Joe Stanley (colonel)

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Joseph "Joe" Stanley (January 28, 1908 – March 15, 2012) was an American Retired United States Air Force Colonel. Stanley, a veteran pilot of World War II, served as the commander of Eglin Air Force Base in Valparaiso, Florida during the 1950s.[1]

Stanley was born on January 28, 1908, and raised in Memphis, Tennessee.[1] He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1935.[1] Stanley commanded a B-17 squadron during World War II.[1] He became the commander of Eglin Air Force Base during the 1950s.[1] Stanley was also stationed in Vienna, Paris, Egypt and Berlin during his Air Force career.[1]

Stanley and his wife moved to the Westwood Retirement Resort in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, in 1994.[1] His wife, Betty, died in 2003 on her 100th birthday.[1] Joe Stanley died on March 15, 2012, in Florida at the age of 104.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Barlow, Kari (2012-03-16). "Former Eglin Commander dies at 104". Northwest Florida Daily News. Retrieved 2012-04-12.