More detail on this person: Jack D. Johnson, a lifelong friend of the man everybody called Colonel. Col. Cornwell joined the Army after graduating from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1952 and attended several flight schools. He served with the Chinese Nationalist Army during the Korean War and was a personal aide to Chiang Kai-Shek, who later became president of Taiwan. He spoke fluent Mandarin Chinese. Col. Cornwell received the Distinguished Military Flying Cross for rescues by helicopter during the Vietnam War. He also received the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal. After his Vietnam tour, Col. Cornwell organized the Shah of Iran's helicopter forces as an adviser to the shah in 1972 and 1973. When Col. Cornwell returned to the United States, he was superin will be cremated.
Burial information: Nashville National Cemetery, Nashville, TN
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