COL Keith J. Bauer was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 12/15/2007 at the age of 86.9
Newport News, VA
Flight Class 42-J
Date of Birth 02/06/1921
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 15 TC 1 CAV
This information was provided by Don Joyce

More detail on this person: YORKTOWN - Colonel Keith John Bauer, U.S. Army (ret.), 86, passed away Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007.

He was a native of Arkansaw, Wis., and was a Peninsula resident for over 30 years.

Col. Bauer retired from the Army in 1971, after 30 years of service. He was a Master Aviator who served his country during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. The many awards and decorations he earned during his career include, The Silver Star, The Bronze Star Medal, The Army Commendation Medal, The Air Medal with 27 Oak Leaf Clusters, The Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, The Vietnamese Combat Medal, and last, but not least, the Master Army Aviation Badge. He was the personal pilot of Pope Pius VI during his tour of South America in 1967. After retirement he was employed with the Dept. of Energy in Aviation Fuel Allocation until his retirement in 1983. He was a member of the Ancient Aviators, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Knights of Columbus #5480. He was a former member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, and was a current member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.

Col. Bauer was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Ann Bauer; a sister, Kathryn Bauer; and two grandsons, Jesse Bauer, and Kevin Carpenter.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Kathleen Bauer; three sons, Gregory Keith Bauer and his wife, Jody, of Yorktown, Patrick Thomas Bauer of Newport News, and Joseph Lee Bauer and his wife, Ann, of Greensboro, N.C.; two daughters, Kathryn Ann Carpenter of LaPlata, Md., and Kristine Marie Bauer of Virginia Beach; a sister, Mary Lou Bechel and her husband, Harry, of Eau Claire, Wis.; three brothers, William Bauer and his wife, Shirley, of Sioux Falls, S.D., Donald Bauer and his wife, Joan, of Minneapolis, Minn., and John Bauer and his wife, Betty, also of Sioux Falls, S.D.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church with Father James Curran officiating. A graveside service, with full military honors, will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, in Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross, 6912 George Washington Highway, Yorktown, VA 23692.

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