O'Neill, Eugene Walter, Jr., Col

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1964-1964, 19th Combat Support Group
Service Years
1941 - 1964
Foreign Language(s)
Spanish
Officer Collar Insignia
Colonel

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Jersey City, NJ; Cincinnati, OH; Long Island, NY
Last Address
Miami, Florida

Date of Passing
Aug 30, 1998
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section: 68, Site: 3446

 Official Badges 

Headquarters Air Force United States Air Forces Europe Air Force Commander Air Force Retired




 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal


 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
American Fighter Aces AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2015, American Fighter Aces Association
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He destroyed 5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat in WWII.

His Silver Star citation:

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 Captain (Air Corps) Eugene W. O'Neill, Jr. (ASN: 0-432203), United States Army Air Forces, for gallantry in action while serving as a Pilot of the 62d Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, while leading a Flight of P-47 fighter aircraft furnishing support for bombers withdrawing from a mission over Germany, 26 November 1943. As rendezvous was made with the bombers, a large force of rocket-carrying aircraft were observed preparing to attack the formation. In a furious aerial battle which ensued, Captain O'Neill engaged and destroyed one of the enemy planes, pressing his attack so close that pieces of the disintegrating plane damaged his own aircraft, knocking off a portion of the wing tip and damaging the tail assembly. In spite of this, Captain O'Neill, thinking only of the safety of the bombers, attacked and destroyed another enemy fighter that was vigorously attacking a straggling bomber. The gallantry, aggressive fighting spirit and exceptional skill displayed by Captain O'Neill contributed in a large measure to the successful withdrawal of the bomber formation.

General Orders: Headquarters, 8th Air Force, General Orders No. 263 (April 10, 1944)

Action Date: 26-Nov-43

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 62d Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 56th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

   
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http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/gallery.php?Group=56
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
62nd Fighter Squadron  - Spikes56th Fighter GroupAir Force Reserve Command USAFE Headquarters
US Air ForceUS Air Force
  1941-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 62nd Fighter Squadron - Spikes
  1941-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 56th Fighter Group
  1947-1951, Air Force Reserve Command
  1961-1962, 7135th School Group, USAFE Headquarters
  1962-1964, 7366th Combat Support Group
  1964-1964, 19th Combat Support Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II7
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 Colleges Attended 
Air Command and Staff College
  1951-1951, Air Command and Staff College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-35 Seversky  P-36 Hawk  P-39 Airacobra  P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  
  1941-1941, P-35 Seversky
  1941-1942, P-36 Hawk
  1941-1942, P-39 Airacobra
  1941-1942, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1942-1945, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
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