HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay

MAJOR GENERAL JOHN F. CURRY

PRINT | E-MAIL

Major General John F. Curry was born on April 22, 1886, in New York City, N.Y. He graduated from West Point in 1908 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He was commissioned a second lieutenant and advanced through grades to the rank of major general in October 1940. He retired after more than 41 years of service, 30 of which were in aviation. His aeronautical ratings include pilot expert aviator, combat observer and combat pilot.

His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and French Legion of Honor and Etoile Noire.

POSTGRADUATE SCHOOLS COMPLETED
1916 Signal Corps Aviation School, North Island, Calif.
1924 Air Corps Engineering School, McCook Field, Ohio
1928 Air Corps Tactical School, Langley Field, Va.
1929 Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
1936 Army War College, Washington, D.C.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
1910 - 1914: Instructor at West Point.
Sept. 20, 1915: First flight.
1916: Joined First Aero Squadron as pilot. Pershing expedition into Mexico.
1917: Ordered to Honolulu, Hawaii, to command the 6th Aero Squadron and to select a site for the field for Aviation Sea Coast Defense. He selected and arranged the purchase by the Army of Ford Island, Pearl Harbor.
World War I: First Commander of Ellington Field Bombing School. Overseas Chief of Staff, 2nd Army Air Service, Shot down in Toul Sector and, later with some others, was credited with destruction of a German observation balloon.
1920 - 1923: Department Air Officer, Hawaiian Department.
1924 - 1927: Chief, Air Service Engineering Division, McCook Field, Ohio.
1931 - 1935: Commandant, Air Corps Tactical School, Maxwell Field, Ala. Maxwell Field was built up during those years.
1936 - 1938: War Department General Staff, Washington, D.C.
1938 - 1940: Commanding Officer of Hamilton Field, Calif.
December 1940 - August 1941: Commanding General, Northwest Air District and 2nd Air Force, Spokane, Wash.
August 1941 - December 1941: Commanding General, Rocky Mountain Technical Training Command, Denver, Colo.
December 1941 - April 1942: First National Commander of the Civil Air Patrol, Washington, D.C.
April 1942 - June 1944: Commanding General, Western Technical Training Command, Denver, Colo.
1944 - 1945: Chief, Air Force Evaluation Board, Mediterranean Theater of Operations.

Engage

Facebook Twitter
RT @AF_WSOC: 👀 who popped up with the big dogs on TopDrawerSoccer’s Top 40 Ranked Recruiting Classes for 2019! Excited to have these fresh…
For saving two fellow wingmen while deployed in Afghanistan, Tech. Sgt. Nick Torres received two bronze star medals… https://t.co/83bcAvqCxG
RT @DefenceHQ: Today the various NATO aircraft flypast at #RIAT19 to mark the 70th anniversary of NATO! Since its creation, NATO has been…
The @DeptofDefense has partnered with the @DeptVetAffairs to implement the first Women's Health Transition Training… https://t.co/JUTFicsXDw
⚡️ “Apollo 11 50th anniversary” https://t.co/GSeJYz6wPJ
The 413th Flight Test Sq. @TeamEglin successfully conducted the 1st #USAF piloted flight of the #HH60W Combat Rescu… https://t.co/wTyTtcmZjv
Jetting into the weekend like... #F16 https://t.co/wEWD7vr476
.@AstroHague showing his #USAF pride during the anniversary week of the #Apollo50 landing. @ISS_Research… https://t.co/WdgCFDmz6f
'Only two of us were not shot or dying': #USAF #Airman receives Silver Star for heroism in Afghanistan heroism… https://t.co/IdmKq8gtDx
RT @AFResearchLab: Dr. Lisa Rueschhoff was one of 82 engineers chosen to attend @theNAEng 2019 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium! Sh…
RT @ActingSecAF: .@GenDaveGoldfein is bolstering partners & #allies across Europe, discussing how we can be #StrongerTogether in air, #spac…
Annual recovery efforts have helped to identify 40 of the 52 service members lost when a C-124 crashed into Mount G… https://t.co/fdHUY2IATf
8 of the surviving #Apollo #Astronauts got together for the 50th anniversary of the #moonlanding. @NASA… https://t.co/szPJHXupa1
RT @HQUSAFEPA: Gen. Goldfein, during his keynote address at the 2019 Chief of the Air Staff's Air and Space Power Conference said the follo…
.@WrightPattAFB opened a #cyberdefense facility for #USAF Life Cycle Management Center's Fighters & Bombers Directo… https://t.co/QibdORLX2q
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Our asymmetric advantage is represented in this room. It is all of us working together on a common cause. Great to see…
.@AFResearchLab supports @AFThunderbirds w/cutting-edge aerospace #technology. From G-suits, custom earpieces, fly-… https://t.co/HJ07fLg2aP
Operating from rough dirt strips, the #C130 Hercules is capable of transporting & airdropping troops & equipment in… https://t.co/c4vsC76vRX