George Aguirre

Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. George Aguirre, born Aug. 24, 1920, in San Antonio, Texas, passed away on Friday, March 23, 2012, surrounded by his family at home.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Socorro Aguirre; father, Joseph; mother, Henrietta; and five brothers, Henry, Rueben, Michael, Charles and Robert (all veterans); sister, Margaret and her husband; sister, Aurora; sisters-in-law, Sharon, Lois and Delores.

George graduated from Washington High School, St. Paul, Minn. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and took preflight training in Santa Anna, Calif. Upon completion, he was assigned to Victorville, Calif., for aerial bombing. He graduated in October 1943 and was sent to Tonophah, North Vietnam, for heavy bomber training in a B-24. Upon completion, he prepared for overseas. He was singled out for classified training by the time the war in Europe was over, so he prepared for Pacific action. By this time, the Hiroshima bombing changed things. He chose de-mobilization and decided to attend GI school. He graduated in April 1948 from Dunwoody Industrial Institution. In 1950, the Korean War began, and he was recalled in 1951, and in 1952 he reported to Denver, Colo., for a refresher course. George was reassigned to school for the avionics at Keesler Air Force Base training. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant in 1952 upon completion and assigned to the 84th 47 Bomb Division, England, the only bomb division with the nuclear weapons. He was promoted to captain from December 1954 to 1957; he was assigned to 1374 Photo Mapping Squadron 19-57-1962 using the B-52 for photo mapping classified projects. He then was promoted to major in December 1964. He served as chief communication officer 314 Air Division mostly in Vietnam, Thailand, Okinawa and Taiwan. George was reassigned to 20 Air Division at Fort Lee in 1967 in charge of 17 Radar Squadron, for maintenance mostly because of Cuba. He retired as lieutenant colonel in July 1970. George was a very active in the community after he retired. He taught school for 11 years in Petersburg. He was a lifelong member of the American Legion, Voyager 40/8, Knights of Columbus, US Air Force Association, the Colonial Heights Republican Party, life member of the Military Officers Association of America and a member of St. Ann Catholic Church.

He survived by four sons, James Richard Aguirre and wife Kaye, Edward George Aguirre and wife Colleen, John Thomas Aguirre, Patrick Joseph Aguirre and wife Debra; two daughters, Victoria A. Conner and husband Robert, Marianne A. Watson and husband Michael, grandsons, Matthew Aguirre and wife Trisha, Steven and Christopher Watson; granddaughters, Cameron Conner, Karen Dunbar and husband Mike, Valerie M. Aguirre and husband Carl Rieder, Macy Aguirre, Monica Aguirre, Emily Aguirre; two great-grandchildren, Jonas Dunbar, Mackenzie Aguirre; brothers, William and wife Shirley, Louis and wife Helen, Peter and wife Gloria, Joseph, Frank, sisters Aurora, Mary, and Olivia and husband Ronald.

A funeral mass will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 26, 2012, at St. Ann Catholic Church, 17111 Jefferson Davis Highway Colonial Heights, Va., with Fr. Lou Ruoff Celebrant. The funeral procession will leave at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2012, from St. Ann Catholic Church to Southlawn Memorial Park Prince George, Va., where interment will take place with military honors. The family will receive friends Sunday, March 25, 2012, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Colonial Heights Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory 2033 Boulevard. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to 40/8 Voiture 1530 Nursing Fund P.O. Box 57 Colonial Heights, VA 23834.

Condolences may be registered at www.ealvinsmall.com.

Funeral Home

E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory
2033 Boulevard  Colonial Heights, VA 23834
(804) 526-3400

Published in The Progress-Index on Mar. 25, 2012