Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

Anse E. and Mary Windham Photo Collection

Collection Summary

Creator Anse and Mary Windham
Title Anse E. and Mary Windham Photo Collection
Dates: 1969-2014
Abstract: The Anse E. and Mary Windham Family collection chronicles the career of Anse as a Chief Air Traffic Controller in the Navy and the life of both Mary and Anse in Kingsville, Texas. During his enlistment, Anse served aboard the USS Hornet. In 1969 he was a witness to the recovery of the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 space capsules. After his retirement from the Navy in 1978 Anse continued to work as a civilian Air Traffic Controller for an additional twenty years. Both Anse and Mary were active in Kingsville’s local organizations. Anse continued to fly his plane, flying students who were tracking animals for the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and taking aerial photographs of South Texas.
Identification A2017-032, A2017-039
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/mods/core/browse.php?searchitem=anse+windham
Quantity: .25 linear foot
Location: I-11-2 Box 1, Sandbox, STA Photo File,
Language: English

Historical Note

Anse Windham was born March 6, 1938 in West Monroe, Louisiana and joined the US Navy at the age of eighteen. Anse met Mary in 1960 in San Benito, Texas and they were married in 1963 and had two children Linda and Brealon. During his career in the Navy, Anse was stationed aboard the USS Hornet when the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 recovery mission as an air traffic controller. After retiring in 1978 Anse continued working at the Naval Air Station in Kingsville as a civilian air traffic controller. Mary volunteered with the Red Cross at the Naval Air Station, worked for American Greeting Cards and Hallmark as a merchandiser and was employed as the coordinator of the volunteers for the Visitor’s Bureau in Kingsville. For her services she received a “Key to the City” award. Mary also volunteered her time at the Coastal Plains Community Center. Both Anse and Mary were active members of the Lions Club; he served on the Navy League Board. He died in 2014. Brealon (Buddy) lives in the Kingsville area with his family and works for Roll Royce and is a member of the Navy League. Linda works for an investment and insurance firm in Yadkinville, North Carolina with her husband and children.

Scope and Contents

The material covers Anse Windham’s time in the Navy. These materials include photographs of the recovery of the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 space capsules. There are several other photos of various themes around the Coastal Bend area taken from the pilot’s seat of an airplane Anse was flying.


Series I: Apollo 11 & 12 Sub series A: Photos Sub series B: Artifacts Sub series C: Postcards Series II: Coastal Bend Photos Sub series A: Kingsville, Texas Sub series B: Corpus Christi, Texas Sub series C: South Texas Area

Index Terms

Aldrin, Aldrin “Buzz” E. Jr
Armstrong, Neil Alden, 1930-2012
Collins, Michael
Department of Defense
The Royal High Court of the Royal Main
US Navy
Texas A&I University
Geographical Names
Corpus Christi (Tex.)
Kingsville (Tex.)
King Ranch
South Pacific Sea
Midway Island
Apollo 11
Apollo 12
Hurricane Celia
USS Hornet