Harold Z. Ohlmeyer
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Colonel Harold Z. Ohlmeyer, 90, passed away on September 22, 2010. Harold was born to Charles and Elma Ohlmeyer on October 1, 1919 in Franklin, LA. Harold married Sylvia Irene Matthews of Eden, Mississippi on December 29, 1944. They had three children: Beverly, Bill, and Ronald.
Harold attended college at Saint Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas where he played football, tennis, and was the three state light heavy weight boxing champion for two years. After the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor Harold entered active duty in the Army Air Corps in January 1942 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. He was sent to Midland, Texas where he trained as a bombardier and remained as a ground school instructor at this station until August 1943. From December 1943 until December 1944 he served in North Africa and Italy as a bombardier in B-24 aircraft participating in 51 combat missions. On July 15, 1944 (455th BG mission #78) a mission was flown to attack the German oil production facilities at Dacio Romano Oil refinery at Ploesti, Romania. Captain Ohlmeyer was the Bombardier of the lead aircraft. The Group bombed by "Pathfinder" equipment, due to a heavy concentration of smoke pots that had been installed in the area as part of the defense. Only select crews and Bombardiers were qualified in the Pathfinder system of Bombing. The 455th Group was to lead a maximum effort by the Wing of 165 B-17s and 542 B-24s. The fighter escort was comprised of 231 P-51s and 153 P-38s. A total of 155 B-24s were to strike the specific target of Dacio Romano Oil Refinery. All aircraft were led to the target by the lead aircraft and released on Captain Ohlmeyer's position marking. The target was destroyed. As the squadron Bombardier, he achieved one of the highest bomb scoring percentages in the United States Air Force.
After returning from the war Colonel Ohlmeyer completed many assignments around the world retiring on August 26, 1968. Colonel Ohlmeyer's final assignment was as Special Assistant to the Director for Satellite Programs of the Space and Missile Systems Organization. Colonel Ohlmeyer received the following awards and decorations: Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Longevity Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster. His Military Flight Ratings were Command Navigator Badge and Master Missileman Badge.
Upon retirement Colonel Ohlmeyer, his wife Irene, and son Ronald moved to Yazoo City, Mississippi. While in Yazoo City he was headmaster at Manchester Academy, and then headmaster at Cruger-Tchula Academy. Later he worked for the State in the Mental Health program running the county office in Yazoo City and then the district office in Vicksburg. He loved to play golf at the Yazoo City Country Club and fish in a "Secret" place. Colonel Ohlmeyer and Ronald attended a military reunion for one of the organizations that he commanded and a golf tournament was initiated in his honor as an annual event.
He is preceded in death by wife, Sylvia Irene; and six brothers/sisters.
He is survived by daughter, Beverly Lavin and husband, Paul; son, Bill and wife, Kathy; and son, Ronald and wife, Paula; grandchildren, Scott and wife, Chris, Jennifer and husband, Paul, Bill Jr., Christopher and wife, Erika, Steven and wife, Katie; great grandchildren, Sasha, Ava, Rachel, Grace, Austin, Tyler, Jenna, Evelyne, and Gabriella. He is also survived by brother, Charles; sister, Joyce Stubban; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation is on Friday, September 24, 2010, 5-7pm at Wright-Ferguson Funeral Home in Ridgeland, Mississippi. On Saturday, September 25, 2010, 11am - 1pm visitation will be at Stricklin-King Funeral Home in Yazoo City followed by a service, at 1pm at Stricklin-King Chapel in Yazoo City, Mississippi.
Graveside Services with military honors, September 25th, following the Chapel service at Tranquil Cemetery, Free Run, Mississippi.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Tranquil Cemetery, 273 Davey Drive, Benton MS 39039.
The family would like to thank caregivers who helped provide loving care including St. Catherine's, Campbell Cove staff, Sta-Home Health Services Canton Office, and Prime Care Nursing especially Kendal Ball, Linda Sallis and Shana Thompson.

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Published in Clarion Ledger on Sep. 24, 2010.
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May 3, 2013
It was an honor to serve under the leadership of Col Ohlmeyer.I shall always remember the fine example he set for all under his command.
William Dishon
April 29, 2013
April 26, 2013
when i left the 3921st RTS in england Col. John Baine called me un to his office and told me that i was going to the 8th RTS and that i would like Col Ohlmyer he said his is a fine southern gentileman which he was that was in 1959
Sgt arlie burns
April 25, 2013
It was my honor to have served under Colonel Ohlmeyer and he will always be in my thoughts and prayers.
Douglas Croxton
April 24, 2013
Col Ohlmeyer was one of the finest officers I ever served under or with. It was his fine example that helped me as an army CWO.
C.E. Comer
April 24, 2013
Col. O. was an easy-going, humble man who represented the best in an Air Force officer. It was a pleasure and an honor to have worked with and for him.

Sam McCulloch, Buda, Texas
April 22, 2013
In memory of a great man, brave in time of war and brave in time of peace.
Cassandra Morrison
September 29, 2010
It was an honor and a privilege to serve under Colonel "O". He will always be remembered by those of us who were lucky enough to call building P-1900 home during his tenure.
Lee Colville
September 28, 2010
Dear Paula and Ron
Though I never met the Colonel I remember the stories Paula used to share with us. From those stories I knew he was an extraordinary man. Reading of his many accomplishments makes you stop and take an accounting of your own measure. Not many would measure up to the Colonel. I know you will miss him very much but you have the comfort of the many memories you have shared through the years.
Maureen Degen
September 28, 2010
Ron and Paula, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I will never forget Colonel and his fine southern charm when I visited. His accomplishments in his life are amazing and I know you are very proud of him. Love, Mickie B Heagy
Mickie Heagy
September 27, 2010
Best Air Force officer I ever served under. It was a pleasure working under his command. Donald (Don) Hoar 8RTS April 56 & AFSPPF, Moneta, Virginia
September 27, 2010
Rest In Peace Colonel O.
Robert Tschacher
September 26, 2010
It was an honor to serve with Colonel Ohlmeyer. Alan Scott was right about his shoes. No ones shoes could compare.
John Vooris
September 26, 2010
I had the pleasure of working under Colonel Ohlmeyer from 1963 through 1966. As a young person away from home for the first time, I felt I had a new family at the 6594 Test Squadron. This feeling of comaraderie in large part came from the friendly guidance of our commanding officer. It was truly a priviledge to have worked under Colonel Ohlmeyer.
My thoughts are with you during this time of mourning, but also a time for remembering fond memories .

Robert Finnegan
Robert Finnegan
September 26, 2010
To the Colonel with the shinest shoes in the Air Force. God Bless
Allen Scott AFSPPF
September 26, 2010
September 25, 2010
You've earned your rest Colonel, and those of us who know of your accomplishments can say with feeling-the world is a better place because you were here.
Joe Powers
September 25, 2010
May God Bless the United States of America and may God Bless and Protect the Ohlmeyer family in their time of grief for this great American Hero. We are so sorry Ron and Paula for your loss. The nation has lost a great American.

Charles and Jody Ohlmeyer
Charles Ohlmeyer
September 25, 2010
It is with sadness that this message is dispatched in remembrance of Colonel Harold Z Ohlmeyer who passed away 22 September 2010.

Former members of the Air Force Special Projects Production Facility(AFSPPF), which was a highly specialized and unique organization developed and commanded by Colonel Ohlmeyer during the Cold War Days, will always remember the Colonel for his superior leadership qualities and relentless efforts in pioneering one of the most secretive programs in the United States Air Force.

Colonel Ohlmeyer's positive and friendly approach touched many lives during his military service. He was an avid sportsman, an outstanding organizer, a family oriented person, and always strived to provide the best working conditions and benefits for members in his organization.

During Colonel Ohlmeyer's military career, his achievements and awards earned exceeded the norm. In his last position as Commander and Special Assistant/Consultant to the Department of Defense's Director of Air Force Satellite and Missile Programs, his position responsibilities and authority were equal to those normally held by a General Officer. He performed admirably in this powerful position for many years, pioneering many new frontiers and technological advancements in the field of military aerospace science and related activities.

Colonel Ohlmeyer's passing will be felt by all who associated with him in day-to-day activities during his extensive military career, and most of all, by his family members.

May the Colonel rest in peace---

Jim Grimm USAF Retired and AFSPPF Alumni Member
September 24, 2010
Ron and family, so very sorry for the loss of your father. The summary of his life is awesome; I'm sure he had some amazing life stories. I pray for healing for the extreme sadness you are experiencing today.
Theresa McCaffrey
September 24, 2010
I did not know Colonel Ohlmeyer but it would have certainly been my honor to have known him. I am constantly sadden by the passing of our brave men from WWII, with so very few left behind. That group has contributed so much to the strength of this nation. It also saddens me that today's citizenry have so little realization of that. I had to write this time because Col. Ohlmeyer was obviously among the greatest of these.
Jim Sudduth
September 24, 2010
So sorry to read about your Dad. I know you and he were very close and that you will miss him a great deal. You and your family are in my prayers.
Alan Collums
September 24, 2010
What a joy to read about the interesting life of Mr. Ohlmeyer. No wonder he was such a hoot! My condolences to the family for your loss. I hope that you all will spend time together this weekend reminiscing good memories.
Robin Magee
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