Coira, Louis Edward, Maj Gen

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
21-Organization Commander
Last AFSC Group
Command and Control
Primary Unit
1969-1971, 21, 5th Air Force
Service Years
1938 - 1971
Officer Collar Insignia
Major General

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
Last Address
San Antonio, Texas

Date of Passing
Oct 11, 2009
 
Location of Interment
Holy Cross Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Headquarters Air Force


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal




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Last Known Activity
General Coira was born in 1916 in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Lock Haven High School, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, in June 1933 and entered the Engineering School of Notre Dame University. He won a competitive appointment to the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, and graduated in 1938 with a commission as second lieutenant, Field Artillery.

His first assignment was to the Air Corps Flying Schools at Randolph and Kelly Fields, Texas. He received his pilot wings in October 1939 and was retained at Kelly Field as an instructor until April 1941.

When the United States entered World War II, General Coira was in the Panama Canal Zone. In January 1942, he was in command of the 25th Bombardment Squadron where it established operations at Salinas, Ecuador. He then commanded the 6th Bombardment Group. He returned to the United States in June 1943.  He was with the 40th Bombardment Group which then was re-equipped with the new B-29 aircraft. As deputy commander he left for India with the group, the first B-29 unit overseas during the war. Later, he became a planning staff officer in the XX Bomber Command Headquarters.

Following a brief period as director of training and operations at Stewart Field, New York, General Coira attended the Air Command and Staff School at Maxwell Field, Alabama. From 1947 to 1950, he was assigned to the Training Division of Headquarters U.S. Air Force.

From August 1950 to April 1951, he participated in the establishment of the B-29 Combat Crew School at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas; and upon the introduction of B-47 aircraft into the Air Force inventory, he was sent to Wichita, Kansas, to start a similar school for Strategic Air Command B-47 crews. He commanded the 3520th Flying Training Group and the 3520th Flying Training Wing at McConnell Air Force Base during this three year assignment. He next attended the National War College.

From 1955 to 1958, General Coira was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, as commander of the 5039th Air Base Wing and also commander of the 10th Air Division. In addition, he served as deputy chief of staff for operations of the Alaskan Air Command. His second tour of duty in the Pentagon began in June 1958 with assignment to the Organization Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and in September 1959 he assumed duties as deputy director, Manpower Requirements and Utilization, Office of the Secretary of Defense.

In September 1962 General Coira was reassigned to Kelly Air Force Base, Texas, as deputy commander of the U.S. Air Force Security Service and in October 1965 became commander. In August 1969 he went to Japan and was assigned as vice commander, Fifth Air Force at Fuchu Air Station.

General Coira retired in 1 July 1971.  

He was interred in the Holy Cross Mausoleum in San Antonio, Texas.

 
   
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
25th Bombardment Squadron, Medium6th Bomb Group, Very Heavy40th Bombardment Group, Very HeavyXX Bomber Command
10th Air DivisionGeneral Headquarters Air ForceDepartment of Defense (DOD)Air Force Security Service - Silent Warriors
Air Force Security Service Command (USAFSS)5th Air Force
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1060, 25th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1942-1943, 6th Bomb Group, Very Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1060, 40th Bombardment Group, Very Heavy
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1060, XX Bomber Command
  1957-1958, 21, 10th Air Division
  1958-1959, General Headquarters Air Force
  1959-1962, Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense, Department of the Air Force, Pentagon
  1962-1965, 21, 6960th Secuity Group
  1962-1969, 21, Air Force Security Service Command (USAFSS)
  1965-1969, 21, 6960th Secuity Group
  1969-1971, 21, 5th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
 Colleges Attended 
Notre Dame College of OhioUnited States Military Academy
  1933-1934, Notre Dame College of Ohio
  1934-1938, United States Military Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  B-29 Superfortress  
  1940-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1943-1945, B-29 Superfortress
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