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John Jennings John Elton Jennings, 76, of Murphy, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, at his residence. He was born April 11, 1944, in Austin, Texas, to Elton Jordan Jennings and Mary Jo Maleski Jennings. John was a military brat and lived all over the world with his Airforce pilot father and mother. John continued the family tradition by joining the Army after college. John graduated from Arkansas State in 1967 with a degree in business administration and was a member of the ROTC. After graduation John volunteered for military service. He completed the Army Ranger Course that same year. He qualified as a pilot of the world’s first attack helicopter, the Bell AH 1G Huey Cobra, April 5,1969, and was assigned to the 7th of the 17th Air CAV in Vietnam 1969 and 1970. From 1971-73, he served with the 162nd Assault Helicopter Company “The Vultures.” From there he transferred to the 223 D Aviation Battalion at Stuttgart Army Airfield in Germany. In 1977, he was assigned to Fort Rucker, Ala., Army Aviation Training BDE. John was an instrument flight examiner, night instructor pilot and instructor pilot for the UH-1 Huey helicopter. While at Fort Rucker, John met his wife, Kathryn Franklin, in 1980 at Enterprise, Ala., and they were married in 1982. In June of 1982, John and Kathy were assigned to Nome, Alaska. John served as an advisor to an Eskimo Scout BTN. He also flew a UH-1 Huey to transport troops from the villages to […]