MAJ. William E. Linihan II

MAJ. WILLIAM LINIHAN II U.S. Air Force, Retired Major William E. Linihan II took his last flight July 22, 2013, in Las Vegas. He was born Oct. 8, 1933, In Detroit. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1955, and entered active duty in the U.S. Air Force in 1956. He completed advanced flight training at Webb Air Force Base in Texas, and went onto fighter gunnery school at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. He advanced to the 104 C and D as a flight commander/instructor pilot. He participated in three deployments to Spain, one non-stop tactical first, two deployments to Germany (Berlin crisis 1961), Cuba (crisis 1962), and Vietnam (combat tour 1965). He received the TAC pilot of distinction, July 1965, for saving aircraft with engine failure. He was instructor pilot at Luke AFB, also German Air Force training and Puerto Rico air national guard training in 1969. He graduated first in class top gun in F4. In 1970, he was a flight commander squadron gunnery officer and, in 1974, flight commander and chief F4 wild weasel electronic warfare training. He finished up in 1976 at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany as chief wing operational training division. He was preceded in death by his wife, of 48 years, Thelma B. Linihan. He is survived by his sons, Steve Linihan, Dave Linihan and Michael Linihan; daughter, Kelly Griffith; and five wonderful grandchildren. Services are private. The family suggests memorial tributes to the Wounded Warriors Fund.