As a retired LTC from the Army’s Medical Service Corps, Howard A. Huntsman, Jr. died on August 22, 2010, at the age of 85. He entered the Army as a 2LT in July of 1951 and became an Army aviator in July 1953. His overseas flight missions were conducted in Korea, Germany, and Vietnam. As a rotary and fixed wing qualified Senior Army Aviator, he retired on May 31, 1972. Prior to his Army service he became a Marine Corps World War II combat veteran while serving in the southwestern Pacific from August 1944 to November 1945.
Col Huntsman was a life member of VFW Post 8541; a charter and life member of the DUSTOFF ASSN. and the AMEDD’sSolopilot Society. He was also a life member of America’s premier fraternal organization of military pilots – The Order of the Daedalions. Because of the fact that once you are a Marine – you are always a Marine – he had requested military burial honors include the United States Marine Corps.