George Alan “GAR/Al” Rose
George Alan “GAR/Al” Rose was born in Kansas City MO and placed up for adoption. His adoptive father was an All-American basketball player at Arkansas in 1928.
His dad became a college basketball coach and later was asked to return and coach Arkansas.
GAR attended the University of Arkansas and participated in ROTC and after an initial problem with the USAF flight physical was headed for pilot training at Laredo, TX.
An F-4 backseat assignment came next. Followed by an assignment to Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam – his “first” war.
His “Cold War” was from Spangdahlem Airbase in Germany complete with sitting nuclear alert.
He upgraded to the front seat and for his “second” war deployed back to the Vietnam War flying from Ubon RTAB, Thailand.
He was shot down in 1972 and became a POW.
Repatriated after the war, he flew A-10s and after retirement went to work with Hughes Aircraft (later Raytheon), then flew with Wings West (later American Eagle).
Aviation was good to GAR, except for his tour as a POW.