Fallen TACAMO Veteran - Robert Brooks, VQ-3 Plankowner

1942 – November 18, 2018 LCDR Robert E. Brooks, USN (Ret.), age 76, of Virginia Beach, VA, went to be with the Lord on November 15, 2018. He was born in Louisville, KY. He was the son of Evelyn J (Black) and Augustus C. Brooks. He was a graduate of Bellarmine University. He proudly served our country as a Naval Flight Officer. After retiring from the Navy he was a self-employed financial planner and owner of three High's Ice Cream stores in Virginia Beach from 1986-1999. He also worked for 21 years with the DOD at Delfin Systems, later known as L-3 Communications. Robert loved baseball, playing and watching, bowling,and later enjoying golf with his wife and friends. With his family he trave

Fallen TACAMO Veteran - Harold Lee "Hal" Willard, VQ-3 Plankowner

April 6, 1935 – October 30, 2018 Harold L. Willard, Sr., 83, of Leonardtown, MD passed away on October 28, 2018 at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, MD.Harold (affectionately known as Hal or Papaw) was born in Paoli, Indiana on April 6, 1935 to Albert L. Willard and Thelma F. Willard (Collier) . Hal was baptized into the faith on April 21, 1935, and confirmed on May 29, 1950. He graduated from Beaver Falls (PA) High School in 1953. He married Leahrae Bable on May 8, 1954. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1954 and served his country for 22 years before retiring at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer-O3, and was transferred to the Fleet Reserve in April of 1975. Hal was a Vi

Fallen TACAMO Veteran - Vice Admiral Jerry Owen Tuttle, U.S. Navy (Retired)

December 18, 1934 – October 30, 2018 Dear TACAMO Veterans, We learned today of the passing of the 'father' of TACAMO, Vice Admiral Jerry Owen Tuttle, U.S. Navy (Retired) on 30 Oct 2018. VADM Tuttle first enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve on 10 March 1953, was designated a Naval Aviator on 17 October 1956 and served until his retirement in January 1994 as Director, Space and Electronic Warfare, OPNAV OP-094/N6. His long and distinguished career included two combat tours to Vietnam aboard USS INTREPID, flying 260 combat missions (220 over North Vietnam) earning three Distinguished Flying Crosses and 23 Air Medals (5 individual and 18 strike/flight awards.) He flew A-4 Skyhawks with Ernie L

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