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Nurre Military Family Pavers

 

A Vietnam War replica EC-47 Electric Goon aircraft was installed in front of the Goodfellow AFB wing headquarters in October 2005. It stands in tribute to the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance mission that has been the training focus on the base since 1958. In the early 1960s, EC-47 airborne radio direction finding (ARDF) operator and maintenance training courses were administered here. Cousin Tom Nurre was trained here prior to his tour of duty in Southeast Asia from 1970-1971.

A lifetime member of the Freedom Through Vigilance Association (FTVA) and active with the San Angelo Heritage Chapter of the FTVA, Tom was a key player in coordinating the acquisition, refurbishment, and installation of this static display that replicates the aircraft that flew the final U.S. Air Force ARDF mission of the Vietnam War in May 1974. He also directed the design and funding of the ARDF History Exhibit constructed inside the headquarters building in 2014. The major funding for the inside exhibit was donated by the Eugene F. Nurre family sons and daughters.  

Supported by a grant from the San Antonio, Texas,  Freedom Through Vigilance Association (FTVA) board of directors, the San Angelo Heritage Chapter, and the EC-47 History Site gifted the materials for this EC-47 Memorial Plaza project to Goodfellow AFB in February 2019. The installation of nearly 1,000 pavers was completed in early April 2020. Click HERE to view photos of the installation progress.  

It is envisioned that this memorial plaza will be a place where living and deceased veterans from all branches of the military can be honored and remembered. It will be available as a setting for special ceremonies, as well as a sanctuary for quiet reflection.

Memorials may be as simple as listing the veteran’s name, branch, and dates of service on the 4x8-inch paver rectangular bronze plates - to adding a service emblem and service-related details on the larger 8x8-inch paver circular bronze plates. The pavers are already installed, the engraved bronze plates will be installed at the earliest opportunity provided by Goodfellow AFB according to COVID-19 protocols. Continued updates will be provided on this webpage and via direct correspondence. 

Please scroll down to review the Nurre Military Family heritage as introduced by cousin Pete Kollasch and as reported in newspaper articles, online resources, and nearly overwhelming interest, input, and support from the extended JJ & Anna Nurre family. Pictures of completed (imitation) engraved plates that record individual service records are included in the gallery at the bottom of this page. A fitting tribute to the Nurre Military Family.  

   

  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (1 of 44)
    Joseph John J.J. Nurre
    Patriarch - Farmer & Manufacturing
    SPONSORED
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (2 of 44)
    Anna Margaret Lenz Nurre
    Matriarch - Mother & Homemaker
    SPONSORED
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (3 of 44)
    John P. Nurre
    WW II Aircraft Mechanic
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (4 of 44)
    Joseph A. Nurre
    WW II Navy Air Corps
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (5 of 44)
    Philip E. Nurre
    WW II Coast Guard
    Motor Machinist Mate
    SPONSORED
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (6 of 44)
    Richard C. Nurre
    WW II & Korea USAAF/USAF Pilot
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (7 of 44)
    Gerald H. Nurre
    WW II Navy Submariner
    Radio Technician
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (8 of 44)
    Vincent W. Nurre
    WW II Navy Mechanical Engineer
    SPONSORED
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (9 of 44)
    Albert C. Kollasch
    (Sylvia Nurre)
    WW I Army Infantry
    SPONSORED
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (10 of 44)
    Newell O. Stephenson
    (Rosemary Nurre)
    WW II Navy Transport Shipping
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (11 of 44)
    David L. Kollasch
    IA Army NG Artillery
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (12 of 44)
    Joseph J. Kollasch
    US Navy Electronics Technician
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (13 of 44)
    Raymond P. 'Pete' Kollasch
    US Army Finance
    SPONSORED
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (14 of 44)
    Sylvia Kollasch Reed
    US Army Retraining Research
    SPONSORED
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (15 of 44)
    Thomas G. Nurre
    USAF Communications Intelligence
    SPONSORED
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (16 of 44)
    Kenneth B. Nurre
    USAF Aerospace Ground Equipment
    SPONSORED
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (17 of 44)
    Dennis D. Nurre
    US Army Finance
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (18 of 44)
    Larry V. Nurre
    US Army Infantry Special Operations
    SPONSORED
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (19 of 44)
    Robert E. Nurre
    US Navy Gun Plot Leader
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (20 of 44)
    James L. Nurre
    US Army Field Printer
    SPONSORED
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (21 of 44)
    Neil H. Nurre
    US Army Print Press Operator
    SPONSORED
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (22 of 44)
    Joseph A. "Tony" Nurre
    US Army Alaska Ski Patrol
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (23 of 44)
    Michael E. Nurre
    USAF Fuels Management
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (24 of 44)
    Susan L. Nurre Shelton
    USCGR Office Admin
    SPONSORED
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (25 of 44)
    Jeffrey F. Nurre
    US Army Signals BN & Finance
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (26 of 44)
    Mark J. Nurre
    USPHS Physician
    Indian Health Services
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (27 of 44)
    Philip L. Stephenson
    WI Army NG Comms Engr
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (28 of 44)
    Marcia Stephenson Wilson
    USAF Psychiatric Nurse
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (29 of 44)
    Nick B. Briggs
    IA Army NG Heavy Duty Mechanic
    SPONSORED
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (30 of 44)
    John R. Briggs
    USAF Security Forces
    SPONSORED
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (31 of 44)
    Daniel T. Briggs
    US Navy - USS Constellation
    SPONSORED
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (32 of 44)
    Jeffrey E. Vaske
    MN Army NG Combat Engineer
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (33 of 44)
    Virginia A. Nurre
    USAF Personnel
    SPONSORED
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (34 of 44)
    Kevin E. Nurre
    USAF Weather Forecaster
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (35 of 44)
    Michael A. Nurre
    US Navy - USS Bergall
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (36 of 44)
    Sean C. Nurre
    US Navy Intel - USS Wasp
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (37 of 44)
    Joseph C. Nurre
    US Army Combat Engineer
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (38 of 44)
    Nicole C. Briggs
    USAF Engine Mechanic
    SPONSORED
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (39 of 44)
    Jack T. Briggs
    USAF Aircraft Avionics
    SPONSORED
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (40 of 44)
    Nathan A. McKinley
    USAF Aircraft Crewchief
    SPONSORED
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (41 of 44)
    Bernard A. Nurre
    WW II US Army Infantry
    SPONSORED
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (42 of 44)
    Alvin H. Nurre
    WW II USAAF Pilot
    SPONSORED
  • PLATES WEB1, 14 April 2021 (43 of 44)
    Bernard T. Nurre
    WW II Aircraft Gunner
    SPONSORED