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Billy J. Fulbright | Arkansas Military Veterans' Hall of Fame

CW4 Billy Joe Fulbright

Description:

 

CW4 Fulbrighrt enlisted in the US Army and completed basic training at Camp Fannis, Texas in 1944. He served in the Philippine's during WW II  as a member of the Japanese Occupation Force following their surrender in 1945. In 1946 he completed Airborne and Glider-men training and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in 1948. In 1950 CW4 Fulbright began his career in aviation by completing fixed wing flight training as an enlisted soldier. In 1954 CW4 Fulbright completed the Warrant Officers Candidate Program,and was selected to be one of ten students to establish the CH -21 rotary wing training progrm and then serve as an instructor in the aircraft. CW4 Fulbright had several tours of duty in Vietnam serving as an instructor and standardization pilot in numerous assignments. 

Upon retirement from the Army in 1975, CW4 Fulbright, had over 8,700 flight hours in numerous fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft, with 1,250 of those being combat hours. Considered to be a  pioneer in Army aviation, he was rated in 25 different airframes. 

After retirement, he immediately began a 17 year civillian career as chief pilot for Air Logistics Incorporated . His career was in direct support of petroleum industry in the Gulf of Mexico where he flew in 6 different airframes. He retired in 1992 with over 16,000 total flight hours. 

More Info:

CWO4 Billy Joe Fulbright,deceased, hometown, Batesville, Arkansas, his awards include: Mertious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Medals, (30th award), Vietnam Service Medal (w/4 stars), Rebublic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Japan Occupation Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, WW II Victory Ribbon, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Master Army Aviator Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge,and Glider Badge.

  

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