Thomas H. HARDIN Jr.

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HARDIN, Thomas H. Jr. Major, USAF (Ret.) 92, of Spring Hill, FL, died Sept. 27, 2013. Born in Pine Bluff, AR. He is survived by daughter, Judy (Bob) Lowry, Heritage Pines/Hudson FL; sons, Rick (Karen) Arizona, Michael (Michele) Timber Pines/Spring Hill FL, Scott (Linda) Colorado; grandchildren, Scott, Tracy, James, Jessica, and Ian; great-grandson, Zachary. His wife, MaeBelle preceded him in death in 2011. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1941. Tom Hardin was a B-17 bomber pilot in WWII. He was one of the original Hells Angels in the 303rd Bomber Group. He married MaeBelle Bryant of Birmingham, AL in 1946. They met when they were both stationed in San Antonio, TX, Randolph Field where she was a control tower operator in the WAC. His USAF career took him to many places in the world, with his devoted wife following. Major Hardin was proud of the many medals awarded him, including The Distinguished Flying Cross (Pilot, 35 missions into Germany), Air Medal w/one silver and one bronze oak leaf cluster, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal w/one bronze battle star, European-African-Middle Eastern Medal w/three bronze battle stars, WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal/Japan, National Defense Service Medal w/one bronze star, Korean Service Medal w/four bronze battle stars, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon w/four bronze oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea War Service Medal, and Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. Following his Air Force career they settled in St. Petersburg where he became a corporate pilot. Some of his clients included Governor Lawton Chiles and baseball player Pete Rose. He logged over 11,400 hours of flying time. In 1985 he and MaeBelle moved into Timber Pines, Spring Hill, FL. He was also a devoted member of the local chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). He also participated in the April 2013 Honor Flight to Washington D.C. His interment will be at Florida National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Service to be held on Oct. 11, 2013 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in honor of Major Thomas H. Hardin, Jr., USAF, Retired to: Honor Flight of West Central Florida, P.O. Box 55661 St. Petersburg, FL 33732. Condolences can be expressed online at davidcgross.com, David C. Gross Funeral Homes 830 N. Belcher Rd., Clearwater, FL., 727-446-2222

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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Oct. 2, 2013