Harold Eugene


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Harold Eugene Logsdon

Oct 20 1926 - Nov 29 2009

Lt. Col. U.S. Air Force (Retired) Harold Eugene Logsdon was born October 20, 1926 in Kalamazoo, MI. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; step-children, Barry Bullard and Cheryl Milam; step-grandsons, Jeremy Daniel Milam of Carrollton, TX, Simon Blake Bullard and Andrew Wayne Bullard of Medela, Colombia; sister, Jean Paxton, and her husband, Bill of Nashville, TN; nieces, Leigh Farrow and her husband, Marc of Nashville, TN, Pam Cate and her husband, Tommy of Somerset, KY, and Vicky Paxton of Nashville, TN. The United States military was always central of Harold’s life. His career included active duty in World War II, Korea, and Viet Nam. As a witness to the bombing of Pearl Harbor he always felt he began his military career on that day as a currier for the Air Force at Hickam Air Force base. After high school graduation and membership in the ROTC, Harold graduated from Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA as a Distinguished Military graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. He was a member of the class of 50A. VMI and his “brother rats” were always close to his heart. In 1953, he graduated from the Aircraft Observe School Ellington Air Force Base, Texas as a Celestial Navigator. He attended the B-290 Combat Crew Training School at Randolph AFB Texas and in August 1953, was assigned as a combat crew navigator and training officer in 307th Bombardment Wing (H) Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa. Later stationed at McDill AFB, Florida his unit was responsible for conducting operational engineering evaluations on the B-47 aircraft bombing-navigation, fire control and communications systems. Harold received his MBA from George Washington University. During his 30 years in the Air Force he was a test navigator for various military aircraft, and commander on 1998th Communications Squadron, Korat Toyal Thair Air Force Base, Thailand during the Viet Nam war. He served two tours on the Air Staff of the United States Joint Chief Staff at the Pentagon during the presidencies of Kennedy and Nixon. He was a valued member of the U.S. intelligence agencies. A Graveside Service will be held Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 2:00 PM.
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