Enshrined November 1, 2014
Lt. General McCorkle, born in 1944 and raised in Harriman, TN married Kathy Schwartz of Johnson City, Tennessee in 1966. It is said of General McCorkle, “He loves his wife, Kathy, aviation, the United States Marine Corps and the great State of Tennessee.”
McCorkle received his Bachelor of Science degree from East Tennessee State University in 1966, then completed Officer Candidates School and The Basic School at Quantico in 1967. He attended Naval Flight School, Pensacola, Florida and operational assignments included billets as commanding officer, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One, First Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan; Second Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, NC and as commanding officer, Marine Aircraft Group Twenty-Nine, Marine Corps Air Station, New River, NC. As a general officer, he served as Commander, Marine Corps Air Bases Eastern Area and Commanding General, Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, Third Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, CA. He assumed the duties as Deputy Commandant for Aviation and advanced to the grade of Lieutenant General in August 1998.
As former Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Headquarters, Washington, DC, Fred McCorkle retired from the United States Marine Corps on October 1, 2001, after 32 years. During his service, Lt. Gen. McCorkle was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, The Legion of Merit with three Gold Stars, The Distinguished Flying Cross with Gold Star, The Purple Heart, The Air Medal with Single Mission Award and 76 Strike/Flight Awards, the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, and the Navy Achievement Medal.
Lt. General McCorkle served in Vietnam with HMM-262 and flew more than 1,500 combat missions. Throughout his career, McCorkle accumulated more than 6,500 flight hours in more than 60 different aircraft. General McCorkle has dedicated his life to the aviation community since the day of his first flight. He has demonstrated love and zeal for all things aviation.
For his extraordinary and enduring service and his contributions to aviation for Tennessee, our nation and the world, and for his service to our country, Lt. Gen. Frederick McCorkle is honored by and inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame this first day of November 2014.