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« on: June 23, 2018, 10:29:51 PM »


A former Tuskegee Airman and commander of the Kansas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol died Thursday in Wichita, according to a news release.

Retired Col. George M. Boyd, a two-time recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, was 91. He would have turned 92 on Saturday, the Civil Air Patrol said.

Col. George M. Boyd, a former Kansas Wing commander and Tuskegee Airman as well as Civil Air Patrol’s 2010 Senior Member of the Year, died Thursday. He was 91 and would have turned 92 Saturday.

“Col. Boyd’s passing represents a real loss to CAP, to the Tuskegee Airmen, to the entire aviation community and to the nation,” Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, the Civil Air Patrol’s national commander, said in a statement. “He served as a true ambassador for our organization, and we will all miss him deeply. Our entire organization’s condolences go to his family, especially his wife, Mattie, and all those who were privileged to know him.”

Boyd joined the Civil Air Patrol as a cadet in the New Jersey Wing’s North Bergen County Squadron in 1943. He served as a cadet sergeant and taught new cadets how to drill.

He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps on Jan. 20, 1944, and became a Tuskegee Airman. He also served during the Korean and Vietnam wars, became a radar intercept officer and helped protect fuel tanks for bombers in Tule, Greenland, according to the air patrol. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a major.

Boyd rejoined the Civil Air Patrol and served as deputy commander, chief of staff and executive officer before becoming Kansas Wing commander. He served in that position from February 2000 to May 2004. He also helped establish the Kansas State Department of Civil Air Patrol.

At the national level, he served as controller, as a member of the National Board and the National Executive Committee, and as Urban Programs adviser.

Boyd and his fellow Tuskegee Airmen were honored with a Congressional Gold Medal on March 29, 2007, for their service. He and other World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol received a Congressional Gold Medal on Dec. 10, 2014.
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2018, 09:14:04 AM »

July 5, 2018

Col. George M. Boyd
National Commanders Squadron
National Headquarters

Major George Mills Boyd, Ph.D. - June 23, 1926 - June 21, 2018
George Mills Boyd was born in Teaneck, NJ, and passed away in Wichita, KS, where he resided
with his wife, since retirement from the United States Air Force in 1971. George is survived by
his wife, Mattie S. Boyd; Daughter, Gertrude Boyd-Burns; Grandchildren, Brian, Larnie, and
Alitta Boyd; Nephew, Joseph Mitchell; Sister-in-Law, Annette Shepard Durham; and many more
family and friends.
George, a combat veteran, served for over 28 years with the United States Air Force. Major
Boyd is also a Documented Tuskegee Airman of WWII (Class 45G). Dr. Boyd, achieved the
grade of Colonel, and was the Commander and Director of the Kansas Wing and Department of
Civil Air Patrol. George also served as the Director of Aviation for the State of Kansas, and he
worked as an executive in several Kansas Corporations. George Boyd received the nation’s highest civilian honor,
the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007 as a Documented Tuskegee Airman. He received his second gold Medal as a
lifetime Civil air Patrol Participant in 2014.
Greg Putnam
Lt. Col., CAP
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