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Thomas E. Decatur, Major, USAF (Fallen)February 14, 1932 – May 02, 1967
Military services for Air Force Maj. Thomas E. Decatur, 33, Middletown, Killed Tuesday in a helicopter crash at Davis-Monthan AFB near Tucson. Ariz., will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the McCoy Leffler Funeral Home, Middletown, where friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in Woodside Cemetery, Middletown.
Major Decatur’s wife is the former Jane Williamson of Newtown, Ohio; his father, Alfred G. Decatur, was with the electric production department of the Cincinnati Gas & Electric Co. in Cincinnati in the mid-20’s before transfer to CG&E at Middletown, wheere Thomas was born. The elder Decatur retired in 1965.
Surviving him, beside his wife, father and mother , are two sons, Tommy, 12, and Bobby, eight; one daughter, Nancy, 10; one brother, A. G. Decatur Jr., Middletown, and two sisters, Mrs. Ralph (Barbara) Lutes, Harrison, Ohio, and Mrs. John (Patty) Fridolph, Camden, NJ.
UH-1F #65-7934Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ02 May 1967~
The Evening Review (East Liverpool, OH.)Wed, May 03, 1967, page 21
TWO MEN ARE KILLED IN HELICOPTER CRASH
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Two men were killed Tuesday when a helicopter crashed on a runway at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson.
Killed were the pilot, Maj. Thomas E. Decatur, 35, of Middletown, Ohio, and his passenger, TSgt. Bobby R. Fritz, 36, Hopkinsvile, KY.
Both were assigned to the 303rd Combat Support Group at Davis-Monthan.
The helicopter, an Air Force UH-1F Huey, is used to transport men and equipment between the air base and the 18 Titan II missile sites ringing Tucson.
Decatur is survived by his widow and three children in Tucson.
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