LTC Otto Babel was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 01/05/1999 at the age of 65.9
Bismark, ND
Flight Class 63-3
Date of Birth 02/28/1933
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 119 AHC in 62-63, AVEL SOUTH (PROV) in 67
Call sign in Vietnam LIGHTNING
This information was provided by Barry Geller, Patrick J. Kelly, Army Times obit

More detail on this person: Otto Babel, 65, 707 East Interstate Avenue, Bismarck, died Jan. 5, 1999, in a local hospital. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Church of St. Mary, Bismarck, with the Rev. Charlie Heidt officiating. Burial will be in North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, with military rites provided by VFW Post No. 1326.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, at Eastgate Funeral Service, Bismarck, where a vigil service will be held at 7 p.m.

Otto was born Feb. 28, 1933, at the family farm north of St. Anthony, to Fabian and Katherine (Schmidt) Babel. He attended schools in St. Anthony, Mandan and Omaha, Neb., earning a degree from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. He married Isabel Ehli on Aug. 28, 1953, at St. Mary's Church in Bismarck. Otto served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict and later in the North Dakota and Missouri Army National Guard. He returned to active duty in the U.S. Army in 1961, as a First Lieutenant. He graduated from the Army's Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam and a tour of duty in Germany. He retired in 1979 as a lieutenant colonel. His service earned him the Senior Army Aviators Wings, the Bronze Star Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal, seven Air Medals, and two Army Commendation Medals. He was a member of the Eagles, American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and AMVETS.

He is survived by his wife, Isabel; and one son David and daughter-in-law, Brenda, Crestview, Fla., and their children, Patrick and Sherri; one daughter, Judy, and son-in-law, Rich Carson, Fargo, and their children, Dustin, Connor and Ally; and one brother, Beaumont, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and 10 infant brothers and sisters.

The family prefers memorials to the North Dakota Veteran Cemetery. (Eastgate Funeral Service, Bismarck)

Bismarck Tribune, The (ND) - Wednesday, January 6, 1999

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