I got word yesterday that my old neighbor of 22 years passed away from cancer.
He was always quiet about his past, but I knew he was in the Air Force. I remember him discussing the airstrike on Libya in quite some detail. I always thought he was there, but according to his obituary he had already retired by then.
He was one of the more friendly people living on my small street. He would always come home from his work at the post office around the time that we were all out in the street playing games. There was always a smile and he would stop his car and ask who was winning and how we were all doing. He'll be sorely missed.
I'd like to find out more about his service. Does anybody know how I can go about doing that?
Here's an excerpt from his obit.
"He received a Masters degree in Management from the University of Arkansas in 1971 and a Certificate of Completion from The Industrial College of the Armed Forces in management in 1973. Upon graduation from Mississippi State University, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the USAF. He spent over twenty years in the Air Force, retiring in 1978 with the rank of LtCol. During his military career, he flew numerous aircraft and served tours of duty overseas in Vietnam and England. While in the Air Force he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commemoration medal with one oak leaf cluster, as well as other medals of service."