Edward Kicklighter

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Colonel Edward Clyde Kicklighter SMC (Ret) - ALEXANDRIA, VA - Colonel Edward Clyde Kicklighter, USMC (Ret) at age 91, a resident of Alexandria, Virginia, passed over peacefully at his son's home in Annapolis, Maryland on Sunday December 1, 2013. Descended from an early 18th century immigrant from Baden - Wuerttemberg, Germany, Colonel Kicklighter was born in Savannah, Georgia on March 20, 1922. He began his Marine Corps career by enlisting on January 29, 1942 after two years of study at Armstrong College. Following indoctrination at the Naval Air Facility, Atlanta, he was sent to the Naval Air Station at Jacksonville, Florida as a naval aviation cadet, subsequently becoming the commander of the 2,100 member cadet brigade. Upon graduation in his 110-member class, Kicklighter was one of six cadets selected as Second Lieutenants of Marines and was sent for transitional training as a pilot with American Air Lines, Meacham Field, Texas and, later, for the operational training with United Air Lines, flying several of their western routes. This duty continued 1942-43 and was broadened to include flight assignments throughout the United States. By then a Captain, in 1944 he became the pilot of and aide-de-camp to Major General (later General) Roy S. Geiger, Commanding General of the III Marine Amphibious Corps and for a time the U.S. Tenth Army. General Geiger was the Marine Corps' Aviator No. 5 and was known throughout the Corps as a tough, hard-driving leader. General Geiger became an influential factor in Captain Kicklighter's development as a Marine Corps officer. Colonel Kicklighter's personal decorations include the Distinguished Flying cross, the Air Medal (11 awards), the Bronze Star Medal with combat V (two awards) and Gold Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, a USEUCOM Certificate of Achievement, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, the Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation w/ 1 star, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars and numerous other medals and citations. Colonel Kicklighter earned a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Science in International Affairs degree from George Washington University. He was a graduate of the Naval War College, Newport, RI, the Aviation Intelligence School at Lowry AFB, CO and the Junior and Senior Courses of the Amphibious Warfare School at Quantico, VA. In 1951, he married Lorene Claire Kibble, now deceased. He is survived by sons, John Bradford Kicklighter and Thomas Feiler Kicklighter of Annapolis, Maryland; one sister, Gloria K Warren of Dublin, Ohio; nephews, Dr. Stephen D. Kicklighter, Paul A. Kicklighter, USN (ret) and David Smith; nieces, Dr. Martha G. Walker, Judith A. Kicklighter, and Martha Smith; and a cousin, Lt. General Claude M. Kicklighter, US, Army (Ret) of Washington, DC. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery with services at Fort Myers Chapel, and a reception to follow at the Fort Myers Officers Club. Date and time are still to be confirmed. Colonel Kicklighter will be present, in strength and spirit. Colonel Kicklighter is remembered by his sons as a loving father concerned about the welfare of his family and by those with whom he served as a dynamic, confidence-inspiring and forceful leader, an outstanding example of the ideal Marine officer. Savannah Morning News December 8, 2013 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannnahnow.com/obituaries.


Published in Savannah Morning News on Dec. 8, 2013
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