Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Karl Hoerig

Newton Falls, Ohio

March 12, 2007

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
44 Air Force Maj

910th Airlift Wing

 Hero killed by his wife.

American Hero Fought Terrorism (From AMW)
Karl Hoerig was a real American hero. The decorated Air Force reservist piloted nearly 200 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan during his military career.
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Karl Hoerig was an Air Force reservist who flew nearly 200 combat missions in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He flew Hercules C-130s and was stationed out of the Youngstown Air Force base. 

The highly-decorated pilot had achieved the rank of Major and continued to pilot part time with the 910th Airlift Wing. 

Karl had very specialized training as one of only ten "sprayers" in the Air Force. This meant that Karl would go on humanitarian missions to areas struck by natural disasters such as famine and flooding. In that capacity, Karl flew and sprayed over Katrina-ravaged New Orleans in the late summer of 2005. 

Karl Hoerig had children from a previous marriage and a grandchild on the way at the time of his death. In addition to them, he leaves behind his parents and two brothers, including one sibling who also works for the Air Force.

Claudia "Cris" Hoerig was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Prosecutors say that Hoerig came to the U.S. in 1989 for work and education. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1999 and had previously been married to a New York doctor for 10 years.

U.S. Marshals say that Hoerig fled to the South American country the day of the murder, but she could be anywhere in South America, Central America or the Caribbean.

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