Cortez “Cory” C. Aylor III
Services for retired Army Col. Cortez "Cory" C. Aylor III, 59, Leavenworth, were Wednesday, Aug. 30, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2101 10th Ave., Leavenworth. Burial with full military honors followed in Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Col. Aylor died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, at his home.
He was born Jan. 9, 1947, in Pasadena, Calif., the son of Cortez C. and Ruth A. (Engle) Aylor II.
Col. Aylor had been working as a military analyst with Cubic Defense Applications, serving in the Analysis and Integrations Division supporting the Center for Army Lessons Learned at Fort Leavenworth.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1969. He attended Basic Combat Training and then Infantry Advanced Individual Training at Fort Ord, Calif.
In December 1969, he reported to Fort Belvoir, Va., for Engineer Officer Candidate Training and graduated as a second lieutenant of engineers on July 2, 1970.
After graduating from OCS, he served at the Engineer School as a tactical officer in the Officer Candidate Regiment, company training officer and as aide-de-camp to Brig. Gen. Ira A. Hunt Jr. From Fort Belvoir, he went to Vietnam (1971-72), where he served in the 31st Engineer Battalion (Combat) and in Engineer Command. Upon his return to the United States, he was allowed to finish his master's degree at University of California at Los Angeles and then was assigned to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and the 5th Engineer Battalion (Combat) where he served 37 months as a company commander (twice in Company A and once in Company C).
From Fort Leonard Wood, he was reassigned to the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., after attendance at the Engineer Officer Advanced Course. At West Point, he served as an associate professor in the department of Earth, space and graphic sciences, where he taught advanced descriptive geometry and computer science and an architecture elective.
After leaving West Point, he was assigned to the Europe Division Corps of Engineers, where he served as the area engineer for the Wuerzburg community.
After three years in Europe, he returned to the United States to attend the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.
After graduation from the college, he returned to Fort Leonard Wood and served as the S3 (Operations Officer) for the 4th Training Brigade, and then as the installation G3 (Operations) for Training in the Division of Plans, Training and Mobilization.
Completing his tour at Fort Leonard Wood in 1987, he was selected for Battalion Command of the 299th Engineer Battalion (Combat) located at Fort Sill, Okla.
After two years of successful command, he returned to Fort Leavenworth to serve as a Small Group Staff Leader for the Combined Arms and Services Staff School.
After promotion to colonel in 1992, he became the committee chief of the Preparation for Combat committee and then assumed command of Combined Arms and Services Staff School before retiring in October 1993.
Col. Aylor has been awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the NATO Medal for Service on Operations in support of NATO and the former Yugoslavia, three awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, three awards of the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, two awards of the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three Service Stars, two awards of the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
His formal education includes a bachelor of art in Environmental Design (Architecture), UCLA, 1968; master of art in Environmental Design (Architecture), UCLA, 1973; master of business administration, Statistics, Long Island University, 1978; doctorate of engineering, Columbia Pacific University, 1983.
He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Leavenworth and he enjoyed drawing, golfing, swimming and spending time with his family.
He married Vickie L. Piatt on April 26, 1969, in Upland Calif. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include two daughters, Tamara A. Aylor, Portland, Ore., and Samantha A. Aylor, Clarksville, Tenn.; his mother, Ruth A. Aylor, Leavenworth; and sisters, Melanie S. Hensley, Glendale, Calif., and Candice M. Moore, Eugene, Ore.
The family received friends on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Barnett-Larkin-Brown Funeral Home, Leavenworth.
The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association, sent in care of the funeral home, 707 S. Sixth St., Leavenworth 66048.