380th Bomb Group Association
380th BOMB GROUP MEMORIAL PLAQUE
On Monday morning, June 18, 2001, 32 of us -- members, families and friends -- gathered in the Academy Cemetery of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to rededicate our plaque honoring our deceased compatriots. It had been recently moved at our request from its original place on another memorial wall at the cemetery to the one honoring the Fifth Air Force where it really belonged. It was truly a solemn and beautiful service, magnificently presented by the Academy staff.
We have included here the cover and program for the event, our attendance list alphabetically by family, and some pictures taken then. The pictures show Larry Farnum and Jack Banks unveiling the plaque; Ted Williams presenting the 'Gifting' or the presentation of the plaque to the Academy; Lt. Col. Daniel S. Yinger, a professor on the Academy staff, accepting the plaque with the thanks of the Academy and recounting our history; and, finally, a close-up view of the plaque itself.
Following the ceremony, Tom Hunt and his family entertained our group at the Kissing Camels Golf Club at the Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs, with its magnificent views of the Park and Pikes Peak. Truly a wonderful climax to a magnificent day!
We will have an album of pictures of the ceremony and the day for you to look through at the Reunion.
We are most grateful to the Academy and its staff, particularly Lt. Col. Daniel Yinger; Chaplain Capt. William F. Ziegler; Mr. Randolph J. Saunders, who arranged the ceremony; Ms. Teri Glavin, our original contact for the transfer; Mr. Connie Spence, who carried out the work; and all others concerned. We thank them very much.
|Larry Farnum and Jack Banks: Unveiling the Plaque|
|Ted Williams: "The Gifting"|
|Lt. Col. Daniel S. Yinger: Accepting the Plaque|
United States Air Force Academy Cemetery: It can be reached by exiting
Interstate 25 at the north entrance to the Academy and proceeding west past
the guard post, continuing approximately one-half mile to Stadium Boulevard.
After turning south on this road, proceed a short distance to Parade Loop and
turn west, continuing 0.4 miles. The cemetery is on the north side of the
(Note: Click on the maps below to see larger versions.)