Hodges, Aron Paul, TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
113X0-Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1974-1976, 75030, 1550th Aircrew Training and Test Wing
Service Years
1952 - 1976
Technical Sergeant

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Henderson, TN

Date of Passing
Jun 16, 2005
Location of Interment
Chester County Memory Gardens - Henderson, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
His Silver Star Citation reads:

Staff Sergeant Aron P. Hodges distinguished himself by gallantry as a volunteer in military operations against an armed enemy of the United States during the Prisoner of War search and rescue operation at Son Tay, North Vietnam, on 21 November 1970. On that date, Sergeant Hodges, performing as a Flight Engineer-Gunner in a helicopter, flew deep into the heart of enemy territory in a bold night attempt to rescue American Prisoners of War. His aircraft was the first into the objective area. His extremely accurate fire upon critical enemy threats within a few feet of suspected prisoner containment areas provided invaluable protection for the rescue party and created panic and total confusion among the enemy. The personal skill and extreme courage displayed by Sergeant Hodges in this very hazardous rescue attempt contributed immeasurably to the ultimate effectiveness and success of the mission. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Hodges has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
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Chester County Memory Gardens 
Chester County
Tennessee, USA
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Aircrew Enlisted (Basic)

 National Guard Awards

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1954, Basic Military Training (Lackland AFB, TX), 00
 Unit Assignments
Army National Guard (ARNG)770th Radar SquadronUS Air Force563rd Rescue Group
Rescue Units3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery SquadronHQ Air Force Materiel Command
1550th Aircrew Training and Test Wing
  1952-1954, 00000, Army National Guard (ARNG)
  1955-1966, 30050, 770th Radar Squadron
  1955-1966, 30030, 738th Radar Squadron
  1967-1969, 563rd Rescue Group
  1967-1969, 113X0, 48th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1969-1970, 113X0, 3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group
  1969-1970, 113X0, 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1970-1974, 113X0, Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Training Course
  1974-1976, HQ Air Force Materiel Command
  1974-1976, 75030, 1550th Aircrew Training and Test Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War
  1970-1970 Vietnam War - Southwest Monsoon Campaign (1970)/Operation Kingpin (Son Tay Prison Raid)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
HH-3/CH-3E  Jolly Green Giant  HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)  
  1967-1969, HH-3/CH-3E Jolly Green Giant
  1967-1969, HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)
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