AIR COMMANDO 2 Shobert, Edwin Lester,Jr

John Robertson

Staff member
Edwin Lester,Jr
  • UNIT
37 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (3 A.R.R. Group)
  • RANK
Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster
North Vietnam 1969
born 1.11.1933 Ridgefield,Washington
son of Edwin Lester and Mattie Eliza (nee Mills) Shobert
helicopter pilot
retired as Major
married Judith Ann Grace 25.9.1961 (b.1938)
married Martha Susan Stennett 11.7.1964
3 children Lisa,Scott and Matthew
died 14.4.2016 Vancouver,Washington
Ridgefield Cemetery,Ridgefield,Clark County,Washington
After graduating from Vancouver High School in Vancouver, Washington, he and his best friend joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Ed served as a Tank Commander in South Korea.
After leaving the Marines, he attended Clark Community College in Vancouver, Washington and later graduated from the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon, where he also joined the ROTC and was commissioned into the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant.
While serving as a Pilot in the Air Force in Charleston, South Carolina, he met his future wife, Susan Stennett, who was a Flight Attendant. They were married in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1964. While stationed in Germany, their two children, Lisa and Scott, were born.
Ed served in Vietnam with the 37th Aerospace and Recovery Squadron "Jolly Greens" where he flew helicopter rescue and recovery missions. He was much decorated and earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses rescuing downed American Pilots in North Vietnam.
His twenty plus years in the Air Force allowed him to travel the world. He flew C-130 and C-5A Galaxy transport aircraft. He was also assigned to transport President John F. Kennedy's vehicles and personal belongings for State travels.
Ed retired from the Air Force as a Major and moved home with his family to Ridgefield, Washington. He was a partner at Mulligan and Associates Real Estate Appraisal Company until he retired.
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