Thomas Franklin MONCUR
Tucson, AZ, and Esterbrook, WY.
1926 to January 15, 2017.
wishes, Tom was cremated and his ashes will be interred at Arlington
National Cemetery along with the ashes of his wife, Alice Helen Cushman
Moncure. Tom served in the United States Air Force duringWorld
War II, the Korean
Conflict, and the Vietnam
War. He retired from the USAF as a Lt. Colonel in 1970.
He then worked for Lockheed-Martin and retired in 1991. He is survived by
his son, Stephen; his daughter-in-law, Tracy; and his granddaughters,
Shannon Moncure (Gary Fehr), Erin Moncure, and Megan Moncure; and his
sister-in-law, Diane Moncure. He was preceded in death by his parents,
Frankie and James D. Moncure, Sr.; his wife; and his brothers, Mac and
James. The family wishes to thank the wonderful caregivers at Via Elegante
Assisted Living and Casa de la Luz Hospice for taking such good care of him
the past few years.
Published in the
Arizona Daily Star on Feb. 8, 2017
passed on 15 January in Tucson, AZ.
He was a true professional. I
remember he came into the 55th as a 1st Lt EWO
and left after 20 consecutive years in the 55th SRW at
Forbes and Offutt. He retired in 1970, as I recall, as a Lt.Col.
An obit has not been published. His wife Alice, passed in May 2008.
Condolences can be sent to his son, Stephen at: 39486
Diamond Bay Dr., Tucson, AZ 85739
From: Reg Urschler
Date: Tu, Jan 31, 2017
Tom Moncure as I
I first met Tom Moncure
in early July 1956 sitting at the bar at the Yokota Officer’s Club
where I was “recovering” from nearly running out of fuel on the
first crossing of the Pacific by three RB-47H’s from Forbes
scheduled to replace the RB-50’s from Biggs AFB. I was a 2nd Lt
and Tom a 1LT although I didn’t know it as we both were in civvies.
It was start of the daily “twofers” (two for a quarter) at the club
and as I sat on a bar stool I noticed the guy next to me nursing a
Martini and a cigarette and commented to him my surprise and
pleasure on the price of the drinks. Tom looked at me, said nothing
and returned to his solitude. I had made quite an impression!
My next encounter
was at Forbes where Tom was assigned to either the 38th or
343rd sometime in late 1956 or early 1957 after
transferring to Forbes from Biggs along with many of the other
former RB-50 crewmembers, pilots, navs and EW’s. RR Smith, JT
Bennington, Willie Lowman, Bill Boughton, Carl Seely, Glen Duer and
many more. They brought an RB-29 and their spot promotions as Crew
S-100 and the RB-29 sat on the ramp in front of the 343rd HQ
building and never flew again…except to the boneyard. This was after
the huge influx of new copilots and EW’s who had arrived at Forbes
in the Summer of 1955 in anticipation of the change in mission from
photo to elint. I don’t recall on whose crew Tom was assigned but
those who read this and were there at the time could provide that
encounter was at Shemya in 1965-66. Tom was PCS on a one year
assignment at the “Rock” assigned as TC (Tactical coordinator) on
the RC-135 "Wanda Belle", tail number 91491 . We… CP Gene McHugh or
Tom Boyd and NAV Tom Shepherd would spend a week TDY from Eielson at
the Rock flying the “Belle”, with Tom and his crew of backenders
(EW's and USAFSS troops) chasing Soviet ICBM’s impacting on
Kamchatka. The Det. Commander was Lt Col Fritz Wallen and the Ops
officer Lt Col Kincheloe, both former KC-135 types from Castle.
Those were some “interesting” times as the “backenders” would relate
today. I recall taking the aircraft to Wright Pat for upgrades with
the entire backend crew and during the TDY and modifications when
Tom regularly would convene one of his “how-goes-it-meetings” to
fit the description of those assigned to the 55th SRW as
“unique” and he certainly fit in that category. A brilliant and
“far-thinking” technician, I would estimate his IQ at somewhere well
“North” of 150 and certainly in the Mensa category, although I’m not
familiar with the requirements for entry. He was a professional, a
warrior and a patriot and I was fortunate to have known, associated
and flown with him.
May he now
Rest in Peace. Tail Winds and Blue Skies Tom. ‘Til we meet again.
Sent: Thursday, FebruarTo: Reg Urschler
Subject: Tom Moncure
Here's some addendum from my old files and
memory when he was assigned to Don Mather's crew.
Mather's ERB crew deployed to Adana, Turkey April 1958. The
crew consisted of:
William Kane - Tom Moncure
I deployed same place, same time on Dick Campbell,s crew. Grady
Stapp's crew was also deployed there same time.
We are well and busy. Just returned from a quick 8 day cruise in
western Caribbean to escape Midwest winter. Jane also adds the Tom's
son, Steve, was a 3rd grade student of hers at Quinton Heights here
in Topeka in 1956-57.She encountered Steve at a previous 55th
Thanks for informing me of yet another old warriors' passing.