John J. Pesch
|John J. Pesch|
Major General John J. Pesch
July 20, 1921|
Maspeth, Queens, New York
|Died||January 10, 2010
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Commands held||Director, Air National Guard|
John Joseph Pesch (July 20, 1921 – January 10, 2010) was the national director of the Air National Guard from April 20, 1974 to January 31, 1977. The General served in the Second World War, and was a young pilot (Captain) on March 23, 1944, when German fighters shot out two engines on the left side of his B-17 during a bombing raid. Eight members of the crew bailed out, leaving Pesch and his co-pilot alone with the aircraft.
Major General John J. Pesch Flight Safety Trophy
The General is remembered each time his "Flight Safety Trophy" is awarded to an organization.
- 157th Air Refueling Wing
- 135th Airlift Group
- 119th Wing (Awarded Trophy in 2003, 2002, and 2000)
Major awards and decorations
- Legion of Merit
- Distinguished Flying Cross (United States) with one Oak Leaf Cluster
- Meritorious Service Medal
- Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.
- Air Force Commendation Medal
- Presidential Unit Citation (United States)
- World War II Victory Medal (United States)
- Army of Occupation Medal
- National Defense Service Medal
Notes and references
- "JOHN J. PESCH". Bangor Daily News. 13 Jan 2010. Retrieved 31 Dec 2011.
- "Active Major Command and ANG Leaders", Air Force Magazine (Air Force Association), May 2011: 106, retrieved 20 December 2011
- "Safety is a top priority". Retrieved 23 Dec 2011.
- "Safety Testimonials". Retrieved 23 Dec 2011.
- "Hooligans Honored for Flight Safety". Retrieved 23 Dec 2011.
- 42-38157 Four Freedoms - Mission #21 Target: Brunswick March 23, 1944
- Air National Guard Instruction 36-2802
- Maine Obituaries
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