Sanda B. Helms, Jr. – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force

From a contemporary press report:

Lieutenant Colonel Sanda B. Helms, Jr., United States Air Force (retired), age 72, passed away at his residence in Temple Hills, Maryland, on November 7, 2002, due to sudden heart failure.

Services and burial with full military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery on December 9, 2002, at 1 p.m., with persons assembly at the administration building at 12:30 p.m.

Colonel Helms was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, August 25, 1930. He attended Tuscaloosa High School in 1948 where he lettered in football and was inducted into the Tuscaloosa High School Hall of Fame. From 1948 to 1951, he attended the University of Alabama where he lettered in football, was a member of the A Club and Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. In 1951, he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1955. In 1961, he received a Master of Science from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology.

Colonel Helms began his Air Force career as a commissioned officer, attended flight school, served as an Air Force pilot and was a highly decorated Vietnam aviator with numerous Air Medals an Commendations.

Following retirement from the Air Force, he settled in the Washington D.C. area, where he served in the Pentagon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sanda B. Helms, Sr., and Louise Knight Helms and his survived by daughter Lisa Helms Knight (Ross), Lawrenceville, Georgia, son Sanda B. Helms, III, (Tara), Charleston, South Carolina, grandchildren, Stephen and Leslie Knight and Tyler and Drew Helms, brothers, Charles W. Helms (Jean), Garden Grove, California, Robert K. Helms (Vali), Tuscaloosa, Alabama, dear friend Rita Zuchelli and others that he maintained regular contact with by phone and e-mail.

He will be remembered and missed by all who knew him.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity of your choice.


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