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U.S. Air Force Helicopter History
Robert N. Pinard, Colonel, USAF (Retired)January 06, 1932 – February 15, 2010
Col. Robert N. Pinard, U.S. Air Force (ret.) of Destin, Fla., passed away, at age 78, on Feb. 15, 2010.
Col. Pinard, a highly decorated veteran of Vietnam, was born in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., attended Miami High School and the University of Florida.
He joined the Army Air Corps in 1952. He was stationed in Munich, Sewart, Rhein-Main, Dyess, CCK Taiwan, Tachikawa Japan, Bangkok Thailand, Little Rock, Nha Trang as SOS squadron commander, Kadena Okinawa as SOS squadron commander and lastly, Hurlburt Field, Fla., as Deputy Chief of Maintenance. After retiring in 1981 he worked for Southern Air Transport, the Ugandan Government and Air Afrique. After retiring from flying he enjoyed sports, boating, traveling, playing cards, reading and “squeezing the juice out of life.”
He is survived by his loving partner, Brenda York; his son, Bob Jr. (wife Cindy); son, Douglas (wife Diane); stepson, David Hendricks (wife Guyla); 17 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Hurlburt Field Chapel on Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. Immediately afterwards, a “Celebration of Life” will be held at the Elks Lodge on Okaloosa Island.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 339 N.W. Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547.