LTC Joe C. Fouts was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 01/05/2016 at the age of 81.9 from Accident
Anchorage, AK
Flight Class 1969
Date of Birth 02/27/1934
Served in the U.S. Air Force
Served in Vietnam with 40 ARRS in 69-71
Call sign in Vietnam JOLLY GREEN GIANT
This information was provided by Sally Jochimsen, Bill Waters, Jim Burns

More detail on this person: Retired Lt. Col. Joe Cabot Fouts, U.S. Air Force, 81, died on Jan. 5, 2016, in Anchorage, Alaska, at Alaska Regional Hospital. A memorial service with full military honors and reception will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel. Lt. Col. Fouts was born on Feb. 27, 1934, in Lakeland, Fla. He was commissioned a U.S. Air Force officer through ROTC at the University of Florida in 1956. He flew C-97 and C-133 transports world-wide, from 1957 to 1963, from Travis Air Force Base, Calif. From 1963 to 1966, he was stationed in Tarrejon Air Base, Madrid, Spain, directing flights throughout Europe and North Africa. From 1966 to 1969, he was a ROTC instructor at the University of Florida. He transition to helicopters from fixed wing in 1969, and was assigned to the 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (Jolly Green) in Udorn, Thailand. In 1971, he transferred to the 5040th Helicopter Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base and became squadron commander in 1973. In 1975, he was assigned to the 381st Strategic Missile Wing at McConnell Air Force Base near Wichita, Kan. He retired from the Air Force in 1979, and returned to Anchorage to pursue his passion of flying, hunting and fishing. He worked for the Municipality of Anchorage, serving as Executive Assistant to Mayor George Sullivan, Executive Manager of Enterprise Activities and 15 years as Merrill Field Airport Manager. He retired in 1995. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force Helicopter Pilot Association, the United Flying Octogenarians, the Order of Daedalians and OX5, a world-wide aviation organization. He logged his 10,000th flight hour in the summer of 2014 in the C-185 he owned for 30 years. He especially enjoyed taking friends and family flying and visiting the cabin he built near the Alaska Range. He will be remembered by all who knew him for his generosity. He often said, "Life is too short not to be kind." Lt. Col. Fouts is survived by his wife of 62 years, Evelyn; son, Mark; and daughter, Susan; daughter-in-law, Melissa; and grandchildren, Matthew and Madeline. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to a charity of your choice.

Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Jan. 8, 2016

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