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In Memoriam

Major Lucas Gruenther

Major Lucas Gruenther

28 January 2013

U.S. Air Force Major Lucas "Gaza" Gruenther, of Twain Harte, California, died Jan. 28, 2013, when his F-16 jet went down in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Italy. Gruenther was in the 555th Fighter Squadron where he served as an F-16 Flight Lead for the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy.

Gruenther is survived by his wife, Cassy; daughter, Serene, born just a week after his death; parents, Romel Mathias and Joseph Malin; brother and sister-in-law, Alex and Britton; brother, Chance Hildreth; grandmothers, Melba Mathias and Brigitta Gruenther; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his grandfathers, Robert Mathis and Col. Donald Gruenther.

Visitor Comments

Gamera, Feb 01, 2013 - 05:45 AM

R.I.P., comrade.

Godspeed brother...
Nozz, Feb 01, 2013 - 07:22 PM

You will indeed be missed...a great pilot, superb FAIP, husband, and friend.

Anonymous, Feb 01, 2013 - 07:24 PM

Fly high

RIP, Feb 01, 2013 - 07:59 PM

Rest In Peace Man,and thsnk you for your Service.

My sincere condolences to the Captains family, friends and colleagues

Filippo from Italy

Stratos, Feb 01, 2013 - 08:36 PM

Condolences to his family

Hazzard, Feb 02, 2013 - 03:16 PM

Thank you for all ..........Cpt. Gruenther , fly high heroes.

Condolences to his family.

Nikolaos, Feb 04, 2013 - 12:21 PM

"Major Lucas Gruenther earned his promotion during a board in late 2011 and had been waiting to pin on his new rank", states a Feb. 1, 2013 post at the 31st Fighter Wing's FB page announcing the promotion. My sincere condolences to the family of the brave pilot.

RIP Major
Droopy, Feb 18, 2013 - 12:32 AM

Rest In Peace ,

And fly High to keep us safe

My sincere condolences to the family, friends

Wim " Droopy" muylaert from Belgium local police force

Once Green
Brett "Durden" Wells, Feb 25, 2013 - 07:29 PM

Luc was a great person, pilot, and friend. RIP buddy. You are missed...

Missing you Luc
Kristin "Mother" Hubbard, Feb 26, 2013 - 09:48 PM

Four weeks later, not getting any easier. We miss you buddy.

Wish I had a chance to know you
Mari "Mars" Metzler, Oct 28, 2013 - 01:04 AM

Godspeed Gaza, Once Green...Always Green

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