CAT Personnel


One of our important projects in our effort to expand this website is to compile a listing of all CAT Personnel and link each one to a page about them and their experience with CAT.  If you are a former CAT employee, or are the family member of one, we would love to include your story.  Please send text and any photographs you would like to include to  Thank you!


  1. Chip Taylor

    April 14, 2020

    Hi Carol, Sterling Bemis was my birth father. I was just introduced to my nephew who told me to read Felix Smith’s book, China Pilot. I can’t explain all in an email. Can you give me a phone number I can use to speak with you?


    Chip Taylor

  2. Lee Lanktree

    November 11, 2019

    Veteran’s Day 2019 … sincere thanks!

  3. David Larkin

    May 4, 2016

    Requesting information about any CAT flights / personnel who flew into Laos/Cambodia (Kampuchea)
    in 1974/75. Re: 15th Recondo, 3rd Btn, Delta/Echo Co. Team Viper. Callsign Darkstar14. Thank you.

    • Shaver, Mary

      May 18, 2016

      Hi David ~ I will send your request on to a few people.

  4. Cabaniss, Jo (Bradburn)

    June 19, 2013

    Hi Carol,
    When people submit stories, bios, etc. re: their parents, are they supposed to log in and then post the bios/stories here? Or, do you want them to email you directly at
    Also, re: photos, are the photos scanned and emailed to you, or is there a way for people to upload their family photos directly to the website themselves?

    • Webmaster - Carol Burridge

      January 7, 2014

      Those are great questions, Jo! Yes, there are three places where members can contribute their photos and stories to our website:
      CAT BLOG – All logged-in members can post to our Blog. Posts will be visible to anyone visiting the site.
      CAT GALLERIES in the MEMBERS SECTION – All logged-in members can upload photos to albums that are setup in categories. These Photo Albums are only visible to logged-in members. (Please use descriptive file names with names, places and dates.)
      CAT PERSONNEL PAGES in the HISTORY SECTION – Former CAT employees and their families can contribute photos and stories a page dedicated to each former CAT employee by either e-mailing the material to or mailing them to you, Jo. If the items that have been mailed were donated to the Association, you will send them to me to process, scan and upload to the website. If the material is on loan, the items will then be returned to the owner along with a CD of the digital files. Finally, all items will be recorded in our new database by Tanya Caliguiri.
      I hope that helps! If anyone needs any assistance with the website, please feel free to contact me at

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