Hi, USAF guys, Welcome to my page. I am Conrad Layton, I was a Crew Chief/Scanner on WB-29s and WB-50s. I served in the 55th SWRS 1952-53 and the 58th SWRS 1953-55. I'm searching for 58th, 55th or 375th Weather Recon guys that served at Eielson or Ladd, or Shemia AFB, Alaska, Kirtland AFB New Mexico or McClellan AFB, CA., Guam and other points . I have about 600 names on our roster and mailing list. This includes an "Honor Roll" for our deceased Officers and Airmen that I maintain and try to keep up with your help. Our group holds a reunion every year in June at Branson, MO. Our 13th straight reunion was held June 5, 6, 7 of 2013. This year the dates are June 11, 12, 13,of 2014. Come join us. WE WANT YOU ON OUR ROSTER. Contact me and I will get you on the mailing list. If you know of any deceased members, let me know and I will add them to our "Honor Roll". Also if you have any really great photos of events or stories that happened while you were in the AF, send them to me, I will edit them and add them to our reunion program which I hand out every year. It was over 200 pages last year. You can get a copy of the program each year with the full Roster and "Honor Roll" if I have you on my roster. You can reach me by clicking on this e-m address. Be sure to put 55th or 58th in the subject line. email@example.com
We are having a lot of new guys from the 58th WRS at Kirtland AFB to join our group. When the 58th at Eielson AFB was deactivated, those guys went to the 55th at Mcclellan and McChord AFBs. the 58th was reactivated again in 1963 at Kirtland. This is a partial list of some of the new guys from the 58th WRS at Kirtland AFB. We're glad to have you guys aboard, Sixteen were at this years reunion.
Also a few guys from the other Weather outfits have been contacting me. They are finding my web page and wanting to know if I know of anything going on in their groups. I tell them I don't, but I always extend them a welcome to our group.
If you like the newsletter section let me know. If you don't like it tell me what I can do to make it better. I'll take all the help I can get. (grin) If you know of anything that might add to it please let me know.
Steve Baker Tom Sailley 62-66
Emmet Cook 69-72 Colin Heatherly 69-74
Tom Cordell 63-64 George Tash 69-71
John Crow 66-74 Max Schuermann 70-73
Al Elam Dexter Bloom
Patrick R. V. Horton 69-72 Jim Bresslin
Paul Noel 65- Roger Whettschreck 66-69
John Penz Joseph May 65-68
Jack Boskers 67-72 John Snelson 71-72 !st SGT
Frank Sumner 66-68 Edward Molen
Richard Ferguson Michael Malcom 71-72
Roger Scott 71-73 David Sheldon 67- 72
Conrad Sorapuru Howard Woodward 63-65
Fred Tippet 66-72 Allen Rogers 69-
Robert Parker 62-63 Lewis Allen 64-68
Larry Kinney 68-69 Bill Alt 65-68
Dexter Blom Richard Ferguson
Earl Heal 69-72 Richard Jacques 64-66
Michael Malcom 71-72 Paul May 65-68 71-72
David Sheldon 67-72 Clinton Wells 62-64
Glen Wilder 62-63 Sherman Wilden
This is only a small number of the guys I have on the roster from the 58th at Kirtland. We are growing all the time.
Nov 27, TAPS: I have sad news , We lost Daniel C. Ham on Sept. 14 and I just heard from Kelly Wiles that her father Phillip Wiles passed away suddenly on Nov. 15.
August 3, 13: I just want to share the week I just had. On Thur. July 24, Beverly and I flew to Chicago where our daughter met us.She drove us around the city and showed us some of the highlights of Chicago. On Fri. we all drove to Dayton , OH. to attend one of my grandsons wedding.It was Niall the grandson that ran with the bulls in Pomplona, Spain a couple of years ago. When we arrived in Dayton I was let off at the Wright Patterson Air Force Museum where my grandson Niall and a special guide met me and we spent the rest of the day at the Museum. This really brought back a lot of memories. I got to walk thru a B-29 there in the WWII part and see the General Doolittle Exibit, I once met Him in Fairbanks, Alaska. On Sat. we had the rehearseal dinner at the Officers Club on Wright Patterson in the same room that President Clinton negoitated the peace talks with Bosnia and the Serbs which led to the Peace Accord. Sun. Tthe wedding was held in the Dayton Instute of Art, at the reception I was introduced to the commanding General of Wright Patterson AFB Lt. Gen. C. D. Moore. We had a short talk, He told me he was a pilot in the F-22 Raptor Program, I later found out he was over that project. It was a great week. C. R.
Jan. 20, 14 Sorry to report we have lost another member, Darrill Hinton have passed away.
Also I just got a news letter from PAWS and the are disbanding so there will not be anymore reunion in that group. I would like to extend a cordial welcome to any that would like to join our little group.
2013 REUNION STORY
By C. R. Layton
June 15, 2013
Last week at this time we were winding up our thirteenth straight reunion in Branson which ran from the 4th to the 8th of June. A grand time it was. We started out on Tuesday about 3 pm when Beverly and I arrived at the Savannah House. There were about ten already there to greet us. It makes me proud that my friends like to be there to greet me and Beverly, and makes me think we are doing something right. We exchanged our handshakes and hugs and proceeded to unload the car. A little later we came back down to the lobby and sit around and caught up on our chitchat and decided to go to get some dinner. We decided on the All American Chicken and Steak House which is always a favorite. Leaving there stuffed to the gills we returned to the hotel and sat around waiting for the cobbler and ice cream. A few more arrived that had missed their connection on the Airlines and was running late. We stayed up until about 11:30 pm and went to bed.
Wednesday morning we went to breakfast about 8:30 am and met almost everyone that was already there. The breakfast at Savannah House is about as good as anyone could expect for a free breakfast. If you can name it, it is probably available. I pretty well stay with my usual raisin brand and mixed fruit. Beverly likes the eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy with sometime a donut to sweeten her disposition. (grin) Not really, I have the sweetest little wife in all the world. After breakfast Beverly and I had to run a few errands. When we returned to the hotel with the help of a couple of the guys I unloaded the Reunion Programs and the other give-outs and set up our meeting room. I had lot of good help in doing all that. And a really big thanks guys, for being there for me. The main body of our group started drifting in shortly after that. There turned out to be fifty for the actual reunion. We had several new folks for 2013. There were Jim Tupen, Jean Toutte, Bill Busching, Bob Galvin, Bobby Cole, Darrell Hartnell, H. O. & Sue Abbott, Doug and Barbara Miller and Doug Hendry and his daughter Susan Dupre’. They turned out to be a swell bunch. Tupen, Bushing and Hendry were good friends in the 58th at Eielson AFB in Fairbanks, Alaska and it was really good to watch them get re-acquainted. Now that is why reunions are worth coming to and what drives me to work so hard to have them each year.
I ask Bob Stowers to canvass the folks and see how many wanted to take in an optional show that evening. Turn out thirty-five wanted to go see the Clay Cooper Show. It was a very good choice, some thought it was the best show we saw all week. We knew it was a great show for we had seen it two years ago but this year was a whole new show. Arriving back at Savannah House it was cobbler & ice cream and lots of fellowship until very late, some were still going strong when I hit the sack.
Thursday morning the breakfast room was bristling over with everyone enjoying a great breakfast. Many lingered there until I had to run them out so they could get it ready for our Pizza, Wing & Salad lunch. I had to run an errand to get the Ladies lunch at Grandma Ruth’s Deli. I’m, hear to tell you I had all I could put in our Altima. Roger Scott helped me load it into Susan Dupre’s Suburban and the Ladies headed for Dog Wood Canyon for their lunch and two hour Tram ride. Meanwhile back at the hotel we gathered for our pizza lunch and usual story telling etc. They brought out food at exactly 12:00 as promised and we proceeded to chow down. There were thirty of us guys and three more showed up. These weren’t party crashers, I knew they were coming just for the lunch. They were Bill Estes, Ken Talbott and his son-in-law Nathan Thomas. We all had a great time sharing and getting to know one another better.
Later that evening we gathered in the Lobby for departure for Shorty Small’s BBQ for dinner. Everyone seemed to enjoy their fine BBQ dinner. After a fine dinner we went to the Grand Jubilee Show, then back to the hotel for cobbler & ice cream. We sat around until about midnight then it was lights out.
Friday morning the breakfast room was busy again. This was a free day to do as you please but several lingered over coffee. There were about eight of us that all gathered around one table and just talked for about three hours or so. There was a young man who I figured was a new management trainee trying to clean up the room around us. Every time I looked up at him he was just standing there listening to us chatter. He would always have a smile on his face as though he was thoroughly enjoying himself. I ask him three times if he wanted me to clear out the room so he could get along with his job and He would say, no you are all right. I really enjoying listening to your stories. I believe that was the best three hours of the reunion. It is unbelievable how you can get to know the guys when they really open up like that. About 1:00 oclock several of us decided to go the The Hard Luck Dinner for some lunch. When we got there we saw about eight or so of the rest of the crew already having lunch. This is very popular place among our regulars that are there every year. All their waiters and waitress’s are very talented singers and entertain you while you dine. There are a couple that were finalists on the American Idol TV show. Beverly and I always split their Hard Luck Cheese Burger and a chocolate milk shake. You can’t beat it any where We’ve ever been.
We met later back at the hotel for our photo session. We all took our own photos and then our pro photographer Dave showed up to take our group photo. We all left later for the Paradise Grill and Steak House for dinner and then across the street to the Pierce Arrow Show. It was a great dinner and a great show as well. When we returned to the hotel we gathered for the last time for our farewells and some parting hugs and handshakes for some were getting up very early for their long trip back home. I thanked everyone for coming and John Snelson handed me an envelope with money that they had gathered up for Beverly and I to show their gratitude to us. All I could say was thank you very much for your generosity.
Saturday morning we arrived at the breakfast room many were still eating, A few had all ready gone and some were lingering around, not wanting to leave just yet. Some were getting ready to load up and depart. Some wanting to know if I knew next years dates yet. I just told them that it would be the second week of June and we hope to see you next year. By noon we were on the road home talking about how we thought everyone had a great time this year.
Remember, Charactor is doing the right thing when no one is watching.
Do something good for some one to day. Tell your family how much you love them and call one
your old Air Force buddies and give some of your time.
to the 1955 58th WRS Squadron photo http://www.awra.us/FLT394-58WRS.html