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
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
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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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The C-130 series began as a 1951 requirement for a military transport with Short Take-Off and Landing capabilities. The series was born as the YC-130 and performed well in the latter part of 1954 with its Allison three-bladed turboprop engines. With successes encountered throughout the war in Vietnam and furthermore in peacetime, the C-130 Hercules spawned a plethora of variants that would include special forces insertion, arctic patrol, meteorological research, communications, close-support and modernized variants of the base transport.

Model Lockheed C-130H Hercules
Length 97.77 ft | 29.80 m
Width 132.55 ft | 40.40 m
Height 37.40 ft | 11.40 m
Engine(s) 4 x Allison T56-A-15LFE turboprop engines generating 4,508hp each.
Empty Weight 76,505 lbs | 34,702 kg
MTOW 175,003 lbs | 79,380 kg
Max Speed 386 mph | 621 km/h | 335 kts
Max Range 2,237 miles | 3,600 km
Ceiling 33,005 ft | 10,060 m | 6.3 miles
Climb Rate Not Available
Hardpoints 0
Armament None. Internal payload of up to 42,637lbs of supplies, personnel and vehicles.
Accommodations 4 + 92
Operators Australia, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States of America among others (about 60 in all).

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