Strickland, James E., 90, a resident of Montgomery, AL, passed away on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Visitation will be held on Monday, June 23, 2014 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at Leak Memory Chapel, with rosary beginning at 7:00pm. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 10:00am at Our Lady Queen of Mercy church. Burial with full military honors will take place at Greenwood Cemetery. Mr. Strickland served in the Army Air Corps and retired as a Tech Sergeant. He was awarded numerous decorations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross for gallantry in action, Air Medal with 5 oak leaf clusters, the Purple Heart for wounds received, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Service Ribbon, Veteran of Foreign Wars Service Ribbon, European Theater Service Ribbon with 5 bronze stars and a Presidential Unit Citation. TSGT Strickland flew more than 50 combat missions with the 15th Air Force in Italy as an engineer-gunner on a B-24 heavy bomber. One of his proudest achievements was being elected as President of the 450th Bomb Group Association. He had the honor of dedicating a plaque to be put on the Wall of Honor at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. He was also a member of the Order of the Purple Heart, DAV, 450th Bomb Group, the American Legion, and Knights of Columbus. Mr. Strickland was an avid University of Alabama football fan and a lifetime supporter of the Boston Red Sox. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Anna G. Strickland; two sons, Edward Michael Strickland (Darlene) of Panama City, FL, Michael Edward Strickland (Tammy) of Millbrook, AL; three grandchildren, Jenny Lou Browning (Josh), James T. Strickland (Meghan), Elana Skinner (William); and three great grandchildren, Sadie Layne Strickland, J.W. Strickland, and Paul Skinner, all of Millbrook. The family would like to thank all of the many caregiver; Alacare, all its fine nurses and staff; the Veteran's Administration, especially Gina Urquhart; Answered Prayers and it's caring staff; Respite, especially Tammy Goldsmith, who was with us for 4 years; and Mary Parker and so many others, our sincere thanks. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Order of the Purple Heart or to Catholic Charities in memory of James E. Strickland.
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Published in the MontgomeryAdvertiser.com on June 22, 2014