29 November 1970 – It was a very bad day. For the 3rd time in two days, there was an accident with a U.S. Air Force Fairchild C-123K Provider transport. On November 29th, 3 F-100 pilotS: 1Lt Elmon C. “Mike” Caudill (615TFS), 1Lt Charles Louis Kollenberg (352TFS), and 1Lt Jon Marc King (615TFS) along with
Eddie J. Gillard
Eddie Gillard served in the Korean War and in the Vietnam War flying 75 combat missions as a Forward Air Controller.
He made 5 Single Engine F-100 fighter aircraft Atlantic crossings, and performed Nuclear Alert in Germany and Italy for 32 months.
He received three Air Medals, two Commendations Medals, and the Presidential Unit Citation.
Eddie retired 1 Sept 1972, and enjoyed life on his farm with his family, serving on the school board, he was elected road commissioner, and was a member of the Mt. Erie Methodist Church. He was a life member of the West Salem Masonic Lodge, Air Force Association, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, and the VFW.