William Georgi

Capt William F Georgi was assigned to the 301st BG 352nd Squadron.

BG William F. Georgi took his last flight on September 23, 2011.

Bill was born in Nyack, NY, where he received his secondary education. He received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Denver in 1950 and a masters degree in political science from George Washington University in 1964. Military Schools he attended were the United Kingdom Joint Services Staff College, the Air War College and the State Department Senior Seminar in Foreign Policy.

In 1942 he earned his pilot wings and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps. He served as a B-17 pilot with the 383rd BG. In 1943 he became commander of the 352nd BS and flew 52 combat missions in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Europe. He was released from active duty in 1945.

During the Korean War in 1951, Bill returned to active duty. After transition and combat training, he went to Korea as a jet fighter pilot and became commander of the 9th and later the 8th Fighter Bomber Squadron of the 49th Fighter Bomber Group. He flew 148 missions in F-84 aircraft.

He also served on temporary duty in the Republic of Vietnam in 1965 as deputy commander of Project Skoshi Tiger, testing F-5 aircraft. He flew 162 in and out of country missions.

Bill was an inspired leader during his many commands. He retired in 1975.

He was awarded many military decorations including the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star and the Air Medal.

Survivors include his wife Louise, his brother Emil and nephews Ernest, Putt and Greg, and niece Casey.

The following information on William Georgi is gathered and extracted from military records. We have many documents and copies of documents, including military award documents. It is from these documents that we have found this information on Capt Georgi. These serviceman's records are nowhere near complete and we are always looking for more material. If you can help add to William Georgi's military record please contact us.

Date Order Award Ribbon & Device Document Originator Rank Status

11/19/1943

General Order (GO)* : GO 23

AM/5OLC Air Medal Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster Silver Oak Leaf Cluster = 5 OLCs

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

Issuing Authority: 15th Air Force

Current Rank: 1LT

11/19/1943

General Order (GO)* : GO 23

AM/6OLC Air Medal Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

Issuing Authority: 15th Air Force

Current Rank: 1LT

02/16/1944

General Order (GO)* : 50

SS Silver Star

Silver Star

Issuing Authority: 15th Air Force

Current Rank: CAPT

03/11/1944

General Order (GO)* : 120

AM/7OLC Air Medal Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

Issuing Authority: 15th Air Force

Current Rank: Capt

03/11/1944

General Order (GO)* : 123

AM/8OLC Air Medal Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

Issuing Authority: 15th Air Force

Current Rank: Capt

05/14/1944

General Order (GO)* : 446

AM/9OLC Air Medal Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

Issuing Authority: 15th Air Force

Current Rank: Capt

* Documents are of the type/classification of "General Order" for most award documents. The listed documents are GO, General Order unless otherwise stated. For example. Special Orders.

The Issuing Authority is the Command and author of the document.

2/25/1944 PUC


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