Sonnenberg, Eugene Peter, Col

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Primary Unit
1970-1970, Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)/Inspector General
Service Years
1941 - 1970

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Sonnenberg, Eugene Peter, Col USAF(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Chicago, Illinois
Last Address
Las Vegas area, Nevada

Date of Passing
Mar 14, 2004
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge US Navy Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  2017, Air Force Memorial (AFM) - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He served in the US Navy or Naval Reserve from Nov 21, 1941 until joining the USAAF as an enlisted man Feb 11, 1947. He was commissioned a captain in the USAF Aug 21, 1950 and served in the USAF until retiring Sep 1, 1970.
The location of his remains is unknown.

His Navy Cross citation:

Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Ensign Eugene Peter Sonnenberg, United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Fighting Squadron TWO (VBF-2), attached to the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-12), on 20 June 1944, while deployed over the Philippine Sea. In the face of heavy enemy anti-aircraft fire opposition Ensign Sonnenberg pressed home a determined dive bombing attack scoring a hit on a large enemy carrier, thereby assisting materially in its destruction. While retiring from the attack he was engaged by two enemy fighters for fifteen minutes and by superior airmanship eluded them. His courage and skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander Fast Carrier Task Force: Serial 0438 (August 20, 1944)

Action Date: 20-Jun-44

Service: Naval Reserve

Rank: Ensign

Company: Bombing Fighting Squadron 2 (VBF-2)

Division: U.S.S. Hornet (CV-12)

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 Unit Assignments
US Navy Reserve (USNR)US Navy (USN)Air Force Bases/ InstallationsUS Air Force
Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC)Royal Air Force (RAF)United States Space Command (USSPACECOM)/Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)US Embassy
7th Air Force
  1941-1942, US Navy Reserve (USNR)
  1942-1945, US Navy (USN)
  1945-1947, US Navy Reserve (USNR)
  1947-1950, M 0008, Air Force Bases/ Installations
  1950-1952, M 1055, Refresher School
  1953-1958, 1021A, Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC)
  1958-1959, 1021A, Royal Air Force (RAF)
  1960-1966, Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)/Inspector General
  1967-1969, US Embassy, Vientiane, Laos
  1969-1970, 7th Air Force
  1970-1970, Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)/Inspector General
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
  1952-1952 Korean War
  1964-1964 Vietnam War
  1967-1970 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignRAF Staff College
  1938-1942, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  1958-1959, RAF Staff College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-84 Thunderjet  F-86 Sabre  
  1952-1952, F-84 Thunderjet
  1954-1954, F-86 Sabre
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