56M Reunion Website

John E. Gillen

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Fred D. Bartleson, Jr.
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Ronald F. Boyle
John W. Brophy
Byron W. Carell
Thomas B. Case
Tim T. Daugherty
Donald E. Elliott
Thomas W. Fischer
Elmer Funderburk
Randolph Galt
John E. Gillen
Jerome R. Goebel
Fred Horky
Varnum B. Irvine
Roland Brock Jackson
James H. Jenkins, Jr
Lou Karibo
Eugene F. Kranz
Kirby A. Krbec
Kenneth Hood Mackay, Jr.
Delbert L. Mansfield
Leo A. Meyer
Ray Miller
John F. Mitchell
Byron H. Morrill
Samuel A. Munch, Jr
Daniel J. Paukstis
Harry Pawlik
Wilbur L. Robinson
James G. Ross
Robert E. Ruppel
James D. Ryan
Galen B. Sargent
Carl B. Schutz
John A. Sells
Tilden M. Shanahan
John (Jack) R. Sladkey
Wayne D. Smith
Jerry D. Spearman
Jack Sullivan
Neil Tousley
William F. Treichel
James Trice
Andrew T. Vassios
Roger A. Wert
Howard F. Wray
Don A. Zaike

John E. Gillen



After graduation from Pilot Training Class 56M, I was sent to Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, TX to fly B-25s. Then I went to Sewart AFB and flew C-123s. I spent three months in the arctic building the Dew Line system. It became obsolete by the time we finished.

After service I joined Merrill Lynch as a stockbroker for twelve years. By that time I had five sons and so to keep them out of trouble I changed careers. I bought a marina on beautiful Glen Lake and gave them great summer jobs. I loved every minute of the marina business but it generated very little money. So I sold the business. In 1997 I retired from AG Edwards as branch manager. I have been fully retired ever since.

My son Dave is flying me to the 56M reunion in his own plane. He was born in San Angelo on the day I received my wings. I spend summers in Traverse City, MI and winters in Venice, FL and consider myself one very lucky person.

I was married from 1953 to 1982. And then remarried from 1988 to the present. I have 6 children, 15 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

I am looking forward to seeing you all at the 2011 reunion.


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