Giraudo, John Charles, Maj Gen

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1975-1977, 2, United States Readiness Command (USRC)
Service Years
1942 - 1977
Officer Collar Insignia
Major General

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Giraudo, John Charles, Maj Gen USAF(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Santa Barbara, California
Last Address
St. Petersburg, Florida

Date of Passing
Jun 17, 1996
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Supreme Headquarters Allied Forces Europe (SHAPE) Headquarters Air Force Air Force Commander Air Training Command Instructor (pre-1966)

Combat Crew Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
In WWII he flew B-17's  and B-24's until his aircraft was shot down and he was taken as a POW Feb 25, 1944. He was held at Stalag Luft 1 in Barth-Vogelsang, Prussia, until freed in Apr 1945. During the Korean War he was shot down and AGAIN taken as a POW in May 1953. Before being shot down, he was credited with destroying 2 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 1.5 probables and 1 damaged. He was one of very few men to be a POW in two different wars. He also flew combat missions in a third war, Vietnam. He retired from the AF Nov 1, 1977.
The location of his remains is unknown.

Synopsis of his Silver Star citation:

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Colonel John C. Giraudo (AFSN: FR-16296), United States Air Force, was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while Commanding the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing in Southeast Asia, on 5 November 1967.

General Orders: Headquarters, 7th Air Force, Special Order G-10 (January 2, 1968)

Action Date: November 5, 1967

Service: Air Force

Rank: Colonel

Regiment: 355th Tactical Fighter Wing

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Aviator (Command)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School720th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy450th Bombardment Group, HeavyPOW Germany
Mather Air Force BaseTyndall Air Force BaseNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)25th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
51st Fighter-Interceptor WingUS Air Force3595th Combat Crew Training GroupNellis Air Force Base
Hawaii Air National GuardArmed Forces Staff College  (Staff)Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)National War College
7272nd Flying Training Wing (Staff)49th Tactical Fighter Wing355th Tactical Fighter WingSecretary of The Air Force, Department of the Air Force, Pentagon
17th Air ForceUnited States Readiness Command (USRC)
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1092, 720th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1092, 450th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, POW Germany
  1945-1949, AAF MOS 770, Mather Air Force Base
  1949-1952, Tyndall Air Force Base
  1950-1952, AAF MOS 2140, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  1952-1953, AAF MOS 1065, 25th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1952-1953, AAF MOS 1055, 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing
  1953-1953, POW North Korea
  1953-1954, AAF MOS 1055, 3595th Combat Crew Training Group
  1954-1956, 1021A, Nellis Air Force Base
  1956-1959, Hawaii Air National Guard
  1959-1959, Armed Forces Staff College (Staff)
  1959-1963, Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)
  1963-1964, National War College
  1964-1965, 7272nd Flying Training Wing (Staff)
  1965-1967, 1021A, 49th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1967-1968, 26, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1968-1973, 2, Secretary of The Air Force, Department of the Air Force, Pentagon
  1973-1975, 2, 17th Air Force
  1975-1977, 2, United States Readiness Command (USRC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rome-Arno Campaign (1944)
  1952-1953 Korean War
  1967-1968 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
University of California, Santa BarbaraArmed Forces Staff CollegeNational War College
  1940-1941, University of California, Santa Barbara
  1959-1959, Armed Forces Staff College
  1963-1964, National War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  B-24 Liberator  T-29 Flying Classroom  T-43 Trainer  
P-51/F-51 Mustang  A-26 (B-26) Invader  F-86 Sabre  F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  
F-84 Thunderjet  F-4 Phantom  F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  EB-66 Destroyer  
F-111 Aardvark  
  1943-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1943-1944, B-24 Liberator
  1945-1949, T-29 Flying Classroom
  1945-1949, T-43 Trainer
  1949-1952, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1949-1952, A-26 (B-26) Invader
  1952-1959, F-86 Sabre
  1953-1956, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
  1953-1956, F-84 Thunderjet
  1965-1967, F-4 Phantom
  1965-1968, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
  1967-1968, EB-66 Destroyer
  1968-1968, F-111 Aardvark
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