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Schweizer Jr.,
John Mel


biography
26.03.1906
Los Angeles, CA
-
22.01.1996
Camarillo, CA
Col.
?
Brig.Gen.
? (retd ?)
 
Sweeney,
Charles William

Source: AP/Boston Herald


Son of a plumber.
Married Dorothy W. Sweeney (divorced); three sons, seven daughters.

Obituary
27.12.1919
Lowell, MA
-
16.07.2004
Boston, MA
Cadet
28.04.1941
2nd Lt.
12.1941
1st Lt.
?
Capt.
1943?
Maj.
1944
Lt.Col.
? (discharged 28.06.1946)
Col.
?
Brig.Gen.
06.04.1956 (retd 27.12.1979)
Maj.Gen. NG
?
Silver Star Medal SSM
?
?
Air Medal AM
?
?
National Defense Medal, American Theater Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal with two bronze stars, World War II Victory Medal, Occupation of Japan Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Air Force Longevity Medal and the Massachusetts Military Service Medal.

Rated as a Command Pilot.
Education: North Quincey High School (...-1937); Boston University, MA; Purdue University, IN
28.04.1941


joined US Army Air Corps (aviation cadet)
12.1941


commissioned, Army Air Corps
1941
-
1943
test pilot, Jefferson Proving Grounds, IN
1943
-

operations officer & test pilot, Eglin Field, FL
1944?
-
1944
B-29 pilot instructor at Grand Island, NE
1944
-

Wendover Field, UT
04.05.1945
-
28.06.1946
Commander, 393rd Bombardment Squadron (flying B-29s) (US, Mariana Islands, Roswell Air Force Base, NM)
[flew the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, at the end of World War II]
21.02.1956
-
(1958)
Wing Commander, 102nd Air Defense Wing, in 1958 renamed: 102nd Tactical Fighter Wing



rose to the rank of Major-General in the Massachusetts Air National Guard
He spent much of his career as a co-owner and operator of a leather brokerage business in Boston, often working with shoe manufacturers. He was former president of the Boston Boot and Shoe Club, a trade organization.
Published
: War's end (1997)
Sweeney Jr,
Walter Campbell

Son of Maj.Gen. Walter Campbell Sweeney and Anne Eloise McConnell (1873-1953).
Married Midge Murray Sweeney (died 1998).
23.07.1909
Wheeling, WV
-
22.12.1965
[Arlington National Cemetery, VA]
2nd Lt.
12.06.1930 [O18080]
1st Lt.
01.08.1935
Capt.
06.1940
Maj.
07.1941
Lt.Col.
01.1942
Col.
07.1942
Brig.Gen. (temp)
?
Maj.Gen. (temp)
?
Lt.Gen. (temp)
?
Gen. 
10.1961 (retd 01.08.1965)
Distinguished Service Cross (US) DSC
?
?
Distinguished Service Medal (US) DSM
?
?
Silver Star Medal SSM
?
?
Legion of Merit LM
?
2 x
DFC
?
?
Air Medal AM
?
?
Rated as a Air Pilot, later Command Pilot.
Education: West Virginia (MA); US Military Academy, West Point (23.07.1926-06.1930; BS); Infantry School, Company Officers' Course (1933); Air Corps Primary School (1935); Air Corps Advanced Flying School, Attack Course (1935)
12.06.1930
-
1934
commissioned, Infantry (29th Infantry, Ft Benning, GA)
01.10.1934
-
?
primary flying school at Randolph Field, TX (seconded to Air Corps)
?
-
10.1935
advanced flying school at Kelly Field, TX
29.01.1936


transferred to the Air Corps
1936?
-
06.1939
8th Attack Squadron, 3rd Attack Group, Barksdale Field, LA
06.1939
-
?
5th Bomb Group, Hawaii
?
-
1942?
CO 431st Bomb Squadron, 11th Bomb Group, Hawaii
(06.1942)


Commander, Army AF Trask Group (Battle of Midway)
07.1942
-
07.1944
Air Officer for the Theater Group, Operations Division of the War Department General Staff in Washington, DC
07.1944
-
07.1945
Chief of Staff, later Deputy Commander, 73rd Bomb Wing (Colorado Springs, CO & the Pacific area)
07.1945
-

Director of Plans of the Strategic Air Force, Pacific Ocean Area, Guam
?
-
07.1946
member, Joint War Plans Committee for the Army Air Force (Washington, DC)
07.1946
-
10.1947
instructor, National War College
10.1947
-
1948
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force
1948
-
04.1953?
director of plans for the Strategic Air Command (Omaha, NE)
20.04.1953
-
20.08.1955
Commander, Fifteenth Air Force (March Air Force Base, CA)
[led a trio of Stratojets in history's first non-stop flight of jet bombers across the Pacific Ocean, 06.1954]
08.1955
-
09.1961
Commander, Eighth Air Force (Westover Air Force Base, MA)
10.1961
-
?
Commander, US Air Force Tactical Air Command (Langley Air Force Base, VA)
       

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