KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- The 173rd Fighter Wing is honoring a man who dedicated his life to serving the country, and spent much of his career in Klamath Falls at Kingsley Field. Lieutenant Colonel Karl Garlock retired from Kingsley Field in 1969. The former Kingsley Airman and World War II Veteran passed away November 20.
The 173rd Fighter Wing will be flying to Medical Lake, Washington Friday afternoon to pay military honors to Lt. Col. Garlock. Kinglsey Field representatives issued a statement, saying in part:
Lt. Col. Karl Garlock retired from Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon, in 1969 after a distinguished flying career in which he survived captivity by the Germans after being shot down during combat. He was highly decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three devices for Heroism in Aerial Combat, two Purple Hearts, American Defense Medal, and the WWII POW Medal.
He was born in Lockport, New York and enlisted in the Army Air Corps following his high school graduation where he became an airplane mechanic. Not long after, he was assigned to flight school where he learned to fly the premiere fighter aircraft of that day.
He flew the P-38 Mustang on 55 missions escorting bombers deep into German airspace and targeting German railyards. At 21 years of age he was shot down and captured near Warlow, Germany May 21, 1944, just two weeks before D-Day. He spent a year in captivity and endured a forced winter march of hundreds of miles with little food and clothing; those who fell during the march were shot. He
was freed in May of 1945 when Gen. George S. Patton’s Army liberated his POW camp. Following the war, he flew a number of aircraft including the P-47 and T-33 jet trainer. While assigned to Kingsley Field he was the deputy of materials for the F-101 fighter interceptor wing. His memorial service is planned for Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at 2:30 p.m., with a military flyover provided by the 173rd Fighter Wing out of Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon.
The 173rd Fighter Wing is the sole F-15C training base for the United States Air Force.