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Jim Saler

It saddens to inform you of the death of Jim Saler. Jim Saler was a retired U.S. Army aviator who spent many of his years flying Medevac. After retiring from the Army he flew an EMS helicopter for Tri State CareFlight based in Durango, Colorado. Exactly one year to the day after leaving the Army, …

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Bruce C. Zenk

Bruce C. Zenk, 65, passed away at his home in Young America, Minnesota on 17 May 2005 after a three-year battle with cancer. Born in Sisseton, South Dakota on 18 December 1939, he graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in Pharmacy and received a commission as an Infantry Second Lieutenant in the …

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Brent Towne

Almost two years ago, our beloved crewchief, Brent Towne, was in a terrible car accident which left him with extensive brain damage.  His family has him brought home to Nevada from Hawaii, and yesterday (2-10-04) his fight ended.  He will be missed so. There are no words to express the thankfulness I have towards you …

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Fred Duncan

Fred Duncan, life member of DUSTOFF Association since 2003 died of complications of a disease resembling ALS on February 8, 2005. Fred, as a 17-year-old merchant marine, served his country during WW II aboard Liberty Ships with one of the Aviation Repair Units in the South Pacific. His work in his later years brought to …

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Richard Hock

You’ll possibly remember Richard Hock who was the medic who stood in as Godfather for little baby Kathleen in the 3rd Field Hospital and was a key part of “In the Shadow of the Blade” and the reunion between Kathleen and those who saved her life 34 years before. A DUSTOFF crew (the pilot was …

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Neil Lankford

Lt. Colonel John McNeil Lankford (‘Neil’), U.S. Army Retired, passed away on May 18, 2004 at the age of 58. Col. Lankford, a graduate of North Georgia Military College, was a Vietnam Veteran, having served as a combat medic with the 3rd/187 of the 101st Airborne Division. As a medical Service Corps officer and specialist …

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