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Lt. Colonel Howard "Hi" I. Price

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Lt. Colonel Howard "Hi" I. Price, born September 15, 1918, passed away at home on June 11, 2011 in Bradenton, Florida.

"Hi" was a veteran, having served in the United States Army and in the United States Air Force during WWII and Korea. He flew 157 combat missions in WWII and the Korean War and was credited with three air kills. “Hi” served as a Squadron Officer, Squadron Commander, Academic Instructor, Operations Officer, jet fighter pilot, Flight Commander of the 97th Fighter Bomber Squadron, 18th Fighter Bomber Group, 325th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 67th Fighter Bomber Group, 405 Fighter Squadron. Of the hundreds of missions he flew, 57 missions were with the 510th Fighter Squadron.

On April 11, 1945, his P-47 Thunderbolt was shot down by ground fire over Germany’s Ruhr Valley and was captured by the German infantry. During his 11 days as a POW he convinced 282 German soldiers and officers to surrender. Price and eight other POWs marched the surrendering troops to the U.S. 8th Infantry Division at Wupertal, Germany.

During his distinguished Air Force career he was awarded the Air Medal, Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Readiness American Campaign European Theater, Victory WWII Army of Occupation, National Defense Korean Service United Nations, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Distinguished Flying Cross, POW Medal and 13 Oak Leaf Clusters.

Howard “Hi” Price will be buried at Sarasota National Cemetery.  He is survived by his son, Howard II; his daughter, Barbara; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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