Custer, Brice C., Maj

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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1121Z-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1953-1954, 1121Z, 8th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
Service Years
1950 - 1970
Officer Collar Insignia
Major

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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1927
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Custer, Brice C., Maj.
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Monroe, Michigan
Last Address
Georgetown, Texas

Date of Passing
Oct 27, 2007
 
Location of Interment
Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery - Killeen, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Unknown

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WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Air Force Retired


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Last Known Activity
Son of Colonal Brice C.W. and Vida McLechlin Custer.

Brice C. Custer died on October 27, 2007 in Georgetown, TX. Brice was born on May 30, 1927 in Monroe, Michigan, the adopted home town of General George Armstrong Custer and the rest of the Custer family. Brice was the great-grand nephew of the General and prior to his death, he was his oldest living relative. 

Brice is survived by his wife, Emily; and son and daughter-in-law, Brice Jr. and Deanna; daughter and son-in-law, Celia and Ray Stefl; son and daughter-in-law, Garry Owen and Jeanette; and grandchildren, Ryan, Thomas, Garrett, Jordan, Joshua, and Emily. 

Brice was proud of his heritage and considered his famous relative to be an outstanding military commander as well as an exceptional human being. Because of the assault on the General's competence and character in recent decades, primarily by Hollywood, Brice was motivated to write a book refuting the misinformation being propagated. 

Brice moved from Monroe, MI. after his freshman year in high school to Santa Clara, CA. Mid-way through his senior year in high school, Brice enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 in January, 1945. After his discharge, he returned to Michigan to attend Michigan State University and received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1950. With the outbreak of the Korean War, Brice spent several months undergoing eye exercises which resulted in his attaining 20/20 vision and his subsequent passing of the pilot's physical and enlistment into the Air Force's Aviation Cadet program. Brice received his wings and commission in January, 1953 followed by F-84 gunnery school and the assignment to Korea with the 8th Fighter-Bomber Squadron. Brice later acquired a Master's Degree in Nuclear Engineering with subsequent assignments in the Physics Department at the Air Force Academy and the Nuclear Weapons Branch of the Defense Intelligence Agency. 

After leaving the Air Force in 1970, Brice was a Department Head at Trident Technical College in South Carolina for 10 years followed by 10 years as a Staff Engineer at the Lockheed Missile and Space Company and the entered retirement. 

Brice and Emily enjoyed their life in the Air Force with their children, traveling the country and making many friends. They eventually moved to Georgetown, TX. where they have lived since 1996. 

The family wishes to express their appreciation for all the care and compassion provided to them from Scott & White Hospital, Dr. Christopher Hearne, Texas Home Health Hospice, Shirley Higgins and Asera Care Hospice, and the Gabriels Funeral Chapel .In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to a charity of your choice. Brice will be laid to rest at the Central Texas State Veteran's Cemetery in Killeen at a later date. 

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  1953-1954, 1121Z, 8th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1953-1953 Korean War
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