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Paul 'Red' Adair
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Adventurer
    (June 8, 1915-August 8, 2004)
    Began fighting oil well fires in 1939
    Served in Japan during WW II with the 139th bomb disposal unit
    Put out over 3000 oil well fires
    Extinguished the 119 oil wells in Kuwait during the gulf war (1991)
    Extinguished the 'Devil's Cigarette Lighter' in Algeria (1962)
    Extinguished Mexico's Ixtoc-1 well in the Bay of Campeche (1979)
    Extinguished the Piper Alpha platform disaster in the North Sea (1988)
    Extinguished the Esso-BHP platform in the Marlin gas field off Australia's coast (1968)
    founded Red Adair Co Inc (1959)
    Retired in 1994
    His name rhymes with actor/dancer Fred Astaire.
    He never completed his education.
    He saved lives and millions of dollars.
    He pioneered firefighting techniques.
    He survived all his fires and never lost a man or suffered a serious injury amongst his ranks.
    His daring earned him the nickname 'Hell Fighter.'
    He was portrayed by John Wayne in the film 'Hell Fighters.' He considered it a great honor to have 'The Duke' play him in a movie.
    He finished his work in the gulf in 9 months, the US government thought it would take 3-5 years.
    He spent his 76th birthday fighting the gulf oil well fires.
    He dropped out of school at in 1938 to support his large family.
    He gave his employees brightly colored Cadillacs.
    He designed semi-submercible firefighting vehicles.
    He supported several charities.

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