Flynn, John Peter, Lt Gen

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Last Rank
Lieutenant General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1976-1978, Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)
Service Years
1943 - 1978
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant General

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Contact Info
Home Town
Cleveland, Ohio
Last Address
San Antonio, Texas

Date of Passing
Mar 05, 1997
Location of Interment
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 11 Site 809

 Official Badges 

Headquarters Air Force Commander

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
  1973, Nam-POWS
  1973, American Ex-POW Association - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

His AF Cross citation:
Vietnam War
Service: Air Force
Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Major General [then Colonel] John Peter Flynn (AFSN: 0-15760/AO41234), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from 27 October 1967 to 10 November 1967. Captured at the height of the air war, General Flynn, the most senior officer in captivity, was exposed to forceful interrogation, intimidation, and brutal treatment because the enemy believe he was withholding valuable tactical information. Although suffering severe injuries, he was beaten and tortured for military information which, if obtained by the Vietnamese, would clearly have jeopardized the lives of those still flying. By his display of heroic resistance through this ordeal of extreme cruelties, General Flynn reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

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Aviator (Command)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Army National Guard (ARNG)Aviation Cadet Flight School388th Tactical Fighter WingPrisoner Of War (POW)
Air War College (Student) Air Command and Staff College (Student) Air Force Military Training Center  (Staff)Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)
  1938-1940, Army National Guard (ARNG)
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1967-1968, 99000, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1967-1973, POW North Vietnam
  1973-1974, Air War College (Student)
  1974-1974, Air Command and Staff College (Student)
  1974-1976, Air Force Military Training Center (Staff)
  1976-1978, Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1951 Korean War
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)
  1967-1967 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
  1967-1973 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Armed Forces Staff CollegeUniversity of Maryland at College ParkNational War College
  1958-1959, Armed Forces Staff College
  1963-1963, University of Maryland at College Park
  1963-1964, National War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1967-2003, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
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