Hodges, Edward, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
76-Planning and Programming Officer
Last AFSC Group
Command and Control
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 76, Air Force Special Operations Forces (AFSOF), Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)
Service Years
1942 - 1970
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home Town
Hinsdale, Illinois
Last Address
Shalimar, Florida

Date of Passing
Feb 04, 1998
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Air Force Commander Commander Air Force Retired

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Last Known Activity
Lieutenant Colonel Edward Francis Hodges retired from the U.S. Air Force on June 30, 1970. At the time of his retirement he was the Deputy  to Chief Plans & Programs for Special Operations Forces Headquarters at Eglin AFB, Florida. He was then President and general manager of Hodges and Sons Inc., a heating and air conditioning company until the business was sold in 1979. He lived in the Shalimar, Florida area from about 1968 to his death at the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in 1998 from complications of Lung Cancer. During his retirement years he was active in a number of military related organizations including the Air Force Association, Retired Officers Association, BPOE Fort Walton Beach Lodge 1795, Disabled American Veterans, P-47 Thunderbolt Pilots Association, P-51 Mustang Pilots Association and the Northwest Florida Retired Officers Club.

He is buried at the Beal Memorial Cemetery, Ft. Walton Beach, Okaloosa County, Florida.

Sources: http://www.findagrave.com, Social Security Death Index, Ancestry.com and Florida Death Index, 1877-1998, Ancestry.com
Other Comments:
Edward Francis Hodges was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, the son of Edward P. Hodges and Mary Frances Nanz. In the late 1930's he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Missouri before enlisting in the Army Air Corps on March 30, 1942 at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. By 1945 he was flying combat missions in P-47s from the island of le Shima against mainland Japan. By 1947 he trained to fly the P-51 at Kearney Air Base in Nebraska, then deployed to Clark AFB in the Philippines in 1948. A Clark Field he served as both a pilot and supply officer for the 67th Fighter Squadron. With the onslaught of the Korea War he was flying combat missions again in 1950. Returning from a combat mission his engine quit and he was forced to bail out, injuring his back as he ejected from the aircraft. He was later rescued and returned to duty, but because of his back injury he was sent back to Clark Field and soon back to the states were he trained F-86 and F-84 pilots for the Korean War. During the Vietnam War he was sent to Tan Son Nhut Air Base where he served as Commander ALCE (Airlift Control Element).

Sources: http://trees.ancestry.com, U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 & http://www.18thfwa.org
Note: During his career Lt. Col. Hodges obviously earned other medals then those depicted on this profile, thus the medal array does not represent his full awards and honors. The dates for the medals are also not accurate, but attempt to represent what he would have earned while serving in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, plus other awards mentioned in Internet resources.
For a more detailed biography of Lt. Colonel Edward F Hodges see http://www.18thfwa.org/natural/Causes/edHodges/edHodges.php
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)School Assignments21st Fighter Squadron  - Gamblers27th Fighter-Bomber Group
18th Fighter Group67th Fighter Squadron  - Fighting CockNellis Air Force BaseTraining Units
Air Command and Staff College (Student) 21st Fighter-Bomber WingFighter Units1708th Ferrying Wing
Civil Air Patrol - United States Air Force (CAP-USAF/CAPRAP)17th Air ForceUS Air ForceAir Force Special Operations Forces (AFSOF), Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)
  1942-1942, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1943-1943, Advanced Flight Training Course
  1944-1945, 21st Fighter Squadron - Gamblers
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 21st Fighter Squadron - Gamblers
  1947-1947, 27th Fighter-Bomber Group
  1948-1949, 18th Fighter Group
  1948-1949, AAF MOS 4419, 67th Fighter Squadron - Fighting Cock
  1948-1949, AAF MOS 1055, 67th Fighter Squadron - Fighting Cock
  1950-1950, AAF MOS 1055, 67th Fighter Squadron - Fighting Cock
  1950-1952, Nellis Air Force Base
  1952-1952, AAF School of Applied Tactics (Staff)
  1956-1956, Air Command and Staff College (Student)
  1956-1959, 21st Fighter-Bomber Wing
  1956-1959, 1421F, 531st Fighter Squadron
  1959-1960, 1708th Ferrying Wing
  1960-1964, Civil Air Patrol - United States Air Force (CAP-USAF/CAPRAP)
  1964-1967, 17th Air Force
  1968-1969, Tanker Airlift Control Center
  1969-1970, 76, Air Force Special Operations Forces (AFSOF), Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1968-1969 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  F-86 Sabre  
F-84 Thunderjet  F-100 Super Sabre  T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  C-130 Hercules  
C-123 Provider  
  1943-1945, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1947-1950, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1948-1950, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
  1950-1952, F-86 Sabre
  1952-1953, F-84 Thunderjet
  1959-1960, F-100 Super Sabre
  1964-1967, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  1968-1969, C-130 Hercules
  1968-1969, C-123 Provider
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