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Col. Jerry Noel Hoblit, RIP   2 comments

Jerry, George and Kenne Toasting the Good Life During a Wonderful Hike Visiting a Series of Scenic Lakes
Nestled in a Gorgeous Valley Surrounded by 13,000-ft Peaks in the
High Sierras. (August 6, 2006) — Image by joy
 

I first met Jerry in the late 1990s when he became a member of our book club, The Society of The 5th Cave — A Reading Club for the Non-Discriminating Bourgeoisie. His first selection was The Future and it Enemies by Virgibia Postrel. “Postrel’s book stands out as one of the best popular defenses of the ideal of a free society precisely because she covers the skeletal principles of liberty with the flesh and blood of history, everyday real life, and examples of things around us that we take for granted. It is one of those rare instances of a well-balanced blending of theory and practice that may yet make free men and free markets a reality in the next century.”

In a dream I meet
my dead friend. He has,
I know, gone long and far,
and yet he is the same
for the dead are changeless.
They grow no older.
It is I who have changed,
grown strange to what I was.
Yet I, the changed one,
ask: “How you been?”
He grins and looks at me.
“I been eating peaches
off some mighty fine trees.”

— Wendell Berry
 

3/11/22, 9:58 AM Col. Hoblit Obituary (1936 – 2022) – Conroe, TX – The Courier of Montgomery County

Col. Jerry Noel Hoblit, the greatest ghter pilot of all time, flew west on January 31, 2022, at age 85 in Conroe, TX. Pilots around the world were heard to say YGBSM. Some knew him as Hognose, but his call sign was Dragon. While no SAM could catch him, Dementia and Parkinson’s finally did. Aside from being a world-class fighter pilot, Jerry was a loving husband and father, doting grandfather, and generous friend.

Jerry Hoblit graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1958. During the Vietnam War, where he served three separate tours, he was awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses and three Silver Stars, among others. Decades later Colonel Tom Wilson (USAF, Retired), who had been Hoblit’s “backseater” learned that Jerry had one less Silver Star and had been recommended for the Air Force Cross but never received it. Three and a half decades after his service in Vietnam, the Air Force awarded Col. Hoblit with its highest honor, The Air Force Cross. Jerry retired as a U.S. Air Force Colonel on June 30, 1982.

While his military career was marked with incredible success, he counted his marriage to Rosalie Ward as his greatest and most happy achievement. The couple was married on May 24, 1963, at Spangdahlem Air Force Base in Germany. Their family grew to include three daughters, Holly Virginia, Heather Elizabeth, and Heidi Noel. Jerry loved his three girls but found being a grandparent to Eric, Ethan, Rhegan, and August to be the most enjoyable.

A Memorial will be held at Metcalf Funeral Home in Conroe, Texas (1801 East White Oak Terrace) at 3 PM on Saturday, March 12. Chocolate Cake (of course!) and light refreshments will be served following.

This summer the family will honor his wishes and spread some of his remains at Lake Rosalie in the High Sierras. Date TBD.

Col. Jerry Noel Hoblit will have full military honors and yover at Arlington Memorial Cemetery at a future date (most likely in 2023 due to the waitlist). Following this ceremony, the family will honor his request and host a roast in his honor.

Jerry’s wishes were for donations to be made to

Shriner’s Children’s Hospital

Dinner with the Hoblits, the Boyles and the Turners at the Hoblit cabin in Mammouth Lakes, California
(August 4, 2006)

Morning Reflection   4 comments

Morning Reflection (Mammoth Lakes, California)– Image by kenne

Capturing The Moments — Mammoth Lakes Revisited   6 comments

Mammoth Lakes, California — Images by kenne (Click on any images to see slideshow

No man has the right to dictate
what other men should perceive,
create or produce,
but all should be encouraged
to reveal themselves,
their perceptions and emotions,
and to build confidence in the creative spirit.

— Ansel Adams

Window To The Sky, A Magical Mystery World   1 comment

Mammonth-Rock Creek2006-08-06-15 II blogRock Creek Trail To A Series Of Little Lakes In Sierra Nevada– Image by kenne

Chasing Life’s Horizons

Ain’t nothing better

than hiking through

a window in the sky —

the air is fresh,

the sky is blue,

a magical mystery

in a world of horizons

far as the eye can see.

Chased by every hiker,

a vision soon

left behind

only to be replaced

by another

magical mystery.

— kenne

Capturing The Moment — Mammoth Lakes Sunrise   Leave a comment

Mammonth2006-08-05-06 Sunrise Art II blogMammoth Lakes Sunrise — Image by kenne

“Today I am richer than I ever dreamed possible,
and it is not through my effort or achievement,
and it is not measured in wealth or possessions,
but it has come through my awakening to what has
always been true and waiting for me to discover.” 

 — Stephen Richards

Stopping for Lunch Along the Trail — Mammoth Lakes Revisited   Leave a comment

Photo: Ken & Joy at Rainbow Falls. (To see additional photos, click here.  )

This posting first appeared, August, 2006.

So much to see, so little time in the eastern Sierra Nevada.  Before leaving the Mammoth Lakes area, Rosalie and Jerry were kind enough to hike with us to the Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls.  There are many beautiful sights to see from the trail, many of which were first seen from the many Ansel Adams photos taken here.   We stopped for a trail lunch at the base of the falls.

kenne

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