- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 11, 2008

My father, retired Air Force Capt. Jack Austin Ring, served as a U.S. Army Air Corps navigator in the European theater at the very end of World War II and during the occupation. His B-24 crew provided ferry service for the Office of Strategic Services. His men transported Allen Dulles, who later became CIA director, and some other VIPs who testified in the war crimes trials. My father was discharged after his occupation duty.

When the Korean War started, he volunteered to go into the Air Force and served a combat tour as a navigator on a C-47 “Gooney Bird.”

After Korea, he stayed in the Air Force, went on to serve in Thailand and the Philippines early in the Vietnam War and is credited with counterinsurgency experience as a communications officer.

He was born in the District and lives in Great Falls.

THOMAS RING
Great Falls

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