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GEN Alan Lurie

GEN Alan Lurie

Birth
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Death 12 Sep 2017 (aged 84)
Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 34, Site 520-A
Memorial ID 183299811 · View Source
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US Air Force General, Ace Fighter Pilot, and 7-year POW in Vietnam. In 1955, Alan Lurie earned a BA degree in history from Ohio State and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant after completing Air Force ROTC. He went on to have a very distinguished 32-year career in the Air Force, retiring as a Brigadier General. Alan was an ace F-4C fighter pilot, with 75 combat missions flown. Shot down over North Vietnam on June 13, 1966, Alan was a prisoner of war for nearly 7 years, with the last few months being at the notorious Hoa Lo prison (“Hanoi Hilton”). As a POW Alan was moved from prison camp to prison camp, sometimes in Hanoi, sometimes elsewhere. An especially frightening experience was a march through Hanoi, where thousands of Vietnamese citizens yelled at the prisoners and hit and shoved them. Alan was tortured night or day, nearly every day of his capture. He was “MIA” for more than 3 years before he was allowed to write a (censored) letter home that confirmed he was still alive. Following his repatriation on February 12, 1973, Alan returned to his family in Apple Valley, CA; he had missed more than seven years in the growth of his three children. He went on to excel in Air Force assignments for another 14 years, retiring on June 30, 1987. He commanded a Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, a Tactical Training Wing, a Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, and two Air Divisions. During his career Alan earned a chestful of Air Force medals, most notably the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal; Silver Star; 3 Legions of Merit; Distinguished Flying Cross; 3 Bronze Stars, one with “V” device; 2 Meritorious Service Medals; 4 Air Medals; 2 Air Force Commendation Medals; Prisoner of War Medal; and 2 Purple Hearts. After military retirement he had a successful second career as the Executive Vice President of the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association, developed a huge annual Tucson Home Show, and was a powerful advocate for affordable housing for first-time buyers. Alan’s primary retirement hobby was fly fishing; he tied his own fishing flies and went off for fishing getaways several times per year. Survivors include three children, Kim, Kit (Bill Zarbis), and Cameron (Angie) Lurie; two grandchildren, Kaitlin Zarbis and Amelia Lurie; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Lurie. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Mary; his parents; a brother, Joel; and a grandson, Matheson Lurie. Burial was at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

Bio by: Bill Bates


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Bill Bates
  • Added: 12 Sep 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 183299811
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for GEN Alan Lurie (24 Mar 1933–12 Sep 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 183299811, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .