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THE WEYANDT-EDDY MEMORIAL PLAZA DEDICATION AND MEMORIALIZATION CEREMONY
WAS HELD ON FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2022, AT 11:00 AM
AT THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE NORMA BROWN BUILDING,
351 KEARNEY BLVD, GOODFELLOW AFB, TEXAS, 76908.

HERE IS A GOODFELLOW AFB PRESS RELEASE AND A LINK TO THE ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY. 

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Published March 25, 2022By Senior Airman Abbey Rieves
17th Training Wing Public Affairs

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The 17th Training Wing hosted a dedication of the Weyandt-Eddy Memorial Plaza at the Norma Brown building, on March 25.

Central to the EC-47 aircraft static display, the plaza was named after retired Chief Master Sgt. Paul. W. Weyandt and retired Lt. Col. David H. Eddy, late EC-47 crew members who served during the Vietnam War.

During the dedication ceremony, 17th TRW leadership highlighted the significance of the Weyandt-Eddy Memorial Plaza to Goodfellow service members, the local community, and over 200 service-connected families from across the nation.

"It was here at Goodfellow Air Force Base we trained the cryptologists that flew in the EC-47 crews who were instrumental in accomplishing the Air Force mission during the Vietnam War," said Col. Matthew Reilman, 17th Training Wing commander. "Through the use of airborne radio direction finding, our airmen were able to gather the necessary intelligence about enemy forces, discern their locations and provide targets for our forces."

The event highlighted the United States Air Force Security Service and Tactical Air Command and their efforts to fulfill their cryptographic, communication intelligence mission.

"In dedicating this space, we are also memorializing the plaza for Lieutenant Colonel David Eddy and Chief Master Sergeant Paul Weyandt," continued Reilman.

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Bill Francis paid tribute to Chief Master Sgt. Paul. W. Weyandt.

Mr. Joe Martin, Air Force veteran, paid tribute to Lt. Col. David H. Eddy.

'This memorial plaza is a wonderful tribute to all veterans past and present;' said Martin. "If Dave Eddy is looking down on us during this ceremony, I think he's smiling."

This event supports the intent of the 17th TRW Heritage Campaign Plan, the 17th TRW Historian Strategic Plan, and the 17th TRW Strategic Plan. These plans were designed to foster a professional and team-focused environment that is values-based and founded on Air Force heritage and the Airmen Warrior Ethos among 17th TRW personnel.

The 17th TRW dedicated the Weyandt-Eddy Memorial Plaza to remembering the heritage and upholding the legacy of past and current intelligence missions.

"Although specifically recognizing and memorializing these two individuals, many have served their country in a similar fashion," said Reilman. "This memorial isn't just to honor them but to honor all who serve. Thank you all for coming."

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Mail-out Program

The EC-47 History Site mail-out program for the Commemorative Vietnam veteran and deceased Vietnam veteran surviving spouse lapel pin and certificate is a popular service provided through this website. Recipients include those who registered for but were unable to attend a San Angelo ceremony and those who live outside the area of other CPP registered organizations. The most recent recipients are featured in pictures and mini-biographies in the slideshow above. Click on the individual photos to read each expanded story or click HERE to see all their pictures and stories in a single .pdf document. Click your browser return arrow to return to this page. 


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JULY 4TH MOTORCADE PRESENTATIONS

The San Angelo American Legion, Post 572, developed the In Memory Of yard sign design to pay tribute to select deceased military veterans during the Post Memorial Day weekend golf tournament on May 29-30, 2021. (See related photo galleries on this website.) The IMO signs have become very popular and the EC-47 History Site Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program (CPP) committee has continued to produce these signs and deliver them to veterans and their families on special occasions. The photos in this gallery represent IMO signs and Vietnam War Commemoration lapel pin and Certificate of Honor presentations on July 4, 2021. CPP committee members traveled by motorcade to individual homes to make the presentations personally. Click HERE or the photos above to link to the gallery. 

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MEMORIAL DAY 2021-LEGION GOLF & VETERAN IMO SIGNS

San Angelo American Legion Post 572 is an active member of the EC-47 History Site Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program (CPP) committee established in 2015. Complimentary coverage of the Legion Memorial Day 2021 golf tournament and sign presentations is provided in appreciation of their continued interest in and support for the Vietnam War Commemoration programs. The Memorial Day golf tournament was a huge success. CLICK the flag photo above to link to the photo gallery of pictures covering the 2-day event. The proceeds were shared with the All Veterans Council of Tom Green County as shown in this oversized check presentation on June 15, 2021. 

As shown in their golf tournament photo gallery, the American Legion Post 572 developed In Memory Of (IMO) signs in tribute to deceased military veterans of all wars. These 18 x 24-inch all-weather signs made from corrugated plastic (campaign yard signs) were placed throughout the Riverside Golf Course during the Memorial Day weekend tournament on Saturday and Sunday. The signs represented in this next gallery were retrieved from the golf course and presented to individual surviving spouses or immediate family members in a prearranged motorcade from home to home on Monday, Memorial Day 2021. Immediately after presenting the IMO signs, Vietnam War and All Wars surviving spouse lapel pins, Certificates, and Poppy flowers were also presented to eligible recipients. A number of the surviving spouses had already received the lapel pin and Certificate at previous ceremonies. CLICK on the Potter family photo above right to link to the photo gallery of pictures taken during the motorcade. To see more examples of IMO yard signs, please click either of the two sign graphics below. For more information about ordering In Memory Of yard signs and/or participating in future presentations, please contact the CPP webmaster at: [email protected]