This week’s Fan of the Week is Ed Holcomb. Here is his Ole Miss story submitted by his son:
My father, Ed Holcomb, graduated in Engineering from Ole Miss in 1959. He became a career Air Force pilot and was eventually deployed to Vietnam in 1968. There he was a combat pilot based at Cam Ranh Bay, flying the F-4C Phantom. He flew more than 100 missions across the DMZ and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Archie Manning was leading the Rebels that year, and dad was determined to see him play. Through surreptitious M*A*S*H – like maneuvering, he found a way to fly his F-4 to Hong Kong, then take a series of transport planes on a trip of over 5,000 miles to arrive in Jackson in time for the September 27 Kentucky game, which Ole Miss won 30-14. He took time to visit us (I was 8 years old and my sister was 6, living with our mother, Betsy, in Jackson) before catching the October 4 game in Jackson against Alabama (then ranked #11), which Ole Miss won 10-8. Satisfied with the wins AND the family visit, he made the return 5,000 mile trip to successfully complete his tour of duty.
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