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.
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.
"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
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.
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.
The Air Commando Journal interviewed General Manor in 2015,
click here to read the interview.
Memorial Services to be announced.