COL Russell "Russ" E Baugh was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 09/11/2014 at the age of 91.1
Hendersonville, TN
Date of Birth 07/21/1923
Served in the U.S. Army
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More detail on this person: Russell E. Baugh, COL USA (Ret.) was born in Baxter Springs, Kansas. Because of his fascination with airplanes from an early age, he entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943, and completed his pilot training in August 1944 at Craig Field in Alabama. He was a training pilot in Colorado Springs, Colorado through the end of WWII.

Col. Baugh subsequently served in the Air Force for several years, but transferred to the U.S. Army in order to have more flying time. He had two tours of duty in Korea - one from 1950 - 1951 and one from 1969 - 1970. During the first tour, he became a charter member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Pohang, Korea at the urging of his brother Dale, who was serving there at the same time in the Seabees.

Subsequent postings in the U.S. included Omaha, Nebraska, where Col. Baugh completed his Bachelor's degree in Military Science; Leavenworth, Kansas; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; and Fort Rucker, Alabama, where he was cited by Major General Delk Oden for his accomplishments in the field of Rotary Wing training throughout the world from 1951 - 1968. From 1966 - 1969, Col. Baugh trained more than 12,178 aviators for a total of 885,837 flight hours.

During his tour of duty in Vietnam from 1965 - 1966, he served as pilot for Major General William Westmoreland, among others. He also had several tours of duty in Germany. During the first one he met his wife Elisabetha; they were married in 1956.

During his second tour of duty in Korea from 1969 - 1970, Col. Baugh served as the Commanding Officer of the 7th Infantry Battalion for six months, and as Special Assistant to the Division Commander. He received several commendations and letters of appreciation from the local Yang-Ju County and national Korean government for his "outstanding contribution to the promotion and strengthening of the ties of friendship existing between our two countries."

Col. Baugh was very fortunate to be able to attend several ceremonies held at Fort Campbell, Kentucky in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War, and received a commemorative medal in 2000, 2001 and 2002 presented by MG (Ret.) Seung-Woo Choi of the Korean Army.

His final assignment with the U.S. Army was as the Director of Army ROTC at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee; during 1974 - 1978, Col. Baugh worked with many fine cadets in the program. After his retirement in 1978, Col. Baugh finished his law degree at the Nashville Law School, and worked eight years for Service Merchandise in their Property Management division. During his retirement, he was asked by the Governor of Tennessee to serve as the Native-American representative to the state Archeological Advisory Council.

During his 35 years of service, Col. Baugh was the proud recipient of a number of medals and commendations, including among many others the WWII Victory medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service medal, the Meritorious Service medal, 10 air medals, the Army Commendation medal, the Republic of Vietnam Civil Action medal, a Good Conduct medal, the Korean Service Medal, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, the Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, Republic of Korea War Service medal and the Military Outstanding Service medal. A Master Army Aviator, he was recognized for this contribution to Army Aviation at a ceremony at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, AL in 2010, and was named a pioneer of Army Aviation with his name inscribed on the monument dedicated to The Originals.

Col. Baugh was a life and founding member of the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA), and a proud member of the Korean War Veterans Association, the Army Otter Caribou Association, the Order of Daedalians, the Quiet Birdmen, the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA), and the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).

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