Major George Alan May

Major George Alan May

Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, Texas

End of Watch Friday, September 17, 1971

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George Alan May

Major George A. May was killed when his plane crashed while transporting an escaped inmate from Oregon to Texas.

Major May and his co-pilot, Major Robert A. Arrington, flew a Texas Department of Corrections airplane to Oregon to pick up an inmate who escaped from a Texas prison on March 31, 1970 and was captured in Oregon. The officers stopped in Pueblo, Colorado, back to Huntsville, Texas. On the morning of September 17, 1971, the TDC plane left the airport and crashed around 9:04 a.m., 15-25 miles southwest of Fowler in Pueblo County, Colorado. All three men were killed. The airplane flew into a late summer storm that dropped the earliest snowfall in the Pueblo area since record-keeping in 1888. Search planes were delayed because of low visibility.

Major May served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division for over two years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 2 years, 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Colorado

aircraft accident

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Maj. May,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Corrections Officer who was also killed in that crash for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Texas. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


United States Border Patrol

September 17, 2021

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