It is with regret that F-111.net announces the passing of one
of the pioneers of F-111 operations,
Friends, Wednesday March 24, at 4:45 PM (PST) Col Ivan
"Ike" H. Dethman USAF (Ret) drew his last breath and died
peacefully. Ike had fought the complications of Parkinsonism for
several years heroically as he also lived his life. His wonderful
wife Marita and his sister Gloria were at his side when he took
his final flight. WE will always remember this man for the service
he gave to his country , for the commanding dedication he exhibited
when he undertook the preparation and deployment of the first F-111A
combat squadron and of his many military contributions both in WWII
and after the Combat Lancer missions, also in Vietnam. He was one
of 11 children and kept in touch with his large family throughout
his life. We all knew Ike in many different situations and I believe
he was one of the USAF's finest...
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Ivan H. "Ike" Dethman USAF (Ret) was a class act, took
6 untested/low hour virgin F-111A's into the Vietnam Theatre, straight
into Hostile North Vietnam Hanoi area route pac's.....the most heavily
defended air defense zone man could create...it would take another
23 years and another 2 million F-111 developement hours to deploy
into such a hostile region tasking a commander of the F-111 force
as they did to him, Ike lost three due to engineering design and
pilot training defects, birthing a new technology and weapons platform
into combat was to say the least a challenge.
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