CPT Michael "Mike" L Herron was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 09/12/2010 at the age of 64.1
Abilene, TX
Flight Classes 68-18 and 68-30
Date of Birth 08/18/1946
Served in the U.S. Army
This information was provided by Doug Burmester

More detail on this person: Mike and I were in the same Armor OCS class at Fort Knox, KY. I have compiled class lists for OCS classes at Ft. Knox if any of your members would like copies.

From: Doug Burmester

Michael Lee "Mike" Herron, 64 died Sunday, September 12, 2010, in Abilene, Texas

Mike Herron, age 64, passed away at his home on Sunday, September 12, 2010.

A military graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, September 17, 2010, at the Texas State Veteran's Cemetery, 7457 West Lake Road, Abilene. Rev. Mike Woodard of Southwest Park Baptist Church will officiate. A visitation with the family will be Thursday evening, September 16, 2010, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, in Abilene.

Mike was born in Saginaw, Michigan, on August 18, 1946, to Frank and Evelyn Herron. Following graduation from high school, Mike was drafted into the US Army in December of 1967. He graduated from Officer Candidate School at Ft. Knox, Kentucky; and from Helicopter Flight School in Mineral Wells, Texas.

Lt. Herron married Mary Lemon in Abilene on October 12, 1968.

He served one tour of duty in Vietnam, and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal with Valor. He also received two Army Commendation medals.

After his service in Vietnam, Mike and Mary were stationed at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, where he was an instructor in the Warrant Officer Career Course. Mike attended the Officer Career Course at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, and then served as a company commander at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas.

In October of 1975, Mike and his family moved to Abilene, TX. He opened Herron Construction Company, and was named Home Builder of the Year in 1979. He later represented Frontier Products of Lubbock as a salesman of commercial construction materials and in 1998 he began his own business, Frontier Products of Abilene.

"Big Mike" was a loyal supporter of his children's activities as they were growing up. He was a member of the Southern Little League Board of Directors, and of the Cooper High School Booster Club. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mike and Mary enjoyed time with family and friends in the cool mountains of Ruidoso. Favorite travel destinations were Los Angeles to spend time with their daughter, and Denver to visit their son and his family.

Mike's grandchildren, Jack and Eva, were his pride and joy. Time spent with the grandchildren was the best time of all. He enjoyed letting them work in "Grandpa's warehouse."

Mike is survived by his wife of 41 years, Mary; his son, Mike and wife Lara and children Jack and Eva of Denver; his daughter Becky of Los Angeles; his brother, Ron and wife Jeanne of Grand Rapids, Michigan; his brother, Terry and wife Mary of Denver; his sister-in-law, Ann Greenhaw, of Abilene; his brother-in-law, David Lemon and wife Maria, of Miami; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Evelyn Herron; his brother, Ed Herron; and his in-laws, Pete and Laura Lemon.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 209 S. Danville, Bldg B, Ste 107, Abilene, TX, 79605; Kidney Foundation of North Texas Inc 5429 LBJ Freeway #250, Dallas, TX 75240-2617; or a charity of donor's choice.

http://www.hamilfamilyfuneralhome.com/content/obi tuaries/view.jsp?OID=60674

Burial information: Texas State Veteran's Cemetery, Abilene, TX

This information was last updated 05/18/2016

Please send additions or corrections to: HQ@vhpa.org VHPA Headquarters

Return to the Helicopter Pilot DAT name list

Return to VHPA web site

Date posted on this site: 08/08/2020

Copyright © 1998 - 2020 Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association