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Joseph F. Mudd, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Fallen)
Date of birth: January 30, 1932
Date of death: October 22, 1973, Age: 41
Lt. Col. Joseph Francis Mudd, USAF, died on 22 October in Osan, Korea. Burial was in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
Lt. Col. Mudd was born in Detroit, Mich. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy in 1954 he joined the Air Force and trained as a pilot. At the time of his death he was serving with the 41st Rescue and Recovery Wing at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. His other duty stations included tours as a B-52 Commander and a B-58 Commander. He also spent one year in South Vietnam as a Helicopter Commander and had about 150 missions. He held two Distinguished Flying Crosses, seven Air Medals, three Air Force Commendation Medals and the Medal of Valour of the American Legion.
Surviving are his widow, Rosemary, 5355 Kendall St., Riverside, CA 92506; six sons, Joseph, Timothy, Thomas, Stephen, Michael and Samuel; two daughters, Lisa and Laura; his parents, Col. and Mrs. Richard D. Mudd; and two brothers and two sisters.