COL George W. Aldridge was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 03/16/1994 at the age of 69.8 from Cancer
Fairfax, VA
Date of Birth 06/01/1924
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 81 TC CO in 62-63
This information was provided by Barry Geller, 145 CAB ASSOC.

More detail on this person: George W. Aldridge Jr., 69, a retired Army colonel who was a combat veteran of three wars, died of cancer March 16 at his home in Chevy Chase.

Col. Aldridge, who was commissioned in the infantry in the early 1950s, entered the Army in 1941. He was serving in the U.S. 1st Infantry Division when it landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

He was stationed in Japan when the Korean War broke out. He was with the 1st Cavalry Division when deployed to Korea in July 1950 with the first U.S. units to reinforce U.S. and South Korean forces.

In 1962, he commanded a helicopter company in South Vietnam's Central Highlands. He was a master Army aviator.

His last assignment, before retiring from active duty in 1971, was Army operations center director on the staff of the Army deputy chief of staff for operations.

His military decorations included the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, two awards of the Legion of Merit and 10 Air Medals. He was a life member of the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Col. Aldridge was born in Queenstown, Md. He was a graduate of the University of Nebraska and the Army Command and Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

He was a county administrator and planner for Queen Anne's County, Md., from 1971 to 1976, then was manager of the Aspen Institute at Wye Plantation, Md., from 1977 to 1979. He then managed a ranch in Colorado and lived in Texas before returning to the Washington area about 1987.

His marriages to Heather S. Allen and Joan H. Fleming both ended in divorce.

Survivors include a son from his first marriage, Army Col. George W. Aldridge III of Fort Riley, Kan., and a grandson.

Washington Post, The (DC) - Saturday, March 19, 1994

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