For God and Country

​​​Martin County Veterans Memorial




BIOGRAPHY: Wendell did his aviation cadet pilot training at Lackland AFB, Texas.  Wendell entered the Air Force from his farm home, Granada, Minnesota, at the age of 20. After completing pilot training in the PA-18, T-28 and the T-33 aircraft and receiving his pilot wings and commission , he was assigned to GAF Furstenfeldbruck, West Germany, to train the German Luftwaffe in jet aircraft. Three years later he was assigned to Andrews AFB, Maryland, to fly with pilots assigned to fly for the Pentagon. Three years after that, Wendell was assigned to RAF Woodbridge, England, NATO, to fly F-101 and F-4 jet fighters. After that assignment he was sent to Da Nang AB, South Vietnam, flying 100 missions over North Vietnam and 64 missions in country, over South Vietnam flying the F-4 Phantom. Seven months later he was assigned to George AFB, California to conduct combat crew training in the F-4 for pilots being sent to Vietnam. Three years after that assignment Wendell was sent to Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. One year later upon completion he was assigned to Tactical Air Command Headquarters, Langley AFB, Virginia. He was the Standardization and Evaluations Officer for the T-33, F-4, and the F-15 flying in the Tactical Air Command. After his three year assignment there he was sent to  Kusan, AB, South Korea, where he was the 80th TAC FTR Squadron Commander. They flew the F-4 there in defense of South Korea. After one year there he returned stateside assigned to the Pentagon, Washington DC, as a staff planner. One year later, after serving his country for 21 years, Wendell retired.  Wendell retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel, receiving the Meritorious Service Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal w/12 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal.