Happy Birthday, Pop. We all really miss you.
On behalf of Mom, my brothers and wives and our extended family, I want to thank all of you who posted your prayers and sympathies on Dad's death. Your remembrances and kind words have consoled us more than you know. It's heartwarming to see how many lives Dad touched in so many ways.
To the Family of MG Cochran,
I had the pleasure of instructing with Gen Cochran for many years at the WPAFB Aero Club. A true gentleman, pilot, instructor and mentor to me. I left the Club about 17 years ago and just reestablished contact with the new club at Greene Co Airport in the last couple of weeks and was told Harry was still instructing out there. I made a visit there today and was told about Harry's passing. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Chris Belanger, Lt Col. USAFR (Ret)
B757/767 Check Airman
As a young E-3 who had recently joined the 178TFG and my original meeting of Gen Cochran, the intimidation far surpassed any from my past. The fear dissipated after finding out he was your father, Chris. Anyone who could produce a man such as yourself with your kindness, patience and willingness to help, no matter how many times I asked the same question about ZULU time, you must've learned those attributes from him. Not knowing your other siblings, there is no doubt they, too, were taught the same patience and professionalism. I thank your dad for adding a few more outstanding souls so his memory will live on through his children. There is no doubt your mom had some input as well with four boys going in four directions, and is grieving for her lifemate of over 60 years. My sympathies to your entire family and friends, Chris. You'll grieve the remainder of your lives...which is good. That means your dad will be remembered for many lifetimes.
Deepest sympathies to the entire Cochran Family on your loss. We got to know the General through many conversations shared with Bob, our dear friend. May your many wonderful memories carry you through this difficult time. We know he will be missed by all.
My thoughts to Corky and Andy,Bobby,Chris,Jeff,Harry was truly one of a kind and very much his own man.He is revered by many and loved as well.I know my mother misses him quite a bit.In my prayers , Tim,
I am so sorry to read this - I always thought so highly of your Dad. I still have the photos when he took us to the air field as kids and let us climb up into that jet. What an awesome adventure. Thinking of you call and wishing you peace.
Beth ( Jahnke ) Jenkins
Dear all - I am sad to read this, I always thought so highly of your Dad - I still have the photos when he took us to the airfield and let us climb in that jet! What an awesome adventure.
My best to you all.
Beth (Jahnke) Jekins
Aunt Corky & Family - You all are in my thoughts & prayers as I've just heard of your loss. I'm Mimi Wray's youngest daughter from Pittsburgh & was just with my Aunt Pat last weekend in MD celebrating her birthday. Uncle Harry, Pat & my Mom- Mimi, were all like brother & sisters & I've heard so many wonderful stories. Haven't see you all in years, but remember you fondly. May your memories warm your hearts & bring some comfort at this difficult time. Sincerely, Susan
General Cochran was a dear friend and mentor to me for many years in the Ohio Air National Guard. I will miss the many conversations that we had throughout those years. God Bless Harry.
Chris and Mary Ann--Sorry we couldn't be there to support you in person. Please know you have been in my thoughts and prayers. Kathie, Frank, and Kelly
Lets salute this Great American
Truly a gentleman and one of the finest individuals I have ever known. It is a great honor to have known and flown with MG Cochran. Our time together at the WPAFB Aero Club was a treat. My condolences to his family. He is missed by us all!
Harry was one of the most influential people I have ever met. He was an amazing person, teacher, and friend. I enjoyed flying and learing from him. He will be forever missed.
Geoff & family,
Our condolences on the loss of your father. An amazing life he lived. God bless.
So sorry to hear about the passing of your father and husband. We wish we had the chance to meet Harry, he led a full and adventurous life. I'm sure his qualities and beliefs will be carried on in his children. You are all in our thoughts.
Thoughts and prayers are with you.
San Mateo, CA
It was a pleasure to get to know Harry in the last few years. He was every bit the gentleman described here. Heaven has a new angel. I will miss him, as will his fellow pilots of Flight 9, Order of Daedalians. Tim Kunzweiler, Deputy Flt Capt.
Chris and family,
Sorry to read about the passing of your father. I know he was a wonderful person and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.
May God bless you Harry. Fly now in the company of Angels.
Friend and former associate,
D. Rodgers, Webster, NY
Uncle Harry will be missed by so many in so many different ways! I know personally, he was always at my side whenever needed and at a moment's notice! When my mom, his sister, passed, I'd have been lost without him flying out to Palm Springs to assist! I love you, Uncle Harry! God bless you all! You are all in my thoughts and prayers! Love, Judy
Uncle Harry will be missed by so many in so many different ways! I know personally, he was always at my side whenever needed! When my mom, his sister, passed, I'd have been lost without him flying out to Palm Springs to assist! I love you, Uncle Harry! god bless you all! You are in my thoughts and prayers!
Very sorry about your loss. Gen Cochran was a true professional & fine gentleman. Harry & my Dad were friends for many years in the Ohio ANG.
David Martinez & family
Uncle Harry will be sorely missed by so many in so many different ways. Personally, he always took the time to make sure all was well with me. He was such a support for me when Mom, his sister, passed. I love you, Uncle Harry! Love to all, Judy
You arrieve in heaven already with wings !! Love and prayers
We salute your veteran. Our condolences for your loss and gratitude for your loved one's service to our country.
Harry Cochran was the consummate pilot, a real gentleman, and a wonderful teacher. Harry taught me flying at age 52, and became a dear friend along the way. He will be missed, until the day we meet again on the other side. Godspeed Harry! May He bless and comfort your family.
Aunt Corky and boys I am so so sorry and saddened by the passing of of Uncle Harry. He raised 4 wonderful boys and loved life and family, the military, his running, flying,and interest in world events never stopped. He was one of the best people I knew to talk with and I am sure the smartest person I have known. I always enjoyed listening to him and he was still a fun person. Life will be lonlier and sadder without his vibrant love of it but he will always be remembered and loved for not just what he did, but who he was. I will never forget him. The two of you together brought alot of happiness into our lives when we were kids. He will be missed but happily remembered always. Love, Patty
A true gentleman, great pilot and instructor pilot !! Those that knew and flew with him will always cherish that time with him. I know I will always remember the time I got to spend with him !!! Harry, you will be missed !!!! God's Speed !!!!
We feel so honored to have known such an "officer and a gentleman". Thank you for gracing our lives with your warmth and presence.For a Pilot
Lord of Sea and Earth and Air,
Listen to the Pilot's prayer ~
Send him wind that's steady and strong,
Grant that his engine sings the song
Of flawless tone, by which he knows
shall not fail him where he goes;
Landing, gliding, in curve, half-roll ~
Grant him, O Lord, a full control,
That he may learn in heights of Heaven
The rapture altitude has given,
That he shall know the joy they feel
Who ride Thy realm on Birds of Steel.
Harry was a great pilot and mentor to me and my son Todd. I enjoyed talking with Harry about ham radio ( Harry was a ham KA8BFK) and he was a member of the Dayton Amateur Radio association and helped me at the annual Dayton Hamvention. I will greatly miss Harry, may you rest in eternal peace my friend. 73 Don & Todd DuBon