Theater Group at Sembach

In a March 3, 2008 email from Jim Plowden to Russ Reston, Jim, in part, says: “We had a very active theater group, at Sembach, that put on some outstanding performances. These are a couple of the programs from the performances. I was never in any of the plays, but …


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MARTIN TM-76 MACE

A replacement for the TM-61A Matador, the Mace was a tactical surface-launched missile designed to destroy ground targets. Initially designated the TM-76, then the MGM-13, and finally the CGM-13B, the Mace could be launched from either a mobile trailer or a bomb-proof shelter. Like the Matador, a booster rocket launched …

Oh The Memories!

In an email (6 February 2008) from Fred Horky (“plank owner” with the TM-76A “Mace”) Russ, Congratulations on your comprehensive Sembach Missileer website! I was a “plank owner” with the TM-76A “Mace”, having been in the first class of the Mace ops officer course at Lowry in the summer of …


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Electrocution in the Blockhouse

In an email from Lee Kyser (887th TMS):   Russ, there was a crew chief at B Flight, SSgt William Rowe, who was “electrocuted” in the blockhouse, but revived by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation by the launch officer. The LOs name might have been “Thoeni” (pronounced “Thaney”), or something like that. Do …

‘Vigilance For Freedom’

Sembach Missileer – 9 September 1966 From 1958 To 1966 The Mace Helped USAFE’s – – ‘Vigilance For Freedom’ What does it take to mount a fourteen-year vigilance for freedom in an uneasy world? Whatever it takes can be found in the 38th Tactical Missile Wing. After nearly fourteen years …


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38th Retiring Mace A Missile

Stars & Stripes – 3 September 1966 SEMBACH, Germany, Sept. 3 (Stars &Stripes) – The 1,500-man 38th Tactical Missile Wing here has started deactivation processes, following a formal ceremony retiring its venerable Mace A missiles. Gen. Lyman L. Lemnitzer, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, praised the unit for its many years …


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5 Mace-A Squadrons To ‘Retire’

Stars & Stripes – 1965 WIESBADEN, Germany Five Mace-A winged missile squadrons, consisting of 90 short-range missiles and about 1400 men, will be withdrawn from Europe by June of next year. Target areas assigned to the Mace-A will be covered by Army Pershing ballistic missiles, after the phase-out. The Air …