Amn Thaddeus Taft
Branch of Service: Air Force
Conflict: Korean War (1950-1953)
Years of Service: 1949 – 1952
Thad Taft entered the United States Air Force in 1949 at the age of 19, and served his country in the Korean Conflict. At the age of 21, he was a crew member of a combat plane that lost an engine and crashed. He suffered a permanent spinal cord injury and was honorably discharged in 1952. Upon returning to civilian life, he pursued his education at UCLA and received an Architectural License. He joined Lockheed Aircraft as an engineer/architect, and traveled the world on Lockheed projects. He received several awards for outstanding service, and retired in 1995. Thad was a private pilot for more than 30 years; he owned his own airplane, and was a member of the International Wheelchair Aviators in Southern California. He logged thousands of hours flying throughout the United States and Mexico. He was devoted to his beloved wife Barbara, and their wonderful children and grandchildren. Thad passed from this life to join his God on November 14, 2012.
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