COL Ronald E. Fix was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 06/03/2006 at the age of 63.8 from Heart attack
Colleyville, TX
Date of Birth 09/01/1942
Served in the U.S. Marine Corps
Served in Vietnam with HMM-362 in 66-67, HMM-363 in 67, VMO-2 in 69, HML-367 in 69-70
This information was provided by Pat Richardson

More detail on this person: RONALD E. FIX 1942-2006 a highly decorated Vietnam vet who rarely spoke of his feats. Ronald E. Fix had many nicknames. During his Marine Corps tenure, he was called Sand Dollar, a reflection of his spirituality and the five wounds of Jesus Christ and Easter lily that legend says are imprinted on the sand dollar. His co-workers at American Airlines called him Colonel -- a nod to his rank as a retired U.S. Marine Corps officer and his executive-style approach to work and life. Friends called him The Godfather because he was so strategic when he helped found an organization devoted to the OV-10 Bronco plane.

Mr. Fix, 63, of Colleyville died June 3 of a heart attack. He was a former Marine aviator who served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War and earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts, among other medals.

He later worked as a stockbroker and as a pilot and flight instructor for American Airlines.

But Mr. Fix did not talk much about his accomplishments. He wore his medals on his Marine uniform, said his friend Jim Hodgson, a Continental Airlines pilot who lives in Grapevine. "But he never talked about them." Mr. Fix's son, Jim Fix, a psychologist who lives in San Diego, said he learned about his father's experiences in Vietnam from printouts of the medal citations and e-mails from family friends.

Despite his privacy, Mr. Fix was friendly and well-liked. When his son once flew with his father, at least 50 flight attendants and other crew members approached Mr. Fix to say hi. Jim Fix said he's received e-mails from pilots who said his father worked for them on a holiday. "He was a good dad," his son said, then started chuckling. "But he was very meticulous in what he did." Hodgson could attest to that. Mr. Fix once even tidied up Hodgson's not-so-clean garage. But that attention to detail served Mr. Fix well when he helped form the Bronco Association, in 1998. He spent hours conducting research and talking to pilots, said member Jim Bloomberg of North Richland Hills, an instructor pilot for an aviation training company.

The association's work, housed in the Vintage Flying Museum at Meacham Airport, features the history of the OV-10 and a factory mock-up. Bloomberg said Mr. Fix became a father figure for him after Bloomberg's father died. Mr. Fix offered sound advice but put him in his place when needed, Bloomberg said. "Whenever he said, 'Hey, I gotta tell you,' you stopped and listened to what he had to say," Bloomberg said.

Survivors include wife Gerry Harrison Fix, mother Lillian Fix, daughter Kimberly Fix and brother Carlton "Bud" Fix.

Memorials can be made to the Ron Fix Memorial Fund, OV-10 Bronco Association, 505 N.W. 38th St., Hangar 33 South, Fort Worth, TX 76106. A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. today at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home in Colleyville. Burial will be at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

From: Pat Richardson

Burial information: Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, TX

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