USAF OCS 62-A Website

 
   United States Air Force OCS Class 62-A

 


- - -       USAF OCS CLASS 62-A WELCOMES YOU TO OUR WEB SITE.   *  *  *     UPDATES WILL CONTINUE TO BE MADE AS THEY ARE RECEIVED.   -  -  -   WE ENCOURAGE ALL CLASS MEMBERS TO SUBMIT INFORMATION AND PICTURES FOR THE SITE   -  -  -   CHECK BACK FREQUENTLY FOR THE LATEST UPDATES AND NEWS    - - *  * - -   
  

  

There are individual pages that can be accessed by clicking on the names in the roster pages or squadron pages. Both these areas are password protected.  Individuals must provide their biographical information and photos to the webmeister (currently Milt Birmingham) to be posted to the website.   

 

Bulletin Board




 

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Obituaries

Retired Capt. Marion Knight Baker, 82, of Goodyear, Arizona, passed away peacefully Aug. 13, 2016, after a long, hard-fought battle with prostate cancer and heart disease. He was born June 19, 1934, on a small farm outside Orange Township, Indiana, to Thurman Earl Baker and Charlotte Estella (Robbins) Baker.

In 1955, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served as a bomber navigation system mechanic for six years and eight months. During this time he met and married the love of his life, Deanna Bolin, on May 27, 1956 in Andersonville, Indiana.  He began Officer Candidate School in April 1961 and graduated in September 1961 as a second lieutenant with Class 62-A at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He went on to serve an additional 13 years, four months as a missile maintenance staff officer, with an important role in the Minuteman missile program, retiring in 1975 with the 394th Strategic Missile Squadron at Vandenberg AFB, California.

Baker distinguished himself and earned the Air Force Commendation Medal for Outstanding Achievement, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Medal and Air Force Longevity Service Award.  While serving in the Air Force he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Chapman University.

After his retirement from the Air Force, Baker joined the Santa Barbara County Sheriff Department for four years. He then embarked upon a career in the airline industry serving as a station manager at Golden West Airlines and Pacific Coast Airlines before joining SkyWest-Delta Airlines. He moved to the Phoenix area in 1993, retiring from the airline industry in 1996.

At age 9, Baker accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior at the Pilgrim Holiness Church in Clarksburg, Indiana. In 1966, he rededicated his life to Christ and joined the Southern Baptist Church. He was a faithful steward, serving as a Deacon, Sunday school teacher, youth leader and member of the Campus Crusade for Christ ministry to support the young Airmen serving at Air Force installations. He was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Avondale, Arizona, and also attended Calvary Chapel in Surprise, Arizona.  Baker was an avid fisherman, hunter, weight lifter, long-distance runner and enjoyed hiking and panning for gold before the decline in his health.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife of 60 years, Deanna (Bolin) Baker of Goodyear, and children Michael Baker (Melody) of Tucson, Arizona; Brenda Baker Brooks (William) of Goodyear; Douglas Baker (Jennifer) of Tucson, Arizona; Kimberly Fitzgerald (fiancÚ Dave Scott) of Santa Barbara, California' and Lawrence Baker of Avondale, Arizona. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Benjamin Baker (Alinora); Adrianna Robinett (Virgil); Micaiah Baker (Jillian); David, Melissa and Moriah Baker; Jessica O'Connell (William); and William and Nicholas Brooks. His eight great-grandchildren include Hope, Thomas and Wisdom O'Connell; Jacob, Ezra, Ari and Catey Robinett; and Grayson Baker. He leaves behind two brothers David Baker (Dorothy) of East Moline, Illinois; Gerald Baker (Patricia) of Burnsville, Minnesota; and two sisters, Janet Feightner of Hazelton, Indiana; and Charlotte Jean Cox of Greensburg, Indiana. 

Baker is predeceased by his parents Thurman and Charlotte Baker; his brother Irvin Glenn Baker; and his sister Esther Vea Emerson.

Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.


When the information is available, we will add the obituary of our deceased members to this bulletin board. After one month, the obituary will be moved to the personal page where photos and bio's are kept.

If you have an obituary you want to add, you may send it to my snail mail address:

Milton Birmingham
5021 Birch Hollow Ln.
Fort Worth, TX, 76132
OR Click HERE
to forward by
attachment
to email.
 


An article from the April 2010
issue of Air Force Magazine
tells about the battlefield
commissioning of our Honorary Classmate, Art Cormier and two
other enlisted POW's while
they were in Vietnam.

Click HERE

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Check this link out!
Veterans in Blue
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To see a recent email message from Murray LaHue, that brings back a lot of memories
CLICK HERE

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A short video in memory
of those who gave
their all for liberty.
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On April 2, 1961, a group of young men came together at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas for the purpose of attending Officer Candidate School. This group of approximately 156 men would undergo intense training over the next six months. This training would consist of academic, physical and military disciplines. There would be 825 academic hours and 726 nonacademic hours. It has been estimated that the academic portion of this six-month training is equivalent to two years of Junior College. At the end of the day on Sept. 22, 1961, only 114 would have survived the test and graduate to receive commissions as Second Lieutenants in the United States Air Force. These 114 Second Lieutenants would be forever known as OCS Class 62A.

These Web Pages are dedicated to those 114 graduates of Officer Candidate School, Class 62A. These men would be dispersed throughout the United States Air Force all over the world. They would proudly serve and lead many and varied Air Force Units. The members of 62A were among some of the most dedicated, qualified and highly motivated officers to serve their country.

This six months' training in 1961 not only produced a very high quality Air Force Officer, but also instilled camaraderie among this group of men that would last a lifetime. This is evidenced by the comments of the individuals included in these pages after more than 41 years have passed.

The purpose of this Web Site is to collect and preserve all information, both oral and written that pertains to the members of the United States Air Force, Officer Candidate School, Class 62A. Although the focus is on Class 62A, participation of other OCS Classes is welcomed.

It is hoped that these pages will reflect the dedication and spirit of a very small group of elite men who with distinction, and personal sacrifice, served their country, in peace and war, to the utmost in military standards and traditions. We trust that when future generations read these pages they will be able to relate that because of men and women like those in 62A, we enjoy the most "FREEDOM" on earth.