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Heinie Aderholt

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I'm surprised that no one has mentioned this yet, but B/Gen. Harry "Heinie" Aderholt passed away this past week at the age of 90. Although he was never directly involved with C-130s, he had a long association with them indirectly. In 1960 he took command of the USAF/CIA office at Kadena and was in charge of the "E Flight" C-130 operations once the airplanes passed from USAF control to his. He detailed the operation in his biography AIR COMMANDO ONE, including telling how a young 1/Lt. named Jim Baginski from Naha was one of the USAF project officers. He commanded the air commando wing at NKP which included the CANDLESTICK C-123s and NIMROD A-26s. After retiring as a colonel, he was called back to active duty and promoted to B/G and assigned to MACThai, where he once again was involved with covert operations involving C-130s. He had retired in Florida and was heavily involved with the special operations community around Ft. Walton Beach.

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Heinie was graduation speaker when I graduated from pilot training. He was buddies with Howie Pierson who was our Squadron commander. Howie had a quintuple by pass last week.

he was a member of ACA and flew ranch hands and FAC's in SEA. Howie is at home recovering.


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