Stuhrs honors veterans

  • Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Stuhrs Funeral Home held their annual Memorial Service for veterans over Memorial Day weekend. PHOTOS PROVIDED


Stuhrs Funeral Home held their annual Memorial Service for veterans over Memorial Day weekend.

The ceremony, led by William S. Stuhr Jr. and Commander of the American Legion Post 112, Mickey Reeves, featured speaker Col. Woods Struthers, U.S. Air Force, Retired.

Colonel Wood Struthers was bom in Port Chester, New York, Nov. 15, 1947. He graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History in June 1970. He was commissioned through the United States Air Force Officer Training School, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in January 1971.

Colonel Struthers completed Squadron Officer School in 1976, Air Command and Staff College in 1987, and War College in 1995. He completed undergraduate pilot training at Laughim Air Force Base in April 1972. He arrived at Charleston Air Force Base in June 1972 and served on the base until May 2000 when he retired from the Air Force Reserves.

While stationed at the Charleston Air Force Base, he was assigned to the 7611 Military Airlift Squadron where he served as Instructor Aircraft Commander and Training Officer, In July 1977 he joined the 300th Military Airlift squadron and eventually became the Squadron Executive Officer. In 1994 he became commander of the 315th Airlift Wing Support Flight.

Colonel Struthers was a command pilot with nearly 5,000 hours in the C-141A/B aircraft. His military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal 2 devices. Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 6 Devices, Combat Readiness Medal 11 Devices, National Defense Service Medal 1 Device, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 1 Device, Vietnam Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal 2 Devices, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal 4 Devices, Air Force longevity Service Award Ribbon 6 Devices, Armed Forces Reserve Medal 3 Devices, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force training Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross 1 Device, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait).

Colonel Struthers is a Boeing 777 pilot with United Airlines. He has also worked for Air Florida, Midway Airlines and Transtar Airlines during a 25-year commercial airline career. He currently lives in Charleston and is married to the former Mary Kathleen Morley of Walterboro and has three children; Sarah, Robby, and Faith Stowe. Col. Struthers is a proud member of American Legion Post 112 in North Charleston.

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