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Col. Alfred Tripp


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Colonel Alfred Tripp

Memphis

Col. Alfred Tripp, 75, passed away on July 26, 2017 at the Veterans Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. He was born April 24, 1942 in Brownsville, TN. He was a graduate of Jonesboro High School, Memphis State University (B.S.), Central Michigan University (M.A.) and the Foreign National War College in Canberra, Australia.

During his 26 years as a fighter pilot, Col. Tripp held command positions at the flight, squadron, wing and headquarters level. He flew 482 combat missions in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War with over 900 combat hours in the F-4 and was a commander during Operation Linebacker I and II over North Vietnam. Col. Tripp later served joint tours with the U.S. Navy under Admiral Crowe, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff and the U.S. Army Combined Arms Command during Desert Shield/Storm. Following his successful and decorated Air Force career, Tripp was commissioned in the Tennessee State Guard and rose to the rank of Brigadier General, TNSG, and served as Commander of the West District. Tripp's military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with 19 oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Presidential Unit Citation with one oak leaf cluster, Vietnam Service Medal with eight bronze stars and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross.

During retirement Tripp was an active member of Kiwanis having served in several roles including President. He attended Christ United Methodist Church and loved being a part of his Sunday night Bible Study group.

Tripp was preceded in death by his parents Alfred Tripp, Sr. (1922-1945), Roscoe Brown (1917-1978) and Lucy Belle Brown (1923-2014); and brother-in-law Jim Chaplain. He is survived by his son, Adam (wife Tina) of Lavonia, GA; his daughter Erin Tripp of Los Angeles; his son Trey Tripp Hughes of Laredo, TX; his sister Charlotte Chaplain of Jonesboro, AR; his sister Ramona Speer of Navarre Beach, FL; his beloved Pat Wilson; 9 grandchildren and one nephew.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation and funeral service at Memorial Park Funeral Home on Saturday, July 29. The family will receive friends at 1:30 p.m., with the celebration of life service beginning at 2:30 p.m. Internment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on July 28, 2017
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