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Harold Edward (Hal) Padgett

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Harold (Hal) Edward Padgett, a resident of Land Fall passed away August 24, 2011, at the age of 84. He was born August 11, 1927, in Algona, Iowa, to Robert L. and Ella J. Padgett. Hal graduated from Algona High in 1943. He moved to California in 1945 and joined the United States Army. He was stationed at the Templedorf Airdrome in Berlin, Germany with the occupying forces of England, France, and Russia. He served in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) as photographer. Upon his discharge he was interviewed by Richard Helms of the OSS (later to become the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency) He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1951 with honors and election into Phi Beta Kappa. Director Helms selected him to the first Officers' Training Course of the Clandestine Services in the Directorate of Operations. He served for 30 years and was stationed in Germany, Laos, Vietnam and France. He completed his career as Deputy Director of Logistics in the CIA. He was critically wounded in the bombing of the Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam in 1965 for which he received the Distinguished Service Award from then Director Richard Helms. He retired in 1986, lived for several years in Vienna, Va. and moved to Wilmington, NC in the lovely enclave of Land Fall in 2005.

He is survived by his brother, Robert (Bob), four nephews (Mark, Neil, J. Warren, & Richard) and families and Wanda Guffey, a dearly loved long time friend in Land Fall.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, the first of September at eleven o'clock at the Frank H. Kenan Chapel 510 Arboretum Drive, Wilmington, and NC 28405 by Rev. Bob Bauman of Wrightsville United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

A Market St Chapel Service

Online condolences at

Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Aug. 31, 2011
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