Lopez, Donald Sewell, Sr., Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1957-1964, US Air Force Academy (Staff)
Service Years
1942 - 1964
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Brooklyn, NYC, NY
Last Address
Alexandria, Virginia

Date of Passing
Mar 03, 2008
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section: 59, Site: 3100

 Official Badges 

Headquarters Air Force Air Force Academy Professor Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Association Memberships
American Fighter Aces AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  1961, American Fighter Aces Association
  2017, Air Force Memorial (AFM) - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He destroyed 5 enemy aircraft, 4 while flying P-40s and 1 in a P-51, during 101 combat missions in China.
After the Air Force, he served on the Apollo and Skylab programs with Bellcomm, Inc., and had a distinguished career with the National Air and Space Museum.

Synopsis of his Silver Star citation:

Awarded for actions during World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Donald S. Lopez, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force during World War II.

General Orders: Headquarters, 14th Air Force, General Orders No. 33 (1945)

Service: Army Air Forces

Company: 75th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 23d Fighter Group

Division: 14th Air Force

In his later years he was heavily involved in developing and running the National Air and Space Museum.
He spent his last days in the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., near to where his daughter lived.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)337th Fighter Group75th Fighter Squadron  - Tiger Sharks23rd Fighter Group
US Air Force4th Fighter-Interceptor WingHeadquarters Command (HQ USAF)US Air Force Academy (Staff)
  1942-1942, US Army Reserve (USAR)
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 770, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1055, 337th Fighter Group
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 75th Fighter Squadron - Tiger Sharks
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 23rd Fighter Group
  1945-1950, AAF MOS 1055, Eglin Air Force Base
  1950-1950, AAF MOS 1055, 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing
  1950-1954, Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)
  1957-1964, US Air Force Academy (Staff)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1943-1945 World War II/China-India-Burma Theater/China Defensive Campaign (1942-45)
  1943-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1950-1950 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
University of TampaAir Force Institute of TechnologyCalifornia Institute of Technology
  1940-1941, University of Tampa
  1955-1956, Air Force Institute of Technology
  1956-1957, California Institute of Technology
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  P-51/F-51 Mustang  P-59 Airacomet  F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  
F-86 Sabre  
  1943-1944, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1945-1950, P-59 Airacomet
  1945-1950, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
  1948-1950, F-86 Sabre
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