Bailey, Harland D., MSgt

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
43290-Aircraft Engine Superintendent
Last AFSC Group
Aircraft Maintenance
Primary Unit
1954-1958, US Navy (USN)
Service Years
1954 - 1977
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Master Sergeant

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by A3C Michael S. Bell to remember Bailey, Harland D. ("Bill"), MSgt.

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Date of Passing
Sep 12, 2010
Location of Interment
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Air Force Retired

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American LegionVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)Disabled American Veterans (DAV)Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA)
American Legion Riders
  2010, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, American Legion Riders [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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From Patriot Guard Riders:

The family of MSgt Harland "Bill" Bailey, USAF Ret has asked the PGR to stand hour flag line and honor Bill for his service to our country.

Bill passed away Sunday morning after a very long battle with cancer. He was at home with his family in Alamogordo. Bill was a member of The American Legion Post 108, the NM American Legion Riders Chapter 8, the VFW Post 7686, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Gold Wing Touring Association, and several other organizations. He was a great friend and comrade to many of us here in the Tularosa Basin.


Saturday September 18th

9:00 am

Hamilton O'Dell Funeral Home

1334 N. Scenic Dr.

Alamogordo, NM.


Interment will follow:

Monte Vista Cemetery

1st St., Alamogordo.



Goodwill Store parking lot

1807 E. 10th St,



A reception for family and friends will be held following the services at the Fraternal Order of Eagles 4101, 471 24th St. Alamogordo. Military honors will be provided by the HAFB Steel Talons Honor Guard.

It was Bill's personal wish that Legionnaires from AL Post 108 be his pall bearers (which of course we will) and that the PGR be there for him and his family. Bill and I have been close and personal friends for more than 20 years.

Ed “Wishbone” Summerall is the R/C for this mission.


Please thank MSgt Bailey for his service to our great nation and please post your condolences to his family.

Dennis “Red Horse” Chalker


NM State Captain
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Harland D. "Bill" Bailey (1937-2010)

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Harland D. "Bill" Bailey, June 23, 1937 - Sept. 12, 2010, has died at his home in Alamogordo. He lost a 22-year battle with cancer. He was 73.
Harland was born June 23, 1937, in Paragould, Ark., to J.L. and Dona Bailey, who both preceded him in death, as did his brother J.G. Bailey and his grandson Brian Bailey Jr.
He enlisted in the United States Navy in December 1954 and married the love of his life, Faith Sharon Goodman, on Sept. 10, 1957, in New York. Harland began serving the United States Air Force in 1958 and has combined Navy and Air Force military service of over 22 years, serving our county in many foreign countries, including Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines and the Azores, as well as many states domestically, including Alaska, South Carolina, Ohio and Texas, before "retiring" in Alamogordo as a master sergeant in 1977. Harland then went on to work for Lear Siegler at Holloman Air Force Base for 12 years.
Bill was an accomplished mechanic who worked on power plants and aircraft, and restored numerous antique and classic cars. He loved spending time with family, and led his two sons to become Eagle Scouts. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and their family cat Tips, and together they toured all 48 of the continental United States by camper, fifth wheel and RV. His greatest joy was working on motorcycles and riding through the mountains with his Gold Wing family with his wife at his side.
Survivors include his beloved wife of over 53 years, Faith S. Bailey; his sister Iva Sue Hope, of Paragould; his son Brian Bailey and wife, Nicola, of Roswell, New Mexico; his son Gerald Bailey and wife Patty of Round Rock, Texas; his daughter Debbie Briones and husband, Renee, of Hayward, Calif.; nine much loved grandchildren, Amber Bailey, Alisha Bailey, Brittany Bailey, David Bailey, Randi Bailey, Ethan Kramer, Aidan Bailey, Aislinn Bailey, and Noel Briones; and three great-grandchildren, Karen Woodrome, Trevor Trevano and Kristyl Rayne Shoufelt.
Harland was a member of numerous organizations, including Gold Wing Touring Association, American Legion, American Legion Riders, Air Force Sergeants Association, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 7686, Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 1401, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 2016 and others.
Visitation will be on Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home, 1334 N. Scenic Drive, Alamogordo. A memorial service celebrating Bill's life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at 9 a.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home, immediately followed by graveside services with full military honors at Monte Vista Cemetery. First Baptist Church of Roswell's Senior Pastor Matt Brooks will officiate. The Fraternal Order of Eagles will host a reception following the services at the Eagles Lodge, located at 471 24th St.
The family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. To sign the online register book, please visit
He was a deeply loved, wonderful husband and father who will be missed tremendously by all who knew him.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from September 14 to October 14, 2010
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