In fond remembrance of our fellow Legionnaires who have answered the call of our Supreme Commander during the year.
Rudolpho P. Irizarry, also known as Rudy, passed away into heaven Saturday, June 10, 2017. He was 80.
He leaves behind his wife Alice of 32 years, and his children, Michael, Will, Margie, Tito, and Peter; 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He also leaves behind two step-children, Melody Bergen and William Prescott.
Rudy had a full life. He retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve after 38 years. His career started at Samsom AFB, Geneva, N.Y., then to Floyd Bennett Field, N.Y. and then to McGuire AFB, N.J. He started as a cook, trained over to become a loadmaster in the C-119C, then a loadmaster flight examiner in the C-141, C-141A and C-141B. He airdropped heavy equipment and was proud to say he airdropped a Sheridan Armored Vehicle with no casualties. He participated in the Santo Domingo crisis, The Cuban Crisis, Vietnam, Grenada, and was activated for an extended period for Operation Desert Storm. Rudy retired from the Air Force in 1992. In total, he served 38 years of active and reserve duty.
Rudy was the Historian of American Legion Eden Stanley Post 294 in Pemberton, New Jersey.