Gordon, Lawrence N., Brig Gen

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Last Rank
Brigadier General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
2916-System Program Staff Officer
Last AFSC Group
Communications Systems
Primary Unit
1973-1978, 1035th Field Activities Group
Service Years
1946 - 1978
Brigadier General

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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Madison, IN
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Mar 02, 2004
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec: 64, Site: 2490

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Last Known Activity
Retired June 1, 1978.   Died March 2, 2004. 

Brigadier General Lawrence N. Gordon is commander, 1035th Technical Operations Group, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., with additional duties as commander, Air Force Technical Applications Center. 

General Gordon was born in 1924, in Madison, Ind. He attended Hanover College, Ind., for one year and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in June 1946 with a bachelor of science degree, a commission as a second lieutenant, and a pilot rating. 

He attended B-25 aircraft training at Enid, Okla., and was assigned to the 97th Bombardment Group, Smokey Hill Air Force Base, Kan., in September 1946 flying B-29 bombers. In January 1948, he was transferred to Castle Air Force Base, Calif., and served with the 93d Bombardment Group. He became a student in aeronautical engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in September 1948. 

Upon graduation from AFIT in October 1950, he became an aircraft maintenance officer with the 1502d Support Squadron, Kwajalein Island. General Gordon returned to the United States in February 1952, and served at the Air Force Cambridge Research Center, Hanscom Field, Mass. 

He was transferred to England in June 1955, and assigned as operations officer, 84th Bombardment Squadron, 47th Bomb Wing. In December 1957, he became the first commander of the 47th Periodic Maintenance Squadron of the 47th wing. 

General Gordon was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., in July 1958, and served as a program officer at the Air Force Technical Applications Center. 

From September 1962 to September 1963, he attended the University of Connecticut under the Air Force Institute of Technology program, where he became an honor graduate and received a master's degree in engineering management. 

He was assigned to Air Force Systems Command, Andrews Air Force Base, Md., in September 1963 and served as a research and development officer in the Office of the Assistant for Bioastronautics. In August 1964, he became a staff development engineer in the Directorate of Bioastronautics, Deputy Chief of Staff, Science and Technology. 

General Gordon was an honor graduate from the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., in June 1967. He then was assigned to Headquarters Military Airlift Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., where he served as deputy director and then director of operational requirements. 

In July 1970, he became commander, 39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing, Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, Mo. He and his unit moved to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in June 1971. 

General Gordon assumed duties as commander of the 1035th Technical Operations Group at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., with additional duties as commander, Air Force Technical Applications Center, in June 1973. 

His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster. He is a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and Beta Gamma Sigma honorary fraternity. He is a command pilot with more than 4,500 flying hours. 

General Gordon's hometown is Madison, Ind. 

He was promoted to the grade of brigadier general effective Aug. 1, 1972, with date of rank July 29, 1972. 
   
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 Unit Assignments
US Air Force97th Bombardment Group, Heavy32nd Bombardment Squadron, , Very Heavy329th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
6520th Test Squadron (B-2)84th Bombardment Squadron, Tactical47th Bombardment Wing, TacticalHeadquarters Command (HQ USAF)
Military Airlift Command (MAC)39th Air Rescue Squadron1035th  Field Activities Group
  1946-1946, M 1055, 2518th Army Air Force Base Unit
  1946-1947, M 1093, 97th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1947-1947, M 1093, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, , Very Heavy
  1948-1948, M 1093, 329th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1950-1952, 1502nd Flightline Maintenance Squadron
  1950-1952, M 4823, 1502nd Flightline Maintenance Squadron
  1952-1955, M 4823, 6520th Test Squadron (B-2)
  1955-1955, 1221A, 84th Bombardment Squadron, Tactical
  1955-1957, 1435A, 84th Bombardment Squadron, Tactical
  1957-1957, 4341, 84th Bombardment Squadron, Tactical
  1957-1958, 4311, 47th Bombardment Wing, Tactical
  1958-1962, 2726, Air force Office of Atomic Energy (AFOAT-1)
  1963-1964, 2725, HQ USAF Research and Development (R&D)
  1964-1965, 2811, HQ USAF Research and Development (R&D)
  1966-1966, 2716, HQ USAF Research and Development (R&D)
  1967-1970, 2916, Military Airlift Command (MAC)
  1970-1971, 39th Air Rescue Squadron
  1971-1973, 39th Air Rescue Squadron
  1973-1978, 1035th Field Activities Group
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military AcademyAir Force Institute of TechnologyUniversity of ConnecticutArmy War College
  1942-1946, United States Military Academy
  1948-1950, Air Force Institute of Technology
  1962-1963, University of Connecticut
  1967-1967, Army War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-29 Superfortress  
  1946-1955, B-29 Superfortress
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