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FUHRMAN, Herman Hank
FUHRMAN, Herman 'Hank' Age 92, of Palmdale went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. He was born March 11, 1923, in Fowler, Kansas, to William F. Fuhrman and Mable H. Crawford. In 1943 he entered the military and served with distinct honor in the 484th Bomb Group, stationed in Italy. He completed forty missions as a flight engineer and waist gunner on a B-24 Liberator that participated in several bombing missions to the heavily defended oil fields in Ploesti, Rumania. Included in his awards were the Air Medal (with three oak leaf clusters) and the Distinguished Flying Cross. During a furlough back in the States, Fuhrman was involved in a train accident on September 14, 1944, at Terre Haute, Indiana. Of the thirty-nine airmen in his Pullman car, he was one of only thirteen survivors. After many months of recovery, he was honorably discharged in 1945. Hank came to the San Fernando Valley in 1952, where he worked in the speedboat industry and then as a warehouse supervisor. He and his wife, Ruth, also lived in the Santa Clarita Valley for eleven years, and then moved to Palmdale in 1995. Hank loved the outdoors and enjoyed many recreational activities, including hunting, speedboat racing, hang gliding, skiing, and golf. He and his wife also enjoyed bowling and were involved in that activity into their 80s. In 2009 Hank was honored by the Boy Scouts of America, Antelope Valley District, at the Scouts annual American Heroes Dinner, when he was presented the Justin C. Wotasik American Heroes Award for his military service. Hank and Ruth were faithful members of Trinity Baptist Church until declining health caused them to become homebound. Hank had been in hospice care at home for eleven months, with his wife by his side faithfully caring for him until his death. He will be greatly missed by his wife, family, and friends. He will be interred at Riverside National Cemetery with military honors on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 11:30 a.m.

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