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U.S. Air Force Helicopter History
Max Howard Mullen, Captain, USAFApril 02, 1930 – January 15, 2013
Max H. Mullen peacefully died and joined his heavenly Father on January 15, 2013. A celebration service will be held at White Bluff Chapel (01017 White Bluff Drive) in Whitney, TX, at 2:00 PM on Monday, January 21, 2013. Interment will be at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery (2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX) at 11:15 AM on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.
Born to Howard Mullen and Grace Parker Mullen in Burr Oak, KS on April 2, 1930, he attended Lebanon High School (KS), and Kansas State University. There he joined the ROTC and threshed wheat during summers from Oklahoma to Canada. Strong-willed, energetic and independent, he love his 31 years in the military. Highlights include flying through the sound barrier (1955); armaments advisor to South Korean Air Force at Suwon, South Korea (1959); base operations at Spangdahlem (Germany) Air Force Base (1963-1967); flying special operations in the CH-3 helicopter at Nha Trang Air Base, South Vietnam, and then at the Royal Thai Air Base, Udorn, Thailand (1967-1968) where his crew received two Air Medals for missions on the same day and where one CH-3 he flew, named the “Black Mariah,” is now on display at the USAF Museum at Wright Patterson AFB; and flying the UH-1 helicopter in the Army Reserves (including several special assignments in South America).
He also loved the extended Mullen family (and their reunions); Lebanon HS reunions; golf junkets; painting, travel; visiting his sisters and friends in Red Cloud, NE and Smith Center, KS; and the choir and worship community of White Bluff Chapel outside of Whitney, TX.
Survivors include his son, Keith Mullen and wife Barbara; granddaughter Anne Mullen Hazard and husband Josh Hazard; grandson Brian and great-grandson Wyatt Hazard; daughter Martha Lee Mullen Grayson; daughter Barbara Mullen McAfee and husband Randy McAfee, granddaughter Melissa and grandson Ryan; sister Ardis Mullen Yost and husband John; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, TX 75284-1125. Max served with the 20th SOS “Pony Express” in Vietnam in 1967 – 1968.