Richard Alfred Lethe (83) was born in San Francisco, CA. He was working as a writer for the Los Angeles Times covering football where he enlisted in 1951. He arrived in Tokyo and was stationed at Johnson AFB, Japan in the 339th Frontier Interceptor Squadron. He participated in various interceptor missions as a Captain and 2nd Lt. He specialized as a USAF Fighter Pilot and received many honors for his commitments, including a UN medal and a Presidential Unit Citation. Among the friends he recalls are Gene Kerchner and many others from the 339th FIS. When he rotated home in July 1953, he entered the 58th FIS, Massachusetts, and worked as a salesman for a chemical company (NCH Corp). His hobbies include playing piano, listening to music, and volunteering with the veterans’ organization. He belongs to KWVA Chapter 270.
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