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Col James Edward Hiteshew
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Birth: Oct. 8, 1930
Jackson Mill
Lewis County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Feb. 7, 2006
Goldsboro
Wayne County
North Carolina, USA

Col. James E. Hiteshew was an American patriot, warrior, and a hero. He attended Glenville College and West Virginia Wesleyan before entering the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. After leaving the Air Force, he went back to school, earning a master's degree in science and worked as a professor of aerospace studies at the University of Tennessee for four years. He was a tinkerer by nature, who loved to work on old cars or with wood. He was retired from the United States Air Force after 27 years of service with more than 5000 flying hours and more than 250 hours in combat. Known as "Mumbles" he qualified in numerous aircraft, including the B-52, B-47, F-100, and F-105. After 74 missions over North Viet Nam, he was shot down and remained a prisoner of war for one week short of six years. The United States of America awarded him the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star of Valor, the Legion of Merit, the Purple Heart and more than seven Air Medals. After retirement from the Air Force, Colonel Hiteshew started the Air Force Junior ROTC Detachment at Eastern Wayne High School. His unique teaching style and sense of humor developed this detachment into one of the "showcase" detachments in the Southeast region. Preceded in death by Billie C. Hiteshew, his high school sweeheart and wife of 48 years and son Michael E. Hiteshew, he is survived by his daughter, Susan, and grandsons, Michael and David Davis. He was an active member in St. Joseph United Methodist Church, the Order of Daedalians, the Quiet Birdmen, the River Rats, the Nam POWs, as well as many other organizations. He was Buried with full military honors. He was 75. 
 
Burial:
Evergreen Memorial Cemetery
Goldsboro
Wayne County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Feb 09, 2006
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Col James Edward Hiteshew
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Col James Edward Hiteshew
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Gone but not forgotten
- Chris Bays
 Added: Nov. 16, 2014
Thanks for your service & your candid email back in 1998 on your friend & fellow serviceman, Art Mearns.
- airangel
 Added: Sep. 24, 2010

- BB
 Added: Jan. 2, 2008
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