Oct. 13, 1940 – March 9, 2014
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Eugene “Gene” Fields passed away on March 9, 2014, following a long illness. He was born Oct. 13, 1940, To Franklin and Pearl Fields in Hartford, W.V.
Gene served in the U.S. Air Force for more than 21 years. He was a chief gunner on an AC130 gunship. He served two tours in Vietnam, and flew more than 150 missions. During his 105th mission, his aircraft was shot down over north Vietnam, and he was the only surviver of a crew of 11 men. Gene was seriously burned, but, by the grace of God, was able to survive. He was tormented over this incident for the rest of his life.
Following his retirement Gene and his family moved to Cameron Park, Calif. He lived there for the rest of his life. He was a life member of the local VFW post and the DAV.
Gene was preceded in death by his first loving wife of 42 years, Judy; their three sons, Steven, Ricky and David; and both his parents. He is survived by his second loving wife, Phetlada “Phet;” two brothers, Jack of Shingle Springs, Calif., and Mike of Ohio; three sisters, Norma, Sharon, and Beverly, all in West Virginia and Ohio; five grandkids; three great-grandkids; and many nieces and nephews.
Interment will be on March 19, at Green Valley Funeral Home in Cameron Park, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the local VFW and/or DAV post.