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With the help of God, I grew from a poor country boy into a person with the desire serve and promote American ideologies even if it meant dying for it.
Fredrick L. Pumroy grew up on a farm in Kouts, Indiana and attended Kouts High School where he lettered in Basketball, Track and Cross Country. In 1964, he graduated from Ball State University majoring in Physical Education and minoring in Mathematics and Aerospace Science. He was selected to attend pilot training school in Del Rio, Texas receiving pilot wings in Oct 1965. He spent 12 years flying various Air Force jet aircraft (T-37, T-38, AT-33, OV-10, KC/RT/EC-135, and T-39). During this time he flew over 4,599 hours of which 264 missions and 950 hours were in combat. His decorations include: 2-Flying Crosses, 2-Meritorious Service Medals, 15-Air Medals, 1-Joint Service Commendation Medal, 1-Air Force Commendation Medal, 1-Humanitarian Service Medal, 1-Small Arms Expert Ribbon, 1-American Defense Forces Expeditionary Medal, 1-Combat Readiness Medal, 3-Longevity Service Medals, 1-National Defense Services Medal, 8-Vietnam Service Medals, 1-Air Force Presidential Unit Citation, 1-Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Medal, 5-Vietnam Campaign Medals. After retiring from the Air Force in 1985, he started a company that assisted companies in doing business with the government and provided consultant services to the Air Force. In his spare time he was elected to the Fairborn City Council and still serves on several boards providing services to the community. Has been married for 42 years to Mary Anne Pumroy. They have 3 children Leanna, Julia and Richard. Leanna has four children Lauren, Daniel, Madison, and Jackson; Julia has two children: Lacy and Rachael; Richard has two children Brooklyn and Jordan. Any time left over is spent attending sport and music events that the grandchildren participate in.