Richard "Dick" Haymond (Colonel USAF (Retired)) was born on October 11, 1924, in New Castle, Pennsylvania, to Harry A. Haymond and Ethel (Gittings) Haymond. He departed this earth on December 14, 2012, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is survived by his wife, Joan (Aleck) Haymond; by four children by his previous marriage to Dorothy (Fairfield) Haymond: John Haymond, Ann Haymond Lawson, Nancy Haymond Lawson, and Carol Haymond Reynolds; by nine grandchildren: Brooke Carroll, Emily Haymond, and Brad Haymond; Russell and Timothy Pickavance, Meredith Smith and Mark and Michael Robinson; and Kristin Fliehler; and by nine great-grandchildren: Lyle and Gretchen Pickavance; Jacob, Caleb, and Samuel Smith; Reid Robinson; Graham Robinson; and Viviane and Grant Carroll. He is also survived by his sister, JoAnne Thomas and brother, Robert Haymond. Dick Haymond was a rated command pilot, serving in World War II and Korea. Co-piloting B-26 Marauder "Mama Liz" on June 24, 1944, he was shot down over France in the successful raid to destroy the Sartrouville/Maisons-Laffitte railway bridge, and was held as a POW in Germany before liberation by Eisenhower's forces. He was a graduate of Air Command, Staff College, and the Air War College. He served with the Air Training Command, Tactical Air Command the Strategic Air Command. Dick was a member of the Air Force Association, the Military Officers Association, and American ExPOWs. Following his retirement, Dick served on the Board of Directors of the Woodmoor (Colorado) Water and Sanitation District, serving six years as President, and on the board of the Woodmoor Homeowners Association. He remained active in water issues in various El Paso County organizations. He enjoyed outdoor activities, especially golf, fishing, and hunting. Dick was modest about his service to America. He was of the "greatest generation" who saw its duty and performed it bravely and with great skill and devotion. Would there were more like him. His family loves him deeply and misses him. They are grateful for his life, and what he stood for.
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Published in The Gazette from Dec. 19 to Dec. 23, 2012