George Kirsten

George Kirsten Photo

Lieutenant George Kirsten was recruited by the Naval Air Station, Glenview, Illinois, for the Aviation Officer Candidate Program earning his Navy Wings May 1968.  He was trained in the T-34 and T-28 with over 200 hours in fixed wing aircraft including carrier landings.  In the fleet, George flew the UH-2C search and rescue helicopter for HC-1 (helicopter combat support squadron one) serving two combat tours in Vietnam.  His first combat tour was aboard the USS Enterprise 1968-69 experiencing the massive fire January 14, 1969 where 28 were killed, 343 seriously injured.  His second tour was aboard the USS Oriskany 1969-70.  Decorated for heroism in flight, George is grateful to God for his service in the US Navy.

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