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Standley A. McGhan, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Retired)
Date of Death: June 14, 1981
Date of Birth: April 23, 1940
Funeral services for Lt. Col. McGhan, 41 of Ft. Walton Beach who died Sunday at the Air Force Medical Center, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Tex. will be held Friday at the Carey Hand Chapel at 2:00 p.m.
Interment will follow with full military honors at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Lt. Col. McGhan was born in Washington, D.C. and moved to Orlando from Chevy Chase, MD in 1961, with his parents, the late Fred W. McGhan and Ida McGhan Zander.
While in high school he joined the Civil Air Patrol and the Air National Guard. Lt. Col. McGhan was a Distinguished Air Graduate of the Citadel, B.A. in 1962. His pilot training in jet aircraft was at Webb AFB, Big Springs, TX., followed by helicopter training at Stead AFB, Reno, NV. He served in the Air Rescue and Recover Service. While based at Da Nang AB, RVN, he and his crew rescued 28 downed airmen for which he received the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross with four Oak Leaf Clusters. He was a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, Montgomery, AL. and Troy State University, M.A. Degree. He was a member of the Order of Daedalians and the Citadel Alumni Association. Lt. Col. McGhan was retired on total disability in November 1980 at the rank of Lt. Col. while based at Hurlburt Field, Ft. Walton Beach, serving with the First Special Operation Wing.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Gingeriee Heitmuller McGhan, formally of Bethesda, MD.; son, Cadel Dean W. McGhan, daughter, Denise T. McGhan, mother, Ida McGhan Zander; brother, Leland A. McGhan, sisters, Adele McGhan Hinterthan, and Patricia McGhan Gough.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Citadel Scholarship fund, Charleston, SC.
Home address 218 Casper Dr., Ft. Walton Beach, FL. 32548
Arrangements by Carey Hand Chapel, a Guardian Plan Chapel.
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