Koon, Ralph Edward, Brig Gen

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Brigadier General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1943-1944, M 2140, Second Air Force (2nd Air Force)
Service Years
1924 - 1958
Brigadier General

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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
1904
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Bolivar, Missouri
Last Address
Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Date of Passing
Nov 20, 1989
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Commander Headquarters Air Force Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was cremated and his ashes were scattered under the Golden Gate Bridge.

His DSC citation:
(Other evidence shows that dates "16 November through 8 July 8, (sic) 1944" are incorrect.
They should be 16 Nov 1942 through 8 Jul 1943.)

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 Distinguished Service Cross to Colonel (Air Corps) Ralph Edward Koon (ASN: 0-17197), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 90th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in bombing missions from 16 November 1943 through 8 July 8, 1944, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Area. Colonel Koon displayed exceptional courage and daring leadership in leading units of his group in eighteen combat missions over this period. These included strikes against Rabaul, Wewak, Kavieng and Ambon. On 10 April 1943, he commanded a bomber on an individual strike mission against enemy shipping in Wewak Harbor. In the face of heavy and accurate anti-aircraft fire, a bombing run was made on a cargo vessel, and a direct hit and damaging near-miss was scored. His aircraft was badly damaged in this attack, and the hydraulic system shot out; nevertheless, a second run was made on another vessel, which was destroyed by two direct hits. Despite the intense anti-aircraft fire and the damaged condition of his airplane, which made a crash-landing inevitable, a third attack was made on a large ship. Although the bombs had been expended, three strafing runs were made at minimum altitude, leaving the vessel in flames. Colonel Koon's skill and heroism contributed substantially to the excellent combat record of his group.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 1 (1944)

Action Date: November 16, 1943 - July 8, 1944

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Colonel

Regiment: 90th Bombardment Group (H)

Division: 5th Air Force

   
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Sources:
http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=939
http://www.af.mil/information/bios/bio.asp?bioID=6095
http://www.jollyrogersweb.com/resultDetail.asp?jrID=2481
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=31661
http://www.armyaircorpsmuseum.org/90th_Bombardment_Group.cfm
   
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 Unit Assignments
90th Bombardment Group, HeavySecond Air Force (2nd Air Force)
  1942-1943, M 1060, 90th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, M 2140, Second Air Force (2nd Air Force)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 World War II/American Theater
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1943 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Papua Campaign (1942-43)
  1942-1943 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
  1942-1943 World War II/China-India-Burma Theater/China Defensive Campaign (1942-45)
  1943-1943 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1945 World War II/American Theater
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military AcademyAir UniversityAir War CollegeNational War College
  1924-1928, United States Military Academy
  1938-1939, Air University
  1946-1948, Air War College
  1948-1949, National War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  B-18 Bolo  B-24 Liberator  
  1937-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress1
  1941-1941, B-18 Bolo
  1942-1943, B-24 Liberator
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