George Warren Kinney – Colonel, United States Air Force

George Warren Kinney, 87, a retired Air Force Colonel who flew missions during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, died June 2, 2008, of complications from a stroke at Capital Hospice in Arlington County. He was a former Annandale, Virginia, resident.


Colonel Kinney was born in Olene, Oregon, and grew up in Klamath Falls, Oregon. In 1937, he lied about his age and enlisted at 17 in the Oregon National Guard. In 1940, he was inducted into the Army and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant the next year. After transferring to the Army Air Corps, he was based on an island off Papua, New Guinea, during World War II and flew combat missions over the Southwest Pacific.

He remained in the Air Force after the war, attended the Air Command and Staff College and served as an exchange officer with the Royal Air Force in England in 1950-51. During the Korean War, he flew missions out of Ashiya, Japan, in tactical airlift aircraft.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, he flew missions over the mountains of Pakistan at an altitude so high his small prop cargo plane had to rely on bolted-on jet engines. He later served in Saudi Arabia and France, where he was commander of the 317th Tactical Command Wing. As a 44-year-old Colonel stationed at Langley Air Force Base, he was required to go to jump school, where he trained to be a paratrooper with recruits 20 years his junior.

In Vietnam in 1967, he flew C-130s with the 834th Air Division and survived a Viet Cong rocket attack at Tan Sanut Air Force Base in Saigon. He received the Legion of Merit with four Oak Leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal and five Air Medals.

After retiring from the Air Force in 1970, he worked with the Aviation Advisory Commission and then joined the General Services Administration, where his duties included dismantling air bases.

He retired again in 1987.

Colonel Kinney was a golfer and a member of Fort Belvoir Golf Club.

A son, George Warren Kinney Jr., died in 1974.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Helen Kinney of Fort Belvoir; two children, Susan Claire Cochrane of Winthrop, Massachusetts, and David Kinney of Vienna, Virginia; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

GEORGE WARREN KINNEY (Age 87) COLONEL, U.S. Air Force (Retired) On June 2, 2008,  He is survived by his spouse of 58 years, Helen Kinney; daughter Susan K. Cochrane and son-in-law Bill Cochrane of Winthrop, Massachusetts; son David C. Kinney of Vienna, Virginia; brother Oliver C. Kinney of Los Angeles , California; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Kinney and wife Jennifer of Williamsburg, Virginia, Katelyn Cochrane of Winthrop, Massachusetts; three great-grandchildren Sara, Alyssa and Rachel Kinney; cousins Donna Abner of Reno, Nevada, Rowe Kinney of Bonanza, Oregon, Rosemary Fox of Klamath Falls, Oregon, June Lawson of Dallas, Oregon and nephew Paul Kinney of Central Point, Oregon; and a niece Monika Mueller of Los Angeles, California. George is predeceased by his parents Oliver Kinney and Nell Williams Kinney; his brother Leonard Kinney and his son George Kinney.

Colonel Kinney was a decorated Air Force pilot, veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was the recipient of the Legion of Merit with Four Oak Leaf Clusters a Bronze Star and Distinguished Flying Cross. After the Air Force, he served on the Aviation Advisory Commission and 16 years with the donation division of GSA.

He was a long time member of the Fort Belvoir Golf Club.

Funeral services with Full Military Honors will be held at the Fort Myer Chapel on Friday September 19, 2008 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Capitol Area Food Bank or Capital Hospice.


  • DATE OF BIRTH: 09/20/1920
  • DATE OF DEATH: 06/02/2008


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