Jesse Thomas Boyd Jr. was born in Flat River, Missouri on June 5, 1924, and left this world from Colorado Springs, Colorado, on June 20, 2013, surrounded by many of the people who loved and cared for him. During his time here, he worked hard and was dedicated to his family, friends, and country. He was a World War II and United States Air Force Veteran. Jesse is a veteran of World War II. He enlisted into the Army Infantry on 11 December 1942 in St Louis, MO as a Radio Operator. He was awarded 2 Bronze Stars for the New Guinea and Luzon Campaigns plus many more medals during his service to his country. He was honorably discharged on 12 January 1946 as a Master Sargent. Jesse returned to MO where he married Gladys L. Frazier on the 20th of November 1946. The marriage of 51 years was blessed with a son Thomas and a daughter Judith. He had one granddaughter, Jessica, who was named after her grandfather. Jesse reenlisted into the Air Force on 23 March 1951 as a Master Sargent and retired as a Chief Master Sargent on 30 June 1970 in Colorado Springs, CO. He became an avid golfer and a member of the Eisenhower Golf Club located at the Air Force Academy where he was the President of the Eisenhower Men's Golf Association. His success in life can be directly attributed to his work ethic and his natural ability to attention to detail. He took pride in the fact that he could always make people smile because of his quirky jokes and funny quips. Jesse also pursued his other passion, informing the younger generation what it meant to be a part of the Greatest Generation by giving talks at schools and most important to him the Air Force Academy Cadets. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the armed forces never left him, as friends and family will attest. He will be remembered as a man of honor, integrity and love for everybody. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Eisenhower Golf Club, Air Force Academy at a date to be determined. Donations can be made to the Rocky Mountain
in his name.
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Published in The Gazette on July 2, 2013