Gone But Not Forgotten

Honoring fallen comrades is an important part of the AOG mission and we ask to be notified as soon as possible of the death of any graduate so that we can take appropriate actions. The AOG has learned of the following graduate or cadet deaths within the past 90 days. We have posted the information we have and will update this page as more information becomes available.

For best results, try searching by Last Name (e.g. Smith), Class Year (e.g. 1959), or Cadet Squadron (e.g. CS-01). More complex searches may not return desired results.

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Mr. Gary Matson - Class of 1975, CS-38

Deceased on December 20, 2019 - Informed on January 3, 2020

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. A funeral sevice will be held on 28 February 2020 at 1100 hrs at the USAFA Community Chapel followed by inturment at the USAFA Cemetery. The family has suggested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Marquette Tennis Association; 131 East College; Marquette, MI 49855.

Col (Ret) James Drake - Class of 1977, CS-27

Deceased on December 9, 2019 - Informed on January 3, 2020

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. A funeral service will be held on 18 Feb 2020 at 1000 hours at the USAFA Community Center Chapel. Burial will follow in the USAFA Cemetery.

Lt Col (Ret) John Boles , Jr. - Class of 1964, CS-15

Deceased on November 29, 2019 - Informed on January 3, 2020

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. A Funeral service will be held on 31 Jan 2020 at 1000 hours at the First Congregational Church; 20 E St Vrain St; Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Burial will follow at 1400 hours at the USAFA Cemetery. His obituary and funeral details can be found at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/colorado-springs-co/john-boles-8982518

Lt Col (Ret) Dean Haylett - Class of 1973, CS-14

Deceased on December 28, 2019 - Informed on January 2, 2020

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. A funeral service will be held on 1 May 2020 at 1300 hours at the USAFA Cemetery Memorial Pavilion followed by placement of the urn. A reception will immediately follow at the USAFA Eisenhour Golf Course

Mr. Ronald Vickroy - Class of 1971, CS-32

Deceased on December 22, 2019 - Informed on December 31, 2019

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. A celebration of life was held on 27 Dec 2019. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to Windber Hospice or The Cambria County Humane Society.

Capt Ryan Gipson - Class of 2010, CS-29

Deceased on December 20, 2019 - Informed on December 23, 2019

Please contact the Association of Gradutes for condolence information. Services will be held on 28 Dec 2019 at Lakewood Chrurch of Christ; 7701 Bayway Dr; Baytown, TX 77520 with visitation beginning at 1300 hours. The funeral service will begin at 1400 hours.

Lt Col (Ret) Gilbert Achter , Jr. - Class of 1964, CS-11

Deceased on September 24, 2019 - Informed on December 19, 2019

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Visitation and the Memorial Mass were held on 26 Sept 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hattiesburg, MS.

Mr. Christopher Simpson - Class of 1987, CS-22

Deceased on December 16, 2019 - Informed on December 17, 2019

Please contact the Association for condolence information. A funeral service will be held on 27 Dec 2019 at 1300 hours at the USAFA Community Center Chapel. A graveside service and burial will follow in the USAFA Cemetery. In the event of inclement weather the graveside service will be moved to the Memorial Pavilion.

Lt Col Matthew Platt - Class of 2003, CS-09

Deceased on November 24, 2019 - Informed on December 5, 2019

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. No services will be held for Colonel Platt.

Col (Ret) Thomas Arko - Class of 1981, CS-03

Deceased on June 16, 2019 - Informed on December 5, 2019

Services were held at the time of his passing. He was laid to rest in St. Mary Pin Oak Catholic Cemetery, Pin Oak, TX. No further information is available.

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