Retired Maj. Stanley George Aldrich of Moreno Valley, Calif.

died Nov. 8, 2000. He was 65.

Aldrich enlisted in the Air Force in 1953. He received his commission in June 1961 from USAF Officer Candidate School, and earned his wings as navigator/bombardier flying in RB-66s and F-4s. Aldrich ’ s career included tours in France, Thailand, England and Vietnam. He served with the elite Pathfinders in Vietnam and fought in the Tet Offensive.

His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, Air Medal with 13 devices, National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star, Combat Readiness Medal and a Vietnam Service Medal with five bronze service stars. Aldrich retired from the Air Force in 1973. Aldrich is survived by his wife, Jeannine Aldrich; three sons, John Aldrich of San Francisco, Fred Aldrich of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and Tony Aldrich of Paris France; and six grandchildren