Press Release

The Maxine Flournoy Third Coast Squadron CAF to Celebrate 74 years of USO History in South Texas

ARANSAS PASS, Texas --- December 19, 2014 Col. Pearson Knolle, Unit Leader of The Maxine Flournoy Third Coast Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, today announced that the organization will hold its 7th Patriotic Speaker Series Dinner on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 6:00-9:00pm on board USS Lexington Museum on the Bay to Celebrate 74 Years of USO History in South Texas, honoring Judge Lloyd Neal for his many years of public service and support of our military and the USO.

Col. Knolle said that this year’s speaker will be Major Leffler Lloyd Ramey, USAF, Retired. Major Ramey earned his wings just prior to the end of WWII and was discharged shortly after receiving them. During the Korean War he was called back to active duty where he served as a JOC duty officer and flew many missions in many different types of aircraft. During Viet Nam he served as an air commando (special clandestine operations) and flew recon missions thru out South Viet Nam where he was a U-10 treetop recon pilot looking for the enemy. He was then assigned to Panama where he was the chief of aircraft maintenance working with the 101st airborne training counter insurgency forces in South and Central America.

He retired for good in 1966; then attended Texas A&M University College Station earning a BS degree in Industrial Engineering. Read Major Ramey’s complete bio on our website at:

“The United Service Organizations (USO) of South Texas is the second oldest USO in the world. President Franklin D Roosevelt called together several organizations to form one organization to support our American Military and their families. February 4, 1941 the New York City USO was opened, followed by the USO in Corpus Christi to support the young aviators at NAS Corpus Christi on April 4, 1941,” said Nancy Allen, USO South Texas President and CEO.

The event will recognize the Honorable Judge Loyd Neal for his many years of dedication to public service and his unwavering support of our military in the region. Judge Neal is a USO South Texas Ambassador, he organized the South Texas Military Facilities Task Force in the early 1990’s and continues to serve on countless military related boards. Allen was also one of the original members of the STMF Task Force during the opening and defense of Naval Station Ingleside.

“The entire Squadron is extremely proud and honored to work with the USO in presenting this year’s event Celebrating 74 years of USO history in South Texas” said Col. Knolle.

The Squadron’s mission is to establish and maintain a permanent presence in the community so as to preserve and illustrate the Coastal Bend's involvement in the history of those men and women who served in the past and still serve in today’s military. The Squadron believes in and adheres to the Commemorative Air Force's mission of teaching and preserving history through restoring the aircraft and memories of the people who paid the ultimate price for our freedom from WWII to the present.


Platinum Sponsors
  • Maxine Flournoy
  • The John G and Marie Stella Kennedy Memorial Foundation
  • Navy Army Community Credit Union
Gold Sponsors
  • Bradley's Electric Motor Solutions
  • Cheniere
  • Carlisle Insurance
  • Skye FBO
  • Journey Aviation Services of Texas
  • Orion Drilling Company
  • American Bank Trust & Asset Management
  • Beecroft Construction Company
  • Dr. & Mrs. J. Robert Cone
  • Beth & Pearson Knolle
  • Knolle~Sullivan Unlimited
  • Mrs. Celika Storm
  • Glenna Sue & Larry Wood