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Harold E. Jensen

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Retired Air Force major
Harold E. Jensen, 88, of Alamogordo, died Saturday, April 19, 2008, at his home.
Major Jensen was born March 19, 1920, in Albany, N.Y., to Martinus Jul and Johanne (Clausen) Jensen. He began his military career with the Army Air Corps in 1940 at Syracuse, N.Y. He was a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. He graduated from flying school in 1943 with primary duty as a glider pilot instructor. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1943 and served on active duty until 1945, at which time he was transferred to the reserves. He again entered active service with enlisted status in 1947 and served until 1951, when he was recalled to extended active duty as an officer and had continuous service until his retirement Dec. 31, 1962. He served overseas tours in Hawaii, Okinawa, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Labrador. He received many awards and decorations, including the Purple Heart for injuries he sustained during the Pearl Harbor attack.
Following his military retirement, he worked for the civil service as the controller at White Sands Missile Range from 1963 until 1978.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Rochester, N.Y., Masonic Lodge, the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, the Glider Pilot Association, the Korean Conflict Survivors Association, the Order of the Purple Heart and the VFW.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Adelle Jensen, of the family home; a son, Larry Jensen, of Alamogordo; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Jensen, of Alamogordo; two grandchildren, Jolayne Moreno and her husband Robert, and Leslie Duran and her husband Drew, all of Alamogordo; and five great-grandchildren, April, Amber and Candace Moreno, and Anthony and Kadence Duran, all of Alamogordo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Eric Jensen; a grandson, Ken Jensen; a brother, Arnold Jensen; and two sisters, Vivian and Martha.
Graveside services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Monte Vista Cemetery with Dr. Bill Campbell officiating.
Military honors will be provided by the Holloman Air Force Base Honor Guard.
Friends may call this evening from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 22 to May 6, 2008
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