Hall of Fame

The DUSTOFF Association Hall of Fame honors people who made 

a) an outstanding contribution to DUSTOFF aviation over an extended period
b) a doctrinal or technical contribution
c) an innovation with an identifiable impact on DUSTOFF Aviation
d) efforts that inspired others, or
e) any combination of above,
and records the excellence of their achievements for posterity. All persons are eligible for induction, except active duty Generals and Colonels. Membership in DUSTOFF Association is not a requirement for individuals nominated for the DUSTOFF Hall of Fame. Any individual, military or civilian, may nominate an individual for the DUSTOFF Hall of Fame consideration.

This white paper expands on the above criteria.

Generous donations by the membership have funded the plaques as well as the DUSTOFF logo and the dedication plaque. The AMEDD Museum Foundation has graciously allowed the DUSTOFF Association a wide degree of latitude in occupying space that could otherwise be reserved for archives.

The standards are published on this site as well as the nomination form and procedures. Please, take the time to research the background and accomplishments of that person you feel is worthy of induction into our Hall of Fame. Take some quality time to work up the required documentation, citation, and nomination narrative and send it to the Association at our post office box.

Our legacy is rich with self-sacrifice, heroism and service to our fellow man. All DUSTOFF crewmembers are a hero in some way or another. Some rise above the rest and deserve special recognition. The Executive Council needs the eyes, ears and memories of our full membership to assist us in appropriately identifying and honoring those worthy of representing the DUSTOFF legacy by induction into our Hall of Fame.




    This Form is to be used for the submission of all nominations for the DUSTOFF Association Hall of Fame. It may be reproduced locally or additional copies may be obtained from The DUSTOFF Association Secretary by writing to: DUSTOFF Association, P. O. Box 8091, Wainwright Station, San Antonio, TX 78208.


    The DUSTOFF Association sponsored Hall of Fame honors those persons who have made a) an outstanding contribution to DUSTOFF Aviation over an extended period, b) a doctrinal or technical contribution, c) an innovation with an identifiable impact on DUSTOFF Aviation, d) efforts that were an inspiration to others, or e) any combination of the foregoing, and records the excellence of their achievements for posterity. All persons are eligible for induction, except active duty Generals and Colonels. Membership in DUSTOFF Association is not a requirement for individuals nominated for the DUSTOFF Hall of Fame. Any individual, military or civilian, may nominate an individual for the DUSTOFF Hall of Fame consideration.


    The DUSTOFF Association Hall of Fame Executive Council will consider only the following in making its selections:

    [1] A 160-word summary of the accomplishments of the individual nominee.

    [2] A Narrative of not more than 1,500 words documenting the accomplishments and qualifying attributes of the individual nominee.

    [3] The nomination must include a photograph of the nominee in any size, preferably in color.


    Any person may submit this Nomination Form directly to the DUSTOFF Association Hall of Fame Executive Council for consideration. Nominations should be postmarked not later than July 1 and mailed or express-mailed to DUSTOFF Association, ATTN: Hall of Fame Executive Council; P.O. Box 8091 Wainwright Sta.; San Antonio, TX 78208. Nominations material – to include photographs – will not be returned.


    The Executive Council, which is composed of current officers and former Presidents of the Association, is responsible for validating that the candidates meet the Hall of Fame criteria and selecting a specific number of candidates from all nominees received for placement on the DUSTOFF Association Hall of Fame Ballot.


    The selected candidates, their narratives and their photos will be voted on by current members of the Hall of Fame and the Executive Council. These members will be asked to vote for their choice of the Inductees (or for None) from those candidates appearing in the ballot. Balloting is conducted annually. A nominee must receive 2/3’s of the votes cast to be elected.


    The induction will take place at the Annual Reunion in February each year. The Hall of Fame is located at the U.S. Army Medical Department Museum in Fort Sam Houston, TX. Brass plaques honoring the Inductees will be placed on the Hall of Fame Wall. Plaques will be purchased as funds are available. Induction to the Hall of Fame will not be delayed due to lack of funds for the plaque.

Use this form to fill out and submit your nomination. Remember, nominations must be received by 1 July each year to be eligible for consideration in that calendar year.

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MAJOR Charles L. Kelly

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Patrick H. Brady

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CW4 Michael J. Novosel

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Louis R. Rocco

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MG Spurgeon Neel

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Wayne “Tiny” Simmons

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Steve Hook

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John Temperilli

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Jerome Foust

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Paul A. Bloomquist

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Charles Allen

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Douglas Moore

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Eldon Ideus

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Ray Salmon

Ray Salmon deployed to Vietnam in 1964 with the 82nd Medical Detachment. His first experience in combat resulted in numerous awards recognizing his exceptional aviation …
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Jim Truscott

Colonel Truscott served two tours in Vietnam, flying 2009 combat missions, 1700 combat flight hours and evacuating 5,232 patients. Among other awards, he earned the …
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William Hughes

William Hughes’s heroism led to the saving of countless lives in Vietnam. In February 1965, the Viet Cong attacked the village of Binh Gia. A …
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Merle J. Snyder

Colonel Merle J Snyder had a distinguished 30-year career as an aviator, commander, and senior staff officer. He rose from Private to Colonel. In Vietnam, …
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Thomas “Egor” Johnson

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James “Pappy” Coleman

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Robert Romines

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Dan Gower

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Edward G. Bradshaw

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Vince Cedola

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Timothy Cole, Jr.

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Jimmy Johnson

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David Dryden

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Charles Webb

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Hank Tuell

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Thomas C. Scofield

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Benjamin Knisely

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Ron “Huey” Huether

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Steven D. Vermillion

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Thomas “Hoot” Gipson, Jr.

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Ronald C. Jones

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James Wingate

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Lee Roupe

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Robert Mitchell

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Don Sewell

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Dennis Doyle

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LTG Quinn Becker

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David MacDonald

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Scott Heintz

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Stephen Peth

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