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Ellsworth AFB Memories

28th Airborne Missile Maintenance Squadron

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 Squadron History

Time Line                    Factoid

1 Nov 1962           28th AMMS Activated

1963                    28th AMMS Awarded Best in SAC   

1 Jan 1965           28th AMMS Deactivated

Jun 1971              72nd AMMS from Ramey transfered to     

                     Ellsworth and 28th AMMS Reactivated

25 Jan 1975          28th AMMS Deactivated, Again.

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Front row, l to r: ...Sperley, Charlie Cavanaugh, ...Hurlburt, Gary Gladden, S.J. Van Langeveld,
John Whippich, Daryl Spears, Tom Kenney, Fred Partington and J.D. Carter.

Second row, l to r: the white sleeve (msgt) is either J.T. Cressie or Robert Fox, unk., unk, Buell Weems, Pete De Rienzo, unk, Harry Viator, unk, Harrie Westphal, Msgt Arnold, First Shirt Darius King, ...Wade?.

Third row, l to r: Al Schuler, Cecil Ten Cate, Russell Wilkerson, Ray Patton, Msgt Brown, Tsgt Riebe,
T.J. Locklar (holding 1963 Outstanding AMMS trophy), unk, Billy Hogancamp, Don ..., Frank Petras
and Col. Howard Handran.

Fourth row, l to r:Rich Colclasure (hat), Willie Wells, George McIntosh's head behind Cecil Ten Cate, unk hat, Dave Pluster, ...Mason, Fred Beltzer, Gary Thoemmes (face), Paul Lorenzen,
Charlie Burkholder, Rich Henderson, Al Sheer, Don Tallman, Terry O'brien, "Ozzie" Nelson, unk.

First row, work stands, l to r:...Roetger?, unk., John Baker, Roger Pemberton, ...Nixon, Carl Alfonso Schmidt, David Wolfe, ...Clayton L. Lyon , unk.

Last row, l to r: ...Boven?, unk., Jim Rybolt, Lt. Marion Baker, Pete Rider, ...Sandven, Shafter Fort
and Tom Lentz.

Missing from the photo:Dan Petrosky, Harold Talent, Ron Mahalie, Doyle Riney, Tom Carroll, Pappy Meyer, Greg Kysor, Coy Perrigo, Duane Fields, Michael Benedict, Jeff Zilich, Jerry Godolphin, Ron Himmelberg, Ron Cook, Jim Johnston, Delbert Allen, ...Mc Cafferty, ...Mc Daniels, Earl Gremilion, Dick Landoe, Jim Childress, ...Oulette, Bob Cox, Joe Helisek, Sam Bass and Marv Crane.

Where We Worked

Mel Champion, Analysis, briefing some Canadian dignitaries on Missile performance.

Missile on display at a Open House in 1963

Guidance Shop Consoles

Photos Courtesy of: Harrie Westphal


Sperry Van Langeveld performing a check on a Flight Control Package.

Charlie Cavanaugh appears to be tesing a D9A Digital Computer

The Guidance - Flight Control Shop at Work

The Black Hills Boys


L-R  Harrie Westphal, Ron Himmelburg,
Jim Rybolt and Sperry Van Langeveld

L-R  Harrie Westphal, Ron Himmelburg,
Jim Rybolt and Sperry Van Langeveld

The cabin where they hung out

The cliffs they had to climb

Some troops getting relaxed
L-R Unk, Shelby Monhollen,  Mel Champion and  "Pappy" Meyers.

Patrick D. Rife Remembers a Shack!

A bit  of trivia: I think, though can't prove, that I had the first, but not the last,  "shack" (bullseye) with an AGM-28 Hound Dog MissileB as the Navigator/Programer while at  Ramey.  It was September 15, 1969, with AGM-23B 237 on B52G 590 at  Statesboro, NY RBS (radar bomb site).  Whoopee huh?

Joe Kata and I,  along with many of the fine folks formerly at Ramey, participated in the Ghost  Walk 3, successful live launch of an ADM-20 Quail MissleC Quail in June 1972.  Jones,  Jackson, Wallace, Turner, Willis, and Puccio were the enlisted guys who made it  happen.  I know Jones was at Ramey, but not sure of the others, but bet  some were.  I don't have first names--getting too old I guess, but saw  Jones' picture in your photos.  Many of the former Ramey folks were  instrumental in the cleanup efforts in Rapid City after the extensive flood of  June 1972.

Patrick D. Rife,  Lt Col USAF (Ret)

People in Action

Courtesy of Robert Davis

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ADM-20 in maintenance

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ADM-20 in maintenance


28th AMMS Troops Past & Present

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28th  AMMS Personnel Roster


NOTICE: The following format will be used on all  future updates to the website:  Last name, first name, middle initial (in bold print), address, telephone number, email address (with a link to contact you), bases assigned to along with dates.   Individuals that are deceased will have a gold star placed in front of their names.  If there is any information that you do not want published with your listing, please indicate that when you submit your updates.

Adamski, Richard H., 4330 Patriot Ln, Rapid City, SD  57701, Phone: (605) 342-2453, Email:, Squadron: Wurtsmith AFB (67-74), Ellsworth AFB (74-92)
Anderson, Charles D ------ Sierra Vista AZ
Anderson, Jon-----------Waterloo IA
Barnett, David
1-star Beltzer, Fredrick B.-----------Deceased
1-starBenedict, Michael J --------- Deceased
Berkholtz, Wallace W., P.O. Box 326, Wellsville, UT 84339, Phone: (435)245-9112, Email:, Squadron: Kincheloe (61-66), Barksdale (66-69), Ellsworth (73-74)
Boaz, Clifford L., P.O. Box 877, Ft. Fairfield, Maine 04742, Phone: N/A, Email:, Squadron: Seymour Johnson AFB (60-63), Turner AFB (63-67), Loring AFB (67-69) Ramey AFB (69-71), Ellsworth AFB (71-73)

Boyle, David H  --------- Au Gres MI
Brust, John G --------- Bradenton FL
Buckner, Fred, 8001 Creekstone Circle, Pinson, AL 35126, Phone: (205) 680-4468, Email:, Squadron: Ellsworth AFB (73-74)
Burkhead, Larry D
Burris, David L., 310 E. Van Buren, Rapid City.SD 57701, Phone: (605) 718-3776, Email:,  Squadron: Fairchild AFB (65-70), K. I. Sawyer AFB (70-74), Beale AFB (74-76), Ellsworth AFB (76-78)
1-star Bustos, Emilio -------- Deceased
1-star Callahan, Nelson H------Deceased
Camlin, Edwin W.------Edmond, OK
1-star Carter, James D. - Deceased
Champion, Melvin A., Address: 120 Sun Prairie Road, Great Falls, MT  59404, Phone: (406) 965-3208, Email:, Squadron: Kincheloe AFB (64-70), Ramey AFB (70-71), Ellsworth AFB (71-74)
Childress, Jim
Chinn, James---------CO
Choney,Billy-----------Warner Robins GA
Cole,Lawrence-----------Paola KS
Coleman, Finnos C
Cook,Ronald L ------- Seguin TX
Cox,David L
1-star Crane, Marvin----------Deceased
Cressie,James T
Davis, Robert C. (Red), 1264 Old Mobile Highway, Lucedale, MS 39452, Phone: N/A, Email:, Squadron: Blytheville AFB (67-70), Ramey AFB (70-71), Minot AFB (71-72),  Ellsworth AFB (72-74)
Davis, Robert D ------- Fort Worth TX
Dobson, David C
Dorsey, Bruce E., 8388 N 67th East Ave., Owasso, OK 74055, Phone: N/A, Email:, Squadron: Barksdale AFB (69-73), Ellsworth AFB (73-78)
Drennen,James H
Evans, Roy A., 336 Salmon Ct.,  Kissimmee, FL 34759, Phone: (863) 496-0060, Email:, Squadron: Loring AFB (64-68), Ramey AFB (69-71), Ellsworth AFB (71-73)
Fellows, Bruce ------- Winter Haven FL
Field,Duane E -------- Coldwater MI
1-star Fort, Shafter E----------- Deceased
Fox,Robert N
1-star Francis, Ralph -------- Deceased
Franke, Paul W.--------- Barker,  NY
Fritch, Cecil W -------- Cypress TX
Gaertig, Michael E -------- Lompoc CA
1-star Galloway,Herman W.----------- Deceased
Gass,Brad-----------Ft Wayne IN
Gilbert,Robert C ------- Kennesaw GA
Gladney,Erbia H-----------Wichita KS
Glasgow, Malcolm M
1-star Glenn,Donald L----------- Deceased
Godolphin,Jerry -------- Knoxville TN
Gomez,Richard L
Gremillion, Earl J., Knobbs Road, McDade, Texas, Phone: (512) 273-2755, Email:, Squadron: Ellsworth AFB, Seymour Johnson AFB
Griffith, Karl T., 225 Park Charles Blvd. N., St. Peters, MO 63376, Phone: (636) 928-2275, Email:, Squadron: Wurtsmith AFB (69-70), Ramey AFB (70-71), Ellsworth AFB (71-74), Mather AFB (74-75 SRAM)
Hale, Bernard E
1-star Handran, Howard A --------- Deceased
Hedges, gary N
Helisek,Joseph J
Henderson, Richard L. 411 Autumn Trl, Michigan City IN 46360, Phone: (219) 221-6641, Email:,  Squadron: Ellsworth AFB (61-64)  Wurthsmith AFB (65)
Hobby, Glen T ---------- Corryton TN
Hutchinson, Mark C --------- Spokane WA
Jacobs,  Ralph----Rutherfordton, NC
Johnston,James G -------- Valparaiso FL
Jones, Gary B.------Suwanee, GA
Jones, Sam, 6324 S 139 St., Omaha, NE 68137, Phone: (402) 895-6138, Email:, Squadron: Ramey AFB (60-63), Wright Patterson AFB (63-68), K I Sawyer AFB (68-69), Ellsworth AFB (71-73)
1-star Kata, Joseph---------Deceased
Kerr, Robert W
Kile, Kerry R.
Landoe,Richard A-----------Spencer IA
Leale Jr., Thomas J., 3171 W. Shadow Dr., Buckeye, AZ 85326, Phone: (623) 374-4206, Email:, Squadron: Loring AFB (66-69), Ramey AFB (69-71),  Ellsworth AFB (71-74), Beale AFB (74-76) Ellsworth AFB (76-77)
Lecates, Charles B., P.O.412, Piedmont, SD 57769, Phone: (605) 787-4709, Email:, Squadron: Columbus AFB (60-67), Barksdale AFB (67-71), KI Sawyer AFB  (71-74), Barksdale AL (74-79), Camp Amsterdam, The Netherlands - 1979-1981, Ellsworth AFB (Ret), AFJROTC Instructor, Douglas HS, Box Elder, SD - 1989-2003
Lee, Larry E
Lentz,Tom E
Lloyd, Troy A
Locke, Robert L
Locklar,Thomas J ---------- Albany MO
Manzini, Richard A., 112 Edenboro Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601, Phone: (724) 832-3985, Email:, Squadron: Ellsworth AFB (71-74)
1-star Marston, John E----------DeceasedL
Mason,William D
McIntosh,George C----------Holland MI
Meyer, Richard J--------Ykama, WA
Murphy, Michael J., 1933 126th PL SW, Everett, WA 98204, Phone: N/A, Email:, Squadron: Beale AFB (67-68), Ramey AFB (68-71), Ellsworth AFB (71-72), Fairchild AFB (72-85), Griffiss AFB (85-86)
Murphy, Stanley E
Nelson,Otis C
O'Brien,Terry----------Wheatland CA
Oylear,Everett W
Partington,Fred-----------Van Buren AR
1-star Patton, Ray A----------Deceased
Pemberton,Roger W
Penrose, Spencer K
Perkins, Ralph Q., 1755 Cypress Lake Dr., Grant Valkaria,  Florida 32949, Phone: (321) 725-8825, Email:, Squadron: Altus AFB (63-64), Blythville AFB (67-70),  Ellsworth AFB (70-75)
1-star Pero, Willard-----------Deceased
Petras,Frank M-----------Citrus Height CA
Petroski, Daniel D., 250 Moose Brook Re, Ludlwo, ME 04730, Phone: (207) 532-2728, Email:, Squadron: Ellsworth AFB (63-64), Wurtsmith AFB (64-66)
Plooster, David M., 2969 Elk Creek Rd., Piedmont, SD 57769, Phone: N/A, Email:, Squadron: Ellsworth AFB (62-64) Travis AFB (64-65)
1-star Price, Mayward H. – Deceased
Puccio, Sebastian F -------- Johnstown PA
Rife, Patrick D. LTC USAF (Ret), Address: 1811 14 Street Road, Phone: +1 (970) 395-0950, Email:, Squadron: Ramey AFB (69-71), Ellsworth AFB (71-72)
Riney,Doyle V
Rodney, James R., 3518 12th Ave., Moline, IL 61265, Phone: (309) 737-5699, Email: jrr1941@AOL.COM, Squadron: Ellsworth AFB (62-64), Columbus AFB (64-66)
Roper,Clarence H
1-star Rybolt, Jim ----------- Deceased
1-star Savery, Joseph M -------- Deceased
Schmidt,Carl A
1-star Schrum, Raymond--------Deceased
Shelton, John D., 146  Tollgate Trail, Longwood Fl 32750, Phone: (407) 331-9379 Email:, Squadron: Eglin AFB (63-65) Turner AFB (65-67) Grand Forks AFB (67-69)  Ramey AFB (69-71) Ellsworth AFB (71-74)
Spangler, Glenn E
Strickland, Russell D
Surrett,Warren C-----------Tampa FL
Tallant,Harold R-----------Ft Valley GA
Tallman, Donald J ------- Utica NY
Ten Cate,Cecil B
Tomb, Charles E., Haughton, LA, Email:, Squadron: K.I. Sawyer AFB (62-66), Blytheville AFB (66-68), Ellsworth AFB (68-75)
Tomlinson, Donald C., S.83 W.23905 Artesian Ave., Big Bend, WI 53103, Phone: (262) 662-0363, Email:, Squadron: Ellsworth AFB (71-74)
Tucker, William T. (Tom / Tuck), 8306 Linda Lane, Little Rock, AR 72227, Phone: (501) 425-5076, Email:, Squadrons: Ellsworth AFB , Ramey AFB,  Wurtsmith AFB
1-star Turner, Chester L. - Deceased
Tyler, Donald R
Van Langeveld,Sperry J----------Tucson AZ
Viator,Harry J
Wallace, Frank J
Weems,Buell B-----------Biloxi MS
Wells,William C
Werth, Donley A
Westphal,Harrie----------Fairfield Glade TN
Wilkerson,Russell W
Willis, John R
Wippich,John -------- Voula, Greece
Stephen Wood, Address: 395 Flat Rock Road, Phone: +1 (518) 293-8126, Email:, Squadron: Grand Forks AFRB (69-70), Ramey AFB (70-71), Ellsworth AFB (71-72), Warner Robins AFB (72-74)

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