Childs, Marvin Edward, Col

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
00E-Unknown AFSC
Last AFSC Group
AFSC Unknown
Primary Unit
1963-1963, 00E, Office of Secretary of Defense (SECDEF), Department of the Air Force, Pentagon
Service Years
1943 - 1964
Officer Collar Insignia
Colonel

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Home State
Nebraska
Nebraska
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Valley, Nebraska
Last Address
Melbourne, Florida

Date of Passing
Mar 29, 1998
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 66, Site 4343-A

 Official Badges 

Secretary of Defense Service Headquarters Air Force Commander Air Force Retired

Headquarters Command, USAF Air Training Command (ATC)


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal


 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)Order of Daedalians
  1964, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) - Assoc. Page
  1964, Order of Daedalians - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Early in his career he was a fighter pilot andlater was unit commander and staff officer. His final assignment was as Executive Officer with the U.S. Representative NATO Standing Group in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon from Jul 1963 until he was medically retired Oct 22, 1964.

His DFC citation:
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING World War II
Service: Army Air Forces
Rank: Captain
Division: 9th Air Force
GENERAL ORDERS:

Headquarters, 9th Air Force, General Orders No. 264 (November 9, 1944)

CITATION:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain (Air Corps) Marvin Edwards Childs (ASN: 0-26300), United States Army Air Forces, for heroic achievement while participating in aerial flight in the European Theater of Operations on 17 August 1944. Demonstrating superb flying skill and courage he led his flight of _-38 type aircraft to attack an enemy anti-aircraft emplacement. Under his bold leadership the flight destroyed the gun position, thus enabling the balance of the squadron to inflict heavy damage on a motor convoy hauling vital material. His brave and daring actions were responsible in large measure for the destruction of vital enemy equipment, and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Army Air Forces.

   
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https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/91873
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Air Force370th Fighter Group23rd Fighter-Bomber Squadron US Air Force
Air Training CommandOffice of Secretary of Defense (SECDEF), Department of the Air Force, Pentagon
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1056, 401st Fighter Squadron
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1056, 370th Fighter Group
  1952-1953, AAF MOS 1065, 23rd Fighter-Bomber Squadron
  1955-1957, 21, 3600th Combat Crew Training Group
  1958-1958, 00E, Headquarters, Air Training Command
  1963-1963, 00E, Office of Secretary of Defense (SECDEF), Department of the Air Force, Pentagon
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II/American Theater
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Ground-strike mission
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 Colleges Attended 
Wentworth Military Academy and Junior CollegeUnited States Military AcademyNational War College
  1938-1940, Wentworth Military Academy and Junior College
  1940-1943, United States Military Academy
  1962-1963, National War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-84 Thunderjet  
F-86 Sabre  F-84 Thunderstreak  
  1943-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1944-1945, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
  1945-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1952-1953, F-84 Thunderjet
  1953-1954, F-86 Sabre
  1955-1957, F-84 Thunderstreak
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