More detail on this person: Col. George E. Derrick Colonel George E. Derrick, U.S. Army Retired, passed away quietly on July 9, 2008 after a long battle with cancer. He was born on August 6, 1930 in Cushing, Oklahoma. After graduation from Hutchinson Senior High School in Kansas, he served in the United States Marine Corps as a rifleman. Colonel Derrick graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1953, where he received a BA in English with a minor in Russian. He was a member of PHI Kappa PSI fraternity. At the end of Korean War, Colonel Derrick was called to active duty in the U.S. Army. After receiving his wings as an Army Aviator, he served in Korea, Panama, the Pentagon and two tours of duty in Vietnam. Colonel Derrick completed studies at the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania in 1971 and also earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling from Shippensburg State College in Pennsylvania. His military awards and decorations include: the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal with V and 33 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with two palms and Gold Star, the master Army Aviator Badge and the Parachute Badge. After retirement from the Army in 1980, Colonel Derrick continued in aviation as a commercial pilot. From 1985 to 1992, he served as president of Carroll Oil Company in Fort Myers, Florida. A heart condition forced retirement again. In 1994, Colonel Derrick was Commodore of the Royal Palm Yacht Club in Fort Myers. He was a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church, Ft Myers Florida, a Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association and a Life Member of the VFW. Mr. Derrick was preceded in death by his daughter: Mary Brummal Derrick in 1987 Survivors include his wife of 48 years: Ruth Lewis Derrick of Greensburg, Kentucky and of Fort Myers, Florida; a son: Charles E. Derrick II and his wife Mary A. Derrick of Goodspring, Tennessee and two sisters: Mrs. Delores Derrick Tennyson of Parsons, Kansas and Mrs. Diane Derrick Cawthron of Arlington, Texas; and a host of other relatives and many friends.
Burial information: Greensburg City Cemetery, Greensburg, KY
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