John Ralph Hoover
Colonel,United States Air Force
a contemporary press report:
John R. Hoover, 78, an Air Force Colonel who retired as Inspector General of the Georgia-based Continental Air Command, died of cancer December 24, 1999, at his home in Alexandria, Virginia.
Colonel Hoover served 29 years in the Air Force before retiring in 1969.
His career included 90 combat missions in Europe during World War II and service as Deputy Chief of Staff for operations at the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
He was born in Cresson, Pennsylvania, attended San Mateo Junior College in California and began his military career in 1940. While serving in the Air Force, he attended the University of Maryland and graduated from the National War College.
He was Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the Rome Air Development Center at Griffith Air Force Base, New York.
His decorations included the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters.
On his military retirement, Colonel Hoover
settled in the Washington area as a
Survivors include his wife, Mary S. Hoover
of Alexandria; four children, Mary M. Hines of Alexandria, Michael J. Hoover
of Eldersburg, Md., Antoinette Von Lewinski of Charlottesville and Patricia
Hoover of Alexandria; and six grandchildren.
HOOVER, JOHN RALPH
COL US AIR FORCE
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 08/15/1941 - 08/31/1969
DATE OF BIRTH: 08/07/1921
DATE OF DEATH: 12/24/1999
DATE OF INTERMENT: 01/05/2000
BURIED AT: SECTION 3 SITE 4656-A
HOOVER, MARY SUE