Raymond G. "Col. Mac" McLaughlin, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, passed away on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. He was 95 years old and a 28-year U.S. military aviator. As a flight officer during World War II he flew both gliders and C47 cargo aircraft. During the Korean and Vietnam wars he flew various U.S. Army aircraft. He was awarded the Bronze Star with "V" and Purple Heart medals in Vietnam for defense of an air field. He retired as the 16th awardee of the Army Masters Aviator Rating.
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He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Beatrice McLaughlin, his wife of over 50 years, Marguerite, his brother Tom, and longtime lady friend, Bobbie Mazza.
He is survived by his sister, Rita Hendesch of Framingham, Mass., his brother, Bob McLaughlin and wife of Sun Lake, Ariz., his sons, Raymond Jr. and wife of Orlando, Fla., Peter and wife of Tacoma, Wash., and Michael and wife of Mexico. He had five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. His extended family consisted of many nieces and nephews, many living in or near his birthplace of Framingham.
McLaughlin Mortuary, will host a visitation from 2 to 3 p.m. with a funeral service at 3 p.m. on July 19, 2014, at 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, FL followed by a rosary.
He will be buried with military honors at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 11 a.m.
For those unable to attend the burial, a celebration of life will be held at VFW Post 7674, 213 Carol Ave. N.W., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.
In lieu of flowers, please support the VFW's good work with a donation in Col. Mac's name.
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.McLaughlinMortuary.com.
17 Chestnut Ave SE Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on July 18, 2014