Ed DeVries

In October 1953, SSgt. Ed DeVries began his military career when he was 18 in airborne radar maintenance. He rejoined the Air Force in 1958 working radar at Castle Goose Bay, and Biggs.  Ed was selected Commander of the "Thundering Third" in December 1960.  As Door Gunner, Lt. DeVries remained at Lackland as a BMT Training officer.  He and his wife Nema went to Keesler in 1964 so Ed could study Avionics Maintenance Management.  He was in Misawa, in Viet Nam and the Pueblo Crisis in Korea in the F-100.  Now a Captain in 1969, Ed joined the 438AMS at McGuire AFB, NJ.   Ed retired in 1979.

Ed was married to Nema for over 50 years and has 5 grown children and 8 Grandchildren.

Ed passed away August 18, 2007 after a long illness.  Friends and classmates will remember Ed always.

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Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And have danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings.
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of-wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up, the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.