Longtime Colorado general laid to rest

DENVER – With Governor John Hickenlooper in attendance and a missing man formation high in the sky, the longest serving adjutant general of Colorado was laid to rest with full military honors at Fort Logan National Cemetery Monday.

Retired Major General John France passed away on October 15th. He served as Adjutant General of Colorado from 1979 to 1995. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1952 during the Korean War and joined the Colorado Air National Guard in 1958. Starting in 1968, France flew 239 combat missions while deployed with the 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron in Vietnam.

In 1993, he was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame.

Govenor Hickenlooper ordered flags lowered across the state Monday to honor France. Pilots from the 140th Wing of the Colorado National Guard flew a missing man formation of F-16's over Monday's service at Fort Logan.

In addition, a memorial service was held following the interment at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, a museum that still proudly displays an A-6 France once flew. He is survived by his wife Carole and his daughters Allison and Amie.

(© 2015 KUSA)


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