Allan W. Farlow
FARLOW, Allan W., 86, died on October 31, 2007 in Richmond, Virginia.
He was born and grew up in Mount Vernon, Illinois, and began college at the
University of Illinois, but left to join the Army Air Corps after Pearl
Harbor was bombed by the Japanese in 1941. Flying the P-47 Thunderbolt as a
member of the 366th FS, he completed over 100 combat missions in support of
the allied invasion of Europe and was credited with destroying three German
After the war, he obtained a law degree from the University of Texas, but
was recalled to active duty with the Air Force in 1953. He served as an
instructor in the USAF Instrument Pilot Instructors School, flew the B-66
Destroyer as a command pilot in a peace-time deployment to Japan, and in a
combat assignment during the Vietnam War. At home, he served as Chief, USAF
Personnel Legislative Section, and Deputy Assistant for Legislative Affairs
to the Secretary of Defense. He retired a full colonel in 1972. His
decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and
the Bronze Star. Following his military service, he worked as a specialist
in national defense and foreign affairs for the Congressional Research
Service of the Library of Congress, completing a comprehensive revision of
the law governing personnel management for military officers in all branches
of the armed forces. He then practiced law until he suffered a debilitating
stroke. He courageously recovered with the help of his wife, Catherine, who
predeceased him in March.
He is survived by his five children, Carol LERCHE of Belmont, California,
Marilyn SMALL and Janet MERRITT, both of Richmond, Virginia, Diane BOLLER of
Charlottesville, Virginia, and Stephen FARLOW of Henderson, Nevada; and
eight grandchildren.
A funeral service with full military honors will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday,
January 15, 2008, at Arlington National Cemetery.

Source: The Richmond Times-Gazette, Richmond, Virginia
Date: 9 Nov 2007
Submitted by: Debbie Vietzke

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