Leon Houglum

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1966 USS Kearsarge Cruisebook photo Leon in 2009

Read rescue summary - Distinguished Flying Cross

L to R: Jerry Adams, Bob Burnand, Bill Waechter, Andy Anderson, and Leon at Ream Field - date unknown

Doug Heggie and Leon share a "moment" during the 1966 Cruise SAR Det C pilots reunited on the USS Intrepid (CVA-11)  after the loss of Indian Gal 69 on a Shining Brass mission deep in NVN - L to R; Back Row: Ross Mordhorst, Buck Carlton, Vern Von Sydow, Bob Burnand, Doug Heggie, Vann Goodloe, Bill Roy, Ed Marsyla - Front Row: Tom May, Leon, Bill Medley and Dave Murphy
     
Leon (l) poses in front of a SAR bird on the USS Chicago (CG-11) during the 1966 cruise. Chaplain Harry Johns would permit Leon's crew to relax in his stateroom between strikes. Doug Heggie, Leon, unknown crewman and Don Stanford pose in front of a SAR bird during the 1966 Cruise Leon receives his DFC from Rear Admiral Reich during a ceremony in the Philippines for the September 14, 1966 rescue of USAF pilot John Casper
     
     
Leon (far right - second row) at an HS-6 Awards ceremony. L-R; Front row: AX3 Harden, AX3 Hannum, unknown AX from Ops and AX3 Conrad. Second Row: unknown, Dave Humphreys, unknown, unknown and  Leon Leon on the cover of "Kearsaga" - December 1966

Updated: 08/22/14