Bryan, William Elmer, Jr., Maj Gen

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1972-1974, Allied Forces Central Europe (AFCENT)
Service Years
1942 - 1974
Officer Collar Insignia
Major General

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Contact Info
Home Town
Flint, Michigan
Last Address
Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Date of Passing
Apr 06, 2008
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 7, Section HH, Column 21, Niche 5

 Official Badges 

Air Force Commander Air Training Command Instructor (pre-1966) Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
American Fighter Aces Association
  2015, American Fighter Aces Association

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
During WWII, he destroyed 7.5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 1 damaged and 2 destroyed on the ground.
A glitch in the system shows his Air Medals incorrectly. His correct total is 24.

His DSC citation:

Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Major William E. Bryan, Jr., United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as Pilot with the 12th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 19th Fighter Bomb Group, FIFTH Air Force, in action against enemy forces in the Republic of Korea during the period 1 through 21 February 1951. Displaying superb leadership, dauntless courage, and exceptional aeronautical skill, Major Bryan led his squadron of F-51 fighter aircraft on attacks against enemy transportation facilities and materiel. With total disregard for his personal safety, and ignoring the perils of enemy anti-aircraft, automatic weapons, and small-arms fire, Major Bryan repeatedly flew over hazardous mountain terrain at low speed and minimum altitude in search of camouflaged enemy vehicles and supplies. During this period, Major Bryan personally succeeded in detecting 82 vehicles which had been cleverly camouflaged by the enemy. Before destroying those targets, he led his flight in low level passes over the areas pointing out the camouflage techniques, and completely disregarded the damage frequently inflicted upon his own aircraft by enemy fire. As a direct result of this valuable instruction in camouflage detection, Major Bryan's squadron was able to locate 466 enemy vehicles of which 389 were totally destroyed and the remainder severely damaged.

General Orders: General Headquarters Far East Command: General Orders No. 103 (May 1, 1951)

Action Date: February 1 - 21, 1951

Service: Air Force

Rank: Major

Company: 12th Fighter-Bomber Squadron

Regiment: 19th Fighter Bomb Group

Division: 5th Air Force

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Aviator (Command)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School504th Fighter Squadron339th Fighter Group12th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
18th Fighter-Bomber Wing4th Tactical Fighter WingMilitary Assistance Command-Vietnam (MACV)Allied Forces Central Europe (AFCENT)
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 504th Fighter Squadron
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 339th Fighter Group
  1950-1951, AAF MOS 1055, 12th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
  1950-1951, AAF MOS 1055, 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing
  1965-1966, 21, 4th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1967-1969, 00X, Military Assistance Command-Vietnam (MACV)
  1972-1974, Allied Forces Central Europe (AFCENT)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 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)
  1950-1951 Korean War
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)
  1950-1951 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
  1967-1969 Vietnam War
  1967-1968 Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam Air/Ground (Tet Counteroffensive) Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam Air Offensive Phase III Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam Air Offensive Phase IV Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War - Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
 Colleges Attended 
Armed Forces Staff CollegeNational War College
  1955-1955, Armed Forces Staff College
  1962-1963, National War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-51/F-51 Mustang  P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang2
  1950-1951, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1963-1965, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
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