George J. Ghazarosian George was called to heaven on December 20, 2013. He was born on November 30, 1924 in Haverhill, Mass. He was a beloved husband, father, brother, Gran-Gran, and friend. He was also known by many as "Colonel Ghaz" or simply "The Colonel". He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (2008). He is survived by his son, Martin "Marty" Ghazarosian (Patsy); daughters, Gigi Huntzinger (Mark), Gina Amerson (Michael); stepdaughters, Shirley Zuccato (Tom) and Beverley Sutton and his grandchildren, Lisa, Matthew, Kathryn, Jessica and Katie. Also, his brothers, Jerry (Janet) Yakoobian, Greg (Maria) Yakoobian and sister, Louise Yakoobian and many nieces and nephews. His military career began in September 1943 and he retired in July 1970. During the span of almost 27 years of duty in the United States Air Force, he accomplished many milestones. He was married to Mary (now together again) on February 19, 1951, then transferred to DMAFB in Tucson, AZ in 1952, Castle AFB in Atwater, CA in 1958. Then off to Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, SD in 1967 until his retirement. He was a dedicated serviceman as a SAC (Strategic Air Command) combat crew member. A few distinguished awards he received: Commendation Medal '54 - '58, Combat Crew Member, Navigation and Instruction, 43rd Bombardment Wing. Combat Readiness Medal '60 - '65-Combat Air Crew Member- 329th Bombardment Squadron, 93rd Bombardment Wing. Bronze Star Medal '68, '69, '70 for Chief Planner and Chief Bomber Operation - South East Asia Operations. Commendation Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster) '67-'70 for Chief of Operation, 28th Bombardment Wing. He loved not only his family, friends and his military comrades very much, he also loved his country. You will always be "our" navigator and we know you are soaring through the heavens above
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Jan. 3, 2014