Carroll Clifford Rands

December 31, 1933January 1, 2021

Carroll Clifford Rands, age 87, originally from Wisconsin, passed away January 1, 2021 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Carroll C Rands was born December 31, 1933 in Norwalk, Wisconsin. After college he pursued a career with the United States Air Force where he served his country honorably for over 22 years.

His bravery during the Vietnam War flying UH-1P helicopters earned him 3 distinguished flying crosses and 9 air medals. He retired from the Air Force in 1977 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

He had a second career with Aid Association for Lutherans selling insurance.

Throughout his life he continued to fly numerous types of aircraft recreationally. In 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration recognized Carroll with the Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” award.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years. Shirley Ann Rands, his son, Greg (Amy) Rands and one granddaughter, all in Fort Wayne, IN.

He is also survived by a brother, Larry (Sonja) Rands of Colorado, a half-sister, nieces and nephews, and many lifelong friends. He was preceded in death by his eldest son, Mark.

Due to Covid 19, no services will be held. Burial of creamains will be held at a later date in Wisconsin.

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tommy kitchens

January 8, 2021

To the family of Maj./Lt.Col Carroll Rands,

Every American’s flag should be at half-staff in honor of your loss.
Each and every breath of fresh air that we take for granted is made possible because of the sacrifices of warriors like Maj. Rands, as I knew him.

I was a good friend of Maj. Rands. I flew in combat with him. He was a very stable, cool-headed pilot. We were in the 20th. Special Operations Squadron in Vietnam. The only U.S. Air Force unit performing special operations, so details of the many missions we performed, where we were, what, and who we were in support of was classified. I am on here to attest to what a good man Carroll Rands was.

It is because of his willingness to serve in harm’s way that allows us to live free. He served as a defender of OUR freedom. Now may he rest in peace with God, his mission is complete. The stars of Heaven are brighter because this warrior is in Heaven standing watch over all of us.

We pray that the Lord above lay his healing hands on the family and friends of this Warrior, and comfort them during this emotional time. Give them the strength to carry on while remembering their fallen loved one evermore.

Retired MSgt. Tommy Kitchens
U.S. Air Force, 22 years
Helicopter Gunship Combat Veteran
Vietnam, Grenada, Panama