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COL. HAL DUNNING U.S. Air Force, Retired Beloved husband of Georgianne, Colonel Hal Dunning, USAF, retired, age 89, passed away Aug. 8, 2010, at St. Rose Hospital in Las Vegas, with his wife, daughter and son by his side. He was cared for by the extraordinary staff at St. Rose Hospital, Siena Campus. A service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. Col. Dunning was born Oct. 30, 1920, in Broken Bow, Neb., to Clarence and Ione Dunning. He graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in chemistry and the Industrial War College in Washington, D.C. He served in the Army Air Corps and the Air Force from 1942 to 1972, living in more than 30 different locations. He retired to Tucson, Ariz., and married Georgianne Pillar in 1981. They moved to Henderson in 2000. He was one of the men of the Greatest Generation. His flying ability was legendary: his total military flying time was 5,671 hours in 30 different aircraft. He flew 219 combat missions in World War II and Vietnam. His favorite plane was the P-38. He also flew the U-2, RB-57F and many other extraordinary aircraft. He was chosen as the pilot for a T-39 tour in Vietnam for General Westmoreland, Secretary MacNamara and General Wheeler in July 1965. When he retired, he had received so many honors that there was not enough space on the DD214 form to list them all. Chief among his awards were: the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster and numerous service medals. He was also a member of the Order of Daedalians, America's premier fraternal organization of U.S. military pilots. He was an avid fisherman, flying often to New Zealand and other remote parts of the world to fish with his buddies. His golfing was a lifetime passion, with six holes-in-one and a seven handicap. He golfed well into his 80s, always with an accurate and precise touch that was the envy of many who could drive the ball farther. He and Georgianne traveled the world together and golfed at hundreds of courses, from St. Andrews on down. He will be buried with one of his putters. He is survived by his wife; a sister; two sons; a daughter; a grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Donations can be made to the medical research organizations of your choosing.
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