eventually!  Anyway, over the years we thoroughly enjoyed traveling the world.  Ray is survived by his wife, Lynda, children Chris, Lisa, Jeff and Steve, six grandchildren, two great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, two aunts, three brothers, and a sister.  The funeral mass was held in St. Augustine, Florida, since we recently moved here.

Ray was airport manager for CAT in Bangkok. The staff there handled all of the Air America flights as well as the CAT flights.

Ray grew up in Marshall, MN, worked in the Control Tower during his Navy years and then went to Washington, DC, where he worked for Eastern Airlines. He attended Georgetown University, majoring in International Transportation. He and Lynda met in Washington while both were working for Eastern. After he graduated from Georgetown, he left for Taiwan and then Bangkok. Lynda and their children joined him three months later.

Submitted by Lynda Shourds

D. Larry Fraser - 76

Larry Fraser passed away on Saturday, December 31 in Montana. Larry flew R/W as Captain in Udorn, Thailand from August 1968 until December 1972. He is survived by his wife Tong who lives in Florida and son David who lives in Virginia and a sister who lives in Montana.

Reported by Steve Stevens

Everyone, I am truly sad to say that my father passed away yesterday.  Many of you came to visit him while at home, and reminisced about Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Air America, the US Customs, the Forest Service, the Naval Academy, college, high school, your childhood, and many other things. I read him each and every email/text you all sent me over the last month and I know he really appreciated it.  Many of them told me of past stories of your adventures with my dad that made him laugh and very happy.  These stories made me think of an idea I hope each and everyone one of you can help me with.  Please go to his facebook page and post a story (or many if you would like) that you can remember that you had with him…..any story….funny, sad, crazy but true, etc.  My family and I would love to hear them during this difficult time.  Here is his facebook page:

Submitted by Dave Frazer

William 'Bill' Long - 74

Bill passed on Tuesday January 17, 2017 at his son's home in Everett, Washington.  He was 74 years old.  Bill served Air America from July 1969 to June 1974 as a flight mechanic in Udorn.  He is survived by wife Vimol and son who is a Naval Officer based in Washington state. I spoke to Vimol yesterday and she told me that Bill will be cremated and the family will return with him to their home in Alabama.

I hope to be able to speak with is son in the next few days.  Arden Davis believes Bill may have served in Marines, Air Force, and Army.  I believe this is true, but would like confirmation.  

Personally, I knew Bill in Udorn, but got to know him very well while we both worked for Bell Helicopters in Isfahan, Iran.
He was a gentleman in the classic sense.  Great sense of humor and wonderful family man.  

reported by Arden Davis
Mike Kandt, Chaplin

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