Callish, Norman Louis, Brig Gen

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Last Rank
Brigadier General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1959-1963, 3535th Navigator Training Wing (Staff)
Service Years
1933 - 1963
Officer Collar Insignia
Brigadier General

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Callish, Norman Louis, Brig Gen.
Contact Info
Home Town
San Jose, California
Last Address
Sacramento, California

Date of Passing
Apr 28, 1971
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Sec: 35, Site: 1544

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Air Force Retired

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Last Known Activity
Norman L. Callish was born in San Jose, Calif., in 1906. He attended Oregon State College; Loyola University, Los Angeles, Calif.; and the University of California at Los Angles. 

He entered pilot training in 1933 and attended flying schools at both Randolph and Kelly fields, Texas. He graduated on Oct. 14, 1934, and was assigned to the 7th Bombardment Group at March Field, Calif., to pilot Martin B-12 bombers. 

In the fall of 1935, while assigned to Hamilton Field, Calif., as a B-12 pilot, he was commissioned a second lieutenant. After a short tour of duty at Hamilton he was transferred to Hawaii for a two-year tour. Reassigned to Kelly Field, he became a flight instructor in the attack section. Now a first lieutenant, he was transferred to the bombardment section to instruct in B-18s, A-17s, and Keystone bombers. 

Other assignments followed at Stockton, Mather, and Moffett fields, all in California. While at Moffett he served on the staff of the assistant chief of staff for operations and training, West Coast Air Corps Training Center. 

General Callish was promoted to captain in 1941, and rose through the ranks of both major and lieutenant colonel in 1942. During the same year he became the assistant chief of staff, A-3, for the Western Flying Training Command, and in 1943 he received his promotion to full colonel. 

In 1944 he became chief of the pilot section, A-3, Air Training Command headquarters, Fort Worth, Texas. 

In August 1945 he became a group commander in the 313th Bombardment Wing on Tinian Island. In March 1946 he moved with the 313th to Clark Field in the Philippines. In April 1947 the 313th was deactivated, and General Callish was moved to Okinawa where he became A-3 for the 1st Air Division. 

He returned to the United States in November 1947 and entered the Armed Forces Staff College from which he graduated in June 1948. He was then assigned as deputy chief, Special Services Branch, Personnel Services Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Force. In July 1949 he became chief of the Enlisted Assignments Division, Deputy Chief of Staff/Personnel at Headquarters U.S. Air Force. 

In July 1952 the general entered the National War College which he completed a short time before receiving his next assignment as commander of Ellington Air Force Base, July 21, 1953. He commanded Ellington, a navigator-training base, for five years. In August 1958 he took command of another navigator training installation, Harlingen Air Force Base, Texas. 

He was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in May 1959, and the following August he became commander of Mather Air Force Base and the 3535th Navigator Training Wing which operates the U.S. Air Force's only advanced radar-navigation-bombardment school. 

The general is an active member of Rotary International, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee. He participates in community enterprises involving the military, and is a frequent speaker at service club and civic meetings. He participates in community enterprises involving the military, and is a frequent speaker at service clubs and civic meetings. He is a member of the Episcopal Church. 

Decorations and Medals 

Commendation Ribbon, Philippine Independence Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, American Defense Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Japanese Occupation Meal, Air Force Commendation Ribbon.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Air Force7th Bombardment GroupAir Training CommandUS Air Force
Armed Forces Staff College  (Staff)General Headquarters Air ForceNational War CollegeAir Force Bases/ Installations
Mather Air Force Base3535th Navigator Training Wing (Staff)
  1933-1933, Central Flying Training Command
  1933-1934, Air Service Command (ASC)
  1934-1935, AAF MOS 1051, 7th Bombardment Group
  1935-1935, 7th Bombardment Group
  1935-1937, 7th Air Force
  1937-1939, Air Service Command (ASC)
  1939-1939, 68th Air Base Group (Special)
  1939-1940, 2132nd Army Air Forces Base Unit
  1941-1944, Western Flying Training Command
  1944-1945, Air Training Command
  1945-1947, 313th Bombardment Wing, Heavy
  1947-1947, 1st Air Division
  1947-1948, Armed Forces Staff College (Staff)
  1948-1952, General Headquarters Air Force
  1952-1953, National War College
  1953-1958, Ellington Air Force Base
  1958-1959, Harlingen Air Force Base
  1959-1963, Mather Air Force Base
  1959-1963, 3535th Navigator Training Wing (Staff)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
 Colleges Attended 
Oregon State UniversityLoyola Law School of Los AngelesUniversity of California, Los AngelesArmed Forces Staff College
National War College
  1924-1928, Oregon State University
  1928-1929, Loyola Law School of Los Angeles
  1930-1932, University of California, Los Angeles
  1947-1948, Armed Forces Staff College
  1952-1953, National War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-12 Bomber  A-17 Nomad  B-18 Bolo  
  1935-1937, B-12 Bomber
  1937-1941, A-17 Nomad
  1937-1942, B-18 Bolo
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