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George William Carroll
George William Carroll completed his earthly life at the age of 80 on March 3, 2019. George was born in Nashville, TN, but he spent most of his life in Texas and considered himself a Texan through and through. George was a resident of Kinney County, Texas and an active member of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montell, TX.
He was preceded in death by his father Paul L. Carroll, Sr, mother Anna Lou Donald Carroll, and wife Evelyn "Evie" Beular Carroll.
George is survived by his brother Paul L. Carroll (Carolyn); daughters Rita Brahy (Ray) and Andrea Moody; granddaughter Mallorie Moody; nephews Ty Carroll (Marianne) and John Carroll (Dinah) as well as a large extended family and group of friends that loved him dearly. Many of George's friends considered him to be family.
George graduated from Lamar High School Houston, TX in 1957 where he lettered in basketball and football. He attended Texas A&M his freshman year on a football scholarship from Paul "Bear" Bryant. He completed his college at Southwest Texas State, playing football for the Bobcats, and graduating with a degree in business in 1961.
After college George was commissioned as an Officer in the United
States Marine Corps. While attending flight school in Pensacola, FL George played football for the Navy Goshawks. As a naval aviator in the Marine Corps he flew helicopters while deployed on float in the Mediterranean among other assignments. George attained the rank of Captain. After the Marine Corps, George joined Air America and flew in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam war from 1965 to 1967 where he was involved in search and rescue operations for downed pilots as well as air support for American objectives in Laos. After Air America George continued to pursue his love for flying helicopters. He flew in Alaska as part of the construction of the pipeline. He also flew to offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico among many other adventures. George was a member of the Air America Association and The American Legion. George was a hero to many, an inspiring individual, full of knowledge, fun-loving, an adventurer, an outdoors-man and a true gentleman. He was a devoted husband and loved his family and friends. His captivating storytelling was enjoyed by all.
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SHIRLEY, Alick A. III, 80, Trinity, died Jan. 2, 2019. Survived by daughters, Renee McGrew and Michelle Moore; brother, Bob; sister, Barbara; and two grandchildren. 
I'm very sorry to tell you of my father's, Al Shirley, death on Wednesday. He went to the hospital 2 weeks ago with heart and kidney issues from a long battle with diabetes and his body just couldn't fight any longer. His funeral will be on Friday, 1/11 at St Peter the Apostle in Trinity (https://www.stpetertrinityfl.org). The family has elected to mourn privately afterward.
Dad really loved being a part of this organization. He took his life's work as an intelligence officer very seriously and kept it confidential all these years even when the family would have questions!
I'm sorry that I don't know each of you but THANK YOU for being a part of my father's life.
Renee Shirley McGrew

 

Barry Hautz-80 passed away January 1st, 2019 in Mesa, Arizona.  Barry was employed by MD Helicopters at the time of his death. He was employed by Air America, Inc. from May 2, 1971, to October 15, 1971, as a helicopter Flight Mechanic.  According to his supervisor, Mr. Simon Gilkes, Barry was very proud of his time with Air America. Air America's Flight Mechanics were well trained, and their work was hazardous and demanding.  On Monday, January 21, 2019, Barry will be buried with full Military Honors at the National Memorial Cemetery in Cave Creek Arizona.

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Russ Wessels-92 passed away in Bend, Oregon December 17, 2018. Russ was a fixed wing maintenance Air America mechanic. He was born in 1926 and joined the Navy during WW II and later the Air Force where he was a fixed wing mechanic. He retired from the Air Force a Master Sergeant after 23 years, and in May 1967 he joined Air America. Russ worked in Udorn, Thailand until he was sent to Cambodia in 1970 as A/C Maintenance in Phnom Penh.

 

George William( Bill) LeCount passed away on October 1, 2018. Bill was born on October 21,1938 in Pierre, South Dakota. He was in the Air Force from 1959-1964.Then,flew for Air America and Continental Air Services in Vientiane Laos and Saigon from 1964-1969. He retired from Pacific Southwest Airlines in 1980 and moved from California to Florida to fish and socialize! He dove with Henry Taylor for sunken treasures and then moved to Webster, South Dakota for pheasant hunting and more fishing. He moved home to Billings, Montana, when his health began to fail to be near family.  The friendships he made all over the world were very important to him. He shared lots of great stories with his family and friends in Montana; he was quite the adventurer! We think of him every day and miss him! 

 

O.L. “Lee” Howell passed away September 17 at his home in Lexington, KY.  He is survived locally by his wife Sylvia Davis, his step-daughter Heather Burkhart, and his step-granddaughter Olivia Layton.  He also leaves his son CW5 ret Scott M. Howell, Bettendorf, IA; daughter Cliphane Brough, Salt Lake City, UT; daughter Celeste Smith, Houston, TX; and a half-sister Leola Sumners, Sanford, FL. A celebration of life will be held in Lexington at a later date.

Mr. Howell was called Boo How by his friends with Air America. Boo served honorably with Air America from 1962 until 1974 when the war in Laos ended. He was a member of the Air America Association and a great friend. All his comrades sadly miss him.

 

Richard Guptil Graham (1924 - 2018)
Concord - Commander Richard G. Graham, The Great American, age 93, of Rolinda Ave passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday April 22, 2018.
Richard (Dick) was born November 26, 1924 in Haverhill, MA, the son of the late Thomas and Gladys (Massie) Graham.  Graduating from Haverhill High School in 1942, Dick had a desire to serve his country in the US Navy.
On December 11, 1942 at the age of 18, Dick was sworn into the Navy as a Naval Aviation Cadet and was assigned to the Naval Air Training program in Pensacola, FL.  This began his lifelong career in aviation.  On October 24, 1944 he was commissioned an Ensign, earned the designation of Naval Aviator and was awarded his Wings of Gold. His orders were to report to fighter pilot training and carrier qualifications.  Among his many assignments as a fighter pilot was serving aboard the aircraft carriers USS Princeton and USS Valley Forge for combat operations in Korea.  He made the transition from fixed wing to rotary wing and was attached to several helicopter squadrons.  While stationed in Baltimore he was a member of the USS Constellation Restoration Committee and was always happy to hand out coins struck from the original ship. In 1967, while assigned to the Naval Air Systems Command, he retired with the rank of Commander.   Among the medals he was authorized to wear are the Air Medal with 4 Stars, Navy Commendation V, American Campaign, Victory WWII, Navy Occupation Service, and National Defense with a Star, Korean Service and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation with a Gold frame.
Retiring from the Navy, Dick’s aviation career continued with him flying for Air America based out of Vientiane, Laos from 1967 to 1974. During his years with Air America, Dick flew the fixed wing Caribou, Porter and C123 out of Vientiane and rotary wing S58T and Huey out of Udorn and Saigon.
Following Air America, Dick returned to the states and flew for UPC in Concord, NH; Kenai Air in Alaska; and Joe Brigham Inc. in Pembroke, NH.  After 66 years of flying he signed off N-Triple-4 JB and retired at the age of 84.  At the age of 87 he was proud that he was still able to take the controls for a flight.
He loved traveling and spending time with his family, and though being spread out, he made visiting with them a priority.  He took great pride in his home and he especially enjoyed working in his yard.   At the end of the day you could find him out back on the deck relaxing with his wife, family and friends. He always had great stories and enjoyed telling them as much as everyone enjoyed hearing them.   Another favorite activity was taking his convertible out for a ride and getting an ice cream, a treat he rarely refused.
Dick was known by many and is loved by all survivors including his wife of 51 years, Irene (Chase) Graham of Concord; his daughters, Linda Diane Haidinger and her husband William, of Endwell, NY and Nancy Lee Graham of Hopedale, MA; and his sons, Michael Thomas Graham and his wife Nancy of Boise, ID, John Joseph Graham of Seoul, Korea, Edward Skip Graham  and his wife Jeanne of Ewa Beach, HI, and Stephen Luke Graham of Centerville, GA; 13 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; brother Robert Graham; nieces and nephews and many friends.
He was predeceased by his son James Richard Graham; sisters Anne Lambert and Dorothy Caserta; brother William Graham; and his former wife Shirley Adams Smith.
There was a private family viewing held at Water’s Funeral Home on Thursday, April 26.
Graveside services with full Military Honors will be held at a later date at the NH Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Salvation Army, Concord NH Chapter.
Thoughts or comments can be submitted on the Legacy site for Richard Graham.
Dick, “You did it your way” and we are all glad that you did!

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“Captain” Harry Bernier- 88 was born March 15, 1929 and Passed away September 14, 2017. Harry was raised in Astoria, Oregon, the son of Arnold G. Bernier (Estacada, Oregon) and Mary Constance Bell (Astoria, Oregon). Harry was a descendant of an early Oregon pioneer and Oregon statesman, Samuel Terry McKean, who came out on the Oregon Trail in 1847.
Harry was raised by his mother, Connie, his late uncle, Burnby Bell, and his grandmother, Polly McKean Bell, a Clatsop County historian.
Harry graduated from Astoria High School in 1948, enlisted in the Air Force, and served as an air traffic control operator during the European Operations following World War II, including the Berlin Airlift. He was accepted into flight school in 1952, and during the Korean War he flew F-86-D fighter jets, serving in the 445th Fighter Squadron. Later he served in the 497th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, supporting Strategic Air Command operations from Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane, Washington, as a first lieutenant.
He married Margaret L. Wallen in 1956, and had one child, Mark. He served as air traffic controller for the Federal Aviation Administration at Boeing Field in Renton, Washington, in 1957, and then was back in the air flying cargo in C-46 and DC-3s in Alaska in 1958. From 1959 to 1966 he flew cargo, and then air retardant bombers (TBM’s and B-26s), for forest fires in the western U.S.
In late 1966, he was recruited by Continental Air Service — Air America, and flew contracted military missions in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War until April 1971. He flew C-45s, DHC-4s and C-123-Ks, supplying food and arms to insurgents fighting the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army, and in support of CIA operations in Southeast Asia. In 1971, he returned to Astoria and started commercial fishing. He worked as a mate on ocean tugboats, and then got his master’s license. He worked various shipping jobs up and down the West Coast. He was a cruise ship master in the Inland Passage, up the Columbia River, on the East and West coast of the U.S. and in the Caribbean. He worked in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, in support of the oil industry, assisted with the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup in the late 1980s, and was master of a research vessel in Puerto Rico in the early 1990s.
He was captain of the Oregon Responder during the New Carissa shipwreck off the Oregon Coast in 1999. Later in his career, he was a captain of the Portland Spirit on the Willamette River, and his last job, at 75, was piloting the Canby Ferry in Canby, Oregon. He was a lifelong member of the American Legion Post 12 in Astoria, Oregon, and the Order of Elks No. 180 in Astoria, Oregon.
He is survived by his former wife, Patricia Brock Winter, formerly of Astoria, Oregon; his cousin, Thomas M. Bell of Portland, Oregon; son Mark (Bernier) Mousseaux, and granddaughter Kora Mousseaux, of Phoenix, Oregon; siblings Joy, June, Donna, Jack and John; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jim Bernier.
He resided in Gladstone, Oregon, with his cat, Kitty Kat, and is now free to fly and sail again.

 


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