- May 26, 1922 - March 23, 2017
- West Columbia, South Carolina
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COLUMBIA - Col. Jack Lynch Moak U.S. Air Force (Ret.), 94, died at his home at Still Hopes Retirement Community in West Columbia, S.C., on March 23, 2017. Born in Port Royal, S.C., on May 26, 1922, he was a son of C.C. Moak and Julia Miller Moak.
Col. Moak is survived by his wife of 71 years, Julianne Fripp Moak; three daughters, Julie Petroff (Walker) of Beaufort, Jackie Knoblock (Hank) of Uruguay, and Marion Lusk (Ricky) of West Columbia; four grandchildren, Jennifer Latham (John), Michael Hook (Jenise), Allen Petroff (Lauren), Sarah Smith (Kevin); and seven great-grandchildren, Jack and Kate Latham, Charlie and George Petroff, and Weston, Joseph, and Bella Hook.
He had been a faithful member of St. Joseph Catholic Church since its founding. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2017, conducted by Monsignor Richard D. Harris of St. Joseph, 3600 Devine Street. The family will be receiving friends following the service at the Mansion at the Still Hopes Community at 3:00 p.m. A private interment will take place in the Memorial Garden of St. John’s Episcopal Church.
At the age of 14, Jack began his life-long passion when he learned to fly at Owens Field. At 16, he exaggerated his age and joined the National Guard in Columbia. He later transferred to the Army Air Corps, where he flew a P-38 Lightning. In June 1943 he was sent to North Africa. While part of a bomber escort group, he was attacked by a German fighter and forced to ditch in the Tyrrhenian Sea south of Salerno, Sicily. He was captured by the Italians and eventually sent to Stalag Luft 3 near the town of Sagan (now Zagan) in Poland where he spent 22 months. He was later awarded the Purple Heart. He served in Germany during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1953, and served in the S.C. Air National Guard until his military retirement in 1982. Col. Moak eventually commanded the 169th CAMRON Squadron, the largest squadron in the SC Air National Guard. He was the first officer to retire from SCANG. In addition to the P-38, his favorite planes were the P-51, F-86 and the Lear Jet.
After his release from active duty in the Air Force, Jack began work at the SC Aeronautics Commission, where he later was named Assistant Director. When the SC Development Board was established, he was hired as chief pilot, and continued in that capacity until his retirement.
Jack was a talented amateur musician and often entertained residents at Still Hopes with his clarinet, which he learned to play while a POW.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.
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