Memorial Coin

Members of the Cobra Ball community interested in purchasing a memorial coin like
the one above are invited to contact Hobart "Hap" Gay (

Memorial Tribute

On 15 March 2011, the 45th RS at Offutt AFB hosted a 30 year memorial tribute to those who perished on Cobra Ball II (#61-2664) when it crash landed on Shemya in 1981. Guest speakers included survivors Dr. Kerry A. Crooks and Lt Col William Maxwell, USAF (Ret.). Click Here for Dr. Crooks' speech.

After the formal proceedings, everyone toured Cobra Ball I (#61-2663) in a hangar. A reception followed in the 45th RS "Heritage Room" that capped off the event with heartfelt conversation between six survivors that attended, veterans of the 24th SRS and invited guests. It was a very successful event thanks to the outstanding efforts of Capt. Jeremiah Gilmore, Capt. Devin Long and members of the 45th RS. We thank you very much for remembering and honoring those that perished in the line of duty.

Cobra Ball II

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Memorial Poster

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664 Survivors

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There were a total of 24 Airmen aboard 664 when she crash landed on 15 March 1981. Six lost their lives and 18 survived. Six of the 18 survivors managed to attend the 30 year Memorial Tribute as shown in the photo above. Their names are (L-R) Homer Hall, Bill Van Horn, Bill Maxwell, Kerry Crooks, Tom Stuckey and Rick Grove.

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