November 14, 2018

Found a reference to 52-4539 in a recent book I picked up - F-86 Sabre: History of the Sabre and the FJ Fury.

The author, Robert F. Dorr, had a small section on some of the USAF sabres that were transferred to the RoCAF.

A link to view article: Page 72



October 24, 2018

A hidden gem. FineScale Modeler magazine placed FU-539 on the cover of there April 2017 magazine! It was exciting to the sabre up front. Aaron Skinner wrote an article on his process of painting the sabre. Article title: "Metal from ACRYLICS" - Can water-based paints provide realistic natureal-metal? The article on the FU-539 model is on page 21 through 27. Click the photo below or this link to view the article: FineScale Modeler FU-539




September 25, 2018

An excellent recreation of "008" RoCAF sabre. Photos here. Model by:



September 10, 2018

An art drawing of F-86008 (s/n 52-4539) by Rex Kuang. He has drawn many RoCAF sabres with the side profile with details. Picture was posted on the ROCAF F-86 Sabre facebook page. Many thanks to Rex for adding to his collection of art! Click on photo to enlarge. Translates:North American F86F-30NA Sabre Fighter 008 (American Serial# 52-4539) Republic of China - 5th Battalion Taiwan, Taoyuan




May 25, 2018

Tom Masano Auto Group honored Crew Chief Walter Yocum during this years Memorial Day weekend! They added his name to six billboards across the Berks County area in Pennsylvania. Thanks Tim Yocum (Wallys brothers' son) and Tom Masano for honoring our families!

Click here or the above banner for larger photos and information.



May 5, 2018

Justin Snow finishes 5th in the debut of the "Tribute to a Hero - Wally Yocum" #0 race car! It was the "Public Safety 165 Race Presented by Whelen Engineering" at the Myrtle Beach Speedway (South Carolina). Also racing that night was Thad Moffitt, Richard Petty's grandson. Click here for photos.



May 5, 2018

I received the mail package from Smithsonain National Air and Space Museum for honoring Walter E Yocum Jr. on the NASM's Wall of Honor. They enclosed a Certificate of Registry that will represent the engraving of "Walter Wally Edward Yocum Jr".

Click here to view the certificate PDF: Wall of Honor Certificate of Registry



May 1, 2018

Tom (Wally's son) has volunteered to be crew chief for Justin Snow of the NASCAR Whelen All-American series. Tom will also sponsor Justin's ride for an upcoming NASCAR race. These are some of the behind the scenes for the "Tribute to a Hero - Wally Yocum" #0 race car.

Click here for pictures of the "Tribute to a Hero - Wally Yocum" NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race car #0

Driver: Justin Snow of Snow Racing




April 27, 2018

A/2C Wally Yocum and 2/Lt Ken Ewing's photo and slides have been mailed today enroute to the Smithsonian National Air and Space museum (Chantilly, VA location). This is an exciting step in preserving their histories. The families of Wally Yocum and Ken Ewing donated over 200 photos of Korea, Kimpo Air Base (K-14) and surrounding areas during 1954. These will all be scanned, marked with identification numbers, and preserved.



April 19, 2018

Wally Yocum and FU-539 go Youtube! As I gather information for the museum, I put together a small video for Youtube. Note: Works best with high resolution (HD). Link: You may also view the original version here: walteryocumjr_korea.mp4

Title: A/2C Wally Yocum Historical Photo Archive Korea 1954 336th Rocketeers F-86F

Photos from Walter "Wally" Yocum Jr. when he was stationed at Kimpo Air Base (K-14) in 1954. He was apart of the 336th Rocketeers, "Fourth but First". He was the crew chief for 52-4539 FU-539 F-86F sabre jet. His pilot was 2/Lt. Kenneth Ewing.

Published: Apr 19, 2018 (6 minutes, 5 seconds long)



April 18, 2018

Photos and slides from A/2C Wally Yocum and 2/Lt. Kenneth Ewing will be donated to the Smithsonian National Air and Space museum. The pictures will be scanned there, slightly adjusted, then given NASM museum numbers to be reference and found on their website. I grouped the photos of A/2C Wally Yocum's collection for reference identification for the museum. It list notes on the pictures of the pdf as I present them to museum. If you would like to use the photos, you can edit the PDF and remove the text. The PDF will allow you to export the photos in different photo formats.

Email from the Supervisory and Acquistion Archivist representative at the Smithsonian: "Thank you for resending your email informing us of the material you have relating to your father ‘s service in South Korea. You have done an excellent job with your website and your father’s photography is very interesting; we would certainly be interested in adding the images to the National Collection. "

Download link: wallyocumjr1954_korea



March 20, 2018

Mach 3 Design Studio created a DCS skin for 52-4539! Their nice words: " I was blown away by the sheer volume and quality of the material you have payed here, and thank you for doing so! I love the history, and I decided to create a skin based on "Sweet Rose". " Mach 3 Design Studio used the actual images from the Fabulous Rocketeers Logo, Sweet Rose and Dreaded Gomboo. Mach 3 Design Studio even made Ken Ewing's personalized Rocketeer Helmet!

Click the below link for the latest skin. Thanks Mach 3 Design Studio!

Screen shots of Mach 3 Design Studio's DCS skin: Mach 3 Design Studio's DCS skin



March 19, 2018

Four days after finding the below picture from Larry's book - Karen, the son of 2/Lt. John R. Kidd of the 336th (Dec 1952 - June/July 1953 Korea period) - sent me photos of John and included a high resolution photo of FU-539. This picture appears original, not darkened or modified as the book photo. Amazing photo and find! John Kidd had this photo copied and framed on his den wall with some of his TWA career photos. He was thrilled of this photo because the sabre jets had his divsions Rocketeer insignia on it.

Click here for the 1500 size, or here for the original 6600 scanned size!



March 15, 2018

Found a book with a reference picture to 52-4539 in the 1953 era. It is in the book "The 4th Fighter Wing in the Korean War" by Larry Davis (Page 178).

Click here to view the pdf page.

Photo caption: An element of F-86Fs from the 336th Squadron over North Korea in early summer 1953. The element was the basic combat formation of the UN fighter forces. (John Africa).



March 6, 2018

Last July, Jon Pritchard made an excellent F-86 skin of FU-539 for DCS digital combat. He enhanced and minor corrected the plane over a more updated back drop for scenery. He really matched the plane up to what it would of been like to see it in the skies in 1954. Thanks Jon!

Click on the photo above or here to view pictures (to download). Click here for the RoCAF F-86008 pictures (to download).



February 13, 2018

José Pires, the photographer of the original images of FU-539 for AirFix magazine, recently shared his amazing photos from that photo shoot. Below is a link for the photos I reduced, slightly modified for webpage viewing. He did an excellent shoot of doing pretty much a walk-around of the of the sabre jet.

Click on the photo above or here to view pictures. José still has the model in his possesion at this time.



February 2, 2018

Color photo's of FU-539 have been added to the website, and a color photo of my father. Many thanks to Bob Ewing who allowed me to view and scan in pilot Ken Ewing's slides. Pictures of his slides will be through out this website. It gives a more in depth view of what the pilot and crew chief saw during their stay in Korea. Photos are shown under the K-14 photos section and the 1954 Rocketeers Squadron Guide.



January 5, 2018

On the facebook RoCAF Sabres page, there was a book posted by a user with an article story devoted to a sabre jet squadron (5th Fighter Group). On the one page, it had a photo (#7) that shows the pilots posing for a picture in front of 52-4539. This is during the 1955 timeframe. Just the year before, 52-4539 was the back drop to the crew chiefs of the USAF Fabulous Rocketeers.

Click here to see the 52-4539 sabre jet and the 1955 RoCAF group pilots (Also on my RoCAF webpage): 52-4539 and the RoCAF Pilots Group Photo

Additional information on the 5th Fighter Group: F-86008 / RoCAF Sabres Webpage




December 18, 2017

Thanks to Bob Ewing, I got to see and scan in the Fouth Fighter Interceptor Wing yearbook for 1954. It had photos of Ken Ewing and photos of my father. It also allowed me to know the pilot class and crew chiefs for that year. I will try to piece together the 336th pilots with their sabres for that timeframe on my 336th Rocketeers Guide webpage. Shortcut link: The 1954 USAF 336th Fabulous Rocketeers Squadron Guide

Click here to see 52-4539 sabre jet and the 1954 USAF "B" Flight crew chiefs photo: 52-4539 and the 1954 "B" Flight Crew Chiefs



December 6, 2017

We received the Republic of Korea Service Medal for our father. Click on the picture for larger photos of the medal and letter we received with that medal. Back of medal reads (vertical): "June 25, 1950, Engaged in Action of War, Medal"; (circular fashion at bottom of medal) "South Korea"



November 16, 2017

After the 24539 sabre's service in the USAF, it was then transferred to the RoCAF (Republic of China Air Force). After searching much time looking for it, a breakthrough happened. I received an email from David, the son of Gen. Frederick Wu-O Chiao. Frederick was the Commander of 5th FG 1954-1955 - the very first FG equipped with F-86's in the RoCAF. He was stationed at Taoyuan AFB at that time. In his photo collection, was this gem! It was exciting to see this picture! Thank you David. F-86008 / RoCAF Sabres Webpage

Click on photo to view larger, and also some other photos from Taoyuan at that time.




October 5, 2017

Paper work was sent out for our father to receive the Republic of Korea Service Medal.

Its background: "The medal was originally offered by the ROK in 1951 to United Nations forces serving in Korea and adjacent waters. At the time U.S. law prohibited the U.S. military from wearing medals issued by foreign governments. Congress changed that in 1954, but by then most U.S. service members eligible for the medal had returned home.

In 1998 the Republic of Korea renewed its original offer of the ROKWSM and on Aug. 20, 1999, the Defense Department approved the acceptance and wear of the medal.

Approximately 1.8 million U.S. veterans of the Korean War are eligible to receive it."

- Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs

If you feel anyone you know is eligible, follow this link to the ROK Service medal form: Click here


September 7, 2017

An excellent color photo of Tech Sgt Albert Raymond next to Slo-Mo-Shun II. This was the nose art on the sabre before "Sweet Rose". Albert Raymond was an Air Force radar and radio technician. Thanks much for his son to share this photo! Cockpit area notes C/c Dick Burns and ARM Donald Girven. They were the crew before my father maintained it.

Click on photo to view larger.



July 26, 2017

Jon Pritchard made an excellent F86 skin for FU-539 sabre. Excellent recreation that looks very realistic!

March 2017

Airfix Model World wrote an article about José Pires's FU-539 model build. The added many detailed photos of the effort that was put into building it. Click the magazine cover or link below to view. There is also another article afterwards that has Sabre related information.

March 2017

José Pires took wonderful photos of the model FU-539, built from Eduards model kit. Below is a link of some pictures of the finished product, and well as a link to his message board. A detailed article was published on the March issue of Airfix Model World.


January 3, 2017

Javier Bordon paints a beautiful picture of FU-539! "The painting it was done with Sakura japanese watercolors and condor natural hair brushes over Pentel graphit leads lines on 0.5 mechanical pencil. the paper support is some similar to Fabriano A4 but do not remind the mark in this moment. in the final render I applied some photoshop adjusts and retouchings using as fountain the same colors of the original painting but refocused anhancing contrast of areas, the original painting looks similar to the eye but due scaner tends to wash the color the photoshop adjust was unavoidable to keep the piece more similar to how it looks at the direct eye watching" - Javier Bordon

Artwork and history of Javier's work




December 2, 2016

An excellent skin produced by zsoltquack on the MilViz (Military Visualiztions).

"Our motto is, and has always been, quality or why bother" - MilViz

Skin download: ZSB_MV_336th



July 15, 2016

'President Memorial Certificate' from President Obama. It reads:


The United States of America
honors the memory of

Walter E Yocum, Jr.

This certificate is awarded by a grateful nation in recognition of devoted and selfless consecration to the service of our country in the Armed Forces of the United States.


March 9, 2016

Tidbits of the private funeral for our family's hero at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, Delaware.


Pictures from March 9th


February 29, 2016

In memory of the crew chief of Dreaded Gomboo / Sweet Rose.

Walter "Wally" Yocum Jr. (1934 - 2016)

National Defense Service Medal
United Nations Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
Good Conduct Medal
Republic of Korea Service Medal
Ambassador for Peace Medal



February 25, 2016

An incredible recreation of FU-539 from Torsten Schumacher in Germany. Many thanks to him and his time crafting such a remarkable piece! Click on the photo below to view pictures of his model recreation. Photos of Torsten's Incredible work

Click here for: Torsten's text message and my fathers hospital story




December 2015

Eduard model company added an article on FU-539 and a brief history with story account from my father. Click the magazine cover or link below to read. The full magazine can be found on Eduard's website:


December 2015

In late September, I received an email from the Eduard model company. They were interested in making a decal variation for their 'Ultimate Sabre' F-86F 1/48 scale model kit. You may now purchase it on their website (model kit #1163). Click the picture or this link to view their instruction sheet, photos, decal sheet of their promotional model.




November 1, 2015

My father was an honored guest before the start of the NASCAR race in Martinsville, Virginia. He spent time with Richard Petty and the Major General Garrett Harencak of the USAF (Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration). My father got to show a picture that he carries in his wallet and talk about stories of the'Sweet Rose' F-86F sabre. More photos are under the Tidbits (Family/History/Aviation) catagory.

Collage photo: click here



September 2015

I recieved an email from an individual asking about the history of this plane. It was a nice surprise. He found a picture of a painting of FU-539 before my father and Ken Ewing took control. This was the 1953-1954 possible era of the plane. If everyone has any leads to this actual painting, please email me on the link on the bottom of the page. It appears to be painted by Eugene A. Beinert. Thanks!

Larger view of painting




June 2015

An actual replica of FU-539, made out of wood in 1955! It has been preserved, in mint condition. Pilot Ken Ewing gave this to his brother, and he held it since. My father saw this model in Virginia, June of 2015. Click the below graphic to see a larger view and more information around the wood model.


Spring 2015

'President Memorial Certificate' from President Obama. It reads:


The United States of America
honors the memory of

Kenneth Curtiss Ewing

This certificate is awarded by a grateful nation in recognition of devoted and selfless consecration to the service of our country in the Armed Forces of the United States.




November 28, 2014

In memory of the pilot of Dreaded Gomboo / Sweet Rose.

Ken Ewing

(1931 - 2014)



September 2014

Wally Yocum was honored by the 336th at Seymour Johnson AFB in North Carolina in 2014, decaling an F-15E Eagle with his name on the cockpit “Cc Wally Yocum” and “Sweet Rose” on the nose. I will refer this plane as Sweet Rose (II) on this website. Click the photo collage to see larger photos.

Click on photo to view pictures of F-15E Eagle 89-0488

Sweet Rose (II)



Spring 2014

A brick dedicated to Walter Yocum Jr at the Dover Air Force Muesum in Dover, Delaware. This was a present from his children during Christmas 2013. Dover Air Force base only places them during Memorial Day each year in their Commemoration Park. This brick noted in a flyer on DAFB museum website: Hanger Digest July 2014 (page 3).





April 7, 2014

In memory of

Rose Ann Yocum

(1934 - 2014)




Circa 2006

The National Air and Space Museum's Wall of Honor memorial at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Ken Ewings name is engraved as Kenneth Ewing, located in Foil 008, Panel 002, Column 004, Line 037.


August 15, 2006

The website devoted to 'Sweet Rose' was created! I originally designed this website to find any other photos of the 'Sweet Rose' sabre. I even hoped to find one in color. It was a goal, a passion. My family hasn't had much luck, but the visits to the webpage and popularity will possibly give us a greater chance. Here is a link to the original web site back in 2006: Throwback 2006 website




October 2000

Wally stands in front of his name at the Korea/Vietnam/Desert Storm memorial in Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania.



A recent Salute to Miners, and "Sweet Rose"s father, Saverio 'Samuel' Portaro.

250th Anniversary of Anthracite - SALUTE TO MINERS

A special publication of The News-Item, Nov 1, 2018, Shamokin, PA.

Saverio's Medals





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