Daryl Gene Hubbard
March 1967 – separated from the USAF after 8+ years active duty, …3 tours to RVN and 306 combat missions with various awards and decorations including a DFC, 14 Air Medals, Combat Readiness Medal, and USAF Outstanding Unit award.
In 1967, I began flying for Pan Am out of SFO while living in San Jose, CA. Moved to Tulsa, OK in 1974 to fly with the Tulsa ANG. The 125 TFS had F-100’s and then got A-7’s in 1977. Checked out as IP and remained with the unit running the Weapons/Tactics Office until I retired in 1985.
At that time I had 3350 total and 2250 F-100 time. During my TANG stint, I was furloughed from Pan Am in 1976 and recalled in 1979. I went to Delta Airlines in 1991 when they acquired Pan Am’s Int’l routes, airplanes and pilots in 1991. I was flying the A-310 and did until age 60 when I went side-saddle on the L-1011 and finally the B-727 until I retired from Delta in 2002 at age 65.
I consider every hour I was in the cockpit of the F-100 as golden.
The USAF for me has been a remarkable journey and I have met many fine people along the way. I believe our mission is incomparable. I am fortunate to have been a participant and would do it all over again.
Daryl G. Hubbard (LtCol USAF, Ret) “Headed West” on August 29, 2019.
Lt Col. Daryl Gene Hubbard made his transition to heaven on August 29, 2019 leaving the world with the fabulous smile that he had all 83 years of his life. Most of his life he was mistaken for Robert Redford.
Daryl Gene Hubbard was born in a boarding house on Duck Street in Stillwater, Oklahoma during the dust bowl. It was a hot and dusty summer day on August 27, 1936 when Daryl was born to Alita Winifred Poindexter Hubbard and Dr. Gene Hubbard.
His strong faith and encouraging personality would help him later in life during his 9-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Daryl was a proud graduate of Stillwater High School Class of 1954. He played trombone in the band and has remained a leader in his Class reunions with his dear High school friends. Daryl received his degree in Chemistry from Oklahoma State University in 1958. He was a proud member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.
He thought he wanted to be a doctor like his father, but realized quickly that his passion was flying. Daryl loved America and strongly believed that serving our country was the greatest honor in his life.
Daryl joined the Air Force and was on active duty from 1958 to April 1967. He flew 306 combat missions in Viet Nam and 450 combat hours in the F-100.
Daryl was in the Oklahoma Air National Guard from 1974 to June 1985. He flew the T-34, T-28, T-33, F-100 C, D, F models and the last aircraft he flew was a military A-7D Corsair. Civilian aircraft he flew were the: B-707, B-727, Lockheed L-1011, Airbus A-300 and A-310. Lt. Col. Hubbard was awarded numerous medals but the one he was most proud of was the Distinguished Flying Cross. This medal is for heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight.
Daryl was a pilot for Pan American Airlines out of San Francisco from 1967-1991, and Delta Air Lines from 1991 to 2003.
Daryl was active in the German American Society Blaskapelle Band. He also served as President of the Silver Beavers Guard retirement group and was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Daryl was preceded in death by his first wife, Faith Blunt Hubbard, his parents Dr. Gene Hubbard and Winifred Hubbard Tillman. He is survived by his wife, Rev. Connie Murray Ichord of Tulsa, OK; his son’s Bryan Hubbard (Julie) Seattle, WA; Dr. Bret Hubbard (Rebecca) from Bixby, OK; step-daughters, Stephanie Ichord Berg (Alan) Hulbert, OK and Gretchen Ichord Manfredi (Matthew) White Plains, NY. He is also survived by his siblings, Dr. Richard Hubbard, Ft. Worth, TX. Patrick Hubbard (Cindy) Kansas City, MO, Dinah Edwards (Gary) Seattle, WA, Angela Lauffenburger (Ken), Dallas, TX and Stephen Tillman (Bonnie) Oklahoma City.
Daryl had 9 granddaughters that were the light of his life. Abigail Hubbard and Bridget Hubbard, Seattle, WA, Braigen Hubbard, Mikayla Hubbard, Katrina Hubbard, Emillia Hubbard and Annalea Hubbard, Bixby, OK, Madelene (Maddie) Manfredi and Anna Manfredi, White Plains, NY.
He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved and admired their Uncle D. They were all proud of his military service and always took an opportunity to share about their Uncle Daryl and stories about many of his missions.
The Life of this extraordinary hero was celebrated on September 10, 2019 and he was laid to rest at Fairlawn Cemetery in Stillwater, OK.
Contributions in Daryl’s memory may be made to either The Coffee Bunker: A place for veterans to connect. 6365 E. 41st St. Tulsa, OK 74135 Att: Elden Hoffman or FUMC Camp Friendship, or FUMC Sanctuary Celebrations First United Methodist Church Att: Jessica Moffatt, 1115 S. Boulder Ave. Tulsa, OK 74119.
- 1958 Primary (Class 60-D), Spence AFB, GA (T-34, T-28)
- 1959 Basic, Webb AFB, TX (T-33)
- 1960 Williams AFB, AZ (F-100 Initial)
- 1960 Nellis AFB, NV (F-100 Advanced)
- 1960-1962 36th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Itazuke AB, Japan (F-100)
- 1962-1965 615th Tactical Fighter Squadron, England AFB, LA (F-100)
(2 TDY Tours Danang AB, RVN)
- 1965 612th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan (F-100)
- 1966 612th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Phan Rang, RVN
- 1967 Separated from USAF active duty
- 1974 Joined 125th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Tulsa Air National Guard – F-100/A-7D
- 1985 Retired from TXANG
Awards & Decorations
Distinguished Flying Cross
Military & Civilian Education
- 1964 SOS
- 1965 IPIS
- 1970 ACSC by correspondence
- 1954 Stillwater High School
- 1968 BS Chemistry, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK