Leroy Stutz Obituary, Death – It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you of the passing of (Ret) Colonel Leroy W. Stutz, and we like to express our condolences to his family and friends.
During the Vietnam War, Colonel Stutz served as an officer in the United States Air Force, was a pilot, and was held as a prisoner of war for a total of 2,284 days (6.25 years). The 13th of November, 1939 was the day Col. Stutz was born. Colonel Stutz was awarded a multitude of decorations and medals over the course of his time spent serving in the military.
Some of these honors include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Silver Star medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Legion of Merit medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star with a V for Valor and One Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Prisoner of War Medal. Colonel Stutz has been making it a point to visit the Tinker Airman Leadership School on a regular basis for the better part of sixteen years now.
When he gets there, he addresses each and every class that is enrolled in Tinker’s Airman Leadership School and relates his experience of being held captive and surviving. His story is used as a teaching tool for the Airmen when they begin their training on the Airman’s Code of Conduct and leadership, and they may learn from him because he is a living example.
We would want to take this opportunity, on behalf of the entire teaching staff at the Tinker Airman Leadership School, to thank you for the service you have provided to our country.