Childs, Marvin Edward, Col

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Last Rank
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

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Childs, Marvin Edward, Col USAF(Ret).

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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:
Service: Army Air Forces
Rank: Captain
Division: 9th Air Force

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


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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 1952-1953, F-84 Thunderjet
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 F-84 Thunderjet Details

Aircraft/Missile Information
Model Republic F-84F Thunderjet
Length 37.43 ft | 11.41 m
Width 36.42 ft | 11.10 m
Height 14.99 ft | 4.57 m
Engine(s) 1 x Wright J65-W-3 turbojet engine generating 7,220lbs of thrust.
Empty Weight 13,830 lbs | 6,273 kg
MTOW 28,001 lbs | 12,701 kg
Max Speed 695 mph | 1,118 km/h | 604 kts
Max Range 860 miles | 1,384 km
Ceiling 45,997 ft | 14,020 m | 8.7 miles
Climb Rate 7,400 ft/min (2,257 m/min)
Hardpoints 2
Armament 6 x 12.7mm machine guns
24 x 5in rockets

Up to 6,000lbs of external ordnance.
Accommodations 1

Major Variants

* XP-84 Thunderjet - First prototype model (1946); General Electric J35-GE-7 turbojet engine.
* XP-8A Thunderjet - Prototype (25 total); Allison J35-A-15
* P-84B Thunderjet - XP-8A porduction model.
* P-84C Thunderjet - Revised electrical system; J35-A-13C engine; Later redesignated as the F-84C.
* F-84 Thunderjet
* YF-84A Thunderjet - First swept-wing variant
* F-84D Thunderjet - J35-A-17D engine; Re-engineered landing gear system; thicker wing systems.
* F-84E Thunderjet - Post-Korean War model featuring improved system components; Enlarged cockpit; Lengthened fuselage.
* F-84G Thunderjet - J35-A-29 engine
* F-84F Thunderstreak - Swept wing; Wright J65-W-1 turbojet engine (later models with Wright J65-W-3 engines).
* RF-84F Thunderflash - Final development model of F-84 series; Reconnaissance variant with J65-W-7 engine.

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Last Updated: Sep 1, 2020
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