Leland Boyd Fair – Colonel, United States Army

 From a contemporary press report:

Retired Colonel. Leland B. Fair of Chillicothe, Missouri, died March 2, 2002.

Colonel Fair was born January 12, 1923, at Breckenridge, Missouri.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in history from the University of Missouri in 1946, a master of arts degree in geography from the University of Virginia in 1949, a master of arts degree in political science (Russian Institute) from Columbia University of New York in 1956 and a master of science degree in counseling from Henderson State University in Arkansas in 1975.

He also is a 1958 graduate of the Foreign Area 7 Specialist Program (Russian) and a 1959 graduate of Command and Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan,

Fair received his commission through ROTC at the University of Missouri and Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia.

He served in the Philippines during World War II. Other assignments include geographer, G-2, General Headquarters, Armed Forces Far East, 1950-1952; assistant chief of staff, G-2, 1st Cavalry Division, Korea 1959-1960; liaison officer to U.S. military mission to the commander in chief group of Soviet Forces, Germany 1962-1965; staff and faculty, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, 1965-1967; defense attaché to U.S. Embassy, Yugoslavia, 1968-1971; director of intelligence production, Headquarters, Military Assistance Command Vietnam, 1971-1972. Fair was a qualified parachutist and fluent in Russian, and Serbo-Croatian.

Fair's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Soldiers Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Joint Services Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry; three daughters, Chris Williford, Leslie Stork and Debbie Launey; a son, William; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Burial was in Arlington Cemetery with military honors.



  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 03/28/1943 – 08/31/1974
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 01/12/1923
  • DATE OF DEATH: 03/02/2002
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 07/26/2002

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