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1999 – Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen, USAF (Ret)

Colonel Halvorsen served as a C-47/C-54 transport pilot during World War II in the South Atlantic 1944-46. During his volunteer assignment in the Berlin Airlift (Operation Vittles), he instituted Operation Little Vittles by dropping small parachutes laden with candy to the children of Berlin, including those in East […]

1998 – Sgt. John L. Levitow

On February 24, 1969, Airman First Class John L. Levitow flew a combat mission as a Loadmaster on patrol over South Vietnam on an AC-47 Dragon gunship. His aircraft was flying a night mission in the area of Tan Son Nhut AB when the Army base at Long […]

1997 – General William G. Moore

General William Grover Moore, Jr. is a renowned aviator, airlifter and combat veteran of three wars. He flew 100 combat bomber missions during WW II and the Korean War. During Vietnam he flew over 140 combat airlift missions. He has commanded at all levels of command, squadron, wing, […]

1996 – Nancy Harkness Love

Nancy Harkness Love was born on February 14, 1914, in Houghton, Michigan. She developed an intense interest in aviation at an early age. Sixteen years old in 1930, she took her first flight and earned her pilot’s license within a month. Later, she would carry this love of […]

1995 – Lt. Gen. Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, 31 October 1901. He graduated from the United States Military Academy 12 June 1923, commissioned a second lieutenant of Calvary, and assigned with the Eighth Calvary at Fort Bliss, Texas. In October 1924, he joined the Second Machine Gun Squadron at […]

1994 – Gen. Robert E. “Dutch” Huyser

General Huyser was born June 14,1924, in Paonia, Colorado, where he graduated from Paonia High School. He later attended Oauchita College at Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and Modesto College at Modest, California. He was drafted into the Army in April 1943 and entered the aviation cadet program. In September 1944, […]

1993 – Lt. Gen. Ira C. Eaker

General Ira C. Eaker began his military career during World War I, retiring thirty years later in 1947. Throughout his life, he was an active advocate of air power. His many accomplishments included pioneering air refueling procedures in the late 1920s. General Eaker’s rescue attempt of the German […]

1991 – Lt. Gen. Harold L. George

Harold Lee George was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, July 19, 1893. While attending George Washington University, Washington D.C., on May 21, 1917, he was commissioned a second lieutenant of Cavalry in the Officers’ Reserve Corps. Entering Officers’ Training Camp at Fort Myer, Virginia he was ordered to active […]

1990 – Mr. Donald W. Douglas

Engineer, visionary and entrepreneur, Donald W. Douglas was a monumental figure in aviation history. His aircraft designs revolutionized commercial transportation. In the matter of military airlift, his impact was equally significant. The Douglas DC-3 became the C-47, the workhorse of World War II airborne communications. The larger DC-4, […]

1990 – Gen. Laurence S. Kuter

General Laurence S. Kuter served for 35 years as an officer of the Army, the Army Air Forces, and finally the United States Air Force. He was intimately involved in airlift during the period between 1945 and 1951, although he remained vitally interested in airlift and served as […]