Johnson, Gerald Walter, Lt Gen

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Last Rank
Lieutenant General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1973-1974, 2, Air Force Inspector General (AFIG), Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)
Service Years
1941 - 1974
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant General

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Johnson, Gerald Walter, Lt Gen USAF(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Owenton, Kentucky
Last Address
Saint Petersburg, Florida

Date of Passing
Sep 09, 2002
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section: 5 Site: 31

 Official Badges 

Missileman (Senior) Headquarters Air Force Air Force Commander Combat Crew

Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Association Memberships
American Fighter Aces AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2015, American Fighter Aces Association
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He destroyed 16.5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat before he was shot down and became a POW in France Mar 27, 1944. He later had a distinguished career in the USAF.

His DSC citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) Gerald W. Johnson (ASN: 0-659306), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 17 August 1943, in the European Theater of Operations On this date, Captain Johnson shot down two enemy aircraft and assisted in the destruction of a third. Captain Johnson's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 83 (1943)

Action Date: 17-Aug-43

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 61st Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 56th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

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Aviator (Command)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)61st Fighter Squadron  - Zemke's Wolfpack56th Fighter Group360th Fighter Squadron
356th Fighter Group63rd Fighter Squadron  - PanthersPOW Germany31st Fighter Escort Wing
508th Strategic Fighter Wing4080th Strategic Reconnaissance WingAir Training Command7th Air Division
Strategic Air Command (SAC)National War CollegeSchool Assignments95th Bombardment Wing, Heavy
305th Bombardment Wing, MediumLittle Rock Air Force BaseSecond Air Force (2nd Air Force)1st Strategic Aerospace Division
Strategic Air Command (SAC)8th Air ForceAir Force Inspector General (AFIG), Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 770, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1055, 61st Fighter Squadron - Zemke's Wolfpack
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1055, 56th Fighter Group
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 360th Fighter Squadron
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 356th Fighter Group
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1065, 63rd Fighter Squadron - Panthers
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 56th Fighter Group
  1944-1945, POW Germany
  1951-1951, AAF MOS 1065, 31st Fighter Escort Wing
  1954-1956, 00066, 508th Strategic Fighter Wing
  1956-1957, 00066, 4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing
  1957-1957, 1021A, Air Training Command
  1957-1959, 1411, 7th Air Division
  1959-1962, 1411, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
  1962-1963, National War College
  1963-1963, 1021A, Air Training Command
  1963-1965, 00066, 95th Bombardment Wing, Heavy
  1965-1966, 00066, 305th Bombardment Wing, Medium
  1966-1968, 00066, Little Rock Air Force Base
  1968-1969, 2, Second Air Force (2nd Air Force)
  1969-1969, 00066, 1st Strategic Aerospace Division
  1969-1971, 1411, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
  1971-1973, 00066, 8th Air Force
  1973-1974, 2, Air Force Inspector General (AFIG), Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II1
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1971-1973 Vietnam War
  1971-1971 Vietnam War - Commando Hunt VI Campaign (1971)
  1971-1972 Vietnam War - Commando Hunt VII Campaign (1971-72)
  1972-1973 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)
  1972-1973 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)/Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
  1972-1972 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)/Operation Linebacker II
 Colleges Attended 
National War College
  1962-1963, National War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-36 Hawk  P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  P-39 Airacobra  P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  F-84 Thunderjet  RB-57D Canberra  U-2 Dragon Lady  
B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  KC-135 Stratotanker  B-58 Hustler  LGM-25C/SM-68C Titan II Missile  
LGM-30A/B  Minuteman I Missile  B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  
  1942-1942, P-36 Hawk
  1942-1942, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
  1942-1942, P-39 Airacobra
  1942-1942, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1942-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)6
  1954-1956, F-84 Thunderjet
  1956-1957, RB-57D Canberra
  1956-1957, U-2 Dragon Lady
  1963-1965, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
  1963-1968, KC-135 Stratotanker
  1965-1968, B-58 Hustler
  1966-1968, LGM-25C/SM-68C Titan II Missile
  1969-1969, LGM-30A/B Minuteman I Missile
  1971-1973, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
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