Colonel Robert E. Herndon, Jr. United States Air Force Retired, age 89, passed away at home in Falls Church, Virginia on August 14, 2006. He and his wife have lived in Falls Church for 54 years.
Colonel Herndon was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, September 28, 1916. He graduated from Little Rock Jr. College and then enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1940 for pilot training. He graduated in 1941 as a pilot. During World War II he flew 69 missions as a B-26 pilot in Africa and Italy. He graduated from Industrial College of the Armed Forces and Command and General Staff School. He was later assigned to Military Intelligence and then Commander of Aeronautical Chart and Information Center in St. Louis . In 1962 he was Assistant Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency – Mapping and Charting in Washington , D.C. He retired from the Air Force in 1969 after 30 years in the military. He later served as Executive Secretary of the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping until 1979.
He was awarded the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 9 clusters, Purple Heart, Croix de Guerre aavec Palme.
Colonel Herndon was a long time active member of the Falls Church Rotary, holding several offices including President. He also was active in the B-26 Marauder Group and the DMCAA Alumni. He also volunteered his time with the Patuxent River Association in St. Mary’s County.
Colonel Herndon is survived by his wife of 64 years, Naomi Smith Herndon, 4 children, Robert E. Herndon III, Judith Atwood, Karen Graddy, and James Herndon. He also has 5 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Colonel Herndon will be buried with full military honors September 26, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. at the Fort Myer Chapel with interment at Arlington National Cemetery. Advent Funeral Services are handling the arrangements, their number is 703-241-7402.
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