A Tribute to Lt Gen Leroy Manor

The ACA is sad to report Lt Gen Leroy Manor, USAF (Ret), passed away on 25 Feb 2021 in Shalimar, FL. He was a true quiet professional, a leader of exceptional quality, a beloved family man, a mentor, and he will be missed by many.

Brig General Leroy J. Manor (Official photo)

General Manor was the first speaker at the very first ACA reunion in 1971, he also served as President of the ACA in the late 80s, he attended many of our events over the years and was a friend to Brig Gen Harry "Heinie" Aderholt and to Air Commandos of all generations.

Click here to read "On the Shoulders of Giants" by By H. Buck Hodgkinson, Major, USAF, from Maxwell AFB's Squadron Officer School (SOS) course 29 February 2012.

In May 1968, Lt Gen Leroy Manor assumed command of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing at Phu Cat Air Base in the Republic of Vietnam where he completed 275 combat missions, in F-100s primarily. (Photo courtesy of Lt Gen Leroy Manor, 2015)

"My association with General Aderholt began in 1970 when we were both on SOF staff.  I was Comm. and Heinie was Director of Ops., during the period 1973-76.  When Heinie was Chief of military mission in Bangkok, Thailand and I was Cmdr 12th Air Force we coordinated extensively on all matters relating to Thai bases from which USAF military operations were conducted and later the termination of those operations.  Heinie  has been a recognized and admired thinker, doer and leader.  Dee and I regard our association with Heinie and his late wife Jessie as highlights of our military career."

-- Lt General Leroy T. Manor

Lt Gen Leroy Manor being decorated by President Richard Nixon in 1970 (AP/Wide World Photos)

General Manor is widely known for his role as the commander of the US Air Force Special Operations Force at Eglin AFB, FL, from February 1970 to February 1971. During this time, Gen Manor also commanded Operation IVORY COAST, the Son Tay Raid to rescue American prisoners of war at the Son Tay POW Camp in North Vietnam, on November 21, 1970.

Click here to read a PDF of The Son Tay Raid written by Lt Gen Manor.

Manor was commissioned a 2d Lt and awarded his pilot wings at Spence Field, GA, on August 30, 1943, and after completing P-47 Thunderbolt training, he was assigned to the 365th Fighter Squadron of the 358th Fighter Group in Europe from December 1943 to September 1945. (Source: http://www.veterantributes.org)

Lt Gen Manor's career started in the US Army Reserves in 1942 and culminated with him serving as Chief of Staff of US Pacific Command at Camp Smith, HI, until his retirement from the Air Force on June 1, 1978.

Lt Gen Leroy J. Manor, USAF (Ret), shared his experiences with company grade officers attending Squadron Officer School at Maxwell AFB, AL. (Photo by USAF Capt Darin Overstreet)

The Air Commando Journal interviewed General Manor in 2015,
click here to read the interview.

Memorial Services to be announced.


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