More detail on this person: Cancer.LtCol.(Ret.) George W. Gorsuch Jr., 71, of Lutherville, Md.,
died January 16, 2001, at his home in Baltimore County after a 2 1/2 year battle with cancer.
Col. Gorsuch was born in Gamber, Carroll County, Md., and graduated from Westminster High School in 1946. He subsequently entered the Army in 1952 during the Korean War where he took up flying lessons at his own expense and time. During his enlisted service, he worked with the Army Missile Program. Subsequent to leaving the regular Army, he joined the U.S. Army Reserve, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant after Officer Candidate School. He applied for flight training and was accepted, attending flight school at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He learned to fly light planes and helicopters, and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel during his service in the Army National Guard, and the U.S. Army Reserve.
Col. Gorsuch served several tours of active duty for training and two full combat tours of duty in Vietnam. During his first tour, in 1963, he flew helicopter gun ships in support of direct combat operations. He was also on the combat evaluation team for the UH-1B gun ship that had 50 cal. machine guns. During his second tour he flew electronic warfare and reconnaissance airplanes over enemy controlled territory during and in support of combat operations. After his active duty he joined the U.S. Army Reserves. As an Army Reserve employee he became the Aviation Facility Manager at Tipton Army Airfield located at Fort Meade, Maryland. In this position he was responsible for training Army Aviators to maintain combat skills as well as upgrading to new standards. These training programs involved all types of helicopters and light airplanes.
Col. Gorsuch had many accomplishments in his long and distinguished career. He was one of the founding members of the Army Aviation Association (AAAA). He has personally flown four of the aircraft on display at the Army Aviation Museum at Fort Rucker, Alabama. As a Captain, he was the first officer on orders with the 14th Combat Aviation Battalion, and deployed to Vietnam with that unit. Because of his unique, historic assignment with the 14th Battalion, after the unit was redesignated as the 14th Aviation Regiment, he was designated as a Distinguished Member of the Regiment. Upon his return from his second tour in Vietnam, he was appointed Project Manager for development of a Helicopter Landing Pad System at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. His military awards include the Master Army Aviator Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with 12 oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Navy Unit Commendation, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, two National Defense Medals, the Vietnam Service Medal with numerous Campaign Stars, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Republic Of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm Device, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
He retired from the Army Reserve on August 1, 1989 and from U.S. Army Reserve civilian employment on July 30, 1993. In October of last year, George was honored by a reunion at Fort Meade of more than ninety of his past co-workers and friends. Some had traveled a long distance. It was a testament to the many lives he had touched in his 21 years of employment there and their respect and devotion to him. He commented, at the time, it was better than any medicine he could have received.
Col. Gorsuch was buried with full military honors at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, Timonium, Md.
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