BERNARD L. BAILEY

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BAILEY Colonel BERNARD L. BAILEY "Buzz" Colonel Bernard L. "Buzz" Bailey died on Sunday, August 10, 2014. He was 92 and had retired from the Air Force after more than 30 years of service in 1974. Colonel Bailey perished due to heart and respiratory failure. He had been in ill health since Father's day. He is now in heaven with his beloved wife, Alice, who died in 1988. They had met and married in Billings, Montana just before he departed for combat in World War II. Col. Bailey was a WWII hump pilot in the China-Burma-India Theater, who joined the Army Air Corps just after Pearl Harbor. He held a wide variety of challenging command and staff positions over the years in the Air Force. In Wiesbaden, Germany during 1961-64, he was seconded to CIA and ran their transport operation and other more quiet projects in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia. Colonel Bailey culminated his career as the Director of Program D (YF12, SR71, U2 and other interesting but lesser known aircraft) for NRO and CIA. His portrait hangs in the lobby of the National Reconnaissance Office. Col Bailey was a close colleague of Kelly Johnson of Lockheed for a number of years. Colonel and Mrs. Bailey had four children, Gregory, Colonel USAF, (Ret.), Suzanne, PHD nursing; Kathleen, Captain and Nurse Midwife, USN (Ret.); and Stuart, Captain, USN, (Ret.). "Buzz" was known as a wonderful Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and devoted husband-also as an avid and excellent fisherman and sports enthusiast. Colonel Bailey was born June 17, 1922 in Orland, California and spent his youth in Orland and Willows, California where he was a well-known athlete, musician, school leader, and Boy Scout. He was baptized in the First Christian Church of Willows and attended the University of Redlands on a football and band scholarship until Pearl Harbor occurred. He was predeceased by his spouse, Alice Dean, and his brother Don, of Branson, Missouri. The Colonel is survived by his children; his brothers, Kenneth of Carmel, California; Dean of Moraga, California; his sister Virginia of Covington, Washington and his sister in law, Margaret McKee of Billings, Montana. Colonel Bailey was blessed with nine grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. In Colonel Bailey's honor, a memorial service will take place at the Andrews AFB Chapel on September 4, at 11 a.m. with a reception immediately thereafter at the Andrews AFB Club. Burial will follow later in the fall with his dear wife's ashes at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, we welcome donations to the or the American Red Cross.In Colonel Bailey's honor, a memorial service will take place at the Andrews AFB Chapel on September 4, at 11 a.m. with a reception immediately thereafter at the Andrews AFB Club. Burial will follow later in the fall with his dear wife's ashes at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, we welcome donations to the or the American Red Cross.

Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 30, 2014
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