Retired Air Force Col. Dean Hess, a fighter pilot who helped rescue hundreds of orphans in the Korean War and whose exploits inspired a Hollywood film starring Rock Hudson, has died in Ohio. He was 97.
Hess died March 2 at his home in Huber Heights, a suburb of Dayton, after a short illness, his son Lawrence Hess said.
Hess, an ordained minister, was a U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel when he helped arrange the evacuation of Korean orphans from their country's mainland to safety on a coastal island, according to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
He was a significant figure in Air Force history, and his efforts to help Korean children are a "shining...