|Birth: ||Sep. 2, 1956|
|Death: ||Jan. 31, 1991, Kuwait|
In Memory of ... Major Paul Jennings Weaver.
You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in me, your brother, sisters and those who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!
PersonID - 19794430
Name - Weaver, Paul Jennings - 34, of Alamosa died Jan.31 in the Persian Gulf War.
Branch - USAF
Rank - Major
Graduation - 1979
KIA Date - 1/31/1991
Squadron - CS 11
Home Town - Alamosa
Home State - CO
High School - Alamosa High School
Academic Degree Major - BS - Organizational Behaviour - USAFA
Next of Kin: His parents, Paul and Virginia Margaret Weaver. His sisters, Karen Lee Roberts of Golden and Jennifer Lynn Lavery of Brighton. His Grandfather, Paul Weaver.
Active Duty Assignments - Pilot Training, Pilot AC-47, Pilot AC-130H, JC-130, C-130 E/H
KIA Conflict - Desert Storm
Combat Information - 16th SOS, 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt AFB, Fl. Deployed to Southwest Asia.
Killed In Action Mission - AC-130H shot down in the libertion of Kuwait in support of Operation Desert Storm
Burial Site - USAFA
Aeronautical Speciality Rating - Pilot AC-130H
Notable Decoration Awards - 1 SS, 1 PH, 2 AFCMs
Involved in incident: Crew of 14 - No Survivors.
Major Paul J. Weaver was killed 31 January 1991 while commanding an operational mission during the liberation of Kuwait in Operation Desert Storm.
The AC-130H aircraft he was piloting was shot down during the early morning hours while engaging ground forces north of the Saudi Arabian border town of Khasji.
The aircraft received heavy enemy fire and was forced down into the Persian Gulf.
There were no survivors in his crew of 14.
Maj. Paul J. Weaver was shot down during the early morning hours of Jan. 31, 1991 while commanding an AC-130H mission during the liberation of Kuwait.
It was starting to get light, and the Marines were extremely concerned about a FROG missile battery which had moved into position several miles south of the Kuwait border.
Major Weaver knew heavy triple-A was in the area and that the FROG missile was capable of delivering chemical munitions on our Marines.
Despite the known risks, he elected to engage and destroy this major threat. His gallant actions saved many U.S. Marine lives.
Major Weaver was buried at the Air Force Academy Cemetery with full military honors on April 29, 1991.
Paul was a member of CS-11 and graduated in the Class of ‘79. He flew numerous military aircraft (T-37, T-38, C-130E/H, JC-130, AC-l3OH, AC-47) and a variety of civilian aircraft as well (Cessna 172, PITTS Special, Decathlon). His military decorations include the Silver Star, Purple Heart, and the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters. Paul was a dedicated man who loved life and served others.
Paul prided himself with his athletic skills. We remember a judo match during our senior year at USAFA, the Academy versus the Japanese judo team. Paul, a black belt, faced a 300-pound opponent — no exaggeration — this man was a mountain. Paul glanced back at us — his group of sideline supporters — showing that warm smile; and yet in the same breath, he transformed into a warrior striding toward an incredible challenge — insurmountable to us. Well, it ended quickly. Paul's mighty yell — for which he was famous — was followed by a thud as this giant fell on top of him, winning the match. As honor called for, Paul respectfully bowed, walked off the mat, put his smile back on, and claimed. "With a little work I could have had him." To all of us, he did not lose. And at that moment over a decade ago, Paul became more than just a peer, or a friend — he became an inspiration.
Paul was motivated throughout life by his love for mankind. His deep commitment and service to others was founded in his personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He frequently carried a pocket bible whether sporting a flight suit or a leather biker's jacket. He was comfortable sharing his faith and love for God with anyone who would care to listen.
Like his parents, PJ had the innocence of a child and was extremely generous. He would often pick up hitch-hikers, buy them a meal, and offer them a place to sleep. Paul hated injustice, but we never once saw him manifest anger. He was a man with a sense of humor and a great sense of honor, loyalty, faith, and love.
In Paul's final letter to his parents, written just two weeks before his death, he reflected on his life and the impact the war had on his family... "Can't begin to describe what is going on here. We sit in anticipation for missions to be flown soon. I pray for our safety and that of our fighter friends... I think of you folks and the anxiety you must be feeling. Once again, realize that I have sought this end... No farm kid growing up could have asked for better parents. Thank you for all the love and help you've given me through the years." — excerpt from Paul's letter, 17 Jan, 91.
Our friend Paul is up there in the heavens above the stars, and we know' he is thinking of us. He's up there with other buddies of his, and we often find ourselves looking up and giving PJ the old "thumbs up".
To his parents Paul and Margaret, his sisters Karen and Jennifer, his fraternal grandfather Paul Weaver, and to his many close friends, we extend our deepest sympathy and love. And to you PJ, our brother and friend.., we salute you. You are truly our inspiration. (By Paul's classmates and friends — Jima Livingston, Paul Havel, Mike Dawson, and Joe Macklin.)
Awarded posthumously for actions during the Gulf War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Major Paul Jennings Weaver, United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against the forces of the Republic of Iraq, while serving as Aircraft Commander of AC-130H Spectre Gunship "Spirit 03", of the 16th Special Operations Squadron, U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command, in action near the Kuwaiti border while supporting U.S. Marine Corps operations during the first Iraq offensive, on 31 January 1991.
Action Date: January 31, 1991
Service: Air Force
Company:16th Special Operations Squadron, AC-130 "Spirit 03"
Division: Air Force Special Operations Command
Virginia Margaret Butcher Weaver (1930 - 2016)
United States Air Force Academy Cemetery
El Paso County
Plot: 003 C 057
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Originally Created by: HEE
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