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
Harold A. Homan
Bud was born in 1930 in Waverly, Iowa, the third child of Harold W. Homan and May Boeyer Homan.
After graduating from Berlin (Wisconsin) High School in 1947, he worked as a test driver for Chevrolet. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950. Bud completed Aviation Cadets, earned his pilot “wings” and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1953. He was then stationed at Chaumont Air Base in France, where he flew F-84, F-86 and F-100 fighters, and also flew with the Skyblazers, the USAF aerobatic team for Europe.
Bud then flew the F-105, first as an operational test pilot, then as a flight instructor and then in completing 100 combat missions as a “Wild Weasel” in the Vietnam War. He later graduated from the Air War College, served with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon and commanded the 25th Air Division, before retiring from the Air Force in 1981 after 31 years of service. Bud’s decorations include the Silver Star, earned for valor in combat, the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legion of Merit Medals, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Meritorious Service Medal, eleven Air Medals and two Air Force Commendation Medals. He also earned “Caterpillar” pins for surviving three ejections from military aircraft.
After retiring from the Air Force, he served as Director of Airports for the City of Redding, California.