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Donald V. Aamodt, USAF (Retired)August 02, 1933 – May 21, 2020
Aamodt, Donald V. Aamodt passed away May 21, 2020. Don was born in Joice, IA on August 2, 1933.
He graduated Joice High School and attended Waldorf College and Iowa State College before joining the Air Force in 1954. He received jet training at Big Springs, TX where he received his pilot rating, and helicopter training at Stead AFB, NV, after which he was assigned to the 71st Air Rescue Sq. at Elmendorf AFB, AK where he flew the H-21. In 1963, he was assigned to the 1001st Heli Sq. Bolling AFB, DC. In 1968, after his Vietnam tour, he returned to the 1st Heli Sq at Andrews AFB, where he flew search/rescue and transported dignitaries to the Pentagon and Camp David. At 20 years, Don retired in 1974.
Don continued working as a safety officer for the Air Force from 1974 to 1977. When he retired from civil service, he and his wife moved to Lake Mills, IA. He served as the County Commissioner for VA Affairs and received the Individual Governors Volunteer Award in 2011. He was a life member of VFW, American Legion, Daedalians, USAF Helicopter Association, Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association and American Helicopter Association.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Faye.