Graham, Gordon Marion, Lt Gen

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Last Rank
Lieutenant General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1972-1973, 6th Allied Tactical Air Force (6 ATAF)
Service Years
1940 - 1973
Lieutenant General

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Home State
Colorado
Colorado
Year of Birth
1918
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Graham, Gordon Marion (Gordy), Lt Gen USAF(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Taft, California
Last Address
Lancaster, Virginia

Date of Passing
Mar 22, 2008
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION 60 SITE 8658

 Official Badges 

Air Force Commander Air Training Command Instructor (pre-1966) Combat Crew Headquarters Air Force

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal




 Military Association Memberships
American Fighter Aces AssociationRed River Valley Fighter Pilots AssociationAir Force Association (AFA)Order of Daedalians
National Rifle Association (NRA)Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  2016, American Fighter Aces Association
  2016, Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association
  2016, Air Force Association (AFA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2016, Order of Daedalians - Assoc. Page
  2016, National Rifle Association (NRA)
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He served his country in 3 wars.
He destroyed 7 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 9.5 more on the ground.

His AFDSM and Silver Star citations:

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal to Major General Gordon M. Graham (AFSN: 0-7661/AO 424744), United States Air Force, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Vice Commander of the SEVENTH Air Force, during the period from 15 July 1966 to 15 August 1967. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of General Graham reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: Department of the Air Force, Special Order GB-259 (July 20, 1967)

Action Date: July 15, 1966 - August 15, 1967

Service: Air Force

Rank: Major General

Company: Vice Commander

Division: 7th Air Force

Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Colonel (Air Corps) Gordon M. Graham (AFSN: 0-7661/AO 424744), United States Army Air Forces, for gallantry in action as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane and Commander of the 354th Fighter Squadron, EIGHTH Air Force, in action from October 1944 to April 1945. To better equip himself for the responsibilities attendant to leading Fighter units in combat, Colonel Graham flew practically every position in the squadron formation. His willingness to share in the same risks and dangers as the other pilots quickly earned for him the respect and admiration of the entire unit. As proof of his combat skill, enthusiasm, and zealous fighting spirit, Colonel Graham can look with pride on his outstanding record of nine enemy planes destroyed between 8 April 1945 and 16 April 1945. Colonel Graham's earnest prosecution of the aerial offensive against the enemy during this period reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

General Orders: Headquarters, 8th Air Force, General Orders No. 101 (1945)

Action Date: October 1944 - April 1945

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Colonel

Company: 354th Fighter Squadron

Division: 8th Air Force

 

   
Other Comments:
Sources:
http://www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org/URG/grahamg.html
http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/106920/lieutenant-general-gordon-m-graham.aspx
http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/gmgraham.htm
http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=258
http://www.cieldegloire.com/014_graham_g_m.php
www.nnhs65.com/bio-Lt-Gen-Gordon-M-Graham.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/11/AR2008041103944.html
http://ww2chat.com/obituaries/2094-lt-gen-gordon-m-graham-rip.html
http://www.armyaircorpsmuseum.org/355th_Fighter_Group.cfm
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/gallery.php?Group=355
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=27250
Book: "Aces Against Germany", Eric Hammel, Pocket Books, 1993, pp 319-22.
   
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 Unit Assignments
354th Fighter Squadron  - Bulldogs355th Fighter Group374th Fighter Squadron361st Fighter Group
VIII Fighter Command10th Air ForceHeadquarters Command (HQ USAF)Far East Air Forces
31st Fighter Wing4th Tactical Fighter Wing19th Air ForceTactical Air Command (TAC)
7th Air Force9th Air ForceHQ Tactical Air Command, Tactical Air Command (TAC)5th Air Force
6th Allied Tactical Air Force (6 ATAF)
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1065, 354th Fighter Squadron - Bulldogs
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 355th Fighter Group
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 1065, 374th Fighter Squadron
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 1065, 361st Fighter Group
  1945-1946, VIII Fighter Command
  1946-1947, 10th Air Force
  1949-1953, AAF MOS 9301, Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)
  1953-1955, AAF MOS 9301, Far East Air Forces
  1955-1960, 31st Fighter Wing
  1960-1962, Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)
  1962-1963, 4th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1963-1964, 19th Air Force
  1964-1966, HQ Tactical Air Command, Tactical Air Command (TAC)
  1966-1967, 7th Air Force
  1967-1968, 9th Air Force
  1968-1970, HQ Tactical Air Command, Tactical Air Command (TAC)
  1970-1972, 5th Air Force
  1972-1973, 6th Allied Tactical Air Force (6 ATAF)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1953-1953 Korean War
  1966-1967 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
University of California, BerkeleyUniversity of Pittsburgh
  1936-1940, University of California, Berkeley
  1947-1948, University of Pittsburgh
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-84 Thunderjet  F-100 Super Sabre  
F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  F-4 Phantom  RF-4C  Phantom II  
  1944-1945, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang5
  1956-1957, F-84 Thunderjet
  1958-1958, F-100 Super Sabre
  1962-1963, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
  1966-1967, F-4 Phantom
  1966-1967, RF-4C Phantom II
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