In Memory

Paul Amodt

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12/22/19 08:50 AM #1    

Allan L. Clegg (60550)

Published in the Northfield News


Colonel Paul W. Amodt 1925–2017 Northfield—Colonel Paul W. Amodt, Retired Air Force, 91, of Ammon, passed away on December 22, 2016, at the Gables of Ammon Assisted Living Center. He was born August 22, 1925, in Northfield, Minnesota to Leonard Amodt and Ruth Davidson Amodt. He grew up and attended schools in the area, graduating from Northfield High School. He began his military career in August 1943, and served as a crew member on B-24 aircraft until discharged in January 1946. Following his discharge, he attended University of Minnesota where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree. On June 21, 1948, he married Betty Leone Bye Amodt in Northfield, Minnesota. To this union were born two daughters: Nancy and Peggy. Paul was recalled to active duty in March 1952 during the Korean War. He served as a crew member on B-29 aircraft in Strategic Air Command, then with Military Airlift Command flying C-54 aircraft in the Atlantic Division, and subsequently in Air Rescue Service at Andersen Air Base in Guam. He was next assigned as an AFROTC instructor at the University of Illinois, and then as an Air Defense Weapons Controller advisor to the Republic of Korea Air Defense System. He served in this capacity during 1961. Paul was then transferred to Okinawa, Japan where he served as a C-130 pilot and then was assigned to the Twelfth Air Force, Tactical Air Command, and served as Chief of Tactical Airlift Operations. His next assignment took him to Vietnam where he performed duty as a Tactical Airlift Liaison Officer with the Third Marine Amphibious Force in the First Corps, and then served as Chief of Standardization for the 8th Military Airlift Squadron at McChord AFB, transferring to the Command Section at MAC Headquarters in June 1970 serving as Director of the Secretariat and Division Chief of Advanced Programs and Policy. In August 1973 he became Commander of the 610 Military Airlift Support Squadron, Yokota AB, Japan. In August 1976 he became Deputy Air Base Group Commander, McChord AFB and a year later he assumed command of McChord Air Force Base prior to his retirement in June 1978. He then worked for Boeing in Seattle, Washington for about 20 years before his retirement there. During his career, Colonel Amodt has held aeronautical ratings of aerial gunner, bombardier, radar bombardier/navigator, and pilot. His decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. He was also a member of the order of Daedalians. Paul is survived by his two daughters, Nancy Amodt Caldwell of Idaho Falls, Idaho and Peggy Hoon of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and 2 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and two brothers, Leonard Amodt and James Amodt. The family suggests donations be made in his name to Hospice of Eastern Idaho, 1810 Moran, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83401. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

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