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Col Gerry W Bass
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Birth: Dec. 22, 1932
Illinois, USA
Death: Dec. 25, 2010
Florida, USA

COL Gerry W Bass of Naples, Florida was born in Pinckneyville, Illinois to Gerald and Violet Bass. COL Bass joined the United States Air Force within days of graduating from high school, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia and served in both the Korean and Viet Nam conflicts. He flew 100 combat missions, many over North Viet Nam as an F-4 pilot. While stationed in Brazil, he flew supplies deep into the Xingu Forest in the Amazon Jungle and for these flights and other endeavors he was awarded Brazilian Air Force Wings and the Santos Dumont Medal. COL Bass never lost his sense of wonder, never forgot his roots while living life to the fullest. He is featured in the book Incredible Dreams, Incredible Lives by Jason Schoonover. Retiring from the United States Air Force after 28 years, Gerry joined Eastern Airlines and later Ryder Corporation in Miami, Florida. He was a member of Daedalions, Quiet Birdmen, Sons of the American Revolution, a 32 degree Mason, Paul Harris Fellow in the Rotarians, a Fellow in the Royal Geographical Society of London and a medalist in the Explorers Club of New York City. COL Bass is survived by his childhood sweetheart wife of 57 years; one son; one daughter; two granddaughters; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters. 
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 60 Site 9594
 
Created by: A Horan
Record added: Jul 23, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73828007
Col Gerry W Bass
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Col Gerry W Bass
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Col Gerry W Bass
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Gerry was related to me thru his mother's Gossmann family. Altho I never met him he sounds like he had a full enjoyable life.
- janice ruhl
 Added: Jul. 24, 2016
U.S. Air Force Motto - "UNO AB ALTO - One Overall", "Above All" as of 2008. We the people, thank you for your service in defense of freedom. R.I.P. Sir.
- JB BERRY
 Added: May. 22, 2014
 
 
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